Theft of national treasure "The Scream" stuns Norway

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.

Theft of national treasure "The Scream" stuns Norway

Barnes & Noble says book critical on Kerry has sold out
NEW YORK -- Barnes & Noble Inc. said Monday it has been pinched by strong demand for a new book that questions the Vietnam-era actions of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Barnes & Noble says book critical on Kerry has sold out

Book details history of blacks in Augusta

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.

Ordonez out for season

Indians agree to terms with top-pick LHP Sowers
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians and left-hander Jeremy Sowers, the sixth overall draft pick in June, agreed to contract terms Tuesday.

Garciaparra back in lineup
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was back in the starting lineup Tuesday night against Milwaukee after missing three straight games because of a strained left wrist.

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.

Garciaparra back in lineup

Indians agree to terms with top-pick LHP Sowers

Ordonez out for season
DETROIT -- Magglio Ordonez will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams confirmed Tuesday.

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.

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.

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

Odds and Ends
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- It's not always easy to grab a husband's attention, but Krysti Mikkonen has stumbled onto a surefire method.

Garber not surprised that Smoltz now owns record
ATLANTA - Gene Garber doesn't pay much attention to the Atlanta Braves anymore, but he was aware of John Smoltz's march toward the franchise saves record he had owned since 1987.

LaRoche calm on and off field

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.

Drew cuts head

Drew cuts head
ATLANTA -- Braves right fielder J.D. Drew cut his head during batting practice Tuesday and was removed from the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against Colorado.

Garber not surprised that Smoltz now owns record

Atlanta rallies for slim win
ATLANTA - It took Atlanta's offense six innings to spring to life, but when it did there was no catching it.

Northwest imposes fees to tickets not booked on its Web sites
MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwest Airlines Corp. plans to begin charging customers and travel agents extra fees for domestic tickets that are not booked through the airline's Web sites.

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.

Music retailers need to make shopping a thrill - or else

Yukos cuts output forecast, shares fall on latest ominous report

Home sales fell slightly in July
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes declined in July but still posted their third-best sales pace on record - a sign that the housing market, while slowing a bit, remains in good shape.

US Airways adds late Charlotte flight

T-Mobile to install Wi-Fi hotspots at Red Roof Inns
CARROLLTON, Texas -- Accor North America has reached an agreement with T-Mobile USA Inc. to install wireless Internet access throughout all of its Red Roof Inns over the next year, officials said.

Hourly pay is free of change

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

Intel slashes prices by up to 35 percent

Business briefs
Staffing and human resources firm MAU Inc. announced Tuesday that it has signed an exclusive contract with University Hospital to provide the 551-bed facility with administrative employees.

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.

Oil prices tumble, though stay above $45
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices tumbled for a third consecutive day Tuesday, briefly falling below $45 a barrel, as geopolitical concerns that had brought the market to a boil in recent weeks appeared to cool off.

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.

Intel slashes prices by up to 35 percent
NEW YORK - Semiconductor giant Intel Corp. cut the prices on some of its Pentium and Itanium chips Sunday by as much as a third.

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.

Unions protest new overtime regulations at Labor Department

Businesses urge help in poverty battle

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.

Businesses urge help in poverty battle
ATLANTA - A group of businesses is asking corporate America to help its workers in the South by providing such benefits as health insurance, transportation and child care, instead of asking the government to pick up the tab for the services.

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.

Change of focus is a hit
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's reorganization plan is paying off.

SCE&G to refund false fees
COLUMBIA - South Carolina Electric and Gas may end up refunding about $1.4 million to about 7,000 customers in a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the state.

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.

Northwest imposes fees to tickets not booked on its Web sites

SCE&G to refund false fees

Olympians pursuit of marketing gold begins long before medals ceremony

Oil prices tumble, though stay above $45

U.S. economy buffeted by record high oil prices

T-Mobile to install Wi-Fi hotspots at Red Roof Inns

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

Bloom loses final appeal to play football, accept endorsements

Miami recruit Willie Williams goes down with injury
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Hurricanes top recruit Willie Williams sprained his right knee in Tuesday's practice, but may have further examinations to determine its severity.

