Cubs fire Baylor
CHICAGO -- The Cubs fired manager Don Baylor on Friday and promoted Bruce Kimm from Triple-A Iowa as interim manager, team spokesman Jesse Navarro said.

Williams' death hits home

Williams' death hits home
The passing of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams hit close to home for the Augusta GreenJackets.

Red Sox's Ted Williams dead at age 83

Red Sox's Ted Williams dead at age 83
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. -- Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox revered and sometimes reviled "Splendid Splinter" and baseball's last .400 hitter, died Friday at age 83.

Cubs fire Baylor

An educational crisis with historical consequences

Cubs beat back Braves
ATLANTA - There's a certain segment of the population that believed Tom Glavine would throw a shutout in his final start before the break, strike out the side in his All-Star inning, then return to the mound Thursday and flirt with perfection against the Expos.

Millwood tames Chicago's bats

Cubs beat back Braves

Millwood tames Chicago's bats
ATLANTA - At the top of Bobby Cox's wish list Friday night was a bullpen-saving performance from Kevin Millwood.

Jones ready for a new approach
ATLANTA - Andruw Jones has cooled off considerably since his average crested at .301 on June 9.

On the move
Brent Morris has been promoted to Manager of Risk Assessment and Safety Services for the Augusta-area offices of staffing firm MAU Inc. Mr. Morris was previously a supervisor of Safety Services.

Wall Street searching for catalyst for long-term advance

High mail rates can be hedged

Buying the farm

EPA rules worry truckers

Business calendar

Where credit is undue
The sign near the cash register says it all: "If we don't know you, we're not going to take your check." The owners of Nacho Mama's in downtown Augusta have been burned one too many times.

On the move

High mail rates can be hedged
NEW YORK - You might notice it when your postage meter runs out faster. Or when you look at your credit card receipt as you walk away from the postal clerk's window.

Vacant retail space: You blight up my life

Business briefs

Pocket change

Business calendar
Tuesday: Edward Jones; coffee club; with Michael Downes Jr.; 8 a.m., 403 Furys Ferry Road, Suite 112.

Where credit is undue

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Avondale Mills

Comcast merger expected
PHILADELPHIA - AT&T stockholders aiming for higher share prices are expected to vote Wednesday in favor of the planned sale of the company's cable television business to Comcast to form the nation's largest cable company.

Buying the farm
Tucker Farms outside Athens is not an ordinary sight in these parts: A horse farm where thoroughbred colts spend the first year of their lives before being shipped off to be trained for racing or to be sold at auction.

EPA rules worry truckers
Truckers have feelings too. So when they stare down the barrel of impending Environmental Protection Agency restrictions on big-rig engine manufacturers, they are more than a little concerned.

Index-fund choice should be deliberate investment process
NEW YORK - Index funds have long been a favorite of financial planners, who tout these investments as a relatively inexpensive way to diversify a portfolio.

Wall Street searching for catalyst for long-term advance
NEW YORK -- The culprits in Wall Street's steep losses over the past seven weeks are clearly identified: concerns about earnings, doubts about the reliability of corporate accounting, fears of more terrorism. What investors are still trying to name are the factors that might lead stocks higher.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Neotame, a non-nutritive sweetener said to be 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, has been approved for marketing as an additive in candies, soft drinks and some other products, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

Vacant retail space: You blight up my life
The National Research Bureau, a shopping-center research firm in Connecticut, determined last year that the nation has 20 square feet of retail space per person.

Let the games begin

Is globe cooling?

Defense and SRS

SMG to return?

Natural Bridge is a natural wonder
SLADE, Ky. - An assortment of leaves was scattered on a picnic table at Natural Bridge State Park - oak, maple, elm, sycamore, sassafras, poplar and magnolia leaves, freshly picked by a park naturalist.

Home front
Don't be one of the victims of the more than 6,000 accidental fires and explosions that occur every year to users of home barbecue grills.

