Little League to check all volunteers against sex offender lists
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Little League Baseball will require all its managers, coaches and volunteers to be checked against their state's list of convicted sex offenders.

Twins edge Angels

All series won by teams with worse regular-season records

Mays ready to rebound from rocky ALDS start
MINNEAPOLIS -- Following a rough outing in Minnesota's Game 2 division series loss to Oakland last week, Joe Mays believed he'd get another start this postseason.

All series won by teams with worse regular-season records
For the first time since division playoffs started in 1995, all four teams with home-field advantage lost in the first round.

Cardinals likely to give Williams a shot in Game 2
ST. LOUIS -- Woody Williams will probably get a shot at starting in the NL championship series for the St. Louis Cardinals after missing the division series with a pulled muscle in his left side.

Twins edge Angels
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins just won't go away.

Mays ready to rebound from rocky ALDS start

Cardinals likely to give Williams a shot in Game 2

Mayoral candidates put themselves on the line

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Hitting coach Terry Pendleton planned to pull his hitters aside before the start of Monday night's Game 5 and reiterate a philosophy he's stressed all season.

Braves notebook

Giants top Braves, advance to NLCS

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Hitting coach Terry Pendleton planned to pull his hitters aside before the start of Monday night's Game 5 and reiterate a philosophy he's stressed all season.

Chop flops again in the postseason
ATLANTA - There was no victory cigar clenched between his teeth. Instead, Bobby Cox and his wife, Pam, trudged through a stadium corridor a few minutes past 1 a.m. Tuesday morning without speaking. Finally, the Braves manager paused just long enough to repeat himself.

Giants top Braves, advance to NLCS
ATLANTA - Put the bats and balls away, there are no more days left for the boys of summer.

Braves notebook

Chop flops again in the postseason

Chamber surpasses its fund-raising goals

Downtown proposal returns

Industry takes shelter in raised rates that leave coastal inns high and dry

Chamber surpasses its fund-raising goals
Despite tighter budgets among area companies this year, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce met its fund-raising mark on time and beyond expectations.

Study says mill close threatens the region

Stocks higher on hopes that West Coast dispute will be resolved
NEW YORK -- Hopes for an end to a West Coast labor standoff soothed investors Tuesday, prompting them to buy stocks and give the market its first advance in five sessions.

Off-the-course market gets on the right track
With new golf course construction on a plateau, Augusta's golf car manufacturers are pleased to see an increasing number of people purchasing the vehicles to tool around town.

Nation's retailers brace for rocky holiday

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - House Republicans began pushing legislation Tuesday designed to ease the sting of investor losses, but Democrats decried the move as political.

Industry takes shelter in raised rates that leave coastal inns high and dry
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - A slew of coastal bed and breakfasts may soon go out of business because their hurricane insurance policies are too expensive.

Study says mill close threatens the region
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The scheduled shutdown of Durango-Georgia Paper Co. will have an impact far beyond the 903 workers at the south Georgia paper mill who will lose their jobs, said R.K. Sehgal, the commissioner of the state's Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Downtown proposal returns
The Downtown Development Authority is forming a committee to examine creation of a Business Improvement District. The plan could come before the Augusta Commission for a vote by early next year.

Business briefs

Nation's retailers brace for rocky holiday
NEW YORK -- The nation's retailers, coming off a disappointing September, are bracing for rocky times as they head into the all-important holiday season.

Stocks drop on Sears' profit warning, fears about Iraq

Stocks drop on Sears' profit warning, fears about Iraq
NEW YORK -- Unnerved by a profit warning from Sears, investors sold stocks for a fourth straight session Monday and extended six weeks of selloffs on Wall Street.

Business briefs

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -U.S. banks - hit by troubled loans in the past several years - have been able to weather the recession and stay in good health, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Monday.

Off-the-course market gets on the right track

Stocks higher on hopes that West Coast dispute will be resolved

Clemson looks to regroup against Virginia
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden doesn't think this group of Tigers will let their Florida State loss sting them again this week at Virginia.

Clemson looks to regroup against Virginia

Event celebrates 10th year
The CSRA Classic will celebrate its 10th anniversary next week.

