Galleries

Argentine ballet star shows his sultrier side in tango extravaganza
NEW YORK -- Argentine dance star Julio Bocca generates so much animal heat in "Boccatango" that he makes all his partners seem sexy - even a wooden ladder and a plain old table.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

A bloodless 'Dracula' drains life out of the old vampire

Two Michael Moore books due this fall

Masterpiece goes on display

Argentine ballet star shows his sultrier side in tango extravaganza

Entertainment calendar

Two Michael Moore books due this fall
NEW YORK -- Get ready for more Michael Moore this fall.

Masterpiece goes on display
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A 17th century masterpiece by Jan Steen that depicted the gulf between wealth and poverty in the Dutch Golden Age went on exhibit Thursday in the Dutch national museum, the most expensive acquisition in the museum's 200-year history.

Entertainment calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

A bloodless 'Dracula' drains life out of the old vampire
NEW YORK -- Talk about draining blood from the undead.

Guillen released from hospital, returns to team
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was back at the ballpark Wednesday after spending one night in a hospital because of a kidney stone.

Sheffield says he won't need shoulder surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield will not need surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but said he'll likely get two more cortisone shots to help alleviate the pain.

Gooden divorce finalized in Tampa court
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden's free-spending marriage of nearly 17 years is over.

Selig's contract extended to 2009

Wade declines to give Bowa vote of confidence
PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Bowa's time as the Philadelphia Phillies' manager could be running out.

Guillen released from hospital, returns to team

Wade declines to give Bowa vote of confidence

Selig's contract extended to 2009
PHILADELPHIA - Bud Selig's term as baseball commissioner was extended for three years through 2009 in a unanimous vote by owners Thursday.

Sheffield says he won't need shoulder surgery

Rodriguez scratched from Tigers' lineup with sore hip
CHICAGO -- Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez was a late scratch from the Tigers' lineup Wednesday night because of a sore right hip.

Bulletins at church could use an editor

Latest area births

Latest area births
JUSTICE LEIGH MOORE: Jonathan S. and Shawna C. Moore, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Justice Leigh Moore, Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James and Geneva Clay, of Clearwater, Willie and Betty Bishop, of Trenton, John Moore and Karen-Huffman Moore, of North Augusta, and R.T. Moore and Margie Hobbs, of Belvedere.

Odds and Ends
BAKER LAKE, Wash. -- When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby - dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Dressed in a tuxedo, Simba sat at the front of one of Manhattan's newest dining establishments and nodded at people who greeted him.

Braves beat back Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - Johnny Estrada homered, drove in three runs and started Atlanta's go-ahead rally in the ninth inning, and the Braves beat Eric Gagne and the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Thursday night.

Braves pull off comeback victory

Braves pull off comeback victory
SAN DIEGO -- Andruw Jones hit a two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves threw out the potential tying run at the plate for the final out Wednesday night, preserving a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the San Diego Padres.

Oil prices rocket toward $49 as Iraqi violence flares up
WASHINGTON -- Crude futures plowed to a new high near $49 a barrel Thursday as the threat of sabotage to Iraqi oil infrastructure loomed larger than promises from Baghdad to boost exports in coming days.

Leading indicators drop in July
NEW YORK -- A closely watched measure of future economic activity fell in July for the second consecutive month, reinforcing evidence that the nation's financial recovery is slackening.

New claims for unemployment benefits drop for a third straight week

Crude oil prices creep above $47 a barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices rose above $47 a barrel Wednesday amid lingering concerns about crude supplies from Iraq and Russia.

New claims for unemployment benefits drop for a third straight week
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits edged down last week for a third consecutive time, signaling that the labor market may be improving after hitting a speed bump in June and July.

Report: Bank of America to lay off hundreds of Fleet workers
BOSTON -- Bank of America Corp. plans to lay off hundreds of tellers and other branch employees at Fleet banks on Wednesday as a result of its merger with FleetBoston Financial Corp., according to a published report.

Business briefs

Businesses tell patrons not to wait for Fridays
Fans of First Friday won't have to wait a whole month to get their fix of downtown establishments.

Group aids minorities in business

SEC gives final nod to Google's initial public offering

Google's insiders strike it rich with IPO
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lots of people are hoping to get rich off Google Inc.'s stock now that the online search engine's IPO is finally completed. Here's a look at some of the investors that have already locked in huge profits by selling a portion of their stakes:

Crude oil prices creep above $47 a barrel

Google's insiders strike it rich with IPO

Businesses tell patrons not to wait for Fridays

Internet giant Google shares trade higher in debut
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Shares of Google Inc. surged 18 percent in their market debut Thursday, the culmination of a unique and bumpy initial stock offering for the 6-year-old dot-com dreamed up in a college dorm room.

Internet giant Google shares trade higher in debut

Travel Web sites agree to be more accessible to blind

Business briefs
Jim Whitehead Tire and Auto Service has opened its second location in the Augusta area.

Oil prices rocket toward $49 as Iraqi violence flares up

Group aids minorities in business
ATLANTA - More support is on the way for minority-owned businesses across the state, officials said this week during a regional conference to bring together entrepreneurs and advising experts.

SEC gives final nod to Google's initial public offering
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Securities and Exchange Commission granted final approval Wednesday to the paperwork required for Google Inc.'s initial public offering, paving the way for the Internet search giant to set a price for its shares and begin selling them after several stumbles and a last-minute downward revision on the size of the offering.

Travel Web sites agree to be more accessible to blind
ALBANY, N.Y. -- In one of the first enforcement actions of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the Internet, two major travel services have agreed to make sites more accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Merriweather seeks starting position
CLEMSON, S.C. - Excuses don't really fly with Reggie Merriweather's mother.

State of Clemson's facilities
MEMORIAL STADIUM CURRENT: Death Valley was a pioneer venue in the early 1980s, when it was one of the first in the country - and the first in the Atlantic Coast Conference - to add luxury boxes and upper-deck seating. Its current capacity of 81,473, still near the top of the league, was set more than a decade ago.

