Performers try new aspect of musical theater in 'Grease'

Arts festival benefits from change
Last year, after the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival, I wrote a column offering some unsolicited suggestions on improving the annual event. To my surprise, I found many of those suggestions in place this year. Now, I know that a previously planned change in location and the hiring of an outside adviser probably had more to do with the changes than the few phrases I hammered out 12 months ago.

Gaiman brings Sandman back for first comic since series ended

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.

Performers try new aspect of musical theater in 'Grease'
A veteran performer with countless productions under her belt, Julia Morgan has never uttered a word on stage.

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

Hillary Clinton memoir altered by Chinese publisher to delete sensitive subjects

Arts festival benefits from change

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.

Glavines take field together as big leaguers for first time

Fantasy Baseball: This season's best make first All-Kramer Team

Fantasy Baseball: This season's best make first All-Kramer Team
It's what you've waited for all year long, and now the time has arrived.

Tenth year the charm for Brewers rookie

Glavines take field together as big leaguers for first time
NEW YORK -- A player named Mike made his first start at first base for the New York Mets. No, not that one.

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

Tenth year the charm for Brewers rookie
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Scott Podsednik has surpassed everybody's expectations but his own.

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.

Christopher Ian Wren

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.

Brooke Kay-Leigh Chavous

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.

Mekiya Ariel Lee

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.

Ansley Nicole Allen

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.

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
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.

William Tyler Rowland

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.

Myra Lynne Fernandez

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.

Shountia Nicole Smith

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.

Mathieu Charles Howard

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evan Lee Hirschauer

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.

Magic Julius Haynie

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.

Maura Kathryn Powell

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.

Katherine Carter Bruce

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.

Caila Ashlee Goodwin

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.

Jacob Alexander May

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.

Mya Arianna Jackson

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.

Simone Katrece Ware

Camryn Dametri Cooper

Malloree Anne Berry

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Timothy Nathaniel Murdick

Robert Allen McGahee

Wayne Anthony Herrington Jr.

Rennie Michaela Chavis

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.

Ethan Westly Saxon

Chandler Jonah Hackett

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
LAS VEGAS -- A patient infuriated that he was kept waiting three hours for a doctor's appointment has gotten what he wanted: an apology.

Rats in Tanzania train to sniff out land mines
MOROGORO, Tanzania -- Far from the outbreak of monkeypox that shed light on a worrisome increase in exotic pets in the United States, Mathias and his pals are hard at work in rural Tanzania learning how to locate land mines.

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.

Police in Indiana charge impostor
TOPEKA, Kan. - A Topeka woman accused of impersonating a couple's kidnapped daughter, missing since 1986, flew to Indiana under police escort Thursday morning to face charges.

Smoltz key to Braves' playoff hopes

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.

Braves' new world
ATLANTA - This is one of those weekends when comparisons are inevitable and the "what if" game is irresistible.

Smoltz key to Braves' playoff hopes
ATLANTA -- During the nearly a month he was away, John Smoltz would stand in front of a mirror, a towel in his right hand, and try his best to recreate the feeling of throwing from a pitcher's mound.

Braves' new world

Judge puts plant's labor negotiations on hold

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.

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.

House overwhelmingly approves 'do-not-call' legislation

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.

Upgrade tourism, expert says

Company behind Kazaa turns tables on record labels in copyright lawsuit

A cut above the rest

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

Dell entering consumer electronics market

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.

Trouble brewing in Magaritaville over proposed Mexican regulations

Upgrade tourism, expert says
Georgia's tourist industry has too long been overlooked as a way to enhance economic development.

States, retailers ask Congress to bless system to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases

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

Business briefs

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.

Trouble brewing in Magaritaville over proposed Mexican regulations
WASHINGTON -- Trouble's brewing in Magaritaville. U.S. distributors of tequila are upset over a proposed Mexican government regulation that would require all tequila sold in the United States to be bottled in Mexico

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.

States, retailers ask Congress to bless system to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases
WASHINGTON -- Congress is being asked to decide whether to let states begin collecting sales taxes via Internet retailers or preserve the mostly tax-free world of virtual shopping.

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.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - U.S. manufacturers saw demand for big-ticket products drop by a sizable 0.9 percent in August, raising new questions about whether the sector is losing a grip on its own fragile recovery.

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.

