Pet of the week
Baby, a 10-week-old female collie mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Seniors at recreation department from lasting friendships in group
About 30 senior citizens filtered into Smith-Hazel Recreation Center on Tuesday for a morning of arts and crafts.

Recycling centers
To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Kmart Shopping Center in North Augusta, the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421, and Aiken Department of Public Safety Stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

Show attracts lovers of sport bikes
Dennis Garrett doesn't mind the distances he travels to get to a motorcycle show.

Show attracts lovers of sport bikes
Dennis Garrett doesn't mind the distances he travels to get to a motorcycle show.

Class teaches children many things are musical
Brooms, chains, combs, pots, pans, whisks, bottles, buckets, dowels, plungers, tin cans, sound tubes, trash cans, wooden spoons, flyswatters, plastic bags, magic markers, orange juice jugs filled with beans - her bag of tricks was endless.

Around the block
A Peace Walk will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. After the walk, there will be a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. at the Aiken Unitarian Church, 115 Gregg Ave., on Peace Pilgrimages: Remembering the Past, Changing the Future. The events are free. Call 215-3263.

Pet of the week
Baby, a 10-week-old female collie mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Across the river
AUGUSTA SOUTHERN NATIONALS: Today, Augusta Riverfront Marina; $15; 278-4TIX

Recreation calendar
RIBBONS AND CUTS DAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1; area barbers, beauticians to give free haircuts; donations of barrettes, ribbons, combs and brushes are needed

Red Cross guide helps with pet emergencies
People are not the only beings in need of emergency medical attention from time to time.

Recycling centers
To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Kmart Shopping Center in North Augusta, the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421, and Aiken Department of Public Safety Stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

Class teaches children many things are musical
Brooms, chains, combs, pots, pans, whisks, bottles, buckets, dowels, plungers, tin cans, sound tubes, trash cans, wooden spoons, flyswatters, plastic bags, magic markers, orange juice jugs filled with beans - her bag of tricks was endless.

Around the block
A Peace Walk will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. After the walk, there will be a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. at the Aiken Unitarian Church, 115 Gregg Ave., on Peace Pilgrimages: Remembering the Past, Changing the Future. The events are free. Call 215-3263.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Bookings
These are bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for June 30-July 7. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Recreation calendar
RIBBONS AND CUTS DAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1; area barbers, beauticians to give free haircuts; donations of barrettes, ribbons, combs and brushes are needed

Athlete Spotlight: Katelyn Henderson
There's nothing about softball that Katelyn "K.H." Henderson doesn't love.

Calendar
Aiken peace walk: 1:30 p.m. today; H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; with panel discussion of Peace Pilgrimages: Remembering the Past, Changing the Future at 4:30 p.m. at the Aiken Unitarian Church,115 Gregg Ave.; free; 215-3263

Seniors at recreation department from lasting friendships in group
About 30 senior citizens filtered into Smith-Hazel Recreation Center on Tuesday for a morning of arts and crafts.

Bookings
These are bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for June 30-July 7. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Veteran's tribute song stirs deep emotions
Alton Miller saw much American blood shed in Iraq.

Children mold their minds in clay class
When 12-year-old Sarah Sanders' mother signed her up for the Creative Clay class at the University of South Carolina Aiken, her first reaction was, "Aw, Mom." She now admits her mother did the right thing.

Veteran's tribute song stirs deep emotions
Alton Miller saw much American blood shed in Iraq.

Johnson propels Yanks past Boston

Palmeiro quietly joins elite
SEATTLE - The crowd at Safeco Field was roaring, yet Rafael Palmeiro never heard the cheers when he rounded first base after his 3,000th hit.

Palmeiro quietly joins elite
SEATTLE - The crowd at Safeco Field was roaring, yet Rafael Palmeiro never heard the cheers when he rounded first base after his 3,000th hit.

Johnson propels Yanks past Boston
BOSTON - Randy Johnson struck out 10 in 6Q innings to rescue the injury-depleted Yankees rotation, and Alex Rodriguez homered to lead New York to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Palmeiro quietly joins elite

Johnson propels Yanks past Boston
BOSTON - Randy Johnson struck out 10 in 6Q innings to rescue the injury-depleted Yankees rotation, and Alex Rodriguez homered to lead New York to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Summer Faith Blevins
Rob and Diane Blevins of Thompson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Summer Faith, born June 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gabriella Laren Saxon

Phillip Trinh Tran
Thao Trinh and Long Tran are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Phillip Trinh, born on July 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Davis Marshall Walker
William and Amy Walker of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Davis Marshall, born on June 6, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Augusta.

