Players likely to set strike date Monday
NEW YORK -- All the drama in baseball this season hasn't been confined to the field.

Players likely to set strike date Monday

Sick of losing, Sosa homers on
DENVER -- Sammy Sosa has long been the kind of player who transcends loyalties.

Dixie champs return home
While they were in Euless, Texas, last week to compete in the Dixie Boys World Series, some members of the Columbia County Recreation Department all-star baseball team went to see the Mel Gibson movie Signs.

Sick of losing, Sosa homers on

Dixie champs return home

You have mail, but it's just another batch of 'spam'

Aquarium platform dumps people into shark tank
NEW ORLEANS -- Ten people on a behind-the-scenes tour at an aquarium plunged into a shark tank after a platform collapsed. No one was seriously injured, officials said.

Odds and ends
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Don't worry, Toledo. The guinea pigs are on the way.

Astros defeat Braves

Astros defeat Braves
HOUSTON - There were no comebacks or late-inning heroics for the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. But there were no long faces in the clubhouse, either.

Braves' bats bash Astros
HOUSTON - The Astros' top-heavy lineup featuring Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell is accustomed to flaming out against the Braves early in the postseason, where Atlanta aces Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are extra tough.By pure scheduling luck, the Astros did not have to face either of them over the weekend.

Company adds firepower to factory SUVs

Keep on truckin'

Investors encouraged to remain in market
NEW YORK - With mutual fund performance going from bad to worse to really dreadful, dutiful investors have a persistent question: What should I do?

Business calendar

TreasureDirect makes buying securities easy
I'm concerned about the stock market and thinking of moving some of my money into Treasury securities. How do I go about buying them?

Taking stock

Company adds firepower to factory SUVs
BUTLER, Pa. - The sport utility vehicle that rolls out of the Ibis Tek shop looks just like those driven by millions of soccer moms.

On the move

In shopping, as in football, streaks always end
History was made in Odessa, Texas, on Sept. 26, 1997 when Odessa High School's football team beat crosstown rival Permian High School for the first time since 1964.

Athens' countrified neighbor fears population explosion

Keep on truckin'
As many as 180 new jobs could be coming to south Richmond County early next year, provided the owner of a local manufacturing company can come to terms with the government of Thailand.

In shopping, as in football, streaks always end

On the move
MCG Health Inc. has named Michael Dixon as director of Ambulatory Care Surgical Services. He was previously administrator at East Baltimore Medical Center and administrator of the gastroenterology division of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington. Mr. Dixon is responsible for the departments of general surgery, urology, plastic surgery and ENT (ear, nose and throat).

Athens' countrified neighbor fears population explosion
MAXEYS, Ga. - There's only one traffic light in Oglethorpe County, and it's in the wrong place.

Taking stock
When co-workers complain about losses in their retirement plans, Connie Martin can relate.

TreasureDirect makes buying securities easy

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Augusta Newsprint

Bear market continues despite rallies

Business calendar
Tuesday: QuickBooks Pro 2002 workshop; with Sonia Gowen, certified QuickBooks Pro adviser; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co. CPAs, 701 Greene St., Suite 200; $195 due at registration, breakfast and lunch provided; Dawn Hatfield, 722-5337.

Think through your goal before putting it on resume
"GOAL: To gain experience in the field of work."

Bear market continues despite rallies
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's recent string of triple-digit rallies and a rare week of solid gains might give some investors hope that the bear market is finally ending.

Investors encouraged to remain in market

Bowden not panicking in fourth season
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is not the panicky type - not yet anyway.

Tigers work on team unity

Tigers work on team unity
CLEMSON, S.C. -- To Clemson cornerback Brian Mance, this season is already off to a great start.

Bowden not panicking in fourth season

Rosenblatt: Let's not forget Florida State

College football noteboook

College football noteboook
The last time Ray Goff saw Georgia play in person, he was the Bulldogs' football coach. He plans to end his hiatus this season.

Rosenblatt: Let's not forget Florida State
Bobby Bowden hates losing so much that an 8-4 season is unacceptable. And make no mistake - last year was utter misery for the 72-year-old coach.

Responsibility vs. rights

Making history

Amazing amalgam

The worst nightmare

Bob tops Barney as most popular children's character
CARROLLTON, Texas -- Bob the Builder has stolen Barney's spotlight.

