Giants advance to World Series
SAN FRANCISCO -- At long last, Barry Bonds will get his chance.

Giants advance to World Series

The Bonds dilemma - pitch to him or not to pitch to him

Anaheim Angels overcome the 'California curse'

Walker: Managerial mess-ups mark postseason

Anaheim Angels overcome the 'California curse'
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- They were the team that couldn't win, the team that's cursed, the team that choked just one strike away.

The Bonds dilemma - pitch to him or not to pitch to him
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Everywhere the Anaheim Angels go, the question is the same: Pitch to Barry Bonds or walk him?

Walker: Managerial mess-ups mark postseason
SAN FRANCISCO -- Stick with a starting pitcher too long in May, it might cost the manager a game.

Misleading campaign commercials sour election

Parents billed for tacos instead of tuition
Kids in college? Got your taco bill yet? Big charges from Taco Bell showed up on the credit-card statements of some parents whose children attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Odds and ends
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If you've seen a skunk - or smelled one - in the last five years, Florida wants to know.

Campaign has anti-plastic platform

Authority reissues P&G bond
Helping Procter & Gamble Co. save on its county tax bill was a major factor in persuading the company to remain in Augusta, officials said Tuesday.

Campaign has anti-plastic platform
People seeking help from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service in Augusta come from all walks of life and all parts of town, but they all have one thing in common - credit card debt.

Government offering savings bonds with bank debit cards
WASHINGTON -- The government is offering people another way to buy inflation-indexed savings bonds over the Internet: They'll now have the option of debiting a bank account to pay for the bonds.

Stocks rise modestly following last week's big rally
NEW YORK -- Investors traded cautiously Monday, managing to give the market a third straight day of gains despite a weekend bomb attack in Indonesia that spooked overseas markets.

Metro Atlanta pushes into more counties

Range of jobs grows for disabled workers

Government offering savings bonds with bank debit cards

Metro Atlanta pushes into more counties
ATLANTA - The economic influence of metro Atlanta is still growing.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Uneasy about economic recovery, businesses trimmed their stockpiles of unsold goods in August for the first time in four months.

Listeria threat prompts meat recall
PHILADELPHIA - Poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride is recalling 27.4 million pounds of cooked sandwich meat after warnings of possible contamination from listeria - the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

Range of jobs grows for disabled workers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Like most company vice presidents, James A. Kutsch works daily on computers, gets faxes and e-mails, and does a lot of business over the phone.

Sales are so good, it's scary
Jack-o'-lanterns now have something to grin about.

Businesses trim inventories in August
WASHINGTON -- U.S. companies, trying to cope with the uneven economic recovery, trimmed their stockpiles of unsold goods in August, the first reduction in four months.

Listeria threat prompts meat recall

Stocks surge Tuesday on earnings
NEW YORK -- Powered by a batch of surprisingly good earnings reports, stocks barreled higher Tuesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 300 points and back above 8,000. In a fourth day of rallying, the Dow bounced back about 900 points.

Stocks surge Tuesday on earnings

Stocks rise modestly following last week's big rally

Businesses trim inventories in August

Business briefs

Sales are so good, it's scary

Clemson looks to bounce back after back-to-back losses
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson cornerback Brian Mance was walking through campus two days after his team's latest defeat. His head was held high, but his brain was working double time to figure it all out the Tigers' problems.

Clemson looks to bounce back after back-to-back losses

Surgery to keep Johnson off ankle more than two months

Surgery to keep Johnson off ankle more than two months
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson first baseman Michael Johnson needed surgery after dislocating his right ankle and will need up to 10 weeks to recover.

Auburn's fortunes downhill since beating No. 1 Gators

Auburn's fortunes downhill since beating No. 1 Gators
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn brought down the nation's No. 1 team, and the goal posts, too. Daniel Cobb leapt from obscurity to hero and Damon Duval launched another big kick.

A cynical vote

Never give in

It's your information

As real as it gets

A dynamic future?

Small portions
Children will love making spooky Halloween stuff, especially if they can eat it afterward. That's the idea behind the free brochure from the makers of Jelly Belly jelly beans and Goelitz Confections.

