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.

Questions surface about another Little League team from New York
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A team from New York captures the imagination of its community, then conquers the opposition on its way to the Little League World Series. But allegations swirl about ineligible players.

Questions surface about another Little League team from New York

Jose Canseco skips hearing on charges from nightclub scuffle

Jackson Daniel Wray
Charles

Anthony Donte' Rhodes

Wyatt Chase Beagles

Brandon Wayne Laughlin

Shane Elliott Kent

Keary Don Cuebas Jr.

Parker Hill Carroway
Mr. and Mrs. Chad

Kelsey Paige Radford

Evans Thomas DeAngel

Courtney Madison Briscoe

Mary Ellis Baker

Parker Hill Carroway

Rachel Abigail Wall
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Wall o

Jackson Daniel Wray

Courtney Madison Briscoe
Brandon and Wendy Briscoe of Grovetown announce t

Hanna Kaye Evans

Savannah Ashley Crowe
Bryan and Andrea Crowe of Houston announce the birth of a daughter, Savannah Ashley Crowe, Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital. Grandparents are Wayne and Martha Wallace of Martinez and Robert Pollard of Lincolnton, Ga.

Joshua Logan Powell

Olivia Nicole Cason

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II

Hana Grace Jones

Mary Ellis Baker
Dr.

Heaven Haley Helena Dorch

Heaven Haley Helena Dorch
Christopher and Saudi

Hollis Elizabeth Baroody

Hanna Kaye Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Evans of

Layla Nicole Walker
Tyrone and Kelli Walker

Emily Katherine Gilbert
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gilbert of Martinez announc

Bryson Alexander Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Wilson of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Bryson Alexander Wilson, Monday, July 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gloria Caughman of North Augusta andBessie Wilson of Beech Island.

Hana Grace Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Jones of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Hana Grace Jones, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Woodrow Walker of Hephzibah, Linda Walker of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jones of Augusta.

Wyatt Chase Beagles
Jason Walker Beagles and Rebekah Brown, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Wyatt Cha

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II
Mr. and

Cameron James Bruce
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bruce of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Cameron James Bruce, Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Jordaan and Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bruce, all of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Keary Don Cuebas Jr.
Keary Cuebas and C

Olivia Nicole Cason
Travis Noel and Melissa Marie Carson of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Nicole Cason, Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cason, all of Martinez.

Shane Elliott Kent
Chet and Danielle Kent of

Evans Thomas DeAngel
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. DeAngel Jr. of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Evan Thomas DeAngel, Thursday, April 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John B. Yonce and Mr. and Mrs. James R. Weed, all of Beech Island.

Brandon Wayne Laughlin
Mr. and

Cameron James Bruce

Kendal Elizabeth Lawrence
Kenneth and Arnetta Lawrence of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, K

Anthony Thomas Ramsey

Sophia Elizabeth McCall
Mr. and Mrs. Mason McCall of North Augusta announce the birth of

Layla Nicole Walker

Hollis Elizabeth Baroody
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Arthur Baroody Jr. of Orangeburg, S.C.

Emily Katherine Gilbert

Destiny Renee Moore
Jamey Moore and Daloras Farrell,both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Destiny Renee Moore, Monday, July 22, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Frank and Martha Farrell of Warrenville and James and Becky Moore of Hephzibah.

Rachel Abigail Wall

Kelsey Paige Radford
Tony Lynn Radford Jr. and Jenny Lynn Higdon, both of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Kelsey Paige Radford, Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Danny and Melba Dees of Dearing and Tony and Penny Davis of Thomson.

Savannah Ashley Crowe

Anthony Thomas Ramsey
Stephen

Bryson Alexander Wilson

Kendal Elizabeth Lawrence

Sophia Elizabeth McCall

Destiny Renee Moore

Kobe Rodriquez Stewart
Mr. and Mrs. Rodriquez A. Stewart of Hephzibah announce the birth of son, Kobe Rodriquez Stewart, Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Betty J. Acree and Mary Jones, both of Augusta.

Anthony Donte' Rhodes
Anthony Rhodes and Nicole Pyron,both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Anthony Donte' Rhodes, Saturday, July 6, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are James and Rhonda Pyron and Carlos and Bernice Newton, all of Hephzibah.

Joshua Logan Powell
Mr. and Mrs

Kobe Rodriquez Stewart

Indian villagers blame UFO for attacks
SHANWA, India -- It comes in the night, a flying sphere emitting red and blue lights that attacks villagers in this poor region, extensively burning those victims it does not kill.

