Children's picture books offer lively stories of history
To some children, President Clinton was a lifetime ago, so the idea that the United States is celebrating its 224th year might take a little explaining. Some new picture books can help describe the birth and "childhood" of the country:

Children's picture books offer lively stories of history
To some children, President Clinton was a lifetime ago, so the idea that the United States is celebrating its 224th year might take a little explaining. Some new picture books can help describe the birth and "childhood" of the country:

Children's picture books offer lively stories of history

Readers bring us more than halfway to postcard goal

Extra-innings loss puts burden on Braves' pen
MIAMI -- There's no good time for a 13-inning game, much less a 13-inning loss, but the Braves bullpen got taxed rather inopportunely in the Florida Marlins' 6-5 win Wednesday night.

Past altercation might have prompted dispute

Past altercation might have prompted dispute
PHILADELPHIA - Some ill will between Atlanta catcher Johnny Estrada and umpire Doug Eddings leftover from last season is what, Estrada said, chiefly sparked their verbal altercation Thursday night in Florida.

Beckett, Marlins salvage split

Beckett, Marlins salvage split
MIAMI -- So much for a quick, painless getaway day.

Ex-pitcher carries Jackets with bat
ATLANTA - The date April 6, 2004, might prove to be among the most important in Georgia Tech baseball history.

Extra-innings loss puts burden on Braves' pen

Wells dominant against Braves
PITTSBURGH - A change of scenery didn't change the Atlanta Braves' fortunes Friday night.

Club will see major redesign
When North Augusta Country Club closes later this month for renovation, it will be the first major work done on the golf course since it was built in the early 1960s.

Beckett, Marlins salvage split
MIAMI -- So much for a quick, painless getaway day.

Players of the week show Phils no love
PHILADELPHIA - After a turbulent couple of days in Miami, leave it to the two steadiest Atlanta Braves to provide a dose of levity.

Ex-pitcher carries Jackets with bat
ATLANTA - The date April 6, 2004, might prove to be among the most important in Georgia Tech baseball history.

Past altercation might have prompted dispute
PHILADELPHIA - Some ill will between Atlanta catcher Johnny Estrada and umpire Doug Eddings leftover from last season is what, Estrada said, chiefly sparked their verbal altercation Thursday night in Florida.

Club will see major redesign
When North Augusta Country Club closes later this month for renovation, it will be the first major work done on the golf course since it was built in the early 1960s.

Wells dominant against Braves
PITTSBURGH - A change of scenery didn't change the Atlanta Braves' fortunes Friday night.

Extra-innings loss puts burden on Braves' pen
MIAMI -- There's no good time for a 13-inning game, much less a 13-inning loss, but the Braves bullpen got taxed rather inopportunely in the Florida Marlins' 6-5 win Wednesday night.

Calhoun sweeps to claim AA crown
CALHOUN, Ga. - They watched Calhoun create a dogpile of players, students and fans, while Yellow Jackets shortstop Jacob Robbins did a standing backflip near the pitching mound.

Calhoun sweeps to claim AA crown
CALHOUN, Ga. - They watched Calhoun create a dogpile of players, students and fans, while Yellow Jackets shortstop Jacob Robbins did a standing backflip near the pitching mound.

New developments go up on Furys Ferry

New developments go up on Furys Ferry
If you take a drive down Furys Ferry Road, there's one thing you'll see a lot of: dirt.

New developments go up on Furys Ferry
If you take a drive down Furys Ferry Road, there's one thing you'll see a lot of: dirt.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 2, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 1, 2005.

Less swinging now?
Until her announcement Friday that she would be stepping down from the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor was the most powerful woman in America.

Lab is saved, for now

Don't stifle bloggers
The Federal Election Commission, which interprets and enforces the free-speech stifling McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, is considering extending its reach into the world of bloggers.

Message for the U.N.
The U.S. Senate's inability to confirm tough-talking United Nations reformer John Bolton as our U.N. ambassador communicates a confusing message of softness and uncertainty concerning our intentions toward that global body.

Message for the U.N.

Lab is saved, for now
Half a loaf - or, in the case of the Savannah River Ecology Lab, a little more than half a loaf - is better than nothing.

Less swinging now?
Until her announcement Friday that she would be stepping down from the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor was the most powerful woman in America.

