All-Star fiasco latest example of why baseball's in trouble
MILWAUKEE -- John DeClue took 9-year-old son Kyle to Miller Park to see his very first All-Star game. The boy ended up getting an up-close look at why baseball is in trouble.

All-Star game ends in tie

All-Star fiasco latest example of why baseball's in trouble

Selig paints gloomy picture of baseball's near future
MILWAUKEE -- Painting a gloomy picture of baseball's immediate future, commissioner Bud Selig acknowledged the possibility of another work stoppage but hoped an agreement with players could still be reached.

Selig vows All-Star game changes
MILWAUKEE -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig vowed Wednesday to make changes to the All-Star game to avoid ties, but he offered few details on how to do it.

Baseball picks 30 memorable moments
MILWAUKEE -- From Ted Williams' .406 season to Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier to Barry Bonds' home-run record, baseball has had many unforgettable moments.

Williams' contemporary recalls 'extraordinary man'
When Ted Williams died Friday at the age of 83, Lou Brissie sat in front of the TV in his North Augusta home and wondered whether the masses would appreciate what they had lost.

Attorney: Ted Williams asked in will to be cremated
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams asked in his will to be cremated and have his ashes scattered over his old fishing grounds in the Florida Keys, the lawyer for a daughter of the baseball great said Tuesday.

Selig paints gloomy picture of baseball's near future

All-Star game ends in tie
MILWAUKEE -- In Bud's backyard, even the All-Star game ended with fans booing baseball.

Attorney: Ted Williams asked in will to be cremated

Baseball picks 30 memorable moments

Williams' contemporary recalls 'extraordinary man'

Hundreds attend "Nobody Night"
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The starting pitcher said it felt like playing in a cemetery. It was so quiet he could hear the beer and peanut vendors in the stands.

Beijing newspaper tackles summer problem - topless men
BEIJING -- Every summer, day and night, it's the same story: young men, old men, skinny men, fat men, all walking the streets of the Chinese capital with bellies bared for the masses to see. In Beijing, they're known by their nickname - "bare-chested masters."

Odds and ends
EVERETT, Wash. -- The recorded telephone message to 160 prospective Snohomish County Superior Court jurors was clear: Report for orientation at 5 a.m. sharp.

Braves sign first-round pick Francoeur

Braves sign first-round pick Francoeur
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms Tuesday with first-round pick Jeff Francoeur.

Business briefs

South Carolina leads the nation in mobile homes
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Rev. Lawrence Beadle's three-bedroom home along South Carolina's Grand Strand is appointed with all the traditional touches: black shutters, a picture window and a carport.

Comcast, AT&T OK cable deal

Private companies could feel effects

Factory may see growth

Business briefs
First National Bank & Trust Co. will open its 14th branch office in the area today in Grovetown.

Private companies could feel effects
President Bush's crackdown on corporate shenanigans is aimed at large companies, but the fallout eventually could affect main street businesses, too.

Company buys warehouse
For $6.1 million, local investors have taken a south Augusta warehouse off the market.

St. Louis car dealer to pay for junk faxes

Factory may see growth
NutraSweet Co.'s artificial-sweetener plant in Augusta is a likely candidate to produce the company's newest product: neotame.

Used-car dealer moving to new site in Augusta
A Thomson-based car dealer is opening a used-car lot in Augusta at Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway.

St. Louis car dealer to pay for junk faxes
ST. LOUIS - A car dealership agreed to pay as much as $6.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its unsolicited "junk fax" advertisements, which are barred by federal law, a lawyer said.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - A House committee voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to bar federal contracts for many companies that move offshore to avoid U.S. taxes in the latest political fallout over corporate misbehavior.

Comcast, AT&T OK cable deal
PHILADELPHIA - Shareholders of Comcast and AT&T Corp. overwhelmingly approved Comcast's planned $45 billion purchase of AT&T's cable television business Wednesday in a deal that would create a cable TV powerhouse with nearly twice as many subscribers as its closest rival.

Used-car dealer moving to new site in Augusta

South Carolina leads the nation in mobile homes

Maybe it's permanent

Fire that cop

Teacher plan works

The right ruling

Scathing report

Correction

Cook up cheesy side in a crockpot
Most of us cook in a crockpot during the cool winter months, simmering special soups, stews and hearty entrees. But pulling your crockpot off the shelf instead of heating your kitchen up with a hot oven makes good sense in the summer months.

