Flawed writer is hero of Garrison Keillor's 'Love Me'

Arts calendar
SAMPLE AUGUSTA 2003: 10 a.m. today; Funsville, 4350 Wheeler Road, Martinez; sample food from Augusta restaurants, crafts and entertainment by Jim Fisher Band; $3 adults, free for age 6 or younger; 855-8255 or 650-2876.

Comedian-author Al Franken fights back with hard left
NEW YORK -- Oh, to be Al Franken. To have been present at the creation of "Saturday Night Live." To remain liberal and sassy at age 52. To be sued by the Fox News Channel and have your book sell as fast as "The South Beach Diet." To greet a reporter on a late summer evening in an undershirt and shorts. To chew on green grapes at your dining room table and state your case against the other side.

The sound of music on Broadway

Arts calendar

The fall plays in NYC

Comedian-author Al Franken fights back with hard left

Theater beyond the Hudson River

Library group starts book club
Read a good book lately? The Friends of the Augusta Library have a few recommendations.

Flawed writer is hero of Garrison Keillor's 'Love Me'
"Love Me," a catchy, quick novel that traces a writer's angst-ridden wanderings away from home and back again, is witty and self-deprecating in true Garrison Keillor fashion.

Theater beyond the Hudson River
NEW YORK -- Despite what some may think in New York, there is a theater season beyond the Hudson River.

The sound of music on Broadway
NEW YORK -- From Peter Allen to Jerome Kern, from Boy George to Leonard Bernstein, the sound of music on Broadway this fall will be the most eclectic in years.

The fall plays in NYC
NEW YORK -- With the exception of 2003 Tony winner "Take Me Out," Broadway will be barren of new - or old - plays in September. But just wait.

Library group starts book club

What's in a name might depend on who shares it

Ex-mayor wants to license trash scavengers
WHITEHALL, Pa. -- One person's trash is another's treasure - reason enough to license trash scavengers, according to the former mayor of this Pittsburgh suburb.

Father ambushes son, kills self
SAN DIEGO -- Bill Hoffine chatted with Tommy Ramirez, the owner of Tommy's Tex Mex, as he waited in the eatery for his 14-year-old son to jog by with his cross-country team.

Cell phone users find slammer in Charleston Court
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A cell-door slamming might be the best ring tone for cell phones that go off in a Charleston judge's court room.

Lopez has big game

Braves 9, Pirates 2

Lopez has big game
ATLANTA - He sat down at the start of the season and takes a seat whenever Greg Maddux goes to the mound. But in between, Javy Lopez has had a season that might have made him indispensable to the Atlanta Braves' future.

Braves 9, Pirates 2
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux pitched into the eighth inning and moved within one victory of becoming the first major leaguer to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons as the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Saturday night.

Pocket change

Business calendar

Terror attacks led to lingering business fears

Security business booming in Mexico

Success still burns bright at Zippo Manufacturing

On the move
Jennifer Hilliard and Amy Connell have joined Augusta State University's Public Relations and Publications staffs. They are responsible for maintaining media contacts and writing for university publications. Both are Augusta State graduates. Ms. Hilliard earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 2001. Ms. Connell earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2002.

Customizing speeds sales, auto dealers are learning
Fast and flashy cars have caught the attention of auto manufacturers and dealers, who are racing ahead with new models and accessories.

Business calendar
Tuesday: The Basics of Supply Chain Management; the first of a three-day course covering the basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials from suppliers to customers; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Club Car Technical Training Center, 4125 Washington Road; $325 for APICS members, $375 for nonmembers; registration deadline is Sept. 3; call Jan Kelsch at 228-2696 or e-mail tianna.rowell@juno.com or www.apicscsra.org.

On the move

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Carole Fabrics

Funerals becoming more personalized

Security business booming in Mexico
MEXICO CITY - Armored-car dealerships are as common as boutiques among the mansions and high-rise hotels of Mexico City's ritziest neighborhoods, and sports cars are often trailed by steel-plated sport utility vehicles packed with bodyguards.

Terror attacks led to lingering business fears
NEW YORK - A block from the site of the World Trade Center, Evelyn Robb still worries. Sales at her chocolate shop were devastated by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and they remain down as Lower Manhattan struggles to recover.

