German fans get Harry Potter translation

Last visit with Hepburn was difficult to write about

German fans get Harry Potter translation
BERLIN -- Harry Potter enthusiasts in Germany are not letting the 4 1/2-month lag for the translation of the latest installment stop them from plunging into the young wizard's latest adventure.

Last visit with Hepburn was difficult to write about
LOS ANGELES -- A. Scott Berg says that writing a memoir about 20 years of candid conversations with Katharine Hepburn was a breeze - until the end.

Fantasy Baseball: First-half flops can recover

Fantasy Baseball: First-half flops can recover
With the All-Star Game behind us, it's time to prognosticate the second half in terms of which players will recover from decent to subpar first halves to post numbers more in line with their usual totals.

Royals thrive in spite of everything

Woman dies after falling off climbing wall set up for fans at minor league baseball game
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A young woman died Tuesday after falling about 25 feet from a climbing wall at a minor league baseball game, officials said.

Bonds likes what he's seen so far from Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds believes it is wrong to judge a baseball team in July.

All-Star game celebrates diversity in dugout
CHICAGO -- Baseball is America's pastime more than ever - as multicultural as the country and filled with a rainbow of stars from around the world.

Now comes the tough part: Who does it count for?

AL wins All-Star game
CHICAGO -- Hank Blalock's team is going nowhere. Thanks to him, though, a lot of his AL teammates have a much better chance to go all the way.

Rickey Henderson happy to be back in the big leagues
LOS ANGELES -- Rickey Henderson had a great time playing in the minor leagues with kids less than half his age.

Anderson wins MVP
CHICAGO -- Just call Garret Anderson boom-boom.

Royals thrive in spite of everything
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The sudden revival of the long-woeful Kansas City Royals is baseball's feel-good story for 2003, living proof that little guys without big money or inside contacts do occasionally win.

Devil Rays prospect throws perfect game in Double-A debut
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect Chad Gaudin pitched a perfect game in his debut for the Double-A Orlando Rays on Tuesday, retiring all 21 Jacksonville Suns batters in a seven-inning game.

Now comes the tough part: Who does it count for?
CHICAGO -- Now that the American League has home-field advantage in the World Series, the question is which team will benefit.

AL wins All-Star game

All-Star game a boon for the Boones

Rocket to the rescue

Bonds likes what he's seen so far from Giants

Anderson wins MVP

All-Star game a boon for the Boones
CHICAGO -- The All-Star game is doubling as a family reunion for the Boone family.

Rickey Henderson happy to be back in the big leagues

All-Star game celebrates diversity in dugout

Rocket to the rescue
CHICAGO -- Roger Clemens was on a fishing trip, an hour north of Houston, when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called at 10 a.m. Monday.

Zada Nichelle Jessie
Zachary T. and Kiki S. Jessie of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Zada Nichelle Jessie, Saturday, May 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Rosalie Willingham and Gloria J. Jessie, both of Augusta.

Baylie Madison Rockefeller
Johnny and Jennifer Rockefeller of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Baylie Madison Rockefeller, Friday, July 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Greg and Cindy Brown and Larry and Terry Waks, all of Harlem, and John and Janet Rockefeller of Grovetown.

Tyler Jacob Clark
J. Mark and Terri L. Clark of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tyler Jacob Clark, Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gayle R. Pierce of North Augusta, Fred and Janet Pierce of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Clark Sr. of Aiken.

Hannah McAllister Corbitt
Mr. and Mrs. Stetson K. Corbitt of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah McAllister Corbitt, Monday, June 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Duncan N. Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Blount, all of Augusta.

Duncan Moreland and Drake Moreland
Phillip and Jaquetta Moreland of Thomson announce the birth of twin sons, Duncan Moreland and Drake Moreland, Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Watley of Altamont, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Moreland of Macon.

Caleb Douglas Duke
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Duke of Evans announce the birth of a son, Caleb Douglas Duke, Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Gilmore of Plano, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Duke of College Station, Texas.

Alexis Anna-Michelle Hooper
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hooper III of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Alexis Anna-Michelle Hooper, Monday, June 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Steve and Lynda Taylor and Yvonne Hooper, all of Aiken, and the late James Hooper Jr.

Chandler Keith Gardner
Denny and Kyle Gardner of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Chandler Keith Gardner, Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Leon Johnson and Sandra Johnson, both of Martinez, and Florence Gardner of Hephzibah.

Anaya Marie Rosier
Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Rosier of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Anaya Marie Rosier, Thursday, July 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Eugene and Janet M. Gorden and Robert and Lillie Rosier, all of Augusta.

Jacob Michael Golding
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Golding of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jacob Michael Golding, Monday, June 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Paige Edmonds of Appling and the late Larry M. and Brenda Golding.

