Reader's Digest reaches 1,000 issues
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - If your grandmother claims she's squirreled away every issue of Reader's Digest, there will soon be an easy way to check: just go up to the attic and count to 1,000.

Reader's Digest reaches 1,000 issues
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - If your grandmother claims she's squirreled away every issue of Reader's Digest, there will soon be an easy way to check: just go up to the attic and count to 1,000.

New Potter book a smash in U.S. and Britain
NEW YORK - Harry Potter is a record breaker on both sides of the Atlantic.

Reader's Digest reaches 1,000 issues

Leave care and feeding instructions when traveling

Atlanta's Davies sent down, but he'll be back
NEW YORK - When Kyle Davies made his major league debut May 21, he thought his stay with the Braves might prove to be a mere proverbial cup of coffee.

Hampton shelled in his return

Atlanta's Davies sent down, but he'll be back
NEW YORK - When Kyle Davies made his major league debut May 21, he thought his stay with the Braves might prove to be a mere proverbial cup of coffee.

Atlanta's Davies sent down, but he'll be back

Hampton shelled in his return
NEW YORK - Mike Hampton got hit hard Sunday afternoon by the New York Mets.

Hampton shelled in his return
NEW YORK - Mike Hampton got hit hard Sunday afternoon by the New York Mets.

As Google grows, how much does it know about you?
NEW YORK - Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing a payments service.

Study says ethanol not worth the energy
ALBANY, N.Y. - Farmers, businesses and state officials are investing millions of dollars in ethanol and biofuel plants as renewable energy sources, but a new study says the alternative fuels burn more energy than they produce.

Audi A6, Infiniti M35 earn top scores in crash tests
WASHINGTON - Two large luxury automobiles received top ratings in frontal and side impact crash tests released by the insurance industry on Sunday.

Business helps people prepare meals
Lynn Harrington isn't too busy too cook; she's just sick of doing it.

Audi A6, Infiniti M35 earn top scores in crash tests
WASHINGTON - Two large luxury automobiles received top ratings in frontal and side impact crash tests released by the insurance industry on Sunday.

Market rally halted on Citigroup report
NEW YORK - Wall Street's rally skidded to a halt Monday after weaker-than-expected earnings from Citigroup Inc. raised questions about other companies' second-quarter results.

Computer giant springs to life
BOSTON - International Business Machines Corp. rebounded from a previous disappointment by reporting second-quarter earnings Monday that surpassed analysts' expectations. Improvement in the services division buoyed the results.

Business helps people prepare meals
Lynn Harrington isn't too busy too cook; she's just sick of doing it.

Computer giant springs to life
BOSTON - International Business Machines Corp. rebounded from a previous disappointment by reporting second-quarter earnings Monday that surpassed analysts' expectations. Improvement in the services division buoyed the results.

Magazines put their chips on poker craze

Reader's Digest reaches 1,000 issues
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - If your grandmother claims she's squirreled away every issue of Reader's Digest, there will soon be an easy way to check: just go up to the attic and count to 1,000.

As Google grows, how much does it know about you?

As Google grows, how much does it know about you?
NEW YORK - Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing a payments service.

Vacationers economizing because of gas prices

Business helps people prepare meals

Study says ethanol not worth the energy
ALBANY, N.Y. - Farmers, businesses and state officials are investing millions of dollars in ethanol and biofuel plants as renewable energy sources, but a new study says the alternative fuels burn more energy than they produce.

Market rally halted on Citigroup report

Vacationers economizing because of gas prices
WASHINGTON - Vacationers coping with surging energy prices this summer could take shorter trips or pass up that extra souvenir or fancy dinner. But most people do not seem to be cutting back dramatically on their spending or skipping holiday travel altogether.

Audi A6, Infiniti M35 earn top scores in crash tests

Magazines put their chips on poker craze
ATLANTA - Bluff magazine routinely reveals a world at the top of the poker craze that few get to see, of millionaire card sharks who spend money with abandon, use $1,000 chips as coasters and fly like rock stars from one glitzy casino to another.

Study says ethanol not worth the energy

Magazines put their chips on poker craze
ATLANTA - Bluff magazine routinely reveals a world at the top of the poker craze that few get to see, of millionaire card sharks who spend money with abandon, use $1,000 chips as coasters and fly like rock stars from one glitzy casino to another.

Computer giant springs to life

Vacationers economizing because of gas prices
WASHINGTON - Vacationers coping with surging energy prices this summer could take shorter trips or pass up that extra souvenir or fancy dinner. But most people do not seem to be cutting back dramatically on their spending or skipping holiday travel altogether.

Reader's Digest reaches 1,000 issues
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - If your grandmother claims she's squirreled away every issue of Reader's Digest, there will soon be an easy way to check: just go up to the attic and count to 1,000.

