Stay alert, watch for signs of deception

Coke, Pepsi or bait?
MAYFLOWER, Ark. - When the fish are biting on Lake Conway but the bait box is dry, anglers here have no problem.

Odds and ends
TRENTON, N.J. -- In two New Jersey schools, Johnny can read, write - and get his teeth fixed.

Lopez finding elusive strike zone

Lopez breaks slump with slam
MIAMI - Having spent the better part of four hours behind the plate the night before, Braves catcher Javy Lopez was happy to get Sunday off.

Lopez breaks slump with slam

Florida defeats Atlanta
MIAMI - It had the feel of a weekend softball game between competing taverns. Just enough fans to cover the seats directly behind home plate. No lines for hot dogs and beer.

Javy's grand slam carries Braves
MIAMI -- Javy Lopez had a pinch-hit grand slam with two outs in the sixth inning, and John Smoltz earned his major league-leading 51st save as the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 Sunday.

Lopez finding elusive strike zone
MIAMI - It has become the daily mantra to Javy Lopez, one recitedduring batting practice and before games.

Javy's grand slam carries Braves

Florida defeats Atlanta

Don't try to time market in rollover

Time can help heal wounds to college savings accounts

Navigant fights fare mandates by airlines
All the major airlines have now said they would require travelers on most nonrefundable fares to make changes to itineraries before the departure date or lose their money.

Don't try to time market in rollover
Q: I'll be changing jobs and plan to roll over the money in my 401(k) into a new retirement account. How does the process work, and is there any way to time the transfer of funds to take advantage of the stock market's recent ups and downs?

Gold funds see solid returns

Stocks mixed on war concerns, earnings warnings
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed in light trading Monday, as skittish investors found little reason to do much buying amid earnings warnings season and growing prospects of a war with Iraq.

Time can help heal wounds to college savings accounts
NEW YORK -- For many Americans, the slumping stock market has dealt a double blow: Their retirement accounts have tanked, and so have college savings accounts they set up for their children's education.

Inventories grow for third month in row
WASHINGTON -- U.S. companies added to their stocks of unsold goods in July for the third month in a row, a dose of good news for the struggling economic recovery.

Gold funds see solid returns
NEW YORK - Economic hard times typically are good for gold prices, so it's no surprise that in a year filled with anxiety about terrorism and concerns about accounting scandals that gold mutual funds have enjoyed solid returns.

Navigant fights fare mandates by airlines

Business briefs
AIKEN - A court hearing on alleged labor law violations at the Aiken Wal-Mart store has been postponed from Sept. 23 to Feb. 3.

Business briefs

Monday morning quarterback

Notre Dame, Penn State USC help reshuffle Top 25
Trying to return to its glory days, Notre Dame nearly returned to the Top 10.

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and abroad in college football:

Notre Dame, Penn State USC help reshuffle Top 25

Larke's got it right

Tough policy weakens

The right 'choice'

Right-to-know abused

Back on right route

In the know
If you're looking for a more refined chocolate in your cookie, Pillsbury has something for you.

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.

Administration endorses single-sex schools
WASHINGTON -- When she peeks into classrooms at the Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago, Joan Hall sees girls working quietly, free from the distractions of teenage boys. The girls pay attention to their teachers, work confidently at lessons and speak up freely in class.

Cartoon Network will air 'Futurama'
LOS ANGELES -- The Cartoon Network, a division of AOL Time Warner, has bought the cable television rights for the Fox Television animated series "Futurama."

Insurance companies get strict on dog owners
David Edmiston of Grovetown considers his dogs part of the family.

'Wild Kingdom' returning to television
OMAHA, Neb. -- "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," the popular wildlife television show of the 1960s and 1970s, is making a return.

CBS bounces Jane Clayson as host of 'The Early Show'
NEW YORK -- Now CBS is searching for two new co-hosts for its troubled morning program, "The Early Show."

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday
Forget the calendar. Look at your television set, and you'll see fall begins on Monday.

Jackets can't capitalize on opportunities
CLEMSON, S.C. -- When Clemson's Willie Simmons fumbled the center snap late in the fourth quarter Saturday, giving Georgia Tech one last shot to win, senior cornerback Kelly Rhino couldn't help but think about the last time the two teams met in Death Valley.