Expectations run high for Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Of all places, a dimly lit locker room in Winston-Salem, N.C., is where Clemson's 2003 season - and perhaps its entire football program - turned on its head.

Clemson wants to return to glory
CLEMSON, S.C. - Terry Don Phillips was by no means an expert on the campus, but he had been to Clemson before.

Expectations run high for Tigers

State of Clemson's facilities

Five questions about Clemson
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden's job was in jeopardy late in the 2003 season.

Clemson wants to return to glory

Defense could have day in sun
Following a mass exodus of offensive stars and starting quarterbacks, defense could dominate the Big Ten this season.

Utah again favored to finish at top of the league
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah coach Urban Meyer doesn't want his Utes to get excited about being the favorites in the Mountain West Conference.

ACC's best facilities

West Virginia to rely more on QB's legs

Thanks ACC!
When the Atlantic Coast Conference added Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College to its ranks, it set off a wild chain of events that left Rasheed Marshall (above) and West Virginia on the brink of a cakewalk to a Bowl Championship Series berth from the Big East. Seven of the 11 Division I-A leagues saw some sort of change for the next two seasons:

Razorbacks scrimmage 2 hours
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas Razorbacks held a two-hour scrimmage Wednesday after practicing positional work.

S.C. State coach excited about defense
South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough has reason to be excited about his defense this year.

Razorbacks scrimmage 2 hours

Auburn hasn't called Dooley
ATHENS, Ga. - Vince Dooley, Georgia's former longtime athletic director, might be interested in the vacant athletic director's job at Auburn University - at least, according to Auburn Interim President Ed Richardson, who said that three people have brought that to his attention.

S.C. State coach excited about defense

Wofford set for playoff run
It's going to be tough to top what Wofford College did last year.

Wofford set for playoff run

West Virginia to rely more on QB's legs
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - No. 10 West Virginia has had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons. It might be time for a quarterback to lead the way for a change.

Thanks ACC!

Golden Bears on track to improve
BERKELEY, Calif. - A short walk around the California campus this summer was all Geoff McArthur needed as proof of how much Golden Bears football has changed since his freshman year.

Auburn hasn't called Dooley

Defense could have day in sun

Golden Bears on track to improve

Utah again favored to finish at top of the league

ACC's best facilities
SCOTT STADIUM, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: Consider what Virginia did with its stadium from 1998-2000 the college football equivalent of Baltimore's Camden Yards. Thanks to an $86 million renovation project - and a $25 million lead gift from alumnus Carl W. Smith - Scott Stadium went from a serviceable venue to a marvel.

Sooners expect title win in '04
These are days of change in the Big 12. Kansas State is a defending champion for the first time in 70 years. New Nebraska coach Bill Callahan has run the option right out of Lincoln; the Big Red Machine is now a passing offense.

Sooners expect title win in '04

Heavenly Hamm

Heavenly Hamm
Real life is stranger and far more exciting than fiction - and also less believable. Sylvester Stallone's movie Rocky, for instance, was fiction, but it was credible. The drama that Oympic gymnast Paul Hamm experienced Wednesday in Athens, Greece, was real life - but incredible.

Is peace really the aim?
Treaties have ended most major modern wars. Peace has ensued most of the time. An uneasy one at times, but peace nonetheless.

Olde Town scam

Is peace really the aim?

Olde Town scam
Augustans have trouble coming together to agree on anything, including the time of day. Yet an Atlanta developer has brought Augusta together over the Olde Town issue. And it's not because Augustans oppose low-income dwellings. It's because they don't like outsiders coming in and lying to them.

No 'right' to harm others
Health experts detailed the dangers of secondhand smoke. Victims of respiratory diseases testified emotionally about their sometimes dangerous attempts to merely eat out in smoke-filled restaurants. One county commissioner compared public smoking to allowing your sewage to seep into a neighbor's water well.

Explore more trash options
There's good news and bad news in the Augusta Commission's handling of the garbage fee issue.

Jury with Oprah Winfrey convicts man of murder
CHICAGO -- Oprah Winfrey plans to bring her experience as a juror on a murder trial to her TV show next week, saying her three days in the jury box were a "reality check."

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Michael Jackson lawyers call accuser's stepfather to witness stand
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson's defense lawyers aim to find out whether authorities violated his attorney-client privilege when they broke into the office of a private investigator hired by the pop star.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of happenings at area clubs:

Bullock court fight begins with builder
AUSTIN, Texas -- Miss Congeniality is waging a legal battle.

Stuff to do
Can't get enough of First Friday? Downtown Augusta shops, restaurants and cafes will join with the nightclubs to play host to Third Saturday festivities. There are 21 businesses participating in the event, from noon to 2 a.m., with beverage and food discounts available. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Augusta Community Alliance.

Paris Hilton's pampered pet dog Tinkerbell has been found
LOS ANGELES -- Paris Hilton and her missing pet Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, have been reunited, Hilton's spokeswoman said Wednesday.

'Goodfellas' cast reunites for Italian dinner
LOS ANGELES -- The theme of the night was "breaking bread, not legs" when some of the cast and filmmakers of "Goodfellas" reunited for a traditional sit-down dinner Monday night.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- First the board room, now the board game.

1932's 'Freaks' poised to shock anew
Ladies and gentlemen, boy and girls! Step right up - yes, you, right there - and feast your unbelieving eyes on the greatest, most notorious sideshow in all of cinema. Tod Browning's banned 1932 film, the one and only Freaks - is now available on a spectacular DVD for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure).

