Aiken test DELETE ME
LOS ANGELES - In "Alfie" mode nearly 40 years ago, Michael Caine played a man who avoided the prospect of fatherhood at any cost.

Aiken test DELETE ME
LOS ANGELES - In "Alfie" mode nearly 40 years ago, Michael Caine played a man who avoided the prospect of fatherhood at any cost.

Teams are loaded with talent

Home run derby should be a blast
Brian Horwitz has a suggestion for this evening's home run derby at the 46th South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Baseball roundup
CHICAGO -- Mark Prior made it clear he didn't rush his return from the disabled list.

Baseball roundup

Home run derby should be a blast

MLB notbook
SAN DIEGO - Padres first baseman Phil Nevin was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained muscle in his left side.

Teams are loaded with talent
Gene Richards wanted a break from a grueling season. He thought he'd spend some time with his rod and reel during the three-day South Atlantic League All-Star break to get his mind off baseball.

Texas beats Florida to win sixth CWS title
OMAHA, Neb. - Texas is back on top with another College World Series championship.

MLB notbook
SAN DIEGO - Padres first baseman Phil Nevin was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained muscle in his left side.

Baseball roundup
CHICAGO -- Mark Prior made it clear he didn't rush his return from the disabled list.\r\n

MLB notbook

Teams are loaded with talent
Gene Richards wanted a break from a grueling season. He thought he'd spend some time with his rod and reel during the three-day South Atlantic League All-Star break to get his mind off baseball.

Texas beats Florida to win sixth CWS title

Home run derby should be a blast
Brian Horwitz has a suggestion for this evening's home run derby at the 46th South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Texas beats Florida to win sixth CWS title
OMAHA, Neb. - Texas is back on top with another College World Series championship.

Readers send postcards from all across the country

Jones, Smoltz help push Braves ahead
MIAMI - Even John Smoltz didn't have these results in mind when he and Andruw Jones talked a couple of weeks ago about their evolving leadership roles.

Jones, Smoltz help push Braves ahead
MIAMI - Even John Smoltz didn't have these results in mind when he and Andruw Jones talked a couple of weeks ago about their evolving leadership roles.

Ramirez to start tonight
ATLANTA - Horacio Ramirez's injured left leg passed its final test Sunday, and the Braves' left-hander said he'll make his scheduled start today at Florida.

Smoltz sizzles; Atlanta sweeps
ATLANTA - IT'S AN AMAZING quandary for a team that's won nine of its past 12 games. A perplexing question in the midst of the Atlanta Braves' most prolific run of the still-young year.

Franco, Braves slam Marlins
MIAMI - The Braves won Monday for the first time since June 16 without the help of an Andruw Jones home run.

Ramirez to start tonight
ATLANTA - Horacio Ramirez's injured left leg passed its final test Sunday, and the Braves' left-hander said he'll make his scheduled start today at Florida.

Smoltz sizzles; Atlanta sweeps

Ramirez to start tonight

Franco, Braves slam Marlins

Smoltz sizzles; Atlanta sweeps
ATLANTA - IT'S AN AMAZING quandary for a team that's won nine of its past 12 games. A perplexing question in the midst of the Atlanta Braves' most prolific run of the still-young year.

Franco, Braves slam Marlins
MIAMI - The Braves won Monday for the first time since June 16 without the help of an Andruw Jones home run.

Jones, Smoltz help push Braves ahead

Get in on the acting
Matthew Adams screamed at his wife, Michelle. He was a little fired up from wandering around the mall in search of her.

At 10 years old, has Web auction pioneer lost its allure?
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jewelry dealer Michael Jansma used to be one of eBay Inc.'s biggest cheerleaders.\r\n

Need a rental truck? You may have to wait
It should have taken one trip to move Ava Ross' goods from her old North Augusta home to her new apartment across town.

At 10 years old, has Web auction pioneer lost its allure?
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jewelry dealer Michael Jansma used to be one of eBay Inc.'s biggest cheerleaders.

Are young workers spoiled or simply demanding a new kind of work life?
CHICAGO - Evan Wayne thought he was prepared for anything during a recent interview for a job in radio sales.

Are young workers spoiled or simply demanding a new kind of work life?
CHICAGO - Evan Wayne thought he was prepared for anything during a recent interview for a job in radio sales.

Need a rental truck? You may have to wait
It should have taken one trip to move Ava Ross' goods from her old North Augusta home to her new apartment across town.

Get in on the acting

Are young workers spoiled or simply demanding a new kind of work life?

Get in on the acting
Matthew Adams screamed at his wife, Michelle. He was a little fired up from wandering around the mall in search of her.

At 10 years old, has Web auction pioneer lost its allure?

Need a rental truck? You may have to wait

Coach K: Duke can be 'very good' in '06

Exercise is easy to squeeze into fun
Every time we turn around, we hear, "Exercise more!" And when we ask how we're supposed to find the time, we're told it's easy. One example: Simply park your car at the far end of the parking lot. Well, I'm sure that burns calories and adds up over time (and it's a start), but I was trying to think of a few things we could do on a regular basis that would be a bit more fun and last a bit longer.

No time to give up now

No tears for sex criminals

No time to give up now
When the U,S.-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein from power a couple years ago, support for the move was high among Americans. Although Iraqis welcomed Saddam's ouster, they didn't want the coalition hanging around - they wanted a quick departure.

No tears for sex criminals
According to some experts, the public is coming down too hard on rapists, child molesters and the like after they're released from prison. Laws that publicize their names. restrict where they can live, track their whereabouts, and regulate who they can socialize with are creating stress which could cause sex offenders to commit more sex crimes.

Saving the Savannah

Saving the Savannah
The Savannah River at Risk Initiatives Campaign, organized by Augusta-based Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, made some serious headway last week. It got the governors of Georgia and South Carolina to agree to work on ways for the two states to cooperate in managing and sharing the great water resource and to protect it from encroachment by thirsty, water-shortage communities like Atlanta.

