Tab Hunter acknowledges he's gay in his upcoming memoirs
NEW YORK -- Former teen idol Tab Hunter is writing his memoirs, in which he acknowledges he's gay and discusses co-stars including Natalie Wood, Lana Turner and Gary Cooper.

Sen. Trent Lott's memoirs to be published next year
NEW YORK -- Sen. Trent Lott, the Mississippi Republican who lost his post as Senate majority leader after praising Strom Thurmond's segregationist presidential run, is writing his memoirs.

Barnes & Noble.com ends e-book sales
NEW YORK -- Barnes & Noble.com, once an aggressive competitor in the electronic market, stopped selling e-books Tuesday, citing both limited sales and limited technology.

Tab Hunter acknowledges he's gay in his upcoming memoirs

Sen. Trent Lott's memoirs to be published next year

Barnes & Noble.com ends e-book sales

Expos players meet to discuss team's future
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- If the Montreal Expos play a split home schedule next year, they want conditions a little more in their favor.

Selig says future of Expos still uncertain
SAN JUAN -- Baseball's relocation committee has not ruled out any option for the Montreal Expos next season.

Selig says future of Expos still uncertain

Matthew Edward Smith
Connie L. Smith of Grovetown announces the birth of a son, Matthew Edward Smith, Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Smith of Crestview, Fla.

Hunter Lewis Locklair
Mr. and Mrs. Joey Locklair of Washington, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Hunter Lewis Locklair, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Freddy Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Odell Locklair, all of Washington, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Weaver of Elberton, Ga.

Sayla Diane Davis
Paul Davis Jr. and Shannon B. Davis of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Sayla Diane Davis, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Diana Buffington of Forsyth, Ga., Paul Davis Sr. of Augusta, and the late Bruce Buffington and the late Claudette Davis.

Hunter Lewis Locklair

M'Kayla Le'ora Patten
Jamita Patten of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, M'Kayla Le'ora Patten, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents Barbara and Jerome Patten and Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Owens, all of Augusta.

Robert Avery Spurlock

Katherine Grace Cartwright
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Cartwright of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Grace Cartwright, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ahouse of Albany, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Cartwright of Atlanta.

Hannah Ruth Askey

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

Chase Austin Lynch

Carlie Raye Miles
Ray and Amiee Miles of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Carlie Raye Miles, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Willie Mae Miles of Harlem and the late Jennifer Faglier.

Alexander James Comella

Koby Nathaniel Serigney
Mr. and Mrs. Shanon Serigney of Warrenton, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Koby Nathaniel Serigney, Monday, July 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Cook of Appling Sonny Serigney of Grovetown and Joan Serigney of Augusta.

Carlie Raye Miles

Robert Avery Spurlock
John and Kim Spurlock of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Robert Avery Spurlock, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Livingston and Virginia Spurlock, both of Hanahan, S.C., Fran Livingston of Summerton, S.C., and the late Cecil Spurlock.

M'Kayla Le'ora Patten

Lauren Brooke Coleman
Larry B. and Angela C. Coleman of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Brooke Coleman, Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Gilliland and Mr. and Mrs. Larry A. Coleman, all of North Augusta.

Cecil Canyon Spivey

Alayna Grace Hall
Ben and Tonya Hall of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Alayna Grace Hall, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Henry Glisson of Swainsboro, Ga., Terri Lee of Savannah, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Hall of Hephzibah.

Peyton Andrew Rabun

Joseph Nathaniel Judson
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan L. Judson of Acworth, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Joseph Nathaniel Judson, Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Andrews and Mr. and Mrs. David Brown, all of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Judson of Jekyll Island, Ga.

Lauren Brooke Coleman

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 Mr. and Mrs. Majors Hamby of Appling, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark of Augusta, Lina Lynch of Hephzibah and the late Kenneth Lynch.

Koby Nathaniel Serigney

Matthew Edward Smith

Jamessilyn Shacarial Paschal

Peyton Andrew Rabun
Brian and Amanda Rabun of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Peyton Andrew Rabun, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Barbara Luther of North Augusta, Larry Rabun of Evans, Debbie W. Farmer of Blythe and the late Ralph A. Quattlebaum.

Briceton Michael Blackburn and Brenton Mitchell Blackburn

Briceton Michael Blackburn and Brenton Mitchell Blackburn
Jack Blackburn Jr. and Jennifer Blackburn of Hephzibah announce the birth of twin sons, Briceton Michael and Brenton Mitchell Blackburn, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Kathi Jenkins of Hephzibah, Jack Blackburn Sr. and Lurree Blackburn of Sardis, Ga., and the late Ralph Jenkins.

Katherine Grace Cartwright

Cecil Canyon Spivey
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Spivey of Matthews, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Cecil Canyon Spivey, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Prescott of Wrens, Ga., and the late H. Cecil Spivey.

Valencia Mychel Johnson

Cayla Danielle Welcher
Carl and Wanda Welcher of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Cayla Danielle Welcher, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are LaVerne Brannon, Mytrice Singleton and Charles Welcher Sr., all of Augusta, and the late James Brannon Jr.

Sayla Diane Davis

Cheyenne Natasha Chandler
David A. and Barbara Chandler of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Cheyenne Natasha Chandler, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Peter A. Golden and Eyvonne Markyna, and Albert and Kathy Pearson, all of Augusta.

Cayla Danielle Welcher

Alexander James Comella
James and Beth Comella of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Alexander James Comella, Monday, May 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Tim and Barbara Fitzgerald of Augusta and Martin and Edmee Comella of Martinez.

Joseph Nathaniel Judson

Kyleigh Anne Dumas
Timothy P. Dumas of Philadelphia and Kori B. Dumas of Millen, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Kyleigh Anne Dumas, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lee and Mr. and Mrs. Jody Bowers, all of Millen, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dumas of Philadelphia.

Hannah Ruth Askey
Vernon and Mandi Askey of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Ruth Askey, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Jeff Slagle and Patti Pascal of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Askey of Norcross, Ga.

Cheyenne Natasha Chandler

Valencia Mychel Johnson
Eddie P. Johnson IV and Michelle L. Johnson of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Valencia Mychel Johnson, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Marie Lee of Graniteville, and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie P. Johnson III of Augusta.

Alayna Grace Hall

Jamessilyn Shacarial Paschal
James Paschal Jr. and Cadrill Berry, both of Dearing, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Jamessilyn Shacarial Paschal, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Eddie Mae Johnson and Willie C. Berry of Norwood, Ga., and Shirley A. Brown and James Paschal, both of Dearing.

Snapple to be official drink of NYC
NEW YORK -- The makers of Snapple beverages have won exclusive rights to sell their bottled water and fruit juices in vending machines on all city property, including schools and other municipal buildings, officials said.

