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JUST OUT: Blade II

'American Idol' winner chosen
The more than 15 million votes were counted and 20-year-old Kelly Clarkson has walked away with a $1 million recording contract in Fox's reality show American Idol: Search for a Superstar.

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

At the movies: 'City by the Sea'

At the movies: 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
Oliver Parker's latest take on Wilde manages that only about half the time, mainly with female leads Reese Witherspoon, Frances O'Connor and the wonderfully imperious Judi Dench.

Club calendar

Rapper Cee-Lo will bring Southern style to Augusta
Complete with imperfections, Cee-Lo Green will take the stage Saturday at the After Labor Day Explosion at the old Club Millennium location, 1511 North Leg Road.

At the movies: 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

At the movies: 'City by the Sea'
"City by the Sea" is essentially a made-for-TV movie with better casting and more cursing.

Documentary looks at life with Widespread Panic

Sense of humor
Some classical composers have fans. Others have fanatics.

Applause calendar

The camera spoke in silent films
It's hard to imagine the cinema without the sharp report of a Western revolver, the swelling strings that accompany a slow, lingering kiss or the piercing scream of a damsel in distress, but there was a time when the silents were golden.

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

Rapper Cee-Lo will bring Southern style to Augusta

Applause calendar
MOLLY KEY'S MUSIC DAY FESTIVAL: Sponsored by Glascock County Concerned Citizens for Cancer committee; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, baseball park in Gibson, Ga.; benefits cancer patients of Glascock County; food, music, activities for kids, crafts, prizes and raffles; (706) 598-2061.

Mini reviews

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.

Dancers will perform classic stories of love

Documentary looks at life with Widespread Panic
In the summer of 2000, Chris Hanson and his brother Geoff lived like rock stars.

Concert calendar

Dancers will perform classic stories of love
From a classical ballet to a classic children's story, the Augusta Dance Theatre will perform two tales of love this weekend.

Standing ovations

Standing ovations
First Friday festivities along Artists Row downtown include a reception for artist Mary Welch Austin from 5 to 9:30 tonight at Art on Broad, 1028 Broad St. The impressionistic oils, such as Sirens, above, from the Virginia artist are on display at the gallery through September.

Sense of humor

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augustan quietly enjoys some commercial success
Larry Jon Wilson, Augusta's traveling troubador and songwriter, states emphatically that he does not do commercials.

'American Idol' winner chosen

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augustan quietly enjoys some commercial success

The camera spoke in silent films

Baseball owners ratify labor deal; Expos status next

Baseball owners ratify labor deal; Expos status next
CHICAGO -- Baseball owners approved their new labor contract quickly and overwhelmingly, voting 29-1 Thursday to ratify the deal their negotiators struck last week to avert a strike.

Pirates' Torres makes remarkable return to majors

Pirates' Torres makes remarkable return to majors
ATLANTA -- Salomon Torres was only 25 when he called it a career.

When spending free time, the mall is a perfect fit

Emma Marie Mann

Samantha Nicole Simmons

Joseph Preston Isenhoward

Mikah Jaylyn Elam
Milton J. Elam Jr. and Jennifer Lyn Boyd, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Mikah Jaylyn Elam, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Vic Boyd, Carol McKitrick, Rosa Sellers and Milton Elam, all of Augusta.

Destanie Ze'rai Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Brannon B. Kennedy of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Destanie Ze'rai Kennedy, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dailey of Beatrice, Ala., and Bertha Sullivan of North Augusta.

Madelyn Elizabeth Dye
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dye of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Elizabeth Dye, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Heath of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dye of Martinez.

Camille Alexandria Rogers

Kristian Xavier Dingle
Jerome and Ta

Spencer Patrick Smith

Abigail Marie Varner
Barry and Karen Varner of Evans

Kalin Bre'onna Fulton
Dereck and Tonya Fulton of Grovet

Patrick Marquez Upshaw
Georgette Samantha Upshaw of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Patrick Marquez Upshaw, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are George Upshaw and Babbie Upshaw, both of Augusta.

Summer Miriam Redd

Hayden Nathaniel Stokes
Mr. and Mr

Jackson Daniel Wray

Spencer Patrick Smith
Bruc

Bethany Grace Rodgers

Samantha Nicole Simmons
Jon Simmons and Sara Roberts, both of Marti

Summer Renee Bryant

Maxwell Anthony Shaffer
Henry and Candace Shaffer Jr. of Evans announce the birth of a son, Maxwell Anthony Shaffer, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Nelson A. Henderson of Martinez.

