Seismology matters in 'The Big One'
Today, Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee is a shady and tranquil spot for hunting, fishing and relaxation. It shows the casual visitor little to hint at its traumatic birth less than two centuries ago.

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.

Sheriff recounts hunt for Green River killer
The Green River killings haunted the Seattle area for two decades, affecting nearly everyone in some way. But probably no one other than victims' families were as affected as the investigators who followed a long trail of bodies until they finally led to Gary Ridgway.

Seismology matters in 'The Big One'

Sheriff recounts hunt for Green River killer

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.

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

Chicago teams under scrutiny

Chicago teams under scrutiny
CHICAGO - Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams might have escaped punishment, but that doesn't mean Major League Baseball is done keeping a close eye on his White Sox, and the Cubs as well.

Take my advice: Make college what you want

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.

Pitcher awaits shot at majors
ATLANTA - By all accounts, Jose Capellan can pitch.

Green's homers help sink Braves

Pitcher awaits shot at majors

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.

Dodgers top Braves in 11 innings

Green's homers help sink Braves
LOS ANGELES - Shawn Green hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Saturday, snapping Mike Hampton's string of seven consecutive wins.

Business briefs

Hanes opens unmentionables market in China

Cooperative efforts
When Michael Phillips isn't in class, he's likely mixing chemicals in a lab.

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.

Employee performance evaluations shouldn't be an annual event only

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.

Wendy's weekly milk sales hit 1 million

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

New Delta will reflect changes in all airlines
ATLANTA - Financial storm clouds are gathering over the headquarters of Delta Air Lines, threatening to rain down job cuts, slashed employee salaries and reduced flight offerings.

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

New Delta will reflect changes in all airlines

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.

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.

Slow-moving lawsuits over music downloads producing court twists

Augusta Mall will be sold late this year

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

File-swapping software makers not liable for copyright abuses

Business calendar

Business calendar
MONDAY: Financial Peace University; Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church; 6:30 p.m.; the 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principals and small-group accountability.

Crude price spike could send gasoline prices higher

Herbalists grow their trade
Bill Clement sees them on a daily basis: People who are tired of taking prescription medication and want the trained herbalist to recommend a more natural remedy to cure their ills. He feels a hefty responsibility to closely monitor their progress.

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.

Cooperative efforts

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.

Herbalists grow their trade

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.

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.

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.

Employee performance evaluations shouldn't be an annual event only
NEW YORK -- Small business owners with some down time this summer might be thinking about compiling annual performance evaluations for their employees.

McIntyre had one reporter who was willing to forgive his transgressions

McIntyre had one reporter who was willing to forgive his transgressions
They buried Ed McIntyre last week. Augusta won't be the same.

Leagues fight for title status
Clemson linebacker Leroy Hill can't set foot within his hometown's city limits before the talk begins.

ACC high on major changes

New additions spark interest

New additions spark interest
One is an outcast, the other a misfit.

ACC high on major changes
The giant sign in front of North Carolina State's Carter-Finley Stadium is a testimony to Atlantic Coast Conference expansion.

Car thefts made easy

Racist Iran

The party left, not Miller
Democrats may look at Georgia Sen. Zell Miller as a gadfly. In truth, he's a canary. He's trying to tell the party that its mine is poisoned.

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.

Get on with tax reform

Get on with tax reform
There are two kinds of issues in political campaigns - real issues, of interest to voters, and phony or distracting issues that bore or confuse voters. In South Carolina the race for the U.S. Senate between Republican Rep. Jim DeMint and Democratic state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum has gotten off track with a silly debate about debates.

Car thefts made easy
Car thefts are up in Richmond County. Do you know why? Because more drivers are leaving keys in their cars. Thefts of vehicles with keys in them have been averaging about 20 per month, says sheriff's Lt. Tony Walden.

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.

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."

Mutual fund investors should be wary of online scams
NEW YORK -- The mutual fund touted on the Web site sounded familiar, but a guaranteed annual return of 657 percent raised eyebrows at a watchdog group. Within days the bogus site had been yanked by federal authorities, who launched their first investigation of a "phishing" scam targeting a mutual fund complex.

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.

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.

Bonds prices slip

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.

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

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.

Mutual fund investors should be wary of online scams

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.

Faked voice mails tout stock in latest investor scam

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

Singer never hesitates to sample ethnic food

Singer never hesitates to sample ethnic food
If music is food for the soul, then the voice of Augusta-born opera soprano Jessye Norman is a banquet fit for the souls of kings.

