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Memoirs give partial look inside CIA
Thomas Powers' 1979 biography of former Central Intelligence Agency Director Richard Helms was appropriately titled The Man Who Kept the Secrets. Any revelations about the agency's unsavory excesses came after Helms left in 1973.

Swamp is at stake in 'Everglades'
The regional thriller, firmly rooted in its place and time, is one of the joys of American fiction. What James Lee Burke has done for Louisiana, Tony Hillerman for the Southwest, John Sandford for Minnesota and Joe R. Lansdale for east Texas, Randy Wayne White does for his own little acre in Everglades.

Memoirs give partial look inside CIA

Anthology seeks to resurrect poet
NEW YORK - Elizabeth Hardwick, a birdlike woman who is an esteemed literary critic and novelist, is surrounded by walls of books as she sits in the cavernous Upper West Side apartment she once shared with her late ex-husband, poet Robert Lowell.

Anthology seeks to resurrect poet

Swamp is at stake in 'Everglades'

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Players try to stay above baseball's Mendoza Line

Players try to stay above baseball's Mendoza Line
Every summer at about this time, a battle is waged by a cadre of struggling hitters trying to push their batting averages past .200 - baseball's dreaded Mendoza Line.

Baseball roundup

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.

Blind announcer realizing dreams with Devil Rays

Baseball roundup
CINCINNATI - Newcomer Josh Hall settled down after giving up Barry Bonds' 34th homer, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed on their roll by rallying for a 5-4 victory Saturday over the San Francisco Giants.

Vacationers kindly keep summer postcards pouring in

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.

Georgia man's billboard salutes Fox
TUNNEL HILL, Ga. -- This retired ad salesman isn't the first Fox News Channel junkie to fill up on hours of the popular news outlet every day. But Bob Spratlin is probably the only one buying billboards thanking God for it.

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.

Predominantly black church offers to pay whites to attend
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Week after week, Bishop Fred Caldwell grew tired of seeing so few white faces in his predominantly black church. So now he is offering to pay whites to attend.

Record hailstone reported in Nebraska storm
WASHINGTON -- A record-size hailstone crashed into Nebraska during a storm in June, federal weather experts said Friday.

Splendid Splinter keeping cool in Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Seven shiny stainless steel containers, each 9 feet tall, offer no hint of their contents.

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.

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.

Hampton get fifth straight win as Braves beat Dodgers 4

Hampton get fifth straight win as Braves beat Dodgers 4
ATLANTA -- Mike Hampton hasn't been dominating on the mound. Pitching for a team like the Atlanta Braves, it's not necessary.

Braves beat soggy Dodgers

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.

On the move
Everton J. Weeks has been named to the new position of corporate director of advertising for Morris Communications Co. A former sales consultant for Morris, Mr. Weeks also was president of EJW Inc., an online marketing company, where he co-founded XCEL Marketing Group and the Web Sales Coach and created a real estate cable television show. Mr. Weeks earned an undergraduate degree from Temple University and received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Miami.

Yahoo, Microsoft work to challenge Google
SAN FRANCISCO - In five mind-blowing years, Google has blossomed from a nerdy college experiment to a mainstream sensation so ubiquitous that its goofy name is now synonymous with looking things up.

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

Cellular connections threaten pay phones - and Superman's dressing room
BARNSTABLE, Mass. - When next you pass a pay phone, stop. Pick up the handset and luxuriate in its dial tone for one melodious moment.

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.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: E-Z-GO INC.

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.

Tractor Supply: Everything but tractors
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The only tractors for sale at Tractor Supply Co. are the die-cast models being marked for clearance.

Government unveils online chemical guide

Critics say process hurts innovation
BOSTON - In the early 1990s, Tim O'Reilly's company had a new and potentially lucrative idea: Use advertising revenue to run a Web portal. Essentially, Mr. O'Reilly claims, Global Network Navigator invented the Internet banner ad.

On the move

Business calendar
Tuesday: Senior Workshop: The Four Cornerstones of a Successful Retirement; free lunch at eejay's at Kalmia Plaza in Aiken; sponsored by Banker's Life and Casualty Co.; for reservations, call 803-221-2308.

