Paintings for book stand as individual scenes

Paintings for book stand as individual scenes
Each page of Pictures for Miss Josie bears the distinctive, stylistic hallmarks of artist Benny Andrews. His human figures - long, lean and angular - bisect the pages. His landscapes are festooned with loose, abstract flora meant to suggest color and life rather than the physical form of the plants in question. Flipping through the book, which recounts a young boy's journey to manhood, becomes as much about the function of color, shape and line as the journey itself.

Bonds' 73rd homer sells for $450,000

Youngsters unlikely catalyst for streaking D'Backs

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook hidden gem

Youngsters unlikely catalyst for streaking D'Backs
PHOENIX -- The injury-decimated Arizona Diamondbacks thrust a corps of youngsters into the big-time out of necessity in what looked to be a lost season.

Bonds No. 73 ball: a story of greed
NEW YORK -- It was, at its core, a story of greed. Two men, one ball. Millionaire dreams.

Bonds' 73rd homer sells for $450,000
NEW YORK -- Todd McFarlane got off much cheaper this time.

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook hidden gem
Each year, by about midseason, a class of productive players falls under the radar screen for the casual baseball fan and, perhaps, the not-so-informed fantasy owner.

Bonds No. 73 ball: a story of greed

Lester Maddox is still just as tough to figure out

Ella Elizabeth Guinn
Scott and Caroline Guinn of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Ella Elizabeth Guinn, Monday, March 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Herman III of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Guinn III of Martinez.

Michael Kenneth Wehunt

Eliza Somerville Shadden

Sarah Ann Cabe
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cabe of Tennille, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Ann Cabe, Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Farmer Sr. of Tennille and Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Cabe of Bartow, Ga.

Lindsey Renee Baker

Miles Michael Brown
Stephen M. and Alison L. Brown of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Miles Michael Brown, Saturday, May 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Eleanor Peterson of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Brown of Evans.

Tyler Dylan Washington

Gregory Cory Yazzie
Gregory R. and Wendy M. Yazzie of Warrenville announce the birth of a son, Gregory Cory Yazzie, Thursday, June 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clyde A. Billings III and Gloria Jean Billings of Everett, Wash., Raymond and Sharon Yazzie of North Augusta and Ronnie Cox and Jeanie Cox, both of Graniteville.

Lance Christian Moxley

Michael Kenneth Wehunt
Jason Wehunt Sr. and Christina Oates, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Michael Kenneth Wehunt, Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Oates Sr. and Kim Thomaston, all of Augusta, and Adrian Wehunt of Cartersville, Ga.

Ella Elizabeth Guinn

Tyler Dylan Washington
Nick and Stacie Washington of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Tyler Dylan Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Russell and Helen Kennedy of Harlem, Ricky Washington and Linda Knight and Harvey and Helen Washington, all of Grovetown.

Simuel De'miles Sanchez

Eliza Somerville Shadden
Mr. and Mrs. H. Spencer Shadden of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Eliza Somerville Shadden, Thursday, May 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Floyd E. Bliven Jr. and Margaret Shadden, all of Augusta, and Harry S. Shadden Jr. of Fayetteville, Ark.

Ma'kiyah Kenye' Heath
Roosevelt Heath and Dara Odoms, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Ma'kiyah Kenye' Heath, Monday, June 9, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph H. and Vicki Odoms of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mattie Heath of Augusta and the late Roosevelt Heath Sr.

Simuel De'miles Sanchez
Samantha Gail Avery of Matthews, Ga., announces the birth of a son, Simuel De'miles Sanchez, Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Roger Avery, Victoria McNeal and Lula McNeal, all of Matthews, and Joe McNeal of Commerce, Ga.

Asa David Fort
Micah D. and Laurie M. Fort of Evans announce the birth of a son, Asa David Fort, Friday, June 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Pam Croom of Martinez, Owen and Carol Fort of Evans and the late David L. Vander Loop.

Joseph Dylan Grimes
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Grimes of Warrenville announce the birth of a son, Joseph Dylan Grimes, Monday, May 26, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson of Mableton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Grimes of Clearwater.

Harrison Boyd Bartley
John and Jennifer Bartley of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Harrison Boyd Bartley, Friday, May 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Spencer and Linda Boyd of Covington, Ga., and Thomas and Lydia Bartley of Dalton, Ga.

Sarah Danielle Phillips

Sarah Danielle Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Phillips of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Danielle Phillips, Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Richard and Connie Norman of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Phillips of Destin, Fla.

Noah Michael Milford

Colby Bryson Partain
David and Yvonne Partain of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Colby Bryson Partain, Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Ann Gossage of Augusta and the late Harry Gossage, and Marlene Partain of Antreville, S.C., and the late Charles Partain.

Ma'kiyah Kenye' Heath

Lance Christian Moxley
Chris and Linda Moxley of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Lance Christian Moxley, Monday, June 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Yoshie Nichols of Martinez and Tommy and Gail Moxley of Evans.

Zoe Ruth Long

Noah Michael Milford
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Milford of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Noah Michael Milford, Friday, May 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Woodruff of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Milford Sr. of Evans.

Noble Charles Lancaster McClure

Brooklyn Jae McGhee
Bill J. and Laney M. McGhee of Leesville, La., announce the birth of a daughter, Brooklyn Jae McGhee, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Saint Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, La. Grandparents are Jerry and Rhonda McGlothlin and Sandra Slater, all of Leesville, and Suzanne Pritchett and James and Therisia McGhee, all of Hephzibah.

Miles Michael Brown

Noble Charles Lancaster McClure
Daniel L. McClure and Kendra J. McGhen, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Noble Charles Lancaster McClure, Friday, June 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Diana Barnes Noa of Tampa, Fla., Shirley Ann Smith of Hephzibah and Daniel J. McClure of Fayetteville, N.C.

