How much money do Broadway stars make?

How much money do Broadway stars make?
NEW YORK -- Compared to the millions they pay Tom, Julia or even that guy running for governor of California, Broadway salaries just aren't in the same show-biz league.

Source: Tigers awarded 2005 All-Star game

Expos likely to have one home next year
BOSTON -- Baseball wants the Montreal Expos to have one - and only one - home next season. But no one knows where.

Little League to focus on baseball after two years of scandal

Little League to focus on baseball after two years of scandal
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- After two years of rampant rumors and scandals about player eligibility, Little League officials are hoping to keep the focus on the field at this year's World Series.

Source: Tigers awarded 2005 All-Star game
DETROIT -- The All-Star game will return to Detroit for the first time in more than 30 years.

Expos likely to have one home next year

It's safer to travel the world without leaving Georgia

Man survives after being bumped onto subway tracks
NEW YORK -- Bumped off a crowded subway platform and onto the tracks, Brandon Crismon did the one thing that could save his life as a train approached - he rolled between the rails.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Of the hundreds of New Yorkers trapped in elevators by the power outage, Laura "Lulu" Evans was surely among the youngest and the loneliest.

Man found dead, killed pregnant woman who was coated in peanut butter
PHILADELPHIA -- Days after a pregnant woman was found naked, strangled and coated in peanut butter, police blamed her death on a man who later committed suicide by jumping into the Schuylkill River.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Police officer Conan Schafer is handing out tickets - but these tickets are welcomed by downtown pedestrians.

Braves blast Diamondbacks
ATLANTA -- Randy Johnson doesn't look like a guy who's won four straight Cy Young awards. For that matter, Vinny Castilla hardly resembles an eighth-place hitter.

Hampton returns to form after two miserable seasons

Bullpen remains key for Braves
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves' philosophy remains unchanged, even as the offense continues pummeling opponents into submission.

Reds complete Mercker trade

Reds complete Mercker trade
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds acquired righthander Matt Belisle on Thursday to complete the trade that sent lefthander Kent Mercker to the Atlanta Braves.

Hampton returns to form after two miserable seasons
ATLANTA -- Welcome back, Mike Hampton.

Braves' homers defeat Padres
ATLANTA - Russ Ortiz became the first 17-game winner in the majors, Javy Lopez hit two more homers and the Atlanta Braves defeated the San Diego Padres 7-4 on Thursday night.

Braves' homers defeat Padres

Braves blast Diamondbacks

Deputies start business to investigate wrecks
Within the crushed hulk of an empty car, Gary Corey Jr. can sniff out a number of clues that tell him what happened at the exact moment of an accident.

Media manages to get the word out about blackout
NEW YORK -- TV networks successfully scrambled to keep programs on the air, while newspapers affected by the power outage managed to hit the streets Friday morning with smaller editions focused on the blackout.

Deputies start business to investigate wrecks

Wholesale priced edge up 0.1 percent in July

Consumer prices up 0.2 percent, industrial production jumps
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices rose modestly and big industry boosted production by the largest amount since the beginning of the year, encouraging news for the economy's budding rebound.

Owner details renovations
A downtown department store building that has been boarded up for more than two decades could see the light of day late next year.

Business briefs

Manager wants more listeners
The choice between broadcasting syndicated programs or local disc jockeys on Clear Channel's local radio stations comes down to what will attract the most listeners, the company's area general manager said Thursday.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Of the hundreds of New Yorkers trapped in elevators by the power outage, Laura "Lulu" Evans was surely among the youngest and the loneliest.

Consumer prices up 0.2 percent, industrial production jumps

Blackout paralyzes auto industry
DETROIT -- Much of North America's automotive manufacturing was paralyzed Friday as plants struck by the multistate blackout and tens of thousands of workers were left idle.

Media manages to get the word out about blackout

Report shows gains for fired WBBQ duo
Beasley Broadcast Group's country music station, WKXC-FM (99.5), held the No. 1 spot in Arbitron's latest ratings report of the Augusta market.

Odds and Ends

Manager wants more listeners

Blackout paralyzes auto industry

Georgia minorities gain buying power
Iris McLeod just bought her son, Direz, his second pair of basketball sneakers in two weeks. At 13, Direz's shoe size already equals his age, but a fast-growing foot isn't why he's getting a new pair of sneakers so soon.

Consumer spending critical to economic recovery
WASHINGTON -- Jodi Fields is eyeing a digital camera. Luigi Esposito is buying a new boat. Jack Manasco is saving for a rainy day. What Americans do with the fatter paychecks or child tax-credit checks from President Bush's latest tax-cut package will play a critical role in the strength of the economy's anticipated rebound this year.

Owner details renovations

Wholesale priced edge up 0.1 percent in July
\WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices nudged up by just 0.1 percent in July, restrained by falling costs for food products and a moderation in energy prices.

