A suite story

Club calendar

Some audiences want action
Since the very first silent-film train robbery, movie audiences have been hooked on action. Oh sure, there is something to be said for the artistry of a Citizen Kane or Grand Illusion. There is beauty in succi

Some audiences want action

Standing ovations

Aiken's Makin'
They're dancing in the streets today and Saturday for Aiken's Makin annual festival downtown.

Standing ovations
The Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., will offer guided tours through its collection in honor of the institution's 10th anniversary. The tours take place at 2 p.m. every Sunday in September, and admission is free. For more information, call 724-7501.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Changing Lanes, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Salton Sea

Who will be next British group to score U.S. hits?

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, baseball park in Gibson, Ga.; benefits cancer patients of Glascock County; food, music, activities for kids, crafts, prizes and raffles; (706) 598-2061.

Applause calendar

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

Mexico, Italy converge at Marco's

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

Mexico, Italy converge at Marco's
Marco's Restaurant, in a rehabbed Victorian house on Reynolds Street, serves Mexican and Italian specialties. Although this sounded like an odd pairing of cuisine types (or maybe in spite of it), we were eager to give it a try.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Macon statue honors soul legend Redding
Fans of Otis Redding will gather Sunday in Macon, Ga., for the unveiling of a statue honoring the late soul-rock legend.

At the movies: 'One Hour Photo'
Much of what makes "One Hour Photo" click is the casting.

At the movies: 'Stealing Harvard'
"Stealing Harvard" is everything you'd expect from a Tom Green movie, except it isn't even bad in a noteworthy way.

At the movies: 'Barbershop'
Ice Cube's "Barbershop" is a cozy place to hang out for a while, even if you don't need a little off the sides.

Concert calendar

College-football fans will party for charity
The kegs are tapped. The bands have tuned their instruments and Cocky and Harry Dog are ready to rile up the fans.

At the movies: 'Stealing Harvard'

Who will be next British group to score U.S. hits?
Since the Beatles arrived on American shores in early 1964, American music charts have played host to British musicians.

At the movies: 'One Hour Photo'

A suite story
Much has changed in the 34 years since Neil Simon penned his three-stories-on-a-single-set classic Plaza Suite, and for Steve Walpert, director of the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's current production of the play, that is much of the appeal.

College-football fans will party for charity

Wine and dine
For the 10th time in 13 years, chef Philippe Chin of Bambu on Hickman at the Partridge Inn will be a featured chef at a James Beard Foundation dinner Sept. 20 in New York City.

Mini reviews

Wine and dine

At the movies: 'Barbershop'

Ramblin' Rhodes: Macon statue honors soul legend Redding

Video watch

Giants, Angels win tiebreaker coin flips
NEW YORK -- The San Francisco Giants won their coin flip against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for the home-field advantage if they need a playoff to break a tie in the NL wild-card race.

Remembering Macon's 'fair' journalist

D'Nesha Eriyonna Keyara Chance

Kayla Jean Godsmark

Robert Devon Bosdell

Taylyn Leann Still
Todd and St

Caroline Duncan Jernigan

Ansley Grace Willis
Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Willi

Gary Mason Randolph
Mr. and Mrs. Joh

Joseph Davis Campbell
Joe and Kim Campbell of North Augusta

Jake Ryan Holbein

D'Nesha Eriyonna Keyara Chance
Frank Chance and Erica Dunn, both of Augusta, announce the bir

Savannah Jeanne Forsman

Noah Makenzie Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis L. Cook of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Noah Makenzie Cook, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Johnson of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Willie James Cook of North Augusta.

Robert Devon Bosdell
Robert D. Bosdell and Amanda L.

Savannah Jeanne Forsman
William Forsman Sr. and Samantha McManus, b

Taylyn Leann Still

Kayla Jean Godsmark
GRAHAM, Fla. - Wayne and Carrie

Hunter Thomas Holden

Luke Brian Hardy
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hardy

Rashea India Brown
GRE

Jake Ryan Holbein
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Holbein of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Jake Ryan Holbein, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Neuhaus of Reston, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holbein of Hephzibah.

Hunter Thomas Holden
Thomas and Patricia Holden of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Hunter Thomas Holden, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kelly of Augusta, Mr. John Holden and Mrs. Susan Harper, both of Martinez.

Noah Makenzie Cook

Reece James Johnson

Skylar Ann Pettigrew
Mr. and Mrs. Mar

Charis Virginia Sanders

Adrian Brooke Padgett
Terry and Jennifer Padgett of North Augusta ann

Adrian Brooke Padgett

Nathaniel David Nishimuta
Stephan and Vanessa Nishimuta of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Nathaniel David Nishimuta, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Juan and Marie Vargas of Martinez and John and Beatrice Nishimuta of Grovetown.

Gary Mason Randolph

Raheem DeAngelo Murray
Roy Murray and Tiffany Starnes, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Raheem DeAngelo Murray, Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Starnes of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Murray of Thomson.