Message for the U.N.
The U.S. Senate's inability to confirm tough-talking United Nations reformer John Bolton as our U.N. ambassador communicates a confusing message of softness and uncertainty concerning our intentions toward that global body.

Less swinging now?

Lab is saved, for now
Half a loaf - or, in the case of the Savannah River Ecology Lab, a little more than half a loaf - is better than nothing.

Affleck, Garner wed, expecting Baby
NEW YORK - After months of speculation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have tied the knot - and she's pregnant.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Vincent Pastore, who played gangster Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on HBO's "The Sopranos," appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court as a judge presided over a plea offer in the actor's alleged assault on a former girlfriend.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

Shields fires back at Cruise's stance on psychiatric drugs
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

Shields fires back at Cruise's stance on psychiatric drugs
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

Michael Jackson stays hidden during vacation
MANAMA, Bahrain - Michael Jackson remained out of sight Friday during his post-trial vacation in this tiny Gulf kingdom, to the dismay of fans desperate for the King of Pop to greet the Bahraini public.

Public needs Miss America to ridicule
Say good-bye, Miss America. It was announced this week that the Miss America, the crown jewel of the beauty - er, scholarship pageant industry, will be revamped and reconfigured using reality television as a model.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Sheryl Crow will not perform at Saturday's Live 8 concert in Paris, part of the worldwide Bob Geldof-organized event to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.

Michael Jackson stays hidden during vacation
MANAMA, Bahrain - Michael Jackson remained out of sight Friday during his post-trial vacation in this tiny Gulf kingdom, to the dismay of fans desperate for the King of Pop to greet the Bahraini public.

Public needs Miss America to ridicule
Say good-bye, Miss America. It was announced this week that the Miss America, the crown jewel of the beauty - er, scholarship pageant industry, will be revamped and reconfigured using reality television as a model.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Sheryl Crow will not perform at Saturday's Live 8 concert in Paris, part of the worldwide Bob Geldof-organized event to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.

Michael Jackson starts 'very, very private' vacation
MANAMA, Bahrain - Michael Jackson began a vacation at a prince's palace in the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, his first trip overseas since being acquitted of child molestation charges, an official close to the royal circle said Thursday.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Fishing: Frustration goes with season
Fishing can be fun and frustrating at the same time, especially this time of the year when hybrid and striped bass are on the verge of chasing bait fish to the surface of Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing: Frustration goes with season

Fishing tournaments

Fishing: Frustration goes with season
Fishing can be fun and frustrating at the same time, especially this time of the year when hybrid and striped bass are on the verge of chasing bait fish to the surface of Strom Thurmond Lake.

A rose that is not loved?
The small white, sometimes pinkish, blossoms of wild multiflora roses, now past, made the plants almost likable. For the rest of the summer, though, the plants will push their murderously thorny stems skyward and outward, seemingly not content until they have engulfed the whole planet.

A rose that is not loved?
The small white, sometimes pinkish, blossoms of wild multiflora roses, now past, made the plants almost likable. For the rest of the summer, though, the plants will push their murderously thorny stems skyward and outward, seemingly not content until they have engulfed the whole planet.

Wild blackberries are an aptly named 'bramble' crop
Wild berries are ripening across America and the race is on among man and animals, birds and insects, to see who will get theirs first.

Augusta endures problem of mites

Augusta endures problem of mites
We are continuing to see problems with mites affecting Meyer zoysiagrass this summer.

A rose that is not loved?

Wild blackberries are an aptly named 'bramble' crop
Wild berries are ripening across America and the race is on among man and animals, birds and insects, to see who will get theirs first.

Augusta endures problem of mites
We are continuing to see problems with mites affecting Meyer zoysiagrass this summer.

Wild blackberries are an aptly named 'bramble' crop

Momentum slips away for Augusta
After starting the second half of the South Atlantic League season with three consecutive wins, the Augusta GreenJackets have gone into a tailspin.

Momentum slips away for Augusta
After starting the second half of the South Atlantic League season with three consecutive wins, the Augusta GreenJackets have gone into a tailspin.

Momentum slips away for Augusta

Dunn clears latest hurdle

Dunn clears latest hurdle
He'll be on probation for the next eight years. He'll have to walk a straight path and pay a fine of about $2,500.

Dunn clears latest hurdle
He'll be on probation for the next eight years. He'll have to walk a straight path and pay a fine of about $2,500.

