Performance artists put safety first

Clinton's book sales top 1 million

Performance artists put safety first
The heavy rope knots spin slowly at first, tracing lazy circles in the air.

New theater company to perform occasionally

Clinton's book sales top 1 million
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has sold more than 1 million copies of her memoir "Living History," in almost exactly a month, her publisher announced Wednesday.

Small cast fills many roles in musical revue
Five women and many characters make up the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's production of the musical revue A ... My Name is Alice.

New theater company to perform occasionally
Nobody answers the office phone at the Occasional Theatre Company.

Small cast fills many roles in musical revue

Former Mariners manager eager to see old pals at Safeco Field

Former Mariners manager eager to see old pals at Safeco Field
SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki laughs when he considers the possibilities for this weekend's three-game series between the Mariners and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Varitek, Jenkins win online All-Star balloting
NEW YORK -- Boston catcher Jason Varitek and Milwaukee outfielder Geoff Jenkins won the Internet balloting for the final spots on their respective All-Star teams.

Report: Coors Field escalator missed December inspection
DENVER -- A Coors Field escalator that malfunctioned and injured 32 baseball fans missed a scheduled inspection in December and operated for six months without a permit, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.

Scioscia wants change to All-Star selection rules
NEW YORK -- Now that the All-Star game "counts," AL manager Mike Scioscia thinks it's time to drop the rule requiring every team to have a player in the game.

Marine who covered statue's face with flag throws out first pitch
NEW YORK -- The Marine who covered the face of a Saddam Hussein statue with an American flag threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.

Scioscia wants change to All-Star selection rules

Marine who covered statue's face with flag throws out first pitch

Fantasy Baseball: The votes are in; roster is ready

Fantasy Baseball: The votes are in; roster is ready
The numbers are crunched and the players have been ranked.

Knowledge alters sum of equations in work, romance

Yolanda Renea Cooper

Mary Claire Brewton
Timothy and Teresa Brewton of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Claire Brewton, Friday, June 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Patricia Gregory of Advance, N.C., James Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Brewton, all of Augusta.

Christian Spencer Hall
William F. Hall Jr. and Esperanza D. Hall of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Christian Spencer Hall, Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joel and Ruby Gomez of Corpus Christi, Texas, and William and Shirley Hall of North Augusta.

Ashley Logan Grant
Joel G. and Roz A. Grant of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Logan Grant, Saturday, May 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ronald Alberson, Pat Alexander and James Grant, all of North Augusta, and the late Anne Grant.

Carson Andrew Murray
Charles P. and Laura A. Murray of Evans announce the birth of a son, Carson Andrew Murray, Friday, June 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Montalro of Martinez, Mrs. Kathy Murray of Augusta and the late Charles C. Murray.

Isaiah Rocquiear Alexander
Issac Alexander and Letesia D. McGahee, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Isaiah Rocquiear Alexander, Thursday, June 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donald and Janice McGahee of Augusta.

Julianna Ray Owens

Shelby Jane Eneroldsen

Brian Micheal Lewis
Brian and La'Toya Lewis of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brian Micheal Lewis, Friday, June 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tony Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lewis and Cathy Harris-Turner, all of Augusta.

Martin Dixon McGregor III

Ashlyn Skyler Heard
Stephen and Dena Heard of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Ashlyn Skyler Heard, Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are William D. Crowe Sr. and Anthony S. Heard Sr., both of Evans, Linda W. Wilson of Grovetown and Jean A. Roberson of Aiken.

Ryann Ashley Kramer

Adrian Javon McCray Jr.

Qua'von Markell Gibbons

Ashlyn Skyler Heard

Martin Dixon McGregor III
Martin D. McGregor Jr. and Heather J. McGregor of Evans announce the birth of a son, Martin Dixon McGregor III, Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hamilton of Lilburn, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. M. Dixon McGregor Sr. of Evans.

Adrian Javon McCray Jr.
Adrian McCray Sr. and Syreeta McCray of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Adrian Javon McCray Jr., Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wilson Sr. of Hephzibah, and Ralph Utley, Idella McCray and John McCray, all of Augusta.

Trinity Alora Kelly
Matthew and Melinda Kelly of Montmorenci announce the birth of a daughter, Trinity Alora Kelly, Friday, June 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Cathy Cunningham of Jackson and Robert and Nancy Kelly of Montmorenci.

Ryann Ashley Kramer
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Kramer of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Ryann Ashley Kramer, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ted and Mary Collins of Augusta, Norman Kramer of Eaton, Ohio, and Belinda Campbell of Wellsburg, W. Va.

Lleyton Louis Lackey
Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel L. Lackey of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Lleyton Louis Lackey, Sunday, June 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henderson Jr. of Conyers, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Lackey of Monroe, Ga.

Ashley Logan Grant

Chase Austin Lynch
Kenny and Shelley Lynch of Huntersville, N.C., announce the birth of a son, Chase Austin Lynch, Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Majors Hamby of Appling, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark of Augusta, Lina Lynch of Hephzibah and the late Kenneth Lynch.