Abagail Cadence Glosson

Shelby Breeann Newman
Ryan and Sharon Newman of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Breeann, born on June 28, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gavin Seth Vilano
Saulena Vilano and Vernon James II are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Seth, born on June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan Mason James
Bobby James Jr. and Janet Clarke are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Mason, born on June 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brianna Katherine Hogan

Gavin Seth Vilano
Saulena Vilano and Vernon James II are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Seth, born on June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

MoKoyia MaKayla Reid

Jessley Vale Letbetter
Jesse and Victoria Letbetter of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessley Vale born on June 27, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Maggie Lauren James

Hunter Chason Josey
Brian and Melissa Josey of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hunter Chason, born May 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Millie Ann Quick
Joseph and Eva Quick of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Millie Ann, born June 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jacob Lucas Burke
Jennifer Burke and George McKie are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Lucas, born July 5, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken.

Davis Marshall Walker
William and Amy Walker of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Davis Marshall, born on June 6, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Augusta.

Alex Benjamin Cross
Michael Victor and Jennifer Dawn Cross, Jr., of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alex Benjamin, born June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Chloe Elysia Quick
Casey Quick and Theresa Byrnes are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Elysia, born July 1, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brianna Katherine Hogan
Doctors William E. and Laura Hogan of Jacksonville, Fla. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brianna Katherine, born June 22, 2005 at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

Darrian Michael Taylor

Alastair Sterling Hood
Kenneth and Susan Hood of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alastair Sterling, born December 7, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emilia Mary Leopard

Darrian Michael Taylor
Charles and LaDonna Taylor of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Darrian Michael, born May 12, 205 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Alex Benjamin Cross

Summer Faith Blevins
Rob and Diane Blevins of Thompson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Summer Faith, born June 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nolan Morgan Wilson

India Dezia Staley
Calvin and Arabia Staley El of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, India Dezia, born June 20, 2005 at university Hospital in Augusta.

Nolan Morgan Wilson
Matthew and Erica Wilson of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nolan Morgan, born June 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Evan Jamison Creswell
Terry and Donna Creswell of Brunson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Evan Jamison, born June 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Abagail Cadence Glosson
Paul and Sonya Glosson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Abagail Cadence, born on June 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

MoKoyia MaKayla Reid
Willie Reid and Kishina Miller are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, MoKoyia MaKayla, born June 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hunter Chason Josey
Brian and Melissa Josey of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hunter Chason, born May 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Makenzie Brook Newsome
Neal and Jennifer Newsome of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Makenzie Brook, born on May 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan Mason James
Bobby James Jr. and Janet Clarke are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Mason, born on June 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Telissa Destiny Washington
Telly Washington and Tosha Whetstone are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Telissa Destiny, born on June 26, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Mia Lynn Peters
Keith and Samantha Peters of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Lynn, born on June 21, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Gabriella Laren Saxon
Dusty and Crystal Saxon of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Laren, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emilia Mary Leopard
Daniel and Donna Leopard of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emilia Mary, born on June 20, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Maggie Lauren James
Jerry and Kelli James of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maggie Lauren, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gavin Seth Vilano

Garrett Bradley Jenkins
Brad and Renee Jenkins of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Garrett Bradley, born May 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jessley Vale Letbetter

Darius Colby Wright
Perry and Nickole Turner of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Darius Colby, born June 27, 2005 at Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington.

Hunter Chason Josey

Nolan Morgan Wilson
Matthew and Erica Wilson of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nolan Morgan, born June 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mia Lynn Peters

David Quinn Holton
David and Tammy Holton of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, David Quinn, born June 21, 2005 Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Telissa Destiny Washington

David Quinn Holton
David and Tammy Holton of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, David Quinn, born June 21, 2005 Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Darius Colby Wright

Maggie Lauren James
Jerry and Kelli James of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maggie Lauren, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Makenzie Brook Newsome

Gabriella Laren Saxon
Dusty and Crystal Saxon of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Laren, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Evan Jamison Creswell

Telissa Destiny Washington
Telly Washington and Tosha Whetstone are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Telissa Destiny, born on June 26, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

India Dezia Staley

Makenzie Brook Newsome
Neal and Jennifer Newsome of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Makenzie Brook, born on May 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Davis Marshall Walker

Darius Colby Wright
Perry and Nickole Turner of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Darius Colby, born June 27, 2005 at Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington.

India Dezia Staley
Calvin and Arabia Staley El of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, India Dezia, born June 20, 2005 at university Hospital in Augusta.

Mia Lynn Peters
Keith and Samantha Peters of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Lynn, born on June 21, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Phillip Trinh Tran
Thao Trinh and Long Tran are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Phillip Trinh, born on July 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Brown
Marion and Kristi Brown of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born on June 29, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Emilia Mary Leopard
Daniel and Donna Leopard of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emilia Mary, born on June 20, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Alastair Sterling Hood
Kenneth and Susan Hood of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alastair Sterling, born December 7, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jacob Lucas Burke
Jennifer Burke and George McKie are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Lucas, born July 5, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken.

