Stay alert, watch for signs of deception

Helms hoping for playoff spot

Lopez finding elusive strike zone

Florida defeats Atlanta

Maddux records 14th victory

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.

Helms hoping for playoff spot
ATLANTA - Wes Helms smiled as he flexed his right thumb for curious reporters Tuesday afternoon in the Atlanta clubhouse, indicating he's almost ready to see his first action since coming off the 15-day disabled list last week.

Maddux records 14th victory
ATLANTA - Personal accomplishments do not matter a whole lot to Greg Maddux right now.

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

FutureCall slashes telemarketer pay
Telemarketing company FutureCall LLC cut base wages for its phone agents this week. The move resulted in a small protest at its Augusta call center Monday, and the company said it expects some employees will quit.

Business briefs

'Flower Lady' earns award

Business briefs
MURRAY HILL, N.J.- Lucent Technologies, once one of the highest flying stocks on Wall Street, traded below $1 a share for the first time Tuesday.

Industrial activity drops 0.3 percent in August

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.

'Flower Lady' earns award
Jeanette Bush's parents opened Bush Flower Shop in North Augusta 81 years ago, having no idea of the deep relationship that would blossom between their daughter and her hometown.

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.

Chamber funding arrives
Nine months later than usual, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce finally got its money from the city.

Stocks fall on economic news, McDonald's warning
NEW YORK -- A drop in industrial production and a profit warning from McDonald's Tuesday took a jab at investors' already shaky confidence in the economy, prompting them to again sell off stocks. The Dow Jones industrials fell more than 170 points.

Economy unlikely to suffer in Iraqi war
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- If war erupts with Iraq, the recovering U.S. economy likely won't suffer much, a leading economist told business leaders from the Southeast and Japan on Tuesday.

Industrial activity drops 0.3 percent in August
WASHINGTON -- Industrial production fell by 0.3 percent in August, the first decline in eight months, a fresh sign of the faltering economic recovery.

Economy unlikely to suffer in Iraqi war

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.

FutureCall slashes telemarketer pay

Stocks fall on economic news, McDonald's warning

Business briefs

Hamilton is expected to be an impact player
CLEMSON, S.C. - The way Clemson wide receiver Derrick Hamilton can slip and slide around would-be tacklers, it's no wonder his teammates call him "Noodle."

Hamilton is expected to be an impact player

Clemson doesn't expect let down

NCAA wants Clemson to resolve questions before certification complete
CLEMSON, S.C. -- An NCAA panel has given Clemson a year to address problems in its athletic department before renewing its certification.

Clemson doesn't expect let down
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Letdowns? Those are for teams a whole lot more successful than Clemson is right now, Tigers cornerback Kevin Johnson says.

NCAA wants Clemson to resolve questions before certification complete

Just the fax: Zook not looking back at embarrassing playbook scandal
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jack Sells was a scorned former assistant at Tennessee, hoping to help a friend. Ron Zook was the new defensive coordinator at Florida, trying to figure out how to stop the Vols.

Just the fax: Zook not looking back at embarrassing playbook scandal

Courses seek Regions entry

Back on right route

A ploy for time

Tough policy weakens

The right 'choice'

Dam on schedule

In the know
How many miles of road has your car traveled? If the odometer on your dash represents an impressive feat of endurance, we would like to hear from you.

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.

Senior calendar
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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."

Taco dish cuts fat, tastes great
Two weeks back I shared a child-friendly pizza casserole, and there's one other entree that most children I know enjoy: tacos. My daughter C.C. would eat them practically every night!

Mature masterpiece could be lurking in your cellar
Most people don't have wine cellars because they don't care about the sort of wine that requires aging, wouldn't want to pay the prices involved and just basically want to drink a nice bottle with lunch or dinner.

'Barbershop' tops weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- "Barbershop," the comedy starring Ice Cube as the reluctant owner of his late father's haircutting business, buzzed its ways to the top of the weekend box office with its $20.6 million debut.

