Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of war in Iraq, agrees to book deal
NEW YORK -- Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who planned and commanded the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has agreed to terms to write his memoirs.

All the pretty horses
In honor of Aiken's Horseplay public art project, The Augusta Chronicle asked its young readers to submit there own equine-inspired designs. By the time we called "whoa" Friday evening, we had received more than 100 entries, ranging from the silly (horses in formal wear or lobbying in support of a favorite football team) to the sublime (patriotic ponies were particularly popular).

All the pretty horses

Gigantic 'Rose' and its obscure creator is reintroduced to public

'Faustus' has modern link

Best of American design on view at Smithsonian exhibit
NEW YORK -- Glowing armchairs and virtual cherry blossoms. A "wave garden" to tap ocean energy. A planter made from a discarded tire. High-fashion gowns, low-budget housing and the world's first implantable artificial heart.

'Faustus' has modern link
A tall, stern figure in black walks the stage, sharing his dilemmas. Suddenly he thrusts his conjuring book open and, becoming a madman, spews a series of Latin phrases in an effort to conjure up the devil. His voice grows louder and more intense until he abruptly stops, looking toward the ceiling with outstretched arms.

Gigantic 'Rose' and its obscure creator is reintroduced to public
NEW YORK -- "The Rose," an 11-foot-tall gray and white painting, resembles an exploding star.

Best of American design on view at Smithsonian exhibit

Behind the scenes: In New York, a rare look at architecture, interiors
NEW YORK -- The corridor extends hundreds of feet, dim daylight coming through skylights cut out of the ground above. The walls are mostly bare, any ornamentation coming from the metal or stone gates and doors that mark the entrances to the tombs along the hall.

Behind the scenes: In New York, a rare look at architecture, interiors

Yankees add Almonte, drop Hammond

Prior helps Cubs win rout
CHICAGO - Once the ball flew off Sammy Sosa's bat and soared toward the juniper bushes in dead center field, there was no telling how far it might go.

Marlins making a habit of comebacks
CHICAGO -- This comeback thing is getting to be routine for the Florida Marlins.

City pledges crackdown on Red Sox fans
BOSTON -- City officials pledged to crack down on rowdiness and underage drinking Tuesday after celebrations by Red Sox fans led to property damage and seven arrests.

Mussina roughed up by Red Sox

Marlins edge Cubs in Game 1
CHICAGO -- Mike Lowell sure wrecked this Wrigley Field party in a hurry.

House votes Congressional Gold Medal for Jackie Robinson
WASHINGTON -- The House approved by voice vote legislation Tuesday to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Jackie Robinson, the late baseball star who broke the major leagues' color barrier.

A capsule look at the Red Sox-Yankees AL championship series

Mussina roughed up by Red Sox
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees sent Mike Mussina to the mound hoping he would give them a lead in the AL championship series.

City pledges crackdown on Red Sox fans

Prior helps Cubs win rout

Rabid rivalry: Yankees face Red Sox

Marlins making a habit of comebacks

Marlins edge Cubs in Game 1

Rabid rivalry: Yankees face Red Sox
NEW YORK -- When the Yankees play the Red Sox, it's baseball's version of the Hatfields versus the McCoys - and that's when they meet during the regular season. Starting Wednesday night, the AL pennant will be on the line.

Kim, Brown off ALCS roster; Suppan, Jones added
NEW YORK -- Reliever Byung-Hyun Kim and outfielder Adrian Brown were dropped from Boston's roster for the AL championship series Wednesday in favor of right-handers Jeff Suppan and Todd Jones.

Yankees add Almonte, drop Hammond
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees added infielder Erick Almonte to their roster Wednesday for the AL championship series against Boston and dropped left-hander Chris Hammond.

A capsule look at the Red Sox-Yankees AL championship series
A look at the best-of-seven American League championship series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees:

Bailey Alane Smith
Brandon L. and Bridget A. Smith, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Bailey Alane Smith, Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Debbie Keaton, of Augusta, and Jay and Denise Smith, of Belvedere.

Cody Blake Peterson

Shelby Lee and Logan Wade Dixon
Van and Lynn Dixon, of Martinez, announce the birth of twins, Shelby Lee and Logan Wade Dixon, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ronnie and Veronica Rountree, of Augusta, and Clark and Annette Dixon, of Twin City, Ga.

