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Art and nature meld for symbiotic exhibit at Laney museum
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is excited about its current insect infestation.

Spotlight: Sutton Stracke
Sutton Stracke JOB: Executive director, the Augusta Ballet TIME IN JOB: One month

Left-hander has chance to make postseason roster
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel's return to the major leagues might not be just a September cameo.

Athletics recall German
CHICAGO -- The Oakland Athletics recalled infielder Esteban German before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Crawford out of lineup with sore shoulder
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford was out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles because of a sore right shoulder.

Slide of the Yankees shocks New York

Giambi back, uncertain on return

Astros power past Reds

Red Sox get minor league catcher from Cleveland
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox bought the contract of minor league catcher Sandy Martinez from the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

Slide of the Yankees shocks New York
NEW YORK -- When Derek Jeter got home after the historic 22-0 loss to Cleveland, he had no desire to tune in to replays of the latest installment of the Slide of the Yankees.

Giambi back, uncertain on return
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi walked into the New York Yankees' clubhouse Tuesday with pink in his cheeks, optimism in his voice and no idea when he'll be able to play again.

Astros power past Reds
CINCINNATI -- The Houston Astros powered their way to a season-best sixth straight win.

Karsay to be activated Wednesday

Crawford out of lineup with sore shoulder

Steve Garvey not liable for weight loss pills he hawked

Cardinals acquire Hambrick and Zellner in trade with Raiders

Red Sox get minor league catcher from Cleveland

Athletics recall German

Left-hander has chance to make postseason roster

White Sox recall Munoz

Karsay to be activated Wednesday
NEW YORK -- Reliever Steve Karsay will be activated by the New York Yankees on Wednesday after missing nearly two seasons because of injuries.

Upon further research ... Ichiro's monthly hit total the most in 66 years, not 68

Cubs get Grieve from Brewers, acquire DiFelice from Tigers
MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs made a pair of trades Tuesday, getting outfielder Ben Grieve from the Milwaukee Brewers and acquiring backup catcher Mike DiFelice from the Detroit Tigers.

Upon further research ... Ichiro's monthly hit total the most in 66 years, not 68
TORONTO -- Ichiro Suzuki's 56 hits in August are still impressive - only they're not the most in a month by a major leaguer in 68 years as originally reported.

Cubs get Grieve from Brewers, acquire DiFelice from Tigers

White Sox recall Munoz
CHICAGO -- The White Sox recalled lefty Arnie Munoz from Triple-A Charlotte before Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Steve Garvey not liable for weight loss pills he hawked
SAN FRANCISCO-- A federal appeals court cleared former baseball star Steve Garvey of wrongdoing for hawking a weight-loss product that makers claimed would work even if dieters continued to eat fatty food.

Cardinals acquire Hambrick and Zellner in trade with Raiders
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Troy Hambrick and defensive end Peppi Zellner Tuesday in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.

Birth announcements
Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant: Albert Grant Jr. and Yolanda Leverett, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Harold and Gloria Leverett, of Augusta, and Albert and Daisy Grant, of Harlem.

Birth announcements

Birth announcements
Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant: Albert Grant Jr. and Yolanda Leverett, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Harold and Gloria Leverett, of Augusta, and Albert and Daisy Grant, of Harlem.

Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' on tour of military bases
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon money is sending a stage play about a military hero who murders his commander in chief on a tour of 13 military bases.

Milk squirting contest yields new world record
Ilker Yilmaz snorts milk up his nose and squirts it out of his eye in a bid to set a new world record in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004.

Deputies, soldiers search for Bengal tiger spotted in Louisiana
FORT POLK, La. -- A Bengal tiger on the loose in the thick brush surrounding an Army base is winning a game of hide and seek.

Doggy breath freshener could be a hit in China
SHANGHAI, China -- For the schnauzer that has everything, how about a sequin-studded raincoat? Would your Pekinese like some "chicken chip cookies?" Or earrings for your poodle?

Al the Suntan Man dies at age 74
BRISBANE, Australia -- Al Baldwin, Australia's Suntan Man who sprayed countless tourists with protective lotion on popular Gold Coast resort strip for more than three decades, has died. He was 74.

Odds and Ends
CHESTERTON, Ind. -- Two top Munchkins won't be taking the Yellow Brick Road to Chesterton's annual Oz Festival this month because of a contract dispute.

Odds and Ends
CALDWELL, Idaho -- A woman who has six children, 35 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren jumped from an airplane to celebrate her 93rd birthday.

Atlanta dominates Philadelphia again
PHILADELPHIA - Having spent the better part of the past four years with a cranky shoulder, Jaret Wright is delighted to be reviving memories of the cocky kid who won 20 games in his first 1 years in the big leagues.

Atlanta dominates Philadelphia again

Hampton, Braves run over Phils
PHILADELPHIA - A pennant race that's featured more fizzle than sizzle was brought into sharp focus Tuesday night.

Yukos tax payment deadline arrives with no apparent action
MOSCOW -- A deadline for the beleaguered oil giant Yukos to pay a $3.4 billion bill for back taxes came and went Tuesday with the company repeating that it could come up with only half the amount and indication from authorities that it has more time to pay, news agencies reported.

Germany raises forecast for 2004 budget deficit
BERLIN -- Germany's finance minister Tuesday raised his estimate of the government's 2004 budget deficit to 3.7 percent of gross domestic product from 3.5 percent, blaming several years of stagnation in Europe's largest economy.

Germany raises forecast for 2004 budget deficit

Yukos tax payment deadline arrives with no apparent action

GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda report sales drops, Chrysler continues expansion

Merger shuffles leaders at banks
The Wachovia-SouthTrust merger is causing a shake-up at the top.

State of Iraqi oil exports mired in confusion, conflicting reports

Business briefs
The Augusta-Aiken Society for Human Resource Management has scheduled its annual Human Resource Workshop for Sept. 16 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Little sign of new jobs in Europe
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro zone continues to experience a jobless recovery, with no indication that new jobs are being created after more than a year of generally sluggish economic growth.

Electrolux cuts back on staff
Electrolux Home Products North America on Tuesday laid off about 50 office workers at its Augusta headquarters.

Business briefs
PARIS - Carrefour, the world's No. 2 retailer behind Wal-Mart, said Wednesday that its profit increased 5.3 percent in the first half of the year as robust international operations and lower finance costs helped it ride out tough conditions at its core French superstores.

State of Iraqi oil exports mired in confusion, conflicting reports
FAW, Iraq -- The status of Iraq's crucial oil exports was mired in confusion Tuesday, with government and industry officials giving contradictory statements about whether oil was flowing or whether there were even oil tankers at the port here.

Six Flags shares up on Gates, Redskins owner SEC filings

Apple unveils new iMac at Paris show
PARIS -- Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday introduced its new iMac, the latest version of the consumer desktop computer that restored the company's fortunes as a force in personal computing.

