Mets say Perez tipped pitches
NEW YORK -- Odalis Perez fired another strike at the New York Mets on Sunday, one day after flirting with a perfect game against them.

Mets say Perez tipped pitches

Negotiators take Sunday off; talks to resume Monday
NEW YORK -- Negotiators for baseball's players and owners took Sunday off and will resume talks Monday in hopes of avoiding the sport's ninth work stoppage since 1972.

Odds and ends
PITTSBURGH -- Real estate agents say location is everything, but these tenants don't care about the neighborhood - the worse, the better.

Recognizing a hit-and-run driver in an ambulance
An emergency medical technician who helped transport an injured 16-year-old to a hospital in Fergus Falls, Minn., on July 27 is accused of being the one who hurt him in a hit-and-run accident earlier that evening.

Asia's best Elvis impersonators converge on Tokyo for first ever tribute concert
TOKYO -- Decked out in rhinestones and pompadour hairdos, 13 Elvis impersonators from across Asia converged on Tokyo on Friday for an extravaganza concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the King's death.

Zeile, Colorado rout Atlanta
ATLANTA - Of all the players in the National League, few have hit Atlanta pitching better than Colorado third baseman Todd Zeile.

Zeile, Colorado rout Atlanta

Colorado prolongs Maddux woes
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves did their best to keep Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings in the running for National League Rookie of the Year on Sunday, losing 6-3.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox immediately perked up when he was asked about the recent performance of shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Colorado prolongs Maddux woes

Underground Atlanta faces another setback
ATLANTA -- Underground Atlanta - which has lost key retailers and events in the last three years - may have trouble drawing visitors after it loses a neighbor that brings in about a million people each year.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: GIW Industries

IRS works to help business owners
Bobby Griffin, owner of Bobby's Bar-B-Q in Warrenville has never tried electronically filing his taxes.

'Nonprofit' ventures can be very profitable
Not long ago, I received a call from a local woman who was seeking publicity for a nonprofit business development organization she had started.

Pocket change

On the move

Life after retail

Underground Atlanta faces another setback

Being a good saver begins with being a wise spender

Don't list dubious achievements on resume
"ACHIEVEMENTS: Managed a task force of 40 document sorters, which resulted in the first-ever errors in that area."

Being a good saver begins with being a wise spender
AMARILLO, Texas - The question: Is it smarter to be a good saver or a good spender?

'Nonprofit' ventures can be very profitable

Life after retail
For nearly 20 years, Joe Lee worked every day at the Sears, Roebuck and Co. building in midtown Atlanta.

On the move
David Hamilton has been named vice president of sales for Club Car Inc.'s Golf Americas Group. Mr. Hamilton is responsible for golf car sales in Club Car's direct and distributor channels in the United States, Canada and Latin America. He started with Club Car in 1988 and was previously director of sales for the Southeast region.

IRS works to help business owners

Business calendar
Tuesday: Writing a Business Plan; 6:30-8:30 p.m., University of Georgia Business Outreach Services, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; $35; 737-1790.

Future of newspapers is online, executive says
DAVIS, W.Va. -- Despite predictions to the contrary, newspapers can have a bright future as technology-driven information companies, a top industry executive told editors and publishers Friday.

Business calendar

Fun ride shouldn't stop for Tigers

Area football capsules

Area football capsules
CLEMSON, S.C. - While Clemson's offense made some untimely mistakes Saturday in the first scrimmage of the season, the defense didn't need to play a down to get good news.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T spells revenge for Tar Heels

College football notebook

Rebels can't run from defensive woe

College football notebook
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Georgia's Michael Cooper.

Rebels can't run from defensive woe
The hype at Mississippi centers exclusively on quarterback Eli Manning, whose name and talent make for great stories. The junior quarterback is a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy, even if the Rebels won't publicize him for the award.

Friedgen, Marylan win as a team

R-E-S-P-E-C-T spells revenge for Tar Heels
Last year, North Carolina's team slogan was "Take Respect." The Tar Heels earned some by overcoming an 0-3 start with an 8-5 finish and a Peach Bowl bid.

