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

Patrick Marquez Upshaw

Camille Alexandria Rogers

Ansley Elizabeth Richards

Kalin Bre'onna Fulton

Daryan James McTier

Nadia Nicole Kub

Jackson Daniel Wray

Hayden Nathaniel Stokes

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

Jameson McKinley Williams Jr.

Joshua Charles Mock

Richard Edward Nyland

Samantha Nicole Simmons

Jameson McKinley Williams Jr.
Jameson and Heather Williams of Jo

Summer Renee Bryant

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

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.

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

Katrina Marie Kottra
David and Jennifer Kottra o

Kalin Bre'onna Fulton
Dereck and Tonya Fulton of Grovet

Emma Marie Mann

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.

Bethany Grace Rodgers

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.

Katrina Marie Kottra

Kristian Xavier Dingle
Jerome and Ta

Isabella Jade Paul
Mr. and Mr

Jackson Daniel Wray
Charles Wray and Jane Pearson o

Isabella Jade Paul

Abigail Marie Varner
Barry and Karen Varner of Evans

Spencer Patrick Smith

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.

Destanie Ze'rai Kennedy

Hayden Nathaniel Stokes
Mr. and Mr

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.

Spencer Patrick Smith
Bruc

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Abigail Marie Varner

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.

Kristian Xavier Dingle

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.

Maxwell Anthony Shaffer

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.

Madelyn Elizabeth Dye

Mikah Jaylyn Elam

Ashlyn Nicole Gribanow

Moregan Michelle Belin

Summer Miriam Redd

Joseph Preston Isenhoward

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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
ATLANTA - The last time his brother was here, Atlanta's Marcus Giles was heading back to the minors.

Millwood tries to remain focused

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.

Pirates pitcher overpowers Braves

Sheffield tries to spread the wealth

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Stocks rise Wednesday as investors look for bargains

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.

Alliance seeks aid from feds

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.

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.

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.

Authority gains conditional support

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.

Stocks plunge on disappointing economic report; Dow falls 355 points

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.

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.

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
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson sold 56,808 season-ticket football packages this year - the second-most since 1990.

Clemson sells nearly 57,000 seasons tickets

Bowden's concerns not with defense this week

Bowden will alter kickoff coverage

Hurricanes, Gators ready to rewew rivalry

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.

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.

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.

No break in sight for Cavaliers

Georgia State's ragtag football team has big dreams

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.

Oddsmakers fire up No. 1 Miami

Pacers name women's basketball coach

The contest begins

End equivocation

DNA success story

Urgent turnaround needed

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.

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."

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
ATLANTA -- Greg Gathers holds Georgia Tech's all-time sack record.

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 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.

Olympic golf closer to reality

A fresh start for the kid

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 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

Statesboro's loss, Thomson's gain

Georgia Prep Poll

Patriot kicks soccer habit

South Carolina Prep Poll

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Let 'heroic players' answer fire call

United States should withdraw from the United Nations

School boards are not travel agents

Supports Graham as courageous, effective legislator

Thank Farrakhan for McKinney's loss

Who does weapons license protect?

Bragdon misleads in article

RCAC Director Bragdon blasted

The GOP has abandoned Republicans

Baseball players are no heroes

DOT should re-examine placement of speed-limit sign

Baseball a game; firefighting is real

Keep local control of local police

Pizza perfection

Small portions

Health and fitness calendar

Hollywood hits record summer revenue, but ticket sales fall short

Nintendo priming pink blob as its next big star

Kelly Clarkson wins 'American Idol' crown

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.

Investigator dedicated to missing-person cases

News you can use

Across the area

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.

Family sues to annul marriage

Correction

Perdue mounts challenge in rural Georgia

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.

Atkins admits Aiken killing

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.

EPD says county should have told public about spill

Across Georgia

Fiery train wreck kills truck driver

Program will link court systems

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

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

Reno's demeanor disguises her grit

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

Across South Carolina

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

Train officials warn of delays

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

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.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

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.

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:

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.

Across the area

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

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.

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.

Children's books arrive for grading

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.

Correction

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

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.

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.

Plan would send trains to Augusta Canal

Experts say media focus too much on abductions

Federal screeners arrive at airport

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.

Mayor's letter provokes barbs

Candidates vie for endorsement

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.

Pirates blank Braves

Testimony conflicts in homicide trial

Emergency evacuation

News you can use

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.

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.

Downtown bar license denied

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Holiday speeders go to jail

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

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.

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

Subscriber of the day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Spotlight on John Andretti

NASCAR notebook

Track tempers rival road rage

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

Racing Facts

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.

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.

Ray will drive last two IRL races for Schmidt

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.

Falcons sign five to practice squad

Super Bowl champs are an underdog at home?

Panthers lock up Rucker to anchor line

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

Fantasy Football: It's time for some answers

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

Mrs. Deborah Timmons (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Monzell Kearse (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. David Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Featured obituary: Mrs. Joyce Braddy

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Elzerleen Taylor (MACON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Hattie Devoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Stafford (EATONTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eloise Bailey (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wadley Sowell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deen Killough (ANTIOCH, CALI.)

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

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

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Maddox (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Mosca (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Mrs. Amelia Cartledge

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mauresmo upsets Capriati to reach semis

Venus Williams, Seles, Davenport advance

Overtime

Moments of silence on Sept. 11

Overtime

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

Hingis' Open ends in fourth round

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Report: Gamecocks face scrutiny

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

Tennessee road crew posts apology for traffic jam

Odds and ends

Hunters urged to help stop spread of wasting disease

Scientists say Earth formed faster than had been thought

Federal officials trying to find a test for West Nile

Wireless networking improves

Aiken hospital tests device