Six Flags shares up on Gates, Redskins owner SEC filings
Pressure from Microsoft chairman and shareholder Bill Gates over a sagging financial outlook and news that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has bought nearly 9 percent of Six Flags, Inc. drove the amusement park company's shares up more than 25 percent Tuesday.

Nintendo cuts price on Game Boy Advance

GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda report sales drops, Chrysler continues expansion
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. reported disappointing U.S. sales Wednesday, prompting the nation's two largest automakers to cut planned vehicle production in the fourth quarter, which could hurt profits.

Construction spending rises to all-time high in July
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending sprang back to life in July, rising to the highest level on record, the government reported Wednesday.

Southern Iraq oil exports at full capacity, officials say
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iraq's southern oil terminals are fully operational, with exports running at between 1.7 million and 1.9 million barrels a day, port agents and Iraqi oil officials said Wednesday.

Consumer confidence fell sharply in August, report says
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence, which had been on the rise since April, declined unexpectedly sharply in August, a private research group said Tuesday.

Consumer confidence fell sharply in August, report says

Investigators say Black, others looted Hollinger

Nintendo cuts price on Game Boy Advance
DALLAS -- Nintendo Co. has permanently slashed prices on its Game Boy Advance SP portable video game system as the company tries to entrench its No. 1 position in the handheld game market.

WTO authorizes sanctions against U.S. over antidumping rules

Local service outfit is sold
The at-home care division of an Augusta company has been acquired by a Kentucky home health care provider.

Construction spending rises to all-time high in July

Crude oil futures hit $44 on inventory data

WTO authorizes sanctions against U.S. over antidumping rules
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- World Trade Organization arbitrators Tuesday authorized the European Union and other leading U.S. trade partners to impose sanctions against the United States in response to antidumping rules.

Investigators say Black, others looted Hollinger
NEW YORK -- Conrad Black, the former CEO of Hollinger International Inc., conspired with associates to systematically loot the newspaper publishing company of more than $400 million - nearly all of its profits over the past seven years, an internal investigation found.

Crude oil futures hit $44 on inventory data
NEW YORK -- Oil prices bounced nearly $2 higher to $44 a barrel Wednesday after government and industry data showed a sharp drop last week in the nation's supply - a surprise to most traders, who expected inventories to be steady or grow slightly.

Purnell: U.S. needed more time
CLEMSON, S.C. - Contrary to popular opinion, Oliver Purnell doesn't think that American basketball is going to cave in because the United States didn't win gold in the Athens Olympics.

Tigers ready for revenge a year after blowout loss
CLEMSON, S.C. - Pick one.

Tigers ready for revenge a year after blowout loss

Purnell: U.S. needed more time

Arkansas team works on game plan for NMSU

Patrick comfortable in role with Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. -- Ben Patrick came to Duke unsure of what position he was going to play.

Tide relying heavily on youngsters

College football fills Labor Day weekend

Price makes debut at UTEP after dismissal from Alabama
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Price is trying to keep a low-profile in his return to college football.

Citadel home opener postponed because of hurricane threat

Croom pledges patience with new offense at Miss. State

Citadel home opener postponed because of hurricane threat
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel has postponed its home opener against nearby Charleston Southern because of the potential that Hurricane Frances could be off the coast of South Carolina this weekend.

Nebraska center to be held out of Saturday's opener

Commodores looking for spot atop SEC - a rarity
ATLANTA -- All Vanderbilt has to do to sit alone atop the Southeastern Conference football standings is beat South Carolina in the only league game on tap for the first week of the season.

Price makes debut at UTEP after dismissal from Alabama

Hurricane in The Swamp? Gators watching Frances
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Frances. So are Miami and Florida State.

Patrick comfortable in role with Blue Devils

Tide relying heavily on youngsters
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quick, name the freshman wide receivers who will play for Alabama in the season opener.

College football fills Labor Day weekend
For the college football fan who can never get enough, this weekend is for you.

Croom pledges patience with new offense at Miss. State
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom waited 28 years to become a head coach. He figures to keep waiting for his Bulldogs to master his tricky offense.

Air Force cadet found innocent on steroid charges
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force linebacker Overton Spence was found innocent of drug charges Wednesday after telling a court-martial he thought the steroids he had taken were legal.

Francis spurns offer to join Hurricanes' front office
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ron Francis turned down a front-office job with the Carolina Hurricanes and is still deciding whether he wants to continue his playing career.

Air Force cadet found innocent on steroid charges

Nebraska center to be held out of Saturday's opener
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska center Richie Incognito won't start Saturday's opener against Western Illinois for disciplinary reasons.

Commodores looking for spot atop SEC - a rarity

Alabama linebacker Nance arrested in Sheffield bar incident
SHEFFIELD, Ala. -- Alabama freshman linebacker Earnest Lee Nance was arrested Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges stemming from a bar incident, police said.

Arkansas team works on game plan for NMSU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas football team spent two hours on the practice fields Tuesday focusing on the game plan for this Saturday's season opener at Fayetteville against the New Mexico State Aggies.

Hurricane in The Swamp? Gators watching Frances

'Finally, I'm here, I think'

Augusta youth hopes for a good draw at Pebble

Exhortations for the ages
It has sadly become par for the course, in a country that increasingly gets its political news and views from late-night comedians and Hollywood films.

A blow for public health

A blow for public health
You don't have to smoke. But I have to breathe.

Learning from Laura

Exhortations for the ages

'We are still the lamp'
It should be mandatory viewing for students in civics class. It should be played in a loop at Ellis Island.

Learning from Laura
Laura Bush had to follow charismatic California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the GOP National Convention Tuesday night, which is a little like having a local church soprano perform after a Jessye Norman concert - a tough act to follow.

Suspect promotions?
It's too early to tell whether Richmond County school authorities are abusing a loophole in the new Georgia law that requires third graders to pass a reading test before being promoted to the next grade. But it's something to keep an eye on.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress famous for being famous, has created a jewelry line of pink sparkles, stars and hearts.

Actress Charlize Theron hurt on Germany film shoot
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was injured while shooting her new Paramount film, "Aeon Flux," in Germany, but it wasn't immediately clear how badly she was hurt.

Soledad O'Brien gives birth to twin boys
NEW YORK -- Soledad O'Brien's American mornings will be getting a lot more bleary-eyed.

People in the News
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Paul Hamm's not letting the gymnastics scoring controversy spoil his Olympics experience.

Spooky 'Doom 3' has familiar plot, few surprisesvideo games
Doom set a standard for early video games, specifically first-person shooters, leaving a legacy that has been duplicated in countless titles for personal computers, video-game consoles and arcade games. Doom 3, now available from Activision, does little to deviate from the classic structure of the first-person shooter.

'The Passion' DVD sells 4.1 million in one day
LOS ANGELES -- The second coming of Mel Gibson's biblical epic "The Passion of the Christ" sold 4.1 million DVD copies by Wednesday after only one day in stores.

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

Actor Brendan Fraser announces birth of second son in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Brendan Fraser, star of "The Mummy," is a daddy. Again.