Abagail Marie Lazenby

Zoe Ruth Long
Robert and Tara Long of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Ruth Long, Saturday, May 31, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lu Ann Phillips of Aiken and Pierce E. Long of New Ellenton.

Christopher Anthony Scott Himburg
Randall S. Himburg Sr. and Tonya L. Blackstone, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Christopher Anthony Scott Himburg, Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Vaughn of Augusta.

Abagail Marie Lazenby
Jason and Michelle Lazenby of Beech Island announce the birth of a daughter, Abagail Marie Lazenby, Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Philip and Denise Taylor of Warrenville and Willis and Susan Lazenby of Beech Island.

Sarah Ann Cabe

William Nathan Jurl Keough
Jonathan A. and Cynthia R. Keough of Augusta announce the birth of a son, William Nathan Jurl Keough, Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Carolyn Newman and Darrell Robertson, both of Augusta, Iran Mansell of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keough of Aiken.

Colby Bryson Partain

Carlos Javier Landaverde III
Carlos J. Landaverde Jr. and Shona M. Syms, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Carlos Javier Landaverde III, Friday, June 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sam M. Syms and Pamela D. Sibert, both of Augusta, and Carlos J. Landaverde Sr. and Sandra Landaverde of Rock Hill, S.C.

Christopher Anthony Scott Himburg

Lindsey Renee Baker
Phil and Amy Baker of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Lindsey Renee Baker, Saturday, June 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Baker of Graniteville and the late Mr. and Mrs. James I. Brown.

Brooklyn Jae McGhee

Harrison Boyd Bartley

William Nathan Jurl Keough

Asa David Fort

Chicken that was tied to balloons is up for adoption
SAN FRANCISCO -- A chicken that was strapped to 100 helium balloons and sent skyward last weekend in a stunt is resting these days at the city's animal shelter as people vie to adopt it.

Court allows charges in case where sex offender and victim never met
TRENTON, N.J. -- A man who called a 10-year-old girl and persuaded her to touch herself sexually can be charged with sexual assault, even though he never met the girl, a state appellate court has ruled.

Texas woman found guilty in 'windshield' case
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict a former nurse's aide of murder for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his mangled body lodged in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage.

Odds and Ends
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. -- Tom Snyder lost his high school and college class rings. Today, more than 50 years later, he has both of them back.

Chickens are becoming hip suburban pets
BALA CYNWYD, Pa. -- Gail Herrine approaches a large rectangular cage in her backyard, asks her "girls" if they'd like to come out and hoists the coop several inches off the ground.

Man charged with murder after knife-proof vest fails test
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A man was charged with murder for allegedly killing his nephew while demonstrating a bulletproof vest they believed could also stop knives.

Phillies squash Braves

Atlanta's offense begins to cool off
ATLANTA - After eight weeks of mashing, the Atlanta Braves' bats have cooled off from the top of the lineup to the bottom.

Phillies hammer Maddux, Braves

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Anyone who criticized Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz for giving Javy Lopez a $7 million player option for this season is probably reconsidering their choice of words.

Phillies squash Braves
ATLANTA - For those wondering what danger a team that finished below .500 in eight of the past nine seasons could pose to the perennial division champions, here's the answer: The Philadelphia Phillies have won three of four series from the Atlanta Braves this year, and with Thursday night's 8-1 win before a crowd of 30,405 fans at Turner Field, they have made it clear the race in the National League East has just started to heat up.

Phillies hammer Maddux, Braves
ATLANTA - He might yet find a way to win 15 games in what is presumed to be his final season with the Atlanta Braves, but Greg Maddux's invulnerability factor has been greatly diminished.

Braves notebook

Atlanta's offense begins to cool off

National sign-up begins Friday to avoid telemarketers
WASHINGTON -- Promising the gift of silence for people bedeviled by telemarketers, the government will launch a national do-not-call list Friday intended to block phone sales pitches from nearly all sources.

Durable-goods orders drop in May
WASHINGTON -- America's manufacturers saw demand for their products dip in May for the second straight month, a fresh sign of the industry's struggles to get back on sure footing. New-home sales, meanwhile, soared to the highest level on record.

High natural gas prices, shortages worry industry, government
WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham warned Thursday that severe gas shortages and high prices are "a national concern that will touch virtually every American."

Business briefs

Economy grows worse than previously thought in first quarter
WASHINGTON --The economy was more sluggish in the first three months of 2003 than previously thought and grew at a poky annual rate of just 1.4 percent, underscoring the country's struggles to break through its economic lethargy.

Study: more than 8 million could lose overtime pay

Latest interest rate cut could be last for a while
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve's first short-term interest rate cut of this year could turn out to be its last bracing tonic if the economy's vital signs - which the Fed says already are improving - get even stronger in the coming months.

Business briefs
Junior Achievement's Augusta District is seeking nominations for its inaugural Augusta Business Hall of Fame, which will become an annual event to honor the city's business leaders.

Nissan to move Pathfinder production to Smyrna

Nissan to move Pathfinder production to Smyrna
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nissan North America Inc. announced Wednesday it will move production of the Pathfinder sport utility vehicle to Tennessee, adding 800 jobs and giving its Smyrna plant the most automotive production capacity in the United States.

Fed cuts key interest rate

Economy grows worse than previously thought in first quarter

Durable-goods orders drop in May

High natural gas prices, shortages worry industry, government

Study: more than 8 million could lose overtime pay
WASHINGTON -- More than 8 million professionals would lose their overtime pay under a Bush administration proposal to change the types of jobs that must receive more money for extra work, says a new study by a union-supported think tank.

Latest interest rate cut could be last for a while

Fed cuts key interest rate
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve cut a key short-term interest rate Wednesday by a one-quarter percentage point to its lowest level in 45 years. The aim is to energize consumer spending and business investment and help the economy snap out of a funk.

