Mosaic artist works to make his own recognizable style

Mosaic artist works to make his own recognizable style
Seattle Blue doesn't owe hearty helpings of hay and oats for a gleaming coat, nor does the uncommonly quiet thoroughbred have constant combing administered by an attentive groom to thank for the way the afternoon sun plays across shining flanks and a brilliant muzzle.

Theater company gets Smart with TV characters

New location motivates troupe
The Augusta Theatre company has a new lease - and a new lease on life.

New location motivates troupe

Theater company gets Smart with TV characters
Before Austin got his Powers and Johnny was English, spy comedy was all about being Smart - Maxwell Smart.

Mets agree to 16-year deal with Port St. Lucie
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The New York Mets have agreed to keep their spring training headquarters at Thomas J. White Stadium for another 16 years.

Rodriguez, Rangers on same page

Blind announcer realizing dreams with Devil Rays

Rodriguez, Rangers on same page
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers seem to be on the same page - for now.

Blind announcer realizing dreams with Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Like any good baseball radio announcer, Enrique Oliu has a passion for the sport and a gift for making listeners feel as if they're at the stadium.

Trading deadline means more work for Alabama jersey maker
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants were busy making trades. Workers at Russell Athletic were just as busy keeping up.

Trade Deadline Deals
Trades made Thursday before the 4 p.m. deadline for deals without waivers:

Mets agree to 16-year deal with Port St. Lucie

Reds trade Boone, White to Yankees; New York send Ventura to Dodgers

Trading deadline means more work for Alabama jersey maker

Trade Deadline Deals

Reds trade Boone, White to Yankees; New York send Ventura to Dodgers
CINCINNATI -- The New York Yankees added a big bat and yet another reliever, getting All-Star third baseman Aaron Boone and Gabe White on Thursday in a pair of trades by the payroll-slashing Cincinnati Reds.

Clothes make the man, especially in stores

Odds and Ends
ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- A new policy may lead to hairy situations at the St. Cloud Police Department.

Odds and Ends
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tributes to Orville and Wilbur Wright have been etched into quarters, printed on license plates and sculpted in bronze, wood and fiberglass. But if you thought artists were running out of ways to pay homage to the pioneers of flight, think again.

Dancers break world record for longest dance party
CLEVELAND -- Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" played early in the morning at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking what 41 marathon dancers hope is a new record for the longest dance party.

Move over flea, there's a higher insect jumper in town
A common farm pest appears to have leapfrogged over the flea to claim the unofficial title as the world's best jumper.

Poor health forces longtime 'doll doctor' to close practice
HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. -- The odor of turpentine hangs in the air among many signs of work still to be done on the second-floor workshop of the Mary Fox Doll Hospital.

Malaysia bars the use of electronic messages in divorces
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Cell phone text messages, e-mails and faxes may be a boon to modern life, but they won't be acceptable ways for Malaysian men to start Islamic divorces.

Reynolds beats former team
ATLANTA - One couldn't rule out anything, not in a week in which Atlanta's Marcus Giles tied a major league record, Vinny Castilla lifted his batting average to .280 and John Schuerholz was shutout on the trading deadline.

Braves get no last-minute deal

Braves decide to make no last-minute deals

Braves beat soggy Dodgers

Reynolds beats former team

Braves beat soggy Dodgers
ATLANTA - There was a time when Braves-Dodgers in August meant Tommy Lasorda throwing b.p. in the afternoon and fans from a six-state region booing Dodger Blue at night.

Braves decide to make no last-minute deals
ATLANTA - A flurry of deals made Thursday's baseball trading deadline look like a swap meet, but for the second year in a row, Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz couldn't get a deal done.

Two Braves vie for Cy Young
ATLANTA - As his closer marches toward breaking the saves record before the team clinches another division title, Atlanta Braves starter Russ Ortiz is trying to be overlooked.

Braves get no last-minute deal
ATLANTA - A flurry of deals made Thursday's baseball trading deadline look like a swap meet, but for the second year in a row, Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz couldn't get a deal done.

Blueberry industry creates new products to entice consumers

Business briefs

Business briefs
Starting Monday, Clear Channel Communicationswill begin broadcasting the Murphy, Sam & Jodi syndicated morning show on WBBQ-FM (104.3).

Government unveils online chemical guide
WASHINGTON -- Worried about the chemicals under your kitchen sink? The government launched a new Internet site Friday to help consumers understand potential health effects of ingredients in more than 4,000 common household products.

Radio station will see changes
Citing a steady decline in ratings, Clear Channel Communications began revamping its adult contemporary radio station Thursday and fired WBBQ-FM's disc jockeys.

