Piazza connects with his Italian roots
ROME -- In soccer-crazed Italy, Mike Piazza is a virtual unknown.

Piazza connects with his Italian roots

Cubs finally get All-Star manager

Cubs finally get All-Star manager
NEW YORK -- For the first time in more than a half-century, a Chicago Cub is in line to be an All-Star manager.

Christopher Dwayne Halford
Christopher D. Halford and Jennifer R. Williams, both o

Lauren Marie Davis

William Bryce Romero

Alana Isabella Thomas-Gomez
Detrick Thomas and Yvette Gomez, both of

Alexis Lauren McBurney

Callie Alise Burnett
Philip K. Burnett and

Catherine Laura Waibel

Catherine Laura Waibel
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Alana Isabella Thomas-Gomez

Russell Davis Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Williams of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Russell Davis Williams, Friday, July 5, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Duncan of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Williams of Belvedere.

John Basil Burnham

Susan Delaine Willis
Jason Wil

Olivia Alana Johnson

John Basil Burnham
Mr. and Mrs. John Burnham of Evans announce the birth of a son, John Basil Burnham, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Bush of Orange Park, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Basil Burnham of Massena, N.Y.

Leila Rene Hollows

Rico Cuyler
Robert and Shawanda Cuyler of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Rico Cuyler, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are LaFFayette Kelly of Waynesboro, Gladys Phillips of Augusta and the late UGene and Julia Cuyler.

Jessee Gabrielle Moore

Lauren Marie Davis
Willi

Patrick Wayne Roof
Marty and Dawn Roof of Clearwater announce the birth of a son, Patrick Wayne Roof, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dee Short of Warrenville and Wayne and Ann Roof of Clearwater.

Darrell David Deckert
Jason Deck

Zane Brooks Johnson

Taylor Rachel Dizon
Richard and Jessica Dizon of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Ra

Landon Michael Richards
Patrick and Ruthann Rich

Cole Lamar Gregory
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Gabriel Thomas Heimel

Amy Nicole Holmes

Bethany Donata Bookard

M'Kayla Jade Pritchett
Christophe

Gabriel Thomas Heimel
Thomas and Angela Heimel of Hephzibah

Taylor Rachel Dizon

Alexander Cole Blount
Michael D. B

Darrell David Deckert

M'Kayla Jade Pritchett

Jessee Gabrielle Moore
Douglas F. and Cara J. Moore Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Jessee Gabrielle Moore, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mark and Sandy George of Hephzibah and Doug and Vicki Moore of North Augusta.

Arlaysha Faith Hudson

Alexis Lauren McBurney
Joe W. McBurney

Callie Alise Burnett

William Bryce Romero
Kim and B

Roderick Anthony Bowers II

Alexander Cole Blount

Mary Kay Knox

Ke'Andre Marquise Marshall
Michelle Marshall of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Ke'Andre Marquise Marshall, Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparent is Anna Marshall of Augusta.

Rico Cuyler

Mary Kay Knox
Brandon and Jenny Knox of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Kay Knox, Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Rexer of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Knox of Augusta.

Anthony Charles Farmer Jr.

Anthony Charles Farmer Jr.
Deidr

Christopher Dwayne Halford

Bethany Donata Bookard
Donald E. and Elizabeth H. Bookard of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Bethany Donata Bookard, Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mertis Harley of Aiken and Janie M. Johnson of Richmond, Va.

Cole Lamar Gregory

Olivia Alana Johnson
Reginald L. and Stephanie P. Johnson of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Alana Johnson, Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Hightower of Aiken and the late Mr. and Mrs. James L. Johnson.

Russell Davis Williams

Zane Brooks Johnson
Jeff and Melissa Johnson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Zane Brooks Johnson, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson of Augusta, Ken Johnson of Clearwater and Barbara Johnson of North Augusta.

Jesse Dylan Jasmin

Jesse Dylan Jasmin
Jeff and

Antonio JaShawn Hurst

Roderick Anthony Bowers II
Roderick Bowers and Teausha Tanksley, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Roderick Anthony Bowers II, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Nerd and Louis Bowers, both of Augusta.

Ke'Andre Marquise Marshall

Antonio JaShawn Hurst
Anthony Corley and

Landon Michael Richards

Arlaysha Faith Hudson
Franklin and Arlinda Hudson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Arlaysha Faith Hudson, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Willie Walters of Millville, N.J., and Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Hudson of McCormick, S.C.

