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
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.

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

Risk-taking artists OK'd for art show

Baseball briefs
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alfonso Soriano tied a major league record with his 12th leadoff homer of the season, sending Jose Contreras and the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-1 on Friday night.

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.

Yankees tie Orioles as Hurricane Isabel blows by

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

Stadium named after Ex-Pacer

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.

Baseball briefs

Math books may offer solutions to life's problems

Some churches pretending to be Catholic archdiocese says
ATLANTA -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has filed a lawsuit accusing a network of Spanish-speaking churches of falsely claiming to be Catholic - with priests who conduct Mass, hear confessions and offer Communion to immigrants who mistakenly think the churches are tied to the Vatican.

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.

Odds and Ends
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- A wayward chipmunk stowed away in a car in Utah and hitched a long ride west to California.

Braves run away with another division title

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.

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.

Smoltz ready to rejoin Braves bullpen
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz is ready to rejoin the Braves bullpen. He's not predicting how effective he'll be.

Ortiz wins 20th with shutout
ATLANTA - Friday night's celebration, at least on the field, was a muted one, nothing more than the standard line of handshakes and pats on the back.

Braves run away with another division title
ATLANTA -- The moment felt downright routine. Rafael Furcal played cards with Andruw Jones and Henry Blanco. Robert Fick called over Vinny Castilla to show off a new lightweight set of cleats.

Ortiz wins 20th with shutout

Smoltz expected to throw off the mound Friday

Smoltz ready to rejoin Braves bullpen

Atlanta clinches NL East title for 12th-straight year

Franco still going strong despite his age

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

Leading economic indicators rise in August

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.

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.

Business briefs
Hull Storey Retail Group announced Friday that it has purchased a 676,000-square-foot mall in southeast Texas, making it the 14th enclosed mall in the company's real estate portfolio.

Traveling circus brings heavy business to Augusta merchants

For phone numbers, wired-wireless distinction fades
NEW YORK -- The coming freedom to keep your cell phone number when changing wireless companies has overshadowed a possibly more revolutionary change also due this fall: the power to move a number from a regular wired phone to a mobile handset.

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

Congressman sets summit on area's economic future

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.

Traveling circus brings heavy business to Augusta merchants
Young children and their parents aren't the only ones who get giddy when the circus comes to town.

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.

Lawsuit filed against VeriSign over search service

Officials open Evans car dealership

Lawsuit filed against VeriSign over search service
NEW YORK -- An Internet search service launched this week to redirect Web surfers who mistype addresses became the subject of a $100 million antitrust lawsuit filed by a rival.

Experts fear growth of property rights

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

Home loan rates drop for second week in a row

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.

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.

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.

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.

AOL Time Warner drops 'AOL' from its name

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.

Regal Entertainment bans violent videos from theaters
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group, the country's largest movie theater circuit, is banning from its lobbies video games that contain graphic violence, obscenity or sexual behavior.

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

Federal deficit running twice the pace of last year

Business briefs

For phone numbers, wired-wireless distinction fades

Changes sought as leader resigns

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.

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.

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.

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

Under a steady rain, Virginia Tech fans defy Isabel

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.

Area teams can show their mettle with wins today

Gameday

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

Area teams can show their mettle with wins today
Opportunity is the operative word today for Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Amputee returns to play

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.

Approve the fire tax

A real labor of love
The melting pot gets stirred big-time this weekend in Augusta.

The muzzle is off
The longstanding anti-American bias at major American news outlets was exposed for what it is during the Iraq war - and people like CNN's Christiane Amanpour don't like it one bit.

It ought to be a crime

How to fit this crime?
What would you do to a man who betrayed his country? How about someone who has helped end untold numbers of careers, break up innumerable families, ruin countless lives?

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.

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

A real labor of love

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Nasdaq closes above 1,900

Tech is surging along with investors' confidence
NEW YORK -- When the Nasdaq composite index closed above 1,900 for the first time in 18 months this past week, it was a clear sign that investors are steadily regaining their confidence in the stock market.

Stocks decline as investors cash in gains
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back moderately Friday as investors cashed in gains from the previous session's big rally, concerned that the market might have advanced too quickly. The major indexes still managed to end the week with a solid advance.

