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.

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.

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

Tab Hunter acknowledges he's gay in his upcoming memoirs

A love story?
Make no mistake, The Odd Couple is a love story.

Princeton gets writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald love interest

Dance will celebrate a memorable artist
After nearly a month of memorials, eulogies and heart-wrenching grief, Augusta Ballet artistic director Zanne Colton said it's time to celebrate the life of Jaime Burcham, the long-time Augusta Ballet dancer who drowned off the South Carolina coast on Aug. 16.

Dance will celebrate a memorable artist

Barnes & Noble.com ends e-book sales

A love story?

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.

Princeton gets writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald love interest
TRENTON, N.J. -- A diary and letters written by the debutante regarded as F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love have been donated to Princeton University.

A Monty Python 'Holy Grail' musical coming to Broadway in 2005
NEW YORK -- You've heard of "Camelot." But how about "Spamalot"?

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

Fantasy Baseball: Players throw surprise party

Fantasy Baseball: Players throw surprise party
Call them the overachievers, the surprises or whatever you want.

Not feeling young anymore? Get an older neighbor

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.

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.

Cheyenne Natasha Chandler

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.

Robert Avery Spurlock

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.

Alexander James Comella

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.

Matthew Edward Smith

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.

Sayla Diane Davis

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.

Hunter Lewis Locklair

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.

Hannah Ruth Askey

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.

Chase Austin Lynch

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.

Carlie Raye Miles

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.

M'Kayla Le'ora Patten

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.

Cecil Canyon Spivey

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.

Peyton Andrew Rabun

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.

Lauren Brooke Coleman

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.

Koby Nathaniel Serigney

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.

Jamessilyn Shacarial Paschal

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.

Briceton Michael Blackburn and Brenton Mitchell Blackburn

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.

Katherine Grace Cartwright

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.

Valencia Mychel Johnson

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.

Alayna Grace Hall

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.

Cayla Danielle Welcher

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.

Joseph Nathaniel Judson

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.

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.

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.

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

Man awarded $668,000 after Disney restaurant scalding
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A man who said he suffered severe burns when a pot of hot coffee was spilled into his lap at a Disney restaurant two years ago was awarded $668,000 by a jury.

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.

Two-year-old boy slips out of motel room, crashes family car
TAMPA, Fla. -- A 2-year-old boy slipped out of his mother's locked motel room, climbed into the family car and accidentally drove it through a door and window and into the room, authorities said.

Deliveryman's role in bizarre bank robbery still a mystery
ERIE, Pa. -- By all accounts, Brian Douglas Wells did not have the makings of a criminal mastermind.

Odds and Ends
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Narcotics officers thought they had made a big bust when they seized 500 suspicious plants from Marion Waltman.

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.

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

MRI shows no further damage in Smoltz's tender elbow

Maddux misses No. 15

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

MRI shows no further damage in Smoltz's tender elbow
ATLANTA -- The MRI exam earlier this week on John Smoltz's tender elbow did not show any further damage, the Atlanta Braves closer said Thursday.

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.

Maddux approaches milestone

Smoltz in Birmingham to rehab elbow

Maddux misses No. 15
ATLANTA - Every time Atlanta's Greg Maddux takes the mound, he expects to win. It doesn't always happen, but he has more reason than most to believe it will.

Business briefs
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau announced this week it has selected a 30-year-old Fayetteville, N.C., firm as its advertising agency.

Prices grow in soggy summer
KLINE, S.C. - At the tag end of this unseasonably wet summer, the dry, sandy soil under Stro Morrison's feet represents something relatively rare in the forests of South Carolina and Georgia: a timber tract where logging machines won't bog down in mud.

IMF examines risks to global economy

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.

More homeowners late on their mortgage payments
WASHINGTON -- More homeowners were behind on their mortgage payments in the last quarter as job losses put a strain on some households' budgets.

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.

Prices grow in soggy summer

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

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.

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

IMF examines risks to global economy
WASHINGTON -- A quickly rising mountain of public debt in Latin America and Asia and extremely weak economic growth in the Middle East are threatening future global growth and political stability, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

Iraq leads rise in crude output

Trade deficit widens to $40.3 billion in July
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit expanded in July to $40.3 billion as imported goods from China and the quantity of overseas crude oil sold to the United States each hit record highs.

