Heroine's debut is a winner

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.

Notes from Tuesday's games

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.

Notes from Wednesday's games

Notes from Wednesday's games
ST. LOUIS: Reserve OF Eduardo Perez is out two to three weeks after undergoing an emergency apendectomy Tuesday at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was recovering and expected to head back to St. Louis with the team following Thursday's game in Chicago.

Tanner Andrew Preissler

Brandon Lee Fulmer
Anthony L. Fulmer and Tamara R. Miller, both of Graniteville, announce the birth of a son, Brandon Lee Fulmer, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Patricia Williams of Edgefield, S.C., Tracy Fulmer of New Holland, S.C., and Genice Harris of Sarasota, Fla.

Chase Austin Lynch
Kenny and Shelly Lynch of Huntersville, N.C., announce the birth of a son, Chase Austin Lynch, Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Grandparents are Majors Hamby of Appling, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark of Augusta, Lina Lynch of Hephzibah and the late Kenneth Lynch.

William Dylan Prothman
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Prothman of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, William Dylan Prothman, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Barney Clayton of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Prothman of Bath.

Hunter Blake Moody

Taryn Bre'Asia Ruff
Horace Ruff III and Erica Garrett, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Taryn Bre'Asia Ruff, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Linwood and Gladys Boyd of Waynesboro, Ga., Michael Garrett and Jacklyn Garrett, both of Hephzibah, and Deborah D. Knotts and Frances V. Henderson, both of Augusta.

Tamya Mikayla Asforis-Jones
Kevin T. Jones and Timika D. Asforis, both of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Tamya Mikayla Asforis-Jones, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Annie Asforis of Trenton, S.C., and Benjamin F. and Joann Jones of Edgefield.

Hailey Anna Barlow

Lauren McKenzie Creech
John and Shannon Creech of Matthews, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren McKenzie Creech, Saturday, July 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Nora Lamb of Augusta, Tommy and Rita Creech of Hazlehurst, Ga., and Harry and Evelyn Stone of Hephzibah.

Zion Zechariah Jones

William Dylan Prothman

Ethan Ridge Power

Alexandra Carter Taramangos

Bella Ryan Wood

Tamya Mikayla Asforis-Jones

Ethan Patrick Leclerc

Nicholas David Lowe

Alexandra Carter Taramangos
George L. Taramangos and Michelle N. Evans, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Alexandra Carter Taramangos, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Newcomb of Augusta and Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. George L. Taramangos of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Catherine Ann Chagaris
Christopher G. and Angela A. Chagaris of Mooresville, N.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Catherine Ann Chagaris, Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur R. Gay Jr. of North Augusta, Teri E. Gay of Augusta, Alice N. Chagaris of Charlotte and the late George J. Chagaris.

Bella Ryan Wood
Garret and Tara Wood of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Bella Ryan Wood, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Roundtree Jr. of Evans, Herbie and Jeannie Crews and Jenny Wood, all of Augusta, and Jack Ouzts of Martinez.

Samuel Elijah Daughtry
Mark K. and Karen A. Daughtry of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Samuel Elijah Daughtry, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter K. Daughtry of Augusta and the late Marvin M. Anderson.

Jalen Tirell Berry
Ricardo Berry and Tyece Roundtree, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jalen Tirell Berry, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Anzara and Delphine Hatcher of Hephzibah, Michael and Denise Berry of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny B. Berry of Warrenton, Ga.

Lauren McKenzie Creech

Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr.

Taryn Bre'Asia Ruff

Samuel Elijah Daughtry

Catherine Ann Chagaris

Tanner Andrew Preissler
Justin and Kristy Preissler of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tanner Andrew Preissler, Monday, June 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gunter of Aiken, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Preissler of North Augusta and the late Jimmy Wood.

Malloree Anne Berry

Brandon Lee Fulmer

Dawn Taylor Jolly

Zion Zechariah Jones
Maurice L. and Helen J. Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Zion Zechariah Jones, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Regenia Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Amon Jones, all of Augusta.