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

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

Georgia Tech tries to shake off first loss
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's season is starting to look frighteningly similar to 2001, which unraveled with four losses in nine games and left the Yellow Jackets out of the final AP Top 25 for the first time in four seasons.

Ford still out with concussion
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech tailback Sidney Ford will miss Saturday's game against Brigham Young while he recovers from a concussion.

Ford still out with concussion

Georgia Tech tries to shake off first loss

A Ryder Cup preview only on the calendar

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.

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.

Ocean Course opens after more than three months
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The Ocean Course reopened Tuesday after a three-month renovation project superised by course architect Pete Dye.

World ranking sending the wrong message

Eyeing presence on PGA Tour, Ford starts with Mickelson

New coach will aid in new practice range

Senior PGA Tour returns to Austin after absence

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.

A Ryder Cup preview only on the calendar
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods will be playing with Padraig Harrington before a partisan crowd, most of them cheering for the Irishman.

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.

Hoch already bemoaning Ryder Cup weather
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- U.S. captain Curtis Strange has promised that everyone on his Ryder Cup team will play at least one match before the Sunday singles.

New coach will aid in new practice range
When Josh Gregory accepted the position of director of golf and head men's golf coach at Augusta State University, he inherited more than just a successful golf team.

World ranking sending the wrong message
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- For those players who can't get into the World Golf Championships, one simple solution is to play better.

Sheehan earns return invite to lead 2003 team

Hoch already bemoaning Ryder Cup weather

Glenn Hills in unfamiliar spot

Investigation continues into football fight

Glenn Hills in unfamiliar spot
Glenn Hills has won just two games out of its last 42 and hasn't made a playoff appearance since 1984. But the Spartans, surprisingly, are leading Region 3-AAAA.

High school football player collapses, dies at practice
PEMBERTON, N.J. -- A 15-year-old high school football player collapsed and died of an apparent asthma attack after a non-contact practice.

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.

Private clubs exist to keep people out

Billboard not offensive to South

Augustan says 'adieu' to visitor

Cross-teach creation and evolution

Slavery is history; keep it there

Outraged at precinct negligence that denied him a vote

Blacks get silver platter treatment

George 'Wreck' Bush ruining nation with ineptness, inaction

Keep the facts straight on evolution

Warehouse demolition is right

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

Many ways to pay reparations

Condemns lies about Catholics

Taco dish cuts fat, tastes great

In the know

Senior calendar

Insurance companies get strict on dog owners

In the know

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

'Barbershop' tops weekend box office

After the storm

Panhandling policy changes

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.

Fellow officer recalls events
Fellow narcotics agent Kenneth Boose thought it was odd that Ralph Tyrone Williams called him at home one night to ask the identity of a confidential informant, but when he saw on his caller ID where Mr. Williams had called from, an alarm sounded, Mr. Boose testified Tuesday.

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

State justices disbar attorney
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A prominent south Georgia attorney was disbarred Monday, nearly a year after he pleaded guilty to charges of offering a client reduced legal fees in exchange for sex.

TV crew visits Augusta to recreate 1998 slaying
A scene of smoke and death from a bizarre 1998 Augusta murder was relived Tuesday on Henderson Drive for filmmakers from the cable TV show The New Detectives.

News you can use
SEPT. 18, 1932 Economic recovery in Augusta and its trade territory was given another boost yesterday with the announcement of a road building contract in excess of $200,000 being awarded to a local contractor and the reported expansion of Babcock & Wilcox refractory plant on the Savannah Road through the moving of the Liverpool, Ohio, plant to Augusta.

Relatives of gulf war veterans fight same battle against illness

Teacher of the Year, 25, sets early example
AIKEN - As a parent, Principal Teresa Pope offered the greatest compliment to Aiken County's Teacher of the Year.

Subscriber of the day

Relatives of gulf war veterans fight same battle against illness
In their living room one night in July, Aaron and Carolyn Dixon pulled out a box full of mementos from Desert Storm.

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

Agency fields questions on MOX change
The federal agency reviewing the request to build a mixed-oxide fuel plant at Savannah River Site told the public Tuesday night how a revised construction request for the plant will affect its review.

