Doubleday accuses baseball of attempting to manufacture 'phantom losses'

Man pleads no contest to theft of Jackie Robinson's NL ring

Man pleads no contest to theft of Jackie Robinson's NL ring
LOS ANGELES -- A man pleaded no contest Monday to stealing Jackie Robinson's National League championship ring and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Doubleday accuses baseball of attempting to manufacture 'phantom losses'
NEW YORK -- A co-owner of the New York Mets accused baseball commissioner Bud Selig of conspiring with a former Arthur Andersen accountant to "manufacture phantom operating losses" in the sport's books.

Most people don't notice when you're on vacation

Bobby's Boys

Jones' homer lifts Braves past Diamondbacks

Braves vs Diamondbacks: An October preview
PHOENIX - If there is one last party in October, the Braves don't want it to be here in the desert.

Braves notebook
PHOENIX - Hard to believe, but when Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones was named National League Player of the Week, it marked just the second time in his eight-year career that he'd taken the honor.

Ho hum: Braves roll toward another division title
ATLANTA -- Just a few days into August, the Atlanta Braves have already turned their attention to October.

Braves vs Diamondbacks: An October preview

Bobby's Boys
ATLANTA - His starting second baseman was handed a minor league contract last winter and told to take it or leave it. Two of his best relievers didn't pitch in the majors last year.

Braves notebook

Ho hum: Braves roll toward another division title

Jones' homer lifts Braves past Diamondbacks
PHOENIX - You can't rule out anything, not in a season in which Darren Bragg had six straight hits, Chris Hammond has become a perfect reliever, and Kevin Millwood has returned from the scrap heap.

Business briefs
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. requested a rate increase from the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday to raise residential electric rates by about 7 percent.

Stocks surge Tuesday on bargain hunting
NEW YORK -- A wave of bargain hunting revived stocks Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials up as much as 374 points before profit-taking whittled the advance down to 230.

NAACP moves annual meeting

Officials oppose membership
The role played by state-provided economic incentives in industrial recruitment has become a hot issue in recent weeks as Richmond County leaders debate the merits of membership in the CSRA Unified Development Authority.

NAACP moves annual meeting
SAVANNAH, Ga. - South Carolina's NAACP will stage its annual convention in Savannah this October to uphold economic sanctions tied to the civil rights group's call for removal of the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds in Columbia.

Business briefs
South Carolina's economy continued to improve in June, helped by a strong housing sector and low unemployment, according to a recent joint report from the University of South Carolina and the state's employment security commission.

Stocks surge Tuesday on bargain hunting

Officials oppose membership

Adviser offers tips for success

Dow posts triple-digit loss for third straight session

Adviser offers tips for success
The last time Stan Eichelbaum was in town, in the late 1970s, he was part of the development team working on Augusta Mall.

Business briefs

Nestle buys Chef America for $2.6 billion
GENEVA -- Food and drinks giant Nestle announced Tuesday it was buying U.S. food company Chef America, which makes the Hot Pockets brand of frozen sandwich, for $2.6 billion.

Nestle buys Chef America for $2.6 billion

Economy's direction may sit in the hands of consumers
NEW YORK -- Will they shop or will they stop? Whether consumers keep spending or tighten their pursestrings could ultimately determine where the economy goes next.

Economy's direction may sit in the hands of consumers

Dow posts triple-digit loss for third straight session
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's hopes for a turnaround dimmed Monday after another dose of disappointing economic news sent the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 270 points, their third straight triple-digit loss.

South Carolina State's Pough is expected to welcome Watson

South Carolina State's Pough is expected to welcome Watson
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson apparently will finish his football career at South Carolina State.

Mission advances

Blood donors needed

Pray, but prepare

Augusta's LBJ

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Hanna's over-ripe reserves barely potable
I'm going to pick on one winery in this column, and I'm naming names.

In the know
The new reality medical show ICU airs at 10 p.m. on WJBF-TV (Channel 6). An ABC news crew spent 15 months following the staff and patients at the elite intensive care unit of Arkansas Children's Hospital, weaving a compelling narrative about the intersections of life and death.