Business briefs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - HCA Inc. and Justice Department officials signed an agreement Thursday that calls for the hospital company to pay $631 million in civil penalties and damages to settle Medicare fraud charges.

New on Knox Avenue
A one-mile stretch of road in North Augusta is becoming the busiest strip of commercial development the region has seen in recent years.

Auburn flirting with home season sellout
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn football hasn't been such a hot ticket since Bo Jackson's Heisman Trophy season.

Lester Maddox

Repeal archaic law
There are few laws as archaic - or ridiculous - as South Carolina's mandate that restaurants and bars serve hard liquor out of the same miniature bottles used on commercial airlines.

Bilingual promise
"During my recent trip to Europe, I noticed one stark contrast between their education system and ours: European children learn a second language in the early grades. Together with parents, foreign language educators, the Professional Standards Commission and the Legislature, I will work toward the day that all Georgia students have access to instruction in a second language."

Repeal archaic law

Difficult to please
There's no pleasing some people - especially Koreans, North or South.

Lester Maddox
"The Maddox administration was a good one, marked with historic and progressive achievements. Under his watch, Georgia instituted a more humane prison system and integrated the Georgia State Patrol and county welfare and draft boards throughout the state. History will judge his administration well."

Bilingual promise

Ashanti finds the spotlight as a star
Rhythm-and-blues diva Ashanti, performing tonight at Fort Gordon, could well end up remembered for being more than the Foolish and Happy girl.

Standing ovations
Both Fort Gordon and the Augusta GreenJackets will present fireworks in advance of Independence Day. The Fort Gordon event, which takes place at Barton Field on Thursday, will feature fireworks, a laser light show, live entertainment and a carnival. The carnival begins at 10 a.m., with the main event at 5 p.m. Admission is free. You must have picture identification for admission to the base.

Club calendar
Information about area clubs and scheduled entertainment.

Applause calendar
This is a listing of upcoming area events, including 4th of July festivities.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Dark Blue, Kangaroo Jack, Punch-Drunk Love and The Hours

Michael Jackson sings with James Brown at BET Awards
LOS ANGELES -- Rapper 50 Cent captured best new artist and best male hip-hop artist honors at Tuesday's BET Awards show, while Michael Jackson presented the "godfather of soul," James Brown, with a lifetime achievement award.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

'Enter The Matrix' a wild ride through a bizarre land
The "Matrix" movies, despite the bizarre and depressing world they present, are amazingly popular.

Aiken celebrates early
The Aiken Jaycees will celebrate the nation's birthday a week early with its annual festival and fireworks display Saturday at the Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds.

Stocks rise moderately on jobless claims report
NEW YORK -- A report suggesting that layoffs might be stabilizing helped reassure Wall Street Thursday and sent stocks moderately higher, although the gains were limited by news of a sluggish gross domestic product.

Richest got richer between 1992 and 2000, IRS says
WASHINGTON -- The nation's richest people paid a lower proportion of their income in federal taxes in 2000 than in 1992, new government figures show.

Credit-card delinquencies unchanged in first quarter
WASHINGTON - The number of people who were past due on their credit card bills was unchanged in the first three months of this year after reaching a record high in the last quarter of 2002, the American Bankers Association said Thursday.

Stocks fall after Federal Reserve cuts rates
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve's decision to cut interest rates by a quarter-percentage point disappointed Wall Street Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials lower more than 90 points.

Stocks rise moderately on jobless claims report

Stocks fall after Federal Reserve cuts rates

Fishing report
At last! Maybe.

Fishing report

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 and total weight of the catch.

Soil is the foundation for great plants
Occasionally you hear talk about the monstrous plants in such-and-such a person's garden. Their soil, it seems, possesses mystical properties or is home to green-thumbed gnomes who labor by moonlight.

If wilt strikes, tomatoes are doomed
Bacterial wilt on tomatoes is an all-too-common problem in the garden every year.

Back yard being turned into garden spots
Barbsie and Nelson Brown's back yard wasn't really an eyesore. It just needed professional help.

If wilt strikes, tomatoes are doomed

Soil is the foundation for great plants

Back yard being turned into garden spots

Five errors cost Jackets a win
The Hickory Crawdads beat the Augusta GreenJackets 8-6 on Thursday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium, but they sure didn't have to do much to record the victory.

GreenJackets on deck
Hickory Crawdads (Pirates) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Simple auto tips can make every drive a safe one

Watson shoots 66 for three-shot lead at Senior Open
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Another first round of an Open, another terrific day for Tom Watson.

Sorenstam, Wie head tourney field
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam won't be the only one drawing a crowd at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Woods confirms he will play in Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods will defend his title at the Buick Open and try to become the first player in more than 35 years to win the event in consecutive years.

Sorenstam, Wie head tourney field

Haas, Stiles share one-stroke lead in suspended first round
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jay Haas and Darron Stiles shot 7-under-par 64s Thursday and shared a one-stroke lead in the suspended first round of the rainy St. Jude Classic.

It finally feels like summer on the PGA Tour
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Put away the rain pants, long-sleeved shirts and bag covers. It finally feels like summer on the PGA Tour.

Pavin three behind leader at SK Telecom Open
SEOUL, South Korea -- Corey Pavin shot a 5-under-par 67 Thursday and was three strokes behind first-round leader K.J. Choi of South Korea at the Asian PGA Tour's SK Telecom Open.

Pavin three behind leader at SK Telecom Open

French amateur shares French Open lead
VERSAILLES, France -- French amateur Eric Chaudouet shot a 6-under par 66 Thursday and shared the first-round lead of the French Open.

