'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.

'Transatlantic' sails smoothly

Worthy, Parish, five others set for induction
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Robert Parish and James Worthy played in the shadows of four of the NBA's greatest players. On Friday, they emerged to join those ex-teammates in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Worthy, Parish, five others set for induction

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.

Chicago agog over two playoff contenders

Fantasy Baseball: Underachievers can turn fantasies into nightmares

Baseball roundup
TORONTO - Mike Maroth became the first major league pitcher in 23 years to lose 20 games in a season as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Friday night.

Baseball roundup

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

'Read It' book selection masters the rules of writing

Arrested for horn honking, woman awarded $255,000
MIAMI -- A driver who was manhandled by a police officer after honking her horn at a car in front of her was awarded more than $250,000 by a jury Friday.

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.

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
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A Putnam County sheriff's deputy's house has become a crime scene.

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.

Braves split with Pirates
ATLANTA - Craig Wilson hit a three-run homer and Mark Corey struck out Chipper Jones with the bases loaded in the sixth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 Friday night to split a doubleheader.

Braves split with Pirates

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.

Midseason collision has not slowed down Atlanta's Giles

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

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.

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.

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.

Home Depot to buy roofer Installed Products
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement retailer, announced Friday it will purchase roofing company Installed Products USA.

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.

Business finds home downtown

Jobless rate falls slightly
WASHINGTON - The civilian unemployment rate improved marginally last month - slipping to 6.1 percent - even as companies slashed payrolls by 93,000. Friday's report raised new concerns that the fragile economic recovery could falter.

Back-to-school business helps lift retailers' sales

Fairway Ford expands service

Business briefs

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.

Fairway Ford expands service
There's no rhyme or reason why trucks break down, but Fairway Ford in Evans is prepared for when they do.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A disappointing jobs report Friday quashed a seven-day advance for the Nasdaq composite index and a five-day, 250-point rise for the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow closed down 84.56, or 0.9 percent, at 9,503.34. The Nasdaq dropped 10.73, or 0.6 percent, at 1,858.24.

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.

Georgia officials report growth at ports
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Ports Authority has kicked off its new fiscal year with double-digit gains in both container growth and the movement of auto and machinery units, Executive Director Doug Marchand announced this week.

Boeing keeps Georgia on list

Georgia officials report growth at ports

Home Depot to buy roofer Installed Products

GM recalls 783,000 cars to replace hazard-warning switch
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. said Friday it will recall about 783,000 model year 2000 and 2001 Chevrolet Malibus, Oldsmobile Aleros and Pontiac Grand Ams to replace hazard-warning switches.

Business briefs

Boeing keeps Georgia on list
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah is one of only a handful of communities still in the running for a Boeing 7E7 jet assembly plant, sources close to the project have told The Savannah Morning News.

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.

Clemson's graduation rates among NCAA leaders

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.

Top Bulldog endures tough times

College football gameday

Florida State's speed could be best yet

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.

College football gameday
GAME OF THE WEEK No. 15 Virginia (1-0) at South Carolina (1-0) WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.

Congressional committee chairman criticizes BCS

College football on TV
Here is a list of Saturday's college football games and where to find them on television.

NCAA approves Rebels' sanctions

College football on TV

NCAA approves Rebels' sanctions
OXFORD, Miss. - The NCAA has approved Mississippi's two-game suspension of cornerback Travis Johnson, one of five former and current players who made $1,463 of phone calls using an access code taken from an athletic department worker.

Top Bulldog endures tough times
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A losing football team and an NCAA investigation have been far from the worst of the troubles for Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill in the last year.

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.

Coastal set for first game against Newberry

Pray for his strength
Disasters can come out of nowhere.

War without end

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.

Pray for his strength

War without end
This has to be the weirdest war ever.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Stocks retreat after huge run-up
NEW YORK -- A disappointing jobs report rattled Wall Street Friday, quashing a seven-day advance for the Nasdaq composite index and a five-day, 250-point rise for the Dow Jones industrials.

Bonds soar, yields fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices soared Friday as the stock market took a hit following a disappointing unemployment report from the Labor Department.

Mortgage rates climb to highest level of the year

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.

Stocks retreat after huge run-up

Nasdaq composite posts best win streak in 3 years

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.

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

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

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.

Figs grow almost anywhere
Now is a good time of year for a trip to southern France, an inexpensive trip because it can be an imaginary one propelled by your taste buds. Figs, those Mediterranean delicacies, are ripening.

