J.K. Rowling, among nominees for first Quills Awards
NEW YORK - J.K. Rowling, Bob Dylan and Stephen King are among the nominees for the first annual Quills Awards, a glitzy literary affair for which the general public will cast the ballots.\r\n

J.K. Rowling, among nominees for first Quills Awards
NEW YORK - J.K. Rowling, Bob Dylan and Stephen King are among the nominees for the first annual Quills Awards, a glitzy literary affair for which the general public will cast the ballots.

Judge: 'Da Vinci Code' does not violate copyrights of another author
NEW YORK - The best-selling thriller "The Da Vinci Code" does not infringe on the copyrights of a book published in 2000 by another author, a judge ruled.

J.K. Rowling, among nominees for first Quills Awards

Sheffield blasts media for article

Sheffield blasts media for article
TORONTO - Gary Sheffield knows who leads the New York Yankees, and it apparently isn't Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez.

Sheffield blasts media for article
TORONTO - Gary Sheffield knows who leads the New York Yankees, and it apparently isn't Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez.

Reader's postcard inspires adventure in vocabulary

Thomson moves a step closer to returning

Hampton a step closer to return
ST. LOUIS - Braves starter Mike Hampton had a bounce to his step Friday afternoon that hadn't been visibly present in quite a while.

Cardinals put brakes on Smoltz

Thomson moves a step closer to returning
CINCINNATI - John Thomson's arm, hand and finger are fine, the Braves' tall right-hander said Thursday. It's the fatigue factor that now stands between him and a return to Atlanta's big league rotation.

Hampton a step closer to return
ST. LOUIS - Braves starter Mike Hampton had a bounce to his step Friday afternoon that hadn't been visibly present in quite a while.

Thomson moves a step closer to returning
CINCINNATI - John Thomson's arm, hand and finger are fine, the Braves' tall right-hander said Thursday. It's the fatigue factor that now stands between him and a return to Atlanta's big league rotation.

Cardinals put brakes on Smoltz
ST. LOUIS - John Smoltz lost a game Friday. That's news, folks. Pretty big news, actually.

Hampton a step closer to return

Cardinals put brakes on Smoltz
ST. LOUIS - John Smoltz lost a game Friday. That's news, folks. Pretty big news, actually.

Braves hold on for win
CINCINNATI - A long-running baseball maxim of Bobby Cox's is to win two of three games in a series, without concerning yourself too much with the opponent.

Counties hope to attract industry
Space is tight, so economic developers in Richmond and Columbia counties are making like a hermit crab and finding a new shell.

Stocks drop as oil prices rise
NEW YORK - Stocks tumbled on disappointing retail sales and a rise in oil prices Thursday as investors, worried about oil's impact on consumer spending, took profits from the market's July rally.

Stocks drop as oil prices rise

Counties hope to attract industry

Auto parts supplier hits credit line
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. said Friday that it's dipping into its credit line to finance operations, raising speculation it might declare bankruptcy if restructuring talks with General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers union are unsuccessful.

Auto parts supplier hits credit line

Businessman's plans include SunTrust building

Auto parts supplier hits credit line
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. said Friday that it's dipping into its credit line to finance operations, raising speculation it might declare bankruptcy if restructuring talks with General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers union are unsuccessful.

Businessman's plans include SunTrust building
A South Carolina businessman has purchased the SunTrust building on Broad Street for $4.7 million with plans for $1 million worth of renovations.

Counties hope to attract industry
Space is tight, so economic developers in Richmond and Columbia counties are making like a hermit crab and finding a new shell.

Businessman's plans include SunTrust building
A South Carolina businessman has purchased the SunTrust building on Broad Street for $4.7 million with plans for $1 million worth of renovations.

FCC deregulates high-speed access
WASHINGTON - Beginning in about a year, phone companies won't have to lease their high-speed lines to competing Internet service providers at government-set rates, the Federal Communications Commission decided Friday.

Stocks drop as oil prices rise
NEW YORK - Stocks tumbled on disappointing retail sales and a rise in oil prices Thursday as investors, worried about oil's impact on consumer spending, took profits from the market's July rally.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on August 5, 2005.

Clemson, staff get to work
CLEMSON, S.C. - New offensive coordinator Rob Spence stood behind his five Clemson passers, watching centers snap the ball to quarterbacks again and again.

Clemson, staff get to work

Clemson, staff get to work
CLEMSON, S.C. - New offensive coordinator Rob Spence stood behind his five Clemson passers, watching centers snap the ball to quarterbacks again and again.

Georgia's Kearney will be at practice
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia freshman linebacker Tavares Kearney can head to the field this afternoon for his first college football practice, without the threat of a university expulsion or suspension hanging over him.

Georgia's Kearney will be at practice
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia freshman linebacker Tavares Kearney can head to the field this afternoon for his first college football practice, without the threat of a university expulsion or suspension hanging over him.

Georgia's Kearney will be at practice

Granted, it'll be tough

Granted, it'll be tough
We're not absolutely certain it will happen, whom it will involve or how much money it will encompass.

