Sand Gnats ditch Rangers for Expos
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Savannah Sand Gnats announced a two-year deal to be the Montreal Expos' low-level Class A minor league team.

Playoff games to be available on Internet - but not in United States

Playoff games to be available on Internet - but not in United States
NEW YORK -- Major league baseball will offer Internet streaming of postseason games for the first time to Web users, but only those outside the United States, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

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.

Sand Gnats ditch Rangers for Expos

Local writers take a peek into the history of Augusta

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - The milestones and records are so tantalizingly close, the Atlanta Braves are aware they are chasing history.

Braves notebook

Glavine labors in another loss

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."

Glavine labors in another loss
PHILADELPHIA - It is a season that can be measured in losses for Tom Glavine.

Managing quite well

Fort training mission sought

Area gains P&G work
Procter & Gamble Co. announced Tuesday it will shift powdered laundry detergent production from a Canadian facility to Augusta, strengthening the local plant's long-term viability.

Consumer confidence fell again in September

Federal leaves key interest rate unchanged
WASHINGTON -- With two members dissenting, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday left a key interest rate unchanged as the nation's economic recovery struggles to ride out the roller-coaster stock market and rising worries about war with Iraq.

Consumer confidence fell again in September
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence fell for the fourth consecutive month in September, slipping to its lowest level since November, a private research group reported Tuesday.

Cargo traffic is up at Savannah port

Area gains P&G work

Dow hits four-year low
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's malaise deepened Tuesday, with stocks falling on a confluence of factors that included disappointing earnings news and a criminal investigation into Xerox's accounting practices. The Dow Jones industrials dropped nearly 190 points to hit a four-year low.

CEO speaks out in Augusta
Spain was once the most powerful nation in the world. So was Holland, and so was Great Britain.

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.

Fort training mission sought
Local leaders are seeking homeland security dollars to establish Fort Gordon as a national training area for medical, communications and security needs related to mass-casualty situations such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

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.

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.

Nasdaq falls to six-year low

Everything in troubled telecom available for cheap

CEO speaks out in Augusta

Ads focus on nurse shortage

Dow hits four-year low

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

Business briefs

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.

Federal leaves key interest rate unchanged

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

Business briefs

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.

Index of leading economic indicators fell 0.2 percent in August

Business briefs
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Gov. Roy Barnes will head to the troubled Durango-Georgia Paper Co. mill today in a last-ditch effort to keep the plant open for the 900 people who work there.

Clemson's Bowden likes chances against dad
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has liked his team all year. So he can't help but be pleased with the Tigers' prospects against Florida State - and his chance to finally end his father's perfect Bowden Bowl record.

Week off is welcomed by ailing defensive tackle

Clemson's Bowden likes chances against dad

Week off is welcomed by ailing defensive tackle
Clemson must wait and see whether senior defensive tackle Nick Eason will be ready to play in the Tigers' Oct. 3 game at Florida State, but initial reports on his injured knee are promising.

Pough says Watson still a part of team

Pough says Watson still a part of team
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough says suspended tailback Derek Watson is still part of the team and the school.

BCS sees Irish as a 3-0 team
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's 4-0 start has been one of the biggest surprises of the college football season. It would be a real shock to the Fighting Irish faithful to find out their team is 3-0.

Watson suspended by South Carolina State

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.

BCS sees Irish as a 3-0 team

Pacers' coach aims to continue tradition

Woodside course surrenders first two aces

Down the drain

Relative danger

Hikes too generous

Don't fund waste

Yuck! Gore's back

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).

Tomato spread makes flavorful hors d'oeuvre
I'm always looking for quick and tasty hors d'oeuvres, and Doris Koplin's sun-dried tomato spread is a flavorful appetizer you can whirl up in the food processor on a moment's notice.

'Barbershop' success may help other black movies reach mainstream
While several black films have debuted at or near the top of the box-office charts over the past several years, the conventional wisdom in Hollywood has been that those numbers drop off before the movie reaches a mainstream audience.

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.

'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.