California jury clears Philip Morris of blame for smoker's cancer
LOS ANGELES -- Big Tobacco has won a major victory in a lawsuit brought by a smoker who blamed his lung cancer and 48-year addiction on Philip Morris, the maker of top-selling Marboro cigarettes.

Big Three sales down from last July
DETROIT -- Detroit's Big Three automakers each reported July sales declined from a year ago, but last month's industrywide results were the best so far this year and automakers appear optimistic about prospects for the rest of 2003.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages this week broke through the 6 percent mark for the first time this year, rising to the highest level since early December.

Manufacturing shows growth

Rainfall delays construction
Heavy rainfall during the past few months has been a refreshing change from the droughtlike conditions of years past.

Feds say Ga. lending law doesn't apply to national banks

Economic picture brightens
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, lifted by consumer and business spending, broke out of the doldrums and grew at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2003, the strongest showing in nearly a year.

Feds say Ga. lending law doesn't apply to national banks
ATLANTA -- Georgia's much-debated predatory lending law does not apply to the nation's 2,100 banks with federal charters, the federal government ruled Thursday in a decision that drew fire from a public advocacy group.

Commercial dancer
Kmart Corp.'s 2003 back-to-school advertising campaign will feature Detroit native Lowery, again strutting his stuff in the Joe Boxer regalia that made him famous.

Graco extends car-seat recall for missing hardware problem
EXTON, Pa. -- Graco Children's Products said Friday it is extending its voluntary recall of the SnugRide infant car seat, begun in March.

Radio station will see changes

Economic downturn takes its toll on minorities
SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. -- Maria Garcia likes gazing out at her tranquil backyard, where the sun shines on the trees - avocado, lemon and orange - that she, her husband and seven kids planted after they bought their house five years ago.

Rainfall delays construction

Manufacturing shows growth
NEW YORK - Business activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the first time in five months, a private research group reported Friday, the latest sign that the economy might be recovering.

Business briefs

Government unveils online chemical guide

Commercial dancer

Economic downturn takes its toll on minorities

Unemployment rate declines
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate declined to 6.2 percent in July and nearly half a million discouraged Americans stopped looking for a job. Payrolls were cut for the sixth month in a row, suggesting businesses remain cautious and want to keep work forces lean despite budding signs of an economic revival.

Blueberry industry creates new products to entice consumers
ORONO, Maine -- Mike Dougherty admits he's more of a steak-and-potatoes guy than a fan of soy and blueberries.

Big Three sales down from last July

Vols embracing underdog role

Jeffries broke Division I color barrier
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- If the Southeastern Conference hopes to break its racial ceiling and hire a black head football coach, a strong administrator will have to lead the way, says Willie Jeffries, the first black coach at a Division I school.

Departure isn't bothering Pollack

Auburn getting acquainted with favored status
HOOVER, Ala. -- Tommy Tuberville isn't used to so many people saying nice things about his football program in the preseason.

Coaches must set example

Coaches must set example
HOOVER, Ala. - Mike Price cavorting in a Florida strip club. Larry Eustachy partying into the wee hours with co-eds on a rival's campus. Rick Neuheisel plunking down five grand on a NCAA Tournament bracket.

Vols embracing underdog role
HOOVER, Ala. -- Tennessee is embracing a different role this season - the underdog. At least that's the mindset the Volunteers seem to be taking after an uncharacteristic 2002 season.

Auburn is media favorite to win SEC
HOOVER, Ala. - Auburn has been picked to beat defending champion Georgia for the Southeastern Conference championship this season.

Departure isn't bothering Pollack
HOOVER, Ala. - There's a consensus that defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan's decision to leave Georgia a year early for the NFL hurts David Pollack's chances of having the same kind of year he did in 2002 when he was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

Jeffries broke Division I color barrier

Auburn getting acquainted with favored status

Newspaper: Player suggests he shot teammate in self-defense

Post pacts on the Net
Government watchdogs are always looking for ways to save taxpayers money and improve government efficiency. Now they think they may have found the closest thing to a silver bullet to kill government waste, but they need your help to pull the trigger.

End Saudi secrecy
In his press conference Wednesday, President George W. Bush stuck to his decision not to declassify 28 pages of Congress' report on intelligence oversights and shortcomings leading up to the 9-11 attacks.

What quagmire?
Despite the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai, there's a growing sense - especially among war critics - that coalition forces in Iraq are being drawn into a Vietnam-type "quagmire."

End Saudi secrecy

Use the word wisely

Post pacts on the Net

What quagmire?