Spirituality takes a hit
Don't be confused by the U.S. Supreme Court's dual rulings Monday on government displays of the Ten Commandments on public property.

No tears for sex criminals
According to some experts, the public is coming down too hard on rapists, child molesters and the like after they're released from prison. Laws that publicize their names. restrict where they can live, track their whereabouts, and regulate who they can socialize with are creating stress which could cause sex offenders to commit more sex crimes.

Saving the Savannah
The Savannah River at Risk Initiatives Campaign, organized by Augusta-based Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, made some serious headway last week. It got the governors of Georgia and South Carolina to agree to work on ways for the two states to cooperate in managing and sharing the great water resource and to protect it from encroachment by thirsty, water-shortage communities like Atlanta.

No time to give up now
When the U,S.-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein from power a couple years ago, support for the move was high among Americans. Although Iraqis welcomed Saddam's ouster, they didn't want the coalition hanging around - they wanted a quick departure.

Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger in 'Winnie the Pooh,' dies at 82
LOS ANGELES - Paul Winchell, a ventriloquist, inventor and children's TV show host best known for creating the lispy voice of Winnie the Pooh's animated friend Tigger, has died. He was 82.

People in the News
LONDON - Anti-poverty campaigner and musician Bob Geldof said he was delighted that the European Union has pledged to double aid to the world's poorest nations by 2015, but urged the United States and Canada to make a bigger effort.

Michael Caine now plays father figures
LOS ANGELES - In "Alfie" mode nearly 40 years ago, Michael Caine played a man who avoided the prospect of fatherhood at any cost.

Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger in 'Winnie the Pooh,' dies at 82
LOS ANGELES - Paul Winchell, a ventriloquist, inventor and children's TV show host best known for creating the lispy voice of Winnie the Pooh's animated friend Tigger, has died. He was 82.

Rupert Everett to write memoir
NEW YORK - Rupert Everett, the British actor whose co-stars have included Madonna and Julia Roberts, is writing his memoirs. Not yet titled, the book is scheduled for publication by Warner Books in the fall of 2006.

Michael Caine now plays father figures
LOS ANGELES - In "Alfie" mode nearly 40 years ago, Michael Caine played a man who avoided the prospect of fatherhood at any cost.

People in the News
LONDON - Anti-poverty campaigner and musician Bob Geldof said he was delighted that the European Union has pledged to double aid to the world's poorest nations by 2015, but urged the United States and Canada to make a bigger effort.

Summer jobs a chance for finance lessons

Summer jobs a chance for finance lessons
Drew Keairnes knows his high-paying summer construction job lasts only a precious few weeks before he resumes college life at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Summer jobs a chance for finance lessons
Drew Keairnes knows his high-paying summer construction job lasts only a precious few weeks before he resumes college life at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Legacy remains for Mr. Baseball
For seven years, Bill Heaton poured everything he had into bringing minor league baseball back to Augusta - and all he got was this stinking T-shirt.

Team has seen ups, downs since return in 1988
On the day in 1963 when The Augusta Chronicle reported that the Augusta Yankees ceased to exist, sports editor Paul Hemphill issued a warning in his column.

GreenJackets: Catch a rising star
Jonathan Sanchez walked into the home clubhouse at Lake Olmstead Stadium on June 10 and was congratulated by his teammates - only he didn't know what for.

RiverDogs take bite out of GreenJackets
In Charleston, S.C., right-hander Eric Hacker pitched a complete game in Game 1 and catcher William Plaza doubled home two runs in Game 2 as the RiverDogs won swept a doubleheader over Augusta, 2-1 and 6-3 on Sunday.

RiverDogs take bite out of GreenJackets
In Charleston, S.C., right-hander Eric Hacker pitched a complete game in Game 1 and catcher William Plaza doubled home two runs in Game 2 as the RiverDogs won swept a doubleheader over Augusta, 2-1 and 6-3 on Sunday.

Legacy remains for Mr. Baseball
For seven years, Bill Heaton poured everything he had into bringing minor league baseball back to Augusta - and all he got was this stinking T-shirt.

Team has seen ups, downs since return in 1988
On the day in 1963 when The Augusta Chronicle reported that the Augusta Yankees ceased to exist, sports editor Paul Hemphill issued a warning in his column.

We're creatures of habit, even if the power is out

Medalists share spot in Open qualifying

Medalists share spot in Open qualifying
SUMMIT, N.J. - Tom Pernice Jr. shot a course-record 8-under-par 64 in the morning round and shared medalist honors with Geoff Oglivy of Australia in the international qualifying final for the British Open on Monday.

A birdie for Birdie Kim makes her Women's Open champion

Harrington eagles 18th to win Barclays Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. - Padraig Harrington curled in a big-breaking 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole to beat Jim Furyk by a stroke in the Barclays Classic on Sunday at sun-baked Westchester Country Club.

Harrington eagles 18th to win Barclays Classic

A birdie for Birdie Kim makes her Women's Open champion
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - She gave herself the nickname "Birdie" to distinguish herself from the other girls on the LPGA Tour. All it took was one shot - one spectacular birdie from the bunker - to make Birdie Kim a most unlikely U.S. Women's Open champion Sunday.\r\n

A birdie for Birdie Kim makes her Women's Open champion
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - She gave herself the nickname "Birdie" to distinguish herself from the other girls on the LPGA Tour. All it took was one shot - one spectacular birdie from the bunker - to make Birdie Kim a most unlikely U.S. Women's Open champion Sunday.

Golf roundup
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Concord, Mass., Mark McNulty made birdie on the second extra hole to win a three-way playoff in the Bank of America Championship - the record fourth consecutive tour event that went to a playoff.

Harrington eagles 18th to win Barclays Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. - Padraig Harrington curled in a big-breaking 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole to beat Jim Furyk by a stroke in the Barclays Classic on Sunday at sun-baked Westchester Country Club.

Medalists share spot in Open qualifying
SUMMIT, N.J. - Tom Pernice Jr. shot a course-record 8-under-par 64 in the morning round and shared medalist honors with Geoff Oglivy of Australia in the international qualifying final for the British Open on Monday.

