School days are different worldwide, book shows
Children's book author and former kindergarten teacher Ellen Jackson offers a window into the world's schools in her new book It's Back to School We Go: First Day Stories From Around the World (Millbrook Press).

Fox-Franken lawsuit continues
NEW YORK -- Oral arguments have been scheduled for Friday for the Fox News Channel's lawsuit against humorist Al Franken.

Fox-Franken lawsuit continues

Texas reaches U.S. semifinals; Japan has perfect game
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- It took a while for the Richmond, Texas, hitters to figure out Kip Skibicki and his quirky motion.

Florida reaches U.S. championship game
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Michael Broad threw a one-hitter and Richie DeJesus was 3-for-3 and drove in two runs as Boynton Beach, Fla., beat Chandler, Ariz., 4-1 Wednesday night in the first U.S. semifinal at the Little League World Series.

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook the up-and-comers
With the minor league regular season concluding in less than two weeks, and major league rosters expanding Sept. 1, it's time to assess the potential fantasy impact of this year's most prominent projected callups.

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook the up-and-comers

Texas reaches U.S. semifinals; Japan has perfect game

Lindsey Marie Coleman

Cameron Lane Story
Chuck and Tracy Story of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Cameron Lane Story, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are David and Ann Tyre, Edward and Emily Dunn and Tommy Story, all of Harlem.

Jenna-Clare Lynn Calhoun

Chandler David Swallow
Jason and Kristy Swallow of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Chandler David Swallow, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are George and Sandra Adams and David and Sona Swallow, all of Augusta, and Larry Smith of North Augusta.

Winston Eric Bailey

Cecilia Elise Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Aron Thomas of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Cecilia Elise Thomas, Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Fred Ball of Walla Walla, Wash., Lili Long of Augusta and Carol and Melvin Thomas of Harlem.

Carl Sanchez Garrett Jr.

Luke Enrique Vega
Salvador and Lisa Vega of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Luke Enrique Vega, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Laura Padgett of Augusta and the late Lonnie Padgett, and Juan and Enriquetta Vega of Rioverde, Mexico.

Marquez Antonio LaErnest Bryant
Antonio Bryant and Felicia J. Rogers, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Marquez Antonio LaErnest Bryant, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Brenda J. Rogers, Mamie Rogers and Lennie Mathis, all of Thomson, and Bettye Jean Bradley of Augusta.

Emma Grace Whitaker
Michael R. and Joanna B. Whitaker of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Grace Whitaker, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donna S. Butler and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Whitaker, all of North Augusta, and the late John R. Butler III.

Dylan Carter Chandlee

Haley Nicole Williams
Michael and Shelly Williams of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Nicole Williams, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George R. Cato of Aiken, Joyce Holley Cato of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Moates of Trenton, S.C., and Ronnie Williams of Edgefield.

Curry Elizabeth Jones

Jenna-Clare Lynn Calhoun
Michael S. and Cynthia L. Calhoun of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jenna-Clare Lynn Calhoun, Sunday, July 27, 2003, at University Hospital.

Chandler Blaise Ogilvie

Dylan Carter Chandlee
Ryan and Kristin Chandlee of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Dylan Carter Chandlee, Monday, July 28, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Pam Phillipson of Milwaukee and Gene and Marilyn Chandlee of Portland, Ore.

Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr.

Lindsey Marie Coleman
Wilder L. and Denise G. Coleman of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Lindsey Marie Coleman, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Griffin of Martinez, Mr. and Mrs. Wilder L. Coleman Sr. of Summertown, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Tom R. Manus of Point, Texas.

Dalton Kramer

Gabriella Victoria Day
Jason and Liana Day of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Gabriella Victoria Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Fliecer and Victoria Torres of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and Mike Lee and Peggy Fleming of Augusta.

Jason Andrew McMillen
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McMillen of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jason Andrew McMillen, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Harker of Springlake, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Tony J. McMillen of Elizabethtown, Ky.

Dakota Bryce Dixon
Matthew Dixon and Amber Halvorson, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Dakota Bryce Dixon, Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hurst, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby R. Dixon and Maria Wallace, all of Grovetown.

Demauri Jermaine Phillips

Jadyn Monet Green
Lillianne Monet Green of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Jadyn Monet Green, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparent is Barbara G. Sapp of Augusta.

Catherine Irick Richards

Andrew Donald Hortenstine
Donald and Angela Hortenstine of Evans announce the birth of a son, Andrew Donald Hortenstine, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lariscy and Irene Hortenstine, all of Augusta.

Luke Enrique Vega

Antonio Davone Edwards Jr.
Antonio Edwards Sr. and Stacy M. Edwards of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Antonio Davone Edwards Jr., Monday, July 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Rosa McCoy and Warren and Linda Brooks, all of Augusta, and the late Pittman West.

Ayden Lewis Key

Carl Sanchez Garrett Jr.
Carl Garrett Sr. and Tykiri Gillette, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Carl Sanchez Garrett Jr., Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Felicia Gillette and Joe Slappy Sr., both of Augusta, and the late Mary Boyd.

John Edward Osborn Jr.

John Edward Osborn Jr.
John and Joy Osborn of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, John Edward Osborn Jr., Thursday, July 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Marks of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Osborn of Augusta.

Briley Grace Johnson

Curry Elizabeth Jones
Mr. and Mrs. David C. Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Curry Elizabeth Jones, Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John B. Frank of Atlanta and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jones of Augusta.

Chandler David Swallow

Briley Grace Johnson
Hank and Tiffany Johnson of Wrens, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Briley Grace Johnson, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ricky James of Matthews, Ga., Jackie James of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Johnson of Wrens.