Pizza deliveryman probably not alone in bank robbery
ERIE, Pa. -- Investigators said Monday that they were confident a pizza deliveryman did not act alone when he robbed a bank with a bomb locked to his neck and was killed when the device went off moments later.

Vermont community to celebrate David Smith Night
PLAINFIELD, Vt. -- Almost everywhere he's gone in life, David B. Smith Jr. has run into other David Smiths, either in person or through their misdirected mail.

Cross-dressing bank robber nabbed after failed robbery
ROME, Ga. -- A mustachioed man wearing a flowered dress and a floppy hat robbed a Rome bank Tuesday, but made it only feet from the scene of the crime before he was caught.

Man ships self to Dallas in crate
DALLAS -- Charles D. McKinley had himself shipped from New York to Dallas in an airline cargo crate, startling his parents and a deliveryman when he broke out of the box outside their home.

Employee accused of offering tires for sex
ATHENS, Ga. -- An employee of a tire dealership has been arrested on charges that he offered tires to a woman in exchange for sex.

Odds and Ends
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Carroll College student Rey Monis stayed awake for more than five days - and it wasn't even finals week.

Odds and Ends
DALLAS -- Charles McKinley found a unique way to save a few bucks getting to his parents' house: He crawled into a wooden airplane cargo crate and succeeded in shipping himself from New York to Texas.

Barbie deemed a threat to morality by Saudi's religious police
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Saudi Arabia's religious police have declared Barbie dolls a threat to morality, complaining that the revealing clothes of the "Jewish" toy - already banned in the kingdom - are offensive to Islam.

Maddux approaches milestone

Trio of relievers give Cox much needed relief

Phillies rout Braves

Maddux approaches milestone
ATLANTA -- Maybe they should call it the Greg Maddux Award.

Phillies rout Braves
ATLANTA -- Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels both hit grand slams and Philadelphia reached a season high in runs with an 18-5 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, keeping the Phillies even with Florida in the NL wild-card race.

Smoltz in Birmingham to rehab elbow
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz is in Birmingham, Ala., to rehab his injured pitching elbow.

Lopez sets homer mark in win

Lopez sets homer mark in win
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves had a total of six extra-base hits against the Philadelphia's best, Vicente Padilla, on Wednesday night.

Smoltz in Birmingham to rehab elbow

Trio of relievers give Cox much needed relief
ATLANTA - An Atlanta Braves bullpen that lost three relievers to the disabled list, including a closer on a record-setting saves pace, hasn't lost a beat with the addition of a well-journeyed left-hander and a pair of journeymen.

Colorized greenback will replace $20 bill
WASHINGTON -- The first of America's greenbacks to be colorized - the $20 note sporting splashes of peach, blue and yellow - will start appearing next month in cash registers, ATM machines and wallets.

Iraq leads rise in crude output

GM official says yen hurting U.S. auto makers

Automakers unveil vehicles; complain about sales incentives
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Costly sales incentives vied with the latest design concepts for attention at the Frankfurt International Auto Show, though one top U.S. auto executive said Tuesday that an improving economy may provide relief from the discounts that have cut into the companies' profits.

Iraq leads rise in crude output
LONDON -- World oil production jumped by 1 percent in August, led by a partial revival in Iraqi output, but low inventories in major importing countries threaten price stability, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

Economists fear future drag on economy from Iraq war costs
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's sharply higher price tag for Iraq occupation and the war on terrorism will make next year's budget deficit look worse and after a short-term economic boost could contribute to a serious drag on future economic growth, many economists believe.

Business briefs

Girl, 12, settles piracy suit for $2,000
WASHINGTON -- A 12-year-old girl in New York who was among the first to be sued by the record industry for sharing music over the Internet is off the hook after her mother agreed Tuesday to pay $2,000 to settle the lawsuit, apologizing and admitting that her daughter's actions violated U.S. copyright laws.

Business plans 3,000 job cuts
STAMFORD, Conn. - International Paper Co. plans to cut about 3,000 jobs, or about 3.5 percent of its work force, in the next year to help improve profits, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Buffets find success in Augusta
If you liked the old Charlie B's, you'll no doubt feel at home in the new Landmark Buffet.

Business briefs
A Maryland drug company couldn't decide at its board meeting Wednesday whether it wanted to locate operations in Augusta.

Business briefs
CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble Co., building on its effort to hire outsiders to provide some services under multiyear contracts, said Tuesday it has signed IBM to a 10-year, $400 million deal to handle employee services.

GM official says yen hurting U.S. auto makers
FRANKFURT, Germany -- A weak Japanese yen is hurting U.S. automakers even as pain caused by the euro's past weakness has eased, General Motors' chief financial officer said Wednesday.

Automakers unveil vehicles; complain about sales incentives

International Paper plans 3,000 job cuts

Economists fear future drag on economy from Iraq war costs

Business plans 3,000 job cuts

Buffets find success in Augusta

Johnson Controls plans expansion

Business briefs

More shops are on the way
More offices and retail stores are on the way near the busy intersection of Belair and Columbia roads.

Colorized greenback will replace $20 bill

International Paper plans 3,000 job cuts
STAMFORD, Conn. -- International Paper Co. plans to cut about 3,000 jobs, or about 3.5 percent of its work force, in the next year to help improve profits, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Johnson Controls plans expansion
WEST UNION, S.C. -- An automotive battery plant here plans to add 50,000 square feet and 50 jobs, company officials say.

Clemson looks for consistency
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden hopes the team he saw early on against Furman shows up this week at Death Valley not that bunch he watched after halftime.

Clemson looks for consistency

Clarett suspended for 2003 season
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, accused of lying to NCAA and school investigators, will be suspended for the entire season.

SEC & ACC notebook

SEC & ACC notebook
A few days before National Signing Day in 2002, Troy Williamson had a tough decision to make.

Clarett charged; Ohio State ready to cut ties
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett was charged Tuesday with lying about items stolen from his car, and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said the school is ready to cut ties with the star running back.

Clarett suspended for 2003 season

Clarett charged; Ohio State ready to cut ties

Courses in Aiken earn spot in top 25

Lessons for life

Fatally flawed
If a city bus is hijacked, who's responsible? The bus company? The city? The guy who installed the engine? The owner of the building the bus crashes into?

No more scapegoats

Ringing up a better rate
"It's really a chance for the citizens to get out of the Dark Ages and call Augusta. I think this will add to people's quality of life."

Fatally flawed

No more scapegoats
The Augusta Commission's finance committee is on the right track with its vote to ask the Georgia Department of Revenue to look into the work of Richmond County's Board of Assessors - especially chief Assessor Sonny Reece.

Lessons for life
You've just returned to your desk with a cup of coffee. Even without the caffeine, your mind is running a mile a minute. Meetings all day. Parents' night at school tonight. You make a note: office birthday coming up; don't forget to order a cake.

Fight isn't over yet
People who've never experienced true freedom find it difficult to comprehend, even frightening.

