Heroine's debut is a winner
Jacqueline Winspear begins her novel Maisie Dobbs (Soho, 294 Pages, $24) in the spring of 1929, as Maisie opens an office for "trade and personal investigations" in London.

Heroine's debut is a winner

Pennant chases, MVP races still up for grabs

Notes from Tuesday's games

Bonds out of hospital, back in lineup
PHOENIX -- Barry Bonds, appearing healthy and fit despite a fitful night at a hospital, returned to the San Francisco Giants lineup Monday for the conclusion of a four-game series in Phoenix.

Oakland on another late-season winning streak

Oakland on another late-season winning streak
OAKLAND, Calif. -- As any Athletics fan could tell you, Scott Hatteberg's ninth-inning homer with a borrowed bat was the crowning moment of the final victory in Oakland's 20-game winning streak last September.

Bonds out of hospital, back in lineup

Notes from Tuesday's games
OAKLAND: OF Jermaine Dye was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, but was not in the starting lineup against Baltimore. Athletics manager Ken Macha said that he will give Dye, who has had two rehab stints at Triple-A Sacramento this season, a chance to start Wednesday either as the designated hitter or in the outfield.

Pennant chases, MVP races still up for grabs
Get ready for a scintillating September stretch drive.

What you should know might not be what you expected

Motorist kills man after tomatoes thrown at car
MOUNT HOPE, Ohio -- A motorist whose car was pelted with tomatoes as he passed a cornfield fired a shotgun into the field, killing a 23-year-old man, authorities said.

Odds and Ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Hall County Supervisors, some wearing sandals, approved a prohibition on county employees from wearing sandals - and then rescinded that decision after giving it more thought.

Odds and Ends
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. -- A man once sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a rare penguin is off the hook, for now, on charges he netted two koi from a neighbor's pond.

Paraplegic climber begins ascent of Mount Fuji
TOKYO -- A paraplegic mountaineer headed up the lava-strewn slopes of Mount Fuji on Monday, pulling himself toward the summit in a bid to make the first such ascent of the 12,385-foot peak.

Braves lose in pitcher battle

Gryboski has torn labrum

Hernandez activated from disabled list
NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Braves began to get some help for their injury-riddled bullpen when reliever Roberto Hernandez was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.

Mets edge Braves
NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux has some work to do.

Hernandez activated from disabled list

Mets edge Braves

Braves lose in pitcher battle
NEW YORK - The Atlanta Braves waited through the first two months of the season to see the Mike Hampton who won 22 games with the Houston Astros four years ago.

Gryboski has torn labrum
NEW YORK -- Atlanta Braves reliever Kevin Gryboski has a tear in his pitching shoulder and won't pitch until the final week of the season, at the earliest.

South Carolina worker output soars
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The productivity of South Carolina workers has jumped nearly 60 percent in the past decade, according to federal statistics.

Southern farmers complain foreign wage rate stings them most
WASHINGTON -- Southern fruit and vegetable farmers contend a formula that determines the lowest wage they're allowed to pay foreign workers is pricing them out of a reliable work force and punishing farms that try to follow the rules.

Toyota unveils car that uses sensors to help driver park
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled a new passenger car it says marks a first in using sensors and automated steering to help even the worst drivers ease into parking spots.

Whistleblower says he just wanted Coke to listen
ATLANTA -- Matthew Whitley wanted to work for Coca-Cola so much he submitted his resume 15 times. After getting hired, the auditor and finance manager drank nothing but water and Coke and decorated a room in his house with company trinkets.

World's most advanced fuel station opens in San Diego

South Carolina worker output soars

Manufacturing index rises in August
NEW YORK -- Manufacturing activity picked up strongly in August for a second straight month, but the employment picture remained grim.

Toyota unveils car that uses sensors to help driver park

World's most advanced fuel station opens in San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- At a just-opened San Diego fuel station, attendants in white, 1950s-style uniforms clean customers' windshields and offer to fill their tanks with biodiesel made from fish fry grease.