Ansley Grace Willis

Thomas Christopher Moore Jr.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Thomas and Zaneta Moor

Nathaniel David Nishimuta

Reece James Johnson
Dale J. and Holly L. Johnso

Thomas Christopher Moore Jr.

Caroline Duncan Jernigan
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Jernigan of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Caroline Duncan Jernigan, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Timmerman of Augusta.

Luke Brian Hardy

Charis Virginia Sanders
Mr. and Mrs

Raheem DeAngelo Murray

Joseph Davis Campbell

Rashea India Brown

Skylar Ann Pettigrew

Oil tanker crew has bright idea
BEIJING -- Crew on a leaking oil tanker lit a signal flare for help Wednesday, triggering an explosion that injured eight seamen and left two missing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Odds and ends
MONTICELLO, Iowa -- The bad news for an Iowa couple was that a stove fire erupted in their recreational vehicle, slightly injuring the wife.

Jones' last crusade: Hit the ball
ATLANTA - Just when it seems his swing has more holes than a cribbage board, the enigma known as Andruw Jones smacks home runs in four successive at-bats, then dares someone to tell him he's been a disappointment this year.

Jones' last crusade: Hit the ball

Millwood gets win in opener
ATLANTA -- Kevin Millwood won his eighth straight start and Chipper Jones homered twice and had five RBIs, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 8-5 Wednesday in the opener of a split doubleheader.

Braves split twinbill
ATLANTA - Atlanta reliever Mike Remlinger read a message from President Bush. A bald eagle soared overhead. Bagpipers offered Amazing Grace. A formation of helicopters flew past. A moment of silence was observed in the seventh inning.

Braves split twinbill

Millwood gets win in opener

Braves, Mets split
ATLANTA - Mike Remlinger read a message from President Bush. A bald eagle soared overhead. Bagpipers offered "Amazing Grace." A formation of helicopters flew past. A moment of silence was observed in the seventh inning.

Braves, Mets split

Bank merger set for February finish

Stocks fall sharply on economic reports, Bush speech

Fed says interest rates could go lower, if needed
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy was coping with "slow and uneven" growth in the late summer as manufacturing companies and other businesses experienced a weakening in activity, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in a report that left the door open to further interest rate cuts if needed to bolster the economy.

Fed says interest rates could go lower, if needed

Bank merger set for February finish
Augusta's First Union and Wachovia bank branches will bear the merged company's new logo by the end of February.

Workers find ways to reflect on events

Stocks fall sharply on economic reports, Bush speech
NEW YORK -- Wall Street fell sharply Thursday, pressured by two disappointing economic reports and a strong speech by President Bush to the United Nations demanding action against Iraq. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 200 points.

Deficit swells to record in second quarter
WASHINGTON - The deficit in the broadest measure of trade swelled in the second quarter to a record $130 billion, reflecting Americans' hardy appetite for foreign-made cars and other goods.

Union hits Aiken Wal-Mart

America Online division announces management overhaul
NEW YORK -- AOL Time Warner Inc.'s America Online division announced a new management structure Thursday in a shake-up designed to help the troubled Internet unit compete better.

Government jobs shelter Augusta market
Augusta's dependence on government employers such as Savannah River Site and Fort Gordon helps to shelter the local economy during recessions, but it also prevents the area from cashing in on prolonged periods of economic growth, according to several economists.

Business fliers change plans
Butch Giusto now avoids airports as much as possible. He's found a new way to conduct business.

Union hits Aiken Wal-Mart
A nationwide campaign to unionize Wal-Mart has hit South Carolina.

Government jobs shelter Augusta market

America Online division announces management overhaul

Business briefs
True Knowles has been named interim chairman and chief executive officer of The NutraSweet Co., which operates the world's largest artificial-sweetener facility, in Augusta.

Deficit swells to record in second quarter

Business briefs
LONDON - Higher, more volatile oil prices will loom this winter if OPEC refuses to boost crude production as major importing countries head into the peak heating-oil season, an industry report warned Wednesday.

Workers find ways to reflect on events
The day it happened, workers walked away from their desks and put down their tools to watch the ghastly images on television.

Business fliers change plans

Miller's makes most of his time
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson cornerback Justin Miller is styling in a massive pair of sparkling cubic zirconia earrings.

Miller's makes most of his time

SEC notebook
Dondrial Pinkins would have played in last week's loss to Virginia had he been completely healthy, South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said Wednesday.

ACC notebook

ACC notebook
Georgia Tech's record is 2-0, but in Clemson's eyes the slate might as well be clean.

College Football Picks

College Football Picks
The search is on in college football this weekend: Notre Dame is looking for an offense, Maryland for its first win over Florida State, and Nebraska for a happy return to Happy Valley.

SEC notebook

Bush's moral case

Clan is canned

Let debates begin

How to 'Vote Smart'

Little World of Learning Child Development Centers
This month's agency spotlight is Little World of Learning Child Development Centers of Augusta.

Fall sports in the CSRA
A look at the sports action from around the area.