Legacy remains for Mr. Baseball

Team has seen ups, downs since return in 1988

RiverDogs take bite out of GreenJackets

Comets leave foes in the dust

Readers send postcards from all across the country
I don't have an advisory committee, but I do have a box of your vacation postcards. Let's see who's traveling and what they found.

Readers send postcards from all across the country
I don't have an advisory committee, but I do have a box of your vacation postcards. Let's see who's traveling and what they found.

Limited funding approved for ecology lab
The U.S. Energy Department agreed today to provide $4.3 million in funds to keep Savannah River Ecology Lab operating - at reduced levels - through June 2006.

Ripken group to buy Augusta GreenJackets
A business group headed by former baseball all-star Cal Ripken Jr. is going to purchase the Augusta GreenJackets minor league baseball team.

Soldier threatens overpass jump
THOMSON, Ga. -- A 31-year-old Oklahoma soldier, distraught over orders to Iraq and a restraining order keeping him from seeing his children, threatened to jump off an interstate overpass in McDuffie County this morning.

Augusta National adds yardage to Masters holes
Golfers will face an even more challenging Augusta National Golf Club when they return next spring for the Masters Tournament.

Public-TV news hangs hard left
Regarding the cartoon on the editorial page June 20, which shows proposed congressional cuts in the subsidy the government gives to public broadcasting: The cartoon shows Congress smashing Sesame Street and other unidentified broadcast segments with a wrecking ball.Richard Netzley, Evans

U.S. presence in Iraq is positive
In answer to the recent anti-war letters, it might be helpful to consider the Iraq war in terms of building world capital to elevate nations from poverty.Nancy Albert, Grovetown

U.S. presence in Iraq is positive
In answer to the recent anti-war letters, it might be helpful to consider the Iraq war in terms of building world capital to elevate nations from poverty.Nancy Albert, Grovetown

Public-TV news hangs hard left

Ralph Walker for mayor
If anyone in this community knows more about city government, how things should be run, and has more knowledge than anyone I can think of as to how to keep Augusta up and running, it's Dr. Ralph H. Walker, professor emeritus of Augusta State University.Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

Put code officers on real issues

Put code officers on real issues
... Recently I paid a fine of $435 and was ordered to do 30 hours of community service, because Augusta's code enforcement office cited me for a boat. The boat is in my back yard. One officer told the judge that I dumped it on Gravel Pit Road. I was about to be incarcerated for 60 days.Mattie Mitchell, Augusta

U.S. presence in Iraq is positive

Put code officers on real issues
... Recently I paid a fine of $435 and was ordered to do 30 hours of community service, because Augusta's code enforcement office cited me for a boat. The boat is in my back yard. One officer told the judge that I dumped it on Gravel Pit Road. I was about to be incarcerated for 60 days.Mattie Mitchell, Augusta

Ralph Walker for mayor
If anyone in this community knows more about city government, how things should be run, and has more knowledge than anyone I can think of as to how to keep Augusta up and running, it's Dr. Ralph H. Walker, professor emeritus of Augusta State University.Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

Ralph Walker for mayor

Death-toll comparison is shameful
In Ken Manfredi's June 15 letter to the editor, ("Put death toll in right perspective"), he callously compares deaths in car accidents to deaths caused by a war based on lies. He should be ashamed of himself.Angela Novotny, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't perpetuate stereotypes
After this letter, I'm taking a writing hiatus to re-evaluate my life's priorities, philosophies and ideologies. E. Maner, Augusta

Budget slights veterans benefits
The Bush administration is requesting a 0.5-percent increase in the 2006 budget for the Veterans Administration program. Dr. Marvin Buncher, North Augusta, S.C.

Public-TV news hangs hard left
Regarding the cartoon on the editorial page June 20, which shows proposed congressional cuts in the subsidy the government gives to public broadcasting: The cartoon shows Congress smashing Sesame Street and other unidentified broadcast segments with a wrecking ball.Richard Netzley, Evans

Techbits: Iranian censorship, Biometric laptop and more

For some people, money is no issue to keep pet healthy

Review: EA earns street cred with "NBA Street V3"

Seniors Calendar

Smarter search engines still get stumped by trivia

Health and fitness calendar

Living briefs

For some people, money is no issue to keep pet healthy
Dr. Curt Garner has seen patients arrive with painted nails and matching outfits. Kevin Scheyer said he would get a pacemaker for his Petey. And when David and Melissa Leigh moved Phineus and Roscoe from Norwalk, Conn., to their new home in Evans, they didn't flinch at a $2,000 relocation fee. They're animals, but they're family.

Gay community shows pride with festival
Variety is the spice of life, and nowhere was that more apparent last weekend than at the 2005 Atlanta Pride Festival.

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. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Smarter search engines still get stumped by trivia
SAN FRANCISCO - Even as they become more savvy, the Internet's leading search engines still sometimes bog down in befuddlement when a specific kernel of knowledge is sought.

For some people, money is no issue to keep pet healthy
Dr. Curt Garner has seen patients arrive with painted nails and matching outfits. Kevin Scheyer said he would get a pacemaker for his Petey. And when David and Melissa Leigh moved Phineus and Roscoe from Norwalk, Conn., to their new home in Evans, they didn't flinch at a $2,000 relocation fee. They're animals, but they're family.

Review: EA earns street cred with "NBA Street V3"
Find yourself dozing off during this year's defense-oriented National Basketball Association finals? Consider taking a shot at "NBA Street V3" from Electronic Arts.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Techbits: Iranian censorship, Biometric laptop and more
NEW YORK - The Iranian government has tightened its control over the Internet, increasingly blocking content in its national language of Farsi and restricting what citizens can publish through Web journals, Western researchers say.

Living briefs
We have a sneaking suspicion that abc chose the middle of summer to air Empire, a sprawling saga about the wicked battle for power after the murder of Julius Caesar, to spare itself any unflattering comparisons with HBO's rome epic that arrives in the fall. If you crave some televisual spectacle and have six hours to spare, however, the show has some redeeming qualities.