Relocating? You can take it with you
NEW MARKET, Va. -- You're on the road again, traveling to where career calls you or moving into that long-sought dream house. Whatever your reason for relocating, it's a stressful exercise - for you and very definitely for your fragile plants.

Auburn looks for another fresh start against Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Season opener? It's this week, right? For very obvious reasons, No. 17 Auburn is talking like Saturday's game against former rival Georgia Tech is the start of a new year.

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.

Auburn looks for another fresh start against Georgia Tech

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.

Gil Morgan leads Kroger Classic by one stroke

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.

Howell leads Canadian Open

Webb finds spark with 65 in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. - Karrie Webb found her swing and a bit of confidence just in time Friday, making birdies on her final four holes to lead the opening round of the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic.

Rivals raise stakes

Rivals raise stakes
Oliver Wilson and Matt Hendrix spent the past year competing against each other in collegiate golf tournaments. Their friendly rivalry becomes more intense today.

Team adjusts to changes
In a year's time, dirt, mud and grass accumulated on Alli Henderson's golf spikes. That's what made her 4-foot birdie putt special Thursday afternoon.

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.

Gil Morgan leads Kroger Classic by one stroke
MAINEVILLE, Ohio -- Gil Morgan closed with a pair of birdies for a 7-under 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Larry Nelson, Jerry McGee and Bruce Summerhays in the first round of the Kroger Classic.

Webb finds spark with 65 in Tulsa

Howell one back in Canadian Open after closing bogey

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

Forest Oaks spends $3.5 million to lure top players

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.

Callaway wins court approval to buy Top-Flite

Howell leads Canadian Open
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Paul Azinger lost two strokes and a lofty spot on the Canadian Open leaderboard in the second television-related ruling of his career.

Thomson changes ways

Greenbrier holds on for win

On the air

Key matchups

Butler takes over for 2nd-half win against Josey

North Augusta surges

Rain keeps Tigers even with Indians

Friday prep football scores

Rain keeps Tigers even with Indians

Special teams blunders cost South Aiken win

Hephzibah escapes Laney

Augusta Christian tops Stratford Academy

Top 15 Power Poll

Swainsboro, Vidalia game ends in tie

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

Glenn Hills recuperates

Red Devils ease pains with win

Special teams blunders cost South Aiken win
AIKEN - Expectations for the South Aiken football program were high entering this season, even though the Thoroughbreds lost two of their best players off last season's playoff team.

Augusta Christian tops Stratford Academy
MACON, Ga. - Senior Adam McKinney threw for 126 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions picked up a road victory.

Thomson changes ways
THOMSON - They weren't focused, they didn't run hard, and they thought they could swagger into the Brickyard and blow through their seasonopening opponent last week.

Rain keeps Tigers even with Indians
BROOKLET, Ga. - Michael Waters scored with 2:42 to play as the top-ranked Gamecocks won their 30th straight regular-season game in a thriller on the road.

Friday prep football scores
Scores from Firday night's prep football games in Georgia and South Carolina.

North Augusta surges
LANGLEY - North Augusta's new West Coast Offense was once a mystery to Midland Valley, but the Mustangs got a detailed lesson Friday night at L.L. Willis Stadium.

Glenn Hills recuperates
Felix Curry was a key piece to the puzzle as the defensive backs coach at Josey in 1995 - the year the Eagles became the first Augusta school in more than 30 years to win a state championship.

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.

Swainsboro, Vidalia game ends in tie
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Albert Webb rushed 31 times for 116 yards, but the Tigers couldn't find the scoreboard in a downpour. The game was called at the end of regulation because it was a non-region game.

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.

Washington County blanks Dublin
DUBLIN, Ga. - Jeremy Brown rushed 24 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Hawks avenged their only regular-season loss of 2002 with a shutout on the road.

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.

Greenbrier holds on for win
Westside trailed Greenbrier by nearly four touchdowns at halftime. It nearly wasn't enough.

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

Butler takes over for 2nd-half win against Josey
Butler exploded for 43 second-half points - 27 in the fourth quarter - and went on to a 43-23 victory over Josey on Friday night at White Road Stadium.

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.

Hephzibah escapes Laney
After playing two seasons of football, Richard Barry quit last year work for a Christian radio station and a martial arts studio.

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

Fighting Hawks rally for stunner
BARNWELL, S.C. - Demetris Smalls found Tharry Salley for a 47-yard touchdown pass with just over 5 minutes to play, as the Fighting Hawks rallied from an three-touchdown deficit to stun the Warhorses.

