'Tattooed' leaves mark on readers
The Tattooed Girl, the latest novel by the prolific Joyce Carol Oates, is a visceral telling of a man's demise, but repetition and melodrama often get in the way of a potentially great read.

'Tattooed' leaves mark on readers

New books offer help in adjusting to college
NEW YORK - Lauren Owens of Bethesda, Md., says she's ready to begin her life in New Orleans at Tulane University to study sports medicine, but she still has a few concerns.

Fox News drops lawsuit against Al Franken

Who are these clowns?

New books offer help in adjusting to college

Fox News drops lawsuit against Al Franken
NEW YORK -- Fox News dropped its lawsuit against Al Franken on Monday, three days after a federal judge refused to block the liberal humorist from using the Fox slogan "Fair and Balanced" on the cover of his book.

Who are these clowns?
PITTSBURGH -- The Andy Warhol Museum's "Clown Paintings: From the Collection of Diane Keaton and Others" is comical, sad and sometimes downright creepy. Not all the paintings, though, are great works of art.

Probation violation charge against Canseco dropped
MIAMI -- Jose Canseco will be allowed to leave jail after prosecutors dropped charges Monday that the former baseball star violated his probation by taking steroids.

Probation violation charge against Canseco dropped

Butts wouldn't be the first county to change its name

Judge banishes man from all but one county
CONYERS, Ga. -- A Rockdale County judge has ordered that a man sentenced for selling cocaine be banished from most of the state for life.

Tiny smart dust grains can find oily pollution in water
WASHINGTON -- Grains the size of dust that can sense their environment, orient themselves and assemble in groups have been developed by a team of California chemists who want to build miniature robots.

Odds and Ends
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the chickens that typically congregate around Metro Police's West Patrol sector began disappearing, Capt. Michael Mitchell figured a chicken hawk was to blame.

Odds and Ends
STERLING, Kan. -- After three years of crossing the state on a quest for hamburgers, Bill Bunyan finally tasted victory on his 65th birthday.

Man gets 60 years in bizarre case
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- A man has received a 60-year sentence for twice raping a 13-year-old girl in a bizarre case that included an attempt to kill the victim and her mother and an anthrax scare that led to the reversal of another sexual battery conviction.

American claims new world roller coaster record
BERLIN -- An American set a world record for roller-coaster riding Tuesday, surpassing his own mark of 147 hours after six days of careening rides in a German amusement park, organizers said.

Atlanta manager tries to answer bullpen questions
ATLANTA - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox is keeping his fingers crossed that the bullpen will be strengthened by the return of veteran relievers Darren Holmes and Roberto Hernandez in September.

Atlanta manager tries to answer bullpen questions

Turner Field shoddy thanks to concert
ATLANTA -- Arizona first baseman Mark Grace took a grounder off his collarbone during batting practice in a recent visit to play the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, then bemoaned the uneven playing surface.

Mets edge Braves

Turner Field shoddy thanks to concert

Mets edge Braves
ATLANTA - It rarely works out the way it's scripted in Atlanta manager Bobby Cox's office at Turner Field.

Advisers urge troops to save extra money
HINESVILLE, Ga. - As U.S. troops continue to return from serving in Iraq, more and more are finding large increases in their monthly checks because of hazard pay and foreign service.

Comcast to offer upgraded signals

Budget analysts predict record deficits
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is heading toward a record $480 billion deficit in 2004 and will rack up red ink of almost $1.4 trillion over the next decade, according to the latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

Budget analysts predict record deficits

High gas prices on tap for Labor Day drivers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gasoline prices for the Labor Day weekend will be just 6 cents to 8 cents less than the highest ever recorded in North Carolina and South Carolina, the AAA Carolinas motor club said Monday.

Gas prices take record jump amid troubles

Sales of previously owned homes hit record high
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes hit a new record in July as fears of rising mortgage rates pushed buyers off the fence and into the market.

Official welcomes immigrants

County might raise business tax
Columbia County businesses could soon be paying more to stay open.

Consumer confidence rebounds in August

Business briefs
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Pillowtex Corp. said Monday that it has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., seeking approval for a plan to address payments associated with an estimated $5 million in unpaid employee medical claims.

County might raise business tax

Comcast to offer upgraded signals
Comcast Cable will begin offering high-definition television this week that features cinema-quality pictures and digital surround sound to up to 100,000 of its metro-area subscribers.

Business briefs
Burke County received a $2.2 million state grant Tuesday that will be used to help a small engine parts maker purchase the Kwikset lock factory in Waynesboro.