NASA's reality show
Summer television is swamped with reality shows - the best of which is NASA's production of adventures in space with the shuttle Discovery, starring Commander Eileen Collins and astronauts Steve Robinson and Soichi Noguchi.

Legacy for Aiken County

Legacy for Aiken County
Howard Sellers was one of the best sheriffs - many say the best - that Aiken County ever had.

Two strikes, you're out

Two strikes, you're out
Past baseball scandals have been almost quaint by comparison - a dab of Vaseline on the bill of a pitcher's cap, or a surreptitious corked bat.

Legacy for Aiken County
Howard Sellers was one of the best sheriffs - many say the best - that Aiken County ever had.

Monitor sex criminals
It's hard to know whether sex assaults on children are happening with more frequency than in the past, or if they're simply being reported more often.

Two strikes, you're out
Past baseball scandals have been almost quaint by comparison - a dab of Vaseline on the bill of a pitcher's cap, or a surreptitious corked bat.

Granted, it'll be tough
We're not absolutely certain it will happen, whom it will involve or how much money it will encompass.

Iacocca teams with Snoop Dogg in new Chrysler ad
Former Chrysler Corp. chairman Lee Iacocca and Snoop Dogg appear together in Chrysler Group's latest ads for its employee-pricing program, a duo guaranteed to raise some eyebrows.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon will perform together for one night only to raise money for research into autism.

Etheridge says she's 'fully recovered' from cancer
LOS ANGELES - Melissa Etheridge is jumping back into recording and performing after spending much of the last year fighting breast cancer.

Jessica Simpson calls Daisy Duke an 'iconish' figure
NEW YORK - In the eyes of Jessica Simpson, Daisy Duke is an "iconish" figure.

Iacocca teams with Snoop Dogg in new Chrysler ad
Former Chrysler Corp. chairman Lee Iacocca and Snoop Dogg appear together in Chrysler Group's latest ads for its employee-pricing program, a duo guaranteed to raise some eyebrows.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon will perform together for one night only to raise money for research into autism.

Mortgage rates continue upward climb this week

Mortgage rates continue upward climb this week
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates continued their upward climb this week, with rates on 30-year mortgages rising to their highest point since the middle of April.

Mortgage rates continue upward climb this week
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates continued their upward climb this week, with rates on 30-year mortgages rising to their highest point since the middle of April.

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

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

Hybrids, children are back in schools
The hybrids are schooling! The hybrids are schooling! Shout this to your Strom Thurmond Lake fishing buddies with the same fervor that Paul Revere shouted "The British are coming!"

Fishing tournaments

Hybrids, children are back in schools

Hybrids, children are back in schools
The hybrids are schooling! The hybrids are schooling! Shout this to your Strom Thurmond Lake fishing buddies with the same fervor that Paul Revere shouted "The British are coming!"

Mullein is a weed with many qualities
Mullein is too good a plant to be called a weed. Instead, call it by one of its nicknames, such as Adam's flannel, candlewick, hare's beard, velvet plant, feltwort, or lungwort.

Lantanas provide color in hot months

Lantanas provide color in hot months
The recent heat and stifling humidity around the nation might make us want to wilt, but established lantana plants don't even flinch at the scorching temperatures.

Fall webworms begin to make themselves at home in trees

Fall webworms begin to make themselves at home in trees
The fall webworm recently has shown up in area landscapes and woods.

Mullein is a weed with many qualities

Lantanas provide color in hot months
The recent heat and stifling humidity around the nation might make us want to wilt, but established lantana plants don't even flinch at the scorching temperatures.

Fall webworms begin to make themselves at home in trees
The fall webworm recently has shown up in area landscapes and woods.

Mullein is a weed with many qualities
Mullein is too good a plant to be called a weed. Instead, call it by one of its nicknames, such as Adam's flannel, candlewick, hare's beard, velvet plant, feltwort, or lungwort.

GreenJackets earn split with Rome
Heading into Friday night's doubleheader, it would have been hard for Brian Horwitz to improve his performance at the plate.

Golf: Pressel roars into semis

Top senior content with amateur status
This season's best Regions Cup senior golfer likes to get away from the game when the spring/summer amateur tournament series takes a break.

Top senior content with amateur status
This season's best Regions Cup senior golfer likes to get away from the game when the spring/summer amateur tournament series takes a break.

Top senior content with amateur status

Pressel makes quarterfinals
ROSWELL, Ga. — Morgan Pressel needed a playoff hole to win her second-round match Thursday morning, then had a solid win in the afternoon and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

Golf: Pressel roars into semis
ROSWELL, Ga. - Morgan Pressel advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur, beating fourth-seeded Jennie Lee 7 and 6 on Friday.

Pressel makes quarterfinals
ROSWELL, Ga. Morgan Pressel needed a playoff hole to win her second-round match Thursday morning, then had a solid win in the afternoon and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Womens Amateur Championship.

Pressel makes quarterfinals

Golf: Pressel roars into semis
ROSWELL, Ga. - Morgan Pressel advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur, beating fourth-seeded Jennie Lee 7 and 6 on Friday.

