Union still considering options, denies setting strike date

Fenway opens for fans to honor Williams

Union still considering options, denies setting strike date
NEW YORK -- Baseball players are still at least 10 days away from considering possible strike dates.

Fenway opens for fans to honor Williams
BOSTON -- Fans filed into Fenway Park early Monday for the start of a daylong tribute to Hall of Famer Ted Williams.

Man sues club over wheelchair access for lap dances
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A quadriplegic has sued a strip club, charging that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because the lap dance room does not have wheelchair access.

'Moon River' signs stolen in Savannah
SAVANNAH - It took only a week this time for the Moon River signs to disappear.

Odds and ends
ADDISON, Vt. -- Carl Root wishes he'd kept his mouth shut.

Marlins snap six-game streak
MIAMI - For two months, the Braves have relied on their pitchers to shut down the opposition and counted on their hitters to produce just enough offense to win.

Braves close door on Phils
PHILADELPHIA - Everyone who saw Atlanta's Kevin Millwood pitch three years ago expected him to flirt with the Cy Young Award for the next decade.

Braves notebook
MIAMI - A Sept. 16 strike date?

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - The importance of Atlanta Braves leadoff man Rafael Furcal to the lineup can't be understated.

Braves close door on Phils

Marlins snap six-game streak

Troubled companies turn to retirees to help lead
DETROIT -- When Kmart Corp. started searching for new leadership after it filed for bankruptcy protection, it looked at turnaround experts, financial gurus - and its retired executive pool.

Troubled companies turn to retirees to help lead

More schooling translates into higher lifetime earnings

BellSouth shares sink on poor profits

Borrowers beware: The perils of debt consolidation loans
NEW YORK -- The pitch on late-night TV or in mail solicitations is appealing: Consolidate your credit card debt! Slash your monthly payments! Reduce interest rates! One easy monthly payment!

Business briefs
The Walgreens drugstore at 3204 Peach Orchard Road in Augusta will have its grand opening Aug. 11. The store will be the company's third since it reentered the Augusta market last year after a decade-long hiatus.

South Carolina expected to lose tax-free shoppers

Law offers relief from solicitations
South Carolina residents could see fewer telemarketing calls and mail solicitations thanks to a little-known privacy law that kicked in this spring.

Borrowers beware: The perils of debt consolidation loans

More schooling translates into higher lifetime earnings
WASHINGTON -- If you are a high school student thinking about college, consider this: Someone with a bachelor's degree earns nearly $1 million more over his or her lifetime than a high school graduate.

Don't list other people's credentials on your resume
"QUALIFICATIONS: My former and current husbands are Ph.D.s, and my sister is a CPA."

Nothing wrong with your checkbook that black-ink magic can't fix
WASHINGTON -- Harriet Homeowner's personal finances are a mess and she wants that swanky new car. Out of luck? Not necessarily. She could always try some corporate sleight of hand.

Where's the best place to put money I'm saving for a house?
Where's the best place to put money I'm saving for a house?

BellSouth shares sink on poor profits
ATLANTA - Shares of BellSouth Corp. skidded to a four-year low Monday after the regional phone provider posted disappointing second-quarter earnings and said it sees no relief for the struggling telecommunications sector.

Nothing wrong with your checkbook that black-ink magic can't fix

South Carolina expected to lose tax-free shoppers
COLUMBIA - South Carolina retailers along the state's borders will see fewer purchases during the sales tax holiday this year because North Carolina and Georgia are holding a similar break the same weekend, analysts say.

Business briefs

Don't list other people's credentials on your resume

Law offers relief from solicitations

Where's the best place to put money I'm saving for a house?

Florida State the choice to win ACC title again
PINEHURST, N.C. - They say it convincingly, providing compelling evidence that Florida State's dominance of the Atlantic Coast Conference is done.

A grave problem

Financial anthrax

Oust the bully

A dirty joke

Not to worry

ABC's improvement will be slow, cautious executives say
PASADENA, Calif. -- ABC is working aggressively to improve its ratings performance in the new television season but network executives stopped short of predicting a dramatic turnaround.

'Sex and the City' returns with a baby aboard
NEW YORK -- Oh, baby! The fabulous four of "Sex and the City" are back, but the click-click of their stiletto heels is being challenged by the pitter-patter of little feet.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
On TV, is summer time a dumber time? It sure seems like it now, midway through another heat wave of reality-stunt-showoff folderol.

Eminem, Missy Elliott, P.O.D. lead MTV Video Music Awards nominees
NEW YORK -- Rappers Eminem and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and the rock band P.O.D. lead the nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards with six each, the cable channel announced Monday.