Johnson Controls plans expansion

Trade deficit widens to $40.3 billion in July

GM official says yen hurting U.S. auto makers

Business briefs

Business plans 3,000 job cuts

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.

Business briefs

International Paper plans 3,000 job cuts

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 golf team honored by Rep. Spratt
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's NCAA champion men's golf team was honored Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Clemson golf team honored by Rep. Spratt

Valdosta State looks to begin conference play on the road

SEC & ACC notebook

Valdosta State looks to begin conference play on the road
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Pack the bags and load up the wagon. It's time for a Gulf South Conference road trip.

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

ACC preview
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The preseason consensus had an upper tier of talented teams in the ACC that consisted of Florida State, North Carolina State, Maryland and Virginia - and then a major dropoff to everybody else.

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.

ACC preview

Clarett suspended for 2003 season

Can we manage this?
What appeared this week to be a nasty divorce between the Farmers Market and the city is merely a parting of the ways, according to both parties.

Dr. Edward Teller

Dr. Edward Teller
A lot of people didn't like Edward Teller, who died this week at age 95.

Lessons for life

Can we manage this?

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?

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.

Fatally flawed

A smart about-face
U.S. Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., grabbed the flag and charged up the hill to do battle with the mighty U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, only to discover they had precious few soldiers behind them.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Standing ovations
Equal parts pep rally and kegger, the annual Border Bash, now in its 10th year, brings University of Georgia and University of South Carolina football fans to the Augusta Common tonight for pre-game merriment and music.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Comedian Tommy Chong gets nine months on drug paraphernalia charges
PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Chong, who played one half of the dope-smoking duo in the Cheech and Chong movies, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 Thursday for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Bulletproof Monk, The Core, Malibu's Most Wanted, View from the Top and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Bill Cosby to get Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at Emmys
LOS ANGELES -- There's no punch line here: Bill Cosby will be honored with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at this month's Emmy Awards.

Lopez and Affleck postpone their wedding
LOS ANGELES -- The much-anticipated wedding of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck is apparently off - at least for now.

After steady rise, mortgage rates edge down last week
WASHINGTON -- After a fairly steady upward climb since late June, mortgage rates edged down this week.

Stocks higher on second anniversary of 9-11

New loan requirements could price manufactured home buyers out of the market

Stocks drop for second straight day

New loan requirements could price manufactured home buyers out of the market
WASHINGTON -- Manufactured homes are a popular choice for low-income families, but new regulations from mortgage giant Fannie Mae could price some of those would-be homeowners out of the market.

House passes anti-identity theft, national credit reporting legislation

House passes anti-identity theft, national credit reporting legislation
WASHINGTON -- Americans would gain access to free credit reports and the ability to thwart identity thieves with a single phone call under bipartisan legislation overwhelmingly approved by the House.

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.

Stocks higher on second anniversary of 9-11
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose for the first time in three sessions Thursday although the market's course was choppy as investors weighed upbeat earnings from Adobe Systems Inc. against a brokerage downgrade of IBM. Trading was light and Wall Street subdued on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
The only hybrid schooling reports are coming from the Hamilton Branch State Park area, but the window of opportunity to catch some is open for just 15 minutes or so, from 7:15 or 7:30 a.m.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report

Restaurant becomes Landmark for diners
After a month-long hiatus, Charlie B's, the Southern home-style restaurant on Wheeler Road, has been reborn as the Landmark Buffet, a casual, all-you-can-eat affair that opened on Tuesday.

The Cotton Patch mixes fine dining with nice scenery

The Cotton Patch mixes fine dining with nice scenery
How can you top a balmy summer evening on the banks of the Savannah River?

Treatment encourages early blooms on camellias

Treatment encourages early blooms on camellias
Q: I would love to know more about how to gib camellias. Can you give me the details, including where I can get gibberellic acid?

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?
Sometimes weeds receive praise. Many people admire, with good reason, a certain tall wildflower that thrives in shade, sports yellow blossoms, and has the amusing characteristic of exploding its seed capsules at the slightest touch.

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.

