Umpires file unfair labor practice charges against management
NEW YORK -- Baseball umpires angry with the computer system used to track their calls behind the plate filed unfair labor practice charges against owners Monday with the National Labor Relations Board.

Local writers take a peek into the history of Augusta

Odds and ends
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Letter carrier Dave Guseman turned out to be a matchmaker when he delivered an electric bill to the wrong address.

Professional hermit prepares to spend weekend in a cave
LONDON -- He wanted to be alone. Or so he said.

Managing quite well
ATLANTA - When Bobby Cox filled out his Manager of the Year ballot the other day, he wrote in a name (not his own) and added the comment, "Good baseball man."

Braves notebook

Smoltz ties NL saves record

Smoltz ties NL saves record
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux joined Cy Young as the only pitchers to win 15 or more games in 15 consecutive seasons and John Smoltz tied the NL record for saves in a season Sunday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 4-1.

Managing quite well

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Not surprisingly, manager Bobby Cox's pitching plans for the final week of the season emphasize getting ready for the playoffs.

Smoltz gets closer to 57

Smoltz gets closer to 57
ATLANTA - Greg Maddux isn't the same as his four consecutive Cy-Young Award-winning seasons.

Business briefs

Exchange-traded funds increasing in market

Augusta's new job department pools resources
All the groups working to help people find jobs in the area have never had a way to pool their resources.

Nasdaq falls to six-year low
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index slid to a six-year low Monday and the rest of Wall Street fell equally hard amid a worsening outlook for the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 100 points.

Everything in troubled telecom available for cheap
NEW YORK -- Want to build your own telecommunications company? There's never been a better time.

Retirement rebellion

Nasdaq falls to six-year low

Cargo traffic is up at Savannah port
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Christmas 2002 is already boxed and in many cases sitting at Georgia's coastal sea ports.

Index of leading economic indicators fell 0.2 percent in August

Objective statement snafus

Is zero percent financing too good to be true?

Objective statement snafus
"OBJECTIVE: To work in an environment that is flexible and will work with my personal schedule."

Ads focus on nurse shortage
ATLANTA - It opens like the typical medical show Americans can see on network TV most any night of the week.

Is zero percent financing too good to be true?
NEW YORK -- Zero percent financing is back at the nation's Ford and GM dealers. It has proved to be such an effective marketing technique that it's also being adopted by furniture and electronics retailers as well as some credit card companies.

Ads focus on nurse shortage

Exchange-traded funds increasing in market
NEW YORK - Exchange-traded funds are still a novel idea to many investors, but the assortment of ETFs on the market is growing.

Business briefs
LOS ANGELES - Gov. Gray Davis signed a law Monday that makes California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.

Retirement rebellion
Dick Cook is an archetypal baby boomer: energetic, ambitious and bent on defying the aging process as long as possible.

Index of leading economic indicators fell 0.2 percent in August
NEW YORK -- A key gauge of U.S. economic activity fell for the third straight month in August, declining more than experts had predicted.

Cargo traffic is up at Savannah port

Everything in troubled telecom available for cheap

Clemson prepares for Florida State
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson receiver J.J. McKelvey's not ready for Florida State. But he knows he and the Tigers will be by Oct. 3.

Clemson prepares for Florida State

Irish move into Top 10 in new AP poll
Notre Dame is on the rise.

Watson charged with reckless driving
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina State running back Derek Watson was arrested for traffic violations early Sunday, school sports information director Bill Hamilton said.

Gators' win reassures anxious faithful
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida reasserted its dominance against a key SEC rival, and coach Ron Zook reassured the Gators' anxious fans.

Monday morning quarterback

Watson suspended by South Carolina State

Gators' win reassures anxious faithful

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

Watson suspended by South Carolina State
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- South Carolina State running back Derek Watson was suspended by coach Buddy Pough on Monday, a day after his arrest for reckless driving.

Pacers' coach aims to continue tradition

Truth about SAT

Down the drain

Let president act

Don't fund waste

'Barbershop' continues to trim competition at box office
LOS ANGELES -- American audiences couldn't resist a visit to the "Barbershop," as last week's top film earned an estimated $13.3 million to clip four newcomers and stay No. 1 at the box office.

