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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.

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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.

Documentary looks at life with Widespread Panic

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.

Applause calendar

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

Concert calendar

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

At the movies: 'City by the Sea'

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.

Rapper Cee-Lo will bring Southern style to Augusta

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

Club calendar

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.

At the movies: 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

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.

Mini reviews

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

Dancers will perform classic stories of love

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.

Sense of humor

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.

The camera spoke in silent films

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

Standing ovations

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.

When spending free time, the mall is a perfect fit

Braves blank Expos
ATLANTA - Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones said that without Gary Sheffield, the Braves lacked big-inning potential.

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.

Braves blank Expos

A different role, but same Smoltz

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.

Glavine relishes role as union negotiator

Wall Street looks forward and back as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches

Company will upgrade to digital phone switch
BellSouth will upgrade its central office switch in downtown Augusta later this month, moving about 14,000 phone lines from analog to digital service.

Station carrier changes

'Big box' buildings find new tenants

Pocket change
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame announced Friday that project director Charles Strawser will resign Oct. 31.

'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.

Pocket change

Wall Street looks forward and back as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches
NEW YORK -- Wall Street generally looks forward, not back. These days it's doing both as it prepares for Wednesday's anniversary of the airliner hijack attacks.

Business briefs

Station carrier changes
The US Airways Express counter at Augusta Regional Airport will change hands next month, airport officials announced Friday.

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.

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

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.

Freshmen get their feet wet

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.

College football gameday

College football gameday
No. 22 South Carolina (1-0) at Virginia (0-2)

Demos peril security

A 'hot' TV phenom

Fund the museum

Chamber's right pick

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

Flower lady

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Waite finally has his day in Canada

Golf capsules

Golf capsules
MARKHAM, Ontario - Neal Lancaster made birdie from a badly repaired divot, made par when his ball ricocheted off a hazard stake and finished with a 5-under 67 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Billy Andrade in the Canadian Open.

On the air

Laney earns shutout

Bulldogs take it one game at a time

Thoroughbreds' big horse shines

Silver Bluff begins anew

Game day picks

Wolfpack passes on pass for first win

Butler spoils Chavous' debut

Key matchups

Area roundup

Patriots' Ellison still part of century club

Thomson turns on offense

Patriots' Ellison still part of century club
Aundra Ellison is what you would call a well-rounded student. He's part of the auto mechanics club, and he's a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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

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

Bulldogs put up tough fight
If any of Harlem's players were hanging their heads after a 27-20 home loss to Elbert County Friday night, it was because of exhaustion, not dejection.

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.

North Augusta runs to victory
North Augusta found a way to utilize its running backs Friday night against Midland Valley, rolling on all cylinders to a 28-7 victory.

Key matchups
Here are key matchups for this weekend.

Thomson turns on offense
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Sometimes, Thomson coach Luther Welsh said, you have to let your players know you mean business. Sometimes, you have to raise your voice.

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

Butler spoils Chavous' debut
Barney Chavous believes his time in the NFL prepared him for another challenge: coaching high school football.

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

Area roundup
A first-quarter safety was all Augusta Christian needed to beat Stratford Academy.

Laney earns shutout
Laney's defense denied Todd Booker a win in his coaching debut.

Silver Bluff begins anew
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Silver Bluff won back-to-back Class AA state championships with a blend of quick and talented skill players who could strike for touchdowns from virtually anywhere on the field.

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.

Lindsey Graham is no conservative

Blasts 'vindictive' editorial supporting RCAC chief Bragdon

Beatty is a committed candidate

Why blacks deserve reparations

Tax reassessment is discriminatory

Don't limit God and stay healthy

NCWO is barking up the wrong tree

Unfair to boot elderly veteran from disabled-friendly apartment

Letter writer jumps to conclusions

Flight drive begins anew

Man wearing cooler holds up store
A Martinez man who police say tried to rob a convenience store Friday morning with a cooler on his head is instead cooling his heels in jail.

Eyes on the skies

United Way launches campaign
NORTH AUGUSTA - United Way organizers took an audience through 50 years of the United Way on Friday, dancing their way through the fads and trends of each decade.

United Way launches campaign

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ann Powell of Augusta.

Hopefuls say experience counts

News you can use
THOMSON - Five people were injured and two autos were badly damaged Thursday in a two-car collision on Highway 78 on the outskirts of Thomson.

Across Georgia

Across the area
An Aiken couple who say their son was humiliated by a racial comment in his class at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School filed suit Friday.