Lindsey Denise Scott
Dennis and April Scott of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lindsey Denise, born on May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Darrian Michael Taylor
Charles and LaDonna Taylor of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Darrian Michael, born May 12, 205 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Phillip Trinh Tran

Brianna Katherine Hogan
Doctors William E. and Laura Hogan of Jacksonville, Fla. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brianna Katherine, born June 22, 2005 at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

Chloe Elysia Quick

Alex Benjamin Cross
Michael Victor and Jennifer Dawn Cross, Jr., of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alex Benjamin, born June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Garrett Bradley Jenkins

Jessley Vale Letbetter
Jesse and Victoria Letbetter of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessley Vale born on June 27, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Alastair Sterling Hood

Garrett Bradley Jenkins
Brad and Renee Jenkins of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Garrett Bradley, born May 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lindsey Denise Scott

Shelby Breeann Newman
Ryan and Sharon Newman of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Breeann, born on June 28, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jacob Lucas Burke

Millie Ann Quick
Joseph and Eva Quick of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Millie Ann, born June 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Shelby Breeann Newman

Kaylee Ann Brown
Marion and Kristi Brown of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born on June 29, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

David Quinn Holton

Abagail Cadence Glosson
Paul and Sonya Glosson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Abagail Cadence, born on June 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Summer Faith Blevins

Lindsey Denise Scott
Dennis and April Scott of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lindsey Denise, born on May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Brown

Dylan Mason James

MoKoyia MaKayla Reid
Willie Reid and Kishina Miller are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, MoKoyia MaKayla, born June 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Millie Ann Quick

Evan Jamison Creswell
Terry and Donna Creswell of Brunson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Evan Jamison, born June 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chloe Elysia Quick
Casey Quick and Theresa Byrnes are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Elysia, born July 1, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Hudson has strong return
NEW YORK - Tim Hudson was so amped for his first start in nearly five weeks that teammate Kelly Johnson thought he was going to have to find a straitjacket for the Atlanta starter.

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

Hudson has strong return

Chipper decides on early return
NEW YORK - Chipper Jones was back with his big league teammates Saturday, but the Braves' third baseman will probably have to wait until Monday to return to the field.

Braves: Glavine good, but Smoltz wins

Hudson has strong return
NEW YORK - Tim Hudson was so amped for his first start in nearly five weeks that teammate Kelly Johnson thought he was going to have to find a straitjacket for the Atlanta starter.

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

Business licenses

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

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business; Dr. Joyce Jones, of Augusta State University, will speak on the topic of continuing education; 11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, $17 at the door; $20 for nonchamber members; call Allison Hopkins at 821-1324 or ahopkins@augustagausa.com.

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.

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of business licenses from Richmond County in May:

To tattoo or not?

Business briefs
Most of us wane as the day winds down, according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps. a third of the 150 executives said 4 to 6 p.m. is the least productive time of the work day, with the post-lunch period, noon to 2 p.m., cited by 29 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.

To tattoo or not?
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Eddie Santos isn't your average-looking employee. His left arm is covered in tattoos, his lower lip is pierced, and his earlobes have holes the size of half-dollars.

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business; Dr. Joyce Jones, of Augusta State University, will speak on the topic of continuing education; 11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, $17 at the door; $20 for nonchamber members; call Allison Hopkins at 821-1324 or ahopkins@augustagausa.com.

Presnell bids chamber farewell

On the move
- Jennifer L. Johnson has been promoted to director of market research for Morris Communica-tions Co. Ms. Johnson, an employee for six years, was previously the company's research manager. Her responsibilities include research budgeting, vendor relations, and staff management and development. She also will be charged with the management and staffing of the circulation and advertising customer-relationship management systems.

72(t) plan can avoid penalties of taxes

Business owners say animals draw customers, boost sales
Sandra Williamson was pushing her cart up and down the flower-filled aisles of Green Thumb West when a fellow customer scanned Ms. Williamson's selections - flowers on top and a Shih Tzu named Willie on the bottom.

On the move

72(t) plan can avoid penalties of taxes
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ask the Experts gives readers a chance to have financial questions answered by local financial professionals. Readers with questions and financial professionals willing to give advice can contact Business Editor Damon Cline at damon.cline@ augustachronicle.com.

Business owners say animals draw customers, boost sales
Sandra Williamson was pushing her cart up and down the flower-filled aisles of Green Thumb West when a fellow customer scanned Ms. Williamson's selections - flowers on top and a Shih Tzu named Willie on the bottom.

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of business licenses from Richmond County in May:

Strong economic data push stocks to advance

72(t) plan can avoid penalties of taxes
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ask the Experts gives readers a chance to have financial questions answered by local financial professionals. Readers with questions and financial professionals willing to give advice can contact Business Editor Damon Cline at damon.cline@ augustachronicle.com.

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.

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.

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.

Business owners say animals draw customers, boost sales

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.

McDonald's posts solid sales growth

To tattoo or not?
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Eddie Santos isn't your average-looking employee. His left arm is covered in tattoos, his lower lip is pierced, and his earlobes have holes the size of half-dollars.