'West Wing' wins best drama Emmy
LOS ANGELES -- The White House drama "The West Wing" won its third consecutive Emmy as best drama series Sunday and "Friends" was honored as best comedy for the first time in its eight years on the air.

TV highlights for the week beginning Mooday
More than a colon and TV geography are suppose to separate "CSI" from its spin-off, "CSI: Miami" (debuting 10 p.m. Monday on CBS).

In the know
It finally happens! Niles weds Daphne! Then he marries her again. Then almost marries her a third time. Frasier begins its 10th season with a well-crafted (if not particularly funny) episode that gets these lovebirds together at last, but may leave the viewer wondering, "Now what?" It airs at 9 p.m. on NBC (WAGT-TV, Channel 26).

Daisy Fuentes's style grows from her roots
NEW YORK -- Daisy Fuentes, the new host of WE: Women's Entertainment network's "StyleWorld" TV show, doesn't claim to be a fashion pro.

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.

The wrong shoes can lead to foot problems
If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn't, don't. A study by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society found that almost 90 percent of women wear their shoes too small.

Georgia Tech waits to hear on Hollings
ATLANTA -- The confirmation won't come until Monday, when Georgia Tech tailback Tony Hollings has an MRI on his injured right knee, but coach Chan Gailey seemed certain: Hollings is gone for the season.

Hollings out for the season
It's as bad as it looked.

Hollings out for the rest of the season with knee injury
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech tailback Tony Hollings, a converted safety who was leading the nation in rushing, is out for the season with a torn knee ligament.

Georgia Tech waits to hear on Hollings

Choi wins Tampa Bay Classic

Lietzke defends SAS title

Good will, good golf the legacy of this year's Solheim Cup

Choi wins Tampa Bay Classic
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- K.J. Choi shot a final-round 68 for a seven-shot victory in the Tampa Bay Classic on Sunday, winning for the second time this season.

Tiger not perfect, but still wins AmEx

Lietzke defends SAS title
CARY, N.C. -- Bruce Lietzke won the SAS Championship for the second straight year with precise iron play.

Americans take back Solheim Cup

Good will, good golf the legacy of this year's Solheim Cup
EDINA, Minn. -- Winning the Solheim Cup was great for the Americans. Winning with class might have meant even more.

Strange to give team a little more free time
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Tiger Woods barely had time to celebrate his World Golf Championship victory when he was reminded to join nine other Ryder Cup players and U.S. captain Curtis Strange for a team dinner.

Strange to give team a little more free time

The suspense ends: Monty to play
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Whatever suspense Colin Montgomerie was trying to create came to a melodramatic end Sunday.

The suspense ends: Monty to play

Tiger not perfect, but still wins AmEx
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods got a bigger fight than he expected Sunday, then a real surprise at the end - his first and only bogey of an otherwise flawless victory in the American Express Championship.

Americans take back Solheim Cup
EDINA, Minn. -- The comeback kids brought the Solheim Cup back to America on Sunday.

Netting goes up at site of young fan's injury

Netting goes up at site of young fan's injury
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A web of black cotton netting protected the seats behind the goals at Nationwide Arena on Sunday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets played their first exhibition game.

Local writers take a peek into the history of Augusta
Sometimes I'll be driving around downtown Augusta when I notice a street sign and wonder who it was named for.

Civic Center board tightens belt
Civic Center officials Tuesday voted down a recommendation to give across-the-board raises to hourly workers on its operations staff, opting instead to award raises based on individual employee evaluations.

Lincoln County game postponed
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell will have to wait a week for a chance to break a major state high school football record.