Consumer spending critical to economic recovery

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages, which have been rising steadily since late June, dropped this week, offering a bit of a break to potential home buyers.

Business briefs
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao offered $20.6 million in job training and health insurance assistance Friday to thousands of North Carolinians put out of a job by the bankruptcy of textile giant Pillowtex Corp.

Simmons takes the field for The Citadel

Bowden and Crosby meet

Simmons takes the field for The Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons' quest to play a final season of college football came to The Citadel on Friday.

Bowden and Crosby meet
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden met with receiver Roscoe Crosby on Thursday and hoped to have the two-sport star back with the team as soon as possible.

Quarterbacks cutting teeth under coach
What's a preseason for the Florida Gators without a little quarterback controversy?

Brooks takes on another project
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Rich Brooks can claim one successful building project as a head coach, having taken Oregon from the bottom of the Pacific-10 Conference to the league championship and a Rose Bowl appearance.

Big Ten to experiment with instant replay
The Big Ten has taken a step toward using instant replay in football games, implementing a pilot program to determine whether to use it for real in the future.

Duke looks to halt conference streak

Bowden determined to rebuild Seminoles
Bobby Bowden has had enough. He's had enough of the losing that has kicked his program from the nation's elite the past two seasons. He's had enough of the off-the-field problems that have tarnished the sparkling legacy he spent 27 years crafting.

Watson upset with shoddy records, SLED says

Miami LB to miss opener following knee surgery
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami linebacker Roger McIntosh had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday and probably will miss the season opener.

North Greenville having an easier time preparing for season

Brooks takes on another project

Coastal Carolina sells out program's opening football game

Watson upset with shoddy records, SLED says
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former South Carolina football star Derek Watson failed to keep track of his Upstate community service and was upset that the head of the agency where he was supposed to work didn't have better documentation, according to a State Law Enforcement Division investigation.

Big Ten to experiment with instant replay

Duke looks to halt conference streak
The streak has become the butt of jokes on national talk-radio and ESPN's SportsCenter. Now Duke running back Alex Wade guarantees a new punch line.

Quarterbacks cutting teeth under coach

Bowden determined to rebuild Seminoles

Coastal Carolina sells out program's opening football game
CONWAY, S.C. -- The first-ever football game at Coastal Carolina will play to a sold-out house.

Miami LB to miss opener following knee surgery

North Greenville having an easier time preparing for season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- North Greenville coach Brian Smith said last year his job was the hardest he has ever undertaken. This year, things have gotten a lot easier.

Bad guy shot down
It's often said that, for intelligence reasons, the public never hears about terrorist operations that are foiled - only about those that succeed.

Bad guy shot down

Staying the course

A condemned man
Orlando Martinez was a condemned man. Anyone who saw his trial in Augusta could have told you that.

In the dark
What do you think would happen if electricity were knocked out in more than a half-dozen major North American cities covering over 9,500 square miles, leaving at least 50 million people in the dark - many of them stuck in subways, elevators, high rises or stranded in the streets?

Staying the course
There've been no pay raises. State funds have been reduced by more than $2 million. And further budget cuts can be expected in Atlanta.

In the dark

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

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

Standing ovations
Commerce comes to the Common when the Saturday Farmers Market on Broad takes up residence Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Augusta Common on the 800 block of Broad Street. The new market, which last week attracted about 2,000 people, features produce, baked goods, crafts and flowers. Admission is free.

Taxpayers in blackout areas with filing deadlines get extra time

Taxpayers in blackout areas with filing deadlines get extra time
WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers unable to meet deadlines to file federal income tax returns because of the blackout are getting some extra time.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $2.82 billion in the latest week to $998.57 billion, the Investment Company Institute said.

South Carolina unemployment rises again in July
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's 7 percent unemployment rate in July was the highest level since March 1994, the South Carolina Employment Security Commission said Thursday.

Money funds fell in latest week

South Carolina unemployment rises again in July

Stock trading resumes on schedule following blackout
NEW YORK -- The blackout in the Northeast couldn't stop Wall Street from trading Friday, but the stock market still ran into some glitches - phone problems, absent workers and a nearly daylong suspension of trading at the American Stock Exchange.

Stock trading resumes on schedule following blackout

Catch sizes frustrate anglers
Members of Augusta area bass fishing clubs have been frustrated by the size of their tournament catches from Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament news

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

Fishing report

Catch sizes frustrate anglers

Fishing report
It never fails. Make a negative report about hybrids and striped bass schooling and they'll come back to embarrass you.

Moist climate is ideal for spittlebugs
Squish, squish, squish. That's what I heard last weekend as I walked across my lawn. It sounded like I was walking on a wet sponge.

Retired builder now developing vibrant garden

Retired builder now developing vibrant garden
People who live in glass houses - or houses with lots of glass - shouldn't neglect their gardens, said Augusta resident George Perkins.

