Political books expected to thrive in fall
NEW YORK -- As 76-year-old Cynthia Ozick prepares for her first ever book tour, she wonders how she'll respond to a question that seems so far from her own work but so near to the lives of readers: Who will you vote for in November?

A term-paper approach to political theater in 'Guantanamo'

Broadway Joe, from football icon to old man
For people of a certain age, Joe Namath remains an icon.

Book details the history of electricity

Broadway Joe, from football icon to old man

'47 Down' details 1922 gold mine disaster

Book details the history of electricity
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Dark light or benevolent force? In the 19th century, at the dawn of the light bulb and the X-ray, electricity was considered a mysterious force believed entwined with mind and body.

Blame fictional murder sprees on real physicians

'47 Down' details 1922 gold mine disaster
The California gold fields had long since lost their romantic allure by 1922, with the process of extracting the glittering mineral from the earth largely reduced to the hot, dirty and dangerous job of deep mining.

A term-paper approach to political theater in 'Guantanamo'
NEW YORK -- Considering the explosiveness of its subject matter, "Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom" should generate considerable heat.

Political books expected to thrive in fall

Blame fictional murder sprees on real physicians
Two physicians-turned-authors have each written a new novel that could prove to be just the right prescription for murder-mystery fans.

Safety laws will never trump the Dare on the playground

Company pulling candy bags with toy depicting 9-11 attack
MIAMI -- Small toys showing an airplane flying into the World Trade Center were packed inside more than 14,000 bags of candy and sent to small groceries around the country before being recalled.

Man sentenced to jail time for playing pornographic movie in car
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A man who was watching a pornographic movie in his car as police pulled up behind him has been sentenced to three weekends in jail.

Wright does it all for Braves
ATLANTA - It's hard to tell who was more surprised by pitcher Jaret Wright's two-strike, bases-loaded bunt in the sixth inning Friday night, San Francisco reliever Matt Herges or Julio Franco, who was on third base.

Schuerholz, Cox are a long-running hit as baseball's Odd Couple
ATLANTA -- At first glance, the Atlanta Braves' John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox don't look like the longest-serving active management tandem in professional sports.

Wright does it all for Braves

Schuerholz, Cox are a long-running hit as baseball's Odd Couple

Byrd, Braves rip Schmidt
ATLANTA - Jason Schmidt vs. Paul Byrd? The numbers screamed the Atlanta Braves had no shot against the National League's wins and ERA leader.

Byrd, Braves rip Schmidt

Plant's fate worries officials

With managers leaving town, Wall Street has contingencies in place
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's dog days of August have the potential for a serious bite this year.

Economy slows to 2.8 percent rate
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, struggling under the weight of a bloated trade deficit, grew at a relatively modest 2.8 percent annual rate in the second quarter, a slower pace of expansion than previously thought.

Will higher oil prices become inflationary?
NEW YORK -- It makes sense that higher oil prices could boost air fares and what you pay at the gas pump. It becomes more worrisome when rising energy costs boost the price of everything from Barbie dolls to Tylenol capsules.

Japan's unemployment rate 4.9 percent in July
TOKYO -- Japan's jobless rate rose to 4.9 percent in July, the government said Friday, as the number of unemployed people in the world's second-largest economy climbed for the first time in six months.

August's new vehicle sales could be disappointing
DETROIT -- Hurricane Charley's devastation in Florida, the nation's second-largest market for new vehicles, and apparent diminishing effectiveness of consumer incentives are expected to contribute to a drop in new car and truck sales in August, analysts say.

On the move

With managers leaving town, Wall Street has contingencies in place

UPS to use three delivery trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service will begin using three large package delivery vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and officials said the goal is to someday apply the technology throughout its entire fleet.

UPS to use three delivery trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells

Business licenses

On the move
Rodney Khodr has joined Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta as the executive housekeeper. The native of Charlotte, N.C., has more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Consumers slightly more optimistic

Small businesses need to comply with new overtime rules
NEW YORK -- Overtime has suddenly become a confusing proposition for some small business owners.

Small businesses need to comply with new overtime rules

Greenspan warns of abrupt and painful choices to pension benefits
JACKSON, Wyo. -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday that the country will face "abrupt and painful" choices if Congress does not move quickly to trim the Social Security and Medicare benefits that have been promised to the baby boom generation.

Banking in the fast lane

Business calendar
MONDAY: Financial Peace University; Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church; 6:30 p.m.; the 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and accountability. Classes are held every Monday. To register, contact Kris Key at (706) 738-8822.

Greenspan warns of abrupt and painful choices to pension benefits

Coke battles for trademark
ATLANTA - A breast-cancer survivor who wants to help fund golf lessons for disadvantaged children is fighting efforts by The Coca-Cola Co. to stop her from using a similar-sounding name to market her business.

Plant's fate worries officials
Local officials on Monday will meet executives from Pfizer Inc. in New York to see what they can do to keep the company's Augusta pharmaceutical plant from closing.

Banking in the fast lane
Banks have always warned customers not to write checks they can't cover. Now they mean it.

Consumers slightly more optimistic
NEW YORK -- Consumers became a bit more optimistic toward the end of the August but still felt more cautious on the U.S. economy than they did a month ago, according to survey by the University of Michigan.

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of Richmond County business licenses issued in June:

Economy slows to 2.8 percent rate

Commissioners keep adding on the millions as deadline for vote looms

Commissioners keep adding on the millions as deadline for vote looms
Early in last week's sales tax discussions, Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson inquired as to when commissioners would stop adding projects to the $558.4 million list and start chopping.

