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First-time actress tackles challenging role
NEW YORK -- Nora-Jane Noone's movie debut hits close to home in a few ways.

'Nostradamus' gives several points of view of massacre

Offbeat Fringe Festival to feature striptease, rock 'n' roll

Doctor recalls life with father

First-time actress tackles challenging role

Cows, frogs and pigs prompt public art debate
CINCINNATI -- Giant frogs in Toledo. Fiberglass horses in Lexington, Ky. Baseball bats in Cincinnati.

Amy Sedaris: Author, actress ... waitress?

Amy Sedaris: Author, actress ... waitress?
NEW YORK -- The plot sounded innocent enough.

Book warns of 'corporateering'
Jamie Court is trying to establish a new household word: "corporateering."

Cows, frogs and pigs prompt public art debate

Doctor recalls life with father
As a child in New York's borough of the Bronx in the 1930s and '40s, Sherwin Nuland cowered each time his father called his name or appeared in the doorway ready to go for a walk around the neighborhood.

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'Nostradamus' gives several points of view of massacre
Four characters take turns narrating Douglas Coupland's novel Hey Nostradamus! a story about desperate people searching for an escape.

Offbeat Fringe Festival to feature striptease, rock 'n' roll
NEW YORK -- A Russian dancer peels off a chiffon toga - and, seemingly, some of her skin. A turtle emerges from its shell and romps in a pink tutu. And a reality show contestant writes a real-life story about his experiences in a rock band.

Arroyo throws perfect game for Pawtucket

Umpire vows to fight back if attacked again

Arroyo throws perfect game for Pawtucket
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Pawtucket's Bronson Arroyo pitched the fourth nine-inning perfect game in the 120-year history of the International League on Sunday to lead the Red Sox to a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons.

Little League champs get victory lap
TALLMADGE, Ohio -- The Tallmadge All-Stars piled on top of a fire truck Sunday for a victory lap to celebrate the team's first trip to the Little League World Series since 1974.

Umpire vows to fight back if attacked again
CHICAGO -- Next time, umpire Laz Diaz says he'll fight back.

Road trips are good for observing life's intricacies

Athens imposes brothel limits before Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Athens' prostitutes have marched in the streets, slept on sidewalks in protest and even sued local authorities.

Who killed Mal Jones' chickens?
WEST TISBURY, Mass. -- It wasn't the island's most gruesome crime: Similar massacres have occurred in the past.

Cosmonaut weds earthbound bride
HOUSTON -- The bride blew the groom a kiss. He blew one back - from about 240 miles above terra firma.

Rats in NY fire station force firefighters out
NEW YORK -- A blazing building? Not a problem for New York City firefighters. A firehouse infested with vermin? Well, that's a rat of a different color.

Jones looks to break slump
ST. LOUIS - Chipper Jones wants to feel comfortable at the plate again. A painful session in the batting cage over the weekend was a good start.

Braves' notebook
ST. LOUIS - The last time Atlanta closer John Smoltz pitched, the Braves were winning the second game of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field.

Furcal's triple play wasted in late rally

Braves' bats quieted
ST. LOUIS - With the league's top two offenses shackled by an assortment of pitchers, it was left up to a backup catcher to deliver Saturday afternoon's biggest hit.

Braves' notebook

Furcal's triple play wasted in late rally
ST. LOUIS - The Atlanta Braves' just-completed road trip doesn't qualify as a pleasure cruise, not after Horacio Ramirez and John Smoltz turned a win into defeat in the span of three pitches in Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jones looks to break slump

Braves' bats quieted

Farmers see catfish as alternative to declining crops
TRI CITY, Ky. -- John Murdock nets his heftiest profits from manmade ponds, not from the fertile soil on his farm.

Chinese goods affect several markets

Downturn robs rural towns of factory jobs gained in 1990s

Chinese goods affect several markets
AIKEN - The specter of Chinese imports, both present and future, threatens more than the textile mills of Georgia, the Carolinas and the rest of the South.