Odds and ends
OMAHA, Neb. -- Road construction is such a pain at one of the city's busiest intersections that a bank decided to give a special surprise to some of its customers.

Rookie catcher sign of the times

Glavine guides Braves

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

Braves fall to Giants

Chipper arrives late but stays in lineup

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta catcher Javy Lopez is intent on playing Friday when he's eligible to be activated from the disabled list.

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.

Glavine guides Braves
ATLANTA - Champagne might flow again at Turner Field this autumn, and guess who will be doing the pouring? Tom Glavine.

Braves notebook

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.

Thomson lands grant to develop industrial park
The Development Authority of McDuffie County and the city of Thomson have been awarded a $500,000 state grant to help develop an industrial park near Interstate 20.

28 locals own share of course

Vivendi to sell assets, reports big first-half loss
PARIS -- Debt-laden French media giant Vivendi Universal reported a loss of more than $12 billion for the first half of the year as it took a bigger than expected charge to reflect a writedown in value of its assets.

Retail sales up 1.2 percent in July

Stocks slide after Fed decides to hold line on interest rates

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.

Office construction begins
Construction has started on the first commercial property to dot the side of Augusta's newest expressway.

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.

Stocks rally; Dow soars more than 260 points
NEW YORK -- Wall Street displayed its volatile nature again Wednesday as investors staged a late-day rally, sending the Dow industrials up more than 260 points.

Business briefs

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged

Authority to screen hopefuls
The Georgia Medical Center Authority will interview three people next week in its search for a full-time executive director for the biomedical promotion group.

Business briefs
CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores Inc. saw its profits more than double in the second quarter, helped by the sale of part of its catalog and online fulfillment operation called Fingerhut Corp.

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.

Thomson lands grant to develop industrial park

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.

Stocks rally; Dow soars more than 260 points

Vivendi to sell assets, reports big first-half loss

Office construction begins

Lovett brings different style to Clemson's defense
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson cornerback Brian Mance knew a big-time chewing-out was ahead.

Clemson begins season in home away from home

Clemson begins season in home away from home
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson will play eight of its first nine games, including contests against Cincinnati and Penn State, at the Anderson Civic Center while Littlejohn Coliseum is renovated.

Lovett brings different style to Clemson's defense

Auburn coach likes chances

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.

Miami primed to repeat as national champs

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.

Auburn coach likes chances
Late last October, Tommy Tuberville was considered one of the hottest coaches in the business. His team had a 6-1 record and upset Florida two weeks prior.

Off-field woes hurt Arkansas

Toward fair trade

Suicide squeeze

No magic wand

The airlines' baggage

Unarguably good

Couple will hit highway to retirement in style
Ed and CZ Hamilton's new home may be substantially smaller than the 1,500-square-foot Martinez house they have lived in for four years, but it gets better gas mileage.

ABC left behind in summer's reality television chase
NEW YORK -- Left behind in the summer's reality TV boomlet, ABC can at least be comforted that football season is just around the corner.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

In the know
When all else fails, fix it with duct tape. The versatility of the sticky gray tape is nowhere more stark than on the Web site www.ducttapefashion.com, where things made of duct tape - including backpacks, wallets and vests - are purportedly for sale. Of course you also could make your own.

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.

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

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.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

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

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.

My wife and I don't see the same hummingbirds

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

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

This major isn't a minor deal
CHASKA, Minn. - It could have been the biggest event in golf history, but instead it is just the fourth major of the year.

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.

Final major known for breakthroughs

This major isn't a minor deal

Final major known for breakthroughs
CHASKA, Minn. - Phil Mickelson has to like his chances. So does Sergio Garcia. And Padraig Harrington.

Club remembers its last champion
CHASKA, Minn. - In 1991, Tiger Woods was dominating the Amateur golf world and Payne Stewart won his first U.S. Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

PGA Championship forecast
Tiger Woods - If you think he'll mail it in, you don't understand this man.

Woods rolls with punches

Sign of the times: Some fans interested in autographs, not golf
CHASKA, Minn. -- They beg and plead, push and shove, scream and scam. They wheel and deal, watch and wait, then wait some more. And more.

The grass wasn't always greener

PGA Championship forecast

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.

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

Club remembers its last champion

Sign of the times: Some fans interested in autographs, not golf

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?

Hazeltine seeks redemption

GreenJackets scouting report

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

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.

