Stephen King receives honorary National Book Award
NEW YORK -- Stephen King doesn't have the literary reputation of Philip Roth or Arthur Miller, but now all three authors have something in common: an honorary 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
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.

Stephen King receives honorary National Book Award

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.

Stephen King to receive honorary National Book Award

Madonna publishes her children's book

Barnes & Noble to expand books aimed at Hispanic market

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

Bonds focused as ever after father's death
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' teammates are leaving him alone - and that's the way the San Francisco Giants' star slugger usually prefers it.

Bugs might be on their way to a bed near you

London police arrest man who allegedly taunted magician in a box
LONDON -- Police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly trying to cut the water line sustaining a magician who hopes to dangle 44 days in a box near Tower Bridge without food.

Odds and Ends
EASTON, Pa. -- Those who pay their tabs with bad checks get top billing on the marquee in front the Park Avenue Market.

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.

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.

Father convicted of forcing 12-year-old son to sell drugs
PHILADELPHIA -- A man was convicted of child endangerment and drug trafficking after his 12-year-old son testified that he forced him to deal drugs at an abandoned house, even making him carry a gun.

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.

Maddux, Lopez paired
MONTREAL - Acknowledging he plans to pair catcher Javy Lopez and pitcher Greg Maddux during the playoffs, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox started Lopez on Tuesday night, the first time he's caught Maddux during the regular season in five years.

15th win slips away

Maddux, Lopez paired

Braves crush Expos

15th win slips away
MONTREAL - Just when it seemed that Greg Maddux would nudge Cy Young aside, the Atlanta Braves' bullpen erased an extra line on his Hall of Fame plaque.

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.

Bar wants home closings regulated

Business briefs
Most Augusta-Aiken area employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels during the fourth quarter, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday.

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.

Industrial output edges up 0.1 percent in August

Leaders say plan will not protect

Auto workers, DaimlerChrysler reach tentative contract

Appeals court to consider music industry subpoenas
WASHINGTON -- An Internet company wants a federal appeals panel to help disarm lawyers for the music industry, blocking them from using special copyright subpoenas in a campaign to track and sue computer users who download songs online.

Fed holds key short-term interest rate steady at 45-year low

Low-sulfur gas goes on sale in 45 counties - at higher cost
ATLANTA -- Low-sulfur gasoline goes on sale in a 45-county area Tuesday in a pollution-curbing move that will cost motorists about $1 more every time they fill up.

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.

Sonoco to sell plastic grocery bag division

Business briefs

Jump in energy costs lifts consumer prices 0.3 percent in August

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.

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.

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

Jump in energy costs lifts consumer prices 0.3 percent in August
WASHINGTON -- Rising gasoline costs put a dent in motorists' wallets in August and contributed to the biggest increase in consumer prices in five months, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.

Senate approves measure to undo media ownership regulations
WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved a resolution Tuesday to repeal media ownership rules critics say could lead to a wave of mergers and ultimately stifle diversity and local viewpoints in news and entertainment.

Plant takes shape amid production

Leaders say plan will not protect
AIKEN - President Bush isn't moving forcefully enough to protect American factory jobs from an onslaught of Chinese imports, some manufacturing and textile industry officials said Tuesday.

Senate approves measure to undo media ownership regulations

AOL announces new deal to sell Hawks and Thrashers

Morris company reveals earnings

Economist: Budget outlook may not be as bleak as depicted

Sonoco to sell plastic grocery bag division
HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Sonoco Products Co. is selling its division that makes plastic grocery bags to a California company.

States join IRS to combat tax evasion
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced a new partnership with state tax administrators aimed at cracking down on tax evasion.

Bar wants home closings regulated
Fred Reed's job as a field technician for Avaya Communications gives him the flexibility to work out of his home in Evans.

Stations get new formats

Chamber honors doctor's business
NORTH AUGUSTA - Optometrist John Smith said that when he started his practice on Georgia Avenue in 1980, he was "young, out of school and completely broke."

Smart tags moving rapidly - too rapidly for some

States join IRS to combat tax evasion

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.

Low-sulfur gas goes on sale in 45 counties - at higher cost

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.

Appeals court to consider music industry subpoenas

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

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.

Fed holds key short-term interest rate steady at 45-year low
WASHINGTON --The Federal Reserve held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Tuesday amid signs that the economy is getting on firmer footing after months of wobbling.

