Ailing starters on the way back
NEW YORK - After an All-Star break vacation in the Bahamas for Tim Hudson and Mike Hampton, it's time for the Braves' injured arms to go back to work. Literally.

Piazza, Beltran lead Mets to defeat Braves

Ailing starters on the way back

Braves: Glavine good, but Smoltz wins

Piazza, Beltran lead Mets to defeat Braves
NEW YORK - And who says Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza were undeserving All-Stars?

Braves: Glavine good, but Smoltz wins
NEW YORK - Massively hyped marquee pitching matchups often become just that - hype.

Piazza, Beltran lead Mets to defeat Braves
NEW YORK - And who says Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza were undeserving All-Stars?

Braves: Glavine good, but Smoltz wins
NEW YORK - Massively hyped marquee pitching matchups often become just that - hype.

Ailing starters on the way back
NEW YORK - After an All-Star break vacation in the Bahamas for Tim Hudson and Mike Hampton, it's time for the Braves' injured arms to go back to work. Literally.

Presnell bids chamber farewell
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President Ed Presnell stepped down Friday to take an upper management position at SRP Federal Credit Union.

EPA avoids greenhouse gas action
WASHINGTON - An effort by a dozen states and several cities to make the Environmental Protection Agency regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases as air pollutants was rejected Friday by a federal appeals court.

Strong economic data push stocks to advance
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a bullish week with a modest advance Friday as positive economic data encouraged investors and sent the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a four-year high for the second consecutive session.

McDonald's posts solid sales growth
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. said Friday its second-quarter results will handily beat Wall Street's estimates as longer hours and new products continue to lift sales at the world's top-selling fast food company. Its stock surged nearly 5 percent.

Cost-conscious Dell branches out on style
DALLAS — From boring old beige computer cases to the more recent gray and black models, style isn't a word often associated with computer maker Dell Inc. But as the company continues to push into consumer products with plasma televisions and digital music players, it's adding a dash of flash to a revamped lineup of desktop and notebook computers.

Sharp develops 'two-way viewing-angle' LCD

Global fund managers shop for 'best-in-class' companies
Returns of foreign stock funds fell during the first half of the year amid the dollar's resurgence against other major currencies, but experts say that's no reason to shy away from international equities.

Harry Potter retailers wage dark war of their own
LONDON - As fans desperate to read the latest adventures of schoolboy wizard Harry Potter place orders for the new book due out Saturday, bookshops and other sellers are practicing some dark arts to ensure a share of the profits.

Presnell bids chamber farewell
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President Ed Presnell stepped down Friday to take an upper management position at SRP Federal Credit Union.

Sharp develops 'two-way viewing-angle' LCD
TOKYO — At last, a way to end squabbles over which TV channel to watch — without buying a second set. Sharp Corp. has developed a liquid-crystal display that shows totally different images to people viewing the screen from the left and the right.

Harry Potter retailers wage dark war of their own
LONDON - As fans desperate to read the latest adventures of schoolboy wizard Harry Potter place orders for the new book due out Saturday, bookshops and other sellers are practicing some dark arts to ensure a share of the profits.

Harry Potter retailers wage dark war of their own

Strong economic data push stocks to advance

Cost-conscious Dell branches out on style

Global fund managers shop for 'best-in-class' companies

Cost-conscious Dell branches out on style
DALLAS — From boring old beige computer cases to the more recent gray and black models, style isn't a word often associated with computer maker Dell Inc. But as the company continues to push into consumer products with plasma televisions and digital music players, it's adding a dash of flash to a revamped lineup of desktop and notebook computers.

Presnell bids chamber farewell

Sharp develops 'two-way viewing-angle' LCD
TOKYO — At last, a way to end squabbles over which TV channel to watch — without buying a second set. Sharp Corp. has developed a liquid-crystal display that shows totally different images to people viewing the screen from the left and the right.

McDonald's posts solid sales growth

Belk location to close once new center opens
Belk Inc. officials will shut down their North Augusta location once a bigger store is completed at a new retail center planned for Augusta.

Strong economic data push stocks to advance
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a bullish week with a modest advance Friday as positive economic data encouraged investors and sent the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a four-year high for the second consecutive session.

McDonald's posts solid sales growth
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. said Friday its second-quarter results will handily beat Wall Street's estimates as longer hours and new products continue to lift sales at the world's top-selling fast food company. Its stock surged nearly 5 percent.

Global fund managers shop for 'best-in-class' companies
Returns of foreign stock funds fell during the first half of the year amid the dollar's resurgence against other major currencies, but experts say that's no reason to shy away from international equities.

Rehnquist should retire
U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist says he'll be staying on the bench. And though Americans of good will are delighted that the cancer-stricken justice apparently has recovered from the bout of high fever that landed him in the hospital this week, we think he's making a big mistake.

Rehnquist should retire
U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist says he'll be staying on the bench. And though Americans of good will are delighted that the cancer-stricken justice apparently has recovered from the bout of high fever that landed him in the hospital this week, we think he's making a big mistake.

