Romance writers conference opens in New York

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.

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.

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.

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

No doubt about it: Burroughs a big leaguer

Judge refuses to remove himself from Canseco case

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.

Postcards show summer travelers are out to sea

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
DILLON, Colo. -- This time, it's staying on her finger.

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?

Dogs dropping dead in Portland, after dispute over a leash law
PORTLAND, Ore. - In this congenitally dog-friendly city, where dogs once roamed free in city parks, someone is taking a debate over leash laws to a sinister level: Eight dogs have died, reportedly from eating poisoned sausage left in a park, and eight others have taken sick.

Castilla rides inconsistent hot streak
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Vinny Castilla was asked Friday whether he was familiar with the phrase "feast or famine." Appearing puzzled, the third baseman shook his head.

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.

Strong plays by Maddux save Atlanta

Braves trounce 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.

Giles wants to play today against Mets

Braves trounce Mets
ATLANTA - Someday this might be remembered as the summer of the salary drives.

Bank reports new branches, rise in profits

Fewer teens finding jobs

Bombay Central gets new look after fire
Sitting in their recently refurbished and reopened restaurant, Sunny Kalra and his wife, Nidhi, say their Indian eatery off Washington Road has an uncanny relationship with fire.

Switch to cleaner-burning fuel could cause price spikes
The oil refining industry is keenly aware of how expensive it is to curb air pollution. Consumers are about to find out.

Housing construction in June rises

Buyout causes Oracle concern
SAN FRANCISCO - Business software maker PeopleSoft Inc. said Friday it has completed its acquisition of J.D. Edwards & Co., a purchase that will pose a new and more expensive obstacle for Oracle Corp. in its hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft.

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

Switch to cleaner-burning fuel could cause price spikes

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Americans who have watched interest on savings shrink with rock-bottom interest rates are in good company. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has taken a hit, too.

Bombay Central gets new look after fire

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.

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.

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.

Deficit in first 3 quarters more than double October-June 2002

Deficit in first 3 quarters more than double October-June 2002
WASHINGTON -- The government reported a deficit of $270.5 billion for the first nine months of the 2003 budget year, more than twice the total for the corresponding period a year earlier.

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.

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.

Former Baylor basketball player talks to police

Cut HST some slack

Is that really you?
Identity theft, which was hardly known 10 years ago, has claimed 12 million victims in the United States and could strike an additional 1 million this year. That makes I.D. theft one of the nation's fastest rising and most difficult crimes to deal with - for both victims and law-enforcers.

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.

The sound of success

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.

Is that really you?

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.

The sound of success
Not a woof or a howl or a yelp or even a whimper.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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

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

Bond prices fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices traded lower, as investors sent stocks sharply higher fueled by Microsoft's rosy outlook.

Stocks trade higher on Microsoft outlook, bargain hunting
Tech companies bow to entertainment world in device features

Stocks trade higher on Microsoft outlook, bargain hunting

Sector leader in bull market run still yet to emerge

Sector leader in bull market run still yet to emerge
NEW YORK -- Investors betting on the tech sector to lead a new bull market as it did in the late 1990s were likely disappointed this past week when the Nasdaq composite tumbled on tepid outlooks from Nokia and IBM.

E-Trade to refund half of mutual fund fees

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.

Nasdaq suffers biggest loss in four months

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.

Mortgage rates climb but still historically low

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.

Fishing report

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 tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Don't let crab grass take over

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.

Retired science teacher's hobby simply grew

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
Plentiful rain is great for the lawn and the flowers, but it also helps weeds grow.

Georgia Tech golfer leads Southern Amateur
HOT SPRINGS, Va. -- Georgia Tech's Nick Thompson shot a 1-under-par 69 Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Southern Golf Association's 97th Southern Amateur golf tournament at The Homestead.

Georgia Tech golfer leads Southern Amateur

Augusta in too deep against RiverDogs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Augusta's Chad Spann went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, but B.J. Upton homered and knocked in two runs for the Charleston RiverDogs in a 5-3 victory over the GreenJackets on Friday night.

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.

Steve Lowery's 64 leads B.C. Open

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.

Lost ball on first hole makes for long day for Woods

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.

Figg-Currier, Han share 36-hole lead at Big Apple Classic

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.

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

Marchman will return for Camellia

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.

Pat Bates shoots 63 to tie for BC Open lead
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Pat Bates shot a 9-under 63 Friday to tie Alex Cejka and Brett Quigley for the early second-round lead at the B.C. Open.

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.

Love takes lead at British Open
SANDWICH, England -- This is one tournament where Tiger Woods in the rearview mirror is not nearly as daunting as the road ahead.