Struggling manufacturing workers haven't been paid

Solar-powered winery opens in Napa

McDonald's launches new 'I'm lovin' it' slogan in Germany

Whistleblower says he just wanted Coke to listen

Manufacturing index rises in August

McDonald's launches new 'I'm lovin' it' slogan in Germany
FRANKFURT, Germany -- McDonald's Corp. was launching a global advertising campaign Tuesday, seeking to boost business with a younger image and a new slogan - "I'm lovin' it."

Owner of salon branches out
While traveling outside Georgia for 10 months, J.C. Clark made regular trips back to Augusta just to have her hair done.

With summer driving season over, gasoline futures tumble
Energy traders observed Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer driving season, on Tuesday by pushing gasoline and crude oil futures down sharply.

With summer driving season over, gasoline futures tumble

Owner of salon branches out

Business briefs
CLITO, Ga. - Some employees at International Agile Manufacturing say they haven't been paid in months, and others have lost their jobs.

Solar-powered winery opens in Napa
NAPA, Calif. -- In the bucolic hills of the Carneros wine country, a winery known for its sparkling wine and its 18th-century-style chateau has created something unusual for the region: an understated, solar-powered and energy-efficient facility devoted exclusively to making pinot noir.

Company reshapes to survive
Before the telecom boom went bust, the letters KMC were a familiar sight around town.

Struggling manufacturing workers haven't been paid
CLITO, Ga. -- Some employees at International Agile Manufacturing say they haven't been paid in months and others have lost their jobs.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Several Web sites dedicated to consumer issues offer tips on identifying shady sales pitches and scams, including:

Company reshapes to survive

Southern farmers complain foreign wage rate stings them most

Clemson tries to zero in on positives

Bowden: Georgia not Tangerine Bowl
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden wants to make something clear about last week's loss to No. 8 Georgia - it wasn't the Tigers' Tangerine Bowl blowout.

Bowden: Georgia not Tangerine Bowl

Clemson tries to zero in on positives
In a somewhat surprising development, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden didn't need a microscope to find the positives from his team's 30-0 meltdown against Georgia.

Tuesday morning quarterback

No picnic for SEC against Top 10 teams

Nebraska moves back into Top 25

No picnic for SEC against Top 10 teams
ATLANTA -- Southern California struck the first blow to Southeastern Conference football pride when the then No. 8 Trojans dismantled then No. 6 Auburn 23-0.

Tuesday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Role reversal: Gators are ultimate underdogs
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Something seems wrong here.

Nebraska moves back into Top 25
Nebraska moved back into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly a year Monday, earning the No. 23 ranking following a 17-7 season-opening win against No. 24 Oklahoma State.

Breaking the gridlock

The long haul
Every day in Iraq roads are being fixed, schools are being stabilized and progress is being made toward a free and sustainable society.

Breaking the gridlock
When Congress returns to Washington after the Labor Day break, one of its first orders of business will be to take up legislation to correct the electricity grid problem that caused the great blackout of 2003.

Pryor restraint
One reason Senate Democrats said they were blocking a floor vote on several of President George W. Bush's federal appeals court nominees, such as Miguel Estrada, is because the nominees were too reticent about answering questions concerning their religious and political beliefs.

Pryor restraint

Bad gamble
Most forms of gambling are outlawed in most U.S. states.

Bad gamble

The long haul

Standing ovations
Memorabilia from the Philadelphia Stars and the Homestead Grays are among the items that will be on display in the Augusta Museum of History's Negro Baseball Leagues exhibit.

Hollywood hauls in more summer cash but less profit as sequels falter
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood banked big on sequels this summer, scoring hugely on a couple but falling short of the industry's pie-in-the-sky expectations on many.

Theater group presents 'Rumors'
A man and woman invite several couples over to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. But when the first couple arrives, they find the husband with a bullet through his ear and his wife nowhere in sight. From this point, speculations and absurdities fly as other guests arrive.

Club gets wild later
Where can you go to watch and judge a bikini contest, have drinks served by ladies dressed in schoolgirl uniforms and dance, dance, dance? At Coconuts in Surrey Center.

