Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here is a list of events and specials at area clubs

Flutist likes ease of instrument
For Carol Wincenc, playing flute means more than sitting on the front row of an orchestra adding breathy whistles and chirps to the sonic mix. For her, it means being able to educate, entertain, break down barriers and perhaps fall in line with a marching band.

Mini reviews

Flutist likes ease of instrument

Country connections
Canadian Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton would seem to have little in common.

Country connections

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.

Video watch

At the movies: '8 Mile'
Say what you will about Eminem - that he's a misogynist and a homophobe, that his profane, violent rhymes taint the young minds of his fervent followers.

At the movies: '8 Mile'

3 Doors Down proud of Southern roots
Two years ago, Mississippi band 3 Doors Down was the rock world's surprise success story. Fueled by its catchy hit Kryptonite, the band garnered popular success and critical acclaim.

Club calendar

Standing ovations
The Georgia-Carolina State Fair, presented by the Augusta Exchange Club, continues through Sunday at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds on Hale Street.

Standing ovations

Concert calendar
3 DOORS DOWN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Fort Gordon, Barton Field; $22 advance, $27 at gate; tickets on sale at Papa John's Pizza outlets, Fort Gordon Federal Credit Union, Fort Gordon PX Customer Service and www.fortgordon.com.; 791-6779.

Universal appeal

Band gets its Fixx by performing

3 Doors Down proud of Southern roots

Universal appeal
There's really nothing Latin about Lapland - except, perhaps, Ulrika Frank. Ms. Frank is the featured dancer in the Atlanta-based Pasion Flamenca production of Vivir! (To Live), to be staged Saturday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.

Chili's breaks chain of uniformity

At the movies: 'Femme Fatale'
With "Femme Fatale," Brian De Palma has oddly delivered his personal best in years while still making one of the worst movies of 2002.

Applause calendar

Band gets its Fixx by performing
During its early-80s heyday, The Fixx was a stadium stage staple, a hit machine best known for keyboard- and guitar-driven songs such as One Thing Leads to Another and Red Skies.

These are children's movies?

Chili's breaks chain of uniformity
Chain restaurants, with hanging fern baskets, piped-in pop music and trendy fried appetizers, are comforting in their squeaky-clean familiarity, yet bland in their uniformity.

Concert calendar

Applause calendar
CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; arts and crafts; $5, children 12 and younger admitted free; Russ Hunt, (800) 683-3772.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Pumpkin, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, and The Powerpuff Girls Movie

These are children's movies?
Here's a childhood memory.

At the movies: 'Femme Fatale'

Zito edges Martinez for AL Cy Young Award
NEW YORK -- Now Barry Zito can stare at a Cy Young Award every day.

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.

Zito edges Martinez for AL Cy Young Award

Tuesday's elections show voters won't back bullies

Taylor Nicole Cliett

Joshua Zackeriah Patterson
Joshua K. Patterson and Monica D. P

Brooklyn Lauren Sloan
Steve

John Hayden Morrison
John

Joshua Zackeriah Patterson

Julianna Hope McGahee
Lan

Madilyn Connor Ward
Trevor and Rhonda Ward of Bath announce the birth of a daughter, Madilyn Connor Ward, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David P. Kaney Jr. of Gloverville and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Ward of North Augusta.

Elizabeth Suzanne McCrary
Mr. and Mrs. Fieldi

Megan Alexis Shell

Megan Alexis Shell
April Shell of North Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Megan Alexis Shell, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Kay Shell of Saluda, S.C., and Vickie Shell of New Ellenton.

Jillian Marie Sullivan

Ruby Marie Bland

Joanna Morgan Payton

Brooklyn Lauren Sloan

Julianna Hope McGahee

Taylor Nicole Cliett
Chris and Melisa Cliett of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Nicole Cliett, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Eubanks and Diann Cliett, all of Martinez, and the late Leonard Cliett.

Javen D'Andre Glenn
Maurice and Theodosia Glenn of Washington, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Javen D'Andre Glenn, Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mr. Andrew Glenn of Union Point, Ga., and the late Essie M. Wynn.

