Originally created 08/15/04

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

CANDLELIGHT JAZZ: The Candlelight Jazz Concert Series will feature Chris Mangelly from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Eighth Street bulkhead on Riverwalk Augusta. Sounds Unlimited will play Aug. 22, and quietSTORM will perform Aug. 29. Admission costs $5. For more information, call 821-1754 or visit www.gardencityjazz.com.

MONDAY

GARDEN CONCERT: The Harmony River Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. on the Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopeland Gardens, off Whiskey Road, as part of the Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department's 2004 Hopelands Summer Concert Series. Admission is free. For more information, call 642-7631.

COLD WATER IS BEST

It's best to draw cold water from the tap for cooking. Hot water is more likely to contain minute metal particles picked up from the household plumbing and hot-water tank. Allow cold water to run for a few seconds, then use this water for cooking and drinking.[CAPTION]

Today in regional history:AUG. 15, 1995 Brenda Mason, the Grovetown teenager charged with killing her premature baby, will be tried later this year in Juvenile Court on charges of reckless abandonment and cruelty to children, an assistant district attorney said Monday.

The district attorney's office filed paperwork Monday to transfer the case from Columbia County Superior Court to Juvenile Court. Ms. Mason originally was arrested on a murder charge. The transfer reduces the maximum penalty she could face. If she had been convicted of murder, Ms. Mason, 15, would have faced a life prison sentence with parole after seven years.

COLD WATER IS BEST

It's best to draw cold water from the tap for cooking. Hot water is more likely to contain minute metal particles picked up from the household plumbing and hot-water tank. Allow cold water to run for a few seconds, then use this water for cooking and drinking.

FRAUD PROTECTION

Here are some tips on protecting yourself from financial fraud:

  • Mail bill payments in blue federal mailboxes or at the post office.

  • Do not print your Social Security number on your driver's license or checks.

  • Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet.

  • Protect all personal identification numbers. Do not carry them in your wallet.

  • Do not carry too many credit cards in your wallet or car.

  • Check bank statements monthly for errors and discrepancies.

  • Remove your mail from the mailbox as soon as it is delivered.

  • If you go out of town, have your mail held at the post office.

  • Shred all preapproved credit offers, charge receipts, insurance forms, bank statements, expired credit cards and other information.

  • Do not give out personal or financial information over the telephone.

  • Check your credit once a year to make sure that no one else is using your personal information to obtain credit cards or services.