'Star Trek' actor James Doohan gets Hollywood star, farewell
LOS ANGELES -- "Star Trek" actor James Doohan - famed for his portrayal of "Beam Me Up" Scotty, the intrepid engineer who kept the starship Enterprise warping across galaxies - grinned and waved to fans Tuesday as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Applause calendar
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Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a guide to performances and specials at Augusta and Aiken nightclubs:

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

What's new on dvd
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video this week, and a chart of release dates:

'Soul Plane' humor spurs film's nosedive
The airborne comedy Soul Plane, slated for a Sept. 7 DVD release, tries hard to be all things for all people. There are elements of romantic comedy, satire, parody, raw urban riffing and bawdy sex comedy incorporated into the story of an all funky, all-the-time airline's first flight.

Chaka Khan blames off-key performance on strained voice
NEW YORK -- If you thought Chaka Khan sounded a bit off-key during her performance with rapper Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards, you were right.

Boston Scientific stent regains market share

SEC settles with former Invesco executives over market-timing
DENVER -- Three former executives of Invesco Funds Group were ordered to pay more than $340,000 Tuesday to settle allegations that they allowed some clients to use the funds for market-timing, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.

Stocks mixed as oil prices climb; tech shares stay high despite
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mixed Wednesday as a lower reading on manufacturing activity and rising oil prices chilled an early spate of bargain hunting, but technology shares still eked out a modest advance.

Fidelity slashes fees on index funds
NEW YORK -- Leaping into a burgeoning price war with low-cost exchange traded funds, Fidelity Investments has slashed fees on five index mutual funds widely used in group and individual retirement accounts.

Fidelity slashes fees on index funds

Boston Scientific stent regains market share
BOSTON -- Boston Scientific Corp. on Wednesday said sales of its new drug-coated heart stent are regaining momentum after a safety-related recall hurt sales in July and August.

U.S. companies plan biggest stock buybacks since 1997

Tokyo stocks end down, dollar lower against yen

Zale earnings more than double
DALLAS -The largest U.S. jewelry retailer, Zale Corp., Tuesday said income in the latest quarter more than doubled from last year.

Stocks close higher despite consumer confidence dropoff
NEW YORK -- A late-session buying spurt gave stocks a moderate lift Tuesday as investors managed to overcome their disappointment over troubling readings on consumer confidence and manufacturing. But with volume extremely light, analysts said it was difficult to place any real significance on the upturn.

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

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

Tokyo stocks close up, U.S. dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose moderately Wednesday on bargain hunting as investors picked up real estate, shipping and other domestic economy-related issues. The U.S. dollar fell against the Japanese yen.

U.S. companies plan biggest stock buybacks since 1997
NEW YORK - With the stock market languishing, U.S. companies are shoring up their shares by buying them back at nearly double the pace they did last year.

Tokyo stocks close up, U.S. dollar down against yen

Tokyo stocks end down, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday after disappointing industrial output data prompted doubts about Japan's economic recovery. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Grubbin': Hot Food by Calvin
Hot Food by Calvin 2027 Broad St. WHAT'S THERE: Traditional soul food

College project becomes cafe after owner's children grow up

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.

Texas kids begin school with new nutrition rules
CARROLLTON, Texas -- Students who just returned to school in recent weeks are getting some lessons in nutrition - in subtle and not-so-subtle ways as Texas tries to combat childhood obesity.

College project becomes cafe after owner's children grow up
India Cafe, tucked behind the Washington Road Applebee's, opened July 30 in what was previously office space at 503 Shartom Drive and has been serving cuisine from the southern Indian state of Kerala ever since.

Raw food, oldest cuisine catching on

Grubbin': Hot Food by Calvin

Raw food, oldest cuisine catching on
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. -- Lunch crush is coming and the deli crew is busy making burgers, lime tarts and pizza dough. Things are really cooking - at least figuratively.

Texas kids begin school with new nutrition rules

Some peanut growers are considering going organic

Concerns valid as injuries rise
ATLANTA - Ordinarily, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey's concern about this week's opponent would have appeared contrived.

Concerns valid as injuries rise

The Life of Riley
All it took was one phone call for Hal Sutton to get instant gratification as Ryder Cup captain.

Els says tour isn't doing things right
Ernie Els is the most global player in golf, a modern-day version of Gary Player. He was born in South Africa, makes his home in London and plays the majority of his tournaments in the United States.

The Life of Riley

Els says tour isn't doing things right

Lown wary of Hornets' sting

Four-class plan gets turned back

Lown wary of Hornets' sting
Silver Bluff coach Al Lown pressed play on the film of Aiken's 34-7 victory last week.

Georgia Prep Poll
The Associated Press Georgia high school football poll representing second week results, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Four-class plan gets turned back
The Georgia High School Association explored the possibility of returning to four classifications this week in Thomson. Those talks did not proceed past the committee stage at a GHSA executive committee meeting in Forsyth this week.

Sweden ices Germany
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Mats Sundin had a goal and two assists to lead Sweden past Germany 5-2 Tuesday in the World Cup of Hockey opener for both teams.

Sweden ices Germany

Storm would be historic one-two punch
MIAMI -- A menacing Hurricane Frances crept closer to the southeastern United States on Wednesday, with forecasters calling Florida - still cleaning up after Charley - a "prime candidate" to be hit as early as Friday.

Buildings condemened in flood-ravaged Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Police and fire officials escorted Richmond residents and business owners into their flood-ravaged homes and shops Wednesday, but only to allow them to retrieve pets and essentials such as prescription drugs.

Gaston dumps foot of rain on Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. -- A state of emergency was declared as Tropical Storm Gaston poured a foot or more of rain on central Virginia, flooding streets with several feet of rushing water that floated cars and trucks and smashed them into buildings. At least three people were killed.

Gaston dumps foot of rain on Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. -- A state of emergency was declared as Tropical Storm Gaston poured a foot or more of rain on central Virginia, flooding streets with several feet of rushing water that floated cars and trucks and smashed them into buildings. At least three people were killed.

Allstate expects $425 million loss from Hurricane Charley
NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- Allstate Corp. said Tuesday it expects to pay $276 million in claims from Hurricane Charley, which hit the southeastern United States almost three weeks ago.

Remains of Gaston and Hermine drench the East Coast
Remnants of tropical storms Gaston and Hermine will disperse wind, rain and thunderstorms across much of the East Tuesday, while storms strike the central states and partly cloudy skies keep most of the West dry.

Homes under new code stood up to Charley, not so for older ones
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Hurricane Charley's strong winds flattened more than 12,000 homes, but building experts say hardly any of those were built with strengthened construction rules the state adopted three years ago.

Powerful Hurricane Frances nears Caribbean islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Frances strengthened as it churned near islands of the northeastern Caribbean with ferocious winds expected to graze Puerto Rico on Tuesday before the storm plows on toward the Bahamas and the southeastern United States.

