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.

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.

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.

Tejada wins first AL MVP award

Phillies moving alone on free-agent market

Three Mariners win AL Gold Gloves
ST. LOUIS -- Seattle first baseman John Olerud, second baseman Bret Boone and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki all won American League Gold Gloves on Wednesday.

TaNasia Davidia Sampson
Lathaniel David

La'Miyah Ne'Cole Harris

Madison Renee' McPherson
Travis and Mandy McPhers

Lauren Ray Fleming
Michael P. and Marcy H. Fleming of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Ray Fleming, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hall of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fleming of Evans.

Avalyn Grace Mullikin

Nathan Walter Franklin
Pat and Kristin Franklin of Evans announce the birth of a son, Nathan Walter Franklin, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Nutt of Appling, Mildred Franklin of Martinez and the late Chester Franklin.

Oriana Nicole Reed
Robert R. and Stephanie L. Reed of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Oriana Nicole Reed, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Meshell and Peggy Delaware of Harlem and Raymond and Nancy Reed of Aiken.

Robert Bailey Boaen
Bobby and Kim Boaen of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Robert Bailey Boaen, Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Willie and Shirley Hutto of Martinez and Connie and Barbara Turner of Savannah.

Oriana Nicole Reed

Areanna Nicole Guy
Christina Guy of Hephzibah announces the birth of a daughter, Areanna Nicole Guy, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Caroline Chavous and Rodney Guy, all of Augusta.

Jacob Daniel Adams
Timothy M. and Cynthia Adams of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Jacob Daniel Adams, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George L. Rodriguez of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Adams of Trenton, S.C.

Carson Ross Griffin
Ch

De'Aveon MarQuitia Oluyemisi Williams
Robert J. Williams Jr. and Shonika Nicole Taylor, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, De'Aveon MarQuitia Oluyemisi Wil

Sebastian Crawford Greene
Ste

Joshua Dylan Rimmer
Shane L. and Melissa F. Rimmer of Dearing announce the birth of a son, Joshua Dylan Rimmer, Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Otis M. Freeman of Dearing, John Rimmer and Mary English, both of Thomson.

Timothy Kaleb Fuller
Timothy and Ca

Avalyn Grace Mullikin
Larry and Sandy Mullikin of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Avalyn Grace Mullikin, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mieko Mullikin of Martinez, the late C. Ronnie Mullikin and the late James and Inzamaree Gould.

La'Miyah Ne'Cole Harris
Lamar D. Harris and Antoinette

Tylus Duane Madison
Terence D.

Andre' Edward Jermaine Danridge
Seymour Danridge and Eileen Mack, both of New Ellenton, announce the birth of a son, Andre' Edward Jermaine Danridge, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ulmer Mack and Clifford and Dorothy Danridge, all of New Ellenton.

De'Aveon MarQuitia Oluyemisi Williams

Katie Ashlyn Cleveland
Brian S. and Melissa B. Cleveland of Johnston,

Erica Marie Childers
Eric and Virgini

Areanna Nicole Guy

Madison Renee' McPherson

Robert Bailey Boaen

Claire McKenna Wickes

Carson Ross Griffin

Claire McKenna Wickes
Chad and Susan Wickes of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Claire McKenna Wickes, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Roger Nunn of Toccoa, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Wickes of McCormick, S.C.

Pamela Serena Key

Abigail Grace Rios
Raul and Stacey Rios of

Kailyn Briana Owens

Ty'Quon Deontaye Ricks
Deaquon L. Ricks and Melissa A. Foust, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Ty'Quon Deontaye Ricks, Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are John and Edna Foust of Augusta, and Barbara Ricks of Orangeburg, S.C.

Lauren Ray Fleming

Kailyn Briana Owens
Kevin and Lacey Owens of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Kailyn Briana Owens, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Don Cherry and Marilyn Cherry, both of Hephzibah, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Owens of Augusta.