Isabella Jade Paul

Camille Alexandria Rogers
Vincent and Sirena Rogers of Keysville, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Camille Alexandria Rogers, Wednesday, Aug. 14,

Moregan Michelle Belin

Bethany Grace Rodgers
Ms. Jennifer Walden Rodgers of Matthews, Ga., announces the birth of a daughter, Bethany Grace Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Joe and Karen Walden of Matthews, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rodgers of Athens, Ga.

Katrina Marie Kottra
David and Jennifer Kottra o

Summer Renee Bryant
Anthony and Katrina Bryant of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Summer Renee Bryant, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Rickey and Yvonne McDonald and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bryant, all of Augusta.

Moregan Michelle Belin
Mr. and Mrs. Darnell Belin of Ludowici, Ga., announce the birth of a daught

Ansley Elizabeth Richards
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Richards of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Elizabeth Richards, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. Ed Hardin of Cochran, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Burt Richards of Hendersonville, N.C.

Abigail Marie Varner

Summer Miriam Redd
Wayne Redd and Fay Babb-Redd of Waynes

Kristian Xavier Dingle

Ashlyn Nicole Gribanow
Michael C. Gribanow and Terri N. Burgess, both of Blythe, announce the birth of a daughter,

Joshua Charles Mock

Isabella Jade Paul
Mr. and Mr

Ashlyn Nicole Gribanow

Richard Edward Nyland
Faith Nyland of Grovetown announces the birth of a son, Richard Edward Nylan, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Cindy Nyland of Martinez and Ernest and Pam Shaffer of Grovetown.

Madelyn Elizabeth Dye

Joshua Charles Mock
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Mock of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Joshua Charles Mock, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Johnson of Macon and Betty Johnson, Gene Mock and Nancy Godowns, all of Augusta.

Destanie Ze'rai Kennedy

Joseph Preston Isenhoward
James Isenhoward of Pelion, S.C., and Jenni

Jameson McKinley Williams Jr.

Jameson McKinley Williams Jr.
Jameson and Heather Williams of Jo

Patrick Marquez Upshaw

Jackson Daniel Wray
Charles Wray and Jane Pearson o

Kalin Bre'onna Fulton

Mikah Jaylyn Elam

Ansley Elizabeth Richards

Nadia Nicole Kub

Hayden Nathaniel Stokes

Richard Edward Nyland

Nadia Nicole Kub
Michael and Carolyn Kub of Bath announce the birth of a daughter, Nadia Nicole Kub, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Lester and Carolyn Jackson of Langley, S.C., and Estelle Kub.

Daryan James McTier

Daryan James McTier
James and Michelle McTier of Thomson announce the birth of a son, Daryan James McTier, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fuller of Dearing and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby McTier of Thomson.

Maxwell Anthony Shaffer

Emma Marie Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mann of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Marie Mann, Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Barnes of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. David Mann of Evans.

Katrina Marie Kottra

Odds and ends
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt's still got it.

Sperm donor not entitled to parental rights under Florida law, court rules
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A man who donated his sperm and fathered twin boys has no parental rights to visit or contact the children, a Florida appeals court has ruled.

Tennessee road crew posts apology for traffic jam
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Big-city commuters might never see something like this: a posted apology from a road crew for a half-hour traffic jam.

Glavine relishes role as union negotiator
ATLANTA -- Twelve years ago, Tom Glavine found himself sitting by the phone, wondering what was going on in one of baseball's cantankerous labor disputes.

A different role, but same Smoltz

A different role, but same Smoltz
ATLANTA - When stories were written in the spring about John Smoltz shifting from the Atlanta Braves' rotation to the centerpiece of the bullpen, pitching coach Leo Mazzone suggested 40 saves was likely.

Millwood tries to remain focused

Glavine relishes role as union negotiator

Millwood tries to remain focused
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Kevin Millwood has an outside shot at 20 wins, but it's the last thing on his mind.

Giles' home runs back Moss in Braves win

Giles' home runs back Moss in Braves win
ATLANTA - The last time his brother was here, Atlanta's Marcus Giles was heading back to the minors.

Augusta business brings takeout into cyberspace
Yo Pizza in Daniel Village isn't exactly a high-tech establishment. Owner Deborah Rodriguez maintains a simple atmosphere uncluttered by computerized progress.