Crop-circle thriller 'Signs' takes No. 1 spot at box office
LOS ANGELES -- The crop-circle thriller "Signs" harvested $60.1 million in its debut to top the weekend box office, knocking "Austin Powers in Goldmember" to second place with $31.1 million.

Keeping basics makes cooking easy
A well-stocked pantry can save the day when trying to get dinner on the table quickly. But the supplies you stock in your refrigerator and freezer are the core of most meals.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens.

At the Movies: 'Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams'
Whatever rough-hewn, gee-whiz charm "Spy Kids" offered last year is lost in "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams."

Photo style appeals to younger generation
Toni and Bill Fishburne wanted to document Toni's first pregnancy, but they weren't interested in the typical maternity portrait.

Small portions
Food makers, it seems, will go to any lengths to make snacks more convenient. Smucker's has even found a way to make peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches easier with its new line of Uncrustables, thaw-and-serve crustless sandwiches, with - you guessed it - peanut butter and jelly.

'Signs' tops weekend box office with $60.3 million harvest
LOS ANGELES -- "Signs" ran crop circles around the competition to top an unusually strong weekend box office for August.

Easy approach will save your 'pounding arm'
If you're like me, you're always looking for something new to do with chicken. My chicken Florentine is the answer to your dilemma, and is a cinch to prepare.

In the know
True fans of The Real World will probably want to tune in to The Real World - The Lost Season at 9 p.m. on MTV. This made-for-MTV movie is a spoof of the reality series in which an obsessed fan kidnaps the show's cast.

Eagles see competitor at fullback
STATESBORO - Brandon Andrews remembers when standing on the sidelines meant you needed a breather.

Tech receiver out with knee injury
ATLANTA - The preseason has been tough on Nate Curry.

Bennett's career over, Ivery Jr. out for the season
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech offensive tackle John Bennett, an Atlantic Coast Conference all-freshman selection in 2000, won't be able to play again because of a chronic knee injury.

Eagles see competitor at fullback

Bennett's career over, Ivery Jr. out for the season

Tech receiver out with knee injury

Lakewood prevails in 12
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Ryan Howard's one-out single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th helped the Lakewood BlueClaws beat the Augusta GreenJackets 4-3 in front of 8,042 fans at FirstEnergy Park on Tuesday night.

Jackets escape, then cruise, 7-1
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The Augusta GreenJackets stared at what sh

Groups say no to new drivers

Wilson paving a foreign path to PGA Tour
Dean Wilson was among those given a special exemption to the PGA Championship, and he doesn't take those lightly. It was only his second exemption into any tournament, amazing considering he is ranked 60th in the world.

Wilson paving a foreign path to PGA Tour

A major focus, a minor problem

Whitworth doesn't expect to add to record for pro golf titles
TROPHY CLUB, Texas -- Seventeen years after winning her 88th golf tournament, more than any other pro, Kathy Whitworth will tee it up in an LPGA seniors event this week.

A major focus, a minor problem
Karrie Webb was a 20-year-old unknown when she first won the Women's British Open, before it was a major championship and before she had any idea how good she was.

Howell finishes in third
ALOHA, Ore. - Brian Henninger and Scott McCarron combined to shoot a final-round 62 Tuesday and won the Fred Meyer Challenge by two strokes over Stewart Cink and David Toms.

Groups say no to new drivers
In a surprising reversal Tuesday, golf's two governing bodies scrapped plans to allow recreational players in the United States to use so-called hot drivers, designed to hit the ball farther.

Jackets escape, then cruise, 7-1

Lakewood prevails in 12

Optimism abounds on the first day

Optimism abounds on the first day
The offense was sluggish, the quarterbacks were throwing interceptions by the dozen and the running backs couldn't hold onto the football.

Most people don't notice when you're on vacation
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

State closes four convenience stores
State revenue officials shut down and seized four Bryant's Food & Fuel convenience stores this morning in Augusta and Thomson for alleged nonpayment of sales taxes.

