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.

Stephen King receives honorary National Book Award

Marlins maintain lead in wild card
PHILADELPHIA - Jeff Conine homered, drove in three runs and made two outstanding defensive plays in left field, leading the Florida Marlins to an 11-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

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.

Marlins maintain lead in wild card

Expos begin negotiations with Guerrero
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Expos have started contract talks with Vladimir Guerrero's agent, hoping to sign the star slugger to a long-term deal before he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

Nathaniel Owen Menger

Brandon Christian Bowen

Kirsten Nicole Burrow and Katrina Lynn Burrow

Nickolas Conrad Poss
Mr. and Mrs. David R. Poss of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Nickolas Conrad Poss, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Caldwell of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. William Poss of Blythe.

Owen Michael Roy

Brandon Christian Bowen
Mark and Jennifer Bowen of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brandon Christian Bowen, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Glenna Rendell of Atlanta, Jim Rendell of Albany, Ga., Jimmy Bowen of North Augusta and the late Christian Bowen.

Tori Brooke Clements
Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Clements Jr. of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Tori Brooke Clements, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Braswell Sr. of Blythe, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Clements Sr. of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ballard of Martinez.

Nathaniel Owen Menger
Richard and Julie Menger of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nathaniel Owen Menger, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Tom and Ginger Nicholson and Carl and Dianne Menger, all of Augusta, and the late Kay Menger.

Owen Michael Roy
Jack W.C. Roy Jr. and Michele K. Roy of Evans announce the birth of a son, Owen Michael Roy, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Marilyn K. LePore of Washington, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Jack W.C. Roy Sr. of Grovetown and the late Michael J. LePore.

Isaiah Joshua Marshall
Eric L. Marshall and Keneshia M. Parks, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Isaiah Joshua Marshall, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Valarie Parks of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Marshall of Grovetown.

Daniel Anthony Brown

Andrew Ezequiel Lopez
Stanley and Heather Lopez of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Andrew Ezequiel Lopez, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Archie Jones Jr. and Roger W. Bennett, all of Waycross, Ga., and Jorge and Marta Lopez of Elkton, Md.

Evan JoVaughn Golphin

Ahmad Na'Shid Lee
John Bowman and Natalie N. Lee, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Ahmad Na'Shid Lee, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Annette Lee and Gary Sapp, both of Augusta.

Benjamin Carson Jennings

Dalton Corey Johnson
Corey S. and Brook T. Johnson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Dalton Corey Johnson, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin A. Taylor of Greenwood, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Lyon of Aiken.

Lauren Rose Smith
Jeffery and Beth Smith of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Rose Smith, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Sarafin of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony W. Smith of Villa Rica, Ga.

Tamra Mackenzie Johnson
Christopher Johnson and Roxanne Crawford, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Tamra Mackenzie Johnson, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Crawford Jr. of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Johnson Sr. of Stillwater, N.Y.

Camden Ja Kobe Davis
Dennis Brown and Kaneka Davis, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Camden Ja Kobe Davis, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ann Davis, Terry Brown, Elnora Davis, Geneva Brown and Dennis Brown, all of Augusta and the late Rebecca Berry.

Benjamin Carson Jennings
Duane and Ellen Jennings of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Carson Jennings, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stanley of Fayetteville, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jennings of Raleigh, N.C.

Isaiah Joshua Marshall

Patrick Edward Robinson II
Patrick E. Robinson and Jennifer N. Powell, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Patrick Edward Robinson II, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are James and Sharon Powell of Martinez and Bobby and Pam Robinson of Waynesboro, Ga.

Jurne Marie Smith

Travis Allen Dixon II
Travis A. and Catherine M. Dixon of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Travis Allen Dixon II, Friday, July 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Victor Beckman of Hephzibah, Gary Weishaupt and Glenna Weishaupt, both of Lexington, S.C., and the late Allen Dixon.

Travis Allen Dixon II

Evan JoVaughn Golphin
Audrell L. Golphin and Alicia R. White, both of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Evan JoVaughn Golphin, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Peggy E. White and Luther and Earnestine Patterson, all of Waynesboro, Robert Golphin of Munnerlyn, Ga., and the late John W. White.