Evans' lucky number

Caught in his own web
The controversy surrounding presidential adviser Karl Rove and the leaked identity of a CIA agent is complicated, certainly.

She belongs, all right
Who would've expected that one of golf's biggest events of the year - the British Open at the famed St. Andrews course in Scotland - could be matched by a 15-year-old girl in a match-play event at the Shaker Run course in Lebanon, Ohio?

Evans' lucky number
It's not often that being ranked No. 32 on a list feels a lot like being ranked No. 1.

Rehnquist should retire

Caught in his own web
The controversy surrounding presidential adviser Karl Rove and the leaked identity of a CIA agent is complicated, certainly.

Evans' lucky number
It's not often that being ranked No. 32 on a list feels a lot like being ranked No. 1.

Update: Commisioners in Hawaii
JUST A REMINDER: Augusta Commissioners Betty Beard, Richard Colclough, Bobby Hankerson and Marion Williams are in Hawaii, where they are attending the annual meeting of the National Association of Counties. The trip will cost taxpayers $14,443.

Caught in his own web

Blondie' marks 75 years on the comics pages
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - Hard to believe it's been almost 75 years since ditzy flapper Blondie Boopadoop fell for bumbling Dagwood Bumstead in a love match made in the funny papers.

People in the News
ATLANTA - A former star of the "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV show is urging fans to skip the forthcoming movie version, calling it "a sleazy insult."

Blondie' marks 75 years on the comics pages
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - Hard to believe it's been almost 75 years since ditzy flapper Blondie Boopadoop fell for bumbling Dagwood Bumstead in a love match made in the funny papers.

Hungry for Harry?
The wait ends tonight.

Cameron Diaz testifies in trial over topless photos
LOS ANGELES - Giggling about her early modeling career, Cameron Diaz took the stand Thursday in a criminal trial that involves topless photos taken of her before she became a well-known actress.

People in the News
ATLANTA - A former star of the "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV show is urging fans to skip the forthcoming movie version, calling it "a sleazy insult."

Disneyland's opening 50 years ago turned into 'Black Sunday'
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When Walt Disney built Disneyland, he supervised every aspect of planning and construction - right down to the paint color inside the railroad station. But there were a couple of things he couldn't control at the opening 50 years ago: the temperature and the turnout.

Cameron Diaz testifies in trial over topless photos
LOS ANGELES - Giggling about her early modeling career, Cameron Diaz took the stand Thursday in a criminal trial that involves topless photos taken of her before she became a well-known actress.

Slater turns down plea deal
NEW YORK - Christian Slater rejected a plea bargain deal from prosecutors Thursday on a charge of allegedly groping a woman.

'Desperate Housewives' among top Emmy nominees
LOS ANGELES - "Desperate Housewives," a dark satire about suburbia that became an instant hit in its debut season, was among the top Emmy nominees announced Thursday.

Quiz: How well do you know Harry?
Try your hand at this quick quiz to see how much you really know about the world of Harry Potter:

'Desperate Housewives' among top Emmy nominees
LOS ANGELES - "Desperate Housewives," a dark satire about suburbia that became an instant hit in its debut season, was among the top Emmy nominees announced Thursday.

Quiz: How well do you know Harry?
Try your hand at this quick quiz to see how much you really know about the world of Harry Potter:

Stocks rise on good economic data
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a bullish week with a modest advance Friday as strong economic data encouraged investors and sent the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a four-year high for the second straight session.

Storms signal time to head ashore
When the hair on your arms and the back of your neck starts to stand up and your fishing line shows reluctance to settle onto the water, you are not hallucinating.

Storms signal time to head ashore

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

Storms signal time to head ashore
When the hair on your arms and the back of your neck starts to stand up and your fishing line shows reluctance to settle onto the water, you are not hallucinating.

Fishing tournaments

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

Who lives in a... carrot under the sea?
Skip the Krabby Patty, SpongeBob SquarePants is going veggie.

Who lives in a... carrot under the sea?
Skip the Krabby Patty, SpongeBob SquarePants is going veggie.

Who lives in a... carrot under the sea?

Summer heat can take toll on tomatoes

A case of botanical identity theft

Summer heat can take toll on tomatoes
Area tomato growers are experiencing problems with tomato blossoms falling off and not setting fruit, and this is a common occurrence during the hot days of summer.

A case of botanical identity theft
How's this for a case of identity theft? I went shopping for some geraniums recently and came home with an assortment of pelargoniums.

A case of botanical identity theft
How's this for a case of identity theft? I went shopping for some geraniums recently and came home with an assortment of pelargoniums.

Summer heat can take toll on tomatoes
Area tomato growers are experiencing problems with tomato blossoms falling off and not setting fruit, and this is a common occurrence during the hot days of summer.

GreenJackets, Klink get split in a pinch
For the first time in 72 games, it looked like Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Simon Klink was going to get a game off.