Moist climate is ideal for spittlebugs

GreenJackets fall to Braves again
Rome held on for another close victory over Augusta, 4-3 on Friday night at State Mutual Stadium.

Howell plays it safe, stays in contention
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Charles Howell is getting the hang of this major championship stuff - even if it means playing a brand of golf that doesn't quite match his eccentric personality and wild wardrobe.

Diaz on top at Farr Classic; Wie misses cut
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Laura Diaz is still waiting to put all of her game together. Watch out if she does.

Coble, team take event
When it comes to match play, Laura Coble is tough.

Georgia storms to lead
Whitney Frykman's education has taken a back seat this week to her golf schooling.

Usher's 61 gives him lead, record

Mickelson rises, Woods falters at PGA Championship
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson was in the unfamiliar position of co-leader after the opening round of the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods was frustrated - again.

Mickelson rises, Woods falters at PGA Championship

A surprise leader at the PGA

Coble, team take event

Diaz on top at Farr Classic; Wie misses cut

Usher's 61 gives him lead, record
AIKEN - Seven golfers looked over Scott Usher's shoulders as he checked his scorecard after Friday's third round of the Palmetto Amateur.

Furman senior shares top spot
AIKEN - Buddy Davis struck for six birdies Thursday at the Palmetto Amateur, but he still couldn't wait to get off the course.

A surprise leader at the PGA
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Move over, Ben Curtis. Shaun Micheel, the latest surprise in a major, made four birdies in his final five holes Friday in the PGA Championship to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at Oak Hill.

Georgia storms to lead

Furman senior shares top spot

Howell plays it safe, stays in contention

GreenJackets fall to Braves again

Coach hopes tough schedule will help Washington-Wilkes

Rains disrupts jamboree

Coach hopes tough schedule will help Washington-Wilkes
Although Washington-Wilkes coach Russell Morgan's team will be young - and he's calling this season a rebuilding year - the Tigers aren't shying away from a tough non-region schedule.

Rains disrupts jamboree
LANGLEY, S.C. - Spectators catching a preview of the 2003 high school football season Friday night were rudely interrupted during the second of four scheduled scrimmages at Midland Valley's L.L. Willis Stadium.

It's safer to travel the world without leaving Georgia
A century ago, people thought of foreign travel as a well-deserved luxury.

Police seize cocaine and firearms
Local authorities said Friday they have seized more than 20 pounds of crack cocaine at a Columbia County residence.

Are veterans penalized for serving?
There are times when the veteran needs the help of John Q. Public, and this is one of those times. The veteran asks for very little and has given so very much in order to preserve the greatest country in the world. Mrs. Jeanne V. Newby, Aiken, S.C.

Catch childhood-obesity trend earlier

Are veterans penalized for serving?

Society negatively impacts kids despite parental efforts
Regarding James Tanner's letter on July 26, "Decency depends on caring parents": Mr. Tanner is correct - as parents, we are responsible for controlling what our children are exposed to. As a parent, I monitor what is on our television, what music my 13-year-old has in his possession, what books we have in our home, etc. Sharon Smith, Augusta

Letter fraught with errors about Native Americans
Regarding Newt Goldman's Aug. 7 letter, "Why does the U.S. still need a Bureau of Indian Affairs?": I do not know from what history textbook Mr. Goldman was taught but, obviously, he doesn't know his facts. Doug Hemingway, Augusta

Dress code should pertain to teachers, too
Regarding the Aug. 7 dress code editorial, "Deal with dress code": In the editorial, it talks about the students not following the dress code. I think the main reason for that is the dress code is absurd. The students cannot wear any kind of logo or writing on their shirts. They have to have shirts tucked in at all times and cannot wear jackets at all in the halls. What is the point of that? Cassidy Spencer, Augusta

Norwood's proposal will ruin Lake Thurmond
I am disheartened that my congressman, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., (along with U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C.) proposed the Savannah Lake Resources Act without a public meeting to seek input. Steve Sheetz, Martinez, Ga.

Dress code should pertain to teachers, too

Letter fraught with errors about Native Americans

Society negatively impacts kids despite parental efforts

Catch childhood-obesity trend earlier
Your editorial regarding childhood obesity on Aug. 4, "A growing problem," sounded like it was written by two different people. It started out by chiding the American Academy of Pediatrics for measuring body mass index (BMI) on all children annually as if it were advocating shaking down little old ladies. Not a good analogy. William N. Jackson, Evans, Ga.

Impressed with writer's knowledge

Impressed with writer's knowledge
I read with interest Matthew J. Barry's letter in the Aug. 4 Chronicle Opinion section entitled "Do our students need Christianity in school?" Mr. Barry indicates the study of Christianity in public schools is unconstitutional. Lane Williams, Evans, Ga.

