Comedian-author Al Franken fights back with hard left

Library group starts book club
Read a good book lately? The Friends of the Augusta Library have a few recommendations.

Comedian-author Al Franken fights back with hard left
NEW YORK -- Oh, to be Al Franken. To have been present at the creation of "Saturday Night Live." To remain liberal and sassy at age 52. To be sued by the Fox News Channel and have your book sell as fast as "The South Beach Diet." To greet a reporter on a late summer evening in an undershirt and shorts. To chew on green grapes at your dining room table and state your case against the other side.

Library group starts book club

Arts calendar

Arts calendar
SAMPLE AUGUSTA 2003: 10 a.m. today; Funsville, 4350 Wheeler Road, Martinez; sample food from Augusta restaurants, crafts and entertainment by Jim Fisher Band; $3 adults, free for age 6 or younger; 855-8255 or 650-2876.

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

Worthy, Parish, five others set for induction

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.

What's in a name might depend on who shares it

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

Cell phone users find slammer in Charleston Court
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A cell-door slamming might be the best ring tone for cell phones that go off in a Charleston judge's court room.

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.

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 9, Pirates 2

Braves 9, Pirates 2
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux pitched into the eighth inning and moved within one victory of becoming the first major leaguer to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons as the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Saturday night.

Braves split with Pirates

Funerals becoming more personalized
In a state where college football dominates many people's lives, it seems fitting that some want to carry the Georgia Bulldogs with them to the grave.

Business calendar

Georgia officials report growth at ports

Customizing speeds sales, auto dealers are learning
Fast and flashy cars have caught the attention of auto manufacturers and dealers, who are racing ahead with new models and accessories.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Carole Fabrics

Boeing keeps Georgia on list

Business calendar
Tuesday: The Basics of Supply Chain Management; the first of a three-day course covering the basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials from suppliers to customers; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Club Car Technical Training Center, 4125 Washington Road; $325 for APICS members, $375 for nonmembers; registration deadline is Sept. 3; call Jan Kelsch at 228-2696 or e-mail tianna.rowell@juno.com or www.apicscsra.org.

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.

Customizing speeds sales, auto dealers are learning

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.

Success still burns bright at Zippo Manufacturing

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.

Success still burns bright at Zippo Manufacturing
PITTSBURGH - The Zippo Manufacturing Co. isn't yet selling as many lighters as McDonald's does hamburgers - "billions and billions." But workers at the cigarette lighter plant nonetheless paused Wednesday to celebrate the manufacture of the company's 400 millionth lighter.

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.

On the move
Jennifer Hilliard and Amy Connell have joined Augusta State University's Public Relations and Publications staffs. They are responsible for maintaining media contacts and writing for university publications. Both are Augusta State graduates. Ms. Hilliard earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 2001. Ms. Connell earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2002.

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.

Funerals becoming more personalized

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.

Business briefs

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.

On the move

Home Depot to buy roofer Installed Products

Pocket change

Fairway Ford expands service

Ex-mayor has doubts about running

Ex-mayor has doubts about running
Qualifying for five Augusta Commission seats begins this week, and it looks like the local elections are finally starting to get interesting.

Furman puts up fight at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Hundreds of fans stood, clapped and cheered as Furman returned to the locker room.

Furman puts up fight at Clemson

Miami rallies to beat Florida
MIAMI - Lying on the ground, writhing in pain, it was hard to imagine Brock Berlin could go on. Then again, counting any of the Miami Hurricanes out Saturday night would have been a mistake.

College football on TV

Local contributions
College highlights of area players.

Area stars return
ATHENS, Ga. - Middle Tennessee State coach Andy McCollum insists it's not a punishment. Cornerback Muhammad Rashada isn't so sure.

Top 25 roundup

Vols dive by Herd at home

Top Bulldog endures tough times

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.

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

Area stars return

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.

Vols dive by Herd at home
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee doesn't begin its Southeastern Conference schedule until later this month. Marshall gave the No. 12 Volunteers an early preview.

Local contributions

NCAA approves Rebels' sanctions

Top 25 roundup
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Defending national champion Ohio State stayed perfect despite an imperfect game.

