Texas university unlikely place for dazzling collection of haute couture

Jumping right in: Roger Bart dives into 'The Frogs'

Dame Edna is set for a return engagement
NEW YORK -- Brace yourself Broadway. Dame Edna, that irrepressible Aussie with the purple hair, elaborate gowns and extensive collection of jewelry, is set for a return engagement this November.

Dame Edna is set for a return engagement

National Theater of Greece returns with the antiwar comedy 'Lysistrata'

Jumping right in: Roger Bart dives into 'The Frogs'
NEW YORK -- It was a beautiful summer day on Martha's Vineyard and Roger Bart was on his way to Edgartown beach with his 3-year-old daughter when he received a cryptic phone message from director-choreographer Susan Stroman.

Texas university unlikely place for dazzling collection of haute couture
DENTON, Texas -- From Givenchy and de la Renta to Balenciaga and Chanel, a dazzling array of haute couture hangs in an unlikely place - a storage room at the University of North Texas.

National Theater of Greece returns with the antiwar comedy 'Lysistrata'
NEW YORK -- By October, the 2004 Summer Olympics will be a memory, but American audiences will have another opportunity for a different kind of Greek spectacular.

Blue Jays end losing streak

Piazza back for Mets, still in difficult position

Little Leaguers getting big-league attention in World Series

Reds rally to beat Diamondbacks

Curacao 5, California 2; Texas 5, Mexico 0

Little Leaguers getting big-league attention in World Series
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The umpires get the signal from upstairs, gesture toward the dugout and on cue, nine pint-sized 11- and 12-year-olds scamper out onto the field ready for another inning of the Little League World Series.

Phillies romp Brewers

Dodgers top Mets
NEW YORK -- Robin Ventura reminded the sinking New York Mets of their past and helped show why the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking ahead to October.

White Sox outswing Phillies
CHICAGO -- Joe Borchard set a small crowd abuzz with the longest homer in the 14-year history of U.S. Cellular Field.

Expos fall to Padres
MONTREAL -- David Wells won his seventh consecutive road decision and helped himself with an RBI single, leading the San Diego Padres to an 11-3 victory over the Montreal Expos on Sunday.

Dodgers top Mets

Indians blank White Sox
CLEVELAND -- Scott Elarton pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and Casey Blake hit two of Cleveland's four homers to lead the Indians over the Chicago White Sox 9-0 Sunday.

Cardinals shut out Pirates

Cardinals shut out Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Albert Pujols hit his 40th home run and reached 100 RBIs for the fourth consecutive season, and the St. Louis Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 4-0 victory Sunday.

Red Sox sweep Tigers

Phillies romp Brewers
PHILADELPHIA -- Cory Lidle homered and threw a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season, Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam and had five RBIs, and the Philadelphia Phillies extended the Milwaukee Brewers' losing streak to 11 with a 10-0 victory Sunday.

Piazza back for Mets, still in difficult position
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza wants the New York Mets to get him out of a situation that's been difficult to deal with.

Red Sox sweep Tigers
BOSTON -- Tim Wakefield allowed three hits in eight innings and the Boston Red Sox won their sixth straight game with a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Indians blank White Sox

Reds rally to beat Diamondbacks
CINCINNATI -- For six innings, Edgar Gonzalez dominated the Cincinnati Reds. With one swing, Adam Dunn changed everything.

Aaron names Bonds best hitter ever
ATLANTA - Hank Aaron made an appearance at Turner Field on Sunday night.

Blue Jays end losing streak
TORONTO -- Carlos Delgado homered in Toronto's five-run seventh inning and the Blue Jays ended a five-game losing skid with a 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday after a power outage delayed the start for about an hour.

White Sox outswing Phillies

Expos fall to Padres

Curacao 5, California 2; Texas 5, Mexico 0
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Carlos Pineda struck out 11 and Jurickson Profar hit a two-run homer as Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, took an early lead and held on for a 5-2 victory over Conejo Valley of Thousand Oaks, Calif., in the Little League World Series championship on Sunday night.

Another Kirby took a woolly road to California

After 60 years of marriage, Indiana couple celebrates with skydive plunge
GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) ) - A couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary took a different kind of plunge - from an airplane.

Man decapitated in apparent drunken car crash
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man apparently drunkenly drove off the road early Sunday and hit the support wire of a telephone pole, which decapitated his passenger, according to police reports.

Man gets jail time for playing porno movie in car
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A man who was watching a pornographic movie in his car as police pulled up behind him has been sentenced to three weekends in jail.

Bonds blasts Ortiz, Atlanta

Furcal hitting it for Braves
ATLANTA - A communications mixup in the commissioner's office resulted in no recognition for Rafael Furcal as the National League's Player of the Week for July 5-11, despite a .385 batting average, four home runs, eight RBI, and nine runs.

Braves rally to defeat Giants
ATLANTA -- Even with a big lead in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves aren't taking anything for granted.

Bonds blasts Ortiz, Atlanta
ATLANTA - The Braves might still have the last word this afternoon, but Barry Bonds did all the talking with his bat Sunday night.

Atlanta's mistakes not costly
ATLANTA - It is not the way John Smoltz would choose to win a game, particularly with October just around the corner. But at this point, the goal is more important than the method used to attain it.

Braves rally to defeat Giants

Has an oil-price bubble been pierced?

Intel announces milestone in shrinking chips

Microsoft's big guns aim at Apple's online music store
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp., hoping to take a bite out of Apple Computer Inc.'s highly popular online music service, is gearing up to launch its own Web site for selling songs over the Internet.