'Stuart Little 2,' 'Perdition' neck and neck at box office
LOS ANGELES -- A talking mouse and a vengeful mob hitman fought to a virtual tie for the No. 1 film during an unusually slow weekend at theaters.

In the know
From leisure suits to parachute pants, fashion has run through all kinds of trends. We want to know what your favorite - or least favorite - were.

TV Guide's list of 50 worst shows puts 'Springer' at No. 1
NEW YORK -- Worse than "Hee Haw Honeys." More trashy than "Celebrity Boxing." Even more painful than the "XFL."

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Investigators in the Lunch Bunch take turns cooking
Greg Smith spends most of his days tracking down prostitutes, illegal gamblers and alcohol-license abusers as a sergeant with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Groups chasten networks for inadequate diversity
LOS ANGELES -- A coalition of ethnic groups criticized the major television networks for what it called inadequate diversity in programming, and called on advertisers to pressure CBS, which it branded the worst offender.

Coleman and Associates win
Coleman and Associates continued its successful season by winning all four of its games Saturday at Diamond Lakes Park to claim the Georgia Games coed softball championship.

Georgia Games results
Fencing Women's Open Foil: 1. Laura Gettler, Atlanta Fencers, Gold, 2. Shelley McConnell, Atlanta Fencers, Silver, 3. Louise Moore, Augusta, Bronze, 4. Lisa Litteer, Augusta, Bronze

Georgia Games notebook
Cherelle Ferris, of the College Park Ballers, sank three fourth-quarter three-pointers and scored 17 points, leading the Ballers to a 50-45, comeback win over the AYA Stars in the 13-and-under girls basketball finals.

Young at heart
George Gardes, 83, swims the Men's 200-meter freestyle during the Georgia Games Master's Swimming Championships.

Senior fencer places second
Sweat poured off Earl Shapiro's head after his sword fight Sunday.

Results
Here are results from Georgia Games events.

Event's future locals unclear
Representatives from more than 40 sports had a chance to prove who the best amateur athletes in the state of Georgia were during the past two weeks.

Stars shine, fall
The Augusta Youth Athletics (AYA) Stars program experienced both joy and heartbreak in the Georgia Games girls basketball championships, Sunday at Bernie Ward Community Center.

Cleanup hitter falls short in win
After hitting sharp line drives for a double and a single, Ryan Brunner went for broke in his third at-bat Sunday afternoon.

Castillo key in win against RedStixx
All his life, Osmar Castillo has been adjusting to new surroundings, new experiences. He grew up in Venezuela, spent two years of high school in Miami, played junior college baseball in Dodge City, Kan., then became a star shortstop at Kansas State University.

GreenJackets scouting report
Macon Braves at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Tournament foundation terminates WorldCom as title sponsor

Tournament foundation terminates WorldCom as title sponsor
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- WorldCom lost its namesake PGA Tour event Monday, less than a day after the troubled telecommunications company filed for bankruptcy.

Nicklaus course is now open
AIKEN - If you didn't already know the new Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation is a Nicklaus Design golf course, the emblem on the golf cars gives it away.

Another major for Els that was anything but easy
GULLANE, Scotland -- Relief washed over Ernie Els as he cradled the silver claret jug after winning the British Open in a battle that could have ruined him.

One-armed man makes second hole-in-one
CLOVIS, N.M. -- A 74-year-old one-armed man made his second hole-in-one at a New Mexico golf course last week.

Another major for Els that was anything but easy

Golf roundup
VIENNA, Ohio - South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim hit a 7-wood to 4 feet on the 17th hole and made the birdie putt to edge Kelly Robbins by a stroke in the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.

Els, Mother Nature come away big winners
GULLANE, Scotland -- Ernie Els might not be remembered as the guy who stopped Tiger Woods from winning the Grand Slam, even if Woods never gets another chance to win all four majors in the same year.

Golf roundup

Whitaker wins City Amateur tournament

Kennaday uses short game to net victory
AIKEN - Tom Kennaday did not hit many greens in regulation during the final round of the Palmetto Amateur on Sunday.

Nicklaus course is now open

Whitaker wins City Amateur tournament
The way Chip Whitaker was playing, he would have normally breezed to victory Sunday in the Augusta City Amateur golf tournament.

Kennaday uses short game to net victory

One-armed man makes second hole-in-one

Castillo key in win against RedStixx

Cleanup hitter falls short in win

Football season has already started

Football season has already started
Jermaine Dorsey glanced at the cloudy sky, felt the drizzle of raindrops and heard the booming claps of thunder.