GreenJackets spared a total washout
Luckily for the Augusta GreenJackets, doubleheaders start one hour earlier.

GreenJackets spared a total washout
Luckily for the Augusta GreenJackets, doubleheaders start one hour earlier.

GreenJackets, Klink get split in a pinch
For the first time in 72 games, it looked like Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Simon Klink was going to get a game off.

Golf: Davenport super after 70
At 6:15 a.m. on Friday, the man who would end up leading the Augusta City Amateur golf tournament was knee deep in water, helping get the golf course ready for the first round of the tournament.

Golf: Davenport super after 70

Large field is tailing Tiger
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Tiger Woods isn't one to look over his shoulder, but the British Open leader isn't oblivious to what's going on four, five and six strokes behind him.

Large field is tailing Tiger

Golf: Round keeps Howell upbeat

Not meant to be

British tabloids rip golfers
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The notion of the "liberal" media must have been born in Britain.

British tabloids rip golfers

British tabloids rip golfers
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The notion of the "liberal" media must have been born in Britain.

Golf: Round keeps Howell upbeat
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - After days of sweltering heat and stifling stillness, Charles Howell was pleased to experience more suitable conditions at the Old Course on Thursday.

Golf: Nicklaus loses the magic

Golfer takes swing at being shutterbug
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It was a scene you'll never see at Augusta National Golf Club.

Large field is tailing Tiger
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Tiger Woods isn't one to look over his shoulder, but the British Open leader isn't oblivious to what's going on four, five and six strokes behind him.

Tiger leads after beginning with 66
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The British Open Championship turned gloomy on its first day.

Mickelson, Els come to life at halfway point
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - After disappointing 2-over starts on Thursday afternoon, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els staged comebacks to at least get themselves in position for moving day.

Regions Cup struggles to attract players
Participation is down and concern about the health of the Regions Cup amateur golf series is on the rise.

Not meant to be
Another major championship ended in disappointment for Charles Howell, as the Augusta native bogeyed three of the last six holes to miss the cut by a stroke in the British Open.

Golf: Nicklaus loses the magic
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Jack Nicklaus was hoping to produce something special, sitting at even par through 10 holes in his major championship sendoff.

Golf: Davenport super after 70
At 6:15 a.m. on Friday, the man who would end up leading the Augusta City Amateur golf tournament was knee deep in water, helping get the golf course ready for the first round of the tournament.

Golf: Round keeps Howell upbeat
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - After days of sweltering heat and stifling stillness, Charles Howell was pleased to experience more suitable conditions at the Old Course on Thursday.

Not meant to be
Another major championship ended in disappointment for Charles Howell, as the Augusta native bogeyed three of the last six holes to miss the cut by a stroke in the British Open.

Golfer takes swing at being shutterbug
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It was a scene you'll never see at Augusta National Golf Club.

Regions Cup struggles to attract players

Golfer takes swing at being shutterbug

Mickelson, Els come to life at halfway point

Regions Cup struggles to attract players
Participation is down and concern about the health of the Regions Cup amateur golf series is on the rise.

Golf: Nicklaus loses the magic
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Jack Nicklaus was hoping to produce something special, sitting at even par through 10 holes in his major championship sendoff.

Mickelson, Els come to life at halfway point
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - After disappointing 2-over starts on Thursday afternoon, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els staged comebacks to at least get themselves in position for moving day.

GreenJackets spared a total washout

GreenJackets, Klink get split in a pinch

Peach Jam: Event has paid off for Kansas' Self

Locals unable to pick up win

Vacationers have time to meet our goal
There are only 11 states to go before we reach our annual summer goal - a vacation postcard from all 50 states (and D.C.)

Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks hands over command
With a lei from a friend around her neck and one last "hooah" shouted at the end of the Army song, Fort Gordon's first female commander handed over the job Friday to a man who is now entrusted to lead the Army's Signal Corps.

Commissioners reach Hawaii resort
HONOLULU -- Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams is a man of his word.

NACo says Hawaii trip is nothing unusual
HONOLULU -- With all the fuss raised about elected officials jetting off to Hawaii at taxpayer-expense for a National Association of Counties meeting, you'd think some of the hullabaloo would reach the event's organizers.

Riverside Elementary School principal demoted
Riverside Elementary School Principal Jeanie Hill was demoted today because she did not immediately report allegations of inappropriate touching by a substitute teacher.

Augusta Tech graduation was splendid
What an exceptionally fine graduation ceremony for Augusta Tech!David T. Pitts Sr., Augusta

Lottery helps gamblers? Huh?
The Georgia lottery funds a program designed to help compulsive gamblers stop gambling.Bill Dekle, Millen

Pricey trips don't help commissioners
It is interesting to read of all the trips our elected officials take under the pretense of continuing education. Don Matthews, Augusta

With these guys, nation is in peril
With the continued abuses of freedoms of speech and press, together with the right of enemies captured on the field of battle to use our court system, our country will not survive!Gould B. Hagler, Augusta

Letter writers get it wrong on Iraq
In response to the letter writer who said that America needs people sticking up for America, not sticking it to America ("Dems have eroded our military might," July 6): There is an organization that has historically done this very thing: the Democratic Party.Patricia Lavins, Aiken, S.C.