Jason Andrew McMillen

Winston Eric Bailey
DeWayne and Erika Bailey of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Winston Eric Bailey, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Barnes and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bailey, all of North Augusta.

Jadyn Monet Green

Catherine Irick Richards
Kenneth B. and Kimberly Denice Richards of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Catherine Irick Richards, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Bowser of McCormick, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Richards of Augusta.

Chandler Blaise Ogilvie
Chanon D. Ogilvie of Martinez announces the birth of a son, Chandler Blaise Ogilvie, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carswell Ogilvie of Martinez.

Demauri Jermaine Phillips
Dempster and LaTonya S. Phillips of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Demauri Jermaine Phillips, Thursday, July 31, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are John and Shirley Seibles and Helen Seibles, all of Winnsboro, S.C., and Maple and Janie Phillips of Edgefield.

Abby Elizabeth McNeely
Micah McNeely and Christina Ray, both of Louisville, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Abby Elizabeth McNeely, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Elizabeth Hattaway of Louisville, Duane Ray of Grovetown and Terry and Rita McNeely of Bartow, Ga.

Ayden Lewis Key
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Key of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ayden Lewis Key, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Pineda and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Key Sr., all of Augusta.

Dalton Kramer
Robert Kramer and Jennifer Virchis, both of Pittsburgh, announce the birth of a son, Dalton Kramer, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Beverly Brooks of Las Vegas and Harry and Mabby Kramer of Pittsburgh.

Dakota Bryce Dixon

Abby Elizabeth McNeely

Gabriella Victoria Day

Haley Nicole Williams

Emma Grace Whitaker

Marquez Antonio LaErnest Bryant

Antonio Davone Edwards Jr.

Cameron Lane Story

Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr.
Diric L. Jefferson Sr. and Avis Murray, both of Appling, announce the birth of a son, Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr., Sunday, June 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Tinsley Wilcher and Eva Murray of Augusta and Sammie and Mary Jean Jefferson of Appling.

Odds and Ends
GRINNELL, Iowa -- Cars on both lanes of Interstate 80 stopped to weather a swirling blizzard, but it wasn't snow. It was cash.

Odds and Ends
OMAHA, Neb. -- Final exams in college are stressful enough, but Joy Conner had even more to deal with while taking four finals in one day.

The art of bacon
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The first thing that hit visitors was the smell - that sizzling, hickory, greasy smell that seeps into your clothes and hangs in your hair.

Giants top Braves in extra innings

Giants edge Braves in ninth

Giants top Braves in extra innings
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 651st home run leading off the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants snapped its longest losing streak in three years with a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Giants edge Braves in ninth
SAN FRANCISCO -- Edgardo Alfonzo hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth as the San Francisco Giants won their second straight thriller, making two late rallies for a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

Home building jumps to highest level in more than 17 years
WASHINGTON -- Home construction jumped in July to the highest level in more than 17 years as the red-hot housing market showed no signs of slowing down even as mortgage rates began to rise.

Schools try to rid campus of card offers

Blackout cost estimated at up to $6 billion

Home building jumps to highest level in more than 17 years

FTC chairman says proposed do-not-spam list won't help
ASPEN, Colo. -- Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris said Tuesday that efforts in Congress to establish a list of Internet users who don't want "spam" e-mails won't fix the growing problem.

Business briefs
The University of South Carolina Aiken Small Business Development Center will present a workshop on starting a home-based business Aug. 28 in the Business & Education Building, Room 140.

Rain helps tractor sales grow

Rain helps tractor sales grow
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Green begets green.

New digital camera unveiled
A model shows Canon's new SLR digital camera EOS 300D with 6.3 mega pixel after its global launch in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday.

New digital camera unveiled

Newest worm hits Internet
Another coordinated cyber-attack wiggled its through the Web and into thousands of computers worldwide Tuesday, causing commotion and slowing Internet traffic.

FCC delays rules against junk faxes to 2005
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission has delayed until 2005 a new rule requiring companies to obtain written permission before sending unsolicited faxes.

Schools try to rid campus of card offers
The Medical College of Georgia became alarmed when students received unsolicited credit card offers in the mail a few years ago, prompting fears of identity theft.

Microsoft ships new Office programs to manufacturers
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it is planning an October launch of a new version of its Office business software, but has already sent the code to manufacturers for installation on new computers and compact discs.

Microsoft ships new Office programs to manufacturers

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence of the economy weakened marginally in the middle of August, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Michigan.

More business owners put emphasis on drug testing
For more about Georgia's Drugs Don't Work program, go to: www.gachamber.com/affiliates/drugs.

Sponsors, grants add to funding for event

Sponsors, grants add to funding for event
The green checks Chris Naylor received this week are earmarked to manage funds for the new Farmers Market account.

FTC chairman says proposed do-not-spam list won't help

More business owners put emphasis on drug testing

Business briefs

Blackout cost estimated at up to $6 billion
NEW YORK -- The blackout that stranded millions of travelers, halted assembly lines and spoiled tons of food cost an estimated $4 billion to $6 billion, no more than a temporary ripple in the economy, experts say.

Coaches say players like new rules limiting practice
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fresher players. Less medical treatment. Fewer heat-related problems. The NCAA's new football camp rules certainly seem an instant hit.

Coaches say players like new rules limiting practice

Clemson's Purnell faces difficult opening schedule
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Coach Oliver Purnell's first season at Clemson starts Nov. 21 against Gardner-Webb and includes road games against Purdue, Georgia and Cincinnati.