Timothy John Fay

Benjamin Brooks Blackburn
Brooks and Brandi Blackburn of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Brooks Blackburn, Friday, July 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blackwell of Hephzibah, Jack and Lisa Blackburn of Augusta and Dennis and Mareese Stone of Savannah, Ga.

Camden Ja Kobe Davis

Ahmad Na'Shid Lee

Tori Brooke Clements

Margaret Jewel Van Winkle

Kirsten Nicole Burrow and Katrina Lynn Burrow
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Burrow of Martinez announce the birth of twin daughters, Kirsten Nicole Burrow and Katrina Lynn Burrow, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny S. Boyle of Kansas City, Kan., Herbert Burrow of Vallejo, Calif., and Inell Burrow of Baltimore, Md.

Haylee Alexis Seigler

Cleveland James Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Brett Cooper of Evans announce the birth of a son, Cleveland James Cooper, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Easler of Norwood, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Cooper of North Augusta.

Patrick Edward Robinson II

Peyton Grace Stone
Casey K. and Lindsay S. Stone of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Peyton Grace Stone, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Linda Steele and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stone, all of North Augusta, and the late John Steele.

Haylee Alexis Seigler
Shawn D. Seigler of Augusta and Crystal R. Boyd of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Haylee Alexis Seigler, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Pansy Jones and Curtis Boyd of Aiken and Sue Seigler of Augusta.

Tamra Mackenzie Johnson

Jurne Marie Smith
Reginald T. and Regina W. Smith of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jurne Marie Smith, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Teresa Goudeau of Augusta, Glenda and Robert Hall of Woodville, Ga., and Wendell Smith of Athens, Ga.

Leslie Marie Widener
Chad and Crystal Widener of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Leslie Marie Widener, Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Karen Latham and Mr. and Mrs. Don Widener, all of Grovetown.

Timothy John Fay
Adam J. and Paulette B. Fay of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Timothy John Fay, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Blankenship of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Fay of Edgefield.

Peyton Grace Stone

Cleveland James Cooper

Collier Austin Davis
Daniel and Ashley Davis of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Collier Austin Davis, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Newsome and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis, all of Evans.

Nickolas Conrad Poss

Leslie Marie Widener

Andrew Ezequiel Lopez

Margaret Jewel Van Winkle
Bobby G. and Pamela J. Van Winkle of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Margaret Jewel Van Winkle, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Teresa McGahee, Linda Van Winkle and Henry Van Winkle, all of Augusta, and Mike McGahee of Martinez.

Collier Austin Davis

Lauren Rose Smith

Benjamin Brooks Blackburn

Daniel Anthony Brown
Thomas A. and Tonya G. Brown of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Daniel Anthony Brown, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Douglas R. Gantt of Hephzibah, John Lemon and Toni Fletcher, both of Martinez, and the late Mary E. Gantt.

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.

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.

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.

Voters reject a proposed 10-cent espresso tax
SEATTLE -- After voters in this caffeine capital rejected a proposed 10-cent tax on espresso drinks, cafe owners celebrated with beer, wine and - what else? - lattes.

Odds and Ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- In this race, everyone was a wiener.

Odds and Ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- In this race, everyone was a wiener.

Judge resigns leadership amid criticism over joke e-mails
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A chief District Court judge resigned his leadership position amid criticism for sending around e-mails that poked fun at minorities or were sexually oriented.

Braves get easy victory over 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.

15th win slips away

Maddux, Lopez paired

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.

Braves get easy victory over Expos
MONTREAL -- Mike Hampton allowed three hits in five innings and hit a home run as the Atlanta Braves closed in on their record 12th straight division title with a 14-4 victory over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

House permanently bans taxes on Internet access

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.

Jump in energy costs lifts consumer prices 0.3 percent in August

Consumers' confidence in economy fell to 8-week low

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.

American Suzuki president to attend Evans dealer grand opening
Outside of Masters Week, it's not often that the top brass of an international company visits Columbia County, and local economic developers don't plan to squander the opportunity.

