Louisville honors Little League champions
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- More than 1,000 fans cheered Little League's newest champions at a parade Monday.

Louisville honors Little League champions

If you could change jobs, what would you do?

Braves top Pirates

Sheffield tries to spread the wealth

Maddux gets first victory in four starts
ATLANTA - It wasn't that long ago when the routine task of putting on his favorite golf shirt was as difficult for Greg Maddux as trying to slip a fastball past Barry Bonds.

Maddux gets first victory in four starts

Glavine talks haven't started
ATLANTA - Now that labor peace is guaranteed in baseball for the next four years, Tom Glavine said Monday he would't mind hearing from the Atlanta Braves about a new contract offer. He's just not holding his breath.

Glavine talks haven't started

Sheffield tries to spread the wealth
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Gary Sheffield is preaching the gospel of hitting, and Vinny Castilla is finally listening.

Pirates pitcher overpowers Braves

Pirates pitcher overpowers Braves
ATLANTA - OK, maybe the major leagues have it all wrong. Instead of sending their best and brightest to the Arizona Fall League, perhaps they should be shipping them to Korea.

Braves top Pirates
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux won for the first time in a month, pitching eight strong innings as the Atlanta Braves won their fourth in a row, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Stocks plunge on disappointing economic report; Dow falls 355 points

Report: Economic shadows continue to darken many Southern towns
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The 1990s brought a tale of two Souths - one metropolitan and prosperous, the other rural and in serious trouble - according to a new report on the economic health of the region.

Home Depot combines two operational divisions
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot is combining two of its operating divisions into a single division based in Atlanta.

State's outlook appears strong

New market site studied
If state Rep. Jack Connell has his way, the Augusta State Farmer's Market in downtown Augusta will be moving.

State's outlook appears strong
AIKEN - South Carolina's economy will be healthy again by early 2004 with help from the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, a state economic development official said Tuesday.

Stocks plunge on disappointing economic report; Dow falls 355 points
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Tuesday, as investors grew skittish over a series of developments ranging from lower-than-expected manufacturing activity to brokerage downgrades of Citigroup Inc. and Ford Motor Co. The Dow Jones industrials fell 355 points.

Business briefs

Court rules for Scientific-Atlanta in set-top box suit
ATLANTA -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Scientific-Atlanta did not infringe on two the patents involved in a complex Gemstar-TV Guide International suit over cable television set-top boxes.

Court rules for Scientific-Atlanta in set-top box suit

Business briefs
Employment experts say work-related stress typically falls into four broad categories:

Authority gains conditional support
The Richmond County Development Authority voted Tuesday to recommend that the county join a regional development authority, but only if the group is willing to change its bylaws.

Business briefs
AUBURN, Ind. - The last new Camaro to be sold by Chevrolet - a red, T-topped Z-28 - brought a tidy $71,500 at a charity auction.

Authority gains conditional support

Chamber taps interim chief
Ed Presnell has dropped the "interim" portion of his job title.

Clemson sells nearly 57,000 seasons tickets
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson sold 56,808 season-ticket football packages this year - the second-most since 1990.

Bowden will alter kickoff coverage
CLEMSON, S.C. - They were on the verge of an upset special, but in their season-opening 31-28 loss to Georgia, turns out Clemson's special teams were just nothing special.

Bowden's concerns not with defense this week
CLEMSON, S.C. -- This is something different - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden's biggest concerns aren't on defense.

Bowden's concerns not with defense this week

Bowden will alter kickoff coverage

Clemson sells nearly 57,000 seasons tickets

Georgia State's ragtag football team has big dreams
ATLANTA -- Jim Wallace thought his football career ended with his last high school game seven autumns ago. Then the old passion stirred unexpectedly last week after a class at Georgia State University. A bunch of big guys hollered and thrust season tickets at him in the main plaza.

Georgia State's ragtag football team has big dreams

Hurricanes alone at No. 1

Hurricanes alone at No. 1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami reclaimed sole possession of the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday, two days after a lopsided win over Division I-AA Florida A&M.

Pacers name women's basketball coach

DNA success story

Culture schlock

Urgent turnaround needed

Decide cuts now

Pizza perfection
The fall schedule is at full throttle, with after-school activities getting started and the homework piling up for families with children. So what are you going to feed these busy kids?

