Ethiopia's Lucy fossil to make its public debut in Houston
HOUSTON -- The first-ever public display of Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old fossil discovered in Ethiopia, is scheduled for Houston in 2006, to the chagrin of some anthropologists who fear the project will harm the partial skeleton.

Ethiopia's Lucy fossil to make its public debut in Houston

Sports photo captures Olympic history

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.

Origami artists spawn paper-folding revival
TOKYO -- Joseph Wu holds his dragon as gently as many fathers would cradle a newborn. It's his pride and joy, and mind-boggling in its intricacy, with eyes, scales, webbed feet - all made out of paper.

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.

Sports photo captures Olympic history
The curse of the sports photographer has always been redundancy. Year after year, city after city, he travels in a pack, following the competitive grind in pursuit of images that rise above decorating the box scores and go on to shape our collective sports consciousness.

Sheriff recounts hunt for Green River killer

Origami artists spawn paper-folding revival

Seismology matters in 'The Big One'

New Indian museum seeks balance of historical and contemporary
WASHINGTON -- The newest Smithsonian museum is gathering ancient ceramics, intricate beadwork and modern art to illustrate the past and present of native peoples spread across the Western Hemisphere for some 20,000 years.

New Indian museum seeks balance of historical and contemporary

Angels edge Yankees

Expos defeat Rockies

Cubs top Astros
HOUSTON -- Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer, Moises Alou also homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 11-6 on Sunday in the testy conclusion of a three-game series between the NL Central rivals.

Little League World Series: California 9, N. Carolina 2; Texas 12, Kentucky 2, 5 innings; Panama 9, Poland 0
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Danny Leon hit a two-run homer, and Tyler Carp and John Lister added solo homers to lead Conejo Valley Little League to a 9-2 victory over Morganton, N.C., on Sunday in the Little League World Series.

Cubs top Astros

Expos defeat Rockies
DENVER -- Juan Rivera homered and drove in two runs, and Ryan Church had three hits and two RBIs in his major league debut as the Montreal Expos defeated the Colorado Rockies 8-2 on Sunday.

Chicago teams under scrutiny

Phillies win in extra innings
MILWAUKEE -- Jason Michaels' RBI single snapped a tie, and the Philadelphia Phillies scored five times in the 10th inning before holding off Milwaukee to earn a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 9-6 victory Sunday.

City: Cubs must do permanent fix on Wrigley by next season
CHICAGO -- The protective netting in place to protect fans from falling concrete at Wrigley Field must be replaced with a permanent solution if the Chicago Cubs want to play at the stadium next spring.

Angels edge Yankees
NEW YORK -- Kelvim Escobar and the Anaheim Angels shut down the Yankees all weekend.

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.

Little League World Series: California 9, N. Carolina 2; Texas 12, Kentucky 2, 5 innings; Panama 9, Poland 0

Phillies win in extra innings

City: Cubs must do permanent fix on Wrigley by next season

Take my advice: Make college what you want

Couple faces jail time for letting dog attack children as discipline
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A couple face at least three years in prison for disciplining their young children by letting their part-pit bull dog attack them.

Man on coke dies after stripping, stabbing himself with pen and fighting with cops
LOWELL, Mass. -- A man apparently on a cocaine binge died after he stripped naked, ran through a restaurant stabbing himself with a pen and tried to electrocute himself during a violent struggle with police.

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.

Pitcher awaits shot at majors

Braves rout Dodgers

Green's homers help sink Braves

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

Braves rout Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Chipper Jones' three-run homer capped an eight-run second inning, J.D. Drew hit a two-run double and the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-1 on Sunday for a split of the four-game series.

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.

IPO struggles a symptom of stock market slide
NEW YORK -- Less than a day after Google Inc. slashed the expected asking price for its initial public offering on Tuesday, two other Internet companies followed suit and a third postponed its IPO indefinitely.

Cooperative efforts

Business briefs
REWARDING WORK: Do you work like a fiend? What if you could take a pay cut for better quality of life, somewhat of a cash-for-peace swap at your job?

New Delta will reflect changes in all airlines

Challenging phone company "regulatory" surcharges
NEW YORK -- T-Mobile USA Inc.'s first quarter financial results looked great this year, but it wasn't because customers were spending more time chatting on their cell phones.

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.

Secretive testing firms certify nation's vote count machines

Challenging phone company "regulatory" surcharges

IPO struggles a symptom of stock market slide

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.