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

College football gameday

Caught in tug-of-war
Not Madonna. Not Britney Spears. Not Christina Aguilera. And certainly not MTV.

Pray for his strength
Disasters can come out of nowhere.

Judiciary at stake
Ostensibly, you will be voting for president and members of Congress next year.

Caught in tug-of-war

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

Pray for his strength

War without end

Former Child Stars have a lot to talk about
LOS ANGELES -- The glory of being a famous cute kid can fade faster that the pages of an old Tiger Beat magazine.

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.

Stocks retreat after huge run-up

Learn credit system, then make it work for you
Experian, Equifax, TransUnion: Most adult Americans have heard of the three national repositories of credit information and, most likely, many have seen a copy of their credit report.

Learn credit system, then make it work for you

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.

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.

Eagles record shutout
STATESBORO, Ga. - Chaz Williams ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-0 victory over Savannah State on Saturday night in the season opener for the Eagles.

Rogers, Tigers stumble again
ATLANTA - The season hasn't exactly started out how the Auburn Tigers wanted it to after losing to Southern California and Georgia Tech in their first two games.

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.

Jackets have a Ball
ATLANTA - A few more performances like Saturday's, and Georgia Tech won't have to worry about opposing fans buying up all the seats at the newly expanded Bobby Dodd Stadium. Instead, the Yellow Jackets will need all the goal posts they can find.

Auburn looks for another fresh start against Georgia Tech

Rogers, Tigers stumble again

Webb finds spark with 65 in Tulsa

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.

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.

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.

Golf capsules
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Hidemichi Tanaka shot a 3-under 67 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over four players after three rounds of the Canadian Open.

Rivals raise stakes

Gil Morgan leads Kroger Classic by one stroke

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.

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.

Augusta Christian tops Stratford Academy

Swainsboro, Vidalia game ends in tie

North Augusta surges

Thomson changes ways

Special teams blunders cost South Aiken win

Greenbrier holds on for win

Friday prep football scores

Rain keeps Tigers even with Indians

Tigers getting a taste

Glenn Hills recuperates

Hephzibah escapes Laney

Butler takes over for 2nd-half win against Josey

Former Screven star Cooper makes his impression

Rain keeps Tigers even with Indians

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.

Tigers getting a taste
As Washington-Wilkes' Russell Morgan crossed the field Friday after a 30-15 loss to Thomson, the first-year coach had a sour look on his face.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Former Screven star Cooper makes his impression
ATHENS, Ga. - When Michael Cooper first heard the crowd, he smiled.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's in a name might depend on who shares it
That snickering sound you might have heard last week was coming from my co-workers. Here's what happened.

What will be removed after Ten Commandments?
With the removal of the Ten Commandments from the judicial building in Montgomery, Ala., the American Civil Liberties Union has won another battle. Regardless of one's religion, how much longer are the American people going to put up with the antics of this organization, whose founder was a communist? The Ten Commandments were not given to us by a Christian prophet but from God the almighty, who gave us a foundation for building our lives. Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

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.

Developing riverbank is attractive
The Sept. 2 letter by Paul Rosenzweig Jr., "Counties are bad lake managers," complains that, among other things, the North Augusta riverbank across from Augusta Riverwalk has been "destroyed" by "unchecked development." I disagree. While it remains a work in progress, it is being guided by extensive regulations and by the common sense of homeowners. As one of those terrible homeowners, I hope it is, and will continue to be, an attractive addition to the community. Dave Ward, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

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.

'Double-dipping' criticism not relevant to service rendered

Prison not best deterrent to violent crime
In its Aug. 30 editorial, "Prison best deterrent," The Chronicle brings us the welcome news that violent crime is down in the United States, then editorializes that "...perhaps the most important reason" is "longer and more frequent prison terms than ever before" and makes the claim that "prison is still the best deterrent to crime." Karen Gutmann, Aiken, S.C.

