Padilla added to the NL All-Star team

Riverdogs trying to set lowest attendance record with "Nobody Night"
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Nobody - not even the die-hard fans - will be allowed to watch Monday nights minor league matchup between the Charleston Riverdogs and the Columbus Redstixx - and that's exactly the way the Lowcountry team wants it.

Padilla added to the NL All-Star team
MILWAUKEE -- San Francisco closer Robb Nen and Philadelphia starting pitcher Vicente Padilla were added to the National League All-Star team Sunday as injury replacements.

An educational crisis with historical consequences

Romania studies planned location of Dracula theme park
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Dracula lives. Romania just isn't sure where to place him.

Odds and ends
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Murray family's three little pigs have a new way to beat the heat.

Braves shut out Cubs
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux had perhaps his best start of the season, John Smoltz picked up his 17th straight save and the Atlanta Braves kept the best record in the major leagues.

Braves shut out Cubs

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.

Maddux looks strong in win

Braves notebook

Maddux looks strong in win
ATLANTA - Here's a scary thought: The Atlanta Braves have reached the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and one of their best starting pitchers has just begun to resemble himself.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -Tom Glavine will be going to the All-Star Game, but only as a spectator.

Cubs beat back Braves

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.

Bear market still raging - 27 months and no end in sight
NEW YORK -- It wasn't supposed to go on this long: 27 months. But many investors underestimated Wall Street's latest bear market, which has dragged on longer than the 1973-74 downturn that many veterans recall.

Consumers consider switch to electronic bill paying
NEW YORK -- With the price of a first-class stamp up to 37 cents, many consumers are taking a fresh look at reducing their mailing costs by paying their bills electronically.

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.

Buying the farm

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.

Where credit is undue

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.

Carefully proofread job-search materials
"DUTIES: Monitored procedures and ran reports. Accurracy was paramount."

Business calendar

Bad business news might offer hope to struggling CNBC
NEW YORK -- Nearly buried in the bad financial news of the past week was the glimmer of hope it offered to struggling CNBC.

Vacant retail space: You blight up my life

On the move

Pocket change

High mail rates can be hedged

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.

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.

Bear market still raging - 27 months and no end in sight

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Avondale Mills

Bad business news might offer hope to struggling CNBC

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

Carefully proofread job-search materials

Consumers consider switch to electronic bill paying

Let the games begin

Bipartisan foul-up

SMG to return?

Yes to Yucca Mtn.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Who better to provide a thoughtful look at the most highly charged issues than Bill Moyers, who examines the relationship between Islam, Middle Eastern politics and America in his PBS newsmagazine.

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.

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.

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

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

Video-on-demand catching on
NEW YORK -- You've put in a hard day. Now you're ready to chill in front of the TV and watch some basket-weaving. Or maybe you've got a taste for motorcycles. Or outer space. Or Shakespeare.

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.

USA Network tries something new
NEW YORK -- When you program a cable network that aspires to reach a big, general audience, you have to hope that the broadcast networks overlook some things.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Schumacher has the spirit
When Millie Schumacher talks about the Georgia Games Championships you can hear how passionate she is about them.

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.

For future's sake, Jackets sacrifice no-hitter
If Manny Delcarmen makes it to the majors one day, no one will remember him throwing a no-hitter in the low minors.

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.

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.

Jenkins wins Canada Senior Open
LASALLE, Ontario -- Tom Jenkins had five birdies over his final nine holes in a 7-under 64 Sunday and won the Canada Senior Open for the second time in three years.

Inkster's fortune

Sizzling Kelly gets second tour win at Western Open

Sorenstam's 70 isn't good enough

A grand finish for Inkster
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- On a Prairie Dunes course where her she first made a name for herself 22 years ago, Juli Inkster turned in a career-defining performance Sunday to beat Annika Sorenstam and win the U.S. Women's Open.

A grand finish for Inkster

Campbell wins despite erratic final round of 73
STRAFFAN, Ireland -- Michael Campbell claimed a one-stroke victory at the European Open on Sunday, despite bogeying the last four holes and shooting 1-over-par 73.

Jenkins wins Canada Senior Open

Campbell wins despite erratic final round of 73

Sorenstam's 70 isn't good enough
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The best female golfer in the world didn't lose Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open. Somebody better - on this particular day, anyway - beat her.

Sizzling Kelly gets second tour win at Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- No way anyone was catching Jerry Kelly this time.

Inkster's fortune
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - To go where no man had gone before, at least not this year in golf.

GreenJackets notebook

For future's sake, Jackets sacrifice no-hitter

Jackets lefty outwits Tourists

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

Chamber names interim president
The Augusta Metro and Columbia County Chambers of Commerce today named Augusta businessman Ed Presnell as the group's interim president.

Edgefield Chief Deputy resigns
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The second in command at the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office quit Monday amid allegations by the sheriff that he misused his power.

Grand jury timeline
Sept. 15, 1999: A July grand jury issues a scathing report of city operations, calling for a "citizens alert."

