Munch's 'Scream' joins huge cache of stolen art, perhaps lost forever
PARIS -- Edvard Munch's stolen "The Scream," spirited away by bandits who stormed a Norwegian museum, joins more than 150,000 works of art that specialists say may never be found.

Munch's 'Scream' joins huge cache of stolen art, perhaps lost forever

A term-paper approach to political theater in 'Guantanamo'
NEW YORK -- Considering the explosiveness of its subject matter, "Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom" should generate considerable heat.

A term-paper approach to political theater in 'Guantanamo'

School mistakes student's shirt slogan for drug reference
ATLANTA -- The town of Hempstead, N.Y., has a message for Gwinnett County school administrators: Before you target a student wearing a Hempstead shirt, look at a map.

Odds and Ends
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Need an airplane engine? How about a traffic light bulb? Or even a nice forklift, slightly used?

Man's cannon protects field, upsets neighbors
HOLLAND, Mich. - All Randy Brink wants to do is protect his blueberries.

Company pulling candy bags with toy depicting 9-11 attack
MIAMI -- Small toys showing an airplane flying into the World Trade Center were packed inside more than 14,000 bags of candy and sent to small groceries around the country before being recalled.

Braves hold on to sweep
ATLANTA - Chances are good that the 28,360 fans at Turner Field on Thursday night, many of whom brought brooms to usher the Rockies out of town, witnessed the Braves' No. 2 October starter in action.

Wright does it all for Braves

Wright does it all for Braves
ATLANTA - It's hard to tell who was more surprised by pitcher Jaret Wright's two-strike, bases-loaded bunt in the sixth inning Friday night, San Francisco reliever Matt Herges or Julio Franco, who was on third base.

Japan's unemployment rate 4.9 percent in July
TOKYO -- Japan's jobless rate rose to 4.9 percent in July, the government said Friday, as the number of unemployed people in the world's second-largest economy climbed for the first time in six months.

OPEC wants to see oil prices fall faster

Aiken plant vies for expansion
AIKEN - Owens Corning Co. is considering a $20 million expansion at its Aiken plant that would mean up to 50 new jobs and increased job security for its 85 existing workers, officials said Thursday.

OPEC wants to see oil prices fall faster
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries wants oil prices that traded near $50 a barrel last week before retreating this week to fall faster, and will discuss whether to increase production at a meeting next month, the group's president said Thursday.

With managers leaving town, Wall Street has contingencies in place
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's dog days of August have the potential for a serious bite this year.

Businessman buys Poteet Funeral Homes
After more than a decade under the ownership of a big corporation, Poteet Funeral Homes has been acquired by an east Georgia businessman.

Greenspan warns of abrupt and painful choices to pension benefits

Greenspan warns of abrupt and painful choices to pension benefits
JACKSON, Wyo. -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday that the country will face "abrupt and painful" choices if Congress does not move quickly to trim the Social Security and Medicare benefits that have been promised to the baby boom generation.

UPS to use three delivery trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service will begin using three large package delivery vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and officials said the goal is to someday apply the technology throughout its entire fleet.

Economy slows to 2.8 percent rate
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, struggling under the weight of a bloated trade deficit, grew at a relatively modest 2.8 percent annual rate in the second quarter, a slower pace of expansion than previously thought.

Quiznos picks Pepsi over Coke at 3,600 restaurants
ATLANTA - PepsiCo Inc., which lost Subway Restaurants as a major fountain customer last year to rival Coca-Cola Co., has won the U.S. beverage and snack business of Quiznos Corp.

Intel updates Centrino wireless chips, software
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended little changed Thursday as a fall in oil prices helped support shares. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Company settles lawsuit, agrees to release negative data on Paxil

Aiken plant vies for expansion

Plant's fate worries officials

Jobless claims up, reflecting in part impact of hurricane

UPS to use three delivery trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells

Two firms chosen to create anti-missile defense for commercial jets
WASHINGTON -- Teams led by BAE Systems and Northrup Grumman were chosen Wednesday to build and test prototypes for anti-missile systems to defend U.S. commercial planes against shoulder-fired rockets.

Consumers slightly more optimistic

Company settles lawsuit, agrees to release negative data on Paxil
ALBANY, N.Y. -- GlaxoSmithKline PLC agreed Thursday to release negative data on the safety and effectiveness of its antidepressant drugs to settle a lawsuit by New York's attorney general that accused the pharmaceutical maker of misrepresenting data on prescribing its drug Paxil to children.

Economy slows to 2.8 percent rate

Jobless claims up, reflecting in part impact of hurricane
WASHINGTON --The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits rose last week, reflecting the impact of hurricane Charley, which recently tore through Florida.