Business briefs
TRENTON, N.J. - Campbell Soup Co. posted a 6 percent increase in its fourth-quarter profits, and revenues were up nearly as much as the food maker completed the first year of its turnaround plan.

'Big box' buildings find new tenants
AIKEN - One of Aiken's monstrous "big box" retail buildings, some of which have gone unused for years, was recently leased, and a second is under contract.

Stocks rise Wednesday as investors look for bargains

Alliance seeks aid from feds
ATLANTA - The possibility of catching a train ride across Georgia depends on the lobbying savvy of a new group that is trying to blast a tunnel through a mountain of fiscal granite.

'Big box' buildings find new tenants

Customers key in on research
Bill Gibbs has customers who know as much about the Lexus IS400 as his salesmen.

Alliance seeks aid from feds

Amtrak's struggles complicate rail bills
ATLANTA - The push for a stronger federal commitment to passenger rail is further complicated by the sense of uncertainty surrounding Amtrak, which is perennially saddled with operating deficits.

Stocks rise Wednesday as investors look for bargains
NEW YORK -- Buyers returned to the stock market Wednesday, sending stocks higher following five days of selling.

Business briefs
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. on Wednesday reported that its U.S. vehicle sales rose 22.6 percent in August from a year ago as consumers showed continued interest in incentive programs and the economic backdrop was favorable.

Business briefs

Stocks fall on string of weak economic data
NEW YORK -- A spate of bad news about the economy, including sluggish productivity growth and disappointing retail sales, hit Wall Street hard Thursday and sent stocks falling sharply.

Hurricanes, Gators ready to rewew rivalry
After a 15-year wait, the Hurricanes and Gators resume their regular-season rivalry at The Swamp on Saturday with more than a national championship run riding on the outcome.

No break in sight for Cavaliers
Battered twice already by two teams currently ranked in the top 20, Virginia carries a "fairly long list" of woe into Saturday's game against its third straight -ranked opponent: No. 22 South Carolina.

Oddsmakers fire up No. 1 Miami
Florida doesn't have to look far for bulletin-board material heading into Saturday's showdown with No. 1 Miami.

Freshmen get their feet wet
Mark Richt was in Augusta for a Bulldog Club meeting a few months ago when the subject turned to Michael Cooper.

Freshmen get their feet wet

Hurricanes, Gators ready to rewew rivalry

No break in sight for Cavaliers

Oddsmakers fire up No. 1 Miami

A 'hot' TV phenom

Chamber's right pick

End equivocation

The contest begins

Health and fitness calendar
FRESHSTART SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES: American Cancer Society program; four-week courses, 6-7 p.m. Nov. 4-25; Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building, Suite 302, Sports Medicine Conference Room; free; registration required; 651-2229.

Kelly Clarkson wins 'American Idol' crown
NEW YORK -- Kelly Clarkson, a cocktail waitress from Texas whose signature song was Aretha Franklin's "Respect," was judged America's next pop star Wednesday by the viewers of "American Idol."

In the know
The 19th annual Fall Atlanta Home Show will be Sept. 26-29 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Drive at the northernmost intersection of Interstates 75 and 285.

Nintendo priming pink blob as its next big star
REDMOND, Wash. - Kirby's finally hitting the big time.

Flower lady

Flower lady
Nancy Burden is known as the Flower Lady of Hephzibah.

Early loss could mean auspicious beginning
Georgia Southern, a perennial contender for the national title, will try to rebound from a season-opening defeat against Delaware when they face Gardner-Webb on Saturday night.

Tech's Gathers closes in on ACC sack record
ATLANTA -- Greg Gathers holds Georgia Tech's all-time sack record.

Superman makes an amazing debut
ATLANTA -- Tony Hollings figured it was time to make his move.

Early loss could mean auspicious beginning

Superman makes an amazing debut

Tech's Gathers closes in on ACC sack record

Drought brought the summer of my discontent

Waite finally has his day in Canada

PGA Tour cool to NCWO push for women members at Augusta

Defending champion misses old course
MAINEVILLE, Ohio -- Jim Thorpe admitted he misses the old King Island layout as he prepared to defend his Kroger Senior Classic title on the new TPC at River's Bend.

PGA Tour cool to NCWO push for women members at Augusta
MARKHAM, Ontario -- The campaign for female members at Augusta National isn't getting much support from the PGA Tour, which will continue to treat the Masters as one of its official tournaments.