Jury to release report on city government
Jury to release report on city government

The choice is ours to include God

Superior court should keep seal

'Minority' synonym for 'inferiority'

Natural gas bill unnaturally high

Letter writer's hate hurts freedom

Some Christians buy pornography

Hootie Johnson cheapens Masters

Secularists seek only neutrality toward religious beliefs

'Buz' Mulherin fondly remembered

USA Network tries something new

Address first lady as 'Mrs. Bush' in correspondence

Arts calendar

Video-on-demand catching on

Faces of Augusta

The Dragonfly cottage

Hollywood cashes in with family films

Standing ovations

Across South Carolina

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

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

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day

UGA works to keep start-up firms local
ATHENS, Ga. - There's been no shortage of start-up companies growing out of University of Georgia research over the past 15 years. The problem has been keeping the most successful ones in the state, according to a UGA economic development official.

Edgefield Chief Deputy resigns

Around town

Across Georgia

Hog wild

Across the southeast

Across the area

Planners look at other options

Center makes order for disabled
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For Catherine, the routine's the thing - the teachers, the other children, the daily sequence of events.

Chamber names interim president

Planners look at other options
ATLANTA - Last year, Georgia hired a reservoirs coordinator.

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Tommye L. Earhart of Aiken.

Woman enjoys nature of law

News you can use
July 8, 1982 The city-county dispute over a proposed joint law enforcement center continued Wednesday with the chairman of an Augusta City Council committee disparaging a county claim.

Grand jury timeline

Commission must verify each signee

Sheriff's death held bigger story

Across the area

Across the southeast

UGA works to keep start-up firms local

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 Georgia
EATONTON -Members of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors in rural Putnam County say common law applies on their land and have starting sending documents to local officials listing them as debtors.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -At least 11 people died people have died in wrecks on South Carolina's roadways during the long Fourth of July holiday, according to the state Highway Patrol.

3 children placed into social care
An Augusta woman was jailed and her three sons taken into the custody of social workers after the boys were found alone at home naked and living in filthy conditions, a sheriff's report states.

Across the area
An 8-year-old girl remained hospitalized Sunday after suffering broken bones when a storm blew an inflatable children's ride into a crowd during Fourth of July festivities at Patriots Park in Grovetown.

Public's opinion sought for new bicycle routes
The public will be able to have its say on where bicycle and pedestrian routes should be built. Community meetings are scheduled for Tuesday in Aiken and Augusta.

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of Harison Heights, a personal-care home.

Fishers say reservoirs are shrinking catches
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Water policy isn't just a concern of environmentalists.

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

Unpaid hours are business as usual for sheriff's office

Commission must verify each signee
It's all over except for the double-checking.

Fishers say reservoirs are shrinking catches

Woman enjoys nature of law
At some point during her divorce proceedings, Sherry T. Barnes looked at her lawyer and at her husband's lawyer and thought, "I could do this."

Jury to release report on city government

Across the southeast
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -Is it the heat or the economy?

Center makes order for disabled

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.

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.

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.

Hot weather, cool bands thrill 4,000 music fans

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.

Fast-growing Southern states tackle water shortage

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

Correction

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.

Leaders differ on land-use plan

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.

Sports attract tourist money

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

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.

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

Candidate defines his objectives

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

News you can use

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.

Unpaid hours are business as usual for sheriff's office
A simple trip to McDonald's for lunch is a rare occasion for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's chief jailer, Charles Toole, and his co-workers at the county jail.

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.

Waltrip sees sunshine this time at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Most drivers looked at fans throwing debris onto the track and saw mayhem. Michael Waltrip saw a ticker-tape parade.

Waltrip finishes on top

Waltrip has mastered restrictor-plate racing

Foyt's grandson takes inaugural IRL Infiniti Pro Series race

Waltrip sees sunshine this time at Daytona

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.

NASCAR notebook

Dare's surge after late restart gives him first IRL victory in Ameristar 200
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Airton Dare can thank Tomas Scheckter's bad luck for his first IRL victory and A.J. Foyt's first win as an owner in three years.

Schumacher wins seventh race of season
SILVERSTONE, England -- Rain or shine, Michael Schumacher proved again Sunday that he's the best, winning the British Grand Prix for his seventh victory of the season and the 60th of his career.

Da Matta wins fourth in a row
TORONTO -- Cristiano da Matta just keeps on winning.

Foyt's grandson takes inaugural IRL Infiniti Pro Series race
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The next generation of Foyt racing arrived in victory lane Sunday as A.J. Foyt IV won the Infiniti Pro Series Kansas 100, finishing just ahead of actor/driver Jason Priestley.

Dare's surge after late restart gives him first IRL victory in Ameristar 200

Waltrip has mastered restrictor-plate racing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Michael Waltrip didn't need to prove he has mastered restrictor-plate racing, but he won Saturday night's crash-filled Pepsi 400 just to be sure.

