Diamondbacks clinch NL West
PHOENIX -- Matt Williams and Steve Finley each homered twice as the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks clinched the NL West, defeating the Colorado Rockies 17-8 on Saturday.

Battered Diamondbacks lean on pair of aces

Diamondbacks clinch NL West

Battered Diamondbacks lean on pair of aces
PHOENIX -- More than ever, the Arizona Diamondbacks' chances of repeating as World Series champions rest on the mighty left arm of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling's powerful right.

Recorded message reveals much about talker

Smoltz sets NL save mark

Chipper closes in on history
NEW YORK - With most of the records, milestones, and personal goals out of the way, there was just one number Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was focused on Saturday.

Chipper gets milestone in win
NEW YORK - For weeks, even as he downplayed its significance, Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones had pointed toward this moment.

Smoltz sets NL save mark
NEW YORK - The 96 mph fastball is still part of his repertoire. So is a slider that's been described as the game's best.

Braves notes

Braves notes
NEW YORK - It turns out the Atlanta Braves could have popped the champagne on their Thursday night bus ride here, having already clinched home field advantage for the playoffs.

Chipper gets milestone in win

Business briefs

Financial leaders hold talks
WASHINGTON - World finance leaders, seeking to project confidence in the face of a slumping global economy and a worsening economic crisis in Latin America, pledged greater coordination Friday to take on problems, including a prime U.S. goal: more action to choke off terrorist finances.

Businessman is out to heat up product's sales
Tripp Nanney, the operations manager for Laredo and Lefty's Salsa, shows that his product is being sold at the Kroger in Evans. Mr. Nanney recently regained the rights to the product and has his eye on getting it back to its former glory.

How big should a small business owner's paycheck be?

September's market woes likely to linger
NEW YORK -- As Wall Street stumbles toward the month's end, September is living up to its historical promise of being the year's worst time for stocks. And it appears likely that relief won't come until November at the earliest.

Why it makes sense to save some cents
Listen up, young 'uns. I'll let you in on a not-so-secret secret: The financial services industry isn't interested in you. It's interested in your parents - the folks who have money.

In the know

Candles light up cash registers

In the know
STANDARD TEXTILE CO. PRODUCT: Sheets, blankets, draperies and other textile products specifically for health care, hospitality and institutional industries.

On the move
Jill McQuown has been elected assistant vice president of commercial banking at SunTrust Bank. Ms. McQuown joined SunTrust in 1999 as a credit analyst in the credit department. She was named a relationship manager in commercial banking in 2001.

How big should a small business owner's paycheck be?
NEW YORK - The recent disclosures of huge pay packages for some of the nation's prominent CEOs raise a question for small businesses as well: How much should the owner or top executives of a small firm be allowed to earn?

Business briefs
Car theft is big business in Japan. Economist Takashi Kadokura has estimated the annual haul of stolen autos is worth $916 million, nearly the same as the 2000 profit at Nissan Motor Co. The number of thefts rose from 34,167 cases in 1990 to 56,205 cases in 2000, while the arrest rate plummeted from 40.5 percent to 20.3 percent.

Economy grows at 1.3 percent rate in the second quarter

Businessman is out to heat up product's sales

Candles light up cash registers
ATLANTA - Maybe you'd burn candles for a dinner party or during power outages or possibly as decorations during the holidays. A couple of standard, white, scentless candles from a discount store was all anyone had or needed.

State could net auto plant

Group recalls profession's history

Financial leaders hold talks

Economy grows at 1.3 percent rate in the second quarter
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at an annual rate 1.3 percent in the spring, a performance that was slightly stronger than previously thought but which still marked a dramatic slowdown from the beginning of the year.

September's market woes likely to linger

Group recalls profession's history
The seeds of change often end up being planted on the desks of human resources departments.

Why it makes sense to save some cents

State could net auto plant
Economic developers say a large auto plant in Pooler, Ga., could cause a ripple effect of investment up to 150 miles away, as far north as Augusta, west to Macon and south to Brunswick.

