At the movies: 'The Banger Sisters'
Having trouble talking about sex with your teenager? What if you were desperately trying to hide a past as a rock 'n' roll groupie who bedded every drugged-out musician on the planet?

Arts in the Heart exhibitors
Delores Garland, Blythe: Seascapes and floral designs in hand-poured sand.

At the movies: 'Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever'
Two dueling spies, one a handsome hunk and the other a sexy siren, duke it out for 90 minutes of high-tech combat, then settle down to a few long-awaited love scenes. We've seen it all before, haven't we?

The British beat

Wine and dine
In the mood for some nuss schinker? How about some perfectly smoked kassler rippchen or hearty landjager?

'Lord of the Dance' builds on Irish tradition

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

At the movies: 'The Four Feathers'

At the movies: 'Sunshine State'
Edie Falco and Angela Bassett lead a talented ensemble cast in Sunshine State, writer-director John Sayles' story of one week in a kitschy coastal Florida town. The movie defies facile categorization, but it touches on at least a half-dozen themes, including racism and integration, tradition and commercialism, estrangement and reconciliation.

Arts in the Heart exhibitors

Arts in the Heart performers
Scheduled acts for this years festival.

At the movies: 'Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever'

Starr of the show
When the Augusta Symphony lost the star of its upcoming MasterWorks concert, it panicked briefly, scrambled quickly and eventually came up with another Starr performer.

Concert calendar

At the movies: 'The Four Feathers'
"The Four Feathers" is a war epic for 15-year-old girls, the dunderheaded saga of a dreamboat who loses his courage and his girl, fights to win them back, succeeds and, unfazed by it all, goes back to being a dreamboat again.

Wine and dine

Club calendar
The Augusta area will be laughing at female comics this week. Sommore, who has appeared on Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo and BET's Live from L.A. performs at 9 and 11 tonight and Saturday night at Club 706 on Deans Bridge Road. Admission is $21.50, which includes a drink.

Ethnic flavor

Germans have rich film tradition
This weekend, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival pays tribute to all things German. That means miles of meaty bratwurst, endless tankards of beer and conversations punctuated by an occa

Ramblin Rhodes: Etterleeroad leader had a show, but no band

Ramblin Rhodes: Etterleeroad leader had a show, but no band
The second annual Elijah Clark Bluegrass Jamboree is being held today through Sunday at Elijah Clark State Park, 10 miles east of Lincolnton, Ga., on U.S. Highway 378.

Club calendar

Ethnic flavor
The Greater Augusta Arts Council once planned on incorporating the then-to-be-opened Augusta Commons into this year's Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.

Arts in the Heart performers

Standing ovations
The Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus will roll out its big top for a three-day stand in Augusta, beginning tonight. The circus will set up at the Columbia County fairgrounds on Wrightsboro Road at South Belair Road.

Standing ovations

The British beat
We asked readers last week to pick which British band has the best chance to top the American pop charts. Here are the results:

Mini reviews

'Lord of the Dance' builds on Irish tradition
Although it is inspired by an ancient Irish legend and features a cast of champion Irish dancers, Lord of the Dance pays little heed to tradition.

Video watch

'Six Feet Under,' 'Friends,' poised for top Emmy honors
LOS ANGELES -- After last September's unsettled Emmy Awards, organizers are welcoming a return to show business as usual. It's anything but, however, when it comes to the boldest pack of Emmy contenders yet.

At the movies: 'The Banger Sisters'

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.

Germans have rich film tradition

Applause calendar
ARTS IN THE HEART: Opening ceremony 6:30 tonight, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta; festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Riverwalk Augusta at Reynolds Street between Eighth and Ninth streets; street dance 7-9 p.m. Saturday, closing ceremony 6-8 p.m. Sunday; Greater Augusta Arts Council; badge $2 in advance from Greater Augusta Arts Council and SRP Federal Credit Union or $3 at gate, children younger than 10 admitted free; 826-4702.

'Six Feet Under,' 'Friends,' poised for top Emmy honors

Video watch
JUST OUT: Panic Room, Death to Smoochy, Kissing Jessica Stein, Hollywood Ending, Frailty and Spring Forward

At the movies: 'Sunshine State'

Applause calendar

Smith field renamed after Dan Sullivan
Local organizers' efforts to rename a local baseball field paid off this week.

