Ted Williams' oldest daughter sees no room for compromise

There's no cryonics in baseball

There's no cryonics in baseball
Who said there's no cryonics in baseball?

Jackie Robinson's native town struggles to remember him
CAIRO, Ga. -- Jackie Robinson wasn't even 2 years old when his mother packed her five children on a midnight train from Georgia bound for a better life in California.

Jackie Robinson's native town struggles to remember him

Ted Williams' oldest daughter sees no room for compromise
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' oldest daughter, who is fighting her half- siblings over their father's body, said Tuesday she will never waver from her belief that the baseball star wanted to be cremated and not frozen.

Acrobatic sturgeon a Florida menace
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Forget sharks, alligators and sting rays. The latest Florida menace is giant leaping sturgeon.

Woman sues after vibrating adult toy found in luggage
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A woman who says she was pulled off an airplane and asked to take a sex toy out of her luggage after it started vibrating is suing Delta Airlines, saying she was publicly humiliated.

Odds and ends
NEW YORK -- The creator of a Web site about a jobless man can keep his unemployment money.

Braves stop Brewers' streak

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Wednesday's trading deadline passed without the Atlanta Braves making a move.

Braves notebook

Braves stop Brewers' streak
ATLANTA - When Atlanta pitcher Damian Moss, who has surrendered fewer home runs than any Braves starter other than Greg Maddux, gave up a home run to Jose Hernandez in the second inning Tuesday night, you could almost see the Milwaukee Brewers fall over each other in their haste to get to the plate.

Braves silence ailing Brewers
ATLANTA - On the day the Atlanta Braves usually remove the "Help Wanted" sign from their window and add a veteran or two for the stretch drive, they gave regards to Kenny Rogers instead.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta pitcher Kevin Gryboski breathed a big sigh of relief when Monday's MRI showed nothing more serious than a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow.

Braves notebook

Braves silence ailing Brewers

Markets calm after AOL news
NEW YORK - A last-minute burst of buying lifted stocks to a mixed finish Wednesday despite a disappointing economic report and more accounting questions about AOL Time Warner. Blue chips rose slightly, while technology issues pulled back.

Debate delays vote on joining
State Sen. Charles Walker said Tuesday that the Richmond County Development Authority does not oppose the county's membership in a regional development authority but that it doesn't support the idea, either.

Business briefs

Consumer confidence fell in July to five-month low
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence fell sharply in July to its lowest level in five months, undermined by a steep decline in stock prices and worries about jobs, a private research group said Tuesday.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence fell in July to its lowest level in five months because of a steep decline in stock prices and job anxiety.

Hearings ordered on payday loans
ATLANTA - A crackdown on so-called "payday loan" companies got cranked up a notch this week, with the state insurance commissioner ordering hearings on companies he says are handing out pricey loans without a license.

Mall purchase stirs hope

Business briefs
NEW YORK - In the latest round of bad news for the world's largest media company, the Justice Department is looking into accounting practices at AOL Time Warner Inc., which is already under investigation by federal securities regulators.

Shop owners brace for tax holiday weekend

Panel to study membership
The Richmond County Development Authority voted Wednesday to appoint a committee to study joining the CSRA Unified Development Authority, one of three key issues the board hopes to resolve by the end of August.

Mall purchase stirs hope
After learning this week that Regency Mall has new owners, Augusta officials said they have renewed hope in the abandoned shopping center.

Volatile stock market doesn't reflect steady economy
WASHINGTON -- To Alan Greenspan and other economists, the recovery is on track. But for investors bruised by the recent slide in stock prices, the wheels seem to have come off.

Bartender opens snack restaurant
Broad Street's close-knit bar and restaurant community has spawned a new contributor to downtown's night life.

Shop owners brace for tax holiday weekend
The tax holiday isn't until this weekend, but according to local retailers, the festivities already have begun.

Panel to study membership

Volatile stock market doesn't reflect steady economy

Markets calm after AOL news

Opponents' uncertainty suits Spurrier's successor
HOOVER, Ala. - Steve Spurrier is long gone from the Southeastern Conference, but he's still finding a way to dominate the league.

Commissioner strives to silence critics
HOOVER, Ala. - Mike Slive has heard plenty of questions - most of them negative - since he took over as commissioner for the Southeastern Conference on July 2.

Zook not trying to be another Spurrier
HOOVER, Ala. -- Ron Zook is no Steve Spurrier.

