George Plimpton to write memoirs
NEW YORK - George Plimpton, the author, actor and literary patron whose countless famous friends have included Ernest Hemingway, Robert Kennedy and Warren Beatty, has agreed to write his memoirs.

A Lane-Broderick reunion in 'The Producers'?
NEW YORK -- Will Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to "The Producers" early next year?

George Plimpton to write memoirs

If Warhol were alive at 75, he'd likely be on the Internet
PITTSBURGH -- If Andy Warhol were alive to celebrate his 75th birthday, his fans say he would embrace the Internet, cell phones and even reality TV.

If Warhol were alive at 75, he'd likely be on the Internet

A Lane-Broderick reunion in 'The Producers'?

Fantasy baseball: Late trades might save Yankees
The best team money can buy hasn't been to the World Series in nearly two years. As they do about this time each year, the New York Yankees spent the month of July acquiring the necessary talent to maintain the edge over their American League foes.

Fantasy baseball: Late trades might save Yankees

Griffey knew returning was risky
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. knew he was taking a chance by returning to the Cincinnati Reds before his right shoulder was fully healed.

Griffey knew returning was risky

Baseball to build first U.S. youth academy in Compton

Baseball to build first U.S. youth academy in Compton
COMPTON, Calif. -- Major league baseball will build its first youth baseball academy in the United States, a $3 million facility at Compton Community College projected to open next summer.

Odds and Ends
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Police confiscated a 16-foot king cobra at the Des Moines International Airport, but the snake was bailed out in time to appear at the Iowa State Fair.

Odds and Ends
DANVILLE, Ky. -- Lexington's skyline isn't known for its scenic view from the Ohio River - mainly because the central Kentucky city is nowhere near it.

Man pokes 'Sesame' character, cited for disorderly conduct
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- A man who became annoyed with a theme-park worker dressed as Telly from "Sesame Street" shoved an umbrella into the worker's stomach and was cited for disorderly conduct, police said.

Malawi parliament turns off Big Brother Africa
BLANTYRE, Malawi -- Malawi lawmakers voted to ban the popular reality program Big Brother Africa from the nation's airwaves Tuesday, declaring it immoral.

Government considers janitor a security risk because of his financial struggle
PHILADELPHIA -- In 19 years of using his security clearance to sweep floors at a plant owned by defense contractor Lockheed Martin, janitor Michael Lynch has done nothing to arouse suspicion.

Wacky public stunts, digitally enabled
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- About 200 people, mostly in their 20s and 30s, crowd into the card section of the Harvard Coop bookstore, pretending to look for a card for "Bill."

Braves let lead slip

Braves' notebook
MILWAUKEE - The Atlanta Braves were a reliever short in the bullpen Wednesday night after announcing that Darren Holmes will be placed on the 15-day disabled list today.

Braves let lead slip
MILWAUKEE - You tell yourself it's just a two-game losing streak, something the Atlanta Braves haven't had since they dropped back-to-back games to the Marlins more than a month ago.

Pitchers seek cures for ills
MILWAUKEE - Lost in the shadow of Greg Maddux's horrible first half is the 37-year-old right-hander has not lost since June 30 and with 10 starts left, reaching 15 wins for a major league-record 16th consecutive season is no longer a pipe dream.

Braves' notebook

Braves break Brewers
MILWAUKEE - Before the announcer at Miller Park delivers the visiting team's lineup, the Milwaukee Brewers play a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the center-field video board.

Pitchers seek cures for ills

Braves break Brewers

Florida tourism to grow
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The war in Iraq acted simply as a "speed bump" to Florida tourism, state tourism officials said this week. Although the military conflict caused a slight dip in interest from potential visitors to the state, tourism is expected to be up this year by almost 3 percent.

Judge suspends sale of BlackBerry units

Business briefs

Careerbuilder in, Monster out on AOL and MSN

U.S. strategic reserves increased as domestic supplies wane

Chains expand in Augusta

Careerbuilder in, Monster out on AOL and MSN
BOSTON -- Move over, Monster. Careerbuilder.com is moving in.

Dark-chocolate Kisses

30 million Americans say no to telemarketers

March of Maytag jobs heightens worker fears

Pocket change

U.S. strategic reserves increased as domestic supplies wane
WASHINGTON -- Despite precariously low oil supplies, the government has been pumping millions of barrels into its emergency reserve, which some critics charge has contributed to a surge in crude prices and kept gasoline costs high.