Letter writers get it wrong on Iraq
In response to the letter writer who said that America needs people sticking up for America, not sticking it to America ("Dems have eroded our military might," July 6): There is an organization that has historically done this very thing: the Democratic Party.Patricia Lavins, Aiken, S.C.

Poor drainage must be fixed
I watched an Augusta Comm- ission meeting recently on television. One of the topics was the need to fix drainage systems along lower Wrightsboro and Davis roads.Ingrid S. Tutt, Augusta

War often is necessary for freedom

War often is necessary for freedom
Good things are happening in Iraq. In most newspapers, including The Augusta Chronicle, the front page and headlines are such as "Insurgent bombs kill many." Carl Rafoth, Augusta

Augusta Tech graduation was splendid

With these guys, nation is in peril

Augusta Tech graduation was splendid
What an exceptionally fine graduation ceremony for Augusta Tech!David T. Pitts Sr., Augusta

With these guys, nation is in peril
With the continued abuses of freedoms of speech and press, together with the right of enemies captured on the field of battle to use our court system, our country will not survive!Gould B. Hagler, Augusta

War often is necessary for freedom
Good things are happening in Iraq. In most newspapers, including The Augusta Chronicle, the front page and headlines are such as "Insurgent bombs kill many." Carl Rafoth, Augusta

Letter writers get it wrong on Iraq

Fashion briefs

Travel Briefs

New fabrics help control temperature

Travel Briefs
LOS ANGELES - Looking for an insider's view of your favorite show? Consider a studio tour on your next visit to the Los Angeles area. Just remember to call ahead to make reservations and double-check schedules, as times and routes can vary.

New fabrics help control temperature
NEW YORK - Summer presents a dressing dilemma to many people: There might be a 25-degree rise in temperature from the time you leave your house to the time you arrive at work - and then if your office is air-conditioned, there might be an even steeper drop once you step inside.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Most people complain about what heat and humidity do to their hair: They cause frizziness. But stylist Kevin Mancuso sees a flip side - "Let's just start with no static."

New fabrics help control temperature
NEW YORK - Summer presents a dressing dilemma to many people: There might be a 25-degree rise in temperature from the time you leave your house to the time you arrive at work - and then if your office is air-conditioned, there might be an even steeper drop once you step inside.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Most people complain about what heat and humidity do to their hair: They cause frizziness. But stylist Kevin Mancuso sees a flip side - "Let's just start with no static."

Travel Briefs
LOS ANGELES - Looking for an insider's view of your favorite show? Consider a studio tour on your next visit to the Los Angeles area. Just remember to call ahead to make reservations and double-check schedules, as times and routes can vary.

Caregiver arrested in child's death

Man accused of animal abuse
An Appling man was arrested Friday afternoon on animal cruelty charges after police say he did not feed some of his horses.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Alcohol sales expected to grow

Program puts more nurses into job market
After 32 years of working as a licensed practical nurse, Gary Jones, 53, went back to school this summer as part of a program to inject more registered nurses into the job market and counter a national nursing shortage.

News you can use

Riverside Elementary School principal demoted

Organizers say Hawaii trip isn't unusual

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

Lottery sales hit record high

Group hopes to save old theater
Michael Deas has such fond memories of watching movies at the Miller Theater as a child, he toured the property with a real estate agent when he learned it was for sale.

Families can walk a mile in an MS patient's shoes

Principal demoted for delay in report
Riverside Elementary School Principal Jeanie Hill was demoted Friday because she did not immediately report allegations of inappropriate touching by a substitute teacher.

Across Georgia

Friends died together in I-20 car wreck

Man accused of animal abuse

Kid of the Day
Patricia Michelle Haynes is today's Kid of the Day

Across the area

Family sues over faulty defibrillator

Hicks turns over Fort Gordon command

Augusta leaders say aloha to Hawaii
HONOLULU - Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams is a man of his word.

Organizers say Hawaii trip isn't unusual
HONOLULU - With all the fuss raised about elected officials jetting off to Hawaii at taxpayers' expense for a National Association of Counties meeting, you'd think some of the hullabaloo would reach the event's organizers.

Hicks turns over Fort Gordon command
With a lei from a friend around her neck and one last "hooah" shouted at the end of the Army song, Fort Gordon's first female commander handed over the job Friday to the man who is now entrusted to lead the Army's Signal Corps.

Kid of the Day

Caregiver arrested in child's death
AIKEN - The 6-year-old Aiken girl who'd been dead for up to 14 hours before being taken to a hospital was beaten to death, authorities said Thursday.

Augusta leaders say aloha to Hawaii
HONOLULU - Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams is a man of his word.