Chadwick Lee Prince Jr.
Lee

Ruby Marie Bland
Richard and Erika Bland of Marti

James Bernard McBride Jr.
James McBride and Anatiah Utley, both of Augusta,

Tyler Houston Stampley and Parker Andrew Stampley
Rodney and Shannon Stampley of Jackson announce the birth of twins, Tyler Houston Stampley and Parker Andrew Stampley, Satu

Dominae' A'Kara Sheilicia Barker
David A. and Yvonne S. Barker of Augusta anno

John Hayden Morrison

Javen D'Andre Glenn

Shane Parker Sloan

Sunnie Loren Clemons

Zayne Scott Barthlome
Adam Barthlome and Lori Pitts, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Zayne Scott Barthlome, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Pitts of Graniteville, S.C., and Carolyn Brown of Augusta.

Zayne Scott Barthlome

Tyler Houston Stampley and Parker Andrew Stampley

Trinitee Addae Johnson

Wayman Jaiden Graham

Shelby Michelle Redden

Madilyn Connor Ward

James Bernard McBride Jr.

Dominae' A'Kara Sheilicia Barker

Megan Riley Williams

Hunter Bryson Temples
Curti

Hayden Alexander Rogers

Wayman Jaiden Graham
Wayman J.

Hunter Bryson Temples

Stacey Logan Cook
John Cook and

Joanna Morgan Payton
Joseph and Janet Payton of

Sunnie Loren Clemons
Bobby Way

Shelby Michelle Redden
Bria

Megan Riley Williams
Phillip and Jayme Williams of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Megan Riley Williams, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Holloway of Springfield, Mo., and Lucia Williams of Evans.

Hayden Alexander Rogers
William J. and Jenni

Jillian Marie Sullivan
Tommy and Kristen Sullivan of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Jillian Marie Sullivan, Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gelinas of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. James Sullivan of Fort Pierce, Fla.

Stacey Logan Cook

Shane Parker Sloan
Chris and Tammie Sloan of North August

Elizabeth Suzanne McCrary

Chadwick Lee Prince Jr.

Trinitee Addae Johnson
Keith and LaDonna Johnson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Trinitee Addae Johnson, Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Ernest Perry of Waynesboro and Mr. and Mrs. Joel Brockman of Mauldin, S.C.

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 announce tickets prices for 2003

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.

Bureau honors tourism boosters
When the Wynn family comes to town, Augusta businesses see a windfall.

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.

Board to OK vote on union

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.

Board to OK vote on union
The National Labor Relations Board next week will certify FutureCall LLC's recent union election, in which employees overwhelmingly voted against union representation.

Program gives teens a look at culinary arts

Smoking ban fires up Florida

Business briefs

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

Survey will help group aid small businesses
For 20 years, Howard Bush paid for the health insurance of the employees at his small downtown law firm.

Smoking ban fires up Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The vote seemed to break along puffer, not party, lines this time.

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.

Survey will help group aid small businesses

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.

Stocks slide on Cisco warning, profit-taking

Stocks slide on Cisco warning, profit-taking
NEW YORK -- A dim technology forecast from Cisco Systemes sent stocks tumbling Thursday, as investors upbeat after four weeks of gains got a sobering reminder of the economy's uncertain outlook. The Dow Jones industrials fell more than 180 points.

SEC notebook

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

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

ACC notebook

College football picks

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.

'Let's roll' on agenda

Nation validates President Bush

Georgia makes history

Hope returns to Augusta

Search for relevance

Family scrapbook
Do you have a special family photo? Send it to us for the Family Scrapbook page.

Resources for parents of learning-disabled kids
Question: What should parents do if they're concerned their preschooler might have a disability or developmental delay of some kind?

From the editor
Sometimes the spirit of giving comes shining through all the muck of everyday life. And when it does, the results can be dazzling.

A fun idea that will float your boat!...sort of
Thanksgiving is one of those few days a year when families actually eat in their dining room. The good china and silver come out - even those linen napkins and tablecloths.