Corporate pension crisis still looming

Drop in gas prices ends, but no spike in prices expected

Toys "R" Us Inc., could soon find fierce business in babies

Even after vote, concerns about Venezuela's oil sector persist

Attorney suing Wal-Mart sees justice, not dollar signs

Has an oil-price bubble been pierced?
WASHINGTON -- A week ago many energy traders and analysts spoke of $50-a-barrel oil as almost a sure thing. Now that crude futures have slid 11 percent from their recent peak, settling at about $43 on Friday, reaching the half-century mark anytime soon is considered more of a long shot.

Modeling Riverwalk
It's now Augusta's turn to play host to economic developers.

Oil prices drop sharply in spite of Iraqi pipeline attacks

Former leader returns to Ohio
Two years after resigning from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Jim West is going back where he came from.

At IBM, Palmisano era already in full swing
NEW YORK -- Lou Gerstner's revival of IBM Corp. from its near-death experience in the 1990s has become a legendary business story. But the epilogue could be nearly as interesting.

Business briefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The stock price of Interstate Bakeries Corp. dropped more than a third in value Monday after the nation's largest wholesale baker said it had missed another deadline for submitting its annual report.

Business briefs
TROUBLED WORKERS: Many U.S. workers are unhappy with their jobs and their pay, but given the tenuousness of the labor market, they're not planning to try for new positions right now, according to a survey of more than 2,600 people.

Consumer spending rises 0.8 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- After taking a rest in June, the nation's consumers were full of energy last month, boosting their spending by 0.8 percent, a hopeful sign the economy may be emerging from a summer funk.

Burger King's new CEO tries to repeat Continental success
MIAMI -- To Greg Brenneman, Burger King Corp. is a great place to work - the fast-food chain is losing customers to its rivals, its franchisees are restless and the company has had 10 CEOs in 15 years.

Oil prices drop sharply in spite of Iraqi pipeline attacks
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices dropped sharply to about $42 a barrel on Monday, as last week's selloff continued despite sabotage of Iraqi oil infrastructure that curbed exports.

Federal judge rejects tax shelter used by Nobel winners
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A partnership that includes Nobel Prize-winning economists is not eligible for $106 million in tax deductions it claimed from a tax shelter, a federal judge ruled Friday in a case that has been closely watched by financiers for more than a year.

Drop in gas prices ends, but no spike in prices expected
LOS ANGELES -- Gas prices nudged upward about half a penny in the last two weeks after dropping more than 20 cents since May 21, but another price spike is not expected due to a decline in crude oil prices, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Marketing and idealism: delicate balance for Olympic sponsors
ATHENS, Greece -- As a logo it is simple. As a marketing symbol it is among the most powerful in the world.

Burger King's new CEO tries to repeat Continental success

Modeling Riverwalk

At IBM, Palmisano era already in full swing

Former leader returns to Ohio

Business briefs

IBM chief Sam Palmisano on Big Blue's prospects
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Samuel J. Palmisano expressed optimism about IBM's prospects and the industry at large. He also explained his approach as a leader. Here are some highlights.

Even after vote, concerns about Venezuela's oil sector persist
When Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez survived a vote to oust him last week, the victory eased worries that the world's fifth-largest oil exporter might erupt in political turmoil. Yet trouble still lurks in the country's massive oil sector, with industry experts warning that Venezuela needs long-overdue investment in aging oil fields.

Federal judge rejects tax shelter used by Nobel winners

Corporate pension crisis still looming
NEW YORK -- The corporate pension crisis seems to be going from bad to worse. First, companies struggled to come up with the money to cover their benefit obligations, and now they want to ditch their plans altogether.

Consumer spending rises 0.8 percent in July

Attorney suing Wal-Mart sees justice, not dollar signs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brad Seligman made millions early in his career at a small Oakland law firm - so much money that it made him uncomfortable.

Toys "R" Us Inc., could soon find fierce business in babies
NEW YORK -- As executives at Toys "R" Us Inc. mull getting out of the toy business and focusing instead on their Babies "R" Us division, their competitors are already moving fast in the world of blankets and cribs.

Business briefs

Microsoft's big guns aim at Apple's online music store

Intel announces milestone in shrinking chips
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Contradicting fears that the semiconductor industry's pace of development is slowing, Intel Corp. announced it has achieved a milestone in shrinking the size of transistors that will power its next-generation chips.

For Saban, having player at Olympics was a thrill

Injuries, depth have Brooks concerned entering opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's defense might be a team strength this football season - if the Wildcats can just get all of their starters onto the field.

For Saban, having player at Olympics was a thrill
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU wide receiver Benny Brazell did not show up at all for preseason work.

Russo on Football: No. 1 USC shows its flaws
LANDOVER, Md. -- The inexperienced receivers had a tough time getting open. The retooled offensive line had some trouble protecting the star quarterback. And the No. 1 team was trailing the 17 1/2 -point underdog with 17 minutes left in the season opener.

Injuries, depth have Brooks concerned entering opener

Vaughan enters conditional plea, sentenced to community service
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut assistant men's basketball coach who resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting agreed Monday to perform 10 days of community service and undergo counseling.

Bama's Bates back from one-year exile
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Todd Bates couldn't help but hear the whispers. Even walking through a mall, the Alabama defensive end wound up behind two older men who were gossiping about him.

Russo on Football: No. 1 USC shows its flaws

Bama's Bates back from one-year exile

Weight loss lessons from the Olympians
Despite our best intentions, when it comes to weight loss and healthy habits, we all have our weak moments - those times we always slip up, no matter how determined we are.

