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.

Anaheim Angels overcome the 'California curse'

How the Giants and Angels compare

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

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?

How the Giants and Angels compare
A look at the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels going into the World Series, starting Saturday night at Edison Field:

Aiden Trent O'Neill
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Summer Michelle Hayes

Amy Lynn Tornow

Selena Marie Hall

Brandon Russell Thies
Russell and Julie Thies of Evans announce the birth of a son, Brandon Russell Thies, Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Brown of Evans.

Natalie Rose Plantamura

Evin Jael Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Lee of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Evin Jael Lee, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lee of Harlem, Mildred Mack Richardson of Bowman, S.C., and the late Fred C. Mack.

Stephen Craig Alexander

Brandon Russell Thies

Kaeciana LeAsia Reid

Harrison Thomas and Lillian Virginia Giles

Kaleigh Marie Herron
Josh H

Kaeciana LeAsia Reid
Kevin

Summer Michelle Hayes
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Madelyn Grace Byars

Taylor Marie Hawes
Jason S. and

Stephen Craig Alexander
Craig

Selena Marie Hall
Eric Allen and Gerlinde Brigitte Hall of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Selena Marie Hall, Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carroll R. Hall of Bethel, Ohio.

Sanchez R.J. McKie

Harrison Thomas and Lillian Virginia Giles
David and Diann Giles of Grovet

Evin Jael Lee

Caiden Spencer and Colton Lanier Curtis
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny R. Curtis of Grovetown annou

Kerstin Mackenzie Newman

Madelyn Grace Byars
Gregory and Alicia Byars of Clarks Hill, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Grace Byars, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pete Robinson and Smith and Mary Byars, all of North Augusta.

Elizabeth Renee Brown
Joshua Brown and Amy Ledbetter

Chrystian Joseph Wolski
Christopher

Teresa Maria Rowan

Ansley Grace Willis
Robbie and Beth Wi

Natalie Rose Plantamura
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Plantamura of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Rose Plantamura, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Laby and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Plantamura, all of Martinez.

Kai DaKarai Welcher
Kwesi Welcher Sr. and Leticious Welcher of G

Kerstin Mackenzie Newman
Courtney M. Newman of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Kerstin Mackenzie Newman, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Keith Jones of Augusta.

Kolby Wilson Tucker
Kenneth and Kelly Tucke

Sanchez R.J. McKie
Noland M. McKie and Casina L. N

Brayden Redding Tripp
Ryan and M

Kashanti Chinyah Jones
Kendrecus and Chiffon Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Kashanti Chinyah Jones, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gerald and Tina Williams and Curtis and Cheryl Jones, all of Augusta.

Amy Lynn Tornow
Carlan and Pat Tornow

Kaleigh Marie Herron

Jacob Maddox Thigpen
Robert and Traci T

Jasmine Nicole Mullins

Brayden Redding Tripp

Taylor Marie Hawes

Jacob Maddox Thigpen

Teresa Maria Rowan

Caiden Spencer and Colton Lanier Curtis

Chrystian Joseph Wolski

Kolby Wilson Tucker

Ansley Grace Willis

Kashanti Chinyah Jones

Aiden Trent O'Neill

Kai DaKarai Welcher

Elizabeth Renee Brown

Jasmine Nicole Mullins
Jeremy and Jen

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
NEW BERLIN, Wis. -- Many New Berlin residents were left scratching their heads when they found out they were living in the second-richest city in the state.

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

Why are these fish so smart?
CHICAGO -- A school of fish is going to fish school. Several fish species at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium are enrolled in an underwater academy where trainers are teaching them to live together in a new $47 million addition, set to open in April.

Yost to interview for Brewers job
MILWAUKEE -- Ned Yost, a member of the Milwaukee Brewers' 1982 American League championship team, wants the chance to return Brew Town to its former glory.

Eatery aims to draw sports fans to coop
Between the all-you-can-eat wing night and a 10-foot TV screen, owners of a new restaurant in west Augusta are hoping to lure weekend football fans off their couches.

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 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.

Business briefs
CHICAGO - Motorola Inc. shares plummeted more than 21 percent to a new 10-year low Wednesday after the cell phone and semiconductor maker scaled back its sales and earnings guidance for both the fourth quarter and 2003, citing weakened demand.

Campaign has anti-plastic platform

Dell dude is staying put in computer commercials
Despite the rumors, Dell Computer pitchman "Steven" - "Dude, yer gettin' a Dell!" - is going to be around for more Dell commercials, says the actor's agent.