Sheehan earns return invite to lead 2003 team
EDINA, Minn. -- Patty Sheehan will keep her job as captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2003.

Senior PGA Tour returns to Austin after absence
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Senior PGA Tour is returning to Austin, the city where the over-50 professional circuit has its roots.

Forsman wins Penn Classic
PAOLI, Pa. -- Dan Forsman eagled the 18th hole Sunday at the SEI Pennsylvania Classic to capture his first PGA Tour victory in a decade.

Senior PGA Tour returns to Austin after absence

Fleisher breaks winless streak
CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Bruce Fleisher held off Senior PGA Tour leading money winner Hale Irwin to snap a 38-tournament winless streak, shooting a 67 to win the RJR Championship in record-setting fashion Sunday.

Bad back could keep Montgomerie out of Ryder Cup

Eyeing presence on PGA Tour, Ford starts with Mickelson

Eyeing presence on PGA Tour, Ford starts with Mickelson
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Ford Motor Co. signed Phil Mickelson to an endorsement contract Monday, the first step toward the company becoming a strong marketing presence on the PGA Tour.

Leaney wins German Masters by one stroke over Cejka
PULHEIM, Germany -- Australia's Stephen Leaney shot a 5-under-par 67 and beat hometown favorite Alex Cejka by a stroke to win the German Masters.

Jaguars name new golf coach
When Josh Gregory ran into former Augusta State golf coach Jay Seawell in Kiawah Island, S.C., two weeks ago, he just had to ask.

Captain comes up big in finale
THOMSON - The Regions Cup Matches returned to its former format Sunday. The result was like old times, too.

Fleisher breaks winless streak

Forsman wins Penn Classic

Captain comes up big in finale

Bad back could keep Montgomerie out of Ryder Cup
PULHEIM, Germany -- Colin Montgomerie won't play in the Ryder Cup later this month unless he's assured that his bad back won't prevent him from playing all the matches.

Sheehan earns return invite to lead 2003 team

Investigation continues into football fight

Investigation continues into football fight
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Authorities say the investigation into last week's football fight following Northwestern's 14-10 victory over Marlboro County will continue and any possible arrests or disciplinary actions will not happen until later in the week.

Stay alert, watch for signs of deception
I don't think we should make fun of that north Georgia nurse who reported a carload of terrorism suspects, who appear to be nothing more than med students with bad attitudes.

New ASU men's golf coach chosen
Augusta State University chose Josh Gregory as its head men's golf coach and director of golf Monday afternoon.

Warehouse demolition is right

U.S. shouldn't be exempt from International Criminal Court

Civil War whiners not true Southerners

Jury's 'not-guilty' verdict appalls and perplexes observer

George 'Wreck' Bush ruining nation with ineptness, inaction

Opposes U.N.'s women rights treaty

'Chronicle' has gone to dogs, sowing strife and division

Private clubs exist to keep people out

Appoint a new grand jury for Few

Condemns lies about Catholics

Billboard not offensive to South

Slavery is history; keep it there

CBS bounces Jane Clayson as host of 'The Early Show'

'Wild Kingdom' returning to television

Senior calendar

In the know

Insurance companies get strict on dog owners

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday

Across the southeast
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -An elderly Montgomery County woman became the first person in Alabama to die of West Nile virus this year and only the second ever in the state, a health official said Monday.

Ailing vets point to forced vaccinations
Teresa Andrews knew what was in the syringes Army doctors had prepared for members of her National Guard unit, and she was having none of it.

Repairs close crash-site crossing

Sick veterans try but fail to receive compensation

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Debbie Kuglar of Beech Island.

Augusta librarian likes more than a good book

Across Georgia

Across the area

Across the southeast
Train cars derail, emitting sulfuric acid

Subscriber of the day

Suspect's car strikes deputy
A sheriff's deputy who drew his weapon on a shoplifting suspect outside the Augusta Mall was struck by the man's vehicle as he drove toward the officer, authorities said.