Gianna Ansley Anderson
Charlie Anderson Jr. and Brittany L. Kimberly, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Gianna Ansley Anderson, Saturday, July 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Angela Kimberly, James Hutto, Charlie Anderson and Beth Harrell, all of Augusta.

Hannah Mae Holbrook
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Holbrook of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Mae Holbrook, Thursday, July 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Turcotte and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holbrook, all of Thomson.

Hannah Delaney Kiser
Timothy L. Kiser and Nina R. Sigers, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Delaney Kiser, Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Dania A. Martin and Mary R. Kiser, both of Augusta.

Caleb Douglas Duke

Tayler Anne Jackson
Johnny O'Neal Jr. and Jennifer Anne Jackson, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a daughter, Tayler Anne Jackson, Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Webb, Al Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Jackson Sr., all of Aiken.

Alexis Anna-Michelle Hooper

Anaya Marie Rosier

Christopher D. Briggs
Herbert Briggs and Mary R. Ware, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Christopher D. Briggs, Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Fowler and Cora Rogers of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Oscar and Alberta Briggs of Memphis, Tenn.

Rayle Mitchell Stepp
Jason and Elizabeth Stepp of Keysville, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Rayle Mitchell Stepp, Monday, June 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Frank Smith of Harlem, Mickey Etterle of Keysville, Laura M. Stepp of Sparta, Ga., and Thomas Stepp of Kermit, W. Va.

India Elizabeth Wahl
Philip R. Wahl II and Catherine W. Wahl of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, India Elizabeth Wahl, Monday, June 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Wade and Janice G. Wahl, all of Augusta, and the late Philip R. Wahl.

Amelia Elizabeth Rodriguez
Edel and Amanda Rodriguez of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Amelia Elizabeth Rodriguez, Thursday, July 3, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Janet Graf of Green Acres, Fla., and the late William Graf, and Gisela Garcia and Jesus Munoz, both of Miami.

Richard Anthony Beasley III

Camden Andrew Powell
Andy Powell and Ashley Hattaway, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Camden Andrew Powell, Friday, June 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Aaron and Sheri Hattaway, George and Maurene Hattaway and Willis and Florence Usry, all of North Augusta, Jimmy Powell and Lucy Powell of Langley and Donnaleen Gardner of Graniteville.

Tayler Anne Jackson

Maisie Almia Murdaugh
Miles Murdaugh and Nicole R. Sistrunk, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Maisie Almia Murdaugh, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Veronica F. Sistrunk, Miles E. Murdaugh and Oscar and Sandra Reed, all of Augusta.

Baylie Madison Rockefeller

Karlee Michelle Ludwick
Timothy and Alyson Ludwick of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Karlee Michelle Ludwick, Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hoffman of North Augusta, Mrs. Doris J. Hoffman and Mr. and Mrs. Allen K. Ludwick, all of Augusta.

Jasmine Velinique Johnson

Jasmine Velinique Johnson
Paul A. Johnson and Veltra R. Carter, both of Washington, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Jasmine Velinique Johnson, Saturday, June 21, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Shelby B. Carter Sr. of Augusta, Sue Justus of Washington, Ga., and Larry P. Johnson of Grovetown.

Chandler Keith Gardner

Evan Thomas Jay
Bradley T. and Rebecca B. Jay of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Evan Thomas Jay, Monday, June 23, 2003 at University Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Theresa Byrd of Aiken and Jimmy and Mary Jay of Graniteville.

Karlee Michelle Ludwick

Richard Anthony Beasley III
Richard A. Beasley Jr. and Laura M. Kennedy, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Richard Anthony Beasley III, Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Berry and Shirley Doyle of Martinez, Richard Beasley Sr., Debra Colgrove, Annie Smith, Peter Kennedy Sr. and Deborah O'Shields, all of Augusta.

Quewon Bernard Anderson

Quewon Bernard Anderson
Kerry Anderson and Charlene Holmes, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Quewon Bernard Anderson, Thursday, June 26, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Sugar-Ray and Louise Robinson, George and Mary Perrin and William and Carol Anderson, all of McCormick, S.C., and Walter and Nancy Hawes of Lincolnton, Ga.

Camden Andrew Powell

Evan Thomas Jay

India Elizabeth Wahl

Christopher D. Briggs

Jacob Michael Golding

Zada Nichelle Jessie

Hannah McAllister Corbitt

Rayle Mitchell Stepp

Hannah Delaney Kiser

Maisie Almia Murdaugh

Tyler Jacob Clark

Amelia Elizabeth Rodriguez

Hannah Mae Holbrook

Duncan Moreland and Drake Moreland

Odds and Ends
MAYS LANDING, N.J. -- Marc Snyder can't get his mind off the high cost of his prescription drugs. Thanks to a growing display outside his home, his neighbors are thinking about it, too.