Market rally halted on Citigroup report
NEW YORK - Wall Street's rally skidded to a halt Monday after weaker-than-expected earnings from Citigroup Inc. raised questions about other companies' second-quarter results.

Reader's Digest reaches 1,000 issues

Adequate hydration keeps body at its best
No doubt about it - water is critical. In fact, it constitutes more than two-thirds of your body weight. You might not need to work as hard as you thought to get enough. Here are answers to the most common questions about staying hydrated:

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.

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.

It's not magic; it's fun
History was made this past weekend - and we're not referring to Tiger Woods' remarkable achievement, joining Jack Nicklaus as only the second golfer to twice win career grand slams - the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship, and the U.S. and British opens.

Apologies were pure bull
When criminals apologize for their misdeeds, they seldom mean it. What they're really sorry about is that they got caught.

It's not magic; it's fun
History was made this past weekend - and we're not referring to Tiger Woods' remarkable achievement, joining Jack Nicklaus as only the second golfer to twice win career grand slams - the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship, and the U.S. and British opens.

It's not magic; it's fun

POW ruling is a vital win
An appeals court ruling last week bolstering the war on terrorism shows just how critical it is to get conservative judges - not only on the U.S. Supreme Court, but on down the line as well.

Apologies were pure bull
When criminals apologize for their misdeeds, they seldom mean it. What they're really sorry about is that they got caught.

Update: Commissioners in Hawaii

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.

Right here at home
Four Augusta commissioners have flown to Hawaii this week to learn how to make Augusta better.

Apologies were pure bull

People in the News
SOLVANG, Calif. - Actress Sandra Bullock married mechanic and reality TV star Jesse James at a ranch near Santa Barbara, according to reports.

People in the News
LONDON - Roman Polanski testified on the first day of his libel lawsuit against the publishers of Vanity Fair that he was the victim of an "abominable lie."

Video game sex hack puts focus on industry
SAN FRANCISCO - Shooting. Killing. Vehicular mayhem. Sexual conquests. Teenagers can experience it all through today's almost-anything-goes breed of video games, primarily among those rated "M" for mature.

Harry Potter is growing up - and so is my little girl
RALEIGH, N.C. - I was beginning to worry that my 12-year-old daughter might have outgrown Harry Potter - or at least the excitement of Harry.

People in the News
SOLVANG, Calif. - Actress Sandra Bullock married mechanic and reality TV star Jesse James at a ranch near Santa Barbara, according to reports.

People in the News
LONDON - Roman Polanski testified on the first day of his libel lawsuit against the publishers of Vanity Fair that he was the victim of an "abominable lie."

New Harry Potter book breaks sales records
NEW YORK - The new Harry Potter book sold an astonishing 6.9 million copies in its first 24 hours, smashing the record held by the previous Potter release. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" averaged better than 250,000 sales per hour, more than the vast majority of books sell in a lifetime.

Jude Law publicly apologized to fiancee over affair
LONDON - Jude Law publicly apologized to his actress-fiancee, Sienna Miller, expressing his "sincere regret" over an affair with one of his children's nanny.

Review: Latest 'Harry Potter' packs an emotional punch
NEW YORK - A word of caution to all those hard-core fans about to dive into the latest adventures of Harry Potter: There will be tears.

Harry Potter is growing up - and so is my little girl
RALEIGH, N.C. - I was beginning to worry that my 12-year-old daughter might have outgrown Harry Potter - or at least the excitement of Harry.

Video game sex hack puts focus on industry
SAN FRANCISCO - Shooting. Killing. Vehicular mayhem. Sexual conquests. Teenagers can experience it all through today's almost-anything-goes breed of video games, primarily among those rated "M" for mature.

Review: Latest 'Harry Potter' packs an emotional punch
NEW YORK - A word of caution to all those hard-core fans about to dive into the latest adventures of Harry Potter: There will be tears.

Smiles and raves for new Potter book
NEW YORK - After all the hype and midnight madness, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is proving as much an event to read as to buy.

Smiles and raves for new Potter book
NEW YORK - After all the hype and midnight madness, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is proving as much an event to read as to buy.

Dogs' 7-to-1 rule makes it all even

What they're saying
Tiger Woods has made the turn on Jack Nicklaus.

Old Course, Same Tiger

Equipment malfunction doesn't slow down Woods
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - An equipment malfunction wasn't going to slow Tiger Woods down this week.

Montgomerie will return to Augusta

Montgomerie will return to Augusta
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Colin Montgomerie worked so hard to get back into the top 50 of the world rankings before April and earn a Masters Tournament invitation, but he finished just outside and didn't receive a special international exemption into the field.

Woods is 'as good as it gets'

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.