When do I call the doctor?
This month Dr. David M. Jester, assistant professor and predoctoral director for the Department of Family Medicine of the MCG Health System answers medical questions.

Easy books for new readers to tackle all by themselves
As kindergarteners and first graders begin to recognize more and more sight words, they'll be looking for books they can read with little or no help. Looking for these books can be as frustrating as looking for a needle in a haystack. To help these readers, and their parents, find books that match their reading skills, the public library has developed a list of recommended titles.

School Connection keeps parents on top of their child's education
We have great things happening in the world of NIE. Newspapers in Education and BWXT Savannah River Company have partnered to bring you the School Connection.

Making slime
Slime. Ooze. There's not much better way to describe this gooey, wet, messy stuff. But kids love to make it. And even if they don't know it, they're getting a chemistry lesson when they do.

You tell us
What are some special traditions you and your family have for the holiday season?

The dinner dash
It never fails. After the craziest of days of carpooling, work, the kid's after school sports and overseeing homework projects we finally - at 5 or 6 o'clock - begin to think about dinner.

'Family Chronicles' awards
The readers have spoken. The ballots have been counted. Now the winners will be announced.

Mom TV
Please don't think I obsess about my looks. I do not.

Helping an ADD child achieve
Question: Do you have anything for a sixth-grader with ADD? He has trouble following instructions, especially on tests, hurries through assignments to get them completed, and has a poor short-term memory. What do others do to help their children who have ADD? Seeking Help

Places to go, things to do
Attention Parents: You need a night out! To help, we've identified several "Date Night" events for you. Just look for the and make your plans. Sorry, we don't providebabysitters, but many of the events are free.

From the editor
OK, I admit it. We stole the idea. It's just that good ideas were meant to be stolen and shaped into something that suits you.

In the know
Children can be picky eaters and anything that can make dinnertime more fun is always appreciated.

Love bugs
It's a bug club - sort of. But club members aren't likely to squash these Beetles.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Capsules
A new study of diamonds from southern Africa is revealing the area's complex geologic history.

Fox gets a rare ratings win with 'American Idol'
NEW YORK -- Behind the conclusion of "American Idol," Fox hit some rarified air in the Nielsen Media Research ratings: first place.

Gardener fights squirrels, thieves

Gardener fights squirrels, thieves
Despite the squirrels that torment her by eating the buds off her camelias and the thieves that steal her favorite potted plants from her front yard, flowers are Lizzie Sapp's life.

Rhino makes the most of physical limitations
ATLANTA -- When Kelley Rhino takes the field to return a punt, he's usually the smallest player on the field. Smaller, even, than the punter.

Rhino makes the most of physical limitations

It's a wonderful, though complex, world after all

Players remember attacks before start of tournament

Daly withdraws from German Masters with shoulder injury
PULHEIM, Germany -- John Daly withdrew from the German Masters on Wednesday because of a shoulder injury.

Andrade leads Pennsylvania Classic
PAOLI, Pa. -- Billy Andrade shot a 5-under-par 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry and rookie Kenneth Staton in the Pennsylvania Classic.

Lopez says more goodbyes in an emotional weekend

Holtz invited to become member of Augusta National
Frank Broyles won't be the only former University of Arkansas coach on the membership roll at Augusta National Golf Club anymore.

Top Jaguars will miss opener

Leaney takes lead at German Masters
PULHEIM, Germany -- Stephen Leaney shot an 8-under 64 to take the lead after the first round at the Linde German Masters.

Irwin closes in on senior money title at 57

Lopez says more goodbyes in an emotional weekend
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nancy Lopez, always known for her bright smile in 25 years on the LPGA Tour, broke into tears as she prepared to play one of her final tournaments.

Familiar winner emerges

Players remember attacks before start of tournament
PAOLI, Pa. -- With American flags waving in the wind on the greens, the PGA Tour observed a moment of silence followed by the national anthem Wednesday morning at the Pennsylvania Classic.

Leaney takes lead at German Masters

Daly withdraws from German Masters with shoulder injury

Top Jaguars will miss opener
Augusta State's men's golf team starts the 2002 fall season this weekend without a head coach and two of its top players.

Familiar winner emerges
GRANITEVILLE - Karen Ferree has some new memories to add to her cherished time at Midland Valley Country Club.

Irwin closes in on senior money title at 57
CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Players like Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke and Fuzzy Zoeller were supposed to slow down Hale Irwin's dominance on the Senior PGA Tour.

Andrade leads Pennsylvania Classic

Home returns to Rodgers

Clark gets leg up for Knights

Stretching a dollar

Key matchups

Pressure gets Patriot running

Football on the air

Perry leads quietly

Home returns to Rodgers
When top-ranked Batesburg-Leesville (Class AA) visits Ridge Spring-Monetta at 8 tonight, coach Phil Strickland will be greeted by a familiar face.

Football on the air
This is a listing of aiea prep football games being broadcast on the raidio Friday evening.

