Big ballpark gets big event

Big ballpark gets big event
DETROIT - Steve Rogers remembered the first time he walked into Comerica Park.

Big ballpark gets big event
DETROIT - Steve Rogers remembered the first time he walked into Comerica Park.

Neither rain nor gas costs stop vacation postcards

Smoltz thrilled to be in Detroit
ATLANTA - Tonight being John Smoltz's seventh career All-Star Game, it would take something uniquely special to pique the veteran's excitement regarding the Midsummer Classic.

Smoltz thrilled to be in Detroit

Smoltz thrilled to be in Detroit
ATLANTA - Tonight being John Smoltz's seventh career All-Star Game, it would take something uniquely special to pique the veteran's excitement regarding the Midsummer Classic.

Braves relax a little early
ATLANTA - Oh, if only the All-Star break could have started a little earlier. Say, on Saturday morning.

Braves relax a little early
ATLANTA - Oh, if only the All-Star break could have started a little earlier. Say, on Saturday morning.

Braves relax a little early

College grads face rent or buy decisions
So much for recent college grads thinking their studies are behind them.

SEC opens probe over DreamWorks report
NEW YORK - DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Monday warned of a loss in the second quarter, cut its full-year outlook and said federal regulators are investigating trading of its stock and its first-quarter results, sending shares tumbling more than 13 percent to a new low.

What's a fair value for stocks
NEW YORK - Are stock prices too high, too low, or right where they should be?

Dairy industry skeptical about cloned cows
WASHINGTON - As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to lift a voluntary ban on selling food from cloned animals, the agency is getting some resistance from an unusual source: the dairy industry.

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 a gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Lowe's aims for year-end debut
NORTH AUGUSTA - By the time Santa Claus comes to town this year, a new Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse should be here, too.

Competitors wary as Microsoft moves into small-business territory
MINNEAPOLIS - Microsoft Corp. will further expand its software offerings for small businesses, even though that will turn many of its current partners into competitors, CEO Steve Ballmer said on Sunday.

Old carpet, scraps being tapped by manufacturer as new energy source

Business Briefs
NEW YORK - A judge gave her blessing Monday to a civil suit settlement under which former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers will forfeit nearly all his cash and personal assets - as much as $45 million.

College grads face rent or buy decisions

What's a fair value for stocks
NEW YORK - Are stock prices too high, too low, or right where they should be?

Competitors wary as Microsoft moves into small-business territory

Toyota's president says fuel-cell tie with GM coming soon
TOKYO - Toyota's president said Monday a tie-up with U.S. rival General Motors on fuel-cell vehicles is in its final stages - but promised to do his best to beat GM and Ford.

Business Briefs

What's a fair value for stocks

Toyota's president says fuel-cell tie with GM coming soon

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 a gallon

Lowe's aims for year-end debut

College grads face rent or buy decisions
So much for recent college grads thinking their studies are behind them.

SEC opens probe over DreamWorks report

Old carpet, scraps being tapped by manufacturer as new energy source
DALTON, Ga. - Here in the "Carpet Capital of the World," the vast manufacturing plants that supply almost half the nation's carpet also pump out reams of wasted scraps that eventually wind up in landfills.

SEC opens probe over DreamWorks report
NEW YORK - DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Monday warned of a loss in the second quarter, cut its full-year outlook and said federal regulators are investigating trading of its stock and its first-quarter results, sending shares tumbling more than 13 percent to a new low.

Competitors wary as Microsoft moves into small-business territory
MINNEAPOLIS - Microsoft Corp. will further expand its software offerings for small businesses, even though that will turn many of its current partners into competitors, CEO Steve Ballmer said on Sunday.

Dairy industry skeptical about cloned cows
WASHINGTON - As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to lift a voluntary ban on selling food from cloned animals, the agency is getting some resistance from an unusual source: the dairy industry.

Old carpet, scraps being tapped by manufacturer as new energy source
DALTON, Ga. - Here in the "Carpet Capital of the World," the vast manufacturing plants that supply almost half the nation's carpet also pump out reams of wasted scraps that eventually wind up in landfills.

Toyota's president says fuel-cell tie with GM coming soon
TOKYO - Toyota's president said Monday a tie-up with U.S. rival General Motors on fuel-cell vehicles is in its final stages - but promised to do his best to beat GM and Ford.

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 a gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Business Briefs
NEW YORK - A judge gave her blessing Monday to a civil suit settlement under which former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers will forfeit nearly all his cash and personal assets - as much as $45 million.

Lowe's aims for year-end debut
NORTH AUGUSTA - By the time Santa Claus comes to town this year, a new Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse should be here, too.

Dairy industry skeptical about cloned cows

Chocolate is sweeter if sensibly consumed
Chocolate is getting a lot of attention these days, from its heart-healthful claims (which are only for dark chocolate) and stress relief to the new film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp. I was wondering, then: Is there a way to make better chocolate choices and keep our waists trim?

