Two Michael Moore books due this fall

Argentine ballet star shows his sultrier side in tango extravaganza

Photographer Carl Mydans dead at 97

Argentine ballet star shows his sultrier side in tango extravaganza
NEW YORK -- Argentine dance star Julio Bocca generates so much animal heat in "Boccatango" that he makes all his partners seem sexy - even a wooden ladder and a plain old table.

Galleries

Two Michael Moore books due this fall
NEW YORK -- Get ready for more Michael Moore this fall.

Galleries
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Photographer Carl Mydans dead at 97
NEW YORK -- Carl Mydans, who photographed 20th century events from the Great Depression to wars and politics and was a charter member of the Life magazine staff that pioneered magazine photojournalism, has died. He was 97.

Angels place Quinlan on DL with strained oblique; activate C Molina from DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Anaheim Angels placed infielder Robb Quinlan on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left oblique muscle.

Williamson gets third opinion on ailing elbow

Guillen released from hospital, returns to team

A good hitter last year, Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004
ST. LOUIS -- Last year, Jeff Suppan was the National League's best-hitting pitcher with a .293 average. This year? Nothing.

Guillen goes to hospital because of pain in back and side
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, set to start a two-game suspension Tuesday night, went to a hospital before the game against Detroit because of pain in his back and side.

Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004
ST. LOUIS - Last year, Jeff Suppan was the National League's best-hitting pitcher with a .293 average. This year? Nothing.

Wade declines to give Bowa vote of confidence

Pettitte's next start moved back two days
Commissioner Bud Selig's three-year contract extension, the start of a baseball television network and a World Cup tournament are likely to gain overwhelming approval from owners this week, while a decision on the future home of the Montreal Expos is put off once again.

Pettitte's next start moved back two days

Sheffield says he won't need shoulder surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield will not need surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but said he'll likely get two more cortisone shots to help alleviate the pain.

Angels place Quinlan on DL with strained oblique; activate C Molina from DL

Wade declines to give Bowa vote of confidence
PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Bowa's time as the Philadelphia Phillies' manager could be running out.

Williamson gets third opinion on ailing elbow
BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Scott Williamson sought a third opinion on his ailing right elbow Tuesday before deciding whether to have major reconstructive surgery.

Guillen released from hospital, returns to team
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was back at the ballpark Wednesday after spending one night in a hospital because of a kidney stone.

Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004

Rodriguez scratched from Tigers' lineup with sore hip
CHICAGO -- Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez was a late scratch from the Tigers' lineup Wednesday night because of a sore right hip.

Sheffield says he won't need shoulder surgery

Gooden divorce finalized in Tampa court
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden's free-spending marriage of nearly 17 years is over.

A good hitter last year, Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004

Latest area births

Latest area births
JUSTICE LEIGH MOORE: Jonathan S. and Shawna C. Moore, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Justice Leigh Moore, Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James and Geneva Clay, of Clearwater, Willie and Betty Bishop, of Trenton, John Moore and Karen-Huffman Moore, of North Augusta, and R.T. Moore and Margie Hobbs, of Belvedere.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Dressed in a tuxedo, Simba sat at the front of one of Manhattan's newest dining establishments and nodded at people who greeted him.

Odds and Ends
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A retired pastor reclaimed his title as world champion phone book ripper by tearing through 39 Portland white page directories in three minutes.

Toddler chokes to death on popcorn at movie theater
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. -- A 3-year-old boy choked to death while eating popcorn at a movie theater.

Braves pull off comeback victory
SAN DIEGO -- Andruw Jones hit a two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves threw out the potential tying run at the plate for the final out Wednesday night, preserving a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the San Diego Padres.

Padres' pitching put away Braves
SAN DIEGO -- Jake Peavy struck out nine in seven innings and Freddy Guzman got a hit, scored a run and had an RBI in his major league debut, leading the San Diego Padres over the Atlanta Braves 11-6 Tuesday night.

Padres' pitching put away Braves

Braves pull off comeback victory

SEC gives final nod to Google's initial public offering
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Securities and Exchange Commission granted final approval Wednesday to the paperwork required for Google Inc.'s initial public offering, paving the way for the Internet search giant to set a price for its shares and begin selling them after several stumbles and a last-minute downward revision on the size of the offering.

SEC gives final nod to Google's initial public offering

Businesses tell patrons not to wait for Fridays

Long awaited Google IPO appears imminent
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After months of unprecedented hype, Google took a final step toward its long-awaited public stock sale, asking regulators to finalize paperwork that could start trading as early as Wednesday.

Report: Bank of America to lay off hundreds of Fleet workers
BOSTON -- Bank of America Corp. plans to lay off hundreds of tellers and other branch employees at Fleet banks on Wednesday as a result of its merger with FleetBoston Financial Corp., according to a published report.

Consumer prices decline as factory output, housing construction rebound
WASHINGTON -- After months of being buffeted by higher energy costs, consumer prices posted a rare decline in July while output at U.S. factories and construction of new homes and apartments rebounded from their June swoon.

Russian court rejects Yukos' plea to suspend enforcement of tax bill

Men's clothier celebrates opening in new location
Silk linings in suit pants help prevent men from wearing holes in the knees.