On the move
- Jennifer L. Johnson has been promoted to director of market research for Morris Communica-tions Co. Ms. Johnson, an employee for six years, was previously the company's research manager. Her responsibilities include research budgeting, vendor relations, and staff management and development. She also will be charged with the management and staffing of the circulation and advertising customer-relationship management systems.

Business calendar

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.

Commissioners are treated like stars

Commissioners are treated like stars
Oh, there'll be no luau for Augusta's four commissioners at the National Association of Counties conference in Honolulu this week. They're working too hard. Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams said he and Commissioners Richard Colclough, Betty Beard and Bobby Hankerson already had learned enough about the ins and outs of the budget process at Friday's workshop to pay for the trip to the tropical isle.

Commissioners are treated like stars
Oh, there'll be no luau for Augusta's four commissioners at the National Association of Counties conference in Honolulu this week. They're working too hard. Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams said he and Commissioners Richard Colclough, Betty Beard and Bobby Hankerson already had learned enough about the ins and outs of the budget process at Friday's workshop to pay for the trip to the tropical isle.

Tigers deal with fallout from brawl
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson defensive end Charles Bennett knew he and his teammates were wrong for what they did in their season-ending brawl with South Carolina last fall. But he didn't understand the impact of their actions until recently.

Tigers deal with fallout from brawl
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson defensive end Charles Bennett knew he and his teammates were wrong for what they did in their season-ending brawl with South Carolina last fall. But he didn't understand the impact of their actions until recently.

Tigers deal with fallout from brawl

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?

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.

Bear gives way to Tiger

Bear gives way to Tiger
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, Billy Joel once said. Golf is like any other aspect of life, only more so.

Bear gives way to Tiger
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, Billy Joel once said. Golf is like any other aspect of life, only more so.

Call for new blood
Augusta needs a blood transfusion. We've got an ineffective public sector, with an often gridlocked commission that not only lost a sales tax election last November and a bond election June 21, but lost both of them by more than a few touchdowns.

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.

Call for new blood

Update: Commissioners 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.

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

Call for new blood
Augusta needs a blood transfusion. We've got an ineffective public sector, with an often gridlocked commission that not only lost a sales tax election last November and a bond election June 21, but lost both of them by more than a few touchdowns.

Need a superhero? They're all at the movies
NEW YORK - "I want suit approval." Who can blame Vincent Chase, the movie-star character on HBO's "Entourage," for his Aquaman ultimatum? He understands that superhero films teeter on a precarious edge between laughable ("Cat Woman") and arguably brilliant ("Spider-Man").

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.

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.

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.

Need a superhero? They're all at the movies
NEW YORK - "I want suit approval." Who can blame Vincent Chase, the movie-star character on HBO's "Entourage," for his Aquaman ultimatum? He understands that superhero films teeter on a precarious edge between laughable ("Cat Woman") and arguably brilliant ("Spider-Man").

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.

Minor league notebook
There were no Major League Baseball games played Wednesday - one day after the American League All-Stars beat the National League All-Stars 7-5 - but several of the minor leagues were busy showing off the best they had to offer.

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, 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.

Minor league notebook
There were no Major League Baseball games played Wednesday - one day after the American League All-Stars beat the National League All-Stars 7-5 - but several of the minor leagues were busy showing off the best they had to offer.

Sack bags Grasshoppers
The Greensboro Grasshoppers had runners at the corners with one out in the fifth inning with Augusta GreenJackets starter Darren Sack on the mound Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Daly's gifts keep giving on, off the course
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - He brought the cigarettes along, but left the motorhome behind. The nearest Hooters is 340 miles away in Nottingham, meaning dinner consists mostly of what they call takeaway over here.

Golf capsules
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) - Australian rookie Brendan Jones shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the B.C. Open.

Large field is tailing Tiger

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

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.

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.

British tabloids rip golfers

Goosen refuses to let Pinehurst haunt him

Golf: Davenport super after 70

Golf capsules
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) - Australian rookie Brendan Jones shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the B.C. Open.

Goosen refuses to let Pinehurst haunt him
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Three weeks ago, Retief Goosen waited until Sunday to wreck his chances of winning another major championship.

Goosen refuses to let Pinehurst haunt him
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Three weeks ago, Retief Goosen waited until Sunday to wreck his chances of winning another major championship.

Tiger lets field close the gap
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - His invincibility was challenged in April at the Masters Tournament, and now Tiger Woods' Teflon record as a leader will be put to another test at the British Open.

Road to frustration runs through 17th
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Imagine the architect's pitch. It's a totally blind dogleg right. From the tee, you have to hit over a massive shed that lies out of bounds and land the ball on a narrow fairway trimmed with hairy rough.