French amateur shares French Open lead

Watson hopes to keep caddie's plight in the headlines
TOLEDO, Ohio -- In the two weeks since their magical 65 in the first round of the U.S. Open, Tom Watson has received an outpouring of concern and support for his longtime caddie who is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease.

Early birdies make for Cunning victory

Golfer endures competition despite accident
It was a lazy summer day three weeks ago when Drew Blackston was helping his father, Charles, and some workers complete the seemingly harmless task of building a fence.

Haas, Stiles share one-stroke lead in suspended first round

Golfer endures competition despite accident

Woods confirms he will play in Buick Open

Watson hopes to keep caddie's plight in the headlines

Watson shoots 66 for three-shot lead at Senior Open

It finally feels like summer on the PGA Tour

Early birdies make for Cunning victory
Whenever Patrick Cunning needed a blue jacket in the past, he borrowed one from his father.

GreenJackets on deck

Lester Maddox is still just as tough to figure out
How do you explain Lester Maddox, Georgia's 75th governor, who died Wednesday?

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dead
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a one-time Democratic segregationist who later helped fuel the rise of the modern conservative Republican Party in the South, died Thursday night. He was 100, the oldest and longest-serving senator in history.

Toddler killed after being hit by truck
A 2-year-old Augusta boy was struck and killed by a truck this morning in south Augusta after darting into traffic in front of his home, authorities said.

Supreme Court orders more consideration of Georgia political map
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday gave states some leeway in drawing political boundaries in areas with heavy black populations, a ruling that helps Democrats.

Aiken Co. Class of 2003 earned bragging rights
With the Class of 2003 on its way into full-fledged adulthood, and area youth basking in the delight of summertime fun, let us not forget what was achieved as the very last graduate strolled across the stage to receive his or her diploma. If you have not been made aware, our Aiken County high school seniors amassed in excess of $14.5 million in scholarships this year - $14,539,660 to be exact, as of June 10. Tammie Newman, North Augusta, S.C.

Aiken Co. Class of 2003 earned bragging rights

Name-calling does little to advance dialogue on illegal immigrants
Regarding Kevin Palmer's June 20 letter, "Only bigots say illegal aliens harm": Mr. Palmer seems to suffer from the liberal disease of being non-judgmental. Let me see if I can put this into a perspective even he might understand. Robert B. Rackliffe, Belvedere, S.C.

Bible provides answers to churches' problems

Death of sons like death sentence to mother
I would like to address the June 24 letter, "Boys' devastating deaths were a mistake, not murder," from Michael Batchelor's aunts (Delores Fischer and Charlene Free). I can't understand how they could know anything about the circumstances surrounding the accident that took my children's lives on July 11, 2002. These people did not even know my boys and had never seen them. And as far as I know, they haven't had any contact with Michael for years. So how would they know anything?

Death of sons like death sentence to mother

Advocates universal health insurance

John Wesley shaped Christian life

Advocates universal health insurance
I am writing in response to Jennifer Bailie's June 14 letter, "APRNs can be key to health-care reform," advocating prescriptive authority for advance practice registered nurses as being the solution to the problem of medically uninsured Americans. Randy Cain, Avera, Ga.

Name-calling does little to advance dialogue on illegal immigrants

Bible provides answers to churches' problems
In the aftermath of the two incidents in our local "churchology," I feel moved to respond. Linsey Howard, Grovetown, Ga.

School leaders should set example
I read with interest the June 11 Augusta Chronicle article "Board weighs larger teacher raises." This article was a reminder that the Aiken County Board of Education decided to impose a $15 million tax increase on Aiken County taxpayers, and grant teachers a salary increase in excess of the state recommendation. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

John Wesley shaped Christian life
Thank you for the space in the June 21 Chronicle devoted to Father John Wesley on the 300th anniversary of his birth. John M. Younginer Jr., North Augusta, S.C.

Smart cars, smart roads can help out dumb drivers

The tuxedo stays classic, unchanged

In the know

IBM sees an automotive future with a 'butler in the dashboard'

Health calendar

Buying Nemo

The tuxedo stays classic, unchanged
NEW YORK - The years-old tuxedo a man dusts off for a party or special event is as fashionable now as it was when he bought it - even if it was purchased decades ago.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

In the know
Pamela Anderson has a wish. "All I asked was to have larger boobs and a smaller waist," she says.

IBM sees an automotive future with a 'butler in the dashboard'
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- A driver of the future - the near future, IBM says - will be able to dictate and send e-mails, get spoken directions to a restaurant, even play a game of "Name That Tune" with his onboard computer.

Buying Nemo
Know exactly what you are getting before finding your own clownfish

Smart cars, smart roads can help out dumb drivers
McLEAN, Va. -- Federal highway officials think they've found a way to prevent thousands of traffic accidents every year: "smart intersections" that warn drivers they're about to run a red light or smash into a truck.

News you can use

Important dates in the life of Strom Thurmond

Across the area
An Augusta woman was charged Wednesday with scalding her boyfriend's 2-year-old son with chicken grease and waiting a few hours before notifying anyone, authorities said.

'General Lee' flies again in Covington
COVINGTON, Ga. - There's nothing like a Southern homecoming, especially for the General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger made famous by the hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard.

Across Georgia

Baker asks court to drop case on who calls legal shots
ATLANTA -- If Attorney General Thurbert Baker has his way, the question of whether he or the governor calls the state's legal shots won't be settled anytime soon by Georgia's Supreme Court, even though it is now pondering that very question.

Chairman of ANIC resigns
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. Chairman Bernard Silverstein has resigned from its board.

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down South Carolina's sodomy law
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's law prohibiting sodomy was struck down by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday saying that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy.

Attacker wants break
An Augusta man who decided to take a home invasion a step further by sexually assaulting a teenager wants his prison sentence reduced.

