'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."

'Anna' focuses attention on playwright Nilo Cruz

Time to get your Christmas theater tickets

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.

Secrets behind the 'Battle of the Sexes' dress

Life of JFK depicted through art at Bruce Museum

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
GREENWICH, Conn. -- James Wyeth's 1967 oil painting of John F. Kennedy is how many people like to remember the president.

Author Jonathan Lethem has come home

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."

Baseball roundup

For first time since '93, baseball might lack 50 homer hitter

For first time since '93, baseball might lack 50 homer hitter
NEW YORK -- Baseball's biggest sluggers look as if they've lost a little pop in their bats.

Studies tell men to procreate, drink and be angry

Odds and Ends
MELBOURNE, Australia -- An unlikely hero hopped onto the scene when a farmer suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a falling branch.

Train engineer stops in intersection claiming he had exceeded work hours
POTTSTOWN, Pa. -- A freight train conductor who said he had exceeded the number of hours he could work stopped his train in a downtown intersection for two hours and refused to move, police said.

Marlins pad lead with victory

Cox sitting out for Phillies' ejection
ATLANTA - With his first steps out of the dugout Sept. 11, manager Bobby Cox knew he would likely be ejected.

Marlins pad lead with victory
ATLANTA - Braves manager Bobby Cox will wait until the weekend to discuss his playoff pitching rotation.

Braves blank Marlins

Cox sitting out for Phillies' ejection

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.

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.

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

Former Citigroup CEO to temporarily head the NYSE

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - American Express Co. said Monday it is working toward agreements to get its cards issued by American banks by the middle of next year.

FCC approves merger of Univision and Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.

Georgia economy discussed
Concerns over the lack of skilled workers and the need for better transportation dominated discussions at an economic development conference Monday.

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.

FCC approves merger of Univision and Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.
WASHINGTON -- The government approved Univision Communications Inc.'s $3.1 billion purchase of Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. on Monday, allowing the nation's largest Spanish-language media conglomerate to grow bigger yet.

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.

Goodyear could close plant, layoff 15 percent of North American work force
AKRON, Ohio -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is considering closing an Alabama tire plant and layoffs at plants in 10 other states as well as other options to meet its goal of saving $1.1 billion over the next three years, company officials said Monday.

Textile workers fear layoffs
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The nervous jitters of textile workers looking over their shoulders jumped up a notch last week when Avondale Mills announced it was shutting down a dyeing operation that employed 20 people at its Warrenville plant.

Georgia-Pacific may sell building-products distribution
ATLANTA (Dow Jones/AP) - Georgia-Pacific Corp. Monday said it may sell its building-products distribution business, the largest in the country, as part of an attempt to cut costs.

Goodyear could close plant, layoff 15 percent of North American work force

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

Lawyers' function argued

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."

Textile workers fear layoffs

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.

Clear Channel seeks to mend image after difficult year

Suppliers' rush to be near Wal-Mart

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

Clear Channel growth the result of 1996 deregulation

Georgia economy discussed

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

Microsoft bets big on new searching technology

Lawyers' function argued
ATLANTA - The refinancing boom has set off a fight among lawyers and other professionals over whether an attorney must attend every mortgage loan closing. On Monday, both sides laid out their arguments for the Georgia Supreme Court.

Woods' 7 TD catches sets Division I record

Two Wolfpack players win weekly honors in ACC
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greg Golden was named defensive back of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of two North Carolina State players recognized after a win over Texas Tech.

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.

Bowden comments may run afoul of 2002 agreement

Tuesday morning quarterback

Still weeks away, BCS rankings already have something to answer for

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

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.

Still weeks away, BCS rankings already have something to answer for
First, they threatened to sue.

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

Plenty of movement in AP poll

Bowden comments may run afoul of 2002 agreement
AUBURN, Ala. -- Terry Bowden's taped comments in 2001 alleging Auburn players were being paid when he arrived as football coach may run afoul of an agreement he signed last year with the university.

Both Michigan and Oregon look to put game away

Auto-Maddux
There are 17-year-olds in the world today who have been given no reason to believe that anyone but the Atlanta Braves will ever win baseball's National League East division, thanks in large part to pitcher Greg Maddux.