Hate is no agenda
Organized anti-Bush protest groups are going to do everything possible this week to shift media attention from the Republican convention at Madison Square Garden in New York to themselves. They may very well succeed, thanks in part to a court ruling that bans the protesters from gathering in Central Park because, according to state Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silbermann, they might damage the grass.

Too much secrecy

Augusta's can't-do attitude

A good dressing down
Sometimes a rule is so onerous it begs to be broken. Sometimes someone just has to stand up and violate the rule out of protest and principle. And most of us will end up standing with him. This is not one of those times.

Too much secrecy
Sometimes government classifies documents for ridiculous reasons. For example, the CIA once stamped as "classified " a facetious terrorist plot to kidnap Santa Claus, prompting one government critic to note that the feds apparently think it's dangerous for the public to know the intelligence agency has a sense of humor.

Augusta's can't-do attitude
When are Augusta's government leaders going to believe in Augusta the way the rest of us do?

Success in Athens
The Greeks made fools of their critics. All those headlines and scare-talk that the nation which gave birth to the Olympics couldn't handle a modern Olympics turned out to be just so much hooey.

Hate is no agenda

'Major Dad' star Gerald McRaney has cancer surgery
LOS ANGELES -- "Major Dad" actor Gerald McRaney underwent surgery Monday to remove a cancerous growth from his lung, his Los Angeles publicist told The Associated Press.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of "Star Trek" fans showed up to see James Doohan as he appeared at one last convention before retiring from public life.

VMAs sizzling but shock free
MIAMI -- Holding its festivities for the first time in the city of skin, Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards was sizzling, energetic and colorful - yet tame, by MTV standards.

People in the News
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tiger Woods says the primary goal of his youth education center is to help students improve their grades, not master their golf strokes.

Tokyo stocks mixed
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed mixed on Monday, but the strength of bank and auto maker issues helped the broader market index advance for a 10th straight day - the longest upswing in 14 years. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Tyson cites mad cow effects, plant closings in lowering earnings guidance

Losing a job in 50s can be emotionally, financially devastating
NEW YORK -- When the telecommunications startup firm Tom Gaffuri worked for went belly up in the last recession, he found himself without a job in his mid-50s.

Some experts think stocks' current sideways pattern could go on for years

Tyson cites mad cow effects, plant closings in lowering earnings guidance
SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat company, tumbled more than 8 percent Monday after it lowered its earnings forecast for this fiscal year, citing expenses from plant closings and weaker demand for meat because of the discovery of a case of mad cow disease.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Google's governance comes up short
NEW YORK -- All the hype over Google Inc.'s initial public offering allowed one important tidbit about the company to get lost in the shuffle: Its corporate governance is anything but shareholder friendly.

Google's governance comes up short

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

Losing a job in 50s can be emotionally, financially devastating

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.

Some experts think stocks' current sideways pattern could go on for years
NEW YORK -- If you're a stock investor, lately you might be feeling like you're swimming against a current and not getting very far. The market's sideways moves since the start of the year have frustrated Wall Street professionals, too, leading some experts to think the current pattern is part of a much larger, bearish trend.

Profit taking, income report send stocks lower

Interstate Bakeries stock drops on news of annual report delay
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The stock price of Interstate Bakeries Corp. dropped more than a third in value Monday after the nation's largest wholesale baker said it had missed another deadline for submitting its annual report.

Profit taking, income report send stocks lower
NEW YORK -- An unsettling report on consumer incomes set off a spate of profit-taking on Wall Street Monday as investors worried that a tepid economy would erode companies' third-quarter earnings. Another drop in oil prices failed to shake the gloom from the market.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Augusta's glad Blackley stayed
Adam Blackley thought he was coming to Augusta from the rookie Gulf Coast League to provide some innings out of the bullpen. Next thing he knew, he was starting the GreenJackets' game against Capital City on July 4.

Rose is a rose is a ... sorry, what?

Austin wins Buick Championship in a playoff

Stadler closes with four straight birdies to win Tradition
ALOHA, Ore. -- Even Craig Stadler was surprised that he spoiled Peter Jacobsen's party.

Austin wins Buick Championship in a playoff
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Woody Austin made a 6-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Tim Herron and win the inaugural Buick Championship on Sunday.

Ochoa wins Wachovia Classic

Bogey doesn't cost Jackson title
GRANITEVILLE - The greatest year by a Regions Cup senior golfer didn't end quite the way Mike Jackson had envisioned.

Montgomerie, Donald added to European team

Montgomerie, Donald added to European team
NORD-EICHENRIED, Germany -- Colin Montgomerie's toughest year on and off the golf course took a turn for the better Sunday when he was chosen by European captain Bernhard Langer to play in his seventh Ryder Cup.

Ochoa wins Wachovia Classic
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Lorena Ochoa birdied three of the last four holes Sunday to overcome a five-stroke deficit and win the Wachovia LPGA Classic.

Jimenez wins BMW Open; Four claim Ryder Cup berths
NORD EICHENRIED, Germany -- Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez won the BMW Open, his fourth title on the European tour this season, and Colin Montgomerie was one of six golfers to claim Ryder Cup berths Sunday.

Wetterich takes Nationwide's Utah Classic

Wetterich takes Nationwide's Utah Classic
SANDY, Utah -- Brett Wetterich shot a 1-under-par 71 Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the Nationwide Tour's Utah Classic.

Stadler closes with four straight birdies to win Tradition

Augusta's glad Blackley stayed

South Carolina recovers after tropical storm strikes with near hurricane-strength wind
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- The second powerful storm to strike South Carolina in a month lashed the state with stinging rain and howling wind, knocking out power to thousands of people and flooding streets.

