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?

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.

Arts in the Heart performers

The British beat

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.

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

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

Concert calendar

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

'Lord of the Dance' builds on Irish tradition

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.

At the movies: 'The Four Feathers'

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.

Arts in the Heart exhibitors

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.

Standing ovations

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?

Applause calendar

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.

Mini reviews

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

Ethnic flavor

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

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

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:

Video watch

'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.

Club calendar

'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'

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

Record-setting Bordick: Not flashy, but flawless
BALTIMORE -- No shortstop in baseball history has ever enjoyed as flawless a season in the field as Mike Bordick.

Mets concerned over reported pot use
NEW YORK -- A newspaper reported Friday that at least seven New York Mets smoked marijuana this season, and manager Bobby Valentine acknowledged being worried about drug use on his team as far back as spring training.

Mets concerned over reported pot use

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

Moss struggles in Braves' loss
ATLANTA - Atlanta pitcher Damian Moss has no idea whether he'll be the Braves' fourth starter in the postseason, or if he'll watch the playoffs from the bullpen.

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.

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.

Moss struggles in Braves' loss

Braves notebook

Cox moves up on victory list

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.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting
NEW YORK -- Buyers cautiously returned to Wall Street Friday, sending stocks higher on bargain-hunting following three days of big losses. But the market's three main indexes still posted a fourth straight weekly loss.

Stocks fall sharply on more bad economic, earnings news

Countries criticize decision by OPEC
OSAKA, Japan - OPEC's decision to hold crude output steady with prices at almost $30 per barrel got a chilly reception Friday from major oil-consuming nations who worry that their economies will suffer.

Business briefs

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.

Business briefs

Shoe repair store is still shining
The brown, boot-shaped sign perched on the awning above 218 Seventh St. is showing a bit of rust. It has hung there for nearly 62 years.

Telemarketers attempt to form union

Business briefs
Organizers of Continental Challenge II said Friday they are nearer their goal of raising $528,000 in pledges to cover Continental Express' station-opening costs at Augusta Regional Airport.

N. Augusta expo draws big turnout

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.

UGA students feel job market crunch

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting

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.

Shoe repair store is still shining

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.

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.

Countries criticize decision by OPEC

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

Game of the week

Game of the week
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH:It should be entertaining to watch two offenses that are capable of piling up points. Both teams are trying to rebound from losses - the Cougars were upset at Nevada (31-28), and the Yellow Jackets fell short at Clemson (24-19).

Immunizing Georgia

Stop Continental drift

Don't choke the party

DOE's right decision

Begging the issue

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

Squirrels can be furry pests

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

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.

Crowton returns to his old stomping grounds
ATLANTA -- Few people were looking forward to BYU's trip to Georgia Tech as much as Gary Crowton.

Eagles may be forced to the air against Wofford

Crowton returns to his old stomping grounds

Tiger turning in an exhibition

CBS tells women's group it will air Masters
NEW YORK -- CBS Sports dismissed a national women's group's request that it drop its Masters coverage because of Augusta National's all-male membership.

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.

Western Pennsylvania resort lands PGA event through 2006

Americans stop Sorenstam, earn 4-4 split
EDINA, Minn. -- Annika Sorenstam was on a roll. Laura Davies was playing out of her mind.

CBS tells women's group it will air Masters

Tiger turning in an exhibition
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- For someone who thinks a World Golf Championship is more meaningful than the Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods is sure making this look like an exhibition.

Masters telecast to stay on CBS

Augustan begins her comeback

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."

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.

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.

Toms learned his lesson

Moon shines to save victory

Prep picks

Work in progress

Wardlaw blanks Country Day

Augusta Christian tops Brentwood

Burke County beats Jones County

North Augusta rolls to victory

South Aiken wins big for teammate

Silver Bluff battles adversity

Campbell ties mark with 346th victory

Change of Heart

Thomson cruises to victory

Piedmont runs past Curtis Baptist

Evans' mistakes prove to be costly

Blackville-Hilda gets easy victory

Harlem's rout marks emotional homecoming

Bulldogs pull away from Cross Creek

South DeKalb's record means little to Evans

Key matchups

Greenbrier beats Lakeside
There's only one way to explain Greenbrier's 34-24 win against Lakeside on Friday.

Augusta Christian tops Brentwood
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Cole Rabun and Adam McKinney as Augusta Christian defeated previously unbeaten Brentwood.

North Augusta rolls to victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. - North Augusta spread the wealth on offense as four players scored touchdown runs in Friday's 30-6 victory over Lower Richland.

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

Burke County beats Jones County
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Senior fullback Miquel Payne scored two touchdowns and Adam Babb kicked a field goal as Burke County stopped Jones County.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Glenn Hills dominates Josey
There may have been no rain in the forecast on Friday night, but Glenn Hills opened up the flood gates Friday night on Josey.

Wardlaw blanks Country Day
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Bryan Salley scored three touchdowns as Wardlaw Academy built a 50-0 halftime lead and rolled to an 8-man victory over Country Club.