Crude oil prices creep above $47 a barrel

Business briefs
Standard Textile Co. Inc. is increasing the number of employees at its Augusta blanket mill by 25 percent even as the textile industry continues to shed jobs.

Businesses tell patrons not to wait for Fridays
Fans of First Friday won't have to wait a whole month to get their fix of downtown establishments.

Oil prices resume climb toward $47 a barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices set a new record Tuesday, approaching $47 a barrel, as concerns about Iraqi and Russian output dominated markets that had been calmed a day earlier by the results of a vote in Venezuela.

Crude oil prices creep above $47 a barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices rose above $47 a barrel Wednesday amid lingering concerns about crude supplies from Iraq and Russia.

Retailers report mixed results in second quarter

Oil prices resume climb toward $47 a barrel

Russian court rejects Yukos' plea to suspend enforcement of tax bill
MOSCOW -- A Russian court rejected the Yukos oil company's appeal Tuesday to suspend government efforts to collect $3.4 billion in back taxes - a massive bill that has put Russia's largest oil producer on the verge of ruin.

Total South Carolina employment down in July
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina experienced widespread job losses in July, the Employment Security Commission said Tuesday.

Retailers report mixed results in second quarter
DALLAS -- The outlook for consumer spending became cloudier Tuesday, after some of the nation's leading retailers reported mixed results for the second quarter.

Web site wants free-speech for foreign gambling ads

Web site wants free-speech for foreign gambling ads
NEW ORLEANS -- The operator of a gambling news site on the Internet has asked a federal judge to declare that advertisements in U.S. media for foreign online casinos and sports betting outlets are protected by free-speech rights.

Total South Carolina employment down in July

Consumer prices decline as factory output, housing construction rebound

NCAA rejects Bloom's bid to play football, accept endorsements
BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado officials believed they had a plan that would allow Jeremy Bloom to accept skiing endorsements and still play college football.

Razorbacks scrimmage 2 hours

NCAA rejects Bloom's bid to play football, accept endorsements

Razorbacks scrimmage 2 hours
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas Razorbacks held a two-hour scrimmage Wednesday after practicing positional work.

Quit now, governor
When New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey tried to turn himself into a victim by publicly proclaiming his homosexuality with his wife at his side, then resigning from office effective Nov. 15, he was hailed by gays and liberals for his "courage."

Olde Town scam

No 'right' to harm others
Health experts detailed the dangers of secondhand smoke. Victims of respiratory diseases testified emotionally about their sometimes dangerous attempts to merely eat out in smoke-filled restaurants. One county commissioner compared public smoking to allowing your sewage to seep into a neighbor's water well.

Venezuelans rebuff recall
Two years ago, Venezuela's fiery left-wing populist president, Hugo Chavez, survived a coup attempt. This past weekend, he survived a recall attempt designed to remove him from power two years before his term is due to end.

Rooting for Reese
How important were the Olympic games to the ancient Greeks? Well, for one thing, they built their calendar around the games: Every four years became an "Olympiad." For another thing, if there was a building in Olympia, it was either for worship or athletics.

Olde Town scam
Augustans have trouble coming together to agree on anything, including the time of day. Yet an Atlanta developer has brought Augusta together over the Olde Town issue. And it's not because Augustans oppose low-income dwellings. It's because they don't like outsiders coming in and lying to them.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of happenings at area clubs:

People in the News
TORONTO -- "Trauma," a twisting flick starring Colin Firth, is one of several movies to open next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

'Goodfellas' cast reunites for Italian dinner
LOS ANGELES -- The theme of the night was "breaking bread, not legs" when some of the cast and filmmakers of "Goodfellas" reunited for a traditional sit-down dinner Monday night.

Judge: Authorities had probable cause to search Neverland ranch
LOS ANGELES -- Child molestation allegations by a 12-year-old boy provided authorities with legal justification for a massive search of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch last year, a judge ruled, rejecting defense efforts to challenge the search as illegal.

Stuff to do
Can't get enough of First Friday? Downtown Augusta shops, restaurants and cafes will join with the nightclubs to play host to Third Saturday festivities. There are 21 businesses participating in the event, from noon to 2 a.m., with beverage and food discounts available. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Augusta Community Alliance.

Big ticket
JESSYE NORMAN BENEFIT CONCERT: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel; Music for a Summer's Evening: From the Classics to Gershwin, Ellington to Broadway; presented by Jessye Norman; to benefit the Jessye Norman School of the Arts; $50, $100 reserved section; 210-1299.

1932's 'Freaks' poised to shock anew
Ladies and gentlemen, boy and girls! Step right up - yes, you, right there - and feast your unbelieving eyes on the greatest, most notorious sideshow in all of cinema. Tod Browning's banned 1932 film, the one and only Freaks - is now available on a spectacular DVD for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure).

