Hillary Clinton memoir altered by Chinese publisher to delete sensitive subjects

Hillary Clinton memoir altered by Chinese publisher to delete sensitive subjects
BEIJING -- The Chinese-language version of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's autobiography has been censored for mainland readers, an action that "amazed and outraged" the former first lady. Her American publisher demanded Wednesday that the edition be recalled.

New Potter ads reach out to older, hipper readers

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.

Gaiman brings Sandman back for first comic since series ended
NEW YORK -- It's a fan's dream come true: the Sandman is back.

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.

Gaiman brings Sandman back for first comic since series ended

'Runaway Heart' pounds with action and excitement

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

Detroit Tigers plunge toward record low

A's do it again: Win second straight AL West title

30 invited for USA Baseball Olympic tryouts
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball invited 30 pro players to the Olympic team qualifying tryouts, beginning next month in the Arizona Fall League.

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.

A's do it again: Win second straight AL West title
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Billy Beane seems to have relaxed ever so slightly about his Oakland Athletics. These days, the team's general manager is able to watch the games instead of following them on his pager or radio.

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.

Frank Robinson to manage Olympic qualifying team

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.

Caila Ashlee Goodwin

Mathieu Charles Howard

Chandler Jonah Hackett

Rennie Michaela Chavis
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan M. Chavis of Wagener announce the birth of a daughter, Rennie Michaela Chavis, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James O. Staulcup of Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Chavis of Wagener and Mr. and Mrs. John Harvey of Beech Island.

Ansley Nicole Allen
Joshua S. Allen and Kelly A. Ledbetter, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Nicole Allen, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joan Ledbetter and Terry Allen and Cheryl Allen, all of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Jon F. Ledbetter of Aiken, and Michelle Taylor and Alton Taylor, both of Sylacauga, Ala.

Brooke Kay-Leigh Chavous
Joseph M. Chavous and Bonnie A. Carroll, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Brooke Kay-Leigh Chavous, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Sherry Carroll and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Robinson, all of Rock Hill, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. William Swint, Ivarson Chavous and Janet McNeely, all of Augusta.

Jacob Alexander May

Camryn Dametri Cooper
Marcus C. Gordon and Marlena C. Cooper, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Camryn Dametri Cooper, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Grosy Cooper Jr. and Carla Cooper of Augusta, Bennie Coleman of Waynesboro, Ga., and Kenneth and Gwendolyn Revenyak of Cleveland, Ohio.

Magic Julius Haynie

Myra Lynne Fernandez
Raul and Michelle Fernandez of Graniteville announce the birth of a daughter, Myra Lynne Fernandez, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Graybeal of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Raul E. Fernandez of Augusta.

Malloree Anne Berry

Karli Rhea Ford
Scott Deese and Jennifer Ford, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Karli Rhea Ford, Monday, July 21, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Jackie Ford of Augusta, Patsy Ford of Pell City, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Deese of North Augusta.

Camryn Dametri Cooper

Caila Ashlee Goodwin
James T. and Christy L. Goodwin of Graniteville announce the birth of a daughter, Caila Ashlee Goodwin, Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gary L. and Carol Houston of Festus, Mo., and James T. and Charlene Goodwin of Graniteville.

Robert Allen McGahee

Magic Julius Haynie
Warren Haynie and Andrea Caro, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Magic Julius Haynie, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Edwin Caro of Yonkers, N.Y., Feleen Haynie of Charleston, S.C., and Thomas and Annette Gonzalez and William and Charlotte Haynie, all of Augusta.

Ansley Nicole Allen

Evan Lee Hirschauer
Mr. and Mrs. Brian L. Hirschauer of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Evan Lee Hirschauer, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Knox of Hephzibah, and Bill Keefe and Judy Hirschauer of Augusta.

