Pirates' Torres makes remarkable return to majors
ATLANTA -- Salomon Torres was only 25 when he called it a career.

Pirates' Torres makes remarkable return to majors

Emma Marie Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mann of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Marie Mann, Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Barnes of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. David Mann of Evans.

Jackson Daniel Wray
Charles Wray and Jane Pearson o

Bethany Grace Rodgers
Ms. Jennifer Walden Rodgers of Matthews, Ga., announces the birth of a daughter, Bethany Grace Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Joe and Karen Walden of Matthews, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rodgers of Athens, Ga.

Mikah Jaylyn Elam

Moregan Michelle Belin
Mr. and Mrs. Darnell Belin of Ludowici, Ga., announce the birth of a daught

Hayden Nathaniel Stokes

Isabella Jade Paul
Mr. and Mr

Ansley Elizabeth Richards

Spencer Patrick Smith
Bruc

Samantha Nicole Simmons

Kalin Bre'onna Fulton
Dereck and Tonya Fulton of Grovet

Isabella Jade Paul

Katrina Marie Kottra
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Jameson McKinley Williams Jr.

Joshua Charles Mock
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Mock of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Joshua Charles Mock, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Johnson of Macon and Betty Johnson, Gene Mock and Nancy Godowns, all of Augusta.

Destanie Ze'rai Kennedy

Ansley Elizabeth Richards
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Richards of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Elizabeth Richards, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. Ed Hardin of Cochran, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Burt Richards of Hendersonville, N.C.

Jackson Daniel Wray

Maxwell Anthony Shaffer
Henry and Candace Shaffer Jr. of Evans announce the birth of a son, Maxwell Anthony Shaffer, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Nelson A. Henderson of Martinez.

Daryan James McTier

Patrick Marquez Upshaw
Georgette Samantha Upshaw of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Patrick Marquez Upshaw, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are George Upshaw and Babbie Upshaw, both of Augusta.

Moregan Michelle Belin

Madelyn Elizabeth Dye
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dye of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Elizabeth Dye, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Heath of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dye of Martinez.

Kalin Bre'onna Fulton

Nadia Nicole Kub

Patrick Marquez Upshaw

Destanie Ze'rai Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Brannon B. Kennedy of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Destanie Ze'rai Kennedy, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dailey of Beatrice, Ala., and Bertha Sullivan of North Augusta.

Spencer Patrick Smith

Nadia Nicole Kub
Michael and Carolyn Kub of Bath announce the birth of a daughter, Nadia Nicole Kub, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Lester and Carolyn Jackson of Langley, S.C., and Estelle Kub.

Summer Renee Bryant

Daryan James McTier
James and Michelle McTier of Thomson announce the birth of a son, Daryan James McTier, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fuller of Dearing and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby McTier of Thomson.

Madelyn Elizabeth Dye

Richard Edward Nyland
Faith Nyland of Grovetown announces the birth of a son, Richard Edward Nylan, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Cindy Nyland of Martinez and Ernest and Pam Shaffer of Grovetown.

Bethany Grace Rodgers

Summer Miriam Redd
Wayne Redd and Fay Babb-Redd of Waynes

Joshua Charles Mock

Summer Renee Bryant
Anthony and Katrina Bryant of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Summer Renee Bryant, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Rickey and Yvonne McDonald and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bryant, all of Augusta.

Camille Alexandria Rogers

Camille Alexandria Rogers
Vincent and Sirena Rogers of Keysville, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Camille Alexandria Rogers, Wednesday, Aug. 14,

Joseph Preston Isenhoward

Samantha Nicole Simmons
Jon Simmons and Sara Roberts, both of Marti

Ashlyn Nicole Gribanow

Hayden Nathaniel Stokes
Mr. and Mr

Maxwell Anthony Shaffer

Abigail Marie Varner
Barry and Karen Varner of Evans

Katrina Marie Kottra

Kristian Xavier Dingle
Jerome and Ta

Kristian Xavier Dingle

Mikah Jaylyn Elam
Milton J. Elam Jr. and Jennifer Lyn Boyd, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Mikah Jaylyn Elam, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Vic Boyd, Carol McKitrick, Rosa Sellers and Milton Elam, all of Augusta.

