'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.

Mature play is still funny

Exhibit documents final year in Martin Luther King's life

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.

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

Boy George finally gets respect as a musician

Boy George finally gets respect as a musician
NEW YORK -- George O'Dowd, better known as Boy George, the cross-dressing pop star of the 1980s, is used to getting noticed.

Marlins tie series

A's look for first-round breakthrough against Red Sox

Game 1 ratings up 11 percent
NEW YORK -- The decision to put the Cubs-Braves game in prime time paid off for Fox Sports.

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

Twins top Yankees

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.

Hey, the Yankees didn't just lose ... the Twins, won, too
NEW YORK -- Jacque Jones watched television and kept hearing the same thing: Yankees lose! Yankees lose!

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."

A's win Game 1 in 12 innings
OAKLAND, Calif. -- When Byung-Hyun Kim blows a postseason assignment, it's no surprise. When the Oakland Athletics win with a bunt, it's practically unprecedented.

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

Kline escalates war of words with Cubs

Giants shut out Marlins

NL's best home team struggles in own park

Marlins tie series
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Florida Marlins got the split they so desperately needed at Pacific Bell Park, and did it by getting away from the small ball that sent them on this improbable playoff journey.

Hey, the Yankees didn't just lose ... the Twins, won, too

NL's best home team struggles in own park
SAN FRANCISCO -- So much for home field advantage.

A's win Game 1 in 12 innings

Jada Mon'e Hood
Violet Hood of Hephzibah announces the birth of a daughter, Jada Mon'e Hood, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Jacob and Barbara Harrison of Hephzibah.

Nicole Cathleen Boyett

Nicholas Travers Lintner
Tim and Jodia Lintner of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Travers Lintner, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tom W. Smith of Williston, S.C., Joanne Lintner of Woodland Hills, Calif., and the late Robert Lintner.

Yonni Coleman

Morgan Brooke Heitz

Mae Wallace Baker

Annabelle Victoria Smith
Webb and Jennifer Smith of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Annabelle Victoria Smith, Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Courtney and Jane Knox, all of Augusta, and Ted Smith of Roswell, Ga.

Jeremy Allen Daman Jr.

Dylan Tyler Ginn
Donald A. and Rebecca Ginn of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Dylan Tyler Ginn, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Samuel Lewis, Deborah Anderson, Hugh Ginn and Kathy Cantrell, all of Augusta.

Justyn Marquis Hagans

Canon Christopher Burke
Tracy C. and Candi L. Burke of Evans announce the birth of a son, Canon Christopher Burke, Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lynn C. Lewis and Luise Cheek, all of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Archey Burke of Martinez.

Daniel Thomas Jacobson
Richard D. and Stephanie M. Jacobson of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Daniel Thomas Jacobson, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Thomas Polvino of King of Prussia, Pa., Mimi Polvino of Seattle and Michael and Kathleen Jacobson of Eagle River, Wis.

Jordan Adrienne Tanksley

Markel Tre'Shawn Johnson
Marcus A. Johnson and Michelle M. Baxley, both of Graniteville, announce the birth of a son, Markel Tre'Shawn Johnson, Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry and Theresa Carter of Graniteville, Ernest and Hattie Thomson of Aiken, Jerry Johnson and Georgia Johnson, both of Graniteville, and Jessie and Roberta Curry of North Augusta.

Justyn Marquis Hagans
Marquis R. and Tymeka J. Hagans of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Justyn Marquis Hagans, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Melvin Johnson of Augusta, Dwight R. Hagans and Diane Cherry, both of Richmond, Va.

Jeremy Allen Daman Jr.
Jeremy Daman and Chasity Johnson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jeremy Allen Daman Jr., Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mike and Vikki Johnson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Paul and Linda Eubanks of Dearing, Ga.

Nicole Cathleen Boyett
Charles and Sarah Boyett of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Nicole Cathleen Boyett, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Charles Self of Chelsea, Ala., Linda Lima of Duluth, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boyett Sr. of Eastman, Ga.

