Jose Canseco skips hearing on charges from nightclub scuffle

Jose Canseco skips hearing on charges from nightclub scuffle
MIAMI -- Former American League MVP Jose Canseco skipped a court hearing Tuesday where he and his twin brother were supposed to enter pleas on charges stemming from a nightclub scuffle on Halloween.

Baseball players fail to set strike date
CHICAGO -- Baseball players backed off setting a strike date Monday, saying they were hopeful recent progress in bargaining talks could lead to a new agreement by the end of the week.

Baseball players fail to set strike date

Jitterbugs to catfish to camels - postcards have it all

Is Bonds the best of all time?
ATLANTA - Barry Bonds turned 38 last month. This is his 18th year in professional baseball.

Is Bonds the best of all time?

Braves fall to Giants
ATLANTA - This was the kind of day it was for Braves manager Bobby Cox. Before Tuesday night's game, he scratched backup catcher Henry Blanco from the lineup, checked on right fielder Gary Sheffield's sore hand, wondered out loud whether left fielder Chipper Jones would arrive by game time, and crossed his fingers that Greg Maddux's strained rib cage muscle wouldn't act up.

Rookie catcher sign of the times

Rookie catcher sign of the times
ATLANTA - This is how bad it has become for the wounded Atlanta Braves:

Chipper arrives late but stays in lineup

Chipper arrives late but stays in lineup
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves left fielder Chipper Jones didn't arrive in time for batting practice Tuesday night after flying to Florida following the death of his mother-in-law.

Braves fall to Giants

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged at a 40-year low Tuesday, but signaled that it stands ready to cut short-term rates if economic conditions worsen.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - ImClone Systems Inc. founder and former chief executive Samuel Waksal pleaded innocent to insider trading and fraud charges, and said outside court that allegations against him should not detract from the potential of the biotech company's widely touted cancer drug, Erbitux, as a breakthrough treatment for cancer.

US Airways to operate under bankruptcy protection

US Airways to operate under bankruptcy protection
ARLINGTON, Va. -- A federal judge gave US Airways approval Monday to continue operations temporarily while it tries to reorganize its finances under bankruptcy protection.

Stocks slide after Fed decides to hold line on interest rates
NEW YORK -- Wall Street fell victim to a late-day sell-off Tuesday after Federal Reserve policy-makers decided not to cut interest rates, rattling investors who were hoping for more aggressive action.

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged

Retail sales up 1.2 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Sales at the nation's retailers rose by a brisk 1.2 percent in July, but much of the strength reflected people taking advantage of free-financing offers and other incentives to buy cars and trucks.

Retail sales up 1.2 percent in July

Business briefs

Business briefs
SRP Federal Credit Union will open its newest branch Tuesday in Aiken at 3559 Richland Ave. The branch will replace the credit union's previous facility on that street.

28 locals own share of course
Former Columbia County Commissioner Larry Prather is a sometime golfer, a part-time investor and a full-time property developer. As such, a share in the Big Three Golf Club is his ideal investment.

Stocks slide after Fed decides to hold line on interest rates

28 locals own share of course

Judge considers sending Watson to prison

Judge considers sending Watson to prison
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A judge says he's angry that Derek Watson has completed just a third of his court-ordered community service and wanted to send South Carolina State's new running back to jail.

Despite the ban on bowls; Alabama remains focused
Dennis Franchione says he likes the attitude and chemistry of his players. It's a well-worn cliche this time of year, when giddy anticipation has yet to be tempered by a loss.

Off-field woes hurt Arkansas
He's looking for a starting quarterback. He's trying to replace three offensive linemen. He needs to establish depth on the defensive line.

Miami primed to repeat as national champs

Miami primed to repeat as national champs
Brett Romberg was showing off his championship ring, a gaudy piece of jewelry he and his Miami teammates picked up after winning the national title last season.

Off-field woes hurt Arkansas

Hatfill of concern

Suicide squeeze

Humiliating Martha

No magic wand

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Wines complement vegetarian palates
CONCORD, N.H. - Vegetarian cuisine finally is shedding its brown-rice and bean-curd beginnings.

