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Arts calendar

Street basketball, Rucker Park style, gets a wider audience

Museum offers taste of wild West in the South

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

Museum offers taste of wild West in the South
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Fans of the wild, wild West headed south Saturday, as the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville officially opened its doors to the public.

Author writes a twisted Valentine to his hometown
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The guy wandering around outside the tiki bar on the north edge of town can't even pay for a clue, he's so lost.

Author writes a twisted Valentine to his hometown

Minor league notebook

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?

Major League baseball notebook

Bonds placed on Giants' bereavement list; Rueter recalled
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds was placed on the San Francisco Giants' bereavement list on Sunday, one day after his father's death.

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.

Major League Baseball gives $250,000 to Little League Urban Initiative
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Major League Baseball has donated $250,000 toward Little League Baseball's Urban Initiative, a program designed to make baseball more accessible to inner-city youth.

Bonds placed on Giants' bereavement list; Rueter recalled

Homework shines an appealing light on adulthood

12-year-old begins medical school
CHICAGO -- Sho Yano's mother hands him his lunch for school in a brown paper bag - a turkey sandwich and cookies included.

Saddam's wizard tells of a leader obsessed with magic
HEET, Iraq -- The wrinkled old man sprays perfume around the sparse, dingy room, then holds out his hands and feet and instructs one of his visitors to tie him up, knot the cloth three times and blow on it.

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.

Braves edge Rockies

Ortiz earns 18th win

Ortiz earns 18th win
DENVER - Acquired in a trade with San Francisco last December, Russ Ortiz has fit seamlessly into the Atlanta rotation - just like almost every other Braves starter in the last dozen years.

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

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.

On the move

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.

Dixie T-shirt business strong despite school bans on emblem

Business calendar

Pocket change

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

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Unimin Corp.

Wineries are popping up all over the South

Pascarella sees new technology changing card industry

Storm season leads to surge in TV repair

Pascarella sees new technology changing card industry
NEW YORK -- The credit card industry is anything but static these days, with new products and services coming at a fast pace.

VCRs are cheaper to replace

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.

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

Boomers grapple with newfound time and money
NEW YORK -- The youngest kid just left for college. Better still, the youngest just finished college.

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.

Many questions need answers before building

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.

Georgia's chickens may fuel biodiesel

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

MasterCard seeks to lure consumers from checks, cash
NEW YORK -- For MasterCard, catching up with its main rival, Visa, would be priceless.

Boomers grapple with newfound time and money

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.

College football notebook

Arkansas running backs enter 2003 with lofty expectations

Big East not going down without fight

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

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.

The magic's in you

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.

Don't limit panel

Rough road ahead
Members of the 319th Transportation Company have finally returned home from the war in Iraq.

Sanctions need global support

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.

Pray this works out

The magic's in you
The theme for today's kickoff of the United Way of the CSRA's campaign is "The Magic of United Way."

Don't limit panel
One reason the Savannah River Site enjoys widespread support throughout the region is because of the SRS Citizens Advisory Board, an independent panel made up of civilians in the region who monitors the facility's activities and advises its officials.

Magazine offers advice for the humor-challenged
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Know your joke by heart. Don't announce in advance that it's going to be hilarious. And never say "But seriously ... " when you're finished.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

'Free Willy' whale remains the star of his own show
TAKNES BAY, Norway -- Keiko the "Free Willy" whale still doesn't want to be free.

Records show Arnie's father was member of Nazi storm troops
VIENNA, Austria -- It's just a tiny typewritten line tucked away in an immense archive, but it sheds further light on the Nazi past of Arnold Schwarzenegger's father.

Keeping kids safe
f you're thinking of attending a concert with your child or teenager, consider these tips from Parenting magazine:

To the rescue!
Somewhere, I've always hoped, there is a family driving home from Hilton Head Island, S.C., to New Jersey, or Ohio, or Kentucky, with a really stinky car.

Family scrapbook
If you would like to submit a photo for the Family Scrapbook, please send it to Jennifer Miller, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA, 30903 or email it at a .jpg file to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com.

And the winners are
When it comes to where and how we spend our money, nobody watches a buck more closely than a parent. After all, unless youre independently wealthy those dollars have to stretch a long way to support a house full of kids, pets and the assorted equipment and activities that go along with them.