Justin Lee Key
Joshua C. and Kristy Key of Clearwater announce the birth of a son, Justin Lee Key, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. Blake Mullis Jr. of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Key of Aiken.

Payton Travis Lantrip
Travis R. Lantrip Sr. and Terri M. Lantrip of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Payton Travis Lantrip, Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerald K. Lee of Jesup, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Denis Lantrip of Carencro, La.

Morgan Brooke Heitz
Dustin W. Heitz and Christine M. McNees, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Brooke Heitz, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James and Tena Bartles of Augusta, Tom E. McNees of San Bernardino, Calif., Ricky and Kathy Smith of Beech Island and Bruce W. Heitz of Houston, Texas.

Danielle Rayne Webb

Jonah Matthew Covell

Markel Tre'Shawn Johnson

Justin Lee Key

Danielle Rayne Webb
Donald R. Webb Jr. and Rebecca D. Webb of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Danielle Rayne Webb, Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph and Melinda Gurley of Appling and Donald and Martha Webb of Martinez.

Emma Jane McCord

Canon Christopher Burke

Darien Bryson Ingram
Charles A. and Eboney L. Ingram of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Darien Bryson Ingram, Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Jonas Walker of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. James Ingram of Beech Island.

Mae Wallace Baker
Victor Harold Baker III and Jennifer Baker of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Mae Wallace Baker, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Lt. Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. John P. Regan and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Baker, all of Augusta.

Daniel Thomas Jacobson

Darien Bryson Ingram

Jada Mon'e Hood

Jordan Adrienne Tanksley
Corey and Michelle Tanksley of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jordan Adrienne Tanksley, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Clara Nedwards of Bartow, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tanksley of Augusta.

Taylor Elisabeth Lawson

Lauren Claire Price
Preston D. and Deborah D. Price of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Claire Price, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Deeder of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Preston Price of Augusta.

Annabelle Victoria Smith

Emma Jane McCord
Wesley and Debra M. McCord of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Jane McCord, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. McLeroy of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. James W. McCord Sr. of Trenton, S.C.

Payton Travis Lantrip

Taylor Elisabeth Lawson
Daniel J. and Amy Lawson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Elisabeth Lawson, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Pittman and Marion Ward, all of Augusta, and Gregory Lawson of Aiken.

Nicholas Travers Lintner

Yonni Coleman
Gregory Coleman Jr. and Yolanda Jones, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Yonni Coleman, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Carl and Essie Jones, Gregory A. Coleman Sr. and Lillian Thomas, all of Augusta.

Kaleb Jeremiah Gross

Kaleb Jeremiah Gross
Tralesa Gross of Hephzibah announces the birth of a son, Kaleb Jeremiah Gross, Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gross Jr. of Hephzibah.

Dylan Tyler Ginn

Lauren Claire Price

Jonah Matthew Covell
Michael J. and Haley L. Covell of Thomson announce the birth of a son, Jonah Matthew Covell, Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Fran and Jay Crosthwait of Roy, Utah, Steve Terry of Layton, Utah, Paul Covell of Clearfield, Utah, and the late Sylvia Covell.

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.

Pentagon plans 'homeland defense' blimp
CLEVELAND -- The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $40 million contract to develop a high-flying, remote-controlled blimp that would monitor U.S. borders and scan the horizon for enemy missiles.

Odds and Ends
SPARKS, Nev. -- Just exactly who is blessing America around here, anyway?

Libertarian group chooses New Hampshire for mass migration
CONCORD, N.H. -- A group of libertarians Wednesday announced New Hampshire as the place where it hopes to send 20,000 Americans to create a "free state."

Hampton sets division series record with six straight strikeouts

Braves fall short in Game 1

Braves notebook

Hampton sets division series record with six straight strikeouts
ATLANTA -- Atlanta lefty Mike Hampton set a division series record with six straight strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the best-of-five series.

Giles out of lineup with bruised thigh

Giles out of lineup with bruised thigh
ATLANTA -- Braves second baseman Marcus Giles was out of the starting lineup Wednesday night for Game 2 of the playoffs against the Chicago Cubs because of a bruised thigh.