Committee will decide Bloom's fate

Williams' status at USC remains unresolved

Bloom loses final appeal to play football, accept endorsements
BOULDER, Colo. -- Jeremy Bloom's college football career is officially over.

Miami recruit Willie Williams goes down with injury

Williams' status at USC remains unresolved
LOS ANGELES -- Standout receiver Mike Williams is all but certain not to play Saturday night when top-ranked Southern California opens its season because of continuing delays in the school's appeal process to the NCAA.

Vaughan strikes deal over arrest in prostitution sting

Price's true side comes out at ceremony

This is wacko, Jacko
You might have thought Janet Jackson's overexposure at the Super Bowl was merely a distasteful, disgraceful publicity stunt that went bust. Nope.

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

Gorgeous ASU facelift

Fix funding formulas
Georgia's elected leaders must make every effort to resolve the state's school funding formula before the courts do - lest the state end up going down the same rocky road as South Carolina.

Fix funding formulas

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.

Don't compromise health

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.

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.

Correction

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

Japan rejects Bobby Fischer's appeal of deportation
TOKYO -- Japan's Justice Ministry on Tuesday rejected former chess champion Bobby Fischer's demand for protection as a political refugee and issued an order to deport him.

DeGeneres ascends to deity's role in 'Oh, God!' update
LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is getting a promotion - to supreme being.

'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.

People in the News
LONDON -- Jimmy Page hasn't yet made it up the stairway to heaven, but he's the first to reach the new British Walk of Fame.

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

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.

Wall Street to test rally strength this week

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

Heinz profits down, sales up

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.

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.

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.

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.

H&R Block reports $44.1 million loss in first quarter

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.

Tokyo stocks finish higher
TOKYO -- Tokyo stock prices rose Tuesday after gains by technology and major automakers offset losses by oil-related issues. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

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.

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.

Toro earnings rise amid healthy sales growth
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The Toro Co.'s fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 27 percent amid healthy sales growth in all segments.

Toys "R" Us swings to second-quarter profit

Heinz profits down, sales up
PITTSBURGH -- H.J. Heinz Co., the maker of ketchup and other foods, reported its first-quarter earnings fell 9 percent from results a year ago when its profits were boosted by the sale of some of its businesses to Del Monte.

Wal-Mart lowers sales forecast for August

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

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tokyo stocks finish higher

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

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

H&R Block reports $44.1 million loss in first quarter
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- H&R Block Inc., the world's biggest tax preparer, reported a loss of $44.1 million for its first quarter, saying its mortgage business was hurt by rising interest rates.

Toro earnings rise amid healthy sales growth

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

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Regis' profit climbs; sales higher
MINNEAPOLIS - Regis Corp., the world's largest operator of hair salons, Tuesday said its profit rose 21 percent in the latest quarter as revenue increased.

Stocks muddled as many traders avoid market
NEW YORK -- Investors all but ignored another substantial retreat in oil prices Tuesday, leaving stocks mixed in a listless and lightly traded session. Tech stocks fell in response to a brokerage downgrade of Cisco Systems Inc., while blue chips got a boost from an upgrade of Caterpillar Inc.

Supplement industry hops on the low-carb bandwagon
Stroll down any pharmacy aisle these days and you'll find that the low-carb craze has invaded the $20 billion dietary supplement industry.

Basic burger has many variations

Mysterious lobster threat is migrating north
FRIENDSHIP, Maine -- It's summer on Maine's coast, but this morning Philip Bramhall pulls on a hooded fleece shell with his rubber overalls to heave 50-pound lobster traps around his boat's deck.

Mysterious lobster threat is migrating north

Basic burger has many variations
One definition of a classic could be that it inspires variations on the original theme. As in music, so in the case of the burger.

Supplement industry hops on the low-carb bandwagon

Hall's heads-up play lifts Jackets
The Augusta GreenJackets put on a lesson in futility with runners in scoring position Tuesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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.

Haas is content playing on PGA tour
Jay Haas likely will make his debut at a regular Champions Tour event next week in The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where seniors will be paired with kids in The First Tee program.

Haas is content playing on PGA tour

Woods remains No. 1 in world
LONDON - What seemed like a meaningless birdie on the final hole of the NEC Invitational will ensure that Tiger Woods keeps his No. 1 world ranking at least one week longer.

Woods remains No. 1 in world

Ernie Els has seen his share of heartbreakers this season
AKRON, Ohio - The majors over, Ernie Els went to Firestone with another chance to be No. 1 in the world.

Price's true side comes out at ceremony
Twenty-three years worth of stories about Red Price - the time he spent as either head pro or general manager at Forest Hills Golf Club - were revisited last week at a retirement party for Price, even though he's not really retiring.

Price's true side comes out at ceremony

Ernie Els has seen his share of heartbreakers this season

Haas has reason to keep playing with the kids
Jay Haas likely will make his debut at a regular Champions Tour event next week in The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where seniors will be paired with kids in The First Tee program.

GreenJackets let Catfish get away again

Hall's heads-up play lifts Jackets

First week of the season results in expected poll shuffling

Silver Bluff is still unsettled at quarterback

Silver Bluff is still unsettled at quarterback
Ask Silver Bluff coach Al Lown about his quarterback situation. It's like taking a trip in time.

First week of the season results in expected poll shuffling
ATLANTA -- Defending state Class AAAAA champions Camden County brought a stifling defense and a little luck to the Georgia Dome to kick off the season Saturday afternoon at the Corky Kell Classic.

Charley's aftermath is proving hazardous for many
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Mike Rankin was helping patch a hole in a neighbor's hurricane-damaged roof a week ago when the soft, wet wood gave way and he fell through the ceiling, hurting his leg.

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.

Chicken dish brings India home
I didn't discover Indian food in America - or in India, for that matter. It was during a trip to London that I encountered this wonderfully complex cuisine.

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.

Swat team enters residence
Police officers from several agencies have surrounded a residence in a rural section of McDuffie County just north of Dearing Elementary School this evening, after a man fired shots at a deputy responding to an emergency call at his girlfriend's house, authorities said.

Authorities investigate Burke County shooting death
Burke County and Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating the death of a man who they said had been found dead early this morning.

Remove sports arena from SPLOST

Remove sports arena from SPLOST
As I see it, the pending Phase V SPLOST public referendum is, in actuality, a vote of public confidence to determine if we are willing to invest in Augusta's future.Sonny Pittman Augusta

Bush must be voted out over war
Emphasizing that the poor quality of pre-war intelligence misled us into war with Iraq misses the point. Starting a war is the ultimate roll of the dice and must be a last resort. Victor Reilly Aiken, S.C.

With prevention, the terrorists lose

With prevention, the terrorists lose
The confusion about winning and losing should be cleared up before the horror of another attack, should it occur, further muddles our minds. Ralph Shea Augusta

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

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

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

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

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.

Stop blaming and look for solutions

Secretive testing firms certify nation's vote count machines

EPA warns of polluted fish across the U.S.

Seniors Calendar

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

Obesity hikes risk for nine types of cancers

On-the-job dining

Volunteers and the Web chart gasoline bargains

Study: nearly a third of Americans have high blood pressure

'Same day' doctor appointment slowly catching on

The Winner's Circle: Fire!

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.

Study: nearly a third of Americans have high blood pressure
DALLAS -- Nearly a third of American adults have high blood pressure, putting them at greater risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and other problems, according to a new government analysis.

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.

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

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.

EPA warns of polluted fish across the U.S.
WASHINGTON -- More than one-third of the nation's lakes and nearly one-fourth of its rivers contain fish that may be contaminated with mercury, dioxin, PCB and pesticide pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

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?

