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.

Fox News drops lawsuit against Al Franken

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.

New books offer help in adjusting to college

Fantasy Baseball: Late moves could boost teams
For the astute owner seeking to revamp his or her lineup with an infusion of fresh talent, we continue with an assessment of this year's best late-season fantasy prospects.

Fantasy Baseball: Late moves could boost teams

Julianna Rose Fairchild

Chandler Blake Mixon

Joshua Jay Garrison
Jay and Cherie Garrison of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Joshua Jay Garrison, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Faye Page and Terry Shell of Augusta and Rolf Garrison and Sybil Campbell of Greenville, S.C.

Kristin Marie Fleming

Tristan Elizabeth Kehr

Jeffrey Gregory Baker

Rodriquez D. Stewart II
Rodriquez D. Stewart I and Tonjyanikkia Stewart of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Rodriquez D. Stewart II, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dinah Wright of Warrenton, Ga., and Mack Godbee, Daisy Stewart and Rufus Clifford, all of Augusta.

Walter Alexander Ethan Poole

Caleb Andrew Meliezer

Levi Joshua Davis

Tara Riley McGuire

Kristin Marie Fleming
Johnny and Jaymi Fleming of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Kristin Marie Fleming, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Don and Glyn Kelley of Lafayette, La., John Fleming of Augusta and the late Patsy Fleming.

Jacob Wyatt Newman

Julianna Rose Fairchild
Brandon Fairchild and Christina King, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Julianna Rose Fairchild, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. McKay of Greenville, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Larmer of Augusta.

Tyler James Eugene Frazier

Kaleb Zander Eggers
Gary W. and Angela J. Eggers of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Kaleb Zander Eggers, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lesa D. Shaw and Patsy A. Walton, both of Augusta, and Gary W. Eggers of Front Royal, Va.

Mariah Jadyn Harris
Robert D. Harris Sr. of Harlem and Melinda A. Purvis of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Mariah Jadyn Harris, Saturday, July 26, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Andrew Purvis and Diana McDaniel, both of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lee of Harlem.

Levi Joshua Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Davis of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Levi Joshua Davis, Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Kenneth Edwards of North Augusta and Sue Ellen McGruder and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Davis, all of Augusta.

Jeffrey Gregory Baker
Jeffrey Rouseau and Kimberly Hayes, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jeffrey Gregory Baker, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Harvey and Carolyn Hayes of Augusta, Marquita Rouseau of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Culpepper of Atlanta.

Gunner Lee Couch
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Couch of Evans announce the birth of a son, Gunner Lee Couch, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Widener and Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Couch, all of Martinez.

Frank T. Gibbs III

Joshua Douglas Brantley
Joshua and Jesica I. Brantley of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Joshua Douglas Brantley, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Debbie R. Ide of Midville, Ga., and the late Douglas Ide.

Matthew Gregory Blackmon

Niesje Alysse Wiersma
Bruce and Jessica Wiersma of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Niesje Alysse Wiersma, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Granillo of Aiken and the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wiersma.

Joshua Douglas Brantley

Reece Elaine Whatley
David H. and Jennifer L. Whatley of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Reece Elaine Whatley, Friday, July 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. M. Lee Luckey of Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Thelma Hydrick of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. William L. Whatley of Augusta.

Mariah Jadyn Harris

Grace Madison Way
Chris and Jennifer Way of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Grace Madison Way, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. Glenn Fields of Aiken, Charlene Fields of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Al Wilson of Clearwater, and the late Christy A. Way.

Brittany Marie O'Connor

Cody Aiden Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Turner of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Cody Aiden Turner, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Danny Wilkins and Debra Black of Augusta and Brince and Kathy Turner of Conyers, Ga.

Hannah Claire Johnston

Jordin DeWayne Tucker
Lacey and Dianka Tucker of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Jordin DeWayne Tucker, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Lee Townsend and Janice Marie Quick of Fayetteville, N.C., Debra Tucker of Valdosta, Ga., and John and Iris Daniel of Waynesboro.

Frank T. Gibbs III
Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Gibbs Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Frank T. Gibbs III, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Hughes of Frederick, Md., Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Gibbs Sr. of Augusta and Jim and Peggy Moore of Atlanta.