Dell entering consumer electronics market
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dell Inc. will enter the consumer electronics market with television sets, digital music players and an online music service, opening yet another front in it's war with rivals Gateway and Apple Computer.

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.

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

Mirant announces more job cuts
ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based energy company Mirant Corp. says it will initiate another round of layoffs next month that will net the troubled company up to $40 million annually.

A cut above the rest
When a customer asked Brueckner's Pork Store to make him haggis, the shop declined.

Business briefs

Losing plant might help states

Research centers praised

Tenant sought for site
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Diane Lewis is sorry DaimlerChrysler isn't building a factory near this coastal city as had been expected, but she's not spending much time bemoaning the region's loss.

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

House overwhelmingly approves 'do-not-call' legislation
WASHINGTON -- The House approved legislation Thursday aimed at ensuring the national "do-not-call" list goes into effect as scheduled next week so consumers can block many unwanted telemarketing sales pitches.

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.

Fulmer takes pride in Volunteers' unity

ACC season filled with injuries so far
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Injuries have been one of the big stories in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

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

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.

Vols' bluetick hound celebrates 50 years as mascot

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.

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.

ACC season filled with injuries so far

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

Keep it Hartsfield

Judges gone wild
See the amazing video "Judges gone wild!"

Not a healthy trend

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.

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.

Judges gone wild

Our man in Paris

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.

Soaring SATs

Not a healthy trend
The good news is that the California gubernatorial debate Wednesday evening was apparently seen on more televisions around the world than any other appliance.

Keep it Hartsfield
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, against the advice of her own commission, is stubbornly pushing to change the name of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport to "Hartsfield-Jackson" International, to honor Maynard Jackson, the city's first black mayor who died June 23.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Standing ovations
The Augusta Classic Music festival, with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The O'Jays, Keith Sweat and K-Ci & JoJo, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.. Tickets cost $40.50-$50.50. For more information, call 828-7700.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Design your own horseplay horse
Do you have what it takes to be a horse player? In honor of the Horseplay public art project opening Oct. 9 in Aiken, The Augusta Chronicle wants young artists to design their own Horseplay horse. Just decorate the horse using any theme or medium. A $50 prize will be earned by the winners in each age group: 9 and younger and ages 10-18. Entries are due by 6 p.m. Oct. 3. Winners will be announced Oct. 9 in the Your Life section. Send entries to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta GA 30901. You can download a copy online at www.augustachronicle.com. Questions? Call (706) 823-3626.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Love isn't extinct for Barney
What keeps a purple dinosaur popular with the preschool crowd is found in his theme song, I Love You.

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

IRS extends deadlines for victims of Hurricane Isabel

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.

Fishing report
The birds of autumn have arrived at Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Snug is intimate, but not smug
The Snug certainly is one of the most aptly named restaurants in Augusta. Just off Davis Road and bustling Bobby Jones Expressway, it's a slow-paced haven and one of the coziest eateries in town.

Snug is intimate, but not smug

Wine and dine

Wine and dine
What do you get when you combine a former jewelry store and magic shop with warehouse space? Room 9, the newest nightclub on Broad Street.

Mums are thriving perennials
Chrysanthemums are fall favorites that are commonly discarded when they finish blooming, but they are perennials that can be planted in the landscape.

Real jujube is not candy

Mums are thriving perennials

Love of gardening takes root after educator's retirement
Sarah Washington spent 45 "beautiful years" tending the children of Columbia County and the past 24 tending her garden.

Real jujube is not candy
The original jujube - the real jujube - is a fruit, not a candy. The fruit is hardly known in America, but the Chinese have been growing and eating jujubes for more than 4,000 years.

Love of gardening takes root after educator's retirement

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

Young secondary tries to bounce back after Clemson debacle
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's secondary knows the routine. As long as teams think they can have success throwing the football, they're going to keep putting it up.

Man continues father's cowbell legacy
To fans of Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, losing the old cowbell was often worse than losing itself.

Smith's big night overlooked in big loss

Young secondary tries to bounce back after Clemson debacle

Man continues father's cowbell legacy

Augustan wins season finale

Young star Michelle Wie returns to Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. -- While Annika Sorenstam is having the year of her career, Michelle Wie is busy launching hers.

Watson, Stadler, others spark senior tour
CONOVER, N.C. -- Balance, a talent influx, different venues - even a new name - have led to a small resurgence of the Champions Tour.