Thomson plans to honor soldier
THOMSON - Sgt. James Kinlow was proud when his son became a Thomson Bulldog. Now his son's teammates will honor the fallen soldier this season.

Reader's postcard inspires adventure in vocabulary
Do you know what a lingcod is? I didn't. But Gene Pollock, of Washington, Ga., mentioned it on a postcard he sent in this week, and I had to look it up.

Reader's postcard inspires adventure in vocabulary
Do you know what a lingcod is? I didn't. But Gene Pollock, of Washington, Ga., mentioned it on a postcard he sent in this week, and I had to look it up.

St. Joseph Hospital ponders sale
The parent company of St. Joseph Hospital announced today it had received "significant interest" in a potential sale of the hospital.

South Carolina tax holiday begins
South Carolina's tax holiday kicked off on today with shoppers flooding stores to take advantage of a 6 percent discount on purchases.

Body recovered after boating accident
Authorities have found a man who went missing after a boat capsized in an east Augusta fishing pond early this morning.

Civil rights journalist dies at 79
The woman who garnered national attention to the plight of blacks in the segregated South by taunting the Ku Klux Klan in fiery editorials and later became the first reporter to cover the new bomb plant in Aiken for The Augusta Chronicle died Saturday at her home in Aiken.

Unfinished building falls down
No one was hurt when a building under construction collapsed Saturday afternoon near Grovetown, Columbia County officials said.

Unfinished building falls down
No one was hurt when a building under construction collapsed Saturday afternoon near Grovetown, Columbia County officials said.

Civil rights journalist dies at 79
The woman who garnered national attention to the plight of blacks in the segregated South by taunting the Ku Klux Klan in fiery editorials and later became the first reporter to cover the new bomb plant in Aiken for The Augusta Chronicle died Saturday at her home in Aiken.

Suspicious death ruled a homicide
Richmond County investigators were called out to what is being described as a suspicious death in a residential neighborhood off of Peach Orchard Road this afternoon.

Unfinished building falls down
No one was hurt when a building under construction collapsed Saturday afternoon near Grovetown, Columbia County officials said.

CAFTA bodes ill for country's future
We are losing our freedoms faster than you can whistle Dixie. Do we not realize that people do not give up their liberties unless they are deceived, because of deception and treason?Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Thanks for a great championship

Many tax questions still linger

Where are GOP values in Rove affair?

Many tax questions still linger
The July 31 article, "Leader promises tax answers," raised more questions than it answered.John Ballard, Augusta

Community improvement is patriotic

Make informed opinions on war
From letters and articles in The Chronicle concerning the decision of Father Bob Cushing to attend the 60th anniversary commemoration of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, one thing is clear. Anne Brotherton, Augusta

Community improvement is patriotic
I have always admired patriotic people who care enough about our country to make some kind of a contribution - some selfless activity to demonstrate their appreciation.Eleanor Farrell, Augusta

Thanks for a great championship
I would like to thank the Augusta-Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department for providing transportation, hotel rooms and meals for our 13-14-year-old All-Star Team to attend the Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Baseball Tournament in Griffin, Ga.Barry Hall, Augusta

Where are GOP values in Rove affair?
Three of Georgia's Republican elected officials - U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss - claim they represent the party of moral values.Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

CAFTA bodes ill for country's future
We are losing our freedoms faster than you can whistle Dixie. Do we not realize that people do not give up their liberties unless they are deceived, because of deception and treason?Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Man died of gunshot wound, autopsy shows
I have always admired patriotic people who care enough about our country to make some kind of a contribution - some selfless activity to demonstrate their appreciation.Eleanor Farrell, Augusta

Thanks for a great championship
I would like to thank the Augusta-Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department for providing transportation, hotel rooms and meals for our 13-14-year-old All-Star Team to attend the Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Baseball Tournament in Griffin, Ga.Barry Hall, Augusta

Community improvement is patriotic
I have always admired patriotic people who care enough about our country to make some kind of a contribution - some selfless activity to demonstrate their appreciation.Eleanor Farrell, Augusta

Many tax questions still linger
The July 31 article, "Leader promises tax answers," raised more questions than it answered.John Ballard, Augusta

Where are GOP values in Rove affair?
Three of Georgia's Republican elected officials - U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss - claim they represent the party of moral values.Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

CAFTA bodes ill for country's future

Italian designers buckle down to face fashion invasion

Living briefs

Giant ocean waves more common than once thought

Trees killed in hopes of helping rare woodpecker

Honda recalls Odysseys

Fashion briefs

Giant ocean waves more common than once thought
WASHINGTON - Last year's Hurricane Ivan generated an ocean wave that towered higher than 90 feet at one point, says a study that also suggests such giants may be more common than once thought.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - No pair of jeans is one size fits all, and Gap is acknowledging that. The brand, which built itself on the reputation of its wardrobe staples such as T-shirts and denim, begins the fall fashion season with three fits of jeans for three different body types.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - No pair of jeans is one size fits all, and Gap is acknowledging that. The brand, which built itself on the reputation of its wardrobe staples such as T-shirts and denim, begins the fall fashion season with three fits of jeans for three different body types.