It's the morality, stupid
The human torch seems to have lit a fire under Hollywood box office receipts. The Fantastic Four's $56 million opening weekend is being credited with perhaps halting a 19-week slide in movie attendance over last year.

The spirit of Churchill

Hazy situation
One would have thought the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005 couldn't have been clearer: As of July 1, if a bar or restaurant is open to minors, it must be smoke free.

The price of knowledge
Ever since the dawn of man, humans have tried to understand their origins. In another small step for man, NASA took a potential giant leap closer in its quest to solve the greatest mystery of mankind.

Fighting human slavery
If human rights groups such as Amnesty International would take time out from blaming the United States' treatment of unlawful terrorist combatants as the center of all that's cruel and evil in the world, they may want to take a look at nations that have been identified as soft on "human trafficking" - a bureaucratic euphemism for slave trade.

Fighting human slavery
If human rights groups such as Amnesty International would take time out from blaming the United States' treatment of unlawful terrorist combatants as the center of all that's cruel and evil in the world, they may want to take a look at nations that have been identified as soft on "human trafficking" - a bureaucratic euphemism for slave trade.

The spirit of Churchill
That the national media have it in for President George W. Bush is verifiable: A study of national news broadcasts during the first 100 days of the president's new term this year discovered that more than two-thirds of the stories were negative.

The price of knowledge
Ever since the dawn of man, humans have tried to understand their origins. In another small step for man, NASA took a potential giant leap closer in its quest to solve the greatest mystery of mankind.

It's the morality, stupid
The human torch seems to have lit a fire under Hollywood box office receipts. The Fantastic Four's $56 million opening weekend is being credited with perhaps halting a 19-week slide in movie attendance over last year.

Fighting human slavery

The price of knowledge

It's the morality, stupid

Hazy situation
One would have thought the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005 couldn't have been clearer: As of July 1, if a bar or restaurant is open to minors, it must be smoke free.

The spirit of Churchill
That the national media have it in for President George W. Bush is verifiable: A study of national news broadcasts during the first 100 days of the president's new term this year discovered that more than two-thirds of the stories were negative.

Hazy situation

Doctor files slander lawsuit against Imus
NEW YORK - A doctor who once cared for sick children at Don Imus' New Mexico ranch has sued the tart-tongued radio personality for slander, claiming he made false derogatory comments about him on his "Imus in the Morning" show.

Q&A with John Leguizamo
NEW YORK - After working for almost 20 years in TV, comedy, film and theater, Colombian-born actor John Leguizamo is playing a Spanish-speaking character for the first time.

People in the News
ASPEN, Colo. - Friends and family of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson are preparing to pepper the sky with the late writer's ashes.

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

Actress-singer Frances Langford dies at 92
MIAMI - Frances Langford, whose steamy rendition of "I'm in the Mood for Love" captivated soldiers when she was part of Bob Hope's USO tours during World War II, died Monday at the age of 92.

Q&A with John Leguizamo
NEW YORK - After working for almost 20 years in TV, comedy, film and theater, Colombian-born actor John Leguizamo is playing a Spanish-speaking character for the first time.

Actress-singer Frances Langford dies at 92
MIAMI - Frances Langford, whose steamy rendition of "I'm in the Mood for Love" captivated soldiers when she was part of Bob Hope's USO tours during World War II, died Monday at the age of 92.

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

People in the News
ASPEN, Colo. - Friends and family of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson are preparing to pepper the sky with the late writer's ashes.

Doctor files slander lawsuit against Imus
NEW YORK - A doctor who once cared for sick children at Don Imus' New Mexico ranch has sued the tart-tongued radio personality for slander, claiming he made false derogatory comments about him on his "Imus in the Morning" show.

Augusta wastes Benavidez's blasts
After playing in Sunday's doubleheader, Julian Benavidez came back Monday and didn't feel the same.

Augusta splits doubleheader
There aren't many series in early July that catch the eye of an entire ball club.

Augusta splits doubleheader
There aren't many series in early July that catch the eye of an entire ball club.

Anytown faces acronyms like any other town

O'Hair gets first victory at Deere Classic

Jacobsen wins Senior Players Championship
DEARBORN, Mich. - Bouncing between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour paid off for Peter Jacobsen.

Champions want chance to bid Nicklaus farewell
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It's not just fans eager to say goodbye to the greatest golfing champion in history on the most historical playing grounds. Fellow champions are queueing for their own farewells.

Open fans can visit Morrises' memorial
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The site stands out from far across the uncluttered graveyard and foundation ruins. On the eastern wall of the St. Andrews Cathedral grounds, they rest side by side.

