GreenJackets drown River Dogs
Heading into this weekend's series with the Charleston Riverdogs, the Augusta GreenJackets were looking for something to curb their recent slide.

Vacations are extra special with added historic value

Rookie glad for call, hazing and all
ATLANTA - Even the most lauded of rookies apparently cannot escape veteran hazing.

Braves nip Brewers, run streak to six

Good times rolling as Braves sweep Cubs
ATLANTA - With all apologies to The Who, the kids are more than all right.

Chipper takes part in practice

Good times rolling as Braves sweep Cubs

Braves nip Brewers, run streak to six
ATLANTA - Ryan Langerhans wasn't a very popular man when he strode to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night.

Good times rolling as Braves sweep Cubs
ATLANTA - With all apologies to The Who, the kids are more than all right.

Chipper takes part in practice
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones accelerated down the road to recovery Friday by taking part in batting and fielding practice before the team's game against Milwaukee.

Rookie glad for call, hazing and all
ATLANTA - Even the most lauded of rookies apparently cannot escape veteran hazing.

Chipper takes part in practice
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones accelerated down the road to recovery Friday by taking part in batting and fielding practice before the team's game against Milwaukee.

Braves nip Brewers, run streak to six
ATLANTA - Ryan Langerhans wasn't a very popular man when he strode to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night.

Rookie glad for call, hazing and all

Jobless claims rise
WASHINGTON - The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits rose last week mostly reflecting layoffs related to temporary shutdowns at auto plants as well as school closings.

Jobless claims rise
WASHINGTON - The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits rose last week mostly reflecting layoffs related to temporary shutdowns at auto plants as well as school closings.

U.S. high-speed Internet use up 34 percent in 2004

Economy will not be well without hospital
If St. Joseph Hospital shuts down, then the local economy is out nearly $70 million.

Study: Malpractice rates, not payouts, rising
HARTFORD, Conn. - The rates insurers charge physicians for medical malpractice coverage rose dramatically over the past five years, but the amount insurers paid out in claims did not, according to a study from a consumer advocacy group.

Economy will not be well without hospital
If St. Joseph Hospital shuts down, then the local economy is out nearly $70 million.

Company's addition will create new jobs
Packaging company Pactiv Corp. plans to build a 20,000-square-foot addition at its Beech Island plastics plant that will boost production and create about 30 new jobs.

Rough year so far for convertibles

Study: Malpractice rates, not payouts, rising

Economy will not be well without hospital

Rough year so far for convertibles
NEW YORK - They haven't drawn any envious stares lately, but some experts are convinced convertibles are poised for a comeback.

Company's addition will create new jobs

U.S. high-speed Internet use up 34 percent in 2004
WASHINGTON - High-speed Internet use by U.S. businesses and households rose 34 percent in 2004 to 37.9 million lines, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday.

Company's addition will create new jobs
Packaging company Pactiv Corp. plans to build a 20,000-square-foot addition at its Beech Island plastics plant that will boost production and create about 30 new jobs.

Jobs report prompts buying on Wall Street; Dow up 146
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a volatile and unusual week on a bullish note Friday, with the Dow Jones industrials gaining more than 146 points on the strength of a positive job creation report and a sharp drop in oil prices.

Rough year so far for convertibles
NEW YORK - They haven't drawn any envious stares lately, but some experts are convinced convertibles are poised for a comeback.

Study: Malpractice rates, not payouts, rising
HARTFORD, Conn. - The rates insurers charge physicians for medical malpractice coverage rose dramatically over the past five years, but the amount insurers paid out in claims did not, according to a study from a consumer advocacy group.

Jobs report prompts buying on Wall Street; Dow up 146

U.S. high-speed Internet use up 34 percent in 2004
WASHINGTON - High-speed Internet use by U.S. businesses and households rose 34 percent in 2004 to 37.9 million lines, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday.

Jobless claims rise

Jobs report prompts buying on Wall Street; Dow up 146
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a volatile and unusual week on a bullish note Friday, with the Dow Jones industrials gaining more than 146 points on the strength of a positive job creation report and a sharp drop in oil prices.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 8, 2005.

Editorail cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 8, 2005.

