Dana Carvey taps talent for mimicry for new film
LOS ANGELES -- A grinning fan approaches Dana Carvey amid the cacophonous guitar, drum and keyboard noise of a Sunset Boulevard music store.

Broad Street Market finds its niche downtown
Have we mentioned our elation that Broad Street has evolved into a culinary mother lode? Funky and eclectic eateries, sprouting like wildflowers in recent years, have injected downtown with a welcome dose of vitality.

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Marco's mixes cuisines

Myth perceptions
Slowly, Rhian Swain-Giboney spreads the portraits across the Formica counter in her Augusta home. The faces, representing a spectrum of age, race and background, smile up at the artist.

Long live the King

Applause calendar
BACK TO SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Collins Elementary School, 1321 Steed St.; with radio station WFXA-FM (103.1) and Thumbs Up; 724-6172.

Dana Carvey taps talent for mimicry for new film

Standing ovations
Augusta act Quietstorm will open its Music Explosion concert series at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Bulkhead. Each concert in the series will explore a different musical theme. Sunday's concert will feature jazz. Admission is free. For more information, call 821-1754.

Concert calendar

Long live the King
Aug. 16 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. The Augusta Chronicle wants readers to share their memories of Presley.

Myth perceptions

Bands often victims of photo cliches
A solemn group of guitar wielders stare, unblinking and unsmiling, into the gleaming lens of a camera. Before and behind them, a railroad track, perhaps overgrown with weeds, stretches from one end of the frame to the other.

Springsteen still 'Rising' to occasion

Concert calendar
Concerts in the C.S.R.A. and surrounding areas.

Arless Day forms art one piece at a time

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

Club calendar

At the movies: 'Signs'
Atmosphere goes a long way in an M. Night Shyamalan film, even so far as to elevate a rather nebulous scenario - really more a situation than a story - into a rip-roaring yarn.

At the movies: 'Signs'

Marco's mixes cuisines
When Marco's Restaurant opened in June at 1024 Reynolds St., it was a dream come true for chef and co-owner Marco Ringer.

Some sequels continue cinematic excellence

This takes poetic license to extreme
I was a poet and didn't know it.

Mini reviews

Arless Day forms art one piece at a time
Artist Arless Day's imagined world is a fantasy of architectural tidbits and riotous color, a dreamscape populated with festively festooned nobility and elaborate fairy-tale palaces.

Broad Street Market finds its niche downtown

Springsteen still 'Rising' to occasion
For almost 20 years, music fans have approached Bruce Springsteen releases with something of a heavy heart. After all, no matter how soulful the songs, no matter how sweet, a question always loomed: How would it have sounded with the E Street band?

At the movies: 'Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat'

Some sequels continue cinematic excellence
Most movie sequels are like leftovers: What once was great becomes bland and tasteless when revisited.

Bands often victims of photo cliches

At the movies: 'Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat'
The trailers for "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat" suggest that the comedian at last bares his soul about the personal difficulties he's had since his last concert film, the enormously successful "You So Crazy" in 1994.

Standing ovations

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

Art galleries

Art galleries
This is a listing of art galleries in the Aiken-Augusta area.

At the movies: 'The Master of Disguise'

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JUST OUT: Dragonfly, Collateral Damage and Resident Evil

Applause calendar

At the movies: 'The Master of Disguise'
Such a sad irony that Dana Carvey, who's made his name bringing celebrities to life with uncanny impersonations, should make such a lifeless movie based on characters of his own creation. None is funny or inspired.

Das asks for additional time for contraction decision
NEW YORK -- The arbitrator deciding the grievance over whether baseball owners can fold teams without the agreement of players asked for more time again Thursday.

Das asks for additional time for contraction decision

Mayor: Macon could lure another minor-league baseball team

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

Mayor: Macon could lure another minor-league baseball team
MACON, Ga. -- The city of Macon, which will be without a baseball team when the minor-league Braves pick up and move to Rome next season, stands a fair chance of luring another team to town, the mayor says.

There's no cryonics in baseball

Hemingway look-alike sends in unusual postcard

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 shut out Brewers

Braves notebook

Braves silence ailing Brewers

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta third baseman Vinny Castilla has no illusions about his July production.