Farmers see catfish as alternative to declining crops

Workers question the future after factory shutdowns

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Atlanta Gas Light

Business calendar
Aug. 21: Project Management Institute-Savannah River, dinner seminar on project management by Ed Brown titled Develop Your Charismatic Personality. Topics covered include developing greater charisma, impact and influence; Sheraton Augusta Hotel, 6-8:30 p.m. $25 for PMI members, $30 for nonmembers. Contact Surendra Gupta at 860-5681 or Dennis Delvcchio at (803) 279-0421.

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Downturn robs rural towns of factory jobs gained in 1990s
NEW YORK -- It would be easy to call the evaporation of factory jobs from small towns merely the continuation of a longtime trend, but that would gloss over the recent past.

Chinese imports will cut U.S. jobs, close plants, industry leaders say

Workers question the future after factory shutdowns
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- When the fourth factory quit town, 535 more voices joined the luckless chorus asking what is happening to this rural center's hardest-won jobs.

Avoiding some common marketing pitfalls
NEW YORK -- Sales are down at your small business, and maybe you've lost a couple of customers. Time to get out there and do some marketing, right?

Automakers target Generation Y
DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp.'s success at selling reliable cars to baby boomers has a downside: Those customers aren't getting any younger. Now it's targeting their kids and grandkids in a radical move to win over Generation Y.

Attention to detail can prevent check fraud
Check fraud results in billions of dollars in losses to businesses and causes more than 10 times the losses attributed to credit-card fraud, ATM theft, burglary and bank robbery combined.

On the move

On the move
Mark Bolton has been named director of the Security Planning and Infrastructure Division of Wackenhut Services Inc., the security contractor at the Savannah River Site. Mr. Bolton has 20 years' experience at SRS, having worked as security inspector, central alarm station sergeant, emergency operations center specialist and other positions. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina Aiken and resides in Aiken with his wife, Terri, and their two children.

Pocket change

Attention to detail can prevent check fraud

Chinese imports will cut U.S. jobs, close plants, industry leaders say
AIKEN - The loudest yelp of pain over Chinese imports is coming from the American textile industry.

Automakers target Generation Y

Avoiding some common marketing pitfalls

Shelter director must find tail cutter

Shelter director must find tail cutter
Puppy tales bring happy endings. Last week's story about two boxer puppies whose tails were cut off by someone at Richmond County Animal Control brought dozens of adoption offers, said Annette Courson of Augusta Animal Rescue Friends, a rescue group that took the puppies to a veterinarian.

Alabama searches for placekicker and punter

ACC is on verge of greatness
Seventeen days remain before the Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off its season Aug. 28. Ten questions that are likely to be asked between now and then:

Shift in power hits SEC hard

Shift in power hits SEC hard
Twenty days remain before the Southeastern Conference kicks off its season Aug. 30. Ten questions that are likely to be asked between now and then:

Alabama searches for placekicker and punter
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama special teams coach Dave Ungerer says Alabama's got the talent to put a good kicking game on the field, but he doesn't know who will be doing the kicking.

Auburn reviving Wreck Tech pajama parade
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn is planning to revive an old football tradition as the Tigers prepare for their Sept. 6 game against Georgia Tech, the first meeting by the schools since 1987.

College football notebook
Charlie Williams raised eyebrows and hopes recently at an Augusta Gamecock Club meeting, where he said Troy Williamson is the fastest receiver he's ever coached.

ACC is on verge of greatness

In very good company
So who do you think the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is honoring as "one of the most influential musicians of the past 50 years"?

A growing problem

A growing problem
Talk about political correctness! This takes the cake!

Larke's worthy goals
President George W. Bush's 2-year-old, No Child Left Behind Act can be a confusing, infuriating bureaucratic nightmare to public school authorities and parents.