News you can use
Afternoon storms can pop up at any time and in a short time dump inches of rain on streets and roads.

Across the area
A Warrenville man was arrested Thursday night on charges of running a methamphetamine lab out of his home.

Group hopes to save old theater

Man accused of animal abuse
An Appling man was arrested Friday afternoon on animal cruelty charges after police say he did not feed some of his horses.

Burn center is expanding

Graniteville disaster response is criticized
AIKEN - Although Aiken County emergency agencies responded quickly to the Graniteville train disaster on the morning of Jan. 6, lapses in communication and cooperation hindered recovery, a report has found.

Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks hands over command

Lottery sales hit record high
ATLANTA - Gamblers have injected new life into the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship.

Across the region
ATLANTA - The remnants of Hurricane Dennis caused at least $20 million in property damage to Georgia, state officials said Thursday.

Principal demoted for delay in report
Riverside Elementary School Principal Jeanie Hill was demoted Friday because she did not immediately report allegations of inappropriate touching by a substitute teacher.

Kid of the Day

Family sues over faulty defibrillator
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The maker of a defective heart defibrillator recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was sued this week by the family of a Jacksonville man who died when the device implanted in his heart short-circuited.

Across South Carolina

Families can walk a mile in an MS patient's shoes
Cindy Olson remembers the look the principal gave her as she stumbled into a wall at her daughter's high school.

NACo says Hawaii trip is nothing unusual

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Serial bomber Eric Rudolph will be sentenced Aug. 22 for blasts at the 1996 Olympics and two other sites in Atlanta the following year.

Organizers say Hawaii trip isn't unusual
HONOLULU - With all the fuss raised about elected officials jetting off to Hawaii at taxpayers' expense for a National Association of Counties meeting, you'd think some of the hullabaloo would reach the event's organizers.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - The city of Rock Hill wants a federal court to review the case of a firefighter who is being ordered to quit his job after he married the daughter of a fire captain.

Three indicted in fraud scam
A federal indictment accusing three people of running a fraud scam involving nearly half a million dollars was unsealed this week.

Hicks turns over Fort Gordon command
With a lei from a friend around her neck and one last "hooah" shouted at the end of the Army song, Fort Gordon's first female commander handed over the job Friday to the man who is now entrusted to lead the Army's Signal Corps.

Father is charged in baby's burning
A 2-month-old who police say was burned by his father remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at Doctors Hospital's Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Marshal's weapon goes off at courthouse
Federal authorities are conducting an internal investigation after a federal law enforcement officer accidentally discharged a weapon at the federal courthouse in downtown Augusta, officials said Friday.

School workers to be screened for sex offenses
A price can't be placed on a child's safety, members of the Richmond County Board of Education said Thursday.

Alcohol sales expected to grow
Columbia County doesn't allow bars, but officials expect alcohol sales to increase as more restaurants enter the area.

Second man arrested in drive-by shooting
Police have arrested a second man in connection with a drive-by shooting in Hephzibah last month.

Augusta leaders say aloha to Hawaii

Friends died together in I-20 car wreck
Since they were children, Tariq Fischer, 19, and Imran Khan, 20, both of Martinez, have been friends.

Kid of the Day
McKenzie McTier is today's Kid of the Day.

Correction
- An article in Thursday's Metro section of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified Jim Ellison, the city of Augusta's lawyer in a lawsuit involving sewage sludge.

Burn center is expanding
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital will complete one of its biggest expansions in five years July 26, center director Tanya Simpson said Thursday. The burn unit will increase its capacity by 11 beds to a total of 55.

Across the area
North Augusta Public Safety officers are continuing their search for a 74-year-old man with health problems who left his workplace Tuesday night and hasn't been seen since, officials said Wednesday.

Post's new facility to aid in network node training
Fort Gordon's outgoing commander helped Thursday to introduce new training facilities that will get soldiers ready for the next generation of battlefield communications.

School workers to be screened for sex offenses

Marshal's weapon goes off at courthouse

Correction
- An article in the Your Life section of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle included incorrect information about the number of copies the East Central Georgia Library System will have of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

News you can use
Afternoon storms can pop up at any time and in a short time dump inches of rain on streets and roads.

Correction

Riverside Elementary School principal demoted
Riverside Elementary School Principal Jeanie Hill was demoted today because she did not immediately report allegations of inappropriate touching by a substitute teacher.

Storm causes power outages, flooding

Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks hands over command
With a lei from a friend around her neck and one last "hooah" shouted at the end of the Army song, Fort Gordon's first female commander handed over the job Friday to a man who is now entrusted to lead the Army's Signal Corps.

Across the region

Care audit to save funds
ATLANTA - An effort to weed out fraud and abuse in the health-care system for state employees could save taxpayers $30 million, the program's director said Thursday.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

News you can use

Friends died together in I-20 car wreck
Since they were children, Tariq Fischer, 19, and Imran Khan, 20, both of Martinez, have been friends.

