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Texas' 7-2 victory over Iowa highlights second day of LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Robert Psenka was the first to admit he didn't pitch his best game Saturday.

Texas' 7-2 victory over Iowa highlights second day of LLWS

Forget Internet diplomas; enroll in the school of life

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.

Atlanta rallies for win
ATLANTA - Pinch hitter Julio Franco's two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-6 on Saturday.

Braves blast Diamondbacks

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

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business; Speaker Peg McCulloch, First Sun EAP Alliance Inc.; sponsored by University Hospital; 11:30 a.m., Pullman Hall; $15.

Blackout paralyzes auto industry

Used correctly, direct mail can be effective
As a small-business consultant, I hear it all the time: "Direct mail is a total waste of time and money. I sent 5,000 direct-mail pieces and no one responded."

Odds and Ends

Minority winemakers emerging
NAPA, Calif. - Rolando Herrera washed dishes, broke rocks and sometimes slept in his car in his struggle to become a winemaker.

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.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Winn-Dixie Stores

Media manages to get the word out about blackout

Consumer prices up 0.2 percent, industrial production jumps

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs

Deputies start business to investigate wrecks

Business calendar

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.

Minority winemakers emerging

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.

Pocket change

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.

Used correctly, direct mail can be effective

On the move

On the move
Marjorie Kilchenstein has joined Keystone Homes Inc. as a design consultant.

Commissioners help each other

Commissioners help each other
It's said that two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Augusta Commissioner and local mortician Willie Mays has the fortune (good or bad, we don't know) of working with both.

Simmons takes the field for The Citadel

Clemson's defense shines in scrimmage
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's defense led the way in the team's second full-scale scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday.

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.

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.

Brooks takes on another project

Bowden determined to rebuild Seminoles

Maryland hopes to reach the top
Maryland has long been the sleeping giant of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now it seems a giant of a man has awakened the beast of the mid-east.

LSU lineman anchors team

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.

Oklahoma No. 1 in AP preseason poll

Maryland hopes to reach the top

Miami LB to miss opener following knee surgery

Oklahoma No. 1 in AP preseason poll
It's not hard to figure out why Oklahoma is the preseason No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football poll.

LSU lineman anchors team
There's no "I" in team, but there is in birthday. No one knows that better than Louisiana State offensive guard Stephen Peterman, who might have to play hooky for the Tigers' season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 30.

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.

Order in the court
We don't believe a monument of the Ten Commandments outside the Alabama state judicial building violates the Constitution or the law.

Bad guy shot down

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.

Unintended flag flap
Ordinances sometimes have unintended consequences. That appears to be the case regarding the great flag flap in Columbia County.

In the dark

Do it anyway
Looking for some good news? Then check out Georgia Environmental Protection Division's report that Augusta's air quality has improved enough that the city may not have to be listed as a nonattainment area under the federal Clean Air Act.

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?

Order in the court

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.

Mistakes on credit reports can be damaging
Late last year, Girish Sharma was shocked when both Home Depot and Lowe's turned him down for store credit.

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.

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

Mistakes on credit reports can be damaging

Stock trading resumes on schedule following blackout

Coach says Bilbo adjusting well to receiver post
ATLANTA -- Coach Chan Gailey had praise for Damarius Bilbo, a quarterback converting to receiver for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Coach says Bilbo adjusting well to receiver post

Rome comes back to sweep Augusta
Rome swept the three-game series against Augusta with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory Saturday night at State Mutual Stadium.

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

Minor league notebook
Bronson Arroyo was the ace of the Augusta GreenJackets pitching staff in 1996 and one of the prized young arms of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Around the horn
D.J. Hanson of the Charleston (W.Va.) AlleyCats struck out 14 batters in seven innings in a win over the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs in Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday. Hanson is ninth in the SAL with a 2.98 ERA and has struck out 94 batters in 117 2/3 innings.

Golf roundup

Golf roundup
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Jim Thorpe tied a PGA Champions Tour record with a 10-under-par 60 to take the lead after the second round of the Long Island Classic on Saturday.