Jessica Ann Doby

Skylar Ryan Arnett
Thomas S. and Tamar

Joshua Dylan Rimmer

Haley Nicole McKinney
John McKinney and Cathy Bea

Nathan Walter Franklin

Pamela Serena Key
Har

Tylus Duane Madison

Katie Ashlyn Cleveland

Christopher Warren Johnson

Jessica Ann Doby
Edward L. and Nancy A. Doby of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Jessica Ann Doby, Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Teague of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Joseph Doby of Harlem.

Ty'Quon Deontaye Ricks

Skylar Ryan Arnett

Haley Nicole McKinney

Timothy Kaleb Fuller

TaNasia Davidia Sampson

Sebastian Crawford Greene

Andre' Edward Jermaine Danridge

Jacob Daniel Adams

Erica Marie Childers

Abigail Grace Rios

Christopher Warren Johnson
Ted and Lynn Johnson of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Christopher Warren Johnson, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kennedy of Gainesville, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson of Suwannee, Ga.

Odds and ends
JONESVILLE, Mich. -- Junnie Kiersey is giving new meaning to the term "high school senior."

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.

Despite a title, she's banned from a 'queens' parade
RALEIGH, N.C. - Mrs. Raleigh 2003, Melanie McNeely, thought she had it all lined up. The convertible. The new tiara. The graceful wave.

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.

TBS, Turner South retain Braves announcers

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.

Stocks rise Wednesday after Iraq agrees to U.N. resolution
NEW YORK -- An apparent easing of tensions with Iraq soothed Wall Street on Wednesday, allowing stocks to recover from earlier jitters about terrorism and war.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for more than 96,000 taxpayers to match $80 million in undelivered tax refund checks.

Stocks rise Wednesday after Iraq agrees to U.N. resolution

Pizza franchise will make home on Broad Street
Shawn Ledford has always wanted to open a restaurant, and when he moved to Augusta five years ago, he decided it would be on Broad Street.

Business briefs

Analyst stays optimistic on economy
Wachovia's top market analyst said Wednesday that even though stocks have taken a beating during the past year, the "fundamentals of the economy are pretty sound."

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.

Analysts downplay war's effect

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting, Motorola outlook

Pizza franchise will make home on Broad Street

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.

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.

North Augusta senior commits to Clemson
Tyler Colvin is not your run-of-the-mill hot-shot baseball recruit.

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

Whitehurst ready for home debut

Clemson signs two more basketball players
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Guards Vernon Hamilton and Jimmy Hudson have signed to play for Clemson next season.

Alabama playing for pride, not titles

Sooners move on after costly loss

Court claims could put Alabama back before NCAA
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A recruiting scandal that landed Alabama's football program on probation could go before the NCAA again based on new information made public in court last week.

Court claims could put Alabama back before NCAA

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.

SEC notebook

SEC notebook
If you play for Auburn, there's nothing more important than playing Alabama - unless you're from Georgia.

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.

Knight sues Indiana, contends wrongful dismissal

Lady Pacers got an early start

Assistant pro job suits former Jag

Altered states

Overblown expectations

Pollsters a big loser

Call special session

One big loose end

Health and fitness calendar
GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY CONFERENCE: 7:30 a.m. today and Friday, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, Two Tenth St.; for health care providers who work with elderly; to explore issues from critical treatment and research needs in geriatric mental health to medical-legal aspects of patient competency; $195 per day, $345 per both days; 721-3967 or (800) 221-6437.

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.

In the know
The busiest shopping season is about to begin. That means long lines, tired shoppers and the potential for grumpiness galore.

Barbecue team set for hot competition
There is proof that barbecue is serious business.

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:

'Potter' director enjoying Pottermaina, but not products
NEW YORK - Chris Columbus stands behind the two "Harry Potter" movies he's directed, but he cheerfully refuses to take any heat for the merchandising tie-ins.

Secrets revealed
LOS ANGELES - When last we left our magical hero, Harry Potter had survived a perilous freshman year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and defeated his reincarnated nemesis, the wicked Voldemort.

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.

Tight end Will Heller, a former walk-on, has NFL scouts interested
ATLANTA -- He arrived at Georgia Tech four years ago as a walk-on candidate for tight end after turning down his only grant-in-aid offer - a one-half scholarship to Division I-AA Furman. Will Heller is still a virtual unknown to many Yellow Jackets fans, but NFL scouts know who he is.