Hokies look to regain luster against top-ranked Trojans
LANDOVER, Md. - It's been awhile since Virginia Tech entered a season unranked with modest expectations. A win over No. 1 Southern California would change perceptions of this year's Hokies in a hurry.

Hokies look to regain luster against top-ranked Trojans

'Creek Freaks' honored

Now departing ...
It's like saving up for several years, packing your bags - and finding out that the plane for your vacation has already left.

Now departing ...

Lead, follow or move
The headline Friday read, "Indecision plagues commission." And that's the way it seemed on the surface when Augusta commissioners couldn't even come close to agreeing on which projects to include in a $386 million sales tax ballot issue.

'Creek Freaks' honored
You may not have heard of them, but you should have. And now, thanks to U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton, the "Creek Freaks," officially members of Georgia's Adopt&812;a&812;Stream research team, are receiving some richly deserved public recognition.

Cleaning up Abu Ghraib
Two very important reports on the Abu Ghraib prison abuses just came out, and they both confirm what most people familiar with the scandal suspected: The sexual humiliation, violent mistreatment and, in a few cases, torture of Iraqi detainees was not organized or ordered from above by senior commanders, but was largely the perverted, cruel doings of prison guards and intelligence personnel attached to the military who were entertaining themselves.

Lead, follow or move

Cleaning up Abu Ghraib

Celebrity Birthdays
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4:

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Paris Hilton is trying on a new outfit: a hard cover.

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine:

Shove them out the door
Every four years the world gets inspire by the Olympics. That's why we're such an inspired bunch right now.

What To Do
GreenJackets: The Augusta GreenJackets host the Rome Braves at 2:15 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium. For ticket information, call 736-7889.Aliens: Worlds of Possibilities: The Aliens exhibit at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery will be on display through Nov. 28. Fort Discovery, One Seventh Street 821-0600.

School Connection keeps parents and teachers connected
Well it's that time again. Can you believe it? Summer is over and we are already in yet another school year. I know how important is for you to know what is happening with your kids in the classroom.

Parent Resource Guide
If you would like to have your service or class listed in the Parent Resource Guide, please send your information to jennifer.miller@augusta Chronicle.com or to Jennifer Miller, PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Tater-tot casserole and other realities of the "back to school" life
On the last day of school as I stood around with a bunch of other mothers, I noticed that more than a few were wringing their hands, already anticipating the unfilled hours and the "I'm bored" comments that are inevitable during the unscheduled days of summer.

Get up and go!
When Zack and Nick Arrowood go to their dad's house, the first place they head is to the bedroom and the Sony Playstation.

Mom TV: Middle School Musings
Well, it's finally happened: I am the parent of a middle-schooler. How can that be? Wasn't it just a couple of years ago that my little Zack Man was crying at the Pre-K classroom door, pleading with me not to leave?

After School Safety Tips
Ideally, children should always be in the company of a responsible adult, but this scenario is not always realistic for every family. There are more and more households where children arrive home from school before their parents arrive home from work in the evening.

A good fit
When it comes to children's shoes, there might some intergenerational negotiations on color and cut, comfort should be an easy point for parents and children to agree on.

Let's get Wild About Books
With that title, it's a gimme that children's book reviewers will love this book, right?

Family Scrapbook
Send us a photo of your family for our Family Chronicles Scrapbook.

Workers likely to shoulder still-larger share of health costs next year

Stocks rise on better-than-expected GDP figure
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks modestly higher Friday, embracing a sluggish gross domestic product reading that was nonetheless better than expected, hoping that falling oil prices would help spur the economy. The major indexes all finished the week higher.

Late fees, over-limit fees add to expense of credit card use
NEW YORK -- Making a mistake with your credit card can cost you a lot of money these days.

Don't let short-term worries sideline long-term strategy

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tokyo stocks rise

Workers likely to shoulder still-larger share of health costs next year
NEW YORK - Employers are facing continued double-digit increases in health care costs in 2005 and likely will require their workers to pay an even greater share of the bill, according to a new survey of more than 900 firms.

Don't let short-term worries sideline long-term strategy
NEW YORK -- Judging by where investors put their money last month, they're feeling mighty cautious about the market.

Tokyo stocks rise
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Friday as investors poured cash into bank, retail and real estate issues, lifting the a broad market index to its ninth straight day of gains. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Late fees, over-limit fees add to expense of credit card use

Final recommendations for food pyramid made
WASHINGTON -- Not any bread will do, a panel of doctors and scientists told the government Friday in issuing its final recommendations about what advice should go into the federal food pyramid.

Final recommendations for food pyramid made

Johnson fitting in just fine at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Calvin Johnson is easy to spot, on and off the field. At 6-foot-4, he towers over most of the other wide receivers at Georgia Tech, and his body already has filled out to a solid 215 pounds. He hardly looks like an 18-year-old.

Yellow Jacket suspended
ATLANTA - Wide receiver Damarius Bilbo will join teammate Travis Parker in sitting out Georgia Tech's season opener against Samford.

Position switches on the rise
Stan Oliver's conversations with Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey always come back to one issue.

Position switches on the rise

Yellow Jacket suspended

Johnson fitting in just fine at Georgia Tech

Beam has provided much-needed relief
His command is impressive. His presence on the mound is imposing. His statistics are staggering.

