A Broadway ticket sale during GOP Convention
NEW YORK -- Buy one ticket to a Broadway show at full price, get a second one for $20.04.

Masterpiece goes on display

A bloodless 'Dracula' drains life out of the old vampire
NEW YORK -- Talk about draining blood from the undead.

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Masterpiece goes on display
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A 17th century masterpiece by Jan Steen that depicted the gulf between wealth and poverty in the Dutch Golden Age went on exhibit Thursday in the Dutch national museum, the most expensive acquisition in the museum's 200-year history.

A bloodless 'Dracula' drains life out of the old vampire

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IRS: Pete Rose owes almost $1 million in back taxes

IRS: Pete Rose owes almost $1 million in back taxes
PLANTATION, Fla. -- Pete Rose owes almost $1 million in back federal taxes, but he is making monthly payments on the debt, his representative said Friday.

Selig's contract extended to 2009

Selig's contract extended to 2009
PHILADELPHIA - Bud Selig's term as baseball commissioner was extended for three years through 2009 in a unanimous vote by owners Thursday.

Bulletins at church could use an editor

Odds and Ends
HOUSTON -- Todd Krampitz got his new liver through an appeal via billboard ads and Internet.

Hollywood Cemetery shows movies at its mausoleum
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Amid the mausoleums and headstones at Hollywood Forever Cemetery about 1,700 living guests have unfurled picnic blankets and set up beach chairs, erected makeshift coffee tables with flowers and candles, and unpacked dinners of sushi, fried chicken or pasta salad.

Odds and Ends
BAKER LAKE, Wash. -- When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby - dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.

Braves beat back Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - Johnny Estrada homered, drove in three runs and started Atlanta's go-ahead rally in the ninth inning, and the Braves beat Eric Gagne and the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Thursday night.

Dodgers top Braves in 11 innings

Dodgers top Braves in 11 innings
LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Beltre tied the game in the ninth inning with a home run off John Smoltz and won it in the 11th with his major league-leading 38th homer, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Solo has more on its plate
Two of Augusta's manufacturing plants were quick to advance their production.

New claims for unemployment benefits drop for a third straight week
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits edged down last week for a third consecutive time, signaling that the labor market may be improving after hitting a speed bump in June and July.

Wendy's weekly milk sales hit 1 million
DUBLIN, Ohio -- A month after it introduced healthier Kids' Meal options, Wendy's International said the milk drinks and fruit cups are selling well.

Crude price spike could send gasoline prices higher

Group aids minorities in business
ATLANTA - More support is on the way for minority-owned businesses across the state, officials said this week during a regional conference to bring together entrepreneurs and advising experts.

Wendy's weekly milk sales hit 1 million

Google, now wealthier, enters new corporate phase
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google Inc. will have plenty to celebrate at its annual company summer picnic Friday - its debut as a public company gave it an immediate cash infusion of $1.16 billion, not to mention all the millionaires it made of employees and insiders.

New claims for unemployment benefits drop for a third straight week

Slow-moving lawsuits over music downloads producing court twists
WASHINGTON -- A woman in Milwaukee and her ex-boyfriend are under orders to pay thousands to the recording industry. A man in California refinanced his home to pay an $11,000 settlement. A year after it began, the industry's legal campaign against Internet music piracy is inching through the federal courts, producing some unexpected twists.

Hanes opens unmentionables market in China
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With a traditional bang of a gong, Hanes - an underwear brand created in North Carolina more than a century ago - invaded the lucrative consumer market of the world's most populous nation, China.

Leading indicators drop in July
NEW YORK -- A closely watched measure of future economic activity fell in July for the second consecutive month, reinforcing evidence that the nation's financial recovery is slackening.

Microsoft's Xbox division to stop making sports games, cut 76 jobs

Augusta Mall will be sold late this year
Augusta's largest retail center is getting a new owner. A Chicago real estate company announced Friday that it will buy the Augusta Mall's owner, The Rouse Co. of Columbia, Md., for about $12.6 billion.

File-swapping software makers not liable for copyright abuses

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A welcome slide in oil prices set off a rally on Wall Street on Friday, with stocks posting a healthy advances

Google's insiders strike it rich with IPO

Hanes opens unmentionables market in China

Miller apologizes for not including black artists in rock 'n roll beer can promotion
MILWAUKEE -- Miller Brewing Co. apologized Thursday for failing to include any black artists on its series of commemorative rock 'n roll cans.

Travel Web sites agree to be more accessible to blind

Google's insiders strike it rich with IPO
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lots of people are hoping to get rich off Google Inc.'s stock now that the online search engine's IPO is finally completed. Here's a look at some of the investors that have already locked in huge profits by selling a portion of their stakes:

File-swapping software makers not liable for copyright abuses
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a judicial blow to the entertainment industry, a federal appeals court ruled that makers of two leading file-sharing programs are not legally liable for the songs, movies and other copyright works their users swap online.

Group aids minorities in business

Business briefs

Microsoft's Xbox division to stop making sports games, cut 76 jobs
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox video game business will lay off 76 workers and stop making some sports games, the company said.

Internet giant Google shares trade higher in debut

Oil prices rocket toward $49 as Iraqi violence flares up
WASHINGTON -- Crude futures plowed to a new high near $49 a barrel Thursday as the threat of sabotage to Iraqi oil infrastructure loomed larger than promises from Baghdad to boost exports in coming days.