Local travelers make their way around the world
Concern about travel safety has not stopped many of our summer vacation correspondents from seeing the world. They've sent back the postcards to prove it.

Deere acquires speculative building
Columbia County's Development Authority made it official today: John Deere will move into the speculative building in Horizon South Industrial Park in November.

Voter registration deadline is today
Today is the last day for Georgia residents to register for the primary election slated for August 20, 2002.

Paper publishes tripe

Young lifts from Clinton playbook

Hits cartoon

Ex-mayor's death a sad story

If you don't vote, don't complain

Contributions by blacks have routinely been ignored

Taekwondo competition sloppily run

In the know

Eminem, Missy Elliott, P.O.D. lead MTV Video Music Awards nominees

'Sex and the City' returns with a baby aboard

Investigators in the Lunch Bunch take turns cooking

Senior calendar

ABC's improvement will be slow, cautious executives say

Groups chasten networks for inadequate diversity

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Stuart Little 2,' 'Perdition' neck and neck at box office

City's reply says little on tough issues

Companies keep names off river dumping signs
Bob Baurle has seen the Savannah River at its best - and worst.

Across Georgia

Across the area
A 23-year-old Augusta man was charged Monday with molesting a 13-year-old girl, despite pleas from the teen that she had consented to the sexual encounter.

County to vote on sale

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

Across the southeast

Father arrested in fatal crash
The father of three boys killed in a head-on car collision faces charges that could result in more that 100 years in prison if he is convicted.

Beef recall signs go up at Krogers
Where's the recalled beef?

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Al Turner of Johnston, S.C.

Across the southeast
MIAMI -The Coast Guard ended the search Sunday for two men who were aboard a plane that crashed off the Bahamas, officials said.

News you can use
JULY 23, 1929 A fight between two boys last night in a vacant field on the 1900 block of Fenwick Street resulted in the death of Clifford Reason, 16, and the jailing of Henry Harvey Hall, 13. According to the police, the boy died as a result of having been hit on the neck with a large stick.

Subscriber of the day

Store vandals kill hundreds of fish
Hundreds of tropical fish were belly-up at Bob's Tropical Fish store in Augusta when the owner went to the business Sunday, and authorities suspect vandals tossed chlorine tablets in the tanks to kill them.

Around town

Correction
A story about the Aiken Fire soccer team in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of team member Eric Baafour.

Beef recall signs go up at Krogers

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. -Four people have been charged with stealing moon rocks and meteorites from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, the FBI said Monday.

News you can use
JULY 22, 1943 The filling of city reservoirs during the last few days has made little progress, Ernest E. Pund, city engineer and commissioner of public works, said yesterday.

Diving into the lesson
Diving into the lesson Meagen McNeely gets some help adjusting her diving equipment from Emerald Sea Dive Center instructor Doug Shannon. Mr. Shannon was providing scuba lessons Monday to girls attending the Tanglewood Girl Scout Camp.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Police found more than they expected when their drug raid in an eastside neighborhood netted 340 bags of heroin and a half kilogram of cocaine in one hotel room.

Day care violated rules, state says
A North Augusta day care accused of leaving a 4-year-old boy at a library last week will be cited by the South Carolina Department of Social Services for violating state regulations, officials said Monday.

Egg-throwers damage neighborhood cars
Neighbors in an upscale south Augusta neighborhood are considering setting up video cameras to catch the vandals who have been egging their cars for several months.

Companies keep names off river dumping signs

DOT looks at new test for bridges
Bridges throughout Georgia will soon undergo required strength tests - the result of a new state law that allows heavier truckloads on state routes.

DOT looks at new test for bridges

Truancy programs explored
LaLita Ashley is searching for the best truancy program she can find for the city of Aiken.

Correction

Diving into the lesson

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is donating $6.5 million to preserve 430 acres for greenspace, recreation and education in the Atlanta area.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -A father whose 2-year-old daughter died when his car struck a tree has been charged with felony driving under the influence and child endangerment.

Peru fire strikes chord
News from a thousand miles away suddenly hit home with Denise Redman in Augusta.

News you can use

NAACP, official criticize findings
The special grand jury's investigation of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few is a biased account of a black leader's progressive actions, an Augusta commissioner told a roomful of local NAACP members Monday night.

At reunion, song is tribute

City's reply says little on tough issues
Augusta officials issued a reserved response Monday to the Richmond County special grand jury's latest interim presentment.

