Book details history of blacks in Augusta
History is truth, and local historian Sean Joiner said pictures often capture those truths as well as any words can.

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.

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.

Theft of national treasure "The Scream" stuns Norway

Book details history of blacks in Augusta

Theft of national treasure "The Scream" stuns Norway

Theft of national treasure "The Scream" stuns Norway
OSLO, Norway -- Police launched a nationwide investigation Monday for armed robbers who barged into a lightly guarded Oslo museum and ripped the Edvard Munch masterpiece "The Scream" and another painting from the walls, as stunned visitors watched in disbelief.

Sports photo captures Olympic history

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.

New Indian museum seeks balance of historical and contemporary

Origami artists spawn paper-folding revival

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

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.

Cubs top Astros

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

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

Angels edge Yankees

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.

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.

Phillies win in extra innings

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 results
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- After putting on a hitting display in their Little League World Series opener, Conejo Valley Little League of Thousand Oaks, Calif., showed it can win with defense and pitching, too.

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

Expos defeat Rockies

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.

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.

Dooley has talked about leaving Athens before

Workers at HMOs strike over their own health benefits
SEATTLE -- About 1,700 nurses and other health care workers began a five-day strike Monday against Group Health Cooperative - one of the nation's oldest HMOs - over the cost of their own health benefits.

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.

Odds and Ends
BOISE, Idaho -- Somewhere between the junk food aisle and the automotive department, Pat Byrd and Bill Hughes fell in love.

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.

Boudreaux's Butt Paste is getting attention
COVINGTON, La. -- Retired Louisiana pharmacist George Boudreaux hasn't needed Madison Avenue pitchmen to get the word out about his concoction to treat diaper rash. He just lets the name do it for him.

LaRoche calm on and off field
ATLANTA - When first baseman Adam LaRoche talks, reporters have to lean in to hear the soft-spoken rookie's mouthful.

LaRoche calm on and off field

Braves rout Dodgers

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.

Olympians pursuit of marketing gold begins long before medals ceremony
NEW YORK -- For millions of Americans, gymnast Paul Hamm's fame began only when the broad-shouldered Olympian shrugged off a fall in the vaulting competition last week and made an inspired comeback to win gold.

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?

Challenging phone company "regulatory" surcharges

Unions protest new overtime regulations at Labor Department

US Airways adds late Charlotte flight
Starting in early September, Augusta passengers will be able to fly to and from Charlotte later in the evening.

US Airways adds late Charlotte flight

Yukos cuts output forecast, shares fall on latest ominous report
MOSCOW -- Beleaguered Russian oil company Yukos announced Monday that it had reduced its crude output forecast for the year as bailiffs continued to collect cash against the company's crushing back taxes bill from its frozen bank accounts.

Hourly pay is free of change

Dollar's moves matter in earnings

Olympians pursuit of marketing gold begins long before medals ceremony

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.

Yukos cuts output forecast, shares fall on latest ominous report

Business briefs
NEWARK, N.J. - Toys "R" Us Inc.swung to a profit in the second quarter from a loss a year ago, buoyed by a reversal of $200 million in income tax reserves.

Business briefs

Music retailers need to make shopping a thrill - or else
SAN DIEGO -- Legendary music mogul Clive Davis has some advice for music retailers looking to persuade music fans to return to traditional record shops: Make shopping more fun.

National building surge brings a new kind of hospital

Unions protest new overtime regulations at Labor Department
WASHINGTON -- Several hundred union members marched outside the Labor Department to protest new overtime pay regulations taking effect Monday, with two senators pledging to roll them back when Congress returns from recess.

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.

Overtime overhaul sought by business takes effect Monday

U.S. economy buffeted by record high oil prices

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.

Music retailers need to make shopping a thrill - or else

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?

U.S. economy buffeted by record high oil prices
WASHINGTON -- High oil prices, which have been a factor in virtually all U.S. recessions over the past three decades, are surging again this year. And the higher crude oil prices climb, the more risk energy costs pose to what, until recently, many expected to be a banner year for the U.S. economy.

Secretive testing firms certify nation's vote count machines

Hourly pay is free of change
New federal overtime laws should have little effect on many of Augusta's businesses.

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.

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.

IPO struggles a symptom of stock market slide

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.

Committee will decide Bloom's fate
BOULDER, Colo. - Jeremy Bloom should know if his college football career is officially over by tonight.

