Selig arrives in New York
NEW YORK -- Two days before players were scheduled to strike, baseball commissioner Bud Selig arrived in New York on Wednesday to be near the talks.

Teams start scrapping Thursday flights in preparation for strike

Ballpark vendors would be hardest-hit by strike

Negotiators trade public posturing for private talks
NEW YORK -- Instead of posturing in public, negotiators for baseball players and owners are talking in private.

Negotiators trade public posturing for private talks

Ballpark vendors would be hardest-hit by strike
DENVER -- The biggest losers in a baseball strike won't be the owners, the players or even the sport itself. They'll be people like Rose Williams.

Teams start scrapping Thursday flights in preparation for strike
NEW YORK -- While baseball negotiators intensified their meetings in hopes of completing a deal, teams began pushing back travel plans to prepare for a possible strike Friday.

Selig arrives in New York

Odds and ends
ELKHART, Ind. -- Bayer Corp. is selling a former Alka-Seltzer factory for less than you would pay for a box of the fizzing tablets - $1.

Professor arrested for having body parts in house
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A University of Florida neurologist professor was arrested after police found preserved heads, brains, arms and other body parts at his house, some stored in Tupperware containers.

Braves edge Pirates

Another injury sidelines Sheffield
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta's Gary Sheffield missed his flight to Atlanta Wednesday morning, but still got home in time to have his sore left thumb examined.

Sheffield out a week with sprained thumb
PITTSBURGH -- Atlanta Braves right fielder Gary Sheffield will miss about a week with a sprained left thumb.

Giles delivers for Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Who could have guessed the Brian Meadows vs. Greg Maddux matchup would produce one of the best pitching duels of the season?

Giles delivers for Pittsburgh

Sheffield out a week with sprained thumb

Another injury sidelines Sheffield

Travel plans in limbo with strike looming

Braves edge Pirates
PITTSBURGH - You couldn't rule out anything, not on a trip in which the Braves had lost two series for the first time since April, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were winless, and Gary Sheffield was out with a sore thumb.

Travel plans in limbo with strike looming
PITTSBURGH - After considering their options, the Atlanta Braves will probably remain in Pittsburgh after Thursday afternoon's game against the Pirates, and await the outcome of negotiations between the players union and owners.

Business briefs
Sitel Corp. announced Wednesday the loss of two private service contracts, resulting in 41 layoffs at the company's Augusta call center.

Correction
An article in the business section of Sunday's Augusta Chronicle should have said Clear Channel Communication's Augusta radio station cluster is currently No. 1 in market revenue, a designation that is subject to change monthly. The story should also have said the company's WLOV-AM and WXKT-FM properties are in Washington, Ga.

Florida port authority tops New York's in cars

Retailer combines men's, women's stores
Augusta might not be considered among the country's fashion meccas, but one major retailer retooling its image chose the city to try out a new store template.

Mayor's trip will play up tourism
Bob Young's invitation to play in the 30th annual KBC-Hisumitsu Augusta Golf Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, gives Augusta's mayor a chance to promote international tourism at its source.

Business briefs
Several employers from Augusta and across the state are expected to attend a Fort Gordon-sponsored job fair Sept. 5 at the base's U.S. Army Reserve Center, Building 14401, on 15th Street.

Business briefs

South's industry research is lagging

Clothing store makes return

Correction

Two former Worldcom executives indicted
NEW YORK -- The former chief financial officer for telecommunications giant WorldCom Inc. was indicted Wednesday on securities fraud and other charges after an apparent breakdown in plea negotiations.

Durable-goods orders jump 8.7 percent in July

Clothing store makes return
The grand opening of Augusta's new Ross Dress for Less store is still two days away, but that didn't stop discount-hungry shoppers from taking an early peek Wednesday.

South's industry research is lagging
ATLANTA - The South is significantly behind the rest of the country in the amount of industry research conducted, according to a report released Tuesday by the Southern Growth Policies Board.

Mayor's trip will play up tourism

Business briefs

Stocks fall on profit-taking
NEW YORK -- A hodgepodge of bad news on Wall Street prompted investors to collect profits again Wednesday, sending prices sharply lower for a second straight day.