Kathleen Rachelle Squires
David and Annie Squires of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Kathleen Rachelle Squires, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Nuttall of Provo, Utah, and Mr. and Mrs. M. Ronald Squires of Pittsburgh.

Tyreekus Ke'Juan Harris
Tiwanda Harris of Crawfordville, Ga., announces the birth of a son, Tyreekus Ke'Juan Harris, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Barry and Virginia Ann Harris of Crawfordville.

Richard Eugene Ramp Jr. and Meredith Rose Ramp
Richard and Renee Ramp of North Augusta announce the birth of a son and daughter, Richard Eugene Ramp Jr. and Meredith Rose Ramp, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James R. Hunt of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Adrian F. Ramp Jr. of Martinez.

Jacob Patrick Hada
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hada of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jacob Patrick Hada, Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Larry Beam of Martinez and Olivia Beam and Patricia Hada, both of Augusta.

Walter Alexander Ethan Poole
Anthony Poole and Heather Shaw, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Walter Alexander Ethan Poole, Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Carolyn Johnson of Hephzibah, Bonnie Poole of Aiken and Walter Sprouse of Ridge Spring, S.C.

Tyler James Eugene Frazier
Steven Frazier and Ashley Masby, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Tyler James Eugene Frazier, Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Carolyn Masby and Kirby and Pat Frazier, all of Augusta.

Matthew Gregory Blackmon
Robert and Kim Blackmon of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Matthew Gregory Blackmon, Monday, July 28, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Barbara Hutto and Mike and Elizabeth Blackmon, all of Augusta, and the late Gregory Hutto.

Charles Trent Leopard

Cierra Shar'leese Pfeifer
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pfeifer of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Cierra Shar'leese Pfeifer, Sunday, July 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Howard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Pfeifer, all of Augusta.

Grace Madison Way

Brittany Marie O'Connor
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome O'Connor of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Brittany Marie O'Connor, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Aris Hardin of Washington, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy O'Connor of Lincolnton, Ga., and the late Janie M. Bennett.

Jordin DeWayne Tucker

Jacob Wyatt Newman
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Newman of Matthews, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Jacob Wyatt Newman, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Walden of Matthews and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Newman of Blythe.

Alyssa Janiya Johnson

Chandler Blake Mixon
Jonathan and Stacie Mixon of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Chandler Blake Mixon, Friday, July 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Cooper, Vickie Best and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Mixon, all of Augusta.

Rodriquez D. Stewart II

Caleb Andrew Meliezer
Michael Meliezer and Christa Griffin, both of Blairsville, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Caleb Andrew Meliezer, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are T.J. and Martha Griffin of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. R. John Boemanns of Blairsville and Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Meliezer of Villa Rica, Ga.

Gary Blakely Bell

Tara Riley McGuire
Jonathan and Kimberly McGuire of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Tara Riley McGuire, Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Young of Panama City, Panama, and Mr. and Mrs. Neil McGuire of Charlotte, N.C.

Ryan Edward Loftis

Emma Jane McCord
Wesley and Debra M. McCord of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Jane McCord, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. McLeroy of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. James W. McCord Sr. of Trenton, S.C.

Jacob Patrick Hada

Blayne Nolan Lynch
Cory and April Lynch of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Blayne Nolan Lynch, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are John and Dona Sloop of Woodbine, Ga., and Joe and Dorothy Lynch and Inez Howell, all of Augusta.

Richard Eugene Ramp Jr. and Meredith Rose Ramp

Ryan Edward Loftis
Dwayne and Tonya Loftis of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Ryan Edward Loftis, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Cason of Evans, Carter E. Loftis Jr. of Augusta and Elizabeth A. Loftis of Martinez.

Kaleb Zander Eggers

Charles Trent Leopard
Jonathan and Deana D. Leopard of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Charles Trent Leopard, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charles W. and Lynn H. Dickey of Trenton, S.C., and Bobby L. and Debbie M. Leopard of Windsor.

Niesje Alysse Wiersma

Gary Blakely Bell
Bart and Micki Bell of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Gary Blakely Bell, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Barney Morris of Grovetown, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark Gilliland and Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Bell, all of Bay Minette, Ala.