Readers bring us more than halfway to postcard goal
The holiday weekend provides a good time to give you an update on our summer postcard contest. We're more than halfway through the summer vacation season, and we have received post cards from more than half of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Readers bring us more than halfway to postcard goal
The holiday weekend provides a good time to give you an update on our summer postcard contest. We're more than halfway through the summer vacation season, and we have received post cards from more than half of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Fondling suspect released on bond
AIKEN -- A former Aiken County councilman who was arrested on charges of fondling a 13-year-old girl was released on his own recognizance after a bond hearing this morning.

Fondling suspect released on bond
AIKEN -- A former Aiken County councilman who was arrested on charges of fondling a 13-year-old girl was released on his own recognizance after a bond hearing this morning.

Ecology lab workers notified of job cuts
Savannah River Ecology Lab employees were notified this morning that about a third of them will lose their jobs by Sept. 30 because of funding cuts.

City commissioners must resign
Augusta voters overwhelmingly rejected general obligation bonds June 21. They sent a loud, clear message of "no confidence" to the Augusta Commission. George Porter, Augusta

Opulent facade hides school woes
I guess I haven't cruised Broad Street in awhile. The Richmond County Board of Education building's facade is magnificent.Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Deke Copenhaver can lead Augusta
I am writing this from the perspective of a lifelong resident of Augusta, and one who believes there can be brighter days ahead for the CSRA.Phin Hitchcock, Augusta

Augusta needs some real leadership
June 21, 2005, was an eye-opener for Augusta. Voters sent city commissioners a clear message that we expect real leadership on city issues.T. R. Martin, Augusta

Deke Copenhaver can lead Augusta
I am writing this from the perspective of a lifelong resident of Augusta, and one who believes there can be brighter days ahead for the CSRA.Phin Hitchcock, Augusta

Agribusiness is mismanaged
American taxpayers, principally through the collection of income taxes, are forced to subsidize (1) American agribusiness and (2) poor farmers in various foreign countries who are hurt by those same agribusiness payments. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

SRS can offer energy independence
Thank you for your fine June 26 editorial supporting new reactors for Savannah River Site ("Better SRS future?"). Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

Democrats are duplicitous on Iraq
For some time now, congressional Democrats have complained that the war in Iraq has drawn al-Qaida to that region, and that the jihadists were not in Iraq before the war.Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

SRS can offer energy independence
Thank you for your fine June 26 editorial supporting new reactors for Savannah River Site ("Better SRS future?"). Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

Augusta needs some real leadership

Agribusiness is mismanaged
American taxpayers, principally through the collection of income taxes, are forced to subsidize (1) American agribusiness and (2) poor farmers in various foreign countries who are hurt by those same agribusiness payments. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Augusta needs some real leadership
June 21, 2005, was an eye-opener for Augusta. Voters sent city commissioners a clear message that we expect real leadership on city issues.T. R. Martin, Augusta

City commissioners must resign
Augusta voters overwhelmingly rejected general obligation bonds June 21. They sent a loud, clear message of "no confidence" to the Augusta Commission. George Porter, Augusta

SRS can offer energy independence

Democrats are duplicitous on Iraq

Deke Copenhaver can lead Augusta

Democrats are duplicitous on Iraq
For some time now, congressional Democrats have complained that the war in Iraq has drawn al-Qaida to that region, and that the jihadists were not in Iraq before the war.Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

Agribusiness is mismanaged

City commissioners must resign

Mercury Mariner is loaded with style

Grab your sunscreen, smog screen and chlorine screen

Lawn-maintenance tools can be hazardous

Treat interior of your auto to day of affection, swabs

Tips for avoiding those pesky mosquitoes

Fashion briefs

Summer color forecast: buttery yellows, red-based blues

Living briefs

Tips for avoiding those pesky mosquitoes
AMARILLO, Texas - We know what's been bugging you. The bugs. Specifically those pesky, biting, itch-leaving-behind, nasty mosquitoes.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best eentertainment bets for this weekend:

Treat interior of your auto to day of affection, swabs
Detailing is to your car what a day at the spa is to your body.

Grab your sunscreen, smog screen and chlorine screen
NEW YORK - You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that the sun can damage your skin and hair since warnings are everywhere and beauty products with sun protection factor are almost as prevalent.

Treat interior of your auto to day of affection, swabs
Detailing is to your car what a day at the spa is to your body.