The Old Farmer's Almanac still has all the answers

Jacob Cole Hewitt

Christian Tanner Faw

Timothy William Chipley

Jacob Cole Hewitt
Dylan McLean and Toni Anne Hewitt of Hephzibah an

Jada Dawn Cohn

Jada Dawn Cohn
Bryan and Audrey Cohn of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Jada Dawn Cohn, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sam and Donna Boyer, both of Columbia, and Nathan and Amelia Cohn of Blythe.

Chloe Marie Duncan, Carley Michelle Duncan and Carson Daniel Duncan

Timothy William Chipley
Clay and Dana Chipley of Bath announce the birth of a son, Timothy William Chipley, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Sims and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Chipley, all of Langley.

Edward Leonard Wilson III

Logan Hunter Chastain
Charles and Crystal Chastain of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Logan Hunter Chastain, Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Annie Green and Donald and Ellen Chastain, all of Grovetown.

Logan Hunter Chastain

Reagan Elizabeth Voelp
Mr. and

Justin Alexander Luke

Reagan Marie Sminkey
Derrick Dixon of Borger, Texas, and Kristin Sminkey of Windsor, S.C., an

Fredrick Leimond Henderson Jr.

Abigail Luann Schichner
Kevin and Andrea Schichner of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, A

Kennedy Nicole Nelson

Madeline Clarice Sauer
BEND, Ore.

Christian Tanner Faw

Kali Sierra Reese
Kee and Cherita Hobbs of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Kali Sierra Reese, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Reese of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. David Hobbs of Dearing.

Heaven Nevaeh Heard
Elisha Heard and Pamela Teasley, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Heaven Nevaeh Heard, Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Tonya Mackey, Michael Harris and Mr. and Mrs. Roman Heard, all of Augusta.

Natalie Jane Nordeen
Mr. and Mrs. Skip Nordeen of Martinez announce the

Geraldlyn Ann Canady
Gerald F. Canady and Virginia A.

Carly Allison Casella
Ga

Kali Sierra Reese

Kennedy Nicole Nelson
Josephos and Pamela Nelson of Hephzibah announce

Abigail Luann Schichner

Andrew Jay McTyre
Brandon Swint and Tamara McTyre, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Jay McTyre, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rusty McTyre, Becky Boggs and Larry Swint, all of Augusta.

Ariana Marie Hill

McKenzie McKie
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McKie of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, McKenzie McKie, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnie Fox and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis McKie, all of Augusta.

Chloe Marie Duncan, Carley Michelle Duncan and Carson Daniel Duncan
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Duncan Jr. of Grovetown announce the birth

Haley Sierra Lynn
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lynn of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Sierra Lynn, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James W. Starnes of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Joel S. Lynn Jr. of Augusta.

Ty'Darius Kentrell Jones

Justin Alexander Luke
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Heaven Nevaeh Heard

Fredrick Leimond Henderson Jr.
Fredrick and Vernesa Henderson of

Laney Brianne Johnson

Ty'Darius Kentrell Jones
Kevin Jones an

Natalie Jane Nordeen

Laney Brianne Johnson
Christopher and Nicole Johnson of Appling announce the b

Geraldlyn Ann Canady

Edward Leonard Wilson III
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wilson Jr. of W

Carly Allison Casella

Reagan Elizabeth Voelp

Andrew Jay McTyre

Reagan Marie Sminkey

Madeline Clarice Sauer

Haley Sierra Lynn

Ariana Marie Hill
Jessica R. Hill of Beech Island announces the birth of a daughter, Ariana Marie Hill, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Damond Hill of Beech Island.

McKenzie McKie

Roman sculpture deemed unsafe for the blind
DENVER -- The city wants to put up a marble sculpture of the Roman God Janus, but the plan appears to have a bit of a blind spot.

Odds and ends
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Looking for a cozy, 132-bed home with no view and plenty of locks on the doors? Porter County may have a deal for you.

Cox moves up on victory list
ATLANTA - When you've been managing so long the years seem to flow together, you can give away a celebratory bottle of champagne, figuring another one is right around the corner.

Braves notebook
Manager Bobby Cox suggested Thursday he might use Matt Franco as a third catcher in the postseason, which would open up a roster spot for an extra hitter or pitcher. In the past, Cox has usually carried a third catcher, as he did by adding Steve Torrealba to the postseason roster last year, so Franco's ability to catch in an emergency is significant.

Marquis hurts Braves' chances
ATLANTA - It has gone beyond whether he will make the postseason roster. The question now is this: Will Jason Marquis be in a Braves uniform next year?

Cox moves up on victory list

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - A Braves' lineup that upgraded with the addition of right fielder Gary Sheffield is looking remarkably similar to last year's offense.