Travel Web sites agree to be more accessible to blind
ALBANY, N.Y. -- In one of the first enforcement actions of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the Internet, two major travel services have agreed to make sites more accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Internet giant Google shares trade higher in debut
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Shares of Google Inc. surged 18 percent in their market debut Thursday, the culmination of a unique and bumpy initial stock offering for the 6-year-old dot-com dreamed up in a college dorm room.

Business briefs
Jim Whitehead Tire and Auto Service has opened its second location in the Augusta area.

Augusta Mall will be sold late this year

Oil prices rocket toward $49 as Iraqi violence flares up

Business briefs

Slow-moving lawsuits over music downloads producing court twists

Crude price spike could send gasoline prices higher
WASHINGTON -- Amid soaring crude oil prices, gasoline costs have been dropping. But don't expect that to last, economists say.

Expectations run high for Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Of all places, a dimly lit locker room in Winston-Salem, N.C., is where Clemson's 2003 season - and perhaps its entire football program - turned on its head.

State of Clemson's facilities
MEMORIAL STADIUM CURRENT: Death Valley was a pioneer venue in the early 1980s, when it was one of the first in the country - and the first in the Atlantic Coast Conference - to add luxury boxes and upper-deck seating. Its current capacity of 81,473, still near the top of the league, was set more than a decade ago.

Five questions about Clemson
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden's job was in jeopardy late in the 2003 season.

Clemson wants to return to glory
CLEMSON, S.C. - Terry Don Phillips was by no means an expert on the campus, but he had been to Clemson before.

State of Clemson's facilities

Expectations run high for Tigers

Merriweather seeks starting position
CLEMSON, S.C. - Excuses don't really fly with Reggie Merriweather's mother.

Clemson wants to return to glory

Wofford set for playoff run
It's going to be tough to top what Wofford College did last year.

Sooners expect title win in '04

S.C. State coach excited about defense
South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough has reason to be excited about his defense this year.

Utah again favored to finish at top of the league
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah coach Urban Meyer doesn't want his Utes to get excited about being the favorites in the Mountain West Conference.

Auburn hasn't called Dooley

Thanks ACC!
When the Atlantic Coast Conference added Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College to its ranks, it set off a wild chain of events that left Rasheed Marshall (above) and West Virginia on the brink of a cakewalk to a Bowl Championship Series berth from the Big East. Seven of the 11 Division I-A leagues saw some sort of change for the next two seasons:

Thanks ACC!

West Virginia to rely more on QB's legs
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - No. 10 West Virginia has had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons. It might be time for a quarterback to lead the way for a change.

Defense could have day in sun
Following a mass exodus of offensive stars and starting quarterbacks, defense could dominate the Big Ten this season.

Utah again favored to finish at top of the league

West Virginia to rely more on QB's legs

Golden Bears on track to improve
BERKELEY, Calif. - A short walk around the California campus this summer was all Geoff McArthur needed as proof of how much Golden Bears football has changed since his freshman year.

Golden Bears on track to improve

Defense could have day in sun

ACC's best facilities

ACC's best facilities
SCOTT STADIUM, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: Consider what Virginia did with its stadium from 1998-2000 the college football equivalent of Baltimore's Camden Yards. Thanks to an $86 million renovation project - and a $25 million lead gift from alumnus Carl W. Smith - Scott Stadium went from a serviceable venue to a marvel.

S.C. State coach excited about defense

Auburn hasn't called Dooley
ATHENS, Ga. - Vince Dooley, Georgia's former longtime athletic director, might be interested in the vacant athletic director's job at Auburn University - at least, according to Auburn Interim President Ed Richardson, who said that three people have brought that to his attention.

Wofford set for playoff run

Sooners expect title win in '04
These are days of change in the Big 12. Kansas State is a defending champion for the first time in 70 years. New Nebraska coach Bill Callahan has run the option right out of Lincoln; the Big Red Machine is now a passing offense.

Kerry's revenge

Racist Iran
Thirty two years and eight summer Olympics after the kidnapping and slaughter of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich games, isn't it about time the international Olympic community eradicated hatred and racism from its midst?

Kerry's revenge
Presidential candidate John Kerry says science hasn't convinced him yet that it's safe to bury high level nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain, Nev., repository - so he would block it if elected.

Explore more trash options
There's good news and bad news in the Augusta Commission's handling of the garbage fee issue.

Is peace really the aim?

Is peace really the aim?
Treaties have ended most major modern wars. Peace has ensued most of the time. An uneasy one at times, but peace nonetheless.

Racist Iran

Heavenly Hamm
Real life is stranger and far more exciting than fiction - and also less believable. Sylvester Stallone's movie Rocky, for instance, was fiction, but it was credible. The drama that Oympic gymnast Paul Hamm experienced Wednesday in Athens, Greece, was real life - but incredible.

Heavenly Hamm

People in the News
NEW YORK -- First the board room, now the board game.

People in the News
ASTORIA, Ore. -- Former Vice President Al Gore was cited for speeding as he drove a rented car to visit family on the coast earlier this month.

'Neverland' manager testifies that authorities expanded search
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The property manager of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch testified Friday that sheriff's deputies looking for evidence last year searched areas that were not specified in a warrant.

