Shirley Hazzard completes first novel in more than 20 years
NEW YORK -- Shirley Hazzard is an award-winning novelist and the type of author they supposedly don't make anymore. She writes in longhand, on a yellow legal pad. She doesn't own a television set, or a computer or even an answering machine.

'Cabaret' to party on to the end of the year
NEW YORK -- "Cabaret" will party on. The long-running musical revival, which was scheduled to fold Nov. 2 at Studio 54, will now run at least until the end of the year, Todd Haimes, artistic director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, said Thursday.

Storyteller Kevin Kling adjusts to a new life after accident
MINNEAPOLIS -- Storyteller Kevin Kling has mined his own life for humorous tales about playing baseball, running Grandma's Marathon and watching a demolition derby with his mom.

Shirley Hazzard completes first novel in more than 20 years

'Stravinsky' triple bill revived by Met for first time since 1983

Storyteller Kevin Kling adjusts to a new life after accident

After years of working without notice, artist in limelight again
PITTSBURGH -- Forty years ago, everyone on the New York art scene knew the young woman with the tomboy looks and the bangs: Her name was mentioned along with Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns, and she was praised for work - part painting, part sculpture - which is by turns fierce, mysterious, surreal.

Beat generation photographs on display

Struggling charity bookstore gets a boost from rock music series
NEW YORK -- With its plush, comfy armchairs and quiet that would make a library proud, Housing Works Used Book Cafe in Manhattan has been a reclusive reader's paradise for years.

'Stravinsky' triple bill revived by Met for first time since 1983
NEW YORK -- Lavish sets aren't necessary for searing drama.

Audrey II returns in 'Little Shop of Horrors'
NEW YORK -- Some 20 years after its initial off-Broadway triumph, can a blood-lusting, man-eating plant find happiness in the big leagues of Broadway?

Beat generation photographs on display
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Smoking on a fire escape - a railroad brakeman's rule book stuck in his jacket pocket - Jack Kerouac looks as though he just stepped from the pages of "On the Road." The image is seen in a 1953 photograph taken by fellow Beat writer Allen Ginsberg.

Audrey II returns in 'Little Shop of Horrors'

After years of working without notice, artist in limelight again

Struggling charity bookstore gets a boost from rock music series

A capsule look at the Marlins-Cubs NLCS

Giants' season abruptly ends in first round against Florida

Red Sox advance to ALCS
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez and even that maligned Boston bullpen - they all were tougher than any curse.

Giants' season abruptly ends in first round against Florida
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Sabean was up at 6:30 Sunday morning after an overnight flight from Florida, already contemplating his next overhaul of the San Francisco Giants.

Surprise! It's Marlins-Cubs in the NLCS

Red Sox force Game 5
BOSTON -- With the Red Sox four outs from another postseason failure, David Ortiz snapped out of his slump and saved their season.

A capsule look at the Marlins-Cubs NLCS
A look at the best-of-seven National League championship series between the Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs:

Yankees advance to ALCS
MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Yankees sure got back to their postseason best in a hurry.

Yankees rest and wait for next opponent

Red Sox force Game 5

Yankees advance to ALCS

Surprise! It's Marlins-Cubs in the NLCS
CHICAGO -- Count Jack McKeon among all those people who counted out the Chicago Cubs when it came to the postseason.

Rangers catcher becomes free agent

Yankees rest and wait for next opponent
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees were back home Monday, resting up for the AL championship series while their next opponent crisscrossed the country and scrambled to advance.

Rangers catcher becomes free agent
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers catcher Todd Greene became a free agent Monday after clearing waivers and refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Red Sox advance to ALCS

Grateful for the rain Monday? You're welcome

Odds and Ends
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A man claims a woman wrongly adopted his lost parrot - and he can prove it if given a chance to question the bird in court.

Probationers take drug-test cheating to the limit
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Officials at the county's Adult Probation Office know a probationer, with his freedom on the line, will go to great lengths to pass a court-ordered drug test.

Landmine sniffer
Israeli animal trainer Geva Tzim trains a pig to sniff out landmines, in a trial being tested by the Israeli military, at Kibbutz Lahav, in southern Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003. While dogs are often seen sniffing around airports and bus stations, looking for various kinds of contraband, including bombs, Tzim and others say that pigs may be better suited for finding buried explosives.

Tiger, alligator found in apartment
NEW YORK -- A tiger and an alligator found in a Manhattan apartment were sent to an Ohio wildlife preserve Sunday while their owner recovered from bite wounds inflicted by the more than 400-pound cat.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -- Atlanta closer John Smoltz wasn't talking about his tender right elbow Sunday, but manager Bobby Cox said he thought Smoltz was fine and available for Game 5 of the division series against the Chicago Cubs.