Quality time
It is but 45 words. It is unambiguous. And it may be the most important document in mankind's dubious history.

Stop flow of Mideast bile

Stop flow of Mideast bile
They're on your desk at work, or on your walls at home. They're in your wallet, on your cell phone, in your e-mail and, most of all, they're written all over your heart and mind.

Keep the search on track
The father of the two drowned toddlers in Warrenton believes they may have been the victim of foul play by an unknown interloper.

Will they step up?
It took Sept. 11, 2001, for the United States to wake up to the threat of world terrorism - and to actually do something about it.

Encouraging terrorism
Ever wonder how it is that terrorists find such fertile ground in Europe?

Will they step up?

Stop flow of Mideast bile
They're on your desk at work, or on your walls at home. They're in your wallet, on your cell phone, in your e-mail and, most of all, they're written all over your heart and mind.

Will they step up?
It took Sept. 11, 2001, for the United States to wake up to the threat of world terrorism - and to actually do something about it.

Mistrial declared in Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death lawsuit
LOS ANGELES - A mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case means the rap star's family won't get immediate answers about his slaying, but they can file a new lawsuit seeking to link his unsolved 1997 killing to a Los Angeles Police Department corruption scandal.

Former 'Idol' contestant won't be charged in food fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark will not face criminal charges for a hotel food fight that got out of control.

Judge rules against anonymity for witnesses in Cosby lawsuit
PHILADELPHIA - Women who plan to testify against Bill Cosby in another woman's sex assault lawsuit will not have their identities shielded by the court, a judge ruled.

The Top Five
The top 5 in television, movies and music.

TV is out of tune with Live 8 coverage
Although its goal was to change the way the world looked at poverty, the Live 8 concerts, beamed live from venues in England, the United States, France, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Canada, Italy and Japan, could well have changed the way the world looks at live-event coverage.

TV is out of tune with Live 8 coverage
Although its goal was to change the way the world looked at poverty, the Live 8 concerts, beamed live from venues in England, the United States, France, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Canada, Italy and Japan, could well have changed the way the world looks at live-event coverage.

Best Sellers-Video
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:

Best Sellers-Video
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:

Zsa Zsa Gabor suffers apparent stroke
LOS ANGELES - Zsa Zsa Gabor suffered an apparent stroke at her Bel-Air home and underwent emergency surgery to clear a blocked artery.

Mistrial declared in Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death lawsuit
LOS ANGELES - A mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case means the rap star's family won't get immediate answers about his slaying, but they can file a new lawsuit seeking to link his unsolved 1997 killing to a Los Angeles Police Department corruption scandal.

Judge rules against anonymity for witnesses in Cosby lawsuit
PHILADELPHIA - Women who plan to testify against Bill Cosby in another woman's sex assault lawsuit will not have their identities shielded by the court, a judge ruled.

Thurmond bass are back

Thurmond bass are back
It wasn't that long ago when Thurmond Lake anglers were complaining about the sparse catches of largemouth bass, but Saturday's Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League tournament proved the lake's fishery is alive and well.

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.

Tournaments

Thurmond bass are back
It wasn't that long ago when Thurmond Lake anglers were complaining about the sparse catches of largemouth bass, but Saturday's Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League tournament proved the lake's fishery is alive and well.

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.

Standing water can breed bugs
Augusta landscapes, for the most part, are benefitting from the recent rains, but those showers also help unwanted guests: mosquitoes.

Roses: Make 'em last
Rose bushes, especially hybrid teas, are not the prettiest of plants but the flowers sure do look pretty in vases. A few tricks can prolong the indoor show.

Standing water can breed bugs

Standing water can breed bugs
Augusta landscapes, for the most part, are benefitting from the recent rains, but those showers also help unwanted guests: mosquitoes.

GreenJackets drown River Dogs
Heading into this weekend's series with the Charleston Riverdogs, the Augusta GreenJackets were looking for something to curb their recent slide.

Harman's 65 takes charge
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Halfway through the 84th Georgia Amateur Championship, the future of University of Georgia golf is starting to look even brighter than its impressive and recent past.

Alternate leading at Ga. Amateur
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Three days ago, Toby Browne Jr. was hoping to get into the Georgia Amateur Championship. With three days left in the tournament, everyone else there is hoping to catch him.

