Baseball set for September stretch drive
Jacque Jones was talking about his Minnesota Twins. The feeling goes for everybody.

Baseball's crackdown on fan Web sites annoys, amuses

Baseball set for September stretch drive

Baseball's crackdown on fan Web sites annoys, amuses
NEW YORK -- Back in 1996, 14-year-old Bryan Hoch launched a Web site devoted to his beloved New York Mets. Four years later, die-hard Yankees fan Jim Frasch did the same for his Bronx Bombers.

Louisville honors Little League champions

Louisville honors Little League champions
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- More than 1,000 fans cheered Little League's newest champions at a parade Monday.

If you could change jobs, what would you do?

Odds and Ends
AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry may be facing a tough re-election battle, but he was a clear No. 1 in court - at least for a while.

Record crowd takes part in annual food fight
BUNOL, Spain -- Tens of thousands of people stripped off their shirts and hurled tons of ripe, juicy tomatoes at each other in the annual Tomatina food fight, creating knee-deep rivers of tomato sauce on the streets of this Spanish town.

Braves top Pirates

Braves sweep Expos

Braves sweep Expos
MONTREAL -- Kevin Millwood hit a two-run double on his way to winning his sixth straight decision as the Atlanta Braves beat the Montreal Expos 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Braves better Expos

Maddux gets first victory in four starts

Braves don't want Expos to go south

Glavine talks haven't started

Braves top Pirates
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux won for the first time in a month, pitching eight strong innings as the Atlanta Braves won their fourth in a row, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Braves better Expos
MONTREAL - Road warriors for the past 13 days, the Braves didn't expect placard-waving fans along Hank Aaron Drive when they arrived home Sunday night.

Maddux gets first victory in four starts
ATLANTA - It wasn't that long ago when the routine task of putting on his favorite golf shirt was as difficult for Greg Maddux as trying to slip a fastball past Barry Bonds.

Glavine talks haven't started
ATLANTA - Now that labor peace is guaranteed in baseball for the next four years, Tom Glavine said Monday he would't mind hearing from the Atlanta Braves about a new contract offer. He's just not holding his breath.

Braves don't want Expos to go south
MONTREAL - Chances are better than even that this weekend's trip to Olympic Stadium was the Braves' last.

Court rules for Scientific-Atlanta in set-top box suit
ATLANTA -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Scientific-Atlanta did not infringe on two the patents involved in a complex Gemstar-TV Guide International suit over cable television set-top boxes.

Court rules for Scientific-Atlanta in set-top box suit

Business briefs
Employment experts say work-related stress typically falls into four broad categories:

Fox's Cavuto takes the lead among business shows

Mixed signals on economy to continue weighing on markets

How do I go about hiring a home inspector?

Report: Economic shadows continue to darken many Southern towns
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The 1990s brought a tale of two Souths - one metropolitan and prosperous, the other rural and in serious trouble - according to a new report on the economic health of the region.

Limit that 'personal' info on a resume
"PERSONAL INTERESTS: Caving, scuba diving and sleep." Too many job-seekers include irrelevant material on their resumes. It's often easy to spot because it usually falls under the heading, "PERSONAL." Occasionally, a resume surfaces that devotes itself almost exclusively to nonprofessional material. Here are a few excerpts from a two-page resume with no shortage of personal revelations.

New market site studied
If state Rep. Jack Connell has his way, the Augusta State Farmer's Market in downtown Augusta will be moving.

Fox's Cavuto takes the lead among business shows
NEW YORK -- Neil Cavuto has a sunny personality, the kind that manages to find a bright side to a crippling disease.

Business briefs

Mixed signals on economy to continue weighing on markets
NEW YORK -- If Wall Street hoped for solid evidence this past week of an unfaltering economic recovery, it was disappointed. Durable good orders gained, but consumer confidence tumbled. The gross domestic product grew, but so did jobless claims.

Don't forget to consider taxes when choosing funds

Limit that 'personal' info on a resume

How do I go about hiring a home inspector?
Q. I've heard horror stories from friends who after closing on a house or an apartment discovered problems like water in the walls, toxic mold and even termites. What can I do to make sure this doesn't happen to me, and how do I go about hiring a top-notch home inspector?

