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JUST OUT: Iris, We Were Soldiers, The Cat's Meow, Joe Somebody, The Sweetest Thing, Return to Never Land, All About the Benjamins and National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

Museum director revels in Southern exposure
During a quiet moment between the seemingly endless parade of board meetings and number-crunching budget sessions, Morris Museum of Art director Kevin Grogan escapes the bustle of the institution's offices to the relative calm of the gallery.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies. The service provides theater locations and movie times.

Applause calendar

Club calendar

Readers want to smile when they think of a movie
A few weeks ago, I asked readers to submit their favorite movies for a column. And while the response was far from overwhelming, there was an interesting, encouraging trend. The picks people sent in were not the movies that scholars and critics (gasp) tout as the finest, most artistically elevated motion pictures. There was no Citizen Kane, no Grand Illusion and no Schindler's List. Instead, people sent in sentimental favorites, movies that might not make them think, but always make them smile. And really, isn't that much of the movie's magic?

Applause calendar
INDIA DAY: Exhibition on Indian culture, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, cultural performances 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; free show; concessions, raffle; sponsored by Indo-American Cultural Association; 833-8415.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Fame was fleeting for '60s rock star
Back in 1965 I went to the University of Georgia's Fine Arts Auditorium to see a touring show, Merrily We Roll Along, produced by the Third U.S. Army Headquarters at Fort McPherson in Atlanta.

At the movies: 'Simone'
Before the house lights went down, before a single frame of film flickered in front of my eyes, I opened my notebook and made a list of all the movies "Simone" reminded me of, based solely on its premise.

Salsa squared

Latifa produces communal effort
After breaking the hip-hop gender barrier, getting critical acclaim for her film work and becoming a household name with a successful talk show (The Queen Latifah Show) and situation comedy (Living Single), some might argue that Queen Latifah is out of challenges. But her greatest accomplishment may be still to come.

At the movies: 'Serving Sara'

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Standing ovations

Readers want to smile when they think of a movie

Mini reviews

Concert calendar
JENNIFER NETTLES BAND: 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Soul Bar; $5 advance.

Museum director revels in Southern exposure

At the movies: 'Serving Sara'
Crass and joyless, "Serving Sara" would have been an unfortunate movie anyway. But it's also the victim of unfortunate timing.

At the movies: 'Simone'

At the movies: 'Undisputed'
Forget knives or guns. Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames show that the real weapon to fear is the human fist, giving boxing fans every bone-jarring punch they want and more in director Walter Hill's testosterone-laden prison film, "Undisputed."

At the movies: 'Undisputed'

Salsa squared
Swing your partner, cha cha cha.

Concert calendar

Standing ovations
The Augusta Indo-American Cultural Association will hold its annual India Day Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University.

Latifa produces communal effort

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Stadium district head calls leaks 'unacceptable'
MILWAUKEE -- The Miller Park design firm and construction manager must develop and pay for a plan to fix the roof leaks that have plagued the Milwaukee Brewers' home since it opened two seasons ago, the executive director of the stadium board said Thursday.

Owners make new revenue sharing proposal
NEW YORK -- Baseball owners presented a new revenue-sharing deal to the union to try to spark talks, calling the offer a significant step toward what players want.

Players, owners: There is time to reach a deal

Harlem looking for home runs, not hot-dogging

Stadium district head calls leaks 'unacceptable'

Owners make new revenue sharing proposal

Players, owners: There is time to reach a deal
NEW YORK -- Negotiators for players and owners are optimistic they have enough time to reach a deal before the union's Aug. 30 deadline and avoid another baseball strike.

Harlem looking for home runs, not hot-dogging
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Andrew Diaz raised both arms and waved bye-bye to the ball he had just clanged over the left-field fence for a homer.

Can't motivate others? Maybe it's your choice of maxims

Katlyn Rochelle Elam
Ron and Melissa Elam of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Katlyn Rochelle Elam, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are William and Lee Young and J.D. and Redia Elam, all of Lincolnton, Ga.

McKayla Elizabeth Morris

Logan Gage Kitchens
Mr. and Mrs. Lindy D. Kitchens of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Logan Gage Kitchens, Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Templeton Jr. of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Lindy Kitchens of Evans.

Zackary James Canuette

Whitman Alexander Stacy

Mallory Michelle Skinner

Danyele Renee Maddox
Eric and Jessica Maddox of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Danyele Renee Maddox, Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William T. Dees of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. David Shirling of Appling.

Morgan Celeste Davis

Logan Taylor Jones
Billy and Anna Jones of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Logan Taylor Jones, Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Eddie and Laura Ayers of Buford, Ga., Kay Jones of Martinez, and B.T. and Kaye Jones of Detroit.

Katlyn Rochelle Elam

Shianne Faith Cartin

Riley Nicole Bridwell

Logan Taylor Jones

Olivia Nicole Cason

Makenzie Grace Sorrell

Kennedy Alexis Handy
Maurice and Jynelle Handy of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Kennedy Alexis Handy, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Matthews of Topeka, Kan., and Mary Handy of Selbyville, Del.

Dejza Ann Cleere

Tristan Railey Landers
Timothy J. and Tracie

Tristan Railey Landers

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

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II
Mr.

Ryan Michael Ash

Matthew Stephen Hauser
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hauser

Kelton Reynolds Patafie

Daniel Jacob Redfern

Reagan Kathleen Burdette

Allen Kaleb Sconiers

Hunter James Via

Ryan Michael Ash
Michael Wayne and Debbie Noland Ash of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Ryan Michael Ash, Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Noland, Wayne Ash and Sue Ash, all of Augusta.

Barbara Maxine Thurmond

Logan Gage Kitchens

Olivia Nicole Cason
Travis Noel and Melissa Marie Cason 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.

Caleb Keishawn Tarver

Shianne Faith Cartin
The Rev. and Mrs. M. Dean Cartin of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Shianne Faith Cartin, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kirkland of Blythe and Carolyn Cartin of Aiken.