Ringing up a better rate

Standing ovations
The Garden City Chorus will present United We Sing, a patriotic tribute to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta. In addition to the group's distinctive four-part harmonies, the concert will feature an F-18 flyover. Admission is free. For more information, call (803) 279-4198.

Club offers drink specials, free line dancing lessons
Put on your cowboy hats and boots and get ready to line dance - we're going to Coyote's.

Ben and Jennifer's secret wedding date is Sept. 14
NEW YORK -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are getting married Sunday at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif., according to the mother of another woman who's getting married there the same day.

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

Border bash brings out rivals
Beach music and school spirit will prevail Friday as University of Georgia and University of South Carolina football fans converge on Augusta Common for the 10th annual Border Bash.

Penguin from "Bloom County" returning to comic pages
WASHINGTON -- Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is resurrecting Opus the penguin from the 1980s comic strip "Bloom County" for a new series to appear in Sunday comics this November.

Stocks drop for second straight day

Stocks fall on disappointing Nokia outlook
NEW YORK -- A disappointing revenue outlook from Nokia Corp. set off profit-taking on Wall Street Tuesday as investors were reminded that a strong economic rebound isn't such a sure thing.

Stocks fall on disappointing Nokia outlook

Health care costs soar for 3rd year

Health care costs soar for 3rd year
NEW YORK -- Health care premiums for families in employer-sponsored plans soared 13.9 percent in 2003, the third year of double-digit growth and the biggest spike since 1990, a new study found.

Stocks drop for second straight day
NEW YORK -- New worries about terrorism and another disappointing tech outlook sent stocks falling sharply for a second straight session Wednesday, with technology stocks and the Nasdaq composite index bearing the brunt of the selling.

Stock pantry wisely to weather storms

Dining out

Small portions
Cooking beans from scratch requires a good amount of patience. Not only do you need to soak them (usually overnight) but you must also cook them for a long enough period of time.

Restaurant serves seafood in a hurry

Small portions

Stock pantry wisely to weather storms
PITTSBURGH - From New York to Detroit, Toronto to Toledo, millions of dollars' worth of produce, dairy and frozen food was spoiled within hours when the power went out in August.

Chicken recipe is built for speed
The 100 favorite recipes collected by Brooke Dojny and Melanie Barnard in their new cookbook, A Flash in the Pan (Chronicle Books, 2003, $22.95 paperback), justify the title's hint of speed.

Dining out
This is a listing of restaurant reviews in the Aiken-Augusta area..

Restaurant serves seafood in a hurry
A mound of popcorn shrimp neatly lies on top of several hush puppies and a load of French fries. The plate is so full that the waitress can't even complete the dish with the traditional side of coleslaw.

Georgia Tech ground game struggles to get going
ATLANTA -- After fumbling twice against Auburn, Georgia Tech tailback P.J. Daniels stayed after practice this week for drills designed to help him hold on to the ball.

Sophomore plays leading man's role
ATLANTA - In his youth football days, Eric Henderson celebrated touchdowns with his own version of the Icky Shuffle.

Georgia Tech ground game struggles to get going

Technology no match for a classic course in Canada
Bill Paul spent the past several years trying to convince fellow members at Hamilton Golf and Country Club that it was worthy of hosting the Canadian Open.

Koch hopes to play with Sorenstam again

PGA champion Micheel likes underdogs' chances

The rest of the (women's) world stays home
They should call themselves the Dream Team.

Ben Curtis gets back in the swing in Paris

Technology no match for a classic course in Canada

PGA champion Micheel likes underdogs' chances
SILVIS, Ill. -- Even with the most star-studded field since the PGA Tour first came to the Quad Cities more than 30 years ago, Shaun Micheel likes the chances of the underdogs at the John Deere Classic.

The rest of the (women's) world stays home

Thompson beats Carr to advance to semis
AUSTIN -- Four-time defending champion Carol Semple Thompson beat Anne Carr for the third straight year Wednesday to advance to the semifinals at the USGA Senior Women's Amateur.

Koch hopes to play with Sorenstam again
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Carin Koch is eager to team up with Annika Sorenstam again.

All eyes on Sorenstam at Solheim Cup
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Annika Sorenstam found out at Colonial what it's like to be the center of attention at a golf tournament.

Thompson wins two more matches
AUSTIN, Texas -- On a day three of the top five seeds lost at the USGA Senior Women's Amateur, four-time defending Carol Semple Thompson won two matches in impressive fashion Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.

Ben Curtis gets back in the swing in Paris
SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETFECHE, France -- Ben Curtis is anxious to get back to work.

All eyes on Sorenstam at Solheim Cup

College programs are slow to look at Laney's Gibson

Abbeville earns Silver Bluff's respect

Top football programs credit strength coaches for gridiron muscle

Golden Hawks were prepared

Top football programs credit strength coaches for gridiron muscle
LILBURN, Ga. -- It was Dec. 23 of last year, the first day of Christmas vacation. Not a time when kids think much about being at school.

Abbeville earns Silver Bluff's respect
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - One coach looks at the other, and compliments immediately come to mind.

Golden Hawks were prepared
Last year before the Washington County-Dublin game, the Golden Hawks had an awful week of practice. Not surprisingly, the Fighting Irish beat Washington County 32-28 to deal the Golden Hawks their only regular-season loss.

College programs are slow to look at Laney's Gibson
Marquez Gibson has caught on with Laney's offensive system, but he hasn't caught on with big-time colleges yet.

Risotto recipe makes great one-dish meal
In recent years, risotto has become a popular side dish or entree in upscale restaurants. But the classic preparation involves a lot of patience, and a great deal of stirring.

Risotto recipe makes great one-dish meal

Hephzibah teen arrested for bomb threats
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a Hephzibah teen in connection with three bomb threats last week at a local high school.

Hephzibah teen arrested for bomb threats
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a Hephzibah teen in connection with three bomb threats last week at a local high school.

Stormwater fee article irksome

Columbia Co. Animal Control to the rescue
We would like to commend Columbia County Animal Control. Our dog got out of the house, and we didn't have time to catch her and thought she would return on her own. Anna and Rosemary Seymour, Martinez, Ga.

Stormwater fee article irksome
The Sept. 4 article "Late fee irks school system" by Vicky Eckenrode mentions the stormwater utility fee credits the school system received. Those credits were for "its retention ponds and school programs about water conservation." Bob Cipperly, Evans, Ga.

Spend a little more to support America
I have seen enough complaints in the news about all of the lost manufacturing jobs. I am sick of the Democrats and the fat-cat union leaders bashing President George W. Bush about record unemployment. Elizabeth Reed, Augusta

We have rules for a reason and for everybody
I was pleased to see the Sno-cone stand has been removed. I am assuming the Aiken County Planning Department enforced the rules as they are now. (July 17 news article, "Zoning laws prohibit boy's stand.") Gloria Busch Johnson, New Ellenton, S.C.