Business briefs

Develop strategic plan during down economy
As a business owner in a sluggish economy, you may be facing a decline in sales, poor cash flow, aging accounts receivable and dwindling profit margins.

Critics say process hurts innovation

Manufacturing shows growth

Big Three sales down from last July

Yahoo, Microsoft work to challenge Google

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.

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.

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.

Develop strategic plan during down economy

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.

Pocket change

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.

Cellular connections threaten pay phones - and Superman's dressing room

Tractor Supply: Everything but tractors

Economic downturn takes its toll on minorities

Commissioner turns to power of pen

Commissioner turns to power of pen
It's memorandum mayhem over city hall these days, all because Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays is giving City Administrator George Kolb the silent treatment.

Jeffries broke Division I color barrier

College football notebook

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.

College football notebook
David Pollack doesn't have any problem singling out the biggest losers in college football's new preseason practice format.

Bush must fight back
President George W. Bush's poll numbers have taken enough of a tumble in recent weeks - from an approval rating of 70 percent or so to 56 percent - that for the first time since 9-11 his re-election next year is not a given. Formerly forlorn Democrats are even talking excitedly of getting Hillary Clinton into the race, or bringing back Al Gore.

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?

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."

Only the best will do
Unfortunately, the interviews July 22 in Atlanta for 11 area lawyers vying to be the next judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit weren't open to the public.

Only the best will do

End Saudi secrecy

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.

Review life insurance while rates are low

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 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

Government wants fewer home closing-cost surprises

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

Review life insurance while rates are low
NEW YORK - Most people don't like to think about life insurance - it's such a reminder of their own mortality.

Stocks fall on tepid employment report

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Jonathan Cox, the only returning starter in the Georgia Tech secondary, found himself in a new position during Saturday's first practice - with the second team.

Gailey uncertain about key roles
ATLANTA -- Wanted: Quarterback and tailback. No experience required. Send resumes to Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey.

Bilbo maturing as quarterback
ATLANTA - Damarius Bilbo had much higher aspirations.

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

Bilbo maturing as quarterback

Gailey uncertain about key roles

Yellow Jackets open up camp amid questions

Around the horn
PITCHER OF THE WEEK Asheville Tourists right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings last week. The Nagua, Dominican Republic, native allowed one earned run, struck out 12 and walked four to improve to 8-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 22 starts. He's third in the SAL in strikeouts (117).

Minor league notebook
Baseball fans in Columbus - what little there are these days judging by the brutal attendance figures - have spent much of the season bracing for the reality of losing their team for the second time in as many years.

Former champ makes return as senior leader

Former champ makes return as senior leader
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Frank Perry hasn't lost that cackle when he laughs, or his golf game.

DiMarco leads Woods and the field at Buick Open

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

Furyk takes the lead at Buick Open, four shots ahead of Woods
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Jim Furyk has bounced back from his abysmal showing at the British 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.

Points leader bids farewell after Watson

Furyk takes the lead at Buick Open, four shots ahead of Woods

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

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.

Fleisher leads after one round at FleetBoston Classic

Diana Luna shoots record high 95 at Open

Bowie leads by two strokes at Women's British Open

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.

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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.

Vacationers kindly keep summer postcards pouring in
We're so backed up with your vacation postcards that it will take a few days to go through them all. But here are the latest dispatches:

Alcohol sales voted on by residents
In response to James K. Ellis' July 19 letter, "Alcohol sales a desecration": He's got it all wrong. Ernest H. Hickman, Aiken, S.C.

More liberal, Democratic distortions

Supporter debunks misrepresentations about pit facility
Anti-nuke groups are using misrepresentations to attack the government's plan to maintain the reliability of the U.S. nuclear-weapon stockpile. The government is proposing to construct a multibillion-dollar facility, the Modern Pit Facility, to recycle old - and perhaps unreliable - triggers (called pits) in the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. This new facility may be built at the Savannah River Site. Mal McKibben, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Government handout with no oversight

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.

Survival doesn't a hero make
How can your paper publish that Pfc. Jessica Lynch is a hero? I don't want to rain on her parade, but she isn't a hero just because she got lost then captured. Show me anyone who can report having seen Pfc. Lynch trying to fight back. Joe Nirenberg, North Augusta, S.C.