Sonoco to sell plastic grocery bag division

Grasso clawed his way up to most powerful man on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard A. Grasso, who resigned Wednesday amid outrage over his multimillon dollar pay package, meticulously worked his way up from an $81-a-week clerk to become one of the most powerful men on Wall Street.

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.

Bottled water recalled because caps can come off and choke young children
WASHINGTON -- An Atlanta company is recalling 3.2 million bottles of water after receiving 10 complaints of caps unexpectedly coming off and posing a choking hazard to young children.

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.

AOL may be dropped from AOL Time Warner
NEW YORK -- AOL Time Warner Inc. will consider a proposal at its board meeting Thursday to drop the troubled "AOL" part of its name, sources said, in what would be the latest acknowledgment that the grand hopes behind the merger of old and new media giants have failed.

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.

Consumers' confidence in economy fell to 8-week low
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - U.S. consumer confidence declined last week to its lowest level in eight weeks, according to the latest ABC News/Money Magazine poll.

AOL may be dropped from AOL Time Warner

House permanently bans taxes on Internet access
WASHINGTON -- Connections to the Internet would remain tax-free under a bill the House passed Wednesday.

Appeals court to consider music industry subpoenas

Bar wants home closings regulated

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."

Business briefs
Augusta's Electrolux Home Products,maker of Frigidaire appliances, will kick off celebrations today for the 85th anniversary of the refrigerator.

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.

Natural gas crisis eases, but higher fuel costs predicted
WASHINGTON -- Natural gas supplies have rebounded because of a cool summer that lowered demand, but consumers will still see higher fuel costs this winter, an Energy Department official said Wednesday.

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.

Grasso clawed his way up to most powerful man on Wall Street

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.

Senate approves measure to undo media ownership regulations

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.

Business briefs

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.

NYSE chairman resigns amid furor over lavish pay package

American Suzuki president to attend Evans dealer grand opening

Leaders say plan will not protect

States join IRS to combat tax evasion

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

Natural gas crisis eases, but higher fuel costs predicted

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

NYSE chairman resigns amid furor over lavish pay package
NEW YORK -- New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso resigned Wednesday amid rising fury over his $139.5 million pay package, his 36-year career ruined by cries that he made too much money running the world's richest financial market.

Developers elect new leader
THOMSON - The group that oversees economic development in McDuffie County got a new leader Wednesday.

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.

Yanity to call Clemson football

Paterno unconcerned about Bowden overtaking wins record

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.

USC Aiken to dedicate new stadium Thursday
For USC Aiken athletic director Randy Warrick, today might as well be Christmas.

USC Aiken to dedicate new stadium Thursday

SEC-ACC notebook: Tech's philosophy fluctuates
If you thought you had Chan Gailey's offensive philosophy pegged, step aside and join the rest of the fooled.

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

SEC-ACC notebook: Tech's philosophy fluctuates

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.

No excuses

California zaniness

IRS flunks tax probe

Changing the weather
Demoralizing.

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

No excuses
It was just four years ago when a couple of students went on a shooting and suicide spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., resulting in 13 deaths and 23 injuries. Subsequent investigations showed that the two killers tipped their hand in a number of ways before embarking on the human slaughter, but no one was paying attention.

IRS flunks tax probe
If a group of accounting and legal experts got together today to write an intelligent federal tax code, do you think they would come up with the jumbled, incomprehensible mess we now have - a system so complex that it's thousands of pages long and weighs more than your pet?

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.

'Tron 2.0' video game is sequel to cult sci-fi movie
LOS ANGELES -- Lots of movies have inspired video games, and lots of video games have sequels.

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.

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.

The Top Five in entertainment
The top five in movies, television and music

New NBC shows get fine welcome from TV viewers
NEW YORK -- After months of reruns, television viewers are eager for something new. Whoopi Goldberg and John Larroquette were the immediate beneficiaries.

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.

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.

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

Stocks pull back on housing report
NEW YORK -- Wall Street drifted lower Wednesday after a mixed housing report and a disappointing outlook from DuPont gave investors incentives to cash in profits after the market's recent rally.