International standards not always followed
GENEVA -- What's in a screw? Well, there's ISO 272, ISO 4757, ISO 7721. And that's just for starters.

In the know
There is a way for children to decorate Halloween pumpkins without making a mess: they can do it online.

'Red Dragon' remain No. 1 movie
LOS ANGELES -- Hannibal Lecter stood out in a crowd of new movies.

Petty's new album has a message
NEW YORK - Cue the first few cuts on the new Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album and you may wonder why they're still making music.

Common ground makes small talk easy
Polish your shoes and get those gowns out of the back of the closet - the party season is upon us.

Senior 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 Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

In the know
Would-be singers hoping to follow in the footsteps of American Idol Kelly Clarkson will have their chance soon.

Shrimp and grits take on even more Southern flavor
The Morris Museum of Art, the Sunday afternoon stomping ground for me andmy artsy 9-year-old daughter, is offering Augustans a glimpse of Charleston, S.C., art with an exhibit that opens Thursday.

Georgia Tech defense tries to shake off loss
ATLANTA -- Statistically speaking, Georgia Tech's defense is better than it's been in years, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in points allowed and holding opponents to 324 yards a game.

Jackets focus on fundamentals of passing game
ATLANTA - With 10 days in between games, Georgia Tech had time to get back to the basics.

Georgia Tech braces for second game against Friedgen
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey doesn't know Ralph Friedgen as well as most of his players, but Gailey did bump into the Maryland coach several times during the summer.

Jackets focus on fundamentals of passing game

Georgia Tech defense tries to shake off loss

Georgia Tech braces for second game against Friedgen

Langer leaning toward Ryder Cup candidacy
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Unless Europe changes it selection process, Bernhard Langer is "seriously considering" a bid to become the next Ryder Cup captain.

A short reminder for long hitters
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The driving range on the Magnolia Course at Disney World could have been a day-care center Tuesday morning.

Coca-Cola signs on, keeps tournament in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- East Lake Golf Club will become the primary host of the Tour Championship through a marketing deal with Coca-Cola that makes it the presenting sponsor of the PGA Tour's season-ending event.

A short reminder for long hitters

Coca-Cola signs on, keeps tournament in Atlanta

Langer leaning toward Ryder Cup candidacy

Thomson linebacker signs with Georgia

Thursday game at Dreher has Rebels on edge

High on the hogs

High on the hogs
Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick can talk about their technique and he can discuss the holes they open for the offense, but he those topics are never broached.

Thomson linebacker signs with Georgia
There was little doubt the University of Georgia was interested in luring Thomson linebacker Danny Verdun into becoming the a Bulldog.

Thursday game at Dreher has Rebels on edge
Strom Thurmond coach Dusty Triplett isn't worried about whether his team will be prepared to play against Dreher in a rare Thursday night game. He's more concerned about the weather.

Charlotte Checkers forfeit win to Greenville for use of ineligible player

Former Flyers player alleges he was pressured to play hurt
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A former Philadelphia Flyers' defenseman testified Tuesday that he was pressured to play in a 1998 playoff series while injured, aggravating a broken foot that prematurely ended his 18-year NHL career.

Former Flyers player alleges he was pressured to play hurt

Charlotte Checkers forfeit win to Greenville for use of ineligible player
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League forfeited a win for using an ineligible player.

Misleading campaign commercials sour election
I was at a campaign event the other day and overheard one candidate whisper to another, "You ready for all this to be over?"

Williams has attitude to be mayor

DeLoach responsive to community

Many Augusta properties need clean-up

DeLoach represents, cares for constituents

NCWO badly serves women's rights

Questions city's sale of riverfront land without bids

Charges judge's rulings are not in children's interests

McIntyre can take Augusta forward again

Don't let few ruin First Friday for all

Towles supports public education

Dreams of time when education is not parents' nightmare

Williams will have positive impact

Democrat should learn from young writer

Towles has superior qualifications

'Red Dragon' remain No. 1 movie

Common ground makes small talk easy

Petty's new album has a message

Shrimp and grits take on even more Southern flavor

In the know

Small portions

International standards not always followed

In the know

Lynx GameNight

Yetman making strides
Patrick Yetman holds up his thumb and index finger to show how close he was to opening the season in the American Hockey League.