In the know
This wine should make any person happy. It is packed full of great apple and tropical fruit flavors all balanced with a hint of vanilla and oak. The Chardonnay is nicely balanced and reflects attention to details and style. It's a real bargain for the price and quality and will pair perfectly with grilled quail. Cheers!

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.

Post office issues guide to mailing
WASHINGTON -- A new 24-page guide for people sending mail was announced Tuesday by the Postal Service.

Small portions
Dieters may pay a lot of attention to the foods they eat, but they sometimes forget to pay attention to what they drink. Sodas and juices often have many calories that dieters forget about, and thus sabotage their good intentions.

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.

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

Hollings accepts his fate
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech tailback Tony Hollings said Tuesday that he's "learned to accept" his season-ending knee injury.

True freshmen Eziemefe, Sampson take over for Hollings
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey doesn't sugarcoat the challenge facing Ajenavi Eziemefe and Michael Sampson, the true freshmen who will replace Tony Hollings, the nation's leading rusher, out for the season with a knee injury.

Hollings accepts his fate

Hoch as in spoke
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Scott Hoch won't have to work hard to attract attention at the Ryder Cup. He usually only has to open his mouth.

Woods no longer casual about Ryder Cup
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Tiger Woods had a million reasons why he wanted to win the World Golf Championship. He came up with another one to explain why he caused such a fuss.

Hoch as in spoke

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.

Woods no longer casual about Ryder Cup

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.

A whole new (golf) ballgame

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

Strange to give team a little more free time

A whole new (golf) ballgame
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Davis Love III had a small problem the first time he played in the Ryder Cup.

Lincoln County game postponed

Coach's quest will have to wait

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.

Coach's quest will have to wait
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell will have to wait at least another week to break a major state high school football record.

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.

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.

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.

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

Nursing article a misperception

Bring troops home from Europe

Letter writers are ill-informed

Keep Augusta National status quo

Bible study objectives unclear

Teach creationism in schools, too

Augusta must not be like TV portrayal

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

'Chronicle' story gory, disrespectful

Know candidates' qualifications

VA secretary responds to charges of discouraging enrollment

In the know

Small portions

Tomato spread makes flavorful hors d'oeuvre

'Barbershop' continues to trim competition at box office

'Barbershop' success may help other black movies reach mainstream

Post office issues guide to mailing

Senior calendar

In the know

The wrong shoes can lead to foot problems

Principal arrested on battery charge
The Columbia County school system is standing by a middle school principal accused by a bus driver of simple battery.

SRS radiation levels stay in safe range, federal study says
AIKEN - The maximum dose of radiation a nearby resident could receive from the Savannah River Site remained unchanged last year at a level far below the federal standard, a report issued Tuesday states.

Neighbor tips off police to burglary

News you can use

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.

Deer-caused collisions increase

Flier, airport hopes are up

Council reviews court service

Civic Center board tightens belt

Defense lawyers prepare strategy

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

Downtown accident

Deer-caused collisions increase
Deer-vehicle accident rates escalated in 112 Georgia counties last year, including Richmond, where an estimated 1,263 whitetail deer strikes caused more than $1 million in damages.

Flier, airport hopes are up
Terry Cresci plans to put less wear on her tires next year.

SRS radiation levels stay in safe range, federal study says

Teen father charged in death of toddler
SAVANNAH, Ga. - South Geogria police are calling the weekend death of an 18-month-old girl a case of child abuse at the hands of her teenage father.

Judge weighs witness request

Across the area
Daniel Field has received $150,000 in federal funding to resurface the intersection of the airport's two runways, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood announced Tuesday.

Study backs salary raises

Across Georgia

Lincoln County game postponed

Men charged in 1998 slaying
Two Augusta-area men have been charged in the 1998 death of a 34-year-old Gloverville man.

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.

Board of elections urges businesses to lend a hand

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The state has missed a deadline for making absentee ballots available for the Nov. 5 general election. They should have been ready Friday, 45 days before the election. But some counties won't have them until next week.