Jalen Tirell Berry

Jakob Logan Hollowell
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher T. Hollowell of Burnettown announce the birth of a son, Jakob Logan Hollowell, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wall and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hollowell, all of Burnettown.

Drake Kalton Harris
Alton and Kelly Harris of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Drake Kalton Harris, Monday, Aug. 11, 2003 at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Thomas and Dorothy Regan of Boston and Noah and Jo Anne Newman of North Augusta.

Nicholas David Lowe
Christopher and Denise Lowe of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Nicholas David Lowe, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jackson of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hendrick of Harlem.

Ethan Ridge Power
Sean T. Power and Davina A. Little, both of Warrenville, announce the birth of a son, Ethan Ridge Power, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Dianne Arthur and Charles Kneece, all of Graniteville, Eddie and Bertha Little of North Augusta, Yvonne Brunson of Aiken and the late Margaret Kneece.

Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr.
Diric L. Jefferson Sr. of Appling and Avis Murray of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr., Sunday, June 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Tinsley Wilcher and Eva Murray of Augusta, Mary Jean Jefferson of Appling and the late Sammie Jefferson.

Ethan Patrick Leclerc
Charles and Stephanie Leclerc of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Ethan Patrick Leclerc, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Elizabeth Ann Mangum of Grovetown, James E. Mangum of Bethune, S.C., and Gerald and Mary Leclerc of Aiken.

Logan Dean Capell

Hailey Anna Barlow
Robert and Alecia Barlow of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Hailey Anna Barlow, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Armand Seda of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Barlow of Cleveland.

Zakhia Davon Ranaldson
Derrick D. and Larissa E. Ranaldson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Zakhia Davon Ranaldson, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dannie and Jaketa E. Jones of Leesville, La., John and Brenda Mitchell of Indianapolis, and Shirley A. Sanders and Fred Ranaldson, both of Pensacola, Fla.

Hunter Blake Moody
Brandon Y. and Angela D. Moody of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Hunter Blake Moody, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Alvin B. and Karen Dickson of Appling and Robert and Regina Moody of Augusta.

Malloree Anne Berry
George Berry III and Charlene Berry of Blythe announce the birth of a daughter, Malloree Anne Berry, Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph and Patricia Riley of Hephzibah, Blanche Berry of Martinez and the late George Berry.

Logan Dean Capell
Jerry and Mendy Capell of Evans announce the birth of a son, Logan Dean Capell, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James E. Whitehead and Nancy Sjostrom, all of North Augusta, Karin Hendley of Augusta and Dreyfus Capell of Columbus, Ga.

Dawn Taylor Jolly
Dondra T. Jolly and Chante' M. Luckie, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Dawn Taylor Jolly, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Troy and Cheryl Walker of Evans and Ira Jolly Jr. of Crestview, Fla.

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.

Man jogs naked - down a street called Jay Bird
NORCROSS, Ga. -- When a man wants to run naked through the street, where better than Jay Bird Alley?

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
TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Ron Hunt's friends have good reason to call him the "Miracle Man." The construction worker lost an eye but survived a freak accident without brain damage after falling from a ladder and onto an 18-inch-long drill bit that impaled his skull.

The case of the exploding pizza deliveryman
ERIE, Pa. -- The bomb strapped to a pizza deliveryman who told police he was forced to rob a bank contained an unusual kind of explosive not typically found in America, FBI agents said Wednesday.

Students and friends go on chicken-killing spree
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Four Georgia Southern University students and three friends went on a chicken-killing spree to see if chickens really can run around with their heads chopped off.

Braves' miscues give Mets sweep

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.

Braves lose in pitcher battle

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.

Braves' miscues give Mets sweep
NEW YORK - Having spent the better part of the previous two days dodging raindrops, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was less than thrilled to pull back his curtain Wednesday morning to reveal another damp day in the Big Apple.