Curry feeling good after win
ATLANTA - Nate Curry spent the off-season with a sinking feeling in his stomach. Consecutive losses to end last year with a 7-6 record plus a tumultuous spring and summer left him and his Georgia Tech teammates wondering whether there was a cure.

Ball feels he's ready for No. 10 Florida State
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball hasn't been overwhelmed on the field since he was a senior at Stephenson High School in suburban Atlanta.

Georgia Tech ground game struggles to get going

Ball feels he's ready for No. 10 Florida State

Curry feeling good after win

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.

Byrd, Lewis share first-round lead at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- Jonathan Byrd, in his second year on the PGA Tour, and 1999 champion J.L. Lewis shots 6-under 65s Thursday and shared the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic.

Richardson wins second USGA Senior Amateur
BRISTOL, Va. -- Kemp Richardson rallied from two holes down with three to play Thursday and won the USGA Senior Amateur in a one-hole playoff.

Goosen leads by one

PGA champion Micheel likes underdogs' chances

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.

Davies to play against the men in Korean Open

Streit wins senior championship

Stadler finds comfort zone on Champions Tour
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Craig Stadler never had a reason to look forward to playing on the Champions Tour until last year, when his golf game suddenly went awry.

A solemn start to a raucous competition

Streit wins senior championship
AUSTIN, Texas -- Marlene Streit became the USGA's oldest national champion, needing 47 holes over her final two matches Thursday to win the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship.

Stadler finds comfort zone on Champions Tour

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.

Byrd, Lewis share first-round lead at Deere Classic

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

Goosen leads by one
SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETFECHE, France -- Retief Goosen shot an 8-under-par 63 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Lancome Trophy.

A solemn start to a raucous competition
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- The Solheim Cup's short history of hostility was put aside when Europeans and Americans took their seats on stage for the opening ceremonies.

Ben Curtis gets back in the swing in Paris

All eyes on Sorenstam at Solheim Cup

Davies to play against the men in Korean Open
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Laura Davies will become the fourth woman to tee it up against men this year when she plays in the Korean Open.

Victories would help Mustangs

Top football programs credit strength coaches for gridiron muscle

Key matchups

Knight Shift

Abbeville earns Silver Bluff's respect

Summerville coach goes after his 500th victory tonight

Rebels ready to exact revenge

On the air

Victories would help Mustangs
Midland Valley coach Rick Knight says the important thing for his team is to improve every week.

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule for this weekend's area prep football games.

Key matchups
Here are capsule looks at this weekend's key matchups.

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Greenbrier junior J.C. Jennings.

Summerville coach goes after his 500th victory tonight
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Summerville High's John McKissick spent the offseason deflecting questions about his 500th victory as football coach.

Rebels ready to exact revenge
For Hephzibah, tonight's contest with Josey is the game the Rebels have dreamed about for nearly a year.

Knight Shift
Receiver Allen Ligon takes a break by leaning on Jackson during a recent Evans practice. The diminutive coach, who stands 5-foot-5, is smaller than many of his players, but they say his positive attitude has already helped make them a better team.

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.

Not feeling young anymore? Get an older neighbor
How old does a person have to be to be "old"?

Accident blocks traffic on Highway 56
MCBEAN, Ga. - Traffic along Georgia Highway 56 was blocked in both directions this morning after a collision at a railroad crossing on the Richmond-Burke county line. No one appeared seriously hurt, authorities said, but traffic might be halted for several hours. Motorists are being advised to take U.S. Highway 25 as an alternate route between Augusta and Waynesboro.

One killed in motorcycle accident
A 31-year-old Blythe, Ga., man died early this morning on Augusta's 13th Street from injuries he received in a motorcycle wreck.

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.

Use funds for education, not stadium

Spend a little more to support America

Get it right on illegal-gun reporting

Use funds for education, not stadium
It is difficult for me to believe Richmond County voters are allowing the school board to proceed with the construction of a 6,000-seat stadium on Laney-Walker Boulevard. Meanwhile, a request is in progress to increase education taxes because of budget concerns. P.C. Santos, Augusta

Points out columnists' 'faux pas'

Points out columnists' 'faux pas'
Regarding the Aug. 31 column by Heidi Williams and Sylvia Cooper in the Metro section, "Pakistan, Turkey confuse Norwood": It seems like the authors have also caught the "foot-in-mouth disease." Edouard J. Servy, M.D., Augusta

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

Dedicated Canal Authority staffer resigns

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

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.