Summer color forecast: buttery yellows, red-based blues
Summer temperatures are hot, but not so for colors.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best eentertainment bets for this weekend:

Tips for avoiding those pesky mosquitoes
AMARILLO, Texas - We know what's been bugging you. The bugs. Specifically those pesky, biting, itch-leaving-behind, nasty mosquitoes.

Mercury Mariner is loaded with style
Who says sport utility vehicles have to be big, flashy and overbearing?

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Many women look to lighten the load in their handbag during the summer, and one way to do that is to ditch the separate lipsticks, pencils and glosses, instead getting color, glitter and shine in a single product.

Lawn-maintenance tools can be hazardous
The lopping shears were propped up in the tree for only a few minutes. When they fell, Allen McLeroy knew he'd screwed up.

Grab your sunscreen, smog screen and chlorine screen
NEW YORK - You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that the sun can damage your skin and hair since warnings are everywhere and beauty products with sun protection factor are almost as prevalent.

Mercury Mariner is loaded with style
Who says sport utility vehicles have to be big, flashy and overbearing?

Armani wraps up round of men's fashion in Milan
MILAN, Italy - Giorgio Armani closed this round of Italian menswear with a collection that summed up the good vibes emanating from the Milan catwalk for summer 2006.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Many women look to lighten the load in their handbag during the summer, and one way to do that is to ditch the separate lipsticks, pencils and glosses, instead getting color, glitter and shine in a single product.

Lawn-maintenance tools can be hazardous
The lopping shears were propped up in the tree for only a few minutes. When they fell, Allen McLeroy knew he'd screwed up.

Summer color forecast: buttery yellows, red-based blues
Summer temperatures are hot, but not so for colors.

Forecasters expect very rainy summer

Police draw pair of arrests in gambling raid

Taylor wants case solved
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor has joined those calling for a new investigation of the 1946 lynching deaths of four black Walton County sharecroppers.

Police draw pair of arrests in gambling raid
A gambling raid by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Vice Division on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of two men accused of running an illegal poker game and the citations of nine more, including Augusta lawyer James Pete Theodocion, for their involvement in the game.

Across the area

Public health degree to be offered at MCG
From guarding the nation against bioterrorism to protecting the elderly in nursing homes, a new program is designed to strengthen public health on a variety of fronts in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Holiday Events

July 4th Events
First Friday Independence Day program: 8 p.m. today on Broad and Eighth streets; re-enactment of flag-raising on Iwo Jima; free; 737-4662

Fondling suspect released on bond
AIKEN -- A former Aiken County councilman who was arrested on charges of fondling a 13-year-old girl was released on his own recognizance after a bond hearing this morning.

Kid of the Day
Marquise B. McBride is today's Kid of the Day.

Group shifts arena plans
Augusta Entertainment LLC is back in the picture with a new proposal for a public-private partnership with the city to operate a sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

Rants and Raves
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News you can use

Across the area
Henry "Hank" Crumpton, a Warren County native, has been nominated by the president to be the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department.

GBI begins probe of Midville police

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -- For more than 30 years, the portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has hung in the State Capitol, but Georgia's black lawmakers say they have failed to publicly acknowledge the slain civil rights leader's legacy.

Across the area
The Georgia State Patrol is predicting that 14 people will die on Georgia roads during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a news release states.

Fireworks boom for 4th at fort
The Augusta area's Independence Day weekend got off with a hot and muggy start at Fort Gordon on Thursday.

Police identify burned body
The remains of a man whose badly burned body was found in Warrenville this week have been identified.

Wild goose chase
SILOAM, Ga. -- Vic VanSant sees nothing unusual about capturing 98 wild geese before breakfast.

Fondling suspect released on bond

Survey tracks Graniteville gas leak effects
GRANITEVILLE -- Coughing, burning eyes and shortness of breath were the most common symptoms people who were exposed to chlorine gas in Graniteville reported immediately after the Jan. 6 incident, according to early results from an ongoing study of some victims.

Schools get ready for BRAC

Governor says ruling is DOA in Georgia
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Per¤¤due pledged Thursday to strengthen Georgia's eminent domain laws and protect property owners in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he's not interested in a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Women excel in community
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the frustration of having a child in the hospital and not being able to be with him.

Women excel in community
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the frustration of having a child in the hospital and not being able to be with him.

Bear wins in chase with officers

Aiken could get bus cameras
AIKEN - In the five years Jeremy Williams has driven school buses, he has seen plenty of rowdy behavior.