Interim chairman criticizes coliseum officials
Interim Chairman Joe Scott blasted former Chairman Bill Maddox and two Augusta commissioners today, saying the trio played the North Georgia United Methodists like "pawns" in an effort to unseat him from the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority.

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.

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.

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.

Pardue has been at bat the longest

Saddam like obstreperous little boy

Oglesby is a 'real,' proven leader

War with Iraq would be a quagmire

Backs man of integrity, common sense

Get the lead out of the commission

Write what you know, if you know you know it

Fight terror constitutionally

Free speech is Americans' right

Non-pay fine smaller than taxes

Amendment to protect Pledge of Allegiance

Supports nurses' intellect, skills

Support Traficant for president

Tennis dad's buffoonery part of master game plan

Tribute explores black films of 1970s

Continental express

'XXX' takes No. 1 spot at box office

ABC left behind in summer's reality television chase

Wines complement vegetarian palates

Small portions

Not all wines as memorable as Sonoma's storied past

Health calendar

Lynx' Wilkie retires

Galbraith's name cleared

Lynx' Wilkie retires
David Wilkie wasn't going back to the National Hockey League as a player. But someday, maybe, he will make it there as a coach.

Galbraith's name cleared
After nearly 2 1/2 years, the legal nightmare for Augusta Lynx forward Lance Galbraith is finally over.

Airport board talks location for terminal

Man sought in home invasion

Woman confesses prescription forgery

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.

Parish plans county change

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.

Text of the purchasing presentment

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.

Two men charged in convenience store slaying
Two men described as career criminals were charged Wednesday in the death of an Augusta man shot Sunday in front of customers at a convenience store.

Airport board talks location for terminal
Before Augusta Regional Airport moves closer to breaking ground on a new terminal, it must find out where to put it.

Leaders will discuss civic center's future

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

News you can use

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

Economy hinders health spending
ATLANTA - Doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and their low-income patients will have to settle for the status quo next year because of the sour economy, Georgia's chief health official said Wednesday.

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

Water plans have high cost

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.

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

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.

Volunteers re-enact historic expedition
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - As next year's bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase draws near, teams of re-enactors are planning to repeat the three-year trek that explored America's historic 1803 land acquisition.

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.

Senator nears senior status

Interim chairman criticizes coliseum officials

Tight budget squeezes airport

Are pool high dives too risky?

Across Georgia

Judge defers school choice

News you can use

Four plead guilty in riot death

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

Across the area

Two arrested in weekend slaying

Tax talk dominates governor race

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Officials examine home explosion

Tight budget squeezes airport
Insurance and security costs are projected to double at Augusta Regional Airport next year.

A little more blood donation

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.

Parish plans county change
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church is moving to Columbia County.

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.

Judge defers school choice
Parents of some Richmond County pupils will not have the option of transferring their child from a failing school to a higher performing school until the 2003-04 school year, a court ordered Wednesday.

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

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

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.

Double Order
Four-year-old Elizabeth Parler, of North Augusta, dives into her double-scoop ice cream cone. Elizabeth enjoyed her dessert at the Pink Dipper in North Augusta on Wednesday.

Woman sentenced in deputy shooting

Thieves get to lost purse before good Samaritan

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Double Order

Across the area
Recent financial woes in Wadley, Ga., entered the realm of personnel Wednesday when City Administrator Carl Wagster found himself jobless.

Economy hinders health spending

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The proposed Georgia Aquarium will be built in downtown Atlanta on property donated by the Coca-Cola Co. near Centennial Olympic Park, officials announced Wednesday.

Riverfront plan calls for major changes to park

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Greenville County Sheriff Sam Simmons says one of his deputies might have made a mistake but still was justified in shooting a suspect in the hand during a standoff last month.

Around town

Leaders will discuss civic center's future
Local leaders today will discuss abolishing the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, a move facilitated by what some commissioners see as mismanagement of the civic center in recent months.

Russell Dam to resume use of turbines

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.

Volunteers re-enact historic expedition

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.

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

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

Tax talk dominates governor race
ATLANTA - Videos of giant rats and snappy slogans about a woman cleaning the House may have dominated the Republican primary for governor.

Riverfront plan calls for major changes to park
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta's most recent push for progress is being met with some militant opposition, namely the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Home invasion suspect in custody

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Connie Coogler of Augusta.

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.

Report blasts purchasing official

Subscriber of the day

Educator gets opportunity to travel to Japan

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

Panel opposes historic label

Gator hunter removes canal visitor

Four defendants plea guilty in 1969 race riot shooting

Boy keeps his faith after deadly tornado

Hospital fund use comes in question

Around town

Across the area

Troopers will help watch out for buses

Invasion suspect turns himself in
North Augusta police have a disturbing theory.