Clark finally a winner outside South Africa
LUSS, Scotland - Tim Clark finally won outside his native South Africa, surviving seven lead changes in a wild scramble among five players, then pulling away for a 4-under 67 and a two-shot victory Sunday in the Scottish Open.

Harman captures state Amateur golf crown

Wie hopes to get Masters bid by winning APL
LEBANON, Ohio - Having come up short in her latest bid against PGA Tour pros, Michelle Wie will now face many of the best amateur players in the country.

Bowie finally gets her first win on third playoff hole at Farr

O'Hair gets first victory at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. - If anyone ever deserved this victory, it was Sean O'Hair.

Area rife with historical significance
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Pilgrimages to this picturesque junction with the North Sea have been nearly constant since the 8th century and peaked prior to Mother Nature carving out the Old Course.

Faxon makes it worth the trip
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Brad Faxon made the trip across the Atlantic worth his while Sunday, shooting a 69 to narrowly earn one of three final qualifying spots for the British Open.

Champions want chance to bid Nicklaus farewell

Bowie finally gets her first win on third playoff hole at Farr
SYLVANIA, Ohio - Heather Bowie won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, parring the third hole of a playoff with Gloria Park in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Harman captures state Amateur golf crown
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Brian Harman birdied three of the final eight holes to post a 3-under 68 Sunday and capture the 84th Georgia Amateur Championship by two shots over 2003 champion David Noll of Dalton.

Gore wins Nationwide Tour event
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - U.S. Open fan favorite Jason Gore won the Nationwide Tour's National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Doug LaBelle II.

Jacobsen wins Senior Players Championship

Jacobsen wins Senior Players Championship
DEARBORN, Mich. - Bouncing between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour paid off for Peter Jacobsen.

Faxon makes it worth the trip

Harman captures state Amateur golf crown
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Brian Harman birdied three of the final eight holes to post a 3-under 68 Sunday and capture the 84th Georgia Amateur Championship by two shots over 2003 champion David Noll of Dalton.

Area rife with historical significance
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Pilgrimages to this picturesque junction with the North Sea have been nearly constant since the 8th century and peaked prior to Mother Nature carving out the Old Course.

Harman adds hometown title to his list of accomplishments
It was only a matter of time before Brian Harman won the Georgia Amateur Championship, and the inevitable happened Sunday at Savannah Golf Club.

Open fans can visit Morrises' memorial
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The site stands out from far across the uncluttered graveyard and foundation ruins. On the eastern wall of the St. Andrews Cathedral grounds, they rest side by side.

Harman adds hometown title to his list of accomplishments
It was only a matter of time before Brian Harman won the Georgia Amateur Championship, and the inevitable happened Sunday at Savannah Golf Club.

Champions want chance to bid Nicklaus farewell
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It's not just fans eager to say goodbye to the greatest golfing champion in history on the most historical playing grounds. Fellow champions are queueing for their own farewells.

O'Hair gets first victory at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. - If anyone ever deserved this victory, it was Sean O'Hair.

Area rife with historical significance

Bowie finally gets her first win on third playoff hole at Farr
SYLVANIA, Ohio - Heather Bowie won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, parring the third hole of a playoff with Gloria Park in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Open fans can visit Morrises' memorial

Faxon makes it worth the trip
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Brad Faxon made the trip across the Atlantic worth his while Sunday, shooting a 69 to narrowly earn one of three final qualifying spots for the British Open.

Harman adds hometown title to his list of accomplishments

Augusta splits doubleheader

Legace: "We lost a season for no reason."
DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace criticized players' union head Bob Goodenow on Saturday for failing to reach a labor deal that could have saved the canceled 2004-05 season.

Legace: "We lost a season for no reason."
DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace criticized players' union head Bob Goodenow on Saturday for failing to reach a labor deal that could have saved the canceled 2004-05 season.

Legace: "We lost a season for no reason."

Neither rain nor gas costs stop vacation postcards
The high gas prices are certainly not discouraging your summer travels. The vacation postcards have continued to roll in.

Neither rain nor gas costs stop vacation postcards
The high gas prices are certainly not discouraging your summer travels. The vacation postcards have continued to roll in.

Explosives truck overturns on highway
Columbia County officials are awaiting the arrival of a private chemical cleanup crew to remove an overturned explosives truck on Columbia Road near Appling.

Bank spreads across river
Georgia Bank Financial Corp. got a new name today to prepare for a venture across the river into South Carolina.

Athlete charged with battery
Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested early Saturday morning in Columbia County after witnesses told police that he had given his wife a bloody nose.

Walker's daughter pleads guilty to tax fraud
The daughter of former state Sen. Charles Walker entered a guilty plea to tax fraud this afternoon in front of a federal magistrate judge.

Boyles announces mayoral plan
Augusta Commission District 7 member Tommy Boyles launched his campaign for mayor today , promising to bring leadership, trust and political stability back to the city.

