A Rally Monkey movie? Not so fast, the Angels say
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The World Series champion Anaheim Angels aren't about to let anyone monkey around with their mascot, especially when it comes to a movie.

A Rally Monkey movie? Not so fast, the Angels say

Johnson wins fourth straight Cy Young Award, fifth overall

Johnson wins fourth straight Cy Young Award, fifth overall
NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson won his record-tying fourth straight National League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, a unanimous pick over Arizona teammate Curt Schilling.

Scioscia wins Manager of the Year; La Russa gets record fourth
NEW YORK -- Mike Scioscia was voted AL Manager of the Year on Wednesday for leading Anaheim into the playoffs, and Tony La Russa won his record fourth award for guiding St. Louis through an emotional season to the NL Central title.

Odds and Ends
EVERETT, Wash. -- Navy Ensign Troy Rose was proud to administer the oath of service to his son, even from half a world away.

DMV error names 4-year-old as driver
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- A mix-up at the Division of Motor Vehicles left one Berkeley County sheriff's deputy confused and a driver trying to explain she wasn't responsible for a car wreck when she was 4 years old.

Braves name Pat Kelly manager at Richmond

Braves announce tickets prices for 2003
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves juggled a few ticket prices for the 2003 season and introduced a "Wonderful Wednesdays" deal providing two $18 seats for the price of one in the Field Pavilion.

Braves announce tickets prices for 2003

Braves name Pat Kelly manager at Richmond
ATLANTA -- Pat Kelly will manage the AAA Richmond Braves next season, the Atlanta Braves said Tuesday.

Ex-chemist tries fashion

Business briefs
LOS ANGELES - The federal government is investigating whether Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospitals overbilled Medicare millions of dollars for costly procedures, the company announced Wednesday.

Opportunity abounds in food sector
The U.S. Commerce Department said personal spending fell last month for the first time all year, but local restaurant owners say people are still eating out.

Business briefs
The University of South Carolina Aiken's Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop on how to successfully run a small business.

Fed cuts key interest rate by half-point

Ex-chemist tries fashion
There are a few pieces of lingerie in Ericka Moore's downtown boutique, but that's not the reason she called it The Pink Slip.

Fed cuts key interest rate by half-point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, worried about the sputtering economy, cut a key interest rate by a half-point on Wednesday, marking its first rate reduction this year.

Stocks end higher Tuesday
NEW YORK -- Investors expecting a big GOP Election Day victory bought stocks gleefully Tuesday, giving the Dow Jones industrials a triple-digit gain and lifting technology stocks out of a slump.

Program gives teens a look at culinary arts
Harlem High School student Anthony Zimmerman works at McDonalds, but his goal is to become a master chef.

Sooty autos anger tenant
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Soot coming from a northeastern Florida power station has prompted a Jacksonville Port Authority tenant to consider moving its automobile processing facility out of town.

Program gives teens a look at culinary arts

Business briefs

Stocks end higher Tuesday

Business briefs

Whitehurst takes control for Clemson

Whitehurst takes control for Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Charlie Whitehurst figured he'd be Clemson's starting quarterback sometime, so why not now?

Spurrier congratulates Zook
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier remembers when he was a first-year coach at Florida, and not every member of the Gator Nation was sold on what he was bringing to town.

SEC notebook
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville isn't afraid to call this week's game exactly what it is - a glorified tune-up for Georgia.

ACC notebook
Greg Gathers and Tony Hollings were lost. Wake Forest and Maryland were defeats. Georgia Tech was done.

ACC notebook

College football picks

College football picks
There are still plenty of contenders for a national championship game. What about the Heisman Trophy?

Spurrier congratulates Zook

SEC notebook

Fort Gordon prepares to open nine-hole wonder

Hope returns to Augusta

A happy medium

Georgia makes history

Return of the zealots

Nation validates President Bush

WorldCom's mask

In the know
Women are known to collect shoes. Men, it seems, collect jeans. More than half of jeans-wearing men own between five and 10 pairs, with Generation Xers owning the most, according to the retailer Old Navy, which conducted a survey of 500 men with the market research company RoperASW.

Bake to basics
My daughter C.C. is a nacho lover, and today's recipe for C.C's Nacho Casserole gives her the taste of her favorite appetizer in a quick and easy main dish.

'George Lopez' sitcom proves a boon for ABC, TV diversity
LOS ANGELES -- ABC sitcom star George Lopez was a guest on "Good Morning America" last month when he got a friendly reminder about his part in the network's rebuilding effort.

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.