Clemson's Purnell faces difficult opening schedule

Auburn aiming to end title drought
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has carried quite a burden on his shoulders this summer.

Big East faces uncertainty

Virginia looks to exceed surprise success of 2002

Demon Deacons have lofty goals

Virginia looks to exceed surprise success of 2002
Virginia defies predictability.

Duke will play in Alaska

Big East faces uncertainty
Big East football has never been stronger.

Demon Deacons have lofty goals
With the least tradition and fewest returning starters of any team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, it would be easy to write Wake Forest off as a non-factor this season.

Vols captain prepares for fatherhood

Cutler remains focused
ATHENS, Ga. - Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler said he was just mad.

Auburn aiming to end title drought

Cutler remains focused

Duke will play in Alaska
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference champion Duke will play in the Great Alaska Shootout this season, while Roy Williams' first game as head coach of North Carolina will be against Old Dominion.

Vols captain prepares for fatherhood
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee center Scott Wells could be a father sooner than he expects.

Extradition hearing delayed for former Baylor player accused of killing teammate

Spirituality vs. sexuality

Keep probe in focus
We need to keep the probe of former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, in its proper perspective - even if he cannot seem to do so.

Keep probe in focus

Spirituality vs. sexuality
Teresa Becker had her college scholarship taken away when she declared a major in theology.

Needs improvement
The federal No Child Left Behind Act is now on our needs-improvement list.

Stop the madness
Welcome to the Mideast - the land that time forgot.

Needs improvement

Extra, extra
Power ballad potentates the Goo Goo Dolls will headline a free concert in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday. The concert will also feature performances by the Pat McGee Band and Marc Broussard.

Stocks fall modestly on disappointing HP earnings
NEW YORK -- Sluggish earnings from Hewlett-Packard pressured Wall Street Wednesday, although losses were limited as investors remained largely optimistic about a speedy economic recovery.

Workers fear more work, less pay under proposed overtime changes
MIAMI -- There are days when Mike Farrar has to get to his job at 4 a.m. to keep up. At that hour, the phones don't ring constantly and the e-mails don't flood in, so he can get a head start on the day's work.

Workers fear more work, less pay under proposed overtime changes

Personal bankruptcies continue record pace

Stocks end choppy sesssion with gains

Stocks end choppy sesssion with gains
NEW YORK -- Wall Street waffled its way to a modest gain Tuesday as mixed economic news and a car bombing in Iraq revived investors' caution following Monday's big rally.

Stocks fall modestly on disappointing HP earnings

Personal bankruptcies continue record pace
NEW YORK -- Personal bankruptcies continued at a record pace in the 12 months ended June 30 as Americans struggled with the debt they took on in the 1990s.

Cafe's poetry nights go on
"It's OK to be afraid of my reflection so long as I never stop facing my fears, facing my face, and loving every flaw."

Dining out
Mini-reviews of area restaurants.

Small portions
Hate the heat? Try a cold soup. Make a quick, one-pot soup like borscht or vichyssoise over the weekend. Enjoy it on a weeknight from the refrigerator with cold cuts or a rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket. It's a fast meal and very satisfying.

Cafe's poetry nights go on

Soul food easy on wallet

Dining out

Small portions

Soul food easy on wallet
Brown gravy and white rice drip over the side of the plastic plate. The juice from green beans threatens to touch the perfectly shaped grilled chicken breast. Wrapped cornbread - safe from any drippings - sits on the other side of the chicken breast.

D-Line major concern for Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA -- This isn't a good sign: Gerris Wilkinson might be starting at defensive end for Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech makes fourth appearance in Pre-Season NIT
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech will warm up for its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with its fourth appearance in the Pre-Season National Invitation Tournament, a road trip to Ohio State and a home game against 2003 NIT champion St. John's.

Georgia Tech makes fourth appearance in Pre-Season NIT

D-Line major concern for Yellow Jackets

Augusta third baseman downplays batting title
Chad Spann is too focused and too driven to waste time following the South Atlantic League batting race every day.

GreenJackets on deck
Wednesday: at Capital City Bombers (Mets)

GreenJackets sweep Bombers
There's a patch of white hair near Jon Lester's left temple.

Changing diets turn us every which way but loose

Kuehne, Villegas stage comebacks in U.S. Amateur match play
OAKMONT, Pa. -- Two big comebacks by Trip Kuehne and Camilo Villegas prevented two big upsets Wednesday as match play began in the U.S. Amateur.

The Bear's take on the Tiger
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods bristles at the notion he's in a slump just because he has gone six major championships without winning.

Presidential trip upcoming for Sluman
AKRON, Ohio -- A summer slump with his putter cost Jeff Sluman a chance to make the Presidents Cup team, but it won't keep him from going to South Africa.

Kuehne, Villegas stage comebacks in U.S. Amateur match play

Teenager to try for LPGA Tour
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The LPGA Tour has given special permission to Aree Song to become a member at age 17 if she makes it through qualifying school.

So far, challenging Oakmont hasn't tripped up Kuehne
OAKMONT, Pa. -- He is an anomaly in a sport increasingly motivated by the drive for the PGA dollar, a world-class golfer who plays for championships and not cash.

A surprising snapshot at the majors

A surprising snapshot at the majors
AKRON, Ohio -- The young lady in the gallery at Oak Hill might not realize this until she gets her film back, but she has quite a memento from the PGA Championship.

