'Treasures of a Lost Art' on view in Italian manuscript exhibit
NEW YORK -- In the bottom half of the image, the Virgin Mary sits looking at her son, while the baby Jesus reaches up to grab her clothing. In the top portion, there's an image of God raising his hand in benediction.

Mature play is still funny
Considering her family abnormal, 13-year-old Li'l Bit, the lead character in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive, wants to get away from them and from the 1960s Maryland countryside and see the world.

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.

Mature play is still funny

Exhibit documents final year in Martin Luther King's life
PHILADELPHIA -- It's November 1967 and Martin Luther King Jr. is engaged in a deeply private moment.

Exhibit documents final year in Martin Luther King's life

Book tells parents of Internet dangers

'Treasures of a Lost Art' on view in Italian manuscript exhibit

Book club's selection is motivational piece

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.

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.

Giants shut out Marlins
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Schmidt aced another test.

A capsule look at the Twins-Yankees playoff series

Kline escalates war of words with Cubs
ST. LOUIS -- The regular season may be over, but the war of words between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals continues with St. Louis reliever Steve Kline saying he hopes Cubs right-hander Mark Prior "takes a line drive to the forehead and we never have to see him again."

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.

Cubs, Red Sox start out as postseason darlings

A capsule look at the Marlins-Giants playoff series

Giants shut out Marlins

A capsule look at the Red Sox-Athletics playoff series

Kline escalates war of words with Cubs

A's look for first-round breakthrough against Red Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. -- After three remarkable regular seasons and three first-round playoff exits, the Oakland Athletics have begun to wonder if they'll ever break through in October.

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:

Bonds makes another go at World Series ring

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.

History says Twins are overmatched against Mussina, Yankees

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's look for first-round breakthrough against Red Sox

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:

Twins top Yankees

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:

Twins top Yankees
NEW YORK -- Those pesky Minnesota Twins quickly put the big, bad Yankees in another postseason funk.

Scott brought gentlemanly touch to police force

Odds and Ends
PITTSFORD, Vt. -- Don't try telling trucker Stewart Devino there's no use crying over spilled milk.

Tot recovering after spending 2 1/2 weeks alone
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 2-year-old girl left home alone for nearly three weeks while her mother served time in jail was recovering from malnutrition Tuesday after surviving on ketchup, mustard and dried pasta.

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.

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.

Braves fall short in Game 1
ATLANTA - From the dying days of spring to the last flush of summer heat, they were the premier team in the National League.

Braves fall short in Game 1

A capsule look at the Cubs-Braves playoff series

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.

Cox leaves Blanco off series roster
ATLANTA - There were no big surprises when Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox announced his National League Division Series roster Tuesday, although for the first time in years he didn't add a third catcher.

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.

Cox leaves Blanco off series roster

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

Lovable losers take on perennial winners

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

Big crowds expected for first two games at Turner Field

Do-not-call list is on again, for now
WASHINGTON -- The operators of the national do-not-call list are moving to prevent people from adding new numbers to the registry because of a convoluted legal battle that could stretch into next year, regulators said Tuesday.

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

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."

Small businesses honored
The Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce recognized their small-business owners of the year Tuesday.

Money managers help keep elderly on track

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.

Moderate weather helps Christmas tree crop

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.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported Tuesday that metro Augusta's work force declined by 6,574 people during August as summer job seekers exited the labor market. The reduction, in turn, lowered the area's unemployment rate to 4.9 percent, down from 7.4 percent in July.

Moderate weather helps Christmas tree crop
PITTSBURGH -- The Douglas firs and Colorado spruces at E-Mar Acres Tree Farm are looking tall and plush.

Do-not-call list is on again, for now

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.

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.

Small businesses honored

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
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.

UPS reaches distribution deal with Fujitsu

Consumer confidence falls in September
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence, which had rebounded in August, dropped more than expected in September, dragged down by a sluggish job market. The news helped send the stock market lower.

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.

Clemson's Bowden tries to keep his team on even keel

Clemson's Bowden tries to keep his team on even keel
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden delivered the message in the excited aftermath of his team's most important win of the season at Georgia Tech two weeks ago - "We haven't arrived yet."

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.

Buckeyes mend, practice on their week off
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Almost halfway through the 2003 season, the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes take a week off to heal and prepare for what lies ahead.

