At the movies: "The Good Girl''
"The Good Girl'' will finally make Jennifer Aniston a movie star.

Pinmonkey blends bluegrass, rock, country
Pinmonkey is a hot new band with a ballad about love lost in Augusta.

Dysfunctional families are the subjects of some exceptional movies
An emotionally absent father butts heads with his rebellious son. An abusive mother slings barbs and the occasional piece of dinnerware at family members. Sibling rivalry escalates to pistols at dawn.

Video watch

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Jazz raises funds for students

Taj of India curries favor with taste buds
Augusta may be steeped in Old South tradition, but the city seems to grow more multicultural every day. As new restaurants reflect this diversity, the term "melting pot" is taking on a literal significance.

Applause calendar

Mini reviews
Movies are listed through Thursday with theater location. 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.

Concert calendar

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

Pinmonkey blends bluegrass, rock, country

At the movies: "Possession"
A.S. Byatt's 1990 novel "Possession" won Britain's highest literary honor, the Booker Prize, and attracted legions of fans to a parallel story of romance and intellectual rigor. Now along comes Neil LaBute's film adaptation to make those who haven't read it wonder: "So what?"

At the movies: 'fear dot com'

Angels in the theatre
Life in America in the opening days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s is the subject of Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches, the season-opening production from The Augusta Theatre Company.

Taj of India curries favor with taste buds

Standing ovations
The Augusta GreenJackets are on their final homestand of the season, with games through Monday against the Charleston RiverDogs at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Fireworks follow the game tonight, and the GreenJackets will have fan appreciation nights Saturday and Sunday. Game times are 7:15 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1-$8, with group rates available. Call 736-7889 or see the Web site tixonline.com.

Dysfunctional families are the subjects of some exceptional movies

At the movies: 'fear dot com'
"fear dot com" isn't just bad in a corny, horror-flick kind of way, though it has its share of unintentionally funny moments. It's bad in a sickening, disturbing way, with its gratuitous mixture of sex and violence.

Standing ovations

Concert calendar
List of concerts in the Aiken-Augusta area.

At the movies: "The Good Girl"

Jazz raises funds for students
Hot food, cool jazz and dancing are part of the festivities Sunday at Paine College's 13th Annual Evening of Jazz Festival.

Angels in the theatre

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Rookie, High Crimes, Queen of the Damned and Crush

Club calendar

At the movies: "Possession"

Mini reviews

Hours run down for baseball to avoid strike
NEW YORK -- Baseball negotiators worked relentlessly Thursday to avert a strike just hours before the deadline, leaving players, owners and fans across the country wondering whether the season would continue.

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.

Selig arrives in New York

One day left for baseball to avoid strike

Hours run down for baseball to avoid strike

One day left for baseball to avoid strike
NEW YORK -- With little time left to avert a baseball strike, negotiators resumed talks while players, owners and fans around the nation awaited word on whether the season would come to a stop.

Vacation postcards make summer seem a little longer

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.

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.

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

Another injury sidelines Sheffield

Businesses near Turner Field will be hurt by baseball strike
ATLANTA -- A motel just down the street from Turner Field has already felt the sting of a potential baseball strike, whether or not the players walk out Friday as threatened.

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?

Businesses near Turner Field will be hurt by baseball strike

Braves drop third straight road series

Giles delivers for Pittsburgh

Braves drop third straight road series
PITTSBURGH - The sign hanging from the right field stands at PNC Park could have been addressing the Atlanta Braves' offenseas much as the impending player's strike.

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

Businesses attend expo
Larry Rosselot reached into his pocket and pulled out a wad of business cards. He fanned them out to show an array of colors and designs, each one from a different prospective client.

Clothing store makes return

Economy grows at 1.1 percent rate in second quarter
WASHINGTON --After bolting out of the starting gate at the beginning of the year, the U.S. economy slowed in the spring, growing at an annual rate of just 1.1 percent.

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.

Stocks fall on profit-taking

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.

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.

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.

Two former Worldcom executives indicted

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.

Business briefs

Stocks mixed on economic reports

Florida port authority tops New York's in cars

Business briefs

Chamber award stuns broker
When insurance broker Tommy Norris was named the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Person of the Year on Thursday, perhaps the only person it surprised was Tommy Norris.

Economy grows at 1.1 percent rate in second quarter

Stocks mixed on economic reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stumbled through a choppy session Thursday and ended mixed, with blue chips giving up a modest gain and tech stocks holding on to their own moderate advance.

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

Businesses attend expo

Mayor's trip will play up tourism

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates for 30-year and 15-year mortgages edged down this week, while rates on one-year adjustable rate mortgages held steady, according to a nationwide survey released Thursday.