Hernandez activated from disabled list

South Carolina worker output soars

Business briefs
OKLAHOMA CITY - Former WorldCom Chief Executive Bernie Ebbers pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges he violated Oklahoma securities laws, the first charges brought against the man who presided over the telephone company's $11 billion accounting scandal.

Gas company to pay $400,000 for 'slamming'
ATLANTA -- The state Public Service Commission has approved a settlement in which a gas marketing company will pay $400,000 for "slamming," a practice of switching new customers to a new company without their consent.

Business briefs

Group awaits no-call effects

With summer driving season over, gasoline futures tumble

Jobs main concern at labor convention
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Presidential candidate Al Sharpton will speak and jobs will be the main concern at this week's annual convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO in Surfside Beach.

Group awaits no-call effects
Millions of Americans are breathing a sigh of relief now that the national Do Not Call Registry will provide mostly uninterrupted dinners.

Travelocity, Hotels.com end agreement
DALLAS -- Hotels.com Inc. said Tuesday it was cutting its ties with Travelocity in favor of its sister online travel company, Expedia.

Chrysler announces incentives on 2004 models
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group said Tuesday it will start offering incentives on most of its 2004 model-year vehicles as it attempts to boost U.S. sales.

Gas company to pay $400,000 for 'slamming'

Manufacturing index rises in August

Struggling manufacturing workers haven't been paid

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."

Company reshapes to survive

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.

Sanford backs two-state recruiting of business
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he supports more cooperation between the Palmetto State and North Carolina on economic development projects.

Three Spanish-language papers expand, begin publishing

Three Spanish-language papers expand, begin publishing
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three new or expanded Spanish-language newspapers debuted Tuesday, testimony to the growing Hispanic market that has publishers and advertisers taking notice.

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.

Kentucky group buys Formax Feeds plant
ConAgra Feed Co. has sold its Formax Feeds business, which includes its Augusta feed mill, to a Kentucky agricultural consortium.

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.

Chrysler announces incentives on 2004 models

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

Construction spending rises to highest level since January

Construction spending rises to highest level since January
WASHINGTON -- Spending on construction ventures around the country increased in July to the highest level seen since the beginning of the year, a promising sign for the economy's anticipated second-half rebound.

Business briefs

Toyota unveils car that uses sensors to help driver park

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

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

Toyota looks to boost U.S. sales of hybrid vehicles
LOS ANGELES -- Toyota hopes to boost annual sales of its hybrid gas and electric Prius in the United States by 75 percent, Yukitoshi Funo, the new president and chief executive of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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

Younger Bowden off to a rough start
Bobby Bowden can relate to son Tommy Bowden's 30-0 season-opening loss over the weekend to No. 8 Georgia, only on a bigger scale.

Clemson tries to zero in on positives

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.

Younger Bowden off to a rough start

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.

Morehouse back doesn't want to be known only as Denzel's son

Morehouse back doesn't want to be known only as Denzel's son
ATLANTA -- When John David Washington emerged from the locker room on Morehouse's preseason media day wearing No. 13 instead of his normal No. 30, it appeared he might be going to extremes to avoid attention.

Battle over BCS future heads to Congress

ACC & SEC notebook

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

ACC & SEC notebook
After his team lost at Virginia Tech early last season, Louisiana State coach Nick Saban couldn't believe the national reaction.

Battle over BCS future heads to Congress
WASHINGTON -- Congress will step into the debate about the college football postseason with a hearing Thursday that will include testimony from some of the sport's most powerful figures.

No picnic for SEC against Top 10 teams

Savior of Baylor basketball fell hard from grace

Pryor restraint

Good EPA choice
It wouldn't matter whom President George W. Bush nominated to be Environmental Protection Agency chief - even if it was Green Party saint Ralph Nader - most Democrats and enviro-extremists would find him or her inadequate to the task.

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

Start with the mirror
Hey! Augusta Commissioners! You've just presided over a year in which the value of property in Richmond County actually shrunk. Where are you going now?

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.

Start with the mirror

Bad gamble

Good EPA choice

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.

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.