Sedentary summer sped Steed's growth

Vacations are extra special with added historic value
SAN ANTONIO - One of the secrets to good vacation planning is to figure out how to hit destination cities when they are celebrating a noteworthy or historic event.

Vacations are extra special with added historic value
SAN ANTONIO - One of the secrets to good vacation planning is to figure out how to hit destination cities when they are celebrating a noteworthy or historic event.

Department of Education releases yearly progress reports
Richmond and Columbia counties had the same number of school make adequate yearly progress this year as it did last year, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education.

Liberal media are acting treasonous
Liberal, anti-Bush media and politicians are in an unholy, unprecedented crusade of massive disinformation and revisionist history-making.

Commissioners are clueless

Commissioners are clueless
Our great leaders cannot understand what all the fuss about the Hawaii trip is about? Just goes to prove what everyone suffering under their idiotic rule already knows: They are clueless.James Wells, Augusta

Hypocrisy or stupidity? You decide
Responding to the Supreme Court's "takings" decision in Kelo v. City of New London, conservative House Majority Leader Tom DeLay warned, "Someone could knock on your door and tell you the city council voted to give your house to someone else because they have nicer plans for the property."Charles Heywood, Martinez

Sensationalism is ruining the media
If you're not an avid follower of current events, you may not be aware of a crisis that has infected the news media: the spread of sensationalism. Johnnie Norton, Wrens

Hypocrisy or stupidity? You decide
Responding to the Supreme Court's "takings" decision in Kelo v. City of New London, conservative House Majority Leader Tom DeLay warned, "Someone could knock on your door and tell you the city council voted to give your house to someone else because they have nicer plans for the property."Charles Heywood, Martinez

Commissioners are clueless
Our great leaders cannot understand what all the fuss about the Hawaii trip is about? Just goes to prove what everyone suffering under their idiotic rule already knows: They are clueless.James Wells, Augusta

Soldier's actions misinterpreted
Regarding the June 28 article "Sergeant threatens to jump off overpass":George Amos, Wrens

Hypocrisy or stupidity? You decide

Va. teachers incorporate Potter books in remedial science

Family briefs

The new Bronze age

Bloggers learn the price of telling too much

Start Something gives tools to make difference

Non-medical services keep more seniors in their homes

Help stimulate kids' interest in good deeds

Help stimulate kids' interest in good deeds
NEW YORK - Children probably are more willing to do good deeds than you think.

The new Bronze age
You've given up worshipping at the altar of the sun.

Non-medical services keep more seniors in their homes
NEW YORK - Like many of today's seniors, Catherine Lewis wants to stay in her own home as long as possible. But a fall several years ago almost ended that dream.

Bloggers learn the price of telling too much
CHICAGO - Blogs are everywhere - increasingly, the place where young people go to bare their souls, to vent, to gossip. And often they do so with unabashed fervor and little self-editing, posting their innermost thoughts for any number of Web surfers to see.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - There are many interesting critters and species of plant life for young campers to see on a walk through the woods and the bulk of them are harmless. There are, however, a few things children - and their grown-up guides - should steer clear of.

Help stimulate kids' interest in good deeds
NEW YORK - Children probably are more willing to do good deeds than you think.

Start Something gives tools to make difference
NEW YORK - Without all those math problems to solve and vocabulary words to remember, the summer respite from school gives children the opportunity to think big.

Start Something gives tools to make difference
NEW YORK - Without all those math problems to solve and vocabulary words to remember, the summer respite from school gives children the opportunity to think big.

Va. teachers incorporate Potter books in remedial science
NORFOLK, Va. - When the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry fly off on broomsticks, most Harry Potter fans think "magic." Charlene Haviland thinks "aerodynamics."

Non-medical services keep more seniors in their homes
NEW YORK - Like many of today's seniors, Catherine Lewis wants to stay in her own home as long as possible. But a fall several years ago almost ended that dream.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - There are many interesting critters and species of plant life for young campers to see on a walk through the woods and the bulk of them are harmless. There are, however, a few things children - and their grown-up guides - should steer clear of.

