Club calendar
Events at clubs and other establishments in and around the Augusta area.

'Arsenic' laced with laughter
The kindly Brewster sisters have been poisoning nice old men and burying them in their basement. But don't worry. They have the best intentions.

New restaurants open in Augusta area
A number of area restaurants have opened in the past week.

'Arsenic' laced with laughter

Health calendar

Riff Raff treated like kings by Disney

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Casa di Pizza needs no frills
Casa di Pizza, nestled in the Wal-Mart shopping center in North Augusta, is so visually nondescript that people might unknowingly pass it by if it weren't for that wonderful scent wafting onto the sidewalk.

Skynyrd just keeps on making music
It's become something of a rock cliche. Any band, at some point in its career, has had an overzealous audience member flick a trusty Zippo and send up a lusty cry for Free Bird.

Skynyrd just keeps on making music

Local shows

Club calendar

Riff Raff treated like kings by Disney
The Riff Raff Kings have, in their two-year history, opened for international acts Bush and Parliament Funkadelic, but no brush with fame could prepare the local band for a run-in with Mickey Mouse.

Band adds a little bit of `Sugar' to its Tonic

Sport skates into area
Once upon a time, Augusta-area residents could only watch the Kristi Yamaguchis and Wayne Gretzkys on television, with little hope of lacing up skates and learning ice sports themselves.

Clever lyrics keep pop style interesting

Ramblin' Rhodes: Mississippi has been rich musical land
Mississippi's rich musical heritage came back to me a few days ago while I was walking through the Greek Revival-style building in Jackson that was the state's Capitol from 1839 to 1903.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Mississippi has been rich musical land

Clever lyrics keep pop style interesting
Pop music, really great pop music, is hard. The popular illusion that anyone with a guitar and a passing acquaintance with the Beatles can pump out the odd, achingly sweet ditty is a myth, as patently untrue as those stories I've been spinning for the kids in my neighborhood about Bigfoot in my back yard.

Casa di Pizza needs no frills

Band adds a little bit of `Sugar' to its Tonic
Never a group to take the stage in platform boots or spangled spandex, Los Angeles band Tonic has built a career focused on musical integrity rather than the trappings of rock stardom.

Sport skates into area

Glittery soul era revisited
Polyester and platform shoes will be the order of the day when the Flashback Festival brings several slices of 1970s soul to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Glittery soul era revisited

Local shows
Performers visiting Augusta in the near future.

Loss to Reds ends road trip

Warren perfect in Jackets win

Jones to sign record deal

Braves notebook

Jackets crush RedStixx

SUV drivers line up early for dealer replacements
A Firestone dealer replaced the tires on Susan Perkins' 1994 Ford Explorer on Wednesday at no charge, just hours after Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced a nationwide tire recall.

South Carolina scolds Firestone
Bridgestone/Firestone, already under fire for making tires that may be related to accidents involving 80 injuries and 46 deaths, was criticized Thursday for how its is recalling the tires.

Business briefs

Company expands into phones
Augusta computer consulting company IntelliSystems has entered the telephone business.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Markets closed mostly lower Thursday as technology stocks slumped on fears that earnings will decline during the second half of 2000.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A selloff in shares of big drug companies dragged down blue-chip stocks Wednesday.

Firestone will recall bad tires

Firestone will recall bad tires
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said Wednesday it would recall millions of tires that might be related to hundreds of automobile accidents, including more than 40 fatalities.

SUV drivers line up early for dealer replacements

Business briefs

South Carolina scolds Firestone

Bulldogs' Bell is ready to ring in new campaign

Revere takes center stage

Gamecocks' quarterback has support of Holtz

Asthma doesn't slow Key

Clemson eighth in SI's poll

Herschel Walker to be enshrined

Librarian cites school media policy

Country singer gave heart to Lord

Setting the record straight on MOX

Teen birth rates drop

Potter books doing Satan's work

Lieberman speech was for cover

Smoking still risky

Post office doesn't want e-monopoly

Bobby Jones' 'slam' year corrected

Augusta: Vote down penny sales tax

Burke boards need black leaders

Gun buyback program is bogus

Capsules
Richard DuBois, chief of internal medicine at Atlanta Medical Center, will speak at the health and wellness seminar Your Health - Your Choice from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel, One 10th St. Dr. DuBois, who is board certified in internal medicine, will discuss everyday steps people of all ages can take to prevent cancer and heart attacks.

