Twins, fans rejoice in surprising postseason

Twins, fans rejoice in surprising postseason
MINNEAPOLIS -- For months, Minnesota Twins fans settled for small gestures to show how much they disliked commissioner Bud Selig, the man who tried to get rid of their team.

Giants win NLCS opener

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.

Giants win NLCS opener
ST. LOUIS -- Barry Bonds was smack in the middle of everything - driving in runs, scoring them and even flashing his temper in the NL championship opener.

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

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

Angels top Twins

All series won by teams with worse regular-season records

Angels top Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- So much for Minnesota's Metrodome dominance.

Taylor Dinasia Chance

Haley Michelle Mock

McKenna Grace Key

Taylor Dinasia Chance
Sidney and Serena Chance of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Dinasia Chance, Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Irene Campbell of Wadley, Ga., and Fannie and Sidney Chance of Augusta.

Nicholas Jamal Jonathan Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Lewis of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Jamal Jonathan Lewis, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earnest T. Smith of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lewis of Harlem.

O'vanna Monyea Beckett
Annika Beckett of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, O'vanna Monyea Beckett, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Melvin and Annie Roberts of Augusta.

Tiberius Alexander Baker
Nathan and Julie Baker of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Tiberius Alexander Baker, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Gary and Janice Greer of Yuma, Ariz., and Bill and Sherry Baker of Salt Lake City.

Taylor Danielle Bash
Dennis and Karen B

Benjamin Michael Kozemko

Connor Richard Young
Travis Richard and Candice

Dylan Scott Fox
Scott and Renee Fox of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Dylan Scott Fox, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lee Justice of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Williams of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fox of Marietta, Ga.

Layla Michelle Williams
Michael Williams and Rachel Lowry, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Layla Michelle Williams, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Randy Byrd of Hephzibah and Denise Williams of Augusta.

McKenna Grace Key
David

Devin Christopher Turner
Chris

Lauren Reid Hill
Daniel and Lisa Hill of Evans announce the birth of a

Seth William Stanley
Shawn Robert and Autumn Gayle Stanley of Augusta announce the b

Seth William Stanley

Mia Renee Paladino
Charlie Christina and Pa

Roderick Anthony Bowers Jr.

Austin Charles Pagerly
Brian Michael and Ca

Victoria Elizabeth Hill

Haley Michelle Mock
April L. Mock of Windsor announces the birth of a daughter, Haley Michelle Mock, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mock of Windsor and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Riet-Kerk.

Jordan Leigh Godwin

Tessa McKinley Barwick
Michael and Jessica Barwick of

Jack Edward Lombardo
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Nelida Elaine Marquez
Toribio Marquez and Miriam Ward, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Nelida Elaine Marquez, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gabriela Fonecca of Mexico, Jamie Ward of Martinez and the late Richard Ward.

Benjamin Michael Kozemko
John Michael and Susan Culbertson

Rebekah Raye Giddens
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Roderick Anthony Bowers Jr.
Roderick Bowers and Tekia Jackson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Roderick Anthony Bowers Jr., Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Jackson and Lois Bowers, both of Augusta.

Jordan Leigh Godwin
Allyson Leigh Godwin of Graniteville announces the birth of a daughter, Jordan Leigh Godwin, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are David and Brenda Tice of Graniteville.

McKenzie Ashworth Hitt
Mr. and M

Joseph Barrett Hagler
Steve and Alice Hagler of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Joseph Barrett Hagler, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James Myers and Pat Myers, both of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Gould B. Hagler of Augusta.

Victoria Elizabeth Hill
Mr. and Mrs. P

Rebekah Raye Giddens

Devin Christopher Turner

O'vanna Monyea Beckett

Tessa McKinley Barwick

Joseph Barrett Hagler

Dylan Scott Fox

Layla Michelle Williams

Connor Richard Young

Austin Charles Pagerly

Lauren Reid Hill

Mia Renee Paladino

Tiberius Alexander Baker

Jack Edward Lombardo

Nicholas Jamal Jonathan Lewis

McKenzie Ashworth Hitt

Kyle W. Jackson-Edwards

Taylor Danielle Bash

Nelida Elaine Marquez

Kyle W. Jackson-Edwards
John W. Jackson and Karen L. Edwar

Miss Tibet competition: no judges, few contestants
DHARMSALA, India -- The first Miss Tibet beauty contest is this week, and so far there is no money, no judges, and no public viewing or photography of the swimsuit competition.

