Ozzie Smith's baseball journey ends at Hall of Fame

Text of Hall of Famers' letter to Selig and Fehr
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Text of the letter released Monday from 40 Hall of Famers and to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr:

Umpires hire physicists and engineers to examine computer
COCOA, Fla. -- Upset that baseball is using a new computer system to track ball-and-strike calls, the sport's umpires have hired physicists and engineers to examine its accuracy.

Ozzie Smith's baseball journey ends at Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Go crazy, folks! The Wizard is in the Hall of Fame.

Text of Hall of Famers' letter to Selig and Fehr

Umpires hire physicists and engineers to examine computer

Postcards arrive from vacationers in U.S. and abroad

Prostitution customers get unwanted TV time
DENVER -- There are 11 men who probably never wanted to get their 15 minutes of fame this way. They were the first guests on "John's TV."

Trading hogs for tuition
ST. CHARLES, MO. -- With hogs bringing 40 cents a pound on a good day, Gina Kientzy fretted that her family's farm income would slump so much that she couldn't afford to continue college.

Odds and ends
FRESNO, Calif. -- The women were beautiful. The administration of the pageant was not.

Braves notebook

Braves likely to stand pat
ATLANTA - Forget what the calendar says. John Schuerholz doesn't have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to the approaching trade deadline.

'Bench Dogs' getting the job done in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- They call themselves the "Bench Dogs," a fitting testament to their journeyman heritage.

Braves likely to stand pat

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - One day after leaving the game with dizzy spells, Andruw Jones suffered a close call in the first inning of Sunday's contest courtesy of Philadelphia pitcher Vicente Padilla.

'Bench Dogs' getting the job done in Atlanta

Phillies pound Braves

Phillies pound Braves
ATLANTA - Gary Sheffield wasn't too disappointed over seeing his Atlanta record for reaching base in consecutive games end at 52.

Consumers facing fees for debit card purchases
NEW YORK -- It's getting more expensive to use a debit card these days.

Cutoff near for no-call listing

Outflows pour into conservative investments
NEW YORK - Stock funds suffered huge redemptions as the market tumbled over the past nine weeks, but there was a positive side to the selling: Investors weren't abandoning mutual funds entirely - they were reallocating assets, making for more diverse portfolios.

Treasury secretary says economy is fundamentally sound
WASHINGTON -- Touting an improved economy, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill is pushing Congress to pass President Bush's economic agenda to counter the stock market's troubles and business scandals that have shaken consumer confidence.

Vote on CSRA group delayed
The Augusta Commission's Finance Committee voted Monday to delay a decision on whether to join the CSRA Unified Development Authority.

Cutoff near for no-call listing
Brigitte Brueckner calls it the best $5 she has ever spent.

Harley works to attract younger riders
MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson is in an enviable position for a U.S. company - it has a brand and reputation known throughout the world and orders for its motorcycles well into 2004. Its stock price is holding up even as the overall market plunges.

Business briefs
AIKEN - The holding company for Aiken-based Security Federal Bank announced a 33 percent increase in first quarter earnings.

Manufacturing spurs recovery in South

Outflows pour into conservative investments

Cover letters and resumes should be brief, relevant

Consumers facing fees for debit card purchases

Cover letters and resumes should be brief, relevant
"I've lived a clean life with no legal problems. My wardrobe is stylish without being ostentatious. While other people have skeletons in their closets, mine are empty."

Manufacturing spurs recovery in South
ATLANTA - As the economy recovers from recession, diversified states such as Georgia, Florida and Texas will lag behind states such as South Carolina and Alabama, according to an analysis released Monday by the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University.

Harley works to attract younger riders

A new coach ushers in UF-FSU detente

A new coach ushers in UF-FSU detente
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bobby Bowden cringed and tried, in his own grandfatherly way, to act upset at the photographer's request.

A happy ending

Unilateral disarmament

Encouraging words

Burma's rape policy

Pitt's dumb request

TV artifacts are art to collector
LOS ANGELES - James Comisar is whistling a happy tune as he scrounges through a rack of clothing. From the thousands of items in his TV memorabilia collection, Mr. Comisar plucks out sheriff's costumes used in The Andy Griffith Show as he evokes a few bars of the show's theme song.