City attorney asks for contempt charge against Watson
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina State running back Derek Watson will find himself again explaining his behavior to a Greenville municipal judge.

Event celebrates 10th year

Augustan qualifies for driving contest

Our priceless past

Sour grapes

Answering the critics

Yes, it's personal

Pasta dish will have you feeling in the pink
Columbus Day is Monday, so in honor of the Italian who is credited with discovering our country, cook up a quick and delicious pink prosciutto penne.

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

In the know
The Toasted Head Malbec from California is a perfect wine when the weather cools off. The nose is packed full of sweet, ripe, dark fruit and spice.

'Red Dragon' tops box office
LOS ANGELES -- Audiences still have an appetite for Hannibal Lecter.

In the know
Post-polio syndrome can strike polio survivors anywhere from 10 to 40 years after their recovery from the disease. PPS is characterized by a further weakening of the muscles that were initially affected by the polio-myelitis virus. Symptoms include fatigue, slowly progressive muscle weakness and, from time to time, muscular atrophy. Joint pain and increasing skeletal deformities are also relatively common.

Small portions
Chef Tom Colicchio was proclaimed chef of the year at an awards ceremony Sept. 30 organized by Bon Appetit magazine and the Food Network. The network will televise a show based on the presentation Sunday.

The blog-o-sphere filled with news, nonsense
You don't know Jess but you might know that her dog's name is Butcher - short for Armond Azure Butcher Presley.

Georgia Southern, East Tennessee favored by media
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- East Tennessee State and Georgia Southern have been selected as preseason favorites for the Southern Conference basketball championship this season.

Georgia Southern, East Tennessee favored by media

Sutton for Oakland Hills, but then whom?

Jaguars come out swinging

TNT lands cable rights to British Open

Long drive champion hurts but still hits
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Sean Fister's discs in his back are collapsing, his knuckles are knotted and his tendons are stretched.

Long drive champion hurts but still hits

Player to auction memorabilia
Gary Player plans to sell memorabilia from a golf career that has spanned more than 40 years, including the green jacket given to him for winning the 1961 Masters Tournament.

Sutton for Oakland Hills, but then whom?
All signs point toward Hal Sutton being the U.S. captain for the next Ryder Cup. A former PGA champion and an emotional leader, Sutton will be 46 when the 2004 matches are played at Oakland Hills in the Detroit suburbs.

Jaguars come out swinging
STILLWATER, Okla. - Augusta State swept the team and individual portions of the Ping/Golfweek Preview tournament Tuesday, serving notice once again that it can compete against the best collegiate golf teams in the country.

A sprint to the finish

TNT lands cable rights to British Open
TNT acquired the cable TV rights to air the British Open starting next year, including new weekend coverage.

Howell's first win provides opportunities

A sprint to the finish
What should be a victory lap for Annika Sorenstam has turned into a sprint to the finish. The Swede wants to win all five tournaments left on the LPGA Tour schedule to break Mickey Wright's record of 13 victories, set in 1963.

Tiger Woods signs endorsement deal with Swiss watch maker

Howell's first win provides opportunities
Charles Howell's first professional victory will open a lot of doors for the Augusta native.

Hootie Johnson: Complex man at center of Masters dispute

Tiger Woods signs endorsement deal with Swiss watch maker
MARIN, Switzerland -- Tiger Woods signed a long-term endorsement deal with Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer.

USOC chief will work 'aggressively' for female members at Augusta
The push for female members at Augusta National Golf Club got its biggest boost yet Monday when the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee said he will work aggressively with other club members to admit women.

Hootie Johnson: Complex man at center of Masters dispute
It would be easy to portray Hootie Johnson as a stubborn Southerner, a rube who believes women should stay in the kitchen and not concern themselves with becoming members of Augusta National Golf Club.

Can Darla Moore tear down the Augusta National gender barrier?
LAKE CITY, S.C. -- A multimillionaire financier with rich Southern roots and close ties to the chairman of Augusta National might have a good shot at becoming a member of the exclusive golf club.

Can Darla Moore tear down the Augusta National gender barrier?

