Phillies moving alone on free-agent market
TUCSON, Ariz. -- While baseball's big spenders are looking to save money for a change, the usually low-budget Philadelphia Phillies are ready to spend.

Cubs, Baker work to reach a deal
CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker's agent began preliminary contract talks Tuesday with the Chicago Cubs, hoping to reach a deal and bring the three-time NL Manager of the Year to Chicago.

Tejada wins first AL MVP award

Phillies moving alone on free-agent market

Tejada wins first AL MVP award
NEW YORK -- Miguel Tejada won his first American League Most Valuable Player award Tuesday, easily beating Alex Rodriguez in a vote that valued a winning season over superior statistics.

Bonds unanimous pick for fifth MVP award
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds is winning Most Valuable Player awards so fast and so often, he doesn't know what to do with them.

Bonds unanimous pick for fifth MVP award

Pettitte files conditionally for free agency
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte conditionally filed for free agency Monday while he waits to learn if the New York Yankees exercise his $11.5 million option for 2003.

Pettitte files conditionally for free agency

Odds and Ends
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Veteran's Day was a banker's holiday, especially for Frederick Curcio Sr.

Skydiving dog causes a stir
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Animal lovers are howling over a skydiving dog.

TBS, Turner South retain Braves announcers

TBS, Turner South retain Braves announcers
ATLANTA -- TBS Superstation and Turner South announced Tuesday that the four announcers for Atlanta Braves games - Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren, Joe Simpson and Don Sutton - have agreed to multi-year contract extensions.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting, Motorola outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street put aside worries about Iraq Tuesday and marched higher as investors snapped up stocks made more attractive by three days of declines. Upbeat forecasts from Motorola and Vodafone gave Wall Street another incentive to buy.

Businesses try new lingo
CHICAGO - Use a little slang, and you've got their attention. That seems to be the growing thought in corporate America and the media, eager to hook the younger crowd.

Cable executive heads to Jacksonville

Stocks fall on war fears, lack of positive economic news
NEW YORK -- Escalating concerns about a war with Iraq dominated Wall Street Monday, sending stocks sliding Monday in light Veterans Day trading.

Analysts downplay war's effect
LONDON - A U.S.-led war against Iraq would probably inflict only modest and temporary pain on the world economy, analysts say, providing the conflict did not drag on and spread throughout the region.

Business briefs
NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit claiming that Progressive Corp. unlawfully denied overtime pay to its insurance claims representatives has been certified as a class action, bringing in thousands of current and former employees.

Stocks fall on war fears, lack of positive economic news

Forest acreage goes on sale

Builders' sticker is in works
The city is trying to put some teeth into its regulation of builders, who are not specifically licensed by the state.

Builders' sticker is in works

Business briefs
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co. is closing two manufacturing operations in New York and Mexico and cutting up to 1,500 jobs as it struggles to rebound from a two-year slump in film sales it blamed largely on a downturn in the U.S. economy.

Support sought to keep post open
Augusta and Fort Gordon need to have a stronger partnership if the military installation is to survive the next round of base closures, the city's top military consultant said Monday.

Analysts downplay war's effect

Forest acreage goes on sale
CRAWFORD, Ga. - More than 9,000 acres of Oglethorpe County land went on the auction block last week, though it is uncertain how much will change hands.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting, Motorola outlook

Support sought to keep post open

Cable executive heads to Jacksonville
Comcast's top cable executive in Augusta will be moving to Jacksonville, Fla., to run that city's cable operation after the Comcast-AT&T merger.

Whitehurst ready for home debut
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson is now Charlie Whitehurst's team.

Whitehurst ready for home debut

Ohio State tops latest BCS standings; Miami second

Alabama playing for pride, not titles

Sooners move on after costly loss

Alabama playing for pride, not titles
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama players have known all along when and where their season would end. But with every win and every step up in the national rankings, the "what ifs" become harder to avoid.

Ohio State tops latest BCS standings; Miami second
Miami might be No. 1 in two polls, but Ohio State is atop the latest Bowl Championship Series standings.

Sooners move on after costly loss
NORMAN, Okla. -- After dropping from the top of the rankings, a letdown for Oklahoma against Baylor would seem natural.

Arizona No. 1 in preseason Top 25

Knight sues Indiana, contends wrongful dismissal

Assistant pro job suits former Jag

Pollsters a big loser

Overblown expectations

Head of the class

Arab world is key

Is world waking up?

Let's go nuts
It's the glue that has bound countless childhood memories.