Honda recalls Odysseys
WASHINGTON - Honda will recall thousands of its Odyssey minivans amid concerns that potentially faulty sensors for the frontal air bag system could make a warning lamp on the instrument panel remain illuminated, the company said Wednesday.

Trees killed in hopes of helping rare woodpecker
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to make a trade-off of ecological engineering: Kill dozens of trees in hopes of creating a more hospitable habitat for the rare ivory-billed woodpecker.

Trees killed in hopes of helping rare woodpecker
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to make a trade-off of ecological engineering: Kill dozens of trees in hopes of creating a more hospitable habitat for the rare ivory-billed woodpecker.\r\n

Italian designers buckle down to face fashion invasion
MILAN, Italy - Italian designers, used to living in the lap of luxury with as much bling in their coffers as on their sparkling outfits, are buckling down to face the challenge from an Asian clothing industry bursting at the seams.

Giant ocean waves more common than once thought
WASHINGTON - Last year's Hurricane Ivan generated an ocean wave that towered higher than 90 feet at one point, says a study that also suggests such giants may be more common than once thought.

Italian designers buckle down to face fashion invasion
MILAN, Italy - Italian designers, used to living in the lap of luxury with as much bling in their coffers as on their sparkling outfits, are buckling down to face the challenge from an Asian clothing industry bursting at the seams.

Living briefs
To celebrate the season, The Augusta Chronicle wants to see what you've been growing. Send in this year's pictures of your garden, and The Chronicle will choose from the best to feature in a photo page honoring the area's growing season.

Honda recalls Odysseys
WASHINGTON - Honda will recall thousands of its Odyssey minivans amid concerns that potentially faulty sensors for the frontal air bag system could make a warning lamp on the instrument panel remain illuminated, the company said Wednesday.

Living briefs
To celebrate the season, The Augusta Chronicle wants to see what you've been growing. Send in this year's pictures of your garden, and The Chronicle will choose from the best to feature in a photo page honoring the area's growing season.

Across the area
An unexpected downpour helped a Rome Braves baseball player whose car caught fire Thursday afternoon outside Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Getaway car alarm foils break-in plan
ARDMORE, Okla. - Police interrupted a blunder-filled break-in and arrested two suspects after their car alarm drew officers' attention.

Lack of money delays program

Body recovered after boating accident

Fire fee's change fuels growth
More than a year after Columbia County instituted a new payment method for fire services in unincorporated areas, county officials say the setup is working well and providing better fire and first responder protection.

Kid of the Day
Javon Prince Williams is today's Kid of the Day.

News you can use
Entertainment and events scheduled for this week include:

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - After weeks of waiting and hoping, officials at Zoo Atlanta say Lun Lun, the giant panda, is not pregnant after all.

Interest in hospital sale is high
The parent company of St. Joseph Hospital announced Friday that there is "significant interest" in its offer to sell the hospital.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 38-year-old inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeland has been charged in the stabbing death of another inmate at the maximum security prison, authorities said.

A fresh look at high school
Angelete Carmon, 14, wandered the hallways of Westside High School on Thursday, admittedly a little afraid.

Charity official applauds pursuit of center
Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman Duncan Wheale said the Augusta Commission's decision to embrace the agency's plans to develop a $20 million community center put him in mind of another song title that fits the Garden City: New Attitude by Patti LaBelle.

Businesses in Carolina expect big tax holiday
AIKEN - Business at Office Depot in North Augusta will be booming over the next few days.

Airport officials pushing for automated screeners

System keeps fort's energy use in check
Like other businesses in the Augusta area, Fort Gordon uses a lot of power to keep things running.

Suspicious death ruled a homicide

Across the area
An unexpected downpour helped a Rome Braves baseball player whose car caught fire Thursday afternoon outside Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Forces of states are focus of new bill

Charity official applauds pursuit of center
Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman Duncan Wheale said the Augusta Commission's decision to embrace the agency's plans to develop a $20 million community center put him in mind of another song title that fits the Garden City: New Attitude by Patti LaBelle.

Kid of the Day

Across the area
Fire destroyed a brick home off Boykin Road in south Augusta Friday night.

Law officers emphasize former sheriff's impact

Airport officials pushing for automated screeners
Hand off a piece of luggage to a security screener. Watch it pass through one machine. Pick it back up and then load it onto another machine.

Ex-substitute is granted bond

Ex-substitute is granted bond
Roughly 150 people crowded into a Columbia County courtroom Thursday morning in support of a former Columbia County substitute teacher.

Charity wants to build center

Law officers emphasize former sheriff's impact
AIKEN - Howard Sellers hasn't run the Aiken County Sheriff's Office in more than two years, but officials said Thursday the professional touches he added made an impact that has continued to shape local law enforcement.

Correction

Perdue calls for prayer vigil
ATLANTA - With tears in his eyes and servicemen and clergy at his side, Gov. Sonny Perdue called for a statewide prayer vigil honoring nearly a dozen Georgia servicemen recently killed in Iraq.