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

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

Braves shut out Brewers
ATLANTA - He has been so good for so long, you expect Atlanta's Greg Maddux to pitch a shutout every time he walks to the mound.

Business surveys join airport's pitch
As Savannah River Site's top contractor, it's no surprise that Washington is the most common travel destination for Westinghouse Savannah River Co. employees.

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.

Home improvements
ATHENS, Ga. - The hum of change is in the air on the streets around Hancock Avenue, one of Athens' historically black neighborhoods.

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.

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.

Burke County panel nears deal for plant

Burke County panel nears deal for plant
Burke County Development Authority officials are working on a deal to bring a carbon product manufacturer to the former Gary Safe International building in Waynesboro.

Business surveys join airport's pitch

Panel to study membership

Home improvements

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.

Business briefs

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

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Manufacturing activity grew more slowly in July and jobless claims are up, according to economic reports released Thursday, underscoring an economy struggling to fully recover from last year's recession and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Markets calm after AOL news

Volatile stock market doesn't reflect steady economy

Opponents' uncertainty suits Spurrier's successor

SEC Media Days notebook

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

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.

SEC Media Days notebook
HOOVER, Ala. -- If you want to get Casey Clausen fired up, bring up Tennessee's loss to LSU in the Southeastern Conference championship game last season.

Zook not trying to be another Spurrier

Just make it safer

Focus on crowd control

Right kind of noise

A Regency rescue

Shop for Christmas

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.

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.

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.

'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."

Hot, dry weather puts stress on plants

Monster melons

Monster melons
Russell Collins is a jack of all trades and a master of watermelons.

Hot, dry weather puts stress on plants
Here are some tips for gardening in hot, dry weather.

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.

Figueroa atones for mistake
One moment, he looks lost out in right field or he runs into trouble on the bases and leaves his manager flabbergasted. The next moment, he makes his teammates' jaws drop with a display of his prodigious power.

I don't mourn the careers that might have been

Four tie for 1-stroke lead in Georgia Open
BRASELTON, Ga. -- Chan Reeves of the Robert T. Jones Instructional Center shot a 37 on the front nine but came back with a 31 to tie with three others with 4-under-par 68s and a one stroke lead Thursday in the first round of the Georgia Open.

ASU names interim golf coach
It's been a whirlwind week for Robert Duck.

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.

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.

Rogers fires 73 to win tourney
It's not that he hasn't wanted to play in the Mickie Gallagher tournament in the past. Will Rogers has just never had the time.

Inkster stays behind to help strengthen Wendy's field

Waldorf, Senden share early International lead
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Duffy Waldorf battled swirling winds and fast greens to score 9 points Thursday and share the early first-round lead with Australian John Senden in The International.

Four tie for 1-stroke lead in Georgia Open

Inkster stays behind to help strengthen Wendy's field
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Juli Inkster would have preferred to spend this week at home with her family. Or maybe even in Scotland, battling horizontal rain and cold temperatures while she prepared for next week's Weetabix Women's British Open.

Rogers fires 73 to win tourney

Duncan leads U.S. team in Curtis Cup

International rewards bold play

Waldorf, Senden share early International lead

Gilder on an extra-hole roll

Gilder on an extra-hole roll
JERICHO, N.Y. -- With Bob Gilder winning the way he has the last two weeks, the Senior PGA Tour better hold off calling the Long Island Classic a 54-hole tournament.

Loss ends month for Jackets ace

Figueroa atones for mistake

Thrashers agree to terms with Kozlov, three others

Thrashers agree to terms with Kozlov, three others
ATLANTA -- Vyacheslav Kozlov, acquired from Buffalo on June 22, accepted a one-year qualifying offer from the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday.

Hemingway look-alike sends in unusual postcard
Some people send cards from their vacation travels. Ron Thomas sent a fan.

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 asks judge to deny bond
A Martinez man charged with the deaths of two Augusta area women requested a Richmond County judge to deny him bond Friday.

SRS plutonium shipments under way
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The federal government has begun shipping tons of weapons-grade plutonium from Colorado to South Carolina despite a lawsuit by critics who fear the fuel will be permanently stored in the state.

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.