Emma Marie Mann

Ashlyn Nicole Gribanow
Michael C. Gribanow and Terri N. Burgess, both of Blythe, announce the birth of a daughter,

Joseph Preston Isenhoward
James Isenhoward of Pelion, S.C., and Jenni

Richard Edward Nyland

Abigail Marie Varner

Summer Miriam Redd

Jameson McKinley Williams Jr.
Jameson and Heather Williams of Jo

Tennessee road crew posts apology for traffic jam
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Big-city commuters might never see something like this: a posted apology from a road crew for a half-hour traffic jam.

Odds and ends
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt's still got it.

Sperm donor not entitled to parental rights under Florida law, court rules
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A man who donated his sperm and fathered twin boys has no parental rights to visit or contact the children, a Florida appeals court has ruled.

Giles' home runs back Moss in Braves win
ATLANTA - The last time his brother was here, Atlanta's Marcus Giles was heading back to the minors.

Pirates pitcher overpowers Braves
ATLANTA - OK, maybe the major leagues have it all wrong. Instead of sending their best and brightest to the Arizona Fall League, perhaps they should be shipping them to Korea.

Giles' home runs back Moss in Braves win

Sheffield tries to spread the wealth
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Gary Sheffield is preaching the gospel of hitting, and Vinny Castilla is finally listening.

Pirates pitcher overpowers Braves

Millwood tries to remain focused
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Kevin Millwood has an outside shot at 20 wins, but it's the last thing on his mind.

Sheffield tries to spread the wealth

Millwood tries to remain focused

State's outlook appears strong
AIKEN - South Carolina's economy will be healthy again by early 2004 with help from the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, a state economic development official said Tuesday.

Stocks rise Wednesday as investors look for bargains
NEW YORK -- Buyers returned to the stock market Wednesday, sending stocks higher following five days of selling.

Amtrak's struggles complicate rail bills
ATLANTA - The push for a stronger federal commitment to passenger rail is further complicated by the sense of uncertainty surrounding Amtrak, which is perennially saddled with operating deficits.

Business briefs
AUBURN, Ind. - The last new Camaro to be sold by Chevrolet - a red, T-topped Z-28 - brought a tidy $71,500 at a charity auction.

Business briefs
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. on Wednesday reported that its U.S. vehicle sales rose 22.6 percent in August from a year ago as consumers showed continued interest in incentive programs and the economic backdrop was favorable.

State's outlook appears strong

Augusta business brings takeout into cyberspace
Yo Pizza in Daniel Village isn't exactly a high-tech establishment. Owner Deborah Rodriguez maintains a simple atmosphere uncluttered by computerized progress.

Alliance seeks aid from feds
ATLANTA - The possibility of catching a train ride across Georgia depends on the lobbying savvy of a new group that is trying to blast a tunnel through a mountain of fiscal granite.

Stocks plunge on disappointing economic report; Dow falls 355 points

Authority gains conditional support
The Richmond County Development Authority voted Tuesday to recommend that the county join a regional development authority, but only if the group is willing to change its bylaws.

Authority gains conditional support

Chamber taps interim chief
Ed Presnell has dropped the "interim" portion of his job title.

Alliance seeks aid from feds

Home Depot combines two operational divisions
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot is combining two of its operating divisions into a single division based in Atlanta.

Stocks rise Wednesday as investors look for bargains

Stocks plunge on disappointing economic report; Dow falls 355 points
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Tuesday, as investors grew skittish over a series of developments ranging from lower-than-expected manufacturing activity to brokerage downgrades of Citigroup Inc. and Ford Motor Co. The Dow Jones industrials fell 355 points.

Bowden will alter kickoff coverage

Clemson sells nearly 57,000 seasons tickets
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson sold 56,808 season-ticket football packages this year - the second-most since 1990.

Bowden's concerns not with defense this week
CLEMSON, S.C. -- This is something different - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden's biggest concerns aren't on defense.

Clemson sells nearly 57,000 seasons tickets

Bowden's concerns not with defense this week

Bowden will alter kickoff coverage
CLEMSON, S.C. - They were on the verge of an upset special, but in their season-opening 31-28 loss to Georgia, turns out Clemson's special teams were just nothing special.

No break in sight for Cavaliers
Battered twice already by two teams currently ranked in the top 20, Virginia carries a "fairly long list" of woe into Saturday's game against its third straight -ranked opponent: No. 22 South Carolina.

