Angels celebrate, Giants wonder 'What if?'

Angels' Glaus MVP

Giants' manager, key players might leave
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dusty Baker walked out of the visitors' clubhouse at Edison Field carrying his 3 1/2 -year-old boy, both father and son uncertain of their baseball futures.

Litke: Bonds leaves precious little wiggle room
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Like or loathe him, there is no more debating whether Barry Bonds ranks among the best of all time, only where. After a World Series performance like no other, history has precious little wiggle room left.

Rookie wins Game 7 for Angels

Angels win World Series
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- This is definitely movie material - and the stars are the never-say-die Anaheim Angels.

Giants' manager, key players might leave

Angels' Glaus MVP
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus can stop throwing his equipment now.

Angels celebrate, Giants wonder 'What if?'
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Barry Bonds probably wanted to cry, too.

Litke: Bonds leaves precious little wiggle room

Angels win World Series

Rookie wins Game 7 for Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- John Lackey looked nothing like a rookie, pitching with poise from the moment he walked to the mound.

Carving a pumpkin requires at least four hands

Billiards banned as morally harmful pastime
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Bakhrom Sadykov forlornly fingers the black-and-gold scoreboards at his once-bustling billiard club, where the sharp crack of balls hitting one another has gone silent.

Odds and Ends
PIERRE, S.D. -- The dog didn't eat Bob Sahr's homework, but it did something close.

Atlanta's Yost tapped as Milwaukee manager
ATLANTA - The managerial roulette wheel is spinning and Atlanta Braves third base coach Ned Yost has landed in Milwaukee.

Cell phone extras can be costly

Plant plans are in debate

Enhanced funds haven't been so enhanced

Business briefs
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - Kellogg Co.'s profit climbed 35.4 percent in the third quarter, narrowly beating Wall Street expectations despite a 2.3 percent decline in sales.

Cell phone extras can be costly
Q. When I went to shop for a cell phone, the sales assistant kept guiding me toward models that cost close to $200. With so many mobile phones available for really low prices - even for free when rebates are factored in - is it worth spending more on the feature-laden models?

Enhanced funds haven't been so enhanced
NEW YORK - It sounds like a great idea - taking an index fund and managing it more actively to improve its returns. But most investors haven't been tempted by enhanced index funds - which haven't lived up to their billing anyhow.

Plant plans are in debate
POOLER, Ga. - Recent hoopla about a bonanza-bearing van plant coming to Chatham County omitted a two-letter word: if.

Stocks fall on profit-taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Monday, its second decline in three sessions, as investors succumbed to profit-taking in the absence of significant earnings news.

Parents plot their holiday shopping strategies

Stocks fall on profit-taking

Work on auto mall begins

Work on auto mall begins
A Columbia County shopping center has begun its transformation into a $25 million auto mall.

Business briefs

Parents plot their holiday shopping strategies
NEW YORK - The annual scramble for the holiday season's hottest toys could be especially ugly this year because of labor trouble on the West Coast docks.

Experts say look closely at savings
NEW YORK - With the stock market down for a third straight year, many American workers have stopped opening the statements they get for their retirement savings accounts. They're just too depressing.

Clemson hopes new attitude, buildings bring victories

Clemson hopes new attitude, buildings bring victories
CLEMSON, S.C. -- In about the only part of campus not filled with football fans heading to Death Valley, Clemson guard Edward Scott dribbles the ball slowly at the top of the key of the team's new practice gym and sets up the Tigers offense.

Irish move up two spots

Miami holds off Notre Dame for second in BCS standings

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in college football:

Miami holds off Notre Dame for second in BCS standings
Notre Dame moved a lot closer to national title territory.

Monday morning quarterback

Irish move up two spots
Notre Dame rose two spots to No. 4 in The Associated Press Top 25 and got its first No. 1 vote since 1997.

Hall: hope, for a change

Believe in Goessling

Norwood, for sure

Daschle's delay

'The West Wing' is still a show to be reckoned with
LOS ANGELES -- Three consecutive best-drama Emmys. A prestigious Peabody Award. One of TV's most affluent audiences. All that, and "The West Wing" still must account for losing viewers to "The Bachelor."

