'Transatlantic' sails smoothly

'Transatlantic' sails smoothly
In his splendid book Transatlantic: Samuel Cunard, Isambard Brunel, and the Great Atlantic Steamships, Stephen Fox offers a definitive history of commercial navigation across the North Atlantic Ocean, from the introduction of steam power in the 1820s to the early years of the 20th century.

'Carousel' promises exciting ride
Spun from the unlikely threads of traditional American musical theater and the decidedly dark themes of grand opera, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel occupies a unique place in theatrical history.

Chicago agog over two playoff contenders

Chicago agog over two playoff contenders
CHICAGO -- September is a lovely time of year in Chicago.

Notes from Wednesday's games
ST. LOUIS: Reserve OF Eduardo Perez is out two to three weeks after undergoing an emergency apendectomy Tuesday at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was recovering and expected to head back to St. Louis with the team following Thursday's game in Chicago.

Notes from Wednesday's games

Fantasy Baseball: Underachievers can turn fantasies into nightmares

Fantasy Baseball: Underachievers can turn fantasies into nightmares
For owners still feeling the sting of drafting Ken Griffey Jr. in the fifth round or trading for Adam Dunn at midseason, this week's installment is for you.

'Read It' book selection masters the rules of writing

Lauren McKenzie Creech

Tamya Mikayla Asforis-Jones

Tanner Andrew Preissler

Tanner Andrew Preissler
Justin and Kristy Preissler of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tanner Andrew Preissler, Monday, June 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gunter of Aiken, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Preissler of North Augusta and the late Jimmy Wood.

Samuel Elijah Daughtry
Mark K. and Karen A. Daughtry of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Samuel Elijah Daughtry, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter K. Daughtry of Augusta and the late Marvin M. Anderson.

Hailey Anna Barlow
Robert and Alecia Barlow of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Hailey Anna Barlow, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Armand Seda of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Barlow of Cleveland.

Malloree Anne Berry
George Berry III and Charlene Berry of Blythe announce the birth of a daughter, Malloree Anne Berry, Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph and Patricia Riley of Hephzibah, Blanche Berry of Martinez and the late George Berry.

Ethan Ridge Power
Sean T. Power and Davina A. Little, both of Warrenville, announce the birth of a son, Ethan Ridge Power, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Dianne Arthur and Charles Kneece, all of Graniteville, Eddie and Bertha Little of North Augusta, Yvonne Brunson of Aiken and the late Margaret Kneece.

Jalen Tirell Berry

Hunter Blake Moody
Brandon Y. and Angela D. Moody of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Hunter Blake Moody, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Alvin B. and Karen Dickson of Appling and Robert and Regina Moody of Augusta.

Bella Ryan Wood

Chase Austin Lynch
Kenny and Shelly Lynch of Huntersville, N.C., announce the birth of a son, Chase Austin Lynch, Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Grandparents are Majors Hamby of Appling, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark of Augusta, Lina Lynch of Hephzibah and the late Kenneth Lynch.

Zakhia Davon Ranaldson
Derrick D. and Larissa E. Ranaldson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Zakhia Davon Ranaldson, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dannie and Jaketa E. Jones of Leesville, La., John and Brenda Mitchell of Indianapolis, and Shirley A. Sanders and Fred Ranaldson, both of Pensacola, Fla.

Nicholas David Lowe
Christopher and Denise Lowe of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Nicholas David Lowe, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jackson of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hendrick of Harlem.

Samuel Elijah Daughtry

Ethan Patrick Leclerc
Charles and Stephanie Leclerc of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Ethan Patrick Leclerc, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Elizabeth Ann Mangum of Grovetown, James E. Mangum of Bethune, S.C., and Gerald and Mary Leclerc of Aiken.

Dawn Taylor Jolly

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

Malloree Anne Berry

Zion Zechariah Jones
Maurice L. and Helen J. Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Zion Zechariah Jones, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Regenia Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Amon Jones, all of Augusta.

Catherine Ann Chagaris

Dawn Taylor Jolly
Dondra T. Jolly and Chante' M. Luckie, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Dawn Taylor Jolly, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Troy and Cheryl Walker of Evans and Ira Jolly Jr. of Crestview, Fla.

Brandon Lee Fulmer

Alexandra Carter Taramangos
George L. Taramangos and Michelle N. Evans, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Alexandra Carter Taramangos, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Newcomb of Augusta and Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. George L. Taramangos of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Brandon Lee Fulmer
Anthony L. Fulmer and Tamara R. Miller, both of Graniteville, announce the birth of a son, Brandon Lee Fulmer, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Patricia Williams of Edgefield, S.C., Tracy Fulmer of New Holland, S.C., and Genice Harris of Sarasota, Fla.

Bella Ryan Wood
Garret and Tara Wood of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Bella Ryan Wood, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Roundtree Jr. of Evans, Herbie and Jeannie Crews and Jenny Wood, all of Augusta, and Jack Ouzts of Martinez.

William Dylan Prothman
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Prothman of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, William Dylan Prothman, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Barney Clayton of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Prothman of Bath.

Lauren McKenzie Creech
John and Shannon Creech of Matthews, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren McKenzie Creech, Saturday, July 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Nora Lamb of Augusta, Tommy and Rita Creech of Hazlehurst, Ga., and Harry and Evelyn Stone of Hephzibah.

Taryn Bre'Asia Ruff

Logan Dean Capell

Jakob Logan Hollowell
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher T. Hollowell of Burnettown announce the birth of a son, Jakob Logan Hollowell, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wall and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hollowell, all of Burnettown.

Hailey Anna Barlow

Drake Kalton Harris
Alton and Kelly Harris of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Drake Kalton Harris, Monday, Aug. 11, 2003 at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Thomas and Dorothy Regan of Boston and Noah and Jo Anne Newman of North Augusta.

Ethan Ridge Power

Logan Dean Capell
Jerry and Mendy Capell of Evans announce the birth of a son, Logan Dean Capell, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James E. Whitehead and Nancy Sjostrom, all of North Augusta, Karin Hendley of Augusta and Dreyfus Capell of Columbus, Ga.

Catherine Ann Chagaris
Christopher G. and Angela A. Chagaris of Mooresville, N.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Catherine Ann Chagaris, Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur R. Gay Jr. of North Augusta, Teri E. Gay of Augusta, Alice N. Chagaris of Charlotte and the late George J. Chagaris.