In the know
TBS's new series Worst-Case Scenario shows viewers how to survive extreme situations such as jumping from a speeding car or how to survive sub-zero temperatures.

Small portions
Souffles have a reputation for being very temperamental. However they are more resilient than one might think; they don't fall if you talk too loud, walk too hard, or open the oven to take a peak.

In the Know
Volunteers are needed for the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Monday, Sept. 2, at the Augusta Sheraton Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway.

Robert Mondavi shows rare form
In recent columns I heaped praise on three chardonnays and a cabernet sauvignon from the Robert Mondavi Winery, a Napa Valley institution that seems to be making wine at the top of its form now.

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

Kids dive into competition
The CSRA Summer Swim League isn't quite what it used to be.

Only one will become a star
Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the television, the Fox network has done it again.

'Men in Black II' posts huge box-office haul
LOS ANGELES -- Big guns mean big money. "Men in Black II," the action comedy about agents with huge weapons policing extraterrestrial riffraff, debuted with $52.1 million in its first weekend.

You pick the winner
Predict who'll be the last pop star standing by reading the profiles and watching the show. Check Friday's Applause section for a profile and voting information for the Wild Card Contestant who was chosen Wednesday night. Results were not available at press time. Cast a vote by calling INFOLINE at 442-4444 and pressing the four-digit code that corresponds to the finalist you've chosen.

Not many fireworks for July 4 specials
NEW YORK - In probably the only time they will ever compete with one another, Rob Lowe can say he beat Peter Jennings.

Capsules
Tossing back the smaller fish is considered the ecologically sensitive thing to do. But scientists are casting some doubt on whether the practice is good for fish populations after all.

Tennis center getting a new look for big event
Eddie Smith has been in the business of resurfacing tennis courts for 27 years. His work at Newman Tennis Center is a prime example of the behind-the-scenes efforts winding down this week in preparation for the Georgia Games Championships in Augusta.

Games open doors
As a member of the 12-and-under Curry Warriors basketball team, Ryan Narcisse won a gold medal at the 2001 Georgia Games in Atlanta. He plans to add another one at the games in Augusta, when the North Augusta Jackets take the court this weekend.

Paul Griffin named associate AD at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Paul Griffin, formerly the director of athletics at Arkansas State University and the University of South Florida, has been named senior associate director of athletics at Georgia Tech.

RedStixx blank GreenJackets
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus RedStixx starting pitcher Travis Foley said he struggled at times with his fastball during Wednesday night's outing against the Augusta GreenJackets.

At the end of the day, random thoughts creep in

New date for Women's Open puts a squeeze on LPGA majors

A 42-year-old woman sends a message to the guys

Augusta National membership
Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson says the club won't be "bullied" into admitting women members.

Nicklaus withdraws from Senior Players Championship
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Jack Nicklaus has withdrawn from this week's Senior Players Championship because of muscle spasms.

Ohio State golfer doesn't use deafness as an excuse

Finchem: New TV deal in works for seniors with Golf Channel

Ohio State golfer doesn't use deafness as an excuse
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Unlike many golfers who complain about screaming jets, chirping birds and coughing fans, Kevin Hall is oblivious to such distractions.

Finchem: New TV deal in works for seniors with Golf Channel
DEARBORN, Mich. -- PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday the Senior PGA Tour has reached an agreement in principle with The Golf Channel to provide live coverage of three rounds of at least 10 events in 2003.

Legends leaving St. Augustine for Savannah

Legends leaving St. Augustine for Savannah
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Unable to overcome poor attendance and bad scheduling in North Florida, the Senior PGA Tour announced Wednesday it is moving one of its signature events, the Legends of Golf, to Georgia.

New date for Women's Open puts a squeeze on LPGA majors
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Plans to have the U.S. Women's Open played every year during the Fourth of July weekend have fizzled, leaving the LPGA Tour in a predicament for scheduling its major championships.

A 42-year-old woman sends a message to the guys
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Leave it to a woman to show the guys how to get it done.

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.

Augusta National membership

National critical of pressure from group

RedStixx blank GreenJackets

2002-03 Schedule for the Atlanta Thrashers
The 2002-03 schedule for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Thrashers sign free agent defenseman

2002-03 Schedule for the Atlanta Thrashers

Thrashers sign free agent defenseman
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers, trying to address a glaring weakness in last year's team, announced Wednesday the signing of free-agent defenseman Richard Smehlik.