A wild day, an unknown leader

Major letdown: Furyk, other big names head home
SANDWICH, England -- Hey, Jim Furyk, you've won your first major championship. Where are you going this weekend?

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

Figg-Currier, Han share 36-hole lead at Big Apple Classic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Cindy Figg-Currier took last year off from the LPGA Tour to give birth to her second child.

No score more shocking than the 11 by Kelly

Pat Bates shoots 63 to tie for BC Open lead

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.

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

Marchman will return for Camellia
Augusta's Mitch Marchman is making what he calls a "one-shot" return to the Regions Cup amateur golf circuit he dominated from 1999-2000.

Love takes lead at British Open

Augusta in too deep against RiverDogs

GHSA upholds realignment for 12 of 15 schools that appealed

Shot in final second gives Gauchos victory

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.

Teams get ready to practice
Two days remain until football teams can officially begin their pursuit of a high school championship this year.

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

Alcohol sales are a desecration

Commissioners blamed for Coliseum Authority

'Chronicle' carrier saves life
I would like to thank your carrier, Eddie Newman, for saving our 92-year-old mother's life. Ann Larson, Thomasville, Ga.

Commissioners blamed for Coliseum Authority
The pathetic legacy of our Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority continues unabated. For years I have watched this dog-and-pony show and blamed the uneducated, overblown and inflated personalities who sit on the board. Lawrence Smith, Augusta

Alcohol sales are a desecration
It is very sad that a city the size of Aiken, a county seat inundated with churches and proud of its culture, has sided with Christ's adversary in desecrating God's day for the money received for selling alcoholic beverages. James K. Ellis, Jackson, S.C.

Supreme Court decisions will hurt U.S.

Stop misusing the word 'hero'

'Chronicle' carrier saves life

Supreme Court decisions will hurt U.S.
This nation was founded on the premise that the true God is the father of our lord Jesus Christ, who alone is savior. Wisely, these Founding Fathers gave us a republic of sovereign states, which allocated certain powers to the federal government. The Founders also gave us a Constitution, based upon the precepts of the Christian faith, designating three co-equal branches of government - executive, legislative and judicial, each with its own responsibility. Hubert Baker, Aiken, S.C.

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.

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.

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

Scientists launch efforts to understand, curb invasive species

Board members lend expertise to arts school

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.

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.

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.

Residence to become exclusive
Changes are coming to a downtown apartment building, and Augusta officials are hopeful those changes will help clean up the 700 block of Broad Street for good.

Convict taken off death row

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Towns have radium in water
Residents of Aiken County and southern Edgefield County who use private wells for their drinking water can learn about radium contamination at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Aiken High School.

Kid of the day
Jillian Hope Newman of North Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Official endorses 8th-grade algebra
Not many adults have pleasant memories of algebra. Just the mention of "word problems" makes them grimace.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JULY 19, 1923 AIKEN - A fire at 10 o'clock last night destroyed the ice plant at Warrenville, a branch of the Aiken Ice and Coal Co.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the little boy who wants to sell snow cones in Aiken County. They're giving him such a problem, and I don't understand. I mean, if they passed the law to sell beer on Sunday, why can't they pass his little law to sell snow cones? I think the system does not know what it is doing. I'd rather for him to be selling snow cones than them to be selling beer and liquor on a Sunday.

Police investigate bad checks
Authorities are trying to sort out who is forging and cashing fake payroll checks at small stores in Augusta.

Georgia survived smaller reserves

Champion helps coach 34 campers
Above, Christopher Miller, 6, reacts to a checkmate move by his opponent at the Radical Rooks Chess Camp. At left, members of The Knight Federation, Alex Hatala (from left), Brian Pittman, Jonathan Greene and Raj Patel work out a chess problem.

Across South Carolina

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

Medicaid might hinder exams

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.

Larke doubts schools will make unsafe list

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.

Fire guts Martinez home

Moving mailrooms

News you can use

SRS is defended against report

Correction

Across the area

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

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the little boy who wants to sell snow cones in Aiken County. They're giving him such a problem, and I don't understand. I mean, if they passed the law to sell beer on Sunday, why can't they pass his little law to sell snow cones? I think the system does not know what it is doing. I'd rather for him to be selling snow cones than them to be selling beer and liquor on a Sunday.

Across the area
A man whom authorities charged with taking $76 in Georgia Lottery tickets from a downtown convenience store was free on bond Friday, officials said.

Archers enjoy indoor range
GRANITEVILLE - Rick Morgan pulled the arrow back until his compound bow was taut and fired it at a deer 20 yards away, striking it squarely in the shoulder Friday.

Radar will help police crack down on speeding
Drivers along Georgia Avenue in North Augusta should be wary of the digital radar trailer, flashing "YOUR SPEED" in green lights.