Success still burns bright at Zippo Manufacturing
PITTSBURGH - The Zippo Manufacturing Co. isn't yet selling as many lighters as McDonald's does hamburgers - "billions and billions." But workers at the cigarette lighter plant nonetheless paused Wednesday to celebrate the manufacture of the company's 400 millionth lighter.

Funerals becoming more personalized
In a state where college football dominates many people's lives, it seems fitting that some want to carry the Georgia Bulldogs with them to the grave.

Customizing speeds sales, auto dealers are learning

Ex-mayor has doubts about running

Ex-mayor has doubts about running
Qualifying for five Augusta Commission seats begins this week, and it looks like the local elections are finally starting to get interesting.

Furman puts up fight at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Hundreds of fans stood, clapped and cheered as Furman returned to the locker room.

Furman puts up fight at Clemson

Top 25 roundup
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Defending national champion Ohio State stayed perfect despite an imperfect game.

Vols dive by Herd at home
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee doesn't begin its Southeastern Conference schedule until later this month. Marshall gave the No. 12 Volunteers an early preview.

Miami moves past Ohio State in AP poll
Once again, Miami is ahead of Ohio State.

Local contributions

Local contributions
College highlights of area players.

Top 25 roundup

Miami moves past Ohio State in AP poll

Miami rallies to beat Florida
MIAMI - Lying on the ground, writhing in pain, it was hard to imagine Brock Berlin could go on. Then again, counting any of the Miami Hurricanes out Saturday night would have been a mistake.

Vols dive by Herd at home

Area stars return
ATHENS, Ga. - Middle Tennessee State coach Andy McCollum insists it's not a punishment. Cornerback Muhammad Rashada isn't so sure.

Area stars return

Let's not disarm
The Sept. 11 attacks and the anthrax assault of 2001 shook us to the core and rattled our sense of security. But at the same time, they had the opposite effect of strengthening our public health system.

Caught in tug-of-war
Not Madonna. Not Britney Spears. Not Christina Aguilera. And certainly not MTV.

Let's not disarm

Caught in tug-of-war

Free Suu Kyi now
The military junta that rules Burma recently announced a plan it claims will return the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Myanmar, to democratic rule.

Judiciary at stake
Ostensibly, you will be voting for president and members of Congress next year.

Rosie puts up all the money herself to launch 'Taboo'
NEW YORK -- When it comes to "Taboo," Rosie O'Donnell has put her money where her mouth is.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Former Child Stars have a lot to talk about
LOS ANGELES -- The glory of being a famous cute kid can fade faster that the pages of an old Tiger Beat magazine.

Five questions with director John Singleton
LOS ANGELES -- It was the birth of a genre. With 1991's "Boyz N the Hood," filmmaker John Singleton pioneered a new type of film, fusing the traditional coming-of-age story with the treachery of inner-city gang violence.

'Chicago' gets a boost from Melanie Griffith
NEW YORK -- This summer, Melanie Griffith has been something of a working girl.

Learn credit system, then make it work for you
Experian, Equifax, TransUnion: Most adult Americans have heard of the three national repositories of credit information and, most likely, many have seen a copy of their credit report.

Earnings warning season to test Wall Street's remarkable rally

Gasoline prices boosted by war, refiners
Q: All of the dire prewar fears of oil fields burning in Iraq were never realized. Why, then, is gasoline more expensive this summer?

Learn credit system, then make it work for you

Gasoline prices boosted by war, refiners

Earnings warning season to test Wall Street's remarkable rally
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed to a series of new highs this past week after upbeat economic reports and stock upgrades bolstered investor confidence in a strong recovery.

How can my college kid avoid credit card debt?
Q: I know my kid will wind up getting a credit card at college this fall. What can I do to help her avoid running into debt?

How can my college kid avoid credit card debt?

Eagles record shutout
STATESBORO, Ga. - Chaz Williams ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-0 victory over Savannah State on Saturday night in the season opener for the Eagles.

Rogers, Tigers stumble again
ATLANTA - The season hasn't exactly started out how the Auburn Tigers wanted it to after losing to Southern California and Georgia Tech in their first two games.

Jackets put troubles in rearview mirror
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech needed this victory.