Herbalists grow their trade

Dollar's moves matter in earnings
NEW YORK -- The giant boost to U.S. corporate earnings that has come by way of the weak dollar could fade fast should there be even a slight slowdown in the currency's decline.

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.

National building surge brings a new kind of hospital

Employee performance evaluations shouldn't be an annual event only

Business briefs

National building surge brings a new kind of hospital
VINELAND, N.J. -- Greeters direct new arrivals at the elevators. Wireless telephone systems and Internet access are available. And every guest room is private, cheerful and with a fold-out chairbed. Hospital or hotel?

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

Secretive testing firms certify nation's vote count machines
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The three companies that certify the nation's voting technologies operate in secrecy, and refuse to discuss flaws in the ATM-like machines to be used by nearly one in three voters in November.

Dollar's moves matter in earnings

Overtime overhaul sought by business takes effect Monday
WASHINGTON -- In an unprecedented overhaul of the nation's overtime pay rules, the Bush administration is delivering to its business allies an election-year plum they've sought for decades.

Overtime overhaul sought by business takes effect Monday

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.

A new mountain to climb for LSU and its quarterback

ACC high on major changes

Book chronicles season with fans loyal and ready to roll

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.

A new mountain to climb for LSU and its quarterback
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Marcus Randall accepts coach Nick Saban's point of view - last year is gone, forget it. This season might as well be the first for LSU's new starting quarterback.

Book chronicles season with fans loyal and ready to roll
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- They are mobile and hardcore, fans with enough dedication - not to mention disposable time and income - to follow their favorite team in the comforts of a home-away-from-home.

New additions spark interest

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.

Realignment is overdue
It's an election year, so of course Democrats are going to find fault with President George W. Bush's historic U.S. troop realignment plan - the first of such a magnitude since the Truman era.

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

DUI law fails test
South Carolina authorities are alarmed that while traffic fatalities are declining in most states, in theirs it is rising. Studies indicate deteriorating roads and too few troopers are contributing factors to the deaths - conditions that can be fixed with more generous budgets.

Realignment is overdue

Get on with tax reform

DUI law fails test

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.

People in the News
TRENTON, N.J. -- Comedian and New Jersey native Joe Piscopo says he's being urged to make a run for the Statehouse in the wake of Gov. James E. McGreevey's resignation and acknowledgment of a sex scandal.

Growth potential make search engine stocks attractive, but risky
NEW YORK -- Even with the splashy arrival of Google Inc., there aren't many publicly traded search engine stocks to choose from, and their valuations are not cheap. The growth potential for this sliver of the tech sector is huge, however, making it an attractive bet for more aggressive investors.

Kepcher of 'The Apprentice' advises dressing for the job you want
NEW YORK -- It's common knowledge among first-time job hunters to show up to an interview in a basic, understated suit, but not everyone knows what to wear when looking for a promotion or a higher-level position within a company.

Kepcher of 'The Apprentice' advises dressing for the job you want

Growth potential make search engine stocks attractive, but risky

Mutual fund investors should be wary of online scams

Changing currency abroad can be difficult
Aaron Jenkins was making his first international trip in 10 years when he traveled to Indonesia last month to visit a friend. So he followed what he remembered as the most prudent advice and brought most of his money in travelers' checks.

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.

Inmate families paying high phone rates for 'welfare funds'

Changing currency abroad can be difficult

Inmate families paying high phone rates for 'welfare funds'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Telephone companies and California counties have made hundreds of millions of dollars from some of the state's poorest people through high, unregulated phone rates for calls from local jails, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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.

Singer never hesitates to sample ethnic food

GreenJackets blast past Rome Braves
In Rome, Ga., Augusta's bats came to life, scoring seven runs in the fourth inning and routing the Rome Braves, 15-4 on Sunday.

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.

Tailgater offers companionship on drive to work

Augusta's Taylor has first win in PGA Tour

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.

Tewell wins Greater Hickory Classic with birdie putt
CONOVER, N.C. -- Doug Tewell rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole Sunday to win the Greater Hickory Classic title with a tournament low, 8-under-par 64.

Cink cruises to wire-to-wire victory
AKRON, Ohio -- If anyone had questions about Stewart Cink being chosen for the Ryder Cup team, he answered them with authority Sunday at the NEC Invitational, never letting anyone within two shots and becoming the first wire-to-wire winner this year on the PGA Tour.