With managers leaving town, Wall Street has contingencies in place

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Employ-ers are facing continued double-digit increases in health care costs in 2005 and likely will require their workers to pay a greater share of the bill, according to a survey of more than 900 firms.

August's new vehicle sales could be disappointing
DETROIT -- Hurricane Charley's devastation in Florida, the nation's second-largest market for new vehicles, and apparent diminishing effectiveness of consumer incentives are expected to contribute to a drop in new car and truck sales in August, analysts say.

Bank to divest 3 offices in area
Some SouthTrust customers will be banking under a new name.

Will higher oil prices become inflationary?
NEW YORK -- It makes sense that higher oil prices could boost air fares and what you pay at the gas pump. It becomes more worrisome when rising energy costs boost the price of everything from Barbie dolls to Tylenol capsules.

Bank to divest 3 offices in area

Consumers slightly more optimistic
NEW YORK -- Consumers became a bit more optimistic toward the end of the August but still felt more cautious on the U.S. economy than they did a month ago, according to survey by the University of Michigan.

Plant's fate worries officials
Local officials on Monday will meet executives from Pfizer Inc. in New York to see what they can do to keep the company's Augusta pharmaceutical plant from closing.

Hokies look to regain luster against top-ranked Trojans

Hokies look to regain luster against top-ranked Trojans
LANDOVER, Md. - It's been awhile since Virginia Tech entered a season unranked with modest expectations. A win over No. 1 Southern California would change perceptions of this year's Hokies in a hurry.

Washington retains job as FSU's punt returner

FITTING THE MOLD
The Augusta Chronicle examined the 2003 and 2004 recruiting classes at Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Here's a look at the blueprint body types these schools signed:

Washington retains job as FSU's punt returner
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's Leon Washington will retain his job as punt returner this season, special teams coach Mickey Andrews said Thursday.

NCAA denies Williams' reinstatement request

Now departing ...
It's like saving up for several years, packing your bags - and finding out that the plane for your vacation has already left.

Cleaning up Abu Ghraib
Two very important reports on the Abu Ghraib prison abuses just came out, and they both confirm what most people familiar with the scandal suspected: The sexual humiliation, violent mistreatment and, in a few cases, torture of Iraqi detainees was not organized or ordered from above by senior commanders, but was largely the perverted, cruel doings of prison guards and intelligence personnel attached to the military who were entertaining themselves.

Our future, their hands
Having $386.4 million in sales tax revenues to spend on Augusta's infrastructure and quality of life will do one of two things: It will either unite the community or divide it.

Now departing ...

A blast from the past
It's not often you can take a trip back in time, but this weekend you can - at least as far as movie-going is concerned. Younger generations may not realize it, but going to a movie before the multiplexes came along was a very different experience than it is today.

Our future, their hands

Cleaning up Abu Ghraib

Celebrity Birthdays
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4:

People in the News
LONDON -- A newspaper survey of scientists has chosen "Blade Runner" as the world's best science fiction.

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine:

Comedian urges New Yorkers to yell "Fuggedaboudit!' during convention
NEW YORK -- Al Franken wants you to get up out of your chairs, open your windows, stick your heads out and yell ... fuggedaboutdit?

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Paris Hilton is trying on a new outfit: a hard cover.

Stocks rise on better-than-expected GDP figure
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks modestly higher Friday, embracing a sluggish gross domestic product reading that was nonetheless better than expected, hoping that falling oil prices would help spur the economy. The major indexes all finished the week higher.

Workers likely to shoulder still-larger share of health costs next year

Krispy Kreme earnings fall short
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Once the darling of Wall Street, doughnut-maker Krispy Kreme on Thursday reported second-quarter profits that were more than 50 percent lower than a year ago and that widely missed analysts' expectations.

Tokyo stocks rise

Fred's profit slides despite sales growth
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Fred's Inc. said Thursday its profit dropped about 29 percent in the latest quarter, despite growing sales.

Tokyo stocks end flat

Tokyo stocks end flat
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended little changed Thursday as a fall in oil prices helped support shares. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Mortgage rates creep up, 30-year still under 6 percent
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country crept up this week, although 30-year mortgages still were below the 6 percent level for a fourth straight week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.

Dollar General reports 18 percent increase in profits
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -- Discount retailer Dollar General Corp. reported an 18 percent increase in second-quarter earnings, citing a tax benefit and improved sales.

Money funds fell in latest week

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

Workers likely to shoulder still-larger share of health costs next year
NEW YORK - Employers are facing continued double-digit increases in health care costs in 2005 and likely will require their workers to pay an even greater share of the bill, according to a new survey of more than 900 firms.