Jackets have a Ball
ATLANTA - A few more performances like Saturday's, and Georgia Tech won't have to worry about opposing fans buying up all the seats at the newly expanded Bobby Dodd Stadium. Instead, the Yellow Jackets will need all the goal posts they can find.

Rogers, Tigers stumble again

Tway beats Faxon in Canadian Open playoff
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Bob Tway two-putted for bogey on the third hole of a playoff with Brad Faxon in the Canadian Open on Sunday to become the eighth player 40 and over to win a PGA Tour event this year.

Tway beats Faxon in Canadian Open playoff

Britain-Ireland beats U.S. for Walker Cup
GANTON, England -- The Walker Cup once seemed permanent property of America's amateur golfers. Now they can't get their hands on it.

Webb wins Hammons Classic

Webb wins Hammons Classic
TULSA, Okla. -- Karrie Webb shot a 4-under 66 Sunday to win the John Q. Hammons Hotels Classic by nine strokes, her first LPGA title in more than a year and the 29th of her career.

Els wins European Masters by six shots

Morgan rallies twice to win Kroger Classic
MAINEVILLE, Ohio -- Despite an erratic final-round 68 that included three bogeys, Gil Morgan beat longtime friend Doug Tewell to win the Kroger Classic by two strokes Sunday.

Morgan rallies twice to win Kroger Classic

Golf capsules
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Hidemichi Tanaka shot a 3-under 67 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over four players after three rounds of the Canadian Open.

Britain-Ireland beats U.S. for Walker Cup

Els wins European Masters by six shots
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Ernie Els birdied the first four holes and shot a 6-under-par 65 Sunday to win the European Masters by six strokes.

Former Screven star Cooper makes his impression

Georgia prep football notebook

Tigers getting a taste

Teachers' strike in Illinois coal town boils over into football season

Former Screven star Cooper makes his impression
ATHENS, Ga. - When Michael Cooper first heard the crowd, he smiled.

Georgia prep football notebook
Sixth-ranked Northside overcame three turnovers as senior quarterback Ferlando Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown and two point-conversion in the Eagles' 11-10 victory Friday night at Peach County.

Teachers' strike in Illinois coal town boils over into football season
BENTON, Ill. -- John Osborne threw his football pads down with a disgusted shout, a few yards from where his teachers and football coach walked a picket line in front of the high school.

Tigers getting a taste
As Washington-Wilkes' Russell Morgan crossed the field Friday after a 30-15 loss to Thomson, the first-year coach had a sour look on his face.

What's in a name might depend on who shares it
That snickering sound you might have heard last week was coming from my co-workers. Here's what happened.

Give voters a say in performing arts facility
I had to laugh when I read in my morning copy of The Augusta Chronicle that Performing Arts Center Study Committee Chairman Lowell Greenbaum objects to having a separate question on the ballot about his $25 million request for a new performing arts facility. My, my; why would we not be surprised about that? As the chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, his insistence that taxpayers not have the ability to support or toss the project goes part and parcel with the liberal philosophy. Liberals are famous for trying to ram more taxes down our throats with as little debate and voting option as possible. Lawrence Smith, Augusta

'Double-dipping' criticism not relevant to service rendered
The Aug. 25 letter by Linda J. Flythe, "Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping' by retired vets," stated that she opposes what's commonly called "double dipping" because military retirees want full pay from both their service branch and Veterans Affairs. She offered the possible cost, as she understands it, while failing to offer any legitimate evidence that this benefit isn't well deserved. The sacrifices that military personnel endure are enormous, and to successfully retire from any branch is exceptional! Dwayne Wise, Augusta

Corrects Christian references made by writer

What will be removed after Ten Commandments?

What will be removed after Ten Commandments?
With the removal of the Ten Commandments from the judicial building in Montgomery, Ala., the American Civil Liberties Union has won another battle. Regardless of one's religion, how much longer are the American people going to put up with the antics of this organization, whose founder was a communist? The Ten Commandments were not given to us by a Christian prophet but from God the almighty, who gave us a foundation for building our lives. Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

'Double-dipping' criticism not relevant to service rendered

Columnist writes with ulterior motives
Your guest column by J.C. Watts on Aug. 22, "Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae needs more transparency," needs more transparency itself. David K. Elam, Atlanta, Ga.