Cox leaves Blanco off series roster

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 rally to win
ATLANTA - Two games into the postseason, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox might feel like doubling his antacid order.

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.

Braves rally to win

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox shuffled his lineup for Wednesday night's Game 2, shifting Javy Lopez into the No. 5 spot and Andruw Jones to No. 6.

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

AOL targets U.S. Spanish speakers

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

Evans businesswoman earns minority awards
For many people, a dining room table is nothing more than a place to eat, but for Jeannette Cruz Loop, a dining room table was where her multimillion-dollar corporation was born.

Business briefs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A dozen employees at Prudential Securities brokerage offices in Boston and the New York City area were asked resign amid an internal investigation of improper mutual fund trading, an industry source said Wednesday.

AOL targets U.S. Spanish speakers
NEW YORK -- Tienes e-mail. America Online launched a service Wednesday for the burgeoning market of U.S. households where Spanish is mostly or exclusively spoken.

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.

Construction spending rises to highest level since January
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending climbed in August to the highest level seen since the beginning of the year and manufacturing activity expanded in September for the third month in a row, a pair of hopeful signs as the economy works to get back to full throttle.

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.

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

Construction spending rises to highest level since January

Small businesses honored

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.

Hurricane puts pinch on wood products industry
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Hurricane Isabel's wrath caused a brief run on Mid-Atlantic region plywood stores, but the storm's biggest punch to plywood's price is still likely to come.

Evans businesswoman earns minority awards

Moderate weather helps Christmas tree crop

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."

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

Buckeyes mend, practice on their week off

ACC & SEC notebook

ACC & SEC notebook
Not too long ago, Clemson viewed Maryland as a mere side dish before the main course.

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.

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.

This is a scandal?
The latest brouhaha in Washington is about who leaked the name of a covert CIA operative to Robert Novak, whose syndicated column appears regularly in The Chronicle. e addresses the issue today on Page 5A.) Novak said the information came from "two senior administration officials," leading to speculation, especially from President George W. Bush's legions of critics, that it came from a White House source.

This is a scandal?

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?

Remember what is said
There are alleged spies in the military. There are suspicious activities at Guantanamo Bay. There was an alleged traitorous soldier who rolled a grenade under a commander's tent in Kuwait.

Another power grab

Oath is fine as is

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.

Remember what is said

Dining out
Mini-reviews of area restaurants.

Hollywood closes curtain on awards DVDs, videos for Oscar voters
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood implemented an anti-piracy plan Tuesday banning special DVDs and videotapes for Oscar voters, angering champions of smaller movies that have taken home an increasing share of the film industry's highest honors.

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.

Rosie O'Donnell, publisher headed to trial over magazine shutdown
NEW YORK -- Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is heading to trial with the publishers of her former magazine, Rosie, which closed down last year.

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

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."

Convictions raise concerns of mob influence in Bollywood
BOMBAY, India -- An Indian movie mogul and a producer were found guilty Wednesday of having links to organized crime, highlighting fears the mob has infiltrated the world's biggest film industry, known as Bollywood.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stocks drop on two disappointing economic reports

GM enhances incentives on cars, trucks
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. on Wednesday sweetened its incentive programs on new vehicles, adding extra cash on many trucks and extending interest-free financing for five years to most 2003 and 2004 cars.

Markets rise on positive economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rebounded Wednesday as reports of manufacturing and construction spending growth brought buyers back to the market after nearly a week of declines. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 194 points to post their biggest gain since June.

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.

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.

Dorsey struggling to find consistency in junior season
ATLANTA -- Nat Dorsey's career appears to be going the wrong way.

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.

Dorsey struggling to find consistency in junior season

Reprieve for Yellow Jackets, but no rest

Jackets will alter playbook to suit Ball

There are all kinds of uniforms we have to put on

It's still a young man's game

Callaway enters a new ball game

Tiger goes back to the swoosh

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.

More at stake than another title
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The World Golf Championships were designed to bring together the greatest players in the world.

More at stake than another title

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.

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.

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.

