Risk-taking artists OK'd for art show
For artist Tom Nakashima, selecting pieces for the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's annual juried art show meant attempting to discard his own aesthetic inclinations.

China's Harry Potter publisher in race with pirates
BEIJING -- The Chinese-language publisher of the latest Harry Potter adventure said Thursday it is rushing the book into stores this weekend ahead of schedule, hoping to thwart pirates who are selling badly translated copies.

Risk-taking artists OK'd for art show

'Mattress' story enables actors to experiment
There are, in the imaginary world of fairy tales, accepted truths.

Stadium named after Ex-Pacer
AIKEN - Perhaps no other individual in the history of USC Aiken has had as much influence on athletics as Roberto Hernandez.

Yankees tie Orioles as Hurricane Isabel blows by
BALTIMORE -- Hurricane Isabel and the Baltimore Orioles teamed to deny Mike Mussina his 200th career victory Thursday.

Fantasy baseball: Talented class finds itself in tight rookie-of-the-year race
We had Dontrelle-mania, the American debut of Godzilla and even a formidable Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect hitting the scene this year.

Marlins maintain lead in wild card
PHILADELPHIA - Jeff Conine homered, drove in three runs and made two outstanding defensive plays in left field, leading the Florida Marlins to an 11-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Marlins maintain lead in wild card

Stadium named after Ex-Pacer

Expos begin negotiations with Guerrero
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Expos have started contract talks with Vladimir Guerrero's agent, hoping to sign the star slugger to a long-term deal before he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

Yankees tie Orioles as Hurricane Isabel blows by

Fantasy baseball: Talented class finds itself in tight rookie-of-the-year race

Math books may offer solutions to life's problems

Daniel Anthony Brown
Thomas A. and Tonya G. Brown of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Daniel Anthony Brown, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Douglas R. Gantt of Hephzibah, John Lemon and Toni Fletcher, both of Martinez, and the late Mary E. Gantt.

Patrick Edward Robinson II
Patrick E. Robinson and Jennifer N. Powell, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Patrick Edward Robinson II, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are James and Sharon Powell of Martinez and Bobby and Pam Robinson of Waynesboro, Ga.

Nickolas Conrad Poss
Mr. and Mrs. David R. Poss of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Nickolas Conrad Poss, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Caldwell of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. William Poss of Blythe.

Lauren Rose Smith

Collier Austin Davis
Daniel and Ashley Davis of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Collier Austin Davis, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Newsome and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis, all of Evans.

Evan JoVaughn Golphin

Lauren Rose Smith
Jeffery and Beth Smith of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Rose Smith, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Sarafin of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony W. Smith of Villa Rica, Ga.

Timothy John Fay

Andrew Ezequiel Lopez
Stanley and Heather Lopez of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Andrew Ezequiel Lopez, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Archie Jones Jr. and Roger W. Bennett, all of Waycross, Ga., and Jorge and Marta Lopez of Elkton, Md.

Travis Allen Dixon II

Benjamin Carson Jennings
Duane and Ellen Jennings of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Carson Jennings, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stanley of Fayetteville, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jennings of Raleigh, N.C.

Daniel Anthony Brown

Cleveland James Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Brett Cooper of Evans announce the birth of a son, Cleveland James Cooper, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Easler of Norwood, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Cooper of North Augusta.

Jurne Marie Smith

Leslie Marie Widener
Chad and Crystal Widener of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Leslie Marie Widener, Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Karen Latham and Mr. and Mrs. Don Widener, all of Grovetown.

Tamra Mackenzie Johnson

Haylee Alexis Seigler
Shawn D. Seigler of Augusta and Crystal R. Boyd of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Haylee Alexis Seigler, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Pansy Jones and Curtis Boyd of Aiken and Sue Seigler of Augusta.

Kirsten Nicole Burrow and Katrina Lynn Burrow

Nathaniel Owen Menger
Richard and Julie Menger of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nathaniel Owen Menger, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Tom and Ginger Nicholson and Carl and Dianne Menger, all of Augusta, and the late Kay Menger.

Haylee Alexis Seigler

Dalton Corey Johnson
Corey S. and Brook T. Johnson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Dalton Corey Johnson, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin A. Taylor of Greenwood, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Lyon of Aiken.

Margaret Jewel Van Winkle

Evan JoVaughn Golphin
Audrell L. Golphin and Alicia R. White, both of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Evan JoVaughn Golphin, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Peggy E. White and Luther and Earnestine Patterson, all of Waynesboro, Robert Golphin of Munnerlyn, Ga., and the late John W. White.

Ahmad Na'Shid Lee

Timothy John Fay
Adam J. and Paulette B. Fay of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Timothy John Fay, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Blankenship of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Fay of Edgefield.

Benjamin Carson Jennings

Camden Ja Kobe Davis
Dennis Brown and Kaneka Davis, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Camden Ja Kobe Davis, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ann Davis, Terry Brown, Elnora Davis, Geneva Brown and Dennis Brown, all of Augusta and the late Rebecca Berry.

Tori Brooke Clements

Peyton Grace Stone

Tori Brooke Clements
Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Clements Jr. of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Tori Brooke Clements, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Braswell Sr. of Blythe, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Clements Sr. of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ballard of Martinez.

Nathaniel Owen Menger

Margaret Jewel Van Winkle
Bobby G. and Pamela J. Van Winkle of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Margaret Jewel Van Winkle, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Teresa McGahee, Linda Van Winkle and Henry Van Winkle, all of Augusta, and Mike McGahee of Martinez.

Camden Ja Kobe Davis

Peyton Grace Stone
Casey K. and Lindsay S. Stone of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Peyton Grace Stone, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Linda Steele and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stone, all of North Augusta, and the late John Steele.

Owen Michael Roy

Jurne Marie Smith
Reginald T. and Regina W. Smith of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jurne Marie Smith, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Teresa Goudeau of Augusta, Glenda and Robert Hall of Woodville, Ga., and Wendell Smith of Athens, Ga.

Nickolas Conrad Poss

Owen Michael Roy
Jack W.C. Roy Jr. and Michele K. Roy of Evans announce the birth of a son, Owen Michael Roy, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Marilyn K. LePore of Washington, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Jack W.C. Roy Sr. of Grovetown and the late Michael J. LePore.

Isaiah Joshua Marshall

Brandon Christian Bowen
Mark and Jennifer Bowen of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brandon Christian Bowen, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Glenna Rendell of Atlanta, Jim Rendell of Albany, Ga., Jimmy Bowen of North Augusta and the late Christian Bowen.

