Baseball players fail to set strike date but prepare for walkout

Portland to pay homage to Arthur Andersen
PORTLAND, Ore. -- It might be the only time this season that fans are allowed to shred their own documents at the ball park.

All-Star 'rookies' enjoying their moment
MILWAUKEE -- Eddie Guardado, Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski walked into the grand ballroom Monday at the Pfister Hotel, looked around at the likes of A-Rod, Ichiro and Nomar, and suddenly felt very out of place.

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.

Giambi bests Sosa in Home Run Derby
MILWAUKEE -- Once again, when it comes to hitting home runs, Sammy Sosa is No. 2.

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.

Fans nowhere to be seen at Riverdogs game

Padilla added to the NL All-Star team

It's Schilling vs. Lowe in the All-Star game
MILWAUKEE -- Curt Schilling of Arizona gets another chance to start for the National League in the All-Star game, this time against Boston's Derek Lowe.

Baseball players fail to set strike date but prepare for walkout
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Baseball players failed to set a strike date Monday but said they will prepare their teammates for the possibility of the sport's ninth work stoppage since 1972.

Fans nowhere to be seen at Riverdogs game
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The gates were padlocked and hundreds of fans of the Charleston Riverdogs gathered outside Joe Riley Stadium on Monday night.

Torre plans shortstop rotation
MILWAUKEE -- American League All-Star manager Joe Torre might have a harder time dealing with his rotation of five shortstops as opposed to the nine pitchers.

Torre plans shortstop rotation

Giambi bests Sosa in Home Run Derby

All-Star 'rookies' enjoying their moment

It's Schilling vs. Lowe in the All-Star game

Judge will be asked to decide fate of Ted Williams' body

Judge will be asked to decide fate of Ted Williams' body
HERNANDO, Fla. -- Ted Williams' estate will ask a judge to decide if the baseball great's body should be cremated or frozen, a move to try to resolve a family feud over the remains.

Sending eight postcards is the sign of a true vacation

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 in familiar place, despite lack of offense

Braves in familiar place, despite lack of offense
ATLANTA - This is not high ground. This is not sacred soil. This is where the Atlanta Braves usually reside at the All-Star break.

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

Braves notebook

Maddux looks strong in win

Chipper wonders if fame is worth price

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.

Chipper wonders if fame is worth price
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones is on pace to drive in at least 100 runs for the seventh straight season, and the Atlanta Braves have the best record in the major leagues. He also makes $15 million a year.

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

Bad business news might offer hope to struggling CNBC

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

Consumers consider switch to electronic bill paying

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.

For cleaners, orange makes good scents
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - It looks like milk and smells like an orange Creamsicle, but this boat cleaner, its makers say, is a pioneering product in the cleaning industry.

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

Carefully proofread job-search materials

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Americans, shrugging off worries about the strength of the recovery, increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in six months.

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.

Interest up in online bill payment
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.

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.

Augusta Regional needs screeners
With a congressional deadline looming, a federal agency is looking to hire more than 60 passenger screeners for Augusta Regional Airport.

Augusta Regional needs screeners

For cleaners, orange makes good scents

Sell poker machines

Terror at LAX

Ted Williams

Bipartisan foul-up

Yes to Yucca Mtn.

Instrument of success
STEVENSVILLE, Md. - It was one thing for Paul Reed Smith to see the wooden electric guitars he designed in the hands of rock icon Carlos Santana. It was another to see complete strangers wearing T-shirts with his logo.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information.

Boredom decreases with age, study says
Do you feel bored with your life? Would like to add some excitement to it?

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.

Sunshine, smiley faces boost tips, new poll says
WASHINGTON - Some people sneak back to the table to add more money, some to snatch back a few dollars. Husbands and wives dicker, parents and children argue, all over how much to tip when they eat out.

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.

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.

In the know
Children aren't the only ones targeted by the release of the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie.

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

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.

Gamble helps Jackets win
Jerome Gamble was given enough run support to win two ballgames, but the Augusta GreenJackets starter wasn't around long enough to get one.

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.

Sorenstam's 70 isn't good enough

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

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.

Sizzling Kelly gets second tour win at Western Open

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.

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.

No place like Prairie Dunes for Inkster
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Juli Inkster might consider buying a little house on the prairie. There's never been a homecoming quite like this U.S. Women's Open.

