Book club's selection is motivational piece
The Read It! book club begins its second month with Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence, by Ben Carson.

Arts review: A gimmicky play of improbabilities set during 'Recent Tragic Events'

Book tells parents of Internet dangers
The Internet can be a dangerous place for children despite being a great resource, said Jamie Self, the director of social policy for the Georgia Family Council.

Book club's selection is motivational piece

Book tells parents of Internet dangers

Arts review: A gimmicky play of improbabilities set during 'Recent Tragic Events'
NEW YORK -- "Recent Tragic Events" by Craig Wright is a gimmicky play of improbabilities, an unsatisfying dark comedy of chance built around the 2001 terrorist attacks.>

McKeon says Marlins will pitch around Bonds

Cubs, Red Sox start out as postseason darlings
Even before Pedro Martinez pitches or Sammy Sosa swings, there's a buzz about these playoffs. Baseball romantics, this really could be the year: Red Sox vs. Cubs.

A capsule look at the Red Sox-Athletics playoff series
A look at the best-of-five American League division series between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics:

History says Twins are overmatched against Mussina, Yankees

A break before playoffs: Rocket manages, Nomar watches soccer

A capsule look at the Red Sox-Athletics playoff series

History says Twins are overmatched against Mussina, Yankees
NEW YORK -- All the numbers say the same thing: The Minnesota Twins are simply overmatched against Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees.

Umps announced for AL and NL playoffs
NEW YORK -- Bruce Froemming, John Hirschbeck, Ed Montague and Randy Marsh head the umpiring crews picked Monday by the commissioner's office for the first round of the American and National League playoffs.

Bonds makes another go at World Series ring

McKeon says Marlins will pitch around Bonds
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins want to pitch to Barry Bonds. They really do. Just give them a 10-run lead first.

Bonds makes another go at World Series ring
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds put to rest all the talk about his postseason failures last October. Now, there's only one thing left for baseball's most feared slugger to do: Win it all.

A break before playoffs: Rocket manages, Nomar watches soccer
Roger Clemens played manager and Nomar Garciaparra got a day off - to watch his soccer sweetie.

A capsule look at the Marlins-Giants playoff series
A look at the best-of-five National League division series between the Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants:

Cubs, Red Sox start out as postseason darlings

A capsule look at the Twins-Yankees playoff series
A look at the best-of-five American League division series between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees:

A capsule look at the Marlins-Giants playoff series

A capsule look at the Twins-Yankees playoff series

Scott brought gentlemanly touch to police force

Odds and Ends
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Where do you hide a $729,000 Ferrari during rush hour?

New law passed to block concert suicide
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The St. Petersburg city council passed a law Monday designed to scuttle a rock group's plans to feature an onstage suicide.

4-year-old shoots sister, boy
LANDOVER, Md. -- A 4-year-old boy found a loaded gun in his family's house and fired it through the front door, killing his 5-year-old sister and seriously wounding another boy, authorities said.

Gorilla escapes from zoo, injuring toddler and 18-year-old
BOSTON -- A restless gorilla broke out of its zoo enclosure Sunday injuring a 2-year-old and a teenager before it was sedated and recaptured almost two hours later, according to zoo officials.

Army private in Iraq and fiancee in Italy marry in Montana, but don't attend
KALISPELL, Mont. -- An American soldier stationed in Iraq married his Italian fiancee in a Montana double proxy ceremony that neither attended.

Lovable losers take on perennial winners
ATLANTA -- On one side, it's the Chicago Cubs - those lovable losers, heroes to the downtrodden.

Braves clinch home field advantage
PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Braves closed out the Philadelphia Phillies' park by ensuring the road to the World Series in the National League will go through their home, Turner Field.

Lovable losers take on perennial winners

Team looks to its future

Big crowds expected for first two games at Turner Field

Big crowds expected for first two games at Turner Field
ATLANTA -- Here's a change: The Atlanta Braves are expecting sellout crowds for the first two games of their division series against the Chicago Cubs.

A capsule look at the Cubs-Braves playoff series
A look at the best-of-five National League division series between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves:

Team looks to its future
ATLANTA - Since losing four straight World Series games to the New York Yankees four years ago, the postseason has rarely worked out the way it's scripted on Hank Aaron Drive.

Braves clinch home field advantage

A capsule look at the Cubs-Braves playoff series

Do 'black-sounding' names pose an economic disadvantage?