Readers miss point on death toll
Regarding Angela Novotny's and Jim Reid's letters from June 27 and June 17, respectively: They were responding to Ken Manfredi's June 15 letter, "Put death toll in right perspective." They missed Mr. Manfredi's point by comparing of the deaths of our troops in Iraq with the number of kids killed in car accidents. He was assessing the liberal media's sensationalizing the death of our troops in Iraq. I agree.Jeff Burke, Aiken, S.C.

Justice must have bipartisan support

Readers miss point on death toll
Regarding Angela Novotny's and Jim Reid's letters from June 27 and June 17, respectively: They were responding to Ken Manfredi's June 15 letter, "Put death toll in right perspective." They missed Mr. Manfredi's point by comparing of the deaths of our troops in Iraq with the number of kids killed in car accidents. He was assessing the liberal media's sensationalizing the death of our troops in Iraq. I agree.Jeff Burke, Aiken, S.C.

Columnist missed on Plame affair
This is regarding the July 7 column by Jay Ambrose ("Where have the truly vigilant gone?"). This is not the first time a person, journalist or just a citizen, is tossed in the jail for refusing to reveal the source or taking the Fifth.Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

Justice must have bipartisan support
The retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court is a momentous event, as was her appointment as the first woman justice. President Reagan wanted to show that our society would be enriched by tapping the talents of the female half of our population. This idea resonated with the Senate, as illustrated by the 99-0 confirmation vote.Bob Gutin, Augusta

Mindless Dem-bashing continues
You recently wrote an editorial, "What about us, Jimmy?" (June 11) referring to President Carter "joining others on the left calling for the Bush administration to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba." Alan Roberts, Augusta

Justice must have bipartisan support
The retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court is a momentous event, as was her appointment as the first woman justice. President Reagan wanted to show that our society would be enriched by tapping the talents of the female half of our population. This idea resonated with the Senate, as illustrated by the 99-0 confirmation vote.Bob Gutin, Augusta

Readers miss point on death toll

Stem-cell argument shows hypocrisy
In response to Vern J. Simon's June 2 letter to the editor, "Liberals mar stem-cell debate," what point does Mr. Simon believe he is making by criticizing someone's supposedly intellectually dishonest argument with an equally intellectually dishonest argument?Alex Thurmond, Grovetown

Miracles may happen for city
The election results were loud and clear. Clean up the Augusta Commission or no more taxes. Without change, this message will also apply to the 1-cent special local option sales tax.Bill Hatcher Sr., Augusta

Protect your home from vacation thievery

Lost-in-the-kitchen generation tries to cope

This land is their land?

Health calendar

Seniors calendar

Journalist: Kids suffer from 'nature-deficit disorder'

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

Journalist: Kids suffer from 'nature-deficit disorder'
NEW YORK - Lauren Showstead sends her boys outside nearly every day to play. In the summer, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Brian collect bugs, pick up worms and explore nearby ponds and marshy areas. In the fall, they help rake the leaves, and in the winter, they're making snowmen and shooting down the luge track their dad made for them.

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

Lost-in-the-kitchen generation tries to cope
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - On a weekend when other kitchen classrooms at the Culinary Institute of America are packed with adults preparing paella and green mango salad, Chef Greg Zifchak is teaching Chicken Roasting 101.

Journalist: Kids suffer from 'nature-deficit disorder'
NEW YORK - Lauren Showstead sends her boys outside nearly every day to play. In the summer, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Brian collect bugs, pick up worms and explore nearby ponds and marshy areas. In the fall, they help rake the leaves, and in the winter, they're making snowmen and shooting down the luge track their dad made for them.

This land is their land?
NEW YORK - Gregory Green is between countries these days.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Lost-in-the-kitchen generation tries to cope
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - On a weekend when other kitchen classrooms at the Culinary Institute of America are packed with adults preparing paella and green mango salad, Chef Greg Zifchak is teaching Chicken Roasting 101.

Protect your home from vacation thievery
Your family vacation needn't be a coming home party for burglars.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Protect your home from vacation thievery
Your family vacation needn't be a coming home party for burglars.

This land is their land?
NEW YORK - Gregory Green is between countries these days.

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Kid of the Day

Black firefighters honor a pioneer

Bank spreads across river

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is India Lewis, 5, of Thomson.

Audit shows city in good shape

Three go to jail for crime spree
AIKEN - Jerry Bell, Brent Aiken and William Bell couldn't apologize enough Monday.

Across Georgia

Five questions with Trish Crawford
Trish Crawford is the manager of Waldenbooks in Augusta Mall, one of the many area bookstores planning special events Friday night for the release of the latest book by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Waldenbooks' Midnight Magic Party starts at 10 p.m.

