Judge denies Fox's attempt to block book
NEW YORK -- A federal judge on Friday denied Fox News Channel's request for an injunction to block humorist Al Franken's new book, whose title mocks the Fox slogan "fair and balanced."

Arts notebook: Dancer's enthusiasm will be missed
On my desk, scrawled on the corner of a piece of scrap paper, there is a phone number that I would give anything to be able to call.

Arts notebook: Dancer's enthusiasm will be missed

Little League confirms pitcher's eligibility after anonymous call
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Another great pitcher, another stinging allegation.

Athletics ace might be done for season
TORONTO - Oakland Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder has a stress fracture in his right hip, a startling injury that will likely sideline the ace for the rest of the season.

Hampton to make start at Coors Field

Athletics ace might be done for season

Hampton to make start at Coors Field
DENVER - Mike Hampton returned to the place where his career ran aground, insisting he has no regrets about the two tumultuous seasons he spent with the Colorado Rockies.

If you really want to complain, you probably shouldn't

Mobster's gets extra 16 months for smuggled sperm
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A New York gangster who smuggled his semen out of federal prison to impregnate his wife was sentenced to an additional 16 months in jail.

Odds and Ends
AUSTIN, Minn. -- It's a lunch meat luau: Spam goes Hawaiian.

Survival camp for Japanese noodle execs
TOKYO -- It takes tough managers to succeed in Japan's competitive instant noodles business, and Nissin Food Products wants to make sure it has the toughest. It's sending its bosses to boot camp.

Odds and Ends
CLINTON, Iowa -- One of the Good Shepherd's sheep went on the lam.

More than $260,000 missing after armored truck loses cash
DES MOINES, Iowa -- More than $260,000 was still missing a day after $320,000 in cash fell out of an armored truck, state troopers said.

Hampton to make start at Coors Field
DENVER - Mike Hampton returned to the place where his career ran aground, insisting he has no regrets about the two tumultuous seasons he spent with the Colorado Rockies.

Hampton to make start at Coors Field

Braves snap losing streak with win over Rockies

Bonds beats Braves again
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds beat the Atlanta Braves with an extra-inning homer for the second time in three days, connecting for his 652nd career home run in the 10th inning of the San Francisco Giants' 4-3 victory Thursday night.

Braves snap losing streak with win over Rockies
DENVER -- Chipper Jones homered and drove in five runs, Greg Maddux pitched six solid innings and the Atlanta Braves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Bonds beats Braves again

Business briefs

Federal rules will require written permission to send business faxes
Real estate broker Ellen Renish is never far from the office fax machine, dashing off notes to customers and sending information to mortgage companies for her clients.

Latest outbreak declared fastest e-mail infection
NEW YORK -- A computer virus that circulated across the Internet this week, hard on the heels of another nasty online infection, has been declared the fastest e-mail outbreak ever.

Growth in jobs isn't all positive
ATLANTA - Georgia may lead the rest of the country in the number of jobs created in a month, but they're not as good as the jobs Georgians are losing, a noted economic forecaster said Thursday.

Aaron breaks ground on lot
The corridor of new car dealerships along Washington Road is stretching farther into Columbia County.

Business leaders meet for breakfast
Augusta's white and black business leaders should have breakfast together more often.

Federal rules will require written permission to send business faxes

Investors purchase complex
An Augusta real estate investment firm has purchased a 6-acre retail and office complex off Washington Road.

Growth in jobs isn't all positive

Business briefs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Shares in Solutia Inc. more than tripled in value Thursday after the company settled thousands of claims over PCB pollution in Alabama. It could be months before victims learn how much they receive.

Antivirus experts warn of new Internet threat
NEW YORK -- The fast-spreading computer virus already blamed for slowing or shutting down e-mail systems worldwide was programmed to coordinate a new type of attack, antivirus experts said Friday.

Business briefs

Business briefs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Semiconductor giant Intel Corp. raised its third-quarter revenue forecast Friday, citing significant increases in its microprocessor business.

Latest outbreak declared fastest e-mail infection

Aaron breaks ground on lot

Weekly jobless claims drops to the lowest level since February

Leading economic indicators rise in July
NEW YORK -- A closely watched gauge of future economic activity rose in July for the fourth consecutive month, adding to signals that the nation's business climate is improving.

Business leaders meet for breakfast

Investors purchase complex

Weekly jobless claims drops to the lowest level since February
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level in six months, another indication that the battered U.S. economy may be recovering from an extended period of weakness.

Close won't cut it this time for Tigers
Coach Tommy Bowden pointed out often during the summer how close Clemson was to a 10-win season in 2002.