Kennedy Alexis Handy

Zackary James Canuette
Robert Can

Jackson Richard Davis

Maya Alexis Bush
Larry Bush and Cynthia Boseman, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Maya Alexis Bush, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Johnnie L. Brown of Augusta and the late Frank and Julie Boseman.

Kennedy Grace Smith

Reagan Kathleen Burdette
Charles and

Bryar Troy Stewart

Riley Nicole Bridwell
Joey and Candace

Wyatt Chase Beagles

Hunter James Via
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Via of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Hunter James Via, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell Jr. of Lincolnton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Via of Augusta.

Christopher Mandarin Mack II

Barbara Maxine Thurmond
Mr. and Mrs.

Megan Elizabeth Bralley

Caleb Keishawn Tarver
Scottie and Victoria Tarver of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Caleb Keishawn Tarver, Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Bertha M. Paige of Augusta, Connie Stevens of North Augusta and Elizabeth Stevens of Bath.

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger
Calvin F. Swinger

Danyele Renee Maddox

Bryar Troy Stewart
Charles Troy

Maya Alexis Bush

Whitman Alexander Stacy
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip G. Stacy of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Whitman Alexander Stacy, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Hull of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Donald K. Stacy of Martinez.

Christopher Mandarin Mack II
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Mack of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Christopher Mandarin Mack II, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Wayne Banks of Los Angeles and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Mack of Augusta.

Megan Elizabeth Bralley
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bralley of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Megan Elizabeth Bralley, Thursday, July 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Kelley of Augusta, the late A.L. Kelley and Mr. and Mrs. James Bralley of Augusta.

Matthew Stephen Hauser

Makenzie Grace Sorrell
Guy and Regina Sorrell of Eva

Jessica Lynn Griswold

Kennedy Grace Smith
Ryan Smith and Ginger Partin, bot

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II

Mallory Michelle Skinner
Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Skin

Dejza Ann Cleere
Lacy Ann Cleere of Hephzibah announces the birth of a daughter, Dejza Ann Cleere, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gary and Barbara Cleere of Hephzibah and Wayne and Nona Sue Walker of Las Vegas, Nev.

Allen Kaleb Sconiers

Jackson Richard Davis
Rich and Maggie Davis of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jackson Richard Davis, Friday, July 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Moore of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. James R. Davis of Martinez.

Daniel Jacob Redfern
Michael and Leah Redfern of Cary, N.C., announce the birth of a son, Daniel Jacob Redfern, Friday, June 28, 2002, in Cary. Grandparents are Vincent and Barbara Hart of Racine, Wis., and Claudia R. Usry of Gibson, Ga.

Jessica Lynn Griswold
Mr. and Mrs. Shane

Kelton Reynolds Patafie
Brian

McKayla Elizabeth Morris
Steven Wayne and Dana Davis Morris of M

Morgan Celeste Davis
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Davis Jr.

Judo club members foil alleged carjacking
LOS ANGELES -- A man allegedly tried to carjack a van carrying members of a Florida judo club, but a half-dozen of the student athletes fought back, and he was arrested.

Odds and ends
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A mistake that caused the property value of a home to be inflated by $200 million has left local governments scrambling to refigure their budgets.

Brave haunts Padres

Rookie baffles Atlanta

Marquis knocked out with leg injury
SAN DIEGO -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Marquis was forced out of Thursday's game after being hit on the left calf by a line drive by San Diego's Phil Nevin in the third inning.

Padres pound Braves
SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Mike Bynum shut down baseball's best team in just his second big league start and the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 9-2 on Thursday to take two of three from the Braves.

Marquis knocked out with leg injury

Strike would strand players
SAN DIEGO - If there is a players strike Aug. 30, the Atlanta Braves will be stuck north of the border.

Padres pound Braves

Brave haunts Padres
SAN DIEGO - Seems only fitting that Gary Sheffield, who never wanted to leave San Diego, haunted his former team Wednesday night.

Rookie baffles Atlanta
SAN DIEGO - Sometimes you lose to the best. And sometimes you lose to someone like Mike Bynum, who started the season at Class AA Mobile and was making his second big-league start Thursday.

Strike would strand players

Stocks higher Wednesday, Nasdaq closes about 1,400

North Augusta has big plans

Martha Stewart sued after unloading stock in her own company
NEW YORK -- An investor in Martha Stewart's company has filed a lawsuit alleging she dumped shares of her own stock because she knew their value would drop if she was investigated on suspicion of insider trading in the ImClone case.

County voters support split

Vendors must pay for spot

Vendors must pay for spot
First Friday street vendors will be asked to fill out an application with Main Street Augusta and pay $25 in order to peddle their wares, a move the downtown advocacy group says will better organize the popular monthly arts event.

Business briefs

County voters support split
If it had been a binding referendum, Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce would be preparing for a walkout.

North Augusta has big plans
Construction on North Augusta's planned riverfront development, one of several ongoing economic development projects, is likely to begin in early January.

Area job losses in forecast
ATLANTA - Job losses will continue this year in Augusta, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University.

Business briefs
Halfway through its annual fund-raising campaign and membership drive, Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce officials announced Thursday they are on pace to exceed the group's $300,000 goal.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - AOL Time Warner Inc. is buying out AT&T Corp.'s stake in their cable television, movie-making and programming partnership for an estimated $8.5 billion to $9 billion, and said it may sell a stake in its cable TV operations in an initial public offering as early as next year.

Stocks higher Wednesday, Nasdaq closes about 1,400
NEW YORK -- Investors resumed buying stocks Wednesday, sending prices moderately higher after a bout of profit-taking ran its course. Technology was the session's biggest winner, giving the Nasdaq composite index its first close above 1,400 in six weeks.

Martha Stewart sued after unloading stock in her own company

Slugging first-baseman Johnson returns for senior year
CLEMSON, S.C. -- In an off-season of disappointment, Clemson coach Jack Leggett finally got some good news Wednesday - slugging first-baseman Michael Johnson will be back for his senior year.

Slugging first-baseman Johnson returns for senior year

Eagles starting over but staying the same

ACC at a glance
Here's a brief look at the teams in the ACC.