Avondale's local plants play big role in denim industry

On the move

Avondale's local plants play big role in denim industry
Avondale Mills is one of the world's largest denim producers, but you'll never see its name in a slick fashion magazine or TV advertisement.

Today's game of the week
Georgia Southern is trying to snap a two-game league losing streak.

Gators, 'Cats come at big game from different directions
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At Kentucky, the coach wins to go 4-0 and gets a two-year contract extension. At Florida, the coach wins to go 3-1 and gets to keep his job another week.

Are more losses ahead for Bowden, Seminoles?

Florida beats Kentucky

Florida beats Kentucky
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida and Kentucky put on a show better suited for the back yard than The Swamp on Saturday.

Are more losses ahead for Bowden, Seminoles?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State dropped the ball against an unranked team in September for the second straight year, and the next loss could knock the Seminoles out of contention for the national championship.

Today's game of the week

Iowa tops Penn St. in OT

Gators, 'Cats come at big game from different directions

Furman runs away with 55-28 victory

Iowa tops Penn St. in OT
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After blowing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead, Iowa settled down during an overtime that must have felt oddly familiar.

Furman runs away with 55-28 victory
LEXINGTON, Va. - Billy Napier passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Furman piled up 640 yards of offense Saturday in a 55-28 victory against VMI.

Across the divide

Field of Dreams

What we are owed

Barnes draws a rave

Arts calendar
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In the know
Just when we'd almost recovered from the $6,000 shower curtain, here comes the $2,200 trash can.

Be civil, tight-lipped to callers who dial the wrong number
Dear Carson: I have a pet peeve about people who have dialed my number by mistake and then ask, "Who is this?" or "What number is this?" Can you suggest a tactful response for me? Also, I am hesitant to give out information to someone who has not first identified themselves. - Wrong Number

'Frazz' takes readers back to school
The top guy at Bryson Elementary School is Edwin Frazier, who also happens to be the school janitor.

New trends and effects change look of denim
It used to be just a question of boot-cut vs. flares, button-fly vs. zipper - but not anymore.

Roomy home off golf course is decorated lightly, airily
Few people can say they have a golf course for a back yard and a view of the Savannah River from their front yard, but Joyce Wetherington and her husband, North Augusta Police Chief Lee Wetherington, can.

Ga. Southern looks to seniors to pull team out of 1-2 hole
STATESBORO, Ga. -- As freshmen, Freddy Pesqueira and Charles Clarke won a national championship in Chattanooga's Finley Stadium. Ditto their sophomore years.

Georgia Southern keeps hopes alive
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - From the site of some of their greatest victories, the Georgia Southern Eagles used Finley Stadium Saturday night to begin what they hope to be one of their greatest turnarounds.

Georgia Tech tops North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Ajenavi Eziemefe aced his first college test.

Suggs could be key for injured Yellow Jackets
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The time is now for Georgia Tech to get more production from A.J. Suggs.

Ga. Southern looks to seniors to pull team out of 1-2 hole

Georgia Southern keeps hopes alive

Georgia Tech tops North Carolina

Suggs could be key for injured Yellow Jackets

U.S. forges Ryder Cup tie

Duval's gamble pays off
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England - David Duval went where no other American dared to go.

Duval's gamble pays off

Roberts finishes strong to take lead in Texas Open

One record Tiger would like to disown
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Kidding or not, Tiger Woods said last week there were a million rea$on$ why he'd rather win a tournament than the Ryder Cup.

Roberts leads Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO -- Loren Roberts, known as an exceptional putter, used precise iron play Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Texas Open.

U.S. forges Ryder Cup tie
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- American players, wives and caddies huddled around Tiger Woods to celebrate a clutch performance he rarely delivers in the Ryder Cup.

One record Tiger would like to disown

U.S. rally narrows early gap

Roberts finishes strong to take lead in Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO -- Loren Roberts sank two long birdie putts on his last three holes and PGA rookie Pat Perez made nine birdies Friday to share the second-round lead at the Texas Open.

Roberts leads Texas Open

U.S. rally narrows early gap
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England - David Toms blinked as if seeing Sam Ryder's ghost. Colin Montgomerie grimaced as if passing a stone.