Clemson's Leake plugged up
CLEMSON, S.C. - All John Leake had to do was make the tackle. But then, Leake already knew that.

Clemson's Leake plugged up

Close won't cut it this time for Tigers

Locklear learning yet another position

All-ACC receiver expected back for opener
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's advance stalled Friday, running into some expected resistance following weeks of gains. Stocks fell as a mostly upbeat outlook from Intel failed to give the market a sustainable boost.

Coastal Carolina makes its debut
CONWAY, S.C. -- Maurice Simpkins couldn't believe at times he came to Coastal Carolina to play college football.

Locklear learning yet another position
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After switching from the defensive to offensive line a season ago, North Carolina State's Sean Locklear didn't flinch when he was asked to change positions yet again.

All-ACC receiver expected back for opener

Simmons is cleared at Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons will be allowed to play for The Citadel this season, the school said Friday.

Over his head

Libya still terrorist nation
As a way to get back into the good graces of the community of civilized nations the government of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi - after nearly 15 years of denials - has formally accepted responsibility for the bomb blast that downed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, mostly Americans and Britons.

Over his head
Not all mutinies are bad.

Libya still terrorist nation

Decide on arena site

Decide on arena site
After more than a half-dozen years of studying, debating and agonizing about where to build a long-needed judicial center, the Augusta Commission seems to be finally closing in on a decision.

If Kraemer wins ...

If Kraemer wins ...
There's nothing in former Augusta Regional Airport director Ken Kraemer's personnel file to indicate he committed a firing offense. There's not one disciplinary action listed therein or even a job evaluation form; nothing that one would expect to find there - not even a letter of reprimand issued to him in April.

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

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Standing ovations
Augusta State University and the Augusta State University Department of Fine Arts are presenting an exhibition of hand-pulled prints by artist Teresa Cole from Monday through Sept. 25 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus, 2500 Walton Way.

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

Video watch
Here are reviews from Roger Ebert and other critics of some recent video releases:

Stocks advance on positive economic reports

Wall Street likely to have tough time going higher with lack of buyers
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's five-month-old rally might soon be tested, but not because investors are worried about the future. Analysts warn that despite the market's upward momentum, there are too few buyers to sustain the advance if economic fundamentals show signs of weakening.

Stocks advance on positive economic reports
NEW YORK -- A trio of upbeat economic reports ranging from jobless claims to regional manufacturing cheered Wall Street Thursday, prompting investors to pick up shares on strengthening expectations of a solid recovery. The Nasdaq composite index reached another 16-month high.

Stocks fall despite Intel's upbeat outlook

Cadillac Escalade has highest theft rate

Cadillac Escalade has highest theft rate
WASHINGTON -- The Cadillac Escalade is the vehicle of choice for some entertainers and professional athletes. A study indicates it's the vehicle of choice for some car thieves as well.

Mortgages rates resume their upward climb

Stocks fall despite Intel's upbeat outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's advance stalled Friday, running into some expected resistance following weeks of gains. Stocks fell sharply as a mostly upbeat outlook from Intel failed to give the market a sustainable boost.

Mortgages rates resume their upward climb
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages rose again this week, the seventh increase in the past eight weeks, but they still remain slightly below the average rates one year ago.

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

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Fishing report
Schooling hybrids and striped bass are playing hard to catch, while Strom Thurmond Lake's largemouth bass also are tough to find these days.

Japanese cuisine is simply delicious
These days, when restaurant portions could feed small villages and quantity trumps quality, it's an exquisite treat to dine in a restaurant where less is more.

Caffeine addicts get new source of java
Working as a traveling consultant, Robert Thackston spent a lot of time in New York, where there was a coffee shop on every corner.

Japanese cuisine is simply delicious

Clemson, Agriculture Department dedicate vegatable center

Consider the visual appeal of a vegetable garden
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Back during my childhood days on a Minnesota farm, we'd head to the vegetable garden by way of the kitchen.

Landscapes sometimes need change

Consider the visual appeal of a vegetable garden

Clemson, Agriculture Department dedicate vegatable center
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A $20.5 million vegetable research center here will allow federal and state scientists to collaborate to develop better foods grown in healthier ways.

Landscapes sometimes need change
Do you ever find yourself changing the decor and furnishings in your house over the years because of changing styles or especially after your children leave home?

Tomatoes have some troubles
Tomatoes are as close as any vegetable gets to growing like a weed, yet problems occasionally arise.

Expectations remain high for Eagles
Paul Johnson who? That's the question Georgia Southern supporters asked after first-year head coach Mike Sewak led the Eagles to an 11-3 record, a sixth consecutive Southern Conference crown and a fifth national semifinal appearance in a row.