Internet fan site wins attention of NBC sitcom
Henry Hanks' Web site is getting all kinds of notice from the people who produce one of his favorite shows, Just Shoot Me, an NBC sitcom about the quirky staff at a trendy fashion magazine.

Couple makes garden second home
A blanket of lush green grass, burbling fountains and the smell of jasmine sound like heaven, right?

In the know
Forget Survivor or Big Brother or The 1900 House. If you want a real test of your ability to cope with extreme conditions and deprivation, take the advice of media critic Donald F. Roberts: Get rid of all but one television.

Rot fungus winters in dead bark
Q: Can you tell me what causes brown spots on fruit such as apples and pears? What can you do to ensure that the fruit in the future will not like this?

Tiger's presence dominates Buick Open

Austin takes Buick Open lead

TV show has hidden meaning
Several readers have passed along this little bit of insight. Remember the popular TV show Gilligan's Island?

Police search for attacker
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man who broke into a home off 9th Street Thursday afternoon and assaulted a teen-age girl.

Internet fan site wins attention of NBC sitcom

In the know

Couple makes garden second home

Rot fungus winters in dead bark

Capsules

Police confiscate poker machines
Deputies confiscated more than 50 video poker machines - including Cherry Masters, Georgia Redemption Machines and Treasure Chests - during checks of local businesses late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Students exercise military map skill
Most people don't care to find even one proverbial needle in a haystack. On Thursday, some local high school students had to find three.

City's staff shows ire at surveillance

Mayor is unsettled by debts

Children's doctor closes shop

Shelter will sponsor all-day pet adoption

Toddler case ends in mistrial
AIKEN - A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the homi-cide by child abuse case against Michael James Smith after his former girlfriend mistakenly told the jury about alleged spousal abuse.

Board holds off on charter policy

Shelter hit with animal influx

Commission drops airport plan

Leaders help plan for growth

Across the area

Gore, Lieberman visit Atlanta
ATLANTA - Al Gore and newly named running mate Joseph Lieberman hit back Thursday at Republican George W. Bush's portrayal of the Clinton-Gore era as one of ''squandered opportunities'' and ''coasting'' by the Democrats.

Gore, Lieberman visit Atlanta

Across the area
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency gave Augusta a big payback Wednesday, reimbursing the government for expenditures during Hurricane Floyd evacuations last year.

Tradition of school threatened

Ads aim to curb drivers' dirty habits
AIKEN - The red pickup eased into traffic beneath South Boundary's canopy of oaks, ordinary enough until it rolled into view of a waiting camera.

Airline vows to improve flights

Official vows poker crackdown

Tattnall hospital to reopen

Railway supporters seek greater funding

Students exercise military map skill

Police aim to reduce collisions

Police confiscate poker machines

Stallions coach, quarterback honored

Women begin their quest for crown

Airline vows to improve flights
Atlantic Southeast Airlines officials vowed Thursday to bring better customer service and fewer delays and cancellations to Augusta in the future.

Toddler case ends in mistrial

Store clerk sends robber on his way empty-handed
A plot to rob a Hephzibah convenience store using a paper bag and harsh words hit a major snag:

Ex-judge Gadsden dies at 88

Leaders help plan for growth
Business representatives and community advocates have begun sharing their separate and collective vision of Augusta's future.

Police search for attacker

Aiken delegate backs Buchanan
AIKEN - When Will Tinney got to Long Beach on Wednesday, he found a Reform Party embroiled in conflict and split between two factions: supporters of former television commentator Pat Buchanan vs. founder Ross Perot's side, which is determined to keep the party's nomination out Mr. Buchanan's hands.

School panel delays audit review
Richmond County school board members will discuss an audit of the public safety department at a September meeting.

Edgefield pupils return to class
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Lynn Stewart took the day off from her job Wednesday to answer phones at Merriwether Elementary School, where her only child spent his first day of kindergarten.

Tax-free days yield $250 million boost
AIKEN - Shoppers taking advantage of the state's first sales tax holiday boosted last weekend's sales by $250 million, the South Carolina Merchants Association has estimated.

Police aim to reduce collisions
AIKEN - When Aiken County schoolchildren head to class Monday, police will be nearby, writing warnings and tickets to inattentive drivers.

Children's doctor closes shop
AIKEN - The office on Trafalgar Lane is nearly empty now, stacked with giveaway boxes of medical supplies and other remains of 33 years in one place.