Buckeyes mend, practice on their week off

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

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

Tuesday morning quarterback

ACC, Miami lawyers make case for dismissal

USC in unfamiliar territory following loss

Right to privacy left?
More than 50 million Americans have asked for protection. The Congress, and now the president of the United States, have stepped in to provide it. One wonders whether, if the use of U.S. troops were an option, President Bush wouldn't resort to that, too.

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.

Desperate campaign

Let's follow the rules

Another power grab
The United States churns out lawyers like sausage factories churn out bratwurst. No wonder we have many more lawyers per capita than any other advanced country in the world.

Another power grab

Oath is fine as is
With illegal aliens still flooding across our borders, one would think immigration officials in the recently created Department of Homeland Security ought to have more important things to do than to water down the oath of citizenship. It's worked fine for 50 years, so why change it now?

Oath is fine as is

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.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

Dining out
Mini-reviews of area restaurants.

Standing ovations
Greek Festival 2003 will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St. The festival will feature traditional Greek food, music, dancing and crafts. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-1087.

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.

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.

Pourhouse offers wings, cheap drinks
I could hear the lyrics to the popular George Benson song in my head the instant I stepped inside The Pourhouse Pub downtown and realized I was walking on Broadway. An enormous map of New York City covers the floor, with well-known streets and avenues, big yellow stars marking such places as Times Square and Madison Square Garden, and a huge red apple in the center that reads, "The Big Apple."

Savannah River Dance
Irish dancers perform at the Arts in the Heart Festival.

Pumpkin season
Every year during October I receive at least one question from a neighbor, call from a friend or acquaintance or e-mail from a reader whose children are hounding them to cook a fresh pumpkin.

Scary
Chances are that even if you arent asked at some point to make a Halloween treat youre going to want to. After all, Halloween has become an event that lasts most of October - and like Christmas starts in July.

Tiny bubbles
Isabella Water, right, and her grandmother Ille Waters enjoy making bubbles at the Arts in the Heart Festival.

Don't let germs hitch a ride
Health authorities believe that by washing your hands you can help prevent a variety of ailments including the common cold and other infections.

Calendar
Here is a large list of things to do in the Augusta area.

From the editor
I love surprises. I dont get to many of them these days, but I love finding a way to surprise someone else.

A Dad's Point of View: Vacations with kids
Vacation sure isnt what it used to be. This fact was driven home during our recent family trip to a lovely island off the coast of South Carolina. I have only been a father for two years and dont think I was fully prepared for the many ways that vacation has changed.

Let's Go Team
Emore Campbell, cheerleader at Grovetown Middle School.

Hot pursuit
Jaquan Williams tackles Jake McCormick during a football game at Lions Field. They play in the North Augusta Parks & Recreation Departments 7-8 year-old league.

Mom TV: Sleeping in
The school year brings with it a certain ritual, doesn't it? Not the Open House, the back-to-school shopping, or the ''My Summer Vacation'' papers... but the falling back into the same routines and patterns we've had before. In my house, you can think of it as Dad's hibernation.

Family scrapbook
Kellie Trulock of Augusta submitted this photo of her daughter Bella primping before her 1st birthday party.

Stocks trade higher following steep weekly losses

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.

Number of uninsured rose by 2.4 million in 2002

Stocks drop on two disappointing economic reports
NEW YORK -- Disappointing reports on consumer confidence and business activity in the Midwest sent stocks back into a downward slide Tuesday, leaving Wall Street with a loss for the month of September. But the market nonetheless ended a solid third quarter, with the Nasdaq composite index rising 10 percent for its fourth straight quarterly gain.

Number of uninsured rose by 2.4 million in 2002
WASHINGTON -- An additional 2.4 million people fell into the ranks of the uninsured last year, according to Census Bureau estimates that show a second consecutive annual increase spurred by people losing coverage when they are laid off or their job benefits are cut.

Stocks drop on two disappointing economic reports

Jackets will alter playbook to suit Ball
ATLANTA - Those expecting something radically different from the Georgia Tech offense when the Yellow Jackets play host to North Carolina State on Saturday are in for a disappointment.

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.

Reprieve for Yellow Jackets, but no rest
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech managed to prevent its season from fading into oblivion, but there's no reprieve. Phillip Rivers is coming to town.

Jackets will alter playbook to suit Ball

N.C. State winning despite bad defense

Reprieve for Yellow Jackets, but no rest

Callaway enters a new ball game
When Callaway Golf decided five years ago to get into the golf ball business, its primary options were to build a plant or buy another company.