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

Tokyo stocks rise
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Friday as investors poured cash into bank, retail and real estate issues, lifting the a broad market index to its ninth straight day of gains. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Techs under pressure, but stocks mostly unchanged
NEW YORK -- A brokerage downgrade of several semiconductor companies pressured tech shares Thursday, while the broader market was little changed as a jump in jobless claims offset investors' relief over declining oil prices.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Krispy Kreme earnings fall short

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $6.07 billion in the latest week to $848.66 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Acres of fish found in Savannah channel
Schooling fish are beginning to move up main Thurmond Lake tributaries like Little River and Keg Creek on the Georgia side and South Carolina's Little River as well.

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

Acres of fish found in Savannah channel

Fishing tournament news

Final recommendations for food pyramid made
WASHINGTON -- Not any bread will do, a panel of doctors and scientists told the government Friday in issuing its final recommendations about what advice should go into the federal food pyramid.

Final recommendations for food pyramid made

Pleasure in ponds

Grubs can be trouble
One lawn pest that is often overlooked is the grub worm.

Tips for a healthy garden
What are the essential steps needed to promote healthy plants? The American Phytopathological Society (APS), an organization of professional "plant doctors," offers suggestions guaranteed to help those new to gardening and seasoned enthusiasts alike.

Black raspberry bush yields intense flavor

Black raspberry bush yields intense flavor
A hundred years ago, black raspberries were at least as popular, perhaps more so, than red raspberries.

Grubs can be trouble

Will the real oregano stand up?
Ripe tomatoes bring to mind tomato sauce; tomato sauce brings to mind oregano.

Tips for a healthy garden

Pleasure in ponds
If Marlin the clown fish's tireless search to rescue his son in last year's animated Finding Nemo had led him to the 5,500-gallon, bilevel pond in the back yard of Will and Kay Bowman's North Augusta home, he might have been tempted to join Nemo and stay there.

Late rally not enough for Jackets
Hitting wasn't the problem for the Augusta GreenJackets in their series against Columbus.

Beam has provided much-needed relief
His command is impressive. His presence on the mound is imposing. His statistics are staggering.

Three splash through course to share lead at the Tradition
ALOHA, Ore. - Jose Maria Canizares birdied his last hole to complete his 5-under-par 67 and share the first-round lead with Bruce Summerhays and Vicente Fernandez at the Tradition on Thursday.

Masters returns to limited commercial, two news sponsors
The Masters is no longer commercial free, signing up three television sponsors Friday for the first time since Martha Burk led a corporate campaign against Augusta National and its all-male membership.

Three splash through course to share lead at the Tradition

Jacobsen leads year's final major
ALOHA, Ore. - Peter Jacobsen shot 6-under-par 66 in the Tradition to move to 9-under, one stroke ahead of Bruce Lietzke, after two rounds of the Champions Tour's last major of the year.

Masters returns to limited commercial, two news sponsors

Beam has provided much-needed relief

No tie this time around

Rebels take it to Jackets

Week Two Key Matchups

Eagles fly high on road

In the huddle player of the week

Irish spring rivalry back to life

AP Georgia prep football poll

Switch does the trick in victory

Size separates players from prospects

Wildcats outlast Rebels

Prep football capsules

Good returns boost Hawks

AP Georgia prep football poll
The Associated Press poll representing first week results, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points. Some votes cast in the Class AAAA poll were not counted because they were for incorrect region teams.

Good returns boost Hawks
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Tyree Burnett ignited a stagnant Washington County offense with two return touchdowns to kick start a 21-0 victory over Swainsboro on Friday night.

In the huddle player of the week
This week's In The Huddle Player Of the Week is Cheng Ho, Senior running back for Evans.

Prep football capsules
Highlights from Friday's fooball gridiron action.

No tie this time around
During summer practices, Lakeside coach Randy Hill would tell anyone that would listen that his quarterback Jimmy Johnson was the best in the area.

Thomson finds it in fourth
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Clifton Belton wanted to make sure everyone in Thomson knew he was ready to play. The Bulldogs running back had been nursing an injured shoulder and was high on the Thomson coaching staff's wish list to return this week against their old rival Washington-Wilkes.

Switch does the trick in victory
AIKEN - Dan Pippin found his offense and possibly a new quarterback Friday night in South Aiken's home opener against Midland Valley.

Week Two Key Matchups
Area prep football capsule for Friday night's action.

Wildcats outlast Rebels
In the waning moments of the first half, Curtis Sapp noticed a change in his Hephzibah opponents. The Rebels' confidence vanished. So did their desire. They were mentally kaput.

Irish spring rivalry back to life
The last time the Fighting Irish beat the Richmond Academy Musketeers was in 1957 - the same year Boys Catholic changed its name to Aquinas High School.

Eagles fly high on road
When Cross Creek quarterback Donald Hudson fumbled on the goal line late in the fourth quarter Friday night, it might not have prevented anything more than a cosmetic change of the scoreboard.

