'Anna' focuses attention on playwright Nilo Cruz
NEW YORK -- Not many theatergoers saw "Anna in the Tropics" during its brief run last winter at the tiny, enterprising New Theatre in Coral Gables, Fla., but enough people read it, including jurors for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Time to get your Christmas theater tickets
NEW YORK -- It's never too early to think about Dec. 25 and in the theater that means "A Christmas Carol."

Secrets behind the 'Battle of the Sexes' dress
In the days leading up to Billie Jean King's monumental confrontation with self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig Bobby Riggs, the American public was spared few details about their $100,000 winner-take-all "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match, which took place 30 years ago this month.

Life of JFK depicted through art at Bruce Museum

Arts calendar

'Anna' focuses attention on playwright Nilo Cruz

Author Jonathan Lethem has come home
NEW YORK -- Dean Street in Brooklyn is one of those sweet, shaded neighborhoods that makes you nostalgic for a childhood you didn't even have. Author Jonathan Lethem, who really did grow up here, declares it the most beautiful street in New York City.

Time to get your Christmas theater tickets

Life of JFK depicted through art at Bruce Museum
GREENWICH, Conn. -- James Wyeth's 1967 oil painting of John F. Kennedy is how many people like to remember the president.

Secrets behind the 'Battle of the Sexes' dress

Arts calendar
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Author Jonathan Lethem has come home

Baseball roundup

Baseball roundup
NEW YORK: 1B Jason Giambi, who has six hits in his past 24 at-bats, got a day off. "Giambi is basically struggling," manager Joe Torre said. "I told him today, don't even pick up a bat. Just sit back and try to rest your mind and rest your body."

Police: Dodgers fan shot by San Francisco Giants fan after game
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles Dodgers fan was shot and killed by a San Francisco Giants fan following a dispute in the parking lot after a game, police said.

Police: Dodgers fan shot by San Francisco Giants fan after game

Transporting children stimulates conversation

Wedded bliss
Bayou Joe (left), an English bull mastiff, sneaks a kiss from his bride, Gale Force Wind, at a dog wedding in Panama City, Fla.

Worshippers greet monk after 7-year ritual run
TOKYO - A Buddhist priest dubbed the "marathon monk" has completed an ancient running ritual in the remote Japanese mountains that took seven years and covered a distance equivalent to a trip round the globe, wearing only a flowing white robe and flimsy straw sandals.

Coroner: No link between deaths of pizza deliveryman, co-worker
ERIE, Pa. -- The deaths of a pizza deliveryman killed by a bomb locked to his chest and a co-worker three days later were not related, the coroner's office said Friday.

Struggling Kentucky town wants to cash in on meteor crater
MIDDLESBORO, Ky. -- An eastern Kentucky town that has been struggling through economic decline is hoping that an out-of-this-world attraction can help turn things around.

Maddux reaches milestone
ATLANTA - Just when it seemed that the legend of Greg Maddux had been completed, the four-time Cy Young winner conjured up one more day of magic.

11th-inning home run wipes out Braves' rally

Braves blank Marlins

11th-inning home run wipes out Braves' rally
ATLANTA - Last weekend in Miami, Gary Sheffield urged the Atlanta Braves to deliver a message to the upstart Florida Marlins.

Braves blank Marlins
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux became the first pitcher in major league history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Florida Marlins 8-0 Sunday.

Braves' notebook

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - Gary Sheffield struck out twice in four plate appearances Friday night, the first time he had whiffed twice since Aug. 29, spanning 17 games since Salomon Torres and Julian Tavarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates, did the trick.

Smoltz activated, could pitch Sunday
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves activated closer John Smoltz from the disabled list Saturday, a day after he threw for about 10 minutes in the bullpen.

Smoltz activated, could pitch Sunday

Pocket change

Businesses are using travel alternatives
Computer Associates International Inc. has cut its annual travel budget by 20 percent since 2000 and the software maker does not foresee increased spending in 2004.

Businesses are using travel alternatives

Microsoft bets big on new searching technology

On the move
David Curley and J. Larry Hornsby have joined the Augusta office of Morgan Keegan & Co. as financial advisers. Mr. Curley was most recently a financial associate for Smith Barney. He received his bachelor's degree from Mercer University and is a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Wal-Mart counts on category chiefs to help it grow business

New tax bill advantageous to small businesses

Clear Channel growth the result of 1996 deregulation

Tourists cut back on travel expenses

Wal-Mart's town becomes new address for corporate America

Winter demand drives up cost of heating fuel
It might be time to invest in more sweaters and thicker blankets because natural gas prices are going up and may be the highest ever.

New tax bill advantageous to small businesses
The tax bill Congress passed in May contains many significant changes that benefit small businesses.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Occidental Chemical Corp.