'Double-dipping' criticism not relevant to service rendered
The Aug. 25 letter by Linda J. Flythe, "Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping' by retired vets," stated that she opposes what's commonly called "double dipping" because military retirees want full pay from both their service branch and Veterans Affairs. She offered the possible cost, as she understands it, while failing to offer any legitimate evidence that this benefit isn't well deserved. The sacrifices that military personnel endure are enormous, and to successfully retire from any branch is exceptional! Dwayne Wise, Augusta

What will be removed after Ten Commandments?

Tell guests they must buy brunch

Customized cars are guaranteed to turn heads

In the know

Big Easy by bike is a big delight

Home front

Couple adds eye-pleasing decorating touches in open floor plan

Big Easy by bike is a big delight
NEW ORLEANS - The heavy green flora stretches over the street, a cooling canopy of branches to hide the South's sun. To my left rolls an old-time streetcar, one of the reasons St. Charles Avenue oozes charm.

Tell guests they must buy brunch
Dear Carson: My stepdaughter is having an out-of-town wedding. She lives in Vermont, the groom's parents live in New Jersey, and the bride's mother, father and I live in Connecticut. The wedding will be in Vermont. The bride's mother, father and I are the hosts for the wedding.

Home front
Elvis is back in the building, and so are Billie Holiday, Burt Bacharach and George Gershwin, all music legends who have become the latest inspiration for furniture companies.

Couple adds eye-pleasing decorating touches in open floor plan
The first thing that attracted Desiree Tomlinson to her new home more than a year ago was the open floor plan.

Customized cars are guaranteed to turn heads
On Friday and Saturday nights, a short jaunt along Washington Road is all it takes to find some of the most creative, outlandish and just plain freaky vehicles in Augusta.

In the know
You now can have your very own chat with President Bush, but it may be a little one-sided.

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day

"Journey for Justice" starts at site of 1868 massacre

Housing boom hits counties

Kid of the Day
Terrell Crawford Jr. of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day

Attendance issues hurt reputations of schools

Across the area
Two men were arrested Friday night by Richmond County authorities after deputies discovered guns inside a car they were riding in on Broad Street.

Educators decry standards

Ceremony salutes heroes
Beth Johnson wasn't about to let people forget the tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Note to our readers

Group wants crossing moved

News you can use

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -Virginia Republicans, shaken by an eavesdropping scandal that forced the chairman and executive director to resign, chose their first female party leader Saturday, the daughter of a U.S. Senate nominee killed in a 1978 plane crash.

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

Across the southeast

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

Specialty plates craze grows
ATLANTA - Amanda Dodd is so enthusiastic about what she does for a living that she advertises it on the back of her car.

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.

Across South Carolina
BLUFFTON -Two Division of Motor Vehicles workers have been arrested on charges that they issued fake driver's licenses in Bluffton.

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

Children near scholarship win
Shellie Newsome has cut out and filled in dozens of contest entry forms in her life. This time, it paid off.

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.

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.

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.

Ashcroft speaks in Atlanta

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.

Correction

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.

News you can use
SEPT. 7, 1964 Doris Cromer of Martinez "started the summer with a bang and ended it with one" - at least that's the way her husband, H.M. Cromer, put it.

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

Educators decry standards
AIKEN - The comment was politically incorrect, but the sentiment captured the anger and frustration public school educators feel about the federal No Child Left Behind accountability act.

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.

Across Georgia

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Specialty plates craze grows

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.

Troops' return aids merchants
HINESVILLE, Ga. - The return of 3rd Infantry Division soldiers from Iraq is already making a big difference for small-business owners.

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.

Across Georgia
WINDER -A 52-year-old Auburn man died Saturday after his small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Winder Airport, sheriff's officials said.

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.

Note to our readers
We apologize to our subscribers for the late delivery of Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. An electrical short on one of our press units slowed printing, and the final newspaper did not come off the press until 9 a.m. The Chronicle would like to thank the newspaper carriers who stayed late to get the newspaper out to our subscribers.

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.

Friday evening troubles are few
The first First Friday after sidewalk drinking was banned was as mild as a virgin daiquiri.

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.

Housing boom hits counties
AIKEN - Dave and Barbara Joslin helped fuel the current record-setting torrent of house building in Aiken and Columbia counties with the purchase of their newly built home in May.