Business briefs
HOUSTON - Waste Management Inc.'s profit fell 18.9 percent in the second quarter, missing Wall Street expectations as it cited a weak economy and restructuring costs related to job cuts.

Designers let concrete take on different look
Concrete: It's not just for sidewalks anymore. That dull-gray surface you played hopscotch on as a child has matured and is being used to make kitchen countertops, emulate stone walls and create beautiful floor and patio surfaces that mimic wood, slate, stone, brick and tile.

Chains expand in Augusta
With shoppers looking to stretch their money, stores that cater to the almighty dollar are one of the few thriving retail niches right now.

Dark-chocolate Kisses
Dark-chocolate Hershey's Kisses, sporting a purple foil wrap and paper tag reading "Dark," is the first permanent addition to the Kisses line in nearly 10 years.

March of Maytag jobs heightens worker fears
DES MOINES, Iowa -- First, Maytag Corp. moved two parts plants to Mexico; now, a refrigerator plant is headed there.

Pocket change
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Federal prosecutors announced a $54 million settlement Wednesday with Tenet Healthcare Corp. and related businesses as part of its investigation into at least two doctors who allegedly performed unnecessary heart procedures.

Designers let concrete take on different look

30 million Americans say no to telemarketers
WASHINGTON -- More than 30 million Americans have signed up for the government's do-not-call list, a free registry for blocking unsolicited telephone sales pitches, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Judge suspends sale of BlackBerry units
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal judge has ordered Research in Motion Ltd. to stop selling its BlackBerry wireless e-mail units because of patent violations, but he stayed the decision while the company pursues an appeal.

E-Z-Go unveils new vehicles
E-Z-Go has announced more changes to its specialty vehicle lineup, the second announcement in as many weeks.

Clemson reinstates Sampson

Clemson to limit access at field

Clemson reinstates Sampson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Linebacker Eric Sampson, dismissed from Clemson by head coach Tommy Bowden last December, was officially reinstated to the Tigers on Tuesday.

More hurt than first thought at Death Valley
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson will reduce fans on its famous hill and limit access to the field after games, the university said Wednesday, as it hopes to prevent the problems and injuries that occurred after the Tigers beat archrival South Carolina last November.

Clemson to limit access at field
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson will reduce the number of fans on its famous hill and limit access to the field after games, the university said Wednesday.

More hurt than first thought at Death Valley

Gator quarterback carousel belongs to Zook this time
It's a refrain as familiar in Gainesville as the sound of a summertime thunderstorm: The Florida Gators head into their first practice of the season unsure who their starting quarterback will be.

SEC, ACC tout quarterback talent

Gator quarterback carousel belongs to Zook this time

Alabama's Witt has no regrets over Price firing
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's president has no regrets about firing football coach Mike Price, and hopes fans will be patient with new coach Mike Shula.

SEC, ACC tout quarterback talent
David Greene has led Georgia to a 21-5 record and a Southeastern Conference title in his first two years with the Bulldogs. He was named first-team All-SEC last year by the Associated Press and the league's coaches.

Auburn begins practice amid high expectations
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn Tigers broke in their fancy new practice field Wednesday, mostly oblivious to the muddy ground surrounding them.

Book puts Sarazen, TV series in spotlight

Deal with dress code
Opponents try to paint it as some form of child abuse. But even Bill Clinton - not the most conservative president of the past quarter-century - touted the use of school uniforms.

Testing service flunks

'Fritz' exits with roar

Deal with dress code

Meaningless warning

Testing service flunks
Yes, it's good news that Georgia has no public schools listed as persistently dangerous, but if some schools had made that list, school systems opening this week would have had precious little time to move students seeking transfers.

Meaningless warning
The recording that purports to be from Osama bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahri, is utterly ridiculous. He warns that the United States "will pay dearly" if any detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are harmed.

'Fritz' exits with roar
No one ever accused U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C., of not speaking his mind, and the 81-year-old political warhorse, a throwback to an era when Dixie Democrats dominated the Senate, was at it again in announcing Monday that next year he would not again seek the seat he has held since 1966.

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

Standing ovations
The baseball season is winding down and the Augusta GreenJackets open an eight-game home stand with a game against Lakewood at 7:15 p.m. today.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Kennedy Center honors James Brown, other artists
WASHINGTON -- James Brown, Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn, Mike Nichols and Itzhak Perlman have been chosen for the 26th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Stocks end mixed earnings, lower interest rates
NEW YORK -- A dip in interest rates assuaged Wall Street Wednesday, sparking a burst of buying and sending stocks moderately higher. Tech shares, however, declined on disappointing earnings from Cisco Systems.

