Players delay setting a strike date

Players delay setting a strike date
NEW YORK - With a pivotal week of talks upcoming, baseball players hope there's enough progress in negotiations to make setting a strike deadline unnecessary.

Book deciphers Augusta general's history

Braves place Lopez on 15-day DL

Braves clobber Cardinals

Atlanta's rout delayed by storms
ATLANTA -Wes Helms, who is often overlooked despite his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame, carries some thunder in his bat. And on those rare occasions when he plays, he enjoys reminding everyone that he's more than a stick of clubhouse furniture.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones is feeling it again, and woe to the pitchers standing in his way.

Braves clobber Cardinals
ATLANTA - There are no showdowns in August. No messages delivered. This is dog day baseball, and there are no winners, just survivors.

Braves notebook

Atlanta's rout delayed by storms

Braves place Lopez on 15-day DL
ATLANTA - Turns out the Atlanta Braves put a Lopez on the disabled list after all, but it wasn't Albie.

Scare tactics keep county out of development group
Fear. It's one of the oldest and most effective tools to get what you want.

Business briefs

In the know
Orlando, Fla.-based real estate company Trammel Crow Co. has replaced Meybohm Commercial Properties of Augusta as marketer of the troubled Augusta West Shopping Center

Cafe owners hope Common will bring business boom
Silla Cafe owners recently completed a $30,000 expansion that more than doubled the downtown restaurant's seating capacity.

Pinnacle Club sees resurgence as it turns 35

Dow Jones industrials tumble 193
NEW YORK -- An uninspiring jobs report and more earnings warnings - this time from Disney and National Semiconductor - shattered investors' hopes that business was turning around and triggered a selloff Friday. The Dow Jones industrials slid 193 points, their second consecutive triple-digit loss.

Business briefs
CHICAGO -- United Airlines' stock plummeted 20 percent Friday on a new round of published speculation about the chances that its protracted financial struggles might ultimately send it into bankruptcy.

On the move
SRP Federal Credit Union announced Pamela Frazier has been promoted to assistant manager of the Peach Orchard Road Branch, and Brenda Cooper has been named assistant manager of the Richland Avenue Branch.

Cafe owners hope Common will bring business boom

Business briefs
The 246-acre corporate campus and factory was built by Owens Corning Co. in 1960 to produce glass fiber, which the company marketed under the trade name Fiberglas. The reinforcement material is used to make products as diverse as circuit boards, aircraft parts and armor plating.

Business calendar

Unemployment rate stuck at 5.9 percent
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate remained stuck at 5.9 percent in July with a disappointing 6,000 new jobs created, increasing worries that the fledgling recovery could be in danger of stalling out.

Pinnacle Club sees resurgence as it turns 35
The grand opening of The Pinnacle Club on Sept. 9, 1967, was marked by a swanky soiree attended by a who's who of Augusta society.

Top salespeople value customer relations

Business calendar
Starting Your Own Business; 6:30-8:30 p.m., University of Georgia Business Outreach Services, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; $35; 737-1790.

Scare tactics keep county out of development group

Business briefs

Boutiques wait pensively as super store moves in
In today's big-box retail climate, there's a Wal-Mart in every sector. Right now, the Wal-Mart of wedding gowns is David's Bridal Inc. - and it's coming to Augusta.

Top salespeople value customer relations
As a green, untested salesman at his father's Thomson auto dealership in 1980, selling cars was a secondary concern for Frank Gibbs Jr.

On the move

Boutiques wait pensively as super store moves in

Neglected program

Image vs. reality

Stop the grave robbers

Less heat, more light

Mom shouldn't assume that others are too busy to do job
Dear Carson: My son is getting married next summer and my daughter has been asked to be a bridesmaid. The maid of honor is getting married about six weeks beforehand, so she is going to be understandably busy making her own plans. Who should be planning the bridal brunch? The wedding is at 6 p.m. and I want to know if it would be appropriate for my daughter and another bridesmaid to offer to be hosts for the event? We don't want to step on any toes, but I don't want my future daughter-in-law to have to assume responsibility for that. - Musing Mother-in-Law

In the know
We're getting older, we hurt, we want to spend time with our families, and we consider our back yards mini-resorts, so we're buying hot tubs.