Bernie Mac says he's OK airing opposite Wayans
PASADENA, Calif. - Bernie Mac said he can live with Fox's decision to set up a showdown between his sitcom and ABC's My Wife and Kids, two of the few TV series starring blacks.

Couple invite viewers into their home
LOS ANGELES - What good is sitting alone in your room ... if no one is there to watch?

Austin Powers sets box office record
LOS ANGELES -- The new Austin Powers epic had a smashing debut, baby, raking in $71.5 million to set an opening record for a comedy.

Daily TV highlights for the week beginning Monday
In "The Rerun Show" (debuting 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, NBC), comics re-enact scenes from classic sitcoms such as "Different Strokes," "Facts of Life" and "Maude."

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.

In the know
The annual Georgia Literary Festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sparta, Ga.

Service dogs lend a paw to those who need it
Bear Murphree is in the service. It's kind of a secret service, because not many understand what he does. His uniform is a red vest, and when he wears it, he's all business.

GreenJackets edge Tourists
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Augusta started a rally with two outs in the eighth inning that ended with a tiebreaking RBI single by Kris Coffey, giving the GreenJackets a 4-3 win over Asheville at McCormick Field on Monday night.

Jackets squelch rally
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Augusta GreenJackets broke out of their batting slump with a 12-10 win against the Asheville Tourists Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field.

Sheehan wins first Buy.com Tour title

Trevino thinks Sergio is ahead of schedule

North Augustan gets first win
THOMSON - Lance Jones checked his scorecard five times to make sure it was correct. He even had a friend look it over before turning it into Camellia Classic officials.

Dier hangs on to win Dutch Open by a single stroke

Park wins LPGA Big Apple Classic in playoff with Han

Sugai wins by two; Watson finishes 14th
NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland -- Japan's Noboru Sugai shot a 3-over-par 74 Sunday and held off Canadian John Irwin for a two-shot victory in the Senior British Open.

Trevino thinks Sergio is ahead of schedule
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Sergio Garcia has come as close as anyone to creating a rivalry with Tiger Woods. Not bad, considering Garcia has won only three times on the PGA Tour and perhaps his most memorable victory didn't even count.

Beljan birdies 20th hole for U.S. Junior victory
DULUTH, Ga. -- Charlie Beljan birdied the second playoff hole to beat Zac Reynolds in the final of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club on Sunday.

Park wins LPGA Big Apple Classic in playoff with Han
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Gloria Park made a 6-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat Hee-Won Han and win the LPGA Big Apple Classic.

Tiger, Jack team up for TV exhibition

Sheehan wins first Buy.com Tour title
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Patrick Sheehan won his first Buy.com Tour title Sunday, closing with an even-par 72 for a wire-to-wire victory in the Price Cutter Charity Championship.

North Augustan gets first win

Hayes wins John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- J.P. Hayes won his second PGA Tour title Sunday, closing with a 4-under-par 67 for a four-stroke victory over Robert Gamez in the John Deere Classic.

Sugai wins by two; Watson finishes 14th

Dier hangs on to win Dutch Open by a single stroke
HILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Germany's Tobias Dier shot a 1-under-par 69 Sunday and held on for a one-stroke victory in the Dutch Open.

Tiger, Jack team up for TV exhibition
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus will share the stage Monday night as partners in the "Battle at Bighorn." Unlike the first time they met, Woods will be more than just a warmup act.

Gilder gets second straight playoff win
CONCORD, Mass. -- Bob Gilder scored his second straight playoff victory on the senior tour Sunday, beating John Mahaffey on the third extra hole in the FleetBoston Classic.

Jackets squelch rally

GreenJackets edge Tourists

Harlem takes to the hitting under moonlight
Harlem football coach Jimmie Lewis would never hold practice on a Sunday. Never had, he said, never will.

Postcards arrive from vacationers in U.S. and abroad
I'm on vacation this week, and so are a lot of you. I have your cards to show for it.

Two killed in three-vehicle accident
Police say alcohol is suspected to be a factor in a three-vehicle wreck this afternoon that killed two women and forced the shutdown of portions of Dean's Bridge Road at Gordon Highway.

Man dies in North Augusta house fire
NORTH AUGUSTA - A North Augusta man died this morning when fire spread through his home on Wren Road, the second fire death in Aiken County in three days.