Not meant to be

British Open notebook
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Sean O'Hair's Cinderella story has made him a celebrity in St. Andrews, where the galleries have been clamoring for his autograph.

Mickelson, Els come to life at halfway point

Tiger lets field close the gap
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - His invincibility was challenged in April at the Masters Tournament, and now Tiger Woods' Teflon record as a leader will be put to another test at the British Open.

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

Jackson looks to nail final round
Mike Jackson's hammer is back in business. It's poised and ready for today's final round of the Augusta City Amatuer.

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.

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 capsules

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.

British Open notebook

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.

Jackson looks to nail final round

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.

Tiger lets field close the gap

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.

Road to frustration runs through 17th

British Open notebook
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Sean O'Hair's Cinderella story has made him a celebrity in St. Andrews, where the galleries have been clamoring for his autograph.

Road to frustration runs through 17th
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Imagine the architect's pitch. It's a totally blind dogleg right. From the tee, you have to hit over a massive shed that lies out of bounds and land the ball on a narrow fairway trimmed with hairy rough.

Jackson looks to nail final round
Mike Jackson's hammer is back in business. It's poised and ready for today's final round of the Augusta City Amatuer.

GreenJackets, Klink get split in a pinch

Minor league notebook

Peach Jam: Event has paid off for Kansas' Self

Mowing the lawn holds allure for son
"You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back."

Stewart wins at New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. - Tony Stewart won for the third time in four races, passing at will inside and outside in a dominant performance Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Jason Bohn wins B.C. Open
ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Jason Bohn won his first PGA Tour event, closing with a second straight 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory and a tournament record total at the B.C. Open on Sunday.

War often is necessary for freedom

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

London bombing tragedy spurs thoughtfulness
Courtesy is alive and well! Since the recent bombing in London, many people have been in touch to ask whether my relatives and friends are safe, and to offer condolences about the attacks. I am British and grateful for friends' thoughtfulness.Ann Arrington, Evans

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

Augusta Tech graduation was splendid

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

London bombing tragedy spurs thoughtfulness
Courtesy is alive and well! Since the recent bombing in London, many people have been in touch to ask whether my relatives and friends are safe, and to offer condolences about the attacks. I am British and grateful for friends' thoughtfulness. Ann Arrington, Evans

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

London bombing tragedy spurs thoughtfulness

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

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

Cockroach Hall of Fame still draws a few curious folks

Hot new materials keep wearers cool with help from technology

Dress of graduation speaker up for debate

Dress of graduation speaker up for debate
Dear Carson: Say someone without a college degree, only a high school diploma, is invited to give a graduation speech at a university.

Cockroach Hall of Fame still draws a few curious folks
PLANO, Texas - The Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum - an aging collection of the despised insects dressed in tiny outfits - isn't much to see. But the hall's cheery "curator" is always good for a few laughs.

Hot new materials keep wearers cool with help from technology
Soaring temperatures and baking sun are the reason Bermuda shorts, miniskirts and halter tops were made.

Distinctive home reflects couple's tastes
Debbie and Preston Dye mince no words in their reaction to what their house used to look like, with its paneled walls, blue carpet and blue paint.

Hot new materials keep wearers cool with help from technology
Soaring temperatures and baking sun are the reason Bermuda shorts, miniskirts and halter tops were made.

Dress of graduation speaker up for debate
Dear Carson: Say someone without a college degree, only a high school diploma, is invited to give a graduation speech at a university.

Cockroach Hall of Fame still draws a few curious folks
PLANO, Texas - The Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum - an aging collection of the despised insects dressed in tiny outfits - isn't much to see. But the hall's cheery "curator" is always good for a few laughs.

Living briefs
There were a lot of things Helen Trotter never would have thought she would do, including finding her husband at her first out-of-college job, and getting married in Augusta.

Boogers, sneezes and farts, oh my!

Rants and rave
Comments from readers:

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.

Pottermania going strong well past the witching hour
Harry Potter fans continued to stream into Augusta bookstores Saturday during the daytime to purchase the latest installment of the series

Family sues over faulty defibrillator

Magnet schools might expand
A magnet school could be coming to a location near you. The Richmond County Board of Education gave permission to senior school administrators to consider expanding the county's magnet school program during a Saturday retreat.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Tykeria Harris of Aiken.

Longest span
Former Congressman and Sen. Arthur Ravenel Jr. makes his remarks during the dedication of the new Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, S.C.

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.

Candidates follow the gold brick trail
ATLANTA - Even though the newly disclosed identity of the shadowy Deep Throat character might cast doubt about his motives in tipping off the Watergate reporters, his advice to "follow the money" still rings true - especially campaign money.

Stewart wins at New Hampshire

HIV scare puts Atlanta's gay community on edge
ATLANTA - Garry Wayne Carriker was a fourth-year medical student with a charming style that he worked to his advantage around the city's bustling gay scene.

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.

Pottermania going strong well past the witching hour
Harry Potter fans continued to stream into Augusta bookstores Saturday during the daytime to purchase the latest installment of the series

Jury blames death on bad health care

Longest span
Former Congressman and Sen. Arthur Ravenel Jr. makes his remarks during the dedication of the new Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, S.C.

Islanders say state is hot spot to do business, too
Just because Hawaii is a tropical paradise doesn't mean leaders from the other 49 states can't visit on business every once in a while. That's the general sentiment of Hawaiians this week as 3,000 county commissioners gather for a national conference along the shores of Waikiki - some coming despite criticism by their constituents and the media.

Drag boats draw visitors from all over
Richard Taylor, of Buford, Ga., hasn't missed the Augusta Southern Nationals in 10 years.

News you can use
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Last week a 9-year-old Columbus, Ga., girl saved her 8-month-old sister and 6-year-old brother and led them outside when their home caught on fire. The child's mother said her daughter's second-grade teacher had insisted all pupils learn an escape plan in case of such an emergency.

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.

Where we live

Kid of the Day

Sludge might be used on land

Across the southeast

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Tykeria Harris of Aiken.

Boogers, sneezes and farts, oh my!
ATLANTA - A summertime trip to the museum will never be the same for Ryan Coker after walking inside the giant nose and being sneezed on.

Drag boats draw visitors from all over

Riverwatch receives early OKs
It's big, it's unprecedented and it's slated for a part of Augusta that's fraught with historic and environmental concerns.

Hard work makes new grads proud

Authorities rounding up members of drug group
ATLANTA - Federal, state and local authorities in north Georgia are tracking down a group of thieves who have been using identities stolen from mailboxes to obtain money for methamphetamine.

HIV scare puts Atlanta's gay community on edge

HIV scare puts Atlanta's gay community on edge
ATLANTA - Garry Wayne Carriker was a fourth-year medical student with a charming style that he worked to his advantage around the city's bustling gay scene.

Jury blames death on bad health care
COLUMBIA - Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said he will look into having criminal charges brought against health care providers at the county jail after a special jury blamed an inmate's death on poor medical care.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - An alleged gang member is set to be prosecuted on anti-gang charges, the first in the county, almost two years after four duplex residents were wounded in a drive-by shooting.

Candidates follow the gold brick trail
ATLANTA - Even though the newly disclosed identity of the shadowy Deep Throat character might cast doubt about his motives in tipping off the Watergate reporters, his advice to "follow the money" still rings true - especially campaign money.

Across the area
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters responded to the Augusta Canal near the 15th Street bridge Saturday after a tour boat carrying 32 passengers caught fire.

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.

Islanders say state is hot spot to do business, too
Just because Hawaii is a tropical paradise doesn't mean leaders from the other 49 states can't visit on business every once in a while. That's the general sentiment of Hawaiians this week as 3,000 county commissioners gather for a national conference along the shores of Waikiki - some coming despite criticism by their constituents and the media.

Rants and Raves
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Leaders learn about budget
HONOLULU - Although the gentle lapping water of Waikiki was just a few blocks away, Augusta commissioners put in a full day's work attending a seminar on ways to shape funding around community needs.

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.

Across South Carolina
WEST PELZER - A father shot and killed his son before wounding himself after an argument at a home in West Pelzer, Anderson County sheriff's deputies said.

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.

Organizers say Hawaii trip isn't unusual

Principal demoted for delay in report

Rants and rave

Magnet schools might expand

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

Pottermania going strong well past the witching hour

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.

Correction

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.

News you can use

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

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.

Islanders say state is hot spot to do business, too

Jury blames death on bad health care
COLUMBIA - Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said he will look into having criminal charges brought against health care providers at the county jail after a special jury blamed an inmate's death on poor medical care.

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast
MIAMI - More than 30 volunteers removed swastikas and other vandalism Saturday from stone markers at a memorial for the 110 victims of the 1996 ValuJet crash in the Everglades.

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

Stewart wins at New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. - Tony Stewart won for the third time in four races, passing at will inside and outside in a dominant performance Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

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

Hard work makes new grads proud
It's nothing short of writing a book or winning a Nobel Prize, Larry Bagwell said of the feats of Richmond County's first International Baccalaureate Program graduates.

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 rave
Comments from readers:

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

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

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.

Sludge might be used on land
Each time a toilet is flushed in fast-growing Martinez or Evans, a few more gallons of sewage are pumped to one of Columbia County's three wastewater treatment plants.

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.

Boogers, sneezes and farts, oh my!
ATLANTA - A summertime trip to the museum will never be the same for Ryan Coker after walking inside the giant nose and being sneezed on.

Across the area

News you can use
Last week a 9-year-old Columbus, Ga., girl saved her 8-month-old sister and 6-year-old brother and led them outside when their home caught on fire. The child's mother said her daughter's second-grade teacher had insisted all pupils learn an escape plan in case of such an emergency.