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

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.

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.

Tight end Will Heller, a former walk-on, has NFL scouts interested

Honeycutt moves up quickly

Tech must beat Duke on Saturday to secure bowl bid

Archaeologists might wonder about paper bags

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.

Magazine article by Burk surfaces

Survey results
Results of the national public opinion survey commissioned by Augusta National Golf Club.

A classy man, a deserving honor

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

Palmer tries to keep perfect captain's record intact

Greater Hartford Open gets OK for 2003
HARTFORD, Conn. -- After months of uncertainty, the Greater Hartford Open has raised enough corporate money to run the tournament next year.

Rowland says GHO to be held next year

Survey results

Neither side budging in Augusta debate

Poll shows support for Augusta National

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.

Poll shows support for Augusta National
A national public opinion survey commissioned by Augusta National Golf Club shows strong support for the club to maintain its all-male status.

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.

Magazine article by Burk surfaces
A 1997 Ms. Magazine article titled "Sperm stops here!" by Martha Burk is making the rounds on various Web sites and talk shows.

Harlem wants to end season on high note

Unbeaten Screven follows an unsual 'slant'

Coaches frustrated with 4A playoff limbo

Unbeaten Screven follows an unsual 'slant'
SYLVANIA, Ga. - When Screven County takes the field against Appling County for Friday's Region 2-AAA football battle, the Gamecocks will be at a huge size disadvantage at virtually every line position.

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.

Coaches frustrated with 4A playoff limbo
Just two days before the Green Wave are scheduled to open the Class 4A playoffs, Summerville coach John McKissick doesn't know who he is playing.

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.

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

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 Sharks in overtime

Thrashers edge Sharks in overtime
ATLANTA -- Get this: The Atlanta Thrashers aren't the worst team in the NHL anymore.

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.

Wandering a risk that can be reduced

Traditional wedding etiquette all but gone

GI, wife lauded for defending freedom; president booed

Praises 'Chronicle' for informing electorate

Commends poll workers and rival

Young instrumental in Asahi Ryokuken

Jihad does, in fact, mean holy war

Please preserve character, convenience of Bush Field

Guns not the problem - people are

Hey, local Democrats did just fine

Looks forward to serving Columbia Co.

City needs McIntyre's vision, leadership

Longtime subscribers deserve better

Secrets revealed

In the know

Health and fitness calendar

French twist

In the know

Barbecue team set for hot competition

'Potter' director enjoying Pottermaina, but not products

Lynx notebook

Five Questions with Colin Zulianello

Forward agrees to permanent switch

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

Forward shoulders blame

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

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

Lynx notebook
What kind of role does Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie have in mind for 32-year-old forward John Freeman?

News you can use
Nov. 14, 1980 ATLANTA - Sen. Thomas F. Allgood was elected Senate majority leader on Thursday, edging Sen. Frank Eldridge Jr. of Waycross by a single vote.

Pulling for the children

Patriot pride

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.

Suspect waives right to hearing
An FBI Top 10 fugitive facing charges of international drug trafficking will remain in jail pending trial, his attorney told a judge in Augusta on Wednesday.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for all the Democrats who decided to go Republican. That is not fair to the people who voted for you. We voted for you because you were running as a Democrat. If that is the case, we should have another election so we can decide if you should still be there.

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.

Georgia GOP will wait to fill top slots

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

Men apologize at sentencing

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.

Memorial wall set up for display
Starting Friday, a mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display at the Columbia County fairgrounds on Columbia Road.

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.

Fifth-grade class digs deep into school's past
ATHENS, Ga. - William Miller says he can't believe there's now a cafeteria at Chase Street Elementary School.

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.

Barnes orders more budget cuts, including school funds
ATLANTA -- Warning of a possible budget shortfall, Gov. Roy Barnes' outgoing administration ordered deeper cuts throughout state government Wednesday and extended the curbs to education, which could force some counties to slash teacher salaries.

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.