Florida orders evacuation as Hurricane Frances closes in
MIAMI -- Nearly a half-million people were ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Frances swirled toward Florida on Wednesday just weeks after Charley's devastating visit, threatening to deliver the most powerful one-two punch to hit a state in at least a century.

Floridians brace for Hurricane Frances weeks after Charley
MIAMI -- A menacing Hurricane Frances gathering strength out in the Atlantic on Tuesday unnerved Florida residents still picking up the pieces weeks after Hurricane Charley flattened thousands of homes.

Hurricane Frances nears Caribbean islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Frances strengthened as it churned near islands of the northeastern Caribbean with ferocious winds expected to graze Puerto Rico on Tuesday before the storm plows on toward the Bahamas and the southeastern United States.

Homemade pizza spirals can save on delivery tips
As t he mother of two middle school pupils, I know that most children consider pizza the perfect food, but you don't have to pick up the phone to satisfy a pizza craving.

Homemade pizza spirals can save on delivery tips

Four indicted on racketeering charges
A grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses four people of stealing more than $300,000 through the city's vehicle maintenance facility.

Put some thought into smoking issue

Boater cites a court of injustice
I was enjoying a nice afternoon on Clarks Hill Lake in my small aluminum boat last month when I was approached by another larger boat with two young men in it. After some discussion and checks of all my life jackets, fire extinguisher, etc., I was told I was going to be cited for driving my boat less than 100 feet from the shoreline. I was told if I didn't agree with the charge, I could appear in Columbia County court at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 and plead not guilty. Ronald W. Rountree, Augusta

Commissioners decide? No chance

Smoking ban robs personal freedom

Get the facts on prescriptions
Your recent editorial "Rx plan can work" (Aug. 17) is a rather simplistic attempt to deal with a very complex issue. Alan Roberts, M.D., Augusta

McIntyre cartoon was in poor taste

Civil War letter is shot with holes
With response to Anne Cook's letter ("President Bush misinformed, scared Americans into war on Iraq," Aug. 1), I would like to inform her of a few facts that she obviously overlooked or didn't know concerning the Civil War. Reubin Loper, Augusta

Correction

Civil War letter is shot with holes

Convention invitation honors area

Convention invitation honors area
I want to let the people of this area know that sometimes they are not forgotten. Elizabeth Leon, Waynesboro, Ga.

Correction
In Tuesday editions of The Augusta Chronicle, letter writer Dan Lindbom should have been identified as a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.

Commissioners decide? No chance
I don't think the smokers in Richmond County have too much to worry about if our Augusta Commission has to agree on the ban of smoking in public buildings. It probably won't happen. Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

Put some thought into smoking issue
I may be late in responding to this issue of a smoking ban in Richmond County, but I felt I had to be heard. Edmond P. Kida, Hephzibah

Smoking ban robs personal freedom
I do not smoke or drink, and I am sick and tired of moral crusaders telling me how to live my life. The ban on smoking in bars and restaurants is not about restrictions on the use of commercial property or protecting public health. If the ban on smoking was about either issue, the sale of any type of alcohol would be banned in bars and restaurants. Arlie J. Smith, Harlem

Even child can solve smoking dilemma
As a nonsmoker, I find it difficult to enjoy my meal when smoke is wafting in my direction. Attempts to divert it through fans and separate eating areas occasionally minimize but do not eliminate the problem. Yet smokers feel that they have the right to smoke where they eat. E. G. Yrizarry, Grovetown

Re-elect Hall to state Senate
In response to the recent interview that Commissioner Jimmy Smith had with City Ink (Aug. 15): I wasn't upset about Mr. Smith not keeping his word. I was disappointed. I am accustomed to the people that I associate with keeping their word, and I had no idea it would be so easy for Mr. Smith to go back on his word. Robert J. Buchwitz, Hephzibah

Forget smoking and fight abortion
I have watched and read the discussions pro and con about the ban on smoking. I do not smoke and have never smoked. I do not disagree that it is not good for you. Don Matthews, Augusta

Forget smoking and fight abortion

Get the facts on prescriptions

Christianity would augment schools
Kudos and bravo for your publication of the Aug. 26 letter ("Bring Christianity into our schools") by a freshman at the University of Georgia sharing her desire that Christianity be taught in the schools as a means of real Gospel evangelization of what Jesus came to teach. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

McIntyre cartoon was in poor taste
The cartoon on the Opinions page Aug. 18 - two days before the scheduled funeral of former Mayor Ed McIntyre - struck me as being as tasteless and insensitive as any article I have seen in some time. Willar H. Hightower, Aiken, S.C.

Newly discovered virus suspected in two SIDS cases

Astronomers spot smallest planets yet orbiting nearby stars

SAT scores for class of 2004 unchanged compared to a year ago

Farmer creates cornfield maze of U.S. as geography teaching tool

When it comes to violent crime, it may not be the economy

Scientists' creepy movie shows spidery virus moving in for the kill

Running convention takes mix of technologies

Senators, White House in brawl over paying ill weapons plant workers

China showcases space program

New cholesterol test could be better predictor of heart attacks

New cholesterol test could be better predictor of heart attacks
MUNICH, Germany -- A simple test that scrutinizes bad cholesterol more closely may more reliably predict who is going to have a heart attack, new research indicates.

Senators, White House in brawl over paying ill weapons plant workers
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is locked in a rare election-year fight with fellow Republicans in the Senate over a troubled program for tens of thousands of weapons plant workers who got sick building nuclear bombs.

Newly discovered virus suspected in two SIDS cases
MILWAUKEE -- A virus recently discovered in Japan is suspected in two "crib deaths" in Wisconsin, raising new questions about how many of these mysterious tragedies might be caused by germs.

Farmer creates cornfield maze of U.S. as geography teaching tool
AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala. -- Ted Johnson has cut a maze in the shape of the continental United States into a 12-acre cornfield on his farm, hoping to educate schoolchildren about America's geography and the role farming plays in modern life.

Running convention takes mix of technologies
NEW YORK -- The wiring at the Republican National Convention is rich enough to download the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in roughly 30 seconds. More noteworthy, though, is what the gathering lacks: Wi-Fi wireless networks for Internet access.

Astronomers spot smallest planets yet orbiting nearby stars
American astronomers say they have discovered the two smallest planets yet orbiting nearby stars, trumping a small planet discovery by European scientists five days ago.

China showcases space program
JIUQUAN, China -- China, a rising space power, provided a rare look into its top-secret launch center Wednesday, promoting the military-funded project as a lure for foreign investment and a key to the nation's growing prosperity.

Scientists' creepy movie shows spidery virus moving in for the kill
INDIANAPOLIS -- Using a creature as hideous as any big-screen sci-fi monster, scientists have produced a one-minute horror movie starring a menacing, spidery virus swooping in on a hapless blob of bacteria.

When it comes to violent crime, it may not be the economy
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- When Connecticut's largest city was mired in the economic slump of the early 1990s, the homicide toll climbed to record levels and drug dealers and gang leaders ruled, charging tolls to cross their turf.