Subscriber of the day

Across the southeast

Correction
In Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a photograph accompanying a story on police officers' second jobs credited the wrong source. The photo of Officer Michael Gilliland was a handout provided to the newspaper.

Store vandals kill hundreds of fish

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

City OKs bin ordinance

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A man died Saturday trying to find a way out of his burning townhouse on Savannah's southside.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Authorities say they have caught the cigarette bandit linked to a rash of smash-and-grab burglaries at Augusta convenience stores.

NAACP, official criticize findings

Subscriber of the day
Tyler Busbee is today's subscriber of the day.

Peru fire strikes chord

At reunion, song is tribute
Descendants of the minister who wrote I'll Overcome Some Day - the basis for the civil rights theme We Shall Overcome - honored him Sunday in Augusta as the Tindley family wrapped up its first reunion in Georgia.

News you can use

Professors write government text
AIKEN - In South Carolina, a lack of knowledge about government might get the book thrown at you.

Across the area

Special deliveries
With her long, black hair and a smile as bright as the headlights on her truck, Saundra Coachman doesn't look like a postcard version of Mrs. Santa Claus.

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Special deliveries

Father arrested in fatal crash

Professors write government text

Day care violated rules, state says

Truancy programs explored

Correction

Egg-throwers damage neighborhood cars

City OKs bin ordinance
AIKEN - The first thing Chris Safley does when she gets home from work on garbage day is take her trash can and recycling bin from the curb to her house.

Across South Carolina

Voter registration deadline is today

County to vote on sale
Columbia County's fishing trip might be coming to an end.

Clemson's Bowden knows exactly what's at stake
PINEHURST, N.C. - Tommy Bowden knows exactly where he stands when the youngest of his 19 nieces and nephews swarm around him at the annual family vacation.

Burton wins despite track conditions

Owner defends speedway against harsh driver criticism

Owner defends speedway against harsh driver criticism
CONCORD, N.H. -- The owner of the New Hampshire International Speedway plans no changes to his course for another race in September despite harsh criticism of drivers, who called Sunday's Winston Cup race unsafe.

Two crew chiefs fined, Jarrett docked points
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR continued its crackdown on infractions Monday, docking points from Dale Jarrett's team and fining his crew chief $20,000 because his car failed post-race inspection.

Burton wins despite track conditions
Ward Burton overcomes poor track conditions in New England 300

Gag order issued in Iverson case

Gag order issued in Iverson case
PHILADELPHIA -- A judge issued a gag order in Allen Iverson's assault case Monday, saying he wanted to "buffer" prosecutors and defense attorneys from intense media coverage.

Falcons sign third round draft pick from Tennessee

Panthers agree to terms on first-round pick Peppers

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Not to worry
"(But) at no time was patient information compromised, and there was no breach of patient confidentiality."

Contributions by blacks have routinely been ignored
Regarding your stand on black judges (July 16, "Wanted: black judges") in South Carolina. I just may sit this one out. Why not compare black representation in South Carolina, specifically, and throughout the country, generally? Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

Hits cartoon
The July 3 cartoon is ridiculous. If Rick McKee does not want to be in Georgia, please give him a job at another of the Morris papers. Very offensive. Do you not realize he is biting the hand that feeds him and The Augusta Chronicle? Bill Quinn, Evans, Ga.

Paper publishes tripe
I guess I must be slow - after all, I am from the country - but James V. Parker's letter of July 18, "Tribe's gesture touches reader," makes little sense to me. If indeed the Masai did send cows - and one wonders how they could have afforded the transportation costs to the United States - that would truly be a loving gesture of monumental proportion. The gift of their precious cows would be a great story, alone. Rodney P. Benefield, Evans, Ga.

Oust the bully
The difference between a bully and a tyrant, it seems, is simply the extent of one's power.

Young lifts from Clinton playbook
I think Augusta Mayor Bob Young is really a Clintonian Democrat at heart. The July 11 Washington Post reported, "The mayor of Augusta, Ga., said yesterday that he gave (Augusta Fire Chief) Ronnie Few a glowing letter of recommendation when he applied to be the District's fire chief two years ago - because Few asked him and because the mayor wanted to get rid of him." Mark Davies, Evans, Ga.

A grave problem
Everyone would like to see Augusta picked as a site for a federal veterans' cemetery. With more than 50,000 retired vets living in the Central Savannah River Area, there is even a case to be made that the Garden City should be a site for a federal cemetery.