Renegades force Lynx to wake up
They held a one-goal lead for two periods, but the Augusta Lynx were just going through the motions, seemingly moving in slow motion.

Lynx GameNight
Richmond Renegades at Augusta Lynx.

Yetman making strides

Renegades force Lynx to wake up

News you can use
OCT. 15, 1980 Augusta officials have approved the sale of land along the Savannah River between 13th and 15th streets for a 54-unit condominium complex at its appraised value of $132,000 but attached several conditions to the sale.

Deputy fired for striking teen

Council debates NAACP proposal

System to focus on older students

Race riot trial painful for victim's family
YORK, Pa. -- From the time Lillie Belle Allen was born on Christmas Day 1941, the daughter of a preacher, relatives were not surprised to see her grow into an independent woman who watched over her seven brothers and sisters and raised her two children alone.

News you can use

Driver shot in struggle with carjacker in Aiken
AIKEN - After being attacked by a gunman, an Aiken floral deliveryman told police he took on his attacker, becoming wounded in the process and forcing the shooter to flee.

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Campaigns set spending record

News you can use

Officers declare shooting a hoax

Across the area
Two Aiken County teens have been charged with passing counterfeit money at an Augusta flea market during the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Canal works get clearer

State gives hero medal
The Richmond County sheriff's deputy who stopped a vicious dog attack from turning deadly has been given the state's Act of Heroism award.

What's the meal?

Campaigns set spending record
ATLANTA - The race for the U.S. Senate between Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Max Cleland has become the most expensive congressional campaign in Georgia history, according to figures released Tuesday by the candidates.

Dreams of a dancer

Augusta airport lands Continental Express

Subscriber of the day

Race riot trial painful for victim's family

U.S. attorney investigates Barnes

Across Georgia

Two men face charges in burglary scheme

Council debates NAACP proposal
The NAACP's proposal to add a fifth seat to the Aiken City Council had a mix reception from council members Monday night.

Student skills receive focus

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS -Students from Houston County's four high schools are hoping a petition with 5,000 signatures will persuade the school board to lift a ban on shorts.

Across the area

Ballpark dirt moved to landfill
After months of discussions over who is responsible for 60 truckloads of contaminated soil hauled to an Augusta Little League park, contractors are moving most of the debris-laced dirt to the Richmond County landfill.

System to focus on older students
The University System of Georgia is bursting at the seams with students this fall, including a record enrollment at Augusta State University. And Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith is looking for more.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Leilani A. Usry of North Augusta.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rant. Had they not announced a couple of months ago that drinking on the streets is legal, First Friday would have been how it's always been, a peaceful event. They wanted more people to show up, and that sure did the trick. They brought it upon themselves.

A Tasteful Evening
Bill Hatcher, the vice president of marketing and sales for Duplin Winery, pours a glass of wine and discusses it with Jennifer Parrott (left) and Michelle Orr at A Taste of Wine & Art.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Three Savannah city officials, on a goodwill mission to Indonesia, have decided to remain in the country despite the weekend bombing at a Bali nightclub that killed more than 180 people.

Augusta airport lands Continental Express
Beginning in March, it could conceivably take less than three hours to get from Tobacco Road to Times Square.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Carp could be eating the hydrilla in Lake Murray by spring, state wildlife officials say.

A Tasteful Evening

Across the area
Vehicular homicide charges were filed Tuesday against an Augusta man whose passenger died the day before in an alleged drunken-driving accident, police said.

Commission OKs tax increase

U.S. attorney investigates Barnes
ATLANTA - The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed three open-records requests to determine whether Gov. Roy Barnes influenced the special prosecutor who dismissed felony charges against state Sen. Van Streat, D-Nicholls.

Across the southeast

Pastor receives disputed funding
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has paid Antioch Ministries Inc. part of the money the ministries' leader, the Rev. K.B. Martin, said was being withheld because he endorsed state Sen. Charles Walker's Republican opponent, Randy Hall.

Hawk rescue unites pupils

Budget squeezes North Augusta
The city of North Augusta won't have the revenue in 2003 to support requests from its various departments, according to a draft of next year's budget.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bernard J. Mulherin of Augusta.

