For thousands of Angels fans, the party is on

For thousands of Angels fans, the party is on
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With Jackie Autry riding alongside Mickey Mouse, tens of thousands of screaming Angels fans cheered their championship team Tuesday at a Disneyland parade.

William Cruz Kizer
Clifton and Wendy Kize

Lillian Greer Butler

William Cruz Kizer

Christopher Ryan Townsend

Evan James Hutchinson

Anthony Grant Raffa and Arianna Grace Raffa

Evan James Hutchinson
Buddy and Jennife

Zachary James Collier

Jonah William Wenberg

Mackenzie Michelle Kisner

Alexandria Chappell Meyers

Briana Janelle Davis

Tyler Dashon Evans

Briana Janelle Davis
Erick C. and Bridgette L. Davis of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Briana Janelle Davis, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bennie and Evelyn Bobo and Joseph and Evelyn Davis, all of Evans.

Robert Benjamin Hardy Jr.
Robert B. and Jodie A. Hardy of Augusta announce the bir

Cori Elisabeth Davis
Alex and Beverly Davis of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Cori Elisabeth Davis, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John R. McCants of New Ellenton and John Davis and Debi Priestly, both of Lyons, Ga.

Kayla Precious Greenway
Timothy Greenway and Charlissa Smith of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Kayla Precious Greenway, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Helen Smith of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taylor of Glen Burnie, Md.

Caleb Bryce Daniel
Brian J. Daniel and Rebecca A. Sanders, bot

Jewell Ann Adkins
Jeff and Suzi Adkins of Warrenton, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Jewell Ann Adkins, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Lewis and Lena Coleman of Augusta and Jim and Kate Hill and Gene and Ann Adkins, all of Warrenton.

Calvin Andrew Coogler
Victoria Coogler of Jackson announces the birth of a son, Calvin Andrew Coogler, Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Coogler of Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Coogler Sr., of Augusta.

Dale Hunter Podgwaite

Zachary James Collier
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Collier of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Zachary James Collier, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Dickenson of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Kawanis Collier of Harlem.

A'mya Tenea Spencer

Lillian Greer Butler
William E. and

Jonathan Christopher Apostol and Mary Grace Apostol

Galen Scott Whitfield
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Whitfield of Douglas, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Galen Scott Whitfield, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George D. Maloof of Lincolnton, Ga.

Harley Elizabeth Laster

Jonah William Wenberg
Benjamin W. and Joy M. Wenberg of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jonah William Wenberg, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Stewart and Barbara McElyea of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Barbara Wenberg of Escondido, Calif.

Zoe Morgan Krenz
Brent and Tracy Krenz of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Morgan Krenz, Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Duffy Jr. of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Orville P. Krenz of Martinez.

Taylor Aubrey Arrington
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Arrington of Bel

Mackenzie Michelle Kisner
Norma M. Kisner of Aiken announces the birth of a daughter, Mackenzie Michelle Kisner, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Williams of Aiken and Michael Kisner of Elgin, Ill.

Brinley Velinda Walden
Eddie and Dana Walden of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Brinley Velinda Walden, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis G. Hitt of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Walden Jr. of Evans.

Micheal Brandon Foster Jr.
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John William Thornton V
Jay and

Lane Randall Hall
Tony R. and Summer D. Hall of North Augusta announce

Christopher Ryan Townsend
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Tyler Dashon Evans
Bobby and Lori Evans of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tyler Dashon Evans, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lula Samuels of Augusta, Edward Anderson of Windsor, Conn., and the late Mary Anderson.

A'mya Tenea Spencer
Nashondrick V. Spencer and Shamekia M. Burdette of Crawfordville, Ga., announce

Micheal Brandon Foster Jr.

Anthony Grant Raffa and Arianna Grace Raffa
Anthony T. and Tonya E. Raffa of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Anthony Grant Raffa, and a daughter, Arianna Grace Raffa, Saturday,

Kayla Precious Greenway

Dale Hunter Podgwaite
Carl and Kristine Podgwaite of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Dale Hunter Podgwaite, Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Isene Barrow of Augusta and Cynthia Podgwaite of Acworth, Ga.

Robert Benjamin Hardy Jr.