Hannah Olivia McClain
William and Rebecca McClain, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Olivia McClain, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Troy Wilson, of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McClain, of Jackson, S.C.

Alyssa Hope Parrish
Hubert Parrish III and Diana Parrish, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Hope Parrish, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James E. Sirmans Sr., of Augusta, and Barbara Godbee, of Harrisburg, Pa.

Zhamir Jabril Martin-Williams
Andre T. Martin and Janette L. Williams, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Zhamir Jabril Martin-Williams, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Janice Williams, Kenny Burris, Beverly Martin and Sammie Steadman, all of Aiken.

Abigaile Elayne Woodbury
Adam and Kristine Woodbury, of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Abigaile Elayne Woodbury, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Renner Sr., of St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. George Woodbury, of Hollis, N.H.

Evynn Noah Reese Ladd
Ernest A. Ladd and Angela F. Morris, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Evynn Noah Reese Ladd, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Richard Herron and Gail Conner, both of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Aaron E. Ladd, of Hephzibah.

Alyssa Hope Parrish

Jasmine Teonna Kemp
Marcus A. Kemp and Geri A. Cromer, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Jasmine Teonna Kemp, Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donnie G. Cromer and Darryl and Patricia McKinney, all of Augusta.

Evynn Noah Reese Ladd

Aniya Ja'leia Kelly
Schimonna Ratliff and Marvis Kelly, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Aniya Ja'leia Kelly, Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph and Etoria Ratliff, of Augusta, and Rita Kelly, of Atlanta.

Cody Blake Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Peterson, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Cody Blake Peterson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kelly and Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Peterson, of Grovetown.

Nehemiah Genara Blacks
Peter and Virginia Blacks, of Johnston, announce the birth of a daughter, Nehemiah Genara Blacks, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Willie Mae Blacks, of Johnston, and the late L.D. Blacks.

Malaysia Alexandria Taylor
Robert and Tina Taylor, of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Malaysia Alexandria Taylor, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Albert and Jeanette Smith, of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Griffin, of Aiken, and the late Robert and Mattie Taylor.

Devin Michael James
Jana R. James, of Augusta, announces the birth of a son, Devin Michael James, Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Ernest L. James, of Augusta.

Jade Matthew Darr
Matthew and Tracy Darr, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jade Matthew Darr, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donald and Vanessa Cox, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Dorothy Cox, Sean and Rhonda Clifford, of Augusta, and Steve Dorr, of North Augusta.

Elise Della and Trisha Carol Pareizs

Equali TySean David McClinton
Robert McClinton and Makesia Reddick, both of Columbia, announce the birth of a son, Equali TySean David McClinton, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are David and Debra Collins, of El Paso, Texas.

H. Sawyer Calhoun

Xzavier Stephun Green

Amanda Faye Nowicki

Trinity Isabella Dement

Amanda Faye Nowicki
Michael and Rhonda Nowicki, of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Amanda Faye Nowicki, Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Linda C. Petrozello, of Augusta, Andrew and Jo Ann Nowicki, of Waynesboro, Ga., and the late John D. Crawford.

Jayden Daniel Parnell
Jason and Sonya Parnell, of Blythe, announce the birth of a son, Jayden Daniel Parnell, Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Joe and Tonya Johnson, of Hephzibah, Philip Raby, of Albany, Ga., Gary and Luana Meadows, of Blythe and the late Dennis Parnell.

Elise Della and Trisha Carol Pareizs
John and Laura Pareizs, of Augusta, announce the birth of twin daughters, Elise Della and Trisha Carol Pareizs, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James McCarron, of Bluffton, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pareizs, of Clinton Township, Mich.

H. Sawyer Calhoun
John P. and Elizabeth Calhoun, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, H. Sawyer Calhoun, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Steven Nathan, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Fisher, of Greenwood, S.C.

Aniya Ja'leia Kelly

Zane Alexander Sipp
John W. Sipp III and Cynthia Sipp, of Blythe, announce the birth of a son, Zane Alexander Sipp, Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are James E. Carlton, of Blythe, Pat Crawford, of Beech Island, and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Sipp Jr., of Augusta.

Nolan Cooper Howard

Madeline Grace Stephens
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Stephens, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Madeline Grace Stephens, Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Harold and Shirley Smith, of Waynesboro, Donald Stephens, of Augusta, and Geneva Steele, of Blythe.