Norwood's proposal will ruin Lake Thurmond

FDA approves souped-up wheelchair that climbs stairs

FDA approves souped-up wheelchair that climbs stairs
WASHINGTON -- It's complicated and carries a hefty pricetag, but the federally approved iBOT wheelchair promises to give some of the nation's 2 million wheelchair users new freedom of movement, even allowing them to climb stairs.

Old recipe repairs wall
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - Some historic structures on Georgia's largest barrier island are getting a new look by workers using techniques hundreds of years old.

Position of flags receives criticism

Family cat is safe after blaze
AIKEN - Pam and Tim McKinsey got a double dose of kindness Friday on what was otherwise a crummy afternoon.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Police are looking for a 16-year-old female runaway they say robbed a bank.

Officials predict tax increase

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -The Marietta City Council rejected appeals from three adult entertainment stores that lost their business licenses.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - The fire cleanup at the University of Georgia's library will be finished by Monday, when fall classes start.

Officials predict tax increase
AIKEN - South Carolina's re-emerging deficit crisis heightens the likelihood of major tax and fee increases next year, state officials said Thursday.

Defense plans to argue guilty but mentally ill
Attorneys for a man accused of serial killings revealed a defense strategy Friday to focus a jury's attention off morality and onto science.

Bad behavior affects sentences
Moments after a federal marshal detailed how Tyson Marshek's bad behavior earned him the distinction of being the first federal prisoner kicked out of three jails, Mr. Marshek had something to say.

Aiken pipe repairs are costly

News you can use
AUG. 15, 1988 Army investigators are trying to determine what happened to a 20-year-old Fort Gordon soldier who was found dead Saturday at Fort Gordon's Center Golf Course.

Board cuts number of absences permitted
Not going to school will soon get you locked up in Richmond County.

15 more schools added to list
Eight more Columbia County schools and seven more Richmond County schools have been added to the list of needs-improvement schools under the guidelines of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.

Local officials travel to aid post
In the alphabet soup of Army lingo, one of the most important acronyms for Augusta's future is TRADOC.

Program welcomes pupils
To a boy like Zachary Butler, going to a new school can be a bit intimidating.

Savannah will see dueling demonstrations about gays
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two men with opposing thoughts on homosexuality will lead protests today a mile apart in Savannah.

Study says trees have no use for pine straw
There's little doubt that adding pine straw as mulch can protect shrubs and spruce up the aesthetics of any flower bed.

Gunman kills store owner after hours
James D'antignac heard at least two gunshots Friday night and then found Yang Han dead on the ground, bleeding from the back.

Report: Computer skills needed for S.C. job market
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Computer engineering, programming and teaching of those subjects will be among the fastest-growing fields in South Carolina over the next seven years, according to a report from the state Employment Security Commission.

Local blackout is unlikely

Man stays on lightning lookout

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Montavious Termaine Ruff, 3, of Sparta, Ga.

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Teacher had students fly home alone

Bank installs policies to prevent robberies
A Hephzibah man was arrested after authorities said he robbed a downtown bank Friday afternoon.

Beach advisories, closings up last year
CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina issued 75 percent more beach advisories and closings because of pollution last year than the year before, according to a nationwide report.

News you can use

Marietta rejects appeals from adult shops
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta City Council rejected appeals from three adult entertainment stores that lost their business licenses.

Outage darkens trip to New York for mayor
Mayor Bob Young said that when the lights went out in New York, his government outing to the city turned into a bad television show.

Atlanta police officer facing drug charges was a top cop
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta police officer accused of secretly working with a drug gang was one of the department's most honored officers, named "Officer of the Year" just two weeks ago.

Man stays on lightning lookout
SAVANNAH, Ga. - On summer days, when thunderclouds fill the sky, Joe Sauers gets a chill down his spine.

Hangout in Gwinnett County caters to older clientele
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- The youngest of a group of a dozen men who hang out at Snell's Pharmacy and discuss politics, traffic and retirement over coffee describes the group in a way perhaps fitting of his age.

Police say woman refused to call 911
AIKEN - After twice refusing an off-duty deputy's request to dial 911, the manager of a Hardee's fast-food restaurant near Aiken was arrested and spent Thursday night in jail, a sheriff's investigator said Friday.

Despite broader exercise definition, most Americans still don't get enough
ATLANTA -- Even when sweeping, waiting tables and tossing a Frisbee count as exercise, most Americans still aren't getting enough of it.

Rants and raves
TO THE YOUNG lady who is currently struggling in college: I myself am a graduate of Harlem High School. In no other school have I seen a principal who cares so much that he knew every student's name. If Harlem has taught me anything, it is that the teachers do care.

West Nile entering peak season, cases double to nearly 400
ATLANTA -- West Nile virus, now entering its peak season, appeared in Arizona for the first time as the number of human infections more than doubled to nearly 400 over the past week, federal officials said Thursday.

Local blackout is unlikely
If the lights can go out on Broadway one minute, what's to stop them from going out on Broad Street the next?