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Hollywood cashes in with family films
LOS ANGELES - The family that pays together has really caught Hollywood's eye.

Faces of Augusta
OK, you read the paper, watch the news, and are an informed member of the community - right? A responsible citizen should know who the decision makers are.

Address first lady as 'Mrs. Bush' in correspondence
Dear Carson: What is the proper way to address the first lady in correspondence? Our school would like to extend an invitation to her to visit. - Muddled in Minnesota

The Dragonfly cottage
Hidden from the road, Sonny and Polly Goldston's house fronts the Savannah River, offering a view that attracted them to River North Community in North Augusta two years ago.

Calendar of events
This is a calendar listing of Geougia Games events.

Georgia Games events
Here is a listing of event details, times and contact information for Georgia Games events.

Mountain bikers find outlet in sport
For an athlete who is not destined to become an Olympic hero, world champion or multimillionaire, there is a sport that combines all of the ideal qualities a weekend warrior could wish for.

Torch run starts Monday
The ninth Georgia Games Championships torch run will be the last leg in a yearlong effort to promote the 10-day amateur athletic event, which starts in Augusta on Friday.

Augusta holds event for first time since 1999
When the Georgia Games Championships return to Augusta on Friday after being held in Atlanta for two years, the event will be twice the affair it was in 1999.

Young equestrienne has 'heart set on gold'
Miranda Nelson has loved horses since she was old enough to speak. Now, the 10-year-old equestrienne will be going for gold at the Georgia Games Championships.

Opening ceremonies jump-start Games
Competing for your attention at the Georgia Games Championships opening ceremonies will be a diverse assortment of games, prizes, music, dancing, creatures and other features. Toss in a parade, and your slate is full for Friday evening's festivities at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Jackets trounce Tourists
Two outs in the fifth. Two-run lead. Two straight walks issued by Augusta GreenJackets starter Rafael Sanchez.

GreenJackets notebook
As several Augusta GreenJackets players recently were sharing their memories of collecting baseball cards, pitching coach Dave Tomlin had none of his own boyhood tales to tell.

Game report
Turning point: The Jackets took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning with RBI singles by catcher John Nathans and center fielder Kris Coffey off Asheville starter Gerritt Simpson.

Around the horn
Outfielder Danny Figueroa is batting .303 (10-for-33) with two home runs and five RBI in his past nine games to raise his average to .227.

Jackets lefty outwits Tourists
Shane Rhodes didn't overpower the Asheville Tourists for seven innings Saturday to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to their third win in a row, 6-2.

Golfers flock to Grand Strand
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It wasn't long after the World Trade Center's collapse that Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday's Mickey McCamish heard the fear and worry from several owners and managers of the Grand Strand's 120 courses.

Cook's late charge gives him 2-stroke lead at Western
LEMONT, Ill. -- John Cook is 44 and has been on the PGA Tour for 23 years. He's got a 16-year-old son who can outdrive him and a neighbor by the name of Tiger Woods who is leading golf's youth movement.

Campbell leads European Open after two rounds
STRAFFAN, Ireland -- Michael Campbell shot a 1-under-par 71 Friday for a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the European Open.

Sorenstam surges to the top

Campbell leads European Open after two rounds

Sorenstam surges to the top

Sorenstam surges to the top
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- After a tearful farewell from Nancy Lopez and a shocking departure by Karrie Webb, the U.S. Women's Open shifted into a survival mode Friday.

Lopez bids emotional farewell to U.S. Open

Lopez bids emotional farewell to U.S. Open
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- With a tip of her visor and a bow to the crowd, Nancy Lopez closed out another chapter in a remarkable career.

Golfers flock to Grand Strand

Sorenstam surges to the top
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- After a tearful farewell from Nancy Lopez and a shocking departure by Karrie Webb, the U.S. Women's Open shifted into a survival mode Friday.

Cook's late charge gives him 2-stroke lead at Western

Tom Jenkins ties course record at Canada Senior Open
LASALLE, Ontario -- Tom Jenkins tied the course record with an 8-under-par 63 Friday for a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Canada Senior Open.