ABC turns to HBO for ideas
NEW YORK -- Television's coldest network is turning to one of its hottest for help.

Home front
Looking for ways to beat the heat? One or more of the following improvements will make your home more comfortable and lower your utility bill.

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhl

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The play "True West" can lay claim to many distinctions: More beer is swilled by just two characters ... more stolen toasters stack up ... and more histrionics occur in a kitchen than in probably any other play you can name.

Dancing feat
With the voice of Frank Sinatra setting the pace, Anneliese Goodman and John Chester spun across the blue-and-white checkered floor.

Natural habitat
Christmas 2000 was a little more special for Jere and Wendy Iacobucci.

Send 'save the date' cards months ahead of wedding
Dear Carson: My fiance and I have been engaged for a couple of years. Most of our friends and family know of our engagement and I feel it would be in bad taste to send out announcements of our engagement. I would, however, like to send out "save our (wedding) date" cards.

Web sites for a vacation in Greece and 2004 Olympics
If you haven't already started, it's time to make plans for going to the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Even if you're not going to the Games, make plans anyway to visit the home of the Acropolis and the heart of Greek civilization.

Fall season may find 'comfort TV' in a new role: 'rescue TV'
NEW YORK -- If you had been strolling on Fourth Avenue in Manhattan one morning last week, you might have come upon "NYPD Blue," visiting from Los Angeles to shoot location scenes.

Jackets prepare for full-pad workout
ATLANTA -- After five workouts in shorts and T-shirts, Georgia Tech practices in full pads for the first time Monday, less than three weeks before its season opener against Vanderbilt.

Jackets prepare for full-pad workout

Jackets need just one to win
SALISBURY, Md. - Down the road, the Augusta GreenJackets can look back and say they scored a run off former American League Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen.

Around the horn
Third baseman John Hattig is 11-for-20 in his past five games, raising his average to .284.

GreenJackets notebook
After two months minus his best player, manager Arnie Beyeler was happy to write "Seiber - CF" atop the Augusta GreenJackets lineup card again.

Jackets blow late lead
SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva's Adam Manley struck out the first time he faced Augusta's Kevin Huang with the game on the line.

Woods wins the Buick Open

Surprise foursome assumes spotlight

Woods leads Buick Open by a stroke
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods kept things interesting in the Buick Open with a shaky start Saturday.

Surprise foursome assumes spotlight
GRANITEVILLE - The anticipated shootout between playing partners Randy Sapp and Jay Blackburn never materialized in Saturday's first round of the Orville White Cup golf tournament.

Sheehan wins senior tournament
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Patty Sheehan shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Women's Senior Golf Tour's Great Lakes Classic by two strokes.

American Pena captures Sun Chlorella Classic
TOKYO -- American Christian Pena birdied the first hole of a playoff Sunday to win the Sun Chlorella Classic, his first victory on the Japanese tour.

American Pena captures Sun Chlorella Classic

Dawson wins LaSalle Bank Open
LONG GROVE, Ill. -- Marco Dawson fired a final-round 69 to win the Buy.com Tour's LaSalle Bank Open at the Kemper Lakes Golf Course.

Webb makes history with victory in Women's British Open
TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Karrie Webb overcame a three-shot deficit with a 6-under 66 Sunday to win a record third Women's British Open and complete the LPGA's Super Slam.

Victory sets up faceoff in finale

Woods wins the Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods warmed up for the PGA Championship with a win.

Lawrie runs away to victory in Wales Open
NEWPORT, Wales -- Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie scored a comfortable five-stroke victory in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor Sunday, a year after he lost in a three-man playoff.

Dawson wins LaSalle Bank Open

Sheehan wins senior tournament

Lawrie runs away to victory in Wales Open

Victory sets up faceoff in finale
GRANITEVILLE - In a month's time, Chip Whitaker has gone from a rank-and-file Regions Cup golfer to a serious contender for player of the year honors.

Woods leads Buick Open by a stroke

GreenJackets notebook

Jackets blow late lead

Jackets need just one to win

Transitional years pay off at Harlem

Transitional years pay off at Harlem
Jimmie Lewis will be the first to admit Harlem's football history is not very impressive.

You have mail, but it's just another batch of 'spam'
You can stop the paper when you go on vacation. You can stop the post office delivery. You can turn off the telephone answering machine, if you want. But your computer e-mail will keep on coming, and that means spam.