Yanity to call Clemson football

Bowden wants more from Clemson

Yanity to call Clemson football
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Upstate broadcaster Pete Yanity was chosen Tuesday to call Clemson football this season, bringing a comforting, familiar voice to Tiger fans knocked back by the death of longtime announcer Jim Phillips.

Bowden wants more from Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden knows his team's problems are far from fixed, even after its best win of the season.

Florida looking different with Zook's Run 'N' Gun
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- They run on first-and-10. They run on third-and-long. They run the option, off-tackle and around right and left end.

Tuesday morning quarterback

Florida looking different with Zook's Run 'N' Gun

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

Paterno unconcerned about Bowden overtaking wins record

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.

Rivers gets ACC's top offensive award

Paterno unconcerned about Bowden overtaking wins record
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After back-to-back losses on the field, Penn State coach Joe Paterno is losing ground to Florida State's Bobby Bowden for the most wins in major college football.

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.

Let's see evidence

California zaniness

Speed tickets welcome

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.

Changing the weather
Demoralizing.

California zaniness
Recent events remove any doubt that California is the land of fruits and nuts.

Classic circus comes to Augusta Mall
Parked next to the minivans, SUVs, and economy cars at the Augusta Mall will be ferocious tigers and 2-ton elephants. And don't forget the cotton candy.

Stuff to do
The Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival opens at 7 p.m. Thursday with Live from the Bluebird Cafe, featuring three Nashville, Tenn., songwriters swapping stories and songs at the Augusta Common: Karen Staley, Paul Jefferson and Wood Newton.

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

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."

Modjeska gives its patrons top priority
Modjeska Ultra Lounge and Cocktails on Broad Street is a pleasant contradiction: The scene inside is so upscale that it's surprising how laid back and down-to-earth everyone is.

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."

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.

John Ritter remembered in private service; TV tribute to air Tuesday
LOS ANGELES -- Actor John Ritter was remembered by his family and close friends at a private service Monday, four days after his sudden death.

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.

Stocks resume their upward path, more than regaining previous session's losses

Stocks resume their upward path, more than regaining previous session's losses
NEW YORK -- Stocks traded higher Tuesday, holding their gains after the Federal Reserve announced it was leaving interest rates unchanged at a 45-year low of 1 percent. That decision affirmed investors' belief that the economy is on the path to recovery and soothed concerns about deflation threatening the nation's growth.

Vegetarian cooking with eggplants

Pack mini pizzas with nutritious fruit
Fruit-flavored pizzas are easy to make and offer a tasty variation on traditional snacking options. Mini pizzas are appealing for children to handle, to munch while playing - and even to help prepare.

Barberitos serves while you watch

Vegetarian cooking with eggplants
CONCORD, N.H. -- Always on the lookout for new and imaginative ways to serve eggplant, I was struck by two recipes that recently landed on my desk - one traditional but wonderfully simple, the other completely unexpected.

Lamb dish fits well into busy schedule
If you want streamlined action in your kitchen, you'd rightly expect a book titled Matthew Kenney's Big City Cooking: Recipes for a Fast-Paced World to have some answers for you. It does.

Small portions
Herbs will last long if you remove any bands or ties from bunches before storing. When stored in a tight bunch, herbs deteriorate from the inside out and along the tie. Store hardy herbs - thyme, rosemary, oregano, tarragon, and sage - loosely packed in a paper-towel-lined sealed container.

Small portions

Dinng out

Barberitos serves while you watch
If you haven't already been to Barberitos in Daniel Village on Wrightsboro Road, you should devote your next lunch outing to this recently opened Southwestern grille and cantina.

Lamb dish fits well into busy schedule

Dinng out
Reviews of area restaurants

Georgia Tech gets ready to face Clemson
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech likely will be favored against Clemson on Saturday, a somewhat unfamiliar role for the Yellow Jackets this season.

Halfback has come a long way
ATLANTA - There's nothing that can stop P.J. Daniels from smiling.

Halfback has come a long way

Georgia Tech gets ready to face Clemson

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.

The possible death (again) of the LPGA Skins Game

Cups no longer cupcakes for U.S.

A contrast in captaincy for Europe
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Already saddened by the U.S. defeat at the Solheim Cup, Patty Sheehan broke down in tears at the closing ceremony when European captain Catrin Nilsmark paid her a touching tribute.

The possible death (again) of the LPGA Skins Game
The rebirth of the LPGA Skins Game might be short-lived.

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.