Piedmont runs past Curtis Baptist
MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont struck early and often to defeat Curtis Baptist.

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.

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.

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.

South Aiken wins big for teammate
Rashad Hunter rushed for 266 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns in South Aiken's 38-7 rout of Strom Thurmond on Friday night, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season in the process.

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

Harlem's rout marks emotional homecoming
Harlem quarterback Michael Hawkinberry didn't want to say much Friday night. The wounds were still too fresh.

Evans' mistakes prove to be costly
EVANS - Southwest DeKalb has a rich football tradition and one of the most successful Georgia high school coaches in Buck Godfrey.

Campbell ties mark with 346th victory
ATHENS, Ga. - Americus might argue that native sons Dan Reeves and Chan Gailey make it the football coaching capital of Georgia, but you'd have a hard time convincing anyone from Lincolnton.

Thomson cruises to victory
When you're the heavy favorite as Thomson was Friday, what happens before halftime is often more important than what occurs after.

Bulldogs pull away from Cross Creek
When you're the heavy favorite, as Thomson was Friday, what happens before halftime is often more important than what occurs after.

Moon shines to save victory
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Before Friday's game against Swainsboro, Washington County coach Rick Tomberlin told his defense the Golden Hawks really needed its help.

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

Blackville-Hilda gets easy victory
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Blackville-Hilda opened up its Region 5-A schedule with a convincing victory over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.

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.

Ed McIntyre brings common sense

Those asking for reparations seek handout, not equality

Urges safety, hospitality at pumps

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

TV coverage of Aiken not flattering

Letters are about egos, not animals

Blacks need to help themselves

Fight against 'gay bill of rights'

Some suggestions for Martha Burk

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.

School bus law draws violations

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.

News you can use

NAACP brings in attorney

Across the area
The drive-by purse snatcher struck again Friday, injuring an Augusta woman after jerking her purse from her right shoulder in the parking lot of The Fresh Market on Washington Road, police said.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A newborn found abandoned in downtown Atlanta could go home Monday with a family who might one day adopt her.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A principal at a West Columbia middle school will receive the first South Carolina license plate bearing the words "United We Stand" in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Leader wants land program to widen reach

Iraq move eases gas prices
Iraq's proposal to allow a return of United Nations weapons inspectors should come as good news to American motorists, at least for the moment, according to AAA travel officials.

Correction

Correction
In Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a photo caption about the opening of a downtown office complex incorrectly identified the building.

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.

Augusta Commission is told to polish image
The best way for Augusta to expand its government revenues is to increase its population, state Sen. Don Cheeks told an Augusta Commission committee Friday morning.

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

Civic center might increase paychecks
The budget committee will make a recommendation on the raises to the full board of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday.

Filling station
Richmond County Utilities Department workers fill a sinkhole at 15th and Broad streets.

SkyFest organizers work to improve on 2000 air show
Organizers of Boshears SkyFest 2002 are gearing up for their final week of preparation before the air show starts Sept. 28.

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

Former officers give testimony

Atkins' letter creates tension

Atkins' letter creates tension
AIKEN - Pointed criticism from 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan over The Augusta Chronicle's decision to print parts of a letter from a man suspected of murder are a good example of the friction that sometimes arises between the media and the justice system, legal experts say.

Consumer tip spurs inquiry

School bus law draws violations
Since school began Aug. 12, the South Carolina Highway Patrol's initiative to enforce school bus safety laws has not led to any citations in Aiken County, officials said.

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is George Cummings of Martinez.

Across South Carolina

Circus setup
Debra Brown, of Augusta, and her grandson Marshall Warner, 3, watch the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros.

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Testimony reveals drug setup

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.

Local poisoning serves as national warning

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.

Man pleads guilty just before trial

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.

Officers warn of a utility impostor

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.

Augusta Commission is told to polish image

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Correction

Filling station

Civic center might increase paychecks

Circus setup

News you can use

Police seek link in purse snatchings

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Senate candidates start ad campaigns

Iraq move eases gas prices

News you can use
BACK IN TIME SEPT. 21, 1931 Charges against the Rev. J.M. Williams of slaying his son, Raford Grady Williams; George M. Stanton, charged with embezzlement and larceny in connection with the funds of the Hayne and Anderson estates, and E.H. Rowe, charged with forgery in connection with Junior Order funds, will be placed before the Richmond County grand jury this morning, according to Solicitor General George Hains.

Aiken groups help save Carolina bay

A change of Heart
After 21 years, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival has broken with tradition.

Former officers give testimony
Two former Richmond County Sheriff's officers pitted their credibility Friday against a prosecution list brimming with convicted drug dealers.

Cocaine kingpin will face jail time
ATHENS, Ga. - They called him "Slick Rick," and for a decade, authorities say, nothing against the big-time Clarke County drug dealer would stick.

Across the area

Leader wants land program to widen reach
ATLANTA - The head of a prominent environmental group called on Gov. Roy Barnes on Friday to expand statewide a 2-year-old initiative to save open space.