Braves crush Astros
HOUSTON -- Chipper Jones had a career-high five hits and scored three runs, and Kevin Millwood won for the ninth time in 10 decisions as the Atlanta Braves routed the Houston Astros 13-3.

Man killed early today
A man was shot in the head early today at a gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Two strikes, she's almost out

Kingery dedicated to service

When Jones speaks, everyone should listen

U.S. should stop supporting Israel

Wisdom in water reclamation

Commissioner comparison insult to 'Stooges'

Harold Jones, man with the plan

Gracewood mission, patients deserve proper financing

Where have Social Security funds gone?

Give mayor benefit of the doubt

Hotel/conference center project in Aiken a waste

DeLoach takes an interest in people

Fall season may find 'comfort TV' in a new role: 'rescue TV'

ABC turns to HBO for ideas

Arts calendar

Natural habitat

Bob tops Barney as most popular children's character

Home front

Dancing feat

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Transit system runs heavy bill
Riders on Aiken County's Best Friend Express, a public bus service connecting North Augusta, Aiken and New Ellenton, pay no more than a $1.50 to ride, but it costs $7 per passenger to provide the service.

Professionals love their short games

GOP hopefuls face off in forum

Woods fire extinguished
Firefighters are warning residents about outdoor burning - even grilling with charcoal - while the ground is dry and humidity is low.

Walk for change

GOP candidates near end of race
Lee Dickerson says he's not running against Charlie Norwood. He's running for Congress.

Hopeful leans on stature in race

Across the area

Transit system runs heavy bill

Schools chief says 'clear difference' is called for

Experts spell out hopefuls' chances
The new 12th Congressional District was drawn to favor a Democrat, and in the end a liberal is likely to win the seat, political scientists say.

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Send us your thoughts on Sept. 11

Reverend urges local blacks to vote

GOP candidates near end of race

Athens tightens watering limits
ATHENS, Ga. - Citing a "significant increase in daily demand for water," Athens-Clarke County will join a growing number of other Georgia locales by tightening outdoor watering restrictions Monday.

Across Georgia

Around town

Athens tightens watering limits

Across the southeast

Experts spell out hopefuls' chances

Ex-Democrat speaks out for government 'by the people'

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

Across South Carolina

Walk for change
Jennifer Taylor and her mother, Gladys Taylor, woke up about 5 a.m. to drive from Midville, Ga., to the Food Lion parking lot on Tobacco Road.

Across Georgia

Under construction
The fishing pier at the Below Dam, S.C., section of Thurmond Dam will remain closed for about two weeks or more to allow work crews to replace and repair decking, steps, fencing and support structures.

Gas station shooting kills man

Hopeful leans on stature in race
CUMMING, Ga. - When U.S. Senate hopeful Saxby Chambliss stood in front of a group of Rotarians in Forsyth County recently, he didn't talk about the eight years he has spent fighting for Georgia's farmers and military bases.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ronald Hogland of Augusta.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities were working Saturday to piece together the details of a shooting at an apartment complex Friday night.

Man killed early today

News you can use
AUG. 12, 1967 Delta Airlines will open a regional reservation center in the new Georgia Railroad Bank Building within the next year.

Around town

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

Atlanta shooting doesn't deter gun show patrons

Reverend urges local blacks to vote
The churches were crowded, and the Rev. Joseph Lowry hoped everyone took his message to heart.

Across the area

Changed lives give purpose to couple
It is the child they found abandoned in the garbage dump outside Manila who found a new life in an orphanage. It is the 14-year-old in Myanmar who not only recovered from pneumonia but also found a new inspiration for her life.

Subscriber of the day

Mom's memory inspired win
Judith Pannell knows her mother would be pleased.

Under construction

Classes assist sailors' return
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Even after 20-plus years in the service and a handful of deployments, retired Navy Chief Richard Turner just couldn't get it right.

Across Georgia
GRIFFIN -A man being chased by police Saturday morning swerved out of his lane and hit an oncoming sheriff's deputy head-on, police said.

Across Georgia
DORAVILLE -A teenager lost control of his car, ran into a tree and died early Sunday morning - the second teen traffic fatality of the weekend.

