Video watch
JUST OUT: Murder by Numbers, Enigma and Big Fat Liar

Flying high
Look, up in the sky. It's a bird, it's a plane it's ... oh, it is a plane.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed through Thursday with theater location. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Applause calendar

Director's vision energized American cinema
Let's pause a moment to send some silent birthday wishes to one of Hollywood's sadly neglected masters. Arthur Penn, who turns 79 today, got his start in live television and moved on to Broadway before taking a crac

At the movies: 'Sweet Home Alabama'

Applause calendar
COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR: Sponsored by Merchants Association of Columbia County; 6 p.m. weekdays, noon Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 5; Columbia County Fairgrounds, Columbia Road; $10, $12 Fridays and Saturdays; Billy Becton, 863-7645.

Arts festival needs some fine-tuning

Stunt pilot is at home in the sky
In one fluid move, the camera sweeps across the closely-cropped grass landing strip, keeping Gary Ward's Giles G-202, a buzzing hummingbird of an airplane, in the center of the frame. Reachin

Peppermill offers leisurely Sunday dining

Peppermill offers leisurely Sunday dining
Augusta restaurants on early Sunday afternoons have much in common with airports. Crushing crowds, interminable waits and disembodied voices on intercoms all conspire to make Sunday lunch our favorite meal to eat in.

Club calendar

At the movies: 'The Tuxedo'
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker - inspired. Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson - gangbusters. Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt - huh?

Concert calendar

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

Director's vision energized American cinema

Concert calendar
CHARLIE DANIELS: Thursday, Oct. 17, Western Carolina State Fair, Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds; $17; 278-4TIX or tixonline.com.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Blind singer reads about honor

At the movies: 'Sweet Home Alabama'
"Sweet Home Alabama" is so wildly uneven, it should have been called "Sweet and Sour Home Alabama."

Mini reviews

Arts festival needs some fine-tuning
Here's a hypothetical situation: An automobile manufacturer introduces a new model to the market, a car that blends engineering excellence with unsurpassed beauty. Imagine this snappy little speedster as an instant hit with consumers, who buy the cars as quickly as the overworked assembly line can pump them out.

'King and I' gets same lavish treatment as film

Ramblin' Rhodes: Blind singer reads about honor
Thanks to modern technology, blind vocalist Clarence Carter can use the Internet and read about his induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

At the movies: 'The Tuxedo'

Standing ovations
Augusta Magazine will hold its annual Best of Augusta Bash from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St. The event features food, drinks and entertainment by winners of Augusta Magazine's Best of Augusta poll. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call Lisa Golden, 821-0646.

Stunt pilot is at home in the sky

'King and I' gets same lavish treatment as film
During his lifetime, King Mongkut of Siam was a Buddhist monk, a skilled statesman, an astronomer, an avid reader and a linguist.

Standing ovations

Video watch

Flying high

Prosecutors investigate woman accused of extorting Mets pitcher
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors are investigating a woman the New York Mets claimed tried to extort money from pitcher Grant Roberts.

Atlantan says he has group that wants to buy Montreal Expos
ATLANTA -- An Atlanta businessman said he has a group of Puerto Rican investors that are interested in purchasing the Montreal Expos and moving the major league franchise to San Juan in 2004.

Don't get burned by tall tales on the Internet

Dale Jeptha Shelton
Steve and Jean Shelton

Jaime Elizabeth Gonnella

Nicholas DeShawn Rainey

Dallas Ariana Bacon
LeeRoy W. and Laura A. Bacon of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Dallas Ariana Bacon, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James and Carrie Bacon of Aiken and the late James and Mildred Williamson.

Azaria LaShaun Hicks
Robert and Barethea Hicks of Augusta announce

Hannah Marie Mellen
Mr. and

Kara Mae Skinner

Kearstin Niccole Clark
Brandon Clark and Amanda Lowe, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a daughter, Kearstin Niccole Clark, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Cynthia Lowe of Harlem and Johnny Bo and Carla Newman of Grovetown.

Kelly Morgan Januszki

Agnes Sheehan Markwalter

Trenton Heath Taylor

Thaxton Emory Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Johnson Jr. of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Thaxton Emory Johnson, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Byrd and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Johnson Sr., all of Aiken.

Thaxton Emory Johnson

Ripleigh Taylor Mathis
M

Peter Baldwin Mullens
Mr. and Mrs.