Longest span

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

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.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

Across the southeast
MIAMI - More than 30 volunteers removed swastikas and other vandalism Saturday from stone markers at a memorial for the 110 victims of the 1996 ValuJet crash in the Everglades.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Drag boats draw visitors from all over
Richard Taylor, of Buford, Ga., hasn't missed the Augusta Southern Nationals in 10 years.

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

Across the area
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters responded to the Augusta Canal near the 15th Street bridge Saturday after a tour boat carrying 32 passengers caught fire.

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

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

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.

Sludge might be used on land
Each time a toilet is flushed in fast-growing Martinez or Evans, a few more gallons of sewage are pumped to one of Columbia County's three wastewater treatment plants.

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

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

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.

Hard work makes new grads proud
It's nothing short of writing a book or winning a Nobel Prize, Larry Bagwell said of the feats of Richmond County's first International Baccalaureate Program graduates.

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.

Augusta leaders say aloha to Hawaii

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.

Marshal's weapon goes off at courthouse

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.

Alcohol sales expected to grow

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.

Lottery sales hit record high

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.

Graniteville disaster response is criticized

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

Across Georgia

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.

Man accused of animal abuse

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

Across the area

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.

Hicks turns over Fort Gordon command

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.

Muggles find a little bit of magic

Magnet schools might expand
A magnet school could be coming to a location near you. The Richmond County Board of Education gave permission to senior school administrators to consider expanding the county's magnet school program during a Saturday retreat.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Candidates follow the gold brick trail

Torches passed on the course and in galleries
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - They were too young to have ever watched him contend. Too young to fully appreciate his impact. But they were not too young to know a legend when they saw one.

Torches passed on the course and in galleries
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - They were too young to have ever watched him contend. Too young to fully appreciate his impact. But they were not too young to know a legend when they saw one.

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.

Athletes take the hits and make some of their own as musicians
NEW YORK - Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo is just the latest pro athlete to moonlight as a musician. A list of some other hitmakers - and some misses:

Athletes take the hits and make some of their own as musicians

Red Sox pitcher hoping for hits with debut album

Red Sox pitcher hoping for hits with debut album
NEW YORK - Athletes want to be rock stars and rock stars want to be athletes. Bronson Arroyo gets to be both.

Athletes take the hits and make some of their own as musicians
NEW YORK - Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo is just the latest pro athlete to moonlight as a musician. A list of some other hitmakers - and some misses:

Red Sox pitcher hoping for hits with debut album
NEW YORK - Athletes want to be rock stars and rock stars want to be athletes. Bronson Arroyo gets to be both.

Points leader claims victory

Friday's fastest hangs on
EDMONTON, Alberta -A.J. Allmendinger was fastest again Saturday, much to Paul Tracy's regret.

NASCAR notebook

Points leader claims victory
LOUDON, N.H. - Points leader Martin Truex Jr. held off Carl Edwards on the final lap for his fifth victory of the season in the caution-filled NASCAR Busch series race Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

NASCAR notebook
LOUDON, N.H. - Brian Vickers won the third pole of his NASCAR Nextel Cup career during qualifying Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Points leader claims victory
LOUDON, N.H. - Points leader Martin Truex Jr. held off Carl Edwards on the final lap for his fifth victory of the season in the caution-filled NASCAR Busch series race Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

NASCAR notebook
LOUDON, N.H. - Brian Vickers won the third pole of his NASCAR Nextel Cup career during qualifying Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Mrs. Sarah Chamberlain    (DECATUR, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rickey L. Henley    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Wooden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mattie Mae Gay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Betty R. Walker    (GOUGH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Will Wright    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Bennett Logan    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James T. Winn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Blount    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Emil "Curley" Klozer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Bonds    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Sara L. Wideman    (CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Sarah Chamberlain    (DECATUR, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rickey L. Henley    (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rickey L. Henley    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Ms. Sara L. Wideman    (CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.)

Mr. Arnie Lee Moore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mattie Mae Gay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Buck Mathis    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tariq Q. Fischer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Ms. Helen S. Cloer    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Bennett Logan    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Lavon Newman    (BROOKLET, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Pauline Wilson    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lavon Newman    (BROOKLET, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Rita LaSalle Kelly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Earline Crosby    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Glenn B. Cole    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Wilson    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jonas Taylor    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Wooden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Buck Mathis    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Arnie Lee Moore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Rita LaSalle Kelly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Rickey L. Henley    (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. James T. Winn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Earline Crosby    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Earline Crosby    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Glenn B. Cole    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

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

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

Miss Betty R. Walker    (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Emil "Curley" Klozer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Will Wright    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maude Bonds    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Ms. Helen S. Cloer    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Blount    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tariq Q. Fischer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Glenn B. Cole (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. Henry Will Wright (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arnie Lee Moore (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Wilson (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Miss Betty R. Walker (GOUGH, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tariq Q. Fischer (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Ms. Helen S. Cloer (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Barbara Bennett Logan (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Sarah Chamberlain (DECATUR, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mattie Mae Gay (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lavon Newman (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mr. Emil "Curley" Klozer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Blount (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Wooden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rita LaSalle Kelly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Earline Crosby (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Ms. Sara L. Wideman (CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.)