Yields on money markets mutual funds rise

Tech is surging along with investors' confidence

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.

Stocks decline as investors cash in gains

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.

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

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?

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

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

Webworms make trees unsightly

Eagles run into Terriers
Craig Thomas doesn't want to disappoint his family. At the same time, he wouldn't mind if some his siblings leave Gibbs Stadium a little down tonight.

Georgia Southern hopes to get passing game going
Running the ball isn't a problem for Georgia Southern, which averages 320 yards a game on the ground.

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.

A look at Saturday night's Clemson-Georgia Tech game
Site - Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000), Atlanta. Kickoff - 7 p.m. EDT.

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.

Ball confident that Georgia Tech won't lose to Clemson
ATLANTA -- In the immediate aftermath of a loss to Florida State last week, Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball boldly predicted the Yellow Jackets wouldn't lose again this season.

Ball confident that Georgia Tech won't lose to Clemson

Burnett off to fast start for Georgia Tech

TV radar overlooks Clemson-Georgia Tech game matchup

A look at Saturday night's Clemson-Georgia Tech game

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.

England's Poulter leads German Masters
PULHEIM, Germany -- Ian Poulter of England shot a 9-under-63 Friday for a one-stroke lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain after two rounds at the German Open.

Lots of no-names atop 84 Lumber leaderboard

Wie shoots 76 in second round of Boise Open
BOISE, Idaho -- Michelle Wie's second day at the Boise Open was slightly better than the first.

Wie shoots 76 in second round of Boise Open

Jacobson ties European record with 60

Irwin fights off back pain

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.

2nd round of 84 Lumber Classic postponed
FARMINGTON, Pa. -- The second round of the 84 Lumber Classic was postponed Friday because of rain from Hurricane Isabel, leaving 144 golfers uncertain of how many days - or holes - the tournament will last.

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

Weibring finishes hot in opening round
CARY, N.C. -- D.A. Weibring shook off flu-like symptoms and fatigue down the stretch to birdie his final three holes in a 7-under 65 that gave him a share of the first-round lead at the SAS Championship on Friday.

2nd round of 84 Lumber Classic postponed

Jaguars' facility opens Oct. 1

Jaguars' facility opens Oct. 1
Augusta State golf coach Josh Gregory is about to unveil the recruiting diamond he's been waiting for.

Campbell, Red Devils: Don't believe the hype

Key prep high school matchups

Williston-Elko blanks Estill

Friday prep football scores

Win eases Hornets' sting

Red Devils get last laugh as top team

South Aiken overcomes scary moment

Thomson's sharp in return

Schools to get new stadiums

Silver Bluff cleans up act

Player of the week: Channing Schofield

Glenn Hills feels right at home

Dye lifts Harlem to victory

Yellow Jackets use big quarter to win

Lakeside tops Greenbrier

Lions run away with win

Washington County falls to Swainsboro

Lions run away with win
Brentwood'sWar Eagles had their wings clipped at Augusta Christian's Pride Valley on Friday night.

Silver Bluff cleans up act
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - After Silver Bluff lost three fumbles, blew several scoring chances and held a tenuous 7-0 lead at halftime, coach Al Lown was supposed to deliver a fiery speech and challenge his team.

Washington County falls to Swainsboro
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - With a depleted defense and a dinged up quarterback and kicker, previously winless Swainsboro delivered a 21-15 upset at Washington County.

Dye lifts Harlem to victory
Place-kicker David Dye led Harlem past Warren County 21-18 on Friday night in a non-region game.

Friday prep football scores
Here are scores from Friday's prep football games.

Glenn Hills feels right at home
Glenn Hills opened its new football home to thousands of fans Friday.

Yellow Jackets use big quarter to win
The good news for Lower Richland was that it scored the first and last touchdowns of the first half. The bad news?

South Aiken overcomes scary moment
JOHNSTON, S.C. - The first series was a total disaster for South Aiken.

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.

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.

Williston-Elko blanks Estill
ESTILL, S.C. - Rafael Bush had 25 rushes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils celebrated their return to the state rankings with a shutout.

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.

Lakeside tops Greenbrier
Greenbrier had extra time to figure out a way to stop Lakeside's triple-option offense, but the Wolfpack's preparations were thwarted Friday night at the Brierpatch.

