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Fall arts preview

Fall arts preview
For many arts organizations, programming a season calls for balancing artistic excellence with audience attendance.

Galleries calendar

Museum will display writer's photographs of Southern life
Before her literary works painted portraits of those who lived in her beloved South, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty captured the Southern experience through another art form - photography.

Museum will display writer's photographs of Southern life

Fall arts preview
For many arts organizations, programming a season calls for balancing artistic excellence with audience attendance.

Museum will display writer's photographs of Southern life
Before her literary works painted portraits of those who lived in her beloved South, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty captured the Southern experience through another art form - photography.

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

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

Orioles release troubled Ponson
BALTIMORE - Sidney Ponson was released Thursday by the Baltimore Orioles, who contend the pitcher's conduct and problems with alcohol the past nine months give them grounds to terminate his contract.

Bonds has day off from batting practice

Phillies top Mets, take wild-card lead

Orioles release troubled Ponson
BALTIMORE - Sidney Ponson was released Thursday by the Baltimore Orioles, who contend the pitcher's conduct and problems with alcohol the past nine months give them grounds to terminate his contract.

Bonds has day off from batting practice
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds had a day off from taking batting practice Wednesday because of a logistical issue, the San Francisco Giants said.

Phillies top Mets, take wild-card lead
NEW YORK - A day after rallying to beat Pedro Martinez, the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage Tom Glavine's defense and headed out of New York with the NL wild-card lead.

Orioles release troubled Ponson

Phillies top Mets, take wild-card lead
NEW YORK - A day after rallying to beat Pedro Martinez, the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage Tom Glavine's defense and headed out of New York with the NL wild-card lead.

Bonds has day off from batting practice
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds had a day off from taking batting practice Wednesday because of a logistical issue, the San Francisco Giants said.

Trying any and every thing could conserve gas

Furcal's knee injury keeps him on bench
ATLANTA - Rafael Furcal's sore right knee might be an aggravation, something to keep him out every now and again the rest of the season, but it likely won't result in his disablement, the Braves' shortstop and general manager John Schuerholz said.

Farnsworth taking over as Braves closer
ATLANTA - The Braves appear to have settled on a new closer.

Andruw's blast saves Atlanta
ATLANTA - The M-V-P chants were quietly voiced by only a handful Thursday night at Turner Field.

Split sums it up for Braves
ATLANTA - It's fitting that the Atlanta Braves' August went out in a doubleheader that characterized the entire month.

Andruw's blast saves Atlanta
ATLANTA - The M-V-P chants were quietly voiced by only a handful Thursday night at Turner Field.

'New' Braves have familiar faces
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves expanded their roster to 30 players Thursday, but it wasn't your average wide-eyed cup of coffee players they trotted into the big league clubhouse.

'New' Braves have familiar faces
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves expanded their roster to 30 players Thursday, but it wasn't your average wide-eyed cup of coffee players they trotted into the big league clubhouse.

Jones leaves game with stomach virus
ATLANTA - Braves third baseman Chipper Jones left the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Washington Nationals because of a stomach virus.

Farnsworth taking over as Braves closer

Farnsworth taking over as Braves closer
ATLANTA - The Braves appear to have settled on a new closer.

Jones leaves game with stomach virus

Furcal's knee injury keeps him on bench
ATLANTA - Rafael Furcal's sore right knee might be an aggravation, something to keep him out every now and again the rest of the season, but it likely won't result in his disablement, the Braves' shortstop and general manager John Schuerholz said.

Split sums it up for Braves

Jones leaves game with stomach virus
ATLANTA - Braves third baseman Chipper Jones left the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Washington Nationals because of a stomach virus.

Furcal's knee injury keeps him on bench

Andruw's blast saves Atlanta

Split sums it up for Braves
ATLANTA - It's fitting that the Atlanta Braves' August went out in a doubleheader that characterized the entire month.

Farnsworth taking over as Braves closer
ATLANTA - The Braves appear to have settled on a new closer.

'New' Braves have familiar faces

Gasoline prices surge, sporadic shortages spread

Stocks are mixed; concerns intensify
NEW YORK - Wall Street slogged through an uneven session Thursday, finishing mixed as investors grappled with troubling consumer spending patterns, slower growth from the manufacturing sector and the latest news of Hurricane Katrina's damage.

Storm may hinder economic growth

IRS sets up hot line for hurricane victims

Gasoline prices surge, sporadic shortages spread
Supplies ran dry at a small-but-growing number of gas stations across the United States on Thursday as Gulf Coast refiners and pipelines remained hobbled by Hurricane Katrina and motorists nervous about tightening supplies lined up to top off their tanks.

Gas prices prompt some to stay home this Labor Day
Droves of drivers who had looked forward to end-of-summer road trips to the mountains, beach or elsewhere this Labor Day weekend were scrapping their plans in response to soaring gas prices and lengthening lines at the pump.

Foreign investors give Indian shares big boost

Gasoline prices surge, sporadic shortages spread
Supplies ran dry at a small-but-growing number of gas stations across the United States on Thursday as Gulf Coast refiners and pipelines remained hobbled by Hurricane Katrina and motorists nervous about tightening supplies lined up to top off their tanks.

Foreign investors give Indian shares big boost
NEW DELHI -- India's stock market is scaling new heights, driven by foreign investors - particularly Americans - eager to seize opportunities in one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Pre-Katrina outlook was optimistic
ATLANTA - Before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf states and several oil refineries, a majority of Georgia's small-business owners in a survey were predicting strong activity for the rest of the year.

Gas prices prompt some to stay home this Labor Day
Droves of drivers who had looked forward to end-of-summer road trips to the mountains, beach or elsewhere this Labor Day weekend were scrapping their plans in response to soaring gas prices and lengthening lines at the pump.

IRS sets up hot line for hurricane victims
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service set up a hot line Thursday for victims of Hurricane Katrina and urged people to investigate charities before making cash donations.

Pre-Katrina outlook was optimistic
ATLANTA - Before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf states and several oil refineries, a majority of Georgia's small-business owners in a survey were predicting strong activity for the rest of the year.

IRS sets up hot line for hurricane victims
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service set up a hot line Thursday for victims of Hurricane Katrina and urged people to investigate charities before making cash donations.

Stocks are mixed; concerns intensify
NEW YORK - Wall Street slogged through an uneven session Thursday, finishing mixed as investors grappled with troubling consumer spending patterns, slower growth from the manufacturing sector and the latest news of Hurricane Katrina's damage.

Gas prices prompt some to stay home this Labor Day

Storm may hinder economic growth
WASHINGTON -- Surging energy prices and business disruptions from Hurricane Katrina, likely to become the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, threaten to slow what has been a steadily expanding economy.

Pre-Katrina outlook was optimistic

Storm may hinder economic growth
WASHINGTON -- Surging energy prices and business disruptions from Hurricane Katrina, likely to become the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, threaten to slow what has been a steadily expanding economy.

Stocks are mixed; concerns intensify

Foreign investors give Indian shares big boost
NEW DELHI -- India's stock market is scaling new heights, driven by foreign investors - particularly Americans - eager to seize opportunities in one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on September 2, 2005.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on September 1, 2005.

Victories, not words are plan for Wake
This is the final part of a 10-part look at Clemson and Georgia Tech's competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference:

Sore foot not holding Hester back

Game's fate was not in jeopardy
College football will return to Augusta this fall. CSRA Classic president Henry Ingram confirmed Thursday the 13th annual meeting of historically-black colleges.

Game's fate was not in jeopardy
College football will return to Augusta this fall. CSRA Classic president Henry Ingram confirmed Thursday the 13th annual meeting of historically-black colleges.

Harris poll selects Goff to be a voter
Recently retired Marshall coach Bob Pruett, former Georgia coach Ray Goff and four others were chosen Wednesday to vote in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, replacing the six panelists who withdrew last week.

Sore foot not holding Hester back
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Devin Hester's line on the stat sheet from last year's Miami-Florida State game was barely ordinary, and downright lackluster for someone with his talent.

Harris poll selects Goff to be a voter

Victories, not words are plan for Wake

Sore foot not holding Hester back
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Devin Hester's line on the stat sheet from last year's Miami-Florida State game was barely ordinary, and downright lackluster for someone with his talent.

Harris poll selects Goff to be a voter
Recently retired Marshall coach Bob Pruett, former Georgia coach Ray Goff and four others were chosen Wednesday to vote in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, replacing the six panelists who withdrew last week.

Victories, not words are plan for Wake
This is the final part of a 10-part look at Clemson and Georgia Tech's competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference:

Game's fate was not in jeopardy

The market is up
After a difficult and emotional week, you probably want to get away this holiday weekend - without burning up a lot of $3 gasoline.

Going ape over nothing
Scientists disclosed this week that the DNA of humans and chimpanzees is 96 percent identical.

Going ape over nothing

Beneath contempt

Katrina's wake hits home
Americans have become sadly accustomed to television reports of refugees around the world, routed from their homes and villages by natural or man-made disasters.