Former officers on trial

Site gets closer to salt solution
AIKEN - A Tuesday decision by the Department of Energy lays the groundwork for processing one of Savannah River Site's most problematic legacy waste components: radioactive salts.

News you can use

Drill Sergeant accused of abuse
A sergeant at Fort Gordon will be arraigned Oct. 1 for a general court-martial on charges he abused his authority over trainees, military officials said Tuesday.

Candidates vie for political win from test scores

Coliseum board makes progress
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority achieved a quorum Tuesday for the first time since July and tackled a 22-item agenda in the hope of stabilizing civic center operations.

Across the area

Full text of Robert Atkins' letter
The following is the full text of a letter from Robert Atkins, written in response to a letter from Augusta Chronicle reporter, Matthew Boedy. Mr. Atkins is a Georgia state prisoner suspected in the Aug. 4, 2000 rape and slaying of Aiken teen-ager Jessica Carpenter. Although the letter's page numbers have been removed, the text is complete with spelling and punctuation errors intact. The reporter's questions are in boldface.

Atkins asks for family's forgiveness

Relatives of gulf war veterans fight same battle against illness
In their living room one night in July, Aaron and Carolyn Dixon pulled out a box full of mementos from Desert Storm.

State justices disbar attorney

Across Georgia

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.

Across the southeast

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.

Repairs close crash-site crossing

Time's up for property appeals

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.

Owner plans to rebuild

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Appeals threaten tax schedule

Panhandling policy changes
Richmond County authorities said Tuesday that they will arrest panhandlers who simply ask for money in downtown Augusta, a reversal that is being criticized by a state civil rights organization.

TV crew visits Augusta to recreate 1998 slaying

Candidates vie for political win from test scores
ATLANTA - Public education in Georgia is either the worst in the nation or making some of the most dramatic gains in the South.

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the days is Ralph Barbee of Evans.

Drill Sergeant accused of abuse

Appeals threaten tax schedule
By Tuesday afternoon, the Richmond County Tax Assessor's office had received about 3,400 appeals of recent property revaluations, pushing the government within a few hundred protests of halting the approval of the county tax digest.

Full text of Robert Atkins' letter

Across South Carolina
SMOAKS -Police have charged two Orangeburg college students in the death of a convenience-store clerk and are searching for a third suspect.

Site gets closer to salt solution

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Two of James Brown's daughters have filed a federal lawsuit against the Godfather of Soul over unpaid royalties for songs they say they co-wrote with their father, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Relatives of gulf war veterans fight same battle against illness

Across the area
The search for a missing Louisville man was halted Tuesday, but police said their efforts would begin again this morning.

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.

Sick veterans try but fail to receive compensation

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

Across the area

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.

Atkins asks for family's forgiveness
AIKEN - Robert Franklin Atkins wants forgiveness and death.

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

Across South Carolina

Police start panhandler crackdown

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.

Blood stains are key in trial

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Residents to vote on 1-cent sales tax

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

Elementary school mourns 8-year-old

Fellow officer recalls events

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Andretti leaving CART for IRL
INDIANAPOLIS -- Once an outspoken critic of the Indy Racing League, Michael Andretti is the series' newest owner and driver.

Andretti leaving CART for IRL

Judge dismisses remaining charges against Allen Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson was cleared Tuesday of the remaining two misdemeanor charges against him, five days after prosecutors said they wanted to dismiss the case.

Judge dismisses remaining charges against Allen Iverson

Patrick Ewing retires after 17-year career
NEW YORK -- Patrick Ewing retired from the NBA on Tuesday, ending the 17-year career of one of the league's greatest centers but leaving him short of his repeated promise to win a championship.

Patrick Ewing retires after 17-year career

Falcons ponder second close loss in a row

Unitas remembered as quarterback who 'made the impossible possible'

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

Peete now Panthers' permanent starter

Monday Night Football: Eagles rout Redskins

New Redskins coach in constant communication with QB transmitter

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A funeral will be held today for a North Augusta man whose longtime work at Savannah River Site won the admiration and respect of his colleagues.

