Applause calendar
BASTILLE DAY: Celebration of French national holiday noon Sunday, Jensen't Wymberly, 4600 Columbia Road; 860-8778.

Budget revelry
Do you know how to find some cheap thrills? No, not that kind. We're looking for ideas on how to spend a day (or night) on the town for $30 or less. We'll publish the results in the July 19 edition of Applause. Entries are due by 6 p.m. Monday, July 15.

Cowboy Envy ropes rodeo gig
Cowboy Envy, the harmonizing Western music trio from Atlanta, is fast becoming the envy of other Georgia musical groups with performances at national venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Diners can take a bite out of history at The Peppermill

Singer is happy with his career
Seven years ago, Edwin McCain was the anointed Wunderkind of the music industry.

Caitlin Cary promotes solo album in concert

Video watch
JUST OUT: A Walk To Remember, The Royal Tenenbaums, Hart's War, Impostor and No Such Thing

At the movies: 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course'

Event marks Bastille Day
Leone Pispisa celebrates Independence Day twice.

Club calendar

'Timing' satirizes everyday events
If Twilight Zone scribe Rod Serling had written with chuckles rather than chills in mind, the results might have been similar to All In The Timing.

Rock on

At the movies: 'Road to Perdition'
In these mindless, muggy days of summer, when the multiplexes are teeming with talking dogs and teenage do-gooders, the movie you really should see finally has arrived.

Singer is happy with his career

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

Cowboy Envy ropes rodeo gig

Boozy films hit right note
Being lost in the bottle, without a truck or dog or woman to love, has always provided the backbone of country music. The strum and twang of country is fueled by human emotion, usually of the negative varietal.

At the movies: 'Road to Perdition'

Freedom to compete
Although there will be singing and dancing at the Georgia Games Championships opening ceremony, the real stars are the athletes.

Boozy films hit right note

Diners can take a bite out of history at The Peppermill
Evans has an elegant new lunch and dinner spot, The Peppermill, just across the parking lot from Wal-Mart on Washington Road.

Concert calendar

Rock on
Undeterred by the July heat, nearly 4,000 fans descended on the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds Saturday for the Locobazooka Tour. The event features national acts, rising stars and local bands in an afternoon (and evening) of heavy rock.

Budget revelry

Caitlin Cary promotes solo album in concert
As second-in-command of the legendary alt-country act Whiskeytown, Caitlin Cary spent years in the shadow of the band's magnetic front man, Ryan Adams.

Applause calendar

At the movies: 'Reign of Fire'
If dragons decimated our world, leaving ashen ruins and a few pocketfuls of people behind, the survivors might well envy the dead.

Video watch

At the movies: 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course'
You may be wondering, as I did: Does the world really need a feature-length movie about crocodile hunter Steve Irwin? Especially after three installments of Paul Hogan's "Crocodile Dundee" series, each of which was lamer than the last?

'Timing' satirizes everyday events

Concert calendar
EDWIN MCCAIN: Georgia Games Championships opening ceremony, tonight, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.

Event marks Bastille Day

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:

Freedom to compete

Mini reviews

At the movies: 'Reign of Fire'

Williams' daughter makes plea to John Glenn, Presidents Bush

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

Williams' contemporary recalls 'extraordinary man'

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.

Williams' daughter makes plea to John Glenn, Presidents Bush
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' oldest daughter is urging former astronaut John Glenn, President Bush and his father to help stop her half brother from keeping the body of the baseball great in deep freeze.

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.

Indians fire manager Charlie Manuel

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.

Indians fire manager Charlie Manuel
CLEVELAND -- Charlie Manuel wanted to remain manager of the Cleveland Indians so badly that it cost him the job he loved.

Postcards keep on coming in from all corners of the country

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.

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."

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.

Braves top Expos

Braves get fresh start in Montreal

Braves notebook
MONTREAL - Mike Remlinger described his first All-Star experience as "unbelievable," even though he brought back more than just fond memories from the game in Milwaukee.

Braves notebook

Braves get fresh start in Montreal
MONTREAL - On one side of Olympic Stadium, trumpets blared like taxi horns at rush hour. On the other, Youppi, the orange furball mascot, mingled among the paying customers.

Braves top Expos
MONTREAL -- The Atlanta Braves picked up right where they left off.

CSX exec moves closer to top job

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

Comcast, AT&T OK cable deal

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.

University report finds growth in buying power

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.

Factory may see growth

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

CSX exec moves closer to top job
DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. - CSX Transportation President Michael Ward this week was named president of the railroad's parent company, CSX Corp. Inc., setting the stage for his election to the corporation's top job next year and increasing the likelihood that it will move its headquarters to Jacksonville.

St. Louis car dealer to pay for junk faxes

University report finds growth in buying power
ATLANTA - Hispanics, blacks and Asians are gaining in buying power faster than the rest of the nation's population, according to figures released Thursday by the University of Georgia.

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Warm weather brought consumers back into stores and malls in June, helping many of the nation's biggest retailers rebound from a lackluster spring. Discounters and some moderate-priced stores, benefiting from economic uncertainty, outperformed other merchants yet again.

Fire that cop

Scathing report

Civic center mess

Market, correct thyself

Send us your picks
Tell us the places in the Augusta area that deserve to be noticed for their unique contribution to family life. You'll not only be helping out your favorites, you might give the rest of us a few ideas.

Take the NIE current events quiz!
Who would know more about current events on the local, national or international front in your house? Would it be you or your kids? Well here is a fun way to get the debate started. Try taking the Newspaper in Education weekly quiz and see who's the news whiz in your house.

It ain't easy "eating" green
Do the words, 'Not until you eat your vegetables!' sound familiar? This is many a mother's mealtime mantra. Tired of repeating it to deaf ears? Don't give up! We've got some of the reasons behind this fruit and vegetable phobia and some clever (even sneaky) ways to combat it.

Family calendar
Places to go, things to do

From the editor
I have a great dad. Throughout my life he's been a guiding influence, a mentor, a protector - but always my dad. I can't imagine my life without him.

Story time
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" By Laura Joffe Numeroff This is great book for beginner readers, or the young child who likes to be read to.

Enjoy the last days of Summertime!
Believe it or not, we're long past the halfway mark of summer vacation. So don't waste another day. School will be here before you know it.

Taking a temperature can be feverish work
Unfortunately parenthood comes without a manual.

What did you do on your summer vacation?
What did you, or are you going to do, for your summer vacation?

Homemade stepping stones
Garden art is all the rage - but garden art made by your family is down-right special.

The father formula
Ed Rees never had to wonder. "As long as I can remember, the last thing before I fell asleep, my dad - the former marine pilot - would come in my room and kiss my head and tell me he loved me," said the Evans man, now a father of two himself. "I always knew he meant it too."

Real parents, real kids
When our children turned 6 the "allowance issue" became a subject of a lot of discussion. We felt that contributions to household activities should be rewarded but not necessarily with money. We developed a weekly chart of daily responsibilities. At the end of the week, if all responsibilities were done, the child was able to pick their favorite foods for a weekend celebration dinner, pick out a video for the family to see, or choose a board game for the whole family. At the bottom of the daily responsibility list, were extra jobs and opportunities that could earn money. These usually took longer or were little harder and were special jobs, as they did not routinely occur. We found this helped our children learn the value of money and the responsibilities in sharing household activities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia Games lose one event
The 12th annual Georgia Games Championships begin today, but not without the cancellation of one sport and controversy with another.

Competition kicks off tonight
Georgia Games program coordinators were gearing up Thursday for today's opening ceremonies at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center by conducting a dress rehearsal for the event.

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.

Planting happiness

Planting happiness
Sheila and Alan Stahl's yard got a forced makeover when a storm on May 3 downed seven large Bradford pear trees around their McDowell Street home.

Protect plants from sun, disease

Protect plants from sun, disease
Heat makes it hard to work outdoors for long in summer, but there are some chores that need to be done.

Georgia Tech's Smith plans to stick around
Put your hand in a vise and tighten until it hurts. A lot.

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.

Georgia Tech's Smith plans to stick around

Rain postpones game
The Augusta GreenJackets' game at Columbus was rained out Thursday night. The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 5 p.m.

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

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

Teske conquers wind to lead Farr by a shot
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Rachel Teske has grown accustomed to the wind.

Rose takes lead at rainy Loch Lomond
LUSS, Scotland -- Justin Rose got off to a fast start while others dodged the rain Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Scottish Open.

Another bunched-up field at Brown Deer

Mediate says he'll play in British Open after all
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Rocco Mediate said he'll play in the British Open next week, but not because Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus criticized him for saying he'd skip the tournament because he had no chance to win.

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.

Another bunched-up field at Brown Deer
MILWAUKEE -- Bo Van Pelt couldn't have picked a better place or time to lighten up.

Mediate says he'll play in British Open after all

Teske conquers wind to lead Farr by a shot

McCumber's long road back

Legends leaving St. Augustine for Savannah

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.

McCumber's long road back
DEARBORN, Mich. -- For much of the late 1990s, Mark McCumber thought his days as a serious golfer were long gone.

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

Ohio State golfer doesn't use deafness as an excuse

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.

RedStixx blank GreenJackets

Rain postpones game

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.

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

Thrashers sign free agent defenseman

Postcards keep on coming in from all corners of the country
Your vacation postcards are backing up.

Lynx to name new G.M.
The Augusta Lynx will have one more major announcement to make today: the hiring of Derek Bundy as the team's new general manager.

Coliseum authority member dismissed
Augusta Commissioner Lee Beard dismissed Bonnie Ruben as a member of the Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority today, saying the 9-year veteran of the board had served beyond her term.

Arrogance alienates Ellenton defender

Validating Pledge may be empty victory

High-speed chases should carry penalties

'Old hopefuls' have political experience

Editorial cartoon offends Georgian

Smith and Young - good for Georgia

'Big Brother' probes medical office

We should see phrase as court did

We have a hero among us

Few's legacy is killing our future

ACLU's objection of seal is evil

Political pressure needed to stop Corps' mismanagement of lake

Trust our leaders or replace them; don't take to streets

Appreciates op-ed diversity

Speak up for prayer rights, America

Real parents, real kids

You pick the winner

Not many fireworks for July 4 specials

Family calendar

Taking a temperature can be feverish work

Take the NIE current events quiz!

Only one will become a star

Enjoy the last days of Summertime!

Capsules

Story time

In the Know

Send us your picks

The father formula

Health calendar

What did you do on your summer vacation?

Announcement will feature special guest

Announcement will feature special guest
Augusta Lynx coach Jim Burton says he wishes the great Wayne Gretzky could be there today to help him announce the team's affiliation with the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League.

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

Lynx to name new G.M.

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.

Coliseum authority chairman resigns

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

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.

Panel urges water-transfer limit

Collision kills teen, injures seven others

Across Georgia

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.

Maddox defends use of retirement package
Former Augusta Fire Chief Bill Maddox, criticized in the special grand jury report for taking advantage of a generous - "and possibly illegal" - retirement package, took issue with the report Thursday.

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

D.C., Augusta mayor square off
A glowing recommendation of former Fire Chief Ronnie Few - written by Augusta's mayor and submitted to Washington Mayor Anthony Williams two years ago - ended up burning the district office, and officials there say they're steaming mad.

LeBlanc extradition valid, attorney says
A legal fight brewing in Gastonia, N.C., over the question of how rape suspect Aaron LeBlanc was returned to North Carolina from Georgia is pointless, District Attorney Danny Craig said Thursday.

Pet collector is in trouble again

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

Around town

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Hopeful touts agenda in Augusta

Across Georgia
NORCROSS -A Norcross police officer has come out of a medically induced coma after being shot almost two weeks ago.

Correction

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

Fellow senator offers his support to Cleland

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The identity of a woman who body was found in a grass fire near Interstate 77 remained a mystery more than a day after she was found.

Subscriber of the day

Gracewood avoids federal cuts
Staff members who tackled or grabbed unruly clients prompted federal regulators to threaten to cut off funding for Gracewood State School and Hospital, documents show.

Funding supports patient archive

Farmer seeks aid to save herd
There is dry grass where George Rayborn's hay crop is supposed to be.

Maddox defends use of retirement package

Michigan girl says she's pregnant
The 13-year-old girl who police say was kidnapped by a 21-year-old Grovetown man might be pregnant with his child.

Morris announces managing changes at 'The Chronicle'

Correction
Atlanta attorney Stephen Bright is the director of the Southern Center for Human Rights. Morris News Service incorrectly identified the organization in stories on legal defense of indigents in Georgia, which The Augusta Chronicle published June 30 and July 1.

Across the area

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.

Collision kills teen, injures seven others
The 15-year-old driver of a pickup was killed Thursday night and seven others were injured near North Augusta when a Nissan truck carrying five other children, including four in the bed of the truck, collided head-on with a car.

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.

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

Fellow senator offers his support to Cleland
ATLANTA - Georgia's senior senator is hoping for an election-year boost from his widely popular junior colleague in a television ad that starts airing statewide today.

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.

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.

News you can use

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

LeBlanc extradition valid, attorney says

Across the area
Police are giving the owner of about 700 video poker machines a chance to move the games by the close of business today.

Sheriff arrested on drug charges

Hopeful touts agenda in Augusta
Before a group of sign-waving supporters not yet of voting age, U.S. Congressional District 12 hopeful Barbara Dooley made her first campaign stop in Augusta on Thursday.

Across South Carolina

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.

Coliseum authority member dismissed

Police get complaint over use of force

D.C., Augusta mayor square off

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.

Retired deputy dies in single-truck crash

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.

Riding on air

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.

County not filling English slots

Funding supports patient archive
Augusta and Savannah will split $800,000 from the Georgia Cancer Coalition to create what may be the first statewide tumor and tissue bank in the nation, officials said Thursday.

Board endorses mandatory pet microchips

Morris announces managing changes at 'The Chronicle'
Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, announced several promotions and management changes Thursday.

Some blacks call report racial ploy

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Millie Friedman of Aiken.

Opponents of Few find vindication

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

Suspect is held on INS charges

Pet collector is in trouble again
A Belvedere animal collector might wind up in jail after authorities said she tried to get an 83-year-old woman to sneak her a dog from the pound.

Around town

Sheriff arrested on drug charges
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - Suspended Effingham County Sheriff Jay Space has been arrested on charges that he illegally used prescription drugs, and the county's district attorney filed a petition seeking to have him permanently removed from office.

Across the area

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Rivera charged in altercation

Rain will relieve drought

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.

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.

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.

Da Matta drives for five at Cleveland GP
CLEVELAND -- Cristiano da Matta has other passions other than driving race cars at 200 mph. He's a huge fan of rock music, and in his spare time the Brazilian loves to imitate Jimi Hendrix on guitar.

NASCAR notebook

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

Harvick wants to talk about positives

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.

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

Harvick wants to talk about positives
JOLIET, Ill. -- Kevin Harvick is ready to talk about something other than bad behavior and poor performances.

Racing for recruits

Racing facts

Spotlight on Jimmy Spencer

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

Da Matta drives for five at Cleveland GP

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.

Iverson to be charged in gun case
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson will be charged with assault and other offenses for forcing his way into an apartment with a gun and threatening two men while looking for his wife, authorities said Thursday.

Cash, Bird Lead UConn's Fab Four in WNBA

Prosecutors review evidence against Iverson

WNBA coaches select All-Star reserves

Iverson to be charged in gun case

Receiver a no-show for mandatory session

Panthers lock up fifth-round draft pick Johnson

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Mr. Robert Adams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. G.T. Williams    (MOXLEY, Ga.)
Mr. James Westall    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Elnora Carter    (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Crosby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Belva Carpenter    (RIVERDALE, Ga.)
Mrs. Lilly Dixon    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Burton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Brantley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Geneva Johnson (STOCKRIDGE, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Mobley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elnora Carter (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lottie Walker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Westall (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Flowers (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Lanham Sr.; (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Brodie (FRISCO, Texas)

Ms. Rhonda Witt (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Stavely (WADLEY, Ga.)

Ms. Linda Merriweather (NORTH AUGUSTA)

Mrs. Virginia Collins (SUWANEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Williamson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Breon Jackson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Mary Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Joan Brodie (FRISCO, Texas)

Mrs. Ida Sellars (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Meadows (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hankinson (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Deacon Alonzo Dicks (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Rev. Dennis Phillips (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Sarah Brantley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wayne Leon (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Sandy Walker (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Belva Carpenter (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Brantley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. G.T. Williams (MOXLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Meadows (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Kehr Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. OBryant Williams Jr. (AUGUSTA)

Mrs. Elnora Carter (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Waters (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. William Givens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vera Valiruso (THOMSON)

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

Mr. Charles Henderson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Belva Carpenter (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Mr. William Scott III (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)

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

Mrs. Omedia Ruben (WEBSTER, N.C.)

Mrs. Louise Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Stokes (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Lindsey Ward (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Zelena Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Frances Burton (BLAIRSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Marshall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Natalie Hobbs (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Gonder (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vera Valiruso (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lilly Dixon (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Crosby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Henderson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

'Old hopefuls' have political experience
Your July 2 Metro section included an Associated Press report on "young hopefuls," who are entering politics - the type of article which appears every election year. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We should see phrase as court did
If you wish to be properly defiant of the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court on the Pledge of Allegiance, you must say it identically to what the court considered. See following: Gene England, Aiken, S.C.

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.

High-speed chases should carry penalties
I'm asking our lawmakers for a long-needed law. If you involve the police in a high-speed chase, these are the consequences: Steve Kohn, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

Appreciates op-ed diversity
It is reassuring to see the diversity of the op-ed page on the Fourth of July, when the editor allows both sides to have their say. I still have hope for The Chronicle. Dick Donnelly, Evans, 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.

Few's legacy is killing our future
Enough about Ronnie Few and his lying, cheating ways. Let the courts deal with Mr. Few and let the voters deal with the scoundrels who got him the job, then protected him through political cronyism and misplaced loyalties. Have they no shame? Nick Greene, Augusta

'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

Market, correct thyself
President Bush's pleading for more ethical behavior from Wall Street was too late for a country that is disgusted with corporate America's book-cooking shenanigans.

Smith and Young - good for Georgia
I support Mayor Bob Young's re-election and Otis Smith for the District 97 Georgia House seat. Both gentlemen are striving to work with the General Assembly to change laws regarding commerce and trade to allow tax breaks for business, which would enable Georgia to compete with South Carolina for a robust economy (more jobs). Marvin Chisolm, Augusta

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

Political pressure needed to stop Corps' mismanagement of lake
If we managed our checking accounts like the Corps of Engineers is managing the level of Lake Thurmond, we'd be headed for bankruptcy ... Jerry Clontz, Aiken, S.C.

Civic center mess
Let's see if we have this straight: The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority has no management company to run operations. SMG quit in frustration several weeks ago. It also has no on-site manager - the former one, Reggie Williams, has been fired and his temporary replacement has been on sick leave for weeks. Hired as a bookkeeper originally, she may or may not be able to do the job when she returns.

Trust our leaders or replace them; don't take to streets
Of the many interesting opinions expressed in The Chronicle's letter section of late, none failed to surprise me more than Paul and Anne Cook's July 4 comments. Richard A. Hood, Augusta

Competition kicks off tonight

Overtime

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

World Cup star Donovan wants to stay in MLS

Woods wins three ESPYs; Bonds, Venus Williams take two

Overtime

Georgia Games lose one event

Armstrong meets family of Sept. 11 victim

Games open doors

Rule change opposed

World Cup star Donovan wants to stay in MLS
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Landon Donovan's global soccer odyssey convinced him there's no place like home.

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.

Overtime
On a day when two riders were hospitalized after a crash, Lance Armstrong played it safe and remained in third place in the Tour de France.

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.

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.

Armstrong meets family of Sept. 11 victim
ROUEN, France -- Lance Armstrong took time from his quest for a fourth straight Tour de France title to meet with the family of a New York City police officer killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
After months of catching tiny schooling hybrids, anglers will be glad to learn there are bigger fish in Thurmond Lake.

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.

Receiver a no-show for mandatory session
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After Jeff Graham failed to report show for the Atlanta Falcons' mandatory mini-camp Thursday morning, his agent called to tell the team the receiver had a death in the family.

Augusta National has right to keep all-male policy

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

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.

New biotech corn could cut pesticide use
WASHINGTON -- A new type of genetically engineered corn awaiting government approval could significantly reduce use of chemical insecticides if the crop proves as popular with farmers as expected.

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.

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

From the editor

Renovation at stadium continues
ATHENS, Ga. - Work on the $15 million Gate 6 project at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium has fallen about four weeks behind schedule and will not be completed in time for football season.

Renovation at stadium continues

It ain't easy "eating" green

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.

Cash, Bird Lead UConn's Fab Four in WNBA
NEW YORK -- Sue Bird was the WNBA's top pick, but she's No. 2 on the scoring chart among her old college roommates.

Hundreds attend "Nobody Night"

Odds and ends

Beijing newspaper tackles summer problem - topless men

New biotech corn could cut pesticide use

'Freekstyle' perfect for speed nuts

Lawyers argue SRS' capacity

New gadgets get critical eyes of IT execs

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