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Cozy cottage
In one of Augusta's oldest neighborhoods, Bedford Heights, Rick and Pam Chavous have created a cottage fit for a fairy tale.

Gowns galore
Terri Stewart found her wedding gown at the first shop she ventured into. But instead of placing an order right away, she brought her mother, sister and her grandmother to the bridal shop to see several gowns before she showed them "the one."

'Zits' to get tryout; 'Shoe' will return
Meet Jeremy. He's 15, kind of smart, but a bit sloppy. He drinks milk straight from the carton and is totally tongue-tied at the sight of a cute girl.

Game report
TURNING POINT: Danny Figueroa laced a walkoff single to the wall in right field, scoring Osmar Castillo with the winning run in the 11th.

Jackets bash Bombers
On his first play in an Augusta GreenJackets uniform, Jason Bryan turned on the jets for a 120-foot sprint to the right-field corner. He missed the catch and went crashing into the outfield wall.

Farm system to undergo changes
The Boston Red Sox farm system is expected to undergo a major overhaul this off-season.

Around the horn
WHO'S HOT Shortstop Bryan Kent is 6-for-18 (.333) with two home runs and six RBI in his past five games, including a grand slam on Friday.

Kent helps Jackets beat Bombers
The Boston Red Sox told Bryan Kent he was going to be a role player, and that was fine with him.

McKay's quick start gives her lead at Wendy's

McKay's quick start gives her lead at Wendy's
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Mhairi McKay could have gone home to Scotland to prepare for the Women's British Open.

Trahan shoots 67 to lead S.C. Amateur

Kim weathers the heat to lead Wendy's by three shots
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Seeking her second win in the Buckeye State in three weeks, South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to forge a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Wendy's Championship for Children.

Perry Watson leader 'lucky' to be on top

Kim weathers the heat to lead Wendy's by three shots

U.S. takes 7-2 lead in Curtis Cup

Irwin, Green tied for lead on Long Island

Perry Watson leader 'lucky' to be on top
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Gett Padgett doesn't fit the profile of a Regions Cup golf tournament first-round leader.

Pressure starts eating at Benham
Aiken's Michael Benham had no idea the pressure of trying to win a fifth-straight Regions Cup senior player of the year title would be anything like this.

Barlow inches to third-round lead in International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Craig Barlow birdied the last three holes to inch ahead of Steve Lowery and claim the third-round lead Saturday in The International.

Delahoussaye leads Amateur
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Brent Delahoussaye leads the 71st Annual South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship after shooting 1-over-par 72 on Friday at The Long Cove Club.

Irwin, Green tied for lead on Long Island
JERICHO, N.Y. -- Hale Irwin and Hubert Green, who had similar careers on the PGA Tour and very different ones as seniors, were tied for the lead after two rounds of the Long Island Classic.

Lowery surges to second-round lead in International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Steve Lowery, getting positive vibes from his victory here in 1994, carded seven birdies and one bogey to claim the second-round lead Friday in The International.

U.S. takes 7-2 lead in Curtis Cup
PITTSBURGH -- With U.S. Amateur champion Meredith Duncan and fellow collegians Angela Jerman and Courtney Swaim leading the way, the United States took a 7-2 lead Saturday over Britain-Ireland in the Curtis Cup.

Pressure starts eating at Benham

Putt-Putt in the spotlight
To say Mark Ross is a busy man is an understatement. For Ross, who owns and operates Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Martinez with his wife, Liz, business doesn't let up for another week.

Delahoussaye leads Amateur

Lowery surges to second-round lead in International

Trahan shoots 67 to lead S.C. Amateur
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Defending Champion, D. J. Trahan of Inman blasted his way to the top of the leaderboard Saturday at the South Carolina Amateur Championship with a 4-under-par 67.

Barlow inches to third-round lead in International

Around the horn

Farm system to undergo changes

Jackets bash Bombers

Game report

Heart helps team keep winning

Parents blaming coaches

Parents blaming coaches

Heart helps team keep winning
Westside High School probably should not be what is perhaps Richmond County's biggest football hot spot.