Task force targets cold cases
AIKEN - A cold case task force has been meeting for more than a month, sifting through the evidence of more than 30 unsolved homicides in Aiken County across three decades, Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt said Friday.

Kid of the day

DOT post is 'up in the air,' board's vice chairman says
Jimmy Lester said Friday he isn't sure whether he'll pursue the chairman's seat for the Georgia Department of Transportation Board.

Perdue considers cuts to help balance budget

Medicaid might hinder exams
Problems with Georgia's Medicaid system might spill over into required school health exams and could soon create a nightmare for parents who want to use local health departments.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Justice Department is giving South Carolina $7.1 million to combat drugs and terrorism.

Archaeologist studies historic trading post
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Long before the International Trade Center, long before the ongoing efforts to solidify a trade agreement between Georgia and DaimlerChrysler, trade was a central element in the Savannah area.

Jail works to meet needs

Across Georgia
LAFAYETTE - Law enforcement officers killed a slaying suspect who shot at them as they were trying to make an arrest Friday, sheriff's officials said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Larke doubts schools will make unsafe list
Despite dozens of criminal offenses recorded at some Richmond County schools over the past three years, Superintendent Charles Larke said he doesn't expect to see any on a state list of unsafe schools due out Aug. 1.

Kid of the day

Ex-Aiken priest is found dead
Monsignor Thomas Evatt, the longtime Aiken Catholic priest who resigned last year amid decades-old allegations of sexual assault, was found dead Friday in his Anderson home. He was 53.

Radar will help police crack down on speeding

Georgia survived smaller reserves
ATLANTA - The state has begun a new budget year with its financial reserves dangerously low. But it's not the first time that has happened and it could have been worse.

Archers enjoy indoor range

Botanist studies tree growth rings
Tracy Punshon has always been fascinated with trees and the mysteries locked within their annual growth rings.

Official endorses 8th-grade algebra

Aiken will keep four districts

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Botanist studies tree growth rings

News you can use

Residence to become exclusive

Late release of report could delay pupil transfer requests

Task force targets cold cases

Fire guts Martinez home
When Ken O'Brien heard the loud crack and saw leaves falling, he thought lightning had struck a tree in his yard.

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.

Video watch

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.

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.

At the Movies: 'Bad Boys II'

At the Movies: 'How to Deal'

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

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'

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

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.

Music industry wins approval of subpoenas against Internet users
WASHINGTON -- The music industry has won at least 871 federal subpoenas against computer users suspected of illegally sharing music files on the Internet, with roughly 75 new subpoenas being approved each day, U.S. court officials said Friday.

Jewell's album is too polished

Music industry wins approval of subpoenas against Internet users

Nadeau back at track 11 weeks after accident

NASCAR trucks qualifying washed out

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.

Nadeau back at track 11 weeks after accident
LOUDON, N.H. -- Jerry Nadeau could hardly sleep the night before his first trip back to the race track. It could have been nerves or excitement - after all, it's been 11 weeks since he was critically injured in a wreck.

Giaffone's injuries give Barron chance to defend only title

New Hampshire means Craven gets the spotlight

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.

Kenseth takes pole after qualifying washed out
LOUDON, N.H. -- Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth earned his first pole of the season Friday when rain washed out qualifying at New Hampshire International Speedway.

NASCAR trucks qualifying washed out
MADISON, Ill. -- Travis Kvapil will start from the pole position in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race after qualifying was rained out.

President Bush declares disaster areas as Claudette's strength is re-evaluated

President Bush declares disaster areas as Claudette's strength is re-evaluated
PORT LAVACA, Texas -- President Bush declared five Texas counties disaster areas Friday in the wake of Hurricane Claudette, while officials considered whether the storm's severity should be posthumously upgraded.

Kobe Bryant charged with sexual assault

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.

Lakers welcome Malone, Payton

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.

Kobe Bryant charged with sexual assault
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a case bound to tarnish the career of one of the NBA's brightest young superstars.