Durable-goods orders jump 8.7 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods, including cars and computers, jumped by 8.7 percent in July, the largest increase in nine months. Tuesday's report provided a fresh dose of good news for the struggling economic recovery.

Two former Worldcom executives indicted

Florida port authority tops New York's in cars
DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. - The Jacksonville Port Authority took a bite out of the Big Apple's business last year.

Consumer confidence fell to lowest level since November
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence fell sharply for the third month in a row in August, declining to its lowest level since November 2001, a private research group reported Tuesday.

Stocks fall on profit-taking

Bowden frets about opener
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's players can't wait for Saturday's trip to Georgia, and that's understandable. What more could one ask for than a nationally-televised showdown against a Top 10 team?

Bowden frets about opener

Bowden would've preferred softer opener
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Georgia vs. Clemson on national TV at sold-out Sanford Stadium. It's the kind of opener everyone could love - except Clemson coach Tommy Bowden.

Bowden would've preferred softer opener

South Carolina State unsure of Watson's fate
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Running back Derek Watson is out of jail pending an appeal of a 10-day sentence for not completing community service required after a drug conviction.

South Carolina State unsure of Watson's fate

ACC notebook
The two best rushers in the ACC will remain on the shelf when the full fall schedule begins this week.

Blue Devils riding nation's longest losing streak

ACC notebook

SEC notebook
Georgia's offensive line has taken another big hit.

SEC notebook

Blue Devils riding nation's longest losing streak
DURHAM, N.C. -- Most teams across the country measure success with a winning season or a bowl bid. At Duke, sticking together during the worst stretch of football in school history is the main goal.

The case for action

Bragdon's an asset

A standing invitation

Open up legal settlements

Small portions
Want to see what stylish chefs will be wearing this fall? Check out the new Chefwear catalog. The company, which has been outfitting chefs in aprons, toques and jackets for more than a decade, has come up with camouflage pants and houndstooth hats. Keeping with the times, there are also stars-and-stripes toques and aprons and jackets with American flags on the collar.

Quick cobbler
Labor Day represents the end of summer, but before it's gone, there's one last big cookout to enjoy. When you've decided what to throw on the grill, don't forget about dessert.

The ubiquitous Jimmy Fallon
NEW YORK -- Jimmy Fallon is a kid in a candy store. He's chosen to meet for this interview in a Rockefeller Center chocolate shop downstairs from the "Saturday Night Live" studio, where he's made his name as the irreverent yin to Tina Fey's prim yang on the "Weekend Update" anchor desk. He comes here a lot, he says, because it's a quiet place to sit and read scripts, and because the hot chocolate is "absolutely perfect."

Going South (of France) on the cheap
Today we go cheap and we go French, specifically the South of France.

Service offers socializing, not shouting
Meeting women in bars and clubs is not easy. You've got to shout over loud music, there's a hundred other guys in the room and you're battling this nagging concern that any woman who allows herself to be picked up in a bar is not worth dating anyway.

Alien thriller 'Signs' posts return to top spot at box office
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's space-invaders thriller "Signs" returned to the top spot at the box office three weeks after its No. 1 debut, taking in $14.3 million in its fourth weekend.

NBC's Williams wins a news duel against ABC's Jennings
NEW YORK -- In a foreshadowing of what may be a future duel for news viewers, NBC's Brian Williams scored a historic victory over ABC's Peter Jennings last week.

In the know
The Secret Ingredient: Insider Tips for the Seasoned Gourmet, a cooking show showcasing tips of the trade from three Southern chefs, will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Imperial Theatre.

Capsules
This is no blonde joke - female lions shun fair-haired males in favor of mates with darker manes, scientists have found.

A quick date
Eight minutes - that is all the time it takes to meet a stranger of the opposite sex and know whether you'd like to see him or her again.

In the know
Chandon Riche Sparkling Wine from California is one of those all-around crowd-pleasers. It is packed full of peach and apricot flavors balanced by the dry style of the wine.