Parents blaming coaches
ROCKDALE, Ga. - Four Rockdale County High School football players were hospitalized during a football camp last week, and their parents say the coaches are to blame.

Book deciphers Augusta general's history
I've said before that the Internet is an amazing thing.

Mayor fully responsible for letter

DeLoach serves constituents well

Not surprised by former mayor's death

DeLoach is willing to go extra mile

Hopes shooting facility stays operational

Experience needed in District 99

First Friday - a 'family event'?

Adults should teach kids manners

Mother is testament to slain sons

Linda Schrenko has no substance; re-elect Roy Barnes

Randall has integrity and character

'Zits' to get tryout; 'Shoe' will return

Cozy cottage

Gowns galore

Mom shouldn't assume that others are too busy to do job

Ten women compete for Miss Augusta title
The road to Atlantic City, N.J., begins at the Augusta State University Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday.

Board alters leadership approach

Developer seeks loan guarantee

School board ballots set

'It's hard to believe' but new year is set to start
Six-year-old Jasmine Turk grinned Saturday at the thought of starting first grade at Riverside Elementary in Columbia County.

Audit links Walker businesses, state grants

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

Around town

SRS plutonium shipments underway
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.

Across the Southeast

ANIC's leader defends ties to senator
In a city the size of Augusta, it's hard not to do business with people you know, said Robert Cooks, the president and chief executive officer of Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.

Officer training site gets first female chief

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Two people were killed and two injured Saturday when their plane crashed and caught fire at the downtown airport in Spartanburg.

Arrest made in '97 assault

Donations to UGA reach new record
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia set an all-time record for single-year private giving last fiscal year with $62.7 million in new gifts and pledges from private sources.

ANIC's leader defends ties to senator

Ethics issue is fickle
ATLANTA - Last spring, Georgia Republicans salivated as one ethics controversy after another rocked Gov. Roy Barnes' administration.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Larry Brown Sr. of Augusta.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 4, 1962 A safety hat and a pile of soft earth enabled a construction worker to escape practically unhurt after a three-story fall Friday.

Board alters leadership approach
Aiken Preparatory School has taken a new approach to its headmaster position, vacant since April.

Critics point to holes in report

Attempt to nominate new leadership fails
Several Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members blasted acting Chairman Joe Scott on Friday, saying the 10-year veteran of the board is thwarting efforts to elect legitimate leadership.

Audit links Walker businesses, state grants
ATLANTA - State Sen. Charles Walker and organizations he's affiliated with collected more than $125,000 from nonprofit agencies funded by two large state grants he helped get, according to an audit released Friday.

Across the Southeast
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -Police arrested a 15-year-old in the shooting death of a Fort Bragg Army base soldier whose wife also has been charged in the slaying.

Official's resume stretches truth
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The public schools superintendant of Savannah-Chatham County wrote on his resume that he earned a "military doctorate" from the National War College.

Ethics issue is fickle

Parents, pupils flood stores for tax-free sprees
Debra Timmons, of Augusta, spent Saturday shopping for school supplies and clothes for her daughter Waheeda Johnson, 15, and her nephew Rashad Merritt, 13.

Schrenko takes on GOP's gender gap

Across Georgia
Atlanta -- Streets around the state Capital were closed for about four hours Saturday after a distraught volunteer fireman with a gun parked a car near the building and threatened to kill himself, television station WXIA reported on its Web site.

Recent rains came too late for farmers

School project nears completion
Principal Beatrice McGhee says she doesn't trek through the dusty maze of construction each day at Schofield Middle School.

Schrenko takes on GOP's gender gap
Linda Schrenko has the spotlight all to herself. All she has to do is recite her line, cross her arms and smile - all within five seconds.

Open-container controversy draws crowd downtown
Alstyne Martin of North Augusta remembers when only a few people attended First Friday, so the swarm of people Friday night surprised her.