Braves got stuck with bad hitting

Cubs eliminate Braves

Braves notebook

Cubs eliminate Braves
ATLANTA - The Chicago Cubs, a team that seemed destined to remain baseball's lovable losers forever, ended 95 years of disappointment Sunday night, beating the Braves 5-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

Braves building a different streak with another postseason flop

Braves got stuck with bad hitting
ATLANTA - It still mightgo down as one of their best seasons ever, but - while another October disappointment will be blamed on a pair of superb pitchers - the Atlanta Braves must hold their offense accountable for an early winter.

Braves building a different streak with another postseason flop
ATLANTA -- Here's a streak the Atlanta Braves don't like to talk about: For the fourth year in a row, they stood glumly in the home dugout at Turner Field, watching another team celebrate a postseason triumph.

The Week magazine taps word-of-mouth for growth

Cox chief proposes removing ESPN, Fox Sports from basic cable programming
ATLANTA -- Some cable TV viewers soon may have to decide if they are willing to pay extra for ESPN and Fox Sports.

Cox chief proposes removing ESPN, Fox Sports from basic cable programming

Entrepreneur Moore vows to fight government over Canadian drugs
MIAMI -- Carl Moore has made - and lost - money lots of different ways. In oil. In water, too.

Avon hopes to woo new generation of customers with mark

Does it matter if my employer skips performance reviews?
Q: I've worked for a large company for many years, and our human resource policy mandates annual employee performance reviews. Yet I've had only one my entire career, and that was after my first year. Is this situation detrimental for me or for the company?

Woman updates dad's music shop

UPS to deliver some ground packages a day faster
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service Inc. will deliver ground packages a day faster in 20 of the nation's largest cities, the company said Monday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Half of middle-income Americans are worried about their finances, despite having built up wealth during the economic boom that ended in 2001, new research shows.

The Week magazine taps word-of-mouth for growth
NEW YORK -- Starting a weekly magazine can be one of the fastest ways to lose money in publishing. Now imagine launching a newsweekly with a bare-bones staff, very little money to spend on advertising and limited space for ads in your own pages.

Woman updates dad's music shop
When Noura Gordon was a little girl, her father put her in a playpen in the back of his Broad Street record store.

UPS to deliver some ground packages a day faster

Does it matter if my employer skips performance reviews?

Entrepreneur Moore vows to fight government over Canadian drugs

Avon hopes to woo new generation of customers with mark
NEW YORK -- Carleigh Krubiner is helping to usher in a new era for Avon Products Inc.

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

Tuesday morning quarterback

3 schools land pair of ACC weekly winners
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia each had a pair of players win weekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.

Poll stays steady heading into big weekend
The top six teams remained the same in the latest Associated Press college football poll heading into a weekend of big showdowns.

Swiggett back on field after rare bone disorder
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The pain was unbearable. Charleston Southern quarterback Darren Swiggett threw a few footballs and a searing sensation shot down his right arm, leaving his hand numb.

Swiggett back on field after rare bone disorder

Are these guys losers?
Atlanta Quitters. Atlanta Chokers. Atlanta Folders. Atlanta Losers.

The limits of man
They may have loved their big cats. They may have treated them like pets. They may have had an incredible 35-year streak of good luck.

The Georgia trifecta
OK, here's what we do: We get dressed up really nice, go up to Washington, D.C., and simply ask the other states if they wouldn't mind giving us four U.S. Senate seats instead of two.

Going after Syria

Not enough homework
Two recently released studies - one by the Brookings Institution and the other by the federal government - lay waste to the ridiculous claim that American youngsters are weighed down with too much homework.

The Georgia trifecta

Going after Syria
Israel certainly had the moral right to bomb that terrorist camp in Syria, near Damascus. After all, it was President George W. Bush who said states that harbor terrorists are no less an enemy to the civilized world than the terrorists themselves.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

N.C. woman accuses Ben Affleck of issuing threats
KURE BEACH, N.C. -- A spokesman for actor Ben Affleck denies a North Carolina woman's claims that Affleck followed her as she drove home from Raleigh last month and threatened to hurt her.

Delta Burke puts her design on 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'
NEW YORK -- Delta Burke, her hair still in curlers, rushes into a Times Square theater dressing room, apologizing: In her rush to rehearse, she's forgotten something.

Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, still critical after tiger attack
LAS VEGAS -- The Mirage hotel-casino lost one of its biggest money-making shows when a tiger nearly killed Roy Horn of "Siegfried and Roy." Now the resort has to figure a way to plug an annual revenue hole estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.

People in the news
NEW YORK -- Television's guiltiest pleasure, "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," is coming back for a second season.

'Lion King' roars back into living rooms with DVD debut
LOS ANGELES -- The king of cartoon cats is about to reclaim his throne.