When it comes to rivalries, you can count on disagreements
Rivals argue about a lot of things: school colors, professions, lifestyles, the color of the sky. Almost everything is up for debate.

Georgia Tech roster
Roster of 2002 Georgia Tech team.

Coach brings winning recipe

New Coach is changing S.C. State
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Former South Carolina assistant Buddy Pough brought a plan to improve South Carolina State. Then he brought a few of his old players to help him do it.

South Carolina roster

Georgia roster
Roster of 2002 Georgia Bulldogs team.

Black quarterbacks have it easier today
Damarius Bilbo remembers the shock and revulsion he experienced while hearing Warren Moon recount the horrors of being a black quarterback.

Greg Gresham
Gregg Gresham likes to call himself the most popular nonstar in the history of South Carolina football.

Gailey brings success with him
ATLANTA - Chan Gailey faces no serious remodeling in his new digs at Georgia Tech.

James Jackson
James Jackson was a running back until the eighth grade. That's when his coach called a halfback pass and saw Jackson could throw the ball as well as he ran with it.

Georgia Tech roster

SEC at a glance
Here's a brief look at the teams in the SEC.

Georgia's biggest rival

College football television schedule
This is a listing of televised college football games.

New Coach is changing S.C. State

Clemson roster

Eddie McAshan
Eddie McAshan was always curious about those strange-looking men in the suits, the dour figures who stood on the sidelines and were always close by when he walked on and off the field.

Georgia Southern roster

Georgia's biggest rival
Who is Georgia's biggest rival? Depends on whom - and where - you ask. The Augusta Chronicle asked Bulldog Club presidents in various cities to rate the Bulldogs' rivals:

College football television schedule

South Carolina: five questions
Lou Holtz added another miracle to his resume as South Carolina's coach.

Clemson quarterback ready to take charge

South Carolina: five questions

Demon Deacons think they can be competitive
If you consider that Wake Forest's top player couldn't get out of his bed this summer without breaking his foot, it's hard to imagine fortune smiling on the Demon Deacons this fall.

Georgia Tech: five questions

Bulldogs are on everyone's list of teams to beat
As he embarked on his first tour of the booster-club circuit last summer, Georgia coach Mark Richt figured he could use a brush-up on Peach State geography.

Bulldogs are on everyone's list of teams to beat

Georgia Southern roster
Roster of the 2002 the Georgia Southern football team.

Georgia roster

Harrison controls temper, future
ATHENS, Ga. - Arnold Harrison is listed as the backup to Boss Bailey in Georgia's media guide, but his role isn't limited to strong-side linebacker.

James Jackson

Harrison controls temper, future

Clemson: 5 questions

Gamecocks' secondary is rebuilding

Greg Gresham

ACC at a glance

Georgia: five questions
Honeymoons don't last long when you're the football coach at Georgia. Fans lauded Mark Richt for deft decisions and forgave him for dumb ones in his first season. Now things get serious.

Georgia Southern: five questions

Homer Jordan
Homer Jordan and Jeff Davis were talking in the lobby of their dorm after the 1980 season.

When it comes to rivalries, you can count on disagreements

Florida's Gators have plenty of bite
Go ahead and smile. It's OK. Everybody's doing it. Steve Spurrier is now the NFL's headache, and it's as if everyone outside of Florida in SEC country has taken a giant B.C.S. Powder and been freed of all worries.

Georgia Southern: five questions
Georgia Southern has all the looks of a rebuilding team this year.

Clemson roster
Roster of 2002 Clemson team.

Clemson: 5 questions
Tommy Bowden doesn't have any illusions or delusions about his position as Clemson's football coach.

Seminoles whipped ACC into prominence
The biggest moment in 50 years of ACC football didn't happen on a Saturday. It didn't happen in Death Valley or Kenan Stadium. It didn't happen in a New Year's Day bowl game.

Coach brings winning recipe
Since he accepted the job as head coach of Vanderbilt, Bobby Johnson gets the same question over and over and over.

South Carolina roster
Roster of the 2002 South Carolina football team.

Demon Deacons think they can be competitive

Gamecocks' secondary is rebuilding
COLUMBIA - Ask Rashad Faison about Sheldon Brown and Andre Goodman, and his mouth parts into a warm smile.

Black quarterbacks have it easier today

Clemson quarterback ready to take charge
On good days, Willie Simmons didn't mind being the guy on the sideline holding the clipboard. He deemed it a privilege to labor behind the dynamic Woodrow Dantzler, who broke records and opponents' backs with his uncanny running ability.

Florida's Gators have plenty of bite

Eagles starting over but staying the same
Georgia Southern has a new coach, a new fullback and a new quarterback. The expectations sound all too familiar: national championship or bust.

Seminoles whipped ACC into prominence

Georgia Tech: five questions
From 1997 to 2001, Georgia Tech won 42 games and went to five straight bowls. That's an impressive run of success by most measures, and Yellow Jackets fans definitely reflect fondly on a period that produced the offensive exploits of Joe Hamilton, a share of an ACC title and three straight wins over Georgia.

Gailey brings success with him

SEC at a glance

Georgia: five questions

The McIntyre factor

Primary thoughts

Sorry episode

Dr. Eugene Odum

Film industry to try movie theater, video messages to combat online piracy
ASPEN, Colo. -- The next battle in the entertainment industry's war against online swapping of movies will soon be waged in theaters.

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 Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Food to go, hold the fat
Every fast-food restaurant may not be Burger King, but it's still possible to have it your way.

Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smits to host Latin Grammys
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Pop star Gloria Estefan and actor Jimmy Smits have agreed to host this year's Latin Grammys ceremony.

'American Idol' climbing the charts for Fox
NEW YORK -- The contestant pool is getting smaller at Fox's "American Idol," but the audience continues to grow.

In the know
The Muscular Dystrophy Association needs help for the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

Pink paradox

Lawn diseases spreading
It's the time of year when lawn diseases become an increasing problem in the Augusta area.

Lawn diseases spreading

Pink paradox
With deep-pink blooms, fine-leafed foliage and prolific reseeding nature, mimosa trees are prized by some homeowners, loathed by others.