Tway, Slocum share first-round lead with 61s

Tway, Slocum share first-round lead with 61s
SAN ANTONIO -- Bob Tway had seven straight birdies in a 9-under 61 Thursday and was tied with Heath Slocum for the lead after the first round of the Texas Open.

Augustan wins season finale
Augusta's Elaine Montano didn't just face self-imposed pressure to repeat this week as the CSRA Women's Golf Association 54-Hole championship winner. She was feeling it from co-workers too.

Yates, Murphy, Hansen share first-round lead
ST ANDREWS, Scotland -- Scotland's Simon Yates, Denmark's Soren Hansen and Ireland's Gary Murphy shot 66s Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Dunhill Links Championship.

Yates, Murphy, Hansen share first-round lead

Young star Michelle Wie returns to Oregon

Watson, Stadler, others spark senior tour

Gainesville coach at top of his game after 30 year career

Road to recovery

Key matchups

On the air

Thoroughbreds face role models tonight

Undefeated Panthers continue comeback

Player of the week

Key matchups
Here are capsule looks at this weekend's area prep football key matchups.

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.

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule for this weekend's area prep football games.

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is South Aiken's Jake Anderson.

Road to recovery
The three sat underneath the TV in jean shorts and T-shirts, watching College Gameday on ESPN.

Undefeated Panthers continue comeback
One year ago, Lakeside was 0-3 going into its game with Thomson and, after the Bulldogs slapped the Panthers with a 44-7 defeat, coach Randy Hill's squad never recovered.

Thoroughbreds face role models tonight
South Aiken coach Dan Pippin looks at how Silver Bluff walks onto the field and says that's what he wants his program to become.

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.

Despite umpires, baseball is never a fair game
My father called the other night and seemed in a good mood.

Leader of Georgia's cancer care network resigns
The leader of the statewide effort to boost cancer care in Georgia resigned on Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday. The move seems almost certain to delay an announcement of funding for proposed regional cancer networks, such as the joint Athens-Augusta program and one centered around Savannah.

Suspicious briefcase prompts bomb scare
A drama that began early Friday morning over a mysterious briefcase outside the Augusta Riverfront Center in downtown Augusta ended with a red face and a bang shortly before noon.

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

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.

Judicial tyranny is issue in Alabama case

Four more years of Bush unthinkable

Agrees that world nears its end

Offers some answers to writer's 'vexing questions'
I have some answers to several of Tom Zwemer's questions in his letter of Sept. 13, "Mulling over a few of today's vexing questions." Jeff Burke, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Conflict of interest between colleges and HOPE program

Clark just another 'tie-dyed' Democrat
The recent decision by the "Little General," Wesley Clark, to enter the presidential race has invigorated the Democrats and given his mentors, the Clintons, a new platform with which to launch their next presidential run. Mr. Clark - who sports four stars and was the supreme allied commander for NATO during the Clinton administration - is, however, just another Democrat wrapped in a tie-dyed flag. Mr. Clark, who is for the most part a Clinton creation, was fired from his NATO post for incompetence and made the following telling quote, "The United States uses 60 percent of the world's resources. This has got to stop." Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

Four more years of Bush unthinkable
George W. Bush's presidency has been an unmitigated disaster, and four more years of this should be unthinkable. The responsibility lies solely with the president. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Class on Arabic language, culture returns to Augusta State University

Health and fitness calendar

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.

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.

Local group seals Lynx deal

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.

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.

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.

Panel keeps grade plan

White County woman listed as state's second West Nile death
ATLANTA -- The death of a White County woman has been ruled the state's second West Nile death this season, state health officials said Thursday.

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Advocates pitch to spare Medicaid programs from budget ax
ATLANTA -- Health care providers and advocates took turns begging a legislative committee Thursday to spare Medicaid from deep funding cuts needed in next year's state budget.

Location of terminal becomes issue again

Friends continue search for missing college student
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Family and friends are hoping for the safe return of a pregnant Georgia Southern University graduate student who has been missing for two weeks.

Experts say traffic laws hurt poor

Ringgold bar plan hits snag over law against pool
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- A little-known ban on pool tables has snarled plans for a new sports bar in this north Georgia town.

Edgefield man dies in wreck

GBI: Inmate tortured, killed
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Rutledge State Prison inmate Bennett Alan Weinberg begged for his life as he was choked, stabbed, stomped, poked and kicked to death by two inmates who had been his friend, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified Wednesday.

Ashcroft praises S.C. officers

Milledgeville mayor suffers another loss in campaign against council
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- A Superior Court judge Wednesday denied Mayor Floyd Griffin's attempt to keep the Milledgeville City Council from hiring a city manager.

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.

Small towns deal with the deaths of soldiers in Iraq
BARNWELL, S.C. -- South Carolina's latest casualty in the war with Iraq, Army Sgt. Anthony Thompson, will be buried Sunday in Branchville, a town of barely 1,000.

Across South Carolina

Supreme Court hears case over retiree benefits
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Supreme Court must decide whether federal retirees were treated unfairly when South Carolina gave state retirees a 7 percent increase in benefits to make up for a ruling ordering them to pay taxes on their retirement.

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.

Case of boy charged in grandparents' deaths to face grand jury
CHESTER, S.C. -- The case of a Chester boy charged with killing his grandparents is expected to go before a grand jury in October, said solicitor John Justice.

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.

Colleges seek to diversify professor pool
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Colleges and universities are working to add more diversity in classrooms by attracting minority students and staff.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joseph Mark Pierce, 7, of Augusta.

Four men are sought in scams

Augusta ozone levels improve
For the first time in recent memory, Augusta has logged a perfect score in air quality, finishing out the hot summer months without a single day in which ozone exceeded public health standards.

Federal appeals court to rehear Confederate flag case

Panel keeps grade plan
When City Administrator George Kolb is evaluated later this year, it won't be based on what he's accomplished. It will reflect what elected officials think he's accomplished.

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.

Women's care gets attention
Reneta Sikes' left shoulder began to hurt just as her husband pulled up to Target.

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.

Rants and Raves
I WANT TO thank a young lad for opening the door for me at the Augusta Village 12 Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 21. I am in a wheelchair and this guy left the line with his mom to perform such a wonderful deed. It isn't often that such good deeds are done by young people without an adult coaxing them. So, thank you, young man. You made my day!

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.

Van-plant funds could go to Peachcare
ATLANTA - If DaimlerChrysler won't be using a few million dollars from Georgia taxpayers to build a van plant near Savannah, Ga., some of the state's poorest children will use it.

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.

Pupils can get flu shots at school
Columbia County health officials are arming themselves to prevent another flu outbreak like the one the county experienced during the previous school year.

Supreme Court hears case over retiree benefits

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SEPT. 26, 1975 ATLANTA - Overall population growth of Central Savannah River Area counties was less than 1 percent between 1970 and 1974, with Columbia County leading growth among the 13 counties, a state survey revealed Thursday.

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.

Across South Carolina
ELGIN - A 1-year-old Elgin boy has drowned after falling into his grandmother's pool, police say.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta firefighter rescued a young woman from a burning house Thursday night on Chestnut Street.

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.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Lawyers for a condemned inmate filed a last-minute appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court while the man visited relatives.

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.

Farmers prepare for big peanut gamble
WILLISTON, S.C. - Like a card shark pushing to win a big pot, Tommy Boyleston has doubled his agricultural bet on a single crop his family has grown for three generations.

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

Four men are sought in scams
AIKEN - Authorities are looking for as many as four people who conned an Aiken couple out of $60,000 in a pair of scams pulled off a month apart.

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

Rants and Raves
I WANT TO thank a young lad for opening the door for me at the Augusta Village 12 Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 21. I am in a wheelchair and this guy left the line with his mom to perform such a wonderful deed. It isn't often that such good deeds are done by young people without an adult coaxing them. So, thank you, young man. You made my day!

Across the area

Commissioner gets roasted

Top school fails federal standards

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

Sanford, Faith to visit China on trade mission

Kid of the day

Across the area

Parents of teenager find support group

Kid of the day

Mental clinic names finalists for top jobs

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.

Fall festivals celebrate everything from peanuts to pumpkins

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.

Cheeks, office clash on millage

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.

Tides of change moving against Darien fishermen

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.

Carter cautions against loss of human rights

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.

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

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.

Poet Heaney donates papers to Emory

Leader of Georgia's cancer care network resigns

Police look into missing funds

Suspicious briefcase prompts bomb scare

Advocates pitch to spare Medicaid programs from budget ax

Van-plant funds could go to Peachcare

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE - A Superior Court judge Wednesday denied Mayor Floyd Griffin's attempt to keep the Milledgeville City Council from hiring a city manager.

Pupils can get flu shots at school

Police seek help in shooting case

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.

Community grieves five children's death

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

Crackdown targets gangs

University warns students about cat attacks

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.

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

Heart survey targets women

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.

Milledgeville mayor suffers another loss in campaign against council

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.

Georgia Guard is uncertain about future call-ups, but ready if called

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.

Augusta ozone levels improve

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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.

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

Carjacker ordered to prison

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.

Deputy nailed in sharp prank

Women's care gets attention

Perdue will use DaimlerChrysler money to bail out PeachCare
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue announced a bailout Thursday for the financially strapped PeachCare for Kids program, saying he will use money previously earmarked for the DamilerChrysler plant in Pooler that now has been indefinitely postponed.

Small towns deal with the deaths of soldiers in Iraq

White County woman listed as state's second West Nile death

Georgia Guard is uncertain about future call-ups, but ready if called
ALBANY, Ga. -- With about 3,600 of their soldiers and airmen already defending the homeland or serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Georgia National Guard officials say the remaining troops are prepared to go if the country needs them.

Perdue will use DaimlerChrysler money to bail out PeachCare

Colleges seek to diversify professor pool

Location of terminal becomes issue again
Like a new piece of furniture, the planned location for a new terminal at Augusta Regional Airport has been moved around more than once.

Farmers prepare for big peanut gamble

Father expresses anger in son's shooting death

Congress delays cuts for squadron at NAS Atlanta
WASHINGTON -- Congress decided Thursday to delay funding cuts sought for a squadron of fighter jets at Naval Air Station Atlanta, but the long-term future of the squadron - and even the base - remains murky.

Director pursuit kicks off

Most South Carolina schools fail

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 South Carolina

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.

Three-fourths of schools miss federal standards

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.

Edgefield man dies in wreck
AIKEN - South Carolina Highway Patrol officials are trying to determine what caused a head-on collision Thursday that claimed the life of an Edgefield man.

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.

Students' English scores decline

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.

Raid drill prepares responders

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.

Commissioner gets roasted
About 350 people turned out to honor Augusta Commission member Lee Beard during a roast Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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At the Movies: 'The Rundown'
Simon and Garfunkel were right. A rock feels no pain. Wrestling-star-turned-action-hero The Rock takes a major licking and keeps on kicking in "The Rundown," an earsplitting onslaught that hoists the basic Three Stooges premise - pratfalls and slapfests for laughs - to unsavory extremes.

At the Movies: 'Duplex'
Danny DeVito's directing style continues to be the cinematic manifestation of his comedic persona: loud, brash, without an ounce of nuance.

At the Movies: 'The Rundown'

At the Movies: 'Under the Tuscan Sun'
"Life offers you a thousand chances," says the tagline for "Under the Tuscan Sun," the new film based on Frances Mayes' bestseller about starting a new life in Tuscany. "All you have to do is take one."

At the Movies: 'Under the Tuscan Sun'

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

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JUST OUT: The Dancer Upstairs, A Mighty Wind, Daddy Day Care and Holes

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

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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.

At the Movies: 'Duplex'

Dave is shameless in his love for rock and blues
Bellying up to the Blind Pig's bar, David Bryan squints against the glare of soft saloon lighting bouncing off the array of stemware hanging, inverted, above his head. Searching by sight and touch, he runs his hands over the highballs, martini glasses and tall tumblers, finally pausing at a handled cup. Pouring strong, black coffee over a generous layer of nondairy creamer, he grins sheepishly.

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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.

Dave is shameless in his love for rock and blues

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

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.

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.

Racing facts - EA Sports 500

Careers aren't easy to rehabilitate

Junqueira wants the CART title he missed last year

Junqueira wants the CART title he missed last year
MIAMI -- Cristiano da Matta and Bruno Junqueira come from nearly identical backgrounds: Brazilian heritage, sons of racing fathers, and successful go-cart careers.

NASCAR overhaul is likely

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

Accuser says Bryant defense not entitled to crisis center records
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's accuser asked a judge Thursday to reject a defense request for records from a rape crisis center.

Hawks match Jazz offer, re-sign Jason Terry
ATLANTA -- With seven of their eight proposed new owners on hand, the Atlanta Hawks announced Thursday they have matched the three-year, $22.5 million offer sheet guard Jason Terry signed with the Utah Jazz.

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.

Hawks match Jazz offer, re-sign Jason Terry

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

Accuser says Bryant defense not entitled to crisis center records

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.

Morgan practices Wednesday for first time in two weeks

Falcons' run defense braces for Panthers, Davis

Davis tries to become Carolina's first three-time 100 yard rusher

Pro picks

Fantasy Football: Broncos give QB new life

Feely hopes keeping head down will keep kicks up

Reserve linebacker puts premium on special teams

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Nuclear power most promising form of alternative energy
ONE OF THE lesser known economic successes of the past decade has been an astounding improvement in the operating performance of U.S. nuclear power plants. Last year, about 100 nuclear plants produced 778 million megawatt-hours of electricity - 20 percent of the nation's power supply - compared with 557 million megawatt-hours in 1990.

Nuclear power most promising form of alternative energy
ONE OF THE lesser known economic successes of the past decade has been an astounding improvement in the operating performance of U.S. nuclear power plants. Last year, about 100 nuclear plants produced 778 million megawatt-hours of electricity - 20 percent of the nation's power supply - compared with 557 million megawatt-hours in 1990.

Americans try to beat Nigeria and stay healthy

North Augusta boxing club to get new home

Senate passes bill to rein in Olympic committee

U.S. women blank Nigeria

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USOC confirms Jerome Young tested positive before 2000 Games

U.S. women blank Nigeria
PHILADELPHIA -- Mia Hamm was unstoppable for the second straight World Cup game, scoring two early goals, then setting up one in the second half as the United States routed Nigeria 5-0 Thursday night.

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.

USOC confirms Jerome Young tested positive before 2000 Games
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- U.S. Olympic officials confirmed for the first time Thursday that sprinter Jerome Young tested positive for steroids a year before winning a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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

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.

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

Boxing promoter apologizes for De La Hoya loss comments
LAS VEGAS -- Promoter Bob Arum apologized to Nevada boxing officials for suggesting a fix was behind Shane Mosley's win over Oscar De La Hoya, saying his comments were "made in the heat of passion."

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

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.

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

Pro picks
When the NFL realigned, it split up Pittsburgh and Tennessee, a good old AFC Central rivalry dating back to the days when the Titans were the Houston Oilers.

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.

Davis tries to become Carolina's first three-time 100 yard rusher
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Davis doesn't pay any attention to how the rest of the NFL's running backs are doing this season. Carolina's new workhorse has a pretty good idea of where he stacks up.

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.

Reserve linebacker puts premium on special teams
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Artie Ulmer is listed as a reserve inside linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, but the sixth-year veteran owes a solid NFL career to his desire to succeed on special teams.

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.

Falcons' run defense braces for Panthers, Davis
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Wade Phillips believes the Atlanta Falcons defense is better than the statistics show.

Singer/actor had sense of humor

Singer/actor had sense of humor
Do you know who wrote the following immortal lyrics sung by millions of folks the world over?

Hollywood perpetuates stereotype

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.

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.

UPN reaches affiliate agreement with Fox-owned stations
NEW YORK -- In a major boost to its survival prospects, the UPN network reached a multiyear agreement Wednesday to keep nine Fox-owned stations in major cities as UPN affiliates.

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.

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.

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.

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

UPN reaches affiliate agreement with Fox-owned stations

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

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

Club calendar

Billy Crystal will host Academy Awards for eighth time

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Love isn't extinct for Barney

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.

Curry is lost for season

Hollywood perpetuates stereotype
We all know the stereotype of the Southern man: strong of arm but slack of jaw, ready to wet his Dixie whistle with a hit off his ever-present bottle of beer. He is one with the rifle rack, who grows teary-eyed in the presence of the Confederate battle flag, who travels through life accompanied by a Merle Haggard soundtrack and, for much of the world, is the accepted representative of culture south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Holtz says kicking competition too close to call
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With less than 48 hours before kickoff at Tennessee, South Carolina's place-kicker battle is still too close to call.

Strategy centers on rush
COLUMBIA - Tennessee's strategy last week was to put the pressure on Florida's unproven quarterbacks by stuffing the run.

Holtz says kicking competition too close to call

Strategy centers on rush

Rats in Tanzania train to sniff out land mines

Police in Indiana charge impostor

Odds and Ends

Couple who faked daughter's illness sentenced to prison

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

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