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.

Umpires hire physicists and engineers to examine computer

Text of Hall of Famers' letter to Selig and Fehr

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

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:

Postcards arrive from vacationers in U.S. and abroad

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.

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."

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

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

'Bench Dogs' getting the job done in Atlanta

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.

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

Phillies pound Braves

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.

Braves likely to stand pat

Braves notebook

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
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.

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.

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.

Consumers facing fees for debit card purchases

Cover letters and resumes should be brief, relevant

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

Outflows pour into conservative investments

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.

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

Harley works to attract younger riders

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

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.

Cutoff near for no-call listing

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.

Burma's rape policy

Encouraging words

Pitt's dumb request

Unilateral disarmament

A happy ending

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trevino thinks Sergio is ahead of schedule

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

North Augustan gets first win

Tiger, Jack team up for TV exhibition

Sheehan wins first Buy.com Tour title

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.

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.

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.

GreenJackets edge Tourists

Jackets squelch rally

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.

God's our cure, not a false religion

Randall best bet for Aiken Co. Council

Framers intended to make America a nation under God

Column a must-read for commissioners

Writer knows not of what he speaks

Spanish speakers not all Mexican

In the know

Couple invite viewers into their home

Service dogs lend a paw to those who need it

Daily TV highlights for the week beginning Monday

Austin Powers sets box office record

Senior calendar

TV artifacts are art to collector

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.

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

Political sign law attacked

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.

April's showers

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.

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.

County markets police work

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

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

Around town

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.

Long-debated statue unveiled

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.

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.

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.

Two killed in three-vehicle accident

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Woman offers care to veterans

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.

Subscriber of the day

Lottery vendors compete

News you can use

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.

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.

Correction

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.

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.

Treat in the heat

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.

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.

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

Army probes credit fraud at hospital

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

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.

Incumbents fill school board race

Corrections

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.

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

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 area

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

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

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

Across Georgia

Hartwell arsonists' trail has gone cold

Georgia Southern grows more diverse

Tax law helps teachers

Across the southeast

Around town

Across South Carolina

Peeping Tom faces new charges

Rescue answered local women's prayers

City plans to keep offices downtown

Mall has new owner, meeting reveals

Stores find new ways to combat shoplifting

Across Georgia

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

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.

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.

Michael Schumacher ties season victory record

Driver killed after car slams into wall during race

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.

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.

Scheckter wins first race at Michigan Indy 400

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.

Elliott sets Pocono record with victory

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.

Rain, wreck delays Elliott's victory lap

Russell races to Top Fuel victory

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.

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.

Duckett's family describes fight

Sparks lock up a berth

James taking precautions after heat hits Panthers practice

Walls thankful to be back with Panthers

Falcons stop contract talks as they investigate RB's injuries

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

Mrs. Edna Bryant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bob Peebles (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Wilson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Fulton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Horace Harris (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Hadden Sr. (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Maggie Smith (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Benton (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Odie Fail (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Burnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Gentry (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maggie Smith (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Anthony (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Morton (GUYTON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Vinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Evelyn McJunkin (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Howes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Cleause Bowdre (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Heath (SARDIS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Vinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Clarke (CONCORD, N.C.)

Mrs. Beatrice Kaplan (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Geraldine Connally (MITCHELL, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Howes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Munger (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. John Greer (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jennie Rodgers (WARD, S.C.)

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Stallions will play at Macon

Tour de Force: Armstrong wins fourth straight Tour de France

Armstrong within reach of Tour de France record

Agassi defies age, competition to keep winning

Overtime

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vicious fish considered a delicacy in Singapore

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

My pad

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

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

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

Singer defies teen-pop stereotype

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.

My ride

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

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.

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

Your style

Girl should stay out of friend's situation

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

Band does poor job of ripping off Tool

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

Freshmen often targets of upperclassmen pranks

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Trading hogs for tuition

Prostitution customers get unwanted TV time

Odds and ends

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

Drought creates toxic hay

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