SAT scores for class of 2004 unchanged compared to a year ago
SAT scores for the high school class of 2004 were mostly the same as a year ago, though scores for some minority groups showed an encouraging increase.

Soldier returns to duties at Fisher House
After more than a year, a familiar face has returned to Fort Gordon's Fisher House.

Schools' start dates debated
ATLANTA - Momentum for ending late July and early August start dates for Georgia schools built Wednesday even as two lawmakers said they were working to avoid a legally required "uniform start date."

Officials alter smoking plans
Columbia County commissioners tweaked their plan to ban smoking in public places Tuesday night to allow smoking in certain private clubs and certain outdoor dining areas.

Asbestos removal progresses

Cross Creek junior gets back into game
Alicia Self's life revolves around fast-pitch softball. She began playing for an Augusta Recreation Department team when she was 7. Now a 16-year-old junior, she plays for Cross Creek High School.

Across the area
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office was called to two high schools in separate incidents Tuesday, both of which resulted in students being arrested.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, paroles, juvenile court sentencings, dui sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Groups progress on list of projects
Stung by criticism over their failure to put a special-purpose sales tax extension package together, Augusta commissioners avoided the spectacle of last week's public haggling by huddling in small groups Tuesday to try to hash out a compromise.

Teen learns keys to personal strength, survival during Outward Bound hikes

Georgia regains 49th place in SAT scoring
Richmond County students hit the 1,000 mark on their SAT average, officials announced Tuesday. The gain, nine points over last year's student average, comes as Georgia jumped back ahead of South Carolina to avoid the final spot among the 50 states on the well-known college entrance exam.

Counties get aid after Charley
COLUMBIA - Two South Carolina counties have qualified for federal aid after officials said the state suffered more than $5.1 million in damage from Hurricane Charley.

Four indicted on racketeering charges

Military reunions
7TH ARMORED DIVISION: Seeking veterans for reunion Thursday-Monday, Sept. 9-13; Harrisburg, Pa.; contact Charles Barry, 947 A St., Meadville, PA 16335, (814) 333-8051 or Cbarry@Zoominternet.net

Groups progress on list of projects

Music at Morris highlights Baroque
More than 100 people filled seats and stood along the walls at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday listening to music from the 17th century.

Victim's kin question reactions of deputies
The family of a Martinez woman who was fatally shot Monday by Columbia County sheriff's deputies said they are seeking answers from authorities.

Art joins nature to create groundbreaking exhibit

Four are charged in theft from city
An indictment accusing four people of stealing more than $300,000 from city coffers was unsealed Wednesday.

Across the area

Drill gives first responders glimpse of real-life disasters
BARNWELL, S.C. - The billowing smoke machines, painted-on "wounds" and burning bales of cotton loaned the feel of a Hollywood production to Wednesday's emergency response drill on the outskirts of Barnwell.

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Across the area
Aiken authorities have identified a North Augusta man who is considered a suspect in the Friday armed robbery of the First Citizens bank in Belvedere.

Woman is accused of burning her home
ALBANY, Ga. - A Habitat for Humanity homeowner with family and bill problems is accused of selling her furniture and then torching her home using a candle, simulating an accidental fire, officials said.

Men accused of credit card theft
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have charged one man and are looking for another in connection with separate cases in which credit cards were stolen from purses at hospitals and then used around town, officials said Wednesday.

Families in path book local rooms
On a holiday weekend when families usually run to get out of town, thousands may actually be coming to the Augusta area fleeing Hurricane Frances.

Master barber, stylists bridge funding cut for the homeless
Master barber and stylist Alatisha Hughes, co-owner of Salon Genesis on Eighth Street, did not like hearing that the Augusta Task Force for the Homeless' funding was being cut, so she organized A Vision of Hope. The fund-raiser hair and fashion show was held Aug. 20 at the Partridge Inn.

Man says another holds title to mill
AIKEN - The long-running dispute over who owns the abandoned Seminole Mills building in Clearwater took another turn Wednesday, when a development company in Allendale said it discovered it's holding the hot potato.

Rants and raves
I AGREE WITH A RANT on Aug. 24 about the ghost town Regency Mall. Regency was doing good business until the loud, obnoxious, rude, discourteous crowd of young, unruly hoodlums appeared on the scene. It was only a matter of time before Augusta Mall also felt the sting. What can be done though? Nothing. We can't keep moving farther away from the inner city and spending millions to build new malls. There will be "no peace in the valley" of Augusta.

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COLUMBIA - A man who survived after his concrete mixer truck ran off an Interstate 126 bridge faces a charge in the wreck, Columbia police say.

Doctors Hospital chooses new CEO

Travelers hope storm will spare last summer trip
Sylvia Carameros is looking forward to her plans to fly to Austin, Texas, this weekend, and she's crossing her fingers that she'll make it back.

Soldier returns to duties at Fisher House

Rants and raves
TO THE KIDS WHO don't want curfews: What do the parents of these kids who allow their children to be out after midnight think they do? Just because their kids tell them they are doing nothing wrong makes it true? There is an abundance of drugs, alcohol and sex happening at these "hot spots" on Washington Road. Kids who do not obey the curfew and parents who allow their children to be out after curfew should get citations and, depending on the children's age, should be charged with neglect.

Music at Morris highlights Baroque

Kids Count drawing leaves eight finalists vying for college funds
Only 3 months old, Benjamin Tripp has a good start on his college fund.

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Post orientation assists newcomers, old-timers alike
There is an event at Fort Gordon that is all about introductions. The fifth annual newcomers' orientation helps people new to Fort Gordon and some of the businesses and nonprofit organizations in the area to get to know each other.

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Pet of the week
Spade, a 4-month-old male shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at SuperPetz on Whiskey Road in Aiken, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at PETsMART in Aiken and from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays at PETsMART in Augusta. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 649-1219 or 279-7003.

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Partridge Inn finds pleasant taste of success with comedy shows
The Partridge Inn wants to make you laugh. Three comedians will take the stage at 9 tonight for Tickle Me Thursday at the historic hotel. The shows will be on the first Thursday of every month.

Rants and raves
I AGREE WITH A RANT on Aug. 24 about the ghost town Regency Mall. Regency was doing good business until the loud, obnoxious, rude, discourteous crowd of young, unruly hoodlums appeared on the scene. It was only a matter of time before Augusta Mall also felt the sting. What can be done though? Nothing. We can't keep moving farther away from the inner city and spending millions to build new malls. There will be "no peace in the valley" of Augusta.

Anniversaries
Mr. and Mrs. John Aycox, of Martinez, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to the Bahamas Aug. 27-31. The cruise was given by their son, Kevin Aycox.

Aliens used false IDs at fort

E-learning allows students to retake required courses

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Mill cleanup plans make progress
AIKEN - Environmental authorities are moving forward with plans for asbestos cleanup at the fire-damaged Seminole Mills in Clearwater, officials said Tuesday, despite failed negotiations with the property's owner.