UPS reaches distribution deal with Fujitsu
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service has reached a deal to be the sole carrier of repair parts in North America for a key business unit of Japanese computer giant Fujitsu.

UPS reaches distribution deal with Fujitsu

Two trials in Wall Street's white-collar scandals get under way

Consumer spending increases by strong 0.8 percent
WASHINGTON -- America's consumers - flush with tax cuts that left them with extra cash in their wallets - ratcheted up their spending by a strong 0.8 percent in August, helping to power an economic resurgence.

Do 'black-sounding' names pose an economic disadvantage?
BOSTON -- When Vonnessa Goode gives birth in a few weeks, one of her first decisions could be among the toughest: whether to give her daughter a distinctively black name.

For phone numbers, wired-wireless distinction fades
NEW YORK -- The coming freedom to keep your cell phone number when changing wireless companies has overshadowed a possibly more revolutionary change also due this fall: the power to move a number from a regular wired phone to a mobile handset.

Money managers help keep elderly on track

IBM turns to music, a chef and a 5K race in quest for big ideas

Consumer spending increases by strong 0.8 percent

Gas prices see largest two-week plunge since 2001
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Retail gas prices slid more than 10 cents per gallon over the past two weeks, the biggest drop in two years, a nationwide industry survey found Sunday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission asked a federal judge on Monday to force Kenneth Lay, the former head of Enron Corp., to turn over documents the agency is seeking in its investigation of the business practices that led to one of the largest corporate bankruptcy filings in U.S. history.

Two trials in Wall Street's white-collar scandals get under way
NEW YORK -- Jury selection began Monday in two of the first Wall Street scandal cases to reach trial, with a former CEO accused of looting $600 million from his company and a banker accused of ordering the destruction of records sought by a grand jury.

Money managers help keep elderly on track
Unlike many adult children of elderly parents, Kathy Lightner didn't panic when she noticed both her mother and mother-in-law struggling to keep up with their daily affairs.

Business briefs
TRAVEL STRESSES: Business travel takes its toll - sometimes when you're safely back at the office.

Latin Internet cafe new twist to Hispanic business trend
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It's a place Latinos have been longing for and Americans may savor - that is, if they try the sweet, warm "coffee with milk."

IBM turns to music, a chef and a 5K race in quest for big ideas
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- On a bright, warm morning at IBM Corp.'s research center here, seven of Big Blue's scientists gathered around a conference table to consider a nonscientific question: What helps inventors invent things?

Business briefs

For phone numbers, wired-wireless distinction fades

Leaders to get honors at expo
The small-business owners of the year for the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce will be announced at a luncheon today.

USC in unfamiliar territory following loss
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Southern California picked the wrong town and the wrong time for an early celebration.

USC in unfamiliar territory following loss

ACC, Miami lawyers make case for dismissal
ROCKVILLE, Conn. -- Attorneys for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Miami acknowledged Monday their clients have some business dealings in Connecticut, but say those contacts don't warrant being sued in the state over the ACC's expansion plans.

USC, Oregon fall in AP poll
Southern California and Oregon had the biggest drops in The Associated Press college football poll after losing their Pac-10 openers.

Tuesday morning quarterback

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

ACC, Miami lawyers make case for dismissal

Fair weather fans

Desperate campaign
The Democrats' new glamour-boy presidential candidate, Wesley Clark, is hopping mad at U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman for asserting that the retired general has taken "a journey of political convenience, not conviction." The Connecticut senator was referring to Clark's talk at a partisan GOP Lincoln Day dinner in Little Rock, Ark., just two years ago.

Let's follow the rules

Desperate campaign

Stone age

Stone age
On a technicality, after much world pressure - and only in one case - Nigeria has temporarily escaped the Stone Age by sparing Amina Lawal.

'This is worth doing'

'This is worth doing'
Something is getting lost in the translation here.

Let's follow the rules
Ken Kraemer might still be Augusta Regional Airport director if one of the aviation board members who voted to fire him last month had properly followed a City Commission ordinance.

'This is worth doing'
Something is getting lost in the translation here.

Fair weather fans
Moviegoers recall that in the famed '70s film Jaws, the mayor sought to play down the dangers of the man-eating shark lurking in the waters near the beach community's seashore.

Latest scareware from Konami a creepy delight
NEW YORK -- "Silent Hill 3" is delicious to play and highly instructive as well, because the video game reveals one of those quizzical things that distinguish humans from every other living being on Earth: We delight in scaring the bejeezus out of ourselves.