Students in Florida's Charlotte County to return to school following hurricane
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- High school students got up well before dawn to resume classes Monday for the first time since Hurricane Charley tore through 17 days ago, sharing their building with crosstown rivals whose school fared worse.

Another Kirby took a woolly road to California
Most people don't consider their lifetime vacation experience complete if they don't make it to California at least once.

SAT scores rise in Richmond County
Staff and wire reports SAT scores continued their rise in Richmond County last year as students average score hit the 1,000 mark, an announcement that followed news that Georgia had shed the dreaded "50th" ranking on the college entrance exam.

In big picture, smoke isn't that bad
About the anti-smoking silliness:David K. Simpson, Martinez

Inflated salaries are outrageous
I read that the Richmond County Board of Education, in its infinite wisdom, has given school Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke yet another outrageous pay raise. This action is very far below the realm of common sense, especially when it comes on the heels of the major hiccup of not having high school students ready with class schedules. Dr. Larke uses the excuse that the new computer software is not user-friendly. Timothy M. Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

Woman not running for school board
Woman not running for school board To dispel unending daily confusion, I, Susan W. Giddings, clarify that I am not seeking election to the Aiken County school board. I am not presently seeking election to any office, elected or otherwise. Susan W. Giddings, Aiken, S.C.

Thank you for crime-free park
I would like to thank the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for their sweep of Pendleton King Park recently. After hearing that the park was listed on the Internet as a place to exchange sex acts, seeing solicitations constantly written on the men's room walls, and watching firsthand as the sex-seekers creep around the wooded jogging paths, I am thrilled to see actions taken. Sue Anne Beym, North Augusta, S.C.

Bush has served nation admirably

War medals are suspicious
I have read and heard much of the rhetoric regarding John Kerry's military and subsequent awards, and after all the dust clears, I have one question that no one has asked: Of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, how many received five medals in four months, and then went home? Find me one. Dan Lindbom, Harlem

Bush has served nation admirably
Each time I open a newspaper or watch a news program, someone, it seems, is accusing President Bush of gross misconduct - and some even go so far as to claim he is mentally unbalanced. It is so sad when the memories of Sept. 11 are so conveniently forgotten. Do we have to experience this once again to crack those hearts that have so hardened? Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Restructure U.S. presidential terms

Restructure U.S. presidential terms
The U.S. presidency should be for one term only. That one term should consist of six years. That way, the president can negotiate all of his agenda. Therefore, there would be no need for the president to hopscotch all over America campaigning for re-election the day after inauguration. Ted Burnley, Augusta

In big picture, smoke isn't that bad

There's more to state's paramedic shortage
I was surprised when I read the article in the Aug. 26 Augusta Chronicle regarding the paramedic shortage in South Carolina ("Emergency services suffer from shortages"). Although there is a paramedic shortage statewide and nationwide, some of the "facts" listed were incorrect. ... Michael Fisher, Greenville, S.C.

War medals are suspicious

There's more to state's paramedic shortage

FDA panel impressed by possible macular degeneration drug

Health and fitness calendar

Vacationers seek thrills during rest, relaxation

Seniors Calendar

Thirty-five years old, Internet remains a work in progress

Techbits: CD-DVD combo, Virtual girlfriend and more

Heart attacks more likely in cold weather

Two games vie for virtual football championship

As gridlock grows, scientists look at adding lanes in the sky

Startup Akimbo to launch Internet video-on-demand service for TV

Big Brother always watching in Britain

Protesters sharpen tech tools to hack GOP

Add-on video for Game Boy Advance has its limitations

Scientists look to medicine cabinet for new addiction treatments

Big Brother always watching in Britain
LONDON -- The teenagers who stabbed wealthy Joao Da Costa Mitendele to death before burgling his home were careful to conceal the crime. They used a pretty girl to gain access to his apartment, where they wore rubber gloves while commiting their crimes.

Add-on video for Game Boy Advance has its limitations
TOKYO -- A pair of new add-ons for Nintendo Co.'s Game Boy Advance turn the handheld into something considerably more than a gaming machine - a video phone and a video player.

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.

Scientists look to medicine cabinet for new addiction treatments
NEW YORK -- Can Prozac help you kick cocaine? Can Ritalin? How about a blood pressure pill or medicine for muscle spasms?

FDA panel impressed by possible macular degeneration drug
WASHINGTON -- A drug that attacks a major form of elderly blindness passed a key hurdle Friday as the government's scientific advisers decided that it poses no significant risks.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Startup Akimbo to launch Internet video-on-demand service for TV
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- The promise of Internet-based video has long been hamstrung by copyright and piracy worries, slow dial-up connections, technical challenges and consumer disdain for watching blotchy videos on their home computers.

Protesters sharpen tech tools to hack GOP
NEW YORK - Gary Boston and Jeff Adler are just two guys with a dream: shutting down New York City for a day.

Heart attacks more likely in cold weather
MUNICH, Germany - People with high blood pressure seem to be more vulnerable to heart attacks when the temperature drops, new research shows.

Two games vie for virtual football championship
This year's virtual football championship matchup pits "Madden NFL 2005" against "ESPN NFL 2K5" from Sega's ESPN Videogames division.

Vacationers seek thrills during rest, relaxation
Vacations are touted as a way to relax and recharge, but there are those who would prefer to shoot the rapids, spin in the sky and trek through the mountains during their time off.

New cars that run on gas or alcohol make Brazilians smile at the pump
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- If it wasn't for the TotalFlex logo on the new Gol subcompacts leaving a sprawling Volkswagen plant, the shiny cars would be indistinguishable from millions already on the road across Latin America.