Aiken pipe repairs are costly
AIKEN - Anyone who has needed a plumber recently knows better than to complain about Aiken's water and sewer fee increases.

Position of flags receives criticism
AIKEN - Flak is flying around the Stars and Stripes suspended above 48 intersections in downtown Aiken, fired by critics who say the flags aren't flying right.

Correction
A calendar item in Applause in the Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 editions and in Around Town in the Aug. 7 and 8 editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave an incorrect date for the Walton Foundation Golf Classic. The tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club in North Augusta.

Defense plans to argue guilty but mentally ill

Across the area
A lunchtime fire Thursday at an Aiken valve manufacturing plant injured four workers and forced the evacuation of all 250 employees, said Aiken Public Safety Sgt. David Turno.

Savannah will see dueling demonstrations about gays

Work continues on common
Despite being open for nearly a year, downtown's Augusta Common park has seen continued construction work, racking up change-order costs in excess of $137,800 for the $1.5 million project's first phase.

Rants and raves
TO THE YOUNG lady who is currently struggling in college: I myself am a graduate of Harlem High School. In no other school have I seen a principal who cares so much that he knew every student's name. If Harlem has taught me anything, it is that the teachers do care.

Internet pictures put man in prison
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Camden County man has been sentenced to federal prison for possession of child pornography in a case involving photographs of young children engaged in sexual acts that were obtained over the Internet.

15 more schools added to list

Rants and Raves
I'M STILL TRYING to understand why students in Richmond County have any unexcused absences. They're down to 16 from 24. Maybe I'm just not with the new system here, but I can remember when, if you were out of school, your parents had to send an excuse detailing illness, family tragedy, whatever, and request that you please be excused. What does unexcused absence mean - they can just not show up and it's OK? I don't understand that. How do they get an education?

Report: Computer skills needed for S.C. job market

Study says trees have no use for pine straw

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

Teacher had students fly home alone
A foreign-language teacher from Cross Creek High School is under investigation for his plans to abandon five students during a summer trip to Germany.

Despite broader exercise definition, most Americans still don't get enough

Board cuts number of absences permitted

Atlanta police officer facing drug charges was a top cop

Facility receives $3.5 million federal grant
Augusta Regional Airport's goal to build a new terminal received a $3.5 million boost from the federal government Thursday.

Work continues on common

Rants and Raves
I'M STILL TRYING to understand why students in Richmond County have any unexcused absences. They're down to 16 from 24. Maybe I'm just not with the new system here, but I can remember when, if you were out of school, your parents had to send an excuse detailing illness, family tragedy, whatever, and request that you please be excused. What does unexcused absence mean - they can just not show up and it's OK? I don't understand that. How do they get an education?

Correction

West Nile entering peak season, cases double to nearly 400

Beach advisories, closings up last year

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 16, 1968 Richmond County public school teachers who wear miniskirts may be hunting another job.

Hangout in Gwinnett County caters to older clientele

Doctors find immune blocker
Cells whose duty it is to alert the immune system to attack can be induced to do the opposite, a Medical College of Georgia research team said.

News you can use

Yearlong investigation ends with cocaine bust
Local authorities said Friday they seized more than 20 pounds of cocaine at a Columbia County residence.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A former lottery employee who is the son of state Rep. John Scott was charged Thursday with taking more than $1,000 in promotional funds from the South Carolina Education Lottery.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Both of McDuffie County's non-Title I schools were placed on the list of needs-improvement schools for failing to make adequate yearly progress, officials said Friday.

Doctors find immune blocker

Board suggests higher tax
Richmond County homeowners must pay even more property taxes than expected to help the Board of Education balance its $216 million budget, but it won't be before they have their say about it.

Outage darkens trip to New York for mayor

Officials fire director of mental health agency
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The tortured saga of the Southeast's largest mental health agency took a new twist this week when state officials fired its longtime executive director, Susan Broome.

Across the Southeast

Hopeful to find home or forgo race
AIKEN - Republican Ed Giobbe does not live in Aiken City Council's District 3 and could be disqualified from his bid to unseat incumbent Don Sprawls, an elections official said Friday.

Hopeful to find home or forgo race

Lake proposal worries residents
MODOC, S.C. - What's good for one lake isn't necessarily good for Thurmond Lake.

Officials fire director of mental health agency

Leaders travel to save post
In the alphabet soup of Army lingo, one of the most important acronyms for Augusta's future is TRADOC.

Board suggests higher tax

Kid of the day
Lee Ann Schiffhauer of Evans is today's kid of the day.

Local officials travel to aid post

Across the Southeast
MIAMI -For the first time since he became a U.S. citizen decades ago, 62-year-old Santiago Portal won't vote for a Republican for president.

Lake proposal worries residents

Across the area

Program welcomes pupils

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Uptown Girls'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'Uptown Girls'
"This place is so loud, it's giving me a migraine," screams Ray, a precocious 8-year-old, over the din at a Manhattan nightclub in "Uptown Girls."