Life as carny can be grueling but satisfying
Screams and soul music are Bo Brown's soundtrack. Perched comfortably on a metal folding chair, his back rests against a towering monster tagged with the menacing moniker Cyclops. But his attention never shifts toward the swinging, spinning pendulum behind him or the happy-fearful exclamations emanating from the ride's safety-barred seats.

Small portions
The base of a souffle, whether a thick flour-bound sauce, pastry cream, chocolate or fruit puree, needs to be intensely flavored, since the bland whites mute the flavor. Have prepped molds, base, spatula, pans and preheated oven ready to go before whipping the whites.

CBS, NBC in close race as November sweeps begin
NEW YORK -- Who owns Thursday nights? The answer will go a long way to determining whether CBS or NBC can declare itself the No. 1 network on television.

In the know
The makers of Duck brand duct tape are looking for some musical muscle.

Jackson leads country-awards nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alan Jackson, who led all nominees in this year's Country Music Awards with a record 10 nominations, wasn't just competing against other musicians on Wednesday night. He also had to worry about himself.

Suggs back in control of Georgia Tech offense
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech quarterback A.J. Suggs is playing so well even his mistakes turn into big plays, and his improvement is the main reason the Yellow Jackets have won two straight.

Hargrove having breakout season for Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA -- Back home in Florida, defensive end Tony Hargrove doesn't get much credit for playing at Georgia Tech.

Rivalry reaches new level
ATLANTA - For years, Adrian McPherson has had the upper hand on Tony Hargrove.

Suggs back in control of Georgia Tech offense

Hargrove having breakout season for Yellow Jackets

Rivalry reaches new level

Every day on local roads is a scary adventure

Finchem makes example of Martha - Stewart

A tough year to do business

Harrington and Goosen compete for Order of Merit

Harrington and Goosen compete for Order of Merit
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Two weeks after trading barbs over their slow play, Padraig Harrington and Retief Goosen will square off at the season-ending Volvo Masters. As a bonus, the Order of Merit will be at stake.

USGA interested in museum at famed restaurant
NEW YORK -- Those who loved going to the Russian Team Room for its caviar and vodka could be in for a surprise the next time its doors are open: The main attraction might be Tiger Woods.

Finchem makes example of Martha - Stewart
It was only a matter of time before Martha's name came up during a PGA Tour meeting about protecting the image of golf.

Golfer Jace Bugg begins treatments for leukemia
HENDERSON, Ky. -- Buy.com Tour golfer Jace Bugg is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia at a Las Vegas hospital.

USGA interested in museum at famed restaurant

A tough year to do business
ATLANTA -- PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem sat in a quiet, dimly lit room at East Lake Golf Club and went over his schedule, typed single-space on an index card. The only thing missing from the itinerary was a minute to catch his breath.

Golfer Jace Bugg begins treatments for leukemia

Shrine Bowl coach explains Summers' snub

Swainsboro has overcome start

Marlboro County sues to get into playoffs

Swainsboro has overcome start
Going into the season, Swainsboro coach Shane Williamson knew his inexperienced team would have a tough time in its non-region schedule.

Marlboro County sues to get into playoffs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two days after the South Carolina High School League barred Marlboro County's football team from the state playoffs, the county's school district has sued to get back into the postseason.

Shrine Bowl coach explains Summers' snub
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Coach Jim Ringer says he left the state's all-time leading rusher and scorer off the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team because he doesn't block or carry out fakes.

Midland Valley rebounds from typical start
LANGLEY, S.C. - The routine has stayed the same for the past four years.

Rosters announced for S.C. North-South game
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of the top quarterbacks in South Carolina will get a chance to shine in at least one postseason game.

Georgia tip helps FBI capture fugitive
The capture of one the FBI Top Ten Fugitives facing drug trafficking charges in U.S. District Court led to a quiet hearing Wednesday afternoon in the historic Augusta federal courthouse.

Continental 'pig-in-a-poke' preferable

Dog fees unfair to responsible owners

Is columnist Pitts a traitor?

Son convicted of statutory rape thought girl was 18

Pay standards should apply to CEOs

Corps spokesman answers critic

Serial-story comics wanted for older readers

Meanings of words always changing

Corrects letter writer's slant on Bush

'Boondocks' cartoon is drivel

First-class tourney, second-class citizens

Solution to our problems: God

Musical a triumph for Augusta Prep

Won't spend money on White Friday

Ross backs Bob Young for mayor

Health calendar

Bake to basics

In the know

CBS, NBC in close race as November sweeps begin

Life as carny can be grueling but satisfying

'George Lopez' sitcom proves a boon for ABC, TV diversity

Five Questions with Tyson Holly
Augusta Lynx left wing Tyson Holly answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Safety net
James Montgomery, of Arena Resources Inc., installs a hockey safety net at the Augusta-Richmond Civic Center Tuesday afternoon.