Clubin': Club 706
THE PLACE: Club 706, 2623 Deans Bridge Road THIS WEEKEND: Debut of Ladies Night Saturday with DJ Greg Nyce, women free until 11 p.m., $5 after 11 p.m., with $3.50 martini, $3.50 Hpnotiq, $4 Hennessey

Big ticket
JESSYE NORMAN BENEFIT CONCERT: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel; Music for a Summer's Evening: From the Classics to Gershwin, Ellington to Broadway; presented by Jessye Norman; to benefit the Jessye Norman School of the Arts; $50, $100 reserved section; 210-1299.

Judge: Authorities had probable cause to search Neverland ranch
LOS ANGELES -- Child molestation allegations by a 12-year-old boy provided authorities with legal justification for a massive search of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch last year, a judge ruled, rejecting defense efforts to challenge the search as illegal.

People in the News
TORONTO -- "Trauma," a twisting flick starring Colin Firth, is one of several movies to open next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Limited Brands earnings rise 45 percent

30-year mortgage rates fall to lowest level in more than four months

30-year mortgage rates fall to lowest level in more than four months
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates declined again this week with 30-year mortgages remaining below the 6 percent level for a third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.

Applied Materials reports profit on surging sales
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Dow Jones/AP) - Applied Materials Inc., the world's largest supplier of machines that make computer chips, Tuesday said surging sales in its latest quarter surpassed its own and Wall Street estimates.

Ross Stores profit down; merchandise-system problems cited

Dillard's posts narrower loss, but misses Wall Street expectations.
LITTLE ROCK -- Dillard's Inc. reported that its loss narrowed in the second quarter to nearly half of what it was a year ago, but it was still far more than Wall Street expected as the chain was dragged down by sluggish sales.

Limited Brands earnings rise 45 percent
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Limited Brands reported a better-than-expected 45 percent jump in second-quarter earnings, helped by successful semi-annual sales at Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works chains.

Winn-Dixie reports narrower-than-expected loss

Dillard's posts narrower loss, but misses Wall Street expectations.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

ING withdrawing $5 billion from Janus

Tokyo stocks end higher on Wall Street's gains

Tokyo stocks end moderately higher, dollar down against yen

Nestle reports flat profits; plans to cut costs
VEVEY, Switzerland -- Nestle, the world's biggest food and drink company, on Wednesday posted a first-half net profit of 2.84 billion Swiss francs ($2.28 billion), up 0.02 percent on the year-earlier figure of 2.78 billion francs (then $2.03 billion).

Nestle reports flat profits; plans to cut costs

Ross Stores profit down; merchandise-system problems cited
PLEASANTON, Calif. -Discount retailer Ross Stores Inc. Wednesday said its profit fell about 40 percent in the latest quarter due to problems with a new computer system that limited the company's ability to respond to changes in customer demand.

Winn-Dixie reports narrower-than-expected loss
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Supermarket giant Winn-Dixie Stores Inc swung to a loss in the fourth quarter from a profit a year ago as it incurred costs from closing stores and facilities.

NASD orders first-ever suspension of mutual-fund business

Tokyo stocks end moderately higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended moderately higher Wednesday on bargain-hunting in high-technology and banking stocks such as Pioneer and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Hormel profit soars, but misses Street view

Hormel profit soars, but misses Street view
AUSTIN, Minn. -Hormel Foods Corp. Thursday said its profit surged 62 percent in the latest quarter, boosted by growing sales and the sale of a unit.

Profit climbs at Talbots, helped by tax gain
HINGHAM, Mass. -The Talbots Inc. on Wednesday said profit for its latest quarter edged up 5 percent, boosted by higher sales and an income-tax gain.

NASD orders first-ever suspension of mutual-fund business
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The oak tree in Ilyse Kusnetz's back yard caused one headache when it crashed into her house during Hurricane Charley. Now the tree is sprouting a second worry: price gouging.

Stocks climb sharply ahead of Google IPO
NEW YORK -- Investors shrugged off rising crude futures Wednesday to capture bargain-priced shares, sending the Nasdaq composite index up 2 percent ahead of Google Inc.'s much-anticipated initial public offering of stock. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 110 points.

Stocks sag as oil prices steam higher
NEW YORK -- With the much-ballyhooed initial public offering of Google Inc. behind them and oil chugging to a new record high, investors took a step back Thursday, sending stocks lower.

ING withdrawing $5 billion from Janus
DENVER -- Janus Capital Group Inc. on Tuesday identified ING US Financial Services as the client planning to withdraw $5 billion from the Denver-based mutual funds giant.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Tokyo stocks end higher on Wall Street's gains
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Thursday as investors bought a broad range of issues following Wall Street's overnight strength. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Charge hurts bottom line at Barnes & Noble
NEW YORK - Barnes & Noble Inc. posted a 35 percent drop in second-quarter earnings Thursday, hurt by a debt-redemption charge, but core results beat Wall Street's estimates.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

VHF system gives tips on surface action

VHF system gives tips on surface action
One of the fun things about chasing surface schooling fish on Strom Thurmond Lake is being able to tell others where the action is through Channel 68 on a VHF radio system.

Grubbin': Rhinehart's restaurant
THE EATERY: Rhinehart's Oyster Bar, 3051 Washington Road

Dessert shop relocates to bigger, active location
It's taken nearly six months, and she's been up until 4 in the morning getting it ready, but Kimberly Davis has moved her downtown eatery, The Dessert Shop Caf, to the corner of Broad and 10th streets.

Grubbin': Rhinehart's restaurant

Dessert shop relocates to bigger, active location

South Beach Diet creates huge demand for Laughing Cow cheese

Happy Meals still making kids happy, 25 years later

Chef will put his creativity on table during Partridge Inn's culinary series
For Michael Kramer, the executive chef of Charleston, S.C., fine-dining restaurant McCrady's, a decision to pursue a career in cooking came from a simple reason.

Happy Meals still making kids happy, 25 years later
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bob Bernstein's 9-year-old son ate the same cereal from the same box every morning and stared at the packaging so intently, it gave Bernstein, an advertising executive, a great idea.