Studio sued over 'Gentlemen' idea
LOS ANGELES - Two moviemakers say they were ripped off by a studio over an idea to rip off characters from classic literature for the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Elia Kazan, winner of two Oscars, dies at 94
NEW YORK -- Director Elia Kazan, whose triumphs included the original Broadway productions of "Death of a Salesman" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," and the Academy Award-winning film "On the Waterfront," died Sunday. He was 94.

Investors should stay cautious as technology funds sizzle again
NEW YORK -- Jacob Internet Fund was one of the hottest stock funds during the dot-com boom. Now, it's sizzling again - up nearly 104 percent since January.

How do I know if that cruise "bargain" really is?
The newspaper travel sections are full of what look like fantastic cruise deals, especially to Alaska and the Caribbean. How do I pick out a true bargain among all of them?

Stocks trade higher following steep weekly losses

Investors should stay cautious as technology funds sizzle again

How do I know if that cruise "bargain" really is?

Stocks trade higher following steep weekly losses
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rebounded Monday after three straight losing sessions as institutional investors did some end-of-the-quarter buying to dress up their portfolios. Technology stocks, hardest hit in last week's big drop, showed the biggest gains.

N.C. State winning despite bad defense
ATLANTA - As long as his team keeps winning, N.C. State coach Chuck Amato is willing to watch his defense get shredded.

Tech finds win with running game
ATLANTA -- P.J. Daniels made the Vanderbilt defense respect his running skills and Georgia Tech snapped its two-game losing streak when quarterback Reggie Ball proved the Yellow Jackets boast more than one running threat.

N.C. State winning despite bad defense

Tech finds win with running game

Armour shoots lowest 72-hole score in PGA history
SAN ANTONIO -- Tommy Armour III had the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history Sunday, finishing the Texas Open with a 5-under 65 to end the tournament at 26-under 254.

Prize money reaches $7 million in WGC

Stadler wins second senior event

Prize money reaches $7 million in WGC
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Prize money for the World Golf Championships will increase next year to $7 million, with a $1.2 million going to the winner.

Langer committed to be captain, not player
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- European captain Bernhard Langer will consider playing in next year's Ryder Cup only if he finishes near the top of the standings.

Langer committed to be captain, not player

Stadler wins second senior event
CONOVER, N.C. -- Craig Stadler birdied his first four holes en route to a 6-under-par 66 Sunday, overtaking Larry Nelson to win the Greater Hickory Classic.

Aquinas changes attitude

Pre-teen hoops phenom prepares for second year of varsity ball

Aquinas changes attitude
Aquinas junior Eric Stallings has undergone a major attitude adjustment since his freshman season.

Scott brought gentlemanly touch to police force
Thirty years in this business, and only once did I ever encounter a public official with an open Bible on his desk.

ECHL season will open on time
The ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players Association agreed in principle to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Tuesday, ending four months of negotiations and a five-week long players' strike.

Mansour's to close Augusta store
Family retail chain Mansour's said today it's closing its 65,000-square-foot store at the Augusta Exchange shopping center because of weak sales.

Judges' call on Do-Not-Call list frustrating
The National Do-Not-Call list that many of us signed onto out of frustration last summer has now been delayed due to some federal judges' rulings last week. I suppose this means that these scum can continue to pester us at home with their "phone spam" without even identifying themselves on the Caller I.D. that we had to install because of them - and they will be able to do it legally, too. Randy Potter, Augusta

Christians will fight the good fight
This letter is to all the persons who participated in the hiding away of the Ten Commandments, and to all who believe they have achieved victory over Christians everywhere: Do not get too smug or overly confident. God is in control - not the persons who won the victory in our courts. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Comment on prison effectiveness compared apples to oranges
Karen Gutmann's Sept. 7 letter, "Prison not best deterrent to violent crime," asserts that if incarceration works, then states with the highest incarceration rates should have the lowest crime rates. Donald L. Davis, Evans, Ga.

Editorialists have forgotten past eight years
Regarding your Sept. 21 editorial, "Campaign is too long," I quote your lead-in paragraph, "....the United States is in the middle of an ugly presidential campaign with Democrat 'wannabes' attacking President George W. Bush at every turn. These aren't constructive, erudite criticisms of Mr. Bush's foreign and domestic policies." Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Thanks those who supported the 319th
To friends of the 319th Transportation Co. who donated supplies, time and money for our soldiers deployed in Kuwait and Iraq: I thank the many businesses, churches and private citizens who donated items and money... Teresa B. Kennedy, North Augusta, S.C.