Randall best bet for Aiken Co. Council

Column a must-read for commissioners

God's our cure, not a false religion

Writer knows not of what he speaks

Framers intended to make America a nation under God

Spanish speakers not all Mexican

Service dogs lend a paw to those who need it

Daily TV highlights for the week beginning Monday

Senior calendar

In the know

TV artifacts are art to collector

Austin Powers sets box office record

Couple invite viewers into their home

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

Long-debated statue unveiled

Army probes credit fraud at hospital
Army officials are investigating the purchase of $100,000 in computers, stereos and electronic equipment acquired with government credit cards through Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, according to a government report.

New panel will study grand jury report
Hoping to avoid hours of argument, Augusta commissioners decided Monday to send a special grand jury report on the city's fire department to a new subcommittee of elected and appointed officials.

Stores find new ways to combat shoplifting

Around town

Across the area

News you can use
JULY 30, 1934 Despite the fact that statistics from the United States weather bureau indicate that Augusta was a hot spot during the past week, the records of the Augusta Fire Department show there was very little fire.

County markets police work

Political sign law attacked
A Columbia County ordinance that regulates political signs is being called unconstitutional by an organization that focuses on First Amendment rights.

Correction
The name of a transmission shop whose owner was threatened was incorrectly reported in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. The business, Mark Cheeseborough's Transmission Inc., is at 1205 Telfair St.

Incumbents fill school board race
The five open seats on the Richmond County school board could be filled with some familiar faces.

Rescue answered local women's prayers

Peeping Tom faces new charges
Authorities say a Columbia County man who served time for peeping at women underneath stalls in public restrooms has gone back to his old habits.

City plans to keep offices downtown

Treat in the heat
Ten-year-old Meshayla Nesbitt, of Aiken, finds a tasty way to beat the summer heat with a frozen treat. She was attending the Summer Fun Day Camp at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken on Monday, when the temperature reached 100 degrees.

Georgia Southern grows more diverse

Mall has new owner, meeting reveals
After an hour of debating its role in revitalizing the defunct Regency Mall, the Augusta Commission asked to hear from the owner.

Correction

Rescue answered local women's prayers
Clutching a metal figure of Jesus that her grandfather carried 60 years ago in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, Janis Smith of Grovetown smiled Monday, knowing that her prayers for her cousin had been answered.

Woman offers care to veterans

Stores find new ways to combat shoplifting
Roger Guerrero, the asset team leader at Target, has to think like a shoplifter in order to catch one.

News you can use
July 29, 1960 North Augusta firemen early Thursday morning were able to prevent fire from spreading through an apartment house off Carolina Springs Road.

City plans to keep offices downtown
A proposed city complex for Augusta's public works, engineering and utility departments will almost certainly be somewhere in south Augusta. But city officials are hammering out a plan that would protect downtown's existing government jobs.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Six South Carolina death row inmates have asked the state Supreme Court to establish rules for determining whether a defendant facing the death penalty is mentally retarded.

Across Georgia
CUMMING - A 2-year-old girl was killed when a minivan rolled backward and pinned her against a tree.

Corrections

Across the area
Aaron LeBlanc was returned to North Carolina on Monday to face a rape charge.

Mall has new owner, meeting reveals

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

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Irene Shorter of Augusta.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Pam Lasecki of Evans.

Across Georgia

Tax law helps teachers
Some children don't bring pencils on the first day of school. Some parents buy a spiral notebook thinking it's a composition book.

April's showers

Corrections
A story in The Augusta Chronicle's Religion section July 20 incorrectly stated the cause of a knee injury to Christian wrestler Joey Lynn. The story should have said Mr. Lynn injured his knee in a motorcycle accident.

News you can use

Two killed in three-vehicle accident

Tax law helps teachers

Lottery vendors compete
ATLANTA - Tom Little has better than a 1-in-5 chance of winning the lottery next year. But he's leaving nothing to chance.

Lottery vendors compete

Army probes credit fraud at hospital

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - State officials say more than 2,400 South Carolina teachers would not meet teacher quality requirements under a new federal law.

Around town

Across the southeast

Songwriter dies in fire at home
A Clearwater man who co-wrote the lyrics to the chart-topping 1963 song Easier Said Than Done died Sunday after fire spread through his Aiken County home.