Washington-Wilkes wins

Augusta Christian overwhelmed

Jefferson County loses by one point

Jefferson County loses by one point

Rebels' Weaver a dream

Blackville-Hilda comes up short

Thoroughbreds keep perfect start with win

Laney secondary avoids primary defeat

Thomson's dominance continues

Washington-Wilkes wins

Aquinas wins in OT

Curtis Baptist falls to Eagle's Landing

Screven County gets easy victory

Laney beats clock

Statesboro crushes Cross Creek

Statesboro crushes Cross Creek

Wardlaw blanks Long Cane

Rebels' Weaver a dream

North Augusta runs over Airport

Blackville-Hilda comes up short
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Blackville-Hilda scored early in the game, but never dented the scoreboard again in a non-region loss to Swansea.

Westside continues Josey's scoring woe
With more than a month before Halloween, the scoreboard haunted Josey.

Rebels' Weaver a dream
JOHNSTON, S.C. - He's not blessed with size or big-play speed, but Strom Thurmond's Kevin Weaver showed the Rebels there's a lot to be said about heart.

Rebels' Weaver a dream
JOHNSTON, S.C. - He's not blessed with size or big-play speed, but Strom Thurmond's Kevin Weaver showed the Rebels there's a lot to be said about heart.

Wardlaw blanks Long Cane
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Brian Salley and Kevin Moloney fired Wardlaw Academy past Long Cane in an 8-man game.

Jefferson County loses by one point
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - Jefferson County missed an extra point kick with no time left in the game as Madison County escaped with a victory.

Thoroughbreds keep perfect start with win
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Anyone at Silver Bluff on Friday night who thought South Aiken's 4-0 start was a fluke got a dose of reality as fans from the visiting bleachers spilled out onto the field in celebration after the Thoroughbreds' thrilling 13-12 victory.

Statesboro crushes Cross Creek
STATESBORO, Ga. - Statesboro exploded for 20 first-quarter points en route to a one-sided Region 3-AAAA victory over winless Cross Creek.

Aquinas wins in OT
ATHENS, Ga. - Aquinas took a non-region victory over Athens Christian as Josh Altoran delivered in overtime.

Washington-Wilkes wins
LEXINGTON, Ga. - Herman Wymn scored three touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards as Washington-Wilkes blanked previously unbeaten Oglethorpe County in the Region 7-AA opener for both teams.

Screven County gets easy victory
GUYTON, Ga. - Screven County opened up its Region 2-AAA schedule with an easy victory over South Effingham.

Jefferson County loses by one point
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - Jefferson County missed an extra point kick with no time left in the game as Madison County escaped with a victory.

Curtis Baptist falls to Eagle's Landing
MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Eagle's Landing held Curtis Baptist in check while grinding out a shutout victory in the non-region game.

North Augusta runs over Airport
North Augusta coach Joe Long urged his team to put the game away early Friday.

Statesboro crushes Cross Creek
STATESBORO, Ga. - Statesboro exploded for 20 first-quarter points en route to a one-sided Region 3-AAAA victory over winless Cross Creek.

Wolfpack's good play overcomes bad break
Friday night against Butler, the Greenbrier defense bent but didn't break. The same can't be said about the collarbone of Wolfpack quarterback Brooks Robinson.

Thomson's dominance continues
THOMSON - Before Lakeside's players were able to get their jerseys dirty, Thomson began to do what it has done all season: dominate.

Augusta Christian overwhelmed
LEXINGTON, Ga. - First Presbyterian limited Augusta Christian to 115 yards of offense, rolling to a victory over the Lions.

Washington-Wilkes wins
LEXINGTON, Ga. - Herman Wymn scored three touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards as Washington-Wilkes blanked previously unbeaten Oglethorpe County in the Region 7-AA opener for both teams.

Madison County prevails
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - Jefferson County's Sean Walker missed an extra-point attempt after scoring on a 57-yard pass on the last play of the game, and the Madison County Red Raiders escaped with a heart-stopping 14-13 win Friday night.