Gas prices take record jump amid troubles
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Supply shortages pushed average retail gasoline prices up more than 15 cents a gallon nationally during the past two weeks, the largest retail price hike on record since the Lundberg Survey began keeping records 50 years ago.

Official welcomes immigrants
SAVANNAH, Ga. - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond welcomes the rising tide of legal immigrants to Georgia.

Consumer confidence rebounds in August
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence bounced back in August from a dip the previous month, a private research group said Tuesday.

Advisers urge troops to save extra money

Clemson's Hair, Orange Bowl MVP, dies
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Billy Hair, the MVP of the 1951 Orange Bowl, has died. He was 74.

Loss to Georgia still bugs Clemson

Loss to Georgia still bugs Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - It definitely didn't go down as Clemson's most embarrassing loss.

Clemson's Hair, Orange Bowl MVP, dies

College of Charleston changes logo
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The College of Charleston will have a new look - at least for its sports teams - this season.

It's a battle of conference favorites on the Plains
ATLANTA -- A pair of teams picked to win two of the nation's power conferences will open the season Saturday night on the Plains of eastern Alabama when Pac-10 favorite Southern California visits No. 6 Auburn.

It's a battle of conference favorites on the Plains

College of Charleston changes logo

Taste of California
Is a deficit not a deficit when lawmakers ''carry it forward until the economy gets better"?

Ignorant Bliss

Murder isn't justice

One dream fills void
He had a dream. But let's face it; that was 40 years ago.

About lying liars
So-called satirist Al Franken, a creature of the far left, has gotten a lot of mileage out of writing books piggy-backing on the names and slogans that others have worked hard to build respect for in the arena of public discourse. His first best-seller was Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot.

Murder isn't justice
Did defrocked Roman Catholic priest and convicted child molester John J. Geoghan get what he deserved when he was beaten and strangled to death Saturday in a Massachusetts maximum security prison?

Taste of California

One dream fills void

Ignorant Bliss
We're sure that the disgraceful actions of former Baylor University basketball coach Dave Bliss are not symptomatic of other college athletic coaches, most of whom are honest and decent men setting good examples for their young charges.

Sony deftly packs video, Wi-Fi access into its latest handheld
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The new Sony Clie looks like a laptop built for Lilliputians.

No work, all play at the Playground
The Playground is no typical bar. It's just what its name suggests.

Standing ovations
Saturday's Farmers Market on Broad offers fresh fruits, vegetables and more for sale.

It's easy to find a place to play
Sharon Mills found a quiet table underneath a shady umbrella as she waited for her grandson, Cody Mills, to finish his go cart ride Saturday at Funsville off Wheeler Road.

'Animal House' gang reflects on 25 years
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe you were the beer-belching omnivore Bluto, the fun-loving yet responsible Katy, the smooth ladies' man Otter, the cackling anarchist D-Day or the geeky romantic Pinto.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

EA Sports creates college football masterpiece
It's a crisp fall afternoon and college football fan is glued to the television, where his favorite team is hammering its traditional rivals into the gridiron.

Investors take profits from recent gains

States, colleges, students grapple with tuition hikes
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- In the days before the start of his senior year, Brandon Cox joined hundreds of other University of Kansas students in a bid for something vital to continuing his education: a job.

States, colleges, students grapple with tuition hikes

Investors take profits from recent gains
NEW YORK -- Investors sold stocks for a second straight day Monday, collecting profits in the absence of major economic and earnings news. Brokerage house downgrades accounted for most of the market's more notable activity in an otherwise mundane session.

Viva Vallarta's!

Frozen fruit souffles are a cool

Frozen fruit souffles are a cool
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Frozen souffles - much like their steaming hot cousins - offer a dramatic finishing touch to any meal.

Dining out
Here are mini-review of area restaurants.

Dining out

Viva Vallarta's!
Put on your sombrero, folks, you're going to Vallarta's on Wrightsboro Road.

Dark chocolate might reduce blood pressure
CHICAGO -- A small study suggests that eating dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure - a delicious instance in which something that tastes good might, for a change, be good for you, too.

Age disparity striking in BYU-Georgia Tech matchup
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech has 11 freshmen on its two-deep roster, including starting quarterback Reggie Ball. BYU has a 23-year-old quarterback and 38 players who are married.

Freshman quarterback to start for Yellow Jackets Thursday
ATLANTA -- For the first time in school history, Georgia Tech will have a true freshman starting at quarterback in the season opener.

Age disparity striking in BYU-Georgia Tech matchup

Freshman quarterback to start for Yellow Jackets Thursday

GreenJackets on deck
Wednesday: at Capital City.