William Dylan Prothman

Tamya Mikayla Asforis-Jones
Kevin T. Jones and Timika D. Asforis, both of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Tamya Mikayla Asforis-Jones, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Annie Asforis of Trenton, S.C., and Benjamin F. and Joann Jones of Edgefield.

Ethan Patrick Leclerc

Alexandra Carter Taramangos

Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr.

Nicholas David Lowe

Taryn Bre'Asia Ruff
Horace Ruff III and Erica Garrett, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Taryn Bre'Asia Ruff, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Linwood and Gladys Boyd of Waynesboro, Ga., Michael Garrett and Jacklyn Garrett, both of Hephzibah, and Deborah D. Knotts and Frances V. Henderson, both of Augusta.

Hunter Blake Moody

Zion Zechariah Jones

Jalen Tirell Berry
Ricardo Berry and Tyece Roundtree, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jalen Tirell Berry, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Anzara and Delphine Hatcher of Hephzibah, Michael and Denise Berry of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny B. Berry of Warrenton, Ga.

Students and friends go on chicken-killing spree
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Four Georgia Southern University students and three friends went on a chicken-killing spree to see if chickens really can run around with their heads chopped off.

Odds and Ends
TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Ron Hunt's friends have good reason to call him the "Miracle Man." The construction worker lost an eye but survived a freak accident without brain damage after falling from a ladder and onto an 18-inch-long drill bit that impaled his skull.

The case of the exploding pizza deliveryman
ERIE, Pa. -- The bomb strapped to a pizza deliveryman who told police he was forced to rob a bank contained an unusual kind of explosive not typically found in America, FBI agents said Wednesday.

Dutch customs finds 2,000 baboon noses in suitcase
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Around 2,000 baboon noses were found in an abandoned suitcase at Amsterdam airport after they started to stink, officials said Wednesday.

Odds and Ends
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Cock-a-doodle don't! Some southern West Virginia residents say roosters on steroids are clucking relentlessly all day long, and they want the birds to pipe down.

Friends: Pizza deliveryman incapable of elaborate heist
ERIE, Pa. -- Living in a rented cottage with hand-me-down furniture and three cats, Brian Douglas Wells was content to deliver pizzas 27 hours a week and spend much of his free time listening to his stereo. Money, say his friends, never meant much to him.

Charges dropped against naked walker in England
LONDON -- A man who has been repeatedly arrested for trying to walk the length of Britain naked was given a brief respite Thursday when prosecutors in southern England dropped charges against him.

Man jogs naked - down a street called Jay Bird
NORCROSS, Ga. -- When a man wants to run naked through the street, where better than Jay Bird Alley?

Midseason collision has not slowed down Atlanta's Giles

Braves' miscues give Mets sweep
NEW YORK - Having spent the better part of the previous two days dodging raindrops, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was less than thrilled to pull back his curtain Wednesday morning to reveal another damp day in the Big Apple.

Midseason collision has not slowed down Atlanta's Giles
ATLANTA - He will continue to play, Marcus Giles said, though his left shoulder is killing him.

Will-ing to listen: Cunnane tries to stick with Braves

Braves' miscues give Mets sweep

Will-ing to listen: Cunnane tries to stick with Braves
ATLANTA -- Will Cunnane knows why he hasn't been able to stick around in the big leagues.

Travelocity, Hotels.com end agreement
DALLAS -- Hotels.com Inc. said Tuesday it was cutting its ties with Travelocity in favor of its sister online travel company, Expedia.

Business finds home downtown
Lisa Baggs wouldn't have picked any other day to open her art supply store than today - First Friday. The same holds true for the downtown spot she chose.

Kentucky group buys Formax Feeds plant
ConAgra Feed Co. has sold its Formax Feeds business, which includes its Augusta feed mill, to a Kentucky agricultural consortium.

Business finds home downtown

Chrysler announces incentives on 2004 models
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group said Tuesday it will start offering incentives on most of its 2004 model-year vehicles as it attempts to boost U.S. sales.

Business briefs

Jobs main concern at labor convention
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Presidential candidate Al Sharpton will speak and jobs will be the main concern at this week's annual convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO in Surfside Beach.

Business briefs
Augusta's Morris Communications Co. announced this week it has purchased Guest Informant, the nation's largest publisher of visitor guides for metropolitan areas. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Productivity soars; jobless claims climb
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of U.S. companies in the second quarter posted the biggest gain in a year as businesses produced more with fewer workers. New claims for unemployment benefits climbed last week to the highest level since the middle of July.

Construction spending rises to highest level since January
WASHINGTON -- Spending on construction ventures around the country increased in July to the highest level seen since the beginning of the year, a promising sign for the economy's anticipated second-half rebound.

Gas company to pay $400,000 for 'slamming'
ATLANTA -- The state Public Service Commission has approved a settlement in which a gas marketing company will pay $400,000 for "slamming," a practice of switching new customers to a new company without their consent.

Van plant effort hits roadblock
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The ongoing effort to bring a massive DaimlerChrysler van plant to southeast Georgia was further complicated this week when the German automaker announced it will soon spend $325 million to expand one of its existing European plants.

Toyota looks to boost U.S. sales of hybrid vehicles
LOS ANGELES -- Toyota hopes to boost annual sales of its hybrid gas and electric Prius in the United States by 75 percent, Yukitoshi Funo, the new president and chief executive of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. said Tuesday.

Chrysler announces incentives on 2004 models

Three Spanish-language papers expand, begin publishing
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three new or expanded Spanish-language newspapers debuted Tuesday, testimony to the growing Hispanic market that has publishers and advertisers taking notice.

Three Spanish-language papers expand, begin publishing

Sanford backs two-state recruiting of business
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he supports more cooperation between the Palmetto State and North Carolina on economic development projects.

Business briefs

Gas company to pay $400,000 for 'slamming'

Group awaits no-call effects

Back-to-school business helps lift retailers' sales
NEW YORK -- Parents opened their wallets for back-to-school merchandise, helping to lift August sales results above expectations for many merchants, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Construction spending rises to highest level since January

Back-to-school business helps lift retailers' sales

Group awaits no-call effects
Millions of Americans are breathing a sigh of relief now that the national Do Not Call Registry will provide mostly uninterrupted dinners.