Blasts paper's anti-free trade editorial

Blasts paper's anti-free trade editorial
The Chronicle's recent anti-free trade screed (Sept. 1 editorial, "Apart at the seams"), noting the loss of manufacturing jobs to foreign competition, states: "Even free-trade guru Adam Smith would most likely think America is being played for a fool." Daniel W. Brown, Augusta

Get it right on illegal-gun reporting
Regarding your Sept. 2 Morris News Service story, "Report finds many illegal Georgia guns": Paul F. Beck, Martinez, Ga.

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

Pudgy pets: Tubby tabbies, portly pooches

Health and fitness calendar

In the know

Seniors will compete for beauty-contest title

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.

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.

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.

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.

Computer-heavy electrical grid vulnerable to hackers, viruses
NEW YORK -- Since last month's Northeast Blackout, utilities have accelerated plans to automate the electric grid, replacing aging monitoring systems with digital switches and other high-tech gear.

Owners commit to Augusta

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.

Court of Appeals hears arguments over Episcopal property
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Lawyers for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and a dissident parish went before the state Court of Appeals to argue who owns the property at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.

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.

Vendors prepare products for arts festival
AIKEN - Al Payne was there when the first Aiken's Makin' arts and crafts street fair was held almost three decades ago, and she'll be at a curbside booth again today when the two-day crowd magnet again opens for business.

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.

Educators increase cutbacks

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.

Churchgoing tide has abated, ministers say

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.

Local residents pause to remember attacks

Farmers Market moves to depot
A day after announcing plans to move to 10th Street, organizers of the Saturday Farmers Market on Broad Street said they are moving the event permanently to the former railroad depot at Reynolds and Sixth streets beginning Saturday.

Private company to complete construction of west Georgia prison
LUMPKIN, Ga. -- A private company plans to complete construction of a 1,524-bed prison in Stewart County, which was stalled after the state Department of Corrections indicated three years ago that it did not intend to house inmates there.

Outdoor sofas may be banned
ATHENS, Ga. - Attorneys working for the Athens-Clarke County government are drafting an ordinance that would ban upholstered furniture outdoors.

Senior senator says he won't run again

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.

Hephzibah teen arrested for bomb threats

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.

Minority students increase

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.

Pizza tycoon kicks off Senate campaign

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.

State pays tribute to rescue dogs on Sept 11 anniversary

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.

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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.

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.

Vendors prepare products for arts festival

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.

Farmers Market moves to depot

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

Ex-judge who served time plans run for Hollings' seat
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A former state lawmaker and circuit judge who served two years in prison is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings.

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.

Sanford, state officials receive status of Hurricane Isabel
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- While the storm is at least a week away, South Carolina emergency preparedness officials met Thursday to discuss plans for what to do if Hurricane Isabel threatens the coast.

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

Rules on clothing draw fire

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.

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 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.

Drinking ban will be enforced
The largest tailgating party in Augusta is about to get a little drier.

Supreme Court upholds ruling in antifreeze poisonings trial

Across South Carolina
BELTON - Santee Cooper has signed a deal to construct its third green power plant that turns methane gas from decaying trash into electricity at Anderson County Regional Landfill.

Police: Three dead in murder suicide

School official's comment offends

School board will work on its new map

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

Governor wants flexibility in spending Homeland Security funds

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 the area

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

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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.

Dalton couple charged in death of woman's mother

Outdoor sofas may be banned

Bomb-threat arrest puts police on gang alert

Graham says pit facility hardly a done deal

Across Georgia

Ex-judge who served time plans run for Hollings' seat

Anderson school district withdraws from lawsuit against board

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.

Kid of the day

DOT elects insider to top post

Sheriff, other officials say Augusta still keeps watch

State pays tribute to rescue dogs on Sept 11 anniversary
ATLANTA -- State officials honored some unlikely heroes in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as they commemorated the event's second anniversary by honoring search and rescue dogs Thursday.