Jones keeps up to save streak
NORTH AUGUSTA - Lance Jones found a spark in his dormant golf game Saturday, giving him hope of keeping a Regions Cup streak alive.

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.

Aspiring pro leaves field in his dust

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.

Aspiring pro leaves field in his dust
AIKEN - It was with an exclamation mark, not a period, that Scott Usher concluded his amateur golf career Saturday.

Howell plays it safe, stays in contention

Opportunity awaits surprise leaders
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The PGA Championship was supposed to be the last chance for Tiger Woods to win a major. It turned into a great opportunity for two guys who have never even contended in one.

Usher's 61 gives him lead, record

Opportunity awaits surprise leaders

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

Jones keeps up to save streak

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.

A surprise leader at the PGA

Coble, team take event

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.

GreenJackets fall to Braves again

Around the horn

Minor league notebook

Area's powers in question this season

Rains disrupts jamboree

Coca-Cola bottles coach's success
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County Larry Campbell might be the only high school football coach in the nation with his own personalized Coca-Cola bottle.

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.

Area's powers in question this season
Prep football begins in five days for Aiken and McCormick counties - 12 days for just about everybody else.

Forget Internet diplomas; enroll in the school of life
You'd think the General Accounting Office would be busy uncovering government corruption in Washington, but apparently not.

Ballet dancer's body found off Carolina beach
Ballet dancer's body found off Carolina beach

Letter fraught with errors about Native Americans

Columbia County's action may ruin commercial pet crematory

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

Leave Lake Thurmond the way it is
We read with great dismay the text of the proposed Savannah River Lakes Private Land Ownership Restoration Act. The concept of "privatization" in this instance is nothing more than another attempt to commercialize our pristine Lake Thurmond shoreline. Lawrence and Janet Russo, McCormick, S.C.

Let's attend chamber's gospel breakfast
I applaud Ed Presnell, James Kendrick and the new leadership at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. How clever - a Gospel Breakfast at Julian Smith Casino this Thursday at 7:15 a.m., with a "We would like to get to know you" theme. It is open to the community for a nominal cost. Area church Praise Teams will sing some old-time gospel music while you enjoy a great breakfast. Woody Merry, Augusta

Columbia County's action may ruin commercial pet crematory
I am the owner of Paradise Pet Cemetery and Crematory. I have been doing cremations for the Central Savannah River Area for the past 15 years, and I have worked hard to create a dignified compassionate business. I am now facing losing my cremation business due to the invasion of private enterprise by the Columbia County Animal Control. Richard Lord, Augusta

Leave Lake Thurmond the way it is

Clinton's lies didn't kill; Bush's do
Every Memorial Day we pause to remember those brave men and women who gave their lives in military service for our nation. This is a wonderful time of thanks and remembrance; however, the real tragedy is that many of those brave heroes died because our nation's leaders lied to us and sent them into unnecessary military conflicts. Paul L. Cook, 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.

Let's recall Bush while we're at it

Let's attend chamber's gospel breakfast

Let's recall Bush while we're at it
Since we don't have a parliamentary system and California is having a recall, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could also recall the appointment of President George W. Bush by the Supreme Court, have new elections and put an end to the present administration?Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Norwood's proposal will ruin Lake Thurmond

Are veterans penalized for serving?

Do not change party over feuding friends

Retro is the hottest style in footwear fashion

In the know

Mother, daughter make own design magic with creative uses for ordinary items

In the know
Have you forgotten what Dad looks like because he spends so much time at the office? Does your wife take on more an more work with a smile?

Retro is the hottest style in footwear fashion
Men and women may fight over closet space, but there is one thing they can agree on - retro is in. For shoes that is.

Do not change party over feuding friends
Dear Carson: I have two friends who do not like each other. They had an argument, and I think they each were a little wrong and a little right. No middle ground has been reached, and they each expect me to side with them. In late summer I am having an alfresco party, and the guest list includes about 50 friends. Each of them would rather I did not invite the other, but one friend absolutely refuses to attend if I invite my other friend. What should I do? - Hard Choices

Mother, daughter make own design magic with creative uses for ordinary items
Niccol Valentine's Country Club Hills home is filled with treasures gleaned from trash.