Across the area
A Lincolnton man was killed Saturday after a single-car accident on Georgia Highway 43.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK - A Glynn County man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife and using a backhoe to bury her body in a front-yard garden.

Teen is mauled while on trip
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Brittany Regelski dreams about the mauling she suffered by a caged lion last week in Mexico and trembles when she thinks she might not play basketball again, but the 13-year-old Florida girl said she doesn't blame the animals.

Food and cars share stage
BEECH ISLAND - Sixty-two-year-old James Smith cupped one of his hands around the small green tomato slice and used the other to top it with flour.

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

Officer training site gets first female chief
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Connie Patrick has been appointed the director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, which has headquarters near Brunswick.

Youth nearly drowns
A 15-year-old Augusta boy was in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday after nearly drowning in a motel pool.

Correction
No armed robbery occurred at Harvard's Wine & Beverage in Aiken on Monday. An article about the robbery in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle was a previously published report about the crime, which actually happened in May.

Critics point to holes in report
The latest special grand jury report, which lambasts a city loan program for favoring politically connected companies, failed to mention several independent businesses that also benefited, city and bank officials reported Friday.

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of cashing $20,000 in counterfeit and stolen checks at local businesses in Richmond and Columbia counties pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court on Friday.

Subscriber of the day
Mary Ann Taylor of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Attempt to nominate new leadership fails

Groups disagree on sources, severity of global warming
When it comes to global warming, few people agree.

Office eases hairstyle policy
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Inger Bostick could return to her job in the Chatham County Courthouse - if she keeps her twist hairstyle well-maintained.

Open-container controversy draws crowd downtown

Parents, pupils flood stores for tax-free sprees

Across Georgia

Across the Southeast
GREENSBORO, N.C. -The University of North Carolina is asking a judge to in effect throw out a lawsuit that seeks to block the school from assigning students to read a book on Islam.

Across the area

School board ballots set
Familiar faces will fill seats on Columbia County and Richmond County school boards this fall.

Developer puts suburbs in the city

Driver requests denial of bond
A Martinez man charged in the deaths of two Augusta-area women requested a Richmond County judge to deny him bond Friday.

Recent rains came too late for farmers
The recent rains were a good bath for area lawns, but the wet stuff came too late for area crops.

Arrest made in '97 assault
Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers say they were able to locate a man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in 1997.

Office eases hairstyle policy

News you can use

Official's resume stretches truth

'It's hard to believe' but new year is set to start

Subscriber of the day

School project nears completion

Driver requests denial of bond

Groups disagree on sources, severity of global warming

SRS deal omits DuPont retirees

Across South Carolina

Developer seeks loan guarantee
AIKEN - A controversial hotel and conference center at Hunters Glen and Whiskey roads will be built whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture helps out or not, the developer, Bansi Patel, said Friday.

Across the area

SRS deal omits DuPont retirees
AIKEN - The deal finalized with the Department of Energy and Westinghouse Savannah River Co. this week to increase Savannah River Site retiree benefits based on cost-of-living changes does not include people who retired under the previous contractor, DuPont.

Across the Southeast

Developer puts suburbs in the city
The east end of Hopkins Street in Laney-Walker neighborhood, not far from the site where James Brown grew up, is largely a picture of urban blight - empty lots littered and overgrown, dilapidated homes sealed with plywood boards and the ancient machinery of Southern Milling Co. feed mill looming above the tree line.

In the SEC, 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying'
After repeated washings, the residual stench is finally wearing off from three days of wallowing in the grime of the Southwest ... er ... Southeastern Conference football media days.

Rudd, Yates parting seems to be close

Drivers don't want to meet 'soft' wall
INDIANAPOLIS - There's a new safety feature at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that no one wants any part of.

Drivers unhappy with qualifying schedule change

Drivers unhappy with qualifying schedule change
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The schedule change that pushed pole qualifying for the Brickyard 400 back to Saturday morning wasn't popular with any of the drivers.