Group hopes to save old theater
Michael Deas has such fond memories of watching movies at the Miller Theater as a child, he toured the property with a real estate agent when he learned it was for sale.

Storm causes power outages, flooding
The storms that rattled through the area Thursday night caused areas of flooding and scattered power outages mainly in the Augusta area.

Principal demoted for delay in report

Graniteville disaster response is criticized

Care audit to save funds

Alcohol sales expected to grow
Columbia County doesn't allow bars, but officials expect alcohol sales to increase as more restaurants enter the area.

Muggles find a little bit of magic

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Correction

Muggles find a little bit of magic
Kira King might have been the only person to bring a Black Horned-Tail dragon to a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince release party Friday night.

Post's new facility to aid in network node training

Across the region
ATLANTA - The remnants of Hurricane Dennis caused at least $20 million in property damage to Georgia, state officials said Thursday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Care audit to save funds
ATLANTA - An effort to weed out fraud and abuse in the health-care system for state employees could save taxpayers $30 million, the program's director said Thursday.

Muggles find a little bit of magic
Kira King might have been the only person to bring a Black Horned-Tail dragon to a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince release party Friday night.

Caregiver arrested in child's death
AIKEN - The 6-year-old Aiken girl who'd been dead for up to 14 hours before being taken to a hospital was beaten to death, authorities said Thursday.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

Storm causes power outages, flooding
The storms that rattled through the area Thursday night caused areas of flooding and scattered power outages mainly in the Augusta area.

Kid of the Day
Patricia Michelle Haynes is today's Kid of the Day

Across the area
North Augusta Public Safety officers are continuing their search for a 74-year-old man with health problems who left his workplace Tuesday night and hasn't been seen since, officials said Wednesday.

Correction
- An article in the Your Life section of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle included incorrect information about the number of copies the East Central Georgia Library System will have of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

School workers to be screened for sex offenses
A price can't be placed on a child's safety, members of the Richmond County Board of Education said Thursday.

Across the area
A Warrenville man was arrested Thursday night on charges of running a methamphetamine lab out of his home.

NACo says Hawaii trip is nothing unusual
HONOLULU -- With all the fuss raised about elected officials jetting off to Hawaii at taxpayer-expense for a National Association of Counties meeting, you'd think some of the hullabaloo would reach the event's organizers.

Graniteville disaster response is criticized
AIKEN - Although Aiken County emergency agencies responded quickly to the Graniteville train disaster on the morning of Jan. 6, lapses in communication and cooperation hindered recovery, a report has found.

Kid of the Day
McKenzie McTier is today's Kid of the Day.

Lottery sales hit record high
ATLANTA - Gamblers have injected new life into the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship.

Burn center is expanding
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital will complete one of its biggest expansions in five years July 26, center director Tanya Simpson said Thursday. The burn unit will increase its capacity by 11 beds to a total of 55.

Family sues over faulty defibrillator
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The maker of a defective heart defibrillator recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was sued this week by the family of a Jacksonville man who died when the device implanted in his heart short-circuited.

Friends recall teen's talent, humor
Friends of Tariq Fischer say they will always remember him as a funny guy who had a gregarious personality.

Families can walk a mile in an MS patient's shoes
Cindy Olson remembers the look the principal gave her as she stumbled into a wall at her daughter's high school.

Post's new facility to aid in network node training
Fort Gordon's outgoing commander helped Thursday to introduce new training facilities that will get soldiers ready for the next generation of battlefield communications.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Serial bomber Eric Rudolph will be sentenced Aug. 22 for blasts at the 1996 Olympics and two other sites in Atlanta the following year.

Seven sex offenders did not register
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for seven sex offenders who haven't registered their addresses this year.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - The city of Rock Hill wants a federal court to review the case of a firefighter who is being ordered to quit his job after he married the daughter of a fire captain.

Marshal's weapon goes off at courthouse
Federal authorities are conducting an internal investigation after a federal law enforcement officer accidentally discharged a weapon at the federal courthouse in downtown Augusta, officials said Friday.

Correction
- An article in Thursday's Metro section of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified Jim Ellison, the city of Augusta's lawyer in a lawsuit involving sewage sludge.

Time, golf stand still for right reason
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - For two minutes, the British Open stood perfectly still.

Golden age complete as Nicklaus bows out
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Some pictures burn forever in your mind. This one will have to last that long.

Golden age complete as Nicklaus bows out
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Some pictures burn forever in your mind. This one will have to last that long.

Time, golf stand still for right reason
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - For two minutes, the British Open stood perfectly still.

Judge dismisses slander claim against Michael Moore
DETROIT - A federal judge Thursday threw out a libel and defamation lawsuit filed against filmmaker Michael Moore by the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

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.