At the Movies: 'Freddy vs. Jason'

At The Movies: 'Open Range'
Remember all those leathery drifters with bad intentions who wandered off the prairie to serve as target practice for townsmen like John Wayne and Gary Cooper? Here they are again, this time as the good guys.

At the Movies: 'Freddy vs. Jason'
No one really wins in Freddy vs. Jason, the showdown between horror icons Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees - except maybe the manufacturers of their trademark red-and-green striped sweater and hockey mask, which prove indestructible.

At The Movies: 'Open Range'

Kings of Leon rule over retro, Southern sound
Taking music cues from Memphis soul, Neil Young, the British invasion and Southern rock and a fashion cue from Blue Oyster Cult, Kings of Leon already has conquered England, with a gold record and festival appearances to show for it.

Local performers will pay tribute to the King
Fans of Elvis Presley can markSaturday's 26th anniversary of the King's death at a tribute concert tonight at Rio Bomba on Eight Street at Riverwalk Augusta.

Cast your vote

Cast your vote
The hits kept coming and coming and coming. The Augusta Chronicle asked for entries in its second singer-songwriter contest, and, at deadline, the final count was an impressive 79. The entries are listed on Page 3D, and they range from rock to ragtime.

Kings of Leon rule over retro, Southern sound

Kenseth raising Roush's hopes of first title

Kenseth raising Roush's hopes of first title
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jack Roush doesn't really want to talk about the strong possibility of Roush Racing finally giving the team owner his first Winston Cup championship in 16 years of trying.

Bobby Labonte sweeps Michigan poles
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- There's something about Michigan International Speedway that brings out the best in Bobby Labonte.

Source: Sunoco to be new official fuel of NASCAR
Sunoco will replace Union 76 as the official fuel of NASCAR's top three series, beginning in 2004.

Bobby Labonte sweeps Michigan poles

Probe of blackout cause focuses on grid around Lake Erie

Scientists warned White House, Congress about weak power grid

Probe of blackout cause focuses on grid around Lake Erie
WASHINGTON -- The largest power blackout in American history prompted new calls Friday for overhauling the nation's electricity system. Investigators said the power disruptions likely began in the Midwest but they have yet to pinpoint the cause.

Erika forecast to hit Brownsville, Texas, as a minimal hurricane
BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- One month after Hurricane Claudette pounded Texas, hurricane warnings were posted Friday along parts of the coast as fast-moving Tropical Storm Erika churned across the gulf.

Blackout disrupts events in Northeast

Scientists warned White House, Congress about weak power grid
NEW YORK -- Scientists and engineers with the National Research Council warned the White House and Congress about the vulnerability of the power grid as recently as November, saying nationwide weaknesses needed to be repaired - and fast.

Blackout disrupts events in Northeast
NEW YORK - Following the largest power blackout in United States history, Friday night's scheduled basketball game between the U.S. Olympic team and Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden was postponed until Sunday.

Erika forecast to hit Brownsville, Texas, as a minimal hurricane

Zone-hater Larry Brown is changing his ways - barely

Bryant's 911 call sought medical aid for his wife, according to city documents
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The 911 call Kobe Bryant made the day before he surrendered to police on a sexual assault charge was for medical assistance for his wife, city documents showed.

Zone-hater Larry Brown is changing his ways - barely
NEW YORK -- The biggest zone-hater in the NBA, Larry Brown, says he might have the U.S. Olympic qualifying team play something other than its usual man-to-man defense.

Suspect's wife testifies before grand jury
WACO, Texas -- The estranged wife of a man accused of killing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy testified before a grand jury and told a newspaper that her husband had contacted her often from jail.

It's only preseason, but Atlanta wary of Ravens LB

Fantasy Football: Two receivers top rest

Giants looking forward to seeing John Fox again

Widow pleads guilty to killing former Panther back Fred Lane

Lakeside grad vying for spot

Mr. Frank Colden, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Corey Walden    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pearl Burns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ricky Bush Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Amy Loadholt    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Ms. Ravone Pernell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emmer Sanders    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Beverly Chandler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond Robbins    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Ms. Rose Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Louis Folley Sr.    (SUMTER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lois Wood    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Miss Jacqueline Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Church, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Chiles    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
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Mrs. Carol Colson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank Colden, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. C.W. Whitaker    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Cracking down on crime and putting the bad guys away was only half the job for John Fraser Pardue.

Corey Walden    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Roy Beach Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Blanche Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Benjamin Sealy    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Miss Danishia Logan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Estelle Pender (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

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Ms. Joan Wolf (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. James Holmes Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Ms. Carroleen Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gardner, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Corey Walden (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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Ms. Ravone Pernell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rose Wilson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Colden, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Wood (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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Mrs. Bessie McKie-Hill (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Joe Sanders Jr. (GARLAND, Texas)

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Mrs. Beverly Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Janie Willis (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)

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Mrs. Pearl Burns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iness Coleman (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Emmer Sanders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Wood (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Ashley Sr. (GRANITEVILE, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Beach Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Hogan (LOIUSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Pecola Binns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Sapp, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Gibbons (DECATUR, Ga.)