Reece Elaine Whatley

Cierra Shar'leese Pfeifer

Kathleen Rachelle Squires

Joshua Jay Garrison

Emma Jane McCord

Blayne Nolan Lynch

Tyreekus Ke'Juan Harris

Tristan Elizabeth Kehr
Trey and Misti Kehr of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Tristan Elizabeth Kehr, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kearse and Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Kane, all of Aiken, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Gartman of Stapleton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kehr Jr. of Savannah, Ga.

Cody Aiden Turner

Hannah Claire Johnston
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Johnston of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Claire Johnston, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Martin Favro and Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston, all of Evans.

Alyssa Janiya Johnson
Bobby and Regina Johnson of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Janiya Johnson, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Marcellus and Annie Bush of New Ellenton and Bobby and Debra Johnson of Aiken.

Gunner Lee Couch

Woman could face death by stoning
KATSINA, Nigeria -- A tearful 32-year-old woman cuddled and nursed her toddler in an Islamic appeals court Wednesday as lawyers pleaded she be spared death by stoning for having sex outside marriage.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Sometimes even an orangutan needs a hug.

Thousands take part in tomato fight
MADRID, Spain -- Tens of thousands of people got pasted in eastern Spain on Wednesday in one of the country's most popular summer traditions - the annual tomato-throwing festival.

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.

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

Injured Smoltz is out

Atlanta manager tries to answer bullpen questions

Smoltz put on 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz went on the disabled list Wednesday with tendinitis in his right elbow, probably derailing his chances of breaking the single-season save record.

Smoltz put on 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis

Injured Smoltz is out
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz has been pitching with elbow pain for three weeks, the team said Wednesday, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

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.

Maddux nears record
ATLANTA - Greg Maddux is edging closer to history, to adding another line to his Hall of Fame plaque and to equaling numbers that once seemed unreachable for a pitcher with an 87 mph fastball.

Maddux nears record

Mets edge Braves

New EPA exemption lets industrial plants make upgrades that increase pollution
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Wednesday exempted thousands of older power plants, refineries and factories from having to install costly clean air controls when they modernize with new equipment that improves efficiency but increases pollution.

NutraSweet will shutter unit
NutraSweet Co. is trimming a quarter of its Augusta work force and shutting down one of the two production units at its eastside artificial sweetener plant.

Sprint announces plans to expand local phone service

Official welcomes immigrants

Corn producing industry struggles with handling of biotech crops
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Seed companies, farmers and grain handlers are struggling with how to keep genetically altered corn from mixing with non-biotech crops.

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.

Corn producing industry struggles with handling of biotech crops

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

NutraSweet will shutter unit

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.

Sprint announces plans to expand local phone service
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Corp. announced plans Wednesday to expand its local phone service to most of the country, less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission issued rules essentially preserving that kind of telephone competition.

EarthLink files lawsuit against 100 people accused of sending millions of 'spam' e-mails
ATLANTA -- EarthLink filed a lawsuit Wednesday against 100 individuals, accusing them of sending millions of unwanted junk e-mails, known as "spam," to the Internet service provider's customers.

EarthLink files lawsuit against 100 people accused of sending millions of 'spam' e-mails

County might raise business tax

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.

Consumer confidence rebounds in August

Budget analysts predict record deficits

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

Georgia-Clemson game could be last one for a while
CLEMSON, S.C. -- When defensive lineman Bill Smith came to Clemson in 1977, the Tigers hadn't fared well against Georgia. By the time Smith left four years later, the schools shared a riveting rivalry that shook the Southeast for more than a decade.

Clemson's Hair, Orange Bowl MVP, dies

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

Sibling rivalry

Loss to Georgia still bugs Clemson

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.

Sibling rivalry
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson defensive end J.J. Howard and Georgia linebacker Marcus Howard agree on one thing. They'll be glad when Saturday's season-opener between the Tigers and Bulldogs is over.

It's a battle of conference favorites on the Plains

Supply & demand
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden chuckles when he hears about all the starters Georgia lost from last season's 13-1 team.

Supply & demand

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.

Down-to-earth lessons

Time to turn back

Taste of California

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

Time to turn back
The aircraft has not backed away from the terminal yet. There's still time for the Augusta Aviation Commission to change planes. And it may do so, by rehiring recently fired airport director Ken Kraemer at its meeting at 10 a.m. today at Bush Field terminal.