Size separates players from prospects
here is a dream list of more than 16 players in our area who own Friday night.

Red Devils' kicker gets to the point
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell is due for a heart catheterization Monday.

Rebels take it to Jackets
JOHNSTON, S.C. - North Augusta chased after Strom Thurmond quarterback CoCo Hillary metaphorically in the off-season.

Hundreds of Charlie refugees staying in temporary campers
VENICE, Fla. -- In a cramped travel trailer, Gail Martin finally got to cook a meal for her son for the first time since Hurricane Charley chased them from their home almost two weeks ago - grilled cheese sandwiches on a propane stove.

Tropical Storm Frances strengthens in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Frances gained strength Thursday in the central Atlantic Ocean and could become a hurricane by Friday, but forecasters said it posed no threat to land.

Hurricane Frances gains strength in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Frances grew into a Category 2 storm Friday in the Atlantic, but was not expected to threaten land in the near future.

Bush seeks $2 billion in Hurricane Charley aid
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will ask Congress for $2 billion to help victims of Hurricane Charley, the White House said Friday.

Some folks are sending in more than postcards
I don't know who invented the vacation souvenir, but I do know that I have a generous share of knicks and knacks from around the world.<

Bush is our best bet for leadership
When a toddler, spoiled or otherwise, can't have his way, he tends to kick and scream at his parent and main protector. Even his limited vocabulary enables him to yell, "I hate you!" Does this not reflect the current sentiment of the Democratic Party? Helen Bolen North Augusta, S.C.

We must reinvent ourselves again

Preserve U.S. jobs by reducing costs
If the Augusta Commission passed a $5-per-gallon tax on gasoline, with the proceeds going to cancer research at the Medical College of Georgia, within six months there would be only one gas pump in the county - that which fills county vehicles. All other customers would travel to Aiken, Columbia or Burke counties to fill their tanks. ... C.B. Howard Augusta

We must reinvent ourselves again
The courage to reinvent ourselves amid crisis is one of Americans' most distinctive attributes. We did it after economic collapse in the 1920s. We did it in the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," and saved the country by instituting Social Security for all. Joaquin Godoy Aiken, S.C.

Preserve U.S. jobs by reducing costs

Home schooling is worth a look
Regarding Patricia Christensen's statements made in an Aug. 10 Chronicle Metro story that she was returning her home-schooled children to public schools because of a lack of social interaction with other children: Kathy Winstead Warrenton

Make safer teenage driving laws
There have been several teens killed in automobile accidents in the Augusta area. What can be done about this? Driver education is not offered in public schools. A driving school costs anywhere from $200 to $250. The defensive driving one-day course costs $75. Glenda Edwards Martinez

Our nation is submitting to U.N.
The American people have been led to believe the falsehood that the United States snubbed the United Nations by invading Iraq. But from the war's very inception, official U.S. pronouncements clearly pointed out that the conflict was "authorized" by the world body. Glenda Windham Wagener, S.C.

Flu vaccine is found tainted in factory, shipments delayed

Platinum concentrations high for women with breast implants

FBI seizes equipment in first-ever copyright action against P2P network

Redesigned shuttle tanks should not shed foam

Will free iPods edify or simply entertain at Duke University?

HP unveils iPod clone
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled its own version of the iPod portable music player Friday, showing the fruits of a groundbreaking partnership it had previously announced with Apple Computer Inc.

Redesigned shuttle tanks should not shed foam
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's redesigned space shuttle fuel tanks should no longer shed dangerous pieces of foam when launches resume next spring, officials said Thursday.

Africanized "killer" bees may have arrived in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A swarm of bees that attacked a work crew earlier this month may be of the Africanized variety, which would mark the furthest north the so-called "killer" bees have traveled in the United States, scientists said.

Flu vaccine is found tainted in factory, shipments delayed
SAN FRANCISCO -- The nation's supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit Thursday when Chiron Corp. announced it found tainted doses in its factory.

Platinum concentrations high for women with breast implants
WASHINGTON -- Researchers have found high concentrations of platinum in women who got silicone breast implants and in the children they bore and breast-fed afterward.

Postal Service to issue stamp bringing awareness to sickle cell disease
WASHINGTON -- A new postage stamp calling attention to sickle cell disease will be issued next month.

The Winner's Circle: Death of a firebug
STORY SO FAR: On the way back to the farm after their big racing triumph, Mr. Brennan points out to Ben that bloodlines matter only with racing horses - not with people. But as they approach the farm, they find the barn on fire.

FBI seizes equipment in first-ever copyright action against P2P network
WASHINGTON -- The FBI seized computers, software and equipment as part of an investigation into illegal sharing of copyrighted movies, music and games over an Internet "peer-to-peer" network, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Wednesday.