Hartwell arsonists' trail has gone cold

Long-debated statue unveiled
SAVANNAH, Ga. - On the cobblestone riverfront where the first slaves arrived in Georgia, Savannah unveiled a bronze and granite monument to black Americans on Saturday after a decade of delays and debate.

Woman offers care to veterans
Lee Ellen Carroll said she realized in 1983 that she didn't have enough room at her Trailer Street home to care for more mentally disabled veterans.

April's showers
Instead of filling a wading pool, April Williams, 2, takes aim at her mother, Evelyn Tolbert, who tries to keep baby Rashad dry.

Across Georgia
MADISON -Two teenagers from Eatonton were killed when their Honda Accord was hit head-on by a pickup going the wrong way on Interstate 20, according to police.

Across the southeast
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A ban on video poker machines is expected to be in place before the end of the year, and law-enforcement officials say they'll be pleased.

Across the area
Sheriff's deputies have charged a 19-year-old man with attempting to molest a 10-year-old girl.

Georgians push for racial-profiling laws
Black leaders in Georgia say the climate could be right in 2003 to push racial-profiling legislation through the General Assembly.

Peeping Tom faces new charges

Georgians push for racial-profiling laws

Treat in the heat

Georgia Southern grows more diverse
STATESBORO, Ga. - Not very long ago, Georgia Southern University was a tiny college criticized for playing host to an annual golf tournament at a private all-white club. But attention has turned away from divisiveness and focused on diversity at Georgia Southern.

Across Georgia

Hartwell arsonists' trail has gone cold
HARTWELL, Ga. - They crept in under cover of darkness, armed with arsonists' tools and a plan to torch a large part of two neighborhoods.

Incumbents fill school board race

News you can use

County markets police work
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is looking for a few good men and women, and it's taking a few pages from the county's Development Authority to help in the search.

Political sign law attacked

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina

Driver killed after car slams into wall during race
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- A veteran driver was killed when his car slammed into a wall of tires during a road race Sunday.

Scheckter wins first race at Michigan Indy 400

Michael Schumacher ties season victory record

Driver killed after car slams into wall during race

Elliott sets Pocono record with victory
LONG POND, Pa. -- Bill Elliott stalked Sterling Marlin throughout the race, finally passed him with 21 laps remaining Sunday and took the crash- and rain-delayed Pennsylvania 500 to set a record with his fifth career victory at Pocono Raceway.

Rain, wreck delays Elliott's victory lap

Russell races to Top Fuel victory
KENT, Wash. -- Darrell Russell earned his second straight Top Fuel victory Monday at the NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Rain, wreck delays Elliott's victory lap
LONG POND, Pa. - Bill Elliott, at 46 the oldest regular on the Winston Cup circuit, won a shortened Pennsylvania 500 finishing a comfortable 1.271 seconds ahead of second place Kurt Busch.

Michael Schumacher ties season victory record
HOCKENHEIM, Germany -- Michael Schumacher followed up his record-tying fifth Formula One championship by winning the German Grand Prix on Sunday to equal another milestone.

Elliott sets Pocono record with victory

Scheckter wins first race at Michigan Indy 400
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Rookie Tomas Scheckter won his first Indy Racing League race on Sunday in the inaugural Michigan Indy 400.

Russell races to Top Fuel victory

Judge dismisses all but one charge against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- NBA All-Star Allen Iverson was cleared of all but a misdemeanor Monday at a hearing into charges he stormed into his cousin's apartment with a gun and threatened two men while looking for his wife.

Falcons stop contract talks as they investigate RB's injuries

Sparks lock up a berth

Duckett's family describes fight

Walls thankful to be back with Panthers

James taking precautions after heat hits Panthers practice

Mr. Charles Bennett Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Bledsoe    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Faughnan Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Vinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Emmett Watkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Maggie Smith    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Lewis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Julia DuBose    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Beatrice Kaplan    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)
Mrs. Barbara Stribling    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Merriweather    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte Wilson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. James Lewis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Bryant    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Howes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bob Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Heath    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mrs. Odie Fail    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Jerry Whitaker Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Benton    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geraldine Connally    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
Mr. Cleause Bowdre    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Nora Munger    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Smith    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Horace Harris    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Rose Morton    (GUYTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Fulton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jennie Rodgers    (WARD, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Frank    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Vinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Howes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Whitaker Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Ellie Hair    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Leonard Anthony    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bob Peebles (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Gentry (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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Mr. Cleause Bowdre (APPLING, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ruth Bledsoe (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Faughnan Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Frank (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Merriweather (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Ellie Hair (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