Odds and Ends
SAN FRANCISCO -- A high school teacher, fed up with the Bush administration's playing cards featuring Saddam Hussein, "Chemical Ali" and other most-wanted Iraqis, is now selling her own deck, "Operation Hidden Agenda."

Google also can't find weapons of mass destruction
The hunt for weapons of mass destruction isn't going so well in Iraq. It's not going so well on Google, either.

First recorded recipe for a lasagna-based dish found in Britain
LONDON -- After a hard day's jousting, what a medieval English knight needed was .... a plate of lasagna.

Vatican asks tourists to cover up
VATICAN CITY -- With temperatures soaring, tempers are flaring as the Vatican's dress police turn back tourists in shorts and bare shoulders trying to get into St. Peter's Basilica.

USC Aiken honors Braves' Hernandez
USC Aiken will honor former Pacer and current Atlanta relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez at the Braves game against Los Angeles on August 2 at 4 p.m.

USC Aiken honors Braves' Hernandez

General manager content for now

General manager content for now
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz would like four 20-game winners in the starting rotation, preferably all younger than 30, and a collection of .300 hitters in the lineup.

Business briefs
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will present a seminar on the benefits of joining the organization today at 10 a.m. at the Evans Government Center Auditorium.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices increased by a modest 0.2 percent in June as the cost of energy, clothes and airline fares rose. Big industry boosted production for the second straight month.

Mirant seeks bankruptcy protection
ATLANTA -- Energy supplier Mirant Corp. succumbed to bankruptcy after struggling for more than a year with heavy debt and weak revenues, aggravated by questions about the company's accounting and behavior in California's energy market.

Fed ready to cut interest rates, if needed

Investing firm ordered to pay

House panel acts to permanently ban Internet taxes
WASHINGTON -- A House committee acted Wednesday to permanently bar states from taxing Internet service and access and to require the few states that currently tax those services to end their levies.

Murray hopes fruity treat will boost its cookie sales
Something fruity is going on at Augusta's Murray Biscuit Co.

White House sees record deficits of $455 billion
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration projected Tuesday that this year's federal deficit will surge to a record $455 billion, underscoring the toll that recession, tax cuts and the costs of fighting terrorism are taking on the government's books.

Avoiding advertisements
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Consumers are taking an unprecedented stand against intrusive advertising.

Consumer prices rise 0.2 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices increased by a modest 0.2 percent in June as the cost of energy, clothes and airline fares rose. Big industry boosted production for the second straight month.

Consumer prices rise 0.2 percent in June

Avoiding advertisements

White House sees record deficits of $455 billion

Owner keeps park on market

Retail sales up solid 0.5 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers emerged from a lull and got into the buying groove in June, driving up sales at the nation's retailers by 0.5 percent, the best showing in three months.

Murray hopes fruity treat will boost its cookie sales

Investing firm ordered to pay
Edwin Dovin's Atlanta law firm and Augusta lawyer Robert Hagler plan to file more than 80 claims against AG Edwards & Sons, its former Augusta manager, William Gibbs, and broker Susan Saccone.

Retail sales up solid 0.5 percent in June

Mirant seeks bankruptcy protection

Owner keeps park on market
The owner of the Krystal River Water Park in Evans says his business is available for anyone who wants it, including an Atlanta company that recently broke off negotiations.

Fed ready to cut interest rates, if needed
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve stands ready to reduce interest rates even further if necessary to boost the sluggish economy and guard against a destabilizing fall in prices, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

Football heroes to be honored on stamps in August

Football heroes to be honored on stamps in August
WASHINGTON -- Football season is fast approaching and gridiron heroes of the past will be honored on new postage stamps next month.

Aiken tournament to be expanded

Burn fire fees; OK tax

Grass-roots stirring

Burn fire fees; OK tax
An increasing population in Columbia County - expected to reach 164,000 by 2020 - and an antiquated finance-by-subscription system that many residents aren't paying means the county's firefighting services may soon be inadequate if changes aren't made.

Act to protect troops
Let's face it. Much of the world is an unqualified, often anti-American mess.

Act to protect troops

Feel better?
She inadvertently carried a small handbag through a security station at the Atlanta airport on Saturday. Her bag was seized and run through a metal detector. She was pulled aside and searched head to toe for explosives - despite the fact that she wore only a skimpy halter top and mini-skirt. Her sandals were taken away and scanned.

Efforts not in vain
Thirty years after its birth, the Roe vs. Wade verdict has been challenged by its own advocate, proving it's never too late to change one's mind.