Seniors calendar
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In the know
Farnam Horse Products is holding a model search for Ms. Equinique 2003. The horsewoman who most "embodies the essence of Equinique" with beauty, character and horsemanship will win $5,000 cash and an all-expense-paid trip to Arizona for a photo shoot and will appear in the 2003 Equinique print advertising campaign.

Small portions
It's not too early to try out new recipes for Thanksgiving. Here's an easy relish dish from the California Table Grape Commission:

Style camera to hit the town
Do you have a party coming up this season?

French twist
Apples are abundant this time of year, but instead of baking them into a pie, I'm using them today in a delicious entree - Chicken Normandy.

Tech must beat Duke on Saturday to secure bowl bid
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's chances of going to a sixth consecutive bowl could hinge on beating Duke, a school that has lost a record 23 straight Atlantic Coast Conference games.

Honeycutt moves up quickly
ATLANTA - Brad Honeycutt started the season as Georgia Tech's backup left guard.

Georgia Tech notebook
REUNION: Georgia Tech offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris said he keeps an eye on his former players at Duke from a distance, aware of the Blue Devils only because they're in the same conference as the Yellow Jackets.

Honeycutt moves up quickly

Tech must beat Duke on Saturday to secure bowl bid

Neither side budging in Augusta debate

Shark to rejoin PGA Tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Greg Norman will rejoin the PGA Tour next year, allowing him to play in as many tournaments as he wants.

Palmer tries to keep perfect captain's record intact
Arnold Palmer puts an amazing record on the line this week when golf's silly season gets under way at the UBS Warburg Cup.

Forget the polls: Augusta State is good
After the fall season Augusta State had, men's golf coach Josh Gregory is seeking respect from the pollsters.

Neither side budging in Augusta debate
Break out the paint brushes and poster boards.

A classy man, a deserving honor

Palmer tries to keep perfect captain's record intact

Rowland says GHO to be held next year
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. -- Organizers of the Greater Hartford Open have raised enough money to hold the golf tournament in 2003, Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland said.

Q & A with Hootie Johnson

Q & A with Hootie Johnson
Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Hootie Johnson recently sat down with John Boyette, sports editor of The Augusta Chronicle, for a question-and-answer session. Here is his report:

Shark to rejoin PGA Tour

There is no timetable, Johnson says
Hootie Johnson picks up a handful of letters from his well-appointed desk and shows them to a visitor.

A classy man, a deserving honor
Bernhard Langer will end this year without a victory he can call his own, yet it might be one of the most satisfying seasons of his career.

Forget the polls: Augusta State is good

Rowland says GHO to be held next year

There is no timetable, Johnson says

Harlem wants to end season on high note

Harlem wants to end season on high note
Harlem's playoff hopes are gone, but coach Jimmie Lewis sounded chipper Monday.

Northwestern and Marlboro counties back in playoffs
A judge ruled Northwestern and Marlboro County high schools are to be allowed into South Carolina's Class AAAA playoffs, but the case appears to be far from over.

Appeals don't end with judge
A judge ruled Northwestern and Marlboro County high schools are to be allowed into South Carolina's Class AAAA football playoffs, but the case appears to be far from over.

Family of boy suing over MVP award suspended by league
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick -- The family of the 16-year-old boy suing the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association over not winning the MVP award has been suspended from the league.

Thrashers edge Flames
ATLANTA -- Pasi Nurminen stopped 31 of 32 shots as the Atlanta Thrashers beat Calgary 2-1 Monday and extended the Flames' franchise-record scoring drought.

Thrashers edge Flames

Apologies a must for bringing rain after car wash
Sorry about the rain Monday - a holiday for many of you.

Poll shows support for Augusta National
A new poll released today by the Augusta National Golf Club indicates that the public is siding with the club in is battle with the National Council of Women's Organizations.

Craft show is no place for strollers

GI, wife lauded for defending freedom; president booed

Jihad does, in fact, mean holy war

Wants federal, bike-path funds used in downtown area

Aiken's cleanup is the pick of the litter

Americans must live with their choices

Make new ethics laws a priority

Praises 'Chronicle' for informing electorate

Wandering a risk that can be reduced

Hey, local Democrats did just fine

Commends poll workers and rival

Proposal for Thurmond Lake levels

Oh happy day, Perdue elected

French twist

Style camera to hit the town

Seniors calendar

In the know

Forward shoulders blame

Forward agrees to permanent switch
Why is Darryl Laplante one of the most respected players in the Augusta Lynx dressing room?

