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NFL stars tackle the world of children's books

Arts calendar

Galleries

Spotlight: Sutton Stracke
Sutton Stracke JOB: Executive director, the Augusta Ballet TIME IN JOB: One month

NFL stars tackle the world of children's books
NEW YORK -- Brotherhood certainly is something Ronde and Tiki Barber know a lot about. So is football. But writing?

Arts calendar
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Art and nature meld for symbiotic exhibit at Laney museum
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is excited about its current insect infestation.

Astros power past Reds
CINCINNATI -- The Houston Astros powered their way to a season-best sixth straight win.

Athletics recall German
CHICAGO -- The Oakland Athletics recalled infielder Esteban German before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Upon further research ... Ichiro's monthly hit total the most in 66 years, not 68

White Sox recall Munoz
CHICAGO -- The White Sox recalled lefty Arnie Munoz from Triple-A Charlotte before Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Slide of the Yankees shocks New York
NEW YORK -- When Derek Jeter got home after the historic 22-0 loss to Cleveland, he had no desire to tune in to replays of the latest installment of the Slide of the Yankees.

Slide of the Yankees shocks New York

Steve Garvey not liable for weight loss pills he hawked

Athletics recall German

Steve Garvey not liable for weight loss pills he hawked
SAN FRANCISCO-- A federal appeals court cleared former baseball star Steve Garvey of wrongdoing for hawking a weight-loss product that makers claimed would work even if dieters continued to eat fatty food.

White Sox recall Munoz

Astros power past Reds

Upon further research ... Ichiro's monthly hit total the most in 66 years, not 68
TORONTO -- Ichiro Suzuki's 56 hits in August are still impressive - only they're not the most in a month by a major leaguer in 68 years as originally reported.

Summer travel wraps up for many vacationers

Birth announcements
Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant: Albert Grant Jr. and Yolanda Leverett, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Harold and Gloria Leverett, of Augusta, and Albert and Daisy Grant, of Harlem.

Birth announcements
Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant: Albert Grant Jr. and Yolanda Leverett, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Albre'yona Carmeshia Yo'mone Grant, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Harold and Gloria Leverett, of Augusta, and Albert and Daisy Grant, of Harlem.

Birth announcements

Odds and Ends
CHESTERTON, Ind. -- Two top Munchkins won't be taking the Yellow Brick Road to Chesterton's annual Oz Festival this month because of a contract dispute.

Woman charged with passing funny money
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- A store clerk at a woman's clothing store was fooled by a fake $200 bill, despite several dead giveaways on the currency including President Bush's picture and the serial number DUBYA4U2001.

Al the Suntan Man dies at age 74
BRISBANE, Australia -- Al Baldwin, Australia's Suntan Man who sprayed countless tourists with protective lotion on popular Gold Coast resort strip for more than three decades, has died. He was 74.

Odds and Ends
SALT LAKE CITY -- A judge says the lawsuit just didn't have teeth.

Milk squirting contest yields new world record
Ilker Yilmaz snorts milk up his nose and squirts it out of his eye in a bid to set a new world record in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004.

Deputies, soldiers search for Bengal tiger spotted in Louisiana
FORT POLK, La. -- A Bengal tiger on the loose in the thick brush surrounding an Army base is winning a game of hide and seek.

Atlanta dominates Philadelphia again

Atlanta dominates Philadelphia again
PHILADELPHIA - Having spent the better part of the past four years with a cranky shoulder, Jaret Wright is delighted to be reviving memories of the cocky kid who won 20 games in his first 1 years in the big leagues.

Smoltz remains bullpen fixture
MONTREAL - It has been three years since John Smoltz packed up his starter's kit and moved to the bullpen.

Business briefs

Automaker Nissan lowers Japan sales target but keeps overall forecast
TOKYO -- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. lowered its sales forecasts for Japan and Europe for the next year on Thursday but kept its global outlook unchanged because of expected better results in the U.S. and Chinese markets.

Group wants to relocate offices
The Downtown Development Authority is in the market for a new home.

Nintendo cuts price on Game Boy Advance

German jobless rate remains unchanged at 10.5 percent

Crude oil futures hit $44 on inventory data

Retailers report disappointing August sales

Construction spending rises to all-time high in July

German jobless rate remains unchanged at 10.5 percent
BERLIN -- Germany's unemployment remained at 10.5 percent in August, unchanged from the previous month as the number of unemployed fell slightly, the German Labor Agency reported Thursday.

Yukos says new ruling means production in imminent danger
MOSCOW -- Russia's largest oil producer, ensnared in a debilitating battle over a huge back taxes bill, said Thursday it is unable to pay wages and that production is in imminent danger of stopping.

GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda report sales drops, Chrysler continues expansion

European Central Bank raises growth forecast, holds rates steady
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank on Thursday raised its economic growth forecast for the 12 nations using the euro and kept its key interest rate steady at record lows as it waits for the recovery to firm up.

Yukos says new ruling means production in imminent danger

GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda report sales drops, Chrysler continues expansion
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. reported disappointing U.S. sales Wednesday, prompting the nation's two largest automakers to cut planned vehicle production in the fourth quarter, which could hurt profits.

Little sign of new jobs in Europe
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro zone continues to experience a jobless recovery, with no indication that new jobs are being created after more than a year of generally sluggish economic growth.

European Central Bank raises growth forecast, holds rates steady

Local service outfit is sold
The at-home care division of an Augusta company has been acquired by a Kentucky home health care provider.

Productivity grows at slowest pace since late 2002

Business briefs
PARIS - Carrefour, the world's No. 2 retailer behind Wal-Mart, said Wednesday that its profit increased 5.3 percent in the first half of the year as robust international operations and lower finance costs helped it ride out tough conditions at its core French superstores.

Automaker Nissan lowers Japan sales target but keeps overall forecast

Polaris to drop personal watercraft
MEDINA, Minn. -- Polaris Industries Inc. said on Thursday that it will immediately stop making personal watercraft, saying the market has been shrinking with little prospect for improvement. Its shares climbed more than 6 percent.

Business briefs
Aiken-based Carolina Heart & Vascular Center this week broke ground on what will be its new office.

Construction spending rises to all-time high in July
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending sprang back to life in July, rising to the highest level on record, the government reported Wednesday.

Productivity grows at slowest pace since late 2002
WASHINGTON -- Workers' productivity increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the spring, the smallest gain since late 2002, reflecting the economy's slowdown.

Nintendo cuts price on Game Boy Advance
DALLAS -- Nintendo Co. has permanently slashed prices on its Game Boy Advance SP portable video game system as the company tries to entrench its No. 1 position in the handheld game market.