Use the word wisely
Scientists tell us Homo sapiens have stood tall for 300,000 years or more. And we've come a long way in that time.

Standing ovations
Featuring a sort of anti-OzzFest bill, Christian rock act NewSong's Summer Jam 2003 begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. The festival-style show will also feature performances by TAIT, Plus One, Detour 180, Todd Agnew, Royal Ruckus and Mizzie. Tickets cost $10 at the door. For more information, call 722-3521, ext. 3. See Saturday's Religion section for a preview.

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

Wallflower blossoms for 'American Wedding'
LOS ANGELES - While talking two summers ago about American Pie 2, Alyson Hannigan dismissed herself as a sex symbol.

Comedian is serious about stand-up routine
Fans familiar with Mike Epps' star turns as Day-Day in the Friday movies, or as the conniving con Reggie Wright in All About the Benjamins, might be surprised to learn that the comic actor will be concentrating on a far more complex character tonight at Bell Auditorium - Mike Epps.

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

Applause calendar
MIKE EPPS: 8 tonight, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; with Lavell Crawford and Kenny Howell; $29.50-$36.50; 724-2400.

Higher mortgage rates have buyers locking in
Mortgage rates hit an all-time high for the year, but that hasn't slowed business for brokers and bankers yet.

Stocks rise on strong economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street advanced Thursday on news that the economy grew at a much stronger than expected pace in the second quarter and that jobless benefits claims fell for a third week in a row. The market also rose for the month of July, with its standout achiever the Nasdaq composite index that climbed for a sixth straight month - a feat not seen in eight years.

Government wants fewer home closing-cost surprises

Stocks fall on tepid employment report
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Friday after a lackluster employment report renewed investors' worries that the economic recovery would not be as speedy as hoped. The Dow Jones industrials fell nearly 80 points to end a four-week winning streak.

Higher mortgage rates have buyers locking in

Stocks rise on strong economic news

Government wants fewer home closing-cost surprises
WASHINGTON -- Carolyn Carter was eager to close on her first home, but when she got to the settlement table and read the fine print she found the costs were $6,000 more than expected and the interest rate was higher. She walked away.

Stocks fall on tepid employment report

Bond prices lower
NEW YORK -- Treasury bond prices were lower at midday Friday.

Fishing report
The last two times this writer reported schooling hybrid action on Strom Thurmond Lake, the fish were no-shows on the day the stories appeared.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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

Leaf spot is not fatal to trees

Retired extension agent cultivates deep knowledge of plants

Homegrown blueberries aren't free, but well worth growing
You might wonder just how much it costs to grow some of your own fruits and vegetables - blueberries, for example. The plants themselves are reasonable, a package deal of 12 plants costing about $40.

Leaf spot is not fatal to trees
Each year I get calls from folks who are concerned that their trees are going to die because there are spots on the leaves.

Homegrown blueberries aren't free, but well worth growing

Retired extension agent cultivates deep knowledge of plants
A tour of retired Richmond County Extension Service Agent Clyde Lester's garden yields more than meets the eye.

Yellow Jackets open up camp amid questions
ATLANTA - After months of turmoil surrounding the Georgia Tech football program, Friday brought hope and optimism.<

Yellow Jackets open up camp amid questions

Captains complete sweep
EASTLAKE, Ohio - The Lake County Captains completed a four-game sweep of the Augusta GreenJackets with a 6-2 win in front of 7,1,61 fans at Eastlake Ballpark on Thursday night.

Points leader bids farewell after Watson

Farley leads Georgia Open in suspended first round
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Brandon Farley, an amateur from Ansley Golf Club, shot a 5-under-par 67 Thursday to take a three-stroke lead in the 50th Georgia Open's first round, which was suspended after two weather delays.

14-year-old succeeds in playoff
Ben Lown learned a lesson Thursday: listen to your elders.

Woods four strokes behind Sposa at Buick Open

Points leader bids farewell after Watson
The eight-tournament Regions Cup golf series hits the home stretch this weekend. Points leader Scott Brown of North Augusta won't be around for the finish, though he'll likely be player of the year.

Webb shoots 67 to share early lead at Women's British Open
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Karrie Webb made an eagle and five birdies in a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the clubhouse lead with Wendy Ward at the Women's British Open.

DiMarco leads Woods and the field at Buick Open

14-year-old succeeds in playoff

DiMarco leads Woods and the field at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods threw his hands in the air, smiled and laughed.

Fleisher leads after one round at FleetBoston Classic
CONCORD, Mass. -- Bruce Fleisher makes the most of his trips to Massachusetts.