Will free iPods edify or simply entertain at Duke University?
DURHAM, N.C. -- Newly arrived Duke University freshmen got something considerably snazzier than the usual Blue Devils T-shirts and ball caps: Their goodie bags included a free iPod digital music player engraved with the school's crest and the words "Class of 2008."

Aiken businesses hit hard by license fees
AIKEN - The RCS Corp. has become so successful, it can't afford to stay in the city of Aiken.

Splost deadline
Friday, Sept. 3: The deadline for the Richmond County Board of Elections to run a legal notice in The Augusta Chronicle, the county's legal organ, calling for the election at least 60 days before the vote.

Rebels get a season of change

South Carolina falls to last place in SAT

Wife of Blythe man faces murder charge
Authorities filed murder charges Thursday against the wife of a Blythe man who they said kept his death hidden for several days.

'05 Masters to see return of sponsors

Across the area
A Thomson man died Friday in a single-car crash near Pumpkin Center that left his mother in the hospital.

One county scores high on entry test

Schools must OK helpers for work
AIKEN - Every Thursday morning, Lesa Lamback volunteers three hours of her day to answer phones and make copies in the front office of North Augusta High School, while her three children are in class down the hall.

Critics berate commissioners

News you can use
AUG. 27, 1947 Less than a quarter of the new houses needed for Augusta's post-war population boom have been constructed, The Chronicle reported today.Between 1,200 and 1,500 of the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 houses needed in Richmond County have been built. The increasing population and new families created by marriages after the war have prompted the housing need."

Gladd touts skills, education in coroner race

News you can use
AUG. 28, 1975 Strong winds, a severe thunderstorm and lightning hit some Central Savannah River Area counties yesterday evening, but officials reported only minor damage and no injuries.

Across South Carolina

South Carolina falls to last place in SAT
AIKEN - South Carolina's latest SAT scores are the worst in the nation, according to figures released Friday by Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, with an average that dropped three points from the previous year.

Booster club's missing money sparks inquiry

College to offer nursing degree

Principals responsible for checks

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves to set the record straight.

Around town

Across the region
COLUMBIA - A special education teacher collapsed and died in the parking lot at a West Columbia elementary school.

Across the area

Across the area
A 16-year-old boy who was struck by a pickup while riding a Huffy bicycle Wednesday night died of his injuries Thursday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

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One county scores high on entry test
Columbia County students who took the ACT college entrance exam scored above the state and national averages but Richmond County students fell below them.

News you can use

Airline says it has to depart
After more than a year of difficulties at Augusta Regional Airport, Continental Express is calling it quits.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves to set the record straight.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state's child welfare director was reassigned Friday, in a reorganization officials say is designed to better protect children.

Prank 911 call made by adult, police say
A Martinez Fire Department worker who also is a part-time Rural/Metro Ambulance employee was arrested by Richmond County sheriff's investigators Friday and charged with making a false call for an ambulance.

Labor official agrees to fine
ATLANTA - Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond agreed to a $500 fine under an agreement with the State Ethics Commission but avoided stiffer sanctions when the panel found no basis for most of the allegations a Republican operative made against him during the 2002 campaign.

Democrats rap Miller for siding with GOP
ATLANTA - If Zell Miller had been there, he would have gotten an earful Friday as several hundred demonstrators - some of them ex-supporters - rallied outside his Atlanta offices to denounce the Democrat as a turncoat for backing President Bush and the war in Iraq.

Official stops by schools
"Uno, dos, tres ... " counted the 5-year-olds in Stevens Creek Elementary School's Spanish-language class as Kathy Cox mouthed the words along with them.

Group seeks donations for Charley's victims
A group of Columbia County volunteers would like the public's help in lending a hand to the Florida victims of Hurricane Charley.

Robber escapes after heist
AIKEN - A gun-wielding man in a ski mask robbed a Belvedere bank Friday afternoon, leaving behind shaken but otherwise unharmed bank employees in a heist that was over within seconds.

Schools crack down on crime

Prank 911 call made by adult, police say

Across the area

Indecision plagues commission

Crematory lawsuit settled
ROME, Ga. - An $80 million settlement was reached Thursday in a lawsuit against the operators of a crematory where the remains of 334 people were found strewn across the grounds of the business.

Official stops by schools

Scalding leads to charges
AIKEN - Six children were in state custody after an Aiken mother was charged with holding her 3-year-old son under scalding water.

Relative observed no abuse

Snakebite sends priest to hospital
A Catholic priest from Augusta was hospitalized Thursday after being bitten by a snake while hiking in northeast Georgia.

Families may pursue $80 million decision

Lawyer settles on deal
Paul David, the former attorney for a community mental health center, pleaded guilty Thursday to tax evasion.

Robber escapes after heist

Schools crack down on crime
Columbia County pupils convicted or charged in a serious crime could find themselves sitting on the sidelines.