USA Patriot Act affects banking, securities, mutual fund industries
NEW YORK -- Don't be surprised if it takes a bit longer to open a bank or brokerage account or to sign up for mutual funds.

How to protect against market-timing

Half of middle-income Americans worry about finances
WASHINGTON -- Half of middle-income Americans are worried about their finances despite having built up wealth during the economic boom that ended in 2001, new research shows.

Stocks rise modestly on investor optimism

USA Patriot Act affects banking, securities, mutual fund industries

Half of middle-income Americans worry about finances

How to protect against market-timing
NEW YORK -- As regulators deepen their probe into illegal trading by mutual funds, investors are learning more about potentially shady practices that can hurt their returns. Fortunately, they have ways to protect themselves.

Stocks rise modestly on investor optimism
NEW YORK -- Stock prices rose moderately Monday as investors traded cautiously following last week's big gains and in advance of earnings reports later this week. Volume was light due to the Yom Kippur holiday.

When a business is caught in a divorce fight
NEW YORK -- When a small business owner goes through a divorce fight, it's often more than a personal ordeal - the company can become part of the battle. A difficult divorce can even put a business at risk if the owner is forced to pay a huge sum of money to a former spouse.

When a business is caught in a divorce fight

Ball puts it all together against N.C. State
ATLANTA -- Reggie Ball impressed Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey enough in the preseason to win the starting job at quarterback.

Ball puts it all together against N.C. State

Huston edges Pappas with late rally at Southern Farm Bureau
MADISON, Miss. -- John Huston erased a two-stroke deficit over his final four holes and shot a 68 Sunday to win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic by one stroke over Brenden Pappas, who closed with a 10-under 62.

Tiger survives for fifth win

Tiger survives for fifth win
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Tiger Woods is still the best in the world, and his fifth victory of the year Sunday at the American Express Championship might be enough for his peers to vote him best on the PGA Tour again.

Huston edges Pappas with late rally at Southern Farm Bureau

New driver, renewed confidence leaves Woods poised for big run

New driver, renewed confidence leaves Woods poised for big run
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The last time Tiger Woods faced this kind of pressure in the fall, he was a 20-year-old college dropout who had only seven tournaments to earn a job on the PGA Tour.

Thrashers player Snyder dies; Heatley charged with homicide
DULUTH, Ga. -- All-Star Dany Heatley was charged Monday with vehicular homicide after the death of Atlanta Thrashers teammate Dan Snyder, who was fatally injured when Heatley's sports car ran off a road.

Thrashers player Snyder dies; Heatley charged with homicide

Grateful for the rain Monday? You're welcome
If you received anything resembling a rain shower Monday, you can thank me.

Man questioned about woman's death
Authorities are questioning a friend of a 16-year-old girl who was found dead with her child Sunday evening, officials said.

Kennedy's claim about Iraq war is absolutely correct

Seniors still affected by pharmacy closing
This letter is to make everyone aware of the problems senior citizens in the Central Savannah River Area are having, particularly the patients at the Senior Health Center - which is a health-care facility in the Medical College of Georgia Health System of Augusta. Betty Cooper, Augusta

Pleased with the Lynx' new owners
Congratulations to the new owners of the Augusta Lynx. I want to wish them, their team, the coaches, and staff much success for the coming season and years ahead. Malcolm N. Luxenberg, Augusta

Extols the virtues of school uniforms
Why won't the people of Richmond County wake up and quit griping? I have come to the conclusion Richmond County residents are habitual gripers; they gripe about everything. Barbara Driggers, Harlem, Ga.

Arafat versus Sharon and Bush

Kennedy's claim about Iraq war is absolutely correct
U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., is absolutely correct in his assertion that the justification of our going to war is a total fraud - and a premeditated one. It doesn't matter where it was cooked - possibly in Washington, D.C., where President George W. Bush's "counselors" have their residences. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

What of Georgia's no-call list?
With all the legal controversies and lamentations about telemarketers still being able to call, have we all forgotten about Georgia's no-call list? Chris Johnson, Augusta

Extols the virtues of school uniforms

Arafat versus Sharon and Bush
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is determined to remove Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat one day. The Israeli security cabinet on Sept. 11 canceled Mr. Sharon's personal promise to our president not to remove Mr. Arafat. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

General enters crowded battlefield
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is the latest Democrat who wants a crack at the White House. A week after he declared, the polls put him at the front lines of the Democratic primaries. Howard Dean, who was formerly the surprise frontrunner, is now all but forgotten. Chris Baugh, Evans, Ga.

Drive thrus expand presence in everyday life

Military recruits video game makers

In the know

NASCAR game has element of retaliation

How fast is your bus, really?

Computer scientists fear voter fraud on touch-screen machines

Senior calendar

Web site helps new talent find itts airwaves

Drive thrus expand presence in everyday life
Money passes hands. Goods are exchanged. Pleasantries pass back and forth. But the engine never stops idling.