Small portions
To de-vein shrimp, lay the shrimp on its side, and with a paring knife, make a shallow incision along the top to expose the vein before rinsing the shrimp clean. De-veining is a matter of preference, and there is no need to remove the very thin vein from the convex side of the shrimp.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

In the know
The 2003 White House Easter Egg Display contest is an egg-ceptional opportunity for an aspiring Georgia artist.

Sweet smell of success
It's not just about shampoos and candles.

Hollywood hits record summer revenue, but ticket sales fall short
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood delivered a nice blend of big, dumb popcorn flicks and smarter-than-average summer fare, adding up to an all-time revenue high but falling short of a ticket-sales record.

In the know
With the flood of good wines from California, I have started to look for real stars that deliver great value for the price/quality ratio.

New nightclub hopes to improve with age
There will be no Eminem, no Ja Rule, most likely no Britney Spears. But Augusta's newest bar will have plenty to offer, if you are at least 30 years old.

Jackets' ends need to work one
ATLANTA - Greg Gathers holds Georgia Tech's all-time sack record. Tony Hargrove has the talent to break it.

Georgia Tech going back in time for UConn game
ATLANTA -- No, Georgia Tech hasn't dropped down to Division II. It only seems that way.

Georgia Tech going back in time for UConn game

Jackets end season with a pair of wins
The 2002 Augusta GreenJackets weren't loaded with premier prospects or South Atlantic League all-stars and they won't be going to the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

A fresh start for the kid

Olympic golf closer to reality
Golf cleared its first big hurdle last week when an IOC report recommended adding the sport to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Litke: Why 'Caddyshack' is funnier than real life

A fresh start for the kid
Ty Tryon must be relieved the first assignment for his final year of high school doesn't include a paper on how he spent his summer.

Olympic golf closer to reality

Litke: Why 'Caddyshack' is funnier than real life
The increasingly noisy debate about whether women should join Augusta National Golf Club in time for next year's tournament or face some yet-to-be-named dire consequences reminds us one more time why "Caddyshack" is funnier than real life.

Jackets end season with a pair of wins

Georgia Prep Poll

South Carolina Prep Poll

Statesboro's loss, Thomson's gain

South Carolina Prep Poll
Here is The Associated Press high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points:

Georgia Prep Poll
Here is The Associated Press high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points:

Statesboro's loss, Thomson's gain
Most teams in Region 3-AAAA are happy when state power Statesboro loses.

Bulldogs take aim at another state title
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - There was no conversation, not one muffled voice spoke.

If you could change jobs, what would you do?
My wife and I were sitting at the breakfast table Monday, and because it was Labor Day we were talking about work.

Train, truck collide near Burke County
MCBEAN - A tractor trailer slammed into a freight train near the Burke County line this morning derailing the train and shutting down Georgia Highway 56, authorities said.

Pirates blank Braves
ATLANTA -- Salomon Torres made a triumphant return to the majors with Pittsburgh, coming within two outs of a shutout in his first big league appearance since 1997 as the Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 Tuesday night.

Priest scandal proves Scouts had it right all along

Thank Farrakhan for McKinney's loss

Baseball players are no heroes

McIntyre has paid for his crime

DOT should re-examine placement of speed-limit sign

Bragdon misleads in article

Bragdon editorial is clueless

RCAC Director Bragdon blasted

Local leaders' priorities misplaced

Supports Graham as courageous, effective legislator

Senior calendar

Pizza perfection

In the know

Small portions

Sweet smell of success

Hollywood hits record summer revenue, but ticket sales fall short

Correction

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Seventeen people died on Georgia roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend - one more than last year even though there were 1,164 fewer accidents.

Across the area

Children's books arrive for grading
Every day when North Columbia Elementary School Media Specialist Cindy Beatty arrives home, she finds new books on her front doorstep.

Across the area

Seminar deals with on-job stress
AIKEN - Stopping nurses from leaving an already-strapped profession takes part self-esteem and part common sense.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Three elderly Tennessee men have died of West Nile virus, the state's first fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease, health officials said Tuesday.

News you can use
SEPT. 4, 1963 Millard A. Beckum was selected as executive vice president of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday by a unanimous decision of the board of directors.

Medical authority announces finalists for chief
A group aiming to boost the biomedical industry in Augusta and in Georgia went looking for help, and could soon get it.

Experts say media focus too much on abductions

Emergency evacuation

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Margaret Weeks of North Augusta.

