Angels even series with Yankees

No smiles in a sorry season for Valentine
NEW YORK -- A day after being fired as manager of the New York Mets, Bobby Valentine offered some insight on a lost season and a lost job.

Mets fire manager Valentine

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.

Angels even series with Yankees
NEW YORK -- Having watched how comebacks are created in the Bronx, the Anaheim Angels put together one of their own.

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.

Williams' homerun lifts Yankees

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

Players pleading guilty to drug possession face automatic suspensions
NEW YORK -- Players who plead guilty to drug possession face automatic suspensions under baseball's new labor contract.

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

A's rout Twins
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Behind Mark Mulder's steady pitching and a whole lot of timely hitting, everything was back to normal for the Oakland Athletics.

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.

Players pleading guilty to drug possession face automatic suspensions

Players owners sign labor settlement

No smiles in a sorry season for Valentine

Twins win opening game

Cardinals shake up Big Unit

Salley Lee Heldt
Lee and Becky Heldt of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Salley Lee Heldt, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Woody Binnicher Sr. of Eutawville, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Heldt of Toronto.

Taylor Alexis Vanhouse

Megan Remon Rucker II

Daniel Lee Payton
William and Kelly Payton of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Daniel Lee Payton, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ralph and Darryl Collins and James and Geraldine Payton, all of Hephzibah.

Shelby Lynn Flakes
Shelton Paul Flakes and Christine

Kendall Elizabeth Quarles
Jeffery and Stacy Quarles of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Kendall Elizabeth

Anne Marie Gribanow

Tia Denise Scott
Torrence and Clarissa Scott of Gr

Haley Summer Kitchens

Natalie Christine Smith
Mark Duncan and Mary

Isaiah Tariq Mikal Baker
Willie Baker Jr. and Aquanita Davis, b

Dillon Christopher Landrum
Chris E.

Anne Marie Gribanow
Mr. and Mrs. David Gribanow of Warrenton, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Anne Marie Gribanow, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shelton of Warrenton and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Baily of Augusta.

Haley Summer Kitchens
Charles Tommy and Jennifer Lynn Kitchens of Martinez anno

Daniel Lee Payton

Isaac Hunter Kirby
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kirby of Bath announce the birth of a son, Isaac Hunter Kirby, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dave and Theresa Mason of Old Meadows, Idaho, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kirby Sr. of Bath.

Caleb Joseph Kelly

Zackary Danial Kimel
David and Carrie K

Isaiah Tariq Mikal Baker

Caleb Joseph Kelly

Marquita LaShay Nicole Kelly

Marquita LaShay Nicole Kelly
Mario Brisbon and Tina Kelly, both of Augus

Arryonda' Pilar Haynes

Bobby Jell Tucker Jr.
Bobby Jell and Eva Pearl Tucker of Sparta, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Bobby Jell Tucker Jr., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Edward Walker Sr. and Epihram Tucker Sr., both of Sparta.

Grace Elizabeth Bridges
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gene Bridges of Louisv

Bailie Tanks Johnson
George an

Keri Nan and Kali Ruth Garrett
Steve a

Caroline Duncan Jernigan
Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Jernigan IV of Augusta announc

Arryonda' Pilar Haynes
Vassnetter Michelle Haynes of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Arryonda' Pilar Haynes, Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Doris L. Haynes and James Holmes, both of Augusta.

Megan Remon Rucker II
Megan Remon and Tina Lavell Rucker of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Megan Remon Rucker II, Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Luther and Queen McDaniel and Eddie and Martha Rucker, all of Augusta.

Keri Nan and Kali Ruth Garrett

Shelby Morgan Attaway
Lee and Tracey Attaway of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Shelby Morgan Attaway, Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morgan of Hephzibah, Gene Attaway of Augusta and the late Lee Roy Attaway.

Shelby Lynn Flakes

Shelby Morgan Attaway

Ronald Dain Williams

Caroline Duncan Jernigan

Amya Kelis Toole

Grace Elizabeth Bridges

Bobby Jell Tucker Jr.

