Standing ovations
Equine athletes go for the gold at the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Tickets are $8 per day and children younger than 6 are admitted for free. For more information, call 823-3417 or 722-3521.

At the Movies: 'The Santa Clause 2'
The fake snow is back - along with the fake beard, the fake belly and the fake sentiment.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed through Thursday with theater location. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Standup comics talk their way into films

Performer shows Broadway talents on Imperial stage
Augusta has no Battery Park, no Bowery and, most notably, no Broadway.

Performer shows Broadway talents on Imperial stage

Club calendar
ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; 651-9111.

Video watch

At the Movies: 'Auto Focus'
Bob Crane had the misfortune of living in a time before video cameras were everywhere, allowing people to document their every idiosyncrasy and indiscretion.

Club calendar

Standup comics talk their way into films
How's this for cinematic courage? Release a movie featuring a performer on a stage talking. No gunfights, no car crashes and no softly lighted love scenes - just talking. Sound like cinematic suicide?

Video best

Mall will be decorated with Christmas trees
For seven days, the Augusta Mall will have some additional holiday decorations as the Junior League of Augusta stages its ninth annual Festival of Trees.

At the Movies: 'Auto Focus'

Food and rides, art and agriculture mark annual event
It's a show 79 years in the making. The Georgia-Carolina State Fair, which began life as the Augusta Fall Festival, opens tonight with its traditional assortment of livestock, live entertainment and rides that spin in the night.

At the Movies: 'The Weight of Water'

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Mall will be decorated with Christmas trees

Concert calendar
LIVER JAM-FRANKLIN MURPHY BENEFIT CONCERT: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Riverwalk Augusta; food, refreshments, entertainment by True Praise, Katie Graham, Dennis Hall, Jimmy Smithy, Borderline, PrairieRoseBand, Shiloh and Rhes Reeves; $8 per person, $15 per couple; age 12 and younger admitted free; (803) 593-1770 or (803) 593-4900.

At the Movies: 'I Spy'

At the Movies: 'The Weight of Water'
Kathryn Bigelow's "The Weight of Water" may be the year's most suitably titled movie, a dense, pressing drama that's impressively fluid in reach but which ultimately drowns in its own gravity.

Themes are contemporary for theater's 'period piece'

At the Movies: 'I Spy'
If the '60s TV show "I Spy" helped formulate the mismatched-buddy genre of action comedies, the movie version starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson slaughters it.

At the Movies: 'The Santa Clause 2'

Themes are contemporary for theater's 'period piece'
In the theater, there are certain words and phrases which, according to tradition and superstition, should never be uttered. The cursed Macbeth is often referred to as "the Scottish play," and "break a leg" is substituted for wishes of good luck.

Applause calendar

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country music suffers losses
Country music has lost two talents in recent weeks: songwriter Mickey Newbury at age 62 on Sept. 29 and Grand Ole Opry member Bashful Brother Oswald at age 90 on Oct. 17.

Food and rides, art and agriculture mark annual event

Harvard's beverages will enliven two special events
Gearing up for the holiday season, Harvard's Wine and Beverage in Martinez plays host to two events in November.

Concert calendar

Man can trace carnival through four generations
It's set-up day for Drew Exposition at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair, and the assemblage of mechanical monsters built to spin, tilt and thrill are being scattered across the midway.

Man can trace carnival through four generations

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Spider-Man, The Sum of All Fears, Eight Legged Freaks, Triumph of Love, Harvard Man and Dahmer.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country music suffers losses

Ripken seeks GM job, preferably with Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken Jr. is seeking to land a front-office job in the major leagues - ideally with his former team, the Baltimore Orioles.

Ripken seeks GM job, preferably with Orioles

Why go negative? Because we'll remember

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.

Calvin Andrew Coogler

Kayla Precious Greenway

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.

Evan James Hutchinson
Buddy and Jennife

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

Dale Hunter Podgwaite

Galen Scott Whitfield

William Cruz Kizer

Jonathan Christopher Apostol and Mary Grace Apostol

Aaron Douglas McMonigle

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.

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.

Alexandria Chappell Meyers

Lillian Greer Butler

Caleb Bryce Daniel

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.

Cori Elisabeth Davis

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.

Jonah William Wenberg

Lillian Greer Butler
William E. and

Taylor Aubrey Arrington

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.

Anthony Grant Raffa and Arianna Grace Raffa

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.

Mackenzie Michelle Kisner

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

Micheal Brandon Foster Jr.
Mich

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.