Stocks pull back on housing report

Dinng out
Reviews of area restaurants

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.

Dinng out

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

Small portions

Vegetarian cooking with eggplants

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.

Barberitos serves while you watch

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.

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.

Gardeners can make a big splash in battle against mosquito-borne West Nile virus
NEW MARKET, Va. -- The rapid spread of mosquito-borne ailments - particularly the potentially lethal West Nile virus - is no reason for homeowners to pull the plug on their water gardens.

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?

Gardeners can make a big splash in battle against mosquito-borne West Nile virus

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?
Sometimes weeds receive praise.

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

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

Georgia Tech gets ready to face Clemson

Johnny Cash spent a night in my hometown (jail)

84 Lumber Classic hopes Isabel isn't a last-minute entrant

ASU's Turner tries new swing for new season
After the NCAA Championships in June, Emmett Turner decided to make the biggest decision of his golfing career.

Wie eyes making the cut in Nationwide Tour event

ASU's Turner tries new swing for new season

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.

Wie eyes making the cut in Nationwide Tour event
BOISE, Idaho -- Michelle Wie's first few weeks of high school have been as hectic as her summer.

The possible death (again) of the LPGA Skins Game

84 Lumber Classic hopes Isabel isn't a last-minute entrant
FARMINGTON, Pa. -- The entry deadline for the 84 Lumber Classic was last week. That doesn't mean a late-arriving participant might not have a say in who wins or loses or how the tournament is played.

A contrast in captaincy for Europe

Swainsboro brings grit to Washington County

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

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.

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.

Swainsboro brings grit to Washington County
Even if Swainsboro had won its opening three games against a trio of the state's top teams, the Tigers wouldn't have been any closer to a regional title and the playoffs.

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

Phillies win gives Braves 12th straight division title
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves clinched their 12th straight division title Thursday when Philadelphia rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

East Coast weather affects Augusta air travel
An afternoon flight between Augusta and Newark, N.J., has been canceled and passengers connecting to East Coast cities are seeing many delays today as Hurricane Isabel swept in with winds approaching 100 mph.

Web cameras help stroke patients at rural hospitals
Evaluating a stroke patient with a remote Web camera system can be just as good as a bedside exam, opening the door for more rural patients to get clot-busting drugs, Medical College of Georgia researchers found.

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.

Supports bringing Modern Pit Facility to SRS

Administrations find no money in psychiatric care
Due to the closing of the psychiatric unit of University Hospital, there will now be no private psychiatric unit in Augusta hospitals. The mantra of the administrators of today's hospitals is a repeated, "If it is not making big money, close it down." The psychiatric units that remain open in Augusta are: Georgia Regional, the Medical College of Georgia, the Veterans Affairs Hospital and a unit at Eisenhower Hospital. However, private psychiatric patients will now have to travel to Aiken, Columbia, Anderson or other distant cities to receive in-patient psychiatric services. J. Kenneth McDonald, M.D., Augusta

Public safety first to suffer financially

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.

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

Agrees school policies set bad examples

Dems' opinions may be destructive
After listening to the endless tirade of attacks on our situation in Iraq made by the Democratic presidential candidates, I have one question: Is it possible that they are in fact encouraging attacks on American forces? Larry Dotson, Lincolnton, Ga.

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.

The end of the world is sooner than you think

Public safety first to suffer financially
It is beyond my comprehension why every time Augusta-Richmond County runs out of money for a fiscal year the first cuts they make are in public safety. Inez Watson, North Augusta, S.C.

Dems' opinions may be destructive

The end of the world is sooner than you think
There is much discussion in the letters to the editor over what role Christians should play in shaping national and world events. While those who claim to belong to Christ could stand some shaping up, Christianity cannot correct the mess the world and our nation are in. Pastor J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

In the know

McDonald's testing adult Happy Meals for health conscious

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

In the know

'Ozone hole' reaches record size, U.N. weather experts say

Goverment to parents: Stop asking for antibiotics!