Grand Jury report

Coliseum Authority chairman resigns
Bill Maddox resigned Wednesday as chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, joining a growing list of defections and firings since management company SMG left in May.

Editorial cartoon offends Georgian

We have a hero among us

ACLU's objection of seal is evil

GOP-led Senate is more effective

Arrogance alienates Ellenton defender

Ad in 'Chronicle' is irresponsible

Validating Pledge may be empty victory

Reasons to be optimistic about market

'Big Brother' probes medical office

Murderers should be given death penalty

Speak up for prayer rights, America

Complains Richmond pesticide sprayer truck imperils health

Lists possible factors in Alzheimer's

Small portions

Cook up cheesy side in a crockpot

In the Know

Only one will become a star

Robert Mondavi shows rare form

Not many fireworks for July 4 specials

Kids dive into competition

Capsules

Health calendar

'Men in Black II' posts huge box-office haul

You pick the winner

Lynx strike deal with Coyotes

Lynx strike deal with Coyotes
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.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -North Carolina House Democrats delayed a showdown on a lottery referendum Wednesday after determining there weren't enough votes to pass it, sparing Gov. Mike Easley a major defeat.

Some blacks call report racial ploy
The special grand jurors who in their latest presentment blasted former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few for practicing "cronyism based on race" are being accused of practicing racial politics of their own, driving a wedge in a racial gap that already divides the community.

Police raid video poker parlors

Some blacks call report racial ploy

Riding on air
Nate Zukas rides his dirt bike at the BMX track near Lake Olmstead. He was taking advantage of Wednesday's warm weather, with temperatures in the high 80s. Forecasts say thunderstorms, bringing needed rain, will move across the area in the next few days.

Across South Carolina

Questions answered

Rain will relieve drought
ATLANTA - Grab the umbrella and keep it close.

Retired deputy dies in single-truck crash
Gary Palmer survived two tours in Vietnam, a stint in public safety at the Medical College of Georgia and 18 years as a Columbia County deputy.

Panel urges water-transfer limit
MACON, Ga. - Hoping to keep the fast-growing Atlanta area from grabbing water from other parts of Georgia, a study committee recommended Wednesday that so-called "interbasin transfers" be limited to adjacent counties.

Suspect is held on INS charges
Antonio Mendoza remains in the Columbia County Detention Center, but not on the kidnapping charges that officials said were filed Tuesday.

Report condemns spending

County not filling English slots

Coliseum Authority chairman resigns

Rivera charged in altercation

Across the area

Police raid video poker parlors
Vice officers shut down two underground video poker parlors in Augusta and charged three owners after discovering the illegal game rooms that operated with code words and surveillance cameras, authorities said Tuesday.

News you can use

Police get complaint over use of force

Man charged with kidnapping

Rivera charged in altercation
Richmond County jail officials said Wednesday they have added another felony charge against Reinaldo J. Rivera after an altercation in which the serial murder suspect was subdued by force and pepper spray.

Hospital plans cancer center

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Around town

Officials say quality has improved
With a handful of Dobermans, Hank Dingfelder had little choice but to buy a mobile home.

Grand jury says chief was 'bandit'

Across Georgia
DECATUR -Newborn twins were abandoned Wednesday in a bathroom at a suburban Atlanta hospital. One baby died; the other was in critical condition Wednesday evening.

Hodges to argue his case

News you can use

Police raid high-tech pot farm

Panel urges water-transfer limit

Department lost sight of duties, panel says

Opponents of Few find vindication

Opening soon

Around town

Police get cash for drug arrest

Police raid high-tech pot farm
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Oconee County sheriff's investigators say they raided a virtual drug farm last weekend where 500 pot plants, psilocybin mushrooms, laughing gas and prescription pills were found in a compound complete with a locked gate and security cameras.

Across the area

Retired deputy dies in single-truck crash

Grand Jury report

Across Georgia

Promotion practices come under heavy fire

County not filling English slots
This summer, Lori Thomas teaches English in the morning and math in the afternoon at Aiken Middle School.

Across the area
Six pressurized explosive devices were found early Tuesday in a Wrens neighborhood.

Police get complaint over use of force
North Augusta police were talking to witnesses and reviewing patrol-car video Wednesday after receiving complaints that an officer used excessive force in an arrest Tuesday night, Public Safety Capt. Bill Luckey said.