Grass-roots stirring
If the nation turns sour on the Iraqi war it won't be due to 16 words in President Bush's State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein tried to acquire nuclear materials from Africa.

Last Call is party call
When all the traffic and businesses in the National Hills shopping center are winding down on Fridays and Saturdays, Last Call nightclub is winding up.

Standing ovation
A relatively compact cast of five will riff on contemporary womanhood in the musical revue A ... My Name is Alice at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre.

New on video
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

NBC tops ratings with finale of 'For Love or Money'
NEW YORK -- NBC stood by its man on "For Love or Money," and last week that decision paid off.

Stocks trade lower, investors lock in profits for second day
NEW YORK -- Investors collected profits for a second straight day Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan reiterated a mixed assessment of the economy. Analysts also attributed the market's pullback to earnings reports, saying that while most so far have been positive, the results haven't wowed investors.

It's cool to talk about the market again
NEW YORK -- At the gym and in elevators, it's no longer a taboo topic of conversation. On television shows like "Sex and the City," it's once again an acceptable subplot.

Stocks trade lower, investors lock in profits for second day

It's cool to talk about the market again

Stocks decline on Greenspan remarks, profit-taking

Stocks decline on Greenspan remarks, profit-taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the economy should post stronger growth by year's end but cautioned that the threat of deflation remains.

Dining out

Dining out
Where to eat in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Pork Chops does pigs proud
Pig lovers, get ready for a memorable barbecue-eating experience.

Zesty shrimp recipe replaces fat with flavor

Zesty shrimp recipe replaces fat with flavor
Salsas, those Mexican-style vegetable or fruit sauces with their zingy flavors, are favorite ingredients nowadays. Their presence can make all the difference to a simple preparation.

Small portions

Pork Chops does pigs proud

Small portions
Want to make some cool smoothies bursting with the flavors of berries? Just put your favorite berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in a plastic bag or container and place them in the freezer until frozen. Later, add them to your favorite smoothie recipe. The frozen berries will keep your smoothie cold and add just the right amount of water. Sip and enjoy.

Roster missing players
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech released its 2003 football roster on its Web site Wednesday with some notable omissions due to academic ineligibility.

Roster missing players

Jackets, Sand Gnats split doubleheader
After an electrical power outage caused Monday night's game at South Georgia to be postponed, Augusta saw an offensive power outage for most of Tuesday as they split a doubleheader against the Savannah Sand Gnats at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

GreenJackets on deck
Wednesday: vs. Savannah (Marlins), (DH) noon.

GreenJackets knock Gnats out of the park
The Augusta GreenJackets are finally doing the little things to win ballgames.

Natural selection will mop up the sports arena

Whaley gets ready for the men in an LPGA tournament

Norman calls for drug testing in golf

They don't forget the champions

Follow the bouncing ball at the British Open

Storms finally arrive at Royal St. George's

Norman calls for drug testing in golf
SANDWICH, England -- First, it was Tiger Woods calling for a crackdown on illegal clubs. Now, Greg Norman wants all golfers to be subjected to random drug testing.

Woods, Els riding high at Royal St. George's

Furyk & Weir: Welcome to the major club

Follow the bouncing ball at the British Open
SANDWICH, England -- No other major championship requires as much good fortune as the British Open.

Storms finally arrive at Royal St. George's
SANDWICH, England -- After baking under a sweltering sun the previous two days, Royal St. George's finally got a bit of stormy weather Wednesday.

Numbers suggest Tiger's domination, but he's in a majors slump

Hottest player on tour has mind elsewhere as Open begins
SANDWICH, England -- Kenny Perry stood on the 13th tee at Royal St. George's trying to decide what to do. The immediate choice was to hit the driver or lay up with a 2-iron, but his thoughts weren't really on the task at hand.

Numbers suggest Tiger's domination, but he's in a majors slump
SANDWICH, England -- Ask Tiger Woods how his year is going and he'll smile and patiently recite his winning percentage for anyone willing to listen.

Furyk & Weir: Welcome to the major club
SANDWICH, England -- Jim Furyk strolled off No. 18 at Royal St. George's, hanging a left toward the putting green to get in a little more practice.

Whaley gets ready for the men in an LPGA tournament
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- When the LPGA Big Apple Classic ends Sunday, many of the players will be heading to Europe where the tour's next two tournaments will be played.

They don't forget the champions
SANDWICH, England -- He wore wraparound shades and a stoic expression.

Woods, Els riding high at Royal St. George's
SANDWICH, England -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have everything it takes to form a major rivalry except for one critical piece - a Sunday showdown at a major championship.