Waite finally has his day in Canada
MARKHAM, Ontario -- Grant Waite followed two years of bad timing and bad luck at the Canadian Open by opening with an 8-under 64 in dry and blustery conditions to build a two-stroke lead Thursday.

A different course, a different outlook for Verplank
MARKHAM, Ontario -- Scott Verplank left last year's Canadian Open with his first PGA Tour victory of the season, and it certainly was the most timely.

A different course, a different outlook for Verplank

On the air

Game day picks

Wolfpack passes on pass for first win

Patriot kicks soccer habit

Bulldogs take it one game at a time

Thoroughbreds' big horse shines

Key matchups

Patriot kicks soccer habit
Westside place-kicker Obi Egekeze has this great T-shirt he wears around the house.

On the air
Here is a radio schedule of this weekend's games.

Key matchups
Here are key matchups for this weekend.

Game day picks
In case you missed it, I debuted this column last week.

Thoroughbreds' big horse shines
AIKEN - After Friday night's game, South Aiken running back Rashad Hunter went home and relaxed.

Wolfpack passes on pass for first win
Mist was falling, the football was wet and Greenbrier was turning the ball over.

Bulldogs take it one game at a time
THOMSON - When Statesboro lost to Screven County last week, Thomson was almost assured of a No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press Class AAAA poll this week.

When spending free time, the mall is a perfect fit
I don't shop very much for myself. Most of my clothes are Christmas or birthday gifts.

Who does weapons license protect?

United States should withdraw from the United Nations

Beatty is a committed candidate

The GOP has abandoned Republicans

NCWO is barking up the wrong tree

Let 'heroic players' answer fire call

Tax reassessment is discriminatory

School boards are not travel agents

Letter writer jumps to conclusions

Keep local control of local police

Baseball a game; firefighting is real

Unfair to boot elderly veteran from disabled-friendly apartment

Blasts 'vindictive' editorial supporting RCAC chief Bragdon

Kelly Clarkson wins 'American Idol' crown

Nintendo priming pink blob as its next big star

Health and fitness calendar

Teaching for life
BARNWELL, S.C. - At least nine teachers of the about 115 at Barnwell Elementary have battled breast cancer in their lives and continue to survive.

Mayor's letter provokes barbs

Reno's demeanor disguises her grit
KENDALL, Fla. - A weathered bungalow lazes at the edge of the Everglades, secluded from encroaching suburbia by thick tropical foliage and a half-century of memories.

Across the area
Emergency vehicles were called to Augusta Regional Airport on Wednesday after an Atlantic Southeast Airlines plane reported mechanical problems.

Duck Amok
When Kathy Hamrick dropped a yellow rubber duck into the quadrangle fountain at Augusta State University in 1998, she had no idea the journey it would take around the world.

Across Georgia
KENNESAW -Kennesaw Police Chief Dewaine Wilson has been suspended by the city amid a state investigation.

Flight drive begins anew
The Continental Challenge organizers are back, and they're hoping the sequel will be just as good as the original.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -A 14-year-old boy under house arrest since he was charged with shooting a foster child in March has been granted permission to attend church with his family.

Testimony conflicts in homicide trial

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Beatrice Glover of Trenton, S.C.

Across the area
A south Augusta woman was injured Thursday morning when she was attacked by her two cats.

News you can use
SEPT. 5, 1987 WASHINGTON, Ga. - Quincy Brown redeemed himself in a big way Friday night as Lincoln County High defeated Washington-Wilkes 18-7.

Across Georgia

Family sues to annul marriage
AIKEN - The family of an Aiken woman in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease is trying to end her marriage to a man 52 years her junior, saying the nuptials were financially motivated.

Men get probation in drug-death case

Train officials warn of delays
Norfolk Southern officials were expecting delays in train shipments throughout Georgia and the Carolinas after Wednesday's 24-car train derailment on Georgia Highway 56 near McBean.

Man pleads guilty to death
Nearly six years after an Augusta man was beaten to death and left beside a city street, a convicted felon took responsibility.

EPD says county should have told public about spill
Columbia County should have notified the public of a 5.2 million-gallon sewage spill into the Augusta Canal during a July 24-25 thunderstorm, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state's health and environmental agency has decided to test more humans and fewer birds for the West Nile virus after a Union woman tested positive for the virus a week ago.