Johnny Depp likens U.S. to an agressive, 'dumb puppy'
BERLIN -- Actor Johnny Depp likened the United States to a "dumb puppy that has big teeth" in an interview published Wednesday, ridiculing Washington's confrontation with France, where he lives, over the war in Iraq.

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.

Cameron Diaz breaks her nose in Hawaiian surfing accident
HONOLULU -- It wasn't quite the birthday in paradise Cameron Diaz was hoping for.

Stocks rise on investor optimism after upgrades

FTC creates report on identity theft

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.

Survey: Women shoppers not buyers until the price is right

Inquiry into soaring gasoline prices launched

Study: IRS employees steer taxpayers wrong on tax law
WASHINGTON -- IRS employees at tax help centers gave correct answers to just 57 percent of tax law questions asked by Treasury Department investigators posing as taxpayers.

FTC creates report on identity theft
WASHINGTON -- More than 27 million people have been victims of identity theft in the last five years, costing them $5 billion and businesses and financial institutions almost $48 billion, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Inquiry into soaring gasoline prices launched
WASHINGTON -- The recent run-up in gasoline prices after the Northeast power blackout has prompted an informal Energy Department investigation on possible price gouging, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told lawmakers Wednesday.

Stocks rise on investor optimism after upgrades
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its buying momentum into a fourth day Wednesday as investors grew more optimistic that the economic recovery is firmly on track. Brokerage upgrades of General Electric Co. and Siebel Systems Inc. added to the good mood.

Nasdaq soars to 17-month high in latest rally

Survey: Women shoppers not buyers until the price is right
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If it weren't obvious to anyone who sees a harried mom burning through the "sale" racks between errands on her lunch break, Carrie McCament will speak the awful truth.

Study: IRS employees steer taxpayers wrong on tax law

Dining out
Mini-reviews of area restaurants.

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.

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).

Cod takes trip to the tropics

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.

Make the most of mayonnaise

Small portions

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.

Dining out

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

Education of a freshman quarterback
ATLANTA -- The Education of Reggie Ball, Chapter II.

Georgia Tech expecting Auburn to run, run run

Education of a freshman quarterback

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

Driving a pickup took me back to friendly times

U.S. Open golf sells out for 18th straight year

Weir chasing first Canadian Open title

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.

Weir chasing first Canadian Open title
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Masters champion Mike Weir is too busy trying to win the Canadian Open to think about the PGA Tour's player of the year award.

Annika and Lefty in Skins Game

Hart transfers to Auburn
The Augusta State women's golf team will begin its season Monday minus its top golfer from last season.

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.

U.S. Open golf sells out for 18th straight year
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Tickets for the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills are sold out - the 18th straight year the tournament is a sellout.

GreenJackets' victory ends tiresome season

Team builds new attitude

Washington County boasts several players to watch

Injuries give teams scare

Hephzibah sees Laney's prowess
Todd Booker and the rest of the Hephzibah coaching staff sat near the top of the Lumpkin Road Stadium bleachers Friday watching Laney dominate Glenn Hills.

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

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.

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

Unexcused absences set bad example

Attempts to sway opinion on sports arena lead to misreporting
In The Chronicle's attempts to turn public opinion toward building a new sports arena, your paper has mislead the taxpayers of this city. Here is information that should have been reported. Billy Holden, Hephzibah, Ga.

Attempts to sway opinion on sports arena lead to misreporting

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.

Unexcused absences set bad example
Where in the world is the Richmond County Board of Education these days? Voting to allow students 12 unexcused absences a year sends a message to students that is void of responsibility and accountability. Can you imagine missing work 12 unexcused times and expect to hold a job? This is not a "crackdown on truants," rather 12 free passes to not attend school. Bobby Ross, Augusta

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

Use penny tax for library system

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

NCLB too problematic to work
Your Aug. 12 editorial, "Why NCLB is working," raised my ire recently. As a teacher and a parent, I am frustrated beyond belief with political mandates concerning education. Politicians demand higher standards and greater professionalism from teachers, while they overrule our suggestions and expertise with bureaucratic red tape, thereby hindering our jobs. Susan Hitt, Dearing, Ga.

