Standing ovations

At the movies: 'Simone'

Concert calendar

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

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.

Salsa squared

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

Latifa produces communal effort

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.

Mini reviews

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.

Video watch

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.

At the movies: 'Serving Sara'

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."

Club calendar

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.

Applause calendar

Salsa squared
Swing your partner, cha cha cha.

Readers want to smile when they think of a movie

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: 'Undisputed'

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.

Video watch
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.

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.

Museum director revels in Southern exposure

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.

Players, owners: There is time to reach a deal

Owners make new revenue sharing proposal

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.

Stadium district head calls leaks 'unacceptable'

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

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.

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

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.

Barbara Maxine Thurmond

Logan Taylor Jones

Tristan Railey Landers

Jessica Lynn Griswold

Maya Alexis Bush

Zackary James Canuette
Robert Can

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.

Kennedy Grace Smith

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.

Morgan Celeste Davis

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

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.

Reagan Kathleen Burdette
Charles and

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.

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.

Jessica Lynn Griswold
Mr. and Mrs. Shane

Kennedy Alexis Handy

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.

Kelton Reynolds Patafie

Matthew Stephen Hauser
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hauser

Logan Gage Kitchens

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.

Katlyn Rochelle Elam

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II
Mr.

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II

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.

Barbara Maxine Thurmond
Mr. and Mrs.

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

Riley Nicole Bridwell
Joey and Candace

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.

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.

Tristan Railey Landers
Timothy J. and Tracie

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.

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.

Ryan Michael Ash

McKayla Elizabeth Morris
Steven Wayne and Dana Davis Morris of M

Riley Nicole Bridwell

Kelton Reynolds Patafie
Brian

Makenzie Grace Sorrell

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.

Shianne Faith Cartin

Allen Kaleb Sconiers

McKayla Elizabeth Morris

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

Mallory Michelle Skinner

Kennedy Grace Smith
Ryan Smith and Ginger Partin, bot

Bryar Troy Stewart

Makenzie Grace Sorrell
Guy and Regina Sorrell of Eva

Wyatt Chase Beagles

Danyele Renee Maddox

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger

Dejza Ann Cleere

Olivia Nicole Cason

Daniel Jacob Redfern

Matthew Stephen Hauser

Reagan Kathleen Burdette

Christopher Mandarin Mack II

Whitman Alexander Stacy

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.

Caleb Keishawn Tarver

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.

Hunter James Via

Bryar Troy Stewart
Charles Troy

Megan Elizabeth Bralley

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger
Calvin F. Swinger

Zackary James Canuette

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.

Jackson Richard Davis

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.

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.

Marquis knocked out with leg injury

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

Strike would strand players

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.

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

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.

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.

Brave haunts Padres

County voters support split

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.

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

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.

Martha Stewart sued after unloading stock in her own company

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Stocks higher Wednesday, Nasdaq closes about 1,400

Vendors must pay for spot

North Augusta has big plans

Slugging first-baseman Johnson returns for senior year

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.

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.

Gamecocks' secondary is rebuilding

Greg Gresham

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

Coach brings winning recipe

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.

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.

Clemson quarterback ready to take charge

James Jackson

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

South Carolina: five questions

Clemson roster
Roster of 2002 Clemson team.

When it comes to rivalries, you can count on disagreements

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.

South Carolina roster

Georgia Southern: five questions

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

ACC at a glance

Georgia Southern roster

Georgia Tech roster

Georgia Tech roster
Roster of 2002 Georgia Tech team.

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.

Georgia roster
Roster of 2002 Georgia Bulldogs team.

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

Georgia Tech: five questions

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.

Gailey brings success with him

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.

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.

New Coach is changing S.C. State

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.

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.

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

Clemson roster

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

Bulldogs are on everyone's list of teams to beat

SEC at a glance

Demon Deacons think they can be competitive

Seminoles whipped ACC into prominence

Georgia's biggest rival

Black quarterbacks have it easier today

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

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

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:

Clemson: 5 questions

Georgia roster

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.

Eagles starting over but staying the same

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

College football television schedule

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

Harrison controls temper, future

Georgia: five questions

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.

Dr. Eugene Odum

The McIntyre factor

Sorry episode

Primary thoughts

Health calendar
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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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

The high cost of keeping up is keeping me down

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.

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

Top seed moves to quarterfinals of 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.

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.

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.

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.

River Club won't hold golf event

Seniors switch to modified Stableford format for Utah event

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

A different track, same goal for Tiger

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

Howell leads by one shot

McGill, Ammaccapane share first-round lead

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.

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.

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.