Under control
Firefighter John Grant (from left) and his son Phillip watch the controlled burn on Broad Street during a Richmond County Fire Department training exercise.

Across Georgia
STOCKBRIDGE -Clayton County police say a couple acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a man who used a gun to force his way into their apartment.

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.

Shooting kills National chef

Transit systems to cross state lines

Under control

New fee doesn't deter First Friday vendors

Shooting kills National chef
AIKEN - Police said Friday the longtime head chef of the Augusta National Golf Club was gunned down in an altercation with his son.

Duck Amok

Looking for mourner
AIKEN - On the front porch of the red, two-room shack where Marion Edwards lived without electricity or water sits a corncob pipe.

Across South Carolina

Schools respond to criticism

Program awaits accreditation
Richmond County school officials said it will be summer before they know whether they have earned accreditation for an international diploma program.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Former hopeful returns to ballot

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.

News you can use

New fee doesn't deter First Friday vendors
Friday's downtown street festival marked the first time sidewalk vendors were required to pay a $25 fee to set up shop along Broad Street. But downtown officials say the new charge didn't seem to deter any new street business.

Correction
An article in Friday's Applause section gave an incorrect starting time for The Augusta Opera's production of H.M.S. Pinafore.

Teaching for life

Across the area

Across the area

Group begins airline drive
Business leaders and airport officials on Friday launched Continental Challenge II, a two-week pledge drive to raise money for Continental Express' opening costs at Augusta Regional Airport.

Man is convicted of slaying

Police say owner of day care left baby

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.

Man pleads guilty to death

Subscriber of the day

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.

Charge of sex abuse levied on mentor

Looking for mourner

Speakers press for unity between blacks, whites

Eyes on the skies
Jeff Dorn of the Quail Unlimited Committee (left) and Michael Brown of Chick-fil-A sit behind a blind, waiting for doves to fly by.

Men get probation in drug-death case

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.

Letter blasts Army action
The Army owes property owners a better explanation of its refusal to accept responsibility for damages caused by the experimental drawdown of the Savannah River in January 2000, according to Rep. Charlie Norwood.

Man wearing cooler holds up store

Man is convicted of slaying
Tommie Tennyson's attempt to blame a man's brutal death on another failed Friday when Mr. Tennyson was convicted of felony murder.

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

Former hopeful returns to ballot
As Aiken County School Board member Art Hadden steps aside for re-election, an outspoken figure from the recent past appears, Reb Sutherland.

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.

Letter blasts Army action

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.

Schools respond to criticism
Richmond County school officials will go to Washington later this month and hope to meet with federal officials then.

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.

Hopefuls say experience counts
ATHENS, Ga. - Experience was the theme for 12th Congressional District hopefuls at a candidates forum in Athens.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Authorities hope a pair of forensic drawings will help solve the mystery of an unidentified man whose remains were found in the attic of an abandoned building two years ago.

Pickup hits 18-wheeler, leaving driver injured

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.

Boss identifies driver

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.

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.

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.

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

Correction

Across Georgia

Three counties risk outdoor water ban
ATHENS, Ga. - The 5-year-old drought that continues to plague the South means three northeastern Georgia counties are likely to face a total ban on outdoor water use.

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

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.

Burton says split with Stoddard necessary

U.S. team tries to figure out its failures
INDIANAPOLIS -- One loss might have been dismissed as an aberration. A second cannot.

U.S. team tries to figure out its failures

Reeves hopes to end career with a flourish

Panthers have to be better, don't they?

Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frankye Harter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Mr. Matthew Mims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Edwards    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Pruitt    (VIDALIA, Ga.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Raum    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Susie Milburn    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Rodgers    (QUOQUE, N.Y.)
Mr. Marion Holey    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Quatavius Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Major Paul Gallagher    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Ms. Patricia Warren    (FORT PIERCE, Fla.)
Mr. Joseph McClellan    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Ingram    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Bettis    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Laura Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Emory    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Elwood Dashiellds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Marie Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Black    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. BettyJean Johnson    (MACON, Ga.)
Dr. Heidi Atkins    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Hair Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. MaryJane Golatt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Chubby Earnest    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Readdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Cummings    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Howell Joyner Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. BettyJean Johnson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Carroll    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. James Leppard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Brown Jr.    (GOUGH, Ga.)
Rev. William Nicholson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ernest Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Blackburn Floyd
Blackburn Floyd, affectionately known as "Uncle Black," spent his life serving his country and many people in Augusta.

Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Mrs. Eileen Hexamer    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. John Sereday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Hooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Milburn    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Mayo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Leroy Bettis    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Dorn Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jessie Mack Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Ellis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Naomi Long    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. James Leppard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Brant    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Ernest Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Leppard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Dorn Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clyde Ingram (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Naomi Long (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Junelle Collins (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)

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

Mr. John Sereday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. MaryJane Golatt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Milburn (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Susie Milburn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Quatavius Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Cummings (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. BettyJean Johnson (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Ellis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarater Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Emory (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Elwood Dashiellds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howell Joyner Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Leppard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarater Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Marie Johnson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frankye Harter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Rodgers (QUOQUE, N.Y.)

Dr. Heidi Atkins (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Matthew Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Major Paul Gallagher (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. BettyJean Johnson (MACON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tom Washer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Edwards (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Readdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Carroll (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Washer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia Warren (FORT PIERCE, Fla.)

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, 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

Don't limit God and stay healthy
In response to both Timothy Fellows and Daru Ib-Shamiq regarding religion and medicine, I say: Why do we ever try to or think we can limit God as to how he can heal us? Jacqueline W. Fincher, M.D. FACP, Thomson, Ga.

Demos peril security
Should a chief executive officer have the power to fire or demote poor-performing employees, hire new ones, move workers to where they'll be the most useful, and adjust salary scales?

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.

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

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

Lindsey Graham is no conservative
When I heard that U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., would seek a seat in the U.S. Senate, I thought, "What an outrage." Even more outrageous is that he would imply that he is a "conservative" candidate. Charles Alexander, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Fund the museum
Every community worth its salt has a museum and the vast majority of them pay for it out of the local government's general budget. But not in Augusta. Every year the Augusta Museum of History's executive director has to come before the city commission to beg for more money to keep the museum going.

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

Why blacks deserve reparations
There have been several letters regarding reparations to black Americans. As a young, college-educated black female, I am appalled at the number of white Americans against the idea. I do realize that if it weren't for the harsh treatment of and the aggressive nature in which my ancestors gained their "freedom," it would be a lot easier on me. Nicole Ball, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

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.

Overtime

All-Williams final at Open again

USTA plans Court of Champions

Overtime

Lewis gives up IBF title rather than fight Byrd

Davenport, Mauresmo stand in way of all-Williams final

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.

All-Williams final at Open again
NEW YORK -- The streak of Sister Slams was under siege Friday.

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.

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.

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
South Carolina State will induct nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kirkland W. Green Student Center.

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 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 tournament news

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 report

Fishing report

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.

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 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.

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.

Faith digest
The Rev. Gary Demore, pastor of Flippen United Methodist Church in McDonough, Ga., will preach a weekend camp meeting starting at 7 p.m. Friday at White Oak United Methodist Campground on White Oak Campground Road in McDuffie County, a mile north of Georgia Highway 223.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area.

Denominations remember Sept. 11 in weekend events
The terrorist assaults of Sept. 11 will figure in several events this weekend, including an open house at the Augusta Islamic center today and memorial observances at Augusta-area churches on Sunday.

Stained glass
The stained glass panel featured Aug. 31 was from Adas Yeshurun synagogue's main sanctuary.

A time to dance
Kay Ocasio was listening to a song during a church Christmas play in the early 1990s and began to raise her hands in worship.

Gamecocks living in the shadow

A better way for wireless networking
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.

New dietary guidelines offer flexibility
WASHINGTON -- People who want to stay healthy need to exercise for at least an hour a day - double the previous workout recommendation - according to new dietary guidelines on fat, protein and carbohydrate intake.

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.

Research develops STD vaccine
Children as young as 10 may soon have access to an experimental vaccine against the most common sexually transmitted disease, a virus that can cause genital warts and cancer.

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.

Georgia sues Tulane over canceled football games

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.

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.

Gamecocks' Holtz prefers to keep teams guessing
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz wasn't happy after his team's season-opening win over New Mexico State, but he wasn't shattered either.

Allegations of inquiry cause stir

Gamecocks' Holtz prefers to keep teams guessing

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.

Research develops STD vaccine

A better way for wireless networking

Remotely controlling one computer from another

New dietary guidelines offer flexibility

Stained glass

Denominations remember Sept. 11 in weekend events

Faith and fellowship calendar

A time to dance

Faith digest