News you can use

Residents to vote on 1-cent sales tax

Police start panhandler crackdown

Sick veterans try but fail to receive compensation
It was only a few days before Christmas, a clear, sunny Sunday afternoon in 1993, and Diane Hopkins decided it was time to do some holiday shopping.

Council makes list of budget projects
North Augusta City Council completed its wish list Monday night for the city's 2002-03 budget.

Elementary school mourns 8-year-old

Owner plans to rebuild

Police start panhandler crackdown
Police will begin targeting aggressive panhandlers in downtown Augusta this week in response to complaints that they are harassing people.

After the storm

Business coalition prepares requests
ATLANTA - Suppose Georgia could attract a company that hires people living in cities throughout the state, pays extremely high wages and doesn't pollute.

Time's up for property appeals

Memories shared at reunions
AIKEN - Nearly five years ago, four women who had gone to school together bumped into one another in a department store. They don't remember now which one.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Two bodies were found in the trunk of a burning car along Interstate 20 in Atlanta early Sunday morning, police said.

Husband charged in slaying
AIKEN - An Aiken man surrendered to police Sunday and was charged in the brutal stabbing death of his wife, whose body was discovered by a relative, authorities said.

Augusta librarian likes more than a good book
Nancy Carver spends the better part of her workweek assisting patrons of Augusta's main library branch with 'da books, but the Chicago native's weekends are devoted to 'da Bears.

Former officers on trial

Storm spreads rain across the region
ATLANTA - Tropical Storm Hanna, downgraded to a tropical depression, headed for the Carolinas on Sunday after knocking down power lines and tree branches in a path across Alabama and Georgia.

Former officers on trial
Only a jury can decide whether two former Richmond County sheriff's officers were corrupted by the lure of profits from drug dealing and extortion or were victims of drug dealers willing to say anything to escape a life behind bars.

New ASU men's golf coach chosen

After the storm
BellSouth outside plant technician Mickey Sousa works to restore phone lines on Arsenal Drive after a tree fell Sunday night.

Business coalition prepares requests

Blood stains are key in trial

Storm spreads rain across the region

Across the southeast

Memories shared at reunions

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A Fort Gordon soldier died Sunday of injuries he received in a collision on a wet road Saturday, authorities said.

Time's up for property appeals
Federal Express employee Joe Collins hurried into the first-flo

News you can use
SEPT. 16, 1983 The Very Rev. Harry W. Shipps, dean of the Convocation of Augusta, was elected bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Georgia on Thursday after 11 rounds of voting.

Blood stains are key in trial
Blood stains left on a washcloth nearly eight years ago could lead to the conviction of a 29-year-old Augusta man on trial this week in the slaying of his neighbor.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Architects want to illuminate the Cooper River Bridge's 128 cables and nearly 60-story-high towers to create a virtual "Cathedral of Light" visible from 30 miles away.

Leaders discuss historic districts
AIKEN - City Manager Roger LeDuc told Aiken City Council Monday that any new historic districts can be regulated by whomever they see fit - a move that could make Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission obsolete for future architectural review.

Community cherishes way of life
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Drive down Skidaway Road and you get the feeling that Sandfly is just an intersection where a couple of gas stations face a Piggly Wiggly.

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE -A woman who said she overheard three men talking about committing terrorist acts when they got to Miami was hospitalized Monday with chest pains, her attorney said.

Neighbors gather for vigil
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - A 12-year-old girl's idea brought her Louisville neighborhood together Sunday to pray for a missing man.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Highway deaths attributed to inattentive drivers have soared 73 percent in South Carolina in recent years.

Tenacious fire guts Aiken carpet store
AIKEN - Firefighters narrowly escaped serious injury Sunday in a fire that destroyed an Aiken carpet store and forced the closing of a major thoroughfare for hours.

Across the area
Augusta water customers caught watering on the wrong day will have their water cut off.

Subscriber of the day

Owner plans to rebuild
AIKEN - The owner of The Carpet Shop, the site of an electrical fire Sunday that left the store gutted and still smoldering Monday, says she will rebuild the Whiskey Road business.