Business briefs
OKLAHOMA CITY - Former WorldCom Chief Executive Bernie Ebbers pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges he violated Oklahoma securities laws, the first charges brought against the man who presided over the telephone company's $11 billion accounting scandal.

Younger Bowden off to a rough start
Bobby Bowden can relate to son Tommy Bowden's 30-0 season-opening loss over the weekend to No. 8 Georgia, only on a bigger scale.

Clemson's graduation rates among NCAA leaders

Clemson's graduation rates among NCAA leaders
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson may have struggled on the football field last week, but its players are surging in the classroom according to figures released by the NCAA.

Younger Bowden off to a rough start

ACC & SEC notebook
After his team lost at Virginia Tech early last season, Louisiana State coach Nick Saban couldn't believe the national reaction.

Coastal set for first game against Newberry

Congressional committee chairman criticizes BCS

Battle over BCS future heads to Congress

Florida State's speed could be best yet

ACC & SEC notebook

Morehouse back doesn't want to be known only as Denzel's son
ATLANTA -- When John David Washington emerged from the locker room on Morehouse's preseason media day wearing No. 13 instead of his normal No. 30, it appeared he might be going to extremes to avoid attention.

Congressional committee chairman criticizes BCS
WASHINGTON -- Two weeks into the new college football season, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Thursday the system in which a national collegiate champion is determined needs to be changed.

Battle over BCS future heads to Congress
WASHINGTON -- Congress will step into the debate about the college football postseason with a hearing Thursday that will include testimony from some of the sport's most powerful figures.

Florida State's speed could be best yet
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Since Bobby Bowden has seen his share of blazing Florida State teams race past opponents and into national title contention, he's not easily impressed by speed and skill.

Coastal set for first game against Newberry
CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett has seen the signs that his two-year journey to bring Division I-AA football to campus is nearly complete - and still has a long way to go.

Morehouse back doesn't want to be known only as Denzel's son

Savior of Baylor basketball fell hard from grace

Malicious intent?
Fired airport director Ken Kraemer may or may not have a legitimate grievance against the Aviation Commission.

Vigilante terrorism
Members of the Islamic Center of Savannah found bullet holes in the center's garage door on Aug. 3. On Aug. 18, the apartment of a student who worships at the center was burglarized. The burglar reportedly left behind a note marked with a swastika demanding that Muslims leave Savannah. On Aug. 24, the center was destroyed by fire and investigators say the blaze was intentionally set. The FBI is investigating the fire as a civil rights violation.

One less terrorist
Paul Hill said he expects a "great reward in heaven" for having killed an abortion doctor and his escort in cold blood.

Vigilante terrorism

Good EPA choice

Start with the mirror

Good EPA choice
It wouldn't matter whom President George W. Bush nominated to be Environmental Protection Agency chief - even if it was Green Party saint Ralph Nader - most Democrats and enviro-extremists would find him or her inadequate to the task.

Start with the mirror
Hey! Augusta Commissioners! You've just presided over a year in which the value of property in Richmond County actually shrunk. Where are you going now?

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

Johnny Depp likens U.S. to an agressive, 'dumb puppy'
BERLIN -- Actor Johnny Depp likened the United States to a "dumb puppy that has big teeth" in an interview published Wednesday, ridiculing Washington's confrontation with France, where he lives, over the war in Iraq.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED:Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Cameron Diaz breaks her nose in Hawaiian surfing accident
HONOLULU -- It wasn't quite the birthday in paradise Cameron Diaz was hoping for.

Standing ovations
Columbia County's Stage III theater company is kicking off its sixth season by revisiting the first play the company ever staged -- Neil Simon's Rumors -- at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m.

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

Mortgage rates climb to highest level of the year

FTC creates report on identity theft
WASHINGTON -- More than 27 million people have been victims of identity theft in the last five years, costing them $5 billion and businesses and financial institutions almost $48 billion, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Survey: Women shoppers not buyers until the price is right
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If it weren't obvious to anyone who sees a harried mom burning through the "sale" racks between errands on her lunch break, Carrie McCament will speak the awful truth.

Mortgage rates climb to highest level of the year
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages climbed this week to the highest level since last summer.

Nasdaq composite posts best win streak in 3 years

Nasdaq composite posts best win streak in 3 years
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index notched its longest winning streak in more than three years Thursday after strong gains in factory orders and worker productivity fueled investor expectations of a rebounding economy.

Survey: Women shoppers not buyers until the price is right

Stocks rise on investor optimism after upgrades

Study: IRS employees steer taxpayers wrong on tax law
WASHINGTON -- IRS employees at tax help centers gave correct answers to just 57 percent of tax law questions asked by Treasury Department investigators posing as taxpayers.

Study: IRS employees steer taxpayers wrong on tax law

Inquiry into soaring gasoline prices launched
WASHINGTON -- The recent run-up in gasoline prices after the Northeast power blackout has prompted an informal Energy Department investigation on possible price gouging, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told lawmakers Wednesday.

Inquiry into soaring gasoline prices launched

FTC creates report on identity theft

Stocks rise on investor optimism after upgrades
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its buying momentum into a fourth day Wednesday as investors grew more optimistic that the economic recovery is firmly on track. Brokerage upgrades of General Electric Co. and Siebel Systems Inc. added to the good mood.

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 report

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
"Match the hatch." That's what successful fly fishermen say, and their advice was needed on Strom Thurmond Lake this week.

Education of a freshman quarterback
ATLANTA -- The Education of Reggie Ball, Chapter II.

Storied rivalry resumes
ATLANTA - The last time Georgia Tech and Auburn met on the football field, most of the current Yellow Jackets and Tigers were barely out of diapers, the head coaches were nowhere near their current positions, and Bobby Dodd Stadium was simply known as Grant Field.

Education of a freshman quarterback

Driving a pickup took me back to friendly times

Weir chasing first Canadian Open title
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Masters champion Mike Weir is too busy trying to win the Canadian Open to think about the PGA Tour's player of the year award.

U.S. Open golf sells out for 18th straight year

Forest Oaks spends $3.5 million to lure top players
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Chrysler Classic of Greensboro fell further down the pecking order over the last decade as competition to lure golf's top players increased.