Looting: Is it survival?

The market is up

Beneath contempt
Bad things happen every day. But every now and then, something happens that's so deplorable, you can't believe it happened in your own community. It leaves you thinking: "Nobody around here could behave like that; it must have happened somewhere else."

Katrina's wake hits home

Looting: Is it survival?
If Hurricane Katrina had devastated any other part of the world, the United States would have been one of the first on the scene to help.

Looting: Is it survival?
If Hurricane Katrina had devastated any other part of the world, the United States would have been one of the first on the scene to help.

Going ape over nothing
Scientists disclosed this week that the DNA of humans and chimpanzees is 96 percent identical.

Katrina's wake hits home
Americans have become sadly accustomed to television reports of refugees around the world, routed from their homes and villages by natural or man-made disasters.

The market is up
After a difficult and emotional week, you probably want to get away this holiday weekend - without burning up a lot of $3 gasoline.

Beneath contempt
Bad things happen every day. But every now and then, something happens that's so deplorable, you can't believe it happened in your own community. It leaves you thinking: "Nobody around here could behave like that; it must have happened somewhere else."

Harry Connick Jr.: residents are 'freakishly strong'
NEW YORK - Harry Connick Jr., who grew up in New Orleans, says the city will rebuild and that its residents are "freakishly strong."

Club calendar
Atlanta's The Kilpatrick Project, a group that claims to have the emotional lyric intensity of Bright Eyes, the pop driven melodies of Weezer, and ethereal keyboards reminiscent of Coldplay, hits up The Soul Bar, 984 Broad St.; 724-8880.

What's For Lunch: Peppermill restaurant
Peppermill restaurant ADDRESS: 4461 Washington Road, Evans

People in the News
NEW YORK - Bruce Springsteen, no surprise, wraps up his second solo acoustic tour by going back where it all began: New Jersey.

What's For Lunch: Peppermill restaurant
Peppermill restaurant ADDRESS: 4461 Washington Road, Evans

Simpson, Lachey to sing at Sept. 11 NFL tribute
NEW YORK - Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of a tribute by the National Football League to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Spotted
Deborah Orr (from left), Betty Sue Childress, Shirley McCorkle and Memory Parrish await the parade at The Battle of Aiken movie premiere.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Bruce Springsteen, no surprise, wraps up his second solo acoustic tour by going back where it all began: New Jersey.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Harry Connick Jr.: residents are 'freakishly strong'
NEW YORK - Harry Connick Jr., who grew up in New Orleans, says the city will rebuild and that its residents are "freakishly strong."

The Liquid Life: Club Argos
CLUB ARGOS ADDRESS: 1923 Walton Way

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Club calendar
Atlanta's The Kilpatrick Project, a group that claims to have the emotional lyric intensity of Bright Eyes, the pop driven melodies of Weezer, and ethereal keyboards reminiscent of Coldplay, hits up The Soul Bar, 984 Broad St.; 724-8880.

Stuff to do
The party continues along Broad Street for First Friday, with a Labor Day Luau on the Augusta Common featuring a car show and bands, a block party on 10th Street from 5 to 10 p.m. with performers including the Cubists, D.J.'s Matt in the Hat and Shawnee Dread and S, and skateboard demonstrations.

Spotted
Deborah Orr (from left), Betty Sue Childress, Shirley McCorkle and Memory Parrish await the parade at The Battle of Aiken movie premiere.

Stuff to do
The party continues along Broad Street for First Friday, with a Labor Day Luau on the Augusta Common featuring a car show and bands, a block party on 10th Street from 5 to 10 p.m. with performers including the Cubists, D.J.'s Matt in the Hat and Shawnee Dread and S, and skateboard demonstrations.

Simpson, Lachey to sing at Sept. 11 NFL tribute
NEW YORK - Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of a tribute by the National Football League to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The Liquid Life: Club Argos
CLUB ARGOS ADDRESS: 1923 Walton Way

Forecasters: 23 percent increase in heating costs this winter
ATLANTA - Forecasts of higher natural gas prices this winter because of decreased production in the wake of Hurricane Katrina means residential heating bills in Georgia could climb 23 percent this year, the state Public Service Commission said on Thursday.

Forecasters: 23 percent increase in heating costs this winter

Rates on 30-year mortgages decline again
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages declined for a third consecutive week as bond investors worried that Hurricane Katrina and soaring energy prices will slow the economy.

Rates on 30-year mortgages decline again
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages declined for a third consecutive week as bond investors worried that Hurricane Katrina and soaring energy prices will slow the economy.

Forecasters: 23 percent increase in heating costs this winter
ATLANTA - Forecasts of higher natural gas prices this winter because of decreased production in the wake of Hurricane Katrina means residential heating bills in Georgia could climb 23 percent this year, the state Public Service Commission said on Thursday.

Rates on 30-year mortgages decline again

Innovative angler dies
Elwood (Buck) Perry of Hickory, N.C., who parlayed his mechanical engineering skills into the development of one of the best bass-catching lures ever, is dead at age 90.

Innovative angler dies
Elwood (Buck) Perry of Hickory, N.C., who parlayed his mechanical engineering skills into the development of one of the best bass-catching lures ever, is dead at age 90.

Fishing Tournaments
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.

Innovative angler dies

Parksville cove had quite a confrontation
It was a classic confrontation: Fish-eating birds diving on fish-eating fish - acres of schooling hybrid and striped bass behind Horseshoe Island in Parksville cove on Wednesday morning.

Fishing Tournaments

Fishing Tournaments
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.

Parksville cove had quite a confrontation

Parksville cove had quite a confrontation
It was a classic confrontation: Fish-eating birds diving on fish-eating fish - acres of schooling hybrid and striped bass behind Horseshoe Island in Parksville cove on Wednesday morning.

Reduce storm damage with proper tree management
Downed trees in Georgia cause an estimated $10 million annually in property loss. A lot of it could be avoided with proper tree management. Many people remove trees remotely close to their property, but with some education of proper tree management, we can avoid what are called "hazard trees."

Summer gardens: this year's best crops
This summer's abundant rainfall has been a boon for Augusta area gardeners.

Summer gardens: this year's best crops
This summer's abundant rainfall has been a boon for Augusta area gardeners.

Reduce storm damage with proper tree management

Summer gardens: this year's best crops

Reduce storm damage with proper tree management
Downed trees in Georgia cause an estimated $10 million annually in property loss. A lot of it could be avoided with proper tree management. Many people remove trees remotely close to their property, but with some education of proper tree management, we can avoid what are called "hazard trees."

'Which Reggie' question might be a thing of past
ATLANTA - Resilience is an odd trait in a mama's boy.

Player dedicates opener to hurricane victims
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech defensive end Eric Henderson, a senior from New Orleans, said he and his teammates will dedicate Saturday night's game at Auburn to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Player dedicates opener to hurricane victims
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech defensive end Eric Henderson, a senior from New Orleans, said he and his teammates will dedicate Saturday night's game at Auburn to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

'Which Reggie' question might be a thing of past
ATLANTA - Resilience is an odd trait in a mama's boy.

'Which Reggie' question might be a thing of past

Player dedicates opener to hurricane victims

Augusta still in postseason contention
Augusta GreenJackets fans will have the chance to give - and to receive - Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Augusta still in postseason contention
Augusta GreenJackets fans will have the chance to give - and to receive - Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

A year later, so much has changed for Tiger
NORTON, Mass. - Tiger Woods must have felt his world was falling apart a year ago when he left the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Woosnam urges more European play
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland - Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam is urging top players to compete more in Europe to improve their chances of making the 2006 team.

Kerr eyes repeat at State Farm Classic
Cristie Kerr figures she'll have plenty of time to relax in a couple of weeks.

A year later, so much has changed for Tiger
NORTON, Mass. - Tiger Woods must have felt his world was falling apart a year ago when he left the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Kerr eyes repeat at State Farm Classic
Cristie Kerr figures she'll have plenty of time to relax in a couple of weeks.

A year later, so much has changed for Tiger

Woosnam urges more European play

Kerr eyes repeat at State Farm Classic

Woosnam urges more European play
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland - Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam is urging top players to compete more in Europe to improve their chances of making the 2006 team.

Augusta still in postseason contention

Maddox fights to get on the field at Aquinas

Player of the Week

Prep Football Power Poll

Prep Polls

Quarterback is fully plugged into system

Area high schools will feel gas pinch

Game Schedules

Week Three Key Matchups

Laney brings out best in its foes

Coaches Confidential

Prep Polls
The Associated Press Georgia High School Football Poll after the second week of the schedule, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Game Schedules
Games at 7:30 unless noted

Laney brings out best in its foes
This week against Evans is a hiccup game for Laney.

Maddox fights to get on the field at Aquinas
Gene Maddox is a 360-pound question mark. The senior lineman did not suit up for Aquinas in a loss to Richmond Academy last week.