Committee will decide Bloom's fate

A new mountain to climb for LSU and its quarterback

Book chronicles season with fans loyal and ready to roll

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.

Augusta's new golf champ
For a young golf pro to win his first PGA tour event as a rookie is exciting enough. But to win it the way Augusta's Vaughn Taylor did at the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday - well, that's just plain mind-boggling.

Don't compromise health
The thing they never remember about King Solomon is that he never had to follow through.

Correction

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.

Don't compromise health

Gorgeous ASU facelift
Augusta State University has rich historical roots, tracing back to 1783, and through the centuries the institution has had its ups and downs. Since the late 1940s, its best known architectural feature was the six long, linear buildings - remodeled from World War II ammunition warehouses - that formed the core of the campus's classroom and office space.

DUI law fails test

Gorgeous ASU facelift

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

Correction
In the Aug. 22 editorial "Get on with tax reform," a quote concerning proposed debates between two U.S. Senate candidates in South Carolina should have been attributed to Kay Packett, the press secretary for candidate Inez Tenenbaum, South Carolina's education superintendent.

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.

'Spider-Man 2' headed for DVD, just in time for Christmas
LOS ANGELES -- The comic book-inspired blockbuster "Spider-Man 2" will debut on DVD on Nov. 30 in a two-disc set with about 10 hours of extra features, Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment announced Friday.

People in the News
BOSTON -- R&B crooner Usher swears he has no beef with Justin Timberlake.

FedEx raises outlook to $1 to $1.10 per share for quarter, full year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx Corp. raised its earnings outlook Monday, citing more business for its international, ground delivery and less-than truckload services.

Use-it-or-lose-it rule for tax-free health accounts challenged
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department should see if it can change a rule that makes people forfeit unused money they put into tax-free health care accounts, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Monday.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Growth potential make search engine stocks attractive, but risky

Profit at WWE helped by home-video sales
STAMFORD, Conn. -World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Monday said earnings for its latest quarter more than doubled as increases in its home-video business and more pay-per-view events fueled revenue growth.

FedEx raises outlook to $1 to $1.10 per share for quarter, full year

Wall Street to test rally strength this week

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.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

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

Toys "R" Us swings to second-quarter profit
NEWARK, N.J. -- Toys "R" Us Inc. swung to a profit in the second quarter from a loss a year ago, buoyed by a reversal of $200 million in income tax reserves. But its sales fell 3.9 percent.

Wall Street to test rally strength this week
NEW YORK -- After a strong week of gains, investors will look closely at crude oil prices this week as the market attempts to continue rallying.

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

Preparing for the sale of your business (and for emotional turmoil)
NEW YORK - Given the emotional trouble many entrepreneurs have selling or passing on their businesses, you'd think they were giving away one of their own children.

Toys "R" Us swings to second-quarter profit

Use-it-or-lose-it rule for tax-free health accounts challenged

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

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.

Inmate families paying high phone rates for 'welfare funds'

Wal-Mart sales slump keeps stocks muddled
NEW YORK -- A disappointing sales forecast from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. kept stocks mixed Monday as investors worried that oil prices, which stabilized after last week's highs, would harm third-quarter earnings.

Preparing for the sale of your business (and for emotional turmoil)

Tokyo stocks climb, U.S. dollar up against Japanese yen

Wal-Mart lowers sales forecast for August
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer, lowered its sales forecast for August, citing Hurricane Charley's swipe across Florida and slower than expected back-to-school sales.

Wal-Mart lowers sales forecast for August

Tokyo stocks climb, U.S. dollar up against Japanese yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks climbed Monday as investors took confidence from Wall Street's rally last week. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Changing currency abroad can be difficult

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.

GreenJackets let Catfish get away again
Willie Corporan began his last start by giving up five runs in the first inning. The right-hander held Lake County scoreless for his final four innings and carried that streak into Monday's start against the Columbus Catfish.

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.

Tailgater offers companionship on drive to work

Cink cruises to wire-to-wire victory

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.

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.

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.

European team starts to take shape

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.

Augusta's Taylor has first win in PGA Tour

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.

Moore rallies to win U.S. Amateur title

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

Matthew wins Wendy's on Han's playoff bogey

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.

GreenJackets let Catfish get away again

Students to return to school for the first time since hurricane
POINCIANA, Fla. -- Hurricane Charley tore the roof off the gym and cafeteria at Poinciana High School, but students were happy to be going back to class Monday nonetheless.