Bullock court fight begins with builder
AUSTIN, Texas -- Miss Congeniality is waging a legal battle.

Jury with Oprah Winfrey convicts man of murder
CHICAGO -- Oprah Winfrey plans to bring her experience as a juror on a murder trial to her TV show next week, saying her three days in the jury box were a "reality check."

Jane Pauley reveals she was treated for bipolar disorder
NEW YORK -- Jane Pauley, whose highly anticipated syndicated talk show debuts Aug. 30, reveals she was treated for bipolar disorder in her new memoir, "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue."

Michael Jackson lawyers call accuser's stepfather to witness stand
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson's defense lawyers aim to find out whether authorities violated his attorney-client privilege when they broke into the office of a private investigator hired by the pop star.

Paris Hilton's pampered pet dog Tinkerbell has been found
LOS ANGELES -- Paris Hilton and her missing pet Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, have been reunited, Hilton's spokeswoman said Wednesday.

NASD orders first-ever suspension of mutual-fund business

30-year mortgage rates fall to lowest level in more than four months
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates declined again this week with 30-year mortgages remaining below the 6 percent level for a third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.

Tokyo stocks end higher on Wall Street's gains

Bonds prices slip
NEW YORK -- Bond prices slumped Friday, as falling oil prices gave investors a reason to buy stocks.

Hormel profit soars, but misses Street view

Dollar mostly higher against rivals
NEW YORK -The dollar advanced Friday versus most major currencies, lifted by end-of-the-week buying that was triggered after the U.S. currency failed to break below its lowest levels of the week.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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

Stocks sag as oil prices steam higher
NEW YORK -- With the much-ballyhooed initial public offering of Google Inc. behind them and oil chugging to a new record high, investors took a step back Thursday, sending stocks lower.

Faked voice mails tout stock in latest investor scam
WASHINGTON -- Investors are being told to be wary if they receive a friendly sounding voicemail from a female stranger offering a hot stock tip.

Charge hurts bottom line at Barnes & Noble
NEW YORK - Barnes & Noble Inc. posted a 35 percent drop in second-quarter earnings Thursday, hurt by a debt-redemption charge, but core results beat Wall Street's estimates.

Tokyo stocks end higher on Wall Street's gains
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Thursday as investors bought a broad range of issues following Wall Street's overnight strength. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Limited Brands earnings rise 45 percent

Stocks push higher as oil prices fall
NEW YORK -- A welcome drop off in oil prices sent stocks sharply higher Friday, sparking hopes that the stock market's recent downturn was at an end. The major indexes were all poised to end the week higher.

30-year mortgage rates fall to lowest level in more than four months

Faked voice mails tout stock in latest investor scam

Tokyo's main stock index ends lower on profit-taking
TOKYO -- Tokyo's main stock index ended lower Friday amid profit-taking of technology issues and concerns about soaring oil prices. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Bonds prices slip

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

NASD orders first-ever suspension of mutual-fund business
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The oak tree in Ilyse Kusnetz's back yard caused one headache when it crashed into her house during Hurricane Charley. Now the tree is sprouting a second worry: price gouging.

Tokyo's main stock index ends lower on profit-taking

Hormel profit soars, but misses Street view
AUSTIN, Minn. -Hormel Foods Corp. Thursday said its profit surged 62 percent in the latest quarter, boosted by growing sales and the sale of a unit.

Limited Brands earnings rise 45 percent
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Limited Brands reported a better-than-expected 45 percent jump in second-quarter earnings, helped by successful semi-annual sales at Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works chains.

Winn-Dixie reports narrower-than-expected loss
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Supermarket giant Winn-Dixie Stores Inc swung to a loss in the fourth quarter from a profit a year ago as it incurred costs from closing stores and facilities.

Winn-Dixie reports narrower-than-expected loss

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

VHF system gives tips on surface action

VHF system gives tips on surface action
One of the fun things about chasing surface schooling fish on Strom Thurmond Lake is being able to tell others where the action is through Channel 68 on a VHF radio system.

Fishing tournament news

Flowering shrubs offer diversity

Grow grapes and provide your great-great grandchildren with fruit
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Just when you think you've figured out how many products you can squeeze from a grape, along comes some others.

Flowering shrubs offer diversity
Shrubs are the backbone of any good garden, enclosing garden "rooms" and framing views all year-round.

Grow grapes and provide your great-great grandchildren with fruit

Art of topiary requires patience, careful pruning
If all it takes is seeing the angel in the stone to set it free, is seeing the dragon in the holly bush enough to make it so? Not necessarily.

Coffee grounds can be used to improve your garden's

Coffee grounds can be used to improve your garden's
Drinking coffee has almost become an American pastime. It seems that coffee shops are popping up everywhere,h and home consumption is up, too. So, how do drinking coffee and gardening go together? Coffee grounds. You can use those leftover grounds to compost and enrich your garden soil.

Art of topiary requires patience, careful pruning

Eagles sore after lengthy postseason streak ends
STATESBORO, Ga. - During the off-season, Georgia Southern football coach Mike Sewak had returning seniors pose for pictures with the Eagles' 2000 Division I-AA national championship trophy.

Five Questions
There's something bubbling under the surface in Statesboro, Ga., and it's not Beautiful Eagle Creek.

Jordan springs to top of depth chart
The inner calm of Daniel Jordan separates him from most athletes his age.