Nasdaq soars to 17-month high in latest rally

Nasdaq soars to 17-month high in latest rally
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index soared to a 17-month high Monday following a string of upgrades of such tech heavyweights as IBM and Dell Computer. The buying intensified late in the day and spread across the market, sending the Dow Jones industrials up more than 100 points in the final hour of trading.

Small portions
Move over olive oil and canola oil- a new generation of healthier salad and cooking oils is hitting the shelves. These "designer" oils have joined the surge of so-called functional food products taking the place of traditional foods in the quest for good health - and revenue.

Make the most of mayonnaise
It's not hard to understand why mayonnaise has a happy history and a secure place among cooks' favorite allies in presenting dishes.

Dining out

Dietary experts debate the alleged evils of white bread
Should people really care that they digest potatoes faster than carrots?

Dietary experts debate the alleged evils of white bread

Skip the Skippy
It's not nearly as old as the riddle of the sound of one hand clapping, but for many parents, the start of a new school year brings a dilemma almost as perplexing.

Cod takes trip to the tropics

Make the most of mayonnaise

Cod takes trip to the tropics
Fruit with fish was never Anne Willan's favorite partnerships until she came across the following recipe for cod with fruit salsas, she says in her new cookbook, Good Food No Fuss (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2003, $27.50).

Dining out
Mini-reviews of area restaurants.

Evergreen Buffet's variety impresses
Evergreen Buffet in Aiken is a Chinese restaurant that serves the widest variety of food I've seen. With more than 160 items on the menu, you're bound to find something you like.

Skip the Skippy

Small portions

Georgia Tech expecting Auburn to run, run run
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech doesn't have a copy of Auburn's playbook.

Georgia Tech expecting Auburn to run, run run

Jackets finish with a win
There truly was nothing to play for Monday night, other than pride and a little padding of the stats, as the Augusta GreenJackets closed out their season at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

GreenJackets' victory ends tiresome season
It almost sounded like the clubhouse of a team that just clinched a pennant.

Great Scott! A dominant victory at Deutsche Bank

When golf feels like a naked walk

When golf feels like a naked walk
NORTON, Mass. -- David Duval no longer works on weekends, the result of a slump identified as much by his posture as the numbers on his scorecard.

Annika and Lefty in Skins Game

Great Scott! A dominant victory at Deutsche Bank
NORTON, Mass. -- Adam Scott not only swings a golf club like Tiger Woods, he finishes off tournaments like him, too.

Tiger-Annika match called off

Annika and Lefty in Skins Game
NORTON, Mass. -- The Skins Game will have the No. 1 player, even though Tiger Woods is taking this year off.

Tiger-Annika match called off
NORTON, Mass. -- A mixed-team match featuring Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam to revive Toronto's SARS-ravaged tourism industry hit financial snags over the weekend and will not be played, a source said Monday.

GreenJackets' victory ends tiresome season

Jackets finish with a win

Injuries give teams scare

Team builds new attitude

Washington County boasts several players to watch

Injuries give teams scare
Richmond Academy's Ibrahim Rashada, Midland Valley's Chad Hager and Westside's Obi Egekeze.

Team builds new attitude
Josey coach Barney Chavous can remember the exact point last year where his team's season turned to mush.

Washington County boasts several players to watch
Blowout football games can work two ways for teams.

No-bake cookies require melted sweets, oodles of noodles
School is back in full swing, so the calls for bake sale items or after-game treats have begun.

No-bake cookies require melted sweets, oodles of noodles

What you should know might not be what you expected
Author Siobhan Adcock has written a popular book for 20-somethings called 30 Things Everyone Should Know Before Turning 30.

Bad speech is not defensible
I would like to defend Molly Gray against the unjustified criticism in R. Thomas Sumner's Aug. 23 letter concerning proper speech by members of the education establishment. Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.

Faithful unsupportive of Norwood now

Use penny tax for library system
I know that the people who are working on what we're going to spend the penny special purpose local option sales tax on have their hands full. I hope they don't forget our library system! Paul Haight, Hephzibah, Ga.