Holiday traditions
Max and Teresa Belchyk know what to expect on Christmas morning - their children Max, 15, and Emily, 12, standing by their bed with wide eyes imploring them to wake.

Counting books for children
This is a recommended list of counting books that meet the following criteria: # Clearly printed numbers. # Objects which are easy for children to identify as they count. # The correct number of objects to count. # These books are available at one or more locations in the East Central Georgia Regional Library System.

Pain relief...Don't believe everything you see
Are over the counter (OTC) pain-relief medications safe for the common aches and pains in pregnancy?

Family calendar
Attention Parents: You need a night out! To help, we've identified several "Date Night" events for you. Just look for the heart and make your plans. Sorry, babysitters aren't provided, but many of the events are free.

Mom makeovers
Who hasn't looked at those "before" and "after" photos from makeovers and marveled at the transformation. A little snip here, a brush of color there and you have a new woman.

Get the kids involved in the Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's my favorite mostly due to the fact that I am afforded days to cook in preparing for the big meal, but also because of the historical authenticity of the foods I get to cook.

Surving the chaos!
I'm having labor pains again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Gardening calendar
GET LISTED: Send information on your group's garden or home improvement activity or event to Sylvia Cooper, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Young trees don't know when to shed
Q: I have two oak trees in my yard that are of the same species. One is big while the other is small (I planted it two years ago). Why, during the fall, does the big tree lose its leaves quickly while the leaves on the young tree hang on for a long time?

Young trees don't know when to shed

Georgia Southern can win another crown with victory over Furman
Ninth-ranked Georgia Southern can gain a share of its sixth consecutive Southern Conference championship when the Eagles visit No. 4 Furman on Saturday.

Coverage improves for Eagles
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern is getting a kick out of special teams this season.

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

Lineman's comeback surprises
ATLANTA - For Jeremy Phillips, the harshest blow didn't come from the spring practice leg whip that turned the ligaments of his left knee into spaghetti.

Georgia Tech getting used to playing on TV
ATLANTA -- Playing on TV is nothing new for Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, who spent the past eight years in the NFL.

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.

Hargrove having breakout season for Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech getting used to playing on TV

Lineman's comeback surprises

Rivalry reaches new level

Every day on local roads is a scary adventure

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.

Harrington and Goosen compete for Order of Merit

Cabrera leads, Goosen has early edge on Harrington
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Angel Cabrera birdied his last four holes on the way to an 8-under-par 63 Thursday in the first round of the Volvo Masters at Valderrama.

Cabrera leads, Goosen has early edge on Harrington

Key matchups

High school football sites give fans info, outlet

Cross Creek remains optimistic

On the air

Prep picks

Marlboro County sues to get into playoffs

South Aiken enters rivalry with edge

Shrine Bowl coach explains Summers' snub

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

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.

Jones carries load for Mustangs
LANGLEY, S.C. - Midland Valley running back Dontrell Jones never was a star. In fact, he wasn't even a full-time starter last year.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

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.

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule of this weekend's games.

Prep picks
The people have spoken. The votes have been counted. And, once again, I was re-elected to serve the readers of the Augusta area by making predictions for high school football games.

Cross Creek remains optimistic
Cross Creek is 0-8 this year, but according to coach Kevin Hunt, the Razorbacks haven't lost their enthusiasm.

South Aiken enters rivalry with edge
The Aiken-South Aiken crosstown rivalry has been remarkably one-sided lately, with the Hornets winning the past eight showdowns.

High school football sites give fans info, outlet
Ralph Morris used to log on to the Internet to quench his thirst for knowledge and feed his passion for high school football.

Father sues amateur hockey association after son loses MVP vote
TORONTO -- A Canadian father is suing the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association after his 16-year-old son failed to win the league's most valuable player award.

Tuesday's elections show voters won't back bullies
So what was behind all the Election Day upsets?

Lynx replaces head coach with Wilkie
Jim Burton is out as head coach of the Augusta Lynx, but in as the team's new general manager.