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.

Down-to-earth lessons
Technical, scientific and engineering mistakes that contributed to the Feb. 1 breakup of space shuttle Columbia that killed seven astronauts can be easily fixed. All it takes is the will, know-how and money - all of which the United States has in abundance.

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.

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

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

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

Big fund investors could get tens of millions in refunds under regulators' order
WASHINGTON -- Large-scale investors in mutual funds could get tens of millions of dollars in refunds from brokers who failed to give them the discounts on commissions that they were owed.

Big fund investors could get tens of millions in refunds under regulators' order

Stocks mixed in light, choppy trading

Stocks mixed in light, choppy trading
NEW YORK -- Stocks were narrowly mixed Wednesday as Wall Street struggled to find direction in another quiet session.

Dining out
Here are mini-review of area restaurants.

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.

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

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

Viva Vallarta's!

Frozen fruit souffles are a cool

Squads look to kick off recovery
ATLANTA - Last season still brings back painful memories for Georgia Tech and Brigham Young, two proud football programs that have slogged through inconsistent years.

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.

Young to be honored at BYU season opener
PROVO, Utah -- On a night one of Brigham Young's greatest quarterbacks is honored, another wearing the same number will try to establish himself as the next in a storied line of Cougar passers.

Squads look to kick off recovery

Young to be honored at BYU season opener

Age disparity striking in BYU-Georgia Tech matchup

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.

My vacation photos show mower, garage, car wax

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

Watson predicts low scores at The Tradition

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.

Pak, Kung square off again at State Farm Classic
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Candie Kung and Se Ri Pak go at it again at the LPGA's State Farm Classic.

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.

What about Bob? Another cup passes without Estes

Tiger 'pines' for old Augusta

A golf library like no other

Watson predicts low scores at The Tradition
ALOHA, Ore. -- At this point in his career, Tom Watson has only one real goal.

Jackets' Spann earns spot on all-star team

Yellow Jackets work on new offense

Summerville's longtime coach on verge of 500 wins

Williston-Elko looks to end losing streak

Prep capsules

Prep capsules
Here are capsule looks at this weekend's prep football matchups.

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.

Summerville's longtime coach on verge of 500 wins
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- John McKissick is on the brink of going where no other football coach has ever gone - to 500 victories.

Player losses are tough blow to Lincoln
If Lincoln County could get through its two preseason scrimmages without any injuries, coach Larry Campbell figured the Red Devils would have a good chance to beat Washington-Wilkes.

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

Lynx anounce sale of team
Four coaches, five general managers, and hundreds of players have come and gone during the first five seasons of Augusta Lynx hockey.

Down-to-earth lessons

New DJs not unappealing to listeners
I was shocked to turn on WBBQ and hear different people on my station. I have listened to WBBQ since I was a kid (I am 45 now and no longer a kid), and now I find myself putting on a compact disc to ride to work with. Kathy Sargent, Barnwell, S.C.

Listener joining other dial changers

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.

Support our troops; show American pride
There are over 1,000 families in the Central Savannah River Area with loved ones overseas supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Our soldiers are proudly doing the jobs they were trained to do. Whether they are full-time military, reserves or National Guard, they are working side by side to complete their missions. Stephaney Crenshaw, Harlem, 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.

Our support of Israel must stop

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.

Builders should correct runoff in flood-prone areas

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.

Down-to-earth lessons
Technical, scientific and engineering mistakes that contributed to the Feb. 1 breakup of space shuttle Columbia that killed seven astronauts can be easily fixed. All it takes is the will, know-how and money - all of which the United States has in abundance.

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.

Gov. Perdue should appoint Sheryl Jolly to judgeship
While newspaper editorials are busy speculating on Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's choice for the judicial position vacated by Judge Lyn Allgood, and political parties are touting worthy Republicans or loyal Democrats, Richmond County State Court Solicitor Sheryl Jolly continues to quietly get the job done and more. Claire Shannon, Augusta

Privately owned crematorium comforting

Pet crematory owner sympathetic to families

New DJs not unappealing to listeners

In the know

If at first you don't install, try, try again

Mars is ready for its close-up

In the know

When it comes to health benefits, all chocolates are not the same

40 years later, Martin Luther King's words remembered - and chiseled in historic stone

American teaching force experienced but lacking diversity, survey finds

Health and fitness calendar

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech

For many workaholics, quitting time never comes

For many workaholics, quitting time never comes
A "workaholic" is defined as a person having a compulsive need to work, and although no picture illustrating the term is included in the dictionary, plenty of Augusta area residents fit the bill.

