Inuit art featured in new exhibit
For Release weekend editions, Sept. 11-14 and thereafteNEWARK, Del. -- If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the drawings in a new exhibit at University Gallery may require some reading between the lines.

Stephen King to receive honorary National Book Award
NEW YORK -- Stephen King, brand-name writer, master of the horror story and e-book pioneer, has received an unexpected literary honor: a National Book Award for lifetime achievement.

Madonna publishes her children's book
NEW YORK -- One of the biggest boldface names in the world is getting a simple, understated byline in an unlikely place - a children's book.

Barnes & Noble to expand books aimed at Hispanic market

Inuit art featured in new exhibit

Stephen King to receive honorary National Book Award

Barnes & Noble to expand books aimed at Hispanic market
NEW YORK -- The market for books in Spanish, already among of the most promising in the publishing industry, is about to get a lot bigger. Barnes & Noble, Inc., is adding thousands of new books to its Spanish-language sections.

Madonna publishes her children's book

Marlins, Phillies set for a key series
PHILADELPHIA -- If the Philadelphia Phillies want to make the playoffs, they must figure out a way to beat the Florida Marlins.

Marlins, Phillies set for a key series

Bugs might be on their way to a bed near you

Cross country coach saves runner choking on stone
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- A college cross country coach likely saved an opposing runner's life when he dislodged a stone that got stuck in her throat during a weekend meet.

Odds and Ends
CINCINNATI -- Sudsie should be the cleanest pig in Cincinnati.

Divorced dad ordered to pay for daughter's college tuition
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Alexander Durand was delighted when his daughter earned admission to two of New England's top private colleges. He was furious when a judge ordered him to help pay tuition at the school offering far less financial aid.

Mascot sidelined after pecking ref
MONTREAL -- Blitz, the Montreal Alouettes' mascot, received a reprieve - and a stern reprimand - after being given a penalty for pecking an official during a Canadian Football League game.

Braves crush Expos
MONTREAL -- Robert Fick hit his first home run in six weeks as the Atlanta Braves reduced its magic number for clinching a record 12th straight division title to three with a 10-6 victory over the Montreal Expos on Monday night.

Braves crush Expos

Braves rally to beat Marlins
MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves are tough to sweep, as they showed with a ninth-inning comeback Sunday against wild-card leader Florida.

Smart tags moving rapidly - too rapidly for some
Backers of new radio-tagged product codes, a kind of souped-up bar code, are heralding this as the week the technology finally moves off the drawing board and into the real world.

Morris company reveals earnings
Morris Publishing Group showed a 2 percent yearly rise in revenue in the second quarter of this year.

Business briefs
HOUSTON - Continental Airlines unveiled Monday a plan to pamper customers who pay full fares with guarantees of no middle seats, priority boarding and baggage handling and even new carpet in boarding areas designating their higher status.

Faxed ads' days may be few
LOS ANGELES - Graphic designer Sheridan Obrien is fed up with the flood of ads for vacation cruises and penny stocks that routinely emerge from her fax machine. The unsolicited pitches use up her toner and paper, and wake her late at night.

AOL announces new deal to sell Hawks and Thrashers
ATLANTA -- AOL Time Warner has agreed to sell the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers and operating rights to Philips Arena to an investment group that doesn't include Texas businessman David McDavid, who had been negotiating a deal since April.

AOL announces new deal to sell Hawks and Thrashers

Auto workers, DaimlerChrysler reach tentative contract
DETROIT -- The auto workers union reached a contract agreement with one of Detroit's Big Three automakers but was still negotiating with the other two Monday morning, hours after their labor contracts expired.

Morris company reveals earnings

Stations get new formats
Clear Channel changed formats on two of its seven local radio stations Monday, rolling out a classic country program at one and an urban adult contemporary lineup at the other.

U.S. Treasury to stop issuing HH Savings Bonds

Economist: Budget outlook may not be as bleak as depicted
ATLANTA -- State agencies are painting a bleak picture of what they will have to do next year if the state's economy doesn't improve: close prisons, limit college enrollment, cut health services, scale back money for K-12 programs.

Auto workers, DaimlerChrysler reach tentative contract

Plant takes shape amid production
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - The new Fleetguard plant in Waynesboro looks more like a construction site than a working factory.

Industrial output edges up 0.1 percent in August

Industrial output edges up 0.1 percent in August
WASHINGTON -- Industrial production edged up by just 0.1 percent in August, restrained by weakness in manufacturing, especially for big-ticket goods such as automobiles.

Faxed ads' days may be few

U.S. Treasury to stop issuing HH Savings Bonds
NEW YORK -- Americans are about to lose a tool many have used to manage their U.S. Savings Bonds in retirement.

Smart tags moving rapidly - too rapidly for some

Plant takes shape amid production

Business briefs

Economist: Budget outlook may not be as bleak as depicted

Stations get new formats

Bowden praises Florida State's defense for victory
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- With his team down 13-0 deep into the fourth quarter, even Florida State coach Bobby Bowden thought a loss was imminent.