Report condemns spending
The adage "follow the money" led the special grand jury to some of the most damning allegations in Tuesday's presentment, and claims of acts that could be considered criminal.

News you can use
July 11, 1982 For Augusta native Julia Diane Hill, the third time was a charm.

Department lost sight of duties, panel says
Under the leadership of Chief Ronnie Few, the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department became sidetracked by public relations projects, often neglecting their daily duties, according to a presentment by the Richmond County special grand jury.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bobby Bradford of Evans.

Questions answered
Here are some questions and answers concerning the Grand Jury Report.

Board endorses mandatory pet microchips
It is hard to imagine Gigi, who is a healthy 130 pounds, slipping past anyone, but the wily 5-year-old Rottweiler once escaped from Wayne McGaha.

Hospital plans cancer center
Aiken Regional Medical Centers will begin $15 million of renovation and construction next week that hospital officials say will ensure faster and more comfortable care.

Opening soon
An employee with Alabama-based Southern Sash works on installing a front door at the new Evans Government Center. The building is expected to open for business sometime next month.

Grand jury says chief was 'bandit'
For the second time since convening more than 2 1/2 years ago, the Richmond County special grand jury is calling for widespread reform in city government, this time pointing to apparent impropriety in Augusta's fire department as evidence of recurring micromanagement and political gridlock.

Police get cash for drug arrest
Sheriff Ronnie Strength's budget got a big boost Tuesday as federal officials handed him a check for nearly a quarter-million dollars for his office's role in bringing down drug kingpin Robert "Fat Boy" Snell.

Promotion practices come under heavy fire
Criticizing the performance of some high-ranking fire officials and calling for the resignation or demotion of at least one deputy chief, the Richmond County special grand jury blasted the promotion practices of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are investigating a case of vandalism on Sterling Street.

Grand jury says chief was 'bandit'
For the second time since convening more than 2 1/2 years ago, the Richmond County special grand jury is calling for widespread reform in city government, this time pointing to apparent impropriety in Augusta's fire department as evidence of recurring micromanagement and political gridlock.

Coliseum authority chairman resigns
The coliseum authority will address the vacant chairmanship at its monthly meeting July 25.

Subscriber of the day

Opponents of Few find vindication
A former firefighter who was charged with making terroristic threats and fired after publicly complaining about Fire Chief Ronnie Few said Wednesday that he wants his job back.

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

Riding on air

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cecil Snyder of Aiken.

Board endorses mandatory pet microchips

Across the area
Six pressurized explosive devices were found early Tuesday in a Wrens neighborhood.

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Three young boys drowned in a golf-course pond near their home when they went fishing, the Spartanburg County coroner's office says.

Coliseum authority chairman resigns

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, who is unopposed in the Aug. 20 Democratic primary, has raised more than $4.5 million for his fall re-election campaign, and most of it is still in the bank.

Suspect is held on INS charges

News you can use
JULY 10, 1932 The slot machine war flared anew yesterday as city detectives confiscated machines in five establishments and impounded them at police headquarters.

Rain will relieve drought

Hodges to argue his case
COLUMBIA - After losing a federal court fight to block plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site, Gov. Jim Hodges' lawyers are set to make their case before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today.

Across the area

Man charged with kidnapping
A Grovetown man is in the Columbia County Detention Center, charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old Michigan girl.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON -A delegation from South Carolina will visit North Carolina to study that state's plans to distribute free tablets that could help prevent thyroid cancer after a nuclear accident.

Augusta National has right to keep all-male policy
There is absolutely no way to say this without offending somebody, so the best thing to do is just say it.

How do you beat the best?
The answer hasn't come from sports psychologists. It hasn't been programmed by a swing doctor. The solution hasn't been pulled out of the bag by an equipment representative.

At the end of the day, random thoughts creep in
Sometimes, late at night, when I have nothing to think about, my mind diesels on for a while before it shuts off for the night. Ideas that aren't very useful run through my brain as it is going into sleep mode.

Racing facts

Racing for recruits
JOLIET, Ill. - The armed forces have surrounded stock car racing, and their assault has come by air, ground and sea.

Al Unser Jr. charged with hitting woman
INDIANAPOLIS -- Al Unser Jr. was arrested Tuesday on charges he hit a woman in the face before leaving her on the side of a highway in the middle of the night.