First Friday alcohol ban punishes innocent with guilty

'Battle Hymn' warns the non-brethren

News article on Corps omits lake-level information

Mismanagement unconscionable

Men of God are only humans

Former mayor is guiltier than Few

Races should stop 'playing race card'

Photograph was insensitive

Porno ruling will harm Augusta

Fire chief investigation admittedly racist

Rips editorial as 'without basis'

Clinton no demon compared to Bush

Randall best for Aiken Co. Council

N-waste: Consider health, safety first

Health calendar

'The Rerun Show' revives old TV sitcoms

Miners' rescue drew large TV audience

Area bars are big on fellowship, not frills

Open-container policy faces opposition

Norwood message generates complaint
An American-Arab group is questioning whether U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood knows the difference between Arabs and Muslims.

Grand jury blasts loan program

Correction

Project Access marks progress

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

Dispute over land continues in appeal

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jean Moore of Evans.

Escort service sting leads to seven arrests
If local escort services didn't think Richmond County vice officers were serious about running them out of town, they learned a hard lesson Wednesday night during another sting operation.

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.

Hospital gets time to meet standards

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

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.

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

Across the area

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.

Husband arrested at hearing

News you can use
AUG. 2, 1982 Richmond County Sheriff's Department Capt. John L. Francisco, 56, and his son, Deputy John L. Francisco Jr., were in critical condition late Sunday after both were shot while breaking up a fight between a man and woman outside a Deans Bridge Road motel.

Just another day at animal control
Edward Jefferson, an animal control officer for Richmond County, has captured his share of animals in Augusta including a few exotic ones - an iguana, a boa constrictor and a few other snakes.

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.

Ready, Set, Shop
Wearing her big, red fluffy slippers, Georgia's first lady, Marie Barnes, breezed into Augusta on Thursday to promote the Shop Georgia sales tax holiday.

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.

Subscriber of the day

SRS retirees see pensions rise

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Husband arrested at hearing
AIKEN - A Salley woman accused of running a puppy mill attempted to have her bond lowered Thursday, only to see her common-law husband jailed.

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.

Correction
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have stated that Itoro Umoh-Coleman is assistant coach of the women's basketball team at Clemson University.

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.

Jail conversion on schedule
AIKEN - Where once there were drug-dealers there soon will be drug testers.

Water supplier issues restrictions

Two men jailed in separate assaults
A former youth detention guard who had hoped to start a ministry for troubled youths and an alcoholic who sodomized a young boy began prison sentences Thursday.

Snapshots have become store tradition

Across the area
An Augusta woman was shot in the face early Thursday, and police have charged her ex-boyfriend with the shooting.

Man shot during argument

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ANDERSON, S.C. - People wanting to put their boat into Lake Hartwell have fewer choices. Officials have closed 13 of 35 public boat ramps because of the dry weather.

SRS plutonium shipments under way

Teachers go back to prepare lessons
Freddie the Frog went back to school Thursday.

Candidate accused of sign sabotage
Columbia County Commission District 1 candidate Steve Brown says he's not the one taking down his opponent's campaign signs.

SRS retirees see pensions rise
AIKEN - People who retired from the Savannah River Site before May 1, 1999, will receive an increase in their pensions.

Educators get new dress code policy
The capri pants that some Richmond County teachers have been sporting this summer will have to stay in their closets when they head back to school next week.

Norwood message generates complaint

Board says teachers must list purchases
Aiken County Board of Education members agreed Thursday night to ask teachers for a list of school-related items they buy, an effort to help teachers avoid being taxed for state reimbursement money.

Hopeful has little history as voter
ATLANTA - Like some Georgia voters, Vernadette Ramirez Broyles only steps into a booth to cast her ballot every four years, avoiding the primaries, runoffs and special elections that fall in between.

Little League's insurer will help fund cleanup
The insurance carrier for a Little League group responsible for contaminated fill dirt dumped at a city-owned park is expected to share the costs of removing the material.

Permit decision worries activists
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A legislative study committee, created to explore ways to ensure adequate water in the decades to come, is instead putting Georgians' water supplies at risk, environmental advocates charged Thursday.

Hospital gets time to meet standards
Gracewood State School and Hospital will get some extra time to show that it is complying with patient standards so it can still get Medicaid funding.

Grand jury blasts loan program
A government loan program designed to help minority- and women-owned businesses secure city contracts benefited only the owners of two politically connected companies, according to the latest special grand jury report, released Thursday morning.