Suppliers' rush to be near Wal-Mart

Business calendar

Clear Channel seeks to mend image after difficult year

State co-ops to use landfills to help produce electricity

Former Citigroup CEO to temporarily head the NYSE
NEW YORK -- The New York Stock Exchange tapped former Citigroup chairman and CEO John S. Reed as its interim leader Sunday, less than a week after its previous chairman was forced to step down amid outrage about his compensation.

On the move

Microsoft bets big on new searching technology
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. may be the most recognized software company on the planet, but when it comes to searching the Internet, people are much more likely to "Google it."

Tourists cut back on travel expenses
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Two years ago, tourists at the News Cafe on South Beach's trendy main drag ran up big checks, ordering juicy steaks and pricey bottles of champagne.

Wal-Mart's town becomes new address for corporate America
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart's town is becoming the new global business address.

Winterizing your home saves money
Just because natural gas prices are growing doesn't mean your wallet has to shrink.

Suppliers' rush to be near Wal-Mart
Suppliers' rush to be near Wal-Mart rush puts white collar on backwater town

Business calendar
Tuesday: American Business Women's Association monthly meeting; 6 p.m. at Women's Club on Milledge Road. Speaker will be a representative from the Service Corps of Retired Executives; $10 dinner; call 613-0703 for reservation.

Wal-Mart counts on category chiefs to help it grow business
ROGERS, Ark. -- When executives at Swisher International Inc. learned that chocolate- and strawberry-scented cigars had become popular on the East Coast, they quickly passed the word to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

State co-ops to use landfills to help produce electricity
Jefferson Energy Cooperative's new venture shows there's a silver lining to just about anything - even the stinky smells coming from a landfill.

Clear Channel seeks to mend image after difficult year
NEW YORK -- In the past 12 months, Clear Channel Communications has been accused of everything from monopolizing and homogenizing the radio industry to banning the Dixie Chicks and being a right-wing mouthpiece.

Clear Channel growth the result of 1996 deregulation
NEW YORK -- Just seven years after deregulating the radio industry, the government appears to be having some second thoughts.

Former Citigroup CEO to temporarily head the NYSE

Winter demand drives up cost of heating fuel

Commissioners eat on taxpayers' bill

Commissioners eat on taxpayers' bill
Not only do Augusta commissioners get to have their cake and eat it, too, but taxpayers are picking up the tab.

Clemson routs Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Charlie Whitehurst threw for 298 yards and three second-quarter touchdowns, leading Clemson past Georgia Tech 39-3 Saturday night in an unusually one-sided game for the Atlantic Coast Conference rivals.

Both Michigan and Oregon look to put game away

SEC roundup
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Josh Haldi threw two second-half touchdown passes and Michael Turner ran for 156 yards as Northern Illinois upset No. 21 Alabama 19-16 on Saturday night.

Woods' 7 TD catches sets Division I record
DALLAS -- As the touchdown receptions started piling up, especially after he scored three on consecutive snaps, Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods wondered whether he might be headed for a record.

Clausen marches Vols past Gators

Clausen marches Vols past Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With no time left and nothing to lose, Casey Clausen stepped up in the pocket and let the ball fly - a what-the-heck shot into the end zone to close out the first half.

Plenty of movement in AP poll

SEC roundup

Woods' 7 TD catches sets Division I record

Both Michigan and Oregon look to put game away
EUGENE, Ore. -- For different reasons, Oregon and Michigan want to put their last game behind them.

South Carolina shuts out Savannah State
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Ree McCampbell threw four touchdown passes as South Carolina State routed Savannah State 53-0 on Saturday.

Plenty of movement in AP poll
A weekend full of upsets caused plenty of movement in The Associated Press college football poll.

South Carolina shuts out Savannah State

Paid too much

Campaign is too long
Even though two-thirds of the nation is unaware of it, the United States is in the middle of an ugly presidential campaign with Democrat "wannabes" attacking President George W. Bush at every turn.

SRS on radar screen

SRS on radar screen
The Department of Energy's proposed nuclear pit facility withstood a major test in Congress the other day when the U.S. Senate voted 53-41 against an amendment to strip its funding. The Bush administration is seeking $22.8 million for technological development and site preparation, and if that gets final approval, the annual allocation could be almost $200 million.

Keep faith with HOPE
Although Georgians still love their lottery program, they're coming to grips with the hard fact that it has its limits. Due to soaring tuition costs, increasing numbers of students seeking a college education and stronger lottery competition from neighboring states, Georgia's lottery can no longer afford to fund HOPE scholarships as generously in the future as it has in the past.

Paid too much
Imagine being fired for doing a good job. That just happened to Dick Grasso, the New York Stock Exchange chairman who was ousted by the NYSE Board of Directors.

Campaign is too long

Oscar winner Harden goes south of the border with Sayles' 'Casa'
TORONTO -- Contrary to her own jokes about it, Marcia Gay Harden is not following Frances McDormand around with a broom and dustbin, sweeping up the roles that McDormand declines.