Use penny tax for library system

Domestic violence is everyone's business
Recently I was informed of the opportunity to address the committee for the Special Local Option Sales Tax to request assistance with funding a new facility for SAFE Homes. The notice we received stated specifically that the funds can only be used for capital expenditures, thus we were informed that a facility for victims of domestic violence should qualify. We made a presentation that was well-received by the committee. Sandra K. Johnson, Augusta

Americans should unite behind Iraqi war
Hard-core, left-wing Democrats are angry that they lost the elections of 2000 and just can't get over it. President George W. Bush is being viciously attacked in a manner that is unheard of in recent memory. Let's omit the rhetoric and look at the truth from the mouths of other presidents. Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga

Domestic violence is everyone's business

Faithful unsupportive of Norwood now
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., who is fishing for ways to conduct his private vendetta against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has opened a horrible can of worms in his proposal to privatize the public lands surrounding Lakes Thurmond, Russell and Hartwell. Bill and Bea Baab, Augusta

Counties are bad lake managers
I usually support U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., but his proposal to return Clarks Hill land to county management is wrong. He should stick to health care and leave lake care to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Paul Rosenzweig Jr., Augusta

In the know

Online diaries are open to the world

Study: irregular heart beat is more hazardous for women than for men

Seniors Calendar

The 'white gold' harvest

In the know
It is perfectly acceptable to use warm soap and water on a wooden cutting board. Acceptable, that is, on two conditions:

Study: irregular heart beat is more hazardous for women than for men
VIENNA, Austria -- An irregular heart beat is more common among men but much more hazardous when it occurs in women, according to the first major study to examine gender differences in the ailment.

Coughing - one way to hold off a heart attack
VIENNA, Austria -- Coughing vigorously until an ambulance arrives could save the lives of people having a type of heart attack brought on by rapid and erratic heart beat, a doctor said Tuesday.

Online diaries are open to the world
NEW YORK -- Sean Canady used to record his frustrations, desires and other deep, personal thoughts in a black, spiral-bound notebook. Two years ago, he gave that up for something far less intimate - the Internet.

The 'white gold' harvest
STON, Croatia -- They do it as their fathers did, and their fathers before them, and their forefathers over the centuries: Harvest salt by shovel at one of the oldest of the few remaining natural saltworks in Europe.

Seniors Calendar
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Augusta's new affiliation brings hope of competition

Augusta's new affiliation brings hope of competition
Grant Sonier offers no guarantees on how the Florida Panthers prospects coming to town in October will impact how well the Augusta Lynx fare in 2003-04.

Trend shows city centers changing

School board to vote on taxes
Musical instruments are in dire need of repair. Nurses must have travel reimbursement to drive between schools. Science students need frogs to dissect.

Across Georgia

Atlanta growth at core of water dispute

Commission wants tax report

Sanford to take suggestions on improving government

AJC apologizes for racy Spears-Madonna picture

New methods benefit cold cases

Kid of the day

Education Department doubled top salaries in four years

West Nile infects two men in Atlanta area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The number of gun cases referred to federal prosecutors in South Carolina has increased from a few dozen five years ago to several hundred.

Students design cities for future inhabitants

Annual Turpentine festival canceled for weather, repairs

Heat dominates Augusta event

Students design cities for future inhabitants
ATLANTA - When David Kearley thinks about the city in which his yet-to-be-born children might one day live, the place he imagines isn't full of floating cars, sky-high buildings and automatic sliding doors.

News you can use

Release of kaolin draws investigation
State environmental regulators are investigating a weekend spill that released kaolin into Brier Creek.

City lofts breathe life into old areas

Kidnap victim reunited with mother
ATLANTA -- A 4-year-old Georgia girl was reunited with her mother Tuesday after she was allegedly kidnapped by her stepfather and taken to Chicago.

Senior pleads guilty in slaying
AIKEN - An 82-year-old Aiken man facing murder charges in the shooting death of his girlfriend pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday.

Gun cases increase in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The number of gun cases referred to federal prosecutors in South Carolina has increased from a few dozen five years ago to several hundred.

Report finds many illegal Georgia guns

Bad check program to begin in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- People who write bad checks may be able to avoid criminal charges under a new program started by South Carolinas prosecutors.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO THE PERSON talking about the kids being on the Metro page. What's wrong? Are you jealous because your kids don't look good enough to be on there?