Stocks fall on fears about rising interest rates

For couples, gay marriage is at least partly about the money

Ford adds cash, financing incentives for cars, SUVs
CHICAGO - Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it will add cash back or better financing rates on three 2003 car models and two SUVs to clear out inventory for the 2004 models. The new deals are effective from Aug. 5 through Sept. 30.

Stocks end mixed earnings, lower interest rates

Stocks fall on fears about rising interest rates
NEW YORK -- Investors shaken by a terrorist attack and a turnound in interest rates sent stocks sharply lower Tuesday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 150 points in their worst day in 2 1/2 months.

IRS to ask families for proof they qualify for tax credit
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that 25,000 low-income earners will be asked to bolster their tax returns with proof that they qualify for a tax credit designed to lift the working poor out of poverty.

For couples, gay marriage is at least partly about the money
BOSTON -- Rich Linnell and Gary Chalmers say their battle for the right to marry is about fairness and money - and their daughter's future.

Dining out
Listings and reviews of area restaurants.

Add elegance to frozen yogurt
As the temperature rises, we all scream for ice cream. But some occasions merit a more elegant presentation than bowls of ice cream or sorbet provide.

Village Deli is delectable
Walking into the Village Deli in Daniel Village is like stepping onto the set of the television show Cheers, where everybody knows your name.

Small portions

Small portions
If the cheese in your refrigerator is beginning to sprout a bit of mold, do not throw the baby out with the bathwater by getting rid of the whole thing.

Village Deli is delectable

Dining out

Wet summer brings out moss, algae

Wet summer brings out moss, algae
The wet summer continues, and so do problems with moss and algae in lawns.

Workouts begin today at Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. - So far, so good. Georgia Southern coach Mike Sewak greeted his 2003 football players Wednesday as they arrived on campus and checked into their dorms.

Gailey: Everyone eligible for season
ATLANTA -- After losing 10 players in the spring to academic failings, Georgia Tech learned Wednesday that everyone else made the grade for the upcoming season.

Gailey sees promise on Yellow Jacket defense
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey likes what he sees so far in the Yellow Jackets defense.

Workouts begin today at Georgia Southern

Gailey sees promise on Yellow Jacket defense

Extra bases
Today-Saturday: vs. Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies)

On deck
Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Beetle, like all good things, must come to an end

Daly's wife charged in drug scheme
OXFORD, Miss. -- John Daly faces more turmoil off the course, although this time it's not his own.

Price withdraws from PGA

Sorenstam returns home to play near Royal castle
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Annika Sorenstam is back home, ready to play a course that is just a short drive from the royal palace where King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia live.

Heading into last major, a real awards race brewing
Tiger Woods must have grown weary giving the same speech.

Sorenstam returns home to play near Royal castle

Heading into last major, a real awards race brewing

Rain suspends play again at Women's Amateur
GLADWYNE, Pa. -- Three Californians were tied for the lead Tuesday after the completion of the rain-delayed first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur, but weather again forced suspension play.

Rain suspends play again at Women's Amateur

Price withdraws from PGA
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Two-time PGA champion Nick Price withdrew Tuesday from the PGA Championship so he could spend more time with his family.

Extra bases

Enjoy a salad with your sandwich
I'm a firm believer in cooking once and eating twice, so this week's recipe for chicken Caesar subs turns leftover grilled chicken into a delicious sandwich.

Enjoy a salad with your sandwich

Bodies of married couple found in Evans
The bodies of two Columbia County residents were discovered in their Evans apartment late Tuesday.

Civic center manager hired
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members approved a contract Thursday with new civic center manager Larry Rogers, making last month's hiring official.

Augusta Regional Airport's director is fired
Augusta Aviation Commission members fired Augusta Regional Airport's director in a 5-4 vote Thursday, ending months of speculation that Ken Kraemer's job was on the line.

One is innocent until guilt is proven

Where is the justice in 18-year-old's detention?

Declares Phinizy Park paradise is here to stay

Christians must take a stand now
Are we reaching a point of no return in our country? When one reaches a certain point in travel, it becomes impossible to turn back. I believe this country has come close to stepping over, or has actually stepped over, the invisible line in the sand. No longer do people fear the Lord - they fear each other... Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Back-to-back editorials refreshing
Gadzooks! Two editorials on the same day ("Gone too far" and "Benefit of the doubt" on July 25) that are actually moderate, reasonable, well-written opinions. How refreshing! Is the editorial staff OK? Or did someone have a serious lapse? John Spence, McCormick, S.C.