Diana Luna shoots record high 95 at Open
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Diana Luna of Italy shot a tournament-record 23-over-par 95 in the second round of the Women's British Open on Friday after a series of problems with bunkers.

Coltart, Dougherty, Gilford share lead in Sweden
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Former Ryder Cup duo Andrew Coltart and David Gilford shot 5-under-par 67s Thursday to share the first-round lead with Nick Dougherty in the Scandinavian Masters.

Bowie leads by two strokes at Women's British Open
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- If Heather Bowie is going to hold on at the Women's British Open for her first pro title, she'll have to fend off the likes of Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak.

Citadel golf survives budget problems

Bowie leads by two strokes at Women's British Open

Webb shoots 67 to share early lead at Women's British Open

Diana Luna shoots record high 95 at Open

Coltart, Dougherty, Gilford share lead in Sweden

Fleisher leads after one round at FleetBoston Classic

Woods four strokes behind Sposa at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods is still searching for the swing he'll need to win a major this year.

Citadel golf survives budget problems
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Citadel men's golf coach Benji Broadwater was in his office Thursday, making plans for his team's upcoming season - something he didn't expect to be doing six weeks ago.

Captains complete sweep

New conditioning regimen has Silver Bluff psyched for season

New conditioning regimen has Silver Bluff psyched for season
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - It couldn't have been much fun for Silver Bluff running back Robert Kelly.

Wagener-Salley hires coach
Wagener-Salley has found its new football head coach - even if it's only for a season.

Clothes make the man, especially in stores
There are two kinds of people: those who finish what they start and so on.

Body of missing person found
Richmond County authorities said Friday they may have found the body of a 21-year-old Augusta woman who had been missing for several weeks.

Fire breaks out in antiques warehouse
ATLANTA -- A fire broke out in an antiques warehouse Friday near downtown Atlanta, causing smoke to rise 200 feet in the air.

Storm water utility not a real utility

Storm water utility not a real utility
Columbia County commissioners continue to put their heads in the sand. They still profess that the storm water utility is a real and viable entity. Any reasonable thinking person would conclude that there is, in fact, no "utility" and that the people assigned with titles to indicate they are utility employees are, in fact, employees of Columbia County Engineering Department. Bob Cipperly, Evans, Ga.

Government handout with no oversight

Columnist only writes the truth

More liberal, Democratic distortions
Letter writers Lowell Greenbaum, Carroll Kenny, Anne Cook and others are once more undermining the war on terrorism. Even their poster boy, former President Bill Clinton, is admitting that he wished he had done more on terrorism. If he had, perhaps 3,000 people who died on 9-11 would be alive. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Bush has little regard for GIs' lives

Letter writer enters the ranks of 'stupid'
I want to answer William T. Davis' letter of July 1, "'Chronicle' editorial writers are as stupid as letter writers." I write quite a few letters to the editor, and I admit I'm not too smart. But Mr. Davis is one of us letter writers now. Does Mr. Davis admit his lack of smarts? Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Suggestions for airport and civic center
The answer to the problems of the Augusta Civic Center and our regional airport is simple. Fred Childs, Augusta

Columnist only writes the truth
Cal Thomas is a truthful writer. The Chronicle publishes his columns regularly. Maxie Bolgla, Augusta

More liberal, Democratic distortions

Bush has little regard for GIs' lives
Every day we read about another soldier or group of soldiers picked off in an ambush or killed by a mortar attack in Iraq. Is this the friendly greeting the armed forces were told to expect? We have invaded a country where many citizens oppose us and whose leader, despicable as he was, is still alive, apparently commanding a very successful guerrilla war. Gloria R. Greenbaum, Augusta

Find solutions to problems
I am disappointed that all you address is Augusta's problems. Why not discuss solutions to some of the disarray within the city? For example, rather than give us the news on flooded streets in our area, why not bring up the issue of needing a new infrastructure? Why is there not a planning committee for bigger and better sewage and drainage? John C. Williams, Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Letter writer enters the ranks of 'stupid'

Government handout with no oversight
Regarding your July 18 Metro article, "Thurmond cleaning contract disputed": Frank Langford, Aiken, S.C.

Light and fast computers for the wireless student

Experts anxious over possible Internet attack

Light and fast computers for the wireless student
NEW YORK -- Laptop or desktop? The wireless waves of data streaming across American campuses made the decision easy for our second college-bound child.