GreenJackets notebook

Game report

Jackets trounce Tourists

Jackets lefty outwits Tourists

Selanne takes pay cut to stay with Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In the middle of another bonanza summer for NHL free agents, Teemu Selanne astonished his general manager with his decision to take a pay cut.

Selanne takes pay cut to stay with Sharks

An educational crisis with historical consequences
Where's America going?

Some Christians buy pornography

Hootie Johnson cheapens Masters

Letter writer's hate hurts freedom

'Under God' not for state religion

Make tree-huggers pay for fire ruins

Framers' intentions not respected by liberal courts

The choice is ours to include God

Natural gas bill unnaturally high

'Minority' synonym for 'inferiority'

Hollywood cashes in with family films

Address first lady as 'Mrs. Bush' in correspondence

The Dragonfly cottage

Arts calendar

Faces of Augusta

Across South Carolina

Leaders differ on land-use plan
AIKEN - As Aiken leaders iron out the details of the city's comprehensive land-use plan, they differ over just how the document will be used.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JULY 6, 1962 The Richmond County Board of Commissioners officially set Sept. 12 as a referendum date for a $5 million bond issue for the new University Hospital. Thursday's action followed a lengthy discussion.

Doctors face long schedule

Sheriff's death held bigger story
AIKEN - Aiken County has lost only one sheriff in the line of duty - Henry H. Howard. He was shot while serving a warrant April 25, 1925.

Class on Islam gains notice online

Doctor will go to Kosovo
It's about to be a whole new world for Donald Loebl. Dr. Loebl, an associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia who specializes in rheumatology, is on his way to Kosovo for a 90-day mission. As an Army reservist, he'll be part of Operation Enduring Freedom, an international peacekeeping effort.

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -State Sen. Edward Saleeby, who was instrumental in reforming the state's automobile insurance industry, died Saturday. He was 74.

Around town

Across Georgia

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Deputies catch man wanted in child abuse

Across the southeast

Hearing is delayed for man accused of rape

Georgia Southern has its slice of tradition
STATESBORO, Ga. - The University of Georgia has its giant outdoor cocktail party; Georgia Tech has its rambling wreck. And Georgia Southern?

Power generation shrinks with river

Hearing is delayed for man accused of rape
An administrative court hearing has been postponed until next week for Aaron LeBlanc, a former Augusta resident who's been held since March in Gaston County, N.C., on sexual assault charges.

Barr has new look in House campaign

Across the area
A fireworks display in Lincolnton, Ga., was delayed Saturday when one of the devices caused several fires in nearby woods, officials said.

Georgia Southern has its slice of tradition

Man balances work, life on quest for best body
When police officers and firefighters take the stage today for the Mr. Georgia bodybuilding contest, Richmond County will be represented by a deputy who balances his job with a family, a nightly radio gig and his twice-daily workout sessions.

Man balances work, life on quest for best body

Drama ends as playhouse, city agree to tentative lease

Police seize video poker stash

Sports attract tourist money

Governor calls for delay on Northern Arc highway

Fast-growing Southern states tackle water shortage

Compassionate Friends relocates meeting

Hot weather, cool bands thrill 4,000 music fans

Fast-growing Southern states tackle water shortage
ATLANTA - A lack of water is more than a threat to Southern suburban lawns. It is jeopardizing continued economic vibrancy in the region's most populous and fastest-growing states - Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.

Standing ovations

Hot weather, cool bands thrill 4,000 music fans
Sweltering heat with temperatures inching toward the 100-degree mark didn't stop music fans from packing the Locobazooka tour stop at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Correction
An item in the June 30 Today's Home section of The Augusta Chronicle omitted the last line in a cleaning solution for silver. The complete text can be found here.

Compassionate Friends relocates meeting
The Columbia County Chapter of the Compassionate Friends meeting place has moved to Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez.