Hurricane devastated some Florida orange growers
WAUCHULA, Fla. -- As he drove his pickup truck through an orange grove he owns, Roger Conley passed row after row of fruitless trees, some uprooted and others just snapped at the base. Green and yellow rotting fruit covered the ground, squishing under his boots when he got out.

Dooley has talked about leaving Athens before
The Georgia grads in my family are concerned with the latest speculation that recently retired athletics director Vince Dooley might take a job at Auburn.

Crisis groundwork laid by Clinton
Regarding Joaquin Godoy's letter ("Bush nightmare will leave scars," Aug. 3): Don Turner Grovetown

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

Stop blaming and look for solutions
Segregation as defined by Webster is "cut off from others, separate by races." Clearly, there exists a racial imbalance within the Augusta-Richmond county school system, but to call it segregation, as Greg Davis suggests, is inappropriate ("Pupils suffer in segregated schools," Aug. 16 column). John Paap Augusta

Stop blaming and look for solutions

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

Bad behavior must be remedied

Bush is the real master of flip-flops
I am writing in response to your July 28 editorial in which you excuse President Bush's "flip-flops" while condemning John Kerry's. You forget several huge flip-flops that President Bush has performed, and there is no excuse for some of these. Stephanie Wilson Evans

No-smoking law works for everyone
I've read the recent articles concerning smoking regulations in Georgia. I, for one, am all for it. I am a past smoker - the greatest adversary, I'm told, of the current smoking population. Tina Bevington Graniteville, S.C.

We do not need a smoke-free law
In response to your recent editorial supporting the proposed smoking ban ("Health, not property," Aug. 15), you mentioned there have always been restrictions on property use. This is not accurate. Chuck Odom Hephzibah

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

Riding a wave of poker popularity, casinos opening new card rooms

Volunteers and the Web chart gasoline bargains

'Driv3r' Plot line tedious while side games excel

On-the-job dining

The Winner's Circle: Fire!

iPod music player winning over Japanese fans

Secretive testing firms certify nation's vote count machines

Engineering the teenager-only personal computer

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

Robovacs more amusing than thorough

Design software comes with machine shop attached

Seniors Calendar

'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.

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."

The Winner's Circle: Fire!
STORY SO FAR: With Gogo the victor, Ben feels like a champ for the first time, only to be told to step out of the winner's circle. Another meeting with Joe Pastore threatens to light a fire for payback.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

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.

Riding a wave of poker popularity, casinos opening new card rooms
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few years ago, casinos across the United States were closing their poker rooms to make space for more popular and lucrative slot machines.

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.

Volunteers and the Web chart gasoline bargains
PHILADELPHIA -- Hate it when you fill 'er up and, five minutes later, spot another station selling gas for a nickel a gallon cheaper?

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.

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.

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.

On-the-job dining
There's no midday trek to the drive-through for Eric Dunn.

Army chaplain candidates prepare for prayer, combat

Democrats' mailing invokes draft
COLUMBIA - A state Democratic Party effort to enlist new voters calls on people to make a choice between being drafted for military service and registering to vote.

Boaters recall how they survived on their stranded boat

Across the area

Officials get small-town funds

Across the area

Man uses three cars in police chase that causes several accidents

Brother heard final breath

Perdue pushes private plans
ATLANTA - More than a million Medicaid recipients would end up on private plans resembling health maintenance organizations under a plan being pitched by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Water hazard rescue

Water hazard rescue
kevin martin/staffWater hazard rescueDana Oldham, of Re-Tee Golf Ball Retrieval, a company based in Greenville, S.C., hunts for golf balls in a pond near the 14th fairway at North Augusta's Mount Vintage Plantation.

Correction

County officials deny competition

Apartment fire

Expert backs food contract

Tax projects list grows after meeting to trim it

Across Georgia

Around town

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.

Effort to trim project list fails
Augusta commissioners met all day Monday to try to pare down a list of requested sales tax projects to $380 million, but ended up adding projects instead.

Ballgame brings big bucks
AIKEN - Small-time sports can produce big-time profits.

Apartment fire
Fire investigator Lt. G. B. Hannan looks over the scene of a blaze in a vacant apartment at the Town Club Condos, 2600 block of Berkshire Road, off Berckmans Road. A Richmond County firefighter was briefly overcome by smoke and was treated at the scene, fire officials said.