Obesity hikes risk for nine types of cancers
WASHINGTON -- Heart disease and diabetes get all the attention, but expanding waistlines increase the risk for at least nine types of cancer, too. And with the obesity epidemic showing no signs of waning, specialists say they need to better understand how fat cells fuels cancer growth so they might fight back.

'Same day' doctor appointment slowly catching on
If Steve Lunt, aka the "Handyman of Rochester," made his clients wait weeks for an appointment, he'd be out of business before long.

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.

Growth draws businesses to Aiken-Augusta corridor

Center's search for CEO resumes
An Augusta mental health center is drawing some interest in its permanent CEO position on its third try at filling the post.

Contact Numbers
Want to contact your commissioner about the sales tax ballot? Here are their mailing addresses and phone and fax numbers.

Former hotel to become housing for parolees, probationers
The name sounds like a gang.

Effort to trim project list fails

Budget plan erases pay raises
A surefire way to reduce Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center's $1.66 million proposed budget for next year is to eliminate pay raises for all center employees, the center's manager recommended Tuesday at the Coliseum Authority's monthly meeting.

With days to go, tax wish list is growing

News you can use
AUG. 25, 1932 The eastern and western forces of the cross-country air races converged on Bartlesville, Okla., yesterday, but two of the group, including a Richmond County man, were missing.

Man is arrested in thefts

Unfinished projects will get $30 million to pay extra costs
Augusta commissioners are working this week to pare down the list of Phase 5 requested sales tax projects to $380 million, but only $350 million of the projects will be new.

Claims lead to UGA coach's firing
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia cheerleading coach has been fired after a Jewish cheerleader had accused her of discrimination that kept the student off the football cheer squad.

Airport security chief steps down from post
Augusta Regional Airport's chief of security has resigned, in part because of the stress of switching his staff to members of the marshal's office over the past three months, he said Tuesday.

Around town

Failing pupils start 4th grade
This was supposed to be the first year that Georgia third-graders had to pass a reading test to make it to fourth grade. So why did 94 children in Richmond County make it to fourth grade after failing the test?

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.

Rants and raves
I'VE BEEN HEARING a lot of stuff about the law enforcement center, all the leaks and problems and stuff they've been having. If they would put a quarter of the money they get on their fines instead of somebody pocketing it and probation money, I think they'd be able to build five new law enforcement centers. Maybe 10.

Aiken group honors judge with portrait
AIKEN - Contrary to the stories often told about him, longtime 2nd Circuit Judge Rodney Peeples never gave defendants years behind bars based on how many buttons were on their shirts or told them that a sapling outside his window would be "an old oak tree" when they got out of prison.

Across South Carolina

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.

Boy gets detention for patriotic T-shirt

Mayor links to Canadian drugs
COLUMBIA - Columbia Mayor Bob Coble added a link to his personal Web site to direct people to low-cost prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies.

Swat team enters residence

Across Georgia
ROME - A jury of five men and three women was selected Tuesday to decide the civil lawsuit against Brent Marsh, the former operator of a northwest Georgia crematory where hundreds of corpses were left to rot.

News you can use

Judge rules contract for meals was legal
A judge ruled Tuesday that there was nothing illegal about the contracts between area governments and a private Florida business that provides meals for senior citizens.

Across the area

Schools' takeover is slowly welcomed

School doesn't reflect county

Cancer center seeks national review

Across the area
Two men accused of killing a woman in front of two of her children were indicted Tuesday.

Contact Numbers

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.

Letters warn of license trouble

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Across Georgia

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.

News you can use

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.

Expert backs food contract

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.

With days to go, tax wish list is growing
The devil is in the details of creating a special purpose local option sales tax referendum, and for Augusta commissioners, everything is a detail.

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

UGA braces for budget cut order
ATHENS, Ga. - Top University of Georgia administrators discussed looming cuts to the state's flagship institution, only months after they forecasted an improvement in Georgia's fiscal climate.

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.