Don't blame Bush for downturn
I take issue with Democrats who blame President George W. Bush for the current economic downturn. Any economist will attest to the fact that the economy is a slow moving juggernaut at best. William R. Davis, Clearwater, S.C.

Declares Phinizy Park paradise is here to stay
I found heaven a few months ago at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. I looked over the site while waiting for a plane to arrive at the airport during the Latin American-Caribbean Conference. Tina Schreiner, Augusta

We all must do something to reduce violence
Data released by the Children's Defense Fund shows that in a single year, 3,365 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States - which is one child every two and a half hours, nine children every day and more than 60 children every week. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

Claims news media inform terrorists

Christians must take a stand now

One is innocent until guilt is proven
Being the mother of two young men, the recent events involving Chad Muns have really concerned me. Here is an 18-year-old man, still being held in jail, who has never been convicted of a crime. Marianne Jones, Martinez, Ga.

Claims news media inform terrorists
I'm a disabled Vietnam veteran who served four hitches in the U.S. Air Force. I am burned up at a front page article I read in the July 16 Augusta Chronicle. It told the terrorists where and when next year's G-8 summit will be held. Arnold C. Johnson Sr., Augusta

Why does the U.S. still need a Bureau of Indian Affairs?
Regarding the July 19 news article "Indian trust ruling reversed." It concerned the 1996 lawsuit filed on behalf of 350,000 American Indians against the Interior Department. The suit claimed $137 billion in lost royalties for oil, gas, mining and timber from land assigned to them by the government.>BR> Newt Goldman, Augusta

Back-to-back editorials refreshing

Where is the justice in 18-year-old's detention?
There is an 18-year-old boy sitting in the Columbia County Detention Center, being held on charges where there is no evidence. Meanwhile, testimony has been given by acquaintances of the so-called victim that contradicts her allegations. Sandy Leffler, Martinez, Ga.

FDA removes unappetizing warning label from fake fat

Capsules

Dictionary changes with modern language

In the know

Health and fitness calendar

Guidelines created for teen obesity surgery

In the know

Body-mass index checks recommended for children

Children find photo magic in computers

Lip service

Dictionary changes with modern language
Say what? That is what many users of Merriam-Webster's 11th edition Collegiate Dictionary might say as they stumble over words that may or may not be used in everyday conversation.

Capsules
A garden pest known as the froghopper has vaulted over the flea to claim the title of champion jumper.

In the know
University Hospital and Lowe's Home Improvement Stores are teaming up to fight prostate cancer.

Children find photo magic in computers
Last August I taught a digital photography course at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Body-mass index checks recommended for children
CHICAGO -- From the seemingly slim to the truly chubby, all children should have their body-mass index measures evaluated yearly as part of efforts to identify and prevent obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Lip service
The quest for perfect lips leads women down the cosmetic aisle every year looking for the one tube that will last.

FDA removes unappetizing warning label from fake fat
WASHINGTON -- Snacks made with the fake fat olestra no longer will have to bear the unappetizing label that warned they might cause cramps and diarrhea.

In the know
More reality awaits on ABC's The Family, which follows 10 family members as they vie for $1 million while living the good life at a Palm Beach, Fla., estate.

Guidelines created for teen obesity surgery
WASHINGTON -- Amy Topel had tried exercise, weight-loss pills and every diet, real or fad, around. But at age 15, she'd reached 260 pounds and a difficult decision: It was time to try surgery.

Rants and Raves
AT THOMSON HIGH SCHOOL last year, there were dress-code violations every day that no one seemed to care about. Shirts out, pants dragging the floor, shorts and skirts too short, and girls with short blouses and low blouses showing too much skin. Why do we make these rules if we are not going to enforce them?

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 7, 1963 The Augusta-Richmond County Civil Defense Department will test the air raid warning system at 1 p.m. today, according to Mrs. G.W. Freiburg, civil defense director.

Budget-conscious lawmakers begin look into Medicaid

Correction
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about summer rainfall incorrectly stated the nature of a bankruptcy involving roofing contractor David Hawkins. According to court records, Mr. Hawkins filed personal bankruptcy inNovember.