Presidential trip upcoming for Sluman

Daly, Pavin, Tway in Reno Tahoe Open

So far, challenging Oakmont hasn't tripped up Kuehne

Daly, Pavin, Tway in Reno Tahoe Open
RENO, Nev. -- John Daly, Corey Pavin, Bob Tway, Jeff Maggert and Duffy Waldorf are in the field for the PGA Tour event everybody loves to play in, but always hope they don't.

The Bear's take on the Tiger

GreenJackets sweep Bombers

GreenJackets on deck

Aiken QB has ground to gain

Aiken QB has ground to gain
AIKEN - He's already cleared the mental blocks that obstructed his way, and his passes have the zip they had last season.

There's something fishy about this tangy salsa
Vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is paradise to be sure.

There's something fishy about this tangy salsa

Group optimistic about keeping Fort Gordon open
So, after meeting the people in charge of the Army command that Fort Gordon belongs to, how do Augusta's leaders feel about Fort Gordon's future?

Car accident kills Columbia County teen
A single-car accident late Tuesday has left another Columbia County teen dead.

Tractor-trailer accident blocks highway
An early morning accident between a dump truck hauling asphalt and a tractor-trailer truck carrying lettuce had traffic blocked for several hours in the eastbound lane of Interstate 20.

Participate in the Farmers Market on Broad

Participate in the Farmers Market on Broad
On Aug. 9 Main Street Augusta launched the farmers market on Broad Street to help revitalize downtown, provide farmers more income and strengthen the local and regional economy. In times of economic decline, abandoned storefronts, vanishing family farms and mom-and-pop enterprises, limited community cohesiveness and unprecedented diet-related health epidemics, farmers markets offer more than unique shopping experiences. Sarah Bobrow-Williams, Augusta

Adams not the right man for UGA
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has again demonstrated a penchant for poor judgment and no-win situations. Mr. Perdue indicated that he and the University of Georgia's Board of Regents are in unanimous agreement in their full and unqualified support of Michael Adams, president of the University of Georgia. Mr. Adams has raised more funds for UGA than any of his predecessors - but at the expense of Georgia residents and voters. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

Strapped elderly must choose medicine or food
Do we eat, buy medicine or just die? The elderly and disabled of Augusta ask themselves this question every month. What has this town come to when we can't even take care of our own? Patrice Lamperti, Augusta

Parents and teachers should be partners
I teach at Morgan Road Middle School, one of the many Georgia schools that needs improvement, according to a just-released report. I watched with mixed feelings a negative portrayal on live television of my school and of a parent who spoke so negatively about the school. Ruth Reddy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Hits church leaders over issue of homosexuals
We who believe the word of God and who should be the standard for issues such as homosexuality have a difficult time getting our message out to the public. Orven Nicely, McCormick, S.C.

Bush's words are spun and criticized
Since President George W. Bush made the simple statement, "Bring 'em on," he has come under much criticism. The war in Iraq is already being called the "War that Never Ends," despite our stay of less than a year. It is surprising how quickly people forget about the three-week march to Baghdad. Christopher Baugh, Evans, Ga.

Parents and teachers should be partners

FDA approves second drug to treat erectile dysfunction

Try going online for photo tips

It's a mod, mod world again for fashion

Daffy, Porky and Marvin the Martian blast off again

Voice artist is in hog heaven as Porky Pig

Health and fitness calendar

In the know

Over-the-counter pain relievers might reduce Parkinson's risk

Glassy sponge has better fiber optics than man-made

Most heart attack patients have at least one major risk factor

Over-the-counter pain relievers might reduce Parkinson's risk
CHICAGO -- Regular use of over-the-counter pain relievers might help delay or prevent Parkinson's disease, the neurological disorder that affects more than half a million Americans, research suggests.

Glassy sponge has better fiber optics than man-made
Scientists say they have identified an ocean sponge living in the darkness of the deep sea that grows thin glass fibers capable of transmitting light better than industrial fiber optic cables used for telecommunication.

In the know
If Labor Day is on the horizon, it can mean only one thing - the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is here again.

In the know
If you're looking to have your 15 minutes of fame and don't mind sharing your body's imperfection with the TV viewing public, you could be a part of the next Extreme Makeover episode on ABC.

FDA approves second drug to treat erectile dysfunction
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 651st home run leading off the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants snapped its longest losing streak in three years with a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Voice artist is in hog heaven as Porky Pig
Bob Bergen decided on his career at the age of 5. He told his mother he was going to be Porky Pig.

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.

Daffy, Porky and Marvin the Martian blast off again
It's the same old story. Daffy can't catch a clue, Porky's the brains behind the operation and Marvin ... well, Marvin just wants universal domination.

It's a mod, mod world again for fashion
NEW YORK - Those 1960s British hipsters were on to something: Then and now, bold, graphic and swinging styles put the "mod" in modern fashion.

Most heart attack patients have at least one major risk factor
CHICAGO -- Most heart attack patients have at least one major risk factor such as high cholesterol or hypertension, according to two new studies that cast doubt on the doubters.

Try going online for photo tips
When I became interested in photography, books and magazines were my prime resources. Today, the Internet has become another valuable source of photo instruction. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can learn new photographic techniques and find out what's happening in the world of photography.

One Lynx buyer steps forward

One Lynx buyer steps forward
Frank Lawrence is ready to again become a major player in the Augusta pro sports scene.

Firefighters mourn man killed in crash
Flags flew at half-staff Wednesday at Richmond County fire stations in memory of an Augusta firefighter killed Tuesday night in a fiery collision.

Spending freeze sparks contention

Airport Ford has new driver
These days, Ken Kraemer drives a black Toyota Tacoma, not an Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer.