Faithful unsupportive of Norwood now

'Freaky Flyers' gives air racing a whole new look

In the know

The 'white gold' harvest

List shows cultural gap between students and their professors

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

In James Bond style, new sports car becomes a boat

In the know

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.

In the know
The Greater Augusta Arts Council is looking for volunteers for the annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.

'Freaky Flyers' gives air racing a whole new look
There are realistic racing games and there are cartoon racing games.

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.

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.

In James Bond style, new sports car becomes a boat
LONDON -- Britain's newest sports car took a test drive Wednesday, zooming back and forth across the waters of the Thames River in pure James Bond style.

List shows cultural gap between students and their professors
MILWAUKEE -- For this year's college freshmen, computers have always fit in a backpack and Paul Newman has always made salad dressing. Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are old enough to be their parents.

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

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.

Man holds woman hostage at Greenville store
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Piedmont woman died Wednesday morning after a shooting at a Greenville grocery store where she worked.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Davian D'elby Brown, 2, of Hephzibah.

Late fee irks school system

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.

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

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."

Clayton County recruits its founding families
JONESBORO, Ga. -- Only the elite few of Jonesboro can join a new club - those who can track their family lines back to 1858, when Clayton County was first formed.

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.

Girl left in hot car; woman arrested
An Augusta grandmother was arrested after officers found her 5-year-old granddaughter sitting unsupervised in a parked car in hot conditions.

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.

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."

Satellites aid study of congestion on roads

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.

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.

Across the area

Release of kaolin draws investigation

Health network faces cut
The first line of defense against bioterrorism and exotic new diseases such as SARS is the same system that keeps in line syphilis and tuberculosis - the public health network, officials said.

Kidnap victim reunited with mother

UGA learning center is success on campus
ATHENS, Ga. - Two weeks into the University of Georgia's fall semester, the school's brand-new Student Learning Center has become a big hit with students and faculty.

Kid of the day

News you can use
SEPT. 4, 1961 A once-reigning queen is now ready to return to her throne after a complete "facial" and a dry-cleaning job on her 130-year-old robes.

Across Georgia

Orangeburg soldier laid to rest as a hero
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Pfc. Vorn James "Vonnie" Mack was remembered as a warrior following in his father's footsteps at his funeral Tuesday.

School board OKs higher tax

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.

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

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.

Habitat for Humanity launches university to train leaders

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.

Gun cases increase in South Carolina

Seniors complain about new park fees
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism's fee changes at many state parks to cope with budget cuts have prompted some seniors complain that they're being hit hardest.

Environmental taste test attracts wide range of animals

Crash sends four to MCG

Edgefield might get tax relief

Boy killed by two pit bull dogs
CLAYTON, Ga. -- A 6-year-old boy was mauled to death by two pit bull dogs that belonged to his uncle.

Bad check program to begin in S.C.

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.

Tribes vie in Spanish test

Building permits increase

Sanford to take suggestions on improving government

Health network faces cut

Judge firmly denies offer

Kraemer will fight grants
Just four weeks ago, he worked for Augusta Regional Airport. Now, a month after his firing, the airport's former director is threatening to work against the facility.

Labor Day kept police busy

Crash sends four to MCG
A Marietta, Ga., family is recovering after a wreck in Columbia County while traveling home from vacation Wednesday.

Another Perdue staffer pondering political run

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT against Mr. George Bush, our president. He's out there taking in campaign money, and naturally, that's the reason our gas prices are going up. He's asking for the campaign money, and they're going to get their money back. The oil company's big oil. I don't think it's right.

Officials air complaints

3 charged in Somerset child sex cases
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Three men face charges of sexually assaulting children in separate incidents in Somerset County.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Upstate sheriffs, SLED settle money dispute
ANDERSON, S.C.-- The State Law Enforcement Division and Oconee County Sheriff's Office have agreed to give the Anderson County Sheriff's Office about $800,000 worth of property to settle a lawsuit between the three law enforcement agencies.