Across the southeast
FORT PIERCE, Fla. -Three brothers found dead in a neighbor's pool drowned accidentally, authorities said Saturday.

Teens visit after lake rescue
Twenty-four hours after pulling him from Thurmond Lake, Kenneth Smith and Eddie Shouse stood next to Cecil Conklin's hospital bed Friday.

Deputies catch man wanted in child abuse
A man accused of sexually assaulting two Jackson children Thursday was captured Friday night.

Barr has new look in House campaign
NORCROSS, Ga. - Rep. Bob Barr, the fiery Clinton impeachment manager who loves to rail against liberals, has been promoting a kinder, gentler side as he seeks a fifth term against a fellow Republican congressman.

Drama ends as playhouse, city agree to tentative lease
The city of Aiken and Aiken Community Playhouse have completed a tentative lease agreement for the multimillion-dollar performing arts center.

Libraries are cool
Soren Granger, 2 1/2 , of Aiken, uses a set of cups to practice matching sizes with her mother, Sallie.

Power generation shrinks with river
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Water resources officials are concerned that the state's four-year drought is beginning to affect electric power generation and some municipal water systems.

Subscriber of the day
John Harkin is today's subscriber of the day.

Lottery officials forecast big profit
COLUMBIA - Lottery officials say it's a good bet the new games will exceed the $80 million goal for the past six months by several million dollars.

Candidate defines his objectives
SAVANNAH - Tony Center of Savannah, one of seven Democrats running for Congress from the newly created 12th District, made waves last month when he promised to address issues other candidates were only "whispering about."

Across the area
The Aiken Department of Public Safety is searching for an Aiken man who eluded officers and search dogs for the second time Thursday.

Subscriber of the day
Jack P. Woodward is today's subscriber of the day.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An attorney for the man accused of killing Atlanta socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan says his client, Anthony "Tony" Harwood, has information that prosecutors can use against James Sullivan, who has been charged with ordering his wife's slaying in 1998.

Across the area

News you can use
JULY 7, 1972 Data processing students at Augusta Tech will not be able to take advantage of the "best setup in the state," according to A.J. Progar, director of data processing.

Governor calls for delay on Northern Arc highway
ATLANTA - After months of supporting the Northern Arc, a $2.6 billion road project north of Atlanta, Gov. Roy Barnes said Friday the highway should be put on hold while lawmakers examine state ethics laws and how they apply to the project.

Sports attract tourist money
Without the traditional summer attractions of beaches or theme parks, tourists need another reason to travel to the Augusta area.

Across the area

Hog wild
JACKSON - In the dim half-light of a humid dawn, Jerry Hayes and his dogs amble single-file through the dark swamp.

Leaders differ on land-use plan

Standing ovations
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Sheriff's death held bigger story

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Patients insured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield will have to pay more if they want to use the emergency room at Oconee Memorial Hospital after doctors cut ties with the company.

Hog wild

Crash in Virginia kills 3
A Grovetown man and his two grandchildren died after a two-car collision Saturday in Sussex County, Va., near the North Carolina border.

Candidate defines his objectives

Police seize video poker stash
Richmond County vice officers serving a search warrant seized "an ocean" of video poker machines, estimated to be worth millions, from a warehouse Friday afternoon.

News you can use

Doctors face long schedule
Scott Rahimi was looking forward to being on call Friday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Correction

Homes offer chance at normal life
Monica Crenshaw sat comfortably in her wheelchair as sunlight filled the room at her assisted-living home in Harrison Heights.

Class on Islam gains notice online
ATHENS, Ga. - Enter Alan Godlas' Islamic studies Web site, and you could be sharing electronic space with devout Christians, agnostics, perhaps even members of al-Qaida holed up in a desert cave, surfing the Net.

Across Georgia
ACWORTH -A burned body found near Lake Allatoona was identified by authorities as that of a 15-year-old Acworth girl.