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

John William Thornton V
Jay and

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.

Christopher Ryan Townsend
Chr

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.

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

A'mya Tenea Spencer

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,

Lane Randall Hall

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.

Jewell Ann Adkins

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

Harley Elizabeth Laster

Aaron Douglas McMonigle
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Robert Benjamin Hardy Jr.

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

Tyler Dashon Evans

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

Logan James McGuffin

Brinley Velinda Walden

Zachary James Collier

John William Thornton V

Briana Janelle Davis

Evan James Hutchinson

Christopher Ryan Townsend

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.

Zoe Morgan Krenz

William Cruz Kizer
Clifton and Wendy Kize

Micheal Brandon Foster Jr.

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.

Mary Emma Dempsey

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Economy grows at brisk pace
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy raced ahead at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the summer, powered by hearty consumer spending, especially on big-ticket items such as cars.

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.

Penalized lender plans to appeal

Businesses hope for calm
A few well-documented hours of crowd problems after last month's First Friday hurt the rest of the month's sales for some downtown merchants.

Businesses hope for calm

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation into William Webster's selection to head an accounting oversight board after the disclosure that Chairman Harvey Pitt concealed information about Webster from fellow commissioners.

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.

One-person businesses on the rise

Fund shortfall hits tourist events
AIKEN - A lack of revenue from the city's hotel tax, which funds tourist-related projects, likely will leave popular attractions such as the Battle of Aiken, Aiken Steeplechase and Aiken Soccer Cup with far less advertising money than they had last year.

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

Business briefs

Economy grows at brisk pace

Ceremonies launch work on new shops

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.

Stocks finish modestly higher on investor optimism

Penalized lender plans to appeal
A payday lender with offices in Augusta that has been ordered by state regulators to stop making loans plans to appeal the decision.

SEC notebook

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.

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

College picks

Watson's Thursday hearing canceled in Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- South Carolina State running back Derek Watson's latest day in court was postponed Thursday.

Conference sees the mighty fall hard and fast

Conference sees the mighty fall hard and fast
From 1992 to 2001, breaking the Florida-Tennessee stranglehold in the Southeastern Conference was about as easy as picking a lock with a rubber band.

Watson's Thursday hearing canceled in Greenville

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

Burmeister a keeper

Solid choices in S.C.

Call on this nurse

Vote for a better Georgia

District needs DeLoach

Murphy his own man

Howard a mainstay in District 98

'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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Erosion adds to pollution
Few people think of soil as a pollutant, but it can be. In fact, sediment deposited by storm runoff is a major source of surface-water pollution.

Grow your own oysters

Grow your own oysters
Have you harvested any oysters from your vegetable garden yet? These vegetable oysters are a root crop called oyster plant or salsify. Their flavor is only slightly reminiscent of oyster - smoked oysters, at that. Or maybe it's mushrooms. Or maybe it's oyster mushrooms.

Erosion adds to pollution

Williams has Eagles on a roll
Chaz Williams has Georgia Southern on a roll and he'll try to keep it going Saturday when the Eagles seek their sixth victory in a row.

Former walk-on making most of his chance with Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA -- After what Georgia Tech has been through this season, the Yellow Jackets were in need of a feel-good story.

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.

Williams has Eagles on a roll

Former walk-on making most of his chance with Yellow Jackets

Smith slowly working his way back to form

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

Sorenstam, Pak upset in World Ladies Match Play

Poulter takes three-stroke lead at Italian Open
ROME -- Ian Poulter shot a career-best 11-under 61 Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Italian Open.

Singh, Lowery handle the cold wind
ATLANTA -- Vijay Singh hit a 5-wood within 8 inches of a hole-in-one on East Lake's tough finishing hole Thursday, giving him a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Steve Lowery after the first round of the Tour Championship.

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.

Singh, Lowery handle the cold wind

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

Collectors find bargains at sale of golf antiques

Sorenstam, Pak upset in World Ladies Match Play
NARITA, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak tumbled out of the World Ladies Match Play Championship on Thursday, losing first-round matches to lightly regarded Japanese opponents.

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

Howell positions himself near top
ATLANTA - Not bad for your first round in a Tour Championship.

Bobby Jones movie in the works

Fortunate Tolles a stroke behind Elder at Southern Farm Bureau

PGA Tour commissioner holds his ground on Augusta

Howell positions himself near top

Changes don't include Masters

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.

Fortunate Tolles a stroke behind Elder at Southern Farm Bureau
MADISON, Miss. -- Tommy Tolles had one of those rare rounds when everything seemed to go his way.