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.

Red Devils get last laugh as top team
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Before Friday night's game with Athens Academy, Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell looked at his team's Class A No. 1 ranking and called it a joke.

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

Thomson's sharp in return
THOMSON - His coach may disagree, but Thomson High senior center Alan Boatright wasn't unhappy with his team's opening-season loss to Hart County.

Lightning tops Thrashers
TAMPA, Fla. -- Rookies Dimitry Afanasenkov and Gerard Dicaire each scored as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 in an exhibition game Friday night.

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.

Loss of Lynx would negate need for new coliseum
I've heard that the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is making the biggest mistake it has ever made. Tom Fryman, Evans, Ga.

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.

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.

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.

Evil is inherent in a theocratic state
Writer Robert B. Heynneman's Sept. 13 letter, "Removal of Commandments unconstitutional," describing the removal of the Ten Commandments Monument from the Alabama Judicial Building as "unconstitutional," went on to list "issues" (actually his personal solutions) on national ballots. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

Resents inference of blame for tax office woes

Can't escape Clintons or liberalism

Focus on winning peace - not on WMDs

Advocacy group suggests goals for Savannah River Basin

Loss of Lynx would negate need for new coliseum

Resents inference of blame for tax office woes
As I read about problems the Richmond County Tax Assessor's Office has, I find it hard to believe that after four years they are trying to put the blame on me for their failure to get the job done. Harrison Sears, Hephzibah, Ga.

Focus on winning peace - not on WMDs
All the talk about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is getting tiresome. The discoveries of mass graves and the former regime's history of murder on a large scale has made one thing very clear: Conventional weapons the coalition forces have found were used as weapons of mass destruction. Joe Beck, Augusta

Fastmobile's software turns cell phone into worldwide walkie-talkie

Recording industry cautiously eyes 'smart' CDs

Weekends affect Mother Nature too

Weekends affect Mother Nature too
WASHINGTON -- Life is different on weekends, a distinction that seems to affect Mother Nature as well as people.

Recording industry cautiously eyes 'smart' CDs
LOS ANGELES -- Recording companies are cautiously eyeing a new generation of smart CDs that promise to stifle music fans' ability to use file-swapping networks while still allowing them some freedom to make copies and share music.

New diet at midlife could aid longevity
WASHINGTON - It has long been known that laboratory animals live longer on a low-calorie diet. Now a study suggests that even if sensible eating is delayed until middle age, health can be improved and life extended.

Fastmobile's software turns cell phone into worldwide walkie-talkie
PHILADELPHIA -- Imagine a walkie-talkie whose range is so wide it reaches halfway around the world.

Kid of the Day

Children compete in Augusta's annual Small Fry Olympics

Doctor denies improper care

Downtown festival opens with international flavor
The city's multinational diversity took center stage with Friday's kickoff of the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, making the Augusta Common seem like a folk version of Epcot's World Showcase.

Augusta's mill rate OK'd
The Augusta Commission adopted a citywide millage for the second time this month Friday, after an oversight in state law made its first attempt invalid.

Teacher prescribes daily dose of grammar
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - When language arts teacher Dawn Burnette noticed students getting sick of grammar, she decided to up their dosage of lesson "vitamins."

Across Georgia

Interstate crash kills Augustan
GRANITEVILLE - An Augusta man was thrown from his truck and killed Friday after the truck collided with two vehicles on Interstate 20 near the Graniteville exit, authorities said.

Airport officials warn of delays

Kid of the Day
Vinesha Bra'shay Brown of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day

Augusta's mill rate OK'd

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.

News you can use
With about $3.7 million of war bonds yet to be sold, 2,500 members of the Augusta civilian defense organization will start out this morning on a house-to-house canvass in an effort to sell the city's quota, which is $5 million, officials of the war bond committee announced yesterday.

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.

Musicians can plug in at First Friday
There's a new riff in the ongoing evolution of downtown's First Friday festival.

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

Deaths reinforce mosquito risk

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.

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.

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

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.

Interstate crash kills Augustan

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.

Corn maze benefits students

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

Teacher prescribes daily dose of grammar

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.

Officers keep up search for missing woman

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.