Georgia State's ragtag football team has big dreams
ATLANTA -- Jim Wallace thought his football career ended with his last high school game seven autumns ago. Then the old passion stirred unexpectedly last week after a class at Georgia State University. A bunch of big guys hollered and thrust season tickets at him in the main plaza.

Hurricanes, Gators ready to rewew rivalry

Oddsmakers fire up No. 1 Miami
Florida doesn't have to look far for bulletin-board material heading into Saturday's showdown with No. 1 Miami.

Hurricanes, Gators ready to rewew rivalry
After a 15-year wait, the Hurricanes and Gators resume their regular-season rivalry at The Swamp on Saturday with more than a national championship run riding on the outcome.

Oddsmakers fire up No. 1 Miami

Georgia State's ragtag football team has big dreams

No break in sight for Cavaliers

Pacers name women's basketball coach

The contest begins

Urgent turnaround needed

End equivocation

DNA success story

Health and fitness calendar
FRESHSTART SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES: American Cancer Society program; four-week courses, 6-7 p.m. Nov. 4-25; Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building, Suite 302, Sports Medicine Conference Room; free; registration required; 651-2229.

Hollywood hits record summer revenue, but ticket sales fall short
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood delivered a nice blend of big, dumb popcorn flicks and smarter-than-average summer fare, adding up to an all-time revenue high but falling short of a ticket-sales record.

In the know
The 19th annual Fall Atlanta Home Show will be Sept. 26-29 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Drive at the northernmost intersection of Interstates 75 and 285.

Small portions
To de-vein shrimp, lay the shrimp on its side, and with a paring knife, make a shallow incision along the top to expose the vein before rinsing the shrimp clean. De-veining is a matter of preference, and there is no need to remove the very thin vein from the convex side of the shrimp.

Nintendo priming pink blob as its next big star
REDMOND, Wash. - Kirby's finally hitting the big time.

Kelly Clarkson wins 'American Idol' crown
NEW YORK -- Kelly Clarkson, a cocktail waitress from Texas whose signature song was Aretha Franklin's "Respect," was judged America's next pop star Wednesday by the viewers of "American Idol."

In the know
With the flood of good wines from California, I have started to look for real stars that deliver great value for the price/quality ratio.

Pizza perfection
The fall schedule is at full throttle, with after-school activities getting started and the homework piling up for families with children. So what are you going to feed these busy kids?

Georgia Tech going back in time for UConn game
ATLANTA -- No, Georgia Tech hasn't dropped down to Division II. It only seems that way.

Tech's Gathers closes in on ACC sack record
ATLANTA -- Greg Gathers holds Georgia Tech's all-time sack record.

Jackets' ends need to work one
ATLANTA - Greg Gathers holds Georgia Tech's all-time sack record. Tony Hargrove has the talent to break it.

Tech's Gathers closes in on ACC sack record

Georgia Tech going back in time for UConn game

Drought brought the summer of my discontent

A fresh start for the kid

Olympic golf closer to reality

Olympic golf closer to reality
Golf cleared its first big hurdle last week when an IOC report recommended adding the sport to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

A different course, a different outlook for Verplank

A fresh start for the kid
Ty Tryon must be relieved the first assignment for his final year of high school doesn't include a paper on how he spent his summer.

A different course, a different outlook for Verplank
MARKHAM, Ontario -- Scott Verplank left last year's Canadian Open with his first PGA Tour victory of the season, and it certainly was the most timely.

Georgia Prep Poll

Patriot kicks soccer habit

South Carolina Prep Poll

Statesboro's loss, Thomson's gain

Patriot kicks soccer habit
Westside place-kicker Obi Egekeze has this great T-shirt he wears around the house.

South Carolina Prep Poll
Here is The Associated Press high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points:

Georgia Prep Poll
Here is The Associated Press high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points:

Statesboro's loss, Thomson's gain
Most teams in Region 3-AAAA are happy when state power Statesboro loses.

Train, truck collide near Burke County
MCBEAN - A tractor trailer slammed into a freight train near the Burke County line this morning derailing the train and shutting down Georgia Highway 56, authorities said.

Pirates blank Braves
ATLANTA -- Salomon Torres made a triumphant return to the majors with Pittsburgh, coming within two outs of a shutout in his first big league appearance since 1997 as the Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 Tuesday night.