Brandon Christian Bowen

Isaiah Joshua Marshall
Eric L. Marshall and Keneshia M. Parks, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Isaiah Joshua Marshall, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Valarie Parks of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Marshall of Grovetown.

Benjamin Brooks Blackburn

Ahmad Na'Shid Lee
John Bowman and Natalie N. Lee, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Ahmad Na'Shid Lee, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Annette Lee and Gary Sapp, both of Augusta.

Collier Austin Davis

Tamra Mackenzie Johnson
Christopher Johnson and Roxanne Crawford, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Tamra Mackenzie Johnson, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Crawford Jr. of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Johnson Sr. of Stillwater, N.Y.

Andrew Ezequiel Lopez

Travis Allen Dixon II
Travis A. and Catherine M. Dixon of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Travis Allen Dixon II, Friday, July 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Victor Beckman of Hephzibah, Gary Weishaupt and Glenna Weishaupt, both of Lexington, S.C., and the late Allen Dixon.

Cleveland James Cooper

Benjamin Brooks Blackburn
Brooks and Brandi Blackburn of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Brooks Blackburn, Friday, July 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blackwell of Hephzibah, Jack and Lisa Blackburn of Augusta and Dennis and Mareese Stone of Savannah, Ga.

Patrick Edward Robinson II

Leslie Marie Widener

Kirsten Nicole Burrow and Katrina Lynn Burrow
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Burrow of Martinez announce the birth of twin daughters, Kirsten Nicole Burrow and Katrina Lynn Burrow, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny S. Boyle of Kansas City, Kan., Herbert Burrow of Vallejo, Calif., and Inell Burrow of Baltimore, Md.

Voters reject a proposed 10-cent espresso tax
SEATTLE -- After voters in this caffeine capital rejected a proposed 10-cent tax on espresso drinks, cafe owners celebrated with beer, wine and - what else? - lattes.

Odds and Ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- In this race, everyone was a wiener.

Odds and Ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- In this race, everyone was a wiener.

Judge resigns leadership amid criticism over joke e-mails
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A chief District Court judge resigned his leadership position amid criticism for sending around e-mails that poked fun at minorities or were sexually oriented.

Brewers asked not to use sex to sell liquor
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Ads featuring scantily clad models enticing people to drink more liquor are on the way out in Latin America's largest country.

Smoltz expected to throw off the mound Friday

Atlanta clinches NL East title for 12th-straight year
ATLANTA - In the words of Yogi Berra, it was deja vu all over again.

Smoltz expected to throw off the mound Friday
ATLANTA -- Atlanta closer John Smoltz is expected to throw off a mound Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Atlanta clinches NL East title for 12th-straight year

Braves get easy victory over Expos

Franco still going strong despite his age

Braves get easy victory over Expos
MONTREAL -- Mike Hampton allowed three hits in five innings and hit a home run as the Atlanta Braves closed in on their record 12th straight division title with a 14-4 victory over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

Franco still going strong despite his age
ATLANTA -- Two years ago, when the Atlanta Braves were looking for a first baseman late in the season, one name kept getting passed around the front office: Julio Franco.

No room at the inn: Hotels are going smoke-free
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. -- Smokers are finding there is no room at the inn anymore.

Experts fear growth of property rights
ATLANTA - Georgia's economic growth could suffer if legislators give more power to opponents of electric-line construction, public policy experts warned Thursday.

American Suzuki president to attend Evans dealer grand opening
Outside of Masters Week, it's not often that the top brass of an international company visits Columbia County, and local economic developers don't plan to squander the opportunity.

Changes sought as leader resigns

Changes sought as leader resigns
NEW YORK - The opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange ushered in a new era Thursday, as the financial market began life without the charismatic Dick Grasso as its leader.

Business briefs

Natural gas crisis eases, but higher fuel costs predicted

Officials open Evans car dealership

Experts fear growth of property rights

Leading economic indicators rise in August

Federal deficit running twice the pace of last year
WASHINGTON -- On track for a record deficit, the government has produced $400.5 billion in red ink in the first 11 months of the 2003 budget year - twice the total for the same period a year earlier.

No room at the inn: Hotels are going smoke-free

Leading economic indicators rise in August
NEW YORK -- The nation's long-stagnant economy again showed signs of recovery in August, though the job market continued to be a damper, according to a closely watched gauge of future business activity.

Home loan rates drop for second week in a row

AOL may be dropped from AOL Time Warner
NEW YORK -- AOL Time Warner Inc. will consider a proposal at its board meeting Thursday to drop the troubled "AOL" part of its name, sources said, in what would be the latest acknowledgment that the grand hopes behind the merger of old and new media giants have failed.

AOL Time Warner drops 'AOL' from its name

Bottled water recalled because caps can come off and choke young children
WASHINGTON -- An Atlanta company is recalling 3.2 million bottles of water after receiving 10 complaints of caps unexpectedly coming off and posing a choking hazard to young children.

Natural gas crisis eases, but higher fuel costs predicted
WASHINGTON -- Natural gas supplies have rebounded because of a cool summer that lowered demand, but consumers will still see higher fuel costs this winter, an Energy Department official said Wednesday.

Consumers' confidence in economy fell to 8-week low
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - U.S. consumer confidence declined last week to its lowest level in eight weeks, according to the latest ABC News/Money Magazine poll.

NYSE chairman resigns amid furor over lavish pay package
NEW YORK -- New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso resigned Wednesday amid rising fury over his $139.5 million pay package, his 36-year career ruined by cries that he made too much money running the world's richest financial market.

Congressman sets summit on area's economic future
An economic summit led by U.S. Rep. Max Burns on Monday will attempt to identify ways to protect Augusta's declining manufacturing sector.

Business briefs
Augusta's Electrolux Home Products,maker of Frigidaire appliances, will kick off celebrations today for the 85th anniversary of the refrigerator.

Business briefs
DETROIT - The United Auto Workers wrapped up tentative labor contracts with the Big Three automakers Thursday and concluded two months of talks.

Consumers' confidence in economy fell to 8-week low

Officials open Evans car dealership
Augusta Suzuki introduced itself to Columbia County on Thursday, and Suzuki Motor Corp. reintroduced itself to American drivers.

AOL may be dropped from AOL Time Warner

The rich got richer after two years of decline
NEW YORK -- The economy is improving for the super rich. After two years of declines, the total net worth of America's richest people rose 10 percent to $955 billion this year from 2002, according to Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the nation's 400 wealthiest individuals.

Grasso clawed his way up to most powerful man on Wall Street

Home loan rates drop for second week in a row
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages, which had been on a fairly steady upward climb since late June, dropped sharply this week for the second week in a row.