Zook not trying to be another Spurrier

SEC Media Days notebook
HOOVER, Ala. -- The good news is, Arkansas actually has several quarterbacks on campus this summer. Coach Houston Nutt shared some of the bad news Tuesday.

Opponents' uncertainty suits Spurrier's successor

Commissioner strives to silence critics

Shop for Christmas

Right kind of noise

Get tough on fraud

Profiling a good tool

A Regency rescue

In the know
ABC gets mental with The Brain Game: What's Sex Got to Do With It? at 10 p.m. on WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

Area bars are big on fellowship, not frills
Like old men who are set in their ways, Augusta's dives are the old-timers that haven't succumbed to flashy neon lights or wet T-shirt contests.

The perfect pantry
This week I'm setting out to prove that hurried cooks can create delicious meals from their pantry alone.

'The Rerun Show' revives old TV sitcoms
NEW YORK -- Woody Allen famously observed that in Beverly Hills, "they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows."

Small portions
Tossing fresh herbs onto a charcoal fire in the last part of cooking adds a wonderful flavor to the grilled foods, particularly fish and chicken. Rosemary and thyme are favorites, but if you don't have any fresh herbs around, dry bay leaves can also be fuel for flavor.

Tuna and white bean pasta
Now that you've got a perfectly stocked pantry, you can whip up my tuna and white bean pasta in minutes.

Miners' rescue drew large TV audience
NEW YORK - The rescue of nine Pennsylvania miners drew audiences roughly six times what cable news networks CNN and Fox News Channel would expect on a sleepy weekend night.

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.

Loss ends month for Jackets ace
His final start in July wasn't as impressive as his first, a two-hit shutout to beat the Capital City Bombers on the road July 2.

GreenJackets scouting report
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Tourists blank Jackets again
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Zach Parker pitched eight scoreless innings, and Chris Testa homered for the second-straight night as the Asheville Tourists shut out the Augusta GreenJackets 6-0 on Tuesday night at McCormick Field.

I don't mourn the careers that might have been

Duncan leads U.S. team in Curtis Cup
FOX CHAPEL, Pa. -- U.S. Amateur champion Meredith Duncan and Senior Amateur champion Carol Semple Thompson will lead the United States team in the two-day Curtis Cup matches against Britain and Ireland beginning Saturday.

A year of generational battles

International rewards bold play

International rewards bold play
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Criticized by some for overly aggressive play, Phil Mickelson won't hear any of those remarks this week.

Suggestions for the next prime-time battle
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The Battle at Bighorn becomes the Battle at The Bridges next year. The prime-time TV exhibition featuring Tiger Woods and fill-in-the-blank is moving from the desert to the coast north of San Diego.

A premium ball with an elite name
Nick Raffaele kept a secret in the palm of his hand as he walked away from the practice range at Bethpage Black during the U.S. Open. He opened his fingers just enough to reveal a golf ball that looked like any other, except for the script.

Suggestions for the next prime-time battle

A premium ball with an elite name

Duncan leads U.S. team in Curtis Cup

A year of generational battles
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Jack Nicklaus held his own against Tiger Woods for three rounds at the Memorial. It took a prime-time exhibition in the California desert to make him realize how much the game has passed him by.

GreenJackets scouting report

Loss ends month for Jackets ace

Tourists blank Jackets again

Man shot during argument
A Beech Island was shot several times late Wednesday night after what police say was an argument with another man.

Man dead, another wounded in drug-related shootout
A drug-related shootout on an Augusta street late Tuesday left one man dead, one man hospitalized and another man in jail, authorities said today.

A.S.U. names interim coach
Robert Duck was named the interim men's head golf coach at a news conference at Augusta State University on Thursday afternoon.

Mayor Young's game, 'Let's make a deal'

Clinton no demon compared to Bush

Mismanagement unconscionable

Fire chief investigation admittedly racist

'Battle Hymn' warns the non-brethren

City wants its cut of First Fridays

Arm qualified pilots in cockpit

Manipulators make stock market gyrate

'Dry' First Fridays will hurt turnouts

Feminists focus on wrong issue

Former mayor is guiltier than Few

'Battle Hymn' qualifies as hateful

N-waste: Consider health, safety first

Rips editorial as 'without basis'

Miners' rescue drew large TV audience

Area bars are big on fellowship, not frills

'The Rerun Show' revives old TV sitcoms

The perfect pantry

Health calendar

Accident sends three to hospital

Correction
Evans junior quarterback Travis Clark broke his leg in practice Tuesday and is expected to be out the next six weeks. Clark, who threw for 1,140 yards last season, is expected to return for the Knights' Sept. 20 region opener against Southwest DeKalb.