Range of jobs grows for disabled workers

Board blocks hunts in park
No shots will be fired on a 1,700-acre corporate park owned by the Richmond County Development Authority, even though the authority's chairman - state Sen. Charles Walker - signed a letter earlier this summer authorizing a south Augusta man to hunt on the property's undeveloped portion.

Government offering savings bonds with bank debit cards

Business briefs

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.

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.

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.

Stocks surge Tuesday on earnings

Business briefs

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

Businesses trim inventories in August

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.

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

ACC notebook
Thursday night football games present a certain measure of trouble for teams and coaches.

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.

ACC notebook

SEC notebook
Georgia tailback Musa Smith returned to practice Wednesday and is "very probable" to play in Saturday's game against Vanderbilt, coach Mark Richt said.

SEC notebook

College football picks
Notre Dame's offense needs to wake up. If not, the Fighting Irish might run out of luck when they visit No. 18 Air Force on Saturday night.

SEC notebook
Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson has all the answers when it comes to stopping Georgia - well, maybe just two of them.

SEC notebook

College football picks

Hero and the bully

A dynamic future?

A surprise acceptance

A cynical vote

Paradise lost in Bali

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.

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.

CBS tops networks in ratings
CBS topped the Nielsen ratings for the week of Oct. 7 through Sunday, the first time in 10 years the network has won the first three weeks of a new television season.

Capsules
Women and their doctors are now getting some help making the complicated decisions about hormone therapy.

Dr. Phil's tough love taking over
NEW YORK - A 17-year-old runaway and her mother were on national television, with talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw urging honest communication to heal their rift.

In the know
If you spend your lunch hour at the salon getting a pedicure, Glogover Hosiery has found a way to make the visit more efficient.

Flowers, spice in fall's fragrance harvest
NEW YORK -- The fragrances for fall are complex - just like the women and men who are targeted to wear them. The final products are blends of fresh florals, exotic spices and smells from everyday life, such as grass and even cotton.

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.

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

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.

Maryland tries to avoid 0-2 start in ACC
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A year ago, Maryland used a rousing victory over Georgia Tech to gain momentum on its way to winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Familiar offense is failing Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is searching for a cure to what ails the Yellow Jackets' inconsistent offense.

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 defense tries to shake off loss

Familiar offense is failing Jackets

Maryland tries to avoid 0-2 start in ACC

Jackets focus on fundamentals of passing game

Conquering new worlds isn't really a bad thing

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.

Woods thinks Masters debate deserves a private meeting

Back to work in the land of vacation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods hopped out of his cart and walked briskly to the first tee on the Magnolia course, dew still covering the grass.

A short reminder for long hitters

Langer leaning toward Ryder Cup candidacy

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.

Group plans to pressure PGA Tour sponsors as part of push for women

Back to work in the land of vacation

Woods thinks Masters debate deserves a private meeting
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Without taking sides or offering to be the mediator, Tiger Woods said the best way to resolve the membership debate at Augusta National is to hash it out in private.

Group plans to pressure PGA Tour sponsors as part of push for women
The group spearheading the drive to get women admitted at Augusta National Golf Club may soon begin targeting sponsors of PGA Tour events to put more pressure on club leaders.

Tiger's foundation involved in new event
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The PGA Tour is working on a new tournament held over Labor Day weekend that could involve the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Thursday game at Dreher has Rebels on edge

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.

Penguins hold off Thrashers
PITTSBURGH - Mario Lemieux set up three goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, getting a big lift from the NHL's crackdown on obstruction, won their third straight by beating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

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.

Penguins hold off Thrashers

Former Flyers player alleges he was pressured to play hurt

Chrysler will build van plant near Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- DaimlerChrysler will build a $700 million van plant in coastal Georgia in one of the biggest economic development deals in state history, The Associated Press has learned.

NCWO badly serves women's rights

Golf-club men wimp out to women

Towles has superior qualifications

Community brightens tragic time

Williams has attitude to be mayor

Democrat should learn from young writer

China is as dangerous as Iraq

Towles supports public education

Football weight limit unfair to kids

Dreams of time when education is not parents' nightmare

Voters: Stop feeding the maggots

Why can't we get what we pay for?

McIntyre can take Augusta forward again

In the know

Shrimp and grits take on even more Southern flavor

Flowers, spice in fall's fragrance harvest

In the know

Health calendar

Small portions

Dr. Phil's tough love taking over

CBS tops networks in ratings

Capsules

Faulkner will stick around

Renegades force Lynx to wake up

Faulkner will stick around
The original plan for rookie goalie Geoff Faulkner was to play for the Augusta Lynx on Tuesday, then join the Macon Trax of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League for their season opener today.