County gets botched tax bills
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Thousands of Chatham County taxpayers are scratching their heads this week after receiving property tax bills containing wrong information.

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.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON -A man has drowned after his sailboat capsized on Lake Murray, Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman says.

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.

News you can use

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.

Annis is sworn in as Superior Court judge

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.

Internet camera allows better look at rural hospitals' stroke patients

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

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.

Across the area

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.

Remembering the missing

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.

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.

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.

Group objects to ex-fire chief

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.

Children's carnival allows parents to help blood center

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

Doctor Udom defends practice
Prosecutors cross-examined Dr. Rita Nzeribe Udom in federal court Friday, trying to determine whether she knew that an office worker was forging prescriptions for powerful narcotic pain relievers.

Police look for 2 men in arson

Across South Carolina

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.

Children's carnival allows parents to help blood center
GRANITEVILLE - Penny Baggott's 4-year-old daughter Breanna knew she wanted a puppy painted on her hand; she just wasn't sure what to name it.

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.

Children compete in Augusta's annual Small Fry Olympics
A little girl with stickers on her cheeks laughed from the back of a golf cart as she and friends rode across a field.

Across Georgia

Remembering the missing
The color guard at Fort Gordon posts the colors at the National POW/MIA recognition Day ceremony Friday morning on the post.

UGA receives cancer grant

Corn maze benefits students
TIFTON, Ga. - In Irwin County, children and adults crunch through the twists and turns of a tractor-shaped cornfield maze.

Water sharing is considered

Police look for 2 men in arson
Richmond County investigators are looking for suspects in an arson incident at an Augusta apartment complex struck by fire earlier this year.

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Across the area
Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control officials are urging pet owners to have their animals vaccinated against rabies after a rabid fox was killed in the Wheeless Road area.

Across the area

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -A 91-year-old man who refused to leave his burned-out house died in a second fire that started when a kerosene heater ignited his bedsheets.

Group objects to ex-fire chief
ATLANTA - Ray Alfred, ousted in July from his job as the Jacksonville, Fla., fire chief, has received a thumbs down from a firefighters group in Atlanta, where he is being considered to head the fire department of Georgia's largest city. Earlier this month, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin announced that Mr. Alfred was among four finalists vying to replace Winston Minor, who retired last year from his job as Atlanta fire chief.

State seizes gaming machines

Football player remains in critical condition
Students extended get-well wishes Friday and family members waited for more details on why a Greenbrier High School student became seriously ill the night before.

State seizes gaming machines
The controversial video games that accepted $5 and $10 bills and resembled slot machines are no longer at Greg's Gas Plus in North Augusta.

Man admits drug trafficking

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.

Stranded doctor returns to Augusta

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

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."

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Underworld'

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

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'

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: '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: 'Cold Creek Manor'

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JUST OUT: Anger Management

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'

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: '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?

Video watch

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Hmiel suspended for substance abuse

Isabel soaks Dover
DOVER, Del. - The rain and wind Thursday night from what was left of Hurricane Isabel created a lot of extra work for the officials at Dover International Speedway. It also erased a day of practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

NASCAR changes rule on racing under caution

Hmiel says he was in no danger on track

Newman has little left to prove

Busch driver insists he didn't put others at risk

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.

Busch driver insists he didn't put others at risk
DOVER, Del. - Although Shane Hmiel has accepted an indefinite suspension for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy, the Busch series driver contends he has not been a danger on the track.

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.

Isabel soaks Dover

Hmiel says he was in no danger on track
DOVER, Del. -- Although Shane Hmiel has accepted an indefinite suspension for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy, the Busch series driver contends he has not been a danger on the track.

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.

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

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

Bush declares major disaster in North Carolina

A look at the effects of Hurricane Isabel

Isabel's winds push down houses, piers on Outer Banks

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.

A look at the effects of Hurricane Isabel
NORTH CAROLINA: President Bush declared a major disaster in North Carolina, where the hurricane made landfall along the Outer Banks. Three people killed: a utility worker was electrocuted, and two died in accidents involving fallen trees. About 690,000 customers lost power; less than 400,000 remained without electricity Friday. Some 11,000 people stayed in shelters.

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.

