Performers try new aspect of musical theater in 'Grease'

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.

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.

Arts festival benefits from change

Tenth year the charm for Brewers rookie

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.

Baseball roundup

Glavines take field together as big leaguers for first time

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

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.

Baseball roundup
MIAMI - With rainy weather, apathetic fans, unsettled ownership and losing records, the Florida Marlins have provided comic relief in recent seasons.

Microchip helps reunite cat with California man after 10-year separation
SAN CARLOS, Calif. -- Call it Ted's excellent adventure, with a high-tech twist: A cat with an ID microchip implanted under his skin was returned to his owner 10 years after he jumped out a window and vanished.

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.

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.

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.

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

Smoltz key to Braves' playoff hopes

Ramirez smothers Phillies

Ramirez smothers Phillies
PHILADELPHIA - The debate about whether Atlanta Braves pitcher Horacio Ramirez should make the Game 4 start in the National League Division Series could be a short one.

Dell entering consumer electronics market

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

Gymnast turns Web site into business

Gymnast turns Web site into business
Jay Thornton's athletic career came close to looking like a "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" highlight reel.

City wants boards off buildings
Augusta's top building official told downtown shop owners they need to replace broken windows with new glass, not plywood.

Trouble brewing in Magaritaville over proposed Mexican regulations

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.

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.

Pocket change
The Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce will give out their top business awards Tuesday during an all-day small-business expo at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

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.

Upgrade tourism, expert says

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

Perdue wants group to shore up tourism
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is set to create a task force to bolster tourism, saying the budget for the state's second-largest industry is "shamefully one of the lowest in the region."

Business briefs

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.

House overwhelmingly approves 'do-not-call' legislation

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

Perdue wants group to shore up tourism

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

City wants boards off buildings

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.

A cut above the rest

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.

New look fits Arkansas well
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas became so predictable on offense last year everyone from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia started stacking the line to stop the run.

ACC season filled with injuries so far

Today's games

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville

College football gameday

Local spotlight, Richey Williams

New look fits Arkansas well

On television

Today's games
A list of allof today's college games

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville
They aren't remembered as South Carolina's most demoralizing losses of the past three years, but they certainly rank among the more agonizing.

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.

On television
Noon-Minnesota at Penn St. (ESPN)

College football gameday
South Carolina (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at No. 8 Tennessee (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

Local spotlight, Richey Williams
Richey Williams was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students while at North Augusta.

Judges gone wild

PACT with the devil
On the face of it, South Carolina's elementary and middle schools flunked the federal government's No Child Left Behind bench marks big time. More than 75 percent of the schools failed to meet adequate yearly progress goals, including all but four of Aiken County's 31 schools. In Edgefield County, only one of six schools made the grade.

PACT with the devil

Investment not lost

Not a healthy trend

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.

Investment not lost
Politically speaking, Gov. Sonny Perdue turned fertilizer into ice cream after he got the bad news this week that DaimlerChrysler wouldn't be building a $754 million van assembly plant near Savannah.

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

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.

Keep it Hartsfield

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

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.

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.

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.

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
The birds of autumn have arrived at Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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.

Love of gardening takes root after educator's retirement

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

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.

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

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.

Young secondary tries to bounce back after Clemson debacle

Man continues father's cowbell legacy

Yates, Murphy, Hansen share first-round lead

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.

Augustan wins season finale

Tway, Slocum share first-round lead with 61s

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.

Young star Michelle Wie returns to Oregon

Watson, Stadler, others spark senior tour

Golf roundup

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.

Pride of the patch

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.

Pride of the patch
Eleanor Patrick snaps a picture of a marker dedicated to the memory of longtime Augusta Municipal Golf Course member Larry Bohannon.

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.

Golf roundup
SAN ANTONIO - Tommy Armour III capped a round of 8-under-par 62 with a birdie on the 18th hole Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after the second round of the Texas Open.

Nelson heating up down the stretch
CONOVER, N.C. -- Larry Nelson had a rather mundane year on the Champions Tour until this month.