Bailey Alexis Young
Mark and Melissa Young of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Bailey Alexis Young, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Newman and Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Young, all of Augusta.

Malik Daquan McMurtrey
Richard Quiller and Lisha McMurtrey, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Malik Daquan McMurtrey, Thursday, June 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ron and Shelly Cosby of Yukon, Okla., and Phil McMurtrey of McAlester, Okla.

Myles Jacob Garnto
Joel and Kelly Garnto of Evans announce the birth of a son, Myles Jacob Garnto, Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Don North and Mr. and Mrs. Derrell Garnto, all of Evans.

Tamea Alana Cowart
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Ray Cowart of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Tamea Alana Cowart, Monday, June 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Henry Bush and Pauline Miller of Augusta and Robert and Peggy Cowart of Metter, Ga.

Malik Daquan McMurtrey

Brian Micheal Lewis

Isaiah Rocquiear Alexander

Bailey Alexis Young

Julianna Ray Owens
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Owens of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Julianna Ray Owens, Monday, June 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Helen Strickland of Lakeland, Ga., Mrs. Lynn Sawyer of Grovetown, Johnny Owens of North Augusta and the late John W. Strickland.

Qua'von Markell Gibbons
Ronnie Carter and Ebony Gibbons, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Qua'von Markell Gibbons, Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rebie Gibbons, Carrie Gibbons and Johnnie Mae Carter, all of Augusta.

Yolanda Renea Cooper
Anthony and Audrey Cooper of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Yolanda Renea Cooper, Thursday, June 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Carrie Thomas and Frank Cooper of Augusta and the late Richard Thomas and Clara Jackson.

Shelby Jane Eneroldsen
Jasen and Desiree Eneroldsen of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Shelby Jane Eneroldsen, Sunday, June 1, 2003 at University Hospital. Grandparents are Claude and Kathy Reeves of Aiken, Hal and Brenda Barden of Beaufort, S.C., and Charles and Patricia Eneroldsen of Edgefield, S.C.

Mary Claire Brewton

Nicholas Carlton Cosby
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher D. Cosby of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Carlton Cosby, Thursday, June 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Vintson of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Cosby of Perry, Ga.

Trinity Alora Kelly

Chase Austin Lynch

Tamea Alana Cowart

Lleyton Louis Lackey

Emma Grace Chambers
Neal and Heather Chambers of Barnwell, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Grace Chambers, Sunday, June 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin O. Wilson Jr. of Williston, S.C., Mrs. Joanne Barker of Rome,, Ga. and the late Henry N. Chambers Sr.

Odds and Ends
SINGAPORE -- Good news for gum lovers. The government of this island nation announced Thursday it will allow chewing gum, long-banned here, to be sold - although only from pharmacies.

Museum preserves history of embalming Civil War dead
FREDERICK, Md. -- The table is a peeling wooden door, laid flat across two upright barrels.

Elvis' tooth, hair on eBay auction
A piece of the King's smile is on the auction block. A tooth purportedly pulled from Elvis Presley's mouth at a dentist's office, along with a lock of his hair and one of his gold records, are on eBay, an Internet auction Web site.

Woman accused of selling 2-year-old son to buy OxyContin
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A mother has been arrested on charges of trying to sell her 2-year-old son for $500 so she could buy OxyContin.

City trees grow twice as large as rural trees, study says
Scientists who set out to gauge the impact of urban pollutants on trees have made a surprising discovery - trees planted near New York City's congested mean streets actually grow twice as large as their rural counterparts.

Baseball player not charged after hitting 'sausage' with bat
MILWAUKEE -- In a bizarre scene during a popular costume race at Milwaukee Brewers games, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon bopped a woman dressed as a huge Italian sausage with a bat and was arrested.

Odds and Ends
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- It was canine intuition when an injured black Labrador retriever did a doggone good job of getting medical attention.

Braves notebook
CHICAGO - Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux hates to reveal his secrets, so when a change in his approach was brought up after Thursday afternoon's 13-3 bashing of the Chicago Cubs, the four-time Cy Young winner arched an eyebrow and asked, "What's (catcher) Henry (Blanco) doing talking about my pitch patterns?"

Braves complete Mets sweep

Braves complete Mets sweep
NEW YORK - Atlanta pitcher Russ Ortiz shrugged and gave a predictable answer when asked whether he had a chance to start Tuesday's All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - Don't look for Atlanta right fielder Gary Sheffield to take part in Monday's Home Run Derby prior to Tuesday's All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Braves notebook

Atlanta Braves' offense breezes past Chicago
CHICAGO - On the flagpole atop the center-field scoreboard, the American flag fluttered outward with distressing ripples, a not-so-subtle reminder that pitchers work at Wrigley Field at their own peril.

Atlanta Braves' offense breezes past Chicago

J.D. Power: Lexus again leads in dependability
DETROIT -- Lexus maintained its top spot for the ninth year in automobile dependability rankings, while Kia was at the bottom, according to an annual study by market researcher J.D. Power and Associates.