Across the area

Rescued terrapins are released into the wild
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It's sweet sorrow when your babies leave home.

A fresh look at high school

News you can use
Entertainment and events scheduled for this week include:

Fire fee's change fuels growth

Unfinished building falls down

Across Georgia

Pageant now has category for teens

Perdue warns against pork-barrel projects
ATLANTA - When it comes to protecting taxpayers' money, Gov. Sonny Perdue wants those in government to know there's a new sheriff in town.

Civil rights journalist dies at 79

Correction
- Former Savannah River Site employee Bobby Bragg estimates he has spent more than $50,000 on medications for ailments he incurred while working at the plant.

Father drowns during fishing trip
Cameron Casey Quick and Ronald Sims were more than just brothers-in-law; they were fishing buddies.

Jackson looks to preserve voting act
ATLANTA - In two years will blacks lose their right to vote? No.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two South Carolina infants have died from whooping cough - the first deaths reported from the disease in the state in nearly three years.

Kid of the Day
Arria Brina' Wright is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day
Javon Prince Williams is today's Kid of the Day.

Civil rights journalist dies at 79
The woman who garnered national attention to the plight of blacks in the segregated South by taunting the Ku Klux Klan in fiery editorials and later became the first reporter to cover the new bomb plant in Aiken for The Augusta Chronicle died Saturday at her home in Aiken.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Unfinished building falls down
No one was hurt when a building under construction collapsed Saturday afternoon near Grovetown, Columbia County officials said.

Getaway car alarm foils break-in plan

Lack of money delays program
A proposal to curb delinquent behavior has yet to take root, and supporters blame a lack of funding.

Perdue warns against pork-barrel projects
ATLANTA - When it comes to protecting taxpayers' money, Gov. Sonny Perdue wants those in government to know there's a new sheriff in town.

Supporters of CAFTA stress Georgia benefit
ATLANTA - Georgia stands to benefit more than most states from the trade agreement between the United States and six Central American and Caribbean countries that President Bush signed into law Tuesday, according to supporters.

Supporters of CAFTA stress Georgia benefit
ATLANTA - Georgia stands to benefit more than most states from the trade agreement between the United States and six Central American and Caribbean countries that President Bush signed into law Tuesday, according to supporters.

Kid of the Day
Arria Brina' Wright is today's Kid of the Day.

Unfinished building falls down
No one was hurt when a building under construction collapsed Saturday afternoon near Grovetown, Columbia County officials said.

Interest in hospital sale is high

Unfinished building falls down
No one was hurt when a building under construction collapsed Saturday afternoon near Grovetown, Columbia County officials said.

Doctors suggest updated vaccine

Civil rights journalist dies at 79
The woman who garnered national attention to the plight of blacks in the segregated South by taunting the Ku Klux Klan in fiery editorials and later became the first reporter to cover the new bomb plant in Aiken for The Augusta Chronicle died Saturday at her home in Aiken.

Perdue warns against pork-barrel projects

News you can use
Events in the area:

Supporters of CAFTA stress Georgia benefit

Forces of states are focus of new bill
AIKEN - If homeland security truly begins on the local level, then some states are better equipped than others to defend their turf.

Across the area

Airport officials pushing for automated screeners
Hand off a piece of luggage to a security screener. Watch it pass through one machine. Pick it back up and then load it onto another machine.

Kid of the Day

Charity wants to build center
Augusta and Salvation Army officials will announce plans today to pursue a grant for the development of a $20 million recreational, educational and ministry center at Chaffee Park on Broad Street along the Augusta Canal.

News you can use

Rescued terrapins are released into the wild
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It's sweet sorrow when your babies leave home.

Stores recognize sales potential with Hispanics

Getaway car alarm foils break-in plan
ARDMORE, Okla. - Police interrupted a blunder-filled break-in and arrested two suspects after their car alarm drew officers' attention.

Unfinished building falls down

Correction
- Former Savannah River Site employee Bobby Bragg estimates he has spent more than $50,000 on medications for ailments he incurred while working at the plant.

Across South Carolina

Businesses in Carolina expect big tax holiday
AIKEN - Business at Office Depot in North Augusta will be booming over the next few days.

Unfinished building falls down

Body recovered after boating accident
Authorities have found a man who went missing after a boat capsized in an east Augusta fishing pond early this morning.

Civil rights journalist dies at 79

Suspicious death ruled a homicide
Richmond County investigators were called out to what is being described as a suspicious death in a residential neighborhood off of Peach Orchard Road this afternoon.

Jackson looks to preserve voting act

Pageant now has category for teens
The Miss Augusta pageant returns to Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Center on Saturday night, and this year's event has added a Miss Outstanding Teen category for girls ages 13 to 17.

Father drowns during fishing trip

Jackson looks to preserve voting act
ATLANTA - In two years will blacks lose their right to vote? No.