'Ozone hole' reaches record size, U.N. weather experts say
GENEVA -- The ozone hole over the Antarctic this year has reached the record size of 10.8 million square miles set three years ago, the United Nations' weather organization said Wednesday.

Goverment to parents: Stop asking for antibiotics!
CHICAGO -- The government has a new strategy for reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics: Persuade parents to stop pestering pediatricians to write prescriptions for runny noses.

McDonald's testing adult Happy Meals for health conscious
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp. is testing a new kind of Happy Meal - one for adults.

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.

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.

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

In the know
The seventh edition of CBS' Survivor begins at 8 tonight on WRDW-TV (Channel 12). This time, the Survivor: Pearl Islands castaways are on islands off the Pacific coast of Panama. Once again, there will be eight women and eight men competing for the $1 million that goes to the last one.

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.

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.

State Sen. Billy O'Dell switches to GOP

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.

Phillies win gives Braves 12th straight division title

Education Department, Oversight Committee disagree on tests

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.

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

Kid of the day

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.

Voters OK tax for schools
Wilkes County voters have approved a measure that would allow the county to generate millions of dollars for school renovation, improvement and equipment purchases, officials said.

Dozens show for hearing on buses
CHARLESTON - Joy Shelton, whose motorized wheelchair won't fit into a taxi, had a simple message for those who run the Charleston buses: "If the buses stop, my life stops."

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.

Group reports less money for HIV, AIDS in South

Former campus officers allege in lawsuit they were threatened
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Two former campus police officers at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg have filed a federal lawsuit claiming they were threatened after they accused supervisors of unfairly treating minorities.

Relics delay building on Lake Murray dam

Doctor was told of return visits
Federal prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case today, followed by defense testimony. The case is expected to go to the jury by Friday.

'Missing' woman found, arrested
AIKEN - Fearing she would face charges of embezzling more than $12,000 from her employer, Michelle Koontz faked her own abduction, setting off a whirlwind of activity that culminated in her arrest late Tuesday, authorities said.

Correction
In Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, the age of an Aiken teenager injured in an accident Tuesday on U.S. Highway 1 was incorrect Lee Bodie is 16, said his father, Michael Bodie.

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.

High winds cause fire risk
AIKEN - Instead of flash floods and torrents of rain, the focus of South Carolina foresters is on the potential of high winds whipping up wildfires as Hurricane Isabel passes northward toward landfall later today in North Carolina or Virginia.

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.

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.

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.

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Students say student-led prayer event lets them share faith
Evans High School sophomore Leslie Awdykowyz set her alarm clock 30 minutes earlier for Wednesday morning.

Across the area
One of the people facing murder charges in a February homicide pleaded guilty to reduced charges, her attorney said.

Web cameras help stroke patients at rural hospitals

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Emory University School of Medicine received a $16 million federal grant Wednesday for research on the immune system's response to bioterrorist agents, school officials said.

Efficiency committee splits on elections

Putting green would honor teens
Friends of Shane Williams and Daniel Hall, the two Greenbrier High School golfers who died last spring in a highway accident, are hoping to create a putting and chipping green as a living memorial to the boys.

ACLU files lawsuit against Barrow County for not removing Ten Commandments

Study shows fewer crashes by teen drivers
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Despite a growing number of teenage drivers, crashes involving young drivers decreased in the past 10 years, state records show. During the same period, however, the number of accidents involving girl drivers increased.

Three men ambush bank employee, rob bank before it opens

Myrtle Beach residents, tourists hardly concerned with Isabel

Voters' league leaves festival
The League of Democratic Women is the latest civic group to bow out of this weekend's Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival, citing higher costs and questionable restrictions placed on the organization's voter registration booth.

County approves pet cremation

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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.

Family of missing woman says police have not done job

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Relics delay building on Lake Murray dam
IRMO, S.C. - Building a backup dam at Lake Murray has been slowed by rain and the discovery of items left from the construction of the original dam more than 70 years ago.

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SEPT. 18, 1932 Economic recovery in Augusta and its trade territory was given another boost yesterday with the announcement of a road building contract in excess of $200,000 being awarded to a local contractor and the reported expansion of Babcock & Wilcox refractory plant on the Savannah Road through the moving of the Liverpool, Ohio, plant to Augusta.