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.

Healthy scrutiny
When Sonny Perdue was running for governor, he said that after 130 years of one-party rule there must be a lot of waste, overlap and special-interest pork projects built up in Georgia's budgets that, if identified, could be eliminated or drastically cut.

Paid too much

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.

Auto-Maddux

Hard-earned honor
There's been a lot of discouraging news lately about the number of schools in our area that have had trouble meeting all the complex standards of the No Child Left Behind law in order to stay off the infamous "needs improvement" list.

Healthy scrutiny

SRS on radar screen

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!"

New Yorker Festival caters to magazine's fierce fans
NEW YORK -- "NEED TICKET. WILL PAY CASH." Such a sign wouldn't be out of place at a Springsteen or a Stones concert.

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.

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.

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.

How to find the right lawyer

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.

Stocks fall on sliding dollar, overseas weakness
With BC-Wall Street-Glance, BC-Wall Street-Stocks, BC-Wall Street-Box

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.

401(k) savers still cautious about stocks

Stocks fall on sliding dollar, overseas weakness

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.

Gailey finds few positives in blowout loss to Clemson

Yellow Jackets fall apart after encouraging start

Lewis shoots 62 in final to win 84 Lumber Classic

Weibring wins SAS Championship in 10th 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.

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.

Jaguars second in title defense
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Sophomore James Heath shot 1-over-par 71 on Monday to lead ninth-ranked Augusta State into second place midway through the PING/Golfweek Preview at The Homestead's Cascade Course.

Jaguars second in title defense

Swainsboro celebrates, moves on

Swainsboro celebrates, moves on
The Swainsboro coaches met for their weekly meeting Sunday and began plotting strategy for this week's region opener against Richmond Hill.

Studies tell men to procreate, drink and be angry
Too much research is a dangerous thing.

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.

Plane makes emergency landing
An AirTran Airlines flight carrying 57 people safely made an emergency landing at Augusta Regional Airport at 4:35 p.m. today.

DaimlerChrysler will not build van plant in Georgia
ATLANTA -- DaimlerChrysler said Tuesday it will not build a van plant near Savannah that the state had hoped would bring thousands of new jobs to the coast and provide a major boost to the state's sagging economy.

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.

Liberals rewriting Founding Fathers' intentions

Victims suing victims
American patriotism shows its true face again in the ruling by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, allowing about 70 people to sue United and American airlines over the 9-11 attack on America. John M. Orr, Evans, Ga.

Disbelief in God creates a lost generation
I am so glad we live in a place where we can express our love for our country and our Lord. Ann Rosier, Augusta

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.

Columnists give false hope for eternal salvation

Assassinations - even by pen - are unacceptable
"The pen is mightier than the sword" - and frequently is equally as lethal. Father Lewis P. Bohler Jr., Augusta

Victims suing victims

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.

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

Assassinations - even by pen - are unacceptable

NASA's Galileo spacecraft ends its mission

New desktop cutie from Lexmark

In the know

Renovated Hall of Meteorites opens

Techbits

Falling into place

Bracelet benefits cancer fight
A little flash and a lot of flare make bracelets a great addition to a woman's ensemble.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens.

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

New desktop cutie from Lexmark
Men tend to form close relationships with their tools and widgets, perhaps because tools and widgets are often more predictable and easier to understand than the other half of humanity. I've been in a committed relationship with my Lexmark Optra RT Plus laser printer for years.

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.

In the know
Matrix and Locks of Love are looking for Rapunzel. The hair-salon chain and the organization that provides wigs to children who have lost their hair are trying to increase hair donations by offering a trip for two.

Falling into place
NEW YORK - Loyal customers of Bill Blass, who died of cancer at 79 last year, say the man affectionately dubbed "the dean of American fashion" will never be replaced.

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

Lynx announce two preseason games

Lynx announce two preseason games
Augusta will have a home-and-home preseason series with the Gwinnett Gladiators a week before the regular season starts next month.