News you can use
JUNE 27, 1992 Augusta's Vernon Forrest will go for the gold in the Barcelona Olympics.

USC trustees approve 15 percent tuition increase

Rants and Raves
PEOPLE WHO WORK in the public and deal with the public should have a better demeanor about themselves. I'm not asking for a long-term friendship, just a simple greeting.

Serviceman of the day

School mascot's removal remains issue of debate
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - There are times when it seems the Civil War never ended and racial tensions over the symbols of the old Confederacy never will.

Lending a helping hand

Lobbyists hired to fight for Fort Gordon

Perdue criticized for lowering flags for Maddox, not for Jackson
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered flags on state buildings lowered to half-staff Wednesday for the death of former Gov. Lester Maddox, but he faced criticism for not immediately doing the same for Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first black mayor.

Trust brings back regulars Roadside stand sees fewer stops

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kirby J. Eldridge of Hephzibah.

Airport must cut screeners

Across Georgia
WAYCROSS - A motorist found an 8-year-old girl lying on the side of a road Tuesday morning who said she had been abducted and sexually assaulted.

Across Georgia
JEKYLL ISLAND - Two Jekyll Island lifeguards died in a car crash that seriously injured another teenager.

Across the area

Important dates in the life of Strom Thurmond
Important dates in the life of former Sen. Strom Thurmond:

Attacker wants break

Thurmond set Senate record for filibustering: 24 hours and 18 minutes
WASHINGTON -- Fortified with a good rest, a steam bath and a sirloin steak, Sen. Strom Thurmond talked against a 1957 civil rights bill for 24 hours and 18 minutes - longer than anyone has ever talked about anything in Congress.

48 get moved out of center

Across the area

Police seek driver's ed scam suspect

Across South Carolina

Beer sales will ring up Sunday

Fiery leader remembered by those who knew him

Groups debate cut in funds
A lack of state money and cutbacks by other health care providers in Augusta are causing a strain on Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and leading to austerity measures, such as permanently closing the outpatient pharmacy, MCG Health officials say.

Perdue criticized for lowering flags for Maddox, not for Jackson

New suspect charged in killing of police officer during 1969 race riot
YORK, Pa. -- A black man who surprised prosecutors in March by implicating himself on the witness stand in the shooting death of a white police officer during a 1969 race riot has been charged with murder.

Jailer charged with trespassing
A jailer for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was arrested on criminal trespass charges, accused of damaging items at his former girlfriend's home, police said Wednesday.

Prominent figures to attend Maynard Jackson's funeral
ATLANTA -- Former President Bill Clinton will be one of the high-profile guests attending Maynard Jackson Jr.'s funeral on Saturday, his office confirmed Wednesday.

Police seek driver's ed scam suspect
AIKEN - Beth Rautio enrolled her teenage daughter in a driver's education course that they hoped would help get her behind the wheel by her 16th birthday.

News you can use
JUNE 26, 1972 "Kitchen police" duty, commonly known in the military as KP, might soon be an experience of the past for Fort Gordon soldiers, according to Col. Daniel Smaw, deputy director of industrial operations.

Vehicle law moves slowly

Man faces charges in assault on wife
The husband of a Richmond County school system police sergeant has been charged with beating his wife with her service revolver and stealing her county-owned vehicle.

Board raises taxes

Trust brings back regulars Roadside stand sees fewer stops
CLEARWATER - Business has never been so good at Midland Mercantile, a hardware-and-more mom-and-pop shop between Augusta and Aiken where regulars stop in daily to sit in the store's high-back indoor swing to chew the cud with the owners and chat about galvanized buckets and cast-iron pots.

'General Lee' flies again in Covington

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Myrtle Beach, its police chief and Horry County have asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the NAACP alleging discrimination during a black biker rally held each year on South Carolina's Grand Strand.

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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down South Carolina's sodomy law

Across Georgia

High court gives Democrats win in redistricting battle

Across South Carolina

Airport builds ad campaign
Banking on an idea as old as The Wizard of Oz, Augusta Regional Airport officials want to convince area residents there's no place like home when it comes to flying.

Airport builds ad campaign

Thurmond set Senate record for filibustering: 24 hours and 18 minutes

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dies
AIKEN - Strom Thurmond, the South Carolina political legend and the nation's longest-serving U.S. senator, is dead at age 100.

Hundreds line up to pay respects to Maynard Jackson

Reaction to Strom Thurmond's death
Reactions to the death of former Sen. Strom Thurmond Thursday:

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Fiery leader remembered by those who knew him
Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, who died early Wednesday, had many ties to Augusta, including the late Richard A. Dent- the only black legislator to vote for him in the historic General Assembly balloting of January 1967.

Groups debate cut in funds

Maddox leaves legacy in Georgia
ATLANTA - Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox died at age 87 early Wednesday, leaving a complex legacy as both an outspoken segregationist and as a government reformer.

Maddox leaves legacy in Georgia

48 get moved out of center
Citing discontent among workers and concerns about children's safety, the Juvenile Justice Department moved nearly half of the remaining inmate population out of the Augusta Youth Development Campus on Wednesday.

Supreme Court orders more consideration of Georgia political map

Lending a helping hand
Johnnie May Brown has a lot to smile about, and when she smiles her eyes seem to well up with tears.

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dead

Rants and Raves
I AM A T.W. Josey alumnus, and I want to give a rave for the contractors who have done the Josey renovations. The front office is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your hard work.

Jailer charged with trespassing

Teen dies in ATV crash
As an Augusta Chronicle All-Area football and baseball player for Briarwood Academy, William Holley was remembered by teachers and students as an outstanding athlete, a hard worker and an all-around good guy.

'Watch list' includes two nursing homes

Airport must cut screeners
Augusta Regional Airport recently got approval to keep more federal screeners this year than originally planned. The airport, however, should still experience screener job cuts - something fliers such as Jyoti Patel disagree with.