Target recalls thousands of electric scooters
WASHINGTON -- Target Corp. is recalling 58,950 electric scooters because faulty wiring and poor insulation can pose fire or shock hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Southern Iraq oil exports at full capacity, officials say
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iraq's southern oil terminals are fully operational, with exports running at between 1.7 million and 1.9 million barrels a day, port agents and Iraqi oil officials said Wednesday.

Retailers report disappointing August sales
NEW YORK -- The August start of the back-to-school shopping season was a disappointment for major retailers, giving the industry a third straight month of tepid sales. Higher gasoline prices and consumers' ongoing worries about jobs contributed to the poor showing.

Crude oil futures hit $44 on inventory data
NEW YORK -- Oil prices bounced nearly $2 higher to $44 a barrel Wednesday after government and industry data showed a sharp drop last week in the nation's supply - a surprise to most traders, who expected inventories to be steady or grow slightly.

Hurricanes are crunch time for the reinsurance business
ATLANTA -- High-tech charts and up-to-the-minute data meticulously track Hurricane Frances as employees run storm simulations that pop out specific damage estimates for certain zip codes.

Group wants to relocate offices

Air Force cadet found innocent on steroid charges
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force linebacker Overton Spence was found innocent of drug charges Wednesday after telling a court-martial he thought the steroids he had taken were legal.

Dooley won't go back
ATHENS, Ga. - Former Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley said Thursday he's not a candidate to lead Auburn's athletic department, ruling out a return to his alma mater.

Dooley won't go back

Price makes debut at UTEP after dismissal from Alabama

Priceless tickets may be a problem

Air Force cadet found innocent on steroid charges

College football fills Labor Day weekend

Patrick comfortable in role with Blue Devils

Priceless tickets may be a problem
RALEIGH, N.C. - Season tickets for North Carolina State football games are priceless this season. The question is whether that will cause problems for prosecutors pursuing charges against scalpers.

Patrick comfortable in role with Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. -- Ben Patrick came to Duke unsure of what position he was going to play.

Barnett focuses on season, not scandal
BOULDER, Colo. - The rape and recruiting scandal that enveloped the Colorado football program and nearly cost coach Gary Barnett his job is far from over.

College football fills Labor Day weekend
For the college football fan who can never get enough, this weekend is for you.

Barnett focuses on season, not scandal

Price makes debut at UTEP after dismissal from Alabama
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Price is trying to keep a low-profile in his return to college football.

'Finally, I'm here, I think'

Giving them Zell

Shameful, disgraceful

A blow for public health
You don't have to smoke. But I have to breathe.

Learning from Laura

Shameful, disgraceful
This could have been the Augusta Commission's finest hour.

'We are still the lamp'
It should be mandatory viewing for students in civics class. It should be played in a loop at Ellis Island.

A blow for public health

Learning from Laura
Laura Bush had to follow charismatic California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the GOP National Convention Tuesday night, which is a little like having a local church soprano perform after a Jessye Norman concert - a tough act to follow.

Giving them Zell
Zell Miller has been called many things. Outspoken. Maverick. Gadfly.

'Soul Plane' humor spurs film's nosedive
The airborne comedy Soul Plane, slated for a Sept. 7 DVD release, tries hard to be all things for all people. There are elements of romantic comedy, satire, parody, raw urban riffing and bawdy sex comedy incorporated into the story of an all funky, all-the-time airline's first flight.

'The Passion' DVD sells 4.1 million in one day
LOS ANGELES -- The second coming of Mel Gibson's biblical epic "The Passion of the Christ" sold 4.1 million DVD copies by Wednesday after only one day in stores.

Actor Brendan Fraser announces birth of second son in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Brendan Fraser, star of "The Mummy," is a daddy. Again.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress famous for being famous, has created a jewelry line of pink sparkles, stars and hearts.

Spooky 'Doom 3' has familiar plot, few surprisesvideo games
Doom set a standard for early video games, specifically first-person shooters, leaving a legacy that has been duplicated in countless titles for personal computers, video-game consoles and arcade games. Doom 3, now available from Activision, does little to deviate from the classic structure of the first-person shooter.

'Star Trek' actor James Doohan gets Hollywood star, farewell
LOS ANGELES -- "Star Trek" actor James Doohan - famed for his portrayal of "Beam Me Up" Scotty, the intrepid engineer who kept the starship Enterprise warping across galaxies - grinned and waved to fans Tuesday as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

Britney's trash is a fan's treasure - or is it?
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears' fans don't think the pop star's chewed gum is "Toxic" - they're buying wads of it on eBay.

People in the News
LONDON -- Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman had a bucket of spaghetti dumped over his head as he played the clown for a group of sick and disabled children.

What's new on dvd
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video this week, and a chart of release dates:

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a guide to performances and specials at Augusta and Aiken nightclubs:

Applause calendar
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Stocks mixed as oil prices climb; tech shares stay high despite
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mixed Wednesday as a lower reading on manufacturing activity and rising oil prices chilled an early spate of bargain hunting, but technology shares still eked out a modest advance.

U.S. companies plan biggest stock buybacks since 1997
NEW YORK - With the stock market languishing, U.S. companies are shoring up their shares by buying them back at nearly double the pace they did last year.

Boston Scientific stent regains market share

Late day buying rush sends stocks soaring despite mixed data
NEW YORK -- Stocks strode higher in a late surge of bargain hunting Thursday, as oil prices stepped back from their highs and investors shrugged off mixed economic data, focusing with renewed optimism on the government's upcoming jobs report. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 120 points.

Boston Scientific stent regains market share
BOSTON -- Boston Scientific Corp. on Wednesday said sales of its new drug-coated heart stent are regaining momentum after a safety-related recall hurt sales in July and August.

Pep Boys hit speed bump on service weaknesses
PHILADELPHIA - They still come to get car batteries, pocket bikes and DVD players. But when it comes to getting their cars fixed, it seems fewer customers are turning to The Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack Inc.

Tokyo stocks close slightly higher
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed slightly higher Thursday while the U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Mortgage rates fall to five-month low
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates fell this week, with rates on 30-year mortgages dropping to their lowest level in five months, good news for potential home buyers.

U.S. companies plan biggest stock buybacks since 1997

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tokyo stocks close up, U.S. dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose moderately Wednesday on bargain hunting as investors picked up real estate, shipping and other domestic economy-related issues. The U.S. dollar fell against the Japanese yen.

Pep Boys hit speed bump on service weaknesses

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.

Tokyo stocks close slightly higher

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $5.94 billion in the latest week to $842.72 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Del Monte profit skids 41 percent amid integration costs
SAN FRANCISCO - Del Monte Foods Co.'s profit tumbled 41 percent in its latest quarter, hit by the cost of integrating brands acquired from H.J. Heinz Co. in late 2002, as well as higher commodity costs and marketing expenses.