North Augusta set for even challenge
The games against lesser Class AAA competition are over. So are the 53-15 and the 42-14 poundings of out-classed Class AAAA opposition.

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

Heatley charged in crash that critically injures teammate
DULUTH, Ga. -- Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley might return to the ice as good as ever, and his team could still make the playoffs for the first time.

Heatley charged in crash that critically injures teammate

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.

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.

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.

Comparing Bush to Nero a poor analogy; look at facts

Best deterrent to terrorism is economics

Common should stimulate business

Best deterrent to terrorism is economics
If $87 billion was invested now in alternative energy sources, such as fuel-cell technology, wind and solar, the Arabs' wealth would soon be depleted. They may revert to nomads again. It would probably reduce the real need for excess funding for our military, airport security and other funding used to fight terrorism. Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta, S.C.

Schools should prioritize needs

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.

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.

Schools should prioritize needs
What's more important? Textbooks and equipment for our students to learn and teachers to teach, or sports facilities such as new football stadiums? Clearly, we need teachers and supplies more than we do sports stadiums. Eddie and Sybille Bargeron, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

Comparing Bush to Nero a poor analogy; look at facts
With regard to Anne Cook's letter on Sept. 24, "Bush more interested in Iraq than U.S.": The writer compares President George W. Bush to the Roman Emperor Nero, claiming that the president is sitting idly by while our country implodes. John Hart, Augusta

Hot pursuit

Are Southerners losing identity?

Flat display produces some nice eye candy

Ribbons promote campaign

Let's Go Team

Family scrapbook

Is it Greek to you?

Microsoft's new version of software aimed at living room

Savannah River Dance

Scary

Mom TV: Sleeping in

Book tells Augusta's air history

A Dad's Point of View: Vacations with kids

Tiny bubbles

Minnesota grower bets the farm on a new type of apple

From the editor

Don't let germs hitch a ride

Two studies dispute excessive homework claims

Health and fitness calendar

In the know

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

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.

In the know
If your family has ever considered adoption, The Adoption Law Web site is a good place to start. The site at www.adoptionlawsite.org is a comprehensive online compilation of adoption law and includes all statutes, regulations, key cases and key article from every U.S. state and territory.

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.

Book tells Augusta's air history
As the world celebrates a century of flight, Augusta should share the spotlight, Georgia historian Edward J. Cashin said.

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.

Ribbons promote campaign
When Augusta Public Works employees finished setting up Christmas lights Tuesday morning, they left a little something behind.

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

Is it Greek to you?
If English speakers can say "It's all Greek to me" to express bewilderment, what's a Greek person supposed to say?

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

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.

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.

CDC officials hope visitors center will draw a crowd

Across the area

Perdue orders more rules on lobbyists

Shot might help increase good cholesterol
Increasing the heart-protecting good cholesterol can be done through exercise, but one day it might come from a shot.

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.

Police hope effort brings tips
Authorities set up roadblocks and passed out fliers Wednesday afternoon in an effort to find the killer of a 15-year-old Augusta student.

State's top five financial officers announce deficit repayment plan

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

Superintendent says students will take all four tests next year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum has backed away from plans to administer only two of the four state-mandated achievement tests next year in the midst of a budget crunch.

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.

Clubhouse's future lies with governor

Reports lead to tax bill review

Cox says new Georgia school curriculum will be world class

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.

Doctors to study disease genetics

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.

Psychiatric hospital cleared in teens' escape
KENNESAW, Ga. -- A state investigation has found that a psychiatric hospital was not at fault for the Sept. 3 escape of two teenage boys who were charged with raping a woman after they fled the state-funded hospital.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Tyson Alexander Rowan, 3 months, of Adel, Ga.

McConnell says Hunley crew won't lie in Statehouse

News you can use
Oct. 2, 1951 Well known Augusta Realtors said last night that provisions of the city's new rent control law will result in the stoppage of millions of dollars worth of proposed construction of new housing units in the atomic energy plant area.

Reports lead to tax bill review
The Richmond County Tax Assessors' Office is researching what appears to be a small but possibly costly glitch in its property tax billings this year, after reports from a handful of homeowners this week.

