Williams' homerun lifts Yankees
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams and the New York Yankees still had some leftover late-inning magic.

Twins win opening game

Cardinals shake up Big Unit

Pujols and McRae fired after tying for worst record in majors
Managers Hal McRae of Tampa Bay and Luis Pujols of Detroit were fired Monday after their teams tied for the worst record in the major leagues.

Mets fire manager Valentine

Playoff umpire assignments announced
NEW YORK -- Bruce Froemming, a 32-year veteran, will head the umpiring crew that will work Games 1, 2 and 5 of the first-round playoff series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks

Cardinals shake up Big Unit
PHOENIX -- After a sensational September, Randy Johnson is off to an awful October, and the St. Louis Cardinals have won a big one for No. 57.

Pujols and McRae fired after tying for worst record in majors

Players owners sign labor settlement

Playoff umpire assignments announced

Williams' homerun lifts Yankees

Mets fire manager Valentine
NEW YORK -- Manager Bobby Valentine was fired by the New York Mets on Tuesday, two days after they finished last in the National League East and two seasons after the team reached the World Series.

Twins win opening game
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Minnesota Twins shook off a serious case of the playoff jitters in plenty of time.

Players owners sign labor settlement
NEW YORK -- Baseball players and owners signed off on their new labor contract Tuesday, approving a memorandum that outlines the agreement that avoided a strike.

TV shows prompt return to recreational reading

Braves embark on new season

Old friends Bonds, Sheffield tangle in NL playoffs

Viewers will miss opening game
Television viewers in Aiken and other parts of South Carolina who subscribe to Northland Cable won't be able to see today's National League playoff game between the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants.

Old friends Bonds, Sheffield tangle in NL playoffs
ATLANTA -- Barry Bonds cradled the 3-week-old child in his arms, joking that he'd teach him the right way to play the game. Listen to me, he said, not your old man.

Braves girding for more empty playoff seats
ATLANTA -- Turner Field looked as though it was shutting down for the season Monday - not gearing up for the playoffs.

Braves notes

A capsule look at the Giants-Braves playoff series
A look at the best-of-five National League division series between the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves:

Braves notes
ATLANTA - The Braves were playing it cautiously and quietly, not willing to admit Tuesday that Kevin Millwood will replace Greg Maddux as the starter in Thursday's Game 2 in the best-of-five Division Series against the Giants.

Braves bring it home
ATLANTA - Braves fans must have worried last winter when word filtered out that disgruntled slugger Gary Sheffield was the team's new right fielder.

Braves embark on new season
ATLANTA - Forget what the calendar says. The baseball season starts today for the Atlanta Braves.

Braves girding for more empty playoff seats

Viewers will miss opening game

Braves bring it home

Business briefs
BALTIMORE - A federal judge Monday tossed out an $800 million lawsuit filed by a Maryland doctor who claims cell phones caused his brain tumor.

Construction spending falls by 0.4 percent in August
WASHINGTON (AP)- Construction spending dropped by 0.4 percent in August led by cutbacks in private builders' projects including offices, industrial complexes and hotels.

Clothing store offers layoff relief
WINDER, Ga. - It's been a little more than one year since the Duck Head Apparel facility in Barrow County shut down, laying off more than 100 workers and delivering a blow to the local economy.

Clothing store offers layoff relief

Investors send shares sharply lower Monday

Magazine honors development group

Magazine honors development group
The Aiken-Edgefield Economic Development Partnership and its director, Fred Humes, were among the best in their field during the past decade, according to Southern Business and Development's summer publication.

Business briefs

Manufacturing activity contracted in September
NEW YORK -- U.S. manufacturing activity contracted in September after seven straight months of growth, an industry group reported Tuesday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Global Crossing Ltd. Chairman Gary Winnick said Tuesday he was not informed about the fiber optic company's deteriorating financial condition before he sold $123 million in stock.

Merchants oppose plan to close off Broad Street
Carless Gay says his soap store in the 1000 block of Broad Street "has never been vandalized per se" during a First Friday event.

Manufacturing activity contracted in September

System tracks insured drivers
Government officials hope a new state-run auto insurance database will help law enforcement officers crack down on uninsured drivers.

Merchants oppose plan to close off Broad Street

System tracks insured drivers

Investors send shares sharply lower Monday
NEW YORK -- Disappointed by news of frail consumer spending, investors sold stocks sharply lower again Monday, pulling the Dow Jones industrials down by triple digits for the second straight session.