Recent controversies highlight debate about race's role in comedy
Aki Aleong's stomach churned as he watched the Fox comedy game show, the one with the nerdy Asian businessman wearing thick glasses and the karate-chopping martial arts master screaming "Banzai!"

Vampire-werewolf duel 'Underworld' leads pack with $22 million
LOS ANGELES -- The vampires-vs.-werewolves blood feud "Underworld" put the bite on movie-goers, debuting as the top weekend movie with $22 million.

401(k) savers still cautious about stocks
NEW YORK -- Burned by a three-year market downturn, retirement savers are just starting to rebuild their portfolios - cautiously.

How to find the right lawyer
NEW YORK -- Among the most important advisers for many small company owners is an attorney, someone to help avoid costly legal mistakes in transacting business and dealing with employees.

401(k) savers still cautious about stocks

Students can build big debt on credit
ATHENS, Ga. - Four beers, a shot of tequila and a grilled chicken sandwich: the bar tab was higher than Michael Smith expected, and the 21-year-old University of Georgia junior was short on cash Thursday night.

Families can be torn apart in inheritance fights
NEW YORK -- It was soon after their mother's death in 1996 that Lea Yardum and her sister got into a big fight and stopped speaking to each other.

How to find the right lawyer

Terriers bite Eagles again
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - They wanted redemption. Instead, the Georgia Southern Eagles got another bite from a group of growling Terriers.

Defeat humbles Jackets
ATLANTA - After a summer of reading and hearing about how bad its season would be, Georgia Tech shocked its critics and stunned the football world with a victory against Auburn and a near-win at Florida State.

Yellow Jackets fall apart after encouraging start
ATLANTA -- Reggie Ball will learn. He's only a freshman, prone to get a bit carried away in the heat of the moment. Maybe next time, he won't make any guarantees about Georgia Tech winning the rest of its games.

Gailey finds few positives in blowout loss to Clemson
ATLANTA - The game film offered little solace for Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey in the wake of his team's 39-3 loss to Clemson.

Terriers bite Eagles again

Gailey finds few positives in blowout loss to Clemson

Defeat humbles Jackets

Yellow Jackets fall apart after encouraging start

Lewis shoots 62 in final to win 84 Lumber Classic
FARMINGTON, Pa. -- J.L. Lewis shot a 10-under-par 62 Sunday to come from seven shots back in the final round and win the 84 Lumber Classic.

Damron's 66 gives him share of 84 Lumber Classic lead

Damron's 66 gives him share of 84 Lumber Classic lead
FARMINGTON, Pa. -- Robert Damron is like most of those high up the leaderboard at the rain-delayed 84 Lumber Classic. He's not just playing for a nice paycheck this week, he's playing for next year.

Weibring wins SAS Championship in 10th start

Lewis shoots 62 in final to win 84 Lumber Classic

Weibring wins SAS Championship in 10th start
CARY, N.C. -- D.A. Weibring used an eagle-birdie finish to spoil Tom Kite's fantastic comeback and win the SAS Championship on Sunday.

Prep football scores

Red Devils No.1 in their minds

Prep football scores
Scores from ara high school football games

Red Devils No.1 in their minds
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Think Lincoln County had something to prove to its coaches? Think the Red Devils had something to prove to the rest of the state? Think they had something to prove to themselves?

Transporting children stimulates conversation
I've reached that stage of life when people ask me what I do, and I say, "I'm a chauffeur."

Police investigate teen death
Police said this morning that a 15-year-old Augusta teen died from a gunshot wound to the chest late Sunday, but how and why the shooting happened is still unclear.

Lauds editorial comments 9-11 suits
Regarding your Sept. 11 editorial, "Fatally flawed,": Your comments were right on. Various legal minds have said we have too many unneeded lawsuits. This will generate more. I believe U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein is a leader in ensuring that attorneys are continuously employed. The legal profession contributes to the backlog of court cases. The judge's action is deplorable. Michael Anaclerio, Aiken, S.C.

Raps reporter for slanting story, misquoting

Columnists give false hope for eternal salvation
Regarding the God Squad column Sept. 13, "Never believe it's too late for salvation": I must say that the weekly barrage of half-truths and outright lies is overwhelming. Wayne Jackson, Evans, Ga.

Liberals rewriting Founding Fathers' intentions
Once again the liberal press and liberal lawyers have conspired to rewrite history and continue to try to convince us that "separation of church and state" was even mentioned in the Constitution. Bob Burns, Waynesboro, Ga.

Worry more about 'married' pedophiles than gays
I am writing about the recent uneducated writeups about gays. While I am not gay and never will be, I happen to know that they mostly stay together, never bother anybody and are not detrimental to our society. Felix L. Busbee Jr., Langley, S.C.