Alexandria Chappell Meyers
Charles and Shawn Meyers III of Evans announce the birth of a

Aaron Douglas McMonigle

Aaron Douglas McMonigle
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Caleb Bryce Daniel

Logan James McGuffin
Robert A. and Jackie M. McGuffin of

Cori Elisabeth Davis

Brinley Velinda Walden

Galen Scott Whitfield

Logan James McGuffin

John William Thornton V

Zoe Morgan Krenz

Taylor Aubrey Arrington

Lane Randall Hall

Calvin Andrew Coogler

Jewell Ann Adkins

Mary Emma Dempsey

Harley Elizabeth Laster
Robert and Shannon Laster of Dearing, Ga., a

Jonathan Christopher Apostol and Mary Grace Apostol
Christopher J. and Ashley M. Apostol of Augusta anno

Mary Emma Dempsey
Mr. and Mrs. John Dempsey of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Emma Dempsey, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Jay Dempsey, all of Augusta.

Odds and Ends
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Police officers probably wish all car chases were this easy.

City says permit needed for one-man 'parade'
NEW IBERIA, La. -- One person should not need a parade permit to picket a business, a civil rights group says in a federal lawsuit on behalf of a man who waged a protest against a Kmart store.

Why buy a house when you can buy a town?
AMBOY, Calif. - For just under $2 million, you could own an elegant, three-story Victorian in the heart of San Francisco's Pacific Heights. In San Ramon, that sum could land you a glittering 6,800-square-foot Mediterranean abode with a big yard and room for three cars.

Bragg, Lockhart file for free agency

Bragg, Lockhart file for free agency
ATLANTA -- Ten Atlanta Braves players have filed for free agency, with second baseman Keith Lockhart and reserve outfielder Darren Bragg joining the list Wednesday.

One-person businesses on the rise
After 21 years in the Army, Danny Vernon decided to stop following orders.

Stocks recover from big drop in consumer confidence, post moderate declines

Business briefs
The holding company of Aiken-based Security Federal Bank reported earnings of $814,000, or 49 cents per share, for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, a 43 percent increase from the same period last year.

New 2003 model cars show steady decline in fuel economy

Stocks finish modestly higher on investor optimism
NEW YORK -- Investors charged ahead Wednesday and bought into Wall Street's three-week rally despite a brokerage downgrade of Wal-Mart.

Center will offer youth care

Ceremonies launch work on new shops
The sounds of construction - bulldozers moving dirt and trees - provided background noise for groundbreaking ceremonies for a proposed retail center on Laney-Walker Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.

Business briefs
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co.'s loss widened in the third quarter, largely because of reduced sales of its Roundup herbicide, the St. Louis-based company said Wednesday.

Center will offer youth care
A Tennessee company is developing a juvenile mental health treatment center in Augusta, creating more than 120 jobs and reviving a building that has been vacant for two years.

Stocks recover from big drop in consumer confidence, post moderate declines
NEW YORK -- An unexpected plunge in consumer confidence incited another wave of profit-taking on Wall Street Tuesday, but stocks recovered by late in the session, and renewed buying offset some of the losses.

New 2003 model cars show steady decline in fuel economy
WASHINGTON -- Average fuel economy for the galaxy of shiny new 2003 model cars and passenger trucks headed for showrooms is 20.8 miles per gallon, about 6 percent below the high point set 15 years ago.

Airport begins new terminal
The Augusta Regional Airport is beginning to make room for its newest tenant.

One-person businesses on the rise

Leaders dismiss comparison to Savannah
Comparing Augusta to Savannah may make for good news stories, but the reality, Augusta officials say, is that the two cities have little in common other than the state capital they share.

Airport begins new terminal

Ceremonies launch work on new shops

Stocks finish modestly higher on investor optimism

Clemson tries to regroup after N.C. State loss
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is searching for answers again.

Clemson tries to regroup after N.C. State loss

College picks

Ray Guy Award semifinalists named

Ray Guy Award semifinalists named
Narrowing the list of candidates for the third annual Ray Guy Award was no small feat.

Unbeaten teams fret about missing out on title game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia can win every game and it still might not be enough.

SEC notebook
Given his team's struggles this season, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer probably doesn't welcome Saturday's trip to South Carolina.

SEC notebook

Unbeaten teams fret about missing out on title game

College picks
Chris Brown is running over defenders again, and that could mean trouble for No. 2 Oklahoma.

Course at Jekyll Island reopens after overhaul

Choose McDonald, Everett

Solid choices in S.C.

Burns the clear pick

Fox trying to move on from low-rated World Series
NEW YORK -- Even though Fox won the weekly Nielsen ratings last week, it didn't get nearly the boost it hoped for from the World Series and now is a few steps behind its rivals in establishing its fall schedule.

Military sandwiches have staying power
WASHINGTON - It tops a U.S. Army most-wanted list, unleashes potent chemicals that suck the immediate vicinity dry - and it goes great with grape jelly.

