Atlantan says he has group that wants to buy Montreal Expos
ATLANTA -- An Atlanta businessman said he has a group of Puerto Rican investors that are interested in purchasing the Montreal Expos and moving the major league franchise to San Juan in 2004.

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

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.

Sand Gnats ditch Rangers for Expos

Prosecutors investigate woman accused of extorting Mets pitcher
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors are investigating a woman the New York Mets claimed tried to extort money from pitcher Grant Roberts.

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.

Nicholas Chad Freeman
Mr. and Mrs. William Ch

Lilian Ciearria Sharpless
D'Wayne and Jessica Sharpless of Augus

Sara Margaret McInnis

Dallas Ariana Bacon

Chase Alexander Tovar
Jose an

Nicholas Chad Freeman

Kara Mae Skinner

Azaria LaShaun Hicks

Tinsley Ruth Mobley

Edward Stewart Wilson Jr.

Kara Mae Skinner
Darrah and Amy Skinner of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Kara Mae Skinner, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Henry Shaffer Sr. of Vaucluse and Mr. and Mrs. Randy Skinner of Greenwood, S.C.

Agnes Sheehan Markwalter

Megan Alexis Copeland
Dwain a

Nicholas DeShawn Rainey

Azaria LaShaun Hicks
Robert and Barethea Hicks of Augusta announce

Hannah Marie Mellen

Murray P. Cibak III

Peter Baldwin Mullens

Ripleigh Taylor Mathis

Dallas Ariana Bacon
LeeRoy W. and Laura A. Bacon of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Dallas Ariana Bacon, Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James and Carrie Bacon of Aiken and the late James and Mildred Williamson.

Dale Jeptha Shelton

Kelly Morgan Januszki
Mr. and Mrs.

Dale Jeptha Shelton
Steve and Jean Shelton

Thaxton Emory Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Johnson Jr. of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Thaxton Emory Johnson, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Byrd and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Johnson Sr., all of Aiken.

Trenton Heath Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Heath Ta

Edward Stewart Wilson Jr.
Edward and Winifred Wi

Kearstin Niccole Clark
Brandon Clark and Amanda Lowe, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a daughter, Kearstin Niccole Clark, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Cynthia Lowe of Harlem and Johnny Bo and Carla Newman of Grovetown.

Agnes Sheehan Markwalter
Mr. and Mrs. John Marriott Markwalter of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Agnes Sheehan Markwalter, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Gale Sitton of Augusta and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wish Markwalter Sr.

Katherine Doris Ennis
Larry and Michelle Ennis of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Doris Ennis, Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Randy and Vicki Floyd and Brenda Ennis, all of Evans.

Ripleigh Taylor Mathis
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Jaime Elizabeth Gonnella
Bobby and Susan Gonnella of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Jaime Elizabeth Gonnella, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carmine Gonnella of Augusta and the late Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hickman.

Sara Margaret McInnis
Mr. and Mrs. William A. McInnis III of

Murray P. Cibak III
Paul and Becky Cibak of Augusta announce the bi

Hannah Marie Mellen
Mr. and

Kelly Morgan Januszki

Tinsley Ruth Mobley
Warren and Sara Mob

Cambria Mahogany Brown

Peter Baldwin Mullens
Mr. and Mrs.

Lilian Ciearria Sharpless

Katherine Doris Ennis

Trenton Heath Taylor

Chase Alexander Tovar

Megan Alexis Copeland

Carson Mobley Richter

Kearstin Niccole Clark

Nicholas DeShawn Rainey
Henry and Tambra Rainey of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nicholas DeShawn Rainey, Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Delores Merriweather and Henry and Frances Rainey, all of Augusta.

Thaxton Emory Johnson

Cambria Mahogany Brown
Curtis M. Brown and Cassandra E. Barber, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Cambria Mahogany Brown, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Carey Barber of Augusta and Doris Curry of Hephzibah.

Jaime Elizabeth Gonnella

Carson Mobley Richter
Trevor and Stephanie Richt

Talia Simone Robinson
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. and Mrs. Tony Robinson announce

Talia Simone Robinson

Odds and ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Greyhounds aren't the only dogs that can attract a crowd for a day at the races.

Gator bites off arm of Florida man
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- An 11-foot alligator tore the right arm off the director of a botanical garden as he was weeding a pond. Surgeons were unable to reattach it.

Braves notebook

Jones carries Braves
PHILADELPHIA - It might not have been the equivalent of Reggie Jackson's three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, maybe not even Babe Ruth's final three home runs in a Boston Braves uniform.

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

Braves notebook

Jones carries Braves

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Every time Atlanta closer John Smoltz takes the mound, he expects to come away with a save. Most closers say the same thing; Smoltz has more reason than most to believe it.