Home front
Sherwin-Williams has come up with an interior paint the company says is virtually odorless.

Kid of the day

Balancing act

Local blackout is unlikely

Across South Carolina

Firearm stolen years ago leads to young boy's death
Cacone Harrell was still two years from being born when the Remington 870 Express shotgun bearing serial number X048110M was manufactured.

Aviation Commission talks about changes in procedures

Officials fire director of mental health agency

Ballet dancer missing off coast

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

Across the area

Police study video for homicide clues
Police are analyzing a surveillance videotape taken from a south Augusta convenience store where the owner was fatally shot Friday night.

News you can use

Across the area
Thunderstorms rolled through the Augusta area Saturday afternoon, knocking out electricity to more than 1,000 residents and causing scattered flooding.

Area law enforcement grateful for donations

Across the Southeast

Budget crisis boosts tuition

Man stays on lightning lookout

Democrats seek Hollings' seat in Senate

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

Kid of the Day

Democrats seek Hollings' seat in Senate
The Democratic Party jumped into the race to replace U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings this week, with state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum and Columbia Mayor Bob Coble announcing their candidacies.

Across the southeast

Official details summit's security

Officials cite flaws in law enforcement agencies

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.

Democratic party aims to reclaim control

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -The Citadel has dropped mealtime prayers after a federal appeals court decision this week involving the Virginia Military Institute.

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
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Teen to stand trial as adult in slaying
COLUMBUS, Ga. - An eighth-grader was bound over to Superior Court on Friday to be tried as an adult in the shooting death of a high-school freshman slain after a crowd of pupils gathered for an after-school fight.

Doctors find immune blocker

Official details summit's security
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Security measures for Sea Island residents will be strict for next year's G-8 summit, but not oppressive, an official said Friday.

Teacher had students fly home alone

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Myles Cristobal Burnette of Hephzibah.

Board suggests higher tax

Aviation Commission talks about changes in procedures
Inside their meetings, members call for fairness to local minority-owned businesses and pledge to follow procedures.

Across the area

Officials cite flaws in law enforcement agencies
AIKEN - The case of Raymond Stevens Jr. perfectly illustrates the troubling disconnect between prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and judges in different counties, South Carolina's criminal justice officials say.

Position of flags receives criticism

Balancing act
Todd Corbett, of Aiken, skateboards at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center in Aiken.

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

Budget crisis boosts tuition
AIKEN - To meet the demands of a busy life with a high school senior and a college junior, Brenda and Barry Buchanan say they "walk in faith," praying they can provide for their children without busting the household budget.

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.

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. -Explorers say they have found the sunken remains of an 1860s steamer that could yield the richest cargo ever recovered from a shipwreck: thousands of gold coins worth as much as $180 million.

Ballet dancer missing off coast
The Coast Guard will continue its search today for a member of the Augusta Ballet company who disappeared Saturday afternoon while swimming off Harbor Island in South Carolina.

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.

Cars make hard road for horse rider

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.

Firearm stolen years ago leads to young boy's death

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.

Democratic party aims to reclaim control
Area Democrats are stepping up their efforts to regain a political foothold after many key positions were lost to Republicans in several of last year's general election races.

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

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.

Area law enforcement grateful for donations
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office bomb squad division had a dilemma - there were two guys on the team and only one bomb suit.

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

Across Georgia
Dooley backers urged to donate to UGA

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?

Cars make hard road for horse rider
ATHENS, Ga. - There's nothing Tye Curtis loves more than riding his horse.

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

News you can use

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 Georgia

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.

Outage darkens trip to New York for mayor

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.

Hopeful to find home or forgo race

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Local officials travel to aid post

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.

Lake proposal worries residents

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.

Defense plans to argue guilty but mentally ill

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.

Savannah will see dueling demonstrations about gays

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

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.

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.

Police study video for homicide clues

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

News you can use
Gov. J. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, States Rights Democrat presidential nominee, will address the Fourth Division reunion in Augusta on Sept. 4 at the Municipal Auditorium.