Tarver wants to fill seat

Consumers report pharmacy errors
When a friend nearly died after being given the wrong medication at a hospital, Tom Osborne decided he should tell the authorities about his own frightening pharmacy mishaps.

Explosives truck overturns on highway

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University Health System officials say they poorly handled a potential safety problem affecting about 3,800 patients who underwent surgeries with instruments washed in hydraulic fluid at two hospitals.

Leaders purchase north side property

Tarver enters race for Senate

Three go to jail for crime spree

Battle is brewing on pros of CON

Across South Carolina

The week ahead

False alarm fines win support

Men accused of official's death face feds today
ATLANTA - Three years ago, former sheriff's Deputy Melvin Walker and David Ramsey walked out of a DeKalb County courthouse as free men, a jury unwilling to convict them of murder in the shooting of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.

Boyles announces mayoral plan

The week ahead
I'm not a big water person.

For Georgia farm family, the worm turns a profit

Tarver enters race for Senate
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat today .

Bikers show off custom creations
Linnie Ward's presence at the Dragoneez Sport Bike Club Show started off simply as an opportunity to ride his Harley.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A Darlington County group wants to break out service for its area and leave the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

News you can use

Store owner donates books to jail
ATHENS, Ga. - There's not much to do in jail, so inmates like to read books - something Donna MacPherson has in spades.

Kid of the Day
Orlando Brown Jr. is today's Kid of the Day.

Boogie down at the ball game
Lake Olmstead Stadium was flooded with children from day-care centers, camps and clubs during Kids Day with the Augusta GreenJackets.

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of execution Monday for a man convicted of fatally stabbing the manager of a pool hall with a pair of scissors.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A handful of Georgia Department of Revenue employees were among 2,209 people filing fraudulent tax returns during the recent filing season, the agency reported.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Three men have been charged in the shooting death of a Rock Hill man who was found dead in the parking lot of a nightclub, police said Monday.

Drug case could alter rule on vehicle checks
ATLANTA - The ability of Georgia law enforcement officials to pull over and inspect commercial vehicles might hinge on a court case from Banks County involving a watermelon truck and a hidden stash of cocaine.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A handful of Georgia Department of Revenue employees were among 2,209 people filing fraudulent tax returns during the recent filing season, the agency reported.

Racism fueled leader's ambition
Joseph D. Greene has many painful memories from growing up in the segregated South.

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Blacks' graves in old cemetery might be gone

Audit shows city in good shape
Except for significant deficits in enterprise funds and weaknesses in the financial reporting system of its housing and economic development department, Augusta is in sound financial shape, according to its auditing firm.

Across the Southeast

Boogie down at the ball game
Lake Olmstead Stadium was flooded with children from day-care centers, camps and clubs during Kids Day with the Augusta GreenJackets.

The week ahead
I'm not a big water person.

False alarm fines win support
Augusta's downtown business district is a step closer to having a false alarm ordinance.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Leaders purchase north side property
The Aiken City Council unanimously approved two resolutions Monday to purchase property on the city's north side.

Men accused of official's death face feds today
ATLANTA - Three years ago, former sheriff's Deputy Melvin Walker and David Ramsey walked out of a DeKalb County courthouse as free men, a jury unwilling to convict them of murder in the shooting of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.

Three go to jail for crime spree
AIKEN - Jerry Bell, Brent Aiken and William Bell couldn't apologize enough Monday.

Battle is brewing on pros of CON
ATLANTA - When Elder Olson and his wife, Sharron, decided to form a home health care agency in Brunswick several years ago, they faced a bureaucratic obstacle that would limit the scope of their business: the state's certificate of need requirement.

For Georgia farm family, the worm turns a profit
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Jack and Lucy Brantley still call the worms a gift from God.

Parents advised not to rely on HOPE
ATLANTA - To all the Georgia parents sending their children off to state colleges tuition-free this fall thanks to a HOPE scholarship, don't blow those college savings on a cruise or new car just yet. Three out of four freshmen who start out with the state scholarship don't keep it through their senior year.

Rants and Raves
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Consumers report pharmacy errors
When a friend nearly died after being given the wrong medication at a hospital, Tom Osborne decided he should tell the authorities about his own frightening pharmacy mishaps.

Explosives truck overturns on highway
Columbia County officials are awaiting the arrival of a private chemical cleanup crew to remove an overturned explosives truck on Columbia Road near Appling.

Across the area
A 70-year-old Augusta man told police he was smacked over the head and robbed by a man who was urinating across the street from his home during the weekend.

Bank spreads across river
Georgia Bank Financial Corp. got a new name today to prepare for a venture across the river into South Carolina.

Across Georgia
DULUTH - The city is cashing in on drivers running red lights thanks to a series of surveillance cameras installed around the community.

Rants and Raves
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Rain causes minimal damage
Three inches of rain within an hour could have caused major damage during Saturday's torrential rains.