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?

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.

Governor, military watching, awaiting Isabel's moves

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.

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.

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.

Fire fee enforcement sought

Missing Aiken woman located, held by police

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?

Jury awards $150,000 in hair loss case

Worker, patients testify in drug case

Panel OKs refund of legal fees

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A former Lexington County deputy has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy nearly 25 years ago.

Embattled Martin resigns as DHR commissioner

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cayleigh Michelle Rinker of Martinez.

Across South Carolina

Authorities in Georgia, Florida make arrests in bribery allegations

Group studies buying depot

Voters' league leaves festival

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.

Soldiers' dinner has to wait

MCG will screen new doctors' background
Before new physicians can give checkups at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, they will have to pass one themselves.

Correction

Family of missing woman says police have not done job
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Two yellow ribbons with blue strips are tied in neat bows to the front porch rails of Verdell Moore's modest two-bedroom home.

East Coast weather affects Augusta air travel

Former official lobbies for SRS

Leader wants change in form

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.

Report: S.C. ranks 49th nationally in high school graduates
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's high school graduation rate ranks 49th in the country, according to a study by a nonprofit conservative think tank.

Students say student-led prayer event lets them share faith

New trial granted for previously convicted murderer

UGA addresses gender gap
ATHENS, Ga. - She doesn't really notice, but Sabah Mirza knows her gender dominates the University of Georgia landscape.

Charleston, remembering Hugo, again prepares to help
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As Hurricane Isabel bore down on the North Carolina coast Wednesday, it brought memories of the 135 mph winds of Hurricane Hugo and the devastation in this city of quaint gardens and narrow streets.

'Missing' woman found, arrested

Three men ambush bank employee, rob bank before it opens
CONYERS, Ga. -- A female employee at Main Street Bank was accosted by three armed men when she got to work Wednesday and forced to wait while the men emptied the vault.

Charleston, remembering Hugo, again prepares to help

Senators reject effort to scrap nuclear facility plans
WASHINGTON -- Hopes for a nuclear pit facility at Savannah River Site survived a Senate vote that would have stripped its funding, but lawmakers from Georgia and South Carolina said Wednesday an even larger congressional fight still looms.

Voters OK tax for schools

Authorities in Georgia, Florida make arrests in bribery allegations
ATLANTA -- Authorities in two states issued arrest warrants Wednesday against officials of a Georgia company accused of bribing state and local government workers to buy millions of dollars worth of its products.

Kid of the Day

High winds cause fire risk

Doctor was told of return visits

Rants and raves
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Report: S.C. ranks 49th nationally in high school graduates

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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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the area

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 examine taped message

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Senators reject effort to scrap nuclear facility plans

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.

UGA addresses gender gap

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

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Former official lobbies for SRS
AIKEN - John Sununu has something up his sleeve, and it might mean big dollars and more jobs at Savannah River Site.

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.

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.

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.

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

City forms plan to fix budget shortfall

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.

Johnny Cash spent a night in my hometown (jail)
Many years ago, Johnny Cash did a good turn for my hometown. But then, my hometown had done a good turn for Johnny Cash.

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'
The scared little fella from "The Sixth Sense" has reached his awkward stage.

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

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

At the Movies: 'Underworld'
Poor "Underworld." It's the saddest kind of poseur - one that succeeds in capturing only the worst qualities of the film it mimics.

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'
The scared little fella from "The Sixth Sense" has reached his awkward stage.

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'
The word "cold" couldn't be more fitting for the movie "Cold Creek Manor" - it's a horror flick that isn't scary, a thriller that's never suspenseful, a whodunit that's more of a who cares?

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DVD Extras

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JUST OUT: Anger Management

Critical choice

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'
The word "cold" couldn't be more fitting for the movie "Cold Creek Manor" - it's a horror flick that isn't scary, a thriller that's never suspenseful, a whodunit that's more of a who cares?