'P.N. 03' - strange name, plenty of action

Italian adulterers are being revealed by their cell phones

Survey says many single women over 40 date younger men

Nasal flu vaccine aimed at erasing needle's sting

Seniors calendar

In the know
Chocolate is synonymous with rich desserts, but what about breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Italian adulterers are being revealed by their cell phones
ROME -- Italy's love affair with text messaging is having an unexpected consequence: Cell phones have become a leading giveaway of secret affairs.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Nasal flu vaccine aimed at erasing needle's sting
For some people, the only thing worse than getting the flu is getting the flu shot.

Survey says many single women over 40 date younger men
NEW YORK -- Demi Moore is not alone. Close to a third of unmarried American woman in their 40s through 60s who date are going out with younger men, according to one of the most sweeping surveys ever conducted on the dating habits and sex lives of mid-life singles.

'P.N. 03' - strange name, plenty of action
And now, the winner in the "Worst Name for a Videogame" category - Capcom, for "P.N. 03."

Rants and Raves
I AM AN EMPLOYEE who works at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. I work at the neo-natal intensive care unit. I am a nurse that's been working there for 11 years. I just want to give a rave to the staff, my co-workers in the unit for just being an inspiration to me in my life. They're the best crew, and it's the best place you could ever work.

Across the southeast

House OKs swap of historic land
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.

Panel debates HOPE changes

Victory Tower getting new look, 'scary' training ritual remains same

House OKs swap of historic land

Author writes of loss of sister

Across South Carolina

Bridge replica honors ex-slave

Turner gives dour outlook of world events

Across the area

Victim's parents hopeful for trial in socialite killing case

Answers to shortages uncertain
AIKEN - In the never-ending water game, balance is a key theme.

Critics question state Medicaid contract
ATLANTA -- A $107 million state payment to a consulting firm is generating criticism of the bidding process through which the contract was awarded.

Clemson, IBM in computer deal

Collins announces Senate bid
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Sounding conservative themes he hopes will lead him to victory in a crowded Republican field, U.S. Rep. Mac Collins officially launched his bid Monday to succeed Zell Miller in the U.S. Senate.

Tubes could cut waste costs

Former president opens new display highlighting his career in the Navy
PLAINS, Ga. -- Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, welcomed crew members of the Navy's newest nuclear attack submarine - the USS Jimmy Carter - to their hometown Monday as they opened a new display in their old high school that highlights his career in the Navy.

Across Georgia

Victim's parents hopeful for trial in socialite killing case
ATLANTA -- Sixteen years after socialite Lita Sullivan was shot dead by a man posing as a flower delivery man, her parents are still waiting for her killer to be brought to justice.

Letter carrier makes most of career, service

Atlanta smog down, but tougher tests ahead
ATLANTA -- The smog season ending Tuesday was one of the cleanest on record, with metro Atlanta recording only one day with severely unhealthy air.

Work nears end on canal boat
It took 2 1/2 years to build the Titanic, and even longer to create the first of the Augusta Canal's unique tour boats.

School centers offer class to parents as well as students

Jail under investigation after escape

Work nears end on canal boat

Rainy year sees record pot busts in some areas

Former president opens new display highlighting his career in the Navy

Columbia barber to the elite leads national group
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 56-year-old Columbia barber who trims Lou Holtz, retired megabanker Hootie Johnson and governors has reached the top of his profession.

Diver's death prompts push for boating licenses

Upstate judge agrees to removal by high court
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Upstate municipal judge who heard cases in courtrooms he deliberately kept cold to punish people has agreed to quit because of a history of poor behavior on the bench, the state Supreme Court says.

Rants and Raves
I AM AN EMPLOYEE who works at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. I work at the neo-natal intensive care unit. I am a nurse that's been working there for 11 years. I just want to give a rave to the staff, my co-workers in the unit for just being an inspiration to me in my life. They're the best crew, and it's the best place you could ever work.

Mansour's to close Augusta store

Fired YDC guard sues state
The recent turmoil at the Augusta YDC has sparked yet another lawsuit against the state, this one claiming that a guard accused of giving cigarettes to boys in custody was set up because he backed an outspoken subordinate in her fight against the Juvenile Justice Department.

Columbia barber to the elite leads national group

Five unrelated shootings leave three dead, three wounded
ATLANTA -- Police on Monday were investigating five unrelated shootings in the Atlanta area over the weekend that left a pizza delivery worker, a motel employee and another man dead, and three other men wounded.