Perdue requires departments to define needs from scratch

Officials give nod to project extension

News you can use

Shooting kills 15-year-old boy

Committee seeks fix for prison crowding

Deputy quits amid allegations

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.

Officials give nod to project extension
AIKEN - The developer of a hotly contested hotel and conference center on Aiken's southside cleared what could be his last hurdle to completing the project Monday night.

Kid of the day

Tax meeting produces call for recreation
Columbia County residents want more room to play.

Bridge project changes
In the aftermath of a construction miscalculation, Georgia Department of Transportation officials have decided to replace the entire decks of five Gordon Highway bridges.

Officials pan school standards
COLUMBIA - Looking to soften the blow from state test scores and the federal ratings that are scheduled for release Wednesday, South Carolina education officials said the federal No Child Left Behind law sets unrealistic requirements that mask schools' academic progress.

News you can use

Across the southeast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -Attorneys for serial bombing suspect Eric Rudolph might try to prove that other people were to blame for the deadly bombings at an Alabama abortion clinic and the Atlanta Olympics.

105 Guard members return from Guantanamo Bay

Police arrest suspects in arson at apartment

DeMint enlists key support in U.S. bid

Man who kept bank account from judge released from prison

Clark campaigns for first time in South Carolina

Schools seek medical care

Officials pan school standards

105 Guard members return from Guantanamo Bay

Police arrest suspects in arson at apartment
Two men wanted by authorities in an arson last week at an Augusta apartment complex have been detained by officials in Aiken County, police said.

Rants and Raves
TO ALL MY Christian friends, I ask: Since the second of the Ten Commandments is about graven images, why were folks praying in Alabama about the statue being removed? Jefferson is quoted as saying "History, not Bibles, should be put in the hands of children so that their memory may be stored with the most useful facts."

Women, blacks see job losses

Jurors debate doctor's future
Unable to reach a verdict by late afternoon, the federal jury deliberating the case against Dr. Rita Nzeribe Udom asked to retire for the night Monday and return today.

Georgia faces pupil explosion

State high court justices uphold murder conviction
ATLANTA - Getting caught with a body in the trunk of the car he was driving and then confessing to murder was ample evidence to support a conviction of a Richmond County man, according to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A woman was killed in her home Sunday and another woman was wounded, Greenville County authorities said Monday.

Drill will test local agencies

Across Georgia
LAFAYETTE - The former Tri-State Crematory operator accused of dumping hundreds of corpses instead of cremating them is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment today.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is McKenna A. Chambers, 4, of Augusta.

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.

News you can use
SEPT. 23, 1971 Federal authorities were probing the charred remains of a light plane late Wednesday in an attempt to find out why the aircraft plunged into the house in the early morning hours, killing the pilot and injuring a 16-year-old girl.

Five young ATV riders killed in head-on collision with car in Georgia

Schools seek medical care
Columbia County school officials want to touch every base when it comes to providing medical coverage at sporting events.

Judge declares mistrial in mayor scam case
ALBANY, Ga. -- A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a south Georgia mayor accused of scamming senior citizens after a jury found him not guilty on seven charges and deadlocked on another 21.

Muslim Army chaplain held in Charleston brig trained at Fort Jackson
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Muslim chaplain being held at a military brig in Charleston was trained at the Army's school for chaplains located at Fort Jackson, an Army spokesman said Monday.

Jurors debate doctor's future

Man who kept bank account from judge released from prison
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- An 87-year-old man who went to prison for four months after he refused to tell a Family Court judge and his ex-wife where he kept $80,000 has been released.

Committees approve funds for jail work
Two Augusta Commission committees voted to approve money to perform critically needed repairs to the joint Law Enforcement Center, even though the city might abandoned it in a few years.

DeMint enlists key support in U.S. bid
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint has enlisted the co-chairs of President Bush's money-raising team in South Carolina to lead efforts to raise cash for his U.S. Senate campaign.

DaimlerChrysler will not build van plant in Georgia

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 the area

Census: Under 5 growth in Georgia would fill 90 new schools
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.

Shooting kills 15-year-old boy
Police said Monday that a 15-year-old Augusta teen died from a gunshot wound to the chest late Sunday, but how and why the shooting happened was unclear.