Empty nuclear waste tanks could be sealed later

Shoppers take advantage of tax holiday

Businesses in Carolina expect big tax holiday

Charity official applauds pursuit of center

News you can use

Charity wants to build center
Augusta and Salvation Army officials will announce plans today to pursue a grant for the development of a $20 million recreational, educational and ministry center at Chaffee Park on Broad Street along the Augusta Canal.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rescued terrapins are released into the wild

Shoppers take advantage of tax holiday
South Carolina's tax holiday kicked off today with shoppers flooding stores to take advantage of a 6 percent discount on purchases.

Shoppers take advantage of tax holiday
South Carolina's tax holiday kicked off today with shoppers flooding stores to take advantage of a 6 percent discount on purchases.

Father drowns during fishing trip
Cameron Casey Quick and Ronald Sims were more than just brothers-in-law; they were fishing buddies.

Across Georgia
ROME - A Floyd County police officer shot and wounded a man who came at him with a machete during a domestic dispute, authorities said.

Interest in hospital sale is high
The parent company of St. Joseph Hospital announced Friday that there is "significant interest" in its offer to sell the hospital.

Fire fee's change fuels growth
More than a year after Columbia County instituted a new payment method for fire services in unincorporated areas, county officials say the setup is working well and providing better fire and first responder protection.

Empty nuclear waste tanks could be sealed later
AIKEN - The Department of Energy should delay sealing some radioactive waste tanks at Savannah River Site for as long as 10 years after they've been emptied, according to an independent study released Friday.

Stores recognize sales potential with Hispanics
ATLANTA - Looking past the stacks of bagged tortillas and rows of dried chile spices, Enrique Sarto grabs a bottle of meat marinade.

Woman finds boyfriend's body
Richmond County sheriff's investigators examined a "suspicious death" Friday evening after a woman found her boyfriend dead in their south Augusta home.

Empty nuclear waste tanks could be sealed later
AIKEN - The Department of Energy should delay sealing some radioactive waste tanks at Savannah River Site for as long as 10 years after they've been emptied, according to an independent study released Friday.

Lack of money delays program
A proposal to curb delinquent behavior has yet to take root, and supporters blame a lack of funding.

Doctors suggest updated vaccine
Sarah McDonagh was not happy as she watched nurse Traci Talman approach her with a syringe.

New hires prepare before teaching first class
Statewide training, local orientation and that tidbit of wisdom from her mother are helping first-year teacher Marie Blair get ready for the start of school.

Pageant now has category for teens
The Miss Augusta pageant returns to Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Center on Saturday night, and this year's event has added a Miss Outstanding Teen category for girls ages 13 to 17.

News you can use
Events in the area:

Ex-substitute is granted bond
Roughly 150 people crowded into a Columbia County courtroom Thursday morning in support of a former Columbia County substitute teacher.

Stores recognize sales potential with Hispanics
ATLANTA - Looking past the stacks of bagged tortillas and rows of dried chile spices, Enrique Sarto grabs a bottle of meat marinade.

Law officers emphasize former sheriff's impact
AIKEN - Howard Sellers hasn't run the Aiken County Sheriff's Office in more than two years, but officials said Thursday the professional touches he added made an impact that has continued to shape local law enforcement.

Across Georgia
ROME - A Floyd County police officer shot and wounded a man who came at him with a machete during a domestic dispute, authorities said.

Forces of states are focus of new bill
AIKEN - If homeland security truly begins on the local level, then some states are better equipped than others to defend their turf.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two South Carolina infants have died from whooping cough - the first deaths reported from the disease in the state in nearly three years.

A fresh look at high school
Angelete Carmon, 14, wandered the hallways of Westside High School on Thursday, admittedly a little afraid.

Across the area
Fire destroyed a brick home off Boykin Road in south Augusta Friday night.

Perdue calls for prayer vigil
ATLANTA - With tears in his eyes and servicemen and clergy at his side, Gov. Sonny Perdue called for a statewide prayer vigil honoring nearly a dozen Georgia servicemen recently killed in Iraq.

Doctors suggest updated vaccine
Sarah McDonagh was not happy as she watched nurse Traci Talman approach her with a syringe.

Perdue calls for prayer vigil

FireBall become pleasant surprise
They could have had years to plan, instead of months.

FireBall become pleasant surprise
They could have had years to plan, instead of months.

Hollywood needs to put its studios on budget

Hollywood needs to put its studios on budget
Hollywood is in a slump and we'll all be better for it. For weeks, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other trade publications have been preaching a gospel of doom and gloom, pointing to a steady decline, compared with last year, in ticket sales.

Hollywood needs to put its studios on budget
Hollywood is in a slump and we'll all be better for it. For weeks, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other trade publications have been preaching a gospel of doom and gloom, pointing to a steady decline, compared with last year, in ticket sales.

Brickyard win would help Gordon's season
The pressure is on Jeff Gordon, and there might be no better place for him to deal with it than Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Brickyard win would help Gordon's season

Brickyard win would help Gordon's season
The pressure is on Jeff Gordon, and there might be no better place for him to deal with it than Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Calculated gamble taken by the NBA
LAS VEGAS - The NBA All-Star game is headed to Las Vegas in 2007, marking the first time a city without a franchise has been chosen to play host to the event.