Baseball could be out at home if strike hits
ATLANTA - The familiar rhythmic chanting at Turner Field seems perfectly in step with another Braves march to a dominating division lead. But as the echoes fade into the midsummer break, the tone sounds more ominous.

Waltrip finishes on top
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Michael Waltrip had everything he needed - and then some - to win Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Harvick's hopes for fresh start begin with pole victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Friends are as hard to come by as victories for Kevin Harvick these days. Acquiring a reputation as a reckless bad sport on a losing streak can do that to a guy.

Racing groups try to gain an edge

Bodine looking for any respect

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It was easy to see some of the security measures during Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Some, however, weren't so easy to see.

Racing groups try to gain an edge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When it comes to racing at the Daytona International Speedway, there really is strength in numbers.

Harvick's hopes for fresh start begin with pole victory

Waltrip finishes on top

Bodine looking for any respect
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Geoffrey Bodine doesn't know what he's done to cause so many people to turn their backs on him but he does know this: After spending nearly 20 years trying to demand respect on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, he no longer cares who likes him.

Pacers sign first-round draft pick

Pacers sign first-round draft pick
INDIANAPOLIS -- Fred Jones, the 14th overall pick in last week's NBA draft, signed with the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Storm tops Rockers

Mrs. Margie Brookins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie McAlhany    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Angela Ashcraft    (HARLEM)
Mr. David Nixon Jr.    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Dubose    (AIKEN, SC)
Mr. Dennis Pope    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Lorene Thompson
For Lorene Thompson, family and work were the two most important things in life.

Mrs. Mabel Ross    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. James Sleister    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeanette Rushing    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Florence    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Benjamin Baldy
Benjamin Baldy was a bit of a rebel.

Mrs. Minnie Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Ms. Edith Bartley    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Rebecca Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lisa Blackmon    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Kelley    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lorene Thompson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Jonelle Johnson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Julian Ogden Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Angela Ashcraft    (HARLEM)
Mr. Brad Gibson    (EVANSTON, Wyo.)
Mrs. Xilena Abellan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Fason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lorene Thompson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. John Denton    (ARCHER, Fla.)
Mrs. Katie Brown    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Belva Carpenter    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Johnny Campbell Jr.    (UNIONDALE, N.Y.)
Mrs. Martha Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. King Evans    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Terrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pratt Marion    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Richard O. McCann
Former Richmond County Fire Chief Richard "Snag" O. McCann, 76, died Friday at University Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Richard McCann    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Benson    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
LTC Gerald Lapp    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Arnold Woods    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
SFC Manuel Lopez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Leon Knowles    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeanette Rushing    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Jessie Kelley    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Morris    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Jean Haywood    (MONROE, Ga.)
Ms. Lucille Graham    (AUGUSTA)
Mr. Daniel Florence    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. Pratt Marion    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Brad Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. OBryant Williams Jr.    (BOSTON, Mass.)
Mrs. Lucille Graham    (AUGUSTA)
Mrs. Rebecca Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wallace Hyman    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ula Humphrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ula Humphrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Hughes    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
SFC Manuel Lopez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Pratt Marion (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Edith Bartley (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Terrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC Manuel Lopez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Kelley (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Lucille Graham (AUGUSTA)

Mr. Julian Ogden Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie McAlhany (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Lorene Thompson

Mrs. Rebecca Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Campbell Jr. (UNIONDALE, N.Y.)

Mr. Pratt Marion (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Ashcraft (HARLEM)

LTC Gerald Lapp (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Arnold Woods (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Dubose (AIKEN, SC)

Rev. King Evans (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Brad Gibson (EVANSTON, Wyo.)

Mrs. Jean Haywood (MONROE, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Morris (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Florence (BLYTHE, Ga.)

SFC Manuel Lopez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Xilena Abellan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Katie Brown (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Clara Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lisa Blackmon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Belva Carpenter (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Benson (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Ula Humphrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Graham (AUGUSTA)

Mr. John Denton (ARCHER, Fla.)