Computer scientists fear voter fraud on touch-screen machines
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Punch-card ballots from Tuesday's historic recall election are sure to get a going-over by political activists, but some computer scientists think touch-screen voting machines deserve just as much scrutiny.

NASCAR game has element of retaliation
NASCAR racing is one of the country's fastest-growing spectator sports. Take the wheel in EA Sports' NASCAR Thunder 2004 and you'll understand why.

How fast is your bus, really?
It seems every gadget maker is hopping on the Universal Serial Bus.

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

Robot vacuum cleans, empties and recharges, automatically
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Let's face it: you have to be just a little lazy to use a $1,500 robot to vacuum a one-bedroom apartment.

In the know
Is your front yard more Martha Stewart than Eddie Munster? Do you prefer fake spiders to old-fashioned hay bales?

Web site helps new talent find itts airwaves
NEW YORK -- Jonathan Menjivar volunteered at a local station trying to break into public radio. But after months of stuffing envelopes, he still had no clue how to produce a piece, much less get it on the air.

Military recruits video game makers
Hunched with his troops in a dusty, wind-swept courtyard, the squad leader signals the soldiers to line up against a wall. Clasping automatic weapons, they inch single-file toward a sandy road lined with swaying palm trees.

Team enjoys starting over

Head coach makes calls to pick up more players
With the first two days of training camp in the books, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia continued to work the phones looking to bolster the roster.

Team enjoys starting over
Lynx training camp opened early Sunday morning at the Augusta Ice Sports Center with little fanfare or familiarity. The team's first workout under new coach Stan Drulia was simple and understated.

Plan to protect blue crabs has some crabbers crying foul
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Georgia crabbers are trying to stop a state proposal to limit commercial crabbing three days a week to boost the population of blue crabs along the coast.

Volunteer guardian program running out of money
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- South Carolina children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Family Court may suffer if the state fails to fund the Guardian Ad Litem program, advocates say.

Students examine Gullah
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. - The Gullah language once spoken by African slaves in the South Carolina Lowcountry - and still in use by many along the East Coast - is new to Savannah State University student Marcella Pinckney.

S.C. to boast four of children's museums
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A decade ago, you couldn't find a children's museum in South Carolina, but soon the state will boast four such facilities combining learning with hands-on activities for the young and young at heart.

News you can use

Across the area
A judge has granted a second delay for a man facing capital murder charges.

City, county use trained trench rescue squads
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Both the Greenville Fire Department and Greenville County EMS have added trench rescue teams in the past five years.

Sanford to show agenda on tour
AIKEN - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford rolls into town today with the weight of a drowning economy on his back and the beginnings of a plan to fix it.

Alcohol sales could be curbed following death in Buckhead district
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council may consider shortening the hours that alcohol is sold in the Buckhead entertainment district on Monday, a day after a fatal shooting outside a fast-food restaurant.

House's decision pleases all sides
AIKEN - Environmentalists and pro-Savannah River Site politicians found themselves in a rare position last week: They actually agreed on something, members from each camp said Monday.

Kid of the day

Obscure board shuffles $12 million from schools, hospitals to computer program
ATLANTA -- A fund created 11 years ago to link rural doctors and educators with faraway experts was raided by a little-known state board Friday to pay for upgrades to the state's accounting software.

Volunteer guardian program running out of money

Drivers must know steps to take in accident
In her 71 years, Cornelia Nix has been in three car accidents, most recently at Jackson Road and Walton Way Extension in August.

Murder suspect surrenders
A 20-year-old man wanted in a fatal shooting Saturday surrendered to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on Sunday.

State's abortion law incites debate
ATLANTA - For five months, South Carolina health officials have had the authority to collect the names and addresses of all women who have abortions in state-licensed clinics.

Wilson outraged by Hollings' vote, wants apology
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of South Carolina's junior congressmen is demanding an apology from the state's senior senator.

Residents protest sludge shipment
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - A plan to ship Columbia County's sewage sludge to Jefferson County met with opposition Monday night at the courthouse in Louisville.

Republican to try again to take down Rep. Mike Snow
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- A Walker County Republican who has tried three times in the past year to unseat Democratic state Rep. Mike Snow will take another shot.

House's decision pleases all sides

Georgia court endorses rules for deciding mental retardation

UGA president reimburses school for graduation luncheon
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams reimbursed the University of Georgia Foundation for the costs of a luncheon he held following the May 2002 UGA School of Law commencement.

Retiree unfazed by airport firings

Children's Defense Fund uses new tactic to tackle old mission
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In its 30th year, the Children's Defense Fund is taking its mission to leave no child behind beyond research and advocacy to communities across the nation.