Five Questions with Colin Zulianello

Forward shoulders blame
Veteran forward Kevin Brown pointed the finger at himself for contributing to the Augusta Lynx's slow start.

Five Questions with Colin Zulianello
Lynx goalie Colin Zulianello answers Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller's questions.

Forward agrees to permanent switch

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is John Boswell of North Augusta.

Rants and Raves
I KNOW I am nearly 70 years old, but I am sick and tired of getting ads in my mail for hearing aids and scooters. If we want them, we know where to get them.

Police arrest woman in hoax

Replica to be set up in Columbia County
A reproduction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is coming to Columbia County.

Some local nursing homes get low marks

Safety leader talks future of weaponry

Group forms for waterway
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Hundreds of residents of the Thurmond Lake area gathered Tuesday night to form a citizens group that hopes to help shape water management policies throughout the Savannah River Basin.

Across the area
Four juveniles were charged with stealing vehicles from an Augusta dealership last weekend, police said.

Rants and Raves
THE NAACP AND NCWO have officially jumped the shark. When your highest-profile issue is the design of a flag or membership at a golf club, your organization is clearly struggling to justify its existence. The wars are over, and it's time for the soldiers to go home.

Snapshot
Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet snaps photos for the family of law clerk Jeff Johnston in court. Judge Overstreet swore Mr. Johnston in to practice law in Georgia on Tuesday. The Mercer University graduate has been a law clerk in Augusta since August.

News you can use
Nov. 13, 1990 The city of Augusta is planning to sign a lease agreement with the Augusta Port Authority that would give the authority control over about 10 acres of riverfront property.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Russell Deas of Martinez.

Police ID man linked to scam
Police have identified a man wanted in a series of scams involving elderly Augusta women.

Police arrest woman in hoax
AIKEN - Police said Eartha Johnson lied about being abducted at gunpoint Tuesday so she could avoid giving her son money.

Lightning fire causes $300,000 in damage
AIKEN - A lightning strike ignited a fire that caused heavy damage to a home in Woodside Plantation subdivision Monday night.

City closer to judicial complex
After years of talk, a new courts complex is mostly funded and about 36 months from completion.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON - Lexington County residents will line up tonight to voice their concerns about a proposed ban on exotic animals before the county council approves the list of unwanted creatures.

Correction

Pulling for the children
County music singer Trace Adkins (left) sings I Left Something Turned on at Home as fellow country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson listens during the Kicks 99 Million Pennies for Kids Guitar Pull. Tuesday night's sold-out benefit event took place at the Bell Auditorium.

Pulling for the children

SRS layoffs may occur over time
AIKEN - Bob Pedde, Westinghouse Savannah River Co. president, sent a letter to employees Monday that said the next layoffs may not occur in one big chunk.

Snapshot

Poll shows support for Augusta National

Officials dig in to road plan

Server to blame for slow postings
Richmond County Board of Elections members received an explanation Monday for why it took so long for last week's election results to be posted on the city's Web site.

City closer to judicial complex

Cutbacks squeeze university

Police trace bomb threats to boy
After four bomb threats and three evacuations at an Augusta Wal-Mart, police tracked down their "man": a fourth-grader at Barton Chapel Elementary School.

Group forms for waterway

Teenager pleads guilty in slaying of store clerk
Curtis Woodyard avoided a death penalty trial by pleading guilty Tuesday and giving the name of the man he says helped him rob and kill a west Augusta convenience store clerk.

Teenager pleads guilty in slaying of store clerk

Police trace bomb threats to boy

Police ID man linked to scam

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina

Man pleads guilty in girl's death

Coleman gets nod for next speaker

Rants and Raves
I KNOW I am nearly 70 years old, but I am sick and tired of getting ads in my mail for hearing aids and scooters. If we want them, we know where to get them.

Help from above
Gene Redd, of Aiken, offers shelter to Christopher Bell, 13, who attends Kennedy Middle School, as he adjusts his backpack after school. Rain swept through the area Monday and is expected to continue today.

Man pleads guilty in girl's death
AIKEN - A New Ellenton man who was charged along with his girlfriend in the fatal beating of her 15-month-old daughter pleaded guilty Monday after accepting a deal from prosecutors.

Arrest made in 4-year-old case

Tree time

Across the area

Correction
The names of Betty Markee and Hal Lloyd III were spelled incorrectly in Tuesday's story on a Veterans Day observance in Aiken County.