Developing riverbank is attractive
The Sept. 2 letter by Paul Rosenzweig Jr., "Counties are bad lake managers," complains that, among other things, the North Augusta riverbank across from Augusta Riverwalk has been "destroyed" by "unchecked development." I disagree. While it remains a work in progress, it is being guided by extensive regulations and by the common sense of homeowners. As one of those terrible homeowners, I hope it is, and will continue to be, an attractive addition to the community. Dave Ward, North Augusta, S.C.

Corrects Christian references made by writer
This is to try to answer the letter by Brian Baldowski on Aug. 23, "'American,' 'Christian' not synonymous," concerning the lack of knowledge of a Christian lady of the difference between the words "American" and "Christian." Jim Shoffner, Augusta

Give voters a say in performing arts facility

Prison not best deterrent to violent crime
In its Aug. 30 editorial, "Prison best deterrent," The Chronicle brings us the welcome news that violent crime is down in the United States, then editorializes that "...perhaps the most important reason" is "longer and more frequent prison terms than ever before" and makes the claim that "prison is still the best deterrent to crime." Karen Gutmann, Aiken, S.C.

Home front

Giorgio Armani is at intersection of fashion and film

Big Easy by bike is a big delight

Tell guests they must buy brunch

Pennsylvania tests roadway dots to reduce rear-end collisions

In the know

Couple adds eye-pleasing decorating touches in open floor plan

Customized cars are guaranteed to turn heads

Pennsylvania tests roadway dots to reduce rear-end collisions
JULIAN, Pa. -- Introducing the latest innovation from the state that brought you the line and the bump: The commonwealth of Pennsylvania gives you the dot.

Big Easy by bike is a big delight
NEW ORLEANS - The heavy green flora stretches over the street, a cooling canopy of branches to hide the South's sun. To my left rolls an old-time streetcar, one of the reasons St. Charles Avenue oozes charm.

Customized cars are guaranteed to turn heads
On Friday and Saturday nights, a short jaunt along Washington Road is all it takes to find some of the most creative, outlandish and just plain freaky vehicles in Augusta.

In the know
You now can have your very own chat with President Bush, but it may be a little one-sided.

Giorgio Armani is at intersection of fashion and film
NEW YORK -- Giorgio Armani is one of the influential fashion designers in the world today. His runway styles, mostly sophisticated garments with clean lines, often dictate trends that trickle down to the masses.

Tell guests they must buy brunch
Dear Carson: My stepdaughter is having an out-of-town wedding. She lives in Vermont, the groom's parents live in New Jersey, and the bride's mother, father and I live in Connecticut. The wedding will be in Vermont. The bride's mother, father and I are the hosts for the wedding.

Couple adds eye-pleasing decorating touches in open floor plan
The first thing that attracted Desiree Tomlinson to her new home more than a year ago was the open floor plan.

Home front
Elvis is back in the building, and so are Billie Holiday, Burt Bacharach and George Gershwin, all music legends who have become the latest inspiration for furniture companies.

Lobbyists treat lawmakers to sun-soaked getaways
ATLANTA -- Lobbyists opened their checkbooks this summer to provide state lawmakers with a variety of sun-soaked getaway opportunities from Tucson, Arizona, to Georgia's own Golden Isles.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A man who police say stole $1 million in construction equipment to build his new home was caught when he almost hit an off-duty corporal with his truck while hauling a load of supplies.

Board awaits reason for fall

Children near scholarship win
Shellie Newsome has cut out and filled in dozens of contest entry forms in her life. This time, it paid off.

Across the area
An Augusta woman filed charges of false imprisonment and motor vehicle theft by taking with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on Saturday night.

Housing boom hits counties
AIKEN - Dave and Barbara Joslin helped fuel the current record-setting torrent of house building in Aiken and Columbia counties with the purchase of their newly built home in May.

Art school gives pupils opportunity

Consultant says grid for South Carolina could be vulnerable
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A state Public Service Commission consultant says the electric grid serving South Carolina is near capacity and could be overloaded in four years.