County faces school problems

School to keep Rebels moniker
JOHNSTON, S.C. - The Rebels of Strom Thurmond High School will stay, but the mustachioed Southern planter mascot must go, school officials decided Tuesday.

School performance list is out

Rants and Raves
AT THOMSON HIGH SCHOOL last year, there were dress-code violations every day that no one seemed to care about. Shirts out, pants dragging the floor, shorts and skirts too short, and girls with short blouses and low blouses showing too much skin. Why do we make these rules if we are not going to enforce them?

Answers to questions about the school list
Here are the answers to some common questions about Georgia's needs-improvement list for public schools released Tuesday and what it means for pupils and parents.

Organization provides seniors with chance to live a dream
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- She can't walk as fast as she used to, but she can still fly.

Across Georgia
DAWSON - A small-town mayor saddled with legal problems has won the largest prize possible - $500,000 - on a Georgia Lottery scratch-off ticket.

News you can use
AUG. 6, 1954 AIKEN - Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division raided several Aiken County nightclubs yesterday - the third time this week. They arrested 15 persons, seven of them women on prostitution charges.

Property crimes rise in 2003
Halfway through 2003, most violent crime in Augusta has remained relatively stable, but property crime has increased, officials said.

Tax refund ordered for Charleston County residents
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston County must refund an estimated $9.3 million in property taxes some county residents were overcharged two years ago, a state judge has ruled.

Revenue down for lodging in April

Hollings says he has many things to do before he retires
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In the last year and a half of his term, U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C., plans to focus on the same issues he has pushed his whole career: fiscally responsible government and support for the nation's textile and other industries.

Suspect might face death if found guilty of shooting

Budget-conscious lawmakers begin look into Medicaid
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers struggling to pay Medicaid bills were warned Tuesday that the state won't be able to finance the health care program long into the future if it doesn't take steps to rein it in soon.

Plea of guilty is entered by Drew

Bank robbers get away after locking two workers in vault
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Armed robbers wearing ninja outfits ambushed two bank employees as they were opening Tuesday, herded them into a vault and made their escape before police stormed the building 3 1/2 hours later.

Trade policy blamed for textile fall
GRANITEVILLE - Industry officials say furloughed jobs at five Avondale Mills Inc. textile plants in Graniteville and at another factory in Alabama are proof of both the punishing impact of imported clothing from China and the need for a change in U.S. trade policy to protect American jobs.

Puppies' tails mangled at county pound
Richmond County Animal Control officials are trying to find out who cut the tails off two boxer puppies at the facility and botched the job.

Laity, clergy discuss change
Like the Episcopal bishops and deputies themselves, people in the pews are divided over the approval of their denomination's openly gay bishop.

A monument to good character
With Tina Mercer holding her safety line, Kathy Carlyle attaches name tags to the Character Pole at South Aiken High School

Old tractors are big business
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Old tractors never die and, unlike old soldiers, they don't just fade away.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Charleston County must refund an estimated $9.3 million in property taxes some county residents were overcharged two years ago, a judge has ruled.

First pupils enter school

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia lawmakers struggling to pay Medicaid bills were warned Tuesday that the state won't be able to finance the health care program long into the future if it doesn't take steps to rein it in soon.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Daylin Covell Hart, 2, of Thomson.

Flood victims seek panel's help
About 30 flood victims showed up for Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting searching for solutions to their water woes.

Correction

Victim of eastern equine encephalitis improves
She scrunches her eyes when her name is spoken. Other times, Jennifer Tucker opens her eyes and appears to move them around. Little things, but they are progress for the 10-year-old Valdosta, Ga., girl struck by eastern equine encephalitis.

Judge sentences couple

PeachCare advocates appeal for more funds
ATLANTA - A growing deficit could force Georgia's health-care program for children in working families to slash enrollment by more than 50,000, state health and budget officials warned Tuesday.

Bodies of married couple found in Evans

Teacher in Iraq back from duty
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Jarret Cox looked a little overwhelmed as he was welcomed back to his classroom this week at Altama Elementary School with cheers; American flags; red, white and blue balloons; and patriotic songs.

School to keep Rebels moniker

Across the area
A physician who lived in Martinez and faced domestic violence and weapon charges has had his license suspended.

Old tractors are big business

Wandering bear turns up in area
They called her a nuisance in Gatlinburg, Tenn., where she rummaged through trash cans and annoyed tourists.

Plea of guilty is entered by Drew
Jimmy Drew, an Augusta businessman and former Augusta Aviation Commission member, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Tuesday involving cash payments he made to a former North Carolina agriculture commissioner.