Federal deficit running twice the pace of last year

U.S. job satisfaction hits record low
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Even in a tough labor market, job satisfaction among employed U.S. workers has hit a record low, a survey by a private research group released Thursday shows.

Business briefs

AOL Time Warner drops 'AOL' from its name
NEW YORK -- Acknowledging the failures of the largest merger in U.S. history, the board of AOL Time Warner Inc. voted Thursday to remove the letters "AOL" from the company's name.

NYSE chairman resigns amid furor over lavish pay package

Developers elect new leader
THOMSON - The group that oversees economic development in McDuffie County got a new leader Wednesday.

House permanently bans taxes on Internet access

Grasso clawed his way up to most powerful man on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard A. Grasso, who resigned Wednesday amid outrage over his multimillon dollar pay package, meticulously worked his way up from an $81-a-week clerk to become one of the most powerful men on Wall Street.

Congressman sets summit on area's economic future

House permanently bans taxes on Internet access
WASHINGTON -- Connections to the Internet would remain tax-free under a bill the House passed Wednesday.

American Suzuki president to attend Evans dealer grand opening

Clemson names sideline reporters
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson will use three different sideline reporters for its next three football radio broadcasts, beginning with Dave Cohen on Saturday night at Georgia Tech.

ACC struggling on national scene

Gameday
In this week's marquee national matchup, the Bulldogs figure to be tested for the first time this season in one of the game's most raucous settings.

Under a steady rain, Virginia Tech fans defy Isabel

Amputee returns to play
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Neil Parry returned to San Jose State's football team on Thursday night with a spring in his step.

ACC struggling on national scene
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference football could use Miami and Virginia Tech in the league in 2003.

Faculty and former AD say Bowden told them of pay-for-play scheme
AUBURN, Ala. -- Three longtime Auburn professors and former athletic director Mike Lude say former coach Terry Bowden told them that football players were being paid when he arrived in 1993, confirming taped comments by Bowden.

USC Aiken to dedicate new stadium Thursday
For USC Aiken athletic director Randy Warrick, today might as well be Christmas.

USC Aiken to dedicate new stadium Thursday

SEC-ACC notebook: Tech's philosophy fluctuates
If you thought you had Chan Gailey's offensive philosophy pegged, step aside and join the rest of the fooled.

Amputee returns to play

SEC-ACC notebook: Tech's philosophy fluctuates

Under a steady rain, Virginia Tech fans defy Isabel
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- With rain and wind from the outskirts of Hurricane Isabel soaking through parkas and bending back umbrellas, there seemed a thousand better places to be than outside with soggy fried chicken and cold barbecue.

Gameday

Approve the fire tax

Consider it a loan
America has an obligation to help rebuild Iraq.

IRS flunks tax probe

IRS flunks tax probe
If a group of accounting and legal experts got together today to write an intelligent federal tax code, do you think they would come up with the jumbled, incomprehensible mess we now have - a system so complex that it's thousands of pages long and weighs more than your pet?

It ought to be a crime
If the charges against her are correct, Michelle Koontz didn't just breach a trust with her employer - she broke a public trust, one that has taken decades to build up.

Approve the fire tax
There was a time when Aiken County's 20 small-town and rural volunteer fire departments could make do with subscription fees to buy and maintain adequate fire-fighting equipment.

No excuses
It was just four years ago when a couple of students went on a shooting and suicide spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., resulting in 13 deaths and 23 injuries. Subsequent investigations showed that the two killers tipped their hand in a number of ways before embarking on the human slaughter, but no one was paying attention.

It ought to be a crime

No excuses

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

Chinese culture gets center stage at arts festival
From a quiet corner at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association building, Alex Chiu watches as an assortment of acts take to the taped-off area in the main hall. Precise dances, punctuated by spinning pink parasols and the percussive clap of hand fans snapped open in lockstep follow the flashing sabers of martial artists and will, in turn, be followed by the plaintive textures of the zheng, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument.

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

New NBC shows get fine welcome from TV viewers
NEW YORK -- After months of reruns, television viewers are eager for something new. Whoopi Goldberg and John Larroquette were the immediate beneficiaries.

Standing ovations
Trucks - big, angry trucks - are coming to Augusta. The Monster Motornationals, an exhibition of four-wheeled car crushers, will roar through the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St., at 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets for the big-wheel bonanza cost $14-$17 for adults and $5.50 for age 12 and younger today and $10.50-$13 for ages 12 or younger Saturday. Call 828-7700.

'Tron 2.0' video game is sequel to cult sci-fi movie
LOS ANGELES -- Lots of movies have inspired video games, and lots of video games have sequels.

Applause calendar
AUGUSTA CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: With Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The O'Jays, Keith Sweat, K.C. & Jo-Jo, 6 p.m. Sept. 28; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; $40.50-$50.50; 828-7700.

Fine arts, crafts to highlight festival
Like First Friday, the annual cultural event Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival is growing.

The Top Five in entertainment
The top five in movies, television and music

Slight set-up changes to yield stronger festival
Arts in the Heart of Augusta has a new look, with the Global Village and food vendors this year on the Augusta Common.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta performance schedule
Schedule for the 2003 Arts in the Heart festival

Arts and crafts vendors
Vendors at the 2003 Arts in the Heart festival

Stocks pull back on housing report
NEW YORK -- Wall Street drifted lower Wednesday after a mixed housing report and a disappointing outlook from DuPont gave investors incentives to cash in profits after the market's recent rally.

Nasdaq closes above 1,900
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index had its first close above 1,900 in 18 months and the Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor's 500 index reached new 15-month highs Thursday as stocks surged on encouraging jobs data and a largely upbeat estimate of future economic activity.

Nasdaq closes above 1,900

Stocks pull back on housing report

Yields on money markets mutual funds rise

Yields on money markets mutual funds rise
NEW YORK -- Yields on money market mutual funds were essentially flat this past week.

Schools active; floating worms catch bass

Schools active; floating worms catch bass
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.

Gardeners can make a big splash in battle against mosquito-borne West Nile virus
NEW MARKET, Va. -- The rapid spread of mosquito-borne ailments - particularly the potentially lethal West Nile virus - is no reason for homeowners to pull the plug on their water gardens.

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?

Webworms make trees unsightly

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?

Gardeners can make a big splash in battle against mosquito-borne West Nile virus

Webworms make trees unsightly
It's almost fall and webworms are busy spinning problems in trees.

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?
Sometimes weeds receive praise.