Friedgen, Marylan win as a team
What is Maryland? Is it a football program poised to sustain excellence? Or is it a one-year wonder?

Who's Alabama's kicker? Who knows?
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- They have been among the most scrutinized players in Alabama's two-a-day practices.

Fun ride shouldn't stop for Tigers
Hours after a 35-24 home defeat to Mississippi last fall, LSU coach Nick Saban drove home with his children, Nicholas and Kristen, in the car.

Focus on reforms

Sweeping the streets

A regional economy

Let the CVB help

Home front
Washington designer Burkey Belser is the wizard behind the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, the finest example of information design produced in this country in decades. So it should come as no surprise that he's a stickler for labels of any kind.

At the movies: 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash'
"The Adventures of Pluto Nash" is everything you'd expect of a movie that's sat on the shelf for more than a year, then wasn't screened for critics before it finally did come out.

Name game can be difficult when deciding on monograms
Dear Carson: I am called by my first and middle names, "Mary Ferris." "Dundore" is my maiden name. What is my proper monogram? Do I have 4 letters and in what order should they go? What letters would go in the middle and be written larger? Would my proper signature be Mary Ferris Dundore Hyde, Mary Ferris Hyde, or Mary Dundore Hyde? This may not seem like a big deal, but I'd really like to know your opinion.

Stately hotels return in new Hampshire
WHITEFIELD, N.H. - The hotel isn't as formal as it once was - there are no long gowns and tuxedos in sight.

Color & light
All eyes face front, dutifully paying attention to the priest or preacher ministering to the flock. Then, without warning, the clouds break and a warm wash of sunshine floods the church, soaking the congregation in flaming fractals of colored light.

PBS to introduce expanded 'Teletubbies'
NEW YORK -- "Teletubbies," the popular PBS children's show, will add an educational component next year and feature American children for the first time.

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday
What movie do teens think their parents didn't want them to see? According to "The 2002 Teen Choice Awards" (8 p.m. Monday, Fox), it's "American Pie 2," the 2001 raunchy college comedy.

Arts calendar
THE SHEPEARD SHAG: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Marbury Center, Broad Street; food, dancing and performance by Flashback; $30; benefits Shepeard Community Blood Center's purchase of bloodmobile; tickets at blood centers, 1533 Wrightsboro Road and 112 Davis Road, Martinez; 737-4551.

Innovation crops up on fall TV schedule
I remember college - the friends, the good times ... the all-nighters working on last-minute term papers or cramming for finals.

Room to roam
GROVETOWN - When it came time to remodel their master suite, Angie and Bruce Howland thought big.

GreenJackets notebook
The dugout is his church and the concrete steps are his pulpit. The benches are his pews and the players are his congregation.

Pahucki, Jackets survive rains, Suns
Sweltering summer days make pitchers such as David Pahucki popular with both fielders and umpires alike.

Around the horn
Antron Seiber has seven hits in 19 at bats with two RBI in five games since rejoining the Jackets last week after taking a two-month leave of absence.

Jackets falter again
In the low minors, pennant races almost always take a back seat to development, but when the Augusta GreenJackets opened this eight-game homestand on Wednesday, there was playoff chatter in the clubhouse for the first time this season.

Beem him up! Another surprise winner at the PGA
CHASKA, Minn. -- Playing as if he had nothing to lose, Rich Beem buried Tiger Woods and captured a PGA Championship even he thought he had no business winning.

Beem shines in win

Leonard stays on guard

Sorenstam wins by four shots before European record gallery of 21,000

Howell rebounds from 80
CHASKA, Minn. - When the winds laid down, it was redemption Sunday at the PGA Championship for Augusta's Charles Howell.

Leonard stays on guard
CHASKA, Minn. - One of two questions will be answered today at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Tiger, Harmon back off things

Tiger, Harmon back off things
CHASKA, Minn. - One of the most celebrated relationships in golf might not be over, but it's not as hot and heavy as it used to be.