Gailey finds new gimmick to push team
ATLANTA - Football coaches find motivation for their teams in many sources.

Five questions about Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey enters his third season in Atlanta.

Walk-on linebacker carries a heavy load
Next week will provide North Augusta's David Sanborn with the very first taste of his college major, polymer and fiber engineering.

Ivery honor marks comeback
It was natural. Eddie Lee Ivery was just doing what he did best.

Eagles sore after lengthy postseason streak ends

Five Questions

Jordan springs to top of depth chart

Five questions about Georgia Tech

Ivery honor marks comeback

Gailey finds new gimmick to push team

Walk-on linebacker carries a heavy load

Georgia Southern golfer can't hold big lead, falls to Moore

Moore marches on at U.S. Amateur

Moore marches on at U.S. Amateur
MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Ryan Moore keeps rolling along in the U.S. Amateur, moving into the semifinals with a 3 and 2 victory over Jason Hartwick on Friday at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Georgia Southern golfer can't hold big lead, falls to Moore
MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Georgia Southern golfer Aron Price was poised to score the biggest upset of the U.S. Amateur on Thursday, then saw it all slip away.

Lye takes lead in Greater Hickory Classic

McCarron tied for lead at hometown Reno-Tahoe Open

McCarron tied for lead at hometown Reno-Tahoe Open
RENO, Nev. -- Scott McCarron made four birdies in 12 holes, moving into a four-way tie for the lead in the second round of the Reno-Tahoe Open on Friday before thunderstorms forced play to be suspended.

Lye takes lead in Greater Hickory Classic
CONOVER, N.C. -- Mark Lye birdied five of his first eight holes Friday and finished with a 6-under-par 66 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic.

Williston-Elko gets run over

Westside wins home opener

C.J. Byrd captures the attention of college football

Knights greet rival with rout

Thomson finds groove after halftime

Glenn Hills gets 'big-time' shutout

Laney stops Butler

Georgia schools adjust to region realignment

Prep football capsules

Westside wins home opener
A spot in school history was on the line Friday night for Westside. The Patriots played the role of home team on their own campus for the first time and they were playing a familiar foe, Richmond Academy.

Players at Westside now have home turf
The sign at the 50-yard line reads, "You're at our house NOW!!!!"

Knights greet rival with rout
HARLEM - Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis didn't wait two decades for this. It has been 20 years since Evans and Harlem played a football game against each other. The 1984 game featured a big Evans win. So did Friday's contest.

Thomson finds groove after halftime
On a night when the Bulldogs retired the Thomson High jersey of Georgia Tech and Green Bay Packers standout Eddie Lee Ivery, the Thomson coaching staff probably wished he could have been on the field for his old team.

Prep football capsules
Highlights from Friday's prep football games.

Glenn Hills gets 'big-time' shutout
Things had all but completely bogged for Glenn Hills. A missed block here, a penalty there: A lackadaisical haze had set in for the Spartans midway through the second quarter Friday night at Josey.

Laney stops Butler
This one goes in the survival column for the Laney Wildcats. Down 20-14 with 3:58 to go, Laney had a sure hand to turn to.

C.J. Byrd captures the attention of college football
C.J. Byrd's future is as simple today as plucking a football out of the sky. The North Augusta standout has 33 scholarship offers to play college football. No Augusta-area player has come close to that total before their senior season.

Georgia schools adjust to region realignment
Laney senior quarterback Dominique Walker is the best returning quarterback in the Augusta area. A three-year starter, he threw key passes for his Wildcats during the team's semifinal run to the Georgia Dome in 2002.

Williston-Elko gets run over
WILLISTON, S.C. - The one-two combination of Blackville-Hilda running backs Tharry Salley and Marcus Allen is usually enough for the Fighting Hawks to overpower most teams.

Consumers complain of price gouging in Charley's wake
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The oak tree in Ilyse Kusnetz's back yard caused one headache when it crashed into her house during Hurricane Charley. Now the tree is sprouting a second worry: price gouging.

Slowly, surely, Florida town hard-hit by Charley coming back to life
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Step by small step, life is returning to normal in this town hardest hit by Hurricane Charley.

Insurance claims moving quickly as Florida recovers from Charley
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- It took years for many insurance claims to be paid following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. This time, technology is helping speed along the claims process for residents hardest hit by Hurricane Charley.

Children cope with boredom, trauma after Charley
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Crystal Hoban's 3-year-old son James is having a hard time understanding why he can't watch his favorite television shows.

Bulletins at church could use an editor
It was great visiting at Hillcrest Baptist Church earlier this week and seeing so many old friends.

Late paper delivery notice
A series of mechanical malfunctions during the printing of advance sections of today's editions forced a late delivery for the fourth consecutive day. The breakdowns came as the newspaper was bringing online new equipment in the Chronicle's $2 million press expansion.

School dress code is grossly unfair
I am a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. I'm writing you with my concerns, similar to those of a majority of the student body at Davidson, about the dress code rules that are being enforced at our school. Chelsea Smith Augusta

Elect Jones as our county solicitor
Harold V. Jones II is articulate, very knowledgeable of the law, has a passion for making a difference in his community, is an advocate for victims' rights and simply loves what he does as Richmond County chief assistant solicitor general. Those are some of the reasons I am supporting Mr. Jones for Richmond County solicitor general. Helen Blocker-Adams Augusta

Change how we select president
I think we as a people have some serious flaws in how we elect our president. Gregory J. Topliff Aiken, S.C.