Don't forget to consider taxes when choosing funds
NEW YORK -- In a grueling bear market, investors might care little about Uncle Sam's bite into mutual fund returns, since losses will likely limit tax bills next April. But as the market seems to be starting a comeback, it might be time to consider the impact taxes can have on a portfolio.

Francis appears out for season
CLEMSON, S.C. -- A preliminary examination of Clemson starting cornerback Toure Francis shows he has a torn knee ligament and will be out for the season.

Francis appears out for season

Monday Morning Quarterback
A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and beyond in college football:

Hurricanes alone at No. 1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami reclaimed sole possession of the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday, two days after a lopsided win over Division I-AA Florida A&M.

Hurricanes alone at No. 1

Monday Morning Quarterback

Pending Hurricanes leave Zook tossing and turning

Pending Hurricanes leave Zook tossing and turning
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As always, the tossing and turning came after the game for Ron Zook, not beforehand.

What abstinence?

Setting the tone

Culture schlock

Decide cuts now

Hard-earned day off

'Law & Order' keeps NY actors working
NEW YORK -- If you're a fan, you see "Law & Order" as a complex crime drama whose weekly path to justice takes lots of twists - with lots of people to investigate along the way.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
It's Jerry's weekend, and don't you forget it. For the 37th year, entertainer Jerry Lewis will serve as host of the Labor Day telethon that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its efforts against neuromuscular diseases.

Sweet smell of success
It's not just about shampoos and candles.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Sheen campaigns for another term as President
LOS ANGELES -- The guard at the entrance to this location shoot wouldn't let Martin Sheen in.

New nightclub hopes to improve with age
There will be no Eminem, no Ja Rule, most likely no Britney Spears. But Augusta's newest bar will have plenty to offer, if you are at least 30 years old.

'American Idol' down to two finalists
LOS ANGELES -- And then there were two in Fox's "American Idol" talent search show.

In the know
The 2003 White House Easter Egg Display contest is an egg-ceptional opportunity for an aspiring Georgia artist.

Suggs solidifies stake to Georgia Tech's quarterback job
ATLANTA -- Quarterback A.J. Suggs made up for lost time in one quarter of play, a sensational stretch of football which started with a knuckleball of a pass.

Suggs solidifies stake to Georgia Tech's quarterback job

Jackets end season with a pair of wins
The 2002 Augusta GreenJackets weren't loaded with premier prospects or South Atlantic League all-stars and they won't be going to the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

Litke: Why 'Caddyshack' is funnier than real life

Litke: Why 'Caddyshack' is funnier than real life
The increasingly noisy debate about whether women should join Augusta National Golf Club in time for next year's tournament or face some yet-to-be-named dire consequences reminds us one more time why "Caddyshack" is funnier than real life.

Bjorn wins BMW Open by four strokes to end title drought

Woods will play in 2003 Dubai Desert Classic

Woods will play in 2003 Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Tiger Woods will play in the 2003 Dubai Desert Classic.

Meunier-Labouc wins first LPGA Tour title

Bjorn wins BMW Open by four strokes to end title drought
NORD-EICHENRIED, Germany -- Thomas Bjorn snapped his 18-month title drought Sunday, winning the BMW International Open with a 24-under 264.

Sauers wins Air Canada Championship
SURREY, British Columbia -- Gene Sauers won what might have been the last Air Canada Championship, closing with a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Steve Lowery.

Meunier-Labouc wins first LPGA Tour title
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- France's Patricia Meunier-Labouc won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory in the State Farm Classic.

Jackets end season with a pair of wins

Bulldogs take aim at another state title
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - There was no conversation, not one muffled voice spoke.

If you could change jobs, what would you do?
My wife and I were sitting at the breakfast table Monday, and because it was Labor Day we were talking about work.