Officials question airport ad
Just as New Jersey native Frank Sinatra never crooned "Newark, Newark," Augusta Regional Airport's Big Apple ads don't sing the praises of the New Jersey city, either.

County faces school problems
Educators scrambling to make sense of the new list of needs-improvement schools in Richmond County decided one thing Wednesday: All parents will have to register children at their zoned school today.

Across the area
The bodies of two Columbia County residents were discovered in their Evans apartment late Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A national study shows South Carolinians paid more for auto insurance than drivers in 33 other states in 2001.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR LEAVING our service personnel at the mercy of the fanatics in Iraq. If they are so cowardly that they attack guerrilla style, why don't our forces play at their own game and return a matching attack at random? I'll bet that would stop attacks against our soldiers and maybe even catch Saddam.

Report excites staffs in McDuffie County
THOMSON - McDuffie County pupils will head back to the classroom today.

Pupils can sign up for fitness study
Parents of Richmond County third-graders can register their children to take part in an obesity prevention study during registration for the 2003-04 school year.

Terrorism affects peach farms' work
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Late frosts, fungus attacks, hail and low sugar content aren't the only nightmares Chalmers Carr has about his peach crop these days.

Revenue down for lodging in April
Contrary to previous reports, hotels during Masters Week probably didn't make as much money as they did last year.

Judge sentences couple
Someone else pulled the trigger, but it would never have happened without Katherine Conway and Keane Alan Bates, the prosecutor said.

Summer adds risk of injury
When 12-year-old Colin Laudino slid into home plate, the last thing he was thinking about was hurting himself.

Across the area

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR LEAVING our service personnel at the mercy of the fanatics in Iraq. If they are so cowardly that they attack guerrilla style, why don't our forces play at their own game and return a matching attack at random? I'll bet that would stop attacks against our soldiers and maybe even catch Saddam.

Officials question airport ad

Rules for festival stall before panel

Augusta Regional Airport's director is fired

Terrorism affects peach farms' work

Area schools on the needs-improvement list

Kid of the day

School performance list is out
Among Richmond County's poorest schools, three out of four failed to meet standards for yearly progress set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.

A monument to good character

Suspect might face death if found guilty of shooting
An Augusta jail inmate received word Tuesday that his trial may be a fight for his life if he is found responsible for a fatal pawnshop robbery.

Across Georgia

Across the area

West Nile found in dead crow
A dead crow found near Grovetown last month came back positive Wednesday for West Nile virus, Columbia County Health Department reported.

Kid of the day

Pupils can sign up for fitness study

News you can use

Report excites staffs in McDuffie County

Across Georgia

West Nile found in dead crow

Flood victims seek panel's help

Summer adds risk of injury

Hollings says he has many things to do before he retires

Trade policy blamed for textile fall

Organization provides seniors with chance to live a dream

Civic center manager hired

Bank robbers get away after locking two workers in vault

News you can use

Victim of eastern equine encephalitis improves

County has four schools on list

Owners of Lynx divulge sale plan
It appears the Augusta Lynx hockey team is about to be sold.

Answers to questions about the school list

Area schools on the needs-improvement list
First year on the needs-improvement list:

Owners of Lynx divulge sale plan

County has four schools on list
School started Wednesday for Columbia County schools, but school choice did not.

Rules for festival stall before panel
Downtown merchants say they want everyone at the monthly First Friday festival to play by the rules.

Kid of the day
Johnny E. Ryder III of Martinez is today's ''Kid of the Day.''

Columbia County flag rule gets put on hold
Columbia County officials said Wednesday they have put off enforcing an ordinance that restricts the size of an American flag.

Company puts workers on unpaid leave
GRANITEVILLE - About 1,500 employees of Avondale Mills Inc. in Aiken County will be forced to take a one-week, unpaid furlough starting Sunday because demand for denim and other fabrics made by the company has dropped significantly, a company official said Wednesday.

First pupils enter school
It could have been the opening of the new Lewiston Elementary School that excited preschooler Chelsea Harrison on Wednesday.

Needed lungs found for boy
The family of an Augusta teen needing a double-lung transplant finally got the call it has been waiting on for two years.

Tax refund ordered for Charleston County residents

Beetle, like all good things, must come to an end
About 21.5 million Beetles after Adolf Hitler demanded a "people's car" and 30 years after I traded away my medium-blue 1966 Bug, Volkswagen has shut down the car's last production line, relegating a historic car to history.