Natalie Christine Smith

Dillon Christopher Landrum

Isaac Hunter Kirby

Kendall Elizabeth Quarles

Salley Lee Heldt

Zackary Danial Kimel

Amya Kelis Toole

Tia Denise Scott

Taylor Alexis Vanhouse
Dustin Michael and Alexis Nicole Vanhouse of Washington, Ga., a

Bailie Tanks Johnson

Ronald Dain Williams

Claire Lee Black
Adam Eugene and Summer Lee Bla

Claire Lee Black

Odds and ends
SAGINAW, Mich. -- Baby boomer Jim Zimmerman's brief fling as a tough biker ended in pain very quickly.

Man badly burned trying to rid himself of lice
MADISON, Wis. -- A 26-year-old man was in critical condition Monday after he was badly burned while trying to rid himself of head lice.

NLDS notebook

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

NLDS notebook
ATLANTA - Trivia time.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Reliever Tim Spooneybarger was angry and disappointed at being left off the roster for the National League Division Series.

Giants' trio comes up big in win
ATLANTA - Conventional wisdom suggests the best way to beat San Francisco is to limit Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds as much as situations will allow.

Braves wind up in hole
ATLANTA - For those wondering what danger the San Francisco Giants could possibly pose to the Atlanta Braves, your answer came Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Viewers will miss opening game

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.

Old friends Bonds, Sheffield tangle in NL playoffs

Braves wind up in hole

Braves notes

NLDS notebook
ATLANTA - Trivia time.

Giants' trio comes up big in win

Braves embark on new season

NLDS notebook

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.

Clothing store offers layoff relief

Merchants oppose plan to close off Broad Street

Business briefs

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.

Business briefs
MIDLAND, Mich. - Dow Chemical Co., citing increased costs of raw materials, lowered its third-quarter earnings outlook Wednesday. The company's shares fell more than 8 percent.

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.

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.

Manufacturing activity contracted in September

Magazine honors development group

Business briefs

Tight facility opens to clients
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first thing you're told when you arrive for a tour of CSX Corp.'s Advanced Information Technology Center is what to do in the event of an emergency.

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

Hispanic numbers trouble industry
ATLANTA - A huge segment of America's Hispanic population lacks health insurance, making it harder for members of the nation's fastest-growing ethnic group to get quality care, according to a private research foundation.

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.

Stocks drop on profit taking, Dow falls more than 180
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated Wednesday as wary investors followed a now-familiar pattern of locking in profits after a huge rally. The Dow Jones industrials had their eighth straight triple-digit move, falling more than 180 points and wiping out more than half their gain of the previous session.

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.

System tracks insured drivers

Tight facility opens to clients

Hispanic numbers trouble industry

Simmons has score to settle
Think there's a lot on the line for Clemson coach Tommy Bowden in toni

Clemson's Bowden ready for Bowden Bowl

Simmons has score to settle

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.

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.

NCAA investigator visits Watson's high school

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.

SEC notebook
Special teams aren't Alabama's specialty, and coach Dennis Franchione said that could hurt Saturday against No. 7 Georgia.

College football picks

College football picks
Missouri might be playing heavily favored Oklahoma at the right time - a week before the third-ranked Sooners meet second-ranked Texas in the Red River Shootout.

Big Ten dismisses four officials

SEC notebook

Big Ten dismisses four officials
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference dismissed four college football officials Wednesday after determining they did a poor job during a Sept. 21 game between Wake Forest and Purdue.

Columnist to get first award

Forest Hills has no closing date

Flying right

HOPE springs eternal

Illegal substitution?

An affordable war

Blix blew it

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
A study to measure bone mineral density in childhood is just gearing up at the body composition unit at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center's Obesity Research Center in New York.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

CBS wins first week in TV ratings race
NEW YORK -- It promises to be the clash of the network titans this television season: CBS vs. NBC.

