Spoof of Bush wins writing contest

Spoof of Bush wins writing contest
JACKSON, Miss. - A scathing parody that likens President Bush to the "idiot" in William Faulkner's novel "The Sound and the Fury" has won this year's Faulkner write-alike contest - and touched off a literary spat.

Spoof of Bush wins writing contest
JACKSON, Miss. - A scathing parody that likens President Bush to the "idiot" in William Faulkner's novel "The Sound and the Fury" has won this year's Faulkner write-alike contest - and touched off a literary spat.

Astros top Nationals in extra innings
WASHINGTON - Eric Bruntlett hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the 14th inning Sunday to give the Houston Astros a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

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Braves, Nationals stumble into showdown
ATLANTA - The Braves and Nationals look like first-place teams only in the standings as they enter a three-game showdown for the top spot in the NL East.

Braves, Nationals stumble into showdown
ATLANTA - The Braves and Nationals look like first-place teams only in the standings as they enter a three-game showdown for the top spot in the NL East.

Diamondbacks edge Braves

Diamondbacks edge Braves
PHOENIX - Javier Vazquez struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks withstood a pair of home runs by Andruw Jones to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday.

Diamondbacks edge Braves
PHOENIX - Javier Vazquez struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks withstood a pair of home runs by Andruw Jones to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday.

Braves, Nationals stumble into showdown

Doubt looms for Sanyo after earthquake jolts company
TOKYO - When a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jarred Sanyo Electric Co.'s chip-making plant in northern Japan last October, reversing the company's profit forecast to a massive loss, it was a crowning blow to an electronics giant already rattled by plunging prices and sinking stock.

Pensions freezing out younger workers

Perdue seeks to boost trade with Canada
ATLANTA - Georgia officials are spending this week trying to build on the strength of the state's top customer, Canada.

Perdue seeks to boost trade with Canada

Bank's earnings up from last year
The parent company of Georgia Bank & Trust Co. reported a record jump in second-quarter profits as income growth from loans offset declining revenues in home mortgages.

Augusta hotel revenues could set record

Existing-home sales hit high
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes set a record in June with home prices shooting up at the fastest pace in nearly 25 years.

Existing-home sales hit high

Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians
KYLE, S.D. - The Oglala Lakota Sioux were among the last tribes to battle the U.S. cavalry, and their vast Pine Ridge reservation was ground zero in the American Indian Movement's 1970s clashes with federal agents.

Existing-home sales hit high
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes set a record in June with home prices shooting up at the fastest pace in nearly 25 years.

Oldest major U.S. brewer turns 150

Oldest major U.S. brewer turns 150
MILWAUKEE - Miller Brewing Co., the Milwaukee brewer that gave the world light beer, celebrates its 150th birthday next month.

Augusta hotel revenues could set record
The Augusta area has welcomed enough overnight guests so far this year to challenge the all-time record in lodging revenues, tourism officials said Monday.

Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians
KYLE, S.D. - The Oglala Lakota Sioux were among the last tribes to battle the U.S. cavalry, and their vast Pine Ridge reservation was ground zero in the American Indian Movement's 1970s clashes with federal agents.

Bike company cashing in on ties to Lance Armstrong
WATERLOO, Wis. - When executives at the Trek Bicycle Corp. signed a contract with Lance Armstrong in 1998, they were betting the public would see the cyclist recovering from testicular cancer as a human interest story.

Pensions freezing out younger workers
NEW YORK - Companies looking to cool their pension problems are freezing benefits for the workers least likely to complain.

Augusta hotel revenues could set record
The Augusta area has welcomed enough overnight guests so far this year to challenge the all-time record in lodging revenues, tourism officials said Monday.

Oldest major U.S. brewer turns 150
MILWAUKEE - Miller Brewing Co., the Milwaukee brewer that gave the world light beer, celebrates its 150th birthday next month.

Pensions freezing out younger workers
NEW YORK - Companies looking to cool their pension problems are freezing benefits for the workers least likely to complain.

Bike company cashing in on ties to Lance Armstrong
WATERLOO, Wis. - When executives at the Trek Bicycle Corp. signed a contract with Lance Armstrong in 1998, they were betting the public would see the cyclist recovering from testicular cancer as a human interest story.

Perdue seeks to boost trade with Canada
ATLANTA - Georgia officials are spending this week trying to build on the strength of the state's top customer, Canada.

Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians

Bike company cashing in on ties to Lance Armstrong

Sony BMG settles payola case with $10 million
NEW YORK - Recording industry titan Sony BMG Music Entertainment agreed Monday to pay $10 million and stop bribing radio stations to feature its artists in what a state official called a more sophisticated generation of the payola scandals of decades ago.

Bowden will use own form of discipline
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden used Monday's ACC Kickoff interview session to clear the air on a wide range of topics, addressing the media for the first time since the onset of the Seminoles' tumultuous summer.

ACC finally together, ready for first championship game
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Two players from each Atlantic Coast Conference school got together Sunday for a group picture at the annual media kickoff, and the conversation quickly turned to the new divisional alignments.

ACC finally together, ready for first championship game

Bowden will use own form of discipline

Bowden will use own form of discipline
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden used Monday's ACC Kickoff interview session to clear the air on a wide range of topics, addressing the media for the first time since the onset of the Seminoles' tumultuous summer.

ACC finally together, ready for first championship game
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Two players from each Atlantic Coast Conference school got together Sunday for a group picture at the annual media kickoff, and the conversation quickly turned to the new divisional alignments.