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.

Region 5-AAA on line tonight

Worth the weight

Key matchups

On the air

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

Tigers' trail takes new turn

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.

Worth the weight
Washington County coach Rick Tomberlin always loved to lift weights, always recognized that it gave him an edge in football.

Running back proves pivotal
With his star running back suffering from a pectoral muscle injury, Jenkins County coach Chuck Moore decided to expand and balance his offensive game plan.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Augusta Georgia: Prep Football:Prep picks 11/01/02
You know what's not a good date movie? The Ring.

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule of area high school football games.

Region 5-AAA on line tonight
After a slow start, Midland Valley has turned its season around since beginning region play.

Tigers' trail takes new turn
The cupcake teams have been eaten. The patsies have been dispatched. The slump is over.

Backup goalkeeper preserves tie for Thrashers
TORONTO - Backup goalie Pasi Nurminen made 32 saves as the winless Atlanta Thrashers avoided their 10th straight loss with a 3-3 tie against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Backup goalkeeper preserves tie for Thrashers

Why go negative? Because we'll remember
Forget term limits. If these political TV commercials don't end soon, I'm pushing for election limits - maybe one every 10 years, like the census.

Lynx owners look to sell team
After four-plus years of absentee ownership, the Augusta Lynx hockey team is up for sale.

Young has proven effectiveness

Warren is the right person

Warren will represent well

Ruben can and will make a difference

Hard-working Young has style

It is time to elect Randy Hall

Cleland always fights for vets

McIntyre clearly superior to the rest

Chambliss gets things done

Bell do best for educators

Williams will get Augusta on track

Towles has classroom knowledge

Bell won't play 'partisan politics'

Murphy is a man of his word

Towles will be asset for District 2

Blocker best pick for North Augusta

Hat's off to Young for a fine job

Bring back Mac; vote for McIntyre

Why Good Government OKs Williams

Warren's heart is in his district

Fleming has issues well in hand

Replace Cleland with Chambliss for Georgia's sake

DeLoach a Republicans' Republican

Yaun proven leader for District 6

Sanford knows need for education

McMaster for S.C. attorney general

'Chronicle' owes Walker apology

Allow Augusta to grow with Young

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

In the know

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

Fox trying to move on from low-rated World Series

Health Calendar

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

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.

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Pee Dee Pride, Florence Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.

Safety netting to be installed

Lynx take off on rocky road
Winning on the road in the East Coast Hockey League is always a daunting task, and that fact will be magnified tonight for the Augusta Lynx.

Lynx road report

Lynx take off on rocky road

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.

Silent auction will benefit child

Soldier admits abuse
A Fort Gordon soldier accused of abusing his authority over his trainees pleaded guilty during a court-martial, military officials said Thursday.

Jobs, education top agendas

News you can use
Nov. 1, 1974 WAYNESBORO, Ga. - One Augusta man is dead and a Richmond County deputy remains in serious condition after a prisoner en route to Reidsville State Prison grabbed a gun and fired upon both men yesterday.

An early lead

Williams says Augusta needs unity, leadership

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.

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.

Hodges talks education at school

Outside cash raises debate in Senate race
As Election Day nears, voters might notice more campaign fliers arriving in their mailboxes, more television and radio advertisements being broadcast over local airwaves and an increase in the number of political signs peppering area roads.

SkyFest 2002 loses money
All the numbers aren't in yet, but preliminary financial figures show SkyFest 2002 in the red.

Candidate says name confusion alters poll

State gives school grades

Dressing up for lunch

Soldier admits abuse

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.

Across South Carolina

Nicotine researcher speaks on big tobacco
The executives seemed excited, Victor DeNoble said, when he and his colleagues presented the fruit of months of work in a secret lab at Philip Morris. It was a new cigarette featuring a safer derivative of nicotine and filters that trapped 80 percent of the carcinogens.

First Friday suspects miss court
Three Augusta men charged with disorderly conduct during October's First Friday festivities failed to show in court Thursday, leading a judge to order their arrests on bench warrants.

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.

Across the area

Car insurance system gets test

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

Walker Jr. sues Burns for libel
Democrat 12th Congressional District candidate Charles Walker Jr. filed suit against his Republican foe Max Burns on Thursday, alleging Mr. Burns libeled and slandered him in his political ads.

Subscriber of the day

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

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

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.

Subscriber of the day

Ross says city needs cleanup

Software bug gives residents early bill

Lynx owners look to sell team

Across South Carolina

County police cars face safety upgrade

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.