At the Movies: 'Secondhand Lions'

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

At the Movies: 'The Fighting Temptations'

At the Movies: 'The Fighting Temptations'
Gospel heals all wounds as two of the most photogenic stars on the planet - Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles - unite a quarreling Georgia congregation in the infectious romantic comedy "The Fighting Temptations."

At the Movies: 'Cold Creek Manor'

At the Movies: 'Underworld'

At the Movies: 'Underworld'
Poor "Underworld." It's the saddest kind of poseur - one that succeeds in capturing only the worst qualities of the film it mimics.

Softball team strikes for second at tourney
After five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in our independent research study, the results indicate that fast-pitch softball is the fastest-growing sport for girls in the Augusta area.

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.

Q&A with Beyonce - the actress - about all things movies
NEW YORK -- In her new movie, "The Fighting Temptations," Beyonce Knowles plays a singer - but that's where the similarities between the superstar and her character end.

Even his producer figured him dead, but soul's Howard Tate is back

Vintage music never gets old
Playing old songs to older audiences is like being Johnny Appleseed, guitarist Ken Lelen said.

Even his producer figured him dead, but soul's Howard Tate is back
VINCENTOWN, N.J. -- Howard Tate believed the music industry used his soul and didn't give him anything for it.

Appeals court to consider music industry subpoenas

Q&A with Beyonce - the actress - about all things movies

Q&A with Brian France
Brian France, grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France and son of current chairman Bill France Jr., will become the new boss of the family's multibillion-dollar industry. He talked about his plans for the future and how they will affect the second-most popular sport in the country.

Hurricane cancels activities at Dover
DOVER, Del. - NASCAR didn't wait for Hurricane Isabel to throw the first punch. It decided Tuesday it would cancel all activities at Dover International Speedway on Thursday and Friday.

NASCAR to overhaul design to make cars competitive
DOVER, Del. - Before NASCAR can move to the future it has to take a step backward, its director of competition said.

The new boss at NASCAR isn't really new

Q&A with Brian France

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.

The new boss at NASCAR isn't really new
Brian France has a lot to prove. The new NASCAR boss is following two very powerful and successful men who held that job before him: his grandfather and company founder, Bill France, and his father, Bill France Jr.

NASCAR gives teams escape hatch option
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Long-awaited escape hatches NASCAR has developed to give drivers a quicker exit from wrecked cars can be used in races by Winston Cup teams starting Sept. 28.

Hurricane cancels activities at Dover

NASCAR to overhaul design to make cars competitive

Hurricane Isabel pounds North Carolina
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- Hurricane Isabel plowed into North Carolina's Outer Banks with 100 mph winds and pushed its way up the Eastern seaboard Thursday, swamping roads and knocking out power to more than 1 million people but packing nowhere near the terrifying punch it had days earlier.

Safety rule will mean more and longer delays

Bush declares major disaster in North Carolina

Hurricane Isabel pounds North Carolina

Bush declares major disaster in North Carolina
WASHINGTON -- President Bush declared a major disaster Thursday in North Carolina because of Hurricane Isabel, ordering federal aid to the state.

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

Shock hope legacy has just begun
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Swin Cash cradled the WNBA championship trophy with tears in her eyes.

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

Shock hope legacy has just begun

Michael Vick can't discard crutches until pain subsides

Falcons quarterback looking for more consistency

Carolina's Cooper arrested after early morning traffic stop

Fantasy football: You can't just talk a good game

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Mr. Maurice Wise (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Gerald Howard (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Cowart Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Hutcheson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Weldon (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betti Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Everett Carter (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Phillips (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Jessie Gunby (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Aften Winfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Appling (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Deacon James Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Claxton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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Is hormone replacement beneficial or harmful?
ESTROGEN deficiency associated with menopause can have a negative impact on a woman's sense of well-being, and increase the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Women's concerns about hormone use increased following the early termination of the estrogen/progestogen arm of the Women's Health Initiative.

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.

Is hormone replacement beneficial or harmful?
ESTROGEN deficiency associated with menopause can have a negative impact on a woman's sense of well-being, and increase the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Women's concerns about hormone use increased following the early termination of the estrogen/progestogen arm of the Women's Health Initiative.