Jackets practice at newly renovated stadium
ATLANTA -- For the first time in more than two weeks of practice, the field was the focus Wednesday as Georgia Tech continued preparations for its Aug. 31 season opener against Vanderbilt.

Jackets practice at newly renovated stadium

Jackets miss shot at sweep
Winning the first three games of the series against the Hagerstown Suns couldn't help the Augusta GreenJackets' playoff cause. Neither could Wednesday's 4-3 loss in the series finale.

Jackets maintain Boston ties
The Augusta GreenJackets and Boston Red Sox will continue their affiliation through 2004, signing a two-year Player Development Contract this week.

GreenJackets blank Waves
ALBANY, Ga. - Shane Rhodes pitched seven shutout innings, and the Augusta GreenJackets defeated the South Georgia Waves 5-0 on Thursday at Paul Eames Sports Complex.

The high cost of keeping up is keeping me down

Goosen, Izawa take share of the lead

Howell leads by one shot

McGill, Ammaccapane share first-round lead

Teens and legacies advance to round of 32 at U.S. Amateur

A different track, same goal for Tiger
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- The week after the final major championship of the season usually finds Tiger Woods on a golf course with thick trees lining both sides of the fairway.

A different track, same goal for Tiger

Top seed moves to quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Medalist Bill Haas earned a berth in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur with a 2 and 1 victory over D.J. Trahan, the NCAA player of the year, on Thursday.

Seniors switch to modified Stableford format for Utah event

River Club won't hold golf event

USC Aiken coach expresses interest
Augusta State's next men's golf coach might be just a chip shot away.

Teens and legacies advance to round of 32 at U.S. Amateur
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Teenagers Henry Liaw and Charlie Beljan advanced to the round of 32 Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.

Goosen, Izawa take share of the lead
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- This World Golf Championship certainly lived up its name Thursday, as Retief Goosen of South Africa and Toshi Izawa of Japan each had a 6-under 65 to share the lead in the NEC Invitational.

Ochoa playing Betsy King Classic
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Lorena Ochoa, the Mexican star who topped the Futures Tour money list to earn a 2003 LPGA Tour card, is using her final sponsor exemption to play in the Betsy King Classic.

River Club won't hold golf event
The Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, a National Golf Association/Hooters Tour event that has been played at River Golf Club in North Augusta since 2000, will have a new home and a later date in 2003.

Seniors switch to modified Stableford format for Utah event
PARK CITY, Utah -- The final round of the Senior PGA Tour event at Park Meadows, with two reachable par 5s over the final four holes, always has favored long hitters.

McGill, Ammaccapane share first-round lead
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Jill McGill and Danielle Ammaccapane shot 6-under 66s Thursday and shared the lead after the first round of the Betsy King Classic.

Howell leads by one shot
RENO, Nev. - Augusta's Charles Howell III birdied three of his first four holes Thursday and shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $3 million Reno-Tahoe Open.

Top seed moves to quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur

Jackets miss shot at sweep

Jackets maintain Boston ties

GreenJackets blank Waves

Steven Rogers - Evans

Defensive stalwarts lead Tigers

Rashad Hunter - South Aiken

Retooling Rebels have coaching continuity

Jerome Dunbar - South Aiken

Tony Lezotte - Westside

Walter Utley - North Augusta

Jonna Lee - Butler

Outlook 2

Region realignment softens Butler's schedule

Richard Cook - Washington-Wilkes

Reasons for change are plentiful

Seniors transfer to North Augusta seeking success

Briarwood ranks are pretty thin

Schedule tests Red Devils

Augusta Christian has new leadership

Jenkins County should contend

Curtis Baptist's crusade continues

New coaches inherit good potential

2002 football season predictions

Jonta Sibert - McCormick

Danny Verdun - Thomson

J.K. Sabb - Laney

Marcus Barber - Strom Thurmond

Keion Hazel - Silver Bluff

DeMarco McNair - Thomson

Danny Verdun - Thomson

Hornets senior relishes physical role

New coach believes in old Barnwell tradition

Outlook 1

Questions surround Screven, Swainsboro

De'Angelo Bryant - Silver Bluff

Clinton Willis - Washington-Wilkes

Marcus Barber - Strom Thurmond
Marcus Barber Strom Thurmond Free safety, Wide receiver

Defensive stalwarts lead Tigers
WILLISTON, S.C. - While interviewing for the head coach's position at Williston-Elko in 2001, Justin Gentry learned the administration's expectations for the football program.

Walter Utley - North Augusta
Walter Utley North Augusta Running back, Cornerback

Quarterback's injury puts Evans in an early hole
In late July, a somber mood fell over Evans' football camp.

Reasons for change are plentiful
Lakeside head coach Randy Hill observes as Jimmy Johnson passes to a teammate at a recent practice.

Keion Hazel - Silver Bluff
Keion Hazel Silver Bluff Linebacker

Jerome Dunbar - South Aiken
Jerome Dunbar South Aiken Offensive guard

Retooling Rebels have coaching continuity
Jermaine Dorsey is 5-foot-10 and weighs 265 pounds. He looks like he should be a football player. He loves being on the field and knocking bodies. And he's pretty good at what he does - an All-Region 3-AAAA selection at defensive tackle last year proves that.

DeMarco McNair - Thomson
DeMarco McNair Thomson Running back

Rashad Hunter - South Aiken
Rashad Hunter South Aiken Running back

Danny Verdun - Thomson
Danny Verdun Thomson Linebacker

Jenkins County should contend
Chuck Moore wants Jenkins County to be more than a one-half team this season.

Region realignment softens Butler's schedule
Butler coach David Land looks at his new region and schedule and can't help but feel lucky - after all, he doesn't have to play the two toughest teams in a revamped 3-AAAA.

Josey's Chavous returns to his roots
Josey football coach Barney Chavous looks through the window of his small office at the gathering of players in the weight room.

Danny Verdun - Thomson
Danny Verdun Thomson Linebacker

Jonna Lee - Butler
Jonna Lee Butler Linebacker

Rebels favored in revamped 5-AAA
With the departure of Newberry from Region 5-AAA, Strom Thurmond assumes the favorite's role for 2002.Newberry, which lost to eventual state champion Camden in the Lower State finals, moved into the revamped Region 3-AAA, and White Knoll was transferred to Region 4-AAAA. The changes, along with Strom Thurmond's experience, push the Rebels to the head of the class.

Tony Lezotte - Westside
Tony Lezotte Westside Free safety, Wide receiver

Fernando Velasco - Jefferson County
Fernando Velasco Jefferson County Offensive line

Schedule tests Red Devils
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell knows how the 2001 season must look.

Clinton Willis - Washington-Wilkes
Clinton Willis Washington-Wilkes Running back, Linebacker

Seniors transfer to North Augusta seeking success
David Sanborne has lived in North Augusta his entire life. He attended Aquinas in Augusta only because of the strong academic environment.

Briarwood ranks are pretty thin
Football practices are hot for everybody in the middle of August. But for Briarwood, the heat has been particularly intense.

New coaches inherit good potential
South Carolina's Region 1-A offers a new opportunity for two coaches.

Curtis Baptist's crusade continues
Glenn Rocker had a daunting task ahead of him when he took the head coaching position at Curtis Baptist before last season. His first year as a varsity head football coach just happened to be at a school that hadn't played a varsity football game in four years.

Outlook 1
1. Westside

Richard Cook - Washington-Wilkes
Richard Cook Washington-Wilkes Tight end, Defensive end

Outlook 2

New coach believes in old Barnwell tradition
BARNWELL, S.C. - Overlooking Barnwell's practice field is the back of the W.W. Carter Field press box. Painted in red letters are the years of the Warhorses' state championships: 1954, 1987 and 1988.

Steven Rogers - Evans
Steven Rogers Evans Wide receiver

Augusta Christian has new leadership
It won't take long for GISA Region 1-AAA opponents long to realize how much has changed for Augusta Christian since the end of last season.

J.K. Sabb - Laney
J.K. Sabb Laney Quarterback, Running back, Linebacker

2002 football season predictions
Here's how we think the season will end for teams in these regions during the 2002 prep football season.

Questions surround Screven, Swainsboro
For the first time in three years, Screven County and Swainsboro have serious questions to answer.

Jonta Sibert - McCormick
Jonta Sibert McCormick Running back

Hornets senior relishes physical role
AIKEN - Aiken free safety Jeff Simpkins got his start in football a decade ago while sitting in front of the TV with a Nintendo remote control in his hands.

De'Angelo Bryant - Silver Bluff
De'Angelo Bryant Silver Bluff Athlete

Can't motivate others? Maybe it's your choice of maxims
I don't know what peeves me most - when some lady who doesn't even know me calls me "honey," or when one who does know me doesn't.

GreenJackets renew contract
The Augusta GreenJackets and Boston Red Sox will continue their affiliation through 2004, signing a two-year Player Development Contract this week.

Invader shot, killed at home
A man died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after a shooting at an Augusta residence late Wednesday.

Urges whiners to help Dr. Bragdon

Vet works hard to place animals

New facility won't fill water bowls

Baseball players heroic as firemen

Urges privatizing of Social Security

Good will needed to resolve Mideast conflict

Driver ed could save teen lives

Profiling won't combat terrorism

In the know

Food to go, hold the fat

Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smits to host Latin Grammys

Film industry to try movie theater, video messages to combat online piracy

Health calendar

'American Idol' climbing the charts for Fox

Judge orders teen mother's arrest
A juvenile court judge ordered a teenage mother arrested on charges of child cruelty after the woman berated him for placing her 2-year-old daughter in foster care, authorities said Wednesday.

Secretary of state runoff up in the air
ATLANTA - One of the most diverse races on the statewide ballot also became one of the closest for a state office, with two Republican candidates for secretary of state only a few votes apart in their battle to reach a runoff.

Residents get reassessments

Budget cuts bypass child agency
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes is shielding Georgia's child-protection agency from cuts that are affecting other areas of state spending.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Columbia woman has filed a request for a restraining order by the state Supreme Court in an attempt to stop the South Carolina Education Lottery from phasing out instant ticket games.

Governor race gets early start
ATLANTA - Battle lines were taking shape Wednesday in Georgia's race for governor, surprising analysts who expected Republicans to need another three weeks to pick a candidate.

Across the southeast

'Rat show' could close famous Savannah eatery
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An infestation of rodents at a downtown Savannah eatery made famous by a Clint Eastwood movie has frustrated staff and threatened the high-profile business's continued operation.

Across Georgia

Across the southeast
COLLINSVILLE, Va. -Authorities investigating the disappearance of a 9-year-old girl almost a week ago said they were looking closely at several people but have no concrete evidence tying anyone to the case.

McIntyre enters mayor's race

District change doomed McKinney
DECATUR, Ga. - Fiery Rep. Cynthia McKinney blamed her los

City weighs parking-space cap
AIKEN - Vehicle by vehicle, The Home Depot parking lot on Whiskey Road started becoming a used car lot in recent weeks.

Across the southeast

Residents get reassessments
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Ken-ny Adair is hoping he'll have the weekend to get ready.

Correction

Candidates will seek recounts

Contractor removes 15,000 tons of waste from Augusta property

District change doomed McKinney

Georgia in long wait for justice

Budget cuts bypass child agency

Subscriber of the day

Walton, MCG talk alliance

News you can use

Across the area
The cause of a shootout in the Apple Valley neighborhood continued to baffle investigators Wednesday as they tried to find the people involved.

Contractor removes 15,000 tons of waste from Augusta property
The tires alone totaled 800 tons - with more being dug up each day.

Walton, MCG talk alliance
Walton Rehabilitation Hospital has approached Medical College of Georgia and MCG Health Inc. about a partnership that could include a new department of physical rehabilitation medicine, officials said.

Correction
The Joseph Robert Johnson obituary that ran in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. contained an incorrect photo. The photo was of Joseph Johnson, who died in September.