Friday evening troubles are few

Consultant says grid for South Carolina could be vulnerable

Children near scholarship win

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.

Mental health review needed

Kid of the day

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.

Town celebrates its golden past

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

Rain cuts water use, counties' funds

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

News you can use

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.

Police look into fighting incident

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

Woman vanishes from home

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.

Rape reports were hidden

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.

Consultant says grid for South Carolina could be vulnerable
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A state Public Service Commission consultant says the electric grid serving South Carolina is near capacity and could be overloaded in four years.

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.

Attendance issues hurt reputations of schools
Two students. That's all it took to land Westside High School on the dreaded needs-improvement list.

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.

Part of the game
Willie Dickerson looks at a 1920s baseball uniform once worn by Saul Davis.

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.

Family violence plagues Aiken County
AIKEN - While murders, robberies and rapes grab most of the headlines, peace officers in Aiken County and throughout South Carolina spend most of their time on duty dealing with domestic violence, according to the numbers.

Poison case awaits scientist's testimony

"Journey for Justice" starts at site of 1868 massacre
ALBANY, Ga. -- John Cole Vodicka enjoys the changing seasons and the richness of the cotton and peanut fields during his drives through southwestern Georgia, but he says the area still needs to overcome a "horrible historical legacy."

Across Georgia

Lobbyist is hired to back SRS pit plant

Homeless man is denied bond

Lobbyist is hired to back SRS pit plant
AIKEN - Lobbyist John Sununu, the former chief of staff for the first President Bush and the former governor of New Hampshire, has been hired to rally support for the Savannah River Site's push to land a new weapons facility, an economic official said Saturday.

Columbia County landfill nears its capacity

Across the area

Sidewalks see first dry day

Ceremony salutes heroes

Wanted woman

Family violence plagues Aiken County

Agencies hand out layoffs, bonuses

Part of the game

All it takes is one ...
COLUMBIA - It was more than the longest possible play you can execute from scrimmage, outside of the Canadian Football League.

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?

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.

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.

Fights follow Newman win
RICHMOND, Va. - Ryan Newman is too far behind to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship this year, but he continues to make a strong push to be the early favorite for 2004.

Spencer won't face charges after fight

Nadeau returns to track where he was injured

Driver goes from first place to last

Crashes help NASCAR test safety barriers
RICHMOND, Va. - Mike Skinner tested the new steel and foam energy reduction (SAFER) barrier twice Friday at Richmond International Raceway, and the cushions passed with flying colors.

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.

Fights follow Newman win

Crashes help NASCAR test safety barriers

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.

Henri's rains pound wide section of Florida

Hurricane slams into Bermuda

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.

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

Jordan decides not to join Charlotte Bobcats

NFL power rankings

Parcells' Dallas debut against Vick-less Falcons

Injury wears on Vick's patience

Price gets chance to justify worth

Mr. Walter Walker    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maria Oliver    (CUMMING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjorie McCoy    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Joe Green    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Dr. Saul Siegelson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Melissa King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jewell Lucas    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eva Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Preston Cox    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Kathleen Bacon    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Gunn    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Lee, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Bodenheimer    (JAMESTOWN, N.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Evans    (BARTOW, Ga.)
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Mrs. Josephine Evans    (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)
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Mr. Tyrone Thomas    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. John McClellan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emma Washington    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mabel Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ilah Maloney    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Regina Strauchon    (ST. PAUL, Minn.)
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Mrs. Annie Miller    (WAVERLY, Fla.)
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Ms. Kassi Vissage-Lowe    (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
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Mr. Lawrence Carry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Gunn    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sallie Cain    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Jones    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Thelma Williams-Sampson    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Myrtle Lokey    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Bailey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Featured obitury: Pat Brooks
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.

Mrs. Margaret Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Cohoon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Rooks    (PORT GIBSON, Miss.)
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Mr. Joseph Carroll    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Tyrone Thomas    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Preston Cox    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Joe Green    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Mr. Patrick Brooks    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Bodenheimer (JAMESTOWN, N.C.)

Mrs. Regina Strauchon (ST. PAUL, Minn.)