Inkster's fortune

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

A grand finish for Inkster

No place like Prairie Dunes for Inkster

Jenkins wins Canada Senior Open

Campbell wins despite erratic final round of 73

For future's sake, Jackets sacrifice no-hitter

Gamble helps Jackets win

Middle schoolers join in at high school camp

Sending eight postcards is the sign of a true vacation
Sitting here looking through the big stack of your summer vacation postcards, I've come to realize there is a difference between a trip and a vacation.

Lynx form affiliation
After months of speculation, the Augusta Lynx have secured an affiliation with the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes and their top farm club, the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Grand jury releases report
Long-standing practices of unfair promotions, questionable payouts and politically motivated leadership in Augusta's fire department are the topic of the Richmond County Special Grand Jury's seventh and most extensive report, which was made public this morning.

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

National critical of pressure from group
In a defiant statement about the privacy of Augusta National, chairman Hootie Johnson lashed out at a national women's group Tuesday for urging the club to have female members before next year's Masters.

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 report

Court renders another loss of freedom

Christians support persecution

Linda Schrenko has 'electability'

Superior court should keep seal

If legislation passes, DOE could pick our pockets for fine

'Buz' Mulherin fondly remembered

Streets for cars, not children

Secularists seek only neutrality toward religious beliefs

Decision doesn't establish religion

Seniors calendar

Sunshine, smiley faces boost tips, new poll says

Boredom decreases with age, study says

Video-on-demand catching on

In the know

USA Network tries something new

Across Georgia

Augusta resident will lead chamber

Commission must verify each signee

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

City settles suit over chase death

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

Correction
An article about sports tourism in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said an international boxing team coming to train in Augusta is from New Zealand.

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

Firefighter's rest
Firefighter's rest North Augusta firefighter Sgt. George Eakins rests after fighting a fire in Belvedere. No one was injured.

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.

Conservation tops state supply plans

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -An aluminum company's request to reduce the amount of water it releases from its four dams in North Carolina could eventually affect taps 200 miles downstream in Georgetown.

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.

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

Across the area

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.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bobby Brown of Grovetown.

Chamber names interim president

Special grand jury hands over report

Fishers say reservoirs are shrinking catches

Landscaping method on rise in dry areas

Around town

Man dies in attempt to rescue teens from ocean

Across the southeast

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Conservation tops state supply plans
ATLANTA - Even the Georgia bureaucrat in charge of water conservation concedes he's not setting the best example.

Edgefield Chief Deputy resigns

Planners look at other options

Woman enjoys nature of law

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Augusta resident will lead chamber
The Augusta Metro and Columbia County Chambers of Commerce did not have to look very far for a temporary leader.

Board aims to enact teacher dress code

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

City settles suit over chase death
The family of a young woman killed during a police chase in Swainsboro last year has settled a lawsuit against the city and the officer involved.

Seizure list lacks racist materials
Operator manuals for a firearm silencer and M-16 assault rifles were among the items confiscated at the home of an Augusta man who was charged last week in the accidental shooting of his 10-year-old son.

Special grand jury hands over report
After more than nine months without word from a special grand jury studying city government, the Richmond County panel has produced a 124-page presentment that will remain sealed to the public, likely until sometime today.

Around town

Bids fail to come in for boats
After three years of design and planning for the Augusta Canal's unique, 65-foot tour boats, the Canal Authority had planned to open bids Monday and award contracts for the long-awaited project.

Council votes for trash bin time limit
The Aiken City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to place restrictions on how long garbage and recycling containers can be left curbside.

Board aims to enact teacher dress code
Richmond County pupils might not be the only ones who have to adhere to a dress code when they return to school next month.

National critical of pressure from group

Police suspect drug led to man's death
Richmond County authorities say they are investigating the possibility that an Oxy-Contin overdose led to the death of Bernard J. "Buz" Mulherin Jr., the son of a local Superior Court judge.

Firefighter's rest

Required shots are available
The good news is required immunizations are back in stock at local health departments after months of shortage. The bad news is the shots may smart a little bit more this year for parents with private insurance, at least at first.

Across Georgia
CUSSETA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating the death of a 5-year-old boy in an explosion as a homicide, although it currently has no suspects.

Bids in for EMS service
Two bids for citywide ambulance service came in more than $400,000 apart, with Augusta's current provider - Rural/Metro Ambulance - listing the lowest bid, an Augusta Commission committee learned Monday.

Lynx form affiliation

Georgia coordinator faces challenge
ATLANTA - Mary Elfner is creative enough to have dreamed up a giant toilet running the bases during Savannah Sand Gnats home games, promoting water conservation.

Bids in for EMS service

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

Police suspect drug led to man's death

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

Subscriber of the day

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.