Langer committed to be captain, not player

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.

It's still a young man's game

Callaway enters a new ball game

Tiger goes back to the swoosh

Tiger goes back to the swoosh
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Tiger Woods changed drivers for the third time this year, returning to a Nike club that will be the largest he has ever used in competition.

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.

Prize money reaches $7 million in WGC

It's still a young man's game
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The 40-and-older gang made it a clean sweep in September on the PGA Tour.

Aquinas changes attitude

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

Harlem faces big challenge against ranked opponent
Harlem can't make mistakes and win football games consistently. That comes directly from the mouth of Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis, whose team gets a massive test this Friday when it plays No. 7 Washington County at home.

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

Kicker chose college early
It's a rare trend for high school recruits. It's one Obi Egekeze decided to go with, though.

Heatley charged in crash that leaves teammate critically injured
DULUTH, Ga. -- Dany Heatley, one of the NHL's top young stars and the Atlanta Thrashers' best player, faces reckless driving charges after his sportscar swerved off a two-lane road and careened into a wall at about 80 mph, breaking his jaw and critically injuring a teammate.

Heatley charged in crash that leaves teammate critically injured

Enjoy full flavor of weekend's Greek Festival
There are two kinds of people, says Gus Portokalos in the hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding: Greeks and those who wish they were Greek.

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.

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.

Investigators seek leads in fatal shooting
Authorities will set up roadblocks and pass out flyers this afternoon in an effort to find the killer of a 15-year-old Augusta student.

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.

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.

Common should stimulate business
I was dismayed to read about the city banning the Farmers Market from the Augusta Common over resolvable issues. As customers find it more convenient to shop at major super centers, the abandonment of downtown becomes a major issue. LaDonna Foley, Martinez, Ga.

We can do better for mental health patients in Augusta
Thanks to Dr. Kenneth McDonald, from the many thousands in the Augusta area who suffer from mental health conditions, for his letter of Sept. 18 ("Private hospitals abandon mental care"). I have known Dr. McDonald for over 40 years. His letter shows his genuine concern for those of us who suffer these conditions, with the closing of mental health units of local hospitals.

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

Same-sex unions, gay bishops godless
I must respond to Father Lewis P. Bohler Jr.'s letter of Sept. 23, "Decries character assassination." Robert Elliott's letter of Aug. 23, "Maintain tradition and moral integrity," was correct in chastising the Episcopal Church for "violating" the teachings of the Bible. By approving gay bishops and same-sex unions, the Episcopal Church has removed itself from God. Don Turner, Grovetown, Ga.

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.

Common should stimulate business

Let's Go Team

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

Tiny bubbles

Are Southerners losing identity?

Nasal flu vaccine aimed at erasing needle's sting

Mom TV: Sleeping in

Savannah River Dance

Two studies dispute excessive homework claims

Scary

Microsoft's new version of software aimed at living room

Seniors calendar

Minnesota grower bets the farm on a new type of apple

Survey says many single women over 40 date younger men

Don't let germs hitch a ride

Italian adulterers are being revealed by their cell phones

From the editor

Family scrapbook

A Dad's Point of View: Vacations with kids

Hot pursuit

Flat display produces some nice eye candy

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

'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."

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.

Are Southerners losing identity?
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - For Dot Fleming, Southern Living isn't just the name of a magazine; it's a way of life.

Minnesota grower bets the farm on a new type of apple
CLEVELAND, Minn. -- In the apple business, everyone's looking for perfection - a crisp, sweet apple that grows in every climate, resists disease and stores well.

In the know
Easter is months away, but it's never to soon to start thinking about decorating the perfect egg.

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.

Microsoft's new version of software aimed at living room
REDMOND, Wash. -- Couch potatoes, rejoice. Now you have even less reason to get up.

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.

Two studies dispute excessive homework claims
WASHINGTON - It's a troubling story: Public school pupils get so loaded with homework that they stress out and lose out on chances to be playful children.

Flat display produces some nice eye candy
Late middle age is a time when "eye candy" stops meaning "curvy and cute" and starts meaning "easy to see." If you spend much time on a computer, consider the flat LCD displays now coming into the realm of affordability.

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.

League, players reach new agreement

League, players reach new agreement
Four months of tenuous negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement and the first players strike in ECHL history are over.