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.

Middle Georgia's uninsured turning to volunteer clinics, indigent programs

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.

Rants and Raves
IF YOU CROSS CREEK students don't like the criminal behavior incidents identified, clean up the place.

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

Rants and Raves
IF YOU CROSS CREEK students don't like the criminal behavior incidents identified, clean up the place.

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.

Former Perdue staffer in Congress race

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.

Police arrest one man in May Roswell home invasion, kidnapping
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Police arrested a New York man who they believe was involved in the kidnapping of three people during a home invasion in suburban Atlanta May 5.

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.

Across the area

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

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.

County to repair its buses

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.

Investigators seek leads in fatal shooting

Theft of large sign pleases lot's owner
He's not certain who did it, but Tim Shelnut suspects whoever stole a sarcastic sign from his Broad Street property this week had an ax to grind about his views on historic preservation.

Atlanta pays $1.3M to family of boy killed at Civic Center
ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta will pay $1.3 million to the family of a boy killed after falling through the floor at the downtown civic center.

Across the southeast
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -A lawsuit alleging a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse in a Roman Catholic Diocese in northern Kentucky can go forward as a class action case, a judge decided Wednesday in what is believed to be the nation's first such ruling.

Jury acquits three in dismemberment trial
ATLANTA -- Three men accused of a grisly murder and dismemberment of a Norcross man have been acquitted.

CSX fixes rails after wreck
AIKEN - When a locomotive comes around the bend to a rural crossing, there are three things in particular an engineer doesn't want to see in his path.

Airport budget reports conflict

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.

Sanford asks S.C. Education Lottery to make small cuts

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.

Atlanta pays $1.3M to family of boy killed at Civic Center

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.

Legislator backs off plan for selling Georgia water permits
ATLANTA -- A state representative who wanted to allow farmers and industries to sell excess water has backed off the proposal.

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

Airport budget reports conflict
Like a forgotten diet, a plan to cut 25 percent of Augusta Regional Airport's budget this year has gone by the wayside lately.

Train hits logging truck

Clubhouse's future lies with governor
The fate of the original Forest Hills Golf Club clubhouse is in the hands of Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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.

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."

Budget threatens panel on nurse shortage

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.

Survivor pushes screening

Official suggests big-picture view

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Former Mayor Andrew Young has told friends he probably will skip a U.S. Senate race, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Seven-vehicle wreck shuts down I-75 North

Across South Carolina
MANNING -Standardized test scores have not improved in the four years since the state Education Department took control of Allendale County schools, the district superintendent said in court testimony.

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Across the area
An Aiken man told North Augusta authorities that he received a warning for a traffic violation he did not commit, a police report states.

Somali Bantu arrival date postponed

Chemical ignites fire in pharmacy building
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County fire officials say a fire early Wednesday at the University of Georgia's College of Pharmacy was accidental.

ANIC lags in payment to city

Sanford asks S.C. Education Lottery to make small cuts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford says he doesn't approve of a state lottery but since it's here, it should be as efficient as possible.

Georgia flunks effort to reduce women smokers

Perdue orders more rules on lobbyists
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue signed an order Wednesday requiring lobbyists who represent companies seeking to do business with the state to register and disclose their activities.

Black lawmaker compares Perdue to Lester Maddox

AP source: Andrew Young wavering on possible U.S. Senate bid
ATLANTA -- Georgia Democrats had pinned their hopes for holding onto Zell Miller's Senate seat on Andrew Young, but the former mayor and ambassador told close friends he likely will skip the race, The Associated Press learned Wednesday.

Peanut man preserves goobers for year-round goodness

Woman charged with murder after body discovered buried in well
LAGRANGE, Ga. -- A west Georgia woman has been charged with murder after what appear to be the remains of a man missing since 1987 were found buried in a well on her property.

CDC officials hope visitors center will draw a crowd
ATLANTA -- Centers for Disease Control officials hope a $62.5 million visitors center that will feature a replica of a working laboratory will make the CDC an Atlanta tourist destination.