Charges Chronicle shortchanging its comics readers

Corps spokesman answers critic

Blasts Sharpton's criticism of recent film 'Barbershop'

Continental 'pig-in-a-poke' preferable

First-class tourney, second-class citizens

Musical a triumph for Augusta Prep

Quality performances would enhance tourism

Won't spend money on White Friday

Is columnist Pitts a traitor?

Bob Young: The mayoral candidate with character

Ross backs Bob Young for mayor

Abortion a blight on the nation

Applauds 'Les Miserables' cast

CBS, NBC in close race as November sweeps begin

Family scrapbook

Mom makeovers

From the editor

Health calendar

Counting books for children

Life as carny can be grueling but satisfying

Surving the chaos!

A fun idea that will float your boat!...sort of

Resources for parents of learning-disabled kids

Pain relief...Don't believe everything you see

Source: Lynx to fire GM
Concerned with lagging attendance and a decline in corporate sponsorships, owners of the Augusta Lynx have agreed to fire general manager Derek Bundy, according to a team source.

Lynx GameNight
Charlotte Checkers at Augusta Lynx.

Lynx GameNight

Trainer's streak is at 1,799 games

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.

Rants and Raves
WE TEACHERS would like to post a rant about the Richmond County Board of Education's plan to furnish each employee with a county yearbook with a picture of every employee in the system. When schools are at an all-time funding low, why are funds going to this unnecessary publication? Are taxpayers footing the bill?

Republicans rejoice in wins

Across the southeast

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.

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.

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

Kolb pushes new tax increase

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

News you can use
NOV. 8, 1949 The Augusta City Council passed an ordinance last night calling for the installation of hundreds of additional parking meters in downtown.

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.

News you can use

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

Chambliss says timing led to win

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.

Aiken professor wins top honor from state

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.

Top 10 fugitive brought to city

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

Rural counties rave over voting machines

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

Experts predict survival of effort
Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes created one of the more wildly popular health care programs in the Georgia Cancer Coalition, which had cities across the state vying to gain top status in the $1 billion initiative.

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.

Rants and Raves
WE TEACHERS would like to post a rant about the Richmond County Board of Education's plan to furnish each employee with a county yearbook with a picture of every employee in the system. When schools are at an all-time funding low, why are funds going to this unnecessary publication? Are taxpayers footing the bill?

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

Cheeks considers party switch

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.

Owners request longer race day

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.

School board candidate will protest loss

Legislators look for next moves in wake of upsets

County boosts victory by GOP

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.

Numbers tell story of Walker's loss

Across the area

First Friday culprits avoid jail

Brazilian gets training in Aiken

Drug suspect sought after skipping trial

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina

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.

News you can use

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.

Clerk helps start online program

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.

Cheeks considers party switch
State Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, said Thursday he will become a Republican if that's what it takes for Governor-elect Sonny Perdue to commit to bringing a cancer center to Augusta.

First Friday culprits avoid jail
A magistrate ordered no jail time Thursday for seven men convicted of disorderly conduct after October's First Friday, instead hitting them with large fines, community service and curfews.

Drug suspect sought after skipping trial
The prosecution's witnesses made more connections between Robert Hall and drug trafficking charges this week, but Mr. Hall apparently decided not to wait for a jury verdict.

Going underground
Chris Murphy can confirm at least one legend about what lies beneath Augusta State University: There really are old firing ranges under students' feet.

Academy director is dismissed
The director of Augusta's state-run police academy was fired Thursday amid allegations of wrongdoing.

Aiken professor wins top honor from state
A professor at Aiken Technical College was named a 2002 South Carolina Governor's Professor of the Year on Thursday.

Across South Carolina
YORK, Pa. - At the behest of a neighborhood couple, city officials are asking for a state historic marker to be erected at the site where a white gang gunned down a black Aiken woman during race riots in 1969.

Unsatisfied voters write in picks
AIKEN - Some who didn't like their choices in the general election wrote off voting completely.

