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.

Giants hoping to contain Pierre, Castillo as series shifts to Miami

Giants hoping to contain Pierre, Castillo as series shifts to Miami
MIAMI -- The first two games of the playoffs have shown the San Francisco Giants how to beat the Florida Marlins: by keeping Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo off base.

Red Sox fail to score in key situations
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Boston's most dangerous hitter is 1-for-8 with two strikeouts and has stranded seven baserunners.

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.

Marlins tie series

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

Zito dominant in A's win

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!

Zito dominant in A's win
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito showed the importance of a good night's rest.

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

Yankees tie series at 1
NEW YORK -- Now that's more like what New York fans expect from a postseason game at Yankee Stadium.

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.

Red Sox fail to score in key situations

NL's best home team struggles in own park

Yankees tie series at 1

A's win Game 1 in 12 innings

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

Sticky notes keep office communication flowing

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.

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.

Jordan Adrienne Tanksley

Canon Christopher Burke

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.

Yonni Coleman

Jada Mon'e Hood

Mae Wallace Baker

Payton Travis Lantrip

Nicole Cathleen Boyett

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.

Lauren Claire Price

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.

Justin Lee Key

Daniel Thomas Jacobson

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.

Annabelle Victoria Smith

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.

Taylor Elisabeth Lawson

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeremy Allen Daman Jr.

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

Danielle Rayne Webb

Emma Jane McCord

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.

Dylan Tyler Ginn

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.

Justyn Marquis Hagans

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.

Kaleb Jeremiah Gross

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.

Jonah Matthew Covell

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.

Markel Tre'Shawn Johnson

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.

Darien Bryson Ingram

Morgan Brooke Heitz

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.

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.

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."

Teens primp pigs for annual swine competition
ROME, Ga. -- The sound of clippers whirring and the scent of baby oil filled the air backstage, as prize pigs were primped and pampered for their big moment in front of the judges.

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

Odds and Ends
BERLIN, Conn. -- Hurricane Isabel brought unholy high winds and lashing rain to the East Coast. It also dumped something almost biblical on Connecticut.

Braves notebook

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

Hampton sets division series record with six straight strikeouts

Maddux is up against Cubs' cub
CHICAGO - A great pitcher? Atlanta's Greg Maddux deserves the acclaim. The trouble is, that description hasn't been applied in reference to him for several years.

Maddux is up against Cubs' cub

Braves rally to win

Cox: Two innings for Smoltz a no brainer

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.

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.

Cox: Two innings for Smoltz a no brainer
CHICAGO -- Though John Smoltz spent much of September on the disabled list with a sore elbow, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox said he didn't hesitate to use his closer for two innings in Game 2.

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.

Giles out of lineup with bruised thigh

Auctions provide swift sales
Going once. Going twice. Sold.

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.

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.

Prevented by hurricane, laid-off workers get around to filing claims

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

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.

Construction spending rises to highest level since January

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.

Evans businesswoman earns minority awards

Auctions provide swift sales

AOL targets U.S. Spanish speakers

Prevented by hurricane, laid-off workers get around to filing claims
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment insurance moved higher last week as laid-off workers who had been prevented from filing because of Hurricane Isabel finally made it into state offices to apply for benefits.

Business briefs
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford and Commerce Secretary Bob Faith met Thursday with textile businessman Roger Milliken and other industry representatives to discuss Chinese trade practices before an upcoming trip to the country.

Valdosta State transfer linebacker has knack for finding end zone
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- In four games this season for the Blazers, Dee Williford has touched the ball twice and he's scored twice. Valdosta State would like to get Williford more carries, but there's a small problem.

College football picks
Coming into the season, Kansas State's trip to Texas was supposed to be one of the big games to decide who would play in the Sugar Bowl.

ACC & SEC notebook

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

Fighting back

A teacher's rage
The nation has a No Child Left Behind law. Now maybe it needs a No Teacher Left Behind law.

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?

A teacher's rage

Remember what is said

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.

Fighting back
Throughout the South, the battle to allow the Ten Commandments on public property is picking up steam.

Local artists have fun horsing around
For two local artists, participating in the Horseplay project meant channeling the spirits of Matisse and Michelangelo.

Many factors determine museum exhibitions
Just days before being unveiled for the public, the paintings that comprise the Morris Museum of Art's Tennessee painters exhibition sit in varying degrees of readiness in the museum's galleries and corridors. Some have found their spots on neutral colored walls, while others sit on the floor or in heavy packing crates, waiting for a nail to call their own.