Celebrity dramas playing out in courtroom, drawing public interest
NEW YORK -- The King of Pop, complete with golden armband, returned to court in the child-molestation case against him as supporters cheered. Courtney Love received a date for her trial on drug charges. Prosecutors lost a key appeal in the rape case against NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Reality TV is getting old. "Survivor" will head into its ninth season on Sept. 16 with a two-hour premiere (8 p.m. ET), CBS announced Tuesday. The new edition, "Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire," takes place in a nation of over 80 volcano-dotted islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

Applause calendar
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Oprah Winfrey picked for Chicago criminal court jury
CHICAGO -- Oprah Winfrey was picked to serve on a jury at Cook County Criminal Court.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Clubin': Club 706
THE PLACE: Club 706, 2623 Deans Bridge Road THIS WEEKEND: Debut of Ladies Night Saturday with DJ Greg Nyce, women free until 11 p.m., $5 after 11 p.m., with $3.50 martini, $3.50 Hpnotiq, $4 Hennessey

Applied Materials reports profit on surging sales
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Dow Jones/AP) - Applied Materials Inc., the world's largest supplier of machines that make computer chips, Tuesday said surging sales in its latest quarter surpassed its own and Wall Street estimates.

Nestle reports flat profits; plans to cut costs

Staples beats Wall Street consensus
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Staples Inc.'s second-quarter profit grew 39 percent and beat Wall Street expectations as sales grew across Staples' office products portfolio, from retail stores to Staples' delivered products and European business.

Home Depot reports nearly 19 percent
ATLANTA -- Record sales and strong performance at stores open at least a year helped The Home Depot Inc. post a nearly 19 percent jump in second-quarter profit and prompted the retail giant to raise its earnings outlook for all of 2004.

Home Depot reports nearly 19 percent

Rise in oil prices halts strong rally
NEW YORK - Another jump in oil prices pre-empted a strong rally Tuesday on Wall Street, though stocks managed to post modest gains on the strength of a consumer price report that put many investors' inflation fears to rest for the near term.

Stocks climb sharply ahead of Google IPO
NEW YORK -- Investors shrugged off rising crude futures Wednesday to capture bargain-priced shares, sending the Nasdaq composite index up 2 percent ahead of Google Inc.'s much-anticipated initial public offering of stock. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 110 points.

Reports paint positive picture
WASHINGTON - After months of being buffeted by higher energy costs, consumer prices posted a rare decline in July while output at U.S. factories and construction of new homes and apartments rebounded from their June swoon.

Ross Stores profit down; merchandise-system problems cited
PLEASANTON, Calif. -Discount retailer Ross Stores Inc. Wednesday said its profit fell about 40 percent in the latest quarter due to problems with a new computer system that limited the company's ability to respond to changes in customer demand.

Reports paint positive picture

Profit climbs at Talbots, helped by tax gain
HINGHAM, Mass. -The Talbots Inc. on Wednesday said profit for its latest quarter edged up 5 percent, boosted by higher sales and an income-tax gain.

Staples beats Wall Street consensus

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Tokyo stocks end moderately higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended moderately higher Wednesday on bargain-hunting in high-technology and banking stocks such as Pioneer and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

ING withdrawing $5 billion from Janus

ING withdrawing $5 billion from Janus
DENVER -- Janus Capital Group Inc. on Tuesday identified ING US Financial Services as the client planning to withdraw $5 billion from the Denver-based mutual funds giant.

Tokyo stocks bounce back
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose slightly Tuesday as investors looked for bargains after sharp falls in recent sessions. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Ross Stores profit down; merchandise-system problems cited

Dillard's posts narrower loss, but misses Wall Street expectations.
LITTLE ROCK -- Dillard's Inc. reported that its loss narrowed in the second quarter to nearly half of what it was a year ago, but it was still far more than Wall Street expected as the chain was dragged down by sluggish sales.

Dillard's posts narrower loss, but misses Wall Street expectations.

Tokyo stocks end moderately higher, dollar down against yen

Nestle reports flat profits; plans to cut costs
VEVEY, Switzerland -- Nestle, the world's biggest food and drink company, on Wednesday posted a first-half net profit of 2.84 billion Swiss francs ($2.28 billion), up 0.02 percent on the year-earlier figure of 2.78 billion francs (then $2.03 billion).

Happy Meals still making kids happy, 25 years later

Celebrity chefs are everywhere in Vegas - except the kitchen

Grubbin': Rhinehart's restaurant

Dessert shop relocates to bigger, active location
It's taken nearly six months, and she's been up until 4 in the morning getting it ready, but Kimberly Davis has moved her downtown eatery, The Dessert Shop Caf, to the corner of Broad and 10th streets.

Dessert shop relocates to bigger, active location

South Beach Diet creates huge demand for Laughing Cow cheese
LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. -- Cheese maker Bob Gilbert is struggling with his good fortune and his misfortune.

South Beach Diet creates huge demand for Laughing Cow cheese

Pa. ginseng farmers hope to ensure future crops of popular root
FLINTON, Pa. -- For the second year in a row, persistent rain and the fungal blight that comes with it are eating into the state's ginseng harvest.

Pa. ginseng farmers hope to ensure future crops of popular root

Celebrity chefs are everywhere in Vegas - except the kitchen
LAS VEGAS -- The waiter appears tableside in the cozy dining room laden with oil paintings, stained glass and hints of cherry and oak. Before reciting the day's special menu items, he recounts the restaurant's devotion to farm-fresh produce and tosses out a morsel about its namesake, chef Bradley Ogden.

Chef will put his creativity on table during Partridge Inn's culinary series
For Michael Kramer, the executive chef of Charleston, S.C., fine-dining restaurant McCrady's, a decision to pursue a career in cooking came from a simple reason.