Rivers gets ACC's top offensive award
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina State's Philip Rivers was named the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive back of the week after breaking three league records in a triple-overtime loss at Ohio State.

Ohio State falls to No. 5 in AP poll
Another close call dropped Ohio State even further in The Associated Press college football poll.

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

Tuesday morning quarterback

Bowden praises Florida State's defense for victory

Rivers gets ACC's top offensive award

Choosing choice
By becoming a pioneer in providing more choice to Medicaid patients, the Palmetto State is opening up issues of long-term health care that should command a compassionate society's attention.

Speed tickets welcome

Let's see evidence

Let's see evidence
The Associated Press'report that the Bush administration has evidence of at least some pre-9-11 Iraqi contacts and training with Islamite terrorists is highly significant. It would make a shambles of war critics who claim President George W. Bush either lied or was naively misled in claiming a pre-war connection between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein's regime.

Choosing choice

Speed tickets welcome
The Savannah River Parkway, linking Augusta to Savannah, has been an economic development dream for decades. Sometimes it seemed it would never be built, then when construction started years ago it seemed like it would never be completed.

Cyberspace thievery
What if you could download doughnuts? What if a double-dip ice cream was just a double-click away? What if you could make hot fudge ooze from your modem?

Carnegie Hall opens its third stage
NEW YORK -- When 19th century steel magnate Andrew Carnegie envisioned the music hall that would bear his name, he had planned for three performance spaces.

Music games lend culture to youths
Ask a kid to define "classical music" and you'll probably get something like "it began with Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets on April 12, 1954."

Cool music, graphics make 'Otogi' worthwhile
An eerie, supernatural feudal Japan is the setting for a spectacularly beautiful new samurai slasher game.

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

Lopez Mania: World obsesses over blue-collar diva
LOS ANGELES -- No matter what Jennifer Lopez does, she's followed by a hurricane of hype - and a big "but."

More speculation: Ben and Jen splitsville on wedding day
LOS ANGELES -- Have they gone from Bennifer back to Ben and Jennifer?

Magician David Blaine endures hunger, ridicule in London
LONDON -- When magician David Blaine organized his latest feat - six food-free weeks suspended in a plexiglass box beside London's Tower Bridge - he prepared for loneliness, hunger and boredom. He may not have planned for Londoners.

Former kids' TV host remakes himself as an indie rock artist
NEW YORK -- Fans of "Blue's Clues," take heart: Departed host Steve Burns is still using his Thinking Chair. Only now, it makes music.

Five Questions With Wendy Williams
NEW YORK -- Her teased-out, caramel-colored hair is huge. Likewise, her size-11, rhinestone-encrusted sandals. But outrageous radio personality Wendy Williams says there's one part of her that dwarfs everything else - her mouth.

Investors lack protection from unethical fund companies
NEW YORK -- Investors trying to determine whether mutual fund companies put shareholders' interests above their own face a difficult task.

Raising kids is costly

Stocks move lower on economic reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stumbled through a listless session Monday, closing modestly lower as reports on industrial production and business inventories failed to satisfy investors who had bet on a quick economic rebound.

Are investor expectations for earnings too high?
NEW YORK -- Investors' appetite for stocks slowed this past week amid a spate of bad news, including weak retail sales, a brokerage downgrade of Texas Instruments Inc. and a downbeat revenue outlook from Nokia Corp.

Are investor expectations for earnings too high?

Investors lack protection from unethical fund companies

Raising kids is costly
Raising kids is costly - there's braces, college - and cars

New diets and picky eaters

New diets and picky eaters
Making dinner was tough enough before Junior became a vegan and Dad got on his low-carb, meat-eater's diet. Now planning a meal and cooking it is not only time-consuming, it's complicated.

Gailey doesn't regret two-point decision
ATLANTA -- When reviewing game film, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey says "there's always things you wish you had done differently."

Gailey doesn't regret two-point decision

Goosen wins Lancome Trophy
SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France -- Retief Goosen won the Lancome Trophy for his first title of the year, closing with a 1-under-par 70 Sunday for a four-stroke victory.

Gibbs sparks Georgia upset

Cups no longer cupcakes for U.S.

Lewis, Singh lead as Deere Classic moves into Monday

Mickelson struggles in Suntory Open
INZAI, Japan -- Phil Mickelson struggled with his game all week and finished 10 strokes behind winner Jyoti Randhawa of India on Sunday at the Suntory Open.

Singh wins Deere Classic, takes money lead
SILVIS, Ill. -- Vijay Singh won the rain-delayed John Deere Classic by four strokes Monday, his third title of the year that sent him to the top of this season's PGA money list.

Sweden savors a victory by Sorenstam, Europe
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- The singing and chanting started on the first tee and never let up until Europe won the Solheim Cup.

Sweden savors a victory by Sorenstam, Europe

Mickelson struggles in Suntory Open

Goosen wins Lancome Trophy

Singh wins Deere Classic, takes money lead

Cups no longer cupcakes for U.S.
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- For the second time in less than a year, the best collection of American golfers took a chartered flight home from Europe and left behind the most important piece of luggage.