Safes, ATMs found dumped in creek
MACON, Ga. -- A middle Georgia man working to clean up a stream discovered three safes and two automated teller machines - all apparently stolen from local businesses.

Woman charged with murder after body discovered buried in well

Middle Georgia's uninsured turning to volunteer clinics, indigent programs
MACON, Ga. -- Indigent care programs and volunteer clinics in middle Georgia are being stretched thin by the state's increasing number of uninsured patients.

Kid of the day

Fountain Inn Army Guard unit ends Bosnia mission
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- About 125 Army National Guard soldiers will be welcomed home Thursday to Fountain Inn after completing a one-year deployment in Bosnia.

Radioactive materials safely shipped from central Pa. site

Board fires teacher for not teaching class

Hospital is named in list of top 100

News you can use

Ceremony commemorates 30 S.C. victims of domestic violence
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marva Grayson was set on fire at a Columbia gas station by her husband in front of her 10-year-old son. Anise Hall was stabbed by her husband in Darlington County as she held her 14-month-old child.

Domestic violence laws faulted

Tattoo artist sues in federal court
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A tattoo artist who took his challenge of South Carolina's tattoo ban to the U.S. Supreme Court, is now suing the state in federal court for criminalizing his profession.

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.

State control doesn't improve district's test scores
MANNING, S.C. -- Standardized test scores have not improved in the four years since the state Education Department took control of Allendale County schools, the district superintendent said in testimony during a funding fairness trial.

Sheriff kicks off campaign
To squelch talk he wasn't going to run again, Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle kicked off his 2004 re-election campaign Wednesday morning on the steps of the Evans Justice Center.

Ceremony commemorates 30 S.C. victims of domestic violence

Exchange retailer to close its doors

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

Somali Bantu arrival date postponed
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Somali Bantu refugees scheduled to begin settling into Columbia Wednesday won't arrive until next year, the U.S. State Department said.

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.

CSX fixes rails after wreck

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.

Shot might help increase good cholesterol

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.

Residents to protest rezoning

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.

Police arrest one man in May Roswell home invasion, kidnapping

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.

Police hope effort brings tips

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

Across the southeast

Librarians protest closing of college program

Kid of the day

Residents to protest rezoning
As commercial development pushes farther north on Furys Ferry Road, not all residents are eager to embrace closer shopping options.

Across Georgia

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.

Jury acquits three in dismemberment trial

County to repair its buses
The Columbia County school system is taking steps to put eight of its Carpenter buses on the road again.

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

Braves, Cubs battle past memories
ATLANTA - Turner Field was very disorienting Wednesday night.

There are all kinds of uniforms we have to put on
Three topics of conversation should be avoided unless you're begging for a fistfight: politics, religion and school uniforms. The first two are simple compared with the last.

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.

Critical choice

Martinez mother takes shot at hockey
Robyn Slaton is the ultimate hockey mom.

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.

Dido tries to follow up smash success of her debut album

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.

Hanson to play Carnegie Hall in final show of acoustic tour
NEW YORK -- Hanson will bop into Carnegie Hall for the final show of their acoustic tour.

Music group settles 52 of 261 lawsuits over downloading songs

Hanson to play Carnegie Hall in final show of acoustic tour

Stewart suing over unlicensed souvenirs
Kansas City, Kan. - Lawyers used to visit stores and souvenir booths looking for bootleg merchandise on behalf of Dale Earnhardt, often handing out pre-prepared cease and desist orders on the spot.

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.

Foyt to race in Kansas with cracked wrist

Sadler back in car after Talladega wreck

Buckshot won't miss racing
HAMPTON, Ga. - Buckshot Jones took a couple days off work this week to do a favor for a friend.

Racing facts - Banquet 400

Q&A with Brandon Gaughan
A victory last week at Las Vegas helped Brandon Gaughan solidify his lead in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He's a talkative, energetic driver who would be an instant hit with fans on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, but he seems very content with driving pickup trucks.

Q&A with Brandon Gaughan

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.

Stewart suing over unlicensed souvenirs

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.