Techbits: CD-DVD combo, Virtual girlfriend and more
SAN DIEGO -- Recording companies looking to wring more profits out of music sales are hoping to sell retailers on a new hybrid disc. On one side is standard CD audio; on the other, the enhanced sound, video and other media capabilities of a DVD.

As gridlock grows, scientists look at adding lanes in the sky
SEATTLE -- It's a frustrated commuter's escapist fantasy: literally lifting your car out of a clogged highway and soaring through the skies, landing just in time to motor into your driveway.

Thirty-five years old, Internet remains a work in progress
NEW YORK -- Thirty-five years after computer scientists at UCLA linked two bulky computers using a 15-foot gray cable, testing a new way for exchanging data over networks, what would ultimately become the Internet remains a work in progress.

Graham's appearance reflects appeal to moderates

Hollywood classics bring theater to life
To Bonnie Johnston, there's nothing like an old movie in an old theater.

Graham's appearance reflects appeal to moderates
NEW YORK - Sen. Lindsey Graham tried Monday night to finally bury the hatchet from the bruising South Carolina primary four years ago by introducing President Bush's Republican rival from 2000, who gave the night's headline speech at the Republican National Convention.

Some peanut growers are considering going organic
ALBANY, Ga. -- Georgia is the nation's leading peanut-producing state but yet it still has no presence in the fast-growing organic peanut market.

Across the area

Former police trainee denied new trial in murder case
IRWINTON, Ga. -- A former police trainee convicted of killing a former co-worker during a 2001 robbery has been denied a new trial.

Kid of the day

Advocates fear loss of Athens music landmarks
ATHENS, Ga. -- When Chris Springfield heard that the old St. Mary's steeple needed rescue, the Athens bar owner and musician's ears perked up.

Across the area
Police are seeking a juvenile who is accused in a Sunday morning drive-by shooting at a south Augusta residence.

Historic Twiggs County church gets facelift
RICHLAND, Ga. -- A narrow road off Interstate 16 in middle Georgia is worn with potholes and blurred by grass, but it leads to one of Twiggs County's greatest landmarks.

Houses in Aiken are getting face lifts and being resold
AIKEN - Darren Bryant is salvaging Aiken's downtown community one house at a time.

Family members have mixed feelings about crematory preservation
ATLANTA -- Family members whose relatives' bodies were taken to Tri-State Crematory have mixed feelings about preservation of the land where hundreds of uncremated bodies were found strewn about.

Rants and raves
IT AMAZES ME THAT the president is so unsure of his own re-election that he chooses to hire adversaries for his opposition, John Kerry, who attack Mr. Kerry at Mr. Bush's weakest point, national service. If Mr. Bush wishes to stand toe to toe with John Kerry on military service, let him do so, instead of confabulating false charges against Kerry that have been refuted in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Funeral set for Atlanta student killed in fraternity fire
ATLANTA -- Funeral services for an Atlanta student killed in a fraternity house fire at the University of Mississippi have been set for Wednesday.

Across the area

Catholic college gets new site, set to begin in '05
ATLANTA -- After a two-year delay, Southern Catholic College officials announced this week that they will open the doors for their inaugural freshman class in the fall of 2005.

Woman dies in police gunfire
Columbia County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a 44-year-old Martinez woman Monday afternoon after she pointed a revolver at officers, a sheriff's official said.

Macon mayor asks court to throw our recall
MACON -- A group seeking to oust Macon Mayor Jack Ellis was told Friday to stop collecting signatures for a recall petition after Ellis challenged the effort in court.

News you can use
AUG. 31, 1981 LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Georgia's Environmental Protection Division is initiating enforcement procedures against the owners of a Lincoln County water system for violation of the Georgia Safe Drinking Water Act.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Taylor Noel Ward, 6, of Hephzibah.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Family members whose relatives' bodies were taken to Tri-State Crematory have mixed feelings about preservation of the land where hundreds of uncremated bodies were found strewn about.

Tropical storm sloshes into coastal South Carolina

Agency fights discrimination suit
AIKEN - An all-white federal jury will decide this week whether the former director of Aiken's office of Probation, Parole and Pardons Services was a victim of racial discrimination when he was fired four years ago after running the office for 11 years.

Across the southeast

Five questions

Some peanut growers are considering going organic

Woman dies in police gunfire

Fewer lobbyists disclose activity to S.C. Ethics Commission

Sales tax talks resume today

Man puts on many party faces

Across the Southeast

Board boosts voice of public

News you can use

Board boosts voice of public
Since road projects take taxpayer dollars to implement, Marianne Pecoraro says it only makes sense that taxpayers should have ample say-so when it comes to their design.

Sales tax talks resume today
Augusta commissioners will try again, starting today, to get a special-purpose sales tax package together to meet a Friday deadline.

Across the southeast
OXFORD, MISS. - Jim Townsend says many Alpha Tau Omega fraternity members have thanked him for the lives his son saved during Friday's fire that gutted the ATO house on the campus of the University of Mississippi.

Funeral set for Atlanta student killed in fraternity fire

The week ahead
There are two distinct camps when it comes to the music of Icelandic performer Bjork Gudmundsdottir - just plain Bjork to friends, fans and those intimidated by the name Gudmundsdottir. Some find her tonally complex singing style ethereal, otherworldly and oddly accessible. Others think it sounds like a cat, in a sack, being beaten with a bat.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 18-month old Joshton C. Mincey, of Augusta.

Teens stay out despite city curfew
Cigarette smoke hangs in the air as teenagers huddle around souped-up sports cars and honky-tonk trucks at their regular Friday night hangout on Washington Road.