Bragdon misleads in article

Keep local control of local police

Let 'heroic players' answer fire call

Thank Farrakhan for McKinney's loss

Baseball players are no heroes

Who does weapons license protect?

The GOP has abandoned Republicans

Baseball a game; firefighting is real

School boards are not travel agents

United States should withdraw from the United Nations

Supports Graham as courageous, effective legislator

DOT should re-examine placement of speed-limit sign

RCAC Director Bragdon blasted

Health and fitness calendar

Small portions

Nintendo priming pink blob as its next big star

Pizza perfection

Kelly Clarkson wins 'American Idol' crown

Hollywood hits record summer revenue, but ticket sales fall short

Downtown bar license denied

Witness tells jurors she saw driver hit, kill man with SUV

Reno's demeanor disguises her grit
KENDALL, Fla. - A weathered bungalow lazes at the edge of the Everglades, secluded from encroaching suburbia by thick tropical foliage and a half-century of memories.

Holiday speeders go to jail
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office wrote 144 speeding tickets and charged 21 motorists with drunken driving in its Labor Day weekend crackdown.

Train officials warn of delays
Norfolk Southern officials were expecting delays in train shipments throughout Georgia and the Carolinas after Wednesday's 24-car train derailment on Georgia Highway 56 near McBean.

Savannah's military recruiters expect to meet this year's goals
SAVANNAH, Ga. - On Sept. 12, calls rolled into military recruiting offices from men ready to enlist and wipe out terrorists, but they didn't yield the enlistment windfall some might have expected.

Pupils get a nuclear education
How do you explain nuclear fission to a bunch of fourth-graders?

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Three elderly Tennessee men have died of West Nile virus, the state's first fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease, health officials said Tuesday.

Across the area

Correction
An article in the Xtreme section of Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly listed the date of CSRA College Night. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.

Investigator dedicated to missing-person cases

Witness tells jurors she saw driver hit, kill man with SUV
Gloria Sturgis Elmore was talking on her cellular phone, waiting for a friend to get back to her car when she saw a Chevrolet Blazer hit him, then hit him again, she testified Tuesday. As Robert Allan King lay on the ground, she saw the vehicle drive over his body twice, she said.

Program will link court systems
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - In an effort to modernize and link the South Carolina court system online, Edgefield County will lead the way for other rural counties in the state.

Suspect in jewel heist held in Georgia town
A man sought in the violent robbery of the Kay Jeweler's store in North Augusta in May has been arrested in Eastman, Ga., authorities said.

Testimony conflicts in homicide trial
What Tommy Tennyson allegedly said after a man was crushed to death under the wheels of a Chevrolet Blazer counted as evidence against him Wednesday.

Airport lands city funding pledge
Augusta Regional Airport officials started their campaign Tuesday to raise as much as $528,000 in equipment and in-kind contributions from the local business community.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Beatrice Glover of Trenton, S.C.

Children's books arrive for grading
Every day when North Columbia Elementary School Media Specialist Cindy Beatty arrives home, she finds new books on her front doorstep.

Experts say media focus too much on abductions
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite the seemingly nonstop deluge of news alerts, special bulletins and other saturation news coverage, the nation's children are not being abducted and killed at higher rates than in years past, experts agree.

Emergency evacuation
An Aiken Medical Center worker trying to hang an ornamental globe near a sprinkler head caused an evacuation Tuesday of the building. Aiken Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Turno said the sprinkler head in the office of Aiken Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates broke, flooding the office and setting off the fire alarm. The water had such a strong stench from years in the pipes that authorities were told at first there was a gas leak in the medical center.

Children's books arrive for grading

Seminar deals with on-job stress
AIKEN - Stopping nurses from leaving an already-strapped profession takes part self-esteem and part common sense.

News you can use

News you can use
SEPT. 4, 1963 Millard A. Beckum was selected as executive vice president of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday by a unanimous decision of the board of directors.

Emergency evacuation

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Margaret Weeks of North Augusta.

Perdue mounts challenge in rural Georgia
ATLANTA - For Republicans, the path to the governor's office may wind from the piney woods of southeast Georgia to the rocky mountains of Rabun Gap.

Last week's rain brings a fungus among us
Everything's coming up fungi.