Braves top Pirates
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux won for the first time in a month, pitching eight strong innings as the Atlanta Braves won their fourth in a row, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

The only truth about evolution

Gas bill fuels vote for Barnes

Local leaders' priorities misplaced

Bragdon editorial is clueless

Water management, treatment plans are reprehensible

Culture dangerous to children

McIntyre has paid for his crime

Priest scandal proves Scouts had it right all along

Stop planting trees and give money to animal facility

'Law & Order' keeps NY actors working

Senior calendar

Sheen campaigns for another term as President

'American Idol' down to two finalists

In the know

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

Sweet smell of success

News you can use

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

Agencies ally to ensure healthy diets

Ultimate Competition
Running around a field with a Frisbee in hand, it might appear

Not everyone gets to relax on Labor Day

Corrections
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified Jason Enevoldsen as a passenger in a car driven by Whitney E. Abernathy of North Augusta. Ms. Abernathy's vehicle struck a parked car that, according to police, belonged to Mr. Enevoldsen's wife, Desiree.

Georgia revives unique wetlands

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - At least six people died on South Carolina roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend, including two people killed Sunday when their car struck a tree near Loris, the Highway Patrol said.

Across the area

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Columbus woman arrested on a shoplifting charge shimmied out of her handcuffs and later her trousers as she led police on a short chase.

Holiday brings brighter skies
Weather officials say Labor Day relaxers shouldn't fret about their cookout this afternoon.

Across the area
A hit-and-run suspect and an off-duty volunteer firefighter were charged with numerous traffic violations after a car chase Monday ended in a wreck on Interstate 20.

Corrections

Woman dies in 3-vehicle wreck
A 69-year-old Augusta woman died Monday morning and two other people were injured in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Georgia Highway 88 and Bath-Edie Road outside of Hephzibah.

Trails mark Georgia's past

Falling water levels expose town site
Two centuries ago, it was Georgia's second-largest city, complete with seven schools, a newspaper and a population that produced six governors.

Racial profiling debated

Not everyone gets to relax on Labor Day
Labor Day was the first day on the job for Heather Harris, who was training Monday to be a waitress at Rhinehart's Oyster Bar.

Braves top Pirates

Students get credit for harder schedules
A 4.0 grade point average used to be the highest GPA a high school student could achieve.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is J.B. Redd of Aiken.

Racial profiling debated
ATLANTA - Efforts to protect Georgia from the threat of a terrorist attack have ignited a debate over racial profiling.

Georgia revives unique wetlands
SHELL BLUFF, Ga. - Bubba Mauldin sees great potential in the linear dikes and concrete culverts that bisect an abandoned Burke County farm.

Agencies ally to ensure healthy diets
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Elizabeth Johnson knows nutrition - she spent 28 years managing public school cafeterias.

Brothers charged in friend's accidental death
Two brothers were charged Sunday in connection with the death of their drinking buddy, who police say was left to die after being thrown from a pickup truck.

Across South Carolina

Athens Habitat sees room to grow
ATHENS, Ga. - It's taken 14 years for Athens Area Habitat for Humanity to build 40 houses, but the next 40 will come a lot more quickly.

Ultimate Competition

Across the southeast
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - A single-engine plane crashed into a house early Sunday, killing two people aboard and burning the house, officials said.

10-year-old boy dies in drowning

Minister's sign speaks for him
His speech is hampered from a stroke, but his cardboard sign speaks loudly: "Turn or Burn."

Aiken studies traffic link

Across Georgia

Across the southeast

News you can use

Brothers charged in friend's accidental death

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Phenix City, Ala., man has been charged with felony forgery after signing his wife's name on a divorce document, authorities said.

Minister's sign speaks for him

Across the southeast
BARTOW, Fla. -A man arrested in Ecuador has been returned to face charges of killing his business partner and three relatives of another associate, including a prosecutor, investigators said Monday.

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

Athens Habitat sees room to grow

Labor Day Lark
NORTH AUGUSTA - Jerry Stephenson worked on Labor Day.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Theresa Dominey of Augusta.

Dispatchers face stress, long hours

Aiken studies traffic link
AIKEN - A proposed connector between Silver Bluff and Whiskey roads is being studied but is years from being built, Aiken Planning Director Ed Evans said last week.

Holiday brings brighter skies

10-year-old boy dies in drowning
Nine-year-old Ketrez Hacker said he and a 10-year-old friend were throwing rocks off a Savannah River dock Sunday afternoon when the friend fell into the water and disappeared.

Across the southeast

Dispatchers face stress, long hours
Richmond County dispatcher Wanda Elam considers herself and other dispatchers "unseen heroes."