Smarter search engines still get stumped by trivia
SAN FRANCISCO - Even as they become more savvy, the Internet's leading search engines still sometimes bog down in befuddlement when a specific kernel of knowledge is sought.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Review: EA earns street cred with "NBA Street V3"
Find yourself dozing off during this year's defense-oriented National Basketball Association finals? Consider taking a shot at "NBA Street V3" from Electronic Arts.\r\n

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. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Living briefs
We have a sneaking suspicion that abc chose the middle of summer to air Empire, a sprawling saga about the wicked battle for power after the murder of Julius Caesar, to spare itself any unflattering comparisons with HBO's rome epic that arrives in the fall. If you crave some televisual spectacle and have six hours to spare, however, the show has some redeeming qualities.

Techbits: Iranian censorship, Biometric laptop and more
NEW YORK - The Iranian government has tightened its control over the Internet, increasingly blocking content in its national language of Farsi and restricting what citizens can publish through Web journals, Western researchers say.

Gumshoes in training

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - Authorities are searching for a man they say was involved in the death of a 4-year-old Hall County girl whose body was found Sunday morning.

Spam slam, smoking ban begin Friday
ATLANTA - Many Georgians are giving positive reviews to a slate of new laws taking effect Friday, including stiff penalties for sending junk e-mails, tighter mobile phone privacy rules and a ban on panhandling in public buses and railcars.

Spam slam, smoking ban begin Friday

14 tracts left in Laney stadium buy

Limited funding approved for ecology lab

Free HIV testing draws bigger crowd this year
Taking an HIV test can be intimidating and expensive. But just the opposite was true Monday at the Richmond County Health Department, where a larger-than-expected crowd of 100 people turned out for free HIV screenings on National HIV Testing Day.

Schools' Web tool will keep parents informed

The week ahead
Independence Day is still a week away, but that doesn't mean people aren't already getting in the holiday spirit. Days ago, I drove past a house in Aiken with patriotic banners draped across its fence. And there are tons of red, white and blue items in nearly every store.

Clyburns' deal is closer to passage

Lack of law in Palmetto State confuses breast-feeding issue
CHARLESTON - When Lori Rueger's 2-month-old daughter got fussy at a Mount Pleasant shop, she wanted to step into a dressing room to nurse her. But a store clerk thought a restroom at a nearby store might be a better place for feeding - a suggestion Ms. Rueger found disgusting.

Security increases at library
Less than two weeks after a man acquitted of starting a fire that caused about $17 million in damage at the UGA Main Library was charged with trespassing in another university library, officials are trying to balance the need for security with the desire for public access.

Ripken Group will buy GreenJackets

Lack of law in Palmetto State confuses breast-feeding issue
CHARLESTON - When Lori Rueger's 2-month-old daughter got fussy at a Mount Pleasant shop, she wanted to step into a dressing room to nurse her. But a store clerk thought a restroom at a nearby store might be a better place for feeding - a suggestion Ms. Rueger found disgusting.

Police get good marks on response

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Anne Marie Gribanow of Warrenton.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Supreme Court on Monday suspended indefinitely the law license of a Camden attorney for not filing a state income tax return, according to court documents.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A job swap in Gov. Sonny Perdue's administration has left the state with a new budget director and a new administrator for student aid, including the HOPE scholarship.

Across the area
Police are investigating a robbery at the Racetrac Petroleum Inc. gas station on Peach Orchard Road.

Alumnus prepares to assume command at The Citadel

Bars must make space for big booze bottles
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Like many bars and restaurants throughout South Carolina, TBonz on Market Street is trying to determine how to keep its historic feel while making room for the big liquor bottles that become legal in the state next year.

Pride, politics mix again
ATLANTA -- Pride and politics mixed beneath a constant misting rain Sunday, as the largest gay pride gathering in the Southeast took to the streets.

YMCA program helps people keep up with exercise routine
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - When Kelley Belkeir joined a gym a year ago, she went once and never returned.

Across the area
A North Augusta woman was arrested and charged with trying to pass nine counterfeit $100 bills, a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report says.

Across the Southeast
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Beaches reopened Sunday with extra lifeguards along a stretch of the Florida Panhandle coast where a shark killed a 14-year-old girl, as coastal residents reported seeing at least one shark hunting fish near the shore.

County sees more teachers staying on job

Free HIV testing draws bigger crowd this year

YMCA program helps people keep up with exercise routine
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - When Kelley Belkeir joined a gym a year ago, she went once and never returned.

Lack of law in Palmetto State confuses breast-feeding issue

Five questions with Chris Lundy
Mr. Lundy, of Union Point, Ga., was buying fireworks with his 2-year-old son, Caleb, for July Fourth at Wacky Wayne's over the weekend.

Homefront: Principal spells out phonics' success

Family, friends remember former UGA cheerleader, killed in Iraq
ELLIJAY, Ga. - Noah Harris' personal mantras were "Drive on!" and "I do what I can" - mottoes that echoed again as friends and family remembered the former University of Georgia cheerleading captain who was killed this month in Iraq.

The week ahead

Pride, politics mix again
ATLANTA -- Pride and politics mixed beneath a constant misting rain Sunday, as the largest gay pride gathering in the Southeast took to the streets.

YMCA program helps people keep up with exercise routine

Ex-coroner is accused of running prostitution ring
FLORENCE, S.C. -- A former Marlboro County coroner and six other men and five women have been charged with running a prostitution ring at a motel on the outskirts of Bennettsville, police said.

Kid of the Day

New state Supreme Court justice could change balance

Across the Southeast

Homefront: Principal spells out phonics' success
Truett Abbott blames educators for the poor academic performance of minority pupils in Georgia.

Ex-coroner is accused of running prostitution ring

Across Georgia

Pride, politics mix again

Athens still waiting for veterans' clinic

Fort Gordon might gain bus services

New state Supreme Court justice could change balance
ATLANTA -- A new face on the Georgia Supreme Court could change the outcome of some controversial cases and give the Republicans a long-lasting victory.