State gives school grades
AIKEN - Aiken County schools have been ranked "good" again this year on report cards meant to assess the quality of education in South Carolina.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. -A federal judge has denied bail for a former Citadel cadet who has been in jail for a year and faces trial on charges of lying to federal agents, possessing document-making equipment, bank fraud and money laundering.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Nov. 19 execution date has been set for a former mental patient convicted of murdering a woman after a night of dinner and dancing in 1975.

Ross says city needs cleanup
Sitting on a wall outside the city's newest urban park - the Augusta Common - Bobby Ross sees a lot of things he'd do differently if elected mayor.

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.

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

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.

SkyFest 2002 loses money

Across the area

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.

News you can use

Young ignore high-tech voting
ATLANTA - Georgia is rolling out its new computer voting system next week, but election experts don't expect the technology to attract a massive influx of young voters.

Hall supporter reports threats
A pastor who recently endorsed Republican Senate District 22 candidate Randy Hall has filed a police report for terroristic threats and acts after his wife received a threatening phone call at her Broad Street office.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Ed McIntyre. He keeps saying what he did when he was the mayor of the city. When he was the mayor, it was just the city; it wasn't the whole county.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James Davidson of Martinez.

Outside cash raises debate in Senate race

Hodges talks education at school
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two days after his challenger came to the area to rally the troops, Gov. Jim Hodges toured a rebuilt North Augusta middle school Thursday to explain why the state needs four more years of his educational leadership.

Report reviews D.A.R.E. program

Counties ease vote by disabled

Correction

First Friday will see higher police profile
First Friday's forecast: Cold and crowded with cops.

News you can use

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.

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.

Young ignore high-tech voting

Dressing up for lunch
Humana Military Healthcare registered nurses Jennifer Goff (from left), Ginger Gottschalk, Linda Martel and Joyce Siddall return from lunch at Riverwalk Augusta on Thursday. They are dressed for Halloween as a dog, a farmer, Harry Potter and an angel.

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

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.

Power draws funding to race

Across the area
A former Martinez man accused of molesting a girl from the ages of 11 to 15 received probation Thursday.

Walker Jr. sues Burns for libel

Tour's pair of aces trumped this time
ATLANTA - Geneva Brown of Winston-Salem, N.C., wasn't through with her first-tee introduction of the game's greatest player when the game's second-best player had heard enough.

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.

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.

Web sites have prep football covered
Welcome to the Information Age, when anyone with a computer, a little Web savvy, a passion for sports and an opinion can become an Internet beat writer.

Racing facts - Pop Secret Popcorn 400

Pit crews showcased at North Carolina Speedway

Points race, winless streak put pressure on Wallace
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Rusty Wallace generally exudes confidence and enthusiasm, but a winless streak of 59 races has him looking for the panic button.

Hopefuls know what it's like to win a title

Pit crews showcased at North Carolina Speedway
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- The pit crew is a vital part of every race team, a group of unsung heroes who make sure the cars are fast, repairs are made and tires are changed in lightning-quick time.

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.

New champion Da Matta remains the man to beat
FONTANA, Calif. -- The focus has been on Cristiano da Matta all season, and there's no reason for that to change now.

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

Spotlight on Mike McLaughlin

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

New champion Da Matta remains the man to beat

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

Hawks top Jazz
ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson is showing he can do more than just score.

Hawks fall to Nets in season opener

Yao Ming ready for NBA debut

Hawks top Jazz

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.

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.

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.

Pro Picks

Fantasy Football: Holmes takes midseason MVP

Vick leaves decisions to coaches

Peete says he'll be ready for New Orleans game

Mrs. Rosa Butler    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Cora Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarah Blackstone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Norma Freeman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Hugh Shealy    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. L. C. Scott Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Wauline Jackson    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Carol Story    (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)
Mrs. Freddie Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Strom    (WARD, S.C.)
Mr. Cecil Langham    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Terrell    (BOSTON, Mass.)
Mrs. Cora Strom    (WARD, S.C.)
Mr. Salvador Torres    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Roy Arrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Gardenhire    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Hawes Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Grant    (ARLINGTON, Va.)
Mr. Harry King    (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Avis McMillan    (BESSEMER CITY, N.C.)
Mrs. Daisy Jenkins    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Parlee Wittstock    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Kattie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Wright    (HILDEBRAN, N.C.)
Mr. L. C. Scott Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Christopher Young    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. John Sipes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Rena Allen    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. James Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Alston    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)
Mr. Randy Blount    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Roy Arrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Deacon Thomas Jefferson    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Mills Daughtry    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Freddie Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Gabriel Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Freddie Leverett    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. William Bush    (Aiken, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Charlton Sr.    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Irvine    (PORT CHARLES, Fla.)
Mrs. Jacqueline Goss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Millicent Hampton    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Derrick Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Green    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Wade Jr.    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Eulalia Jones-Tyndal    (WINTER HAVEN, Ill.)
Mrs. Willie Gardenhire (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. John Sipes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Jenkins (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Parlee Wittstock (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Salvador Torres (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Mills Daughtry (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. John Alston (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Irvine (PORT CHARLES, Fla.)