Woman avoids murder verdict

Woman avoids murder verdict
AIKEN - A Warrenville woman who was charged with murder in the brutal beating death of her father pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge.

Academy director is dismissed

Across the area
A Tennessee man was being held at the Richmond County jail Thursday after allegedly impersonating an officer at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair Wednesday night.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Krestein Butler of Harlem.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
PEACHTREE CITY -A twin-engine Cessna 310 with four people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing at Falcon Field Airport on Thursday afternoon after the plane's landing gear failed.

Lynx replaces head coach with Wilkie

Across South Carolina

Controversial issues hindered Barnes' run

Experts predict survival of effort

Across the area

Going underground

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.

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.

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

Crawford wins pole for Silverado 150
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Rick Crawford will try to overcome a 68-point championship deficit entering the next-to-final race of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season when he starts Saturday's Chevy Silverado 150 race from the pole position.

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

Teams hire engineers to help them excel

Martin ready to continue battle with Stewart

Johnson's bid for history has quickly slipped away

Evernaham and Ultra split, Atwood almost out of job
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ray Evernham ended his one-year association with Ultra Motorsports on Thursday, effectively putting driver Casey Atwood out of a permanent Winston Cup ride.

Spolight on James Ince

Martin ready to continue battle with Stewart
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Martin is keeping his focus on winning his first Winston Cup championship despite a penalty and 112-point deficit in the standings.

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

Johnson's bid for history has quickly slipped away
AVONDALE, Ariz. - From the start, Jimmie Johnson said a rookie had no business winning the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

Evernaham and Ultra split, Atwood almost out of job

NASCAR notebook

Suns defeat Hawks

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.

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

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.

NFL rescinds Vick's $5,000 fine for wearing sloppy socks

Panthers sign Stuber off Washington's practice squad

Dan & Tommy: Together again, but on opposite sides

Dunn ready for bigger workload

Fantasy Football: Save yourself: Make a trade

Rookie linebacker stepping into big role for Panthers

Pro football picks

Mr. Warren Carter Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Viola Blumenberg    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Dean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cheryl Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Drinkard    (MOBILE, Ala.)
Mr. Stephen Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. William Bilton    (LEEDS, Ala.)
Mrs. Christine Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geraldine Harris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Hardeman    (ANN ARBOR, Mich.)
Mr. Clyde Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gene Ozane    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dylan Pace    (KITE, Ga.)
Mr. Aubron Ashley    (PARKERSBURG, W.Va.)
Mrs. Daisy Pelot    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Warren Carter Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tony Prickett    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Hardeman    (ANN ARBOR, Mich.)
Ms. Brenda Riley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Aubrey Burton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice Langley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. William Bilton    (LEEDS, Ala.)
Mrs. Willie Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Council    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Caroline Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pamela Gibson    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Cannida Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Duffie Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Clyde Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Janice Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Morris    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Alvin Wilson    (PERKINS, Ga.)
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It was Geraldine Harris' drive for knowledge that inspired many people in many ways, especially her daughter.

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Mrs. Novellow Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gene Ozane    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Dixon    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Royce Perry    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Cheryl Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Katherine Sullivan    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. John Butler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Amy Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Brenda Riley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Beale Lowery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Jalen Scott    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Dr. Hong Nguyen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mrs. Geraldine Harris

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Mrs. Janice Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ella Greene (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mr. Alvin Wilson (PERKINS, Ga.)

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Mr. Jimmy Council (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Sims (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Issac Norman Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Caroline Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vivian White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cheryl Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Culbertson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Fred Sigg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Alma Hardeman (ANN ARBOR, Mich.)

Mr. Allan Brooks (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Butler (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Allan Brooks (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Applauds 'Les Miserables' cast
This letter sends "Bravo, Bravo" to the cast, crew and director at Augusta Prep for its monumental performance of Les Miserables these last four nights. Dr. Patricia Palmer, North Augusta, S.C.

'Let's roll' on agenda
The primary impact of the first election test of the political landscape since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, followed by the specter of war with Iraq, was to enhance the power of President George W. Bush.

