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Week In Review

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Sunday

CRASH: Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, are expected to make a full recovery from the second- and third-degree burns they suffered in a fiery crash at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, doctors said.

ENTERTAINMENT: AMC's retro-'60s drama Mad Men won the Emmy for best drama, the first time a basic cable series has won the award. Other big winners included the NBC comedy 30 Rock and the HBO miniseries John Adams .

GOLF: The American team beat Europe to win the Ryder Cup, golf's greatest team prize. It was the first time the U.S. has won since the "Miracle at Brookline" in 1999. This time, they didn't need a miracle or Tiger Woods, who was recovering from knee surgery, to clinch the victory.

BASEBALL: Yankee Stadium held its last game, with Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe Ruth's 92-year-old daughter, throwing out the first pitch. Yogi Berra was one of six Hall-of-Famers on hand for pregame ceremonies. The Yankees beat the Orioles 7-3.

Monday

Football: After 43 years of radio play-by-play for the University of Georgia, Larry Munson, announced he would retire immediately.

MARKET: While Congress scrambled to approve the details of the $700 billion Bush administration bailout package, the stock market went through another roller-coaster day. The Dow dropped 370 points, and the dollar sank. Oil went up $16.37 and gold rose by $40.30.

METRO: A crowd of 300 people gathered in downtown Augusta for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. The building is being built at Telfair Street and James Brown Boulevard. Construction on the $22 billion project is set to be finished by April 2010, and the library should be fully operational that June.

COURTHOUSE SHOOTING TRIAL: Prosecutors played a haunting audiotape of a 2005 Atlanta courthouse shooting rampage that left four people dead as they launched their case against shooting suspect Brian Nichols, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Tuesday

ECONOMY: Refusing to be pushed, Republicans and Democrats alike rebuffed dire warnings from the government's top economic officials of recession, layoffs and foreclosed homes if Congress doesn't quickly approve the administration's financial bailout plan. Congressional leaders still predicted passage -- with significant changes.

CAMPAIGN 2008: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin met her first world leaders as part of a tightly controlled crash course on foreign policy. She met Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

MILITARY: As many as three more combat brigades could be available to go to Afghanistan beginning next spring, in answer to repeated calls from commanders for more troops, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Wednesday

EDUCATION: In a special called meeting of the Richmond County Board of Education, Gregory Thompson was transferred from T.W. Josey High School, where he was assistant principal, to Butler High School, where he will replace Principal Walter Reeves.

BUSINESS: A zinc recycling company announced plans for an $87 million facility in the South Carolina Advanced Technology Park near Snelling, S.C., in Barnwell County.

ECONOMY: President Bush summoned presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and legislative leaders to an extraordinary White House summit, warning Americans and Congress that failing to act on a $700 billion financial industry bailout could lead to "a long and painful recession."

CONGRESS: Bowing to President Bush's demands, the House passed a $612 billion defense authorization bill for the Pentagon that contains a pay raise for troops and billions for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

HEALTH: South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster presented the Free Medical Clinic of Aiken County with a check for $20,000 to support its medical outreach to low-income, disabled and elderly patients.

AUGUSTA: The Salvation Army's Augusta Kroc Center project will receive an additional $7.8 million to offset rising construction costs. The funds awarded by The Salvation Army Kroc Trustees include a $3.9 million increase for construction and a $3.9 million increase in endowment funding provided through the Joan Kroc estate.

WORLD: More than a dozen countries -- from Indonesia to Colombia -- have banned or recalled Chinese dairy products amid fears over a widening tainted milk scandal that has killed four Chinese babies and sickened thousands of others.

Thursday

EDUCATION: Richmond County is losing three of its principals. Hephzibah High Principal Veta New is retiring to take a position with the Georgia Department of Education in Atlanta. Goshen Elementary Principal Lisa Schoer is retiring to be closer to her mother. And Jenkins-White Elementary Principal Marva Tutt is leaving to work for Voyager Expanded Learning, a company that offers school reading programs.

PAKISTAN: Pakistani troops fired at American reconnaissance helicopters near the Afghan-Pakistan border, and ground troops then exchanged fire, the U.S. military said. No injuries were reported, but the incident heightened tensions as the U.S. steps up cross-border operations in a volatile region known as a haven for Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

Business: Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. shareholders gave the go-ahead to a combination that would create the world's biggest carrier.

ECONOMY: A House Republican revolt stalled urgent efforts to lash together a national economic rescue plan, a chaotic turnaround on a day that had seemed headed for a success.

CONGRESS: Top Senate Democrats unveiled a $56 billion plan to stimulate the economy, including proposals to extend unemployment benefits and help states pay for Medicaid.

ECONOMY: Weekly jobless claims surged to the highest level in seven years, durable goods orders took a bigger-than-expected tumble and new home sales plunged to the slowest pace in 17 years, according to government data.

WORLD: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed to make relations with Latin America a top foreign policy priority, a pledge backed by the first Russian naval deployment to the Caribbean since the Cold War.

Friday

CAMPAIGN 2008: Candidates Barack Obama and John McCain squared off in the first of three presidential debates. Taking place amid congressional dealmaking over a proposed economic bailout, the debate focused strongly on the U.S. economy and the Iraq war.

GASOLINE: The Augusta area's gas shortage likely will continue for a couple of weeks, fuel officials report. Residents can expect relief by Columbus Day -- Oct. 13 -- as the last of the Gulf Coast refineries are restarted and fuel is delivered through the pipeline again.


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Property tax increase OK'd

Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
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