U.S. Open golf sells out for 18th straight year
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Tickets for the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills are sold out - the 18th straight year the tournament is a sellout.

Forest Oaks spends $3.5 million to lure top players

Howell one back in Canadian Open after closing bogey

Hart transfers to Auburn
The Augusta State women's golf team will begin its season Monday minus its top golfer from last season.

Weir chasing first Canadian Open title

Callaway wins court approval to buy Top-Flite

Sorenstam returns to Tulsa to defend Classic title
TULSA, Okla. -- From playing at the Colonial to winning two majors to complete the career Grand Slam on the LPGA Tour, Annika Sorenstam put her name in the record books during 11 amazing weeks of golf.

Els, Karlsson share lead at European Masters
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Ernie Els shot a 6-under-par 65 Thursday at the European Masters to share the first-round lead with defending champion Robert Karlsson of Sweden.

Callaway wins court approval to buy Top-Flite
CHICOPEE, Mass. -- Callaway Golf Co., the world's largest golf club maker, won federal court approval Thursday to buy Top-Flite Golf Co., one of the nation's oldest and largest golf ball makers.

Howell one back in Canadian Open after closing bogey
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Charles Howell III was a little too long for his own good.

Key matchups

Passing leagues become bigger part of area teams' off-season workouts

On the air

Top 15 Power Poll

Red Devils ease pains with win

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule for Friday's area prep football games.

Top 15 Power Poll
The top 15 teams in the second Power Poll of 2003, chosen weekly by seven members of The Augusta Chronicle sports department. A first-place vote is worth 15 points; a 15th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes in parentheses.

Hephzibah sees Laney's prowess
Todd Booker and the rest of the Hephzibah coaching staff sat near the top of the Lumpkin Road Stadium bleachers Friday watching Laney dominate Glenn Hills.

Key matchups
Here are capsule looks at this week's key matchups.

Red Devils ease pains with win
Although Lincoln County offensive lineman Mark Saggus is out indefinitely with a broken ankle, the latest news on him isn't all bad.

Passing leagues become bigger part of area teams' off-season workouts
When moving a star quarterback to running back and replacing him with a senior who hasn't played the position since middle school, a coach will have major concerns going into a new season.

Bush takes second chance
WILLISTON, S.C. - With his team losing by a touchdown, Williston-Elko running back Rafael Bush wanted to be the hero.

'Read It' book selection masters the rules of writing
Mr. Maugham, to the contrary, I think there are probably many authors who have mastered the rules of writing, and one of them is my friend Terry Kay.

FBI issues bulletin for 4 men wanted for questioning about terrorism
WASHINGTON -- The FBI issued a bulletin Friday announcing a worldwide search for four men in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States.

Unexcused absences set bad example

NCLB too problematic to work
Your Aug. 12 editorial, "Why NCLB is working," raised my ire recently. As a teacher and a parent, I am frustrated beyond belief with political mandates concerning education. Politicians demand higher standards and greater professionalism from teachers, while they overrule our suggestions and expertise with bureaucratic red tape, thereby hindering our jobs. Susan Hitt, Dearing, Ga.

Attempts to sway opinion on sports arena lead to misreporting
In The Chronicle's attempts to turn public opinion toward building a new sports arena, your paper has mislead the taxpayers of this city. Here is information that should have been reported. Billy Holden, Hephzibah, Ga.

BMI an important indicator for obesity

Unexcused absences set bad example
Where in the world is the Richmond County Board of Education these days? Voting to allow students 12 unexcused absences a year sends a message to students that is void of responsibility and accountability. Can you imagine missing work 12 unexcused times and expect to hold a job? This is not a "crackdown on truants," rather 12 free passes to not attend school. Bobby Ross, Augusta

We need to truly take care of our own
After spending nearly 30 years in the military, in retrospect, I can remember when soldiers and their families were truly taken care off, even though a soldier's pay scale was not commensurate with his civilian counterpart in the private sector. This pay disparity is about the same today for enlisted military personnel, yet all of our military personnel are required to spend exorbitantly for simple things such as sodas and snacks in vending machines on all military installations. Wesley G. Ellis, Hephzibah, Ga.

Attempts to sway opinion on sports arena lead to misreporting

Mack Lane animal shelter in good shape
My family and I went to the Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control Shelter on Mack Lane to adopt a new dog for my daughter. What a pleasant surprise! Elizabeth Whittle, Blythe, Ga.

BMI an important indicator for obesity
I applaud your Aug. 11 editorial, "A growing problem," concerning the American Academy of Pediatrics' effort to help stem the rising tide of obesity as it continues to engulf children at earlier ages. However, I would like to point out that the capture of the body-mass index, or BMI, for all children is not analogous to the indiscriminate random airport searches of old ladies and other non-terrifying types. John Hanes, Ph.D., Augusta

Agrees Christians should take a stand
This is in response to the letter from Brian Baldowski on Aug. 23,"'American,' 'Christian' not synonymous." I agree with the letter by Barbara Mohler on Aug. 6, "Christians must take stand for nation now," to which Mr. Baldowski is responding. Sue Stallings, Jackson, S.C.

Augusta's weekend market is popular

List shows cultural gap between students and their professors

'Freaky Flyers' gives air racing a whole new look

In James Bond style, new sports car becomes a boat

Exhibit on black baseball history makes national debut

In the know

Augusta Dance Theatre brings doll to life in 'Coppelia'

In James Bond style, new sports car becomes a boat
LONDON -- Britain's newest sports car took a test drive Wednesday, zooming back and forth across the waters of the Thames River in pure James Bond style.

Zippo cranks out 400 millionth lighter
PITTSBURGH -- The Zippo Manufacturing Co. isn't selling as many lighters as McDonald's does hamburgers -- "billions and billions." But workers at the cigarette lighter plant on Wednesday nonetheless paused to celebrate production of the company's 400 millionth lighter.

Exhibit on black baseball history makes national debut
For many, the first half of the 20th century represents the golden age of baseball, an era in which the exploits of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Cy Young became the stuff of legend.

'Freaky Flyers' gives air racing a whole new look
There are realistic racing games and there are cartoon racing games.