After the storm
Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. (center) talks with John Holden after a tree fell on Mr. Holden's car near Mr. Walker's office on Greene Street. Mr. Holden is the military liaison for Mr. Walker.

Across the area

Airport adviser's contract approved
After some discussion on fee structure, the city has approved a contract for Augusta Regional Airport's economic adviser.

Report shows fewer crimes

Judge orders teen mother's arrest

Man kills intruder in self-defense

Secretary of state runoff up in the air

Across the area
At least two Columbia County businesses may have been scammed by the man who has passed off bank deposit slips as checks in at least four Richmond County businesses in the past week.

System begins island venture

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A North Gwinnett High School student faces aggravated battery charges in the beating of another student.

City weighs parking-space cap

Across South Carolina
CHESTER -An attorney for Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson wants a judge to intervene before the county council takes over a new prison camp.

Invader shot, killed at home

U-Haul manager arrested
A manager at a local moving company was arrested Thursday on charges of sexual battery toward an employee.

Subscriber of the day

Hospitals vote to get special care facilities
They like to call it "a hospital within a hospital," and nearly every hospital in Augusta wants one. On back-to-back days, the boards of University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia Hospital voted to go forward with acquiring the special units.

GreenJackets renew contract

Medical body pays to publish photos
A group promoting biomedical growth in Augusta and Georgia will pay a pretty penny for some pretty pictures. It is also seeking reimbursement for legal fees it was charged by a local company.

'Rat show' could close famous Savannah eatery

Report shows fewer crimes
AIKEN - Crime is down in Aiken, but so is revenue.

Across the area

Georgia in long wait for justice
Two years ago, South Carolina denied Georgia's extradition request for William "Junior" Downs, citing his pending death penalty trial there.

Governor race gets early start

Across the southeast
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -NASA said Thursday that the next space shuttle launch is off until October because of cracked and damaged bearings in the platform needed to haul the ship to the pad.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Fulton County grand jury has indicted an East Point woman in the death of her 3-year-old granddaughter.

Housing crunch worsens
Almost 60 students who started classes at the University of South Carolina Aiken on Thursday did so without the on-campus housing they had requested.

System begins island venture
Most people go to the Cayman Islands for the gorgeous beaches or the brilliant weather. University Hospital was attracted by the insurance climate.

Man kills intruder in self-defense
A 90-year-old retired doctor who fatally shot an intruder in his Augusta home was acting in self-defense and will not be charged, authorities said Thursday.

McIntyre enters mayor's race
An already crowded mayoral race now has one more man in the running, with former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre announcing his candidacy Wednesday morning.

After the storm

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary Della Bell of Augusta.

Gunrunner gets 27 months in jail
A third man accused of taking part in a gunrunning operation received a 27-month prison sentence Thursday.

Jurors acquit slaying suspect
An Augusta man who said he killed another man in defense of himself and his child was acquitted Wednesday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cliff Hall of Augusta.

News you can use
AUG. 22, 1972 Officers of the Richmond County Property Owners Association accused the Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors on Monday of a "pre-meditated criminal conspiracy" to grant property tax breaks to the rich and influential. They cited the tax records of 14 firms and individuals as proof of their case.

News you can use
The Richmond County Board of Education will consider whether to fund any of the proposed special consideration for seven "affected" inner-city schools at a called board meeting Tuesday night.

Uncovering History
Every day, more than 5,000 students at Augusta State University walk on top of pieces of history.

Meeting addresses Columbia Road woes
Meril Merritt's turn onto Columbia Road from North Old Belair Road has become increasingly tough.

Uncovering History

Candidates will seek recounts
Losing Republican 12th Congressional District candidate Barbara Dooley and third-placing Democratic candidate Tony Center will ask for recounts of Tuesday's primary election results.

Football season isn't supposed to feel quite like this
According to weather.com, it "felt like 97 degrees" in downtown Augusta on Thursday. It certainly didn't feel like college football season.

The high cost of keeping up is keeping me down
Never say never again, Sean Connery said after finally returning to the silver screen as James Bond. He learned his lesson. I haven't yet.

Rudd joins Wood
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Eddie Wood was determined not to get involved in the torturous, unpredictable wrangling of silly season. Instead, he and Ricky Rudd became the lead domino, and now they can sit back and watch everything else unfold in front of them.

Spotlight on Robert Yates
Here is a profile of NASCAR race car owner Robert Yates.

Bristol now NASCAR's darling

CART-Formula One comparisons inevitable in Montreal

Harmon just bruised in wreck that split car in two

Bristol now NASCAR's darling
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The heat, fumes and exhaustion will make Dale Earnhardt Jr. sick on Saturday night. Kyle Petty will get a headache that won't go away until Tuesday. Sterling Marlin said the Sharpie 500 is like riding in a jet fighter around a high school gymnasium for four hours.

Pearsons, Moore others headline vintage race
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Racing greats David Pearson and Bud Moore will suit up once again to take part in a "Legends Rematch" next month.

Rudd joins Wood

Spotlight on Robert Yates

CART-Formula One comparisons inevitable in Montreal
MONTREAL -- The comparisons are inevitable as the CART series makes its debut this weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which has been home since 1978 to the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.

Harmon just bruised in wreck that split car in two
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike Harmon escaped virtually uninjured after a spectacular crash Thursday split his car in half when he hit an unsecured gate at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Spencer could be for hire

Pearsons, Moore others headline vintage race

Spencer could be for hire
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Trouble has a way of finding Jimmy Spencer. His most notable moments of the racing season all seem to involve twisted metal and crumpled emotions.

Racing Facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Sharpie 500 race.

Racing Facts

Surprising Starzz meet defending WNBA champion Sparks

WNBA official upgraded to serious condition

Big Dog takes a bite with his new teammates

Big Dog takes a bite with his new teammates
ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson worked out with the Atlanta Hawks for the first time Thursday. It didn't take long for one of his new teammates to notice a change in the Big Dog.

Hawks hire Alex English for player development

Hawks hire Alex English for player development
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have hired Hall of Famer and South Carolina native Alex English to be director of player personnel.