Many spices have health-improving benefits
Spices are a wonderful way to add flair and improve taste when taking on new eating habits and cooking healthier. Not only that but they also have a long history of medicinal use.

Taxes in the balance
There are two ways that property taxes can go up. One is if your elected leaders raise the tax rate. The other is if your property increases in value.

There's hope for HOPE
In late 2003, Georgians were worried about the future viability of the lottery to sustain HOPE, the state's enormously popular college scholarship program. The fear was that soaring enrollments, because of rapidly expanding population growth, would soon outstrip funds in HOPE's coffers that pay tuition, fees and book allowances for high school graduates with a "B" or better grade average who are bound for one of the state's 34 public universities and colleges.

There's hope for HOPE
In late 2003, Georgians were worried about the future viability of the lottery to sustain HOPE, the state's enormously popular college scholarship program. The fear was that soaring enrollments, because of rapidly expanding population growth, would soon outstrip funds in HOPE's coffers that pay tuition, fees and book allowances for high school graduates with a "B" or better grade average who are bound for one of the state's 34 public universities and colleges.

The power of T-shirts
Kind of makes you proud to be wearing a T-shirt made in China, doesn't it?

A super champion
Is he a superman in a yellow jersey, instead of blue tights and a red cape? Or is it simply a miracle? There are hardly words to describe the remarkable achievement of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

A super champion
Is he a superman in a yellow jersey, instead of blue tights and a red cape? Or is it simply a miracle? There are hardly words to describe the remarkable achievement of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

A super champion

There's hope for HOPE

The power of T-shirts

The power of T-shirts
Kind of makes you proud to be wearing a T-shirt made in China, doesn't it?

People in the News
NEW YORK - One of Jennifer Aniston's former flings is auctioning off letters, notes, pictures and other memorabilia from the "Friends" star.

Brittany Murphy stars in new Jordache ads
NEW YORK - Brittany Murphy is the first celebrity Jordache jeans girl. She stars in a series of new ads for the company that became famous during the 1970s' designer jeans craze.

Q&A with John Cusack
LOS ANGELES - After some 20 years playing unconventional heroes, it's surprising to discover that John Cusack looks classically heroic in the flesh.

People in the News
LONDON - The model at the center of Roman Polanski's successful libel suit against Vanity Fair says the filmmaker never tried to seduce her.

People in the News
NEW YORK - One of Jennifer Aniston's former flings is auctioning off letters, notes, pictures and other memorabilia from the "Friends" star.

Q&A with John Cusack
LOS ANGELES - After some 20 years playing unconventional heroes, it's surprising to discover that John Cusack looks classically heroic in the flesh.

Brittany Murphy stars in new Jordache ads
NEW YORK - Brittany Murphy is the first celebrity Jordache jeans girl. She stars in a series of new ads for the company that became famous during the 1970s' designer jeans craze.\r\n

People in the News
LONDON - The model at the center of Roman Polanski's successful libel suit against Vanity Fair says the filmmaker never tried to seduce her.

Photographer convicted in Diaz topless photos case
LOS ANGELES - A photographer who took topless pictures of Cameron Diaz before she became a star was convicted of forgery, attempted grand theft and perjury Monday for a scheme to sell the images back to the actress 11 years later for millions of dollars.

Pensions freezing out younger workers

Pensions freezing out younger workers
NEW YORK - Companies looking to cool their pension problems are freezing benefits for the workers least likely to complain.

Pensions freezing out younger workers
NEW YORK - Companies looking to cool their pension problems are freezing benefits for the workers least likely to complain.

Is hummus entirely kosher?
JERUSALEM - No pork. No shellfish. No mixing of meat and milk. But non-kosher hummus? That's something new for the Israeli rule book to tackle.

Is hummus entirely kosher?
JERUSALEM - No pork. No shellfish. No mixing of meat and milk. But non-kosher hummus? That's something new for the Israeli rule book to tackle.

Is hummus entirely kosher?

Jackets not worried about loss of returning starters
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Gerris Wilkinson can tell a swagger from a stagger.

Jackets not worried about loss of returning starters
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Gerris Wilkinson can tell a swagger from a stagger.

Gailey's health, outlook positive
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Chan Gailey can wear shirts with horizontal stripes these days.

Jackets not worried about loss of returning starters

What if celebrities gossiped about the rest of us?

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee

Watson wins Senior British Open in playoff against Des Smyth
ABERDEEN, Scotland - Tom Watson made par on the third playoff hole Sunday to beat Ireland's Des Smyth and win the Senior British Open.

Goosen, Lefty beat Woods, Daly in Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The sun was just dipping below the horizon when Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson turned out the lights on Tiger Woods, John Daly and Monday Night Golf.

Woods stars in what could be last Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Tiger Woods is going from the Swilcan Bridge to the "Battle at The Bridges," from golf's most traditional tournament to the ultimate hit-and-giggle.

Fasth wins Players' Championship in playoff
ALVESLOHE, Germany - Niclas Fasth made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Angel Cabrera Sunday to win the Players' Championship of Europe.

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE - Slow and steady wins the... golf tournament.

Canada's Mills gets first Nationwide Tour victory

Canada's Mills gets first Nationwide Tour victory
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario - Canada's Jon Mills won his first Nationwide Tour event Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a three-shot victory over Ken Duke at the Canadian PGA Championship.

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE - Slow and steady wins the... golf tournament.