Appeals court affirms ruling allowing plutonium shipments to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected South Carolina's request to stop the federal government from shipping surplus plutonium into the state.

USC Aiken coach resigns
USC Aiken women's basketball coach Phil Stern has announced his resignation, the school announced Wednesday morning.

'Chronicle' lacks weekend information

Feature stories are quality reporting

DeLoach fights for constituents

Georgia Games not helpful to city

Fix mine fields on Central Avenue

911 dispatch unfamiliar with Augusta

Male hormones cause kidnappings

DeLoach there when party calls

Spears works for the people of Dist. 1

Brown continues a family tradition

Jones has clear vision for District 97

Citizen-spying would be disastrous for civil liberties

Pitts' 'colorblind' column misrepresents

News you probably will never read

DeLoach committed to public service

Crop-circle thriller 'Signs' takes No. 1 spot at box office

Hanna's over-ripe reserves barely potable

At the Movies: 'Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams'

Photo style appeals to younger generation

In the know

Senior calendar

Small portions

In the know

Easy approach will save your 'pounding arm'

Keeping basics makes cooking easy

'Signs' tops weekend box office with $60.3 million harvest

A lot off the top
Earl Logan, 6, of Aiken, sits still as Lonell Ishmal, of Looking Good Barber Shop in North Augusta, cuts his hair at the Aiken County Recreation Center in Graniteville. Area shops and salons volunteered their services Monday to get children ready to go back to school.

Commission bars change to car-allowance policy
Debate over a city car-allowance policy again went before the Augusta Commission on Tuesday, and a vote to change that policy again failed to pass.

News you can use

Candidates want chance to unseat GOP incumbent
ATLANTA - Tom Holak concedes he hasn't learned anything about the two Georgians vying to be the Democratic candidate for this fall's insurance commissioner election.

Appeals court affirms ruling allowing plutonium shipments to South Carolina

Judge rules rooster has made final crow
SAVANNAH, Ga. - His owner pleaded, but he couldn't save Fred.

Woman OK'd as district hopeful
Voters will have three choices to fill the District 3 seat on the Columbia County Commission later this month.

Across the area
Richmond County Animal Control officials are seeking the public's help in finding a dog that reportedly bit an Augusta woman.

Proposal has new historic status

3 in GOP challenge Cox
ATLANTA - When Cathy Cox first ran for secretary of state in 1998, the south Georgia native already had served two terms in the state House of Representatives and three years as the assistant secretary of state.

Across Georgia
EAST POINT -The grandmother of a 3-year-old girl who died from head injuries last week surrendered to authorities early Tuesday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James A. Lewis of Evans.

Hot in the shade
Hot in the shade Doris Champion, of Augusta, tries to stay cool under the shade of her umbrella while waiting to catch the bus at Walton Way and Fourth Street. High temperatures reached 91 on Monday and are expected to drop by week's end.

Challenger wins runoff for Aiken County seat
Challenger Charles Barton won 58 percent of the votes Tuesday night in his victory over District 6 incumbent Joel Randall. Mr. Barton received 536 votes to Mr. Randall's 393.

Anti-nuclear groups plan to tour SRS
AIKEN - What's being described as a "fairly standard public tour" today at Savannah River Site won't be in at least one respect.

Proposal has new historic status
Ed Evans, the planning director for Aiken, has proposed a new designation for historical properties, a change prompted by recent opposition from the owner of a prominent horse track.

Schools offer added services

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is David McNeill of Augusta.

End to coliseum panel sought
Retiree Mildred McDaniel will replace downtown businesswoman Bonnie Ruben on the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, but she might not serve for long.

Out with the old
Joseph Loren (from left), Bobby Witt and Waylon Loren, of C&B/Fosters Inc., dismantle old seats in the Imperial Theatre. Tuesday was the first day of work that will include refinishing the floor and installing new seats to increase capacity from 796 to 911.

DOE inspector to visit site

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -A Georgia man charged in the shooting deaths of two brothers in Walker County refused to sign extradition papers Monday.