Acid trip might have prompted man's slaying
AIKEN - A bad acid trip might have led to the shooting of a man whose burned body was found in Warrenville this week.

Group shifts arena plans
Augusta Entertainment LLC is back in the picture with a new proposal for a public-private partnership with the city to operate a sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

Bear wins in chase with officers
A creature that Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials chased for nearly four hours in Columbia County Friday was apparently smarter than the average bear.

Defendants had faith in Williams
Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday.

Holiday Events
liberty on the lake: 3 p.m. today, Little River Marina, Appling; watermelon-eating contest, sack races, praise and worship service at 6 p.m., fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.; $5; 541-1358

Cheney praises training center
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Vice President Dick Cheney told students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that they are among the country's first and best defense against terrorists who would target the country.

Across South Carolina
HARRISBURG, PA. - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to consider the case of a man convicted in 2002 of killing an Aiken woman during racial unrest in York more than three decades earlier.

Fireworks boom for 4th at fort
The Augusta area's Independence Day weekend got off with a hot and muggy start at Fort Gordon on Thursday.

Kid of the Day
Layla Morell is today's Kid of the Day.

Former Aiken councilman is arrested
AIKEN - Russ Ferrara, a former Aiken County councilman and onetime legislative candidate, was arrested Thursday after a 13-year-old girl told authorities she was fondled in a mobile home over the weekend.

Kid of the Day
Layla Morell is today's Kid of the Day.

Acid trip might have prompted man's slaying
AIKEN - A bad acid trip might have led to the shooting of a man whose burned body was found in Warrenville this week.

July 4 party poopers are big business
Business stinks for portable toilet companies this weekend, and that's all good.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

Ecology lab workers notified of job cuts
Savannah River Ecology Lab employees were notified this morning that about a third of them will lose their jobs by Sept. 30 because of funding cuts.

Survey tracks Graniteville gas leak effects
GRANITEVILLE -- Coughing, burning eyes and shortness of breath were the most common symptoms people who were exposed to chlorine gas in Graniteville reported immediately after the Jan. 6 incident, according to early results from an ongoing study of some victims.

Fireworks boom for 4th at fort

Walker's daughter to admit tax fraud
The daughter of recently convicted former state Sen. Charles Walker will face a federal magistrate judge in less than two weeks to plead guilty to a charge of filing a false tax return.

Ecology lab workers notified of job cuts

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Police draw pair of arrests in gambling raid
A gambling raid by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Vice Division on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of two men accused of running an illegal poker game and the citations of nine more, including Augusta lawyer James Pete Theodocion, for their involvement in the game.

Survey tracks Graniteville gas leak effects

Across the area
Henry "Hank" Crumpton, a Warren County native, has been nominated by the president to be the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department.

Across Georgia

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

Williams to stay, for now

July 4 party poopers are big business

Bond is denied for man accused of molestation

Defendants had faith in Williams
Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday.

Staff faces layoffs in months ahead

Bear wins in chase with officers
A creature that Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials chased for nearly four hours in Columbia County Friday was apparently smarter than the average bear.

Cat bite causes rabies concern

County ends its bureau contract
After months of terse negotiations, Columbia County has terminated its relationship with the Augusta Metro Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Drivers pay extra to keep licenses longer

July 4 party poopers are big business
Business stinks for portable toilet companies this weekend, and that's all good.

Police identify burned body

Bond is denied for man accused of molestation
A Richmond County superior court judge denied bond Friday to a man accused of multiple counts of sexually assaulting minors.

Kid of the Day

Cat bite causes rabies concern
Fay Kelley learned things are not always as they appear when she petted a cat at a Columbia County garage sale last month.

Schools get ready for BRAC
ATLANTA -- Georgia's schools and education system have taken several steps to prepare for the upcoming round of Base Realignment and Closure, Superintendent Kathy Cox said Thursday.

Drivers pay extra to keep licenses longer
ATLANTA - Debbie Welch waited about an hour to renew her driver's license Friday.

Lost any equipment lately?
Are you a builder or contractor whose hot water heater was stolen? How about windows, doors or bathroom exhaust fans?

Aiken could get bus cameras
AIKEN - In the five years Jeremy Williams has driven school buses, he has seen plenty of rowdy behavior.

Schools get ready for BRAC
ATLANTA -- Georgia's schools and education system have taken several steps to prepare for the upcoming round of Base Realignment and Closure, Superintendent Kathy Cox said Thursday.