Medical care advances reduce murder rate
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Improvements in emergency care over the past 40 years have helped to dramatically lower the death rate among assault victims by nearly 70 percent and, in the process, decrease the nation's murder rate, according to a new study.

'XXX' takes No. 1 spot at box office
LOS ANGELES -- "XXX" crossed-out the competition at the weekend box office as the Vin Diesel spy adventure claimed the No. 1 spot with $44.5 million.

In the know
A pooch trains his owners on Beware of Dog, billed as Animal Planet's first sitcom (what, there might be more?). It all starts when cuddly, calculating Jack schemes his way into the Poole household, where he'll prove to be a precocious member of the family (he even serves as narrator). The cast includes Richard Waugh, Carolyn Dunn, Alex Appel, Gage Knox - with Chip the dog as star of what is clearly a pet project. It premieres tonight at 8 on Animal Planet.

Tribute explores black films of 1970s
NEW YORK -- Three decades after the brief ascendancy of blaxploitation movies, the people in front of and behind the cameras can still feel disrespected.

Various accessories add color, lights
Danielle Pitts knew she had something in mind when she went to pick out the face plate for her cell phone.

Researchers map genetic code of wine to curb fraud
PARIS -- It may be less enjoyable than relying on taste buds, but French researchers say they have found a way to use DNA to tell the difference between a high-end wine and a cheaper blend.

Continental express
There are several classic preparations that you'll find on Continental restaurant menus. Last week I shared a recipe for Chicken Florentine. This week, it's a quick recipe for Chicken Provencal.

Not all wines as memorable as Sonoma's storied past
Advocates of Napa Valley probably wouldn't want this known, but the first vines planted in Napa, by George Yount in 1838, grew on cuttings taken from Gen. Mariano Vallejo's vineyard in neighboring Sonoma County; hence, we might say that the Napa Valley wine industry is based on Sonoma vines.

Small portions
Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea (University of Illinois University Press, $29.95) by Andrew S. Smith tells the story of one of the wonders of the national food scene.

Tech goes through second day of two-a-day drills
ATLANTA --- Chan Gailey sent his Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets through their second day of two-a-days in pads on Tuesday and liked some of what he saw.

Jackets' owner to visit this week
The partnership between the Boston Red Sox and Augusta GreenJackets has been a match made in heaven for Mike Savit.

Jackets split series with Shorebirds
The Augusta GreenJackets salvaged a split from their four-game series with North Division-leading Delmarva by drubbing the Shorebirds 11-2 Monday night at Salisbury, Md.

GreenJackets scouting report
Greensboro Bats (Yankees) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Irish eyes smilin' in the majors

With best-ever field in PGA, is this August - or Augusta?
CHASKA, Minn. -- The PGA Championship finally arrived at Hazeltine National Golf Club, and there wasn't a grand slam in sight. Not that it seemed to matter.

Woods rolls with punches

The grass wasn't always greener
CHASKA, Minn. -- Tom Lehman was at a crossroads in his career.

Irish eyes smilin' in the majors
CHASKA, Minn. -- Padraig Harrington walked through a wall of autograph seekers on his way to the practice range Monday at Hazeltine National Golf Club when one exuberant fan shouted, "Awwwright Padraig! You the man, bay-bee!"

It's no longer win or else for Els - just win against Tiger
CHASKA, Minn. -- Even after winning three majors, after overcoming his own insecurities and failing confidence to win a British Open that nearly slipped away last month, Ernie Els still doesn't have the answer.

The grass wasn't always greener

Hazeltine seeks redemption
CHASKA, Minn. - The course was cursed by the players in 1970. It was cursed again by the weather in 1991.

With best-ever field in PGA, is this August - or Augusta?

Woods rolls with punches
CHASKA, Minn. - As transitions go, consider Tiger Woods to have scored another record: widest margin of segue.

It's no longer win or else for Els - just win against Tiger

Hazeltine seeks redemption

Jackets split series with Shorebirds

GreenJackets scouting report

Poll favors championship teams
It's good to be the state title winner - even nine months later.