Bailey Alane Smith

Christina Nicole Torkkola
Dwight Torkkola Jr. and Tina Skeen, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Christina Nicole Torkkola, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Venus Skeen, David Skeen and Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Torkkola, all of Augusta.

Hannah Olivia McClain

Ramiah Ai'Laya Cochran
Raynard and Ta'Quela D. Cochran, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Ramiah Ai'Laya Cochran, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Rochelle Floyd, Judy Johnson, Hexsky Cochran and Karl Crawford, all of Augusta.

Abigaile Elayne Woodbury

Trinity Isabella Dement
Mr. and Mrs. Shane M. Dement of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Trinity Isabella Dement, Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell G. Proveaux, of Martinez, Dr. and Mrs. William E. LaVigne, of Augusta, and George Stephens Dement, of Shreveport, La.

Zane Alexander Sipp

Xzavier Stephun Green
Brandon Green and Talethia Goodwin, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Xzavier Stephun Green, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Beverly Goodwin, of Hephzibah, and Lucious Green, of Augusta.

Devin Michael James

Zhamir Jabril Martin-Williams

Jasmine Teonna Kemp

Nolan Cooper Howard
Joey and Jackie Howard, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Nolan Cooper Howard, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bates and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Mead, of Jackson, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cooper, of Martinez.

Equali TySean David McClinton

Ramiah Ai'Laya Cochran

Malaysia Alexandria Taylor

Nehemiah Genara Blacks

Shelby Lee and Logan Wade Dixon

Odds and Ends
CULDESAC, Idaho -- This dog was having a bad fur day. The dog, whose coat caught fire when the owner's vehicle backfired, ignited a grass fire just off U.S. Highway 95 in this small northern Idaho town about 190 miles north of Boise.

Bar offers day care for men while women shop
HAMBURG, Germany -- A German bar is offering women who want to go shopping without their partners the chance to park them at what it bills as the country's first kindergarten for men.

Volunteers learn to be oyster foster parents
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Frank DuBois wanted to know if his oysters, yet to be born but sure to be coddled and pampered, would be safe.

Man charged after botched sex change operation
McKEESPORT, Pa. -- A man who police say posed as a doctor and castrated a transgendered woman at her request was ordered Monday to stand trial for aggravated assault.

Odds and Ends
MADISON, Wis. -- A state appeals court ruled a reverend can't be rude to the nude.

Braves closer Smoltz has arthroscopic surgery
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove painful scar tissue in his right elbow.

Ramirez added to USA Baseball team

Smoltz says this is his last surgery

Braves closer Smoltz has arthroscopic surgery

Smoltz says this is his last surgery
ATLANTA -- One day after the fourth surgery on his right elbow, John Smoltz said he would retire before facing another such procedure.

Ramirez added to USA Baseball team
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves left-hander Horacio Ramirez was added to the U.S. baseball team roster Tuesday, replacing the injured Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies.

House passes bill to allow electronic check processing between banks
WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow banks to clear checks electronically, potentially slashing paperwork in a speedier and less costly process.

Store plans to move for more competition

Coupons at hotels boost restaurants
An effort to get more tourists from the hotel to the restaurant is meeting with some mild success but still needs to iron out a few kinks, tourism officials say.

Georgia Bank & Trust buys strip mall property

Minnesota businessman defeats Olympic Committee to snag 'America's Team' rights
MINNEAPOLIS -- "America's Team" doesn't belong the United States Olympic Committee, or to Jerry Jones in Dallas, or to George Steinbrenner in New York.

Georgetown steel mill operator sees recovery, job growth
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- New U.S. trade policies and money would help put 109 people back to work at Georgetown Steel by Thanksgiving.

Land component of auto park deal complete
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson University's private real estate foundation will buy up to 250 acres of property in Greenville to create an automotive research park, officials announced Wednesday.

Durden's barber shop continues tradition
It was the year the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I.

Coupons at hotels boost restaurants

SportsLine ends promotion deal with America Online

American, Briton win 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
NEW YORK -- American Robert F. Engle and Briton Clive W.J. Granger won the 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing statistical tools that have improved the forecasting of rates of economic growth, interest rates and stock prices.