Georgia delegates shrug off protesters, enjoy New York
NEW YORK - As the Republican National Convention got under way Monday, most Georgia delegates offered high praise for the four-day event's tight security, while a few scoffed at the protesters who jammed the city streets one day earlier.

Miller's speech will seal maverick image
WASHINGTON - Some Democrats who have known him longest say they're mystified by the transformation of Sen. Zell Miller, the Georgia Democrat tapped to give the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's system of issuing license tags to car dealers is full of holes that let some people avoid paying property taxes on vehicles.

Miller's speech will seal maverick image

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Fire squads seek change in funding

Mother accused of cutting, burning son's tongue with hot scissors
ATLANTA -- A Stockbridge mother has been arrested after cutting and burning her son's tongue with hot scissors for misbehaving at school, police said.

Former Atlanta leader is indicted
ATLANTA - Former Mayor Bill Campbell was indicted on charges of racketeering, bribery and wire fraud after a five-year federal investigation into City Hall corruption during his administration, a federal court announced Monday.

Rants and raves
IT AMAZES ME THAT the president is so unsure of his own re-election that he chooses to hire adversaries for his opposition, John Kerry, who attack Mr. Kerry at Mr. Bush's weakest point, national service. If Mr. Bush wishes to stand toe to toe with John Kerry on military service, let him do so, instead of confabulating false charges against Kerry that have been refuted in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Five questions
Philomena Mooney, who runs the thrift shop of Catholic Social Services on Broad Street, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Charity begins 2004 campaign
At Monday's banquet to kick off a fund-raising drive for the United Way of the CSRA, speakers didn't need the clock to tell them to wrap up their speeches.

Boy's death shakes Graniteville family
Laron Z. Ennis did what 11-year-old boys do. He played video games, admired his older brothers and liked to fish.

Across Georgia
CLIMAX - Three Bainbridge College students and a faculty member were killed Monday during a truck-driving class when the 18-wheeler they were driving was hit by a train.

Woman is charged with molestation
An Augusta woman who was arrested early Sunday and accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old at a senior citizens facility had been supplying the boy with alcohol for hours throughout her night shift, police said.

Tribunal rules in favor of payment
NEW ELLENTON - An attempt by city officials to block unemployment payments to former Police Chief Van McMillan has been rejected by the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, records obtained Monday show.

The week ahead

Historic Twiggs County church gets facelift

Man puts on many party faces
Inside John Sisson's garage, the heads of a lion, a mouse, a chicken and even an elephant can be seen mounted on the wall. Occasionally, he displays the four plush heads on his dining room table, jokingly calling it his business's board room meeting.

Catholic college gets new site, set to begin in '05

Athens' musical heritage in limbo
ATHENS, Ga. - When Chris Springfield heard the old St. Mary's steeple needed rescue, the local bar owner's ears perked up.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a Monday morning armed robbery at a Bethlehem convenience store, officials said.

Man who killed wife agrees to life without parole
ATLANTA -- A former Georgia death row inmate will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to stabbing his wife to death at their Blackshear home 15 years ago.

Former police trainee denied new trial in murder case

Boy dies after being shot in Glynn County
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed Friday while with three friends in a Glynn County home, authorities said.

State rarely enforces dealer tag rules

Tropical storm sloshes into coastal South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.-- Tropical Storm Gaston, spinning sheets of rain and near-hurricane force winds, sloshed into the South Carolina coast on Sunday, uprooting trees, snapping power lines and leaving ponds on highways.

Across the Southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Pfc. Lynndie England stomped on fingers and toes and appeared to be having a good time as she ridiculed naked, hooded Iraqi detainees while others took photographs at the Abu Ghraib prison, a fellow soldier testified Monday.

State rarely enforces dealer tag rules
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's system of issuing license tags to car dealers is full of holes that let some people avoid paying property taxes on vehicles.

Mother accused of cutting, burning son's tongue with hot scissors

S.C. Republicans send black delegates to national convention
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's first black delegates at the Republican party's national convention this week is a sign the party is growing, GOP leaders say.

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Fewer lobbyists disclose activity to S.C. Ethics Commission
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some state agencies have stopped disclosing their lobbyists' activities, making it harder to track how many tax dollars are spent to influence lawmakers.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina

Officers unite to protect drivers
Kicking off the Labor Day holiday early, Georgia and South Carolina law enforcement agencies have set up road checks in the area to push a strong message of traffic safety.

S.C. Republicans send black delegates to national convention

Sibling gives up her kidney
The moment her co-workers started singing, "For she's a jolly good fellow," Debbie Shirey tried to cut them off.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An employee of the state Department of Juvenile Justice was arrested Monday, accused of improperly using other people's Social Security numbers to establish accounts and order goods from the Internet.

Boy dies after being shot in Glynn County

Advocates fear loss of Athens music landmarks

Agency fights discrimination suit

Athens' musical heritage in limbo

Houses in Aiken are getting face lifts and being resold

Tribunal rules in favor of payment

Across South Carolina

ASU to build student housing
This village will have value and a view.

Around town

Around town
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SAT scores rise in Richmond County

Arson inquiry hunts brother
AIKEN - More than three months after a Beech Island man was arrested in connection with a 2003 arson that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, authorities announced they are looking for his brother on the same charges.

Former Atlanta leader is indicted

Fire squads seek change in funding
At the Silver Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, the purchase of a 1990 fire truck with money from a federal grant was cause for celebration.

ASU to build student housing

Woman is charged with molestation

Rose is a rose is a ... sorry, what?
My wife was talking about something or other - I'm not sure exactly what - and she stopped because she thought I wasn't listening.