Gardeners can make a big splash in battle against mosquito-borne West Nile virus
NEW MARKET, Va. -- The rapid spread of mosquito-borne ailments - particularly the potentially lethal West Nile virus - is no reason for homeowners to pull the plug on their water gardens.

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?
Sometimes weeds receive praise.

Gardeners can make a big splash in battle against mosquito-borne West Nile virus

TV radar overlooks Clemson-Georgia Tech game matchup
Maybe the television folks know something no one else does. Maybe where everyone else sees a dandy, they see a dud.

Burnett off to fast start for Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech kicker Dan Burnett passed a big hurdle against Florida State last week, but hardly anyone noticed.

TV radar overlooks Clemson-Georgia Tech game matchup

Burnett off to fast start for Georgia Tech

Johnny Cash spent a night in my hometown (jail)

84 Lumber Classic hopes Isabel isn't a last-minute entrant

Lots of no-names atop 84 Lumber leaderboard
FARMINGTON, Pa. -- The weather was bad, the forecast is even worse. So, naturally, two golfers enduring mostly terrible years played near-perfect rounds at the rain-splattered 84 Lumber Classic.

84 Lumber Classic hopes Isabel isn't a last-minute entrant
FARMINGTON, Pa. -- The entry deadline for the 84 Lumber Classic was last week. That doesn't mean a late-arriving participant might not have a say in who wins or loses or how the tournament is played.

Wie eyes making the cut in Nationwide Tour event

ASU's Turner tries new swing for new season

Wie eyes making the cut in Nationwide Tour event
BOISE, Idaho -- Michelle Wie's first few weeks of high school have been as hectic as her summer.

Irwin fights off back pain
CARY, N.C. -- Several months of back pain have finally slowed down Hale Irwin on the Champions Tour.

Jacobson ties European record with 60
PULHEIM, Germany -- Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson tied a European tour record Thursday by shooting a 12-under-par 60 for a three-stroke lead after the first round of the German Masters.

ASU's Turner tries new swing for new season
After the NCAA Championships in June, Emmett Turner decided to make the biggest decision of his golfing career.

Jacobson ties European record with 60

Irwin fights off back pain

Lots of no-names atop 84 Lumber leaderboard

Key prep high school matchups

Player of the week: Channing Schofield

Win eases Hornets' sting

Swainsboro brings grit to Washington County

Campbell, Red Devils: Don't believe the hype

Schools to get new stadiums

Swainsboro brings grit to Washington County
Even if Swainsboro had won its opening three games against a trio of the state's top teams, the Tigers wouldn't have been any closer to a regional title and the playoffs.

Campbell, Red Devils: Don't believe the hype
His Lincoln County squad is ranked No. 1 in Class A following Clinch County's 16-13 loss last week to Class AA top-10 mainstay Charlton County. Just don't bring it up in a conversation with Red Devils coach Larry Campbell.

Schools to get new stadiums
Workers cut metal pipes in tune with an orchestra of running generators. Fiberglass insulation bags were underneath the bleachers, while cement trucks idled on the track and scaffolding surrounded the field house.

Win eases Hornets' sting
After tasting three defeats to open the season - including a 45-21 loss to Class AAAA No. 2 Byrnes and a 47-14 disaster to No. 7 Gaffney - Aiken had to be happy with last Friday's result.

Player of the week: Channing Schofield
In a 20-18 loss to North Central, Schofield carried the War Eagles. On offense, he rushed for 264 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, and on defense, he recorded seven tackles and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.

Key prep high school matchups
LAST WEEK: Josey lost to Hephzibah 32-6; Glenn Hills was idle.

Math books may offer solutions to life's problems
This Sunday's USA Weekend supplement in The Chronicle will feature a story on the rising popularity of math books.

Web cameras help stroke patients at rural hospitals
Evaluating a stroke patient with a remote Web camera system can be just as good as a bedside exam, opening the door for more rural patients to get clot-busting drugs, Medical College of Georgia researchers found.

Phillies win gives Braves 12th straight division title
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves clinched their 12th straight division title Thursday when Philadelphia rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

East Coast weather affects Augusta air travel
An afternoon flight between Augusta and Newark, N.J., has been canceled and passengers connecting to East Coast cities are seeing many delays today as Hurricane Isabel swept in with winds approaching 100 mph.

Can't escape Clintons or liberalism

Dems' opinions may be destructive
After listening to the endless tirade of attacks on our situation in Iraq made by the Democratic presidential candidates, I have one question: Is it possible that they are in fact encouraging attacks on American forces? Larry Dotson, Lincolnton, Ga.

Public safety first to suffer financially

The end of the world is sooner than you think

Advocacy group suggests goals for Savannah River Basin

Public safety first to suffer financially
It is beyond my comprehension why every time Augusta-Richmond County runs out of money for a fiscal year the first cuts they make are in public safety. Inez Watson, North Augusta, S.C.

Advocacy group suggests goals for Savannah River Basin
Now that HR 2753 (Savannah River Lakes Private Land Ownership Restoration Act) has been withdrawn, the Friends of the Savannah River Basin suggest that South Carolina, Georgia and the Army Corps of Engineers put their energies into three major tasks: a new drought plan for the Savannah River Basin; the completion of the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive Study being led by William Lynch of the Corps of Engineers and funded by the Corps, Georgia and South Carolina; and a compact between the states and the Corps on the long-term strategic management of water and land uses for this national asset. Barb and Harry Shelley, McCormick, S.C.

Dems' opinions may be destructive

Administrations find no money in psychiatric care
Due to the closing of the psychiatric unit of University Hospital, there will now be no private psychiatric unit in Augusta hospitals. The mantra of the administrators of today's hospitals is a repeated, "If it is not making big money, close it down." The psychiatric units that remain open in Augusta are: Georgia Regional, the Medical College of Georgia, the Veterans Affairs Hospital and a unit at Eisenhower Hospital. However, private psychiatric patients will now have to travel to Aiken, Columbia, Anderson or other distant cities to receive in-patient psychiatric services. J. Kenneth McDonald, M.D., Augusta

Can't escape Clintons or liberalism
I must be masochistic. I can't stay away from the news. That's why I am an angry, middle-class, middle-aged, white political conservative with high blood pressure. Frank Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

Club offers thanks for helping them help others
The Hephzibah Lions Club thanks community members for the overwhelming support shown during our Sept. 4-6 tomato and apple sales event. With your help, more than $1,600 was raised during the annual fund raiser. William Hawkins, Hephzibah, Ga.