Balanced on the Biggest Wave
Rachel Beal at Savannah Rapids Pavillion

College care packages
Everyone loves receiving mail, especially those students who are away at college and are out of the nest for the first time. Staying connected with your almost-adult children through care packages can ease the transition for both you and your child.

Canned goods
Good news if your child turns her nose up at raw carrots and tomatoes but loves canned veggies and tomato sauce: Some canned or frozen vegetables are actually more nutritious than the fresh stuff.

From the editor
We all have our favorites. Some like red, some like green. Some like hamburgers, some like tacos. Some want to go to an amusement park, others the beach. Making everyone in a family happy all the time isn't likely - there are plenty of compromises.

What to do
Ideas for family fun

Back to School Mania
Seems like we were celebrating the 4th of July one day and buying school supplies the next. That's when I learned that second grade is cool.

Salt dough refrigerator magnets
The family refrigerator: part art gallery, part message board, part food storage. When that latest drawing or well-done test paper makes it to the fridge front, the kids know its special.

About the Family Chronicles
The Family Chronicles is a monthly publication of The Augusta Chronicle. It is distributed free in racks at various locations throughout the Augusta-area. Sunday subscribers can have it delivered to their home by calling 706-722-5620.

3 great reads
Geography is more than just maps. Inside National Geographic's revised World Atlas for Young Explorers, children will find population and economic data, and information about native animals and cultural traditions.

Don't miss - September
Things to do in September

More buyers look to adjustable-rate mortgages

California bonds offer buying opportunity, but not without risk

California bonds offer buying opportunity, but not without risk
NEW YORK -- California municipal bonds and bond funds have taken a hit in recent months amid the state's budget woes and an unprecedented effort to recall the governor. But while the investments remain risky, some say their beaten-down prices could present buying opportunities.

More buyers look to adjustable-rate mortgages
NEW YORK -- With interest rates rising, many people think it's too late to get a good deal on a mortgage to buy new homes or refinance their current homes.

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.

Yellow Jackets need replacements for Manget, punters
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech kicker Dan Burnett finished off the 2-minute drill with a 40-yard field goal, the ball curling just inside the left upright.

Eagles' offense finds its wings

Yellow Jackets need replacements for Manget, punters

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.

Tourist complete sweep of Jackets
The Asheville Tourists completed a four-game sweep of the Augusta GreenJackets with a 12-5 victory on Sunday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

Storm shortens senior tourney

A wild ride to the top for Clarke

Clarke a tough man to beat

Course brings out best in senior duo

Clarke a tough man to beat
AKRON, Ohio -- Put Darren Clarke in the final pairing of a World Golf Championship, and nobody can stop him - least of all, Tiger Woods.

Unknown Australian Flanagan surprise winner of U.S. Amateur
OAKMONT, Pa. -- The unknown kid from Down Under turned the U.S. Amateur upside down.

Kung wins LPGA tourney
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Candie Kung overcame a slow start and shot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over defending champion Se Ri Pak and Meg Mallon at the Wachovia LPGA Classic.

Storm shortens senior tourney
GRANITEVILLE - The Regions Cup's regular season ended with a whimper when the final round of the Midland Valley Senior Invitational was canceled Sunday.

Unknown Australian Flanagan surprise winner of U.S. Amateur

Around the horn

Tourist complete sweep of Jackets

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

One child dead, another burned in morning fire
One child was killed and another burned in a fire that broke out early Monday morning in a Martinez home.

Car accident really was an accident

Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping,' retired vets

Ordaining gay bishop is ludicrous

House bill a travesty to Lake Thurmond
This morning, as I paddled my kayak over the smooth waters of Lake Thurmond at daybreak, I took in the grandeur of the lake's thickly forested shoreline. The lake-front homes were barely visible through the trees. The reason for this is that the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the collar of land surrounding the lake, is ensuring that this property remain in its natural state. What a tragedy it would be if the Savannah River Lakes Private Land Ownership Restoration Act were to pass. Robert Linsenmayer, McCormick, S.C.

Support troops with more than rhetoric
Mrs. Jeanne Newby asked the question in her Aug. 16 letter, "Are veterans penalized for serving?" I say yes. Dick Donnelly, Evans, Ga.

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.