More dysfunction
Is Augusta cursed with dysfunctional commissions? First there was the Coliseum Authority. Now it's the Aviation Commission.

Larke's worthy goals

Stars of 'Avenue Q' flaunt fur, shatter stigmas
NEW YORK -- Stigma seems like a natural subject for two people who star in a hit musical that features an Internet porn pirate, a closeted homosexual and a song entitled "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist."

Five questions with Kathleen Edwards
NEW YORK -- Kathleen Edwards called her first album "Failer" because that word, which she used in one of her songs, summed up how she felt while writing them.

Johnny Carson shares relationship with hometown
NORFOLK, Neb. -- Johnny Carson's name is still uttered daily here, even though it's been 11 years since the king of late-night television ended his reign.

If you switch carriers, can you use the same cell phone?

If you switch carriers, can you use the same cell phone?
If you switch wireless service and keep your number, can you use the same cell phone?

Upscale boomers help fuel home improvement market
NEW YORK -- As baby boomers get older, many are increasing their investments in their biggest assets, their homes.

Investors pour money into convertible bond funds
NEW YORK -- Investors nervous about the stock market have been pouring money into convertible bond funds, which buy securities that are a hybrid of stocks and bonds. But while these funds' returns have been strong, their best days might be over.

Shop around for better rates on insurance
NEW YORK -- With the cost of auto and homeowners insurance rising rapidly, it's a good idea to review policies to see if there are ways to reduce premiums.

Investors fear rising interest rates will derail recovery
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had to face another hard reality this past week: Interest rates are rising, and threatening to undermine an already uncertain economic recovery.

Investors pour money into convertible bond funds

Upscale boomers help fuel home improvement market

Investors fear rising interest rates will derail recovery

Having proved themselves, Eagles relish fans' approval
STATESBORO, Ga. - Like politicians on a campaign trail, Georgia Southern players and coaches shook hands, signed autographs and hugged well-wishers Saturday afternoon at Georgia Southern's Media/Fan Day at Paulson Stadium.

Bilbo adjusts to uncertainty
ATLANTA - One day after being moved from first-string quarterback to running back, Georgia Tech's Damarius Bilbo said he does not intend to transfer.

Having proved themselves, Eagles relish fans' approval

Bilbo adjusts to uncertainty

Jackets rebound to split
They had the Thunderstixx popping, the raucous crowd stomping, the momentum and the heart of the order ready to strike.

Yount trying to make his own name
He may have one of the longest names in baseball: Dustin Yount, son of Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

Gustafson beats Pettersen in playoff; Sorenstam is third

Quick start boosts Love to International win

Golf roundup: Turner soars at Amateur

Van Pelt picks up first victory of year at Omaha Classic

Quick start boosts Love to International win
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Davis Love III birdied three of his first four holes Sunday at The International and cruised to his fourth victory of the season.

Levi wins 3M Championship, first Champions Tour event
BLAINE, Minn. -- Wayne Levi sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the 3M Championship on Sunday, notching his first career Champions Tour victory.

Han wins Wendy's with birdie on third playoff hole
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Hee-Won Han had to work overtime to make sure she didn't settle for second place this time.

Van Pelt picks up first victory of year at Omaha Classic
OMAHA, Neb. -- Bo Van Pelt shot a 10-under-par 62, the best final round on the Nationwide Tour since 1995, to beat Craig Lile by two shots Sunday at the Omaha Classic.

Nirapathpongporn wins U.S. Women's Amateur Championship title
GLADWYNE, Pa. -- Virada Nirapathpangporn beat Jane Park 2 and 1 in a 36-hole final to capture the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship title Sunday at Philadelphia Country Club.

Aiken's Hendrix chosen for Walker Cup team
Matt Hendrix of Aiken has been selected for the Walker Cup team.

Levi wins 3M Championship, first Champions Tour event

Golf roundup: Turner soars at Amateur
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Augusta State's Emmett Turner birdied all the par-5s for third consecutive 2-under-par 70 to move into a tie for the lead in the South Carolina Amateur Championship.