Gathers prepared for his career to be over
ATLANTA -- Standing on the sideline during a recent practice, defensive end Greg Gathers looked as if he was ready to play. He wore a torn T-shirt and shorts, both of which barely concealed his muscular 6-foot-1, 270-pound frame.

Gailey just wants to coach
ATLANTA - Finally some football. Actual games to be played, calls to be made and games to be won.

Jackets feel sting of losing players
None of the preseason magazines were particularly optimistic about Georgia Tech's chances this season.

Georgia Tech, Clemson fans growing restless
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden knows another lackluster season could well be his last at Death Valley. The Tigers' humiliating 55-15 loss to Texas Tech in last year's Tangerine Bowl left Bowden, and Clemson's fans, deeply disturbed.

Expectations remain high for Eagles

Georgia Tech, Clemson fans growing restless

Gailey just wants to coach

Jackets feel sting of losing players

Gathers prepared for his career to be over

Oh's upset of Kuehne bucks trend in U.S. Amateur
OAKMONT, Pa. -- Oh, my.

Oh's upset of Kuehne bucks trend in U.S. Amateur

The kids push out the geezers in US Amateur

Augusta native excelled in 1953 on junior circuit

Bachelor Party: Curtis tied for NEC lead
AKRON, Ohio -- British Open champion Ben Curtis has a chance to make history again, this time as the only guy to start a golf tournament as a bachelor and win it as a husband.

Toms, Riley take advantage
AKRON, Ohio - The only thing Chris Riley knew about Firestone Country Club was that it usually took a score of about 12-under par to win, and the trophy always went to Tiger Woods.

Wie misses cut in Canadian Tour event

Augusta native excelled in 1953 on junior circuit
Jimmy Raines still has the clippings, including the one featuring him on the front page of The Augusta Chronicle.

Mallon leads by three halfway through LPGA event

Wie shows she can play with the men

Wie shows she can play with the men
BRIMLEY, Mich. -- Michelle Wie felt she had nothing to prove, then went ahead and did it anyway.

Lietzke leads first round of Allianz Championship
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Bruce Lietzke and Glen Oaks seem made for one another.

Five share lead at rain-delayed Reno-Tahoe Open
RENO, Nev. -- Bob Tway, Kirk Triplett, Paul Stankowski, Steve Pate and Andy Miller had 5-under 67s to share the lead at the Reno-Tahoe Open before a Sierra thunderstorm suspended play Thursday.

The kids push out the geezers in US Amateur
OAKMONT, Pa. -- Comeback Casey proved he can play with a lead, not just from behind. There was no letdown for David Oh, or for Lee Williams. Nick Flanagan showed adolescence and naivetDe can be assets even in a pressure cooker of a tournament unlike any he has ever seen.

Toms, Riley take advantage

Wie misses cut in Canadian Tour event
BRIMLEY, Mich. -- Michelle Wie will be starting school on time after all.

Lietzke leads first round of Allianz Championship

Amen Corner sees changes
Minor changes to the 11th and 13th holes, part of Augusta National Golf Club's famous Amen Corner, will greet golfers when they arrive for the 2004 Masters Tournament.

Five share lead at rain-delayed Reno-Tahoe Open

Mallon leads by three halfway through LPGA event
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Meg Mallon shot a 6-under 66 Friday and took a three-stroke lead over Kim Saiki and Janice Moodie after two rounds of the Wachovia LPGA Classic

Bachelor Party: Curtis tied for NEC lead

Bulldogs no longer in pressure-cooker

Talent breeds optimism

Lions Rabun is a workaholic

Coaches, team revive tradition

Gamecocks, Tigers must establish lines

Trojans finding new leaders

Hawks lineman has that spark

War Eagles snap 12-game losing streak

Change hasn't bothered Crawford

Red Devils eyeing peak

Thoroughbreds hit stride

Rural schools have several advantages

Coaches, team revive tradition
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Coaches were jumping on players, players were slapping teammates' helmets, and whoops of enthusiasm filled the air at a recent Washington-Wilkes practice.

Red Devils eyeing peak
Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell oversees a preseason practice. Campbell's Red Devils finished strong last season.

Rural schools have several advantages
It was a Friday night - a little less than a decade past - and Seth Watts sat in the bleachers at Washington County's House of Pain.

Thomson wins battle of state champions
In the battle of the state champs, Thomson came out on top.

Change hasn't bothered Crawford
When Evans coach Marty Jackson describes senior wide receiver Ricky Crawford's attributes, he mentions height, speed and sticky hands.