Doctor at Duke to take position

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Tourism promoters hope Charleston's ranking as the third-most popular getaway will boost holiday business this year and help lure more group and corporate visitors.

Doctor pushes malpractice cap

Emergency team leader resigns
His job placed him at the epicenter of flash floods, chemical spills and snow storms, but it took budget troubles to drive away Augusta Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Dlugolenski.

Across the area

Doctor pushes malpractice cap
Depending on whom you listen to, it's either the only hope of keeping physicians around to deliver babies and perform emergency brain surgery or it's an unholy alliance between doctors and insurance companies against patients.

Organization honors proud parents

Arrest made in 4-year-old case
Richmond County Sheriff's investigators arrested an Augusta man Tuesday whom they suspect in the 1998 slaying of a Hephzibah man.

News you can use

Officials dig in to road plan
NORTH AUGUSTA - The steady rain and sloshing mud were of no consequence at a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony for the Bobby Jones Expressway extension into Aiken County. After all, it was an event officials had anticipated for more than 20 years.

Emergency team leader resigns

Some local nursing homes get low marks
Several nursing homes in the Augusta area have been found to have more health deficiencies than state and national averages, according to data released Tuesday by the federal government.

Subscriber of the day

Coleman gets nod for next speaker
ATLANTA - In a show of unity after last week's setbacks at the polls, Georgia House Democrats on Tuesday unanimously nominated Rep. Terry Coleman to succeed Tom Murphy as speaker.

Server to blame for slow postings

Across the area
A Grovetown man suspected of driving the truck that ran over a friend was indicted Tuesday on vehicular homicide and other charges.

Public near to vote on districts
AIKEN - The city inched closer to a new voting structure Monday night that will require approval from voters.

Across Georgia
DECATUR -The infant who died in a DeKalb County foster home accidentally choked to death on a piece of a hot dog, county medical examiner's officials said Tuesday.

Ceremony welcomes vets home
AIKEN - Veterans of the Vietnam War didn't come home to cheerleaders. Many remember coming home to protesters.

Organization honors proud parents
MONETTA, S.C. - There was no way to be certain what the future held for Carlton, Cody and Denzel Young eight years ago.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - The University of Georgia has decided not to tattle on students when they get into trouble for drugs or alcohol.

Rants and Raves
THE NAACP AND NCWO have officially jumped the shark. When your highest-profile issue is the design of a flag or membership at a golf club, your organization is clearly struggling to justify its existence. The wars are over, and it's time for the soldiers to go home.

Doctor at Duke to take position
He's not the money man, but Steve J. Schwab figures to pay off as the new chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.

SRS layoffs may occur over time

News you can use
NOV. 12, 1965 Former President Eisenhower was resting comfortably at Fort Gordon's hospital Thursday night after a day free of the chest pains that struck both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Public near to vote on districts

Tree time
Andrea Johnson looks for the next decorated egg to be placed on the Christmas tree in the Aiken Center for the Arts as Art Burnside and Nancy Griffis decorate the tree. The center was preparing Tuesday for its first Festival of Trees.

Help from above

Safety leader talks future of weaponry
AIKEN - When it comes to vigilance, the head of U.S. nuclear security prefers night-vision goggles to rose-tinted glasses.

Across South Carolina

Beneath a threatening sky

Beneath a threatening sky
Brian Joiner, of Augusta, walks along Riverwalk Augusta near the marina as clouds move through the area. Parts of Georgia and South Carolina saw heavy rains Monday, and forecasters say the rains likely will hang around through today.

Across Georgia

Cutbacks squeeze university
ATHENS, Ga. - Times are lean - and getting leaner - at the University of Georgia.

Sprinkler floods court
A broken sprinkler head flooded much of the first floor of Columbia County's new Justice Center and Courthouse Annex early Monday, damaging the office of the clerk of court but sparing many of the records kept there, officials said.

Officers discover fugitive in closet
Police say Christopher George Coleman was hiding in a closet when they captured him Monday afternoon, ending a 17-day manhunt.

Pemberton named Nadeau's new crew chief

Pemberton named Nadeau's new crew chief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ryan Pemberton is leaving his role as Dave Blaney's crew chief to take the same job with driver Jerry Nadeau.

Unbeaten Mavericks are playing D in Big D

Unbeaten Mavericks are playing D in Big D
DALLAS -- The way the Dallas Mavericks have won their last two games suggests they might be on their way to a special season.