Singh wins Deere Classic, takes money lead

A contrast in captaincy for Europe

Quarterback comeback

Timing of break isn't welcomed by 0-3 Westside

Washington County lineman commits
When Seth Watts took his first step into Sanford Stadium to watch Georgia battle New Mexico State last year - partly to see the Bulldogs and partly to watch his brother, Jesse, play the bass drum in the Red Coat Marching Band - the Washington County offensive lineman was blown away.

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

Timing of break isn't welcomed by 0-3 Westside
After an 0-3 start to the season, you'd think Westside coach Gerald Barnes would be ready for the Patriots' open date this week.

Pasta dish can be a favorite of the young, old
If your family loves pasta, but tires of regular spaghetti with tomato sauce, they'll love a creamy change of pace with this week's recipe for pasta with prosciutto and peas.

Pasta dish can be a favorite of the young, old

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

Missing Aiken woman located, held by police
AIKEN - A missing Aiken woman who might have staged her own abduction to avoid police was arrested Tuesday night in Edisto Beach.

The progress we have made in Iraq is worth price paid
From some of the reports on television and from some letters and editorials, one would think that the president came on television and announced that we have now decided that we lost the war in Iraq because everything is not clean and tidy after about four months. To some, this seems to mean we have now "lost the peace" after winning the war. John Naglich, Evans, Ga.

Agrees school policies set bad examples
I agree with the letter written by Bobby Ross on Sept. 4, "Unexcused absences set a bad example." Gay C. Shaw, Augusta

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

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.

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.

Supports bringing Modern Pit Facility to SRS
While I could not attend the recent meeting with Department of Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham due to a prior commitment, I fully support the effort to bring the Modern Pit Facility to the Savannah River Site. Max Burns, Washington, D.C.

Supports bringing Modern Pit Facility to SRS

Claim GOP out-sources jobs to India is false

Agrees school policies set bad examples

Buy American; the job you save may be your own

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?

In the know

Fall beauty preview: Last days of disco, again? Say goodbye to glitter

Belly dancers say they dance to work up a sweat

Seniors calendar

Fall colors herald a return to classic glamour

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

Fall beauty preview: Last days of disco, again? Say goodbye to glitter
NEW YORK -- Consider these the last days of disco. Again. Strong, sultry eyes are still the big story in the world of cosmetics this fall, but glitter addicts beware: The smoky eyes are now part of a more matte face. Eyes, cheeks and lips can still have a little shimmer, but put away the gold flecks and high gloss that have been popular the past few years.

Digital panoramas are striking and easy to create
When I first became serious about photography, in the early '90s, the easiest and best way to make panoramic pictures was to use a professional panoramic camera. Panoramic cameras, made by Fuji, Hasselblad, Linhof, Noblex and others, range in price from less than $1,000 to several thousands of dollars. These camera take wonderful pictures, and many pros still choose them for their assignments and personal work.

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.

In the know
Ortega is looking for Mexican-inspired recipes for its Mama Would be Proud recipe contest. Cooks with tasty dishes they think deserve to be passed down through generations can send in a recipe that includes at least one Ortega product to ortega.com or Ortega Mama Would be Proud Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 19680, Seattle, WA 98109-1680.

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.

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.

Sale of Lynx nears done deal

Lynx ready for fresh start

Lynx ready for fresh start
With one month to go, there is probably two months worth of work left ahead as the Augusta Lynx prepare to open the ECHL season Oct. 17.

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.

Buyers of Lynx get new ad deal

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.

Jury awards $150,000 in hair loss case

Prison officials warn of pending closures
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Rutledge State Prison in Columbus will have to close its doors if additional budget cuts are necessary, joining another prison and two diversion centers already forced to close, a prison official said Monday.

Worker, patients testify in drug case
Making money was easy at The Medical Center in Augusta, Carolyn Mack said. The doctor simply wrote prescriptions and raked in as much as $110 a pop.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Commandments display draws suit from ACLU

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.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for man in standoff
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Greenville prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend at the grocery store where she worked.

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.

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG -A grand jury has indicted the purchasing director for South Carolina State University, accusing him of using a school-issued credit card to buy a television and other personal items.

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.

Governor, military watching, awaiting Isabel's moves

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.

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

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.

Police look for missing woman

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.

State Sen. Billy O'Dell switches to GOP

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."

Myrtle Beach residents, tourists hardly concerned with Isabel
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Residents and tourists here were hardly concerned Tuesday that a powerful hurricane was drifting toward the East Coast - a drastic change from a few days ago when Hurricane Isabel's path was still in doubt.