Va. teachers incorporate Potter books in remedial science
NORFOLK, Va. - When the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry fly off on broomsticks, most Harry Potter fans think "magic." Charlene Haviland thinks "aerodynamics."

The new Bronze age
You've given up worshipping at the altar of the sun.

Bloggers learn the price of telling too much
CHICAGO - Blogs are everywhere - increasingly, the place where young people go to bare their souls, to vent, to gossip. And often they do so with unabashed fervor and little self-editing, posting their innermost thoughts for any number of Web surfers to see.

School's label draws critics

Small sites try to keep joy riders on ground

Owners of property are sought
A week after Richmond County sheriff's deputies uncovered thousands of dollars' worth of building supplies and appliances at a mobile home off Milledgeville Road, they're still trying to get the stolen items back to their owners.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - It didn't take long for deputies to realize they had the right man in a Wednesday bank robbery. The black dress with red flowers, red straw hat and little black mustache gave him away.

Man cleared in slaying will return to teaching
A Swainsboro college professor will return to his job this August, college officials said Thursday, about a year after murder charges against him were dropped.

Columbia County gets set for storms' effects
Whenever a dark cloud passes over Emily Durham's Country Place subdivision home in Evans, she admits she can't help but feel a little uneasy.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a carjacking on Peach Orchard Road on Friday, a police report states.

Schools stay at same level
Although the state as a whole has shown improvement, Richmond and Columbia counties schools find themselves where they were a year ago in meeting standards for adequate yearly progress.

Reporter helps nab suspect
An Augusta radio station reporter played police officer Thursday morning, helping Columbia County authorities nab an armed robbery suspect.

Man receives life in prison for murder
A man found guilty of murder last month by a Richmond County jury was sentenced to life in prison, officials said Friday.

Department of Education releases yearly progress reports
Richmond and Columbia counties had the same number of school make adequate yearly progress this year as it did last year, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education.

Man to serve 10 years for assault
A Superior Court judge sentenced a man to prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault against his disabled uncle.

Augusta natives at heart of London attacks
Just the other day, as Keller Newman, 20, traveled beneath London on the city's subway system, she thought how scary it was that anyone could just enter the station without walking through metal detectors.

Across the area
Columbia County authorities say they hope to soon present a case to the district attorney's office against a Columbia County substitute teacher accused of child molestation.

News you can use

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Today's concert by Athens-based rock band R.E.M. at London's Hyde Park has been postponed in the wake of the bombing attacks in the British capital that killed about 50 people.

Augusta natives at heart of London attacks

School's label draws critics
Murphey Middle School is no more dangerous than any other school in Augusta, says Levi Fulmer, who attended the school last year.

Across Georgia

Wreck cut short mother's efforts

Across the area

Across Georgia
TIFTON - Officials believe the same three armed robbers are responsible for a series of holdups in Georgia and Florida in the past two months, and they might be working along interstate highways into other states.

Kid of the Day
Lindsey Marie Mann is today's Kid of the Day.

Future doctors get started with camp
Rather than swim trunks and inner tubes, summer camp means lab coats and test tubes for local students participating in the Student Educational Enrichment Program at the Medical College of Georgia.

Campaign money for candidates piling up

Kid of the Day
Jordan Jermaine Blount is today's Kid of the Day.

Schools stay at same level

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - It didn't take long for deputies to realize they had the right man in a Wednesday bank robbery. The black dress with red flowers, red straw hat and little black mustache gave him away.

Teachers to converge to share successful strategies

Across the area
Columbia County authorities say they hope to soon present a case to the district attorney's office against a Columbia County substitute teacher accused of child molestation.

Officials will test flex lane proposal

Local area escapes tropical storm

A job that's harder than it looks
Kaci Meadows, of the City of Aiken Department of Public Works, takes her time as she fills up the duck feeder at the main pond in Hopelands Gardens.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Police responding to a fight this week ended up finding a 3-foot-long alligator in the bedroom of an apartment. A toddler was sleeping in a nearby room.

Kid of the Day
Jordan Jermaine Blount is today's Kid of the Day.

Local area escapes tropical storm
Richmond and Columbia county residents needed sunglasses but carried umbrellas just in case as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy passed through the region Thursday.