Pumpkin-carving kits put stylish face on Halloween
Procrastination is the name of the game when it comes time to carve Halloween pumpkins in the South.

'girls club' canceled after only two airings
LOS ANGELES -- Fox canceled producer David E. Kelley's new law office drama "girls club" after just two airings because of low ratings.

Spirits of Augusta's past linger in hair-raising tales
On a dark evening in 1838, Anna Carlton, ran from her job at a local tavern.

In the know
In case you were wondering what happened to the new episode of NBC's Law and Order: Special Victims Unit you were waiting for Friday night, have no fear. The hit show returns this week.

Recipe for black bean soup is in a whole different league
An Augusta classic celebrates a milestone this month, as Tea-Time at the Masters, turns 25.

In the know
G.I. Joe is searching for American children who have performed brave, selfless acts that have affected the lives of others - whether they are random acts of kindness or regular volunteerism.

What kind of 'Jackass' would like this movie?
It started out as a friendly discussion about the merits of intentionally stupid movies.

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.

Georgia Tech hoping to spoil Wolfpack's perfect season
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech hardly needs any extra motivation for its final four games, since one more victory makes the Yellow Jackets bowl eligible.

Jackets' Daniels impresses team
ATLANTA - It's a fairy tale, a story fit for a Prince.

Smith slowly working his way back to form
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech wide receiver Jonathan Smith has been hampered by injuries and inconsistent play this season, but he's wondering if there's another reason for his struggles.

Smith slowly working his way back to form

Georgia Tech hoping to spoil Wolfpack's perfect season

Jackets' Daniels impresses team

My T-shirts remind me of things I can't recall

Tiny bubbles: Spots up for grabs in final week

Molder looking to make PGA Tour with strong showing at SFB Classic

PGA Tour commissioner holds his ground on Augusta

Tiny bubbles: Spots up for grabs in final week
ATLANTA -- Most of the attention this week is on the Tour Championship, which amounts to golf's All-Star game for its top 30 players this year. Most of the pressure will be in Mississippi at a PGA Tour event where jobs are on the line.

Collectors find bargains at sale of golf antiques
NEW YORK -- Golfers' diamonds in the rough - Scottish balls, hickory-shafted clubs and other antiques from the game - drew $298,000 in sales at an auction featuring two of the foremost private collections in the United States.

Woods: Golf won't be hurt by Augusta controversy
ATLANTA -- Tiger Woods expects Augusta National to have a female member by the next Masters because "it's the right thing to do," and he believes golf won't be hurt by the controversy.

Tour's stand on National is expected

Changes don't include Masters
ATLANTA - Changes are in store for the PGA Tour in 2003. Altering its relationship with the Masters Tournament is not one of them.

Bobby Jones movie in the works

Woods: Golf won't be hurt by Augusta controversy

New faces on tour mean no more guarantees
ATLANTA -- David Toms' premonition was correct, and it eventually cost him.

Molder looking to make PGA Tour with strong showing at SFB Classic
MADISON, Miss. -- Bryce Molder has earned over $300,000 on the PGA Tour this season and isn't even a member.

PGA Tour commissioner holds his ground on Augusta
ATLANTA -- PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem refused to back down from his position on the Augusta National controversy, saying the tour will recognize the Masters as an official event and he expects his players to compete.

Collectors find bargains at sale of golf antiques

Bobby Jones movie in the works
ATLANTA -- An Atlanta film company plans to produce a feature-length movie about the life of famed Georgia golfer Bobby Jones.

Changes don't include Masters

Tour's stand on National is expected
ATLANTA - PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem will conduct his annual "state of the tour" news conference today at the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, and the tour's relationship with the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament is sure to come up.

New faces on tour mean no more guarantees

Offense remains reliable

Butler prepares for second half

Barnwell coach meets Silver Bluff's Lown as peer, not player

Talent bolsters defense

Talent bolsters defense
Westside's Tony LeZotte can tell you exactly what makes Laney's defense so special.

Offense remains reliable
Westside has used the same base offense for the past 30 years, so opponents don't expect surprises when facing the Patriots.

Butler prepares for second half
Halfway through the season, Butler coach David Land looked at his team's record and thought his Bulldogs were a pretty good 1-4 team.

Barnwell coach meets Silver Bluff's Lown as peer, not player
When former North Augusta football coach Bill Utsey thinks back to the Upper State championship game in 1989, he remembers the play-calling of offensive coordinator Al Lown.

Kings blank Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Lubomir Visnovsky and Mikko Eloranta scored two goals apiece as the Los Angeles Kings kept Atlanta winless, beating the Thrashers 4-0 Tuesday night.