Grubbin': Rhinehart's restaurant
THE EATERY: Rhinehart's Oyster Bar, 3051 Washington Road

Happy Meals still making kids happy, 25 years later
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bob Bernstein's 9-year-old son ate the same cereal from the same box every morning and stared at the packaging so intently, it gave Bernstein, an advertising executive, a great idea.

Timely hitting eludes Jackets
In the three games the Augusta GreenJackets have played against the Lake County Captains, getting runners on base in the first inning has been a bad omen for Augusta.

White continues his improved play in loss
Scott White's .168 average last year in rookie ball left a lot of room for improvement.

Woods' season is still on empty

Golf community fetes semi-retiring pro

Golf community fetes semi-retiring pro
The send-off Red Price received Wednesday night at Forest Hills Golf Club was so heartfelt, even the stoic Price was touched.

Woods' season is still on empty
AKRON, Ohio - Just think if John Rollins had not missed the 18th green at La Costa with a wedge.

Local golfers to face off at U.S. Amateur
MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The two Augusta-area golfers in the U.S. Amateur golf tournament meet today in second-round matches, with the winner most likely drawing the hottest amateur in the country in the third round.

White continues his improved play in loss

Timely hitting eludes Jackets

Westside story

Westside team is glad to have a field at home

Westside team is glad to have a field at home
As a member of Westside High School's nomadic football team, Jason Williams never felt at home.

Westside story
Players and coaches are excited they don't have to share a stadium with Lucy C. Laney High School and Richmond Academy.

Avalanche sign Damphousse to one-year deal
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche prepared for the potential loss of several key front-line players, signing former San Jose Sharks captain Vincent Damphousse to a one-year, $2 million contract Wednesday.

NHL, players group remain far apart as deadline nears
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players association moved no closer to a collective bargaining agreement during a five-hour meeting Tuesday.

NHL, players group remain far apart as deadline nears

Boston captain awarded near-record $6.75M in arbitration

Avalanche sign Damphousse to one-year deal

Boston captain awarded near-record $6.75M in arbitration
TORONTO -- Boston Bruins captain Joe Thornton was awarded a near-record $6.75 million in arbitration Tuesday for the 2004-2005 season.

Cleanup boosting sales at home improvement retailers
ATLANTA -- Home improvement chains are benefiting from Hurricane Charley's aftermath as residents begin the process of repairing their homes from the damage.

Hurricane victims sweat through long lines to get life's basics
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Federal disaster assistance money started flowing to Hurricane Charley's victims and postal workers handed out mail Tuesday outside their damaged building, but hundreds of thousands still had no phones, no running water, no diapers for the baby and no gas to fill the tank.

Insured losses from Charley estimated up to $14 billion
CHICAGO -- Insured losses from Hurricane Charley could total as much as $10 billion to $14 billion, according to industry estimates released Monday as insurers fielded thousands of claims from hard-hit Florida residents.

Aftermath of Charley may prove as dangerous as the storm itself
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Bill Nylander survived Hurricane Charley, but the storm still managed to hurt him days after it cut a swath of destruction through his hometown.

Chicken, grits are classic duo
I love the convenience of individually frozen chicken tenderloin fillets, which I usually have stashed in my freezer. However, if you're like most cooks, you can quickly get in a "chicken rut," repeating the same preparations week after week.

Walker is a valuable asset for District 22
I have been reading of the political concerns in Augusta about the plight of former state Sen. Charles Walker, and about the many charges alleged against him. I do not know if they are true or false. Edmond L. Fordham Ocala, Fla.

Residents care about downtown
On Aug. 31, Main Street Augusta held a "Clean Up Downtown" campaign designed to clean up the sidewalks, curbs and landscaped areas on Broad Street. Rick Toole Augusta

Kerry's Purple Hearts are bogus
By the standards John Kerry follows, I should have about 11 Purple Hearts! Jim Baggett Thomson

Jones must be our solicitor general
If you want a person who has the experience, the knowledge, the wisdom and the respect of the Richmond County community, vote for Harold V. Jones for solicitor general of Richmond County on Nov. 2. Joseph Pearson Augusta

A vote for Bush is a vote for safety
In a recent morning church service, we recognized and praised area educators and prayed for all schoolchildren headed back to the classroom. In our evening worship, we recognized and praised medical missions works and prayed for those soon to return to the mission fields. As I helped my young children into bed, I thought of how little I can really do to protect them outside the area I control. Dave Sam North Augusta, S.C.

U.S. dollar will only get weaker
Grocery bills are higher. Filling up an automobile's gas tank costs more. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is starting to raise interest rates. Plenty of pundits will point to inflation, but virtually no one explains its meaning or its fundamentally destructive effect. Andy Windham Wagener, S.C.

We must rise above racial issues

We must rise above racial issues
I would like to respond to what Bill Cosby stated last month about problems in the black community. Tina Cloer Augusta

Abortion just amounts to genocide

Thanks, smokers, but no thanks
Regarding Bob Waters' letter ("Smoking ban infringes on our rights," Aug. 6): Woodrow Short Aiken, S.C.

