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Street basketball, Rucker Park style, gets a wider audience
NEW YORK -- It was the type of play that makes jaws drop.

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."

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Street basketball, Rucker Park style, gets a wider audience

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.

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.

Major League baseball notebook

Major League baseball notebook
NEW YORK - Ron Guidry wiped tears from his eyes as his framed No. 49 jersey was carried onto the field at Yankee Stadium.

Hampton to make start at Coors Field

Minor league notebook
Tell me you don't get a charge every time you see one of the local kids on TV wearing a big-league uniform?

Minor league notebook

Athletics ace might be done for season

Homework shines an appealing light on adulthood

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

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.

Campaign aims to end jokes, indignities of living in Butts County
JACKSON, Ga. -- People who grew up in Butts County laugh at all the jokes. Like how they're not backward, just a little behind. Or how people always crack a smile in Butts County.

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.

Braves snap losing streak with win over Rockies

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.

Hampton to make start at Coors Field

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.

Braves edge Rockies
DENVER -- With his sinker again staying up in the zone at Coors Field, Mike Hampton started pitching inside.

Braves edge Rockies

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 calendar
Tuesday: QuickBooks Pro 2003; Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co., CPAs; 701 Greene Street, suite 200; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.smecpa.com; seminar by Sonia Gowen, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor; Qualifies for A&A CPE Credit; $195 due at registration; continental breakfast and lunch provided; call Dawn M. Hayen at (706) 722-5337.

Wineries are popping up all over the South
ARLINGTON, Ga. -- Charles Cowart has been growing muscadine grapes since the 1970s in a remote section of rural southwestern Georgia where his crop is an oddity among vast pine forests and cotton and peanut fields.

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

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.

On the move
Sue Mahoney has joined Sweetheart Cup Co. Inc.'s Augusta plant as the administrative assistant to plant manager Brett McGuire. Ms. Mahoney, a native of England, replaces Nellise Johnson, who retired in June after 19 years.

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Georgia's chickens may fuel 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.

VCRs are cheaper to replace
The clock finally stopped flashing 12:00 when the VCR broke, but don't plan on getting it fixed.

Many questions need answers before building
If you build it, will it pass inspection? What it will it cost? How long will it take?

Aaron breaks ground on lot

Federal rules will require written permission to send business faxes

Dixie T-shirt business strong despite school bans on emblem
ODUM, Ga. - It's not often the owner of a thriving apparel business wears a T-shirt to work. Dewey Barber does, because T-shirts are his business.

Georgia's chickens may fuel biodiesel

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Unimin Corp.

On the move

Business briefs

Storm season leads to surge in TV repair

Storm season leads to surge in TV repair
Day's TV Repair looks like a junkyard of old televisions.

VCRs are cheaper to replace

Wineries are popping up all over the South

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

Many questions need answers before building

Pocket change

Dixie T-shirt business strong despite school bans on emblem

Raid of Walker's offices draws attention

Raid of Walker's offices draws attention
The busiest intersection in Augusta last week was Laney-Walker Boulevard at 12th Street. After word spread that federal and state agencies were raiding former state Sen. Charles Walker's offices, everybody who was anybody rode by.

Big East not going down without fight
Big East football has never been stronger.

Arkansas running backs enter 2003 with lofty expectations

College football notebook
Marlin Jackson will start the season on the sidelines for Michigan after being suspended by coach Lloyd Carr.

All-ACC receiver expected back for opener

Arkansas running backs enter 2003 with lofty expectations
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius Howard have goals that might seem far-fetched to even the most optimistic Arkansas coach or the most rabid Razorbacks fan.

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.

College football notebook

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.

Big East not going down without fight

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.

Locklear learning yet another position

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.

If Kraemer wins ...

Pray this works out

Sanctions need global support
The leader of Burma's democratic opposition remains incarcerated in a secret jail after her arrest on May 30, despite efforts by Western nations to isolate the despotic military government until Aung San Suu Kyi is released.

Pray this works out
They've been debating it for more than half a dozen years. They've made one decision, then another, then another.

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.