Subscriber of the day

Trails mark Georgia's past
Eli Whitney, Port Wentworth resident, founder of the cotton gin, inventor of guns with interchangeable parts that were mass produced in the North during the Civil War.

Labor Day Lark

Across the area
A 20-year-old North Augusta motorist who hit a parked car told police she was trying to plug in her cellular phone at the time, police said Sunday.

Falling water levels expose town site

Woman dies in 3-vehicle wreck

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

Across South Carolina
LIBERTY -Family members of a teenager who was struck and killed by a train Saturday morning said he might not have heard the engine's horn because he was listening to music on his headphones.

Opening game raises doubts, provides answers
ATHENS, Ga. - In the misty din after Saturday's late-night classic revival of a Southern football tradition, one coach spoke of sweeping the table while the other admitted doubts about his team's heart.

Gordon: From a drought to two straight wins
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Jeff Gordon ended a 31-race losing streak a week ago in Bristol, Tenn.

Junqueira goes from pole to victory
DENVER -- One caution flag came out during Sunday's inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver, and it was almost one too many for Bruno Junqueira.

Junqueira goes from pole to victory

Six teams commit to CART in 2003

Six teams commit to CART in 2003
DENVER -- Six teams will return to CART in 2003, giving the embattled Champ car series a much-needed boost.

Gordon: From a drought to two straight wins

Schumacher wins in U.S. Nationals

NASCAR notebook
DARLINGTON, S.C. - The Weather Channel was the most popular spot on the television dial Sunday at Darlington Raceway.

Schumacher wins in U.S. Nationals
CLERMONT, Ind. -- Tony Schumacher raced to his second Top Fuel victory of the season Monday in the NHRA's U.S. Nationals.

NASCAR notebook

Leslie's supporting cast helps her win another WNBA title

Hokies honor Vick

Panthers determine final roster by cutting 14

Falcons sign Johnson, trade for receiver

Panthers bench Weinke, but still believe in him

Liberty falls short of title again

Mrs. Amelia Cartledge    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Alma Holden    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Ballard Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Devoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Amelia Cartledge    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Herbert Beasley    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Ms. Mae Brower    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. David Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Young    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Lonnie Guy    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Cummings    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Violet Widener    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Byrd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Whitaker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Clemon Whitaker    (GRAY, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Roberts    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Johnny Taylor, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Nunn    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Miss. Kathryn Hartley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Bunny Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lucious Hartfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Degenhardt, Sr.    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Classie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacquelin Gresham    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Mosca    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoeAnn Gomillion    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Burroughs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Violet Widener    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Miss Mary Eggers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosemary Thigpen    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Feliciano Coretti Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ola Mccain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Quataivus Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Cummings (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemary Thigpen (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Roberts (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Holden (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Mosca (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Devoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Whitaker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Mccain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mae Brower (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Johnny Taylor, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss. Kathryn Hartley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jacquelin Gresham (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Nunn (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Mary Eggers (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Violet Widener (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Beasley (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. JoeAnn Gomillion (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Ballard Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Violet Widener (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clemon Whitaker (GRAY, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Guy (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Lucious Hartfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Quataivus Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Byrd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Degenhardt, Sr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Classie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

What abstinence?
Parents should be heartened to learn that when Congress returns to work after the Labor Day break, the Senate will get busy on its "Focus on Kids" program as part of the welfare reauthorization bill.

Water management, treatment plans are reprehensible
Everyone should be aware of how critical it is to preserve and protect our water resources during this long-term drought. William Dunn Wansley, Thomson, Ga.

Gas bill fuels vote for Barnes
I consider myself a Republican, and am now faced with the distasteful task of voting for a Democrat, Roy Barnes, for Georgia's governor. Edward Harris, Augusta

Hard-earned day off
A company's very existence depends on them. Their families rely on them entirely. The American economy rests squarely on their shoulders. In truth, the economies, livelihoods and sometimes the very survival of others around the world depend largely on them.

