The Stones could cure Augusta's B-list blues
It's no secret that Augusta is something of a concert wasteland.

At the Movies: 'Lilo & Stitch'
The Hawaiian word "ohana" means family, and that no one gets left behind, according to Disney's latest animated adventure, "Lilo & Stitch."

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies. The service provides theater locations and movie times.

The Stones could cure Augusta's B-list blues

Video watch
JUST OUT: I Am Sam, The Majestic, Max Keeble's Big Move, Orange County, The Shipping News and Rollerball

The new guard

Applause calendar
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At the Movies: 'Juwanna Mann'

At the Movies: 'Minority Report'
If Steven Spielberg dipped his toe in the dark pool last year with "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," he dives in headfirst with "Minority Report."

Concert calendar

The new guard
Katherine DeLoach and Mark Flint have inherited some big shoes.

Club calendar

Waltzing for gold
Although spangles and heels are not tradition athletic equipment, ballroom dancing has developed into something more than a simple step-and-twirl.

Bowie delivers on 'Heathen'

Club calendar
Atlanta trip-jazz combo ph Balance wraps up two weeks of extensive touring Saturday at Soul Bar, 984 Broad St. The band, which over the course of 14 days has played in Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi and Virginia, will entertain in Augusta before heading home. Music starts at 10.

Co-workers at last, Cruise and Spielberg file their 'Minority Report'

Concert calendar
BILL PINKNEY'S ORIGINAL DRIFTERS: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, The Gordon Club, Fort Gordon; $15 advance, $20 at door; (803) 439-9044.

At the Movies: 'Minority Report'

Co-workers at last, Cruise and Spielberg file their 'Minority Report'
Co-workers at last, Cruise and Spielberg file their 'Minority Report'

Con artists charm movie audiences

At the Movies: 'Juwanna Mann'
The people behind "Juwanna Mann," the tale of a basketball star given the boot for his bad-boy behavior, should be suspended themselves from the league of Hollywood's employed until they learn how to make a movie that isn't plain awful.

Modern dance takes center stage

Bowie delivers on 'Heathen'
Bowie baiters beware: The Thin White Duke has some greatness in him yet.

Video watch

Ramblin' Rhodes: Video awards have fan appeal
More than 2 million votes were cast in Country Music Television's first Flameworthy Video Music Awards presented June 12 in Nashville, Tenn.

At the Movies: 'Lilo & Stitch'

Standing ovations
Prepare for a barbecue battle royale. The Best Barbecue Marathon 2002 will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Funsville Fun Park in Martinez, I-20 at Wheeler Road. The event will feature two divisions of barbecue competition, championship barbecue teams from three states, a celebrity dunking booth and music from the Jim Fisher Band (above) and Country Kickers. The public is invited to vote with $1 taste tickets.

Waltzing for gold

Modern dance takes center stage
The steps are laid out - a complex series of hops and turns accompanied only

Applause calendar

Con artists charm movie audiences
Sometimes it's hard to hate a bad guy. Sure, the ax murderer and the sadistic prison guard will always find themselves filed under "boo" and "hiss," but sometimes the criminal impulse can be, well, endearing. It's easy to root for a rascal when the con is on. Whether bilking a big company out of corporate millions or taking gullible grandmothers for a ride, the con man has always been something of a Hollywood anti-hero. And while the cinematic con artist often receives comeuppance, there is still something about the suave criminal's surviving by charm and wits that warms hearts while hands are reaching for their wallets.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Video awards have fan appeal

Mini reviews

Cardinal killer King having to watch for Texas

Cardinal killer King having to watch for Texas
OMAHA, Neb. -- Ben King is one of the best hitters ever against Stanford. So it likely pleases the Cardinal to see him in the first base coaching box for Texas instead of the batter's box at the College World Series.

CWS semifinalists know each other well
OMAHA, Neb. -- The semifinalists at the College World Series share no secrets.

CWS semifinalists know each other well

America offers a veritable patchwork of lifestyles

Braves notebook

Atlanta's Millwood triumphs

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - The smile tugging the corners of Don Sutton's mouth said all that needed to be said about his recovery from June 6 kidney surgery.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - George Lombard knew something was up when Braves manager Bobby Cox summoned him after his turn in the batting cage prior to Wednesday night's game with Detroit.

Braves notebook

Javy delivers clutch single

Atlanta's Millwood triumphs
ATLANTA - When analyzing Kevin Millwood's season, it's best to ignore his overall statistics.