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.

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

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.

Worker, patients testify in drug case

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.

Myrtle Beach residents, tourists hardly concerned with Isabel

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.

Missing Aiken woman located, held by police

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.

Mayor reiterates alcohol laws

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.

Georgia's system for caring for mentally ill criticized

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.

Lake Murray residents hope for early refill

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.

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

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.

News you can use
SEPT. 17, 1922 Dr. George Preston, the superintendent of the Gracewood School for the Mentally Defective, was informed by wire yesterday that Gov. Thomas Hardwick had not accepted the offer of the Citizens and Southern Bank of a loan with which to finance the Gracewood Institution until the state Legislature meets next summer.

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.

Salmonella found in floor drain of Kennesaw restaurant, which will open Thursday

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.

Federal officials rebuke Dentistry Board
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Federal officials have issued a complaint against the state board that regulates dentists because of an emergency regulation that barred a hygienist from providing routine dental care to poor students two years ago.

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.

Governor, military watching, awaiting Isabel's moves
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford and his emergency preparedness team received hourly updates on Hurricane Isabel as portions of the state were placed under a tropical storm watch Tuesday.

Georgia's first alligator hunting season is underway

New trial granted for previously convicted murderer
ATLANTA -- Because a Gwinnett County Superior Court judge erred in limiting the time he allowed for closing arguments, a previously convicted murderer and drug trafficker will be granted a new trial or a new deal with the district attorney.

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

Police seek car in store owner's shooting
Authorities are looking for a car that might have been near the scene of last month's fatal shooting of a convenience store owner.

Greenville school district doesn't advertise expulsion service

Group reports less money for HIV, AIDS in South
ATLANTA - The Southern AIDS Conference begins today in New Orleans, where health advocates hope to draw attention to what they say is a dangerous shortage of federal funding for Southerners living with HIV or AIDS.

County honors English teacher

Soldiers' dinner has to wait

Chamber enters growth dispute

City forms plan to fix budget shortfall

Pupils, teachers make album

County approves pet cremation

Across the area

New trial granted for previously convicted murderer

A.R. Johnson wins national recognition

Group reports less money for HIV, AIDS in South

Kid of the day

Efficiency committee splits on elections

New terror regulations disrupt life of Johns Island immigrant

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.

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

Trial of doctor begins

Police say man kidnapped girl

Isabel expected to bypass Georgia, but state keeps watch

City forms plan to fix budget shortfall
Some city positions will remain unfilled through the end of the year under a plan approved Tuesday by Augusta commissioners to make up for a $1.5 million shortfall.

News you can use

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.

Divers find Confederate ironclad in 'very nice' condition

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.

Police examine taped message
AIKEN - Aiken police are analyzing an ominous voice message that indicates a missing woman might have encountered an intruder while moving belongings from her former home Monday morning.

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."

Efficiency committee splits on elections
COLUMBIA - The committee Gov. Mark Sanford appointed to make government more efficient was sharply divided Tuesday on turning seven statewide elected officials' jobs into appointed positions.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Nicholas Deshon Brown II, 3, of Augusta.

Police examine taped message

Panel OKs refund of legal fees

Across the area

Group studies buying depot

County approves pet cremation
Despite objections that the local government would be undercutting private businesses, county officials decided Tuesday to provide pet cremations to the public.

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.

Student charged with threatening judge
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 15-year-old Richland Northeast High student has been charged with threatening a state Appeals Court judge seeking to prosecute about two dozen students who trashed her home in an out of control party.

Leader wants change in form

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.

Ceremony breaks ground for library, arts center
A ballerina, Raggedy Ann and Mother Goose posed for cameras in front of a massive yellow bulldozer surrounded by children.

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

Lawmakers: Bill to close Port Royal could come next year
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A state lawmaker says a bill to close Port Royal and allow for the development of the 22 waterfront acres could be approved by the General Assembly next year.

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.

Education Department, Oversight Committee disagree on tests
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two education agencies still disagree about whether students in grades three through eight should take two or four standardized tests next spring.

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.

State Sen. Billy O'Dell switches to GOP
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In the first state Senate party switch since January 2001, Sen. Billy O'Dell of Ware Shoals has announced he is now a Republican.

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.

Episcopal convention to debate asking world leaders' help
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Episcopal leaders from the Lowcountry may ask the Anglican Church's international leadership to intervene now that the national Episcopal Church has ratified the election of a gay bishop.