"Journey for Justice" starts at site of 1868 massacre

Ceremony salutes heroes
Beth Johnson wasn't about to let people forget the tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO THE WOMEN who ranted about the "swim at your own risk" sign at the Savannah River. Why would everyone else have to suffer because she doesn't understand what she reads? Everyone is going to die someday. Our government already has too many laws to protect people against things that may harm them. Please let her know that we need fewer laws, not more.

News you can use
SEPT. 7, 1964 Doris Cromer of Martinez "started the summer with a bang and ended it with one" - at least that's the way her husband, H.M. Cromer, put it.

Deaths of high school athletes prompt call for policy changes
ATLANTA -- The deaths of five Georgia high school athletes last year have prompted calls for policy changes related to health screening and medical care that some say would cost too much money. Others say the changes could save lives.

Attendance issues hurt reputations of schools
Two students. That's all it took to land Westside High School on the dreaded needs-improvement list.

Lobbyists treat lawmakers to sun-soaked getaways

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -Virginia Republicans, shaken by an eavesdropping scandal that forced the chairman and executive director to resign, chose their first female party leader Saturday, the daughter of a U.S. Senate nominee killed in a 1978 plane crash.

Boy Scouts dedicate complex in Lincoln County
DOUBLE BRANCHES, Ga. - The paint is barely dry and the access road is still being paved, but Boy Scout officials couldn't wait any longer to dedicate the first component of a 500-acre Scouting complex.

Driver faces homicide charges
Police are investigating a one-car fatality early Sunday that resulted in the death of an Augusta man and felony homicide and DUI charges against the driver.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kiersten Blanche Robinson, 2, of North Augusta.

Part of the game
Willie Dickerson looks at a 1920s baseball uniform once worn by Saul Davis.

Children near scholarship win

Educators decry standards
AIKEN - The comment was politically incorrect, but the sentiment captured the anger and frustration public school educators feel about the federal No Child Left Behind accountability act.

Alabama judge brings Ten Commandments message to Atlanta church

Family violence plagues Aiken County
AIKEN - While murders, robberies and rapes grab most of the headlines, peace officers in Aiken County and throughout South Carolina spend most of their time on duty dealing with domestic violence, according to the numbers.

Elections open for qualifying
Qualifying for the November election of five Augusta Commission members and city council members in Hephzibah and Blythe kicks off today.

Kid of the Day
Terrell Crawford Jr. of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day

Art school gives pupils opportunity
In celebration of today's opening of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, about 85 pupils, parents and faculty members met Sunday for an open house at St. John United Methodist Church.

"Journey for Justice" starts at site of 1868 massacre
ALBANY, Ga. -- John Cole Vodicka enjoys the changing seasons and the richness of the cotton and peanut fields during his drives through southwestern Georgia, but he says the area still needs to overcome a "horrible historical legacy."

Officials concerned about cost of Tri-State crematory trial
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- A Walker County commissioner says she's worried about how much moving the trial of Tri-State crematory operator Brent Marsh out of the county will cost.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Small towns find it tough getting people to run for office
WALESKA, Ga. -- Small communities in Georgia are finding it tough to get quality candidates - in some cases any candidates - to run for elected office for municipal positions.

Part of the game

Gordon County buys key piece of Resaca battlefield

Family violence plagues Aiken County

Investigator who quit over derogatory e-mail is rehired
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A special investigator in the state attorney general's office who resigned six years ago over bigoted, derogatory e-mail is working for the agency again.

Ceremony salutes heroes

News you can use
SEPT. 8, 1965 ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Miss South Carolina, Nancy Moore of Aiken, is the second honey-blonde to arrive in as many years at the Miss America Pageant from the Palmetto State, and if anything, she's even prettier than last year's entry.

Across South Carolina

Volunteer helps the ill

Across Georgia

Across the area

Lobbyist is hired to back SRS pit plant

Friday evening troubles are few

Across the southeast

Consultant says grid for South Carolina could be vulnerable

News you can use

Lobbyist is hired to back SRS pit plant
AIKEN - Lobbyist John Sununu, the former chief of staff for the first President Bush and the former governor of New Hampshire, has been hired to rally support for the Savannah River Site's push to land a new weapons facility, an economic official said Saturday.