Prominent figures to attend Maynard Jackson's funeral

'Watch list' includes two nursing homes
Two Augusta nursing homes have been identified as having chronic problems by a nonprofit research organization.

Augusta crews run flood drill at levee openings

Lobbyists hired to fight for Fort Gordon
The first strategic planning meetings between the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon and the firms are set for late July in Washington.

High court gives Democrats win in redistricting battle
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court dealt Georgia Republicans a blow Thursday when it accepted a version of the state Senate district boundaries that Democrats drew to maximize their election chances.

Thurmond saw a century of changes

MCG outreach group urges awareness of HIV risk factors
David Thompson found out he had HIV from a crying doctor.

Across South Carolina
Teacher is diagnosed with viral meningitis

Strom Thurmond biographical information
Here is biographical information about Strom Thurmond.

Beer sales will ring up Sunday
AIKEN - It's official: Beer will be sold in Aiken this Sunday.

Thurmond saw a century of changes
Former Sen. Strom Thurmond, who became the longest-serving senator in the nation's history, was born in Edgefield County, S.C., a year before the Wright Brothers showed man the secret of powered flight.

Reaction to Strom Thurmond's death

Augusta crews run flood drill at levee openings
Charlie Ivy Jr. (right) and Melvin Isenhour straighten a beam as it is placed into the levee opening on Sixth Street.

Strom Thurmond biographical information

Board raises taxes
The increasing price of public education will cost Richmond County homeowners next year.

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dies

Vehicle law moves slowly
AIKEN - John Wade is a plumber trying to make a living, but his truck is too big, so that makes him a lawbreaker.

MCG outreach group urges awareness of HIV risk factors

Baker asks court to drop case on who calls legal shots

Russian experts to head to Aiken

Hundreds line up to pay respects to Maynard Jackson
ATLANTA -- Hundreds of mourners waited in lines stretching two blocks Thursday to pay their respects to Maynard Jackson, first black mayor of Atlanta.

School mascot's removal remains issue of debate

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cynthia S. Reynolds of New Ellenton.

Rants and Raves
PEOPLE WHO WORK in the public and deal with the public should have a better demeanor about themselves. I'm not asking for a long-term friendship, just a simple greeting.

Across the area
Amid a barrage of media reports about family members being called to the bedside of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, a family friend said Thursday that the South Carolina political legend has been weakening during the past few days, but he declined further comment about his condition.

Traffic stop turns up cocaine, $34,000 cash
AIKEN - Two Aiken County deputies making a routine traffic stop early Thursday on Interstate 20 happened on more than a pound of cocaine and a shoebox stuffed with $34,000 in cash, authorities said.

Russian experts to head to Aiken
AIKEN - A team of nuclear scientists from Russia will visit Aiken next month to complete a management course aimed at training Cold War-era nuclear experts to use their skills on the free market and not on weapons of mass destruction.

USC trustees approve 15 percent tuition increase
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- University of South Carolina trustees on Thursday approved a 15 percent tuition increase to help offset state budget cuts.

Ex-Clemson stars approve expansion
If you're searching for a sensible reason for why the ACC redrafted its expansion whims at the 11th hour, there isn't one. My best guess is that former Clemson star quarterback Steve Fuller infiltrated the decisive conference call to rock the vote.

Woods: Integrity of golf in peril
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - The dirtiest word in golf is "cheating." According to the game's greatest practitioner, it is happening "more and more often" on the PGA Tour.

Simple auto tips can make every drive a safe one
A rock broke my windshield recently, and after the glass-shop guys had come to replace it in the parking lot at work, I jumped into my car and pulled into traffic.

At the Movies: '28 Days Later'

Zombie movies: A feast for (and of) the mind

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. 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.

N.J. man pleads guilty to posting 'Hulk' bootleg

At the Movies: '28 Days Later'
"28 Days Later" is not the sequel to 2000's "28 Days" - it's far scarier than the idea of a second movie starring Sandra Bullock as a recovering alcoholic.

At the Movies: 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'
Hey, can I tell you a something? Come closer, I have to whisper it ... I secretly want to be one of Charlie's Angels.

At the Movies: 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'

Zombie movies: A feast for (and of) the mind
LOS ANGELES -- Braaaiins! Everyone knows that zombies love to snack on them, but many movies about the shuffling cranial-crackers also target gray matter with social commentary hidden beneath the horror.

Mini reviews

N.J. man pleads guilty to posting 'Hulk' bootleg
NEW YORK -- A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a bootleg copy of the action film "The Hulk" and posting it on the Internet before the movie was released in theaters.

'Wild Thangs' make coach's heart sing
The Georgia Wild Thangs make their coach's heart sing.

CD shows jazz singer has learned some lessons
Sometimes the most interesting releases are not artists' finest work, the pinnacle of their recording careers. Instead, it's the releases that capture them in the the process of learning to be the performers they will become that fire the imagination. It's a funny thing, because for every Sgt. Pepper fan, there's a music fan ready and willing to wax poetic about Revolver.

Top 20 Concert Tours

Music companies vow to sue hundreds of Internet users sharing songs

Female rap group doesn't hide its suburban New York roots
Yes, hip-hop trio Northern State is three white women from Long Island, N.Y., and yes, they have taken the hallmarks of classic hip-hop and made them their own.

Female rap group doesn't hide its suburban New York roots

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

CD shows jazz singer has learned some lessons

Music companies vow to sue hundreds of Internet users sharing songs
WASHINGTON -- The music industry pledged to begin steps Thursday to file lawsuits against hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files on the Internet, an aggressive gamble to cripple online piracy by suing some of music's biggest fans.