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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

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.

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.

Blacks get silver platter treatment
White people did not invent slavery. It's not like we were just sitting around one day and decided to own black folks. We did not just go over to Africa and snatch them all up. They were sold by their own people from a land where they were already slaves. If anything, they should be grateful they are here. Even if reparations pass, they still won't be happy. Brian S. Borren, Augusta

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

Cross-teach creation and evolution
On Aug. 20, Chronicle columnist Cal Thomas reviewed the Cobb County School Board's decision to allow both the creation and evolution descriptions "of the origin of the human race." Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

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.

Keep the facts straight on evolution
I take issue with a few points in Hubert Baker's Sept. 2 letter, "There is only one truth in the debate over evolution." Joshua Rice, Lincolnton, 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

Many ways to pay reparations
What are reparations? Does anybody deserve them? Does the government owe them to anybody? The answer is yes. The next question is, to whom and why? Chlody Meadows, Beech Island, S.C.

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

Outraged at precinct negligence that denied him a vote
I was denied my chance to vote in the Sept. 10 Republican runoff for lieutenant governor and secretary of state through the incompetence of the polling staff at my local voting precinct on Roosevelt Drive. Thomas William Godbee, Augusta

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

Dam on schedule
Congress hasn't forgotten the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. It just seems that way.

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.

Augustan says 'adieu' to visitor
Regarding the Sept. 1 letter by Gerald Hyman of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., "Visitor to Augusta shocked by column on religion." Randall K. Faulkner, Augusta

A ploy for time
Since the Gulf War over a decade ago, sanctions have tried to prevent Iraq from openly purchasing many things, particularly weapons materiel.

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.

Overtime

Americans hope to master clay in Davis cup semis against France

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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.

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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.

Williams, Navratilova team up for doubles victory
TOKYO -- With her sister not around, Serena Williams needed a doubles partner. She found one of the best - Martina Navratilova.

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Three longtime Dogwood Stable employees will assume minority ownership positions in the company, Dogwood president Cot Campbell said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unitas remembered as quarterback who 'made the impossible possible'
BALTIMORE -- With the wail of bagpipes filling the cathedral and his coffin covered in white lilies and roses, Johnny Unitas was remembered as "the greatest," a quarterback who made the impossible possible.

Stealth leads to victory in 'SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals' game
In war, you're either smart or you're dead. That's one of the things that makes "SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals" such a great gaming experience. Developed by Zipper Interactive and published by Sony for the PlayStation 2, it's the best combat game I've seen since "Halo" or "Medal of Honor: Frontline."

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.

Robot enters Great Pyramid
CAIRO, Egypt -- A tiny robot broadcast live television pictures to the world Tuesday as it crept through an ancient pyramid, solving one puzzle but uncovering a new one.

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.

Viewers assume 'Alias' with ABC's online game
LOS ANGELES - ABC is hoping that online game addicts may be more interested in watching Sydney Bristow after they can be the Alias character in an interactive game.

Industry lobbying removes parts of cybersecurity plan
WASHINGTON -- Under intense lobbying by industry groups, a White House panel studying ways to protect America's high-tech backbone has dropped several security ideas and turned others into topics for discussion rather than government mandates, according to the latest version of the plan.

Greene tackles QB solo
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt knows what Georgia fans are thinking.

Georgia befuddled by lack of offense

Greene tackles QB solo

Georgia befuddled by lack of offense
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 8 Georgia wasn't supposed to have trouble getting to the end zone.

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.

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

Courses seek Regions entry
Two courses have made it known they'd like to be part of the popular Regions Cup golf tournament series in 2003.

Artist's corner

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

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

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

Your style

My pad

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

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.

Girl should confront friend who's flirting with boyfriend

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.

Xtreme calendar

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

Question of the week

Alternative teens don't try to fit in with others

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:

Stealth leads to victory in 'SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals' game

Robot enters Great Pyramid

Diet and cancer linked, study says

Viewers assume 'Alias' with ABC's online game

Industry lobbying removes parts of cybersecurity plan