Officers seize cocaine valued at $12.7 million
CARNESVILLE, Ga. - Franklin County authorities made a stunning discovery when they found 108 cellophane-wrapped packages in plain sight in the otherwise empty cargo hold of a tractor-trailer truck: 237 pounds of pure cocaine.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -A 14-year-old who was severely burned in a house fire a month ago has died.

Residents want office elsewhere
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek was looking for an answer from the residents of Bayvale and Milledgeville roads.

News you can use
AUG. 6, 1987 A convenience store clerk was in good condition at an area hospital Wednesday after being attacked with a machete during a robbery earlier in the day.

Ruling favors mother
Jackie Boatwright won another battle Monday in her crusade against uninsured day care centers.

District 6 voters return for council runoff
AIKEN - It shouldn't come as any surprise that residents of Aiken County Council's District 6 seem tired of going to the polls.

Mayor pushes transfer of power

News you can use

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

Report prompts rally
More than 200 members of the black community packed the pews of an Augusta church Monday night to rally against recently released reports from the special grand jury, but they said they weren't there to defend any alleged wrongdoing by minority leaders.

Officials back name for road extension
The construction process hasn't begun, but North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones says he's already heard talk of a name for the new extension of Bobby Jones Expressway into South Carolina.

Anti-nuclear groups plan to tour SRS

Hot in the shade

Across South Carolina

Ruling favors mother

Across Georgia

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

Across the area

DOE inspector to visit site
AIKEN - Gregory H. Friedman, the inspector general for the Department of Energy, will visit Savannah River Site today - a day after anti-nuclear activists performed their own, more restricted, inspection by tour bus.

Challenger wins runoff for Aiken County seat

USC Aiken coach resigns

Across Georgia

Out with the old

Residents want office elsewhere

Officials shutter 4 stores

3 in GOP challenge Cox

Judge rules rooster has made final crow

End to coliseum panel sought

Candidates want chance to unseat GOP incumbent

Subscriber of the day

Panel dismisses power change

News you can use
AUG. 7, 1953 Two indictments in the often violent Augusta bus strike were returned yesterday by the Richmond County grand jury against two striking drivers who are accused of assault with intent to murder.

Schools offer added services
Pupils in some Columbia and Richmond county schools will be able to take advantage of tutoring, after-school programs and other free services under a national education reform package.

Panel dismisses power change
A move by Mayor Bob Young to give the city administrator hiring and firing power over government department heads was cast off by dissenting Augusta Commission members as a knee-jerk reaction to a recent special grand jury report.

Rezoning gives go-ahead to riverfront plans
NORTH AUGUSTA - Riverside acreage in North Augusta that has been long targeted for development was given the nod of approval Monday night.

Officials shutter 4 stores
State revenue officials shut down and seized four Bryant's Food & Fuel convenience stores in Augusta and Thomson on Tuesday for alleged nonpayment of sales taxes.

Mayor pushes transfer of power
Mayor Bob Young has been waiting for just the right time to ask that the Augusta Commission give up its power to hire and fire city department heads and hand it over to the city administrator. The right time appears to be today.

Across the area
An Augusta hotel pool where a 15-year-old boy nearly drowned was being investigated Tuesday by Richmond County Health Department officials.

Hopefuls try to shake up Georgia races
ATLANTA - Georgia ballots just grew a little longer as another group of candidates joined the race for this year's election.

Across South Carolina
LAKE WYLIE -It's not time to call in The Crocodile Hunter, but wildlife agents are on the lookout for more alligators on Lake Wylie.

A lot off the top

Missing report refused, mother says
A Hephzibah woman who reported her daughter missing says Richmond County officials refused to give her a copy of the report she filed.

Across South Carolina

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Hopefuls try to shake up Georgia races

Stewart fined $10,000 for punching photographer

Stewart punches photographer after race
INDIANAPOLIS -- NASCAR chairman Bill France wonders whether Tony Stewart might have been provoked into hitting a photographer after a 12th-place finish in the Brickyard 400.