Local airport loses another customer
Recently I returned from working for CBS at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, and was greeted at Augusta Regional Airport by cars parked next to the curb so close you couldn't roll your suitcase between them. These cars were empty - no one in them. Get the picture? A.J. Wilson Augusta

Edwards helped the 'little guys'
It seems everyone wants to condemn vice presidential candidate John Edwards for being a trial lawyer. They intimate ... that he has been responsible for employees of sued companies losing their jobs, rising medical costs and escalating insurance premiums. Ron Ruzzy, North Augusta, S.C.

Get the facts on Charles Walker

Kerry, Edwards are merely front men

Kerry, Edwards are merely front men
It has been said, "Progress might have been all right at one time, but it has gone on now a bit too long." Albert Kitchen Jr. Augusta

Local airport loses another customer

Get the facts on Charles Walker
This letter is in reply to a letter written by Andy Chandler ("Poor-choice Walker makes poor case," Aug. 16). Doris Crutchfield Augusta

School dress code is grossly unfair

Circus loves to perform in Augusta

Circus loves to perform in Augusta
I'd like to apologize to the people of Augusta for comments attributed to me in Brian Mathewson's recent letter, "Replace our old civic center," Aug. 9). Ted McRae Vienna, Va.

Change how we select president

Kerry column skimped on facts
It is necessary to provide the facts about the day Sen. John Kerry was awarded the Silver Star, as opposed to Aug. 8's conjecture of Robert Hornberger and The Augusta Chronicle. ("Veteran questions Kerry's war hero credentials"). Samuel J. Graci III, Augusta

Column on vet strays from facts
Michael Ryan's column in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 8 ("Veteran questions Kerry's war-hero credentials") is a testament to the fact that an opinion column affords one the opportunity to write without regard to logic, validity of argument or journalistic integrity. John G. McBrayer Augusta

Top-down Crossfire is fashionable ride

Ponchos and capes make the transition from summer to fall

Harvard, Princeton hold stop in latest US News rankings

For colleges, matching up roommates is part art, part science

The Winner's Circle: And They're Off!

Ponchos and capes make the transition from summer to fall
NEW YORK -- It was mere months ago that most fashion fans would have shunned a poncho.

Top-down Crossfire is fashionable ride
America's convertible brand knows how to make the most of summer.

A study guide for back-to-school style
When it comes to fashion trends, the class of 2004 is an eclectic mix.

Harvard, Princeton hold stop in latest US News rankings
Perhaps a playoff is in order. For the second straight year, Harvard and Princeton share the top spot in the controversial U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges."

For colleges, matching up roommates is part art, part science
At Barnard College in New York, administrators read over lifestyle surveys and even a student essay in their efforts to make a successful freshman roommate match. At Michigan, they separate the smokers but leave the rest to chance. The University of Utah lets freshmen find their own roommates from anonymous profiles online.

The Winner's Circle: And They're Off!
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 14th chapter of an 18-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Deal on smoking ban may be given
After weathering a sea of strong opinions from both supporters and opponents of banning smoking in public places, Augusta commissioners might be looking at some type of compromise.

Across the area

Two teenagers will stay in jail
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Two teenage girls accused of killing one of the girls' grandparents were denied bond Thursday.

Police chief's kin is arrested

Casino boat offers 'gambling lite' while waiting to go to sea
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After suffering more setbacks than a gambler on a losing streak, the Millionaire's Casino opened its doors to the public Friday.

Challenges await team

Roadwork tests patience of drivers
Karen O'Gorman looked at the line of cars on Furys Ferry Road and let loose a long sigh.

Late paper delivery notice

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, WAKE UP and get your priorities together. Have you called your mom and just told her you love her? Have you hugged your spouse and children today? Have you thanked God that we are all in a country like the U.S. were we have the opportunity to complain about such mundane things like a smoking ban or increased trash prices? Stop, take a breath, and reflect on all the things that you have, and smile, tomorrow it could be gone.

DeMint debate decried

MCG fires woman for using card
A Medical College of Georgia employee was fired this week after the school said she admitted charging $700 of personal items to a state purchasing card.

Across Georgia

Playground might pose toxic threat
Teachers have stopped children from using renovated playground equipment at Garrett Elementary School because materials used in the project might be toxic, officials said Friday.

Church vows to rebuild

Games begin tonight
Tyrese Harris and Antuanne Kerr piled together in a Chevrolet van in early June. They took a four-hour ride to Auburn University for a football camp. Their final football season as Butler Bulldogs was well under way.

Games begin tonight

Challenges await team
BURNETTOWN - The new, small, tight-knit football team from Midland Valley Preparatory School lacks experience going into its first season on the field.

Cheek wants cap on center's cost

Luxury hotel to open on Kiawah
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Sanctuary, South Carolina's newest luxury hotel and one of the most expensive ever built in the state, opens to visitors today after a ribbon-cutting at the palatial $125 million oceanfront resort and spa on Kiawah Island.

Roadwork tests patience of drivers

Area plans study of accident sites
Transportation officials are taking steps to fix the area's most dangerous intersections.