Only God can forgive McIntyre

Echoes 'Scouts had it right...' on homosexual leaders

Know candidates' qualifications

Keep Augusta National status quo

Convinced America should strike Iraq before they strike us

Indians deserve reparations more

Generals, politicians wage war two different ways There are two kinds of war

Augusta could get worse than it is

Nursing article a misperception

Catholic pastor invites complaining 'ranter' to Mass

Applauds Xtreme article writer

Teach creationism in schools, too

In the know

'West Wing' wins best drama Emmy

TV highlights for the week beginning Mooday

Senior calendar

'Barbershop' continues to trim competition at box office

The wrong shoes can lead to foot problems

Daisy Fuentes's style grows from her roots

Across the southeast
DAVIE, Fla. -Three men who were detained as terrorist suspects on a Florida highway may be allowed to train at the Miami hospital that turned them away after the incident once all the media attention to their case dies down, a hospital official said Sunday.

Aiken draws new voting districts

Sex-offense list results in conflict
The whispers began almost immediately when a convicted child molester moved into the National Hills community last month.

Sex-offense list results in conflict

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Steve Garner of Martinez.

First Friday gets more security

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ruth Willard of Aiken.

Beavers flood agency with work

Burglar rapes Augusta woman

Jail chief explains why limit is needed

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A fire broke out below the seats of Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, about three hours after Georgia Tech beat Brigham Young, 28-19.

Two former officers convicted

'Les Mis' is coming to Augusta
It's a really big show.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A subcommittee of the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission asked staff members to draft a brief supporting a court ruling against instant-win phone cards.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The state agency responsible for collecting late child support payments refuses to charge interest, despite a state law requiring it.

Leaders approve southside plan
AIKEN - City council members approved the southside portion of Aiken's comprehensive plan Monday night, a decision that comes after more than a year and a half of review.

Across Georgia

First class

Former reporter exposed the Klan

Across the area

'Les Mis' is coming to Augusta

Study backs salary raises
Several high-ranking government employees could see big pay raises in a plan tentatively approved by an Augusta Commission committee on Monday.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -The state Education Department is developing a new, harder test that high school students will have to pass to get diplomas.

Two former officers convicted
Federal court jurors didn't believe all of the prosecution's witnesses, but they believed enough to subject two former Richmond County sheriff's officers to long prison terms.

Study abroad pushed at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - How does Tanzania or Hungary sound? Japan or Argentina? What about Ghana or Norway?

Jail chief explains why limit is needed
AIKEN - While the director of the Aiken County Detention Center wants to limit who is brought into his jail, he said Monday it isn't because there is a staffing or space crisis.

Subscriber of the day

Swing shift
Jessica Lewis, 7, (left) looks back at her sister Kadonna, 8, as they play on a swing set. The siblings were at Aiken's Virginia Acres Park on Monday.

Eyes of a tiger
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFEyes of a tigerAmanda Stiles, 7, has a laugh while looking at her face, painted as a tiger by Isabella Casalino after the circus. The Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus was at the Augusta Mall on Sunday.

Jury selection under way
YORK, Pa. - Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a former mayor and two other white men accused of killing a black Aiken woman during a 1969 race riot.

Burglar rapes Augusta woman
An Augusta woman was raped while her fiance and 13-year-old son were tied up in another room during a home invasion early Sunday on Old McDuffie Road, authorities said.

Building joins new firehouse and town hall
CRAWFORD, Ga. - It was the talk of the town when someone set the old Crawford Fire Station ablaze Oct. 11 last year. The topic corralled ample speculation as to who the perpetrator may have been after state fire inspectors ruled the blaze as arson.

Deep cleaning
Cleaning day was never so much fun.

Across the southeast

Pursuit of justice catches up 33 years later

Subscriber of the day

Classic cars draw a crowd

Jury selection under way

Aiken draws new voting districts
AIKEN - City attorneys unveiled new voting districts for Aiken on Monday night that bring it into accordance with federal laws requiring equal representation.

Continental campaign lures carrier
With a last-day push, local officials surpassed their goal Monday for the Continental Challenge II.

News you can use
SEPT. 23, 1971 Federal authorities were probing the charred remains of a light plane late Wednesday in an attempt to find out why the aircraft plunged into the house in the early morning hours, killing the pilot and injuring a 16-year-old girl.

Beavers flood agency with work
A beaver swims along a storm drain. Although the beaver-built dams are a nuisance, they create areas that are beneficial to waterfowl and fish.