Sanford to take suggestions on improving government
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Residents can give their opinions on improving state government during a call-in program Thursday night featuring Gov. Mark Sanford and Ken Wingate, chairman of the Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for everybody who doubted Georgia. It looks like all signs point to Georgia. You're next, USC; beware of the Dogs.

Court revives lawsuit against police
ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has reversed its earlier rulings and now says a man who was paralyzed when a deputy fired shots at a fleeing truck can pursue his lawsuit against the officer.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO THE PERSON talking about the kids being on the Metro page. What's wrong? Are you jealous because your kids don't look good enough to be on there?

Satellites aid study of congestion on roads

Labor Day is anything but
NORTH AUGUSTA - What do you get when you cross a camel ride, a toilet-roll toss and beach music?

Jefferson County board objects to sludge plan

Defense funds disappoint
Augusta commissioners have agreed that it will take more money to ensure legal representation for the poor.

Atlanta growth at core of water dispute
ATLANTA -- The future growth of metro Atlanta may hang in the balance of the federal courts after Florida nixed an agreement on sharing the waters of the Apalachicola-Flint-Chattahoochee river system.

Habitat for Humanity launches university to train leaders

City lofts breathe life into old areas
ATLANTA - When Warren Meyer was a young boy in Memphis, he always imagined he would grow up and buy a house in a suburban neighborhood filled with green lawns, white fences and trees.

Georgia native hitting her stride on model circuit
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Ashley Shelton wandered into a mall in Columbus looking to shop, and she walked out with a lead on a modeling career.

Report finds many illegal Georgia guns
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A major portion of the state-to-state flow of illegal guns is coming from Georgia, headed north on Interstate 95.

Small Christian college expands with growing enrollment

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Supporters of a proposed private Charleston law school are expected to start their school next year, according to a report by a consulting team hired by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Jefferson County board objects to sludge plan
Jefferson County's chamber of commerce wants Columbia County to reconsider its plan to ship sludge from its three wastewater plants to a private farm in Jefferson County.

Officials air complaints

Across the area

Another Perdue staffer pondering political run

McLagan: Protecting Perdue's image with sword and grenade

Labor Day kept police busy

Owner puts threatened Folly Beach house up for sale

Cherokee County school buses install traffic cameras
CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County is turning to technology to tackle the age-old problem of drivers ignoring the stop signs on school buses that pause to let children on or off.

Across Georgia

Kidnap victim reunited with mother

School board to vote on taxes

Release of kaolin draws investigation

Excessive rain may mean higher prices and less premium hay

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Tribes vie in Spanish test

Kid of the day

Gun cases increase in South Carolina

Woman hopes eBay bidders snap up revamped hometown

Leaders OK bid to avoid hold-up
Columbia County's proposed library escaped more delays Tuesday night when county commissioners reversed an earlier decision to turn down a general contractor's bid.

School board OKs higher tax

Trend shows city centers changing
ATLANTA - Living in a large American city isn't just a convenient way of life for Steve Esau, it's also the realization of his dreams.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for everybody who doubted Georgia. It looks like all signs point to Georgia. You're next, USC; beware of the Dogs.

Heat dominates Augusta event
Judy Stocker was looking forward to "soaking in the atmosphere" at the Labor Day Luau and Laser Show, she said Monday. And she did.

Woman hopes eBay bidders snap up revamped hometown
ROCKY FORD, Ga. - When Greta Newton returned to her hometown in rural south Georgia after 27 years, she expected to find the town fairly unchanged. What she found appalled her.

McLagan: Protecting Perdue's image with sword and grenade
ATLANTA -- Dan McLagan keeps a sword and a hand grenade on the mantle of the Capitol office where he labors to polish and protect Gov. Sonny Perdue's image. It's appropriate imagery for a man whose tasks include rhetorically silencing the opposition.

New methods benefit cold cases
Homicide investigators like to say that the first 72 hours of any murder investigation are the most critical; from there the trail often grows cold.

