Last visit with Hepburn was difficult to write about

Romance writers conference opens in New York
NEW YORK -- There are workshops on plot development and characterization, meetings with publishers and editors. And, of course, there are tips on sexy love scenes.

Romance writers conference opens in New York

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.

Judge refuses to remove himself from Canseco case

No doubt about it: Burroughs a big leaguer
SAN DIEGO -- At last, the big Little Leaguer has hit it big time.

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

Judge refuses to remove himself from Canseco case
MIAMI -- A judge refused Thursday to remove himself from the case of former baseball star Jose Canseco, four days before a hearing on allegations that the 1988 American League MVP violated probation by using illegal steroids.

Bonds likes what he's seen so far from Giants

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.

Babe Ruth Museum reacts to Bonds' comments
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum expressed disgust Thursday with comments made by San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds about Babe Ruth during the All-Star game festivities.

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.

Bechler's widow sues makers of ephedra supplement
BALTIMORE -- The widow of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler has sued the manufacturer and the distributor of a dietary supplement containing ephedra for $600 million.

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.

No doubt about it: Burroughs a big leaguer

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.

Fantasy Baseball: First-half flops can recover

Royals thrive in spite of everything

Postcards show summer travelers are out to sea

Evan Thomas Jay

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.

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.

Maisie Almia Murdaugh

Tyler Jacob Clark

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.

Hannah Mae Holbrook

Amelia Elizabeth Rodriguez

Tayler Anne Jackson

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.

Baylie Madison Rockefeller

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.

Jasmine Velinique Johnson

Richard Anthony Beasley III

Chandler Keith Gardner

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.

Quewon Bernard Anderson

Hannah McAllister Corbitt

Camden Andrew Powell

Rayle Mitchell Stepp

India Elizabeth Wahl

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.

Christopher D. Briggs

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Hannah Delaney Kiser

Anaya Marie Rosier

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.

Karlee Michelle Ludwick

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jacob Michael Golding

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.

Zada Nichelle Jessie

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.

Duncan Moreland and Drake Moreland

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.

Alexis Anna-Michelle Hooper

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.

Caleb Douglas Duke

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
RACINE, Wis. -- What could be a better location to display John Dillinger's submachine gun than the site of a bank he robbed almost 70 years ago?

Defendant claims insanity, moons jury
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- An assault defendant punctuated his insanity defense by loudly hooting "cuckoo-cuckoo" and then dropping his pants to moon the jury.

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.

Bank robbers trick police, make clean getaway
MEIGS, Ga. -- When a Meigs city police officer rushed to the scene of an accident, little did he know he'd left the town's only bank to be robbed.

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.

Strong plays by Maddux save Atlanta

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.

Strong plays by Maddux save Atlanta
ATLANTA - The presence of an ex-president, Skip Caray's homecoming to the TBS booth and a return to their home turf didn't exactly energize the Atlanta Braves' offense Thursday night.

USC Aiken honors Braves' Hernandez

Giles wants to play today against Mets

Giles wants to play today against Mets
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Marcus Giles swung a bat Thursday for the first time since he suffered a mild concussion last week in Chicago. He hopes to return to the lineup tonight.

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.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages climbed this week to their highest levels since the beginning of May. But rates are still lower than they were a year ago.

Bank reports new branches, rise in profits

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

Avoiding advertisements

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.

Consumer prices rise 0.2 percent in June

Fewer teens finding jobs
With three weeks left before she goes to college, Natalie Clark has given up on finding summer employment.

Bank reports new branches, rise in profits
First Bank of Georgia will open two new offices in the coming year, the president and CEO of its parent company said Thursday as it released figures showing a surge in earnings.

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.

Fewer teens finding jobs

Recession ended in November of 2001
WASHINGTON -- The 2001 recession, the country's first downturn in a decade, officially ended in November of that year, only eight months after it had begun, an academic group declared Thursday.

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.

Housing construction in June rises
WASHINGTON -- The number of new housing projects builders broke ground on in June climbed to the highest level in five months, good news for efforts to get the economy back into shape.

Owner keeps park on market

Housing construction in June rises

Clemson's defense ready to wash out nasty Tangerine taste

Clemson's defense ready to wash out nasty Tangerine taste
PICKENS, S.C. -- Clemson defensive coordinator John Lovett still can't stomach what he and the rest of the country remember as the Tigers' worst image in quite some time.

