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.

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.

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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

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.

Concert calendar

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

Springsteen still 'Rising' to occasion

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.

Arless Day forms art one piece at a time

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

Club calendar

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

At the movies: 'Signs'

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.

Myth perceptions

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.

Some sequels continue cinematic excellence

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.

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

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.

Mayor: Macon could lure another minor-league baseball team

There's no cryonics in baseball

Das asks for additional time for contraction decision

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.

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.

There's no cryonics in baseball
Who said 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.

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

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.

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

Braves notebook

Braves shut out Brewers

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

Braves notebook

Braves silence ailing Brewers

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.

Panel to study membership

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

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

Business briefs

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.

Burke County panel nears deal for plant

Volatile stock market doesn't reflect steady economy

Business surveys join airport's pitch

Markets calm after AOL news

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
HOOVER, Ala. -- Ron Zook is no Steve Spurrier.

Opponents' uncertainty suits Spurrier's successor

Zook not trying to be another 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

Right kind of noise

A Regency rescue

Just make it safer

Shop for Christmas

Focus on crowd control

'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."

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.

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.

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

Hot, dry weather puts stress on plants

Monster melons

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

Waldorf, Senden share early International lead

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.

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

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.

Gilder on an extra-hole roll

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
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.

International rewards bold play

Rogers fires 73 to win tourney

Duncan leads U.S. team in Curtis Cup

Inkster stays behind to help strengthen Wendy's field

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.

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.

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

Figueroa atones for mistake

Loss ends month for Jackets ace

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.

Thrashers agree to terms with Kozlov, three others

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

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.

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.

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.

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

'Battle Hymn' warns the non-brethren

Porno ruling will harm Augusta

First Friday alcohol ban punishes innocent with guilty

N-waste: Consider health, safety first

Photograph was insensitive

Rips editorial as 'without basis'

Fire chief investigation admittedly racist

Mismanagement unconscionable

Clinton no demon compared to Bush

Former mayor is guiltier than Few

Randall best for Aiken Co. Council

News article on Corps omits lake-level information

Races should stop 'playing race card'

Men of God are only humans

Miners' rescue drew large TV audience

Health calendar

'The Rerun Show' revives old TV sitcoms

Area bars are big on fellowship, not frills

News you can use

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

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

Hopeful has little history as voter

Teachers go back to prepare lessons

Board drops First Friday push

Dispute over land continues in appeal

Man asks judge to deny bond

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.

Husband arrested at hearing

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.

SRS plutonium shipments under way

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Around town

Driver charged in wreck had prior DUI conviction

Grand jury blasts loan program

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

Jail conversion on schedule

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.

Educators get new dress code policy

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Just another day at animal control

Open-container policy faces opposition

Hospital gets time to meet standards

Escort service sting leads to seven arrests

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.

A.S.U. names interim coach

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.

Across the area

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.

Snapshots have become store tradition

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.

Man shot during argument

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.

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.

News you can use

Correction

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

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Across the area

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.

Board says teachers must list purchases

Permit decision worries activists

Ready, Set, Shop

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.

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

SRS retirees see pensions rise

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.

Little League's insurer will help fund cleanup

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.

Water supplier issues restrictions

Norwood message generates complaint

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Facility may get cuts in funding

Man faces charges in gun battle

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.

Project Access marks progress

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.

Council previews theater proposal

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Soft walls only a concept at most tracks

Racing facts

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.

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.

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

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

NASCAR notebook

Benson ready for Indy turnaround

Youth movements have always been part of NASCAR

Leslie is first woman to dunk in pro game

Falcons say contract talks with Duckett have broken down

Falcons stacked at tight end

Former Valdosta QB faces long odds to make Falcons

Smith focusing again on football after Stringer's death

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

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

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

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Mrs. Lillie Thomas (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Isley Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Mark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Pawneshing (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillie Simpson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Cassundra Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.")

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.

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.

'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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Another strike would be good for minor leagues

Overtime

Alleged Russian mobster charged with fixing Olympic figure skating

Olympic fix: a lot of trouble for a visa

Overtime

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

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.

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.

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 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.

Twenty-year drought makes Bulldogs thirsty for title

No Heisman hype for hopeful Manning

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman sues after vibrating adult toy found in luggage

Acrobatic sturgeon a Florida menace

Odds and ends

Computerized analyzers can reboot a swing

Atlanta police undecided on buying high-tech scooters

Toothy alien Stitch stars in solid platformer