Tokyo stocks close up, U.S. dollar down against yen

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.

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.

Five are tabbed as inductees

Five are tabbed as inductees
Ray W. Scott Jr., founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, is among five men to be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame this fall.

Fishing tournament news

Grubbin': Hot Food by Calvin
Hot Food by Calvin 2027 Broad St. WHAT'S THERE: Traditional soul food

College project becomes cafe after owner's children grow up

Grubbin': Hot Food by Calvin

Europeans eat less dangerous fats than Americans

Europeans eat less dangerous fats than Americans
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Europeans eat less of the most dangerous, cholesterol-raising fats than Americans do and the amount is decreasing, according to a report released Wednesday by the European Food Safety Authority.

College project becomes cafe after owner's children grow up
India Cafe, tucked behind the Washington Road Applebee's, opened July 30 in what was previously office space at 503 Shartom Drive and has been serving cuisine from the southern Indian state of Kerala ever since.

Vegetable, perennial foliage good year-round

Rare Caribbean slug is threatening farmers' crops

Statuary adds style, whimsy to gardens
Nestled among the azaleas, brown-eyed Susans and dogwoods in Earlle Olson's backyard garden are chickens, fish and frogs.

Rare Caribbean slug is threatening farmers' crops
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has urged the commonwealth's government to seek federal assistance to deal with a burgeoning population of a rare Caribbean slug that is threatening farmers' crops, a horticulturist said.

Statuary adds style, whimsy to gardens

Vegetable, perennial foliage good year-round
If you want fall-through-spring color in your garden - other than pansies - consider vegetables and perennial foliage.r vegetables and perennial foliage.

For many gardeners, fall offers another planting season

For many gardeners, fall offers another planting season
NEW MARKET, Va. -- The grass is going dormant and the last of the tomatoes are picked. Summer is slip sliding away, ushering in the cooling comfort of September. Many gardeners consider this a second planting season, rivaling spring.

Georgia Tech tabs walk-on as punter
ATLANTA - Ben Arndt was down to his final day.

Georgia Tech tabs walk-on as punter

Tiger teeing it up with dad on mind
NORTON, Mass. - Tiger Woods has more than the No. 1 ranking on his mind as he prepares for the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston: His father has had a relapse of prostate cancer.

Defending Their Crown

Tiger teeing it up with dad on mind

Defending Their Crown
Second was an all too familiar place for USC Aiken's golf team.

Four-class plan gets turned back

Robert Dunn gets another chance on, off field

Friday night picks

Hurricane alters team's trip

Player of the week

Player of the week
This week's Player of the Week is Cicory "CoCo" Hilary, QB, for Strom Thurmond.

Hurricane alters team's trip
The Thomson Bulldogs thought they would have only one long trip to make this season. Hurricane Frances had a different idea.

Friday night picks
Here is a look at Friday night's high school football picks.

Robert Dunn gets another chance on, off field
Laney High school senior Robert Dunn appeared in the Aug. 20 edition of The Augusta Chronicle as one of the Dream 16 football players of the area. The name Robert Willie Dunn appeared in The Chronicle's Metro section that day. Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man they said burglarized the Goody Two Shoes store in mid-June who was also part of a theft at CompUSA.

Four-class plan gets turned back
The Georgia High School Association explored the possibility of returning to four classifications this week in Thomson. Those talks did not proceed past the committee stage at a GHSA executive committee meeting in Forsyth this week.

The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale explained
The Saffir-Simpson scale of a hurricane's intensity is used to estimate the potential property damage and coastal flooding. The scale is determined by wind speed, since storm surge sizes depend on the slope of the continental shelf.

Florida orders evacuation as Hurricane Frances closes in
MIAMI -- Nearly a half-million people were ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Frances swirled toward Florida on Wednesday just weeks after Charley's devastating visit, threatening to deliver the most powerful one-two punch to hit a state in at least a century.

Hurricane Frances menaces Florida
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Residents and tourists in cars, trucks and campers clogged highways Thursday in the biggest evacuation ever ordered in Florida, fleeing inland as mighty Hurricane Frances threatened the state with its second battering in three weeks.

Allstate expects $425 million loss from Hurricane Charley
NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- Allstate Corp. said Tuesday it expects to pay $276 million in claims from Hurricane Charley, which hit the southeastern United States almost three weeks ago.

Floridians crowd stores seeking supplies, prepare to flee
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Hurricane warnings went up and coastal residents jammed stores and prepared evacuation plans Thursday as Florida braced for Hurricane Frances, which could be the mightiest storm to hit the state in a decade.

Storm would be historic one-two punch
MIAMI -- A menacing Hurricane Frances crept closer to the southeastern United States on Wednesday, with forecasters calling Florida - still cleaning up after Charley - a "prime candidate" to be hit as early as Friday.

Banks asked to let some Floridians draw Social Security before storm
WASHINGTON -- With Hurricane Frances bearing down on Florida, the Treasury Department was urging banks in the state Thursday to let certain customers draw on their Social Security benefit checks a day ahead of time.

Homes under new code stood up to Charley, not so for older ones
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Hurricane Charley's strong winds flattened more than 12,000 homes, but building experts say hardly any of those were built with strengthened construction rules the state adopted three years ago.

Company says flood of hurricane customers is 'unprecedented'
ATLANTA -- Hundreds of supply trucks rolled into Florida on Thursday to help restock shelves at home improvement retailers as a flood of customers rushed to buy everything from plywood to generators in preparation for Hurricane Frances.

Buildings condemened in flood-ravaged Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Police and fire officials escorted Richmond residents and business owners into their flood-ravaged homes and shops Wednesday, but only to allow them to retrieve pets and essentials such as prescription drugs.

Delta to cancel some flights through Florida
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will cancel some flights into and out of Florida as early as Friday morning because of Hurricane Frances.

Summer travel wraps up for many vacationers
With Labor Day looming, let's take one last pass through our stack of vacation postcards and make sure everyone gets noticed.