Patrick Wayne Roof

Amy Nicole Holmes
Russe

Leila Rene Hollows
Daniel A. and Jillian R. Hollows of Bee

Susan Delaine Willis

Snake owner survives pet's kiss of death
YACOLT, Wash. - A man who was showing off for friends by kissing his new rattlesnake was bitten on the lip and nearly died.

Odds and Ends
ARTESIA, N.M. -- A man who was trying to fix a car he bought at a police auction discovered more than he paid for - bundles of cocaine.

Braves show off pitcher

Hampton happy to be an Atlanta Brave
ATLANTA -- A change of scenery may be all that Mike Hampton needs.

Braves show off pitcher
ATLANTA - Mike Hampton finally got it right.

Hampton happy to be an Atlanta Brave

Business briefs

Augusta housing escapes decline

EPD considers permit fees

Stocks mixed, blue chips rise despite weak sales for Home Depot

Stocks trade sharply higher

Business briefs
LOS ANGELES - Northrop Grumman Corp. will sell control of the automotive parts segment of TRW Inc. for $4.13 billion to a private equity firm once its merger with TRW closes, the company announced Tuesday.

Housing construction plunges in October
WASHINGTON -- Housing construction lost momentum in October, plunging by 11.4 percent, the biggest drop since 1994.

Workers get gift composters
Most companies are giving employees turkeys and hams this time of year.

Proposal to raise SUV fuel efficiency studied

EPD considers permit fees
ATLANTA - Georgia builders would pay permit fees to finance stepped-up efforts to curb water pollution near construction sites, under a plan being crafted by state environmental regulators.

Group members say parking would lure stores downtown

Hard rains take heavy toll on crops
JESUP, Ga. - In spite of a five-year drought, Billy Burch had a good cotton crop. Then heavy rains began in the late summer, and his crop is now ruining in his fields in western Wayne County.

Workers get gift composters

Stocks mixed, blue chips rise despite weak sales for Home Depot
NEW YORK -- Investors eager to resume buying lifted Wall Street out of the doldrums Tuesday, allowing stocks to shake off early losses and move higher.

Housing construction plunges in October

Hard rains take heavy toll on crops

Proposal to raise SUV fuel efficiency studied
NEW YORK -- The Bush administration is considering a proposal that would require sports utility vehicles to be more fuel-efficient, according to a report published Wednesday.

Stocks trade sharply higher
NEW YORK -- Investors set aside concerns about a plunge in housing construction Wednesday and propelled stocks sharply higher as they focused on a growing sense that the economic recovery is gathering momentum. The Dow Jones industrials rose nearly 150 points, while the Nasdaq composite index climbed more than 40.

Augusta housing escapes decline
WASHINGTON - Housing construction lost momentum in October, plunging by 11.4 percent, the biggest drop since 1994.

Group members say parking would lure stores downtown
As downtown Augusta continues to develop, a lack of convenient parking could keep it from evolving to the next level, according to some members of a downtown merchants group.

Cajun cafe crosses border
AIKEN - Augusta's riverfront will get a little easier come January.

Fear of war will slow sales
ATLANTA - Playing the role of The Grinch Who Steals Christmas this year is Saddam Hussein, as worries about war with Iraq throw icy slush on holiday sales.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Philip Morris U.S.A. has asked the Federal Trade Commission to develop new rules governing the measure and disclosure of tar and nicotine yields of cigarette brands.

Business briefs

Fans call for Bowden's job

Tigers say Saturday is a must win
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst had no idea at the beginning of the year he would be starting in the Tigers' biggest game of the season.

Fans call for Bowden's job
CLEMSON, S.C. - Tommy Bowden still has a job, but that hasn't stopped some folks from suggesting who should replace him.

Tigers say Saturday is a must win

Lady Tigers seek eight-straight over South Carolina

Lady Tigers seek eight-straight over South Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Jim Davis said he may have had a "weak moment" when he scheduled the Lady Tigers season-opening game at South Carolina's new arena Friday.

SEC notebook
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz typically enjoys the role of underdog - unless his season is going to the dogs.

College picks
Two of college football's top rivalries will have more at stake than just trophies and braggin' rights: There's a national championship hanging in the balance when No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 12 Michigan, and Washington visits No. 3 Washington State.

Internet hoax causes friction between LSU and Alabama
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Nick Saban found an irritated Dennis Franchione waiting midfield after the Tide beat the Tigers 31-0.

Internet hoax causes friction between LSU and Alabama

ACC notebook
Clemson's Death Valley has long been known as one of the more intimidating places in college football, but visitors have been doing a lot of the intimidating lately.