Tarver wants to fill seat
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat Monday.

Black firefighters honor a pioneer
COLUMBIA - Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins has a nice job, a nice department-issued Ford Crown Victoria and a nice perspective of history.

Five questions with Trish Crawford

Leaders purchase north side property
The Aiken City Council unanimously approved two resolutions Monday to purchase property on the city's north side.

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of execution Monday for a man convicted of fatally stabbing the manager of a pool hall with a pair of scissors.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A Bainbridge, Ga., man was in the Richmond County jail Monday night, charged with sexual battery, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Three men have been charged in the shooting death of a Rock Hill man who was found dead in the parking lot of a nightclub, police said Monday.

Audit shows city in good shape
Except for significant deficits in enterprise funds and weaknesses in the financial reporting system of its housing and economic development department, Augusta is in sound financial shape, according to its auditing firm.

Consumers report pharmacy errors

False alarm fines win support
Augusta's downtown business district is a step closer to having a false alarm ordinance.

Across Georgia

Parents advised not to rely on HOPE

Tax payments might increase
The mill rate in Columbia County, which helps calculate how much residents pay in property taxes, will stay the same as it has for the past several years.

Men accused of official's death face feds today

Five questions with Trish Crawford
Trish Crawford is the manager of Waldenbooks in Augusta Mall, one of the many area bookstores planning special events Friday night for the release of the latest book by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Waldenbooks' Midnight Magic Party starts at 10 p.m.

Across the area

Racism fueled leader's ambition
Joseph D. Greene has many painful memories from growing up in the segregated South.

Bikers show off custom creations

Tarver enters race for Senate
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat today .

Racism fueled leader's ambition

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is India Lewis, 5, of Thomson.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Tax payments might increase

Boogie down at the ball game

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A Darlington County group wants to break out service for its area and leave the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

Battle is brewing on pros of CON
ATLANTA - When Elder Olson and his wife, Sharron, decided to form a home health care agency in Brunswick several years ago, they faced a bureaucratic obstacle that would limit the scope of their business: the state's certificate of need requirement.

Striking a chord
SUMTER, S.C. - After more than 30 years, Jimmy Saunders thinks he has found a place that is just right for his business, Standard Music Company.

Parents advised not to rely on HOPE
ATLANTA - To all the Georgia parents sending their children off to state colleges tuition-free this fall thanks to a HOPE scholarship, don't blow those college savings on a cruise or new car just yet. Three out of four freshmen who start out with the state scholarship don't keep it through their senior year.

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University Health System officials say they poorly handled a potential safety problem affecting about 3,800 patients who underwent surgeries with instruments washed in hydraulic fluid at two hospitals.

Tax payments might increase
The mill rate in Columbia County, which helps calculate how much residents pay in property taxes, will stay the same as it has for the past several years.

Black firefighters honor a pioneer
COLUMBIA - Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins has a nice job, a nice department-issued Ford Crown Victoria and a nice perspective of history.

Blacks' graves in old cemetery might be gone
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of blacks' graves at Douglas Cemetery might be lost, a Columbia cemetery preservation group says.

Bikers show off custom creations
Linnie Ward's presence at the Dragoneez Sport Bike Club Show started off simply as an opportunity to ride his Harley.

Blacks' graves in old cemetery might be gone
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of blacks' graves at Douglas Cemetery might be lost, a Columbia cemetery preservation group says.

Across the area
A 70-year-old Augusta man told police he was smacked over the head and robbed by a man who was urinating across the street from his home during the weekend.

Boyles announces mayoral plan
Augusta Commission District 7 member Tommy Boyles launched his campaign for mayor today , promising to bring leadership, trust and political stability back to the city.

For Georgia farm family, the worm turns a profit
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Jack and Lucy Brantley still call the worms a gift from God.

Kid of the Day
Orlando Brown Jr. is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day

Tarver wants to fill seat
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat Monday.

Across Georgia
DULUTH - The city is cashing in on drivers running red lights thanks to a series of surveillance cameras installed around the community.

Country shows its resolve after attacks
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - No hysteria. No mass transit shutdown. No excessive queues. No intrusive searches. No cancellations. No overreactions.

Anytown faces acronyms like any other town
The monthly meeting of the Anytown Board of Commissioners was just about over when Commissioner Washington brought up some new business.

Anytown faces acronyms like any other town
The monthly meeting of the Anytown Board of Commissioners was just about over when Commissioner Washington brought up some new business.

'Fantastic Four' debuts with $56 million
LOS ANGELES - The latest superhero movie may have been just fantastic enough to snap Hollywood's longest modern losing streak at the box office.

New home-video releases

'Fantastic Four' debuts with $56 million

Nicolas Cage to star in World Trade Center film
NEW YORK - Nearly four years after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will direct a film based on the story of two police officers who were trapped in the rubble on Sept. 11, 2001.