Rome's pen mightier than GreenJackets
Willie Corporan had a no-hitter going for four innings and only allowed one hit in six for his longest and best outing of the season.

Jackets have made last home games fun
The Augusta GreenJackets have made their final homestand of the season a memorable one for the fans who stuck around for the final innings of each game.

Jackson faces former champ

Golf roundup

Masters returns to limited commercial, two news sponsors
The Masters is no longer commercial free, signing up three television sponsors Friday for the first time since Martha Burk led a corporate campaign against Augusta National and its all-male membership.

Funk leads Buick; 20 are on his heels
CROMWELL, Conn. - On a hot, muggy day when players baked and games wilted at the Buick Championship, experience counted for a lot.

Closing charge creates drama
ALOHA, Ore. - Vicente Fernandez added some drama to Peter Jacobsen's homecoming party.

Jackson faces former champ
GRANITEVILLE - Mike Jackson has beaten up on all the regulars this year in the Regions Cup's senior division. They returned Saturday for the first round of the Midland Valley Senior Invitational, and so did a new rival with a near-legendary past.

Golf roundup
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Grace Park proved she's healthy with an eagle-birdie-birdie finish.

Funk leads Buick; 20 are on his heels

Closing charge creates drama

Jacobsen leads year's final major
ALOHA, Ore. - Peter Jacobsen shot 6-under-par 66 in the Tradition to move to 9-under, one stroke ahead of Bruce Lietzke, after two rounds of the Champions Tour's last major of the year.

Masters returns to limited commercial, two news sponsors

Jackets have made last home games fun

Beam has provided much-needed relief

Burke star was the center of attention

Wildcats outlast Rebels

No tie this time around

Rebels take it to Jackets

Good returns boost Hawks

Eagles fly high on road

Irish spring rivalry back to life

Prep football capsules

Switch does the trick in victory

Wildcats outlast Rebels
In the waning moments of the first half, Curtis Sapp noticed a change in his Hephzibah opponents. The Rebels' confidence vanished. So did their desire. They were mentally kaput.

No tie this time around
During summer practices, Lakeside coach Randy Hill would tell anyone that would listen that his quarterback Jimmy Johnson was the best in the area.

Irish spring rivalry back to life
The last time the Fighting Irish beat the Richmond Academy Musketeers was in 1957 - the same year Boys Catholic changed its name to Aquinas High School.

Burke star was the center of attention
Burke County's Marcus Washington didn't have a stellar night running the football in Friday's 7-6 loss to Lincoln County.

Rebels take it to Jackets
JOHNSTON, S.C. - North Augusta chased after Strom Thurmond quarterback CoCo Hillary metaphorically in the off-season.

Good returns boost Hawks
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Tyree Burnett ignited a stagnant Washington County offense with two return touchdowns to kick start a 21-0 victory over Swainsboro on Friday night.

Prep football capsules
Highlights from Friday's fooball gridiron action.

Thomson finds it in fourth
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Clifton Belton wanted to make sure everyone in Thomson knew he was ready to play. The Bulldogs running back had been nursing an injured shoulder and was high on the Thomson coaching staff's wish list to return this week against their old rival Washington-Wilkes.

Switch does the trick in victory
AIKEN - Dan Pippin found his offense and possibly a new quarterback Friday night in South Aiken's home opener against Midland Valley.

Eagles fly high on road
When Cross Creek quarterback Donald Hudson fumbled on the goal line late in the fourth quarter Friday night, it might not have prevented anything more than a cosmetic change of the scoreboard.

Red Devils' kicker gets to the point
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell is due for a heart catheterization Monday.

Bush seeks $2 billion in Hurricane Charley aid
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will ask Congress for $2 billion to help victims of Hurricane Charley, the White House said Friday.

Hundreds of Charlie refugees staying in temporary campers
VENICE, Fla. -- In a cramped travel trailer, Gail Martin finally got to cook a meal for her son for the first time since Hurricane Charley chased them from their home almost two weeks ago - grilled cheese sandwiches on a propane stove.

Hurricane Frances gains strength in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Frances grew into a Category 2 storm Friday in the Atlantic, but was not expected to threaten land in the near future.

Tropical depression strengthens off South Carolina; Hurricane Frances in open water
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tropical Storm Gaston formed off the South Carolina coast Saturday and was expected to make landfall near Charleston Sunday night, forecasters said.

Safety laws will never trump the Dare on the playground
Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.

Kerry denounced own war past

Make safer teenage driving laws
There have been several teens killed in automobile accidents in the Augusta area. What can be done about this? Driver education is not offered in public schools. A driving school costs anywhere from $200 to $250. The defensive driving one-day course costs $75. Glenda Edwards Martinez

Smoking ban is not the solution

We must reinvent ourselves again

Total smoke ban is only answer

John Kerry is fit for command
Regarding Michael Ryan's column and Robert Hornberger's letter in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 8: Hornberger questions Sen. John Kerry's war record; Mr. Hornberger was not in Kerry's boat, nor were the other people that were quoted in the book Unfit to Command. John O'Neill, the co&812;author, never knew Kerry or served with him. Adm. William J. Crowe stated that he had researched the facts pertaining to the book and found the book full of lies and distortions. Sen. John McCain stated what the people were trying to do to Kerry was the same thing the Republican Party did to him in South Carolina and to Sen. Max Cleland in Georgia ... .Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez

Smoking ban is not the solution
I do not support nor dispute the use of cigarettes, and secondhand smoke may be harmful to our health. According to the surgeon general, it is harmful. But so are many other consumables we inhale and ingest in our present&812;day lives, which we can personally control, yet in the name of convenience and cost, we choose not to. In addition, our local and state leaders dare not demand the Environmental Protection Agency require zero tolerance regarding the release of cancer causing agents into the air we breathe. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

We must reinvent ourselves again
The courage to reinvent ourselves amid crisis is one of Americans' most distinctive attributes. We did it after economic collapse in the 1920s. We did it in the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," and saved the country by instituting Social Security for all. Joaquin Godoy Aiken, S.C.