Across the area

Shelter will sponsor all-day pet adoption
By day's end Thursday, Linda Fulmer had more than 80 dogs and nearly 50 cats in the Columbia County Animal Control kennels.

Aiken delegate backs Buchanan

Officers' overtime in question

Tradition of school threatened
JOHNSTON, S.C. - When the Strom Thurmond High School Rebels take the field this fall, they might play the first football game in school history that does not begin with a prayer.

Accountability director ready for challenges
He was helping his youngest daughter settle in for her first year of college when he learned the governor had tapped him to head the state's Office of Education Accountability, responsible for monitoring academic performance in all of Georgia's schools.

Across the area
An Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department investigator said arson may be responsible for an early-morning fire Thursday at Columns of Augusta apartments, 1814 Fayetteville Drive. Lt. G.B. Hannan said he has identified several suspects.

Railway supporters seek greater funding
ATLANTA - Georgia passenger-rail enthusiasts are seeking a record infusion of state dollars during the next budget cycle to keep on track plans to begin operating commuter lines connecting Atlanta with Athens and Macon by 2004.

Doctor fined for misdeeds

University faces rash of ID theft
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia police are investigating a series of apparently related ``identity thefts,'' with university faculty and students as victims.

More to Parker than boxing

City's staff shows ire at surveillance
Welcome to Friendship City. Better watch what you say.

Hundreds remember Allgoods

Official vows poker crackdown
The video poker industry will have to find another route into Georgia.

Commission drops airport plan
They don't have the money, they don't have the resources and they don't have enough airlines, but that isn't stopping the Augusta Aviation Commission from seriously thinking about spending $110 million on a new terminal and a second runway at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Shelter hit with animal influx
Linda Fulmer still feels the knot in her stomach every time she has to kill a cat or dog in Columbia County's animal shelter.

Board holds off on charter policy
ATLANTA - Charter school founders seeking approval from the state Board of Education have been put on hold until the board can hash out a long-delayed policy for evaluating charters.

Officers' overtime in question
Richmond County school officials have paid $333,985 in overtime to 30 public safety officers from July 1999 through June.

University faces rash of ID theft

Banquet prompts inquiry
The Richmond County special grand jury is investigating the Augusta Fire Department's media awards bank records, Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig said.

Altercation hospitalizes area deputy
A bloody fistfight that covered most of a city block left a Richmond County sheriff's deputy hospitalized Thursday.

Women begin their quest for crown
Many little girls dream of having a rhinestone-studded tiara placed on their heads and walking down the runway as the newly crowned Miss America.

Mayor is unsettled by debts
Mayor Bob Young has asked the acting Augusta fire chiefs to speed up the investigation into why the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Conference's finances ended up in the red.

Doctor fined for misdeeds
A North Augusta doctor has been reprimanded by the state Board of Medical Examiners for having sexual relations with a patient and wrongfully prescribing drugs.

Banquet prompts inquiry

Hundreds remember Allgoods
Gov. Roy Barnes and three former Georgia governors came Wednesday to bury former state Sen. Thomas F. Allgood Sr. and his wife, Thelma Louise ``T'' Ray Allgood.

Tattnall hospital to reopen
REIDSVILLE, Ga. - Tattnall Memorial Hospital, built as a public facility in 1974, no longer belongs to the people of Tattnall County.

Ads aim to curb drivers' dirty habits

Ex-judge Gadsden dies at 88
SAVANNAH - Retired Superior Court Judge Eugene H. Gadsden, whose leadership and legal expertise anchored Savannah's civil rights movement, died Wednesday morning at his home.

Lewis to start for Panthers

Mrs. Ethel James
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Ethel Lou Harrison James, 78, of Falcon Street, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Orangeburg Regional Hospital, Orangeburg.