Moore rallies to win U.S. Amateur title
MAMARONECK, NY -- Ryan Moore won the last four holes to beat Luke List 2-up in the 36-hole final at the U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot Golf Club on Sunday.

Augusta's Taylor has first win in PGA Tour
RENO, Nev. - Rookie Vaughn Taylor, of Augusta, claimed his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, rolling in an 11-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win a four-way playoff at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Moore rallies to win U.S. Amateur title

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

Cink makes Sutton look good

European team starts to take shape
AKRON, Ohio -- Luke Donald made an early charge in a late bid to make his first Ryder Cup team, but now must wait one week to see if European captain Bernhard Langer finds him worthy of a captain's pick.

Moore to meet Georgian for title

Canada's David Hearn wins Nationwide Tour's Alberta Classic

Canada's David Hearn wins Nationwide Tour's Alberta Classic
BRAGG CREEK, Alberta -- David Hearn of Canada earned his first Nationwide Tour victory Sunday., closing with a 1-under 71 and beating David Mckenzie by a stroke at the Alberta Classic.

European team starts to take shape

Fleisher has a 3-shot lead

Matthew wins Wendy's on Han's playoff bogey
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Catriona Matthew rolled in a short par putt on the first playoff hole to beat defending champion Hee-Won Han and win the Wendy's Championship for Children on Sunday.

Cink cruises to wire-to-wire victory

Matthew wins Wendy's on Han's playoff bogey

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.

Reliever's confidence soars as ERA drops

Talent overcomes Golden Hawks in opener

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

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.

Learn about all the Medicare options
The Area Agency on Aging applauds The Augusta Chronicle for helping to reduce confusion about the new Medicare Drug Discount Card in the Aug. 17 editorial, "Rx plan can work." Wallace White, Augusta

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

No proof smoking is unhealthy

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.

Bad behavior must be remedied

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

Bad behavior must be remedied
Although not an editorial, there was an article in the Aug. 13 Chronicle that's worth commenting on. Alan Roberts, M.D., FACP, Augusta

Smoking is freedom of choice

Liberal media asleep at switch
With the nomination of Democrat John Kerry, the liberal media are prepared to put on the biggest charade since the O.J. Simpson trial, or since the last time a fellow Democrat - Bill Clinton - successfully ran for president. Tom Hunter, Augusta

A question from the deep end

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

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

Design software comes with machine shop attached

'Driv3r' Plot line tedious while side games excel

Adults discover appeal of making home in trees

Weathering life's storms

Robovacs more amusing than thorough

The power of color

Handwritten letters take on status of appreciated gifts

Engineering the teenager-only personal computer

iPod music player winning over Japanese fans

Techbits: Broadband parity, Wireless posts, Rejects, and more

In the know

Welcome to 'The Garden' where the legends grow

Style Briefs

Biking in the picturesque Aran Islands

The Winner's Circle: The Broken Circle

Ecotourism draws visitors to old-growth forests

Design software comes with machine shop attached
It's the Internet Revolution meets the Industrial Revolution: a new program that lets people design 3-D objects like car parts and door knobs in metal or plastic then order them online.

Alcohol inhaling machine goes on display in New York
NEW YORK -- A machine that lets drinkers inhale shots of alcohol went on display Friday night, even as one local lawmaker warned the device was "a disaster waiting to happen."

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 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.

'Driv3r' Plot line tedious while side games excel
Atari could have redefined guns and gas pedal mayhem with the much anticipated "Driv3r" (pronounced Driver 3), the latest installment in a series of bad-boy-driving-'n'-violence titles. But there's nothing new here to see - nothing new graphically, emotionally, or functionally in the way of game play.

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:

Robovacs more amusing than thorough
BOSTON -- A new generation of robotic vacuums is ready to do battle with dirt, dust and dog hair with more cleaning power and cunning than their ancestors could muster.

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.

New 'Jaws' game lets you play as shark
LOS ANGELES -- A new video game will show that it's easier to be a bad shark than a good shark.

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.

Engineering the teenager-only personal computer
This isn't your typical, humdrum, slate-colored computer. Not only is the PC known as the hip-e almost all white, but its screen and keyboard are framed in fuzzy pink fur. Or a leopard skin design. Or a graffiti-themed pattern.