Champs hope for offensive progress

Falcons' backfield shows promise

Fox pleased with results of training camp

As all good owners know, draft-day parties set tone

Lineman restructures contract so club can re-sign Brooking, Kerney

Mrs. Thelma Sapp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elko Magnusen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Irma Hatfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Kearns    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. J. R. Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Cade    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Johnson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Johnson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Leamon Holden    (TWIN CITY , Ga.)
Mr. John Padgett    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Roy Harper Jr.    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Minton    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Hagler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Sallie Cooper    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Anthony Bryant    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Raymond Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Anthony Bryant    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Sanders    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Billie Brantley    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Rodman Lemon    (RIVERDALE, PA)
Mrs. Dorothy Blumstein    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie McCord    (CAMAK, Ga.)
Mr. Jeff Amos    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Harris Pittman    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Wooden    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Ms. Sonja Lewis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Nettie Weaver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Odyesseus Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga..)
Ms. Maryann Valentine    (CHICAGO, Ill.)
Mrs. Doris Kitchens    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Alton Bolton Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. David Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jeff Amos    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Wooden    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Sarah Leifer    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Nettie Weaver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Grady Seabrooks    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Ms. Josephine Waltower    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dovie Hiers    (OLAR, S.C.)
Mrs. Mittie Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Kearns    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Flora Taylor    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy London    (MARIETTA, Okla.)
Mrs. Maryann Valentine    (CHICAGO, Ill.)
Mrs. Doris Kitchens    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Rev. Inez Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Minton    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Gerald Thompson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Odyesseus Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga..)
Mrs. Mittie Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Pless    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Flora Taylor    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Rodman Lemon    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Rev. Inez Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Sanders    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Ennis    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mrs. Margaret Owens    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Minnie Ellis    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Cecil Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Reginald Elam Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Quinten Gresham Sr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Laverne Dolyniuk    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Cosby    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Hagler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Reginald Elam Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harris Pittman (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Bryant (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mr. Edward Hagler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodman Lemon (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mr. Roy Harper Jr. (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Bryant (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie McCord (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Mittie Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Inez Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Weaver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Sanders (HARLEM, Ga.)

Rev. Inez Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J. R. Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodman Lemon (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Quinten Gresham Sr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Leamon Holden (TWIN CITY , Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Weaver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Minton (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Maryann Valentine (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mrs. Flora Taylor (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Hagler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Cade (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Kearns (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John Padgett (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Ms. Sonja Lewis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. David Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Sapp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Leifer (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Owens (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Seabrooks (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Billie Brantley (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy London (MARIETTA, Okla.)

Ms. Maryann Valentine (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. Gerald Thompson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Kitchens (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Sallie Cooper (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jeff Amos (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Kitchens (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Odyesseus Patterson (AUGUSTA, Ga..)

Mr. Jeff Amos (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Blumstein (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Odyesseus Patterson (AUGUSTA, Ga..)

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

Mr. William Pless (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elko Magnusen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Taylor (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Laverne Dolyniuk (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Ellis (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Ennis (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Henry Cosby (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Bolton Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Kearns (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Sanders (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mittie Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Josephine Waltower (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Irma Hatfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Minton (HARLEM, Ga.)

New law invests in the future of nursing
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush recently signed the Nurse Reinvestment Act aimed at addressing the nursing shortage. As I read the act, I was reminded that most people not in the health professions probably do not understand the significance of this newly signed bill.

Cohabitation degrades marriage
ONE OF THE great fallacies of the sexual revolution is the popular and mistaken belief that sexual codes of conduct were based on narrow-minded legalism and puritanical morality. In reality, marriage survived the slings and arrows of intellectual fantasies for centuries because it works.

The McIntyre factor
That crashing sound you hear is Robin Williams' mayoral campaign falling down like a ton of bricks.

Dr. Eugene Odum
When Dr. Eugene P. Odum was felled by a heart attack this month in Athens, Ga., at age 88 the world lost one of the most esteemed scientists of the 20th Century; our nation lost one of its finest, most patriotic, citizens; and our state lost a much admired and beloved University of Georgia professor.

Urges privatizing of Social Security
Regarding several recent letters about privatizing Social Security: I'm weighing in on the subject because I believe that if one puts emotion and politics aside, the decision to support private investing of Social Security funds is a real no-brainer. Here's why. Andy Hauger, Ph.D., Evans, Ga.

Good will needed to resolve Mideast conflict
The level of bigotry or the plain ignorance of Harry Sellers, in his letter of Aug. 11 ("Stop U.S. support of Israel"), never ceases to amaze me. M. David Alalof, Martinez, Ga.

Cohabitation degrades marriage
ONE OF THE great fallacies of the sexual revolution is the popular and mistaken belief that sexual codes of conduct were based on narrow-minded legalism and puritanical morality. In reality, marriage survived the slings and arrows of intellectual fantasies for centuries because it works.

Profiling won't combat terrorism
In his Aug. 10 guest column, "The deadly side of political correctness," U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., justifies his call for racially profiling Arab-Americans by sanctimoniously attacking the integrity of a Chronicle journalist's professionalism, and an Arab-American for exercising his first amendment right. These McCarthyite tactics do not hide the hypocrisy of Mr. Norwood's position. Isaam Nashashibi, Dawsonville, Ga.

Baseball players heroic as firemen
Your recent "Suicide squeeze" article claims the "game (baseball) is on the line" due to the recent strike issue. It's more than that - it's the American dream that's on the line. Andy Walters, Evans, Ga.

Urges whiners to help Dr. Bragdon
It is very disheartening to read the many negative letters by all the whiners about the Richmond County Animal Control facility. The bellyachers have probably never even lifted a finger - financially or physically - to help out. E.L. Howard, Augusta

New facility won't fill water bowls
I was not surprised by the July 24 Metro article, "Inspectors say shelter should cool buildings," detailing problems found at the Richmond County Animal Control facility by the Department of Agriculture. A previous inspection dated Feb. 11 reveals much of the same. Jodie Graham, Augusta

Vet works hard to place animals
In response to Holley Renno's Aug. 12 letter, "Two strikes and Bragdon's almost out": Perhaps Ms. Renno could better spend her time volunteering at the Richmond County Animal Control facility rather than writing inflammatory letters about people she knows little about. Irene Childress, Hephzibah, Ga.