Augusta State women schedule

Jaguars face loss of five starters

USC Aiken squads face changes in new season

USC Aiken women's schedule

New owner aims to keep club on par

It's up to us now

A new Georgia flag?

Congress' good deal

What 'zero tolerance'?

Groups protest Victoria's Secret TV fashion show
NEW YORK -- Two women's groups and a media watchdog organization on Tuesday asked CBS not to air the Victoria's Secret fashion show, calling it a "soft-core porn infomercial."

Godfather gambles for soul in new film
James Brown's acting oeuvre will never be remembered for the singing star's versatility. In every cinematic escapade - whether it's his fondly remembered role as a soulful preacher in The Blues Brothers or as the funky bandleader in the best-forgotten Doctor Detroit - Mr. Brown essentially has played himself.

NBC wins Nielsen week, but ABC shows some signs of life
NEW YORK -- Thanks to a bachelor-trashing session and Jennifer Lopez, ABC showed some signs of life last week.

Sweet recipe for the holidays
Sweet potatoes are an annual part of the Thanksgiving menu.

Flavors shake up traditional martini
It's Sex and the City - Augusta style: Friday night, the bar is lined with young professionals and everybody is holding a martini glass.

In the know
Annual parties hail new Beaujolais

Be like Bond
Here's the bad news. An Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, similar to the car James Bond takes for a high-speed spin in the new 007 caper Die Another Day comes with a heart-attack-inducing price tag that hovers around $235,000. The super-spy's watch, a special edition Omega Seamaster, will ring up for about $2,200, and his so-blue-it's-black Brioni tuxedo will probably cost close to $5,000.

In the know
Who says there's nothing to do in Augusta? The city rates a write-up in the November edition of GQ magazine as the "best town to drop out in."

Georgia Tech routs Team Nike
ATLANTA -- Freshman Chris Bosh scored 17 points and Georgia Tech used a pressing and trapping defense to stifle Team Nike in an 81-48 exhibition victory by the Yellow Jackets Tuesday night.

Georgia Tech routs Team Nike

It's a big world of memorable people, after all

Tiger Woods calls Augusta National issue 'frustrating'
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods is becoming annoyed by the calls for him to skip next year's Masters because of the all-male membership at Augusta National Golf Club.

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match

Woods eyes victory in Japan

World's best video golfers compete in Golden Tee tournament

Woods eyes victory in Japan
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- His knee is feeling better, and Tiger Woods is ready for a tournament that also features Sergio Garcia, David Duval and Darren Clarke.

Woods says his views on Augusta National unchanged
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods hasn't changed his mind about playing at the all-male Augusta National Golf Club despite a New York Times editorial calling on him to skip the Masters.

Sorenstam cooks up another stunning season
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam wants to go to culinary school after the LPGA Tour season ends this week.

At 57, it was a Hale of a year
The Senior PGA Tour used to be the only league in sports where it paid to be a rookie, and not just because the 50-and-older circuit doesn't have a cut.

At 57, it was a Hale of a year

Woods says his views on Augusta National unchanged

Sorenstam cooks up another stunning season

World's best video golfers compete in Golden Tee tournament
ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the 18th hole of the King's Canyon course, Graig Kinzler tapped in a short putt as his opponent watched his final drive bounce off an embankment and into the water.

A calamitous footnote about Augusta National
In the Trophy Room at Augusta National is the famous putter belonging to Bobby Jones, which the Grand Slam champion called "Calamity Jane."

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods beat South Korea's K.J. Choi in a playoff Tuesday to win the Phoenix Challenge, a six-hole exhibition match played before the Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

QB leads Pats quietly

Prep playoff pairings

Swainsboro looks to upset Washington County

Prep basketball scores

QB leads Pats quietly
Westside quarterback Alan Gregg is surrounded by players with more talent and by players who get more newspaper headlines.

Swainsboro looks to upset Washington County
The first game was not pretty. It was a defensive struggle on a wet field, Washington County beat Swainsboro 7-0 on Sept. 20.

Prep playoff pairings
Here are the high school football pairings for the first round of the state playoffs:

Thrashers edge Panthers
ATLANTA -- Shawn McEachern scored a power-play goal at 3:23 of overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Thrashers edge Panthers

Thrashers, Dafoe reach agreement
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers reached a tentative agreement on a contract with free-agent goalie Byron Dafoe on Tuesday.