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.

iPod music player winning over Japanese fans
TOKYO -- When Sony Corp. President Kunitake Ando showed off the new Walkman meant to counter the assault by Apple's iPod portable music player, he held the prized gadget at the gala event upside down.

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.

Techbits: Broadband parity, Wireless posts, Rejects, and more
NEW YORK - The number of Americans who get on the Internet via high-speed lines has now equaled the number using dial-up connections.

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.

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.

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

The week ahead
Are we sick of gymnastics and archery yet? Tough luck, kiddo, you've got another week before the Olympics go fairly well into the night. But this week is more than just wrestling, kayaking and tae kwon do, all of which kick off in Athens. It also features, on Friday, the American premiere of Vincent Gallo's Brown Bunny, which Roger Ebert famously declared the worst movie ever screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Being a family newspaper, it's impossible to describe why it's so infamous and why it won't be screened in any major movie theater. Let's just say that Gallo, a self-described conservative Republican who made his name with the indie hit Buffalo 66, won't be invited to talk about family values. Still, for persuading co-star Chlo Sevigny to commit career suicide and getting '70s swimsuit siren Cheryl Tiegs to appear in the film, Mr. Gallo gets the pick of the week. Keep up the good work!

Sumter County is lone punch-card ballot user in November
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Every South Carolina county that once used punch-card ballots is on track to have their election systems updated in time for the Nov. 2 election - except Sumter County.

Officials debate parkway extension

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

Release of audit for S.C. Aquarium delayed for months
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Charleston city councilman says an audit of the South Carolina Aquarium has been delayed and likely contains bad news because it was supposed to be released in April.

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

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A mentally ill woman killed her mother, then apparently took her own life at her parents' home, police and family members said.

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.

Dam-regulation efforts differ between states

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.

Homeowner won't be charged, prosecutor says
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Lowcountry homeowner was acting in self defense when he shot a 16-year-old intruder in the leg last May and will not face prosecution, Berkeley County Deputy Solicitor Blair Jennings 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.

Officials get small-town funds

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.

Everyday miracles
GRANITEVILLE - The sign outside this rustic barbershop along U.S. Highway 1 says there's a "miracle every 20 minutes."

Systems plan suit for more funding

Pregnant woman, boyfriend shot to death in home
ATLANTA -- A pregnant woman and her boyfriend were shot to death in their northwest Atlanta duplex.

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.

News you can use

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

Reading time
JASON SMITH/Morris News ServiceReading timeWatson Mobley, of Waynesboro, lines up a putt on the sixth green at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson during the final round of The Southeastern Junior Golf Tour's tournament.

Across Georgia

Myrtle Beach starts issuing tickets under new loitering law
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- In the first month of Myrtle Beach's new loitering law, officers have written 13 tickets.

Officials assert safety at plants

Army chaplain candidates prepare for prayer, combat
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- As the sounds of gunfire echo through the forest of this Army training base, small clusters of soldiers in combat gear kneel in the dirt, their darkly painted faces bowed in prayer.

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.

Spartanburg County magistrate suspended by high court
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- 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.

South Carolina's death count above national average

The week ahead

County officials deny competition

Transplant recipients celebrate life

Dog stops Columbia carjacking

GOP is facing teacher tension
AIKEN - In the heated U.S. Senate contest between U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint and Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, even the political loyalty of South Carolina's public schoolteachers has become a campaign issue.

Army chaplain candidates prepare for prayer, combat

Across the southeast
PUNTA GORDA, FLA. - As people made homeless by Hurricane Charley began another week living in makeshift shelters, federal officials pledged that more substantial temporary housing was on the way, but it was unclear exactly how much help would be available.

Relatives' lawsuit against crematory operator goes to trial

Southern Party struggles to gain foothold in Georgia
ATLANTA -- Mike Crane carried more than 3,000 signatures to the state Capitol in hopes of becoming the first Southern Party of Georgia candidate on the ballot.

Across the area

Five questions

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

Kid of the day

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.

Dam-regulation efforts differ between states
AIKEN - When two hurricanes threatened to dump torrents of rain on South Carolina, state officials sounded an alarm to dam owners, urging them to clear debris from drains and draw down ponds and reservoirs to guard against catastrophic failures.

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

County officials deny competition
Jim Whitehead not only wants to represent Columbia County as an elected official. He also has expanded his tire business there recently, branching out from his main Augusta office to a new Evans location on Washington Road.