Player of the week: Westside's Aundra Ellison
Don't get Westside running back Aundra Ellison wrong. He's excited about his 27-carry, 162-yard, four-touchdown performance last week against Greenbrier.

Key matchups
Key Friday night matchups and predictions.

Stretching a dollar
Staff WriterIt's two hours before Washington County's home game with Dublin, and Golden Hawks coach Rick Tomberlin's brain is working overtime.

Bands hit costly notes
It was something Laney coach Eric Parker hadn't expected Friday night.

Pressure gets Patriot running
Don't get Westside running back Aundra Ellison wrong. He's excited about his 27-carry, 162-yard, four-touchdown performance last week against Greenbrier.

Clark gets leg up for Knights
Two weeks after Evans sophomore quarterback Brad Freeman, who was competing with a sore thumb, went 0-for-10 passing in a loss to Greenbrier, Knights senior signal-caller Travis Clark will return tonight at 7:30 against Lakeside.

Perry leads quietly
There was always the tap on his shoulder. Aquinas coach Marty Jackson would turn around, and he'd come face to face with Devon Perry.

Thrashers re-sign top goalie Hnilicka
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers re-signed goalie Milan Hnilicka to a two-year, $2.7 million contract Wednesday, a day before the team opens training camp.

Lemieux welcomes NHL crackdown on obstruction
CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Mario Lemieux welcomes the news the NHL finally seems serious about eliminating obstruction, making the game more wide open and allowing its stars to score more goals.

Lemieux welcomes NHL crackdown on obstruction

Remembering Macon's 'fair' journalist
Ron Woodgeard, editorial page editor of The Macon Telegraph, passed away earlier this week after a long fight with cancer.

Navy official says Burke County doesn't top list for fighter airfield
Fears that the Navy still could locate a fighter jet-landing field in Burke County are unfounded, according to the highest-ranking official in charge of establishing the $40 million facility

Firefighters continue to battle blaze
GRANITEVILLE - Firefighters continued to battle a fire this morning that began Wednesday afternoon and continued throughout the night, consuming hundreds of acres, police said today.

Augustans should forgive McIntyre

Barrett a conservative gentleman

NCWO would reduce men to servants

Merriwether H.S. to be a reality

Argues that downtown musicians' club is not a bar

Two letter writers off the mark

'Chronicle's' military news lacking

Football weight limit unfair

Chambliss is more like Coverdell

Strike Iraq first, then pray

Humans have never been apes

At least Bragdon is trying

NCWO should focus on the positive to advance its agenda

From the editor

Fox gets a rare ratings win with 'American Idol'

Love bugs

When do I call the doctor?

You tell us

Helping an ADD child achieve

Making slime

The dinner dash

Health calendar

Mom TV

Capsules

Easy books for new readers to tackle all by themselves

Fall sports in the CSRA

Little World of Learning Child Development Centers

'Family Chronicles' awards

ECHL votes to absorb nine West Coast teams

ECHL votes to absorb nine West Coast teams
The East Coast Hockey League will go coast to coast next season.

Brown leads Lynx signees
The Augusta Lynx announced the signing of three players Thursday, including former National Hockey League forward Kevin Brown.

Brown leads Lynx signees

Across South Carolina

Residents speak against airfield
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Burke County residents opposed to even the slimmest chance the Navy might resurrect its interest in building a fighter jet landing field near Girard took no chances Thursday night.

Aiken fire forces evacuations

Epithet leads to officer's timeout
A Richmond County deputy was suspended and placed on probation for threatening a suspect with a racial comment that was heard over the police radio.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The CDC confirmed on Thursday that four transplant patients infected with the West Nile virus got it from donated organs - the first documented cases in which the mosquito-borne virus was spread this way.

Anthrax scare
Augusta firefighters clean off tarps outside of Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. on 15th Street where two employees were hosed down after an anthrax scare. Bonnie Brodie and Mary Crawford said Wednesday they handled an envelope from the mailroom containing white powder, and Ms. Brodie complained that her hands felt cold after washing them. Fire officials evacuated the office, and the two women were decontaminated before being evaluated at University Hospital. Police said the FBI will not test the substance because it doesn't meet the agency's criteria.

Across the area

9/11 in Augusta
With a somber face, 17-year-old Cecil Simmons stood tall as he carried the American flag in Hephzibah Middle School's remembrance ceremony Wednesday.

Navy official says Burke County doesn't top list for fighter airfield

On duty at home
Amy Millett looked into the glare, desperately trying to find the familiar face she hadn't seen in six months.

Leaders get civic center to set session
More than 30 city and state government leaders gathered Thursday to discuss the civic center's long-term future but got only as far as Tuesday.

Across the area
Access to the Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center will return to normal today. Sheriff Ronnie Strength had tightened security and halted jail visitation Wednesday.