Kuhlke wins W.M. Gregory Classic

Howell blown out by third round
CHASKA, Minn. - He was right there ... and then he was gone.

Kuhlke wins W.M. Gregory Classic
Chris Kuhlke wasn't the only winner in Sunday's W.M. Gregory Classic golf tournament, just the most obvious.

Kuhlke makes push for title

Beem shines in win
CHASKA, Minn. - He promised to vomit on the 16th hole if he was leading, but he didn't.

Beem him up! Another surprise winner at the PGA

Sorenstam wins by four shots before European record gallery of 21,000
HELSINGBORG, Sweden -- Annika Sorenstam won her eighth tournament of the season Sunday, shooting a 2-under-par 70 for a four-shot victory at the Compaq Open.

Mednick wins first European Tour title

Howell blown out by third round

Howell rebounds from 80

Kuhlke makes push for title
After his latest birdie barrage, Chris Kuhlke had Regions Cup officials digging frantically through the record books.

Mednick wins first European Tour title
BALLYLIFFIN, Ireland -- Sweden's Adam Mednick won his first European Tour title Sunday, shooting a 4-under-par 68 for a five-shot victory at the North West of Ireland Open.

GreenJackets notebook

Pahucki, Jackets survive rains, Suns

Jackets falter again

Blackville-Hilda's dominance gains reputation

Blackville-Hilda's dominance gains reputation
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - When Mickenzie Atterberry attended Denmark-Olar Middle School and football season rolled around, he and his buddies would make up T-shirts that said it all: Whip Blackville-Hilda.

Europe mysteriously attracts parents
It's mid-August. Do you know where your parents are?

Braves rally to beat Rockies
ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield and Chipper Jones hit back-to-back homers leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 7-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

Rockies top Braves
ATLANTA -- Larry Walker homered twice and Jay Payton had four hits as the Colorado Rockies handed Atlanta consecutive losses for the first time in more than a month, beating the Braves 6-3 Sunday.

People would vote for Kolb power

Civic Center's chaos chases away conventions

Wrongdoing issue not one of race

Back to old ways since Sept. 11

Likes Spears in Columbia Co. Dist. 1

Blacks' mistakes are magnified

Opposes widening of N. Belair Road

Citizens should pray for the judges who rule for porn

Pardue makes voting in 12th exciting

Innovation crops up on fall TV schedule

Arts calendar

Color & light

Stately hotels return in new Hampshire

Home front

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday

At the movies: 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash'

Name game can be difficult when deciding on monograms

Across South Carolina

Instructor drills his students in success
Retired Lt. Col. Patrick Rivette's troops have marched their way to victory for most of his 10 years as Evans High School's senior Army JROTC instructor.

Columbia County polling places

Georgia has the lead in vote reform

Across the area
A thunderstorm in the Augusta area Sunday knocked out power to about 1,000 homes and downed several trees on roads.

Braves rally to beat Rockies

Columbia County polling places
The following is a list of polling precincts and their locations for Tuesday's voting in Columbia County:

Projected voter turnout drops again
ATLANTA - Get out the vote. It's an age-old mantra in political circles, the fairly obvious concept that any candidate who wants to win better make sure supporters have ballots in their hands on Election Day.

SRS shipments will accelerate
WASHINGTON - The Energy Department plans to speed up shipments of highly radioactive plutonium from the former Rocky Flats weapons plant to make up for delays and to meet a 2006 closure goal, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said.

Market celebrates 50 years
AIKEN - Spread among 45 tables in an open-air expanse on Richland Avenue were the fruits of this year's crop.

Columbia County sample ballot
A sample primary ballot for Richmond county.

Richmond County sample ballot

Georgia has the lead in vote reform
In the race to voting reform, Georgia is on the cutting edge of technology, officials say.

Subscriber of the day

School tackles parking problem
Students at Augusta State University may find themselves a little inconvenienced when classes start Monday.

Army loosens restrictions on appearance

School tackles parking problem

Tuesday will settle many races

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -Small-group discussions of a book about the Quran were scheduled for today at the University of North Carolina - barring late action by a court considering whether the summer reading assignment violates religious freedoms.

Columbia County sample ballot

School's start brings heavy traffic
ATHENS, Ga. - If Athens traffic seems worse than it's ever been, that's because it probably is.

Complaint reports vary

Across Georgia
NORCROSS -A disabled man charged with murder in the stabbing and bludgeoning death of his mother last week appeared in court Saturday.

Pundit says state House races hinge on personality

City claims immunity
Ann Wilmoth wants the city to pay for damages to her 1986 Oldsmobile Delta 88 after an accident involving an Augusta-Richmond County fire truck June 10.

Structure will change hands after addition

Across Georgia

Rockies top Braves

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Lawyers from both sides have until Sept. 15 to file briefs to a judge summarizing their arguments in the federal government's lawsuit against Charleston County's voting method.

Columbia County's GOP voters have hefty ballot

Slaying suspects arrested

Across the area

Across the area

Richmond County polling places

Couple's dispute leads to shooting

Primary primer

Retailers push for ways to fight shopping cart theft

Democrats talk politics during party breakfast

News you can use

Market celebrates 50 years

School begins its 30th year
Horace Pollock accepted the challenge, says adviser Roy Jones.

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -The Diocese of Richmond lost all five lay members of its sexual abuse panel when they resigned to protest the reinstatement of a priest accused of abusing teenage boys in the 1970s.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bill Odell of Augusta.

Primary primer
Commonly asked questions about Tuesday's primary elections, with answers from Lynn Bailey of the Richmond County Board of Elections:

Woman's home has look of legend
It's a house decorated for a king.

Tuesday will settle many races
ATLANTA - Although they're not expected to draw many voters, Tuesday's primaries will be the last say Georgians get in many General Assembly races.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Charleston County is on pace to record its deadliest year in half a decade.

Pundit says state House races hinge on personality
Local hot-button issues, such as giving Augusta's mayor veto power and abolishing the county Coliseum Authority, will be widely debated but largely unimportant in upcoming primary elections for the state House of Representatives, according to a local political pundit.

Across the area
A Barnwell man is dead after an early morning accident Friday in which his car ran off the left side of the road, ejecting him.

Couple's dispute leads to shooting
Police charged an Augusta man with unloading his gun into a crowded apartment complex early Saturday and injuring three bystanders, including a 15-year-old boy who was critically wounded.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -An illegal tire dump containing about 1,000 worn tires has officials scrambling to find the landowner.

Subscriber of the day
Joseph Ansley is today's subscriber of the day.

Slaying suspects arrested
Two men sought in the killing of an Augusta man outside a convenience store turned themselves into police Sunday, investigators said.

Columbia County's GOP voters have hefty ballot
Columbia County Republican voters will be busy Tuesday.

Second arrest made in gunfight
Police arrested a second person Sunday in connection with a shootout at an Augusta apartment complex Saturday.

Structure will change hands after addition
Despite turning 65 this year, one of Savannah River's oldest dams is nowhere near retiring. But it does need a costly facelift.

News you can use
Aug. 19, 1956 Paine College, Augusta's college for Negroes and the only four-year college in the city, opens for classes Sept. 10 with a new president, a new $250,000 chemistry-physics building, and an enrollment of 325 students.

Complaint reports vary
AIKEN - Police aren't perfect. They make mistakes. They use poor judgment. Some violate policies, and a few occasionally break the law.

News you can use

Retailers push for ways to fight shopping cart theft
When Joanne Bottomley takes the family minivan from her Hill-area home to the 15th Street Kroger, the road often resembles a crowded grocery aisle.

City claims immunity

Democrats talk politics during party breakfast
Along with delivering prepared speeches outlining why they should be elected to Georgia House of Representatives seats, four local candidates fielded questions at a Democratic gathering Saturday morning.

News you can use
AUG. 18, 1974 Doctors Hospital of Augusta's new youth unit received its first patient Thursday while the psychiatric unit prepared for its Monday opening, according to Bea Mackey, the director of nursing at the hospital.

Voters will find changes at polls
Voters who go to the polls Tuesday will see a somewhat altered political landscape.

Army loosens restrictions on appearance
Sgt. 1st Class Ruby Dace said she never saw any soldier with cornrows and braided hair when she joined the Army in 1981.

Projected voter turnout drops again

Richmond County polling places
The following is a list of polling precincts and their locations for Tuesday's voting in Richmond County:

School's start brings heavy traffic

Subscriber of the day

Across the southeast

Woman's home has look of legend

Instructor drills his students in success

Richmond County sample ballot
A sample primary ballot for Columbia County.

Those who can't teach turn pro
CHASKA, Minn. - The PGA of America is the governing body of all club and teaching professionals, and this is their championship.

Jarrett charges back from spin to win Pepsi 400

DEI drivers do their job in qualifying
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Dale Earnhardt Inc. was in such turmoil two months ago, Dale Earnhardt Jr. put everyone, including himself, on notice to improve or find another job.

DEI drivers do their job in qualifying

New rule on balance works well at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Chevrolet and Pontiac got help from NASCAR during the Pepsi 400 at the Michigan International Speedway Sunday, but Ford got the victory.

Jarrett spins, wins in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Even when he was in 17th place with 32 laps to go, Dale Jarrett knew he had everything working in his favor.

New rule on balance works well at Michigan

Ferrari clinches title with Barrichello win, Schumacher second
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Rubens Barrichello wasn't about to surrender his lead in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sadler takes Rudd's place with Yates

Sadler takes Rudd's place with Yates
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Robert Yates hired Elliott Sadler to replace Ricky Rudd in 2003 with new sponsor M&M's.

Jarrett charges back from spin to win Pepsi 400
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Dale Jarrett spun his fortunes around with a patient run to the front.

Comets' Swoopes wins WNBA defensive player award

Mystics beat Sting to advance

Liberty tie series against Fever

Davis to wear Broncos jersey one last time

Falcons top Giants

Guy waits for his call to Hall

Mr. Wilbur McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Naomi Godbee    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Tankersley    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Sango    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Butler Hydrick    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Joy Renew    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Rev. Inez Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda New    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Tanner    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbur McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Sandra Miller'
One of Augusta's best friends to pets has died.

Mr. Willie McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Buddy Batten    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Rev. Robert Kelly    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lyle Zaun    (MONANGO, N.D.)
Mr. Butler Hydrick    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. John Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Audrey Hunt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Holloway    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Dolly Fountain    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Nellie Hallman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Nellie Hallman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Naomi Godbee    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mr. Boykin Holloway    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Mike Frazier    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Dr. Virginia Boulton    (WEST HARTFORD, Conn.)
Mrs. Lorene English    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eva McEuen    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Ms. Michelle Beaty    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda New    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Conley    (FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.)
Ms. Joy Renew    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Crawford    (SAN ANGELO, Texas)
Mrs. Mamie Adams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Joy Renew
For Augusta native Joy Renew, living life to the fullest was a major priority, said her brother Dwayne Miller.

Mr. Wallace Stubblefield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Tankersley    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Elward Creswell    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Wooden    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Edna Davis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Davis    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Tanner    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Tankersley (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Joy Renew (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Butler Hydrick (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Rev. Inez Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Holloway (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Butler Hydrick (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Mike Frazier (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Christine Sango (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Crawford (SAN ANGELO, Texas)

Ms. Michelle Beaty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Boykin Holloway (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Buddy Batten (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Wooden (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Sandra Miller'

Mrs. Nellie Hallman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Stubblefield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Conley (FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.)

Mr. Audrey Hunt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Joy Renew

Mrs. Evelyn Davis (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Brenda New (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Virginia Boulton (WEST HARTFORD, Conn.)

Mr. Wilbur McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda New (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Naomi Godbee (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Joy Renew (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Adams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lyle Zaun (MONANGO, N.D.)