Lions Rabun is a workaholic
If you wanted to find Cole Rabun this summer, all you had to do was go to the Augusta Christian's weight room. He knows the harder you work, the better you get.

Hawks lineman has that spark
Seth Watts, Washington County's highly recruited lineman, also is a talented musician who can play five instruments.

Gamecocks, Tigers must establish lines
Success for Screven County and Swainsboro this season will be measured by their play up front.

Bulldogs no longer in pressure-cooker
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Sometimes it's not fun being the most dominant team in the state. The expectations are high, and anything less than a state championship makes the season a disappointment.

Lester installs positive attitude
Entering his first season as Jenkins County head coach, Henry Lester has a Herculean task.

Prep picks
Here are capsule looks at Friday's games.

Mustangs spurred by stumbling starts
Midland Valley coach Rick Knight has made a habit of turning his teams around at midseason.

Talent breeds optimism
Hephzibah quarterback Robert Hannah hears the talk and knows people expect the Rebels to have a big year.

Trojans finding new leaders
Willie Morris is the type of player Ridge Spring-Monetta coach Mark Rogers hopes to build his program around.

Thoroughbreds hit stride
AIKEN - An offensive lineman who weighed 340 pounds and dominated defensive lines won't be easy to replace. Neither will a running back who gained 2,623 yards, scored 19 touchdowns and touched the ball 41 times per game.

Coach hopes to end streak
From the time the clock winds down on the final game of the season until the opening kickoff the following year, the Williston-Elko faithful anticipate the cross-county rivalry with Barnwell.

War Eagles snap 12-game losing streak
WAGENER, S.C. - It's never too early in the season to receive a Gatorade bath.

ECHL players go on strike
ECHL players declared an offseason strike Friday, citing a lack of progress in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

ECHL players go on strike

If you really want to complain, you probably shouldn't
Don't complain when you're mad.

How many more lives will be wasted in Iraq?
Saddam "Insane's" two thuggish sons, Odai and Qusai, have apparently been killed. Unfortunately, this is no time for the United States to be celebrating heroes or military achievements, as peace and stability are nowhere in sight in Iraq. Brian Green, Augusta

How many more lives will be wasted in Iraq?

A questionnaire to improve education
I've neither seen nor heard anything but the usual complaints about the uniform rules that the Richmond County Board of Education is trying to enforce. Funny, right? The board of education enforcing anything? They can't, can they? No, they can't - or more likely, they won't. So, I have some suggestions. Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

'American,' 'Christian' not synonymous
I am responding to the Aug. 6 letter by Barbara A. Mohler, "Christians must take stand for nation now." I just want all the "Christians" who read The Chronicle to understand this one thing: American and Christian are not synonymous. Brian Baldowski, Augusta

Goodman stoops to defamation
Journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not to offend against charity when writing and presenting information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgments concerning individuals and groups. Journalists should not stoop to defamation. Michael Henchy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Defends teacher's language faux pas
Regarding Molly Gray's Aug. 9 letter, "Teachers should speak proper English": R. Thomas Sumner, Augusta

Do sexual practices matter to God? Of course
For years the Episcopal Church has been chipping away at its biblical foundations, becoming more like Bill Clinton's military ("Don't ask, don't tell") than a church which values the whole council of God's word. Justen Wonderly, Evans, Ga.

Defends teacher's language faux pas

A questionnaire to improve education

Maintain tradition and moral integrity

Do sexual practices matter to God? Of course

Goodman stoops to defamation

Maintain tradition and moral integrity
The Episcopal Church can consecrate homo-bishops and bless gay marriages and any perversions or emotional addictions it may choose. But how can it do so "in the name of the father, etc.," with any honesty or moral conscience as Christians? Robert Elliott, Augusta

Wi-Fi train, phone or not, texting for flights and other Techbits

Anti-crime system designed failed to catch crooks

Anti-crime system designed failed to catch crooks
TAMPA, Fla. -- Civil-rights advocates celebrated a decision by police to scrap a highly touted - and much criticized - face-recognition software system that scanned the city's entertainment district.

Wi-Fi train, phone or not, texting for flights and other Techbits
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Wi-Fi train has reached the station. Commuters in and out of Silicon Valley will be the first in the United States to experience wireless Internet access while riding the rails.

ECHL players go on strike

ECHL players go on strike
With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the East Coast Hockey League and the players' union well into a third month, the Professional Hockey Players Association played its trump card.

Rants and Raves
I THINK THE WHOLE judicial system in the United States is anti-Christ.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Craig Pender, 1, of Barnwell, S.C.