'Doctor Doolittle' was fabulous
Recently, I had the opportunity to see The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle with my family. Congratulations to The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Co. and their director, John Greene, on a wonderful production. Elyse Kronowski Martinez

Residents care about downtown

Don't rob smokers of their rights
Firstly, I am a nonsmoker. When I go into a bar or restaurant, I move away from the smokers. I find that they respect my preference, and many move their ashtrays away from me. It would be easy for a nonsmoker to support the smoking ban but for me, it isn't. Neal Campbell Hephzibah

Thanks, smokers, but no thanks

Reparation stance argued weakly

Walker is a valuable asset for District 22

Reparation stance argued weakly
In response to a letter written by Pamela Hairston regarding slave reparations ("Slave reparations need dialogue," July 26), Charlie Connell wrote that blacks should be happy about being in the United States instead of being born in Africa ("Proud American opposes reparations," Aug. 9). Theresa Senior Hephzibah

Don't rob smokers of their rights

Abortion just amounts to genocide
Nathan Kirby ("Hitler comparison had many flaws," Aug. 10) writes: "Hitler has nothing in common with either of the two main U.S. political parties. And Hitler held common ground with Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse- Tung in that they all adhered to the political ideology of dictatorship: whatever necessary to stay president." Jack L. Mort Belvedere

'Doctor Doolittle' was fabulous

Models again are the faces of fashion

Trampoline gymnastics grows in popularity

Pills plus talk help adolescent depression

Malaysia reports bird flu in chickens at village near Thailand

Desert city Phoenix is epicenter for West Nile

Trampoline gymnastics grows in popularity
Speed, strength and agility are all well and good, but like House of Pain says, sometimes you just got to jump around.

Desert city Phoenix is epicenter for West Nile
PHOENIX -- With triple-digit heat and nearly nonexistent rainfall, Phoenix seems an unlikely spot for this year's West Nile virus epicenter. Yet, federal health officials say Arizona is the only state where the mosquito-borne virus is an epidemic.

New vaccine seeks to tame bird flu
WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health awarded Chiron Corporation a $1.194 million contract to develop up to 40,000 doses of vaccine against H9N2 avian influenza, a type of bird flu that is less lethal but more widespread than the strain that killed 27 this year in Asia.

Malaysia reports bird flu in chickens at village near Thailand
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia on Wednesday announced it has detected bird flu in a chicken-rearing village near its northern border with Thailand.

Pills plus talk help adolescent depression
CHICAGO -- Combining drugs with talk therapy works best in treating depressed adolescents, the first large study of its kind has found, echoing research in adults showing that treating the disease requires more than a pop-a-pill quick fix.

Microsoft delays security update for Windows XP Professional
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. has delayed automated distribution of a major security upgrade to its Windows XP Professional operating system, citing a desire to give companies more time to test it.

Models again are the faces of fashion
NEW YORK -- Fashionistas know that everything old becomes new again, and this year's comeback is straight from the catwalk: the model.

Court's decision delays rulings
AIKEN - It has been eight months since Travers W. Paine III pleaded guilty in connection with a Medicare fraud scheme, but the former Augusta city councilman might have to wait until the questions surrounding a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision are answered before he receives his sentence in federal court.

1st vote allows ban on smoke

Pageant group crowns patient queen for a day
FLORENCE, S.C. - Little Emma Pound may have dreams of becoming a princess, but it was a more royal calling that came her way.

Garbage fees won't increase

Around town

Man is guilty in pal's death

Report on jail mostly upbeat

Across the area

Neighborhood wants buffer from stadium
Margaret Sammons won't need a ticket to enjoy Friday's home opener at Westside High School. She can hear all the action from her back yard.

Kid of the day

Burke pleads innocent at shortened hearing
The man facing a death penalty trial in the slaying of a pregnant nurse pleaded innocent Wednesday.

Activists shun fruity cigarettes
ATLANTA - The colorful images on the boxes of Kool cigarettes depict the urban nightlife. On one, a disc jockey scratches a record. On another, people are captured dancing mid-bounce.

Pact has science sharing in mind
On one side of the Savannah River, it is a sensor that can detect subtle environmental shifts. On the other side of the river, the same technology could create a dental probe for detecting changes deep in tissue that could tell a dentist whether a treatment is working.

Alliance attracts top researchers
ATLANTA - Brain power is becoming a competitively sought-after commodity.

Portable units draw protests from parents
Lema Adams still has the teacher's note.

News you can use

Group lays firm foundation

Keys left inside cars add to rise in thefts

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - After 25 years of rapid growth, the Savannah College of Art and Design announced plans Tuesday to open a satellite campus in Atlanta.

News you can use
AUG. 18, 1974 Doctors Hospital of Augusta's new youth unit received its first patient Thursday while the psychiatric unit prepared for its Monday opening, according to Bea Mackey, the director of nursing at the hospital.

Crime scene is off limits to suspect

Keys left inside cars add to rise in thefts
It takes only seconds to steal a car, and only seconds to help deter a crime that has been increasing in the area.

Rants and raves
IT HAS SADDENED ME to know that Smoak's has closed. Smoak's baked goodies and Wife Saver chicken have been a tradition in our family for years. As my daughter stated in an e-mail, "she will have to be put away if she hears of Wife Saver closing."