Jitterbugs to catfish to camels - postcards have it all
The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.

Four defendants plea guilty in 1969 race riot shooting
YORK, Pa. -- Four white men pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Wednesday in the shooting death of a black woman during the city's 1969 race riots.

Woman sentenced to 40 years for shooting deputy
APPLING - The woman who pleaded guilty to shooting a Columbia County Deputy was sentenced this morning. Tamika Bum

Two arrested in weekend slaying
Richmond County authorities charged two Augusta men today in Sunday's fatal shooting of a man outside a convenience store.

Wilke to become Lynx assistant coach
David Wilkie wasn't going back to the National Hockey League as a player. But someday, maybe, he will get there as a coach.

Home invasion suspect in custody
A Waynesboro man suspected in Monday's North Augusta home invasion was in custody this morning in the Richmond County Jail.

Police identify rape suspect
North Augusta police are hunting for an intruder who forced his way into an apartment at Georgetown Villas late Monday, tied up five people and raped an 18-year-old woman who was visiting.

Young ducks taking responsibility

Jefferson, the Constitution refute letter writer's 'Big Lie'

Georgia must pay a living wage

Fight terror constitutionally

'Hymn' whiners

Non-pay fine smaller than taxes

Hodges hot-dogging for re-election

Supports nurses' intellect, skills

Backs man of integrity, common sense

Tennis dad's buffoonery part of master game plan

Drinkers contribute to carnage

War with Iraq would be a quagmire

Cross will stand strong

Get the lead out of the commission

Wines complement vegetarian palates

'XXX' takes No. 1 spot at box office

Tribute explores black films of 1970s

Various accessories add color, lights

Continental express

Small portions

Not all wines as memorable as Sonoma's storied past

Medical care advances reduce murder rate

In the know

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is George Meals of Augusta.

Traffic study verifies concerns
An independent traffic consultant confirmed Monday night what Aiken city leaders likely had expected: There are a lot of vehicles driving on the city's roads.

Subscriber of the day

Home invasion suspect in custody

Across the southeast
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -Forty-five years after President Eisenhower was forced to dispatch federal troops to integrate Little Rock's Central High School in a historic 1957 racial confrontation, the school district is still fighting to end its federal court oversight.

Water plans have high cost
ATLANTA - Georgia needs to invest millions of dollars to protect water quality and ensure adequate water supplies, but it is money Georgia cannot afford during the current economic downturn, a top environmental official said Tuesday.

Pupils fill fort's new school
Crouching at a table Monday, Becky Allen kissed her son Adam goodbye on his first day of school at Freedom Park Elementary School.

News you can use

Officials examine home explosion

Costs rise for Augusta's indigent defense

Group sees job vacancy as a hazard
It's a vacant city position that Priscilla Bence argues has become an obstacle to safer roads in Augusta.

Across Georgia

Costs rise for Augusta's indigent defense
The cost of defending the poor will escalate in Augusta courts, beginning today.

Pupils fill fort's new school

Freshman gets off to smooth start
Casey Jones knew she wouldn't hug her mom. Not in the school parking lot.

Across the area

Man sought in home invasion

Candidate denies threat
ATLANTA - With the Aug. 20 primary election less than a week away, most political chit-chat around office water coolers continues to focus on the big-ticket races for governor and Congress.

News you can use

Across the area
Two of three people accused of gun-running were sentenced to prison Tuesday for their roles in the purchase of more than 100 handguns intended for the black market in New York City.

Candidates present campaign platforms
The road leading to Savannah Rapids Pavilion was the first indication: The mile-long stretch was dotted with more than 100 political signs.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON -Lexington County has closed its courthouse again because of mold.

News you can use
AUG. 13, 1969 A Fort Gordon noncommissioned officer was charged by the Army with two counts of involuntary manslaughter Monday in connection with the deaths of two army privates and the injury of 14 others. The deaths and injuries occurred when a car rammed into a platoon of basic trainees Saturday night, fort officials said.