Old Course, Same Tiger
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It seemed inevitable. When Jack Nicklaus retires, Tiger Woods wins.

Rookie Lee wins Canadian Women's Open

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.

Baker rises to occasion
It's a good thing Rhett Baker built a big lead after 36 holes of the Augusta City Amateur golf tournament. He needed all of it to win the Regions Cup event Sunday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Equipment malfunction doesn't slow down Woods
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - An equipment malfunction wasn't going to slow Tiger Woods down this week.

What they're saying

Rookie Lee wins Canadian Women's Open
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Meena Lee patiently waited on the ninth tee when play was held up for several minutes while four ducks slowly waddled across the fairway to one of the large lakes on the picturesque Glen Arbour course.

Woods is 'as good as it gets'
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - From Bobby Jones to Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods.

What they're saying
Tiger Woods has made the turn on Jack Nicklaus.

Old Course, Same Tiger
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It seemed inevitable. When Jack Nicklaus retires, Tiger Woods wins.

Baker rises to occasion
It's a good thing Rhett Baker built a big lead after 36 holes of the Augusta City Amateur golf tournament. He needed all of it to win the Regions Cup event Sunday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Rookie Lee wins Canadian Women's Open
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Meena Lee patiently waited on the ninth tee when play was held up for several minutes while four ducks slowly waddled across the fairway to one of the large lakes on the picturesque Glen Arbour course.

Woods is 'as good as it gets'
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - From Bobby Jones to Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods.

Baker rises to occasion

Monty dear to countrymen

Monty dear to countrymen
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - American golf fans might find it hard to believe, but the Scots truly love their Monty.

Montgomerie will return to Augusta
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Colin Montgomerie worked so hard to get back into the top 50 of the world rankings before April and earn a Masters Tournament invitation, but he finished just outside and didn't receive a special international exemption into the field.

Equipment malfunction doesn't slow down Woods

Jason Bohn wins B.C. Open

Monty dear to countrymen
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - American golf fans might find it hard to believe, but the Scots truly love their Monty.

Football teams begin practicing for season

Football teams begin practicing for season
Lawrence Marsh saw dark skies glittered with lightning streaks on the first practice day of his senior year Monday.

Football teams begin practicing for season
Lawrence Marsh saw dark skies glittered with lightning streaks on the first practice day of his senior year Monday.

Leave care and feeding instructions when traveling
Did I tell you that when I was vacationing in Louisiana last week, I took a tour through a swamp?

Leave care and feeding instructions when traveling
Did I tell you that when I was vacationing in Louisiana last week, I took a tour through a swamp?

Westinghouse president gets threatening letter with powder
Columbia County emergency officials are investigating a report of a suspicious powder and a threatening letter delivered today at a Martinez home.

Delta cuts back Augusta service
Delta Air Lines is chopping its Augusta schedule this fall, which could cost Augusta Regional Airport dearly, airport D irector Buster Boshears said this morning.

Woman gets threatening letter with powder
Columbia County emergency officials are investigating a report of a suspicious powder and a threatening letter delivered today at a Martinez home.

SRS jobs will be cut Tuesday
AIKEN -- The private company that runs Savannah River Site will begin laying off about 400 people Tuesday , the second in a three-phase work-force reduction that likely will be completed next year.

Chemical spill shuts down I-20 exit
AIKEN -- Exit 11 on Interstate 20 was shut down for a couple of hours today after 25 to 35 gallons of a manufacturing chemical spilled from a tanker.

Commissioners learn? Laughable
Despite the loud outcries of their constituents, the commissioners continue with their "working" trip to Honolulu. Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Copenhaver can lead Augusta
Now that the citizens of Augusta have expressed themselves as to how they regard the leadership of the Augusta Commission, a young man with intelligence, dedication, enthusiasm, ability and many other fine qualities steps forward to offer himself as a candidate for mayor. It is time to put Augusta's future in the hands of Deke Copenhaver.Doug Barnard Jr., Martinez

Commissioners' Hawaii jaunt will teach nothing
Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson's quote, "You'd think we could go there (Hawaii) just this one time," reminds me of an adolescent telling his parents that all of his peers are getting to go to the beach, and their parents don't mind having to pay $14,443 for the trip. Nathan Panzella, Augusta

Commissioners' Hawaii jaunt will teach nothing
Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson's quote, "You'd think we could go there (Hawaii) just this one time," reminds me of an adolescent telling his parents that all of his peers are getting to go to the beach, and their parents don't mind having to pay $14,443 for the trip. Nathan Panzella, Augusta

Religious right lacks compassion
Christianity is an open, liberal faith totally devoid of permissiveness. Christians worship Christ, who said: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden" (no exceptions). The one who ate with sinners and publicans ... . The lifestyle of the forgiven is one of grace and charity. They forgive others as they have been forgiven. The Bible and the Christian hymnal are full of liberal phrases praising Christ's mercy and grace with the pledge of the sinner to go and do likewise. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Trip: $14,443. Humor: priceless
I think all the negative comments and articles about your Augusta commissioners going to Hawaii are hilarious. Richard Wilson, Aiken, S.C.