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.

Witness recalls night of stabbing

U.S. attorney investigates Barnes

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.

Meth lab cleanup leads to 2 arrests

News you can use

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.

MCG receives $12 million
It could be a new superstar researcher or newly renovated laboratories. It could also become a new Cancer Research Center and possibly a top-tier state cancer facility.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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.

Aiken hears downtown concerns

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

Across the area

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.

Across the area
A Warrenville man was stabbed and robbed in his home Thursday morning by a visitor, police said.

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

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.

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.

Annual event brings food, fun, rides to Aiken County

Officials search for man gone for month
Richmond County authorities are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a South Carolina man whose vehicle was found abandoned a month ago at an Augusta grocery store.

Hope floats
Paraplegic Larry Eaton, of Fayetteville, Ga., floats in the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta pool with diver Jack Gilson, of the Department of Labor (left), and Handicapped Scuba Association dive instructor Kim Baird, of Peachtree Dive Shop in Fayetteville.

News you can use
Oct. 17, 1995 Boral Industries Inc. announced yesterday it has acquired Isenhour Brick and Tile and has moved the headquarters of subsidiary Boral Bricks Inc. from Augusta to Atlanta.

On the campaign trail

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Gov. Roy Barnes on Wednesday accused U.S. Attorney Rick Thompson of playing politics by investigating his connections to a state senator.

Witness recalls night of stabbing
No one saw Jacqueline Key stab a Waynesboro, Ga., man 11 months ago, but a jury must decide this week whether it was self-defense or murder.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The cleanup fund for the Barnwell low-level nuclear waste dump should not be available to make up state budget shortfalls, the Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council said Wednesday.

Fort reactivates technical unit
In a rainy, early-morning ceremony Wednesday at Barton Field, Fort Gordon officials reactivated the 518th Tactical Installation and Network Company.

Rants and Raves
LINDA SCHRENKO has shown her true colors. The sad thing is she claims to be a Republican but is really right next to Clinton.

Burns, Walker report finances
ATLANTA - Financially, the race for Georgia's new 12th Congressional District seat remains competitive.

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

Rants and Raves
LINDA SCHRENKO has shown her true colors. The sad thing is she claims to be a Republican but is really right next to Clinton.

Inmate transition center opens after long struggle
State budget cuts delayed the opening of a $2.5 million halfway home for soon-to-be-paroled prisoners for 10 months, but on Wednesday the Georgia Department of Corrections announced the grand opening of the Augusta Transitional Center on downtown's Taylor Street.

Judge says teen can face execution
A judge chose not to break new legal ground Wednesday when he ruled that prosecutors could seek the death penalty for a teenager accused of murder.

Annual event brings food, fun, rides to Aiken County
AIKEN - Every year, the fair comes to town and people get to do things they won't likely do for the rest of the year.

Canal works get clearer

Aiken hears downtown concerns
AIKEN - Ruth Collins, along with her two neighbors on Hampton Avenue, sat Wednesday at the city's Old Aiken Master Plan open house and discussed traffic problems with city planners.

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.

County discovers bogus checks
Columbia County investigators, with assistance from the FBI and the Secret Service, will try to determine where the bogus checks originated and who wrote them.

County discovers bogus checks

Meth lab cleanup leads to 2 arrests
Police say two men picked the worst possible place to clean up their meth lab - right in front of a marked patrol car.

Parents warned to watch children

Lawyers' bickering leads to trial delay

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.

Testimony wraps up in race riot trial

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.

Officials search for man gone for month

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

Subscriber of the day

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.

Across South Carolina

Inmate transition center opens after long struggle

Fort reactivates technical unit

Judge says teen can face execution

Parents warned to watch children
Jasper Cooke's e-mail message to Augusta State University students gave warning: If you leave a young child unattended on campus, public safety officers will take legal action.

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.

Burns, Walker report finances

Two men face charges in burglary scheme

Correction

Budget squeezes North Augusta

Hope floats

News you can use

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.

What's the meal?

Campaigns set spending record

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.

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.

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.

Family farm is just for fun

Area couple misses Bali bombing
An hour and a half might have separated a North Augusta couple from a car bombing that killed hundreds near a Bali nightclub.