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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Mr. Albert Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Louie Scales Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rebecca Wegner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Harold Burkholder    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. J. W. Watson    (HARDWICK, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Brown-Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tarvie Vaughn Sr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Lester Newman    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Inez Usry    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ronnie Lawson    (KITE, Ga.)
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Mr. Blane Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Blount    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margarette Schleppi    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Wilbert Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond Rosier Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Harris    (DURHAM, N.C.)
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Ms. Runette Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Alice Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Dea. Jessie Roberson    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Blane Smith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Cora Reese    (JACKSONVILLE)
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Mrs. Ruth Burton    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
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Mr. Lucious McBride    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Brown-Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Dennis Mangan Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Cohen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Davey Lewis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Blount    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lenora Jones    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Yvonne Pete    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Betty Jacobs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille Morris    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Andrew Middleton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Hood    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Danny King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lawrence Harris    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
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Mr. Merlin Grulke    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. James Gilliam Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Susie Diaz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nellie Crook    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Dea. Willie Hampton    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Minister Willie Wilson    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Narhariprasad Gor    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. O.J. Williams    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
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Ms. Dianne Gilmore    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James Harrelson    (PROSPERITY, S.C.)
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Mr. Kenneth Gebhard    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Hay    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pearl Ellison    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Betty Jacobs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Willie Duggan    (BRONX, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Runette Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susie Diaz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margarette Schleppi    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William DeLoach    (CLAXTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ann Tanton    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Angel Daniels    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rebecca Wegner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Donald Cohen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Pilgrim    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Runette Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Blane Smith (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Dea. Jessie Roberson (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Margarette Schleppi (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Harris (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Donald Cohen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Batson (ATHENS, Ga.)

Andrew Middleton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J. W. Watson (HARDWICK, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ione Bowen (HEPHZIBAH, GA.)

Mr. Ronnie Lawson (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gebhard (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Jacobs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tarvie Vaughn Sr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Harris (DURHAM, N.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Hood (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. O.J. Williams (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Brown-Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Jacobs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Ellison (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Morris (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Burkholder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbert Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Usry (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Blount (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Dea. Lawrence Williams Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Harrelson (PROSPERITY, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Bechtold (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Runette Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Diaz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dianne Gilmore (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Wilson (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Woodward (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie Diaz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Alice Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lucious McBride (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Newman (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margarette Schleppi (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Andrew Weeks Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Cora Reese (JACKSONVILLE)

Mrs. Ann Tanton (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Narhariprasad Gor (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Hay (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Angel Daniels (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Danny King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Rosier Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Williams (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. William Harrell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Burton (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Brown-Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenora Jones (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Crook (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Willie Duggan (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mr. James Gilliam Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Cohen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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.

Privatization of Augusta YDC leaves some troubling questions
CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING the decision to privatize the Augusta Youth Development Campus seem to me to be government process at its worst. At this point, we can hope that privatization will be in the best interests of all concerned.

Privatization of Augusta YDC leaves some troubling questions
CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING the decision to privatize the Augusta Youth Development Campus seem to me to be government process at its worst. At this point, we can hope that privatization will be in the best interests of all concerned.

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.

Overtime

U.S., without Williams sisters, faces Italy in Fed Cup

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

An exhausted Armstrong finds himself in trouble

For Armstrong, a fifth consecutive win hangs in balance

Boater expects records to fall

Record-holder set to race in new boat

An exhausted Armstrong finds himself in trouble
CAP'DECOUVERTE, France -- An exhausted Lance Armstrong is the first to admit it: He's no longer the man to beat in the Tour de France.

Armstrong faces challenges in Tour's final week
CAP'DECOUVERTE, France -- Lance Armstrong lives to be challenged, and at this year's Tour de France, he is up against the biggest challenges he has faced in the past five.

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.

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.

Record-holder set to race in new boat
It's been a troubling two weeks for Ron Braaksma and Team Madness heading into the 18th Annual Augusta Southern Nationals.

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.

U.S., without Williams sisters, faces Italy in Fed Cup
WASHINGTON -- Coach Billie Jean King hopes the United States' deep pool of talent will overcome the missing star power at this weekend's Fed Cup.

Overtime
Georgia leads South Carolina 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 after the first round of the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., on Friday.

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.

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

Faith digest
Singer Russell Joel Brown, step teams and a guest DJ will entertain during the first Shiloh Weekend festival from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center, 1635 15th St.

Program fosters growth of wheelchair basketball
The idea came to coach Danny Moraetes during a sports banquet last March at Warren Baptist Church - why not put wheelchair athletes alongside able-bodied youth?

Drag-boat chaplains calm troubled waters
Jim Jack found his god early in life - it was racing.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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

ABC merging "Nightline" and "This Week" staffs

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

Concert calendar

'Six Feet Under' leads Emmy nominations with 16

Standing ovations

Student group presents comedy, drama for summer stock

Applause calendar

Club 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.

Odom says new guys key to Gamecock season

Ex-governor gets Gamecocks in trouble
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has reported two more contacts between prospective recruits and ex-Gov. Jim Hodges, which the university labeled as "inadvertent" NCAA violations that gave the Gamecocks no recruiting advantage.

Ex-governor gets Gamecocks in trouble

Odom says new guys key to Gamecock season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Few people expect much out of South Carolina this season after the Gamecocks lost four seniors from a team that finished fifth in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Bank robbers trick police, make clean getaway

Dogs dropping dead in Portland, after dispute over a leash law

Program fosters growth of wheelchair basketball

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Drag-boat chaplains calm troubled waters