Bowden Bowl IV has new dynamics
CLEMSON, S.C. - The game is billed as Bowden Bowl IV - the latest father-son showdown between Clemson coach Tommy Bowden and his legendary dad and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Clemson's Bowden ready for Bowden Bowl
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has the same desire as always to beat his father, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Clemson's Bowden ready for Bowden Bowl

NC State's Reid named ACC specialist of the week
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Lamont Reid, who scored two special team touchdowns in North Carolina State's 56-24 victory over Massachusetts, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference specialist of the week.

NCAA investigator visits Watson's high school
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- An NCAA investigator has visited Derek Watson's former high school to ask teachers and administrators about his academic record and whether the former South Carolina standout received any special treatment.

NCAA investigator visits Watson's high school

Forest Hills has no closing date

Illegal substitution?

HOPE springs eternal

Worse than Fonda

In the line of fire

'Alabama' comedy debuts at No. 1
LOS ANGELES -- Movie-goers headed south with "Sweet Home Alabama," the Reese Witherspoon comedy that debuted as the top film with $35.6 million in its opening weekend.

Small portions
Seafood stews such as bouillabaisse or gumbos usually include an assortment of both shellfish and fin fish. If the seafood is added all at once, it will cook unevenly, so stagger adding the shell and fin fish.

Studio says there will be no cutting in 'Barbershop'
LOS ANGELES - Despite the threat of a boycott by the Rev. Al Sharpton, MGM says it will not remove a scene from the hit comedy Barbershop that mocks civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

In the know
If you're looking for a change from Chardonnay, the 2000 Wild Horse Pinot Blanc from Monterrey, Calif., is a winner. Starting with a nose full of soft autumn fruit scents with an emphasis on pears, than leading into clean yellow apple, hints of oak and touches of floral undertones. The finish is perfect, with layers of fruit and cream that bind all of the great taste sensations into a real winner. The best part of the wine is you can use it anywhere you would a Chardonnay. This allows the menu to be very versatile, ranging from chicken to seafood.

In the know
Born four days apart, world-famous film star Charlie Chaplin and world-class monster Adolf Hitler had more in common than you might think.

'Blush' days gone, but Mill Creek still has bold wines
Mill Creek Vineyards has an interesting history. The Kreck family planted vines in the southern Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County in 1965, sticking with the standard grape varieties, chardonnay and sauvig

Seniors 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 Cale

Cooking show will raise funds for SafeHomes
Start with the talent of three experienced chefs, add a cup of quick recipes and throw in a dash of fund-raising.

Omelette approach captures flavor of carbonara
Pasta carbonara is one of my favorite dishes. Strands of pasta coated in a bacon and egg sauce with a hefty sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan is pure comfort food to me.

Keyaron Fox stays on the move for Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Keyaron Fox is a man on the move.

Georgia Tech's not on edge this year
ATLANTA - If it looks like Georgia Tech is a more pleasant football team this season, tight end John Paul Foschi says that's because the Yellow Jackets are a lot happier.

Georgia Tech's not on edge this year

Keyaron Fox stays on the move for Georgia Tech

Europeans want to change way Ryder Cup team is picked
ST ANDREWS, Scotland -- The Europeans want to change the system that gave them the winning Ryder Cup team.

Pacers prepare for run at Division II title
In his final year at USC Aiken, Wes Byers has high hopes.

Onus on America to run Ryder Cup properly
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- The pressure now shifts to the United States in the Ryder Cup, and it has nothing to do with winning and losing.

Ferguson on golf: Two risks, one reward
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- The last captain to have a measurable influence on the outcome of the Ryder Cup was Arnold Palmer in 1963.

Winners, Losers and Draws in the Ryder Cup

Pacers prepare for run at Division II title

Europeans want to change way Ryder Cup team is picked

Ferguson on golf: Two risks, one reward

Winners, Losers and Draws in the Ryder Cup
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- The first shot struck in the Ryder Cup was Paul Azinger's drive into the right rough. The final stroke was a putt by Tiger Woods that turned away from the hole.

Onus on America to run Ryder Cup properly

Numbers do talking for Pitts

High schools used first-down chains that were too long

Five must sit after fighting

Numbers do talking for Pitts
Dan Pitts already had a job. Had a good job, in fact.