Bring back Mac; vote for McIntyre

Cleland is a leader

Chambliss gets things done

Sanford will reform education

DeLoach a Republicans' Republican

Burmeister supporter calls Bell's 'code of ethics' a sham

Warren's heart is in his district

Cleland always fights for vets

Chambliss' voting record is best

Bell best for Georgians' health

Fleming has issues well in hand

Chandler volunteers time to train

Blocker best pick for North Augusta

McMaster for S.C. attorney general

Warren will represent well

Graham offers a clear choice

Why Good Government OKs Williams

Burmeister's accomplishments long

We need Walker as our advocate

Halloween glorifies Satan and should be disregarded

Young has proven effectiveness

Warren is the right person

Warren will represent district's needs

Brightharp will preserve schools

Sutherland pays attention to details

Hat's off to Young for a fine job

Health Calendar

Fox trying to move on from low-rated World Series

Spirits of Augusta's past linger in hair-raising tales

Pumpkin-carving kits put stylish face on Halloween

What kind of '[filtered word]' would like this movie?

In the know

Military sandwiches have staying power

In the know

Recipe for black bean soup is in a whole different league

Five questions with Sergei Kuznetsov

Safety netting to be installed
Hockey fans will be a little safer when the Augusta Lynx play their next home game at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Safety netting to be installed

Five questions with Sergei Kuznetsov
Q: How did you start playing hockey? A: I started when I was seven because my older brother played hockey, and it is the most popular sport in our area. It was the thing to do.

Lynx forward puts personal safety first

Lynx notebook
Lynx forward Lance Galbraith says he was just doing his job, and the East Coast Hockey League apparently agrees.

Lynx forward puts personal safety first
Every time Jim Shepherd looks in the mirror, the image of missing teeth and a misshapen nose reminds him of the inherent dangers of pro hockey.

Lynx notebook

Young runs on record in push for re-election
Augusta Mayor Bob Young says his first term in office has read like an open book, and if he is re-elected, the next chapter of his political leadership will be just as easily examined.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said congressional candidate Charles Walker Jr. had a state job with office space in a Martinez complex that houses regional employees of the Department of Family and Children Services, in addition to the Department of Human Resources' Department of Regulatory Services.

Walker held job at state agency
Charles "Champ" Walker hopes to have a job in Washington soon, but the congressional candidate reacted angrily Tuesday to questions about his previous government work.

Software bug gives residents early bill

Forum covers school needs

Trigger plant meeting heats up

Report reviews D.A.R.E. program
ATLANTA - Georgia officials should take a hard look at the most popular anti-drug abuse program in the schools to see whether it's worth funding, a recent state audit says.

Jobs, education top agendas
Most people would not take their vacation at the Georgia General Assembly. Not only is Pete Warren willing to use up seven weeks of vacation time, but he is also willing to take unpaid leave from his job at International Paper to serve as the Democratic representative for House District 99.

Walker held job at state agency

Car insurance system gets test
A computer database that will bring an end to the use of insurance cards as adequate proof of car insurance will go for a test drive starting Friday.

An early lead

Candidate says name confusion alters poll
ATLANTA - It wasn't a political first but it was definitely an election-year rarity.

Judge wants death penalty trial to begin
The judge pushed attorneys Wednesday to finish pretrial work on a pending death penalty case, but a final DNA report is not expected for two to three months.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -A 15-year-old girl was shot in the arm when a gun from a book bag discharged at a Spartanburg recreation center.

System may improve detection of cancer
The power of light to expose cervical cancer may one day offer women a quicker and more accurate screening and diagnosis, a Medical College of Georgia researcher said.

Across Georgia
McDONOUGH -A Henry County high school football player has returned to classes after a two-day in-school suspension for kissing his girlfriend on the forehead.

Across the area
A Clearwater man was indicted on a charge of murder Tuesday by a Richmond County grand jury.

Across the area
A deliveryman who, police said, shot himself in the hand and foot to perpetuate a robbery hoax was arrested Wednesday.

Williams says Augusta needs unity, leadership
Of the five people running for mayor this year, Robin Williams likes to think of himself as the politician among them.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the Richmond County Board of Education. Someone needs to investigate the hiring process of the Richmond County board members. They are very political, unfair and racist.

Moves free up crowded facilities

Across the area

Silent auction will benefit child
Organizers hope an auction will help pay some of the medical bills for a local girl.

Car insurance system gets test

News you can use

County police cars face safety upgrade
Hundreds of police-issued Ford Crown Victorias in the Augusta-Aiken area will have shields installed around their gas tanks after Ford Motor Co. agreed to a recall to protect the vehicles against explosions.