Juror gives his reasoning on Collins' acquittal
The Aug. 23 Chronicle reported that Laterrio Collins was acquitted on assault charges ("Man is found innocent of assault on deputy.") Gary J. Heffner, Augusta

Spend a little more to support America

Dedicated Canal Authority staffer resigns
Karen Wesson deserves congratulations and thanks for her dedication to the Augusta Canal Authority. Glenn Coyne, Marietta, Ga.

Tax rate includes taxes levied on businesses
Mark Gelbart's Aug. 26 letter, "Proposed national consumption tax is stupidest idea yet," is obviously quoting someone who is opposed to the Fair Tax plan. Gene England, Aiken, S.C.

Dedicated Canal Authority staffer resigns

In the know

Health and fitness calendar

Pudgy pets: Tubby tabbies, portly pooches

Digital photo kiosks produce quick and easy prints

In the know

Seniors will compete for beauty-contest title

Pudgy pets: Tubby tabbies, portly pooches
WASHINGTON -- The old wives' tale holds that people start to look like their pets. Turns out it's the other way around: America's pets are starting to look like Americans - overweight.

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

Seniors will compete for beauty-contest title
On Monday afternoon, 10 women sat around in evening dresses talking and joking so easily, you'd never know they'll be competing against one another for the title of Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina.

Digital photo kiosks produce quick and easy prints
Inkjet printers have played a major role in the success of digital cameras. They offer photographers total control over how a photograph is printed - at a relatively low cost. What's more, a good inkjet print rivals a traditional photographic print in appearance.

In the know
If you have a craving for chicken and a flair for film, KFC wants you.

In the know
If you're tired of cutting off the circulation in your fingers while flossing your teeth, the Reach Access Daily Flosser is the solution.

Ad fight threatens Lynx sale
A debate over civic center advertising sign revenues is threatening both to derail the sale of the Augusta Lynx ice hockey team to a local ownership group and to limit preparations for this year's team.

Owners commit to Augusta
Facing substantial financial losses and the specter of suspending operations immediately, the owners of the Augusta Lynx took a major step toward salvaging the franchise.

Winger is signed by Augusta Lynx

Lynx season might be on ice
The Augusta Lynx were supposed to begin a new chapter this week with the sale of the team to local owners.

Ad fight threatens Lynx sale

Owners commit to Augusta

Lynx season might be on ice

Winger is signed by Augusta Lynx
Scott Corbett, a On tario Hockey League veteran, has signed with the Augusta Lynx.

News you can use
SEPT. 10, 1970 Richmond Countians voted solidly yesterday in support of their own for statewide offices, but final tabulations will be needed to show the strength of their support. A computer breakdown slowed the counting of returns, and early this morning only seven of 28 precincts and wards had been tabulated.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -More than 300 school buses from across the state have been repaired after officials found structural damage that could cause the roof to collapse.

Police: Three dead in murder suicide
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Three people, including a 2-year-old child, were shot and killed early Wednesday in what authorities say was a murder-suicide.

Seized money helps police
Drug money seized from a local fugitive made its way back to Augusta on Tuesday and will be used to further stem drug trafficking locally, officials said.

Tax board tries to silence officials

Worker is arrested in abuse
Authorities have made an arrest in what they said was a case of a state long-term care facility employee abusing a patient.

DOT elects insider to top post
ATLANTA - The State Transportation Board on Wednesday promoted the highway department's No. 2 officer to run Georgia's fifth-largest agency.

Convicted killer asks for 5th trial
ATLANTA - It took four trials to convict Jason Kennedy of the murder of his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter, and now the Martinez man's lawyer is asking for another.

Award surprises new teacher of the year
Marjorie Cassels thought she was walking into a routine weekly teachers' meeting at Strom Thurmond High School on Wednesday.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against Johnny Depp. I guess I'm one of those big, dumb, American puppies that he was talking about. I'd like to sink my teeth into him someplace.

Rules on clothing draw fire

Soldiers' return can cause turmoil
Victor and Cindy Vining consider their marriage a casualty of the first war on Iraq.

Lawmaker says General Assembly has not funded education initiatives
MANNING, S.C. -- South Carolina legislators have failed to adequately fund education initiatives over the last three decades, Sen. John Matthews said during testimony in a school funding lawsuit challenging the way the state funds education.

Pupil transport policy proposed
It was a small victory for Dan Hall.

Across South Carolina
WALHALLA - A teenager was treated for wounds after he was shot by a deputy, police said.

Navy airfield bypasses Burke
A controversial Navy airfield for which Burke County, Ga., was once considered as a site will instead be located in Washington County, N.C., according to Defense Department officials.

School official's comment offends
ATHENS, Ga. - For the second time this year, Clarke County school Superintendent Lewis Holloway is taking flak for something he said in his informal Friday newsletter - this time a comment on ethnic food that some readers found offensive.

Lowcountry Rapist said to be in failing health

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Madison Faith Harvey, 2, of Maryville, Tenn.

Kid of the day

Sept. 11 Memorial Events
A variety of local programs are planned to commemorate the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

Officials investigate salmonella outbreak

Official examines test score

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of giving an acquaintance what proved to be a fatal blow with a golf club was indicted on murder charges Tuesday.

DOT elects insider to top post

Board recommends MCG funds
ATLANTA - The Medical College of Georgia is being recommended for a $10 million increase next fiscal year for new researchers despite other cuts being considered by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Across Georgia

Politicians promote SRS for pit plant
A squad of politicians from South Carolina and Georgia chatted with the nation's top energy official Tuesday in hopes of gaining favor for the Savannah River Site.

Pupils select books that make the grade
This time, the children get to do the grading.

Incumbent triumphs
AIKEN - City Councilman Don Sprawls held on to his District 3 seat with a win in Tuesday's Republican primary, a victory he characterized as a triumph over both his opponent and Smart Growth Aiken.

Friends of new judge offer praise
The next Superior Court judge for Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties will come to the bench loaded with compassion, common sense and humility, his friends predict.

Georgia senators suggest increasing reserve forces
WASHINGTON -- Georgia's two senators said Tuesday they support the Pentagon's plan to extend the tour of duty for reservists in Iraq but question whether such commitment can be sustained without increasing the size of the military.

Sept. 11 Memorial Events
A variety of local programs are planned to commemorate the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

Plan would allow more state employees work from home
ATLANTA -- The state will begin phasing-in a telecommuting program for its workers that could reduce traffic congestion in Atlanta, improve air quality and give state employees more time with their families.

ASU enrollment hits high
Enrollment reached a record high of 6,143 students at Augusta State University this fall, bolstered by an advertising campaign, a sluggish economy and overcrowding at other universities.