Experts anxious over possible Internet attack
WASHINGTON -- Government and industry experts consider brewing hacker activity a precursor to a broad Internet attack that would target enormous numbers of computers vulnerable from a flaw in Windows software from Microsoft Corp.

Across South Carolina

FBI agents raid office in Augusta

State says late test scores were unavoidable
ATLANTA -- State officials said Thursday they didn't get test results in time for the start of the school year because of problems with the testing contract approved by the previous administration.

Official profiles UGA students

Delays prompt shuttle system

System tracks foreign students

Delays prompt shuttle system
THOMSON - Construction delays on the bus lane in front of Thomson Elementary School have spurred administrators to implement a bus shuttle system for teachers and students as school starts.

Kid of the day

Suspect's lawyer delays bond request

Murder suspect pleads innocent

Schools report delayed

Trailer mortgages could go lower

Schools report delayed
Georgia parents who are wondering whether their children's schools made the newest list of low-performing schools will have to wait longer than expected.

Across the area

Some oppose marriage ban
While President Bush and some members of Congress are considering restricting the definition of marriage to male-female unions, some Augustans say gay couples deserve the legal recognition afforded to married couples.

News you can use

Corrections

Riverwalk fountain reopens

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE - Bartow County authorities have charged a 25-year-old woman with working as a prostitute through an Internet Web site.

Tourism companies capitalize on Savannah's haunted past

Delivery company faces suit in killing

Forgery warrants accuse 8 in Aiken

Show will feature variety of cats

Woman's body is found

Book seeks end to slavery myths

InfoPro employees return after FBI search

Kid of the day

Judge orders AT&T to pay $1 million in suit

Rain causes flooding again

Primary draws little interest

Panel will vote on incinerator
Columbia County residents soon may have a new option to dispose of their deceased pets.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the new Augusta Common. The city is not keeping it up. There are leaves in the flower beds and on the streets, there's a broken trash container, the fountain is not working, dirt piles on the sidewalk, and the grass is dying out with large wild spots. Come on, let's keep it up.

Across the area
Authorities have charged an Augusta woman with forgery after they reportedly found counterfeit bills at her residence Wednesday.

Primary draws little interest
AIKEN - Filing for the Aiken City Council primaries in September begins Monday and the rumor mills are nearly silent.

Proposed site needs work
There are big plans for an amphitheater in south Augusta, but city leaders say a lot has to happen to make it a reality.

Trailer mortgages could go lower
AIKEN - A new law makes it easier for doublewide owners to get the same lower-interest mortgages as owners of two-story Tudors in South Carolina, the state with the highest percentage of mobile homes in the nation.

Leaders want to upgrade arena
A statewide political convention that's nearly two years away and slated for the Augusta-Richmond CountyCivic Center could bypass the city completely because of concerns about the Seventh Street facility's design.

Forgery warrants accuse 8 in Aiken
AIKEN - Part ingenious, part incomprehensible, an Aiken check-forgery ring that racked up more than $30,000 from cashing bogus payroll checks was broken after the perpetrators used their own names, Aiken authorities said.

Show will feature variety of cats
The Masters Cat Club, a nonprofit member of the Cat Fanciers' Association, will hold its 2003 cat show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Tourism companies capitalize on Savannah's haunted past
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It is never a typical Saturday night on President Street.

Delivery company faces suit in killing
AIKEN - The express company that hired a convicted felon to deliver packages should be held liable in the 2000 killing of Aiken teen Jessica Carpenter, the girl's father claims in a lawsuit.

Woman's body is found
Hours after authorities said they might have found the body of Ravone Yolanda Pernell on Friday, her mother said she wasn't surprised that a second person was charged in her daughter's disappearance.

Shoppers rush stores

Judge orders AT&T to pay $1 million in suit
Eleven years after Felix Kemp and Jim Sikes first accused AT&T Corp. of basically running a gambling operation with a 900-number game, a federal jury found in their favor this week and socked the telecommunications giant with $1 million in punitive damages.

Murder suspect pleads innocent
Chained hand and foot and wearing an orange jail uniform, the man accused of killing a grandmother during an April robbery pleaded innocent Friday.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the new Augusta Common. The city is not keeping it up. There are leaves in the flower beds and on the streets, there's a broken trash container, the fountain is not working, dirt piles on the sidewalk, and the grass is dying out with large wild spots. Come on, let's keep it up.

Proposed site needs work

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested late Friday afternoon at the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building after county marshals detected a loaded handgun in her purse.