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.

Vick's injury could've been prevented
Such a waste. And for nothing. With 4:20 remaining in the first quarter of a meaningless preseason football game, the most marketable commodity in the most popular sport in America lay in pain on the artificial turf of the Georgia Dome.

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

Bobby Labonte sweeps Michigan poles

Some surprises at top of lineup in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kevin Lepage looked around the Winston Cup garage area and said, "Man, it's nice to be here."

Some surprises at top of lineup in Michigan

Probe of blackout cause focuses on grid around Lake Erie

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

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.

Tropical Storm Erika doesn't live up to hurricane forecasts

Blackout disrupts events in Northeast

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.

Tropical Storm Erika doesn't live up to hurricane forecasts
BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- Tropical Storm Erika petered out as it made landfall short of hurricane strength Saturday, shaving palm trees and shattering a few car windows but doing little significant damage.

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.

Scientists warned White House, Congress about weak power grid

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.

Falcons' Vick suffers injury

Lakeside grad vying for spot

Falcon's notebook

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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.

MAP-ing a new course for South Carolina
THE LARGEST government-restructuring effort in decades is underway in South Carolina. Modeled after former President Ronald Reagan's Grace Commission, Gov.Mark Sanford's Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance was formed June 17. Fourteen commissioners and more than 250 task force-members from the private sector, state government and the General Assembly are probing the way South Carolina does business.

MAP-ing a new course for South Carolina
THE LARGEST government-restructuring effort in decades is underway in South Carolina. Modeled after former President Ronald Reagan's Grace Commission, Gov.Mark Sanford's Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance was formed June 17. Fourteen commissioners and more than 250 task force-members from the private sector, state government and the General Assembly are probing the way South Carolina does business.

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.

Overtime

Postell out, Kupets recovering at gymnastics championships

Overtime

Americans on target in archery, taekwondo, fall in volleyball

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

Roddick rallies to win set, match from Mirnyi

WUSA down to final four

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.

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.

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.

Roddick rallies to win set, match from Mirnyi
MASON, Ohio -- Seventh-seeded Andy Roddick scored the final six points to win the tiebreaker in the first set and then beat Max Mirnyi 6-4 in the second set on Saturday to advance to the finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

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

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.

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.

Overtime
Nine South Carolina athletes have tested positive for drugs between January and July, the school says.

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.

Trail will undergo extensive redesign
Two centuries ago, famed naturalist William Bartram traveled extensively along the Savannah River above Augusta and recorded his observations for posterity.

Georgia's frogs debut on new CD
Walt Knapp is Georgia's newest recording artist - and he owes it all to frogs. Their soothing peeps, chirps, grunts, croaks and other varied sounds are music to Knapp's ears - and fodder for his new CD.

Falcons' Vick suffers injury
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick fractured his right fibula Saturday night during an exhibition game against Baltimore, and a team source told The Associated Press the quarterback will be sidelined at least six weeks.

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.

Falcon's notebook
ATLANTA - If the Falcons are going to fulfill their goal of making the Super Bowl this season, the ride will begin on the arm of Doug Johnson - not the legs of Michael Vick.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Georgia's frogs debut on new CD

Vick's injury could've been prevented

Bad luck continues to haunt Turman

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.

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

Aid groups rush supplies to Liberia as hunger grips capital amid reports of countryside fighting
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Humanitarian aid trickled into Liberia's devastated capital by plane and boat Saturday, a welcome relief but not nearly fast enough for residents famished after 70 days of siege. Fighting persisted in the interior, blocking hopes of immediate help for the millions trapped there.

Aid groups rush supplies to Liberia as hunger grips capital amid reports of countryside fighting

Odds and Ends

Survey says fewer Americans contributing the biblical 10 percent

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

Woman is Aglow with her devotion

Religion news in brief

Gay-bishop issue spotlights fight over Scripture

Faith digest

Faith and Fellowship Calendar

Finding part-time help challenges small churches

Debate endures on whether Bible is error-free

First Ebenezer marks its rich history