Judge postpones man's execution
ATLANTA - A judge issued a stay of execution Monday for a Richmond County murderer who initially asked for the death penalty.

Turner gives dour outlook of world events
ATLANTA -- Even while his three foundations continue to spend millions of dollars on environmental and health initiatives, Ted Turner told a newspaper group Sunday night he does not have an optimistic outlook for the future of the world.

Letter carrier makes most of career, service
When Everard Grant entered the Marine Corps right out of high school in the 1960s, he planned to make the military his career.

Sanford wants more executive control of budget agency
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Managing the state's auto fleet and consolidating most of the State Budget and Control Board's administrative functions dominated Gov. Mark Sanford's budget hearing with the agency Monday.

Program offers people with drug problems hope at new future

School centers offer class to parents as well as students
ATHENS, Ga. -- It's classtime at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School, and in one of the portable trailers beside the school, Simon is saying orders, piggies are going to market and little Indians are being counted up and down.

Answers to shortages uncertain

Gathering celebrates area NAACP

Across South Carolina
HARTSVILLE -A rail car leaking ammonium nitrate forced about 30 residents to evacuate a Hartsville neighborhood Sunday.

Diver's death prompts push for boating licenses
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Labor Day weekend death of a diver on the Cooper River has prompted his family, friends and other divers to push for changes in state boating laws, including requiring licenses for boaters.

Leader of the post

Officials will not hasten project
With or without an amphitheater, Teresa Smith says, early construction on the widening of Windsor Spring Road most likely won't happen.

Harlem hopes efforts bring people to area

Review process begins
A panel of experts will be appointed within 30 days to investigate the Augusta-Richmond County Tax Assessor's office, a notice sent to the city department said, setting in motion a review that should wrap up before the end of the year.

College adds 5 new majors
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When students began the fall quarter at Savannah College of Art and Design last week, they discovered five new majors, four freshly renovated buildings and an inaugural e-learning program.

Across the area
A man who escaped from Georgia Regional Hospital on Monday ending up spending less than 12 hours away from the facility.

Railcar leak forces Hartsville neighborhood evacuation

Rallies attract hundreds
ATLANTA - Several hundred Christians outraged at recent legal challenges to the public display of the Ten Commandments rallied outside the Georgia Capitol on Monday, joined by state political leaders.

High school students getting credit for flying lessons

Across the area
An official at the Augusta State Medical Prison said a staff member at the correctional facility was assaulted by an inmate Sunday.

Kid of the day

Rallies attract hundreds

High school students getting credit for flying lessons
KENNESAW, Ga. -- A unique high school program has some students jumping to reach the sky in Cobb County.

Business group pushes SRS

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Denaisha Monai Cain, 3, of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
HILLARY CLINTON IS no "dumb blonde." She's a crafty politician who is determined to impose a socialist state on America - with her in charge, of course. To underestimate her is as dangerous to freedom as ignoring the Taliban.

Dozens of immigrant soldiers become citizens in all-military ceremony
ATLANTA -- Sgt. Cheryl Williams waited more than three years for this day to come.

News you can use

College adds 5 new majors

Kid of the day

Young scientists get a head start
Yellow caution tape cordons off the area around the door to the lab, while two security officers stand guard.

Clemson, IBM in computer deal
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Clemson University recommends that its 13,000 undergraduates who need to get now-required laptops buy one from IBM. In exchange, the school will get one free computer for every 100 IBMs students purchase.

Young scientists get a head start

Railcar leak forces Hartsville neighborhood evacuation
HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- A railcar leaking ammonium nitrate forced about 30 residents to evacuate a Hartsville neighborhood Sunday.

Fired YDC guard sues state

Gathering celebrates area NAACP
Phillip Howell is a somewhat unusual member of the Aiken Branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People.

Program offers people with drug problems hope at new future
MACON, Ga. -- A new faith-based rehabilitation program is offering hope to men with drug problems.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Dillon Robinson, 5, of Augusta.

Teen arrested with bomb-making manual in locker
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A teenager was arrested after hate-related material, a razor blade and a bomb-making instruction manual were found in a school locker he had been using, authorities said.

Officials will not hasten project

State report says female inmates had skin infections instead of spider bites
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Most of the female inmates complaining of spider bites at a central Georgia prison did not have bites but instead had unrelated skin infections, state officials said Friday.