Just another day at animal control

Little League's insurer will help fund cleanup

Across the area

Teachers go back to prepare lessons

Man faces charges in gun battle

Ready, Set, Shop

Council previews theater proposal

Board says teachers must list purchases

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

Hopeful has little history as voter

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.

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.

Permit decision worries activists

A.S.U. names interim coach

Facility may get cuts in funding

Board drops First Friday push

News you can use

Around town

Driver charged in wreck had prior DUI conviction

Jail conversion on schedule

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

Educators get new dress code policy

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

Parents seek balance as school year shifts
ATHENS, Ga. - The logistics are daunting, but Dwight Sims is ready. His family is one of many whose lives may become more complicated as Gaines and Chase Street ele-mentary schools begin a new year-round model as part of a partnership with the University of Georgia.

Man asks judge to deny bond

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

Coliseum board in power struggle
A struggle for power of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority erupted Thursday as several members called a special meeting to elect new officers and acting Chairman Joe Scott attempted to block their move.

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

5 injured in head-on collision

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.

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.

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

Board drops First Friday push
Save for a few extra sheriff's deputies patrolling Broad Street, today's First Friday street celebration will be the same as ever.

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.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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

Escort service sting leads to seven arrests

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.

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

No Heisman hype for hopeful Manning
HOOVER, Ala. - A flier arrived in the mail last week that was utterly nonsensical.

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.

Benson ready for Indy turnaround

Soft walls only a concept at most tracks
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The concept was simple at first: Build walls at race tracks that absorb some of the energy of a crash.

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

Youth movements have always been part of NASCAR

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.

Benson ready for Indy turnaround
INDIANAPOLIS -- Johnny Benson and his crew haven't had much to cheer about this season. They hope the Brickyard 400 can change all that.

Racing facts

Soft walls only a concept at most tracks

NASCAR notebook

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.

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

Former Valdosta QB faces long odds to make Falcons

Falcons stacked at tight end

Leslie is first woman to dunk in pro game

Smith focusing again on football after Stringer's death

Falcons say contract talks with Duckett have broken down

Featured obituary: Mr. Edward Elliott
Edward Elliott was a steadfast hero to everyone he ever met, his daughter said Thursday.

Mr. Henry Pawneshing    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Ly-Cong Tran    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Guy Huffman    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Williams    (BOSTON, MASS.)
Mrs. Charlotte Wilson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Tom Wiley    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Freddie Singleton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David White    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Fields III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Brodie    (SUMTER, S.C.)
Mr. Mark Tinsley    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
Mrs. Jacquelin Barber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joan Keller-Allen    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Ms. Hattie Umoh    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Carlton Lamb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Cassundra Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patty Stearns    (MESA. ARIZ.)
Mr. John Butler III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillie Simpson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Belcher Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Von-Ray Sasser    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Celeste Fort    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Nathaniel Sanders    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wash Dublin, Jr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Rhonda Pippen    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Mr. Eugene Britto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Pawneshing    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Belcher Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Levert Patterson    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Leonard Anthony    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Barbara Mark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elease Williams    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Isley Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Carlton Lamb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Thomas    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Kendrick    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Stots    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Carrie Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Carol Simmons    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Barbara Mark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Philip Eve Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Gloria Hardwick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Daisey Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dylan Adkison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacquelin Barber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte Wilson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. William Dees III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Shakendra Garnett    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Enoch Dukes Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Celeste Fort    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Peter Corley    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. William Faughnan Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Philip Eve Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Ice    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Freddie Collins Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Celeste Fort (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Stots (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Pawneshing (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Keller-Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Leonard Anthony (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhonda Pippen (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Eubanks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Kendrick (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Pawneshing (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Dublin, Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Celeste Fort (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Dylan Adkison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dees III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacquelin Barber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patty Stearns (MESA. ARIZ.)

Ms. Cassundra Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Williams (BOSTON, MASS.)

Mr. Enoch Dukes Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Levert Patterson (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Carlton Lamb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Isley Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ly-Cong Tran (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Collins Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Hattie Umoh (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Belcher Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Guy Huffman (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Von-Ray Sasser (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Daisey Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nathaniel Sanders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacquelin Barber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Fields III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ice (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Freddie Singleton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Edward Elliott

Mr. John Brodie (SUMTER, S.C.)