Nelson heating up down the stretch

Football scores

Tigers start off region with rout

Road to recovery

Key matchups

Fourth-quarter touchdown pass puts Greenbrier on top

Thoroughbreds face role models tonight

Gamecocks break out

Undefeated Panthers continue comeback

Aquinas keeps on rolling

Player of the week

Thomson rout quiets critics

On the air

Big plays too much for Evans in blowout

Red Devils preserve perfection

Gregg, Patriots run past Eagles

Laney belts Hart County

Rabun, Lions get final roar

Rebels rebound with win

Quarterback helps Greenwood in win

Silver Bluff suffers rare shutout

Rabun, Lions get final roar
Augusta Christian tailback Cole Rabun might want to get angry a little more often.

Fourth-quarter touchdown pass puts Greenbrier on top
Greenbrier quarterback Brooks Robinson knew what his problem was in last week's loss to Lakeside.

Gregg, Patriots run past Eagles
It was painfully obvious, even to the Josey High School statistician seated way up high in the White Road Stadium press box.

Red Devils preserve perfection
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - It was expected to be their toughest test yet, but the Lincoln County Red Devils barely passed with a 14-7 home victory Friday night.

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

Football scores
Prep football scores from Georiga and South Carolina

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

Tigers start off region with rout
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Fabian Dye had three touchdown runs and Jamaal Binns had a 74-yard punt return for the Tigers in their Region 7-AA opener.

Rebels rebound with win
Hephzibah's Rent Sherill made sure the third time was the charm.

Gamecocks break out
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Screven County showed potential on offense in its first three games this season, but was unable to produce many big plays.

Thomson rout quiets critics
When Dan Ivey and the rest of his Thomson teammates read trash talk on the Internet on Monday, they were enraged.

Silver Bluff suffers rare shutout
AIKEN - Despite last year's win at Silver Bluff, South Aiken entered this year's game against the Bulldogs with something to prove.

Big plays too much for Evans in blowout
Tri-Cities got only six first downs against Evans in the team's Region 7-AAAAA matchup Friday night. They were more than enough for a 48-6 victory that kept the Knights winless on the season.

Aquinas keeps on rolling
The Fightin' Irish of Aquinas used a strong running game to forge a three-touchdown lead, then withstood a late rally to post their third consecutive win, a 29-13 homecoming victory over Athens Christian on Friday night.

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.

Quarterback helps Greenwood in win
AIKEN - There were few surprises for Aiken coach Carey Johnson Friday night at Louis K. Hagood Stadium - especially when it came to Zearrick Matthews of Greenwood.

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.

Laney belts Hart County
HARTWELL, Ga. - When Hart County quarterback Ryan Poole went down two weeks ago with a broken collarbone, Bulldogs head coach Joby Scroggs knew his team might endure some hardships until Poole's return.

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

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

Hurricanes batter Thrashers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The new guys helped the Carolina Hurricanes put together their best offensive showing of the preseason Friday night.

Hurricanes batter Thrashers

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.

Business crossovers good for county
The Columbia County Commission is to be congratulated for its foresight in saving residents of this county a great deal of money by allowing the crematorium to pay for itself. They served well by not allowing an individual from another county and even one from another state to derail the progressive program set forth by Columbia County Animal Care/Control. Marlene K. Stachowiak, Martinez, Ga.

Business crossovers good for county

Clinton would've been crucified for making mistakes Bush has

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.

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.

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

Clinton would've been crucified for making mistakes Bush has
I remember President George W. Bush telling the United States and the world that we would move into Iraq, depose Saddam Hussein, and right all the wrongs there - at a time and place of our choosing. Well six months later, it seems the tables have turned: Saddam is in hiding; has formed a seemingly effective guerrilla fighting force; is measuring our troops and taking them out little by little at times and places of his own choosing. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Bush deserves to be re-elected
Vernon Johnson's Sept. 15 letter, "Bush doesn't deserve another term," is a mere series of one-liners from the Democratic primary candidates. If you say a lie enough times, people will begin to believe it. Sherry Hutto, Appling, Ga.