Hottest player on tour has mind elsewhere as Open begins

GreenJackets on deck

Jackets, Sand Gnats split doubleheader

GreenJackets knock Gnats out of the park

McKissick gets prestigious football award

Late baskets save Ravens

Peach Jam results

Jackson shatters Hoops

Mississippi standout gets national attention

McKissick gets prestigious football award
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Summerville football coach John McKissick thinks his longevity had as much to do with winning an American Football Coaches Association award as his influence.

Chocolatey dessert hones in on sweet spot
The name Butter Gooey Bars may not seem altogether appetizing, but the dessert is quick and easy, and absolutely delicious. This oh-so-sweet recipe has been around for years, and I'm sharing a chocolate version this week.

Thomas column on Israeli-Palestinian conflict racist

Pit facility affects all taxpayers
Your editorial attempt on July 10 ("SRS pit plan backed") to paint opponents of the Modern Pit Facility as "outsiders" is an argument as fallacious and worn out as the idea that nuclear weapons are in some way useful or usable. Linda Gunter, Washington, D.C.

Bush says one thing, does another

Poor coverage of 878th Engineering Battalion

Soldier says he will be home soon
I just want to say "hello" to all my friends and family, and thanks for the support you have given me while I'm over here fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. And thanks to everyone else who supports their troops from Augusta. Pfc. Joseph Lucas, Augusta

Bush says one thing, does another
My faith in the intelligence of the American people is being dashed. While the eyes of Americans are glued to the latest stupid reality television show, President George W. Bush is turning this country into an Orwellian nightmare. Everything Mr. Bush says is the opposite of what he really means. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Soldier says he will be home soon

Poor coverage of 878th Engineering Battalion
I try to read your paper now and then to keep up with what's going on in Augusta whenever I have a chance. I was recently in town and saw in the paper that you have several articles about the 319th Transportation Co., but nothing about the 878th Engineering Battalion. Why is that? Spc. Eric Samuels, Augusta

Allen's passing warranted more attention
Maynard Jackson Jr., the first black mayor of Atlanta, died June 24 and shared The Chronicle's front-page headlines with the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on affirmative action and human sexuality. Lewis Bohler Jr., Augusta

Allen's passing warranted more attention

Thomas column on Israeli-Palestinian conflict racist
I look forward to the day when columns like Cal Thomas', with his recent diatribe on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are seen for what they really are - racist vents - and publications would cease printing them.

Immigration laws aren't bigotry
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service was not organized just so hundreds (maybe thousands) of employees could sit around 24 hours a day and drink coffee. Their duties are numerous and necessary. And even during early pilgrimage settlement, records were maintained as they crossed the Atlantic and entered this nation. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Anxiety drug Valium is 40 years old this year

In the know

Augusta women's club marks 75th anniversary

Paintball fun

Pictures of concerts can rock

In the know
Children may not want to think about it, but school is just around the corner, and The Augusta Chronicle wants to know what's hot for back-to-school fashions.

Paintball fun
Paintball lesson 1: Although it looks like a gun, what a player uses to fire high-speed paintballs at the competition is called a marker. Never call it a gun.

Pictures of concerts can rock
Indoor concerts are filled with excitement, for the both concertgoers and the performers. As picture-takers, we like to record those moments with our cameras. But photographing performers on stage can be tricky.

Anxiety drug Valium is 40 years old this year
NUTLEY, N.J. -- Mother's little helper is not so little anymore. Valium, the drug that revolutionized the treatment of anxiety and became a cultural icon, is 40 years old this year.

Augusta women's club marks 75th anniversary
Although it has changed some to meet the needs of its membership, the Junior League of Augusta has not changed its mission.

In the know
It's the dog days of summer and we want to know what you've been up to.

News you can use
JULY 16, 1943 The first legal move against excessive whiskey prices in Augusta came yesterday when five civil suits were filed in federal court against operators of liquor stores here.

Farmers market to hit downtown
Backyard growers and produce farmers should soon be able to sell their wares in the middle of downtown Augusta.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. Jerry L. Joyner Jr. of Augusta.

Two teens are arrested in theft of team's carts
Authorities have arrested two people after the theft of two golf carts belonging to the Augusta GreenJackets. One of the vehicles was found submerged in the Augusta Canal, police said.

Parents ask for mascot

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Peyton Andrews, 17 months, of Evans.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mary Sydney Andrews, 3, of Evans.

Sanford signs school bill
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Calling it "a whole lot of common sense," Gov. Mark Sanford signed a neighborhood schools bill Wednesday which he said could help put the brakes on suburban sprawl and get parents more involved in education.