Mr. Philip Eve Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Philip Eve Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Carol Simmons (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Turner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Peter Corley (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Hardwick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease Williams (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Lamb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Thomas (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Butler III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tom Wiley (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Turner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Britto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Simpson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Mark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Belcher Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Mark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Focus on crowd control
There are bound to be some growing pains when something explodes in popularity like First Friday has. The once-a-month Augusta downtown event started out eight years ago as a vehicle to showcase Artists Row and now it's become a mini-festival, featuring not only the artists, but street peddlers, music-makers, and more.

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.

'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

Men of God are only humans
Regarding Wesley Ellis' July 14 letter, "God's judgment is on the church." It concerned God's judgment on his body, the church. Teri Myrick, Edgefield, S.C.

Races should stop 'playing race card'
Aren't you tired of it all? A certain Augusta city commissioner and the NAACP are banding together to rally and protest, because the special grand jury investigation of the fire department and former Fire Chief Ronnie Few didn't turn out the way they wanted it to. B.J. Wortman, Evans, Ga.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Photograph was insensitive
Overall, I feel The Augusta Chronicle handles their business in a cum laude manner. This is why it was hard to believe the judgment, or lack thereof, seen in the July 24 edition, depicting a young dog lying prostrate on the floor ("Inspectors say shelter should cool buildings.")

Porno ruling will harm Augusta
Judge Dudley Bowen has just determined that Video X-Mart has "First Amendment rights (and) serves the public interest." Thanks to the honorable judge, Augusta will now have more crime, violence, abused women and children, incarcerations, rape, plunder, murder, adultery of every kind, accidents, disease and dangerous streets. Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr., Augusta

Randall best for Aiken Co. Council
I strongly support Joel Randall, the Republican running for re-election to Aiken County Council, District 6. While serving on the county council myself, I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Randall and witnessed firsthand his loyal work ethic on behalf of the people he represents. Russ Ferrara, Aiken, S.C.

News article on Corps omits lake-level information
I can't tell you how excited I was to see an article about the lake level on The Chronicle's front page other day. However, the more I read, the more disappointed I became. Russell Wilder, Evans, Ga.

First Friday alcohol ban punishes innocent with guilty
In reference to First Fridays, I heard Chris Naylor, executive director of Main Street Augusta, on the Austin Rhodes radio talk show recently, and I would like to add a few of my own comments. Elliott Mumper, 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.

Just make it safer
Dow-Jones stock averages have a better chance of reaching 15,000 before year's end than the Transportation Security Administration has of meeting Congress' Dec. 31 deadline to require all checked baggage to be searched for explosives.

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

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

Overtime

Olympic fix: a lot of trouble for a visa

Overtime

Another strike would be good for minor leagues

Alleged Russian mobster charged with fixing Olympic figure skating

Overtime
Chris Skinner, a junior at Lincoln County High School, won the Coastal Youth Golf Tour's summer championship at WoodYard Golf Course in Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday.

Olympic fix: a lot of trouble for a visa
NEW YORK -- This was the kind of dizzy scheme that could get a wise guy kicked out of the Russian mafia. Or laughed out.

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.

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.

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.

Fishing report

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

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
Schooling action is heating up during the heat of the morning on Thurmond Lake, with good-sized hybrids surfacing after shad in several areas of the lake.

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.

Former Valdosta QB faces long odds to make Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Dan Reeves has a soft spot in his heart for players like Dusty Bonner.

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.

No Heisman hype for hopeful Manning

Twenty-year drought makes Bulldogs thirsty for title

Hold hopes for big crowd at Macon
Mike Hold believes Macon will draw a decent-sized crowd Saturday night. The numbers suggest otherwise.

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.

Government offers new initiative for free electronic tax filing
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is looking to make online tax filing free to as many as 78 million taxpayers next year.

Atlanta police undecided on buying high-tech scooters
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department is undecided about buying new high-tech sidewalk scooters after a test run.

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.

Georgia picked second in SEC
HOOVER, Ala. - Georgia is good enough to be better than Florida this season, but Tennessee still stands in the way of the Bulldogs.

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.

Odds and ends

Acrobatic sturgeon a Florida menace

Woman sues after vibrating adult toy found in luggage

Computerized analyzers can reboot a swing

Atlanta police undecided on buying high-tech scooters

Toothy alien Stitch stars in solid platformer