Marquis hurts Braves' chances

Braves notebook

UGA students feel job market crunch
ATHENS, Ga. - The gloomy skies matched the mood of some University of Georgia seniors as they left this week's annual career fair.

Affordable housing lacking for minimum-wage earners
WASHINGTON -- Nowhere in the country could a minimum-wage employee afford to pay rent on a two-bedroom home, an advocacy group said Wednesday. And in three-quarters of the country, even two full-time, minimum-wage jobs couldn't pay for such housing.

Business briefs
Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire's Aiken County facility has been selected as this year's recipient of the Governor's Quality Award for outstanding achievement in management systems.

Consumer prices rise in August
WASHINGTON -- Consumer inflation rose 0.3 percent in August, the largest advance in four months, lifted by higher prices for energy products, clothing and tobacco.

First Friday plans cutoff

Study knocks Georgia on gas deregulation
ATLANTA - Requiring consumers to choose a natural gas marketer or else be assigned to one was a major flaw of Georgia's 1997 gas deregulation law, according to a study of deregulated utilities in five states.

Stocks fall sharply on more bad economic, earnings news
NEW YORK -- Another spate of bad economic news, brokerage downgrades and profit declines further demoralized investors Thursday and sent stock prices tumbling. The Dow Jones industrials, down more than 170 points, fell below 8,000.

Long-distance sales gain FCC approval

Stocks fall on disappointing earnings news
NEW YORK -- Investors nervous about third-quarter earnings opted for caution Wednesday and sent stocks lower for a second day. The Dow Jones industrials lost 35 points, reaching a six-week low.

Business briefs

Consumer prices rise in August

First Friday plans cutoff
Requiring street vendors to fill out applications and banning amplified music are just the beginning of changes to First Friday as organizers try to keep pace with the monthly event's growing popularity.

N. Augusta expo draws big turnout

Study knocks Georgia on gas deregulation

Affordable housing lacking for minimum-wage earners

Long-distance sales gain FCC approval
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators approved BellSouth Corp.'s request to offer long-distance telephone service in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Telemarketers attempt to form union

Stocks fall on disappointing earnings news

Stocks fall sharply on more bad economic, earnings news

Business briefs

UGA students feel job market crunch

Business briefs
Knology Inc. and its subsidiary Knology Broadband announced Wednesday it has sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize $444 million in debt.

N. Augusta expo draws big turnout
Richard Bennet wore a sharp suit and a ready smile in front of the product booth for Beam's Pavement, a Beech Island-based paving company, cajoling passers-by with details on the merits of a customized walkway.

Telemarketers attempt to form union
Alleging harsh working conditions and upset over recent pay cuts, employees at FutureCall LLC's Augusta call center are trying to unionize.

Defensive coordinator gets immediate results
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson cornerback Brian Mance thought long and hard about the question, but couldn't come up with an answer.

Defensive coordinator gets immediate results

SEC notebook
Georgia coach Mark Richt is wondering whether the playing surface at Williams-Brice Stadium is unsafe after one of his quarterbacks suffered a broken foot there last week.

SEC notebook

College football picks
The Pac-10 is looking for perfection this weekend.

ACC notebook

College football picks

ACC notebook
The first major showdown to help determine the Atlantic Coast Conference championship is still more than two weeks away, but Clemson can't afford to think about it just yet.

Stop Continental drift

Bar will be raised

Immunizing Georgia

Correction

Our daily threat

Don't choke the party

Latin Grammys spreads appreciation for Latin music
More than 20 Cuban artists nominated for Latin Grammys were not granted U.S. entry visas and will not attend Wednesday's awards ceremony, officials said.

HBO draws record ratings for premiere of 'The Sopranos'
NEW YORK -- HBO drew the largest audience in its 30-year history for Sunday night's season premiere of "The Sopranos," a turnout that sent tremors through the television world.

34 new shows are rolling out for fall
NEW YORK -- Ride a new wave of familiarity as another TV season begins.

In the know
In an effort to make white teeth a part of a woman's beauty regimen, Crest has introduced a new toothpaste designed specifically for women.

Capsules
Walking away from a heart attack is as good as running from it, according to a new study.

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.

Seniors find new fulfillment as many retun to workforce
When Octavia Garlington retired as a medical-illustration teacher in 1990, she made a list of things she wanted to do with her free time.

Squirrels can be furry pests

Squirrels can be furry pests
Q: My insurance company spent almost $1,000 on my Honda Passport because squirrels got into my vehicle and chewed the wires. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do to stop these varmints from killing my vehicle?