Raps reporter for slanting story, misquoting
Your reporter's refusal to apologize warrants this rebuttal from me. Brenda Buchanan, Aiken, S.C.

Public funds needed for competitive education
There are several services which, realistically, can only be provided by the government. Would you consider opening the military, the police force or the interstate system to competition? Of course not. Patrick Brown, Augusta

Worry more about 'married' pedophiles than gays

Pleased with new Farmers Market location

Gay agenda supported by Declaration of Independence

Thanks postal workers for eagerness to help
I made a terrible mistake Sept. 5. As I usually do after work, I took my office mail and dropped it into the outside mailbox at the Walker Street Post Office. Several minutes later on the way to the bank, it hit me - I had accidentally dropped the envelope with the day's deposit in the mail. Teresa Spencer, Hephzibah, Ga.

Columnists give false hope for eternal salvation

Liberals rewriting Founding Fathers' intentions

Gay agenda supported by Declaration of Independence
In his letter on Aug. 14, "Finds gay rights a perversion," Clay Redmond warned of the impending "moral and social perversion of our society" brought about by a homosexual "blitzkrieg." In an effort to educate myself and to inform others, I undertook to locate a copy of the mysterious gay agenda we've heard so much about lately. It has been a chilling experience. Jody O'Connell, Augusta

Pleased with new Farmers Market location
I just got back from the Farmers Market in Augusta, and I would like to say the new place is great - with a parking lot nearby. Alice Keen, Augusta

Lauds editorial comments 9-11 suits

Home front

Vast wilderness gives fall visitors plenty of choices

Techbits

NASA's Galileo spacecraft ends its mission

Parents look far and wide to find the best moniker

In the know

Bauhaus-style house bears unmistakable marks of the man who refurbished it

Don't skip out on ex-husband's funeral

Gettysburg, buggy rides and chocolate

Renovated Hall of Meteorites opens

Bauhaus-style house bears unmistakable marks of the man who refurbished it
Gina Spencer and her family may live in the house at 3047 Pine Needle Road in Augusta, but the house is a LoSchiavo home, she said.

Vast wilderness gives fall visitors plenty of choices
LONG LAKE, N.Y. -- The Adirondack chairs are empty now, staring down on Long Lake and a ring of trees that are slowly changing their hues.

Don't skip out on ex-husband's funeral
Dear Carson: Should I attend the funeral of my ex-husband? We divorced more than 20 years ago and our sons, ages 36 and 31, are making all of the arrangements. I had only seen my ex-husband once, at our son's wedding. Thank you. - Etiquette for Ex's Funeral

Parents look far and wide to find the best moniker
What's in a name? If you're Homer Simpson, all it took to end up on the "A list" of the fictional town of Springfield was a change of moniker to "Max Power." Just like that, doors of opportunity were opened for him in a 1999 episode of The Simpsons.

Gettysburg, buggy rides and chocolate
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- A slice of Civil War history. A helping of Amish hospitality. And a factory full of chocolate for dessert.

NASA's Galileo spacecraft ends its mission
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's aging Galileo spacecraft deliberately plunged into Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere Sunday, bringing a fiery conclusion to a 14-year, $1.5 billion exploration of the solar system's largest planet and its moons.

Advent of ice cream cone to be celebrated
The dog days of summer are winding down, and Dairy Queen locations are offering free 5-ounce ice cream cones Monday to celebrate the end of the season.

Techbits
INTERCOURSE, Pa. -- The front of an Amish buggy may seem an unlikely place to find state-of-the-art innovation.

In the know
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing at 8 tonight on Fox (WFXG-TV, Channel 54), may be remembered for what it won't have: a host.

Renovated Hall of Meteorites opens
NEW YORK -- Have you ever wanted to touch a piece of the universe? Well, you can.

Home front
Interior design is on "red alert." Safe neutrals are starting to feel stodgy. Red makes us feel alive, passionate, strong.

Budget may close mental hospital
SAVANNAH, Ga. - State budget cuts could close Georgia Regional by October 2004, leaving adult, teen and child patients from the 24 counties the hospital serves without a nearby place for treatment.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jack Edward Lombardo of Grovetown.

Police investigate teen death

105 Guard members return from Guantanamo Bay
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- Members of a South Carolina guard unit deployed last year to oversee terrorist suspects at a U.S. detention center in Cuba have returned home almost a year later.

Across South Carolina

Roy's Barbecue draws crowds despite its simple setup

Kids asked to help find the tallest tree in town

Rants and Raves
A RANT TO MANY Richmond County parents. I am a middle school teacher in Richmond County. Your child cannot read and write, and he doesn't know basic multiplication facts because you haven't set high standards for your children.

Challenger criticizes Burns
Doug Haines says he has a "better deal" for Georgia voters, and he'd like to spread his message by ousting Georgia Congressman Max Burns from office.

Correction
The City Ink column in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated the size of the Augusta Commission. It has 10 members.