Megan Alexis Copeland

Cambria Mahogany Brown
Curtis M. Brown and Cassandra E. Barber, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Cambria Mahogany Brown, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Carey Barber of Augusta and Doris Curry of Hephzibah.

Talia Simone Robinson
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. and Mrs. Tony Robinson announce

Talia Simone Robinson

Trenton Heath Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Heath Ta

Sara Margaret McInnis

Katherine Doris Ennis
Larry and Michelle Ennis of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Doris Ennis, Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Randy and Vicki Floyd and Brenda Ennis, all of Evans.

Agnes Sheehan Markwalter
Mr. and Mrs. John Marriott Markwalter of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Agnes Sheehan Markwalter, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Gale Sitton of Augusta and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wish Markwalter Sr.

Peter Baldwin Mullens

Edward Stewart Wilson Jr.

Hannah Marie Mellen

Azaria LaShaun Hicks

Kelly Morgan Januszki
Mr. and Mrs.

Edward Stewart Wilson Jr.
Edward and Winifred Wi

Murray P. Cibak III
Paul and Becky Cibak of Augusta announce the bi

Carson Mobley Richter

Jaime Elizabeth Gonnella
Bobby and Susan Gonnella of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Jaime Elizabeth Gonnella, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carmine Gonnella of Augusta and the late Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hickman.

Murray P. Cibak III

Sara Margaret McInnis
Mr. and Mrs. William A. McInnis III of

Lilian Ciearria Sharpless

Tinsley Ruth Mobley
Warren and Sara Mob

Cambria Mahogany Brown

Nicholas DeShawn Rainey
Henry and Tambra Rainey of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nicholas DeShawn Rainey, Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Delores Merriweather and Henry and Frances Rainey, all of Augusta.

Kearstin Niccole Clark

Carson Mobley Richter
Trevor and Stephanie Richt

Tinsley Ruth Mobley

Lilian Ciearria Sharpless
D'Wayne and Jessica Sharpless of Augus

Ripleigh Taylor Mathis

Kara Mae Skinner
Darrah and Amy Skinner of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Kara Mae Skinner, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Henry Shaffer Sr. of Vaucluse and Mr. and Mrs. Randy Skinner of Greenwood, S.C.

Chase Alexander Tovar

Chase Alexander Tovar
Jose an

Katherine Doris Ennis

Megan Alexis Copeland
Dwain a

Dallas Ariana Bacon

Nicholas Chad Freeman
Mr. and Mrs. William Ch

Nicholas Chad Freeman

Dale Jeptha Shelton

Odds and ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Greyhounds aren't the only dogs that can attract a crowd for a day at the races.

Gator bites off arm of Florida man
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- An 11-foot alligator tore the right arm off the director of a botanical garden as he was weeding a pond. Surgeons were unable to reattach it.

Jones carries Braves
PHILADELPHIA - It might not have been the equivalent of Reggie Jackson's three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, maybe not even Babe Ruth's final three home runs in a Boston Braves uniform.

Rain washes out Braves' finale in Philly

Jones carries Braves

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox hasn't announced his pitching rotation for next week's division series yet, but it's likely Tom Glavine will start the first game, and will be followed by Greg Maddux and Kevin Millwood.

Braves notebook

Rain washes out Braves' finale in Philly
PHILADELPHIA - Given a choice between waiting out Thursday night's rain or jumping on their buses and heading for dinner in the Big Apple, the Atlanta Braves were happy to say goodbye to soggy Veterans Stadium.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Every time Atlanta closer John Smoltz takes the mound, he expects to come away with a save. Most closers say the same thing; Smoltz has more reason than most to believe it.

Mill decision disrupts Barnes' job effort
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The day after Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes announced an agreement to help pay for a study that could save 900 jobs at Durango-Georgia Paper Co., the company announced that the mill's only machine that had been producing paper was shut down.

Existing-home sales fall 1.7 percent in August
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes dipped by 1.7 percent in August as worries about a possible war with Iraq and eroding confidence in the American economy made people a bit wary of making a big purchase.

Business briefs
COLUMBIA - A Barnwell uranium processing plant that was suddenly shut down earlier this year by the state's health and environmental agency has appealed its case to Circuit Court.

Greenspan urges hands-off policy in some financial dealings
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged policy-makers not to regulate the so-called over-the-counter derivatives market, saying it might crimp innovation in financial services.

Greenspan urges hands-off policy in some financial dealings

Mill decision disrupts Barnes' job effort

Factory orders down, reflecting continuing problems in economy
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods dipped by 0.6 percent in August, another negative signal for the struggling manufacturing sector.