Note to our readers

Specialty plates craze grows

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Board awaits reason for fall
When Richmond County Chief Appraiser Sonny Reece appears before the Augusta Commission today, he's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

Note to our readers
We apologize to our subscribers for the late delivery of Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. An electrical short on one of our press units slowed printing, and the final newspaper did not come off the press until 9 a.m. The Chronicle would like to thank the newspaper carriers who stayed late to get the newspaper out to our subscribers.

Sharks get tag during count
PORT ROYAL, S.C. - The mere word conjures images of razor-sharp teeth and the movie Jaws. The creatures strike fear in ocean swimmers across the world.

Across South Carolina
BLUFFTON -Two Division of Motor Vehicles workers have been arrested on charges that they issued fake driver's licenses in Bluffton.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A special investigator in the state attorney general's office who resigned six years ago over offensive e-mail is working for the agency again.

Across Georgia
WINDER -A 52-year-old Auburn man died Saturday after his small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Winder Airport, sheriff's officials said.

Volunteer helps the ill
Most people in Augusta know him as Stovall, but to the children of Camp Rainbow, he's "Snowball."

Across Georgia

Neighbor says police didn't respond to 911 call before rape attack
KENNESAW, Ga. -- A neighbor of a Kennesaw woman who was sexually assaulted last week says the attack could have been avoided if police responded to her report of seeing the two suspects 90 minutes earlier.

Elections open for qualifying

Gordon County buys key piece of Resaca battlefield
RESACA, Ga. -- After a long struggle with the state over the fate of a key Civil War battle site, preservationists and Gordon County officials have purchased a portion of the Resaca battlefield and say they hope to open it to tourists by next year.

Guests receive feel for music

Alabama judge brings Ten Commandments message to Atlanta church
ATLANTA -- Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told an Atlanta congregation Sunday that the concept of separation of church and state appeared first in the Bible, and that a federal judge's use of that idea to order the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building constituted "tyranny."

USC wrestles with future of diversity 40 years after integration

Sharks get tag during count

News you can use

Neighbor says police didn't respond to 911 call before rape attack

Unease lingers on school act

Free trade advocates, opponents argue jobs

Across the area
Two men were arrested Friday night by Richmond County authorities after deputies discovered guns inside a car they were riding in on Broad Street.

USC wrestles with future of diversity 40 years after integration
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina is wrestling with how to foster diversity 40 years after its integration.

Troops' return aids merchants
HINESVILLE, Ga. - The return of 3rd Infantry Division soldiers from Iraq is already making a big difference for small-business owners.

Carpet giant faces tough battle with family over officer's death
CHATSWORTH, Ga. -- Mohawk Industries Inc. prides itself on community relations, but the carpet giant is facing bad publicity in a small town where a close-knit family and the police department blame the company for the death of a rookie officer.

Specialty plates craze grows
ATLANTA - Amanda Dodd is so enthusiastic about what she does for a living that she advertises it on the back of her car.

Guests receive feel for music
The rain was no match for the hundreds of performers, spectators and demonstrators who came out to the Augusta Museum of History to pet the instruments Sunday.

Unease lingers on school act
ATLANTA - Nearly two years after President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law, parents, teachers and children are beginning to get their first real introduction to the aggressive school-reform policy.

Deaths of high school athletes prompt call for policy changes

Textile town faces future without mill
LANCASTER, S.C. - Around 7 a.m. most days, folks come and go at The Old Mill Grocery, just across the road from where cotton-laden trucks rolled into Springs Industries' Lancaster mill.

Across South Carolina

Attendance issues hurt reputations of schools

Carpet giant faces tough battle with family over officer's death

Housing boom hits counties

Friday evening troubles are few
The first First Friday after sidewalk drinking was banned was as mild as a virgin daiquiri.

Kid of the Day

Free trade advocates, opponents argue jobs
AIKEN - At the center of the rising furor over thousands of textile jobs lost to imported Chinese clothing is a heated debate about whether free trade creates more American jobs than it destroys.

Educators decry standards

Textile town faces future without mill

All it takes is one ...
COLUMBIA - It was more than the longest possible play you can execute from scrimmage, outside of the Canadian Football League.