Jackets' Spann earns spot on all-star team
The South Atlantic League batting title is a longshot now, so Chad Spann must settle for another honor for his baseball resume.

What about Bob? Another cup passes without Estes
Failing to be chosen for the Presidents Cup team was hard enough on Bob Estes.

What about Bob? Another cup passes without Estes

Tiger 'pines' for old Augusta

A golf library like no other
PEPPER PIKE, Ohio -- Alastair Johnston finished his internship with IMG in 1969 and returned to Scotland, taking with him 30 books on Arnold Palmer and Gary Player that had been collecting dust in a storage room.

Tiger 'pines' for old Augusta
AKRON, Ohio -- Augusta National made only one significant change to the golf course for next year's Masters, and it was enough to get Tiger Woods' attention.

A golf library like no other

Jackets' Spann earns spot on all-star team

Williston-Elko looks to end losing streak

Yellow Jackets work on new offense

Williston-Elko looks to end losing streak
What exactly can one say about the streak, other than it's really long and Williston-Elko wants to break it really bad?

Yellow Jackets work on new offense
Admittedly, Joe Long is a coach focused on defense.

Farm fresh
If a trip to a produce stand or a backyard vegetable garden bumper crop has you searching for something to do with the season's bounty, consider this recipe for Farm Stand Stew.

Farm fresh

Butts wouldn't be the first county to change its name
Some people in Georgia's Butts County are tired of the name.

Civic center improvement funds approved
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members gave their new manager the go-ahead Tuesday to start sprucing up the civic center complex.

Investigators say flawed NASA culture led to Columbia accident
WASHINGTON -- The destruction of space shuttle Columbia and the death of its seven astronauts were caused by a NASA culture driven by schedule, starved for funds and burdened with an eroded, insufficient safety program, investigators said Tuesday.

One child dead, another burned in morning fire
One child was killed and another burned in a fire that broke out early Monday morning in a Martinez home.

Airplane makes emergency landing at Augusta
An airplane headed to Myrtle Beach from Atlanta made an emergency landing at Augusta Regional Airport Tuesday morning after an irregularity was discovered in one of the plane's engines.

Georgia ranks 50th in SAT scores
ATLANTA -- For the second year in a row, Georgia high school students tanked out at 50th in the nation in SAT scores, trailed only by students in Washington, D.C.

South Carolina SAT scores climb eight points
South Carolina high school seniors raised the state's average Scholastic Aptitude Test scores another eight points in 2003, but students still trail the national average by a significant margin, Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum said Tuesday.

Builders should correct runoff in flood-prone areas

Article on town's past gives Edgefield bad name

Listener joining other dial changers

Our support of Israel must stop

Pet crematory owner sympathetic to families
The night of July 31 we lost a beloved family pet. Having already decided that we were going to have her cremated, we called Paradise Pet Cemetery and Crematory and left a message, explaining that our precious dog had just died.

Privately owned crematorium comforting

Proposed national consumption tax is stupidest idea yet
The stupidest tax plan in American history has been submitted by U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Ga. The plan calls for the replacement of the income tax with a national consumption tax. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Builders should correct runoff in flood-prone areas
After all the rain we have had this year, there should be no excuse for not knowing the flood-prone areas in Richmond or Columbia county. The cost of building in those areas should be on the builders, not an illegal tax on a few, like we have in Columbia County in the disguise of a storm water fee. Edward Lewandowski, Evans, Ga.

Article on town's past gives Edgefield bad name
The article in the Aug. 11 Chronicle, "Edgefield has bloodied past," painted a very inaccurate picture of our town. Edgefield, S.C., is not living in the days of the Wild West with people hitting the ground every time a car backfires on the square as described in the interview with Tonya Taylor, historian and director of the Tompkins Library in Edgefield. John W. Pettigrew Sr., Edgefield, S.C.

Our support of Israel must stop
Why the hatred of the United States? Why has terrorism extended beyond Palestine and Israel? Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Proposed national consumption tax is stupidest idea yet

Privately owned crematorium comforting
My husband and I have lost many beloved pets. In each case, we have taken them to Paradise Kennels to be cremated by Richard Lord. He has shown great sympathy and concern, and has allowed us time alone to say goodbye to very important members of our family. Celia and Gus Velez, Evans, Ga.

Listener joining other dial changers
Along with all the other unhappy listeners, I would like to express my sense of loss regarding the changes at WBBQ radio. Jan Davis, Aiken, S.C.