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.

Neighbor tips off police to burglary
It was the suspicious truck in the 700 block of Aumond Road that caused a neighbor to call police.

Across the southeast
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Thousands of asbestos lawsuits against two dozen corporations went to trial Tuesday in a potentially multimillion-dollar case that has renewed criticism of trial lawyers and brought demands for legal reform.

Board curbs staff raises
Civic center officials on Tuesday voted down a recommendation for across-the-board raises to hourly workers on its operations staff, opting instead to award raises based on individual employee evaluations.

Council reviews court service
The chief magistrate of Edgefield County is asking county council to terminate an agreement providing court services to the town of Johnston.

First Friday gets more security

Harping on it

First class

Judge weighs witness request
A judge will decide whether prosecutors in the trial of a man accused of murder and arson can present evidence that he had extensive firefighting training and might have burned down his own home to collect insurance money.

Beavers flood agency with work

Powderworks chimney gets grant

Two former officers convicted

Across the southeast

Aiken draws new voting districts

Teen father charged in death of toddler

Across the area

Corrections

Augusta plans to market land

Clemson group teaches lesson in agriculture
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - The soybean really is quite useful.

Across South Carolina
CAYCE -South Carolina has opened a 711 relay center in Cayce to help hearing- and speech-impaired residents use the telephone.

Across South Carolina

Augusta plans to market land
Riverfront property owned by city pensioners won't go on the real estate market immediately, but next week the city will take the first step toward sale of the land by accepting bids from agencies that would try to market it, City Administrator George Kolb said Tuesday.

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

Board of elections urges businesses to lend a hand
Lynn Bailey, the director of the Richmond County Board of Elections, is calling on the community for help with future elections.

Subscriber of the day

Film crew will record vets aboard helicopter

Drought builds over the years

Across the area

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.

Jail chief explains why limit is needed

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Building joins new firehouse and town hall

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.

Across Georgia

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

Swing shift

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.

Jury selection under way

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.

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.

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

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.

Men charged in 1998 slaying

Harping on it
Harpist Vonda Darr plays along with organist Keith Shafer to kick off the 15th season of

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

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.

Clemson group teaches lesson in agriculture

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

Across South Carolina

Downtown accident
Sgt. Steve Parrish (from left) and firefighter Scott Freeman secure Jeanie Mayson's legs as

News you can use
Sept. 20, 1943 With about $3.7 million of war bonds yet to be sold, 2,500 members of the Augusta civilian defense organization will start out this morning on a house-to-house canvass in an effort to sell the city's quota, which is $5 million, officials of the war bond committee announced yesterday.

Corrections
A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a redistricting plan in Aiken should have said that city council members resolved to accept the plan, but final approval is likely to come in October.

Powderworks chimney gets grant
A $5,700 grant to evaluate the Confederate Powderworks' chimney in Augusta for possible damage is among 22 awards made this fall by Georgia's Historic Preservation Commission.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Howard Hensley of Evans.

Defense lawyers prepare strategy
YORK, Pa. - Defense attorneys plan to anchor a self-defense argument for two of the three white men charged in a young black woman's slaying during York's 1969 race riots by maintaining that the men believed they had to "protect their neighborhood" and feared that black youths would stage a drive-by shooting.

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.

Sex-offense list results in conflict

Grand jury declines to indict Stewart on assault charge
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -- Tony Stewart won't face criminal assault charges stemming from an accusation by a fan that the NASCAR driver shoved her at an August race in Bristol.

Grand jury declines to indict Stewart on assault charge

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.

Panthers not getting too hyped about perfect start

Monday Night Football: Bucs top Rams

Fox says Vikings coach apologizes for not shaking hands

Fair likely out for season with ankle injury

Reeves walks in 'The Man's' footsteps

Falcons get first victory in dominating fashion

Mrs. Christine Bush    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marguerite Butts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maye Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Eastmoore    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Ray    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Lee Appling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Poitevint    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Warren Douglass    (HARRISON, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Swint    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Fore    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Jenny Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Neal Wall    (LEWISPORT, KY.)
Mrs. Monnie Mims    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
Mr. Donald Fore    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Maxwell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lizzie Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Waymon Sims Sr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Dunnell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Maude Ruth    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. George Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Wanda Reckner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C)
Mrs. Mildred Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Nettie Muns    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Thompson Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annie Swint (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mr. Robert Thompson Jr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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Mrs. Betty Eastmoore (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Brown (TRENTON, S.C.)