Music industry to sue hundreds for piracy
WASHINGTON - The embattled music industry disclosed plans Wednesday for an unprecedented escalation in its fight against Internet piracy, threatening to sue hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.

Dallenbach turns in fastest time at Pikes Peak qualifying
CASCADE, Colo. -- Paul Dallenbach had the fastest time Thursday in qualifying for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a run of 5 minutes, 3.085 seconds in an open-wheel car.

Rain, war don't stop viewers

Short-track racing fires up IRL drivers
RICHMOND, Va. -- IRL cars crashed in bunches the first two times the series ran at Richmond International Raceway - a classic NASCAR bullring.

Racing facts - GNC Livewell 250
Here are facts about this weekend's GNC Livewell 250 race.

Short-track racing fires up IRL drivers

Rain, war don't stop viewers
ATLANTA - The war with Iraq and rain delays at the two of the crown jewel events couldn't slow NASCAR's popularity among Fox television viewers this year.

Herta to replace Franchitti for rest of season
RICHMOND, Va. -- Bryan Herta will replace injured driver Dario Franchitti in the Indy Racing League car owned by Andretti Green Racing, the team said Thursday.

Racing's gentlemen's agreement - R-i-i-i-ght
ATLANTA - Given the choice of being ungentlemanly or winning a race, Robby Gordon picked winning. After all, manners are better used at the dinner table, not the racetrack.

Racing's gentlemen's agreement - R-i-i-i-ght

Q&A with Chad Blount

Q&A with Chad Blount
Chad Blount is a rookie on the NASCAR Busch Series. He will compete in Sunday's GNC LiveWell 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. Blount, who will drive a Dodge that commemorates Bobby Allison's 1983 Winston Cup Series championship while he drove for Miller Beer, talked about the rigors of being a first-year driver and his goal of driving a Winston Cup car.

NASA chief hopes to resume shuttle flights by April

LeBron James selected first by Cleveland in NBA draft
NEW YORK -- LeBron James was chosen No. 1 in the NBA draft Thursday night and strode onstage wearing an all-white suit, appropriate garb for a player expected to be the savior of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James, other NBA lottery picks, turn to Charlotte clothier for right look

Anthony might be third pick, but doesn't think he's third best
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony is conceding nothing to LeBron James and Darko Milicic, except that they will be the first two picks in the NBA draft.

Bosh, Hayes go in top 10 of NBA draft

Kitchings says any outcome will suit him
There will be no drama in the Kitchings household tonight.

Kitchings says any outcome will suit him

Cavs focusing on second draft pick
CLEVELAND -- The No. 1 pick in the NBA draft is a no-brainer for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The No. 31 selection will require a lot more thinking.

How many trades, if any, will be made at NBA draft?

How many trades, if any, will be made at NBA draft?
NEW YORK -- At least one person closely associated with the NBA draft believes there will be several trades made Thursday night, and Marquette junior Dwyane Wade expects he may be a factor in those dealings.

Bosh, Hayes go in top 10 of NBA draft
ATLANTA -- The NBA draft had a definite home-state flare. Chris Bosh from Georgia Tech and Jarvis Hayes of Georgia were among the first 10 players taken Thursday night.

James, other NBA lottery picks, turn to Charlotte clothier for right look
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When teenage phenom LeBron James steps onstage at Madison Square Garden as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, he wants to look the part of a rich and successful professional athlete.

LeBron James selected first by Cleveland in NBA draft

Hawks in limbo on draft day

Hawks in limbo on draft day
ATLANTA -- Draft day is a time of optimism for the NBA's downtrodden teams.

Anthony might be third pick, but doesn't think he's third best

Cavs focusing on second draft pick

Falcons notebook

Mr. Leroy Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Christopher Hickman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Davis    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjorie Barbee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Quick Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janyce Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Michael Burch    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Leroy Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Durham    (CAVE SPRING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jacqueline Bryan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Linnenkohl    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Walker    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Rev. Franklin Counts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Stagg Jr.    (PANAMA CITY, Fla.)
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Mr. Bennie Davis    (MONETTA, S.C.)
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Rev. Franklin Counts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lonzie Davis    (HOMESTEAD, Fla.,)
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Mr. Arthur Armstrong    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. William Downie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Granade    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Tillie Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jacobey Hood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Cassandra Ginn    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Anna Perkins    (VIDALIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Junior Glover    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Brenda Spivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Nellie Hadden    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Reginald Barnes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eda Hayes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mamie Stanley    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. William Holley    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Brenda Spivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janyce Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Linnenkohl    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Bennie Davis    (MONETTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lugenia Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Dennison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Reyes Mendoza    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Dr. William Barfield Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Earnest Padgett Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Cassandra Ginn    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Ms. Corine Pickens    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Miss Nellie Hadden    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Quick Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. William Holley    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Aileen Raines    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Patricia Jones    (HENDERSONVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Ms. Annie Bass    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Reyes Mendoza    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Roberson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Ms. Corine Pickens    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sara Ruff    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lester Reagan    (GIDDY SWAMP, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Aycock    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Stephens    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. James Wooten    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Estelle Wheelbarger    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Rev. Fannie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence Turner    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Ingram    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Barbaria    (VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.)
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Rev. Franklin Counts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Stanley (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Linnenkohl (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Miss Nellie Hadden (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Reyes Mendoza (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Turner (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Padgett Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Junior Glover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Reyes Mendoza (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Rev. Franklin Counts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Holley (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. James Wooten (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Quick Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Rev. Fannie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra Ginn (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Aileen Raines (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Janyce Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lugenia Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Downie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lonzie Davis (HOMESTEAD, Fla.,)

Mrs. Brenda Spivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Corine Pickens (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Michael Burch (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Dennison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stagg Jr. (PANAMA CITY, Fla.)

Dr. William Barfield Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janyce Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Davis (MONETTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Aycock (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Wheelbarger (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Corine Pickens (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Barbaria (VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.)