Fire breaks out in antiques warehouse

Across Georgia

Deputy wounds man driving away

Small town celebrates bicentennial with fashion show

Family mourns Valdosta soldier killed in Iraq

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE - The city of Milledgeville's water is now safe to drink, according to the state Environmental Protection Division.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A study to map radioactivity in groundwater could start this month as geologists return to the Simpsonville area where traces of uranium and radium were found in well water in 2001.

Rants and Raves
WELL, HERE WE GO again, Augusta. Willie Mays and Marion Williams stopping progress. How can these men possibly see any future in the civic center the way it's being run? There's no way these guys can be serious. Please, voters, wake up and vote these men out. They make no sense

Small town celebrates bicentennial with fashion show
ELBERTON, Ga. - It isn't anywhere near New York or Milan, but last weekend, Elberton joined the ranks of fashion's elite cities, unveiling a two-hour showing of the small town to the public of northeast Georgia.

Car drivers are to blame in most big-rig accidents

Suspect's lawyer delays bond request
ATHENS, Ga. - A lawyer for an Oglethorpe County teenager accused of setting fire to the University of Georgia's Main Library has declined a bond request because the teen is homeless.

Across the area

Official profiles UGA students
ATHENS, Ga. - If you think University of Georgia students are for the most part rich, white, conservative children of metro Atlanta who drive SUVs, you're not far from the truth.

Rain causes flooding again
Just when everybody thought it was safe to go out in a rainstorm along Rae's Creek, 2.27 inches of rain proved them wrong.

Children go to sea at South Carolina sailing camp
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Any child who has ever played a game of tag understands the rules.

Deputy wounds man driving away
An Evans man was in good condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Thursday night after being shot in the arm by a Columbia County sheriff's deputy.

Rains could break record
David Hawkins is glad there isn't a drought anymore, but he said a little less rain this summer sure would help his Augusta roofing business.

Rants and Raves
WELL, HERE WE GO again, Augusta. Willie Mays and Marion Williams stopping progress. How can these men possibly see any future in the civic center the way it's being run? There's no way these guys can be serious. Please, voters, wake up and vote these men out. They make no sense

InfoPro employees return after FBI search
Employees of an Augusta medical transcription company were allowed to return to work Friday, one day after FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents told them to leave.

Book seeks end to slavery myths
ATLANTA - History textbooks still send out a subtle message that pre-Civil War blacks were OK with slavery, says the well-known author of a new book on the subject.

Riverwalk fountain reopens
The street fountain at Riverwalk Augusta and Eighth Street will be turned on daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Correction
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about airport law enforcement jobs at Augusta Regional Airport attributed a quote to the wrong person. The article should have said that airport Director Ken Kraemer said he was in favor of a higher pay range for airport law enforcement officers. The story also should have said the officers can be paid marshals' scale salaries only if they become part of the department.

Judge upholds stormwater utility fee
A judge on Friday rejected a challenge to Columbia County's stormwater utility fee.

FBI agents raid office in Augusta
Federal and state authorities searched a local medical transcription firm Thursday.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 2, 1928 Probably for the first time in the history of agricultural-implement merchandising in Augusta, a solid carload of tractors has been received in Augusta, the shipment coming to the Augusta International company.

Victim's relative arrested
Augusta authorities on Thursday charged the stepbrother of a woman who they say was taken against her will after leaving her workplace more than two weeks ago.

System tracks foreign students
As a student at Augusta State University, Madhar Naji studies biology, tutors classmates and participates in a work program.

Car drivers are to blame in most big-rig accidents
The collision between a tractor-trailer and a sport utility vehicle Monday in North Augusta turned out to be the big-rig driver's fault, authorities said Thursday.

School rating list is held up
School districts anxiously awaiting a list of low-performing schools Friday from the Georgia Department of Education were left empty-handed.

Shoppers rush stores
Every holiday has its colors.

Men plead guilty to violating sex-offender law
Even violating what might seem to be technical probation conditions for sex offenders can lead to more legal trouble, as two men found out Friday.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 1, 1918 ATLANTA - The Augusta City Council has joined in a petition on the city railway situation.

Corrections
A calendar listing in Friday's Applause section of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly listed a Christian Music Festival at The Underground Christian Coffeehouse. The concert will not be held.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Officials in cash-strapped South Carolina said Charleston's port should be able to grow using private funds.

Family mourns Valdosta soldier killed in Iraq
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Army was a family tradition for Sgt. Nathaniel Hart Jr., whose father and grandfather both served, but his loved ones remember him as much more than a soldier.

Kid of the day
Jacynda Lynn Borassa of Grovetown is today's kid of the day.

Woman's death still a mystery
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Dr. C. Owen O'Shaughnessy plans to visit his wife's grave on the anniversary of her death, but not at the same time as other family members on Friday.