Judges to pick 4 to aid children

Prosecutors help man to freedom after 17 years
DECATUR, Ga. - It was an unlikely alliance: a group trying to free a man who served 17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit working with the prosecutors who put him away.

Georgia regains 49th place in SAT scoring

Three guns found in car at airport

Officers ally with drivers in mind

Officials alter smoking plans

Reunions

Four are charged in theft from city

Tax cap jumps to $440 million

For the record

Drill gives first responders glimpse of real-life disasters

Around town
Kevin Martin/staffJalen Simpkins, 11, holds up Cypress Mathis, 10, so she can dunk a basketball at the Aiken Recreation Center. The Graniteville children were attending an after-school program.

Calendar

Tax cap jumps to $440 million
Augusta commissioners raised the cap of their Phase 5 sales tax package by $54 million to $440.4 million late Wednesday after failing once again to pare down the list.

Military reunions

Man admits guilt in shooting
An Augusta man who murdered a decorated Vietnam veteran during a pawnshop robbery pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Post Happenings

Threats, fights disrupt classes
School police used pepper spray and a metal baton on students Wednesday at George P. Butler High School after fights broke out during the last of three bomb-threat evacuations, authorities said.

Meetings

E-learning allows students to retake required courses
Columbia County high school students looking to make up for past failures now have online resources to help them.

Repeat offender jailed in assault

Former agency director loses suit
AIKEN - The former director of Aiken County's Probation, Parole and Pardons Services office was not a victim of racial discrimination when he was fired over the mishandling of a case four years ago, a federal jury determined Wednesday.

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Across Georgia
MARIETTA - The family of a man decapitated in a freak traffic accident is asking authorities to free the driver, who authorities say continued home and left his close friend's headless body in the vehicle.

Man admits guilt in shooting

Doctors Hospital chooses new CEO
The new CEO at Doctors Hospital will have a short journey to his new office.

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Spill costs plant $6,000
An east Augusta industry will pay fines totaling $6,000 because of a June 5 accident in which an undetermined amount of sulfuric acid was released as it overflowed from a rail car, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Woman is accused of burning her home

Repeat offender jailed in assault
A man who was charged last year with rape - but never tried - found himself back in jail on similar charges Wednesday, records state.

Spill costs plant $6,000

Teen learns keys to personal strength, survival during Outward Bound hikes
Maggie Centers learned more about what's important in life this summer than she'd learned in her 16 years of living.

Anniversaries

Meetings
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Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Asbestos removal progresses
A $3.5 million project to raze asbestos-roofed buildings at Augusta State University is ahead of schedule, with crews expected to lift out the first roof panels later this week.

Fort profile
Here is a profile of Fort Gordon soldier Sgt. Terrilski Davis.

News you can use
Sept. 1, 1983 Richmond County Sheriff J.B. Dykes, under investigation by the FBI, said Wednesday that he did destroy about 32 driving under the influence warrants, but he denied he accepted bribes. "I did take care of some of them, and it's not against the law," Sheriff Dykes said. He said he did not accept any money for pulling the tickets and had not been offered money.

Calendar
The calendar is a listing of events, programs and other community notices. Send your notices to Calendar, Attention: Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Shooting puts 4 officers on leave
Four Columbia County sheriff's officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay after the fatal shooting Monday night of a 44-year-old Martinez woman who police say was threatening suicide.

Reunions
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Officers ally with drivers in mind
Law enforcement got a pep rally of sorts on both sides of the Savannah River Tuesday before Labor Day traffic enforcement activities, and the public got a strong safety message.

Around the block
The Augusta Junior Woman's Club will hold a membership social at 7 tonight at the Woman's Club, 1005 Milledge Road. For reservations or for more information, call 854-9877.

Pet of the week

Former agency director loses suit

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Art joins nature to create groundbreaking exhibit
Insects soon will create a buzz at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

News you can use

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Forgery arrest warrant filed
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have filed warrants against a man who complained that a former Augusta Aquatics Center director took $1,300 from him for a party and refused to refund his money when it was cancelled, officials said Tuesday.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus.

Enrollment reaches record high
Enrollment at Augusta State University hit a record high of 6,392 this semester, officials said Tuesday.

Master barber, stylists bridge funding cut for the homeless

Aliens used false IDs at fort
Federal authorities investigated an incident Tuesday morning in which officials said two illegal aliens attempted to come onto Fort Gordon with false identification and gave false names.

Cross Creek junior gets back into game

Shooting leads to five-year sentence
A Blythe man who shot a childhood friend pleaded guilty Tuesday after a three-year delay.

Missing women linked by man
AIKEN - Authorities say it's merely a coincidence that an Aiken County woman reported missing this week was last seen with the ex-husband of another woman who has been missing for nearly a year.

Judges to pick 4 to aid children
The Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit are expected to meet today to decide who among 10 candidates should serve as the circuit's Juvenile Court judges.

Around town
George Barnett, 13, works on his baseball swing while playing in his North Augusta community.

Corps will lower Thurmond Lake
Thurmond Lake could fall more than 4 feet during the next five weeks as the Army Corps of Engineers works to rebalance Savannah River reservoirs after hydropower generation was interrupted by fish kills.

Shooting puts 4 officers on leave

Program offers inmates chance to attend church
The Augusta Transition Center has added a program in which churchgoers can essentially adopt an inmate and bring him to religious services with them.

Forgery arrest warrant filed

Kid of the day
Today's kid is 4-year old Timothy Chase Jones, of Augusta.

Milestones

Around town

Missing women linked by man

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Corrections officials say they foiled an escape by death row inmates at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Supreme Court has upheld its 2-year-old ruling allowing judges to order psychological testing for children in sex abuse cases.

Schools' start dates debated

News you can use
SEPT. 2, 1938 SYLVANIA, Ga. - The state late yesterday rested its case against Albert L. Cobb, Savannah attorney and former candidate for Congress, who is on trial here for alleged complicity in the 1937 slaying of Charlie Daughtry, a wealthy Screven County planter.

Partridge Inn finds pleasant taste of success with comedy shows

Military milestones
Army Reserve Spc. Latonya D. Brantley, a 1993 graduate of the Academy of Richmond County, a 2004 graduate of Georgia Military College, Augusta, and daughter of Charles and Sandra Smith of Augusta, has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for supporting the missions of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle.

Program offers inmates chance to attend church

Milestones
Augustan Sinclair M. White, son of Kathy Murry, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from UNICCO Service Co.

Victim's kin question reactions of deputies

Across the area
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office was called to two high schools in separate incidents Tuesday, both of which resulted in students being arrested.

Three guns found in car at airport
A former airport security guard was arrested Tuesday, and the FBI was brought in to investigate after three guns were found inside his car at Augusta Regional Airport.

Rants and raves
TO THE KIDS WHO don't want curfews: What do the parents of these kids who allow their children to be out after midnight think they do? Just because their kids tell them they are doing nothing wrong makes it true? There is an abundance of drugs, alcohol and sex happening at these "hot spots" on Washington Road. Kids who do not obey the curfew and parents who allow their children to be out after curfew should get citations and, depending on the children's age, should be charged with neglect.