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.

Football heroes to be honored on stamps in August

Former Baylor basketball player talks to police

Mascot hall of fame?
Every dog has his day. Well, except for Uga VI. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame's decision to reject a nomination for the famous mascot has left him in the doghouse and the Bulldawg Nation howling with anger.

Grass-roots stirring

Cut HST some slack
No anti-Semitic sentiments that President Harry S. Truman wrote in his personal diary gainsay the historical fact that having the United States be the first nation to recognize the existence of Israel as a state in May 1948 was a highly symbolic act. It helped ensure Israel would endure as an island of freedom and democracy in a sea of corrupt, hostile Arab dictatorships.

Act to protect troops

Tasty and healthy
The farmers market that's coming to the Augusta Common is a perfect fit for that venue. This is why the Common, with all its green space in the middle of a metro area, was developed.

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

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.

Cut HST some slack

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.

Student group presents comedy, drama for summer stock
Augusta State University's Theatre Guild will stage three comedies and a drama for Summerstock 2003, which opens tonight at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on campus, 2500 Walton Way.

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

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

'Six Feet Under' leads Emmy nominations with 16
LOS ANGELES -- The funeral home drama "Six Feet Under" received a leading 16 Emmy nominations Thursday, followed by three-time best drama winner "The West Wing" with 15.

Applause calendar
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Standing ovations
The fast and the furious will churn up the normally quiet waters of the Savannah River this weekend as the Augusta Southern Nationals powerboat races return to town.

Stocks trade lower, investors lock in profits for second day

Mortgage rates climb but still historically low
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages climbed this week to their highest levels since the beginning of May. But even with the increase, mortgages rates are still lower than they were a year ago and should continue to keep the housing market healthy.

E-Trade to refund half of mutual fund fees

Mortgage rates climb but still historically low

Nasdaq suffers biggest loss in four months

E-Trade to refund half of mutual fund fees
SAN FRANCISCO -- Online brokerage E-Trade Group Inc. hopes to make mutual funds more mutually satisfying by sharing half its fees with customers.

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.

Nasdaq suffers biggest loss in four months
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index suffered its biggest loss in four months Thursday as investors, irked by a cautious outlook from IBM and a profit warning from Nokia, quickly sold off stocks. The Nasdaq dropped nearly 50 points in Wall Street's third straight day of declines.

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.

Fishing report
Fishing both inshore and offshore along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina continues to be excellent, especially for redfish, flounder and whiting.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Don't let crab grass take over
Plentiful rain is great for the lawn and the flowers, but it also helps weeds grow.

Retired science teacher's hobby simply grew

Retired science teacher's hobby simply grew
If it's an exotic plant, there's a good chance Clara Hornsby has it in her garden. Or in one of her greenhouses. Or growing in pots on her porch, or in the yard, or on a concrete fence by her house.

Dodder makes dandelions look friendly
If you think dandelions are bad weeds, just imagine a weed that doesn't even look like a plant, and whose tangle of pale yellow stems slowly envelop other plants like an insidious veil. You might wonder how a plant without chlorophyll can survive.

Don't let crab grass take over

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

Sand Gnats hang on to beat Jackets
With a leadoff triple in the bottom of the first, and his trip across home plate for the game's first run, Greg Stone again showed why he has been one of the most reliable and valuable players in the Augusta GreenJackets' lineup this season.

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

Hard day for Big Easy at Royal St. George's
SANDWICH, England -- As Ernie Els lumbered toward the 18th green, nearing the end of a long day, the crowd in the half-filled grandstands rose to salute the defending British Open champion.

A wild day, an unknown leader

Hottest player on tour has mind elsewhere as Open begins

Hard day for Big Easy at Royal St. George's

Who's this guy? Otto stands alone on a tough day

No score more shocking than the 11 by Kelly

Who's this guy? Otto stands alone on a tough day
SANDWICH, England -- At the beginning of the week, Hennie Otto had to put together two good rounds just to earn a tee time in the British Open.

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.

A wild day, an unknown leader
SANDWICH, England -- A lost ball by Tiger Woods. A triumphant return for Greg Norman. A stunning struggle for Ernie Els.

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.

No score more shocking than the 11 by Kelly
SANDWICH, England -- Tiger Woods lost his ball and made triple bogey. Jerry Kelly found his ball and made an 11.