Across the area

Testimony wraps up in race riot trial
YORK, Pa. -- Jurors took a rain-soaked tour Wednesday of the site where a black South Carolina woman was shot to death during York's 1969 race riots, while a defense attorney for one of three white men accused of her murder said he will ask that the jury be given the option of considering a lesser charge.

Student skills receive focus

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mattie Roberts of Augusta.

Subscriber of the day

Renovations rejuvenate historic island homes
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - Nature has slowly reclaimed Dungeness, the grandest of four mansions built on Cumberland Island, since arsonists set fire to the 59-room replica of a Scottish castle in 1959.

Dreams of a dancer

Correction
The fruit drink and potato chips on the lunch tray of a Grovetown Elementary School kindergartner whose photo was published in Wednesday's editions

Former Maryland officer offers theories on sniper

Lawyers' bickering leads to trial delay
AIKEN - Attorneys seeking a new trial for a Williston man convicted of killing his father and his father's girlfriend attacked the work of one of their defense colleagues in court Wednesday.

Officers declare shooting a hoax

U.S. justice plans Evans visit
A member of the U.S. Supreme Court will give the dedication speech next month at the new Columbia County Courthouse Annex in Evans.

Across Georgia

On the campaign trail
Gov. Roy Barnes is greeted by AFL-CIO members Wednesday during the AFL-CIO labor convention at Sheraton Augusta Hotel. Mr. Barnes was in Augusta to address the group.

System to focus on older students

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.

Conquering new worlds isn't really a bad thing
It amazes me that some people foam at the mouth whenever the topic turns to Columbus Day. They choose to regard its observance as the next thing to barbarism instead of a chapter heading in history books.

NASCAR notebook
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jamie McMurray is scheduled to receive four awards during the pre-race show Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway. He, however, will accept the additional bounty of his stunning victory last week as a civilian.

Racing facts - Old Dominion 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Old Dominion 500 race.

Racing facts - Old Dominion 500

Spotlight on Jamie McMurray
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray.

Spotlight on Jamie McMurray

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR is new experience for Fittipaldi

NASCAR is new experience for Fittipaldi
HAMPTON, Ga. - Christian Fittipaldi didn't expect a lot of support and understanding from his comrades on the CART FedEx Series when he told them he was leaving for a better deal.

Fantasy Football: Players fall short of expectations

Weinke taking it one game at a time

Shoulder feels better, Vick proclaims himself ready to start

Falcons notebook

Dunn asks coaches to utilize him more

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NataLeigh Nelson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Daniel Clark    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Taylor    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Chinn Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Cadle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hugh Gresham    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mable Stacy    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Hardin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Taylor    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Alfred McNair    (SOTO, Texas)
Mr. Sammie Hall    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Rico Gray    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Mildred Rawls Taylor
Aiken County's last known "real daughter" of the Confederacy will be laid to rest today following a 2 p.m. funeral at Warrenville Methodist Church.

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Mrs. Lennie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mr. Louis Dean Poteet Sr.
Louis Dean Poteet Sr. was the youngest of 13 children and grew up on a family farm where fishing and hunting were a part of life's daily routine.

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Mr. Rico Gray (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Mary Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Horace Brown (KLINE, S.C.)

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

Featured obituary: Mrs. Mildred Rawls Taylor

Mrs. Wanda Schmitt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Deanna Bezonia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Louis Dean Poteet Sr.

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

Mr. Herbert Cadle (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lennie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Smith (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Hugh Gresham (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Percy Spears (FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Lennie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Evelyn Hardin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Holder (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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?

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.

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.

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?

Community brightens tragic time
We cannot thank everyone in this community personally, because we don't know all of you. After the tragic death of our beautiful granddaughter, Morgan Beverly, on Sept. 25, many people offered up prayers and music requests on the local Christian music stations and even made donations in her memory during the station's support fund-raiser. David and Diana Morris and family, Pat and Bob Beverly and family Grovetown, Ga.

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

Why can't we get what we pay for?
Our elected officials enjoy the best health-care packages that our tax dollars can buy. Denial of those same benefits to their constituency is hypocrisy of the highest order. Amanda Lang, Augusta

Voters: Stop feeding the maggots
This November we have a chance to bring America back to what it was meant to be. We must stop feeding the maggots. Clyde Hoots, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

CSRA greenway would be tool for economic development
IMAGINE MORE than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails linking three counties, two states, numerous historical sites and a myriad of educational facilities. Consider the tourism dollars a regional trail system rivaling any in the southeastern United States would bring into our community.