Witness tells jurors she saw driver hit, kill man with SUV

Holiday speeders go to jail
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office wrote 144 speeding tickets and charged 21 motorists with drunken driving in its Labor Day weekend crackdown.

Witness tells jurors she saw driver hit, kill man with SUV
Gloria Sturgis Elmore was talking on her cellular phone, waiting for a friend to get back to her car when she saw a Chevrolet Blazer hit him, then hit him again, she testified Tuesday. As Robert Allan King lay on the ground, she saw the vehicle drive over his body twice, she said.

News you can use

Not everyone gets to relax on Labor Day

Emergency evacuation
An Aiken Medical Center worker trying to hang an ornamental globe near a sprinkler head caused an evacuation Tuesday of the building. Aiken Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Turno said the sprinkler head in the office of Aiken Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates broke, flooding the office and setting off the fire alarm. The water had such a strong stench from years in the pipes that authorities were told at first there was a gas leak in the medical center.

Students get credit for harder schedules
A 4.0 grade point average used to be the highest GPA a high school student could achieve.

Across the southeast

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are seeking a 23-year-old Augusta man on charges of statutory rape involving a 13-year-old girl.

Ultimate Competition
Running around a field with a Frisbee in hand, it might appear

Woman dies in 3-vehicle wreck

Corrections
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified Jason Enevoldsen as a passenger in a car driven by Whitney E. Abernathy of North Augusta. Ms. Abernathy's vehicle struck a parked car that, according to police, belonged to Mr. Enevoldsen's wife, Desiree.

Program will link court systems

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - At least six people died on South Carolina roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend, including two people killed Sunday when their car struck a tree near Loris, the Highway Patrol said.

Program will link court systems
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - In an effort to modernize and link the South Carolina court system online, Edgefield County will lead the way for other rural counties in the state.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Columbus woman arrested on a shoplifting charge shimmied out of her handcuffs and later her trousers as she led police on a short chase.

Children's books arrive for grading

Across the area
A hit-and-run suspect and an off-duty volunteer firefighter were charged with numerous traffic violations after a car chase Monday ended in a wreck on Interstate 20.

Airport lands city funding pledge
Augusta Regional Airport officials started their campaign Tuesday to raise as much as $528,000 in equipment and in-kind contributions from the local business community.

Last week's rain brings a fungus among us
Everything's coming up fungi.

Correction
An article in the Xtreme section of Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly listed the date of CSRA College Night. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.

Commission approves meeting on civic center
The Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to arrange a joint meeting with the county's legislative delegation and civic center officials to develop operational goals for the troubled entertainment venue.

Savannah's military recruiters expect to meet this year's goals
SAVANNAH, Ga. - On Sept. 12, calls rolled into military recruiting offices from men ready to enlist and wipe out terrorists, but they didn't yield the enlistment windfall some might have expected.

King of the City
Mayor Bob Young and Augusta commissioners at their Tuesday meeting declared Sept. 3 to be Michael Curry Day, recognizing the Augusta native and Detroit Pistons player for his local service and national acclaim. Curry, a Glenn Hills High School graduate, has played in the NBA for seven years. He also serves as president of the NBA's Players' Association and is co-founder of Augusta Sports in Action, a volunteer group that sponsors basketball camps and provides free tutoring to school-aged athletes. The mayor awarded him with a proclamation and a key to the city.

Ultimate Competition

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

News you can use

Labor Day Lark
NORTH AUGUSTA - Jerry Stephenson worked on Labor Day.

Subscriber of the day

Corrections

Downtown bar license denied
A local bar owner with plans to open a three-stage live music venue and bar on downtown's Broad Street was denied his alcohol and dance hall licenses at Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting - a decision other downtown business owners are calling short-sighted and disappointing.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Businesses and restaurants are learning that it really stinks to leave garbage on downtown streets.

Across Georgia

Experts say media focus too much on abductions
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite the seemingly nonstop deluge of news alerts, special bulletins and other saturation news coverage, the nation's children are not being abducted and killed at higher rates than in years past, experts agree.

Across South Carolina

Candidates vie for endorsement

Suspect in jewel heist held in Georgia town
A man sought in the violent robbery of the Kay Jeweler's store in North Augusta in May has been arrested in Eastman, Ga., authorities said.