The end of the world is sooner than you think
There is much discussion in the letters to the editor over what role Christians should play in shaping national and world events. While those who claim to belong to Christ could stand some shaping up, Christianity cannot correct the mess the world and our nation are in. Pastor J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

In the know

McDonald's testing adult Happy Meals for health conscious

'Ozone hole' reaches record size, U.N. weather experts say

Goverment to parents: Stop asking for antibiotics!

Goverment to parents: Stop asking for antibiotics!
CHICAGO -- The government has a new strategy for reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics: Persuade parents to stop pestering pediatricians to write prescriptions for runny noses.

'Ozone hole' reaches record size, U.N. weather experts say
GENEVA -- The ozone hole over the Antarctic this year has reached the record size of 10.8 million square miles set three years ago, the United Nations' weather organization said Wednesday.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

McDonald's testing adult Happy Meals for health conscious
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp. is testing a new kind of Happy Meal - one for adults.

In the know
The seventh edition of CBS' Survivor begins at 8 tonight on WRDW-TV (Channel 12). This time, the Survivor: Pearl Islands castaways are on islands off the Pacific coast of Panama. Once again, there will be eight women and eight men competing for the $1 million that goes to the last one.

Relics delay building on Lake Murray dam
IRMO, S.C. - Building a backup dam at Lake Murray has been slowed by rain and the discovery of items left from the construction of the original dam more than 70 years ago.

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SEPT. 18, 1932 Economic recovery in Augusta and its trade territory was given another boost yesterday with the announcement of a road building contract in excess of $200,000 being awarded to a local contractor and the reported expansion of Babcock & Wilcox refractory plant on the Savannah Road through the moving of the Liverpool, Ohio, plant to Augusta.

Officers keep up search for missing woman

Former campus officers allege in lawsuit they were threatened
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Two former campus police officers at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg have filed a federal lawsuit claiming they were threatened after they accused supervisors of unfairly treating minorities.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A former Lexington County deputy has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy nearly 25 years ago.

Three men ambush bank employee, rob bank before it opens
CONYERS, Ga. -- A female employee at Main Street Bank was accosted by three armed men when she got to work Wednesday and forced to wait while the men emptied the vault.

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Steve Arnold and James Fisher were on a recreational dive when they discovered a stolen car in the Savannah River on Saturday.

Authorities in Georgia, Florida make arrests in bribery allegations
ATLANTA -- Authorities in two states issued arrest warrants Wednesday against officials of a Georgia company accused of bribing state and local government workers to buy millions of dollars worth of its products.

Voters' league leaves festival
The League of Democratic Women is the latest civic group to bow out of this weekend's Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival, citing higher costs and questionable restrictions placed on the organization's voter registration booth.

Rants and raves
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Report: S.C. ranks 49th nationally in high school graduates
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's high school graduation rate ranks 49th in the country, according to a study by a nonprofit conservative think tank.

Across the area

High winds cause fire risk
AIKEN - Instead of flash floods and torrents of rain, the focus of South Carolina foresters is on the potential of high winds whipping up wildfires as Hurricane Isabel passes northward toward landfall later today in North Carolina or Virginia.

Across South Carolina

Airport officials warn of delays
Though Isabel is a significantly weaker storm today than when it first swept onto the East Coast, airport officials are still warning passengers about delays as the system recovers.

Senators reject effort to scrap nuclear facility plans

Stranded doctor returns to Augusta
Siyuan Liang walked into his lab Thursday for the first time in nearly a year and right away noticed some changes.

UGA addresses gender gap

Voters OK tax for schools
Wilkes County voters have approved a measure that would allow the county to generate millions of dollars for school renovation, improvement and equipment purchases, officials said.

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Former official lobbies for SRS
AIKEN - John Sununu has something up his sleeve, and it might mean big dollars and more jobs at Savannah River Site.

Web cameras help stroke patients at rural hospitals

Man admits drug trafficking

High winds cause fire risk

Putting green would honor teens
Friends of Shane Williams and Daniel Hall, the two Greenbrier High School golfers who died last spring in a highway accident, are hoping to create a putting and chipping green as a living memorial to the boys.

Relics delay building on Lake Murray dam

Across the area
One of the people facing murder charges in a February homicide pleaded guilty to reduced charges, her attorney said.

Report: S.C. ranks 49th nationally in high school graduates

'Missing' woman found, arrested
AIKEN - Fearing she would face charges of embezzling more than $12,000 from her employer, Michelle Koontz faked her own abduction, setting off a whirlwind of activity that culminated in her arrest late Tuesday, authorities said.

Phillies win gives Braves 12th straight division title

Children get drive for business
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - The Hot Dog Hut - actually a golf cart that doubles as a snack stand serving hot dogs, nachos, chips and drinks - is smaller than most lunch carts, but the three siblings who run it are smaller than most business owners, too.

Doctor was told of return visits

Harlem teacher earns award
The last time Valery Dinkins was at West Lake Country Club, she was attending a student teacher reception and wondering whether she had made the right decision.

Kid of the Day

Annis is sworn in as Superior Court judge
ATLANTA - Republican Michael Annis on Thursday became the newest Richmond County Superior Court judge when Gov. Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office in the ornate chamber of the House of Representatives.

Former official lobbies for SRS

Deaths reinforce mosquito risk
AIKEN - The deaths earlier this year of a Bamberg County child and an elderly Lexington County resident probably were caused by mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis, South Carolina public health officials said Thursday.

Voters OK tax for schools

Kid of the day
Taylor Nicole Lewis of North augusta is today's kid of the day.

Charleston, remembering Hugo, again prepares to help

Internet camera allows better look at rural hospitals' stroke patients

Voters' league leaves festival

Family of missing woman says police have not done job
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Two yellow ribbons with blue strips are tied in neat bows to the front porch rails of Verdell Moore's modest two-bedroom home.

Students say student-led prayer event lets them share faith

Students say student-led prayer event lets them share faith
Evans High School sophomore Leslie Awdykowyz set her alarm clock 30 minutes earlier for Wednesday morning.

Authorities in Georgia, Florida make arrests in bribery allegations

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cayleigh Michelle Rinker of Martinez.

UGA receives cancer grant
ATHENS, Ga. - A team of seven scientists at the University of Georgia recently received a five-year, $6.7 million grant for cancer research.

Stranded doctor returns to Augusta

Across Georgia

Study shows fewer crashes by teen drivers
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Despite a growing number of teenage drivers, crashes involving young drivers decreased in the past 10 years, state records show. During the same period, however, the number of accidents involving girl drivers increased.

Three men ambush bank employee, rob bank before it opens

Doctor was told of return visits
Federal prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case today, followed by defense testimony. The case is expected to go to the jury by Friday.