Boy goes to City Hall for answers about "fountain fishing"
MARIETTA, Ga. -- When 10-year-old James Tyson recently saw four grown men fishing change out of the bottom of a fountain at Marietta Square, he was outraged.

Governor wants flexibility in spending Homeland Security funds
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two years after attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., shook the nation, South Carolina has a new leader and a new outlook on terrorism.

BellSouth, Red Cross team up for disaster preparedness
ATLANTA -- BellSouth and the American Red Cross' local chapter are teaming up Tuesday to launch a disaster preparedness initiative.

Virus blamed for sick students at Upstate schools
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A stomach bug-type virus has caused hundreds of students to be out sick at several Upstate elementary schools, a health official says.

Soldiers' return can cause turmoil

Anderson school district withdraws from lawsuit against board
ANDERSON, S.C. -- One of two Anderson school districts suing to break away from the county's Education Board will drop out of the lawsuit, school district officials say.

Pizza tycoon kicks off Senate campaign

Churchgoing tide has abated, ministers say
AIKEN - The anxiety and grief that packed the pews of the Rev. Eddie Leopard's church in the immediate aftermath of 9-11 may have subsided, but some say a feeling of vulnerability continues to nag at the public psyche.

BellSouth, Red Cross team up for disaster preparedness

Rants and Raves
TO THE WOMAN whose daughter can't keep up with her homework: She can always opt for the bus to vocational school. And to the person who thinks swimming in the Savannah River should be banned because they almost drowned: Look up Darwin's law.

Friends of new judge offer praise

Board recommends MCG funds

Pupils select books that make the grade

Churchgoing tide has abated, ministers say

Hephzibah teen arrested for bomb threats

Hephzibah teen arrested for bomb threats

Across South Carolina

School tries again to pay bill

Worker is arrested in abuse

Kid of the day

Across the area

Dalton couple charged in death of woman's mother

Prevention day highlights suicide rate

Former New Hampshire governor to lobby for SRS pit facility
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former New Hampshire governor and presidential adviser John Sununu says he has been hired as a lobbyist to help the Savannah River Site land a proposed facility that would employ about 1,000 people.

Politicians promote SRS for pit plant

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Josie Turner, 7, of North Augusta.

Blue Cross pulling out of Medicare HMO
ATLANTA -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, the state's largest health insurer, is pulling out of the Medicare HMO business, blaming inadequate reimbursements from the federal government.

Official examines test score
JOHNSTON, S.C. - In the hard calculus of school tests, numbers matter.

Supreme Court upholds ruling in antifreeze poisonings trial
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that allows jurors in the trial of a woman accused of poisoning her husband with antifreeze to hear evidence that her boyfriend was killed in the same manner.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - An inmate found himself before a judge sooner than he expected when he fell through the ceiling into the judge's chambers while trying to escape Monday.

Newton County minister sentenced in child molestation
COVINGTON, Ga. -- A minister at a Newton County church was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 40 years probation on charges he molested two girls for five years.

Prevention day highlights suicide rate
Nearly twice a week, someone dials the Aiken County Help Line despondent, desperate and ready to commit suicide. As many as a dozen times each month, an officer responds to the home of a suicidal person in Aiken County.

Pizza tycoon kicks off Senate campaign
ATLANTA -- Republican businessman Herman Cain entered Georgia's crowded race for U.S. Senate Wednesday, calling the tax code "evil" and promising a fresh approach from an outsider who's never held office before.

Senior group rejects tobacco tax, fiscal accountability proposals
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature rejected a proposal Wednesday to increase the sales tax on cigarettes.

Dalton couple charged in death of woman's mother
DALTON, Ga. -- A woman and her boyfriend were in jail without bond Wednesday, charged with felony murder for allegedly neglecting the woman's 72-year-old mother to death.

Thurmond Lake land bill dumped
Two area legislators withdrew a controversial bill Wednesday that would have privatized land around Thurmond Lake.

Bush to visit Fort Stewart on Friday
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- President Bush will visit Fort Stewart on Friday to thank soldiers of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division for their service in the war in Iraq.

Bomb-threat arrest puts police on gang alert
Officials say a Hephzibah man arrested Tuesday and accused of making bomb threats might be connected to a larger problem of loose-knit groups involved in ganglike activity.

Would-be prosecutor claims right to come before the grand jury
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Paul Nally isn't a lawyer. He went to law school briefly 40 years ago, but dropped out after failing two of his first three classes. But that hasn't stopped him from vigorously defending what he says is his right to pursue criminal charges in front of a grand jury.

Supreme Court upholds ruling in antifreeze poisonings trial

Burke County residents cheer loss of airfield
Georgia residents who lobbied to keep a noisy airfield for Navy attack jets away from their rural community are sleeping easier now that the Defense Department has chosen a site in Washington County, N.C.

Senior senator says he won't run again
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Senate's fraternity of members older than 70 is getting smaller.

School tries again to pay bill
A check that was posted "Return to Sender" will make another round.

AARP official opposes privatizing Social Security
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Diverting Social Security taxes into private retirement accounts is a bad deal for recipients, particularly black recipients, the president-elect of AARP told a community forum on Wednesday.

Police: Three dead in murder suicide

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SEPT. 11, 1971 Reminding Sheriff William A. Anderson of all the things they've done for him, the Richmond County Board of Commissioners vetoed on Friday three of his proposed projects involving federal funding.

Market banned from common
The Farmers Market is leaving the Augusta Common permanently.

PRT will advertise in new women's magazines
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- When families go on vacation, it's generally women who make the choices so the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will advertise in some of the newer women's publications.

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School official's comment offends

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School board will work on its new map
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Three years after the U.S. Census was taken, the Edgefield County school board has yet to redraw district lines for its seven elected members, delayed by giving full representation to thousands of new county residents and maintaining the racial diversity of the governing body.

School board will work on its new map

Virus blamed for sick students at Upstate schools

Convicted killer asks for 5th trial

Sheriff, other officials say Augusta still keeps watch
Miles away from New York and Washington and two years after the terrorist attacks, officials say Augusta is still on alert.

Former judge selected for fellowship at Harvard

Across Georgia
FORT STEWART -President Bush will visit Fort Stewart on Friday to thank soldiers of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division for their service in the war in Iraq.

King papers ready for sale

Rules on clothing draw fire
Domaneque McMickel is thinking of starting a petition at Sego Middle School to protest the district's stricter uniform policy.

Seized money helps police

Sept. 11 Memorial Events

Judge delays liquidation plan deadline for Carolina Investors

ASU enrollment hits high

Lawmaker says General Assembly has not funded education initiatives

Sept. 11 Memorial Events

Georgia senators suggest increasing reserve forces

Senior group rejects tobacco tax, fiscal accountability proposals

Historic site and urban greenspace to be preserved
ATLANTA -- A 162-acre tract of forested land along Utoy Creek in southwest Atlanta, where visitors still can see the remains of defensive earthworks built by Union troops during the Battle of Atlanta in 1864, will be permanently preserved, city officials announced this week.