Knight sues Indiana, contends wrongful dismissal
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bob Knight is suing Indiana University over his firing after weeks of negotiations between his attorneys and the school collapsed.

Arizona No. 1 in preseason Top 25
With five returning starters, Arizona was No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason poll Monday for the third time in six years.

Monday Night Football: Raiders rout Broncos

Panthers can't figure out how to win late games

Vick learns how to handle injuries, fatigue

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When Taylor Tutt wasn't shooting hoops on the basketball court, he spent most of his time with his family and friends.

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Praises 'Chronicle' for informing electorate
An Atta-Boy Award should go to the The Augusta Chronicle. Most certainly The Chronicle helped the voters of South Carolina and Georgia clean house. Kenny Jarrett, Jackson, S.C.

Americans must live with their choices
In the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush won the presidency without a strong mandate from the American people, having lost the popular vote to Al Gore. Brian Gridley, Evans, Ga.

Make new ethics laws a priority
I believe a lot of the recent elections were decided on ethics. Now that there will soon be a lot of new faces in our governments, now is the time we all must push for improved ethical standards. Tom Mulherin, Augusta

Commends poll workers and rival
I want to thank the 1,117 voters who cast their votes for me in the recent District 2 Aiken County School Board election. Your support is greatly appreciated. Reb Sutherland, New Ellenton, S.C.

Overblown expectations
Before gambling $64 million of anyone's money on a new mid-field air terminal at Bush Field, Augusta Aviation Commission officials need to spend a lonely workday in an empty terminal in Topeka, Kan.

Pollsters a big loser
Democrats weren't the only losers in last week's elections - so were the pollsters. Indeed, pollsters have had a bad go of it in the last two elections.

GI, wife lauded for defending freedom; president booed
Regarding the Nov. 4 article, "Unit called for active duty": Annie Blair, wife of Staff Sgt. Tony Blair, says "They say we live in a free country, but freedom costs so much." Richard D. Renew, Martinez, Ga.

Arab world is key
When you see a news headline reading, "Arab leaders pressure Saddam," you are tempted to blurt out, "It's about doggone time!"

Hey, local Democrats did just fine
The Richmond County Democratic Party congratulates Republican candidates who won seats on Nov. 5. Of course, we are saddened that incumbents U.S. Sen. Max Cleland and Gov. Roy Barnes lost. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Is world waking up?
Finally, 14 months after the unprovoked attacks on America, the war on terrorism seems to be becoming a truly global cause.

Proposal for Thurmond Lake levels
As discussed previously, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not consider property and business values in their guidelines for Lake Thurmond. These would far outweigh the concern for power production since the Southeastern Power Administration can get economical power elsewhere during a drought. Jerry Clontz, Aiken, S.C.

Head of the class
Rebecca Hilton has done herself and Aiken Technical College proud by receiving the highest honor the state of South Carolina can bestow on a college educator: being named the Governor's Professor of the Year.

Wandering a risk that can be reduced
The recent case of Harold Prather ('Man with Alzheimer's drives off with youths,' Nov. 5, Metro) represents a problem facing thousands of individuals in Augusta. Lora Hydrick, Augusta

Oh happy day, Perdue elected
Sonny Perdue was elected! Oh, joy! I voted for him, and I am black. He is needed - not Gov. Roy Barnes. Margaree Proctor, Augusta

Jihad does, in fact, mean holy war
Regarding Raymond Hargrove's Nov. 6 letter, "Meaning of words always changing," in which he states that the U.S. media redefined the meaning of "jihad" to be "holy war." Roger Eden, Grovetown, Ga.

Craft show is no place for strollers
In a few days, Christmas Made in the South craft show will return to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. For many of us, it marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is one of my favorite civic center events. Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Aiken's cleanup is the pick of the litter
Let's say you wanted to clean up your neighborhood and pile the trash up on the side of the road and have someone else pick it up and take it away. Roger Brock, Aiken, S.C.

Wants federal, bike-path funds used in downtown area
There was another voting that took place last week. It was a community-planning meeting for the 20-year bicycle and pedestrian plan. The staff of ARCADIS, an Atlanta-based consulting firm, and the Planning Commission provided many opportunities for input from citizens in the metropolitan area over the past six months. The plan is a recommendation for additions and improvements at 5-, 10-, 15- and 20-year increments. Priscilla Bence, Martinez, Ga.