Han wins Wendy's with birdie on third playoff hole

Stranger leads Regions Cup
GRANITEVILLE - Not much is known about Jon Napier, except that he is leading the Orville White Cup with 1-under-par 70.

McCormick wins in playoff

Aiken's Hendrix chosen for Walker Cup team

Nirapathpongporn wins U.S. Women's Amateur Championship title

McCormick wins in playoff
GRANITEVILLE - John McCormick loves to talk, but not Sunday. The Augustan kept his words to a minimum as he charged to victory in the Orville White Cup.

Gustafson beats Pettersen in playoff; Sorenstam is third
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sophie Gustafson tapped in a routine par putt on the third playoff hole to beat Suzann Pettersen and win the HP Open for the first time Sunday.

Stranger leads Regions Cup

Yount trying to make his own name

Jackets rebound to split

Road trips are good for observing life's intricacies
My son and I put about 1,500 miles on the car last week.

Listener leaves WBBQ as fired DJs have

Listener leaves WBBQ as fired DJs have
It's a sad day in the Augusta area for radio listeners as we mourn the loss of many talented personalities that awakened us in the morning, serenaded us at lunch and helped us survive the drive home. What was once the flagship station for the baby boomers in this area will now be viewed as just another station. J. Glenn Rodgers, North Augusta, S.C.

Dismissed DJs will be truly missed

Governors and state flag situation

Listener laments the demise of WBBQ's morning show
I have been listening to WBBQ since I was 8 years old. I was driving from Augusta to Statesboro on July 31 when I heard the ads for the new morning show line-up. I was shocked in that I had not heard of any changes in personnel. I understand after reading the article in your paper that the disc jockeys I have listened to for so long were fired without warning or cause. Jenni Nauright, Statesboro, Ga.

Perplexed about poor education in America
As a foreigner, living in the United States for the past four years, I am perplexed by what is happening to education in this country. The article, "Student program comes to district" in The Chronicle's Aug. 5 Metro section, is a good example. Charles Ronen, Evans, Ga.

No excuse for unexcused school absences

Guns can't kill without a shooter
Barbara Thurmond's concern about reducing violence is a worthy cause (Aug. 6 letter, "We must all reduce the violence"). Teresa Glackin-Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

Governors and state flag situation
Recently the Columbia County section of The Chronicle gave an interesting overview of the Georgia state flag situation. It just missed the point that would've been crystal clear if there were three choices offered on the ballot! Does Gov. Sonny Perdue not know why he won the election? Pat Roach, Martinez, Ga.

Handicapped theater seating meant for handicapped only
Last night my husband and I went out for a night at the movies. I was in my wheelchair, the movie had not yet started and the theater was about half full. Dianne Pitts, Martinez, Ga.

No excuse for unexcused school absences
After reading the article in the July 22 Augusta Chronicle concerning unexcused absences from school, it is no wonder that the younger generation's work ethic isn't worth a flip. They are being taught that it is OK to miss 16 to 24 days a year - unexcused. This ethic is following them on into their working careers. Their employers can't depend on them to be at work. Young people need to be taught how to be dependable and how to make money. Parents have already taught them how to spend it. Billy Thigpen, Evans, Ga.

Dismissed DJs will be truly missed
Regarding the replacement of Rebecca Reardon and John Patrick, formerly of the WBBQ morning show: I think it is very sad to see these two icons be replaced on the morning show. It's sort of like taking a part of your family away. I have enjoyed listening to them on my way to work for quite some time and always looked forward to hearing what they had to say. They always seemed to be very down to earth and always shared parts of their lives with everyone who listened to them. It is sad the way large companies take over and change things on a whim and, of course, it is sad for the victims (both listeners and employees). Charles Brown, Aiken, S.C.