Across Georgia

Commission approves meeting on civic center
The Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to arrange a joint meeting with the county's legislative delegation and civic center officials to develop operational goals for the troubled entertainment venue.

Man admits guilt in child sex case
WOODBINE, Ga. - A Georgia sailor and youth volunteer accused of 12 counts of child molestation and one count of sodomy has pleaded guilty to the charges.

King of the City
Mayor Bob Young and Augusta commissioners at their Tuesday meeting declared Sept. 3 to be Michael Curry Day, recognizing the Augusta native and Detroit Pistons player for his local service and national acclaim. Curry, a Glenn Hills High School graduate, has played in the NBA for seven years. He also serves as president of the NBA's Players' Association and is co-founder of Augusta Sports in Action, a volunteer group that sponsors basketball camps and provides free tutoring to school-aged athletes. The mayor awarded him with a proclamation and a key to the city.

Vote moves warehouse toward demolition
The Barrett Supply Co. warehouse behind Broad Street is one step closer to demolition.

Downtown bar license denied
A local bar owner with plans to open a three-stage live music venue and bar on downtown's Broad Street was denied his alcohol and dance hall licenses at Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting - a decision other downtown business owners are calling short-sighted and disappointing.

Family sues to annul marriage
AIKEN - The family of an Aiken woman in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease is trying to end her marriage to a man 52 years her junior, saying the nuptials were financially motivated.

Medical authority announces finalists for chief
A group aiming to boost the biomedical industry in Augusta and in Georgia went looking for help, and could soon get it.

Plan would send trains to Augusta Canal
Relocating some of downtown Augusta's train tracks would eliminate several crossings and traffic delays.

EPD says county should have told public about spill

Mayor's letter provokes barbs
Mayor Bob Young has begun drawing battle lines in an attempt to secure his seat in this year's mayoral race. But some Augusta commissioners say they have been left standing - unfairly - on the opposing side.

Fiery train wreck kills truck driver

Correction

News you can use

Savannah's military recruiters expect to meet this year's goals

Atkins admits Aiken killing
Aiken prosecutors will have to ask Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes for permission to bring Robert Atkins to South Carolina.

Holiday speeders go to jail

Perdue mounts challenge in rural Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Mayor's letter provokes barbs

Program will link court systems

Federal screeners arrive at airport

Across South Carolina

Correction

Candidates vie for endorsement

Across the area

Experts say media focus too much on abductions

Plan would send trains to Augusta Canal

Investigator dedicated to missing-person cases
Investigator Ron Sylvester is Augusta's new expert on missing persons.

Subscriber of the day

Candidates vie for endorsement
Touting improved education, affordable health care for seniors and economic development for the Augusta area, candidates who will be vying for votes this fall tried their best Tuesday night to win the support of the city's largest political activism group.

Across Georgia

Pirates blank Braves

Atkins admits Aiken killing

Challenge to highway funds will stop traffic, lawyer says
ATLANTA - A lawsuit aimed at a single highway project in suburban Atlanta threatens to cause "transportation gridlock" across the rest of Georgia for decades, a lawyer representing two state agencies charged Wednesday.

Man admits guilt in child sex case

Businesses woo students on campus
AIKEN - At the University of South Carolina Aiken, which is filled with commuters, lunch is the best time to catch students' attention.

Train officials warn of delays

Area Sept. 11 events
Augusta will mark the first anniversary of Sept. 11 in many ways. Events and activities that have been planned for Wednesday include:

Across South Carolina

Federal screeners arrive at airport
Passenger screeners showed up to work at Augusta Regional Airport on Wednesday wearing a new federal badge on their uniform.

Reno's demeanor disguises her grit

EPD says county should have told public about spill
Columbia County should have notified the public of a 5.2 million-gallon sewage spill into the Augusta Canal during a July 24-25 thunderstorm, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Fiery train wreck kills truck driver
MCBEAN - A tractor-trailer slammed into a freight train Wednesday morning, killing the driver and derailing 24 cars in a fiery crash that shut down Georgia Highway 56.

News you can use
SEPT. 5, 1987 WASHINGTON, Ga. - Quincy Brown redeemed himself in a big way Friday night as Lincoln County High defeated Washington-Wilkes 18-7.

Testimony conflicts in homicide trial

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -A 14-year-old boy under house arrest since he was charged with shooting a foster child in March has been granted permission to attend church with his family.