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.

Football weight limit unfair to kids
I am writing about the football weight limit for 11- and 12-year-old boys in Columbia County. The limit is 140 pounds and although this sounds like a lot to some people for an 11 or 12-year-old boy to weigh, think about this: these boys are 5 feet 4 inches or 5 feet 5 inches tall. Children grow and mature differently. Should they be punished for this? Kathy F. Sparks, Appling, Ga.

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

Hero and the bully
The best and the worst of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department were highlighted in Tuesday's Metro section. Deputy Anthony Consiglio was one of only seven Georgia public safety professionals to receive one the state's highest honors, the Act of Heroism Award.

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

A surprise acceptance
In figuring out who to invite to keynote the official dedication on Nov. 20 of Columbia County's new Justice Center and Courthouse Annex in Evans, someone thought why not go for the brass ring - and invite a U.S. Supreme Court justice?

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.

Paradise lost in Bali
Americans, preoccupied with the Beltway sniper, Iraqi war resolutions, a struggling economy, and midterm elections in a few weeks, didn't take too much notice of last weekend's deadly explosions on the island paradise of Bali, but they should have.

China is as dangerous as Iraq
I am very concerned about the Bush administration sounding the war drums. They say that President Saddam Hussein must be removed from leadership in Iraq because he possesses weapons of mass destruction that might be used against other nations. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Golf-club men wimp out to women
I am a woman, a mother and a grandmother. I consider myself to be a non-militant feminist. When members of Augusta National Golf Club stood their ground against the National Council on Women's Organizations, I was proud of them. This is a private club, founded by men for men and they have every right to keep it that way. Peggie White, Edgefield, S.C.

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.

Overtime

Qualifier upsets Safin

Overtime

Roddick loses; Paradorn upsets Henman

Overtime
Ned Yost, a member of the Atlanta's coaching staff the past 12 years and a player on Milwaukee's 1982 AL championship team, became the fourth candidate to interview for the Brewers' vacant mana-gerial job Wednesday.

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.

Galaxy quietly heads off to two title games
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Galaxy held their final practice Wednesday before heading off to play for not one, but two championships.

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.

Roddick loses; Paradorn upsets Henman
MADRID, Spain -- Andy Roddick was eliminated from the Madrid Masters in the second round, losing to unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday.

Terry not at Panthers practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Chris Terry was missing from practice Wednesday, and coach John Fox had no idea of the right tackle's whereabouts.

Weinke taking it one game at a time
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Weinke is back as Carolina's starting quarterback, refusing to think about anything but the Atlanta Falcons.

Shoulder feels better, Vick proclaims himself ready to start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons proved they could win without Michael Vick. He doesn't want them to make a habit of it.

Fantasy Football: Players fall short of expectations
The halfway point for most fantasy leagues is almost upon us and with it brings a few realizations.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick declared himself ready to start after taking most of the snaps with the No. 1 offense in practice Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Georgia can see potential

MCG seeks premature-ejaculation treatment
Viagra became a wildly popular impotence treatment almost by accident, when researchers testing a heart drug noticed it produced unusual side effects in men.

AOL drops pop-up ads
WASHINGTON -- Pop-up advertising from outside merchants will disappear from America Online as the company attempts to regain the affections of its 35 million subscribers by minimizing the annoying screens.

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.

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

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.

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.

Bulldogs back battles injury

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.

Wynn is hitting stride

Special teams carry Georgia through one close game after another

Wynn is hitting stride
ATHENS, Ga. - Shedrick Wynn might have been the only member of Georgia's football team who wasn't looking forward to the start of this season.

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.

Special teams carry Georgia through one close game after another
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's offense continues to struggle, but the No. 5 Bulldogs are pulling out victories thanks to a practically automatic place-kicker, a shifty punt returner and a knack for turning around games with blocked kicks.

Dawgs still evaluating Musa Smith's neck injury

Shockley makes his return to practice

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.

Robinson's play provides stability for Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - For the record, Dunta Robinson says his name is pronounced DON-tay. Not DOON-tuh, not DONE-tah and not DONE-tay.

Robinson's play provides stability for Gamecocks

New arena means USC has season tickets to sell

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.

Odds and ends

Parents billed for tacos instead of tuition

Odds and Ends

Why are these fish so smart?

Duct tape effective for removing warts

Are redheads harder to knock out before surgery?

AOL drops pop-up ads

Study suggests dietary supplement may slow Parkinson's

MCG seeks premature-ejaculation treatment