Kerry denounced own war past
Over and over again on your editorial pages, I see letters from those protesting the malignment of Vietnam war hero John Kerry, including Samuel Graci on Aug.21. Josh Griffing. Augusta

Total smoke ban is only answer
I am simultaneously amused and appalled by the recent spate of letters to the editor about the proposed smoking bans in Columbia and Richmond counties. M. Sean Hall, Augusta

We must stand by our beliefs
This letter is in response to the college freshman who wrote regarding teaching Christianity in our schools ("Bring Christianity into our schools," Aug. 26). I wholeheartedly agree with her. Susan R. Frazee, Augusta

Thank you, Augusta, for helping
I want to say thank you to the good people of Augusta for the hurricane relief you are sending. I learned from a friend of your Web page, and I see you are printing some of the lesser known problems associated with Charley. Cheers for that!Tom Walsh, Sebring, Fla.

Bush is our best bet for leadership
When a toddler, spoiled or otherwise, can't have his way, he tends to kick and scream at his parent and main protector. Even his limited vocabulary enables him to yell, "I hate you!" Does this not reflect the current sentiment of the Democratic Party? Helen Bolen North Augusta, S.C.

John Kerry is fit for command

Thank you, Augusta, for helping
I want to say thank you to the good people of Augusta for the hurricane relief you are sending. I learned from a friend of your Web page, and I see you are printing some of the lesser known problems associated with Charley. Cheers for that!Tom Walsh, Sebring, Fla.

Thank you, Augusta, for helping

Shove them out the door

Family Scrapbook

Tater-tot casserole and other realities of the "back to school" life

In the know

In the Winner's Circle

Gaping hole where towers stood is powerful landmark

Man should sit with current wife at wedding

After School Safety Tips

Property transfers

Let's get Wild About Books

Travel briefs

Get up and go!

Mom TV: Middle School Musings

Will free iPods edify or simply entertain at Duke University?

Couple's smart use of space gives ample room to children

School Connection keeps parents and teachers connected

A good fit

Travelers can see scars of Sept. 11 on Pentagon

What To Do

Travelers still pay respects at Flight 93 crash site

Flu vaccine is found tainted in factory, shipments delayed

Postal Service to issue stamp bringing awareness to sickle cell disease
WASHINGTON -- A new postage stamp calling attention to sickle cell disease will be issued next month.

Travelers still pay respects at Flight 93 crash site
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. -- The steady flow of visitors and the porcelain angels, American flags, poems and other tributes they leave behind perpetually reshapes the temporary memorial to the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

In the Winner's Circle
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 18th and last chapter of the story that The Augusta Chronicle has published in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Gaping hole where towers stood is powerful landmark
NEW YORK -- For generations, visitors to New York City have headed to Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. But ever since Sept. 11, 2001, another landmark has been on the must-see list: The site where 2,792 people died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Man should sit with current wife at wedding
Dear Carson: My ex-wife and I have been divorced for six years. She fell in love with another woman, and a year and a half ago I remarried. In addition to my son, we have three daughters, who do not speak to me because I remarried. Our son is being married in three weeks, and I have some questions concerning etiquette because of these entangled relationships.

Travelers can see scars of Sept. 11 on Pentagon
ARLINGTON, Va. -- An observant traveler along Interstate 395 here might notice the gray limestone facade of the Pentagon is tinted slightly darker in spots.

Couple's smart use of space gives ample room to children
A February wedding led to design changes in the Grovetown home of Susan and Jose Pizarro.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK -- If you're looking for that complimentary bagel, coffee and individual box of cereal when you book a night in a hotel or motel, you're not alone.

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Aug. 2-5 and 10-16. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Will free iPods edify or simply entertain at Duke University?
DURHAM, N.C. -- Newly arrived Duke University freshmen got something considerably snazzier than the usual Blue Devils T-shirts and ball caps: Their goodie bags included a free iPod digital music player engraved with the school's crest and the words "Class of 2008."

Officials offer tips to ease road congestion at national parks
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Stuck in a long line of vehicles near a construction site, Darby Long took the delay in stride on a hot August day. He reclined in his SUV, dangled a foot out a window and tried to catch a short nap.

Flu vaccine is found tainted in factory, shipments delayed
SAN FRANCISCO -- The nation's supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit Thursday when Chiron Corp. announced it found tainted doses in its factory.

HP unveils iPod clone
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled its own version of the iPod portable music player Friday, showing the fruits of a groundbreaking partnership it had previously announced with Apple Computer Inc.

In the know
Friends say Marva Tutt and Corey Gibson are a match made in heaven, but she says they have to credit the relationship to good timing, too.