Teams on Tokyo time

Damien Deante Coney    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Williams    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie H. Sullivan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Hattie Pearl Booker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. William "Bill" Surchik    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Norton    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Hawthorne    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Winton Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Williams    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Robert A. Mitcham    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Norton    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Freddie Mae Griner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Banks    (PASSAIC, NJ)

Mr. Billy Lynn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary J. Drayton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Lee Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joel Williams    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Adrian Devon Tindal    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Freddie Mae Griner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys J. LaCroix    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald L. Billings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Griffin    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Deacon Joe Sturgis    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene E. Goodier    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. James Lee Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Carol Ann Sidoti    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald L. Billings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore E. Wooten    (YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio)

Mr. Herbert E. Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert E. Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Adrian Devon Tindal    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael A. Cain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dicy Elizabeth Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Damien Deante Coney    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Cameron C. Quick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin G. Robertson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah J. Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joshua Taylor Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George B. Dicks, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Winton Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary J. Drayton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Lee Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dicy Elizabeth Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph W. Brosnan    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin A. Eggers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Carol Ann Sidoti    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin A. Eggers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurey Summerall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dicy Elizabeth Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn Rhoden    (GEORGE, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Griffin    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Robert A. Mitcham    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Hawthorne    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys J. LaCroix    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Hilderbrandt, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Banks    (PASSAIC, NJ)

Ms. Icesonnia P. Horsley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William "Bill" Surchik    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Richard C. Johns    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald L. Billings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah J. Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael A. Cain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dale J. Coffman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah J. Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys J. LaCroix    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. George B. Dicks, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Burckhalter    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin A. Eggers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Lee Reynolds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Griffin    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph W. Brosnan    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mr. James Hilderbrandt, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Icesonnia P. Horsley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Booker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Yelverton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joshua Taylor Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore E. Wooten    (YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio)

Mr. Roy B. Wallace    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Roy B. Wallace    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie H. Sullivan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Richard C. Johns    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald L. Billings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Hattie Pearl Booker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Cameron C. Quick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Yelverton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Norton    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Louis W. (Billy) Melton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert A. Mitcham    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene E. Goodier    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. Billy Lynn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Griffin    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys J. LaCroix    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin A. Eggers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dale J. Coffman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dicy Elizabeth Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Lee Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah J. Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mother Annie Lou Irvin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Burckhalter    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert A. Mitcham    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Booker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Winton Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis W. (Billy) Melton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Norton    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Emerson Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sophie Oliphant    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Joshua Taylor Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn Rhoden    (GEORGE, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie H. Sullivan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Howard L. Sellers    (ANNISTON, AL)

Mr. Howard L. Sellers    (ANNISTON, AL)

Deacon Joe Sturgis    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Sophie Oliphant    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie H. Sullivan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Winton Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurey Summerall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mother Annie Lou Irvin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joshua Taylor Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Lee Reynolds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Williams    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Emerson Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin G. Robertson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael A. Cain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert E. Burke (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Griffin (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene E. Goodier (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. William "Bill" Surchik (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Ms. Carol Ann Sidoti (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Howard L. Sellers (ANNISTON, AL)

Mr. Dale J. Coffman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George B. Dicks, Sr. (AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Griffin (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Adrian Devon Tindal (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Williams (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Sophie Oliphant (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Alvin G. Robertson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Hawthorne (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert A. Mitcham (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Joshua Taylor Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Lynn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurey Summerall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Burckhalter (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Banks (PASSAIC, NJ)

Mr. Cameron C. Quick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah J. Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy B. Wallace (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin A. Eggers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joshua Taylor Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert A. Mitcham (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Louis W. (Billy) Melton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Icesonnia P. Horsley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin A. Eggers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon Joe Sturgis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Lee Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary J. Drayton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys J. LaCroix (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Lee Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah J. Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald L. Billings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph W. Brosnan (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys J. LaCroix (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Freddie Mae Griner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Norton (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Booker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Winton Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Yelverton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Williams (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Hattie Pearl Booker (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn Rhoden (GEORGE, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald L. Billings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mother Annie Lou Irvin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dicy Elizabeth Adams (EVANS, Ga.)

Damien Deante Coney (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Winton Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Emerson Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie H. Sullivan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Hilderbrandt, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Norton (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Richard C. Johns (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore E. Wooten (YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio)

Mrs. Minnie H. Sullivan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Lee Reynolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dicy Elizabeth Adams (EVANS, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Americans look for solid showing
HELSINKI, Finland - Olympic champion Justin Gatlin climbs into the blocks for the 100-meter preliminaries, the American men go for a shot put sweep and Britain's Paula Radcliffe begins her quest for atonement after her Athens debacle.

Overtime
The Augusta GreenJackets game against the Rome Braves on Thursday night was postponed by rain.

Overtime
In Ponchatoula, La., the North Augusta 15-16-year-old All-Stars topped Monroe, La., 6-5 in 10 innings Friday to win the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series.