Water plans have high cost

Officials examine home explosion
Fire officials were investigating an explosion at an Augusta home Tuesday that injured two men and damaged the residence.

Panel opposes historic label

Allgoods, pilot's family file suits
Family members of Thomas and Thelma Allgood and pilot Stephen Patterson, who were killed in a plane crash two years ago, have filed lawsuits.

Report blasts purchasing official

Police release names of 58 in drug bust
Narcotics investigators released the names Monday of 58 people who were arrested in a seven-month undercover sting.

Woman confesses prescription forgery
A woman who worked at what a narcotics agent described as an illegal prescription-writing operation pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Four defendants plea guilty in 1969 race riot shooting

Around town

Across the area
A North Augusta man who bragged about his lottery winnings was robbed of $2,000 on Sunday, authorities said.

Across the area

Text of the purchasing presentment

Embezzler enters guilty plea

Around town

Voters examine new machines

Gator hunter removes canal visitor

Freshman gets off to smooth start

Candidate denies threat

Troopers will help watch out for buses

Text of the purchasing presentment
Two of three people accused of gun-running were sentenced to prison Tuesday for their roles in the purchase of more than 100 handguns intended for the black market in New York City.

A little more blood donation

Hospital fund use comes in question

Allgoods, pilot's family file suits

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper on Tuesday rejected a condemned killer's claim that Georgia's procedure for lethal injection is cruel because the sequence of drugs allows prisoners to feel intense pain.

Educator gets opportunity to travel to Japan

Hospital fund use comes in question
State Sen. Rene D. Kemp, D-Hinesville, has asked Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker to investigate Satilla Health Service's use of Medicare and Medicaid funds in its successful bid for state approval to perform open-heart surgery.

Woman sentenced in deputy shooting

Embezzler enters guilty plea
A former bank officer pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement charges lodged after it was discovered she took more than $200,000 from customers' investment accounts.

City debates coliseum control

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Across South Carolina

Report blasts purchasing official
The special grand jury's ninth - and likely last - interim presentment accuses Augusta commissioners of "hijacking" the city's purchasing department by protecting its "incompetent" director - a city employee who is described by grand jurors as stubborn and sloppy.

Group sees job vacancy as a hazard

Panel opposes historic label
Aiken's Planning Commission voted 6-1 on Tuesday night that the McGhees' Mile Track should not be designated a historic landmark against the owner's will.

Police release names of 58 in drug bust

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is William Query of Augusta.

Police identify rape suspect

News you can use
AUG. 14, 1949 Operators of five Augusta and Richmond County establishments are scheduled to appear for hearings in Atlanta tomorrow on various charges dealing with the sale of liquor or beer.

Arrest delays blaze battle
Firefighters from the Aiken Department of Public Safety were met with the unusual Monday night.

Graham, Sanford stop in Aiken
AIKEN - One wore red, the other blue. They walked the streets of Aiken on Tuesday talking to people about potato salad, grandchildren and haggis.

Two arrested in weekend slaying

Woman sentenced in deputy shooting
APPLING - The woman who pleaded guilty in June to shooting a Columbia County deputy during an escape was sentenced Tuesday to at least 24 years in prison.

Across the southeast

Gator hunter removes canal visitor
Brian Edmonds was skeptical when visitors to the Augusta Canal began reporting an alligator basking along its banks.

Troopers will help watch out for buses
Authorities say they hope a crackdown on violations of school bus safety laws will protect children traveling to and from school.

Boy keeps his faith after deadly tornado

Voters examine new machines
Soon voting will be as simple as the touch of a finger.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -State budget cuts are to blame for the more than 60 inmates judged incompetent to stand trial but left in county jails, Mental Health Department officials say.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Wallace Fugate, sentenced to death for killing his wife 11 years ago, was denied clemency Monday.

Candidates present campaign platforms

Woman confesses prescription forgery

Man sought in home invasion
North Augusta police were hunting Tuesday for a man accused of forcing his way into an apartment at Georgetown Villas, tying up five people and raping an 18-year-old Martinez woman who was visiting.