Perplexed about poor education in America

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Home front

In the know

Do not be miffed over substandard gifts

A space museum on the plains

AOL software finally grows up

Thurmond's birthplace still echoes with sounds of family life

Living organ donation on the rise

Slot machine cheat bilked casinos with ingenious gadgets

Readers can rate columns
Columnists seem to have the answer to every question, but is it the right advice?

Light show
Meteors happen quite frequently, but most are so small that few people see them.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is looking for parents who have gone to extreme lengths to help their child or children receive the best education possible.

Home front
So you think you've thought of all the tools and materials you need for your home-improvement project.

Thurmond's birthplace still echoes with sounds of family life
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - In the weeks after Strom Thurmond's death June 27, David and Michelle Satcher became celebrities of sorts.

AOL software finally grows up
NEW YORK -- Finally, I can read and write e-mail on America Online without feeling as if I'm playing with a toy.

A space museum on the plains
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- A moon rock. The only Soviet Vostok spacecraft in the Western world. The Apollo 13 command module, Odyssey. An SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.

Living organ donation on the rise
WASHINGTON -- The transplant was drawing near, and Kimberly Tracy knew she might die. She sat down to write her 2-year-old nephew a letter.

Do not be miffed over substandard gifts
Dear Carson: My husband and I had a wedding and reception in May and received many lovely gifts. However, there were two guests whose gifts were substandard. These gifts did not even cover the caterer's charge per head. Don't you think that people should take into consideration the costs of holding a large wedding and reception when selecting gifts? - Surprised over Substandard Gifts

Slot machine cheat bilked casinos with ingenious gadgets
TULSA, Okla. -- In the back of a strip mall workshop a slot machine sits on two green milk crates like a patient on an operating table, its electronic innards exposed.

Across Georgia

Edgefield has bloodied past

Richmond County schools lift ban on jeans
Children who are tired of dirtying their fancy khakis on school playgrounds in Richmond County can wear jeans this year.

News you can use
AUG. 11, 1940 WRENS, Ga. - The folks who live in the ramshackle houses along Georgia's Tobacco Road may soon become a different people. A man who for years has administered to the discouraged inhabitants of the sandhill country has gone to Washington to suggest the government set up a rural rehabilitation community.

Sales tax requests flood panel
It took three months for a government committee to accrue more than $536 million in requests for sales tax money.

Walk plan threatens old oaks
Athens-Clarke County is ready to build three new sidewalks, but something is standing in the way.

Education board spars with state over postponed transfers
Vivian Ransom spotted her granddaughter's school on the needs-improvement list last week and expected to transfer the second-grader to another location this year.

Readers' comments on the needs-improvement list

Suspect found asleep

Across the area
Danielle Callan of Evans was crowned Miss Augusta 2004 on Saturday night at the culmination of the Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant at Augusta State University's performing arts theater.

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

High unemployment afflicts rural counties

N. Augusta gets tough on speeders

Sales tax requests flood panel

Suspect found asleep
It was a fitting end for a North Augusta man accused of leading deputies on a headstone-crushing pursuit through a cemetery.

Winner finds second time is the charm

Newberry pathologist solves mysteries of the dead
NEWBERRY, S.C. -- From prime-time's "Crossing Jordan" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to reruns of old "Quincy" shows, many people have become familiar with the jobs of medical examiners.

Denver's 1997 G-8 conference holds lessons for Georgia
ATLANTA -- Business owners on the Georgia coast are hoping for big profits next summer when the international G-8 Summit comes to Sea Island, an event Georgia politicians say will pump $500 million into coastal communities.

Denver's 1997 G-8 conference holds lessons for Georgia

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -The University of South Carolina is trying to raise money to build a research project on 1,200 acres of land it bought in Georgetown County about 10 years ago.

Fort gets happy returns

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Federal health researchers went to Lake Lanier this weekend to investigate a growing problem with carbon monoxide poisoning among boaters.