Counties ease vote by disabled

School board candidates split on technology
Barbara Padgett says she hopes her experience on the Richmond County school board can get her re-elected for a fourth term.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kathy Dodson of Martinez.

Across South Carolina

Charges dropped in home invasion

Trigger plant meeting heats up
Rhetoric and raised voices dominated a public meeting on a proposed nuclear triggers plant Tuesday night at the North Augusta Community Center.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The South Carolina Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer who is serving a nearly four-year federal sentence for helping launder $100,000 for a Detroit drug trafficker.

Counties ease vote by disabled
Adrena Clegg is determined to make her vote count Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -President Bush will make another campaign trip to Georgia this weekend as the Republican Party makes a final push to unseat Democratic Sen. Max Cleland.

Power draws funding to race
Democratic 12th Congressional District candidate Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. is running like an incumbent when it comes to raising money.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the Richmond County Board of Education. Someone needs to investigate the hiring process of the Richmond County board members. They are very political, unfair and racist.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the Richmond County Board of Education. Someone needs to investigate the hiring process of the Richmond County board members. They are very political, unfair and racist.

Sanders hits opponent on gas tax
COLUMBIA - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lindsey Graham came under fire Tuesday for his position on a state gas tax increase.

Silent auction will benefit child

Software bug gives residents early bill
A computer programming glitch in the Richmond County Tax Commissioner's Office caused thousands of tax bills to be mailed in error late last week to residents appealing their property assessments.

Correction

Young runs on record in push for re-election

Williams says Augusta needs unity, leadership

Subscriber of the day

Jobs, education top agendas

An early lead
Aiken County is leading South Carolina in the growth of absentee ballot requests this election, handling more than twice the ballots sought in 1998, the last gubernatorial election year.

Report reviews D.A.R.E. program

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Edward Scott Sr. of Martinez.

News you can use

County police cars face safety upgrade

Sanders hits opponent on gas tax

Across South Carolina

Candidate says name confusion alters poll

Subscriber of the day

Charges dropped in home invasion
A man charged in a home invasion and rape at Georgetown Villas in North Augusta was freed Monday night after DNA evidence failed to link him to the crime, authorities said.

System may improve detection of cancer

Moves free up crowded facilities
Sixty-five inmates at the Richmond County jails got an early-morning wake-up call Tuesday as Georgia corrections officers picked them up to ease the county's record overcrowding.

Power draws funding to race

News you can use
OCT. 30, 1900 The Bon Air Golf Club held its annual meeting yesterday afternoon and all's well with the organization.

Across the area

Appraiser calls tax notes a mistake
David Whittington opened his Richmond County tax assessment last week and found a notation describing his home as "contaminated property."

Forum draws bipartisan crowd
Tuesday night's political forum was somewhat of a rarity in Columbia County: The crowd was split almost evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

Forum covers school needs
AIKEN - Candidates for the Aiken County School Board told a group of mostly teachers Tuesday night what kind of school system they wanted.

News you can use
OCT. 31, 1973 Construction will soon begin on a new $3.5 million hotel in the 500 block of 15th Street, it was announced Tuesday.

School board candidates split on technology

Sanford, Graham visit Aiken
AIKEN - Mark Sanford and Lindsey Graham returned to Aiken County on Tuesday, hoping to mine the Republican-rich territory for every last vote in the Nov. 5 election.

Swinging for the Fences
ATLANTA - In the first full PGA Tour season he earned his full-time card, qualified for the Masters Tournament and won rookie of the year.

Georgia feeds off disrespect
ATHENS, Ga. - A former SEC football coach said they weren't "man enough" to beat Alabama.

My T-shirts remind me of things I can't recall
T-shirts became a fashion item around the First World War after American servicemen saw European soldiers wearing cotton undershirts, or else after the Navy made them standard issue.

Racing facts - Pop Secret Popcorn 400

Spotlight on Mike McLaughlin
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Mike McLaughlin

Labonte to build Quarter Midget track in Rowan County
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Bobby Labonte wants to take his 8-year-old son racing, but with no tracks close to their North Carolina home, the options are extremely limited.

Hopefuls know what it's like to win a title
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - The drivers who best know how to win a NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship have faded in the past couple weeks. A title chase that once involved as many as eight drivers three weeks ago has dwindled to a mere three, and none of them have ever won a Winston Cup championship.

Spotlight on Mike McLaughlin

NASCAR notebook
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Derrike Cope is like a punch-drunk boxer who doesn't know when to throw in the towel.