Woods stars in what could be last Monday Night Golf

Fasth wins Players' Championship in playoff
ALVESLOHE, Germany - Niclas Fasth made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Angel Cabrera Sunday to win the Players' Championship of Europe.

Goosen, Lefty beat Woods, Daly in Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The sun was just dipping below the horizon when Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson turned out the lights on Tiger Woods, John Daly and Monday Night Golf.

Woods stars in what could be last Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Tiger Woods is going from the Swilcan Bridge to the "Battle at The Bridges," from golf's most traditional tournament to the ultimate hit-and-giggle.

Goosen, Lefty beat Woods, Daly in Monday Night Golf

Canada's Mills gets first Nationwide Tour victory
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario - Canada's Jon Mills won his first Nationwide Tour event Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a three-shot victory over Ken Duke at the Canadian PGA Championship.

Fasth wins Players' Championship in playoff

Peach Jam's success led to Nike Nationals

New NHL getting offensive
NEW YORK - Jarome Iginla and Martin St. Louis will love the new-look NHL. Martin Brodeur and Marty Turco?

New NHL getting offensive
NEW YORK - Jarome Iginla and Martin St. Louis will love the new-look NHL. Martin Brodeur and Marty Turco?

New NHL getting offensive

Readers share memories, feedback
Let's check the mail. Dolores Faglier, of Martinez, writes: "I read with interest about the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., gathering for the anniversary of the atomic bombs on Japan. I also remember July 16, 1945, when the first atomic blast happened. ..."

Readers share memories, feedback
Let's check the mail. Dolores Faglier, of Martinez, writes: "I read with interest about the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., gathering for the anniversary of the atomic bombs on Japan. I also remember July 16, 1945, when the first atomic blast happened. ..."

Sales tax proposal omits civic center funding
Calling his proposed special purpose local option sales tax package "spartan," City Administrator Fred Russell informed the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority today that the proposal will not include renovation of the aging civic center complex.

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for all of South Carolina and part of eastern Georgia. Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees in some areas, but with humidity added, the air could feel as hot as 115.

Discovery blasts off on first shuttle mission since 2003
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit Tuesday on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2½-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious.

Augusta Commission delays vote on property tax millage rate
On the recommendation of City Administrator Fred Russell, the Augusta Commission decided today to delay a vote on the county's property tax millage rate.

Fort Discovery brings shuttle launch to kids
When the space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:39 a.m. today, 9-year-old Melissa Crane erupted with excitement, clapping her hands and cheering.

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Augusta area from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The temperature is expected to reach 97 degrees, but the high humidity will make it feel like 106.

Voters blindly follow inept leaders
What is wrong with it? Don't you wish it were you? A free Hawaii vacation at taxpayers' expense. That is really living.Richard Netzley, Evans

Panhandling, at any level, is bad
Your editorial July 5 regarding panhandlers ("Getting a handle on it") spoke volumes. You speak of the panhandlers doing themselves harm. Some also get power to intimidate the public.Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Bush has two definitions of 'life'
The United States, at President Bush's insistence, invaded Iraq. A controversial move, but it seems as though things just might work out. Let's hope so, after all the lives and money we have invested.John M. Orr, Evans

'Palestinian' oppression is lie
Not long ago, I returned from a tour of Israel, and noticed that in some of The Chronicle's recent articles, the refugee camp of Balata was mentioned.Don Lansing, Augusta

Voters blindly follow inept leaders
What is wrong with it? Don't you wish it were you? A free Hawaii vacation at taxpayers' expense. That is really living.Richard Netzley, Evans

Bush has two definitions of 'life'
The United States, at President Bush's insistence, invaded Iraq. A controversial move, but it seems as though things just might work out. Let's hope so, after all the lives and money we have invested. John M. Orr, Evans

City has spotty preservation history
The practice of tearing down historic buildings in Augusta may have gone unnoticed if it had not been for The Augusta Chronicle's well-done story by Kate Lewis ("Owners face dilemma over fate of historic sites," July 3); her report had 18 pictures of historic structures that are still standing.Tom Hunter, Augusta

Panhandling, at any level, is bad
Your editorial July 5 regarding panhandlers ("Getting a handle on it") spoke volumes. You speak of the panhandlers doing themselves harm. Some also get power to intimidate the public. Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Stem cell research will flourish privately
Now I understand the public's consternation concerning government support of embryonic stem cell research. They think because President Bush would not allow government support, except for a few cell lines, that this would impede this research. Art Beall, Evans

Stem cell research will flourish privately

Bush & Co. is ruining our nation
Have you ever known of a nation with a bigger government than ours? I have voted GOP since the 1950s - until Nov. 2, 2004. That day, I went to the polls and went solid Democrat! Bush has run our national debt to the highest in history, and going higher. Julius Taylor, Taylors, S.C.

Bush & Co. is ruining our nation
Have you ever known of a nation with a bigger government than ours? I have voted GOP since the 1950s - until Nov. 2, 2004. That day, I went to the polls and went solid Democrat! Bush has run our national debt to the highest in history, and going higher.Julius Taylor, Taylors, S.C.