Teen's schooling hangs on talent

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.

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.

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.

Police ID man linked to scam

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.

Men apologize at sentencing
YORK, Pa. - Six white men, in court for sentencing in the shooting death of a young black woman from Aiken during a 1969 race riot, publicly apologized Wednesday. But the victim's daughter said none had shown remorse to her family in private.

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.

Teen's schooling hangs on talent
ATHENS, Ga. - In a town by the Black Sea, where residents have electricity only two hours each day, the family of Jambulati Jibladze, J.J., is hoping that his skills as a pianist can generate $4,500 by the end of this week.

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.

Accident victim faced charges
AIKEN - Steven Greene was on the road to a new life when he met death.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A man linked to three killings in the Atlanta area has been taken into custody, the Atlanta Police Department said Wednesday.

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.

Police arrest fugitive, 6 more on drug charges
Richmond County authorities confiscated several grams of crack cocaine and arrested seven people Wednesday after a fugitive they were seeking was found at a home where police say drugs were being sold.

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.

Is Augusta ready?
Had actual terrorists exploded a tanker carrying chlorine, as officials pretended in a September emergency drill, area hospitals would not have had enough decontamination equipment to handle the victims.

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.

New building starts to take shape at ASU

SRS layoffs may occur over time

Across the area

Group forms for waterway

Barnes stands by decision on flag

Officials dig in to road plan

Suspect waives right to hearing

Across South Carolina

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.

Doctor pushes malpractice cap

Teenager pleads guilty in slaying of store clerk

Snapshot

Accident victim faced charges

Correction

Fifth-grade class digs deep into school's past

Across the area

Patriot pride
World War II veteran Howard Lee Johnson, of North Augusta, shows off some of his war memorabilia to Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School eighth-graders Christina Rentschler (from left), Tara Key and Brooke Boyd. He was part of the school's Patriotism Week event.

Poll shows support for Augusta National

Georgia GOP will wait to fill top slots
ATLANTA - Leaving the door open for potential deal-making with moderate Democrats, Georgia House Republicans voted Wednesday not to pick nominees for the chamber's two top leadership positions until January.

Across Georgia

Counties reach standards for teachers
Teachers in Columbia and Richmond counties are meeting the standards of President Bush's education reform package, school officials say.

Arrest made in 4-year-old case

Police arrest six teens in school vandalism case
AIKEN - Six Aiken High School seniors were arrested Wednesday in connection with last week's vandalism at rival South Aiken High School.

Emergency team leader resigns

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Melvin Roberts of Augusta.

Some local nursing homes get low marks

Across South Carolina
MONCKS CORNER -A sailor missing from the Naval Weapons Station at Goose Creek since last month has been found in Wisconsin, Berkeley County sheriff's deputies say.

Police arrest woman in hoax

Across the area
Richmond County authorities on Wednesday were investigating a theft from a movie theater.

Subscriber of the day

EPA officials discover lead, arsenic below playgrounds
Elevated levels of arsenic and lead have been found beneath the surface of an east Augusta public housing complex's playgrounds, and a massive cleanup effort is expected to begin next year, Environmental Protection Agency officials confirmed Wednesday.

News you can use

Rail switches reduce waits
Believe it or not, city officials say the wait for motorists at some downtown Augusta train crossings is speeding up.

Safety leader talks future of weaponry

Mayor admits paying for sex
WASHINGTON, Ga. - The mayor of this historic rural city admitted Wednesday that he paid to have sex with the woman whom he is now accusing of blackmail.

Tree time

New building starts to take shape at ASU
As campus architect for Augusta State University, Fred Ricketson visits the school's construction site every day.

Coleman gets nod for next speaker

Barnes stands by decision on flag
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes acknowledged Tuesday that changing the Georgia flag played a major role in his defeat, but he insisted it was the right decision, warning that the flag referendum his successor promised "will tear this state apart."

Police trace bomb threats to boy

Subscriber of the day

Organization honors proud parents

Police arrest six teens in school vandalism case

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.

Mayor admits paying for sex

Across South Carolina

Counties reach standards for teachers

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.