Hydrangeas offer something for everyone
"Hydrangea" conjures up an image of mop-headed clusters of flowers. But not all "mop-heads" are created equal.

Hydrangeas offer something for everyone

Eagles may be forced to the air against Wofford
Georgia Southern begins its bid for a sixth consecutive Southern Conference football crown Saturday night, perhaps having to rely on a seldom-used offensive attack - the forward pass - to get by Wofford.

Surprising Hollings leads nation in scoring
ATLANTA -- Appearing for the first time at Georgia Tech's weekly news conference, Tony Hollings appeared to be a bit nervous, clearing his throat several times while answering questions from reporters.

A look at Saturday's BYU-Georgia Tech game
Site - Bobby Dodd Stadium (42,000), Atlanta. Kickoff - 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Eagles may be forced to the air against Wofford

Surprising Hollings leads nation in scoring

My teacher helped us gain hope, not abandon it

Western Pennsylvania resort lands PGA event through 2006

Tiger makes a big switch
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods switched to the Nike Golf forged irons Wednesday, giving him a new set of tools with the Ryder Cup only a week away.

Tiger makes a big switch

Toms learned his lesson

Practically perfect, Sorenstam puts Solheim in her sites
EDINA, Minn. -- Annika Sorenstam pulled out a 7-iron, looked into the gray sky, stepped up to the ball and made a hole-in-one.

Tiger cool toward Olympic golf
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods would rather play for green than gold.

Masters telecast to stay on CBS

Augustan begins her comeback

Toms learned his lesson
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- David Toms won't be paired with Tiger Woods in the second round of the American Express Championship, although he says it wouldn't matter.

Tiger cool toward Olympic golf

Practically perfect, Sorenstam puts Solheim in her sites

Augustan begins her comeback
So much has happened to Elaine Montano since 1987 that she doesn't remember winning the CSRA Women's Golf Association 54-hole Championship that year.

Masters telecast to stay on CBS
CBS will televise the 2003 Masters Tournament next spring despite pressure from a coalition of women's groups that is pushing for Augusta National Golf Club to admit its first female member.

Western Pennsylvania resort lands PGA event through 2006
PITTSBURGH -- When Tiger Woods played an exhibition round at the plush Nemacolin Woodlands resort five years ago, he turned to resort owner Joe Hardy and said, "You ought to play a PGA tournament here."

Bacon sizzles for Bryan County

Change of Heart

South DeKalb's record means little to Evans

Key matchups

Georgia high school football poll

Work in progress

S.C. high school football poll

Silver Bluff battles adversity

Prep picks

Statesboro's Work Horse

Prep picks
So there I was two Friday nights ago - my car parked in front of a ditch at Washington-Wilkes' Tiger Stadium. My Thomson-Washington-Wilkes game story had been filed with the office, it was 11:15 p.m., and I was feeling good and ready to go home.

Change of Heart
It was late July, and Aquinas running back John Kain still wasn't sure if he'd be playing football this season.

Bacon sizzles for Bryan County
PEMBROKE, Ga. -- At only 5-foot-8, Louis Bacon can clear 6-8 in the high jump and easily dunk a basketball with a vertical leap of 38 inches.

Silver Bluff battles adversity
Silver Bluff coach Al Lown has faced adversity before - just not much of it in the past two years.

South DeKalb's record means little to Evans
For the first time in Buck Godfrey's 19 years as coach, Southwest DeKalb has started the season 0-3.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Statesboro's Work Horse
Statesboro's Josh Thompson has surprising speed for a 6-foot-1, 289-pound defensive lineman.

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

Georgia high school football poll
Georgia Prep Polls

Work in progress
GIBSON, Ga. - In his younger days, Glascock County senior wide receiver Matt Milburn attended Panther football games on Friday nights.

S.C. high school football poll
S.C. Prep Polls

Macon has new hockey team for 2002-03 season

Macon has new hockey team for 2002-03 season
MACON, Ga. -- Macon has replaced the Whoopee, which folded after the last hockey season due to lagging attendance.

The Old Farmer's Almanac still has all the answers
The old playground argument used to go like this: There is no sense in running through a rain shower.

If McIntyre wants to be mayor...