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.

County plans quick election

News you can use
SEPT. 27, 1974 Fort Gordon officially will be designated next week as the U.S. Army Signal School, military sources said yesterday.

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.

School system enforces zero tolerance rule

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

City argues sewage award should be pulled
A jury's $550,000 award to a Burke County family who claimed their cattle and pastures were poisoned by the city of Augusta's sewage sludge should be set aside, the city's lawyers reiterated Friday.

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.

Army leader points to troops as heroes
Although he commanded America's Army in the decisive attack against Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace makes no claim to being a hero.

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.

Supreme Court hears case over retiree benefits

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.

Edgefield man dies in wreck

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.

Molestation suspect gets bond
An Augusta Superior Court judge granted bond Friday to a teenager accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl while on a school field trip.

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.

Officer's charges could grow
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says additional charges are possible against a 31-year-old Athens-Clarke County Police Department detective who was arrested this week on statutory rape and six other charges.

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.

Across Georgia
JACKSON - Death row inmate Earnest Ulyesses Morrison, convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of a Richmond County woman, was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday night, Georgia corrections officials said.

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.

Cancer coalition official resigns

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.

Small towns deal with the deaths of soldiers in Iraq

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.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Pupils can get flu shots at school

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.

Groups attend support rally for Ten Commandments
WINDER, Ga. - A rally headed by a south Georgia Ku Klux Klan member and featuring the congregation of a predominantly black Atlanta church drew about 250 people to the Barrow County Courthouse on Friday in support of a controversial Ten Commandments display in the downtown Winder building.

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.

Briefcase causes false alarm
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.

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

Lakeside pupils enjoy fitness group
By 6:30 a.m., Lamar Kirkman had rivulets of sweat streaming down both sides of his face as he pumped two five-pound weights while mastering the foot-moves of the morning circuit training class.

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.

Sides spar over courthouse land
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A group that opposes the addition of eight parking spaces on the grounds of the historic Glynn County Courthouse says the county no longer owns the property.

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

Affleck buys pickup from Georgia lot
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Hollywood megacouple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez popped up yet again in southeast Georgia this week, dropping by an auto dealership in Liberty County to purchase a pickup.

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.

14 newborns left under state law
ATLANTA - Savannah's "Baby Grace" is continuing to have a major impact in Georgia, more than a year and a half after the days-old infant was rescued from a trash bin.

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!

Catch of the day
Kenneth Coardes, a masonry worker, prepares for a catch in a game of touch football.

Four men are sought in scams

Rants and raves
I CAN'T UNDERSTAND why so many people are talking about this uniform policy. Instead of focusing on that, I think the more important thing would be how our kids are faring in our school system. Instead of ranting and raving about the uniforms, maybe someone should start focusing on the fact our kids are failing.

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.

Army leader points to troops as heroes

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!

Suspicious briefcase prompts bomb scare

Kid of the day

Van-plant funds could go to Peachcare

Farmers prepare for big peanut gamble

Catch of the day

Commissioner gets roasted

Molestation suspect gets bond

News you can use
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.

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

Women's care gets attention

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

Rants and raves
I CAN'T UNDERSTAND why so many people are talking about this uniform policy. Instead of focusing on that, I think the more important thing would be how our kids are faring in our school system. Instead of ranting and raving about the uniforms, maybe someone should start focusing on the fact our kids are failing.

Advocates pitch to spare Medicaid programs from budget ax

Across the area
Two Richmond County teenagers have been charged with a gang-related attack on Cross Creek High School athlete that occurred off-campus, authorities said.

Milledgeville mayor suffers another loss in campaign against council

Experts predict drier, cooler fall
With the official return of fall this week, forecasters say Augustans should expect normal weather during the new season.

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

Cancer coalition official resigns
The leader of the statewide effort to boost cancer care in Georgia resigned Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced.

Augusta ozone levels improve

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Shaniu Nyiece Darsey

News you can use

County plans quick election
It'll be a hasty campaign season, but Columbia County will be holding an election this year, officials said Friday.

Location of terminal becomes issue again

Student's family may sue system
The family of an Evans teen killed in an automobile accident while traveling to a golf tournament has filed notice of a potential lawsuit against the Columbia County School System.

Commissioners take opportunity to voice concerns on government
If you ask Augusta commissioners - at least the handful that showed up at a strategic planning session Friday - they'd like to see local government become more customer-friendly.

Speed trap investigated
ARCADE, Ga. - The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a complaint that the Arcade Police Department has been operating a financially lucrative speed trap in the small Jackson County town north of Athens.

Colleges seek to diversify professor pool

House bill approves land swap on island
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a land swap in which Fort Frederica National Monument will get 8.7 acres that might have been the home of Georgia's founder, while historic Christ Church Episcopal will get 6 acres for possible expansion.

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

Bloomingdale city manager dons chef's hat
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. - It's not that often that the bland world of small-town politics mixes it up with the infinitely more spicy - and indispensable - world of Southern cooking.

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.

Group gains rebel banner
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia's Palmetto Guards saw plenty of action during the Civil War, but 138 years after the South's surrender at Appomattox, the unit is still making history.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Three Lowcountry car dealerships have been sued after five female employees said they were subjected to a sexually hostile working environment, attorneys for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.

Affleck buys pickup from Georgia lot

UGA meningitis scare over
ATHENS, Ga. - Two University of Georgia freshmen don't have bacterial meningitis, tests results indicated Friday, but university officials say the students will remain in an Athens hospital until early next week.

Bloomingdale city manager dons chef's hat

School system enforces zero tolerance rule
A school police officer escorted Terrance Mahoney from class at Butler High School when another student claimed he had drugs in his car.

Edgefield school board considers more plans

Korean War veterans sought
The Korean War Memorial Committee of the CSRA wants to honor people in the Augusta area who served in Korea during the war, but first the committee needs to know who they are.

Speed trap investigated

Edgefield school board considers more plans
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The maps may change, but the political battle remains the same.

Groups attend support rally for Ten Commandments

UGA meningitis scare over

Kid of the Day

Sides spar over courthouse land

House bill approves land swap on island

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.

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Lakeside pupils enjoy fitness group

City argues sewage award should be pulled

Korean War veterans sought

14 newborns left under state law

Perdue will use DaimlerChrysler money to bail out PeachCare

Across the area

Leader of Georgia's cancer care network resigns

Experts predict drier, cooler fall

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

Across South Carolina

Commissioners take opportunity to voice concerns on government

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.

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: 'Duplex'

Mini reviews

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: 'The Rundown'

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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.

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

At the Movies: 'Under the Tuscan Sun'

Dave is shameless in his love for rock and blues

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.

Junqueira wants the CART title he missed last year

Junior moves to 38th
TALLADEGA, Ala. - If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to win his fifth consecutive race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, it will start from the 38th starting position.

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.

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.

Hawks match Jazz offer, re-sign Jason Terry

Accuser says Bryant defense not entitled to crisis center records

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.

Reserve linebacker puts premium on special teams

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

Falcons' run defense braces for Panthers, Davis

NFL notebook

Panthers' QB not impressing

Pro picks

Mr. Sherrill Dickenson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Dianne Wilson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Napier    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mr. Allen Scott
Friends of Allen Scott remembered the former Augusta Police Department chief Friday as a man who was well-liked and committed to his community.