News you can use

SRS compete for pit facility
AIKEN - Political efforts to land a new weapons plant worth billions of dollars at Savannah River Site have surged in recent weeks, but similar lobbying for other sites makes it tough to distinguish a clear favorite.

Roy's Barbecue draws crowds despite its simple setup
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - The smoke begins wafting over the railroad tracks just after dawn most Saturdays, beckoning down a circuitous gravel path forking off a stretch of back road in this small hamlet just south of McCormick.

Georgia faces pupil explosion
ATLANTA - It would take 90 new schools to handle the number of toddlers the state added between 2000 and 2002. The state's 7.2 percent growth rate for the under-5 set was topped only by Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

Pets, owners get place to play

Parents call school dress code costly, unfair

Storm forecasts worry leaders

Drill will test local agencies
What happens when the Medical College of Georgia and Fort Gordon get together with SWAT teams and emergency management agencies?

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
SALT LAKE CITY -Search crews in the Uinta Mountains are scaling back their efforts to find a pair of hikers from Georgia and Florida who disappeared from the Crystal Lake trail nearly two weeks ago.

Georgia faces pupil explosion

Committee seeks fix for prison crowding
When the Augusta Commission's Finance Committee meets today, it's expected to discuss what to do with its rapidly growing prison population.

105 Guard members return from Guantanamo Bay

Methodist Church transformed for film
SENOIA, Ga. -- The Senoia Methodist Church brought "The Fighting Temptations" to Georgia.

Tired pair persist in long walk

Drill will test local agencies

News you can use

Women, blacks see job losses

Across the area

Arts in the Heart events
Today's Arts in the Heart of Augusta Performance schedule

Rants and Raves
A RANT TO MANY Richmond County parents. I am a middle school teacher in Richmond County. Your child cannot read and write, and he doesn't know basic multiplication facts because you haven't set high standards for your children.

News you can use
SEPT. 21, 1931 Charges against the Rev. J.M. Williams of slaying his son, Raford Grady Williams; George M. Stanton, charged with embezzlement and larceny in connection with the funds of the Hayne and Anderson estates; and E.H. Rowe, charged with forgery in connection with Junior Order funds, will be placed before the Richmond County grand jury this morning, according to Solicitor General George Hains.

Kid of the Day
Anthony Charles Farmer Jr. of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Parents call school dress code costly, unfair
Some parents are growing tired of Richmond County teachers acting like dress-code police. They want educators to turn in their badges.

Perdue requires departments to define needs from scratch
ATLANTA - Back when Sonny Perdue was a state senator, Republicans often complained that Democrats weren't opening up the entire budget to scrutiny.

Reader comments about the school dress code

Methodist Church transformed for film
SENOIA, Ga. -- The Senoia Methodist Church brought "The Fighting Temptations" to Georgia.

'Chronicle' gives toddler $10,000
Clutched in his dad's arms, 11-month-old Isaiah Bracy probably didn't know why his father was jumping around on a soundstage at the Augusta Common on Saturday night

Officers prepare for terrorism at home
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- It should have been a routine traffic stop. That changed when the driver got out of the van armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and wearing a protective biological suit.

Fire threatens home in Windsor
WINDSOR, S.C. - After a sodden spring and early summer that kept forests and pastures wet and safe, the fire season flamed up Saturday with steady winds and dry skies that helped start four brush fires across Aiken County.

Kids asked to help find the tallest tree in town
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Children in Marietta have a challenge for the fall - find the tallest tree.

SRS compete for pit facility

105 Guard members return from Guantanamo Bay
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- Members of a South Carolina guard unit deployed last year to oversee terrorist suspects at a U.S. detention center in Cuba have returned home almost a year later.

Officer brings empathy to job

Storm forecasts worry leaders
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Forecasters were able to track Hurricane Isabel from its start as a tropical wave deep in the Atlantic Ocean on its trek through the Caribbean, into North Carolina and eventually Canada before the storm fizzled in the cold northern air.

Rants and Raves
A RANT TO MANY Richmond County parents. I am a middle school teacher in Richmond County. Your child cannot read and write, and he doesn't know basic multiplication facts because you haven't set high standards for your children.

Rants and Raves
A RANT TO MANY Richmond County parents. I am a middle school teacher in Richmond County. Your child cannot read and write, and he doesn't know basic multiplication facts because you haven't set high standards for your children.

Program prepares students for work

Drill will test local agencies
What happens when the Medical College of Georgia and Fort Gordon get together with SWAT teams and emergency management agencies?

Tired pair persist in long walk
Turning home by Christmas will still mean almost another year of walking. But Deborah Simone and Paul Hagan don't mind. Walking across the continental United States to raise awareness about hepatitis C already has been their mission for more than a year.