'Dickie Roberts' takes box office lead
LOS ANGELES -- The band of grown-up kiddie actors in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" beat back the bloodthirsty bat-creature of "Jeepers Creepers 2" at the weekend box office.

'Dickie Roberts' takes box office lead

Revolutionary music popular again in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- The outdoor stage is alive with flashing strobe lights, gyrating dancers and racing techno music - a concert unlike anything Vietnam's beloved Ho Chi Minh ever saw in his lifetime.

Plans in the works for Simon & Garfunkel concert tour
NEW YORK -- Unless they get in yet another squabble, it looks like Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are reuniting for a concert tour.

California girl finds home in bluegrass

Revolutionary music popular again in Vietnam

California girl finds home in bluegrass
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gillian Welch thrives on stripping music down to its barest necessities.

Fights follow Newman win

Animosity reigns in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. - Minutes before the start of the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at the Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, Jimmy Spencer playfully put his arm around Kevin Harvick and warned him to "learn from my mistakes."

Hornish wins Delphi Indy 300 in another shootout

Crashes help NASCAR test safety barriers
RICHMOND, Va. - Mike Skinner tested the new steel and foam energy reduction (SAFER) barrier twice Friday at Richmond International Raceway, and the cushions passed with flying colors.

Crashes help NASCAR test safety barriers

Fights follow Newman win
RICHMOND, Va. - Ryan Newman is too far behind to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship this year, but he continues to make a strong push to be the early favorite for 2004.

Hornish wins Delphi Indy 300 in another shootout
JOLIET, Ill. -- There's something about Sam Hornish Jr. and these shootouts.

Text of President Bush's speech
Text of President Bush's speech Sunday night on the situation in Iraq.

President addresses nation
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Sunday night he will ask Congress for $87 billion to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, appealing for troops and money from other countries, even those who opposed the U.S.-led war.

NFL power rankings

No Vick necessary

Parcells' Dallas debut against Vick-less Falcons

Price gets chance to justify worth

Panthers edge Jaguars

Sunday's NFL Capsules

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Mr. Joseph Carroll    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Psalmond    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Myrtle Lokey (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Cain (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Thomas (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Psalmond (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Green (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Jones (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Maria Oliver (CUMMING, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Cain (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Green (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Ms. Eva Bussey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Kassi Vissage-Lowe (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)

Mrs. Myrtle Lokey (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ilah Maloney (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Smith (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Preston Cox (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Gunn (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Gant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Regina Strauchon (ST. PAUL, Minn.)

Mr. Nick Nicholson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Carroll (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Sullivan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Cohoon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Howard (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie McCoy (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Preston Cox (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Kauffman II (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Miller (WAVERLY, Fla.)

Mr. Alec Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Porteous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Moxley, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

The remarkable life of one of Georgia's heroes
WHEN THIS PAST WEEK commenced, there were 137 living recipients of America's highest award for heroism - the Medal of Honor. Today there are 136. Gen. Ray Davis of Stockbridge, Ga., died at age 88. What a remarkable life he led. One of Ray Davis's last trips to Augusta was when he and his wife drove over from his home in 1998 to participate in two ceremonies celebrating the extraordinary life of Augusta's Jimmie Dyess: The dedication of Dyess Parkway and the U.S. Navy and Marine Reserve center were both dedicated that day.

The remarkable life of one of Georgia's heroes
WHEN THIS PAST WEEK commenced, there were 137 living recipients of America's highest award for heroism - the Medal of Honor. Today there are 136. Gen. Ray Davis of Stockbridge, Ga., died at age 88. What a remarkable life he led. One of Ray Davis's last trips to Augusta was when he and his wife drove over from his home in 1998 to participate in two ceremonies celebrating the extraordinary life of Augusta's Jimmie Dyess: The dedication of Dyess Parkway and the U.S. Navy and Marine Reserve center were both dedicated that day.

Great expectations from government
WHEN ANY FAMILY balances its finances, it prioritizes by necessity. Georgia is in the process of stepping back, looking at the needs of serving its 8.2 million citizens and balancing its books. This is no easy task. The $16 billion question boils down to having a vision and determining what is important for today, tomorrow and 10 or 20 years from now.