Thrashers, Dafoe reach agreement

Cancer vaccine shows promise
After losing her mother to breast cancer, Bleu Harper has watched both of her mother's sisters battle cancer as well. And it gives her a sense of foreboding.

Moussaoui tied to Sept. 11 mastermind
WASHINGTON -- Accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui met with the suspected mastermind of the attacks in late 2000 or early 2001 in Afghanistan, a top al-Qaida operative has told his interrogators, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Arrests made in missing person case
Four people have been arrested in the disappearance of an Evans man whose burning car was discovered this week in Edgefield County.

Coroner confirms burn victim's identity
Confirming what authorities have suspected, Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said today the body found inside the trunk of a burning car off Deep Step Road near the McCormick County, S.C., line is that of Jack A. Murray, 63, of Oakton Trail in Evans.

Train strikes, kills Grovetown man
A Hephzibah man was killed this morning after he was hit by a CSX train in Grovetown.

Walker: 'no desire' to overturn election
One day after state Sen. Charles Walker filed a lawsuit that seeks to send voters back to the polls to redecide the District 22 race, the outgoing legislator is saying emphatically that he has "no desire to overturn the election."

Judge: arrests in killing during 1969 race riots not prejudicial
YORK, Pa. -- A 32-year delay in the arrests of two black men accused in the 1969 race-riot slaying of a white police officer was not unfair to the defendants, a judge ruled.

Direction of comics isn't good

The continuing growth of entitlements is ruining nation

Protect U.S. sovereignty by supporting Helms-DeLay bill

Strollers and mommies aren't going anywhere

Critiques letter supporting McIntyre

'Chronicle' uses questionable journalism

If guilt's clear, why say 'suspect'?

Democrats have forced one-party rule on us

It's about time

Vietnam vet found healing at Veterans Day ceremonies

Cheeks applauded for courageous switch

Should all inconveniences be banned?

Has 'private' lost its meaning?

Flavors shake up traditional martini

Sweet recipe for the holidays

Groups protest Victoria's Secret TV fashion show

NBC wins Nielsen week, but ABC shows some signs of life

Godfather gambles for soul in new film

Be like Bond

In the know

Hockey helps rookie find his life's path
So you're a hyperactive teenager from a broken home with a serious problem with authority. You're bright yet foolish, gifted yet misguided, passionate yet disenfranchised.

Wilkie unloads Moore to bolster the blueline
The first major deal of the David Wilkie era was made Tuesday, with the Augusta Lynx coach acquiring defenseman Jonathan Gauthier from the Dayton Bombers in a three-way trade.

Hockey helps rookie find his life's path

Wilkie unloads Moore to bolster the blueline

Five questions with Ryan Crane
Augusta Lynx defenseman Ryan Crane answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Forward agrees to compromise
Doug Christiansen didn't mean to get his relationship with the Augusta Lynx off on the wrong foot.

Five questions with Ryan Crane

Leader talks budget solutions
AIKEN - On July 1, his first day as president of the University of South Carolina, Andrew Sorenson inherited what appeared to be an $18 million shortfall in state funding.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mike Deal of Martinez.

Air Force will name plane for senator
COLUMBIA - The Air Force plans to celebrate U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday by naming its newest C-17 cargo and troop transport plane after the nation's longest-serving senator.

Groups lead day to help smokers stop
The biggest barrier to quitting smoking might be in your head, a smoking cessation expert said. And today might be the day to find out as area health care providers join with the American Cancer Society in the Great American Smokeout.

Arrests made in missing person case

Four face charges of kidnapping
Authorities know how the person found in the trunk of a burning car earlier this week died, but they still haven't identified the body.

Special grand jury hits leaders

Globe games
Globe games Above, former Harlem Globetrotter TyRone "Hollywood" Brown, from Sa

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A judge put the execution of a man convicted of raping and strangling an Atlanta go-go dancer on hold for two days.

Walker contests loss in election
State Sen. Charles W. Walker is contesting the results of the Nov. 5 election in which he lost to political newcomer Randy Hall by 266 votes.

Supreme Court justice to preside at dedication
Most of the cleanup work is finished, and the tent and chairs are in place.

Civic center lowers food costs
Concessions and the prospect of going broke were topics that divided members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Wednesday.

Police hunt owner of burned car

U.S. Supreme Court member applauds new courthouse
From a podium under a white tent on the front lawn, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy issued a challenge to the people who will use Columbia County's new Justice Center.