News you can use
July 31, 1957 A Grovetown youth identified as Eugene Newman, about 17, was taken to McDuffie County Hospital Tuesday shortly after being knocked from his motorcycle by an automobile here about 3 p.m., Harlem Chief of Police Charlie Watson reported.

Snack truck gets complaints
The chips are down, and a conspicuous Frito-Lay truck could be on its way out of Aiken's Crosland Park.

News you can use
Aug. 1, 1995 When they face a federal judge again, the three former Healthmaster executives prosecuted last week can expect prison sentences for their roles in a wide-ranging Medicare fraud scheme, attorneys said Monday.

Leaders focus on changing attitudes
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Experts in the environment, health and community relations gathered in Blackville on Tuesday to talk about how to change the public's apathy.

Hodges visits rival's hometown

North Augusta man dies in fire
Fire officials blamed an overloaded extension cord for a blaze Tuesday that killed a North Augusta man, the second fire death in Aiken County in three days.

Augusta to toughen water rules
Homeowners caught watering their lawns illegally could find themselves high and dry under an updated city ordinance that regulates conservation efforts.

School board questions tax office fee
Concerned that enough money from taxpayers wasn't reaching the classroom, the Columbia County Board of Eduction has questioned the amount of money they spend to collect school taxes.

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Education act perplexing to school systems
A national education-reform package has created more confusion than clarity for local school systems.

Burke County not likely site for naval airfield

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Paula Gareau of Evans.

5 injured in head-on collision

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dr. Rudy Volkmann of Augusta.

Open-container policy faces opposition

Appraisals immoral, family's lawyer says
The appeal of the city's condemnation of 188.45 acres at Tobacco Road and Mike Padgett Highway for a new water treatment plant began Tuesday with a nine-hour hearing before court-appointed special master Bill Williams.

Across the area
The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the city's reapportionment plan for Augusta Commission and Richmond County Board of Education districts, clearing the way for them to be used in upcoming elections.

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

Augusta to toughen water rules

Common project progressing
Downtown's premier park likely won't be completed until late October, but city contractors say that by next month Augusta Common will start looking less like a demolition site and more like an urban refuge.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
Ex-governor gives $1 million to college

Augusta fixes sloppy books
An annual audit of city finances showed that Augusta's books are looking better than they have in years.

Snapshots have become store tradition

Athletic fields damaged by fire at Augusta State
Firefighters battled a brush fire Tuesday that burned a field behind Augusta State University's athletic complex and threatened neighboring apartment buildings.

Accident sends three to hospital
A 6-year-old girl was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and three other people were injured late Tuesday after a two-car accident on Dozier Road in Columbia County.

Three-vehicle crash kills two
Police say they suspect alcohol was a factor in a three-vehicle wreck that killed two women and closed part of the intersection of Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway for nearly two hours Tuesday.

School board questions tax office fee

Correction
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Janice Smith and Erleen Davis, local relatives of a miner who was trapped in a Pennsylvania mine, moved to the Augusta area while their parents were in the military. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Agents honored in fake-ID case

Man faces charges in gun battle
A drug-related shootout on an Augusta street late Tuesday left one man dead, one man hospitalized and another man in jail, authorities said Wednesday.

Common project progressing

Hopeful says he can't stay out of mayor's race
Bobby Ross is back.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Coliseum panel backs refund
A committee of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority voted Wednesday to recommend that the board refund $38,000 to the organizers of a botched civic center convention in June.

Facility may get cuts in funding

Water supplier issues restrictions
Extreme drought status in Edgefield and Aiken counties caused a prominent water provider to enact landscape watering restrictions Wednesday.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA -Police arrested 118 people, including a 16-year-old girl, in a raid on a private nightclub that charged customers $25 to witness sex acts on stage.

Man shot during argument

Burke County not likely site for naval airfield
An airfield for the Navy's new F/A-18 Super Hornet attack jets should be built in North Carolina, not in Burke County, Ga., according to the Department of Defense.

Driver charged in wreck had prior DUI conviction
Neighbors on Hopkins Street used to joke about "driving Miss Daisy" because they would occasionally take 84-year-old Daisy Oliver on trips to the corner store or a doctor's appointment.

News you can use

Dispute over land continues in appeal

Open-container policy faces opposition
A new policy that would prevent First Friday patrons from drinking alcohol while walking down Broad Street could be over before it even begins.