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

Mr. Marvin B. Barron, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Wasden    (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin B. Barron, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell L. Smeak    (SSGT AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Buck Mathis    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Sheppard, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Thomas Tamblyn, III    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolf F. Schmidt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie M. Usry    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Betty R. Walker    (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Corley, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Russell L. Smeak    (SSGT AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Bennett Logan    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. John E. Pierson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Will Wright    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles R. Morris, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie C. Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Bennett Logan    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph G. "Ralphie" Phillips    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Beth Offerman    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin B. Barron, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles O'Berry, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Richard E. Cawley    (ELBERTON, Ga.)

Ms. Geneva M. Middleton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Cunningham    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arnie Lee Moore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette K. Fordham    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Chamberlain    (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Hall, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Youngblood, Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl S. Johnson    (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie M. Usry    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rudolf F. Schmidt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lavon Newman    (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mr. Louis B. LeFevre    (HOUSTON, Texas)

Mr. Raymond McKeon, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Logan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rickey L. Henley    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eliza Lue Cartledge    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Bonds    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. William Lott, Sr.    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin B. Barron, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie C. Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mae Hardin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond McKeon, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. John E. Pierson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie C. Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Sheppard    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Wingate    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond McKeon, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Lavon Newman    (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Sheppard    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles R. Morris, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Offerman    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond McKeon, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Wasden    (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie C. Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Wingate    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Rickey L. Henley    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wray    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Yeldell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph G. "Ralphie" Phillips    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Youngblood, Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Maude Bonds    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Yuan Liu    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James T. Winn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Cunningham    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Betty R. Walker    (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Thomas Tamblyn, III    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette K. Fordham    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Sheppard, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Hall, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles O'Berry, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl S. Johnson    (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Geneva M. Middleton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Buck Mathis    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Louis B. LeFevre    (HOUSTON, Texas)

Mr. Arnie Lee Moore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Logan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Earline Crosby    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mae Hardin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Chamberlain    (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. William Lott, Sr.    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Hugh Corley, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Youngblood, Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph G. "Ralphie" Phillips    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph G. "Ralphie" Phillips    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Richard E. Cawley    (ELBERTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Yuan Liu    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James T. Winn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Yeldell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Youngblood, Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Eliza Lue Cartledge    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wray    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Will Wright    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Cunningham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie Yeldell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mae Hardin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Dr. Thomas Tamblyn, III (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lavon Newman (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolf F. Schmidt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Logan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond McKeon, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Yuan Liu (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph G. "Ralphie" Phillips (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Eliza Lue Cartledge (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Chamberlain (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John E. Pierson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles O'Berry, Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Wray (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Corley, Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Mr. Rickey L. Henley (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Hall, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Bennett Logan (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Wingate (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Ms. Geneva M. Middleton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Wasden (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Sheppard, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie C. Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie C. Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Betty R. Walker (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond McKeon, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Russell L. Smeak (SSGT AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin B. Barron, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arnie Lee Moore (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard E. Cawley (ELBERTON, Ga.)

Mr. James T. Winn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis B. LeFevre (HOUSTON, Texas)

Mrs. Maude Bonds (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeanette K. Fordham (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Charles R. Morris, Jr. (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Youngblood, Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Beth Offerman (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. William Lott, Sr. (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin B. Barron, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Sheppard (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Will Wright (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Youngblood, Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie M. Usry (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl S. Johnson (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Buck Mathis (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph G. "Ralphie" Phillips (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Speed drives racer's passion

Finishing touches are put on drag boats

Overtime

Overtime

Finishing touches are put on drag boats
Today they tinker. On Saturday, they race.

Overtime
In Las Vegas, poker's top players and unknowns were in a high-stakes showdown Thursday, each looking to make the nine-person final table at the World Series of Poker's main event and grab a piece of gambling glory.

Overtime
In Las Vegas, poker's top players and unknowns were in a high-stakes showdown Thursday, each looking to make the nine-person final table at the World Series of Poker's main event and grab a piece of gambling glory.

Overtime
Whitney Simons, a South Carolina sophomore from Aiken, won the Carolina Women's Match Play Championship on Thursday at Sapona Country Club in Lexington, N.C.

Finishing touches are put on drag boats
Today they tinker. On Saturday, they race.

Speed drives racer's passion
John Haas cultivated a love for fast boats as a child growing up in western Michigan.

Overtime
Whitney Simons, a South Carolina sophomore from Aiken, won the Carolina Women's Match Play Championship on Thursday at Sapona Country Club in Lexington, N.C.

Speed drives racer's passion
John Haas cultivated a love for fast boats as a child growing up in western Michigan.

Peach Jam: All Stars capture first title
Don't tell the Sports Youth Foundation Players or the Boo Williams All Stars that the Nike Peach Jam Invitational is a relaxed atmosphere to show off skills for college coaches.

Locals unable to pick up win
After watching his team finish winless in one of the summer's premier basketball events, Peach Jam Select's Trevor Deloach refused to hang his head.

Peach Jam: Event has paid off for Kansas' Self
Bill Self loves the Peach Jam. The Kansas coach has signed three prominent Peach Jam alumni.