Landscaping method on rise in dry areas
ROSWELL, Ga. - When Glynn Groszman moved onto a shady side street in Roswell, just north of Atlanta, 14 years ago, his front and back yards were covered with grass from one end to the other.

Across the area
Augusta utilities officials are investigating a weekend accident in which 3,100 gallons of aluminum sulfate spilled near the city's water treatment plant off Wrightsboro Road near Daniel Village.

Center makes order for disabled

Bids fail to come in for boats

Jury to release report on city government

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

UGA works to keep start-up firms local

Man dies in attempt to rescue teens from ocean
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - An autopsy has been scheduled for a Williston, S.C., man who died during a weekend outing on the Georgia coast.

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 releases report

Unpaid hours are business as usual for sheriff's office

Deputy resigns amid investigation
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The second in command at the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office quit Monday amid allegations that he misused power to help a victim of domestic violence.

Grand jury timeline

Across South Carolina

Grand Jury report

Required shots are available

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

Seizure list lacks racist materials

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.

Workers spruce up Aiken
Later this week, the summer workers are off to Columbia for a Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration conference where they will learn more about transportation careers.

Georgia coordinator faces challenge

Correction

News you can use
JULY 9, 1942 Rumors that the suspension of Augusta Police Chief C.J. Wilson was linked with another department scandal were denied yesterday.

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.

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."

Workers spruce up Aiken

Deputy resigns amid investigation

Schumacher wins seventh race of season

Driver sorry for Daytona blowup
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kurt Busch, who was held in the pits for four laps as punishment for cursing NASCAR officials over the radio during the Pepsi 400, apologized Monday.

Foyt's grandson takes inaugural IRL Infiniti Pro Series race

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.

Waltrip has mastered restrictor-plate racing

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.

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

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.

Waltrip sees sunshine this time at Daytona

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

Driver sorry for Daytona blowup

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.

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.

Swoopes top vote-getter in WNBA All-Star balloting

Mrs. Nancy Boone    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Jean Haywood    (MONROE, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Lunsford    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Darsey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Dea. Alonzo Dicks Sr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Dana Dimsdale    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Vicente Velez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Fason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Brad Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Haywood    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Reid Borders    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Anthony Hill    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Orina Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. UlaMae Humphrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Kerri Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arnold Woods Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S. C.)
Rev. Leon Knowles    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Orina Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Graham    (AUGUSTA)
Mr. Jesse Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Gibbons    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Edith Bartley    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Sara Darsey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Beverly Talbert    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Reid Borders    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Emma Roberson    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Atkinson Sr.    (WESTMONT, NJ.)
Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Matthew Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Morris    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Virginia Collins    (SUWANEE, Ga.)
Ms. Ondina Turner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Richard McCann    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Taylor    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. OMeda Rubin    (WEBSTER, N.C.)
Mr. James Sleister    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Luther Paschall    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Julian Ogden Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Lisa Blackmon    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Benson    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Gibbons (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Lisa Blackmon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rudolph Fason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Haywood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Haywood (MONROE, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Atkinson Sr. (WESTMONT, NJ.)

Mr. Richard McCann (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beverly Talbert (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Reid Borders (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Reid Borders (THOMSON, Ga.)

Dana Dimsdale (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ondina Turner (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Matthew Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Luther Paschall (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Roberson (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Lunsford (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Vicente Velez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Darsey (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Graham (AUGUSTA)

Mrs. Virginia Collins (SUWANEE, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Hill (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. OMeda Rubin (WEBSTER, N.C.)

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

Mrs. Nancy Boone (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Darsey (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Benson (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. UlaMae Humphrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kerri Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brad Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Decision doesn't establish religion
God has richly blessed our nation and shown us great mercy. We are also blessed by having a diversity of people and the contributions each has made. Melinda East, North Augusta, S.C.

If legislation passes, DOE could pick our pockets for fine
According to the June 30 Chronicle, Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have introduced legislation which, if passed, would fine the U.S. Department of Energy "up to $100 million per year" if DOE doesn't meet certain MOX and plutonium-removal time lines at the Savannah River Site. H. Perry Holcomb, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Streets for cars, not children
In response to C. Waldron's letter of July 1 ("Are cops picking on good kids?"), if she fails to understand why kids are not allowed to play in the street then she should read the article on page 3B in the July 1 paper,"Toddler killed by truck after running into road." T. Sexton, Hephzibah, Ga.

Sell poker machines
Richmond County vice officers' seizure of "an ocean" of unlawful video poker machines makes clear why District Attorney Danny Craig led the charge in Atlanta last year to ban the gambling contrivances.