Nelson shakes off bee sting for first win of season

Lewis, Singh lead as Deere Classic moves into Monday
SILVIS, Ill. -- J.L. Lewis and Vijay Singh held a one-stroke lead after a long day of golf Sunday didn't produce a winner at the rain-soaked John Deere Classic.

Nelson shakes off bee sting for first win of season
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- A bee sting wasn't about to keep Larry Nelson from his first Champions Tour win in two years.

Gibbs sparks Georgia upset
THOMSON - John Gibbs III celebrated his return to the Regions Cup Matches - and his 48th birthday - in style Sunday.

Quarterback comeback

Quarterback comeback
Greenbrier quarterback Brooks Robinson immediately knew something was wrong as he lay on the turf following his first-quarter touchdown run.

Bugs might be on their way to a bed near you
Guess what's making a comeback?

Civic center authority agrees to new sign rental plan
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members and the prospective owner of the Augusta Lynx hockey team reached a tentative agreement today on sign rental in the civic center complex.

New office will be nice Christmas present
Regarding your Sept. 4 front-page report, "Offices take shape": The development of the Richmond County Board of Education's new office building at Ninth and Broad streets is good news. W. Franklin Boulineau, Hephzibah, Ga.

Claim GOP out-sources jobs to India is false
A letter to the editor on Sept. 9, "Republican Party out-sources fund-raising jobs to India," from Amanda Roe Lang of Augusta contains the claim that the Republican Party is out-sourcing fund-raising call centers to India. This claim is false, and has been debunked repeatedly by the National Republican Party and numerous national publications. Philip Young, Martinez, Ga.

Disputes urban myth about RNC
The letter published in your newspaper on Sept. 9 written by Amanda Roe Lang, "Republican Party out-sources fund-raising jobs to India," was factually inaccurate, and I would like to make your readers aware of this urban myth that is being circulated for political gain. Jim Dyke, Washington, D.C.

No second term for Bush
It seems incredible that anyone could think that President George W. Bush deserves a second term in the White House. His illegitimate presidency has been an unmitigated disaster. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

What happened between Authority and Lynx?
I may be somewhat naive, but something just does not add up with the entire situation with the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority and the Augusta Lynx. Thomas E. Kalliokoski, Augusta

Buy American; the job you save may be your own
I want to thank The Chronicle for its Sept. 1 editorials, "Apart at the seams" and "Made in the USA." I would also like to add this slogan: "Buy American, and the job you save may be your own." William Getha, Evans, Ga.

What happened between Authority and Lynx?

Claim GOP out-sources jobs to India is false

Buy American; the job you save may be your own

New office will be nice Christmas present

Letter writer's implication about accident blame untrue
Stephen Michael Baxley's Aug. 24 letter, "Car accident really was an accident," referred to a fatal accident which occurred Aug. 8. Edna Mae Tinsley, North Augusta, S.C.

With aging population growing, technology slow to rescue

Seniors calendar

Almanac predicts frigid start to winter; offers truthful tips

Should a license be required to go online?

Fall colors herald a return to classic glamour

The ABCs of Wi-Fi

Belly dancers say they dance to work up a sweat

In the know
Are you a single woman older than 35 who is searching for a committed relationship?

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Fall colors herald a return to classic glamour
Classic glamour returns for fall, and new makeup offerings provide the tools to create a dramatic but elegant look.

Should a license be required to go online?
NEW YORK -- A virus fouls your computer and you haplessly pass it on. Advertising software loads stealthily on your machine. Your password gets stolen because of your neglect. Or the music industry sues you because of something your kids or grandkids did on your computer.

Belly dancers say they dance to work up a sweat
It has nothing to do with stripping. Let's get that out of the way.

Almanac predicts frigid start to winter; offers truthful tips
DUBLIN, N.H. -- Presidential candidates, be warned!

With aging population growing, technology slow to rescue
Wireless networks, fast Internet connections and smart kitchen appliances are all the rage in high-tech homes for the hip, young and well-to-do. In other words, not senior citizens on fixed incomes.

The ABCs of Wi-Fi
Q: I'm thinking about getting a wireless card for my laptop, but I'm a bit confused about the different kinds. What's the difference between 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g?

Buyers of Lynx get new ad deal
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members and the prospective owner of the Augusta Lynx hockey team reached a tentative agreement Monday on advertising rights in the civic center complex.

Sale of Lynx nears done deal

Buyers of Lynx get new ad deal

Coliseum ad talks continue

Sale of Lynx nears done deal
Frank Lawrence probably won't pop the champagne and celebrate until the ink on the contract is completely dry.

Coliseum ad talks continue
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority will meet with attorneys for the prospective new owners of the Augusta Lynx hockey team today to discuss last week's vote on sign-rental revenue.

Barbecue lovers are in hog haven at the Big Pig Jig

Baseball icon visits museum
Baseball fans and admirers browsed cards and collectibles and got autographs from a legend Sunday at the Augusta Museum of History's Family Fun Day.