ACLU files lawsuit against Barrow County for not removing Ten Commandments
ATLANTA -- The American Civil Liberties Union is filing a federal lawsuit against Barrow County, after county officials refused to remove a parchment copy of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.

Math teacher acquitted of murder in father's slaying with golf club
MACON, Ga. -- A Superior Court jury acquitted an Albany math teacher of murder charges Monday in the golf-club slaying of his 83-year-old father 13 years ago.

Embattled Martin resigns as DHR commissioner
ATLANTA -- Jim Martin resigned Tuesday as commissioner of the Department of Human Resources, the health and welfare agency under fire for the deaths of two toddlers this summer.

Salmonella found in floor drain of Kennesaw restaurant, which will open Thursday
ATLANTA -- Health officials on Tuesday determined that a Kennesaw buffet restaurant was the source of a salmonella outbreak that made more than two dozen patrons ill.

Fire fee enforcement sought
AIKEN - Aiken County's volunteer fire departments sounded a financial alarm to county officials Tuesday, asking for help in collecting money from the people they protect.

Broadcast program helps timid kids improve speaking skills
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The camera focuses in and the tape begins to roll and fourth-grader Tyesha Wilson is clearly nervous. Fighting her nerves she says, "Good morning, Goodyear," as her news report is broadcast by closed-circuit television into every classroom of the elementary school.

Money queries answered
Turnstiles at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center revolved constantly Tuesday evening, as thousands of students and parents attended the 10th annual CSRA College Night.

Group studies buying depot
A piece of riverfront property, owned by city pensioners and managed by elected officials, is being considered for purchase by the Downtown Development Authority, the revitalization group's executive director said Tuesday.

Soldiers' dinner has to wait
AIKEN - Whenever they get back, members of Aiken's 450th Ordnance Company have a free, warm meal waiting on them.

EPA expected to downgrade metro Atlanta's air quality rating

Across the area
Thomas Atkins withdrew his candidacy from the District 8 Augusta Commission race Tuesday, less than a week after filing papers to run for the south Augusta seat.

Education Department, Oversight Committee disagree on tests

Leader wants change in form
City Administrator George Kolb said Tuesday he welcomes an annual evaluation of his job performance.

News you can use

Panel OKs refund of legal fees
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. will take up the recommendation that it refund legal fees to the Georgia Medical Center Authority at its Sept. 29 meeting.

Kid of the day

Jury awards $150,000 in hair loss case
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County jury awarded $150,000 last week to an Athens woman who was left mostly bald after a nightmarish visit to a local beauty salon.

Embattled Martin resigns as DHR commissioner

Across Georgia
ALBANY -A bus driver and 14 pupils ages 6 to 18 were hospitalized with minor injuries Tuesday morning when the bus collided with a construction truck, officials said.

ACLU files lawsuit against Barrow County for not removing Ten Commandments

Rants and Raves
WHAT IS A cheerleader? Is it no longer to lead the crowd in the stands to cheer for the players? All you see anymore are the dances in front of a small select group. It's a shame that it's the players on the sidelines that get the crowds to cheer for them. What happened to the cheerleaders interacting with the crowd? Do we even need them?

Across South Carolina

Fire fee enforcement sought

Rants and Raves
WHAT IS A cheerleader? Is it no longer to lead the crowd in the stands to cheer for the players? All you see anymore are the dances in front of a small select group. It's a shame that it's the players on the sidelines that get the crowds to cheer for them. What happened to the cheerleaders interacting with the crowd? Do we even need them?

Defense gives team success
ATLANTA - As soon as Chan Gailey saw the words printed in black and white, he knew they'd be taped on every locker room bulletin board from Clemson, S.C., to College Park, Md., to Athens, Ga.

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

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies

Georgia choir makes Hollywood debut in new 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.

Critical choice

DVD Extras

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?

Springsteen's guitarist hosts rockers at Muzak's headquarters

Appeals court to consider music industry subpoenas
WASHINGTON -- An Internet company wants a federal appeals panel to help disarm lawyers for the music industry, blocking them from using special copyright subpoenas in a campaign to track and sue computer users who download songs online.

Appeals court to consider music industry subpoenas

Impending storm cancels some activities at Dover
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The expected path of Hurricane Isabel has prompted NASCAR to cancel the on-track activities at Dover International Speedway scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

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

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

Bryant's lawyers press for accuser's medical records, seek hearing on request
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers have asked for a hearing on their request for medical records of the woman who accused him of rape, saying the documents would help the judge evaluate her credibility.