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An Augusta man was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Friday after his vehicle struck a telephone pole at the intersection of Walton Way and 15th Street, officials said.

College to offer nursing degree
Faced with possibly running short on nurses in the future, University Hospital is trying to widen the pipeline.

Critics berate commissioners
Dave Barbee and Lowell Greenbaum don't often agree on political issues, but the Augusta Commission's handling of the proposed Phase 5 sales tax issue has both political party chairmen boiling mad.

Garrison has new face to look to
Fort Gordon said goodbye to a man Thursday who helped it transition to the post-Sept. 11 world, and welcomed a woman who will be responsible for the oversight of myriad post operations for the next several years.

'05 Masters to see return of sponsors
Sponsors will return for the 2005 Masters Tournament telecast, and coverage will be expanded by 90 minutes, Augusta National Golf Club announced Friday.

Rants and raves
A BIG RANT FOR the poor, poor lady who has to drive in all the traffic to Lakeside High School: Does she not understand that there would be much less traffic if she and the rest of Westlake and Jones Creek, etc., would simply use the taxpayer (funded) school transportation. Yes, the school bus! Or perhaps if the kids are too good for public transport they might leave home a bit earlier. The school is open before 7 a.m.

Principals responsible for checks
The accidental discovery of safety issues at T. Harry Garrett Elementary School's playground is expected to lead to districtwide inspections on all school playgrounds.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 9-year old Rickey Jones, Jr., of Augusta.

Indecision plagues commission
Augusta commissioners abruptly adjourned their sales tax meeting Thursday without finishing their work because they could not agree on which projects to include in the referendum they had planned to put before voters in November.

Kid of the day

Relative observed no abuse
AIKEN - The great-grandfather of a 3-year-old boy being treated for severe burns says he never saw the boy's mother abuse him in the Crosland Park home they shared.

News group asks top court to hear case against PGA
ATLANTA - Morris Communications Co. has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its lawsuit against the PGA Tour over access to golf scores.

Gladd touts skills, education in coroner race
AIKEN - Ed Gladd refuses to tag himself the underdog in the race for Aiken County coroner anymore.

News you can use

Families may pursue $80 million decision
LAFAYETTE, Ga. - Families whose relatives' bodies were found strewn across the grounds of a northwest Georgia crematory won the right Friday to pursue an $80 million settlement agreed upon in federal court Thursday.

Flu shots should meet area's need
Potentially tainted batches in one of the few factories that produce flu vaccine could delay shipments until October but officials are still expecting to get 100 million doses this season.

Around town
Archaeology lab manager Janet Jordan (left) sifts through dirt as Augusta State University student William Barrs digs in front of Reese Library, the future site of a student center. The university's archaeology department is exploring the area before construction begins; so far, discoveries include brick and mortar fragments, nails, bottle glass shards, and a 1977 nickel.

Bond denied for man in retrial
A judge denied bond Friday for an Augusta man whose manslaughter conviction was vacated two months ago.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A tropical depression formed southeast of Charleston on Friday, prompting tropical storm warnings from near Wilmington, N.C., south to the Georgia-Florida state line.

Booster club's missing money sparks inquiry
Members of a Columbia County booster club say they will ask police to investigate a $6,363 discrepancy in their bank account.

Aiken businesses hit hard by license fees

Man gets prison in death of 20-year-old
Rejecting a plea negotiation in a city homicide case, a judge sentenced a man to 16 years in prison, double the time behind bars that attorneys agreed upon.

Airline says it has to depart

Across the region
COLUMBIA - A special education teacher collapsed and died in the parking lot at a West Columbia elementary school.

Snakebite sends priest to hospital

Indecision plagues commission
Augusta commissioners abruptly adjourned their sales tax meeting Thursday without finishing their work because they could not agree on which projects to include in the referendum they had planned to put before voters in November.

Across the region

Across the area
A 16-year-old boy who was struck by a pickup while riding a Huffy bicycle Wednesday night died of his injuries Thursday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Pack up the lights

Kid of the day
Today's kid fo the day 6-year old Gregory Baucom, of North Augusta.

Splost deadline

Pack up the lights
Jacob Harris, of Augusta Facility Maintenance, pulls strands of light bulbs out of a tree in a parking bay on Broad Street. The light bulb strands were used during the holiday season.

Rebels get a season of change
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Shavon Price liked the first pep rally of her senior year because it was after school and longer than ones in the past, but she said all students might not agree.

Schools must OK helpers for work

Sawed-off gun brings charges
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged an Augusta man who they said brandished a sawed-off shotgun at a 16-year-old for "coming onto his street," a report states.

County might change buildings' height rules
Property values aren't the only thing expected to keep going up in Columbia County. So are the heights of some buildings, most notably commercial structures such as hotels.