High schools used first-down chains that were too long
HELENA, Mont. -- For the past three years, high school football players who played at Vigilante Stadium had a tougher challenge than they realized:

Five must sit after fighting
Five football players will serve one-game suspensions Friday after they were ejected from last week's Josey-Westside matchup.

TV shows prompt return to recreational reading
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Braves drop series opener
ATLANTA -- Barry Bonds didn't have to come up big for the San Francisco Giants to get a jump on the Atlanta Braves.

Woman found dead in street
Richmond County authorities are investigating the death of an Augusta woman who was possibly the victim of a hit-and-run incident early this morning.

McIntyre had help committing crime

DeLoach arranges special day for constituent

Bell ethics stance is refreshing

'Inept' best describes Bill Clinton, not George W. Bush

Suggests the NCWO should start a women-only golf club

Phinizy parking ban draws ire

'Chronicle' should write only what it knows

Sanford has character and qualifications to be governor

Editorial resentful, not apologetic

Put price on Saddam's head?

Richmond County is a sinking ship

Why Walker deserves re-election

Burns' series on Civil War is myth

Let's hear from teachers

'Alabama' comedy debuts at No. 1

Omelette approach captures flavor of carbonara

Small portions

In the know

In the know

'Blush' days gone, but Mill Creek still has bold wines

Studio says there will be no cutting in 'Barbershop'

Seniors calendar

Lynx training camp report

Lynx offer fresh start
Kevin Brown already experienced life on top of the hockey world. Now all the former National Hockey League forward wants is to take the Augusta Lynx to new heights in his first East Coast league season.

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The Lynx concentrated on skating and conditioning for most of the 90-minute workout and mixed in some two-on-one and two-on-two drills.

Questions have answers for Lynx
For four seasons, Augusta Lynx training camp has always been about new faces and new beginnings.

Lynx offer fresh start

Q & A: How minor league hockey works

Questions have answers for Lynx

Q & A: How minor league hockey works
With the Augusta Lynx set to open their first training camp as an affiliate of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, staff writer Rob Mueller poses and answers a few questions about how minor-league hockey works.

Police arrest ex-cashier in credit card swindle
A former customer service cashier at Ross Dress for Less clothing store has been charged with distracting customers, stealing their credit cards and using them for her own personal shopping spree, police said.

Council debates pay raises

Augusta's ozone violations more than double

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -A former Fowler Motors salesman has settled a lawsuit that accused the corporation, its part owner and several other employees of racial harassment.

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Police arrested a 30-year-old man Tuesday who is suspected in the fatal stabbings of a 12-year-old boy and his 83-year-old grandfather.

Roadwork makes progress
Nearly all of the trees have been cleared, and the nitty gritty "earthwork" is under way.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - More than 126,000 delinquent taxpayers will receive notices from the state Revenue Department in the next couple of weeks letting them know they qualify for the Tax Amnesty program.

UGA says its likely to keep its foreign language policy

Trailblazer enjoys aesthetics
ATHENS, Ga. - You wouldn't suspect Walt Cook is one of Georgia's most revered environmental heroes, judging from one in-your-face bumper sticker on his truck.

Woman advertises husband's Alzheimer's

Across the area
A Belvedere woman was arrested Sunday after her son told police she tried to stab him because he wouldn't help her move furniture.

Opening statements scheduled in race riot trial

Street will be open for First Friday
City officials said Monday they will not close a section of Broad Street to create a pedestrian walkway for this week's First Friday festival, though they have not ruled it out for subsequent events.

Lake manager will discuss water situation with public
Despite 7 1/2 inches of recent rain across much of the Savannah River Basin, drought-stricken Thurmond Lake has risen only slightly - prompting lingering concerns about the reservoir's hoped-for recovery.

Leaders stop in to praise HOPE
GEORGIA SCHOLARSHIP TOUR

Crossing the Border

Across the area
The director of New Mexico's Los Alamos Laboratory says the lab is not interested in large-scale production of nuclear weapons triggers.

Slain woman found; hit-run is suspected

Crossing the Border
Clarence Hammond rides the downtown Augusta shuttle bus, which now crosses into North Augusta by way of the 13th Street bridge onto Georgia Avenue.

School officials mum on D.C. talks

Scrutiny of Williams continues
The Georgia attorney general's office continues to look into allegations that Augusta mayoral candidate Robin Williams was paid $150,000 in "co-mingled Medicare and Medicaid funds" late last year to lobby on behalf of a south Georgia hospital, although a spokesman said Tuesday a full-scale investigation has yet to be launched.