Jefferson County, best 0-5 team around

Evans' AAAAA future in doubt
The Georgia High School Association's executive committee passed legislation Monday that will reduce the state's number of classifications while creating a "Big 32" playoff system.

Jefferson County, best 0-5 team around
Mondays are getting harder and harder at Jefferson County.

Mayoral candidates put themselves on the line
Opinions vary, but if you want to get a good look at the five citizens who hope to win our town's top elected office, check out the second part of a political forum tonight on WRDW-TV 12.

SRS lays off 47 workers
AIKEN - Savannah River Site officials said Wednesday that 47 employees had been laid off because of job restructuring. The layoffs, which occurred Tuesday, had been forecast since January at the federal nuclear weapons facility.

Throw the bums out of office

Nuclear waste should be recycled at SRS, not buried in Nevada

What about getting bin Laden?

Term limits, NCWO letter medley

Birch Society sign also offends

Bell: New hope for teachers

Vote Republican across the board

Freedom will make us safer than excessive security

Can take Barrett's word to the bank

Walker far superior to Burns

Gore editorial a 'grievous sin'

Hypocritical writer ignorant of gays

Keep Barbara Padgett on school board

Pasta dish will have you feeling in the pink

The blog-o-sphere filled with news, nonsense

'Red Dragon' tops box office

Seniors calendar

In the know

Small portions

In the know

Lynx training camp report

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The Lynx were initially scheduled to skate twice on Tuesday, but the coaching staff instead put the players through a long and intense two-hour morning practice at the Augusta Ice Sports Center.

Lynx training camp report

Two goalies are better than one
Colin Zulianello and Josh Blackburn aren't the first goalies to come to Augusta Lynx training camp locked in a battle for a starting job.

Roster moves due for Lynx

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The Lynx held two hour-long practices at the Augusta Ice Sports Center on Monday, focusing on conditioning work during the morning session and systems work in the afternoon.

Two goalies are better than one

Roster moves due for Lynx
When the Augusta Lynx submit their opening-night roster to the ECHL by today's noon deadline, it will include one surprise and most-welcomed last-minute addition.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE BEEN a registered nurse for 22 years and my largest pay raise has been 32 cents an hour. I would rather work for the state.

Teacher resigns after drug charge
An Evans High School English teacher has resigned after being charged with trying to unlawfully obtain prescription drugs from a North Augusta pharmacy.

Walker blamed for fund shortage

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Two men whose rape convictions had been overturned based on DNA evidence were officially cleared Monday when prosecutors decided not pursue a new trial in the 1986 rape.

Road rage slaying trial begins

Across South Carolina
GREENWOOD -A Decatur, Ga., bail bondsman who was beaten up Saturday night apparently targeted the wrong person, authorities say.

Across the area
By this morning, over 450 Jackson residents were expected to have regained power after a one-car wreck Tuesday night clipped a light pole.

Across the area
A Thomson woman has been charged with murder in her boyfriend's stabbing death.

Walker blasts rivals as 'pathological liars'
State Sen. Charles Walker Sr. lashed out at his opponent and his son's challenger Tuesday night, calling the men "pathological liars" at a Richmond County Neighborhood Alliance candidate forum.

News you can use
OCT. 8, 1962 Columbia County Sheriff Herman Morris of Appling died Sunday in a local hospital after a monthlong illness.

Witness describes cheered shooting
YORK, Pa. - White gangs cheered after a black Aiken woman was shot to death during York's 1969 race riots, said a witness and former co-defendant of three white men charged in her death.

Dispatchers get new home
The city of Aiken's dispatchers will be better able to handle the growing number of emergency calls after they move into their new communications center.

Tax meetings displease

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Elsie Mills of Augusta.

First Friday gets scaled back
Dozens of vendors and musicians will not be allowed to participate in November's First Friday arts festival.

Local caregivers tap federal funds
A public TV special, And Thou Shall Honor, examines the critical role of caregivers of aging relatives. The show will air on PBS at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

First Friday gets scaled back

Witness contradicts defense arguments in race riot trial
YORK, Pa. - A black man who allegedly threatened white gang members hours before a black South Carolina woman was killed during the city's 1969 race riots testified Monday that he was not driving a car similar to the one in which she was killed.