Across the region

Masters, and its fans, see clearly
The trade is more than fair.

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The trade is more than fair.

Gymnastics improves despite scandal
Even without a knee-capping drama or a villainous French judge, gymnastics remains the figure skating of the Summer Olympic Games. It is the highest rated by its fans and the highest ridiculed by its critics.

Expectations soar for Malaysia's costliest movie epic
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- For weeks, the nationwide frenzy of anticipation for "Princess of Mount Ledang" - Malaysia's most expensive movie ever - has been inescapable.

Expectations soar for Malaysia's costliest movie epic

At the Movies: 'Suspect Zero'

At the Movies: 'Hero'
If "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" opened mainstream Americans' eyes to the martial arts epic, director Zhang Yimou may be about to grab their hearts and minds.

At the Movies: 'Hero'

At the Movies: 'Suspect Zero'
A nondescript title such as "Suspect Zero" is fitting for director E. Elias Merhige's psychological thriller, a muddle of fractured images and nebulous motivations that aspires to dramatic weight it does not possess.

At the Movies: 'Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid'

At the Movies: 'Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid'
The similarities are striking: A new director revives a movie franchise about a scary beast.

Schumacher can clinch 7th title
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button finished ahead of Michael Schumacher on Friday. Unfortunately for two of Formula 1's most talented young drivers, this was only practice.

Bristol might end some chases
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series will journey through a couple of land mines - specifically short-track races - before it starts the Chase for the Championship in September.

Labonte looks to bounce back

Labonte looks to bounce back
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bobby Labonte has been in a freefall the past six weeks and heads into the Sharpie 500 clinging to his spot in the top 10 of the points standings.

Schumacher can clinch 7th title

Jury pool begins forming for trial

Jury pool begins forming for trial
EAGLE, Colo. - Potential jurors began arriving at the county courthouse Friday, the first step toward choosing 12 people who will decide whether Kobe Bryant is guilty of sexually assaulting a resort worker last summer.

NCAA denies Williams' reinstatement request
LOS ANGELES - All-American Mike Williams was denied his request to play for Southern California by the NCAA on Thursday, leaving the star receiver unable to rejoin the top-ranked Trojans after being shut out of the NFL Draft by the courts.

Woodson will return to Raiders

Young quarterbacks impressive

Hearst has fond memories of Devils

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Argentina tops U.S. in men's basketball

Argentina tops U.S. in men's basketball
ATHENS, Greece -- Bronze is the best the American men's basketball team can do, and the reason is simple: They were beaten by a better team, Argentina.

U.S. chief stands up to Spain

U.S. chief stands up to Spain
ATHENS, Greece - "Do you want some of me?" the U.S. basketball coach asked the coach from Spain. "Do you want some of me?"

U.S. slams Spain
ATHENS - Written off after their opener and branded failures back home, Stephon Marbury and the Americans are showing signs that they just might be the team to beat after all.

U.S. slams Spain

U.S. women win soccer gold
ATHENS, Greece -- When the final whistle blew, an exhausted Mia Hamm was quickly swarmed by 17 thrilled teammates.

U.S. women advance after beating Russia
ATHENS, Greece -- Sheryl Swoopes was in a funk. Her shots kept rimming out, she wasn't getting many rebounds, she was struggling to find a way to help her team.

Attempt for closure stirs up more anger
ATHENS, Greece -- World gymnastics officials were looking for a way out of the Paul Hamm medal mess. All they did was make more people mad.

Jones fifth in long jump, Chinese hurdler ties record
ATHENS, Greece -- Marion Jones climbed out of the long jump pit and immediately waved in resignation to the crowd. There would be no individual medal for her in Athens.

Crawford leads American sweep of 200
ATHENS, Greece -- Shawn Crawford led an American medals sweep of the 200 meters Thursday, overcoming teammates Bernard Williams and Justin Gatlin - and a hostile crowd - to win in the fastest time in the world this year.

Mack sets Olympic record in 1-2 U.S. finish
ATHENS, Greece -- Tim Mack cleared an Olympic-record 19 feet, 6 1/4 inches on his final try to lead a 1-2 American finish in the pole vault Friday night.

U.S. women advance after beating Russia

U.S. men easily beat Spain in basketball
ATHENS, Greece -- Larry Brown was right. The Americans did start hitting their jump shots, and suddenly they look as if they might be the team to beat at the Athens Games.

Overtime

Lady Knights play to perfection

Overtime
Augusta State upgraded its men's basketball schedule, adding Division I Georgia Southern to the slate for the upcoming season. The Jaguars open the 2004-05 season on the road Nov. 20-21 in a tournament at USC Aiken after playing Georgia State and The Citadel in a pair of exhibitions.