Tax board tries to silence officials

Settlement reached in six-year video poker trial
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- Video gambling operator Fred Collins has agreed to settle with three former gamblers who sued him to recoup their losses.

Award surprises new teacher of the year

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

School tries again to pay bill

Senior group rejects tobacco tax, fiscal accountability proposals

School, parents deal with fleas
Fleas have become such a problem at Windsor Spring Elementary School that parents are being told to spray their children with insect repellent before school.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Michael Turner, 10, of North Augusta.

Sept. 11 Memorial Events

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy who was cited for driving 110 mph in a 35 mph zone in North Augusta last month has resigned, officials said.

ASU enrollment hits high

Local residents pause to remember attacks
Memories of a horrible day are still strong, even two years later.

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.

Augustans sing of unity, patriotism
Louise Guffey had more than one reason for attending Augusta's United We Sing remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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

Museum seeks control of 18th century house
One of Augusta's most historic homes has a new look. Soon, it also might have a new operator.

Aging buses concern schools
AIKEN - All but 59 of South Carolina's 402 structurally defective school buses have been repaired and are being shuttled back into service, state officials said Thursday, but that doesn't reverse the road ravages on an increasingly aging fleet that is getting more difficult to repair.

Board plan would cut tax money to schools
ATLANTA - Local school systems should plan to cope with $393 million less in taxpayer money coming from the state during the next two years if the governor and Legislature accept the spending plan adopted Thursday by the state Board of Education.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 31-year-old contractor from Woodstock died Thursday after a trench collapsed at a construction site in southeast Atlanta near Grant Park.

ACLU wants plaque removed
WINDER, Ga. - The American Civil Liberties Union has notified Barrow County officials that a heavily debated Ten Commandments display must be removed from the county courthouse in northeast Georgia by today.

Officials investigate salmonella outbreak

Minority students increase
ATHENS, Ga. - The number of black freshmen enrolling at the University of Georgia increased by 25 percent from 2002 to 2003, the first significant increase of its kind in years for an institution known for its low minority numbers.

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.

Hundreds pause to remember terror atacks

Virus blamed for sick students at Upstate schools

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Board plan would cut tax money to schools

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Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who ranted in the paper about Don Snelling and MCG and the high salaries they are paying some of the administrators in the hospital. They can spend $300,000 for new signs for the hospital, but they can't keep the outpatient pharmacy open. People are going to die because of it. I guess the new look and the new signs are more important. It just burns me up.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hot dog business gets family rolling
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Hot Dog Hut - actually a golf cart that doubles as a snack stand serving hot dogs, nachos, chips and drinks - is smaller than most lunch carts. But the three siblings who run it are smaller than most business owners, too.

For soldiers, Bush visit an honor and hard work
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Capt. Jay Yancey's voice barely carries above the pounding of hammers, the rattle of Army tanks and music throbbing from loudspeakers set up to amplify the voice of the commander in chief.

CDC director: Complacency is our enemy in post-Sept. 11 world
ATLANTA -- The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led her employees in a ceremony marking the Sept. 11 anniversary Thursday morning and said the country can't let its guard down against future terrorist acts.

Beaufort economic development group didn't publicize meetings

Graham says pit facility hardly a done deal
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the most vocal supporters of a new facility that could bring 1,000 jobs to the Savannah River Site, says the project is years away from hiring people if it gets built at all.

Kid of the day

Hundreds pause to remember terror atacks
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A giant American flag fluttered at half-staff as hundreds prayed and sang in a small, grassy park near Charleston Harbor on Thursday. It was one of many ways South Carolinians paused to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

For soldiers, Bush visit an honor and hard work

Augustans sing of unity, patriotism

Settlement reached in six-year video poker trial

One killed in motorcycle accident

School, parents deal with fleas

Accident blocks traffic on Highway 56

Aging buses concern schools

Schools might lose tax money

News you can use
SEPT. 12, 1972 More than 200 reports on rats have been received by city and county offices, officials said Monday.

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.

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.

Health care industry ask judges to dismiss class-action suit

Educators increase cutbacks
Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke and Comptroller Gene Spires will look for ways to save money by not filling some positions or cutting budget items. They will take the ideas to the Board of Education each month for a vote.