19-year-old pilot will perform aerobatics at air show
Gazing out the bay windows at Augusta Aviation, Jamail Larkins quietly takes in the muffled bustle of takeoffs and landings at Daniel Field. He smiles as he recalls his earliest experiences at the airport that, for much of his life, has been his field of dreams.

Video watch
JUST OUT: 2 Fast, 2 Furious, Bend It Like Beckham, Boat Trip and Better Luck Tomorrow

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.

Standing ovations
The Sacred Heart Cultural Center will present a screening of the 1926 silent film classic Ben-Hur today at 7:30 p.m. in the great hall at the cultural center, 1301 Greene St. Accompanying the movie will be theater organist Ron Carter, playing the film's original score. Tickets are $10 general, $25 VIP (includes refreshments and recliner seating). For more information, call 826-4700.

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

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.

Boshears SkyFest celebrates a century of flight
The Boshears Skyfest, which opens today, will include some historical perspective.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Mortgage rates down again this week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages dropped for the fourth week in a row, good news for people thinking about refinancing their home mortgage.

Fishing report
Augusta area fishermen have so many resources to make their pastime enjoyable.

Guilbeau defends Mr. Clark Hill title

Guilbeau defends Mr. Clark Hill title
Mike Guilbeau of the Evans Bassmasters will defend his Mr. Clark Hill bass fishing title when the 31st annual tournament gets under way Saturday on Thurmond Lake.

Fishing report

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

Fishing tournament news

Insects are dining on birch leaves
Q: Worms are eating the leaves on my river birch tree. What are they and what can I do about it?

A yam by any name is sweet to grow
Popeye can rightly say "I yam what I yam," but a sweet potato cannot. Some people use the word yam for moist-fleshed sweet potatoes, but the true yam is a totally different vegetable grown for centuries in Africa.

Insects are dining on birch leaves

Rivers impressed with what Ball's accomplished
ATLANTA -- Philip Rivers got a quick start on his career at North Carolina State, joining the Wolfpack for spring practice a few weeks after he graduated from high school.

Coach puts new spin on offense
ATLANTA - For the record, Chan Gailey is not throwing away his playbook or tossing out the plays Georgia Tech has run all season

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

Dorsey struggling to find consistency in junior season

Rivers impressed with what Ball's accomplished

Coach puts new spin on offense

There are all kinds of uniforms we have to put on

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

Sergio surges into the lead
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Sergio Garcia prefers playing the tough courses, where par is a good score and he doesn't have to worry about being left behind whenever he misses a putt.

Late save keeps Tanaka on top at Southern Farm

More at stake than another title

Sergio surges into the lead

Late save keeps Tanaka on top at Southern Farm
MADISON, Miss. -- Hidemichi Tanaka saved par after hitting his tee shot into the water on No. 17 and finished with a 6-under 66 to share the lead after the first round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic on Thursday.

Player of the week

Spartans' time has arrived

On the air

Some extra kick

Surprises meet tonight in Region 5-A

Key matchups

Some extra kick
Maybe the secret to Obi Egekeze's success as a place-kicker is that he doesn't practice with goal posts.

Player of the week
This week's area prep football player of the week is Westside senior Duane Gregg.

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

Spartans' time has arrived
Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry said it's not a question of talent. His team has that. It's a question of intensity.

Surprises meet tonight in Region 5-A
The 5-0 record and the Region 5-A domination by Williston-Elko hasn't really surprised coach Justin Gentry. But he didn't know the Blue Devils would be this good.

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

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.

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

Sticky notes keep office communication flowing
How does the American workplace communicate?

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

Community needs to know of orthopedic volunteers

Best deterrent to terrorism is economics

Comparing Bush to Nero a poor analogy; look at facts

Augusta unfriendly to businesses
The powers that be seem baffled and mystified that property values are down in Richmond County and so they have called for an investigation of Sonny Reece, the tax appraiser. Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

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.

Iraqi oil falsehood perpetrated by 'Chronicle'

Community needs to know of orthopedic volunteers
Regarding The Chronicle's Sept. 28 editorial, "Escaping injury": LeRoy R. Fullerton Jr., M.D., Augusta

Iraqi oil falsehood perpetrated by 'Chronicle'
This is my comment on the Sept. 19 editorial, "Consider it a loan," about money the president plans on asking Congress for to pay for reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq. Anton Soosaipillai, 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

Is it Greek to you?