Augusta's weekend market is popular
The Augusta Farmers Market is the biggest hit on Broad Street on Saturday mornings since Hopalong Cassidy thundered across the screen at the old movie theaters downtown.

In the know
The Greater Augusta Arts Council is looking for volunteers for the annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.

Augusta Dance Theatre brings doll to life in 'Coppelia'
Her first principal role is fun and challenging for 15-year-old Meredith Tannehill.

List shows cultural gap between students and their professors
MILWAUKEE -- For this year's college freshmen, computers have always fit in a backpack and Paul Newman has always made salad dressing. Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are old enough to be their parents.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Richmond County wanting to raise taxes on the property owners to help the school situation. Seems like it would turn to the Lotto. There are a lot of folks involved with that over there and a lot of money. Frankly, the workers, we're losing our jobs. These companies are going overseas, and CEOs are wanting to get more bonuses. We taxpayers need a break somewhere.

Opinions differ on value of Cypress Gardens
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Locals know Cypress Gardens for its black-water lagoon, flat-bottom boat rides, aquarium and reptile center. Those from farther afield may know it from scenes in "The Patriot" and other films.

Clayton County recruits its founding families
JONESBORO, Ga. -- Only the elite few of Jonesboro can join a new club - those who can track their family lines back to 1858, when Clayton County was first formed.

News you can use
SEPT. 5, 1962 Sherman Drawdy, president of the Georgia Railroad Bank and Trust Co., said this week he is definitely in favor of a new hospital for the Augusta area because the "present facilities are entirely inadequate."

Slaying jury to hear of other crimes

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Savannah Marie Dudley, 2, of Augusta.

Girl left in hot car; woman arrested
An Augusta grandmother was arrested after officers found her 5-year-old granddaughter sitting unsupervised in a parked car in hot conditions.

Scientists tagging sharks to study growth
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- It takes less than five minutes to catch the shark, measure it, tag it, and throw it back in the water.

Fewer people die on S.C. roadways during Labor Day weekend
Fewer people died on South Carolina roadways during the Labor Day weekend, compared with a year earlier, the state Department of Public Safety reported Tuesday.

Activist urges Savannah to throw protest party during G-8

Convicted sheriff gets warm reception at fund-raiser
SOPERTON, Ga. -- More than 300 people attended a rally and raised money for their ousted sheriff, who was found guilty of using excessive force at a jail after arresting two men.

Outdoor drinking banned

Many doubt man's intent
AIKEN - Friends and family of Glenn Gallman have trouble believing the 33-year-old Aiken man intentionally set fire to himself in a New Ellenton gas station last week.

Residents speak out on one-cent sales tax

UGA learning center is success on campus
ATHENS, Ga. - Two weeks into the University of Georgia's fall semester, the school's brand-new Student Learning Center has become a big hit with students and faculty.

South Carolina's second law school to open

Authorities nab Ashburn jail escapee near Blakely
ASHBURN, Ga. -- An Ashburn man who escaped from the Turner County Jail nearly a month ago after allegedly torching his home and claiming it was a racial attack was captured Wednesday in Early County, authorities said.

Incumbent's money forms were late

Outdoor drinking banned
Plastic to-go cups will still be available at some downtown bars.

Rain spoils crops, moods

Upstate sheriffs, SLED settle money dispute
ANDERSON, S.C.-- The State Law Enforcement Division and Oconee County Sheriff's Office have agreed to give the Anderson County Sheriff's Office about $800,000 worth of property to settle a lawsuit between the three law enforcement agencies.

Soldier receives sentence in fraud

Newton County location planned for movie about Bobby Jones
COVINGTON, Ga. -- "Stroke of Genius," a movie about golfer Bobby Jones, will begin filming in Newton County on Sept. 8.

Area gets big money for roads

Rockdale may hire P.I. to track out-of-county students
ATLANTA -- Rockdale County schools may hire a private investigator to spot students who attend the district illegally.

Indigent-defense panel sues city for more money

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The death of a Muscogee County woman is the first West Nile virus death in Georgia this season, state health officials said Thursday.

Crash sends four to MCG

Boy killed by two pit bull dogs

Across the area

Convicted sheriff gets warm reception at fund-raiser

Late fee irks school system
Columbia County's stormwater utility fee continues to cause friction between the county's government officials and school system.

Kraemer will fight grants
Just four weeks ago, he worked for Augusta Regional Airport. Now, a month after his firing, the airport's former director is threatening to work against the facility.

Plans aim to divert trains

Persistent lawyer finally gets his novel published
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- It took him 85 tries, but lawyer and Camden County Commissioner Steve Berry is finally a published novelist.

FBI issues bulletin for 4 men wanted for questioning about terrorism

Witness testifies in grand jury probe of sheriff shooting
ATLANTA -- A key witness for the prosecution in the assassination of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown testified Wednesday before a federal grand jury, which is considering new charges against two men acquitted in the killing.

Late fee irks school system

Plans aim to divert trains
It's a move that could forever change your excuse for being late to work in downtown Augusta.

Fewer people die on S.C. roadways during Labor Day weekend

3 charged in Somerset child sex cases
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Three men face charges of sexually assaulting children in separate incidents in Somerset County.

UGA friends say charges against human rights activist are fake

Orangeburg soldier laid to rest as a hero
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Pfc. Vorn James "Vonnie" Mack was remembered as a warrior following in his father's footsteps at his funeral Tuesday.

Man holds woman hostage at Greenville store

Seniors complain about new park fees
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism's fee changes at many state parks to cope with budget cuts have prompted some seniors complain that they're being hit hardest.

Rockdale may hire P.I. to track out-of-county students

Man holds woman hostage at Greenville store
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Piedmont woman died Wednesday morning after a shooting at a Greenville grocery store where she worked.

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Atlanta struggling to find fit honors for late mayors
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council has been told that a panel selected to choose proper honors for the late Mayors Maynard Jackson and Ivan Allen Jr. may not be able to reach a consensus.

Cuts affect child health care

Boy killed by two pit bull dogs
CLAYTON, Ga. -- A 6-year-old boy was mauled to death by two pit bull dogs that belonged to his uncle.

Sick Valdosta girl has support
Jennifer Tucker is getting support from all over, even from behind bars.