Commissioners' Hawaii jaunt will teach nothing

Bad grammar, bad government
The following quote was taken from Sunday's City Ink column in The Chronicle. I feel that it should be printed again because of its brilliance (emphasis added):Carleton Duvall, Augusta

Copenhaver can lead Augusta

Trip: $14,443. Humor: priceless
I think all the negative comments and articles about your Augusta commissioners going to Hawaii are hilarious. Richard Wilson, Aiken, S.C.

Copenhaver can lead Augusta
Now that the citizens of Augusta have expressed themselves as to how they regard the leadership of the Augusta Commission, a young man with intelligence, dedication, enthusiasm, ability and many other fine qualities steps forward to offer himself as a candidate for mayor. It is time to put Augusta's future in the hands of Deke Copenhaver. Doug Barnard Jr., Martinez

Commissioners learn? Laughable
Despite the loud outcries of their constituents, the commissioners continue with their "working" trip to Honolulu. Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Soldier delivers heartfelt thanks
I have been deployed in northern Iraq since August 2004. Sgt. Jonathan Somers, Martinez

Commissioners learn? Laughable

Trip: $14,443. Humor: priceless

Bad grammar, bad government
The following quote was taken from Sunday's City Ink column in The Chronicle. I feel that it should be printed again because of its brilliance (emphasis added):Carleton Duvall, Augusta

Bad grammar, bad government

Americans turn to Canada for effective sunscreen

Seniors Calendar

Most researchers say diet-dairy link not clear

The art of being a couch potato is put to the test

Health and fitness calendar

The art of being a couch potato is put to the test
Recently, a contingent of British potato growers petitioned the Oxford English Dictionary to remove the term "couch potato" from the lexicon. Evidently it was, in their eyes, demeaning to the noble spud.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Most researchers say diet-dairy link not clear
Got milk? And high hopes it will help you shed a few pounds?

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

The art of being a couch potato is put to the test
Recently, a contingent of British potato growers petitioned the Oxford English Dictionary to remove the term "couch potato" from the lexicon. Evidently it was, in their eyes, demeaning to the noble spud.

Most researchers say diet-dairy link not clear
Got milk? And high hopes it will help you shed a few pounds?

Americans turn to Canada for effective sunscreen
DETROIT - It's in Canada. It's on eBay. But it's not at your drugstore - and it's not supposed to be.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Living briefs
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been on bookshelves for less than three days, but that didn't stop more than 250 readers from speculating on who that titular character is in the Augusta Chronicle's contest.

Americans turn to Canada for effective sunscreen
DETROIT - It's in Canada. It's on eBay. But it's not at your drugstore - and it's not supposed to be.

Camp for kids with cancer turns 20
Her small voice is nearly swallowed up by the racket inside Brunswick National Lanes, but Stephanie Hatcher's words still hit home.

Soul Art
Around the long tables draped in colorful cloth and littered with an assortment of pens, paper and paint, the hush normally associated with operations at the Louisville, Ga., public library has been replaced with excited chatter, a by-product of the creative process.

Woman gets threatening letter with powder
Columbia County emergency officials are investigating a report of a suspicious powder and a threatening letter delivered today at a Martinez home.

Across the region
ATLANTA - The mother of an Atlanta socialite gunned down on her doorstep nearly two decades ago said Monday she is confident she will get justice for her daughter as the state Supreme Court weighed whether to bar murder charges against the victim's husband.

Project puts together pieces of Augusta's historic puzzle
Restoring the cemetery of St. Paul's Episcopal Church is the most challenging and diversified project Eugene Hough says he's ever worked on.

Across the area
A former bail bondsman faces a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Monday.

Walker files suit against company
Former state Sen. Charles Walker is fighting the termination of a contract that occurred immediately after his criminal conviction last month.

Kid of the Day
Amelia Taniya Charthern is today's Kid of the Day.

Senator revives legislation on teaching
COLUMBIA - Some might think South Carolina - a staunch Republican state nestled in the Bible Belt - would be an easy sell when it comes to passing a law requiring public schools to teach alternatives to evolution.

USCA giving health screens disaster victims

Soul Art
Around the long tables draped in colorful cloth and littered with an assortment of pens, paper and paint, the hush normally associated with operations at the Louisville, Ga., public library has been replaced with excited chatter, a by-product of the creative process.

Airport stepping up changes to terminal

400 more workers at SRS get pink slips
AIKEN - The private company that runs Savannah River Site will begin laying off about 400 people today, the second in a three-phase work-force reduction that likely will be completed next year.