Pupils get a nuclear education
How do you explain nuclear fission to a bunch of fourth-graders?

EPD says county should have told public about spill

Federal screeners arrive at airport
Passenger screeners showed up to work at Augusta Regional Airport on Wednesday wearing a new federal badge on their uniform.

Correction

Vote moves warehouse toward demolition
The Barrett Supply Co. warehouse behind Broad Street is one step closer to demolition.

Across the area

Area Sept. 11 events
Augusta will mark the first anniversary of Sept. 11 in many ways. Events and activities that have been planned for Wednesday include:

Across Georgia

Testimony conflicts in homicide trial
What Tommy Tennyson allegedly said after a man was crushed to death under the wheels of a Chevrolet Blazer counted as evidence against him Wednesday.

Charge of sex abuse levied on mentor

Man admits guilt in child sex case
WOODBINE, Ga. - A Georgia sailor and youth volunteer accused of 12 counts of child molestation and one count of sodomy has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Duck Amok

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the results of the Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government's endorsement election for the District 6 Board of Education seat. Incumbent Barbara Padgett received 132 votes, and challenger Robert Ingram received 27 votes.

Pickup hits 18-wheeler, leaving driver injured
A 21-year-old Harlem man suffered a broken thighbone and severe head injuries after police say he ran his truck into the back of an 18-wheeler on Interstate 20.

Mayor's letter provokes barbs
Mayor Bob Young has begun drawing battle lines in an attempt to secure his seat in this year's mayoral race. But some Augusta commissioners say they have been left standing - unfairly - on the opposing side.

Police say owner of day care left baby
An Augusta day care owner was charged Thursday with leaving a 10-month-old baby in a van, authorities said.

Charge of sex abuse levied on mentor
A Christian television station has replaced the co-host of a weekly teenage music show after the man was charged with sexually assaulting a troubled 13-year-old boy he was mentoring.

Men get probation in drug-death case
Two men arrested on manslaughter charges in the April 2001 drug-related death of a 23-year-old Augusta woman pleaded guilty to reduced charges and received probation sentences Thursday.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dave Caddell of Evans.

News you can use
SEPT. 6, 1977 A Butler High School sophomore was shot and killed Sunday night by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger during a fraternity initiation near Clarks Hill reservoir.

Fiery train wreck kills truck driver
MCBEAN - A tractor-trailer slammed into a freight train Wednesday morning, killing the driver and derailing 24 cars in a fiery crash that shut down Georgia Highway 56.

Transit systems to cross state lines
For the first time in more than 40 years, Aiken and Richmond counties' buses won't stop serving customers at the state line.

Flight drive begins anew

Police say owner of day care left baby

Teaching for life

Fiery train wreck kills truck driver

Atkins admits Aiken killing
Aiken prosecutors will have to ask Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes for permission to bring Robert Atkins to South Carolina.

Perdue mounts challenge in rural Georgia

Atkins admits Aiken killing

Federal screeners arrive at airport

Reno's demeanor disguises her grit

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Atlanta authorities have dropped disorderly conduct charges against about 100 people arrested in a raid on a private nightclub that charged $25 to watch sex acts on stage.

Pickup hits 18-wheeler, leaving driver injured

Boss identifies driver
MCBEAN - Georgia Highway 56 is expected to reopen this afternoon after engineers repair the railroad crossing where an accident Wednesday killed a Florida truck driver and derailed 24 freight train cars.

Man pleads guilty to death

Plan would send trains to Augusta Canal

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Challenge to highway funds will stop traffic, lawyer says
ATLANTA - A lawsuit aimed at a single highway project in suburban Atlanta threatens to cause "transportation gridlock" across the rest of Georgia for decades, a lawyer representing two state agencies charged Wednesday.

Family sues to annul marriage

Perdue mounts challenge in rural Georgia
ATLANTA - For Republicans, the path to the governor's office may wind from the piney woods of southeast Georgia to the rocky mountains of Rabun Gap.

Across the area

Businesses woo students on campus
AIKEN - At the University of South Carolina Aiken, which is filled with commuters, lunch is the best time to catch students' attention.

Speakers press for unity between blacks, whites
A meeting Thursday night to bring the races together failed to draw the numbers organizers had expected, but those who attended said they left the meeting with optimism and hope.

Transit systems to cross state lines

Plan would send trains to Augusta Canal
Relocating some of downtown Augusta's train tracks would eliminate several crossings and traffic delays.