Family, friends remember former UGA cheerleader, killed in Iraq

Clyburns' deal is closer to passage
By a 5-0 vote, the Aiken City Council passed on second reading Monday an ordinance that clears the way for a developers' agreement for property on the north side.

Schools' Web tool will keep parents informed
High- and middle-school pupils in Columbia County might find it a bit tougher to skip a day of school, neglect their homework or hide a bad grade from their parents when classes start back in August.

Athens still waiting for veterans' clinic
ATHENS, Ga. - In late October, a crowd of 50 veterans gathered in the parking lot of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2872 in Athens to celebrate a new veterans' clinic that would open in the spring.

Security increases at library

Schools' Web tool will keep parents informed
High- and middle-school pupils in Columbia County might find it a bit tougher to skip a day of school, neglect their homework or hide a bad grade from their parents when classes start back in August.

Five questions with Chris Lundy

Rants and raves
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Ex-coroner is accused of running prostitution ring
FLORENCE, S.C. -- A former Marlboro County coroner and six other men and five women have been charged with running a prostitution ring at a motel on the outskirts of Bennettsville, police said.

Gumshoes in training
Children in the Young Detectives Camp watch as Sgt. Eric Schafer, of the North Augusta Public Safety Department and Aiken bloodhound team, shows how Brook the bloodhound searches for people in the woods.

14 tracts left in Laney stadium buy
Only a handful of properties stand between the Richmond County school system and its plans to build a new stadium for Lucy C. Laney High School.

Five questions with Chris Lundy
Mr. Lundy, of Union Point, Ga., was buying fireworks with his 2-year-old son, Caleb, for July Fourth at Wacky Wayne's over the weekend.

Fort Gordon might gain bus services
It's been six years since Fort Gordon soldiers could hop a bus to go shopping at the Augusta Exchange or to see a doctor at one of the area's hospitals, but city bus service could be making a U-turn back to the base.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Anne Marie Gribanow of Warrenton.

Augusta man wants to help water issues run smoothly
Braye Boardman sees himself as a peacekeeper of sorts in a war that hasn't yet been declared.

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - A state lawmaker is forming a group that would advocate widening a stretch of U.S. Highway 17 where at least three accidents, including one that killed four people, occurred in three days.

Homefront: Principal spells out phonics' success
Truett Abbott blames educators for the poor academic performance of minority pupils in Georgia.

New Miss Georiga crowned
Miss Lake Lanier, Monica Pang, waves to the audience after being crowned Miss Georgia 2005 at the Bill Heard Theatre at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ga.

Sergeant threatens to jump off overpass
THOMSON - A 31-year-old Oklahoma soldier, distraught over orders to go to Iraq and a restraining order keeping him from seeing his 6-year-old son, threatened to jump off an interstate overpass in McDuffie County on Monday morning.

Alumnus prepares to assume command at The Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The new president of The Citadel inherits a college struggling to maintain its traditions while adjusting to a changing society, college officials and alumni say. As an alumnus, Lt. Gen. John Rosa Jr. might have the right background to do just that.

Panel looks at hospital policy
ATLANTA - The free market and the survival of rural hospitals took center stage Monday as a special panel began its examination of a key element of the state's regulation of medical facilities.

Family, friends remember former UGA cheerleader, killed in Iraq
ELLIJAY, Ga. - Noah Harris' personal mantras were "Drive on!" and "I do what I can" - mottoes that echoed again as friends and family remembered the former University of Georgia cheerleading captain who was killed this month in Iraq.

Police get good marks on response
AIKEN - As panicked calls about a train crash rolled in from Graniteville, dispatchers and police worked efficiently setting up roadblocks and controlling traffic within the first 15 minutes.

Alumnus prepares to assume command at The Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The new president of The Citadel inherits a college struggling to maintain its traditions while adjusting to a changing society, college officials and alumni say. As an alumnus, Lt. Gen. John Rosa Jr. might have the right background to do just that.

Clyburns' deal is closer to passage
By a 5-0 vote, the Aiken City Council passed on second reading Monday an ordinance that clears the way for a developers' agreement for property on the north side.

New Miss Georiga crowned
Miss Lake Lanier, Monica Pang, waves to the audience after being crowned Miss Georgia 2005 at the Bill Heard Theatre at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ga.

Insurance costs rise for teachers
Only days after Richmond County school officials are expected to pass along a state-approved 2 percent teacher pay raise, teachers will be hit with 9.5 percent higher insurance premiums.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - Authorities are searching for a man they say was involved in the death of a 4-year-old Hall County girl whose body was found Sunday morning.

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Rare bog turtles released into the wild of north Georgia
ROSWELL, Ga. - Wildlife researchers have released four rare bog turtles into the wild, the first group of the federally threatened species to be let loose in Georgia.

The week ahead
Independence Day is still a week away, but that doesn't mean people aren't already getting in the holiday spirit. Days ago, I drove past a house in Aiken with patriotic banners draped across its fence. And there are tons of red, white and blue items in nearly every store.

Free HIV testing draws bigger crowd this year
Taking an HIV test can be intimidating and expensive. But just the opposite was true Monday at the Richmond County Health Department, where a larger-than-expected crowd of 100 people turned out for free HIV screenings on National HIV Testing Day.

Security increases at library
Less than two weeks after a man acquitted of starting a fire that caused about $17 million in damage at the UGA Main Library was charged with trespassing in another university library, officials are trying to balance the need for security with the desire for public access.

County sees more teachers staying on job
Richmond County has closed the gap in teacher retention but remains behind the state average, according to state records.

Fort Benning sergeant killed in Iraq is buried
SUMTER, S.C. - A soldier who hunted and fished in the woods and waters near Sumter was laid to rest Saturday after being killed in Iraq when an explosive detonated near his vehicle in a convoy.

Ripken Group will buy GreenJackets
With the 46th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game in town tonight, the past few days have represented a good time to look back on Augusta's baseball history.