Hopeful says he can't stay out of mayor's race

Across the area
An Appling man accused of being responsible for a two-car accident remained hospitalized Wednesday and faces several charges, including vehicular homicide, after one of his passengers died.

Council previews theater proposal

Education act perplexing to school systems

A.S.U. names interim coach

Water supplier issues restrictions

Project Access marks progress

Driver charged in wreck had prior DUI conviction

Across the area

Appraisals immoral, family's lawyer says

Snapshots have become store tradition
The snapshot collection at Harban's Wine and Spirits is spreading like kudzu.

Man dead, another wounded in drug-related shootout

Across the area

Three-vehicle crash kills two

Man faces charges in gun battle

Project Access marks progress
J. Larry Read looked across at Terrence Cook and smiled.

News you can use

Correction

Facility may get cuts in funding
Gracewood State School and Hospital is still at risk of losing Medicaid funding next month despite being cleared by federal and state surveyors of endangering residents.

5 injured in head-on collision
Five people were injured in a head-on collision on the Fifth Street bridge Wednesday morning that closed the road for hours.

Stalker is guilty but mentally ill
Gordon Albert told jurors Monday he couldn't believe writing a letter to a child would be considered a felony.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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

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Hodges visits rival's hometown
SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. - Gov. Jim Hodges stopped by a public school just up the beach from Republican opponent Mark Sanford's home Tuesday and unveiled his "Next Steps" plan to continue to improve public education in South Carolina.

Council previews theater proposal
The Greater Augusta Arts Council received an initial report Tuesday from Knudson-Ward Inc., the theater planning and design company hired to conduct a regional performing arts center feasibility study.

Dispute over land continues in appeal
Piece by piece since 1942, Leroy H. Simkins Jr. has seen public projects eat away at what was to have been his family's inheritance.

Agents honored in fake-ID case
AIKEN - An Aiken County man who, authorities say, pressured illegal immigrants to purchase his fake passports and driver's licenses was arrested after he applied to become a firefighter in Aiken, authorities said Tuesday.

Stalker is guilty but mentally ill

All that and a bag of chips?
HOOVER, Ala. - Nobody dishes out the pessimism like Lou Holtz, which is why folks in the SEC East should be a little bit afraid.

Twenty-year drought makes Bulldogs thirsty for title
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Twenty years.

I don't mourn the careers that might have been
When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a cowboy, a firefighter, an astronaut and a sailor on the high seas.

Another strike would be good for minor leagues
It is a widely held belief that another major-league players strike would be a really bad thing for baseball.

Indy's soft wall to remain in place for Formula One race

Indy's soft wall to remain in place for Formula One race
INDIANAPOLIS -- An energy-absorbing barrier installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500 in May will remain in place for the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix.

Youth movements have always been part of NASCAR

NASCAR notebook

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Brickyard 400 race.

Driver who led protest against woman is himself disqualified
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The race car driver whose protest led to a female competitor's disqualification was himself stripped of a victory.

Spotlight on Elliott Sadler
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler.

Racing facts

Youth movements have always been part of NASCAR
ATLANTA - They stormed onto the NASCAR circuit like wild horses, untamed and unafraid. They drove stock cars without regard to status and tradition. They were defiant and daring, most too young to know any better.

NASCAR notebook
Three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip will make his second Craftsman Truck Series start of the season Friday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Smith focusing again on football after Stringer's death

An unanticipated trip to Canton for Hampton

Falcons stacked at tight end

Falcons say contract talks with Duckett have broken down

Leslie is first woman to dunk in pro game

Age just a number as Weinke turns 30

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Mrs. Lillie Simpson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Kendrick    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss Shakendra Garnett    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Carlton Lamb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacquelin Barber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Jones    (EASTMAN, Ga.)
Mrs. Isley Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Barbara Mark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Clemmons    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mr. Levert Patterson    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte Wilson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Eleanor Whittle    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Bryant    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Rev. Royal Wesley Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Mark Tinsley    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Wasson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Horace Kelly    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Pawneshing    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Ice    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Virginia Vanderford    (BUFFALO, S.C.)
Mrs. Gloria Hardwick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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The mayor of Henry Street has died.

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Mrs. Zeffie Pleas    (CONLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Davis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Pierce    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Belcher Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Rhonda Pippen    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Dylan Adkison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillian Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Billy Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John McDonald    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Lewis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Polly Bowick    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. William Faughnan

Mr. Mark Tinsley (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Mark Tinsley (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

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Shipp: From agriculture to governor, Georgia women are hitting campaign trail
You think the teachers are upset? You believe the flag boys are mad? You've heard the tree-huggers are angry?