Repairs close crash-site crossing
The Georgia Highway 56 railroad crossing where a train derailed nearly two weeks ago will close again Wednesday and Thursday for repair work related to the derailment.

Officers say they averted slaying
AIKEN - Aiken County authorities said Monday that clever acting on the part of investigators enabled police to stop a murder-for-hire plot.

News you can use

Elementary school mourns 8-year-old
It was supposed to be a weekend of celebrations: Raymond and Kelly Hawkinberry marked 20 years of marriage, and son Michael turned 18 and was set to lead the Harlem High Bulldogs on the football field against Greene County.

Ailing vets point to forced vaccinations

Residents to vote on 1-cent sales tax
McDuffie County voters will go to the polls today to decide whether they want to extend a 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Across the southeast

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kim Herrity of Martinez.

News you can use
SEPT. 17, 1922 Dr. George Preston, superintendent of the Gracewood School for the Mentally Defective, was informed by wire yesterday that Gov. Thomas Hardwick had not accepted the offer of the Citizens and Southern Bank of a loan with which to finance the Gracewood Institution until the state Legislature meets next summer.

Across the area

Newman wins New Hampshire 300

NASCAR notebook

Newman wins New Hampshire 300
LOUDON, N.H. - Ryan Newman had a lot of help Sunday in winning the first race in his NASCAR Winston Cup Series career.

NASCAR notebook
LOUDON, N.H. - The race for the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship continues to be a folly like no other.

New Redskins coach in constant communication with QB transmitter

Monday Night Football: Eagles rout Redskins

Falcons ponder second close loss in a row

Falcons fall to Bears

Panthers rout Lions

Peete now Panthers' permanent starter

Falcons guard out 6-8 weeks with broken bone in foot

Bears edge Falcons

Mr. Ernest Longshore, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Banks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Rilla Harper    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Spivey    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Renee Russo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wesley Smith Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Clemontene Jackson    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Andrew Parks Jr.    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Choat    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Maher    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Sharon Dillman-Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Longshore Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Maher    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Nile Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Hazel Keyton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Darling Heath    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Darling Heath    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Andrew Hawkinberry    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Lela Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Anna Gratton    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Ramona Sullivent    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Fulcher    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Barrett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. John Foust Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Godfrey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Brandon English    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Paschal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Ted Adkins    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. George Lynch    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Sheryl Lloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Aaron    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Jones    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Taylor    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Ingram    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Robin Thigpen    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Andrew Hawkinberry    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Sebastian Vericella    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Turnage    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Lela Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Berrien    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Sharon Dillman-Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Ola Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Williams    (JONESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Savella Hall    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Tony Whitfield    (ANDERSON, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Habitzruther    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Longshore Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Maher (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Maher (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Andrew Hawkinberry (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Aaron (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lela Turner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie Williams (JONESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rilla Harper (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Adams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lela Turner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Godfrey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Berrien (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Lynch (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Choat (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Darling Heath (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Rev. Ted Adkins (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Longshore, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Ingram (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Paschal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Renee Russo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Darling Heath (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Tony Whitfield (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Andrew Hawkinberry (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Sheryl Lloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nile Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Clemontene Jackson (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Smith Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sharon Dillman-Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Savella Hall (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Robin Thigpen (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Fulcher (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Habitzruther (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Turnage (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Andrew Parks Jr. (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Gratton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John Foust Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

U.S. shouldn't be exempt from International Criminal Court
Regarding Glenda Windham's Sept. 5 letter: She writes that the United States should withdraw from the United Nations because she objects that American troops might be prosecuted on charges raised by the International Criminal Court after a year has elapsed. Alain Sykes, Augusta

Tough policy weakens
Ambiguity is sneaking back into how the Catholic Church deals with pedophilia priests. The issue was supposedly laid to rest when America's Roman Catholic bishops earlier this summer promised "zero tolerance" for, and aggressive disciplining of, priests accused of child molestation.

Private clubs exist to keep people out
Regarding the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, Martha Burk, and her assertion that women should be allowed to join any club or organization they wish, including the Augusta National Golf Club: Carolyn Lee, Augusta

Billboard not offensive to South
To the Southerner who was offended by Abraham Lincoln's billboard on Wrightsboro Road, the "waw" is over. We lost. M. Davis, Clearwater, S.C.