Family of missing woman says police have not done job

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Emory University School of Medicine received a $16 million federal grant Wednesday for research on the immune system's response to bioterrorist agents, school officials said.

Across the area

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MCG will screen new doctors' background
Before new physicians can give checkups at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, they will have to pass one themselves.

Correction
In Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, the age of an Aiken teenager injured in an accident Tuesday on U.S. Highway 1 was incorrect Lee Bodie is 16, said his father, Michael Bodie.

Water sharing is considered
NORTH AUGUSTA - The swollen banks of the Savannah River have more than enough water to satisfy the needs of people from North Augusta to Greenville right now, but with metropolises such as Atlanta looking to tap into the supply that might not always be true.

Dozens show for hearing on buses
CHARLESTON - Joy Shelton, whose motorized wheelchair won't fit into a taxi, had a simple message for those who run the Charleston buses: "If the buses stop, my life stops."

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - The South Carolina NAACP says it will hold its annual convention out of state again to honor the civil rights group's boycott of the Palmetto State.

Officers keep up search for missing woman
AIKEN - Almost overshadowed in the public eye this week by an Aiken woman's faked abduction, Lisa Shuttleworth, of Beech Island, remains very much missing.

Jury convicts man of hitting girlfriend
Leonard Wade Cliett will remain in the Columbia County Detention Center until his sentencing in October.

Rezoning fails before panel
The rezoning proposal will be on the Oct. 7 agenda of the Columbia County Commission.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A man aboard a flight from Cape Town, South Africa, to Atlanta was arrested Thursday after he attempted to break into the plane's cockpit, the FBI said.

UGA addresses gender gap
ATHENS, Ga. - She doesn't really notice, but Sabah Mirza knows her gender dominates the University of Georgia landscape.

Athens police receive new cars
ATHENS, Ga. - Some Athens-Clarke County police officers have been zipping around on sportier wheels these days.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME SEPT. 19, 1946 Grand jurors returned 39 true bills and 19 no bills to clear up the criminal docket, Solicitor George Hains said yesterday.

Official pursues harmony at third annual Unity Day Celebration
Every day is Unity Day for Lonnie Wimberly. A member of the Augusta-Richmond County Human Relations Commission, Mr. Wimberly spends much of his time working to promote human rights and race relations in Augusta. He and fellow members of the appointed city panel spend their days mediating discrimination claims at workplaces and organizing community events that highlight diversity and tolerance.

Deaths reinforce mosquito risk

Internet camera allows better look at rural hospitals' stroke patients
Evaluating a stroke patient with a remote Web camera system can be just as good as a bedside exam, opening the door for more rural patients to get clot-busting drugs, Medical College of Georgia researchers found.

Man admits drug trafficking
A former FBI Top 10 fugitive pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Augusta on Thursday afternoon, admitting he ran an international cocaine smuggling operation.

Doctor denies improper care
The prosecution will cross-examine Dr. Udom today as the defense continues its case.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected in several cases of theft and identity fraud.

Across Georgia

Senators reject effort to scrap nuclear facility plans
WASHINGTON -- Hopes for a nuclear pit facility at Savannah River Site survived a Senate vote that would have stripped its funding, but lawmakers from Georgia and South Carolina said Wednesday an even larger congressional fight still looms.

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Airport officials warn of delays

UGA receives cancer grant

Man is indicted in teen's slaying
AIKEN - Former deliveryman Robert F. Atkins was indicted Thursday in connection with the August 2000 rape and slaying of Aiken teen Jessica Carpenter.

Annis is sworn in as Superior Court judge

Charleston, remembering Hugo, again prepares to help
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As Hurricane Isabel bore down on the North Carolina coast Wednesday, it brought memories of the 135 mph winds of Hurricane Hugo and the devastation in this city of quaint gardens and narrow streets.

Doctor denies improper care

Kid of the day

Public backs HOPE limits
ATLANTA - Georgians' support for new restrictions on HOPE scholarships are stronger than previously thought, according to polling results presented to a state commission Thursday.

East Coast weather affects Augusta air travel

Rants and Raves
IN REFERENCE TO the rant about junk cars parked in yards: All you have to do is call the marshal's office at 821-2368 and report them. They will be out, and the car will be fixed or moved. The same can be said about overgrown lawns and trash spread about the yard. Pigs should live in a pigpen in the country.

Correction

'Missing' woman found, arrested

Water sharing is considered

Georgia's Greene is golden
In the modern look-at-me world of sports, David Greene doesn't draw a lot of attention.

Johnny Cash spent a night in my hometown (jail)
Many years ago, Johnny Cash did a good turn for my hometown. But then, my hometown had done a good turn for Johnny Cash.

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At the Movies: 'The Fighting Temptations'

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'
The scared little fella from "The Sixth Sense" has reached his awkward stage.

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'
The scared little fella from "The Sixth Sense" has reached his awkward stage.

At the Movies: 'Underworld'
Poor "Underworld." It's the saddest kind of poseur - one that succeeds in capturing only the worst qualities of the film it mimics.

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'

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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.

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 Fighting Temptations'
Gospel heals all wounds as two of the most photogenic stars on the planet - Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles - unite a quarreling Georgia congregation in the infectious romantic comedy "The Fighting Temptations."

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'
The scared little fella from "The Sixth Sense" has reached his awkward stage.

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'

At the Movies: 'Underworld'
Poor "Underworld." It's the saddest kind of poseur - one that succeeds in capturing only the worst qualities of the film it mimics.

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'
The word "cold" couldn't be more fitting for the movie "Cold Creek Manor" - it's a horror flick that isn't scary, a thriller that's never suspenseful, a whodunit that's more of a who cares?

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'

At the Movies: 'The Fighting Temptations'
Gospel heals all wounds as two of the most photogenic stars on the planet - Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles - unite a quarreling Georgia congregation in the infectious romantic comedy "The Fighting Temptations."

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'
The word "cold" couldn't be more fitting for the movie "Cold Creek Manor" - it's a horror flick that isn't scary, a thriller that's never suspenseful, a whodunit that's more of a who cares?

At the Movies: 'The Fighting Temptations'

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'
The word "cold" couldn't be more fitting for the movie "Cold Creek Manor" - it's a horror flick that isn't scary, a thriller that's never suspenseful, a whodunit that's more of a who cares?

At the Movies: 'Underworld'

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'
The scared little fella from "The Sixth Sense" has reached his awkward stage.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'
The word "cold" couldn't be more fitting for the movie "Cold Creek Manor" - it's a horror flick that isn't scary, a thriller that's never suspenseful, a whodunit that's more of a who cares?