Area plans study of accident sites

Problems with computer, press led to four days of late papers
Whoever came up with that line "no pain, no gain" could have been installing a computer system or a new printing press.

Justice Department: raid at S.C. high school didn't violate civil rights laws

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 2-year-old girl at day care was left unattended inside a van at a Columbia library for about 30 minutes.

Across South Carolina

Blast doesn't affect Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - An explosion at a northeast Athens pharmaceutical plant Thursday morning that sent large plumes of black smoke over the area and injured two workers did not pose any health risks to area residents, officials said.

Two teenagers will stay in jail

Sheriff honors employee for his service in Iraq war
Instead of Richmond County sheriff's office gray, Lindon Haworth Jr. appeared before the Law Enforcement Center Friday morning in desert camouflage.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mia Davis, 3, of Augusta.

Officials will tour city hit by hurricane
Augusta officials say a trip to Florida will provide valuable insights on emergency preparedness.

Business owners say ban has mixed impact
Determining whether smoking bans have a negative impact on a business' revenues is like a smoke-filled bar - kind of hazy.

Jail EPD chief, lawyer urges

County officials avoid ordinance
AIKEN - Aiken County officials are no longer considering an ordinance to restrict tattoo parlors from opening in the county after months of planning to impose zoning regulations on body art businesses.

Disease is confirmed in two Atlanta men

Cheek wants cap on center's cost
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek pushed to cut the cost of the proposed judicial center by $20 million Thursday so that it would not exceed $60 million.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A year after an audit revealed sloppy tracking of state government cell phone use, the government is just starting to reform the way it keeps track of wireless phones, a state legislative committee was told Thursday.

Across the area
A man charged in the sexual assault of a McDuffie County woman faces additional charges after authorities determined that the act was committed in the presence of her young child.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - Prosecutors say a 31-year-old Lake City woman has been charged with homicide by child abuse after tests showed her stillborn infant had cocaine in its system.

Correction
Because inaccurate information was provided to the newspaper, a report in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified the drivers of two vehicles involved in a Monday accident on Georgia Highway 56. According to the Georgia State Patrol post in Sylvania, Marcell Williams drove a 2001 Mack logging truck, while Earnest Lee Rucker drove a 1995 Freightliner tractor-trailer. The state patrol said Mr. Williams was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Across the area
The University of South Carolina Aiken was ranked as the second top public comprehensive college in the South in the 2005 edition of U.S. News & World Report's guide of America's Best Colleges.

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Walker asks to dismiss inquiry
State Senate candidate Charles Walker has long said politics were behind his recent federal indictment.

Church vows to rebuild
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Viola Drummond's initial description of a fire that destroyed Camden County's oldest black church was "an act of God" that seemed to end an important part of her life.

Across Georgia
PEACHTREE CITY - Smokers soon may no longer light up in Peachtree City restaurants and workplaces under a smoking ban approved Thursday.

DeMint debate decried
AIKEN - Stung by sharp attacks this week on his support of a national sales tax, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, unveiled three radio debates next week with his Democratic opponent.

County staves off parlors with loophole in law
AIKEN - Not to put too fine a point on it, but tattoo artists won't know whether they can open for business in Aiken County until lawmakers settle an ink-stained debate about a potential loophole local politicians want to use to bar body art parlors.

Proposal benefits tourism gateway
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The tourist boulevard along Savannah's quaint River Street will expand soon with the construction of a $570 million mixed-use development that city officials say will transform a chunk of land - next door to downtown Savannah - that resembles a wasteland.

Kid of the day
Kiana Boyd of Waynesboro, Ga. is today's Kid of the Day.

Jail EPD chief, lawyer urges
WARRENTON, Ga. - A former state attorney general asked a judge Thursday to jail the director of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division over her agency's refusal to approve a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County.

Support protects college branch

Disease is confirmed in two Atlanta men
Two Atlanta men are Georgia's first confirmed human cases of West Nile virus this year, the state Division of Public Health announced Thursday. Two south Georgia men, one of whom died, also might have gotten the disease last year from dialysis, although it is more likely it came from a mosquito bite, health officials said.

Walker asks to dismiss inquiry

Advisory panel's use is debated
It sounded funny the way school board member Marion Barnes said it: The advisory board has never advised the board.

Sheriff honors employee for his service in Iraq war

Police chief's kin is arrested
ATHENS, Ga. - An investigation into a series of armed robberies has led to the arrest of a child in the Athens police chief's family.

More free advice for the UGA president

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Two men arrested on attack charges
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two men in separate cases, accusing them in attacks on women.

Justice Department: raid at S.C. high school didn't violate civil rights laws
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A guns-drawn raid at a high school last year did not violate civil rights laws and the case is closed, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Kid of the day

More free advice for the UGA president
Dear Mike Adams: For several years, I have suggested that you would be well served to accept some sage advice from yours truly and that doing so might extricate you from the controversies that seem to swirl around you like fruit flies in a peach orchard. Because I received no response, I can only assume that (a) you didn't know I had made this offer because you have better things to do than read my column, (b) your loyal lieges don't get paid near enough money to have to put up with you and me both, or (c) somebody in your office ran the numbers and determined that my advice was worth about what the University of Georgia was willing to pay for it: nothing.

Advisory panel's use is debated

Thousands pay tribute to McIntyre
Thousands came Friday to pay their respects to former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre at his "Home Going Celebration" at Bell Auditorium.