Rumors of move denied
As Lynx owners continue their quest to find local investors to buy a stake in the team, majority owner Peter Gillespie paints a promising picture for the future of minor-pro hockey in Augusta.

Lynx coach feels pressure

Lynx coach feels pressure
After enduring one of the worst five-game stretches in team history, the Augusta Lynx coach said Tuesday that his job could be riding on the outcome of games Friday and Saturday at home against Charlotte and Columbia.

Rumors of move denied

Trainer's streak is at 1,799 games
Players, coaches and general managers have come and gone, but one constant has remained for the Augusta Lynx.

Five Questions with Tyson Holly

Trainer's streak is at 1,799 games

Warren takes early lead in District 99

House Speaker loses after 40 years in office
ATLANTA - The nation's longest-serving legislative speaker lost Tuesday after more than four decades in office.

Taylor wins re-election in Georgia's lieutenant governor's race

Owners request longer race day
The operators of a Columbia County racetrack want the checkered flag to drop a little later on Saturday nights.

McIntyre, Young will meet in runoff
From a field of five, two candidates emerged from Tuesday's mayoral election to secure a spot on ballots for a Nov. 26 runoff race.

County boosts victory by GOP
AIKEN - State Rep. Charles Sharpe, R-Wagener, the agriculture commissioner-elect, will become the first resident of Aiken County since at least 1900 to hold a constitutional office when he takes office in January.

Absentees hurt Walker

News you can use
NOV. 7, 1940 Augustans by the hundreds will join tonight in bidding farewell to the 19th Battalion, Marine Corps Reserves, at a gala concert of the world-famous United States Navy Band at the Municipal Auditorium.

Extortion case draws attention to mayor

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Debbie Dunaway of Evans.

McIntyre, Young head for runoff

Republicans rejoice in wins
Local Republicans were reveling Wednesday after Tuesday's election that ousted Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Cleland and state Sen. Charles Walker Sr. and deprived Mr. Walker's son of a seat in Congress.

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Numbers tell story of Walker's loss
A quick glance at the numbers from the state Senate District 22 race suggests that Charles Walker should be preparing to serve his sixth term in office.

All in the family
The Carlisle family of Aiken turns Election Day into a family affair.

Kolb pushes new tax increase
City Administrator George Kolb's 2003 city budget asks Augusta commissioners to approve another slight property tax increase next year to pay for programs such as an office of economic development, the increased cost of prisoners and public works programs that keep the streets clean.

Perdue close to monumental upset in governor's race

Rural counties rave over voting machines
Lucy Bryant called it a victory for the new touch-screen voting machines.

Burmeister is set for win
With her seat eliminated during redistricting, Georgia Rep. Sue Burmeister appeared to defeat Democrat David Bell in her bid to return in House District 96.

Legislators look for next moves in wake of upsets
ATLANTA - Political maneuvering was the order of the day at the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday, one day after voters threw Republicans and Democrats into a tizzy by creating a divided state government.

Graham wins Thurmond's Senate seat
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Political observers say it was no surprise when Republican Rep. Lindsey Graham won the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Strom Thurmond.

Chambliss says timing led to win
ATLANTA - To hear Saxby Chambliss tell it, good timing had a lot to do with his upset victory over U.S. Sen. Max Cleland.

Georgia tip helps FBI capture fugitive

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON -A former Lexington County school employee has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an athlete with the mental capacity of a 9-year-old.

Man retires with levers
ATHENS, Ga. - The moment an Athens-Clarke County voter stepped past the curtain of a lever voting machine was the culmination of hours of painstaking preparation.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Fulton County jury convicted a 42-year-old man of murder Wednesday in the slayings of four men at two hotels in 1998.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged Tuesday with molesting his friend's younger sister and giving her alcohol, a sheriff's report states.

Across the area
A Cross Creek High School student was arrested on a felony weapons charge Wednesday after a classmate saw him with a knife and told the principal, police said.

Lawyers contest death sentence

Brazilian gets training in Aiken
AIKEN - During the past two days, 13 officers from around the state and one visitor from South America have taken aim at the bad guys with technical training provided by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Rants and Raves
THERE ARE so-called charities operating and targeting people in the CSRA who pocket most of the money for themselves.

School board candidate will protest loss
AIKEN - Rebekah "Reb" Sutherland, a candidate for Aiken County School Board's District 2 seat who lost Tuesday's election by more than 1,000 votes, isn't done fighting.

Alcohol measure gets OK

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT regarding the moron who refuses to pay $7 for his/her animals, stating that vet bills, food and taxes were too costly. It seems to me that this individual considers these animals as burdens, not pets, and it is this type of mentality which allows these poor animals to roam the streets. Pets are like children. If you can't take care of them properly, then don't have them.