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

Moore leads Striders into annual road race

McCain's USOC reform could jeopardize New York bid

Isabel forces changes in sports scheduling

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Softball team strikes for second at tourney

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Spotlight: Terrance Jackson

Spotlight: Terrance Jackson
"What else can I say, except sports are fun. I always have a good time when I'm playing football or baseball."

Soccer star Mia Hamm's ready to go out on top
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- As she prepares for her fourth and final World Cup, Mia Hamm is happy, healthy and confident again, not an aging superstar hanging on for another year or so.

McCain's USOC reform could jeopardize New York bid
WASHINGTON -- Legislation to restructure the U.S. Olympic Committee could threaten New York's bid to host the 2012 Summer Games, a U.S. delegate to the International Olympic Committee says.

Broad Street Ramble
Presented by the Augusta Striders running club, the 27th Broad Street Ramble is a 10-kilometer road race through downtown Augusta. There also will be shorter races for children. Portions of the proceeds from the race will go to benefit Augusta Urban Ministries.

Isabel forces changes in sports scheduling
Sports schedule changes in response to the threat of Hurricane Isabel:

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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Masters Tournament champion Mike Weir, and defending champion Ernie Els will be among 12 players at the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, England, on Oct. 16-18, organizers said Wednesday.

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.

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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.

Moore leads Striders into annual road race
When members of the Augusta Striders running club are asked to pick their favorite for Saturday's Broad Street Ramble, all fingers point to Gary Moore.

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.

Fantasy football: You can't just talk a good game
If you talk it, you better walk it. After Sunday's performance against Cleveland, Baltimore's Jamaal Lewis isn't just walking, he has that whole Ric Flair strut going. Owners who had Lewis in their starting lineup this past weekend were styling and profiling right along with him.

Owners approve 2007 Super Bowl for Miami
WASHINGTON -- The 2007 Super Bowl was awarded to Miami on Wednesday by NFL owners.

Michael Vick can't discard crutches until pain subsides
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick had hoped to be walking without crutches last week.

Falcons quarterback looking for more consistency
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- At times, Doug Johnson has looked brilliant. Who needs Michael Vick?

Defense gives team success

Safety rule will mean more and longer delays
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A new NASA safety rule restricting shuttle launches to daylight hours will lead to more and longer flight delays and, unless the space agency is strong enough to resist, deadline pressures similar to those that contributed to the Columbia disaster, officials warned Wednesday.

At The Weather Channel, hurricane time is prime-time
NEW YORK -- With Hurricane Isabel chugging toward an expected rendezvous with the East Coast, you might think the folks at The Weather Channel would be hyperventilating about now.

McCallum becomes man from 'NCIS'

And the Emmy goes to ... whoever the psychic says

ABC to continue John Ritter's sitcom without him

Miss America looks to reality TV for help

At The Weather Channel, hurricane time is prime-time

ABC to continue John Ritter's sitcom without him
LOS ANGELES -- ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" will continue despite star John Ritter's death and will show the TV family coping with his character's loss, the network said Tuesday.

Miss America looks to reality TV for help
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- With its amateur singers, head-to-head contests and gradual eliminations, the Miss America pageant - in some respects - was TV's first reality show.

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

And the Emmy goes to ... whoever the psychic says
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Shalhoub, clear shelf space for your Emmy.

The Top Five in entertainment

Modjeska gives its patrons top priority

Classic circus comes to Augusta Mall

New NBC shows get fine welcome from TV viewers

'Tron 2.0' video game is sequel to cult sci-fi movie

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.

Stingy Dawgs: Georgia dominating on defense

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.

UGA offensive line puts naysayers in their place

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

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.

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.

UGA offensive line puts naysayers in their place
ATHENS, Ga. - No one is sure which publication said it, but that's probably beside the point.

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.

Time comes for backups to catch on

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

South Carolina searching for quarterback

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Judge resigns leadership amid criticism over joke e-mails

Voters reject a proposed 10-cent espresso tax

London police arrest man who allegedly taunted magician in a box