Norwood, Sessions advocate get-tough approach to illegal aliens

Charter-school fears fall amid low county numbers

Commandments display draws suit from ACLU

YDC inquiries remain active
Two state investigations that could shed light on how and why the Augusta YDC was privatized remain pending months later than expected.

Baseball icon visits museum

News you can use
SEPT. 16, 1983 The Very Rev. Harry W. Shipps, dean of the Convocation of Augusta, was elected bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Georgia on Thursday after 11 rounds of voting.

Isabel expected to bypass Georgia, but state keeps watch

Kid of the day

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Haylie Madison Baxter, 1, of Trenton, S.C.

Georgia pastor bound for Liberia to help brother lead country

County honors English teacher
AIKEN - Whether using impressionistic paintings or Tolkien's fables of Middle-earth, Anne Poplin knows how to engage the students in her classes.

Georgia growers have large crop and the most promising prices in years
UNADILLA, Ga. -- After 39 years of farming, Terrell Hudson knows how to grow America's best-selling fiber, that fluffy, white lint used to make a host of cotton products, from draperies to trendsetting fashions.

Barbecue lovers are in hog haven at the Big Pig Jig
VIENNA, Ga. -- This farming town of 3,000 lacks the cultural attractions of its famous Austrian namesake.

City prepares for hurricane
Even though Hurricane Isabel was about 850 miles from the East Coast on Sunday, residents of Southeastern coastal cities already were calling Augusta motels and booking rooms - just in case.

Mayor reiterates alcohol laws

Funds speed road plans
Jerry Coalson is looking forward to the opening of the Savannah River Parkway - a four-lane highway that will link Augusta and Savannah.

EPA expected to downgrade metro Atlanta's air quality rating

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A state lawmaker says the process of letting domestic abuse suspects out of jail needs to be retooled to better protect victims.

Police say man kidnapped girl

Norwood, Sessions advocate get-tough approach to illegal aliens
WASHINGTON -- Dentist Charlie Norwood has spent most of his congressional career typecast as an expert in medical law. But since writing one of the toughest plans to deal with illegal aliens, Norwood has become public enemy No. 1 for those seeking a softer approach.

Dean rocks college but worries stand on gay rights will cost votes

Trial of doctor begins
Dr. Rita Nzeribe Udom didn't run the typical doctor's office, a prosecutor told a federal jury Monday. Most of her patients were people addicted to narcotics, the prosecutor said.

New terror regulations disrupt life of Johns Island immigrant

Town in S.C. foothills looks to profit from retirees, not factories
SENECA, S.C. -- Leaders of this town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians see gold in gray.

Kid of the day

States see rise in boating deaths
Georgia has had 11 boating-related fatalities this year, the highest number since 1999, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

A.R. Johnson wins national recognition

Cusseta officials hope government consolidation will help debt-ridden city

Across the area

Summit looks at ways to make exercise fun

Pupils, teachers make album

Trial of doctor begins

Chamber enters growth dispute

Charter-school fears fall amid low county numbers
AIKEN - Almost a month ago, administrators at Aiken County's two second-year public charter schools worried that poor test scores and a low rating by the federal No Child Left Behind Act would bring about an early demise for the fledgling learning centers.

County honors English teacher

Across South Carolina

Greenville school district doesn't advertise expulsion service

S.C. Guard to assist local law officials if Isabel turns

Walker County man is state's 13th West Nile virus case

Rock Hill case highlights need for Spanish translators

Georgia's first alligator hunting season is underway

Civic center authority agrees to new sign rental plan

Rants and Raves
THIS IS GENE SPIRES. I'm controller over the Richmond County Board of Education. I want to respond to a recent rant that asserted that Charles Larke, the school superintendent for Richmond County, had received a pay raise while teachers did not. That assertion is not accurate. He has not received a raise in pay for fiscal year 2004. However, many of the board employees, including teachers, did receive separate raises. Dr. Larke is not on a salary schedule that has steps, but he did not receive a raise in pay for the fiscal year 2004.

States see rise in boating deaths

A.R. Johnson wins national recognition
Do the math.

Car slams into bank
A bank in west Augusta was the target of an apparently unintentional break-in Sunday night, police said.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS GENE SPIRES. I'm controller over the Richmond County Board of Education. I want to respond to a recent rant that asserted that Charles Larke, the school superintendent for Richmond County, had received a pay raise while teachers did not. That assertion is not accurate. He has not received a raise in pay for fiscal year 2004. However, many of the board employees, including teachers, did receive separate raises. Dr. Larke is not on a salary schedule that has steps, but he did not receive a raise in pay for the fiscal year 2004.

Tenant takes time to help local pupils
A half-dozen middle school-age boys and girls file into an end unit on a weekday afternoon at Magnolia Park Apartments, book bags on their shoulders and notebooks and textbooks in their hands.