Rips editorial as 'without basis'
Former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few has never had a strong relationship with Augusta's African-American community. Consequently, The Chronicle's assertion that the black community defends Mr. Few solely because he's African-American is without any basis (July 24 editorial, "Facts in black and white"). Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

'Battle Hymn' warns the non-brethren
Karen R. Jones' July 17 letter, "'Hymn' speaks of Christ's coming," contained some simple truths. Very rarely does a letter to the editor not illustrate the obnoxious prejudice of its writer. Chester A. Heard, Augusta

Clinton no demon compared to Bush
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is supposed to be a religious and righteous man. Is it not his duty to bring criminals to justice? Look at Enron, WorldCom, Andersen. A suicide, shredding of documents and hiding behind the Fifth Amendment - do these examples not show something is crooked? Leonard Sienkiewicz, North Augusta, S.C.

'Dry' First Fridays will hurt turnouts
The city of Augusta has done a wonderful job promoting First Friday and providing its residents with a social event to look forward to each month. The decision to ban alcoholic beverages from the streets and sidewalks will hurt the turnouts more than the commission knows. Rence R. Jones, Augusta

Fire chief investigation admittedly racist
As admitted originally by Mayor Bob Young, the special grand jury's investigation into the fire department is racist. The recent change in Mr. Young's position is a classic case of pandering to the vicissitudes of the bigoted voters who, even in this day and age, are eager to legally lynch an empowered black man. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Former mayor is guiltier than Few
Lying to the public and government officials, misusing taxpayers' money, manipulating city government. Jimmy Carter, Augusta

Profiling a good tool
If you're boarding a plane, wouldn't you want men of Mideastern descent screened more thoroughly than other passengers? If the answer is yes, then you support racial profiling.

Shop for Christmas
This weekend is a good time to do your Christmas shopping, thanks to the sales tax holidays that start Friday in both Georgia and South Carolina.

Arm qualified pilots in cockpit
As a frequent-flying Republican, I have a complaint. I'm dumbfounded by the continued resistance to arming qualified pilots in the cockpit. Donald L. Davis, Evans, Ga.

Get tough on fraud
You don't have to go to Wall Street to find corporate fraud. It's here in our own backyard. Two State Construction Co. President Clifford C. Poston, 48, of Thomson admitted in U.S. District Court last week that he cheated the maker of the arthritis drug Celebrex out of millions of dollars.

Manipulators make stock market gyrate
I believe the wildly gyrating stock market is primarily caused by "big money" stock manipulators. These manipulators care nothing for the average stock holder or for the financial well-being and good of the country. James Cline, North Augusta, S.C.

Right kind of noise
The Pentagon can deny it, but it appears that widespread community opposition played a key role in shooting down any plan the U.S. Navy may have had to build an airfield in rural Burke County - one of seven sites under consideration for 162 Super Hornet Attack jets to practice takeoffs and landings, mostly at night.

City wants its cut of First Fridays
It's time for First Friday again. Thousands of people will flock downtown for the fun and festivities first brought to Augusta by the hard work and determination of the downtown business owners (with a few exceptions). This event started slowly - almost like watching paint dry - but with all the bands, food, arts and crafts now, I must say the beauty of it all is breathtaking. J. Armstrong, Augusta

Mayor Young's game, 'Let's make a deal'
I was not surprised that Mayor Bob Young wrote a recommendation to get former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few a new job. That action is merely the status quo. Tommy Godbee, Augusta

'Battle Hymn' qualifies as hateful
Regarding Karen R. Jones's July 17 letter concerning The Battle Hymn of the Republic: I'm sure she means well, but she misses the mark. James C. Murray Jr., Augusta

N-waste: Consider health, safety first
Regarding The Chronicle's July 21 editorial, "Yucca fight not over": Whatever is done, please let's make sure that the health and safety of the general public is the top priority and not just putting the nuclear waste out of sight. William Hooker, Grovetown, Ga.

Mismanagement unconscionable
Gracewood State School and Hospital receives more than $50 million every year to take care of 500 of our most vulnerable citizens. To allow them to continue to mismanage this money while putting the clients' lives at risk is unconscionable. Sharon Atkinson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Feminists focus on wrong issue
As a widow of a long time (48 years) member of the Augusta National Golf Club and as an ardent feminist, I would like to respond to the latest attack on the National. Elizabeth Bryans Claussen, Augusta

A Regency rescue
For years there's been talk - and from time to time even some movement - to relocate key Augusta government offices from the Marble Palace downtown to the vacant Regency Mall in south Augusta.