Jury's 'not-guilty' verdict appalls and perplexes observer
A baby-mama drama, a fragile ego and a gun are ingredients for a homicide. Recently, I attended a homicide trial involving two black males in Richmond County Superior Court. I have attended these trials for more than 10 years, and I can't get used to the stupidity and senselessness. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

Back on right route
Area bus riders will be better served starting Oct. 1 when Aiken and Richmond counties' transit systems coordinate their routes, allowing passengers to travel back and forth between Augusta, North Augusta, the city of Aiken and points in between.

Civil War whiners not true Southerners
The Sept. 9 Chronicle included a letter ("Objects to billboard") by Walker Bridwell McWee, which lamented a billboard that features a picture of former President Abraham Lincoln. The writer stated the billboard offends him, "as it would all true Southerners." Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.

George 'Wreck' Bush ruining nation with ineptness, inaction
Political pundits have suggested many meanings for the "W" in President George W. Bush's name. Well, I believe the best word to describe "W" is "wreck." Anne Cook, Augusta

The right 'choice'
Often you find that people who are all for "choice" on the matter of terminating pregnancies are on the other side of the choice issue when it comes to teaching about the Bible in public schools.

Opposes U.N.'s women rights treaty
Underhanded politicians and lobbyists in Washington often sneak controversial legislation through Congress when the public is focused on other issues, such as Iraq. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Warehouse demolition is right
I'm proud of the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission's decision to reverse its ruling and approve the demolition of the warehouse behind the historic Barrett Supply Building on Broad Street. It's a sound and prudent course of action given the circumstances. Sonny Pittman, Augusta

Right-to-know abused
There are two aspects to complying with the law. One is to heed the letter of the law; the other is to respect the spirit of the law.

Slavery is history; keep it there
As a young, college-educated white female I was appalled after reading Nicole Ball's letter on Sept. 7, "Why blacks deserve reparations." Hope Carroll, Jackson, S.C.

Larke's got it right
The disagreement between federal education officials and School Superintendent Charles Larke about whether the Richmond County school system used a decades-old desegregation ruling to avoid complying with the new No Child Left Behind education package is beside the point.

Condemns lies about Catholics
I seek to address anti-Catholic feelings prevalent among some in this community. Father Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Appoint a new grand jury for Few
I like to keep things real. Therefore, it's not my intention to defend the dignity, integrity, credibility and character of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few. And I'm absolutely not concerned about his guilt or innocence. Actually, I want to express my dismay about the special grand jury's presentment about him. E. Maner, Augusta

'Chronicle' has gone to dogs, sowing strife and division
I know the responsibility of a newspaper is great, because of the influence it has on its readers. I see it faltering in its responsibilities. The newspaper influences readers. You may say it even talks, therefore giving it the status of a person. Grady Brown, Augusta

Overtime

Americans hope to master clay in Davis cup semis against France

De La Hoya eyes rosy future after answering critics

Overtime

De La Hoya eyes rosy future after answering critics
LAS VEGAS -- Just when it seemed Oscar De La Hoya might be nearing the end of his career, he came up with the fight of his life. In doing so, he also answered a lot of questions about his heart.

Americans hope to master clay in Davis cup semis against France
PARIS -- On the final day of practice for the Davis Cup semifinals, Andy Roddick launched his racket into the empty stands. The day before, he broke another of his rackets.

Overtime
The men's lightweight quadruple sculls team from the Augusta Training Center finished third in its heat Monday at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain.

Overtime
Colin Montgomerie won't play in the Ryder Cup later this month unless he's assured that his bad back won't prevent him from playing all the matches.

New Redskins coach in constant communication with QB transmitter
LANDOVER, Md. -- Steve Spurrier gave his quarterbacks an earful on the sidelines for 12 years at Florida. In the NFL, he can do it while they're still on the field.

Panthers rout Lions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a battle of two of the worst teams in the NFL last year, the Detroit Lions found a way to make the Carolina Panthers look good - very good.

Bears edge Falcons
ATLANTA -- Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears roughed up Michael Vick. A missed field goal and an overturned call helped their cause, too.