Company details expansion
Calling his company's newest product an anchor for biotechnology in Augusta, Lexicor Health Systems Inc. President and CEO Steve Xenakis announced details Thursday on the company's expansion in the local market.

More Americans file new claims for jobless benefits
WASHINGTON -- More American workers signed up for unemployment benefits last week, fresh evidence that businesses are keeping work forces lean and playing it safe until the economy shows clear signs of improvement.

Dino's owner thrives
After graduating from college three years ago, Dino Dakuras' illusions about entering the business world were quickly shattered after he took a job in copier sales.

Greenspan: High natural gas prices affecting some industries

Company details expansion

DaimlerChrysler delays decision on new Georgia plant
ATLANTA -- DaimlerChrysler AG postponed a decision Wednesday on building a van plant that would create 3,300 jobs in coastal Georgia, a company spokesman said.

Aiken unemployment drops

Radio stations get new manager
It's as if the signs have always pointed toward Barry Kaye ending up in Augusta.

DaimlerChrysler delays decision on new Georgia plant

Radio stations get new manager

Conference is expected to be about expansion

Conference is expected to be about expansion
An Augusta medical equipment company is expected to announce today the creation of more than 250 jobs by bringing in a new project.

J.D. Power: Lexus again leads in dependability

Stocks pull back in advance of earnings reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Wednesday as investors cashed in profits from the market's recent rally while they await second-quarter earnings reports. Fears of a potentially unfavorable legal ruling against Altria Group also weighed on shares.

Greenspan: High natural gas prices affecting some industries
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that high natural gas prices and shortages are already having an adverse impact on some industries, but as yet not much direct fallout to the overall economy.

Aiken unemployment drops
AIKEN - South Carolina employment officials are looking for sweetness and light in the face of a persistently sour economy and continued job losses between May and June.

More Americans file new claims for jobless benefits

Dino's owner thrives

Stocks pull back in advance of earnings reports

Retailers report modest gains for June
NEW YORK -- The arrival of warm weather at the end of June helped drive sales of air conditioners and bathing suits, but it came too late to lift overall monthly sales at the nation's retailers, which reported only modest gains on Thursday.

Judge's Big East ties no problem for ACC lawyers
VERNON, Conn. -- A lawyer for the Atlantic Coast Conference has no problem with the Big East ties of the judge overseeing a lawsuit between the two conferences.

Army football to leave Conference USA after 2004 season
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army's football team will leave Conference USA after the 2004 season to play as an independent again.

NCAA investigation into Mississippi State still going
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State will have to wait at least a few more weeks - and maybe much more - to learn the findings of an NCAA investigation into possible rules violations by the Bulldogs' football program.

Attorney: Dotson won't talk to police unless judge orders

Bloody Charles must go
Charles Taylor, the two-bit, Third-World thug who has nearly destroyed his own country, wants U.S. intervention to save Liberia from falling further into chaos. He reiterated this demand Monday, just hours before President George W. Bush arrived in Africa for a five-nation visit, adding "they (the United States) owe it to us."

Don't change tax date

Voters should decide
It appears Columbia County voters are on their way toward electing an at-large school board chairperson. The Board of Education has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal July 28 at Evans High School. Currently, trustees pick their own presiding officer, and that's the way they'd like to keep it.

SRS pit plan backed
Not all of the protesters who turned out at the North Augusta Community Center Monday evening to battle against a proposed $4 billion plutonium pit facility at the Savannah River Site were from out of the area, but most were.

SRS pit plan backed

Bloody Charles must go

Voters should decide

Don't change tax date
There are three certainties in life - death, taxes and the date on which taxes are due each year, April 15. Well, Congress is considering changing the latter certainty. Bad idea.

Standing ovations
Tony Williams and his father, Pops "B.B." Williams, perform a free concert with their band, Tony Williams' Blues Express, and Atlanta act the Sailcats from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk Augusta at Eighth Street. The elder Mr. Williams spent many years playing in the B.B. King band.

Ashton Kutcher staying with 'That '70s Show'
LOS ANGELES -- Ashton Kutcher will be stuck in the '70s for at least another two years.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Applause calendar
Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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

Stocks retreat on Yahoo! earnings, rise in jobless claims
NEW YORK -- An unexpected rise in jobless claims unnerved Wall Street on Thursday, sending stocks sharply lower on worries the market's recent rally might have come too far, too fast. Yahoo! earnings which met, but didn't beat, estimates also disappointed investors.

Social Security Administration vulnerable to identity thieves
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration's policies for issuing identification cards and numbers to infants, foreign students and citizens who report lost or stolen cards leave the agency vulnerable to identity thieves.

Stocks pull back in advance of earnings reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Wednesday as investors cashed in profits from the market's recent rally while they await second-quarter earnings reports. Fears of a potentially unfavorable legal ruling against Altria Group also weighed on shares.

Stocks pull back in advance of earnings reports

Mortgage rates rise, but remain below levels of a year ago
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages, which climbed to a nine-week high this week, are still lower than a year ago and should continue to support America's thriving housing market.