Mr. Charlie Perrin    (STEPHEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ida Glasker    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Deacon David Primus    (ESTILL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Becky Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jewel Radcliff    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Yvonne Lipski    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Allen Scott    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Clayborn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Major Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry Drayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mamie Teto    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Christine Grubbs    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Minnie Thomas    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mamie Teto    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lucille Thornton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Williamson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Samuel Anderson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Chester Messer    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Walter Brizius    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dea. Ezell London, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Wilson Brown Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillian Clark    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Melvin McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Czura    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence Kirkland    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Constance Dillard    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Garnett    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
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Mr. Charles Tappan    (ATHENS, Ga.)
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Mr. James Glover    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pearl Hampton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Silas Jones, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katherine Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph Madden Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Charlie Perrin    (STEPHEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Melvin Shelton    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jeffery Elstein    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. T. Anderson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Retha Rhiney    (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)
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Mr. Melvin McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry Drayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Mulheron    (HARRISON, Mich.)
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Mr. Walter Czura    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Elam-Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Gibbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Brizius    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Garnett    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
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Mrs. Joan Fuqua    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Nelson Kennedy    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Frances Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Wilson Brown Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Teto (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. James Gibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Kelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffery Elstein (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Shelton (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel Radcliff (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Becky Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Perrin (STEPHEN, S.C.)

Dea. Ezell London, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sherrill Dickenson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Drayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Clayborn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Deacon David Primus (ESTILL, S.C.)

Mr. Melvin McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dianne Wilson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Glover (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Glasker (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Messer (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Clark (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Anderson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Thomas (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Garnett (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Melvin McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Brizius (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Hampton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Katherine Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Fuqua (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Williamson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Czura (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Constance Dillard (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Nelson Kennedy (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Garnett (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mrs. Lucille Thornton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Scott (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Drayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Major Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. T. Anderson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Elam-Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Retha Rhiney (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mr. Silas Jones, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Perrin (STEPHEN, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Brizius (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

Overtime

USOC confirms Jerome Young tested positive before 2000 Games

U.S. women blank Nigeria

Transfer awaits eligibility status

Overtime
Greece has introduced a U.N. resolution calling for a 16-day Olympic truce to coincide with the Athens Games next summer.

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."

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.

Transfer awaits eligibility status
Brooke Hixon has been an Augusta State student since January. She's still waiting to be a Lady Jaguars golfer, though.

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.

Panthers' QB not impressing
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When Carolina's Jake Delhomme starts his fourth career NFL game Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons only hope the fifth-year veteran will continue his penchant for interceptions.

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.

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

NFL notebook
JACKSONVILLE - Jaguars rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich most likely will make his first NFL start Sunday, with Mark Brunell downgraded to doubtful for the game against Houston.

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.

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.

Singer/actor had sense of humor

Homelessness can send families reeling
Once homeless, they typically careen from temporary shelters to the streets and back again before they stabilize.

School will mark 90th anniversary, feast day with Mass
Franciscan Sister Margaret Mary Mohr, principal of Immaculate Conception Catholic School, has watched construction workers update her corner at Laney-Walker Boulevard and 11th Street for months.

Two philosophers debate modern twists on the age-old issue: Does God exist?
Oxford University Press gets the prize for the year's snappiest book title: "God?"

Faith digest
Contemporary Christian singer Carman will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20.50 at the door. For more information, call 828-7200.

Jewish High Holy Days arrive as American Jews confront challenges to their future
A once-a-decade study of American Judaism released this month found Jews are better-educated and wealthier than the average American and have reached the highest levels of professional achievement.

Faith and Fellowship Calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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

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.

UPN reaches affiliate agreement with Fox-owned stations

Club calendar

Concert calendar

Love isn't extinct for Barney

Applause calendar

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.

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville
They aren't remembered as South Carolina's most demoralizing losses of the past three years, but they certainly rank among the more agonizing.

Holtz says kicking competition too close to call

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.

Strategy centers on rush

Police in Indiana charge impostor

Rats in Tanzania train to sniff out land mines

Microchip helps reunite cat with California man after 10-year separation

Odds and Ends

Jewish High Holy Days arrive as American Jews confront challenges to their future

Homelessness can send families reeling

School will mark 90th anniversary, feast day with Mass

Two philosophers debate modern twists on the age-old issue: Does God exist?

Faith and Fellowship Calendar