Oil industry wants delay in gas rules

Oil industry wants delay in gas rules
ATLANTA - Soaring gasoline prices and long lines at the pump will hit a huge swath of north Georgia next year unless state regulators delay a plan to require cleaner gasoline, officials in the oil industry warned this week.

Business briefs

Factory orders down, reflecting continuing problems in economy

Existing-home sales fall 1.7 percent in August

Family-owned store finds niche, keeps it
Since 1967, John Bragg has been popping into Hildebrandt's grocery store and deli counter.

Business briefs
The annual Women in Business Signature Event on Thursday at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta drew 520 people.

Business briefs

College football picks

SEC notebook

ACC notebook

SEC notebook
On paper, Alabama might have enough depth to make up for the loss of star tailback Ahmaad Galloway.

ACC notebook
Georgia Tech doesn't have quality on the bench to replace injured tailback Tony Hollings, so coach Chan Gailey will try quantity.

College football picks
It's Bully Week in college football.

Back in business

Daschle outrageous

Must we do this?

Probe's mandate

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.

Emotional needs are different for gifted
NEW YORK - Pam Steubgen's son Erich was spacing out a lot in his first-grade class. His teachers, thinking he was bored or just not paying attention, suggested that she bring him to a specialist. They thought he had Attention Deficit Disorder.

Capsules
Two invasive insects have joined forces to wreak havoc on Texas lawns.

Belly casts let mothers create special keepsakes
Cecilia DiPrete wanted to celebrate her fourth, and most likely final, pregnancy with something special.

Urban-clothing competition grows
NEW YORK - Classic clothing labels like Tommy Hilfiger and Nautica are getting some edgy urban competition in department stores - from names like Sean John, Phat Pharm, Ecko and Enyce that were once seen as too gritty for the place where your family shops.

ABC network gets rare first place ratings win
NEW YORK -- ABC jumped the gun on the new fall season and found itself somewhere unusual in the week's ratings: first place in viewership.

In the know
Sunbeam Products Inc. has introduced a new air-activated heat therapy wrap for muscle and joint-pain relief.

Mushrooms eat away at lawns

Mushrooms eat away at lawns
I like mushrooms in a salad and on my pizza, but I don't like them in my yard.

Burchett's back on track
STATESBORO - James Burchett knows more than he wants to about patience.

Eagles try to rebound at Chattanooga
After seeing its 29-game home winning streak snapped by Wofford last week, Georgia Southern will try once again to find a passing game when it hits the road for a Saturday night game with Tennessee-Chattanooga.

With Gathers out, Yellow Jackets turn to Wimbush
ATLANTA -- Recardo Wimbush will make his 42nd consecutive start Saturday when Georgia Tech visits North Carolina. The senior linebacker has never been more important to the Yellow Jackets.

Gailey backs Gathers in his time of trouble
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech defensive end Greg Gathers was found in possession of a weapon in a campus apartment early Sunday, according to a report filed by the Georgia Tech police department.

Eagles try to rebound at Chattanooga

Burchett's back on track

Gailey backs Gathers in his time of trouble

With Gathers out, Yellow Jackets turn to Wimbush

Pop the top on a cold soda, or whatever you call it

Gamez takes first-round lead in Texas Open

Gamez takes first-round lead in Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO -- Robert Gamez had nine birdies and shot 7-under-par 63 to take a one-stroke lead over John Huston and Frank Lickliter after the opening round of the Texas Open on Thursday.

A time to remember, a time to compete

Zahringer wins U.S. Mid-Amateur
GREENWICH, Conn. -- George Zahringer became the oldest winner of the Mid-Amateur championship Thursday.

A time to remember, a time to compete
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Separated on stage by the gold Ryder Cup trophy they desperately want to win, U.S. and European players paused to remember why they had to wait so long for the chance.

Langer remembers missed putt that cost Europe 1991 Cup

Calcavecchia tries to bury his Ryder Cup memories
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- As much as he might like to get rid of them, the memories have stuck with Mark Calcavecchia for 11 years now. He still can describe clubs, the yardage and even the wind for the last four disastrous holes he played in the Ryder Cup.