Javy delivers clutch single
ATLANTA - For the Detroit Tigers, second-time visitors to Turner Field, the thought of winning a series here was a familiar one.

Investor returns home for program

Air system upkeep cuts power bills

St. Joseph moves near merger

Gas rate lock can cut bills in winter

St. Joseph moves near merger
The national sponsor of St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta has taken a step toward merging with another national Catholic health-care provider.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders are marshaling their troops for what is expected to be a close party-line vote on a trade bill that is one of President Bush's top legislative priorities.

Business briefs

Investor returns home for program
North Augusta native Nola Maddox Falcone, one of the nation's top investment managers, is returning to the area, this time to give a presentation on value investing.

Air system upkeep cuts power bills
Emery Warner sees it every summer. The service manager for Davis Appliance Repair makes a house call to fix a broken air conditioner, and it turns out the unit is just dirty.

Gas rate lock can cut bills in winter
If you use natural gas to heat your home, summer might be the best time to pare down your winter energy costs.

First strike option

Reasonable tax hike

Ensure youths' safety

Keep out smut

Flying while fat?

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle wants to hear from parents. The Your Life section is starting a new feature that will give parents a sounding board for problems ranging from picky eaters to dealing with schoolyard bullies.

Living the dream
Mike Newman used to think he had business in his blood.

Viewers tune in to pop stars, court cases
NEW YORK - Would-be pop stars beat lonely bachelorettes. Court cases in San Diego are more interesting than watching Boston run.

Racing veteran teaches class at Augusta State
In more than 40 years of racing, Donnie Allison has learned his way around the track. And though he isn't breaking the speed limit in his stock car anymore, he has plenty to say about it.

Country girl shares bounty of her garden
Ruby Smith's garden is her therapy.

Country girl shares bounty of her garden

Spittlebugs cause damage to lawns
Q: Every time I mow my lawn, black bugs with orange stripes fly all over the place. What are they? Are they hurting my lawn? If so, what can I do about them?

Spittlebugs cause damage to lawns

Yellow Jackets look to future
OMAHA, Neb. - Given the fact that everyone will be a year older and have a College World Series berth to their credit, it's not fair to say anymore that Georgia Tech is lacking star power.

Yellow Jackets look to future

Rain washes out Jackets' game
The second-half of the South Atlantic League season was put on hold Thursday night for the Augusta GreenJackets.

Birthday parties are more complex than I recall

Turner Sports signs 10-year deal with PGA

Laura Davies returns to defend her Rochester LPGA title

Quigley, Tanaka share Greater Hartford Open lead
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Brett Quigley and Hidemichi Tanaka put up an impressive best-ball number to top the crowded leaderboard in the Greater Hartford Open.

Oh brother! Bobby Wadkins thrives on senior tour

PGA championship officials busy organizing security
CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods' chance for a Grand Slam could complicate the organization of security for the PGA Championship, but tournament and local public safety officials are up to the challenge.

Elson opts to remain in England
Jamie Elson will not be returning to Augusta State University for his senior season this fall.

Garcia, Mickelson move on to Greater Hartford Open
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Sergio Garcia sized up the Greater Hartford Open in a hurry early Wednesday morning.

Oh brother! Bobby Wadkins thrives on senior tour
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Success on the senior tour has done more for Bobby Wadkins than merely renew his hunger for victory. It's also enabled him to finally get the better of his illustrious big brother.

Webb's 64 leads Rochester International after one round
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Karrie Webb, winless on the LPGA Tour this year, took advantage of soft playing conditions and shot an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Rochester International.

Begay finds comeback from back injury a long struggle

Garcia, Mickelson move on to Greater Hartford Open

PGA championship officials busy organizing security

Turner Sports signs 10-year deal with PGA
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Turner Sports has signed a six-year extension for TNT to continue broadcasting the PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Laura Davies returns to defend her Rochester LPGA title
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A year ago, a new set of clubs helped Laura Davies find the winning edge at the Rochester International.

Whaley poised to beat the men at PGA Club Pro
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Suzy Whaley wasn't expecting any special treatment at this week's PGA Club Professional Championship. Turns out she has her very own locker room.

Quigley, Tanaka share Greater Hartford Open lead

Whaley poised to beat the men at PGA Club Pro

Webb's 64 leads Rochester International after one round

Begay finds comeback from back injury a long struggle
DURANGO, Colo. -- While an old college teammate was winning the U.S. Open, Notah Begay III was a last-minute entry in a low-profile local tournament and still looking for his first paycheck on the PGA Tour this year.