City debates coliseum control
Several Augusta commissioners are pushing for city management of the civic center and Bell Auditorium, calling current leadership of the city-owned facilities "beyond dysfunctional."

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

Across Georgia

Augusta State president salutes year of achievements
Augusta State University is thriving.

A little more blood donation
Elvis impersonator Joey Hodges sings to the blood donors at Shepeard Community Blood Center on Wrightsboro Road. The center had an Elvis-themed drive Tuesday, hoping to attract at least 65 donors. Mr. Hodges has participated in competitions as Elvis for more than four years.

Educator gets opportunity to travel to Japan
In less than two months, Lounelle Beecher will embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Boy keeps his faith after deadly tornado
AMARILLO, Texas - Nine-year-old Ricardo Joven says he can still hear his parents' screams.

Subscriber of the day

$20.5 million award to promoter whose track plan fizzled
MIAMI -- Auto racing promoter Ralph Sanchez has been awarded a $20.5 million judgment against the Aruban government for scuttling his plans to develop a Formula One track on the Dutch Caribbean island.

Priestley expected to fully recover

$20.5 million award to promoter whose track plan fizzled

Jason Priestley's spine fractured in race car crash; actor said to be improving Monday

Jason Priestley's spine fractured in race car crash; actor said to be improving Monday
SPARTA, Ky. -- Actor Jason Priestley was becoming more alert and should recover fully from a concussion, broken back and other injuries sustained when his race car crashed into a wall at 180 mph, doctors said Monday.

Mayfield closing in on Darlington victory

Mayfield closing in on Darlington victory
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Winston Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield says when he learned to come real close to Darlington Raceway's wall, he began to close in on victory at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway.

Priestley expected to fully recover
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Actor Jason Priestley faces weeks of healing and rehabilitation but is expected to fully recover from head and spinal injuries sustained in a high-speed crash during practice for an auto race.

Big Dog introduced as newest Atlanta Hawk

Big Dog introduced as newest Atlanta Hawk
ATLANTA -- Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson leaves a team that fell below expectations and missed the playoffs and could have made the NBA Finals in 2001 if he hadn't missed a jump shot.

Lineman eager to face Strahan

Redesigned football helmets tackle concussions, comfort

Second season crucial for Bell

Rookie Foster earns more playing time after solid NFL debut

Mr. Stephen Carpenter Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Hilker    (CORNELIUS, N.C.)
Mr. Harold Brawner    (NEW HAVEN, CT.)
Mr. Joshua Bonnett    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lois Donnelly    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Curtis Armstrong    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Cauley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Harris    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lilly Stephenson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Cauley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eugenia Roberts    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Roberts    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Russell Rachels    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lessie Odum    (HILTONIA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Clark Stokely
Nothing kept Clark Stokely from playing his saxophone whenever he could, friends and family say.

Mr. Arthur Nichols    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Nichols    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. George Newman Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Russell Rachels    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel New    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Marshall Glover    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sandra Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Chandler    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mr. Caldwell Jones Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Chandler    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Berry Holmes    (MULLINS, S.C.)
Mr. Barry Smith    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Marshall Glover    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Billy Brooks    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Creech    (KLINE, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Bates    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Lucille Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Brooks    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Kehl    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Stephen Carpenter Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Caldwell Jones Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George McNeal Jr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Berry Holmes    (MULLINS, S.C.)
Mrs. Sandra Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Newman Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lessie Odum (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Brooks (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Marcus Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Arthur Nichols (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Henry Cauley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Brooks (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Marshall Glover (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eugenia Roberts (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Joshua Bonnett (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Clark Stokely

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

Mr. Russell Rachels (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel New (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Kehl (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Chandler (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Carpenter Jr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Marshall Glover (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Barry Smith (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Carpenter Jr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lucille Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Hilker (CORNELIUS, N.C.)

Mr. Curtis Armstrong (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Bates (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Creech (KLINE, S.C.)

Mr. George McNeal Jr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Cauley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Marie Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Chandler (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Brawner (NEW HAVEN, CT.)