Subscriber of the day

Boss identifies driver

Man admits guilt in child sex case

Speakers press for unity between blacks, whites

Train officials warn of delays

Across South Carolina

Gamecocks living in the shadow
The shadow that hangs over the SEC has spread its darkness over South Carolina.

Drought brought the summer of my discontent
Dear Mr. Weatherman:

NASCAR notebook
RICHMOND, Va. - Kyle Petty baited the hook by calling a news conference for Saturday at the Richmond International Raceway. Now he's enjoying watching everyone's imagination run wild.

Racing Facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Chevy Monte Carlo 400 race.

Track tempers rival road rage

Racing Facts

Spotlight on John Andretti
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver John Andretti.

NASCAR notebook

Burton says split with Stoddard necessary

Spotlight on John Andretti

Track tempers rival road rage
RICHMOND, Va. - It started with one driver waving his fist at another, escalated to another driver throwing his shoes at a moving car and threatening gunplay, and it ended with adrenaline-drunken men sparring with their front bumpers.

Burton says split with Stoddard necessary
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jeff Burton won 14 races with Frank Stoddard as his crew chief and finished a career-best third in the 2000 points race.

Super Bowl champs are an underdog at home?

Run, Michael, Run: Reeves says he won't hold Vick back

Fantasy Football: It's time for some answers

Panthers have to be better, don't they?

Panthers lock up Rucker to anchor line

Reeves hopes to end career with a flourish

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Mrs. Monzell Kearse    (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)
Mrs. Sara Wiggins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Readdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Brown Jr.    (GOUGH, Ga.)
Rev. William Nicholson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Leola Black    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Readdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Milburn    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Carroll    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Mayo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Major Paul Gallagher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Mack Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Naomi Long    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mrs. Ola McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Leppard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Bettis    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. BettyJean Johnson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Blackburn Floyd
Blackburn Floyd, affectionately known as "Uncle Black," spent his life serving his country and many people in Augusta.

Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoeAnn Gomillion    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Marion Holey    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. John Howard Jr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Hair Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Brown Jr.    (GOUGH, Ga.)
Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eloise Bailey    (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. MaryJane Golatt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Major Paul Gallagher    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Elzerleen Taylor    (MACON, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Stafford    (EATONTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Edwards    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Mosca    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Brant    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Lawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Joyce Braddy
Cleaning up Augusta was Joyce Braddy's hobby.

Dr. Heidi Atkins    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alfonso Coleman    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Chubby Earnest    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Danny Feagin    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Cummings    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mr. Sam Strauss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Heidi Atkins (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Major Paul Gallagher (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Bailey (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Harold Stafford (EATONTON, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tom Washer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elzerleen Taylor (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarater Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. William Nicholson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Joyce Braddy

Mrs. Laura Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Major Paul Gallagher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Carroll (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Hair Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Junelle Collins (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)

Mr. James Leppard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. JoeAnn Gomillion (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Edwards (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Joseph Cummings (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Mosca (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Black (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. BettyJean Johnson (MACON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Naomi Long (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Wiggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Milburn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. MaryJane Golatt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Monzell Kearse (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Betty Lawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Brant (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Theodore Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Bettis (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Readdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Mack Jr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Brown Jr. (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Brown Jr. (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Alfonso Coleman (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Why is Taiwan barred from U.N.?
THE AFRICAN nation of Burkina Faso and 11 other Taiwan allies are asking the upcoming 57th U.N. General Assembly to consider admitting Taiwan as a member in the United Nations. The nations cite the urgent need to examine and redress Taiwan's 30-year exclusion from United Nations.

Keep local control of local police
The United States does not need a Cabinet-level department of homeland security. That would amount to an executive branch grab for power. Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

Tax reassessment is discriminatory
With the advent of property tax reassessments in Augusta, I believe the time is right to reevaluate the whole concept of property taxes. At present, all real property is assessed at 40 percent of its fair market value, minus personal exemptions, times the local millage rate, equals property tax. Frank Scharite, Augusta

Chamber's right pick
It's gratifying that Ed Presnell can drop the "interim" in his title as president of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. The chamber's executive committee can take a bow for naming Presnell the permanent chief.

End equivocation
It's one thing to play good cop, bad cop. It's quite another to just send mixed signals. And that's what the Bush administration has been doing with regard to Iraq.