New state Supreme Court justice could change balance
ATLANTA -- A new face on the Georgia Supreme Court could change the outcome of some controversial cases and give the Republicans a long-lasting victory.

Woman denies role in death
AIKEN - Kathy Salley looks at the smiling photos of the 6-year-old little girl she called her daughter, her baby.

Across the Southeast
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Beaches reopened Sunday with extra lifeguards along a stretch of the Florida Panhandle coast where a shark killed a 14-year-old girl, as coastal residents reported seeing at least one shark hunting fish near the shore.

Athens still waiting for veterans' clinic
ATHENS, Ga. - In late October, a crowd of 50 veterans gathered in the parking lot of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2872 in Athens to celebrate a new veterans' clinic that would open in the spring.

Augusta man wants to help water issues run smoothly
Braye Boardman sees himself as a peacekeeper of sorts in a war that hasn't yet been declared.

Gumshoes in training
Children in the Young Detectives Camp watch as Sgt. Eric Schafer, of the North Augusta Public Safety Department and Aiken bloodhound team, shows how Brook the bloodhound searches for people in the woods.

14 tracts left in Laney stadium buy
Only a handful of properties stand between the Richmond County school system and its plans to build a new stadium for Lucy C. Laney High School.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A job swap in Gov. Sonny Perdue's administration has left the state with a new budget director and a new administrator for student aid, including the HOPE scholarship.

Fort Gordon might gain bus services
It's been six years since Fort Gordon soldiers could hop a bus to go shopping at the Augusta Exchange or to see a doctor at one of the area's hospitals, but city bus service could be making a U-turn back to the base.

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COLUMBIA - The state Supreme Court on Monday suspended indefinitely the law license of a Camden attorney for not filing a state income tax return, according to court documents.

Rare bog turtles released into the wild of north Georgia

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Spam slam, smoking ban begin Friday
ATLANTA - Many Georgians are giving positive reviews to a slate of new laws taking effect Friday, including stiff penalties for sending junk e-mails, tighter mobile phone privacy rules and a ban on panhandling in public buses and railcars.

Across the area
A North Augusta woman was arrested and charged with trying to pass nine counterfeit $100 bills, a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report says.

Augusta man wants to help water issues run smoothly

Across the Southeast
PHILADELPHIA, MISS. - A judge Monday denied a new trial for one-time Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen, convicted of manslaughter last week for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers.

Across Georgia

Kid of the Day
Aubrey Lee Gribanow is today's Kid of the Day.

Rare bog turtles released into the wild of north Georgia
ROSWELL, Ga. - Wildlife researchers have released four rare bog turtles into the wild, the first group of the federally threatened species to be let loose in Georgia.

Ripken Group will buy GreenJackets
With the 46th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game in town tonight, the past few days have represented a good time to look back on Augusta's baseball history.

Augusta National adds yardage to Masters holes

Augusta National adds yardage to Masters holes
Golfers will face an even more challenging Augusta National Golf Club when they return next spring for the Masters Tournament.

Across the area

Limited funding approved for ecology lab
The U.S. Energy Department agreed today to provide $4.3 million in funds to keep Savannah River Ecology Lab operating - at reduced levels - through June 2006.

Sergeant threatens to jump off overpass

County sees more teachers staying on job
Richmond County has closed the gap in teacher retention but remains behind the state average, according to state records.

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Sergeant threatens to jump off overpass
THOMSON - A 31-year-old Oklahoma soldier, distraught over orders to go to Iraq and a restraining order keeping him from seeing his 6-year-old son, threatened to jump off an interstate overpass in McDuffie County on Monday morning.

Across South Carolina

Police get good marks on response
AIKEN - As panicked calls about a train crash rolled in from Graniteville, dispatchers and police worked efficiently setting up roadblocks and controlling traffic within the first 15 minutes.

New Miss Georiga crowned

We're creatures of habit, even if the power is out
Old habits die hard. I was reminded of this as I was having my first cup of coffee on a recent Sunday morning. Suddenly, I heard a Tyrannosaurus rex growl in our backyard.

We're creatures of habit, even if the power is out
Old habits die hard. I was reminded of this as I was having my first cup of coffee on a recent Sunday morning. Suddenly, I heard a Tyrannosaurus rex growl in our backyard.

'Batman Begins' wins weekend as box-office slide lingers on
LOS ANGELES - "Batman Begins" took in $26.8 million to remain the top movie for the second straight weekend, but it could not keep Hollywood from sinking to its longest modern box-office slump.

'Batman Begins' wins weekend as box-office slide lingers on

Adopted home of Superman flying high
METROPOLIS, Ill. - In this sleepy Ohio River town that claims Superman as its favorite son, 50-year-old Jim Hambrick has landed somewhere between reality and fantasy.

Adopted home of Superman flying high
METROPOLIS, Ill. - In this sleepy Ohio River town that claims Superman as its favorite son, 50-year-old Jim Hambrick has landed somewhere between reality and fantasy.

Adopted home of Superman flying high

'Batman Begins' wins weekend as box-office slide lingers on
LOS ANGELES - "Batman Begins" took in $26.8 million to remain the top movie for the second straight weekend, but it could not keep Hollywood from sinking to its longest modern box-office slump.

Questions for rocker Billy Corgan
NEW YORK - All things being perfect, Billy Corgan would never have released a solo album.

Will Smith wants rappers to recognize they're role models
LOS ANGELES - Will Smith has one big introduction to make at Tuesday night's BET Awards: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world.

Questions for rocker Billy Corgan

Questions for rocker Billy Corgan
NEW YORK - All things being perfect, Billy Corgan would never have released a solo album.

Court OKs music-downloading lawsuits against software firms
WASHINGTON - Hollywood and the music industry can file piracy lawsuits against technology companies that are caught encouraging customers to steal music and movies over the Internet, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Will Smith wants rappers to recognize they're role models

Court OKs music-downloading lawsuits against software firms
WASHINGTON - Hollywood and the music industry can file piracy lawsuits against technology companies that are caught encouraging customers to steal music and movies over the Internet, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Will Smith wants rappers to recognize they're role models
LOS ANGELES - Will Smith has one big introduction to make at Tuesday night's BET Awards: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world.