Lincoln County game postponed

First Friday gets more security
Main Street Augusta hopes to solve downtown merchants' security concerns by providing at least 14 additional off-duty police officers between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. during October's First Friday festival.

Pursuit of justice catches up 33 years later
YORK, Pa. -- For 33 years, Yorkers have worked to improve housing and build bridges between blacks and whites since race riots paralyzed the city for 10 days, leaving black neighborhoods torched and a young black woman and rookie white police officer dead.

First class
Students walk on the open staircase during a class change in the new Allgood Hall at Augusta State University. The building opened for classes for the first time Monday.

Aiken will redraw city districts
AIKEN - Aiken officials will continue redistricting discussions Monday because the city grew by more than 25 percent in the past decade, which leaves current voting lines in violation of federal law.

Drought builds over the years
ATHENS, Ga. - The drought that brought on the strictest outdoor water restrictions in northeastern Georgia's history didn't happen overnight, or even just this summer. It built up over more than four years.

Black history comes closer to home
AIKEN - Within the Aiken County Historical Museum is a small but incomplete collection covering the area's black history.

Ivy hides forgotten bomb shelter

Film crew will record vets aboard helicopter

Study abroad pushed at UGA

Swing shift

Aiken will redraw city districts

Across South Carolina

Classic cars draw a crowd
Carol Taylor's favorite car has no power steering, no air conditioning, no seat belts and no guarantee that it'll crank on the first try.

Civic Center board tightens belt

Across the area

Drought builds over the years

Across Georgia

Study backs salary raises

Eyes of a tiger

Building joins new firehouse and town hall

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Former reporter exposed the Klan
AIKEN - In 1949, before the modern civil rights movement gained momentum, Amelia Knoedler was a slender, 24-year-old journalist who used her pen and voice to fight civil injustice in the sleepy south Georgia town of Unadilla.

Across the area
An Augusta man who told two other customers at Waffle House to "shut up" so he could talk on his cell phone was attacked and shoved through the restaurant window, according to a police report.

Across the area
Police say an armed robbery at an Augusta drugstore Monday might be connected to a similar robbery two weeks ago.

Film crew will record vets aboard helicopter
Augusta Mayor Bob Young doesn't speak much about his experiences in Vietnam, but he thinks of it as a rewarding part of his life.

Ivy hides forgotten bomb shelter
AIKEN - Rumor had it that the city's elected officials would gather there if the big one ever came.

Deep cleaning

Johnson ties record with Dover sweep

Johnson ties mark for wins by rookie

NASCAR notebook
DOVER, Del. - No matter what happens in the final eight races, Mark Martin said it won't affect his emotions.

Johnson ties mark for wins by rookie
DOVER, Del. - Fans of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series have been waiting for somebody, anybody, to assert himself in the championship battle.

NASCAR notebook

Johnson ties record with Dover sweep
DOVER, Del. -- When Jimmie Johnson looked in the mirror, Mark Martin was almost to close to see.

Pacers' coach aims to continue tradition
The first thing the Lady Pacers will learn about their new coach is he has a sense of humor.

Monday Night Football: Bucs top Rams

Falcons rout Bengals

Fair likely out for season with ankle injury

Falcons get first victory in dominating fashion

Reeves walks in 'The Man's' footsteps

Panthers not getting too hyped about perfect start

Panthers top Vikings

Fox says Vikings coach apologizes for not shaking hands

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Mr. Eddie Richards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Thelma English (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Todd (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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Mr. Eddie Richards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Albertha Reed (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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Nursing article a misperception
As an Registered Nurse, I am pleased to see the recent attention paid to the critical shortage of nurses in Georgia and across the United States. However, The Chronicle's Sept. 15 article, "Nursing an industry," contains a misconception. Cindy Lape, RN, Aiken, S.C.

Know candidates' qualifications
The recent base performance by the now decadent Senate Judiciary Committee is an alarming wake-up call to the American citizenry. Helen Bolen, North Augusta, S.C.