Investigator dedicated to missing-person cases

Subscriber of the day

Downtown bar license denied

Labor Day Lark

Candidates vie for endorsement
Touting improved education, affordable health care for seniors and economic development for the Augusta area, candidates who will be vying for votes this fall tried their best Tuesday night to win the support of the city's largest political activism group.

Woman dies in 3-vehicle wreck
A 69-year-old Augusta woman died Monday morning and two other people were injured in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Georgia Highway 88 and Bath-Edie Road outside of Hephzibah.

Investigator dedicated to missing-person cases
Investigator Ron Sylvester is Augusta's new expert on missing persons.

Falling water levels expose town site
Two centuries ago, it was Georgia's second-largest city, complete with seven schools, a newspaper and a population that produced six governors.

Holiday speeders go to jail

Not everyone gets to relax on Labor Day
Labor Day was the first day on the job for Heather Harris, who was training Monday to be a waitress at Rhinehart's Oyster Bar.

Savannah's military recruiters expect to meet this year's goals

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is J.B. Redd of Aiken.

Pirates blank Braves

News you can use
SEPT. 3, 1954 AIKEN - J. Strom Thurmond, Aiken attorney and former governor of South Carolina, gave newsmen a "no comment" last night when asked if he would enter the senatorial contest to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. B.R. Maybank.

Falling water levels expose town site

Across the southeast
BARTOW, Fla. -A man arrested in Ecuador has been returned to face charges of killing his business partner and three relatives of another associate, including a prosecutor, investigators said Monday.

Schumacher wins in U.S. Nationals
CLERMONT, Ind. -- Tony Schumacher raced to his second Top Fuel victory of the season Monday in the NHRA's U.S. Nationals.

Schumacher wins in U.S. Nationals

Ray will drive last two IRL races for Schmidt
DALLAS -- Former IRL champion Greg Ray was hired Tuesday to drive in the last two races of the season for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

Ray will drive last two IRL races for Schmidt

Chicago Bulls guard Jalen Rose flees attempted carjacking

Chicago Bulls guard Jalen Rose flees attempted carjacking
LOS ANGELES -- A passenger in a car driven by Chicago Bulls guard Jalen Rose was shot in the face during a carjacking attempt early Tuesday.

Pacers name women's basketball coach
Michael Brandt had a gut feeling last week he would be offered the vacant women's head basketball coaching position at USC Aiken.

Panthers bench Weinke, but still believe in him

Falcons sign five to practice squad

Mr. Jimmy Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Wadley Sowell    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Amelia Cartledge    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Deborah Timmons    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Violet Widener    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Hattie Devoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Amelia Cartledge
Amelia Cartledge spent her life in the kitchen, teaching people not only how to prepare food but also how to love and appreciate it.

Mrs. Minnie Elsey    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Barrentine    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Danny Feagin    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Quataivus Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss. Kathryn Hartley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss. Kathryn Hartley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Degenhardt, Sr.    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mr. David Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Monzell Kearse    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mrs. Joe Ann Gomillion    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Deen Killough    (ANTIOCH, CALI.)
Mr. Sam Strauss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Maddox    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. David Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Maltsberger Sr.    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Barron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Mayo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosemary Thigpen    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Ola Mccain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Clemon Whitaker    (GRAY, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Ward    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Holden    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lonnie Guy    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Amelia Cartledge    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Hattie Devoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Braddy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Johnny Taylor, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Byrd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Cummings    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Beasley    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Burroughs    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucille Smith    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Murray Weeks    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Mosca    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clemon Whitaker    (GRAY, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Burroughs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Mosca    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Judy Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ola Mccain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Violet Widener (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joe Ann Gomillion (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Beasley (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss. Kathryn Hartley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss. Kathryn Hartley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Maddox (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deborah Timmons (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Braddy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Mccain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alma Holden (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Cummings (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Norman Mayo (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Murray Weeks (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Amelia Cartledge

Mr. Sam Strauss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deen Killough (ANTIOCH, CALI.)

Mrs. Rosa Byrd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Burroughs (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Devoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Washer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Feagin (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Maltsberger Sr. (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Devoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemary Thigpen (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Ward (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Guy (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Elsey (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Quataivus Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Mosca (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Degenhardt, Sr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clemon Whitaker (GRAY, Ga.)

Mrs. Monzell Kearse (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Wadley Sowell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Mosca (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Johnny Taylor, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Mccain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Decide cuts now
In the just concluded fiscal year, South Carolina spent more than it collected in revenues - leaving the state with a whopping $248.8 million shortfall.