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.

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.

Wallace has sights on title
DOVER, Del. - Rusty Wallace is acting like the first driver who wants to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

Lepage wins Dover Busch pole
DOVER, Del. -- Kevin Lepage, doing double duty this weekend, won the pole Friday for Saturday's NASCAR Busch series race at Dover International Speedway.

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.

Johnson, Newman ready for Dover showdown

Wallace has sights on title

Pro football picks

Panthers sign kicker to practice squad to replace Kasay

Falcons vow not to overlook first-round pick this week

Star linebacker calls off contract talks until the season ends

Titans will decide George's status at game time

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

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

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Master Sgt. Paul Lessard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Cora Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Pratt (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. George Wiggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Blacks need to help themselves
This is in response to Nicole Ball's Sept. 7 letter, "Why blacks deserve reparations": With her college degree, she should be intelligent enough to realize that black Americans have been paid reparations ever since President Franklin Roosevelt started social engineering programs for the federal government back in the late 1930s. They continue today in the form of welfare, set-asides, quotas and housing projects that turn into ghettos in a few years because of drugs and other social ills within the black community. Tim Hardin, Appling, Ga.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Letters are about egos, not animals
It's time for Augustans to realize that the letters in the paper about Richmond County Animal Control are about egos, not the animals. Annette W. Courson, Augusta

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

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

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.

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.

DOE's right decision
The decision to move ahead on creating a Salt Waste Processing facility at the Savannah River Site should reduce worries that the U.S. Department of Energy may be reneging on its promise not to store millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste on site.

Begging the issue
Homeless people down on their luck and in need of help to get back on their feet have plenty of places to go in Augusta. Various welfare and church agencies have a plethora of social programs to benefit them.

Fight against 'gay bill of rights'
With the help of an unprecedented lobbying campaign, homosexual rights organizations have gained the endorsement of Congress' Democratic leadership for a bill many call the "Gay Bill of Rights" (House Resolution 217) ... Mildred W. McNair, Aiken, S.C.

League will begin play after year of troubles

Americans stumble to 0-2 against France in Davis Cup semis

Sports digest

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Vargas offers no excuses

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Americans reach lightweight men's pair finals

Americans stumble to 0-2 against France in Davis Cup semis
PARIS -- Andy Roddick and James Black are running out of chances to change the United States' luck on the red clay of Roland Garros.

Overtime
Four days of dead air on WINZ-AM 1340 this week fueled speculation that station management had pulled the plug on Fox Sports Radio and that a format change was imminent.

League will begin play after year of troubles
It is a league more than a year in the making. In the beginning, the Edgefield County youth football league suffered from division among county residents and a lack of money.

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.

Sports digest
"It's just like my kids at home. If their room is a mess, I take something away. " -Illinois Coach Ron Turner, on a new jukebox being removed from the remodeled locker room

Americans reach lightweight men's pair finals
SEVILLE, Spain -- Mike Altman and Simon Carcagno became the first Americans to ever reach the finals of the lightweight men's pair event Friday at the World Rowing Championships.

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.

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
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Fishing tournament news

Titans will decide George's status at game time
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George returned to practice Friday but still is unsure whether he will play against the Cleveland Browns.

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.

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.

Faith is an option that works
The night before I was to have a mastectomy, I thought fear has no positive energy, but faith does! I opened my Bible for assurance of cure and a long life. I asked God for help.

Faith digest
Around-the-clock gospel music can be heard on WTHB-FM (100.9) since Radio One Augusta dropped the FM station's top-40 mainstream format. A simulcast version, including Mary Kingcannon's lunch cafe at noon Fridays, is aired during the day on WTHB-AM (1550) - federal regulations require the AM station to sign off at sunset.

International visitors enjoy hospitality, American-style
Dr. Shuyi Li went home a happy man from the annual Southern Hospitality Banquet - he won a DVD as a door prize.

Coming together
A conversation five months ago between two Augusta pastors - one white, one black, both Presbyterian - led to a blending of their congregations for eight days this month.

Weight-loss workshop feeds the soul
If God designed the body not to "over-breathe," why do people overeat?

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

Augusta National debate promises to continue

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.

Crabbers, scientists struggle to find answers to a dying ecosystem
DARIEN, Ga. -- As Carl "Poppa" Poppell zooms his boat around the North River, shrimp skip in his wake like water skiers and the wind flattens his cap against his tanned forehead. "Going NASCAR," the 50-year-old crabber calls it.

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.

Georgia hopes lull in schedule will spark offense
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jon Stinchcomb talked about Georgia's fortunate position with a straight face.

Pollack poses threat to Georgia opponents

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.

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.

Phillips gets another chance to play

Georgia hopes lull in schedule will spark offense

West Nile can spread through transfusions, CDC says

Iceman's last meal included venison

Crabbers, scientists struggle to find answers to a dying ecosystem

Faith is an option that works

Faith and fellowship calendar

International visitors enjoy hospitality, American-style

Coming together

Faith digest

Weight-loss workshop feeds the soul