Kid of the Day

The week ahead

Westinghouse president gets threatening letter with powder

Airport stepping up changes to terminal
Starting this week, it will become obvious that Augusta Regional Airport's terminal is undergoing a complete overhaul.

Across the area

Officials say trip is worth expense
HONOLULU - Staying put in Augusta, without ever connecting face-to-face with leaders from other counties, is a losing proposition.

Museum director expects challenge

The week ahead
Man, this summer is just whizzing by. Columbia County schools will begin classes in two weeks, and Aiken and Richmond counties will follow in the weeks after. Can you believe it's back-to-school time already?

Camp for kids with cancer turns 20

Woman's joy found in giving to others
The secret to happiness is finding your gift, says Dora Amason.

400 more workers at SRS get pink slips

Woman's joy found in giving to others

Across the region

The week ahead
Man, this summer is just whizzing by. Columbia County schools will begin classes in two weeks, and Aiken and Richmond counties will follow in the weeks after. Can you believe it's back-to-school time already?

Chemical spill shuts down I-20 exit

USCA giving health screens disaster victims
AIKEN - The state health agency that plans to provide free medical screenings to people who were exposed to chlorine in Graniteville has teamed with the University of South Carolina Aiken to reach those affected by the toxic gas.

Walker files suit against company

Museum director expects challenge
Nancy J. Glaser was barely 11 when she accompanied her mother to a home in West Virginia to examine a collection of toy stuffed animals.

Woman gets threatening letter with powder

Woman's joy found in giving to others
The secret to happiness is finding your gift, says Dora Amason.

News you can use

USCA giving health screens disaster victims
AIKEN - The state health agency that plans to provide free medical screenings to people who were exposed to chlorine in Graniteville has teamed with the University of South Carolina Aiken to reach those affected by the toxic gas.

More jails are housing mentally ill

Conservation effort pays off for endangered woodpeckers

Across the area
A former bail bondsman faces a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Monday.

Museum director expects challenge
Nancy J. Glaser was barely 11 when she accompanied her mother to a home in West Virginia to examine a collection of toy stuffed animals.

Across the region
ATLANTA - The mother of an Atlanta socialite gunned down on her doorstep nearly two decades ago said Monday she is confident she will get justice for her daughter as the state Supreme Court weighed whether to bar murder charges against the victim's husband.

Conservation effort pays off for endangered woodpeckers
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - It's still a half-hour before sunup, but already wildlife biologists are stirring amid the wiregrass, wildflowers and small shrubs covering the floor of a vast longleaf pine forest in the plantation country of southwestern Georgia.

News you can use
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Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
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Evans retail center nearing opening
The new shopping center being constructed in Evans is on target for an Oct. 9 grand opening.

Conservation effort pays off for endangered woodpeckers
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - It's still a half-hour before sunup, but already wildlife biologists are stirring amid the wiregrass, wildflowers and small shrubs covering the floor of a vast longleaf pine forest in the plantation country of southwestern Georgia.

Project puts together pieces of Augusta's historic puzzle
Restoring the cemetery of St. Paul's Episcopal Church is the most challenging and diversified project Eugene Hough says he's ever worked on.

Senator revives legislation on teaching
COLUMBIA - Some might think South Carolina - a staunch Republican state nestled in the Bible Belt - would be an easy sell when it comes to passing a law requiring public schools to teach alternatives to evolution.

Damaging storm ends races
About a dozen people were treated for mostly minor injuries Sunday when a ferocious thunderstorm pounded thousands of fans and prematurely ended the 20th annual Augusta Southern Nationals dragboat races on the Savannah River.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Authorities are investigating the second arrest of a Columbus Police Department officer in a week.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Michelle A'Shayla Brooks, 17 months, of Augusta.

Officials say trip is worth expense
HONOLULU - Staying put in Augusta, without ever connecting face-to-face with leaders from other counties, is a losing proposition.

Project puts together pieces of Augusta's historic puzzle

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 13-year federal study says the Savannah River Site's surrounding population didn't get major doses of radiation during the Cold War.

Evans retail center nearing opening
The new shopping center being constructed in Evans is on target for an Oct. 9 grand opening.

Across the area
Police are investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old Augusta boy who was struck in the back of the head early Sunday.

Five questions with Chyanne Sims
Chyanne Sims, 11, of Martinez, is a rising fifth-grader at Stevens Creek Elementary School. With two weeks left before classes begin, she was asked about her summer vacation.