Judge: arrests in killing during 1969 race riots not prejudicial

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Bob Young. He is against poor people. I am voting for Ed McIntyre because he is for all people.

Athens man wants DOT seat
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County man who is a longtime advocate of turning Georgia's section of U.S. Highway 441 into a major tourism corridor is angling for the new seat on the board of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Across the area
The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to reorganize the city's Office of Indigent Defense.

Food for thought
Kayla Worden (left), an activist with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, waves to Carol Bruce (right) as she leaves the Burger King on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. Ms. Worden, wearing a bikini made to look like lettuce, and Tracey Duncan were passing out the new BK Veggie Burger to promote PETA's message.

Boy goes on suicide watch
Seventeen-year-old Jason White, whose parents are fighting to have him moved out of the Augusta Youth Development Campus, is on suicide watch after cutting his wrists with the metal end of a pencil.

Video link-up gets day in court
SAVANNAH, Ga. - They called it the Hollywood Squares screen.

Across South Carolina
BONNEAU -Divers searching for the wreckage of a small plane believed to have crashed with three people aboard found part of the cockpit and recovered a body from the waters of Lake Moultrie late Wednesday, authorities said.

Man is shot in confrontation
Police say a Quebecor World material handler was shot after an argument with a co-worker Tuesday morning.

Disputes on old homes come before commission
A dispute over an Augusta homeowner's changes to a house in the Summerville district has city officials considering an increase in the fine for permit violations in historic areas.

Police hunt owner of burned car
Police aren't certain who was in the trunk of Jack Murray's burning Mercedes, but they haven't located Mr. Murray and now say the Evans man is considered "missing and endangered."

Fake checks spur search by police
Richmond County investigators want to question two people about a series of counterfeit checks totaling about $4,000 that were given out at local businesses.

City facilities get good marks

Kolb withholds jury response
The latest special grand jury report will get no written response from Augusta City Administrator George Kolb.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Joyce Warren of Augusta.

Doctors discover virus vaccine
After losing her mother to breast cancer, Bleu Harper has watched both of her mother's sisters battle cancer as well. And it gives her a sense of foreboding.

City facilities get good marks
AIKEN - June Murff, the outgoing president of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, says it's no surprise that the city has two of the most outstanding nursing homes in the area.

Athens man wants DOT seat

Residents can discuss SRS emissions

Across the area
Authorities say a 52-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning near Sylvania when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree.

Family awaits bridge repair
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Stroll across the old logging bridge at the Hardin Canal on Wild Cat Dam Road, and you'll find Anthony Young's house - about a 10-minute walk on the far side of the bridge that state officials shut down in September, saying it was unsafe.

Leader talks budget solutions

Research uncovers GOP gains in county
AIKEN - Aiken County appears to be growing even more Republican.

Priest with Georgia ties admits abuse
ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Catholic priest ordained in Georgia pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing two brothers in the 1970s while he was a seminary student.

Residents can discuss SRS emissions
AIKEN - A hearing tonight at Silver Bluff High School will give the public an opportunity to air its concerns on Savannah River Site air quality issues.

Family awaits bridge repair

Governor holds talks with rival
ATLANTA - Two weeks after an election that turned Georgia politics upside down, a defeated incumbent governor and a victorious governor-to-be met privately Wednesday to look to the state's future.

Video link-up gets day in court

Four face charges of kidnapping

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Bob Young. He is against poor people. I am voting for Ed McIntyre because he is for all people.

Doctors discover virus vaccine

News you can use
NOV. 20, 1992 A pedestrian believed to be a homeless man was killed Thursday night when he was struck by a car on Peach Orchard Road, then run over by at least three more cars.

Globe games

Schools want to revisit reform
Richmond County school officials are urging legislators to take a second look at a statewide education reform package next session.

Coroner confirms burn victim's identity

Police find evidence of drugs after wreck
Police discovered what they say were materials for making methamphetamines after a one-car accident in Grovetown on Tuesday morning.

News you can use
NOV. 21, 1982 AIKEN - At least two persons were killed Saturday night when an airplane crashed and burned about a mile from Aiken County Municipal Airport.

Disputes on old homes come before commission

Walker contests loss in election

Groups lead day to help smokers stop

Cancer vaccine shows promise

Man is shot in confrontation

Teacher of the Year
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFTeacher of the YearFran Brewer, a first-grade teacher at Goshen Elementary School, tells her mother that she won the Richmond County Teacher of the Year award at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Across the area

Budget amendment would reduce raises
If Augusta salary reclassifications are approved as part of next year's budget, it will likely be for only a fraction of their full cost, according to a 2003 fiscal plan considered Tuesday by city commissioners.