Court OKs music-downloading lawsuits against software firms

Win gives Tracy series lead
CLEVELAND - Paul Tracy's face was even redder than last year. There wasn't smoke coming out his ears, though.

Stewart wins another road race

Stewart wins another road race
SONOMA, Calif. - Tony Stewart found his way back to Victory Lane - and he did it with one hand.

Win gives Tracy series lead

Stewart wins another road race
SONOMA, Calif. - Tony Stewart found his way back to Victory Lane - and he did it with one hand.\r\n

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SONOMA, Calif. - Transmission woes took a heavy toll Sunday in the Dodge/Save Mart 350, costing Jimmie Johnson the points lead and forcing teammate Jeff Gordon to raise questions about a run for the championship.

NASCAR notebook
SONOMA, Calif. - Transmission woes took a heavy toll Sunday in the Dodge/Save Mart 350, costing Jimmie Johnson the points lead and forcing teammate Jeff Gordon to raise questions about a run for the championship.

Win gives Tracy series lead
CLEVELAND - Paul Tracy's face was even redder than last year. There wasn't smoke coming out his ears, though.

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Hawks shouldn't mess up this draft
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks usually make a mess of the NBA draft, winding up with stiffs such as Jon Koncak, Doug Edwards and Ed Gray through the years.

Hawks shouldn't mess up this draft

Hawks shouldn't mess up this draft
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks usually make a mess of the NBA draft, winding up with stiffs such as Jon Koncak, Doug Edwards and Ed Gray through the years.

Coach K: Duke can be 'very good' in '06
DURHAM, N.C. - Hall of Fame coaches usually don't resort to playing walk-ons at key minutes or luring former two-sport players back for a leftover year of eligibility.

Coach K: Duke can be 'very good' in '06
DURHAM, N.C. - Hall of Fame coaches usually don't resort to playing walk-ons at key minutes or luring former two-sport players back for a leftover year of eligibility.

Mr. Ernest Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred M. Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Boardman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carol Dubois    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph R. Tison    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Jessie L. Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Beasley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Waltower    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Boardman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jessie L. Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Guy R. Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise M. Sachs    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cushman    (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Mrs. Deborah Elmore    (MARIONVILLE, MO)

Ms. Pamela Lefft    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wade W. Baker, Sr.    (EMS BATH, S.C.)

Mr. James Marlin Lowery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John D. Perry    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Gladys Mitchell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Pamela Lefft    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Allen K. Mosley    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. John D. Drew    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. S. Rendell Forehand    (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Boardman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Stephanie Ellen Siler    (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mr. William H. Smith    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William H. Smith    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Gladys Mitchell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Stephens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Gilpin    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Trussell    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret J. Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. William Currier    (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Boardman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles L. Henshaw    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Kathryn Sibley Boardman, of Berckmans Road, died Sunday afternoon at University Hospital.

Mrs. Carol Dubois    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cushman    (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Mr. Guy R. Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Allen K. Mosley    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard McKellar, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Lefft    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Gilpin    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Marlin Lowery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deborah Elmore    (MARIONVILLE, MO)

Ms. Gladys Mitchell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret J. Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Waltower    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie B. Brooks    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. S. Rendell Forehand    (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Boardman was giving, gracious, friends say
Kathryn Sibley Boardman devoted her life to a community she loved - and developed a broad circle of friends who loved her in return.

Stephanie Ellen Siler    (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Vivian Young    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. William H. Smith    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stephens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stephens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John D. Perry    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Allen K. Mosley    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Allen K. Mosley    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

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Kathryn Sibley Boardman, of Berckmans Road, died Sunday afternoon at University Hospital.

Mr. Leonard McKellar, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Trussell    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Lefft    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Boardman was giving, gracious, friends say
Kathryn Sibley Boardman devoted her life to a community she loved - and developed a broad circle of friends who loved her in return.

Mr. Alfred M. Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory R. Benjamin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John D. Drew    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald W. Barnes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie B. Brooks    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wade W. Baker, Sr.    (EMS BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Gregory R. Benjamin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Vivian Young    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald W. Barnes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph R. Tison    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. William Currier    (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Stephens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Beasley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William H. Smith    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise M. Sachs    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Stephanie Ellen Siler (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Ms. Gladys Mitchell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Mark Beasley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred M. Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Guy R. Holley (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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Mr. Charles Trussell (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Jessie L. Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Boardman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William H. Smith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Currier (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mr. Gregory R. Benjamin (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Vivian Young (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald W. Barnes (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stephens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deborah Elmore (MARIONVILLE, MO)

Mr. Ernest Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Marlin Lowery (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret J. Curry (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Allen K. Mosley (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Boardman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stephens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Louise M. Sachs (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. William H. Smith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie B. Brooks (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. S. Rendell Forehand (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Mr. John D. Perry (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Lefft (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Gilpin (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Waltower (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade W. Baker, Sr. (EMS BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Cushman (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Mr. Leonard McKellar, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John D. Drew (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph R. Tison (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Allen K. Mosley (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carol Dubois (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mayweather speeds to win

Venus Williams avenges family defeat at Wimbledon

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Promoter wants to put the 'KO' in Korea

Williams plans to practice; Federer hungry for victory

Mayweather speeds to win
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Savagely beaten, his WBC title gone, his winning streak broken, Arturo Gatti had three words to say after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather speeds to win
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Savagely beaten, his WBC title gone, his winning streak broken, Arturo Gatti had three words to say after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Williams plans to practice; Federer hungry for victory
WIMBLEDON, England - Between sniffles and tears after her earliest Grand Slam loss in more than six years, Serena Williams appeared to have a moment of clarity.

Promoter wants to put the 'KO' in Korea
SEOUL, South Korea - A sports promoter has a different idea about how North Korea and South Koreas should reconcile. He thinks they should use their fists.