Missing 3-year-old Georgia girl found safe in Chicago
RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A missing 3-year-old Georgia girl was found safe in Chicago Sunday at the home of her paternal grandmother, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Across the southeast
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. -Rescuers searched the Gulf of Mexico by helicopter Monday for a man who vanished in rough surf, one of four people believed to have drowned off Florida Panhandle beaches during the holiday weekend.

Education Department doubled top salaries in four years
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The number of state Education Department employees making at least $50,000 a year has doubled in four years, according to a salary review by The Associated Press.

Satellites aid study of congestion on roads
Before this year, tracking road congestion in the Augusta area wasn't such a high-tech affair. A tape recorder was the key instrument used.

Spartanburg had its own recall election in 1962
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Recalls aren't just for the governor's race in California.

Across South Carolina

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

Officials air complaints
Willie Mays challenged his fellow Augusta commissioners Tuesday to talk about "the same thing we talk about at lunch, dinner and in the bathroom."

Excessive rain may mean higher prices and less premium hay
ALBANY, Ga. -- Bruce Henderson and other hay producers have tried to stay a step ahead of the showers that have made this the soggiest Southern summer in years, but in many cases the weather has kept them from cutting hay at the peak of nutrition.

Across the southeast

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting Sunday evening in Hephzibah.

Bad check program to begin in S.C.

AJC apologizes for racy Spears-Madonna picture
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution apologized to readers Monday for using a picture of Britney Spears kissing Madonna on the front page.

Judge firmly denies offer

Commission wants tax report
Augusta's tax digest might have taken a nose dive, but before elected officials start searching for ways to make up a $1.5 million property tax deficit, they first want to know what went wrong.

Edgefield might get tax relief

Across the area
Augusta commissioners approved an open-container ordinance Tuesday that will be in effect for this week's First Friday festival.

Annual Turpentine festival canceled for weather, repairs
PORTAL, Ga. -- Each September, Georgians who remember the impact turpentine extraction had on this small town's economy gather for the annual Portal Catface Country Turpentine festival at the E.C. Carter Turpentine Still.

Edgefield might get tax relief
The Edgefield County Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 225 Jeter St. to discuss the possibility of a smaller increase in the county's proposed mill rate.

Small Christian college expands with growing enrollment
CENTRAL, S.C. -- Southern Wesleyan University President David Spittal wants the next decade to be as successful as his past 10 years at the Christian school.

West Nile infects two men in Atlanta area
ATLANTA -- Health officials say West Nile is back in Atlanta as two adult men tested positive for the virus.

Owner puts threatened Folly Beach house up for sale
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. -- With the peak of hurricane season fast approaching, a once condemned beachfront home that sits perilously close to the ocean has been put on the market.

Habitat for Humanity launches university to train leaders
AMERICUS, Ga. -- Habitat for Humanity International is opening its own university to train leaders on the finer points of carrying on its mission of providing housing for the needy.

News you can use
SEPT. 2, 1904 The Labor Day baseball game between the YMCA and Lombard teams promises to be one of the swiftest and most interesting of any amateur game played in the city in the last two or three years.

Environmental taste test attracts wide range of animals

Across the area

Across Georgia
CUMBERLAND ISLAND -Coast Guard crews from Savannah and Brunswick rescued seven people late Sunday night from a boat that had run aground in a remote area on Cumberland Island.

Tribes vie in Spanish test
Eighth-grader Martin Ferrara was the first to be voted out of his tribe and experience the dreaded Survivor "walk of shame."

Labor Day kept police busy
Business was brisk at the Richmond County jail during the Labor Day weekend.

News you can use
SEPT. 3, 1960 An Augustan was "doing fine" at University Hospital Friday after a bale of cotton tumbled from a passing truck and crushed him against a ladder. Fourteen other bales missed Johnny Grover, 80, of 1207 Kent St.

One person, one vote case still pending against Georgia plan
ATLANTA -- The state has failed to persuade a three-judge federal panel in Atlanta to dismiss a new lawsuit challenging the way Georgia lawmakers drew state Senate districts in 2001.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jenna Hood, 18 months, of Augusta.

Another Perdue staffer pondering political run
ATLANTA -- Another of Gov. Sonny Perdue's top deputies is stepping down to consider a political venture of his own.