Max Papis will replace injured Adrian Fernandez
INDIANAPOLIS -- Max Papis will replace injured driver Adrian Fernandez in Sunday's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

Stewart punches photographer after race

Thieves take pink race car and more

NASCAR tests bigger cockpits at Charlotte track

Al Unser Jr. plans return to racing this weekend
INDIANAPOLIS -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. ended his stay at a treatment center for alcohol abuse and plans to return to driving at this weekend's IRL race.

NASCAR plan for bigger cockpits dealt setback in testing

NASCAR plan for bigger cockpits dealt setback in testing
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR's plan to develop larger cockpits for drivers was slowed Tuesday when cars with the bigger "greenhouses" didn't perform well on the track in testing.

Thieves take pink race car and more
TORONTO -- The pink Barbie-sponsored Formula Ford driven by Ashley Taws was stolen while the 18-year-old driver and the rest of her AIM Autosport team slept in a motel.

Stewart fined $10,000 for punching photographer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR fined Tony Stewart fined $10,000 Tuesday and put the driver on probation for the rest of the year for punching a photographer after the Brickyard 400.

NASCAR tests bigger cockpits at Charlotte track
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR's bid to develop a larger cockpit-area for drivers was slowed Tuesday when the cars with the bigger "greenhouses" didn't perform well on the track during a test at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Max Papis will replace injured Adrian Fernandez

Injured Kidd replaced by Davis on U.S. national team
NEW YORK -- An injured Jason Kidd was dropped from the U.S. roster for the World Basketball Championship on Monday, replaced by New Orleans Hornets guard Baron Davis.

Prosecutors won't refile charges against Iverson

Nuggets coach to interview for assistant's job with Hawks
DENVER -- Mike Evans, the interim head coach of the Denver Nuggets, has been given permission to interview for an assistant coaching job with the Atlanta Hawks.

Injured Kidd replaced by Davis on U.S. national team

Prosecutors won't refile charges against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- Prosecutors won't refile charges against NBA star Allen Iverson for allegedly threatening two men with a gun.

Nuggets coach to interview for assistant's job with Hawks

Morning practice ends early after altercation

Sparks struggle with late-season confidence crisis

Falcons counting on O-line to protect major investments

Kerney moving back to defensive end

Fox names starters, plans for preseason

Vick held out of passing drills because of sore shoulder

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There wasn't anyone more devoted to the city of Augusta than Emma Mason, friends and family say.

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Blasts defense of son charged in wreck
I have just read the comment of Ann Fulcher about her son, David Wallace Fulcher (Aug. 1 news article, "Driver charged in wreck had prior DUI conviction") and I quote, "But it ain't like he's the only one in Richmond County that drives and drinks. He just got caught."M.H. Casalino, Augusta

Citizen-spying would be disastrous for civil liberties
Both Democrats and Republicans checked their hearing in disbelief after Attorney General John Ashcroft's alarming testimony to Congress that he wanted to enlist hundreds of thousands of people - including truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees and others - to snoop and report on persons they suspect may be involved with terrorism. All he wants these people to do is phone the FBI - nothing else. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

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To join or not to join? That is the question facing Augusta leaders regarding the CSRA Unified Development Authority.

Pray, but prepare
It would be a fatal error for the civilized world to mistake relative quiet for actual peace.

News you probably will never read
The following statements are definitely news you will never read from our area: Kenneth Hewett, Harlem, Ga.

'Chronicle' lacks weekend information
Why doesn't the Saturday edition of The Chronicle contain baseball scores from Friday evening games? William H. Wells, Lincolnton, Ga.

Augusta's LBJ
The just released third volume of Robert Caro's sweeping biography of the nation's 36th president covers Lyndon Baines Johnson's years in the U.S. Senate - most of them as majority leader.

Spears works for the people of Dist. 1
I have been a resident of Columbia County for 19 years and am thankful for the leadership that has moved our progressive county forward. I have also known Frank Spears, our District 1 commissioner for the same number of years, and have had the privilege of working with him on several boards and committees during this period of time. LaVander Land, Evans, Ga.