Pet crematory owner sympathetic to families

Local dancer's death a loss for the arts
Jaime Burcham, the missing Augusta Ballet dancer whose body was recently recovered off the coast of Harbor Island, S.C., always deserved to make the front page, but this was the furthest thing from my mind when I pictured his name in the headlines. Erin Read, Augusta

Mars is ready for its close-up

Senior calendar

In the know

In the know

Exercise may prolong men's sex lives

Bra makers realize more sizes are needed

Senior calendar
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In the know
According to Impulse Research, almost a quarter of Americans are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open.

Bra makers realize more sizes are needed
In the early 1980s, Playtex released a bra line that could have revolutionized the industry.

Study: boredom, stress, cash leads some to substance abuse
WASHINGTON -- Boredom and a wad of cash can lead young Americans to substance abuse, according to a Columbia University survey released Tuesday.

In the know
Use zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, red bell peppers or whatever firm fresh summer vegetable you like to make an easy room-temperature side dish.

Exercise may prolong men's sex lives
WASHINGTON -- A new study offers an additional reason for men to exercise: It could add years to their sex lives.

Mars is ready for its close-up
BALTIMORE -- As Mars and Earth reach their closest encounter in 60,000 years this week, the Hubble Space Telescope will be shooting pictures that scientists predict will be "spectacular."

Budget strains Aiken museum

Condon formally announces for U.S. Senate

Greenville man arrested in double homicide
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. -- A Greenville man has been arrested in the shooting deaths of two lifelong friends found in a Laurens County home.

Airport might rethink firing

Group calls in unpaid money
Facing a revenue shortfall caused by a drop in the tax digest, Augusta commissioners are cracking down on delinquent accounts.

Congressman: War costs threaten social programs

Rants and Raves
I AM SURE GLAD to see the new principal at Greenbrier Elementary has changed the afternoon car-pool line. I hope he can change the attitudes of the teachers that run the car-pool line, because they are very rude.

Across the area

Poultry manure powers turbine

Kid of the day

Aviation commission agrees on new terminal design
The Augusta Aviation Commission will have to approve the details in the design and the cost of a new terminal.

Disbanded fraternity returns to UGA

Former UGA student sues over alleged rape

School leaders dispute testing

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta
WASHINGTON -- When the Department of Homeland Security divvied up $500 million in grants to 30 major cities three months ago, the city of Atlanta was noticeably absent from the recipient list.

Across the area

State leaders discuss the future of biodiesel fuel in Georgia
PLAINS, Ga. -- When Rob DelBueno fires up the diesel engine in his 1974 Mercedes, there's none of the usual black, acrid smoke.

Condos may come to predominantly black sea island

Ordinance will limit drinking

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is offering a $2,000 reward in the slaying of an Augusta convenience store owner.

Class assists senior drivers

After nearly a decade of work, Glynn County struggles to restore historic courthouse

Greenville man arrested in double homicide

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The Commission on Higher Education has named Conrad Festa executive director.

Sanford: Fort Jackson's size, missions could fend off closure

Groups address biotech growth

Early morning fire kills 9-year-old boy
One child was killed and another was severely burned in a fire that broke out early Monday morning in a Martinez home.

Lottery to fund bioengineering research

Laptop computers are essential on college campuses
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Laptop computers have become as essential as paper and pencils at Clemson University.

Across the area
A Tuesday-morning fire consumed much of a mobile home in south Augusta, officials said.

School breakfasts delivered to classroom
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- Students at Pleasant Hill Elementary School start the day eating muffins and sipping juice while working math problems or listening to teachers read to them.

Officials predict heavy travel
With summer coming to a close, the upcoming Labor Day weekend could be the last chance for Georgians and South Carolinians to enjoy some fun.

Condos may come to predominantly black sea island
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One of the last mainly black waterfront hamlets on the South Carolina coast is comprised of modest brick houses and mobile homes on a small island between Folly Beach and James Island.

Civic center will get cleaning
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members gave their new manager the go-ahead Tuesday to start sprucing up the civic center complex.

Condon trying different approach in Senate announcement
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former Attorney General Charlie Condon will break with tradition and conventional political wisdom when he announces his candidacy for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

16-year-old to be tried as adult in fatal auto wreck

Supreme Court sends alimony case back to Family Court
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Supreme Court has sent an alimony case concerning an ex-wife whose remarriage was annulled because of bigamy back to Family Court.

Insurance director: Health care a flawed business model
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Health costs and insurance premiums continue to rise because the nation's medical system is based on a flawed business model, South Carolina's insurance director told a congressional hearing Monday.

Investigators say flawed NASA culture led to Columbia accident

Retiree plans to skydive in every state
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Walt Rosso is 67 but sees no reason to abandon his favorite hobby: skydiving. Now the Chattahoochee County veteran plans to jump from an airplane over all 50 states before he turns 70.