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."

When it comes to health benefits, all chocolates are not the same
After a sweaty health club workout, don't kid yourself that the candy bar in your gym bag is health food. Despite the recent buzz over the confection's heart-protecting qualities, new research suggests that not all kinds of chocolate are beneficial.

If at first you don't install, try, try again
A good rule of personal computing is Listen To Your Mother. Mine was always saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

In the know
The toddler rite of passage of letting go of Binky, passy or whatever other silly name you give it is marked by screams, wails and pleas from children and grown-ups alike.

40 years later, Martin Luther King's words remembered - and chiseled in historic stone
WASHINGTON -- Four decades after Martin Luther King Jr.'s demand for equality stirred a nation, civil rights activists commemorated his "I Have a Dream" speech Friday by celebrating the inscription of those words on the monument where his call rang out.

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech
NEW YORK - Having jumped the gun on the fall TV season, Fox's drama The O.C. continued to show growth in the ratings last week.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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.

American teaching force experienced but lacking diversity, survey finds
WASHINGTON -- Even as public school classrooms get more diverse, the teaching force remains overwhelmingly white and has its lowest share of men in 40 years, a survey by the nation's largest teacher union finds.

Drug raid concludes with five in custody
Aiken County sheriff's investigators and agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested five people and seized guns, cash and as much as 10 pounds of marijuana in a raid on a mobile home in northeastern Aiken County late Tuesday, authorities said.

House minority leader wants more disclosure for contributions

Panel urged to name airport for Jackson

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.

Officers set for holiday boaters
Labor Day weekend is expected to cap one of the busiest summers in recent memory at Thurmond Lake and on the Savannah River, and law enforcement officers plan to be out in force to supervise late-season crowds.

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.

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

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.

County suggests shipping sludge

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.

Across the area
A Charlotte, N.C., man who was arrested earlier this month on drug charges was charged Tuesday with statutory rape, police said.

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.

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.

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.

Retiree plans to skydive in every state

School leaders dispute testing

Police struggle to crack down on prostitution massage parlors

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

Little known canyons provide splendor in southwest Georgia

Cause of house fire unknown

Across Georgia

Former UGA student sues over alleged rape

Unemployed line up to sell

Pilots call for accelerated, streamlined weapons training

Reward grows in fatal shooting
More than a week after an Augusta convenience store owner was killed outside his store, his killer is still at large.

Disbanded fraternity returns to UGA

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Across the area

Grand jury hears case against crematory operator
LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- A grand jury on Wednesday began hearing the case against Tri-State Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh, accused of stashing 334 bodies on the crematory's grounds.

Congressman: War costs threaten social programs

State leaders discuss the future of biodiesel fuel in Georgia

Groups address biotech growth

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.

Airport might rethink firing

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Group calls in unpaid money

Police struggle to crack down on prostitution massage parlors
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. -- Prostitution arrests at a northwest Georgia spa have revived calls for the state to regulate massage therapy.

Condon formally announces for U.S. Senate

Cuts target 1,100 state welfare jobs

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Di'Mara Thomas, 6, of Augusta.

Reward grows in fatal shooting

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Labor Day:

Officers set for holiday boaters

Across South Carolina
YORK - The York County drug task force has seized an estimated $8 million worth of marijuana plants from 10 fields, one of the largest drug busts in the area, officials say.

Holiday closings

Unemployed line up to sell
AIKEN - In times like these, pawn brokers and used goods merchants are never lacking for sellers. Buyers are another matter.

Earthlings enjoy rare glimpse of Red Planet
AIKEN - People were everywhere. The parking lot was packed with cars, hundreds milled around on the lawn, dozens stood on the roof and a line of people waiting to get in wrapped around the building.

Wildlife manager drowns while fishing
A Girard, Ga., man drowned Tuesday night after he fell from a boat while fishing on a lake at Wade Plantation, authorities said.