Brother heard final breath
Last December, Harold Brooks and his wife, Ruth Ann, were busy helping their only daughter make wedding plans.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a Hephzibah teen Monday with firing gunshots at another teen and wound up arresting the alleged assailant's father in the process, police reports state.

South Carolina's death count above national average

Lower tax could reduce services
AIKEN - The city of Aiken wants to make its business tax fairer by modernizing its classification system, but attempts to lighten the burden on business owners could mean fewer city perks such as landscaping and cheap garbage collection rates.

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.

Schools' takeover is slowly welcomed
ALLENDALE - Every day, Principal Curtis Simmons sees pupils who are passing through the awkward years between childhood and adulthood as they make their way to class.

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.

News you can use
AUG. 24, 1947 The September session of the Augusta City Council is expected to produce its share of fireworks when an ordinance re-creating the position of police and fire surgeon is scheduled to appear, according to reliable sources.

Perdue pushes private plans

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the woman sitting in the reserved section at the GreenJackets baseball on Aug. 18 who refused to stand up for the national anthem. I don't know what your problem is, but if you can't show respect for the country you live in, leave.

Ballgame brings big bucks

Dropouts find a second chance
Jesse Wilkes hung around the wrong crowd in high school, missed too many days of class and dropped out.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the woman sitting in the reserved section at the GreenJackets baseball on Aug. 18 who refused to stand up for the national anthem. I don't know what your problem is, but if you can't show respect for the country you live in, leave.

Post could house more troops
Fort Gordon could stand to gain troops if all goes well with the president's plan to pull some troops out of Europe and Asia, officials said.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 2-year old Emmanuel D. Jones.

Five questions

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An underground explosion near the state Capitol in downtown Atlanta sent flames and smoke pouring from manholes early Monday.

U.S. official recognizes efforts of stream savers

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 73-year-old man has been charged in the death of his wife in a shooting that followed an argument, police said.

Expert backs food contract
Nothing in the rules says it's all right, but that doesn't make it wrong, said an expert witness called to testify Monday on behalf of the defendants in a legal battle over who provides meals to the area's senior citizens.

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.

Board says it will fix issues
Parents and teachers were promised a quick resolution to playground safety issues during a school council meeting Monday at T. Harry Garrett Elementary School.

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.

Tax projects list grows after meeting to trim it
Augusta commissioners met all day Monday to try to pare down a list of requested sales tax projects to $380 million, but ended up adding projects instead.

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.

Around town
Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, of Augusta, performs several songs at the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens. Mr. Gordon announced the Wycliffe Gordon Scholarships for the CSRA student artists on Monday. There are eight categories of artistic competition, and each scholarship is for $500. Applications will be accepted between Sept. 1 and Nov. 12.

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

Correction
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about Garrett Elementary School playground equipment attributed comments to the wrong person. PTA President Nichol Sands said she regrets that the PTA did not go through the school board before renovating the playground. She was also the source of the subsequent quote: "I guess in hindsight, we should have."

Kid of the day

Macon mayor's supporters rally to his side

Former James Brown bass player dead at 72

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.

Dropouts find a second chance

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.

Reading time

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.

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.

Dog stops Columbia carjacking

Democrats' mailing invokes draft

Relatives' lawsuit against crematory operator goes to trial

News you can use

Lower tax could reduce services

Man helps give women a new start

Schools' takeover is slowly welcomed

Students move into stylish new quarters

Across the area

Rants and Raves
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Effort to trim project list fails

Dam-regulation efforts differ between states

Board says it will fix issues

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.

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.

Georgia prepares to elect its third member of Congress to Senate

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.

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

Arrest shocks former boss
AIKEN - The director of Aiken's Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons said Monday that a former employee's arrest in the embezzlement of more than $93,000 of center money was a "big setback," but that the nonprofit agency would survive.

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.

Across Georgia

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

GOP is facing teacher tension

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.

Cobb County man gets 20 years for abusing elderly mother

Across Georgia
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.

Southern Party struggles to gain foothold in Georgia

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.

Myrtle Beach starts issuing tickets under new loitering law

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 debate parkway extension

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.

Sumter County is lone punch-card ballot user in November

Rants and Raves
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Illinois Web site posts names of slaves

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

Kid of the day

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!

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.

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.

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.

The week ahead

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.