VA management discourages enrollment
RECENTLY, VETERANS Administration management in Washington, D.C., told all VA medical centers to stop encouraging veterans to enroll at the VA for medical care they're entitled to.

McIntyre has paid for his crime
"Let he who is without sin cast the first vote." The Rev. J.S. Wright, Augusta

Baseball players are no heroes
This is in reference to Andy Walters' letter of Aug. 23 on New York City firefighters and baseball players being ranked together ("Baseball players are heroes"). Joe Zachmann, Evans, Ga.

Thank Farrakhan for McKinney's loss
I never in my life thought I'd be thanking Louis Farrakhan for anything. However, I want to thank the Nation of Islam leader for endorsing our excuse for a U.S. representative, Cynthia McKinney. Scott Finley, Augusta

DOT should re-examine placement of speed-limit sign
The Georgia Department of Transportation has made an asinine error by placing a 55 mph speed limit sign on Fury's Ferry Road in the vicinity between Three J Road and Hardy McManus Road. Underneath, the speed limit sign also states "End of School Zone." Gerald A. Lee, Evans, Ga.

Bragdon editorial is clueless
To the editorial writer who wrote the editorial on Aug. 29, "Bragdon is an asset," do you not realize that the Richmond County Animal Control facility only lets you see what they want you to see and tells you what you want to hear? Why don't you go in undercover as a rescue group volunteer, then see how you are treated and what you are told, and see for yourself what really goes on - on a daily basis? Cheryl Bishop, Aiken, S.C.

Bragdon misleads in article
A couple of things need to be challenged regarding Dr. Bonnie Bragdon's statements in Sylvia Cooper's Aug. 26 article on the Richmond County Animal Control facility, "Bragdon's 2-year tenure is full of ups and downs." Cynthia Farrington, Evans, Ga.

Priest scandal proves Scouts had it right all along
Recently, Catholic bishops adopted a set of policies to address the scandal of sexual abuse by priests by permanently removing from ministry any priest or deacon who has ever sexually abused a child. Richard Hogue, Grovetown, Ga.

RCAC Director Bragdon blasted
Regarding Bonnie Bragdon's running of the Richmond County Animal Control facility: It is very disturbing to me that Dr. Bragdon continues to not accept any responsibility for the condition of the facility. Mellody Edenfield, Evans, Ga.

Local leaders' priorities misplaced
Has anyone been seen using the $200,000 playground built with Augusta tax money for the benefit of one mother's wheel-chaired child? Tammy Luke, Aiken, S.C.

Supports Graham as courageous, effective legislator
H. Perry Holcomb's Aug. 26 letter regarding U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., ("Graham lightweight congressman") indicates that Mr. Holcomb has been bitten by the Democratic bug. Jim Wetzel, Aiken, S.C.

Urgent turnaround needed
The dysfunctional and disintegrating Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority desperately needs many things. Teamwork. Vision. A civic center manager. An occasional quorum.

Culture schlock
OK, here's a great idea for a new reality TV show: Let's find some poor, starving Third World family, fly them to the United States, put them up in a nice hotel - and follow them around with cameras day and night.

DNA success story
Less than 10 years ago DNA analysis was so new to crimefighting that local prosecutors, fearful juries wouldn't understand it, were reluctant to introduce it as evidence. Fingerprints still were the preferred form of forensic evidence.

Overtime

French doping probe into Armstrong's team closed

Overtime

Venus Williams, Seles, Davenport advance

Hingis' Open ends in fourth round

Davenport, Capriati into quarterfinals

Venus Williams, Seles, Davenport advance
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams moved closer to another sister-sister final, stopping a strong challenge from Chanda Rubin for a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

Hingis' Open ends in fourth round
NEW YORK -- Her ankle healing, her game returning, Martina Hingis made it into the second week of the U.S. Open, which is about as much as the former champion could have expected.

French doping probe into Armstrong's team closed
PARIS -- An exhaustive doping probe into Lance Armstrong's cycling team was closed last week because of a lack of evidence, a French judicial official said.

Davenport, Capriati into quarterfinals
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Davenport spent the better part of Monday sitting by a window at the National Tennis Center while rain fell. Once play started, she rose to the occasion.

Overtime
All area coaches are requested to fax their team's statistics to (706) 823-3408 by noon today. Please include stats for rushing, passing, receiving, tackles, sacks, interceptions and place-kicking. Results will be published in Friday's From the Huddle section.

Serena wins when no one else does
NEW YORK -- There was one winner at the U.S. Open and, fittingly, it was Serena Williams.

Overtime
All area coaches are requested to fax their team's statistics to (706) 823-3408 by noon Wednesday. Please include stats for rushing, passing, receiving, tackles, sacks, interceptions and place-kicking. Results will be published in Friday's From the Huddle section.

Falcons sign five to practice squad
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed five players for their practice squad Tuesday.

Panthers bench Weinke, but still believe in him
CHARLOTTE, N.C -- The Carolina Panthers believe Chris Weinke is still their quarterback of the future, even though they've benched him.

Scientists say Earth formed faster than had been thought
Scientists have found evidence that Earth made its final step to planet status about 30 million years earlier than previous research had suggested.

Health officials try to assure public about blood supply
ATLANTA -- Public health officials on Monday sought to assure Americans that the blood supply was safe despite concerns that an organ donor who received a transfusion may have transmitted the disease to four transplant recipients.

Federal officials trying to find a test for West Nile
ATLANTA -- Confirming Tuesday that three organ recipients contracted West Nile, federal officials said they are speeding development of a blood test to detect the spreading virus.

Scientists improve memory in mice by turning off enzyme
Scientists have boosted learning and memory in mice by blocking a brain enzyme, and they say the result could point to therapy for reducing forgetfulness in older people.

Subscription online music sites face uphill road
LOS ANGELES -- Online subscription music sites have finally arrived. But there's been little fanfare, and so far almost no one is buying.

Hunters urged to help stop spread of wasting disease
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hunters were asked to stop bringing some deer and elk parts into California to try keep out a brain-wasting disease that has killed game animals in other Western states.

Babbling babies hard at work, researcher says
WASHINGTON -- That babbling coming from the crib is the sound of an infant learning the techniques of speech, a vocalization of signals from the language learning centers of the brain, a study says.

Bulldogs begin preparing for South Carolina

Charges dropped against Georgia basketball players

Charges dropped against Georgia basketball players
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two Georgia basketball players charged in a rape were cleared a week after a football player at the school was acquitted in the case.

Bulldogs begin preparing for South Carolina
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 10 Georgia worked Monday on fixing mistakes it made against Clemson before it faces South Carolina in two weeks.

Gamecocks, Holtz see problems on defense
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Jonathan Martin couldn't believe what he was seeing Saturday night.

Holtz addresses worries surrounding the defense
COLUMBIA - It was widely recognized as the biggest reason for South Carolina's water-to-wine revival under Lou Holtz.

Gamecocks, Holtz see problems on defense

Holtz addresses worries surrounding the defense

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'Retro' trend should include old-fashioned family values

Colleges will woo students
Don't know what you want to be when you grow up?

Music tempo rises in fall

Girl anything but gay about snide comments

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It's never too early for students to start

Music tempo rises in fall
NEW YORK - This fall looks to have plenty of blockbuster releases from some of music's biggest acts - on paper, that is.

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'Retro' trend should include old-fashioned family values
In today's society, we see a lot of things that have gone "retro." Take for example, fashion. We have brought back rugby shirts, bell bottoms and platform shoes. I am sure there will be many more attempts to "retro" our lives.

It's never too early for students to start
With all the expenses that go with a senior year in high school, Mom and Dad may run out of checks.

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Q: How much have you prepared for the college application process?

Girl anything but gay about snide comments
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend and I hang out a lot and do everything together. There's a rumor at school saying we're gay. Girls don't want to sit next to me, and they say, "You're gay, you're gay, don't touch me." It's embarassing. What should I do? - 13-year-old Augusta girl?

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New CD's in stores today include Another Earthquake from Aaron Carter and 12x5, a remastered 1960s recording from rock legends The Rolling Stones.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

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THE FACTS:Towanna Walker (left), 16, and Ashley Company, 16, juniors at Glenn Hills High School.

Scientists say Earth formed faster than had been thought

Babbling babies hard at work, researcher says

Scientists improve memory in mice by turning off enzyme

Federal officials trying to find a test for West Nile

Health officials try to assure public about blood supply

Hunters urged to help stop spread of wasting disease

Subscription online music sites face uphill road