Panel to decide growth
From the front porch of her Riverwood Plantation home, Frances Bagley looked out on her community from a wicker chair as a child coasted by on a scooter.

Augusta natives at heart of London attacks
Just the other day, as Keller Newman, 20, traveled beneath London on the city's subway system, she thought how scary it was that anyone could just enter the station without walking through metal detectors.

Officials will test flex lane proposal
ATLANTA - In less than six months, gridlocked motorists in certain parts of the state might be able to drive on road shoulders and in breakdown lanes during rush-hour traffic.

Residents weigh in on connector
Apparently, opinions about a connector road between Whiskey and Powderhouse roads are not in short supply.

Future doctors get started with camp
Rather than swim trunks and inner tubes, summer camp means lab coats and test tubes for local students participating in the Student Educational Enrichment Program at the Medical College of Georgia.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Wreck cut short mother's efforts
D'Angela Gibbons, a mother of six and a teacher's aide at Little World of Learning day care, never questioned the balance of work and family.

A job that's harder than it looks

Small sites try to keep joy riders on ground
There is nothing quite like an afternoon joy ride to while away a summer day.

Man receives life in prison for murder

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day

Small sites try to keep joy riders on ground
There is nothing quite like an afternoon joy ride to while away a summer day.

Campaign money for candidates piling up
ATLANTA - Nearly 16 months before Georgia voters select their next governor, incumbent Republican Sonny Perdue reported Friday he has raised more than $7.5 million in his re-election bid - more than twice the amount he collected during the entirety of his first campaign.

Department of Education releases yearly progress reports

Hospital won't cut ER hours
The Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers Downtown Division will not be scaling back its emergency room hours as was announced last month to the dismay of the city's veterans community.

Future doctors get started with camp

Alleged crack compound raided
ATHENS, Ga. - An alleged crack cocaine manufacturing and distribution operation was dismantled Wednesday morning when a drug task force raided a residence and adjacent auto repair shop that police say acted as a front for the illegal business.

Reporter helps nab suspect

News you can use
Events for this week include:

Hospital won't cut ER hours
The Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers Downtown Division will not be scaling back its emergency room hours as was announced last month to the dismay of the city's veterans community.

Man to serve 10 years for assault

Teachers to converge to share successful strategies
Kerry Mullins is on a constant search to find innovative ways to reach her pupils at McBean Elementary School, and next week she and nine other Richmond County teachers will go to Virginia to do just that.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a carjacking on Peach Orchard Road on Friday, a police report states.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Police responding to a fight this week ended up finding a 3-foot-long alligator in the bedroom of an apartment. A toddler was sleeping in a nearby room.

Local area escapes tropical storm
Richmond and Columbia county residents needed sunglasses but carried umbrellas just in case as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy passed through the region Thursday.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Today's concert by Athens-based rock band R.E.M. at London's Hyde Park has been postponed in the wake of the bombing attacks in the British capital that killed about 50 people.

Reporter helps nab suspect
An Augusta radio station reporter played police officer Thursday morning, helping Columbia County authorities nab an armed robbery suspect.

Schools stay at same level
Although the state as a whole has shown improvement, Richmond and Columbia counties schools find themselves where they were a year ago in meeting standards for adequate yearly progress.

Residents weigh in on connector
Apparently, opinions about a connector road between Whiskey and Powderhouse roads are not in short supply.

Campaign money for candidates piling up
ATLANTA - Nearly 16 months before Georgia voters select their next governor, incumbent Republican Sonny Perdue reported Friday he has raised more than $7.5 million in his re-election bid - more than twice the amount he collected during the entirety of his first campaign.

School's label draws critics
Murphey Middle School is no more dangerous than any other school in Augusta, says Levi Fulmer, who attended the school last year.

Officials will test flex lane proposal
ATLANTA - In less than six months, gridlocked motorists in certain parts of the state might be able to drive on road shoulders and in breakdown lanes during rush-hour traffic.

Across Georgia
TIFTON - Officials believe the same three armed robbers are responsible for a series of holdups in Georgia and Florida in the past two months, and they might be working along interstate highways into other states.