Laney beats clock
Laney's J.K. Sabb attended the Georgia-South Carolina game a few weeks ago.

Laney secondary avoids primary defeat
Entering Friday night's game against Hart County, Laney coach Eric Parker was concerned about his pass defense.

Recorded message reveals much about talker
It's hard now to believe I didn't have a telephone answering machine until my marriage a decade ago. I just never saw the need.

Bell's qualities make him the best

South was built on backs of blacks

Senior pageant entertains, inspires

Liberal Demo's letter is propaganda

Not all women's groups back NCWO

Augusta needs McIntyre

Sanford hasn't made career out of politics

Arts calendar

Roomy home off golf course is decorated lightly, airily

'Frazz' takes readers back to school

In the know

New trends and effects change look of denim

Be civil, tight-lipped to callers who dial the wrong number

Lynx await Coyotes' assignments
When the Augusta Lynx open their fifth training camp at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Tuesday, the team that takes the ice will only vaguely resemble the team on the ice for opening night Oct. 11 against the Florida Everblades.

Passion drives new Lynx GM to excel
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. It wasn't Derek Bundy who coined the phrase, but the new Augusta Lynx general manager can relate to the poetry of its message.

Lynx await Coyotes' assignments

Across the Southeast
In a state that reveres college basketball, the North Carolina Senate race between Republican Elizabeth Dole and Democrat Erskine Bowles has turned serious indeed.

Victim, priest discuss abuse
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The memories of 30 years of hatred and graphic dreams of revenge flooded Skip Keller of Jacksonville as he sat knee-to-knee with the man he said molested him as a 14-year-old altar boy.

Advocate's fight goes beyond National
WASHINGTON - Men, privileged and powerful men, have invested their free time in the Augusta National Golf Club for almost 70 years.

Across the Southeast
COLUMBIA -A Clover man paid a $440 fine for harassing, feeding and enticing an alligator, according to the state Natural Resources Department.

Flier earns Aviator of the Year title

Across the area
A Richmond County deputy was in critical condition Friday after being beaten with a tire iron in an off-duty altercation, said Richmond County Sheriff's Office Maj. Ken Autry.

Judge sends man to prison

GOP requests documents from Hodges
COLUMBIA - The state Republican Party is asking Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges' office for documents tied to Cabinet meetings, correspondence and e-mail, travel and staff pay.

Slaying suspect denied bond
An Augusta man accused of receiving a $2,000 payment for allegedly helping in an execution-style slaying was denied bond Friday.

Lighting the way
Walkers pass through an archway at the Light the Night walk at Riverwalk Augusta to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Lighting the way

Playhouse changes venues
AIKEN - Some say it's like a covered wagon vs. a spaceship. But however majestic and state-of-the-art Aiken Community Playhouse's new facility is, it doesn't make the move any less bittersweet, said Thurmond Whatley, a past president.

Across the area
Police are investigating a possible insurance fraud incident that occurred at the Richmond County Solicitor's Office on Friday.

Some Augusta members seeking compromise with women's groups

Redistricting tops GOP agenda

Local scientist will help NASA with Red Planet exploration

Citizen council groups quickly emerge
ATLANTA - A three-year plan to create citizen councils to advise all Georgia schools is ahead of schedule, with about 70 percent of the groups up and running at the halfway point.

Playhouse changes venues

In the know
GULF WAR

Man set good example for his sons
After Roy Holston retired from the U.S. Postal Service, he spent a lot of time on the golf course.

Late trial worries some
YORK, Pa. - In this old, faded manufacturing town, the question of fairness has surrounded the biggest trial York has seen in decades.

Suspicious blaze hurts firefighters

School alumni meet for food, friendship
They call themselves the ROMEOs, but they break bread, not hearts.

Pastor prays for pets

Barnes explains budget cuts

Smooth traffic flow greets 20,000 SkyFest spectators

Rants and raves
A RAVE FOR the recent articles on Gulf War veterans. However, a rant to some vets who feel they deserve huge amounts of money from the government for unrelated health problems. All they want is free medical care, free medication and a whole lot of money from us taxpayers.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
PENDLETON -An eight-month investigation into alleged financial improprieties has been closed, according to prosecutors.