Al Unser Jr. charged with hitting woman

NASCAR notebook
JOLIET, Ill. - Elliott Sadler was supposed to be the first domino in a chain reaction of job changes. But even Sadler has to wait for Ricky Rudd to make the first move.

Sadler wants Rudd's ride, but no deal yet with Yates
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler wants to drive the famed No. 28 Ford if Ricky Rudd vacates it at the end of the season but said Tuesday he has no deal in place with Robert Yates Racing.

Brett Bodine's wife 'sore but OK' after wreck
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The wife of NASCAR driver Brett Bodine was "sore but OK" after a one-car accident in the hours following the Pepsi 400 race, Brett Bodine Racing officials said.

Mario Andretti might become car owner
Mario Andretti is considering becoming a car owner in the CART series.

Benson won't race at Chicagoland

Sadler wants Rudd's ride, but no deal yet with Yates

Spotlight on Jimmy Spencer
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer.

NASCAR notebook

Racing facts
Here are facts about this week's Tropicana 400 race.

Spotlight on Jimmy Spencer

Mario Andretti might become car owner

Benson won't race at Chicagoland
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Johnny Benson, re-injured in a wreck in Daytona, will not race this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Mike Wallace will fill in.

Racing for recruits

Prosecutors review evidence against Iverson

Man claims Iverson had gun

Police to recommend charges against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- Police plan to recommend that prosecutors issue a warrant Wednesday for the arrest of NBA All-Star Allen Iverson.

Prosecutors review evidence against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- Prosecutors won't decide until Thursday at the earliest whether to charge Allen Iverson with storming into a home with a gun and threatening two men while looking for his wife.

Police to recommend charges against Iverson

WNBA coaches select All-Star reserves

Man claims Iverson had gun
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson had a gun when he forced his way inside an apartment last week and threatened two men, one of the men said Tuesday.

Offensive line coach faces tough decisions

Panthers lock up fifth-round draft pick Johnson

Mrs. Vera Valiruso    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Guest Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Elnora Carter    (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. E.W. Reese Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Nichols    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Ernest Rachels Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Myra Balliet    (JAMES ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. David Page    (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Josephine Datcher    (MEBANE, N.C.)
Matthew Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Roslyn Hoston    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Elnora Carter    (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbur Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Reid Borders    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. OBryant Williams Jr.    (BOSTON, Mass.)
Mr. Willie Cobbs    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mrs. Joan Brodie    (FRISCO, Texas)
Mrs. Virginia Collins    (SUWANEE, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Chenoweth    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Crosby Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Fason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Josephine Datcher    (MEBANE, N.C.)
Mr. Thomas Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Deacon Alonzo Dicks    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. William Scott III    (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)
Mrs. Louise Gardner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores Sutton    (DODGE CITY, Kan.)
Mrs. Joan Brodie    (FRISCO, Texas)
Mr. Jimmy Stavely    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Kerri Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sandy Walker    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Ms. Edith Bartley    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Adams Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Adams Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarah Brantley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Meadows    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Katie Brown    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Daniel Guest Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Bobby Chance    (PERKINS, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Henderson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Collins    (SUWANEE, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Ipsaro    (GASTONIA, N.C.)
Dana Dimsdale    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. William Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Terence Groupman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Wells    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Arkansas Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sandy Walker    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Anthony Hill    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Joe King    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Rebecca Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Verdery Latimore Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Belva Carpenter    (RIVERDALE, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Lowe    (ULMER, S.C.)
Mr. Tommy Lokey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Burton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Osborne    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Ms. Rene Simmons    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Stafford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Linda Merriweather    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Vicente Velez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Mobley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Marshall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Meadows    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Terence Groupman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Jeanette McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Scott III (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)

Mr. Henry Crosby Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Reid Borders (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Adams Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Osborne (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Brodie (FRISCO, Texas)

Mr. Wilbur Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Stavely (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Adams Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Belva Carpenter (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Guest Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Deacon Alonzo Dicks (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Chenoweth (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Ipsaro (GASTONIA, N.C.)

Ms. Rene Simmons (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Vicente Velez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Wells (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Collins (SUWANEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Nichols (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Brantley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Meadows (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cobbs (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Josephine Datcher (MEBANE, N.C.)

Mr. Daniel Burton Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elnora Carter (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joe King (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Collins (SUWANEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elnora Carter (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)

Matthew Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dana Dimsdale (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Vera Valiruso (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Fason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Lowe (ULMER, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Datcher (MEBANE, N.C.)