Labor of Lovett
CLEMSON, S.C. - John Lovett says he knows absolutely nothing about Clemson's dominating defenses of the 1980s. He was busy during that period, trying to carve out a coaching career at places like Brown University, Union College and the University of Maine.

Labor of Lovett

Valdosta State still searching for Bonner's replacement
With two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner Dusty Bonner departed, the Valdosta State Blazers will have a new starting quarterback when they open the 2002 season Saturday night at Albany State.

Valdosta State still searching for Bonner's replacement

ACC notebook

Pough: Watson should play Saturday
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough says Derek Watson should play Saturday in the Bulldogs' opener against Tennessee State.

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
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.

Pough: Watson should play Saturday

Blue Devils riding nation's longest losing streak

SEC notebook

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

A standing invitation

Bragdon's an asset

The bleeding goes on

Verify SRS plan

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

When army worms invade, bomb them with insecticides
Army worms are on the march. They were first found in the Augusta area two or three weeks ago in a farmer's field and have since moved onto lawns. Army worms feed on Bermuda grass, and rarely on Zoysia lawns. An army worm infestation is easy to spot: you have a lawn one day and almost overnight your lawn is gone, eaten down to the stems.

Course covers flower shows
The National Garden Clubs will offer Flower Show School Course V, Tuesday through Thursday at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Eagles fall to Delaware in opener
NEWARK, Del. - For the past four years, finding someone to make a big play was hardly a problem for Georgia Southern.

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.

Plenty of QBs on the field for Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- When Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson announced Jay Cutler would start at quarterback against Georgia Tech on Saturday night, he was emphatic that backup Benji Walker also would play.

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.

Eagles fall to Delaware in opener

Program built for, by the people

Plenty of QBs on the field for Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech

New coach keeps kicking specialists busy

Neal's laundry list includes Jackets
His job goes something like this: Pick up after 25 professional baseball players, launder their filthy, often malodorous uniforms, fetch them things like clean towels, shaving cream and shampoo, make them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and bear the brunt of their insults and jokes.

Groundskeepers wear many faces
Their white T-shirts and sneakers are stained with the red clay of a baseball field, and their sun-baked skin could be labeled "Crayola Burnt Sienna."

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.

Strike won't affect minor-league baseball
Even with the specter of another Major League Baseball strike, America's game is alive and well in the minors.

Groundskeepers wear many faces
Their white T-shirts and sneakers are stained with the red clay of a baseball field, and their sun-baked skin could be labeled "Crayola Burnt Sienna."

For years, lunch was served from a paper bag

Air Canada has best field for possible final year

Cancer survivor appreciates life as a pro

Mickelson will skip Canadian Open with back injury
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Mickelson will not play in next week's Canadian Open after slightly injuring his back.

Cancer survivor appreciates life as a pro
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jerry McGee likes to joke about how tough it is to be a professional golfer.

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.

West Lake returns to area circuit

Mickelson will skip Canadian Open with back injury

West Lake returns to area circuit
When West Lake Country Club's golf course reopens today, long-time members may think they've been transported to 1990.

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.

Groundskeepers wear many faces

Groundskeepers wear many faces

Neal's laundry list includes Jackets

Thigpen hurls Jackets to win

Strike won't affect minor-league baseball

Remembering on the field

Rashada stands alone at Richmond Academy

Key matchups

Game day picks

Protecting the streak

Harlem quarterback faces familiar foe in opener

Clock ticks off organization

Football player collapses, dies before practice

Harlem quarterback faces familiar foe in opener
Following a standout quarterback after he graduates isn't going to be easy for Harlem signal-callerMike Hawkinberry. But when the Bulldogs travel to Aquinas for tonight's 7:30 p.m. game, the senior should have a little bit of confidence.

Football player collapses, dies before practice
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Carolina Academy football player, who playfully wrestled with teammates before practice, collapsed on the field and later died.

Key matchups
A look at key matchups for this weekend.

Rashada stands alone at Richmond Academy
It was the first play of the second half in the fourth game of last season when Richmond Academy's Ibrahim Rashada began the transformation. At the time, it was purely a physical change.

Remembering on the field
MONETTA, S.C. - New Ridge Spring-Monetta High School football coach Mark Rodgers sat in the school's football office in mid-June waiting for his boss to arrive.

Protecting the streak
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Silver Bluff football coach Al Lown talks about "The Streak," how it started and how far it could go. If prompted, he'll speak about the possibilities of setting a South Carolina record for consecutive wins.