Shock hope to complete turnaround against Sparks

Shock win WNBA finals
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Shock put a perfect ending on their worst-to-first story.

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.

Bryant's lawyers press for accuser's medical records, seek hearing on request

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

Cowboys edge Giants in overtime

Pittman out for season with torn knee ligaments

Jenkins, special teams shine in Carolina win over Tampa Bay

Receiver wants more chances to make plays

Carolina's Cooper arrested after early morning traffic stop

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Pakistan is vital to America's international strategy
THE PAKISTANI-AMERICAN community in the Central Savannah River Area recently celebrated the 56th anniversary of Pakistan's independence from Great Britain. The celebration was organized by the Pakistan American Cultural Association of Augusta.

Pakistan is vital to America's international strategy
THE PAKISTANI-AMERICAN community in the Central Savannah River Area recently celebrated the 56th anniversary of Pakistan's independence from Great Britain. The celebration was organized by the Pakistan American Cultural Association of Augusta.

Women's soccer league suspends operations

Man arrested in killing of sister of Venus and Serena Williams

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Sports community watching for Isabel's next move

Gang associate arrested in killing of sister of Venus and Serena Williams

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Mosley offers De La Hoya advice - and another fight

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Auto racing Hurricane Isabel forces changes The expected path of Hurricane Isabel has prompted NASCAR to cancel the on-track activities at Dover (Del.) International Speedway Thursday and Friday.

Gang associate arrested in killing of sister of Venus and Serena Williams
COMPTON, Calif. -- Police investigating the slaying of Venus and Serena Williams' older sister focused on the possibility that a gang feud or a drug dispute might have led to the death of the 31-year-old mother of three.

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

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.

AOL Time Warner announces sale of Hawks and Thrashers
ATLANTA -- AOL Time Warner agreed to sell its pro basketball and hockey teams in Atlanta to a group of eight investors that includes a family link to former owner Ted Turner.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carolina's Cooper arrested after early morning traffic stop
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive back Jarrod Cooper was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday and charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Defense gives team success

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

CNN general manager replaced by Viacom executive

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.

McCallum becomes man from 'NCIS'

For television networks, a season of hope and renewal

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.

McCallum becomes man from 'NCIS'
LOS ANGELES -- The mop of hair. The iconoclastic turtleneck. A beguiling foreign accent.

Magician David Blaine endures hunger, ridicule in London

Cool music, graphics make 'Otogi' worthwhile

Lopez Mania: World obsesses over blue-collar diva

Modjeska gives its patrons top priority

Classic circus comes to Augusta Mall

It could be a preview of the SEC title game when Georgia visits LSU

Big game, little game, Saban says they're all the same
BATON ROUGE, La. -- After the likes of Louisiana-Monroe and Western Illinois, and even Arizona - all easy pickings for LSU, coach Nick Saban can understand why the fans will be hyping Saturday's game.

Big game, little game, Saban says they're all the same

Time comes for backups to catch on
ATHENS, Ga. - Sean Bailey says he's ready. Bryan McClendon said it's why he came to Georgia. The same goes for Mario Raley.

Stingy Dawgs: Georgia dominating on defense

It could be a preview of the SEC title game when Georgia visits LSU
ATLANTA -- Don't be surprised if No. 7 Georgia and No. 11 Louisiana State face each other twice this season.

Time comes for backups to catch on

Stingy Dawgs: Georgia dominating on defense
ATHENS, Ga. -- The best strategy for scoring against Georgia? Get far enough behind so the Bulldogs bring in their backups.

Thomas says he's transferring to Middle Tennessee State
ATHENS, Ga. -- Steve Thomas says he's transferring to Middle Tennessee State, less than a week after he was kicked off the Georgia basketball team by new coach Dennis Felton.

South Carolina searching for quarterback

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

South Carolina searching for quarterback
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Add this to the oxymoron list - quarterback security.

Tournaments honor death of local legend
Irene DeBarge will be honored at two tournaments this fall, starting with the CSRA Women's Golf Association 54-Hole Championship at West Lake Country Club on Sept. 25.

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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).

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.

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

Question of the week

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:

Lawsuits don't deter teens from downloading music

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

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

Your style

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.

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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

Teens use journals to write down their thoughts

Audio best

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:

London police arrest man who allegedly taunted magician in a box

Cross country coach saves runner choking on stone

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Divorced dad ordered to pay for daughter's college tuition

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