Episcopal Diocese leaders want to reject openly gay bishop-elect

Spending freeze sparks contention
AIKEN - Hot political rhetoric about South Carolina's budget woes broke out Wednesday after the state's Budget and Control Board froze both $43 million in spending, including money for public schools and prisons, and a crucial $98 million emergency reserve fund.

Probe raises Walker doubts

Car accident kills Columbia County teen

School traffic snares

Across the area

Bonding trips aim to unite all pupils

Plant board to be under DOE soon

Family sues military, doctors in Marine's boot camp death

Family sues military, doctors in Marine's boot camp death
DETROIT -- Renee Thurlow knew her 18-year-old son was sick when she talked to him about two months after he left for boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

Supreme Court limits grandparent visitation rights

Bonding trips aim to unite all pupils
Augusta Preparatory Day School started its school year Tuesday morning.

NAACP condemns condition of road

Leah package store wins board approval
Despite opposition from a number of Leah residents, Columbia County officials sided with a businesswoman's request to open a package store.

Conference will focus on Georgia's potential for biodiesel

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Atlanta police are trying to determine how horseplay between two men ended in a deadly shooting last weekend.

Talks lead to optimism on survival

Airport Ford has new driver

Firefighters mourn man killed in crash

Sanford's public hearings address budget woes

Kraemer's file reads as clean

Marshall strays from district to stump for veterans

News you can use

Flyover leads to drug arrests
Windsor brothers Hank and Aaron Currence got an unwelcome surprise Wednesday when a small military helicopter swooped down and landed in their yard, unloading camouflage-attired drug agents who arrested the men on charges of growing marijuana.

Maritime security team put through its paces

Across the area
An Aiken County woman died Wednesday in the early-morning fog when she overshot a rural intersection and slammed her vehicle into a country church, said Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend.

Correction

Fire plan funding approved
Columbia County commissioners approved funding for the creation of a fire master plan at their meeting Tuesday.

Amended tax return shows Charleston shelter sold property

Program gets good response
School officials say giving pupils a free breakfast each morning should boost test scores by making them more alert. There is a federal reimbursement for each pupil who eats breakfast at school.

Commerce Department says auto research park deal near
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Commerce Department says a deal is near on creating an automotive research park here.

Talks lead to optimism on survival
So, after meeting the people in charge of the Army command that Fort Gordon belongs to, how do Augusta's leaders feel about Fort Gordon's future?

Budget board taps reserves, cuts spending by $43 million
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State agencies were told Wednesday to spend $43 million less this year as officials tapped a reserve fund to head off budget shortfalls this year and cover a deficit left over from the fiscal year that ended in June.

Head-on crash kills firefighter
AIKEN - An Augusta-Richmond County firefighter was killed Tuesday evening in a fiery crash on U.S. Highway 1, Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said.

319th troops are coming home
After Saturday's ceremony, the Army will out-process the 319th Transportation Company at Fort Stewart. The procedure includes medical exams and is expected to take about a week.

Doctor in China is closer to visa
A Medical College of Georgia researcher stuck in his native China is getting a second chance at a visa to rejoin his family in Augusta, officials said.

Utility's goofs mean new fees
ATLANTA - Electricity customers in Georgia, already trying to beat the hot weather, could get even hotter when they receive their Georgia Power bills next summer.

Waste burial worries states

Across the area
The civic center director fired last year after only three months on the job has filed suit against the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority.

Commerce Department says auto research park deal near

Sanford's public hearings address budget woes
AIKEN - If it wants to run more smoothly, South Carolina government could start by communicating more efficiently.

319th troops are coming home

Plant board to be under DOE soon
AIKEN - The independent panel of civilians who monitor activities and advise officials at the Savannah River Site will come under Department of Energy control in October, a move members say will rob the group of its autonomy and effectiveness.

Across Georgia

News you can use
Street begging in Augusta must cease! That is the edict of the city authorities. The police have been instructed to run in all people who beg on the streets. Vagrants and loafers and street beggars will not find this part of the moral vineyard a paradise any longer.

Fire plan funding approved

Church withholds payment in response to gay bishop

Last of Rocky Flats plutonium to be shipped to SRS

Across South Carolina

Purse robber goes to prison
The man arrested in last September's string of parking-lot purse snatchings received a 30-year prison sentence Wednesday.

Budget board taps reserves, cuts spending by $43 million

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The Greenville County Sheriff's Office has charged a man with setting a fire in a Travelers Rest church last week.

Marshall strays from district to stump for veterans
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall strayed outside his middle Georgia district Tuesday to rally veterans against what he calls an unfair tax on disabled military retirees.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Raylee McKall, 5 months, of Beech Island.

Georgia woman accused of killing found in Alabama
HEFLIN, Ala. -- A Georgia woman has pleaded guilty to helping kidnap and kill a woman who had been a friend and benefactor for a decade.

Episcopal Diocese leaders want to reject openly gay bishop-elect
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina met Monday to discuss what to do next now that the Episcopal Church has approved its first openly gay bishop-elect and affirmed same-sex blessing ceremonies.

Juvenile Justice cuts 29 jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Juvenile Justice Department will cut 29 jobs even though the agency was one of the only departments in the state to avoid a budget cut this year.

Military judge sets trial date for soldier
A Fort Gordon soldier accused of the misuse of government credit cards was arraigned Wednesday at a hearing on the installation.

Amended tax return shows Charleston shelter sold property
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An amended tax return filed by a Lowcountry nonprofit homeless shelter shows the organization sold most of its property but doesn't account for what happened to $278,000 made from the transaction.