Hopefuls know what it's like to win a title

Labonte to build Quarter Midget track in Rowan County

Racing facts - Pop Secret Popcorn 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Pop Secret Popcorn 400 race.

Yao Ming ready for NBA debut
INDIANAPOLIS -- Yao Ming jogged onto the court in a gray Houston Rockets sweatsuit Wednesday morning, trying to work out the jitters leading up to his first NBA game.

Record 66 international players in NBA

Yao Ming ready for NBA debut

Abdur-Rahim, Mohammed out for Hawks opener

Hawks fall to Nets in season opener
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After raising their first division and conference championship banners, the New Jersey discovered that defending them will not be easy.

Hawks fall to Nets in season opener

Record 66 international players in NBA
NEW YORK -- A record 67 international players are on NBA rosters for the start of the season, led by the Dallas Mavericks with five.

Abdur-Rahim, Mohammed out for Hawks opener
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the Hawks' leading scorer and rebounder last season, has a stiff back and didn't travel with the team to New Jersey for Wednesday night's opener against the Nets.

Hasselbeck waived by Panthers

Peete says he'll be ready for New Orleans game

Fantasy Football: Holmes takes midseason MVP

Mr. James Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Sipes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kattie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Butler    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Cora Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Percival    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Daisy Jenkins    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Wade Jr.    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Freddie Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Roy Arrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Irvine    (PORT CHARLES, Fla.)
Mrs. Marie Coleman    (YONKERS, N.Y.)
Ms. Millicent Hampton    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. John Sipes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacqueline Goss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Moore    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Gabriel Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Father Arthur Weltzer    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Strom    (WARD, S.C.)
Mr. Jefferson Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. L. C. Scott Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss Norma Freeman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Randy Blount    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Butler    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Danny Markwalter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Blalock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Hugh Shealy    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Roy Arrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Freddie Leverett    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Stokes Rucker    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mr. John Lotz Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Mildred Molik    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Langham    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Dye    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Rev. Sam Williamson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elsie Ferguson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Whitlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Whitehead    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Mills Daughtry    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacqueline Goss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Gabriel Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Hattie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Markwalter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Stokes Rucker (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. L. C. Scott Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Goss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Sipes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Father Arthur Weltzer (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula Whitlock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randy Blount (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Norma Freeman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Mills Daughtry (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Leverett (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Ms. Millicent Hampton (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. William Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Shealy (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Irvine (PORT CHARLES, Fla.)

Mrs. Cora Strom (WARD, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Wade Jr. (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Sam Williamson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Butler (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Moore (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Gabriel Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Dye (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Freddie Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Whitehead (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Goss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Coleman (YONKERS, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mildred Percival (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Blalock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mildred Molik (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Butler (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Daisy Jenkins (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Langham (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Young has proven effectiveness
As a resident of Martinez, I am concerned about the leadership of Augusta which is the lead city in our area. The decisions and progress in Augusta directly affect us daily. Clay Bence, Martinez, Ga.

Chambliss gets things done
Regarding Walter S. Williams' Oct. 18 letter about Saxby Chambliss, "Cleland is the patriot we need in Senate," Williams has made a terrible mistake. Mr. Chambliss is not a draft dodger. Mrs. Gervis Willis, Martinez, Ga.

McMaster for S.C. attorney general
South Carolina's next attorney general should have the maturity, legal background and prosecutorial experience necessary to do the job in a competent and professional manner. Henry McMaster is the only candidate who does. Jeannie Wilson, Ladson, S.C.

Burns the clear pick
As unsuited, unprepared and unqualified as Charles Walker Jr. is to run for Congress from Georgia's new 12th District, Max Burns is every bit the opposite.

Warren is the right person
The recent charges of voters changing political parties to vote in the primary election by some candidates have compelled me to write this letter. What is wrong with voting for the right person - regardless of party, color, religion, etc.? Merle Usry, Hephzibah, Ga.

Choose McDonald, Everett
Though most Georgians may not realize it, the Public Service Commission can have a huge impact on their lives and pocketbooks. The obscure five-member panel's utility, telecommunications, electric and natural gas policies largely determine how efficient those services are and how much residents, businesses and industry must pay for them.