Senator revives legislation on teaching

More jails are housing mentally ill
HONOLULU - Georgia is not the only state closing mental health facilities and forcing local communities - and taxpayers - to pick up the tab as an increasing number of the mentally ill end up behind bars in county jails.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

State coverage could cover less
ATLANTA - Without a special exception to budget rules, the state's health insurance programs for children and the needy could be forced to slash $270 million or more, changing the coverage for hundreds of thousands of Georgians.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Michelle A'Shayla Brooks, 17 months, of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Soul Art

Airport stepping up changes to terminal
Starting this week, it will become obvious that Augusta Regional Airport's terminal is undergoing a complete overhaul.

Across Georgia

Damaging storm ends races

Evans retail center nearing opening

Across the southeast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Emily Lyons, critically injured in a 1998 blast outside a Birmingham abortion clinic, has a message for confessed bomber Eric Rudolph: His crimes only made her stronger.

Officials say trip is worth expense

More jails are housing mentally ill
HONOLULU - Georgia is not the only state closing mental health facilities and forcing local communities - and taxpayers - to pick up the tab as an increasing number of the mentally ill end up behind bars in county jails.

400 more workers at SRS get pink slips
AIKEN - The private company that runs Savannah River Site will begin laying off about 400 people today, the second in a three-phase work-force reduction that likely will be completed next year.

Camp for kids with cancer turns 20
Her small voice is nearly swallowed up by the racket inside Brunswick National Lanes, but Stephanie Hatcher's words still hit home.

Kid of the Day
Amelia Taniya Charthern is today's Kid of the Day.

Westinghouse president gets threatening letter with powder
Columbia County emergency officials are investigating a report of a suspicious powder and a threatening letter delivered today at a Martinez home.

Across the area
Police are investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old Augusta boy who was struck in the back of the head early Sunday.

Walker files suit against company
Former state Sen. Charles Walker is fighting the termination of a contract that occurred immediately after his criminal conviction last month.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 13-year federal study says the Savannah River Site's surrounding population didn't get major doses of radiation during the Cold War.

Chemical spill shuts down I-20 exit
AIKEN -- Exit 11 on Interstate 20 was shut down for a couple of hours today after 25 to 35 gallons of a manufacturing chemical spilled from a tanker.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Authorities are investigating the second arrest of a Columbus Police Department officer in a week.

News you can use
Events for today include:

Damaging storm ends races
About a dozen people were treated for mostly minor injuries Sunday when a ferocious thunderstorm pounded thousands of fans and prematurely ended the 20th annual Augusta Southern Nationals dragboat races on the Savannah River.

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day

Great Scot: Monty's back
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - With the newly crowned champion arriving for his press conference, a Royal & Ancient Golf Club official cut the runner-up interview woefully short.

Great Scot: Monty's back
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - With the newly crowned champion arriving for his press conference, a Royal & Ancient Golf Club official cut the runner-up interview woefully short.

Dogs' 7-to-1 rule makes it all even
My dog is 7 years old. By the end of this week, she will be 14. And, a year after that, Patches will be 21 - old enough to drink at any dog dish in town.

Dogs' 7-to-1 rule makes it all even
My dog is 7 years old. By the end of this week, she will be 14. And, a year after that, Patches will be 21 - old enough to drink at any dog dish in town.

'Charlie,' 'Wedding Crashers' boost Hollywood revenues
LOS ANGELES - Willy Wonka gave movie-goers their sugar fix for the weekend.

Q&A with Billy Bob Thornton
NEW YORK - Billy Bob Thornton has effectively brought the drunk, foul-mouthed Kriss Kringle of his "Bad Santa" to the baseball diamond.

Cambridge Film Festival cancels screening of film about suicide bombers

Q&A with Billy Bob Thornton

Q&A with Billy Bob Thornton
NEW YORK - Billy Bob Thornton has effectively brought the drunk, foul-mouthed Kriss Kringle of his "Bad Santa" to the baseball diamond.

At the Movies: 'The Island'

'Charlie,' 'Wedding Crashers' boost Hollywood revenues
LOS ANGELES - Willy Wonka gave movie-goers their sugar fix for the weekend.

At the Movies: 'The Island'
Ewan McGregor's this clone with no knowledge or experience of the outside world. He's just busted out of a secret facility where his kind are raised in pampered idiocy until their human counterparts need kidneys or lungs or other spare parts.

Cambridge Film Festival cancels screening of film about suicide bombers
LONDON - Organizers of the Cambridge Film Festival said Saturday they decided not to screen "Paradise Now," a prize-winning film about two suicide bombers, out of deference to victims of the London bombings.

At the Movies: 'The Island'
Ewan McGregor's this clone with no knowledge or experience of the outside world. He's just busted out of a secret facility where his kind are raised in pampered idiocy until their human counterparts need kidneys or lungs or other spare parts.