Family sues to annul marriage

Across the area
Emergency vehicles were called to Augusta Regional Airport on Wednesday after an Atlantic Southeast Airlines plane reported mechanical problems.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are seeking a 23-year-old Augusta man on charges of statutory rape involving a 13-year-old girl.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the results of the Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government's endorsement election for the District 6 Board of Education seat. Incumbent Barbara Padgett received 132 votes, and challenger Robert Ingram received 27 votes.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Businesses and restaurants are learning that it really stinks to leave garbage on downtown streets.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Seventeen people died on Georgia roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend - one more than last year even though there were 1,164 fewer accidents.

Across Georgia
KENNESAW -Kennesaw Police Chief Dewaine Wilson has been suspended by the city amid a state investigation.

Drought brought the summer of my discontent
Dear Mr. Weatherman:

Track tempers rival road rage

Ray will drive last two IRL races for Schmidt

Spotlight on John Andretti

NASCAR notebook
RICHMOND, Va. - Kyle Petty baited the hook by calling a news conference for Saturday at the Richmond International Raceway. Now he's enjoying watching everyone's imagination run wild.

Track tempers rival road rage
RICHMOND, Va. - It started with one driver waving his fist at another, escalated to another driver throwing his shoes at a moving car and threatening gunplay, and it ended with adrenaline-drunken men sparring with their front bumpers.

Ray will drive last two IRL races for Schmidt
DALLAS -- Former IRL champion Greg Ray was hired Tuesday to drive in the last two races of the season for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

Racing Facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Chevy Monte Carlo 400 race.

NASCAR notebook

Spotlight on John Andretti
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver John Andretti.

Racing Facts

Chicago Bulls guard Jalen Rose flees attempted carjacking
LOS ANGELES -- A passenger in a car driven by Chicago Bulls guard Jalen Rose was shot in the face during a carjacking attempt early Tuesday.

Chicago Bulls guard Jalen Rose flees attempted carjacking

Pacers name women's basketball coach
Michael Brandt had a gut feeling last week he would be offered the vacant women's head basketball coaching position at USC Aiken.

Run, Michael, Run: Reeves says he won't hold Vick back

Super Bowl champs are an underdog at home?

Panthers lock up Rucker to anchor line

Fantasy Football: It's time for some answers

Falcons sign five to practice squad

Mr. Murray Weeks    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Monzell Kearse    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Readdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mr. Norman Mayo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Major Paul Gallagher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alfonso Coleman    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. JoeAnn Gomillion    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eloise Bailey    (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Maddox    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Black    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. John Howard Jr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Danny Feagin    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Woodrow Barron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Wiggins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ola McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Brown Jr.    (GOUGH, Ga.)
Mr. Sam Strauss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Amelia Cartledge
Amelia Cartledge spent her life in the kitchen, teaching people not only how to prepare food but also how to love and appreciate it.

Mr. David Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Deen Killough    (ANTIOCH, CALI.)
Mr. Clemon Whitaker    (GRAY, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Maltsberger Sr.    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Mosca    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ola Mccain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucille Smith    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joe Ann Gomillion    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sam Strauss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Judy Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Braddy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wadley Sowell    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Burroughs    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Barrentine    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Amelia Cartledge    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Deborah Timmons    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Mrs. Monzell Kearse    (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Joyce Braddy
Cleaning up Augusta was Joyce Braddy's hobby.

Mrs. Betty Lawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Mosca    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Danny Feagin    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Stafford    (EATONTON, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Elzerleen Taylor    (MACON, Ga.)
Miss. Kathryn Hartley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Devoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Elsey    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Minnie Ward    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Lawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Monzell Kearse (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Leola Black (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Bailey (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Maddox (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deborah Timmons (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Monzell Kearse (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Norman Mayo (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Wiggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sam Strauss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Stafford (EATONTON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Amelia Cartledge

Featured obituary: Mrs. Joyce Braddy

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

Mr. Alfonso Coleman (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Deen Killough (ANTIOCH, CALI.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Burroughs (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Murray Weeks (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Wadley Sowell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Washer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elzerleen Taylor (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Feagin (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Maltsberger Sr. (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Joe Ann Gomillion (AIKEN, S.C.)