Ms. Regina Fields (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Carol Colson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Reynolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vinson Kitchens (JEWELL, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Sealy (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Harris (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Jonathan Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sebrina Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Pardue (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruth Cleland (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Holmes Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Danishia Logan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rogers Wallace (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beulah President (GOUGH, Ga.)

Miss Jacqueline Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Church, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Connie Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gordon Raynor (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ricky Bush Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Corey Walden (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Norwood's lake plan threat to water, shoreline
U.S. REP. CHARLIE Norwood, R-Ga., has submitted House Resolution 2753, which proposes to transfer ownership of federal lands around our three big lakes (currently managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) to the counties in which that land lies, ostensibly to create an economic stimulus for those counties.

U.S.-German relations remain strong despite disagreement over Iraq
THE TRANSATLANTIC relationship between the United States and Germany is burdened by a strange reverse logic: Politically, the rift between the two nations is at its harshest point since 1945, yet - on military and security matters - the relationship continues to be as strong as ever.

Norwood's lake plan threat to water, shoreline
U.S. REP. CHARLIE Norwood, R-Ga., has submitted House Resolution 2753, which proposes to transfer ownership of federal lands around our three big lakes (currently managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) to the counties in which that land lies, ostensibly to create an economic stimulus for those counties.

Merriwether deserves community high school now
AS CHAIR OFthe Merriwether Charter School Association, I commend The Augusta Chronicle for its editorial on July 22, "They went out and got it," and the accuracy of information included in that editorial concerning our efforts and reasons for a charter high school.

U.S.-German relations remain strong despite disagreement over Iraq
THE TRANSATLANTIC relationship between the United States and Germany is burdened by a strange reverse logic: Politically, the rift between the two nations is at its harshest point since 1945, yet - on military and security matters - the relationship continues to be as strong as ever.

Merriwether deserves community high school now
AS CHAIR OFthe Merriwether Charter School Association, I commend The Augusta Chronicle for its editorial on July 22, "They went out and got it," and the accuracy of information included in that editorial concerning our efforts and reasons for a charter high school.

Two knee injuries, six years later, Gatson is back at worlds

Postell out, Kupets recovering at gymnastics championships

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Growing up X: 16-year-old excels in skating and snowboarding

Fights return to NBC on Sept. 13

WUSA down to final four

Americans on target in archery, taekwondo, fall in volleyball

Postell out, Kupets recovering at gymnastics championships
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A stomach virus has sidelined American gymnast Ashley Postell for the World Gymnastics Championships.

Americans on target in archery, taekwondo, fall in volleyball
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On-target performances in archery and taekwondo Friday meant gold medals for American athletes at the Pan American Games.

Henin-Hardenne in semis; ranking confusion for WTA
TORONTO -- French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Elena Bovina 6-2, 6-4 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Rogers AT&T Cup.

Chang heads list of U.S. Open wild-card entries
NEW YORK -- Michael Chang was among eight men granted a wild-card entry Thursday to the U.S. Open, which will be his final tournament as a pro.

Massachusetts advances at Little League World Series
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Tyler Grillo had an RBI single, and Michael Scuzzarella induced a game-ending double play as Saugus, Mass., held on to beat Tallmadge, Ohio, 2-1 on Friday in the opening game of the Little League World Series.

NCAA: Few schools make money on sports
INDIANAPOLIS -- Only a handful of schools consistently make money on major sports, and big bucks don't necessarily translate into big wins, according to an NCAA report released Thursday.

Growing up X: 16-year-old excels in skating and snowboarding
LOS ANGELES -- Although 16-year-old Shaun White is one of the stars of skating and snowboarding, he might not have plunged into them so completely if not for soccer moms.

Two knee injuries, six years later, Gatson is back at worlds
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The first knee injury was disappointing. The second felt more like a cruel joke.

WUSA down to final four
BOSTON -- It was after her second game as a head coach that Pia Sundhage realized something had to change. So, in the wake of the Boston Breakers' 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Beat, she called not one, but two team meetings.

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In Lahti, Finland, Freddy Adu scored three goals as the United States routed South Korea 6-1 to open the Under-17 World Championships.

Overtime
Chip Whitaker seeks his third Regions Cup victory of the season as the W.M. Gregory Classic begins today at North Augusta Country Club.

Fights return to NBC on Sept. 13
NEW YORK -- Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez will headline the card when boxing returns to network television Sept. 13.

Giants looking forward to seeing John Fox again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After struggling on offense in their preseason opener, the New York Giants aren't catching a break with old pal John Fox returning to Giants Stadium for the first time since becoming the Carolina Panthers coach last year.