Speed dating is easier, more fun with time
The last time I was on a date, I knew within minutes that it was a waste of time to even order dinner. But my Southern upbringing (for better or worse) would not let me walk out. So I endured the useless small talk, wasting both my time and his.

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.

Program built for, by the people
STATESBORO, Ga. - The door is open. The lights are on, and Mike Sewak hears footsteps in the lobby of the Dan J. Parrish Football Center.

New coach keeps kicking specialists busy
ATLANTA -- Kicker Luke Manget doesn't know how many games Georgia Tech will win this season, or whether he'll keep his streak of 131 straight extra points going long enough to set an NCAA record.

Depth at wide receiver a concern for Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey spent the preseason breaking in a new quarterback and finding a starting tailback. Wide receiver wasn't supposed to be a concern.

Program built for, by the people

New coach keeps kicking specialists busy

Depth at wide receiver a concern for Georgia Tech

Rain postpones doubleheader
Tuesday's doubleheader between the Augusta GreenJackets and the Savannah Sand Gnats was postponed because of rain. One game will be canceled, and the other will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 6:15 tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Thigpen hurls Jackets to win
Josh Thigpen didn't intend to save his best for last. But as fate would have it, he has done exactly that.

For years, lunch was served from a paper bag

Air Canada has best field for possible final year

Air Canada has best field for possible final year
SURREY, British Columbia -- The Air Canada Championship has assembled possibly the best field in its seven-year history for what is expected to be its final playing.

Crooked Stick will play host to Solheim Cup

North Augustan sets course record

LPGA Tour is Ochoa's next mountain to climb

Teen plans return to competitive golf
Ty Tryon, the youngest player ever to earn his PGA Tour card, finally has recovered from mononucleosis and plans to return to competition next week at the Utah Classic on the Buy.com Tour.

Crooked Stick will play host to Solheim Cup
CARMEL, Ind. -- The Solheim Cup, one of the top events in women's golf, will be played at Crooked Stick Golf Club in 2005.

LPGA Tour is Ochoa's next mountain to climb
Lorena Ochoa wasn't sure she could make it to the top.

North Augustan sets course record
Greg Benjamin of North Augusta set a course record at Augusta Golf Course when he shot a 59 on Thursday.

Thigpen hurls Jackets to win

Rain postpones doubleheader

Injuries decimate Jefferson County
Losing a senior running back to injury in the first exhibition game was bad enough for Jefferson County. Losing the anchor of the defense to injury in the second jamboree might be disastrous.

Thrashers agree to terms with Tjarnqvist and Snyder

Thrashers agree to terms with Tjarnqvist and Snyder
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers came to terms Tuesday with restricted free agent defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist and forward Dan Snyder.

CSRA takes character, loyalty hits

Director hangers-on responsible for chaos

Animal control: everyone's responsibility

Racial profiling is justified

Death penalty is no deterrent

Abortion is the same as Holocaust

Not all homeowners are rich

Use of racial profiling is warranted

Reparations should go to American Indians

Army enlistees not 'kids'

Join in unity prayer Sept. 11

Evolution is a theory for quacks

Capsules

Speed dating is easier, more fun with time

Going South (of France) on the cheap

Health calendar

In the know

A quick date

Quick cobbler

Service offers socializing, not shouting

The ubiquitous Jimmy Fallon

NBC's Williams wins a news duel against ABC's Jennings

Lynx sign former NHL center

Lynx sign former NHL center
The Augusta Lynx signed former National Hockey League center Darryl Laplante on Wednesday.

Doctor found negligent for 1996 hysterectomy

Holiday travel will be lighter
An early school schedule and concerns about the nation's weakened economy could cause a slight decrease in the number of travelers this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Travel Agency.

Gunman convicted on lesser charges
AIKEN - An Aiken County man who fatally shot one man and wounded another said after he was convicted Wednesday that he would do it again.

Richmond County sees rise in results
Richmond County saw a dramatic increase in SAT scores for the second year, but school officials said Tuesday they are still trailing the average score of the worst state in the nation.

Rival is charged in tattoo parlor vandalism
Instead of the welcome wagon, a new tattoo parlor in downtown Augusta got a cinderblock through its front window early Tuesday.

Panel advises water policy
ATLANTA - Completing 18 months of contentious work, a legislative study committee Tuesday made nearly three dozen recommendations to the General Assembly that could provide the framework for water policy in Georgia for decades to come.

Witnesses describe fatal face-off
AIKEN - Witnesses who watched a face-off that led to a fatal shooting last fall testified Tuesday that both people involved said they were not afraid to die.

Group offers high school plan
The Merriwether Community Development Association presented a broad, but feasible, plan Tuesday night for a new high school in the area.

Bad medicine
Georgia has been doing a slightly better job of disciplining its bad

Panel to study Spanish lessons
Columbia County school trustees want to learn more about the importance of foreign language instruction in schools.

Bad medicine

Veteran is arrested in shooting
A 43-year-old disabled veteran was arrested Tuesday after police said he shot the manager of an Augusta business outside the store.

News you can use
AUG. 28, 1975 Strong winds, a severe thunderstorm and lightning hit some Central Savannah River Area counties yesterday evening, but officials reported only minor damage and no injuries.

Stalled system brings heavy rain to Augusta
Some parts of Richmond County received the brunt of a stalled weather system that dropped torrential rains Tuesday evening.

Downtown synagogue might halt nightclub

News you can use

Motorists will trade one delay for another
Road construction work that has delayed Georgia interstate traffic through Columbia and McDuffie counties is coming to an end more quickly than planned.

Ex-New Ellenton clerk faces embezzling charge

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Michael Daggett of Augusta.

Panel advises water policy

Georgia town's cats will keep all nine lives
COMER, Ga. - Firefighters in this northeast Georgia city promise they will not burn down an abandoned house filled with stray cats as part of a training exercise.

Group offers high school plan

Man jailed after fleeing ambulance
AIKEN - Police say a man who wanted to be taken for psychiatric evaluation caused a three-car crash, earning him a trip to jail instead Wednesday morning.

Museum attempts to regain funding

Holiday travel will be lighter

Locals protest fishing facility

Georgia SAT scores drop to 50th place
ATLANTA - South Carolina's students bypassed Georgia's on SAT scores this year, knocking the Peach State's ranking on the college-readiness test to 50th in the nation.

Kolb presents project wish list

Columbia County work keeps drivers on alert

Sheriff sues to hire jail staff

News you can use

Georgia SAT scores drop to 50th place

Museum attempts to regain funding
History is repeating itself for the Augusta Museum of History.

Subscriber of the day

2 members of authority step down
Tuesday's meeting of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority was rendered unofficial when fewer than seven members showed up, prompting Quincy Murphy and Annie Rogers to resign their posts in frustration.

An extra coat

Sheriff sues to hire jail staff
DARIEN, Ga. - A south Georgia sheriff is seeking a court order to compel the McIntosh County Commission to hire 16 new officers to staff a new $4 million jail that has stood empty for months.

Motorists will trade one delay for another

News you can use
AUG. 29, 1900 Alexander W. Purdy, 73, one of Richmond County's most upright citizens, died at his home Monday night after being kicked in the head by a mule.

Across Georgia

Park grand opening will not cost city, administrator says
The cost of a grand-opening celebration for downtown's premier park - the Augusta Common - is expected to cost about $75,000, but it shouldn't cost taxpayers a penny.

2 members of authority step down

Doctor found negligent for 1996 hysterectomy
Christine Hester should be able to afford the surgery to reverse her colostomy now that a jury determined she should receive $250,000 in damages from an Augusta physician Wednesday.

Across the area

Columbia County work keeps drivers on alert
Road-improvement projects have Columbia County commuters running a series of gantlets this week as two road-widening projects - one old and one new - are slowing motorists.

Augusta gets go-ahead for arts center

Residents voice concerns on group home
Chimney Hill residents with questions about a group home in their Columbia County community got some answers Wednesday night - and another meeting scheduled with local and state leaders.

Across the area
Two 13-year-old Augusta boys will be tried as adults on charges of aggravated child molestation involving two neighborhood girls ages 7 and 8, authorities said.

Murderer denied chance of retrial

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Seven more birds have tested positive for the West Nile virus, making 17 confirmed findings of the disease in South Carolina, state Department of Health and Environmental Control officials said Wednesday.

Across the area

Columbia County SATs drop slightly
Columbia County's SAT scores slipped five points this year, school officials said Wednesday, but the county's scores remain above the national and state averages.

Gunman convicted on lesser charges

Downtown synagogue might halt nightclub
The Augusta Commission will consider an alcohol license for Underground Augusta, at 840 Broad St., at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the eighth-floor commission chamber at 530 Greene St.

Across Georgia
DIAL -A small Baptist church on a dirt road in Fannin County appears to have been set on fire, state officials said.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -About 200 fish died in Lake Greenwood from a combination of low oxygen in deep water near the dam and a parasite, according to the state Natural Resources Department.

Augusta gets go-ahead for arts center
After about five months of study, theater planning and design consultants gave a thumbs-up to plans for a regional performing arts center for Augusta.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mel Adams of Grovetown.

Locals protest fishing facility
Columbia County's plan to establish a $1 million bass tournament facility along the Keg Creek arm of Thurmond Lake is making waves with some nearby homeowners.

Across Georgia
ALBANY -A Dougherty County grand jury has indicted the mayor of Dawson on charges that he purchased fraudulent life insurance policies on at least 14 elderly and mentally infirm residents of an assisted-living home.

Columbia County SATs drop slightly

An extra coat
David Irvine applies a coat of paint to the white picket fence around his home in North Augusta. The lower temperatures and overcast skies Tuesday afternoon still could not spare Mr. Irvine from working up a sweat.

Across Georgia

Airport cafe work proceeds
Running a restaurant inside an airport terminal more than 50 years old has required significant equipment upgrades, say the owners of High Flight Cafe.

Residents voice concerns on group home

Ex-New Ellenton clerk faces embezzling charge
NEW ELLENTON - A former clerk for the city of New Ellenton was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzling more than $97,000 from the city.

Subscriber of the day

Kolb presents project wish list
Two new jail buildings and a new courts complex top a wish list of city construction projects presented to Augusta commissioners Tuesday.

Murderer denied chance of retrial
AIKEN - A Barnwell man who was found guilty of murdering his father and his father's girlfriend lost a chance for a new trial Wednesday.

Across the area
A 13-year-old Augusta boy is in the custody of relatives after being abandoned on Interstate 20 by his mother, police said.

Richt walks fine line on QB situation
ATHENS, Ga. - Controversy: A dispute, especially a lengthy and public one, between sides holding opposing views.

For years, lunch was served from a paper bag
The other day I saw advertisements for school lunchboxes. They had pictures of Spider-Man and Barbie on them. They aren't much different from the ones from my childhood that were more likely to bear pictures of Roy Rogers, Howdy Doody or Davy Crockett.

Atlanta track owner promises exciting race - or he'll pay up
HAMPTON, Ga. - The window behind Ed Clark's desk provides a daily view of his greatest, never-ending challenge: filling every seat at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Ray released from Foyt for last two races of IRL season
DALLAS -- Former Indy Racing League champion Greg Ray won't drive for A.J. Foyt in the final two IRL races of this season.

Racing facts

Spotlight on Rick Hendrick
Here is a profile of NASCAR race car owner Rick Hendrick.

Ray released from Foyt for last two races of IRL season

Atlanta track owner promises exciting race - or he'll pay up

NASCAR notebook
HAMPTON, Ga. - Roberto Guerrero won the pole position for the 1992 Indianapolis 500 with four laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at an average speed of 232.482 mph.

NASCAR notebook

Villeneuve turns down offer to rejoin CART
MONTREAL -- Jacques Villeneuve has turned down a three-year, $50-million deal to race one season in CART before returning to Formula One.

Spotlight on Rick Hendrick

Villeneuve turns down offer to rejoin CART

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Mountain Dew Southern 500 race.

Liberty get fourth try at WNBA title

Stewart gets his shot

Falcons make five roster moves

Defendant offers to plead no contest; another ordered to stand trial

Vick, Frerotte need time in last preseason game

Running back attends preliminary hearing in Michigan

Panthers release Jeffers, three others

Mrs. Rhudelle Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rhudelle Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Wall Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Keel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoAnn Kraft    (ARLINGTON, IN.)
Mr. Elmer Ball, Jr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Long    (WASHINGTON, Ga)
Mr. Percy Barrett    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Cynthia Neikirk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Watkins Jr.    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. John Odom Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Douglas Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Branch    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Estella Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Sara Willoughby    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
Miss Pamela Stamps    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sara Willoughby    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
Sister Lucille Ryan    (DALLAS, Pa.)
Mrs. Evelyn Branch    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Reeves    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Milton Coffey    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Christine Powers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Betsy Polatty    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gloria Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Tommy Burson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Odom Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Norwood Brinson    (HILTONIA, Ga.)
MSgt. James Morris    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Percy Barrett    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Lowe    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sandra Arnold    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Hunt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Warren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Peebles    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Wilkerson Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Reeves    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Irvine Bader    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Grady Gant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Brady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtle Hayman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Brigitta Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alfonzie Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Douglas Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Houston    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Velma Deen    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Ulysses Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Terry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Grady Gant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Dudley    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Johnny Freeman    (MIAMI, Fla.)
Mrs. Ardith Sanders    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Mr. John Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Miss Margaret Jordan    (OCONEE, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Miss Gladys Huff    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Freeman    (MIAMI, Fla.)
Mrs. Betty Lawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pervis Glover    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Keel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Houston    (DEARING, Ga.)
Miss Gladys Huff    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Wall Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Sara Willoughby (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Percy Barrett (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Freeman (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mr. Pervis Glover (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Watkins Jr. (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Houston (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhudelle Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Rudolph Warren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Wilkerson Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Reeves (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Christine Powers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Peebles (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betsy Polatty (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Hayman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Lowe (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Cynthia Neikirk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Irvine Bader (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Milton Coffey (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Brady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Gladys Huff (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Norwood Brinson (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Gant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Lawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sara Willoughby (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Long (WASHINGTON, Ga)

Sister Lucille Ryan (DALLAS, Pa.)

Mr. Paul Keel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Gladys Huff (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Branch (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Deen (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Pearson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ulysses Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Freeman (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mr. Paul Keel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Wall Sr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Miss Pamela Stamps (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnn Kraft (ARLINGTON, IN.)

Mrs. Mattie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Arnold (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Odom Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Brigitta Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Gant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dudley (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Terry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Percy Barrett (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Hunt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Odom Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Alfonzie Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elmer Ball, Jr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. John Wall Sr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Ardith Sanders (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Estella Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Branch (THOMSON, Ga.)

MSgt. James Morris (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Juanita Reeves (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Houston (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhudelle Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Margaret Jordan (OCONEE, Ga.)

Rev. Tommy Burson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Use of racial profiling is warranted
In response to Isaam Nashashibi's Aug. 22 letter, "Profiling not the way to combat terrorism": Gary Slater, Appling, Ga.

The case for action
The debate over whether to forcibly remove Saddam Hussein has become a defining issue of the summer of 2002.

CSRA takes character, loyalty hits
The people of the Central Savannah River Area should be outraged over the events of the past few days. On both sides of the river, area citizens' character and loyalty have come into question. David C. Herring, Aiken, S.C.

Army enlistees not 'kids'
Regarding the Aug. 18 Metro section, "Army loosens restrictions on appearance": John B. Brownlee, Augusta

Death penalty is no deterrent
In the Aug. 23 Augusta Chronicle there was an article about extraditing William Downs to face a death penalty trial here in Augusta. Joel White, Augusta

Director hangers-on responsible for chaos
The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center seems to have been taken over by a few of its directors. Naturally, this happened because of the weakness of other directors. Several were allowed to hang on after their terms had expired. Jason Jarrard, Augusta

Bragdon's an asset
A couple of questions have always troubled us about Dr. Bonnie Bragdon's two-year tenure as Richmond County Animal Control director.

Reparations should go to American Indians
I read in complete disbelief the statements made by Charles Barron and Louis Farrakhan in your editorial on Aug. 21 ("Separations"). I have only one thing to say: If they really expect the federal government to start handing out money to repay the African-Americans for the ills of slavery, then they will have to stand in the back of the line. There are many who have the right to stand in front of them, and if and when the African-Americans finally make it to the front of the line, I doubt there will be any money left to give them. Kathi Scott, Martinez, Ga.

Not all homeowners are rich
I was nauseated by your Aug. 25 edition which informed us of the property owners, those pursuing the "American dream," getting it stuck to 'em once again via increased assessment values. Lee Benedict, Augusta

Abortion is the same as Holocaust
When Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Allied Expeditionary Force came upon the first German "horror camps," as he called them, he was so overwhelmed he determined that no one must ever forget this human tragedy. Moreover, he decided to document for all time what Nazi death camps had done. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr., M.D., North Augusta, S.C.

Evolution is a theory for quacks
Regarding Daru Ib-Shamiq Aug. 24 letter, "Christianity is the wrong medicine." It is obvious he is an atheist. If he believes in evolution, then he must also believe in aliens, unicorns and other mythical creatures. Doug Weaver, Augusta

Join in unity prayer Sept. 11
Sept. 11 is soon approaching. On that day, everybody should wear red, white and blue to work or school to show their support for those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor the heroes who worked to save them, and the families left behind. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Racial profiling is justified
I just read the letter from Isaam Nashashibi on Aug. 22, "Profiling not the way to combat terrorism," and I have come to the conclusion that this person is ignorant of the facts, or he is just a fool. David W. Nowakowski, Waynesboro, Ga.

Animal control: everyone's responsibility
Regarding Holley Renno's Aug. 12 letter concerning the Richmond County Animal Control facility ("Two strikes and Bragdon's almost out"), first, let me say that I am on the advisory board for the shelter. This letter represents my opinion, and in no way am I speaking for the board. Angela McElroy Magruder, Augusta

A standing invitation
The grand opening of Augusta Common will apparently be anything but common.

Open up legal settlements
Now everybody's getting into the act.

IOC panel recommends deleting baseball, softball

Overtime

IOC seeks information on organized crime

Overtime

Overtime
Former Thomson girls basketball standout Monique Martin, who committed to play at Georgia, has enrolled at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City Beach, Fla.

IOC seeks information on organized crime
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Alarmed by accusations that two skating competitions at the Salt Lake City Games were fixed, the IOC is looking for any evidence that organized crime influenced any other Olympic sports.

Softball complex blooming
For Buck Salter, the development of Diamond Lakes has been worth the wait.

Sampras starts fast at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras considered the match, the first-set domination, the straight-set victory, the easy move into the second round of the U.S. Open and decided all had gone as well as he could have expected.

Overtime
Jeff Knox of Augusta completed a 68 on Tuesday to qualify for the U.S. Mid-Amateur next month.

IOC panel recommends deleting baseball, softball
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- As major league baseball players and owners worked to prevent a strike, the sport endured a setback on the international stage Wednesday, as an IOC panel recommended dropping baseball from the Summer Olympics.

Safin, Moya advance at U.S. Open; Philippoussis out
NEW YORK -- Former champion Marat Safin battled his temper and some booming serves from Nicolas Kiefer to advance in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday with a draining 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory.

Running back attends preliminary hearing in Michigan
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back T.J. Duckett was excused from practice so he could attend a preliminary hearing Tuesday for two men who allegedly attacked him July 21 in Ionia, Mich.

Falcons make five roster moves
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons placed tight end Dallas Neil and rookie defensive tackle Jerry Togiai on injured reserve and made three other moves Tuesday to cut the roster down to 68 players.

Stewart gets his shot
CINCINNATI - Matt Stewart has an opportunity to make a bunch of big plays for the Atlanta Falcons this year.

Panthers sign McDaniel to shore up secondary
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers on Wednesday signed Emmanuel McDaniel, reuniting the cornerback with the team that drafted him as well as coach John Fox.