Subscriber of the day

Teacher of the Year

Agency creates leasing program
In January, the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. will begin structuring a lease-purchase home-ownership program, which it will market to moderate- and low-income Augusta residents by midyear, ANIC Director Robert Cooks said.

Moussaoui tied to Sept. 11 mastermind

News you can use

Food for thought

Across South Carolina

Supreme Court justice to preside at dedication

Subscriber of the day

Priest with Georgia ties admits abuse

Governor holds talks with rival

Boy goes on suicide watch

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state has collected about a tenth of the money that delinquent taxpayers owe through an amnesty program.

Agency creates leasing program

Research uncovers GOP gains in county

Across the southeast

Woman testifies at rape trial
The trial of Aaron LeBlanc, who is charged in the rape of a Gastonia, N.C., woman, continues today.

Flag promise looms over Perdue
ATLANTA - With renewed debate over the state flag looming, top advisers to Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue appear to be backing away from the possibility of returning the Confederate battle emblem to the banner.

Fake checks spur search by police

Air Force will name plane for senator

Police find evidence of drugs after wreck

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A judge has issued an indefinite stay on the planned execution of a man convicted of raping and strangling an Atlanta go-go dancer.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the many smart voters who were able to get Gov. Roy Barnes' battleship turned around in such a short time.

Across Georgia

Special grand jury hits leaders
The Richmond County Special Grand Jury said failed attempts by state and local leaders to improve city operations should empower Augusta residents to work toward stamping out government corruption.

Woman testifies at rape trial

Flag promise looms over Perdue

Civic center lowers food costs

Across Georgia

Across the area

News you can use

Across the southeast
GREENSBORO, N.C. -A regional leader in the nation's largest Confederate heritage organization says he has been stripped of his post because he does not embrace the far-right politics of other members.

It's a big world of memorable people, after all
Sometimes I wish the world was a lot smaller or life was a lot longer. As it is now, there are too many interesting people to meet in one lifetime. I miss the ones I've left behind and mourn for the ones I'll never get to know.

Spotlight on Greg Zipadelli
Here is a profile of NASCAR crew chief Greg Zipadelli.

Drivers have no time to rest during offseason

Newman, Johnson set new standard

Newman, Johnson set new standard
ATLANTA - Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson are regarded as the best group of rookies to ever join the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Tracy to join Player's racing team

Tracy to join Player's racing team
TORONTO -- Paul Tracy will join Patrick Carpentier on the Player's racing team for the 2003 CART season.

Spotlight on Greg Zipadelli

Drivers have no time to rest during offseason
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The finish line at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was still stained with victory champagne Monday morning when Tony Stewart went back to work.

Dickau out four to six weeks with knee injury
ATLANTA -- Rookie Dan Dickau of the Atlanta Hawks will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a cartilage tear in his left knee.

Ex-girlfriend of Jordan denies extortion attempt
CHICAGO -- The woman accused of extortion by Michael Jordan responded with her own lawsuit Tuesday, saying he offered her $5 million to keep quiet about their relationship.

Dickau out four to six weeks with knee injury

Ex-girlfriend of Jordan denies extortion attempt

USC Aiken squads face changes in new season
When he was hired in September as USC Aiken head women's basketball coach, Mike Brandt stepped into a nearly perfect situation.

Jaguars face loss of five starters
When Gary Tuell became head coach at Augusta State in 1997, he inherited a foundering program.