Cheney praises training center
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Vice President Dick Cheney told students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that they are among the country's first and best defense against terrorists who would target the country.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -- For more than 30 years, the portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has hung in the State Capitol, but Georgia's black lawmakers say they have failed to publicly acknowledge the slain civil rights leader's legacy.

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Wild goose chase
SILOAM, Ga. -- Vic VanSant sees nothing unusual about capturing 98 wild geese before breakfast.

GBI begins probe of Midville police
The Georgia State Patrol has begun investigating allegations that police have been running a speed trap in Midville, a small town in southern Burke County along state Highway 56.

Public health degree to be offered at MCG
From guarding the nation against bioterrorism to protecting the elderly in nursing homes, a new program is designed to strengthen public health on a variety of fronts in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Staff faces layoffs in months ahead
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory employees were notified this morning that about a third of them will lose their jobs by Sept. 30 because of funding cuts.

Kid of the Day
Marquise B. McBride is today's Kid of the Day.

Forecasters expect very rainy summer
If you liked last summer's weather, you'll like this year's, too.

July 4th Events
First Friday Independence Day program: 8 p.m. today on Broad and Eighth streets; re-enactment of flag-raising on Iwo Jima; free; 737-4662

Williams to stay, for now
Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams has changed his mind about giving up his mayor pro tem job, at least for the time being, he said Friday, a decision that surprised and angered some of his colleagues.

News you can use
Dr. Evelyn Swilling, of Athens, arrived in the city yesterday after a vacation in Florida, following her recent graduation from the medical college and will begin today her internship at University Hospital.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

Governor says ruling is DOA in Georgia
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue pledged Thursday to strengthen Georgia's eminent domain laws and protect property owners in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

News you can use
Could you be a victim of identity theft? Here's a quick quiz from the Identity Theft Resource Center that will help determine your risk.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he's not interested in a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Across Georgia
CLAYTON - The body of a 16-year-old boy was found and divers continued to search Friday for a 32-year-old man after a collision between two boats on Lake Rabun on Thursday night.

Reward is offered in 1994 vanishing
Authorities announced a $5,000 reward Thursday for information in the case of Tiffany Elizabeth Nelson, who disappeared in 1994 and whose bones were recently found in rural Burke County.

Ex-deputy receives probation
A former Richmond County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he violated his oath as a law enforcement officer and stole Georgia Lottery tickets.

Governor says ruling is DOA in Georgia

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Wild goose chase

Police identify burned body
The remains of a man whose badly burned body was found in Warrenville this week have been identified.

Across South Carolina

Swainsboro junior wins scholarship
The next time Richard Gilmer's mother enters him in a contest, he said, he won't try to stop her.

Holiday Closings

Cat bite causes rabies concern
Fay Kelley learned things are not always as they appear when she petted a cat at a Columbia County garage sale last month.

Forecasters expect very rainy summer
If you liked last summer's weather, you'll like this year's, too.

Staff faces layoffs in months ahead
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory employees were notified this morning that about a third of them will lose their jobs by Sept. 30 because of funding cuts.

Williams to stay, for now
Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams has changed his mind about giving up his mayor pro tem job, at least for the time being, he said Friday, a decision that surprised and angered some of his colleagues.

Across the area
The Georgia State Patrol is predicting that 14 people will die on Georgia roads during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a news release states.

GBI begins probe of Midville police
The Georgia State Patrol has begun investigating allegations that police have been running a speed trap in Midville, a small town in southern Burke County along state Highway 56.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

Acid trip might have prompted man's slaying

Rants and Raves
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Holiday Closings

Bond is denied for man accused of molestation
A Richmond County superior court judge denied bond Friday to a man accused of multiple counts of sexually assaulting minors.

Former Aiken councilman is arrested

Drivers pay extra to keep licenses longer
ATLANTA - Debbie Welch waited about an hour to renew her driver's license Friday.

Public health degree to be offered at MCG

Former Aiken councilman is arrested
AIKEN - Russ Ferrara, a former Aiken County councilman and onetime legislative candidate, was arrested Thursday after a 13-year-old girl told authorities she was fondled in a mobile home over the weekend.

July 4th Events

Holiday Events
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Movie chain offer 'Cinderella Man' money-back guarantee
LOS ANGELES - More moviegoers may be watching "Cinderella Man" for free this weekend after the Cinemark theater chain said Friday it will match AMC Entertainment's money-back guarantee in certain cities.