Man to serve 10 years for assault
A Superior Court judge sentenced a man to prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault against his disabled uncle.

Across South Carolina

Wreck cut short mother's efforts
D'Angela Gibbons, a mother of six and a teacher's aide at Little World of Learning day care, never questioned the balance of work and family.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Kid of the Day
Lindsey Marie Mann is today's Kid of the Day.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

A job that's harder than it looks
Kaci Meadows, of the City of Aiken Department of Public Works, takes her time as she fills up the duck feeder at the main pond in Hopelands Gardens.

Residents weigh in on connector

Teachers to converge to share successful strategies
Kerry Mullins is on a constant search to find innovative ways to reach her pupils at McBean Elementary School, and next week she and nine other Richmond County teachers will go to Virginia to do just that.

Hospital won't cut ER hours

Man receives life in prison for murder
A man found guilty of murder last month by a Richmond County jury was sentenced to life in prison, officials said Friday.

Across the area

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Q&A: Johnny Depp talks movies, fame, family
NASSAU, Bahamas - Once known as a Hollywood bad boy, Johnny Depp has grown into more of a suburban dad.

Q&A: Johnny Depp talks movies, fame, family
NASSAU, Bahamas - Once known as a Hollywood bad boy, Johnny Depp has grown into more of a suburban dad.

Q&A: Johnny Depp talks movies, fame, family

Capsule reviews of new films

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Best Sellers-Audio
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.):

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
On R. Kelly's last album, "Happy People/U Saved Me," which was released after he was hit with child pornography charges, R. Kelly chose a family-friendly, spiritual vibe - praising the joys of God instead of his usual wild sexual shenanigans.

Best Sellers-Audio

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
On R. Kelly's last album, "Happy People/U Saved Me," which was released after he was hit with child pornography charges, R. Kelly chose a family-friendly, spiritual vibe - praising the joys of God instead of his usual wild sexual shenanigans.

Best Sellers-Audio
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.):

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

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Crash slows Stewart, sends him to hospital
JOLIET, Ill. - After leading the most laps in each of the past three races and jumping seven positions in the standings during that stretch, Tony Stewart's domination hit the wall Friday.

Crosby, once a two-sport hope, focuses on NFL

Mrs. Elizabeth Baxley Ray    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Miss Ginny Wilhoit    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Pressley, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Brown    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Murphy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Lillie B. Anderson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Howard    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Hunt Green    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Hills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Brown    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy B. Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Ginny Wilhoit    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Key    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Albena P. Price    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise D. Edward    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel C. Diaz    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Daisy B. Wilson    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Couch    (SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Coats    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel G. Morris    (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Bell Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick Tyler    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Baxley Ray    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Lillie B. Anderson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Anderson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Savannah Fisher    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Ginny Wilhoit    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald G. Wallace    (CPA LARGO, FL.)

Mr. Ronald G. Wallace    (LARGO, FL.)

Miss YaKina Renee Drye    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick Tyler    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Paul Field    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Trawick    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Meadows    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Henley, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Robinson    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Greene    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Chris Redd    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Duncan Randall    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Trawick    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Greene    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dr. Duncan Randall    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Pressley, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Niece    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra B. Parrish    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Hills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Heath    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. D'Angela Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Bell Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Fox Maddox    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin Anderson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald G. Wallace    (LARGO, FL.)

Rev. Allen I. Habersham    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Trawick    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebekah Cumbie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Niece    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Daisy B. Wilson    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Savannah Fisher    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Robinson    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel G. Morris    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. William Trawick    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Craig Lovin    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Dr. Duncan Randall    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Chris Redd    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Pressley, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. Duncan Randall    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Niece    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Pressley, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel G. Morris    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra B. Parrish    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Viola H. Kuehn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Hunt Green    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Niece    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Hills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel G. Morris    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Heath    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Craig Lovin    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Rev. Allen I. Habersham    (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lois McGahee    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Fox Maddox    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ed Lott, Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Hunt Green    (DEARING, Ga.)

Miss Ginny Wilhoit    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald G. Wallace    (CPA LARGO, FL.)