Maddox fights to get on the field at Aquinas
Gene Maddox is a 360-pound question mark. The senior lineman did not suit up for Aquinas in a loss to Richmond Academy last week.

Quarterback is fully plugged into system
The interview had ended. Lee Banks had answered every question. Then he spoke up right before hang-up time.

Player of the Week
Here is this week's Player of the Week: Laney's Kenneth Walker

Area high schools will feel gas pinch
The recent spike in gas prices has area high school athletic directors dreading the future state of the sporting world.

Week Three Key Matchups
Key games for teams across the area:

Player of the Week
Here is this week's Player of the Week: Laney's Kenneth Walker

Quarterback is fully plugged into system
The interview had ended. Lee Banks had answered every question. Then he spoke up right before hang-up time.

Game Schedules
Games at 7:30 unless noted

Area high schools will feel gas pinch
The recent spike in gas prices has area high school athletic directors dreading the future state of the sporting world.

Week Three Key Matchups
Key games for teams across the area:

Laney brings out best in its foes
This week against Evans is a hiccup game for Laney.

Coaches Confidential
A total of 34 area coaches were polled over the summer across a variety of football topics. Each week in Friday's From The Huddle a different set of topics will be discussed.

Prep Football Power Poll
The area's top 10 prep football teams after the first week of the season as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle and WJBF NewsChannel 6 sports departments, plus selected other media outlets around the area.

Prep Football Power Poll
The area's top 10 prep football teams after the first week of the season as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle and WJBF NewsChannel 6 sports departments, plus selected other media outlets around the area.

Prep Polls
The Associated Press Georgia High School Football Poll after the second week of the schedule, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Coaches Confidential
A total of 34 area coaches were polled over the summer across a variety of football topics. Each week in Friday's From The Huddle a different set of topics will be discussed.

Katrina's refugees will be moved to Houston
NEW ORLEANS - At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina's refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, will travel in a bus convoy to Houston and will be sheltered at the Astrodome, which hasn't been used for professional sporting events in years.

New Orleans evacuations continue
NEW ORLEANS - Heavily armed state policemen stood watch Thursday as tense, exhausted and angry crowds struggled onto buses that would deliver them from the miserable conditions of the Superdome.

Katrina's effects, state-by-state
Hurricane Katrina's effects, at a glance:

Navy orders ships to Gulf Coast to aid in relief effort
WASHINGTON - The Navy is sending four ships carrying water and other supplies to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, while medical disaster teams and Red Cross workers from across the country converged on the devastated Gulf Coast region.

Congress prepares to send emergency aid to disaster zone
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration intends to seek more than $10 billion to cover immediate relief needs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, congressional officials said Thursday, and lawmakers made plans to approve the request by the weekend.

New Orleans paper publishes online only for second day
Working out of a small office where some staffers are sleeping, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans published a 13-page online edition Wednesday detailing the catastrophic flooding in the city.

Katrina's refugees will be moved to Houston
NEW ORLEANS - At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina's refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, will travel in a bus convoy to Houston and will be sheltered at the Astrodome, which hasn't been used for professional sporting events in years.

Flooded New Orleans to be evacuated
NEW ORLEANS - Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags, and the governor said Wednesday the situation was worsening and there was no choice but to abandon the flooded city.

TV telethons announced for Katrina victims
LOS ANGELES - Hurricane Katrina telethons reminiscent of benefits for tsunami and 9/11 victims were announced Wednesday with artists including Wynton Marsalis and Green Day, while Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day fundraiser will join in as well.

Red Cross says number of people in shelters growing
WASHINGTON - In what it said was its largest-ever mobilization, the Red Cross reported that more than 45,000 victims of Hurricane Katrina were housed in its shelters Wednesday and the number was growing steadily.

Levee repairs underway in New Orleans
WASHINGTON - At least one critical breach in the New Orleans levee system will be repaired by the end of the day Thursday, but a second section will take longer because workers are having trouble getting equipment and material to that part of the swamped city, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Americans contribute millions for Katrina disaster relief
WASHINGTON - Americans are pouring in millions of dollars in donations for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, rescue organizations said Wednesday.

TV telethons announced for Katrina victims
LOS ANGELES - Hurricane Katrina telethons reminiscent of benefits for tsunami and 9/11 victims were announced Wednesday with artists including Wynton Marsalis and Green Day, while Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day fundraiser will join in as well.

More National Guardsmen are sent to Gulf Coast
NEW ORLEANS - Fights and trash fires broke out, rescue helicopters were shot at and anger mounted across New Orleans on Thursday, as National Guardsmen in armored vehicles poured in to help restore order across this increasingly desperate and lawless city.

Flooded New Orleans to be evacuated
NEW ORLEANS - Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags, and the governor said Wednesday the situation was worsening and there was no choice but to abandon the flooded city.

Post office struggles to deliver mail in disaster area
WASHINGTON - The post office set up locations Thursday for residents of the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina to pick up their first-of-the-month checks, and said it is no longer accepting magazines or bulk mail for delivery to the damaged area.

Weather Service: Nine tornadoes ripped through Georgia
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - The National Weather Service confirmed that Hurricane Katrina's remnants spawned nine tornadoes that swept through Georgia on Monday, killing two people, toppling trees and leveling buildings.

New Orleans slips into anarchy
NEW ORLEANS - Fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. "This is a desperate SOS," the mayor said.

Katrina's effects, state-by-state
Hurricane Katrina's effects, at a glance:

Energy markets remain jittery
Crude oil prices fell in jittery trading Wednesday even after the U.S. government said it would loan oil to refiners struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to keep production of gasoline and other fuels steady. But wholesale and retail gasoline prices leaped higher nationwide.

New Orleans slips into anarchy
NEW ORLEANS - Fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. "This is a desperate SOS," the mayor said.

Levee repairs underway in New Orleans
WASHINGTON - At least one critical breach in the New Orleans levee system will be repaired by the end of the day Thursday, but a second section will take longer because workers are having trouble getting equipment and material to that part of the swamped city, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

More National Guardsmen are sent to Gulf Coast
NEW ORLEANS - Fights and trash fires broke out, rescue helicopters were shot at and anger mounted across New Orleans on Thursday, as National Guardsmen in armored vehicles poured in to help restore order across this increasingly desperate and lawless city.

New Orleans slips into anarchy
NEW ORLEANS - Fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. "This is a desperate SOS," the mayor said.

Post office struggles to deliver mail in disaster area
WASHINGTON - The post office set up locations Thursday for residents of the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina to pick up their first-of-the-month checks, and said it is no longer accepting magazines or bulk mail for delivery to the damaged area.

Tiny island on edge of gulf counts its blessings
GRAND ISLE, La. - Survivors took shelter in trees, coffins rose out of the ground and most of the homes on this spit of sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico were torn apart by winds and waves. But nobody died.

Vignettes from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
NEW ORLEANS - Managers at two French Quarter hotels teamed up to hire 10 buses to carry their 500 guests to safer ground, but federal officials commandeered the vehicles and told the guests to go to the convention center with other evacuees, one of the managers said.

Katrina's effects, state-by-state
Hurricane Katrina's effects, at a glance:

Red Cross says number of people in shelters growing
WASHINGTON - In what it said was its largest-ever mobilization, the Red Cross reported that more than 45,000 victims of Hurricane Katrina were housed in its shelters Wednesday and the number was growing steadily.

Tiny island on edge of gulf counts its blessings
GRAND ISLE, La. - Survivors took shelter in trees, coffins rose out of the ground and most of the homes on this spit of sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico were torn apart by winds and waves. But nobody died.

Weather Service: Nine tornadoes ripped through Georgia
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - The National Weather Service confirmed that Hurricane Katrina's remnants spawned nine tornadoes that swept through Georgia on Monday, killing two people, toppling trees and leveling buildings.

Officials throw up hands as looters ransack city
NEW ORLEANS - Officials watched helplessly as looters around the city ransacked stores for food, clothing, appliances and guns.

Officials throw up hands as looters ransack city
NEW ORLEANS - Officials watched helplessly as looters around the city ransacked stores for food, clothing, appliances and guns.

Navy orders ships to Gulf Coast to aid in relief effort
WASHINGTON - The Navy is sending four ships carrying water and other supplies to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, while medical disaster teams and Red Cross workers from across the country converged on the devastated Gulf Coast region.

Georgia Guardsmen, power crews head for Gulf
ATLANTA - At least 15 members of the Georgia Army National Guard, three Guard helicopters and more than 240 electrical workers from the state were headed Wednesday to hurricane-ravaged areas to assist with relief efforts.

Americans contribute millions for Katrina disaster relief
WASHINGTON - Americans are pouring in millions of dollars in donations for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, rescue organizations said Wednesday.

Energy markets remain jittery
Crude oil prices fell in jittery trading Wednesday even after the U.S. government said it would loan oil to refiners struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to keep production of gasoline and other fuels steady. But wholesale and retail gasoline prices leaped higher nationwide.