DeMint raises more than $1.4 million for Senate bid

MUSC researcher studying USS Arizona oil leak

Across Georgia

Gwinnett DUI squad works to save lives

Berkeley looks to collect thousands in unpaid fines

Program wants funding halted

SmartRide offers mass transit, less stress

Buyer shows interest in Edgefield site
All they told Donnie Thompson was that the deal was called Project Achieve.

City gets first canal boat

Experts say G-8 Summit an opportunity to boost Georgia's economy

Border collies keep runways clear
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A pair of border collies are helping protect U.S. Air Force planes from a dangerous foe: flocks of birds that roost near runways.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -President Bush's Southeast campaign coordinator told several hundred party activists that the 2004 race for the presidency will be very close.

Retiree unfazed by airport firings
Gary Green, a candidate for the director position at Augusta Regional Airport, confirmed Monday he is interested in the job even though the airport's past two directors have been fired.

Few men become teachers

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A narrowly divided Georgia Supreme Court decided Monday that defendants who want to argue mental retardation to avoid the death penalty must prove their mental deficiency beyond a reasonable doubt.

Across the area
An employee of Outback Steakhouse on Washington Road said she was robbed at gunpoint outside the restaurant Sunday afternoon, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Berkeley looks to collect thousands in unpaid fines
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Berkeley County is owed thousands of dollars in uncollected fines and Ava Bryant Ayers wants to collect.

Army counsels soldiers dealing with Iraq war aftermath
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Sgt. Joe Dombrowski nurses a beer in his easy chair as his homemade war DVD plays on the big screen, a digital scrapbook of Iraq to which the soldier improvises a running commentary.

DeMint raises more than $1.4 million for Senate bid
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint announced Monday he has raised more than $1.4 million for his bid to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

Gwinnett DUI squad works to save lives
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Brian Doan's life nearly ended at age 17, in a car crash with a drunk driver.

Program wants funding halted
Several new charitable programs are expected to benefit from a revamped system for awarding federal housing grants to local nonprofits.

Top teacher inspires students
Crossroads Academy is not your typical school.

Corrections
An article about eighth-grade student projects in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle reported incorrectly which school Sara Oland attends. She is a pupil at Greenbrier Middle School.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jurree J.M. Corley, 3, of Augusta.

Supreme Court upholds ban on Sunday sales by bars
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law that prohibits bars from selling alcohol on Sunday but allows restaurants to do so if they make at least half their annual profits from food.

News you can use
OCT. 6, 1976 AIKEN - Donnie J. Williams is no longer administrator of Aiken County. By a 4-3 vote, he was fired from his position at the conclusion of a public hearing last night.

Experts say G-8 Summit an opportunity to boost Georgia's economy
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue is weighing recommendations about how Georgia can best capitalize on next June's G-8 Summit, with observers calling the meeting of leaders of the world's major countries a unique economic opportunity for the state.

Across the southeast
BRADFORD, Ark. -Bradford's mayor, police chief and school librarian are all leaving today for military duty that is expected to take them to Iraq, and the residents left behind in the tiny town of 800 are scrambling to fill their roles.

Children's Defense Fund uses new tactic to tackle old mission

Tax formula irks rural schools
AIKEN - There's a nightmare scenario that's starting to keep school finance officers and education advocates awake at night.

Court reverses murder convictions in Putnam, Madison counties

Republican to try again to take down Rep. Mike Snow

News you can use
OCT. 7, 1957 AIKEN - State and local law enforcement authorities were conducting a widespread manhunt last night for four prisoners who overpowered a jailer and bolted from the Aiken County jail.

Teen brings case for her free speech rights to the Supreme Court

City gets first canal boat
The first of two unique tour boats that will ferry visitors along Augusta's historic canal arrived Monday in Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Victim's family: no bitterness over shooting at church
ATLANTA -- Friends and family of the Atlanta minister fatally shot at his church say they hold no bitterness for the woman who opened fire shortly before Sunday service, killing him and her mother before committing suicide.

Murder suspect surrenders

Plan will restore, reforest, thin Jocassee Gorge
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Some conservationists say the Jocassee Gorges property - with its steep slopes, dense forest and rare plants and animals - has been mismanaged and neglected over the years.

Top teacher inspires students

Victim's family: no bitterness over shooting at church

State's abortion law incites debate

Corrections

Tax formula irks rural schools

Plan will restore, reforest, thin Jocassee Gorge

To fight truancy, one school wants to pay for attendance

Man questioned about woman's death

NASA launches Clemson University students' research

Border collies keep runways clear

Back to square one for Democrats in hunt for Senate candidate

Students examine Gullah

Army counsels soldiers dealing with Iraq war aftermath

Court rules against 'implied consent' law

Southern farmers bringing in their best peanut crop in years

To fight truancy, one school wants to pay for attendance
NORCROSS, Ga. -- Paying high school students to come to class? It might happen at one suburban Atlanta high school looking for desperate measures to fight truancy.