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.

Everyday miracles

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.

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.

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

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a Hephzibah teen Monday with firing gunshots at another teen and wound up arresting the alleged assailant's father in the process, police reports state.

U.S. official recognizes efforts of stream savers
James Demons Jr. and seven fellow pupils have spent the past year monitoring pollution and extracting trash from the muddy waters of Butler Creek - all in the name of science.

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.

Taylor's 'Tiger' growls in playoff victory
It wasn't that Taylor won a golf tournament. The former Hephzibah High and Augusta State golfer had done that before at other levels.

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' prequel bedeviled from the beginning

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'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

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

'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.

The von Trapp children release a new album

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.

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

Biffle seizes victory

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.

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

Trail Blazers star questioned as witness in barroom shootings

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.

Cowboys offense improves but still needs work

Two Panthers starting offensive linemen carted off the field Sunday

Bears look for a rush from Ogunleye

Jaguars release franchise sack leader DE Brackens

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IOC strips gold medal from Russian shot putter
ATHENS, Greece -- Russia's Irina Korzhanenko was stripped of her shot put gold medal Monday, the first athlete of the Athens Games to lose an Olympic title because of doping.

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.

Gatlin wins Olympic 100 in 9.85; Greene third

Almost flawless, U.S. wins third softball gold

U.S. upsets Germany to go to women's soccer final
IRAKLION, Greece -- The only teenager on the U.S. women's soccer team gave the old vets a chance to leave with one last gold.

Americans win faceoff vs. comrades
ATHENS - Misty May and Kerri Walsh were feeling the pressure before their Olympic beach volleyball semifinal against fellow Americans and friendly rivals Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs.

Almost flawless, U.S. wins third softball gold
ATHENS, Greece -- They are America's newest golden girls - powerful and just a shade from perfection.

Graham admits BALCO role
ATHENS - Trevor Graham, the coach of Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin, admitted publicly he was the man who turned in the THG-laced syringe that helped ignite the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative steroids scandal.

U.S. softball team learns how to play through pain
ATHENS - A lot of athletes cry in postgame celebrations.

U.S. legends get final shot at gold
HERAKLIO, Greece - Her heroes gave her a gift four years ago, and Heather O'Reilly repaid them handsomely Monday night at Pankritio Stadium on the island of Crete.

Overtime

Connecticut man to attempt record

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.

Overtime
In Savannah, Ga., Augusta's Laura Coble qualified for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, shooting 76 at the Landings Club on Monday.

Connecticut man to attempt record
WILTON, Conn. - George Brunstad is ready to take on the English Channel, even though he doesn't consider himself the most talented swimmer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TV shows are bolting from Hollywood

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

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

'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 Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
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.

'Spider-Man 2' headed for DVD, just in time for Christmas

People in the News

Boyfriend's wandering eye can hurt relationship
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: My boyfriend and I have been together for four months. He recently told me he likes one of my friends and he thought I should know because he cares about me and wants me to trust him. He promised me that he wouldn't do anything with her. I care about him deeply and trust him, but I still don't know what to do.

Sonic Youth has the cure with 'Nurse'
WASHINGTON - Recently, a nurse has been making the rounds - first to record stores, then at concert venues.

Boyfriend's wandering eye can hurt relationship

Girl shares, strengthens her faith on mission trip
Loma Cova, Panama, is a dusty, humid place. Village streets are unpaved, and cold-water showers are set up outside.

How to sell yourself to scholarship committees
Assembling an application package that will dazzle admissions counselors or scholarship committees gets more important with each passing year.

Question of the week

Question of the week
Are TV award show programs entertaining?

Girl shares, strengthens her faith on mission trip

Audio best
Here are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine.

SAT guide offers humorous, practical help with taking test
SAT guides are rarely entertaining, but a new guide from Workman Publishing Group almost makes preparing for the dreaded test fun.

My style
The Facts: Kentrice Gaines, 14, a freshman at Butler High SchoolThe Facts: Kentrice Gaines, 14, a freshman at Butler High School.

My style

Sonic Youth has the cure with 'Nurse'

SAT guide offers humorous, practical help with taking test

Couple faces jail time for letting dog attack children as discipline

Odds and Ends

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

Workers at HMOs strike over their own health benefits

Boudreaux's Butt Paste is getting attention

Students to return to school for the first time since hurricane

Pope condemns unethical science and cloning