Georgia Guardsmen, power crews head for Gulf
ATLANTA - At least 15 members of the Georgia Army National Guard, three Guard helicopters and more than 240 electrical workers from the state were headed Wednesday to hurricane-ravaged areas to assist with relief efforts.

New Orleans paper publishes online only for second day
Working out of a small office where some staffers are sleeping, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans published a 13-page online edition Wednesday detailing the catastrophic flooding in the city.

Vignettes from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
NEW ORLEANS - Managers at two French Quarter hotels teamed up to hire 10 buses to carry their 500 guests to safer ground, but federal officials commandeered the vehicles and told the guests to go to the convention center with other evacuees, one of the managers said.

Congress prepares to send emergency aid to disaster zone
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration intends to seek more than $10 billion to cover immediate relief needs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, congressional officials said Thursday, and lawmakers made plans to approve the request by the weekend.

Trying any and every thing could conserve gas
Everyone's looking for ways to conserve gasoline, and I'm here to help. Some of the best I've heard are:

Trying any and every thing could conserve gas
Everyone's looking for ways to conserve gasoline, and I'm here to help. Some of the best I've heard are:

Dump truck-SUV crash kills woman
A Grovetown woman was killed day after her sport utility vehicle was struck by a dump truck on Columbia Road near South Old Belair Road.

SWAT teams arrest 7 in cocaine raid
Richmond County sheriff's officers said today they have arrested seven of the area's biggest cocaine- dealing suspects, seized about $140,000 , more than 2 kilograms of narcotics and guns and tricked-out cars.

Man robs Columbia County bank
Columbia County police are looking for a bank robber along Furys Ferry Road after a report of a robbery at First Bank Columbia County.

The price is right
After gasoline prices spiked because of Hurricane Katrina, customers wait in line at Raceway on Gordon Highway for gasoline selling at pre-hurricane prices.

Columbia County team to aid Mississippi
Columbia County's Emergency Services Division said this morning that it will send 14 members of its Community Emergency Response Team to areas of Mississippi devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Ga. governor signs order removing state gas taxes
ATLANTA -- Georgia drivers won't pay state gas taxes when they fuel up beginning at midnight tonight under an executive order signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue - the latest effort to calm customers and markets hammered by Hurricane Katrina.

Baptist school readies relief effort
Students at Curtis Baptist School were busy this morning sorting supplies that will be delivered to Hurricane Katrina evacuees taking shelter at a Louisiana high school.

Just go home, Cindy Sheehan

How would meat grow in a lab?
Ingrid Newkirk, writing as the head of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and against slaughtering of animals, says in the Aug. 29 Chronicle: "Here's how it would happen: Scientists would extract, isolate, and grow muscle cells from cattle, pigs, chicken, fish," etc. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Recent guest columnist was hilarious

Incentive lacking for math, science
I was disturbed to read Andy Reese's diatribe that the decline in math and science graduates is a result of religious belief ("Pupils devolving in math, science," Aug. 30). Art Beall, Evans

Who watched Natalee Holloway?
Since the media have chosen to focus on the Natalee Holloway disappearance in agonizing detail, and dramatic promises of more breaking news by the minute, it seems to me that they've neglected to ask one important question: Molly C. Gray, Aiken, S.C.

Sheehan is not worth fighting for
Cindy Sheehan publicly stated that the United States isn't worth fighting for. As one who has fought for our country, and whose military service involved travel to 26 other countries, I can personally attest that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Millions of people have risked their lives to come to our shores and share the freedoms we enjoy. Thomas L. Lamb, Augusta

How would meat grow in a lab?

What is president's true agenda?
First, I say thank you to Erika Pracht ("President lied to start war in Iraq") and Patricia Lavins ("Editorial on 9-11 ignored the facts"), for their letters in the Aug. 27 paper. I am a 22-plus-year veteran, and I have said that - though Saddam Hussein needed to go - we, the United States, had no right to invade and remove him. George Davis, Evans

Who watched Natalee Holloway?
Since the media have chosen to focus on the Natalee Holloway disappearance in agonizing detail, and dramatic promises of more breaking news by the minute, it seems to me that they've neglected to ask one important question: Molly C. Gray, Aiken, S.C.

Sheehan is not worth fighting for
Cindy Sheehan publicly stated that the United States isn't worth fighting for. As one who has fought for our country, and whose military service involved travel to 26 other countries, I can personally attest that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Millions of people have risked their lives to come to our shores and share the freedoms we enjoy. Thomas L. Lamb, Augusta

Just go home, Cindy Sheehan
It is tragic that Cindy Sheehan's son died in Iraq. What is even more tragic is that Mrs. Sheehan dishonors his name each day that she sits in Crawford, Texas, surrounded by the likes of Al Sharpton and Martin Sheen.Bob Manning, Thomson

Incentive lacking for math, science
I was disturbed to read Andy Reese's diatribe that the decline in math and science graduates is a result of religious belief ("Pupils devolving in math, science," Aug. 30). Art Beall, Evans

Just go home, Cindy Sheehan
It is tragic that Cindy Sheehan's son died in Iraq. What is even more tragic is that Mrs. Sheehan dishonors his name each day that she sits in Crawford, Texas, surrounded by the likes of Al Sharpton and Martin Sheen.Bob Manning, Thomson

Sheehan is not worth fighting for

Recent guest columnist was hilarious
Congratulations on discovering what a select few already know: Bob Perdue is an authentic folk humorist who can make you laugh on your worst day ("Dreams can come true; they can happen to you," Aug. 19 column).

What is president's true agenda?

Who watched Natalee Holloway?

Incentive lacking for math, science

What is president's true agenda?
First, I say thank you to Erika Pracht ("President lied to start war in Iraq") and Patricia Lavins ("Editorial on 9-11 ignored the facts"), for their letters in the Aug. 27 paper. I am a 22-plus-year veteran, and I have said that - though Saddam Hussein needed to go - we, the United States, had no right to invade and remove him. George Davis, Evans

Recent guest columnist was hilarious
Congratulations on discovering what a select few already know: Bob Perdue is an authentic folk humorist who can make you laugh on your worst day ("Dreams can come true; they can happen to you," Aug. 19 column).

How would meat grow in a lab?
Ingrid Newkirk, writing as the head of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and against slaughtering of animals, says in the Aug. 29 Chronicle: "Here's how it would happen: Scientists would extract, isolate, and grow muscle cells from cattle, pigs, chicken, fish," etc. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

FDA official resigns in protest of morning-after pill decision

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse goes exotic

FDA approves new flu-shot

Living briefs

Mad cow disease may have come from humans

FDA official resigns in protest of morning-after pill decision
WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Food and Drug Administration official resigned Wednesday in protest over the agency's refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.

FDA approves new flu-shot
WASHINGTON - The government approved a new flu shot Wednesday, clearing a third U.S. supplier even as doctors await word of just how much vaccine will be available this year.

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse goes exotic
Mitsubishi officials know there are many more people who lust after exotic sport coupes than can afford them. So as they developed the new, fourth-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse for 2006, they kept thinking about creating an "attainable exotic," especially as they fit a new, powerful V-6 under the hood.

Mad cow disease may have come from humans
LONDON - A new theory proposes that mad cow disease may have come from feeding British cattle meal contaminated with human remains infected with a variation of the disease.

Living briefs
Here's a look at your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Mad cow disease may have come from humans
LONDON - A new theory proposes that mad cow disease may have come from feeding British cattle meal contaminated with human remains infected with a variation of the disease.

FDA official resigns in protest of morning-after pill decision
WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Food and Drug Administration official resigned Wednesday in protest over the agency's refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse goes exotic
Mitsubishi officials know there are many more people who lust after exotic sport coupes than can afford them. So as they developed the new, fourth-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse for 2006, they kept thinking about creating an "attainable exotic," especially as they fit a new, powerful V-6 under the hood.

Living briefs
Here's a look at your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

FDA approves new flu-shot
WASHINGTON - The government approved a new flu shot Wednesday, clearing a third U.S. supplier even as doctors await word of just how much vaccine will be available this year.

Increase adds fuel to the fire for clerks
When people get fired up over gasoline, station clerks and managers take a lot of the heat.

Work on terminal is on time
Out of view from passengers picking up their boarding passes, workers at Augusta Regional Airport are stacking bricks.

Katrina refugees find shelter in Augusta church
With no home and no job to return to, New Orleans resident Corey Mitchell is among about 50 people taking refuge in Augusta from the hurricane-ravaged city.

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

Tax plan getting scrutiny

Senator tests waters for presidential run
COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., said Wednesday he's preparing for a possible bid for president in 2008 and wanted to test South Carolina's political waters.

Travel plans stay on course
Judy Reville, of AAA Augusta, says Wednesday's rush on gasoline pumps caused a flood of calls to her office from travelers worried they'll end up stranded on the way to their vacations this weekend.