Evolution is a fact, not theory

Ed McIntyre brings common sense

Reparations have already been paid

Those asking for reparations seek handout, not equality

Sanford has outstanding record

Martha Burk's attack on Augusta National is hypocritical

Some suggestions for Martha Burk

Urges safety, hospitality at pumps

TV coverage of Aiken not flattering

Ad-free Masters will be good

Urges Burke County to say 'yes' to proposed air station

Capsules

Latin Grammys spreads appreciation for Latin music

HBO draws record ratings for premiere of 'The Sopranos'

Health calendar

Seniors find new fulfillment as many retun to workforce

In the know

Aiken groups help save Carolina bay

Local poisoning serves as national warning

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Patria Bettis Brayboy of Trenton, S.C.

Students meet at pole to pray
A drizzle turned into a soaking rain Wednesday before the annual See You at the Pole prayer rally broke up at Lakeside High School.

News you can use

Clergy stand behind Walker
Nearly two dozen black clergymen gathered Wednesday morning at Thankful Baptist Church in the heart of Senate District 22 to say that although some black ministers may be seceding from Sen. Charles Walker's camp, their support for the five-term Democrat is as strong as ever.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. -A pet owner in a battle with Greenville County over his exotic animals says he may give away his tiger, Gwen.

Medical center board names director
As Cathy Slade said goodbye to the Georgia Medical Center Authority, Lenie Roos-Gabridge said hello.

Across Georgia

Man testifies against ex-officer
After Joe Nathan Green's first drug conviction, his childhood friend Ralph Tyrone Williams talked to him about going straight. After his second conviction, Mr. Williams gave him a pound of marijuana, Mr. Green testified Wednesday.

Man testifies against ex-officer

News you can use
Sept. 19, 1946 Grand jurors returned 39 true bills and 19 no bills to clear up the criminal docket, Solicitor George Hains said yesterday.

Money motivated thefts, police say
The five men linked to a string of commercial break-ins in downtown Augusta didn't care how much damage they created; all they wanted was money officials said.

Heavy rainstorm floods rooms at middle school
A storm that dropped more than 5 inches of rain on parts of the Augusta area Wednesday flooded a Columbia County middle school, disrupting classes and displacing pupils.

Across the area
A spokeswoman at the Savannah River Site said an alarm in H Area on Thursday morning did not signal a tritium release but was tripped by naturally occurring radon gas.

Jackson's mayor has big plans
JACKSON - Todd Etheredge wants a lot of things for his town.

Police seek link in purse snatchings
A 65-year-old Augusta woman was knocked down Thursday during a purse snatching in the Kroger parking lot on Washington Road, two days after a similar incident outside a nearby household goods store.

Survivor of cancer joins rally
The two sets of pictures tell the story for Pam Anderson. In one set of mammograms on the right, everything is normal; in the set on the left, taken a year later, there is a white, inch-long tumor.

News you can use
SEPT. 20, 1943 With about $3.7 million of war bonds yet to be sold, 2,500 members of the Augusta civilian defense organization will start out this morning on a house-to-house canvass in an effort to sell the city's quota, which is $5 million, officials of the war bond committee announced yesterday.

Correction
A headline in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have referred to Army Sgt. Eric D. Smith as a noncommissioned officer.

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Russell J. Wilmore of Martinez.

Officers warn of a utility impostor

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A funeral home owner has been charged with destroying graves while his company was cutting timber and landscaping at a Columbia cemetery, the Richland County Sheriff's Department says.

Clergy stand behind Walker

Local poisoning serves as national warning
A frightening and unusual case of children being poisoned by carbon monoxide while waterskiing at Lake Thurmond is now serving as a national warning and an appeal for safer boat engines.

NAACP brings in attorney
AIKEN - The general counsel for Westinghouse Savannah River Co. will address the Aiken branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Sunday as part of the group's 84th anniversary.

Across the area

Across the area

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE -Dorothy Clore beat the odds and saved her restaurant when she won $150,000 from the Georgia lottery.

Correction
On the front page of Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a photo caption about an Iraqi tank destroyed in the Persian Gulf War should have said U.S. tank shells contained depleted uranium.

Across the area
Two men were indicted on murder charges Wednesday in the death of an Augusta man.

Across Georgia
MACON -A fire that engulfed two buildings in downtown Macon on Tuesday was ruled an arson Thursday, said Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine.

'Civil War' makes fresh return to PBS
Two episodes of Georgia's Civil War, produced by the Georgia Historical Society and the Atlanta History Center, will air back to back Sunday from 10-11 p.m. on GPTV. The entire four-part series will air Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and be repeated each night at 10:30.

Consumer tip spurs inquiry
Following a tip by an Augusta woman, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced Thursday that he has begun to investigate one of his department's grocery store food inspectors.