Judge postpones man's execution

Dozens of immigrant soldiers become citizens in all-military ceremony

Men are charged in death
Two Augusta men have been arrested in last week's drug-related killing on Kent Street, authorities said Monday.

News you can use

Schools' fiscal future is uncertain
AIKEN - South Carolina's cash-strapped public schools are bracing for two events that could worsen their already grim balance sheets - a judge's ruling on a lawsuit that claims a wide educational gap between rich and poor districts and a legislative proposal to eliminate property taxes as a prime source of revenue.

UGA increases spending for fund raising

Schools' fiscal future is uncertain

Study proposed for ocean water
ATLANTA - The solution to Georgia's water dilemma could lie just off the coast.

Jail under investigation after escape
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- One guard has been fired after an escape at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Detention Center amid allegations from the escapee that he had "police" help to break out.

Bridge replica honors ex-slave
ALBANY, Ga. - An emancipated slave who became one of the South's leading 19th century bridge builders is being honored with a Flint River overlook patterned after a covered bridge he built nearly 150 years ago.

Victory Tower getting new look, 'scary' training ritual remains same
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Army's rawest recruits will have to conquer their fears and a massive fortress of steel when they begin training on a new, 70-foot Victory Tower nearing completion here.

Five unrelated shootings leave three dead, three wounded

Harlem hopes efforts bring people to area
Harlem officials have turned their eyes to the city's downtown area in hopes that outsiders will, too.

Panel debates HOPE changes
ATHENS, Ga. - A 20-member committee delving into the future of the Georgia HOPE Scholarship is two months away from recommending to legislators how the award can survive.

News you can use
SEPT. 29, 1978 Augusta's mayor and the head of the city's Redevelopment Authority have called a news conference today at which they are expected to announce a development for the Southern Finance Building in the 700 block of Broad Street.

Author writes of loss of sister
ATHENS, Ga. - In life, Susan Hurley Harrison was known as a loving mother and sister, a business owner and a member of the Baltimore area's wealthy elite.

Across the southeast
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Gov. Mike Easley quietly approved a list of recommendations last month to compensate survivors among the 7,600 people sterilized through a state program, many through coercion and the application of bad science.

Tubes could cut waste costs
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Officials in the southeast Georgia city of Kingsland say they have figured out a way to save taxpayers money when it comes to disposing of solid waste. Using a new technology known as geotubes, the city's solid waste is collected in porous tubes, which help evaporate moisture from the waste.

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The smog season ending last week was one of the cleanest on record, with metro Atlanta recording only one day with severely unhealthy air.

Across South Carolina
CHESTER - A weekend collision with a deer has killed a Chester High School student riding a four-wheeler.

UGA increases spending for fund raising
ATHENS, Ga. - Officials of the University of Georgia and the private UGA Foundation have sharply increased the amount of state and foundation money spent on fund raising.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Police are investigating four unrelated shootings in the Atlanta area that left a pizza deliveryman and a motel employee dead and two other men in critical condition.

Rainy year sees record pot busts in some areas
YORK, S.C. - Every itch of his chigger bites reminds Investigator Rayford Ervin Jr. why 2003 has been a banner year for the illicit marijuana crop in the pastures of rural York County.

Leader of the post
Brig. Gen. Janet Hicks' original career goal more than two decades ago didn't include becoming Fort Gordon's first female commander.

Business group pushes SRS
AIKEN - A scarcity of new, big-ticket prospects for Aiken and Edgefield counties has forced the area's biggest industrial booster to place another bet on the future of a proven job source - Savannah River Site.

Rants and Raves
HILLARY CLINTON IS no "dumb blonde." She's a crafty politician who is determined to impose a socialist state on America - with her in charge, of course. To underestimate her is as dangerous to freedom as ignoring the Taliban.

News you can use
SEPT. 30, 1980 Workmen took the roof off Butler High School, and Mother Nature this weekend tried to turn it into a swimming pool.

Rock on Film: The big guy tips his eyebrow to the best action flicks
LOS ANGELES -- When The Rock makes a fist, it's usually time to back off - but this time he's clenching his oversized mitt to give the thumbs-up to his favorite movies.

Seann William Scott: the reluctant gross-out wisecracker

Seann William Scott: the reluctant gross-out wisecracker
LOS ANGELES -- Seann William Scott's sinister smirk suggests the extra N in his name stands for "nefarious."

The Rock runs down box-office lead

New home-video releases
Here is a look at new home-video releases.