Memorial wall set up for display

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.

Is Augusta ready?

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.

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

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.

Rail switches reduce waits

Archaeologists might wonder about paper bags
Raymond was carrying an empty brown paper bag he had gotten from a supermarket, and I asked him why.

Spotlight on Casey Atwood
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Casey Atwood.

Leading Role
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The only thing smooth about Tony Stewart is the way he wins championships.

Racing facts - Ford 400

Racing facts - Ford 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Ford 400 race.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - If Jack Roush has his way, the points race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship will get tighter a day before the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Leading Role

Pemberton named Nadeau's new crew chief

Spotlight on Casey Atwood

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
DALLAS -- The way the Dallas Mavericks have won their last two games suggests they might be on their way to a special season.

Unbeaten Mavericks are playing D in Big D

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.

Lady Pacers got an early start
With three games under his belt, first-year USC Aiken women's basketball coach Mike Brandt has one advantage over the other five local NCAA Division II basketball coaches.

Aiken Tech denied
GRANITEVILLE - After watching his team lose a second straight home game by a point, Aiken Tech coach Charles Welch is hoping his team will learn from the experience.

Dunn likes Duckett, but he's better working solo

Fantasy Football: Like fine wine, Rice has aged well

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Taylor Tutt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert McClain    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrl Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Taylor Tutt
When Taylor Tutt wasn't shooting hoops on the basketball court, he spent most of his time with his family and friends.

Mrs. Mable Courtney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Steven Greene    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. John Cummings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Neal    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Ms. Clara Fanning    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Bradley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Florine Fowler    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Janie Burke    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Gantt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emily Dickens    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Martha Timmons    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Emmie McLarty
Although Emmie McLarty was a devoted Baptist, she served as a church secretary for an Episcopal congregation.

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Mr. Percy Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Allison    (HARRISON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Jefferson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bob Brizius    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Moxon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Homer Brooks    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. John Cummings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Chance Melton Jr.    (GAFFNEY, S.C.)
Mr. Johnny Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Nunn    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Myrtis Lewis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen OConnell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Deacon Willie Curry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Melvin Peterson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Gantt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emma Pierce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Louise Johnson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Sallie Pinckney    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. James Roundfield    (DETROIT, Mich.)
Mr. Oscar Richardson Jr.,    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Taylor Tutt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Roney    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Mr. Robert Brizius    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Vennemann    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Salley    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. James Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Evalynne Poliakoff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Lee Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Scott    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Effie Simmons    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Anne Boland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Cummings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Peterson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Florine Fowler (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Dickens (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Jefferson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Wooten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Pierce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Neal (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Percy Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Moxon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mable Courtney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Greene (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Scott (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Cummings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Moxon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Homer Brooks (WRENS, Ga.)

Taylor Tutt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emmie McLarty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen OConnell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louise Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Salley (SALLEY, S.C.)

Deacon Willie Curry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Vennemann (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Bradley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Allison (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtis Lewis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Pinckney (WADLEY, Ga.)

Ms. Janie Burke (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Gantt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Boland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Roney (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Johnny Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Simmons (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Evalynne Poliakoff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrl Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Roundfield (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mr. Benjamin Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Timmons (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Nunn (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Brizius (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Greene (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Chance Melton Jr. (GAFFNEY, S.C.)

Mr. Bob Brizius (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Taylor Tutt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Clara Fanning (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Lee Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Emmie McLarty

Mr. Harold Gantt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Traditional wedding etiquette all but gone
The rising popularity of the wedding has almost completely depleted wedding tradition and etiquette. Recently, I attended a wedding. The bride, a 50-year-old woman on her fourth marriage, donned a long, white dress (with veil) and had all of the same wedding attendants (flower girl, ringbearer and bridesmaids) who would appear in a first wedding. Needless to say, these attendants were children and grandchildren. Marcia Nelson, North Augusta, S.C.

Please preserve character, convenience of Bush Field
I read with interest the letter of Nov. 5 by Jim Bible III, "Augusta should fund new airport," in support of a new airport for Augusta. Jim Kitchens, Arnoldsville, Ga.