Reliever's confidence soars as ERA drops
Over the past three weeks, Augusta manager Chad Epperson has seen something he expected to see since the beginning of June.

Lye takes lead in Greater Hickory Classic

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.

Cink makes Sutton look good
AKRON, Ohio - Stewart Cink watched his 50-foot chip track to the hole, then thrust his arms in the air when it fell in for a birdie Saturday at the NEC Invitational.

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.

Fleisher has a 3-shot lead

Moore to meet Georgian for title

Cink makes Sutton look good

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.

Fleisher has a 3-shot lead
CONOVER, N.C. - North Carolina has been kind to Bruce Fleisher.

Moore to meet Georgian for title
MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Ryan Moore moved into a position to try for his fourth amateur title of the year, beating Jeff Overton 2 and 1 in the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot Golf Club on Saturday.

McCarron tied for lead at hometown Reno-Tahoe Open

Reliever's confidence soars as ERA drops

Williston-Elko gets run over

Talent overcomes Golden Hawks in opener

Knights greet rival with rout

Laney stops Butler

Thomson finds groove after halftime

Westside wins home opener

Prep football capsules

Glenn Hills gets 'big-time' shutout

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

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.

Talent overcomes Golden Hawks in opener
It sounded like the sort of poor-mouthing legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley would appreciate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Take my advice: Make college what you want
My sister sent her oldest child off to college last week. She tried to sound upbeat as she described the event, but I sensed some apprehension.

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

A question from the deep end
I just have one comment on the smoking ban. Isn't having a smoking section in a public restaurant just like having a urinating section in a public swimming pool? Tom Battey 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.

Smoking is freedom of choice

Smoking is freedom of choice
I understand that secondhand smoke hurts others, but it's a freedom of choice. Joe Nirenberg Jackson, S.C.

A question from the deep end

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

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

We have a right to stay healthy

Choose life by choosing smoke ban
Cigarettes killed my mother in 1966 at age 53. Cigarettes robbed me of her love and companionship for at least 25 years and robbed her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandson of knowing her. Paul L. Cook Augusta

No proof smoking is unhealthy

No proof smoking is unhealthy
Our so-called free enterprise system of government is in jeopardy. Government should keep its nose out of freedom of choice within the business community. Harry Sellers Hephzibah

We have a right to stay healthy
I am appalled at the stupidity of the smoker-rights activists. You would think that smokers make up the sole customer base of bars and restaurants. Establishment owners seem not to be aware of the increase in business revenues in New York City alone since their changeover. We have gut feelings around here about things that are empirical. I call these nut feelings. Michael J. Rhoden North Augusta, S.C.

Local airport loses another customer

Weathering life's storms

The power of color

Welcome to 'The Garden' where the legends grow

In the know

Handwritten letters take on status of appreciated gifts

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

The Winner's Circle: The Broken Circle

Ponchos and capes make the transition from summer to fall

Style Briefs

Biking in the picturesque Aran Islands

Ecotourism draws visitors to old-growth forests

Adults discover appeal of making home in trees

Ecotourism draws visitors to old-growth forests
MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. -- As they hiked into the old-growth forest, the tourists fell silent. They looked at the ancient trees sweeping skyward - the massive Douglas firs with their rutted bark, the smoother and redder cedars and the scaly hemlocks.

Adults discover appeal of making home in trees
It usually starts as a joke. Even you think you're kidding, at first. A treehouse? Grow up. But then fantasy overwhelms your rational instincts, bit by bit.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- Ann Taylor debuts its 50th anniversary collection in a new multimedia ad campaign featuring 50 possible "Anns": Linda Evangelista, Patti Hansen and daughters Alexandra and Theodora Richards, Twiggy, Beverly Johnson and Frankie Rayder, among them.

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.

Biking in the picturesque Aran Islands
KILRONAN, Ireland -- Cycling across the largest of Ireland's Aran Islands, it's easy to lose yourself in the labyrinth of walls, painstakingly built over centuries, rock by rock, by a handful of humans determined to eke an existence from a reluctant but beautiful land.

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.

Welcome to 'The Garden' where the legends grow
NEW YORK -- It's known simply as "The Garden," a perfect appellation for a place where legends grow.

In the know
Laura Holbrook and Rick Barnes have fate and friends to thank for their love.

Handwritten letters take on status of appreciated gifts
In a time of computerized form letters, cell-phone minute management and e-mail accounts, there seems to be little room for the handwritten note.