Male hormones cause kidnappings
My heart goes out to the children who have been kidnapped, raped and murdered. It is difficult to imagine the terrifying experiences these little ones suffered. And what about the pain and agony their parents must endure? Earl McCombs, North Augusta, S.C.

Blasts defense of son charged in wreck
I have just read the comment of Ann Fulcher about her son, David Wallace Fulcher (Aug. 1 news article, "Driver charged in wreck had prior DUI conviction") and I quote, "But it ain't like he's the only one in Richmond County that drives and drinks. He just got caught." M.H. Casalino, Augusta

Mission advances
Jackie Boatright was, of course, pleased to win an important round in court Monday in her crusade to raise the quality of care at Georgia day-care centers and to compel them to buy liability insurance.

Pitts' 'colorblind' column misrepresents
Leonard Pitts Jr.'s July 23 column ("Seeing through Connerly's colorblind scheme") is a perfect example of the classic liberal misrepresentation of the "colorblind" philosophy. Mike Mitchell, Augusta

Blood donors needed
After Sept. 11 volunteers flocked to blood centers to donate blood, but since then the blood supply has been drying up. And the situation gets worse in the summer because many regular donors are on vacation.

Jones has clear vision for District 97
Harold Jones II is by far the best choice to lead the new District 97 as its representative. He's qualified, experienced and has a proven record of public service to the Augusta-Richmond county community. Jeffery Stanberry, Augusta

DeLoach committed to public service
Let's return George DeLoach to Atlanta. We would be hard-pressed to find another person of Mr. DeLoach's commitment to public service to represent House District 99. Lena Dixon, Augusta

Feature stories are quality reporting
I saw in the Aug. 1 paper that The Augusta Chronicle will be running feature stories every week by certain personages. This is really good for us to have such a good panel of persons writing to us on topics close to our hearts. I commend you for brightening up your paper with good, quality reporting of the values we hold most dear. Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Brown continues a family tradition
I was excited to hear Steve Brown was running for the Columbia County Commission. Mr. Brown has major roots in our area. He comes from a family that has a heritage of producing a positive impact. Ed Umstead, Martinez, Ga.

Georgia Games not helpful to city
I was disappointed with the Georgia Games wrestling held at Cross Creek High School. The contestants were not treated fairly, the school lost money on the event and I suspect taxpayers will bear the burden of the games. Guy Lane, Hephzibah, Ga.

DeLoach there when party calls
I support George DeLoach in his re-election bid to the state House of Representatives. He has well-served residents of this area. Earl Ehrhart, Powder Springs, Ga.

911 dispatch unfamiliar with Augusta
I'm concerned for how persons in the Augusta 911 dispatch system are trained for their jobs. I have no knowledge of how this is accomplished, but I do know that more than one person in the dispatch room on the afternoon of July 6 had no knowledge of the location of the Augusta Canal bike-way. Ron Jackson, Evans, Ga.

Fix mine fields on Central Avenue
I had the front end of my auto re-aligned two weeks ago. After two weeks of driving on Central Avenue, I have detected a pull to the right in my alignment (fact). Jeffreyd Hall, Augusta

DeLoach fights for constituents
I urge my neighbors in Georgia House District 99 to vote to re-elect George DeLoach in the Republican primary on Aug. 20. Hazel Neal, Hephzibah, Ga.

Overtime

Stallions' owner unhappy

Columbia County gets first female athletic director

Hewitt, Chang, Roddick advance in first round

Money could keep Stallions in town

Martina Hingis asks for wild-card entry to U.S. Open

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Martina Hingis asks for wild-card entry to U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Her ankle healing faster than expected after surgery, Martina Hingis asked Monday for wild-card entry into the U.S. Open, where she's been seeded No. 1 every year since 1997.

Columbia County gets first female athletic director
Evans High School has a new athletic director - and it's a woman.

Cigar, Serena's Song enter horse racing's hall of fame
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Cigar, whose streak of 16 consecutive victories tied Citation's record, and champion filly Serena's Song entered the national racing hall of fame on Monday.