Stewart wins Brickyard pole with record speed
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - As soon as Tony Stewart climbed from his Pontiac after two laps of qualifying for the Brickyard 400 Saturday, he pumped his fist and waved to the fans along the main grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Drivers don't want to meet 'soft' wall

Stewart wins Brickyard pole with record speed

Rudd, Yates parting seems to be close
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Ricky Rudd still isn't sure where he will drive next year, but his tone Friday made it clear it won't be with his current employer, Robert Yates Racing.

Bucks trade Robinson to Hawks
ATLANTA -- After acquiring Glenn Robinson on Friday, the Atlanta Hawks are looking forward to having a trio of All-Stars in their frontcourt next season.

Bucks trade Robinson to Hawks

Robinson traded to Hawks for No. 1 pick and Kukoc
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks guaranteed their fans a playoff team last season. Now, with Glenn Robinson in the lineup, that might actually happen.

Head injury likely ends Hearn's career

Head injury likely ends Hearn's career
LOS ANGELES - Longtime Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn has probably called his last game, his neurologist said Saturday after performing surgery for brain hemorrhaging.

Robinson traded to Hawks for No. 1 pick and Kukoc

Pace takes different route

Saints, Jaguars scrimmage and scuffle

Duckett wastes no time getting physical

Thomson native knows the distance will come

Kelly's tearful speech caps day

Fire tops Mystics

Falcons sign first-round pick Duckett

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Growing up on a farm can have its ups and downs, but for Enoch Dukes Sr., nothing made him happier.

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DeLoach serves constituents well
George DeLoach is a fellow Republican and colleague of mine in the Georgia House of Representatives. I have served with him since his original election and have found him to be honest, trustworthy and dependable. Ben Bridges Sr., Cleveland, Ga.

Less heat, more light
There are some very good reasons why there is no real prospect for peace yet in the Mideast.

First Friday - a 'family event'?
The attempt to make First Friday a "dry" event is upsetting, but by no means surprising. Augusta is known far and wide as a barren wasteland when it comes to entertainment or quality events. Elizabeth Boyette, Jackson, S.C.

Image vs. reality
Americans are among the best people on Earth. We're giving, hard-working, caring, God-fearing people.

Hopes shooting facility stays operational
Please, find a way for the Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds at Wolf Creek to stay operational. Dwight Watt, Swainsboro, Ga.

Stop the grave robbers
Since World War II, American merchant seamen who went down with cargo ships under enemy fire have slept undisturbed and largely unsung in their maritime tombs. But advanced technology and greed have abruptly brought that peace to an end for the crews of 165 ships sunk along the Atlantic coast before May 1, 1942.

Randall has integrity and character
Aiken County Commissioner Joel Randall is a personal friend. He and I have been friends since we entered the first grade together. We grew up not two blocks from one another, and we were teammates in high school. Dwight E. Smith, Belvedere, S.C.

Mayor fully responsible for letter
In a recent interview, Mayor Bob Young made the statement that he authorized a rewrite of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few's letter of recommendation using the city's official letterhead. Mr. Young also said he never saw the final draft of the rewritten confirmation statement. Joan McCarty, Hephzibah, Ga.

Neglected program
There is nothing wrong with Augusta's government loan program to help minority- and women-owned businesses that can't be fixed if the special grand jury's reforms are implemented.

Not surprised by former mayor's death
In reference to T. Stuart Walker's July 23 letter, "Saddened by death of North Augusta's former mayor." It concerned the passing of former Mayor Kim Ledford of North Augusta - and it is obvious that Mr. Walker never knew Mr. Ledford. Lee Cheesborough, Augusta

Experience needed in District 99
There are some very important issues facing the Georgia legislature in the upcoming sessions. Decisions that will affect all of us. At this time, we need experienced representatives who can hit the ground running. Georgia Johnson, Hephzibah, Ga.

DeLoach is willing to go extra mile
The voters of Georgia House District 99 should know how hard George DeLoach works on behalf of his constituents. A few days ago, I contacted his office requesting assistance with a claim that I currently have pending with the Social Security Administration. He took the time to carefully discuss my case. I felt that he sincerely cared about helping me. James C. Turner Sr., Hephzibah, Ga.