"Gigli" bombs, but life goes on in no-fault Hollywood
LOS ANGELES -- The mob romp "Gigli" ended up a Hollywood disaster movie, yet stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and most of their collaborators should emerge unscathed.

At the Movies: 'Freaky Friday'

At the Movies: 'Freaky Friday'
"Freaky Friday" is not the latest in Ice Cube's series of "Friday" comedies - something the world doesn't need. It's a remake of the 1976 movie starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris - something else I thought the world didn't need.

"Gigli" bombs, but life goes on in no-fault Hollywood

Dispelling myths about ice hockey
I ran into a friend the other day, and we got to talking about our kids and their various sporting endeavors.

Music grows with Bow Wow
He's dropped the Lil' from his name, picked up a driver's license and, with a new look and a new single, Let's Get Down, climbing the charts, 16-year-old Bow Wow is back.

Music grows with Bow Wow

Wells no longer stranger to NASCAR

NASCAR notebook
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - A recent study shows there aren't more commercials during a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race since the $2.8 billion contract was signed with NBC, FOX, FX and TNT in 2001.

Labonte Brothers bouncing back after sub-par years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bobby and Terry Labonte passed the time during a recent NASCAR presentation with knowing glances and a few whispers between them.

Darlington's switched on: Lights on the way

Q&A with Robbie Reiser

Said hoping road racing success leads to full-time ride
Boris Said has had enough of being a road racing "hired gun." He wants to be a full-time driver on NASCAR's top circuit.

Pit strategy key to winning races

Darlington's switched on: Lights on the way
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Darlington Raceway's long-term prospects just got brighter.

Q&A with Robbie Reiser
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Robbie Reiser is the crew chief for NASCAR Winston Cup Series points leader Matt Kenseth. Although they take a 286-point lead into Sunday's Sirius Satellite at the Glen road course race, he said the team is taking nothing for granted. That's why they tested at Watkins Glen International and refuse to start thinking about their advantage in the standings. Reiser took time away from his DeWalt Ford Taurus to talk about the pressures of leading the points.

NASCAR notebook

Labonte Brothers bouncing back after sub-par years

Wells no longer stranger to NASCAR
A lot of people who didn't even know Cal Wells III disliked him when he came to NASCAR as a team owner in 2000.

Said hoping road racing success leads to full-time ride

Pit strategy key to winning races
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - It used to be so simple on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit: The fastest car usually won.

Racing facts - Sirius Satellite at the Glen
SIRIUS SATELLITE AT THE GLEN

Racing facts - Sirius Satellite at the Glen

Marine team enters Liberian capital
MONROVIA, Liberia - A team of U.S. Marines landed in Monrovia on Wednesday, flying in on olive-green helicopters that passed almost unnoticed over a ruined city where people are preoccupied with searching for food after weeks of fighting between government and rebel troops.

Investigation board recommendations won't be challenge

Marine team enters Liberian capital

Bryant makes first court appearance on sexual assault charge
EAGLE, Colo. -- NBA superstar Kobe Bryant made his first court appearance on a sexual assault charge Wednesday, uttering just two words during a seven-minute hearing that created a media frenzy in this quiet mountain town.

Bryant lawyers seek sanctions to stop news leaks
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers asked a judge Tuesday to punish any law enforcement officers who discussed the sexual assault case with reporters in violation of a court order.

Circus comes to town for Kobe Bryant's first court appearance
EAGLE, Colo. -- Across the street from the Eagle County courthouse, a mini-community of satellite trucks and television tents has suddenly sprouted. Inside, final touches were being put on a security plan more suited for a head of state.

Circus comes to town for Kobe Bryant's first court appearance

Bryant makes first court appearance on sexual assault charge

North Carolina appeals court denies former pro footballer Carruth's bid for new trial

Surgery awakens Carolina's sleeping giant

Falcons feel fine at camp

Mild weather bizarre to some Atlanta players

Lt. Col. William Domke    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Hilton Wall, Jr., M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Lee (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Margo Barrett (McCORMICK, S.C.)

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Mr. Bobby Booth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Waters (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Truelove (GIBSON, Ga.)

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Mr. Andre Roberts (BALTIMORE)

Mr. Tony Duckworth (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Parker (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Waters (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Edwards, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Doyle Ashe (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeannine Blackwell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Hilton Wall, Jr., M.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Windham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Barron (EUREKA, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Forrest (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Buford Jackson Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beverley Chambers (RICHMOND, Va.)