The Winner's Circle: The Broken Circle
STORY SO FAR: The starting gate opened: the horses burst out, pouring in a tight huddle around the backstretch. Ben can't believe his eyes when Gogo begins to pull ahead. It's neck and neck down to the wire.

Weathering life's storms
Annie Lewis Hall was reading in her Johnston, S.C., home in 1998 when a television station broadcast an alert.

The power of color
In a recent issue of House & Garden results of a color study co-sponsored by the magazine and Pantone, Inc. revealed that respondents want color in their homes. The findings range from the reaffirming to the intriguing and the startling. Here are a few of the surprising insights into the decorating mind of the American consumer:

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

Investigator says 911 call preceded woman's killing

Officials assert safety at plants
In the predawn hours of May 25, a small fire crackled to life within the sprawling BioLab Inc. chemical warehouse complex near Conyers, Ga.

Man accused in wife's death

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.

Teens remember fallen friend

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.

Deal on smoking ban may be given

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Officials assert safety at plants

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.

Rants and raves
I MUST RANT ABOUT the slide shoes of all types and heights, including flip-flops, being worn at schools by students, teachers and staff. They can be dangerous to the wearer and others. For instance, in an emergency everyone would be slowed down by you having trouble keeping your shoes on your feet as you tried to hurry. They are also noisy and distracting as they slap-slap-slap against your feet, which certainly isn't appropriate in school. Schools, please correct this fashion faux pas.

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.

Support protects college branch

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.

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

Kid of the day

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

Disagreements threaten civil rights group's future

Two men arrested on attack charges

Chance of a lifetime

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

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Playground might pose toxic threat

Business owners say ban has mixed impact

Walker asks to dismiss inquiry

Thousands pay tribute to McIntyre

Sheriff honors employee for his service in Iraq war

Systems plan suit for more funding
Dr. Mark Peterson says he isn't greedy. The superintendent of the McDuffie County school system simply wants to be treated fairly.

More free advice for the UGA president

Disagreements threaten civil rights group's future
ATLANTA - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is inextricably tied to some of the civil rights movement's greatest accomplishments, from the 1963 March on Washington to the "Bloody Sunday" march that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Kid of the day

News you can use
AUG. 22, 1972 Officers of the Richmond County Property Owners Association accused the Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors on Monday of a "premeditated criminal conspiracy" to grant property tax breaks to the rich and influential. They cited the tax records of 14 firms and individuals as proof of their case. The assessors angrily denied the allegations. They promised a "case by case" reply at their September meeting.

Transplant recipients celebrate life

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jacquan D. Reynolds, 6, of Augusta.

Crematory's family suit ready
ROME, Ga. - Nearly 1,700 relatives of people whose bodies were found piled across a crematory's property are suing the owner for all he's worth, which might not be much.

Chance of a lifetime
Three weeks ago, Trish Hammond was just a nanny who happened to sing well.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - The state Supreme Court has suspended Spartanburg County Magistrate Larry Hutchins after he was accused of using a racial slur and having three employees fired after they made complaints against him.

Police expect dip in crime
Parents aren't the only ones happy that their children are back in school.

Transplant recipients celebrate life
For Lena Gotschall and Jean Altoonian, Aug. 15 is celebrated with as much zeal as any birthday.

Small blaze kills man
A 22-year-old Burnettown man died Saturday morning after an entertainment system in his apartment apparently caught fire, authorities said.

Teens remember fallen friend
BEECH ISLAND - The teenagers of Russell Hills returned to the burned and blackened home in Beech Island last week to mourn a friend and question why he died.

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.

Area accidents rarely approach worst-case scenarios
Although Augusta's major industries often use worst-case accident scenarios to fine-tune their safety and response procedures, the real-life accidents that typically occur here involve smaller amounts of chemicals and rarely migrate off site, where the public could be affected.

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.

Investigator says 911 call preceded woman's killing
Richmond County sheriff's deputies who discovered a woman shot to death went to her home Friday after receiving a third-party 911 call saying the woman was being threatened, sheriff's investigator Sgt. Richard Roundtree said Saturday.

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

Across Georgia
SMYRNA - Former professional wrestler Harrison "Hardbody" Norris has been arrested on charges he bailed women out of jail and then forced them into prostitution.

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.

Across the area
Police arrested a Hephzibah man Friday night after reports that he pulled a gun on another man during a fight.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the Southeast
LILLINGTON, N.C. - Five men who allegedly tried to get into a locked bank and then fled from police rammed into a car, killing the driver and her teenage daughter.