At the Movies: 'Underworld'
Poor "Underworld." It's the saddest kind of poseur - one that succeeds in capturing only the worst qualities of the film it mimics.

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'

At the Movies: 'Underworld'

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'

At the Movies: 'Underworld'
Poor "Underworld." It's the saddest kind of poseur - one that succeeds in capturing only the worst qualities of the film it mimics.

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Softball team strikes for second at tourney
After five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in our independent research study, the results indicate that fast-pitch softball is the fastest-growing sport for girls in the Augusta area.

Even his producer figured him dead, but soul's Howard Tate is back
VINCENTOWN, N.J. -- Howard Tate believed the music industry used his soul and didn't give him anything for it.

Even his producer figured him dead, but soul's Howard Tate is back
VINCENTOWN, N.J. -- Howard Tate believed the music industry used his soul and didn't give him anything for it.

Even his producer figured him dead, but soul's Howard Tate is back

Even his producer figured him dead, but soul's Howard Tate is back

Q&A with Beyonce - the actress - about all things movies

Vintage music never gets old
Playing old songs to older audiences is like being Johnny Appleseed, guitarist Ken Lelen said.

Q&A with Beyonce - the actress - about all things movies
NEW YORK -- In her new movie, "The Fighting Temptations," Beyonce Knowles plays a singer - but that's where the similarities between the superstar and her character end.

Q&A with Beyonce - the actress - about all things movies
NEW YORK -- In her new movie, "The Fighting Temptations," Beyonce Knowles plays a singer - but that's where the similarities between the superstar and her character end.

Q&A with Beyonce - the actress - about all things movies

NASCAR gives teams escape hatch option
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Long-awaited escape hatches NASCAR has developed to give drivers a quicker exit from wrecked cars can be used in races by Winston Cup teams starting Sept. 28.

Q&A with Brian France
Brian France, grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France and son of current chairman Bill France Jr., will become the new boss of the family's multibillion-dollar industry. He talked about his plans for the future and how they will affect the second-most popular sport in the country.

Hurricane cancels activities at Dover

Newman has little left to prove

Hmiel suspended for substance abuse
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Busch Series driver Shane Hmiel was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Thursday for violating the sanctioning organization's substance abuse policy.

NASCAR changes rule on racing under caution

Q&A with Brian France

Hmiel suspended for substance abuse

The new boss at NASCAR isn't really new

NASCAR to overhaul design to make cars competitive

NASCAR changes rule on racing under caution
DOVER, Del. - Just four days into the Brian France regime, NASCAR overturned a 55-year-old tradition Thursday that allowed drivers to race back to the flag during a caution period.

The new boss at NASCAR isn't really new
Brian France has a lot to prove. The new NASCAR boss is following two very powerful and successful men who held that job before him: his grandfather and company founder, Bill France, and his father, Bill France Jr.

NASCAR to overhaul design to make cars competitive
DOVER, Del. - Before NASCAR can move to the future it has to take a step backward, its director of competition said.

Hurricane cancels activities at Dover
DOVER, Del. - NASCAR didn't wait for Hurricane Isabel to throw the first punch. It decided Tuesday it would cancel all activities at Dover International Speedway on Thursday and Friday.

Newman has little left to prove
DOVER, Del. -- Ryan Newman was trying to establish himself as more than a one-year wonder the last time he came to Dover International Speedway.

Hurricane Isabel pounds North Carolina

For storm voyeurs, Isabel was a show, not a disaster
ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -- Scott Randolph drove for hours to point his video camera in Isabel's eye and get an adrenaline rush from being in the middle of the storm.

For storm voyeurs, Isabel was a show, not a disaster

Bush declares major disaster in North Carolina

A look at the effects of Hurricane Isabel

Bush declares major disaster in North Carolina
WASHINGTON -- President Bush declared a major disaster Thursday in North Carolina because of Hurricane Isabel, ordering federal aid to the state.

Bush declares major disaster in North Carolina

Hurricane Isabel pounds North Carolina
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- Hurricane Isabel plowed into North Carolina's Outer Banks with 100 mph winds and pushed its way Thursday up the Eastern Seaboard, weakening to a tropical storm by evening but not before swamping roads and knocking out power to more than 2.5 million people.

Bush declares major disaster in North Carolina
WASHINGTON -- President Bush declared a major disaster Thursday in North Carolina because of Hurricane Isabel, ordering federal aid to the state.

A look at the effects of Hurricane Isabel
A look at the effects of Hurricane Isabel as it came ashore Thursday.

Hurricane Isabel pounds North Carolina

Safety rule will mean more and longer delays

Hurricane Isabel pounds North Carolina
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- Hurricane Isabel plowed into North Carolina's Outer Banks with 100 mph winds and pushed its way up the Eastern seaboard Thursday, swamping roads and knocking out power to more than 1 million people but packing nowhere near the terrifying punch it had days earlier.

Shock hope legacy has just begun
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Swin Cash cradled the WNBA championship trophy with tears in her eyes.

Shock hope legacy has just begun

Secondary is primary concern for Falcons

Michael Vick can't discard crutches until pain subsides

Fantasy football: You can't just talk a good game

Falcons quarterback looking for more consistency

Sgt. Foster Pinkston    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. John Smith, Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Flournoy (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Latka (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivlyn Avant (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Haas ( GALLOWAY, N.J.)

Mr. John Merriweather (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Moore (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Collins (BRANCHVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Daniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ozella Fleming (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Everett Carter (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lueray Greene (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Cowart Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Swearinger (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Butler (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Younger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon James Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. John Merriweather (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Rosa Watts (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Brisco Sr. (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. William Rhodes, Jr. (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Green (BOULDER, Colo.)

Mr. Calvin Holliman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Latka (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Maurice Wise (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. John Cratic (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McLane (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Woodrow Jackson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Aften Winfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Singleton (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Gladin (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Herman McCladdie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deloris Moon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McLane (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Welch (BRYSON CITY, N.C.)

Mr. Timothy Whitmore (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Sasser (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Williams (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Fulton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herman McCladdie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Siegel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Weldon (SALUDA, S.C.)

Ms. Queen Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Taiwan is a missing piece in the United Nations
RECENTLY, representatives from the United States, Russia, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea sat down to defuse tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear-weapons program. Hopefully, these multi-party talks will find a resolution, or at least a common ground, to the 10-month Korean nuclear standoff.