Culture dangerous to children
This letter is motivated by love and not prejudice. It is not an attempt to judge anyone because of their nationality or cultural practices. However, it is one of concern for the precious children who are so often victims of abuse and kidnappings as a result of the negligence of parents. Dr. Jim E. Gray, Augusta

Bragdon editorial is clueless
To the editorial writer who wrote the editorial on Aug. 29, "Bragdon is an asset," do you not realize that the Richmond County Animal Control facility only lets you see what they want you to see and tells you what you want to hear? Why don't you go in undercover as a rescue group volunteer, then see how you are treated and what you are told, and see for yourself what really goes on - on a daily basis? Cheryl Bishop, Aiken, S.C.

Culture schlock
OK, here's a great idea for a new reality TV show: Let's find some poor, starving Third World family, fly them to the United States, put them up in a nice hotel - and follow them around with cameras day and night.

McIntyre has paid for his crime
"Let he who is without sin cast the first vote." The Rev. J.S. Wright, Augusta

Stop planting trees and give money to animal facility
There is no money - no money for this, that or the other. No money, for sure, for the animal shelter - and I ask myself, why not? As a taxpaying resident of Augusta, I have observed more than one example of waste and idiocy over the years, and I wonder how many more might exist. Mrs. A.E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

Local leaders' priorities misplaced
Has anyone been seen using the $200,000 playground built with Augusta tax money for the benefit of one mother's wheel-chaired child? Tammy Luke, Aiken, S.C.

Setting the tone
"We want this to be a celebration that this region will remember for a very long time. We want this to set the tone for future events in downtown Augusta."

VA management discourages enrollment
RECENTLY, VETERANS Administration management in Washington, D.C., told all VA medical centers to stop encouraging veterans to enroll at the VA for medical care they're entitled to.

The only truth about evolution
Daru Ib-Shamiq's Aug. 24 response to a previous letter is composed primarily of semantic drivel. He does make one statement that approaches truth which is, "Scientific theory stands or falls on one thing only: whether it agrees with the observations of nature ..." Hubert Baker, Aiken, S.C.

Priest scandal proves Scouts had it right all along
Recently, Catholic bishops adopted a set of policies to address the scandal of sexual abuse by priests by permanently removing from ministry any priest or deacon who has ever sexually abused a child. Richard Hogue, Grovetown, Ga.

Decide cuts now
In the just concluded fiscal year, South Carolina spent more than it collected in revenues - leaving the state with a whopping $248.8 million shortfall.

Serena Williams' father worried she's not taking stalker seriously

Serena Williams wins easily; stalker in jail

Overtime

French doping probe into Armstrong's team closed

Ban on bats befuddles softballers

Davenport, Capriati into quarterfinals

Overtime

Davenport, Capriati into quarterfinals
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Davenport spent the better part of Monday sitting by a window at the National Tennis Center while rain fell. Once play started, she rose to the occasion.

French doping probe into Armstrong's team closed
PARIS -- An exhaustive doping probe into Lance Armstrong's cycling team was closed last week because of a lack of evidence, a French judicial official said.

Serena Williams' father worried she's not taking stalker seriously
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams' father says the top-ranked tennis player isn't as worried as she should be about the man who's been tracking her around the world.

Serena Williams wins easily; stalker in jail
NEW YORK -- As usual, nothing fazed Serena Williams on court.

Serena wins when no one else does
NEW YORK -- There was one winner at the U.S. Open and, fittingly, it was Serena Williams.

Overtime
All area coaches are requested to fax their team's statistics to (706) 823-3408 by noon Wednesday. Please include stats for rushing, passing, receiving, tackles, sacks, interceptions and place-kicking. Results will be published in Friday's From the Huddle section.

Ban on bats befuddles softballers
This weekend's rain didn't bother Tom Bowers, It was what happened Friday morning that perturbed him.

Overtime
Arthur Lee Shaver Jr. took up bowling in 1924 to help pass the long, dark winters of Alaska, where he was working as a government official. The Atlanta man continued the game throughout his life, becoming the oldest active league bowler in the country at 103.

Falcons sign Johnson, trade for receiver
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed former first-round pick Ellis Johnson, traded for San Diego receiver Trevor Gaylor and cut three players Sunday to set their roster for the season opener.

Panthers determine final roster by cutting 14
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers cut 14 players Sunday, including former third-round pick offensive lineman Leander Jordan.

