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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.

At the movies: 'City by the Sea'

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.

Club 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.

Rapper Cee-Lo will bring Southern style to Augusta

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

At the movies: 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

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.

Mini reviews

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

Dancers will perform classic stories of love

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.

Documentary looks at life with Widespread Panic

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.

Applause calendar

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.

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

Sense of humor

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.

Baseball owners ratify labor deal; Expos status next

When spending free time, the mall is a perfect fit

Glavine relishes role as union negotiator

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.

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.

A different role, but same Smoltz

Braves blank Expos

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

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.

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

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

Pocket change

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

'Big box' buildings find new tenants

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.

Business briefs

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.

College football gameday

Freshmen get their feet wet

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

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.

Demos peril security

Fund the museum

Chamber's right pick

A 'hot' TV phenom

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Wolfpack passes on pass for first win

On the air

Game day picks

Area roundup

Bulldogs take it one game at a time

Key matchups

Butler spoils Chavous' debut

Patriots' Ellison still part of century club

Silver Bluff begins anew

Laney earns shutout

Thoroughbreds' big horse shines

Thomson turns on offense

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Key matchups
Here are key matchups for this weekend.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

NCWO is barking up the wrong tree

Tax reassessment is discriminatory

Blasts 'vindictive' editorial supporting RCAC chief Bragdon

Unfair to boot elderly veteran from disabled-friendly apartment

Beatty is a committed candidate

Lindsey Graham is no conservative

Don't limit God and stay healthy

Why blacks deserve reparations

Letter writer jumps to conclusions

Men get probation in drug-death case

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.

Looking for mourner

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.

Across the area

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

Man wearing cooler holds up store

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Speakers press for unity between blacks, whites

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.

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.

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Hopefuls say experience counts

Schools respond to criticism

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.

New fee doesn't deter First Friday vendors

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.

Eyes on the skies

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.

Letter blasts Army action

Man is convicted of slaying

Flight drive begins anew

Pickup hits 18-wheeler, leaving driver injured

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

Boss identifies driver

Shooting kills National chef

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.

Former hopeful returns to ballot

Police say owner of day care left baby

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.

Across Georgia

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.

United Way launches campaign

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.

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Under control

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

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.

Teaching for life

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.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

Charge of sex abuse levied on mentor

Correction

Man pleads guilty to death

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

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.

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 the area

Duck Amok

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.

Transit systems to cross state lines

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?

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Mr. Ernest Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Milburn    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Bettis    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Matthew Mims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Chubby Earnest    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Pruitt    (VIDALIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Black    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Ms. Mary Rodgers    (QUOQUE, N.Y.)
Ms. Marie Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Quatavius Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Dr. Heidi Atkins    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Blackburn Floyd
Blackburn Floyd, affectionately known as "Uncle Black," spent his life serving his country and many people in Augusta.

Mrs. Laura Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Frankye Harter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Patricia Warren    (FORT PIERCE, Fla.)
Mr. John Sereday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Major Paul Gallagher    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Readdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Hooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. William Nicholson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Edwards    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Cummings    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Milburn    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Carroll    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Mayo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Brown Jr.    (GOUGH, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Emory    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Mack Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Eileen Hexamer    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Naomi Long    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Leppard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph McClellan    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mr. Howell Joyner Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Dorn Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Leroy Bettis    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. BettyJean Johnson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Ingram    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. James Leppard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. BettyJean Johnson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Elwood Dashiellds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Holey    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Hair Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ida Brant    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. MaryJane Golatt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Readdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tom Washer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. BettyJean Johnson (MACON, Ga.)

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Mr. Joseph Cummings (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Sarater Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Emory (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Marie Johnson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Carroll (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frankye Harter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Laura Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie Milburn (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Quatavius Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarater Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Leppard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Leppard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. BettyJean Johnson (MACON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Junelle Collins (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)

Major Paul Gallagher (CHARLESTON, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

Lewis gives up IBF title rather than fight Byrd

Overtime

USTA plans Court of Champions

All-Williams final at Open again

Overtime

Davenport, Mauresmo stand in way of all-Williams final

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

Fishing report

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Gamecocks living in the shadow

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.

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.

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

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.

Gamecocks' Holtz prefers to keep teams guessing

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.

Allegations of inquiry cause stir

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.

Remotely controlling one computer from another

A better way for wireless networking

New dietary guidelines offer flexibility

Research develops STD vaccine

A time to dance

Stained glass

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Denominations remember Sept. 11 in weekend events