High unemployment afflicts rural counties
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - By the time Theresa Ellison found out that Kwikset was closing its lock-making factory and would lay off all 500 workers, the 26-year-old Waynesboro native had already purchased a house and had a baby.

Across the area
An Augusta man said he and a friend were robbed by another man at gunpoint at a car wash on Peach Orchard Road.

High-end workers searching for work
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- High unemployment has led to a new group of people seeking assistance at United Ministries.

Winner finds second time is the charm
Before Danielle Callan had made it off the stage after being crowned Miss Augusta 2004, her sister Jessica had called every phone number stored in her cell phone to spread the news.

Kid of the Day

Publication educates on campus crime
ATHENS, Ga. - If the new crop of University of Georgia students isn't more savvy about personal safety than last year's, it won't be from a lack of effort by Safe Campuses Now.

News you can use
AUG. 10, 1930 Walter Barnes, 48, an employee of the N.F. Widener Store two miles from Augusta on Milledgeville Road, was shot to death yesterday afternoon by Charles Goodwin, according to Deputy Sheriff Walter Kent.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. -Police began handing out warnings this weekend for anyone whose security alarm goes off by accident.

Readers' comments on the needs-improvement list
The Augusta Chronicle asked readers for their comments on the needs-improvement list and school choice. Here is some of what they had to say:

N. Augusta gets tough on speeders
Some motorists might whine about how North Augusta's police have a reputation for tough speed enforcement.

Officers feel strain of budget
Because of state budget cuts, fewer agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are working more cases, fewer highway patrol troopers are working larger areas, and local law enforcement agents are doing what they can to pick up the slack.

Soldiers trained to battle weather
Summer heat doesn't give Army personnel at Fort Gordon an excuse to slack off. They have a job to do year-round.

Across the southeast
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -Onslow County's fire marshal has asked researchers to help figure out why six children died of smoke inhalation in a July mobile home fire that was confined to one room.

Rants and Raves
AS A SINGLE parent, I work very hard and feel that a tax break check is well-deserved at this time. However, there are many people who prefer to get the check without actually working. For those of you who are complaining about our "getting a break," perhaps if you worked a job or so, maybe you would be able to earn a check, too.

It's never too late to learn
At age 50, Rhonda Jones is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

Goods sell quickly at first farmer's market
Roy Taylor, the owner of Jay's Produce, thought he was prepared for the grand opening of the Saturday Farmer's Market on Broad Street, bringing with him several boxes of tomatoes, bell peppers, plums, watermelons, potatoes and even jalapeno peppers.

News you can use

Edgefield has bloodied past
This is the first in an occasional series on South Carolina history and politics.

Kid of the day

Across the southeast

After 53 years, church gets finishing touch

Newberry pathologist solves mysteries of the dead

Richmond County schools lift ban on jeans

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ebonee Romina Edwards, 8, of Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Sharpton encourages youth, blacks to vote

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Andrew C. Darnell of Augusta.

Watchdog group faces limits

Democrats face turning point
The upcoming retirements of two Southern Democrats from the U.S. Senate, coupled with a recent wave of Republican victories, could signal further erosion of the party's power in the Deep South.

High-end workers searching for work

Layoffs not on Perdue's agenda as he faces tough budget year

It's never too late to learn

Watchdog group faces limits
AUSTELL, Ga. - Tucked in the corner office of a strip mall in the suburbs west of Atlanta, a small team of investigators keeps an eye on Georgia's police officers.

Saying goodbye to summer
AIKEN - When Mary Williams grows up - sooner rather than later, says her mother - she wants to be a runner just like Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Education board spars with state over postponed transfers

Soldiers trained to battle weather

Across South Carolina

Suicide call ends in arrests
Three Augustans were arrested after officers found two young children living in squalid conditions Saturday afternoon.

Democrats face turning point

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -North Greenville College President James Epting says a professor who has sued the school for wrongful firing is not an employee.