Augusta Common grand opening includes country singer

News you can use
Sept. 12, 1912 MILLEN, Ga. - For two solid hours yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Edna Perkins-Godbee bared her soul and told in minute detail her life story - the telling of which at times blanched her cheeks. A sordid story it was, beginning with the day she first met Walter S. Godbee; running through their years of married life, their marital disaffections and useless reconciliations; and ending with the firing of the fatal shots in the Millen post office.

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Charles Chason Sr. of Grovetown.

Text of President Bush's address to the nation on Wednesday

Science center chief leaves post

Augustans show pride, tears

Resident only heard towers fall
Even if the twin towers in New York City were still standing, Sandy Thomas would never have seen them. In 1972, the year that construction of One World Trade Center was completed, a degenerative eye disorder left her totally blind.

Airline campaign urges donations as end nears
Organizers of the Continental Challenge II said they have raised between $75,000 and $85,000 in pledges from the public during the first week of a campaign to get money for Continental Express.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The Department of Transportation board has reversed a decision to lower one of the goals in awarding contracts to minorities and women - less than two weeks after a reprimand by Gov. Roy Barnes.

Man's death ends son's search
AIKEN - Michael Edwards last saw his father when he was 17.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -The Greenville County Sheriff's Office has asked Gov. Jim Hodges to name Capt. Steve Loftis as the replacement for Sheriff Sam Simmons, who died earlier this month.

Science center chief leaves post
Phyllis Hendry says she'll miss most the people she has met and the busloads of happy children she has seen enter the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

Augustans show pride, tears
It wasn't exactly a holiday. It wasn't just another Wednesday, either.

Subscriber of the day

Stancil win sets November ballot
ATLANTA - After a long night of watching poll numbers roll in, state Rep. Steve Stancil became the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor early Wednesday morning.

SRS vies for new nuclear facility

Aiken fire forces evacuations
GRANITEVILLE - A woods fire that burned hundreds of acres in Aiken County on Wednesday evening filled the sky with enormous clouds of smoke and rained down ash and embers, threatening to spread the blaze.

Epithet leads to officer's timeout

Defeated Allen will close office
Augusta lawyer Ben Allen, who lost his bid to become the Democratic candidate for the 12th Congressional District to Charles Walker Jr. in Tuesday's runoff, is closing his law office and looking for a job.

9/11 in Augusta

Text of President Bush's address to the nation on Wednesday
Text of President Bush's address to the nation on Wednesday:

News you can use

Saluting their brethren
ROB CARR/STAFFSaluting their brethrenMartinez Fire Department Chief Doug Cooper salutes the flag with other members of his department during a ceremony honoring those who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Anthrax scare

Residents speak against airfield

Defeated Allen will close office

SRS vies for new nuclear facility
AIKEN - The Department of Energy will formally announce today its plans to build a nuclear weapons trigger plant.

Subscriber of the day

Doctor pleads guilty in OxyContin case
A Thomson physician pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally dispensing a powerful narcotic and to Medicaid fraud.

Slaying suspect is denied bond
An Oct. 15 trial date has been set for the four men accused of murder in the August shooting death of Marcus D. Taylor.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Donna Sasser.

Indigent defense funding key topic at symposium
State leaders planning to attend today's third annual Statewide Symposium on Indigent Defense could face a tough crowd.

Students at MCG remember classmate

Around town
BACK IN TIME Sept. 13, 1936 The Richmond County Board of Education voted at its monthly meeting yesterday to establish two overflow classes of Richmond Academy students in the Joseph R. Lamar school building as a means of relieving congestion at the Academy.

Kwikset is eliminating 550 jobs

Kwikset is eliminating 550 jobs
For six months, Burke County and plant officials tried to save Kwikset's Waynesboro factory from closing and eliminating 550 jobs.

Leaders get civic center to set session

Blaze hits tire dump
AIKEN - Crews battled hot spots inside deep gullies, a tire dump fire and flames spread by erratic winds Thursday as they worked to contain a massive woods fire for the second day.

Green Party activists say McKinney mulling party switch, presidential run
WASHINGTON -- Green Party activists who worked on Rep. Cynthia McKinney's unsuccessful re-election campaign say she is strongly considering bolting the Democratic Party before she leaves office to seek the Green Party's presidential nomination in 2004.

Aiken tennis gets new turf
AIKEN - The city of Aiken has begun constructing 12 tennis courts at the Virginia Acres Park that is scheduled to be complete by spring.

Around town

Augusta Common grand opening includes country singer
Crossover country music singer and three-time Grammy nominee Jamie O'Neal will perform at next month's Augusta Common grand opening celebration, city officials confirmed Thursday morning.

Blind woman recalls hearing towers fall
Even if the twin towers in New York City were still standing, Sandy Thomas would never have seen them. In 1972, the year that construction of One World Trade Center was completed, a degenerative eye disorder left her totally blind.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Two employees at one of the state's largest facilities for the mentally disabled have been charged with neglect in the death of a patient, Attorney General Charlie Condon said Thursday.

Green Party activists say McKinney mulling party switch, presidential run

Across the area
A grand jury in Charleston, S.C., has indicted former Aiken Monsignor Thomas Evatt on a charge of committing a lewd act.