Mrs. Ilah Maloney (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Josephine Evans (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Cohoon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Green (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Bailey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Featured obitury: Pat Brooks

Mr. Preston Cox (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John McClellan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Carroll (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Williams-Sampson (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie McCoy (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Perry (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Carry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Preston Cox (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Miller (WAVERLY, Fla.)

Mr. Leroy Lee, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Thomas (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Dr. Saul Siegelson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Green (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Walker (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Cain (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Thomas (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Kassi Vissage-Lowe (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)

Miss Melissa King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick Brooks (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Johnnie Ricks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Gunn (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Maria Oliver (CUMMING, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Lokey (DEARING, Ga.)

The remarkable life of one of Georgia's heroes
WHEN THIS PAST WEEK commenced, there were 137 living recipients of America's highest award for heroism - the Medal of Honor. Today there are 136. Gen. Ray Davis of Stockbridge, Ga., died at age 88. What a remarkable life he led. One of Ray Davis's last trips to Augusta was when he and his wife drove over from his home in 1998 to participate in two ceremonies celebrating the extraordinary life of Augusta's Jimmie Dyess: The dedication of Dyess Parkway and the U.S. Navy and Marine Reserve center were both dedicated that day.

The remarkable life of one of Georgia's heroes
WHEN THIS PAST WEEK commenced, there were 137 living recipients of America's highest award for heroism - the Medal of Honor. Today there are 136. Gen. Ray Davis of Stockbridge, Ga., died at age 88. What a remarkable life he led. One of Ray Davis's last trips to Augusta was when he and his wife drove over from his home in 1998 to participate in two ceremonies celebrating the extraordinary life of Augusta's Jimmie Dyess: The dedication of Dyess Parkway and the U.S. Navy and Marine Reserve center were both dedicated that day.

Overtime

Overtime

Agassi reaches Open semifinals with straight-set win

Overtime
In Erfurt, Germany, Sven Ottke kept his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles, winning a close decision over previously undefeated Mads Larsen of Denmark.

Roddick vs. Ferrero in U.S. Open final
NEW YORK -- Racket bag slung over his shoulder, Andre Agassi briskly walked out of the locker room and through the halls of Arthur Ashe Stadium to the VIP parking lot.

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.

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

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
Saturday: A Fall Migration Walk will be held at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to observe various birds of the area. Cost is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Call 828-2109.

Dove season opens to smiles
The directions were simple: Follow the dirt road until you pass three mobile homes, then turn right into a big field.

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

Parcells' Dallas debut against Vick-less Falcons
IRVING, Texas -- Twenty years ago, coaches from every NFL team stood together for a photo. Bud Grant, an elder statesman in the group, compared them to bomber pilots and suggested everyone take a good look around because next year "there will be a few guys missing."

Price gets chance to justify worth
IRVING, Texas - The Atlanta Falcons' acquisition of Peerless Price in March drew attention across the NFL, and with good reason.

NFL power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, the Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dove season opens to smiles

All it takes is one ...

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.

Former Child Stars have a lot to talk about

Bulldogs overcome penalties
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia fans expected their team to have some growing pains to start the 2003 season. Fittingly, the No. 8 Bulldogs waited until their home debut to play like wide-eyed youngsters.

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.

Brown flexes muscle for Dogs

Brown flexes muscle for Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - To gauge how far wide receiver Reggie Brown has progressed since signing with Georgia in 2000, consider his play in the first quarter of Saturday's 29-10 victory against Middle Tennessee State.

Traveling fans to see additions to Athens

Bulldogs overcome penalties

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

Gamecocks to put loss behind them

Gamecocks rise up
COLUMBIA - There were surprises everywhere you looked Saturday - and not just on a scoreboard that read South Carolina 31, Virginia 7.

Gamecocks rise up

Cell phone users find slammer in Charleston Court

Arrested for horn honking, woman awarded $255,000

Odds and Ends

319th returns home

Faith provided light in dark times

Movie reveals cruel part of Ireland's past

Veteran local broadcaster to be honored

Crucifixion debate revived in upcoming film 'The Passion'

Another Jesus film raises Jewish issue

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

Church expansion will accommodate teen worship