Abortion a blight on the nation
This letter is in reference to a quote by a local Democratic candidate on the subject of abortion in The Chronicle on Nov. 2. She said, "The issue is between a woman, her God and her doctor." Shelly Hewett, Harlem, 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.

Quality performances would enhance tourism
The sellout show, From Mozart to Motown, starring Russell Joel Brown, made its debut Nov. 1. What an incredible act, and how fortunate I feel to have been invited to this event at the Imperial Theater. Catherine Ireland Witt, 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

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.

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.

Search for relevance
That thud you hear is the majority of the U.S. population moving to the right.

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.

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

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.

Bob Young: The mayoral candidate with character
The upcoming mayoral runoff election has generated a great deal of controversy. The recent ouster of certain obstructionist state politicians has given Augusta the chance to move forward. William J. Welsh, MD, 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.

Blasts Sharpton's criticism of recent film 'Barbershop'
It was incomprehensible and immature for civil rights activist Al Sharpton and political antagonists to have criticized the film Barbershop. I've seen the movie, and I think it's cool and chic. E. Maner, Augusta

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

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.

Charges Chronicle shortchanging its comics readers
When is The Chronicle going to stop shortchanging its readers? It's been going on too long. You downsized Mark Trail from daily to Sundays only. You replaced Parade magazine with USA Weekend - which was a ripoff of your readers. Earl Sleeth, Martinez, Ga.

Overtime

Another Don King heavyweight extravaganza

Hewitt, Safin face off at Shanghai Masters

Overtime

Another Don King heavyweight extravaganza
NEW YORK -- For his next extravaganza, Don King is offering four fighters for a series that might lead the survivor to the man he calls the emperor of boxing - WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Junior club has momentum
The Augusta Junior Rowing Club is looking to build on its success Saturday.

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.

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

Overtime
Light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. will move up to heavyweight to fight WBA champion John Ruiz in March, and Evander Holyfield will meet Chris Byrd next month, promoter Don King announced Thursday.

Fishing report

Big catch helps angler land TV spot
How did a 62-pound catfish help a retired Army medic land his own TV series?

Big catch helps angler land TV spot

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
Live bait fishermen are having a super time on Thurmond Lake these days, but things are a bit tougher for those who limit themselves to artificial lures.

Fishing tournament news

Dunn ready for bigger workload
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta's Warrick Dunn is preparing for another heavy workload.

Pro football picks
At the start of the season, it seemed far more likely that when San Diego visited St. Louis to start the second half of the season, the Rams would be 6-2 and the Chargers 3-5.

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.

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.

Rookie linebacker stepping into big role for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The challenges just won't stop for Carolina rookie linebacker Will Witherspoon.

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

NFL rescinds Vick's $5,000 fine for wearing sloppy socks
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The NFL has rescinded the $5,000 fine on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for showing too much red undersocks and not enough white oversocks in a game against New Orleans on Oct. 27.

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.

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.

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.

Russia's space program is struggling to recruit a new generation of cosmonauts
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- Ivan Pozdayev and his classmates at the International Space School in this Russian military enclave ignite a model rocket made from Coca-Cola bottles and grin as it soars high over the tree tops.

First loss stirs more debate about Georgia's two-QB system
ATHENS, Ga. -- The debate over Georgia's two-quarterback system subsided for, oh, about a week.

Holiday traditions

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.

First loss stirs more debate about Georgia's two-QB system

Get the kids involved in the Thanksgiving meal

Georgia receiver tries to bounce back from one that got away

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.

Third down not a charm for Georgia
He's usually optimistic no matter the circumstance, but Jon Stinchcomb didn't even attempt to put positive spin on Georgia's third-down woes in last week's loss to Florida.

Third down not a charm for Georgia

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.

South Carolina's Howell to miss first six games

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Odds and Ends

Russia's space program is struggling to recruit a new generation of cosmonauts

Survival from heart failure improved over five decades

Microsoft makes a big bet on Tablet PC

Bariatric surgery emerges as drastic remedy for obese kids