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.

Dog stops Columbia carjacking
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A dog took a bite out of crime to stop a would-be carjacker Thursday night, police say.

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.

Family's belongings stolen in moving scam
MINNEAPOLIS -- Megan and Christopher Reed thought they could trust the moving company they hired to haul their household goods from Minnesota to South Carolina.

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.

Officials debate parkway extension
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Those in favor of extending the Glenn McConnell Parkway say it will ease area traffic problems and help in future hurricane evacuations. Those against say it would open large tracts of untouched property for development.

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.

Former James Brown bass player dead at 72
MOBILE, Ala. -- Bertrand Odom, a bass guitar player in the James Brown Band for 40 years, died Tuesday at a Mobile hospital. He was 72.

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.

Illinois Web site posts names of slaves
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An Illinois government Web site that contains the names of dozens of South Carolinians who owned slaves could be extremely valuable for genealogical research, experts say.

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

Students move into stylish new quarters
ATHENS, Ga. - This time last year, Desire Bastice was a sophomore at Howard (Texas) Junior College, where home was a cramped apartment she shared with three of her basketball teammates.

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.

Macon mayor's supporters rally to his side

Macon mayor's supporters rally to his side
MACON, Ga. -- About 150 people showed up at Macon City Hall this weekend to defend Mayor Jack Ellis, who some residents are trying to boot out of office.

Man helps give women a new start
Running a residential substance abuse center for women wasn't what Gerald Carrier originally had in mind after retiring from the Medical College of Georgia.

Boaters recall how they survived on their stranded boat
MONTICELLO, Ga. -- With only six bottles of water, six packs of crackers, rain water and a can of sausage, three men survived for 54 hours on their overturned boat until rescuers finally found them in the Gulf of Mexico.

Five questions
Jessie Leather, a produce clerk at Gurley's Supermarket in Warrenville, S.C., answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Relatives' lawsuit against crematory operator goes to trial
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 may not be much.

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Officials get small-town funds
ATLANTA - When it comes to raising money for statewide races, many of the Georgia cities from which Gov. Sonny Perdue gets his funds are the usual suspects: the metro Atlanta area and some of the smaller metropolitan areas in the state, such as Savannah.

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CARTERSVILLE - A former middle school teacher was sentenced to four to six months in a women's detention center and the remainder of her 15-year sentence on probation after pleading guilty to child molestation.

Sumter County is lone punch-card ballot user in November

Across the area
A six-car accident Sunday on Interstate 20 in Aiken County resulted in the death of a South Carolina woman.

Illinois Web site posts names of slaves

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Justin Malik Brown, 8, of Aiken.

Cobb County man gets 20 years for abusing elderly mother

Cobb County man gets 20 years for abusing elderly mother
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for mistreating his 71-year-old mother and threatening to kill her if she complained about him stealing her Social Security checks.

Georgia prepares to elect its third member of Congress to Senate

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.

Myrtle Beach starts issuing tickets under new loitering law

Georgia prepares to elect its third member of Congress to Senate
WASHINGTON -- Need to find a Senate candidate? The U.S. House might seem the likely place to look, but Georgia has rarely relied on the congressional ranks as a farm system for a job in the upper chamber.

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Former James Brown bass player dead at 72

Across the Southeast

Man uses three cars in police chase that causes several accidents
ATHENS, Ga. -- A man on the run from the law commandeered a woman's car, went the wrong way on a highway, eluded police and caused a four-car pileup.

Across South Carolina

Man uses three cars in police chase that causes several accidents

Investigator says 911 call preceded woman's killing

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Disagreements threaten civil rights group's future

GOP is facing teacher tension

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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.

Boaters recall how they survived on their stranded boat

Teens remember fallen friend

Southern Party struggles to gain foothold in Georgia

Kid of the day

Man helps give women a new start

South Carolina's death count above national average
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's commitment to its country shows up strongly in Iraq - and in the list of those who've died in the conflict.

Everyday miracles

Police expect dip in crime

Chance of a lifetime

Students move into stylish new quarters

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.

Tailgater offers companionship on drive to work
Tailgating is a valuable tool for NASCAR racers. When one car pulls up close behind another, both drivers can go faster without burning excessive fuel. The people I admire, though, are those who apply such scientific principles to their daily lives.