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Mr. Leonard Anthony (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Kaplan (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Bennett Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Smith (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia DuBose (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jerry Whitaker Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Emmett Watkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Lewis (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Shakendra Garnett (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Munger (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Merriweather (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jerry Whitaker Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Harris (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Vinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Smith (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Bryant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Frank (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Lewis (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Model T trapped in a Toyota showroom
I WOKE UP this morning, read the paper and realized that I had become a relic - a dinosaur living amongst mammals. The times have passed me by, for I am an outdated curiosity of an age when people conducted their lives by a certain set of values or moral standards.

Spanish speakers not all Mexican
I must speak out about something that has bothered me for many years. It's Americans' ignorance toward Spanish-speaking people. In the July 16 Chronicle, an ignorant man by the name of Harry Oliphant in his letter "Turn government to 'stone soup,"' stated, "Let the Spanish speakers sink or swim. They swam the Rio Grande." Cheryl Barrantes, Aiken, S.C.

Unilateral disarmament
You're a business owner. You've just landed in a city that is trying to convince you to move your operation there. You get smiles, handshakes, tours - the red carpet treatment.

Writer knows not of what he speaks
Regarding Harry F. Myers' July 13 letter entitled "Ellenton reference misunderstood": I do not know why Mr. Myers has a problem with the former towns of the Savannah River Site, but I have taken offense to his absurd assumptions and ridiculous conclusions regarding these communities. Tonya A. Browder Taylor, Johnston, S.C.

God's our cure, not a false religion
Our backward medical industry has just discovered what Christians knew in the Dark Ages: having more children and breast-feeding are healthier for women. Timothy Fellows Jr., Augusta

Model T trapped in a Toyota showroom
I WOKE UP this morning, read the paper and realized that I had become a relic - a dinosaur living amongst mammals. The times have passed me by, for I am an outdated curiosity of an age when people conducted their lives by a certain set of values or moral standards.

Framers intended to make America a nation under God
Daru Ib-Shamiq's well-written July 8 letter calls for deleting from the Pledge of Allegiance the phrase "under God," which wasn't a part of the pledge until Congress added it in 1954. The writer says the deletion would ensure the government's "neutrality to all beliefs" in "the public realm." Mary S. Snyder, Martinez, Ga.

Column a must-read for commissioners
Every Augusta commissioner should be required to read Leonard Pitts Jr.'s July 23 column, "Seeing through Connerly's colorblind scheme." It is an excellent read. His comments and enlightenment on Ward Connerly's proposal in California are quite to the point, and I agree with him totally. It is impossible to make the world colorblind. Jerry O'Connor, Augusta

A happy ending
The military. Police. Firefighters. Law-enforcement officers. These are the perilous professions from which most heroes are drawn. But not all.

Randall best bet for Aiken Co. Council
I am proud to support Joel Randall in his bid for re-election to the District 6 Aiken County Council seat. Mr. Randall is always accessible and helpful. Roger Boyd, Graniteville, S.C.

Pitt's dumb request
Calls by partisan Democrats and Bush administration nemesis Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for Harvey Pitt to resign as Securities and Exchange Commission chairman seemed ridiculous to us.

Burma's rape policy
With her usual optimistic defiance of Burma's military-run government, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi told supporters last week that only the people have the right to decide the nation's fate.

Encouraging words
"The harm done by some priests and religious to the young and vulnerable fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame. But think of the vast majority of dedicated priests and religious whose only wish is to serve and do good. Be close to them and support them."

Armstrong within reach of Tour de France record

Overtime

Tour de Force: Armstrong wins fourth straight Tour de France

Agassi defies age, competition to keep winning

Stallions will play at Macon

Are minorities and women overlooked for Georgia sports hall?

Overtime

Overtime
The Aiken Fire fell 1-0 to the Rochester (N.Y.) Junior Rhinos in the title game of the under-15 2002 Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer Championships in Germantown, Md., on Sunday.

Agassi defies age, competition to keep winning
LOS ANGELES -- When he was 17, Andre Agassi only worried about what he was going to do Friday or Saturday night. No way did he think he'd still be a top tennis player at 32.