Cable television rate hikes outpace inflation, FCC says

Administration urges protections against identity theft

Mortgage rates rise, but remain below levels of a year ago

Social Security Administration vulnerable to identity thieves

Administration urges protections against identity theft
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration urged Congress Wednesday to strengthen the nation's credit laws to make it harder for crooks to steal other people's identities.

Stocks retreat on Yahoo! earnings, rise in jobless claims

Cable television rate hikes outpace inflation, FCC says
WASHINGTON -- Cable television rates rose faster than inflation last year, the Federal Communication Commission said in its annual report on the industry's prices.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
High heat indices are producing the Dog Days of Summer on Strom Thurmond Lake, so maybe it's time to head to the Georgia or South Carolina coasts.

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.

Cafe du Teau makes brunch special

Cafe du Teau makes brunch special
We've discovered the coziest place in town to spend a lazy, drizzly Sunday morning.

A blooming success
It's hard to focus on Genie Lehman's garden because, as "one of the few old Augustans left," she is so interesting.

Wet summer only aggravates South's existing tick problems
I have gotten more than my usual number of calls about ticks this summer. I blame it on all the rain, just like everything else.

Wet summer only aggravates South's existing tick problems

A blooming success

Georgia Tech notebook
MACON, Ga. - Of Georgia Tech's three senior linebackers, Ather Brown is sure to draw the least attention.

Texans select former Jacket
ATLANTA - A phone call at a Twiggs County, Ga., grocery store kicked off a large celebration for the Hollings family Thursday.

Georgia Tech notebook

Early Augusta lead falls against Rome
The difference between unqualified and marginal success on the mound can be traced to one bad pitch here, one mistake there for Luis Villareal.

Jackets retain lead to get beyond Rome
From the throes of a horrific slump to the glory of delivering the key hit Thursday night, maybe Brett Bonvechio is finally ready to turn the corner.

After shopping for furniture, I need to sit down

Lunke finding life of champ hectic

LPGA tournament to be shown on Internet

Morgan leads after an opening-round 64 at Senior Players
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Former champion Gil Morgan made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Thursday to cap an 8-under 64 that gave him a two-stroke lead after the first round at the Senior Players Championship.

Watson gets another shot at Lietzke at the Senior Players
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Tom Watson got off to a fast start at his last two major championships. Keeping up that pace was a problem.

Watson gets another shot at Lietzke at the Senior Players

Ex-Jaguar earns split in matches

Els leads with 64 on rainy day at Scottish Open
LUSS, Scotland -- Ernie Els posted an early 7-under 64 that held up for a two-stroke lead in the rain-suspended opening round of the Scottish Open on Thursday.

Morgan leads after an opening-round 64 at Senior Players

Lunke finding life of champ hectic
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Hilary Lunke is finding life as the U.S. Women's Open champion a bit hectic.

Woods commits to new tournament
BOSTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods said Wednesday he will play this September in the Deutsche Bank Championship, a tournament whose charitable proceeds will benefit his foundation.

Woods commits to new tournament

Division II champs get new golf coach
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Mark Gaynor has his work cut out for him as Francis Marion's new men's golf coach - following up on the program's first NCAA championship.

Perry fond of public courses - he owns one

Ballesteros pulls out of British Open again
SANDWICH, England -- Three-time British Open champion Seve Ballesteros pulled out of next week's tournament at Royal St. George's - the second straight year he will miss the major.

Els leads with 64 on rainy day at Scottish Open

LPGA tournament to be shown on Internet
SEATTLE -- This weekend's Canadian Women's Open will be the first LPGA tournament to be shown live on the Internet.

Sorenstam withdraws from tournament after six holes
SURREY, British Columbia -- Annika Sorenstam played six holes Thursday then withdrew from the Canadian Women's Open.

Blake takes lead with 29 on second nine

Ex-Jaguar earns split in matches
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson split a pair of matches in Thursday's first day of the Palmer Cup collegiate tournament at Kiawah Island Club's Cassique course.

Ballesteros pulls out of British Open again

Division II champs get new golf coach

Perry fond of public courses - he owns one
MILWAUKEE -- Kenny Perry has a soft spot for public golf courses such as Brown Deer Park, site of this week's Greater Milwaukee Open.

Blake takes lead with 29 on second nine
MILWAUKEE -- Jay Don Blake wasn't thinking about taking the lead at the Greater Milwaukee Open when he saved par with a 9-foot putt on his final hole.

Early Augusta lead falls against Rome

Jackets retain lead to get beyond Rome

Knowledge alters sum of equations in work, romance
John, Dianne, Lauren, Chris and Scott Hammond; Melinda and Lindsay Sadler; and Dwayne, Beth, Ryan and Tyler Moulton, all of North Augusta, send a card from Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Aiken standoff ends
AIKEN - Aiken authorities said they restricted traffic on two roads this morning after a man refused to allow them to serve a warrant.

Drilling in refuge no help to national security
In his June 18 column, "Who pays to protect environment?," Walter Williams puts forward a rather bizarre theory about environmentalists' motivations, then he starts to hypothesize about things he demonstrably fails to comprehend. Mike Runnels, Hephzibah, Ga.