Suicide call ends in arrests

Officers feel strain of budget

Fort gets happy returns
After seven months in Kuwait, Capt. Sean Nixon was happy Sunday to see his family and eager for the comforts of home.

Saying goodbye to summer

Study makes airport hopeful

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

After 53 years, church gets finishing touch
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- His odyssey began in 1950.

Study makes airport hopeful
When comparing Augusta Regional Airport with other Southeastern airports, a new study suggests Augusta's profits and expenses are competitive, considering its passenger numbers.

Sharpton encourages youth, blacks to vote
SANTEE, S.C. -- The electric organ pumped music into the sanctuary and a chorus of voices echoed the Rev. Al Sharpton as he reminded the congregation at Chapel Hill Baptist Church on Sunday about the struggle for civil rights and the important role for blacks in selecting the next president of the United States.

Across Georgia

More students get free school lunches
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Several Upstate schools are using a new checkout system to help the growing number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals feel less self-conscious about their financial status.

News you can use

Pizza tycoon hopes to toss up Georgia Senate race
ATLANTA -- For a multimillionaire with Washington connections, Herman Cain makes an unusual underdog for Georgia's U.S. Senate race.

Layoffs not on Perdue's agenda as he faces tough budget year
ATLANTA -- The last time Georgia faced hard economic choices, a Democratic governor ordered layoffs and risked a backlash from his party's labor allies. Now a Republican with no special labor ties is in charge yet the "L" word isn't being mentioned.

Pizza tycoon hopes to toss up Georgia Senate race

'S.W.A.T.' takes custody of box office with $37 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Calling in the SWAT team proved good business for Hollywood.

Brightman's 'Harem" hard to pin down
NEW YORK -- Sarah Brightman walked into the room, looking very hippy, with bracelets around her ankles, rings on most of her fingers and what seemed to be hair extensions flowing down her back.

Brightman's 'Harem" hard to pin down

Castroneves ends victory drought
MADISON, Ill. -- Helio Castroneves did it the old-fashioned way Sunday: He drove without any cockpit electronics to win the Emerson Indy 250 and end his 20-race winless streak.

Gordon's road rage lands him out front

Tracy wins for first time at Mid-Ohio

NASCAR notebook
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - It didn't take long for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final practice at Watkins Glen International to turn rocky.

Valiante wins Toyota Atlantic race
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Michael Valiante took advantage of a bump with pole-sitter A.J. Allmendinger on the first green-flag lap to pick up his second CART Toyota Atlantic Championship victory of the season Sunday.

Gordon's road rage lands him out front
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - A victory by Jeff Gordon today would be a strong argument that there's nothing more important than practice.

Gordon wins at Watkins Glen

NASCAR notebook

Castroneves ends victory drought

Gordon wins at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.-- Robby Gordon stretched his fuel over the final 39 laps to complete a sweep of this year's NASCAR road-course races with a victory Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

Unser crewman hurt in pit accident
MADISON, Ill. -- A crewman for Al Unser Jr. was seriously injured Sunday in a pit accident during the IRL's Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway.

Tracy wins for first time at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Paul Tracy won for the first time at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and moved back into the lead in the CART driver standings with his victory in Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix.

Staley's shot seals Charlotte win

Staley's shot seals Charlotte win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As teammates and fans waited anxiously as referees huddled around a video monitor, Dawn Staley had no doubt her winning shot was good.

Vick doesn't a miss a beat in preseason debut

Vick off to quick start

Coach finds plenty of negatives in 13-0 loss

Edwards fighting to make Falcons

Carter happy with new life

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Athens works to complete preparations

Surinam runner fails drug test, loses gold medal

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Augusta boxer Rayonta Whitfield won his first fight in the light flyweight division (106 pounds) over Brazil's Gillard Silva.

Clijsters beats Davenport, earns No. 1 ranking
CARSON, Calif. -- Kim Clijsters became the new No. 1 in women's tennis Sunday, outlasting Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open for her tour-high sixth title of the year.