Odds and ends
SURREY, British Columbia -- The Mounties got their men. What they had trouble getting was a sandwich.

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.

Chop flops again in the postseason

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.

Group weighs moving offices
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau will study whether to remain in its current leased spaces or purchase a building and consolidate, officials said Wednesday.

Business briefs

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.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The state posted its first monthly revenue increase in 15 months on Wednesday, but the governor's chief economic adviser called it a fluke of timing and methodology and said it does not indicate recovery.

Study says mill close threatens the region

Nobel economics award goes to two Americans

Off-the-course market gets on the right track

Chamber surpasses its fund-raising goals

Dow drops to five-year low
NEW YORK -- Prices on Wall Street tumbled Wednesday, as bearish brokerage reports for companies such as General Electric and General Motors prompted investors to dump stocks once again. The Dow Jones industrials fell 215 points to hit a five-year low.

14 companies win chamber awards
Fourteen companies were recognized for outstanding contributions to the Augusta economy during an awards breakfast Wednesday.

Nobel economics award goes to two Americans
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Two Americans won the Nobel prize for economics Wednesday for pioneering the use of psychological and experimental economics in decision-making. It was the third year in a row that Americans have taken the prize.

14 companies win chamber awards

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.

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

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.

Stocks higher on hopes that West Coast dispute will be resolved

Dow drops to five-year low

Group weighs moving offices

Groups win tourism marketing grants
Grants totaling $153,000 will be given to 16 area nonprofit groups to promote their tourism programs to out-of-town visitors.

Clemson looks to regroup against Virginia

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.

SEC notebook
Casey Clausen said Wednesday that he has nothing more than a bruised shoulder, refuting reports in Tennessee that indicated otherwise.

College football picks
Florida State at Miami on Saturday should be an easy pick: Miami, by a lot. On the surface, it makes sense.

College football picks

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.

SEC notebook

Legend speaks in Augusta

Paine tops preseason poll

Augustan qualifies for driving contest

Where are the debates?

Answering the critics

Bazaar twist

Yes, it's personal

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

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.

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.

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Male Asian elephants stop being romantic when a chemical kicks in after mating, biologists have found.

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.

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.

CBS, the WB doing well in prime-time television ratings
NEW YORK -- Two weeks into the new television season, the smiles are widest at CBS and the WB network.

Pink is in this year for cancer awareness
NEW YORK - Breast cancer affects the lives of so many women, either because they've been diagnosed with the disease, recently been tested for it or know someone who has it, which means the disease affects the lives of many shoppers.

Many health professionals find lots of work perks on the road
Steve and Delma Rigsbee of Calhoun, Ga., have the next couple of years all mapped out. They'll spend another month in northern California, they'll winter in Florida, then spend a few months in New England, Indiana and maybe Oklahoma.

In the know
Today is National Depression Screening Day. Held during Mental Illness Awareness Week, the screening day was created 12 years ago to increase the public's awareness of the mental diseases that affect many people but often go undiagnosed.

Trying to decide what to cook is a daily problem

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.

TNT lands cable rights to British Open

Conservative pays off in a 63 for Janzen in Vegas Classic

Chenault supports women membership at Augusta National
NEW YORK -- Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and chief executive of American Express, is the latest Augusta National Golf Club member to support the inclusion of female members.

Sorenstam goes for record, Lopez looks to go out in style
MOBILE, Ala. -- Annika Sorenstam will try to add to her impressive season and Nancy Lopez will say goodbye at the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Jaguars come out swinging

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.

Sorenstam goes for record, Lopez looks to go out in style

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.

Conservative pays off in a 63 for Janzen in Vegas Classic
LAS VEGAS -- Lee Janzen came into this gambling town resolving to play it safe. He followed his plan to perfection Wednesday in a 9-under 63 that tied him for the lead after the first round of the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.

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.

Garcia ready to defend Lancome Trophy title
SAINT NOM LA BRETECHE, France -- Sergio Garcia took a week off to unwind after Europe's Ryder Cup victory. Now the Spaniard is ready to defend his Lancome Trophy title.