Civic center improvement funds approved

Augusta's tax digest falls short
Despite a projected shortfall in property tax collections, Augusta's tax digest was adopted Monday, which means local homeowners should start receiving bills by the end of September.

Perdue: no new taxes or fees on tap for next year

Rants and Raves
MY RANT IS about people going down the highway at 100 mph just to get in front of you and go 40 mph.

Early morning fire kills 9-year-old boy

Board hearing attracts few
The Richmond County Board of Education asked for public comment on its proposed tax increase. Apparently, not many people cared to speak and not every board member cared to hear them.

Airplane makes emergency landing at Augusta

Laptop computers are essential on college campuses

Augusta's tax digest falls short

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta

Group calls in unpaid money

News you can use

Justices throw out half-cent sales tax in Charleston

South Carolina SAT scores climb eight points

School breakfasts delivered to classroom

Ordinance will limit drinking
Drinking would be permitted at the Augusta Common, the Eighth Street Plaza and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, but banned elsewhere on the streets of downtown under an ordinance tentatively approved Monday by an Augusta Commission committee.

Condon trying different approach in Senate announcement

Across Georgia
ALPHARETTA -Singer Bobby Brown will stay in jail until his court appearance Wednesday, DeKalb County officials said.

State Guard fills in when National Guard's away

Islamic Center fire was arson
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A weekend blaze that destroyed the Islamic Center of Savannah was set on purpose, Savannah fire investigators said Monday.

Agencies start up drive for funding

Pilots call for accelerated, streamlined weapons training

Augusta expects higher SAT scores

State leaders discuss the future of biodiesel fuel in Georgia

Palmetto State is near end of listing
AIKEN - South Carolina high school students raised the state's average SAT scores by eight points in 2003, but they still trail the national average by a 35-point margin, Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum said Tuesday.

Retiree plans to skydive in every state

CDC appoints new Environmental Health director

Improvement is apparent in Augusta area

Insurance director: Health care a flawed business model

UGA's hot dog vendor is back
ATHENS, Ga. - The $1.50 hot dog is back - for now.

Supreme Court sends alimony case back to Family Court

Airport might rethink firing
Ken Kraemer just might get a second chance after all.

Islamic Center fire was arson

Board OKs new program office
Joyce Cowins beamed like a new parent as she reached out to hug colleague Estelle Duncan.

Class assists senior drivers
AIKEN - Frank Medlock, 91, and his 88-year-old wife, Olive, were back in driving school Monday.

Groups address biotech growth
ATLANTA - On Tuesday, executives from biotech companies throughout the state met with legislators to review the formula for spawning the high-paying jobs at the 500 or so firms in Atlanta.

Augusta expects higher SAT scores
Richmond County can expect an increase in SAT scores today when the results are released, schools Superintendent Charles Larke said Monday.

Budget strains Aiken museum
AIKEN - Those who forget their history - good or bad - are bound to repeat it.

Perdue: no new taxes or fees on tap for next year
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday that despite the state's continuing budget problems there will be no new taxes or fees in the spending proposal he submits to the election-year Legislature next year.

Cause of house fire unknown

Congressman: War costs threaten social programs
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The ever-increasing cost of America's war on terrorism threatens social programs for millions, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., says.

Palmetto State is near end of listing

News you can use
AUG. 26, 1952 PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - An Air Force sergeant from Plum Branch was formally charged yesterday with murder in the death of his wife, injured last March with a butcher knife. The knife, which Sgt. Plumer Cathron Jr. admitted throwing last March, lodged in the neck of Mrs. Cathron, his pregnant wife. She had accused him of infidelity while stationed in Tampa.

Pilots call for accelerated, streamlined weapons training
ATLANTA -- Former Rep. Bob Barr joined airline pilots in criticizing the government Tuesday for moving too slowly in providing weapons training to about 40,000 pilots who they say are ready and willing to handle it.

16-year-old to be tried as adult in fatal auto wreck
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A 16-year-old driver accused of causing two deaths while drag racing will be tried as an adult, a Juvenile Court judge ruled Monday.

Justices throw out half-cent sales tax in Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The buses may soon stop in Charleston after the state Supreme Court threw out a half-cent sales tax passed last year by Charleston County voters.

One child dead, another burned in morning fire

Rome schoolchildren getting values lessons on TV
ROME, Ga. -- There's Dolly Pardon Me, who teaches the kids about manners. And Captain Character, who uses a story about wasting paper towels in the bathroom to teach children about thrift.