Are pool high dives too risky?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Alek Simmons climbs about 10 feet above the pool and contemplates the churning depths below.

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.

Senator nears senior status
COLUMBIA - Eighty years old and 36 years in office, Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings is still South Carolina's "junior senator." Come January, he'll finally move up.

Candidates present campaign platforms

Homeless teen charged in Hephzibah break-ins
Richmond County authorities say they solved six residential burglaries in Hephzibah with the arrest of a homeless 16-year-old boy.

Thieves get to lost purse before good Samaritan
AIKEN - The original good Samaritan would be appalled.

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.

Russell Dam to resume use of turbines
Reversible turbines at Russell Dam will be available for commercial hydropower production Sept. 1, but - for now - only two of the four units will operate at any given time.

News you can use
AUG. 15, 1995 Brenda Mason, the Grovetown teenager charged with killing her premature baby, will be tried later this year in Juvenile Court on charges of reckless abandonment and cruelty to children, an assistant district attorney said Monday.

Candidate denies threat

Howell continues to adjust his game
CHASKA, Minn. - Dan Jenkins borrowed the classic golf toast of Fairways and Greens for the title of a book.

My wife and I don't see the same hummingbirds
My wife loves to sit on the back porch, sipping her Coke and watching the hummingbirds flock to the feeders to get their own sugar-and-water beverage.

Mayfield closing in on Darlington victory

Racing facts

Spotlight on Chip Ganassi
Here is a profile of NASCAR car owner Chip Ganassi.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is learning what the rest of the country already knows: Corporate America is in trouble.

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.

Spotlight on Chip Ganassi

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

New generation waits its turn
Mark Martin's celebration after winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May lasted well into the night.

New generation waits its turn

Celtic legend to present rival at hall induction
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- They were fierce rivals on the court, beginning in their college days and continuing throughout their stellar NBA careers. Now, Larry Bird will present Earvin "Magic" Johnson for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sept. 28 induction.

Sparks begin WNBA title defense

Lineman eager to face Strahan

Falcons notebook

Mr. Stephen Carpenter Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Simmons    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Aaron Hammock    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mr. Marshall Glover    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Chandler    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Teresa Moss    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Henry Cauley
Instead of showing off his car for kicks, Henry Cauley loved to show off his grill.

Mrs. Willa Kicklighter    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Russell Rachels    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Roberts    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Cooper    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. George McNeal Jr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Harris    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Bates    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Cauley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Roberts    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Myrtle Allen    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Hartzog    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. John Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Snapp    (SEATTLE, Wash.)
Mrs. Ann Womack    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Rev. James Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucile Williams    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Mae Roberts    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Blanche Waters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Kehl    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sandra Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Nichols    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Nichols    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Clark Stokely
Nothing kept Clark Stokely from playing his saxophone whenever he could, friends and family say.

Mr. Henry Cauley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Brooks    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Brawner    (NEW HAVEN, CT.)
Mr. John Moore    (POOLER, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Hilker    (CORNELIUS, N.C.)
Mr. Barry Smith    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Berry Holmes    (MULLINS, S.C.)
Mrs. Sara Corley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Judi Hardy    (LONG BRANCH, S.C.)
Mr. Caldwell Jones Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lois Donnelly    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Wallace Stubblefield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Nichols (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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Mrs. Ruby Cooper (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Brawner (NEW HAVEN, CT.)

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Aaron Hammock (GIRARD, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ann Womack (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Marcus Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Rev. James Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Louise Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson (AUGUSTA, 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.

The airlines' baggage
U.S. Airways files for bankruptcy protection. American Airlines announces 7,000 job cuts and assorted flight reductions. Vanguard Airlines suddenly ceases operations. Other airlines are struggling to stay aloft.

Unarguably good
It's not often that all voters, regardless of their political persuasion, have reason to be pleased with rival candidates from both political parties. But in South Carolina, with regard to the gubernatorial race between incumbent Democrat Jim Hodges and GOP challenger Mark Sanford, they certainly do.

Suicide squeeze
The game is on the line.

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

Free speech is Americans' right
The good Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr. (Aug. 2 letter, "Porno ruling will harm Augusta"), being the loose cannon he is, thinks the honorable Judge Dudley Bowen is supposed to bow to crowd pressure and his "Christian" (chuckle) attitudes. Bill Paschal, Appling, Ga.

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.