Langer remembers missed putt that cost Europe 1991 Cup
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Returning for his 10th Ryder Cup, Bernhard Langer still gets asked about the 6-foot putt that cost Europe the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Health notes
Here is a recipe for surviving flu season: Nourish your body and maintain a robust immune system with anti-oxidants. If you are a little short of a well balanced diet, nutritional supplements can help keep you healthy. Vitamin supplements are beneficial to many body processes, like: growth, digestion, mental functioning and resistance to infection

Do your homework when picking a doctor
Choosing a health care provider can be a daunting task.

Exercise is a fine idea for older adults
There is no denying the health benefits exercise provides, from keeping the body trim to improving morale. Regular exercise can also help older adults in a variety of ways.

Working with your doctor to get the best care
Once you've selected your doctor, it's vital to establish a good, working relationship with him or her.

Important questions to ask before surgery
Millions of Americans have surgery each year. Most of these surgeries are not emergency procedures, therefore, the patient has plenty of opportunity to sit down and talk with his or her surgeon to understand exactly what is involved with the procedure and ask questions about it. Here are some important items to consider, courtesy of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR).

Keeping seniors healthy
Senior adults can help protect their health by taking steps to prevent flu and pneumonia.

Bone health - What every woman should know
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that millions of women age 50 and older who have not been assessed for osteoporosis may be at increased risk of fracturing a bone.

Easier treatment for common health problem facing men - enlarged prostate
A medical procedure that until recently was only available at the hospital is now being offered by some physicians in an office setting, making it easier to treat one of the most common health problems facing men over 50

Prevention is the key to fighting women's cancers
Learning more about the value of regular check-ups, education and the early detection of gynecologic cancers may help women live longer and healthier lives.

Men: Are you at risk?Get screened for prostate cancer
The Kidney & Urology Foundation a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people avoid the debilitating effects of kidney and urologic diseases disorders affecting as many as 70 millions Americans today is urging men to get screened for prostate cancer if they suspect they may be at risk for the deadly disease.

Busy women with migraine face more than just a headache
Women today are busier than ever. The increased responsibilities of balancing work, family activities and home life leave little time for anything else - yet there is a debilitating condition that affects millions of American women, a condition that often leaves them unable to perform even the most simple tasks: migraine headaches.

Prep games on the radio

Key matchups

Prep picks

Rebels find satisfaction

Hephzibah shows promise

In good hands

'Pack's Pollard peaks

Undefeated Hawks move up in poll

In good hands
AIKEN - He played the game like it was any other. He tallied 10 pancake blocks, about what he averages a game. He opened holes for his tailback. He helped lead his team to another win.

Prep games on the radio
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m.-South Aiken at Silver Bluff (WINZ-AM 1340)

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Prep picks
I had my bags packed, ready for my big trip to Commerce to see Lincoln County tangle with the Tigers and try to give Red Devils coach Larry Campbell his state-record 347th victory.

'Pack's Pollard peaks
When his junior varsity coach moved him to cornerback last season, Orlando Pollard was a little puzzled.

Hephzibah shows promise
Hephzibah coach Todd Booker said his squad's 27-9 loss to Josey on Sept. 13 was the worst game he had ever seen the Rebels play.

Rebels find satisfaction
Hephzibah coach Todd Booker said his squad's 27-9 loss to Josey on Sept. 13 was the worst game he had ever seen the Rebels play.

Undefeated Hawks move up in poll
After last week's 34-6 blowout win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Blackville-Hilda raised its record to 4-0 and jumped one spot to No. 2 in the South Carolina Class A poll.

Don't get burned by tall tales on the Internet
When we featured Nancy Carver, the Augusta library's information specialist, in a story last week, she made the point that the Internet has a lot of information, but a lot of it is suspect.

Club has right to select members

Democrats should begin to think and act as Americans

Xtreme writer sets a good example

Americans are dealing with unfamiliar subject: the truth

Thomson still needs doctor

The hour is nigh to deal with Iraq

DeLoach always helps when needed

Will Barnes to run for president?

Iraqi war: 'Hell no, we won't go'

Candidate Perdue needs more publicity

Sanders' traditional family values

Blasts Southern 'turncoat'; remembers good ol' days

Working with your doctor to get the best care

Health notes

Emotional needs are different for gifted

Important questions to ask before surgery

ABC network gets rare first place ratings win

Busy women with migraine face more than just a headache

Bone health - What every woman should know

Health calendar

Capsules

Keeping seniors healthy

Urban-clothing competition grows

Do your homework when picking a doctor

Schools mourn pupils' deaths
An Evans Elementary School kindergartner killed in a tragic accident Wednesday night became the second fatality in two weeks for the Columbia County school system.