Major Paul Gallagher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Devoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Feagin (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie Ward (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Mosca (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Elsey (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Mosca (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Junelle Collins (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)

Mrs. Joyce Braddy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Brown Jr. (GOUGH, Ga.)

Why is Taiwan barred from U.N.?
THE AFRICAN nation of Burkina Faso and 11 other Taiwan allies are asking the upcoming 57th U.N. General Assembly to consider admitting Taiwan as a member in the United Nations. The nations cite the urgent need to examine and redress Taiwan's 30-year exclusion from United Nations.

The contest begins
There are two components in every political race. The first, and most important, is the candidates' views on the issues and their ability to lead. The second is the horse-race aspect - who's ahead and why.

The GOP has abandoned Republicans
The Republican Party keeps asking me for money. This is the letter I sent back to them: Pat VanHooser, North Augusta, S.C.

Let 'heroic players' answer fire call
In response to the letter on Aug. 23, "Baseball players are heroes," Andy Walters must certainly be devoid of any knowledge about the New York City firefighters to compare them to wealthy ballplayers. Sanford R. Hawkins, Evans, Ga.

Urgent turnaround needed
The dysfunctional and disintegrating Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority desperately needs many things. Teamwork. Vision. A civic center manager. An occasional quorum.

End equivocation
It's one thing to play good cop, bad cop. It's quite another to just send mixed signals. And that's what the Bush administration has been doing with regard to Iraq.

Baseball players are no heroes
This is in reference to Andy Walters' letter of Aug. 23 on New York City firefighters and baseball players being ranked together ("Baseball players are heroes"). Joe Zachmann, Evans, Ga.

School boards are not travel agents
Your Aug. 17 editorial, "Method to madness," was very interesting. My first reaction was that there must not be any new scandals in the local government for you to opine about. Gene Walker, Thomson, Ga.

DOT should re-examine placement of speed-limit sign
The Georgia Department of Transportation has made an asinine error by placing a 55 mph speed limit sign on Fury's Ferry Road in the vicinity between Three J Road and Hardy McManus Road. Underneath, the speed limit sign also states "End of School Zone." Gerald A. Lee, Evans, Ga.

Who does weapons license protect?
An Atlanta assistant state's attorney says that concealed weapons licensees may carry their firearms anywhere except in churches, public buildings, establishments which serve alcohol or sporting events. These prohibitions are listed on the license. George A. Mitchell, Blairsville, Ga.

Bragdon misleads in article
A couple of things need to be challenged regarding Dr. Bonnie Bragdon's statements in Sylvia Cooper's Aug. 26 article on the Richmond County Animal Control facility, "Bragdon's 2-year tenure is full of ups and downs." Cynthia Farrington, Evans, Ga.

DNA success story
Less than 10 years ago DNA analysis was so new to crimefighting that local prosecutors, fearful juries wouldn't understand it, were reluctant to introduce it as evidence. Fingerprints still were the preferred form of forensic evidence.

Keep local control of local police
The United States does not need a Cabinet-level department of homeland security. That would amount to an executive branch grab for power. Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

United States should withdraw from the United Nations
I doubt the American people are aware that President George W. Bush and his administration just agreed to a demand by the U.N. Security Council granting American service personnel serving in U.N. peacekeeping missions immunity from prosecution by the new International Criminal Court for a single year. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Supports Graham as courageous, effective legislator
H. Perry Holcomb's Aug. 26 letter regarding U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., ("Graham lightweight congressman") indicates that Mr. Holcomb has been bitten by the Democratic bug. Jim Wetzel, Aiken, S.C.

Baseball a game; firefighting is real
Regarding Andy Walters' Aug. 23 letter, "Baseball players are heroes": To think that any athlete is even close to a firefighter, EMT, paramedic or police officer is just crazy. Chris Rich, Augusta

Thank Farrakhan for McKinney's loss
I never in my life thought I'd be thanking Louis Farrakhan for anything. However, I want to thank the Nation of Islam leader for endorsing our excuse for a U.S. representative, Cynthia McKinney. Scott Finley, Augusta

RCAC Director Bragdon blasted
Regarding Bonnie Bragdon's running of the Richmond County Animal Control facility: It is very disturbing to me that Dr. Bragdon continues to not accept any responsibility for the condition of the facility. Mellody Edenfield, Evans, Ga.