Why is Taiwan barred from U.N.?
THE AFRICAN nation of Burkina Faso and 11 other Taiwan allies are asking the upcoming 57th U.N. General Assembly to consider admitting Taiwan as a member in the United Nations. The nations cite the urgent need to examine and redress Taiwan's 30-year exclusion from United Nations.

Blasts 'vindictive' editorial supporting RCAC chief Bragdon
In response to your uninformed, vindictive and anonymous Aug. 29 editorial "Bragdon is an asset," I have a few questions of my own, and I can certainly enlighten you on a few things. Neel Flannagan, Aiken, S.C.

Baseball a game; firefighting is real
Regarding Andy Walters' Aug. 23 letter, "Baseball players are heroes": To think that any athlete is even close to a firefighter, EMT, paramedic or police officer is just crazy. Chris Rich, Augusta

A 'hot' TV phenom
There were tears, fireworks, glitzy Hollywood production numbers, and red, white and blue confetti pouring down amid wild, enthusiastic cheers.

United States should withdraw from the United Nations
I doubt the American people are aware that President George W. Bush and his administration just agreed to a demand by the U.N. Security Council granting American service personnel serving in U.N. peacekeeping missions immunity from prosecution by the new International Criminal Court for a single year. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

NCWO is barking up the wrong tree
Regarding the National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk asking the Augusta National Golf Club to open its membership to women: Giri S. Venkatraman, Evans, Ga.

School boards are not travel agents
Your Aug. 17 editorial, "Method to madness," was very interesting. My first reaction was that there must not be any new scandals in the local government for you to opine about. Gene Walker, Thomson, Ga.

Beatty is a committed candidate
Sen. Mike Beatty, R-Jefferson, is the right choice in Georgia's Republican runoff for lieutenant governor. Julian C. "Hutch" Hutchins Sr., Augusta

Let 'heroic players' answer fire call
In response to the letter on Aug. 23, "Baseball players are heroes," Andy Walters must certainly be devoid of any knowledge about the New York City firefighters to compare them to wealthy ballplayers. Sanford R. Hawkins, Evans, Ga.

Letter writer jumps to conclusions
Doug Weaver's quest for a pithy opening line to his Aug. 29 letter, "Evolution is a theory for quacks," led him to contradict his own logic. William Sansbury, Augusta

Who does weapons license protect?
An Atlanta assistant state's attorney says that concealed weapons licensees may carry their firearms anywhere except in churches, public buildings, establishments which serve alcohol or sporting events. These prohibitions are listed on the license. George A. Mitchell, Blairsville, Ga.

The contest begins
There are two components in every political race. The first, and most important, is the candidates' views on the issues and their ability to lead. The second is the horse-race aspect - who's ahead and why.

The GOP has abandoned Republicans
The Republican Party keeps asking me for money. This is the letter I sent back to them: Pat VanHooser, North Augusta, S.C.

Unfair to boot elderly veteran from disabled-friendly apartment
I have never wanted to write a letter to the editor before, but I feel that my situation needs to be told. There have to be other people experiencing the same thing. Teresa Bohannon, Martinez, Ga.

Lewis gives up IBF title rather than fight Byrd

Overtime

Overtime

Davenport, Mauresmo stand in way of all-Williams final

Mauresmo upsets Capriati to reach semis

Moments of silence on Sept. 11

Questions about youth football safety after death of 10-year-old girl

USTA plans Court of Champions

Questions about youth football safety after death of 10-year-old girl
CHICAGO -- Little got in the way of Taylor Davison, a 10-year-old Girl Scout and avid horseback rider who was good at math and science - and the only girl on her football team.

Mauresmo upsets Capriati to reach semis
NEW YORK -- Jennifer Capriati was rushing toward the U.S. Open semifinals until Amelie Mauresmo got in her way.

Lewis gives up IBF title rather than fight Byrd
Lennox Lewis will give up one of his heavyweight titles rather than fight mandatory contender Chris Byrd, claiming that Byrd offers him no great challenge and that no one wants to see the fight anyway.

Overtime
Jason Parker, the North Carolina high school star who was dismissed from Kentucky last Friday, is enrolling at South Carolina, coach Dave Odom said.

Moments of silence on Sept. 11
All major league baseball night games on Sept. 11 will pause at 9:11 p.m. local time for a moment of silence in remembrance of last year's terrorist attacks.