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, WAKE UP and get your priorities together. Have you called your mom and just told her you love her? Have you hugged your spouse and children today? Have you thanked God that we are all in a country like the U.S. were we have the opportunity to complain about such mundane things like a smoking ban or increased trash prices? Stop, take a breath, and reflect on all the things that you have, and smile, tomorrow it could be gone.

Man accused in wife's death

Thousands pay tribute to McIntyre

Support protects college branch
ALLENDALE - On her first day back to class Thursday, Janyse Scott handed over her credit card to charge $143 worth of textbooks.

Business owners say ban has mixed impact

Playground might pose toxic threat

Across Georgia

Across the area

Two men arrested on attack charges

Deal on smoking ban may be given

Man accused in wife's death
Police said a domestic dispute between two newlyweds turned deadly Friday when a man fatally shot his wife in an Augusta home.

Problems with computer, press led to four days of late papers

State asks for federal relief funds
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said Friday that state and local governments suffered more than $5.1 million in damage and expenses tied to Hurricane Charley last week.

State tries to boost salaries

State tries to boost salaries
ATLANTA - Despite a long-term goal of keeping teacher salaries above the Southeastern average, South Carolina is still surrounded by states that, on average, pay teachers thousands more than the Palmetto State.

Illegal CDs, DVDs seized
Richmond County sheriff's deputies seized thousands of counterfeit compact discs and digital video discs Friday after raiding three local businesses selling illegally downloaded music and movies.

Kid of the day

Producer sues over 'Lord of the Rings' profits

At the Movies: 'Without a Paddle'

At the Movies: 'Exorcist: The Beginning'

At the Movies: 'Without a Paddle'
Considering its source - the filmmaker behind the atrocious Adam Sandler flicks "Little Nicky" and "Mr. Deeds" - the backcountry comedy "Without a Paddle" is comparatively tolerable.

At the Movies: 'Exorcist: The Beginning'

Zhang Ziyi to star in 'Memoirs of a Geisha' movie
LOS ANGELES -- After long years of development and some tricky Hollywood dealmaking, a movie version of the best-selling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha" is headed into production.

At the Movies: 'Garden State'
What a wonderful surprise "Garden State" is, from an unexpected source: Zach Braff, star of the sitcom "Scrubs," who's the film's writer, director and star.

At the Movies: 'Exorcist: The Beginning'
A new "Exorcist" flick must have seemed like a good idea three years ago, with a director's cut of the original having just pulled in almost $40 million, a huge payday for a re-release.

At the Movies: 'Garden State'

At the Movies: 'Exorcist: The Beginning'
A new "Exorcist" flick must have seemed like a good idea three years ago, with a director's cut of the original having just pulled in almost $40 million, a huge payday for a re-release.

Producer sues over 'Lord of the Rings' profits
LOS ANGELES -- Pay up, Frodo. So says Saul Zaentz, a Hollywood producer who has sued New Line Cinema for $20 million in royalties from the blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Zhang Ziyi to star in 'Memoirs of a Geisha' movie

Sahara Hotnights look to garner more fans
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Forgoing the Swedish legacy of ABBA's pop anthems, Sahara Hotnights' blend of punk-inspired guitar riffs and frenetic rhythms manifest the rawer version of rock being produced in this Scandinavian country.

Sahara Hotnights look to garner more fans

Elmer Bernstein, Oscar-winning composer, dead at 82

The Calling returns with new album
NEW YORK -- Two years ago, the Calling burst onto the charts with "Wherever You Will Go." Alex Band and Aaron Kamin were young, excited - and, they admit, a little naive.

Elmer Bernstein, Oscar-winning composer, dead at 82
LOS ANGELES -- Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who created a brawny, big-sky theme for "The Magnificent Seven," nerve-jangling jazz for "The Man With The Golden Arm" and heart-rending grace notes for "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died.

The Calling returns with new album

Del McCoury, Alison Krauss lead the list of Bluegrass nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Del McCoury Band received a leading 12 International Bluegrass Music Award nominations on Thursday.

Burton looks forward to fresh start with new team

Burton looks forward to fresh start with new team
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jeff Burton is not necessarily glad his nine-year run with Roush Racing is over.

Phoenix Suns acquire center Steve Hunter
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns signed free agent Steven Hunter to bolster their inside game.

Phoenix Suns acquire center Steve Hunter

Falcons backup quarterback pummels Vikings

Vick to see little preseason action

Eagles top Ravens

NFL Capsules

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Croatians win 4-hour match for doubles bronze
ATHENS, Greece -- Excited about winning a bronze medal, Mario Ancic tried flinging his racket into the stands. It fell a few feet short, rattling on the court.

Phelps wins fourth Olympic gold in 200 individual medley
ATHENS, Greece -- American Michael Phelps won his fourth gold medal of the Olympics in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday night, leading the entire race.

Bekele pulls away to win 10,000 meters
ATHENS, Greece -- Sprinting the final lap of the 10,000 meters, Kenenisa Bekele ended the reign of fellow Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie on Friday night with an Olympic-record winning time of 27 minutes, 05.10 seconds.

As Athens sizzles, athletes and fans strip down to cool off
ATHENS, Greece -- It wasn't even noon Thursday, and already they were getting half-naked at the pool.