Fund-raiser showcases art, wines

News you can use
OCT. 16, 1954 Harold Hill, 23, a suspect in the death of an Augusta grocer, was arrested yesterday by FBI agents and detectives when he walked into a "trap" in downtown Jackson, Miss. He waived extradition and agreed to return to Georgia, authorities report.

Greek participation going strong at UGA

Officers declare shooting a hoax
An Aiken floral deliveryman will face charges of falsely reporting a carjacking and shooting.

Commission OKs tax increase
A tentative schedule has property tax bills being mailed out by Oct. 25, with a payment deadline of Dec. 31.

Former Maryland officer offers theories on sniper
It's been more than 20 years since Columbia County Chief Deputy Lou Ciamillo worked in Montgomery County, Md.

Fund-raiser showcases art, wines
The Aiken Center for the Arts was elbow to elbow Monday night with patrons sipping vino, dining on fine food and browsing donated art that was offered up in a silent auction.

Family farm is just for fun
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - As Mike and Clarinda Streetman walk through their nontraditional farm in Oconee County, they pass a number of peacocks, guineas and llamas - probably not a group of animals farmers from years past would have considered as belonging in a legitimate agricultural enterprise.

Correction
A story about vehicles with high mileage in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified the company where Chad Graham works. He is employed at Augusta Auto Clinic. Davison's Auto Service closed in May.

Two men face charges in burglary scheme
A man who police say posed as a utility worker to break into apartment complexes is one of two Augusta men suspected in a string of 15 burglaries at west Augusta apartments.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Some South Carolina school districts might begin allowing limited cellular phone use by pupils.

Correction
An article about Edgefield County Hospital in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information about reimbursement for indigent care costs. The hospital doesn't receive reimbursement specifically for the $3 million in indigent care it provides each year. It is reimbursed for 50 percent of the $12 million a year it provides in services, which include indigent care.

Rants and Raves
I COULDN'T LET International Newspaper Carrier Day go by without a rave for our carrier, Betty Soper, who has delivered our paper to Montclair in west August promptly for many years.

Dreams of a dancer
A ballet student does toe stands at Crosby School of Dance in Aiken to prepare for tryouts for new members and apprentices for the Aiken Civic Ballet Company.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rant. Had they not announced a couple of months ago that drinking on the streets is legal, First Friday would have been how it's always been, a peaceful event. They wanted more people to show up, and that sure did the trick. They brought it upon themselves.

Defendants stay quiet at riot trial
YORK, Pa. - The city's former mayor and two other men declined to testify Tuesday in their own defense in a murder trial for the 1969 slaying of a young black woman during race riots.

Former Maryland officer offers theories on sniper

What's the meal?
The votes are in and school nutrition managers said the winner is unanimous.

Deputy fired for striking teen
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength has fired a deputy for using excessive force on a teenager in the hours after First Friday festivities.

Student skills receive focus
AIKEN - South Carolina Department of Education testing officials gathered ideas Tuesday night on what skills high school graduates need to know.

Across the southeast
ENFIELD, N.C. -A truck slammed into a slow-moving line of cars in a construction zone Monday on Interstate 95, injuring nine people, six of them critically, police said.

Canal works get clearer
Visitors who must peek through tiny knotholes to see the ancient machinery inside the Augusta Canal headgates building will have a better view of the iron apparatus next year.

Greek participation going strong at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - Jarrett Horne woke at 6 a.m., donned an outfit she had bought for the third round of rush and received the list of sororities to which she had been invited back.

Correction

Hawk rescue unites pupils
Cory Wells could hear his teacher calling. But he wasn't moving.

Across the area

Budget squeezes North Augusta

Rants and Raves
I COULDN'T LET International Newspaper Carrier Day go by without a rave for our carrier, Betty Soper, who has delivered our paper to Montclair in west August promptly for many years.

Family farm is just for fun

Georgia can see potential
ATHENS, Ga. - Amid the giddiness and elation of the Third Annual Stripping of the Tennessee Mystique, there was a quiet moment Saturday in Sanford Stadium that was representative of Georgia's new perspective.