News you can use
AUG. 11, 1989 In the Augusta area's second midday bank robbery in as many days, an armed man held up the Bankers First branch office in Village West shopping center Thursday - and made his getaway on a bicycle.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -The Spartanburg Water System soon might begin mandatory water restrictions unless customers cut back on their own, says the system's general manager, Graham Rich.

2 complexes are damaged during fires
Two separate fires - one started by a cigarette - damaged residences at apartment complexes Saturday.

Across the area
An Augusta man told police two men cut in front of his car on Peach Orchard Road on Sunday and pointed a gun at him.

Atlanta shooting doesn't deter gun show patrons
Alex Harris pushed his 18-month-old son in a stroller between aisles of tables displaying handguns, rifles and other weaponry at a gun show inside Regency Mall.

Traffic, growth will get review
Traffic and future commercial growth will be discussed in a study session before Aiken City Council's meeting tonight.

Send us your thoughts on Sept. 11
In one month, Americans will mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is William Presson of Aiken.

GOP hopefuls face off in forum
Republican 12th Congressional District candidate Max Burns focused on offense and opponent Barbara Dooley went on defense when the two went head-to-head at a political forum Saturday.

Church gets pupils, teachers ready for school
When it comes to asking for God's blessing, nothing seems off limits at a Columbia County church.

Across the southeast

Across the southeast
MIAMI -Something unusual has been happening recently at one of Miami's most popular Cuban radio stations: At 5 p.m. each day, the disc jockeys start broadcasting in Russian.

Across South Carolina

Braves crush Astros

Brenau student wins Miss Augusta crown
Judith Pannell was crowned Miss Augusta 2003 on Saturday night at the Augusta State University Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Schools chief says 'clear difference' is called for
ROME, Ga. - It's a winner of a political sound bite - one that Linda Schrenko breaks out every time she gets a chance.

Lesser-known candidate keeps focus on the issues

Ex-Democrat speaks out for government 'by the people'
ROSWELL, Ga. - It's a few minutes before the Roswell Rotary Club will ring its bell and get down to business, and former state Sen. Sonny Perdue is in his element.

Lesser-known candidate keeps focus on the issues
MACON, Ga. - The way Bill Byrne sees it, the three-way Republican primary for governor is pretty easy to figure out.

Gas station shooting kills man
An Augusta man recently paroled from prison was gunned down in front of customers at an Augusta convenience store early Sunday, a killing the victim's father says was revenge for his son's testimony in a 2000 murder trial.

Changed lives give purpose to couple

Across the southeast
ORLANDO, Fla. - A gasoline tank truck overturned Sunday and struck a retaining wall on an overpass, bursting into flames and hurling chunks of concrete into the path of traffic below, the Highway Patrol said. Two people were killed and five were injured.

Blood levels drop
Luc Ceyssens wanted to donate at a recent blood drive in Augusta. There was just one problem: He is a native of Belgium and had lived there from 1968 to 1982.

Professionals love their short games
Vance Randall has been in this position more times than he would care to count. At

Across South Carolina
CLOVER -Clover town officials violated the Freedom of Information Act by not releasing the names of the four finalists for its town administrator job, according to an attorney representing The (Rock Hill) Herald and one of its sister papers.

Spurrier not changing for NFL
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's just a little too weird.

Giaffone holds off Hornish to win first IRL race

Title not out of Rudd's range

Title not out of Rudd's range
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Ricky Rudd still has aspirations of winning a Winston Cup championship. Converting his pole position into a victory in today's Sirius Satellite Radio road course event at Watkins Glen would be a major step in the right direction.

Stewart survives restart to get win
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - The worst part for Tony Stewart was the wait.

Giaffone holds off Hornish to win first IRL race
SPARTA, Ky. -- Felipe Giaffone narrowly beat fast-closing Sam Hornish Jr. in the Belterra Casino Indy 300 on Sunday for his first victory in the Indy Racing League.

Stewart drives to victory at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tony Stewart took his aggression to the track and rolled to victory Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

Stewart drives to victory at Watkins Glen

Stewart survives restart to get win

Sting stay in hunt

Injuries putting bite on Falcons

Dea. John Scott    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. John McLaughlin
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Congestive heart failure did what three wars, a POW camp and two cancers couldn't do to retired Marine Lt. Gen. John McLaughlin.