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Augusta must not be like TV portrayal
Regarding ABC-TV's In Search of America segment on Gary, Ind.: Doris A. Jones, Augusta

Bible study objectives unclear
There are a number of glaring problems with allowing Barton Chapel Elementary students to attend a nondenominational Bible study. Every valid, approved curriculum has a stated objective. As reported, there is not a stated objective cited for this project, and fewer legal grounds for its existence. Doug and Joyce Law, Augusta

Hikes too generous
A study by the respected Carl Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia concludes that substantial pay raises for Augusta government's top-tier employees are not out of line.

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.

Bring troops home from Europe
It's time the United States withdrew, forthwith, our armed forces stationed around the world - especially in Europe ... Our troops and personnel must come home. John P. Reichel, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Yuck! Gore's back
Former Vice President Al Gore is muscling his way back into the media limelight, attacking President Bush's Iraqi policy on grounds it's undermining the rule of law around the world.

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.

Letter writers are ill-informed
The Sept. 15 letters from Al Kotras, "War with Iraq would be a mistake," and R.E. Sanders, "Norwood labor stance full of hooey," are both ill-informed and incorrect in their statements. Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

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

VA secretary responds to charges of discouraging enrollment
Regarding James Bartlett's Sept. 3 column "VA management discourages enrollment": Anthony J. Principi, Washington, D.C.

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.

'Chronicle' story gory, disrespectful
I was shocked at the Sept. 5 Chronicle. The front page headline was, "Fiery train wreck kills truck driver," along with the aerial photo that grabbed attention. The follow-up story by staff writer Greg Rickabaugh crossed the line from good journalism to tabloid journalism. Jan W. Holley, 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.

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

Relative danger
All summer we were reminded constantly of the threat posed to children by strangers and neighbors.

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.

Overtime

Westminster dominates

McEnroe: Roddick nearly ready to make impact on majors

Overtime

Qualifier to face Serena Williams in Leipzig

Overtime

Qualifier to face Serena Williams in Leipzig
LEIPZIG, Germany -- Qualifier Anca Barna defeated Elke Clijsters, sister of defending champion Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 6-3 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the $585,000 Sparkassen Cup.

Westminster dominates
The Georgia Independent Schools Association soccer match Tuesday between Augusta Prep and Westminster was billed as a David vs. Goliath battle. David struck first, but Goliath didn't fall down.

Overtime
Defending champion Tim Jackson won two matches Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

West Nile vaccine could be out in three years
WASHINGTON -- Small studies of a possible vaccine against West Nile virus could begin within months and a vaccine for the people most at risk of dying from the virus could be available in three years, federal scientists told Congress Tuesday.

Samurai epic makes for fantastic game
Like moviemakers, videogame producers know a good thing when they see it.

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.

Bulldogs' offensive line still struggling

Bulldogs' offensive line still struggling
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt calls it a quirk of recruiting. Tackle Jon Stinchcomb says it's just plain odd.

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.

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

Holtz looks to youngsters to spark Gamecocks

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?

Woodside course surrenders first two aces
If the Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation in Aiken decides to honor the golfers who make the first aces on the four par-3s at the new course, then Brian Cunning and David Zigelman will be forever remembered at the Nicklaus Design layout.

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

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.

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

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

Pupils say rules are often vague and unenforced

Question of the week
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Silverchair's 'Diorama' has ambition, passion, whimsy

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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.

Teen will teach women to defend themselves

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

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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.

My ride

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."

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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.

Samurai epic makes for fantastic game

Eyeglasses project image from DVD or computer

West Nile vaccine could be out in three years