At the Movies: 'Mean Creek'

Li's epic 'Hero' grabs top box-office slot with $18 million
LOS ANGELES -- Jet Li's martial-arts saga "Hero" debuted as the top weekend movie with $18 million, followed by the snake sequel "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid," with $12.8 million.

At the Movies: 'Mean Creek'
Everyone has revenge fantasies now and then. Writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes' "Mean Creek" offers a decent lesson about the dangers of acting on those impulses.

'Hero' rises to challenge with $17.8 million opening weekend

'Hero' rises to challenge with $17.8 million opening weekend
LOS ANGELES -- "Hero," Jet Li's acclaimed martial-arts epic, vanquished giant snakes, serial killers and a gang of superbabies to debut as the top weekend film with $17.8 million.

Man charged with stalking pop singer Avril Lavigne
EVERETT, Wash. -- A man accused of harassing Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne's parents and violating a court order by trying to contact her has been charged with felony stalking.

Q&A: French singer Cherie is looking for U.S. pop stardom

Yellowcard swimming with success of 'Ocean Avenue'

Ma$e returns to show he can still rap and serve God

Ray Charles' star-studded album released posthumously
NEW YORK -- It was a quiet moment in a recording studio between two old friends - the genius of soul and the king of blues.

After 10 years, McGraw enjoying the biggest hit of his career

Yellowcard swimming with success of 'Ocean Avenue'
NEW YORK -- Yellowcard lead singer Ryan Keys is interrupted with news.

Alan Jackson garners seven CMA nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alan Jackson pulled in seven nominations, the most of the year, from the Country Music Association Monday, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist.

Alan Jackson garners seven CMA nominations

Q&A: French singer Cherie is looking for U.S. pop stardom
With her French accent and booming voice, 19-year-old Cherie has been dubbed by some as the new Celine Dion.

Ray Charles' star-studded album released posthumously

Young Hawaiian musician taking ukulele to stardom
TOKYO -- Jake Shimabukuro is perched on the verge of stardom. He still does the little clubs, but he can also fill arenas, pulling in thousands of raptured admirers. And he's a darling of the critics, who have compared him to such guitar greats as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.

After 10 years, McGraw enjoying the biggest hit of his career
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The din of guitars and drums echo from a sound check while stagehands mill around and a helicopter whips the tree tops.

Ma$e returns to show he can still rap and serve God
NEW YORK -- Five years after he stunned the hip-hop world by giving up a multiplatinum career for a religious career, Pastor Mason Betha is still talking about a resurrection - this time, a music one.

Young Hawaiian musician taking ukulele to stardom

Wheldon wins at Nazareth
NAZARETH, Pa. -- Dan Wheldon took advantage of a fiery mishap during a pit stop by leader Sam Hornish Jr. and extended Honda's winning streak to 12 races with a record-setting victory Sunday in the last race at Nazareth Speedway.

Wheldon wins at Nazareth

Martin ready for season after busier preseason
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Curtis Martin rushes for more than 1,000 yards. He does it every season. Nine years in the NFL, nine years with at least 1,094 yards.

Earnhardt needed this one

Rusty Wallace to retire after 2005 season

Rusty Wallace to retire after 2005 season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace will retire after the 2005 season, saying he is concerned about getting hurt and wants to leave at the top of his game. His decision was influenced by the death of rival Dale Earnhardt in a Daytona 500 crash in 2001.

Schumacher finishes second but wins seventh season title
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Michael Schumacher even sets records by finishing second.

Rusty calls it a career
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace talked about his retirement following the 2005 racing season on Monday with the same passion and searing honesty that became his trademark on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

Earnhardt needed this one
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. changed his mind about his race team following Saturday night's victory in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Martin ready for season after busier preseason

Rusty calls it a career

Schumacher finishes second but wins seventh season title

Junqueira gets first 2004 win; tightens championship
MONTREAL -- Bruno Junqueira got back into the Champ Car title chase.

Kobe's marketing power in danger
LOS ANGELES -- With a new $136 million NBA contract, Kobe Bryant will be making jump shots for years to come - provided, of course, he stays out of prison. Whether he will ever hoist a can of Sprite in front of a camera again is another question altogether.

Kobe Bryant arrives, jury questioning goes behind closed doors
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prospective jurors in the Kobe Bryant rape case were asked their feelings on racial prejudice, interracial relationships, marital infidelity and justice for the rich and famous in an 82-item questionnaire released Monday.

Kobe's marketing power in danger

Kobe Bryant arrives, jury questioning goes behind closed doors

Jags TE Brady to miss two games with finger injury

Warner to start as Giants' quarterback

NFL 2004: The NFC East is a coaching division

CB Hall likely to miss preseason finale

Gibbs names Brunell starter for season-opener

Vick says he's prepared despite missing games

Linebacker pleased with progress from broken hip

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Italian first, American surprising second in bizarre marathon
ATHENS, Greece -- Three miles from the finish, the marathon leader was grabbed by a defrocked priest wearing a red kilt, green beret and matching knee-high socks. An American won a medal - something that hadn't happened in 28 years.

Triumphant Olympics end with pride and relief
ATHENS, Greece -- Efharisto! A nervous world learned the Greek word for thank you and repeated it endlessly at an astonishingly successful Athens Olympics that quelled fears, surprised skeptics and greatly honored the birthplace of the games.

U.S. tops charts for third straight Summer Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The United States finished atop the medal charts for the third straight Summer Olympics, with Russia the overall runner-up and China second in gold medals - its best showing ever and the leading edge of a surge by Asian teams.