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Mrs. Cheryl Beharry (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Simons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. H. Melvin Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas McBride (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Mr. Jake Anderson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Area sports announcements

Overtime

Tyson is halfway to broke and broken-down

Augustan to fight on pay-per-view

Tyson: Millions of dollars gone on diamonds, limos, rugs

In the game spotlight: Winn Crenshaw

American basketball teams, baseball post big wins

Dispelling myths about ice hockey

Rowers try to stay afloat in Olympic test

American basketball teams, baseball post big wins
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Just 10 hours after extending its winning streak to 25 games, the U.S. baseball team took the field again. And lost.

Overtime
In Gladwyne, Pa., North Augusta's Darby Sligh advanced to match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club.

Rowers try to stay afloat in Olympic test
SCHINIAS, Greece -- Test events for next year's Olympics got off to a worrisome start Wednesday when rowers tried to stay afloat as waves swamped boats and forced the U.S. team to swim across the finish line.

Augustan to fight on pay-per-view
The bell sounds and Zack Day pounces like a tiger on its prey.

Area sports announcements
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.

In the game spotlight: Winn Crenshaw
This week's in the game spotlight is on Winn Crenshaw of Evans.

Tyson: Millions of dollars gone on diamonds, limos, rugs
NEW YORK -- A diamond necklace worth as much as some houses. More than $300,000 in limousine rides. Sixty thousand dollars worth of rugs.

Tyson is halfway to broke and broken-down
Sonny Liston, his hero, died broke and broken-down.

Falcons feel fine at camp
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Todd Weiner often looks across the overcast practice fields at Furman University and wonders if he ever left Seattle.

Surgery awakens Carolina's sleeping giant
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina defensive tackle Kris Jenkins used to sleep 14 hours a day.

North Carolina appeals court denies former pro footballer Carruth's bid for new trial
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An appeals court on Tuesday refused to order a new trial for former pro football player Rae Carruth on his 2001 murder conspiracy conviction, despite an error by a lower court.

Mild weather bizarre to some Atlanta players
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Todd Weiner often looks across the overcast practice fields at Furman University and wonders if he ever left Seattle.

Investigation board recommendations won't be challenge
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will not challenge any of the recommendations to be issued by the board that investigated the loss of space shuttle Columbia, the agency's deputy administrator said Tuesday.

Gay or straight, AMC film shows Hollywood can be a drag
LOS ANGELES -- Given television's gay boomlet, filmmaker Jeremy Simmons' concerns about his new documentary, "The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood," appear misplaced.

'Whoopi' begins production in New York City
NEW YORK -- Whoopi Goldberg grew up here, lives here and, whenever she can, wants to work here.

Gay or straight, AMC film shows Hollywood can be a drag

Thanks for the memories: CBS scores with a Bob Hope special

Thanks for the memories: CBS scores with a Bob Hope special
NEW YORK -- A Bob Hope special the night after the comedian died scored solid ratings - but not on NBC, the network where he worked for more than 60 years.

Extras, extras

Standing ovations

Kennedy Center honors James Brown, other artists

Critical choice

Georgia fullback fits position's recent mold

Second session an improvement, Richt says
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs' second preseason practice was better than the first, coach Mark Richt said Tuesday after the team worked out in helmets, jerseys and shorts.

Georgia fullback fits position's recent mold
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's fullback position is becoming a cliche.

Gamecocks reinstate Thomas
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina wide receiver Matthew Thomas has been reinstated, five months after he was suspended following his arrest on a simple assault charge.

Gamecocks reinstate Thomas

Can Holtz work magic again with Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz better have something special up his sleeve this fall. Reviving the Gamecocks now could be a much harder trick than he's ever tried before.

Can Holtz work magic again with Gamecocks

Book puts Sarazen, TV series in spotlight
Gene Sarazen and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf is about the landmark television show from the 1960s, but Masters Tournament references are sprinkled throughout the book.

Wildfires raging as Europe gripped by heat wave
ROME -- Record-breaking temperatures stoked wildfires across Italy and elsewhere in Europe Wednesday, in a heat wave that has plagued the continent for more than a week and caused the deaths of at least 28 people.

Wildfires raging as Europe gripped by heat wave

Malawi parliament turns off Big Brother Africa

Government considers janitor a security risk because of his financial struggle

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Wacky public stunts, digitally enabled

Man pokes 'Sesame' character, cited for disorderly conduct