Miss Norma Freeman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Rena Allen (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Deacon Thomas Jefferson (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Wright (HILDEBRAN, N.C.)

Mr. Roy Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harry King (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ronald Grant (ARLINGTON, Va.)

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

Mrs. Freddie Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eulalia Jones-Tyndal (WINTER HAVEN, Ill.)

Mr. Randy Blount (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Young (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Langham (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Wauline Jackson (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carol Story (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Green (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Derrick Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Avis McMillan (BESSEMER CITY, N.C.)

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

Mr. Jesse Hawes Sr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Goss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Freddie Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Terrell (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mrs. Rosa Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Charlton Sr. (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Blackstone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Burmeister a keeper
She was an upstart two years ago, coming out of nowhere to upset Robin Williams for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Now, even as a veteran lawmaker who made her mark as a freshman, she's an underdog - due to the fact that her district was eliminated in reapportionment.

Ruben can and will make a difference
I would like to endorse Bonnie Ruben to be the next mayor of Augusta. Having known this intelligent and articulate lady for over 30 years, I have no doubt that of all the candidates, she is the one to move Augusta forward and get the job done. Gardelle Lewis Jr., Augusta

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

Sanford knows need for education
We support Mark Sanford and his ideas about government restructuring, streamlining education so that more dollars get to teachers and classrooms, and eliminating the state income tax. Kenny and Mimi Wiland, Aiken, S.C.

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

Murphy is a man of his word
I would like to express my confidence in Quincy Murphy, who is running for state representative of District 97. In this day and age of uncertainty, I feel it is important to know who is running our government. John S. Geeter II, Hephzibah, Ga.

Vote for a better Georgia
Their votes control hundreds of millions of your tax dollars, as well as the laws we live by. It's essential that your delegates to the state General Assembly be the best available candidates.

Yaun proven leader for District 6
I am writing to endorse Andrew Yaun for Aiken County School Board District 6. As a parent of two children, I am glad Mr. Yaun is my representative. He has demonstrated strong leadership during the past four years. A closer look at the latest PACT scores reveals Aiken County is performing well above state averages, yet has one of the lowest tax rates in the state. Our students are performing at high levels, but we aren't taxed at high levels. As a taxpayer, I appreciate Mr. Yaun's and the school board's philosophy of effectively utilizing our tax dollars. Brian Silas, Graniteville, S.C.

'Chronicle' owes Walker apology
Regarding your Oct. 13 article, "Records uncover pasts of hopefuls," tax records and property-sales information are public record. Anyone can visit the local court house and find out who owes taxes and what properties are titled in their names. Why then did The Chronicle print that Sen. Charles Walker owed back taxes on two properties that had been sold and were no longer titled in his name? Why not report on the amount of property taxes Mr. Walker did pay? I think you owe Mr. Walker an apology on this one. Kim Bragg, Augusta

McIntyre clearly superior to the rest
After watching the Comcast Channel 6 mayoral debate, it is clear that the only person with real solutions to Augusta's needs is Ed McIntyre. Frankie A. Ramsey, Augusta

It is time to elect Randy Hall
The continued decline of tax revenue from businesses leaving Augusta is well documented. The cost to run the city will increase in the future. Where will the city get the money to pay that? Hugh Hamilton, Augusta

Hard-working Young has style
Next week voters must decide who will lead Augusta forward into the new century. Without question, Mayor Bob Young is the right person for the job. E. Randall Floyd, Augusta

Call on this nurse
We will put 100th District Republican legislative candidate BETTY WHITE up against anyone in Georgia - anyone in the country, in fact - in a contest of sincerity, or purity in motivations for running.

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.

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.

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.

Towles has classroom knowledge
As District 2 graduates and parents of a future District 2 student, we are concerned about the future of our schools. For us, there is no other choice than Valerie Towles for Aiken County School Board. Summer and Cole Phillips, New Ellenton, S.C.