Around town
Richmond County trees and landscape worker Cannon Ball Moore removes one of the limbs that had fallen in the 300 block of Greene Street. The 300 block eastbound lanes of Greene had been blocked since early Tuesday morning.

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

Across the area
Two men accused of killing a woman in front of two of her children were indicted Tuesday.

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

Cancer center seeks national review
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The rumble of a crane and the pounding of hammers is encouraging news for the health of South Carolinians as work moves forward on a $50 million addition to the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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.

Democrats' mailing invokes draft

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.

Perdue pushes private plans

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.

Lower tax could reduce services

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.

Rants and raves
I'VE BEEN HEARING a lot of stuff about the law enforcement center, all the leaks and problems and stuff they've been having. If they would put a quarter of the money they get on their fines instead of somebody pocketing it and probation money, I think they'd be able to build five new law enforcement centers. Maybe 10.

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.

Claims lead to UGA coach's firing

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.

Budget plan erases pay raises

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

UGA braces for budget cut order

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.

Across the area

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.

U.S. official recognizes efforts of stream savers

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

Center's search for CEO resumes

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.

Businesses urge help in poverty battle

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.

Lightning damages home in Martinez
Cynthia Crews-Morris huddled with her husband, son and the family dog in a neighbor's garage and watched firefighters battle the blaze that engulfed her home's attic Tuesday evening.

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."

Car accident injures 3 people

Letters warn of license trouble
ATLANTA - A Rose by any other name is going to be a problem.

Across Georgia

Car accident injures 3 people
Three people were injured during an accident Tuesday evening at the intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Goshen Industrial Boulevard, authorities said.

Board says it will fix issues

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.

Ballgame brings big bucks

Brother heard final breath

Mayor links to Canadian drugs

British pigeon wings it to U.S.

Congressman visits Wagener to gather small-town support

Tax projects list grows after meeting to trim it

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 10-month old Makayla Alexandria Chavous, of Jackson.

Across the area

British pigeon wings it to U.S.
GUM BRANCH, Ga. - Richard and Charlotte Webb were surprised to find a pigeon in their pear tree. Especially after closer inspection revealed it was a pigeon wearing an ID band around its foot.

Apartment fire

Congressman visits Wagener to gather small-town support
WAGENER, S.C. - U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson swooped through the far eastern reaches of Aiken County on Tuesday to drum up re-election support in the tiny sliver of the county he represents.

Correction

Man is arrested in thefts
Richmond County sheriff's authorities arrested a North Augusta man Tuesday in connection with stealing thousands of dollars of computer equipment from the new Broad Street headquarters for the Richmond County Board of Education.

Water hazard rescue

Lawsuit decision is delayed
With questions still lingering, Columbia County School Board members held off Tuesday on deciding whether to join a group planning to sue the state for more education funding.

Boy gets detention for patriotic T-shirt
Thirteen-year-old Clarence Darlington III wasn't about to turn his patriotic T-shirt inside-out.

Across South Carolina
CONWAY - A Georgia man returning home with his father stepped in front of a fire truck traveling along U.S. Highway 501 after an argument with his dad, authorities said.

Dropouts find a second chance

Growth draws businesses to Aiken-Augusta corridor
LANGLEY - Little by little, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway between Augusta and Aiken is showing steady signs of new commercial growth.

Aiken group honors judge with portrait

Businesses urge help in poverty battle
ATLANTA - A group of businesses is asking corporate America to help its workers in the South by providing such benefits as health insurance, transportation and child care, instead of asking the government to pick up the tab for the services.

Lightning damages home in Martinez

School doesn't reflect county
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - The new charter school in Edgefield County, which was barely completed in time for the first day of school, doesn't have enough minority students and doesn't reflect the racial makeup of the entire county, the school board's attorney says.

Former hotel to become housing for parolees, probationers

Kid of the day

Around town

Across the area

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.

Jet Li punches back against formulaic action movies
LOS ANGELES -- Jet Li wants to touch your soul before he kicks your butt.