Man says another holds title to mill

Tough days are ahead for LPGA's 'hired gun'
Jim Webb is a hired gun with the toughest job in the Southeast - selling women's golf in the middle of college football season.

Sundance goes commercial with string of independent hits
LOS ANGELES -- Geeks, sharks, lovable neurotics and a fast-food fiend have given the Sundance Film Festival one of its biggest years ever at theaters.

Republican influence has been felt in cinema over the decades
Hollywood descended on Boston in July to lend support to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, sending a message that the film industry skews liberal.

Venice Film Festival struggles to define itself
ROME -- The Venice Film Festival is grappling with its perennial tag as the No. 2 movie extravaganza in Europe - still a little brother to Cannes in terms of stars, marketing and buzz, even though it's older.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Venice Film Festival struggles to define itself

Venice Film Festival opens with Spielberg as guest of honor
ROME -- Hollywood's premier cash-and-award magnet Steven Spielberg was kicking off the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday - just the man to inspire money-scooping moguls and prize-hungry artists alike during 11 days of glitz and film magic.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Vanity Fair'

Republican influence has been felt in cinema over the decades

At the Movies: 'Vanity Fair'
Adapting centuries-old literature into a modern Hollywood movie is always a dicey enterprise, if for no other reason than a dense 19th century novel is likely to include much more of the necessary detail and historical context for a 21st century reader to relate to the characters and their motivations.

Venice Film Festival opens with Spielberg as guest of honor

Sundance goes commercial with string of independent hits

Concerts
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

8 Ball, MJG to stage Southern rap show
It means one thing for musicians to refer to themselves as legends. It means something entirely different to earn such a title from the people who listen to the music.

Hot ticket

Top 20 Concert Tours

Ray Charles says goodbye in album with his friends
It's fitting that Ray Charles spent his last studio album saying goodbye to friends.

8 Ball, MJG to stage Southern rap show

Brazilian singer mines parents' musical heritage for stellar debut

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success

Holliday will headline college's Evening of Jazz benefit concert
Late Sunday afternoon, some jazzy tunes will be played along the Savannah River.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Bjork has said she finds her best, most loved music has been the songs she was selfish in making. On her latest, the Icelandic chanteuse has cast out even the instruments. Bjork's seventh album, "Medulla," which refers to the spinal cord in Latin, gets to the heart of the marrow, so to speak.

Aussie has played with country's top acts
Just because Jedd Hughes is from Australia, sings country music, plays guitar, writes songs and has medium-long blondish hair, don't compare him with Keith Urban.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Spotlight: Tyrone Jenkins, AKA Ty Macy
Tyrone Jenkins, AKA Ty Macy HOMETOWN: Santee, S.C.; moved to Augusta from Baltimore in 2000. "I needed a slower pace of life, and I have a sister down here, and I thought it's a nice place to raise a kid."

Aussie has played with country's top acts

Alejandro Sanz leads winners with four Latin Grammys
LOS ANGELES -- It seemed like a rerun of the 2002 Latin Grammys. Once again, Spanish heartthrob singer Alejandro Sanz dominated the show - only this time, Sanz didn't show up to collect his trophies.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Concerts

Brazilian singer mines parents' musical heritage for stellar debut
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian newcomer Maria Rita, one of Wednesday's leading Latin Grammy nominees, treats her family's rich musical legacy as a personal gold watch - a treasure to be guarded but not used as an up-to-date timepiece.

Finalists on the record

Hot ticket
LL COOL J WHEN: Saturday WHERE: Soulfest, Green Lot, Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success
Trent Willmon will headline the annual Rest Fest on Monday at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Finalists on the record
The Augusta Chronicle's third Singer-Songwriter contest has now been whittled down from 94 entrants to a final field of five. There were about 2,000 votes in the contest. Each act will perform Friday at the First Friday Labor Day Luau at the Augusta Common in front of a panel of judges, vying for a first-prize package that includes $400 and a selection of CDs. The performances begin at 6:30 p.m., and each act will play for about 20 minutes.

Alejandro Sanz leads winners with four Latin Grammys

Racing clones
FONTANA, Calif. - When Dodge submitted its final version of its 2005 race car to NASCAR on Wednesday, engineers could have put all the work in the trunk.

Racing clones

NASCAR Newsmaker Matt Kenseth

NASCAR Newsmaker Matt Kenseth
Many people believe Matt Kenseth's dominating performance last year led to the creation of the Chase for the Championship. Now ranked fifth in the standings, he's in great position to compete for another NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship.

Richmond drying up, Daytona preparing
FONTANA, Calif. - As work crews deal with flooding at and around Richmond International Raceway in the wake of Tropical Storm Gaston, crews at Daytona International Speedway are "battening down the hatches" as Hurricane Frances approaches.

Richmond drying up, Daytona preparing

Judge dismisses Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. - The Kobe Bryant case collapsed Wednesday as prosecutors said they had no choice but to drop the sexual assault charge against the NBA star because the alleged victim did not want to testify.

Prosecutors drop Kobe Bryant case; NBA star apologizes to accuser

Judge dismisses Bryant case

Mourning to attempt comeback after kidney transplant

Jury selection in Kobe Bryant sexual assault case to continue behind closed doors

Darius Miles is staying in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Darius Miles is happy to be staying in Portland.

Prosecutors drop Kobe Bryant case; NBA star apologizes to accuser
EAGLE, Colo. -- The criminal case against Kobe Bryant case collapsed Wednesday as prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge against him, saying they had no choice because the NBA star's accuser no longer wanted to participate.

Mourning to attempt comeback after kidney transplant
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seven-time All-Star Alonzo Mourning will attempt a comeback with the New Jersey Nets this season, less than a year after a kidney transplant.

Darius Miles is staying in Portland

Woman makes claim of assault by Barkley
PHILADELPHIA - Former NBA star Charles Barkley is under investigation for indecent assault, police said Monday.

Seattle signs second-round draft pick Young
SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics signed second-round draft choice David Young on Wednesday.

Bobcats sign Knight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Point guard Brevin Knight signed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, making him the most experienced player on the expansion team.

Woman makes claim of assault by Barkley

Jury selection in Kobe Bryant sexual assault case to continue behind closed doors
EAGLE, Colo. -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case said Tuesday he would question some jurors in open court about their opinions in the case, despite prosecutors' concerns that doing so might unfairly influence other potential panelists.