Alcohol sales voted on by residents

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

Bush has little regard for GIs' lives

Supporter debunks misrepresentations about pit facility

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

Survival doesn't a hero make

Classic touches add vintage elegance to new home

Avoid even a whisper of unkindness

St. Bart's offers pristine beaches, fine French cuisine

Home front

School fashion is a mixed bag

In the know

School fashion is a mixed bag
It's prep vs. punk. It's Old School vs. New Wave. And in some ways, it's the same stuff children and teenagers have been wearing since the advent of jeans and T-shirts.

Home front
Sit on a toilet by TOTO, Japan's largest toilet maker, and you'll quickly realize you're not in Kansas anymore. This is a nation where toilets feature heated seats and spray deodorizers. The seats spray warm jets of water to clean the most sensitive spots. Some even feature a water massage option for those who may be feeling, well, a bit uptight. And to top it off, a stream of warm air dries one's posterior.

In the know
NBC's drama American Dreams, which looks back at what was considered this country's time of innocence through music, American Bandstand, and the lives of one Philadelphia family, airs the pilot at 8 p.m. on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

St. Bart's offers pristine beaches, fine French cuisine
Two things are immediately apparent about Saint Barthelemy, a tiny island in the French West Indies.

Classic touches add vintage elegance to new home
Georgia Chancellor's first considered renovating an old home in Elberton, Ga.

Avoid even a whisper of unkindness
Dear Carson: Please tell me the rules of etiquette regarding whispering in public. I eat breakfast with the same group of people every morning before work. We have always spoken freely with one another, and our conversations are relaxed and amusing. Recently, a relatively new employee has joined us. Two particular employees have always felt free to talk among us, even of their work and we consider them friends. However, when the new employee comes around, there is almost always a point in the conversation when she begins to whisper or talk in code to them. Am I being too sensitive? If not, what would be the proper thing for me to say to her? I do not want to be rude or out of line. I would appreciate your help. - Slighted by Secrecy

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.

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

Some question benefit of tax holiday

Fried Green Tomato Festival benefits heart surgery patient
BEECH ISLAND - Outside the Country Ranch club Saturday, folks got down on a grass dance floor to the sound of country music, hollering out the name of their favorite song when the feeling hit just right.

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

Small town celebrates bicentennial with fashion show

News you can use
AUG. 3, 1938 Abe Derico, who often preaches to the prisoners in the Richmond County stockade, wants to visit his old home in Wilkes County, and has petitioned the Richmond County Commission to help get some new clothes.

Across Georgia

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.

Suspect's lawyer delays bond request

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Murder suspect pleads innocent

Fried Green Tomato Festival benefits heart surgery patient

Across the area

State of body from swamp stalls autopsy

Corrections

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.

News you can use

Correction
A Faith Digest item in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave an incorrect date for a concert by Jeff and Sheri Easter. The concert at the First Assembly of God in Lincolnton, Ga., will be Aug. 10.

Tourism companies capitalize on Savannah's haunted past

Across Georgia
DECATUR -A DeKalb County woman who started a fire in her home that killed her 3-year-old daughter last year pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Inaugural blues fest pleases older crowd
A scorching hot sun suddenly turned to torrential rains, but that couldn't cool off the sizzling sounds that pervaded the Augusta Exchange Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Child dies after fall from boat
A 10-year-old boy who fell off a boat on Thurmond Lake and was cut by propeller blades died Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Official profiles UGA students

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.

System tracks foreign students

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.

Trailer mortgages could go lower

Adult store in south Augusta stays open

Riverwalk fountain reopens

Events prepare pupils, parents for classes
Grovetown Elementary School third-grader Hanna Booth was puzzled as she watched Buster the bus spin around the floor, wink and talk to the other children about bus safety.

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

State of body from swamp stalls autopsy
An autopsy will be performed Monday on a body discovered in Phinizy Swamp that might be that of a college student who has been missing since last month, authorities said Saturday.

Woman's body is found

Across the area

Primary draws little interest

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.

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.

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

Forgery warrants accuse 8 in Aiken

Adult store in south Augusta stays open
A controversial adult bookstore has been up and running for more than six months, after city attorneys lost a fight to shut down the Gordon Highway shop in federal court late last year.