South Beach Diet creates huge demand for Laughing Cow cheese
LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. -- Cheese maker Bob Gilbert is struggling with his good fortune and his misfortune.

Art of topiary requires patience, careful pruning

Grow grapes and provide your great-great grandchildren with fruit
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Just when you think you've figured out how many products you can squeeze from a grape, along comes some others.

Art of topiary requires patience, careful pruning
If all it takes is seeing the angel in the stone to set it free, is seeing the dragon in the holly bush enough to make it so? Not necessarily.

Flowering shrubs offer diversity

Coffee grounds can be used to improve your garden's
Drinking coffee has almost become an American pastime. It seems that coffee shops are popping up everywhere,h and home consumption is up, too. So, how do drinking coffee and gardening go together? Coffee grounds. You can use those leftover grounds to compost and enrich your garden soil.

Grow grapes and provide your great-great grandchildren with fruit

Coffee grounds can be used to improve your garden's

Flowering shrubs offer diversity
Shrubs are the backbone of any good garden, enclosing garden "rooms" and framing views all year-round.

Five Questions
There's something bubbling under the surface in Statesboro, Ga., and it's not Beautiful Eagle Creek.

Eagles sore after lengthy postseason streak ends
STATESBORO, Ga. - During the off-season, Georgia Southern football coach Mike Sewak had returning seniors pose for pictures with the Eagles' 2000 Division I-AA national championship trophy.

Jordan springs to top of depth chart
The inner calm of Daniel Jordan separates him from most athletes his age.

Ivery honor marks comeback
It was natural. Eddie Lee Ivery was just doing what he did best.

Gailey finds new gimmick to push team
ATLANTA - Football coaches find motivation for their teams in many sources.

Walk-on linebacker carries a heavy load
Next week will provide North Augusta's David Sanborn with the very first taste of his college major, polymer and fiber engineering.

Five questions about Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey enters his third season in Atlanta.

Jordan springs to top of depth chart

Five Questions

Eagles sore after lengthy postseason streak ends

Walk-on linebacker carries a heavy load

Ivery honor marks comeback

Gailey finds new gimmick to push team

Five questions about Georgia Tech

White continues his improved play in loss
Scott White's .168 average last year in rookie ball left a lot of room for improvement.

Golf community fetes semi-retiring pro

Local golfers to face off at U.S. Amateur
MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The two Augusta-area golfers in the U.S. Amateur golf tournament meet today in second-round matches, with the winner most likely drawing the hottest amateur in the country in the third round.

Georgia Southern golfer can't hold big lead, falls to Moore
MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Georgia Southern golfer Aron Price was poised to score the biggest upset of the U.S. Amateur on Thursday, then saw it all slip away.

Georgia Southern golfer can't hold big lead, falls to Moore

Golf community fetes semi-retiring pro
The send-off Red Price received Wednesday night at Forest Hills Golf Club was so heartfelt, even the stoic Price was touched.

White continues his improved play in loss

C.J. Byrd captures the attention of college football

Georgia schools adjust to region realignment

Georgia schools adjust to region realignment
Laney senior quarterback Dominique Walker is the best returning quarterback in the Augusta area. A three-year starter, he threw key passes for his Wildcats during the team's semifinal run to the Georgia Dome in 2002.

C.J. Byrd captures the attention of college football
C.J. Byrd's future is as simple today as plucking a football out of the sky. The North Augusta standout has 33 scholarship offers to play college football. No Augusta-area player has come close to that total before their senior season.

Avalanche sign Damphousse to one-year deal

Avalanche sign Damphousse to one-year deal
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche prepared for the potential loss of several key front-line players, signing former San Jose Sharks captain Vincent Damphousse to a one-year, $2 million contract Wednesday.

Consumers complain of price gouging in Charley's wake
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The oak tree in Ilyse Kusnetz's back yard caused one headache when it crashed into her house during Hurricane Charley. Now the tree is sprouting a second worry: price gouging.

Insurance claims moving quickly as Florida recovers from Charley
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- It took years for many insurance claims to be paid following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. This time, technology is helping speed along the claims process for residents hardest hit by Hurricane Charley.

Aftermath of Charley may prove as dangerous as the storm itself
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Bill Nylander survived Hurricane Charley, but the storm still managed to hurt him days after it cut a swath of destruction through his hometown.

Children cope with boredom, trauma after Charley
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Crystal Hoban's 3-year-old son James is having a hard time understanding why he can't watch his favorite television shows.

Bulletins at church could use an editor
It was great visiting at Hillcrest Baptist Church earlier this week and seeing so many old friends.

Late paper delivery notice
A series of mechanical malfunctions during the printing of advance sections of today's editions forced a late delivery for the fourth consecutive day. The breakdowns came as the newspaper was bringing online new equipment in the Chronicle's $2 million press expansion.

Residents care about downtown
On Aug. 31, Main Street Augusta held a "Clean Up Downtown" campaign designed to clean up the sidewalks, curbs and landscaped areas on Broad Street. Rick Toole Augusta

Change how we select president

Walker is a valuable asset for District 22
I have been reading of the political concerns in Augusta about the plight of former state Sen. Charles Walker, and about the many charges alleged against him. I do not know if they are true or false. Edmond L. Fordham Ocala, Fla.

Kerry, Edwards are merely front men
It has been said, "Progress might have been all right at one time, but it has gone on now a bit too long." Albert Kitchen Jr. Augusta

Thanks, smokers, but no thanks
Regarding Bob Waters' letter ("Smoking ban infringes on our rights," Aug. 6): Woodrow Short Aiken, S.C.

School dress code is grossly unfair

Jones must be our solicitor general
If you want a person who has the experience, the knowledge, the wisdom and the respect of the Richmond County community, vote for Harold V. Jones for solicitor general of Richmond County on Nov. 2. Joseph Pearson Augusta

School dress code is grossly unfair
I am a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. I'm writing you with my concerns, similar to those of a majority of the student body at Davidson, about the dress code rules that are being enforced at our school. Chelsea Smith Augusta

Residents care about downtown

We must rise above racial issues
I would like to respond to what Bill Cosby stated last month about problems in the black community. Tina Cloer Augusta

Get the facts on Charles Walker
This letter is in reply to a letter written by Andy Chandler ("Poor-choice Walker makes poor case," Aug. 16). Doris Crutchfield Augusta

Thanks, smokers, but no thanks

Circus loves to perform in Augusta

We must rise above racial issues

Get the facts on Charles Walker

Circus loves to perform in Augusta
I'd like to apologize to the people of Augusta for comments attributed to me in Brian Mathewson's recent letter, "Replace our old civic center," Aug. 9). Ted McRae Vienna, Va.

Kerry, Edwards are merely front men

Column on vet strays from facts
Michael Ryan's column in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 8 ("Veteran questions Kerry's war-hero credentials") is a testament to the fact that an opinion column affords one the opportunity to write without regard to logic, validity of argument or journalistic integrity. John G. McBrayer Augusta

Change how we select president
I think we as a people have some serious flaws in how we elect our president. Gregory J. Topliff Aiken, S.C.

Walker is a valuable asset for District 22

Harvard, Princeton hold stop in latest US News rankings

Models again are the faces of fashion

Top-down Crossfire is fashionable ride

Malaysia reports bird flu in chickens at village near Thailand

The Winner's Circle: And They're Off!

Top-down Crossfire is fashionable ride
America's convertible brand knows how to make the most of summer.

Harvard, Princeton hold stop in latest US News rankings
Perhaps a playoff is in order. For the second straight year, Harvard and Princeton share the top spot in the controversial U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges."

The Winner's Circle: And They're Off!
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 14th chapter of an 18-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Microsoft delays security update for Windows XP Professional
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. has delayed automated distribution of a major security upgrade to its Windows XP Professional operating system, citing a desire to give companies more time to test it.

Malaysia reports bird flu in chickens at village near Thailand
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia on Wednesday announced it has detected bird flu in a chicken-rearing village near its northern border with Thailand.

Models again are the faces of fashion
NEW YORK -- Fashionistas know that everything old becomes new again, and this year's comeback is straight from the catwalk: the model.

Advisory panel's use is debated
It sounded funny the way school board member Marion Barnes said it: The advisory board has never advised the board.

Carolina NAACP heads to Augusta
South Carolina representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said they look forward to a time when their state conference will be held in their home state.

Krog insists SRS force is mostly locals
AIKEN - The majority of employees working for the New York-based Krog Corp. at Savannah River Site are from Georgia or South Carolina, a company official says, not other parts of the country as protesting union officials have claimed.

Disease is confirmed in two Atlanta men

Proposal benefits tourism gateway
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The tourist boulevard along Savannah's quaint River Street will expand soon with the construction of a $570 million mixed-use development that city officials say will transform a chunk of land - next door to downtown Savannah - that resembles a wasteland.

Police chief's kin is arrested

Court's decision delays rulings

Challenges await team

Across the area

Late paper delivery notice

Jail EPD chief, lawyer urges
WARRENTON, Ga. - A former state attorney general asked a judge Thursday to jail the director of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division over her agency's refusal to approve a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County.

DeMint debate decried

Challenges await team
BURNETTOWN - The new, small, tight-knit football team from Midland Valley Preparatory School lacks experience going into its first season on the field.

Across Georgia

County officials avoid ordinance
AIKEN - Aiken County officials are no longer considering an ordinance to restrict tattoo parlors from opening in the county after months of planning to impose zoning regulations on body art businesses.

Church vows to rebuild

Mailing targets sheriff's military past

Games begin tonight

Suspect in assault was out on bond

Cheek wants cap on center's cost

Across the Southeast
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - A drive-by shooting wounded three girls who were playing outside with a group of friends, police said.

Roadwork tests patience of drivers

Special sales tax revenue expands
Some might question whether the nation's economy is headed up or down, but in Columbia County there's no doubt that sales tax revenue is skyrocketing.

Bomb squad faces danger with care

Two teenagers will stay in jail
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Two teenage girls accused of killing one of the girls' grandparents were denied bond Thursday.

Report on jail mostly upbeat

Kid of the day

Area plans study of accident sites

Across South Carolina

Jail EPD chief, lawyer urges

Correction
Because inaccurate information was provided to the newspaper, a report in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified the drivers of two vehicles involved in a Monday accident on Georgia Highway 56. According to the Georgia State Patrol post in Sylvania, Marcell Williams drove a 2001 Mack logging truck, while Earnest Lee Rucker drove a 1995 Freightliner tractor-trailer. The state patrol said Mr. Williams was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Disease is confirmed in two Atlanta men
Two Atlanta men are Georgia's first confirmed human cases of West Nile virus this year, the state Division of Public Health announced Thursday. Two south Georgia men, one of whom died, also might have gotten the disease last year from dialysis, although it is more likely it came from a mosquito bite, health officials said.

Portable units draw protests from parents

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, WAKE UP and get your priorities together. Have you called your mom and just told her you love her? Have you hugged your spouse and children today? Have you thanked God that we are all in a country like the U.S. were we have the opportunity to complain about such mundane things like a smoking ban or increased trash prices? Stop, take a breath, and reflect on all the things that you have, and smile, tomorrow it could be gone.

Medicine for colds might be limited

Burke pleads innocent at shortened hearing
The man facing a death penalty trial in the slaying of a pregnant nurse pleaded innocent Wednesday.

Krog insists SRS force is mostly locals

News you can use

Group lays firm foundation

Portable units draw protests from parents
Lema Adams still has the teacher's note.

Around town

Group lays firm foundation
WARRENVILLE - Patricia Green was hot, tired and moving slow Tuesday afternoon, tuckered out from a long tour of duty filling vending machines at Savannah River Site.

Luxury hotel to open on Kiawah
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Sanctuary, South Carolina's newest luxury hotel and one of the most expensive ever built in the state, opens to visitors today after a ribbon-cutting at the palatial $125 million oceanfront resort and spa on Kiawah Island.

Bomb squad faces danger with care
Richmond County sheriff's Capt. P.A. Williams wants you to forget the movies you've seen where a bomb technician, sweat beading down his forehead, nervously cuts the red wire linking explosives and a digital clock counting down to obliteration.

Medicine for colds might be limited
ATLANTA - State leaders vowed an all-out fight against methamphetamine production and abuse Wednesday at a summit devoted to the topic and recommended new restrictions on the distribution of some kinds of cold medicines.

Pact has science sharing in mind
On one side of the Savannah River, it is a sensor that can detect subtle environmental shifts. On the other side of the river, the same technology could create a dental probe for detecting changes deep in tissue that could tell a dentist whether a treatment is working.

Report on jail mostly upbeat
AIKEN - Aiken County's $15 million detention center is safe and well-managed but understaffed, a federal consultant said Wednesday.

Two teenagers will stay in jail

Shortfall fears end with surplus
Despite warnings earlier this year that it would be crippled by uninsured care, the company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics appears to have ended its fiscal year with a tidy surplus.

Across the area

Cheek wants cap on center's cost
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek pushed to cut the cost of the proposed judicial center by $20 million Thursday so that it would not exceed $60 million.

Games begin tonight
Tyrese Harris and Antuanne Kerr piled together in a Chevrolet van in early June. They took a four-hour ride to Auburn University for a football camp. Their final football season as Butler Bulldogs was well under way.

Police chief's kin is arrested
ATHENS, Ga. - An investigation into a series of armed robberies has led to the arrest of a child in the Athens police chief's family.

Church vows to rebuild
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Viola Drummond's initial description of a fire that destroyed Camden County's oldest black church was "an act of God" that seemed to end an important part of her life.

Special sales tax revenue expands

Roadwork tests patience of drivers
Karen O'Gorman looked at the line of cars on Furys Ferry Road and let loose a long sigh.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for John and Paul at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway. Someone was trying to break into my house, and John and Paul were so helpful in helping me find things to secure my home. I want to send a big rave to John and Paul at Bobby Jones Wal-Mart.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A year after an audit revealed sloppy tracking of state government cell phone use, the government is just starting to reform the way it keeps track of wireless phones, a state legislative committee was told Thursday.

DeMint debate decried
AIKEN - Stung by sharp attacks this week on his support of a national sales tax, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, unveiled three radio debates next week with his Democratic opponent.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - Prosecutors say a 31-year-old Lake City woman has been charged with homicide by child abuse after tests showed her stillborn infant had cocaine in its system.

Area plans study of accident sites
Transportation officials are taking steps to fix the area's most dangerous intersections.

Across the area
A man charged in the sexual assault of a McDuffie County woman faces additional charges after authorities determined that the act was committed in the presence of her young child.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mia Davis, 3, of Augusta.

Kid of the day

Around town
Vera Sauls, 19 months old, finds a tasty but messy way to cool off at the Holy Cow Creamery on Eighth Street. She and her father, Jason, stopped by the ice cream store Wednesday.

Advisory panel's use is debated

Suspect in assault was out on bond
A man charged with raping a McDuffie County woman was out on bond for a kidnapping charge in Richmond County at the time of the incident, authorities said Wednesday.

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, WAKE UP and get your priorities together. Have you called your mom and just told her you love her? Have you hugged your spouse and children today? Have you thanked God that we are all in a country like the U.S. were we have the opportunity to complain about such mundane things like a smoking ban or increased trash prices? Stop, take a breath, and reflect on all the things that you have, and smile, tomorrow it could be gone.

Across Georgia

Officials miss disclosure deadline
ATLANTA - The head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the governor's budget director are among more than 300 state officials who failed to disclose information about their personal finances and investments by a June 30 deadline.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day Ebonee Travis, 4, of Hephzibah.

Mailing targets sheriff's military past
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Black politicians and activists in Edgefield County predict a recent mailing campaign attempting to discredit Sheriff Adell Dobey's military service record won't have much impact on the sheriff's race.

News you can use
Aug. 19, 1956 Paine College, Augusta's college for Negroes and the only four-year college in the city, opens for classes Sept. 10 with a new president, a new $250,000 chemistry-physics building, and an enrollment of 325 students.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged 10 men after a vice sting at a central Augusta park, officials said Wednesday.

Georgia ACT scores rally but trail nation
Scores for Georgia students on the ACT college-entrance exam edged up this year, even as more students than ever took the test.

Across South Carolina
KINGSTREE - A Williamsburg County man has been charged with killing his wife in what deputies said was the end of a long history of domestic violence.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for John and Paul at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway. Someone was trying to break into my house, and John and Paul were so helpful in helping me find things to secure my home. I want to send a big rave to John and Paul at Bobby Jones Wal-Mart.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - More than 31,000 Georgia voters took advantage of the state's early voting for the Aug. 10 primary runoffs.

Court's decision delays rulings
AIKEN - It has been eight months since Travers W. Paine III pleaded guilty in connection with a Medicare fraud scheme, but the former Augusta city councilman might have to wait until the questions surrounding a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision are answered before he receives his sentence in federal court.

Hoffa's still hailed a hero
Spine-tingling, heart-warming, gut-wrenching. Elation, deflation and exhaustion.

At the Movies: 'Garden State'
What a wonderful surprise "Garden State" is, from an unexpected source: Zach Braff, star of the sitcom "Scrubs," who's the film's writer, director and star.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Without a Paddle'
Considering its source - the filmmaker behind the atrocious Adam Sandler flicks "Little Nicky" and "Mr. Deeds" - the backcountry comedy "Without a Paddle" is comparatively tolerable.

At the Movies: 'Without a Paddle'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Garden State'

Elmer Bernstein, Oscar-winning composer, dead at 82

Old school R&B reappears on scene via debut CD
R&B has been losing its soul for the past few years to amped-up collaborations with rappers and slower songs with so little lyrical depth that true romancers have had to look outside the genre.

Del McCoury, Alison Krauss lead the list of Bluegrass nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Del McCoury Band received a leading 12 International Bluegrass Music Award nominations on Thursday.

Elmer Bernstein, Oscar-winning composer, dead at 82
LOS ANGELES -- Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who created a brawny, big-sky theme for "The Magnificent Seven," nerve-jangling jazz for "The Man With The Golden Arm" and heart-rending grace notes for "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died.

The Calling returns with new album

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Old school R&B reappears on scene via debut CD

Teenager will perform during benefit show
Some high school students spend all their free time on video games or hanging out at the mall.

Concerts calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Teenager will perform during benefit show

The Calling returns with new album
NEW YORK -- Two years ago, the Calling burst onto the charts with "Wherever You Will Go." Alex Band and Aaron Kamin were young, excited - and, they admit, a little naive.

Atlanta getting SAFER barriers
Installation of the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier walls at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin Sept. 7, in time for testing for the track's fall NASCAR race.

Big learning curve for Allmendinger in Champ Car series

Stewart honors Olympic athletes

Making their points

Atlanta getting SAFER barriers

Making their points
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Elliott Sadler never used to think about points racing. The only thing that mattered was winning; anything else was just another loss.

NASCAR Newsmaker Rusty Wallace

NASCAR Newsmaker Rusty Wallace
Rusty Wallace turned 48 last Saturday as speculation continues to grow the 2005 season might be his last on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

One celebration fits all in Victory Lane

Stewart honors Olympic athletes
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Tony Stewart's race car will pay tribute to six Olympic athletes this Sunday in the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

One celebration fits all in Victory Lane
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- At the end of the drivers' meeting for last Sunday's Sirius at the Glen, Ryan Newman popped the all-important question.

Big learning curve for Allmendinger in Champ Car series
DENVER -- From BMX bikes to karts to the Toyota Atlantic series, racing has always been easy for A.J. Allmendinger.

Raptors sign center Loren Woods
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors signed free agent center Loren Woods on Wednesday.

Raptors sign center Loren Woods

Ravens want Sanders, but will he play?

Vick to see little preseason action

Fantasy Football: Running back changes leave roster quandaries

Mr. Robert "Bob" D. Kritsch, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Thelma Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. William Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Cassandra "Kitty" Malone    (DEARING, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dollie L. Usry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Annie Amerson Farrer    (GIRARD, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Antoney Mackie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Milledge Yonn, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Susie Strong    (COLUMBUS, Ohio)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Carolyn Carter    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Carolyn Carter    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John D. Gardner, Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roy Evans    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Larry Hambrick    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Lillian Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Hubert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Lillian Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Eddie Lee Walker    (GIRARD, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Kitchings    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Joseph Mealing    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Rosa Lee Jennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. George Parker, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Frances Anderson    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Evelyn Byars    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Albert Copeland    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Wynelle Brady    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Shirley Datka    (WILMINGTON, N.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Albert Copeland    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Clarence Freeman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Mary Drake    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Kenneth R. Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Ozzie Fullington    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Claud Bates    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Velma Garner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Shirley Ann Rhodes    (APPLING, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ja'Shayla Amaya Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Luther C. Snellgrove    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Lt. Col. John F. Sutherland, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Captain Frank H. Simmons, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. William Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Henry Smith    (LEXINGTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Oscar Lee Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Luther C. Snellgrove    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Edward M. McIntyre, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Calvin Spear    (BARTOW, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John Mills    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Viola Travis Adams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Willie Oulla Laws    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Alease Turner Pinder    (MIAMI, Fla.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Truman Price, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Alexander Turner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Michael Strickland    (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Eddie Vaughns    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Christopher Bentley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Antoney Mackie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Clarence Dandy Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Cassandra Malone    (DEARING, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Louise DeLisser Pike    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Edward M. McIntyre    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Velma Garner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Joseph Mealing, Sr.    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Herbert Whittle    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Willie Oulla Laws    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Miss Marion Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. George Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Claud Bates    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Truman Price, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Marieolla Schwarz    (LADSON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Nancy Dimond    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Thelma Bradshaw (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Copeland (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra Malone (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Lee Walker (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise DeLisser Pike (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Edward M. McIntyre, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Kitchings (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Luther C. Snellgrove (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Carter (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Lt. Col. John F. Sutherland, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alease Turner Pinder (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mr. Joseph Mealing (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Ms. Nancy Dimond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Hambrick (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Freeman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Oscar Lee Quarles (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Calvin Spear (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Hubert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Rhodes (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Claud Bates (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Smith (LEXINGTON, Ga.)

Ja'Shayla Amaya Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Antoney Mackie (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Captain Frank H. Simmons, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Truman Price, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Travis Adams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Drake (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. John D. Gardner, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Strong (COLUMBUS, Ohio)

Mrs. Willie Oulla Laws (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ozzie Fullington (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Byars (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Carter (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Luther C. Snellgrove (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Mills (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Whittle (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Marion Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" D. Kritsch, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Jennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dollie L. Usry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Turner (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Velma Garner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Truman Price, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Parker, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Datka (WILMINGTON, N.C.)

Mr. William Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Vaughns (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Amerson Farrer (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Dandy Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Copeland (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Marieolla Schwarz (LADSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Wynelle Brady (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Garner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Oulla Laws (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Evans (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Joseph Mealing, Sr. (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Kenneth R. Griffin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Anderson (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Bilonog wins shot put in wild finish, Nelson second

As Athens sizzles, athletes and fans strip down to cool off
ATHENS, Greece -- It wasn't even noon Thursday, and already they were getting half-naked at the pool.

Peirsol reclaims Olympic gold after being disqualified
ATHENS, Greece -- Aaron Peirsol's emotions whipsawed between joy and confusion, sadness and finally relief.

Hoffa fails to qualify in shot put
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- Two U.S. men advanced to the final of the shot put Wednesday, hoping to make even more history at the ancient site that gave birth to the Olympics 2,780 years ago.

American women erase swimming's oldest record in gold-medal performance
ATHENS, Greece -- Inspired by the American men's narrow relay victory 24 hours earlier, the U.S. women did them one better - breaking the oldest record in swimming.

Hamm recovers from ugly fall to win gold
ATHENS, Greece -- Paul Hamm ought to get two golds for this performance.

Patterson reclaims U.S. gold
ATHENS - As Carly Patterson waited for her final routine Thursday night, her coach looked into her eyes and saw a fire that burned brighter than the Olympic flame.

U.S. boat advances in photo finish
SCHINIAS, Greece -- The early success of the first black Olympic rower on the U.S. men's team and his Navy officer partner was supposed to end Wednesday.

Hoffa fails to qualify in shot put

Bilonog wins shot put in wild finish, Nelson second
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- Adam Nelson of Athens, Ga., remained in the shot put ring for three minutes, pointing and pleading, even as Yuriy Bilonog took the flag-draped victory lap that Nelson thought was his.

Augustan has connection to Athens games
Jay Thornton could only be more pleased if he had been in the Olympics himself.

Phelps wins fourth Olympic gold in 200 individual medley
ATHENS, Greece -- American Michael Phelps won his fourth gold medal of the Olympics in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday night, leading the entire race.

Overtime

Brazil routs Haiti

Greenbrier, Glover take down champ

Greenbrier, Glover take down champ
Ask any coach who knows about high school softball and they will say Greenbrier pitcher Kristan Glover is among the state's best.

Brazil routs Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Brazil routed a weak Haitian team 6-0 Wednesday in an exhibition soccer game aimed at promoting peace in the Caribbean country.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx added size to its lineup, signing the well-traveled Mark Scott on Thursday.

Rookie looks up to Webster
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Atlanta Falcons rookie cornerback DeAngelo Hall has an extensive film collection of players he considers to be the best in the NFL at his position.

Ravens want Sanders, but will he play?
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are excited about the prospect of having Deion Sanders come out of retirement and be a part of their defensive backfield.

Vick to see little preseason action
ATLANTA - With training camp finished at Furman University, the Atlanta Falcons are switching to a different gear, but coach Jim Mora remains guarded about starting quarterback Michael Vick.

Fantasy Football: Running back changes leave roster quandaries
Now that just about everyone is done taking their pot shots at former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, it's time to pay attention to who'll be on the field this year.

Ivery honor marks major comeback
ATLANTA - It was natural.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Newberry Opera House will welcome favorites of music's tuneful past

Ramblin' Rhodes: Newberry Opera House will welcome favorites of music's tuneful past
The Newberry (S.C.) Opera House, an hour's drive from Augusta, has posted its season lineup online, and it's packed with classic entertainers:

Hoffa's still hailed a hero

Many first-rate films banned for various reasons

Scuffle over competing boxing shows lands in court

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 9-15. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Following terrorism scares, NBC News floods the zone in Athens

NBC optimistic after four nights of Athens Olympics
NEW YORK -- Gyms worldwide were dark in anticipation of the Olympic gymnastics competition, NBC's Al Trautwig said this week in a dramatic introduction - then the cameras pulled back to reveal row after row of empty seats in Athens.

Scuffle over competing boxing shows lands in court
LOS ANGELES -- A slugfest between Fox TV and the producers of a competing NBC boxing series has landed in court.

Following terrorism scares, NBC News floods the zone in Athens
NEW YORK -- If the Olympic ideals of peace and brotherhood could be counted on, Steve Capus might not be in Athens right now.

Applause calendar

People in the News

Judge: Authorities had probable cause to search Neverland ranch

Big ticket

Open tab

Jury with Oprah Winfrey convicts man of murder

Stuff to do

Club calendar

'Goodfellas' cast reunites for Italian dinner

Paris Hilton's pampered pet dog Tinkerbell has been found

Clubin': Club 706

People in the News

Michael Jackson lawyers call accuser's stepfather to witness stand

1932's 'Freaks' poised to shock anew

Five questions about Georgia

Five questions about Georgia
The expectations are sky high for Georgia coach Mark Richt, who is entering his fourth season in Athens.

Cooper waits for turn to shine
When Kregg Lumpkin went down in the first week of practice with a knee injury, conventional wisdom said Michael Cooper would jump to the first team.

Cooper waits for turn to shine

Pollack, Greene will set the tone

Georgia must be careful with its national title dreams

Georgia must be careful with its national title dreams
Two neck surgeries had his head pinned to a pillow last summer, but Tommy Tuberville's ears were working just fine.

Pollack, Greene will set the tone
Mark Richt said a few weeks back that he'd trust David Pollack and David Greene with his children's lives.

Many first-rate films banned for various reasons
For years, the was no Exorcist or Evil Dead in England. Likewise, The Shining and Scream were no-nos in South Korea.

Williamson ready to get serious
COLUMBIA - Spring practice is such a superfluous exercise in so many college football players' minds.

Holtz looking for new attitude

Williamson ready to get serious

Holtz looking for new attitude
COLUMBIA - Don't get Lou Holtz wrong. He loves South Carolina's fans, the very same ones that kept filling Williams-Brice Stadium in the middle of his first year in 1999, a season the Gamecocks ended 0-11.

Five questions about South Carolina

Five questions about South Carolina
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has endured back-to-back losing seasons the past two years.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends