New Potter ads reach out to older, hipper readers
NEW YORK -- The ad shows a tattooed biker, scowling and shaggy-haired, against a harsh backdrop of blue and black.

'Runaway Heart' pounds with action and excitement

Author praised by Stephen King gets book deal
NEW YORK -- Actor Ron McLarty, whose long struggle to publish a novel was greatly boosted by a plug from Stephen King, has agreed to a two-book deal with Viking Penguin.

New Potter ads reach out to older, hipper readers

'Runaway Heart' pounds with action and excitement
Runaway Heart is the brand of thriller you'd expect from Stephen J. Cannell, the writer-producer-creator of such TV hits as The Rockford Files, Wiseguy and The Commish, and author of Hollywood Tough.

Two charged with killing Giants baseball fan outside Dodger Stadium

Detroit Tigers plunge toward record low
DETROIT -- The embarrassment on the field is just about over for the Detroit Tigers, a season of futility coming to a merciful end. Then, of course, they'll have to deal with the jokes for years to come.

Frank Robinson to manage Olympic qualifying team
NEW YORK -- Montreal Expos manager Frank Robinson was selected Tuesday to manage the U.S. baseball team that will try to qualify for the Athens Olympics.

Frank Robinson to manage Olympic qualifying team

Detroit Tigers plunge toward record low

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

Alou would leave behind some regulars for makeup game
HOUSTON -- If the Giants must return to New York on Monday to make up the game postponed by last month's blackout, manager Felipe Alou would leave some of his regular starters back in San Francisco.

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.

Two charged with killing Giants baseball fan outside Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES -- Two men were charged with murder Tuesday in the shooting of a man after a baseball game last week at Dodger Stadium.

Studies tell men to procreate, drink and be angry

Immigrant-smugglers are driving the wrong way on California freeway
PINE VALLEY, Calif. -- Motorists have become afraid to drive at night along a stretch of freeway outside San Diego, scared that a vehicle going the wrong way will come hurtling out of the darkness.

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.

Odds and Ends
RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. -- A woman who outlived the inscription on her tombstone died at the age of 101 after a company corrected the monument for free.

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.

Cox sitting out for Phillies' ejection

Reynolds makes strong start

Reynolds makes strong start
ATLANTA - Before the start of Tuesday night's game, your accountant had as much chance of being included on the Atlanta Braves' postseason roster as Shane Reynolds.

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

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.

DaimlerChrysler will not build van plant in Georgia

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Verizon Communications Inc. lowered its 2003 earnings forecast, blaming weakness in its core residential telephone business amid competition from cell phones and cable-Internet service, in addition to a jump in expenses from a new labor contract and costly preparations for a potential strike had that pact not been reached.

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

Business briefs

Textile workers fear layoffs

Land studied for expansion

FCC approves merger of Univision and Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.

Land studied for expansion
Columbia County's economic developers are considering more than doubling the size of one of their industrial parks.

Lawyers' function argued

Ford's internal testing will delay fleet launch of Escape hybrid

Under fire for deficits, U.S. pledges to cut red ink in half in five years
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow told global bankers and economists worried about the tide of red ink in Washington that the massive U.S. budget deficit would be halved by the end of 2008.

Under fire for deficits, U.S. pledges to cut red ink in half in five years

Ford's internal testing will delay fleet launch of Escape hybrid
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co.'s new gasoline-electric hybrid sport utility vehicle will not be available by year's end to fleet customers as originally planned so the automaker can conduct internal testing, a Ford spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Tourism conference kicks off at Radisson

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 economy discussed

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.

Tourism conference kicks off at Radisson
A joint effort to spur tourism around Georgia's lakes will be one of many topics discussed at the state's annual Governor's Conference on Tourism, which comes to Augusta today for the first time in a decade.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mood lighter these days at Clemson

Mood lighter these days at Clemson
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden doesn't need his mail screened so drastically. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst can walk around campus with a grin. Right now, it's good to be a Tiger.

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.

Judge to dismiss Price's suit against Alabama over firing

Tuesday morning quarterback

Judge to dismiss Price's suit against Alabama over firing
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A judge plans to dismiss most of Mike Price's $20 million lawsuit over his firing as Alabama's football coach, a job he lost over claims of drunken behavior in Florida.

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

Hogs head to 'Bama with No. 9 ranking and hopes of remaining unbeaten
ATLANTA -- Arkansas has a chance to make a statement in the Southeastern Conference West Division race Saturday when the Razorbacks visit Alabama - a perennial power that already has lost two games on the hallowed grounds of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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

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

Bowden comments may run afoul of 2002 agreement

Hogs head to 'Bama with No. 9 ranking and hopes of remaining unbeaten

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.

Area native returns to golf

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.

Healthy scrutiny

California circus
The 9th U.S. Circus - oops - Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday reversed the hare-brained ruling by its own three-judge panel that postponed the Oct. 7 California recall election. The 11-judge decision to reinstate the election was unanimous.

California circus

Auto-Maddux

World is challenged again

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.

World is challenged again
He's done it again.

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.

Stuff to do
Grease is the word Friday through Sunday as the Augusta Players open their season with a production of the cheeky musical story of the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds. The play will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets cost $12 to $35. Call 826-4707 or go to the Web site, www.augustaplayers.com.

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.

Trivia nights remain popular with new game
Who was the original Survivor winner and what number season is now airing?

Robbie's Sports Bar has much to offer
If shooting pool and sipping a draft beer while surrounded by enough televisions to watch every game being aired on the cable television networks suits your fancy, then Robbie's Sports Bar on Washington Road is just for you.

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

Stocks fall on sliding dollar, overseas weakness

Atlanta Bread Co. boasts a wide menu

Enjoy tasty paella without the wait

Dining out

Enjoy tasty paella without the wait
There's the classic Spanish paella, saffron-hued rice painstakingly cooked with any number of ingredients, which can include chicken, sausage, ham and shellfish, along with peas, tomatoes and garlic.

Small portions
Paper or plastic? Mushrooms should take the paper route, because they get slimy when stored in plastic bags. If your produce department supplies only plastic bags, transfer them to a bowl and cover it with a paper towel before refrigerating.

Fresh apples help usher in autumn
CONCORD, N.H. - Nothing less than half a bushel will do.

Small portions

Atlanta Bread Co. boasts a wide menu
Too much of a good thing is not a bad thing at Atlanta Bread Co. in the Augusta Exchange shopping center in west Augusta.

Dining out
Here are reviews of some area restaurants.

Fresh apples help usher in autumn

Georgia Tech learns painful lesson
ATLANTA -- It may seem hard to believe, but Georgia Tech was overconfident.

Defense deals with coverage problems
ATLANTA - The formula for moving the football against the Georgia Tech defense appears simple enough: Spread the defenders out, and throw the ball.

Defense deals with coverage problems

Georgia Tech learns painful lesson

O'Meara could be down to his last card
Mark O'Meara has been the model of consistency during a 23-year career on the PGA Tour with 16 victories, two major championships and never finishing out of the top 125 on the money list.

Golf still means something to somebody

O'Meara could be down to his last card

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

Golf still means something to somebody
Golf is a tough sell this time of year.

Recruiters notice winners

Swainsboro celebrates, moves on

Coach savors victory

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.

Recruiters notice winners
When it comes to football recruiting, winning makes all the difference. Just ask Swainsboro coach Shane Williamson.

Coach savors victory
When Swainsboro coach Shane Williamson wants to celebrate, he does it in style.

Thrashers top Hurricanes
ATLANTA -- J.P. Vigier and Kamil Piros scored 37 seconds apart late in the third period to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in an NHL exhibition game Tuesday morning.

Hearty soup gets cheesier with added ingredients
Cheeseburgers are among my children's favorite fast-food treats, and this week's recipe turns the cheesy-beefy combination into a delicious, hearty cheeseburger soup.

Hearty soup gets cheesier with added ingredients

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

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.

Police investigate early morning shooting death
An Augusta man was shot to death in his home early this morning, and police are asking for the public's help in finding his killer.

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.

Commandments should be displayed publicly
On Sept. 16, WJBF-Channel 6 interviewed people on the street about the Ten Commandments - wanting to know their opinions about the public display of the Commandments. William Thompson, Augusta

Victims suing victims

Assassinations - even by pen - are unacceptable

It was Christianity that made America a great country
James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, fourth U.S. president and the man who introduced the Bill of Rights to the first U.S Congress said, "We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." Tim Fellows Jr., Augusta

Bush more interested in Iraq than in the U.S.
Legend says that in 64 A.D., Emperor Nero "fiddled while Rome burned." There is some difference of opinion among historians as to the accuracy of that statement; however, we are living witnesses today of President George W. Bush trying to police the world while America's infrastructure crumbles. Anne Cook, Augusta

Commandments should be displayed publicly

Bush more interested in Iraq than in the U.S.

It was Christianity that made America a great country

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

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.

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

New desktop cutie from Lexmark

In the know

In the know

Falling into place

Best of beauty mixes old, new

In the know
If you love pancakes but find that pesky measuring to be a chore, Hungry Jack has the solution.

Treat camera gear with care
Recently, while I was teaching a wildlife photography workshop, I saw an unusual sight.

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.

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.

Best of beauty mixes old, new
NEW YORK - Sometimes the best in beauty is the newest, hottest thing, and sometimes the old standbys still work best, according to Allure.

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.

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.

Lynx buyers settle details

Lynx buyers settle details
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members and the Augusta Lynx hockey team's prospective owners tied up loose ends left dangling from last week's agreement on sign rental in the civic center complex.

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.

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.

Committee take up bills to streamline money
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A week ago, Gov. Mark Sanford's plans to eliminate elections for most statewide offices largely failed in his hand-picked government restructuring committee.

Barrow County denies KKK request for Ten Commandments rally
WINDER, Ga. -- Barrow County officials have denied a request by a Ku Klux Klan splinter group to protest in support of a Ten Commandments display hanging inside the county courthouse, citing a planned moratorium on all special events there.

Crematory operator pleads not guilty to some charges

Georgia man shoots, kills 'relentless' fox that attacked his wife

Sheriff's office seeks absconded sex offender

Olde Town fights for historic label

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.

Playground, fields off limits after arsenic found nearby
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Teachers are keeping kids from two Savannah schools off a playground and ball fields after testing showed elevated levels of lead and arsenic in soil on adjacent railroad property.

Police records: Inmate shot seven times in struggle

Sheriff's office seeks absconded sex offender
Police are looking for one convicted sex offender while another was recently apprehended after failing to re-register with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Hoteliers file complaint to block university building

Mold closes day care wing

News you can use

Few state employees use flexible spending accounts

Plane makes emergency landing

Four men charged with sex crimes in incident involving 15-year-old
CONYERS, Ga. -- Four men were charged with sex crimes for allegedly urging a 15-year-old girl to sneak out of her home and then having sex with her at one of the men's residences, officials said.

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.

Board offers ambulances

Planning board pick irks leader
AIKEN - Ed Giobbe promised to keep a close eye on Aiken's growth if elected to the city council. Despite losing the District 3 Republican primary two weeks ago, he might get his chance.

Orangeburg native killed during ambush in Iraq
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 26-year-old Orangeburg native was killed during an ambush in Iraq, the U.S. Defense Department says.

Owner expresses his anger
The owner of the historic, but bygone, Augusta Hotel has taken his disdain for the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission to the streets.

Commissioner to leave
Columbia County Commissioner Mark Devoti said he will resign from office Friday.

Many parents, teachers in metro Atlanta embracing small school systems

Federal court denies appeal in quadruple murder

Across the area

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."

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

DaimlerChrysler will not build van plant in Georgia

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.

Bridge project changes

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.

Two doctors sentenced for improperly prescribing drugs

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.

Owner expresses his anger

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.

Coroner search remains a mystery

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

Link proposed for new office

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.

Georgia man shoots, kills 'relentless' fox that attacked his wife
LAGRANGE, Ga. -- A west Georgia man shot and killed a fox last weekend after the animal repeatedly attacked and bit his wife in the couple's driveway.

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.

County prepping inmates to fight gang graffiti
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- For Tim Kaferly, the cavalry will be wearing orange jumpsuits and wielding paintbrushes.

Expert says poor districts are being forced to hire inexperienced teachers
MANNING, S.C. -- South Carolina's poorest districts cannot afford "first string" teachers and they are the ones who need experienced educators the most, an expert testified in the fifth week of a trial about school funding fairness.

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck turn heads with routine courthouse visit
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Just because Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez aren't doing much of anything doesn't mean they're not making news.

Procedure better identifies breast cancer risk
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Anxiety caused by simply not knowing is a stress for women at high risk of developing breast cancer. But a new procedure at the Medical University of South Carolina is helping reduce the uncertainty.

Federal court denies appeal in quadruple murder
ATLANTA -- A federal court has denied appeals from William T. Zeigler, who is sentenced to die for four 1975 murders in Orange County, Fla.

Audits: Lowcountry Head Start misspent $10 million
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About $10.5 million in taxpayer money was misspent during the past five years by a Head Start program helping prepare poor, young children for school in three Lowcountry counties, according to two recent audits.

Few state employees use flexible spending accounts
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Because so few state employees use a state flexible spending account for medical costs, state workers are paying more than they have to for health care, officials say.

PR firm hired to publicize black history museum
CHARLESTON, S.C. --Organizers of a planned $40 million black history museum have hired a public relations team to publicize efforts to build the facility.

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.

News you can use
SEPT. 24, 1987 The scores for Richmond County high school seniors on the SAT dropped during the 1986-87 school year after three years of improvement.

Police records: Inmate shot seven times in struggle
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A handcuffed and shackled inmate who struggled with a South Congaree police officer in a squad car, was shot seven times, police records show.

Barrow County denies KKK request for Ten Commandments rally

Hoteliers file complaint to block university building
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Local hotel owners have filed a complaint with federal officials in an attempt to block the University of South Carolina from building a competing facility.

County prepping inmates to fight gang graffiti

Two doctors sentenced for improperly prescribing drugs
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Two doctors and a former employee from a former Myrtle Beach pain center have been sentenced for a variety of charges stemming from an investigation of improperly prescribing narcotics.

Physician is guilty on 332 counts

Rants and Raves
THE WISE IN Stan Wise's name, who is a member of the Georgia Public Service Commission, surely doesn't reflect his judgment to make a call on Georgia Power's goof at Plant Vogtle. If I as a consumer leave a light on all night by mistake, I pay for it. Georgia Power should at least be willing to accept half the cost of the goof. Well, at least PSC members are electable.

Weapon permits differ by state

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Lindsay Marie Pierce, 4, of Augusta.

Kid of the day

Reward offered in death
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced a $2,000 reward Tuesday for information in the weekend shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.

Procedure better identifies breast cancer risk

Physician is guilty on 332 counts
Dr. Rita Nzeribe Udom will be scheduled for a sentencing hearing after a pre-sentencing investigation and report are completed.

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast
MANASSAS, Va. -Prosecutors argued Tuesday that sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad might have sought to harm his ex-wife during last year's killing spree, but a judge ruled they can't make that argument at trial because they have no evidence.

Committee take up bills to streamline money

Weapon permits differ by state
Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., is working on a bill that would create a national concealed weapons permit. The Secure Access to Firearms Enhancement Act is in a House judiciary subcommittee on crime and homeland security.

Board OKs pay raises, property tax break

Officials give nod to project extension

Medical training vital to aid FBI responses
Chyree Thomas-Petgrave had a friend give up on medical school to join the FBI, but the second-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia might not have to face that choice.

Officials pan school standards

Link proposed for new office
A proposal to wire a Laney-Walker office building, which will be leased by the city, to downtown government buildings will go before the full commission Tuesday.

Across the southeast

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Across Georgia

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

Medical training vital to aid FBI responses

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.

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck turn heads with routine courthouse visit

Jurors debate doctor's future

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.

Clark campaigns for first time in South Carolina

PR firm hired to publicize black history museum

Tax meeting produces call for recreation

105 Guard members return from Guantanamo Bay

News you can use

Schools seek medical care

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.

Police arrest suspects in arson at apartment

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.

Mold closes day care wing
AIKEN - At first glance, the walls and floors within the infant and toddler nursery at Children's Place seem normal. The warping paint and buckled boards that have forced it to close aren't glaring.

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

Olde Town fights for historic label
Tony Cresci moved from the Columbia County suburbs to take up residence in the historic Olde Town neighborhood five years ago, and he's never looked back.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Shooting kills 15-year-old boy

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

Across the area
An AirTran Airlines flight carrying 57 people safely made an emergency landing at Augusta Regional Airport at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

Board OKs pay raises, property tax break
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield County school board members were in a give-give mood Tuesday night, voting to reduce property taxes and give teachers and support staff a pay increase.

Deputy quits amid allegations

Board offers ambulances
The Columbia County Board of Education has committed $8,000 to provide ambulances for varsity football games.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Because so few state employees use a state flexible spending account for medical costs, state workers are paying more than they have to for health care, officials say.

Coroner search remains a mystery
State officials are still refusing to say why Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents searched the home and office of Jefferson County Coroner Johnny Nelson on Thursday.

DeMint enlists key support in U.S. bid

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

Man who kept bank account from judge released from prison

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.

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.

Across Georgia

Planning board pick irks leader

Across Georgia
WINDER -Barrow County officials have denied a request by a Ku Klux Klan splinter group to protest in support of a Ten Commandments display hanging inside the county courthouse, citing a planned moratorium on all special events there.

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

Cellular companies owe city

Judge declares mistrial in mayor scam case

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.

Commissioner to leave

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.

Crematory operator pleads not guilty to some charges
LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- A former crematory operator accused of dumping decaying bodies around his family business and passing off dirt and cement dust as cremated remains pleaded not guilty Tuesday to some charges, but withheld pleas on most of the 787 counts against him.

Huskies, MAC can challenge big, bad BCS
The wolves are barking at the door of the house of cards known as the Bowl Championship Series.

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

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.

'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.

Critical choice

David Lee Roth cancels tour dates because of facial injury

David Lee Roth cancels tour dates because of facial injury
LOS ANGELES -- Singer David Lee Roth has canceled the rest of his tour because of a martial arts accident during a recent performance.

Lyric Opera opens with "The Marriage of Figaro"

After fatal fire, Great White places focus on victims
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Seven months after a nightclub fire that will always be associated with their band's name, members of Great White are still trying to make amends.

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.

Grammy Awards come back to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- After shifting to the Big Apple, the Grammy Awards are coming back to the City of Angels.

After fatal fire, Great White places focus on victims

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."

Earnhardt Jr. not yet cleared to race at Talladega
CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected to race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend even though NASCAR has not yet medically cleared him to compete.

President challenges, cajoles United Nations to support plan for Iraq transition

Text of President Bush's address to the UN General Assembly
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Secretary General; Mr. President; distinguished delegates; ladies and gentlemen: Twenty-four months ago -- and yesterday in the memory of America -- the center of New York City became a battlefield, and a graveyard, and the symbol of an unfinished war. Since that day, terrorists have struck in Bali, Mombassa, in Casablanca, in Riyadh, in Jakarta, in Jerusalem -- measuring the advance of their cause in the chaos and innocent suffering they leave behind.

Text of President Bush's address to the UN General Assembly

President challenges, cajoles United Nations to support plan for Iraq transition
UNITED NATIONS -- President Bush challenged the United Nations on Tuesday to support his plan for steady transition to democratic rule in Iraq but made clear the United States would follow a timetable "neither hurried nor delayed by the wishes of other parties."

Bryant prosecution asks judge to keep preliminary hearing open

Bryant prosecution asks judge to keep preliminary hearing open
DENVER -- Prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case asked a judge Tuesday to keep next month's preliminary hearing open, joining news organizations that contend the public has a right to know.

Man charged in LA with soliciting murder of Bryant case accuser

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.

Reeves testy about Falcons lack of running game

Vick tells his backup to be patient

Clarett sues NFL over draft eligibility rule

MNF: Broncos trample Raiders

Sauerbrun never wanted to leave Carolina

Bon Jovi to rock Arena league

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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?

Appeals court: Belts belong to boxing great

Mitchem stays in fights for life

Georgia teen scores world skeet title, shoots for Olympics

Overtime

Overtime

Parlow emerging from shadows of U.S. team superstars

Chastain attends practice on crutches

U.S. stays in top group in Davis Cup

Bon Jovi meets U.S. players

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.

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.

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

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.

Parlow emerging from shadows of U.S. team superstars
PHILADELPHIA -- With superstar Mia Hamm and rising sensation Abby Wambach flanking her on the front line, Cindy Parlow gets little attention on this U.S. team. Then Parlow goes out and scores a big goal.

Bon Jovi meets U.S. players
Mia Hamm walked through the lobby of a Philadelphia hotel without being noticed. Instead, fans - and several of her U.S. teammates - headed for Jon Bon Jovi.

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 State carded 8-over-par 288 on Tuesday to finish sixth in the Ping/Golfweek Preview at Cascades Course at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.

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?

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

Vick tells his backup to be patient
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick saw Doug Johnson standing alone on the sideline as the Atlanta Falcons unraveled against Tampa Bay.

Clarett sues NFL over draft eligibility rule
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett sued the NFL on Tuesday, asking a judge to throw out a league rule that prevents him from entering the 2004 draft.

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

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.

Huskies, MAC can challenge big, bad BCS

Tech gurus showcase products for anytime, anywhere access
SAN DIEGO -- It is a familiar modern hassle. We cram more activity than ever into our days and still find ourselves wasting hours waiting for the washing machine repairman.

Gear cuts the cords: handheld, personal file server, microprinter, Bluetooth hub
Some standout products that debuted last week at DEMOmobile:

ABC News equips three buses to follow presidential campaign
NEW YORK -- ABC News is bringing its own buses to the presidential campaign trail next year.

Return of 'Survivor' brings the return of reality show viewers
NEW YORK -- The premiere of "Survivor: Pearl Island" attracted nearly 22 million people last week, proving the series' enduring appeal.

MTV pulls plug on Tom Green's late-night talk show

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

Faith Ford and Kelly Ripa find laughs in sisterhood on 'Hope & Faith'
NEW YORK -- In the first episode of ABC's new sitcom "Hope & Faith," the sisters wage a spirited food fight (mustard, ketchup, whipped cream, chocolate sauce) right in Hope's tidy suburban kitchen.

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

Pageant's ratings fall again despite gimmicks
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Like a lacquered perm on a sweltering summer day, Miss America's ratings continue to droop.

MTV pulls plug on Tom Green's late-night talk show
NEW YORK -- Tom Green has his nights free again.

Return of 'Survivor' brings the return of reality show viewers

Faith Ford and Kelly Ripa find laughs in sisterhood on 'Hope & Faith'

Trivia nights remain popular with new game

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Robbie's Sports Bar has much to offer

New Yorker Festival caters to magazine's fierce fans

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.

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

Holtz wants new kicker

Holtz down on South Carolina's chances at Tennessee

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.

Area native returns to golf
Augusta native Bruce Hottle always knew he would get back into the golf business. He just didn't know it would take this long.

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

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.

Our parents need to fit in

My ride

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"?

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:

Teen enjoys creating special effects on computer

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.

411

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

Your style

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.

Audio best

411
What happens when traditional Brazilian music is fused with the contemporary sounds of house, funk, soul, R&B and electronic music? Brazilian Groove.

Train engineer stops in intersection claiming he had exceeded work hours

Immigrant-smugglers are driving the wrong way on California freeway

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Tech gurus showcase products for anytime, anywhere access

Gear cuts the cords: handheld, personal file server, microprinter, Bluetooth hub