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Aiken will be the site for the 2004 Dixie Boys World Series.

Hewitt, Chang, Roddick advance in first round
MASON, Ohio -- Michael Chang upset Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday in the Masters Series Cincinnati. Andy Roddick and top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt also advanced while Tim Henman beat defending champion Gustavo Kuerten.

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Augusta State sophomore Lauren Smith has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association's All-Scholar Team.

Falcons counting on O-line to protect major investments
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Pete Mangurian rolled his eyes - a familiar reaction for the Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach.

Vick held out of passing drills because of sore shoulder
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick hurt his left shoulder during a passing drill Monday, but he doesn't think the injury will keep him out of the first preseason game.

Morning practice ends early after altercation
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox ended Tuesday morning's practice early after an altercation involving three players erupted during a drill.

Vick practices, says shoulder is fine
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was back throwing passes at training camp Tuesday, showing no signs of a sore left shoulder.

Kerney moving back to defensive end
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons have given up on the idea of moving Patrick Kerney to linebacker.

Fox names starters, plans for preseason
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina coach John Fox said he plans to play his starters only about one quarter on Saturday night when the Panthers open the exhibition season against the Washington Redskins.

Stallions' owner unhappy
Augusta Stallions owner Frank Lawrence said Monday he will suspend operations of the team unless the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center coliseum authority can make some financial concessions and improve service at the arena.

Money could keep Stallions in town
For every home game, Augusta Stallions owner Frank Lawrence pays between $8,000 and $10,000 for rent, labor and other costs.

Prevention key to West Nile epidemic
ATLANTA -- National health officials warned that the West Nile Virus is here to stay and that simple prevention efforts, such as wearing insect repellent, are the best way to manage the epidemic.

Three little titles for Game Boy Advance
This week, let's get small. Two titles for Game Boy Advance and one for the still-popular Game Boy Color are on tap -- two winners and an also-ran.

Stopping spam
NEW YORK -- Fed up with a litany of tiresome e-mail pitches, Chris Caputo decided to fight back.

Workers make 800-pound bullet to hit comet in '05
BOULDER, Colo. - NASA's $279 million Deep Impact comet mission is like a cosmic skeet shooting event 80 million miles from Earth.

Dogs lose two to injuries; one quits
ATHENS, Ga. -- Starting Georgia offensive tackle George Foster is expected to be out 12 weeks after dislocating his wrist in an automobile accident on U.S. 441 in Madison on Saturday.

Full roster reports to Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley couldn't believe it. Practice hasn't officially started yet, and already the Bulldogs have lost lineman George Foster to injury.

Dogs lose two to injuries; one quits

Full roster reports to Georgia

Sparks struggle with late-season confidence crisis
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks once spoke boldly about going undefeated. Now the defending WNBA champions seem to be battling a late-season confidence crisis.

Corporate shows variety on debut CD
What a great time we're living in, when you can rock along with some great punk music and be soothed by the sweet melodic sounds of a piano at the same time. Something Corporate takes the time and effort to rise above the lameness of most piano music and adds some decent lyrics and ripping guitar licks to the mix.

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Question of the day

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New on video and DVD:The Christmas blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The big-screen version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel stars Elijah Wood as ring-bearer Frodo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf. There's also Supertroopers, a slapstick comedy about fumbling cops who must straighten up their act to save their station from budget cuts.

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Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Corporate shows variety on debut CD

Question of the day
Q: How early will you leave home on the first day of school?

Taking to the air
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Savannah Collins didn't grow up like most little girls.

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My pad
THE FACTS: Randi Jones, 15, a rising sophomore at Evans High School

Your style
THE FACTS: Brandiace Bullock, 16, a rising senior at the Academy of Richmond County

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Girl's friends are too wild for her

Girl's friends are too wild for her
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I have these friends who are totally too wild for me. They come to a lot of parties, and we hang

My ride
THE FACTS: Josh Mangness, 20, a rising sophomore at South Georgia College

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Your style

Three little titles for Game Boy Advance

Stopping spam

Prevention key to West Nile epidemic