Supreme Court limits grandparent visitation rights
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court sharply limited the ability of Family Court judges to order visitation rights for grandparents in a ruling Monday.

Looming cuts dampen news
Despite a "roller coaster year" that saw funding cuts, Medicaid miscues and more uninsured patients, Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics still cleared nearly $27 million last fiscal year, officials said Wednesday.

Teen drowned, autopsy finds
Harlem High School had a grim start to the school year after a student died in a one-car wreck Monday night.

Across South Carolina
RIDGELAND - Two dump-truck drivers have died in a fiery head-on collision so intense it melted parts of the trucks' engines and cabs and state Highway 462 beneath them.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Blaise Dominic Dresser Jr., 2, of Augusta.

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Mall becomes possible site

Friends react to student's death

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the trash on the streets. They need to clean and sweep on Peach Orchard Road, Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. It's a shame to have visitors come in. We're ashamed of Augusta. They need to clean up.

Utility's goofs mean new fees

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the trash on the streets. They need to clean and sweep on Peach Orchard Road, Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. It's a shame to have visitors come in. We're ashamed of Augusta. They need to clean up.

Kid of the day

New courts site is set on Telfair

Mall becomes possible site
A new regional arena proposed for a west Augusta location would be just as workable at south Augusta's Regency Mall, a stakeholder in the project said Wednesday.

New courts site is set on Telfair
The new, preferred site for a city courts complex, adopted by Augusta commissioners Tuesday, keeps the planned, 300,000-square-foot building downtown but moves it to an otherwise blighted part of the central business district.

Last of Rocky Flats plutonium to be shipped to SRS
GOLDEN, Colo. -- In a milestone for the $7 billion cleanup at Rocky Flats, crews have finished removing more than 12 tons of weapons-grade plutonium from the former nuclear weapons site, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Tuesday.

Kraemer's file reads as clean
When looking at Ken Kraemer's personnel file, it's difficult to determine that the second-highest-paid city official in Augusta was fired.

Charleston prosecutor lodges new charges in deadly brawl
CHARLESTON, S.C. --Three men face new charges in an October 2000 parking lot brawl that ultimately led to police killing a man trying to flee his attackers.

Friends react to student's death
As students at Albany State University return to campus this week, one young Augustan is missing from the southwest Georgia campus.

Maritime security team put through its paces
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A terrorist storming a Coast Guard base gate. A kayaker trying to plant a bomb beneath a cruise ship terminal. A disgruntled Coast Guard wife demanding to see her husband aboard ship.

Charleston prosecutor lodges new charges in deadly brawl

Correction
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the job title of Lesia Pollard Baker, who was charged with driving while impaired, child endangerment and weaving over the roadway. She is a case manager in the eligibility section of the Augusta-Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services. According to Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Chris Niehus, Ms. Baker was arrested Aug. 10 and her two children were in custody for about 10 minutes until the suspect's brother arrived to pick the children up from the scene.

Police charge man in deadly accident
A Grovetown man who police say walked away from the scene of a wreck that killed a Columbia County teen is facing charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The state said Wednesday it will continue reviewing its voting system security despite an admission by a researcher critical of Georgia's touch-screen machines that he had a conflict of interest.

Correction

Bears making themselves at home in Upstate
PUMPKINTOWN, S.C. -- Black bears are making themselves at home around houses in the Upstate as they find easy foraging in trash cans, berry bushes and compost piles.

Church withholds payment in response to gay bishop
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Two weeks after leaders of the Episcopal Church elected their first openly gay bishop, a board of church members at Trinity Episcopal in Columbus has voted to withhold, for now, money it pays to the Diocese of Atlanta.

Waste burial worries states
South Carolina environmental officials have asked the Department of Energy to follow federal laws on the handling of nuclear waste at Savannah River Site. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has opted to rewrite them.

Correction
A story that ran in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not include the correct photo of Aleisha N. Lee, who died in a car wreck in Harlem. An incorrect photo was provided to the newspaper. Ms. Lee's position with the Harlem High basketball team was also incorrectly described. She is a former member of the team.

Conference will focus on Georgia's potential for biodiesel
ALBANY, Ga. -- Biodiesel - the clean-burning, renewable fuel that can make tailpipe exhaust smell like french fries cooking in a fast food restaurant - has been slow to catch on in Georgia.

Schools file appeals
Columbia County school officials have filed an appeal on behalf of four Title I schools they say should not have been labeled low-performing.

School traffic snares
GLOVERVILLE - For the past two mornings, Lilian Thomas has had some white-knuckled moments. She's been watching parents run a gantlet from the four fast lanes of the Jefferson Davis Highway to the front door of her public charter school to drop off children.

Purse robber goes to prison

Probe raises Walker doubts
The FBI and the IRS will analyze the information seized from Charles Walker's office Monday, and the findings could be presented to the federal grand jury for review in their ongoing investigation of his business dealings.

Kid of the day

NAACP condemns condition of road
The condition of Laney-Walker Boulevard as it undergoes a one-mile reconstruction is shameful, NAACP leaders said earlier this week, citing sunken manholes, unmarked potholes and grading dropoffs at every intersection.

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News you can use
AUG. 20, 1954 They are picking cotton on their knees in Richmond County these days because that's where the cotton left to pick is. And the farmers are on their knees, too, brought there by one of the worst droughts in Richmond County history.

Doctor in China is closer to visa

Georgia woman accused of killing found in Alabama

Rants and Raves
WGAC RADIO STATION should fire ... Rush Limbaugh and Austin Rhodes and hire Rebecca and John.