The Rock runs down box-office lead
LOS ANGELES -- The Rock smacked down the competition with his action comedy "The Rundown," which debuted as the weekend's top movie by earning $18.5 million.

New home-video releases

Friends, fans of Springsteen create personal appeal for charities

Friends, fans of Springsteen create personal appeal for charities
NEW YORK -- Without picking up his guitar, Bruce Springsteen sounded a chord for charity.

Seal rekindles creativity in London for new album
LOS ANGELES - It took five years and more than 5,000 miles, but Seal finally has his voice back.

Friends, fans of Springsteen create personal appeal for charities

Seal rekindles creativity in London for new album

Friends, fans of Springsteen create personal appeal for charities
NEW YORK -- Without picking up his guitar, Bruce Springsteen sounded a chord for charity.

21 piano concert in New York City's Winter Garden honors Sept. 11 victims

21 piano concert in New York City's Winter Garden honors Sept. 11 victims
NEW YORK -- The challenge facing composer Daniele Lombardi: Through music, transform the tragedy of Sept. 11 into hope.

Waltrip ends Junior's winning streak at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Michael Waltrip broke Dale Earnhardt Jr's stranglehold on Talladega Superspeedway, sweeping high off the final turn and denying his teammate a fifth straight victory at the high-banked oval Sunday.

Barrichello first out after winning last year
INDIANAPOLIS -- First one year, first one out the next.

Waltrip ends Junior's winning streak at Talladega

Servia's day ends early after bumpy landing puts him in wall
MIAMI -- Oriol Servia's hopes for a breakthrough win at the Grand Prix of the Americas ended early Sunday.

Newspaper takes Earnhardt autopsy photos case to high court

Servia's day ends early after bumpy landing puts him in wall

Newspaper takes Earnhardt autopsy photos case to high court
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A student-run newspaper asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a Florida court decision that restricts access to autopsy photos - a case stemming from the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001.

Juan hits Canada's eastern coast with winds and torrential rains

Juan hits Canada's eastern coast with winds and torrential rains
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Hurricane Juan lashed Nova Scotia with winds and torrential rains, killing at least one person and knocking out power to thousands before being downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday as it churned toward Prince Edward Island.

Vail police ordered to give 911 records to Bryant's attorneys

Jim Harrick joins Nuggets as scout and consultant
DENVER -- Jim Harrick is back in basketball, hired Monday by the Denver Nuggets as a scout and coaching consultant.

Vail police ordered to give 911 records to Bryant's attorneys
EAGLE, Colo. -- In a victory for Kobe Bryant's attorneys, a judge Monday ordered Vail police to turn over records of 911 calls made from the home of the woman who accused the NBA superstar of rape.

Pittsburgh keeps churning out NFL coaches

MNF: Packers top Bears

Falcons linebacker returns from four-game suspension

Panthers humiliate Falcons

Panthers staying grounded after 3-0 start

Favre aging but how old?

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Mr. Raymond Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Mayo (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Parker (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Lindsey (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred McElhannon (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

It might be time for the old standbys on U.S. team

Overtime

Injured Clijsters could miss next tournament

U.S. reaches quarterfinals with Hamm on bench

Overtime

Most hated sports: Violence, fake violence and gentility

It might be time for the old standbys on U.S. team
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Versatility and depth got the U.S. women this far. Now, they'll probably need the old standbys to advance further in the World Cup.

Overtime
There will be a benefit hockey game at 8 p.m. tonight at August Ice Sports Center on 1249 Augusta West Parkway, with the Chicks with Sticks from the center's women's adult hockey program playing against selected players from the 8-10-year-old House League Squirt teams.

Most hated sports: Violence, fake violence and gentility
Popularity polls come and go. As the baseball playoffs begin, the National Football League is boasting that one poll shows it is more than twice as popular as the national pastime.

U.S. reaches quarterfinals with Hamm on bench
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The fans chanted "Mia! Mia! Mia!" as the game wound down and the United States' best player sat on the cold, metal bench in a blue warmup outfit.

Overtime
In Miami, Mario Dominguez was the surprising winner of CART's Grand Prix of the Americas, benefiting from a late crash that knocked leaders Adrian Fernandez and Bruno Junqueira from contention.

Injured Clijsters could miss next tournament
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Kim Clijsters' sprained ankle could force her to miss next week's tournament in Filderstadt, Germany, an event where Justine Henin-Hardenne can overtake her for the No. 1 ranking.