Blocker best pick for North Augusta
For the first time since 1987, we in North Augusta have a choice on Nov. 5. This choice is between Darrell Blocker and Jimmy Adams for city council. While I do not know Mr. Adams, I feel Mr. Blocker is a good and decent person. Seth Brantley, North Augusta, S.C

We need Walker as our advocate
I think that Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, has served Augusta well in the Georgia Senate. I am impressed by his deep concern for those who, by virtue of birth or fate, lack the advantages of others. But I know that his service as Senate majority leader has helped everyone in our community - rich and poor, black and white. Julia Rankin Bloodworth, Augusta

Bell best for Georgians' health
As a registered nurse for more than 20 years, I am very concerned about the health care of Americans, particularly from the preventative aspects. Over the years, I have seen managed care take more and more control over each individual's right to health care. Kitty M. Garrett, RN, Augusta

Warren will represent district's needs
South Richmond County needs Pete Warren in the 99th District House Seat. Mr. Warren has pledged to be available in our community on Saturday mornings for us to personally chat with him and to listen to our concerns. He will know our position on issues that can make a difference to our quality of life in the decades ahead. Alan Herndon, Hephzibah, Ga.

Halloween glorifies Satan and should be disregarded
Once again we are approaching that time of year when we need to be ever more mindful for the safety of our children. Halloween is not a time of year that we should treat lightly. As a Christian, meaning I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior, I believe Halloween should be disregarded. Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

Sanford will reform education
South Carolina's educational system is a disgrace. Instead of pursuing real reforms, Gov. Jim Hodges shovels more money down the rat hole and wildly proclaim that we no longer rank 50th among the states - we're now 49th! Arthur H. Shealy, North Augusta, S.C.

Brightharp will preserve schools
I am pleased to support Democrat George L. Brightharp in his campaign to win South Carolina's District Three race. Kay D. Rankin, Saluda, S.C.

Bring back Mac; vote for McIntyre
Do you want a prosperous Augusta, a vibrant business and a live Broad Street again? Do you want a new coliseum built? A new airport (second to none) built? The elimination of trains blocking traffic? More overpass bridges? Better streets? Better schools? Higher-paying and better jobs? The Rev. J.C. Phinizy, Augusta

Warren's heart is in his district
On Nov. 5 District 99 voters in south Richmond County will have an opportunity to elect as a representative to the Georgia House a fellow citizen who lives, works and has raised his family among us for more than 30 years. Garney Browning, Hephzibah, Ga.

DeLoach a Republicans' Republican
Having spent most of my youth in Augusta, and graduating from high school in Richmond County, I still feel my heart at least is in the greater Central Savannah River Area. Rep. Larry O'Neal, Warner Robbins, Ga.

Burmeister supporter calls Bell's 'code of ethics' a sham
I am a longtime Republican and a strong supporter of Rep. Sue Burmeister in her campaign for re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives. Jack Hobbs, Augusta

Fleming has issues well in hand
Predicting the ability of an elected official to represent his constituency is sometimes no more reliable than a roll of the dice. However, there are some individuals who show their leadership potential even before they take office. Barry Fleming is one such person. Don Dickerson, Augusta

Why Good Government OKs Williams
As president of the Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government, I am encouraging all voters to support Robin Williams next Tuesday in his mayoral campaign. Richard Isdell, Augusta

Graham offers a clear choice
Lindsey Graham's candidacy for the U.S. Senate offers a clear choice for the voters of South Carolina on Nov. 5. I have known Mr. Graham since he first ran for the House of Representatives in 1994 and have watched him progress over the years into a real national leader. Tom Greene, North Augusta, S.C.

Warren will represent well
I hope people in south Augusta District 99 will seriously think about voting for Pete Warren on Nov. 5. It has been a while since the people of our district have had someone who truly represents us on the state or local level. Maude Walker, Augusta

Chandler volunteers time to train
As a retired law-enforcement officer, having served in Aiken County over 25 years, I have always been committed to and interested in the safety of our community. Joseph Tracy Daniels Sr., Aiken, S.C.

Sutherland pays attention to details
I invite the public to research the two school board candidates for Aiken County's public school District 2. My research brings me to the conclusion that Rebekah "Reb" Sutherland should be elected. Lynn Engel, New Ellenton, S.C.

Cleland is a leader
How dare Saxby Chambliss run ads questioning the courage of Max Cleland to lead? Where was Rep. Chambliss, R-Ga., when Sen. Cleland, D-Ga., was serving his country? Carolyn Benning, Augusta

Hat's off to Young for a fine job
Augusta-Richmond County has much potential, and the 14 counties that make up the Central Savannah River Area Regional Development Center need the leadership of our second largest metropolitan area in Georgia to help all of us prosper. Edward D. Ricketson Jr., Warrenton, Ga.

Chambliss' voting record is best
To listen to Sen. Max Cleland's, D-Ga., television ads, you would think Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., was cloned. But such is not the case. Max Cleland is a liberal Democrat, who votes more like Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., than Zell Miller. Gary Heffner, Augusta

Solid choices in S.C.
South Carolina voters will find a slate of candidates they can be proud to vote for on Tuesday - led by dynamic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Sanford and aspiring Strom Thurmond successor Lindsey Graham.