Book tells Augusta's air history

Ribbons promote campaign

Health and fitness calendar

In the know

For many photographers, film is preferred over digital
No doubt, digital photography is "hot," or "way cool" as my 12-year-old son would say. Seems as if a day doesn't go by that I don't read about a new digital camera, scanner, inkjet printer (or inkjet paper or ink), new digital accessories or new digital-imaging software programs.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

Veteran makes return with Lynx
The Augusta Lynx have signed three players, including defenseman Martin Lapointe, and added eight more to the training camp roster.

Jackson's widow supports shared name for airport
ATLANTA -- The widow of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson said Thursday she wants the city's airport to be named "Hartsfield-Jackson," softening a previous stance that would have completely replaced ex-Mayor William Hartsfield's name with that of her late husband.

Across the area

CSX fixes rails after wreck

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.

Four women arrested in theft
Augusta authorities have arrested four women they say tried to take at least two U.S. government checks from residential mailboxes Wednesday.

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.

Flag borrowed from restaurant returns from Middle East
POOLER, Ga. -- An American flag borrowed from a local restaurant by troops from the Georgia Air National Guard was returned after six months in the Middle East.

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

Across Georgia

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.

Transportation Department to launch SmartRide commuter trial
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Transportation Department will begin offering free bus rides Monday to Columbia commuters from four Midlands counties as it begins trials of its SmartRide project.

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.

Across the area
An Evans woman was indicted by a Columbia County grand jury Thursday in connection with $79,000 in missing funds from a neighborhood association.

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.

Jury acquits three in dismemberment trial

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.

Trial date set for science fiction writer arrested on sex charges
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A trial date has been set for Nov. 3 for a science fiction editor and convention founder who allegedly molested two teenage brothers in separate incidents in 2000.

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.

NAACP sues Lexington 3 school district over elections
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lexington District 3 faces a lawsuit from an NAACP branch about the way school board members are elected.

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.

Woman charged with murder after body discovered buried in well

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

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.

Trial date set for science fiction writer arrested on sex charges

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.

Girl heads to rehabilitation
When Jeannie Tucker flew into Augusta in July with her daughter, she didn't know whether she would lose the critically ill Valdosta girl.

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.

Young still on the fence about Senate bid
WASHINGTON -- Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young is keeping Democrats guessing about his plans for a Senate bid, telling several Thursday that he is "in the process" of preparing a campaign, a day after close friends said he was leaning against running.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Department of Natural Resources will receive more than $1 million to preserve wetlands and upgrade equipment from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Former camper sues Citadel, camp counselor
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A camper who attended The Citadel's summer camp has sued the state military college and a former counselor alleging he was sexually abused by the counselor in 2001.

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.

Residents to protest rezoning

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.

Shot might help increase good cholesterol

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

Across the southeast

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.

Police arrest one man in May Roswell home invasion, kidnapping

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.

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

Class teaches abstinence
Multiple partners. Genital herpes. Emotional consequences.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bobby Thomas Samples Jr., 9 months, of Evans.

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.

Rants and Raves
PUT ARTS IN the Heart back where it was under the shade of those old trees, where there is color and atmosphere. The sterile, sun-baked environment of this last one should not be continued next year.

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.

Sheriff arrests three on machine possession
Three Martinez convenience store owners are free on bond after being charged in connection with the possession of video poker machines.

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

Worker ousted in audit
ATHENS, Ga. - A supervisor at an Athens-based mental health agency has been suspended while state authorities investigate allegations she stole tens of thousands of dollars from mentally disabled clients.

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

Seminar fails to appease resident
NEW ELLENTON - The federal government told Edwin "Tink" Sanders and his family they would be reimbursed for their property. The country needed it to build bombs and battle communists, they were told.

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.

Man gets 15 months in Army contract scam
ATLANTA -- A businessman who took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Army for steel shipping containers he never made was sentenced to 15 months in prison Thursday.

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.

Volunteer works to preserve Gwinnett County's buried past
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Phyllis Davis has spent the past 12 years looking for the dead.

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.

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

Lowcountry Head Start denies misusing taxpayer

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

Across Georgia

Researcher: Atlanta not a Mecca for most blacks
ATLANTA -- Atlanta does not live up to its reputation as the land of opportunity for blacks, a Clark Atlanta University study concludes.