Georgia courthouse keeps commandments

Man convicted in police death
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Savannah man has been found guilty of murder in the 2000 shooting death of a south Georgia sheriff's deputy.

Rain damages Augusta trees
Depending on which street you travel in downtown Augusta, you'll be treated to a different blend of trees.

Budget problems loom for city
A projected shortfall in property tax revenues, coupled with overly optimistic growth estimates for the 2003 tax digest, will hit the city with a "double whammy" downturn later this year when property taxes are being collected.

Budget's loopholes tax board
COLUMBIA - In about two hours Wednesday, the state's top financial leaders and most powerful leaders showed how weak laws and loopholes leave the state unable to deal with its deficits.

3rd Infantry Division's equipment returns home
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Chief Warrant Officer Tony Hill smoothed his hand over the tail end of an Apache Longbow helicopter, the Army's premier tank killer, showing off war wounds incurred during a medevac escort mission in Iraq.

Athens cancer cluster is not due to radon
ATHENS, Ga. - Health officials have ruled out radon as a factor in the high cancer rates of a tight-knit Athens neighborhood.

Shot at makeover draws crowds
Pamela Sparks is ready for an extreme makeover.

DOT waits to name new commissioner
ATLANTA - The State Transportation Board appears headed toward promoting a veteran highway engineer to the Department of Transportation's top spot.

Kid of the Day

Hunters put on meth-lab watch

News you can use
AUG. 22, 1904 Pick Mitchell, a porter with the A. Gardelle Drug. Co., was arrested yesterday on the charge of arson. Although nothing but circumstantial evidence has developed so far, there is a very strong case, Chief Reynolds said last night.

Seized records lead to dispute

Briarwood athletes endure dual shock
WARRENTON, Ga. - It's been a summer filled with heartache for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers. It's the summer a loved one died and another - described by coaches and teammates as Superman - discovered a life-threatening mass in his brain.

Region could be key in 2004 races

Wait continues for Glenn Hills
Glenn Hills football coach Felix Curry said Thursday that the new stadium on the Spartans campus will not be ready for the home opener with Laney on Aug. 29 or for his squad's Sept. 5 matchup with Cross Creek.

Man convicted in police death

Fiery truck collision blocks traffic on I-20
An early morning accident Thursday between a dump truck hauling asphalt and a tractor-trailer carrying lettuce had commuter traffic blocked for several hours in the east-bound lane of Interstate 20.

Budget's loopholes tax board

Schools crack down on unexcused absences

Across South Carolina
SUMMERVILLE -Two Chattooga County sheriff's deputies have resigned after engaging in videotaped sex acts with an unidentified woman.

Ex-forger details fraud risks

Rants and Raves
I THINK THE WHOLE judicial system in the United States is anti-Christ.

Schools crack down on unexcused absences
Teachers get shoulder shrugs these days when they ask certain pupils why they were absent the day before. Some children just don't have an excuse and don't think they need one.

Briarwood athletes endure dual shock

Woman gets 10 years for burglary
An Augusta woman involved in the burglary of a man bludgeoned to death in March will spend several years in prison, a judge said Friday.

Across the area

Hunters put on meth-lab watch
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - Effingham County police are asking southeast Georgia hunters to be on the lookout for a new type of prey: crystal methamphetamine labs.

Rain damages Augusta trees

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 23, 1905 In a comedy of errors, both teams participating, Savannah won out over Augusta yesterday 9-6. Savannah played the punkiest kind of ball in the first two innings, not only hooting the sphere and making wild throws, but actually tripping and falling over each other.

Shock lingers from shooting
Yang Kyan Han's neighbors considered him an easygoing man - not the kind likely to die by violence.

Budget recommendations could close parks, cut jobs

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Gaming machine ban keeps authorities busy
In a small side room of a convenience store crammed with blinking video games, a middle-age woman sits on a stool behind dark-tinted glass, a purse in her lap. Over a period of time, she methodically feeds $5 bills into a machine called Jungle King.

Educator graces city with legacy

Across South Carolina

Good weather brings big business to area car washes

Across the area

News you can use

Georgia courthouse keeps commandments
WINDER, Ga. - A Ten Commandments plaque still hangs in a hallway at the Barrow County Courthouse in northeast Georgia, though a federal judge has ordered Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building.

Shot at makeover draws crowds

Ex-forger details fraud risks
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - When he was a younger man, Frank Abagnale made millions by cashing bogus checks around the globe.

Budget problems loom for city

Across the area
A member of the Jefferson County Board of Education was arrested earlier this week on shoplifting charges from an Augusta department store, authorities said.