Across the area
Mayor Bob Young is making a money-back guarantee for this weekend's air show, Boshears SkyFest 2002, but he's not sure how refunds will be awarded if anyone tries to cash in.

Jury selected in race riot trial
YORK, Pa. - An all-white jury has been selected in the trial of three white men charged with murder in the death of a young black South Carolina woman during York's 1969 race riots.

Man served time for teen shooting
Latterio Deandre Collins. It was a name that kept bothering Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Across South Carolina
SRS warns workers of layoff potential

Barbershop suspect captured
The Hephzibah man accused of shooting his barber after a trim was captured Wednesday hiding in a bedroom closet in Augusta, authorities said.

Man served time for teen shooting

Teachers get help from veterans
GRANITEVILLE - Sometimes labeled forgotten, the Korean War is anything but an afterthought in the minds of educators in Aiken County.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
Sept. 26, 1928 WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Judge E.H. Callaway of Augusta addressed the voters of Burke County at a well-filled courthouse yesterday on the issues of the presidential campaign between Herbert Hoover and Al Smith.

Cultural lesson

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Missing man had reported attack

Officials set meetings on taxes
Taxpayers are urged to attend public hearings on proposed property tax increases, but public outcry isn't expected to persuade city leaders to have a change of heart.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bruce Self of Hephzibah.

Magistrate criticizes police department

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about passengers waiting for Continental Express to start service in Augusta should have said that Terry Cresci is a native of Connecticut who lived in New Jersey before moving to Augusta.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Marjorie Dianne Musick of Augusta.

School councils allow parental input
At Riverside Middle School, the school council developed a plan to get more pupils to eat lunch.

New projects could drain airport funds

5-year-old girl killed at home
A 5-year-old Evans girl was killed Wednesday night when she was run over by her father's work truck.

FAA approves airport's plan

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -A 300-pound buck pushed its way through a broken screen door into a house in a subdivision, causing about $5,000 in damage before being captured.

University Hospital votes to add parking
As nearby office space at University Hospital filled up with physicians and patients, so did the main visitor parking deck.

Magistrate criticizes police department
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County's chief magistrate laid out a litany of what he sees as ineptitude and intimidation inside the Johnston Police Department on Wednesday, hoping county leaders would void the county's magistrate contract with the city.

FAA presents airport with $2.4 million grant

Worker shoots two at office

GBI will examine traffic-stop arrest
An Augusta man's complaint that Richmond County deputies used excessive force during a traffic stop was forwarded Wednesday to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Park service tries to lure visitors

School superintendent takes case to D.C.
Richmond County schools Superintendent Charles Larke will meet with U.S. education officials today in Washington to discuss a federal court order that allows the school system to postpone implementing a provision of a national education reform law.

Across the area

Donating to ASU gets your name out
Looking to make a name for yourself on campus? Well, Augusta State University has a deal for you.

FAA presents airport with $2.4 million grant
With the airport preparing to launch into a period of major construction, a few extra dollars would help significantly.

Environmental division dedicates Augusta office
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division's new Augusta office is a key link in the agency's plan to decentralize compliance matters traditionally handled from Atlanta.

Only a test
Disaster did not play well in Augusta.

Park service tries to lure visitors
WINDSOR, S.C. - It might not get the same number of visitors as locations on the coast or in the mountains, but Aiken State Natural Area outside Windsor isn't too shabby.

ASU gift reserves spot in history
Looking to make a name for yourself on campus? Well, Augusta State University has a deal for you.

News you can use
SEPT. 27, 1974 Fort Gordon officially will be designated next week as the U.S. Army Signal School, military sources said yesterday.

Ad problems delay tax hearings

Flight preparations

Across South Carolina

Donating to ASU gets your name out

School superintendent takes case to D.C.

Missing man had reported attack
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Police investigating the disappearance of a 66-year-old Louisville resident are focusing on a stun-gun attack the man reported earlier this year.

Jury clears 6 student sweatshop protesters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Six Florida State University students arrested on trespassing charges during a campus protest against sweatshop labor in March have been found not guilty by a jury.

Ad problems delay tax hearings
Public hearings on a proposed property tax increase will be delayed one week, and historical information on city millage will be re-advertised in Sunday newspapers after city officials learned Thursday they had released erroneous data to the public.