Steve Lowery's 64 leads B.C. Open

Lost ball on first hole makes for long day for Woods

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.

Injured Montgomerie pulls out of Open after seven holes
SANDWICH, England -- This time, Colin Montgomerie's British Open ended at breakfast.

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

Whaley gets ready for the men in an LPGA tournament

Storms finally arrive at Royal St. George's

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

Lost ball on first hole makes for long day for Woods
SANDWICH, England -- Tiger Woods approached the group of spectators on the first hole of the British Open with an urgent question.

Steve Lowery's 64 leads B.C. Open
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Steve Lowery shot an 8-under 64 Thursday and held a two-shot lead after the first round of the B.C. 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.

Follow the bouncing ball at the British Open

GreenJackets knock Gnats out of the park

GHSA upholds realignment for 12 of 15 schools that appealed

Shot in final second gives Gauchos victory

Jackson shatters Hoops

GHSA upholds realignment for 12 of 15 schools that appealed
THOMASTON, Ga. -- The Georgia High School Association refused the requests of 12 schools that resisted a statewide realignment plan, but it granted the appeals of three schools.

Postcards show summer travelers are out to sea
If Noah had been truly wise, he would have swatted those two flies.

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.

Stop misusing the word 'hero'

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

Stop misusing the word 'hero'
I am a World War II veteran and while in combat in Europe, I knew some soldiers who were captured. Some were wounded and some were killed. I also knew some heroes. But as we all know, only being captured, wounded or killed did not make soldiers heroes. Gould B. Hagler, Augusta

Thomas column on Israeli-Palestinian conflict racist

Bush's approval rating manipulated
I never believed the 21 turncoats who stated they had been brainwashed into believing communist propaganda while in North Korean prisoner of war camps. Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Political correctness stirs up racism
In regard to racial problems in Edgefield County and everywhere, I have a political complaint. Mark P. Barksdale, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Soldier says he will be home soon

Scientists launch efforts to understand, curb invasive species

Anxiety drug Valium is 40 years old this year

Augusta women's club marks 75th anniversary

Board members lend expertise to arts school

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.

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.

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.

Board members lend expertise to arts school
The all-star lineup of artists, actors, educators, painters and patrons assemble weekly in a small, wood-paneled library deep inside the maze that is St. John United Methodist Church on Greene Street.

Scientists launch efforts to understand, curb invasive species
WASHINGTON -- From snakehead fish in Maryland to zebra mussels in the Great Lakes, invasions by foreign species are a growing problem.

Across Georgia

Correction
An article on a change in leadership at First Baptist Church of Augusta was incorrect in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. The article should have said the church deacons recognized vice moderator Billy Key as the new moderator. Mr. Key chose Carl Brown as vice moderator.

Correction

S.C. schools not marked as hazards
AIKEN - No schools in South Carolina are classified as "persistently dangerous" under mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which means parents will not be able to move their children to another public school because of safety worries, a state education official said Thursday.

Judge's race expands

Across South Carolina

Serviceman of the day

Convict taken off death row

Perdue considers cuts to help balance budget

Late release of report could delay pupil transfer requests

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a mentally disabled Athens woman convicted of beating her son to death will not receive a new trial.

Rants and Raves
SO MUCH FOR George Bush's darn good information on Iraq. It's obvious that he doesn't have any clue, and it makes you wonder who is actually manipulating him and the rest of the American public. What kind of Wizard of Oz is pulling the strings behind the scenes? We're all being lied to. Wake up, people.

Building worries officials

SRS is defended against report

Across the area

Moving mailrooms
MODOC, S.C. - Karen Humphrey makes a daily stroll to the Modoc post office not only to get her mail, but also to find out what is happening in her community.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with rape Wednesday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Aiken will keep four districts
AIKEN - The Department of Justice has approved the city of Aiken's embattled redistricting plan, the city's attorney said Thursday, which black civil rights activists have said is unfair to minority voters.

Audit finds problems with asbestos removal
State auditors say Georgia's asbestos removal program doesn't ensure safety for workers or the public.

Rain floods road, again
Sarah Thomas, of Evans, was ready to leave University Hospital after her 3 p.m. appointment Thursday, but when she noticed the foot of water edging up to the bumper of her GMC Yukon, she decided to stay put.