Kid of the day

Fort Stewart visit in works for Bush
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Private meetings are under way to plan a visit from President Bush to Fort Stewart, Ga., the home base of the U.S. troops who stormed Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Fort Stewart visit in works for Bush

Building permits increase

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford's 4-year-old son was stuck in an elevator in the Governor's Mansion for about 45 minutes Wednesday.

Rain spoils crops, moods
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - At least the fresh-boiled peanuts and barbecue were good.

Opinions differ on value of Cypress Gardens

Cuts affect child health care
Federal money in many Georgia public health programs should ensure care despite more than $40 million in proposed cuts, Department of Human Resources Commissioner Jim Martin said Thursday.

Authorities nab Ashburn jail escapee near Blakely

Atlanta struggling to find fit honors for late mayors

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Across the area

Seniors complain about new park fees

Kid of the day

3 charged in Somerset child sex cases

Colleges working to discourage music file sharing

Offices take shape

Slaying jury to hear of other crimes
When Cedric Beals stands trial on capital murder charges, a judge ruled Wednesday, the jury can hear not only about a fatal robbery in Summerville but also about two other violent robberies.

Health network faces cut

UGA friends say charges against human rights activist are fake
ATHENS, Ga. -- Friends and students at the University of Georgia who knew Ruslan Sharipov when he was a student say he's being prosecuted by the Uzbekistan government for political purposes.

Across the area
An 86-year-old woman told North Augusta public safety officers that a teenager snatched her purse outside a department store.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Richmond County wanting to raise taxes on the property owners to help the school situation. Seems like it would turn to the Lotto. There are a lot of folks involved with that over there and a lot of money. Frankly, the workers, we're losing our jobs. These companies are going overseas, and CEOs are wanting to get more bonuses. We taxpayers need a break somewhere.

Plane's engines sent for testing
The twin engines of a plane that crashed in Phinizy Swamp on June 16, killing Ed and Leslie Johnson, have been sent to a Pennsylvania testing facility for further examination.

Scientists tagging sharks to study growth

Police charge relative in weekend slaying
A Sardis, Ga., man has been charged in the shooting death of a relative over Labor Day weekend in Burke County, authorities said Wednesday.

Bar's old Southern theme offends some students

Activist urges Savannah to throw protest party during G-8
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Florida activist who plans to demonstrate during next summer's G-8 summit says Savannah could fend off property damage by throwing a big party for protesters.

Bar's old Southern theme offends some students
ATHENS, Ga. -- A new bar named after a Confederate general and decorated with Confederate flags and other vestiges of the Old South and the Civil War has upset some University of Georgia students.

Police charge relative in weekend slaying

Governor announces millions in road improvement funding
ATLANTA -- Dozens of counties in metro Atlanta and across the state will share $324 million for road upgrades, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday.

Seven Pepsi employees arrested in thefts
Authorities expect more arrests as the investigation into the thefts continues.

Aiken ring of thieves busted

Health network faces cut
The first line of defense against bioterrorism and exotic new diseases such as SARS is the same system that keeps in line syphilis and tuberculosis - the public health network, officials said.

Experiment testing durability of rubberized asphalt
MRYTLE BEACH, S.C. -- In another effort to find new uses for old tires, the state and Clemson University are conducting a 10-year experiment to see how rubberized asphalt holds up on South Carolina roadways.

Mistake to delay billing

Colleges working to discourage music file sharing
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Special web sites, brochures, mandatory orientation sessions and slowing file-sharing computers are among the steps South Carolina colleges and universities are taking to discourage students from sharing music files over campus Internet connections.

Budget proposal would close prisons, cut jobs

USC receives $1.3 million grant to study nanoscience
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of South Carolina a $1.3 million grant from to research the ethics of nanoscience, which is the study of atoms and molecules.

Judge blocks Athens law requiring renters to register

South Carolina's second law school to open
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina's second law school, the Charleston School of Law, received approval from the state Thursday to enroll its first class in the fall of next year.

Many doubt man's intent

Four candidates atop South Carolina poll, almost half undecided
WASHINGTON -- Three Democrats have pulled even with Joe Lieberman atop a new poll in South Carolina that shows almost half of likely primary voters remain undecided.

Building permits increase
AIKEN - Bottom-of-the-barrel interest rates have Columbia and Aiken counties on the path to build more houses in 2003 than at any point in almost two decades, records show, while plans for development indicate that the upward trend could continue.

Federal judge threatens video gambling magnate with contempt
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A federal judge said Thursday that the man who once ran the state's largest video gambling operation was close to being held in contempt during a lawsuit trial Thursday.

Across Georgia

Judge blocks Athens law requiring renters to register
ATHENS, Ga. -- A Clarke County Superior Court judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a recently adopted rental regulation ordinance until he can consider a lawsuit challenging it.

Residents speak out on one-cent sales tax
About 40 south Augusta residents put in their two cents' worth on the one-cent sales tax Thursday night at the first of 14 town hall meetings scheduled to discuss extending the penny levy beyond 2005.

Aiken ring of thieves busted
AIKEN - Ten people were arrested this week in what sheriff's officials said Wednesday was part of a burglary ring that stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment from storage sheds and homes in the Horse Creek Valley area to feed their drug habits.

Four candidates atop South Carolina poll, almost half undecided

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina will receive more than $20 million to help public health agencies prepare for emergencies such as acts of bioterrorism.

Area gets big money for roads
Jimmy Lester was ecstatic Thursday after hearing that Gov. Sonny Perdue had set aside $66.3 million for major road projects in the Augusta area.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham is being treated for a heart attack he suffered at his home in Cartersville on Labor Day, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

Judge reopens state court after heated budget dispute
ATLANTA -- Fulton County magistrate courts reopened Thursday, after county officials resolved a heated budget dispute that had prompted the court's chief judge to shut down proceedings for a day.

Sick Valdosta girl has support

Incumbent's money forms were late
AIKEN - Aiken City Councilman Don Sprawls failed to mail mandated financial disclosure forms until nine days after an Aug. 25 deadline and a spokeswoman for the State Ethics Commission said Thursday that the oversight agency has yet to receive the documents.

Indigent-defense panel sues city for more money
Stripped down to the bare bones, it's all about money, said the judge appointed to preside over the lawsuit the local indigent-defense committee filed against the Augusta government.