Senate candidates start ad campaigns

Aiken groups help save Carolina bay
AIKEN - Sightings of the extremely shy and not often seen bittern bird told environmentalist Lee Dane that Aiken's Carolina Bay Nature Reserve is back.

Savannah soon will run its own autopsies
SAVANNAH, Ga. - South Georgia law enforcement officials soon will be able to find out more quickly how and why some people died.

Man pleads guilty just before trial
Minutes before his trial was scheduled to begin Thursday in a Richmond County Superior Court, an Augusta man pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and aggravated assault.

Cause of gulf illness is still unknown
Willie Wright knew that something he came in contact with during the Persian Gulf War was killing him.

Money motivated thefts, police say

'Civil War' makes fresh return to PBS

Correction

Testimony reveals drug setup
Derrick Robinson expected a big payoff for providing 13 ounces of crack cocaine for Ralph Tyrone Williams' friend to sell, he testified Thursday.

Testimony reveals drug setup

Online-threat case has Augusta link
PITTSBURGH - An 18-year-old whose Internet handle was "rapemymomma" asked a chat-room partner in Augusta to brutalize, rape and kill his mother - and to let him watch and help, police said.

Man pleads guilty just before trial

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Police seek link in purse snatchings

Students meet at pole to pray

Consumer tip spurs inquiry

Survivor of cancer joins rally

NAACP brings in attorney

Jurors convict in 1994 murder
A Richmond County jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours Wednesday before convicting an Augusta man of murder.

Across Georgia

Officers warn of a utility impostor
Police are warning residents in the National Hills area to watch out for a man who is posing as a utility worker and breaking into homes.

Correction

Across South Carolina

Medical center board names director

Savannah soon will run its own autopsies

Senate candidates start ad campaigns
ATLANTA - After a relatively quiet primary season on the advertising front, Georgia's U.S. Senate race suddenly has heated up.

Augusta National debate promises to continue
After a weeklong cease-fire in observance of the Sept. 11 anniversary and a few more days in consideration for Hootie Johnson's heart surgery, the "Action Alert" icon was flashing on the NCWO Web site again in the war against discrimination at Augusta National Golf Club.

My teacher helped us gain hope, not abandon it
The day I first walked into high school and plopped down at a desk in world history class, I noticed the teacher working at her blackboard.

Spotlight on Andy Petree
Here is a profile of NASCAR car owner Andy Petree.

NASCAR notebook

Culture, commercialism intrigue doctoral student

Culture, commercialism intrigue doctoral student
DOVER, Del. - James Todd picked a good day to get his first tattoo.

Johnson, Newman ready for Dover showdown
DOVER, Del. -- Jimmie Johnson needs to start outdriving Ryan Newman if he hopes to become Rookie of the Year. If not, Johnson might just have to settle for the Winston Cup championship.

Racing facts - MNBA All American Heroes 400
Here are facts about this weekend's MBNA All American Heroes 400.

NASCAR notebook
DOVER, Del. - Given what's already happened to Jack Roush this season, the fact he's in position to do what no other car owner on the NASCAR circuit has ever done seems almost trivial.

Johnson, Newman ready for Dover showdown

Patrick Ewing Introduced as Wizards' assistant coach

Patrick Ewing Introduced as Wizards' assistant coach
WASHINGTON -- Patrick Ewing was introduced by the Washington Wizards as an assistant coach, one day after he retired from a 17-year playing career.

Star linebacker calls off contract talks until the season ends

Kicker Kasay injured; Panthers look for replacement

Panthers sign kicker to practice squad to replace Kasay

Pro football picks

Vick: Bears assistant yelled 'take his knees out'

Court papers say NFL been testing Panthers lineman for drugs

Falcons vow not to overlook first-round pick this week

Fantasy Football: Internet provides forum for barbs

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Mr. Joe Collins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billie Markley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. William Edenfield Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Will Johnson    (SHARON, Ga.)
Mrs. Gertrude Fesik    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Julia Walker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. AnnaMarie Gratton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
William Wellmaker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Andrew Hawkinberry    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Cora Hobbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Walke    (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.)
Mrs. Sheryl Lloyd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Berrien    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Lois McKie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Jessie Banks    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Morris    (PINOLA, Miss.)
Jordan Heath    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Agnes Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Singletary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold vonKamp    (STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.)
Mr. John Richardson    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. William Brown III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dalton Pratt    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Herbert    (BAMBERG, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Jackson Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Smith    (ROYSTON, Ga.)
Ms. Juanita Hopkins    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Nicholson    (FORT WASHINGTON, Md.)
Mr. John Hoops Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leone Printup    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Ola Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Hobbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Travis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Master Sgt. Paul Lessard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Bro. Mack McGee (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. John Darlington (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Raymond Storey (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Morris (PINOLA, Miss.)