Overtime
The Augusta GreenJackets’ game against the Rome Braves on Thursday night was postponed by rain.

Overtime
In Ponchatoula, La., the North Augusta 15-16-year-old All-Stars topped Monroe, La., 6-5 in 10 innings Friday to win the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series.

Teams on Tokyo time
TOKYO - Peyton Manning and Michael Vick will share the spotlight when they take the field Saturday at the American Bowl in Japan.

Teams on Tokyo time
TOKYO - Peyton Manning and Michael Vick will share the spotlight when they take the field Saturday at the American Bowl in Japan.

Faith digest
Terry Dozier, a former Charlotte Hornets player, will share his faith during Graniteville's community day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, 82 Canal St. in Graniteville. Entertainment will include inflatable games and a climbing wall.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

An invaluable Encyclopedia of Protestantism
Today's history lesson begins with Balthasar Hubmaier. Who?

God's gifts to be used to advance his kingdom
God endows each of us with certain gifts and talents that he wants us to develop and to use to make the kingdom of this earth more like the Kingdom of Heaven.

Urban minister finds older ways in rural church
Sonya Jackson's first response to the news that her husband, Derwin, wanted to preach for a church in Wadley, Ga., was "Where's Wadley?"

Christian book clubs offer outlet for women
What drew six women - one single, one divorced and the rest married - to an Augusta-area restaurant Saturday was not the bagels and coffee on the menu but the book on the table for discussion.

Urban minister finds older ways in rural church
Sonya Jackson's first response to the news that her husband, Derwin, wanted to preach for a church in Wadley, Ga., was "Where's Wadley?"

Faith digest
Terry Dozier, a former Charlotte Hornets player, will share his faith during Graniteville's community day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, 82 Canal St. in Graniteville. Entertainment will include inflatable games and a climbing wall.

Gospel group is enjoying ministry
Kasey Kemp is doing his dream job - singing on the road with gospel music pioneer Naomi Sego.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

God's gifts to be used to advance his kingdom
God endows each of us with certain gifts and talents that he wants us to develop and to use to make the kingdom of this earth more like the Kingdom of Heaven.

Gospel group is enjoying ministry
Kasey Kemp is doing his dream job - singing on the road with gospel music pioneer Naomi Sego.

An invaluable Encyclopedia of Protestantism
Today's history lesson begins with Balthasar Hubmaier. Who?

Christian book clubs offer outlet for women
What drew six women - one single, one divorced and the rest married - to an Augusta-area restaurant Saturday was not the bagels and coffee on the menu but the book on the table for discussion.

FireBall become pleasant surprise

Do missing white females get more TV coverage?
NEW YORK - When "Dateline NBC" reporter Josh Mankiewicz asked television news division chiefs to talk about disproportionate coverage of attractive white females who go missing, only his boss agreed.

CNN suspends Novak after he swears, walks off set

Eternal playboy Hef gets into bed with reality TV
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Things are not what they seem to be at the Playboy Mansion.

China tightens government control over television
BEIJING - China will bar new foreign television channels and step up censorship of imported programming, the Culture Ministry announced, adding to a sweeping effort to tighten the communist government's control over popular culture.

CNN suspends Novak after he swears, walks off set
NEW YORK - Robert Novak, whose revelation of a CIA officer's name in a 2003 column has sparked a federal probe, was suspended by CNN after he swore and walked off the set during a live telecast of "Inside Politics."

China tightens government control over television
BEIJING - China will bar new foreign television channels and step up censorship of imported programming, the Culture Ministry announced, adding to a sweeping effort to tighten the communist government's control over popular culture.

China tightens government control over television

Eternal playboy Hef gets into bed with reality TV

Do missing white females get more TV coverage?

CNN suspends Novak after he swears, walks off set
NEW YORK - Robert Novak, whose revelation of a CIA officer's name in a 2003 column has sparked a federal probe, was suspended by CNN after he swore and walked off the set during a live telecast of "Inside Politics."

Do missing white females get more TV coverage?
NEW YORK - When "Dateline NBC" reporter Josh Mankiewicz asked television news division chiefs to talk about disproportionate coverage of attractive white females who go missing, only his boss agreed.

Eternal playboy Hef gets into bed with reality TV
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Things are not what they seem to be at the Playboy Mansion.

People in the News

Iacocca teams with Snoop Dogg in new Chrysler ad

Motivation starts early at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - The timing could hardly have been better to poke and prod a Georgia football team on its first day of fall practice.

Motivation starts early at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - The timing could hardly have been better to poke and prod a Georgia football team on its first day of fall practice.

Motivation starts early at Georgia

USC: Mitchell gets quick nod
COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has found a starting quarterback in Blake Mitchell - at least for the season opener against Central Florida.

Christian book clubs offer outlet for women

Gospel group is enjoying ministry

God's gifts to be used to advance his kingdom

Urban minister finds older ways in rural church

Faith calendar

An invaluable Encyclopedia of Protestantism

Faith digest