Pre-teen hoops phenom prepares for second year of varsity ball
DUMFRIES, Va. -- At age 11, Kendall Marshall already was playing varsity basketball for his high school.

Favre aging but how old?
CHICAGO -- Brett Favre getting old? Could it be the leader of the Green Bay Packers has become a graybeard less than two weeks before his 34th birthday?

Pittsburgh keeps churning out NFL coaches
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh no longer is the world's top supplier of steel, yet can't be matched when it comes to one prized and well-compensated export.

Panthers staying grounded after 3-0 start
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The celebration in Carolina was over Monday. The Panthers know all too well how easily a 3-0 start to the season can quickly go awry.

Falcons linebacker returns from four-game suspension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Newman returned to the team Monday after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse.

MNF: Packers top Bears
CHICAGO -- New Soldier Field or old Soldier Field, it makes little difference. Ahman Green, Brett Favre and the rest of the Green Bay Packers just love to play the Chicago Bears.

Panthers humiliate Falcons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Falcons can say all they want about recovering from a 1-3 start to make the playoffs last year.

Falcons struggling without Vick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons started 1-3 a year ago and still made the playoffs, but that hardly seems likely this season - especially with Michael Vick out at least two more games.

ETV starts the South Carolina Channel

FX cancels Orlando Jones' late-night talk show
NEW YORK -- The FX network has pulled the plug on "The Orlando Jones Show," making it a rough week for cable TV talk shows.

ETV starts the South Carolina Channel
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Cable television has brought viewers music channels, the Weather Channel and the Learning Channel. Now, there is the South Carolina Channel.

Kelsey Grammer wants to revive last season of "Frasier"
NEW YORK -- There's a lightness to Frasier's step these days.

Kelsey Grammer wants to revive last season of "Frasier"

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
By last season, the seventh for ABC's "The Practice," this once-intriguing legal drama had become so desperately, predictably kookie it should have been sued for malpractice.

"Sex and the City" will move to basic cable next year

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

"Sex and the City" will move to basic cable next year
NEW YORK -- An edited version of HBO's "Sex and the City" will be moving to basic cable next year.

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Latest scareware from Konami a creepy delight

Elia Kazan, winner of two Oscars, dies at 94

Holtz: Gamecocks belonged on field with Tennessee
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz gave his players until Monday morning to feel down about their overtime loss at Tennessee.

Williams: Holtz knows his team can hang with anyone

Williams: Holtz knows his team can hang with anyone
When it comes to analyzing his opponents, Lou Holtz gives little reason to believe a word he says.

South Carolina earns award

South Carolina earns award
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The academic support and life skills program at the South Carolina athletic department has been honored by the 1-A Athletic Directors Association.

Holtz: Gamecocks belonged on field with Tennessee

School 'nerds' break stereotype

Parents disapprove of black boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend is black, and my parents don't like it. What should I do?

Your style
THE FACTS: Laurie Bell, 17, a senior at T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School

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

Time to play
Jonathan Rachal, a senior at Hephzibah High School, has been playing video games since he was 5. He's seen the Nintendo give way to the Super Nintendo, the rise of the PlayStation and the arrival of the Xbox.

Your style

Reality TV crosses line for appropriate dating
Reality TV has been pushing the limits of decency and taste since people began competing to marry a complete stranger in order to get their money. Sadly, TV producers keep devising more degrading experiences to draw the fascination of the masses. The reality dating genre abounds with such horrors.

Xtreme calendar

School 'nerds' break stereotype
Four years of high school have taught me many things. I now know there's not a swimming pool on the roof of school (or an elevator for that matter); the hard new lifestyle of high school is neither hard or new like I had been warned; you do not have to take showers in gym class that require you to be in the nude (actually you only shower if you want to); and there are no nerds. Correct - no nerds.

Battle of the bands
You can choose the top songs of the week in the Battle of the Bands. The winners will be announced next week and will come back at a later date to take on a new challenger.

Xtreme calendar
Life for Rent, the new CD from Dido, is out today. The movies 2 Fast 2 Furious and Bend It Like Beckham are out on VHS and DVD.

Question of the week

Teens urge communication
Teens feel their parents don't understand them, Sherrie Gilford said, and that makes it difficult for both to communicate.

Battle of the bands

Reality TV crosses line for appropriate dating

Audio best

Question of the week
Here's this week's question:

Parents disapprove of black boyfriend

Time to play

New law passed to block concert suicide

Gorilla escapes from zoo, injuring toddler and 18-year-old

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