Program gets good response

Historic tower needs repairs
The Confederate Powder-works Chimney in Augusta is in better shape than previously thought, but still needs $135,000 to $140,000 in repairs, according to a consultant's report.

Rants and Raves
WGAC RADIO STATION should fire ... Rush Limbaugh and Austin Rhodes and hire Rebecca and John.

Juvenile Justice cuts 29 jobs

The fun of football has forsaken fans in Georgia
When did the runup to football season stop being so fun?

Changing diets turn us every which way but loose
I thought I had the whole nutrition angle figured out. While those around me shamelessly ruined their bodies with steak and bacon, I was eating chicken and fish.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Critical choice

Passion for disc golf drives Augusta man
Our area could someday be known as the Disc Golf Capital of the World, and Augusta's Pete May will be one of the reasons why.

Bands uses Web to reach its fans
Members of the Augusta band Estrela are getting some worldwide exposure, thanks to their online prowess.

Recording Industry says it doesn't target small downloaders
WASHINGTON -- The Recording Industry Association of America says it will not go after small violators when it sues people who illegally share songs on the Internet.

Atlanta rapper Ludacris surprises students
ATLANTA-- It didn't take long for Clark Atlanta University freshmen to learn an important first lesson: Expect the unexpected.

Warren Zevon gives a lesson in how to leave the stage

Atlanta rapper Ludacris surprises students

Forgotten Elvis recording set for release
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elvis Presley fans got a special treat on the 26th anniversary of his death - a never-heard-before Elvis song.

Bands uses Web to reach its fans

Warren Zevon gives a lesson in how to leave the stage
NEW YORK -- Terminally ill with cancer, Warren Zevon told producer Jorge Calderon that he wanted to record Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

FIA finds Ralf Schumacher responsible for crash, but loosens penalty
PARIS -- Formula One's governing body on Wednesday found Ralf Schumacher responsible for a crash at the German Grand Prix but struck down a penalty that would have made him start 10 places back in the next race.

Q&A with Richard Childress

Racing facts - Sharpie 500

Burtons split on NASCAR suspension

Spencer first in 30 years sent home for fighting

Racing facts - Sharpie 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Sharpie 500 race.

Despite bad luck, Marlin still driving hard

Burtons split on NASCAR suspension
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Racing brothers Ward and Jeff Burton share many things. Their views on NASCAR's suspension of driver Jimmy Spencer are not among them.

IRL driver considers NASCAR

IRL driver considers NASCAR
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Two-time defending IRL IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish told Panther Racing he won't be back next year. Where he ends up, however, remains a mystery.

Renault resigns Trulli, Alonso for next season

Spencer appeals suspension and fine

Spencer appeals suspension and fine
Jimmy Spencer filed an appeal Tuesday with NASCAR, hoping to overturn the suspension and fine levied against him for a post-race altercation with Kurt Busch at Michigan International Speedway.

Renault resigns Trulli, Alonso for next season
LONDON -- Renault's Formula One team signed drivers Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso for next season, chairman Patrick Faure announced Wednesday.

Despite bad luck, Marlin still driving hard
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Sterling Marlin's luck ran out almost a year ago, when a broken vertebra snapped his shot at his first Winston Cup title.

Q&A with Richard Childress
ATLANTA - Car owner Richard Childress is on a roll. His drivers have won three of the past four races heading into Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and all three of his teams were among the top six at last week's race in Michigan. He talked recently about turning things around at Richard Childress Racing and what can be done to improve the sport.

Spencer first in 30 years sent home for fighting
BRISTOL, Tenn. - By fining and suspending Jimmy Spencer for bloodying Kurt Busch's nose, NASCAR sent yet another message that it doesn't enforce rules evenly and fairly.

Firm polling Eagle County residents about Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A polling firm has begun interviewing residents about the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, research legal experts say could be used by the defense to ask a judge to move the trial.

U.S. looks to have easy first round, but Argentina awaits
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Unlike four years ago, the Americans are keeping things local at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Judge to make decision on court records in Bryant case

U.S. looks to have easy first round, but Argentina awaits

Judge to make decision on court records in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A judge said Wednesday he hopes to decide this week whether to unseal documents in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case that could include statements from his accuser and witnesses.

Extradition hearing delayed for former Baylor player accused of killing teammate
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- A judge agreed Tuesday to keep a former Baylor basketball player in jail for an additional 60 days as prosecutors work to extradite him to Texas.

Too long? Preseason comes under scrutiny after Vick injury

NFL kick returner acquitted on DWI charge

Vick: 'I won't play scared'

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Mrs. Ethel Berry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Jeanette Moore (WADLEY, Ga.)

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Mr. David Wooten, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Jones, Jr. (ALBANS, N.Y.)

Mr. Harry Hubert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Darnella Long (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Noble Shilvey Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Stevens, Jr. (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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Mrs. Lilian Brewer (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Mrs. Alice Stiver (FAIRBANKS, AK)

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Mr. Roosevelt Alexander (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Inglett (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Noble Shively Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lilla Strom (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Hill (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Garnett Goldman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Chafin (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Moore (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel Nipper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Aleisha Lee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Gordon Burch Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Kendrick (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wesley Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cyril Bell (LILBURN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mountain (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Orrie Byrant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lilian Brewer (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Joey Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Etle White (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Shoffitt (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Funderburk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Sampson (PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.)

Mrs. Martha Rannenberg (NATCHITOCHES, La.)