Peirsol reclaims Olympic gold after being disqualified
ATHENS, Greece -- Aaron Peirsol's emotions whipsawed between joy and confusion, sadness and finally relief.

Japan's Ueno pitches first Olympic perfect game
ATHENS, Greece - Yukiko Ueno (above) pitched the first perfect game in Olympic softball history Friday, leading Japan to a 2-0 win over China and a spot in the tournament semifinals.

It's No. 1 Henin-Hardenne vs. No. 2 Mauresmo for gold
ATHENS, Greece -- Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium will play No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo of France for the Olympics women's singles gold medal in tennis.

Phelps grabs another gold and lets go of the spotlight
ATHENS, Greece -- Michael Phelps became an Olympic champion by winning more gold medals than all but a handful of competitors ever had.

Patterson reclaims U.S. gold
ATHENS - As Carly Patterson waited for her final routine Thursday night, her coach looked into her eyes and saw a fire that burned brighter than the Olympic flame.

Overtime

Agassi, Hewitt move into Legg Mason semis
WASHINGTON - Andre Agassi continues to make quick work of the field at the Legg Mason tournament, winning 6-4, 6-4 Friday over Paul-Henri Mathieu to reach the tournament's semifinals for the seventh straight year.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx added size to its lineup, signing the well-traveled Mark Scott on Thursday.

Ivery honor marks major comeback
ATLANTA - It was natural.

Eagles top Ravens
PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens caught Donovan McNabb's long pass in stride, raced into the end zone, put his hands on his hips, stared at the crowd and nodded his head.

Falcons backup quarterback pummels Vikings
ATLANTA -- The quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons appeared comfortable in the new West Coast offense, calmly using his mobility to avoid pressure and then finding open receivers.

NFL Capsules
ATLANTA -- Matt Schaub threw three touchdown passes in relief of Michael Vick, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-24 preseason victory Friday night over the Minnesota Vikings.

Vick to see little preseason action
ATLANTA - With training camp finished at Furman University, the Atlanta Falcons are switching to a different gear, but coach Jim Mora remains guarded about starting quarterback Michael Vick.

Rise of evangelical churches turns Brazil into feverish market for Bibles
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The Bible Belt has moved south... all the way south of the equator to Brazil.

Ministry will help unemployed
When a proposed business reorganization threatened her husband's job, Marsha Jones joked that she would feel better if she could burn someone in effigy.

Church working to protect Hispanic farmworkers from pesticides
PROSSER, Wash. -- The Sunday Mass ended, a handful of Hispanic farmworkers quietly file down the hall to a classroom at Sacred Heart Church. On the wall, a poster warning about the dangers of pesticides goes unnoticed, as does a stack of pamphlets on the table.

Religion News in Brief
NEW YORK -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by parishioners who want a greater say in how the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America operates.

Faith digest
JAZZ TROMBONIST WYCLIFFE Gordon and gospel singer Cindy Wilkinson will stage a benefit concert at 7 tonight at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave. The event benefits Angel's Touch and missions outreach. Call 738-8822.

'Good as New' is the wildest, wackiest of today's trendy Bibles
After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, he saw "the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, 'Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased"' (Mark 1:10-11, Revised Standard Version).

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Woman is God's puppet for spreading word
The gift of a puppet from a former pastor and a week at a workshop about 10 years ago uncovered a hidden talent in Tawanna Kelly - ventriloquism.

TV news shows guest lineup

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 9-15. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

TV news shows guest lineup
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Paris Hilton's pampered pet dog Tinkerbell has been found

Jury with Oprah Winfrey convicts man of murder

Michael Jackson lawyers call accuser's stepfather to witness stand

'Neverland' manager testifies that authorities expanded search

Jane Pauley reveals she was treated for bipolar disorder

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Cooper waits for turn to shine
When Kregg Lumpkin went down in the first week of practice with a knee injury, conventional wisdom said Michael Cooper would jump to the first team.

Cooper waits for turn to shine

Georgia must be careful with its national title dreams
Two neck surgeries had his head pinned to a pillow last summer, but Tommy Tuberville's ears were working just fine.

Georgia must be careful with its national title dreams

Five questions about Georgia
The expectations are sky high for Georgia coach Mark Richt, who is entering his fourth season in Athens.

Pollack, Greene will set the tone

Five questions about Georgia

Pollack, Greene will set the tone
Mark Richt said a few weeks back that he'd trust David Pollack and David Greene with his children's lives.

Five questions about South Carolina

Five questions about South Carolina
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has endured back-to-back losing seasons the past two years.

Holtz looking for new attitude

Holtz looking for new attitude
COLUMBIA - Don't get Lou Holtz wrong. He loves South Carolina's fans, the very same ones that kept filling Williams-Brice Stadium in the middle of his first year in 1999, a season the Gamecocks ended 0-11.

Williamson ready to get serious
COLUMBIA - Spring practice is such a superfluous exercise in so many college football players' minds.

Williamson ready to get serious

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Hollywood Cemetery shows movies at its mausoleum

Faith digest

Woman is God's puppet for spreading word

Rise of evangelical churches turns Brazil into feverish market for Bibles

'Good as New' is the wildest, wackiest of today's trendy Bibles

Faith Calendar

Religion News in Brief

Church working to protect Hispanic farmworkers from pesticides