Rain keeps Tigers even with Indians
BROOKLET, Ga. - Michael Waters scored with 2:42 to play as the top-ranked Gamecocks won their 30th straight regular-season game in a thriller on the road.

Faith provided light in dark times
Capt. Mohandas Martin talked about a higher power protecting his soldiers when he addressed them at Friday's homecoming ceremony, and he wasn't talking about the Marines.

319th returns home
The soldiers of the 319th Transportation Company lined up in formation at their Augusta headquarters Friday - this time as Iraq war veterans.

'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 leave children behind
Shame on Columbia County Superintendent Tommy Price! He can do more than educate a child when he or she walks through the door. How about implementing rules that will motivate that child to get himself or herself to school or fail his or her grade? Has he ever heard of motivation or tough love? Martha Bowman, Appling, Ga.

Town fortunate to have such a historian
Jim Nesbitt surely stirred up a hornet's nest with his article on Aug. 11, "Edgefield has bloodied past," in the Metro section of The Augusta Chronicle. He obviously did some homework before coming to Edgefield to do his article and then capitalized on it when he interviewed Tonya Taylor. Ms. Taylor is a vivacious, well-trained, knowledgeable and energetic historian, as well as the gracious hostess at the Tompkins Library on the square in Edgefield. Those of us who are historians and are well-versed in Edgefield history know very well about its "bloody past." It is not up to us who dispense history to make moral judgments about how that history is going to be recorded and used. Carol Hardy Bryan. Edgefield, S.C.

Officers aid residents with move
In June, my family and I were traveling from Conway, S.C., to our new home in Little Rock, Ark., when my wife's car coughed up its transmission. We were stranded in North Augusta on a Saturday with one car and two cars' worth of stuff. We had to be at our new house by 8 a.m. Monday. There was no rental car to be had that afternoon. Our only option was a hotel room. The problem was transferring our belongings to the hotel. Jay C. Grelen, Maumelle, Ark.

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.

BMI an important indicator for obesity

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.

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.

Exhibit on black baseball history makes national debut

Augusta's weekend market is popular

Augusta Dance Theatre brings doll to life in 'Coppelia'

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.

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.

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

Mental health review needed
Georgia's mental health system will get a thorough review from the state auditor after a series of problems cropped up in local mental health boards, particularly in Augusta and Savannah.

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.

Town celebrates its golden past

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.

Ashcroft speaks in Atlanta
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Attorney General John Ashcroft stopped in Georgia on Friday to promote the USA Patriot Act, largely crediting the law for the federal government's success in combating terrorist activity.

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.

Wanted woman
Columbia County authorities are trying to identify a woman they say was involved in cases of identity fraud.

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.

Across the area

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.

Budget proposal would close prisons, cut jobs

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.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME SEPT. 6, 1963 A former pastor of the Central Baptist Church was indicted Thursday by the Richmond County grand jury for the embezzlement of funds from the Glover Street church.

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.

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

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.

Rape reports were hidden
ATLANTA - Investigators are recommending administrative charges against police officers accused of concealing a number of rape reports in Atlanta from November 1999 through February 2001.

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

Sidewalks see first dry day

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.

Police look into fighting incident

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

News you can use

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.

Colleges working to discourage music file sharing

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.

South Carolina briefs
LANCASTER - The president of a communications company has been charged with assaulting a former employee.

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.

Columbia County landfill nears its capacity
Commercial garbage haulers and residents who drop off their trash at the Baker Place Road Landfill will have to find other options after Columbia County's landfill closes in a year. Thirty more feet of trash will put the landfill at its capacity.

Bar's old Southern theme offends some students

Police look into fighting incident
Officials are investigating an Aug. 29 incident involving several local high school students that might have been gang-related.

Across Georgia

Town celebrates its golden past
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Billy Dorn was on the brink of financial ruin when he finally made the big strike he had dreamed of for decades.

FBI issues bulletin for 4 men wanted for questioning about terrorism

Sidewalks see first dry day
In a silent protest, Shishir Chokshi walked along Broad Street at First Friday holding an unopened beer.

Soldier receives sentence in fraud

Agencies hand out layoffs, bonuses
COLUMBIA - While the state Department of Public Safety has told 10 workers they're losing their jobs, the state Revenue Department is telling 538 workers they're getting $300 bonuses.

South Carolina's second law school to open

Across Georgia

Cuts affect child health care

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.

Judge blocks Athens law requiring renters to register

Correction

Many doubt man's intent

Kid of the day

Mistake to delay billing

Scientists tagging sharks to study growth

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.