Mayor reiterates alcohol laws
Alcohol-license holders will receive a letter this week letting them know about an open-container ordinance adopted by the Augusta Commission on Sept. 2.

Summit looks at ways to make exercise fun
ATLANTA - When Allan Vargas visits schools throughout Costa Rica, he said, it's never hard for him to find overweight children - even in preschools.

Employee files lawsuit against chief appraiser
As Augusta Commission members prepare to request an investigation of the city tax assessors' office, Chief Appraiser Sonny Reece has been served with a lawsuit by a former deputy chief appraiser who says she was unfairly demoted late last year.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against Colin Powell. Mr. Powell should resign. He should not have been appointed by President Bush. He is a liberal and a socialist and supports abortion rights. He has criticized the Christian right, and his best buddy is Kofi Annan, another socialist.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -On Jan. 1, metro Atlanta is expected to join a handful of other urban areas around the country labeled as severe violators of federal anti-pollution regulations.

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE -A Cartersville veteran denied that he threatened U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey over a petition related to a veterans' benefit bill.

Across South Carolina
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE -Two young people were killed in a wreck in Lexington County, and a man has been arrested in the case, authorities said.

Across the area
A Papa John's employee told police that he was robbed while making a pizza delivery, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office reported.

Across the area
Jefferson County authorities were searching Monday for a killer after a Louisville, Ga., handyman was found shot to death in his home during the weekend.

Cusseta officials hope government consolidation will help debt-ridden city
CUSSETA, Ga. -- Cusseta officials hope the city government's upcoming consolidation with Chattahoochee County will help its troubled financial situation.

Commandments display draws suit from ACLU
WINDER, Ga. - In the face of defiant county commissioners, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing Barrow County to have it remove a Ten Commandments display in the county courthouse.

Mega Millions game, with promise of huge jackpots, disappointing so far
ATLANTA -- The whole point of the Mega Millions lottery was huge jackpots, headline jackpots, crowds-mobbing-the-gas-stations jackpots.

Chamber enters growth dispute
AIKEN - Trading tourism for a more focused promotion of business growth, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce is taking a more public stance on regulations aimed at curbing development in the city.

Police say man kidnapped girl
Police say a homeless man claiming to be God snatched a 2-year-old Augusta girl from inside a church sanctuary Sunday and ran two blocks before releasing her unharmed.

Divers find Confederate ironclad in 'very nice' condition
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- An iron-seeking salvage team tried to blow it up soon after the Civil War. Then it lay submerged for more than 100 years, a hidden behemoth, out of sight and mostly out of mind in the dark waters of the Savannah River.

Lawmaker wants to change bond process in domestic abuse cases
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A state lawmaker says the process of letting domestic abuse suspects out of jail needs to be retooled to protect victims better.

EPA expected to downgrade metro Atlanta's air quality rating
ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta come the new year is expected to join a handful of other urban areas around the country labeled as a severe violator of federal anti-pollution regulations.

Police look for missing woman
AIKEN - For the second time in two weeks, law enforcement officials have asked for the public's help in locating a woman reported missing in Aiken County.

Dawson mayor facing fraud charges
ALBANY, Ga. -- Dawson Mayor Robert Albritten is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday on 19 counts of insurance fraud and nine counts of forgery.

Rock Hill case highlights need for Spanish translators
YORK, S.C. -- During a recent trial here, Olga Doris Osorio, 29, was convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill for stabbing 34-year-old Juana Castillo in the stomach, severing nerves and veins in Castillo's left arm.

Isabel expected to bypass Georgia, but state keeps watch
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Although forecasts predict Hurricane Isabel will bypass the Georgia coast, state officials say they're keeping a close watch in case the storm changes track.

Georgia pastor bound for Liberia to help brother lead country
DECATUR, Ga. -- As pastor at a postcard-pretty Episcopal church in suburban Atlanta, Canon Burgess Carr is used to a life of peace and tranquility.

Georgia's first alligator hunting season is underway
ALBANY, Ga. -- Rebecca Tuten says the thought of hunting alligators in southwest Georgia's Lake Seminole or in the Chattahoochee River is "a little intimidating."

News you can use
SEPT. 15, 1975 Augusta City Council will today consider a proposed contract between the city and Richmond County for joint construction of a crime laboratory.

Atlanta bishop faces tough audience over gay bishop vote
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, the Rev. J. Neil Alexander, faced a tough audience as he tried to explain the Episcopal Church's decision to elect its first openly gay bishop.

Across the southeast

Georgia's system for caring for mentally ill criticized
ATLANTA -- The state's mental health system is failing the people who need it most amid criminal investigations, budget problems and the sometimes use of inexperienced volunteer workers, advocates say.

YDC inquiries remain active

S.C. justices rule against Jasper County in port case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that Jasper County improperly tried to take over land owned by the state of Georgia to use as a private port operation.