InfoPro employees return after FBI search

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.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Police are looking for a man who robbed a Deans Bridge Road convenience store early Saturday, a clerk said.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A security guard died after being shot twice and set on fire at a Lexington County plant early Saturday morning.

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

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.

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.

Some question benefit of tax holiday
A sales tax holiday is a cheap political trick that doesn't stimulate lasting economic growth, said Will Folks, a spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Hollings' future stays murky

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.

Hollings' future stays murky
U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina was locked behind closed doors Tuesday, eagerly scribbling down notes for a speech later that day on free trade and the country's economy, his spokesman said.

Across South Carolina

Georgia lists no unsafe schools
ATLANTA - Georgia has no public schools to list as persistently dangerous, although a few come close, state schools Superintendent Kathy Cox says.

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Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Inaugural blues fest pleases older crowd

Events prepare pupils, parents for classes

Kid of the day
Simeon Buchanan Stokes 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.

Georgia reloads, but will it shoot blanks?
There are plenty of believers out there. Georgia head coach Mark Richt isn't ready to include himself among them.

NASCAR notebook
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - NASCAR said it would honor former champions and its 32-year relationship with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Winston in the final 14 races of the season.

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.

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

Indianapolis is second only to Daytona

Busch wins title for series
INDIANAPOLIS - Kurt Busch won the International Race of Champions title with a fourth-place finish Saturday behind Jimmie Johnson in the season finale.

Busch wins title for series

Ganassi interested in Stewart

NASCAR notebook

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.

Harvick sets track record in winning Brickyard pole

Harvick sets track record in winning Brickyard pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Harvick is a California boy with no special ties to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman is a Hoosier with big dreams of winning on his home track.

Brickyard something special for drivers

Columbia investigator worried NASA won't change culture

Receivers catch on in new drills

Falcons adjust offense

NFL Camp Capsules

Augusta group lobbies for punter

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Overtime

No Serena or Sampras: US Open will have new champs

U.S. wins big on first day of Pan American Games

Area sports announcements

Pan American Games begin

Augusta boxer closes in on his dream

Area sports 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.

U.S. wins big on first day of Pan American Games
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A slow start for U.S. teams at the Pan American Games on Saturday gave way to a rush of gold later in the day.

No Serena or Sampras: US Open will have new champs
NEW YORK -- Without Serena Williams, the U.S. Open women's title suddenly seems up for grabs.

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

Augusta boxer closes in on his dream
Seated in Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center seven years ago, Rayonta Whitfield watched the best amateur boxers in the country pound each other while chasing the ultimate dream.

Overtime
The mother of a former Baylor basketball player who lived with a teammate now accused of murder said she warned the school about rampant drug use on the team, according to a published report.

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

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Experts teach youngsters

Outdoors calendar

Experts teach youngsters
JACKSON, S.C. - Dean Harrigal blew a well-worn duck call and shared a tidbit of knowledge gained over a quarter-century of waterfowl hunting.

In fall, public may hunt Jenkins County wetland
Five years ago this week, Georgia's Department of Natural Resources closed a deal to acquire one of the region's most unique wetlands communities.

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.

Media picks Hall members
Below is the selection process for the NFL Hall of Fame:

Augusta group lobbies for punter
He's considered by many as the greatest punter to ever step on a football field. But when the NFL holds its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, today, Ray Guy won't be there.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

In fall, public may hunt Jenkins County wetland

Georgia reloads, but will it shoot blanks?

Ex-Pacer lets others share in the good life

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.

Meeting resolved problems
ATHENS - The summer of discontent is almost over.

NCAA returns to South Carolina

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.

Record hailstone reported in Nebraska storm

Splendid Splinter keeping cool in Scottsdale

Georgia man's billboard salutes Fox

Malaysia bars the use of electronic messages in divorces

Odds and Ends

Poor health forces longtime 'doll doctor' to close practice

Predominantly black church offers to pay whites to attend

Faith digest

Nazarene ministry refurbishes houses

Episcopalians open debate on homosexuality and their church

Band's upbeat sound delivers serious message

Faith and fellowship calendar

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