Across the area

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Across Georgia
KENNESAW - Two 16-year-olds who ran away from a center for troubled youths have been accused of raping a woman outside her home.

Death penalty trial is delayed
The Oct. 10 death penalty trial for Reinaldo Rivera has been postponed.

Kid of the day
Darrell Hawthorne Jr. is today's kid of the day.

Changes might close four parks
ATLANTA - The head of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources has tweaked his budget request after criticism of a couple of proposed spending cuts.

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.

Land deal case is pushed aside
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - A death-penalty case and triple-murder trial are taking precedence over a Springfield resident's complaint that a county official made an improper land deal.

Group wants crossing moved
HINESVILLE, Ga. - The Federal Railroad Administration is urging Liberty County commissioners to consider closing the railroad crossing that was the site of a fatal train wreck in May.

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.

Cutback restricts schools' field trips
ATHENS, Ga. - Make sure it counts - that sentiment might be a guiding force in more ways than one for Clarke County teachers planning field trips this year.

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.

Farmers Market to leave Common
The Farmers Market will have to move from the Augusta Common in two weeks, but will return in three.

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.

Rain cuts water use, counties' funds
Less demand for water use this summer because of above-normal rainfall has caused funding shortfalls for area governments.

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.

Homeless man is denied bond
A homeless man who authorities said started three fires in various containers in the Washington Road area Aug. 26 was denied bond Friday.

Plans aim to divert trains

Across the area
Two people accused in the killing of a 21-year-old Augusta college student and the cover-up of her death pleaded innocent in court Friday.

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

Woman vanishes from home
AIKEN - Lisa Shuttleworth had a brief telephone conversation with her teenage daughter Thursday morning, brewed a pot of tea, then mysteriously vanished, authorities said.

Area gets big money for roads

Meter raises funds for homless
ATHENS, Ga. - The Athens Downtown Development Authority plans to fight panhandlers with what it's calling homeless contribution meters.

Four candidates atop South Carolina poll, almost half undecided

Poison case awaits scientist's testimony
Prosecutors plan to bring in a Pennsylvania scientist to testify in a misdemeanor case in which an Appling man is charged with using dangerous concentrations of a toxic pesticide to kill wildlife.

Rain spoils crops, moods

Correction
A story in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified the board that Broad Street business owner Carless Gay serves on. Mr. Gay is a member of Main Street Augusta and serves as the chairman of the First Friday committee.

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.

Man found guilty in financing scam
COLUMBIA - A federal jury has convicted a 75-year-old Deerfield Beach, Fla., man, who gained notoriety as a con artist, in an international fraud scheme.

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.

State to review water laws
COLUMBIA - With memories of the state's five-year drought lingering, Gov. Mark Sanford has ordered a committee to review the state's water laws and make recommendations to the General Assembly.

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

Ashcroft speaks in Atlanta

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.

Homeless man is denied bond

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.

Wanted woman

Agencies hand out layoffs, bonuses

Mental health review needed

Poison case awaits scientist's testimony

Woman vanishes from home

Rain cuts water use, counties' funds

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.

Rape reports were hidden

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.

Group wants crossing moved

Incumbent's money forms were late

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."

Residents speak out on one-cent sales tax

News you can use

Outdoor drinking banned

Activist urges Savannah to throw protest party during G-8

Columbia County landfill nears its capacity

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.

Video watch
JUST OUT:Dreamcatcher and Identity

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.

At the Movies: 'The Order'
"The Order" was originally titled "The Sin Eater," which would raise the question: Who's not leaving the table until this plateful of reheated leftovers from "The Exorcist" is gone?

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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.

Toronto film fest puts on the ritz with promising movie lineup

Mini reviews

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

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.

Duo wins singer-songwriter contest

Singer's bodyguard shoots self in leg

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.

Downloading has downside

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.

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

Music lovers are promised a less expensive CD

Nadeau returns to track where he was injured

Nadeau returns to track where he was injured
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jerry Nadeau returned to the hospital where he spent more than three tense weeks in May, this time to thank the people who put him "back together" after a serious crash.

Driver goes from first place to last
RICHMOND, Va. - Mike Skinner won the pole position for tonight's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at the Richmond International Raceway, but he will start last. He also earned a spot in the 2004 all-star race for pole winners, but he doesn't have a job.

Rain gives Harvick Richmond Busch pole

Driver goes from first place to last

Stewart trying to refind the magic at Richmond

Spencer won't face charges after fight
DETROIT - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch dropped his assault complaint against rival Jimmy Spencer, who punched him in the face after an August race at Michigan International Speedway.