Ordaining gay bishop is ludicrous
I am constantly amazed at the stupidity of the powers that be. Ordaining an openly perverted bishop on the heels of the Catholic Church child molestation scandal is ludicrous. Sharon D. Schroeder, Evans, Ga.

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.

House bill a travesty to Lake Thurmond

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

Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping,' retired vets
After reading the Aug. 16 letter by Jeanne Newby ("Are veterans penalized for serving?"), I just had to respond. Apparently Mrs. Newby must be the wife of a retired veteran trying to get this benefit to no avail.Linda J. Flythe, Hephzibah, Ga.

Canned goods

Blind man's restored vision gives new insight into nature of seeing

Washington Road home refurbished to its original charm

From the editor

Keeping kids safe

And the winners are

Smithsonian unveils restored Enola Gay

To the rescue!

'Urban legend' rumors keeps racial lynching theories alive in South

3 great reads

Salt dough refrigerator magnets

Internet star born out of private moment on videotape

About the Family Chronicles

Balanced on the Biggest Wave

Back to School Mania

Family scrapbook

Montana takes pride in history, nature

FlashTrax packs performance into digital photo box

Home front

Technology key to better anticipating and preventing outages

Should I worry about computer security?

Defining hip in video game gadgets

What to do

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.

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.

Should I worry about computer security?
Q. I've been hearing a lot lately about firewalls, worms and patches. What are they, and do I need to worry?

Technology key to better anticipating and preventing outages
NEW YORK -- Every two to 10 seconds, the power grid operator for a clutch of Mid-Atlantic states collects thousands of measurements on voltage, circuit breaker positions and the like.

Defining hip in video game gadgets
DALLAS -- Play enough video games and you'll soon realize that good hand-eye coordination alone doesn't guarantee victory.

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.

Blind man's restored vision gives new insight into nature of seeing
After 43 years of blindness, Michael May can see again.

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:

'Urban legend' rumors keeps racial lynching theories alive in South
BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- Three years ago in a small Mississippi town, a man found his black son's body hanging from a pecan tree. Three months ago in Belle Glade, another man found his stepson dangling from a tree in their yard.

Internet star born out of private moment on videotape
It was a moment of unadulterated goofiness, the kind of thing anyone might do with no one watching: A teen from Quebec videotaped himself as he pretended to wield a light saber "Star Wars" style.

FlashTrax packs performance into digital photo box
SAN FRANCISCO -- With digital photography enjoying a steady rise, now's a good time for a device that can provide loads of portable disk space for storing photos on the go.

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.

Aiken's Republicans are a party divided
AIKEN - Republicans have come to dominate Aiken County politics in such a way that battles are fought from within rather than across party lines, evidenced most recently by this year's Aiken City Council race.

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a pat on the back to my mother, Linda, because she's always there and she's always there for all six of her kids, and she's a great mother, and she's a great listener, too.

Schools stress attendance
A recent No Child Left Behind Act report, which cites eight Columbia County schools as low-performing because of absentee rates, has school officials wondering how they can be penalized for something they have no control over.

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.

Carter's inn is history to Plains tourists
PLAINS, Ga. - Jimmy Carter has been giving people a reason to come to this small south Georgia farming community for nearly 30 years. Now he's given them a place to stay.

Insect thwarts infestation

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mary Kay Knox, 9 months, of Martinez.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Police arrested a Savannah man in connection with the death of his wife and 2-year-old son Saturday.

Making of honey is down in state
AIKEN - The price of hon-ey is getting sweeter for South Carolina beekeepers, but their hives aren't buzzing with the same productivity as in years past.

Festival marks independence, teaches about India's culture

Sanford takes on opposers Governor's tactics resemble Clinton's
AIKEN - In the increasingly heated political war over South Carolina's budget crisis, political professionals are starting to wonder whether rookie Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is starting to morph into the man his party regards as the Great Satan - former President Clinton.

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.

News you can use
AUG. 25, 1926 HEPHZIBAH - Hephzibah friends of Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Timms will deeply regret to hear of their moving to Augusta to make their future home. Mr. and Mrs. Timm have endeared themselves to the entire neighborhood and this news comes as a great shock to a host of their friends.

Schools stress attendance

Insect thwarts infestation
A year ago, the flat hilltop near Thurmond Lake was shaded with towering pines that had thrived for half a century. Today, only decaying trunks remain.