Worker ousted in audit

Army sergeant wins $150 million jackpot
ATLANTA -- A U.S. Army sergeant on leave from South Korea claimed the $150 million jackpot on Wednesday in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery.

Class teaches abstinence

County to repair its buses

Alabama man pleads guilty to Medicare fraud in S.C.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The widow of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson said Thursday she wants the city's airport to be named Hartsfield-Jackson, softening a previous stance that would have completely replaced ex-Mayor William Hartsfield's name with that of her late husband.

Flag borrowed from restaurant returns from Middle East

Perdue orders more rules on lobbyists

Seminar fails to appease resident

Proposed USC-affiliated hotel hits snag with Justice Department
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Plans to build a hotel affiliated with the University of South Carolina have hit a snag as officials wait for approval from the U.S. Justice Department to include a federal training center in the deal.

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

Alabama man pleads guilty to Medicare fraud in S.C.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Harry M. Clark gained lots of attention in the late 1980s when he built a 22,000-square-foot home in Montrose that overlooked Mobile Bay.

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

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.

South Carolina airports have fewer security screeners

Reports lead to tax bill review

Proposed USC-affiliated hotel hits snag with Justice Department

Ceremony commemorates 30 S.C. victims of domestic violence

News you can use

Airport budget reports conflict

Event honors town's culture
BURNETTOWN - Southern is as Southern does.

Clubhouse's future lies with governor

Young still on the fence about Senate bid

South Carolina airports have fewer security screeners
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's airports have fewer security screeners than they had earlier this spring.

Girl heads to rehabilitation

Somali Bantu arrival date postponed

Volunteer works to preserve Gwinnett County's buried past

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

Schools increase security
Superintendent Charles Larke said Thursday there is a potential gang problem in some Richmond County schools, leading him to put the district on "heightened alert."

Police hope effort brings tips

2 charged with trafficking
A man with an expired license who rolled through a stop sign in Monetta was arrested on drug-trafficking charges after a search of his car turned up cocaine and nearly $5,000, authorities said Thursday.

Lowcountry Head Start denies misusing taxpayer
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The agency that operates Head Start in three Lowcountry counties has denied it misspent $10.5 million in taxpayer money during the past five years.

Kroger decision delayed
Homeowners who live near a proposed Kroger shopping center and its developers will have to wait to hear the Columbia County Planning Commission's verdict on the project.

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.

Working for the weekend
It might be autumn, but festival season is in full bloom.

News you can use
OCT. 3, 1934 The Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals will clash today on ground far removed from Augusta, but The Chronicle has completed arrangements whereby dramatic descriptions of the World Series games will be brought to every Augustan.

Transportation Department to launch SmartRide commuter trial

Across the area

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

Golf just not on Georgia's mind
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - If you wondered what happened to all the empty seats that were once so familiar at Atlanta Braves postseason games and Atlanta Falcons home contests, they've been found at the remote intersection of Fulton and Cherokee counties.

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.

At the Movies: 'The School of Rock'

At the Movies: 'Wonderland'
It seems inevitable that one day, a movie will come along that's more repulsive than "Wonderland." But for now, this exploration of a 1981 quadruple homicide linked to porn star John Holmes is as icky as it gets.

At the Movies: 'Lost in Translation'
This should be the last time we have to refer to Sofia Coppola in terms of her famous father.

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

At the Movies: 'The School of Rock'
If ever a movie deserved to be a colossal, demographic-busting hit, it's "The School of Rock," a nearly miraculous comedy about a fifth-grade rock band with just the right mix of structure and spontaneity, sweetness and subversion.

At the Movies: 'Out of Time'
If last year's "John Q" proved anything, it's that Denzel Washington's colossal charisma can elevate a mediocre movie with an outlandish plot to hit status.

At the Movies: 'Out of Time'

At the Movies: 'Wonderland'

Mini reviews

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

Hanson to play Carnegie Hall in final show of acoustic tour

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.

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

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.

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.

Stewart suing over unlicensed souvenirs

Buckshot won't miss racing

Q&A with Brandon Gaughan

Racing facts - Banquet 400

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

Hurricane Kate strengthens in Atlantic Ocean
MIAMI -- Hurricane Kate strengthened in the open Atlantic Ocean but posed no immediate threat to land early Thursday, while Tropical Storm Larry stalled in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

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.