Indians deserve reparations more
Regarding Nicole Ball's Sept. 7 letter, "Why blacks deserve reparations": L. Boyce, Warrenville, S.C.

Keep Augusta National status quo
I cannot understand why the ladies begrudge men playing a game against men in the Augusta National venue. Elizabeth O. Leon, Waynesboro, Ga.

Teach creationism in schools, too
The Aiken County School Board says that they must obey the laws. What laws? They mean the federal court's bizarre interpretation and use of the 14th Amendment. Chuck Tatum, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't fund waste
Anyone wondering what's wrong with Augusta got the answer Friday from city commissioners Lee Beard and Andy Cheek.

Convinced America should strike Iraq before they strike us
It has been a year since we Americans were robbed of our sense of security and our children of their innocence. We now find ourselves in a struggle to gain support of our so-called allies in order to deal with the terrorists and the regimes that support them. Michael T. Rogers, Augusta

Catholic pastor invites complaining 'ranter' to Mass
I want to clarify a "Rant & Rave" item published in the Sept. 5 Chronicle. Father John J. Lyons, Augusta

Only God can forgive McIntyre
Regarding Rev. R.C. Herrington's Sept. 12 letter, "Augustans should forgive McIntyre," wherein he promoted Ed McIntyre for mayor: Robbie Golden, Augusta

Generals, politicians wage war two different ways There are two kinds of war
There are two kinds of war. There is the politician's war and the general's war. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Applauds Xtreme article writer
I wish to highly commend Xtreme teen board member, Melanie Killingsworth, on her splendid article, "Getting rid of God helps the terrorists" in the Sept. 10 Augusta Chronicle. Joyce M. Campbell, Augusta

Augusta could get worse than it is
What a disappointment. City Administrator George Kolb has stood tall against the hateful racism of Augusta's "Three Stooges" - Commissioners Marion Williams, Lee Beard and Willie Mays. But I see Mr.Kolb has turned coat. This was expected in a business where personal integrity is secondary to ambition. M. Don Williams, Augusta

Echoes 'Scouts had it right...' on homosexual leaders
Being an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as my Catholic Church, I agree with Richard Hogue's Sept. 3 letter, "Priest scandal proves Scouts had it right all along." Thomas Wynne, Augusta

Let president act
The last time a President Bush led the United States into battle against Iraq, he did so with his hands tied. The large but fragile United Nations coalition supporting him made certain that he stopped short of toppling Saddam Hussein.

Truth about SAT
Are Gov. Roy Barnes' education reforms markedly improving students' learning curve in Georgia public schools, as the governor's campaign claims?

Down the drain
A good example of what's wrong with Augusta government was provided this month by Commissioner Andy Cheek - an exponent of commission meddling.

Overtime

Overtime

McEnroe: Roddick nearly ready to make impact on majors

Overtime

U.S. Davis Cup team comes apart again

McEnroe: Roddick nearly ready to make impact on majors
PARIS -- Even with all his success, Andy Roddick is having a difficult time fulfilling expectations.

Overtime
The men's lightweight quadruple sculls crew of Michael Aller (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Tim Larson (North Augusta), John Kennel (Rochester, N.Y.) and Nick Cindrich (Tannersville, Va.) finished sixth Sunday in its final race at the World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain.

Overtime
Three-year old turf runner Finality capped a weekend of four wins for Dogwood Stable of Aiken with his one-length victory in the $200,000 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park Sunday afternoon, pushing his career earnings to $305,955.

Overtime
Augusta's Chris Kuhlke was eliminated on the first day of match play Monday at the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship in Greenwich, Conn. Jerry Courville Jr., a Connecticut native who won this tournament in 1995, eagled the 14th hole at The Stanwich Club and held off Kuhlke for a 1-up victory.

U.S. Davis Cup team comes apart again
PARIS -- Andy Roddick and James Blake couldn't change the luck of the United States on the clay at Roland Garros.

Panthers not getting too hyped about perfect start
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Fox winces when he's asked if he's surprised by the Carolina Panthers' 3-0 start. With all the work the first-year coach has put his team through, he expects nothing less.