Number of black freshmen at Georgia increases
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia administrators point to new recruitment efforts such as personal phone calls to prospective students as the reason for 55 more black freshmen enrolled at the university this fall than last.

Rants and Raves
TO ALL MY Christian friends, I ask: Since the second of the Ten Commandments is about graven images, why were folks praying in Alabama about the statue being removed? Jefferson is quoted as saying "History, not Bibles, should be put in the hands of children so that their memory may be stored with the most useful facts."

Many parents, teachers in metro Atlanta embracing small school systems
ATLANTA -- Harold Barnett, superintendent of the 7,500-student Marietta city school system, says there are plenty of reasons small school systems in metro Atlanta are thriving, including flexibility for teachers and less bureaucracy for parents.

Kids asked to help find the tallest tree in town

Former inmates paired in parole mentor program
MACON, Ga. -- A Macon parole officer is teaming up young former inmates with older ones as part of an experimental program aimed at keeping ex-offenders from returning to prison.

Storm forecasts worry leaders

Coleman says he is paying own way at six-day Hawaii conference
ATLANTA -- Georgia House Speaker Terry Coleman, attending a conference in Hawaii, says he's been paying his own expenses at a hotel on Waikiki Beach to spare the state the cost while it struggles to stay in the black.

Tired pair persist in long walk

Five young ATV riders killed in head-on collision with car in Georgia
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- Five youngsters were killed and another was critically injured when the all-terrain vehicle they were crowded onto was struck head-on by a car on a rural road at night.

Across the area

Clark campaigns for first time in South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Retired Gen. Wesley Clark stood amid the white-turreted buildings of The Citadel on Monday calling for a new spirit of patriotism as he brought his fledgling presidential campaign to the state with the South's first Democratic primary.

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.

Cellular companies owe city
Augusta cell phone companies owe the city more than $400,000 in emergency 911 fees, city officials said Monday.

Across Georgia

Many parents, teachers in metro Atlanta embracing small school systems

Across South Carolina

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?

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.

Tax meeting produces call for recreation

Judge declares mistrial in mayor scam case

Across the southeast

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plane makes emergency landing

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.

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.

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 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.

Across the area
A Texas man was arrested on drug-trafficking charges after police found 40 pounds of marijuana in his car Sunday, authorities said.

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.

Deputy quits amid allegations
A Burke County sheriff's deputy has resigned after a woman he was transporting accused him of raping her, officials said.

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

SRS compete for pit facility

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.

Officer brings empathy to job

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.

Police investigate teen death

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.

Census: Under 5 growth in Georgia would fill 90 new schools

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.

Across Georgia

Cellular companies owe city

Bridge project changes

'Underworld' vampires stake No. 1 debut with $21.8 million
LOS ANGELES -- Kate Beckinsale's vampire flick "Underworld" drew box-office blood, opening as the top weekend movie with $21.8 million.

'Underworld' vampires stake No. 1 debut with $21.8 million

Lyric Opera opens with "The Marriage of Figaro"
CHICAGO -- To kick off its 2003-4 season, the Lyric Opera of Chicago went back to basics and got them right - mounting a crisp, well-balanced production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."

Lyric Opera opens with "The Marriage of Figaro"

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

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.

With new label, Michelle Shocked makes a comeback
NEW YORK -- Michelle Shocked is on a rant about her battles with the music industry when she's interrupted by a woman standing over her. It's time for Shocked's papaya peel.

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 gives advantage to Newman

Newman sweeps at Dover

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.

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.

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

Man charged in LA with soliciting murder of Bryant case accuser
LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors charged a Swiss bodybuilder Monday with solicitation of murder for allegedly offering to kill the woman who accused Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant of rape.

Man charged in LA with soliciting murder of Bryant case accuser

Sauerbrun never wanted to leave Carolina

Reeves testy about Falcons lack of running game

Bon Jovi to rock Arena league

MNF: Broncos trample Raiders

Falcons walk the plank

Patriots top Jets

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Homosexuality continues to erode Western culture
PEOPLE OF Judeo-Christian heritage: What will it take to wake us up to the moral erosion that is occurring in our Western culture?