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.

Authorities nab Ashburn jail escapee near Blakely

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Police charge relative in weekend slaying

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

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.

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.

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.

Witness testifies in grand jury probe of sheriff shooting
ATLANTA -- A key witness for the prosecution in the assassination of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown testified Wednesday before a federal grand jury, which is considering new charges against two men acquitted in the killing.

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.

Indigent-defense panel sues city for more money

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

UGA friends say charges against human rights activist are fake

Opinions differ on value of Cypress Gardens
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Locals know Cypress Gardens for its black-water lagoon, flat-bottom boat rides, aquarium and reptile center. Those from farther afield may know it from scenes in "The Patriot" and other films.

Rockdale may hire P.I. to track out-of-county students

Newton County location planned for movie about Bobby Jones
COVINGTON, Ga. -- "Stroke of Genius," a movie about golfer Bobby Jones, will begin filming in Newton County on Sept. 8.

Authorities nab Ashburn jail escapee near Blakely
ASHBURN, Ga. -- An Ashburn man who escaped from the Turner County Jail nearly a month ago after allegedly torching his home and claiming it was a racial attack was captured Wednesday in Early County, authorities said.

Atlanta struggling to find fit honors for late mayors
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council has been told that a panel selected to choose proper honors for the late Mayors Maynard Jackson and Ivan Allen Jr. may not be able to reach a consensus.

Fort Stewart visit in works for Bush

Convicted sheriff gets warm reception at fund-raiser
SOPERTON, Ga. -- More than 300 people attended a rally and raised money for their ousted sheriff, who was found guilty of using excessive force at a jail after arresting two men.

Sick Valdosta girl has support

Rockdale may hire P.I. to track out-of-county students
ATLANTA -- Rockdale County schools may hire a private investigator to spot students who attend the district illegally.

Atlanta struggling to find fit honors for late mayors

Perdue blames Florida for failure of water talks
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue blamed Florida Wednesday for the failure of the tri-state water talks. He said Georgia and Alabama now will pair off to continue working toward an agreement on using the waters the two states share.

UGA friends say charges against human rights activist are fake
ATHENS, Ga. -- Friends and students at the University of Georgia who knew Ruslan Sharipov when he was a student say he's being prosecuted by the Uzbekistan government for political purposes.

Slaying jury to hear of other crimes
When Cedric Beals stands trial on capital murder charges, a judge ruled Wednesday, the jury can hear not only about a fatal robbery in Summerville but also about two other violent robberies.

Fewer people die on S.C. roadways during Labor Day weekend

Opinions differ on value of Cypress Gardens

Man holds woman hostage at Greenville store

Boy killed by two pit bull dogs

Kid of the day

Jefferson County board objects to sludge plan

Slaying jury to hear of other crimes

Fewer people die on S.C. roadways during Labor Day weekend
Fewer people died on South Carolina roadways during the Labor Day weekend, compared with a year earlier, the state Department of Public Safety reported Tuesday.

Seniors complain about new park fees

Commission wants tax report

3 charged in Somerset child sex cases

Atlanta growth at core of water dispute

Offices take shape

News you can use

Building permits increase
AIKEN - Bottom-of-the-barrel interest rates have Columbia and Aiken counties on the path to build more houses in 2003 than at any point in almost two decades, records show, while plans for development indicate that the upward trend could continue.

Across the area

Fort Stewart visit in works for Bush
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Private meetings are under way to plan a visit from President Bush to Fort Stewart, Ga., the home base of the U.S. troops who stormed Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

West Nile infects two men in Atlanta area

Convicted sheriff gets warm reception at fund-raiser

Across South Carolina

Aiken ring of thieves busted

Aiken ring of thieves busted
AIKEN - Ten people were arrested this week in what sheriff's officials said Wednesday was part of a burglary ring that stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment from storage sheds and homes in the Horse Creek Valley area to feed their drug habits.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina will receive more than $20 million to help public health agencies prepare for emergencies such as acts of bioterrorism.