Budget proposal would close prisons, cut jobs
ATLANTA - More than 1,100 jobs would be eliminated and up to 15 prisons and other facilities shut down under a budget plan the state Department of Corrections submitted to Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday.

Offices take shape
A small crowd will no longer mean standing room only at Richmond County Board of Education meetings next year.

Perdue blames Florida for failure of water talks
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue blamed Florida Wednesday for the failure of the tri-state water talks. He said Georgia and Alabama now will pair off to continue working toward an agreement on using the waters the two states share.

Crash sends four to MCG
A Marietta, Ga., family is recovering after a wreck in Columbia County while traveling home from vacation Wednesday.

Perdue, Baker split power, justices say
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue lost his claim to power over the attorney general Thursday when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the state Constitution splits authority for legal matters evenly between the two officials.

News you can use
SEPT. 4, 1961 A once-reigning queen is now ready to return to her throne after a complete "facial" and a dry-cleaning job on her 130-year-old robes.

Soldier receives sentence in fraud
A Fort Gordon soldier accused of receiving goods obtained illegally on a government credit card and defrauding insurance pleaded guilty at his court-martial Thursday.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT against Mr. George Bush, our president. He's out there taking in campaign money, and naturally, that's the reason our gas prices are going up. He's asking for the campaign money, and they're going to get their money back. The oil company's big oil. I don't think it's right.

Across the area
A 66-year-old Augusta woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she placed her loaded .22-caliber revolver in a key and change tray before walking through the municipal building's metal detector.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Davian D'elby Brown, 2, of Hephzibah.

Mistake to delay billing
Local property tax bills will be delayed a week and elected officials will have to vote again on a mill rate after a foul-up by the Richmond County Tax Assessor's Office.

Getting on the bandwagon, out of the doghouse
ANCASTER, Ontario - Call me a Dog dodger if you want. Say I've slipped north of the border as part of the witless protection program.

Nerves get the best of Bulldog sophomore
LANCASTER, Ontario - The "G" logo on his cap, shirt and pullover and the GEORGIA emblazoned across his golf bag blended in here about as well as his Canadian accent does on Milledge Avenue.

Driving a pickup took me back to friendly times
I borrowed my neighbor's old pickup the other day to haul the garbage to the landfill.

At the Movies: 'Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star'

Toronto film fest puts on the ritz with promising movie lineup
TORONTO -- A humdrum lineup at last spring's Cannes Film Festival had movie fans wondering if Hollywood had turned its back on such glitzy events.

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. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Video watch
JUST OUT:Dreamcatcher and Identity

Toronto film fest puts on the ritz with promising movie lineup

At the Movies: 'Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star'
Can a child star ever escape his or her dysfunctional youth?

Mini reviews

Video watch

Triathlete proves naysayers wrong
"Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind? Can he walk at all, or if he moves will he fall?" - Ozzy Osbourne

Duo wins singer-songwriter contest

Singer's bodyguard shoots self in leg

Juanes wins four Latin Grammys
MIAMI -- Juanes, whose album "Un Dia Normal (A Normal Day)" has enjoyed a marathon stay on the charts, was showered with five Latin Grammy awards on Wednesday, including trophies for record and album of the year.

Duo wins singer-songwriter contest
Armed with a couple of guitars -- one electric, one acoustic -- and a handful of hook-laden tunes, Brooke and Gavin Reily, who perform as Lives of Reily, walked away Monday with first prize at The Augusta Chronicle's second singer-songwriter contest.

Downloading has downside
The price of downloading free MP3 files could be more than you think.

Singer's bodyguard shoots self in leg
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A bodyguard for R&B singer R. Kelly accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Marietta nightclub after being asked to remove the weapon before entering the club.

Juanes wins four Latin Grammys

Latin Grammys come to Miami

Music lovers are promised a less expensive CD
LOS ANGELES -- Universal Music Group, whose roster of artists includes 50 Cent, U2, Elton John and Diana Krall, will cut the price of its wholesale CDs and push for a $12.98 retail cap on its discs in an attempt to woo music fans back into record stores.

Latin Grammys come to Miami
MIAMI -- Producer Gustavo Santaolalla doesn't hesitate when comparing Juanes' breakthrough album, "Un Dia Normal" (A Normal Day), to another album that pop music fans just might be familiar with.

Music lovers are promised a less expensive CD

Downloading has downside

Colleges use software, warnings to stop student file-swapping
Students arriving for fall classes at colleges across the country are facing new restrictions and stern warnings to discourage the swapping of pirated music and movies over high-speed campus Internet connections.

Q&A with Brendan Gaughan

Older drivers struggling to maintain spot

Nemechek gets fired
RICHMOND, Va. - The reward Joe Nemechek has received for all three of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series victories is a pink slip.

Stewart trying to refind the magic at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Stewart is no longer the driver to beat at Richmond International Raceway despite three victories in just nine starts on the track.

Nemechek gets fired

Rain gives Harvick Richmond Busch pole
RICHMOND, Va. -- Kevin Harvick will start on the pole in Friday night's Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series race after a persistent rain forced the field to be set based on car owner point standings Thursday.

Racing facts - Chevy Rock and Roll 400

Rain gives Harvick Richmond Busch pole

Stewart trying to refind the magic at Richmond

Racing facts - Chevy Rock and Roll 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 race.

Older drivers struggling to maintain spot
RICHMOND, Va. - At 46, Terry Labonte answered as many questions last week about retirement as about winning the Southern 500 to break a four-year-long losing streak.

Q&A with Brendan Gaughan
Craftsman truck win leader still trails in points stands

Hurricane Fabian swirls in Atlantic

Hurricane Fabian heads toward Bermuda
MIAMI -- A tropical depression strengthened Thursday in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and was expected to become Tropical Storm Henri before crossing northern Florida overnight, forecasters said.

Hurricane Fabian swirls in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Fabian slowly swirled across the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday on a northwest path that bypassed some Caribbean islands but raised the possibility of threatening Bermuda.

WNBA conference finals are all-California

Bryant defense team seeking more medical records on sexual-assault accuser
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's defense team has asked two more hospitals to turn over medical records of the woman who accused the NBA star of sexual assault, according to court filings released Thursday.