Mr. Leo Dusablon
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Leo Girard Dusablon, 57, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Moore
Mrs. Mary Louise Moore, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Clyde Wright Sr.
Mr. Clyde Donald Wright Sr., 49, of Gentlewind Lane, Martinez, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Janet Halpin
DECATUR, Ga. - Mrs. Janet Anne Tefer Halpin, 53, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mr. Hubert Hughes
THOMSON - Mr. Hubert Hughes, 78, of Carroll Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bobby Jenkins
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Bobby Loren Jenkins, 63, of Linton Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marguerite Dekle
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Marguerite Brannen Dekle, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Elsie Fegan
Mrs. Elsie Lewis Fegan, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Burneise Smith
BATESBURG, S.C. - Mrs. Burneise Smith, 64, of Old 96 Indian Trail, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Donald Ward
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Donald R. Ward, 68, of Plantation Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lizzie Lampkin
THOMSON - Mrs. Lizzie Kendrick Lampkin, 94, of Cherokee Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Willie Jones Jr.
BARTOW, Ga. - Mr. Willie Jake Jones Jr., 82, of Jackson Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mrs. Mary Seigler
AIKEN - Mrs. Mary Hite Seigler, 74, of Wire Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Frances Rich
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Frances Bingham Rich, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Frederick Ealick Sr.
Mr. Frederick John Ealick Sr., 83, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Curtis Phillips
DEARING - Mr. Curtis E. Phillips, 43, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Fitzgerald.

Mr. Earnest Moody
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Earnest Lee Moody, 96, of North East Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Green Point Health Care Center.

Mrs. Robbie Moore
MOUNT RAINIER, Md. - Mrs. Robbie Lue Moore, of Queens Chapel Road, died Thursday. Aug. 3, 2000.

Mr. John Willingham
CLEARWATER - Mr. John E. Willingham, of Willingham Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Alma Prescott
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Alma Hammond Prescott, 85, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mr. George Gilyard Jr.
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mr. George Gilyard Jr., 66, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Rufus Scott
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Rufus Scott, 66, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Washington County Regional Hospital, Sandersville.

Mrs. Rosa Curry
Mrs. Rosa Mae Scurry Curry, 51, of Ellis Street, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Jack Hooks
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jack Hooks, 71, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lillie Burns-Jacobs
Mrs. Lillie Maude Burns-Jacobs, 74, of Maple Street, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Elsie Fegan
Mrs. Elsie Lewis Fegan, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Charlie Daniels Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Charlie Daniels Jr., 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Bobby Jenkins
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Bobby Loren Jenkins, 63, of Linton Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nancy Harper
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Nancy Ann Harper, 47, of Woodlawn Amity Road, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Cunningham
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. John B. Cunningham, of Gill Point Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Emilie Dukes
Mrs. Emilie Dukes, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Mr. James Miller Jr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. James Eugene Miller Jr., 50, of Daniel Street, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nettie Gill
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Nettie Devoe Gill, 91, of Carter Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mrs. Barbara Corbin
ATLANTA - Mrs. Barbara Renfroe Corbin, 57, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Minnie Craig
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Minnie Thurmond Craig, 94, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Martha Franks Retirement Center, Laurens.

Mrs. Marian Moyer
SARASOTA, Fla. - Mrs. Marian F. Moyer, 79, of Seven Oaks Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Mr. Benny Valentine
CAMPOBELLO, S.C. - Mr. Benny Marian ``JoJo'' Valentine, 60, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg.

Mr. Lorin Baker
THOMSON - Mr. Lorin A. Baker, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Pearlie Sousa
Mrs. Pearlie Mae Sousa, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Rose
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Patton Rose, 75, of Columbia Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mr. Jerry Gable
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mr. Jerry Douglas Gable, 47, of Cedar Hill Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Troy.

Mrs. Beatrice Wilson
THOMSON - Mrs. Beatrice J. Wilson, 83, of Lincoln Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Weatherly Sr.
Mr. James Calvin ``Jim'' Weatherly Sr., 86, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nancy Harper

Mr. Lorin Baker

Mr. George Gilyard Jr.

Mr. Jack Hooks

Mrs. Marian Moyer

Mrs. Elsie Fegan

Mr. Bobby Jenkins

Mr. James Weatherly Sr.

Mrs. Lillie Burns-Jacobs

Mrs. Robbie Moore

Mrs. Mary Moore

Mrs. Minnie Craig

Mrs. Burneise Smith

Mr. Jerry Gable

Mr. John Cunningham

Mr. Leo Dusablon

Mr. John Willingham

Mrs. Alma Prescott

Mrs. Mary Seigler

Mr. Earnest Moody

Mrs. Lizzie Lampkin

Mrs. Frances Rich

Mrs. Nettie Gill

Mr. James Miller Jr.

Mrs. Beatrice Wilson

Mrs. Rosa Curry

Mrs. Elsie Fegan

Mrs. Mary Rose

Mrs. Emilie Dukes

Mr. Hubert Hughes

Mr. Donald Ward

Mr. Charlie Daniels Jr.