Kraemer suit could be costly
Ken Kraemer's fate will be up in the air at today's Augusta Aviation Commission meeting.

Across Georgia
SOPERTON - A cousin of Treutlen County's convicted sheriff has been appointed to run the sheriff's department.

Downtown gets bicycling signs
Bicyclists have been downtown a long time, but signs asking drivers to "share the road" just recently started popping up.

News you can use
AUG. 28, 1974 Richmond County school bus 18's problems Tuesday were a "comedy of errors," officials said, forcing the bus to fall an hour behind schedule.

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.

Rants and Raves
I'M REALLY IMPRESSED with our state and county progress. Federal No Child Left Behind guidelines have revealed to our educators that absenteeism affects a child's education, and an expensive survey has advised our airport officials that price has something to do with passengers wanting to fly out of Augusta. There's hope for us all!

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.

House minority leader wants more disclosure for contributions
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- House Minority Leader James Smith wants more disclosure of campaign contributions by political appointees.

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

Lottery, BellSouth to help Amber Alert system
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Amber Alert is expanding to include lottery retailers and BellSouth technicians as the program wants to get information about abducted children to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

Cuts target 1,100 state welfare jobs
ATLANTA - As many as 1,100 state welfare workers could lose their jobs from cost cutting if a proposal by the staff of the Department of Human Resources released Wednesday wins approval.

Little known canyons provide splendor in southwest Georgia
GEORGETOWN, Ga. -- If Providence Canyon is Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon," then the series of spectacular ravines on Barbara Connelly's land in nearby Quitman County could be considered the Baby Grands.

Board acknowledges looming deficit, postpones action on cuts
ATLANTA - A state board formally acknowledged a looming deficit in two of the state's most important health care programs for the poor on Wednesday but delayed a final decision on how to handle the expected Medicaid and PeachCare shortfalls.

Panel urged to name airport for Jackson
ATLANTA -- Scores of speakers deluged a mayoral panel with requests to rename Atlanta's airport for the city's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson.

Palmetto State is near end of listing

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.

Lottery to fund bioengineering research

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Kraemer suit could be costly

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.

Earthlings enjoy rare glimpse of Red Planet

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.

Rest stops brace for crowds

Officials predict heavy travel

Panel sets talks on tax projects

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

Child welfare workers fired after deaths of two toddlers
ATLANTA -- Two child welfare workers have been fired and several others forced to resign as the result of the deaths of two 2-year-olds in metro Atlanta this summer.

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.

Arsenal Oak battles beetles, given one more year

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.

Teen charged with car theft

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.

Grand jury hears case against crematory operator

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

Across the area

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.

Kid of the day

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

Lottery, BellSouth to help Amber Alert system

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.

Downtown gets bicycling signs

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

VA hospital gets support from leaders

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

Rants and Raves
I'M REALLY IMPRESSED with our state and county progress. Federal No Child Left Behind guidelines have revealed to our educators that absenteeism affects a child's education, and an expensive survey has advised our airport officials that price has something to do with passengers wanting to fly out of Augusta. There's hope for us all!

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.

Rest stops brace for crowds
As the supervisor of the South Carolina Welcome Center in North Augusta, Joyce Freeman has learned that travelers are becoming penny pinchers more and more.

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.

Arsenal Oak battles beetles, given one more year
The historic white oak at Augusta State University has endured a drought, a deadly disease and a recent infestation of killer wood beetles.

Improvement is apparent in Augusta area

Teen charged with car theft
Augusta authorities arrested a 16-year-old Wednesday who they said fled from police in a stolen car and drove it into a fence.

Budget strains Aiken museum

VA hospital gets support from leaders
Mayor Bob Young has a message for the federal panel looking at cutting down one of Augusta's veterans hospitals: You missed something.

Greenville man arrested in double homicide

Panel sets talks on tax projects
Beginning next month, the public will get to weigh in on a list of sales tax projects being pitched for the future.

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.

County suggests shipping sludge
Sludge from Columbia County's three wastewater treatment plants could be trucked to Jefferson County and applied as fertilizer under a proposal to be sent to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

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.

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.

Columbus police chief pleads for dozens more officers
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The city police chief here is pleading for dozens more officers, saying the department is so short-staffed that residents are in danger.