Why is Taiwan barred from U.N.?
THE AFRICAN nation of Burkina Faso and 11 other Taiwan allies are asking the upcoming 57th U.N. General Assembly to consider admitting Taiwan as a member in the United Nations. The nations cite the urgent need to examine and redress Taiwan's 30-year exclusion from United Nations.

Moments of silence on Sept. 11

Overtime

Hingis' Open ends in fourth round

Venus Williams, Seles, Davenport advance

Questions about youth football safety after death of 10-year-old girl

Mauresmo upsets Capriati to reach semis

Overtime

Hingis' Open ends in fourth round
NEW YORK -- Her ankle healing, her game returning, Martina Hingis made it into the second week of the U.S. Open, which is about as much as the former champion could have expected.

Venus Williams, Seles, Davenport advance
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams moved closer to another sister-sister final, stopping a strong challenge from Chanda Rubin for a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

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

Moments of silence on Sept. 11
All major league baseball night games on Sept. 11 will pause at 9:11 p.m. local time for a moment of silence in remembrance of last year's terrorist attacks.

Mauresmo upsets Capriati to reach semis
NEW YORK -- Jennifer Capriati was rushing toward the U.S. Open semifinals until Amelie Mauresmo got in her way.

Overtime
A 10-year-old girl who played on a tackle football team died Monday after collapsing during practice Friday in Bartlett, Ill.

Questions about youth football safety after death of 10-year-old girl
CHICAGO -- Little got in the way of Taylor Davison, a 10-year-old Girl Scout and avid horseback rider who was good at math and science - and the only girl on her football team.

Fantasy Football: It's time for some answers
It's finally here.

Run, Michael, Run: Reeves says he won't hold Vick back
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves has been through this before.

Super Bowl champs are an underdog at home?
The oddsmakers have given Bill Belichick another way to fire up the New England Patriots. His Super Bowl champions are 2-point underdogs to Pittsburgh AT HOME in their season opener Monday night.

Falcons sign five to practice squad
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed five players for their practice squad Tuesday.

Panthers lock up Rucker to anchor line
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are putting their money on their defensive line, locking up left end Mike Rucker for another five years.

Hunters urged to help stop spread of wasting disease
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hunters were asked to stop bringing some deer and elk parts into California to try keep out a brain-wasting disease that has killed game animals in other Western states.

Aiken hospital tests device
AIKEN - Dialysis patients may benefit from a radiation procedure being tested in Aiken that is already helping keep heart patients healthier.

Wireless networking improves
Just a few short years ago, home networking meant hours in the attic or the crawl space dragging lengths of CAT-5 cable from one wall to another. That was just to share a printer, since networking a modem made little sense.

Scientists say Earth formed faster than had been thought
Scientists have found evidence that Earth made its final step to planet status about 30 million years earlier than previous research had suggested.

Federal officials trying to find a test for West Nile
ATLANTA -- Confirming Tuesday that three organ recipients contracted West Nile, federal officials said they are speeding development of a blood test to detect the spreading virus.

Richt tries to defuse QB talk

Charges dropped against Georgia basketball players

Georgia RB Musa Smith facing family's ties to terrorism
ATHENS, Ga. -- In the small Pennsylvania town where Georgia running back Musa Smith grew up, most folks know his father was convicted of crimes connected to an Islamic terrorist plot.

Charges dropped against Georgia basketball players
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two Georgia basketball players charged in a rape were cleared a week after a football player at the school was acquitted in the case.

Richt tries to defuse QB talk
Georgia's players and coaches insist there's no quarterback controversy, but there's little doubt one can develop if things go sour for the Bulldogs.

Report: Gamecocks face scrutiny

Petravicius undergoes knee, ankle surgeries

Report: Gamecocks face scrutiny
The NCAA is investigating the University of South Carolina football program for possible improprieties, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Petravicius undergoes knee, ankle surgeries
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- University of South Carolina senior center Marius Petravicius underwent surgery this week to repair knee and heel damage.

Tennessee road crew posts apology for traffic jam

Sperm donor not entitled to parental rights under Florida law, court rules

Odds and ends

Scientists say Earth formed faster than had been thought

Aiken hospital tests device

Wireless networking improves

Hunters urged to help stop spread of wasting disease

Federal officials trying to find a test for West Nile