School board OKs higher tax
The Richmond County Board of Education passed a property tax increase Tuesday night despite complaints that the school district is wasting money on unnecessary travel expenses, police patrol cars and computer equipment.

Environmental taste test attracts wide range of animals
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- On a small tract of land in north Georgia, deer have swallowed the soybean plants whole and songbirds have flocked to the sunflowers.

Judge firmly denies offer
Not in his court, Judge Albert M. Pickett emphatically declared Tuesday, refusing to accept a recommendation that three men receive probation for statutory rape.

Across Georgia
ROME -The parents of three children who were sexually abused by a middle school teacher are suing him and the school system, saying officials knew about previous molestation but didn't do anything about it.

Georgia native hitting her stride on model circuit

Critical Choice

Peepers focus on 'Jeepers Creepers 2' in $18.5 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Horror held sway at theaters again as ''Jeepers Creepers 2" sunk its claws into audiences, debuting over the long Labor Day weekend as the top movie with $18.5 million at the box office.

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.

Peepers focus on 'Jeepers Creepers 2' in $18.5 million debut

Extras, extras

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

Multinational rockers lead Latin Grammy pack
MIAMI -- The chorus of Bacilos' hit song "Mi Primer Millon" makes it clear: "I only want to hit it on the radio, so I can have my first million."

Jeff Burton re-signs with Roush
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jeff Burton signed a contract extension Tuesday to continue driving the No. 99 Ford for Roush Racing.

Atlanta Motor Speedway adds truck race in 2004
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make its first appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway next season, replacing the ARCA event as a companion to the Winston Cup Series race in March.

Jeff Burton re-signs with Roush

Vickers moving up to NASCAR's top series next season

Vickers moving up to NASCAR's top series next season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brian Vickers will become the youngest-ever full-time competitor in NASCAR's top series when he takes over the No. 25 Chevrolet next season now driven by Joe Nemechek.

Investigators seek cause of blaze at NASCAR driver's store
BELFAST, Maine -- A fire gutted a store owned by Winston Cup driver Ricky Craven on Sunday.

Kobe Bryant's attorneys ask for accuser's medical records
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers have subpoenaed a hospital to see his accuser's medical records - the first indication they might make her mental health an issue if the sexual assault case against the NBA star goes to trial.

Kobe Bryant's attorneys ask for accuser's medical records

Peete hangs on to starting spot, selected team captain

Atlanta waives TE Hall, claims Brewer

NFL 2003: Improved Panthers playing for Mills, Fields

Atlanta claims Dantzler off waivers, cuts Layne

Dunn thinks offense still lacks focus

NFL 2003: Vick's injury dampens mood in Atlanta

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Dr. Saul Siegelson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edith Snider    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. James Kelly    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Weigle, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Vernell Hill will always cherish the memories of her mother, Alberta Jasper, who died Saturday after months of failing health.

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Mr. Raymond Cannon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carmen Hales (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elton Newsome (KITE, Ga.)

Zachary Kattegat (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Swain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Edward Weigle, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Leona Albea (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Ware (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Eubanks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Barney Marsh (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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Mrs. Lois Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louie Harrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Weigle, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Shaquille McManus (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Paula Flanders (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Byron Haygood (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bussey (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Vera Thigpen (MURRELLS INLET, S.C.)

Mrs. Maudie Quarles (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Parker (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. William LaGrone (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thelman Moss (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bussey (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Preston Logue (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Dr. Alandra Fowler (PHOENIX, Az.)

Mrs. Vinnie Tarver (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Peterson (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Saul Siegelson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Kelly (WRENS, Ga.)

Dr. Saul Siegelson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Mathern (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Hutto (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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Georgia base closings unwarranted in 2005
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE. When the latest round of BRAC ("Pentagonese" for Base Realignment and Closure) was announced for 2005, many commentators seemed ready and willing to write obituaries for Georgia's military installations.

Georgia base closings unwarranted in 2005
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE. When the latest round of BRAC ("Pentagonese" for Base Realignment and Closure) was announced for 2005, many commentators seemed ready and willing to write obituaries for Georgia's military installations.