State car use under scrutiny

Teen brings case for her free speech rights to the Supreme Court
COMMERCE, Ga. -- Fourteen-year-old Emily Echols wasn't intimidated by the idea of suing the government - she says it's the only way she could stand up for her First Amendment rights.

Across the southeast

Back to square one for Democrats in hunt for Senate candidate
ATLANTA -- With Andrew Young out of the U.S. Senate race, Georgia Democrats are back to square one in the search for a strong candidate to keep Zell Miller's Senate seat from going Republican next year.

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO ALL the radio stations advertising the $50,000 in the sand. You're running it in the ground. We know you're not going to let everybody win the big prizes. They would be too well hidden. Please don't play this commercial five and 10 times every 30 minutes.

Drivers must know steps to take in accident

Across South Carolina
PRITCHARDVILLE -A Lowcountry man remains in custody on charges that he used a pitchfork to hit a relative who was armed with a rake, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Health officials point to outside source for hepatitis outbreak

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Rants and Raves
PLEASE TAKE your old yard sale signs down. People are getting tired of riding around to yard sale signs and you're not having a yard sale. Take two minutes to take them down.

Church congregation tries to piece together murder-suicide

State car use under scrutiny
ATLANTA - With the first chill of autumn lingering in the air, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared open hunting season this week on bureaucrats whose job perks include a state-owned vehicle.

Across the area

Church congregation tries to piece together murder-suicide
ATLANTA -- Worshippers showed up at the Turner Monumental A.M.E. Church in crisp suits and flowing dresses Sunday morning, ready to join friends and family for Rev. Johnny Clyde Reynolds' weekly sermon, as many of them had done for years.

S.C. to boast four of children's museums

Health officials point to outside source for hepatitis outbreak
ATLANTA -- Health officials believe food distributors or farms - not specific restaurants - may have been the source of an outbreak of hepatitis A in Georgia.

Buyer shows interest in Edgefield site

Sanford to show agenda on tour

Obscure board shuffles $12 million from schools, hospitals to computer program

MUSC researcher studying USS Arizona oil leak
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- To some, the tiny streams of oil leaking from the wreck of the battleship USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor are the tears of its crew. But others say the oil leak foreshadows an ecological disaster.

Across Georgia

Residents puzzled by deaths
Saturday would have been Ramona Gibens' 17th birthday.

Few men become teachers
NORTH AUGUSTA - Josh Trahan remembers well the male-to-female ratio of his teacher cadet program in high school.

Rants and Raves
PLEASE TAKE your old yard sale signs down. People are getting tired of riding around to yard sale signs and you're not having a yard sale. Take two minutes to take them down.

Deer crashes rise near water
AIKEN - Business picks up this time of year for Bud Parker, the manager of Parker's Paint and Body in Aiken. It's deer season.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Greenville County authorities are searching for a man who broke into a Taylors apartment, shot at a man and kidnapped a woman, police said.

Across the southeast
YAZOO CITY, Miss. -Two mothers who allegedly left their children home alone while they partied in a nightclub returned early Monday and found their wood-frame house engulfed in a fire that left five of their six young children dead.

Southern farmers bringing in their best peanut crop in years
SYLVESTER, Ga. -- After years of drought, a shift to a new farm program and a disastrously wet harvest season last fall, farmer Jerald Carter is working dawn to dusk on his best peanut crop in five years.

Parents to show uniform petition
A petition demanding an opt-out provision for the school uniform policy will go ignored by the Richmond County Board of Education - at least for now, a few board members say.

SmartRide offers mass transit, less stress
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State government worker Sarah McDonald left the bus Monday morning with a spring in her step and a smile on her face.

Court rules against 'implied consent' law
ATLANTA - A driver who was convicted of being on cocaine during a head-on collision will get a new trial.

NASA launches Clemson University students' research
CLEMSON, S.C. -- After two years in the making, Clemson University students finally got to see their research put into action on a rocket launched by NASA.

Deer crashes rise near water

Gephardt meets with unemployed workers, labor leaders
WINNSBORO, S.C. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt sat down with unemployed South Carolinians while campaigning in some of the state's economically distressed counties on Monday.

Across the southeast

Court reverses murder convictions in Putnam, Madison counties
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court reversed two murder convictions Monday in separate cases from Putnam and Madison counties.

Gephardt meets with unemployed workers, labor leaders

Georgia court endorses rules for deciding mental retardation
ATLANTA -- A narrowly divided Georgia Supreme Court decided Monday that defendants who want to argue mental retardation to avoid the death penalty must prove their mental deficiency beyond a reasonable doubt.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Destini Shalai Cain, 8, of Augusta.