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.

'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

High-tech metals, colors help make glasses a fashion statement
Laydria Hadley of Augusta wears prescription glasses. She has since the second grade.

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

Camden is waiting for nature to give him a push

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.

Winners, Losers and Draws in the Ryder Cup

Europeans want to change way Ryder Cup team is picked

Els, Goosen should have advantage at Dunhill Links

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.

Small field packs big names at Samsung LPGA tournament
VALLEJO, Calif. -- The small field at the Samsung World Championship includes the biggest names in women's professional golf.

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.

Rollins eager to give fans something to cheer
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The final edition of the PGA Tour's Michelob Championship at Kingsmill offers Virginia golf fans something they haven't seen in a while - a native golfer with a chance to win close to home.

Onus on America to run Ryder Cup properly

Els, Goosen should have advantage at Dunhill Links
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Ernie Els and Retief Goosen might have an advantage over their rivals in the Dunhill Links championship. They have no Ryder Cup euphoria to overcome.

Rollins eager to give fans something to cheer

Five must sit after fighting

High schools used first-down chains that were too long

Turner is first inductee in hall

Numbers do talking for Pitts

Turner is first inductee in hall
Hephzibah High School is planning something different before the start of its homecoming game Friday night against Greenbrier.

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.

Community embraces sport
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - The men show up at Clark Hill Rentals around lunchtime a couple times a week.

Buford quarterback confident in big challenge against GAC
BUFORD, Ga. -- Friday isn't Kyle Manley's first start. But it's easily the Buford quarterback's biggest one.

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

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.

Witness speaks up on 1994 murder
AIKEN - A man who says he was witness to a 1994 Aiken murder has finally come forward, giving investigators enough information to charge two people.

Editorial resentful, not apologetic

Let's hear from teachers

First Friday needs a cutoff time

Shocked by possible museum cuts

Put price on Saddam's head?

Corps misses basic improvement

Public transit is for Augustans

Applauds editorial on child abuse

Norwood's response flunks the test on Social Security

Why Walker deserves re-election

Let women in National with bikinis

Bell ethics stance is refreshing

McIntyre had help committing crime

Suggests the NCWO should start a women-only golf club

Omelette approach captures flavor of carbonara

Health calendar

In the know

Studio says there will be no cutting in 'Barbershop'

CBS wins first week in TV ratings race

Small portions

'Alabama' comedy debuts at No. 1

High-tech metals, colors help make glasses a fashion statement

In the know

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

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

NHL experience shows forward his weaknesses
Lance Galbraith hoped going to training camp with the NHL's Calgary Flames was the big break he was waiting for.

NHL experience shows forward his weaknesses

Lynx offer fresh start

Lynx training camp report

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.

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The Lynx coaching staff threw in some contact drills to complement a second day of skating and conditioning work during the 90-minute workout. In the afternoon, the players took part in the first of a daily series of spin classes at Health Central.

'Journal' blasts plutonium plan

Slain woman found; hit-run is suspected

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."

Board debates runway project

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
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.

Physics lesson

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.

Crossing the Border

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.

School officials mum on D.C. talks

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.

Across the southeast

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

Witnesses testify in race-riot trial

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.

Army leader visits Fort Gordon
America is ready to fight the war on terrorism, Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White said Wednesday during a visit to Fort Gordon.

Witness speaks up on 1994 murder

Attorney describes men's role in ambush

Police link inmate to purse theft
Authorities say they found their purse-snatching suspect in jail.

Augusta's ozone violations more than double

Attorney expects to block home sale

UGA says its likely to keep its foreign language policy

Police release sketch of robber

Woman advertises husband's Alzheimer's

Across South Carolina

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.

Oconee County weighs water source

NAACP suggests district changes

System will raise employee salaries

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.

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.