Subscriber of the day

Slain woman found; hit-run is suspected
Richmond County authorities are unsure how Latrice Robinson's battered body ended up on an Augusta street early Tuesday morning.

SRS is candidate for new plant

Alert system gets boost
AIKEN - When she disappeared, Lisa Chavis probably didn't know the Aiken County Sheriff's Office could post her face from here to Timbuktu.

Across Georgia

Augusta's ozone violations more than double
Georgia's air appears to be getting worse, and Augusta is no exception, according to environmental groups that follow statewide air pollution trends.

Council debates pay raises
AIKEN - Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian said Monday that long-overdue raises could appear for some county employees by the end of the year.

School officials mum on D.C. talks
Few details have emerged from a meeting in Washington between officials of the U.S. Department of Education and Richmond County schools to discuss the implementation of federal education reforms in Augusta.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cathy Royal of Evans.

Augusta Tech plans aviation school
Although Augusta Regional Airport officials are making plans to accommodate an aviation repair school, it looks like the facility will be built at Augusta Technical College.

Portrait of Life
It was a different world then, particularly if you had cancer.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Vivian C. Johnson of Augusta.

Across Georgia

News you can use
OCT. 2, 1951 Well-known Augusta Realtors said last night that provisions of the city's new rent control law will result in the stoppage of millions of dollars worth of proposed construction of new housing units in the atomic energy plant area.

Augusta Tech plans aviation school

Aunt faces child abuse allegations
An Augusta woman was charged Tuesday with beating and pinching her brother's children severely enough to fracture her niece's left arm and bruise her nephew's face, back and stomach.

News you can use

Jury convicts man of child molestation
Minutes after a jury convicted him of child molestation, Warren E. Milan renounced his U.S. citizenship.

Braves drop series opener

Attorney describes men's role in ambush
YORK, Pa. - A former mayor and two other white men went on trial on murder charges Tuesday, with a prosecutor saying all three took part in the ambush slaying of a young black woman from South Carolina during a 1969 race riot.

Jury convicts man of child molestation

Oconee County weighs water source
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - With a 5-year drought continuing to grip the red-clay soil of the Piedmont, one north Georgia county might have found a stop-gap to its water crisis.

Roadwork makes progress

SRS is candidate for new plant
AIKEN - Savannah River Site is a strong candidate to receive a permit to build a new nuclear-power plant, a Dominion Energy Inc. official said Monday.

Across South Carolina

Board questions charter schools
AIKEN - The Aiken County school board readmitted six pupils into its schools Tuesday night and while doing so voiced serious concerns about the district's two new charter schools.

Bar owner will appeal for permit

UGA says its likely to keep its foreign language policy
ATHENS, Ga. - Are you conversant in Spanish or French? German or Japanese? If Georgia's Board of Education passes its current proposal to eliminate foreign language from the state's high school graduation requirements, the answer may very well be, "No, no, no and no."

System will raise employee salaries
AIKEN - Aiken County employees will begin to see their salaries rise in January as Aiken County Council phases in the classification compensation system it adopted Tuesday night.

Woman advertises husband's Alzheimer's
CALLAHAN, Fla. - Pat Nelson took a step that few people would consider. She took out an ad in a local north Florida newspaper announcing to the world that her husband of almost 47 years has Alzheimer's.

Lake manager will discuss water situation with public

Man found guilty in tourist slaying
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida jury took only one hour of deliberation Monday to convict Juan Curtis of murdering a Georgia tourist, ending a legal saga that produced two separate murder trials and an Oscar-winning documentary.

Portrait of Life

Across the area

Rants and Raves
I LIVE IN Goshen. Today in the mail I received a letter from the Augusta Utility Department about water restrictions. On Burning Tree Lane there is a pipe that breaks about every month, and I am sure that thousands of gallons of water are lost. No wonder we are on water restrictions. Fix the problem.

Trailblazer enjoys aesthetics

Opening statements scheduled in race riot trial
YORK, Pa. - Without the deadly bullet or the gun that fired it, prosecutors will open the trial Tuesday in the 1969 slaying of a black South Carolina woman at the hands of a white mob during York's race riots.

Scrutiny of Williams continues

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Smog season, which ended Monday in metro Atlanta, got worse this year, making experts question whether the region will be able to meet federal clean-air standards by 2004.

Across South Carolina

News you can use
OCT. 1, 1927 ATLANTA - "Golf means fellowship," Bobby Jones told a banquet of Georgia's elite yesterday. "It bridges the gap of generations. It is the only game I know where a father and his son may meet on exactly an equal basis, where the good player and the duffer may compete in the keenest terms."

Across the area

Police arrest ex-cashier in credit card swindle

Oconee County weighs water source

Rants and Raves
I LIVE IN Goshen. Today in the mail I received a letter from the Augusta Utility Department about water restrictions. On Burning Tree Lane there is a pipe that breaks about every month, and I am sure that thousands of gallons of water are lost. No wonder we are on water restrictions. Fix the problem.

Man found guilty in tourist slaying

Bar owner will appeal for permit
James Hoar is scheduled to reappear before Augusta commissioners this week to appeal last month's denial of alcohol and dance hall licenses for his Broad Street bar, Underground Augusta.

System will raise employee salaries

Attorney describes men's role in ambush

Witness identifies man as molester
At first glance, Debra Quinn felt annoyed that a couple would be kissing in public, she testified Monday.

Makar moved to team manager from Labonte's team
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Jimmy Makar is switching from crew chief to team manager for the Joe Gibbs Racing team next season.

Makar moved to team manager from Labonte's team

Ratliff returns to Hawks, but hip injury lingers

Jordan: maybe off the bench, maybe not
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan isn't ready to give up his spot in the starting lineup just yet.

Ratliff returns to Hawks, but hip injury lingers
ATLANTA -- Theo Ratliff wants to get one thing straight: He'll never be 100 percent again.

SEC women's basketball tournament comes to Arkansas
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament will be making its first appearance west of the Mississippi River when it starts next March at Alltel Arena.

Graham still Carolina's kicker - for now

Moss charged with possessing small amount of marijuana

Back to the beginning

Monday Night Football: Ravens top Broncos

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Dr. James McCranie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herman Shank    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Max McLaughlin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Marilyn Hedges    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Noah McIntosh    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Landrum Wylds Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Louis Stancari    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willamena Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willamena Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Gantt    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Hamm    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Burnam    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Albert Hamm
After serving his country for almost four decades, Albert Hamm decided to devote his time to something else he loved - the game of golf.

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Dr. Mary Summers    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Carnes    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Noah McIntosh    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Nelson Hatcher
In his spare time, Nelson Hatcher enjoyed drag racing, and he even owned a few race cars.

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Mr. Everett Usry    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Minnie Berry    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Grubbs    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Lee Appling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Troy Slater    (COBBTOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Lee Appling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Everett Usry    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Tolbert    (LIBERTY COMMUNITY, Ga.)
Mr. Percy Ansley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Dicie Briscoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Landrum Wylds Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Garland Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Edith Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Albert Hamm

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Mrs. Sallie Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Florine Warren (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Helen Williams (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Berry (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Everett Usry (WRENS, Ga.)

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Mr. Lee Appling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Percy Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marilyn Hedges (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Garland Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Let's hear from teachers
For many months we have seen and heard Gov. Roy Barnes, and he has told us of his wonderful accomplishments in the educational field. I would like to hear from the dedicated and capable teachers who are daily in the classroom, and really know whether the governor has been successful or not. Frances Rackley, Millen, Ga.

Bell ethics stance is refreshing
Congratulations to David Bell on his recent challenge to state Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, to sign a code of ethics for the campaign for the District 96 seat in the Georgia House. Leon H. Meyer, Augusta

'Inept' best describes Bill Clinton, not George W. Bush
Regarding Anne Cook's Sept. 17 letter, "George 'Wreck' Bush ruining nation with ineptness, inaction," I would like to remind Ms. Cook that the economy was slowing down a year before President George W. Bush was elected, and former President Bill Clinton inflated the economic report to mislead the country on the state of the economy. (Imagine, Clinton lying!) Richard Posey, Aiken, S.C.

In the line of fire
In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, we heard a lot of talk, and said it ourselves, that the world had forever changed. But in quickly recovering and going about our daily business, albeit heartbroken, it was sometimes difficult to see just how the world had really been altered.

Why Walker deserves re-election
I am writing because I found two fallacies in your Sept. 19 news article ("Clergy stand behind Walker," Metro) pertaining to the support that the Rev. K. B. Martin gave to Sen. Charles Walker's, D-Ga., opponent in the November elections. George Mays Sr., Augusta

Worse than Fonda
Saddam Hussein is willing to hide behind Iraqi women and children. Why not hide behind duplicitous Democratic congressmen?

Put price on Saddam's head?
President George W. Bush has offered a reward of $25 million for anyone who captures or kills Osama bin Laden. A precedent of offering rewards is established. Wayne Kaesemeyer, Augusta

Sanford has character and qualifications to be governor
Republican Mark Sanford's six productive years in Congress are his best qualifications for being elected governor. Mr. Sanford was careful with tax money. In 1995, 1997 and 1999 he was ranked No. 1 in the Congress by Citizens Against Government Waste. Taxpayers for Common Sense inducted him into the Taxpayer Hall of Fame and stated: "If Congress had more Mark Sanfords, government waste and the national debt would be much lower." Mr. Sanford was so frugal that, every year, he returned at least $250,000 of his office allowance back to the U.S. Treasury. Pete Carpenter, Aiken, S.C.

Illegal substitution?
Both high-ranking Democrats and Republicans were declaring victory in the New Jersey U.S. Senate race Tuesday after incumbent Democrat Robert Torricelli abruptly dropped out.

Richmond County is a sinking ship
The Sept. 24 Chronicle front page featured a most interesting article titled "Study backs salary raises." This is irrefutable proof that being a successful employee of some selected sections of Richmond County is based on arrogance, greed, irresponsibility and a great deal of being totally unethical. Want further proof? The two editorials in the same edition, "Don't fund waste" and "Down the drain," provide it. William C. Myles, Hephzibah, Ga.

McIntyre had help committing crime
I am writing this letter to tell everyone who knows Ed McIntyre as well as I do about what happened 20 years ago. He did not take a bribe without being approached with the money. He could not do this by himself. He had help, if you know what I mean. Alvin Reese, Augusta

Phinizy parking ban draws ire
Regarding the "Phinizy parking pulled" article on the Sept. 1 Outdoor page (11C), I offer the real reason Angel Hamilton (proprietor of Angel's Taxidermy) and her partner complained about access to Phinizy Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from Bobby Jones Expressway - and it has nothing to do with trespassing, litter or highway safety. Steve Sheetz, Martinez, Ga.

Suggests the NCWO should start a women-only golf club
I do not believe Chairwoman of the National Council on Women's Organizations Martha Burk and her ilk represent women from all walks of life - including her own constituency. She portrays her organization as arrogant, dictatorial, self-serving, mean-spirited and inconsiderate of the wishes and rights of others (male and female). Connie Havird Skalak, Augusta

'Chronicle' should write only what it knows
I get tired of reading area stories in your paper that were written by someone who has not even visited what he's writing about. Take the Sept. 18 editorial, "Dam on schedule," about the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Ronald G. Swank, Blythe, Ga.

Editorial resentful, not apologetic
Regarding the editorial on Sept. 19, "Our daily threat," as a Muslim-American, I have a few concerns that I'd like to share with people of goodwill. Imam Muhammad A. Harisuddin, Augusta

Burns' series on Civil War is myth
"For there to be peace, there is a certain class of people who must be killed; men, women and children. To these people, death will be mercy."- Gen. William T. Sherman. Jay Mowery, Aiken, S.C.

DeLoach arranges special day for constituent
I would like to promote the attributes of GOP state Rep. George DeLoach of House District 99. Lonnie Usry, Augusta

HOPE springs eternal
When servicemen returning from World War II were sent to college on the GI Bill, it did nothing less than change the world.

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Coach's caring brings him honor

Chang wins first-round match in Japan

Overtime
USC Aiken, ranked fourth in Division II, is in sixth place after the 36-hole first day of the Gunby Jordan Invitational at Columbus State University.

Coach's caring brings him honor
Many coaches in the United States are deserving of some kind of superlative - most victories, most championships, most old-school, most underrated.

Overtime
USC Aiken turned in the low score of the final round to finish third in the Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga.

Chang wins first-round match in Japan
TOKYO -- Michael Chang defeated Francesco Clavet 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Japan Open on Monday.

Moss charged with possessing small amount of marijuana
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings star receiver Randy Moss was charged Tuesday with possession of a small amount of marijuana, adding to charges last week that he pushed a traffic officer with his car.

Monday Night Football: Ravens top Broncos
BALTIMORE -- Winless no more, the Baltimore Ravens made a mockery of the unbeaten Denver Broncos long before Chris McAlister taunted them during the longest play in NFL history.

Graham still Carolina's kicker - for now
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shayne Graham is still Carolina's kicker, at least for another day.

Back to the beginning
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Dan Reeves thinks he'll have all of his first-string players healthy for the first time in eight weeks when the Atlanta Falcons host Tampa Bay Sunday.

Judge dismisses $800 million lawsuit alleging cell phones cause brain tumors
BALTIMORE -- A federal judge Monday threw out an $800 million lawsuit filed by a Maryland doctor who claims cell phones caused his brain tumor.

News Web sites moving away from 'shovelware'
NEW YORK -- During baseball's spring training, The Arizona Republic created interactive graphics of stadiums in the area so visitors to its Web site could sample views from various seats.

Game is big on action, but not plot
There are subtle, tasteful, educational videogames to make you and yours better people.

Study: self-exam does not reduce risk of cancer death
WASHINGTON -- A major effort to teach self-examination so women could detect early, small lumps of a developing breast cancer did not reduce the rate of breast cancer deaths, suggesting the technique is a waste of time for doctors and patients, according to a study of more than 260,000 women in China.

Hospitals abandon soap and water for alcohol rinses
SAN DIEGO - Soap and water may be all washed up. Many hospitals are switching to quick-drying alcohol gels to keep hands clean as evidence builds they stop dangerous germs faster and better.

Defense takes charge at Georgia, Alabama
ATHENS, Ga. - Much of the talk heading into this week's Southeastern Conference showdown centers on offense - how good Alabama's has been, and how good Georgia's should be.

NCAA overturns suspensions against Georgia players
ATHENS, Ga. -- An NCAA appeals committee Tuesday overturned one-game suspensions that Georgia basketball players Ezra Williams and Damien Wilkins received for playing in an unsanctioned summer league.

Georgia prepares for Alabama, Tennessee
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt hardly had gotten settled in during his weekly news conference Tuesday when a question caught him off-guard.

Georgia prepares for Alabama, Tennessee

Defense takes charge at Georgia, Alabama

NCAA overturns suspensions against Georgia players

South Carolina injuries pile up

South Carolina injuries pile up
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's top tackler and starting center need surgery. There's no sure date when its best receiver will return and the offensive line again resembles a patchwork of youngsters and converted defenders.

Forest Hills has no closing date
Forest Hills Golf Club will close for six months to rebuild its greens, tees and construct a practice area for Augusta State's men's and women's golf teams.

Sex before marriage has too many risks
If you ask most people why they will not abstain or have not abstained from premarital sex, you get crummy reasons: "I didn't want to wait," "Well, why not?" "It felt good," "He said he loved me," etc. Many people just don't care anymore. Look at our society. Everyone is doing what they want.

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

Absence policy deters many teen parents

Parent's dating is awkward for teen
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I'm in a relationship with this boy that I've known my entire life and now my mom and his dad are dating. What should I do? - 16-year-old Aiken girl.

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Should teens wait?
Sex is a very taboo, sensitive subject, especially in regards to teenagers. Society generally holds that sexual activity should be reserved for marriage, but today, many teens are choosing to engage in sexual activity outside of that bond.

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: The Scorpion King, starring Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. pro-wrestling star The Rock, as a desert warrior fighting to save his homeland; and Brotherhood of the Wolf, starring Samuel Le Bihan as a man sent to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast in 18th century France.

An unplanned life
The certificate attached to the refrigerator at Johnnetta Edwards' home is proof of her bright future.

My pad
Ashton Sutton, 15, a freshman at Lakeside High school.

An unplanned life

My style
THE FACTS: Zakiyyah Murray, 17, a senior at Glenn Hills High School, and Starlisha Williams, 15, a sophomore at Glenn Hills.

Sex before marriage has too many risks

Xtreme calendar

Should teens wait?

My pad

Absence policy deters many teen parents
For teenage girls who become Pregnant, the vicious cycle of persistent poverty may be hard to avoid.

My ride
Nicholas Hill, 18, a freshman at Augusta State University.

Question of the week
Q: Is there a school you can go where you can become a model? - 16-year-old Augusta girl

Hospitals abandon soap and water for alcohol rinses

News Web sites moving away from 'shovelware'

Game is big on action, but not plot

Judge dismisses $800 million lawsuit alleging cell phones cause brain tumors