CDC: No flu shot shortages expected this season
ATLANTA -- This influenza season's supply of flu shots is expected to be plentiful and those wishing to be vaccinated should be able to receive a flu shot when the vaccine becomes available in October, federal officials said.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bailee Brown Walton, 7, of Martinez.

Board hearing attracts few

Five plead guilty in Baker alibi case
ALBANY, Ga. -- The former Baker County sheriff accused of impeding a Florida criminal abuse case will stand trial alone. Five of his former co-defendants pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy charges.

Poultry manure powers turbine
CARNESVILLE, Ga. - Georgia poultry farms generate 3 billion pounds of manure each year, and a team of engineers in Franklin County thinks it has a solution to the nuisance waste product blamed for phosphorous contamination in some regions.

Officials predict heavy travel

Cause of house fire unknown
The cause of a fire at a Martinez home Monday morning that killed one boy and injured another might never be known.

Georgia ranks 50th in SAT scores

CDC appoints new Environmental Health director
ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named Henry Falk its new director of the National Center for Environmental Health.

Improvement is apparent in Augusta area
A 16-point test-score gain on the 2003 SAT moved Richmond County schools ahead of the state average for the first time in the county's history.

Lottery to fund bioengineering research
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's three research universities will collaborate on a project to produce human tissue and organs with the help of $6 million in state lottery funds.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kaylee McKall, 5 months, of Beech Island.

New Suwanee school comes with camera surveillance system
SUWANEE, Ga. -- When the new Peachtree Ridge High School opened last month, students could see something different - the school could see them.

Lawyers deny role in teen's death
AIKEN - Attorneys for the owner of a now-defunct Augusta delivery company maintain the firm had no control over the actions of an employee accused in the death of an Aiken teen and should not be held responsible.

Condon formally announces for U.S. Senate
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- With not a campaign poster or bumper sticker in sight, former Attorney General Charlie Condon announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Tuesday with a 30-minute speech on the war on terrorism.

Sanford: Fort Jackson's size, missions could fend off closure
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The sheer size of Fort Jackson and its variety of military missions could help keep base closure attempts at bay, Gov. Mark Sanford said Monday.

Former UGA student sues over alleged rape
ATLANTA -- A former University of Georgia student who accused three Bulldog athletes of rape filed a $25 million lawsuit against the university and her alleged attackers on Monday.

State Guard fills in when National Guard's away
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The State Guard, first established more than 300 years ago to protect residents in the settlement of Charles Town, now has a new role.

After nearly a decade of work, Glynn County struggles to restore historic courthouse
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- At Glynn County's historic courthouse, the toilets don't flush anymore. That doesn't really matter, as the downstairs men's room is completely taped off. The building's old oak trim is all banged up and miles of wiring needs to be straightened out.

Across South Carolina
PICKENS - A Liberty man has pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting death of his father-in-law.

FBI investigates alleged jail beatings
ALBANY, Ga -- The FBI is investigating the Dougherty County Jail after jail officers allegedly beat a man unconscious with a pair of handcuffs and knocked a woman's tooth out.

Across Georgia
MOULTRIE - A school bus driver who resigned after leaving a pupil in a wheelchair on a hot bus for almost an hour now faces criminal charges.

Disbanded fraternity returns to UGA
ATHENS, Ga. -- A fraternity is planning to return to the University of Georgia, three years after a hazing death caused the group to be kicked off campus.

3 suspects plead guilty
Three people admitted Tuesday that they took part in the brutal beating of a teenager who was later shot to death in South Carolina.

Agencies start up drive for funding
There were no tuxedo-clad illusionists pulling rabbits out of hats at Monday's United Way of the CSRA kickoff luncheon at the Bell Auditorium, but magic was the theme of the day as the organizationannounced its fund-raising goal of $4.25 million.

News you can use
AUG. 27, 1948 The New Cracker Party political platform was subjected to harsh criticism last night, as two Independent League for Good Government legislative candidates blasted their opponents.

School leaders dispute testing
AIKEN - All but six of Aiken County's public elementary and middle schools will fail to meet standards of the federal No Child Left Behind accountability law this year, including many with a high reputation of academic excellence, school officials said Tuesday night.

Richt takes somber view to matchup
ATHENS, Ga. - If it sounded as if Georgia football coach Mark Richt was heading to a funeral Tuesday, it's because he was. But the somber tone of his final preseason news conference wasn't purely coincidental.

Critical Choice

Critical Choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Fashion also stars at MTV's Video Music Awards
The racy wedding dress Madonna wore to the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, now in its 20th year, marked the marriage of music and fashion moments.