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.

My vacation photos show mower, garage, car wax
I'm a poor vacationer. I found this out recently when I had a few days off work and my wife didn't.

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.

Greenbrier teen has summer of success
You'll be hard-pressed to find a local athlete who had a better summer than Rich Poythress.

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.

Bobby Brown to spend nine more days in jail
DECATUR, Ga. -- Bobby Brown will serve nine more days in jail after being arrested for violating his probation from an earlier drunk driving conviction.

Toby Keith leads CMA nominations with six

Schedule sees few changes
DARLINGTON, S.C. - NASCAR officials say they're still working on next year's racing schedule. If they need any help, all they have to do is check with each of the individual speedways.

Sad Labor Day at Raceway Grill
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Hamburger steaks and hand-cut fries will still be served at the Raceway Grill next year, but everyone around here admits it won't be the same.

Schedule sees few changes

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.

Q&A with Bill Elliott
Retirement and the ever-changing landscape of stock-car racing are big issues with Bill Elliott. But like everything else, he plans to deal with both on his own terms. The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion talked about how racing has changed and what's ahead for him.

Sad Labor Day at Raceway Grill

Racing facts - Mountain Dew Southern 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Mountain Dew Southern 500.

Q&A with Bill Elliott

Fixing NASA's culture may be most difficult of space agency changes, experts say

NASA wants to launch next shuttle by spring

Biographies of astronauts who died aboard Columbia

Investigators say flawed NASA culture led to Columbia accident

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.

Isiah Thomas out as Pacers coach
INDIANAPOLIS -- Isiah Thomas was fired Wednesday as coach of the Indiana Pacers, a surprise move by new boss Larry Bird that came only two months before the start of the season.

Sparks begin pursuit of WNBA three-peat

Isiah Thomas out as Pacers coach

Feely, Mohr want coverage units to remain elite

Less on line as Browns, Falcons meet again

Steelers still class of North

Foster to make preseason debut against Pittsburgh

NFL 2003: Last year's form might carry over

Oakland Raiders win partial victory against stadium

NFL 2003: The Rams are back

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

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

Overtime

Area announcements

Chang says goodbye to tennis after four-set loss

Greenbrier teen has summer of success

Augustan won't let dreams be foiled

Overtime

Overtime
In Waco, Texas, former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was indicted Wednesday in the murder of his former teammate and roommate Patrick Dennehy.

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.

Augustan won't let dreams be foiled
It's taken Dr. Rudy Volkmann more than 40 years to realize a dream.

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.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Ben Crosby of Martinez.

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.

Get In the Game - Fencing
WHO: Augusta Fencers Club WHAT: The club is open to athletes of all ages. Club members pay monthly membership dues to be able to access the facility and take private and group lessons. There are several membership programs available for all ages and skill levels.

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

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

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.

NFL 2003: The Rams are back
The St. Louis Rams had their minds on the past when the 2002 season started, specifically to the previous Super Bowl, when they were upset by the New England Patriots.

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.

Less on line as Browns, Falcons meet again
CLEVELAND -- Michael Vick won't be on the field at all, and Tim Couch won't be out there to start.

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.

Richt takes somber view to matchup

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.

Fixing NASA's culture may be most difficult of space agency changes, experts say
WASHINGTON -- Fixing NASA may be harder than fixing the space shuttle.

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:

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.

Audience grows for 'The O.C.'
NEW YORK - Having jumped the gun on the fall TV season, Fox's drama The O.C. continued to show growth in the ratings last week.

Audience grows for 'The O.C.'

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.

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

Extras, extras

'Animal House' gang reflects on 25 years

It's easy to find a place to play

No work, all play at the Playground

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.

Milton ready to assume role as top tailback

Rebuilt Georgia secondary faces tough task vs. Clemson

Watson relishing second chance at last season

Watson relishing second chance at last season
ATHENS, Ga. -- For about one day in January, Ben Watson was officially in the NFL draft pool.

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.

Donnings, Weaver to miss Gamecocks season opener
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina wide receiver Chavez Donnings will miss the first two games of the Gamecocks' season, while placekicker Daniel Weaver will miss the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

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

Woman could face death by stoning

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Man gets 60 years in bizarre case