Overtime

Venus Williams has designs on decorating business

Three men investigated in Breeders' Cup bet headed to court

Overtime

Overtime
The Augusta Boxing Club went a perfect 6-0 Saturday in the Carolina Foothills Amateur Invitational at Wilkesboro, N.C.

Venus Williams has designs on decorating business
LOS ANGELES -- Venus Williams has designs on more than being one of the world's top tennis players. She's already looking toward the day when she puts down her racket for good.

Overtime
Sidney Lowe resigned as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday and was replaced by former NBA coach of the year Hubie Brown, who hasn't coached since 1987.

Three men investigated in Breeders' Cup bet headed to court
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Three former frat brothers being investigated for a suspicious Breeders' Cup bet worth $3 million are headed to federal court.

Yellow Jackets earn top ranking
Despite three key personnel losses to a team that went 21-6 last season, North Augusta will be named the No. 1 team in South Carolina's Class AAAA today at the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association luncheon at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Panthers can't figure out how to win late games
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Under normal circumstances, Julius Peppers would have thought his powerful sack in the closing minutes of a game would have sealed the victory for his team.

Monday Night Football: Raiders rout Broncos
DENVER -- The Oakland Raiders turned Monday Night Football's anniversary celebration into a record-setting show for their old folks.

Vick learns how to handle injuries, fatigue
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick is learning how to conserve his energy over an entire NFL game. The Atlanta Falcons couldn't be happier.

Change is good for wrist pain
Is your computer mouse a real pain in the ...? Wrist, of course.

Unfazed by Hollywood, small company offers copying software
ST. LOUIS -- After two decades in computer consulting, Robert Moore pulled out his laptop and pulled his son aside, hoping to teach the young man a thing or two about dad's work.

Sold! Internet cattle auctions combine old-time feel, computer-age convenience
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Cattle broker Jeff Ferguson can buy livestock without getting his boots dirty. He doesn't even have to leave the office.

'Vice City' is beautiful, but violent
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the game your parents warned you about.

For the holidays, targeted e-mail all the rage
NEW YORK -- This holiday, the war among retailers to win consumers' attention isn't just being played out on selling floors and Web sites. It's heating up in shoppers' e-mail inboxes.

Gibson's back for Dawgs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fred Gibson walked into the room Tuesday with a cast on his left hand - and he's one of Georgia's healthier receivers.

Bulldogs try to focus on ramifications
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's players can't go anywhere without hearing about all that will be at stake in Saturday's showdown at Auburn.

Gibson's back for Dawgs

Bulldogs try to focus on ramifications

Holtz says he'll return to South Carolina next year

Holtz says he'll return to South Carolina next year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lou Holtz intends to return as South Carolina's football coach next year, blaming himself for his team's poor play following a strong start to the season.

Assistant pro job suits former Jag
Jamie Felder has tried life on both sides of the country club golf counter.

Xtreme calendar
It's report card day for Richmond County public schools.

Your style
THE FACTS: Diedra Davis, 15, and Moses Counts, 16, sophomores, Glenn Hills High School.

Artist's corner
Amber Starr, 18, is a senior ar Westside High School. She drew Qubist Still Life, a color pencil drawing on paper, as an assignment for her advanced placement art class.

My pad

Video tells of death in 'The Ring'
THE RING

Video tells of death in 'The Ring'

Teen shoudn't leave to be with 23-year old
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm 18 and in love with a guy who's fixing to turn 23. He lives in Tennessee, and I'm stuck in South Carolina. It really kills me that we're so far apart. What should I do? - 18-year-old Edgefield girl

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar

Book encourages self-examination

My pad
THE FACTS: Stephanie Stallings, 16, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County

Audio best

Slow plot makes 'Tuck' boring to older audience
Tuck Everlasting

Slow plot makes 'Tuck' boring to older audience

Book encourages self-examination
What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci is a carefully woven work that crafts a tale that often blurs the line between fantasy and reality.

Teen shoudn't leave to be with 23-year old

Question of the week
Question of the Week: How many hours of TV do you watch a day?

What teens watch

Artist's corner

Your style

What teens watch
It appears Buffy may have come back from the dead for no reason.

Audio best
Champ: Papa Roach: She Loves Me Not, from the CD Lovehatetragedy Challenger: Oakenfold Starry Eyed Surprise from the CD Bunkka

Skydiving dog causes a stir

Odds and Ends

Sold! Internet cattle auctions combine old-time feel, computer-age convenience

Unfazed by Hollywood, small company offers copying software

'Vice City' is beautiful, but violent

For the holidays, targeted e-mail all the rage