Tired pair persist in long walk
Turning home by Christmas will still mean almost another year of walking. But Deborah Simone and Paul Hagan don't mind. Walking across the continental United States to raise awareness about hepatitis C already has been their mission for more than a year.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who an Augusta woman says raped her.

Correction
The City Ink column in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated the size of the Augusta Commission. It has 10 members.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON -Officials with the State Law Enforcement Division are investigating how a South Congaree police officer killed a Lexington man who tried to grab the officer's handgun.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who an Augusta woman says raped her.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME SEPT. 22, 1957 APPLING - McDuffie and Columbia counties will get together for a two-county pasture meeting on Tuesday.

Across Georgia
SALT LAKE CITY -Search crews in the Uinta Mountains are scaling back their efforts to find a pair of hikers from Georgia and Florida who disappeared from the Crystal Lake trail nearly two weeks ago.

Officer brings empathy to job
The bachelor's degree in sociology that Sgt. Shana Hamilton holds has gone to good use at Aiken County Detention Center, where she has worked as a detention officer for four years.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON -Officials with the State Law Enforcement Division are investigating how a South Congaree police officer killed a Lexington man who tried to grab the officer's handgun.

Women, blacks see job losses
COLUMBIA - A round of state agency layoffs that started in July hurt women and blacks more than white men, according to state Budget and Control Board figures.

SRS compete for pit facility
AIKEN - Political efforts to land a new weapons plant worth billions of dollars at Savannah River Site have surged in recent weeks, but similar lobbying for other sites makes it tough to distinguish a clear favorite.

Officers prepare for terrorism at home
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- It should have been a routine traffic stop. That changed when the driver got out of the van armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and wearing a protective biological suit.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME SEPT. 22, 1957 APPLING - McDuffie and Columbia counties will get together for a two-county pasture meeting on Tuesday.

Georgia faces pupil explosion

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Committee seeks fix for prison crowding

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

Correction
The name of Phillip Hill, a 15-year-old Greenbrier High School student, was incorrect in an article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Perdue requires departments to define needs from scratch

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Police have issued an arrest warrant accusing a top Atlanta government official of offering a 16-year-old boy money for sex acts.

Officer brings empathy to job

Across the area
A driver killed Friday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 near Graniteville was identified as Donyell Lamar Roberson, 32, of Miller Street in Augusta, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said Saturday.

Across Georgia

Committee seeks fix for prison crowding
When the Augusta Commission's Finance Committee meets today, it's expected to discuss what to do with its rapidly growing prison population.

Disappearances frustrate police

Officer brings empathy to job
The bachelor's degree in sociology that Sgt. Shana Hamilton holds has gone to good use at Aiken County Detention Center, where she has worked as a detention officer for four years.

Arts Festival overcomes fee fiasco

Georgia faces pupil explosion
ATLANTA - It would take 90 new schools to handle the number of toddlers the state added between 2000 and 2002. The state's 7.2 percent growth rate for the under-5 set was topped only by Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -A Spartanburg County jury says the state should pay $15 million for not replacing a merging traffic sign before an accident that killed a 20-year-old woman three years ago.

Women, blacks see job losses
COLUMBIA - A round of state agency layoffs that started in July hurt women and blacks more than white men, according to state Budget and Control Board figures.

Athens police suspend accused trainee
ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens-Clarke County police officer trainee has been suspended while under investigation after being accused of raping a security guard at the officer's west Athens apartment.

Drill will test local agencies

Pets, owners get place to play
Seamus, a 95-pound Weimaraner with boundless energy and a devoted owner, has a limited understanding of politics.

Tired pair persist in long walk

Program prepares students for work
Some students at Harlem High School punch a time clock when they come to class.

County credits classes for lift in SAT scores

County credits classes for lift in SAT scores
Richmond County had the highest three-year gains on the SAT this year among Georgia's 12 largest school districts.

Women, blacks see job losses

Arts Festival overcomes fee fiasco
Despite weeks of controversy surrounding increased vendor fees and restrictions and a second move in as many years, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival seems to have come off with few hard feelings.

Correction

Kid of the Day

Across the area

Across the area

City plans new monuments

Reader comments about the school dress code
The Augusta Chronicle received 54 responses from readers about the uniform policies and dress codes in Richmond County schools. Although there is not enough space to print all the comments, here are some excerpts:

'Chronicle' gives toddler $10,000

Athens police suspend accused trainee

Methodist Church transformed for film

City plans new monuments
Plans are under way for Augusta's downtown to get two new reminders of the past.

Correction

Disappearances frustrate police
AIKEN - A million times a year in this country, someone is gone without a trace, often leaving behind suffering children, spouses or parents uncertain of their fate.

Storm forecasts worry leaders

Storm forecasts worry leaders
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Forecasters were able to track Hurricane Isabel from its start as a tropical wave deep in the Atlantic Ocean on its trek through the Caribbean, into North Carolina and eventually Canada before the storm fizzled in the cold northern air.