Saddam like obstreperous little boy
The headline "Saddam warns against attack" in the Aug. 9 Chronicle (Page 6A) brought to mind a picture of an obstreperous little boy, hands on hips glaring defiantly at his father saying, "I won't, I won't, I won't and you can't make me." It would be humorous if it weren't so scary. Molly C. Gray, Aiken, S.C.

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?

Support Traficant for president
Unlike you, I have serious doubts with regard to former Ohio Democratic Rep. James A. Traficant's guilt. The Rev. Dr. M. Allen Flowers, Augusta

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

Amendment to protect Pledge of Allegiance
I have recently signed a petition being promoted by Wepledge.com in support of a Constitutional amendment to protect the Pledge of Allegiance and our national motto. In light of what two judges in the 9th Circuit did - ruling the Pledge unconstitutional - I feel we need this amendment. Dolores P. Kemple, Martinez, Ga.

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

Pardue has been at bat the longest
The primary this year will include the judges non-partisan race so the ballot will not be so crowded in the November general election, according to Lynn Baily. However, the race has taken on a new aura of Georgia politics, with the newly formed 12th Congressional District seat. The one person who has been at bat the longest ran 10 years ago, and who was chair for the 10th congressional seat for the Democratic State Committee - along with many other accolades - is Chuck Pardue, attorney at law. R. Ingham, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Oglesby is a 'real,' proven leader
I am writing in support of Mary Oglesby for state representative in District 99. I have had the honor and pleasure of working with her in our community over the last two years, and she's "for real," folks. She has the interest and the well-being of the community on the front burner - not a self-serving personal agenda. Jasper Cooke, Augusta

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

Write what you know, if you know you know it
With regard to Matt Phelan's request (letter of Aug. 8, "Letter writers' opinions absurd") that we stop writing if we do not know what we are talking about, I must ask him how, if we don't know what we are talking about, can we know that we do not know what we are writing about? I'm a little confused by his request, but I will try in the future to make sure that I know enough to make sure that I know what I am writing about, unless I don't know enough to know that I don't know what I am writing about. In the latter case, I will have to rely on his knowledge to know that I don't know what I don't know, but he will know enough to advise me when I do know. J. DeLany, Evans, Ga.

Toward fair trade
It was an eight-year, multi-president, bitter debate that finally resulted in fast-track trade negotiation authority for the White House earlier this month.

WBC welterweight champ wants to defend title in Atlanta

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

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USC Aiken athletic director Randy Warrick announced Wednesday that former Lady Pacers guard Dana Richter has been named interim assistant women's basketball coach and head cross country coach.

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

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.

WBC welterweight champ wants to defend title in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- WBC welterweight champion Vernon Forrest, a native of Augusta, Ga., has directed his managers to bring his next title fight to his adopted hometown of Atlanta in November.

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.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH - Last Friday marked the first time since the first game of his freshman year at Illinois that Kurt Kittner didn't play.

Howell continues to adjust his game

Another way acid rain harms birds
WASHINGTON -- Acid rain may play more of a role in the decline of bird populations than just harming the trees they nest in, scientists say.

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.

Trapper braves bites to catch mosquitoes
AIKEN - With citronella spread on his arms and face, Ken Montgomery sauntered into a patch of woods off Pine Log Road on Wednesday.

Hollywood, Russia squabble over Lance Bass' space trip
LOS ANGELES -- Lance Bass' space voyage was at risk while Hollywood dealmakers and Russian bureaucrats squabbled over payment for the pop idol's $20 million trip.

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.

Good night's sleep important to master a new skill
WASHINGTON -- Get a good night's sleep after piano practice: It may prove crucial to learning new skills such as tickling the ivories.

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.

South Carolina hires Winterton as golf assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brittany Winterton, an all-Southern Conference golfer for Appalachian State, was named a South Carolina assistant for the women's golf team, coach Kristi Coggins said.

South Carolina hires Winterton as golf assistant

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.

Sparks begin WNBA title defense
LOS ANGELES -- It's playoff time in the WNBA, and the Los Angeles Sparks say that's when they become a different team. Not the one that struggled down the stretch, but the defending league champions who expect to repeat.

Odds and ends

Indian villagers blame UFO for attacks

Trapper braves bites to catch mosquitoes

Men In Black back; killing monsters never better

Good night's sleep important to master a new skill

Another way acid rain harms birds

Hollywood, Russia squabble over Lance Bass' space trip

Health board wants more for bug control

Stuart Little now a teacher on CD ROM