Widow testifies in road rage slaying case

City explores ways to deal with crowd

Man on trial in toe-fetish case
A convicted sex offender with a toe fetish is expected to testify in his own defense today.

Subscriber of the day

DOE official reveals nuclear plans
AIKEN - Even the sky is not the limit when it comes to the Bush administration's vision for how nuclear technology can be used in the near future.

Walker blasts rivals as 'pathological liars'

ASU to install cameras

Ruben blasted over logo
Augusta mayoral candidate Bonnie Ruben's green-and-white campaign logo made state Rep. Sue Burmeister see red.

Across the area

SRS lays off 47 workers

Report reveals cracks in SRS pipe

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rant to the ex-Mayor Charles DeVaney for running down the U.S. Army over a young soldier getting slightly inebriated and accidentally getting in the wrong building. I say leave this soldier alone.

Walker blamed for fund shortage
The Rev. K.B. Martin, the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, says state Sen. Charles Walker Sr. is retaliating against him for endorsing the senator's Republican opponent, Randy Hall.

Across South Carolina
McCONNELLS -A body found in a wooded area north of town has been tentatively identified as that of a 21-year-old Charlotte, N.C., man last heard from Oct. 1.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Charles Schuman of Evans.

Teacher resigns after drug charge

Man on trial in toe-fetish case

Teenager says boys hassled him, 1 took truck

News you can use

Filmmakers meet with Vietnam vets
Arrowhead Films will continue filming In The Shadow of The Blade at 9 a.m. today at the MIA/POW Memorial at Fort Gordon.

Aiken native leads revitalization

First female serial killer heads to death chamber
STARKE, Fla. - She roamed the roads of North and Central Florida, picking up and murdering men at random until an arrest at a biker bar in Daytona Beach ended her yearlong spree.

Aiken native leads revitalization
AIKEN - Years from now, if things go the way city leaders would like, Keisha Lloyd-Kennedy might be viewed as the woman who started the north-side comeback.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Nakia Burgess, the mother accused of killing her child by leaving the 3-year-old strapped in a sweltering car, said goodbye to her daughter Monday.

Widow testifies in road rage slaying case
Five months after she married the father of her child, Jessica Hadden became a widow.

Filmmakers meet with Vietnam vets

Teenager says boys hassled him, 1 took truck
An Evans teenager said he was carjacked in downtown Augusta by a boy who looked to be 12 years old.

Subscriber of the day

Report reveals cracks in SRS pipe
AIKEN - A report filed last month by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and obtained by The Augusta Chronicle reveals that cracks were found in the shielding of a waste pipe at the Savannah River Site nuclear waste farm.

Across the area

Hunter closes off city lands

Witness describes cheered shooting

Commission backs Kolb raise

Tax meetings displease
The final public hearing on tax increases will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the commission chambers at 530 Greene St.

News you can use

State board backs center
Augusta's bid to get a top-tier cancer center has more than local boosters behind it: It also can count on the clout of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith said Monday.

Witness contradicts defense arguments in race riot trial

ASU to install cameras
At building entrances and in a computer lab room, they will be watching.

Local caregivers tap federal funds

Hunter closes off city lands
In the past few weeks, a south Augusta man has cut paths through, built a deer stand on and erected an entry gate into corporate park property owned by the Richmond County Development Authority.

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
I HAVE BEEN a registered nurse for 22 years and my largest pay raise has been 32 cents an hour. I would rather work for the state.

News you can use
OCT. 9, 1942 The school salvage collection drive here yesterday turned up some really "hot" scrap.

Future of First Friday uncertain
There have been a lot of Broad Street business owners shaking their heads since Friday.

Fire damages empty apartments
Looking at the scars of a Monday night fire - the second in two months at abandoned apartments his church recently purchased - the Rev. Daren Newton Sr. said his church's community cleanup effort wouldn't be deterred.

City explores ways to deal with crowd
The debate began Monday over how to handle unruly crowds that turned downtown Augusta into a free-for-all after First Friday festivities.

Commission backs Kolb raise
After weeks of haggling behind closed doors, Augusta commissioners voted to give City Administrator George Kolb a pay raise of $2,187 a year, an increase that amounts to about 1.7 percent of his $125,000 salary.