Stem cell research will flourish privately
Now I understand the public's consternation concerning government support of embryonic stem cell research. They think because President Bush would not allow government support, except for a few cell lines, that this would impede this research.Art Beall, Evans

Bush & Co. is ruining our nation

Bush has two definitions of 'life'

Panhandling, at any level, is bad

Voters blindly follow inept leaders

Health calendar

Ceiling fans become eye-catching works of art

Living briefs

Genetic flaw leaves cats without sweet tooth

Therapy help builds the strength to swallow

Kickball catching on with adults

Young people upping ante on dangerous stunts

Seniors calendar

Study: Elderly should keep exercising

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

Young people upping ante on dangerous stunts
Two young people have died in Idaho, each suspected of trying to catch a buzz by cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Also in recent weeks, a college student in Kentucky and another youth in Michigan have fallen to their deaths while "surfing" atop moving vehicles.

Genetic flaw leaves cats without sweet tooth
SAN FRANCISCO - Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest.

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

Ceiling fans become eye-catching works of art
There was a time when interior decorators scoffed at ceiling fans. The clunky appliances with long chains and obtrusive blades were less than objects of beauty. But homeowners couldn't live without something to create a breeze.

Ceiling fans become eye-catching works of art
There was a time when interior decorators scoffed at ceiling fans. The clunky appliances with long chains and obtrusive blades were less than objects of beauty. But homeowners couldn't live without something to create a breeze.

Therapy help builds the strength to swallow
Virginia Hairr didn't mind the tingling at her throat or having Marti Hanson intently watch her as she ate at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Living briefs
Does your family do anything special to mark the beginning of the school year? Did your family do anything when you were a child? The Augusta Chronicle wants to celebrate the upcoming educational season with a look at the trials and traditions behind the first day of school.

Kickball catching on with adults
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Don Radell stood on the pitcher's mound, his socks hoisted to just below his knees. One black, one red, a tiny bit of skin showing between the tops of the socks and his baggy shorts. His Little League son said it brings good luck, so why not?

Study: Elderly should keep exercising
DALLAS - Exercise can't hold off the effects of aging, but it can improve an elderly person's chances of hanging onto an independent lifestyle, researchers said, citing a new study that brought both good and bad news.

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

Therapy help builds the strength to swallow
Virginia Hairr didn't mind the tingling at her throat or having Marti Hanson intently watch her as she ate at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Living briefs
Does your family do anything special to mark the beginning of the school year? Did your family do anything when you were a child?The Augusta Chronicle wants to celebrate the upcoming educational season with a look at the trials and traditions behind the first day of school.

Genetic flaw leaves cats without sweet tooth
SAN FRANCISCO - Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest.

NYC may have had early glimpse of 1918 pandemic
WASHINGTON - New York City may have had a preliminary bout with the deadly Spanish Flu months before it swept the world in 1918, killing millions.

Kickball catching on with adults
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Don Radell stood on the pitcher's mound, his socks hoisted to just below his knees. One black, one red, a tiny bit of skin showing between the tops of the socks and his baggy shorts. His Little League son said it brings good luck, so why not?

Study: Elderly should keep exercising
DALLAS - Exercise can't hold off the effects of aging, but it can improve an elderly person's chances of hanging onto an independent lifestyle, researchers said, citing a new study that brought both good and bad news.\r\n

Young people upping ante on dangerous stunts
Two young people have died in Idaho, each suspected of trying to catch a buzz by cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Also in recent weeks, a college student in Kentucky and another youth in Michigan have fallen to their deaths while "surfing" atop moving vehicles.

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

Temperatures may top 100 this week
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Temperatures across South Carolina are expected to get close to 100 degrees this week, with indices in most places well above the century mark, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Donations help pay for King statue

Weather service issues heat advisory

Traffic volume expected to rise

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Hospital privacy becomes a trend

Activists hope re-enactment of lynching leads to arrests

Donations help pay for King statue
The Rev. Larry Fryer is adamant that Georgia's most famous minister be honored with a statue in Augusta.

New loan trend is illegal, some say

Woman tells Graniteville's story about train disaster
GRANITEVILLE - Nina Nidiffer said her journalistic instincts took over on the morning of Jan. 6.

Fort Gordon: Study looks at use of land
It has a fairly unexciting-sounding name: "Joint Land Use Study."

Leaders say nepotism flap handled well
ATLANTA - Things looked pretty good headed into the late spring from where Mike Vollmer sat several months into his new job as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Four people were killed and six were hospitalized early Sunday in a collision that brought a car parked on the side of Interstate 95 and a recreational vehicle tumbling down an embankment, police said.

Activists hope re-enactment of lynching leads to arrests
ATLANTA - As a 20-year-old civil rights activist on his first visit to Walton County in 1968, Tyrone Brooks met Dan Young, who ran the county's only black funeral home.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Coast Guard was searching for three missing teenagers reported overdue from a fishing trip.

Fort Gordon: Study looks at use of land

Columbia County adds schools to plans for growth

Away from home

Augusta Commission delays vote on property tax millage rate

No Child Left Behind is a boon for tutors

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has asked the federal government for permission to end eligibility for children's Medicaid benefits at 18 instead of the current age of 21.

The week ahead

Trade safeguards attract companies
GRANITEVILLE - With Congress poised to pass a volatile free-trade agreement this week, textile companies that once opposed the idea are doing an about-face.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ashlee Taylor Crawley, 7, of Augusta.

Schools work to help children pass
One or two bad grades shouldn't weigh pupils' grades down so much that they can't recover, Richmond County school officials say.

The week ahead
I have been out of school for 10 years.

Columbia County adds schools to plans for growth
In the midst of redrawing Columbia County's growth management plan, a 32-member steering committee is considering, for the first time, the plight of the county's crowded school system.