Defense loses bid to have Kobe Bryant's accuser testify

Defense loses bid to have Kobe Bryant's accuser testify
EAGLE, Colo. -- The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape will not have to testify during the NBA star's preliminary hearing next week, a judge ruled Thursday.

Gross fined $5,000 for hit against Atlanta

Fantasy Football: Falling stars make bad picks

As a starter, Delhomme faces old team

Former Georgia Tech coach returns with Vikings

Rucker quietly out to league lead in sacks

Carolina receiver upset over contract status

Falcons secondary takes another hit with Williams suspension

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Martinez mother takes shot at hockey

In the game spotlight

Overtime

Area announcements

United States edges Norway

Limbaugh says he resigned from ESPN job to protect advertisers, employees

U.S. women show their physical side

Hidden Forest finds success

ACC announces schedule formats for football, hoops

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U.S. women show their physical side
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Karl Malone has nothing on Abby Wambach. Kevin McHale has nothing on Cindy Parlow.

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
Dan Snyder of the Atlanta Thrashers remains unconscious and in critical condition at Atlanta's Grady Hospital, where he has undergone two hours of surgery for a severe brain injury suffered as a passenger in a high-speed car crash Monday night.

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.

Limbaugh says he resigned from ESPN job to protect advertisers, employees
PHILADELPHIA -- Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh said Thursday he resigned as an ESPN sports analyst to protect network employees from the uproar over critical comments he made about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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.

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.

Former Georgia Tech coach returns with Vikings
When George O'Leary leads his Minnesota Vikings defense onto the Georgia Dome field Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, he thinks the crowd will hardly notice.

Gross fined $5,000 for hit against Atlanta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina right tackle Jordan Gross was fined $5,000 by the NFL on Thursday for a hit against the Atlanta Falcons.

Pro Picks
Rarely can a game in the fifth week be described as "big."

Carolina receiver upset over contract status
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Smith lashed out at the Carolina Panthers on Thursday for allegedly calling him a "marginal receiver" while discussing contract options.

Vick not ready to practice, but says he wants to jog Saturday
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick threw the football lightly Thursday for the second straight day, but the Atlanta Falcons' star quarterback says his injured right shin is still too tender for him to practice.

As a starter, Delhomme faces old team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme didn't make a strong first impression on New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett.

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.

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.

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.

Dolly Parton's sister speaks out on abuse

Dolly Parton's sister speaks out on abuse
Just days before being unveiled for the public, the paintings that comprise the Morris Museum of Art's Tennessee painters exhibition sit in varying degrees of readiness in the museum's galleries and corridors. Some have found their spots on neutral colored walls, while others sit on the floor or in heavy packing crates, waiting for a nail to call their own.

Braves, Cubs battle past memories

Golf just not on Georgia's mind

Director left rich film legacy

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.

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.

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

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.

Ventura's show to premiere Saturday on MSNBC

Local artists have fun horsing around

Standing ovations

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

Club calendar

Boshears SkyFest celebrates a century of flight

Many factors determine museum exhibitions

19-year-old pilot will perform aerobatics at air show

Applause calendar

Convictions raise concerns of mob influence in Bollywood

Hollywood closes curtain on awards DVDs, videos for Oscar voters

Dye picks Georgia this time

Georgia hopes healthy Gibson can spark offense

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.

Harrison adjusts his attitude
ATHENS, Ga. - There was no evidence of a mean streak when Arnold Harrison sat down for lunch earlier this week, his plate piled high with enchiladas, pork and potatoes.

Harrison adjusts his attitude

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.

Georgia hopes healthy Gibson can spark offense
ATHENS, Ga. -- It may not be a shock that Georgia ranks only 70th in the nation in scoring offense.

Bennett ready to kick away bad LSU game

Dye picks Georgia this time
This year, Pat Dye is man enough to say he thinks Georgia will beat Alabama.

Harrison earning new reputation as solid starter

Director left rich film legacy
Elia Kazan, the famed stage-and-screen director who died Sunday, was a man of contradictions - quietly thoughtful and wildly theatrical. He made left-leaning movies that dealt with race and politics while testifying against his peers before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He believed the craft of acting was far more important than a performer's box-office numbers, yet he was responsible for making actors such as Marlon Brando, James Dean and Warren Beatty the icons they are today.

Odds and Ends

Libertarian group chooses New Hampshire for mass migration

Odds and Ends