Bryant defense team seeking more medical records on sexual-assault accuser

Judge releases handful of records in Kobe Bryant case
DENVER -- Authorities looking to arrest NBA star Kobe Bryant on a sexual assault charge also wanted to charge him with false imprisonment, according to a copy of the arrest warrant unsealed Wednesday.

WNBA conference finals are all-California
LOS ANGELES -- The WNBA's Western Conference finals are looking a lot like the NBA playoffs, with two-time defending league champion Los Angeles and Sacramento playing each other.

Judge releases handful of records in Kobe Bryant case

Savior of Baylor basketball fell hard from grace
WACO, Texas -- When Dave Bliss arrived at Baylor in 1999, he was seen as the God-fearing savior of a basketball program that had soured into one of the nation's worst.

Auburn receives formal notice of NCAA allegations
AUBURN, Ala. -- The NCAA has formally notified Auburn it is investigating possible major rules violations in its men's basketball program, including allegedly making improper offers and inducements to recruits.

Vick-less Falcons still trying to fly

Pro picks

Griffith lone remaining fullback

Redskins edge Jets in opener

Panthers feel confident offense will be better

Fantasy Football: Loyalties will be tested

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Watergate: More rain at U.S. Open, but some tennis played

Get in the Game - Bowling

Agassi finally gets his match in, beats Dent

In the game spotlight

Quintet makes area history

Kelli White not suspended but could lose golds from worlds

Correction

Triathlete proves naysayers wrong

Overtime

Watergate: More rain at U.S. Open, but some tennis played
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Open went from the submerged to the ridiculous Thursday.

Overtime
Pro basketball Carlisle is hired this time by Pacers Rick Carlisle was hired Wednesday as the Indiana Pacers' coach, three years after the former assistant was bypassed in favor of Isiah Thomas.

Agassi finally gets his match in, beats Dent
NEW YORK -- One world No. 1 got bumped for another.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Anne Randall Hatcher, 14, of Augusta.

Correction
Joey Grice was incorrectly identified in an article about bowling in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Get in the Game - Bowling
Who: Local bowlers J.J. Boothe, Dan Markle and Dean Hutchinson each bowled a perfect game, while Joey Grice shot two 300 games last week in league play. Boothe and Perry Bertolone also rolled a rare 800 series last week.

Overtime
Kevin Harvick will start on the pole in tonight's Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series race after a persistent rain forced the field to be set based on car owner point standings Thursday.

Kelli White not suspended but could lose golds from worlds
PARIS -- U.S. sprinter Kelli White will not be suspended from track meets for taking a stimulant but still could be stripped of the two gold medals she won at the World Championships.

Quintet makes area history
Dean Hutchinson had a bad back and hadn't bowled in more than a month, but he was feeling pretty good last Thursday night.

Fantasy Football: Loyalties will be tested
Football fans, tonight is your night.

Vick-less Falcons still trying to fly
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick is home with a broken leg. The preseason went by with nary a win. Now, the Atlanta Falcons are opening the regular season as underdogs to a team that has gone 5-11 three years running.

Griffith lone remaining fullback
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Bob Christian was the Atlanta Falcons' only starting fullback from 1997 through 2002. Entering their season opener Sunday at Dallas, the Falcons have had two players listed No. 1 on the depth chart in the last three days, but George Layne's surprising release Tuesday left just one fullback, rookie Justin Griffith, listed at the position.

Pro picks
The New York Jets and Washington Redskins have met only seven times. Yet their season-opener Thursday night has all the makings of a grudge match.

Panthers feel confident offense will be better
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The season hasn't even started yet and the name-calling is already flying around the Carolina Panthers' locker room.

Redskins edge Jets in opener
LANDOVER, Md. -- John Hall gave the JetSkins just what they wanted Thursday night.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Elvis befriended troubled songwriter

Ramblin' Rhodes: Elvis befriended troubled songwriter
Gospel music performer Dottie Rambo not only took her marital troubles to the Lord but she also took them to her close friend Elvis Presley.

Nerves get the best of Bulldog sophomore

Getting on the bandwagon, out of the doghouse

Bronson was tough, and talented

President Bush forcefully takes center stage in TV drama
LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker Lionel Chetwynd is a supporter of President Bush, a self-described political conservative and a defender of the war on Iraq.

President Bush forcefully takes center stage in TV drama

Cameron Diaz breaks her nose in Hawaiian surfing accident

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Concert calendar

Applause calendar

Georgia sophomore named top defender
ATHENS, Ga. - When Thomas Davis came into the world, he was so plump his mother dubbed him "Porky."

Search firm releases job description for Georgia AD opening
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta-based executive search firm of Baker-Parker released a detailed job description for the University of Georgia athletic director position Wednesday.

Georgians adorn roster
ATHENS, Ga. - When Middle Tennessee State coach Andy McCollum hits the recruiting trail, he hops on Interstate 24, catches I-75 at Chattanooga and drives south.

Search firm releases job description for Georgia AD opening

Georgia sophomore named top defender

Bronson was tough, and talented
The sad truth is that Charles Bronson, who died Saturday at the age of 81, will be best remembered as the vengeful architect he played in the viscerally violent Death Wish movies. Certainly, there is a sort of guilty appeal to watching the famous film tough guy dispatch the disreputable, but it remains an unfair epitaph for such a gifted, and often underappreciated, actor. Here are a few high points:

Pinkins assumes control
COLUMBIA - For Dondrial Pinkins, last week's opener against Louisiana-Lafayette was considered a success before it began.

Pinkins assumes control

Sarge Frye, dead at 90
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The man responsible for keeping the grass green for South Carolina's Gamecocks playing fields for nearly five decades, died Wednesday in Columbia from congestive heart failure.

Goodman back on the field for Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Everything told Mikal Goodman to quit - the position changes that came so often, the bashed dreams of playing quarterback, the remote chance of seriously hitting the field for South Carolina at any position.

Goodman back on the field for Gamecocks

Charges dropped against naked walker in England

Man jogs naked - down a street called Jay Bird

Odds and Ends

Friends: Pizza deliveryman incapable of elaborate heist

The case of the exploding pizza deliveryman

Odds and Ends

Students and friends go on chicken-killing spree

Dutch customs finds 2,000 baboon noses in suitcase