Kids asked to help find the tallest tree in town

Kids asked to help find the tallest tree in town
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Children in Marietta have a challenge for the fall - find the tallest tree.

Committee seeks fix for prison crowding

Arts in the Heart events

105 Guard members return from Guantanamo Bay

Tigers turn this season upside down
ATLANTA - Did someone say David Greene for Heisman? Clearly, we meant to say Charlie Whitehurst.

Loveless blends contemporary, traditional styles on new album

Loveless blends contemporary, traditional styles on new album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Patty Loveless wanted her new album to be traditional, but not too traditional.

Five Questions With Kiley Dean
R&B singer Kiley Dean says she's glad she sang in church and not on the "Mickey Mouse Club" television show.

Five Questions With Kiley Dean

Rule gives advantage to Newman
DOVER, Del. - If there's a loophole in the NASCAR rulebook, leave it to Ryan Newman and Matt Borland to find it first.

Newman sweeps at Dover

Jarrett thrilled to be racing with son
DOVER, Del. -- Tony Stewart was rolling along again with the look of a winner Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Rule confounds some drivers

Rule gives advantage to Newman

Newman sweeps at Dover
DOVER, Del. -- Ryan Newman overcame a flat tire that cost him two laps, then gambled on fuel and completed a sweep Sunday of the races at Dover International Speedway.

Rule confounds some drivers
NASCAR's new rule, which eliminates racing back to the flagstand during a caution period, was supposed to make things simple on the Winston Cup Series.

Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap wins Miss America pageant
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap beat out 50 rivals Saturday to be crowned Miss America in a pageant that featured some of the brainiest contestants that judges have seen in years.

Storm forecasts worry leaders
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Forecasters were able to track Hurricane Isabel from its start as a tropical wave deep in the Atlantic Ocean on its trek through the Caribbean, into North Carolina and eventually Canada before the storm fizzled in the cold northern air.

Storm forecasts worry leaders

Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap wins Miss America pageant

Patriots top Jets

Bucs trying to bounce back from rare loss

NFL power rankings

Falcons walk the plank

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Julian Haley Roberts Sr., of Augusta, died Saturday at Kentwood-University Hospital Extended Care in Augusta. He was 88.

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Bryan twins win doubles for U.S. at Davis Cup

Overtime

Area sports announcments

Roddick clinches Davis Cup playoff against Slovakia

Ramble on

Ramble on
Stephen Silva leads a pack of runners in the 10K toward the finish line during the 27th Broad Street Ramble.

Overtime
Four former champions, including 2002 winner Elaine Montano, are entered in the CSRA Women's Golf Association 54-Hole Championship, which begins today at Pointe South Golf Club in Hephzibah.

Roddick clinches Davis Cup playoff against Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Andy Roddick kept the United States in the Davis Cup's top tier, defeating Karol Beck 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to win the playoff against Slovakia.

Area sports announcments
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Overtime
In El Segundo, Calif., a Swiss bodybuilder with an ex-pired visa will be charged with offering to kill the alleged vic-tim in the Kobe Bryant sex as-sault case for $3 million, au-thorities said.

Bryan twins win doubles for U.S. at Davis Cup
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Twins Mike and Bob Bryan made their Davis Cup debut Saturday, winning a doubles match against Slovakia that left the United States one victory from capturing its playoff.

Wambach muscles into prominent role for US
WASHINGTON -- It only took a month for Abby Wambach to experience a bigger thrill than scoring both her team's goals and earning MVP honors in the WUSA championship game.

Family founds hunt business
Carl Brack started building his own deer stands many years ago - mainly because he wanted to be safe each time he climbed up to wait out a wary whitetail.

Area, celebrates shooting, fishing
The U.S. Congress and then President Richard Nixon established National Fishing & Hunting Day 32 years ago to recognize many generations of sportsmen in our country and to promote outdoor opportunities for youngsters.

Family founds hunt business

Stand accidents can be serious
Even the most cautious hunter can have an accident. Just ask Don Poe.

Buccaneers are back at it
ATLANTA - Tampa Bayis famous for having one of the best and most talkative defenses in the NFL.

Patriots top Jets
FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England Patriots players are going down as quickly as the New York Jets' season.

Bucs trying to bounce back from rare loss
ATLANTA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are feeling a bit more vulnerable these days.

Falcons walk the plank
ATLANTA - Not all the news was grim Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons. Superstar quarterback Michael Vick is no longer walking on crutches and could return to the field in three weeks from a broken right leg.

NFL power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, the Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are.