Game day picks
When I was in college, I had this great football column - it was called Pigskin Picks and it was a fairly popular item on Fridays.

Clock ticks off organization
ATHENS, Ga. - Just two days before its scheduled season opener against Thomson, Hart County had its new 25-second play clock banned by the Georgia High School Association.

Vacation postcards make summer seem a little longer
It used to be the Labor Day weekend signaled the close of summer.

Four cadidates to challenge Young in mayoral race
Former Augusta Coliseum Authority member Bonnie Ruben filed today with the city elections office to have her name added to November ballots in Augusta's mayoral race.

Masters telecast to be commercial free
The telecast of the 2003 Masters Tournament will not include any commercials, Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson said Friday.

Georgia man charged in Carpenter death
AIKEN - Investigators announced this morning they have charged a Georgia man in the death of Jessica Carpenter after DNA evidence linked him to the Aiken teenager's rape and slaying two years ago this month.

CSRA takes character, loyalty hits

Name-calling won't return Stallions

What will the fans have to cheer about without baseball?

Titles of respect not for terrorists

Use of racial profiling is warranted

Christians wrongly stereotyped as anti-science, anti-reason

Prosecute real criminals, not kids

Evolution is a theory for quacks

Death penalty is no deterrent

Not all homeowners are rich

Racial profiling is justified

New terminal not needed at airport

Capsules

Speed dating is easier, more fun with time

The ubiquitous Jimmy Fallon

Health calendar

In the know

A quick date

Service offers socializing, not shouting

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

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

Lynx sign former NHL center

Holiday travel will be lighter

School sees rise in black freshmen

City's attorney wants suit request blocked
An attorney for the city of Augusta has asked a judge to block a former employee's attempt to get information pertaining to an accounting audit of employees' payroll and time cards.

Outlet replaces largest retailer in Edgefield

Executives join up for goal
What's next: The United Way of Aiken County will announce its 2002 campaign goal at a kickoff celebration Sept. 6.

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.

Holiday closings

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

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.

Subscriber of the day

2 men arrested in delivery heist
One week after a Chinese food deliveryman reported being robbed at gunpoint, police had arrested two of four men they say are involved.

Continental sends airport list of needed preparations

Augusta to settle old debts

Meeting targets park site for ramp

Subscriber of the day

Former foe backs Allen in campaign

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.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Labor Day:

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

Augusta to settle old debts
The city of Augusta will be debt free by the end of this year after two general obligation bonds are paid off with property tax collections from previous years.

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.

Across the area
Grovetown City Council members voted Thursday night to revoke the business license of a car wash two weeks after police raided the business and charged the owner with drug possession.

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.

Former foe backs Allen in campaign
Robert Finch, an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the 12th Congressional District seat, has endorsed candidate Ben Allen.

Gospel swindle ends in arrest
He came in a suit and quoted Scripture, but police say he was no minister.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bob Garrett of Augusta.

Across Georgia

News you can use
AUG. 30, 1902 The contract was awarded yesterday for the installment of a heating apparatus in Augusta's city hospital.

Across the southeast

Outlet replaces largest retailer in Edgefield
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - After six months without an occupant in a prominent downtown building, Edgefield town officials announced Thursday they had found a replacement for the departed Duck Head outlet.

Sixth defendant pleads guilty in 1969 race-riot murder
YORK, Pa. -- A sixth defendant pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in the killing of a young black woman from Aiken during York's 1969 race riots.

Murderer denied chance of retrial

Downtown synagogue might halt nightclub

Airport advisers receive projects
The Augusta Regional Airport's aviation consultants have a list of projects to keep them busy after the airport's governing board met Thursday.

Doctor found negligent for 1996 hysterectomy

Facility keeping watch on visitors who go to extremes to provide drugs
Drug smuggling is nothing new at the Richmond County jail, but authorities say the methods of getting them in are getting sneakier.

Bad medicine

Across the southeast
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -Industrial grit from the Midwest is not the main culprit behind mountain haze in the southern Appalachians, a 10-year air pollution study concluded.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A federal building in downtown Atlanta was evacuated Thursday after a bomb threat, but no explosives were found.

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 South Carolina
LANCASTER -A bicyclist riding through a wooded area found the badly beaten body of a 23-year-old woman with her throat slashed, police say.

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.

Liquor drive's results are in
AIKEN - The Aiken Elections Commission is expected to announce today that a referendum question will be added to the November ballot asking whether the public wants Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants.

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.

School sees rise in black freshmen
ATLANTA - The number of black incoming freshmen at the University of Georgia will increase slightly this fall, more than a year after a judge threw out the school's affirmative action policy as unconstitutional.

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.