GOP takes lead in Columbia County

Controversial issues hindered Barnes' run
ATLANTA - A shrunken Confederate emblem on the state flag. An aggressive education reform effort that alienated teachers. A rained-soaked day in metro Atlanta and multiple visits from a popular president.

Correction

Across South Carolina

House Speaker loses after 40 years in office

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT regarding the moron who refuses to pay $7 for his/her animals, stating that vet bills, food and taxes were too costly. It seems to me that this individual considers these animals as burdens, not pets, and it is this type of mentality which allows these poor animals to roam the streets. Pets are like children. If you can't take care of them properly, then don't have them.

Across the southeast
HAINES CITY, Fla. -An escaped convict was killed as he attempted to flee from deputy U.S. marshals.

Top 10 fugitive brought to city

Man retires with levers

Across the area

Camden sheriff's office takes over Woodbine beat
WOODBINE, Ga. - The Woodbine Police Department went out of business Friday.

Republicans rejoice in wins

Across Georgia
MACON -A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to phoning a bomb threat against Vice President Dick Cheney at a speech in July in Macon, federal officials said Tuesday.

Brazilian gets training in Aiken

McIntyre, Young will meet in runoff

Clerk helps start online program

Sanford wins S.C. governor's race

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina
ST. GEORGE -Two people have been arrested for helping three inmates escape from a prison near Ridgeville.

Rural counties rave over voting machines

Absentees hurt Walker
Republican Randy Hall scored an upset victory over incumbent Democratic state Sen. Charles Walker Sr. to win the 22nd District Senate seat in Tuesday's election.

Controversial issues hindered Barnes' run

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cathy Collins of Augusta.

Owners request longer race day

Ryberg fails bid for post

News you can use

Republicans sweep senate and governor's races

School board candidate will protest loss

Burns beats Walker

Kolb pushes new tax increase

Electronic voting system runs smoothly

County boosts victory by GOP

GOP controls Georgia U.S. House seats

Chambliss says timing led to win

Georgians approve most amendments

Numbers tell story of Walker's loss

Incumbent Padgett wins in school trustee race

Across the southeast

Burns holds early edge over Walker

Across Georgia

Republican wins 12th District race

Graham becomes first new senator in 36 years

Sunday liquor sales get Aiken's approval

Across the area

Democrat heads toward win in House District 97

Across the southeast

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Early results leaning to Hall

Top 10 fugitive brought to city
The prosecution of one of the FBI's Top 10 fugitives began in the federal courthouse in Augusta on Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators move into new crime lab
In TV land, it would be like going from Quincy to CSI.

Legislators look for next moves in wake of upsets

Alcohol measure gets OK
AIKEN - Spirits were high Tuesday night for advocates of Sunday alcohol sales in Aiken after a referendum allowing it passed.

Barrett wins 3rd district

Georgians approve most amendments
ATLANTA - A constitutional amendment that would create a program for the voluntary sterilization of cats and dogs easily won approval Tuesday, but Georgians voted against an amendment that would allow tax breaks for developers of low-income housing.

Police arrest frantic woman after accident

GOP controls Georgia U.S. House seats
ATLANTA - Republicans Max Burns and Phil Gingrey won upset victories Tuesday in congressional districts drawn for Democrats, keeping a majority of Georgia U.S. House seats in GOP control.

Clerk helps start online program
State Court judges in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties will have access to courthouse records 24 hours a day under a pilot program in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Barrett wins 3rd district
South Carolina Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-Westminster, decisively won South Carolina's 3rd District congressional seat Tuesday.

Voters approve changes to laws

New system stalls Richmond County tally
Election results from Richmond County precincts lagged hours behind reports from other Georgia counties Tuesday night, with local totals trickling out until early today.

Electronic voting system runs smoothly
Georgia's new electronic voting machines seemed to work fine Tuesday - once voters navigated long lines to the polls.

Ryberg fails bid for post
Democratic candidate Grady Patterson beat Aiken County legislator Greg Ryberg in the race for South Carolina treasurer.

Taylor wins re-election in Georgia's lieutenant governor's race
ATLANTA -- Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor grabbed a second term Tuesday as lieutenant governor and promised that he would not turn the Legislature into a sparring ground with Sonny Perdue, the newly elected Republican governor.

Comptroller win increases GOP's power
COLUMBIA - Richard Eckstrom's win in the comptroller's general race means more than just another Republican in statewide office.

Sanford wins S.C. governor's race
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican Mark Sanford defeated South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges on Tuesday in a tight race that pitted plans to improve economic woes against ongoing programs to bolster the state's poor public education system.