Mr. Jesse Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Ross (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Sleister (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Florence (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brad Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Kelley (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Richard O. McCann

Mrs. Angela Ashcraft (HARLEM)

Mrs. Lorene Thompson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Fason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Leon Knowles (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Hughes (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Hyman (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Benjamin Baldy

Mrs. Jonelle Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Brookins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Nixon Jr. ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Richard McCann (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Thompson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Rushing (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ula Humphrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Rushing (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Dennis Pope (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. OBryant Williams Jr. (BOSTON, Mass.)

Hootie Johnson cheapens Masters
When Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones founded the Masters, it was all about tradition. The purse was, for many years, much less than most tournaments. The prize was the coveted green jacket and the lifetime invitation. Now, Chairman Hootie Johnson has sent a letter to some older champions saying they can no longer compete. Jim Newman, Augusta

Let the games begin
Any doubts that Augusta isn't an active, fun-loving sports community will be laid to rest after this month. Two popular annual July events, the Nike Peach Jam basketball tourney in North Augusta and the Augusta Southern National drag boat championships are, this year, overlapping the Georgia Games that get under way Friday. What more could an avid sports fan ask for?

The choice is ours to include God
The Bible instructs us to teach our children God's statutes and laws, so the next generation would know them and, in turn, would tell their children. The consequence, if we don't, is a stubborn and rebellious generation whose hearts will not be loyal to God (Psalm 78:1-8). Recently we have seen evidence of both, and the choice is ours. Roy Ellis, Augusta

Defense and SRS
The impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States are plain to see in Congress' jacked-up defense budgets. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed by the near unanimous margin of 97-2 a $393 billion Defense Authorization bill - a whopping $50 billion more than last year and $40 billion more than the House's defense appropriation bill.

Letter writer's hate hurts freedom
Regarding Robert "Tunk" Martin's June 24 letter, "Boycott firms flying Dixie flag": What about the name Dixie? No more Dixie cups? No more Dixie doodles? No more Dixie Health in Island Heights, N.J.? No more Dixie Anchoring Systems in Memphis? W. B. Bass, Thomas Co., Ga.

Is globe cooling?
It's an article of faith among hysterical environmental activists that carbon emissions generated by industrial nations are contributing to, if not causing, global warming - the so-called gaseous "greenhouse effect" that's melting the icecaps and will trigger massive and destructive climate changes.

'Minority' synonym for 'inferiority'
In the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy, I've spent time reinventing myself. I've discovered that I no longer want to be labeled or identified as a "minority" individual. E. Maner, Augusta

Framers' intentions not respected by liberal courts
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Natural gas bill unnaturally high
I read that the Southern Company (Georgia Power) is in negotiations to become a natural gas provider. I then looked at my Georgia Power natural gas bill. I mean really looked. Amazing. I find that our old company, Atlanta Gas Light, is still in my billing and that the check I mailed today goes to a post office box in San Antonio, Tex. Curiouser and curiouser. Bill Rogers, Hephzibah, Ga.

'Under God' not for state religion
In regard to the Ninth Circuit Court ruling to omit the phrase "under God" from our Pledge of Allegiance, now is the time for all Christians to stand up, come forward and express themselves. James R. DeLoach, Graniteville, S.C.

SMG to return?
In a curious turn of events the Philadelphia-based management-marketing firm SMG, which several months ago fled Augusta like the city was in the path of a Colorado wildfire, now says it's interested in taking a second shot at managing the Civic Center-Bell Auditorium complex.

Make tree-huggers pay for fire ruins
The still-burning wildfires in the West were made much worse due to environmentalists blocking any actions to harvest timber and remove burnable debris in the forest. Paul Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Some Christians buy pornography
As someone who works in the legal system, I would advise Tina K. Cloer, who penned the June 27 letter regarding the adult bookstore, to rethink her choice of words. Emily Greene, Martinez, Ga.