Democrats rap Miller for siding with GOP
ATLANTA - If Zell Miller had been there, he would have gotten an earful Friday as several hundred demonstrators - some of them ex-supporters - rallied outside his Atlanta offices to denounce the Democrat as a turncoat for backing President Bush and the war in Iraq.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves to set the record straight.

Across the area N

Families may pursue $80 million decision

Robber escapes after heist
AIKEN - A gun-wielding man in a ski mask robbed a Belvedere bank Friday afternoon, leaving behind shaken but otherwise unharmed bank employees in a heist that was over within seconds.

Relative observed no abuse

Large local contingent takes trip to New York
Area delegates to the Republican National Convention are traveling to New York City with an eye toward November and beyond.

Indecision plagues commission

Bush to present plan for future

Kid of the day

Bond denied for man in retrial
A judge denied bond Friday for an Augusta man whose manslaughter conviction was vacated two months ago.

News you can use

Large local contingent takes trip to New York

Principals responsible for checks

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 9-year old Rickey Jones, Jr., of Augusta.

Across the area

20 buildings remain in way of school field

Around town

Official stops by schools

South Carolina falls to last place in SAT

Agency warns of increase in cons
It seems the same old tricks some criminals use to defraud people out of large amounts of money are back in action in Richmond County, officials say.

'05 Masters to see return of sponsors

Man gets prison in death of 20-year-old
Rejecting a plea negotiation in a city homicide case, a judge sentenced a man to 16 years in prison, double the time behind bars that attorneys agreed upon.

One county scores high on entry test

County might change buildings' height rules
Property values aren't the only thing expected to keep going up in Columbia County. So are the heights of some buildings, most notably commercial structures such as hotels.

Critics berate commissioners

Labor official agrees to fine
ATLANTA - Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond agreed to a $500 fine under an agreement with the State Ethics Commission but avoided stiffer sanctions when the panel found no basis for most of the allegations a Republican operative made against him during the 2002 campaign.

Gladd touts skills, education in coroner race

Across the area
A Thomson man died Friday in a single-car crash near Pumpkin Center that left his mother in the hospital.

Across South Carolina

South Carolina falls to last place in SAT
AIKEN - South Carolina's latest SAT scores are the worst in the nation, according to figures released Friday by Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, with an average that dropped three points from the previous year.

Across South Carolina

'05 Masters to see return of sponsors
Sponsors will return for the 2005 Masters Tournament telecast, and coverage will be expanded by 90 minutes, Augusta National Golf Club announced Friday.

Across the area
A Fort Gordon man is dead after losing control of a 2000 Ford Mustang minutes after buying the car Saturday.

Center unites minority, environmental groups
ATLANTA - When Robert Bullard started an environmental justice center, minority groups who rely on the city's public transit system had never joined forces to protest the agency's policies.

Across the area

Across Georgia

In the Augusta-Aiken area, the future of development lies in the sunset years

Bush's presidency has had two sides

40 years of burgers

Robber escapes after heist

Soldiers prepare for Iraq through scenarios

Thousands gather for abortion rights

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Indecision plagues commission
Augusta commissioners abruptly adjourned their sales tax meeting Thursday without finishing their work because they could not agree on which projects to include in the referendum they had planned to put before voters in November.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Chad Lowe of Augusta.

News you can use
AUG. 28, 1975 Strong winds, a severe thunderstorm and lightning hit some Central Savannah River Area counties yesterday evening, but officials reported only minor damage and no injuries.

Green tea product is something to chew on
It looks like an ordinary piece of green gum, but it really is two cups of green tea with all the cancer-fighting benefits and without the strong bitter taste, said the Medical College of Georgia researcher who helped develop it.

Booster club's missing money sparks inquiry
Members of a Columbia County booster club say they will ask police to investigate a $6,363 discrepancy in their bank account.

20 buildings remain in way of school field
Efforts to clear a path through a crumbling Augusta neighborhood to build a football stadium are nearing the finish line.

Flu shots should meet area's need
Potentially tainted batches in one of the few factories that produce flu vaccine could delay shipments until October but officials are still expecting to get 100 million doses this season.

Soldiers prepare for Iraq through scenarios
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Iraqi Arabic sounded oddly out of place, carried on the breeze rustling through the Georgia pines.

Sawed-off gun brings charges
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged an Augusta man who they said brandished a sawed-off shotgun at a 16-year-old for "coming onto his street," a report states.

40 years of burgers
For 40 years, patrons have visited North Augusta's SNO-CAP Drive-In to satisfy a craving for authentic burgers and creamy milkshakes.

Official stops by schools
"Uno, dos, tres ... " counted the 5-year-olds in Stevens Creek Elementary School's Spanish-language class as Kathy Cox mouthed the words along with them.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - As Tropical Storm Gaston continued to drift slowly toward the South Carolina coast Saturday, a flood watch was issued for the Carolinas.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state's child welfare director was reassigned Friday, in a reorganization officials say is designed to better protect children.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The pilot of a single-engine plane being used by a flight training school was forced to crash-land Saturday morning, snarling traffic at a busy intersection near Atlanta.

News group asks top court to hear case against PGA
ATLANTA - Morris Communications Co. has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its lawsuit against the PGA Tour over access to golf scores.

Culture fusion celebrated
Colorful apparel and tantalizing aromas marked the 13th annual India Day at Augusta State University.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A tropical depression formed southeast of Charleston on Friday, prompting tropical storm warnings from near Wilmington, N.C., south to the Georgia-Florida state line.

Georgia fails to lure filmmakers
ATLANTA - Hollywood often goes on location to film, but usually not here anymore.

Around town
Archaeology lab manager Janet Jordan (left) sifts through dirt as Augusta State University student William Barrs digs in front of Reese Library, the future site of a student center. The university's archaeology department is exploring the area before construction begins; so far, discoveries include brick and mortar fragments, nails, bottle glass shards, and a 1977 nickel.

New York boosts security

Families may pursue $80 million decision
LAFAYETTE, Ga. - Families whose relatives' bodies were found strewn across the grounds of a northwest Georgia crematory won the right Friday to pursue an $80 million settlement agreed upon in federal court Thursday.

Wagener leaders call town untapped

Principals responsible for checks
The accidental discovery of safety issues at T. Harry Garrett Elementary School's playground is expected to lead to districtwide inspections on all school playgrounds.

Georgia's new health plan worries critics
ATLANTA - When Melanie Partin's son was born premature 10 years ago, the hospital in Gainesville couldn't care for a child so young, so he was taken to Atlanta. There, specialists and surgeons of all types were called in to help the baby survive.

Critics berate commissioners
Dave Barbee and Lowell Greenbaum don't often agree on political issues, but the Augusta Commission's handling of the proposed Phase 5 sales tax issue has both political party chairmen boiling mad.

Rants and raves
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Man persists in high-rise plan
An investment group still plans to develop an upscale high-rise retirement community along the Savannah River in downtown Augusta.

Booster club's missing money sparks inquiry

Bar gives top honor to longtime historian
Dr. Edward J. Cashin received the Liberty Bell Award from the Augusta Bar Association.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves to set the record straight.

Bar gives top honor to longtime historian

In the Augusta-Aiken area, the future of development lies in the sunset years
Mike and Barbara Hooker are educated and affluent and have discriminating tastes when it comes to choosing a place to call home.

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Kid of the Day

Green tea product is something to chew on

Aiken businesses hit hard by license fees

Prank 911 call made by adult, police say

Gladd touts skills, education in coroner race
AIKEN - Ed Gladd refuses to tag himself the underdog in the race for Aiken County coroner anymore.

Across the area N
An Augusta man was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Friday after his vehicle struck a telephone pole at the intersection of Walton Way and 15th Street, officials said.

Aiken businesses hit hard by license fees
AIKEN - The RCS Corp. has become so successful, it can't afford to stay in the city of Aiken.

Relative observed no abuse
AIKEN - The great-grandfather of a 3-year-old boy being treated for severe burns says he never saw the boy's mother abuse him in the Crosland Park home they shared.

Wagener leaders call town untapped
WAGENER - An abandoned manufacturing building represents this rural town's economic dilemma and at the same time the possibility of a brighter future.

Rants and raves
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Georgia's new health plan worries critics

Georgia fails to lure filmmakers

Center unites minority, environmental groups

One county scores high on entry test
Columbia County students who took the ACT college entrance exam scored above the state and national averages but Richmond County students fell below them.

Prank 911 call made by adult, police say
A Martinez Fire Department worker who also is a part-time Rural/Metro Ambulance employee was arrested by Richmond County sheriff's investigators Friday and charged with making a false call for an ambulance.

Football's back - and so are picks
It's time again for all of us in the sports biz to embarrass ourselves with wildly speculative predictions about what teams will do what things in the new college football season. It is a time-honored tradition based on the premise that if you do this long enough, sooner or later you have to be right about something. Then you can gloat about it until reaching retirement age.

Masters, and its fans, see clearly N
The trade is more than fair.

Masters, and its fans, see clearly
The trade is more than fair.

Schumacher can clinch 7th title

Patrick Bowen has found his place in the driver's seat

NASCAR roundup

Bristol might end some chases
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series will journey through a couple of land mines - specifically short-track races - before it starts the Chase for the Championship in September.

NASCAR roundup
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The race for the Nextel Cup championship is down to the wire, and the points leader is running away from the field.

Schumacher can clinch 7th title
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button finished ahead of Michael Schumacher on Friday. Unfortunately for two of Formula 1's most talented young drivers, this was only practice.

Patrick Bowen has found his place in the driver's seat
Patrick Bowen lives his life one-eighth of a mile at a time. The 26-year-old lives for the smell of tires being warmed up at the start line, the roar of unmuffled exhausts, the thrill of racing down the track at 122 miles per hour. And he does it without the use of his legs.

Labonte looks to bounce back

Labonte looks to bounce back
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bobby Labonte has been in a freefall the past six weeks and heads into the Sharpie 500 clinging to his spot in the top 10 of the points standings.

Jury pool begins forming for trial
EAGLE, Colo. - Potential jurors began arriving at the county courthouse Friday, the first step toward choosing 12 people who will decide whether Kobe Bryant is guilty of sexually assaulting a resort worker last summer.

Jury pool begins forming for trial

Young quarterbacks impressive

Coughlin playing waiting game

NFL roundup

Miss Lenora Williford    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Lee Shirey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Rapp    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Corine Glinski    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Hubert Hobbs    (HEPHZIBAH)
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Mr. Eddie Crafton, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bennie Godwin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Mark Cicchetto    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Theodore Miller Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. James Cave
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Ms. Thomasina Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert N. Brown    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tracy Bronson, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Ernest "Smitty" Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bernice Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Francis Williams    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Jefferson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert O'Neil    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lavancy Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Julia Mays    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Leonora M. Johannsen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Kitchings    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eloise Graham
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Mrs. Annie Jefferson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Irma "Betty" S. Frank    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Dent    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Thomasina Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Francis Williams    (RIVERDALE, Ga.)
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Mr. John Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Wilson    (GAINSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irma "Betty" S. Frank    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Beason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Featured obituary: Mrs. Leonora Johannsen
Leonora Johannsen will be best remembered for her hard work and involvement with many charitable organizations in the Augusta area, family members said Friday.

Mr. Charles Beason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nina Bell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Dr. Jack Hayes, Ph.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Father Isaac Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lewis Taylor    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Oswald Grealish    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Katie Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Adam Keith Redd    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Kitchings    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Krantz    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Lowell Mitchell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Landy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Daniel C. McKie, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Lou Sheffield    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. John Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Daniel C. McKie, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred Krantz    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Mincey    (RINCON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Jones Pou    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert O'Neil    (BELLEAIR, Fla.)
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Mrs. Lavancy Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Phillips    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Ernest Jackson    (HUDSON, Ill.)
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Mr. Charles Shirey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Corine Glinski    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Dorothy Stephens    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Brown    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Lewis Taylor    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Lewis Thurmond    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Hubert Hobbs    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Corine Glinski (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Lenora Williford (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. John Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Miller Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Leonora M. Johannsen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Dent (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Crafton, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Beason (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tracy Bronson, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Mays (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Shirey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Phillips (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Lowell Mitchell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Kitchings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Leonora Johannsen

Mr. Michael Mincey (RINCON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert O'Neil (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Dr. Jack Hayes, Ph.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lavancy Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert N. Brown (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Irma "Betty" S. Frank (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Krantz (THOMSON, Ga.)

Father Isaac Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest "Smitty" Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Brown (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Bennie Godwin (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Thomasina Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Jefferson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Jones Pou (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Thurmond (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Jefferson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Jackson (HUDSON, Ill.)

Mrs. Nina Bell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Mark Cicchetto (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Francis Williams (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Glinski (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Sheffield (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Kitchings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Cave

Mr. Charles Beason (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy Stephens (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Eloise Graham

Mr. Daniel C. McKie, Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Irma "Betty" S. Frank (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Wilson (GAINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Landy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Argentina tops U.S. in men's basketball

Notable quotes Saturday at the Athens Olympics
Quotes from around the Athens Olympics:

Best and worst: A highly unscientific analysis of the Athens Games

Attempt for closure stirs up more anger
ATHENS, Greece -- World gymnastics officials were looking for a way out of the Paul Hamm medal mess. All they did was make more people mad.

Athens Games have highs, lows

Argentina tops U.S. in men's basketball
ATHENS, Greece -- Bronze is the best the American men's basketball team can do, and the reason is simple: They were beaten by a better team, Argentina.

U.S. women advance after beating Russia

U.S. women advance after beating Russia
ATHENS, Greece -- Sheryl Swoopes was in a funk. Her shots kept rimming out, she wasn't getting many rebounds, she was struggling to find a way to help her team.

Athens Games have highs, lows
ATHENS - They came here, 538 of them, all expecting to win gold medals at the 2004 Olympics.

Jones fifth in long jump, Chinese hurdler ties record
ATHENS, Greece -- Marion Jones climbed out of the long jump pit and immediately waved in resignation to the crowd. There would be no individual medal for her in Athens.

Best and worst: A highly unscientific analysis of the Athens Games
ATHENS, Greece -- We've seen it all during the Olympics, from alpha to omega. And we've largely kept our opinions to ourselves.

Mack sets Olympic record in 1-2 U.S. finish
ATHENS, Greece -- Tim Mack cleared an Olympic-record 19 feet, 6 1/4 inches on his final try to lead a 1-2 American finish in the pole vault Friday night.

Familiar faces falter as young stars emerge in track and field
ATHENS, Greece -- The athletes that have been so familiar in U.S. track and field have fallen by the wayside in Athens - some of them literally so. In their place are fresh faces sorely needed in a drug-stained sport.

Commission's chokehold is killing Augusta
If the doctor asks you what's wrong with you, are you going to tell him?

Commission's chokehold is killing Augusta
If the doctor asks you what's wrong with you, are you going to tell him?

Overtime

Tourney has some familiar feelings

Area sports announcements

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In South Williamsport, Pa., Dimitri Eugenia's first hit at the Little League World Series was enough to send his team to the championship game.

Overtime
Augusta State upgraded its men's basketball schedule, adding Division I Georgia Southern to the slate for the upcoming season. The Jaguars open the 2004-05 season on the road Nov. 20-21 in a tournament at USC Aiken after playing Georgia State and The Citadel in a pair of exhibitions.

Area sports announcements
The Columbia County Braves will host a USSSA Qualifying tournament for 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 year olds at Diamond Lakes Complex Oct. 2-3. Entry fee will be $350. For more information, call Jeff Rice at (706) 650-1844 or (706) 722-7704.

Tourney has some familiar feelings
NEW YORK - We've seen this scenario before: thirtysomething former No. 1 and multiple major champion, in a Grand Slam slump but certain he can still hack it, comes to the U.S. Open and ... wins the thing.

Outdoors calendar
THURSDAY: Savannah Sail & Power Squadron offers its "BoatSmart" safety course from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Odell Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. Cost is $25 for materials. Call (706) 737-8113 for details.

Outdoors calendar

Book talks a lot of turkey
"It was April 1, 2003 - opening day of South Carolina's gobbler season - and about 25 of his closest friends had gotten together for a memorial service," said Marks, whose experience that morning inspired him to publish a new book dedicated to Cost's finely crafted turkey calls.

Book talks a lot of turkey

Camouflage Coalition won't hide on issues
Each year, the hunters and fishermen of Georgia read about controversies that erupt in other states as anti-hunting groups wage warfare against sportsmen, firearms and conservation policies.

Bush to present plan for future
NEW YORK - Protesters and the first Republican delegates descended on President Bush's heavily fortified convention city Saturday as campaign officials said their boss would use the nomination spotlight to defend his foreign polices and offer a second-term agenda for health care, education and job training.

Thousands gather for abortion rights
NEW YORK - Thousands of abortion-rights activists marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, the latest in a growing procession of protests leading up to the Republican National Convention.

New York boosts security
NEW YORK - Vehicle inspections are routine at tunnels and bridges throughout the city these days.

Bush's presidency has had two sides
NEW YORK - When he steps up to accept his party's nomination for a second time, President Bush will present the record of not one but two presidencies: one before and another after Sept. 11, 2001.

Coughlin playing waiting game
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning and Kurt Warner probably are going to have to wait until after the final preseason game to find out who will start at quarterback for the New York Giants.

Young quarterbacks impressive
ATLANTA - Marvin Lewis and Jim Mora were impressed as their young quarterbacks each passed for three touchdowns last week.

NFL roundup
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, expected to play the first half of Saturday night's preaseason game against Cincinnati, instead was held out after feeling tightness in his right hamstring during pregame warmups.

Temple welcomes new rabbi
Robert Klensin and Ronald Gerson were ordained in the same class 30 years ago at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

Non-religious Americans are increasingly important for the Democrats
After years of talk about the centrality of conservative Protestants and Catholics in the Republican Party coalition, an opposite factor is gaining wider notice: the Democrats' reliance upon non-religious voters.

TenForUs organizer plans rally in Evans
The American Civil Liberties Union was an unwelcome topic at a weekly Bible study in Evans last year.

Two political preachers stake out foreign policy extremes
Two recently published manifestos may be poorly reasoned but at least they stake out the extremes among political preachers in this time of terrorism and partisanship:

U.S. revokes work visa for Muslim scholar
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Acting at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. government has revoked the work visa of a Muslim scholar who had been scheduled to teach at the University of Notre Dame this fall.

Boot camp helps missionary to remotest tribes
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. -- Seven young adults gather for informal Sunday worship in a rude, two-room house fashioned from plastic sheeting and lumber that they cut themselves. Clad in shorts and jeans and clutching well-thumbed Bibles, they join in song to guitar accompaniment.

Movie predicted to be a hit on shelves
The Passion of the Christ could be the greatest box-office story ever told.

Religion News in Brief
LOS ANGELES -- In the latest episode in the Episcopal Church's debate over homosexuality, an international dispute between bishops has broken out over two breakaway parishes in California.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Black Baptists hope meeting will spur unified voice in tackling social problems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The week of Labor Day, black Baptists will be assembling as they do each year, but simultaneously in separate cities, the result of a history of splintering during the past century.

Faith digest
JANICE SHAW CROUSE, will be the main speaker during a women's conference Sept. 11 at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Camouflage Coalition won't hide on issues

Masters, and its fans, see clearly

Football's back - and so are picks

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It's back to the boardroom for 'The Apprentice'

Fall TV season: It's deja view all over again
LOS ANGELES -- Broadcast networks are in big trouble this season if federal regulators add being derivative to the list of TV trespasses.

Fall TV season: It's deja view all over again

A trio of solid new series awaits on UPN this fall
NEW YORK -- This is a fine howdy-do: The new fall series that UPN has on deck all look really good. Extremely promising. Nary a dud. Which is something I can't say about the fall crop from any other network.

It's back to the boardroom for 'The Apprentice'
NEW YORK -- On your mark. Get set. You're fired! NBC has revealed the contestants on the second season of "The Apprentice." The lineup, without last names, was released in a statement Friday and on the first-season DVD bonus materials.

A trio of solid new series awaits on UPN this fall

NBC says its programs seeing big boost from Olympics
NEW YORK -- Besides being a ratings success on its own, NBC claimed Thursday the Olympics have had a "halo effect" of boosting viewership for its cable networks and programs - sometimes in startling numbers.

NBC says its programs seeing big boost from Olympics

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Gibson has full focus on football for senior season at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fred Gibson showed up for his first interview opportunity this month with his mind on football - no matter his fashion statement.

Gibson has full focus on football for senior season at Georgia

Gamecocks heading north for Canadian preseason test

Gamecocks heading north for Canadian preseason test
COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Dave Odom wants to know as quickly as possible if the Gamecocks can build on last year's NCAA Tournament season. So he's taking his club to Canada to find out.

Man sentenced to jail time for playing pornographic movie in car

Hundreds of Charlie refugees staying in temporary campers

Religion News in Brief

Black Baptists hope meeting will spur unified voice in tackling social problems

Two political preachers stake out foreign policy extremes

Faith digest

U.S. revokes work visa for Muslim scholar

TenForUs organizer plans rally in Evans

Boot camp helps missionary to remotest tribes

Faith Calendar

Movie predicted to be a hit on shelves

Non-religious Americans are increasingly important for the Democrats