Defendant offers to plead no contest; another ordered to stand trial
IONIA, Mich. -- One of two men accused of a making a racially motivated attack against former Michigan State running back T.J. Duckett has offered to plead no contest to two charges, a prosecutor said.

Panthers release Jeffers, three others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wide receiver Patrick Jeffers, slowed over two years with knee injuries, was released Tuesday by the Carolina Panthers.

Vick, Frerotte need time in last preseason game
CINCINNATI -- Michael Vick and Gus Frerotte won't have bit parts in the final preseason game. They need the work.

Fantasy Football: Rookies mean risk in draft
In terms of risk vs. reward, drafting rookies is more the former than the latter.

Richt walks fine line on QB situation

Pets cut allergy risk, MCG study finds
Buster and Chelsea have been gone for years, but the two old cocker spaniels left quite an impression on the Busby children.

Mark of Kri game offers excellent, if gory, combat
Take a powerful hero, pit him against overwhelming odds in a just cause and what do you get?

Back-to-school computer tips for parents
Only nonparents think the buzzing sounds of late August are locusts. Parents know them to be the sounds of school-age brains starting up again after two months of hibernation. And one of the first coherent thoughts to pop up is often "I need a new computer!"

Group fights plans to seal tanks at SRS
COLUMBIA - An environmental group says the government should not seal 49 tanks containing 35 million gallons of high-level radioactive waste at Savannah River Site until a lawsuit is heard.

Study: Vitamins help arteries of angioplasty patients
CHICAGO -- A six-month regimen of folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 can help prevent reoccurrence of blocked arteries in patients who have undergone coronary angioplasty, a study found.

Sony's Betamax to be laid to rest by year's end
TOKYO -- Sony closed the final chapter of its legendary battle with Victor Co. of Japan to dominate the home video machine market, when it announced that it would discontinue its Betamax VCRs.

Plutonium trail could get longer
NORTH AUGUSTA - Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a public meeting Tuesday night that more miles could be added to the transport path of weapons-grade plutonium slated to be converted to fuel.

Rules reduce number of potential organ donations
WASHINGTON -- Christine Frank knew one thing for certain on that horrible day when she was told neither of her teenage sons would survive a car accident.

Government clears painless diabetes monitor for children
WASHINGTON -- A wristwatch-looking device that uses tiny electric currents to painlessly monitor diabetics' blood sugar now is officially available for children to use.

Freakish Bailey set for big senior season with Dawgs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Linebackers aren't supposed to jump nearly 4 feet from from a standing position. Linebackers aren't supposed to run the 40 in 4.3 seconds.

Richt maps out plan to get both QBs in the game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt has figured out his two-quarterback system, but he's not ready to let anyone else in on his little secret.

Field goal in closing seconds provided dramatic win
There was no such thing as overtime in college football on Sept. 22, 1984.

After one acquittal, will DA drop charges against other Georgia athletes?

After one acquittal, will DA drop charges against other Georgia athletes?
ATHENS, Ga. -- The acquittal of a Georgia football player accused of sexually assaulting a female student could affect the pending cases against two other athletes.

Field goal in closing seconds provided dramatic win

Georgia CB reinstated to team but suspended three games

Treadwell redeemed with last-second field goal

Treadwell redeemed with last-second field goal
Four seconds remained, and there was plenty of reason to question David Treadwell's confidence as he stared at a 46-yard field goal attempt.

Freakish Bailey set for big senior season with Dawgs

Georgia CB reinstated to team but suspended three games
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia cornerback Brandon Williams, acquitted of rape charges last week, was reinstated to the team Tuesday but suspended for the first three games.

Richt maps out plan to get both QBs in the game

Liberty get fourth try at WNBA title
NEW YORK -- After seeing the Los Angeles win the WNBA title its first time out, the New York Liberty feel they're more than a little due for some rings of their own.

Odds and ends

Study: Vitamins help arteries of angioplasty patients

Government clears painless diabetes monitor for children

Mark of Kri game offers excellent, if gory, combat

Back-to-school computer tips for parents

Group fights plans to seal tanks at SRS

Plutonium trail could get longer

Pets cut allergy risk, MCG study finds