Jackets miss shot at sweep

Jackets maintain Boston ties

GreenJackets blank Waves

Reasons for change are plentiful

Region realignment softens Butler's schedule

Keion Hazel - Silver Bluff

Jenkins County should contend

Danny Verdun - Thomson

New coaches inherit good potential

Jonta Sibert - McCormick

Outlook 2

Questions surround Screven, Swainsboro

Defensive stalwarts lead Tigers

DeMarco McNair - Thomson

Briarwood ranks are pretty thin

Marcus Barber - Strom Thurmond

Walter Utley - North Augusta

Tony Lezotte - Westside

Seniors transfer to North Augusta seeking success

J.K. Sabb - Laney

Schedule tests Red Devils

New coach believes in old Barnwell tradition

Danny Verdun - Thomson

De'Angelo Bryant - Silver Bluff

Jonna Lee - Butler

Hornets senior relishes physical role

Curtis Baptist's crusade continues

Richard Cook - Washington-Wilkes

Augusta Christian has new leadership

Steven Rogers - Evans

Outlook 1

Rashad Hunter - South Aiken

Clinton Willis - Washington-Wilkes

Jerome Dunbar - South Aiken

2002 football season predictions

Retooling Rebels have coaching continuity

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.

Keion Hazel - Silver Bluff
Keion Hazel Silver Bluff Linebacker

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Rashad Hunter - South Aiken
Rashad Hunter South Aiken Running back

DeMarco McNair - Thomson
DeMarco McNair Thomson Running back

Danny Verdun - Thomson
Danny Verdun Thomson Linebacker

Fernando Velasco - Jefferson County
Fernando Velasco Jefferson County Offensive line

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.

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

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.

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.

Jonna Lee - Butler
Jonna Lee Butler Linebacker

Jonta Sibert - McCormick
Jonta Sibert McCormick Running back

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

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

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.

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

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

Steven Rogers - Evans
Steven Rogers Evans Wide receiver

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 2

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

Outlook 1
1. Westside

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

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

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

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.

Danny Verdun - Thomson
Danny Verdun Thomson Linebacker

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

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.

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

Jerome Dunbar - South Aiken
Jerome Dunbar South Aiken Offensive guard

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.

Baseball players heroic as firemen

Good will needed to resolve Mideast conflict

Urges whiners to help Dr. Bragdon

Driver ed could save teen lives

Profiling won't combat terrorism

Urges privatizing of Social Security

Vet works hard to place animals

New facility won't fill water bowls

Health calendar

Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smits to host Latin Grammys

Food to go, hold the fat

In the know

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

'American Idol' climbing the charts for Fox

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

'Rat show' could close famous Savannah eatery

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.

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

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.

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.

Uncovering History

McIntyre enters mayor's race

Invader shot, killed at home

Across Georgia

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.

GreenJackets renew contract

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

Report shows fewer crimes

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.

Residents get reassessments

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.

City weighs parking-space cap

'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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

Man kills intruder in self-defense

News you can use

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.

Across the area

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

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

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

Walton, MCG talk alliance

Budget cuts bypass child agency

District change doomed McKinney

Subscriber of the day

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.

Governor race gets early start

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.

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

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.

Contractor removes 15,000 tons of waste from Augusta property

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.

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

Across the southeast

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

Across the area

Secretary of state runoff up in the air

Correction

Candidates will seek recounts

Subscriber of the day

System begins island venture

Judge orders teen mother's arrest

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

Across the southeast

Georgia in long wait for justice

After the storm

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.

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.

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.

Rudd joins Wood

Spotlight on Robert Yates

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.

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.

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.

Racing Facts

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.

Spencer could be for hire

CART-Formula One comparisons inevitable in Montreal

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

Pearsons, Moore others headline vintage race

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

Bristol now NASCAR's darling

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.

Surprising Starzz meet defending WNBA champion Sparks

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

Hawks hire Alex English for player development

WNBA official upgraded to serious condition

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

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

Fox pleased with results of training camp

Champs hope for offensive progress

Falcons' backfield shows promise

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

Mr. Raymond Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cecil Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Irma Hatfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Cosby (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Ennis (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Rodman Lemon (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mrs. Doris Kitchens (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Minton (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Harris Pittman (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elko Magnusen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Blumstein (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Sanders (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Reginald Elam Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Weaver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Gerald Thompson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Edward Hagler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mittie Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maryann Valentine (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mrs. Nettie Weaver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laverne Dolyniuk (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rev. Inez Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Billie Brantley (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Odyesseus Patterson (AUGUSTA, Ga..)

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

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

Mr. Leamon Holden (TWIN CITY , Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Minton (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Cade (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Taylor (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Edward Hagler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Josephine Waltower (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Padgett (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie McCord (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mr. David Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Kearns (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Kearns (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Taylor (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Maryann Valentine (CHICAGO, Ill.)

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

Mr. Cecil Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mittie Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sonja Lewis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy London (MARIETTA, Okla.)

Mrs. Thelma Sapp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sallie Cooper (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Kitchens (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Rev. Inez Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Leifer (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stallions will sit out the 2003 season

Overtime

Formal charges filed in Olympics fix case

Overtime

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Fishing tournament news

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
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.

Fishing report

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

Mother of alleged victim testifies in Georgia rape trial

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.

Gamecocks shift Goodman back to quarterback

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

MCG breaks ground on new research labs

How much water do we really need to guzzle?

Waste will remain in SRS tanks

Two men in Georgia die from West Nile

It's time to toss the floppy drive

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

Camera Angles: Two pros share views on digital and film