Toby Keith leads CMA nominations with six

Fashion also stars at MTV's Video Music Awards

Toby Keith leads CMA nominations with six
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Toby Keith got six nominations for Country Music Association Awards on Tuesday, with Johnny Cash picking up four, two involving his rendition of a song by rock act Nine Inch Nails.

Elliott not giving any hints about future
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bill Elliott isn't giving any hints about his future driving plans, even amid widespread speculation that he's contemplating retiring at the end of this season.

Penske hires Hornish; de Ferran retiring after season

Penske hires Hornish; de Ferran retiring after season
READING, Pa. -- Two-time defending IRL champion Sam Hornish will drive next season for Team Penske, which also announced Monday that Indianapolis 500 champion Gil de Ferran will retire at the end of this year.

NASA wants to launch next shuttle by spring

Families of Columbia astronauts forge ahead with life

Biographies of astronauts who died aboard Columbia

Investigators say flawed NASA culture led to Columbia accident

Sparks begin pursuit of WNBA three-peat

Sparks begin pursuit of WNBA three-peat
LOS ANGELES -- Injuries and off-court scandal created a trying season for the two-time WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks.

Steelers still class of North

Cornerback gears up for big season

NFL 2003: Last year's form might carry over

Oakland Raiders win partial victory against stadium

Feely, Mohr want coverage units to remain elite

Foster to make preseason debut against Pittsburgh

Receiver a surprise cut for Atlanta

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Mr. Larry Keel, Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Traylor (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Hillary Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Teen club doesn't deserve bad reputation
IT HAS ALWAYS been my goal, by opening The Industry nightclub, to provide a safe place for teenagers to dance away their Saturday nights, to play the music they want to hear, to allow them to act like adults, and to be treated like adults. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case.

Teen club doesn't deserve bad reputation
IT HAS ALWAYS been my goal, by opening The Industry nightclub, to provide a safe place for teenagers to dance away their Saturday nights, to play the music they want to hear, to allow them to act like adults, and to be treated like adults. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case.

Sampras: 'I'm done, 100 percent done'

Chastain, Hamm, Scurry among 20 on U.S. World Cup team

Overtime

With great worlds behind them, Americans look for an encore

Young wins 400, but Devers' elimination another blow for U.S. team

Davenport quickly wins opener despite ailing left foot

Overtime

Chang says goodbye to tennis after four-set loss

Chastain, Hamm, Scurry among 20 on U.S. World Cup team
A wealth of experience, complemented by the energy and enthusiasm of youth, was the blend U.S. coach April Heinrichs sought in selecting her Women's World Cup squad.

Overtime
South Carolina junior wide receiver Matthew Thomas has received a one-game suspension for violation of team policy, Coach Lou Holtz announced Tuesday.

Davenport quickly wins opener despite ailing left foot
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Davenport's ailing left foot had to hold up for only 46 minutes Monday afternoon.

Overtime
Augusta's Laura Coble shot 77 on Monday at The Landings Club's Deer Creek Course to tie for third in sectional qualifying and gain a spot in this fall's U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

Chang says goodbye to tennis after four-set loss
NEW YORK -- Michael Chang played his final match before retirement with the same flair and energy he's shown for years - his feet just didn't move as quickly at age 31 as they used to.

Sampras: 'I'm done, 100 percent done'
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras kept saying it, over and over, almost as though he wanted to make sure it sounded right: "I'm done, 100 percent done."

With great worlds behind them, Americans look for an encore
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The medals count at the world championships shows the United States has one of the best gymnastics programs anywhere.

Young wins 400, but Devers' elimination another blow for U.S. team
SAINT-DENIS, France -- Jerome Young kept his cool to hold off teammate Tyree Washington and lead a 1-2 American finish Tuesday in the men's 400 at the World Championships.

Steelers still class of North
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been to the playoffs in eight of Bill Cowher's 11 seasons as head coach.

NFL 2003: Last year's form might carry over
Since 1999, one sure development in the NFL has been a dramatic move from bottom to top and top to bottom. Last season, the Falcons and Browns were up, the Bears and Rams down.

Cornerback gears up for big season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- For all the attention Keith Brooking and Patrick Kerney received with huge signing bonuses in the last 10 months, Ray Buchanan wants fans to remember the Atlanta Falcons made a substantial investment in him three years ago.

NFL 2003: With Vick out, the Bucs are back in
Michael Vick is hyped as the next John Elway or more. He was supposed to carry the Atlanta Falcons past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South this season and, perhaps, on to the Super Bowl.

Fasani expected to be released in Panthers' cuts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are expected to release quarterback Randy Fasani in their first round of roster cuts.