Across the area

Divers find Confederate ironclad in 'very nice' condition

News you can use

Lake Murray residents hope for early refill

Georgia's system for caring for mentally ill criticized

Georgia growers have large crop and the most promising prices in years

Police look for missing woman

Town in S.C. foothills looks to profit from retirees, not factories

Artist, nurse paints mural for cancer patients
SUMTER, S.C. -- A hospice nurse is using her artistic talent to help patients still looking for a cure.

Mega Millions game, with promise of huge jackpots, disappointing so far

S.C. Guard to assist local law officials if Isabel turns
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Should Hurricane Isabel threaten South Carolina, the state National Guard could put thousands of troops on the streets within hours to speed evacuations, a spokesman said Monday.

News you can use

New visitor center to blend in with historic site
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The geodesic dome and modern pavilion that once stood at Charles Towne Landing are gone.

Lawmaker wants to change bond process in domestic abuse cases

Lake Murray residents hope for early refill
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Residents around Lake Murray northwest of Columbia want the lake refilled earlier than planned, as a backup dam is constructed.

Mounting demands frustrate educators
AIKEN - Think of a shooting match where the marksman must hit a bull's-eye with every shot or a baseball game where a player wins only if every pitch is hit.

Greenville school district doesn't advertise expulsion service
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- More than 100 students expelled from Greenville County Schools last year were never informed about a legal service offered to them.

Across the southeast
MIAMI -Hurricane Isabel weakened slightly Sunday but was still a powerful Category 4 storm as it plowed across the Atlantic Ocean on a course that could slam it into the central East Coast late this week.

New terror regulations disrupt life of Johns Island immigrant
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A state law created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to keep terrorists from using large commercial vehicles is causing problems for a Johns Island man.

Funds speed road plans

Growing sense in S.C. that Isabel will pass
CHARLESTON, S.C. --South Carolinians cast a wary eye to the sea on Monday, but there was a growing sense that Hurricane Isabel, whose maximum winds weakened to 125 mph during the day, would spare the Palmetto State.

Mounting demands frustrate educators

Dean rocks college but worries stand on gay rights will cost votes
ATLANTA -- Howard Dean, the early front-runner among Democratic presidential hopefuls, looked to amp-up his support among the college crowd Monday as he launched a student outreach effort to the heavy bass beat of loud rock music and hand-lettered signs reading "Dean Rocks."

Tenant takes time to help local pupils

Walker County man is state's 13th West Nile virus case
ROME, Ga. -- A Walker County man has become the state's 13th case of West Nile virus this year, state health officials said Monday.

Pupils, teachers make album
Brookwood Elementary School pupils and staffers are making beautiful music together.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Alex Hargrove, 2, of Evans.

Dantzler, Edwards still waiting for their chance
ATLANTA - For the most part, they both just stood there.

Strong women's roles get warm reception at Toronto film fest

Depp scores another hit with 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'

Strong women's roles get warm reception at Toronto film fest
TORONTO -- Meg Ryan leaves behind cute and perky for grim and brooding. Nicole Kidman's an iron-willed janitor with dirty fingernails. Isabella Rossellini is a double-amputee beer baroness in a twisted search for the world's most sorrowful music.

Director Rodriguez wraps up two trilogies

Director Rodriguez wraps up two trilogies
LOS ANGELES -- His family-friendly "Spy Kids" trilogy safely tucked in bed, Robert Rodriguez turns bloody and brawling, topping off another film trifecta with "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," the final chapter in his gunslinging "El Mariachi-Desperado" saga.

Christian Bale cast as Bruce Wayne in new 'Batman' film

Depp scores another hit with 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'
LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Depp has made another transformation: oddball actor to box office moneymaker.

Georgia choir makes Hollywood debut in new movie

Christian Bale cast as Bruce Wayne in new 'Batman' film
LOS ANGELES -- Holy casting news! An "American Psycho" has been picked to star as Bruce Wayne in a new "Batman" movie.

Georgia choir makes Hollywood debut in new movie
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Their moment of fame lasted less than a minute, but a Georgia church choir isn't complaining as it makes its Hollywood debut in a new movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles.

O'Neil tells tales of life, baseball
It's hot inside the Augusta Museum of History, but Buck O'Neil is looking mighty cool in his jazzy purple suit, and the handsome, white-haired old dude knows it.

Springsteen's guitarist hosts rockers at Muzak's headquarters
FORT MILL, S.C. -- So what do you get when you bring guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band together with Muzak, the company best known for easygoing elevator music?

Sir Mix-A-Lot releases first album in seven years

Springsteen's guitarist hosts rockers at Muzak's headquarters

Sir Mix-A-Lot releases first album in seven years
SEATTLE -- The man who introduced big butts to pop culture is back.

Worries don't stop Johnson

Brian France ready to take over NASCAR reins
LOUDON, N.H. -- Brian France expected to eventually be the boss at NASCAR. He just didn't know it was going to happen so soon.

France will still be just down the hall at NASCAR command
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Should Brian France face any difficult dilemmas in his role as NASCAR's new leader, help won't be far away.

France will still be just down the hall at NASCAR command

Worries don't stop Johnson
LOUDON, N.H. - The only person who wasn't worried about the crash on pit road midway into Sunday's Sylvania 300 was Jimmie Johnson.