Fire engulfs Atlanta antiques warehouse
ATLANTA - A three-alarm fire broke out in an antiques warehouse Friday near downtown Atlanta, causing smoke to rise 200 feet in the air.

Kid of the day
Angelamarie Weitz-Dray is today's kid of the day.

Ex-Pacer lets others share in the good life
ATLANTA - Among the twists and turns of life, the path from birth in Puerto Rico to the bullpen of the Atlanta Braves wasn't anything Roberto Hernandez could have predicted.

At the Movies: 'American Wedding'
If the first "American Pie" movie was surprisingly sweet in 1999, and "American Pie 2" had a similar flavor but didn't taste quite as good in 2001, then "American Wedding" is enough to give you a tummy ache.

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JUST OUT: Solaris, Daredevil, The Quiet American and Piglet's Big Movie

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Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

At the Movies: 'Gigli'

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At the Movies: 'Gigli'
"Gigli" - which spawned the phenomenon the gossip pages and celebrity magazines so lovingly refer to as "Bennifer" - is every bit as unwatchable as the deafening negative chatter would suggest.

At the Movies: 'American Wedding'

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Weight-loss surgery slims singer for Heart

Weight-loss surgery slims singer for Heart
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Ann Wilson fueled countless adolescent fantasies as a 1970s sex symbol, a rocker who looked as good as she sounded on Heart hits such as Magic Man, Barracuda and Crazy on You.

Indianapolis is second only to Daytona

Ganassi interested in Stewart
INDIANAPOLIS -- Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart and car owner Chip Ganassi have spoken about teaming up at some point in the future.

Ganassi interested in Stewart

Brickyard something special for drivers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Of all the trophies Bobby Labonte has won, he keeps just two at home: from the 2000 Winston Cup championship and that year's Brickyard 400.

Penske drivers want to give boss special win

Indianapolis is second only to Daytona
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Television ratings make Sunday's Brickyard 400 a bigger race than the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Brickyard something special for drivers

Andretti's love for Elkhart Lake saves race
MILWAUKEE -- Mario Andretti has been the hero at the Road America Grand Prix in Elkhart Lake before.

Penske drivers want to give boss special win
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace each have lists of reasons why they would love to win Sunday's Brickyard 400, and both start with giving team owner Roger Penske another trip to Indy's Victory Lane.

Andretti's love for Elkhart Lake saves race

Columbia investigator worried NASA won't change culture

Kobe Bryant loses bid to skip court appearance

Kobe Bryant loses bid to skip court appearance
EAGLE, Colo. -- A judge rejected Kobe Bryant's request to skip next week's initial court appearance in his sexual assault case, his attorney said Thursday.

Newspaper: Player suggests he shot teammate in self-defense
WACO, Texas -- The Baylor University basketball player accused of shooting a former teammate insisted he was not a bad person and said "some things happen that aren't in your control."

Receivers catch on in new drills

Falcons adjust offense

NFL Camp Capsules

Stram chief reason behind Kansas City success

Fantasy Football: Vick doesn't have to be first choice

Free safety has no problems following neck surgery

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Minority organ donors a critical need for national network
TODAY, AMERICA will observe National Minority Donor Awareness Day, an annual occasion to recognize minority organ donors and highlight the need for more minorities in the donor registry. The need is indeed critical, and often a matter of life and death.

Minority organ donors a critical need for national network
TODAY, AMERICA will observe National Minority Donor Awareness Day, an annual occasion to recognize minority organ donors and highlight the need for more minorities in the donor registry. The need is indeed critical, and often a matter of life and death.

Overtime

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Austrian uses carbon fiber wing, flies across English Channel

Pan American Games begin

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Serena Williams will not de fend her U.S. Open title this month after undergoing knee surgery Friday.

Pan American Games begin
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic better be ready for the country's big show now.

Overtime
Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez will participate in tonight's opening ceremony of the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, his native country.

Austrian uses carbon fiber wing, flies across English Channel
CALAIS, France -- An Austrian who specializes in high-risk parachute jumps flew across the English Channel on Thursday with a sleek, aerodynamic carbon fiber wing.

Free safety has no problems following neck surgery
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The stitches dissolved soon after the surgery, and the three-inch scar on the front of Keion Carpenter's neck is barely noticeable.

Injuries sideline two Carolina Panthers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- After a relatively quiet first week of training camp, the injury bug began to bite the Carolina Panthers.