Evan Lee Hirschauer

Malloree Anne Berry
George Berry III and Charlene Berry of Blythe announce the birth of a daughter, Malloree Anne Berry, Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph and Patricia Riley of Hephzibah, Blanche Berry of Martinez and the late George Berry.

Maura Kathryn Powell

Timothy Nathaniel Murdick
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Murdick of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Timothy Nathaniel Murdick, Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ralph Byrd and Debra Byrd, both of North Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Murdick of Burnettown.

Wayne Anthony Herrington Jr.

Robert Allen McGahee
Ryan W. and Stacey D. McGahee of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Robert Allen McGahee, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dent of Evans, Brenda McGahee of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. Steve McGahee of Dearing.

Jacob Nathaniel Schiller

Jacob Alexander May
Beau and Crystal May of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jacob Alexander May, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Gilpin and Mr. and Mrs. Andy May, all of Augusta.

Katherine Carter Bruce

Mekiya Ariel Lee
Ronnie L. Lee and Danyell M. Lewis, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Mekiya Ariel Lee, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Albert and Judy Sims and Ronnie and Verna Clemons, all of Augusta, Charles and Bernice Etheredge of Columbia and the late Daniel White.

Christopher Ian Wren

Wayne Anthony Herrington Jr.
Wayne Herrington and Shalonda Joffrion, both of Augusta, announce the birth a son, Wayne Anthony Herrington Jr., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Micheal and Shelia Garrett of Augusta and K.C. and Beatrice Jones of Millen, Ga.

Shountia Nicole Smith

Mya Arianna Jackson
Theodore Jackson Jr. of Harlem and Yolanda S. Boyd of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Mya Arianna Jackson, Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Johnnie Boyd Sr. and Juanita M. Boyd, both of Augusta, Theodore Jackson Sr. of Thomson and Carol D. Williams of Harlem.

Rennie Michaela Chavis

Mathieu Charles Howard
Terry and Jennifer Howard of Warrenton, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Mathieu Charles Howard, Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Ute Barrow of Warrenton, Ga., and Jerry and Roxanna Dunaway and Jimmy Howard Sr. and Sheri Howard, all of Thomson.

Ethan Westly Saxon

Christopher Ian Wren
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Wren II of Clearwater announce the birth of a son, Christopher Ian Wren, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Palmer of Maurice, La., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Wren of Lafayette, La.

Mya Arianna Jackson

Simone Katrece Ware
Raynard and Trisha A. Ware of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Simone Katrece Ware, Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Reese Sr. of Jackson, Mich., and Priscilla Aldrich, Willie F. Ware Jr. and Minnie L. Ware, all of Augusta.

Timothy Nathaniel Murdick

Jo'Vonte Sanchez Streetman
Jo'von Streetman and Felicia Roland, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jo'Vonte Sanchez Streetman, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Janice Holmes, James and Janice Holmes and Miriam Streetman, all of Augusta.

William Tyler Rowland

Cameron Latione Starr
Christopher Starr and Tamara Welcher, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Cameron Latione Starr, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Texanna Welcher and Juanita James, all of Augusta, and Marnita Tatayon of Hephzibah.

William Tyler Rowland
William and Amber Rowland of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, William Tyler Rowland, Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George P. Roese of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rowland of Grovetown.

Maura Kathryn Powell
Richard L. Powell Jr. and Maura M. Hudson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Maura Kathryn Powell, Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Debbie B. Hudson and Susan D. Powell, both of Augusta, Michael A. Hudson of Columbia, Pa., and the late Richard L. Powell.

Myra Lynne Fernandez

Shountia Nicole Smith
Tony Smith and Shountavia Hills, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Shountia Nicole Smith, Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Warren and Dorothy Hills, Charles Adams and JoAnn Parker, all of Augusta.

Simone Katrece Ware

Wyatt Raudal Sears
John H. and Julie E. Sears of Evans announce the birth of a son, Wyatt Raudal Sears, Sunday, June 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Randal Fowler of Evans, John Alford Sears of Dearing and the late Anita R. Gilbert.

Brooke Kay-Leigh Chavous

Jacob Nathaniel Schiller
Jeb S. Schiller Jr. and Rebecca Schiller of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Jacob Nathaniel Schiller, Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Sam and Ann Cline, Wanda Mills and Jeb Schiller Sr., all of Grovetown.

Cameron Latione Starr

Ethan Westly Saxon
Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey J. Saxon of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Ethan Westly Saxon, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Painter of Evans, John H. Saxon of Appling and Dianne Newman of Grovetown.

Katherine Carter Bruce
Gerald H. Bruce and Tracie D. Bouye, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Carter Bruce, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at Doctors Hospital.

Chandler Jonah Hackett
Kevin and Stephanie Hackett of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Chandler Jonah Hackett, Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Roundtree of Augusta, Myrna Hackett of Martinez and the late Earl Hackett.

Mekiya Ariel Lee

Couple who faked daughter's illness sentenced to prison
URBANA, Ohio -- A husband and wife who admitted faking their daughter's leukemia to gain thousands of dollars in donations were sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Odds and Ends
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Judge Paula Francisco Ott knows a thing or two about dispensing tough love.

Man tries to cash stolen checks at bank where victim works
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Call it bad karma or bad luck, but one John's Island man had it when he walked into a bank trying to cash some stolen checks.

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.

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.

Church group's 'kindness' spurred bomb scare
ATHENS, Ga. -- A church youth group attempting a "random act of kindness" is claiming responsibility for a bomb scare that emptied city hall Monday morning.

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.

Ortiz works his magic
ATLANTA - On the day he was named to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Atlanta Braves starter Russ Ortiz offered the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros a preview of coming attractions.

Reynolds makes strong start

Manufacturers vow to keep up pressure on China's currency practices by brining trade case

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

Report says U.S. aviation needs major changes to meet demand
WASHINGTON -- Major improvements to aircraft are needed for the U.S. air transportation system to get where it needs to go in the next 35 years, according to a report by the National Research Council.

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.

Manufacturers vow to keep up pressure on China's currency practices by brining trade case
WASHINGTON -- America's beleaguered manufacturing companies, chafing over the loss of 2.7 million jobs over the last three years, vowed Wednesday to press ahead harder to get China to stop manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages.

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.

Hodges: DaimlerChrysler decision a vindication
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Gov. Jim Hodges says DaimlerChrysler's decision to scrap plans for a van plant near Savannah, Ga., vindicates South Carolina's decision to walk away from last year's heated competition for the plant.

Losing plant might help states

Company behind Kazaa turns tables on record labels in copyright lawsuit
LOS ANGELES -- Turning the tables on record labels, makers of the most popular Internet song-swapping network are suing entertainment companies for copyright infringement.

Report says U.S. aviation needs major changes to meet demand

Federal court rules against do-not call registry
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority in creating a national do-not-call list against telemarketers.

Business briefs

Research centers praised

Business briefs
PHILADELPHIA - Three of the world's largest forest-products companies have agreed to pay $68 million collectively to settle two class-action lawsuits that alleged they conspired to fix prices for containerboard.

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.

Research centers praised
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue hailed the collection of biomedical research centers and businesses in Athens, Augusta and Atlanta on Wednesday as a beacon of innovation and potential job growth.

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

Money summit ends with calls for rich to level playing field for poor

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.

Company behind Kazaa turns tables on record labels in copyright lawsuit

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.

Losing plant might help states
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - They both lost out in their bids for a DaimlerChrysler van plant, but Florida and Georgia will benefit in the long run from going through the process of trying to win such projects, industry consultants and economic development officials said this week.

Land studied for expansion

Judge puts plant's labor negotiations on hold
AIKEN - Negotiations between managers at the debt-ridden Advanced Glassfiber Yarns and the company's employee union scheduled for today were postponed Wednesday after an order from a federal bankruptcy judge.

Tourism conference kicks off at Radisson

Townhouse development delayed by complications
The long and narrow swath of land cleared on Stevens Creek Road is set to become a townhouse community.

DaimlerChrysler will not build van plant in Georgia

Money summit ends with calls for rich to level playing field for poor
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A global money summit drew to a close Wednesday with a final plea for the world's rich not to neglect their commitment to help lift up the poor.

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

Business briefs

Judge puts plant's labor negotiations on hold

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.

New offensive wrinkles help fuel Arkansas' quick rise to No. 9

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

Fulmer takes pride in Volunteers' unity

Fulmer takes pride in Volunteers' unity
When Phillip Fulmer said during the summer that he liked the camaraderie of his football team, many dismissed it as coach-speak.

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.

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.

Vols' bluetick hound celebrates 50 years as mascot

Vols' bluetick hound celebrates 50 years as mascot
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Smokey bounds out of the tunnel and through the T formed by the Tennessee marching band, straining his leash the whole way.

New offensive wrinkles help fuel Arkansas' quick rise to No. 9
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas became so predictable on offense last year everyone from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia started stacking the line to stop the run.

Judge to dismiss Price's suit against Alabama over firing

Maryland governor signs extradition warrant for basketball player accused of killing teammate

Area native returns to golf

California circus

Our man in Paris

Soaring SATs
The Richmond County school system is to be applauded for helping students sharply improve their SAT scores. Over the past three years, Richmond County's SAT gains were the strongest among the state's 12 largest school districts.

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.

Soaring SATs

Our man in Paris
Not that we don't appreciate getting foreign policy advice from French President Jacques Chirac. We most certainly do appreciate his deep and abiding concern for the interests of Americans.

World is challenged again
He's done it again.

New low on moral slide
How bad has America's slide into immorality gotten? Well, so bad that even aging rock 'n' roll stars are disgusted at the behavior of today's celebrities.

World is challenged again

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

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.

Billy Crystal will host Academy Awards for eighth time
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Billy Crystal is planning a reunion with Oscar.

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.

IRS extends deadlines for victims of Hurricane Isabel
WASHINGTON -- The IRS on Wednesday granted individuals and businesses buffeted by Hurricane Isabel a two-month extension to file and pay taxes.

IRS extends deadlines for victims of Hurricane Isabel

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.

Enjoy tasty paella without the wait

Atlanta Bread Co. boasts a wide menu

Dining out
Here are reviews of some area restaurants.

Dining out

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.

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.

Fresh apples help usher in autumn

Smith's big night overlooked in big loss
ATLANTA -- Jonathan Smith had another career night - and hardly anyone noticed.

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.

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

Georgia Tech learns painful lesson

Smith's big night overlooked in big loss

Defense deals with coverage problems

O'Meara could be down to his last card

Golf still means something to somebody

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
Golf is a tough sell this time of year.

Gainesville coach at top of his game after 30 year career

Coach savors victory

Recruiters notice winners

Unbeaten Butler to be tested
Butler coach Galen Phillips was happy - and maybe a little surprised - with how well his Bulldogs played to begin the year.

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

Gainesville coach at top of his game after 30 year career
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- In 30 years of coaching, Bruce Miller has seen the highs and lows of high school football.

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

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

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.

Judicial tyranny is issue in Alabama case

Conflict of interest between colleges and HOPE program

Judicial tyranny is issue in Alabama case
Regarding Ellen Goodman's Aug. 28 column, "Religion is not above the law in the United States," and your Aug. 29 editorial, "Keep him benched": Ruth Johnson, North Augusta, S.C.

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

It was Christianity that made America a great country

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

Agrees that world nears its end
Regarding the Sept. 18 letter by Pastor J.F. Rodgers, "The end of the world is sooner than you think": I say "Amen" to that, and thank the pastor for taking his time to share with us what God placed upon his heart. Roger Vandiver, Evans, Ga.

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

Agrees that world nears its end

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

Commandments should be displayed publicly

Conflict of interest between colleges and HOPE program
The issues surrounding the HOPE Scholarship's survival, amid shrinking revenues and rising tuition costs among others, pale in comparison to the widespread waste, fraud and abuse of the money already being spent. Damon Wright, Augusta

In the know

Best of beauty mixes old, new

Health and fitness calendar

Class on Arabic language, culture returns to Augusta State University

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

Class on Arabic language, culture returns to Augusta State University
After a couple of false starts, Arabic language and culture will return to Augusta State University.

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

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

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.

Local group seals Lynx deal

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.

Local group seals Lynx deal
Frank Lawrence hopped in his car wearing a smile as he pulled out of his local car dealership and headed for home late Wednesday afternoon knowing he'd just closed the deal of a lifetime.

Weapon permits differ by state

Ashcroft praises S.C. officers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft says America is winning both the war on terror and the war on crime in its own back yard.

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.

Commissioner to leave

Owner expresses his anger

Board offers ambulances

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.

News you can use

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.

Hoteliers file complaint to block university building

Experts say traffic laws hurt poor
ATLANTA - Criminal charges against motorists who run stop signs and red lights could indirectly prevent low-income and out-of-work Georgians from receiving a fair trial, the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court was told Wednesday.

Police records: Inmate shot seven times in struggle

Committee take up bills to streamline money

State leaders want first crack at changes to tribe's S.C. gaming

Crematory operator pleads not guilty to some charges

Carter cautions against loss of human rights

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.

Tides of change moving against Darien fishermen

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.

Ashcroft praises S.C. officers

Across the area

Cheeks, office clash on millage

Police find Florida couple dead in home
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A diabetic, wheelchair-bound Florida man was unable to call for help and died in his home several days after his wife, his caretaker, died a few feet from him, police said.

Fall festivals celebrate everything from peanuts to pumpkins

Deputy nailed in sharp prank
AIKEN - This time the police got nailed by the perpetrator.

Mental clinic names finalists for top jobs

Federal court denies appeal in quadruple murder

Parents of teenager find support group

Procedure better identifies breast cancer risk

Kid of the day

County prepping inmates to fight gang graffiti

Taylor rips Perdue road-building plan as 'partisan payoff'

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

Carjacker ordered to prison

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.

Raid drill prepares responders

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.

Deputy nailed in sharp prank

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

Most South Carolina schools fail
AIKEN - More than three-quarters of South Carolina's elementary and middle schools failed to meet federal adequate yearly progress goals, state education officials said Wednesday, and 2003 achievement test results show a significant decline in pupils' scores for English-language skills.

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

Rants and Raves
WHY IN THE world would we want a general for president? Most of them have lived inside the gates of the military base that they were assigned to. They have no idea what goes on outside the gates.

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.

Across the area
A man charged with shooting his sleeping roommate to death in a fit of jealousy has pleaded guilty to murder in Aiken County General Sessions Court.

Federal appeals court to rehear Confederate flag case
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A federal appeals court will rehear the case of a Summerville man fired from his job for displaying stickers with the Confederate flag on his toolbox.

Director pursuit kicks off
Seven weeks after Ken Kraemer was fired as director of Augusta Regional Airport, his former job will be publicly advertised for applicants starting this weekend.

Three-fourths of schools miss federal standards
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More than three-fourths of South Carolina's schools did not meet standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, state education officials said Wednesday.

Mental clinic names finalists for top jobs
The board of a once-troubled Augusta mental health center has its finalists for two top positions but must wait until one returns from military service.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Family members of former Atlanta Mayor William Hartsfield planned to meet Wednesday with Mayor Shirley Franklin to discuss their opposition to changing the name of Atlanta's airport.

Heart survey targets women
More than 90 percent of women in the Augusta area have at least one symptom that puts them at risk of a heart attack, according to a University Hospital survey released today. Yet most of them don't know it.

Father expresses anger in son's shooting death
Anger consumed Larry Drayton Sr. this week after his 15-year-old son was shot to death in Augusta.

Crackdown targets gangs
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced the first of what authorities said will be many arrests in an effort to halt an increase in gang-related violence among Augusta-area youths and in schools.

Top school fails federal standards
AIKEN - Chukker Creek Elementary School isn't the kind of school that would usually be labeled an underachiever.

Cheeks, office clash on millage
State Sen. Don Cheeks said the Richmond County school board is exceeding its tax cap, but the Georgia Attorney General's Office said Wednesday he is mistaken.

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.

Poet Heaney donates papers to Emory
ATLANTA -- Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, considered Ireland's greatest living poet, will donate thousands of literary papers and letters to Emory University.

Board OKs pay raises, property tax break

Fall festivals celebrate everything from peanuts to pumpkins
ALBANY, Ga. -- Former President Jimmy Carter will sign books and play softball this weekend during the annual Plains Peanut Festival, an event in his hometown that honors the crop he once cultivated and a crop that is still an economic mainstay of rural south Georgia.

Across South Carolina

Carter Center, health officials work to eliminate guinea worm disease
ATLANTA -- Guinea worm disease - a painful condition caused by a parasitic worm - is nearing worldwide eradication but more efforts are needed to make sure cases decline, international health officials said Wednesday.

Kid of the day

Taylor rips Perdue road-building plan as 'partisan payoff'
ATLANTA -- In a possible first shot in the next governor's race, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor accused Gov. Sonny Perdue Wednesday of arranging "a partisan political payoff" through a road-building plan he said robs metro Atlanta to build rural roads.

Physician is guilty on 332 counts

University warns students about cat attacks
KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University officials are warning students and staff to stay away from stray animals after a rabid cat scratched or bit four people at the school.

Barrow County denies KKK request for Ten Commandments rally

Planning board pick irks leader

Coroner search remains a mystery

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

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.

Tides of change moving against Darien fishermen
DARIEN, Ga. -- As the son of a son of a fisherman, Bryan Boone spent last summer steering a shrimp boat clear of snags he saw with his bones and blood as much as with his eyes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Sanford, Faith to visit China on trade mission

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.

Carter cautions against loss of human rights
ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter warned Americans against curtailing human rights in the name of homeland security, saying it undermines the country's credibility in nations struggling with oppressive governments.

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.

Barrow County delays plan to block Ten Commandments rallies
WINDER, Ga. -- Barrow County officials decided Tuesday night that protests in support of a Ten Commandments display, including a rally planned by a Ku Klux Klan splinter group, can go ahead for the time being.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Police look into missing funds
District Attorney Danny Craig will review the investigative report from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office to determine whether charges will be brought against Susanne White in connection with the loss of $75,000 from the Windmill Plantation Homeowners' Association.

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.

News you can use
SEPT. 25, 1986 AIKEN - A circuit court judge has ordered Aiken County Council to appear before him this morning and explain why it should not be forced to turn over tape-recorded minutes of a closed session held to discuss money missing from a magistrate's office.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Harmon Lewis Jackson Jr., 7 months, of Augusta.

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.

Federal appeals court to rehear Confederate flag case

Crackdown targets gangs

Community grieves five children's death

Businessman indicted for telemarketing scam, child porn possession
CAMDEN, N.J. -- When federal agents seized two computers belonging a Cherry Hill business owner, they were looking for evidence about a telemarketing scam they said he was running.

Experts say traffic laws hurt poor

Students' English scores decline
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More South Carolina students performed poorly this year than last year on a statewide English test, according to data the state released Wednesday.

Top school fails federal standards

Poet Heaney donates papers to Emory

Director pursuit kicks off

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.

Raid drill prepares responders
It almost looked like the filming of a movie at Fort Gordon on Wednesday.

University warns students about cat attacks

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.

Three-fourths of schools miss federal standards

State leaders want first crack at changes to tribe's S.C. gaming
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Catawba Indian Nation needs to work with state leaders to open a high-jackpot bingo hall in Orangeburg County before the tribe's proposal should be considered for any federal changes, House Speaker David Wilkins said Wednesday.

Heart survey targets women

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.

Police seek help in shooting case

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.

Students' English scores decline

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.

Father expresses anger in son's shooting death

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.

Most South Carolina schools fail

Olde Town fights for historic label

Police find Florida couple dead in home
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A diabetic, wheelchair-bound Florida man was unable to call for help and died in his home several days after his wife, his caretaker, died a few feet from him, police said.

Sheriff's office seeks absconded sex offender

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book will bring her to The Happy Bookseller in Columbia on Oct. 6.

PR firm hired to publicize black history museum

Police seek help in shooting case
Police are asking for the public's help in Wednesday morning's fatal shooting of an Augusta man.

Link proposed for new office

Carjacker ordered to prison
The last of three men accused of taking part in a carjacking that allegedly led to a gang rape was sentenced Wednesday in Richmond County, clearing the way for South Carolina to prosecute the men on sexual assault charges.

Few state employees use flexible spending accounts

Parents of teenager find support group
AIKEN - Some of Charlie Carpenter's hopes and dreams for his family's future died the day his daughter, 17-year-old Jessica, was found slain in her Aiken home.

Medical training vital to aid FBI responses

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck turn heads with routine courthouse visit

Two doctors sentenced for improperly prescribing drugs

Police look into missing funds

Across Georgia

Mold closes day care wing

Arrest made in counterfeit check scheme netting as much as $500,000
EATONTON, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man has been charged with stealing as much as $500,000 by using homeless people from Atlanta as runners to enter banks and cash counterfeit and stolen checks.

Community grieves five children's death
AMBROSE, Ga. -- Some who mourned the deaths of five children in an ATV accident painted crosses and planted them on the side of the road. Others blamed themselves for the accident.

Sanford, Faith to visit China on trade mission
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With South Carolina losing manufacturing jobs to China and lawmakers pushing for trade protection, Gov. Mark Sanford and state Commerce Secretary Bob Faith plan a visit to China next month for a trade mission.

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.

Sometimes you just have to stop and walk the dog
Rush-hour traffic. Our children. Our parents. School. The job. Bills. Other people. A 10-minute wait in the store when we're buying only a gallon of milk because no express lanes are open.

New 'Lord of the Rings' trailer to be shown before 'Secondhand Lions'
LOS ANGELES -- The coming-of-age film "Secondhand Lions" is getting a firsthand box-office boost from the final "Lord of the Rings" movie.

New 'Lord of the Rings' trailer to be shown before 'Secondhand Lions'

Critical choice

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.

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.

Sound Bites-Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

David Lee Roth cancels tour dates because of facial injury

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.

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.

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.

After fatal fire, Great White places focus on victims

Careers aren't easy to rehabilitate

Q&A with Rusty Wallace

Careers aren't easy to rehabilitate
TALLADEGA, Ala. - If Shane Hmiel follows NASCAR's strict guidelines and remains drug-free, he should be able to return to racing by the start of the 2004 season, his former car owner said.

Racing facts - EA Sports 500

NASCAR overhaul is likely

Q&A with Rusty Wallace
At 47, Rusty Wallace continues to see the sport of stock car racing change. He offers his views on what's happened and where the sport is headed.

Racing facts - EA Sports 500
Here are facts about this weekend's EA Sports 500 race.

NASCAR overhaul is likely
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The changes in next year's schedule may prove to be only a tiny step in a major overhaul.

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.

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

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.

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."

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

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.

Bryant prosecution asks judge to keep preliminary hearing open

Among lessons for NBA rookies: Relationships can be hard to figure

Iverson signs contract extension
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson signed a multiyear contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

Among lessons for NBA rookies: Relationships can be hard to figure
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The setting is a restaurant, where an actor portraying a pro basketball player dines with his girlfriend. They're discussing a house they were going to buy until the deal fell through.

Maryland governor signs extradition warrant for basketball player accused of killing teammate
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Gov. Robert Ehrlich has signed a warrant allowing former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson to be sent back to Texas, where he is charged with killing a teammate.

Vick tells his backup to be patient

Morgan practices Wednesday for first time in two weeks

Clarett sues NFL over draft eligibility rule

Feely hopes keeping head down will keep kicks up

Fantasy Football: Broncos give QB new life

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In the game spotlight

Get In the Game - Darts

North Augusta boxing club to get new home

Overtime

Making their point

Parlow emerging from shadows of U.S. team superstars

Americans try to beat Nigeria and stay healthy

Bon Jovi meets U.S. players

Overtime

Senate passes bill to rein in Olympic committee

Americans try to beat Nigeria and stay healthy
PHILADELPHIA -- Nigeria's Super Falcons are no match for the American women in overall soccer skills. So they often bring something more to the game: brute force.

Making their point
Belly up to the bar. Grab a pint of lager. Your turn. Throw.

Overtime
In Scottsdale, Ariz., Aiken's Ryan Dillon shot a bogey-free, 5-under-par 67 on Wednesday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Gateway Tour's season-ending Intel Tour Championship.

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.

North Augusta boxing club to get new home
What Jo-Anne Newman calls her field of dreams doesn't look like much yet.

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.

Senate passes bill to rein in Olympic committee
WASHINGTON -- The Senate has agreed to streamline the United States Olympic Committee in hopes of bringing more accountability to the scandal-ridden organization.

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.

Get In the Game - Darts
Who: Savannah River Darts Association

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Andrew Helmich, 11, of North Augusta.

Feely hopes keeping head down will keep kicks up
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After missing field goals in losses the last two weeks, Atlanta Falcons kicker Jay Feely has been told to stop looking for better results.

Morgan practices Wednesday for first time in two weeks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan practiced for the first time in two weeks Wednesday, slowly testing his pulled hamstring in preparation for the Panthers' game against Atlanta.

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.

Fantasy Football: Broncos give QB new life
After a stellar collegiate career at Arizona State, quarterback Jake Plummer was one of those "can't miss" players when he was taken by Arizona in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft.

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.

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.

FDA advisers evaluate drug to slow late-stage Alzheimer's
WASHINGTON -- A drug long used in Germany to slow the ravages of Alzheimer's disease is facing its first big hurdle en route to the U.S. market.

State Department's visa-checking system crippled by computer virus
WASHINGTON -- A computer virus disrupted systems at the State Department for checking every visa applicant for terrorist or criminal history, leaving the U.S. government unable to issue visas for roughly nine hours.

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

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.

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.

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

NBC finds new stations to replace affiliates that rejected "Coupling"
NEW YORK -- NBC has found television stations that will air its new sitcom, "Coupling," after two of its affiliates rejected the new comedy because of racy content.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Robbie's Sports Bar has much to offer

Billy Crystal will host Academy Awards for eighth time

Trivia nights remain popular with new game

Stuff to do

Curry is lost for season

Curry is lost for season
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia senior safety Kentrell Curry will miss the rest of the year after he undergoes surgery to clean out a calcium deposit in his right leg, Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.

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.

Odds and Ends

Immigrant-smugglers are driving the wrong way on California freeway

Couple who faked daughter's illness sentenced to prison

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

FDA advisers evaluate drug to slow late-stage Alzheimer's

Tech gurus showcase products for anytime, anywhere access

State Department's visa-checking system crippled by computer virus