Peach Jam: Event has paid off for Kansas' Self
Bill Self loves the Peach Jam. The Kansas coach has signed three prominent Peach Jam alumni.

Locals unable to pick up win
After watching his team finish winless in one of the summer's premier basketball events, Peach Jam Select's Trevor Deloach refused to hang his head.

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
AMMAN, Jordan - A major international meeting of Muslim scholars agreed that religious edicts called fatwas should be issued only by clerics bearing recognized authority - a position that implicitly opposes calls for violence from militants like those spearheading Iraq's insurgency.

Faith digest
THE REV. PAUL HENSON, a former overseer of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., will preach at 7:30 tonight at the campground behind Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 2605 Mount Moriah Road in Matthews, Ga. The camp meeting will hold services at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and continue with services through July 24.

Faith digest
THE REV. PAUL HENSON, a former overseer of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., will preach at 7:30 tonight at the campground behind Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 2605 Mount Moriah Road in Matthews, Ga. The camp meeting will hold services at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and continue with services through July 24.

Gay Singaporeans gather to pray in Christian church
SINGAPORE - In a country where homosexual sex is punishable by prison time and the government bans gay-themed parties, the Free Community Church stands out. It is the only place of Christian worship willing to accept gays and lesbians in Singapore.

Religion News in Brief
AMMAN, Jordan - A major international meeting of Muslim scholars agreed that religious edicts called fatwas should be issued only by clerics bearing recognized authority - a position that implicitly opposes calls for violence from militants like those spearheading Iraq's insurgency.

Comedians, band to lead youth rally
Bradley Bean holds a degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., but he made a career out of cutting up in the dorm.

Gospel performers make music for troops
Gospel artist James Bignon wanted to do it. So did Luther Barnes and Dottie Peoples.

Comedians, band to lead youth rally
Bradley Bean holds a degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., but he made a career out of cutting up in the dorm.

America's largest church soon opens
HOUSTON - An arena that basketball fans once packed to see the NBA's Houston Rockets is about to take on a new role - home to the largest congregation in the nation.

Gospel performers make music for troops
Gospel artist James Bignon wanted to do it. So did Luther Barnes and Dottie Peoples.

Model hopefuls learn technique, Christian values
When Winifred Wilson got the inspiration to start a Christian modeling agency, she knew what it would be like and what it would do. She just didn't know what to call it.

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.

Model hopefuls learn technique, Christian values
When Winifred Wilson got the inspiration to start a Christian modeling agency, she knew what it would be like and what it would do. She just didn't know what to call it.

Gay Singaporeans gather to pray in Christian church
SINGAPORE - In a country where homosexual sex is punishable by prison time and the government bans gay-themed parties, the Free Community Church stands out. It is the only place of Christian worship willing to accept gays and lesbians in Singapore.

America's largest church soon opens
HOUSTON - An arena that basketball fans once packed to see the NBA's Houston Rockets is about to take on a new role - home to the largest congregation in the nation.

Time, golf stand still for right reason

Golden age complete as Nicklaus bows out

INXS show masters clichs, rocks out

Kyra Sedgwick leaves home turf for TNT's 'The Closer'
LOS ANGELES - The character, not the crime stories, enticed Kyra Sedgwick to the title role in "The Closer."

GSN bounces into summer with 'Dodgeball'

TV highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Discovery Channel's Shark Week has been must-sea TV since it began in 1988, but the timing this year - following two shark attacks off the coast of Florida - makes it especially compelling.

GSN bounces into summer with 'Dodgeball'
LOS ANGELES - Jeremiah Trotter needs another rubdown. Lately the pro football star been on the massage table more than he ever has in his career. But pain happens when you're playing "Extreme Dodgeball."

Kyra Sedgwick leaves home turf for TNT's 'The Closer'
LOS ANGELES - The character, not the crime stories, enticed Kyra Sedgwick to the title role in "The Closer."

GSN bounces into summer with 'Dodgeball'
LOS ANGELES - Jeremiah Trotter needs another rubdown. Lately the pro football star been on the massage table more than he ever has in his career. But pain happens when you're playing "Extreme Dodgeball."

TV highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Kyra Sedgwick leaves home turf for TNT's 'The Closer'

TV highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Discovery Channel's Shark Week has been must-sea TV since it began in 1988, but the timing this year - following two shark attacks off the coast of Florida - makes it especially compelling.

Cameron Diaz testifies in trial over topless photos

Blondie' marks 75 years on the comics pages

Quiz: How well do you know Harry?

'Desperate Housewives' among top Emmy nominees

People in the News

INXS show masters clichs, rocks out
I think I've got a little thing for a reality show.

INXS show masters clichs, rocks out
I think I've got a little thing for a reality show.

Gospel performers make music for troops

America's largest church soon opens

Religion News in Brief

Comedians, band to lead youth rally

Gay Singaporeans gather to pray in Christian church

Faith calendar

Model hopefuls learn technique, Christian values

Faith digest