Seized records lead to dispute
Seized documents set to be returned Thursday to the offices of former state Sen. Charles Walker became the subject of dispute between federal officials and The Augusta Focus newspaper.

Commission rejects parental income limit
ATLANTA - A commission working to save Georgia's HOPE scholarship won't consider parents' income when deciding which college students are eligible for money from the popular fund.

Educator graces city with legacy
During one of his tenures as president of Paine College, Dr. Julius Scott Jr. finished interviewing a job candidate, then said, "You have the job."

Budget recommendations could close parks, cut jobs
ATLANTA - One to three state parks would close and 38 state workers would be laid off under a budget-slashing plan approved this week by the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, which sets environmental policy.

Hot Dog Man serves up injunction against UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - The Hot Dog Man is taking the University of Georgia to court.

Woman gets 10 years for burglary

Across the area
North Augusta authorities are searching for a man who robbed an Edgefield Road business Thursday morning.

Schrenko fined in finance errors
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - The State Ethics Commission fined former state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko on Friday for errors and omissions on campaign-finance reports, including not accounting for nearly $20,000 in contributions.

Across Georgia
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday approved new South Carolina House and Senate lines drawn this spring.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A first-grade pupil accused of threatening to stab a kindergartner has been suspended after school officials found a sharp fishing tool in her backpack, officials said.

SLED agent interviews pupils

SLED agent interviews pupils
AIKEN - A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent interviewed eighth-graders at Aiken Middle School on Thursday to determine whether a substitute teacher provided pupils with an answer on a standardized test.

Gaming machine ban keeps authorities busy

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Frank "Cash" Lawrence is today's Kid of the Day.

Drug maker may build in area

Crash of pickups kills both drivers
MONTMORENCI - Two drivers died as the result of a fiery collision on a country road in eastern Aiken County on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Meningitis in schools diminishes

Good weather brings big business to area car washes
AIKEN - Rainfall dampens the enthusiasm for getting a dirty car washed, hand-waxed and detailed, but on a high-skied Friday, the kings and queens of chamois were hopping to stay ahead of pent-up pride in a shiny ride.

Hot Dog Man serves up injunction against UGA

Man is found innocent of assault on deputy
The family of an Augusta man whose arm was broken by a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop praised a jury's decision to acquit him of assault and obstruction charges.

Official recuses himself in case

Meningitis in schools diminishes
AIKEN - With schools back in session, Georgia and South Carolina health officials are crossing their fingers that an outbreak of viral meningitis that previously plagued children and teenagers has moved out of the Aiken-Augusta area.

Region could be key in 2004 races
COLUMBIA - With the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate hanging in the balance of next year's elections, the Republican National Committee's top official made an early visit Friday to the Palmetto State to pad the party's already strong membership.

Fort Gordon couple arrested

Official recuses himself in case
The rape and child molestation case against Chad Muns is no longer in the hands of local prosecutors.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A 13-year-old girl has filed a $5 million lawsuit against a former Bryan County sheriff's deputy, accusing him of raping her in his patrol car while on duty.

Lakes bill opens talks with Corps
AIKEN - A proposed federal law that would privatize land around Lake Thurmond and two other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs isn't set for discussion until after Labor Day, but it's already accomplished much of what its authors set out to do.

Man is found innocent of assault on deputy

Drug maker may build in area
Genvec board members will meet Sept. 10 to discuss plans to go ahead with facility. Other unnamed, out-of-state sites are being considered, but Augusta is the only one in Georgia.

Fort Gordon couple arrested
Federal authorities have arrested a Fort Gordon couple on charges of cruelty to children and aggravated battery, according to the FBI.

Across Georgia

College's guessing game about to get underway
College football these days is all about numbers, and not just yards and points accumulated.

Laney owes Parker for its success
The most hallowed piece of sporting turf in Augusta is famous for having no real discernible rough. The same cannot be said for one of the most neglected athletic parcels in town.

At the Movies: 'The Medallion'
Jackie Chan plays an ordinary guy who gets super fighting powers and battles evildoers in "The Tuxedo" ... no, WAIT! ... I mean "The Medallion."

At the Movies: 'My Boss's Daughter'
In a movie that will do nothing to advance his career, in which he's asked to do little but transfer his goofy, good-natured persona from "That 70's Show" onto the big screen, Ashton Kutcher gives it his all, and scores a few big laughs and plenty of chuckles.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

At the Movies: 'The Medallion'

Fall isn't reserved for prestige pictures anymore

At the movies: "Le Divorce"

Mini reviews

At the movies: "Le Divorce"
Who knew a Merchant Ivory film could be so much fun? Director and co-writer James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, best known for their stuffy, flawlessly appointed period pieces, offer their take on the French farce with "Le Divorce."