Across the area
An 86-year-old woman told North Augusta public safety officers that a teenager snatched her purse outside a department store.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham is being treated for a heart attack he suffered at his home in Cartersville on Labor Day, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

Plane's engines sent for testing
The twin engines of a plane that crashed in Phinizy Swamp on June 16, killing Ed and Leslie Johnson, have been sent to a Pennsylvania testing facility for further examination.

Indigent-defense panel sues city for more money
Stripped down to the bare bones, it's all about money, said the judge appointed to preside over the lawsuit the local indigent-defense committee filed against the Augusta government.

Sick Valdosta girl has support
Jennifer Tucker is getting support from all over, even from behind bars.

Offices take shape
A small crowd will no longer mean standing room only at Richmond County Board of Education meetings next year.

Seven Pepsi employees arrested in thefts
Authorities expect more arrests as the investigation into the thefts continues.

Late fee irks school system
Columbia County's stormwater utility fee continues to cause friction between the county's government officials and school system.

Police charge relative in weekend slaying
A Sardis, Ga., man has been charged in the shooting death of a relative over Labor Day weekend in Burke County, authorities said Wednesday.

Getting on the bandwagon, out of the doghouse
ANCASTER, Ontario - Call me a Dog dodger if you want. Say I've slipped north of the border as part of the witless protection program.

Driving a pickup took me back to friendly times
I borrowed my neighbor's old pickup the other day to haul the garbage to the landfill.

Critical Choice

Extras, extras

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.

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

Triathlete proves naysayers wrong
"Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind? Can he walk at all, or if he moves will he fall?" - Ozzy Osbourne

Juanes wins four Latin Grammys

Juanes wins four Latin Grammys
MIAMI -- Juanes, whose album "Un Dia Normal (A Normal Day)" has enjoyed a marathon stay on the charts, was showered with five Latin Grammy awards on Wednesday, including trophies for record and album of the year.

Colleges use software, warnings to stop student file-swapping
Students arriving for fall classes at colleges across the country are facing new restrictions and stern warnings to discourage the swapping of pirated music and movies over high-speed campus Internet connections.

Latin Grammys come to Miami
MIAMI -- Producer Gustavo Santaolalla doesn't hesitate when comparing Juanes' breakthrough album, "Un Dia Normal" (A Normal Day), to another album that pop music fans just might be familiar with.

Latin Grammys come to Miami

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."

Vickers moving up to NASCAR's top series next season

Q&A with Brendan Gaughan

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

Nemechek gets fired

Nemechek gets fired
RICHMOND, Va. - The reward Joe Nemechek has received for all three of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series victories is a pink slip.

Racing facts - Chevy Rock and Roll 400

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.

Older drivers struggling to maintain spot
RICHMOND, Va. - At 46, Terry Labonte answered as many questions last week about retirement as about winning the Southern 500 to break a four-year-long losing streak.

Q&A with Brendan Gaughan
Craftsman truck win leader still trails in points stands

Older drivers struggling to maintain spot

Racing facts - Chevy Rock and Roll 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 race.

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.

Hurricane Fabian swirls in Atlantic

Hurricane Fabian swirls in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Fabian slowly swirled across the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday on a northwest path that bypassed some Caribbean islands but raised the possibility of threatening Bermuda.

Judge releases handful of records in Kobe Bryant case
DENVER -- Authorities looking to arrest NBA star Kobe Bryant on a sexual assault charge also wanted to charge him with false imprisonment, according to a copy of the arrest warrant unsealed Wednesday.

Judge releases handful of records in Kobe Bryant case

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.

WNBA conference finals are all-California

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

WNBA conference finals are all-California
LOS ANGELES -- The WNBA's Western Conference finals are looking a lot like the NBA playoffs, with two-time defending league champion Los Angeles and Sacramento playing each other.