Athens now claims a new legacy
ATHENS - The final chants of "Hellas" rose over Athens on Sunday, for no individual but a whole nation.

U.S. Open Glance

Overtime

Roddick vs. Federer could cap Slam season

Roddick vs. Federer could cap Slam season
NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick, at heart, is an entertainer. So he loves the U.S. Open and its Big Apple buzz, the fans who offer players high-fives, just the general state of hyperactivity.

U.S. Open Glance
NEW YORK -- Highlights of Monday's play at the $17.75 million U.S. Open tennis championships:

Overtime
In East Rutherford, N.J., two-time MVP Kurt Warner beat out No. 1 draft pick Eli Manning to be the New York Giants' starting quarterback.

Anderson out for the season with groin injury
DENVER -- Broncos running back Mike Anderson will miss the entire season because of a groin injury sustained last weekend in an exhibition game against Houston.

Remember the Titans: Cowboys' George faces former team
IRVING, Texas -- Eddie George used to watch from the sideline as opposing running backs struggled to gain yards against the Tennessee Titans.

Linebacker pleased with progress from broken hip
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Rosevelt Colvin is chasing quarterbacks again nine months after simply walking without crutches was an accomplishment.

Vick says he's prepared despite missing games
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick is willing to let his critics fire away in the preseason.

Bills QB Brown out with sprained knee
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Travis Brown, Buffalo's backup quarterback, sprained a ligament in his left knee and will miss between four and six weeks.

Gibbs names Brunell starter for season-opener
ASHBURN, Va. (AP)- As expected, Joe Gibbs went with the veteran quarterback.

CB Hall likely to miss preseason finale
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- DeAngelo Hall visited an orthopedist Monday for a second test on the left side of his hip, but Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora doesn't believe the rookie cornerback will miss the Sept. 12 opener at San Francisco.

Jags TE Brady to miss two games with finger injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tight end Kyle Brady will miss the Jacksonville Jaguars' first two regular season games and possibly more after injuring his finger in Friday's preseason game with Green Bay.

NFL 2004: The NFC East is a coaching division
Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells have five Super Bowl wins between them. Tom Coughlin took an expansion franchise in Jacksonville and had it in the AFC championship game in its second year.

Jaguars release veteran DE Douglas, three others
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas was among four players released Monday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Warner to start as Giants' quarterback
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning remains the New York Giants' quarterback of the future. For now, the job belongs to Kurt Warner.

Robert MacNeil takes the long view of news

'Father of the Pride' is the first premiere of NBC's fall slate

Television networks must watch outside Madison Square Garden this week, too
NEW YORK -- For this week's GOP convention in New York, TV networks will be watching what's going on outside of Madison Square Garden as well as inside.

'Apprentice' contestants are revealed

Tuesday's TV coverage of the Republican National Convention

Tuesday's TV coverage of the Republican National Convention
NEW YORK -The following is a list of live prime-time television coverage for the Republican National Convention for Tuesday. All times are Eastern daylight.

College cartoon parties? For Cartoon Network, they're a hit
ATLANTA -- Talking meatballs and bumbling sea explorers may have made the Cartoon Network's late-night cartoon lineup a monster hit among the young and hip. But some of its popularity is owed to a trendy corps of college students enlisted to market the network's "Adult Swim" cartoons on campuses nationwide.

'Apprentice' contestants are revealed
NEW YORK - On your mark. Get set. You're fired!

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

College cartoon parties? For Cartoon Network, they're a hit

Television networks must watch outside Madison Square Garden this week, too

'Father of the Pride' is the first premiere of NBC's fall slate
NEW YORK -- "Father of the Pride," the first and most iffy of NBC's lackluster lineup of new fall shows, premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT after months of anticipation.

Robert MacNeil takes the long view of news
LOS ANGELES -- Ask Robert MacNeil to assess the current state of journalism and he offers a modest disclaimer.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
"Dog The Bounty Hunter," an unscripted drama series from A&E, will introduce many viewers to the down-and-dirty world of bail-bond enforcers.

People in the News

VMAs sizzling but shock free

Back in the pack Part of the team

Back in the pack Part of the team
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia running back Michael Cooper's hometown is less than 25 miles away from Georgia Southern's campus in Statesboro.

Holtz says Gamecocks eager to start

Holtz says Gamecocks eager to start
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Here's a twist - coach Lou Holtz says South Carolina is ready for its opener at Vanderbilt this week.

Pinkins' job isn't full time
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said Monday it's certain that Dondrial Pinkins will start at quarterback when the Gamecocks play at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Pinkins' job isn't full time

My style
THE FACTS: Shantel Reese, 15, a sophomore at T.W. Josey High School

Question of the week
How active are yuo in the arts?

Technology is great but, in the end, the pencil still works

Question of the week

Discuss decision to marry with parents

2004-05 Teen Board members
Introductions are rarely easy, but neither is being the forum for teens in the area.

Technology is great but, in the end, the pencil still works
WASHINGTON -- Back-to-school shopping lists are constantly evolving to keep up with technological advancements, many even including cell phones, laptops, Blackberrys and iPods. But one clear staple remains - the pencil.

2004-05 Teen Board members

My style

Discuss decision to marry with parents
I've been with this guy since December 2002, and we're really close. Awhile back, he proposed and I accepted. We're planning to get married soon after I graduate from college, which is in about three years.

Man gets jail time for playing porno movie in car

Man decapitated in apparent drunken car crash

After 60 years of marriage, Indiana couple celebrates with skydive plunge

Students in Florida's Charlotte County to return to school following hurricane

South Carolina recovers after tropical storm strikes with near hurricane-strength wind