Fall isn't reserved for prestige pictures anymore
For everything, there is a season - or at least there used to be.

At the Movies: 'My Boss's Daughter'

Kings of Leon go retro

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

Duo likes musical variety when spinning their records

Duo likes musical variety when spinning their records
Indie rock pioneer Calvin Johnson loves records. He loves listening to them, making them, collecting them and, of course, playing them.

Helton: "I am not leaving NASCAR"
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR president Mike Helton vehemently denied rumors Friday that he is leaving his post to take over Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Gordon makes waves
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Compared to the other news coming out of the Bristol Motor Speedway Friday, Jeff Gordon's pole-winning effort for the Sharpie 500 almost became a footnote.

Wallace and Kulwicki, two Bristol icons
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki will forever be linked to Bristol Motor Speedway.

Gordon wins pole at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Jeff Gordon's frustrating pursuit of his fifth Winston Cup title took a positive turn Friday when he won the pole for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Helton: "I am not leaving NASCAR"

Gordon makes waves

Wallace and Kulwicki, two Bristol icons

Power lines carried above-normal load before blackout

Power lines carried above-normal load before blackout
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the hours before the nation's worst blackout, several transmission lines in Ohio were carrying massive amounts of power "well above" emergency summer standards, a company that owns the lines said Friday.

Iowa man charged with threatening to kill Kobe Bryant accuser
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa student was charged with threatening to kill the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of sexual assault.

Judge agrees to unseal arrest warrant in Bryant case

Iowa man charged with threatening to kill Kobe Bryant accuser

LeBron James signs deal with Sprite, Powerade

Judge agrees to unseal arrest warrant in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A judge agreed Thursday to unseal the arrest warrant in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case but rejected a media request to see other court records that could detail what happened in his hotel suite.

LeBron James signs deal with Sprite, Powerade
ATLANTA -- Teenage basketball phenom LeBron James has signed a six-year marketing deal to endorse Sprite and Powerade, a move an analyst said will deflect attention from parent company Coca-Cola's affiliation with Kobe Bryant.

Dolphins beat Falcons

Falcons begin play without Vick against Dolphins

Fantasy Football: Put priority on defense

Mr. Robert Tudor    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Miss Aleisha Lee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. James Austin Sr.    (ESTILL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Darnella Long    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Louise Kaczmarek    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. William Lowe    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Hooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John McCollough Jr.    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
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Ms. Carol Heffner    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lucille Quattlebaum    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pearl Hendrix    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Ms. Minnie Dixon (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Stephens (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joey Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph McDonald (CANTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Hammock (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Lowe (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Davis (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lilian Brewer (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Hooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Austin Sr. (ESTILL, S.C.)

Mr. George Murphy (DEARING, Ga.)

Miss Aleisha Lee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. LaRue South (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lisa McMahon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Hooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Skrine, Jr. (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Hooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Kimberly (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Kaczmarek (AIKEN, S.C.)

Gordon Burch, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jaime Burcham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Eloise Hudson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Kimberly (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Quattlebaum (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Hendrix (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Carol Heffner (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Charlotte McKie-Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Annie Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Savage (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Hensley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Hubert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hodges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jaime Burcham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Funderburk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Aleisha Lee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte McKie-Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Hubert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Johnnie Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Billie Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Wiggins (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. Christopher Haynes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Inglett (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae need more transparency
RECENT REPORTS of accounting irregularities and the ousting of three top-level executives at Freddie Mac have made many Americans justifiably nervous. After all, it was less than two years ago that a wave of scandals led to the bankruptcies of many seemingly healthy American corporations.

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae need more transparency
RECENT REPORTS of accounting irregularities and the ousting of three top-level executives at Freddie Mac have made many Americans justifiably nervous. After all, it was less than two years ago that a wave of scandals led to the bankruptcies of many seemingly healthy American corporations.

Mercer back on his feet in title quest

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Hamm wins top award in world championship

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Venus Williams joins sister on sideline for U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Forget an all-Williams final. The U.S. Open will be a no-Williams affair.

Mercer back on his feet in title quest
Ray Mercer still has goals. He wants to be heavyweight champion of the world. He wants a rematch with Lennox Lewis. And he wants to face the badly-deteriorated, but oh-so-profitable Mike Tyson.

Hamm wins top award in world championship
ANAHEIM, Calif. - As soon as Paul Hamm's feet settled into the thick blue mat beneath the high bar, the audience rose with a roar so loud it shook the arena.