Mrs. Edna Davis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Tanner (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Tanner (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene English (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Hallman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Naomi Godbee (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Elward Creswell (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Tankersley (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolly Fountain (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva McEuen (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Rev. Robert Kelly (AIKEN, S.C.)

Race getting in way of civic center business
MANY PEOPLE have asked why I would want to be on the Coliseum Authority.

Pardue makes voting in 12th exciting
A horrible feeling crept over me recently when Cathy Cox announced that the estimated voter turnout for the primary on Aug. 20 was expected to be around 20 percent. Twenty percent. That is abysmal and, as Americans, I thought we should all be ashamed. At a time when countless cars whiz by with American flags adorning any free space their owners can find and patriotism is supposed to be at an all time high, we, as a state, can only get one out of every five people to the polls to decide who will be our representative candidates in November. Tim Kelly, Augusta

Wrongdoing issue not one of race
On Aug. 6 I heard on the news about the racial fight the NAACP is calling for over the special grand jury's finding of wrongdoing while Ronnie Few was Augusta's fire chief. Charlie Bowles, Martinez, Ga.

Blacks' mistakes are magnified
Regarding B.J. Wortman's Aug. 2 letter, "Stop playing the 'race card"': It concerned the grand jury investigation of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few. A. R. Powell, Augusta

Sweeping the streets
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength says drug traffickers his department get the most complaints about aren't the kingpins, pulling the strings behind the scenes, but street-level dealers. They can be found all over some neighborhoods, like a pestilence.

Citizens should pray for the judges who rule for porn
So we are getting a porno video store in south Augusta, according to Judge Dudley Bowen's ruling. Deviants will now begin to cluster in our neighborhood, requiring more security and police. The Rev. Wilfred C. Hunt, Augusta

Opposes widening of N. Belair Road
It has taken well over a year, but the results are now apparent - the 45 mph signs along North Belair Road are up. John Meyers, Evans, Ga.

Likes Spears in Columbia Co. Dist. 1
I support Frank Spears for the Columbia County Commission. My wife and I will be voting for him in the primary. Through church and our Sunday school class, I have known Mr. Spears for the last several years. I trust him, and I believe him. Steve Epperson, Martinez, Ga.

Focus on reforms
A problem with the special grand jury's presentments on Augusta city government is that to some important segments of the community, they come across as attacks on black leadership.

People would vote for Kolb power
Thank you for publishing the Aug. 5 letter, "Cooperation to save kitten good example for commissioners" by Bert Dean. It portrayed the efficiency of a team working together. Priscilla Bence, Martinez, Ga.

A regional economy
Columbia County voters will be choosing two county commissioners and, for the first time, a countywide commission chairman in Tuesday's primary. It's not that the county's politics are dull, but because the area is heavily Republican, there isn't a lot of disagreement on issues.

Civic Center's chaos chases away conventions
It's disheartening that the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center has again claimed such negative attention. As one of the businesses that supports and depends on the center, I urge our city commission to move quickly to minimize further damage. Darryl C. Leech, Augusta

Let the CVB help
The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is without a permanent general manager, and is losing business due to lack of service and leadership.

Back to old ways since Sept. 11
In the days following Sept. 11, everyone in America was struck numb. As the days passed we replaced the numbness with a determination to make this country a better place for us all. We started by being more courteous, humble, patient and more receptive to the words of the Bible. John Bush, North Augusta, S.C.

Race getting in way of civic center business
MANY PEOPLE have asked why I would want to be on the Coliseum Authority.

Courage advance with win over Beat

Area sports anouncements

Overtime

Overtime

Area sports anouncements
Aug. 31: "The Dog Days 100" will be held at Burke County Speedway in Waynesboro, Ga. There will be 20 lap feature races in all classes. Gates open at 6 p.m., races begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call Scott Walton at (706) 860-8051 or Richard Story at (706) 592-2900.

Capriati loses to Mauresmo in Montreal final
MONTREAL -- Amelie Mauresmo beat Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-1 Sunday in the final of the Rogers AT&T Cup, a hardcourt tuneup for the U.S. Open.