'American Idol' runner-up Bo Bice marries girlfriend

African suffering hasn't sparked a major movement by black artists
NEW YORK - Designed to raise consciousness about African poverty, the Live 8 concerts will feature some of black music's biggest stars - especially those representing hip-hop.

'American Idol' runner-up Bo Bice marries girlfriend
NEW YORK - Bo Bice didn't win the fourth season of "American Idol," but he did win his girlfriend's hand in marriage - and the No. 1 spot on next week's Billboard hot singles sales chart.

Live 8 concerts 'the mouthpieces of the public,' producer says
Nearly everyone in the world can tune in Saturday to Live 8, the all-star concerts urging a political solution to African poverty.

Live 8 concerts 'the mouthpieces of the public,' producer says

African suffering hasn't sparked a major movement by black artists
NEW YORK - Designed to raise consciousness about African poverty, the Live 8 concerts will feature some of black music's biggest stars - especially those representing hip-hop.

African suffering hasn't sparked a major movement by black artists

Live 8 concerts 'the mouthpieces of the public,' producer says
Nearly everyone in the world can tune in Saturday to Live 8, the all-star concerts urging a political solution to African poverty.

'American Idol' runner-up Bo Bice marries girlfriend
NEW YORK - Bo Bice didn't win the fourth season of "American Idol," but he did win his girlfriend's hand in marriage - and the No. 1 spot on next week's Billboard hot singles sales chart.

Stars need solid outing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If the Chase for the Nextel Cup started today, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be spectators.

Stars need solid outing

Valvoline, Evernham join forces

Stars need solid outing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If the Chase for the Nextel Cup started today, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be spectators.

Valvoline, Evernham join forces
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Valvoline not only will move its sponsorship over to a new third team at Evernham Motorsports but the oil company will own half the team.

Valvoline, Evernham join forces
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Valvoline not only will move its sponsorship over to a new third team at Evernham Motorsports but the oil company will own half the team.

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

Mrs. Margaret McManus    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara B. Sims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Hillary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Claudia Mae Gaines    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Eliana and Hannah Lacy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Baby Girl Buxton    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred I. Moss    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Joe Carn    (LPN AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr.    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Mrs. Margaret Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Bussey    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Culver    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred I. Moss    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Paul K. Sweeney, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cassandra P. Wood    (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Sgt. Eddie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Lucy Smith    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mr. Otis Hillary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr.    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Mrs. Lucille Pope    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Clinton Chisolm    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Bell Wadley    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Yong Ok Curry    (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mr. Paul K. Sweeney, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Phyllis Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Sgt. Eddie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Myrick    (ULMER, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Givens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean E. Tiller    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara B. Sims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Alex McCoy, Jr.    (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. S. Lee Moody    (NEWNAN, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Hillary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Eliana and Hannah Lacy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Givens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Ferguson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rena Evans    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Sam T. Davis, III    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Clayton Boardman, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Dea. Henry Ashley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Braddy, Sr.    (FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Bussey    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Henry Ashley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney D. Allen    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Myrick    (ULMER, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Clayton P. Boardman Jr.
Augusta businessman Clayton P. Boardman Jr., whose companies revolutionized the region's retail gasoline industry, died Wednesday at age 78.

Mrs. Phyllis Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney D. Allen    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Yong Ok Curry    (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean E. Tiller    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Standridge    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Lucy Smith    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William Bryan, Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Clifford Reaves    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Markus D. Booker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Alex McCoy, Jr.    (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Claudia Mae Gaines    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. S. Lee Moody    (NEWNAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Rena Evans    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Joe Carn    (LPN AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra P. Wood    (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Hillary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Chisolm    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Mark Braddy, Sr.    (FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.)

Mrs. Willie Bell Wadley    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr.    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Mr. Sam T. Davis, III    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding    (EVANS, Ga.)

Baby Girl Buxton    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clayton Boardman, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr.    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Featured obituary: Clayton P. Boardman Jr.
Augusta businessman Clayton P. Boardman Jr., whose companies revolutionized the region's retail gasoline industry, died Wednesday at age 78.