Sampras to officially retire at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras is making his retirement official and he will be honored with a ceremony at the U.S. Open.

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Augusta has again been selected as the site for the East Coast Silver Gloves Championships.

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Homer Drew< is returning to Valparaiso, succeeding his son as men's basketball coach.

Natural Resources enacts guidelines to prevent disease
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A new state regulation, designed to prevent chronic wasting disease from breaking out in South Carolina among herds of deer and elk, will ban hunters from importing certain carcass parts taken from states with diagnosed cases of the disease.

Falcons begin play without Vick against Dolphins
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins will spend at least two quarters looking at starters. The Atlanta Falcons will spend at least two quarters looking at a backup.

Vick's X-rays encouraging
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick received a good report after Atlanta Falcons orthopedist Andrew Bishop looked at X-rays of the quarterback's broken right leg.

Fantasy Football: Put priority on defense
It doesn't take an expert to tell you that if you're going to win football games, building a good defense is a great way to start.

Dolphins beat Falcons
MIAMI -- Doug Johnson threw for 148 yards and a touchdown filling in for Michael Vick, but three Miami quarterbacks reached the end zone and the Dolphins beat the winless Atlanta Falcons 30-21 in an exhibition game Friday night.

Alfred goes for his title
Jermaine Alfred has finally made it to arenafootball2's big game.

Larkin girls leave the family circle

Attorney prepares for priesthood
After 20 years practicing law, Augustan Ted Clarkson is changing gears. Enrolled at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., he now pedals a mountain bike from married-student housing to classes in the School of Theology.

Faith digest
WAFJ-FM (88.3)'s Jeremy Daly will speak at a breakfast at 8 a.m. today at Central Christian Church, 220 Crawford Ave. Amanda Fulmer of Wagener will sing. For more information, call 736-8476.

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.

Church workshop counsels couples on marriage issues
When it comes to weddings, the Rev. Glenn Ethridge is particular.

Churches rally to help families of deployed soldiers
The brotherhood from Christian City of Praise has helped Barbara Martin keep her yard trimmed since her husband, Capt. Mohandas Martin, was called up in January with the Army Reserve's 319th Transportation Company.

Larkin girls leave the family circle
Few people get to sing on a recording with their boss, but, in the case of Shaunna and Tina Larkin, their boss is Dolly Parton.

College's guessing game about to get underway

Laney owes Parker for its success

Columbia investigators will release accident report next week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The board investigating the space shuttle Columbia disaster plans to issue its 250-page report on what led to the accident next week in Washington.

Parents group assails 'CSI' as TV's worst show
NEW YORK -- Television's most popular program, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," is also its least family-friendly, a TV watchdog group said Thursday.

Golf to curtail some stations' Jerry Lewis telethon

Golf to curtail some stations' Jerry Lewis telethon
BOSTON -- Television stations in some areas of the country plan to air a PGA tournament instead of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon's final hours, a time telethon organizers say is crucial to their fund-raising.

TV networks scout for more viewers

TV networks scout for more viewers
LOS ANGELES -- When TBS Superstation executive Steven R. Koonin received a draft news release about upcoming TBS college football broadcasts, one word stopped him.

Club calendar

Concert calendar

Standing ovations

Video watch

Applause calendar

Dogs prepared to reload, not rebuild
On the surface, this appears to be a rebuilding season at Georgia after last year's long-awaited success.

Pollack hits new heights

Dogs prepared to reload, not rebuild

Georgia running back not giving up on comeback
ATHENS, Ga. -- Everyone loved to watch Albert Hollis run.

Georgia running back not giving up on comeback

Pollack hits new heights
ATHENS, Ga. - David Pollack and David Greene are best friends, so they attract more than their share of attention when they walk across campus together at the University of Georgia.

A good fight can punch up a film
Classic chronological filmmaking always follows the same simple pattern: Conflict is established and the story escalates toward a climax, the moment when story lines converge, questions are answered and fates determined.

Gamecocks have many holes to fill
The numbers don't look good for South Carolina.

Gamecocks have many holes to fill

Silver Bluff stars reunited
COLUMBIA - Two weeks ago, Troy Williamson and Marcus Lawrence stood together on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Silver Bluff stars reunited

Odds and Ends

More than $260,000 missing after armored truck loses cash

Odds and Ends

Mobster's gets extra 16 months for smuggled sperm

Churches rally to help families of deployed soldiers

Faith and fellowship calendar

Attorney prepares for priesthood

Church workshop counsels couples on marriage issues