Adults should teach kids manners
Today my family and I went to a fast-food chain with a play area. I was shocked at the disrespect the older kids had for the younger children. April Flanders, Bath, S.C.

Linda Schrenko has no substance; re-elect Roy Barnes
Can you believe that the Grand Old Party in Georgia has deteriorated to the point that the likes of Linda Schrenko can become a candidate for governor? Alex Cawthon, Thomson, Ga.

Mother is testament to slain sons
As I sit here reading about the tragic accident that took the lives of Joy Batchelor's three young boys in North Augusta on July 11, I am grief-stricken, tear-stained and angry. Deanna Trier, Aiken, S.C.

IOC officials: More changes to figure skating results possible

Dokic ousts No. 2 Capriati from Acura Classic

Overtime

Explosive race

Season ends for Stallions

Forrest pays visit to thank supporters

Urine tests show no sign of doping in Tour de France, cycling group says

IOC: more changes to figure skating results possible

Sports digest

Rain, halftime reign for MLS

Sports digest

Williams, Kournikova win three-set matches at Acura Classic

Rain, halftime reign for MLS
WASHINGTON - Major League Soccer and ABC decided it was more important to get halftime entertainment on television than play a full game featuring top American stars.

Sports digest
Thomas Henderson, former flamboyant linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, on why he no longer goes by his old nickname after he won $28 million in the Texas lottery two years ago

Overtime
President Bush congratulated the U.S. World Cup team for the most successful effort by the Americans at the tournament in 72 years. Bush, who had called the team in South Korea on the morning of its 2-0 upset of Mexico in June, met with players and coaches in the Oval Office.

Sports digest
Steve Spurrier, who made his NFL coaching debut Saturday night when his Washington Redskins met the San Francisco 49ers in the American Bowl at Osaka, Japan

Area sports announcements
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Explosive race
Top Fuel driver John Smith's vehicle is engulfed in flames after the blower on his dragster exploded Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2002, during qualifying for Sunday's NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. Smith was uninjured.

IOC officials: More changes to figure skating results possible
VENICE, Italy -- There could be even more changes in figure skating results from the Salt Lake City Olympics. They might even be thrown out.

Urine tests show no sign of doping in Tour de France, cycling group says
PARIS -- All urine samples collected from cyclists for doping tests during the Tour de France were negative.

Forrest pays visit to thank supporters
With his 12-round decision over "Sugar" Shane Mosley in Indianapolis on July 20, Vernon Forrest proved once again that he is in a class by himself among professional welterweight boxers.

Williams, Kournikova win three-set matches at Acura Classic
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Two-time defending champion Venus Williams beat No. 5 Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Acura Classic on Friday.

IOC: more changes to figure skating results possible
MANCHESTER, England -- IOC president Jacques Rogge said changing the figure skating medals from the Salt Lake City Olympics "is definitely not impossible" if the U.S. case against a reputed Russian mobster proves he fixed the judging.

Overtime
Lesbian fans of the New York Liberty accused the WNBA team's management of ignoring their presence at Madison Square Garden and protested by kissing during Friday night's game.

Dokic ousts No. 2 Capriati from Acura Classic
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- In the biggest upset at the Acura Classic, sixth-seeded Jelena Dokic defeated No. 2 Jennifer Capriati 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 Friday night in the quarterfinals at La Costa Resort and Spa.

Deer management subject of debate
MILLEN, Ga. - Ed Meadows wants to meet other hunters who share his passion for trophy bucks - and who don't mind enduring sacrifices to put them into the crosshairs.

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All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Cooking wild
The Savannah River shoals are teeming with crawdads - and all you have to do to catch them is look under rocks and grab! Here's a North Georgia recipe from outdoors writer Jimmy Jacobs of Mableton, Ga., that's sure to please, regardless of whether you're in your kitchen or around the campfire:

Outdoor artists

Outdoor artists
Colton Jones (left) and his brother Caden Jones, both home-schooled students from Lincolnton, Ga., won matching First Place honors the 2002 Georgia Junior Duckstamp Program administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Deer management subject of debate

Hunters' numbers in decline
A new study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sheds sobering light on the decline of hunting throughout most of the country, especially among youngsters.