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.

A sprint to the finish

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.

Sutton for Oakland Hills, but then whom?

Chenault supports women membership at Augusta National

Garcia ready to defend Lancome Trophy title

Long drive champion hurts but still hits

Campbell continues forward

Campbell continues forward
Lincoln County football coach Larry Campbell walked off the field at Commerce on Friday with his wife, Connie. They exited the soggy turf arm in arm,never looking back at the scoreboard.

Thrashers talking playoffs - again

Thrashers talking playoffs - again
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers believe they are ready to contend for a spot in the NHL playoffs. Come on, the scoring is more balanced, the defense improved, the goaltending in better hands.

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.

Vote Republican across the board

Walker far superior to Burns

DeLoach understands small-business

Graham is the 'taxpayers' champion'

Term limits, NCWO letter medley

Protests selective tax appraisals

Bell: New hope for teachers

Throw the bums out of office

TV report on GOP ad mostly false

What about getting bin Laden?

Don't wage Iraq war without plan

Ad misrepresents Chambliss' record

Gore editorial a 'grievous sin'

Practices in small-town legal systems seem unethical

CBS, the WB doing well in prime-time television ratings

Health calendar

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Pasta dish will have you feeling in the pink

Many health professionals find lots of work perks on the road

'Red Dragon' tops box office

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Pink is in this year for cancer awareness

In the know

Lynx training camp report

Roster moves due for Lynx

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

ECHL Predictions
Here are Rob Mueller's ECHL predictions.

ECHL Predictions

ECHL Previews

New beginning
One point. That was all that separated the Augusta Lynx from a fourth straight trip to the East Coast Hockey League playoffs and the right to call the 2001-02 season an unqualified success.

ECHL Previews
Here are previews of ECHL Southern and Northern Conference teams.

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The Lynx concluded training camp Wednesday with a two-hour practice that focused mostly on systems work in preparation for season-opening games Friday and Saturday against the Florida Everblades.

New beginning

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia

DOT considers worker incentives
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is considering whether to dangle additional incentives in front of its veteran engineers to convince many to postpone retirement.

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.

Marshals target junk cars
The steering wheel was missing, and the front seat was littered with car parts. It had "junk" written all over it.

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.

Rants and Raves
I GUESS ALL the decent people of Augusta won't be going to First Friday anymore since hooligans have taken over.

Report reveals cracks in SRS pipe

Man on trial in toe-fetish case

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 Georgia
VALDOSTA, Ga. -Lowndes High School officials have turned over a report about a doll lynching in the schoolyard to the FBI.

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

Teacher resigns after drug charge

Subscriber of the day

Leaders urge blacks to vote
More than 500 people attended a town hall meeting Wednesday night organized in an attempt to head off a voting debacle such as the ones that have plagued Florida.

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.

Debate remark angers Hall
State senatorial candidate Randy Hall has demanded an apology from his incumbent competitor, Charles Walker Sr., after Tuesday night's debate turned ugly inside a small south Augusta community center.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
CONWAY -Local investigators say they have not eliminated the parents of a missing 4-year-old girl as suspects in the child's disappearance, although no one has been charged in the case.

Witnesses say man boasted of race-riot slaying
YORK, Pa. - A white gang member gladly took credit for shooting a young black woman from South Carolina to death during York's 1969 race riots, two witnesses testified Wednesday in the trial of three white men, including the city's former mayor, accused in the slaying.

All show, all go
Ben Rogers (left) shows NASCAR driver Jeff Burton's Gain detergent-sponsored stock car to A.J. Parker during an employee appreciation day at Procter & Gamble Co.'s powdered laundry detergent plant in south Augusta. "I'm really into racing," Mr. Parker said. "And I really like this car."

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

Suspect says he defended himself

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.

New lottery gets brisk business across state
South Carolinians got 36 million new reasons to play the lottery Wednesday.

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.

Suspect says he defended himself
Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case today against Brian and Tammy Lonergan, who are charged with murder in the stabbing death of Joshua Hadden.

Aiken native leads revitalization

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Frances A. McWhorter of Augusta.