News you can use

Slaying suspect denied bond

Court filing follows store raid in June
AIKEN - Court documents filed Friday attempt to force the forfeiture of a van the documents state was used to deliver drugs from a convenience store that police say was home to a multi-state crack cocaine distribution ring.

Volunteers repair United Way facilities

Farm offers history lesson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Dave Robinson watched curiously Friday as the early 20th century corn binder, with its rusting chains and crankshaft, was pulled by two horses around a field. He wondered out loud, "Why?"

Across the Southeast

Flier earns Aviator of the Year title
Being the owner of one of the biggest car dealership groups in Augusta hasn't kept Greg Hodges grounded. He's been flying everything from helicopters to gliders for two decades now and is licensed to operate anything that soars through the air save a blimp.

Subscriber of the day
Willie Booker is today's subscriber of the day.

Subscriber of the day
Carrie Ashby is today's subscriber of the day.

Writers compile research guide about homicide

Across Georgia

Some Augusta members seeking compromise with women's groups
NEW YORK -- A small group of Augusta National Golf Club members plan to seek an internal compromise to end a conflict with women's groups critical of the club's all-male membership, The New York Times reported in Sunday's editions.

Advocate's fight goes beyond National

Appeals on bond rejected by judge
Two men facing domestic violence charges, who said Friday that the charges are bogus allegations by spiteful women, will remain behind bars.

Attorney general's ethics questioned

Lies by UGA applicants can escape detection
ATHENS, Ga. - Less than a year before essays will begin playing a greater role in the University of Georgia admissions process, school officials say students are already lying on their applications and there's not enough resources to catch all of the truth-stretchers.

Residents gear up for Powerball
IRMO, S.C. - Renard Walker will be standing in line when the first Powerball tickets go on sale in South Carolina next weekend.

Arizona officials find drugs in Georgian's car
ATHENS, Ga. - The owner of an Athens bar has been arrested in Flagstaff, Ariz., after state police found 40 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car, authorities said.

Across the Southeast

Crabbers ask state for help
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Commercial crabbers facing another record low harvest this year from drought and disease might be eligible for federal fishery disaster relief funds, Georgia officials say.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers: THIS IS FOR all the people with cell phones. Please lower your voice. I am not interested in your conversation.

Residents gear up for Powerball

Appeals on bond rejected by judge

Man set good example for his sons

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Trainer remembers Blue Angels

Barnes explains budget cuts
MACON, Ga. - Gov. Roy Barnes defended recent budget reductions before a group of social-service advocates Saturday while his Republican challenger told the same audience the cuts would have been unnecessary if waste had been trimmed instead.

Rants and raves questions answered
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE -A Missouri man was scheduled to go before a Bartow County magistrate judge Saturday for his alleged role in a string of Cherokee County crimes.

Arizona officials find drugs in Georgian's car

News you can use
The Boshears SkyFest 2002 air show featuring the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, stunt aerobatics, parachute teams, aircraft displays, an early morning balloon launch, children's activities and food vendors.

GOP requests documents from Hodges

Court filing follows store raid in June

State takes final part of battlefield

Late trial worries some

Crabbers ask state for help

Work delay stalls sales
Tony Atkins admits that Wrightsboro Road has been a hard sell lately.

Farm offers history lesson

Suspicious blaze hurts firefighters
Investigators are looking for answers in an arson that gutted an Augusta home and injured two Augusta-Richmond County firefighters Saturday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:THIS IS FOR all the people with cell phones. Please lower your voice. I am not interested in your conversation.

Local scientist will help NASA with Red Planet exploration
It might seem difficult to study the climate on Mars from a home office in Martinez. But Michael Wolff and a large team of scientists will soon get a much closer look at their subject.

Doctor finds success in work, weights
Laryssa McCloud is more than just a beautiful mind.

Attorney general's ethics questioned
ATLANTA - The sparks flying in this year's race for Georgia's attorney general could kindle a wildfire by November, fueled by a criminal investigation, accusations of ethical breaches and hardball politics.

Rants and raves
A RAVE FOR the recent articles on Gulf War veterans. However, a rant to some vets who feel they deserve huge amounts of money from the government for unrelated health problems. All they want is free medical care, free medication and a whole lot of money from us taxpayers.

Smooth traffic flow greets 20,000 SkyFest spectators
F/A-18 Hornets screamed through blue skies at 600 mph Saturday as more than 20,000 spectators looked skyward during the first day of Boshears SkyFest 2002.

Trainer remembers Blue Angels
Amid broken clouds, wind and intermittent showers, the six-member Blue Angels squadron performed practice runs Friday afternoon - preparing for the real thing today.

Hundreds accept SRS buyout

Writers compile research guide about homicide
It's not an Agatha Christie murder mystery, but this 1,462-page book has a similar subject - homicide.

Doctor finds success in work, weights

State takes final part of battlefield
ATLANTA - The state agency in charge of historic preservation has signed off on the final land acquisition necessary to save the site of the Civil War Battle of Resaca north of Atlanta.

Victim, priest discuss abuse

Rants and raves questions answered
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Subscriber of the day

Pastor prays for pets
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor prayed for wet noses, shiny coats, good health and long lives.

Hundreds accept SRS buyout
AIKEN - More than 500 Savannah River Site employees have left the nuclear facility as a result of its work force restructuring, a spokesman for the site's top contractor said Friday.

Judge sends man to prison
A man who was previously convicted of accosting women in business restrooms and was accused of the same behavior in July received a 12-year prison sentence this week.

Volunteers repair United Way facilities
Linda Murray spent her day off painting. But it wasn't her home that was getting a face-lift; it was the Salvation Army's homeless shelter.

Redistricting tops GOP agenda
ATLANTA - Georgia Republicans lined up this week to promise legislative votes next year on issues such as tax cuts, new jobs and tough sentences for criminals.

Time has come for Georgia offense
ATHENS, Ga. - The view from high above the field at Sanford Stadium is striking. Even though the best that Georgia's football team had to offer wasn't revealed on Saturday, you could almost see it from here.

Strange solicits advice from Gamecocks coach
Please, do not call Dave Odom and complain about the U.S. team's 4 1/2 -3 1/2 deficit to Europe after the first day of the Ryder Cup.

One city, two hosts: Who rates the best?
In this corner, there's Charles McNeil, who loves to tell listeners of Fox Sports Radio WINZ-AM 1340's Sports Wrap with The Mac Daddy is the "No. 1-rated sports talk show in Augusta."

Harvick changes his ways

Waltrip wins his first Busch pole of season

Dale Jr. injury hidden

Burton easily earns fourth Busch victory
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jeff Burton made his fourth Busch Series victory of the season look easy, beating rookie Kerry Earnhardt by more than three seconds in the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Burton cruises to fourth Busch Series win of the season

Dale Jr. injury hidden
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be asked to tell NASCAR why he continued to drive - and why he didn't notify the sanctioning body he was suffering lingering effects of a concussion - after a hard crash last April at California.

Earnhardt puts season back on track

Earnhardt puts season back on track
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the cobwebs that filled his head after a vicious crash at California are gone. And so are the excuses.

Harvick changes his ways
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kevin Harvick won the inaugural race at the Kansas Speedway a year ago, and he'll drive the same car he took to Victory Lane earlier this year at Chicago in today's Protection One 400.

Waltrip wins his first Busch pole of season
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Michael Waltrip won his first Busch Series pole in five years Friday, earning the inside front start for Saturday's Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Burton cruises to fourth Busch Series win of the season
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jeff Burton made his fourth Busch Series victory of the season look easy, beating rookie Kerry Earnhardt by more than three seconds in the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Burton easily earns fourth Busch victory

New hoop hall opens with games and memories
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Hair flying and legs pumping, 10-year-old Kaitlin Denney soared through the air again and again as flashing lights marked her successes and misses.

Celtics sold to investment group for $360 million
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics have been sold for $360 million, putting one of the NBA's original and most storied franchises in the hands of a private investment group.