Glavine labors in another loss

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

Oil industry wants delay in gas rules

Greenspan urges hands-off policy in some financial dealings

Fort training mission sought

Area gains P&G work

Existing-home sales fall 1.7 percent in August

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.

CEO speaks out in Augusta

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

Greenspan urges hands-off policy in some financial dealings
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged policy-makers not to regulate the so-called over-the-counter derivatives market, saying it might crimp innovation in financial services.

Business briefs

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.

Business briefs

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

Federal leaves key interest rate unchanged

Business briefs
COLUMBIA - A Barnwell uranium processing plant that was suddenly shut down earlier this year by the state's health and environmental agency has appealed its case to Circuit Court.

Dow hits four-year low

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.

Oil industry wants delay in gas rules
ATLANTA - Soaring gasoline prices and long lines at the pump will hit a huge swath of north Georgia next year unless state regulators delay a plan to require cleaner gasoline, officials in the oil industry warned this week.

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.

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.

Existing-home sales fall 1.7 percent in August
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes dipped by 1.7 percent in August as worries about a possible war with Iraq and eroding confidence in the American economy made people a bit wary of making a big purchase.

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

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.

Clemson's Bowden likes chances against dad

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

SEC notebook

ACC notebook

Pough says Watson still a part of team

College football picks
It's Bully Week in college football.

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.

ACC notebook
Georgia Tech doesn't have quality on the bench to replace injured tailback Tony Hollings, so coach Chan Gailey will try quantity.

SEC notebook
On paper, Alabama might have enough depth to make up for the loss of star tailback Ahmaad Galloway.

College football picks

Woodside course surrenders first two aces

Back in business

Yuck! Gore's back

Probe's mandate

Hikes too generous

Relative danger

Capsules
Two invasive insects have joined forces to wreak havoc on Texas lawns.

'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.

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.

Emotional needs are different for gifted
NEW YORK - Pam Steubgen's son Erich was spacing out a lot in his first-grade class. His teachers, thinking he was bored or just not paying attention, suggested that she bring him to a specialist. They thought he had Attention Deficit Disorder.

Urban-clothing competition grows
NEW YORK - Classic clothing labels like Tommy Hilfiger and Nautica are getting some edgy urban competition in department stores - from names like Sean John, Phat Pharm, Ecko and Enyce that were once seen as too gritty for the place where your family shops.

In the know
Sunbeam Products Inc. has introduced a new air-activated heat therapy wrap for muscle and joint-pain relief.

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.

ABC network gets rare first place ratings win
NEW YORK -- ABC jumped the gun on the new fall season and found itself somewhere unusual in the week's ratings: first place in viewership.

Belly casts let mothers create special keepsakes
Cecilia DiPrete wanted to celebrate her fourth, and most likely final, pregnancy with something special.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

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!

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

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

With Gathers out, Yellow Jackets turn to Wimbush
ATLANTA -- Recardo Wimbush will make his 42nd consecutive start Saturday when Georgia Tech visits North Carolina. The senior linebacker has never been more important to the Yellow Jackets.

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

With Gathers out, Yellow Jackets turn to Wimbush

Pop the top on a cold soda, or whatever you call it

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.

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

Langer remembers missed putt that cost Europe 1991 Cup

Hoch as in spoke

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.

Woods no longer casual about Ryder Cup

Calcavecchia tries to bury his Ryder Cup memories
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- As much as he might like to get rid of them, the memories have stuck with Mark Calcavecchia for 11 years now. He still can describe clubs, the yardage and even the wind for the last four disastrous holes he played in the Ryder Cup.

A whole new (golf) ballgame

Langer remembers missed putt that cost Europe 1991 Cup
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Returning for his 10th Ryder Cup, Bernhard Langer still gets asked about the 6-foot putt that cost Europe the 1991 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.

Bible study objectives unclear

Bring troops home from Europe

DeLoach always helps when needed

Club has right to select members

'Chronicle' story gory, disrespectful

Candidate Perdue needs more publicity

Augusta must not be like TV portrayal

The hour is nigh to deal with Iraq

Letter writers are ill-informed

Xtreme writer sets a good example

Blasts Southern 'turncoat'; remembers good ol' days

VA secretary responds to charges of discouraging enrollment

Tomato spread makes flavorful hors d'oeuvre

In the know

'Barbershop' success may help other black movies reach mainstream

Urban-clothing competition grows

Post office issues guide to mailing

ABC network gets rare first place ratings win

Small portions

Emotional needs are different for gifted

Health calendar

Capsules

News you can use

School councils allow parental input
At Riverside Middle School, the school council developed a plan to get more pupils to eat lunch.