Mrs. Arkansas Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Guest Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Mobley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Page (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

Ms. Linda Merriweather (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Jeanette McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sandy Walker (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Terence Groupman (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Marshall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Lokey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Henderson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Roslyn Hoston (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Myra Balliet (JAMES ISLAND, S.C.)

Kerri Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Brodie (FRISCO, Texas)

Mr. Verdery Latimore Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Sutton (DODGE CITY, Kan.)

Mr. Sandy Walker (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Meadows (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Stafford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E.W. Reese Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Chance (PERKINS, Ga.)

We have a hero among us
I first heard the name Jimmie Dyess as a 16-year-old cadet at the Academy of Richmond County in the mid-50's. I learned that he was from Augusta, had graduated from ARC and had received the Carnegie Medal and the Congressional Medal of Honor. At such a young age, I was not overly impressed. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Fire that cop
We can't imagine a circumstance that would have warranted the vicious beating of a teen-ager by a Los Angeles police officer, as captured on tape by a tourist's video camera Saturday afternoon.

Murderers should be given death penalty
I'm all for juries giving death to murderers. Lilian A. Brewer, Harlem, Ga.

Ad in 'Chronicle' is irresponsible
An ad in the June 30 Augusta Chronicle reached a new level of irresponsibility and dishonesty. The ad suggested that areas of natural beauty in the Southeast would be despoiled if the government went forward with its plans to ship spent nuclear fuel to the geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev. J. Malvyn (Mal) McKibben, Aiken, S.C.

Scathing report
Criticisms and denials are expected about the special grand jury's scathing report on the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department. The jury mostly focused on the brief-but-infamous tenure of Chief Ronnie Few (1997-2000), but Few's predecessor, Bill Maddox, was also rightly ripped for a lavish sweetheart retirement deal he negotiated.

Maybe it's permanent
"He's going to hit the ground running and has got a head start on what we would have had, frankly, if we'd tried to go out and bring somebody in from outside the community."

Speak up for prayer rights, America
What, in the name of God in heaven is our country coming to? One by one, we are losing the very freedoms this country was founded on. Everyone needs to remember Sept. 11 and all the people who were lost in that cowardly act, along with our military personnel - past, present and future. Patsy A. Brewer, Martinez, Ga.

The right ruling
No doubt it seems unfair to Henry Richardson and his followers that the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that he must either give up his job as a Mount Pleasant policeman or his seat on the Berkeley County Council.

Lists possible factors in Alzheimer's
In the "News you can use" feature entitled "Water Facts" (June 24 Metro), a publication called To your health was quoted as saying "A primary cause of Alzheimer's disease is chronic dehydration." Lora Hydrick, Augusta

Teacher plan works
Last year it was Teach for Georgia. This year it's the Teacher Alternative Preparation Program. Whatever it's called, it seems to be working.

Editorial cartoon offends Georgian
As a born and bred Georgian who is proud of his Southern heritage and proud of its symbols, I take complete offense at the "politically correct" cartoon in the July 3 edition of The Chronicle. I very much dislike being represented the way Rick McKee did it in that cartoon. Walker B. McWee, Augusta

Correction
Due to an editing error, a letter in the July 4 editions of The Augusta Chronicle named Richard Taylor as the father of two juveniles who were given alcohol by another adult. Mr. Taylor is not the father of the children.

'Big Brother' probes medical office
This letter is regarding the June 21 article, "Agency probes medical office." Am I missing something here? I didn't see an "M.D." after any of these overzealous witch-hunters' names. Rev. Dr. M. Allen Flowers, Augusta

Complains Richmond pesticide sprayer truck imperils health
I am writing because of my dismay at what's happening at our homes. A Richmond County truck drove by my home June 25, spraying something into the air. There was no prior warning and the sprayer truck just came by again tonight. Theodora Larson, Augusta

Arrogance alienates Ellenton defender
Before this back and forth discussion about Ellenton takes a rear seat to something more riveting, I would like to make the following suggestion to letter writer Harry Myers. It is obvious he has some sort of "ax to grind" with the Department of Energy or Savannah River Site or someone, but he should really use some of that immense brain power he claims to possess to be a little more sensitive to the people he has recently painted with a very broad brush. Andy Lowe, New Ellenton, S.C.