Surinam runner fails drug test, loses gold medal
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Surinam's only Pan American Games medalist, 800-meter champion Letitia Vriesde, was stripped of her gold Sunday after testing positive for excessive caffeine.

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Athens works to complete preparations
ATHENS, Greece -- On a hillside where gypsies used to live outside this ancient city, a concrete maze of buildings is taking shape as workers scurry to finish the dusty road leading to it.

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Alvin Greenwood Jr., who played basketball at Silver Bluff and Aiken Tech, has received a scholarship to play at Claflin College in Orangeburg, S.C.

Unusual method serves anglers
It is midday at Thurmond Lake, and Woody Parks is out fishing with his friends.

Vick off to quick start
ATLANTA -- Michael Vick provided a tantalizing glimpse of what the NFL can expect this season.

Vick doesn't a miss a beat in preseason debut
ATLANTA -- Sophomore slump? Based on Michael Vick's first preseason game, it doesn't seem likely.

Coach finds plenty of negatives in 13-0 loss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bill Parcells will have no shortage of ammunition when his Dallas Cowboys return to practice this week.

Carter happy with new life
NEW ORLEANS - Dale Carter remembers the life he once led. He remembers the expensive cars, the big house, the clothes, the jewelry, the toys.

Edwards fighting to make Falcons
ATLANTA - About this time last year, Atlanta receiver Terrence Edwards was experiencing an enormous amount of hype as many Georgia fans predicted a run at the national title. This year Edwards is in the midst of fans saying his Falcons have a shot at the Super Bowl.

Unusual method serves anglers

NBC grants Maria Shriver a leave of absence
NEW YORK -- NBC has granted Maria Shriver a leave of absence while her husband, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, runs for governor of California.

NBC grants Maria Shriver a leave of absence

TV Lookout: Highlights (and lowlights) for the week

New cable channel to be an alternative to BET

Former cop brings reality to Hollywood
LOS ANGELES -- Randy Walker may not be a cop anymore, but in the movie business he's still The Man.

TV Lookout: Highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the television, here comes Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

The fall TV season looks great
NEW YORK -- A TV critic surveying the fall program landscape sometimes feels like an inspector looking for weapons of mass destruction. You never want to find bad shows, of course. Yet something seems amiss when you don't.

New cable channel to be an alternative to BET
NEW YORK -- Jonathan Rodgers will tell anyone who listens that his new TV network aimed at black adults is not, repeat NOT, trying to compete with BET.

The fall TV season looks great

Johnny Carson shares relationship with hometown

Five questions with Kathleen Edwards

Stars of 'Avenue Q' flaunt fur, shatter stigmas

Georgia's two-quartetback system enters second season
ATHENS, Ga. -- Winning the 2002 Southeastern Conference championship with a two-quarterback system did not earn Georgia coach Mark Richt a permanent pass on questions about the system.

Defensive end Scranton quits Bulldogs for second year in row
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia freshman defensive end Aaron Scranton already has quit football for the second time in as many seasons.

Defensive end Scranton quits Bulldogs for second year in row

Georgia safeties strive to fill leadership void on defense

Georgia safeties strive to fill leadership void on defense
ATHENS, Ga. -- At least two of the players featured on the cover of Georgia's 2003 media guide are easily identified by even casual fans.

Georgia's two-quartetback system enters second season

U.S., African troops find looted warehouses; Taylor's forces warn of chaos when he leaves
MONROVIA, Liberia -- American and West African military officers ventured into Monrovia's rebel-held port for the first time Saturday and found aid warehouses looted and corpses floating by the docks. With days left in President Charles Taylor's regime, his spokesman warned that government fighters might create chaos when he leaves.

U.S., African troops find looted warehouses; Taylor's forces warn of chaos when he leaves

Rats in NY fire station force firefighters out

Who killed Mal Jones' chickens?

Cosmonaut weds earthbound bride

Athens imposes brothel limits before Olympics