Attorneys defend faith at conference
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Christian lawyers.

Perdue pulls off monumental upset
ATLANTA -- A Republican captured the Georgia governor's office for the first time in more than 130 years Tuesday as former state Sen. Sonny Perdue pulled off a stunning upset of Democrat Roy Barnes.

News you can use
NOV. 6, 1930 Augusta's Retail Merchants Association has unanimously decided to decorate Broad Street with colored lights again this year.

Voters change face of panel
Aiken County Council appears to have a whole new look.

Correction
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the $1.2 million that Fisher Communications Inc. paid for WFXG-TV in Augusta was for the station building and the land on which it sits. The total purchase price - which would have included intangible assets such as the station's license, affiliation agreement and existing advertising contracts - was not disclosed.

Perdue close to monumental upset in governor's race
ATLANTA -- Sonny Perdue, a former Democrat, mounted the Republican party's strongest bid for the Georgia governorship in over 130 years Tuesday, on the brink of a shocking upset of Gov. Roy Barnes.

Youth drive

GOP remains in control of District 86
AIKEN - A 17-year Republican district appeared to remain in the GOP column after Tuesday's race for state House District 86 leaned heavily toward Aiken builder Jim Stewart over prosecutor Everett Chandler.

Burmeister is set for win

Democrat heads toward win in House District 97
Though he fell behind early in the race to represent District 97 in the Georgia House of Representatives, by early Wednesday William Quincy Murphy was leading his Republican opponent, Otis Smith, by a significant margin.

Republican wins 12th District race
Strong support in the rural counties for Republican candidate Max Burns help seal a win over Democrat rival, Charles "Champ" Walker Jr., in election returns for the 12th Congressional District late Tuesday.

Burns holds early edge over Walker
Twelfth Congressional District Republican candidate Max Burns was leading rival Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. in early election returns Tuesday.

Incumbent Taylor holds lead early
ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor was maintaining a consistent lead in his re-election bid Tuesday night with slightly more than 50 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Republican challenger Steve Stancil. Only 36 percent of the state's precincts had reported.

All in the family

Rants and Raves
THERE ARE so-called charities operating and targeting people in the CSRA who pocket most of the money for themselves.

Man retires with levers

Incumbent Padgett wins in school trustee race
Barbara Padgett, the District 6 representative of the Richmond County Board of Education, appeared to defeat opponent Robert Ingham by 72 percent to 28 percent amid slow returns.

GOP takes lead in Columbia County
Columbia County voters continued their Republican leanings Tuesday.

Republican Cox wins school superintendent race
ATLANTA -- A Republican critic of Georgia's education reform defeated a teachers association executive for the state school superintendent's seat.

Warren takes early lead in District 99
In a low-key race overshadowed by others on the ballot, Georgia Rep. George DeLoach trailed Democrat Pete Warren for the House District 99 seat.

Republicans sweep senate and governor's races
ATLANTA -- Republicans stunned the top two Democrats on the ballot Tuesday in Georgia, a state dominated by that party since Reconstruction.

Republican Cox wins school superintendent race

Towles leads District 2 race for school board
AIKEN - With most votes counted, frequent political candidate Rebekah "Reb" Sutherland was losing a hard-fought school board race Tuesday with Valerie Towles for representation of District 2.

Comptroller win increases GOP's power

Sunday liquor sales get Aiken's approval
AIKEN - Spirits were high Tuesday night for advocates of Sunday alcohol sales in Aiken after strong support for a referendum allowing it.

Perdue pulls off monumental upset

Burns beats Walker
ATLANTA -- Republican Max Burns upset congressional rival Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. in a new district drawn as a Democratic stronghold Tuesday, dashing Democrats' plans to win a majority of Georgia U.S. House seats.

Lawyers contest death sentence
Attorneys for the last man sentenced to death by a Richmond County jury have begun the final round of appeals.

Graham becomes first new senator in 36 years
COLUMBIA - Republican Rep. Lindsey Graham became South Carolina's first new senator in 36 years Tuesday, winning the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Extortion case draws attention to mayor
In a town that touts its Southern charm, tree-lined streets and more than 100 Colonial, antebellum and Victorian homes, a scandal has unfolded that has the mayor of Washington, Ga., sitting in a shaky seat.

McIntyre, Young head for runoff
From a field of five, two candidates had emerged in early reports as front-runners in Tuesday's mayoral election, likely to secure a spot on ballots Nov. 26, for a runoff race.

Police arrest frantic woman after accident
An Augusta woman allegedly attacked a police officer with a campaign sign after fleeing the scene of a four-car accident on Alexander Drive that injured two people Tuesday.