'Charlie,' 'Wedding Crashers' boost Hollywood revenues

Cambridge Film Festival cancels screening of film about suicide bombers
LONDON - Organizers of the Cambridge Film Festival said Saturday they decided not to screen "Paradise Now," a prize-winning film about two suicide bombers, out of deference to victims of the London bombings.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Yerba Buena, "Island Life" (Razor & Tie)The skyscrapers and concrete that cover Manhattan make it easy to forget that the bustling burough is an island. And considering the influx of Latin immigrants of recent years, life on this island is growing more tropical.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Yerba Buena, "Island Life" (Razor & Tie)The skyscrapers and concrete that cover Manhattan make it easy to forget that the bustling burough is an island. And considering the influx of Latin immigrants of recent years, life on this island is growing more tropical.

Busch forced to settle for second

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.

Stewart wins at New Hampshire

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.

Busch forced to settle for second
LOUDON, N.H. - Kurt Busch was trying to became the first driver to win three consecutive races at New Hampshire International Speedway, but Tony Stewart relegated him to second Sunday in the New England 300.

Busch forced to settle for second
LOUDON, N.H. - Kurt Busch was trying to became the first driver to win three consecutive races at New Hampshire International Speedway, but Tony Stewart relegated him to second Sunday in the New England 300.

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roderick Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langham    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba J. McGinty    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Alan B. Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Mae Gay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Blount    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Hobbs    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Raborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jesse Jeburk, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Harris, Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Imran Khan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Muhammad E. Hasan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Reba J. McGinty    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Muhammad E. Hasan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jo Gossett    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Harris, Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Algie B. Hinton    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Miss Ashley R. Terzia    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Wilson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Nobles    (DAVIS, N.C.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Imran Khan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert B. Toole    (NEESES, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Hobbs    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Ashley R. Terzia    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Muhammad E. Hasan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Mae Gay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langham    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langham    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Imran Khan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Nobles    (DAVIS, N.C.)

Ms. Janice M. Herron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Herbert    (BAMBERG, S.C.)

Mr. Muhammad E. Hasan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Richards    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alan B. Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leigh W. Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Saylor    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Algie B. Hinton    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Imran Khan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Admiral Greene, Sr.    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Jeburk, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Raborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Janice M. Herron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy C. Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Wilson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert B. Toole    (NEESES, S.C.)

Mrs. Elese H. Deason    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Leigh W. Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James E. Spears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Blount    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roderick Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Saylor    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elese H. Deason    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jo Gossett    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Thelma Langham    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Billy C. Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Richards    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Admiral Greene, Sr.    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Spears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Herbert    (BAMBERG, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Richards (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Admiral Greene, Sr. (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mattie Mae Gay (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leigh W. Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roderick Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Muhammad E. Hasan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Alan B. Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Imran Khan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Thelma Langham (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lula Mae Saylor (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elese H. Deason (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba J. McGinty (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Raborn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Imran Khan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Poole Spurlock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langham (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert B. Toole (NEESES, S.C.)

Mr. Algie B. Hinton (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Miss Ashley R. Terzia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Harris, Jr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Nobles (DAVIS, N.C.)

Mr. Billy C. Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jo Gossett (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Blount (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Janice M. Herron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Herbert (BAMBERG, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse Jeburk, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Colley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Hobbs (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Wilson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Spears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Muhammad E. Hasan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Allow disabled in the community
The Augusta Chronicle article "Workers doubt validity of move" (June 24) - which said that "(t)he majority of the 30 developmentally disabled patients slated to be moved from East Central Regional Hospital into the community will be transferred against their will" -did not tell the complete story about the challenge to allow people with disabilities the opportunity to live in the community.

Allow disabled in the community
The Augusta Chronicle article "Workers doubt validity of move" (June 24) - which said that "(t)he majority of the 30 developmentally disabled patients slated to be moved from East Central Regional Hospital into the community will be transferred against their will" -did not tell the complete story about the challenge to allow people with disabilities the opportunity to live in the community.

Allow disabled in the community
The Augusta Chronicle article "Workers doubt validity of move" (June 24) - which said that "(t)he majority of the 30 developmentally disabled patients slated to be moved from East Central Regional Hospital into the community will be transferred against their will" -did not tell the complete story about the challenge to allow people with disabilities the opportunity to live in the community.

Overtime

Haas takes home prize

Armstrong remains on track to win Tour

Overtime

FireBall seek victory at home field

Overtime
Outspokin Bicycle Shop's annual Yellow Jersey bicycle ride will be held today in downtown Augusta.

Haas takes home prize
John Haas of Allegan, Mich., was declared the top fuel hydro champion during Sunday's finale of the Augusta Southern Nationals after a storm washed out the final round.

Armstrong remains on track to win Tour
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France - As Lance Armstrong prepared for what may be hardest stage of the Tour de France, the widow of a friend and teammate killed in a crash a decade ago told him to go for the win.