Augustans showed true generosity
On behalf of our daughters - one in Avon Park, Fla., and the other in Wachula, Fla. - and their neighbors, we want to thank you, our Augusta neighbors, for your generosity. Bill and Elizabeth Meredith, Augusta

'Swifties' are spreading lies
It was only a matter of time, I knew, before The Augusta Chronicle joined other Republican media outlets who take their marching orders from the White House in repeating the Big Lie: that, in his testimony before Congress, John Kerry accused his fellow Vietnam War veterans of having committed atrocities. Jay Connail, Augusta

Park's new name is well-deserved

Delinquents are ruining quality of life
It's a shame that law-abiding parents and pupils can't go to a football game without putting their lives in jeopardy. The shooting at T.W. Josey High School's Aug. 20 football game was completely uncalled for. Fortunately, no one was hurt or killed. Bo Connally, Augusta

Christianity would augment schools
Kudos and bravo for your publication of the Aug. 26 letter ("Bring Christianity into our schools") by a freshman at the University of Georgia sharing her desire that Christianity be taught in the schools as a means of real Gospel evangelization of what Jesus came to teach. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Library cards are passports to learning
Many cards in your wallet promise reward, but can cost you the world. Only one card - your library card - can bring you the world. That's why it's called "the smartest card." Anne Huff, Augusta

Get the facts on prescriptions

Delinquents are ruining quality of life

Convention invitation honors area

Get the facts on prescriptions
Your recent editorial "Rx plan can work" (Aug. 17) is a rather simplistic attempt to deal with a very complex issue. Alan Roberts, M.D., Augusta

Library cards are passports to learning

Convention invitation honors area
I want to let the people of this area know that sometimes they are not forgotten. Elizabeth Leon, Waynesboro, Ga.

Augustans showed true generosity

Boater cites a court of injustice
I was enjoying a nice afternoon on Clarks Hill Lake in my small aluminum boat last month when I was approached by another larger boat with two young men in it. After some discussion and checks of all my life jackets, fire extinguisher, etc., I was told I was going to be cited for driving my boat less than 100 feet from the shoreline. I was told if I didn't agree with the charge, I could appear in Columbia County court at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 and plead not guilty. Ronald W. Rountree, Augusta

Park's new name is well-deserved
Thanks a million to our Augusta commissioners for naming Savannah Place Recreation Center in honor of the late Carrie Mays. It was the most noble and honorable thing to do. Mrs. Mays certainly was worthy of such an honor. The Rev. J.C. Phinizy, Augusta

New cholesterol test could be better predictor of heart attacks

Protesters get 'txt msgs' to join marches, avoid violence

Volkswagen extends warranty on certain models

Newly discovered virus suspected in two SIDS cases

Flaws of old homes can add character, charm

Drivers lose privacy, get insurance discounts instead

China showcases space program

Mazda3 shows new 5-door style

Study over health benefits of farm-raised fish raises new conundrum

Running convention takes mix of technologies

Flaws of old homes can add character, charm
We tend to overlook flaws in old cottages that we'd never let pass in newer, larger homes. In part, this is because of the universal seductive charm of the genre. No matter how old or decrepit a small bungalow might be, people feel good inside and see with their hearts instead of their critical minds.

Mazda3 shows new 5-door style
n their heyday of the 1970s and early '80s, hatchback cars became known as inexpensive econoboxes or racy "pocket rockets."

Newly discovered virus suspected in two SIDS cases
MILWAUKEE -- A virus recently discovered in Japan is suspected in two "crib deaths" in Wisconsin, raising new questions about how many of these mysterious tragedies might be caused by germs.

China showcases space program
JIUQUAN, China -- China, a rising space power, provided a rare look into its top-secret launch center Wednesday, promoting the military-funded project as a lure for foreign investment and a key to the nation's growing prosperity.

Study over health benefits of farm-raised fish raises new conundrum
MUNICH, Germany -- The heart health benefits from fish like salmon and mackerel seem to be weakened when farm-raised fish are fed vegetable oil instead of fish oil, new research indicates.

Protesters get 'txt msgs' to join marches, avoid violence
NEW YORK - "Multiple reports of provocateurs setting trash fires in midtown," read one text message sent to 400-plus mobile phones this week through a service called Ruckus RNC 2004 Text Alerts.

Running convention takes mix of technologies
NEW YORK -- The wiring at the Republican National Convention is rich enough to download the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in roughly 30 seconds. More noteworthy, though, is what the gathering lacks: Wi-Fi wireless networks for Internet access.

Drivers lose privacy, get insurance discounts instead
For two months, Jacob Sevlie's insurance company tagged along whenever he slid behind the wheel of his Honda Accord.

Volkswagen extends warranty on certain models
DETROIT -- Volkswagen of America Inc. has extended its warranty coverage of certain Passat and Audi models for problems caused by oil sludge, which can cause engine damage.

New cholesterol test could be better predictor of heart attacks
MUNICH, Germany -- A simple test that scrutinizes bad cholesterol more closely may more reliably predict who is going to have a heart attack, new research indicates.

Music at Morris highlights Baroque

Military reunions

Men accused of credit card theft
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have charged one man and are looking for another in connection with separate cases in which credit cards were stolen from purses at hospitals and then used around town, officials said Wednesday.

New judge is named to Juvenile Court
A majority of the Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit have reappointed the circuit's Juvenile Court judges, with one exception.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 6-year old Tyson Larenz Minter of Augusta.

SPLOST list
Here is a list of items on the SPLOST list.

Partridge Inn finds pleasant taste of success with comedy shows

Area gears up for possible visit from Hurricane Frances
Not since Hurricane Hugo has Publix manager Ernest Verrett seen such preparation for a hurricane.

Drill gives first responders glimpse of real-life disasters
BARNWELL, S.C. - The billowing smoke machines, painted-on "wounds" and burning bales of cotton loaned the feel of a Hollywood production to Wednesday's emergency response drill on the outskirts of Barnwell.

First Friday events
Here is a list of First Friday events.

Schools' start dates debated
ATLANTA - Momentum for ending late July and early August start dates for Georgia schools built Wednesday even as two lawmakers said they were working to avoid a legally required "uniform start date."

Color guard bids farewell to friend
AIKEN - Courtney Ransom performed her first and final color guard routine last Friday to My Immortal - a song with lyrics that describe loving someone who has slipped away, but whose memory and spirit glows forever in the hearts of those who loved them.

For the record

Four plead guilty to drug trafficking
Four people accused of participating in a drug trafficking network that reached into several states, including Georgia, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

SPLOST list

Doctors Hospital chooses new CEO
The new CEO at Doctors Hospital will have a short journey to his new office.

Man admits guilt in shooting

Travelers hope storm will spare last summer trip
Sylvia Carameros is looking forward to her plans to fly to Austin, Texas, this weekend, and she's crossing her fingers that she'll make it back.

News you can use
SEPT. 3, 1954 AIKEN - J. Strom Thurmond, Aiken attorney and former governor of South Carolina, gave newsmen a "no comment" last night when asked if he would enter the senatorial contest to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. B.R. Maybank.

Car, fire attacks lead to arrest
Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested an Augusta man on domestic violence charges, accusing him of trying to run over his wife, ramming a vehicle into a house and setting the building on fire, all while his 3-year-old son was inside.

Around town
As a personal watercraft speeds by, the Richmond Academy rowing team makes its way up the Savannah River. The team is getting ready for an Oct. 30 competition in Knoxville, Tenn.

Fort Discovery expands hours
After having to cut hours this summer, Fort Discovery's doors will now be open longer to visitors, officials said Thursday.

Anniversaries

Officers say curfew will be enforced
Authorities don't expect trouble after this First Friday of September, but they say they'll be ready.

Police find possible ricin link

Labor Day holiday events
LABOR DAY LUAU: Riverwalk Augusta's First Friday Labor Day Luau will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Augusta Common. The event will feature food vendors, roaming Polynesian dancers, a car show, arts and crafts, and The Augusta Chronicle's Singer-Songwriter Contest. Admission is free. For more information, call 842-1769.

Woman is accused of burning her home

Labor Day closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Labor Day:

Farmers have field day learning new tech
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Peanut pests, new foraging grasses for cattle and a showcase of melon varieties were among the topics of discussion for more than 300 farmers at Thursday's Fall Field Day at the Clemson University Edisto Research and Education Center.

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, BEING THE home of the prestigious Master's Tournament and to have a municipal golf course in the condition that it is, pitiful, is a shame. If the Augusta commissioners would keep their hands off of the golf course, you could get a lumber company to cut 75 percent of the trees on the golf course and the money you get from the project put back into the golf course. I think that would correct the situation.

Larke orders inquiry into brawl at Butler
Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke has directed the school board's Internal Affairs Division to conduct an inquiry into the actions of school police during a series of chaotic events at George P. Butler High School on Wednesday that resulted in the citations of 17 students.

New judge is named to Juvenile Court

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State officials argue against multiple ballot

Retailers will lose right to sell beer on Sundays
AIKEN- South Carolina officials are putting the brakes on the Sunday sale of beer in Aiken convenience stores and supermarkets - next year.

Panel finally approves tax list

Missing woman contacts family
AIKEN - A North Augusta woman reported missing this week has phoned home, relatives say.

Retailers will lose right to sell beer on Sundays

Standards for reading might rise

First Friday events

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COLUMBIA - A man who survived after his concrete mixer truck ran off an Interstate 126 bridge faces a charge in the wreck, Columbia police say.

Larke orders inquiry into brawl at Butler

Man says another holds title to mill
AIKEN - The long-running dispute over who owns the abandoned Seminole Mills building in Clearwater took another turn Wednesday, when a development company in Allendale said it discovered it's holding the hot potato.

Tax cap jumps to $440 million
Augusta commissioners raised the cap of their Phase 5 sales tax package by $54 million to $440.4 million late Wednesday after failing once again to pare down the list.

Four are charged in theft from city
An indictment accusing four people of stealing more than $300,000 from city coffers was unsealed Wednesday.

Victim's kin question reactions of deputies
The family of a Martinez woman who was fatally shot Monday by Columbia County sheriff's deputies said they are seeking answers from authorities.

News you can use

Man admits guilt in shooting
An Augusta man who murdered a decorated Vietnam veteran during a pawnshop robbery pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Across the area

Spill costs plant $6,000
An east Augusta industry will pay fines totaling $6,000 because of a June 5 accident in which an undetermined amount of sulfuric acid was released as it overflowed from a rail car, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Military milestones
Army Reserve Spc. Latonya D. Brantley, a 1993 graduate of the Academy of Richmond County, a 2004 graduate of Georgia Military College, Augusta, and daughter of Charles and Sandra Smith of Augusta, has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for supporting the missions of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle.

Labor Day closings

Families in path book local rooms
On a holiday weekend when families usually run to get out of town, thousands may actually be coming to the Augusta area fleeing Hurricane Frances.

Around the block

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Reunions

Pet of the week

Rants and raves
TO THE KIDS WHO don't want curfews: What do the parents of these kids who allow their children to be out after midnight think they do? Just because their kids tell them they are doing nothing wrong makes it true? There is an abundance of drugs, alcohol and sex happening at these "hot spots" on Washington Road. Kids who do not obey the curfew and parents who allow their children to be out after curfew should get citations and, depending on the children's age, should be charged with neglect.

Art joins nature to create groundbreaking exhibit

Soldier returns to duties at Fisher House

Cross Creek junior gets back into game

Across the area

E-learning allows students to retake required courses

Across the area

Man says another holds title to mill

Missing woman contacts family

Four are charged in theft from city

Color guard bids farewell to friend

Across Georgia

Police find possible ricin link
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Police investigating the death of a trucker last week in Illinois found castor beans and castor residue in his home, and the FBI is looking for possible links to a package containing ricin found at a Greenville mail center last year.

Master barber, stylists bridge funding cut for the homeless

Milestones

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, paroles, juvenile court sentencings, dui sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, BEING THE home of the prestigious Master's Tournament and to have a municipal golf course in the condition that it is, pitiful, is a shame. If the Augusta commissioners would keep their hands off of the golf course, you could get a lumber company to cut 75 percent of the trees on the golf course and the money you get from the project put back into the golf course. I think that would correct the situation.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus.

Across the area
Aiken authorities have identified a North Augusta man who is considered a suspect in the Friday armed robbery of the First Citizens bank in Belvedere.

Anniversaries
Mr. and Mrs. John Aycox, of Martinez, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to the Bahamas Aug. 27-31. The cruise was given by their son, Kevin Aycox.

Perdue, other top officials accept free football tickets

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury has added two child molestation counts to what was already a six-count indictment against a Grovetown man, according to indictments released Thursday.

Music at Morris highlights Baroque
More than 100 people filled seats and stood along the walls at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday listening to music from the 17th century.

Standards for reading might rise
Grade school should be a little more challenging for Georgia children next year.

Art joins nature to create groundbreaking exhibit
Insects soon will create a buzz at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

Former agency director loses suit
AIKEN - The former director of Aiken County's Probation, Parole and Pardons Services office was not a victim of racial discrimination when he was fired over the mishandling of a case four years ago, a federal jury determined Wednesday.

Partridge Inn finds pleasant taste of success with comedy shows
The Partridge Inn wants to make you laugh. Three comedians will take the stage at 9 tonight for Tickle Me Thursday at the historic hotel. The shows will be on the first Thursday of every month.

E-learning allows students to retake required courses
Columbia County high school students looking to make up for past failures now have online resources to help them.

Soldier returns to duties at Fisher House
After more than a year, a familiar face has returned to Fort Gordon's Fisher House.

Farmers have field day learning new tech

Around the block
The Augusta Junior Woman's Club will hold a membership social at 7 tonight at the Woman's Club, 1005 Milledge Road. For reservations or for more information, call 854-9877.

Threats, fights disrupt classes
School police used pepper spray and a metal baton on students Wednesday at George P. Butler High School after fights broke out during the last of three bomb-threat evacuations, authorities said.

Pet of the week
Spade, a 4-month-old male shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at SuperPetz on Whiskey Road in Aiken, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at PETsMART in Aiken and from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays at PETsMART in Augusta. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 649-1219 or 279-7003.

Meetings

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Victim's kin question reactions of deputies

Military reunions
7TH ARMORED DIVISION: Seeking veterans for reunion Thursday-Monday, Sept. 9-13; Harrisburg, Pa.; contact Charles Barry, 947 A St., Meadville, PA 16335, (814) 333-8051 or Cbarry@Zoominternet.net

Calendar

Calendar
The calendar is a listing of events, programs and other community notices. Send your notices to Calendar, Attention: Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Teen learns keys to personal strength, survival during Outward Bound hikes

Post orientation assists newcomers, old-timers alike
There is an event at Fort Gordon that is all about introductions. The fifth annual newcomers' orientation helps people new to Fort Gordon and some of the businesses and nonprofit organizations in the area to get to know each other.

Woman is accused of burning her home
ALBANY, Ga. - A Habitat for Humanity homeowner with family and bill problems is accused of selling her furniture and then torching her home using a candle, simulating an accidental fire, officials said.

Counties get aid after Charley
COLUMBIA - Two South Carolina counties have qualified for federal aid after officials said the state suffered more than $5.1 million in damage from Hurricane Charley.

Milestones
Augustan Sinclair M. White, son of Kathy Murry, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from UNICCO Service Co.

Around town
Kevin Martin/staffJalen Simpkins, 11, holds up Cypress Mathis, 10, so she can dunk a basketball at the Aiken Recreation Center. The Graniteville children were attending an after-school program.

News you can use
SEPT. 2, 1938 SYLVANIA, Ga. - The state late yesterday rested its case against Albert L. Cobb, Savannah attorney and former candidate for Congress, who is on trial here for alleged complicity in the 1937 slaying of Charlie Daughtry, a wealthy Screven County planter.

Drill gives first responders glimpse of real-life disasters

Schools' start dates debated

Perdue, other top officials accept free football tickets
ATHENS, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue and several of the state's other top elected officials accepted free tickets from the University of Georgia to Bulldogs home football games last season, according to a list obtained by The Associated Press.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there will be a new election in the state Court of Appeals race.

Repeat offender jailed in assault

Repeat offender jailed in assault
A man who was charged last year with rape - but never tried - found himself back in jail on similar charges Wednesday, records state.

Fort profile
Here is a profile of Fort Gordon soldier Sgt. Terrilski Davis.

Around town

Cross Creek junior gets back into game
Alicia Self's life revolves around fast-pitch softball. She began playing for an Augusta Recreation Department team when she was 7. Now a 16-year-old junior, she plays for Cross Creek High School.

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury has added two child molestation counts to what was already a six-count indictment against a Grovetown man, according to indictments released Thursday.

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Post Happenings

Kids Count drawing leaves eight finalists vying for college funds
Only 3 months old, Benjamin Tripp has a good start on his college fund.

Rants and raves
TO THE KIDS WHO don't want curfews: What do the parents of these kids who allow their children to be out after midnight think they do? Just because their kids tell them they are doing nothing wrong makes it true? There is an abundance of drugs, alcohol and sex happening at these "hot spots" on Washington Road. Kids who do not obey the curfew and parents who allow their children to be out after curfew should get citations and, depending on the children's age, should be charged with neglect.

Meetings
This listing runs as space is available. Undated items will remain in the list for six months. Club representatives are asked to resubmit items that should continue being published.

News you can use

Master barber, stylists bridge funding cut for the homeless
Master barber and stylist Alatisha Hughes, co-owner of Salon Genesis on Eighth Street, did not like hearing that the Augusta Task Force for the Homeless' funding was being cut, so she organized A Vision of Hope. The fund-raiser hair and fashion show was held Aug. 20 at the Partridge Inn.

Kid of the day

Teen learns keys to personal strength, survival during Outward Bound hikes
Maggie Centers learned more about what's important in life this summer than she'd learned in her 16 years of living.

Spill costs plant $6,000

State officials argue against multiple ballot
ATLANTA - Although Richmond County might have taken its cues from another local government when it finalized a sales tax referendum Thursday, state officials have questioned the method used in posing its list of projects to voters.

Former agency director loses suit

Doctors Hospital chooses new CEO

Tax cap jumps to $440 million

Panel finally approves tax list
On Thursday, after midnight, Augusta commissioners added $45.5 million to the special purpose local option sales tax package that will go before voters in November, bringing the total to $486 million.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - The family of a man decapitated in a freak traffic accident is asking authorities to free the driver, who authorities say continued home and left his close friend's headless body in the vehicle.

Across South Carolina
ST. MATTHEWS - Prosecutors served the man charged in the killing of an off-duty Orangeburg police officer in July with papers saying they intend to seek the death penalty.

Nine long months of waiting is over
'Tis the day before kickoff, and all through the South, all the TiVo's are whirring to record the smashmouth.

Tough days are ahead for LPGA's 'hired gun'
Jim Webb is a hired gun with the toughest job in the Southeast - selling women's golf in the middle of college football season.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: 'Wicker Park'

Sundance goes commercial with string of independent hits
LOS ANGELES -- Geeks, sharks, lovable neurotics and a fast-food fiend have given the Sundance Film Festival one of its biggest years ever at theaters.

Republican influence has been felt in cinema over the decades

Venice Film Festival opens with Spielberg as guest of honor
ROME -- Hollywood's premier cash-and-award magnet Steven Spielberg was kicking off the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday - just the man to inspire money-scooping moguls and prize-hungry artists alike during 11 days of glitz and film magic.

At the Movies: 'Wicker Park'
"Wicker Park" is one of those maddening movies in which the characters do incredibly stupid things simply for the sake of plot contrivance, and everyone's problems would be solved if they simply picked up their cell phones.

Republican influence has been felt in cinema over the decades
Hollywood descended on Boston in July to lend support to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, sending a message that the film industry skews liberal.

Travolta and Washington headline Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy -- John Travolta stretched his acting range as a drunk in "A Love Song for Bobby Long" on Thursday while Denzel Washington battled brainwashing in "The Manchurian Candidate" during the second day of the Venice Film Festival.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Travolta and Washington headline Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival opens with Spielberg as guest of honor

Sundance goes commercial with string of independent hits

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

Concerts

Alejandro Sanz leads winners with four Latin Grammys

Brazilian singer mines parents' musical heritage for stellar debut

Hot ticket

Finalists on the record
The Augusta Chronicle's third Singer-Songwriter contest has now been whittled down from 94 entrants to a final field of five. There were about 2,000 votes in the contest. Each act will perform Friday at the First Friday Labor Day Luau at the Augusta Common in front of a panel of judges, vying for a first-prize package that includes $400 and a selection of CDs. The performances begin at 6:30 p.m., and each act will play for about 20 minutes.

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success
Trent Willmon will headline the annual Rest Fest on Monday at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

8 Ball, MJG to stage Southern rap show
It means one thing for musicians to refer to themselves as legends. It means something entirely different to earn such a title from the people who listen to the music.

Finalists on the record

Aussie has played with country's top acts
Just because Jedd Hughes is from Australia, sings country music, plays guitar, writes songs and has medium-long blondish hair, don't compare him with Keith Urban.

Aussie has played with country's top acts

Ray Charles says goodbye in album with his friends
It's fitting that Ray Charles spent his last studio album saying goodbye to friends.

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success

Spotlight: Tyrone Jenkins, AKA Ty Macy
Tyrone Jenkins, AKA Ty Macy HOMETOWN: Santee, S.C.; moved to Augusta from Baltimore in 2000. "I needed a slower pace of life, and I have a sister down here, and I thought it's a nice place to raise a kid."

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

8 Ball, MJG to stage Southern rap show

Brazilian singer mines parents' musical heritage for stellar debut
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian newcomer Maria Rita, one of Wednesday's leading Latin Grammy nominees, treats her family's rich musical legacy as a personal gold watch - a treasure to be guarded but not used as an up-to-date timepiece.

Hot ticket
LL COOL J WHEN: Saturday WHERE: Soulfest, Green Lot, Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta

Alejandro Sanz leads winners with four Latin Grammys
LOS ANGELES -- It seemed like a rerun of the 2002 Latin Grammys. Once again, Spanish heartthrob singer Alejandro Sanz dominated the show - only this time, Sanz didn't show up to collect his trophies.

Holliday will headline college's Evening of Jazz benefit concert
Late Sunday afternoon, some jazzy tunes will be played along the Savannah River.

NASCAR Newsmaker Matt Kenseth

NASCAR Newsmaker Matt Kenseth
Many people believe Matt Kenseth's dominating performance last year led to the creation of the Chase for the Championship. Now ranked fifth in the standings, he's in great position to compete for another NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship.

Racing clones
FONTANA, Calif. - When Dodge submitted its final version of its 2005 race car to NASCAR on Wednesday, engineers could have put all the work in the trunk.

Richmond drying up, Daytona preparing

Racing clones

Richmond drying up, Daytona preparing
FONTANA, Calif. - As work crews deal with flooding at and around Richmond International Raceway in the wake of Tropical Storm Gaston, crews at Daytona International Speedway are "battening down the hatches" as Hurricane Frances approaches.

Mourning to attempt comeback after kidney transplant

Prosecutors drop Kobe Bryant case; NBA star apologizes to accuser
EAGLE, Colo. -- The criminal case against Kobe Bryant case collapsed Wednesday as prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge against him, saying they had no choice because the NBA star's accuser no longer wanted to participate.

Text of Kobe Bryant's apology

Text of Kobe Bryant's apology
Kobe Bryant: Basketball star issued a statement on the sexual assault charge.

Seattle signs second-round draft pick Young
SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics signed second-round draft choice David Young on Wednesday.

Bryant must embrace concept of teamwork
On the day he announced that he was jumping from high school straight to the pros, Kobe Bryant already seemed too practiced, too blessed, too ready for someone so young.

Nets chief executive isn't counting out Mourning
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Nets chief executive Rod Thorn is not sure center Alonzo Mourning can come back less than a year after a kidney transplant. He refuses, however, to count Mourning out.

Darius Miles is staying in Portland

Prosecutors drop Kobe Bryant case; NBA star apologizes to accuser

Bryant faces tarnished image
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant can go on as a basketball superstar, but his squeaky-clean image is gone forever.

Darius Miles is staying in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Darius Miles is happy to be staying in Portland.

Judge dismisses Bryant case

Mourning to attempt comeback after kidney transplant
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seven-time All-Star Alonzo Mourning will attempt a comeback with the New Jersey Nets this season, less than a year after a kidney transplant.

Bryant must embrace concept of teamwork

Seattle signs second-round draft pick Young

Nets chief executive isn't counting out Mourning

Bryant faces tarnished image

Judge dismisses Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. - The Kobe Bryant case collapsed Wednesday as prosecutors said they had no choice but to drop the sexual assault charge against the NBA star because the alleged victim did not want to testify.

Quick turnaround for Cowboys against Chiefs

Receiver has surgery; Rolle seeks second opinion on ankle

Dolphins sign DE Chidi Ahanotu

Fantasy Football: Wake up and take a look at some potential sleepers

Deion's back, and he's ready to win

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension

Falcons get final tune up

Chavous grew into his role as a professional

Parker returns home with a chip on his shoulder

Chiefs place Boerigter on injured reserve

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Ms. Theresia J. Tucker    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Ms. Noma Dixon    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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MSG. Frederick Steinmitz, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Brenda Taylor    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Beatrice Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Grady Tallington    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Curtis Sessions, Jr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Michael Laverne Yonce    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rebecca Chance    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Norris    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward (Ed) Harris Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene McNeillie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kenya Givens    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha W. Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jack Loos    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Master Jasiah K. Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Houston    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marilyn Sunseri Greco    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Beatrice Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nancy C. Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lutrelle Forston    (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)
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Mr. Otis Miller, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Rancy McGahee    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Ms. Mildred Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Leroy Coker, Jr.    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Canty    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy T. Butler    (Retired Seamtress Augusta, GA)
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Mrs. Dorothy T. Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Lisa Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Fred Burch, Sr.    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Ms. Shawanna D. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Klara Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Mildred Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Deacon Robert Bert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marilyn Sunseri Greco (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Katherine (Kitty) McNair (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine W. McNair (DEARING, Ga.)

Master Jasiah K. Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy T. Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pinkie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Rabun (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Tallington (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Houston (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise McKiever (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lutrelle Forston (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)

Ms. Brenda Taylor (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Canty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Noma Dixon (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Roberts (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Curtis Sessions, Jr. (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pinkie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mae Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward (Ed) Harris Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miller Jenkins III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Burch, Sr. (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Crosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Platts (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

MSGT Frederick Steinmitz, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Taylor (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha W. Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Boyce Moon Walker (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Ms. Theresia J. Tucker (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Norris (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Stephens (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Brinson (STATEBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Chance (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Baggett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene McNeillie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Kenya Givens (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Amerson (KEYSVILLE, GA.)

Mrs. Lois Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Michael Laverne Yonce (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Theresia J. Tucker (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. William Crosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Leroy Coker, Jr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rancy McGahee (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha W. Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Stephanie Bregant Wehr (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Mildred Davis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Shawanna D. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Glover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Lou Stead (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edgar Craig (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Miller, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Chance (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Klara Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James S. Scott (SARDIS, Ga.)

Miss Lisa Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Rish (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth "Lib" Maloney (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy T. Butler (Retired Seamtress Augusta, GA)

Russian swimmer flexes skills in Augusta

Relaxed Serena passes her second-round test

Israeli applies lessons learned

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French champs depart

Russian swimmer flexes skills in Augusta
Spend a few minutes with Sam Avetisyan, and chances are you'll come away thinking he's just an average 15-year-old boy.

Israeli applies lessons learned
NEW YORK - With top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne on the other side of the net, serving for the match, Tzipi Obziler pulled a stunner at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

French champs depart
NEW YORK - The hard courts of Flushing Meadows claimed French Open champions Anastasia Myskina and Gaston Gaudio on Thursday when the winners of the Grand Slam clay court titles both lost at the U.S. Open.

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Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun will be the keynote speaker Oct. 11 for the Greater Augusta Sports Council's fourth annual College Basketball Preseason Tip-off Luncheon.

Relaxed Serena passes her second-round test
NEW YORK - Wearing what she described as her "micro-mini" outfit, third-seeded Serena Williams advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lindsay Lee-Waters.

Long fall taken by Olympic medalists
NEW YORK - Olympic medals weren't worth much at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Chad Pennington agreed to a $64 million, seven-year contract extension with the New York Jets on Wednesday that includes $23 million in guaranteed money.

Pennington gets seven-year contract extension
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Chad Pennington agreed to a $64 million, seven-year contract extension with the New York Jets on Wednesday that includes $23 million in guaranteed money.

Deion's back, and he's ready to win
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Deion Sanders insists he didn't come out of retirement for money, accolades or to prove he's still got a wealth of talent at age 37.

Quick turnaround for Cowboys against Chiefs
IRVING, Texas -- Bill Parcells was in his office at 5 a.m. Wednesday watching film, trying to take advantage of every possible minute.

Receiver has surgery; Rolle seeks second opinion on ankle
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Doctors easily removed a piece of torn cartilage Wednesday from Tennessee receiver Tyrone Calico's left knee, and cornerback Samari Rolle met with a doctor for a second opinion on his right ankle.

Chiefs place Boerigter on injured reserve
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marc Boerigter was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after injuring his knee without taking a hit in a preseason game.

Dolphins sign DE Chidi Ahanotu
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins signed veteran defensive end Chidi Ahanotu on Wednesday.

Falcons get final tune up
LANDOVER, Md. - Jim Mora has two primary objectives as the Atlanta Falcons end the preseason tonight against the Washington Redskins: Keep starters healthy and determine which reserves should fill out the 53-man roster.

Fantasy Football: Wake up and take a look at some potential sleepers
Nobody knows better than I do that the snooze button on my alarm clock gets a lot of use. Well, maybe my boss knows it, too, but that's a different story.

Chavous grew into his role as a professional
It was a long and winding road for Corey Chavous to reach the National Football League.

Parker returns home with a chip on his shoulder
PITTSBURGH -- The runaway rushing leader for the Pittsburgh Steelers this preseason - with 174 yards, including 106 against the Philadelphia Eagles last week - isn't former Eagle Duce Staley or longtime Steeler Jerome Bettis. It's undrafted free agent Willie Parker.

Aussie has played with country's top acts

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success

Pope supports U.S. bishops' efforts to address sex abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II assured American bishops from New England on Thursday that he supports their efforts to address the damage wrought by clerical sex abuse, acknowledging the scandal "cast a shadow" on the Church.

Southern Baptist bus tour pursues 1 million baptisms nationwide
NEWTON, Mass. -- Bobby Welch wore a new Red Sox cap and carried the New Testament in his hip pocket as he set out to evangelize in this staunchly liberal New England city.

Aussie has played with country's top acts
Just because Jedd Hughes is from Australia, sings country music, plays guitar, writes songs and has medium-long blondish hair, don't compare him with Keith Urban.

Mother of well-rounded singer says rural upbringing made him success
Trent Willmon will headline the annual Rest Fest on Monday at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Nine long months of waiting is over

Tough days are ahead for LPGA's 'hired gun'

Thursday's television coverage of the Republican National Convention
NEW YORK - The following is a list of live prime-time television coverage for the Republican National Convention for Thursday. All times are Eastern daylight.

Most networks looking forward to life after the Olympics

Most networks looking forward to life after the Olympics
NEW YORK -- No one was happier to see the Olympics flame flicker out than executives at ABC, CBS and Fox.

Joely Fisher is facing new peril in 'Wild Card'
LOS ANGELES - Wild Card has gotten wilder. Joely Fisher, who plays private investigator Zoe Busiek on the Lifetime series, says the network "wanted us to be more in peril; they wanted the stakes to be higher so the cases weren't so namby-pamby."

Thursday's television coverage of the Republican National Convention

Spooky 'Doom 3' has familiar plot, few surprisesvideo games

'Soul Plane' humor spurs film's nosedive

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'The Passion' DVD sells 4.1 million in one day

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Georgia linebacker fills in for roommate
ATHENS, Ga. - After spring practice, Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder knew that linebacker Derrick White deserved to start.

Georgia linebacker fills in for roommate

Holtz stresses cleanliness
It wasn't only the start of game week for South Carolina. It marked the start of coach Lou Holtz's grooming policy.

Holtz stresses cleanliness

'Finally, I'm here, I think'
Atlanta's Rosie Jones will be cutting her schedule back dramatically in 2005, but the LPGA Tour veteran plans to keep the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship on it.

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Woman charged with passing funny money

Deputies, soldiers search for Bengal tiger spotted in Louisiana

Odds and Ends

Al the Suntan Man dies at age 74

Milk squirting contest yields new world record

Delta to cancel some flights through Florida

Allstate expects $425 million loss from Hurricane Charley

Homes under new code stood up to Charley, not so for older ones

Buildings condemened in flood-ravaged Richmond

Company says flood of hurricane customers is 'unprecedented'

Southern Baptist bus tour pursues 1 million baptisms nationwide

Pope supports U.S. bishops' efforts to address sex abuse scandal