Ex-mayor's death a sad story
I was saddened to read of the passing of former Mayor Kim Ledford of North Augusta. Although I never met the gentleman personally, I knew his reputation to be that of an asset to the community; we have all lost a good man. T. Stuart Walker, Augusta

If you don't vote, don't complain
There are tons of reasons why we people, young and old, must become more politically active. It is vital to Augusta that we get out here and vote. Michael Meyers, Augusta

A dirty joke
People like Jimmy Cassandro give civil disobedience a bad name. Cassandro is the general manager of the smut shop on Molly Pond Road near Gordon Highway. He was arrested Friday for opening for business in defiance of an Augusta Commission ruling.

Financial anthrax
Remember the horror, fear and uncertainty created by the anthrax assaults last fall? Well, the current financial anthrax shall pass, too.

Taekwondo competition sloppily run
Here is what I have to say about much of what I saw at the Georgia Games tae kwon do championship. The tournament was unorganized and undisciplined. Discipline and self control are factors that make an athlete not just another athlete. Bryson Johnson, Martinez, Ga.

Armstrong's smooth bid for fourth title takes suspense out of Tour

Results

Tedesco takes top honors

Georgia Games results

Overtime

Senior fencer places second

Event's future locals unclear

Georgia Games notebook

Armstrong closer to title, slams fans for accusing him of doping

Rematch victory suits Forrest fine

Overtime

Tedesco takes top honors
The Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat races came down to a contest between old and new: a single-propeller top fuel hydro boat against a dual-propeller vessel.

Overtime
There was no controversy and little challenge for the American Fed Cup team this time around.

Armstrong closer to title, slams fans for accusing him of doping
MONT VENTOUX, France -- As he closes in on a fourth straight Tour de France title, Lance Armstrong is hearing a familiar but unwelcome chant from fans lining the route.

Armstrong's smooth bid for fourth title takes suspense out of Tour
VAISON-LA-ROMAINE, France -- Lance Armstrong is taking the suspense out of the Tour de France.

Rematch victory suits Forrest fine
INDIANAPOLIS - It was billed as the "Rematch of the Century." But as it turned out, Saturday night's Vernon Forrest-Shane Mosley fight wasn't even the "Rematch of the Night."

Overtime
University of Minnesota golfer Simon Nash has reversed his decision to transfer to Augusta State University and will stay with the school for his senior season.

Fire try to maintain focus despite myriad distractions
AIKEN - There's the trip to Maryland. Then the tour of the White House. Then the Major League Soccer game where they'll be honored. Then the feeding frenzy of college coaches hoping for the next prospect.

Panthers agree to terms on first-round pick Peppers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms Monday with defensive end Julius Peppers, the second overall pick in this year's NFL draft.

Falcons sign third round draft pick from Tennessee
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed the sixth of their eight draft choices on Monday when linebacker Will Overstreet of Tennessee came to terms.

Clemson's Bowden knows exactly what's at stake

Augusta needs help to host playoff game
After Augusta's 65-45 win over Tallahassee on Saturday night, Stallions coach Mike Hold wasn't concerned with the outcome of Macon's game.

Take steps to reduce spam
It's not exactly poisoning village wells, but those who generate the tons of bogus and unwanted e-mail messages known as "spam" ought to suffer some appropriate punishment in the hereafter - perhaps having a demon devoted to stuffing flaming pine cones up their personal inbox.

Researchers find fossil of previously unknown flying reptile
WASHINGTON -- A previously unknown flying reptile that lived in the age of dinosaurs sported a bony crest more than two feet high and may have fed by skimming the surface of a lagoon to snatch fish in its long, sharp beak.

Pollution one possible cause of African famine
A new study says pollution from industrial nations was one of the possible causes of a devastating African famine that left 1.2 million people dead.

Holtz: I love this time of year
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz says the Gamecocks have proven they belong in the Southeastern Conference, the next step is winning the conference title.

Holtz: I love this time of year

13-year-old girl scared to tell boyfriend 'no' about sex
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM Me and my boyfriend have been together for three months, and I love him, and he wants me to have sex with him. I'm not ready, but I'm scared he might break up with me. Do you have any advice? - 13-year-old Augusta girl

Tree they planted together is a reminder of girl's dad
The beginning of the school year will mean the end of a tradition for 17-year-old Carrie Burton.

Life events shake teen's faith, but it remains intact

Tree they planted together is a reminder of girl's dad

Life events shake teen's faith, but it remains intact
It's never been that hard for me to be a Catholic, but four big things have happened in my life that affected my faith in the institution of the Catholic church.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Question of the week
Q. How much preparation have you done for the upcoming school year?

Your style
Deondria Barnes, 16, a rising senior at Glenn Hills High School.

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