Falcons guard out 6-8 weeks with broken bone in foot
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons guard Roberto Garza broke a bone in his foot in the team's loss to the Chicago Bears and will miss six to eight weeks.

Monday Night Football: Eagles rout Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. -- An impressive offense was on display for Steve Spurrier's first Monday night game - and it belonged to the other team.

Falcons ponder second close loss in a row
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Despite back-to-back losses to start the season, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves isn't ready to give up on his team.

Falcons fall to Bears
ATLANTA - The talk will focus on Jay Feely missing two field goals Sunday, the second of which sailed left of the uprights and guaranteed the Atlanta Falcons a 14-13 loss to the Chicago Bears and a disappointment for the 68,801 fans who sold out the Georgia Dome.

Peete now Panthers' permanent starter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rodney Peete can stop looking over his shoulder - his best outing in 10 years has officially given him job security as Carolina's starting quarterback.

Techbits: Homeland security, camouflaging cell towers, handheld dexterity
SAN DIEGO -- In the name of homeland security, University of California scientists have developed tiny silicon "smart dust" flakes for detecting poison gases, along with ultra-tough carbon fibers that can blast-proof buildings.

Diet and cancer linked, study says
LONDON -- Wading through 30 years of confusing and sometimes contradictory studies on cancer and diet, experts have summarized the state of scientific knowledge: alcohol is bad, obesity is bad and lots of fruits and vegetables are good.

Pornography company wants to buy Napster
SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the Internet's leading purveyors of pornography has offered to purchase the Napster trademark and Web site address for nearly $3 million in hopes of cashing in on the bankrupt song-swap company's notorious reputation.

Apple unleashes iPod for PCs
For years, Macintosh computer users suffered taunts from the PC crowd about the limited availability of software and hardware that runs on the Mac platform.

Offense continues to sputter

Offense continues to sputter
If you told Mark Richt a few weeks ago his team would start the season 2-0, he would have been ecstatic.

Despite victories, questions remain for Bulldogs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Don't tell tailback Musa Smith winning makes Georgia's offensive problems OK. He's not buying it.

Despite victories, questions remain for Bulldogs

Gamecocks confound Holtz

Gamecocks confound Holtz
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- If South Carolina coach Lou Holtz sounds like he's lost his mind, just chalk it up to what he's seen so far from his Gamecocks.

Silver Bluff's Wallace commits to Gamecocks

Silver Bluff's Wallace commits to Gamecocks
When Brandon Wallace ran into Silver Bluff basketball coach Samuel Lilly at the beginning of this school year, the senior proclaimed he had seen the world.

Girl should confront friend who's flirting with boyfriend

Your style

Poetry collection inspires
A great work of art by Rod L. Hollimon, Reflections of a World of Reality, (2002, Urban Thought Books, 101 pages), relays a message of hope, inspiration and success to anyone who comes in

On the charts
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:

Xtreme calendar

Artist's corner

Alternative teens don't try to fit in with others

Question of the week

Question of the week
Should we get rid of Question of the Week?

My pad

My pad
THE FACTS: Lindsey Page, 15, a sophomore at Evans High School.

Xtreme calendar
You can stop watching your tapes of American Idol now. Winner Kelly Clarkson's first single, A Moment Like This, is in stores today. The single also features a recording of Before Your Love.

Your style
THE FACTS: Kiersten Parsons, 17, a junior at Greenbrier High School.

Girl should confront friend who's flirting with boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: One of my friends has never really had a boyfriend, and she's been asking me to help her find one. Now she's hitting on my boyfriend. What should I do? - 13-year-old Augusta girl.

Alternative teens don't try to fit in with others
For Natascha Dailey, at least the morning ritual of getting dressed is easy.

Poetry collection inspires

Artist's corner
Patience is a freehand chalk drawing on pastel paper by Sheldon Cooper, 16, a junior at Curtis Baptist High School.

Coke, Pepsi or bait?

Odds and ends

Techbits: Homeland security, camouflaging cell towers, handheld dexterity

Apple unleashes iPod for PCs

Diet and cancer linked, study says