Lady Knights play to perfection
The Evans Lady Knights volleyball team defended their hometurf Thursday night, sweeping a four-team match that included Harlem, Hephzibah and Cross Creek.

Woodson will return to Raiders
NAPA, Calif. - Charles Woodson confirmed Wednesday night he would end his holdout and be in camp with the Oakland Raiders next week.

Hearst has fond memories of Devils
Garrison Hearst remembers his first varsity start.

Young quarterbacks impressive
ATLANTA - Marvin Lewis and Jim Mora were impressed as their young quarterbacks each passed for three touchdowns last week.

Non-religious Americans are increasingly important for the Democrats
After years of talk about the centrality of conservative Protestants and Catholics in the Republican Party coalition, an opposite factor is gaining wider notice: the Democrats' reliance upon non-religious voters.

Boot camp helps missionary to remotest tribes
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. -- Seven young adults gather for informal Sunday worship in a rude, two-room house fashioned from plastic sheeting and lumber that they cut themselves. Clad in shorts and jeans and clutching well-thumbed Bibles, they join in song to guitar accompaniment.

Movie predicted to be a hit on shelves
The Passion of the Christ could be the greatest box-office story ever told.

Two political preachers stake out foreign policy extremes
Two recently published manifestos may be poorly reasoned but at least they stake out the extremes among political preachers in this time of terrorism and partisanship:

TenForUs organizer plans rally in Evans
The American Civil Liberties Union was an unwelcome topic at a weekly Bible study in Evans last year.

U.S. revokes work visa for Muslim scholar
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Acting at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. government has revoked the work visa of a Muslim scholar who had been scheduled to teach at the University of Notre Dame this fall.

Religion News in Brief
LOS ANGELES -- In the latest episode in the Episcopal Church's debate over homosexuality, an international dispute between bishops has broken out over two breakaway parishes in California.

Faith digest
JANICE SHAW CROUSE, will be the main speaker during a women's conference Sept. 11 at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Black Baptists hope meeting will spur unified voice in tackling social problems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The week of Labor Day, black Baptists will be assembling as they do each year, but simultaneously in separate cities, the result of a history of splintering during the past century.

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

Temple welcomes new rabbi
Robert Klensin and Ronald Gerson were ordained in the same class 30 years ago at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

Gymnastics improves despite scandal

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Masters, and its fans, see clearly

It's back to the boardroom for 'The Apprentice'

Video Music Awards may be a bit tamer this year

Run DMC, Tupac, Public Enemy to honor at inaugural hip-hop awards

Beenie Man barred from MTV show after gay protest

NBC says its programs seeing big boost from Olympics
NEW YORK -- Besides being a ratings success on its own, NBC claimed Thursday the Olympics have had a "halo effect" of boosting viewership for its cable networks and programs - sometimes in startling numbers.

It's back to the boardroom for 'The Apprentice'
NEW YORK -- On your mark. Get set. You're fired! NBC has revealed the contestants on the second season of "The Apprentice." The lineup, without last names, was released in a statement Friday and on the first-season DVD bonus materials.

Muppets' 'Wizard of Oz' to include Tarantino

NBC says its programs seeing big boost from Olympics

Run DMC, Tupac, Public Enemy to honor at inaugural hip-hop awards
NEW YORK -- Rap pioneers Run DMC, DJ Kool Herc and KRS-One, along with Tupac Shakur and Public Enemy, will be among the first hip-hop artists honored by VH1 at its inaugural Hip Hop Honors this fall.

Beenie Man barred from MTV show after gay protest
MIAMI -- Dancehall star Beenie Man, who has recorded anti-gay songs in the past, was yanked from a concert associated with the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend after gay groups planned a protest, the network said Wednesday.

Muppets' 'Wizard of Oz' to include Tarantino
LOS ANGELES -- Blood-and-guts director Quentin Tarantino may be going soft.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 16-22. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Video Music Awards may be a bit tamer this year
NEW YORK -- In the 21-year history of MTV's Video Music Awards, viewers have been treated to some eye-popping moments - Prince's bare buttocks, Lil' Kim's sequined pasty, Britney and Madonna's steamy kiss last year.

Video best

Comedian urges New Yorkers to yell "Fuggedaboudit!' during convention

People in the News

People in the News

Odds and Ends

Tropical Storm Frances strengthens in Atlantic

Hundreds of Charlie refugees staying in temporary campers

Non-religious Americans are increasingly important for the Democrats

Religion News in Brief

Faith Calendar

Boot camp helps missionary to remotest tribes

Movie predicted to be a hit on shelves

Faith digest

Two political preachers stake out foreign policy extremes

U.S. revokes work visa for Muslim scholar

Black Baptists hope meeting will spur unified voice in tackling social problems

TenForUs organizer plans rally in Evans