Early results leaning to Hall
Political newcomer Randy Hall was leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Charles Walker Sr. in early returns Tuesday in the District 22 Senate race.

Youth drive
Chris Lietzow, 16, gives the thumbs up to people driving by the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center in Aiken as his friend Robe Victor, 16, whistles in hopes of getting people to come in and vote. The Aiken High School students braved the weather Tuesday to campaign and earn credit for an American government class.

Voters approve changes to laws
Georgia voters were on their way to approving most of the constitutional amendments and referendum questions on Tuesday's ballot.

Across the southeast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -Rodger Bass, an attorney who defended Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bomber Bobby Frank Cherry, died Sunday. He was 39.

Man retires with levers
ATHENS, Ga. - The moment an Athens-Clarke County voter stepped past the curtain of a lever voting machine was the culmination of hours of painstaking preparation.

Graham wins Thurmond's Senate seat

Warren topples DeLoach
Democrat Pete Warren appeared headed toward an upset of incumbent Georgia Rep. George DeLoach for House District 99.

Fans stoop low when it comes to Edwards
ATHENS, Ga. - Terrence Edwards felt bad enough Sunday morning after his costly dropped pass and his mother's hospitalization.

Every day on local roads is a scary adventure
I can't remember the last time I faced death. Oh, wait; yes, I do. It was yesterday, the last time I drove my car.

Spencer out at Ganassi at the end of the season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jimmy Spencer's disappointing run at Chip Ganassi Racing ended Tuesday when the car owner fired him after just one season.

NASCAR notebook
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Last Saturday, team manager Andy Graves said Chip Ganassi Racing was "100 percent" committed to driver Jimmy Spencer.

Series runner-up to replace champion at Newman-Haas

Racing facts - Checker Auto Parts 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Checker Auto Parts 500 race.

Racing facts - Checker Auto Parts 500

Teams hire engineers to help them excel
AVONDALE, Az. - As a teammate at Penske South, Rusty Wallace can rummage through the classified setup notes for Ryan Newman's car.

Fittipaldi to make Winston Cup debut at Phoenix
A go-karting accident put Christian Fittipaldi's stock-car racing career on the fast track.

Teams hire engineers to help them excel

Series runner-up to replace champion at Newman-Haas
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. -- Bruno Junqueira has been signed by Newman/Haas Racing to replace Brazilian countryman and boyhood friend Cristiano da Matta in 2003.

Spolight on James Ince
Here is a profile of NASCAR crew chief James Ince.

NASCAR notebook

Spolight on James Ince

Fittipaldi to make Winston Cup debut at Phoenix

Hawks top Nuggets

Suns defeat Hawks
PHOENIX -- Penny Hardaway scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Phoenix Suns rally from a 14-point deficit for a 93-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Suns defeat Hawks

Heat co-owner drops out of bid for new Charlotte team

Hawks top Nuggets
DENVER -- Glenn Robinson was held below 30 points for the first time this season, but the Atlanta Hawks still gained their third straight victory by defeating the Denver Nuggets 103-87 Tuesday night.

Heat co-owner drops out of bid for new Charlotte team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The candidates pursuing an NBA expansion team for Charlotte narrowed to two Wednesday after Miami Heat co-owner Bob Sturges withdrew from consideration.

Packers cautiously optimistic at 7-1

Dan & Tommy: Together again, but on opposite sides

Fantasy Football: Save yourself: Make a trade

Panthers sign Stuber off Washington's practice squad

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Mrs. Katherine Sullivan    (EVANS, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. William Brunkow
Family, friends and music industry associates are mourning the sudden death of a local music store owner.

Mrs. Vivian White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Trynati Bunn    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Novellow Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Warren Carter Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Warren Carter Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Dixon    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Geraldine Harris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Glenn DuVall    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Jordan Bowens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Katherine Sullivan    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. William Brunkow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Weatherford    (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)
Mrs. Effie White    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Hoover Mathis    (ALBANY, Ga.)
Mrs. Elsie Kitchens    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Kennedy    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Dean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Murphy (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. David Randall (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Cheryl Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Prickett (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Jordan Bowens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Carter Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Everett (DEEPSTEP, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Pelot (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred Hardwick Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Caroline Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Philemon Nelson Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Muris Gay Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Amy Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Sullivan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Harriet Wise (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Cheryl Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Harris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Langley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Kennedy (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Hardeman (ANN ARBOR, Mich.)

Mr. Harold Dixon (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Brenda Riley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Williams Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie White (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Trynati Bunn (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Clyde Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Harris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Clyde Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Dean (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Geraldine Harris

Mr. Harold Dixon (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Warren Carter Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Ozane (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Peggy Hays (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Allan Brooks (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn DuVall (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Hoover Mathis (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Sullivan (EVANS, Ga.)