Falcons get first victory in dominating fashion
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves stopped short of calling the Atlanta Falcons' first victory of the season dominating, mainly because it's been so long since they had one.

Falcons rout Bengals
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons didn't have to worry about losing another one at the end. The Cincinnati Bengals were out of it by halftime.

Fair likely out for season with ankle injury
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers cornerback Terry Fair will likely miss the rest of the season with a broken right ankle.

Panthers top Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's still too early to tell how good the Carolina Panthers really are, but they must have made a few more people believe Sunday.

Monday Night Football: Bucs top Rams
TAMPA, Fla. -- Maybe now it's time for the St. Louis Rams to get concerned.

Reeves walks in 'The Man's' footsteps
FLOWERY BRANCH - Even in the worst of times, Dan Reeves would never stand in front of a struggling team and scream his head off.

Fox says Vikings coach apologizes for not shaking hands
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina coach John Fox said Mike Tice called him Monday to apologize for not shaking hands after the Panthers beat the Minnesota Vikings.

Microsoft tweaks Xbox Live programs, voices
SEATTLE -- Joshua Johnson loves the action, the graphics and the excitement of playing with other gamers through Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox Live online video-game service.

Low-cost machines fine for most of us
Jean Lorenzini of Spring Valley, Ill., has some simple needs.

Eyeglasses project image from DVD or computer
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Mark Spitzer has a vision. It appears to be dangling just a few feet before his eyes, but no one else can see it.

Device will read patients' prescription labels for them
OMAHA, Neb. -- Not all customers at Kohll's Pharmacy read their prescription bottles to learn about their medication. Some listen to them.

Holtz looks to youngsters to spark Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- How long has it been since Lou Holtz coached a team playing this many freshman?

Holtz looks to youngsters to spark Gamecocks

South Carolina names NCAA compliance officer
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina named Marlynn Jones assistant athletic director of NCAA compliance.

Gamecocks quickly running out of options

Gamecocks quickly running out of options
COLUMBIA - South Carolina is ranked 78th nationally in rushing defense and 58th in total defense.

My ride

Audio best

Xtreme calendar

My ride
THE FACTS: Kelly Loudenberg, 17, a senior at Cross Creek High School.

Pupils say rules are often vague and unenforced

Pupils say rules are often vague and unenforced
When 13-year-old Trey Bee decided to try something new with his hair, his mother thought it was a great idea - even though Trey's idea of a new style was dyeing his hair fire-engine red.

Teen will teach women to defend themselves

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

My page

Silverchair's 'Diorama' has ambition, passion, whimsy
With the musical world currently full of Incubus wannabes and screeching nu-metal copycats, Australian band Silverchair has gracefully defied all stereotypes in their fourth studio release, Diorama.

Silverchair's 'Diorama' has ambition, passion, whimsy

It should be a crime that 'Stealing Harvard' was made

Question of the week

My page
The page is basically a listing of local (music) shows with some extra stuff like classified ads for bands looking for members and people trying to sell musical equipment.

Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Brittany McKinney, 14, a freshman at Aiken High School.

Teen will teach women to defend themselves
Martial arts are a natural for Falon Hensley. "You could say I was born into it," the 17-year-old home-schooler said. "My dad has been doing martial arts for about 30 years, and my parents actually met in karate school."

Girl, 13, should ignore comments about size

It should be a crime that 'Stealing Harvard' was made
The day after it opened, Stealing Harvard was showing on one screen and only 20 people were in the theater. It took about five minutes to figure out why.

Question of the week
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Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz as a teen who exacts revenge on a Hollywood bigwig who turns his school essay into a hit movie; Stolen Summer, a drama about two boys coming of age in the 1970s in Chicago who ask some tough questions about religion; and the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers, starring Sandra Bullock as a detective trying to solve a series of perfect murders.

Girl, 13, should ignore comments about size
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm big, and people pick on me in middle school because of it. What should I do? I want to lose weight but I can't. - 13-year-old Hephzibah girl

Odds and ends

Device will read patients' prescription labels for them

Eyeglasses project image from DVD or computer

Low-cost machines fine for most of us