Mr. Marcus Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lilly Stephenson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Rachels (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Donnelly (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Harris (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Nichols (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Drinkers contribute to carnage
When will the carnage end? You may think I am talking about terrorism or gun violence or road rage or child molestation. No, none of the above. I am talking about the carnage caused by drinking liquor. The Rev. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

'Hymn' whiners
Perhaps these people complaining about the Battle Hymn of the Republic are frustrated Georgia Tech fans. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga,

Cross will stand strong
The people of Columbia County have the privilege to elect our own chairman of the commissioners in the election on Aug. 20. Ron Cross, who has lived in Columbia County for some 30-plus years, is a candidate running for that position. James D. Metts, Evans, Ga.

Backs man of integrity, common sense
In the Aug. 20 primary, Columbia County residents will have the opportunity to elect an exceptional man and extraordinary businessman as chairman of their county commission. Dale Sprowls, Evans, Ga.

Non-pay fine smaller than taxes
I received my new assessment today, and it seems my property increased in value 23 percent. A recent Chronicle article stated that the county would incur a penalty of $400,000 and some odd dollars if the values were not adjusted. Bob Hart, Augusta

Tennis dad's buffoonery part of master game plan
I am a great admirer of Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams. Without question, Mr. Williams has his act together, and I am proud that this man is doing things his way. He has done an excellent job in leading his daughters down the path of success. E. Maner, Augusta

Young ducks taking responsibility
Regarding Joe Nirenberg's Aug. 5 letter, "Young does OK with what he works with," in support of Augusta Mayor Bob Young: Brad Owens, Augusta

Get the lead out of the commission
Regarding the vote by the Augusta Commission on giving the city administrator hiring and firing power: John Helman, Augusta

Suicide squeeze
The game is on the line.

Hatfill of concern
You want to believe what your government says. You want to think government officials have things well in hand. You hope federal law enforcement agents know what they're doing. You hope against hope they will bend over backward not to hurt one of us with reckless accusations.

Supports nurses' intellect, skills
Regarding Timothy Fellows Jr.'s July 29 Chronicle letter: Catherine Short, RN, Aiken, S.C.

Humiliating Martha
There's no better example of government abusing its power than the way the U.S. House is investigating - or perhaps more accurately, persecuting - Martha Stewart.

Hodges hot-dogging for re-election
Having been an Aiken community member for more than 10 years, I've seen quite a bit of political bantering and posturing regarding Savannah River Site, but this South Carolina governor takes the cake. Ben Lacy, Aiken, S.C.

War with Iraq would be a quagmire
War with Iraq could easily put the United States into a quagmire that could be more threatening than Saddam Hussein himself. Currently, there is no indication that Iraq had anything to do with the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. James R. Barry, Aiken, S.C.

Georgia must pay a living wage
It was with shame and embarrassment that I read the July 25 Augusta Chronicle article about the legislative committee chairwoman of the Society for Human Resource Management. She advocated Georgia legislation for employers to pay less than a living wage ("Activist warns against laws that cost employers more," Page 10A). Toby Tomasi, Augusta

Fight terror constitutionally
When challenged to explain the Apocalypse, Thomas Jefferson responded, "The incomprehensible requires no explanation." Tom Zwemer, Augusta

No magic wand
Wouldn't life be grand if government could just wave a magic wand and every worker would be paid enough to live the high life?

Jefferson, the Constitution refute letter writer's 'Big Lie'
So, Andy Windham (July 15 letter, "ACLU 'Communists' use 'Big Lie' to subvert freedom") thinks the "Big Lie" is that "separation of church and state" provides all residents here with freedom of religion, thereby not having someone else's religious beliefs shoved down our throats. Richard Amundson, Augusta

Davenport sees herself as potential U.S. Open spoiler

Overtime

Overtime

Davenport sees herself as potential U.S. Open spoiler
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Lindsay Davenport's fears about coming back from knee surgery and not being good enough to be successful are over.

Overtime
Get ready to block off the time and make hotel reservations - Darlington Raceway will have two Winston Cup races next year.

Greenbrier keeps goals high
The Greenbrier volleyball team's goals might be predictable, but that doesn't make reaching them any easier.