Defending champion Hewitt heads men's field at U.S. Open

Another strike would be good for minor leagues

Williams sisters head women's U.S. Open field

Overtime

Alleged Russian mobster charged with fixing Olympic figure skating

Overtime

Overtime
South Carolina outfielder and second baseman Justin Harris has been accepted into the Pre-Trial intervention Program in Richland County, after being arrested last month.

Overtime
U.S. Amateur champion Meredith Duncan and Senior Amateur champion Carol Sem-ple Thompson will lead the United States team in the two-day Curtis Cup matches against Britain and Ireland be-ginning Saturday.

Alleged Russian mobster charged with fixing Olympic figure skating
NEW YORK -- A reputed Russian crime boss was arrested Wednesday on charges he fixed two figure skating events at the Salt Lake City Games by arranging a vote-swapping deal, yet another bizarre twist in a scandal that has tainted the sport.

Defending champion Hewitt heads men's field at U.S. Open
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin, winners of the last two U.S. Opens, head the men's field for the season's final Grand Slam tournament.

Williams sisters head women's U.S. Open field
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Sisters Venus and Serena Williams, finalists at the last two Grand Slam tournaments, head the field for the U.S. Open, set for Aug. 26-Sept. 8 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Smith focusing again on football after Stringer's death
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The next few days will be the hardest for Fernando Smith, who only recently regained his desire to play football following the death of close friend Korey Stringer.

Falcons stacked at tight end
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Together, critics might say, the Atlanta Falcons' three-man tandem of tight ends doesn't comprise one Tony Gonzalez.

Falcons say contract talks with Duckett have broken down
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons said Wednesday that talks with first-round pick T.J. Duckett have broken down.

Gibbs back in the game
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Joe Gibbs stood under a blazing sun Tuesday, watching his first football practice in almost a decade. It quickly became apparent how long he's been away.

An unanticipated trip to Canton for Hampton
Dan Hampton knew little about football growing up. And even when he was a dominating defensive lineman at Arkansas, he didn't think much about turning pro.

Age just a number as Weinke turns 30
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Chris Weinke isn't expecting cake or ice cream or any other big surprises for his 30th birthday.

Twenty-year drought makes Bulldogs thirsty for title

All that and a bag of chips?

Shipp: From agriculture to governor, Georgia women are hitting campaign trail
You think the teachers are upset? You believe the flag boys are mad? You've heard the tree-huggers are angry?

Coaches shared intuition
Six months ago, Kevin Porter and Mike Hold had a feeling this was going to happen. As it turned out, the arenafootball2 coaches were right.

U.S. gives robots first combat test
QIQAY, Afghanistan -- Hermes the robot edged its way into the dark cave, its treads spinning over the dust and small rocks until a boulder appeared in its path. No problem. The tiny machine dropped its side arms, lifted onto and over the boulder, and rolled on, its two cameras sending images to an operator waiting outside.

Toothy alien Stitch stars in solid platformer
There's something to be said for a game where your finger is almost constantly on the trigger.

Computerized analyzers can reboot a swing
NEW YORK -- It's the first and probably last time Tiger Woods and I ever will be seen together. And it's certainly the only time anyone will keep a straight face while comparing our golf swings.

Windows bugs hinders upgrades
In baseball, batting .500 is cause for celebration. In installing operating systems, it's a well of woe.

Georgia learns lesson

Georgia learns lesson
HOOVER, Ala. - The more NFL names Jon Stinchcomb rattled off, the more he wondered how so could go so wrong.

Richt working to avoid time management blunders
HOOVER, Ala. -- Most Georgia fans have been kind to Mark Richt lately, telling him not to fret about the questionable time management decision against Auburn as a rookie head coach.

Harris accepted for pre-trial program
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina outfielder and second baseman Justin Harris has been accepted into the Pre-Trial intervention Program in Richland County, after being arrested last month.

Harris accepted for pre-trial program

Leslie is first woman to dunk in pro game
LOS ANGELES -- Five years had passed since Lisa Leslie last tried to dunk in a WNBA game. She had waited long enough.

Woman sues after vibrating adult toy found in luggage

Odds and ends

Acrobatic sturgeon a Florida menace

Toothy alien Stitch stars in solid platformer

Windows bugs hinders upgrades

Computerized analyzers can reboot a swing

U.S. gives robots first combat test