Kid of the day

Project to look at gun crimes
High-profile defense attorney Johnnie Cochran will soon be the newest weapon in a program aimed at reducing gun violence in Augusta and south Georgia.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -With peak hurricane season approaching and the memory of Hurricane Floyd still etched in many minds, Gov. Mark Sanford announced plans Tuesday for additional lane reversals to ease traffic congestion in evacuating the South Carolina coast.

Across the area
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing an incident in which a Warren County sheriff's deputy shot a man who was reportedly threatening a child with a butcher knife, officials said.

Astrophysicist speaks on nuclear weapons
AIKEN - The United States should start testing nuclear weapons again to ensure the country's safety and to learn more about nuclear energy's potential to fuel space travel, a former director at the Nevada Test Site nuclear facility said Tuesday.

Man carves out history
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Ike Carpenter's daughter stopped listening to him rant about the Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson and the Industrial Revolution years ago, but she's still learning how to carve the perfect spoon.

Commissioners criticize board

Judge's race expands

Parents ask for mascot
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Symbols of the Old South die hard.

10 lawyers vie to fill spot

Sanford signs school bill

Project to look at gun crimes

DNA in old crimes might yield suspects

News you can use
JULY 17, 1903 GIBSON, Ga. - Your correspondent has just returned from the plantation of Spurgeon Langham, five miles from Gibson, where I witnessed the saddest spectacle of my life - the charred remains of Mrs. Sallie Hilson, who was burned alive in her home.

Correction
The name of a lawyer vying for a local judgeship was incorrect in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. One of the 11 attorneys seeking the governor's nomination to the Superior Court bench in the Augusta Judicial Circuit is Charles C. Stebbins III, of the firm Warlick, Tritt & Stebbins. Clayton D. Steadman, the senior legal adviser for the Medical College of Georgia, did not apply for the judicial seat.

Across Georgia

Pay phones end for BellSouth

Across the area

Across South Carolina
GREER - Authorities investigating a bank robbery that left three people dead have narrowed the search for what police think may have been the getaway car.

Man carves out history

Across Georgia
WRIGHTSVILLE -Two Laurens County men were injured, one critically, after a convenience store awning collapsed on them during a heavy storm.

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
HOW ABOUT THIS for a reality show: When Baptist Go Bad!

Panel OKs school for Merriwether

Owners plan to save Exchange
The owners of the Cotton Exchange say they will try to find a way to preserve the historic site and keep it "economically viable," which could include turning the building into an upscale restaurant or nightclub.

Owners plan to save Exchange

New teachers get orientated
Fifteen-year teaching veteran Rick Raeuber was delighted to be sitting in a room full of new teachers.

Across the area

Democrats targeting 12th District race
ATLANTA - The campaign for Georgia's new 12th District congressional seat already is under way.

Arts groups spar over funding

10 lawyers vie to fill spot
Ten local lawyers met the Tuesday deadline to apply for the vacant judicial seat in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

DNA in old crimes might yield suspects
COLUMBIA - Investigators across South Carolina are hoping long-dried spatters of blood, stray hairs and discarded cigarette butts could be the clues that crack unsolved murders and rapes.

Panel OKs school for Merriwether
Residents of the south Edgefield County community of Merriwether who want a high school closer to their homes have only one more strand of red tape to slice through to get their wish.

Two teens are arrested in theft of team's carts

Bad air may bring inspections
ATLANTA - Motorists in Augusta, Macon and some Athens suburbs soon may be required to have their cars inspected and pay higher pump prices for cleaner gasoline.

Kid of the day

Judge's race expands
One more lawyer has completed the paperwork in time to be considered for a vacant judicial seat in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Spending bill lists new road

Building worries officials

News you can use

Trustees elect new leadership
The embattled moderator at First Baptist Church of Augusta stepped aside Monday, allowing the trustees to choose new leadership for the 3,000-member congregation.

Augusta Regional Airport's budget items stir questions

Spending bill lists new road
AIKEN - The Palmetto Parkway has cleared the first legislative hurdle toward getting a multimillion-dollar injection of federal money to keep the highway project from stalling.

Astrophysicist speaks on nuclear weapons

Correction

Rants and Raves
HOW DOES RAP music appeal to upper-class kids, anyway? How do songs about growing up in a bad neighborhood, killing people, killing cops, beating your girlfriend and smoking crack apply to kids who want for nothing in life? Why?

History instructors learn new methods
Pupils should expect fewer lectures and dusty textbooks in history class this year: Richmond County teachers are learning more creative ways to handle history.

Rants and Raves
HOW DOES RAP music appeal to upper-class kids, anyway? How do songs about growing up in a bad neighborhood, killing people, killing cops, beating your girlfriend and smoking crack apply to kids who want for nothing in life? Why?