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. J.B. Thomas    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Standridge    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Culver    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford Reaves    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Anne Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. William Bryan, Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Pope    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Markus D. Booker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara B. Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Claudia Mae Gaines (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Sam T. Davis, III (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Jean E. Tiller (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Henry Ashley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Baby Girl Buxton (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Pope (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie Joe Carn (LPN AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Tinley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Clayton Boardman, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Yong Ok Curry (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Hillary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Chisolm (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney D. Allen (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Clifford Reaves (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Braddy, Sr. (FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.)

Sgt. Eddie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Clayton P. Boardman Jr.

Mr. James Givens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Bell Wadley (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Bryan, Jr. (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. S. Lee Moody (NEWNAN, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr. (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Ms. Lucy Smith (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Thomas Culver (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Alex McCoy, Jr. (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr. (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Bussey (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Myrick (ULMER, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Standridge (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Markus D. Booker (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rena Evans (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Paul K. Sweeney, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Hillary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred I. Moss (THOMSON, Ga.)

Eliana and Hannah Lacy (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra P. Wood (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Mrs. Phyllis Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry (APPLING, Ga.)

Six-time champ seeks an encore

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
Three Augusta area golfers finished in the top 8 in the Georgia Top 60 Women's Classic at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga.

Overtime
Augusta's Ray Whitfield (8-0) will participate in a five-round exhibition match during the Augusta Boxing Club's monthly sparring matches.

Six-time champ seeks an encore
CHALLANS, France - Lance Armstrong, ever the headstrong Texan, aims to succeed where the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and other sporting giants failed.

Six-time champ seeks an encore
CHALLANS, France - Lance Armstrong, ever the headstrong Texan, aims to succeed where the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and other sporting giants failed.

Overtime
Augusta's Ray Whitfield (8-0) will participate in a five-round exhibition match during the Augusta Boxing Club's monthly sparring matches.

Overtime
Three Augusta area golfers finished in the top 8 in the Georgia Top 60 Women's Classic at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga.

United Church of Christ set to consider gay marriage
ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ is poised to become the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage, but as with other Protestant churches, taking a stand on homosexuality could come with a price.

Is Jesus the only savior?
The World Council of Churches recently was host to 130 representatives from 10 world faiths for major talks on interreligious relations. The WCC, which encompasses 340 mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, considers this a "core issue."

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Freedom of religion
Blame it on Thomas Jefferson. The words of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the now-familiar phrase "separation of church and state" written in an 1802 letter, were both penned by him and neither were instantly realized.

Freedom of religion
Blame it on Thomas Jefferson. The words of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the now-familiar phrase "separation of church and state" written in an 1802 letter, were both penned by him and neither were instantly realized.

United Church of Christ set to consider gay marriage
ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ is poised to become the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage, but as with other Protestant churches, taking a stand on homosexuality could come with a price.

Faith Digest
The Patriotic Extravaganza, fine-tuned to bring out the Yankee Doodle Dandy in every citizen, will open at 7 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Life can be happy with God
The sign simply read, "Driving under the influence can kill you." The thought hit me like a ton of bricks, "It all depends upon whose or what influence you are talking about."

Faith Digest
The Patriotic Extravaganza, fine-tuned to bring out the Yankee Doodle Dandy in every citizen, will open at 7 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road.

Is Jesus the only savior?
The World Council of Churches recently was host to 130 representatives from 10 world faiths for major talks on interreligious relations. The WCC, which encompasses 340 mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, considers this a "core issue."

TEST A rose that is not loved?
The small white, sometimes pinkish, blossoms of wild multiflora roses, now past, made the plants almost likable. For the rest of the summer, though, the plants will push their murderously thorny stems skyward and outward, seemingly not content until they have engulfed the whole planet.

TEST A rose that is not loved?
The small white, sometimes pinkish, blossoms of wild multiflora roses, now past, made the plants almost likable. For the rest of the summer, though, the plants will push their murderously thorny stems skyward and outward, seemingly not content until they have engulfed the whole planet.

TEST A rose that is not loved?

ABC pulls controversial 'Neighborhood' reality series
LOS ANGELES - "Welcome to the Neighborhood," an ABC reality series that pushes hot buttons of racism and anti-homosexuality, was pulled by the network before its debut.

Public needs Miss America to ridicule

Michael Jackson stays hidden during vacation

People in the News

People in the News

Shields fires back at Cruise's stance on psychiatric drugs

Is Jesus the only savior?

United Church of Christ set to consider gay marriage

Faith Calendar

Faith Digest

Freedom of religion