Cultural lesson
Erica Riedel, a North Augusta Middle School sixth-grade teacher, dances with David Munoz, of the Mariachi Juvenil America of Atlanta, as the band plays during lunchtime. The school invited the mariachi band to visit Wednesday to help kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Jury clears 6 student sweatshop protesters

New projects could drain airport funds
Because of increases in security costs, insurance rates and consultant projects, the Augusta Aviation Commission will vote today on a number of items that could eat up the airport's contingency budget for the rest of the year.

5-year-old girl killed at home

Showers will not cancel air show
Tropical Storm Isidore is expected to bypass the area this weekend, saving the air show at Augusta Regional Airport from a washout.

Crash cleanup
Ernie Fuehrer of Apple Towing sweeps up glass at an accident scene. Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Benny Thain suffered minor injuries Thursday after a Chevrolet Cavalier - driven by Jason Robinson - ran a red light at Seventh and Telfair streets and struck the patrol car, officials said. Deputy Thain was in fair condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Mr. Robinson was cited for running a red light and no proof of insurance, police said.

Officials set meetings on taxes

Across Georgia
DECATUR, Ga. -Decatur's highest-ranking female police officer, who charged that she was fired because she is gay, will not get her job back.

Showers will not cancel air show

Teachers get help from veterans

Worker shoots two at office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A state worker in the Florida Department of Health described as "disgruntled," shot two co-workers at a downtown office building Thursday morning, Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover said.

ASU gift reserves spot in history

White jury may decide on verdict
YORK, Pa. - The possibility strengthened Wednesday that an all-white jury from a predominantly white county could decide on murder charges against three white men in the slaying of a young black South Carolina woman during York's 1969 race riots.

Crash cleanup

Subscriber of the day

Flight preparations
In the shadow of one of the Blue Angels F-18 jets, FedEx Express stunt plane crew chief Richard Hamilton cleans off his plane in the Morris Communications Co. hangar at Bush Field, where preparations are under way for the Boshears SkyFest 2003.

Jury selected in race riot trial

FAA approves airport's plan
The Augusta Regional Airport finally got its green light to begin rebuilding.

Across the area
A former Columbia County doctor convicted of misdemeanor battery earlier this month was indicted Wednesday for allegedly having a fully automatic assault rifle.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the guilty plea of a man convicted of killing his daughter in 1997, then dismembering her body and having her buried in a makeshift grave.

School councils allow parental input

GBI will examine traffic-stop arrest

Across the area

Only a test

News you can use

Across Georgia

Pop the top on a cold soda, or whatever you call it
Many years ago, when I lived in southwest Georgia, a national softball tournament took place at the recreation complex. In between the games I was interested in, I was hanging out at the concession stand.

Southern roots are hard to dig up in diverse field

Southern roots are hard to dig up in diverse field
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The NASCAR Winston Cup Series has traded its Southern drawl for a more global polish.

Spotlight on Michael Waltrip
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip.

Racing facts - Protection One 400

NASCAR notebook
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - If the Chicagoland Speedway is any indication, Sunday's race at the Kansas Speedway should be a little more competitive, but not by much.

NASCAR notebook

Racing facts - Protection One 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Protection One 400 race.

Spotlight on Michael Waltrip
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip.

Montoya eager for another shot at Indy

Montoya eager for another shot at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Juan Montoya can do something even runaway Formula One champion Michael Schumacher can't in Sunday's SAP U.S. Grand Prix.

Spotlight on Michael Waltrip

Jordan to return for second year with Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan plans to play another season with the Washington Wizards, confident his 39-year-old knees are healthy enough to allow him to finish his contract with the team.

Magic, magicians to enter new basketball Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Magic man and a team full of magicians. Globetrotters and one well-traveled coach. Two mentors who helped generations reach their potential, and one young man who never will.

Magic, magicians to enter new basketball Hall of Fame

Jordan announcement expected soon
WASHINGTON -- Reiterating what he first announced a year ago, Michael Jordan is expected to issue a statement later this week confirming he will play a 15th NBA season.