$1.2 million hangs on school board's decision

Five questions with Janelle Zmierski
Janelle Zmierski has competed in four triathlons, run two marathons and is a huge Lance Armstrong supporter. The cycling fan doesn't have cable TV, so she asked a friend to tape each day's Tour de France so she wouldn't miss a second.

Trade safeguards attract companies

Four men face charges in Evans home invasion
Four men were arrested by Columbia County sheriff's deputies after an armed robbery at an Evans home, authorities said.

Weather service issues heat advisory

Lowcountry army takes on mosquitoes
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - From May through October, Roy Ferguson is on the front line of a war against the scourge of summer - the mosquito.

Fort Discovery brings shuttle launch to kids

Rain is drawing people to lake

Discovery blasts off on first shuttle mission since 2003

Kid of the Day
Cambria Mahogany Brown is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina

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Across the area

City property owner could get summons
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to use a city ordinance to rid downtown Augusta of three dilapidated Broad Street properties and to summon the owner to court to show cause why she has not carried out a court order to improve the properties.

Schools work to help children pass

Discovery blasts off on first shuttle mission since 2003
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit Tuesday on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2½-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious.

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for all of South Carolina and part of eastern Georgia. Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees in some areas, but with humidity added, the air could feel as hot as 115.

Activists hope re-enactment of lynching leads to arrests
ATLANTA - As a 20-year-old civil rights activist on his first visit to Walton County in 1968, Tyrone Brooks met Dan Young, who ran the county's only black funeral home.

Kid of the Day
Cambria Mahogany Brown is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Coast Guard was searching for three missing teenagers reported overdue from a fishing trip.

Across the area
Police were called to two Augusta homes Sunday after receiving complaints that gunshots were fired randomly.

Leaders say nepotism flap handled well

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has asked the federal government for permission to end eligibility for children's Medicaid benefits at 18 instead of the current age of 21.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
BRASELTON -A Braselton police officer died Monday morning in a two-car accident.

Woman tells Graniteville's story about train disaster

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Across the southeast

Water leaves utility department profit soggy

Hospital privacy becomes a trend
In the business of health care, success comes not just from keeping people alive, but happy, too.

Kid of the Day

Schools work to help children pass
One or two bad grades shouldn't weigh pupils' grades down so much that they can't recover, Richmond County school officials say.

Across the area

Traffic volume expected to rise
If you think local traffic is congested now, wait until 2030.

Scandal shines light on privacy bill

$1.2 million hangs on school board's decision
Richmond County school officials say the system stands to gain an additional $901,581 if the school board adopts a rollback mill rate for its general fund, and at most could pull in $1,172,089 in extra revenue.

Lowcountry army takes on mosquitoes

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Temperatures may top 100 this week

Columbia County panel report supports arena
Columbia County's Arena/Entertainment Facility Committee made its final report to the county commission Monday, reiterating that it believes an arena is desirable and possible in the county.

No Child Left Behind is a boon for tutors
Education businesses are reaping benefits from the federal act that has burdened many school systems, according to a report from the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.

Homeland Security to send DVD to drivers
ATLANTA - Calling school buses an important symbol of freedom and innocence, state emergency officials are preparing a special DVD for bus drivers on how to safeguard pupils and school vehicles from becoming victims of terrorists and hijackers.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Demand on the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid has been at near-record levels for four straight days, an agency spokesman said Sunday.

Trade safeguards attract companies
GRANITEVILLE - With Congress poised to pass a volatile free-trade agreement this week, textile companies that once opposed the idea are doing an about-face.

Water leaves utility department profit soggy
The rainy summer has put a damper on the Augusta Utilities Department's revenue for this year.

News you can use

Rain is drawing people to lake
It seems the area's added precipitation lately hasn't rained on everybody's parade - at least not when it comes to recreation at Thurmond Lake.

Proposed I-3 meets some opposition

Scandal shines light on privacy bill
ATLANTA - In the flurry of bills that sparked a war over secrecy and open government in the last legislative session, it was easy to lose sight of what might have seemed like a relatively minor proposal: House Bill 437.

Fort Discovery brings shuttle launch to kids
When the space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:39 a.m. today, 9-year-old Melissa Crane erupted with excitement, clapping her hands and cheering.

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New loan trend is illegal, some say
ATLANTA - Lawmakers banked on the end of "payday" lending last year when they threatened financiers marketing the short-term, high-interest loans with hefty fines and up to 20 years in prison.

The week ahead
I have been out of school for 10 years.

Away from home
DAHLONEGA, Ga.- The crackers weren't so bad. Otherwise, 11-year-old Megan Canter didn't have much use for the minestrone MRE - or "meal ready to eat" - she whipped up for a military-style lunch at summer camp.

Kid of the Day

Four men face charges in Evans home invasion
Four men were arrested by Columbia County sheriff's deputies after an armed robbery at an Evans home, authorities said.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Four people were killed and six were hospitalized early Sunday in a collision that brought a car parked on the side of Interstate 95 and a recreational vehicle tumbling down an embankment, police said.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Demand on the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid has been at near-record levels for four straight days, an agency spokesman said Sunday.

Across the area
Police have arrested a 45-year-old Waynesboro, Ga., man in connection with a series of recent robberies.

Water leaves utility department profit soggy
The rainy summer has put a damper on the Augusta Utilities Department's revenue for this year.

Officials seek input on Evans land use plans
Columbia County officials now have some preliminary plans for what might happen to a 17-acre tract of land behind the Kroger in Evans off Washington Road.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ashlee Taylor Crawley, 7, of Augusta.