Rain washes out Jackets' game

Roundball Classic begins today

Langway, Federko, Gillies and Neilson get call from hockey hall
Rod Langway had the shortest wait for this day, Bernie Federko didn't even know this was the day, and Clark Gillies and Roger Neilson had it circled on their calendars for other reasons.

Langway, Federko, Gillies and Neilson get call from hockey hall

America offers a veritable patchwork of lifestyles
If you travel America this summer, you should know we are a nation of varying health habits. A recent survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points this out.

3 arrested in drug bust
A mother, father and son are being held at the Columbia County Detention Center after a routine air check by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources revealed more than two dozen marijuana plants.

Chamber president resigns
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President James "Jim" West is resigning.

Editorial reveals bias

Mark Sanford is proven conservative

Cartoon fails at mayoral-race humor

When war actually comes, the nation will pull together

Augusta EMT shoots down chopper plan as too expensive

Sage Mill fire station not necessary

Slams vegetarian's anti-meat argument

Peeler's opponent has poor record as leader

Barrett's record proves he delivers

Aggressive, irrational behavior atypical of MS sufferers

Honk elicits the unexpected

Proclaims preference for editor

Local hip-hop artist 'Da Professor' an Augusta nonentity

Praises article about jurors

Viewers tune in to pop stars, court cases

Living the dream

Racing veteran teaches class at Augusta State

Trash pickup leaves some behind
When city garbage service expanded to more than 17,000 homes in south and west Augusta earlier this month, Dennis English's home on New McDuffie Road was left out.

News you can use

Aaron seeking to open car lot
A former baseball star known for driving in runs hopes to have Augustans driving his cars.

Around town

County wins its lawsuit appeal

Across the area

Reaffirmed commitment
AIKEN - When Urban Schulte dressed to renew his wedding vows, he dug deep into his closet.

Police look for suspect in luring of 4-year-old

Across the area

News you can use

Across Georgia
ALBANY -Sidney Dorsey used his position as DeKalb County sheriff to force people to do his bidding, a jury was told on the second day of his trial.

Trash pickup leaves some behind

Two men admit to stealing coins
Police were working Thursday to recover a hefty collection of silver dollars and half-dollars a group of burglars stole from a Hephzibah home and then dumped in coin-exchange machines at four grocery stores.

Around town

Small-town chief strives for big effect
New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan is helping at-risk pupils avoid trouble by providing himself as a role model.

State agencies protest more budget cuts

Man sentenced over drug dealing
An Augusta man with a history of drug charges received a 14-year prison sentence Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Aaron seeking to open car lot

Teen-ager charged in break-in
An Augusta teen-ager was arrested Thursday in connection with the burglary of a home in south Augusta.

3 arrested in drug bust

GBI dismisses rape allegation

Chamber president resigns

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Subscriber of the day

MCG Health to get less money
Helping the state take advantage of a funding-opportunity window netted MCG Health Inc. an extra $4.5 million last month, officials said. With that window now closed and other cuts on the way, however, officials are looking at rougher times ahead.

Small-town chief strives for big effect

Riding the bench
Evan Steedley (right) and Ryan McCain, both 6, watch their fellow campers play baseball, but Jake Hamrick, 7, appears to have lost interest as he gazes under his chair. The three boys were attending the Kenny Thomas Baseball Camp at USC Aiken but were placed on the disabled list Thursday.

Two men admit to stealing coins

Court grants appeal to Hodges
In four weeks, attorneys for Gov. Jim Hodges will argue in appellate court to stop plutonium shipments.

Candidates line up to qualify

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Vivian Miles of Aiken.

Judge orders evaluation

Across South Carolina
YORK, Pa. -The state Superior Court has rejected a request by former York Mayor Charlie Robertson that the court review the merits of the murder charges against him in the death of a black South Carolina woman during the city's 1969 race riots.

Across Georgia

County wins its lawsuit appeal
Columbia County has prevailed in its appeal of the $385,000 jury verdict in the wrongful-termination case of Elaine Matthews.

Chamber president resigns
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials say they will waste no time finding a replacement for outgoing President James West.

Judge orders evaluation
A judge ordered a mental evaluation Wednesday for a Belvedere woman who lived with 53 dogs and nine cats in a broken-down, feces-ridden home.

Candidates line up to qualify
ATLANTA - Lines of politicians and political hopefuls filled the state Capitol on Wednesday, Day One of qualifying for this fall's state elections.

News you can use
June 20, 1943 Virginia Hutto, who has "seen so much" and "don't know anything anymore," had a birthday party at her residence, 1968 Battle Row. The party was given by her friends in the neighborhood in celebration of her 102nd birthday, which is Tuesday.

State agencies protest more budget cuts
ATLANTA - Agencies serving Georgians with a variety of needs have borne all of the state spending cuts they can stand, nearly three dozen social-services advocates told the Board of Human Resources during a Wednesday public hearing.

Man sentenced over drug dealing

Laser gun allows police to target, nab speeders
Perched on an overpass above Bobby Jones Expressway, Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Paul Johnson aims and fires, picking off passing motorists with pinpoint accuracy.

Reaffirmed commitment

Psychiatrists testify about man's sanity
AIKEN - Psychiatrists testified Thursday that the man who kidnapped, raped and strangled a 6-year-old North Augusta boy made at least three other attempts to lure young children.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Authorities were back at a crematory in northwest Georgia on Thursday after lawyers touring the site found more bones, hair and tissue on the site where hundreds of rotting corpses were found discarded earlier this year.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Genilla Weitzel of Aiken.

Across the area
An Aiken man was found dead in a private pond in Edgefield County on Thursday morning.

Across South Carolina
YORK, Pa. -The state Superior Court has rejected a request by former York Mayor Charlie Robertson that the court review the merits of the murder charges against him in the death of a black South Carolina woman during the city's 1969 race riots.

Postal Service ends address rumors
SAVANNAH - An upscale Savannah gated community won't receive its own exclusive mailing address, despite rumors to the contrary.

Across the area
Authorities on Wednesday were investigating vandalism at a Richmond County elementary school.

Chamber president resigns

GBI dismisses rape allegation
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has ruled an allegation of rape by a 15-year-old boy at the Augusta Youth Development Campus is unfounded.

Across South Carolina

MCG Health to get less money

Riding the bench

Agency probes medical office
State and federal drug agents searched a doctor's office this week on Druid Park Avenue in Augusta looking for evidence in a wide-ranging federal probe of illegal distribution of prescription drugs.

Teen-ager charged in break-in

Aaron's car lot wins approval
Add one more home run to Hank Aaron's record.

Psychiatrists testify about man's sanity

Police look for suspect in luring of 4-year-old
AIKEN - Police are warning parents in Aiken County that a man in a white truck might be attempting to lure their children.

Across Georgia

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Aaron's car lot wins approval

News you can use
June 21, 1932 CLEARWATER, S.C. - The second of three textile mills in the area closed since April 1 by strikes reopened yesterday without incident. About 250 workers filed back to their jobs as the Seminole mill opened on a single-shift basis.

Agency probes medical office

Court grants appeal to Hodges

Laser gun allows police to target, nab speeders

South Carolina is cursed no more
Those who believe in a pox upon the Chickens might have to reassess their dogma. The infamous Chicken Curse, if not dead, is on its last drumstick.

Birthday parties are more complex than I recall
We went to our granddaughter Emily's birthday party this month, and it was unlike any we had been to before.

Gordon finds his niche

Gordon finds his niche
SONOMA, Calif. - When Robby Gordon almost won last year's race at the Sears Point Raceway, he proved to himself he belonged on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

No. 21 team weighs options
SONOMA, Calif. - With Elliott Sadler headed to a new team in 2003 and the No. 21 Ford enjoying a resurgence, Wood Brothers Racing has the luxury of being selective on who will drive their car.

No. 21 team weighs options

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Dodge/Save Mart 350 race.

Racing facts

Newman faces latest challenge

Spotlight on Chad Knaus

Spotlight on Chad Knaus
Here is a profile of NASCAR crew chief Chad Knaus.

Newman faces latest challenge
SONOMA, Calif. - Ryan Newman has been presented with a host of challenges in his rookie season, and so far he's managed to stay on track.

Panthers, Witherspoon agree to contract terms

Fox cancels Panthers' last day of practice

Falcons announce price cut on season tickets

Falcons sign two draft picks, waive LB Antico Dalton

Falcons reduce prices for tickets

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Even in the last moments of his life, Jesse Brown Jr. was doing what he did best - making other people laugh.

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Mr. Richard Turner (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

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Mr. Rudolph Coppett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Roberson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dorn (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Abraham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Few (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Grove (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

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Slams vegetarian's anti-meat argument
The letter by Frank Lewis on June 12, "Stop eating meat, feed the world," was more than I could take without responding. These grass eaters, who call themselves vegetarians, will go to any extreme to push their agenda to get us to stop eating meat - even using lawsuits and, now, world hunger. It's almost hilarious the extent to which these people will go to push their foolish diet on others. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken, S.C.

Flying while fat?
Anyone who has ever sat next to an obese person aboard a cross-country flight knows the agony of having someone else's sweaty folds of flab encroaching over the armrest.

Proclaims preference for editor
I totally agree with P. K. Fitzgerald (in his letter of June 16, "Editor should be from South,") and believe the best choice for the new editorial page editor is right under our noses - Barry Paschal. Could it be because he left The Chronicle to be editor of the Columbia County News Times before The Chronicle publisher, Billy Morris, purchased the Columbia County News Times, and he is "punishing" Barry, so to speak? S. R. Brown, Augusta

Keep out smut
There aren't many court battles worth spending taxpayer money on, but the Augusta Commission's decision to fight the establishment of an X-rated adult bookstore on Molly Pond Road at Gordon Highway is well worth opposing.

Editorial reveals bias
The June 15 Chronicle editorial, "On to Fourth Circuit," it reveals your left-wing, Greenpeace bias. Just protest, protest. Frank Langford, Aiken, S.C.

First strike option
The feathers are hitting the fan in the nation's capital over word that the Bush administration is developing a strategic doctrine to allow the United States to strike first against terrorist states or networks with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.

Barrett's record proves he delivers
Gresham Barrett's pro-family tax plan makes him the best candidate for South Carolina's 3rd District U.S. House seat. He'll support President George W. Bush's across-the-board income tax cuts, work to cut the capital gains tax and fight for the permanent abolition of the death tax. Keith Coones, Aiken, S.C.

When war actually comes, the nation will pull together
We are not yet a nation at war. We think we are, because we say we are. Our Muslim enemies have cascading atrocities in mind for us. At some undetermined time in the future, there is a line they will cross which will bring us all together. M. Davis, Langley, S.C.

Ensure youths' safety
Maybe it was rape, maybe it wasn't. The first report from the Augusta Youth Development Campus was that a 15-year-old boy had been raped in a bathroom by two other 15-year-olds. That's now in dispute, with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation saying that only two boys had consensual sex with each other.

Peeler's opponent has poor record as leader
Mark Sanford spent six years as Charleston's congressman, which has been his only experience in public office at any level. His votes and statements as congressman, therefore, are really all we have on which to decide his fitness for the office of governor within South Carolina. Judge for yourself - is this the record of a real "conservative" and a real "leader"? Glinda Napier, Graniteville, S.C.

Reasonable tax hike
At a public hearing Tuesday, the Aiken County Board of Education unanimously approved the largest property tax increase in 10 years, 9.6 mills. Only three people objected - one saying the tax hike wasn't large enough.

Mark Sanford is proven conservative
Regarding the snide, accusatory anti-Mark Sanford TV spot "Paid for by Citizens for Government Accountability," I have no way of knowing whether the accusation in that spot is true or not, but it gives the impression that Mr. Sanford and his family have been dishonest, accepting farm subsidies while Mr. Sanford voted against them. Spots like this are questionable at best because the voters have no idea who these "Citizens for Government Accountability" are. If they have a legitimate complaint, they should be willing to tell us who "they" really are - so they can also be accountable. Marilyn Montgomery, Aiken, S.C.

Praises article about jurors
Thanks The Chronicle for publishing the experiences of jurors, who had to deal with the problems of sending murderers to be executed. All those who have mixed feelings about the death penalty, as I do, should take a good look at The Chronicle's June 16 article ("Jury selection stirs another debate," page 8A). I found the following information especially helpful: Roy DeLamotte, Augusta

Sage Mill fire station not necessary
The Aiken County Council could balance its budget if it would stop wasting taxpayers' money on a fire station, apparatus, equipment and a payroll of four personnel. Jerry Webb, Graniteville, S.C.

Local hip-hop artist 'Da Professor' an Augusta nonentity
Do the people of Augusta know they have an up-and-coming star in the area? Probably not because, while the rest of the country is embracing this young and talented hip-hop artist, he is not even recognized here in his own town. Why? Ask your local radio stations. Ronda Cormack, Evans, Ga.

Augusta EMT shoots down chopper plan as too expensive
Regarding the bid process for ambulance service in Augusta/Richmond County: Commissioner Andy Cheek said he's in favor of Gold Cross because, "they have a helicopter, and that would be good for my constituents." Tim Walker, North Augusta, S.C.