Firefighters continue to battle blaze

Blaze hits tire dump

Saluting their brethren

Students at MCG remember classmate
Classmates of a popular medical tech student will wear white lab coats to his funeral today to honor the Aiken man, who died from an apparent case of alcohol poisoning while celebrating his 21st birthday in downtown Augusta.

On duty at home

Across the area

Resident only heard towers fall

Across South Carolina

Indigent defense funding key topic at symposium

Two games should shed some light on Big Four
In this corner we have a "shattered" South Carolina team seeking quick redemption.

It's a wonderful, though complex, world after all
The other day I dropped an ice cube into a glass of water, watched it float to the top and remembered how wonderful nature is.

Racing facts

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's New Hampshire 300 NASCAR race.

Owner confident track will be better

NASCAR notebook
LOUDON, N.H. - Although he's in fifth place in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings, Tony Stewart has to feel like he's the favorite to win the championship.

Fans not popular in NASCAR garage
LOUDON, N.H. - Winston Cup Series drivers and NASCAR all agree the overwhelming crowds in the garage area have become a problem.

Owner confident track will be better
LOUDON, N.H. -- No matter what else happens, the New Hampshire 300 will be a success as long as cars aren't slipping and sliding all over the track.

NASCAR notebook

Spotlight on Kyle Petty

Spotlight on Kyle Petty
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Kyle Petty.

Fans not popular in NASCAR garage

Elliott, Sadler ride out stints

Elliott, Sadler ride out stints
LOUDON, N.H. - When Elliott Sadler crashed on the first lap of Saturday's race at Richmond, Va., Ricky Rudd winced.

Prosecutors dropping last charges against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- The last two counts against NBA All-Star Allen Iverson will be dropped because his accusers don't want to pursue the case, District Attorney Lynne Abraham said Thursday.

Prosecutors dropping last charges against Iverson

Frustration apparently leads to early end for Heisman winner

Fantasy Football: Season kicks off with a bang

Falcons cornerback suspended four games for steroids

Fair wants to prove Lions wrong

Montana, other QBs mourn passing of Johnny U

Mr. David Kuhlke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Beverly Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Sadie Richard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Julius Rhoden    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Raiford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Freddie Richardson Jr.    (BUFORD, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Norman    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. Hugh Schwab    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Torrence    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
Mr. Randolph Stills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michel de Pujo    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Vinita Streeter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Justice    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carol Patrick    (EVANS, Ga.)
Kelby McFerrin    (TRENTON, SC)
Kelby McFerrin    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ola Osgood    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. David Kuhlke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Randolph Stills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeanette Isbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gene Welch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Copeland    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Enoch Beckworth    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Stella Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Copeland    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Pete Carter    (JAMAICA, N.Y.)
Mr. Willard Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Boyce Hopkins    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Opal King    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
Mr. Sam Cuyler, Jr.
Ms. Juanita Lewis
Mr. Tyras Davis    (LOCKPORT, La.)
Mr. Morris Newton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Fletcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gussie Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Fulcher    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Pugh    (AUGUSTA, GA)
Mr. Cecil Gregory Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Tracy Shelton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Hayes    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mr. James R. Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Gregory Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Herbert Watts    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
Mrs. Tressie Hardy    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geraldine Widener    (BLYTHE, G a.)
Mr. Joshua Harp    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Abraham Allen Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Hayes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Van Boyd    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. James Haynes    (MATTHEW, GA)
Mr. George Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hortense Hollins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michel de Pujo    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeanette Isbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Marie Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Garvin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Catherine Edwards    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Joshua Harp    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Foust Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Iris Delk    (OLAR, S.C.)
Mrs. Gladys Graybill    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Willard Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Maynard Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Bragg    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie McLendon    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Adella Bernhardt    (MONETTA, Ga.)
Ms. Juanita Peterson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Olon Yonce Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Roy Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Haynes (MATTHEW, GA)

Mr. Randolph Stills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Boyce Hopkins (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beverly Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Enoch Beckworth (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Copeland (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Richard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hortense Hollins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joshua Harp (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Foust Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Olon Yonce Jr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. James R. Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Richardson Jr. (BUFORD, Ga.)

Mr. David Kuhlke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Bragg (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Raiford (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Hayes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Welch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randolph Stills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Gregory Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. David Kuhlke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Stella Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Isbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Torrence (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Ms. Tracy Shelton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iris Delk (OLAR, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Pugh (AUGUSTA, GA)

Ms. Catherine Edwards (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Watts (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mr. David Maynard Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Garvin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Julius Rhoden (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Ms. Vinita Streeter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie McLendon (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Peterson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel Copeland (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Hayes (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Michel de Pujo (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Adella Bernhardt (MONETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Graybill (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Fulcher (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Van Boyd (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ola Osgood (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Gregory Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Marie Johnson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Kelby McFerrin (TRENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Juanita Lewis

Mrs. Jeanette Isbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Widener (BLYTHE, G a.)