Jobs pit plant would bring not worth it
The proposed "Modern Pit Facility" at Savannah River Site would help make weapons of mass destruction. It would make new plutonium pits - the main component of a nuclear weapon that serves as a trigger and allows it to explode. People who support the construction of this facility do so mainly because of the 400 new jobs in the pits it would bring. Jody Jones, North Augusta, S.C.

Doesn't trust justice system
I am sitting here in shock, even after a few days have passed since the verdict was reached in the case of Boyceland Dairy vs. the City of Augusta. I am praying that I never have to depend on our justice system. Kathy Widner, Keysville, Ga.

Drilling in refuge no help to national security

Democracy in action at pit meeting
I was at the Modern Pit Facility meeting in North Augusta on July 7. As I sat there, I thought to myself that this meeting was basic evidence of democracy in action. People were present to let their voices be heard and their actions evidenced. H. Perry Holcomb, North Augusta, S.C.

Poor planning dampens plans for 4th
We have lived in Augusta for four years and love it. One of the greatest additions to Augusta is Augusta Golf & Gardens, where we are members. We had planned on celebrating the 4th of July with our friends there to enjoy the great celebration of fireworks. Joyce and Bob Schloesser, Augusta

Poor planning dampens plans for 4th

Column on women in the military insults the intelligence
Mona Charen's statement regarding "predictable results" in her July 2 column, "A patsy for feminist myth makers," is an insult to the normal intelligence of men and women. If you have more women than before in dangerous areas, you are going to have more female injuries or deaths to record. It does not mean the women are incompetent - they were just where a man would have been, therefore resulting in a female injury instead of a male one. Teresa Glackin-Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

First contact

Camera-equipped cell phones create trouble

Microsoft launches speech-recognition software

Health calendar

FDA to force food labels to reveal artery-clogging trans fat

Packages with transmitters on the way

In the know

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.

Camera-equipped cell phones create trouble
TOKYO -- It may have been inevitable. Now that cell phones with little digital cameras have spread throughout Asia, so have new brands of misbehavior.

In the know
It's been some 20 years since moviegoers were last asked to slap on glasses and bear the slings and arrows of outrageous 3-D movies flying off the screen, and nearly 50 years since the format's Golden Age.

Blood test can provide early prognosis for MS patients
Scientists have developed a blood test that appears to be the first reliable way to predict whether patients with neurological problems such as tingling or blurred vision will soon develop the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is offering $100 to the photographer who manages to capture the essence of summer on film. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, we want the photographs to tell a story.

First contact
Children may wield hefty powers of persuasion when it comes to their parents, but when it comes to making the move from glasses to contacts, parents have to make some decisions.

FDA to force food labels to reveal artery-clogging trans fat
WASHINGTON -- Trans fat hasn't gotten the attention its infamous cousin, saturated fat, earned through warnings and labels. That's about to change: After 10 years of debate, the government is requiring food labels to reveal exact levels of the artery clogger.

Microsoft launches speech-recognition software
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday released a test version of its new speech-recognition server software, hoping to stake a claim in the market for companies wanting to automate customer service and other functions.

Packages with transmitters on the way
WASHINGTON -- Razor blades and medicines packaged with pinpoint-sized computer chips and tiny antennae that eventually could send retailers and manufacturers a wealth of information about the products - and those who buy them - will start appearing in grocery stores and pharmacies this year.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Anna Claire Parviainen of Augusta.

Across Georgia

Hired killer takes stand

States dread dirtied water

Across Georgia
DAHLONEGA - Two people in a sport utility vehicle died after it collided with a bus carrying campers from nearby Camp Coleman on Thursday morning.

Across the area

Kid of the day

Walker stays in picture

Immigration bill would add to state power

Across South Carolina

Airport security might change hands
Security at Augusta Regional Airport could soon be known by another name - the Augusta Marshal's Department, not Sizemore Security.

Deputy's shot hurts officer during arrest

Cyclists take part in 1,600-mile trek
A group of cyclists pumped their way through Augusta on Thursday on one leg of a 1,600-mile journey from Key West, Fla., to Bloomington, Ind.

Rants and Raves
I HOPE I SEE THIS in the paper, but I doubt it because it steps on too many toes. But this is a rant for all the taxes that have been raised. I don't smoke or drink, but alcohol has killed so many more innocent people and children than tobacco has, and they have just raised the taxes as of July 1. Yet they can't raise the taxes on alcohol because there are too many big wheels that have to take their clients out for a drink.

Airport board debates insurance for dog
Mayday! Mayday! The bird-chasing dog at Augusta Regional Airport has no life insurance!

Deputy's shot hurts officer during arrest
A Richmond County sheriff's narcotics officer was wounded by a deputy's bullet Wednesday, while attempting to apprehend a suspect in a drug deal, police said.