Overtime
The Georgia Bulldogs practiced in full pads Monday for the first time during their preseason drills. After the afternoon session, the team worked out in shorts and shoulder pads.

Williams withdraws from Rogers AT&T with knee injury
MONTREAL -- Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew from the Rogers AT&T Cup Tuesday, citing a acute tendinitis in her left knee.

Lineman eager to face Strahan
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - One reason the Atlanta Falcons jumped at signing free agent Todd Weiner to a $17.5 million contract was the right tackle's performance last year against Michael Strahan.

Redesigned football helmets tackle concussions, comfort
CHICAGO -- The NFL's top football helmet manufacturer is looking to turn more heads, especially on campuses around the country, with a new model it claims could reduce the risk of concussions.

Rookie Foster earns more playing time after solid NFL debut
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Rookie running back DeShaun Foster has earned some playing time with the first team following his performance in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

Second season crucial for Bell
LATROBE, Pa. - With Hall of Famers Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert and Mel Blount as alumni, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a rich defensive tradition, and Kendrell Bell already fits in.

Falcons sign veteran linebacker Sam Rogers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed eight-year veteran Sam Rogers on Monday after a rash of injuries at linebacker.

Stuart Little now a teacher on CD ROM
Those of us who were toddlers more than 50 years ago had an easy life. We could get away with pretty much just being little kids, and the only really important life skill was potty training.

Aspirin might reduce pancreatic cancer
WASHINGTON -- Yet another potential benefit from taking aspirin may have been found - a reduction in pancreatic cancer.

Health board wants more for bug control
Recent outbreaks of West Nile virus elsewhere have persuaded Augusta health officials to try and triple what is spent on mosquito control efforts.

Doubt cast on al Qaeda's cyber skills
Are we in danger of an al Qaeda cyber attack?

Men In Black back; killing monsters never better
Another movie, another video game. This time, Melbourne House and Infogrames have spawned "Men In Black II: Alien Escape," to coincide with the latest Will Smith vehicle of the same name, although it doesn't really have anything to do with the movie.

Elam likely sitting out season

Elam likely sitting out season
South Carolina cornerback Brian Elam said Tuesday that he will likely be redshirted this season.

On the ropes

Your style
THE FACTS: Jawelle Roberson, 16, a senior at the Academy of Richmond County.

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Teen Board members say goodbye
First there were 20. Then there were 15. Then seven, and finally only four remain.

My ride
THE FACTS: Mandy Moats, 16, a junior at Harlem High School.

Question of the week

Question of the week
Q: How much do you know about the war in the Middle East?

My pad
THE FACTS: Whitney Shepherd, 15, a sophomore at Evans High School

My pad

Friend asks teen to make choice

On the ropes
Aiken teen William Knight isn't a little kid anymore. At 16, he's given up the tiny action figures and mini video games. And he's given up watching wrestling, too.

Friend asks teen to make choice
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend is a guy, and he wants me to choose between him and my boyfriend. I really don't care about my boyfriend, and I really care about this guy. I never get to talk to my friend. Sometimes we go out together, but it's not a lot. Should I choose him over my boyfriend? I need some help - 17-year-old Graniteville girl

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Showtime, starring Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro as two very different policemen who partner up for a reality-based cops show; Clockstoppers, starring Jesse Bradford as a teen who discovers a wristwatch that can stop time; and the critically acclaimed In the Bedroom, starring Oscar-winning actresses Marisa Tomei and Sissy Spacek as a mother and girlfriend dealing with the death of the son they both loved.

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:

Ashanti CD lacks originality
Known as Murder Inc.'s Princess of Hip-Hop and R&B, Ashanti Douglas is no stranger to the R&B scene. After placing her vocals on Ja Rule's Always on Time and Fat Joe's What's Luv, her self-titled debut album shows that she can shine on her own.

Teen Board members say goodbye

Doubt cast on al Qaeda's cyber skills

Men In Black back; killing monsters never better

Aspirin might reduce pancreatic cancer

Health board wants more for bug control

Stuart Little now a teacher on CD ROM