Would-be prosecutor claims right to come before the grand jury

King papers ready for sale
ATLANTA -- A 7,000-piece collection of the writings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which spent four decades in his widow's basement, is ready for sale after being on exhibit for two weeks at a New York auction house.

Senior senator says he won't run again

Judge delays liquidation plan deadline for Carolina Investors
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorneys for Carolina Investors and its parent company HomeGold Financial will have another month to finalize a liquidation plan with creditors.

Award surprises new teacher of the year

Tax board tries to silence officials
The second public hearing on the sales tax begins at 7 p.m. today at McDuffie Woods Community Center between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road.

Sheriff, other officials say Augusta still keeps watch

Across the area
Two people qualified for seats on the Augusta Commission on Wednesday.

Anderson school district withdraws from lawsuit against board

Former judge selected for fellowship at Harvard
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former college president, judge and senatorial candidate Alex Sanders has been selected for a fellowship this fall at Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Bomb-threat arrest puts police on gang alert

Lowcountry Rapist said to be in failing health
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Duncan Proctor, the alleged "Lowcountry Rapist" of the early 1990s who is serving two life prison terms, is reportedly in failing health at a private prison hospital near Columbia.

Doctor gets nod to come home
Siyuan Liang called his wife Tuesday morning and told her he had good news.

NRC questions design at Oconee Nuclear Station
SENECA, S.C. -- A design flaw in a backup cooling system at the Oconee Nuclear Station here could increase the chances of an accident, federal regulators say.

Governor wants flexibility in spending Homeland Security funds

NRC questions design at Oconee Nuclear Station

Councilman wants businesses to close during hurricane evacuation
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A town councilman wants a local law created that would punish businesses that stay open during a mandatory hurricane evacuation.

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Officials investigate salmonella outbreak
ATLANTA -- Nearly two dozen people have become sick with an unusual strain of salmonella and the illness appears to be linked to a popular Kennesaw steak and buffet restaurant, Georgia Division of Public Health officials said Wednesday.

Ball makes new believers out of Georgia Tech fans
ATLANTA - Gathering dust on hangers in Georgia Tech's on-campus Barnes & Noble bookstore are Yellow Jackets football jerseys bearing the numbers 17 and 8.

A dog's life would be easy without those humans
The first thing you need to know about me is that, like most of you, I came from a mixed family.

Critical Choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Mario Van Peebles stars in story of 'Sweetback'
TORONTO -- Mario Van Peebles has just walked a mile in his father's shoes - no easy road to take when Dad's the godfather of black cinema and the unwitting sire of 1970s "blaxploitation" flicks, all rolled into one cigar-chomping package.

Critical Choice

Hitler's filmmaker dies at 101

Hitler's filmmaker dies at 101
BERLIN -- Leni Riefenstahl, whose hypnotic depiction of Hitler's Nuremberg rally, "Triumph of the Will," was renowned and despised as the best propaganda film ever made, has died. She was 101.

Area cyclist shares dream with champion
Kurt Garin compares it to playing baseball with Barry Bonds or basketball with Michael Jordan.

Simon & Garfunkel reunite for first concert tour in 20 years

Parents of R&B singer settle plane crash suit
MIAMI -- The parents of R&B singer and actress Aaliyah have reached an undisclosed settlement in a negligence lawsuit over her death in a 2001 plane crash, family attorneys said.

Johnny Cash returns home from hospital
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Johnny Cash has been released from Baptist Hospital, where he had been treated for an unspecified stomach ailment for two weeks.

Music downloading suits could drive backlash against industry
LOS ANGELES -- The recording industry's legal assault on music file-swappers is a dramatic effort to survive after resisting online digital distribution and nearly doubling the cost of popular CDs over the last decade.

Simon & Garfunkel reunite for first concert tour in 20 years
NEW YORK -- Dusting the cobwebs off their friendship, the folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced Tuesday they were reuniting for a concert tour of North America this fall.

Parents of R&B singer settle plane crash suit

Johnny Cash returns home from hospital

All-Star race to stay at Lowe's under 2004 NASCAR schedule

Q&A with Mike Skinner

Racing facts - Sylvania 300
Here are facts about this weekend's Sylvania 300 NASCAR race.

Fines given for post-race altercations
LOUDON, N.H. - Stock car racing did very little to shed its redneck image last week at the Richmond International Raceway with post-race collisions and fights highlighting the Craftsman Truck, Busch and Winston Cup races.

Crashing others to get win has become common
LOUDON, N.H. - If Johnny Sauter had purposely rammed Matt Kenseth to send him caroming toward the fourth-turn wall midway in last Friday's NASCAR Busch Series race, he probably would have been called off the track for a penalty, then called to the NASCAR hauler for a more formal reprimand.

Q&A with Mike Skinner
LOUDON, N.H. - A pole position last week at the Richmond International Raceway was the kind of help Mike Skinner needed most as he tries to find full-time work in racing. He talked about being dedicated to helping MB2 Motorsports as driver Jerry Nadeau continues to recovery from series injuries sustained in a crash last May, while trying to make a future for him once Nadeau returns.

2004 NASCAR Busch Schedule
Here is the 2004 NASCAR Busch schedule.

Fines given for post-race altercations

Racing facts - Sylvania 300

All-Star race to stay at Lowe's under 2004 NASCAR schedule
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR's annual all-star race will remain at Lowe's Motor Speedway next season as part of the 36-race, Nextel Cup schedule released Tuesday.

More businesses shrug off fears of new terrorist attack

Sept. 11 put some in the spotlight. Where are they now?

Aware of its vulnerabilities, city tries to put Sept. 11 behind

Isabel becomes major hurricane in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Isabel swept through the Atlantic Tuesday as a major hurricane and forecasters warned it could threaten the Caribbean islands by the end of the week.

Alive, far away, but changed by Sept. 11 nevertheless

Companies to commemorate Sept. 11 with day of service
NEW YORK -- Douglas Bowen did not lose any co-workers on Sept. 11, 2001, but he wanted his company to find a way to honor the 3,000 people who died.

Hundreds of families face difficult choice on compensation

Two year later, investors not as quick to push panic button
NEW YORK -- In the first year after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the mere hint of another assault sent stocks tumbling.

Artists learn to work in a post-Sept. 11 world

Alive, far away, but changed by Sept. 11 nevertheless
Boiled down, it becomes simple and stark. There is before, and there is after.

Isabel, a major hurricane, sweeping across Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Isabel kept up its steady progress across the Atlantic on Wednesday on a path that could make it a threat to the Caribbean islands by the end of the week.