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

Columbia barber to the elite leads national group

Train hits logging truck
BEECH ISLAND - A CSX freight train collided with a logging truck at a rural crossing Tuesday, dragging the truck and its entrapped driver 400 feet, causing three engines and 10 empty cargo cars to derail and spilling 750 gallons of diesel fuel.

Former president opens new display highlighting his career in the Navy

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA -A seven-vehicle crash shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Cobb County late Tuesday morning, with cleanup backing up traffic for miles until afternoon.

Work nears end on canal boat

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.

School centers offer class to parents as well as students

Rallies attract hundreds

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Grovetown will likely hold a special election this year now that one of its city council members has resigned to run for an open seat on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

Five unrelated shootings leave three dead, three wounded

Tubes could cut waste costs

Kid of the day

Exchange retailer to close its doors
Mansour's will soon shut its department store at the Augusta Exchange shopping center, marking a high-profile departure from one of the area's busiest retail sites.

Investigators seek leads in fatal shooting

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.

Radioactive materials safely shipped from central Pa. site

Radioactive materials safely shipped from central Pa. site
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators have safely shipped a "large" amount of radioactive material to South Carolina from a defunct floor-manufacturing plant in central Pennsylvania, officials said.

Cox says new Georgia school curriculum will be world class

Rants and Raves
ANOTHER RANT to the powers that be in the Augusta Richmond County Commission. If you ever wonder why the deputy sheriff that responds to your call is apathetic, uncaring or downright rude and just in a bad mood sometime - well, you get what you pay for. No raises in four years.

Budget threatens panel on nurse shortage

Schools' fiscal future is uncertain

Survivor pushes screening

Unrelated call leads to drug arrest
A victim of an alleged home invasion found himself in jail after police discovered more than 100 marijuana plants in his Waynesboro house early Tuesday, officials said.

Former Perdue staffer in Congress race

Diver's death prompts push for boating licenses

McConnell says Hunley crew won't lie in Statehouse

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.

Seven-vehicle wreck shuts down I-75 North

Official suggests big-picture view
If you ask Abram Serotta, Augusta's next sales tax referendum is desperately seeking some leadership.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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.

Doctors to study disease genetics

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.

ANIC lags in payment to city

Across Georgia

Board fires teacher for not teaching class

News you can use
OCT. 1, 1927 ATLANTA - "Golf means fellowship," Bobby Jones told a banquet of Georgia's elite yesterday. "It bridges the gap of generations. It is the only game I know where a father and his son may meet on exactly an equal basis; where the good player and the duffer may compete in the keenest terms."

Across the area

Caravan looks for supporters in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More than 100 people gathered at South Carolina's Statehouse on Tuesday to rally support for displaying the Ten Commandments in courthouses and other public buildings.

Georgia flunks effort to reduce women smokers

Board fires teacher for not teaching class
An Alternative School teacher accused of refusing to teach a class was fired Tuesday night by the Richmond County Board of Education after a daylong, public hearing.

Exchange retailer to close its doors

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.

News you can use

Dozens of immigrant soldiers become citizens in all-military ceremony

State's top five financial officers announce deficit repayment plan

Immigrants' freedom ride stops in Georgia
ATLANTA -- A national bus tour advocating better treatment of immigrants stopped in Atlanta, with protesters adding the Spanish phrase "Si, se puede" - "Yes, we can" - to the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome."

Librarians protest closing of college program

Official works to bring Lindbergh show to city
Just as Charles Lindbergh's historic trans-Atlantic flight was no small feat, Scott Loehr says, bringing the foremost exhibit on the aviator's life to Augusta would also be a big accomplishment.

Official suggests big-picture view

Hospital is named in list of top 100
For two years, MCG Health Inc. officials have been talking about benchmarks. Now they are one.

Hospital is named in list of top 100

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.

Officials will not hasten project

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.

Young scientists get a head start

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.

News you can use

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.

Two indicted in slayings

Rants and Raves
ANOTHER RANT to the powers that be in the Augusta Richmond County Commission. If you ever wonder why the deputy sheriff that responds to your call is apathetic, uncaring or downright rude and just in a bad mood sometime - well, you get what you pay for. No raises in four years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Black lawmaker compares Perdue to Lester Maddox
ATLANTA -- A black lawmaker labeled Gov. Sonny Perdue the most racially divisive governor since Lester Maddox on Tuesday, citing Perdue's removal of black department heads, his stand on the state flag and a proposal to tie HOPE scholarships to SAT scores.