Nicolas Cage to star in World Trade Center film
NEW YORK - Nearly four years after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will direct a film based on the story of two police officers who were trapped in the rubble on Sept. 11, 2001.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

'Fantastic Four' debuts with $56 million
LOS ANGELES - The latest superhero movie may have been just fantastic enough to snap Hollywood's longest modern losing streak at the box office.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

Nicolas Cage to star in World Trade Center film

Willie Nelson takes reggae turn with 'Countryman'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

Willie Nelson takes reggae turn with 'Countryman'

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Willie Nelson takes reggae turn with 'Countryman'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Oh, Thalia. You have everything going for you. You're beautiful. You've got a voice that is playful and strong. You can dance, act, and you've built a self-named business empire. You're a true performer.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Oh, Thalia. You have everything going for you. You're beautiful. You've got a voice that is playful and strong. You can dance, act, and you've built a self-named business empire. You're a true performer.

Only 10 drivers remain in Chase
JOLIET, Ill. - When Jimmie Johnson cut a tire and lost a lap for an unscheduled pit stop, it gave a lot of drivers hope they could get back in the race to make the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - A jubilant Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke through for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the season Sunday, using a two-tire strategy and holding off Matt Kenseth to win at Chicagoland Speedway.

Feels like the first time
JOLIET, Ill. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. had trouble finding the words to describe his surprising, if not improbable, victory Sunday at the USG Sheetrock 400. So he punched the dashboard of his Budweiser Chevrolet as most of the 80,000 fans at the Chicagoland Speedway said it best with a thunderous cheer.

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - A jubilant Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke through for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the season Sunday, using a two-tire strategy and holding off Matt Kenseth to win at Chicagoland Speedway.

Only 10 drivers remain in Chase

Only 10 drivers remain in Chase
JOLIET, Ill. - When Jimmie Johnson cut a tire and lost a lap for an unscheduled pit stop, it gave a lot of drivers hope they could get back in the race to make the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland

Police arrest former Bulldog

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

Bartavious Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna M. Barmen    (JESSUP, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arvis R. Burton    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Jefferson, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Ellen Price    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Garrett    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Z. Harden    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willine Johnson    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Juliette L. Myerholtz    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Walker, Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearlie M. Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bill Winn    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Z. Harden    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Jefferson, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Price    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willine Johnson    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Walker, Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Van Sant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bill Winn    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

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

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna M. Barmen    (JESSUP, Ga.)

Deacon J.B. Brown    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Arvis R. Burton    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

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

Bartavious Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Catherine Van Sant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Deacon J.B. Brown    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearlie M. Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Cordelia Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Garrett    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Grant    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Grant    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Juliette L. Myerholtz    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Garrett (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Miss Cordelia Ellis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Ward (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bill Winn (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon J.B. Brown (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearlie M. Drayton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Van Sant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Jefferson, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bartavious Williams (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willine Johnson (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Z. Harden (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Ward (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Walker, Sr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen (JESUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Price (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna M. Barmen (JESSUP, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Arvis R. Burton (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Harvey Hall (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Quarles (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Juliette L. Myerholtz (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Grant (KITE, Ga.)

Overtime

Pacers' Alexander enjoying first event

Armstrong yields Tour's yellow jersey

Overtime

Celebs play in World Series of Poker

Pacers' Alexander enjoying first event
Vince Alexander feels like a child at a carnival.

Celebs play in World Series of Poker
LAS VEGAS - It's 110 degrees outside, shivery inside, the rows of leather-banked, green felt tables running hot and cold for the shrewdest poker players on the planet in the sporting world's richest showdown.

Overtime
In Baghdad, Iraq, the body of kidnapped Iraqi karate association chief was found floating in a river southeast of Baghdad, police and sports officials said Sunday.

Overtime
In Baghdad, Iraq, the body of kidnapped Iraqi karate association chief was found floating in a river southeast of Baghdad, police and sports officials said Sunday.

Armstrong yields Tour's yellow jersey
MULHOUSE, France - Lance Armstrong is content to let someone else wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France - for now.

A true lesson in honesty
Stratford Swim Team coaches Kevin Skenes and Alex Trakowski gave up a trophy they thought they had earned. It was replaced by a pair of plaques everyone else knew they deserved.

Celebs play in World Series of Poker
LAS VEGAS - It's 110 degrees outside, shivery inside, the rows of leather-banked, green felt tables running hot and cold for the shrewdest poker players on the planet in the sporting world's richest showdown.

Armstrong yields Tour's yellow jersey
MULHOUSE, France - Lance Armstrong is content to let someone else wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France - for now.

Pacers' Alexander enjoying first event
Vince Alexander feels like a child at a carnival.