Great expectations from government
WHEN ANY FAMILY balances its finances, it prioritizes by necessity. Georgia is in the process of stepping back, looking at the needs of serving its 8.2 million citizens and balancing its books. This is no easy task. The $16 billion question boils down to having a vision and determining what is important for today, tomorrow and 10 or 20 years from now.

Henin-Hardenne increases rankings' intrigue

A champion is served: Roddick wins U.S. Open

Overtime

Henin-Hardenne increases rankings' intrigue
NEW YORK -- Justine Henin-Hardenne's victory in the U.S. Open certified her status as a major star and increased the intrigue at the top of the women's tennis rankings.

A champion is served: Roddick wins U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick pounded three straight big serves to win the first set of his first Grand Slam final, drawing a standing ovation from the partisan crowd.

Roddick vs. Ferrero in U.S. Open final
NEW YORK -- Racket bag slung over his shoulder, Andre Agassi briskly walked out of the locker room and through the halls of Arthur Ashe Stadium to the VIP parking lot.

Overtime
In Erfurt, Germany, Sven Ottke kept his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles, winning a close decision over previously undefeated Mads Larsen of Denmark.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
Saturday: A Fall Migration Walk will be held at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to observe various birds of the area. Cost is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Call 828-2109.

Dove season opens to smiles
The directions were simple: Follow the dirt road until you pass three mobile homes, then turn right into a big field.

Parcells' Dallas debut against Vick-less Falcons
IRVING, Texas -- Twenty years ago, coaches from every NFL team stood together for a photo. Bud Grant, an elder statesman in the group, compared them to bomber pilots and suggested everyone take a good look around because next year "there will be a few guys missing."

Price gets chance to justify worth
IRVING, Texas - The Atlanta Falcons' acquisition of Peerless Price in March drew attention across the NFL, and with good reason.

Sunday's NFL Capsules
Kris Brown gave the Houston Texans a big kick Sunday.

Panthers edge Jaguars
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme came to Carolina to be a starting quarterback. It took him one half to win the job and his first game as a Panther.

NFL power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, the Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are:

No Vick necessary
IRVING, Texas - Doug Johnson looked despondent and his play suffered accordingly after the officials took away his 23-yard touchdown pass to Quentin McCord on Atlanta's opening drive Sunday afternoon.

Dove season opens to smiles

All it takes is one ...

Conan O'Brien has a busy fall
NEW YORK -- Denial. It's worked for Conan O'Brien before, so why not try it again?

Celebrity interviews a distasteful part of the job
NEW YORK -- If you see some celebrity interviews on "60 Minutes," the correspondents are probably holding their noses.

Celebrity interviews a distasteful part of the job

Conan O'Brien has a busy fall

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
LOS ANGELES -- "Art in the Twenty-First Century" consists of four hours, 16 artists and one shattered myth: that of the artist as isolated genius.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

A kiss is more than just a kiss
NEW YORK -- Madonna and Britney Spears are so last week. The hot new celebrity kissing couple is Meredith Vieira and ... me?

Former Child Stars have a lot to talk about

Rosie puts up all the money herself to launch 'Taboo'

'Chicago' gets a boost from Melanie Griffith

Five questions with director John Singleton

Extent of Gibson's injury still not known

Bulldogs overcome penalties

Brown flexes muscle for Dogs

Extent of Gibson's injury still not known
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia wide receiver Fred Gibson will test out his pulled hamstring at practice Monday, and coach Mark Richt won't know until then how serious it is.

Bulldogs overcome penalties
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia fans expected their team to have some growing pains to start the 2003 season. Fittingly, the No. 8 Bulldogs waited until their home debut to play like wide-eyed youngsters.

Brown flexes muscle for Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - To gauge how far wide receiver Reggie Brown has progressed since signing with Georgia in 2000, consider his play in the first quarter of Saturday's 29-10 victory against Middle Tennessee State.

Cosh steps out of shadows
Until Saturday, South Carolina fans never really knew what to think of Chris Cosh.

Gamecocks rise up
COLUMBIA - There were surprises everywhere you looked Saturday - and not just on a scoreboard that read South Carolina 31, Virginia 7.

Gamecocks rise up

Cell phone users find slammer in Charleston Court

Father ambushes son, kills self

Ex-mayor wants to license trash scavengers