Barbershop suspect captured
The Hephzibah man accused of shooting his barber after a trim was captured Wednesday hiding in a bedroom closet in Augusta, authorities said.

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

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

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.

Corrections

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.

ASU gift reserves spot in history
Looking to make a name for yourself on campus? Well, Augusta State University has a deal for you.

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.

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.

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.

Defense lawyers prepare strategy

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

SRS radiation levels stay in safe range, federal study says

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.

Powderworks chimney gets grant

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.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the guilty plea of a man convicted of killing his daughter in 1997, then dismembering her body and having her buried in a makeshift grave.

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.

Magistrate criticizes police department
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County's chief magistrate laid out a litany of what he sees as ineptitude and intimidation inside the Johnston Police Department on Wednesday, hoping county leaders would void the county's magistrate contract with the city.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Board of elections urges businesses to lend a hand

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

Across the southeast

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.

Clemson group teaches lesson in agriculture

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.

Men charged in 1998 slaying

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

Judge weighs witness request

White jury may decide on verdict
YORK, Pa. - The possibility strengthened Wednesday that an all-white jury from a predominantly white county could decide on murder charges against three white men in the slaying of a young black South Carolina woman during York's 1969 race riots.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about passengers waiting for Continental Express to start service in Augusta should have said that Terry Cresci is a native of Connecticut who lived in New Jersey before moving to Augusta.

Officials set meetings on taxes
Taxpayers are urged to attend public hearings on proposed property tax increases, but public outcry isn't expected to persuade city leaders to have a change of heart.

News you can use
Sept. 26, 1928 WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Judge E.H. Callaway of Augusta addressed the voters of Burke County at a well-filled courthouse yesterday on the issues of the presidential campaign between Herbert Hoover and Al Smith.

Donating to ASU gets your name out
Looking to make a name for yourself on campus? Well, Augusta State University has a deal for you.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -A 300-pound buck pushed its way through a broken screen door into a house in a subdivision, causing about $5,000 in damage before being captured.

News you can use

Only a test
Disaster did not play well in Augusta.

Only a test

5-year-old girl killed at home
A 5-year-old Evans girl was killed Wednesday night when she was run over by her father's work truck.

GBI will examine traffic-stop arrest

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.

Donating to ASU gets your name out

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.

Officials set meetings on taxes

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

New projects could drain airport funds

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.

Across Georgia

Augusta plans to market land

Across the area

Downtown accident

Magistrate criticizes police department

Council reviews court service

School councils allow parental input

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina

ASU gift reserves spot in history

Deer-caused collisions increase

Across South Carolina

Harping on it

Teachers get help from veterans

Subscriber of the day

5-year-old girl killed at home

Teen father charged in death of toddler

Cultural lesson

Flier, airport hopes are up

Showers will not cancel air show

Neighbor tips off police to burglary

Showers will not cancel air show
Tropical Storm Isidore is expected to bypass the area this weekend, saving the air show at Augusta Regional Airport from a washout.

Teachers get help from veterans
GRANITEVILLE - Sometimes labeled forgotten, the Korean War is anything but an afterthought in the minds of educators in Aiken County.

New projects could drain airport funds
Because of increases in security costs, insurance rates and consultant projects, the Augusta Aviation Commission will vote today on a number of items that could eat up the airport's contingency budget for the rest of the year.

GBI will examine traffic-stop arrest
An Augusta man's complaint that Richmond County deputies used excessive force during a traffic stop was forwarded Wednesday to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Cultural lesson
Erica Riedel, a North Augusta Middle School sixth-grade teacher, dances with David Munoz, of the Mariachi Juvenil America of Atlanta, as the band plays during lunchtime. The school invited the mariachi band to visit Wednesday to help kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bruce Self of Hephzibah.

Across the area
A former Columbia County doctor convicted of misdemeanor battery earlier this month was indicted Wednesday for allegedly having a fully automatic assault rifle.

Across Georgia

Pop the top on a cold soda, or whatever you call it
Many years ago, when I lived in southwest Georgia, a national softball tournament took place at the recreation complex. In between the games I was interested in, I was hanging out at the concession stand.

Racing facts - Protection One 400

Spotlight on Michael Waltrip
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip.

NASCAR notebook

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.

Spotlight on Michael Waltrip
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip.

Racing facts - Protection One 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Protection One 400 race.

Southern roots are hard to dig up in diverse field

NASCAR notebook
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - If the Chicagoland Speedway is any indication, Sunday's race at the Kansas Speedway should be a little more competitive, but not by much.

Spotlight on Michael Waltrip

Southern roots are hard to dig up in diverse field
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The NASCAR Winston Cup Series has traded its Southern drawl for a more global polish.