Kid of the day

Charter schools battle criticism

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a pat on the back to my mother, Linda, because she's always there and she's always there for all six of her kids, and she's a great mother, and she's a great listener, too.

Across the area

Prices drop to vie with Atlanta
Nearly 20 percent of Walter Barton's business is helping Augustans get to Atlanta to avoid a higher airline ticket price in Augusta.

Metalworking is in man's blood
NORWOOD, Ga. - Sidney Smith sees himself as an old-fashioned, traditional kind of guy.

Police investigate disappearance of Georgia Tech student
ATLANTA -- Police were searching for a Georgia Tech engineering student who disappeared after a fraternity party early Saturday.

Sex abuse low at Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sexual assault allegations at the Air Force Academy have not prompted The Citadel to examine its sexual harassment policy, the school's president says.

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.

Across the southeast

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

Chatham County offers flood buyout

Judge retires, but doesn't stop working
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Judge Thomas Kemmerlin Jr. slouches forward in a tall blue executive chair, almost hidden behind a messy pile of file folders clustered on a table in the courthouse law library.

Technology helps man picks premium peaches

Across Georgia

Judge retires, but doesn't stop working

One child dead, another burned in morning fire

Across South Carolina

Aiken's Republicans are a party divided

Across the area

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta

Sanford takes on opposers Governor's tactics resemble Clinton's

Mayor gives residents ghetto timeline
SAVANNAH, Ga. - There are lush lawns, trimmed shrubbery and perfectly painted houses in the Windsor Forest and Wilshire neighborhoods on the suburban southside of Savannah.

Residents miss frog statue

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Columbia businessman has proposed a $5 surcharge for some college football tickets to help improve pay for top professors.

Saturated soil increases risk of flooding

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigated a two-car accident on Georgia Highway 56 on Sunday afternoon that injured three people.

Unit returns from duty

Group deposits habitat
HARBOR ISLAND, S.C. - Summer and planting go hand in hand.

Celebration of tradition

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta
WASHINGTON -- When the Department of Homeland Security divvied up $500 million in grants to 30 major cities three months ago, the city of Atlanta was noticeably absent from the recipient list.

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

King son says more work to be done on civil rights
WASHINGTON -- Forty years after Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently captured the struggle of black Americans for equality, civil rights activists called Saturday for his dream to finally be realized.

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

Group deposits habitat

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

S.C. Democrats to host second presidential primary debate
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Democratic Party and Young Democrats will hold a presidential debate just days before the state's Feb. 3 primary.

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

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

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.

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.

Teens up for award after rescuing friend

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.

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.

Mayor gives residents ghetto timeline

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.

Police investigate disappearance of Georgia Tech student

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

Prices drop to vie with Atlanta

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.

King son says more work to be done on civil rights

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.

Metalworking is in man's blood

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

News you can use

Study shows Lake Greenwood is shrinking
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Greenwood County's largest lake is filling with sediment because of heavy rains and runoff from Greenville and Pickens counties, a new study shows.

Digital corridor tries low-key approach to snagging high-tech firms

Kid of the Day

Carter's inn is history to Plains tourists

Perdue holds public session

Digital corridor tries low-key approach to snagging high-tech firms
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The slogan of Charleston's Digital Corridor is "18th century architecture, 21st century technology." And the mix seems to be paying off in this historic city's efforts to attract high-tech business with high-paying jobs.

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

'Freddy vs. Jason' remains top flick

'Freddy vs. Jason' remains top flick
LOS ANGELES -- A weak batch of new movies made easy prey for "Freddy vs. Jason," which took in $13.45 million to remain the No. 1 weekend flick, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'Animal House' college reunion shuts down Hollywood Boulevard
LOS ANGELES -- A class reunion of the rowdy "Animal House" gang shut down Hollywood Boulevard with a parade featuring a live elephant, an ROTC contingent, a cheerleading squad and an interruption by the "Deathmobile."

'Animal House' college reunion shuts down Hollywood Boulevard

Swamp pop stars jam on
ROBERT, La. -- From out of the postwar swamps of south Louisiana, there arose a music all its own - a feel-good sound known as "swamp pop."

Bobby Brown arrested for probation violation
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Singer Bobby Brown was arrested on a probation violation and remained in jail Saturday, officials said.