Jordan to return for second year with Wizards

Falcons' Brooking fined for taking helmet off

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss

Peppers, Rucker make formidable team for Panthers

Pro picks

Vick does it all - except slide

Moss apologizes, but not to officer

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss 2

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Mrs. Vera Burton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Derrick Brabham    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Robert McLerren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Chlotilde Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Martin    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Ms. Ruby Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Oliver Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothea Pope    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. George Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Vaiden Jr.    (HATTIESBURG, Miss.)
Mr. Floyd Hutto    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Shank    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Henry    (ELGIN , S.C.)
Morgan Beverly    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Henninger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Burns    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. James Griffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Brandy Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Green    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jerry Clark    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Ginn    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Belva Hill    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Judge William Forehand    (TIFTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Irene Thompson    (KLINE, S.C.)
Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Culpepper Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Verle Peters    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Ruby Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Bennett    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nettie Muns    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Brabham    (OLAR, S.C.)
Mrs. Adell Belton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Buff    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Barlow    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Verle Peters    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Lee Appling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Wanda Reckner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Buff    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Maxwell Troutman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ulyses Cave    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Queen Jones    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. James Ellison    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. Judson Sims Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Henninger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Sharp    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Nita Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Alton Slawson Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Chlotilde Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jerry Clark    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Harry Vaiden Jr.
As an avid tennis player, Harry Vaiden Jr. shared his love for the sport by teaching people how to play the game.

Mrs. Patricia Brady    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Adell Belton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Henry (ELGIN , S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Brady (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nettie Muns (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothea Pope (AIKEN, S.C.)

Judge William Forehand (TIFTON, Ga.)

Mr. Judson Sims Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert McLerren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Martin (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Brabham (OLAR, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Culpepper Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Clark (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Buff (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Chlotilde Smith (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Green (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Henninger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Thompson (KLINE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Shank (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Verle Peters (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Henninger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wanda Reckner (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jerry Clark (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lee Appling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Slawson Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Belva Hill (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Derrick Brabham (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Barlow (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Queen Jones (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Burns (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. James Ellison (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Ginn (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nita Miller (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. John Sharp (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Maxwell Troutman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Brandy Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ulyses Cave (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Oliver Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deloris Wilcox (CAIRO, Ga.)

Mrs. Chlotilde Smith (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Democrats should begin to think and act as Americans
It has already been a year since the Sept. 11 attacks on our country. The terrorists not only attacked Americans, but killed people of 70 other nationalities. The terrorists do not remember what the Pearl Harbor attack did to the Japanese nation. And so will be the result of this attack. Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

Iraqi war: 'Hell no, we won't go'
"Hell no, we won't go." This should be the rallying cry from all the young people to the American Caesar and his cabal of right wingers who are hell-bent on starting World War III. Jo Tuero, Augusta

Thomson still needs doctor
Regarding the Sept. 13 article, "Doctor pleads guilty in OxyContin case": T. Usry, Thomson, Ga.

The hour is nigh to deal with Iraq
Since 1998, regime change has been the official policy of the United States, as annunciated by the Iraq Liberation Act. And once again, Iraq President Saddam Hussein intends to distract the international community's focus by throwing a bone as the clock runs down. He has no friends, even in the Arab world. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Sanders' traditional family values
During the last few election cycles, candidates have emphasized family values, often picturing their spouses and children in campaign ads and TV commercials. Republicans have particularly promoted the importance of traditional family values. Ernest Law, Aiken, S.C.

Back in business
After weeks of not being able to hold an official meeting because feuding members couldn't bear to be in the same room with one another, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is finally back in business.

Candidate Perdue needs more publicity
This is in reference to Georgia's gubernatorial race in November. My question is, why are the media not advertising campaign literature on Sonny Perdue, who is running against Gov. Roy Barnes? Tina Cloer, Augusta

Probe's mandate
In congressional hearings on events leading up to the 9-11 attacks, it was revealed that various U.S. intelligence agencies knew Arab terrorists acting under the aegis of Osama bin Laden sought to inflict grave damage on the United States. They knew the probability was great that it would happen - and even that it might involve hijacked airliners flown into buildings.

Daschle outrageous
Tom Daschle would have to work very hard to make a bigger fool of himself than he did Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The majority leader from South Dakota brought a whole new dimension to the word hypocrisy with his intemperate denunciation of President George W. Bush.

DeLoach always helps when needed
Here's why I'm pleased to support GOP state Rep. George DeLoach in his re-election campaign. Mrs. LaNelda W. Lansdell, Hephzibah, Ga.

Will Barnes to run for president?
It is all but certain now that Gov. Roy Barnes will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, if he can be re-elected as governor. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

Xtreme writer sets a good example
I was encouraged by Melanie Killingsworth's viewpoints in her Sept. 10 article, "Getting rid of God helps the terrorists." Amy Atwell, North Augusta, S.C.