News you can use

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.

Residents voice concerns on group home

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.

Across Georgia

Remembering on the field
MONETTA, S.C. - New Ridge Spring-Monetta High School football coach Mark Rodgers sat in the school's football office in mid-June waiting for his boss to arrive.

Columbia County work keeps drivers on alert

Meeting targets park site for ramp
For the most part, bass fishermen and Keg Creek residents stood on common ground Thursday night.

Columbia County SATs drop slightly

Continental sends airport list of needed preparations
To get to Newark, N.J., Augusta Regional Airport officials are going to solicit as many fax machines, power cords and weight scales as possible in the next couple of weeks to entice Continental Express.

Without rain, Georgia's wells go dry

2 men arrested in delivery heist

Georgia man charged in Carpenter death

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.

News you can use

Across the area

City's attorney wants suit request blocked

Remembering on the field

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.

Gunman convicted on lesser charges

Airport advisers receive projects

Liquor drive's results are in

Across the area

Sixth defendant pleads guilty in 1969 race-riot murder

Without rain, Georgia's wells go dry
ATHENS, Ga. - Franklin Fortson is behind schedule.

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.

Football will fill the void
Something is supposed to be bothering us this morning, something out of balance in the world of sports, but I can't for the life of me think of what it is.

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.

Da Matta the man to beat on new Denver track
DENVER -- The way Cristiano da Matta is driving, another new venue shouldn't be much of a problem in his march to the CART championship.

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

Marlin's team holding steady headed into Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Sterling Marlin has been atop the Winston Cup standings since the second race of the season, and might stay there the rest of the way unless he falters.

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.

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

Marlin's team holding steady headed into Southern 500

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

Minority-owned team to launch at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. -- A minority-owned race team took the first step toward breaking into NASCAR when it announced sponsorship commitment, a temporary driver and plans to run a full Winston Cup season in 2003.

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.

Minority-owned team to launch at Charlotte

NASCAR notebook

Da Matta the man to beat on new Denver track

Spotlight on Rick Hendrick

Burton fined $5,000 for Bristol incident

Second fatality of the season at drag racing track

Second fatality of the season at drag racing track
CORDOVA, Ill. -- Cordova Dragway Park was closed to midweek practice runs after the second fatality of the racing season.

Burton fined $5,000 for Bristol incident
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR fined driver Ward Burton $5,000 on Thursday for throwing the heat shields from his shoes at Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Racing facts

Liberty get fourth try at WNBA title

Sparks win Game 1

Aching Browns gear up for Carolina

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

Vick, Frerotte need time in last preseason game

Falcons top Bengals

Stewart gets his shot

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MSgt. James Morris    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Gene Collier    (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)
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Miss Gladys Huff    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Freeman    (MIAMI, Fla.)
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Mr. Grady Gant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betsy Polatty    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Williams    (FLUSHING, N.Y.)
Ms. Christine Powers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Terry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Christine Powers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ada Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Heath    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Sister Lucille Ryan    (DALLAS, Pa.)
Mrs. Christine Franklin    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Miss Pamela Stamps    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Tommy Burson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Estella Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Percy Barrett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Terry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Wall Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. John Wall Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Dessie Thomas Jr.    (ASHBURN, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Watkins Jr.    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Wilkerson Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Miss Pamela Stamps    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Patricia Jane Smith Bisschop
The Mother Teresa of Aiken has died.

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Mr. Alfonzie Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Player    (HARTSVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Cleo Newman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Odom Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Dr. Holly Jense    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Houston    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Del James Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sara Willoughby    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. James Jones    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Irvine Bader    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ben Jenkins Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Percy Barrett    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Marcia Helms    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Brady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Graybill III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Douglas Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Judge Frank Eppes
One of South Carolina's most colorful judges, a man who loved attending Aiken's Harness Races, died Thursday.

Rev. Tommy Burson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Corley    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Rhudelle Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Norwood Brinson    (HILTONIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Branch    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Branch    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Lowe    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Calvin Benson III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Freeman    (MIAMI, Fla.)
Mrs. Betsy Polatty (EVANS, Ga.)

Dr. Holly Jense (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sara Willoughby (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Keel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ulysses Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Graybill III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Gant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Benson III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irving Bader (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Grady Gant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Alfonzie Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Corley (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Dessie Thomas Jr. (ASHBURN, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Pamela Stamps (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Williams (FLUSHING, N.Y.)

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

Mr. Del James Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Reeves (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Collier (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Houston (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Christine Powers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Blaine Tardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Pearson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Patricia Jane Smith Bisschop

Miss Gladys Huff (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Sister Lucille Ryan (DALLAS, Pa.)