Brian France ready to take over NASCAR reins

East Coast bracing for arrival of Hurricane Isabel
TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. -- Residents up and down the East Coast boarded up windows with plywood, hauled their boats inland and stocked up on generators, batteries and flashlights Monday as a fearsome Hurricane Isabel churned toward land with winds howling at 140 mph.

East Coast bracing for arrival of Hurricane Isabel

Shock hope to complete turnaround against Sparks

Shock edge Sparks in Game 2
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Deanna Nolan's two free throws with 12.1 seconds left gave the Detroit Shock a 62-61 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday, and forced a decisive Game 3 in the WNBA Finals.

Shock hope to complete turnaround against Sparks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Swin Cash wants the perfect ending to the Detroit Shock's worst-to-first story.

Shock edge Sparks in Game 2

Court upholds NCAA trademark of 'March Madness'
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal court in Texas upheld "March Madness" as a trademark of the NCAA and the Illinois High School Association.

Vick still on crutches, Overstreet wears a sling

Dragged down

Jenkins, special teams shine in Carolina win over Tampa Bay

Panthers top Bucs in OT

Redskins edge Falcons

Pittman out for season with torn knee ligaments

Cowboys edge Giants in overtime

Receiver wants more chances to make plays

Mr. William Lee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Arthur Butler    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Stone-Perry    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ruth Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Wade Jackson Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Johnnie Perrin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Martin Renew Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Max Ruddle    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Melville Williford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Timothy Whitmore    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John Folk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Melville Williford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Betti Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Miss Aften Winfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dorothy Pontoon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bill Haire    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Willie Stevens    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Carl Hall    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Timmothy Whitmore    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Willie Jackson    (NORCROSS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Maurice Wise    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dorothy Day    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Mary Younger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Frances McMillin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Vera Appling    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Woodrow Jackson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Calvin Holliman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Catherine Hiott    (JACKSON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Frances McMillin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Annie Atkinson    (NUNEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Charles Raven    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Willard Burch, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Max Ruddle    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Elizabeth Brady    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Hilda Stewart    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Jessie Brisco Sr.    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Pauline Walker    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Elsie Claxton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Charles Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Henry Crouch    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Vera Appling    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Epps    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Frances Boyd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John Folk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Marie Craft    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dorothy Fulton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Epps    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Queen Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bill Gibbs Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Miss Jessie Gunby    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Catherine Hiott    (JACKSON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Jerry Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Rufus Marshall    (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Patience Knecht    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Catherine Hiott (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Wade Jackson Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Martin Renew Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Pontoon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances McMillin (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Fulton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Hall (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Raven (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Haire (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Folk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Aften Winfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Brisco Sr. (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Melville Williford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Boyd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Timothy Whitmore (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Rufus Marshall (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Catherine Hiott (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Max Ruddle (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Epps (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Jackson (NORCROSS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betti Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Gibbs Jr. (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Claxton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Holliman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Max Ruddle (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances McMillin (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Jessie Gunby (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Younger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Stevens (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Patience Knecht (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Butler (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Walker (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Burch, Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Queen Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Day (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Jackson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Epps (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Timmothy Whitmore (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Folk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

O'Neil tells tales of life, baseball

Sports community watching for Isabel's next move

Man arrested in killing of sister of Venus and Serena Williams

Women's soccer league suspends operations

Older sister of tennis stars Venus, Serena Williams shot to death

Overtime

Overtime

Mosley offers De La Hoya advice - and another fight

De La Hoya wants investigation of decision that cost him fight

Older sister of tennis stars Venus, Serena Williams shot to death
COMPTON, Calif. -- An older sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams was shot to death Sunday following a dispute in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

Overtime
In Compton, Calif., an older half-sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams was shot to death Sunday following a dispute in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

Sports community watching for Isabel's next move
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alabama-Birmingham coach Watson Brown has been through the eye of the storm before so he's taking Hurricane Isabel seriously.

Overtime
Tickets for USC Aiken's dedication ceremony Thursday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium are now on sale.

Mosley offers De La Hoya advice - and another fight
LAS VEGAS -- Shane Mosley took time off from celebrating his win over Oscar De La Hoya on Monday to offer some advice about dealing with a loss.

Man arrested in killing of sister of Venus and Serena Williams
COMPTON, Calif. -- A man was arrested in the shooting death of a sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, and authorities Monday searched for four other possible suspects in the slaying outside a house known to attract gang members.

Women's soccer league suspends operations
ATLANTA -- The WUSA shut down operations five days before the Women's World Cup, saying it didn't have enough money to stay in business for a fourth season.

De La Hoya wants investigation of decision that cost him fight
LAS VEGAS -- Concern was growing in Shane Mosley's corner as the rounds went on and it became obvious his fight with Oscar De La Hoya would be going to the judge's scorecards.

Panthers top Bucs in OT
TAMPA, Fla. -- John Kasay's fourth field goal, a 47-yarder with 3:28 remaining in overtime, capped a wild final few minutes as the Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their own game Sunday, 12-9.