State expands cancer coverage
COLUMBIA - A statewide program that helps treat breast and cervical cancer for the uninsured has been expanded to include more women diagnosed with the disease.

Travel plans stay on course
Judy Reville, of AAA Augusta, says Wednesday's rush on gasoline pumps caused a flood of calls to her office from travelers worried they'll end up stranded on the way to their vacations this weekend.

Panel weighs change in funding for schools
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A legislative panel held the first of five statewide meetings Wednesday night on a proposal to change the way public schools are funded in Georgia.

Panel weighs change in funding for schools

Correction
- A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said a Columbia County Board of Commissioners retreat will take place at Lake Oconee in Greene County.

State expands cancer coverage

Rants and Raves
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Family shares home with relatives seeking refuge
Artis Rozier was playing tennis Sunday when he got a call from his wife telling him that they were going to have visitors.

Duncan Drugs customers must change pharmacies
After his latest doctor's appointment Tuesday, David Britt went to Duncan Drugs, his new prescription in hand, only to find the pharmacy doors locked.

Cox says Georgia's schools are 'good'
ATLANTA - Student performance is on the rise, and the state needs to "stay the course" to continue to improve education, Superintendent Kathy Cox said Thursday in her first State of Public Education Address.

Hopefuls view development as key to change
It was all about creating more jobs for Augusta at a forum for candidates Wednesday night held by the Laney Walker Neighborhood Association.

Planeloads of patients head to Atlanta
About 100 evacuees from New Orleans were in the Atlanta area Thursday evening, and four more plane-loads were expected overnight as Atlanta and Augusta hospitals brace to care for patients from that area.

Tax plan getting scrutiny
Augusta commissioners managed to meet for about an hour Wednesday to talk some more about their $160 million special-purpose local option sales tax package before recessing.

Across South Carolina

Partner's testimony leads to conviction
A jury convicted an Augusta man of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a disabled veteran.

Economics affects SAT score
The numbers behind the numbers show there's still work to be done to improve Georgia SAT scores.

Verdict split on molestation
A jury split its verdict Wednesday in the case of a man accused of beating and molesting a teenage girl.

Panicked motorists crowd gas stations

Woman gets 10 years for killing
AIKEN - Her hair braided into silver cornrows and her weight supported by a walker, Rosa Lee Ross unsteadily made her way across an Aiken County courtroom Wednesday.

Across the area

Georgia hospitals stand by to help
Some of the 3,000 patients being evacuated from the storm-torn Gulf Coast will be coming to Georgia hospitals, but it is still unclear whether any will land in Augusta, officials said. The earliest patients would likely arrive this afternoon.

Across Georgia
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - A woman and her estranged husband were killed in a shooting that authorities say looks like a murder-suicide.

Fort's unit is awarded citation
The 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon has been through three deployments since Sept. 11, 2001, getting intelligence on the ground from locals in Afghanistan and Iraq during war.

Vigilant consumers call on prices
ATLANTA - Hundreds of calls poured into state regulators within 24 hours of Gov. Sonny Perdue's vow to crack down on gasoline price gouging as residents tried to help police retailers' behavior.

Economics affects SAT score
The numbers behind the numbers show there's still work to be done to improve Georgia SAT scores.

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

Work on terminal is on time
Out of view from passengers picking up their boarding passes, workers at Augusta Regional Airport are stacking bricks.

Rants and Raves: Gasoline
Comments from readers

Panicked motorists crowd gas stations
Demand for fuel far exceeded supply Wednesday as panic-stricken motorists jammed area gas stations, pushing prices up hourly throughout the day.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A 210-seat planetarium to be named for entertainer Art Linkletter has been dropped from plans for a development near this resort town, the Horry County planner said.

News you can use

Family shares home with relatives seeking refuge
Artis Rozier was playing tennis Sunday when he got a call from his wife telling him that they were going to have visitors.

Trash pickup will be delayed

Katrina refugees find shelter in Augusta church
With no home and no job to return to, New Orleans resident Corey Mitchell is among about 50 people taking refuge in Augusta from the hurricane-ravaged city.

Parking, locker fees increase for students

SWAT teams arrest 7 in raid

Georgia schools get ready for refugees

Partner's testimony leads to conviction
A jury convicted an Augusta man of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a disabled veteran.

Kid of the day

Fort's unit is awarded citation
The 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon has been through three deployments since Sept. 11, 2001, getting intelligence on the ground from locals in Afghanistan and Iraq during war.

Travel plans stay on course

Woman gets 10 years for killing

Woman gets 10 years for killing
AIKEN - Her hair braided into silver cornrows and her weight supported by a walker, Rosa Lee Ross unsteadily made her way across an Aiken County courtroom Wednesday.

Economics affects SAT score

Kid of the Day
Harold Jeffery Leverett Jr. of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Senator tests waters for presidential run

Panicked motorists crowd gas stations
Demand for fuel far exceeded supply Wednesday as panic-stricken motorists jammed area gas stations, pushing prices up hourly throughout the day.

News you can use

Senator tests waters for presidential run
COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., said Wednesday he's preparing for a possible bid for president in 2008 and wanted to test South Carolina's political waters.

Partner's testimony leads to conviction

Across the area
A 63-year-old bicyclist who became lodged in a car's windshield after being hit in a Martinez neighborhood Monday was still in critical condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Across the area
A Grovetown woman was killed Thursday after her sport utility vehicle was struck by a dump truck on Columbia Road near South Old Belair Road.

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

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A 210-seat planetarium to be named for entertainer Art Linkletter has been dropped from plans for a development near this resort town, the Horry County planner said.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - The state cannot appeal a judge's decision to drop all charges against two brothers accused of killing a Johnsonville administrator, prosecutor Ed Clements III said.

SWAT teams arrest 7 in raid
Richmond County sheriff's officers said Thursday that they have arrested seven of the area's biggest cocaine-dealing suspects, seized about $140,000, guns, tricked-out cars and more than 2 kilograms of narcotics.

Across Georgia
PEACHTREE CITY - The National Weather Service confirmed that Hurricane Katrina's remnants spawned nine tornadoes that swept through Georgia on Monday, killing two people, toppling trees and leveling buildings.

Georgia schools get ready for refugees
ATLANTA - Families who have made their way to Georgia to escape the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina will be able to enroll their children in new schools as they wait to return home.

Hopefuls view development as key to change
It was all about creating more jobs for Augusta at a forum for candidates Wednesday night held by the Laney Walker Neighborhood Association.

Planeloads of patients head to Atlanta
About 100 evacuees from New Orleans were in the Atlanta area Thursday evening, and four more plane-loads were expected overnight as Atlanta and Augusta hospitals brace to care for patients from that area.

Family shares home with relatives seeking refuge

Parking, locker fees increase for students
A free public education isn't always free, and the costs recently went up.

Across the area

Rants and Raves: Gasoline
Comments from readers

Across Georgia
PEACHTREE CITY - The National Weather Service confirmed that Hurricane Katrina's remnants spawned nine tornadoes that swept through Georgia on Monday, killing two people, toppling trees and leveling buildings.

Trash pickup will be delayed
The city of Augusta is cutting back residential garbage pickup service to one day a week and suspending all other services to minimize fuel use, effective today.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - The state cannot appeal a judge's decision to drop all charges against two brothers accused of killing a Johnsonville administrator, prosecutor Ed Clements III said.

Across Georgia
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - A woman and her estranged husband were killed in a shooting that authorities say looks like a murder-suicide.

Across the area
A 63-year-old bicyclist who became lodged in a car's windshield after being hit in a Martinez neighborhood Monday was still in critical condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Across the area
A Grovetown woman was killed Thursday after her sport utility vehicle was struck by a dump truck on Columbia Road near South Old Belair Road.

Parking, locker fees increase for students
A free public education isn't always free, and the costs recently went up.

Kid of the day
Lindsey Odum is today's Kid of the Day.

Georgia schools get ready for refugees
ATLANTA - Families who have made their way to Georgia to escape the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina will be able to enroll their children in new schools as they wait to return home.

SWAT teams arrest 7 in raid
Richmond County sheriff's officers said Thursday that they have arrested seven of the area's biggest cocaine-dealing suspects, seized about $140,000, guns, tricked-out cars and more than 2 kilograms of narcotics.

Cox says Georgia's schools are 'good'
ATLANTA - Student performance is on the rise, and the state needs to "stay the course" to continue to improve education, Superintendent Kathy Cox said Thursday in her first State of Public Education Address.

Increase adds fuel to the fire for clerks
When people get fired up over gasoline, station clerks and managers take a lot of the heat.

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

Trash pickup will be delayed
The city of Augusta is cutting back residential garbage pickup service to one day a week and suspending all other services to minimize fuel use, effective today.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Harold Jeffery Leverett Jr. of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Cox says Georgia's schools are 'good'

Vigilant consumers call on prices
ATLANTA - Hundreds of calls poured into state regulators within 24 hours of Gov. Sonny Perdue's vow to crack down on gasoline price gouging as residents tried to help police retailers' behavior.

Rants and Raves: Gasoline
Comments from readers

Kid of the day
Lindsey Odum is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and Raves: Gasoline
Comments from readers

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Increase adds fuel to the fire for clerks

Katrina refugees find shelter in Augusta church

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Panel weighs change in funding for schools
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A legislative panel held the first of five statewide meetings Wednesday night on a proposal to change the way public schools are funded in Georgia.

Across Georgia

State expands cancer coverage
COLUMBIA - A statewide program that helps treat breast and cervical cancer for the uninsured has been expanded to include more women diagnosed with the disease.

Vigilant consumers call on prices

Verdict split on molestation

Correction
- A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said a Columbia County Board of Commissioners retreat will take place at Lake Oconee in Greene County.

Fort's unit is awarded citation

Planeloads of patients head to Atlanta

Across Georgia

Tax plan getting scrutiny
Augusta commissioners managed to meet for about an hour Wednesday to talk some more about their $160 million special-purpose local option sales tax package before recessing.

Hopefuls view development as key to change

Georgia hospitals stand by to help
Some of the 3,000 patients being evacuated from the storm-torn Gulf Coast will be coming to Georgia hospitals, but it is still unclear whether any will land in Augusta, officials said. The earliest patients would likely arrive this afternoon.

Kid of the Day

Duncan Drugs customers must change pharmacies
After his latest doctor's appointment Tuesday, David Britt went to Duncan Drugs, his new prescription in hand, only to find the pharmacy doors locked.

Duncan Drugs customers must change pharmacies

Verdict split on molestation
A jury split its verdict Wednesday in the case of a man accused of beating and molesting a teenage girl.

Georgia hospitals stand by to help

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Correction

Across South Carolina

Work on terminal is on time

Brethren in need overshadow game
For months everybody has been waiting for tonight. For some, it's all they've been able to think about.

Dad-gum, Spurrier will take this victory
COLUMBIA - Well, all in all a half-decent start for an era.

Dad-gum, Spurrier will take this victory
COLUMBIA - Well, all in all a half-decent start for an era.

Brethren in need overshadow game
For months everybody has been waiting for tonight. For some, it's all they've been able to think about.

'Sahara' stars drown in improbable plot
The ingredients of an action movie are fairly basic - the chase, the fight, the explosion and the narrow escape.

'Sahara' stars drown in improbable plot

Mini-reviews

Mini-reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see chronicle.augusta.com/movies.

New home-video releases

'Sahara' stars drown in improbable plot
The ingredients of an action movie are fairly basic - the chase, the fight, the explosion and the narrow escape.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video release and a calendar of what's coming:

Summer comedies boost slumping Hollywood

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video release and a calendar of what's coming:

Summer comedies boost slumping Hollywood
NEW YORK - One of the unlikely heroes of this summer's weak box office is a bicycle-riding electronics salesman who responds to his girlfriend's in-bed question of whether he has any protection:

Summer comedies boost slumping Hollywood
NEW YORK - One of the unlikely heroes of this summer's weak box office is a bicycle-riding electronics salesman who responds to his girlfriend's in-bed question of whether he has any protection:

Mini-reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see chronicle.augusta.com/movies.

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.

Concert calendar
AROUND TOWN BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS: Friday, Sept. 9, The Mission

Five Men blend music, poetry in benefit show

Sonic spotlight: Mario Patterson
MARIO PATTERSON (AKA Young Phoenix) HOMETOWN: Waynesboro, Ga.

Top 20 concert tours

Concert calendar
AROUND TOWN BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS: Friday, Sept. 9, The Mission

Help pick area's best singer-songwriter

Rasheeda is keeping her plate full of music
Rasheeda, the self-proclaimed queen of crunk, is back in Augusta, and she's ready to rip it up Saturday at Crunk Fest.

Rasheeda is keeping her plate full of music

Help pick area's best singer-songwriter
Who is Augusta's best singer-songwriter?

Help pick area's best singer-songwriter
Who is Augusta's best singer-songwriter?

Five Men blend music, poetry in benefit show
Hank Stewart, the voice of Five Men on a Stool, was very precise when he chose the title 3:57 A.M. for his most recent book of poetry.

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.

Country music newcomer heads list for Rest Fest
To call Ray Scott a newcomer to country music isn't quite accurate.

Sonic spotlight: Mario Patterson

Suge Knight tells magazine he doesn't 'walk in fear'
NEW YORK - Suge Knight is not afraid. That's what the fearsome rap mogul told XXL magazine in an interview conducted before he was shot last weekend in Miami.

Sonic spotlight: Mario Patterson
MARIO PATTERSON (AKA Young Phoenix) HOMETOWN: Waynesboro, Ga.

Rasheeda is keeping her plate full of music
Rasheeda, the self-proclaimed queen of crunk, is back in Augusta, and she's ready to rip it up Saturday at Crunk Fest.

Suge Knight tells magazine he doesn't 'walk in fear'

Country music newcomer heads list for Rest Fest
To call Ray Scott a newcomer to country music isn't quite accurate.

Concert calendar

Five Men blend music, poetry in benefit show
Hank Stewart, the voice of Five Men on a Stool, was very precise when he chose the title 3:57 A.M. for his most recent book of poetry.

Suge Knight tells magazine he doesn't 'walk in fear'
NEW YORK - Suge Knight is not afraid. That's what the fearsome rap mogul told XXL magazine in an interview conducted before he was shot last weekend in Miami.

Country music newcomer heads list for Rest Fest

Stewart can take a relaxed approach
FONTANA, Calif. - As the top-ranked driver in the Nextel Cup Series standings, Tony Stewart's place in the upcoming Chase for the Championship is secured.

Newsmaker: Elliott Sadler

Stewart can take a relaxed approach

Super Bowl QBs teaming as NASCAR owners
FORT WORTH, Texas -Troy Aikman didn't win a game as a rookie starting quarterback in the NFL, and Roger Staubach had to wait until his third season before becoming the regular starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

Super Bowl QBs teaming as NASCAR owners

Superstars once toiled at jobs to pursue career
FONTANA, Calif. - Long before they were racing champions and multi-millionaires, many drivers were working stiffs. They punched time clocks, had grease under their fingernails and lived paycheck to paycheck.

Super Bowl QBs teaming as NASCAR owners
FORT WORTH, Texas -Troy Aikman didn't win a game as a rookie starting quarterback in the NFL, and Roger Staubach had to wait until his third season before becoming the regular starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

Newsmaker: Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler (above) took time away from a test session at Richmond International Raceway on Tuesday to talk with reporters in a national telephone conference call. Here is an excerpt:

Superstars once toiled at jobs to pursue career

Stewart can take a relaxed approach
FONTANA, Calif. - As the top-ranked driver in the Nextel Cup Series standings, Tony Stewart's place in the upcoming Chase for the Championship is secured.

Superstars once toiled at jobs to pursue career
FONTANA, Calif. - Long before they were racing champions and multi-millionaires, many drivers were working stiffs. They punched time clocks, had grease under their fingernails and lived paycheck to paycheck.

Newsmaker: Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler (above) took time away from a test session at Richmond International Raceway on Tuesday to talk with reporters in a national telephone conference call. Here is an excerpt:

Homeless Saints could face vagabond season

Dolphins' QB situation unsettled

Colts reach agreement with Corey Simon

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Mrs. Betty Jean Barras    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Rich    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Domonique N. Amiker    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Bryan A. Dorr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Jackson, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Robertson    (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Derrick L. Martin    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John D. Carter, Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Bruce Hadden    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cheeks    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mark Austin Mikell    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Demastes    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Sherrod    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bryan A. Dorr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Sherrod    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold L. Echols    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Cynthia Mutcherson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Catrina Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Frances E. King    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Madison Faith Fountain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Grady Jackson, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice L. French    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice L. French    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethelyn Futrelle    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Helen Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Betty Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Madison Faith Fountain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph C. Gay    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Ms. Ella Willis    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce Hadden    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Fred L. Walker, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel L. Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Imogene Tanner    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. James U. Milton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert L. Ruff    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. George Perkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Grady Jackson, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. James U. Milton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Percy Jackson    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Legg    (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Widner    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jean Barras    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. C.W. Welch    (AVERA, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick B. Jacobs    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Way    (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. James Hightower, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Ware    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Betty Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Vinson    (DEARING, Ga.)

Miss Catrina Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard B. Taylor    (EAST ORANGE, N.J.)

Mr. Frank Cheeks    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Tanner    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Domonique N. Amiker    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Imogene Tanner    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Hutcheson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dea. Monroe Sims, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Dotts, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Sherrod    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Broadwater    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Gracie Saunders    (WAYCROSS, Ga.)

Mr. Fred L. Walker, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert L. Ruff    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Robertson    (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Robertson    (CONYERS, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Sherrod    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Perkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Cora H. Parker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Rich    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Dea. Monroe Sims, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stuart Reichard    (SANTA FE, N.M.)

Mrs. Gracie Saunders    (WAYCROSS, Ga.)

Mr. George Perkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Robertson    (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Newsome    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Stuart Reichard    (SANTA FE, N.M.)

Mrs. Cynthia Mutcherson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Newsome    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Mose Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Mose Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James U. Milton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Lyle    (ORLANDO, FL.)

Mr. Derrick L. Martin    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Katherine B. Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Lyle    (ORLANDO, FL.)

Mrs. Madellar Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Legg    (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick B. Jacobs    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine B. Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora "Memaw" Parker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Frances E. King    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Percy Jackson    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Madellar Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Huel Smith    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel L. Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James U. Milton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph C. Gay    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Edna Bradley Gray    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethelyn Futrelle    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Broadwater    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Madison Faith Fountain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Cheeks    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Harold L. Echols    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Demastes    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Baxter Dewey Archer    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John D. Carter, Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. James U. Milton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Grady Blakey    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith I. Ellison    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora "Memaw" Parker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Madison Faith Fountain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Katherine B. Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel L. Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel L. Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Hutcheson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Ella Willis    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine B. Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Baxter Dewey Archer    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mark Austin Mikell    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Cheeks    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Bradley Gray    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. James U. Milton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Odebell Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Cora H. Parker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Smith    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Widner    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Robinson    (GRAYCOURT, S.C.)

Mr. C.W. Welch    (AVERA, Ga.)

Mrs. Odebell Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Way    (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Smith    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Ware    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Robinson    (GRAYCOURT, S.C.)

Mrs. Effie Vinson    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. George Perkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Richard B. Taylor    (EAST ORANGE, N.J.)

Mrs. Lucy Tanner    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith I. Ellison    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Fred L. Walker, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mark Austin Mikell (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel L. Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Mose Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethelyn Futrelle (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Cynthia Mutcherson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Sherrod (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Lyle (ORLANDO, FL.)

Mr. Frank Cheeks (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. William Huel Smith (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Hightower, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cheeks (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Way (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Broadwater (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Tanner (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. C.W. Welch (AVERA, Ga.)

Miss Catrina Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Jackson, Jr. (BARTOW, Ga.)

Domonique N. Amiker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Grady Blakey (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Frances E. King (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. George Perkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. George Perkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Odebell Williams (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Gracie Saunders (WAYCROSS, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel L. Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Demastes (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith I. Ellison (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Richard B. Taylor (EAST ORANGE, N.J.)

Mr. Baxter Dewey Archer (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jean Barras (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Bradley Gray (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Derrick L. Martin (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John D. Carter, Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Madison Faith Fountain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James U. Milton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Betty Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Newsome (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine B. Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Rich (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Bryan A. Dorr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold L. Echols (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice L. French (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Stuart Reichard (SANTA FE, N.M.)

Ms. Ella Willis (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Widner (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Robertson (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce Hadden (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Hutcheson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick B. Jacobs (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Robinson (GRAYCOURT, S.C.)

Mrs. Madellar Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Dotts, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Monroe Sims, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine B. Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Imogene Tanner (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora H. Parker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph C. Gay (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Madison Faith Fountain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Legg (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Sherrod (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Ruff (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. James U. Milton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Cora "Memaw" Parker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Smith (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Vinson (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Ware (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Miller, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Robertson (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mrs. Percy Jackson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William E. Curl, Jr. (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)

Private property vs. judicial tyranny
The Declaration of Indepen-dence in 1776 came very near mentioning the right to own property as one of the fundamental rights of mankind. That was a position our Founders, including the prime author of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, arguably inherited from English philosopher John Locke. Locke wrote in his Second Treatise of Government nearly a century earlier, in 1689, that all individuals are born with certain, God-given rights that cannot be taken away by man, and that among these are life, liberty, and property, which he also referred to as "possession" and "estates."

Private property vs. judicial tyranny
The Declaration of Indepen-dence in 1776 came very near mentioning the right to own property as one of the fundamental rights of mankind. That was a position our Founders, including the prime author of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, arguably inherited from English philosopher John Locke. Locke wrote in his Second Treatise of Government nearly a century earlier, in 1689, that all individuals are born with certain, God-given rights that cannot be taken away by man, and that among these are life, liberty, and property, which he also referred to as "possession" and "estates."

Private property vs. judicial tyranny
The Declaration of Indepen-dence in 1776 came very near mentioning the right to own property as one of the fundamental rights of mankind. That was a position our Founders, including the prime author of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, arguably inherited from English philosopher John Locke. Locke wrote in his Second Treatise of Government nearly a century earlier, in 1689, that all individuals are born with certain, God-given rights that cannot be taken away by man, and that among these are life, liberty, and property, which he also referred to as "possession" and "estates."

After sluggish start, Henin-Hardenne wins

Team earns sectional spot

Clijsters, Sharapova advance easily at U.S. Open

Former champ sparks interest in sailing club

Overtime

American men vanishing at U.S. Open

American men vanishing at U.S. Open
NEW YORK - When the U.S. Open got underway, there were 18 American men in the draw.

American men vanishing at U.S. Open
NEW YORK - When the U.S. Open got underway, there were 18 American men in the draw.

Team earns sectional spot
Petersburg Racquet Club's senior 6.0 mixed doubles team recently won the Georgia State Mixed Doubles championship in Rome, Ga., and will go on to the sectional tournament in October.

Former champ sparks interest in sailing club
The sport of sailing is one that requires great hand-eye coordination, lightning-fast reflexes and great mental acuity in a race that lasts a short time.

After sluggish start, Henin-Hardenne wins
NEW YORK - Maybe Justine Henin-Hardenne isn't a morning person. The French Open champion struggled with her game and her composure before finally overcoming Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Team earns sectional spot
Petersburg Racquet Club's senior 6.0 mixed doubles team recently won the Georgia State Mixed Doubles championship in Rome, Ga., and will go on to the sectional tournament in October.

Former champ sparks interest in sailing club
The sport of sailing is one that requires great hand-eye coordination, lightning-fast reflexes and great mental acuity in a race that lasts a short time.

After sluggish start, Henin-Hardenne wins
NEW YORK - Maybe Justine Henin-Hardenne isn't a morning person. The French Open champion struggled with her game and her composure before finally overcoming Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Overtime
In Dalton, Ga., two-time defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, fired 3-over-par 75 to take the opening-round lead in the Georgia State Women's Amateur.

Overtime
In Dalton, Ga., two-time defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, fired 3-over-par 75 to take the opening-round lead in the Georgia State Women's Amateur.

Clijsters, Sharapova advance easily at U.S. Open
NEW YORK - Heat and humidity are expected at the U.S. Open. Ditto for the airplanes that scream overhead on their way to and from nearby LaGuardia Airport.

Clijsters, Sharapova advance easily at U.S. Open
NEW YORK - Heat and humidity are expected at the U.S. Open. Ditto for the airplanes that scream overhead on their way to and from nearby LaGuardia Airport.

Homeless Saints could face vagabond season
There is only one certainty about the New Orleans Saints' future: They will live and work out of the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio for a while.

Colts reach agreement with Corey Simon
INDIANAPOLIS - Defensive tackle Corey Simon, cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed to a multiyear contract Thursday with Indianapolis in what could be a big boost for the Colts' defense.

Dolphins' QB situation unsettled
MIAMI - As time passes, Dan Marino looks better and better.

Homeless Saints could face vagabond season
There is only one certainty about the New Orleans Saints' future: They will live and work out of the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio for a while.

Colts reach agreement with Corey Simon
INDIANAPOLIS - Defensive tackle Corey Simon, cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed to a multiyear contract Thursday with Indianapolis in what could be a big boost for the Colts' defense.

Dolphins' QB situation unsettled
MIAMI - As time passes, Dan Marino looks better and better.

Loveless gets lots of love

Loveless gets lots of love
Patty Loveless loves Georgia, and the Peach State is showing its love for Ms. Loveless by inducting her into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 17.

Loveless gets lots of love
Patty Loveless loves Georgia, and the Peach State is showing its love for Ms. Loveless by inducting her into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 17.

Faces from the first day of school
Readers share their photographs with The News-Times.

Reunions
T.W. JOSEY HIGH SCHOOL 1993: Seeking classmates for a reunion meeting 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Wallace Branch Library, 1237 Laney-Walker Blvd.; contact Shelita Burnett-Williams, 560-0831, or Quinndella Mole-Johnson, 364-7483, or e-mail TWJOSEYclassof1993@ hotmail.com

Light the Night captains prepare walking shoes
When Kathie Shepherd was diagnosed with chronic myeloma leukemia in May 1999, there were few treatment options available in the area, so she flew to Houston.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

All-Stars live up to name in championship win
The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association's 13- to 14-year-old Augusta All-Stars, under the leadership of head coach Barry Hall, ended their 2005 season with a 10-2 win over Valdosta for the state championship.

Milestones
William "Paul" Herin III, of Augusta, a 2004 graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts High School and son of Bill and Erin Herin, was awarded the 2005 Eric Wang Scholarship for $500 by Fencing Institute of Texas Inc., Farmers Branch, Texas.

Program prepares people for GED studies
When the Rev. S. Candy Williams introduced her idea of a remedial pre-General Educational Development studies literacy program, many thought of it as a godsend.

Program prepares people for GED studies
When the Rev. S. Candy Williams introduced her idea of a remedial pre-General Educational Development studies literacy program, many thought of it as a godsend.

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

School menu
TODAY: Breakfast pocket, applesauce or fruit juice and milk *Steak biscuit and hash browns

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Convenience pleases Bridgeton residents
Nestled in a small community off Washington Road, Bridgeton Townhomes offer serenity and convenience, many of its residents say.

SeniorNet simplifies computers
June Murff is trying to survive in a world filled with unavoidable e-mail, spam and blogs.

All-Stars live up to name in championship win
The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association's 13- to 14-year-old Augusta All-Stars, under the leadership of head coach Barry Hall, ended their 2005 season with a 10-2 win over Valdosta for the state championship.

Active-duty airmen give hand to Habitat
With construction in his background, it was easy for Airman 1st Class Eric Watson to pitch in with a Habitat for Humanity project Aug. 19 in Aiken.

Richmond Academy, Aquinas resurrect football rivalry
Mary Lou Garren's memories of Thanksgiving during her high school years revolve around football.

Man hopes book puts others on right path
What helped T.J. Carson cope through a "rough point" in his life has turned into a novel he hopes will help others.

Coleman anniversary
The Rev. Bobby and Ruby Coleman, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception Sunday, July 31, at Cornerstone Fellowship Church.

Around the block
Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St., will show a science fiction movie for First Friday at 7 p.m. Friday in the Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater. The movie is free. For more information, call 821-0609.

CSRA Bridge results
CSRA Bridge Results, Aug. 22-28

Pet of the week
Mali, a 1-year-old border collie, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

This week
First Friday Sci-Fi movie: 7 p.m. Friday; Fort Discovery Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater, 1 Seventh St.; free; 821-0609

Faces from the first day of school
Readers share their photographs with The News-Times.

Recycling center
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Richmond Academy, Aquinas resurrect football rivalry
Mary Lou Garren's memories of Thanksgiving during her high school years revolve around football.

CSRA Bridge results
CSRA Bridge Results, Aug. 22-28

Drawing narrows scholarship field to four
There was excitement in the air Aug. 24 at Champion Window on Washington Road, and not all of it was about the possibility of winning $10,000.

This week
First Friday Sci-Fi movie: 7 p.m. Friday; Fort Discovery Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater, 1 Seventh St.; free; 821-0609

Service club holds events to welcome newcomers
Holding two soirees in one week, the Fort Gordon Service Club welcomed potential members and the new commanding general's wife.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Light the Night captains prepare walking shoes
When Kathie Shepherd was diagnosed with chronic myeloma leukemia in May 1999, there were few treatment options available in the area, so she flew to Houston.

Recreation events
HEPHZIBAH/CARROLL COMMUNITY CENTER

Convenience pleases Bridgeton residents
Nestled in a small community off Washington Road, Bridgeton Townhomes offer serenity and convenience, many of its residents say.

Recycling center
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Man hopes book puts others on right path
What helped T.J. Carson cope through a "rough point" in his life has turned into a novel he hopes will help others.

Milestones
William "Paul" Herin III, of Augusta, a 2004 graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts High School and son of Bill and Erin Herin, was awarded the 2005 Eric Wang Scholarship for $500 by Fencing Institute of Texas Inc., Farmers Branch, Texas.

Active-duty airmen give hand to Habitat
With construction in his background, it was easy for Airman 1st Class Eric Watson to pitch in with a Habitat for Humanity project Aug. 19 in Aiken.

Reunions
T.W. JOSEY HIGH SCHOOL 1993: Seeking classmates for a reunion meeting 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Wallace Branch Library, 1237 Laney-Walker Blvd.; contact Shelita Burnett-Williams, 560-0831, or Quinndella Mole-Johnson, 364-7483, or e-mail TWJOSEYclassof1993@ hotmail.com

Service club holds events to welcome newcomers
Holding two soirees in one week, the Fort Gordon Service Club welcomed potential members and the new commanding general's wife.

School menu
TODAY: Breakfast pocket, applesauce or fruit juice and milk *Steak biscuit and hash browns

Drawing narrows scholarship field to four
There was excitement in the air Aug. 24 at Champion Window on Washington Road, and not all of it was about the possibility of winning $10,000.

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

SeniorNet simplifies computers
June Murff is trying to survive in a world filled with unavoidable e-mail, spam and blogs.

Pet of the week
Mali, a 1-year-old border collie, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Events
MOUNTAIN MAKINGS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ART AND CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Dillard City Hall Grounds, just off U.S. Highway 441; food, art and craft demonstrations, live music by Tugalo Holler, an eight-piece bluegrass band; (828) 526-3181

Events
MOUNTAIN MAKINGS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ART AND CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Dillard City Hall Grounds, just off U.S. Highway 441; food, art and craft demonstrations, live music by Tugalo Holler, an eight-piece bluegrass band; (828) 526-3181

Recreation events
HEPHZIBAH/CARROLL COMMUNITY CENTER

Coleman anniversary
The Rev. Bobby and Ruby Coleman, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception Sunday, July 31, at Cornerstone Fellowship Church.

Around the block
Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St., will show a science fiction movie for First Friday at 7 p.m. Friday in the Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater. The movie is free. For more information, call 821-0609.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Recycling center

Restaurant ratings

For the record

All-Stars live up to name in championship win

Convenience pleases Bridgeton residents

CSRA Bridge results

Active-duty airmen give hand to Habitat

Recreation events

This week

Around the block

Georgia Farmers Market prices

Program prepares people for GED studies

SeniorNet simplifies computers

Man hopes book puts others on right path

Drawing narrows scholarship field to four

Service club holds events to welcome newcomers

Light the Night captains prepare walking shoes

Events

School menu

Pet of the week

Richmond Academy, Aquinas resurrect football rivalry

Reunions

Milestones

Coleman anniversary

Faces from the first day of school

Dad-gum, Spurrier will take this victory

Brethren in need overshadow game

Hollywood's leftist leanings give union label screen time

TV show lets you choose between two sitcoms
NEW YORK - Who will get the last laugh: "The Sperm Donor" or "Stephen's Life"?

TV show lets you choose between two sitcoms

TV show lets you choose between two sitcoms
NEW YORK - Who will get the last laugh: "The Sperm Donor" or "Stephen's Life"?

The Liquid Life: Club Argos

Spotted

Applause calendar

Club calendar

Stuff to do

Simpson, Lachey to sing at Sept. 11 NFL tribute

People in the News

Harry Connick Jr.: residents are 'freakishly strong'

What's For Lunch: Peppermill restaurant

Hollywood's leftist leanings give union label screen time
I don't think anyone will be offended when I say that, with the exceptions of Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston and a few others, Hollywood, politically speaking, leans pretty far left.

Hollywood's leftist leanings give union label screen time
I don't think anyone will be offended when I say that, with the exceptions of Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston and a few others, Hollywood, politically speaking, leans pretty far left.

South Carolina holds on to win coach's debut

South Carolina holds on to win coach's debut
COLUMBIA - Steve Spurrier's return to the college sideline Thursday night was anything but easy.

Spurrier's debut brings win, hope
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's first play from scrimmage Thursday night was a 2-yard run by Bobby Wallace.

Questions are plentiful for Spurrier

Questions are plentiful for Spurrier
COLUMBIA - Was South Carolina the right place for Steve Spurrier's return to college football? The answers start coming for all to see tonight.

South Carolina holds on to win coach's debut
COLUMBIA - Steve Spurrier's return to the college sideline Thursday night was anything but easy.

Questions are plentiful for Spurrier
COLUMBIA - Was South Carolina the right place for Steve Spurrier's return to college football? The answers start coming for all to see tonight.

Energy markets remain jittery

Katrina's refugees will be moved to Houston

Congress prepares to send emergency aid to disaster zone

Officials throw up hands as looters ransack city

Georgia Guardsmen, power crews head for Gulf

Red Cross says number of people in shelters growing

More National Guardsmen are sent to Gulf Coast

New Orleans slips into anarchy

Levee repairs underway in New Orleans

Navy orders ships to Gulf Coast to aid in relief effort

Americans contribute millions for Katrina disaster relief

Katrina's effects, state-by-state

Weather Service: Nine tornadoes ripped through Georgia

TV telethons announced for Katrina victims

New Orleans paper publishes online only for second day

Vignettes from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Tiny island on edge of gulf counts its blessings

Flooded New Orleans to be evacuated

New Orleans evacuations continue

Post office struggles to deliver mail in disaster area