Torch run starts Monday

Young equestrienne has 'heart set on gold'

Overtime

Armstrong has edge

Serena beats Venus, wins Wimbledon title

Hewitt beats Henman in straight sets to reach final

Calendar of events

Overtime

Mountain bikers find outlet in sport

Stallions suffer loss

Serena, Venus meet in all-Williams Wimbledon final

A quick exit for the two-time defending champion

Augusta holds event for first time since 1999

Opening ceremonies jump-start Games

Overtime
Allen Iverson is being investigated by police for allegedly threatening two men at a West Philadelphia apartment complex.

Armstrong has edge
LUXEMBOURG - Lance Armstrong's toughest competition in his quest for a fourth Tour de France title might come from within.

Overtime
Cortland Lowe's impressive run in the North/South Amateur Championship came to an end in Friday's championship match.

Serena, Venus meet in all-Williams Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, England -- The Williams sisters. Venus and Serena. Serena and Venus. And as they say at the All England Club: Miss Williams and Miss Williams.

Serena beats Venus, wins Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England -- At the trophy ceremony following the first one-family final at Wimbledon in 118 years, Venus Williams leaned over to sister Serena and whispered.

A quick exit for the two-time defending champion
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Shortly after she finished with a 12-foot par putt that didn't matter, Karrie Webb slipped on her tennis shoes and walked briskly through the parking lot at Prairie Dunes Country Club early Friday afternoon.

Hewitt beats Henman in straight sets to reach final
WIMBLEDON, England -- Lleyton Hewitt is going to the Wimbledon final for the first time and Tim Henman is going out as a semifinal loser for the fourth time.

Business thrives on bug's life

Business thrives on bug's life
Clay Ghann has heard all the jokes - especially the obvious ones.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Cooking wild

Cooking wild
A boned and rolled loin of wild boar is excellent hot or cold. This recipe, from the wild boar hunting Web site www.baydog.com, takes several days to prepare properly but is well worth the wait!

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar carries highlights of events in the Augusta area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

His blessing starts with blessing God
The attack that brought down the World Trade Center towers and damaged the Pentagon sent shock waves of horror, anger and fear through the hearts of all Americans. Now we know that there are people who are so evil and hate us so deeply that they are willing to use any method to remove us from the face of the earth.

Faith digest
With "Freedom in Christ" lettered across their backs, 150 to 200 Baptist volunteers will work hospitality tents at the Georgia Games Friday through Sunday, July 21.

Prison ministry reaches out to youth
The first time Devon Harris visited a juvenile detention center in 1994, his mind was on his wallet.

Path to peace
A short distance from the baseball fields behind the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Martinez lies a pilgrim's path into a Middle Ages devotion - a labyrinth.

Stallions' struggles continue in red zone
The Augusta Stallions continue to treat the red zone like the "Twilight Zone" this season.

Stallions suffer loss
A season's worth of ugly wins finally caught up with the Augusta Stallions on Friday night.

New metal alloy is super strong, easy to cast
NEW YORK -- It could be the new superhero of metals. More than twice as strong as titanium and steel, it doesn't rust and it can be cast like plastic and honed to an edge as sharp as glass.

Internet animators create 'webisodes'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Sparks is a minor celebrity to a subculture of college students and cubicle-dwellers who follow his "Radiskull and Devil Doll" toons from as far away as Japan.

Company offers digital toys
Fisher-Price toys are part of being a toddler and one of the classic brands is Little People, but we live in a digital age and the Little People have moved from plastic to pixels in Knowledge Adventure's Fisher-Price Little People Discovery Airport.

Georgia Games events

Storm tops Rockers
CLEVELAND -- Sue Bird had 16 points and 12 assists to lead the Seattle Storm to a 73-65 comeback victory over the Cleveland Rockers on Friday night.

New metal alloy is super strong, easy to cast

Company offers digital toys

Internet animators create 'webisodes'

Faith digest

Prison ministry reaches out to youth

Path to peace

His blessing starts with blessing God

Faith and fellowship calendar

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