Mrs. Marguerite Dekle

Ban classic children's tales, too?
Harry Potter books the work of Satan? People certainly are eager to invent trouble. Nicole Baugh, Augusta

Potter books doing Satan's work
Where are the parents and grandparents? Where is the Christian community? Their silence is deafening. D.H. Edwards, Augusta

Reform Party melts
The most cynical charge against Ross Perot was that the Texas billionaire created the Reform Party, not as a serious long-term alternative to the two major political parties, but as a vehicle on which to hitch a couple of egomaniacal presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996.

Teen birth rates drop
The good news is that the teen-age birth rate has dropped to its lowest point in 60 years. That's since World War II, so the nation ought to be heartened with that trend.

Setting the record straight on MOX
Once again The Chronicle has allowed one of their reporters to run amok. Brandon Haddock penned an article concerning the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) and the association of Stone & Webster EngineeringShaw Group. Richard J. Stuhler, Augusta

Country singer gave heart to Lord
This is in response to the article written by Don Rhodes in the July 8 ``Applause'' section, regarding the rich, talented women performers in country music. Tonya Cowart, Augusta

Smoking still risky
The British Medical Journal has some good news for smokers who quit the habit or, if you prefer, the addiction. If they got off cigarettes, even late in life, they still greatly reduce their risk of lung cancer.

Rather drive than be cooked alive
That's it. No more ASA flights on my itinerary. Laura Beveridge, Augusta

Reject alien amnesty
Eight months ago U.S. Reps. David Drier, R-Calif., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., co-sponsored legislation that would raise the annual cap on high-tech visas in order to bring in more skilled Third World workers.

Librarian cites school media policy
In reference to T. Williams' July 31 letter, I am the librarian she wrote about concerning the Harry Potter books. Ms. Williams not only misquoted me, but also left out some important facts. Dena Payne, Evans

Augusta: Vote down penny sales tax
When Augustans vote whether to continue the one cent local option sales tax in September, I hope they will consider whether we need more recreation. Louis E. Seago, Hephzibah

Gun buyback program is bogus
I have some thoughts about the gun buy-back program. Does anyone think this type of program has any use in stopping crime? Will Borders, Augusta

Bobby Jones' 'slam' year corrected
Regarding Ross Snelling's July 30 letter, he implied in his letter that Bobby Jones won the four major championships within the same year by winning the Masters, British Open, U.S. Open, and PGA championships, thus completing the Grand Slam. Bob Line, Martinez

Burke boards need black leaders
All cities, towns, counties and municipalities have their share of problems. Burke County is no different. Janis Campbell, Waynesboro

Lieberman speech was for cover
With the selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn,. as the vice-presidential pick of the Democrats, the nation will finally get an education in the Jewish religion, and all its many facets. Woodrow Lovett, Sardis

Keystone fire chiefs
The Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs and the Augusta Fire Department are making themselves look like keystone cops as they frantically try to explain why no one is in charge of paying the bills for the association's recent spring conference in Augusta.

The Hunley miracle
The H.L. Hunley saga reminds us that there is a lot more history to the War Between the States than just the Confederate battle flag.

Post office doesn't want e-monopoly
Regarding the Aug. 8 letter, ``Post Office to charge for e-mail'': Alvin R. Jackson, Augusta

Women opening doors in NASCAR

Overtime: Injury forces Agassi to pull out of tourney

Fishing tournament news

"Quiet Man" gets chance to make noise against Holyfield

Olympics briefs

Quann is not satisfied with American records

More to Parker than boxing

Boxers balance sport, motherhood

Schepens ready for trials

Overtime: Clippers sign Gentry

Acres of hybrids school on Thurmond Lake

Sale could mean more wins

NASA plans two Mars landings
WASHINGTON -- NASA, still recovering from back-to-back Mars mission failures last year, plans to double up on a 2003 landing expedition by sending a pair of wheeled robots to search for evidence of water on the Red Planet.

Polluted site gets overhaul
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Finishing Plant, on U.S. Highway 1 in Aiken, was a cesspool and a liability for anyone who dared to touch it.

MRIs can help plan babies' surgery
If a baby needs surgery immediately after birth, doctors can plan for it by using MRIs to produce detailed 3-D images that let them look inside the womb, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Lower projections for 'mad cow' disease
Scientists have reduced their estimate of how many British people might develop a deadly brain disorder linked to mad cow disease.

NASA plans two Mars landings

MRIs can help plan babies' surgery

Polluted site gets overhaul