Proposed I-3 meets some opposition
ATHENS, Ga. - In the mountain areas of north Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, opposition is building to a proposed new interstate that would run from Knoxville, Tenn., to Savannah.

Fort Gordon: Study looks at use of land
It has a fairly unexciting-sounding name: "Joint Land Use Study."

New loan trend is illegal, some say
ATLANTA - Lawmakers banked on the end of "payday" lending last year when they threatened financiers marketing the short-term, high-interest loans with hefty fines and up to 20 years in prison.

No Child Left Behind is a boon for tutors
Education businesses are reaping benefits from the federal act that has burdened many school systems, according to a report from the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.

Away from home
DAHLONEGA, Ga.- The crackers weren't so bad. Otherwise, 11-year-old Megan Canter didn't have much use for the minestrone MRE - or "meal ready to eat" - she whipped up for a military-style lunch at summer camp.

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Augusta area from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The temperature is expected to reach 97 degrees, but the high humidity will make it feel like 106.

Across the area
Police were called to two Augusta homes Sunday after receiving complaints that gunshots were fired randomly.

Donations help pay for King statue
The Rev. Larry Fryer is adamant that Georgia's most famous minister be honored with a statue in Augusta.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activites for today include:

Woman tells Graniteville's story about train disaster
GRANITEVILLE - Nina Nidiffer said her journalistic instincts took over on the morning of Jan. 6.

Proposed I-3 meets some opposition
ATHENS, Ga. - In the mountain areas of north Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, opposition is building to a proposed new interstate that would run from Knoxville, Tenn., to Savannah.

Rain is drawing people to lake
It seems the area's added precipitation lately hasn't rained on everybody's parade - at least not when it comes to recreation at Thurmond Lake.

$1.2 million hangs on school board's decision
Richmond County school officials say the system stands to gain an additional $901,581 if the school board adopts a rollback mill rate for its general fund, and at most could pull in $1,172,089 in extra revenue.

Columbia County adds schools to plans for growth
In the midst of redrawing Columbia County's growth management plan, a 32-member steering committee is considering, for the first time, the plight of the county's crowded school system.

Hospital privacy becomes a trend
In the business of health care, success comes not just from keeping people alive, but happy, too.

Scandal shines light on privacy bill
ATLANTA - In the flurry of bills that sparked a war over secrecy and open government in the last legislative session, it was easy to lose sight of what might have seemed like a relatively minor proposal: House Bill 437.

Traffic volume expected to rise
If you think local traffic is congested now, wait until 2030.

Leaders say nepotism flap handled well
ATLANTA - Things looked pretty good headed into the late spring from where Mike Vollmer sat several months into his new job as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education.

City property owner could get summons

Rants and Raves
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City property owner could get summons
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to use a city ordinance to rid downtown Augusta of three dilapidated Broad Street properties and to summon the owner to court to show cause why she has not carried out a court order to improve the properties.

Augusta Commission delays vote on property tax millage rate
On the recommendation of City Administrator Fred Russell, the Augusta Commission decided today to delay a vote on the county's property tax millage rate.

Four men face charges in Evans home invasion

Temperatures may top 100 this week
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Temperatures across South Carolina are expected to get close to 100 degrees this week, with indices in most places well above the century mark, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Lowcountry army takes on mosquitoes
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - From May through October, Roy Ferguson is on the front line of a war against the scourge of summer - the mosquito.

Across the area
Police have arrested a 45-year-old Waynesboro, Ga., man in connection with a series of recent robberies.

What if celebrities gossiped about the rest of us?
The telephone rang in Angelina Jolie's big, luxurious, fancy, gated, gold-plated, well-guarded, labyrinthine Hollywood mansion.

What if celebrities gossiped about the rest of us?
The telephone rang in Angelina Jolie's big, luxurious, fancy, gated, gold-plated, well-guarded, labyrinthine Hollywood mansion.

Hounson: 'Being a character actor is nice'
LOS ANGELES - "Being a character actor is nice," muses Djimon Hounsou. "You build yourself up, show a certain range of your ability. But at the end of the day, I'm really looking to be a leading man. That's really the goal."

'Revenge of the Sith' targeted for Nov. 1 DVD landing
LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars" fans might want to set aside Nov. 1 for a reunion with the Skywalker clan.

Hounson: 'Being a character actor is nice'
LOS ANGELES - "Being a character actor is nice," muses Djimon Hounsou. "You build yourself up, show a certain range of your ability. But at the end of the day, I'm really looking to be a leading man. That's really the goal."

Wonka, 'Wedding Crashers' win again at box office

'Revenge of the Sith' targeted for Nov. 1 DVD landing
LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars" fans might want to set aside Nov. 1 for a reunion with the Skywalker clan.

Hounson: 'Being a character actor is nice'

'Revenge of the Sith' targeted for Nov. 1 DVD landing

Wonka, 'Wedding Crashers' win again at box office
LOS ANGELES - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Wedding Crashers" held off a rush of new releases to retain the top two spots at the weekend box office.

Wonka, 'Wedding Crashers' win again at box office
LOS ANGELES - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Wedding Crashers" held off a rush of new releases to retain the top two spots at the weekend box office.

MTV Video Music Awards nominations announced

MTV Video Music Awards nominations announced
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Luxury yachts and tricked-out cars. P. Diddy and Gwen Stefani. And lots and lots of water.