Jaques Lazier tests car for first time since April injury
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jaques Lazier, who broke his back during the IRL Firestone Indy 255 in April, tested his Team Menard race car over the weekend and said he can't wait to resume his career next season.

Jaques Lazier tests car for first time since April injury

No. 40 team proves skeptics wrong

No. 40 team proves skeptics wrong
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The victory party was bittersweet for Chip Ganassi's Racing team.

Monday Night Football: 49ers top Seahawks

Dunn asks coaches to utilize him more

William Hawkins    (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Taylor    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. James McKie Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Wanda Schmitt    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sammie Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucille Reaves    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. L.D. Poteet    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Ellie Phelps-Finch    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Lennie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice Penland    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Chinn Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pee-Wee Peacon    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Halloran III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Zeh    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Henrietta Andrews    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Milledge    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Rosa Bing    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Wanda Schmitt    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Miss Barbara Calcutt    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Young    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Grace Dickey    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marzie Bryant    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Clark    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Sammie Hall    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Dea. Melvin Thornton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Agnes Fryer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gerald McMillan    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Dunkley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lennie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Dunkley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Genevieve Henderson    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Burt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Heaney    (PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.)
Mr. Herbert Cadle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Alice Penland (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald McMillan (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lennie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Dunkley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lennie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Clark (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Pee-Wee Peacon (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Fryer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Milledge (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Genevieve Henderson (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Chinn Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wanda Schmitt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James McKie Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Zeh (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Wanda Schmitt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Young (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Heaney (PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.)

Mr. Thomas Halloran III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ellie Phelps-Finch (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Reaves (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Taylor (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Barbara Calcutt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

William Hawkins (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)

Mrs. Marzie Bryant (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Harris: Can Sept. 11 attack be explained by Al Qaida's fantasy ideology?
IN THE YEAR since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, we have tried to put that terrible day into perspective. Were the assaults on New York and Washington similar to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Was this just the first of many attacks? Or is something else going on - something that defies our traditional understanding of aggression?

A cynical vote
The most surprising thing about the Augusta Commission's 8-2 vote Monday to raise taxes $6 million is that Andy Cheek voted against it. Although the southside commissioner isn't up for re-election until next year, he must be feeling the heat already.

Towles has superior qualifications
I received a taxpayer alert in my newspaper box today, left by someone supporting Reb Sutherland for the Aiken County Board of Education. The letter had terrible grammar, which scares me, considering the job Ms. Sutherland is soliciting. Gregg Gregory, Beech Island, S.C.

Many Augusta properties need clean-up
Five out of seven days, I walk approximately two miles per day in an area from Bungalow Road to Lumpkin Road in south Augusta. Bo Connally, Augusta

McIntyre can take Augusta forward again
In regard to Robbie Golden's letter on Sept. 23, "Only God can forgive McIntyre," God does forgive and so must we. We have to forgive our fellow man in order to make it to the kingdom. Yes, Ed McIntyre has my vote. He has been Augusta's best mayor. Plus, we were moving forward under Mr. McIntyre's leadership. Annie McCorkle, Augusta

Questions city's sale of riverfront land without bids
It's business as usual in Augusta. I read with great interest the article about the city selling land on the riverfront. They mentioned taking bids from the real estate community. My question is, what real estate community? John Capes, Augusta

Dreams of time when education is not parents' nightmare
I'm deeply concerned about the direction our country is going regarding, the children's education. I preface this by saying hats off to today's teachers, who seem caught in the middle of unreasonable federal and state demands and their own desires to teach kids instead of programming them to pass cookie-cutter exams. Donna Moore Wesby, Aiken, S.C.

A dynamic future?
Many months of hard work and two successful "Continental Challenge" fund-raisers paid off for Augusta-Aiken area civic, business and government leaders Monday when the airline made it official: Starting in March, Continental Express will run two daily jet flights each out of Augusta Regional Airport to Newark, N.J., gateway to New York City, and to Houston, Texas.

It's your information
Candidates don't like learning about them. Readers eat them up. Voters need to know them.

Don't let few ruin First Friday for all
We can unequivocally say there is a new event in town. It is "The Post Party" that occurs every First Friday of the month at approximately 11 p.m., after art lovers are safely home. Pat Warren, Augusta

Towles supports public education
On her Web site, Reb Sutherland, candidate for Aiken County School Board District 2, has the following quotes in an article entitled "Fixing public schools": "Is the public school system broken? Of course not. The public schools system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is socializing your children to socialist standards which match those of China, Russia and all other socialist countries. ... What is the solution? Immediately remove every child from the public education system. Demand that elected representatives do the job of representing you. Tell them to completely dismantle the public education system..." Dorolyn Zimmerman, Jackson, S.C.

Williams will have positive impact
Leadership is all about the ability to set goals and get things accomplished. Augusta is the second largest metropolitan area in the state, yet we have little to show for it. We need a mayor who realizes the true condition the city is in and who has the vision required to put Augusta into forward motion. Earnest McPeake, Evans, Ga.

Williams has attitude to be mayor
Augusta is in need of effective political leadership. We need a mayor, who can be a voice of reason and be able to get along with the commissioners. The lack of cohesion is one of the reasons our city is progressing and developing at a snail's pace. The problem will only be resolved when we get better, more positive leadership. Allen Isdell Sr., Augusta

DeLoach represents, cares for constituents
On Nov. 5, I am encouraging all registered voters in District 99 to support and vote to re-elect state Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah. Sheila C. Nelson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Democrat should learn from young writer
Whether you agree with her or not, it was refreshing to read such a succinct and well-formed opinion from Brittny Hopkins on Oct. 5 ("Bush doing his best to run country"). I find it even more amazing that she is only 13. Alan Sanders, Martinez, Ga.

DeLoach responsive to community
World War II veterans of Battery A, 214th Coast Artillery (AA) Georgia Army National Guard voted at their recent meeting to erect a flagpole near their monument on the 500th block of Greene Street. Pete L. Tjovaras, Augusta

NCWO badly serves women's rights
Regarding the Sept. 29 Metro Chronicle news story, "Some Augusta members seeking compromise with women's groups": Sunday L. Stewart, Augusta

As real as it gets
It's been a surreal couple of weeks in the greater Washington, D.C., area. With a sniper lurking who knows where, filling your car up with gas has become a potentially life-threatening procedure.

Harris: Can Sept. 11 attack be explained by Al Qaida's fantasy ideology?
IN THE YEAR since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, we have tried to put that terrible day into perspective. Were the assaults on New York and Washington similar to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Was this just the first of many attacks? Or is something else going on - something that defies our traditional understanding of aggression?

Never give in
Even though sports involve "only games," they can provide great lessons for life in general.

Charges judge's rulings are not in children's interests
We Americans pride ourselves in having achieved a relatively open society, yet we allow certain court proceedings to be withheld from public scrutiny. I'm not referring to proceedings where security is an issue. My concern involves child custody and visitation privileges. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

Nieminen, Gonzalez early winners as Spain's biggest tournament begins

Overtime

Overtime

Qualifier upsets Safin

Nieminen, Gonzalez early winners as Spain's biggest tournament begins
MADRID, Spain -- Argentina's Agustin Calleri beat American James Blake 6-4, 6-2 Monday at the inaugural Tennis Masters Madrid.

Overtime
East Lake Golf Club will become the primary host of the Tour Championship through a marketing deal with Coca-Cola that makes it the presenting sponsor of the PGA Tour's season-ending event.

Overtime
Augusta State's Leah Hart shot a final-round 4-under-par 67 in the Lady Pirate Fall Intercollegiate to win her second medalist title in six days.

Qualifier upsets Safin
MADRID, Spain -- Qualifier Agustin Calleri stunned third-seeded Marat Safin 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) Tuesday night in the second round of the inaugural Tennis Masters Madrid.

Monday Night Football: 49ers top Seahawks
SEATTLE -- Terrell Owens demonstrated to the Seattle Seahawks why the San Francisco 49ers so often have owned the NFC West.

Dunn asks coaches to utilize him more
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn hears his critics, and the $28.5 million running back wants to make something clear.

Cornerback returns from suspension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Ray Buchanan returned to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, ending a four-game suspension the NFL imposed after he tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Peete to have knee surgery, Cooper out for season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete needs surgery on his knee and will be sidelined at least three weeks, putting Chris Weinke back in the starting lineup.

Georgia can see potential

Duct tape effective for removing warts
CHICAGO -- Duct tape, the all-purpose household fix-it with hundreds of uses, can also remove warts.

Study: Hyperactive children, teens have smaller brains
CHICAGO -- Hyperactive children and teens have slightly smaller brains than those without the disorder, a study shows.

Are redheads harder to knock out before surgery?
WASHINGTON -- The genetic quirk that makes red hair red may also make carrot-tops harder to knock out - in the operating room, that is.

'Mafia' video game is a hit
Tommy Angelo was just minding his own business, a low-key taxi driver trying to make ends meet. Then he made a fateful decision: After stumbling into the throes of a mob war, he joined the Don Salieri crime family.

Study suggests dietary supplement may slow Parkinson's
CHICAGO -- A small but promising study found that an over-the-counter dietary supplement may slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.

Dawgs still evaluating Musa Smith's neck injury

Shockley makes his return to practice
ATHENS, Ga. - D.J. Shockley returned to practice Tuesday, but when he returns to a game has yet to be determined.

Dawgs still evaluating Musa Smith's neck injury
ATHENS, Ga. -- Undefeated and sitting atop the Southeastern Conference, No. 5 Georgia is dealing with some troubling news: Leading rusher Musa Smith has a neck injury, and the Bulldogs aren't quite sure how serious it is.

Bulldogs back battles injury
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia tailback Musa Smith is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt after suffering a neck injury in last week's victory over Tennessee.

Bulldogs back battles injury

Shockley makes his return to practice

Bad start not a sign of season
COLUMBIA - His players began the season talking seriously about a Southeastern Conference title.

New arena means USC has season tickets to sell

Bad start not a sign of season

Gamecocks on the rise after shaky start
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's path had gone far too smoothly the past two years for coach Lou Holtz to face problems so early in the season.

New arena means USC has season tickets to sell
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's move to a new 18,000-seat arena means fans will have their first chance to buy men's basketball season tickets in more than a decade, athletic officials say.

Odom wants Gamecocks to move past the past
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom doesn't want his team stuck in the past, no matter how well the Gamecocks played to end the season.

Odom wants Gamecocks to move past the past

Gamecocks on the rise after shaky start

Area courses offer bargains to golfers
It's been 20 years since Doug Hathaway belonged to a golf club. A consummate public golfer, Hathaway would rather play the 15 public and semiprivate clubs in the Augusta area than tee it up regularly at one course.

Artist's corner
Moses McGruder, 17, is a senior at T.W. Josey High School. He wrote Me as a reflection of some problems he was going through last year. He says the poem delivers a message of individuality and self-love.

Your style
THE FACTS: Avrion Smith, 16, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County.

Xtreme calendar
New CDs in stores include Cry, the fifth studio album from county music megastar Faith Hill; and 10 from old-school rapper L.L. Cool J.

School challenges students
CNC? TSA? HOSA? CAD? No, you haven't wandered into some top-secret government facility. This is A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

Question of the week

Girl risks a friendship if she reveals feelings
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm having a problem deciding if I should tell my best friend that I have feelings

Forcing P.E. on students won't make them stay fit

Obesity is a growing problem for teens idled by technology
Sixteen-year-old Dana Leaf is fighting the battle of the bulge.

Colin Powell's book inspiring
The title may turn you off, but give this book a chance.

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Forcing P.E. on students won't make them stay fit
As I reflect on my freshman year, many memories come to mind. The challenge of high school, the cute but unattainable senior guys. Oh, and yes, the sweaty smell of gym socks.

Talk to us
Were you tired of your parents' rules? Did your parents kick you out of your home? Did you move to a friend's house and sleep on the couch? We need your help.

Audio best

Your style

Colin Powell's book inspiring

Girl risks a friendship if she reveals feelings

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

Artist's corner

Question of the week
How often do you exercise?

Xtreme calendar

Parents billed for tacos instead of tuition

Odds and ends

Study: Hyperactive children, teens have smaller brains

'Mafia' video game is a hit

Study suggests dietary supplement may slow Parkinson's

Duct tape effective for removing warts

Are redheads harder to knock out before surgery?

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