Fantasy Football: Vick doesn't have to be first choice
He's got his own shoe and logo coming out. He'll be on the cover of EA Sport's next Madden video game. His jersey will undoubtedly be among the highest number sold this year. Heck, he might even start doing those Chunky Soup commercials.

Falcons adjust offense
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Running backs Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett don't seem to mind that the Atlanta Falcons still face another full week of training camp.

After all the bellyaching, Philadelphia Eagles reverse ban on outside food at new stadium
PHILADELPHIA -- Bring-your-own hoagies are back at Philadelphia Eagles games.

Networks can get instant rules interpretations from NFL
NEW YORK -- The NFL will have one of its two officiating supervisors available every week this season to instantly answer rules questions from the television networks.

NFL Camp Capsules
ASHBURN, Va. -- Rob Johnson is trying to learn to play the Steve Spurrier way. Sometimes it makes the 30-year-old quarterback look like a rookie.

Receivers catch on in new drills
GREENVILLE, S.C. - With quarterbacks Michael Vick and Doug Johnson firing passes over the middle and along the sidelines, the Atlanta Falcons worked their two-minute offense Friday afternoon for the first time since training camp opened last week.

Stram chief reason behind Kansas City success
The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the AFL and won a Super Bowl with Hall of Fame talent on offense, defense and special teams.

Bob Hope had an influence on country music

Faith digest
Pat Biggerstaff, Ninth Congressional District representative on the Georgia Board of Education, will speak at a prayer service honoring public-school teachers and staff at 7 p.m. Sunday at Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 Milledgeville Road in Harlem.

New debate about an old biblical question: Does God know everything?
Does God know everything? Does that knowledge include everything that will happen in the future?

Women's Christian revivals growing in popularity
ATLANTA -- Nancy Salwei had to make a tough decision this year. Running on a tight budget, the 51-year-old bartender from Crystal, N.D., had to choose between going to Harley Davidson's 100th anniversary bash or an all-woman Christian conference more than 700 miles away.

Band's upbeat sound delivers serious message
The year was 2001, and Michael Tait, roommate Chad Chapin, Pete Stewart and Chad's brother Lonnie Chapin - all musicians and songwriters - were fishing for a name for their new band.

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.

Episcopalians open debate on homosexuality and their church
MINNEAPOLIS -- An Episcopal committee decided Friday to let the church's delegates vote on whether to ratify the first election of an openly gay bishop.

Nazarene ministry refurbishes houses
Diane Giddings leaned over the top of her ladder to get a dab more paint on a North Augusta house, bringing it closer to its final transformation.

Bob Hope had an influence on country music
Bob Hope was no country music singer, but he gave a boost to the careers of many country performers by having them on his television specials and Christmas USO tours.

Ex-Pacer lets others share in the good life

False accusations make good movies

Columbia investigator worried NASA won't change culture
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A Nobel Prize-winning member of the board investigating the space shuttle Columbia disaster says he fears NASA may be doomed to suffer more tragedies unless it changes the culture that has led to flawed decision-making.

'Reno 911!' and '3 Non-Blondes' bring summer TV fun
LOS ANGELES -- Hot fun in the summertime, finally. While network reruns and reality show clones cast long shadows, there is sizzle to be found on television.

Baryshnikov to be Carrie's man in 'Sex and the City'
NEW YORK -- He's Mr. Big in the dance world. Now Mikhail Baryshnikov is ready to take on Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City."

'Reno 911!' and '3 Non-Blondes' bring summer TV fun

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

Comedian is serious about stand-up routine

Wallflower blossoms for 'American Wedding'

Georgia named as No. 1 in East

Georgia named as No. 1 in East
HOOVER, Ala. - The media members assembled here for SEC Media Days picked Georgia on Thursday as the team to beat in the conference's Eastern Division.

False accusations make good movies
Accusation and recrimination, innocence and the perception of guilt - never has there been a headier brew for high drama. Film history is littered with characters falsely accused and convicted, and although their paths to a cleared name are often remarkably similar - escape, chase, standoff, the end - it's a formula that never seems to get old.

NCAA returns to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The NCAA again came to South Carolina around July 4 asking questions about the football team, athletic director Mike McGee said Friday.

NCAA returns to South Carolina

Poor health forces longtime 'doll doctor' to close practice

Move over flea, there's a higher insect jumper in town

Dancers break world record for longest dance party

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Malaysia bars the use of electronic messages in divorces

New debate about an old biblical question: Does God know everything?

Faith and fellowship calendar

Episcopalians open debate on homosexuality and their church

Band's upbeat sound delivers serious message

Faith digest

Nazarene ministry refurbishes houses