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

Towles will be asset for District 2
It is with great pleasure that I write you to endorse Valerie Towles as my choice for the Aiken County School Board. Donna M. Ciserano, Beech Island, S.C.

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.

Williams will get Augusta on track
Now is clearly the time for Augusta to make a change for the better. I am supporting Robin Williams in his campaign to be our next mayor. V.M. McDowell, 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.

Bell won't play 'partisan politics'
The voters of the new 96th state House District have an important choice to make Election Day. They can either choose Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, a candidate who puts partisan politics before the best interests of our community, or David Bell, a public servant who will put Augusta first. Brad Owens, 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.

Allow Augusta to grow with Young
Over the past few weeks I've watched the mayoral candidate forums on local Augusta television. While listening to candidates' responses, it became obvious that several were delivering answers they believed the audience wanted to hear and, by doing so, were responding in a manner conducive to only obtaining votes. Paul J. Sheehan, Augusta

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

Bell do best for educators
I encourage everyone to vote for David Bell for the Georgia House seat, District 96. I have known him for many years personally and professionally, and he is a man of integrity, intelligence and compassion. C.M. Clifford, Augusta

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

District needs DeLoach
A strong Augusta-area legislative delegation this next session will depend in large part on re-electing Republican GEORGE DELOACH to the 99th District House seat he has filled so well the past eight years.

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.

Howard a mainstay in District 98
Now the dean of the Augusta legislative delegation, it's difficult to imagine the Statehouse without Democrat HENRY HOWARD, six-term representative seeking re-election in the 98th District.

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

Murphy his own man
After meeting him, you can't help but think the 97th House District would be in good hands with Democrat QUINCY MURPHY.

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.

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

Replace Cleland with Chambliss for Georgia's sake
In the words of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "Democracy, the practice of self-government, is a covenant among free men to respect the rights and liberties of their fellows." Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta

Web sites have prep football covered

Association sees bigger as better

Trick or Trot

Greenbrier seniors mean business on field

Agassi reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals

Hobby brings 'Survivor' cast member to Augusta

Overtime

Safin reaches third round at Paris Masters

Overtime

Trick or Trot
Briana Horvath, 9, accompanied by Nancy Chapman (left) and Christy Bell, won $300 for her horse's tractor costume Thursday at the civic center's Trick or Trot costume contest.

Overtime
Massachusetts took a big step toward becoming the first state to prohibit aluminum bats from youth games Thursday when it banned the bats from next year's high school tournament.

Agassi reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals
PARIS -- Second-seed Andre Agassi came from behind to beat Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.

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

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.

Association sees bigger as better
In 1993, Sherry Fulmer thought she knew what to expect in the first national finals of the National Barrel Horse Association.

Waynesboro man earns plaudits for top-10 finish
The youngest of 12 siblings, Jack Williams of Waynesboro, Ga., said he has been competitive since Day 1 of his 48 years of life.

Waynesboro man earns plaudits for top-10 finish

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
Strom Thurmond Lake has turned over.

Fishing report

Pro Picks
This is supposed to be a grudge game: Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills against New England, which traded him away after he lost his job to Tom Brady last season.

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.

Vick leaves decisions to coaches
FLOWERY BRANCH - Releasing wide receiver Willie Jackson Monday was a case of addition by subtraction, but Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick wants to clear up any misunderstandings.

Swinging for the Fences

Tour's pair of aces trumped this time

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.

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.

Web site to offer free electronic tax return filing
WASHINGTON -- Up to 78 million taxpayers will probably be able to file their tax returns electronically without charge under an agreement between the Internal Revenue Service and a group of tax preparers and software publishers.

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.

Georgia's two-headed QB doing just fine

Spurrier's loss leaves Gators shaken, Bulldogs stirred
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia fans Pat Starnes and Jennifer Jackson were sitting on folding chairs outside their motorhome, going over the menu for Saturday night.

Georgia's Damien Gary undergoes more leg surgery
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia wide receiver/punt returner Damien Gary received a skin graft Thursday to close a leg wound from previous surgery.

Spurrier's loss leaves Gators shaken, Bulldogs stirred

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.

Georgia's Damien Gary undergoes more leg surgery

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

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

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.

City says permit needed for one-man 'parade'

Why buy a house when you can buy a town?

Odds and Ends

Military building biometrics database of terror suspects

Web site to offer free electronic tax return filing

Astronomers find stellar relic from universe's early days