Stand accidents can be serious

Tigers turn this season upside down

CBS reporter returns to prison where he had been held captive

Dennis Franz returns as 'NYPD Blue' begins its 11th season

Rainbow of colors on Emmy red carpet
LOS ANGELES -- Celebrities discreetly dabbed sweaty brows as they tried to beat the 90-degree heat on the red carpet at Sunday night's Emmy Awards.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

ABC sitcom draws comedy from a real romance

Rainbow of colors on Emmy red carpet
LOS ANGELES -- Celebrities discreetly dabbed sweaty brows as they tried to beat the 90-degree heat on the red carpet at Sunday night's Emmy Awards.

CBS reporter returns to prison where he had been held captive
NEW YORK -- A few weeks ago, CBS correspondent Bob Simon voluntarily returned to a place he once never thought he'd leave alive.

CBS reporter returns to prison where he had been held captive

Rainbow of colors on Emmy red carpet

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'West Wing,' 'Raymond' win series Emmys

Dennis Franz returns as 'NYPD Blue' begins its 11th season

Weird 'K Street' gives audience fact and fiction

Dennis Franz returns as 'NYPD Blue' begins its 11th season
NEW YORK -- A decade after he first hit the streets, Detective Andy Sipowicz remains tough, tormented and, for millions of "NYPD Blue" fans, irresistible.

Rainbow of colors on Emmy red carpet

Weird 'K Street' gives audience fact and fiction
NEW YORK - Next fall, could Democratic strategist James Carville win a best actor Emmy for playing himself on K Street? And if so, in what program category: Drama? Comedy? Public Affairs?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The 2003-04 television season officially begins Monday (or so Nielsen Media Research has decreed), and about one-third of the 37-series freshman class is premiering this week.

Bill Cosby receives Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at Emmys

Debra Messing wins best comedy series actress at Emmys
LOS ANGELES -- Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, who play two members of the battling Barone family on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," were honored as supporting actors at Sunday's Emmy Awards.

'West Wing,' 'Raymond' win series Emmys
LOS ANGELES -- There were no term limits for NBC's "The West Wing," which won its fourth Emmy Award for best drama Sunday despite shrinking viewership, while CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" was honored as best comedy.

ABC sitcom draws comedy from a real romance
BURBANK, Calif. -- Chris Henchy and Marco Pennette, co-creators of ABC's new sitcom "I'm With Her," are seated on a stylish kitchen set.

ABC sitcom draws comedy from a real romance
BURBANK, Calif. -- Chris Henchy and Marco Pennette, co-creators of ABC's new sitcom "I'm With Her," are seated on a stylish kitchen set.

Dennis Franz returns as 'NYPD Blue' begins its 11th season
NEW YORK -- A decade after he first hit the streets, Detective Andy Sipowicz remains tough, tormented and, for millions of "NYPD Blue" fans, irresistible.

ABC sitcom draws comedy from a real romance

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The 2003-04 television season officially begins Monday (or so Nielsen Media Research has decreed), and about one-third of the 37-series freshman class is premiering this week.

CBS reporter returns to prison where he had been held captive
NEW YORK -- A few weeks ago, CBS correspondent Bob Simon voluntarily returned to a place he once never thought he'd leave alive.

Bill Cosby receives Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at Emmys
LOS ANGELES -- Putting aside his funnyman shtick for a moment, Bill Cosby collected a special Emmy Award on Sunday for a lifetime of good deeds.

Debra Messing wins best comedy series actress at Emmys

Vampire-werewolf duel 'Underworld' leads pack with $22 million

Recent controversies highlight debate about race's role in comedy

Oscar winner Harden goes south of the border with Sayles' 'Casa'

Bulldogs beaten on the bayou

Browning's presence felt early and late

LSU shows strength in tough game against Georgia
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's biggest game of the season was slipping away. Matt Mauck fumbled away a chance to seal it and time was running out for the Tigers.

Dogs can recover after disappointing loss
Georgia has absolutely no interest in revisiting Nov. 2, 2002.

Dogs can recover after disappointing loss

Bulldogs beaten on the bayou
BATON ROUGE, La. - Euphoria one moment. Total dejection the next.

Dogs take offense
BATON ROUGE, La. - To Georgia fans, Saturday's 17-10 loss at Louisiana State will probably be remembered for a prayer that was answered and one that was not.

Georgia faces uncertain prospects after losing to LSU
ATLANTA -- The goals Georgia set at the beginning of the season are still reachable: a second straight Southeastern Conference championship, and perhaps a shot at the national title.

Browning's presence felt early and late
BATON ROUGE, La. - After serving a three-game suspension to open the season, Georgia running back and former Oconee County standout Tyson Browning returned to action against Louisiana State on Saturday.

Dogs take offense

Gamecocks runs away with home victory
COLUMBIA - With his performance Saturday night, South Carolina's Dondrial Pinkins showed his team why a quarterback controversy is unnecessary.

Gamecocks runs away with home victory

Worshippers greet monk after 7-year ritual run

Coroner: No link between deaths of pizza deliveryman, co-worker

Struggling Kentucky town wants to cash in on meteor crater

Wedded bliss