Augusta State men's schedule
Augusta State men schedule

USC Aiken women's schedule
USC Aiken women's schedule

USC Aiken men's schedule
USC Aiken men schedule

Augusta State women schedule
Augusta State women schedule

Smith suspended for fighting

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match

Falcons trying not to overlook Panthers

Peppers to play against Falcons

Fantasy Football: Don't underestimate a kicker's power

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Mr. Alfred Vance Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Myra Jones    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Clay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Dillard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fielding Dillard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Frails    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Panowich    (CHATTANOGA, Tenn.)
Sgt. Reginald Gilchrist    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
Mrs. Evva Pettinato    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Matt Stovall
Augusta actor and radio personality Matt Stovall, 52, died Wednesday at Doctors Hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Rudolph Williams    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Clay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Goodwin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Jane Eve    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Reverend Quay Rice, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Greenaugh    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Myra Jones    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Bette Madden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Margarette Richardson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Shealy    (GILBERT, S.C.)
Miss Sarah Riner    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Irene Butler    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Mayo    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise OHara    (EASTON, Md.)
Mr. Vincent Naglieri    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Patricia Pearson    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
Mr. James Overton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Evva Pettinato    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Margarette Richardson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Rev. Quay Rice, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Embre Scurry    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Greenaugh (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Frails (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dillard Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Hughes (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia Pearson (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Greenaugh (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Shealy (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosie Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evva Pettinato (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Lester Hobbs (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Theda Glover (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Earl Fagan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Franklin (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myra Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Clay (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Vance Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bette Madden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Elizabeth Gerber (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Mayo (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Hickman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margarette Richardson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myra Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Tussey (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Embre Scurry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Reverend Quay Rice, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Frails (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Embre Scurry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. James Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Butler (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Overton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Williams (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Chumbley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evva Pettinato (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Rev. Quay Rice, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise OHara (EASTON, Md.)

Mr. Arthur Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Landrum (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Brown (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Ellison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhoda Dickey (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Eve (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Strollers and mommies aren't going anywhere
I am writing in response to the two women complaining about the strollers at the craft show. First of all, if they were really enjoying the show, they would not be worried about the strollers. Parents with strollers are nothing compared to the number of people who attend this event. Some of us mothers have to work and do not wish, on our weekend off, to send our children once again to a sitter. There is nothing wrong with enjoying both the area events and our children together.

It's up to us now
While reading what is apparently the Augusta-Richmond County Special Grand Jury's final presentment Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett paused to exclaim "Hallelujah!" at the report's recommendation that a simple majority rule city commission meetings when a quorum is present.

If guilt's clear, why say 'suspect'?
It is amazing that Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and other news agencies, as well as Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and other news anchors, are calling Madelyne Gorman Toogood, the mother caught on department-store camera striking her 4-year-old child in their SUV, an "apparent child-beater." Keith Wilson, Martinez, Ga.

Protect U.S. sovereignty by supporting Helms-DeLay bill
If you care about the future of America, if you care about our nation's safety and security, if you care about our men and women in the military, it is crucial that you support the "American Sovereignty Project." Mildred W. McNair, Aiken, S.C.

Vietnam vet found healing at Veterans Day ceremonies
I came home from Vietnam in 1971 as a very young buck sergeant. I had just finished 23 hours of air time and layovers on a stretch-eight aircraft picking up soldiers from around the world. We were headed home from one of the most horrible wars ever. Jim Vause, Warrenville, S.C.

What 'zero tolerance'?
In dealing with ornery nations at the dawn of the 20th century, President Teddy Roosevelt believed in the adage, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." What does George W. Bush, first president of the 21st century, believe? "Talk tough and carry a small stick?"

It's about time
Here in Georgia, they killed a killer on Nov. 13. Finally. It was 22 years after William Putman, 59, killed three people sleeping in their cars at two I-75 rest stops way back in July of 1980. So, what took so long? Due process is one thing, but 22 years? Randy Potter, Augusta

Cheeks applauded for courageous switch
I commend state Sen. Don Cheeks of Augusta for his courageous and unselfish decision to switch to the Republican Party. Elbert Maddox, Augusta

Democrats have forced one-party rule on us
The once-great Democratic Party is now in shambles and disarray, without vision or hope for its future. Albert F. Kotras, Augusta

A new Georgia flag?
Many political observers believe that in the wake of his surprise win over Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue is backing off his pledge to support a voter referendum on whether to return to the 1956 banner dominated by the red and blue Confederate battle cross, or to stick with the new flag that sharply diminishes the battle cross.

Congress' good deal
It may not be as good as winning the lottery, but getting a $5,000 pay raise for doing nothing is still a pretty good deal. However, it's not for you. It's for the people you pay to go to Washington to make laws for us to live by.

The continuing growth of entitlements is ruining nation
When a voting population can require increasing benefits for themselves from government, and the politicians give in to these demands in order to be elected, then our nation surely is in peril. S.G. von Schweinitz, Appling, Ga.

'Chronicle' uses questionable journalism
The headline at the top of the Nov. 16 front page reads, "Palestinian attack on Israelis kills 12." The large photo beneath the headline shows an Arab boy and a young Arab man running down a street, a tank behind them, while "defying an Israeli curfew ... in Nablus." Steve Kohn, Hephzibah, Ga.

Has 'private' lost its meaning?
Private - adj. Designed or intended for one's exclusive use. The Augusta National Golf Club is a private organization and should be allowed to exclude whomever it wants. Monica Shah, Martinez, Ga.