Road rage slaying trial begins
What began as a night of fun for a group of friends from Thomson quickly turned into a night of terror, District Attorney Danny Craig told a Columbia County jury Monday.

Across Georgia

Handicapping idea meets resistance in Formula One
LONDON -- Formula One's proposal to add extra weight to the fastest cars is meeting resistance from the circuit's big-budget teams.

Formula One to introduce handicapping system
LONDON -- Formula One is prepared to introduce a handicapping system to "protect the sport" from the dominance of Ferrari and five-time champion Michael Schumacher.

Wallace docked 25 points
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rusty Wallace lost ground in the Winston Cup championship race when he was penalized 25 points Tuesday by NASCAR, which fined crew chief Billy Wilburn $25,000 because their car had an unapproved spoiler.

Formula One to introduce handicapping system

Panthers hope injured players can return soon

Vick doubtful for Giants game

Monday Night Football: Packers defeat Bears

Mrs. Ella Ivey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Lenwood Long    (MADERIA BEACH, Fla.)
Rev. Forrest Stout    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Christe Brown    (BEDFORD, Va.)
Mr. David Palmer    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Barney Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. David Palmer    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Hammie Chaplin Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Lester Wiggins    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mr. Walter Bradley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. George Smiley    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Avis Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
MSgt. Howard Hardy    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Hammie Chaplin Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Lunday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eva Freeman    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Hermia Reece    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. James Williford    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Bettis    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Doris Guy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Agnes Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Barney Lamar Jr.    (AUGUSTA, GA)
Mr. Nathaniel Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Raines Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Eliza Hammond    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Macuch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Hardison    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Heath    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ronald Harper Sr.    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Douglas Ide    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Maxwell    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Kneece    (WARD, S.C.)
Mrs. Gail Palmer    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Ergle    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Calvin Robbins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Fillman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Steve Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Guy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geneva Walters    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Treadwell Wright    (PARKSVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Maggie Collum    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Milton Atkins    (MONCKS CORNER, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Ergle    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bernard Bell    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Bettis    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Avis Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Fillman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Wiggins    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mrs. Barbara Aranowski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Steve Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Bower    (MCBEAN, Ga.)
Rev. Forrest Stout    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ivy Stewart    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Miss Anyanla Graddy    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Bettis (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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Mr. Barney Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Eva Freeman (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Doris Guy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Wiggins (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

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Mr. Milton Atkins (MONCKS CORNER, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Kneece (WARD, S.C.)

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Mrs. Frances Lunday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steve Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Edward Ergle (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. George Smiley (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Eliza Hammond (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. David Palmer (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Hardison (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Hermia Reece (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. James Williford (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Avis Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Collum (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Robbins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Heath (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mr. Bernard Bell (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Blanche Bettis (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Steve Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Muslim Americans deserve respect and tolerance as citizens
THE TRAGIC EVENTS of Sept. 11, 2001, had a severe impact on all Americans but more so on Arab- and Muslim-Americans. The deep shock and anger over this national trauma and their grief over lost relatives and friends were compounded by a desire of some Americans to blame Arabs and Muslims collectively for the heinous attacks. Muslin-Americans were suddenly confronted with the double pain of mourning an attack on their country and simultaneously having to defend themselves, and particularly their stature as American citizens.

Term limits, NCWO letter medley
Augusta needs to look into Atlanta's removal of U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., and use it here to remove officials who should resign. There should be a bill passed for elected officers to serve only four years as county commissioners in Augusta and no more, never again. There are enough people here to put new blood and faces in office who can enrich Augusta. Margaree Proctor, Augusta

Answering the critics
George W. Bush gave one of the most important speeches of his presidency Monday night - it dealt with war and peace.

Birch Society sign also offends
It is strange to read about the Abraham Lincoln billboard and not once about the John Birch Society sign at the entrance of Aiken, S.C. The Birch organization has historical links to the Ku Klux Klan and the Minute Men. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Sour grapes
Where's the New Jersey Supreme Court when you need it?

Our priceless past
What if you could go back in time and carve out a few acres of colonial-era land and bring it back to 2002? How much would that land be worth in today's dollars - and tomorrow's educational value?

Muslim Americans deserve respect and tolerance as citizens
THE TRAGIC EVENTS of Sept. 11, 2001, had a severe impact on all Americans but more so on Arab- and Muslim-Americans. The deep shock and anger over this national trauma and their grief over lost relatives and friends were compounded by a desire of some Americans to blame Arabs and Muslims collectively for the heinous attacks. Muslin-Americans were suddenly confronted with the double pain of mourning an attack on their country and simultaneously having to defend themselves, and particularly their stature as American citizens.

Freedom will make us safer than excessive security
Things won't get easier anytime soon. Why? Because we are getting what we asked for and then some. David Chiera, Augusta

Keep Barbara Padgett on school board
I can - to a certain degree - agree with George L. Greeley's letter of Sept. 15, "Oust all Augusta incumbent leaders." But you have to know if the opposition is better or worse than the incumbent. You don't want to just give carte blanche to the opposition. Bob Richards, Augusta

Yes, it's personal
The Sept. 11 terrorists thought God was on their side.

Nuclear waste should be recycled at SRS, not buried in Nevada
Regarding opinions and editorials printed on Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste storage project, the Department of Energy should take the lead by building a fuel-reprocessing plant at Savannah River Site where infrastructure and technical expertise already exist to operate and support it. Then, build an inherently safe, fast reactor that uses the recycled fuel with 95 percent of its energy still there, and where essentially all of the long-lived radioactive isotopes are consumed. Terry L. Rushin, Martinez, Ga.

Walker far superior to Burns
I am a young, concerned citizen who believes in being up on political affairs and understanding the importance of voting. I am a member of several organizations, and I have a problem with Max Burns and his radical stands on the issues that are important to hard-working common folks. Michael Meyers, Augusta

Vote Republican across the board
State Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, knocked on my door the other day. I opened the door, and there was the nicest, warmest politician I will ever meet and I'm thinking, "So, this is what democracy is all about." Tom Hunter, Augusta

Throw the bums out of office
Enough is enough. Augusta's Coliseum Authority can't keep conventiongoers because of mismanagement. Commissioners seem more interested in racism than in governance. Property values are arbitrarily increased - apparently with little regard for truly salable value of property. Mike Mitchell, Augusta

Gore editorial a 'grievous sin'
As I have studied the myriad of things that prove The Chronicle to be an extremely mediocre publication, hardly worthy of the name "newspaper," I thought I'd recognized your most grievous sins. Wesley Ross, Augusta

Can take Barrett's word to the bank
Gresham Barrett is the best candidate for Congress to fill South Carolina U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham's seat. The Republican hopeful has wide and varied experience. He's a Citadel graduate, a former U.S. Army officer, a small-business man, a community leader and a respected member of the S.C. House of Representatives. His life is an example of the conservative, Christian, pro-family values he cherishes so dearly. Mr. Barrett's beliefs aren't something he trots out every election year. Instead, they're a reflection of his character and of the high standards he sets for himself. David L. Allen, Aiken, S.C.

What about getting bin Laden?
I read The Augusta Chronicle quite often, and I would like for someone to explain what is the rush to judgment with Iraq? Delores S. Williams, North Augusta, S.C.

Hypocritical writer ignorant of gays
I must respond to Mildred W. McNair's letter of Sept. 21, "Opposes 'Gay Bill of Rights' passage." I feel the need to question her "facts." Don Tate, Evans, Ga.

Bell: New hope for teachers
A few months ago I bought a coffee mug at a garage sale. It's an attractive mug with blue letters that reads "Teachers are Trustworthy, Helpful, Supportive, Unselfish, Interested, Honest, Reliable, Sincere, Responsible, Witty and Lovable." Susan Bloomfield, Augusta

Donovan voted U.S. soccer Player of Year

Overtime

Forrest says chances for fight in Atlanta are good

Overtime

Donovan voted U.S. soccer Player of Year
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Landon Donovan was selected Honda Player of the Year on Tuesday after leading the U.S. team to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

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Dean Smith, the winningest coach in college basketball history, will be the featured speaker at the College Basketball Preseason Tip-Off luncheon sponsored by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

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Augusta State University survived tough conditions to take a one-shot lead Monday after two rounds of the PING/Golfweek Invitational at Oklahoma State University's Karsten Creek Golf Course.

Forrest says chances for fight in Atlanta are good
With his new six-fight contract with HBO official, Vernon Forrest said Tuesday he "absolutely" wants to fight in Atlanta.

Area anglers aim for region victory
When it comes to competing in bass tournaments, Bart Blackburn, and Joe Ludwig have given new meaning to the term "teamwork."

Area anglers aim for region victory

Monday Night Football: Packers defeat Bears
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Champaign, Chicago, Green Bay. It doesn't matter where Brett Favre is when he plays against the Chicago Bears.

Vick doubtful for Giants game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick's sprained right shoulder hurt so badly Monday that he struggled to get dressed.

Panthers hope injured players can return soon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two straight losses have the Carolina Panthers keeping a watchful eye on their injured list, desperate for some players to return to the field.

Nobel physics prize won for astronomy research
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A Japanese and two American astrophysicists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for using some of the most obscure particles and waves in nature to increase understanding of the universe.

Research panel: lie detectors too inaccurate for national security use
WASHINGTON -- Lie detectors are not accurate enough to screen government workers for potential security risks, the National Research Council said Tuesday.

In Japan, cell phones to call up karaoke tunes
CHIBA, Japan -- While fancy wireless services may not excite Americans yet, Japanese can't get enough.

Georgia in prime position to break title drought
ATHENS, Ga. -- After two decades of frustration, Georgia needs to get around to winning a championship. Certainly, the timing couldn't be any better than this season.

Georgia looking for edge at home
ATHENS, Ga. - David Pollack remembers the feeling he got last year at Tennessee.

Georgia returns to national spotlight

Georgia running backs coach quits

Georgia running backs coach quits
ATHENS, Ga. -- Tony Pierce, running backs coach for No. 6 Georgia, has resigned, citing personal reasons, coach Mark Richt said Monday.

Georgia returns to national spotlight
During his weekly Sunday teleconference with reporters two days ago, Mark Richt fielded questions from USA Today, ESPN The Magazine and The Washington Post, among other major national publications.

Georgia looking for edge at home

Georgia in prime position to break title drought

Holtz confident, looking for a QB
COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz finally sees a football team forming on his sidelines.

Holtz confident, looking for a QB

Augustan qualifies for driving contest
Augusta's Dwight Pope Jr. is entered in an event next week where it's a good idea to be a long shot.

Your Style
THE FACTS: Taylor Roy, 17, a senior at Lakeside High School.

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Sibling duo earns their stripes

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

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NAME: Paris McKenzie, 18, a freshman at Augusta State University

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New CDs in stores include Barenaked, the latest offering from Kids Incorporated protege and movie star Jennifer Love Hewitt; and a live album from piano master Ben Folds.

Audio best

Ask Us
Q: What causes PMS? I get it really bad. - 14-year-old Augusta girl

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THE FACTS: Hunter Fields, 14, a freshman at Evans High School

'Alabama' is sweet love story
Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie Carmichael, an up-and-coming New York City fashion designer engaged to handsome, wealthy Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), whose mother (Candice Bergen) just happens to be mayor of New York. But before Melanie can wholeheartedly accept her Tiffany's ring and marry her dashing New York City love, she has to return to her Alabama hometown and finalize her divorce from her high school sweetheart Jake (Josh Lucas).

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Sibling duo earns their stripes
A guitar and a set of drums - that's all you really need to make an amazing CD.

'Alabama' is sweet love story

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Advice will help would-be singer

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Depression scars many young lives

Depression scars many young lives
He can't really pinpoint when it was, but 16-year-old Will says things just started going downhill the year he turned 14.

Advice will help would-be singer
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM My friend wants to become a singer. She is very good, but very shy. What can I do to make her feel more comfortable? - 14-year-old Augusta girl.

Nobel physics prize won for astronomy research

In Japan, cell phones to call up karaoke tunes

Research panel: lie detectors too inaccurate for national security use