Tennis Briefs

August 19, 2008 NEW YORK (AP) - A day after winning an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, Rafael Nadal officially unseated Roger Federer to become the world's No. 1 tennis player when the ATP rankings came out.

Elderly chorus denies old age

August 19, 2008 NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - Fred Knittle wears his belt up high. His nose is tethered to an oxygen tank, and on stage he's confined to a folding chair.

News of other days

August 19, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 30, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO

Former FBI agent writes book on KC mob

August 19, 2008 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A retired FBI agent has written a book about the organized crime in Kansas City he was once assigned to pursue.

Penmanship takes back seat in schools

August 19, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) - John Hancock wouldn't recognize the handwriting taught in many schools today. And his loopy slanted script might as well be a foreign language to 21st century students.

Tally Ho expands

August 19, 2008 MELBOURNE - For the past 23 years the Tally Ho Restaurant and lounge has pretty much remained status quo, but a new garden room has become a nice addition to the facility, according to the owners.

Huckabee says he’d consider VP offer

August 19, 2008 JERUSALEM (AP) - Mike Huckabee on Tuesday said he has not been approached by John McCain about being the U.S. presidential candidate's running mate. But he'd certainly consider the offer.

Costs soar for National Guard training overhaul

August 19, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) - Revamping the Army National Guard training program so soldiers can spend more time at home will cost at least $128 million this year, and officials say they need nearly double that