1st vote allows ban on smoke
The movement to ban smoking in public places gained steam with a successful vote in Columbia County on Tuesday, while Richmond County officials were content to let it simmer until a public hearing can take place.

Special sales tax revenue expands

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joshton C. Mincey, 18 months, of Augusta .

Officials discuss meth problems

Officials discuss meth problems
ATLANTA - Warning that the deadly drug is tightening its grip on rural Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue opened a two-day summit seeking solutions to the state's growing methamphetamine production and abuse problem.

Bomb squad faces danger with care
Richmond County sheriff's Capt. P.A. Williams wants you to forget the movies you've seen where a bomb technician, sweat beading down his forehead, nervously cuts the red wire linking explosives and a digital clock counting down to obliteration.

Parties see Senate race differently
ATLANTA - How much importance you see in the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Sen. Zell Miller probably depends on which side of the partisan fence you sit on.

Portable units draw protests from parents

Council OKs 3 percent Aiken County hotel tax
If John Burke had spent his $500 at the Holiday Inn Express this October instead of this week, Aiken County would have taken in about $15 from the 3 percent hotel tax the county council voted for Tuesday night.

Suspect in assault was out on bond

Man is guilty in pal's death
An Augusta man who was accused in the shooting death of a childhood friend last year was found guilty Tuesday after a jury's two-hour deliberation.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for John and Paul at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway. Someone was trying to break into my house, and John and Paul were so helpful in helping me find things to secure my home. I want to send a big rave to John and Paul at Bobby Jones Wal-Mart.

Garbage fees won't increase
Augusta's yearly residential garbage rate will remain at $195, which will put the city's solid waste program $4.5 million in the red by the end of 2005, according to city officials.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - More than 31,000 Georgia voters took advantage of the state's early voting for the Aug. 10 primary runoffs.

Radioactive exercise aids firefighters
Martinez firefighters rushed to the scene where radioactive waste had been spilled, quickly tending to a patient who had been exposed.

ACT scores rise, fail to reach national average

Increase in river level likely won't occur
Keeping more water in portions of the Savannah River between Augusta and Thurmond Dam, as a developer has requested, probably isn't feasible, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Council OKs 3 percent Aiken County hotel tax

Rants and raves
IT HAS SADDENED ME to know that Smoak's has closed. Smoak's baked goodies and Wife Saver chicken have been a tradition in our family for years. As my daughter stated in an e-mail, "she will have to be put away if she hears of Wife Saver closing."

Across South Carolina
KINGSTREE - A Williamsburg County man has been charged with killing his wife in what deputies said was the end of a long history of domestic violence.

Pageant group crowns patient queen for a day

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged 10 men after a vice sting at a central Augusta park, officials said Wednesday.

Officials miss disclosure deadline
ATLANTA - The head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the governor's budget director are among more than 300 state officials who failed to disclose information about their personal finances and investments by a June 30 deadline.

Increase in river level likely won't occur

Around town
Vera Sauls, 19 months old, finds a tasty but messy way to cool off at the Holy Cow Creamery on Eighth Street. She and her father, Jason, stopped by the ice cream store Wednesday.

Mailing targets sheriff's military past
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Black politicians and activists in Edgefield County predict a recent mailing campaign attempting to discredit Sheriff Adell Dobey's military service record won't have much impact on the sheriff's race.

Kid of the day

Group lays firm foundation
WARRENVILLE - Patricia Green was hot, tired and moving slow Tuesday afternoon, tuckered out from a long tour of duty filling vending machines at Savannah River Site.

Across the area

Activists shun fruity cigarettes

Suspect in assault was out on bond
A man charged with raping a McDuffie County woman was out on bond for a kidnapping charge in Richmond County at the time of the incident, authorities said Wednesday.

ACT scores rise, fail to reach national average
AIKEN - More students may have filled in the correct bubbles in ACT booklets in South Carolina this year, but the Palmetto State still lags behind the national average on the college admissions test.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for John and Paul at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway. Someone was trying to break into my house, and John and Paul were so helpful in helping me find things to secure my home. I want to send a big rave to John and Paul at Bobby Jones Wal-Mart.

Water worries washed ashore

Georgia ACT scores rally but trail nation
Scores for Georgia students on the ACT college-entrance exam edged up this year, even as more students than ever took the test.

Shortfall fears end with surplus
Despite warnings earlier this year that it would be crippled by uninsured care, the company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics appears to have ended its fiscal year with a tidy surplus.

News you can use
Aug. 19, 1956 Paine College, Augusta's college for Negroes and the only four-year college in the city, opens for classes Sept. 10 with a new president, a new $250,000 chemistry-physics building, and an enrollment of 325 students.

Water worries washed ashore
AIKEN - Hurricanes are immensely destructive and frequently deadly. But they are also legendary drought busters, the ultimate counter to the killing dryness of late summer.

Across Georgia

Court's decision delays rulings

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day Ebonee Travis, 4, of Hephzibah.

Special sales tax revenue expands
Some might question whether the nation's economy is headed up or down, but in Columbia County there's no doubt that sales tax revenue is skyrocketing.

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Report on jail mostly upbeat
AIKEN - Aiken County's $15 million detention center is safe and well-managed but understaffed, a federal consultant said Wednesday.