Americans are dealing with unfamiliar subject: the truth
Reading the letter, "George 'Wreck' Bush ruining nation with ineptness, inaction," by Anne Cook in the Sept. 17 Chronicle was quite a chore. Yes, our grand economy of the '90s that was contrived on grossly overvalued "dot coms" and cooked books by companies such as Enron can be attributed to former President Bill Clinton. After all, he was and is the personification of lies and deceptions. M.J. Young, Thomson, Ga.

Blasts Southern 'turncoat'; remembers good ol' days
Jim Murrah (Sept. 16 letter, "Civil War whiners not true Southerners") is a turncoat to all true Southerners - almost like the Northerners who move here wanting to change the meaning of a true Southerner. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken, S.C.

Club has right to select members
Regarding Douglas Neal Sr.'s Sept. 12 letter, "NCWO would reduce men to servants": Sue Thorstad, Augusta

Must we do this?
It is legend that anyone born in America can grow up to be president someday.

Overtime

Lady Jaguars ride record streak

Overtime

Tyson says he only occasionally stayed at home in Ohio

Skating officials questioned by FBI

Tyson says he only occasionally stayed at home in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mike Tyson testified before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals on Thursday that he only occasionally stayed at his estate in northeast Ohio.

Skating officials questioned by FBI
NEW YORK -- Three international skating officials have been interviewed by the FBI about the scandal-plagued pairs competition at the Salt Lake City Olympics. U.S. agents almost certainly will be talking to others involved in the case, including each of the judges.

Overtime
Augusta's Itoro Umoh and Thomson's Tia Paschal have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th anniversary team.

Overtime
Four Georgia Tech players were selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary Team, which was announced Thursday by commissioner John Swofford.

Lady Jaguars ride record streak
Halley Flynn admitted her freshman season didn't work out like she wanted.

Fishing Report

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing Report
High east-to-northeast winds brought on by inclement weather have put the brakes on budding school fish anglers this week, but the weekend outlook is pretty good.

Pro picks
The San Diego Chargers, 6-26 over the last two seasons, already have won three games this year.

Falcons' Brooking fined for taking helmet off
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for taking off his helmet on the field during Sunday's 30-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss 2
For those fantasy football owners who missed out on the chance to draft Minnesota receiver Randy Moss this year: Congratulations!

Moss apologizes, but not to officer
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Randy Moss apologized to his team, family and friends Thursday, but insisted he wasn't looking for trouble when he was arrested on charges of pushing a traffic officer with his car.

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss
For those fantasy football owners who missed out on the chance to draft Minnesota receiver Randy Moss this year: Congratulations!

Peppers, Rucker make formidable team for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Julius Peppers didn't know much about fellow defensive end Mike Rucker when he joined the Carolina Panthers as the second pick in the NFL draft.

Vick does it all - except slide
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- About the only time Michael Vick has appeared uncomfortable this season is at the end of a run, trying to decide if he should slide, dive or simply put his head down.

Smallpox vaccinations plan prepared
WASHINGTON -- State health officials are armed with a federal plan to vaccinate everyone in America against smallpox within days of a terrorist attack unleashing the deadly disease.

New hepatitis C treatment cures more with less side effects
An experimental new combination of drugs for hepatitis C cures more patients with fewer side effects than the standard treatment for the potentially deadly, liver-destroying infection, researchers say.

Tropical rains dent Southern drought, but more rain needed
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- After a bone-dry summer that forced him to irrigate his 200-acre cow pasture, Joseph Fletcher just wants the rain to stop long enough to plant oats and rye for his cattle to eat during the winter.

VanGorder doing the job as UGA's defensive coordinator
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder doesn't read newspapers often, and he doesn't listen to sports talk radio or read what's on the Internet.

VanGorder doing the job as UGA's defensive coordinator

Cooper: redshirt year as freshman 'great idea'

Cooper: redshirt year as freshman 'great idea'
EDITOR'S NOTE: Less than two months ago, former Screven County star running back Michael Cooper began fall camp as a heralded freshman at the University of Georgia. Cooper was almost certain he would play this season, but he recently learned he will be redshirted. Cooper regularly shared his thoughts through the process with Staff Writer Larry Williams.

Skip Holtz says South Carolina checked allegations

Skip Holtz says South Carolina checked allegations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina assistant Skip Holtz says coaches interviewed players, parents and boosters after allegations surfaced earlier this month that the NCAA was asking questions about the Gamecocks' football program.

Gator bites off arm of Florida man

Odds and ends

New hepatitis C treatment cures more with less side effects

Smallpox vaccinations plan prepared

Tropical rains dent Southern drought, but more rain needed