Aggressive, irrational behavior atypical of MS sufferers
On June 1, The Chronicle ran a Metro section article about Effingham County Sheriff Jay Space ("Sheriff faces inquiry") who is under scrutiny because he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The story reported a series of incidents reported by his fellow officers who are worried that the disease has diminished his capacity to function as sheriff. Mary D. Hughes, M.D., Pamela Salazar, M.D. Augusta

Honk elicits the unexpected
Here I am, on the road again - Washington Road that is. You know, people do the funniest things. Marie B. Hodges, Augusta

Cartoon fails at mayoral-race humor
Regarding your editorial cartoon of June 13: God bless Augusta, for it is almost anybody's right to run for mayor. That is what makes America "the land of the free and home of the brave." Michael W. Wilkins, Hephzibah, Ga.

Overtime

Quarterback gets his turn

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U.S. soccer team confident against Germans at World Cup

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Teens show promise

U.S. soccer team confident against Germans at World Cup
SEOUL, South Korea -- It could be a night to remember, the biggest in the history of American soccer - and perhaps the worst for a proud German team.

Overtime
Ryan Smith of Lincolnton, Ga., fired a 5-under-par 67 to easily qualify for next week's Dogwood Invitational amateur tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

Overtime
Boxing Cortez faces Papp in opening round Midland Valley High School graduate Johnny Cortez Edwards, formerly of North Augusta Boxing Club, is competing in Laval, France, this week in the Four Nations Tournament.

Overtime
Ryan Smith of Lincolnton, Ga., fired a 5-under-par 67 to easily qualify for next week's Dogwood Invitational amateur tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

Teens show promise
Tae kwon do master Michael Weintraub has big dreams for his brightest new students.

Overtime
The second-half of the South Atlantic League season was put on hold Thursday night for the Augusta GreenJackets.

Fishing tournament news
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. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Kids' event nets 613 fish
What do Austin Harper, Sterling Banks, Vashti Self and Kyle Lasiello have in common?

Kids' event nets 613 fish

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
Augusta Mayor Bob Young's annual fishing rodeo will be conducted on Saturday at the Mayor's Fishin' Hole on Lock and Dam Road.

Roundball Classic begins today
Melanie Johnson returned from Pat Summitt's basketball camp at Tennessee, breathlessly excited.

Panthers, Witherspoon agree to contract terms
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms on a three-year, $1.425 million contract with third-round draft pick Will Witherspoon on Thursday.

Falcons reduce prices for tickets
ATLANTA - The last time the Atlanta Falcons offered a $10 ticket, Kim McQuilken led them in passing, Bubba Bean in rushing and Nick Mike-Mayer in scoring.

Fox cancels Panthers' last day of practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers first-year head coach John Fox's popularity increased Wednesday when he ended the team's three-week coaching sessions a day early.

Falcons announce price cut on season tickets
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons cut prices on some season tickets Thursday, making it possible to see all 10 home games for as little as $100.

Falcons sign two draft picks, waive LB Antico Dalton
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed guard Martin Bibla and safety Kevin McCadam, a pair of mid-round draft picks, on Wednesday.

South Carolina is cursed no more

Quarterback gets his turn
It wasn't the news Glen Gauntt wanted to hear.

Sudden impact made by Lyles
Louisville's trash has turned out to be Augusta's treasure.

Fungus threatens oak tree
Augusta State University's symbol, a more-than-400-year-old tree called the Arsenal Oak, could be headed for the woodpile.

Court to decide if filters can be required
WASHINGTON -- The United States asked the Supreme Court Thursday to overturn a federal court ruling that prohibits withholding money from public libraries that do not install computer software to block sexually explicit Web sites.

Pine beetle infestation hits home
Several of Thurmond Lake's most scenic areas will be logged as part of an emergency response aimed at curbing one of the worst outbreaks of Southern pine beetle to hit east Georgia in decades.

Astronomers spot new solar system
WASHINGTON -- A young, sun-like star with orbiting blobs of dust and rock may be forming planets, giving astronomers their first chance to observe the evolution of a planetary system like our own.

All-South Carolina rivalry gets hotter

Gamecocks rout Tigers
OMAHA, Neb. -- Trey Dyson hit two two-run homers and South Carolina stayed alive in the College World Series with a 12-4 victory over Clemson on Wednesday night.

All-South Carolina rivalry gets hotter
OMAHA, Neb. -- The 258 games between South Carolina and Clemson will mean nothing compared with No. 259.

Fungus threatens oak tree

Astronomers spot new solar system

Pine beetle infestation hits home