GOP-led Senate is more effective
Come election time, conservative Americans - both Republicans and Democrats (there are a few) - must give the U.S. Senate back to the Republicans. John B. Cheatham, Augusta

Validating Pledge may be empty victory
Judge Alfred Goodwin's Ninth Circuit Appellate decision declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because of the phrase "under God" will not survive Supreme Court review. Charles P. Heywood, Martinez, Ga.

Reasons to be optimistic about market
There are a number of valid reasons why the U.S. economy will probably demonstrate an upturn in the second half of this year and relegate to limbo the mild recession we are now undergoing. Bob Gordy, Louisville, Ga.

ACLU's objection of seal is evil
The American Civil Liberties Union seems to attack everything decent in our society and consistently supports evil. I'm writing about the concept of right and wrong. Patricia Waldun, Hephzibah, Ga.

Overtime

Armstrong returns to site of Verdun victory for Tour's third stage

Overtime

Woods wins three ESPYs; Bonds, Venus Williams take two

Tennis center getting a new look for big event

Armstrong's team finishes second in Tour time trial as top rival stalls

Rule change opposed

Games open doors

Armstrong's team finishes second in Tour time trial as top rival stalls
CHATEAU-THIERRY, France -- The Spaniards sped to victory and a blown tire stalled the rival Danes, ensuring a second-place finish Wednesday for Lance Armstrong's team in a Tour de France time trial.

Armstrong returns to site of Verdun victory for Tour's third stage
REIMS, France -- Lance Armstrong returned to the site of his first Tour de France success Tuesday, content this time to ride easy through the heart of champagne country and a hub of American sentiment.

Woods wins three ESPYs; Bonds, Venus Williams take two
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods dominated the 10th annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, winning three trophies and giving him a career-best total of 14.

Overtime
Al Unser Jr. was arrested Tuesday on charges he hit a woman in the face before leaving her on the side of a highway in the middle of the night.

Overtime
Unable to overcome poor attendance and bad scheduling in North Florida, the Senior PGA Tour announced Wednesday it is moving one of its signature events, the Legends of Golf, to Savannah, Ga.

Panthers lock up fifth-round draft pick Johnson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fullback Kyle Johnson, the fifth-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers, signed a three-year contract Wednesday for $1.025 million.

Offensive line coach faces tough decisions
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Pete Mangurian is about to enter his least favorite time of year.

Augusta National has right to keep all-male policy

How do you beat the best?

Rule change opposed
It seems simple enough. A 14-2 record should guarantee the Augusta Stallions a home playoff berth.

Record for wins in reach
Despite a disappointing 54-29 loss to Florida on Friday, the Augusta Stallions still are on track for the best season in franchise history.

New gadgets get critical eyes of IT execs
Deep in the heart of America's corporations, where information technology departments keep the computers running, personal technology products are being viewed with a skeptical eye.

Team studies tortoise habits
NEW ELLENTON - Erin Clark, lying on her stomach, reached into an oval burrow half-hidden among pine straw and wiregrass.

Docking stations combine wireless with home phones
NEW YORK - With cell phone companies heaping thousands of "free" off-peak minutes on subscribers, the wireless crowd is beginning to question the wisdom of paying extra to make long-distance calls on regular home phones.

'Freekstyle' perfect for speed nuts
There are two kinds of videogame racing fans.

Lawyers argue SRS' capacity
ABINGDON, Va. - Attorneys for South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges told an appeals court Wednesday that the federal government should have conducted more environmental studies before targeting his state for plutonium storage.

Georgia recruit fails to meet NCAA academic standards
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia recruit Reshard Dudley won't play for the Bulldogs this year after failing to reach minimum NCAA academic requirements.

Georgia recruit fails to meet NCAA academic standards

Konare to transfer to High Point
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina basketball player Issa Konare will transfer to High Point, coach Dave Odom says.

Konare to transfer to High Point

WNBA coaches select All-Star reserves
NEW YORK -- Guard Marie Ferdinand and forward Adrienne Goodson of the Utah Starzz were among five first-time WNBA All-Stars chosen as reserves by league coaches Wednesday.

Beijing newspaper tackles summer problem - topless men

Odds and ends

Hundreds attend "Nobody Night"

Lawyers argue SRS' capacity

Team studies tortoise habits

New gadgets get critical eyes of IT execs

'Freekstyle' perfect for speed nuts