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.

Linda Schrenko has 'electability'
On June 6, we attended the Columbia County GOP Gubernatorial Forum at the Pavilion. While there are several candidates running for governor, we were most impressed with Linda Schrenko's presentation and her answers to a variety of questions from the moderator, Columbia News Times publisher Barry Paschal. S.G. von Schweinitz, Appling, 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.

Ted Williams
As a baseball hitter, Ted Williams' talent was truly extraordinary. But the difference between a talented athlete and a great one is that the great one hones and shapes his talent to as close to perfection as possible.

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.

Terror at LAX
Political correctness is once again trumping common sense with the FBI's reluctance to label Hesham Mohamed Hadayet a terrorist. The heavily armed Egyptian immigrant fired off a round of 10-12 bullets at Israel's airline ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing two civilians and injuring three others before an El Al security guard gunned him down.

Christians support persecution
Typical. That's the only way to describe the Christian reaction to the Pledge of Allegiance ruling handed down by a federal appeals court in California. This country was settled by people who were fed up with religious persecution, but persecuting less popular beliefs seems to be the Christian way. John A. Terpack II, Augusta

Court renders another loss of freedom
Within two days, we hear we can't do the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, and America has more crime, violence, etc., than other countries. Grace G. Allen, Trenton, S.C.

'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.

Overtime

French doping agency says two players failed drugs tests at French Open

Lleyton wins Wimbledon in biggest rout since '84

Armstrong relaxes as Spaniard Freire wins Tour's second stage

Hewitt satisfied; wonders if fans want more all-Williams finals

Overtime

Williams' sister act takes doubles title

Hewitt satisfied; wonders if fans want more all-Williams finals
WIMBLEDON, England -- At 21, Lleyton Hewitt's pretty much accomplished all he set out to do. He says he would feel fulfilled as a tennis player even if his new Wimbledon title were his last - at any tournament.

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.

French doping agency says two players failed drugs tests at French Open
PARIS -- Two unidentified players failed drug tests at the French Open, France's Council to Prevent and Fight Doping reported Monday.

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.

Armstrong relaxes as Spaniard Freire wins Tour's second stage
SAARBRUECKEN, Germany -- Lance Armstrong enjoyed a relaxed ride in Monday's stage of the Tour de France, while some struggled to get to the finish.

Overtime
Georgia Tech's football games against Clemson and Brigham Young will be televised by ESPN and ABC, respectively.

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.

Middle schoolers join in at high school camp
INDIANAPOLIS -- Derrick Caracter finds himself competing this week against some of America's best recruits - even though he has yet to put on a high school jersey.

eBay buying online payment provider
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Internet auction giant eBay Inc. said Monday it is buying online payment facilitator PayPal Inc. for $1.5 billion in stock.

Young HIV carriers unaware of virus
BARCELONA, Spain -- A study of young gay and bisexual men in major U.S. cities found that more than three-quarters of those infected with HIV were unaware they had the AIDS virus.

New violations recorded
A perplexing spike in air pollution levels last week pushed Augusta over the legal threshold that triggers non-attainment status under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

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.

Schumacher has the spirit

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.

Prove you're responsible and freedom will come
My problem is that I can't do things that other teen-agers these days do. No matter how many times I've told my mom that I'm growing up and she needs to let me out more, it never gets through. What should I do?

Question of the week

My pad
THE FACTS: Leah Jones, 18, a rising freshman at Aiken Technical College

On the charts
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine.

Prove you're responsible and freedom will come

Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Desiree Dorsey, 18, a rising freshman at Morris Brown College in Atlanta

On the charts

12 Stones needs more spirit
Wind-up Records is staking its claim as the premier Christian rock label, but you know what they say about good intentions, and Wind-up could at least inject some talent into the endeavor.

America shouldn't pledge to make everybody happy
"Under God." Who would have thought those two words could cause so much trouble?

Question of the week
Q: Should schools be allowed to randomly drug-test students involved in any extracurricular activities?

12 Stones needs more spirit

The pitfalls of plastic

My page

My page
THE FACTS: Tran Nguyen, 15, a rising sophomore at Hephzibah High School

The pitfalls of plastic
Leave your money at home. That's one of the best ways for teens to save their dollars, say financial experts - if it's not easily accessible, you can't spend it.

Romania studies planned location of Dracula theme park

Odds and ends

Young HIV carriers unaware of virus

Battle rages against the invasive salt cedar

New violations recorded