Bad air may bring inspections

SRS is defended against report
Officials and supporters of the Savannah River Site defended the nuclear facility Thursday against a federal report that states the cleanup of nuclear waste is taking too long and costing too much.

Parents ask for mascot

Aiken will keep four districts

Pay phones end for BellSouth

Moving mailrooms

Zoning laws prohibit boy's stand

Convict taken off death row
AIKEN - A convicted killer was freed from South Carolina's death row Thursday, but won't be eligible for release from prison until he's almost 60.

Kid of the day

Correction

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

Across the area

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

Sanford signs school bill

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.

Arts groups spar over funding

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.

News you can use

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.

DNA in old crimes might yield suspects

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Montrey Middleton, 3, of Augusta.

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

Rants and Raves
SO MUCH FOR George Bush's darn good information on Iraq. It's obvious that he doesn't have any clue, and it makes you wonder who is actually manipulating him and the rest of the American public. What kind of Wizard of Oz is pulling the strings behind the scenes? We're all being lied to. Wake up, people.

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

Elderly drivers under watch
Fred Bowsher is 72, but he says he still has 20/20 eyesight and doesn't mind driving during the day or at night.

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.

Perdue considers cuts to help balance budget
ATLANTA - Georgia taxpayers could soon see the elimination of some state programs and the consolidation of others that duplicate services, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday.

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

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.

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.

Dispute is cause of trash at lake
If you've noticed dirty restrooms, overflowing trash cans and unmowed grass at Thurmond Lake this summer, you're not alone.

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.

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.

Volunteers will fight violence
COLUMBIA - Lawyers will work for free to help prosecute criminal domestic violence cases under a new program by state Attorney General Henry McMaster.

Rain floods road, again

Jail works to meet needs

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.

News you can use

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

Late release of report could delay pupil transfer requests
The state's tardiness in releasing federal No Child Left Behind data has put early-starting school systems such as Richmond County in a bind because pupils might have to begin class at one school and then switch, Superintendent Charles Larke said Thursday.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A man in prison on a burglary conviction has been charged with murder nearly two years after a body and a bloody knife were found inside his car, police say.

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.

Jail works to meet needs
AIKEN - Female inmates are different from male prisoners, there are more of them in prison than there used to be and they need more programs such as halfway houses to address their needs, South Carolina's top pardons and parole official Thursday.

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

News you can use
JULY 18, 1913 Lt. Thomas DeWitt Milling - favorably known in Augusta, having spent the past two winters here at the United States Army Aviation Camp - has been selected to represent America at the forthcoming international aviation meeting to be held this summer in France.

Can Bowden escape Clemson firing line?
PICKENS, S.C. - Unyielding faith or divine intervention? Tommy Bowden seems to believe one of these things will guide him through a fifth season and earn him a sixth as Clemson's head football coach.

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.

At the Movies: 'Bad Boys II'
Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay know they're going to get lousy reviews. We're happy to oblige them, not only for the damage "Bad Boys II" has done to our eardrums, but also because they've made a truly abominable movie.

At the Movies: 'Johnny English'
NEW YORK -- If you're going to spoof a spy, you might as well call in Mr. Bean.

Mini reviews

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.

Video watch
This is a list of video release dates and reviews of movies out on DVD and video.

At the Movies: 'How to Deal'

At the Movies: 'How to Deal'
Last year, Mandy Moore starred as a teenager with unwavering faith, despite dying of cancer, in "A Walk to Remember." She was poised and likable, even when the material got insufferably soapy.

At the Movies: 'Bad Boys II'

Video watch

At the Movies: 'Johnny English'

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.

Jewell's album is too polished
Buddy Jewell probably would have found an audience on his own. Blessed with a strong baritone, an innate ability to cut to a song's emotional core and a marquee smile, Mr. Jewell is as radio-ready as they come.

Jewell's album is too polished

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

Racing facts - New England 300

NASCAR fired up about safety

New Hampshire means Craven gets the spotlight
LOUDON, N.H. -- There are two times a year when Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart get pushed aside as NASCAR's most popular drivers.

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.

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.

New Hampshire means Craven gets the spotlight

Giaffone's injuries give Barron chance to defend only title

Giaffone's injuries give Barron chance to defend only title
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- Alex Barron has become the substitute driver of choice in the IRL, and his latest assignment gives him the chance to defend his only IndyCar title.