Bad air may bring inspections

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Zoning laws prohibit boy's stand

Pay phones end for BellSouth
Brad Cochran had one reason for using a pay phone at Augusta Regional Airport on Wednesday.

Serviceman of the day

Arts groups spar over funding
Augusta's arts groups - at odds about who should get what from sales tax funding - were a community divided Wednesday afternoon as they made separate requests for $30 million in building projects.

Zoning laws prohibit boy's stand
AIKEN - Bo Mitchell's icy summertime dream is melting away.

Building worries officials
Downtown Augusta's Kress Building may not be on the brink of collapse, but city inspectors say the structure is run-down enough to be cause for concern.

Pre-pre-meds visit MCG
Michael McHugh wanted to get a taste of medicine during a visit to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Medical College of Georgia, and for a brief moment, it looked as though it turned his stomach.

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy who was involved in the controversial shooting death of a black man five years ago has resigned, according to Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Panel gives raise, shorter contract
Richmond County Chief Appraiser Sonny Reece received a midyear raise Tuesday from the Augusta Commission but was approved for only a five-month work contract.

Rants and Raves
HOW ABOUT THIS for a reality show: When Baptist Go Bad!

Commissioners criticize board
Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke called the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority an "ineffective organization" that has done a "sloppy job" with local events.

Augusta Regional Airport's budget items stir questions
The bird-chasing dog Mayday will be insured, and more than $350,000 will be available to market Augusta Regional Airport.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A former Boy Scout troop leader asked the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday to grant him a jury trial so he can sue an ex-Scout from his old troop for libel.

Adams controversy divides university's supporters
The reviews have come flooding in, and the diversity of opinion would indicate that the University of Georgia is a house divided.

Natural selection will mop up the sports arena
As we sat down in a restaurant booth, I was facing the television, which was tuned to some really bad sports channel.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Critical choice

Local YBOA teams make national tournament
As teams from across the nation have converged on Riverview Park this week for the Nike Peach Jam, two local teams are headed to Orlando, Fla., this weekend to begin their quest for a national title.

File-sharing services saw dip in traffic
LOS ANGELES -- Use of several Internet file-sharing services declined by several thousand people the week after the music industry threatened to sue online music swappers, an Internet tracking firm said Monday.

Racing facts - New England 300

Gurtis largely happy with reaction to Darlington change

Q&A with Jon Wood

Q&A with Jon Wood
Jon Wood, the grandson of former NASCAR champion Glen Wood and son of car owner Eddie Wood at Wood Brothers Racing, was on the verge of losing his truck-racing job with Roush Racing when the U.S. Navy pulled its sponsorship. He rewarded Roush's determination to continue with a victory July 5 at Kansas. Now the driver is well on his way to someday take over in Winston Cup in the family car. Wood talked about the troubles and rewards of working his way through the racing system.

NASCAR fines Roush team

Gurtis largely happy with reaction to Darlington change
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- A month after officials announced the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend would be the Darlington Raceway's last, track president Andrew Gurtis says the fallout from fans has been better than he expected.

Simpson drops suit against NASCAR over Earnhardt death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Safety manufacturer Bill Simpson on Tuesday dropped a defamation lawsuit that accused NASCAR of wrongly blaming his former company's seat belt for Dale Earnhardt's death.

NASCAR fired up about safety

NASCAR fines Roush team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR penalized one of Roush Racing's truck series teams Tuesday for using illegal engine parts in rookie Carl Edwards' first career victory.

Pit stops vital for hydrated drivers
ATLANTA - Ken Schrader let one of racing's little secrets out this week: The best place to find a driver is in the restroom an hour before the race.

NASCAR fired up about safety
JOLIET, Ill. - Coy Gibbs took the bet and strapped himself inside his race car. On the count of three, he tried to get out as quickly as possible from the passenger-side window.

Racing facts - New England 300
Here are facts about this weekend's New England 300 race.

Simpson drops suit against NASCAR over Earnhardt death

Hurricane Claudette lashes Texas coast

Hurricane Claudette lashes Texas coast
PORT O'CONNOR, Texas -- An invigorated Hurricane Claudette bore down on the Texas shore early Tuesday, lashing the coast with heavy wind and rain and chasing some people to higher ground inland.

Hurricane Claudette moves inland after lashing Texas coast

Texas residents face the mess Claudette left behind
VICTORIA, Texas -- The rainy, windy weather system left over from Hurricane Claudette hurried across South Texas into Mexico on Wednesday after spreading damage along the coast and killing two people.

Texas residents face the mess Claudette left behind

Hurricane Claudette moves inland after lashing Texas coast
PORT O'CONNOR, Texas -- Hurricane Claudette roared onto the Texas Gulf Coast and headed inland with wind and heavy rain Tuesday, pounding beaches with high waves and chasing some people to higher ground.