Across South Carolina

Carolina NAACP heads to Augusta
South Carolina representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said they look forward to a time when their state conference will be held in their home state.

Bomb squad faces danger with care

Medicine for colds might be limited
ATLANTA - State leaders vowed an all-out fight against methamphetamine production and abuse Wednesday at a summit devoted to the topic and recommended new restrictions on the distribution of some kinds of cold medicines.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Charleston County property owners charged too much under a tax cap that has been declared illegal may file for refunds with the county assessor, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Across the Southeast
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - A drive-by shooting wounded three girls who were playing outside with a group of friends, police said.

Mailing targets sheriff's military past

Krog insists SRS force is mostly locals
AIKEN - The majority of employees working for the New York-based Krog Corp. at Savannah River Site are from Georgia or South Carolina, a company official says, not other parts of the country as protesting union officials have claimed.

Around town
Suzanne Shimp (left) and Jan Kennedy participate in a Jazzercise class at the North Augusta Riverview Park gym. The classes are held Monday through Friday in the morning and evening.

Krog insists SRS force is mostly locals

Guide gives tours of his UFO site
BOWMAN, S.C. - Fame hasn't gone to that space between Jody Pendarvis' ears. His UFO Welcome Center is still ramshackle.

Neighborhood wants buffer from stadium

Crime scene is off limits to suspect
Glenn Eric Beasley won't be allowed to go back to the scene of a fatal shooting for which he faces the death penalty, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Alliance attracts top researchers

Across the area
An Augusta man told police someone stole his Ground Hog T-4 ditch digger from under his carport during the weekend.

Medicine for colds might be limited

Worker gambles on gift shop idea
The next time a passenger at Augusta Regional Airport has the urge to quickly pick up a toothbrush or an Augusta souvenir, he might be able to do so without leaving the terminal.

Parties see Senate race differently

Help is headed south
Although the Augusta area saw few lasting effects from Hurricane Charley's destructive winds and rain last week, the Category 4 hurricane wrecked parts of Florida's southwestern coast, leaving thousands without power, shelter and clean water.

Radioactive exercise aids firefighters

Worker gambles on gift shop idea

Guide gives tours of his UFO site

Help is headed south

Around town

Hoffa's still hailed a hero
Spine-tingling, heart-warming, gut-wrenching. Elation, deflation and exhaustion.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Ashlee Simpson out of sister Jessica's shadow on first try

Convicted rapper's phone privileges revoked
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Jailed rapper Shyne, who signed a $3 million record deal and recorded part of his new album while in prison, had his phone privileges revoked Monday and was barred from conducting in-person interviews as authorities investigate whether he may have violated prison rules in making about 100 phone calls.

Old school R&B reappears on scene via debut CD

Teenager will perform during benefit show

Old school R&B reappears on scene via debut CD
R&B has been losing its soul for the past few years to amped-up collaborations with rappers and slower songs with so little lyrical depth that true romancers have had to look outside the genre.

Ashlee Simpson out of sister Jessica's shadow on first try
NEW YORK -- Ashlee Simpson doesn't have to worry about being in the shadow of her older sister Jessica anymore.

Teenager will perform during benefit show
Some high school students spend all their free time on video games or hanging out at the mall.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
It doesn't exactly mark a return of the G-funk era, but supergroup 213 has used its first album, "The Hard Way," to nicely update the distinct Southern California sound its members helped popularize a decade ago.

Convicted rapper's phone privileges revoked

Concerts calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Big learning curve for Allmendinger in Champ Car series

One celebration fits all in Victory Lane
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- At the end of the drivers' meeting for last Sunday's Sirius at the Glen, Ryan Newman popped the all-important question.

Driver gets first taste of Cup car
SPARTA, Ky. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck star Carl Edwards got his first laps in a Nextel Cup car Tuesday at Kentucky Speedway and pronounced the experience "awesome."

Stewart honors Olympic athletes
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Tony Stewart's race car will pay tribute to six Olympic athletes this Sunday in the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

One celebration fits all in Victory Lane

Making their points

Driver gets first taste of Cup car

Making their points
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Elliott Sadler never used to think about points racing. The only thing that mattered was winning; anything else was just another loss.

Atlanta getting SAFER barriers

NASCAR Newsmaker Rusty Wallace

Stewart honors Olympic athletes

Atlanta getting SAFER barriers
Installation of the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier walls at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin Sept. 7, in time for testing for the track's fall NASCAR race.

Big learning curve for Allmendinger in Champ Car series
DENVER -- From BMX bikes to karts to the Toyota Atlantic series, racing has always been easy for A.J. Allmendinger.

NASCAR Newsmaker Rusty Wallace
Rusty Wallace turned 48 last Saturday as speculation continues to grow the 2005 season might be his last on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

Raptors sign center Loren Woods

Raptors sign center Loren Woods
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors signed free agent center Loren Woods on Wednesday.

Ravens want Sanders, but will he play?

Beverly makes transition to tight end with Falcons

Simms impressive in Bucs' preseason debut

Fantasy Football: Running back changes leave roster quandaries

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Hoffa fails to qualify in shot put
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- Two U.S. men advanced to the final of the shot put Wednesday, hoping to make even more history at the ancient site that gave birth to the Olympics 2,780 years ago.