Mr. Pete Carter (JAMAICA, N.Y.)

Mr. Tyras Davis (LOCKPORT, La.)

Mrs. Opal King (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mr. Sam Cuyler, Jr.

Mr. Joshua Harp (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Michel de Pujo (AIKEN, S.C.)

Clarification
In Tuesday's letter by Woody Merry, "Join the Continental Challenge II," information on where readers may send their pledges was omitted. To make a pledge, include the amount, your name, address and telephone number to one of the following:

Vocational education needs our attention
PUBLIC SCHOOLS across America have opened their doors for another school year, and once again will spend their energies and resources teaching our children how to gain admission to a four-year college or university.

Bush's moral case
The central theme of President George W. Bush's historic speech at the United Nations Thursday is summed up in the following excerpt:

Augustans should forgive McIntyre
Twenty years ago, former Mayor Ed McIntyre made a mistake in judgment. Since that time, he has paid his debt to society. Mr. McIntyre has publicly expressed his remorse and his sorrow on numerous occasions. Yet even after 20 years, there are some who have imposed a life sentence on him and his family. Therefore, I make this special appeal to the true believers in Augusta. The Rev. R.C. Herrington, Augusta

'Chronicle's' military news lacking
In addition to protecting our entire country in these perilous times, the armed forces of the United States are a mainstay of our local economy. The Central Savannah River Area benefits greatly from the presence of so many active duty soldiers and their families at Fort Gordon and our military retirees and their dependents. David Clayton Carrad, Martinez, Ga.

At least Bragdon is trying
Regarding Richmond County Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon, you can fuss, whine, holler and put her down until you are blue in the face. Georgia Jenkins, Hephzibah, Ga.

NCWO would reduce men to servants
It appears the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, Hootie Johnson, has an army large enough to defeat his foe, who has the gall to attack a private club. All present membership, golf fans and citizens of the area should back him 100 percent. To allow even one of the National Council of Women's Organizations' staff officers membership is to remove the flood gates and the rushing tide to destroy the Augusta National, as we have known it for many years. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

NCWO should focus on the positive to advance its agenda
Regarding the National Council of Women's Organizations putting pressure on the Augusta National Golf Club to invite a woman to become a member: The obvious first statement is, "This is a 'private' club." Gary Davis, Augusta

Clan is canned
A couple of weeks after Atlanta area Democrats voted Cynthia McKinney out of the U.S. House of Representatives, a post she held for 10 years, they also booted her father, Billy McKinney, from the state House of Representatives, a post he held for three decades.

How to 'Vote Smart'
Debates are one way to inform and interest voters on this election season's great issues (see above editorial). Yet another service candidates can, and should, provide to help their constituents cast informed ballots in November is to cooperate with groups like Project Vote Smart.

Vocational education needs our attention
PUBLIC SCHOOLS across America have opened their doors for another school year, and once again will spend their energies and resources teaching our children how to gain admission to a four-year college or university.

Merriwether H.S. to be a reality
Last Aug. 27 I attended the Merriwether High School exploratory meeting at the Steven's Creek Baptist Church. What I heard was surprising and disconcerting. Bob Caddell, North Augusta, S.C.

Let debates begin
It wasn't Charles Walker Jr.'s roots in Richmond County that won him the Democratic Party primary runoff Tuesday for Georgia's new 12th congressional House District. The Augusta area was carried by Walker's opponent, state Rep. Ben Allen.

Football weight limit unfair
This is about a rule in our Columbia County Recreation Department that discriminates against our children. This rule is the weight limit the recreation department has for playing football. This rule states that if you weigh over a certain weight, you can't play football. Randy Turner, Appling, Ga.

Chambliss is more like Coverdell
With all the hoopla surrounding the grand jury report and the attention given to the mayor's race in Augusta and on other local races in the Central Savannah River Area, not enough is being said about the bid by U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., to unseat U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga. Alex Cawthon, Thomson, Ga.

Barrett a conservative gentleman
I'm proud to support Gresham Barrett in his campaign to succeed Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., as our next GOP congressman in South Carolina's Third Congressional District. Rachel Meehan, Aiken, S.C.

Argues that downtown musicians' club is not a bar
This letter is a wake up call to the people of Augusta. It concerns the "bar" that is trying to open up on Broad Street next to a synagogue. Barbara Brenner Hoar, Bath, S.C.

Humans have never been apes
I just read Doug Weaver's Aug. 29 letter, "Evolution is a theory for quacks." He is really good, and it's refreshing to have it explained so that even children can understand that evolution, as Mr. Weaver says, is for quacks. Marynell Chason, Grovetown, Ga.