Grand jury declines to indict Stewart on assault charge

Jordan announcement expected soon
WASHINGTON -- Reiterating what he first announced a year ago, Michael Jordan is expected to issue a statement later this week confirming he will play a 15th NBA season.

Vick does it all - except slide

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss 2

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Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wendell Sommers (BLOOMINGFIELD, N.J.)

Mrs. Monnie Mims (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mr. Waymon Sims Sr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Conover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Burns (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Eastmoore (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Faircloth Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alton Slawson Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Fore (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Henninger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Thompson (KLINE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gennevieve Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deloris Wilcox (CAIRO, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Henry (ELGIN , S.C.)

Mr. Robert Culpepper Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oliver Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Martin (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Maxwell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Culpepper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wanda Reckner (WARRENVILLE, S.C)

Ms. Katetronie Ballard (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Furman Lee Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Brandy Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Dunnell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Juanita Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nita Miller (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Candidate Perdue needs more publicity
This is in reference to Georgia's gubernatorial race in November. My question is, why are the media not advertising campaign literature on Sonny Perdue, who is running against Gov. Roy Barnes? Tina Cloer, 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.

'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

Club has right to select members
Regarding Douglas Neal Sr.'s Sept. 12 letter, "NCWO would reduce men to servants": Sue Thorstad, Augusta

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.

Blasts Southern 'turncoat'; remembers good ol' days
Jim Murrah (Sept. 16 letter, "Civil War whiners not true Southerners") is a turncoat to all true Southerners - almost like the Northerners who move here wanting to change the meaning of a true Southerner. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken, S.C.

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

Xtreme writer sets a good example
I was encouraged by Melanie Killingsworth's viewpoints in her Sept. 10 article, "Getting rid of God helps the terrorists." Amy Atwell, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

The hour is nigh to deal with Iraq
Since 1998, regime change has been the official policy of the United States, as annunciated by the Iraq Liberation Act. And once again, Iraq President Saddam Hussein intends to distract the international community's focus by throwing a bone as the clock runs down. He has no friends, even in the Arab world. Herbert A. Edney IV, 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

DeLoach always helps when needed
Here's why I'm pleased to support GOP state Rep. George DeLoach in his re-election campaign. Mrs. LaNelda W. Lansdell, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

Probe's mandate
In congressional hearings on events leading up to the 9-11 attacks, it was revealed that various U.S. intelligence agencies knew Arab terrorists acting under the aegis of Osama bin Laden sought to inflict grave damage on the United States. They knew the probability was great that it would happen - and even that it might involve hijacked airliners flown into buildings.

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

Back in business
After weeks of not being able to hold an official meeting because feuding members couldn't bear to be in the same room with one another, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is finally back in business.

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.

Westminster dominates

Skating officials questioned by FBI

Qualifier to face Serena Williams in Leipzig

Overtime

Lady Jaguars ride record streak

Overtime

Skating officials questioned by FBI
NEW YORK -- Three international skating officials have been interviewed by the FBI about the scandal-plagued pairs competition at the Salt Lake City Olympics. U.S. agents almost certainly will be talking to others involved in the case, including each of the judges.

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.

Lady Jaguars ride record streak
Halley Flynn admitted her freshman season didn't work out like she wanted.

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 Itoro Umoh and Thomson's Tia Paschal have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th anniversary team.

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.

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss
For those fantasy football owners who missed out on the chance to draft Minnesota receiver Randy Moss this year: Congratulations!

Vick does it all - except slide
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- About the only time Michael Vick has appeared uncomfortable this season is at the end of a run, trying to decide if he should slide, dive or simply put his head down.

Fantasy Football: Moss proves to be no real loss 2
For those fantasy football owners who missed out on the chance to draft Minnesota receiver Randy Moss this year: Congratulations!

Smallpox vaccinations plan prepared
WASHINGTON -- State health officials are armed with a federal plan to vaccinate everyone in America against smallpox within days of a terrorist attack unleashing the deadly disease.

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.

Tropical rains dent Southern drought, but more rain needed
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- After a bone-dry summer that forced him to irrigate his 200-acre cow pasture, Joseph Fletcher just wants the rain to stop long enough to plant oats and rye for his cattle to eat during the winter.

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

Bulldogs' offensive line still struggling

VanGorder doing the job as UGA's defensive coordinator
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder doesn't read newspapers often, and he doesn't listen to sports talk radio or read what's on the Internet.

VanGorder doing the job as UGA's defensive coordinator

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.

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.

Odds and ends

Gator bites off arm of Florida man

Tropical rains dent Southern drought, but more rain needed

Samurai epic makes for fantastic game

Smallpox vaccinations plan prepared

West Nile vaccine could be out in three years