Hokies honor Vick
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech honored former quarterback Michael Vick by retiring his jersey in a ceremony before the 16th-ranked Hokies' game against No. 14 Louisiana State on Sunday.

Panthers bench Weinke, but still believe in him
CHARLOTTE, N.C -- The Carolina Panthers believe Chris Weinke is still their quarterback of the future, even though they've benched him.

Opening game raises doubts, provides answers

Health officials try to assure public about blood supply
ATLANTA -- Public health officials on Monday sought to assure Americans that the blood supply was safe despite concerns that an organ donor who received a transfusion may have transmitted the disease to four transplant recipients.

Subscription online music sites face uphill road
LOS ANGELES -- Online subscription music sites have finally arrived. But there's been little fanfare, and so far almost no one is buying.

Babbling babies hard at work, researcher says
WASHINGTON -- That babbling coming from the crib is the sound of an infant learning the techniques of speech, a vocalization of signals from the language learning centers of the brain, a study says.

Death raises questions about West Nile transmission
ATLANTA -- A heart transplant patient's diagnosis of West Nile virus is raising questions about how the virus spreads and whether blood donors could unknowingly transmit it.

Devising ways to better map long-closed mines
In the mid-1980s, experimenters sent a six-wheeled robot called Terregator crawling through a U.S. Bureau of Mines' research mine, bouncing laser beams off tunnel walls to make measurements for a map.

Scientists improve memory in mice by turning off enzyme
Scientists have boosted learning and memory in mice by blocking a brain enzyme, and they say the result could point to therapy for reducing forgetfulness in older people.

Battling virus has trained the CDC
ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is better prepared for a bioterrorist attack, thanks to the current West Nile virus outbreak, the nation's top health officials say.

Bulldogs begin preparing for South Carolina
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 10 Georgia worked Monday on fixing mistakes it made against Clemson before it faces South Carolina in two weeks.

Shockley impressive in college debut
ATHENS, Ga. -- D.J. Shockley waited nearly two years to get back in the game - then he had to wait a little longer.

Bulldogs begin preparing for South Carolina

Gamecocks, Holtz see problems on defense
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Jonathan Martin couldn't believe what he was seeing Saturday night.

Holtz addresses worries surrounding the defense
COLUMBIA - It was widely recognized as the biggest reason for South Carolina's water-to-wine revival under Lou Holtz.

Holtz addresses worries surrounding the defense

Gamecocks, Holtz see problems on defense

Leslie's supporting cast helps her win another WNBA title
LOS ANGELES -- Lisa Leslie won the most valuable player awards at the All-Star game and the WNBA finals for the second straight year. It was her supporting cast, though, that earned the Los Angeles Sparks a second consecutive championship.

Liberty falls short of title again
NEW YORK -- The New York Liberty rallied to finish with the Eastern Conference's top record, then rallied again to make the WNBA Finals.

It's never too early for students to start

Xtreme calendar

It's never too early for students to start
With all the expenses that go with a senior year in high school, Mom and Dad may run out of checks.

'Retro' trend should include old-fashioned family values
In today's society, we see a lot of things that have gone "retro." Take for example, fashion. We have brought back rugby shirts, bell bottoms and platform shoes. I am sure there will be many more attempts to "retro" our lives.

Colleges will woo students
Don't know what you want to be when you grow up?

Audio best

Xtreme calendar
New CD's in stores today include Another Earthquake from Aaron Carter and 12x5, a remastered 1960s recording from rock legends The Rolling Stones.

Question of the week

Music tempo rises in fall

Your style
THE FACTS:Towanna Walker (left), 16, and Ashley Company, 16, juniors at Glenn Hills High School.

Music tempo rises in fall
NEW YORK - This fall looks to have plenty of blockbuster releases from some of music's biggest acts - on paper, that is.

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:

Girl anything but gay about snide comments

Question of the week
Q: How much have you prepared for the college application process?

Girl anything but gay about snide comments
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend and I hang out a lot and do everything together. There's a rumor at school saying we're gay. Girls don't want to sit next to me, and they say, "You're gay, you're gay, don't touch me." It's embarassing. What should I do? - 13-year-old Augusta girl?

'Retro' trend should include old-fashioned family values

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