Women slip to silver
ATHENS, Greece -- The mistakes were so minor. Carly Patterson's foot scraping the lower of the uneven bars. Courtney Kupets' tumbling pass that ended here instead of there. Mohini Bhardwaj's slight stumble on the beam.

Keller holds off the Thorpedo, Phelps wins two gold medals
ATHENS, Greece -- Now this was a duel in the pool - the world's two greatest swimming powers going head-to-head for more than seven minutes at the Olympics.

Bilonog wins shot put in wild finish, Nelson second

Hamm recovers from ugly fall to win gold
ATHENS, Greece -- Paul Hamm ought to get two golds for this performance.

American women erase swimming's oldest record in gold-medal performance
ATHENS, Greece -- Inspired by the American men's narrow relay victory 24 hours earlier, the U.S. women did them one better - breaking the oldest record in swimming.

Americans take gold, bronze in women's saber
ATHENS, Greece -- For the first time in a century, the United States won a gold medal in Olympic fencing, and it added a bronze for good measure.

Augustan has connection to Athens games
Jay Thornton could only be more pleased if he had been in the Olympics himself.

U.S. ready for its 'shot' in Olympics
ATHENS, Greece - Adam Nelson has been struck by his sport before.

Bilonog wins shot put in wild finish, Nelson second
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- Adam Nelson of Athens, Ga., remained in the shot put ring for three minutes, pointing and pleading, even as Yuriy Bilonog took the flag-draped victory lap that Nelson thought was his.

A quick look ahead at Wednesday's Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Let the games resume. The big happenings at the 2004 Summer Games for Wednesday:

U.S. boat advances in photo finish
SCHINIAS, Greece -- The early success of the first black Olympic rower on the U.S. men's team and his Navy officer partner was supposed to end Wednesday.

Hoffa fails to qualify in shot put

Brazil routs Haiti

Greenbrier, Glover take down champ

Brazil routs Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Brazil routed a weak Haitian team 6-0 Wednesday in an exhibition soccer game aimed at promoting peace in the Caribbean country.

Greenbrier, Glover take down champ
Ask any coach who knows about high school softball and they will say Greenbrier pitcher Kristan Glover is among the state's best.

Fantasy Football: Running back changes leave roster quandaries
Now that just about everyone is done taking their pot shots at former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, it's time to pay attention to who'll be on the field this year.

New charge filed against Jamal Lewis
ATLANTA -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, already facing federal drug conspiracy charges, was hit Tuesday with an extra charge of attempting to possess cocaine.

Simms impressive in Bucs' preseason debut
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jon Gruden can understand why Tampa Bay fans are talking about Chris Simms.

Jury denies family's claims against GM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The family of former Chiefs star Derrick Thomas is not entitled to any money from General Motors Corp. for the January 2000 crash that killed the nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker, a jury ruled Tuesday.

Beverly makes transition to tight end with Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C. - For a few days at the start of training camp, a hamstring injury had robbed Eric Beverly of a chance to compete for a starting job on the offensive line. The injury even left him in danger of being released.

Ravens want Sanders, but will he play?
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are excited about the prospect of having Deion Sanders come out of retirement and be a part of their defensive backfield.

Deion Sanders mulls return with Ravens
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Could Deion Sanders be ready for an NFL comeback?

Rookie looks up to Webster
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Atlanta Falcons rookie cornerback DeAngelo Hall has an extensive film collection of players he considers to be the best in the NFL at his position.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Newberry Opera House will welcome favorites of music's tuneful past

Ramblin' Rhodes: Newberry Opera House will welcome favorites of music's tuneful past
The Newberry (S.C.) Opera House, an hour's drive from Augusta, has posted its season lineup online, and it's packed with classic entertainers:

Hoffa's still hailed a hero

Many first-rate films banned for various reasons

Following terrorism scares, NBC News floods the zone in Athens

'American Idol' hopefuls descend on capital
WASHINGTON -- They came with their wraparound shades, hair-styling tools and other items essential for a shot at fame.

NBC optimistic after four nights of Athens Olympics
NEW YORK -- Gyms worldwide were dark in anticipation of the Olympic gymnastics competition, NBC's Al Trautwig said this week in a dramatic introduction - then the cameras pulled back to reveal row after row of empty seats in Athens.

'American Idol' hopefuls descend on capital

Scuffle over competing boxing shows lands in court

NBC enjoys an Olympic win with last week's ratings

Scuffle over competing boxing shows lands in court
LOS ANGELES -- A slugfest between Fox TV and the producers of a competing NBC boxing series has landed in court.

NBC enjoys an Olympic win with last week's ratings
NEW YORK -- NBC took ratings gold, attracting big prime-time audiences for its first three nights of Olympics coverage.

Following terrorism scares, NBC News floods the zone in Athens
NEW YORK -- If the Olympic ideals of peace and brotherhood could be counted on, Steve Capus might not be in Athens right now.

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Hits keep coming for Dogs' fullback
A smile crept across Georgia fullback Des Williams' face as he reflected back to Tuesday's practice when he hit linebacker Jarvis Jackson, knocking the sophomore hard to the turf.

Hits keep coming for Dogs' fullback

Many first-rate films banned for various reasons
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