Braves fans start feeling Cubs' pain
ATLANTA - At least this time some fans left Turner Field happy.

'School of Rock' goes to head of box office with $20.2 million

Ravi Shankar, Norah Jones object to Indian film based on their lives
BOMBAY, India -- The stars: a world-renowned sitar composer and his long-lost daughter, an American jazz singer. The finale: the daughter sweeps the Grammy awards and they reunite.

Imax filmmaker takes deep-sea activism to film festival
LOS ANGELES -- A new Imax film festival is aimed at creating a sea change in the way people think about ocean life.

Bouncing rocker Jack Black takes his music to the movies
LOS ANGELES -- Jack Black is the kind of rock star who trashes a hotel room with a pillow fight.

Ravi Shankar, Norah Jones object to Indian film based on their lives

Fire damages house from 'Bridges of Madison County'
WINTERSET, Iowa -- The 1800s-era farmhouse featured in the film "The Bridges of Madison County" was damaged Monday by a fire that officials consider suspicious.

'School of Rock' goes to head of box office with $20.2 million
LOS ANGELES -- A rock 'n' roll animal has displaced The Rock as box-office champion.

Bouncing rocker Jack Black takes his music to the movies

Fire damages house from 'Bridges of Madison County'

Imax filmmaker takes deep-sea activism to film festival

New Orleans 'Frogman,' still jumpin' at 66
NEW ORLEANS -- All it took was to sing like a frog.

Music collective blends Latin, African and hip-hop beats
NEW YORK -- When Yerba Buena takes the stage, it's hard to know what your ears - or eyes - should focus on.

Union of Schwarzenegger and Twisted Sister was no accident
NEW YORK -- Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, whose "We're Not Gonna Take It" has become the anthem for Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign, says the actor-turned-politician actually inspired that hit 1984 record.

New Orleans 'Frogman,' still jumpin' at 66

Music collective blends Latin, African and hip-hop beats

Kenseth's lead shrinks again with wreck

CART shares face suspension from New York Stock Exchange
INDIANAPOLIS -- Shares of Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. face removal from the New York Stock Exchange because of the open-wheel racing series' deteriorating financial condition, CART said Monday.

CART shares face suspension from New York Stock Exchange

Fuel, mileage suspicions spoil victory

Kenseth's lead shrinks again with wreck
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth avoided trouble during each of the first 28 races of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season, allowing him to build a 436-point lead after the Sept. 21 race at Dover, Del.

Fuel, mileage suspicions spoil victory
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Drivers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series garage area were suspicious of Ryan Newman's ability to stretch his fuel mileage before the start of Sunday's Banquet 400.

Colorado town's residents prepare for Bryant hearing
EAGLE, Colo. -- When the television trucks roll into town this week to cover Kobe Bryant's court hearing, Daysi Spath will be ready.

Bryant defense won't get rape crisis hot line records - at least for now
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's attorneys cannot have access to notes taken by a rape crisis center worker during an interview with the NBA star's accuser, at least until a higher court considers the matter, a judge ruled Monday.

Panthers not satisfied with victories

Safety has place with Minnesota

MNF: Colts top Bucs in overtime

Panthers remain undefeated

Offense, defense falters

Phillips on hot seat as defense collapses

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Outsourcing Iraq - the challenges ahead.
U.S. MILITARY commanders in Iraq are anxious to increase the non-American, and preferably Muslim, component of the armed forces engaged in the occupation/liberation of Iraq. As someone who has taught international relations for the past decade and traveled in Europe and Asia this summer, I believe this is unlikely even if the U.N. Security Council were to come together to pass a new resolution.

Overtime

Germany blanks United States

Overtime

Soccer coach works on teamwork, charity

Holyfield plans to fight on, despite taking beating

Soccer coach works on teamwork, charity
AIKEN - A Rome, Ga., soccer coach recently called Ike Ofoje with good news.

Overtime
Texas Rangers catcher Todd Greene, a former Evans High School star, became a free agent Monday after clearing waivers and refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Overtime
Ninth-ranked Augusta State posted a final round 4-over-par 292 to finish in sixth at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic at the Farm Golf Club.

Germany blanks United States
PORTLAND, Ore. -- There will be no World Cup repeat for the American women, no triumph before a raucous home crowd.

Holyfield plans to fight on, despite taking beating
LAS VEGAS -- Evander Holyfield had just taken a beating from James Toney, and now he was fighting another losing battle.

Phillips on hot seat as defense collapses
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Cornerback Tyrone Williams returned from his one-game suspension Monday, vowing to give the staggering Atlanta defense an emotional boost.

Safety has place with Minnesota
ATLANTA - Although he had spent his entire football career in warmer climates, Corey Chavous has flourished in the cold of Minnesota as a safety for the undefeated Vikings.