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.

Family who died in fire buried together
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The family of five who died in a Rock Hill house fire about two weeks ago were buried together, even though authorities said the person who set the fire died in the blaze.

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Rants and raves
I MUST RANT ABOUT the slide shoes of all types and heights, including flip-flops, being worn at schools by students, teachers and staff. They can be dangerous to the wearer and others. For instance, in an emergency everyone would be slowed down by you having trouble keeping your shoes on your feet as you tried to hurry. They are also noisy and distracting as they slap-slap-slap against your feet, which certainly isn't appropriate in school. Schools, please correct this fashion faux pas.

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

Systems plan suit for more funding

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.

News you can use

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

Across the area
Police arrested a Hephzibah man Friday night after reports that he pulled a gun on another man during a fight.

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.

Across the area

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.

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

Police expect dip in crime

Dooley would tarnish legacy if he moves on
Just when you thought it was safe to focus energies on the most important part of Georgia athletics - football - another weed sprouted in the carefully tended legacy garden of Vince Dooley.

At the Movies: 'Exorcist: The Beginning'

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: 'Exorcist: The Beginning'

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.

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

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.

Producer sues over 'Lord of the Rings' profits

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.

Sahara Hotnights look to garner more fans

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.

Busch rules again

Sadler celebrates 200 with fastest lap

Burton looks forward to fresh start with new team

Sadler celebrates 200 with fastest lap
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Elliott Sadler will be making his 200th career start in today's GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway, and he marked the occasion Saturday with the fastest lap in the final practice session.

Edwards gets shot, but it might cost him

Busch rules again
BROOKLYN, Mich. - It took Kyle Busch 27 laps to work his way to the lead Saturday despite starting second. After that, though, there was little doubt who was the fastest driver in the Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race.

Edwards gets shot, but it might cost him
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Before he was picked to drive Jack Roush's No. 99 Ford for the next two years, Carl Edwards was best known for his back-flip at the finish line after winning the Craftsman Truck Series race this year at Daytona International Speedway.

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

NFL Capsules

Eagles top Ravens

Manning's maturity comes as no surprise

Moss gives Hall first NFL lesson

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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.

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.

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.

Henin-Hardenne returns for gold

Lingering pain hurts Haworth

Phelps sits, ties record for medals
ATHENS - Michael Phelps won another gold medal, this time wearing khaki shorts and flip-flops.

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.

Lingering pain hurts Haworth
ATHENS - Turns out China's Tang Gonghong is great under pressure.

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.

Henin-Hardenne returns for gold
ATHENS, Greece - It's safe to say Justine Henin-Hardenne is back on top of her game. She's healthy for the first time in months - and has a gold medal to prove it.

Iraqis refuse to let medal dreams die
IRAKLION, Greece - Iraqi soccer coach Adnan Hamad couldn't complete more than a few sentences without his cell phone ringing. His team is one step away from an improbable trip to the medal podium, and he was more than happy to spread the word to a country in dire need of good news.

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.

Decline of dove population puzzles experts

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Decline of dove population puzzles experts
If your dove shoots haven't been up to par in recent years, it might be more than an isolated coincidence, according to data from a 10-year study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Getting an early start
Katelyn Steed of Jackson, S.C., took her first deer as South Carolina's early deer season opened last weekend in most Lower State counties. The opening date offered warm-weather hunters a rare opportunity to harvest a buck in velvet. Katelyn, 7, took her deer while hunting with her father, Martin Steed, last weekend on a hunting trip in Aiken County.

Moss gives Hall first NFL lesson
ATLANTA - Randy Moss is the first big-time receiver to give DeAngelo Hall a glimpse of what lies ahead this year.

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.

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.

Manning's maturity comes as no surprise
ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Giants bet their future that Eli will be the next great Manning. The risk seems to be paying off.

Philadelphia RB likely gone
PHILADELPHIA - Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter probably will miss the season after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee in the first quarter of Philadelphia's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on Friday night.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dooley would tarnish legacy if he moves on

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TV news shows guest lineup
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TV news shows guest lineup

Jane Pauley reveals she was treated for bipolar disorder

'Neverland' manager testifies that authorities expanded search

Hollywood Cemetery shows movies at its mausoleum

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Rise of evangelical churches turns Brazil into feverish market for Bibles

Woman is God's puppet for spreading word

Faith Calendar

Church working to protect Hispanic farmworkers from pesticides

Religion News in Brief

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

Faith digest