Mrs. Ola Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Herbert (BAMBERG, S.C.)

William Wellmaker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sheryl Lloyd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. AnnaMarie Gratton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Andrew Hawkinberry (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Bernie Covington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Berrien (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Singletary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billie Markley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Hopkins (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Harold vonKamp (STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.)

Mr. James Pratt (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Dalton Pratt (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Richardson (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Andrew Ellington (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Lois McKie (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Nicholson (FORT WASHINGTON, Md.)

Mrs. Gertrude Fesik (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorthy Maxwell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rilla Harper (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Tressie Hardy (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leone Printup (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Addie Utley (GRACEWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. William Beggs (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Travis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jordon Heath (BATH, S.C.)

Jordan Heath (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Stewart Cartledge III (EVANS, Ga.)

William Wellmaker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche Aaron (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Will Johnson (SHARON, Ga.)

Mr. Donnie Ussery Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alvin Downs (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Walker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jimmy Smith (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Barney Shepard Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Banks (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Jackson Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Hunt (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Rallie Gibbs Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Edenfield Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Urges safety, hospitality at pumps
I must echo Arthur Wilson's concern over his safety at the convenience store/gas station in his July 26 letter, "Local store endangers customers." E. G. Yrizarry, Grovetown, Ga.

Those asking for reparations seek handout, not equality
In reference to African-Americans' demands for reparations: James M. Carrick, Augusta

Some suggestions for Martha Burk
I have some suggestions for Chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations Martha Burk. Instead of trying to boycott the Masters golf tournament, why not consider expending her energies on: Gloria B. Morris, Aiken, S.C.

Reparations have already been paid
Regarding Nicole Ball's Sept. 7 letter, "Why blacks deserve reparations." R. Rector, Harlem, Ga.

Bar will be raised
One supposes that if the United Nations could be prodded into action on Iraq, anything is possible.

Ad-free Masters will be good
Hurrah for Hootie. Scott Michaux and John Boyette's Aug. 31 article, "Masters will air ad-free," about the Masters' decision on telecasting the famed tournament next year without commercials was excellent. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Correction
In Wednesday's editorial, the amount of money a key House panel approved this month for New Savannah River Lock and Dam renovation plans should have read $276,000. The Chronicle regrets the error.

If McIntyre wants to be mayor...
Ed McIntyre is a fine gentleman, and he can become the mayor of Augusta again - if he follows a few steps. Faber Hance, North Augusta, S.C.

Evolution is a fact, not theory
I am responding to recent anti-evolution letters by Doug Weaver (Aug. 29) and Hubert Baker (Sept. 2). Richard Baxter, Aiken, S.C.

Immunizing Georgia
Other states with new computer voting machines will be feverishly hoping the Florida ballot bug doesn't spread this November.

Sanford has outstanding record
Which candidate for South Carolina governor received the Taxpayer Superhero Award from Citizens Against Government Waste? David W. Nix, Aiken, S.C.

Don't choke the party
We understand the need for Main Street Augusta, the group that administers First Friday with Broad Street's Artists' Row galleries, to ensure safety and to better organize vendors at the monthly street festival.

Our daily threat
If the three Muslim medical students detained in Florida last Friday on suspicion of terrorism were wrongly accused, we're sorry.

Stop Continental drift
The importance to the area's economy - and the flying public - of having another airline at Augusta Regional Airport can't be overestimated. This is why we strongly urge businesses, civic groups and individuals to make pledges to the Continental Challenge II drive. The campaign was scheduled to end today, but it has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday.

Martha Burk's attack on Augusta National is hypocritical
What is Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, trying to accomplish with her attack on the Augusta National? Here is Ms. Burk, the head of a women's group, attacking Augusta National's Hootie Johnson because he is the head of a men-only private golf club. Mark Mills, Augusta

Ed McIntyre brings common sense
If I resided in Augusta, I would proudly cast my vote for Ed McIntyre for mayor. He is the only person running for mayor who can bring some common sense and unity to the current climate in Richmond County. Lindsey H. Howard, Grovetown, Ga.