Related major developments before, during, after Sept. 11 attacks
Chronology of some key events in U.S. relations with Islamic groups and with Osama bin Laden before Sept. 11, 2001, and of the Sept. 11 attacks and aftermath:

Despite progress, terrorism fight far from over

More businesses shrug off fears of new terrorist attack
CHICAGO -- Scott Bushkie still worries sometimes about what would happen to his business if terrorists struck again like they did on Sept. 11, 2001. Back then, "everything just absolutely stopped."

How people coped with Sept. 11 attacks

Hundreds of families face difficult choice on compensation
NEW YORK -- Since his wife was killed in the World Trade Center attack, Charles Wolf has filled a desk and three storage boxes in his Greenwich Village home with paperwork. Yet even as he carefully added to the files supporting a claim for government compensation, he questioned the fairness of the system and anguished over whether to apply.

Hunt for bin Laden has still come up empty

Trade center architect aims to protect his vision
NEW YORK -- When his plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center won an international contest in February, architect Daniel Libeskind became the public face of the world's most emotionally freighted real estate project.

Comfort, sadness as remains are still identified

Aware of its vulnerabilities, city tries to put Sept. 11 behind
NEW YORK -- Not long after the World Trade Center attack, a boutique called Safer America opened in what had been the shadow of the twin towers, selling $1,499 parachutes for high-rise office workers and $445 "escape hoods" for children.

Two years later, the world has changed in ways big and small

Frequently asked questions about attacks and aftermath
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and what followed:

Comfort, sadness as remains are still identified
NEW YORK -- Grass grows over the plots where families buried empty coffins after memorials long ago. No trace of a body has been found for nearly 1,300 victims of the World Trade Center attack.

Spurred by Sept. 11, many have transformed their lives
NEW YORK -- After terrorists killed more than 3,000 people two years ago, Americans dreamed of traveling across the country to rescue survivors, New Yorkers thought of grabbing weapons and going to war, victims' relatives regretted ever wasting a precious day.

Trade center architect aims to protect his vision

Communities nationwide to remember Sept. 11 victims
TAMPA, Fla. -- A nation still horrified by the Sept. 11 attacks will mark the second anniversary with moments of silence and bursts of patriotic song, by gathering in peaceful memorial gardens and busy public squares, and by reaching out to each other.

Bush to take part in events commemorating terror attacks

Small Sept. 11 charity thrives in thinning field
RED HOOK, N.Y. -- It started with bits of ribbon looped by Karen Jerro and Maggie Oyen in the despairing days after the World Trade Center towers fell.

Health effects plague World Trade Center rescuers

Remains of about 1,520 people have been identified at WTC
NEW YORK -- For now, 42 people are listed as missing - not dead - on the World Trade Center death toll.

Communities nationwide to remember Sept. 11 victims

Hunt for bin Laden has still come up empty
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Pakistani troops have begun moving - gingerly - into a remote tribal belt where Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida fugitives might be hiding.

Two year later, investors not as quick to push panic button

Many Americans, Iraqis unsure how road from Sept. 11 led to Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- When the picture of a jetliner slicing into the World Trade Center flashed on the television in Rabia Ibrahim's Baghdad apartment, his friend exclaimed "God is great!" - a superpower had been humbled.

Related major developments before, during, after Sept. 11 attacks

Bush to take part in events commemorating terror attacks
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE -- President Bush will attend a prayer service of remembrance and observe a moment of silence to mark the second anniversary of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001.

Isabel, a major hurricane, sweeping across Atlantic

Families of victims protest rebuilding at ground zero
NEW YORK -- About 15 people who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attack tried to block a gate into ground zero in a protest against rebuilding on the footprints.

Frequently asked questions about attacks and aftermath

Artists learn to work in a post-Sept. 11 world
At the start of Sara Paretsky's new novel, "Blacklist," private eye V.I. Warshawski recalls her feelings right after terrorists attacked the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Many Americans, Iraqis unsure how road from Sept. 11 led to Baghdad

Health effects plague World Trade Center rescuers
WASHINGTON -- When Dan Kochensparger was on his hands and knees sifting through cement, metal and other debris at the World Trade Center site in New York, specks were floating in the thick air. He didn't think about what they were.

Spurred by Sept. 11, many have transformed their lives

Two years later, the world has changed in ways big and small
NEW YORK -- Yellow is still yellow, orange is still orange, red still red.

Remains of about 1,520 people have been identified at WTC

Despite progress, terrorism fight far from over
WASHINGTON -- By conventional standards, the war on terrorism is going well. Al-Qaida leaders have been captured or killed, homeland defenses have been strengthened and no major attacks have occurred on U.S. soil in two years.

Companies to commemorate Sept. 11 with day of service

How people coped with Sept. 11 attacks
In the days after the terrorist attacks, even people thousands of miles away seemed suddenly focused on making life more meaningful. Many changed careers, found religion, got married.

Sept. 11 put some in the spotlight. Where are they now?
The terrorist attacks vaulted public officials and ordinary people into the international spotlight. Here are some of the people we came to know - and where they are now.

Kobe Bryant's attorneys seek to have alleged victim testify at hearing on assault charge
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's attorneys want his accuser to testify at next month's hearing that will determine whether the NBA star will stand trial on a sexual assault charge.

Dreams of the NBA good life in South Africa

Dreams of the NBA good life in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Near the squalor of Diepsloot squatter camp, basketball players dream of rim-rattling dunks and clutch 3-pointers that just might get them out of Africa.

Bryant prosecutor details evidence

Kobe Bryant's attorneys seek to have alleged victim testify at hearing on assault charge

Cooper, Laimbeer renew rivalry in WNBA Finals

Bryant prosecutor details evidence
EAGLE, Colo. -- A prosecutor outlined the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant for the first time Wednesday, saying there are photographs of injuries to the woman and a videotaped statement from her.

Cooper, Laimbeer renew rivalry in WNBA Finals
LOS ANGELES -- Bill Laimbeer and Michael Cooper still irritate each other. Only now it's as opposing coaches in the WNBA Finals.

Slinger gets a chance to beat his ol' ballcoach

Sapp and Buckner shutting up in advance of showdown

Fantasy Football: Trends are starting to form

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Business improvement district could soon be realization
PICTURE YOURSELF taking a leisurely stroll down Broad Street with your family on a Saturday evening. As you try to remember the location of the new restaurant your neighbor told you about, you notice a well-appointed gentleman with a smiling face walking toward you. "You look lost," he says. "Can I help you with directions?" You politely state the name of the restaurant and are guided to your destination by your new-found confidant, one of several members of Augusta's Business Improvement District (or BID) ambassador program.

Business improvement district could soon be realization
PICTURE YOURSELF taking a leisurely stroll down Broad Street with your family on a Saturday evening. As you try to remember the location of the new restaurant your neighbor told you about, you notice a well-appointed gentleman with a smiling face walking toward you. "You look lost," he says. "Can I help you with directions?" You politely state the name of the restaurant and are guided to your destination by your new-found confidant, one of several members of Augusta's Business Improvement District (or BID) ambassador program.