Homosexuality continues to erode Western culture
PEOPLE OF Judeo-Christian heritage: What will it take to wake us up to the moral erosion that is occurring in our Western culture?

U.S. stays in top group in Davis Cup

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Appeals court: Belts belong to boxing great

Chastain attends practice on crutches

Roddick clinches Davis Cup playoff against Slovakia

Mitchem stays in fights for life

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Georgia teen scores world skeet title, shoots for Olympics

Appeals court: Belts belong to boxing great
MIAMI -- In a unanimous decision, boxing great Roberto Duran will get back his five stolen championship belts from four weight classes.

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.

Georgia teen scores world skeet title, shoots for Olympics
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- She gathered herself, took a breath, and called for the target to be released.

Mitchem stays in fights for life
This is probably not what Brandon Mitchem needs.

Chastain attends practice on crutches
PHILADELPHIA -- The 19 healthy U.S. players gathered in a circle around coach April Heinrichs at midfield Monday afternoon. It was too much for the one injured American, Brandi Chastain, to ignore.

Overtime
Augusta will have a home-and-home preseason series with the Gwinnett Gladiators a week before the regular season starts next month.

U.S. stays in top group in Davis Cup
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Now the United States can think about winning the Davis Cup.

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.

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.

Sauerbrun never wanted to leave Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Todd Sauerbrun was disgusted with his play after one game this season.

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

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.

Reeves testy about Falcons lack of running game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves is getting tired of hearing the same question every week: Why won't he use former first-round pick T.J. Duckett?

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

Bon Jovi to rock Arena league
PHILADELPHIA -- Jon Bon Jovi is bringing arena rock to arena football. Just don't expect him to perform during games.

MNF: Broncos trample Raiders
DENVER -- For one night, Jake Plummer - sore shoulder and all - outdid John Elway.

'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.

Rainbow of colors on Emmy red carpet

Will British sitcom 'Coupling' satisfy U.S. tastes?
LOS ANGELES -- Can a British accent make or break a punch line?

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.

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.

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.

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.

'West Wing,' 'Raymond' win series Emmys

Bill Cosby receives Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at Emmys

Will British sitcom 'Coupling' satisfy U.S. tastes?

CBS reporter returns to prison where he had been held captive

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

ABC sitcom draws comedy from a real romance

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

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.

New Yorker Festival caters to magazine's fierce fans

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

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

Recent controversies highlight debate about race's role in comedy

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.

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.

Greene's knee OK, should be ready for Alabama
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia quarterback David Greene has never had a knee injury. No wonder this one was so scary.

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

Dogs can recover after disappointing loss

Holtz down on South Carolina's chances at Tennessee

Holtz wants new kicker
COLUMBIA - South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz already has enough to worry about this week.

Holtz down on South Carolina's chances at Tennessee
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz had an idea what he would like to see Saturday night at Tennessee - and it doesn't include the Gamecocks on TV.

Holtz wants new kicker

Girl seeks way to tell boy that she likes him
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I still have feelings for this guy but I don't know how to tell him.

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

Our parents need to fit in

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Our parents need to fit in
Do your parents bug you about what's going on in your life? It's as though parents make it a mission to pry into what their teenage children are doing. Who hasn't heard their parents say, "You'll thank us one day for our lectures"?

Teen enjoys creating special effects on computer

Students united to pray
Students across the nation gathered early Wednesday at their schools' flagpoles to pray for family, friends, community, nation and world. I was there, and the experience moved me.

My ride
THE FACTS: Lauren Kitchens, 15, a freshman at Augusta Christian Schools

Teen enjoys creating special effects on computer
Watching a movie with great special effects inspires some people to press rewind and watch it again, but for 16-year-old Michael Garner, it's inspiration to create his own versions of the scenes through computer-based animation.

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Your style
THE FACTS: Quentin Sanders, a junior at Glenn Hills High School.

My ride

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What happens when traditional Brazilian music is fused with the contemporary sounds of house, funk, soul, R&B and electronic music? Brazilian Groove.

Your style

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