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

Cox says new Georgia school curriculum will be world class
ATLANTA -- Back when she taught world history to 10th graders, Kathy Cox was expected to cover everything from the dawn of man to modern times in a single school year.

Domestic violence laws faulted
AIKEN - South Carolina's dubious ranking as first in the nation for the rate of women murdered by men stems from the state's lack of toughness on domestic violence crimes, one state advocate group says.

Peanut man preserves goobers for year-round goodness

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Faith Balliet, 6, of Augusta.

Domestic violence laws faulted

Peanut man preserves goobers for year-round goodness
TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- In the back room of a roadside fruit stand in northern Greenville County sits a state-of-the-art shrink-wrap vacuum-packing machine. Next to it, a vat of boiling peanuts.

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.

State's top five financial officers announce deficit repayment plan
jCOLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state's top financial leaders say they have a plan to repay the $155 million deficit from fiscal year 2001-2002 and create greater spending discipline to ensure the state has a balanced budget.

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.

McConnell says Hunley crew won't lie in Statehouse
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The eight crewmen of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley will not lie in state in the South Carolina Statehouse, said state Sen. Glenn McConnell, the chairman of the Hunley Commission.

Business group pushes SRS

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.

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.

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.

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.

Black lawmaker compares Perdue to Lester Maddox

Train hits logging truck

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.

Mansour's to close Augusta store

Fired YDC guard sues state

Author writes of loss of sister

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.

Turner gives dour outlook of world events

Judge postpones man's execution

Victim's parents hopeful for trial in socialite killing case

Librarians protest closing of college program
ATLANTA -- The state's only school for librarians may close, and librarians are arguing the program at Clark Atlanta University shouldn't go the way of paper card catalogs.

Group's lawyer says ruling bars lawsuit
The attorney for the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority says former civic center Director Reggie Williams' breach of employment suit against the authority for firing him last year should not be heard.

Georgia flunks effort to reduce women smokers
ATLANTA -- Georgia isn't doing enough to help women quit smoking, according to an organization that gives the state an "F" on a national report card on woman and tobacco.

Survivor pushes screening
AIKEN - Gail Whitney joined the slash, poison and burn club in 1997, and if she had it her way, no one else would get in.

Budget threatens panel on nurse shortage
ATLANTA - Georgia's shortage of nurses and other health care workers remains serious, but that doesn't mean a committee looking into how to solve the problem will escape the chopping block.

Former Perdue staffer in Congress race
ATLANTA -- Dylan Glenn, a former staffer for Gov. Sonny Perdue, plans to announce his candidacy for Congress on Wednesday.

Two indicted in slayings
A Richmond County grand jury indicted two Augusta men on charges of murder in separate cases Tuesday.

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

Doctors to study disease genetics
Doctors have long known that patients with diabetes are likely to develop kidney and heart problems. Now they are aiming to find out exactly why at the most minute level.

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

ANIC lags in payment to city
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s name shares space on a stone placard at the center of the Augusta Common with several other stakeholders that helped pay for or create the downtown park.

Grant would cover most of new Walterboro veterans home
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Lowcountry is closer to getting a new, $28.6 million veterans home with the help of a federal grant that is expected to cover two-thirds of the cost.

House OKs swap of historic land

Kid of the day

Seven-vehicle wreck shuts down I-75 North
ATLANTA -- A seven-vehicle crash shut down all northbound lanes of I-75 in Cobb County late Tuesday morning, with cleanup backing up traffic for miles until afternoon.

Across the area

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.

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.

Historic Macon eatery changing hands
MACON, Ga. -- Len Berg's, a Georgia dining institution since 1908, quietly changed hands last week.

Panel debates HOPE changes

ACC seems intent on bungling expansion process
Subtraction by addition? That seems to be the Atlantic Coast Conference's mission.

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

Critical choice

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

New home-video releases

Music group settles 52 of 261 lawsuits over downloading songs
WASHINGTON -- The recording industry says it has settled 52 of the 261 suits it filed against Internet users accused of illegally permitting others to download music from their computers.

Friends, fans of Springsteen create personal appeal for charities

Dido tries to follow up smash success of her debut album
NEW YORK -- No one, including her music producer brother, paid much attention to Dido when she made her first album.