Jet Li punches back against formulaic action movies

How 'Gremlins' and 'Indiana Jones' remade Hollywood
LOS ANGELES -- This is the story of how a gooey green guy in a microwave, a pagan witchdoctor with a beating heart in his hand and that unlucky numeral 13 changed the way Hollywood makes its movies.

How 'Gremlins' and 'Indiana Jones' remade Hollywood

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Ma$e has converted his comeback album, "Welcome Back," into a spectacular act of hip-hop subversion.

Shortlist announces acts to be considered for annual prize

Shortlist announces acts to be considered for annual prize
NEW YORK -- Loretta Lynn, Macy Gray and the rock group The Killers are among the 73 artists being considered for the annual Shortlist Music Prize, which honors artists whose albums were critically acclaimed but fell short of mainstream commercial success.

Mother Maybelle's famous guitar heading to country Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A guitar once owned by "Mother Maybelle" Carter, a member of one of country music's most influential families, has been acquired by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Darlington gets night lighting
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway's half-century of tradition changed in a flash Tuesday night with the debut of its multimillion dollar lighting system.

Vaughan strikes deal over arrest in prostitution sting
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut assistant basketball coach Clyde Vaughan, charged with patronizing a prostitute last week, will perform community service and take a special class for men, in a deal that could result in the charges being dismissed.

Cowboys trade OT Collins to Carolina

Bills QB Losman injured in practice

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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.

Tremor felt in Greek capital during Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- A small earthquake rattled some Olympic venues Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Hayes is surprise hurdles winner as favorite wrecks
ATHENS, Greece -- Joanna Hayes screamed and covered her mouth in shock after winning the 100-meter hurdles in an Olympic record 12.37 seconds. Favorite Perdita Felicien pulled herself off the track and walked away in disgust.

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.

Dumais makes springboard final
ATHENS, Greece -- Troy Dumais kept alive his hopes of winning the United States' first diving medal of the Athens Games, qualifying for the 3-meter springboard final Tuesday.

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.

Almost flawless, U.S. wins third softball gold

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

May-Walsh cap splendid American night on the beach
ATHENS, Greece -- Misty May and Kerri Walsh made it look easy, even in the end.

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.

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

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.

Capriati, Bovina advance at Pilot Pen

Overtime

Connecticut man to attempt record

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.

Capriati, Bovina advance at Pilot Pen
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Third-seeded Jennifer Capriati outserved and outlasted Tatiana Golovin on long points Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.

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.

Bills QB Losman injured in practice
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback J.P. Losman hurt his left ankle during practice Tuesday and had to be carted off the field.

Carter signs on with Jets
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Quarterback Quincy Carter signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Tuesday, three weeks after his surprising release by Dallas.

Cowboys trade OT Collins to Carolina
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys traded offensive tackle Javiar Collins to Carolina on Tuesday for a conditional 2005 draft choice.

Alan Alda to guest star on NBC's 'The West Wing'

HDTV owners irked by Olympic coverage
NEW YORK -- NBC's high definition TV coverage of the Olympics has literally and figuratively struck some owners of these fancy sets as a day late and a dollar short.

Alan Alda to guest star on NBC's 'The West Wing'
NEW YORK -- Alan Alda, the Emmy-winning star of the '70s comedy-drama series "M.A.S.H.," will guest star on 10 episodes of the upcoming season of "The West Wing."

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Japan rejects Bobby Fischer's appeal of deportation

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

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Price's true side comes out at ceremony
Twenty-three years worth of stories about Red Price - the time he spent as either head pro or general manager at Forest Hills Golf Club - were revisited last week at a retirement party for Price, even though he's not really retiring.

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.

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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.

SAT guide offers humorous, practical help with taking test

Girl shares, strengthens her faith on mission trip

Sonic Youth has the cure with 'Nurse'

Boyfriend's wandering eye can hurt relationship

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

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.

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.

Question of the week

Question of the week
Are TV award show programs entertaining?

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

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

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

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