Mrs. Emily Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Boyd, Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Marcella Dixon (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Wright (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Randy Cawley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

The federal No Child Left Behind law has its shortcomings
I ASSIST A clever young 8-year-old named Christian, who is struggling with the skill to read. I am his reading tutor. Recently, Christian read several complete sentences for the first time. His grandmother cried as she uttered repeatedly, "Christian, you are reading." Christian looked up at his grandmother (bottom lip sandwiched between his top and bottom teeth) as she said to him, "Now you don't have to ask me why you can't read but your brother can." Christian has a twin brother who reads extremely well.

The federal No Child Left Behind law has its shortcomings
I ASSIST A clever young 8-year-old named Christian, who is struggling with the skill to read. I am his reading tutor. Recently, Christian read several complete sentences for the first time. His grandmother cried as she uttered repeatedly, "Christian, you are reading." Christian looked up at his grandmother (bottom lip sandwiched between his top and bottom teeth) as she said to him, "Now you don't have to ask me why you can't read but your brother can." Christian has a twin brother who reads extremely well.

Triathlete is a real Ironman

Passion for disc golf drives Augusta man

Area announcements

In the game spotlight

Connors, Evert join U.S. Open Court of Champions

British Olympic champion signs deal to fight in United States

Overtime

Overtime

Roy Jones Jr. says likely next fight will be with Antonio Tarver

Roddick vs. Henman highlights first round
NEW YORK -- Top-ranked Andre Agassi and leading contender Andy Roddick could meet in the U.S. Open final after being drawn into opposite sides of the field Wednesday.

Triathlete is a real Ironman
He walked into the local bike shop looking haggard and in his three-piece suit and tie.

Connors, Evert join U.S. Open Court of Champions
NEW YORK -- Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are part of the first class of inductees to the U.S. Open's Court of Champions, honoring the top players in tournament history.

British Olympic champion signs deal to fight in United States
NEW YORK -- British Olympic super heavyweight champion Audley Harrison has moved to America and signed a three-fight television contract in an effort to jump-start his stalled career.

Roy Jones Jr. says likely next fight will be with Antonio Tarver
Roy Jones Jr. says he will most likely move back to light heavyweight and fight Antonio Tarver on Nov. 8.

Overtime
Jimmy Spencer filed an appeal Tuesday with NASCAR, hoping to overturn the suspension and fine levied against him for a post-race altercation with Kurt Busch at Michigan International Speedway.

Overtime
In Oakmont, Pa., two big comebacks by Trip Kuehne and Camilo Villegas prevented two big upsets Wednesday as match play began in the U.S. Amateur.

Polo takes place of harness race
The University of South Carolina Ai ken's polo tournament is slated for March 27 at Powderhouse Polo Field. It will be held in cooperation with the Aiken Polo Club.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on D.J. Dugeon, 10, of Augusta.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

NFL kick returner acquitted on DWI charge
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers kick returner Michael Bates was acquitted of a drunken driving charge after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove the accusation.

Too long? Preseason comes under scrutiny after Vick injury
ATLANTA -- When Michael Vick crumpled to the ground with a broken leg in a meaningless preseason game, his backup wondered why they were even playing.

Vick: 'I won't play scared'
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick hobbled into the crowded room Tuesday - a crutch under each arm, a black cast on his right leg.

Panthers' Foster hopes to delay return byone week
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back DeShaun Foster hopes his much-anticipated comeback will be pushed back another week.

The fun of football has forsaken fans in Georgia

'CSI' boosting in interest in forensic science in campus

'CSI' boosting in interest in forensic science in campus
MANSFIELD, Pa. -- Two of Matthew Lebeda's strongest subjects are physics and chemistry. And he always wanted to be a policeman. But he never knew those things could dovetail until he watched "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

California recall a boon to late-night TV comics during slow season

Fox slowly gaining an audience for "The O.C."
NEW YORK -- Fox's relentless effort to get its prime-time soap, "The O.C., started successfully may be paying dividends.

Fox slowly gaining an audience for "The O.C."

ABC cancels 'The Real Rosanne Show'
NEW YORK -- Two days, two cancellations for Roseanne Barr.

Plastic surgeons cut up FX drama 'Nip/Tuck'
PITTSBURGH -- "Nip/Tuck" may be a hit with audiences, but the new FX drama that grapples with the ugly side of the make-me-beautiful business has plastic surgeons sharpening their scalpels.

California recall a boon to late-night TV comics during slow season
NEW YORK -- When it comes to the California recall election, who needs a punch line?

Plastic surgeons cut up FX drama 'Nip/Tuck'

Extra, extra

Wizards sign first-round pick Hayes

Thurman won't face suspension
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia starting linebacker Odell Thurman probably won't be suspended following his weekend arrest on five misdemeanor charges, including driving without a license.

Wizards sign first-round pick Hayes
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards signed first-round draft pick Jarvis Hayes on Wednesday.

Another Bulldog injured
ATHENS, Ga. - It seems as though No. 11 Georgia's summer of discontent is carrying over into the fall.

Another Bulldog injured

Injuries provide Harrison his start
Through three years of virtual obscurity at Georgia, all Arnold Harrison ever wanted was a chance.

Injuries provide Harrison his start

Georgia to play 16 home games
ATHENS, Ga. -- Five seniors, including three return starters, and seven freshmen kick off Georgia's 2003-2004 men's basketball schedule under new coach Dennis Felton with a Nov. 21 home game against Western Carolina.

Injuries piling up as No. 11 Georgia prepares for opener
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive end Will Thompson, who had two sacks in the Sugar Bowl, is out for the season after undergoing surgery for a dislocated left ankle Wednesday.

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Odds and Ends

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