Music group settles 52 of 261 lawsuits over downloading songs

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

Dido tries to follow up smash success of her debut album

Newspaper takes Earnhardt autopsy photos case to high court

Sadler back in car after Talladega wreck

Judge rejects request to exempt Grand Prix from tobacco law
MONTREAL -- A judge rejected a request Tuesday by two businessmen who wanted the Canadian Grand Prix exempted from federal anti-tobacco legislation.

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.

Foyt to race in Kansas with cracked wrist

Sadler back in car after Talladega wreck
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler was back in his race car Tuesday, just days after a frightening accident at Talladega Superspeedway.

Foyt to race in Kansas with cracked wrist
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Larry Foyt cracked his wrist in a wreck last weekend, but still plans to compete Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

Childress letting Park go at the end of season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR owner Richard Childress said Tuesday he will not renew driver Steve Park's contract at the end of the season.

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

Storm Kate downgraded from hurricane status
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Kate weakened from hurricane status early Tuesday and was not a threat to land as it slowed down in the far eastern Atlantic, forecasters said.

Storm Kate downgraded from hurricane status

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
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.

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

Panthers staying grounded after 3-0 start

Favre aging but how old?

MNF: Packers top Bears

Falcons linebacker returns from four-game suspension

Panthers sign Jenkins to $31 million, five-year extension

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Injured Clijsters could miss next tournament

Tyson seeks dismissal of assault charge

Overtime

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

Greenbrier notches 200th win

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.

Greenbrier notches 200th win
It ended appropriately enough with Greenbrier junior pitcher Kristan Glover striking out the side for the fourth time in the game to beat Thomson 7-0 on Tuesday night.

Overtime
The Augusta City Amateur tournament will not be played at Forest Hills Golf Club this year, as the club had hoped.

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.

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.

Tyson seeks dismissal of assault charge
NEW YORK -- A lawyer for Mike Tyson sought the dismissal Tuesday of misdemeanor assault charges filed against the former heavyweight champion after a brawl with two men at a Brooklyn hotel.

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.

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 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 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.

Panthers sign Jenkins to $31 million, five-year extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers signed Kris Jenkins to a five-year, $31 million contract extension Tuesday, a deal that locks up their starting defensive line through at least 2007.

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?

ACC seems intent on bungling expansion process

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

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.

TV viewers aren't rushing back to their favorites with new season

ETV starts the South Carolina Channel

Kelsey Grammer wants to revive last season of "Frasier"

"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.

TV viewers aren't rushing back to their favorites with new season
NEW YORK -- Television viewers didn't exactly rush to their sets to catch up on old favorites during the first week of the new season.

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.

Chef Ming Tsai blends East and West in new show
MILFORD, Mass. -- Celebrity chef Ming Tsai thinks a banana split is probably the world's best food.

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

WB network sets succession plan for network after Kellner exits
NEW YORK -- Jamie Kellner, who helped start the WB television network and plans to retire next June at the end of its eighth season, on Monday appointed three of his closest aides to run it after he leaves.

New cable network to target auto enthusiasts

Chef Ming Tsai blends East and West in new show

New cable network to target auto enthusiasts
DETROIT -- Add 24-hour car coverage to the list of cable channels hoping to find a new niche.

Elia Kazan, winner of two Oscars, dies at 94

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Pourhouse offers wings, cheap drinks

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Shockley content with his position
ATHENS, Ga. - The once much-hyped, highly touted prep quarterback thought about the most recent much-hyped, highly touted prep quarterback and briefly let his guard down.

Cooper's status remains unclear
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's leading rusher, Michael Cooper, might miss Saturday's game with Alabama.

Pumpkin season

Georgia's Milton could return to starting job against Tide
ATHENS, Ga. -- When Georgia coach Mark Richt said last week that the tailback who did the best job blocking in practice would be the starter against Alabama, he didn't expect his best blocker would be a part of the competition.

Cooper's status remains unclear

South Carolina earns award

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.

Holtz: Gamecocks belonged on field with Tennessee

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.

Goshen head pro plans champions tournament
Goshen Plantation Golf Club co-owner and head pro Spike Kelley has come up with an amateur tournament he hopes will determine the top male, female and senior golfers in the Augusta area.

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

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:

Parents disapprove of black boyfriend

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

School 'nerds' break stereotype

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

Time to play

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.

Battle of the bands

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.

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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.

Reality TV crosses line for appropriate dating

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.

Your style

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.

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Question of the week

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

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

Odds and Ends

New law passed to block concert suicide

Tot recovering after spending 2 1/2 weeks alone

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