Overtime
Outspokin Bicycle Shop's annual Yellow Jersey bicycle ride will be held today in downtown Augusta.

FireBall seek victory at home field
As the Augusta FireBall prepared for the Premier Development League schedule, they knew their inaugural season was filled with many quality opponents.

Armstrong remains on track to win Tour
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France - As Lance Armstrong prepared for what may be hardest stage of the Tour de France, the widow of a friend and teammate killed in a crash a decade ago told him to go for the win.

FireBall seek victory at home field
As the Augusta FireBall prepared for the Premier Development League schedule, they knew their inaugural season was filled with many quality opponents.

Overtime
In Las Vegas, Augusta native Vernon Forrest won his first fight in almost two years Saturday, knocking out Sergio Rios in the second round.

Overtime
In Las Vegas, Augusta native Vernon Forrest won his first fight in almost two years Saturday, knocking out Sergio Rios in the second round.

Haas takes home prize
John Haas of Allegan, Mich., was declared the top fuel hydro champion during Sunday's finale of the Augusta Southern Nationals after a storm washed out the final round.

Pope delivers blessing from vacation retreat
LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI delivered a special blessing Sunday from his alpine retreat, saying contact with nature helps people rediscover their true identity as God's creatures.

Pope delivers blessing from vacation retreat
LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI delivered a special blessing Sunday from his alpine retreat, saying contact with nature helps people rediscover their true identity as God's creatures.

Great Scot: Monty's back

CNN's Miles O'Brien and his missed adventure in space
NEW YORK - Only CNN's Miles O'Brien and NASA truly know how close he was to climbing out of a space suit instead of an anchor booth after the space shuttle Discovery's launch was postponed last week because of a fuel gauge failure.

Bob Newhart an American Master?
LOS ANGELES - Bob Newhart responds with customary modesty when asked about his selection as a subject for the PBS series "American Masters":

CNN's Miles O'Brien and his missed adventure in space
NEW YORK - Only CNN's Miles O'Brien and NASA truly know how close he was to climbing out of a space suit instead of an anchor booth after the space shuttle Discovery's launch was postponed last week because of a fuel gauge failure.

CNN's Miles O'Brien and his missed adventure in space

Bob Newhart an American Master?

Bob Newhart an American Master?
LOS ANGELES - Bob Newhart responds with customary modesty when asked about his selection as a subject for the PBS series "American Masters":

Smiles and raves for new Potter book

Harry Potter is growing up - and so is my little girl

Review: Latest 'Harry Potter' packs an emotional punch

Video game sex hack puts focus on industry

People in the News

People in the News

Georgia tracking student scalpers
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia students might not have to donate hundreds or thousands of dollars to buy season football tickets, but they will face sanctions if they try to scalp their reduced-price tickets.

Georgia tracking student scalpers
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia students might not have to donate hundreds or thousands of dollars to buy season football tickets, but they will face sanctions if they try to scalp their reduced-price tickets.

Georgia tracking student scalpers

Xtreme calendar

Jobs, outdoor activities keep teens entertained
It's summertime, and the living is easy. OK, maybe it's not completely carefree, with parents, jobs and heat to contend with, but at least it's fun.

Girl's relationship will hinge on boy's responsibilities
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend and I have been going together for a month and everything is going great, except he got another girl pregnant. My mom wants me to break up with him. I really like him, but I love my mother, too. What should I do?

Jobs, outdoor activities keep teens entertained
It's summertime, and the living is easy. OK, maybe it's not completely carefree, with parents, jobs and heat to contend with, but at least it's fun.

Xtreme calendar
CATCH THESE FLICKS: Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson find out that they are clones targeted for use as body parts in the sci-fi action thriller The Island; The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's gross-out slasher film about three killers on a cross-country rampage; The Bad News Bears, starring Billy Bob Thornton as the coach of a little league team in need of a lot of conditioning; and Hustle & Flow, starring Ludacris as the music star who could help an up-and-coming rapper's career.

Xtreme calendar
CATCH THESE FLICKS: Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson find out that they are clones targeted for use as body parts in the sci-fi action thriller The Island; The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's gross-out slasher film about three killers on a cross-country rampage; The Bad News Bears, starring Billy Bob Thornton as the coach of a little league team in need of a lot of conditioning; and Hustle & Flow, starring Ludacris as the music star who could help an up-and-coming rapper's career.

Girl's relationship will hinge on boy's responsibilities
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend and I have been going together for a month and everything is going great, except he got another girl pregnant. My mom wants me to break up with him. I really like him, but I love my mother, too. What should I do?

Jobs, outdoor activities keep teens entertained

Girl's relationship will hinge on boy's responsibilities

Pope delivers blessing from vacation retreat