Five Questions With John Mellencamp

Five Questions With John Mellencamp
Two years ago, John Mellencamp didn't expect to make another album for a major record label.

Swamp pop stars jam on

Busch incurs wrath
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Unlike a dented fender or broken engine, fixing Kurt Busch's reputation on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series won't be so easy.

Darlington ready for history making week
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The old country track hasn't ever seen a farewell like this.

Wallace goes flying after Bristol crash

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.

Wallace goes flying after Bristol crash
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Rusty Wallace was up - and flying - Sunday, a day after a hard wreck at Bristol sent him to the hospital.

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.

Tape reveals Busch's threat

Busch won't back off after Spencer incident

Busch incurs wrath

Busch gets win despite controversy

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.

Darlington ready for history making week

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.

Kobe's suite becomes spa's tourist trap

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.

Americans rout U.S. Virgin Islands

NFL notebook

Defense not the only problem for Atlanta

Dunn concerned about Falcons' running game

Parcells names Carter starter

Bengals have a ways to go to beat the best

Falcons drop 8 players

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Mrs. Thelma Kirksey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Traylor (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Billie Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Jaime Burcham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Adams (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Berry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Forehand (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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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."

White's win in women's 100 overshadowed by chaos in men's heats

Mercer wins on 3rd round KO

Overtime

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Americans continue raking in the gold

Area sports announcements

Without a Williams, No. 1 Clijsters has best shot at first major

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

White's win in women's 100 overshadowed by chaos in men's heats
With BC-RUN--Worlds-Men's 100, BC-RUN--Worlds-Women's 100, BC-RUN--Worlds-False Start Rule

Mercer wins on 3rd round KO
After a first round filled with holding, grabbing and wrestling - mostly by opponent Mario Cawley - trainer Stacy McKinley told Ray Mercer not to get frustrated.

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

Overtime
In Braunschweig, Germany, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki injured his ankle while playing in a game for Germany.

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.

Without a Williams, No. 1 Clijsters has best shot at first major
NEW YORK -- The sounds bounced loudly off the thousands of empty blue seats as workers armed with drills and hammers put the finishing touches on Arthur Ashe Stadium, 24 hours before the start of the U.S. Open.

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

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

Outdoors calendar

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.

Bengals have a ways to go to beat the best
CINCINNATI -- Steve McNair found all the Cincinnati Bengals' flaws.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Falcons drop 8 players
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons got an early jump on Tuesday's mandatory roster cutdown by cutting eight players and moving one to the unable to perform list on Sunday.

Don't forget to sign up for hunter education classes

Augusta National continues its work in progress

ABC updates 'Dragnet' franchise
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- "Start with what you know," says Joe Friday in explaining the basics of crime-solving as the cameras roll on a Universal Studios soundstage.

Father-son conflicts kick-start 'American Chopper'
LOS ANGELES -- Building $200,000 motorcycle masterpieces is the hook to lure viewers to "American Chopper," but it's the father-son bickering that kick-starts the Discovery Channel's reality show.

ABC updates 'Dragnet' franchise

Father-son conflicts kick-start 'American Chopper'

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
LOS ANGELES -- Before there was "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," there was "What Not to Wear," a makeover show without a gay-straight twist but with its own flair.

Johnny Cash may steal the show at MTV's Video Music Awards
Work by country legend Johnny Cash may steal the show at MTV's Video Music Awards

Johnny Cash may steal the show at MTV's Video Music Awards

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Magazine offers advice for the humor-challenged

Records show Arnie's father was member of Nazi storm troops

'Free Willy' whale remains the star of his own show

Young offensive line takes over at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia tackle Daniel Inman was a redshirt last season and spent most of his time on the scout team, working in practice against All-American defensive end David Pollack.

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.

Game over for Georgia and Clemson?

College care packages

Young offensive line takes over at Georgia

Dogs fans watch in style
ATHENS, Ga. - On Sept. 6, while the majority of fans in Sanford Stadium watch from the stands as the University of Georgia Bulldogs battle Middle Tennessee State University, Paul Martin and some of his friends will be taking in the football game from a climate-controlled private suite high above the turf.

Don't miss - September

Dogs fans watch in style

Saddam's wizard tells of a leader obsessed with magic

12-year-old begins medical school