Will the Americans stay for the anthem in Athens?

No plans for a roof at U.S. Open

Rain continues to fall at U.S. Open

Little swingin' in the rain at U.S. Open

Overtime

Overtime

No plans for a roof at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- After two days of rain at the U.S. Open, some players were asking a question that also occurred to thousands of rather damp fans.

Little swingin' in the rain at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Roger Federer stood on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, hitting tennis balls to the scattered fans in the stands equipped with umbrellas, hats and parkas.

Overtime
Division I college athletes are graduating at a record rate of 62 percent and are 3 percent more likely to graduate than non-athletes, according to an NCAA study released Tuesday.

Overtime
A mixed-team match featuring Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam to revive Toronto's SARS-ravaged tourism industry hit financial snags over the weekend and will not be played, a source said Monday.

Will the Americans stay for the anthem in Athens?
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Something strange happened on the medal stand: The Americans abandoned it just as their national anthem was played.

Rain continues to fall at U.S. Open
NEW YORK - Andy Roddick walked down the hallway from the locker room at Arthur Ashe Stadium, then made a left just before the door leading to the court.

NFL 2003: Improved Panthers playing for Mills, Fields
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina quarterback Rodney Peete has seen firsthand how well a team can respond to adversity, bonding together to win for a fallen teammate or coach.

Peete hangs on to starting spot, selected team captain
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Things couldn't be going much better for Carolina quarterback Rodney Peete, who held on to his job as starter despite a mediocre preseason and then was chosen a team captain.

Dunn thinks offense still lacks focus
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When the Atlanta Falcons began a month-long passing camp in June, Warrick Dunn promised to be more vocal in the locker room this year.

NFL 2003: Vick's injury dampens mood in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons insist they're not a one-man team.

Atlanta claims Dantzler off waivers, cuts Layne
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons claimed Woodrow Dantzler off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday.

Panthers sign Caldwell, waive Smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have signed linebacker Mike Caldwell and waived linebacker Marquis Smith, the team said Tuesday.

Atlanta waives TE Hall, claims Brewer
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons claimed tight end Sean Brewer off waivers Monday from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Network is 'Starting Over' with reality soap

TV movie shows Pancho Villa as movie star, marketing whiz

Network is 'Starting Over' with reality soap
LOS ANGELES -- A half-dozen women gather in a house to help each other improve their lives, all the while being filmed for television.

TV movie shows Pancho Villa as movie star, marketing whiz
EL PASO, Texas -- Long before the reality TV craze, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa fought battles with an American camera crew in tow - in 1914.

Theater group presents 'Rumors'

Hollywood hauls in more summer cash but less profit as sequels falter

Club gets wild later

Richt plans to improve in red zone
ATHENS, Ga. - It's not too early to be concerned about Georgia's red zone efficiency, coach Mark Richt said. In fact, it took him only one half to become exasperated with it.

Georgia finds plenty of talent at tailback
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia might get reserve tailback Kregg Lumpkin back from an injury for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee State, adding another player to an already crowded position.

Georgia finds plenty of talent at tailback

Holtz doesn't understand boos
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz heard something last Saturday he never expected at Williams-Brice Stadium - boos.

Holtz belittles team's chances
COLUMBIA - When asked to assess his team's chances of beating No. 15Virginia on Saturday, Lou Holtz offered a typical line.

Holtz doesn't understand boos

Holtz belittles team's chances

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New DVD releases include A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel as a DEA agent in search of his wife's killers; Identity, a thriller with an all-star cast that straddles the slasher and Agatha Christie genres; and the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible.

New teen board members selected
Xtreme offers a mix of stories on teen issues and teen trends. It's about life, expression and community. That's what our new Teen board members are about, too.

Mom shouldn't decide which guy you date
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been talking to this boy since November, and recently me and my boyfriend broke up. I want to start a relationship with this boy that I've been talking to, but my mom is stuck on my ex-boyfriend. What should I do?

Mom shouldn't decide which guy you date

New teen board members selected

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Motorist kills man after tomatoes thrown at car

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