Sanctions need global support

Libya still terrorist nation

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 fall despite Intel's upbeat outlook

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.

Eagles' offense finds its wings
STATESBORO, Ga. - A week ago, Georgia Southern's top offensive unit failed to register a touchdown during a two-hour scrimmage. Preseason or not, that just sounds odd.

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.

Eagles' offense finds its wings

Gathers prepared for his career to be over

Around the horn
PITCHER OF THE WEEK Merkin Valdez of the Hagerstown Suns pitched a four-hit shutout Aug. 17 in a win over Greensboro. The native of the Dominican Republic struck out a season-high 11 batters and walked none. It was Valdez's second pitcher of the week award this season.

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

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.

A wild ride to the top for Clarke

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

A wild ride to the top for Clarke
AKRON, Ohio -- Darren Clarke says he's working harder than ever. The proof is on the scoreboard, not on the scales.

Mallon leads by three halfway through LPGA event

Golf roundup
AKRON, Ohio - Darren Clarke hit one ball that ricocheted across the fairway and played another hole down the wrong fairway. When his wild ride was over, he wound up with the lead Saturday in the NEC Invitational.

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

Course brings out best in senior duo
GRANITEVILLE - Being in their 60s hasn't slowed down out-of-towners Spencer Sappington or Bobby Gause, not when it comes to playing one of their favorite golf courses.

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.

The kids push out the geezers in US Amateur

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.

Course brings out best in senior duo

Lietzke leads first round of Allianz Championship

Augusta native excelled in 1953 on junior circuit

Toms, Riley take advantage

Wie misses cut in Canadian Tour event

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.

Around the horn

War Eagles snap 12-game losing streak

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

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

ECHL players go on strike

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.

Homework shines an appealing light on adulthood
Almost everyone's back in school now, so that means almost everyone's back to doing homework.

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

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?

Maintain tradition and moral integrity

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

Car accident really was an accident

Criticizes article on the path of a firearm
Excuse me, but what is the point of the Aug. 17 Chronicle story on the shotgun, which took up two-thirds of the front page ("Firearm's fatal route")? David Clayton Carrad, Martinez, Ga.

Writes in opposition to HR 2753

Defends teacher's language faux pas

Car accident really was an accident
A close friend and fellow church member for as long as I can remember suffered a terrible tragedy on East Boundary the other day. He made the only major mistake in his life - misjudging an oncoming car's speed, which was excessive, or simply not seeing this car as he turned left across Sand Bar Ferry onto Laney-Walker. Stephen Michael Baxley, Beech Island, S.C.

Writes in opposition to HR 2753
I am a resident of Modoc Shores in McCormick County, S.C. We could have lived anywhere and we chose Thurmond Lake in 1988 because it doesn't look like Marion, Murray, Norman or Lanier. Nancy Lindroth, Modoc, S.C.

'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

Smithsonian unveils restored Enola Gay

Washington Road home refurbished to its original charm

Montana takes pride in history, nature

Home front

Montana takes pride in history, nature
THREE FORKS, Mont. - Between the grandeur of Glacier National Park on its northern border and the steaming, surreal landscape of Yellowstone on the south, Montana has seemingly endless byways for visitors who enjoy history, geology or the artistic vagaries of weather.

In the know
Etiquette column is most-read Etiquette guru Carson Elliott's column The Proper Thing is the favorite of readers who responded to our poll on advice columnists. Here are the top vote recipients:

Home front
Some industrial designers in our increasingly complex world are grabbing readily available materials to fashion high-style furnishings.

Smithsonian unveils restored Enola Gay
DULLES, Va. -- The Smithsonian Institution unveiled a restored Enola Gay on Monday, making the B-29 bomber that helped end World War II the centerpiece of the new annex to the Air and Space Museum.

Washington Road home refurbished to its original charm
Rebecca Skedsvold came home one day to find her hallway littered with paint chips and wallpaper scraps. In the middle of it all was Bubba Smith, a stagehand buddy, with a couple of questions on his mind.