MTV Video Music Awards nominations announced
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Luxury yachts and tricked-out cars. P. Diddy and Gwen Stefani. And lots and lots of water.

Q&A: Rapper Bizarre lives up to his name
NEW YORK - He's not in the back any more. Bizarre has a solo album. He's on the Anger Management Tour with patron saint Eminem and his group D12, with whom we first heard Bizarre complain about life as a backup on the hit single "My Band." And if you've seen the video, you know Bizarre is a "Rock Star."

Hornish bumps his way to IRL victory

Hornish bumps his way to IRL victory
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Sam Hornish Jr. had to pass Dario Franchitti twice in the waning laps Sunday before pulling away for a hard-earned victory in the A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch dominated at the beginning, surged back to the lead late and raced to his second win of the season Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Hornish bumps his way to IRL victory
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Sam Hornish Jr. had to pass Dario Franchitti twice in the waning laps Sunday before pulling away for a hard-earned victory in the A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch dominated at the beginning, surged back to the lead late and raced to his second win of the season Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Knicks owner pays visit to Larry Brown
NEW YORK - Knicks owner James Dolan of Cablevision met Sunday night with prospective coach Larry Brown, who had wanted to speak first with interim coach Herb Williams.

Knicks owner pays visit to Larry Brown
NEW YORK - Knicks owner James Dolan of Cablevision met Sunday night with prospective coach Larry Brown, who had wanted to speak first with interim coach Herb Williams.

Knicks owner pays visit to Larry Brown

Williams arrives at Dolphins camp

Falcons open camp with changes

Mrs. George Anna Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas R. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Jackson    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Burton    (RITTMAN, OH)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Giles Fisher    (EASLEY, S.C.)

Mr. James M. Baron    (CLOUD, FL.)

Mrs. George Anna Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Silver, Jr.    (BOLINGBROOK, IL.)

Miss Anna M. Mackie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gaffney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Eric Crawford    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Willis W. Edwards    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Roberson    (MURPHY, N.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willis W. Edwards    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas R. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willis W. Edwards    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Giles Fisher    (EASLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Jackson    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurelia Lawrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Jennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willis W. Edwards    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Morris    (SNELLING, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Anna M. Mackie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurelia Lawrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Jennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Irene Curd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gaffney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. James Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Reggie Paul Laird    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Cliff Barber    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mrs. Jean Burton    (RITTMAN, OH)

Mr. James Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Silver, Jr.    (BOLINGBROOK, IL.)

Mr. Cliff Barber    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Reggie Paul Laird    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Roberson    (MURPHY, N.C.)

Mr. Louis Eric Crawford    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Vivian Morris    (SNELLING, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Irene Curd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willis W. Edwards (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. George Anna Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mrs. Dorothy Irene Curd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gaffney (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Reggie Paul Laird (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Giles Fisher (EASLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Cliff Barber (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas R. Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Jackson (DEARING, Ga.)

Miss Anna M. Mackie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Jennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willis W. Edwards (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Silver, Jr. (BOLINGBROOK, IL.)

Mrs. Vivian Morris (SNELLING, S.C.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Griffin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Eric Crawford (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Aurelia Lawrence (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Bowers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Roberson (MURPHY, N.C.)

Mrs. Jean Burton (RITTMAN, OH)

Cycling enters a new era

U.S. tops Panama after penalty kicks

Armstrong draws inspiration as he closes out Tour

Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free final

Overtime

Overtime

Armstrong draws inspiration as he closes out Tour
PARIS - Sheryl Crow shed a tear. Cancer survivors praised his inspirational tale. Rivals and fans fondly bade farewell to a cycling great.

U.S. tops Panama after penalty kicks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The United States won the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the third time, beating Panama 3-1 on penalty kicks following a scoreless tie in Sunday's final.

Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free final
MONTREAL - This was a stunner: Michael Phelps, exhausted and dangling on the lane rope, looking up in disbelief at the dismal time beside his name on the scoreboard.

U.S. tops Panama after penalty kicks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The United States won the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the third time, beating Panama 3-1 on penalty kicks following a scoreless tie in Sunday's final.

Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free final
MONTREAL - This was a stunner: Michael Phelps, exhausted and dangling on the lane rope, looking up in disbelief at the dismal time beside his name on the scoreboard.

Overtime
In Hickory, N.C., Augusta rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and added one in the ninth to top the Hickory Crawdads, 5-2.

Overtime
In Hickory, N.C., Augusta rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and added one in the ninth to top the Hickory Crawdads, 5-2.

Overtime
Aiken's Dane Burkhart carded even-par 72 on Monday to qualify for next month's U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Overtime
Aiken's Dane Burkhart carded even-par 72 on Monday to qualify for next month's U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Cycling enters a new era
PARIS - Lance Armstrong is gone. What now for the Tour de France?

Cycling enters a new era
PARIS - Lance Armstrong is gone. What now for the Tour de France?

Armstrong draws inspiration as he closes out Tour
PARIS - Sheryl Crow shed a tear. Cancer survivors praised his inspirational tale. Rivals and fans fondly bade farewell to a cycling great.

Peach Jam's success led to Nike Nationals
For five years, Rick Meyer pestered Nike to bring a girls amateur basketball event, much like the boys' Nike Peach Jam Invitational, to North Augusta.

Peach Jam's success led to Nike Nationals
For five years, Rick Meyer pestered Nike to bring a girls amateur basketball event, much like the boys' Nike Peach Jam Invitational, to North Augusta.