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.

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.

Spencer won't face charges after fight

Henri's rains pound wide section of Florida

Henri's rains pound wide section of Florida
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. -- Slow-moving Tropical Storm Henri drenched an already soaked Florida on Friday, pushing heavy rains into areas where lakes and rivers were full to overflowing.

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 slams into Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The most powerful hurricane to hit Bermuda in 50 years slammed into the island chain Friday, unleashing winds that snapped off palm trees, knocked out power and tested the wealthy British territory's vaunted ability to withstand a fierce storm.

Hurricane slams into Bermuda

Jordan decides not to join Charlotte Bobcats

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

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.

Jordan decides not to join Charlotte Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan doesn't want to be one of Bob's Cats.

Griffith lone remaining fullback

Injury wears on Vick's patience

Redskins edge Jets in opener

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AIKEN - Pat Brooks was a fiercely competitive bridge player, a man who loved cigars and horse racing and a fighter who won medals for valor in Vietnam and fought cancer for more than a dozen years, his wife said.

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Correction

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

Overtime

Agassi reaches Open semifinals with straight-set win

Overtime

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.

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.

Agassi reaches Open semifinals with straight-set win
NEW YORK -- The rain turned out to be just what Andre Agassi needed.

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

Overtime
In Uncasville, Conn., Ruth Riley had 17 points and eight rebounds Friday night to lead the Detroit Shock to a 73-63 win over the Connecticut Sun in the first game of the best-of-three WNBA Eastern Conference finals.

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.

Injury wears on Vick's patience
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Ray Lewis and Adalius Thomas called. So did Deion Sanders.

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Elvis befriended troubled songwriter

Crucifixion debate revived in upcoming film 'The Passion'
"The Passion," a movie about Jesus' crucifixion that's funded, produced, directed and co-written by actor Mel Gibson, is getting plenty of publicity months ahead of release.

Church expansion will accommodate teen worship
Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene will break ground at noon Sunday for two buildings in a $2.5 million expansion, including a new elementary school and a teen worship center.

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

Movie reveals cruel part of Ireland's past
DUBLIN, Ireland - When Mary Norris went to see The Magdalene Sisters, a film dramatizing life inside the forced-labor laundries that Roman Catholic nuns once ran in Ireland, she saw her reflection, and couldn't stop crying.

Another Jesus film raises Jewish issue
Mel Gibson, take note: There's another new film about the life of Jesus that also depicts Jews' involvement in the events leading to the Crucifixion. But this one has several Jewish producers and has attracted much less controversy.

Veteran local broadcaster to be honored
Compared with the longevity records comedian Bob Hope set, gospel radio personality Marion "Mal Your Pal" Cook has many years left in front of a microphone.

Ministers in children's sermons use shoeboxes and sleight of hand to impart messages
Bible lessons for children's church have no age limit.

Faith digest
A 70-voice mass choir will stage a multimedia musical, America, We Must Not Forget - a Patriotic Call for Revival in America, at 7 tonight and Sunday at First Baptist Church, 17 Belvedere-Clearwater Road in Clearwater.

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

Bronson was tough, and talented

Leon Harris leaving CNN for ABC affiliate in Washington

Leon Harris leaving CNN for ABC affiliate in Washington
ATLANTA -- Leon Harris, who has worked for CNN for 20 years, is leaving the Atlanta-based network to anchor the evening newscast in Washington for ABC affiliate WJLA.

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Standing ovations

Traveling fans to see additions to Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - Bulldog fans returning to Athens today for the first time since last football season will be greeted by several noticeable changes that are products of an ever-evolving college town.

Traveling fans to see additions to Athens

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.

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.

Gamecocks to put loss behind them

Gamecocks to put loss behind them
COLUMBIA - Some losses just seem to stick more than others.

Pinkins assumes control

Odds and Ends

Charges dropped against naked walker in England

Odds and Ends

Arrested for horn honking, woman awarded $255,000

Dutch customs finds 2,000 baboon noses in suitcase

Friends: Pizza deliveryman incapable of elaborate heist

319th returns home

Faith provided light in dark times

Ministers in children's sermons use shoeboxes and sleight of hand to impart messages

Another Jesus film raises Jewish issue

Veteran local broadcaster to be honored

Church expansion will accommodate teen worship

Crucifixion debate revived in upcoming film 'The Passion'

Movie reveals cruel part of Ireland's past