Saturated soil increases risk of flooding

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

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

Perdue holds public session
Deanne Wells, of Hephzibah, and her mother, Shelly Fletcher, were impressed with Gov. Sonny Perdue's calm demeanor.

Festival marks independence, teaches about India's culture
A program of song and dance, which celebrated India's independence from Britain 56 years ago, began with the voice of a child, singing softly.

Perdue learns base's duties
After chatting with Augustans downtown, Gov. Sonny Perdue shook hands with soldiers Saturday afternoon.

Perdue holds public session

Across the area

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.

Unit returns from duty

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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."

Festival marks independence, teaches about India's culture

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.

Residents miss frog statue
Sherri Rivers woke up Tuesday morning and found a longtime friend was missing.

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

Technology helps man picks premium peaches
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Chalmers Carr has a peach-colored dream that depends on a pricey piece of technology to turn it into reality.

Chatham County offers flood buyout
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Evelyn Gordon knows how quickly the waters of West Lake can creep up from the brush behind her back yard.

Across Georgia
ALPHARETTA -Singer Bobby Brown has been arrested on a probation violation, police said Saturday.

Unit returns from duty
FORT STEWART, Ga. - For nine months, Spc. Tracy Murray dreamed about the day he'd see his family again, and when it came Saturday, that was just how the day unfolded - like a dream.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Schools crack down on unexcused absences

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police someone took a wallet containing more than $500 while she was at a Federal Express Friday.

Budget's loopholes tax board

News you can use
William Henry lies wounded from a gunshot at University Hospital following an argument. William Henry Mason is alleged to have done the shooting on the 1100 block of Campbell Street on Tuesday night.

Activist writer returns to Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The familiar smell hit James Fallows only when he was in the shadow of the International Paper plant. It came back again last week as he glided past the old factory in a boat on the Savannah River.

Five Points clock tower draws fire from residents
ATHENS, Ga. - It's supposed to give Five Points a sense of place, to let passers-by know they are visiting an important crossroads.

Shot at makeover draws crowds

Charter schools battle criticism

Ex-forger details fraud risks

Across the southeast

Budget problems loom for city

Celebration of tradition
In honor of Pakistan's independence day, Yumna Ahmed, 7 (from left); Romesa Afzal, 8; Sarah Malik, 5; and Zainb Khan, 5, wear their traditional Pakistani clothes for a fashion show at the Fort Gordon Club.

Across the area

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

Across Georgia

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.

Gaming machine ban keeps authorities busy

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -There may be no stranger business partnership in South Carolina.

Woman gets 10 years for burglary

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.

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Man convicted in police death

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.

Region could be key in 2004 races

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturated soil increases risk of flooding
If a tropical storm creeps into the area and stalls, it would add heavy rain to Augusta's soggy soil - the wettest in Georgia - and could make matters catastrophic, officials said.

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.

Teens up for award after rescuing friend
With a brace around his neck and the sorrowed look in his face, it's hard for Gavin Roberts' friends to look at him and not shed a tear.

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Amanda Renee Johnson of Gloverville.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

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.

Charter schools battle criticism
LANGLEY - Lilian Thomas knows what it's like to work in a political no man's land, caught in the crossfire of two bitter enemies.

Chatham County offers flood buyout

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.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -A high-level manager for the state Department of Health and Human Services must surrender three weeks of personal leave and pay back the cost of nearly 7,000 minutes of personal calls she made with a state-owned cell phone.

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.

Teens up for award after rescuing friend

Educator graces city with legacy

Technology helps man picks premium peaches

Man is found innocent of assault on deputy

Celebration of tradition

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.

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.

Good weather brings big business to area car washes

Residents miss frog statue

Georgia courthouse keeps commandments

Hunters put on meth-lab watch

Augusta National continues its work in progress
It's called White Dogwood. It might soon be redubbed Pine Alley.

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.

At the Movies: 'My Boss's Daughter'

Tape reveals Busch's threat

Busch gets win despite controversy
BRISTOL, Tenn. - After spending a week saying all the wrong things, Kurt Busch almost got it right Saturday night, letting his driving do the talking in the Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch gets win despite controversy

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

Helton: "I am not leaving NASCAR"

Busch won't back off after Spencer incident

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.