Debate remark angers Hall

News you can use
Oct. 10, 1953 Augusta municipal, civic and business leaders hold little hope that plans will be canceled for transfer of the Georgia Railroad accounting department from Augusta to Atlanta.

SRS restructuring leaves 47 without jobs
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.

Across Georgia

Leaders urge blacks to vote

Marshals target junk cars

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.

Filmmakers meet with Vietnam vets

Widow testifies in road rage slaying case

Across the area

Witness describes cheered shooting

First Friday gets scaled back

New lottery gets brisk business across state

Across South Carolina

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.

SRS lays off 47 workers

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

DOT considers worker incentives

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.

Defendant wins toe-fetish case
AIKEN - A Trenton, S.C., man who said most women would allow him to suck their toes was found innocent Wednesday of forcing himself on a woman's foot.

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.

Lake's eagle studies continue
Thurmond Lake will be the focus of continued research this fall and winter by scientists concerned about the deaths of 25 bald eagles along the reservoir's wooded peninsulas.

Across the area

Health care industry lacks workers
ATLANTA - Wanted: entry-level worker willing to put in exhaustive hours at all times of the day and night, including weekends.

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.

Witnesses say man boasted of race-riot slaying

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

SRS restructuring leaves 47 without jobs

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.

All show, all go

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

Walker blasts rivals as 'pathological liars'

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.

Defendant wins toe-fetish case

News you can use

Augusta woman recalls mob violence

Walker blamed for fund shortage

Augusta woman recalls mob violence
Cynthia Taylor will never forget the long, hot summer of 1969.

Hunter closes off city lands

Across the area
A 35-year-old Wadley, Ga. man has been charged with a second purse snatching in the Augusta area.

Teenager says boys hassled him, 1 took truck

Lake's eagle studies continue

Subscriber of the day

Health care industry lacks workers

Barnes continues to top money race
ATLANTA - As expected, Gov. Roy Barnes will have an enormous spending advantage over his Republican challenger in the final month before the Nov. 5 general election.

Trying to decide what to cook is a daily problem
The clock is ticking. It's nearly 11 a.m. My wife will be home at noon for lunch. It's my turn to fix lunch today. And I'm stumped.

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.

Data used to improve safety

Racing Facts - UAW-GM Quality 500

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.

Demanding season doesn't give drivers time to heal

Racing Facts - UAW-GM Quality 500
Here are facts about this weekend's UAW-GM Quality 500 race.

Spotlight on Brett Bodine
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Brett Bodine.

Demanding season doesn't give drivers time to heal
CONCORD, N.C. - The way the racing season is structured, drivers have to play hurt.

ARCA driver Martin killed in crash during practice

Data used to improve safety
CONCORD, N.C. - Gary Nelson has worked both sides of the law in the NASCAR garage area, and in more than 20 years of turning wrenches and busting cheaters, he figured he knew everything about a stock car.

ARCA driver Martin killed in crash during practice
CONCORD, N.C. -- A driver on the minor league ARCA series crashed into a wall Wednesday and seconds later was broad-sided by another car, killing him and injuring the other driver.

Spotlight on Brett Bodine

Paine tops preseason poll
Paine College is the preseason pick to win the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in a poll of the 11 men's basketball coaches in the league conducted this week.

Foster receives inaugural award
Dan Foster is convinced his Greenville, S.C., connections helped him win the inaugural Bobby Roberts lifetime achievement award Wednesday afternoon.

Legend speaks in Augusta
Gary Tuell was in a perfect seat to see basketball legend Dean Smith.

Johnson gears for rare start

Vick remains doubtful for Sunday start against Giants

Muhammad practices, brings hope he'll play Sunday for Panthers

Fantasy Football: Goal-line robbery must stop

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Mr. Willie Lybrand (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Calvin Robbins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Richardson (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Randall Jordan (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Takeila Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Kennedy (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Aaron Booker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. George Smiley (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Hardy (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Maddux Jr. (WAYCROSS, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Grant (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Lester Wiggins (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Frances Lunday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Bradley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Agnes Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gail Palmer (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Bell (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Maggie Maxwell (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Avis Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Ivey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Cokenour (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Steve Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Fillman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Don't wage Iraq war without plan
The Chronicle's Sept. 30 installment, "Veterans describe ailments," in your excellent series, "Gulf War Syndrome," includes a comment from Calvin Cooks who "frets that similar health problems will befall U.S. troops if there is another war with Iraq." Barbara Coleman, Augusta

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.