Williams arrives at Dolphins camp
DAVIE, Fla. - Running back Ricky Williams reported to Miami Dolphins training camp on Sunday morning, nearly one year to the day after he told the team he was retiring from football.

Williams arrives at Dolphins camp
DAVIE, Fla. - Running back Ricky Williams reported to Miami Dolphins training camp on Sunday morning, nearly one year to the day after he told the team he was retiring from football.

Falcons open camp with changes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - While the Atlanta Falcons await the arrival of the receiver they drafted in the first round this year, 2004 first-round pick Michael Jenkins opened training camp as a starter over Peerless Price.

Falcons open camp with changes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - While the Atlanta Falcons await the arrival of the receiver they drafted in the first round this year, 2004 first-round pick Michael Jenkins opened training camp as a starter over Peerless Price.

'Desperate Housewives,' 'Lost' win critics' awards
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Hit newcomers "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" won top honors from the Television Critics Association on Saturday.

'Stealth ads' infiltrate TV programming

'Stealth ads' infiltrate TV programming
NEW YORK - They get flush turning TV shows into promotions - and all you get are these lousy product placements.

'Stealth ads' infiltrate TV programming
NEW YORK - They get flush turning TV shows into promotions - and all you get are these lousy product placements.

TV tests whether reality has a second life
NEW YORK - For the first time since Rudy Boesch, Susan Hawk and Richard Hatch - in all his naked glory - became household names in the summer of 2000, the premiere edition of "Survivor" is being seen again on television.

Chris Rock touts his show 'Everybody Hates Chris'
LOS ANGELES - Chris Rock thought of other titles for his upcoming sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris":

Q&A with John Cusack

People in the News

People in the News

Brittany Murphy stars in new Jordache ads

Lyrically speaking
LYRICALLY SPEAKING: More than 100 people took our Xtreme Lyrics Challenge and more than three-fourths got every answer right. Through our random drawing, Benjamin Hutton, 19, of Martinez, was picked as the winner of our prize pack.

Xtreme calendar
TAKE YOUR LITTLE BROTHER or sister to the Sidewalk Painting program at the Friedman Branch of the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 1447 Jackson Road. You can get out the washable chalk and have a great time tagging the streets. Registration is required, and attendance is limited to 25 children. Call 736-6758.

My style
THE FACTS: Shaniqua Henley, 15, a rising sophomore at Hephzibah High School.

Lyrically speaking

It's girl's choice on when to tell mom she's gay
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm gay, and my girlfriend's aunt overheard us talking on the phone. She was saying "I love you" and so on, and when (the aunt) heard that, she said that my girlfriend needs to tell her mom. Her mom isn't going to accept her like that. What should we do?

Teens need correct facts on sex

4-1-1
Didja know? Only vertebrates have ears. Other animals can hear or sense sound, but do not have ears.

Football players have a ball joking around off the field

My style

4-1-1

Question of the week
Q: How much money are you looking to spend on a new fall wardrobe?

Question of the week
Q: How much money are you looking to spend on a new fall wardrobe?

Enjoy teen years because adulthood looms
Does anybody believe in the life thereafter?

It's girl's choice on when to tell mom she's gay
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm gay, and my girlfriend's aunt overheard us talking on the phone. She was saying "I love you" and so on, and when (the aunt) heard that, she said that my girlfriend needs to tell her mom. Her mom isn't going to accept her like that. What should we do?

Football players have a ball joking around off the field
In a few weeks the high school football season will begin. Under the careful watch of sports fans, friends and family, plays will be called, games will be won or lost and another chapter of school history will be written.

Enjoy teen years because adulthood looms
Does anybody believe in the life thereafter?

Teens need correct facts on sex
A recent survey conducted by People magazine and NBC has suggested that at least 28 percent of American 15-year-olds engage in sexual intercourse and that 29 percent engage in oral sex. Of those engaging in oral sex, 35 percent don't believe that they can contract a sexually transmitted disease and 42 percent don't use a condom. The survey also estimates that 40 percent of teens who have engaged in sexual intercourse haven't used birth control.

Question of the week

Enjoy teen years because adulthood looms

Xtreme calendar

It's girl's choice on when to tell mom she's gay

Lyrically speaking
LYRICALLY SPEAKING: More than 100 people took our Xtreme Lyrics Challenge and more than three-fourths got every answer right. Through our random drawing, Benjamin Hutton, 19, of Martinez, was picked as the winner of our prize pack.

Xtreme calendar
TAKE YOUR LITTLE BROTHER or sister to the Sidewalk Painting program at the Friedman Branch of the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 1447 Jackson Road. You can get out the washable chalk and have a great time tagging the streets. Registration is required, and attendance is limited to 25 children. Call 736-6758.

Football players have a ball joking around off the field
In a few weeks the high school football season will begin. Under the careful watch of sports fans, friends and family, plays will be called, games will be won or lost and another chapter of school history will be written.

My style
THE FACTS: Shaniqua Henley, 15, a rising sophomore at Hephzibah High School.

Teens need correct facts on sex
A recent survey conducted by People magazine and NBC has suggested that at least 28 percent of American 15-year-olds engage in sexual intercourse and that 29 percent engage in oral sex. Of those engaging in oral sex, 35 percent don't believe that they can contract a sexually transmitted disease and 42 percent don't use a condom. The survey also estimates that 40 percent of teens who have engaged in sexual intercourse haven't used birth control.

4-1-1
Didja know? Only vertebrates have ears. Other animals can hear or sense sound, but do not have ears.