Racing facts - Banquet 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Banquet 400 race.

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.

Buckshot won't miss racing

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

Something's missing at NBA training camps - the veterans

Something's missing at NBA training camps - the veterans
There's a new rule in place at NBA training camps: No vets allowed.

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

Fantasy Football: Falling stars make bad picks

Falcons secondary takes another hit with Williams suspension

Rucker quietly out to league lead in sacks

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Miss Patricia Wahl (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Andrews (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Willis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Patton (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Stella Lazar (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Seeby (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Parker, Jr. (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Patton (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Willis (AIKEN, S.C.)

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United States edges Norway

Greenbrier notches 200th win

Hidden Forest finds success

In the game spotlight

Overtime

Overtime

Martinez mother takes shot at hockey

Area announcements

Tyson seeks dismissal of assault charge

ACC announces schedule formats for football, hoops

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.

Hidden Forest finds success
Of all the horses Jeanne Gropp keeps at the Hidden Forrest Equestrian Center, H.F. Champagne Bey could have been voted the least likely to succeed.

ACC announces schedule formats for football, hoops
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference came up with a football schedule Wednesday that forces four schools to play all three of the conference's powers in each of the next two seasons.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Jesse Dorr, 8, of Augusta.

Overtime
Pro football Defensive back to sit for Falcons Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves has suspended starting cornerback Tyrone Williams through Sunday, giving another hit to an already depleted secondary.

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

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.

United States edges Norway
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The United States heads West for the Women's World Cup semifinals after a 1-0 victory over archrival Norway on Wednesday night in a rough, often ragged game.

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.

Fantasy Football: Falling stars make bad picks
Their careers have been stellar. They've won Super Bowls, MVP awards, conference championships and have built up gaudy numbers over years of service. But for some reason, whether it be age, injuries or bad teams, all stars fade.

Rucker quietly out to league lead in sacks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Rucker doesn't care if he gets overlooked in headlines and highlight shows. Tied for the NFL-lead with five sacks this season, Carolina's quiet defensive end is content making his mark on the field.

Falcons secondary takes another hit with Williams suspension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves suspended starting cornerback Tyrone Williams for the rest of the week Wednesday, giving another hit to an already depleted secondary.

ACC seems intent on bungling expansion process

Braves, Cubs battle past memories

Ventura's show to premiere Saturday on MSNBC
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's new TV show will debut this weekend on MSNBC, the cable channel said Tuesday.

Group wants monitoring, restriction of product placement on TV
NEW YORK -- They're stealth commercials within a television show: a soft drink can in front of an "American Idol" judge, a bag of chips offered to a starving "Survivor" contestant.

Group wants monitoring, restriction of product placement on TV

CBS still drawing an old crowd
NEW YORK - CBS can claim bragging rights after the first week of a new television season - but with a major asterisk attached.

Tarantino pays tribute to open bar in 'Tonight' show visit
NEW YORK -- Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino appeared to take advantage of the open bar backstage at Jay Leno's "Tonight" show on Monday.

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.

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

Ventura's show to premiere Saturday on MSNBC

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.

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

Chef Ming Tsai blends East and West in new show

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.

Standing ovations

Hollywood closes curtain on awards DVDs, videos for Oscar voters

Convictions raise concerns of mob influence in Bollywood

Dining out

Rosie O'Donnell, publisher headed to trial over magazine shutdown

Extras, extras

Pourhouse offers wings, cheap drinks

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.

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.

Harrison earning new reputation as solid starter

Harrison earning new reputation as solid starter
ATHENS, Ga. -- There was a time Georgia coaches did not feel they could leave linebacker Arnold Harrison on the field.

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

Bennett ready to kick away bad LSU game
ATHENS, Ga. - One week between games would have been bad enough for Georgia's Billy Bennett. Two weeks has been something close to unbearable.

Bennett ready to kick away bad LSU game

Cooper's status remains unclear

Pumpkin season

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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.

Tot recovering after spending 2 1/2 weeks alone

Libertarian group chooses New Hampshire for mass migration

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