Q&A with Jon Wood

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.

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

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.

Lakers welcome Malone, Payton
LOS ANGELES -- Mitch Kupchak was told he had an important telephone call, and the first words he heard were rather upsetting.

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

DA says decision in Bryant case not expected before Friday

Lakers welcome Malone, Payton

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.

DA to announce decision in Bryant case Friday
EAGLE, Colo. -- The district attorney said he will announce Friday whether charges will be filed against Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Former Baylor basketball player talks to police
CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- Sheriff's deputies on Thursday questioned former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson, whom Texas authorities have called a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Patrick Dennehy.

Panthers' Anderson fails another drug test

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Mrs. Rebecca Wegner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Rebecca Wegner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Usry (GIBSON, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Jacobs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Ms. Runette Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Davey Lewis (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Ellison (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Rev. Wilson Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

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Mr. Donald Cohen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Reese (JACKSONVILLE)

Mr. Narhariprasad Gor (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Dianne Gilmore (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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Ga. focuses on student achievement
THERE have been numerous projects undertaken and ideas generated to improve education in Georgia over the past several years. Many of them, however, though excellent in and of themselves, have worked at cross purposes apart from any unified plan because they were developed by different stakeholders in education - each had very different ideas as to how reform should take place.

Ga. focuses on student achievement
THERE have been numerous projects undertaken and ideas generated to improve education in Georgia over the past several years. Many of them, however, though excellent in and of themselves, have worked at cross purposes apart from any unified plan because they were developed by different stakeholders in education - each had very different ideas as to how reform should take place.

Get in the game: Bowling

Boater expects records to fall

ACC asks NCAA to change playoff rule

Overtime

Local YBOA teams make national tournament

Area announcements

Bowling For Dollars

In the game spotlight

Augusta State unveils logos

For Armstrong, a fifth consecutive win hangs in balance

Overtime

United States to open against Sweden in Women's World Cup

For Armstrong, a fifth consecutive win hangs in balance
TOULOUSE, France -- Lance Armstrong's struggle to dominate a surprisingly difficult Tour de France could hinge on beating the clock in Friday's individual time trial - a decisive race on undulating terrain.

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.

Boater expects records to fall
At a Thursday press conference for the Augusta Southern Nationals, Dayton Sherrouse read two drag boat records, then turned to racer Greg Tedesco.

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

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.

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
The Georgia High School Association refused the requests of 12 schools that resisted a statewide realignment plan, but it granted the appeals of three schools.

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

United States to open against Sweden in Women's World Cup
CARSON, Calif. -- The United States will play Sweden on Sept. 21 to open the Women's World Cup soccer tournament.

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.

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.

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.

Shot in final second gives Gauchos victory
Russell Robinson knew his New York Gauchos would be in danger if they had to contend with Al Jefferson in overtime.

Panthers' Anderson fails another drug test
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NFL has denied Carolina Panthers defensive back Rashard Anderson's application for reinstatement to the league, which suspended him for violating its substance abuse policy, his agent said Thursday.

Country divas to play opera house

Country divas to play opera house
Country divas Patty Loveless and Tanya Tucker are set for separate concerts at the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House.

Can Bowden escape Clemson firing line?

Role reversals often intriguing

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 7-13. Each ratings point represents 1,067,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

ABC merging "Nightline" and "This Week" staffs
NEW YORK -- ABC News took a bold step Thursday toward reviving George Stephanopoulos' struggling "This Week" by bringing the Sunday show under the wing of "Nightline."

Rankings for basic cable networks

ABC merging "Nightline" and "This Week" staffs

Club calendar

Standing ovations

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

'Six Feet Under' leads Emmy nominations with 16

Student group presents comedy, drama for summer stock

Concert calendar

Applause calendar

Adams says bickering must stop
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The dispute over University of Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley's forced retirement has divided the university into academic and athletic corners, and the bickering must stop, school president Michael Adams said.

Adams says bickering must stop

Role reversals often intriguing
It's no fun being a nice guy all the time. Likewise, being a hero 24-7 can be tough work, as is a full-time gig as a comic foil, a dashing romantic or America's Sweetheart. Which is why so many movie luminaries love to play a part that casts them against type.

Vatican asks tourists to cover up

Odds and Ends

Bank robbers trick police, make clean getaway

Odds and Ends