Sanford, state officials receive status of Hurricane Isabel

Schools might lose tax money
ATLANTA - Local school systems should plan to cope with $393 million less in taxpayer money coming from the state during the next two years if the governor and Legislature accept the spending plan adopted Thursday by the state Board of Education.

Health care industry ask judges to dismiss class-action suit
ATLANTA -- Hoping to avoid a lawsuit from 700,000 doctors, the managed health care industry asked a federal court Thursday to force doctors to sue individually on claims they are routinely shortchanged for their services.

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who ranted in the paper about Don Snelling and MCG and the high salaries they are paying some of the administrators in the hospital. They can spend $300,000 for new signs for the hospital, but they can't keep the outpatient pharmacy open. People are going to die because of it. I guess the new look and the new signs are more important. It just burns me up.

Museum seeks control of 18th century house

CDC: Nearly 3,000 ill with West Nile virus
ATLANTA -- The number of human West Nile virus cases so far this year is nearly double that of 2002, federal officials said Thursday.

Beaufort economic development group didn't publicize meetings
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A taxpayer-funded Beaufort County economic development group has met for the past two years without providing the public notice required by the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Augusta's Coble is still kicking
EATONTON, Ga. - I walked into the scoring headquarters of the Georgia Women's Golf Association on Thursday afternoon and asked a silly question.

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.

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.

At the Movies: 'Matchstick Men'

At the Movies: 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'

At the Movies: 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'
Simultaneously an homage to Sergio Leone's Westerns and a goofy send-up of them, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" might be the best film Robert Rodriguez has ever made.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday.

At the Movies: 'Matchstick Men'
Everything about "Matchstick Men" is a con, from the grifters who populate its landscape to the identity of their victims to the place in time they inhabit.

Director Scott pulls shell game with con tale 'Matchstick Men'

Director Scott pulls shell game with con tale 'Matchstick Men'
TORONTO -- To hear Ridley Scott tell it, he was a slacker for only making 10 movies in the first 20 years of his film career.

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
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.

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.

Songwriters will share tunes with Augusta audience

Simon & Garfunkel reunite for first concert tour in 20 years

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.

Songwriters will share tunes with Augusta audience
Acoustically armed, three songwriters step onto the tiny Bluebird Cafe's even tinier stage and, mounting stools and facing one another, begin to swap stories and, of course, songs.

Johnny Cash returns home from hospital

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.

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.

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.

Q&A with Mike Skinner

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

Racing facts - Sylvania 300

Wife of Jarrett's crew chief killed in wreck

Fines given for post-race altercations

Wife of Jarrett's crew chief killed in wreck
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The wife of Dale Jarrett's crew chief was one of three sisters killed when her limousine burst into flames after being hit from behind by a pickup truck.

Health effects plague World Trade Center rescuers

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

Hurricane Isabel threatening Caribbean islands
MIAMI -- Hurricane Isabel plowed westward across the Atlantic early Thursday and forecasters said its dangerous winds could threaten islands in the northeastern Caribbean Sea by the end of the week.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Comfort, sadness as remains are still identified

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
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.

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:

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

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

Communities nationwide to remember Sept. 11 victims

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.

Companies to commemorate Sept. 11 with day of service

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.

Hunt for bin Laden has still come up empty

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Trade center architect aims to protect his vision

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.

Despite progress, terrorism fight far from over

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.

More businesses shrug off fears of new terrorist attack

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.

How people coped with 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.

Hundreds of families face difficult choice on compensation

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.

Hurricane Isabel threatening Caribbean islands

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.

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

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.

Isabel, a major hurricane, sweeping across Atlantic

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

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

Frequently asked questions about attacks and aftermath

Spurred by Sept. 11, many have transformed their lives

Bush to take part in events commemorating terror attacks

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

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.

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.

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.

Cooper, Laimbeer renew rivalry in WNBA Finals

Shock, Sparks set for WNBA Finals

Bryant prosecutor details evidence

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.

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.

Shock, Sparks set for WNBA Finals
LOS ANGELES -- The Detroit Shock aren't a typical Eastern Conference team. They like to run as much as the two-time WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks do.