Primary thoughts
A national and statewide embarrassment was turned out of Congress when 10-year U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., fell Tuesday to primary challenger Denise Majette in the heavily Democratic 4th congressional district.

New law invests in the future of nursing
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush recently signed the Nurse Reinvestment Act aimed at addressing the nursing shortage. As I read the act, I was reminded that most people not in the health professions probably do not understand the significance of this newly signed bill.

Sorry episode
A two-bit crook aiming a handgun at a store clerk is so much easier to comprehend than the esoteric machinations of a man in a $1,000 suit wielding nothing more than a pen. But they can both be guilty of robbery.

Driver ed could save teen lives
Recently a lot of teen drivers have been killed in car accidents. With all the new driving laws for young drivers, why don't schools offer drivers' education? I know they had it in the high schools when I was in school. Why did they take it out of the schools? Melba Moseley, Grovetown, Ga.

Security increased for this year's U.S. Open

Overtime

Stallions will sit out the 2003 season

Formal charges filed in Olympics fix case

Magnus Larsson could be playing in his last U.S. Open

Overtime

Formal charges filed in Olympics fix case
NEW YORK -- A reputed Russian mobster was indicted Wednesday on charges that he plotted to fix the ice dancing and pairs figure skating competition at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Overtime
LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez will conclude her farewell tour at the Tournament of Champions in Mobile this fall.

Overtime
Steve Spurrier's quarterback situation got a little clearer Thursday, with the Washington Redskins trading Sage Rosenfels to the Miami Dolphins.

Magnus Larsson could be playing in his last U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Sweden's Magnus Larsson could be making his last go-round at the U.S. Open.

Security increased for this year's U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- U.S. Open spectators will encounter tighter security measures, including extra police and a ban on video cameras and backpacks.

Fishing report

Fishing report
Largemouth bass have joined surface-schooling hybrids and striped bass on Strom Thurmond Lake, but fishermen have to get up early in the morning to catch them.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Lineman restructures contract so club can re-sign Brooking, Kerney
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons took the first step toward re-signing Keith Brooking and Patrick Kerney when the club restructured Bob Whitfield's contract Thursday.

As all good owners know, draft-day parties set tone
Fantasy football owners ... you're on the clock.

Fox pleased with results of training camp
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox said he's pleased with his progress of his team after it broke a monthlong training camp on Wednesday.

Falcons' backfield shows promise
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Two preseason games have given Ollie Wilson reason to believe the Atlanta Falcons could have one of the NFL's most potent rushing attacks.

Champs hope for offensive progress
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots finally may have a solution to their struggling offense: the Carolina Panthers.

Football season isn't supposed to feel quite like this

Stallions will sit out the 2003 season
Augusta Stallions owner Frank Lawrence told civic center leaders Thursday that his arenafootball2 team will not play in Augusta next year, saying the latest contract offer would cut his team's revenue potential.

Waste will remain in SRS tanks
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Energy Department has decided to leave radioactive residual waste in 49 aging storing tanks at Savannah River Site and fill them with concrete grout rather than empty the containers completely.

MCG breaks ground on new research labs
R. Clinton Webb has been rolling out the plans for months, showing prospective recruits to Medical College of Georgia what their future labs might look like.

It's time to toss the floppy drive
It's time to bag the floppy disk drive. The drives, whether the 5.25-inch from the early days of personal computing, or the almost-universal 3.5-inch plastic squares of today, are no longer necessary. A new widget called a Cruzer has convinced me that floppies are now as quaint as shirt armbands and sock garters.

Recordings that capture lives of Basque settlers being made available on Internet
BOISE, Idaho -- The Basque immigrants arrived in the American West from Spain and France during the early part of the 20th century, often working in boarding houses and as sheepherders, and later as ranchers.

Two men in Georgia die from West Nile
ATLANTA - Georgia health officials said Thursday that two men in the state have died from West Nile and warned that the virus will always be worse in the South, where warm weather means more mosquitoes.

Camera Angles: Two pros share views on digital and film
"Should I stick with 35mm film or should I get a digital camera and go totally digital?" seems to be the big photography question these days. Personally, I like shooting with both types of cameras - film for stock- and book photography, and digital for magazine- and newspaper work. For my fun shots, I use a one-time-use camera and a 3-megapixel camera.

How much water do we really need to guzzle?
WASHINGTON -- "Drink at least eight glasses of water a day" is an adage some obsessively follow, judging by the people sucking on water bottles at every street corner - but the need for so much water may be a myth.

Mother of alleged victim testifies in Georgia rape trial
ATHENS, Ga. -- The mother of a 19-year-old former University of Georgia student testified Thursday that her daughter called her after an alleged rape and said she'd been treated "like a dog."

Mother of alleged victim testifies in Georgia rape trial

Offensive line takes big hit
Georgia's football team is suffering injuries where it can least afford them: on the offensive line.

Gamecocks shift Goodman back to quarterback

Gamecocks shift Goodman back to quarterback
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz says Mikal Goodman, who played quarterback his first two years with the Gamecocks, has been shifted back there because of injuries at the position.

WNBA official upgraded to serious condition
HOUSTON -- Bill Stokes, the referee who collapsed during a WNBA playoff game, was upgraded from critical to serious condition on Wednesday.

Surprising Starzz meet defending WNBA champion Sparks
SALT LAKE CITY -- Few people expected the Utah Starzz to reach the WNBA's Western Conference finals. And that's exactly what coach Candi Harvey plans to keep reminding them.

Odds and ends

Judo club members foil alleged carjacking

How much water do we really need to guzzle?

Camera Angles: Two pros share views on digital and film

It's time to toss the floppy drive

Waste will remain in SRS tanks

Recordings that capture lives of Basque settlers being made available on Internet

Two men in Georgia die from West Nile

MCG breaks ground on new research labs