Area cyclist shares dream with champion

In the game spotlight

De La Hoya brings back fans for Mosley rematch

IAAF rules Kelli White guilty of doping offense

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U.S. Open champ to lead Davis Cup team

Augusta man devoted to building his body

Overtime
Augusta's Laura Coble leads by three shots after 1-over-par 73 in the first round of the Georgia Women's Amateur Championship at the Great Waters course in Eatonton, Ga.

IAAF rules Kelli White guilty of doping offense
LONDON -- Track and field's governing body wants American sprinter Kelli White stripped of her two gold medals from the World Championships. Now it's up to U.S. anti-doping officials.

Overtime
Golf Coble pulls away after shooting 66 Augusta's Laura Coble shot 6-under-par 66 to build a commanding lead in the Georgia Women's Amateur Championship at Great Waters in Eatonton.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Taleya Parrish, 14, of Hephzibah.

U.S. Open champ to lead Davis Cup team
NEW YORK -- U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick will lead an American Davis Cup team that plays at Slovakia this month in a World Group playoff.

Mitchem faces next test
Brandon Mitchem is just a little bit nervous about tonight.

De La Hoya brings back fans for Mosley rematch
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya wasn't the only one stunned when Shane Mosley beat him the first time they met. Promoter Bob Arum was, too, though it had nothing to do with the outcome of the fight.

Augusta man devoted to building his body
You strut out on stage ready to strike a pose, but you know you just can't compete with the guy sporting those massive 21-inch biceps and six-pack abs.

Fantasy Football: Trends are starting to form
Now that Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, it's time to look at some of the forming trends.

Sapp and Buckner shutting up in advance of showdown
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There's no love lost between Tampa Bay and Carolina's defenses, proved during training camp when both sides took shots at each other.

Slinger gets a chance to beat his ol' ballcoach
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Doug Johnson wasn't about to rekindle any hard feelings he may have had for Steve Spurrier.

Ball makes new believers out of Georgia Tech fans

CBS' new fall series

NBC's new fall series

WB's new fall shows
"All About the Andersons" What: A sitcom about a struggling actor and single dad who moves back with his own parents to provide his son with a stable environment.

Fox's new fall series

NBC's new fall series
"Coupling" What: Self-consciously naughty sitcom about six frisky thirtysomethings.

CBS' new fall series
"The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire" What: A grown-up, only slightly quirky drama about a New Hampshire community on the decline, focusing on three middle-aged brothers who have lived there all their lives.

On new TV sitcoms, home is where the heart is
NEW YORK -- There's no place like home - especially for characters on many of the new fall TV comedies.

David Letterman bids warmhearted farewell to Warren Zevon

Rules adopted to make new TVs, digital cable more compatible

WB's new fall shows

Football brings biggest network TV audience since May

On new TV sitcoms, home is where the heart is

Rules adopted to make new TVs, digital cable more compatible
WASHINGTON -- Regulators adopted rules Wednesday to make cable television and new television sets more compatible, with the goal of promoting the rollout of digital and high-definition televisions.

ABC's new fall shows
"Hope & Faith" What: Down-to-earth Midwestern homemaker Hope welcomes her sister Faith, a soap opera washout from Tinseltown, into the household - but is it too small a house for this diva to perform in?

Fox's new fall series
"Arrested Development" What: A young single father is sucked back into the family-run corporation (and back into the comic clutches of his family) when the family patriarch is busted for cooking the books.

TV Guide launches new design to revive neglected brand
LOS ANGELES -- A redesigned TV Guide magazine hit the stands Monday as the publisher of the 50-year-old title struggles to revive the neglected brand.

ABC's new fall shows

Football brings biggest network TV audience since May
NEW YORK -- The opening of the NFL football season gave ABC bragging rights it rarely enjoys - first place on a Thursday night.

David Letterman bids warmhearted farewell to Warren Zevon
LOS ANGELES -- Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, who died this week of lung cancer, received a warmhearted and poignant farewell from talk-show host David Letterman.

Border bash brings out rivals

Penguin from "Bloom County" returning to comic pages

Extra, extra

Club offers drink specials, free line dancing lessons

Bulldogs dismiss starter
ATHENS, Ga. - Already a basketball team with little depth, Georgia is searching for a starting center.

Augusta Chronicle - 09/10/03
ANATOMY OF A DROUGHT

A Carolina curse?
ATHENS, Ga. - There wasn't much celebration when Georgia tailback Brett Millican bulled into the end zone three years ago at South Carolina.

Drought

A Carolina curse?

After pondering transfer, Cooper ready to shine for Dawgs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Michael Cooper wasn't very happy.

Dogs' defensive end immortalized himself against Gamecocks in 2002
ATHENS, Ga. - On an anniversary of the most athletic plays in recent Georgia football history, it seems fitting to announce that David Pollack has gained a half-point of athleticism in his coach's eye.

Georgia expects NCAA letter of inquiry at any time

Georgia expects NCAA letter of inquiry at any time
ATLANTA -- The Athens attorney who has led the University of Georgia's internal probe of alleged rules violations in the basketball program said Wednesday he is not expecting any "major" surprises when the NCAA sends the school the results of its investigation.

Dogs' defensive end immortalized himself against Gamecocks in 2002

After pondering transfer, Cooper ready to shine for Dawgs

Bulldogs dismiss starter

Holtz has game with Dogs pretty well figured out
ATLANTA -- Lou Holtz has Saturday's game against No. 8 Georgia pretty well figured out.

Gamecocks to host N.C. State and non-conference tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will host part of an early season tournament and play North Carolina State at home along with the Gamecocks' traditional Southeastern Conference schedule.

Holtz going national - again
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Open up the latest Sports Illustrated, and there's Lou. Watch ESPN College GameDay, and there's Lou. Hear college analysts Beano Cook and Mel Kiper on coast-to-coast radio agreeing who they'd want preparing their football team for a title game - and it's Lou Holtz.

Turman steps up for Gamecocks

Holtz has game with Dogs pretty well figured out

Holtz going national - again

Turman steps up for Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - Daccus Turman walked through the glass doors leading to the team lockerroom at Williams-Brice Stadium when he spied five reporters armed with notebooks and tape recorders. A bewildered look covered his face.

Gamecocks to host N.C. State and non-conference tournament

Courses in Aiken earn spot in top 25
Two Aiken County golf courses are represented in a list of the 25 best golf courses in South Carolina.

Vermont community to celebrate David Smith Night

Employee accused of offering tires for sex

Barbie deemed a threat to morality by Saudi's religious police

Cross-dressing bank robber nabbed after failed robbery

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Pizza deliveryman probably not alone in bank robbery

Man ships self to Dallas in crate