Networks dress things up for sweeps week
November sweeps begins early this year, starting on Halloween. How appropriate. Networks always encounter cruel tricks (a highly promoted miniseries that tanks in the ratings) and surprise treats (a huge tune-in for last year's Carol Burnett special on CBS) in sweeps.

Many parents-to-be opt for alternative births
By the time Chris Wieberdink was ready to deliver her sixth child, she knew exactly what she wanted.

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
Pursuers of trivia will have a field day at www.funtrivia.com. There are more than 500 animal-related quizzes to choose from, with varying levels of difficulty. Among the titles: Angelfish True or False, Oh Rats! and Dog Acronyms. And, for those who can tell their Romuluses from their Remuses: Feral Children in Legend, Literature - and Life.

Madmen of 'Jackass' take crown as box-office leaders
LOS ANGELES -- "Jackass" has pulled its craziest stunt yet, debuting in first place at the box office.

Georgia Tech comes through in must-win situation
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's season was teetering on the brink of collapse. Now, at least, there's some hope.

Georgia Tech comes through in must-win situation

Jaguars' Hart gets picture

Jaguars' Hart gets picture
Growing up in Toowoomba, Australia, Leah Hart had a vision of how Augusta looked in her mind.

Pak wins Nine Bridges Classic by six strokes

An early wedding present for Byrd
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- If the Buick Challenge trophy isn't enough to help Jonathan Byrd remember his first PGA Tour victory, he can look at the bruise his errant tee shot left on his fiancee's back.

LPGA sets date for Asahi Ryokuken date

An early wedding present for Byrd

Denmark's Tinning wins Madrid Open

Pak wins Nine Bridges Classic by six strokes
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea -- Se Ri Pak struggled more with the pressure of playing in her homeland than she did with the cold and windy conditions at the Nine Bridges Classic.

LPGA sets date for Asahi Ryokuken date
Tournament director Steve Storm finally has the date he wants for the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Denmark's Tinning wins Madrid Open
MADRID, Spain -- Denmark's Steen Tinning offset four bogeys with eight birdies and shot a 4-under-par 67 Sunday for a one-stoke victory at the Madrid Open.

Women's group: Finchem should discuss Augusta National inclusion
The leader of a drive to open Augusta National Golf Club to female members wants PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem to address the issue this week in his state of the tour speech.

Carving a pumpkin requires at least four hands
Want to make an 8-year-old happy?

Democrats ask for too much aid

Blacks not the only sharecroppers

First Friday should and must continue, despite problems

Walker has beaten the system

Demos say one thing, do another

Sutherland will represent taxpayers on Aiken Co. school board

Gov. Barnes' education reform has failed the teachers

Sutherland has needed education experience to serve on board

Bush won office fair and square

'Chronicle' coverage validates injustice

Should candidates run unopposed?

Why Christian-schooling kids is OK

Networks dress things up for sweeps week

Madmen of '[filtered word]' take crown as box-office leaders

Senior calendar

In the know

'The West Wing' is still a show to be reckoned with

Many parents-to-be opt for alternative births

Stancil, Taylor spar over education

Miller vouches for Cleland during debate
ATLANTA - Although Georgia's senior senator is the one up for re-election, much of the discussion Sunday focused on its junior senator in a debate between Max Cleland and Saxby Chambliss.

Activists will attend nuclear meeting
Public input will be accepted tonight on the potential environmental impact a new nuclear trigger plant would have on the Savannah River Site. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at the North Augusta Community Center, with the meeting starting at 7.

Correction

Hopefuls aim to build name recognition

News you can use

Event draws enthusiasts stuck on stamps

Ruben compares city to business

Gold Cross ends free service
City officials and Augusta's primary ambulance contractor - Rural/Metro Ambulance - learned Monday afternoon that Gold Cross Ambulance, had canceled its goodwill contract with the city to provide backup emergency medical service for Richmond County.

Jury convicts man in arson, murder case

Correction
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Reb Sutherland, a candidate for District 2 of the Aiken County school board, does not support the use of public school vouchers.

Activists will attend nuclear meeting

Democrat keeps his hopes up

Council leaning toward 4 plan

SLED disputes crime numbers
COLUMBIA - An FBI report says the crime rate in South Carolina has declined 8 percent last year, but State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart says the report is based on estimates, not hard numbers.