'Exorcist' horns in on top box-office spot with $18.2 million

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'Exorcist' prequel bedeviled from the beginning
LOS ANGELES -- The backstory of "Exorcist: The Beginning" is enough to make your head spin.

'Exorcist' horns in on top box-office spot with $18.2 million
LOS ANGELES -- God vs. Satan cast out space creatures at the box office.

'Exorcist' prequel bedeviled from the beginning

The von Trapp children release a new album
NEW YORK -- The Von Trapp family singers - the real-life inspiration for "The Sound of Music" - stopped touring more than 50 years ago. Now, their descendants are carrying on the tradition with a new album.

The von Trapp children release a new album

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.

Busch rules again

Biffle seizes victory

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

Sadler celebrates 200 with fastest lap

Biffle seizes victory
BROOKLYN, Mich. - As far as Greg Biffle was concerned, Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway was over with 24 laps to go.

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.

Johnson falls into second
BROOKLYN, Mich. - When Jimmie Johnson broke an engine three races ago, he was able to laugh about it.

Trail Blazers star questioned as witness in barroom shootings
ANDERSON, Ind. -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was questioned by police and his brother was arrested after three men were shot inside a bar early Sunday.

Bryant's attorneys expected to try to shift trial focus to accuser
DENVER -- Shortly after Kobe Bryant's arrest, the strategy his lawyers were pursuing to keep him out of prison began to take shape: Put prosecutors on the run and shift the focus from the NBA star to the woman accusing him of rape.

Trail Blazers star questioned as witness in barroom shootings

Bryant's attorneys expected to try to shift trial focus to accuser

Bears look for a rush from Ogunleye

Moss gives Hall first NFL lesson

Manning's maturity comes as no surprise

Jaguars release franchise sack leader DE Brackens

Cowboys offense improves but still needs work

Two Panthers starting offensive linemen carted off the field Sunday

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Gatlin wins Olympic 100 in 9.85; Greene third

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.

Lingering pain hurts Haworth

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

Gatlin wins Olympic 100 in 9.85; Greene third
ATHENS, Greece -- Justin Gatlin was overshadowed all weekend by a flamboyant training partner and an illustrious teammate. So he sped past both of them, outrunning the fastest Olympic field ever to snatch the 100-meter gold medal.

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

Henin-Hardenne returns for gold

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.

Overtime

Overtime
In Jacksonville, Fla., the Jaguars released defensive end Tony Brackens because the team's all-time sack leader struggled this preseason with the latest in a string of leg injuries.

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.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

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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.

Panthers lose Pittman for season
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Kavika Pittman will miss the entire season after tearing a ligament in his left knee, the same injury that sidelined him most of last year.

Bears look for a rush from Ogunleye
CHICAGO -- They've been looking for a pass rushing defensive end since Richard Dent's playing days ended a decade ago and now the Chicago Bears think they have found their man.

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.

Jaguars release franchise sack leader DE Brackens
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive end Tony Brackens on Sunday because the team's all-time sack leader struggled this preseason with the latest in a string of leg injuries.

Two Panthers starting offensive linemen carted off the field Sunday
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Injuries kept mounting Sunday for the Carolina Panthers offensive line, which started off training camp as a rebuilding project and had already turned into a concern.

Cowboys offense improves but still needs work
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys have played two exhibition games and the first-team offense has yet to make it into the end zone.

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.

Pope condemns unethical science and cloning
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy -- Pope John Paul II warned in a statement released Sunday that humanity's speedy progress in science and technology risks overlooking moral values, citing with particular concern experiments in human cloning.

Dooley would tarnish legacy if he moves on

'Simpsons' actor is Homer, Krusty - and an Emmy winner

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Simpsons' actor is Homer, Krusty - and an Emmy winner
LOS ANGELES -- Ask Dan Castellaneta to describe how he sounds off-screen and this is what he offers: sort of deadpan, shy of nasal, with a standard Midwestern tilt.

TV news shows guest lineup

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Here was the idea: Students from low-income inner-city backgrounds could perform as well as better-off suburban students - if they had a school that gave them proper support.

TV shows are bolting from Hollywood
NEW YORK -- A remarkable thing happened in Los Angeles this summer: A TV movie was shot there.

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

TV shows are bolting from Hollywood

Couple faces jail time for letting dog attack children as discipline

Man on coke dies after stripping, stabbing himself with pen and fighting with cops

Pope condemns unethical science and cloning