Burmeister's accomplishments long
Why do I strongly recommend that we keep Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, representing us in Georgia's new 96th House District? Because: U.E. Sacco, Augusta

Cleland always fights for vets
More and more each day, it appears that our country will soon be faced with another war. As we have in the past, Americans must have experienced leaders to guide our nation through the conflicts. Sam Booher, Augusta

Safin reaches third round at Paris Masters

With fears eased, event reclaims internationals

Overtime

Overtime

Greenbrier seniors mean business on field

Hobby brings 'Survivor' cast member to Augusta

Safin reaches third round at Paris Masters
PARIS -- Marat Safin reached the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday, beating David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-2 and earning a spot in the season-ending Masters Cup.

Greenbrier seniors mean business on field
Nikki Smith walked across the Greenbrier football field, her arm wrapped inside her father's.

Overtime
Five high school athletes were honored Wednesday by the Greater Augusta Sports Council as second trimester winners of the 2002 GAMES Awards.

With fears eased, event reclaims internationals
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Dario Bezzi decided to skip the 2001 National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

Overtime
Eric Wedge became the youngest manager in Major Leagues Baseball on Tuesday at age 34, while former Atlanta Braves third-base coach Ned Yost took over in Milwaukee and Ken Macha officially got the job in Oakland.

Hobby brings 'Survivor' cast member to Augusta
Zoe Zanidakis found the allure of barrel racing much like the chance to participate in Survivor: Marquesas.

Fantasy Football: Holmes takes midseason MVP
It's the halfway point for the NFL season which means the fantasy season is coming down the home stretch.

Peete says he'll be ready for New Orleans game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If he's healthy, Carolina Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete will start Nov. 10 against the New Orleans Saints, coach John Fox said Wednesday.

Hasselbeck waived by Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers waived quarterback Tim Hasselbeck on Tuesday, exactly one week after they signed him to provide immediate depth.

Georgia feeds off disrespect

Swinging for the Fences

Woman says she contracted West Nile virus through sex
DENVER -- A Colorado woman said Tuesday she believes she contracted the West Nile virus through sexual contact with her infected husband.

PDA stands for Pretty Darn Aggravating
Maybe my duddies are too fuddied, but it's hard to see PDAs as anything but Pretty Darn Aggravating.

Military building biometrics database of terror suspects
The United States is compiling digital dossiers of the irises, fingerprints, faces and voices of terrorism suspects and using the information to track their movements and screen foreigners trying to enter the country.

Bioterror drug on fast track
SAN FRANCISCO - Anacor Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announces a $21.6 million contract to develop a new antibiotic designed to spay and neuter anthrax and other bacterial infections.

Astronomers find stellar relic from universe's early days
Astronomers have discovered an ancient star near the center of our galaxy that may shed light on the universe's composition shortly after it was blasted into existence by the Big Bang.

Gator guarantee: Georgia will lose more than once
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Anyone who thinks the struggling Florida Gators have lost their swagger should listen to offensive lineman Shannon Snell talk for a few minutes.

Two are better than one
The fans might still grumble at the slightest offensive stumble, and the media scrutiny is sure to crank up when a few drives stall.

Gator guarantee: Georgia will lose more than once

Catching up
ATHENS, Ga. - Reggie Brown doesn't have any wild expectations for Saturday's game against Florida.

Georgia's two-headed QB doing just fine
ATHENS, Ga. -- Conventional football wisdom says a two-quarterback system is doomed to failure.

Banged-up Georgia hoping to get some injured players back for Florida game

Georgia's two-headed QB doing just fine

Catching up

Banged-up Georgia hoping to get some injured players back for Florida game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia running back Musa Smith should be ready to play Saturday against Florida, and the Bulldogs are hoping receiver Fred Gibson and offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb also will be back on the field.

Holtz's Gamecocks have done it all - except against "Orange Crush"
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina nose tackle Langston Moore has watched the goalposts topple against Georgia and held the Outback Bowl trophy for consecutive years.

Holtz's Gamecocks have done it all - except against "Orange Crush"

Course at Jekyll Island reopens after overhaul
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - The Jekyll Island State Park Authority is proud of its refurbished Pine Lakes Course, and rightfully so.

Odds and Ends

City says permit needed for one-man 'parade'

Why buy a house when you can buy a town?

Bioterror drug on fast track

Astronomers find stellar relic from universe's early days

PDA stands for Pretty Darn Aggravating

Military building biometrics database of terror suspects