Gold Cross ends free service

Sites weighed for research park

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rant for those in the consolidated government who allow the county landfill to fire shotgun blanks all weekend in an attempt to scare off the seagulls. Those birds are natural scavengers and any health hazard they pose is minuscule compared to the nuisance being created to scare them off. Would this action continue if the mayor or any of the commissioners lived within earshot of the landfill? Not a chance.

Miller vouches for Cleland during debate

Democrat keeps his hopes up
AIKEN - Don't count out the donkey.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -For the second consecutive year, the number of traffic deaths on South Carolina roads declined last year, AAA Carolinas says.

Across the southeast
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -The North Carolina beauty queen who resigned after topless photos of her surfaced has been selected to represent the United States in the Miss World pageant.

Horsing Around
AIKEN - The Aiken Center for the Arts and United Way of Aiken County are collaborating on a plan they say will get more children involved with arts and raise big money for the city.

Election is more than test of 2 men
Whether it's Republican Max Burns or Democrat Charles "Champ" Walker Jr., the first man to represent the 12th Congressional District seems certain to draw national attention.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sherrie Wiegers of Martinez.

Event draws enthusiasts stuck on stamps
Leonard Syphrit has been collecting stamps since he was 8.

Troubled teen's case points to justice system's failures

Hopefuls aim to build name recognition
AIKEN - State House District 86, the largest district geographically in Aiken County, stretches from Lexington County to the Savannah River.

Hopefuls fill out application
COLUMBIA - There's no "help wanted" sign hanging at the governor's office, but Gov. Jim Hodges and Mark Sanford have taken the time to fill out a standard state job application.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rant for those in the consolidated government who allow the county landfill to fire shotgun blanks all weekend in an attempt to scare off the seagulls. Those birds are natural scavengers and any health hazard they pose is minuscule compared to the nuisance being created to scare them off. Would this action continue if the mayor or any of the commissioners lived within earshot of the landfill? Not a chance.

High school warns parents of threat

Aiken council will debate districting
AIKEN - City council's discussions on redistricting will go behind closed doors tonight.

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -The candidates for governor keep looking outside of South Carolina for sizable campaign donations.

Across the area

Across Georgia
State regulators get money from close by

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a rave to the custodian staff of the Richmond County school system. I walk through the halls of many of our schools and departments and have seen how clean they are. They need a pat on the back.

Across the area
An Augusta 13-year-old was being held at the Richmond County Youth Detention Center on Sunday, charged with having sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl.

Across Georgia

Challengers say it's time for a change

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rant for those in the consolidated government who allow the county landfill to fire shotgun blanks all weekend in an attempt to scare off the seagulls. Those birds are natural scavengers and any health hazard they pose is minuscule compared to the nuisance being created to scare them off. Would this action continue if the mayor or any of the commissioners lived within earshot of the landfill? Not a chance.

Hopeful stresses strengths
Slimmed down and seemingly slower, former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre doesn't much look the part of the formidable opponent in this year's mayoral race.

Across the area
A Waynesboro, Ga., man killed himself in a Columbia County parking lot Monday as federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrived to talk with him, authorities said.

News you can use
OCT. 28, 1944 A Halloween party for the soldiers of this area will be held at the Telfair Street USO tonight at 8 o'clock.

Superintendent hopefuls argue schools' shortfalls
ATLANTA - It may not be the three R's, but candidates for state school superintendent say reducing class size, offsetting a teacher shortage and creating a respectful relationship with legislators are the things needed to raise morale among educators and boost the state's lackluster test scores.

Police charge worker in fraud

Barnes backs ethics reform
Gov. Roy Barnes says it's time for ethics reform in Georgia politics, including a no-gifts policy and full disclosure of legislators' assets and tax returns.

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia counties don't have to track Hispanic populations between census years to make sure their jury pools are diverse, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in a 6-1 decision Monday.

Troubled teen's case points to justice system's failures
MACON, Ga. - Mike Luke was at his apartment one Friday morning in August, getting dressed for a job interview, when the phone rang. His wife, Donna, answered. He saw her turn pale.

High school warns parents of threat
Lakeside High School administrators sent letters home Monday to notify parents that a student at the school has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

History hunter tracks graveyards
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Once home to one-third of Georgia's population, Wilkes County has its share of stately farmhouses, chimney ruins and forgotten graveyards.