Overtime
Spots are still open in the field for the Augusta City Amateur, which starts Friday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Overtime
Spots are still open in the field for the Augusta City Amateur, which starts Friday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Police arrest former Bulldog
Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested on two misdemeanor charges in Columbia County after witnesses told police he gave his wife a bloody nose.

Police arrest former Bulldog
Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested on two misdemeanor charges in Columbia County after witnesses told police he gave his wife a bloody nose.

Pope urges prayers for London attackers
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI asked the faithful Sunday to pray for those who staged the London attacks while issuing his strongest condemnation of terrorism yet, telling the bombers and other terrorists to "stop in the name of God."

Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation
LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI flew to the Italian Alps on Monday for a summer vacation in the same spot favored by his predecessor, John Paul II.

Pope urges prayers for London attackers
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI asked the faithful Sunday to pray for those who staged the London attacks while issuing his strongest condemnation of terrorism yet, telling the bombers and other terrorists to "stop in the name of God."

Justice O'Connor joined confusing Ten Commandments ruling
On her last Supreme Court decision day before resigning, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor opposed Ten Commandments displays outside the Texas Capitol and inside Kentucky courthouses, saying they violated church-state separation. Court majorities agreed with her regarding Kentucky but let the Texas monument remain.

Justice O'Connor joined confusing Ten Commandments ruling
On her last Supreme Court decision day before resigning, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor opposed Ten Commandments displays outside the Texas Capitol and inside Kentucky courthouses, saying they violated church-state separation. Court majorities agreed with her regarding Kentucky but let the Texas monument remain.

Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation
LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI flew to the Italian Alps on Monday for a summer vacation in the same spot favored by his predecessor, John Paul II.

Breathing a little easier on the "Today" show
NEW YORK - After a lousy spring, summer certainly is a lot brighter at NBC's "Today" show.

Breathing a little easier on the "Today" show
NEW YORK - After a lousy spring, summer certainly is a lot brighter at NBC's "Today" show.

Breathing a little easier on the "Today" show

Actress-singer Frances Langford dies at 92

People in the News

Doctor files slander lawsuit against Imus

People in the News

Q&A with John Leguizamo

Acting up
Long after the bells for school stop ringing and high school auditoriums are closed for summer break, those involved in community theater groups, such as the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing, act on.

Alternative fuel sources could relieve gas troubles
As I read in the newspaper that gasoline prices are expected to hit $3 a gallon by next year, I'm thankful I drive a Ford Focus with an energy-efficient four-cylinder engine.

Xtreme calendar
SCORE! The Augusta Fireball Soccer team, a team made up of under-23 Division 1 collegiate soccer players, will play against the Raleigh CASL Elite at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and free for those 6 and younger.

Artist's Corner

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

Acting up

Question of the week
Q: Have you ever gone off unchaperoned on an out-of-town trip?

With high school nearly over, it's wise to make most of time

Question of the week

Girl should put focus on present, not past

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar

Artist's Corner
THE FACTS: Sam Menard, 13, a home-schooled eighth-grader.

Audio best

With high school nearly over, it's wise to make most of time
At the last pep rally of this past school year, my junior year, I watched as my school's seniors enthusiastically cheered the prospect of graduating. I remembered thinking to myself, "Wow, these kids sure are happy about leaving high school." I could not help but wonder whether my reaction would be the same.

Alternative fuel sources could relieve gas troubles

Girl should put focus on present, not past
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I recently got a new boyfriend, and he is everything I could ever want, but that's just it: We've been dating for only a month, and it seems too good to be true. He has done everything right that I could ever imagine, until recently.

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

Alternative fuel sources could relieve gas troubles
As I read in the newspaper that gasoline prices are expected to hit $3 a gallon by next year, I'm thankful I drive a Ford Focus with an energy-efficient four-cylinder engine.

Acting up
Long after the bells for school stop ringing and high school auditoriums are closed for summer break, those involved in community theater groups, such as the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing, act on.

With high school nearly over, it's wise to make most of time
At the last pep rally of this past school year, my junior year, I watched as my school's seniors enthusiastically cheered the prospect of graduating. I remembered thinking to myself, "Wow, these kids sure are happy about leaving high school." I could not help but wonder whether my reaction would be the same.

Xtreme calendar
SCORE! The Augusta Fireball Soccer team, a team made up of under-23 Division 1 collegiate soccer players, will play against the Raleigh CASL Elite at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and free for those 6 and younger.

Girl should put focus on present, not past
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I recently got a new boyfriend, and he is everything I could ever want, but that's just it: We've been dating for only a month, and it seems too good to be true. He has done everything right that I could ever imagine, until recently.

Artist's Corner
THE FACTS: Sam Menard, 13, a home-schooled eighth-grader.

Justice O'Connor joined confusing Ten Commandments ruling

Pope urges prayers for London attackers

Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation