Minor leagues flourish while majors confront strike

Some fans favor a strike, if it helps the little guys

Louisville wins Little League World Series

Some fans favor a strike, if it helps the little guys
SAN DIEGO -- On days when the San Diego Padres play, few people are at the ballpark earlier than Frank and Barbara Glenski. The retirees pull into a prime parking spot close to the stadium, then settle into lawn chairs and spend the next several hours waving to arriving fans and players.

Minor leagues flourish while majors confront strike
DAYTON, Ohio -- The plate umpire wraps his arm around the Dayton Dragons' mascot and dances on the infield while the starting pitcher warms up.

Louisville wins Little League World Series
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Aaron Alvey homered and set three pitching records as Louisville, Ky., beat Sendai, Japan, 1-0 Sunday night to win the Little League World Series.

Owners make some moves toward players

Owners make some moves toward players
NEW YORK -- A day after criticizing players, baseball owners made a new economic proposal Sunday that moved toward the union in an effort to head off a strike later this week.

Lies are as frequent as a 10-minute conversation

Never mind the funeral music, here are the Sex Pistols!
When the coffin lid closes, would you really like the sound of Black Sabbath to accompany you to your heavenly reward?

Peru brain museum a medical resource of cerebral maladies
LIMA, Peru -- Pointing to one of the four natural holes we all carry in our brains, Dr. Diana Rivas explained why some of her patients get headaches only when they move their heads to one side.

Odds and ends
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- When Rob and Agnieszka Girling first found $5,000, they thought about all the things they could spend it on. But that didn't last long.

Braves' offense delivers victory
LOS ANGELES - On the brink of being swept for the first time in more than a year, the Braves' offense revived long enough to score five times in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, salvaging the series finale, 7-5, before a blue crowd of 50,306 at Dodger Stadium who came armed with brooms.

Furcal is silent star for Braves

Furcal is silent star for Braves
PITTSBURGH - He's been lost in the Braves' rush toward an 11th straight division championship, but with five days left in August, the team's irreplaceable part isn't Chipper Jones or Gary Sheffield. It's leadoff man Rafael Furcal, who has batted .349 and scored 17 runs this month.

Braves' offense delivers victory

As Stallions sit out, pub shuts down

Taxes differ for corporate cars

Taxes differ for corporate cars
NEW YORK - A new car might be a status symbol or image statement in your personal life. But if you plan to use it for your business, you should remember that it's also a piece of equipment, and therefore deserves some thoughtful consideration before you plunk down money on a sales or leasing contract.

Market volatility tests risk tolerance

New-home sales jump 6.7 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Sales of both new and previously owned homes posted solid gains in July as low mortgage rates motivated buyers to lock in good deals.

Make sure your thank-you letter is error-free too

As Stallions sit out, pub shuts down
Steve and Pam Kinder opened Sport's Pub and Grill in October 2000 with the idea of it being a hub for fans of baseball's Augusta GreenJackets, ice hockey's Augusta Lynx and arenafootball2's Augusta Stallions.

Local job market looks tight
With 248 employees, Sweetheart Cup Co. on Wrightsboro Road is full.

Make sure your thank-you letter is error-free too
"Dear Mr. Crab: Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me the other day."

New-home sales jump 6.7 percent in July

Business briefs

Local job market looks tight

Business briefs
Burke County's largest employer will have a new manager Sept. 1.

Winning with real estate

Market volatility tests risk tolerance
NEW YORK - The traditional definition of risk tolerance is "an investor's ability to handle declines in the value of his or her investments."

Winning with real estate
NEW YORK - Mutual fund investors searching for a safer haven and a respectable return might consider one of the few bright spots of the bear market: real estate funds.

South Carolinians hang on Watson's actions

Miami, Oklahoma tied for No. 1
NORMAN, Okla. -- Miami and Oklahoma, the last two national champions, hope to wind up playing in the Fiesta Bowl in January for another title.

Miami, Oklahoma tied for No. 1

NCSU, FSU players take weekly ACC honors
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers was named the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive back of the week Monday, while safety Terrance Holt was named the defensive back of the week.

South Carolinians hang on Watson's actions
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Derek Watson has never really understood his own celebrity.

NCSU, FSU players take weekly ACC honors

Sports Council releases Guy list

Sports Council releases Guy list
Thirty-four players, including 2001 finalist Freddie Capshaw of Miami, have been named to the 2002 Ray Guy Award watch list as potential candidates for the top collegiate punter of the year.

Judge sends Watson to jail for 10 days

Judge sends Watson to jail for 10 days
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A judge has ordered South Carolina State running back Derek Watson to serve 10 days in jail for failing to perform community service after being convicted of marijuana possession.

DMV woes persist

Boycott failing

Mugabe's famine

Another cancellation

'Man Show' et al: Men behaving badly on TV
You won't see one of the summer's most popular and culturally significant songs performed on the plaza outside NBC's "Today" show studio.

In the know
If you're a wizard with canned vegetables, you could walk away with $7,000.

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Decorated vehicles reflect personalities of owners
When Penny Smith and her husband hit the road, they go in the "CyberSurfer," a Toyota Celica laden with shells, computer parts and driftwood. A papier mache volcano is tacked to the hood.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Any film that can claim Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis, as well as veteran actors Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara, is probably worth a look. The poignant "Hysterical Blindness" is rewarding to behold.

Defense could be strong suit for Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Jon Tenuta, Georgia Tech's new defensive coordinator, stood deep in the secondary and watched his No. 1 unit give up a big play to the scout team.

Defense could be strong suit for Georgia Tech

Rain postpones game
The Augusta GreenJackets returned home Monday to open the final homestand of the season, but the opener of a three-game series against the Savannah Sand Gnats was postponed because of rain.

GreenJackets fall to Waves
Augusta's three-run ninth inning rally just fell short in a 5-4 loss to the South Georgia Waves on Sunday evening at Paul Eames Park.

Scott wins Scottish PGA by 10 strokes

Scott wins Scottish PGA by 10 strokes
GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Australia's Adam Scott had an eagle-birdie-eagle finish for a 9-under-par 63 Sunday and a 10-stroke victory at the Scottish PGA Championship.

Howell takes third in Reno
RENO, Nev. - For the second straight week, Augusta's Charles Howell rebounded from a disappointing third-round score to set up another high finish on the PGA Tour.

Lightning delays finale
GRANITEVILLE - It took a delay to get Greg Scurlock going.

Barnes beat Mahan in U.S. Amateur final

Parry plays like a world champion
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Winless in 235 previous starts on the PGA Tour, Craig Parry played like a world champion Sunday to win the NEC Invitational.

Parry plays like a world champion

Pak wins Betsy King Classic
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- South Korea's Se Ri Pak birdied the final four holes Sunday for a 9-under-par 63 and tournament-record 21-under 267 total in the Betsy King Classic.

Davies, Alfredsson are captain's selections for Solheim Cup

Davies, Alfredsson are captain's selections for Solheim Cup
LONDON -- Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson, Carin Koch and Mhairi McKay were added to Europe's Solheim Cup team by captain Dale Reid on Sunday.

Lightning delays finale

Pak wins Betsy King Classic

Barnes beat Mahan in U.S. Amateur final
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Ricky Barnes of Stockton, Calif., used a dazzling combination of power and finesse to beat Hunter Mahan 2 and 1 on Sunday in the 102nd U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club.

GreenJackets fall to Waves

Rain postpones game

Bye week sidelines team early

Bye week sidelines team early
The lights will shine over the head of Cross Creek sophomore wide receiver/defensive back John Tweedy this Friday night. The crowd will cheer, helmets will collide and the football season officially will begin.

Lies are as frequent as a 10-minute conversation
Here we are in the middle of a political campaign season, and I don't think I'm surprising anyone by reporting that dishonesty is a way of American life.

Blasts free campaign letters to the editor

Asks African-Americans' forgiveness

Government needs to get involved in downtown revival

Reparations will divide us all

Graham a lightweight congressman

Urges Augusta to elect Ross mayor

We'd be stupid to elect a felon

Tell governor your time is valuable

Wanted: Leaders to unite us

Why prepare, if you have faith?

In the know

Senior calendar

Decorated vehicles reflect personalities of owners

'Man Show' et al: Men behaving badly on TV

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Across the southeast
MIAMI - A Muslim group Sunday asked Gov. Jeb Bush to provide leadership in the investigation of a doctor suspected of plotting to blow up dozens of mosques and an Islamic education center.

Bragdon's 2-year tenure is full of ups and downs
The past two years have been a painful but invaluable learning experience for Richmond County Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon.

Animal workers see death daily

Democrats poised for power

Bragdon's 2-year tenure is full of ups and downs

Jams help old school
WOODBINE, Ga. - Efforts to renovate a 1920s-era schoolhouse in a south Georgia community are taking some musicians back to their roots.

Across the area

Empty homes house problems
AIKEN - About 18 months ago, the eight mobile homes in a lot off Sassafras Road north of Aiken had missing windows, graffiti-covered walls and no occupants.

Ready for some USC football

Mental facility protest persists
LANGLEY - Some would think the fight is over.

News you can use
AUG. 26, 1968 Lynn Bailie won the title of Miss Augusta during the finals of the annual pageant Saturday night at the Bell Auditorium. Miss Bailie, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Donald H. Bailie, won the swimsuit competition, as well as the overall contest, besting 10 others girls entered in the event.

News you can use

Arrests made in car theft at theater
Four men caught trying to steal a vehicle at Regal Cinemas 20 early Sunday may be linked to a rash of automobile thefts and break-ins outside the popular movie theater this summer, authorities said.

Correction

Water board debates terms
ATLANTA - At first glance, ensuring adequate water in rapidly growing Georgia in the coming decades would seem a straightforward problem with tangible solutions.

Water board debates terms

Ready for some USC football
AIKEN - She may not be the tallest Gamecocks football fan, but Emma Parnell just may have the biggest rallying cry.

Medical neglect suit goes to court

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Correction
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have stated that burglary suspect Thomas Ogden owns a WIC company, a government-funded Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.

Jams help old school

Across the area
Emanuel County authorities said they are treating the death of a teenager early Saturday as a homicide.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sylvan Schrank of Augusta.

Empty homes house problems

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE - Tri-State Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh might be released from jail on bond this evening, according to officials.

Across the southeast

Arrests made in car theft at theater

Going for the goal

Did bad date prompt break-in?
Police say a Hephzibah man who paid a dating service nearly $1,900 to match him with five women broke into the company's headquarters early Sunday because he was upset over the first two dates.

Kings Bay loses second sub

Voters boost some Hispanics
ATLANTA - When Georgians voted last week in the state's primary election, more Hispanics were on the ballots than ever before.

Across South Carolina

Runoff hinges on slim margin
ATLANTA - The only minority candidate running for statewide office in the Sept. 10 runoff is in the Republican race for secretary of state.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jeanne McGee of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A former deacon at Columbia's First Baptist Church faces charges in court this week that he fondled a 12-year-old girl at a youth party and five times at the church.

Democrats poised for power
ATLANTA - Democrats are expected to take control of Georgia's congressional delegation this fall for the first time since the 1994 Republican revolution. But don't confuse this Georgia caucus with the conservative Southern Democrats who ruled through the 1980s.

Going for the goal
Retired Lt. Col. Reginald Beaty knows what kind of impact a donation to the United Way can have.

On list, UGA is a party pooper
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia, once a perennial contender for the title of best party school in America, has lost its reputation for wild parties and beer bashes.

Across the area

Medical neglect suit goes to court
Everyone agrees that complications set in after Christine Hester underwent a routine surgery requiring an overnight hospital stay.

Did bad date prompt break-in?

Kings Bay loses second sub
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. - A crane hoisted a black steel gangplank from the hull of the USS Kentucky last week, severing the link to the south Georgia Navy base the Trident submarine has called home since 1991.

Runoff hinges on slim margin

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -A 13-year-old girl has died after a gunman riding in a sport utility vehicle opened fire on a group of teens walking downtown.

Animal workers see death daily
Death is a way of life at Richmond County Animal Control.

Expert on fox offers insight
AIKEN - Drought conditions have diminished the food supply of the gray fox, which has led to the increased number of urban sightings in recent months, an expert told Aiken City Council on Monday night.

Across Georgia
MACON -The weak economy after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has dried up donations - and work - on the new Tubman African-American Museum.

Crash injures Aiken polo player
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - An Aiken man known throughout the polo community was seriously injured Monday in an accident while driving a truck and horse trailer on a New York interstate.

News you can use
AUG. 27, 1947 Less than a quarter of the new houses needed for Augusta's post-war population boom have been constructed, The Chronicle reported today.

MTV host gets in on Augusta Common act
Carson Daly, the host of MTV's popular video countdown show Total Request Live, is expected to be the celebrity emcee at the grand opening celebration of downtown's Augusta Common park, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

First 2 qualify in mayor race
Two men made their bids for mayor official Monday morning, marking the beginning of what is expected to be the most crowded local race in recent history.

Augusta State sets enrollment record
Augusta State University has a new enrollment record.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigators and District Attorney Danny Craig's office are still considering charges against a 51-year-old man accused of stabbing a personal care home staff member.

Voters boost some Hispanics

Mental facility protest persists

First 2 qualify in mayor race

Superintendent pays local visit
AIKEN - Jody Jones, a seventh-grade social studies teacher, traveled from Denmark, S.C., on Monday night to voice his concerns about South Carolina schools to state Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum.

News you can use

Superintendent pays local visit

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Across South Carolina

Priestley likely to race again
INDIANAPOLIS -- Actor Jason Priestley likely will race again after he recovers from injuries sustained in a crash earlier this month.

Gordon: Yeah, I'd hit him again
BRISTOL, Tenn. - When Jeff Gordon got within inches of Rusty Wallace's back bumper in the final two laps of Saturday night's Sharpie 500, he knew what was going to happen. So did Wallace.

Gordon: Yeah, I'd hit him again

De Ferran wins second race of season
MADISON, Ill. -- Pole sitter Gil de Ferran won his second IRL race of the season and took the overall series lead Sunday, beating teammate Helio Castroneves to the finish line.

Franchitti beats da Matta in Montreal debut

Gordon savors end to 31-race winless drought
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Jeff Gordon hoisted the enormous Bristol Motor Speedway trophy over his head, hesitant to ever put it down.

Franchitti beats da Matta in Montreal debut
MONTREAL -- Dario Franchitti slowed Cristiano da Matta's momentum a bit, holding off the runaway CART series leader Sunday to win the inaugural Montreal Molson Indy.

Gordon savors end to 31-race winless drought

Liberty advance to WNBA finals

Foster's injury puts focus on Smith

Panthers waive nine, place Bates on IR

After Utah's best-ever season, franchise faces uncertain future

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Boycott failing
In October, when South Carolina's NAACP holds its annual convention in Savannah, one of the agenda items will be how to strengthen the economic boycott against its home state. There's a good reason for that - so far the boycott's been a bust.

Urges Augusta to elect Ross mayor
Regarding Augusta's mayoral race: Although I do not live in that city, I do work and attend church there. Jerry Powell, North Augusta, S.C.

Asks African-Americans' forgiveness
It is my utmost belief that the major impediment to healthy black-white relations in this country, and specifically this community, is the issue of forgiveness - or lack thereof. Allen Hannon, Harlem, Ga.

We'd be stupid to elect a felon
The fact that Ed McIntyre is running for mayor of Augusta just proves that some people have no shame. David A. Bartlett, Augusta

Blasts free campaign letters to the editor
I really enjoy reading the editorial section of The Chronicle except during election time. The last two days I've read the paper, every single letter was someone endorsing some political candidate. Kirby Coggin, Windsor, S.C.

Another cancellation
No one who's been following the collapse of management at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center was surprised by Augusta Stallions owner Frank Lawrence's announcement that he is pulling his team out of the arenafootball2 league for the coming season.

Mugabe's famine
Iraq isn't the only regime change President Bush is calling for. The administration last week let it be known that Zimbabwe's first - and so far only - president, Robert Mugabe, has evolved into a tyrant and needs to be replaced for the good of the region. It wasn't always that way.

Graham a lightweight congressman
U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wants to be promoted to the U.S. Senate seat currently held by fellow Republican Strom Thurmond. But I ask you: Shouldn't promotion be based on performance? H. Perry Holcomb, North Augusta, S.C.

Reparations will divide us all
Recently I read an article covering the reparations rally which took place in Washington, D.C. It's true slavery did exist in this country and that African-American ancestors bore the brunt of it. But wake up. Slavery was abolished some time ago, and civil rights have come a long way. James Sherrill, Evans, Ga.

DMV woes persist
For years South Carolina's Department of Motor Vehicles had a ready explanation as to why residents with business at Aiken or any of the other DMV branches across the state had to wait in line several hours before being serviced: equipment problems.

Tell governor your time is valuable
Recently I went with my daughter to obtain her driver's permit. Because we live in the city of Aiken area, we went to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Richland Avenue first. The lines to both the licensing and drivers' services were to the door, and a woman told us she had been there for 2 1/2 hours to complete her business. We decided to go to the North Augusta branch, since they historically are more efficient and more courteous. Terri R. White, Aiken, S.C.

Why prepare, if you have faith?
To at least one reader, your editorial "Pray, but prepare" (Aug. 6) falls far short of absolute faith in God. Rather strange for a publication that protested, editorially, a recent court ruling that the words "under God" renders the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. Lewis Penrose Bohler Jr., Augusta

Wanted: Leaders to unite us
As someone who remembers well the hard times and heartaches of the 1960s, and the joy that came with understanding, reconciliation and forgiveness afterward, I hurt when I read of the polarization that seems to be happening in our community. Pat Knox, Augusta

Government needs to get involved in downtown revival
A recent article in The Chronicle concerning the use of Regency Mall for municipal offices caused me to reflect on the question, "What makes a city?" Bill Strong, Augusta

Overtime

Hewitt is brash on the court, shy off it

Overtime

Davenport wins first Slam match of year

Overtime
Laura Coble of Augusta finished second in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Savannah's Landing Club on Monday. Coble shot 79, advancing her to the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in Eugene, Oregon, on Sept. 21-26.

Hewitt is brash on the court, shy off it
NEW YORK -- Lleyton Hewitt's fighting spirit has helped him become a Grand Slam champion and the world's top-ranked player. It also gets him into trouble.

Davenport wins first Slam match of year
NEW YORK -- Former champion Lindsay Davenport, seeded fourth and playing her first Grand Slam match of the year, cruised past Eva Dyrberg 6-2, 6-1, at the U.S. Open on Monday.

Overtime
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves does not believe Michael Vick's bruised right elbow will keep his starting quarterback from playing in the preseason finale Thursday night at Cincinnati.

Falcons cut 10 players, including Bonner
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons waived former Kentucky and Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner along with nine other players Monday.

Foster's injury puts focus on Smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are trying to figure out how to fill the void caused by the injury to rookie running back DeShaun Foster.

Panthers waive nine, place Bates on IR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers released nine players Monday and placed kick returner Michael Bates on injured reserve.

Reeves says Vick will play Thursday
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Quarterback Michael Vick's bruised right elbow will not keep him from playing in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason finale against Cincinnati.

NASA welcomes its first celebrity space tourist
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA welcomed its first celebrity space tourist on Monday: 'N Sync singer Lance Bass, who hopes to clinch a deal with the Russians soon and fly to the international space station in two months.

Game reviews: Pro BMX 2 game and Totaled!
"Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2" cribs shamelessly from "Tony Hawk 3", steals a few ideas from the Dave Mirra games and combines them in a title that should please gamers who are freaks for BMX. All other gamers, however, may have a different take - although "Pro BMX" takes the BMX genre to new heights, it doesn't raise the bar on extreme sports games in general.

Comet-chasing spacecraft appears lost
LOS ANGELES -- There is little hope of salvaging a $159 million comet-chasing spacecraft that broke apart Aug. 15, scientists said Monday in announcing they seek to launch a replacement as early as 2006.

CEO warns of illegal downloads
ASPEN, Colo. - The threats technology poses to Peter Chernin's business leap out at him even when he's taking time off to tour colleges with his 17-year-old son.

Answers to pollution control in the night air sought
WORCESTER, Mass. -- It hangs in the daytime sky like a dirty curtain filtering sunlight into a toxic gray haze, choking throats and burning eyes.

Clemson defense slams door on Herschel, Georgia

Bulldogs' defense saves day

Once-heralded prospect still waiting for breakout season
ATHENS, Ga. -- Reggie Brown didn't have any trouble living up to expectations in high school. He could run faster and jump higher than anyone else on the football field.

Clemson defense slams door on Herschel, Georgia
Holding a running back to 111 rushing yards is not generally considered a noteworthy feat.

Bulldogs' defense saves day
People probably remember it most as the Scott Woerner Showcase.

Once-heralded prospect still waiting for breakout season

Same old Holtz, only worse

New feelings hit Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - Rashad Faison remembers walking around the field filled with a strange but exhilarating bliss.

New feelings hit Gamecocks

Same old Holtz, only worse
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Lou Holtz has concerns about his runners and quarterback. His right elbow is in pain from surgery. He thinks New Mexico State is a monster opponent waiting to knock off a top-25 opponent.

After Utah's best-ever season, franchise faces uncertain future
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Starzz won a franchise-record 20 games, had the third-best record in the WNBA and advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time ever.

Liberty advance to WNBA finals
NEW YORK -- Behind Vickie Johnson's 19 points, the New York Liberty advanced to their fourth WNBA Finals in the league's six-year history.

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD:The final acting performance by late R&B singer Aaliyah in the screen adaptation of Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned; High Crimes, with Ashley Judd as a woman who discovers her husband isn't who she thinks he is; and The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid as a high school baseball coach who follows his longtime dream of playing in the major leagues.

Help Line gets teens to help their peers
Allison Crawn wants teens to know there's always someone who'll listen.

Help Line gets teens to help their peers

Pranks may be tamer, but rivalries still exist

My ride
THE FACTS: Craig Smith, 16, a junior at Curtis Baptist High School.

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Question of the week
Q: If the penalties weren't so stiff, would you participate in pranks played on rival schools?

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Relationship needs time to develop

Your style

Pranks may be tamer, but rivalries still exist
Chances are that when students arrived at Butler Comprehensive High School a few years ago to find their beloved bulldog mascot statue missing, they knew what was up.

Question of the week

My pad
THE FACTS: Jennifer Freeman, 13, an eighth-grader at Greenbrier Middle School.

My pad

Relationship needs time to develop
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been going out with this boy for about a month now. He keeps telling me he loves me, and I wonder if now is

Your style
THE FACTS: Taylor Gilyard, 13, an eighth-grader at Hephzibah Middle School.

My ride

Odds and ends

Never mind the funeral music, here are the Sex Pistols!

Peru brain museum a medical resource of cerebral maladies

Comet-chasing spacecraft appears lost

Answers to pollution control in the night air sought

CEO warns of illegal downloads