Clarification
In Tuesday's letter by Woody Merry, "Join the Continental Challenge II," information on where readers may send their pledges was omitted. To make a pledge, include the amount, your name, address and telephone number to one of the following:

Strike Iraq first, then pray
Regarding preemptive strikes against Iraq, I don't think I was the only one praying during World War II. I dropped bombs on Germany three times, and I prayed not to kill anyone but just to drop those bombs where they would help to end the war and allow us to be victorious. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Two letter writers off the mark
In his Aug. 29 letter, "The death penalty is no deterrent," Joel White implies the death penalty should be abolished, as it is not an effective deterrent. Based on this logic, should not all punishment for crime be abolished? Bud Holton, Augusta

Overtime

Overtime

Sports pauses to remember the day of terror

Safin makes exit in quarterfinals

Put the paddle to the medal

Sports digest

Tyson may fight Dec. 7

NY requires steroid tests, MRI exams for boxers

Sports pauses to remember the day of terror
The Atlanta Falcons were about to begin practice Wednesday when coach Dan Reeves called his team together.

Sports digest
"The World Basketball Championship has proved two things. Our guys don't care. And Vlade Divac can flop in two languages." -Dave Kindred in the Sporting News

Overtime
An appeals court judge has asked lawyers for South Carolina State running back Derek Watson and the city's attorney to submit proposals on how the judge should rule after the running back was sent to jail last month.

Put the paddle to the medal
They're not exactly USRowing's answer to the Dream Team, just four guys and a boat thrown together on a whim over the summer.

Embattled Olympic bid leaders cut severance deal
SALT LAKE CITY -- The two bid leaders at the center of the Olympics bribery scandal got financial settlements more than three years after being forced off the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.

Safin makes exit in quarterfinals
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Top-seeded Marat Safin lost, and second-seeded Tommy Haas quit with an arm injury Thursday in the quarterfinals of the $550,000 President's Cup.

Tyson may fight Dec. 7
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson will likely make his return to the ring in December, with a fight against Clifford Etienne.

Overtime
Three players have pulled away from the field entering today's final round of the South Carolina Women's Amateur Championship at Midland Valley Country Club in Graniteville.

NY requires steroid tests, MRI exams for boxers
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Professional boxers who want to fight in New York must be tested for steroids and undergo annual brain scans, the state's athletic commission ruled Thursday.

Bass clubs urged to mark lake hazzards
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.

Bass clubs urged to mark lake hazzards

Falcons cornerback suspended four games for steroids
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Looking forward to a sold-out home opener, the Atlanta Falcons were dealt a stunning blow Wednesday when cornerback Ray Buchanan was suspended four games for using anabolic steroids.

Fair wants to prove Lions wrong
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Terry Fair doesn't know why Detroit released him, and the Lions aren't saying. Either way, the cornerback will be out to prove they made a mistake when he faces them Sunday as a Carolina Panther.

Montana, other QBs mourn passing of Johnny U
Joe Montana remembers all the times he pretended he was Johnny U in his back yard while growing up in western Pennsylvania, which for some reason turned out to be a haven for star quarterbacks.

Frustration apparently leads to early end for Heisman winner
ST. LOUIS -- Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch walked away from an NFL career, worn down by injuries and the challenge of learning a new position.

Fantasy Football: Season kicks off with a bang
What a weekend! Not even in a football fan's wildest dreams could he or she have expected the kind of week the NFL just had.

Two games should shed some light on Big Four

Research could help cancer fight
The way a fetus is protected from attack by the mother's immune system provides a clue into how a tumor can elude it as well, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia said.

Options are limitless for inkjet prints
"I don't care if you make a print on a bath mat, just as long as it is a good print." So declared the late, legendary photographer Edward Weston about making prints - many years before the invention of inkjet printers.

Making duplicate CD is a cakewalk
The computer software industry is firmly against violation of copyright - but it sells software that makes the practice rather easy. The latest demonstration of that irony comes from Cakewalk, the Boston-based music software giant, in Cakewalk Pyro 2003.

San Francisco Chronicle to offer customized audio news
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Chronicle subscribers soon will be able to listen to the news on custom-burned CDs as they drive to the office, work out or use their home computer.

Georgia receiver hopes to redeem worst game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Terrence Edwards didn't want to forget that feeling. He cut out every newspaper article he could find, positioning the strips of paper where they wouldn't be overlooked.

Places to go, things to do

Edwards stays committed
Terrence Edwards is busy on most fall Sundays. From rehashing the previous day's game to looking ahead to next week's opponent to catching up on school work, there isn't much free time.

Offense is sputtering
ATHENS, Ga. - Before the season, Georgia's offense was deemed capable of becoming a point-a-minute machine.

Edwards stays committed

Georgia receiver hopes to redeem worst game

Offense is sputtering

Holtz invited to become member of Augusta National
Frank Broyles won't be the only former University of Arkansas coach on the membership roll at Augusta National Golf Club anymore.

Gamecocks say no inquiry is ongoing

Gamecocks say no inquiry is ongoing
University of South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee said an NCAA official has told him the organization has no plans to send more investigators to the Palmetto State.

Oil tanker crew has bright idea

Odds and ends

Research could help cancer fight

San Francisco Chronicle to offer customized audio news

Making duplicate CD is a cakewalk

Options are limitless for inkjet prints