Urges Burke County to say 'yes' to proposed air station
A full-page ad Sept. 12 titled "Help save Burke County" opposed plans to place a naval air station in Burke County, Ga. Nick Malato, Augusta

TV coverage of Aiken not flattering
Thank you, Peter Jennings, for portraying Aiken, S.C., as a cultural backwater full of religious fanatics. This should slow the influx of new residents and businesses, and prevent even more traffic congestion. Nancy A. Wilds, Aiken, S.C.

Olympic board gives away $100 million in profits

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Vargas offers no excuses

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Wes Byers had a career-best 7-under-par 65 Wednesday to lead USC Aiken to victory in the Johnny Palmer/Old North State Invitational in Badin, N.C.

Overtime
The International Sport Combat Federation's Middleweight Southeastern champion, Steve Headden, will headline Fall Brawl 2002 on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Fort Gordon's Gym 1.

Olympic board gives away $100 million in profits
SALT LAKE CITY -- Olympic trustees disbanded Wednesday after approving a plan to spend or give away $100 million in profits from the Winter Games.

Vargas offers no excuses
Fernando Vargas made no excuses for losing to Oscar De La Hoya. He also offered no explanation why he dislikes him so much.

Fishing tournament news
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Fishing Report

Fishing Report
Huge schools of hybrids and striped bass are surfacing during the early morning hours around Horseshoe Island near Parksville, S.C., and Hamilton Branch State Park cove.

Fishing tournament news

Court papers say NFL been testing Panthers lineman for drugs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Chris Terry has been tested for drugs more than a dozen times by the NFL in recent months, according to court papers filed by his estranged wife in a domestic violence case.

Fantasy Football: Internet provides forum for barbs
The message that appeared on the Gridiron Engineers' league Internet message board was typical of any competitive fantasy football league.

Kicker Kasay injured; Panthers look for replacement
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay reinjured his groin during practice Wednesday, forcing the team to scramble for a replacement.

Panthers sign kicker to practice squad to replace Kasay
CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers on Thursday added free agent kicker Jon Hilbert to replace the injured John Kasay.

Pro football picks
The Chicago Bears have won the last 12 games that have been decided by a touchdown or less. This year they've won their first two games by a total of 5 points.

Falcons vow not to overlook first-round pick this week
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- T.J. Duckett stood on the sideline, not far from coach Dan Reeves. He kept his helmet on, waiting to get the signal that it was his turn to carry the football.

Star linebacker calls off contract talks until the season ends
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The agent for linebacker Keith Brooking said Thursday he and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to discontinue talks on a contract extension.

Vick: Bears assistant yelled 'take his knees out'
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said Wednesday that a Chicago coach screamed "take his knees out" during a loss to the Bears last weekend.

Augusta National debate promises to continue

Bucktoothed, rabbit-like dinosaur found in China
A bucktoothed, rabbit-like dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus Rex and other predators lived in China 128 million years ago, researchers report.

West Nile can spread through transfusions, CDC says
ATLANTA - Government health officials Thursday said West Nile can apparently spread by transfusion, and they announced that all blood donations will probably be screened for the virus as soon as a test can be developed.

Confusion, conflict stall spread of alternative fuel vehicles
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In the parking lot of a building squeezed between Interstate 80 and the Sacramento River, Kota Manabe did something at once as elemental as it was revolutionary: he topped off the tank of a sport utility vehicle.

Iceman's last meal included venison
WASHINGTON -- The Iceman, whose 5,000-year-old frozen mummy was discovered in the Alps in 1991, had last meals including venison and wild goat, a team of Italian scientists reports.

Ozone layer repairing itself, scientists say
SYDNEY, Australia -- Chlorine-based chemical levels in the atmosphere have peaked and may be declining, and the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica should close within 50 years, according to scientists in Australia and New Zealand.

Phillips gets another chance to play
ATHENS, Ga. -- Cory Phillips wasn't getting a chance to take many snaps for Georgia, so he had to find ways to keep himself occupied.

Phillips gets another chance to play

Pollack poses threat to Georgia opponents
ATHENS, Ga. - Humble and self-deprecating off the field, David Pollack admits he's something of a trash talker during practice.

Pollack poses threat to Georgia opponents

Pollack never slows down in pursuit of the big play
AUBURN, Ga. -- Georgia's David Pollack can get downright annoying at practice. He talks constantly, boasting and poking fun at teammates on the other side of the line.

Pollack never slows down in pursuit of the big play

Ozone layer repairing itself, scientists say

Iceman's last meal included venison

West Nile can spread through transfusions, CDC says