USTA plans Court of Champions
NEW YORK -- The United States Tennis Association announced plans Thursday for creation of the US Open Court of Champions, a year-round attraction at the National Tennis Center that will honor singles champions in the 122-year history of the U.S. Open and the U.S. Nationals.

Davenport, Mauresmo stand in way of all-Williams final
NEW YORK -- All that stands in the way of another all-Williams final at the U.S. Open are Lindsay Davenport, who is making a remarkable recovery from knee surgery, and Amelie Mauresmo, who has made it this far in a Grand Slam tournament just twice before.

Overtime
A 10-year-old girl who played on a tackle football team died Monday after collapsing during practice Friday in Bartlett, Ill.

Fishing report

Fishing report
Hundreds of heavyweight hybrid and striped bass are schooling in the Savannah River arm of Strom Thurmond Lake, with many breaking lines and fishermen's hearts.

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

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 tournament news

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
Hundreds of heavyweight hybrid and striped bass are schooling in the Savannah River arm of Strom Thurmond Lake, with many breaking lines and fishermen's hearts.

Field goal spoils New York's part
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - What seemed like a dud of a season-opening party for the NFL actually turned into a thriller.

Run, Michael, Run: Reeves says he won't hold Vick back
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves has been through this before.

Fantasy Football: It's time for some answers
It's finally here.

Johnson knows his role
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta quarterback Doug Johnson had an excellent preseason. Falcons head coach Dan Reeves and quarterbacks coach Jack Burns couldn't have been much happier with the effort of their No. 2 signal-caller.

Panthers have to be better, don't they?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Weinke stood in front of his locker, a sea of cameras and microphones in his face. When he'd answered every last question, the pack shifted over two feet to Rodney Peete's locker.

Reeves hopes to end career with a flourish
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons hardly look like the same team. They have a new owner, a new starting quarterback, a new defensive coordinator and a bunch of new fans.

Panthers lock up Rucker to anchor line
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are putting their money on their defensive line, locking up left end Mike Rucker for another five years.

Super Bowl champs are an underdog at home?
The oddsmakers have given Bill Belichick another way to fire up the New England Patriots. His Super Bowl champions are 2-point underdogs to Pittsburgh AT HOME in their season opener Monday night.

Gamecocks living in the shadow

Remotely controlling one computer from another
So you need a file from your home computer - right now. But you're in the office. Or you're at home and want e-mails from your office computer. Then maybe it's Thanksgiving Day at Grandma's and the kids' pictures are on the hard drive at home.

Wireless networking improves
Just a few short years ago, home networking meant hours in the attic or the crawl space dragging lengths of CAT-5 cable from one wall to another. That was just to share a printer, since networking a modem made little sense.

Aiken hospital tests device
AIKEN - Dialysis patients may benefit from a radiation procedure being tested in Aiken that is already helping keep heart patients healthier.

Georgia sues Tulane over canceled football games

Georgia RB Musa Smith facing family's ties to terrorism
ATHENS, Ga. -- In the small Pennsylvania town where Georgia running back Musa Smith grew up, most folks know his father was convicted of crimes connected to an Islamic terrorist plot.

Georgia sues Tulane over canceled football games
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is seeking almost $1 million in a lawsuit against Tulane for the cancellation of three games.

Richt tries to defuse QB talk
Georgia's players and coaches insist there's no quarterback controversy, but there's little doubt one can develop if things go sour for the Bulldogs.

Richt tries to defuse QB talk

Petravicius undergoes knee, ankle surgeries
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- University of South Carolina senior center Marius Petravicius underwent surgery this week to repair knee and heel damage.

Report: Gamecocks face scrutiny

Report: Gamecocks face scrutiny
The NCAA is investigating the University of South Carolina football program for possible improprieties, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Allegations of inquiry cause stir

Petravicius undergoes knee, ankle surgeries

Allegations of inquiry cause stir
South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee responded angrily Thursday to reports that the NCAA is investigating the Gamecocks' football program for potential rules violations.

McGee: No violations found at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina athletics director Mike McGee says the school's football program is in the clear after the NCAA inquired about possible rules violations.

Dismissed from Kentucky, Parker comes to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jason Parker, the North Carolina high school star who was dismissed from Kentucky last Friday, is enrolling at South Carolina, coach Dave Odom says.

Sperm donor not entitled to parental rights under Florida law, court rules

Tennessee road crew posts apology for traffic jam

Odds and ends

Wireless networking improves

Remotely controlling one computer from another

Aiken hospital tests device