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

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

Bell must toll for unfair death tax
"The Congress needs to make sure that the death tax is gone forever ... ." So declared President Bush recently, effectively launching one of the most important debates that will come before the nation this year.

The shaky rules of disengagement
My latest accessory is a flimsy orange band encircling my left wrist.

Bell must toll for unfair death tax
"The Congress needs to make sure that the death tax is gone forever ... ." So declared President Bush recently, effectively launching one of the most important debates that will come before the nation this year.

The shaky rules of disengagement
My latest accessory is a flimsy orange band encircling my left wrist.

Bell must toll for unfair death tax
"The Congress needs to make sure that the death tax is gone forever ... ." So declared President Bush recently, effectively launching one of the most important debates that will come before the nation this year.

The shaky rules of disengagement
My latest accessory is a flimsy orange band encircling my left wrist.

Overtime

Speed drives racer's passion

Rivals divide team, can't conquer Lance

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Drag boat shatters record in qualifying

Nalbandian lifts Argentina in Davis Cup

Competitors brave elements of brutal event

Nalbandian lifts Argentina in Davis Cup
David Nalbandian helped Argentina earn two points and a 2-1 lead over Australia on Saturday in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Drag boat shatters record in qualifying
Scott Lumbert has a simple formula for racing his 4,500-horsepower top fuel hydro drag boat.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

Overtime
In Foxboro, Mass. DaMarcus Beasley scored two goals and added an assist to lead the United States over Jamaica, 3-1 on Saturday, in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Nalbandian lifts Argentina in Davis Cup
David Nalbandian helped Argentina earn two points and a 2-1 lead over Australia on Saturday in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Rivals divide team, can't conquer Lance
AX-3 DOMAINES, France - As the Pyrenean peak loomed, the long-awaited assault on Lance Armstrong arrived. Here, the six-time champion knew, was a Tour de France moment of truth.

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.

Overtime
In Foxboro, Mass. DaMarcus Beasley scored two goals and added an assist to lead the United States over Jamaica, 3-1 on Saturday, in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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

Rivals divide team, can't conquer Lance
AX-3 DOMAINES, France - As the Pyrenean peak loomed, the long-awaited assault on Lance Armstrong arrived. Here, the six-time champion knew, was a Tour de France moment of truth.

Competitors brave elements of brutal event
SILVERTON, Colo. - The legs come in wobbly, weary and occasionally sturdy, many striped with scrapes and scratches, most caked in dirt. The faces are contorted in pain or glowing with joy, most raining sweat, some streaming tears.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Competitors brave elements of brutal event
SILVERTON, Colo. - The legs come in wobbly, weary and occasionally sturdy, many striped with scrapes and scratches, most caked in dirt. The faces are contorted in pain or glowing with joy, most raining sweat, some streaming tears.

Drag boat shatters record in qualifying
Scott Lumbert has a simple formula for racing his 4,500-horsepower top fuel hydro drag boat.

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

Catching on
Chiles Fiske, of Augusta, grins after landing his first hybrid bass. He caught the fish at Thurmond Lake on live herring while fishing with Ace Striper Guide David Ladow.

Catching on

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Catching on
Chiles Fiske, of Augusta, grins after landing his first hybrid bass. He caught the fish at Thurmond Lake on live herring while fishing with Ace Striper Guide David Ladow.

Article lends big bite to insect
There's been a lot of news lately about shark attacks along Florida's Gulf Coast, and my wife has already declared she won't go anywhere near the pounding surf during our family fishing vacation to Edisto Beach this fall.

Article lends big bite to insect
There's been a lot of news lately about shark attacks along Florida's Gulf Coast, and my wife has already declared she won't go anywhere near the pounding surf during our family fishing vacation to Edisto Beach this fall.

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: 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.

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.

Police sack Steelers quarterback impersonator
PITTSBURGH - Police have flagged a man for an illegal quarterback sneak.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Article lends big bite to insect

Golden age complete as Nicklaus bows out

Torches passed on the course and in galleries

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."

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.

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.

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."

Blondie' marks 75 years on the comics pages

Need a superhero? They're all at the movies

Around the block

Veteran's tribute song stirs deep emotions

Pet of the week

Class teaches children many things are musical

Recreation calendar

Seniors at recreation department from lasting friendships in group

Show attracts lovers of sport bikes

Recycling centers

Bookings

Faith calendar

Faith digest

Model hopefuls learn technique, Christian values

America's largest church soon opens

Religion News in Brief

Gay Singaporeans gather to pray in Christian church

Comedians, band to lead youth rally

Gospel performers make music for troops