Across the area

Police lay out case at driver's hearing

Man found guilty in tourist slaying

Police release sketch of robber
Authorities released a sketch Wednesday of a man suspected of holding up two Augusta pharmacies to steal OxyContin.

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

Board debates runway project
At least two members of the Augusta Aviation Commission have reservations about plans to reduce Bush Field from two runways to one.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jean Wood of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
PLEASE GENTLEMEN, do not let the ACLU and its cohorts run the Augusta National. Stick to your guns.

News you can use

Across the area
The Augusta Lynx handed over $25,000 in checks Wednesday to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center to pay part of the team's advertising fees from its 2000-2001 season.

News you can use
Oct. 3, 1934 The Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals will clash today on ground far removed from Augusta, but The Chronicle has completed arrangements whereby dramatic descriptions of the World Series games will be brought to every Augustan.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Many of the state's historic courthouses and city halls desperately need repair and could be condemned if they aren't renovated, according to a study.

Across the southeast
MIAMI -Two women who took care of Rilya Wilson, the little girl whose disappearance exposed disarray in Florida's child welfare agency, were charged Wednesday with stealing $14,000 in public assistance, in part by accepting payments for Rilya after she had vanished.

Across South Carolina
WASHINGTON -Sen. Strom Thurmond was treated at a funeral Wednesday after he became overheated and dehydrated.

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.

Frugal professor's gift surprises UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - Eileen Russell was a respected professor whose frugality led her University of Georgia colleagues to suspect she never had much money.

Across Georgia

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.

Augusta Tech plans aviation school

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.

News you can use

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.

Braves drop series opener

Panel talks of fraud threat
Most people don't know they're the victim of identity theft until months later, said J. Michael Ash, the senior vice president of administration and finance at the Medical College of Georgia.

Jury convicts man of child molestation

Salary plan draws complaints
A salary plan set to go before the Augusta Commission for approval today would reward top city employees with their second significant pay jump in less than two months, although the vast majority of the government workers received their only pay raise of the year late this summer.

Roadwork makes progress

NAACP suggests district changes
AIKEN - The city's branch of the NAACP is challenging a proposed council redistricting plan.

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.

Salary plan draws complaints

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.

Panel talks of fraud threat

Across the area

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.

Police link inmate to purse theft

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

Subscriber of the day

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.

Police lay out case at driver's hearing
Bruce Madden was supposed to be the designated driver on the night he ran over his drinking buddy and killed him, an investigator testified Wednesday.

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.

Scrutiny of Williams continues

Attorney expects to block home sale
AIKEN - The Godfather of Soul is one step closer to having his $400,000 home and the more than 60 acres it sits on put up for sale.

Frugal professor's gift surprises UGA

Physics lesson
North Augusta High School senior Rhyman Lyons releases his catapult to launch a tomato during a project for physics class. The student whose tomato traveled the farthest was the winner.

Across Georgia

Book reveals SRS history
NEW ELLENTON - In the preface to a new history book on Savannah River Site, Dr. J.W. Joseph III writes that, until age 6, he thought his father was a barber.

Book reveals SRS history

'Journal' blasts plutonium plan
AIKEN - One of the nation's most influential newspapers took the Bush administration to task Wednesday for its support of using plutonium as a fuel component in commercial nuclear reactors.

Witnesses testify in race-riot trial
YORK, Pa. - Police officers told scores of white gang members to protect their neighborhood before chanting "white power!" with their fists in the air, witnesses testified Wednesday in the trial of three men charged with killing a young black South Carolina woman during a 1969 race riot.

Rants and Raves
PLEASE GENTLEMEN, do not let the ACLU and its cohorts run the Augusta National. Stick to your guns.

Bonds retracts from media blitz
ATLANTA - Barry Bonds is two steps away from possibly erasing the only blemish on his remarkable career. How he feels about that, I couldn't tell you.

Camden is waiting for nature to give him a push
Camden is on the verge, the edge, the precipice, the brink. In fact, by the time I translate this from handwriting to the newspaper page, he already might have gone beyond the verge. He might be walking.