Mr. Tommie Howard    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Lott, Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Miss YaKina Renee Drye    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lois McGahee    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Albena P. Price    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Paul Field    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Hills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Murphy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy B. Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Meadows    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Key    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Viola H. Kuehn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise D. Edward    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Henley, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel C. Diaz    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Couch    (SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Coats    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebekah Cumbie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick Tyler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Pressley, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William J. Trawick (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Fox Maddox (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Hunt Green (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Robinson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Meadows (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel C. Diaz (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald G. Wallace (CPA LARGO, FL.)

Mrs. Hazel G. Morris (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Whitfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Brown (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss YaKina Renee Drye (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra B. Parrish (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Viola H. Kuehn (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise D. Edward (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Albena P. Price (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Craig Lovin (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Savannah Fisher (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Chris Redd (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebekah Cumbie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Couch (SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Greene (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Lillie B. Anderson (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Dr. Duncan Randall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Niece (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald G. Wallace (LARGO, FL.)

Mr. Leonard Heath (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Whitfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lois McGahee (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Henley, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Ginny Wilhoit (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Coats (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Daisy B. Wilson (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Lott, Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Hills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Key (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel G. Morris (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Bell Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Niece (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Baxley Ray (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Pressley, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. Duncan Randall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Howard (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Rev. Allen I. Habersham (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Ginny Wilhoit (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Trawick (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Hills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Murphy (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Paul Field (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Anderson (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy B. Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Local schools to file appeals

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FireBall stir rivalry's coals

FireBall stir rivalry's coals
In the sports world, rivalries tend to build up over many years and many matchups.

Local schools to file appeals
Two Richmond County schools have decided they're not happy with the Georgia High School Association's moving plans.

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Former USC Aiken pitcher Steve Dunham has agreed to a minor league contract with the Joliet Jackhammers of the independent Northern League, the team announced Friday.

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Former USC Aiken pitcher Steve Dunham has agreed to a minor league contract with the Joliet Jackhammers of the independent Northern League, the team announced Friday.

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Augusta GreenJackets shortstop Marcus Sanders will skip the XM Satellite Futures Game in Detroit during All-Star Weekend to rest his sore shoulder.

Local schools to file appeals
Two Richmond County schools have decided they're not happy with the Georgia High School Association's moving plans.

Overtime
Augusta GreenJackets shortstop Marcus Sanders will skip the XM Satellite Futures Game in Detroit during All-Star Weekend to rest his sore shoulder.

FireBall stir rivalry's coals
In the sports world, rivalries tend to build up over many years and many matchups.

Sedentary summer sped Steed's growth
Summer shut-ins can relax. What's worked for Austin Steed might work for even the brightest of basketball talents.

Sedentary summer sped Steed's growth
Summer shut-ins can relax. What's worked for Austin Steed might work for even the brightest of basketball talents.

Crosby, once a two-sport hope, focuses on NFL
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sitting on the porch four years ago, grinning about his high selection by the Kansas City Royals months after signing to play receiver at Clemson, Roscoe Crosby's path seemed clear - Major League Baseball success during the summer and football stardom each fall.

Crosby, once a two-sport hope, focuses on NFL
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sitting on the porch four years ago, grinning about his high selection by the Kansas City Royals months after signing to play receiver at Clemson, Roscoe Crosby's path seemed clear - Major League Baseball success during the summer and football stardom each fall.

Anglicans driven by four competing approaches to Bible
In their tense debate about homosexuality, the world's 77 million Anglicans (called Episcopalians in the United States) take four approaches to biblical teaching: dismissal, perplexity, renovation and traditionalism.

Children's comments, reflections fill book
In the days before mandatory car seats, toddler Ron Galloway was standing on the front seat of the family car next to his mother, Anne, as she drove one cold rainy night to a convenience store for milk.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Religion News in Brief
NEW YORK - Leaders of the National Council of Churches and several member denominations marked July 4 with a petition stating vehement opposition to United States policy in Iraq.

The Crowns celebrate
The Crowns will mark their first anniversary in August, though the group's singers have performed together for about five years.

Tom Cruise lends Hollywood hype to Scientology
There's nothing unusual about celebrities promoting their faith - think Madonna and kabbalah, Richard Gere and Buddhism, Muhammad Ali and Islam - but the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centers have been unusually adept at cultivating entertainers such as actor Tom Cruise.