Mrs. Evelyn Branch (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Lawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maye Blanos (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Norwood Brinson (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Jones (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Brady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Judge Frank Eppes

Mr. Irvine Bader (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Heath (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Evelyn Branch (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Christine Powers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Franklin (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny Freeman (MIAMI, Fla.)

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

Miss Pamela Stamps (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Cleo Newman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny Freeman (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mr. Ben Jenkins Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Marcia Helms (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Player (HARTSVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

Verify SRS plan
After conducting its own environmental impact study, the U.S. Department of Energy grandly announced it will be safe to leave highly radioactive residual waste in 49 aging storage tanks at the Savannah River Site.

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.

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

Christians wrongly stereotyped as anti-science, anti-reason
Regarding Daru Ib-Shamiq's Aug. 24 letter, "Christianity is the wrong medicine": Larry Napier, Augusta

The bleeding goes on
California is often criticized for doing things wrong - bungling into and then mismanaging an acute energy shortage, for instance. But on malpractice insurance it's done things right.

New terminal not needed at airport
Do we need a new terminal at Augusta Regional Airport? The answer is no. Let's look at the logic. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

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.

Titles of respect not for terrorists
In the Aug. 28 edition of The New York Times, in a report on Osama bin Laden being alive and still sought by soldiers, the liberal Times referred to Osama bin Laden nine different times as "Mr. bin Laden." "Mr." David L. Hamilton Jr., 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

Name-calling won't return Stallions
After reading recent Augusta Chronicle articles and the Augusta Stallions Web site message board, it saddens me deeply to know how fast things can take a turn for the worse in the Central Savannah River Area. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of three sports franchises here in the CSRA; unfortunately, they've all been dismantled. Tammie Newman, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

What will the fans have to cheer about without baseball?
The joy, the passion and the love for the game of baseball was on track to end today. If baseball is only put on hold for a few days or weeks, the game that people love may be lost from some fans' hearts forever. Rob Bledsoe, Grovetown, Ga.

Prosecute real criminals, not kids
I am writing about the boy who recently got seven years in prison for statutory rape. I think this is awful because, for one thing, he did not rape anyone. He just went with a girl who was underage. He had just turned 18, and she was 14. Carol Odom, 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.

Capriati advances after long rain delay at U.S. Open

Overtime

IOC releases report on sports program; rejects 18 sports

IOC panel recommends deleting baseball, softball

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.

Capriati advances after long rain delay at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- After waiting out a five-hour rain delay, third-seeded Jennifer Capriati advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, defeating Tina Pisnik 6-4, 6-2.

Overtime
The first Westminster Cup soccer tournament kicks off today with two matches.

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

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.

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.

IOC releases report on sports program; rejects 18 sports
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Baseball, softball and modern pentathlon have three months left to save their sports from being dropped from the Olympics. Ballroom dancing, surfing and bowling can forget trying to get into the games.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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
The combination of full moon and easterly winds helped put the quietus on most surface schooling action on Thurmond Lake this week.

Smith says record won't mean end of line
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Emmitt Smith doesn't want to simply fade away after he sets the NFL rushing record. In fact, he sees himself playing for another few seasons, and hopes it will be with the Dallas Cowboys.

Falcons top Bengals
CINCINNATI -- Michael Vick looked healthy, and Gus Frerotte looked like a starting quarterback.

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.

Aching Browns gear up for Carolina
CLEVELAND -- Their icepacks haven't even melted, and it's already time for the Cleveland Browns to limp back on the field.

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.

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.

Football will fill the void

Woman gets first case of West Nile in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 30-year-old Union County woman has been diagnosed with the first human case of West Nile virus in South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday.

Good photos help make online auction sales
Auction Web sites are increasing in popularity. That's good news for photographers who want to sell old and outdated gear, and for photographers looking for a bargain on old and even new gear.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Safety set stage for Treadwell's game-winning kick
The play everybody remembers from 1987 is the last one - a 21-yard field goal by David Treadwell that gave Clemson its second straight narrow victory over Georgia.

Georgia's Greene is one cool customer

Safety set stage for Treadwell's game-winning kick

Freakish Bailey set for big senior season with Dawgs

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.

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.

Georgia's Greene is one cool customer
ATHENS, Ga. -- David Greene flops down in a dormitory chair, looking as though he doesn't have a care in the world.

Sparks win Game 1
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Sparks are one win away from their second straight WNBA championship.

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

Woman gets first case of West Nile in South Carolina

Study: Vitamins help arteries of angioplasty patients

Mark of Kri game offers excellent, if gory, combat

Group fights plans to seal tanks at SRS