Deadly Isabel leaves millions powerless in its wake

Deadly Isabel leaves millions powerless in its wake
BALTIMORE -- Isabel raced from Virginia to the Canadian border Friday, delivering far less rain than expected but leaving millions without power, smashing homes and causing tidal surges that left even some city dwellers trapped in their homes.

Isabel's winds push down houses, piers on Outer Banks
HATTERAS, N.C. -- Beach homes knocked off their pilings. Smashed fishing piers folded into the surf. The lone highway impassable for stretches because of floodwaters, blown sand and downed power lines.

A look at the effects of Hurricane Isabel

Hurricane Isabel pounds North Carolina

Police say man offered to kill accuser

Police say man offered to kill accuser
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - A Swiss bodybuilder who claims ties to organized crime was arrested for investigation of offering to kill the woman who accused Kobe Bryant of sexual assault.

Duckett gets set for Buccaneers

Secondary is primary concern for Falcons

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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.

Overtime

Overtime

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

Americans hope to begin Davis Cup comeback

Iditarod board waives rules to accommodate blind musher

Iditarod board waives rules to accommodate blind musher
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A blind musher will be allowed to compete in the 2004 Iditarod Dog Sled Race, board members of the Iditarod Trail Committee decided Friday.

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

Overtime
Ray Whitfield of the Augusta Boxing Club has been selected by USA Boxing for the USA vs. Puerto Rico dual matches Oct. 4.

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

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

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.

Duckett gets set for Buccaneers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - After watching Stephen Davis rush for 142 yards in Carolina's victory last week at Tampa, the Atlanta Falcons hope T.J. Duckett can be similarly effective Sunday afternoon.

Cash spoke to fans through music

Jewish New Year has sweet beginning
When Hilah and Ayal Ronen come to Augusta from Israel this week to spend the Jewish New Year with family, they will find a bit of their home country here to welcome them - a honey pot.

Worldwide ministry serves women's spiritual needs
When a friend invited Barbara Krenz in 1976 to her first Aglow luncheon, in Colorado Springs, Colo., she had never heard of the women's ministry.

Catholics are getting new model of training
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Seeking to protect youth from molesters, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah has started abuse awareness training for church workers. Nearly 35 people are expected to spend two days learning a new approach to preventing child sexual abuse.

Jewish civil rights leader says actor Mel Gibson espouses anti-Semitic views
NEW YORK -- The head of the Anti-Defamation League on Friday accused Mel Gibson of holding anti-Semitic beliefs based on the actor's response to criticism of his upcoming movie depicting Jesus' death.

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.

Splashy new Bible magazine marketed to teen girls
The Bible has been reprocessed into films, audiotapes, comic books and Broadway musicals, with editions aimed at numerous specialized audiences. So why not try a format that mimics teens' pop-culture magazines?

Faith digest
The 280-member congregation at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4303 Wheeler Road, Martinez, will break bread together at a covered-dish luncheon at noon Sunday before breaking ground for a $1.5-million sanctuary at 1:15 p.m.

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

Could there be a mole leaking the winner of CBS' "Survivor"?

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

Could there be a mole leaking the winner of CBS' "Survivor"?
NEW YORK -- An offshore bookie who takes wagers on the outcome of CBS' "Survivor" decided not to take bets on Thursday, suspicious that someone who knows the winner is spreading inside information.

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.

Concert calendar

Chinese culture gets center stage at arts festival

Arts in the Heart of Augusta performance schedule

Fine arts, crafts to highlight festival

Slight set-up changes to yield stronger festival

Club calendar

Arts and crafts vendors

Applause calendar

Bulldogs don't mind being outside the hedges

Dealing with Pollack gets lots of attention from LSU

Dealing with Pollack gets lots of attention from LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- He's not LSU's only worry, but Georgia defensive end David Pollack is certainly a good place to start.

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

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.

Gamecocks look for consistency
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina settled on a quarterback. Now if only the Gamecocks could find help at defensive line, offensive line, linebacker and safety.

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

Holtz names Pinkins starting quarterback

Gamecocks look for consistency

Some churches pretending to be Catholic archdiocese says

Odds and Ends

Jewish New Year has sweet beginning

Splashy new Bible magazine marketed to teen girls

Faith digest

Catholics are getting new model of training

Worldwide ministry serves women's spiritual needs