Altered states
Cell phones, e-mail and other high-tech devices have connected people more than ever. But no matter how many fancy gadgets are invented, the lifeblood of commerce - the key to our livelihoods - will always be the ability to get people, goods and services from one place to another.

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.

Guns not the problem - people are
Barbara Thurmond's Nov. 9 letter, "Georgia gunrunners take toll on state," about black-on-black crimes is just another attempt to shift the blame from personal behavior to legal gun owners. Here are just a few misconceptions: Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

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

City needs McIntyre's vision, leadership
About two weeks before the disastrous Savannah River drawdown by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I called Mayor Bob Young and expressed my concern that the drawdown could cause damage to our property along the river. During that conversation, I asked Mr. Young to direct the city attorney to go before a judge and request an injunction against the Corps to delay the drawdown until a more complete assessment could be made of possible property damage. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

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.

Looks forward to serving Columbia Co.
My sincere thanks to the voters of Columbia County's 79th Georgia House District for electing me as their new state representative. I am honored and humbled by the tremendous support from so many friends, new and old. I look forward to this new challenge and to serving the citizens of Columbia County, as well as all of Georgia, in our legislature. Barry Fleming, Harlem, Ga.

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.

Call special session
It looks like Mark Sanford will inherit one of the worst budget messes in the nation when he's sworn in as South Carolina's governor on Jan. 14 - a whopping $500 million mid-year deficit. Put another way, the state's 2002-03 revenue collections are projected to fall half a billion dollars short of its spending commitments.

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.

Longtime subscribers deserve better
Earl Sleeth (letter of Nov. 8, "Charges Chronicle shortchanging its comics readers") phrased my thoughts precisely. I couldn't have worded the complaint better, regarding the comics you choose to print. Lorraine Seeby, Aiken, S.C.

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

Young instrumental in Asahi Ryokuken
Mayor Bob Young has worked tirelessly to bring new business to the Augusta area and worked toward implementing many programs that benefit all citizens of Augusta. Mr. Young makes every effort to speak to all Augustans and fairly represent the many facets of our area. Steve Storm, Evans, Ga.

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.

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.

One big loose end
A year ago, Osama bin Laden's face symbolized the start of the war on terror.

Overtime

Hewitt, Agassi, Safin lose at Masters Cup

Overtime

Venus Williams has designs on decorating business

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.

Hewitt, Agassi, Safin lose at Masters Cup
SHANGHAI, China -- Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Marat Safin - the world's three top-ranked players - were upset Wednesday at the Masters Cup.

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.

Skating directors see potential in Augusta
Less than two years after winning a national ice dancing championship, Andrew Austin and Renee Lipscomb are continuing their partnership in Augusta.

Overtime
Three local athletes were named to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association' Top-Five team Wednesday.

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.

Fantasy Football: Like fine wine, Rice has aged well
Randy Moss, David Boston, Terrell Owens, Keyshawn Johnson, Rod Smith, Isaac Bruce and Jimmy Smith.

Dunn likes Duckett, but he's better working solo
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Warrick Dunn has played like a Pro Bowl running back in the two games T.J. Duckett missed with injuries.

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

Voice recognition an unsure science
There's no quick, surefire way to determine whether the voice on an audiotape broadcast Tuesday belongs to Osama bin Laden or an impostor, experts say.

In the know
A crab that lives near underwater volcanic vents grows two types of eyes in its lifetime

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

Georgia vs. Auburn: Nothing fancy about this one
ATHENS, Ga. -- Buckle up those chin straps, boys. This one won't be fancy.

Bulldogs try to focus on ramifications

Receiver makes strides
ATHENS, Ga. - During a team meeting Monday, Georgia coach Mark Richt was rattling off a list of superlatives from last week's 31-17 win over Mississippi.

Georgia vs. Auburn: Nothing fancy about this one

Gibson's back for Dawgs

Receiver makes strides

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.

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

Odds and Ends

Despite a title, she's banned from a 'queens' parade

Odds and ends

Skydiving dog causes a stir

'Vice City' is beautiful, but violent

In the know

Voice recognition an unsure science