WUSA announces first All-Star game
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Women's United Soccer Association announced Monday it will hold its inaugural All-Star game Sept. 21 in Portland.

Tour de Force: Armstrong wins fourth straight Tour de France
PARIS -- Voila! Just like that, Lance Armstrong is Tour de France champion for a fourth straight time.

Are minorities and women overlooked for Georgia sports hall?
MACON, Ga. -- Black athletes and women are consistently snubbed for honors at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in favor of white football players from major colleges, some activists say.

Overtime
Grant Guthrie, a rising senior at Lakeside, has been offered a grant-in-aid to play soccer at the University of South Carolina.

Armstrong within reach of Tour de France record
PARIS -- Five Tour de France titles? Heck, Lance Armstrong wants to keep going until he gets record-breaking No. 6.

Vicious fish considered a delicacy in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Fish breeder Koh Boon Haw has some advice for Americans trying to eradicate the predatory snake-head fish: Simply cook them up with green apples and ginger, sit down and enjoy.

Vicious fish considered a delicacy in Singapore

Walls thankful to be back with Panthers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wesley Walls walks with a thick ice pack wrapped around his left knee, evidence of how precious his playing days are. After two major knee injuries, Carolina's veteran tight end knows another one might mark the end of his career.

James taking precautions after heat hits Panthers practice
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The first time Jeno James stepped on the scale, the massive right guard for Carolina weighed 316 lbs. Two practices later, he was down to 304 and feeling rather ill.

Duckett's family describes fight
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Former Michigan State running back T.J. Duckett was fighting for his life when he was attacked by three Ionia-area men, members of his family said.

Jackson ready to be the go-to guy in Atlanta
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Willie Jackson is a late bloomer. The Atlanta Falcons hope the best is yet to come.

Falcons stop contract talks as they investigate RB's injuries
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Concerned T.J. Duckett might have been seriously injured in a fight last week, the Atlanta Falcons declared an impasse Monday in contract negotiations with their first-round draft pick.

Stallions will play at Macon
Stuart Brown wasn't concerned with the outcome of the Macon-Tennessee Valley game Saturday night.

Drought creates toxic hay
BILLINGS, Mont. -- As drought deepens around the country, farmers in Montana hoping to salvage damaged grain fields for hay are being warned to be careful.

New on the club scene: hard disk DJs "spinning" MP3s
NEW YORK -- Friday nights at Brooklyn's BQE bar appear like most others.

Sparks lock up a berth
LOS ANGELES - Mwadi Mabika scored 14 of her 22 points in the first 14 minutes as the Los Angeles Sparks clinched a playoff berth with an 80-62 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday.

Girl should stay out of friend's situation

Singer defies teen-pop stereotype
When you're sick of listening to overplayed hits from Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, get Let's Go, the first release from a talented newcomer, 17-year-old Avril Lavigne.

Girl should stay out of friend's situation
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a friend who has a boyfriend, and while he's been out of town, she's found another boyfriend. She doesn't think she's doing the first one wrong. She's pulled me into this mess, and now I don't know what to do. Should I help her or tell her that's her problem and leave it alone? - 14-year-old Augusta girl

My ride

Xtreme calendar
Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta.

Xtreme calendar

My ride
THE FACTS: Keith Hamilton, 16, a rising junior at North Augusta High School.

Your style

My pad
THE FACTS: Kim Rhoden, 17, a rising junior at Midland Valley High School.

My pad

Band does poor job of ripping off Tool
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Tool should be floating somewhere around Cloud 9, because a group of podunk mental delinquents has taken their style and tried to profit from it.

Singer defies teen-pop stereotype

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:

Band does poor job of ripping off Tool

Freshmen often targets of upperclassmen pranks
Consider this your warning: there is no pool on the roof of your high school, no matter what that helpful upperclassman tells you.

Question of the week

Question of the week
Q: How much do you know about the stock market and how it affects you economically?

Your style
THE FACTS: Nicki Gray, 16, a rising junior at Greenbrier High School.

Freshmen often targets of upperclassmen pranks

Odds and ends

Prostitution customers get unwanted TV time

Trading hogs for tuition

New on the club scene: hard disk DJs "spinning" MP3s

Drought creates toxic hay