Dylan Pace (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Mitchell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Pelot (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard Weatherford (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)

Taquela Upshaw (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jane Samuel (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Brunkow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Kitchens (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Solution to our problems: God
We face many problems today - terrorism, snipers, drive-by shootings, drugs, alcohol, domestic violence and child abuse. Dr. C.A. Dabney, Augusta

Meanings of words always changing
Regarding Zameer Sheikh's Oct. 21 letter, "Chronicle misuse of 'jihad' contributes to misunderstanding": I would point out that the U.S. print media redefined the meaning of "jihad" to be "holy war" some months ago. Raymond Hargrove, North Augusta, S.C.

WorldCom's mask
"Our investigation strongly suggests that WorldCom personnel responded to changing business conditions and earnings pressures by taking extraordinary and illegal steps to mask the discrepancy between the financial reality at the company and Wall Street's expectations."

Ross backs Bob Young for mayor
The number of people who voted for me for mayor of Augusta was 1,158. Thank you very much. Bobby Ross, Augusta

Dog fees unfair to responsible owners
As a responsible pet owner I make sure my pets have their yearly checkups and shots. They are AKC-registered, do not run the streets and only go outside in my fenced yard when I go with them. Robin Hughes, Augusta

Corps spokesman answers critic
Regarding Earl Bradley's Oct. 22 comments concerning the persistent drought in the Savannah River Basin and, more specifically, my role in managing Lake Thurmond's lake levels: James N. Parker Jr., Savannah, Ga.

Return of the zealots
Recall how critics of President George W. Bush wept and gnashed their teeth when he was considering unilateral military action to effect a "regime change" in Iraq?

Is columnist Pitts a traitor?
I think that columnist Leonard Pitts would be first in line to protest George W. Bush "stealing" the election from Al Gore or to protest the U.S. Supreme Court for overruling the Democrats' Florida Supreme Court's effort to hand Mr. Gore the presidency on a silver platter. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Pay standards should apply to CEOs
The salaries of top corporate officers should be tied to the salaries of the workers they direct. It is hard to accept that the worker who produces a service or product should be asked to take a pay cut or benefit reduction, while CEOs are getting bonuses and stock options because the business is doing so well. Paul Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Georgia makes history
It's not only a new day in Augusta, but also in Georgia - the first time the sun has risen on a GOP governor-elect since the Reconstruction era.

Son convicted of statutory rape thought girl was 18
On Oct. 4 my son, now 20, was sentenced to three years in prison. He was convicted of statutory rape, having had consensual sexual relations with a minor. Yolanda Maldonado, Augusta

Nation validates President Bush
Had there been any doubt left about the validity of George W. Bush's presidency, it was dispelled Tuesday. This so-called "selected" president put his prestige right on the line for more than 20 U.S. Senate candidates, including Georgia's come-from-behind winner Saxby Chambliss. Bush, defying off-year history, helped his party take back control of both houses of Congress.

Serial-story comics wanted for older readers
Once again age is being pushed aside and this time it's The Augusta Chronicle doing the pushing. Older folks remember when comics were continuing stories like comic books or soap operas. Betty Grimstead, Augusta

Musical a triumph for Augusta Prep
Recently I saw Les Miserables performed by the thespians of Augusta Preparatory Day School. It was a stellar production and performance that bore no mark of the amateur. For two and one-half hours I sat enthralled, listening to beautiful voices and watching young people as they poured their hearts and souls into the musical rendition of the Victor Hugo classic. Naomi Williams, Augusta

Corrects letter writer's slant on Bush
In answer to Ernest W. Erdman's letter of Oct. 23, "President Bush is only interested in Middle East oil," I have to wonder what world map he is looking at. Iraq does not have access to the Caspian Sea, and the only way it could is if Saddam Hussein invaded Iran (again). Don Christian, Hephzibah, Ga.

First-class tourney, second-class citizens
Without the cooperation of Augusta's tax-paid traffic and crowd control, what would Masters guests confront while attending the tournament? Chaos! Mimi Hallman, Aiken, S.C.

A happy medium
With police out in force and outdoor vendors and bands denied access, the Augusta First Friday festival was a lot tamer this month than last. The question is, was Broad Street too tame?

Hope returns to Augusta
It was as if the clouds over Augusta had parted on Wednesday.

Continental 'pig-in-a-poke' preferable
The Nov. 5 letter ("Pilot warns of Continental's service") from Leslie Dittmer-Boyle, a major airline pilot, exhorted the local flying community to view the start-up of Continental Airlines service from Augusta Regional Airport in a broader context - are we buying a "pig-in-a-poke?" The only problem is that there is no broader context for frequent travelers to and from Augusta, and that the current service is so deplorable that a pig-in-a-poke is an improvement. John Miller, Aiken, S.C.