Offense, defense falters
ATLANTA - Having spent his entire 12-year NFL career in Atlanta, Bob Whitfield knows losing seasons as well as the city knows traffic jams.

Panthers remain undefeated
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Davis was fighting cramps alone in the locker room, determined to get back on the field and finish the best start in Carolina Panthers' history.

MNF: Colts top Bucs in overtime
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mike Vanderjagt's 29-yard field goal with 3:47 remaining in overtime capped one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history and gave the Indianapolis Colts a 38-35 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Panthers not satisfied with victories
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Half of Carolina's defensive line sat slumped over in front of their lockers, staring at the stat sheet in disbelief.

Braves fans start feeling Cubs' pain

Ted Nugent enters world of reality TV
DETROIT -- They were shot with paintballs, slept in a barn, constructed their own outhouse and skinned a Russian boar.

NBC awaiting Maria Shriver's return
NEW YORK -- NBC is expecting Maria Shriver to return to work after the California recall and will talk to her about how her assignments will change if her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is elected governor.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
ABC on Tuesday airs the last of three new episodes of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" filmed by its star, John Ritter, before his recent death.

Ken Burns hits the road in new documentary

Ken Burns hits the road in new documentary
NEW YORK -- On May 23, 1903, one hundred years after Meriwether Lewis got his marching orders from President Thomas Jefferson, another historic American journey began - the first coast-to-coast automobile trip.

National Geographic Channel sends families to Third World

Networks plan special coverage of Calif. recall

National Geographic Channel sends families to Third World
LOS ANGELES -- The Russell family likes comfort: their three-bedroom, three-bathroom suburban home in Birmingham, Ala.; a packed refrigerator with an automatic ice machine; central air conditioning, and, when mom doesn't feel like cooking, fast food restaurants.

Ted Nugent enters world of reality TV

Lawyers worry about politicians' rush to late-night shows
NEW YORK -- Late-night comics will be sorry to see California's recall campaign end on Tuesday. Television network lawyers won't be.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV show rescues homeowners from repair woes
CINCINNATI -- Kate and Brad Bolger were so discouraged by their failure to save their kitchen from a botched repair job that they considered moving. Then they teamed up with do-it-yourself experts accompanied by a TV crew.

TV show rescues homeowners from repair woes

NBC awaiting Maria Shriver's return

Networks plan special coverage of Calif. recall
NEW YORK -- Television networks are sending their big guns to California for Tuesday's recall vote, eager to tap into the political circus that could make Arnold Schwarzenegger the state's next governor.

'Lion King' roars back into living rooms with DVD debut

N.C. woman accuses Ben Affleck of issuing threats

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Delta Burke puts her design on 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, still critical after tiger attack

Georgia gets help in SEC East race

Georgia gets help in SEC East race
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mark Richt liked what he saw for one half. He liked what he saw when he got home.

Williams: Richt admits fault in call
Georgia coach Mark Richt wasn't afraid to admit he goofed Saturday evening.

Williams: Richt admits fault in call

Severity of player's knee injury disappoints Holtz

Severity of player's knee injury disappoints Holtz
All George Gause needed was a little time off. At least that's what South Carolina coach Lou Holtz figured.

Question of the week
Here's this week's question: If you lived in California, who would you vote for in today's recall election?

Mom must know of engagement
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been dating this guy for about a year, and I'm engaged to him, but we haven't told our parents. He's planning on telling them next year. I know his parents will be fine with it, but my mother won't be happy at all. I love him, but I'm afraid of what my mother will do.

Warning! Carless teen at work

Teens' online habits should be monitored

Detention duration, duties vary depending on school
The sun was shining, the temperature was cool, and the homework load was light. It was a great day in late September to be outside, Lauren Richardson, 16, said.

Audio best

Battle of the bands

Your style

Xtreme calendar
For Rent: Hollywood Homicide, starring Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford as homicide detectives investigating the murder of a hip-hop act, is available on DVD and VHS.

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

Teens' online habits should be monitored
A long time ago, when our parents were young and hip, computers were so bulky they could span half a football field and were mainly used as military tools.

Your style
THE FACTS: Timothy McDonald, 18, graduate of Lucy. C. Laney Comprehensive High School.

Battle of the bands
You can choose the top songs of the week in the Battle of the Bands.

Group celebrates dancer's life
As an avid follower of theater and dance, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jaime Burcham. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I did see him perform one time downtown.

Warning! Carless teen at work
In the world of a teenager, each birthday opens one more door for some kind of privilege. When you turn 13 you can do everything your older sister does; when you're 14, you can finally stay out with friends until after dark; when you're 15, you get a pat on the back and the "you have to wait until you're 16 to do that" speech.

Group celebrates dancer's life

Question of the week

Mom must know of engagement

Landmine sniffer

Tiger, alligator found in apartment

Probationers take drug-test cheating to the limit

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