Celtics sold to investment group for $360 million

Football briefs

Falcons sell out Dome for crucial NFC South matchup

McNabb resigns with Eagles

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South was built on backs of blacks
I am appalled that Brian S. Borren could say that blacks don't want to work (letter Sept. 18, "Blacks get silver platter treatment"). Fred Turner, Hephzibah, Ga.

Barnes draws a rave
The Cato Institute's annual grading of governors gives Georgia's Roy Barnes the highest score for a Democrat, a "B," and South Carolina's Jim Hodges one of the lowest scores, a "D."

Sanford hasn't made career out of politics
I agree with David Nix's characterization (Sept. 19 letter, "Sanford has outstanding record") of Mark Sanford as a "straight-talking, straight-shooting man." I've had an opportunity to meet Mr. Sanford, and I can attest that every word Mr. Nix wrote is true. I'd like to add a few more facts. Roger K. Cottrell Jr., Aiken, S.C.

Liberal Demo's letter is propaganda
I try to ignore the distorted ramblings from the Cook family, but the one on Sept. 17, "George 'Wreck' Bush ruining nation with ineptness, inaction," from Anne Cook is too outrageous. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Field of Dreams
Members of the Augusta Aviation Commission would likely tell you that getting the FAA to approve the airport's new $64.4 million master plan was a herculean task.

Augusta needs McIntyre
I was pleased when I received word that former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre had qualified to run in the November election to reclaim his position. After suffering through four years of Mayor Bob Young's "do nothing" administration, I'm greatly heartened to know that voters will have another chance to do that, which by all rights, should have been done four years ago. Mr. Young has been an abysmal failure. The Rev. Dr. M. Allen Flowers, Augusta

Across the divide
When a Palestinian or Jew actually saves the other's life, that's news.

Bell's qualities make him the best
At a time when the public is clamoring for good people to run for public office, I want to commend David Bell for offering himself as a candidate for the Georgia General Assembly. Doug Barnard Jr., Martinez, Ga.

Not all women's groups back NCWO
Members of Suburban Woman's Club of Augusta, a member of the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs, do not support the views or the actions taken by Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, in trying to force the Augusta National Gold Club to accept women members. Neita Mulherin, Augusta

What we are owed
NOTICE: Augusta commissioners will be holding public hearings Oct. 7 and 14 to officially and ceremoniously go through the motions of accepting public input on proposed property tax increases as required by law.

Senior pageant entertains, inspires
On Sept. 14, my mother-in-law was a contestant in the 6th Annual Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant. For those who attended, I hope you enjoyed it as much as my family did. For those who missed it, I hope you will attend next year. Mrs. Jody Piercy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Sports digest

Sports digest

Area announcements

Riders obtain varsity status

Serena Williams easily reaches semifinals

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Sports digest
"People said we didn't have much chance of winning. But we picked up the check and we cashed it, too." -San Jose coach Fitz Hill after a 38-35 win at Illinois

Riders obtain varsity status
ATHENS, Ga. - Unlike the University of Georgia's football team, which will play before a sellout crowd today, there won't be much of a following when Lindsey Finn and her equestrian teammates open the season in Columbia.

Serena Williams easily reaches semifinals
LEIPZIG, Germany -- Serena Williams easily reached the $585,000 Sparkassen Cup semifinals Friday, then wondered aloud whether she is playing too much.

Overtime
Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins had a heart attack Saturday while attending a players clinic in suburban Pittsburgh.

Overtime
Twelve basketball players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia State face NCAA suspensions for playing in what the organization called an unsanctioned summer league, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on its Web site Friday.

Weeklong tournament will draw Olympians
Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes said this week's boxing tournament has an Olympic feel to it.

Area announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga., 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Sports digest
"Brilliant! Fantastic! It's the best start we've made to a Ryder Cup for over 30 years and that really gives us something very positive to build on." -European captain Sam Torrance, on his team's start in the Ryder Cup

Mushroom hunters must pick carefully
Autumn is a favorite hunting season for Mark Komoroski - who pursues a quarry ignored by most outdoorsmen.