Practices in small-town legal systems seem unethical
I am appalled at how smaller towns in Georgia are allowed to have state judges and prosecutors who are continuing to be practicing attorneys, representing the same people in the town in which they live. L. McCray, Waynesboro, Ga.

Graham is the 'taxpayers' champion'
Does anyone think he is undertaxed? While many Democrats think so, U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., knows that most of us are severely overtaxed. Barbara Cole, Aiken, S.C.

DeLoach understands small-business
I would like to thank the Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government for endorsing state Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah, for re-election to House District 99. Jerry Bailey, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

TV report on GOP ad mostly false
On Sept. 24, WAGT-Channel 26 News did a story, "Ad Watch 2002" in which Augusta's NBC affiliate showed a Republican ad that made claims about the atrocious voting record of Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga. The report rated each of the ad's claims as true, mostly true or mostly false. Richard A. Arnold, Augusta

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

Protests selective tax appraisals
Regarding the selective taxation on real estate in Augusta: It was stated in The Chronicle that there are about 73,000 properties in Augusta and about 54,000 were reassessed for tax purposes. Irwin L. Hutchins, Augusta

Bazaar twist
In a Sept. 20 editorial entitled "Don't choke the party," this newspaper argued against stifling the party atmosphere surrounding the First Friday festival on Broad Street.

Ad misrepresents Chambliss' record
A political ad paid for by the Democratic Party of Georgia is blatantly false and misrepresents the voting record of U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who is running now for the U.S. Senate. Laura J. Corbitt, 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

Where are the debates?
Charles Walker Jr., Democratic candidate for Georgia's 12th District U.S. House seat, isn't living up to his nickname.

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

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

Forrest says chances for fight in Atlanta are good

Overtime

Qualifier Stevenson stuns Capriati at Filderstadt

Overtime

Donovan voted U.S. soccer Player of Year

Qualifier Stevenson stuns Capriati at Filderstadt
FILDERSTADT, Germany -- Top-seeded Jennifer Capriati lost to qualifier Alexandra Stevenson 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 Wednesday in a second-round match of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Overtime
A driver on the minor league Automobile Racing Club of America series crashed into a wall Wednesday and seconds later was broad-sided by another car, killing him and injuring the other driver.

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.

Overtime
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.

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

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."

Fantasy Football: Goal-line robbery must stop
Fantasy team owners, it's time to make a stand.

Johnson gears for rare start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As he prepares for his first start since December of 2000, Doug Johnson has a lot at stake.

Muhammad practices, brings hope he'll play Sunday for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Muhsin Muhammad practiced Wednesday, bringing hope that the former Pro Bowl receiver will breathe some life into the Carolina Panthers' sluggish offense.

Vick remains doubtful for Sunday start against Giants
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick skipped practice Wednesday and remained doubtful for the game against the New York Giants.

Analyzing proteins leads to Nobel Prize in chemistry
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- American, Japanese and Swiss scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for developing methods of identifying and analyzing large biological molecules, such as proteins.

Computer errors might be caused by the user
Personal computing is still the saga of annoying problems, but not all of them are caused by the hardware or software. Sometimes they're caused by you.

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.

Madden still on top in NFL titles
Do you feel that the pro sports seasons overlap too much?

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.

Fred Gibson: Basketball player trapped in a football body
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fred Gibson can run and jump like Randy Moss. He would prefer to be the next Michael Jordan.

A Fine Line
ATHENS, Ga. - Two months ago, when Georgia football coach Mark Richt was listing his biggest concerns for the season, he began with the defensive line.

Fred Gibson: Basketball player trapped in a football body

Georgia looking for edge at home

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 in prime position to break title drought

A Fine Line

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

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.

Miss Tibet competition: no judges, few contestants

Odds and ends

Nobel physics prize won for astronomy research

Computer errors might be caused by the user

Madden still on top in NFL titles

Research panel: lie detectors too inaccurate for national security use

Analyzing proteins leads to Nobel Prize in chemistry

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