Should all inconveniences be banned?
Regarding complaints about strollers at the Christmas Made in the South craft show (letters, Nov. 12 and 18), I used to believe baby strollers at the craft show were an inconvenience also, but I yearned to be pushing one of them. I now have the opportunity, because I have been blessed with two wonderful grandchildren and I couldn't be happier. Wanda M. Williams, Martinez, Ga.

Direction of comics isn't good
I concur with Betty Grimstead's letter of Nov. 6, "Serial-story comics wanted for older readers," concerning elimination of the Rex Morgan strip. It is one of about eight of the strips I read on a daily basis, and I miss this one particularly. E. Doyle, Augusta

Critiques letter supporting McIntyre
Regarding the letter on Nov. 15 by Robert A. Daniels about Ed McIntyre, I offer a point-by-point critique: Jerome R. Singer, Augusta

Tyson to fight Etienne

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Runners receive recognition

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The Colorado Rockies put together their second big trade within a week, agreeing Tuesday to a tentative deal that would send Larry Walker to Arizona in a five-player trade in which the Diamondbacks would give up Matt Williams.

Tyson to fight Etienne
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson will begin his latest comeback in the same ring where he took a beating his last time out against Lennox Lewis.

U.S. women to play Japan on Jan. 12
SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. women's national soccer team will open its 2003 schedule against Japan on Jan. 12 in preparations for the World Cup in China.

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The Suburban Woman's Club of Augusta voted unanimously Wednesday to distance itself from a national women's group's campaign to get a female member admitted to Augusta National Golf Club.

Runners receive recognition
For years, Augusta Prep cross country coach Mike Burley thought his sport wasn't getting enough attention.

Glenn Hills star to sign with LSU
For Marian Whitfield, her decision was sealed when she stepped on the court for a five-on-five pick-up game.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods beat South Korea's K.J. Choi in a playoff Tuesday to win the Phoenix Challenge, a six-hole exhibition match played before the Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

Peppers to play against Falcons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Julius Peppers' appeal of his four-game suspension will not be heard by the NFL until next week, leaving Carolina's rookie defensive end and the league sack leader eligible to play Sunday against Atlanta.

Panthers lineman misses court date, arrest warrant issued
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A judge ordered Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Chris Terry arrested Tuesday after he failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his wife.

Smith suspended for fighting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was suspended by the Panthers on Wednesday for one game for a fight that sent teammate Anthony Bright to the hospital.

Falcons trying not to overlook Panthers
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons' only shutout in the past nine years came a month ago against Carolina, a 30-0 drubbing that left the Panthers with only one healthy quarterback.

Fantasy Football: Don't underestimate a kicker's power
The playoffs are just around the corner, and it's nail-biting time for fantasy owners.

Congress told U.S. Internet security suffers serious problems
WASHINGTON -- A House panel gave failing grades Tuesday to the government's overall efforts to protect some of its most important computer systems and said online security at the departments of State, Justice and Transportation was especially bad.

Study to see if oak trees contribute to air pollution
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is spending $715,000 to set up monitors to determine whether oak trees in the Ozarks are contributing to high levels of formaldehyde in the air over St. Louis.

Filters reduce risk from procedure to clean up neck arteries
CHICAGO -- Doctors have found they can substantially improve the safety of balloon angioplasty to clean out the arteries in the neck by temporarily inserting a tiny filter to trap stirred-up gunk before it floats to the brain.

Bulldogs fans give wide receiver sign of support

Fans of Edwards show support with billboard
Ted Kohn considered buying a newspaper advertisement in Atlanta or Athens, but the price was too high.

Fans of Edwards show support with billboard

Georgia sneaks peak at the BCS
ATHENS, Ga. -- With an off week to relax and a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game safely tucked away, Georgia can afford to sneak a glance at the BCS standings.

Georgia sneaks peak at the BCS

Bulldogs fans give wide receiver sign of support
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Georgia fans are saying thanks to Terrence Edwards, the leading pass catcher in Bulldogs history, by placing a billboard near his hometown.

It all began on Big Thursday
Looking for the recipe for a successful college football game?

It all began on Big Thursday

New owner aims to keep club on par
Chris Verdery's name has been synonymous with the River Golf Club ever since it was established in North Augusta nearly five years ago.

Snake owner survives pet's kiss of death

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Filters reduce risk from procedure to clean up neck arteries

Congress told U.S. Internet security suffers serious problems