Across Georgia

Feeble case spares YDC
State prosecutors aren't pursuing indictments in the extensive criminal investigation used to justify privatizing the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

Serviceman of the day

Rants and Raves
I HOPE I SEE THIS in the paper, but I doubt it because it steps on too many toes. But this is a rant for all the taxes that have been raised. I don't smoke or drink, but alcohol has killed so many more innocent people and children than tobacco has, and they have just raised the taxes as of July 1. Yet they can't raise the taxes on alcohol because there are too many big wheels that have to take their clients out for a drink.

Feeble case spares YDC

Immigration bill would add to state power
It might be easier to deport law-breaking immigrants out of the country if a new act introduced Wednesday in Congress passes.

News you can use

Across the area
U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen heard the beginning of an appeal in the death sentence case of Mark McClain in federal district court Wednesday.

Rants and Raves
FOR YOU PEOPLE who live in the CSRA and neighboring counties, don't get influenced by people like Tom Clements of Greenpeace and Dr. Mildred McClain of Citizens for Environmental Justice, because if the Savannah River Site - not to mention the possible closure of Fort Gordon - goes dead, all you people who think you're safe in your jobs or business will find out, the hard way, the laws of economics. See you at the welfare office.

Walker stays in picture
ATLANTA - Former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker appears to be laying the groundwork for a political comeback.

Missing woman's family has hope
Family members remain hopeful for the return of an Emanuel County grandmother who has been missing for nearly a month.

Visitors center to move
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau will move its welcome center to the first-floor rotunda of the Augusta Museum of History by the end of the year.

News you can use
JULY 11, 1982 For Augusta native Julia Diane Hill, the third time was a charm.

Missing hotel taxes misrepresent spending
As many as four Richmond County hotels that didn't pay their taxes in April have skewed that month's tax receipts, making it look as though spending during Masters Week declined when it really went up.

Across the area
A tornado touched down at a campground near Baker's Creek in McCormick, S.C., late Thursday night, injuring 32 people, officials at the McCormick Sheriff's Office said.

Georgia's Head Start program could test Bush's plan
ATLANTA -- Georgia could be among the states chosen to test President Bush's plan to put Head Start under state control, a prospect welcomed by the governor but a cause for concern among some advocates of the early childhood program.

Meth lab busts in motel rooms increase
It's a motel manager's worst nightmare: A highly explosive blend of chemicals and toxic vapors secretly brewing under his roof, surrounded on all sides by unsuspecting guests.

Meningitis outbreak tapers off
Health officials say the local outbreak of viral meningitis has slowed to a trickle. And though August is typically the heaviest month, the worst may be over.

Serviceman of the day

New school will be ready for pupils
Rain has delayed paving and site work, but Columbia County school officials have been assured that the new Lewiston Elementary School will be ready when the first bell rings Aug. 6.

School board approves Bible class

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Pfc. John W. Baxley Jr. of Augusta.

New school will be ready for pupils

News you can use
JULY 10, 1932 The slot-machine war flared anew yesterday as city detectives confiscated machines in five establishments and impounded them at police headquarters. Charged with operating a slot machine were Frank DeLoach, John Alberson, Gus Antonokas and T.R. Beckum.

News you can use

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - A prosecutor plans to file charges against the parents of a teenager involved in a fatal crash.

Meningitis outbreak tapers off

Crew cleans up during eviction
Marvin Smith brought about a dozen men to help clean up debris and trash during an eviction at a residence on Nixon Drive early Thursday morning.

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Public works officials will ask the Charleston City Council to borrow $128 million to replace and repair crumbling sewers to avoid a potential environmental catastrophe.

Georgia pupils' writing is still below average

Hired killer takes stand
Hit man Richard Breedlove said Wednesday that he was never paid the promised $4,000 for fatally shooting two Augusta strangers in the face in 1995.

Fire chief, six officers to resign

Across the southeast
MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. -A car that fled police for miles on Interstate 40 on Wednesday crashed and killed two officers who were placing a spike strip in hopes of bringing a peaceful end to the chase.

Visitors center to move

States dread dirtied water
AIKEN - It all boils down to nasty nuclear waste and cool, clean water.

Museum's storage is expanding
Wedding dresses from the 1930s and Army uniforms hang on tissue-padded hangers. Rolled-up rugs are set on shelves alongside boxes of jewelry, quilts and toys.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kassidy Laine Smith, 10 months, of North Augusta.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Officials with the Miss South Carolina pageant say they have no plans to change their program despite an animal rights group's pleas.

Aiken standoff ends

Fire chief, six officers to resign
WAGENER - Chief Mark Redd of the Wagener Volunteer Fire Department said Thursday that he and the six officers who lead the department will resign at Monday's town council meeting, citing a lack of funds and community support.

Crew cleans up during eviction

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Hensley of Hephzibah.

Cyclists take part in 1,600-mile trek

School board approves Bible class
An off-campus Christian education program was approved for a full year Thursday for one Richmond County school, but some school board members have growing concerns about the controversial course.