Mrs. Alice Greshem    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Bell    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. George Wright    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. John Beam    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Melissa Key    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Williams Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Edenfield    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. George Wallace    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Duggan    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Clark Stokely    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Roberts    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. George Newman Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lou Quarles    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Caldwell Jones Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Harold Padgett    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Algernon Dunbar Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. John McLaughlin    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William McClure    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Col. Thomas Marriott    (NORMAN, Okla.)
Mrs. Hazel Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Magruder    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Wallace    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Iva-Lea Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clark Stokely    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Elliott Jackson Jr.    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mrs. Eugenia Roberts    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Berry Holmes    (MULLINS, S.C.)
Mr. William McClure    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Hollis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Iva-Lea Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Viola Deas    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Hollis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Dawson    (BRANFORD, Conn.)
Ms. Rosa Evans    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Costner    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Boatright    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Edwin Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Katharine Westendorf
Katharine Westendorf spent her lifetime in service of her country, just like the rest of her family.

Mr. Robert Hollis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. John McLaughlin

Mrs. Viola Deas (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William McClure (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Marcus Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lou Quarles (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Katharine Westendorf

Mr. John McLaughlin (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clark Stokely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Wright (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Roberts (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Williams Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Dawson (BRANFORD, Conn.)

Mrs. Pauline Magruder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Iva-Lea Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Bell (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. William McClure (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Edenfield (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. George Newman Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Greshem (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Caldwell Jones Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Melissa Key (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Dea. John Scott (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. George Wallace (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Algernon Dunbar Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Wallace (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Rev. Harold Padgett (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Hollis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Beam (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Rosa Evans (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Costner (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Iva-Lea Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Col. Thomas Marriott (NORMAN, Okla.)

Mrs. Annie Duggan (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eugenia Roberts (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Clark Stokely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elliott Jackson Jr. (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Berry Holmes (MULLINS, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Boatright (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Wisdom in water reclamation
Every couple of years water conservation makes the front page of The Chronicle. This time the drought extends its reach to the upper Savannah River, and Atlanta threatens to divert some huge amount for its use. John Culbert, Williston, S.C.

Hotel/conference center project in Aiken a waste
I live in Aiken, S.C., and many here read your paper. I am appealing to anyone interested in the hotel/conference center project seeking funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to contact their representatives and write the editorial page of the newspaper about wasting our tax money on such a project. Kathy R. White, Aiken, S.C.

Making history
History was made last week at Fort Gordon, and there were some encouraging words for the fort's future too.

Harold Jones, man with the plan
The new 97th Georgia House District will need a leader, a person with a plan and vision for the district, as well as for Augusta-Richmond County. We need an individual with proven qualifications, experience and leadership. Bill Jones, Augusta

The worst nightmare
Although most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows - a friend, acquaintance or even a family member - the scariest assault, the kind that strikes deep fear into a community, is the one where a stranger attacks, seemingly out of nowhere.

Kingery dedicated to service
It's about time Columbia County exerts greater leadership in regional economic development. Andrew Kingery, former bank vice president and past chairman of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, is the only qualified candidate for chairman of the Columbia County Commission. Dennis M. Moore, Evans, Ga.

Amazing amalgam
Back to school time is exciting, invigorating, rejuvenating and hope-filled.

When Jones speaks, everyone should listen
It is very refreshing to see young black men from our community in leadership positions and running for office. I am referring to attorney Harold Jones II. He has a quiet demeanor but when he speaks, everyone listens. J. McGrady, Augusta

Commissioner comparison insult to 'Stooges'
I have referred to Augusta commissioners Marion Williams, Lee Beard and Willie Mays as the "Three Stooges." I apologize to Larry, Curly and Moe. They brought us amusement and entertainment. Our hate-filled threesome has only brought discord, racial strife and erosion of any potential our city had for first-class status. M. Don Williams, Augusta

Responsibility vs. rights
Reproductive rights are in the news again - and not just in an Ellen Goodman column. And, as is usually the case with this issue, nobody wins.

Gracewood mission, patients deserve proper financing
I was disappointed to read your editorial on July 24 ("Gracewood woes"), concerning Gracewood State Hospital. I don't take issue with publicizing the lapses in quality of care found by federal inspectors. Such inspections are necessary to safeguard our most vulnerable citizens. William S. Robson, Martinez, Ga.