News you can use
OCT. 29, 1940 Plans for a construction program costing about $35,000 to provide housing facilities for anticipated personnel increases at the Augusta Arsenal were revealed last night.

Sites weighed for research park
First they need a spot somewhere close to the Medical College of Georgia that has two to four acres. Then they have to figure out a way to buy it. Then they can bring in the tenant companies.

Jury convicts man in arson, murder case
Edith Ann Haynes' nephews smiled and nodded at the jurors who sat in judgment of Michael W. Bryant Jr. on Monday evening and convicted him of murder.

Jockeying for position
Jockeying for position Jockey David Bentley (left) guides Star Tide to victory over Northern Thinking, ridden by Arch Kingsley, during the Regions Bank Holiday Cup at the Aiken Fall Steeplechase on Saturday.

Police charge worker in fraud
Customers who charged gas or goods at an Evans gas station might want to check their monthly credit card statement, authorities said Monday, because an employee has been accused of using the numbers.

Jockeying for position

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Marcia Corbin of Martinez.

Taylor aspires to be big guy behind Barnes
ATHENS, Ga. - At Brown's Barber Shop, a down-home spot on the edge of the college community's trendy downtown, they all know The Big Guy.

Aiken council will debate districting

Stancil, Taylor spar over education
ATLANTA - With the state suffering from a weakened economy and SAT scores falling from 49th to 50th in the nation, candidates in the lieutenant governor's race found little to agree on Sunday night as they ripped into each other on everything from education to transportation.

Taylor aspires to be big guy behind Barnes

Horsing Around

Across Georgia

Barnes backs ethics reform

News you can use

Stancil has kept his eye on budgets
ATLANTA - From childhood visits to his father's diaper factory in rural Ball Ground to his adult career as a real estate appraiser, Steve Stancil had always been a student of the bottom line.

Hopeful stresses strengths

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a rave to the custodian staff of the Richmond County school system. I walk through the halls of many of our schools and departments and have seen how clean they are. They need a pat on the back.

History hunter tracks graveyards

Ruben compares city to business
When Bonnie Ruben rolled out of bed the final day of mayoral qualifying in August, she still hadn't settled on whether her name would be on general election ballots.

Across the area

Flag issue, SAT scores haunt Barnes in debate
ATLANTA - His decision to push to change the state flag followed Gov. Roy Barnes into a gubernatorial debate Sunday, where Republican challenger Sonny Perdue insisted that Georgians should have been allowed to vote on whether the Confederate symbol should be all but eliminated.

Hopefuls fill out application

Sites weighed for research park

Council leaning toward 4 plan
AIKEN - The Aiken City Council voted to stay with its current four-district plan late Monday night, despite objections from the Aiken NAACP.

Officials debate brutality

Superintendent hopefuls argue schools' shortfalls

Stancil has kept his eye on budgets

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Flag issue, SAT scores haunt Barnes in debate

Accusations fly in District 12 debate
Candidates for Georgia's 12th U.S. Congressional District challenged one another to run a clean, issues-based campaign but neither could go more than a few minutes without attacking his opponent at a Monday night TV debate.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rant for those in the consolidated government who allow the county landfill to fire shotgun blanks all weekend in an attempt to scare off the seagulls. Those birds are natural scavengers and any health hazard they pose is minuscule compared to the nuisance being created to scare them off. Would this action continue if the mayor or any of the commissioners lived within earshot of the landfill? Not a chance.

Officials debate brutality
Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams says he receives far too many complaints from residents accusing Richmond County sheriff's deputies of police brutality.

Challengers say it's time for a change
ALBANY, Ga. - Tommy Irvin's opponents say he has been Georgia's agriculture commissioner too long, but Mr. Irvin says his 33 years' experience are more vital than ever.

Formula One prohibits teams from determining finishing order
LONDON -- Formula One instituted a series of rules changes to make the sport more competitive, including barring teams from telling their drivers to finish in a certain order.

Rookie wins rainy, accident-filled Surfers Paradise race

Formula One prohibits teams from determining finishing order

Formula One crisis meeting must find way to cut costs, return spectacle
LONDON -- Formula One officials are ready to take drastic steps to restore competition to the series and cut soaring costs.

Formula One crisis meeting must find way to cut costs, return spectacle

Stewart's actions, words speak
HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart made a statement, literally and figuratively, during Sunday's NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Medical update keeps Marlin out of car
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sterling Marlin's bid at an early return from a fractured vertebra in his neck ended Monday when doctors recommended he not get back in the No. 40 Dodge until next season.

Another Busch series
HAMPTON, Ga. - The only thing Kurt Busch couldn't outrun Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway was rain.

Rookie wins rainy, accident-filled Surfers Paradise race
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia -- Rookie Mario Dominguez won the rain-shortened Honda Indy 300 Sunday, which started with a major crash that sent two drivers to the hospital.

Stewart's actions, words speak

Another Busch series

Medical update keeps Marlin out of car

Falcons release WR Jackson

Pensacola basks in Emmitt Smith's football milestone

Smith passes Payton as NFL's career rushing leader

Field goal lifts Falcons

Falcons release receiver Jackson

Bucs top Panthers

Defense keeps Brooks, out of their rhythm

Vick leads Falcons to last-second win

Monday Night Football: Eagles defeat Giants

Vick says sprained thumb won't sideline him

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Mrs. Gladys Redd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie McMichael    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Ferko    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Yvonne McNair    (FAIR PLAY, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Burn    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Moore    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Barrera    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Patricia Neville    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Rev. Charles Ray    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Loretta Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Rooks    (METTER, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacqueline Goss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Deacon Henry Scott    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Ms. Hazel Davis    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. William Dye    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Cathy Ferko
Lakeside High School is mourning the loss of beloved Spanish teacher Cathy Ferko, who died Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer.

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Mrs. Hattie Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Best    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eva Riley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Screws    (CLAXTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Sondra Nelson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Should candidates run unopposed?
Since Democrats said it was unfair for Republican candidate Douglas Forrester to run for New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat without an opponent and now that the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to reverse the state Supreme Court decision to let another Democrat take Robert Torricelli's place, I suggest Forrester remove his name from the ballot also. Billy Cooper, North Augusta, S.C.

Democrats ask for too much aid
What does it take for Democrats to understand that conservatives assist the "downtrodden"? We simply prefer to do it with our money, from our pockets. And, if it's not too much to ask, we like to do it close to home, close to our churches, etc. David Sam, North Augusta, S.C.

Norwood, for sure
Some people you vote for because you agree with their politics and the issues they raise. Some people you vote for because of the excellence of their constituent service. Some people you vote for because they have strong personal qualities you admire - honesty, integrity, courage - even if you don't particularly subscribe to their politics. And sometimes you vote for a person because he or she strikes you as a genuine, engaging person - someone you'd like to invite home for dinner to meet the spouse and kids.

Daschle's delay
We breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Beltway sniper suspects were nabbed.

First Friday should and must continue, despite problems
The problems with First Friday didn't arise until a few months ago when it became known it was OK to drink alcohol in the streets. They wanted more people to show up, and that sure did the trick. Karen Conover, Augusta

Hall: hope, for a change
There is an unmistakable buzz in Augusta, and even elsewhere in Georgia, that the heretofore unbeatable state Sen. Charles Walker has suddenly become very beatable.

Believe in Goessling
In the race for Georgia attorney general, it would be awfully tempting to make the case against incumbent Thurbert Baker, whose office was inexorably tied to the Pardons and Paroles Board scandal. One could also question his experience, which doesn't include prosecuting criminals, or wonder aloud why he's so hesitant to attack political corruption, such as alleged election interference by the McKinneys.

Walker has beaten the system
I watch the state governments of Georgia and South Carolina fairly closely, and I never see any members of these houses, after voting some pork for their counties, continue to be associated as to how the pork is to be divided and who gets what. This seems to happen about every year. In Richmond County, for example, I've noted that Sen. Charles Walker has played a part in building sidewalks and teaching some to be chefs, etc. James V. Parker, North Augusta, S.C.

Sutherland has needed education experience to serve on board
I am perplexed by Dorolyn Zimmerman's letter on Oct. 16, "Towles supports public education," attacking Aiken County School-Board candidate Rebekah Sutherland. She then proceeds to validate what Mrs. Sutherland is saying about socialization of public schools by endorsing Valerie Towles. Dianne Parker, Aiken, S.C.

Gov. Barnes' education reform has failed the teachers
As a Georgia high school teacher I pride myself on preparing my students for a rigorous college education. My former students, who contact me after taking college English courses, thank me for giving them the information and skills to succeed. Delayne Parrish, Lyons, Ga.

'Chronicle' coverage validates injustice
I have often felt that The Augusta Chronicle's coverage of local news has been uneven and one-sided. Today, I saw proof positive of this. I am referring to the story about the firing of Jason Youngblood from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Tamara W. Barron, Harlem, Ga.

Demos say one thing, do another
All of the Democrats currently running for state and federal office in this portion of Georgia/South Carolina - who I've seen, read about or heard - have proclaimed, almost wildly, that their policies agree with those of President George W. Bush; or his with theirs, as the case may be. Richard Netzley, Evans, Ga.

Blacks not the only sharecroppers
I take exception to the letter by Fred Turner on Sept. 29, "South built on backs of blacks," and the statement that, "It was slave labor that made Georgia and other Southern states." He could not be further from the truth. He asked, "Who raised most of the kids?" We raised our own. Barbara Andrews, Augusta

Bush won office fair and square
In regard to Sandra Wilson's letter on Oct. 7, "Reform needed in order to ensure voting accuracy," I would like to say that the only thing wrong with the voting machines was people didn't know how to operate them. Jeff Baker, Gibson, Ga.

Why Christian-schooling kids is OK
Regarding the letter by Doug and Joyce Law on Sept. 25, "Bible-study objectives unclear," opposing Release Time Christian Education allowed by the Richmond County Board of Education: DeWitt R. Dent, Augusta

Sutherland will represent taxpayers on Aiken Co. school board
As a voter, I question how Valerie Towles can be an effective leader and a representative of Aiken County District 2. John E. Bartus, North Augusta, S.C.

Rider eyes 'triplecrown'

USOC taps sponsors to save sports

Four named to U.S. team for individual world championships

Overtime

New judging system as flawed as old one

New judging system as flawed as old one
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Only figure skating could dream up this doozy.

Four named to U.S. team for individual world championships
INDIANAPOLIS -- U.S. all-around bronze medalist Ashley Postell will lead a four-woman team to the individual world gymnastics championships next month.

Rider eyes 'triplecrown'
Tanya Steinhoff has her sights set on a barrel horse version of the triple crown.

USOC taps sponsors to save sports
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Olympic Committee is getting help from some of its biggest sponsors in its bid to keep baseball, softball and modern pentathlon in the Summer Games.

Overtime
Clemson's D.J. Trahan birdied the final two holes for 6-under-par 66 to lead the United States to victory in the 23rd World Amateur Team Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Falcons release receiver Jackson
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons released receiver Willie Jackson on Monday.

Smith passes Payton as NFL's career rushing leader
IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith broke the late Walter Payton's NFL career rushing record Sunday with an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Cowboys' game against Seattle.

Monday Night Football: Eagles defeat Giants
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb didn't need to use his arm. His legs were enough to beat the New York Giants.

Falcons release WR Jackson
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons released receiver Willie Jackson on Monday.

Field goal lifts Falcons
NEW ORLEANS -- Michael Vick engineered Atlanta's comeback in the closing minutes and Jay Feely finished it off.

Vick says sprained thumb won't sideline him
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Quarterback Michael Vick had part of his left hand wrapped in a bandage Monday after mildly spraining his left thumb in the Atlanta Falcons' last-second victory at New Orleans.

Gilbert out for season, Morgan out three to four weeks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Sean Gilbert will miss the rest of the season with a broken right hip, and linebacker Dan Morgan needs hernia surgery and will be out at least three weeks.

Vick leads Falcons to last-second win
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Superdome was rocking, and Aaron Brooks had his fourth-quarter mojo working again Sunday afternoon.

Pensacola basks in Emmitt Smith's football milestone
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Emmitt Smith's high school English teacher had chills, and his former trainer teared up when the running back became the NFL's career rushing leader.

Defense keeps Brooks, out of their rhythm
NEW ORLEANS - The Atlanta Falcons gave up 351 total yards and 35 points in their two-point victory Sunday, but credit defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and his players for keeping New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks off balance.

Bucs top Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The hits were jarring and the defenses were stifling, making it a long day for the quarterbacks and putting all the pressure on the kickers.

Creating digital slide shows is fun, easy
Slide shows have come a long way since I was a teenager, when my dad used to set up his 35- mm slide projector and bulky screen. Now slide shows can also be created in your computer.

The Ultra Cordless Optical Mouse is taking flight
Much of personal computing is about "can you top this?" development, so a mention a few weeks ago about a rechargeable wireless optical mouse brought in another rechargeable, wireless mouse.

Is the pixel war over, or has it just begun?
Camera Angles: Is the pixel war over, or has it just begun? By Rick Sammon Associated Press

Vampire game has gore, fun
Step aside, Buffy. There's a meaner, tougher vampire killer on the loose.

Newberry: Georgia has that championship feeling
Finally, Georgia got the timing just right.

Dogs riding high heading into the Party
As the final seconds ticked from their team's 52-24 mauling of Kentucky on Saturday, Georgia fans decided to get a head start on the week ahead.

Newberry: Georgia has that championship feeling

Gary out indefinitely after surgery on bleeding muscle tear

Gators' SEC title hopes on the line
The web site fireronzook.com is still getting more hits than Rex Grossman. Steve Spurrier is still coaching in the NFL, incapable of drawing up a few ball plays to make his old team great again.

Wildcats leave Georgia game with tails between their legs

Wildcats leave Georgia game with tails between their legs
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The goal posts are still standing at Commonwealth Stadium.

Gary out indefinitely after surgery on bleeding muscle tear
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia receiver/punt returner Damien Gary will be sidelined indefinitely after having emergency surgery on a bleeding muscle tear in his left leg.

Gators' SEC title hopes on the line

Gamecocks look to break the curse against Vols

South Carolina has lucrative decade in the SEC

Holtz: No difference in Vols, different Gamecocks without Brewer

Holtz: No difference in Vols, different Gamecocks without Brewer
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz sees the same, dominant Tennessee as always despite its losing Southeastern Conference record.

Gamecocks look to break the curse against Vols
COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz probably won't pop in the tapes of his team's last two games against Tennessee this week.

South Carolina has lucrative decade in the SEC
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Even though it's just finding some successful going in the Southeastern Conference, there was no better move for South Carolina than to join the SEC in 1991.

Bands add appeal to art festival
I went to First Friday on the advice of friends. They told me there was a plethora of eclectic studios downtown that exhibited the works of local artists. They also mentioned that all of the downtown restaurants and most of the stores open their doors on First Friday to welcome visitors.

411
If you're a cost-conscious gamer, look out for Sony's Greatest Hits collection for Playstation 2.

Xtreme calendar
Just-released CDs include the soundtrack to the upcoming movie 8 Mile; Stripped, from Christina Aguilera; and Now or Never, the first solo effort from Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.

Listeners will get wrapped up in Vines

Garage gets makeover for Halloween
When trick-or-treating was no longer an option, and cute, fuzzy costumes had fallen by the wayside, Morgan McNeal got down to doing what he really enjoys for Halloween - scaring people.

Xtreme calendar

Girl should stop 'playing' with her friend's boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My friend's boyfriend and I play behind her back every time she leaves the room. Should I tell her? - 14-year-old Augusta girl

Artists corner

My pad
THE FACTS: Candie Millwood, 14, a freshman at Hephzibah High School.

Question of the week

Artists corner
As the hawk flies from its nest In the mist stand the best of the best

Girl should stop 'playing' with her friend's boyfriend

Your style
THE FACTS: Meera Venkatraman, 14, a freshman at Greenbrier High School.

Your style

Parents, youths often at odds during stressful teen years
From piercings to protests, teens have always been known for testing the limits.

My pad

Audio best

Question of the week
Who should be mayor of Augusta?

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:

Listeners will get wrapped up in Vines
If The Beatles and Nirvana decided to combine their musical DNA, much-hyped Aussie band The Vines would be the result.

Odds and Ends

Billiards banned as morally harmful pastime

Vampire game has gore, fun

The Ultra Cordless Optical Mouse is taking flight

Creating digital slide shows is fun, easy