Receiver a surprise cut for Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons waived Trevor Gaylor Monday to trim their roster to 70 active players.

Foster to make preseason debut against Pittsburgh
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina running back DeShaun Foster will make his preseason debut Friday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Feely, Mohr want coverage units to remain elite
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Jay Feely and Chris Mohr cringed as they watched tape of last week's debacle at Miami.

Oakland Raiders win partial victory against stadium
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Al Davis and his Oakland Raiders were awarded $34.2 million Tuesday by a jury that found Oakland coliseum officials failed to deliver on promises of sold-out stadiums in luring the team back from Los Angeles.

Richt takes somber view to matchup

Biographies of astronauts who died aboard Columbia
Columbia, which became the first shuttle to fly in space in 1981, shattered over Texas as it returned to Earth Feb. 1 at the end of its 28th flight. The seven astronauts who died were:

Families of Columbia astronauts forge ahead with life
HOUSTON -- Evelyn Husband and her children lost a huge influence in their lives when her husband was killed aboard the doomed space shuttle Columbia.

Investigators say flawed NASA culture led to Columbia accident
WASHINGTON -- The destruction of space shuttle Columbia and the death of its seven astronauts were caused by a NASA culture driven by schedule, starved for funds and burdened with an eroded, insufficient safety program, investigators said Tuesday.

NASA wants to launch next shuttle by spring
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The release of the report on the Columbia disaster Tuesday opens the door for a new space shuttle mission by next spring.

PBS films looks at gay kids, their devout families

PBS films looks at gay kids, their devout families
LOS ANGELES -- In this summer of lighthearted gay-themed programming, a new PBS documentary is a reminder of how disconnected glossy TV images can be from real life.

Star of MTV's 'Real World' arrested in Statesboro

Star of MTV's 'Real World' arrested in Statesboro
STATESBORO, Ga. -- A cast member from MTV's current ''Real World" season faces charges of loitering and public drunkenness in Georgia.

Sony deftly packs video, Wi-Fi access into its latest handheld

'Animal House' gang reflects on 25 years

EA Sports creates college football masterpiece

Extras, extras

No work, all play at the Playground

It's easy to find a place to play

Milton ready to assume role as top tailback
ATHENS, Ga. - Tony Milton isn't as big, isn't as fast and isn't as strong as Musa Smith.

Rebuilt Georgia secondary faces tough task vs. Clemson

Pollack looks for more after breakout season

Rebuilt Georgia secondary faces tough task vs. Clemson
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's defensive backfield, decimated by suspensions and injuries, will have a difficult task handling Clemson's big, deep corps of receivers in what could be a key matchup Saturday, Bulldogs' coach Mark Richt said.

Pollack looks for more after breakout season
ATHENS, Ga. -- The play defined the season for David Pollack, and probably Georgia as well, but the All-American defensive end would just like to forget it.

Milton ready to assume role as top tailback

Parking fees at USC football games helps charities

Holtz says offense is changing
Gamecocks defensive end Charles Silas, a former Swainsboro High star, did not practice Monday evening and isn't expected to play Saturday.

Parking fees at USC football games helps charities
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina football fans provide thousands of dollars each year to area charities by choosing not-for-profit lots for parking on game days.

Holtz says offense is changing

Tournament changes date to gain players
Look for at least one change when the 2004 Regions Cup schedule is released early next year.

Pregnant teen doesn't need abusive boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: Me and my boyfriend have been going together for about a year now and he hits on me; he beats me; he treats me very bad. But in the end he tells me that he loves me, that he's sorry and he won't do it again. I'm currently carrying his baby but he don't know about it. I'm scared of him, at times, but he wants to marry me."

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Audio best

Question of the week

Question of the week
Here's this week's question: Where does all your money go?

Fancy footwook

Fancy footwook
It's a line dance. It's a tap dance. It's clogging. For the junior team of the Rhythm and Class dancers, it's a way to make friends, have some fun and possibly earn a college scholarship.

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Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Cory Trottie, 16, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

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Skater girls everywhere should get their hands on a copy of PUSH, a cutting-edge skateboarding magazine. It's a lot like any other skate mag out there, except that it's geared to girls. It focuses on the lives of real skaters, not just on cool clothes or hot skater guys.

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Hilary Duff, star of Lizzie McGuire, releases her CD, Metamorphosis. Other CD releases include: Mary J. Blige's Love and Life, Outkast's Speakerboxxxx, and the Nappy Roots' Wooden Leather.

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Pregnant teen doesn't need abusive boyfriend

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Tiny smart dust grains can find oily pollution in water

Odds and Ends

Man gets 60 years in bizarre case