Where have Social Security funds gone?
In his letter of Aug. 1, Leonard Sienkiewicz asked the question, "What if your Social Security were in stock, as Bush wanted?" J. Shoffner, Augusta

DeLoach takes an interest in people
I appreciate state Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah, for his continued support for the developmentally disadvantaged and the committees he serves. Maurice Alligood, Augusta

U.S. should stop supporting Israel
Another bombing. What a shock to Israel's warring Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Give mayor benefit of the doubt
Under the possibility of a protective and supportive shield from a few local representatives of our government, who were also unaware of improper activity on the part of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few, it is quite feasible Mayor Bob Young truly did not know the circumstances prior to writing his job recommendation letter. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Two strikes, she's almost out
Your July 26 editorial, "New shelter woes," regarding conditions at Richmond County Animal Control, reminded me of having heard Dr. Bonnie Bragdon on Austin Rhodes' show and the harsh tone that came across in discussing the animals kept in the shelter. Holley Renno, Augusta

Area sports announcements

Overtime

U.S. gymnastics on the rise again

Stallions players react to team's uncertainty

Overtime

Atlanta makes the playoffs

Record set at PPA championship

Area sports announcements
Aug. 24: Top Georgia high school baseball players (2003-05 graduates) will have an opportunity to improve their chances of playing collegiately at the Doyle Baseball 2002 College Prep Showcase at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, Ga. The event is designed to assist high school players and their parents with the college recruiting process. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Anthony Fedele at (770) 517-6919 or visit www.doylebaseball.com/sc2002.html.

Record set at PPA championship
Cliff Matthews kicked the air on the 12th hole of the final round, motioning for his ball to drop into the hole.

U.S. gymnastics on the rise again
CLEVELAND -- Humiliated by their resounding defeats, the American gymnasts couldn't leave the Sydney Olympics fast enough.

Overtime
Lindsay Davenport, making a comeback from knee surgery, reached her first final of the year with a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal victory over Ai Sugiyama in the JPMorgan Chase Open in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Saturday.

Overtime
Two Greater Augusta Swimming club members will compete in this week's USA Swimming National Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Joel Johnson of North Augusta will compete in the 100-meter backstroke on Tuesday and Augusta's Cissy Schepens begins qualifying in the 200 breaststroke on Thursday. Johnson is competing in his first national championships; it's the third for Schepens.

Atlanta makes the playoffs
ATLANTA (AP)- Nikki Serlenga and Kelly Cagle scored goals, and Briana Scurry posted her sixth shutout as the Atlanta Beat secured the final WUSA playoff spot with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Charge on Saturday.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
MONDAY: A Meteor Walk in Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will begin at 9 p.m. The Perseids meteor shower is expected to generate 80 meteors per hour. Hike two miles to a remote area and enjoy the show. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Call 828-2109 for details.

National champion
Samantha Pruitte of Harlem won first-place recently in the National Field Archery Association's Outdoor National Championship held in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Cooking wild

National champion

Legalized crossbows
Crossbows have their fans - and their foes.

Legalized crossbows

Cooking wild
Catfish aren't pretty, but they make the finest stew in the world. Plan to invite lots of friends, because stew recipes tend to grow in volume - and you can always freeze the leftovers. Recipes such as this are versatile, too, so feel free to amend it to suit your own taste.

Injuries putting bite on Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Dan Reeves has no plans to put the Atlanta Falcons through a hard week of practice as they prepare for their second preseason game.

Spurrier not changing for NFL

Stallions players react to team's uncertainty
When Undre Williams heard the Augusta Stallions might not play next season, he took it personally.

How Sept. 11 solved a weather mystery
It was a research opportunity David Travis would never have wished on himself.

Gizmos that handle compression
When was the last time you thought about how software you download from the Internet is decompressed? Most folks would probably say "never," but the true computer addict not only wants to know how it's being done, but what options he has when doing it.

Stability found in Athens

Stability found in Athens
Where were you when the call came from Mark Richt? Brian VanGorder gives a quick answer to an easy question: Macomb.

Miracle keep playoff hopes alive
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nykesha Sales scored 19 points to help the Orlando Miracle keep their playoff hopes alive with a 71-58 win over the Detroit Shock on Sunday.

Sting stay in hunt
NEW YORK-- Allison Feaster scored 18 points as the Charlotte Sting beat the New York Liberty 71-58 Sunday to stay in the hunt for the Eastern Conference's second playoff spot.

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Gizmos that handle compression

How Sept. 11 solved a weather mystery