Bobcats sign Knight

Seattle signs second-round draft pick Young

Dolphins sign DE Chidi Ahanotu

Fantasy Football: Wake up and take a look at some potential sleepers

Receiver has surgery; Rolle seeks second opinion on ankle

Todd France seemingly wins job as Giants kicker

Woodson signs tender, joins Raiders

Parker returns home with a chip on his shoulder

Deion's back, and he's ready to win

Quick turnaround for Cowboys against Chiefs

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension

Rookie CB to miss 6-10 weeks with hip fracture

Contract extension close for Jets QB

Deion Sanders joins the Ravens

Chiefs place Boerigter on injured reserve

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension

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Relaxed Serena passes her second-round test

Overtime

Russian swimmer flexes skills in Augusta

Streak grows to 18 in row for star

Former champ goes out with whimper

Overtime

Overtime
In Charleston, S.C., Andy Sonnanstine, Tony Perez and Brian Bulger combined on a four-hitter to give the Charleston RiverDogs their 13th shutout of the season with an 8-0 win over the Augusta GreenJackets.

Relaxed Serena passes her second-round test
NEW YORK - Wearing what she described as her "micro-mini" outfit, third-seeded Serena Williams advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lindsay Lee-Waters.

Overtime
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun will be the keynote speaker Oct. 11 for the Greater Augusta Sports Council's fourth annual College Basketball Preseason Tip-off Luncheon.

Streak grows to 18 in row for star
NEW YORK - Sitting with legs crossed during a changeover, Lindsay Davenport waved off the ball girl offering water, saying: "No, thanks. I'm OK."

Russian swimmer flexes skills in Augusta
Spend a few minutes with Sam Avetisyan, and chances are you'll come away thinking he's just an average 15-year-old boy.

Former champ goes out with whimper
NEW YORK - Marat Safin grabbed his racket with both hands, leaned forward, and cracked it to the court three times, as if chopping wood with an ax.

Long fall taken by Olympic medalists
NEW YORK - Olympic medals weren't worth much at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Rookie CB to miss 6-10 weeks with hip fracture
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- DeAngelo Hall hasn't enjoyed his last two trips to Nashville.

Hall will miss several weeks
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - DeAngelo Hall hasn't enjoyed his past two trips to Nashville.

Deion's back, and he's ready to win
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Deion Sanders insists he didn't come out of retirement for money, accolades or to prove he's still got a wealth of talent at age 37.

Contract extension close for Jets QB
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The money is nice. No, the money is very nice.

Chiefs place Boerigter on injured reserve
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marc Boerigter was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after injuring his knee without taking a hit in a preseason game.

Todd France seemingly wins job as Giants kicker
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants apparently are going to open the season with relative unknown Todd France as their placekicker.

Dolphins sign DE Chidi Ahanotu
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins signed veteran defensive end Chidi Ahanotu on Wednesday.

Receiver has surgery; Rolle seeks second opinion on ankle
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Doctors easily removed a piece of torn cartilage Wednesday from Tennessee receiver Tyrone Calico's left knee, and cornerback Samari Rolle met with a doctor for a second opinion on his right ankle.

Fantasy Football: Wake up and take a look at some potential sleepers
Nobody knows better than I do that the snooze button on my alarm clock gets a lot of use. Well, maybe my boss knows it, too, but that's a different story.

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Chad Pennington agreed to a $64 million, seven-year contract extension with the New York Jets on Wednesday that includes $23 million in guaranteed money.

Deion Sanders joins the Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Deion Sanders is back in the NFL, this time with the Baltimore Ravens.

Quick turnaround for Cowboys against Chiefs
IRVING, Texas -- Bill Parcells was in his office at 5 a.m. Wednesday watching film, trying to take advantage of every possible minute.

Woodson signs tender, joins Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Charles Woodson's monthlong holdout didn't yield the "boat load of money" he said he was looking for, so it was time to show up at Oakland Raiders' training camp.

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Chad Pennington agreed to a $64 million, seven-year contract extension with the New York Jets on Wednesday that includes $23 million in guaranteed money.

Parker returns home with a chip on his shoulder
PITTSBURGH -- The runaway rushing leader for the Pittsburgh Steelers this preseason - with 174 yards, including 106 against the Philadelphia Eagles last week - isn't former Eagle Duce Staley or longtime Steeler Jerome Bettis. It's undrafted free agent Willie Parker.

Panthers make five roster moves
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers reached injury settlements Tuesday with wide receiver Donald Hayes and defensive tackle Rod Walker, and placed safety Damien Richardson on injured reserve.

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success

Aussie has played with country's top acts

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success
Trent Willmon will headline the annual Rest Fest on Monday at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Aussie has played with country's top acts
Just because Jedd Hughes is from Australia, sings country music, plays guitar, writes songs and has medium-long blondish hair, don't compare him with Keith Urban.

Tough days are ahead for LPGA's 'hired gun'

Most networks looking forward to life after the Olympics

Thursday's television coverage of the Republican National Convention

Most networks looking forward to life after the Olympics
NEW YORK -- No one was happier to see the Olympics flame flicker out than executives at ABC, CBS and Fox.

Joely Fisher is facing new peril in 'Wild Card'
LOS ANGELES - Wild Card has gotten wilder. Joely Fisher, who plays private investigator Zoe Busiek on the Lifetime series, says the network "wanted us to be more in peril; they wanted the stakes to be higher so the cases weren't so namby-pamby."

Thursday's television 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 Thursday. All times are Eastern daylight.

People in the News

'The Passion' DVD sells 4.1 million in one day

The top five list

Club calendar

'Soul Plane' humor spurs film's nosedive

People in the News

Soledad O'Brien gives birth to twin boys

What's new on dvd

Spooky 'Doom 3' has familiar plot, few surprisesvideo games

Open tab

Applause calendar

Dogs' line eager to prove itself
ATHENS, Ga. - The new football season can't come soon enough for Georgia's offensive line, which took the brunt of the blame for a Southeastern Conference-high 47 sacks surrendered last season and has spent the past nine months hearing all about it.

UGA coach is fired for misconduct
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of the school's cheerleading coach, who was fired last week after a Jewish cheerleader had accused her of discrimination.

Ware dreams of big success as Bulldogs' tailback
ATHENS, Ga. -- Every day since the Aug. 9 practice in which Kregg Lumpkin suffered a season-ending knee injury, Danny Ware has been Georgia's starting tailback.

UGA coach is fired for misconduct

Ware dreams of big success as Bulldogs' tailback

Dogs' line eager to prove itself

Holtz stresses cleanliness
It wasn't only the start of game week for South Carolina. It marked the start of coach Lou Holtz's grooming policy.

Holtz stresses cleanliness

'Finally, I'm here, I think'
Atlanta's Rosie Jones will be cutting her schedule back dramatically in 2005, but the LPGA Tour veteran plans to keep the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship on it.

Augusta youth hopes for a good draw at Pebble
Keep an eye on The Golf Channel on Friday and Saturday, and on NBC-Ch. 26 on Sunday.

Doggy breath freshener could be a hit in China

Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' on tour of military bases

Al the Suntan Man dies at age 74

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Deputies, soldiers search for Bengal tiger spotted in Louisiana

Milk squirting contest yields new world record

Remains of Gaston and Hermine drench the East Coast

Allstate expects $425 million loss from Hurricane Charley

Homes under new code stood up to Charley, not so for older ones

Buildings condemened in flood-ravaged Richmond