Witness recalls change in woman's statement

Rants and Raves
FOR YOU PEOPLE who live in the CSRA and neighboring counties, don't get influenced by people like Tom Clements of Greenpeace and Dr. Mildred McClain of Citizens for Environmental Justice, because if the Savannah River Site - not to mention the possible closure of Fort Gordon - goes dead, all you people who think you're safe in your jobs or business will find out, the hard way, the laws of economics. See you at the welfare office.

Airport board debates insurance for dog

Georgia pupils' writing is still below average
Fourth-grade and eighth-grade pupils in Georgia lag behind the national average in writing skills, new test results show.

Across the area

Witness recalls change in woman's statement
Two days before the bullet-ridden bodies of Rhonda Warren and Timothy Hale were found, one of those accused in the double homicide told a friend both were dead.

Across South Carolina

Meth lab busts in motel rooms increase

Georgia's Head Start program could test Bush's plan

After shopping for furniture, I need to sit down
When we bought living room furniture several years ago, it seemed fine in the showroom, but after we got it home, I found I couldn't live with it.

Video watch

New Disney flick attempts to avoid the pirate curse

At the Movies: 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'
It's a high-school dropout's worst nightmare: You buy a ticket to a summer action film. You see all the great characters from the Cliff's Notes you skimmed in a panic before English Lit tests, which you failed spectacularly. And you realize that these characters have gathered on screen to mock you.

Mini reviews

Video watch
Just out: Phone Booth and Basic.

At the Movies: 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'

New Disney flick attempts to avoid the pirate curse
LOS ANGELES -- Ahoy, me buckos! Be thar a pirate curse on them seeking treasure from movie tales of seafaring thieves?

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.

Aiken Fire gets put out in regional soccer final
The Aiken Fire was extinguished in the end, but not before the local soccer team blazed another successful trail in the United States Youth Soccer Association Southeast Regional tournament last week.

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.

Racing facts - Tropicana 400

Q&A with Kevin Harvick

Tracy comes home to Toronto as CART points leader
TORONTO -- Paul Tracy couldn't be in a better position in his return home to Canada.

Q&A with Kevin Harvick
He's won both NASCAR Winston Cup Series events at the Chicagoland Speedway, and it's been a year - the last Chicagoland race - since his last win. Kevin Harvick, the driver hired to replace Dale Earnhardt after his death in 2001 talks about this Sunday's race at Chicagoland and his continuing development at Richard Childress Racing.

3 teams get fined $25,000

3 teams get fined $25,000
JOLIET, Ill. - Three NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams will arrive at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Tropicana 400 a little lighter in the wallet and a little lower on the ladder in the point standings.

Artist adds color to Winston Cup
JOLIET, Ill. - Richard Petty wanted his race cars painted blue. His sponsor, STP, wanted red. So in 1972, they compromised on red and blue.

Tracy comes home to Toronto as CART points leader

Harvick is back on the track he loves

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

Harvick is back on the track he loves
JOLIET, Ill. -- The real season is about to start for Kevin Harvick.

Tropical Storm Claudette nears Jamaica
PORT ROYAL, Jamaica -- Fishermen dragged their skiffs to shore and braced for violent winds and battering waves Wednesday as Tropical Storm Claudette raged off Jamaica's south coast.

Jason Kidd's decision on free agency a week or less away

Jason Kidd's decision on free agency a week or less away
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With San Antonio's wooing of Jason Kidd complete, the New Jersey Nets will get one final shot at keeping the biggest prize on the NBA's free agent market.

Malone commits to Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- Free agent Karl Malone, the NBA's second-leading all-time scorer, committed Thursday to join the Los Angeles Lakers, giving them a lineup with four superstars.

Malone commits to Lakers

Bryant was taken to a hospital following assault allegation
EAGLE, Colo. -- One of the investigators in the case involving Kobe Bryant said Wednesday the NBA star was taken to a hospital hours after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a mountain resort.

Bryant's image taking a hit

Bryant's image taking a hit
With his captivating smile and wholesomely hip-hop persona that appeals to teens on the playground and millionaires in the front row, Kobe Bryant has established himself as one of the top marketable athletes of his era.

Attorney: Dotson won't talk to police unless judge orders
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A former teammate of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy will not talk to police again unless he is ordered to by a judge because of how Waco authorities are handling the case, his attorney said Wednesday.

NCAA plan would target teams for Final Four matchups
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA will consider a proposal that would allow the selection committee for the men's basketball tournament to set up the brackets to make for the best matchups in the Final Four.

Rookie CB signs five-year contract

Phillips ready to fine-tune Atlanta defense

Former QB likes team's chances in 2003

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Overtime

Aiken Fire gets put out in regional soccer final

Armstrong retains second place overall

Water works

In the game spotlight

Armstrong's team wins Tour time trial

Overtime

Greenberg, Clark know to expect hostile environments

Legend of Lance: In N.C. mountains, memory of Armstrong's climb is vivid

Nike buying Converse for $305 million

Schools in Athens object to changes

Overtime
Connecticut will become a full-time football member of the Big East Conference next year, and the league won't add any new schools before the 2005-06 season.