Pro football picks

Fantasy Football: Trends are starting to form

"He Hate Me" catching on in Carolina

Slinger gets a chance to beat his ol' ballcoach

Sapp and Buckner shutting up in advance of showdown

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Mr. Nathaniel Sullivan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Curry, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ossie Peteet (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Lamar (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Lamar (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Avice Altizer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Williams (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Allman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Flowler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Henline (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Berry (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel Eubanks (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Byrd (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Adeline Moore (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Magda Tibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Jenkins (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Pelham, Jr. (MILNER, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Lee, Jr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mattie Johnson (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Miss Tiffany Hamilton (ABILENE, Texas)

Mrs. Doris Wingard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Smith (WILMINGTON, Del.)

Mrs. Irene Knight (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hogan (NATCHEZ, Miss.)

Mrs. Ossie Peteet (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Knight (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Freeman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Wright (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Wilds (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Johnnie Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cornelious Dunbar (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Alec Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Wilson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Joseph Dawson Shine

Mr. Franklin Farrell (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Quanmaine Jordon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Overtime

De La Hoya brings back fans for Mosley rematch

Augusta man devoted to building his body

Westminster boys top Augusta Prep

Area cyclist shares dream with champion

Mosley thinks De La Hoya picked opponent poorly

In the game spotlight

Overtime

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

Westminster boys top Augusta Prep
Anytime Westminster and Augusta Prep's boys soccer teams meet, the matches are intense and competitive.

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.

Mosley thinks De La Hoya picked opponent poorly
LAS VEGAS -- Shane Mosley looks at Oscar De La Hoya and sees a fighter who always picks opponents carefully.

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.

Overtime
Golf Richardson rallies to win senior title In Bristol, Va., Kemp Rich ardson rallied from two holes down with three to play and won the U.S. Senior Amateur in a one-hole playoff over Frank Abbott.

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.

Morgan questionable with
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan has a strained hamstring and is questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Pro football picks
New England or Philadelphia HAS to score this week.

"He Hate Me" catching on in Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "He Hate Me" finally has some friends.

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.

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.

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.

Gospel singer bares her soul at concert
Vestal Goodman was 23 when she came to Augusta a half century ago to sing with her husband, Howard.

Augusta's Coble is still kicking

Actors often play politics

NASA overseer sees no evidence of schedule pressures
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A former astronaut overseeing NASA's effort to resume shuttle flights said Thursday he sees no evidence of the schedule pressures that contributed to the Columbia disaster.

Football brings biggest network TV audience since May

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.

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.

Rules adopted to make new TVs, digital cable more compatible

Bill Cosby to get Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at Emmys

Lopez and Affleck postpone their wedding

Club calendar

Standing ovations

Video watch

Comedian Tommy Chong gets nine months on drug paraphernalia charges

Former Georgia star Bailey will face old rival instead of Vick

Dogs' defensive end immortalized himself against Gamecocks in 2002

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

Cooper ready to make a difference

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

After pondering transfer, Cooper ready to shine for Dawgs

Former Georgia star Bailey will face old rival instead of Vick
When the Washington Redskins announced their schedule five months ago, Champ Bailey circled Week 2 on his calendar.

Cooper ready to make a difference
ATHENS, Ga. - Last spring, Michael Cooper entered Mark Richt's office unsure of what the next 30 minutes would bring.

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

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.

Bulldogs dismiss starter

Actors often play politics
Following in the conservative footsteps of Ronald Reagan, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to turn his attention from the petty backbiting that is the entertainment industry to the petty backbiting that is politics.

Turman steps up for Gamecocks

Gamecocks receiver back
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Gamecocks just got stronger at wide receiver.

Holtz winning again at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lou Holtz is poor-mouthing his team again, and that can only mean one thing.

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.

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.

Gamecocks receiver back

Holtz going national - again

Holtz winning again at South Carolina

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

Man awarded $668,000 after Disney restaurant scalding

Two-year-old boy slips out of motel room, crashes family car

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Employee accused of offering tires for sex

Deliveryman's role in bizarre bank robbery still a mystery

Cross-dressing bank robber nabbed after failed robbery