Hunting for deer goes to suburbs
ATHENS, Ga. - Hunting isn't just a rural country sport anymore.

Appling woman bags record buck
What would hunting be without great hunting stories - and favorite hunting partners to share them with?

Appling woman bags record buck

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Hunting for deer goes to suburbs

Women in the wild
More than 350 women from at least 36 states gathered in Edgefield, S.C., this weekend for the National Wild Turkey Federation's Women in the Outdoors Event, "Celebrating Our Wild Side."

Outdoors calendar

Mushroom hunters must pick carefully

Women in the wild

Falcons sell out Dome for crucial NFC South matchup
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons cornerback Ashley Ambrose is excited about playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday with the Georgia Dome full - of Atlanta fans.

McNabb resigns with Eagles
PHILADELPHIA - Donovan McNabb can spend the rest of his NFL career in a city that originally didn't want him.

Football briefs
Drew Bledsoe leads NFL with 1,017 passing yards and has thrown six TD passes and two interceptions. Can Bears' offense score enough to win?

Something special
Bingo, sit-down volleyball, music, dancing or making pizza are fun to most anyone - no one is left out - and that is the goal of Asbury United Methodist Church.

Veggies telling new tale in movies
Ten years ago, who knew Bob the Tomato?

Faith digest
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, will bless animals at 3 p.m. today at Hickman Park, 965 Hickman Road. Pets must be restrained either with a lease or in a carrier. For more information, call the event's sponsor, the Augusta Humane Society, at 736-0186.

Church will close, but its ministry will continue
Steve Dent was 19, a soldier at Fort Gordon, when he and a friend decided to check out Broad Street Baptist Church.

Faith and fellowship calendar
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: 10 a.m. today, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Evans to Lock Road; and 3 p.m., Hickman Park; with the Rev. Cynthia Taylor; all animals welcome; pets should be on leases or in carriers; 210-1133.

Online extra
Say the words Christian rock to many music fans and the first image or sound that springs to mind (if anything) is often the cheesy, color-coordinated 1980s hair-metal band Stryper.

Time has come for Georgia offense

Strange solicits advice from Gamecocks coach

New England's sugar maples threatened by warmth
FERRISBURGH, Vt. -- Sam Cutting Sr. eases from his pickup, lumbers stiffly in blue jeans and suspenders up a hillside, and cranes his neck toward the maple grove that nearly broke his heart.

Web site chronicles hurricanes
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Need a quick fact about a hurricane? Click on the Coastal Services Center's new Web site for 150 years of storm history.

Wireless gadgets taking art of flirting to new level
On her way home from London, Sara Gartman checked her cell phone and saw the text message from a friend she'd just left: "if we had met earlier and u werent leaving ..." read the line he'd tapped in from his own cell phone.

Study: humans and chimps more different than once believed
WASHINGTON -- There are more differences between a chimpanzee and a human being than once believed, according to a new genetic study.

Wynn returns, Veal sits in Georgia's victory

Wynn returns, Veal sits in Georgia's victory
ATHENS, Ga. -- Shedrick Wynn made an impressive return to the field for No. 8 Georgia after sitting out the first three games for disciplinary reasons.

Gamecocks, Bulldogs steel weigh options

Gamecocks, Bulldogs steel weigh options
Fifteen years ago, it wasn't hard to find an offense that ran the option. Plenty of teams in college football used the scheme, and programs such as Oklahoma, Nebraska and Clemson perfected it.

Vandy, option provide a test

Vandy, option provide a test
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There won't be a quarterback controversy at South Carolina anytime soon.

Holtz impressed with how Vandy uses option in offense

Holtz impressed with how Vandy uses option in offense
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Lou Holtz has used every variation of the option offense at one time or another. He also knows how much trouble his South Carolina Gamecocks have stopping the run.

Wireless gadgets taking art of flirting to new level

New England's sugar maples threatened by warmth

Web site chronicles hurricanes

Faith and fellowship calendar

Church will close, but its ministry will continue

Online extra

Faith digest

Something special

Veggies telling new tale in movies