NASCAR notebook
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The best minds in NASCAR are stumped by a 13-gallon gas tank.

Makar moved to team manager from Labonte's team

Racing facts - EA Sports Thunder 500

Marlin out for season with fractured vertebra
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sterling Marlin, who led the Winston Cup standings for 25 weeks, will miss the rest of the NASCAR season because of a fractured vertebra in his neck.

Racing facts - EA Sports Thunder 500
Here are facts about this weekend's EA Sports Thunder 500 race.

NASCAR notebook

Spotlight on Greg Biffle
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Greg Biffle.

Marlin out for season with fractured vertebra

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.

Despite precautions, drivers at Talladega still expect the worst

Despite precautions, drivers at Talladega still expect the worst
TALLADEGA, Ala. - They've tried everything at the Talladega Superspeedway to make the racing both exciting and safe.

Ratliff returns to Hawks, but hip injury lingers

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

Columnist to get first award
For the second annual preseason college basketball tipoff luncheon, Clint Bryant thought an award needed to be added to the ceremony.

Graham to get another chance with Panthers

Fantasy Football: Don't overlook the value of defense

Running back ready to face old Tampa Bay teammates

Falcons notebook

Moss charged with possessing small amount of marijuana

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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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Mr. Landrum Wylds Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Garland Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Barry Swingler Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Berry    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Marilyn Hedges    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Grubbs    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Percy Ansley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Gantt    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Gantt    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hickmon Holmes    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Sallie Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Augustine Payne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lee Appling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sallie Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. James McCranie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Roberson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Mr. Daniel Creeden (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mr. Lee Appling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Marilyn Hedges (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Pansy Adkinson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Hickmon Holmes (TRENTON, S.C.)

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Mr. Clyde Grubbs (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Marilyn Hedges (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dicie Briscoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Percy Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mr. Noah McIntosh (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Tolbert (LIBERTY COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Berry (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Plair (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Florine Warren (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Augustine Payne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Everett Usry (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Gantt (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Avery Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Deaver (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Barry Swingler Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Angel Woods (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Oneida Taylor (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Norwood's response flunks the test on Social Security
Having just received a response to my letter to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., I am moved to let the people of Augusta in on it. My concerns are keeping Social Security safe by not privatizing it into an unsafe, questionable, fluctuating downward stock market. Also, prescriptions should either be free or largely discounted to those on Medicare. Joel Osterbrink, Grovetown, Ga.

Public transit is for Augustans
I have heard about the plan to provide public transportation to North Augusta. Well, from listening to the morning news, it is final. Mayor Bob Young and the commissioners have approved the move. Elmer Lee Rogers Jr., Augusta

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.

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

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.

Shocked by possible museum cuts
For some time now, I have been following the issues relating to the Augusta Commission funding a portion of the Augusta Museum of History's budget. I am shocked, amazed and utterly embarrassed that our city fathers would cut funding for such a treasure as our museum of history. Braye C. Boardman, Augusta

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

Applauds editorial on child abuse
I commend The Chronicle's Sept. 25 editorial, "Relative danger," on the flagrant child abuse caught on camera in Indiana and broadcast on national TV. Austin Scott, Aiken, S.C.

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

Corps misses basic improvement
I read with interest about the Army Corps of Engineers' plans to spend $1,852,000 on improvements to lakes, beaches, playgrounds, ramps, etc. And I can't wait to see a $285,000 fish-cleaning station. That will really be nice, I'm sure. Richard and Teresa Spencer, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

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.

Blix blew it
The arrangement worked out between Saddam Hussein's lackeys and chief U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix to allow weapons inspectors to return to Iraq in a few weeks is entirely unacceptable. It is encouraging that Secretary of State Colin Powell, the most prominent "dove" in the Bush administration, was the first to say so.

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

Flying right
Augusta Mayor Bob Young's pocketbook is still intact. He promised a refund to anyone unhappy with Boshears SkyFest 2002, highlighted by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels - and so far no one's asked for their money back.

First Friday needs a cutoff time
To the editorial writer who wrote the Sept. 20 editorial, "Don't choke the party," Who are you? Coco Rubio, Augusta

An affordable war
Democrats, liberals and even some Republicans who are frightened silly at the thought of engaging Saddam Hussein's overrated Republican Guard on the field of battle - but don't want to admit to being chicken-hearted - often cite the "huge toll" the cost of the war would take on the U.S. economy.

Let women in National with bikinis
The Sept. 19 Chronicle reports that Ladies Professional Golf Association members are taking a variety of positions concerning the men-only membership policy in force at Augusta National. Rick Brown, Augusta

Midland Valley graduate heads Marines' squad

Sampras withdraws from remaining ATP tournaments

Overtime

Coach's caring brings him honor

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

Sampras withdraws from remaining ATP tournaments
BASEL, Switzerland -- U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras has withdrawn from all remaining ATP tournaments this season.

Tyson challenges divorce settlement
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Mike Tyson is challenging a $10 million divorce settlement with his second wife.

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
U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras has withdrawn from all remaining ATP tournaments this season.

Midland Valley graduate heads Marines' squad
At 5-feet, 8-inches tall, Mickey Bey towered over 5-3 Johnnie Edwards in their featherweight bout Wednesday afternoon.

Graham to get another chance with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shayne Graham walked up to his locker, smiling as he pointed to the nameplate above it. As soon as his name was added to the stall, the kicker knew the Carolina Panthers were committed to him for at least another week.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH - The sad-sack Cincinnati Bengals had hoped Derrick Brooks would be a half-step slow when Tampa Bay visited Cincinnati last week.

Fantasy Football: Don't overlook the value of defense
It's been said enough times to warrant cliche status, mostly by coaches whose offenses have been non-existent: Defense wins championships.

Running back ready to face old Tampa Bay teammates
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Warrick Dunn is eager to prove the Atlanta Falcons made a wise investment in signing him to a six-year, $28.5 million contract. He also wants to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regret letting him go.

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.

Bonds retracts from media blitz

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.

Russia, China, India facing skyrocketing HIV cases
McLEAN, Va. -- The spread of HIV is expected to accelerate in Asia and Africa over the next decade with 75 million cases likely in five of the world's most populous countries by 2010, a U.S. intelligence report predicts.

Bird tests positive for West Nile
Columbia County has its first confirmed case of West Nile virus in the form of a dead blue jay found off North Belair Road.

Rechargeable mice work well, but are pricey
Cordless computer mice once were as hot as topless beaches, but then things started to sag.

Hurricane delays Atlantis' launch by nearly a week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the first time, a hurricane threat to Texas, and not Florida, prompted NASA on Wednesday to delay a space shot - by nearly a week.

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

Georgia defensive line faces toughest test yet against Tide
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive end David Pollack doesn't expect many surprises from Alabama. The Crimson Tide will run straight at the Bulldogs, and that's fine with him.

Georgia prepares for Alabama, Tennessee

Georgia defensive line faces toughest test yet against Tide

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.

NCAA overturns suspensions against Georgia players

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.

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.

Defense takes charge at Georgia, Alabama

Ex-Gamecocks coach remembers turbulent 1992
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It stands out as one of the lowest and oddly one of the highest points in South Carolina football history.

Williamson earns first start
COLUMBIA - As they walk into their position meeting every Monday, the first thing South Carolina's receivers do is scan the team's revised depth chart.

Williamson earns first start

Ex-Gamecocks coach remembers turbulent 1992

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.

Man badly burned trying to rid himself of lice

Odds and ends

Rechargeable mice work well, but are pricey

Game is big on action, but not plot

Russia, China, India facing skyrocketing HIV cases

Hurricane delays Atlantis' launch by nearly a week