Armstrong retains second place overall
NEVERS, France -- Lance Armstrong finished 53rd in the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday and remained second overall behind U.S. Postal Service teammate Victor Hugo Pena.

Legend of Lance: In N.C. mountains, memory of Armstrong's climb is vivid
BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- Far from the Tour de France, Ken Cluley stands on the pedals of his bicycle through another steep climb, willing himself to the top of Beech Mountain.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Drew Slaton, 12, of Martinez.

Armstrong's team wins Tour time trial
SAINT-DIZIER, France -- Lance Armstrong's team won a time trial Wednesday, putting him in second place and in good position for another Tour de France title as he approaches the punishing Alps.

Get in the game - Swimming
The Aiken Augusta Swim League was founded in 1969 and is known around the Southeast as one of the region's premier year-round swim programs. Presently, there are 170 swimmers ages 6-18 who compete in the year-round program. The ASL is a non-profit organization sanctioned by USA Swimming, the national governing body of the sport.

Venus Williams and Seles withdraw from Fed Cup team due to injuries
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Venus Williams and Monica Seles will not play for the United States in the Fed Cup quarterfinals because of injuries.

Water works
What would possess a 16-year-old high school junior on summer vacation to set the alarm clock for 6 a.m., hit the pool for 2 1/2 hours of rigorous training, head to work for lifeguard duty all day, then head back to the pool for another two-hour workout in the evening?

Schools in Athens object to changes
When Monday's deadline for appeal of a reclassification proposal for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years passed, none of the Augusta-area Georgia High School Association member schools filed a complaint.

Overtime
South Aiken High School has selected Kimbra Moore to be its girls basketball coach.

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.

Nike buying Converse for $305 million
BOSTON -- Chuck Taylor basketball shoes are getting a Nike swoosh.

Greenberg, Clark know to expect hostile environments
INDIANAPOLIS -- First-year Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg is preparing for some chilly road trips to Boston and New York this winter.

Rookie CB signs five-year contract
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed rookie cornerback Bryan Scott to a five-year contract Thursday that includes a signing bonus worth about $1.25 million.

Falcons uncertain why nose tackle left team complex
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Nose tackle Ellis Johnson left the Atlanta Falcons' complex before practice Thursday morning without an explanation.

Former QB likes team's chances in 2003
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Steve Bartkowski understands the pressure that accompanies high expectations.

Phillips ready to fine-tune Atlanta defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Wade Phillips isn't one to get excited, even in midseason, but the Atlanta Falcons' second-year defensive coordinator said he's eager to get his entire squad together.

Even in music, Maddox rebelled

Even in music, Maddox rebelled
While I'll remember Lester Maddox for his fiery brand of politics, I'll also remember him for his love of country, gospel and patriotic music.

Hepburn epitomized stardom

'The Osbournes' to return on MTV
LOS ANGELES -- Get ready for a third season of family dysfunction, messy pets and four-letter words.

Blair Underwood will appear on HBO's 'Sex and the City'

'Without a Trace' a summer success story that challenges "ER"
NEW YORK -- The CBS Thursday night mystery "Without a Trace" has become a summertime success story in reruns and is proving a genuine threat to NBC's longtime champ, "ER."

Blair Underwood will appear on HBO's 'Sex and the City'
LOS ANGELES -- Blair Underwood is joining "Sex and the City" for four episodes, but producers and his publicist won't say which of the characters he'll romance.

'The Osbournes' to return on MTV

'Without a Trace' a summer success story that challenges "ER"

ABC News' Peter Jennings becomes a U.S. citizen

PBS concert series Soundstage makes comeback
CHICAGO -- Soundstage, the PBS series that put viewers in the front row of concerts by artists ranging from Bob Dylan to the Temptations, is back on television after being muscled out 18 years ago by the music video.

ABC News' Peter Jennings becomes a U.S. citizen
NEW YORK -- He's been reporting the news to Americans for nearly 40 years, and now Peter Jennings can say he's one of them.

PBS concert series Soundstage makes comeback

Club calendar

Ashton Kutcher staying with 'That '70s Show'

Applause calendar

Hepburn epitomized stardom
Few actors personify what being a Hollywood star is about as well as Katharine Hepburn, who died at her home June 29. Each time she donned a costume, took up a new name and stepped in front of lights and camera, Ms. Hepburn essentially played the person she knew best - herself. What made this style so successful was her complexities. Both cultured and common, willfully independent and blessed with a singular face that possessed an odd sort of angular beauty, Ms. Hepburn was a personalitythat audiences continue to respond to. Here are a few of her many outstanding contributions to cinema history:

Charges dismissed against South Carolina running back
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A criminal domestic violence charge against South Carolina running back Daccus Turman was dismissed Wednesday.

Charges dismissed against South Carolina running back

Odds and Ends

Elvis' tooth, hair on eBay auction

Woman accused of selling 2-year-old son to buy OxyContin

Baseball player not charged after hitting 'sausage' with bat

Odds and Ends

City trees grow twice as large as rural trees, study says

Museum preserves history of embalming Civil War dead