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

'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.

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.

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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

Stunt pilot is at home in the sky

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.

Peppermill offers leisurely Sunday dining

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

Concert calendar

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Blind singer reads about honor

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

Mini reviews

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

'King and I' gets same lavish treatment as film

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

At the movies: 'The Tuxedo'

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

At the movies: 'Sweet Home Alabama'

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.

Arts festival needs some fine-tuning

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.

Club calendar

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.

Flying high

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

Director's vision energized American cinema

Standing ovations

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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

Lilian Ciearria Sharpless

Dale Jeptha Shelton

Tinsley Ruth Mobley

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

Nicholas Chad Freeman

Hannah Marie Mellen
Mr. and

Jaime Elizabeth Gonnella

Tinsley Ruth Mobley
Warren and Sara Mob

Nicholas DeShawn Rainey

Peter Baldwin Mullens
Mr. and Mrs.

Katherine Doris Ennis

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.

Sara Margaret McInnis

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.

Kearstin Niccole Clark

Carson Mobley Richter
Trevor and Stephanie Richt

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.

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

Ripleigh Taylor Mathis

Lilian Ciearria Sharpless
D'Wayne and Jessica Sharpless of Augus

Megan Alexis Copeland

Dale Jeptha Shelton
Steve and Jean Shelton

Chase Alexander Tovar

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.

Dallas Ariana Bacon

Trenton Heath Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Heath Ta

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.

Chase Alexander Tovar
Jose an

Talia Simone Robinson

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.

Cambria Mahogany Brown

Megan Alexis Copeland
Dwain a

Edward Stewart Wilson Jr.
Edward and Winifred Wi

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.

Kelly Morgan Januszki
Mr. and Mrs.

Nicholas Chad Freeman
Mr. and Mrs. William Ch

Thaxton Emory Johnson

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.

Trenton Heath Taylor

Azaria LaShaun Hicks
Robert and Barethea Hicks of Augusta announce

Hannah Marie Mellen

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

Agnes Sheehan Markwalter

Carson Mobley Richter

Ripleigh Taylor Mathis
M

Peter Baldwin Mullens

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.

Azaria LaShaun Hicks

Murray P. Cibak III

Kara Mae Skinner

Kelly Morgan Januszki

Edward Stewart Wilson Jr.

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.

Braves notebook

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.

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

Jones carries Braves

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.

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

Existing-home sales fall 1.7 percent in August

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

Business briefs

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.

Oil industry wants delay in gas rules

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.

Factory orders down, reflecting continuing problems in economy

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.

Mill decision disrupts Barnes' job effort

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.

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

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.

Business briefs

Greenspan urges hands-off policy in some financial dealings

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.

SEC notebook

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

ACC notebook

College football picks

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

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

Daschle outrageous

Back in business

Must we do this?

Probe's mandate

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Eagles try to rebound at Chattanooga

Burchett's back on track

With Gathers out, Yellow Jackets turn to Wimbush

Gailey backs Gathers in his time of trouble

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

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.

A time to remember, a time to compete

Gamez takes first-round lead in Texas Open

Langer remembers missed putt that cost Europe 1991 Cup

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

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.

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
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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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).

Prep picks

Prep games on the radio

Key matchups

In good hands

Undefeated Hawks move up in poll

'Pack's Pollard peaks

Hephzibah shows promise

Rebels find satisfaction

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Thomson still needs doctor

Sanders' traditional family values

Democrats should begin to think and act as Americans

Will Barnes to run for president?

Blasts Southern 'turncoat'; remembers good ol' days

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

Xtreme writer sets a good example

DeLoach always helps when needed

Candidate Perdue needs more publicity

Club has right to select members

Americans are dealing with unfamiliar subject: the truth

The hour is nigh to deal with Iraq

Bone health - What every woman should know

Capsules

Emotional needs are different for gifted

Do your homework when picking a doctor

Health calendar

Urban-clothing competition grows

Keeping seniors healthy

ABC network gets rare first place ratings win

Working with your doctor to get the best care

Health notes

Busy women with migraine face more than just a headache

Important questions to ask before surgery

Ad problems delay tax hearings

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.

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.

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

Flight preparations

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.

Only a test

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

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.

FAA presents airport with $2.4 million grant

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.

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.

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

Jury selected in race riot trial

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Only a test
Disaster did not play well in Augusta.

Across South Carolina
SRS warns workers of layoff potential

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

Across the area

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.

Missing man had reported attack

Officials set meetings on taxes

School superintendent takes case to D.C.

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 South Carolina

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.

Worker shoots two at office

Donating to ASU gets your name out

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Magistrate criticizes police department

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

5-year-old girl killed at home

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.

New projects could drain airport funds

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Across the area

Park service tries to lure visitors

School councils allow parental input

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

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.

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.

ASU gift reserves spot in history

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.

Teachers get help from veterans

Crash cleanup

Cultural lesson

Man served time for teen shooting

Showers will not cancel air show

Jury clears 6 student sweatshop protesters

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.

FAA approves airport's plan

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.

GBI will examine traffic-stop arrest

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

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

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

Southern roots are hard to dig up in diverse field

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.

Racing facts - Protection One 400

NASCAR notebook

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

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.

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

Montoya eager for another shot at Indy

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

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.

Magic, magicians to enter new basketball Hall of Fame

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.

Jordan to return for second year with Wizards

Peppers, Rucker make formidable team for Panthers

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss 2

Pro picks

Vick does it all - except slide

Falcons' Brooking fined for taking helmet off

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss

Moss apologizes, but not to officer

Mrs. Patricia Brady    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Verle Peters    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Bennett    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Shank    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Buff    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. John Sharp    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. George Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Ruby Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Chlotilde Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Alton Slawson Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Maxwell Troutman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Vera Burton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Morgan Beverly    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Lee Appling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Martin    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Barlow    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Irene Thompson    (KLINE, S.C.)
Mrs. Adell Belton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Ruby Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Wanda Reckner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Queen Jones    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Belva Hill    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Verle Peters    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Henninger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Buff    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Brabham    (OLAR, S.C.)
Mr. James Ellison    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Clark    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Oliver Kelly    (AUGUSTA, 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.

Mr. Robert McLerren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Clark    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Chlotilde Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Culpepper Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Vaiden Jr.    (HATTIESBURG, Miss.)
Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nita Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Judge William Forehand    (TIFTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Nettie Muns    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Ginn    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothea Pope    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Green    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss Brandy Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. James Griffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Deloris Wilcox    (CAIRO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Henninger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Derrick Brabham    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Donald Henry    (ELGIN , S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Burns    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Floyd Hutto    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Ulyses Cave    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Judson Sims Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Clark (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Shank (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Deloris Wilcox (CAIRO, Ga.)

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

Mr. George Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Juanita Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert McLerren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Henninger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Ellison (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Verle Peters (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Queen Jones (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris Barlow (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Judge William Forehand (TIFTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Belton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Brandy Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy Ginn (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John Sharp (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruby Henninger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Clark (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Belva Hill (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Lee Appling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Buff (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rudolph Martin (BARTOW, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Muns (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mr. Oliver Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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.

Tyson says he only occasionally stayed at home in Ohio

Overtime

Overtime

Skating officials questioned by FBI

Lady Jaguars ride record streak

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

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.

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

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

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.

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
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 2
For those fantasy football owners who missed out on the chance to draft Minnesota receiver Randy Moss this year: Congratulations!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

VanGorder doing the job as UGA's defensive coordinator

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.

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