Mrs. Patricia Jones (HENDERSONVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Nellie Hadden (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Hickman (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Spivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Davis (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Holley (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Armstrong (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Quick Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Reginald Barnes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Barbee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Reagan (GIDDY SWAMP, S.C.)

Ms. Tillie Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra Ginn (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Davis (MONETTA, S.C.)

Ms. Annie Bass (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Stephens (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Linnenkohl (STAPLETON, Ga.)

'Wild Thangs' make coach's heart sing

Henman hopes for new script at Wimbledon

Overtime

Get in the game - North Augusta Jackets

Rusedski's fine: Many say it was too little

Area announcements

Roddick beats Rusedski in Wimbledon shootout

In the game spotlight

Youth basketball team to vie for national title

ACC invites Miami, Virginia Tech to join

Miami considering counterproposals from Big East

Rahman itching for opportunity to fight Mesi

Capriati enjoys tea, biscuits and winning at Wimbledon

Big East lawsuit will move forward

Overtime

ACC invites Miami, Virginia Tech to join
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference ended its six-week expansion saga Wednesday by inviting only Miami and Virginia Tech to leave the Big East and join its league.

Get in the game - North Augusta Jackets
The North Augusta Jackets, a 13-and-younger boys basketball team based in North Augusta.

Big East lawsuit will move forward
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Having been invited to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia Tech withdrew Wednesday from the Big East's lawsuit against the ACC, Miami and Boston College, but the litigation will move forward.

Rusedski's fine: Many say it was too little
WIMBLEDON, England -- Even tournament referee Alan Mills believes the $2,500 fine against Greg Rusedski for using profanity in his second-round loss wasn't enough.

Overtime
Jean Reynolds shot even- par 70 in the final round to capture the Georgia State Golf Association's Women's Top 60 Classic by six strokes Thursday.

Man in Tyson brawl case released from jail
NEW YORK -- One of two men charged in a street brawl with Mike Tyson was released from jail Thursday after prosecutors failed to produce a sworn statement from the former heavyweight champion.

Rahman itching for opportunity to fight Mesi
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- If Joe Mesi wants to fight a name opponent to solidify his place as a heavyweight contender, Hasim Rahman is ready.

Overtime
Augusta's Laura Coble is two shots off the lead after the first round of the Georgia Women's Top 60 Classic in St. Simons Island.

Youth basketball team to vie for national title
Another grueling two-hour practice inside the steamy North Augusta Middle School gymnasium is finally over when one of the coaches offers the team of 13-year-old boys some food for thought.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Damien Williams, 16, of Augusta.

Roddick beats Rusedski in Wimbledon shootout
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick won a serving showdown and Greg Rusedski lost his cool Wednesday at Wimbledon.

Miami considering counterproposals from Big East
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami will consider counterproposals from the Big East Conference before deciding whether to accept an offer to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Ballplayer pinch hits for Army wife at family restaurant
COLUMBUS, Ga. - After two decades as a professional softball player, Charles Wright knows how to step up to the plate.

Capriati enjoys tea, biscuits and winning at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jennifer Capriati enjoys the atmosphere, tradition and locker-room snacks at Wimbledon. Her only complaint is that she'd like more tickets - and a championship trophy.

Henman hopes for new script at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- The fans rose right on cue, clapping, yelling and waving Union Jack flags as the Centre Court scoreboard flashed a five-set victory for the Briton. Now the question is: Will life imitate art in 1 1/2 weeks?

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Three months into his career with the Atlanta Falcons, Cory Hall no longer dreads the notion of leaving home.

The general loves his country

The general loves his country
As the Fourth of July approaches, it is nice to find out that one of America's heroes of the Iraq war, Gen. Tommy Franks, is not only a country-music fan but a country-music singer.

Woods: Integrity of golf in peril

Ex-Clemson stars approve expansion

Steinbeck wrote visual stories

NASA chief hopes to resume shuttle flights by April
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's boss said Thursday he hopes to resume space shuttle flights by next April and promised to go well beyond the recommendations of the Columbia accident investigation board for improving safety.

Study: TV lags in depicting Hispanic population
LOS ANGELES -- Hispanics are the nation's largest and fastest-growing minority, their buying power is increasing - yet they remain barely visible on the major broadcast networks, according to a study released Tuesday.

Reruns top new episodes of reality TV
NEW YORK - So far this summer, television viewers prefer reruns of old favorites to anything new that broadcast networks have to offer.

Study: TV lags in depicting Hispanic population

Showtime's dark comedy probes business side of death
LOS ANGELES -- "Angels don't like getting their hands dirty. You know, upper management types," declares Rube, one of the grim reapers who populate Showtime's new drama "Dead Like Me."

Showtime's dark comedy probes business side of death

Reruns top new episodes of reality TV

Babes and gadgets: it worked in magazines, will it work on TV?
NEW YORK -- Gadgets, wrestling and Pamela Anderson - is this what guys want?

Babes and gadgets: it worked in magazines, will it work on TV?

Ashanti finds the spotlight as a star

Club calendar

Top 20 Concert Tours

Video watch

'Enter The Matrix' a wild ride through a bizarre land

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

Michael Jackson sings with James Brown at BET Awards

Steinbeck wrote visual stories
Nearly 35 years after his death, John Steinbeck is about to get hot again.

Former USC player pleads guilty to drug charge
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A former South Carolina running back and kick returner has pleaded guilty to drug charges in a plea bargain and will likely get probation.

Court allows charges in case where sex offender and victim never met

Texas woman found guilty in 'windshield' case

Odds and Ends

Man charged with murder after knife-proof vest fails test

Chicken that was tied to balloons is up for adoption

Chickens are becoming hip suburban pets