Schumacher wins seventh race of season

Swoopes top vote-getter in WNBA All-Star balloting

Dea. Alonzo Dicks Sr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Rev. Leon Knowles    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Julian Ogden Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Haywood    (MONROE, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Kelley    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
SFC Manuel Lopez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ula Humphrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lorene Thompson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Haywood    (MONROE, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Graham    (AUGUSTA)
Mr. Brad Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Brad Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Reid Borders    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Florence    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. Richard McCann    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. King Evans    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. James Sleister    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Johnny Campbell Jr.    (UNIONDALE, N.Y.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Lorene Thompson
For Lorene Thompson, family and work were the two most important things in life.

Mrs. Angela Ashcraft    (HARLEM)
Mrs. Katie Brown    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Rev. Leon Knowles    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Lisa Blackmon    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Benson    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Graham    (AUGUSTA)
Ms. Edith Bartley    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Joe Gibbons    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Arnold Woods Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S. C.)
Mrs. Sara Darsey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Orina Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rebecca Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pratt Marion    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Morris    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Laura Taylor    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeanette Rushing    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. James Sleister    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Jesse Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Julian Ogden Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arnold Woods    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Benson    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Morris    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Lisa Blackmon    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Richard McCann    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Lunsford    (GROVETOWN, 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. Jesse Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Florence (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Laura Taylor (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Lunsford (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Graham (AUGUSTA)

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

Mrs. Lorene Thompson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Reid Borders (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Haywood (MONROE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jean Haywood (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Orina Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. King Evans (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Richard O. McCann

Mrs. Lucille Graham (AUGUSTA)

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

Dea. Alonzo Dicks Sr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Benson (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mr. Richard McCann (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard McCann (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Benson (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Pratt Marion (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Brad Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Lisa Blackmon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Brad Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Gibbons (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Ashcraft (HARLEM)

Mr. Edward Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Lorene Thompson

Mrs. Sara Darsey (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ula Humphrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC Manuel Lopez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Lisa Blackmon (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

'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

'Buz' Mulherin fondly remembered
Regarding the investigation of the death of Bernard J. "Buz" Mulherin Jr., son of Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. Christina Rollins, Tony Barrett North Augusta, S.C.

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?

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.

Superior court should keep seal
To file a lawsuit over the symbol on the seal of the Superior Court of Richmond County (the tablets with Roman numerals signifying the Ten Commandments) is frivolous at best. Because to claim that the Ten Commandments indicates Christian values, is more than a little bit off - it borders on the totally ridiculous. Vera Farmer-Welk, Martinez, Ga.

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

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

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.

Secularists seek only neutrality toward religious beliefs
As one of the few non-believers in the area (I'm agnostic), I feel I must speak up. This whole pledge debate has gotten people quite mad, it seems. It has gone too far, though, with the disgusting, repulsive editorial cartoon in the July 2 Chronicle, which blamed atheism for the infinitely heinous Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Daru Ib-Shamiq, North Augusta, S.C.

Yes to Yucca Mtn.
The debate about whether it's safe to transport and store 154 million pounds of high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nev., is over. It was settled with the 306-117 U.S. House vote earlier in the year to go full speed ahead on licensing the federal nuclear waste repository program, as urged by President Bush.

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.

Bipartisan foul-up
Ever since the close 2000 election, Democrats and liberal pundits have urged the formation of a bipartisan judiciary advisory commission to suggest to President Bush the judicial nominees who have the best chance of winning quick confirmation.

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.

Calendar of events

Young equestrienne has 'heart set on gold'

Williams' sister act takes doubles title

Serena beats Venus, wins Wimbledon title

Opening ceremonies jump-start Games

Overtime

Mountain bikers find outlet in sport

Overtime

Lleyton wins Wimbledon in biggest rout since '84

Augusta holds event for first time since 1999

Torch run starts Monday

Lleyton wins Wimbledon in biggest rout since '84
WIMBLEDON, England -- Lleyton Hewitt made certain this Wimbledon of upsets wouldn't end with one. The No. 1-ranked player kept his temper in check, his strokes on the lines, and wasn't fazed by rain delays or a streaker's show.

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.

Williams' sister act takes doubles title
WIMBLEDON, England -- A day after Serena beat Venus in the women's final at Wimbledon, the Williams sisters were back on Centre Court. This time, both were winners.

Overtime
Switzerland's Rubens Bertogliati won the opening stage of the Tour de France Sunday in Luxembourg, sprinting across the finish just ahead of three-time defending champion Lance Armstrong and the rest of the main pack.

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

Business thrives on bug's life

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

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!

Outdoors calendar

Cooking wild

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

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

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.

Battle rages against the invasive salt cedar
SAN ACACIA, N.M. -- An army of water-sucking soldiers is marching along the banks of nearly every waterway in the West.

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.

Schumacher has the spirit

Georgia Games events

Swoopes top vote-getter in WNBA All-Star balloting
NEW YORK -- Sheryl Swoopes of the Houston Comets was the top vote-getter in final fan balloting to choose the starters for the WNBA All-Star game.

Romania studies planned location of Dracula theme park

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Internet animators create 'webisodes'

New metal alloy is super strong, easy to cast

Battle rages against the invasive salt cedar