Savior of Baylor basketball fell hard from grace
WACO, Texas -- When Dave Bliss arrived at Baylor in 1999, he was seen as the God-fearing savior of a basketball program that had soured into one of the nation's worst.

Auburn receives formal notice of NCAA allegations
AUBURN, Ala. -- The NCAA has formally notified Auburn it is investigating possible major rules violations in its men's basketball program, including allegedly making improper offers and inducements to recruits.

Pro picks

Fantasy Football: Loyalties will be tested

Vick-less Falcons still trying to fly

NFL 2003: Vick's injury dampens mood in Atlanta

NFL 2003: Improved Panthers playing for Mills, Fields

Panthers feel confident offense will be better

Atlanta claims Dantzler off waivers, cuts Layne

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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.

Get in the Game - Bowling

In the game spotlight

Rain continues to fall at U.S. Open

Kelli White not suspended but could lose golds from worlds

Triathlete proves naysayers wrong

Quintet makes area history

No plans for a roof at U.S. Open

Overtime

Agassi finally gets his match in, beats Dent

Agassi finally gets his match in, beats Dent
NEW YORK -- One world No. 1 got bumped for another.

Quintet makes area history
Dean Hutchinson had a bad back and hadn't bowled in more than a month, but he was feeling pretty good last Thursday night.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Anne Randall Hatcher, 14, of Augusta.

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.

Kelli White not suspended but could lose golds from worlds
PARIS -- U.S. sprinter Kelli White will not be suspended from track meets for taking a stimulant but still could be stripped of the two gold medals she won at the World Championships.

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
Pro basketball Carlisle is hired this time by Pacers Rick Carlisle was hired Wednesday as the Indiana Pacers' coach, three years after the former assistant was bypassed in favor of Isiah Thomas.

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.

Get in the Game - Bowling
Who: Local bowlers J.J. Boothe, Dan Markle and Dean Hutchinson each bowled a perfect game, while Joey Grice shot two 300 games last week in league play. Boothe and Perry Bertolone also rolled a rare 800 series last week.

Pro picks
The New York Jets and Washington Redskins have met only seven times. Yet their season-opener Thursday night has all the makings of a grudge match.

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.

Vick-less Falcons still trying to fly
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick is home with a broken leg. The preseason went by with nary a win. Now, the Atlanta Falcons are opening the regular season as underdogs to a team that has gone 5-11 three years running.

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

Panthers feel confident offense will be better
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The season hasn't even started yet and the name-calling is already flying around the Carolina Panthers' locker room.

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

Fantasy Football: Loyalties will be tested
Football fans, tonight is your night.

Getting on the bandwagon, out of the doghouse

President Bush forcefully takes center stage in TV drama

TV movie shows Pancho Villa as movie star, marketing whiz

President Bush forcefully takes center stage in TV drama
LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker Lionel Chetwynd is a supporter of President Bush, a self-described political conservative and a defender of the war on Iraq.

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.

Cameron Diaz breaks her nose in Hawaiian surfing accident

Club gets wild later

Theater group presents 'Rumors'

Georgia sophomore named top defender
ATHENS, Ga. - When Thomas Davis came into the world, he was so plump his mother dubbed him "Porky."

Georgia finds plenty of talent at tailback

Search firm releases job description for Georgia AD opening
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta-based executive search firm of Baker-Parker released a detailed job description for the University of Georgia athletic director position Wednesday.

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 sophomore named top defender

Search firm releases job description for Georgia AD opening

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.

Goodman back on the field for Gamecocks

Sarge Frye, dead at 90
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The man responsible for keeping the grass green for South Carolina's Gamecocks playing fields for nearly five decades, died Wednesday in Columbia from congestive heart failure.

Goodman back on the field for Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Everything told Mikal Goodman to quit - the position changes that came so often, the bashed dreams of playing quarterback, the remote chance of seriously hitting the field for South Carolina at any position.

The case of the exploding pizza deliveryman

Man jogs naked - down a street called Jay Bird

Students and friends go on chicken-killing spree

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Motorist kills man after tomatoes thrown at car