Taiwan is a missing piece in the United Nations
RECENTLY, representatives from the United States, Russia, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea sat down to defuse tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear-weapons program. Hopefully, these multi-party talks will find a resolution, or at least a common ground, to the 10-month Korean nuclear standoff.

Is hormone replacement beneficial or harmful?
ESTROGEN deficiency associated with menopause can have a negative impact on a woman's sense of well-being, and increase the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Women's concerns about hormone use increased following the early termination of the estrogen/progestogen arm of the Women's Health Initiative.

Is hormone replacement beneficial or harmful?
ESTROGEN deficiency associated with menopause can have a negative impact on a woman's sense of well-being, and increase the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Women's concerns about hormone use increased following the early termination of the estrogen/progestogen arm of the Women's Health Initiative.

Spotlight: Terrance Jackson

Isabel forces changes in sports scheduling

Overtime

Americans hope to begin Davis Cup comeback

Overtime

McCain's USOC reform could jeopardize New York bid

Softball team strikes for second at tourney

Moore leads Striders into annual road race

HBO says fight sold nearly 1 million pay-per-view

Americans hope to begin Davis Cup comeback
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- This is where the United States intends to begin its Davis Cup comeback.

Broad Street Ramble
Presented by the Augusta Striders running club, the 27th Broad Street Ramble is a 10-kilometer road race through downtown Augusta. There also will be shorter races for children. Portions of the proceeds from the race will go to benefit Augusta Urban Ministries.

McCain's USOC reform could jeopardize New York bid
WASHINGTON -- Legislation to restructure the U.S. Olympic Committee could threaten New York's bid to host the 2012 Summer Games, a U.S. delegate to the International Olympic Committee says.

Overtime
USC Aiken saw a seven-shot advantage disappear and was overtaken by Guilford College in the final round of the Johnny Palmer Invitational.

Moore leads Striders into annual road race
When members of the Augusta Striders running club are asked to pick their favorite for Saturday's Broad Street Ramble, all fingers point to Gary Moore.

HBO says fight sold nearly 1 million pay-per-view
NEW YORK -- Win or lose, Oscar De La Hoya still sells.

Overtime
Masters Tournament champion Mike Weir, and defending champion Ernie Els will be among 12 players at the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, England, on Oct. 16-18, organizers said Wednesday.

Soccer star Mia Hamm's ready to go out on top
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- As she prepares for her fourth and final World Cup, Mia Hamm is happy, healthy and confident again, not an aging superstar hanging on for another year or so.

Isabel forces changes in sports scheduling
Sports schedule changes in response to the threat of Hurricane Isabel:

Spotlight: Terrance Jackson
"What else can I say, except sports are fun. I always have a good time when I'm playing football or baseball."

Secondary is primary concern for Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As badly as the Atlanta offense matched up against Tampa Bay's offense last year, Keion Carpenter knows the Falcons' defense also suffered a disadvantage.

Panthers claim Tillman, place Pittman on IR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers claimed safety Travares Tillman off waivers on Thursday and placed defensive end Kavika Pittman on injured reserve.

Michael Vick can't discard crutches until pain subsides
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick had hoped to be walking without crutches last week.

Fantasy football: You can't just talk a good game
If you talk it, you better walk it. After Sunday's performance against Cleveland, Baltimore's Jamaal Lewis isn't just walking, he has that whole Ric Flair strut going. Owners who had Lewis in their starting lineup this past weekend were styling and profiling right along with him.

Owners approve 2007 Super Bowl for Miami
WASHINGTON -- The 2007 Super Bowl was awarded to Miami on Wednesday by NFL owners.

Falcons quarterback looking for more consistency
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- At times, Doug Johnson has looked brilliant. Who needs Michael Vick?

Cash spoke to fans through music

Cash spoke to fans through music
In 1962, a young woman described as a "folk singer" joined Johnny Cash's troupe five days before he made an appearance in Augusta.

Georgia's Greene is golden

Impressive action, acting highlight Chinese movies

Safety rule will mean more and longer delays
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A new NASA safety rule restricting shuttle launches to daylight hours will lead to more and longer flight delays and, unless the space agency is strong enough to resist, deadline pressures similar to those that contributed to the Columbia disaster, officials warned Wednesday.

And the Emmy goes to ... whoever the psychic says

Miss America looks to reality TV for help
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- With its amateur singers, head-to-head contests and gradual eliminations, the Miss America pageant - in some respects - was TV's first reality show.

At The Weather Channel, hurricane time is prime-time

And the Emmy goes to ... whoever the psychic says

At The Weather Channel, hurricane time is prime-time
NEW YORK -- With Hurricane Isabel chugging toward an expected rendezvous with the East Coast, you might think the folks at The Weather Channel would be hyperventilating about now.

And the Emmy goes to ... whoever the psychic says
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Shalhoub, clear shelf space for your Emmy.

ABC to continue John Ritter's sitcom without him
LOS ANGELES -- ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" will continue despite star John Ritter's death and will show the TV family coping with his character's loss, the network said Tuesday.

Miss America looks to reality TV for help

At The Weather Channel, hurricane time is prime-time

ABC to continue John Ritter's sitcom without him

At The Weather Channel, hurricane time is prime-time
NEW YORK -- With Hurricane Isabel chugging toward an expected rendezvous with the East Coast, you might think the folks at The Weather Channel would be hyperventilating about now.

And the Emmy goes to ... whoever the psychic says
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Shalhoub, clear shelf space for your Emmy.

Applause calendar

Fine arts, crafts to highlight festival

The Top Five in entertainment

Arts in the Heart of Augusta performance schedule

Club calendar

'Tron 2.0' video game is sequel to cult sci-fi movie

Concert calendar

Chinese culture gets center stage at arts festival

Slight set-up changes to yield stronger festival

Arts and crafts vendors

New NBC shows get fine welcome from TV viewers

Bulldogs don't mind being outside the hedges

Bulldogs don't mind being outside the hedges
ATHENS, Ga. -- It started one Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.

UGA offensive line puts naysayers in their place
ATHENS, Ga. - No one is sure which publication said it, but that's probably beside the point.

UGA offensive line puts naysayers in their place

Impressive action, acting highlight Chinese movies
This weekend, the eyes of Augusta will be on China's cultural contributions. Because China was chosen as this year's host nation for the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival, the local Chinese community has prepared a variety of programs that highlight the ancient nation's distinctive styles of dance, drama and music.

Holtz names Pinkins starting quarterback

Holtz names Pinkins starting quarterback
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- And the winner is .... Dondrial Pinkins.

Odds and Ends

Judge resigns leadership amid criticism over joke e-mails

Voters reject a proposed 10-cent espresso tax

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