'Boondocks' cartoon is drivel
On Oct. 13 you asked readers to choose between two comic strips, yet you publish Boondocks. Did anyone at The Chronicle even read that strip before it was published? Are you being paid to publish this advertisement for the Democratic Party, or are you being threatened? John Ballard, Augusta

Won't spend money on White Friday
Regarding statements made about the 19 black people arrested at October's First Friday in downtown Augusta: I find it amazing in the year 2002 that people can still find a person's skin color can cause problems. Pamela Williams, Hephzibah, Ga.

Hewitt, Safin face off at Shanghai Masters

Report: Third person investigated in suspicious Breeders' Cup bet

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Derrick Alexander will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Hewitt, Safin face off at Shanghai Masters
SHANGHAI, China -- Top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt will face No. 3 Marat Safin in next week's season-ending Shanghai Masters Cup.

Report: Third person investigated in suspicious Breeders' Cup bet
NEW YORK -- A third person is being investigated as part of a probe into a suspicious Breeders' Cup bet worth $3 million, the Thoroughbred Times reported Tuesday.

Overtime
Four area players were named to the South Carolina North-South All Star Game on Tuesday.

Panthers sign Stuber off Washington's practice squad
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers signed offensive lineman Tim Stuber on Wednesday from the Washington Redskins' practice squad.

Dan & Tommy: Together again, but on opposite sides
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves was right about Tommy Maddox after all.

Packers cautiously optimistic at 7-1
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The last two times the Green Bay Packers started 7-1 they won the Super Bowl.

Fantasy Football: Save yourself: Make a trade
OK, admit it. Your fantasy team hasn't been what you hoped. Your draft day dreams have turned into a total disaster.

Fans stoop low when it comes to Edwards

Bariatric surgery emerges as drastic remedy for obese kids
CHICAGO -- Drastic surgery for obesity, once viewed as suitable only for adults, is emerging as an option for children, a new pediatrics report says.

Survival from heart failure improved over five decades
Doctors have made progress over the last five decades in keeping heart failure patients alive and preventing the life-threatening condition, at least in women, a new study shows.

Drugs tested to halt mental decline after heart bypass surgery
WASHINGTON -- Call it brain fog, that loss of memory and thinking ability that strikes tens of thousands of patients after open-heart surgery, and sometimes other big operations, every year.

Microsoft makes a big bet on Tablet PC
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After years of promises, Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates is betting his company's money and his vision of computing on the launch of a new generation of portable computers.

Lord of the Rings does well as videogame
The history of videogames is littered with the rubble of bad titles based on popular movies.

Access-card required for Internet cafe users in part of China
BEIJING -- A Chinese province has required Internet cafe users to buy access cards that identify them to police, further tightening official monitoring of who uses the Internet and what they do online, a police spokesman said Monday.

Georgia receiver tries to bounce back from one that got away

Dogs look ahead
ATHENS, Ga. - The schedule says Georgia plays Mississippi this week, but Tuesday the Bulldogs were still talking about old opportunities missed.

Georgia still controls its own destiny despite first loss

Dogs look ahead

Bulldogs intend to get on the run
ATHENS, Ga. - From the media to his radio show to Internet message boards, Georgia coach Mark Richt has encountered plenty of second-guessers since last week's costly loss to Florida.

Georgia receiver tries to bounce back from one that got away
ATHENS, Ga. -- Terrence Edwards emerged from the locker room holding copies of several e-mails - all from Georgia fans telling him to keep his head up.

Georgia still controls its own destiny despite first loss
ATHENS, Ga. -- As if losing for the first time wasn't bad enough, Georgia had to go through it again in the film room.

Gamecocks get no respect despite last year's success

South Carolina's Howell to miss first six games

South Carolina's Howell to miss first six games
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina forward Ivan Howell will miss the first six games of the season after he was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester.

Gamecocks get no respect despite last year's success
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's top scorer Jocelyn Penn is back after the Gamecocks finished last season at No. 6, but that hasn't translated into respect from preseason poll voters.

Fort Gordon prepares to open nine-hole wonder
It was well worth a recent trip to Fort Gordon to see the new nine-hole course at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.

Odds and Ends

Lord of the Rings does well as videogame

Drugs tested to halt mental decline after heart bypass surgery

Access-card required for Internet cafe users in part of China

Microsoft makes a big bet on Tablet PC

Bariatric surgery emerges as drastic remedy for obese kids

Survival from heart failure improved over five decades