Government drops case against Chris Webber's father
DETROIT -- Prosecutors on Tuesday formally dropped their case against the father of Chris Webber, who was accused of lying to a grand jury investigating the dealings of a former Michigan basketball booster.

DA says decision in Bryant case not expected before Friday

76ers re-sign Thomas, sign McCaskill, talk to Coleman

DA says decision in Bryant case not expected before Friday
EAGLE, Colo. -- The county district attorney said Wednesday he has not decided whether to file criminal charges against Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Salary cap rises to $43.8 million

76ers re-sign Thomas, sign McCaskill, talk to Coleman
PHILADELPHIA -- Kenny Thomas wants the ball more, but that doesn't mean he plans to shoot it all the time.

Nets sign center Mourning to multiyear deal
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Alonzo Mourning signed Wednesday with the New Jersey Nets, who are hoping the one-time Miami star will provide the inside game they need to compete with the best teams in the NBA's Western Conference.

Salary cap rises to $43.8 million
NEW YORK -- The NBA salary cap for the 2003-04 season will be almost $44 million, a jump of about 9 percent from last season.

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Bowling For Dollars

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Armstrong holds Tour lead despite protest

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Area announcements

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ACC asks NCAA to change playoff rule
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference has asked the NCAA to change a rule that would allow the league to hold a football championship game.

Bowling For Dollars
When Tim Stancil was in the prime of his career, he would bowl more than 200 games a week to stay sharp and competitive.

Overtime
Canadian newspapers are reporting a deal in the works for a fall exhibition featuring Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and Masters Tournament champion Mike Weir, with proceeds going toward relief for the SARS outbreak in Canada.

Event attracts interest
With six months remaining until the start of the annual Augusta Futurity's silver-anniversary show, anticipation is building with the addition of a high-profile event.

Augusta State unveils logos
Augusta State University unveiled a new logo Wednesday to represent the school's athletic programs.

Get in the game: Bowling
PBA Southern Regional Fort Gordon Open. The tournament begins Friday with a Pro-Am. Tournament play begins Saturday and the finals are Sunday.

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.

Armstrong keeps yellow jersey despite bumpy ride
GAP, France -- Stomach bugs, high-speed crashes, near misses, treks across bumpy fields - it's been an eventful Tour de France for Lance Armstrong so far.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Nicholas Lanham, 6, of Evans.

Armstrong holds Tour lead despite protest
MARSEILLE, France -- Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France on a sweltering day despite losing time after being stuck in a pack of riders blocked by street protesters.

Jones negotiating with Tyson, Lewis for next fight
MIAMI -- WBA heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. could fight either Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis later this year, but has not entered into a deal for any future bouts, his adviser said Tuesday.

Foxx sharpens wit for ESPY Awards hosting gig
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods and Sammy Sosa, watch out. Jamie Foxx doesn't plan to spare egos when it comes to cracking jokes about the world's best athletes at the ESPY Awards.

Overtime
Safety manufacturer Bill Simpson on Tuesday dropped a defamation lawsuit that accused NASCAR of wrongly blaming his former company's seat belt for Dale Earnhardt's death.

Mississippi standout gets national attention
NORTH AUGUSTA - Since late last week - days before the Nike Peach Jam began - the buzz around Riverview Park has centered on one player: Al Jefferson of the Jackson (Miss.) Tigers.

Peach Jam results
Here are results from the Nike Peach Jam.

Late baskets save Ravens
NORTH AUGUSTA - The South Carolina Ravens could be the team of destiny at the Nike Peach Jam.

Jackson shatters Hoops
The Houston Hoops' massive power forward Kellen Hurd told the crowd it was showtime by shattering a backboard on a dunk attempt during pregame warmups at Riverview Park on Wednesday night.

Adams controversy divides university's supporters

NASA creates independent safety center
HAMPTON, Va. -- NASA will create an independent safety center to examine all space agency programs following February's Columbia space shuttle disaster, officials said Tuesday.

New on video

NBC tops ratings with finale of 'For Love or Money'

Standing ovation

Last Call is party call

Group wants Adams let go
ATLANTA - Clad in Bulldog garb and shouting "a damn sorry Dog," about 150 people marched from the state Capitol building to the University System Board of Regents office Tuesday to deliver petitions protesting University of Georgia President Michael Adams' decision not to renew the contract of Athletic Director Vince Dooley.

Group wants Adams let go

Aiken tournament to be expanded
Palmetto Amateur tournament officials talked for a couple years about expanding the popular Aiken tournament from 54 to 72 holes. In August, it becomes a reality.

Google also can't find weapons of mass destruction

Vatican asks tourists to cover up

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