Williams plans to practice; Federer hungry for victory
WIMBLEDON, England - Between sniffles and tears after her earliest Grand Slam loss in more than six years, Serena Williams appeared to have a moment of clarity.

Overtime
Tess Gresham has resigned as head volleyball coach at Augusta State.

Gatlin sweeps sprints; teens shine on final day of U.S. meet
CARSON, Calif. - Justin Gatlin cemented his status as America's fastest human Sunday by winning the 200 meters, becoming the first man in 20 years to sweep the sprints at the U.S. track and field championships.

Overtime
Tess Gresham has resigned as head volleyball coach at Augusta State.

Overtime
In Virginia Beach, Va., Lori Chalupny and Christie Welsh scored first-half goals and the United States women's soccer team beat Canada, 2-0, in an exhibition to give Greg Ryan a victory in his first game since being promoted to head coach.

Venus Williams avenges family defeat at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England - Two Williams sisters turned out to be one too many for Jill Craybas.

Promoter wants to put the 'KO' in Korea
SEOUL, South Korea - A sports promoter has a different idea about how North Korea and South Koreas should reconcile. He thinks they should use their fists.

Venus Williams avenges family defeat at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England - Two Williams sisters turned out to be one too many for Jill Craybas.

Comets leave foes in the dust
After an impressive championship run, the Orlando Comets' coaching staff had some unexpected words of wisdom for their team.

Comets leave foes in the dust
After an impressive championship run, the Orlando Comets' coaching staff had some unexpected words of wisdom for their team.

The next Billy Graham? Experts say there won't be one
NEW YORK - There are evangelical pastors who fill American megachurches each Sunday and others who sell millions of books. Some pack stadiums with their preaching. But none is likely to fill the singular role played by the Rev. Billy Graham, whose weekend revival meeting in Queens may well have been his last in the United States.

The next Billy Graham? Experts say there won't be one
NEW YORK - There are evangelical pastors who fill American megachurches each Sunday and others who sell millions of books. Some pack stadiums with their preaching. But none is likely to fill the singular role played by the Rev. Billy Graham, whose weekend revival meeting in Queens may well have been his last in the United States.

Live performances keep 'Dancing' on its toes
LOS ANGELES - The dance floor glitters with the refracted light from the sparkles and spangles decorating the women's gowns and surrounding set.

Bobby and Whitney get real on 'Being Bobby Brown'

Jeff Corwin continues monkey business on 'Quest'

Jeff Corwin continues monkey business on 'Quest'
NEW YORK - Surrounded by businessmen in suits in a midtown Manhattan steakhouse, Jeff Corwin realizes several buttons on his loose-fitting linen patchwork shirt have popped open following a lunch of shrimp cocktail, crabcakes and lobster salad.

Live performances keep 'Dancing' on its toes

Bobby and Whitney get real on 'Being Bobby Brown'
NEW YORK - TV viewers have peeked into the lives of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Now another celebrity couple is about to take the reality show plunge.

Jeff Corwin continues monkey business on 'Quest'
NEW YORK - Surrounded by businessmen in suits in a midtown Manhattan steakhouse, Jeff Corwin realizes several buttons on his loose-fitting linen patchwork shirt have popped open following a lunch of shrimp cocktail, crabcakes and lobster salad.

Live performances keep 'Dancing' on its toes
LOS ANGELES - The dance floor glitters with the refracted light from the sparkles and spangles decorating the women's gowns and surrounding set.\r\n

Bobby and Whitney get real on 'Being Bobby Brown'
NEW YORK - TV viewers have peeked into the lives of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Now another celebrity couple is about to take the reality show plunge.

Michael Caine now plays father figures

Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger in 'Winnie the Pooh,' dies at 82

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Prayer can be done anytime, anywhere for whatever reason
We talked in church recently about Jesus praying at Gethsemane. As part of the sermon, the pastor pointed out some good points about prayer.

Teens sound off on what they think of our country
As red, white and blue banners get hung in celebration of Independence Day, some teens aren't thinking about just family trips and cookouts.

Girl must get to know guy
This week's problem: I like this boy. He's 16, and I'm 14. We were at my baby cousin's party and he told me that he liked me, too, but he seems like he's gay and everyone thinks he's gay. Should I go with him or just move on and find somebody else? Help me, please; I'm lost.

Teens sound off on what they think of our country
As red, white and blue banners get hung in celebration of Independence Day, some teens aren't thinking about just family trips and cookouts.

Xtreme calendar

Teens sound off on what they think of our country

Xtreme calendar
MIDWEEK MOVIE: Tom Cruise (that's Mr. Katie Holmes to-be, to some) stars in the computer-generated update of the H.G. Wells story The War of the Worlds, called simply War of the Worlds.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold):

Girl must get to know guy
This week's problem: I like this boy. He's 16, and I'm 14. We were at my baby cousin's party and he told me that he liked me, too, but he seems like he's gay and everyone thinks he's gay. Should I go with him or just move on and find somebody else? Help me, please; I'm lost.

Girl must get to know guy

Prayer can be done anytime, anywhere for whatever reason
We talked in church recently about Jesus praying at Gethsemane. As part of the sermon, the pastor pointed out some good points about prayer.

Question of the week
Q: Are you learning a second language?

Question of the week
Q: Are you learning a second language?

My style
THE FACTS: Zach NeSmith, 14, is a rising freshman at North Augusta High School who has been drawing since about the sixth grade. In July, he'll attend the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Summer Discovery Program for visual arts.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold):

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Xtreme calendar
MIDWEEK MOVIE: Tom Cruise (that's Mr. Katie Holmes to-be, to some) stars in the computer-generated update of the H.G. Wells story The War of the Worlds, called simply War of the Worlds.

My style
THE FACTS: Zach NeSmith, 14, is a rising freshman at North Augusta High School who has been drawing since about the sixth grade. In July, he'll attend the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Summer Discovery Program for visual arts.

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Prayer can be done anytime, anywhere for whatever reason

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The next Billy Graham? Experts say there won't be one