Vick vs. video Vick
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick enters his third season faced with the pressure of helping his team reach the Super Bowl. But for a moment, he'd rather revel in a personal triumph.

It's only preseason, but Atlanta wary of Ravens LB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick avoided Ray Lewis last year. The gifted quarterback will have nowhere to hide this time.

Lakeside grad vying for spot
ATLANTA - As the third quarter draws to a close in tonight's preseason contest between Atlanta and Baltimore, David Rivers will be getting ready to prove he belongs.

Fantasy Football: Two receivers top rest
When it comes to the top receiver in fantasy football this season, it might be best to just flip a coin. Either way, owners are going to be on the money.

Widow pleads guilty to killing former Panther back Fred Lane
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sobbing and apologizing to the family of NFL running back Fred Lane, Deidra Lane pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for the gunning her husband down as he walked through the front door of their home.

Sisters break out on their own

Gay-bishop issue spotlights fight over Scripture
As the Episcopal Church agonized over the confirmation of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson as its first openly gay bishop - and now as his endorsement threatens to split the denomination - some have wondered why homosexuality is such a divisive issue in Christianity.

First Ebenezer marks its rich history
Louis Thomas' search for proof of First Ebenezer Baptist Church's 1812 founding took him to Atlanta and Macon last year.

Amish-Mennonites weigh faith vs. U.S. security
LIBERTY, Ky. - From the swing on his Kentucky homestead's front porch, Bishop Lester Beachy exchanges waves with a family from his church as they return home in their van.

Religion news in brief
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Catholic bishops' film office said it will change its moral ratings for features aimed at adult audiences to respond to what it called increased violence, sexuality, dirty language and adult themes.

Finding part-time help challenges small churches
When Asbury United Methodist Church lost its music director, choir member and former director Ginger Moseley volunteered part-time while the church looked for a replacement.

Debate endures on whether Bible is error-free
Is the Bible "inerrant," that is, totally free of errors?

Survey says fewer Americans contributing the biblical 10 percent
"The Sermon on the Amount." An old church joke says that should be the title of the annual sermon that many a Protestant parson delivers when members are considering what they'll pledge to contribute to church.

Woman is Aglow with her devotion
Nancy Haney is a minister who goes for the heart.

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.

Faith digest
The Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce will serve breakfast with gospel music at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Julian Smith Casino, 87 Milledge Road.

Sisters break out on their own
Few people get to sing on a recording with their boss, but, in the case of Shaunna and Tina Larkin, their boss is Dolly Parton.

Baby has right name to be a star

Two co-stars missing from 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
LOS ANGELES -- Laughter and two co-stars were missing from the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Two co-stars missing from 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

CBS announces Diversity Institute
LOS ANGELES -- CBS is setting up an institute to coordinate writing, directing and acting programs intended to foster diversity at the network.

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Davis steps up as Bulldogs try to replace Bailey
ATHENS, Ga. -- Boss Bailey was regarded as a rare talent at Georgia - a linebacker who ran like a safety and made big plays from sideline to sideline, and his departure was expected to leave a huge void.

Davis steps up as Bulldogs try to replace Bailey

Baby has right name to be a star
My wife, Joanne, last week gave birth to a daughter (our first), a beautiful girl named Ava Katherine. Mother and daughter are doing fine, healthy and happy. I, on the other hand, am wracked with guilt. Although confession won't end my sleepless nights, I'm hoping it will ease my pain.

Bad luck continues to haunt Turman

Holtzes receive welcome news about wife's health

Bad luck continues to haunt Turman
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A difficult off-season got a little worse for South Carolina runner Daccus Turman when his campus apartment was broken into and all his belongings and those of three teammates were stolen.

Holtzes receive welcome news about wife's health
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- There was good news Thursday for the Holtz family and it had nothing to do with football.

Rebels lift siege of Liberia's capital, U.S. Marines land
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Rebels lifted their two-month siege of Liberia's starving capital Thursday, and dozens more U.S. troops came ashore, significantly increasing the American presence in support of West African peacekeepers.

Crowds reopen blocked bridges in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia - Embracing loved ones and gulping down whatever food they could find, tens of thousands of hungry Liberians on Friday broke through the front lines that had divided the capital for 10 weeks of deadly siege. U.S. Marines and West African peacekeepers stood guard as the first aid ship docked.

Crowds reopen blocked bridges in Liberia

Rebels lift siege of Liberia's capital, U.S. Marines land

Odds and Ends

Faith and Fellowship Calendar

First Ebenezer marks its rich history

Amish-Mennonites weigh faith vs. U.S. security

Faith digest

Debate endures on whether Bible is error-free

Finding part-time help challenges small churches

Woman is Aglow with her devotion

Survey says fewer Americans contributing the biblical 10 percent

Gay-bishop issue spotlights fight over Scripture

Religion news in brief