Dragged down
ATLANTA - T.J. Duckett had the Georgia Dome rocking as he ran for his second touchdown early in the second quarter.

Receiver wants more chances to make plays
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As the frustration grows for Peerless Price, the Atlanta Falcons' star receiver is grateful to have a friend like Warrick Dunn.

Cowboys edge Giants in overtime
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This could have been one of Bill Parcells' worst losses. Billy Cundiff turned into one of his biggest wins.

Redskins edge Falcons
ATLANTA -- Patrick Ramsey and Laveranues Coles picked themselves off the Georgia Dome turf and led the Washington Redskins to an improbable victory.

Jenkins, special teams shine in Carolina win over Tampa Bay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina's Kris Jenkins vowed not to get into a verbal battle with Tampa Bay, promising to do all his talking on the football field.

Pittman out for season with torn knee ligaments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina defensive end Kavika Pittman will miss the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments, an injury the Panthers contend stemmed from a chop-block by Tampa Bay's Keenan McCardell.

Vick still on crutches, Overstreet wears a sling
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick's return to the field is still at least a month away.

Dantzler, Edwards still waiting for their chance

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

HBO's 'Carnivale' is an irresistible new drama series

TV executives voice opinions about new fall shows
NEW YORK -- Who knew? NBC entertainment chief Jeff Zucker has a thing for Kelly Ripa.

For television networks, a season of hope and renewal

'Ali & Jack' premieres Monday morning

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Beware of the word "experiment" when it's linked with television. Too often, an "experimental" TV series is one that gets axed after its first week, replaced by reruns of "The Drew Carey Show."

For television networks, a season of hope and renewal
NEW YORK -- Rob Lowe has left the White House for a law firm. Whoopi Goldberg is a hotel operator with a razor tongue. Mark Harmon investigates crimes in the military. Kelly Ripa is a washed-up soap star.

'Ali & Jack' premieres Monday morning
NEW YORK -- On Monday morning, as Regis and Kelly seat themselves before the cameras for the venerable "Live," another pair of co-hosts just a few blocks away will be launching their own live, syndicated daytime talk show.

CNN general manager replaced by Viacom executive
NEW YORK -- CNN's general manager, Teya Ryan, was ousted Monday as the network continues to grapple with the fallout of being the No. 2 cable news network behind Fox News Channel.

HBO's 'Carnivale' is an irresistible new drama series
NEW YORK -- In describing "Carnivale," HBO's new dramatic series, comparisons to director David Lynch are likely to crop up.

CNN general manager replaced by Viacom executive

ABC revamping 'This Week' by ditching roundtable
NEW YORK -- ABC is ditching the roundtable, a centerpiece of its Sunday morning political show, "This Week," since David Brinkley started it more than two decades ago.

Magician David Blaine endures hunger, ridicule in London

Carnegie Hall opens its third stage

Former kids' TV host remakes himself as an indie rock artist

Five Questions With Wendy Williams

Lopez Mania: World obsesses over blue-collar diva

Top 20 Concert Tours

More speculation: Ben and Jen splitsville on wedding day

Cool music, graphics make 'Otogi' worthwhile

Brown finally living up to hype for Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs waited four seasons for this.

Brown finally living up to hype for Bulldogs

Dogs' signals are straight
It's hard to quibble with three wins by a combined score of 90-17, but Mark Richt found a way.

Dogs' signals are straight

Holtz looking at quarterbacks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Wanted: Gamecocks quarterback. No experience necessary.

Xtreme calendar

College recruiters bring their schools to Augusta
Trying to find the right college can be a hassle, but to make it easier, CSRA College Night 2003 is bringing the colleges to students in the Augusta area.

Xtreme calendar
Anger Management, a comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, is available on DVD Tuesday.

Teens use journals to write down their thoughts
Keeping a journal is no longer just an English class exercise. In fact, writing down thoughts and capturing the details of the day is now a hobby for many teens.

Your style

Question of the week

Teens use journals to write down their thoughts

Lawsuits don't deter teens from downloading music

Audio best

Girl's woes with boy, friends complicate life
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have this guy friend and both my best friends like him and I like him. But he likes one of my other best friends. Here's what you had to say to this girl:

Your style
THE FACTS: Crystal N. Brisco, 18, a senior at Hephzibah High School.

Question of the week
Here's this week's question: Do you download music?

411

Lawsuits don't deter teens from downloading music
When the recording industry filed suit against 261 people last week for illegally downloading music, 18-year-old Devin Jennings should have been a little worried.

Girl's woes with boy, friends complicate life

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

411
Seen on a package of paper towels in Japan: "This towel is full dreams. I'll take them up one by one and bring all of them up carefully." In Japan, it's common for product designers to use English words to create a cool, modern look (just as some North Americans think it's cool to have tattoos of characters from Asian languages).

Odds and Ends

Divorced dad ordered to pay for daughter's college tuition

Cross country coach saves runner choking on stone