Courage advance with win over Beat
CARY, N.C. -- One year after winning just six games, the Carolina Courage are one victory away from the WUSA championship.

Overtime
Barry Wagner is a two-time Most Valuable Player who scored 26 touchdowns this season, yet few people who aren't die-hard fans of the San Jose SaberCats know his name.

Overtime
The Augusta Boxing Club went 5-0 at the Paul Murphey Memorial Matches in Doraville, Ga., on Saturday.

Deer need time to reach potential

Deer need time to reach potential
MILLEN, Ga. - The sad truth is in the numbers: 95 percent of whitetail bucks don't survive long enough to reach their full trophy potential.

Cooking wild
This recipe, from the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association cookbook, is named for a Chickasaw Indian woman who once owned much of the land that is now the town of Oxford, Miss. A cafe there by the same name offers this dish, in which a common freshwater game fish is prepared much like barbecued shrimp.

Drought reduces waterfowl numbers
Falling lake levels and withered crops aren't the only casualties of the lingering drought that is parching many parts of the nation for the third consecutive year.

Davis to wear Broncos jersey one last time
DENVER -- Terrell Davis wanted to keep playing. His knees just wouldn't cooperate.

Guy waits for his call to Hall
THOMSON - It wasn't just the white shirt Ray Guy wore Saturday while playing on a team that donned black uniforms. It wasn't just the trim, athletic build the 53-year-old carried in a sea of bulging bellies.

Falcons top Giants
ATLANTA -- It's only the preseason, but New York Giants coach Jim Fassel is vowing to make changes.

Those who can't teach turn pro

Telecommunications drawing investors in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan -- There are only 12,000 functioning telephones for nearly 2 million people in Kabul. And most calls never go through.

Scientists creating radiation sensors that fit inside blood cells
DETROIT -- Researchers are creating "Star Trek"-like radiation sensors that are so small, they could be absorbed into the white blood cells of astronauts and could someday be used to treat and diagnose illnesses.

'American Idol' votes could be skewed by internet power-dialers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Producers of the hit Fox show "American Idol" say the talent contest is being slammed by "power dialers" trying to influence the results by making as many as 10,000 votes a night from a single phone line.

Technogeek's dream: a vest with 19 pockets
A while back I became enamored with the ScotteVest 2.0, which I still use when I need to carry all my gear without lugging around extra cases or attaching a multitude of stuff to my belt.

Pine beetles plague South
ALBANY, Ga. - Dean Wilson has a college degree and 20 years of experience as a forest manager. But despite the years of care he has given his trees, many are turning brown and dying - victims of the worst Southern pine beetle epidemic in memory.

Funds validate work of genetic researcher
Gurkirpal Sohal finally knows what acceptance looks like: It is green.

Value of body scans debated
You feel good, you eat right, you exercise regularly. But, are you as healthy as you think?

Pinkins and others injured during scrimmage
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz says he is uncertain who is going to backup quarterback Corey Jenkins after Dondrial Pinkins and Bennett Swygert suffered injuries during a scrimmage Sunday.

Pinkins and others injured during scrimmage

Mystics beat Sting to advance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As Washington's bus pulled away, headed off to the Eastern Conference finals, a few dozen Mystics fans surrounded it - cheering the team's recent turnaround.

Comets' Swoopes wins WNBA defensive player award
HOUSTON -- Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes was selected the WNBA defensive player of the year for the second time Sunday.

Liberty tie series against Fever
NEW YORK -- Forward Tamika Whitmore scored a playoff career-high 24 points, leading the New York Liberty past the Indiana Fever 84-65 to stay alive in the best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinals.

Odds and ends

Recognizing a hit-and-run driver in an ambulance

Asia's best Elvis impersonators converge on Tokyo for first ever tribute concert

Value of body scans debated

'American Idol' votes could be skewed by internet power-dialers

Pine beetles plague South

Technogeek's dream: a vest with 19 pockets

Funds validate work of genetic researcher

Scientists creating radiation sensors that fit inside blood cells

Telecommunications drawing investors in Afghanistan