Religion News in Brief
NEW YORK - Leaders of the National Council of Churches and several member denominations marked July 4 with a petition stating vehement opposition to United States policy in Iraq.

The Crowns celebrate
The Crowns will mark their first anniversary in August, though the group's singers have performed together for about five years.

Professor studies film for insights on religion
Although many moviegoers thought Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a high-impact action film, other viewers found religious overtones in the 1991 story of John Connor, the boy who saved the world from killer machines with the help of his mother.

'Sisters' work to motivate children
Maxine Donaldson's heart went out to the girls at her school who were picking on one another and squabbling over boys. What they needed was a friend, a big sister.

Faith diigest
The First Baptist Church of Evans Ladies Trio will perform at the Time Out business luncheon at 11:50 a.m. Thursday at the church, 515 N. Belair Road in Evans. Lunch is $5. Reservations are due Wednesday. Call 863-1228.

Children's comments, reflections fill book
In the days before mandatory car seats, toddler Ron Galloway was standing on the front seat of the family car next to his mother, Anne, as she drove one cold rainy night to a convenience store for milk.

Tom Cruise lends Hollywood hype to Scientology
There's nothing unusual about celebrities promoting their faith - think Madonna and kabbalah, Richard Gere and Buddhism, Muhammad Ali and Islam - but the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centers have been unusually adept at cultivating entertainers such as actor Tom Cruise.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Jewish foundation helps teachers learn how to teach the Holocaust
NEW YORK - Six decades later, the Holocaust remains a painful and emotionally draining topic - and a special challenge for middle school and high school teachers who have to instruct students about one of the most horrific episodes in human history.

Anglicans driven by four competing approaches to Bible
In their tense debate about homosexuality, the world's 77 million Anglicans (called Episcopalians in the United States) take four approaches to biblical teaching: dismissal, perplexity, renovation and traditionalism.

'Sisters' work to motivate children
Maxine Donaldson's heart went out to the girls at her school who were picking on one another and squabbling over boys. What they needed was a friend, a big sister.

Pauly Shore abandons horsing around past on new reality show

Bird known on Animal Planet takes "Yee-haw!" to Leno
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Einstein can bark like a dog, oink like a pig and beep like a spaceship.

Hulk Hogan and his family united in their dysfunction
NEW YORK - The similarities between Ozzy Osbourne's family and Terry "Hulk" Hogan's bleached-blond brood are as striking as the wrestling legend's famous leg drop finishing move.

Pauly Shore abandons horsing around past on new reality show
NEW YORK - Pauly Shore is sitting in the back of a horse-drawn carriage trotting through sun-drenched Central Park.

Dance fever hits TV, again
LOS ANGELES - Shall we dance, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" asked viewers.

Jim Cramer, madman behind CNBC's 'Mad Money'

Hulk Hogan and his family united in their dysfunction

Dance fever hits TV, again

Pauly Shore abandons horsing around past on new reality show
NEW YORK - Pauly Shore is sitting in the back of a horse-drawn carriage trotting through sun-drenched Central Park.

Bird known on Animal Planet takes "Yee-haw!" to Leno

Hulk Hogan and his family united in their dysfunction
NEW YORK - The similarities between Ozzy Osbourne's family and Terry "Hulk" Hogan's bleached-blond brood are as striking as the wrestling legend's famous leg drop finishing move.

Jim Cramer, madman behind CNBC's 'Mad Money'
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. - The main difference between Jim Cramer off the air and Jim Cramer on the air is the chair. He actually sits in one - but just barely.

Jim Cramer, madman behind CNBC's 'Mad Money'
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. - The main difference between Jim Cramer off the air and Jim Cramer on the air is the chair. He actually sits in one - but just barely.

Dance fever hits TV, again
LOS ANGELES - Shall we dance, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" asked viewers.

Bird known on Animal Planet takes "Yee-haw!" to Leno
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Einstein can bark like a dog, oink like a pig and beep like a spaceship.

Mistrial declared in Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death lawsuit

TV is out of tune with Live 8 coverage

Judge rules against anonymity for witnesses in Cosby lawsuit

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