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.

Tape reveals Busch's threat
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Time has done little to diffuse the attention spent on the problems between Jimmy Spencer and Kurt Busch. In fact, every passing day since Spencer struck Busch in the face after Sunday's race at Michigan seems to remove more blame from Spencer.

Busch won't back off after Spencer incident
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kurt Busch walked into the garage with his head held high Friday, turning a deaf ear to those who believe the punch in the face he got from Jimmy Spencer was long overdue.

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.

Kobe's suite becomes spa's tourist trap
EDWARDS, Colo. - It's a world of $5 tins of breath mints, wine tastings, croquet tournaments and art shows, where carefully cultivated insulation from the outside world is paramount.

Americans rout U.S. Virgin Islands

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.

Iowa man charged with threatening to kill Kobe Bryant accuser

Americans rout U.S. Virgin Islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Tim Duncan decided not to play against his homeland, and the American Olympic qualifying team did not need him Saturday in a 113-55 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kobe's suite becomes spa's tourist trap

Dunn concerned about Falcons' running game

Defense not the only problem for Atlanta

NFL notebook

Dolphins beat Falcons

Parcells names Carter starter

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Can you imagine that we have electric reliability?
STROLLING THROUGH New York City's Central Park during the nation's largest electrical blackout, I wasn't far from where musician John Lennon was shot and killed. His song Imagine, with its annoying platitudes, popped into my head. But, of course, I "edited" some words to fit the times: "Imagine there's no electric reliability. It's easy if you try. ...I hope some day you'll join me, in a world that gets it right."

Can you imagine that we have electric reliability?
STROLLING THROUGH New York City's Central Park during the nation's largest electrical blackout, I wasn't far from where musician John Lennon was shot and killed. His song Imagine, with its annoying platitudes, popped into my head. But, of course, I "edited" some words to fit the times: "Imagine there's no electric reliability. It's easy if you try. ...I hope some day you'll join me, in a world that gets it right."

Americans continue raking in the gold

Area sports announcements

Mercer back on his feet in title quest

Overtime

Hamm wins top award in world championship

Overtime

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.

Area sports 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.

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

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.

Americans continue raking in the gold
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There's another gold rush for the U.S. gymnasts in California.

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.

Overtime
The Asheville Tourists used a big third inning to defeat the Augusta GreenJackets 9-4 on Friday night.

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Work on fishing facility to begin
Work will begin soon on the long-awaited bass tournament facility at Columbia County's Wildwood Park.

Don't forget to sign up for hunter education classes
Each year about this time, the signs of autumn begin to trickle in - in the form of phone calls and e-mails seeking answers to two popular questions.

Dunn concerned about Falcons' running game
MIAMI -- Regardless of Michael Vick's injury, Warrick Dunn believes the Atlanta Falcons are struggling to run the ball because some players are going through the motions in practice.

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

Parcells names Carter starter
IRVING, Texas - Quincy Carter was named the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday after two consistent and turnover-free preseason starts.

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.

Defense not the only problem for Atlanta
MIAMI - With starting defensive end Brady Smith and four key reserves hurting too much to make the trip, Atlanta's defense was shorthanded when the Falcons arrived at Pro Player Stadium late Friday afternoon.They played like it most of the game.

NFL notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Eagles running back Duce Staley flew into Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, an indication that he might be ending his 27-day holdout.

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.

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

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
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.

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.

Don't forget to sign up for hunter education classes

Augusta National continues its work in progress

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.

Golf to curtail some stations' Jerry Lewis telethon

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.

TV networks scout for more viewers

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

Game over for Georgia and Clemson?

Georgia running back not giving up on comeback

Game over for Georgia and Clemson?
When Georgia visits Clemson on Saturday to kick off the football season, vivid memories will surely be rekindled for supporters of both teams.

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

Odds and Ends

Church workshop counsels couples on marriage issues

Attorney prepares for priesthood

Churches rally to help families of deployed soldiers

Faith and fellowship calendar