Parents blaming coaches
ROCKDALE, Ga. - Four Rockdale County High School football players were hospitalized during a football camp last week, and their parents say the coaches are to blame.

Saints, Jaguars scrimmage and scuffle
There's nothing like a little melee to break up the monotony of training camp.

Pace takes different route
MACOMB, Ill. - Entering the last year of his contract, Orlando Pace didn't travel the same rocky road as former St. Louis Rams teammate Kevin Carter did two years ago.

Falcons sign first-round pick Duckett
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed first-round draft pick T.J. Duckett Friday, ending the running back's nine-day holdout.

Thomson native knows the distance will come
GREENVILLE, S.C. - After a decade playing in Buffalo, Falcons punter Chris Mohr was glad to be home in Georgia last year.

Duckett wastes no time getting physical
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- T.J. Duckett was glad the Atlanta Falcons ended practice with goal-line tackling drills Saturday.

Kelly's tearful speech caps day
CANTON, Ohio - Jim Kelly never walked off a football field holding his son's hand. He never got to play catch with Hunter or take him camping or fishing.

Faith and fellowship Calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar carries highlights of events in the Augusta area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
Singles can enjoy a night of dancing and the comedy of Kenn Kington of Marietta, Ga., at the North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive in North Augusta, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Reservations are $25 and include dessert.

City names have roots in Bible
Say "Hephzibah" and "Georgia" naturally follows - few Augustans would identify the biblical namesake with its Old Testament roots.

Praise for the pope
With thousands of pilgrims between her and Pope John Paul II at the opening of Toronto's World Youth Day July 25, the pope looked like a "tiny white dot" to Augustan Clare Almeter.

Christian TV station owner injured
Russell Spaulding, co-owner and on-air personality of Christian family station WBPI-TV (Channel 49) in North Augusta, drove a van into a Pigeon Forge, Tenn., motel garage five weeks ago but rode out in an ambulance.

Amazing grace
The year was 1960. I was driving from Gray, Ga., to Macon for a doctor's appointment. The highway was wet from a heavy rain, but the sky was clear that Friday morning. I was not prepared for what happened next.

In the SEC, 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying'

Season ends for Stallions
MACON, Ga. - There was no need for late-minute heroics this time. Macon quarterback John Rayborn accounted for eight touchdowns Saturday night as the Knights took control of the game early and knocked the Augusta Stallions out of the arenafootball2 playoffs with a 57-41 win at the Macon Coliseum.

Stallions, Knights square off one more time
Two teams separated by two points in two games in 2002 face each other tonight with just one victory at stake.

Stricter regulations for biotech crops proposed
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Friday proposed new safety reviews for genetically engineered crops.

The peanut pushed as fat fighter
ALBANY, Ga. - A couple handfuls of peanuts a day can curb hunger and help people avoid obesity, says a Purdue University researcher.

Inflammation worse for the heart than cholesterol
BOSTON -- Worse than cholesterol? Hard to believe, perhaps, but the top health concern of millions of Americans is about to be trumped by what doctors say is an even bigger trigger of heart attacks.

Welders' will start fixing cracked shuttles next week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With the entire space shuttle fleet grounded this summer by fuel-line cracks, NASA said Friday it will weld the flawed plumbing and aim for a late-September launch.

Shockley ready to hit the field

Shockley ready to hit the field
The more the season wore on, the more D.J. Shockley began to think he made a mistake by going to Georgia.

Freshmen report to Georgia and Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech freshman Chris Reis was one of the few players not carrying luggage, and he didn't seem overwhelmed by the experience of reporting for his first year of college football.

Freshmen report to Georgia and Georgia Tech

Fire tops Mystics
WASHINGTON -- Ukari Figgs scored 16 points as the Portland Fire handed the Washington Mystics their season-high fifth straight loss, 67-65 Friday night.

Welders' will start fixing cracked shuttles next week

Inflammation worse for the heart than cholesterol

Stricter regulations for biotech crops proposed

Praise for the pope

Amazing grace

Faith and fellowship Calendar

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