House passes bill to allow electronic check processing between banks

Appeals court reverses FCC cable modem decision
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cable operators should not be the only companies to provide high-speed Internet access over the cable television system, a federal appeals court said, reversing a Federal Communications Commission regulation.

Land component of auto park deal complete

Georgia Bank & Trust buys strip mall property
The oldest name in Augusta banking is making a push to become the biggest name in Augusta banking.

Kraft to sell fair-trade coffee certified by Rainforest Alliance
NORTHFIELD, Ill. -- Kraft Foods Inc. will sell "fair-trade" coffee certified by the Rainforest Alliance - a boost for small coffee growers in Latin America in the wake of industrywide pressure by activists.

Store plans to move for more competition
AIKEN - Hopscotch is great fun for children, but it's a terrific headache for city planners when corporate developers play the game by jumping from one big building to the next.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co. has settled a whistle-blower lawsuit with a former finance manager that led to a criminal investigation of fraud allegations at the world's largest beverage maker, agreeing to pay him $540,000.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators moved to make companies more accountable by opening their ballots to big shareholders seeking seats on their boards.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Georgetown steel mill operator sees recovery, job growth

Appeals court reverses FCC cable modem decision

SportsLine ends promotion deal with America Online
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Dow Jones/AP) - SportsLine.com Inc., which runs the popular CBS SportsLine Web site, Wednesday said it site will no longer be promoted by America Online.

Kelly back in Clemson's backfield

Injuries, indecision piling up for Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- What a difference a week - and one costly defeat at Maryland - has made at Clemson.

Injuries, indecision piling up for Clemson

Kelly back in Clemson's backfield
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Yusef Kelly never expected the journey back to Clemson's lineup would have so many twists or take so long.

ACC/SEC notebook

ACC/SEC notebook
Fred Gibson admits last week's numbers weren't exactly what he's accustomed to.

Director studies ways to involve more children

No longer weekend warriors
The main threat to President George W. Bush's re-election next year isn't likely to come from one of the 10 whiners or character assassins seeking the Democrats' nomination, but from orders like that handed down recently by the U.S. Army extending for up to six months Reserve and National Guard troops' tour of duty in Iraq and Kuwait.

California's Catch-22

Fast track TRAC
There have been various bills in Congress calling for a new federal tax code - the flat tax, and a national sales tax, among others - but none have made much progress, although the need for a new code couldn't be clearer.

Fast track TRAC

California's Catch-22
He doesn't have to be Mr. Universe anymore. Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger only needs to be Mr. California.

Ike's timely talk
Dwight David Eisenhower was not only one of the nation's most popular 20th-century presidents, but also one of the most prescient. A reader sent in a United Press International news story from 1965 in which the then-75-year-old ex-president, who served from 1953-1961, aired his views about American power and the nation's then-burgeoning welfare state.

No longer weekend warriors

Judge calls man 'fixated,' orders him away from Britney Spears
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- A judge ordered a Japanese businessman to stay away from pop idol Britney Spears, ruling Tuesday he was "was abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears."

Judge calls man 'fixated,' orders him away from Britney Spears
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- A judge ordered a Japanese businessman to stay away from pop idol Britney Spears, ruling Tuesday he was "was abnormally obsessed and fixated with Spears."

Stuff to do
The 2003 Army Soldier Show, a touring live music review featuring active-duty soldiers, stops at Fort Gordon for two performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 793-8552.

There's plenty of fun at Joe's Underground
A sign hangs from a rail on Eighth Street at Broad. On it, next to the painting of a distinguished head and shoulders in top hat, glasses and extra-large moustache, is a sign reading "I Goes to Joe's" with an arrow pointing down to a stairwell leading to Joe's Underground Cafe.

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

Sending Christmas gifts overseas? Time to get cracking

Stocks down in afternoon trading
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated moderately Wednesday as investors, while pleased with Alcoa's strong third-quarter results, refrained from making big moves ahead of other earnings reports.

Stocks advance during erratic trading day
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its October winning streak into a fifth day Tuesday, although trading was erratic as investors shied away from big commitments in advance of third-quarter earnings.

Consumer borrowing brisk in August, Fed reports

Stocks down in afternoon trading

Sending Christmas gifts overseas? Time to get cracking
WASHINGTON -- Folks sending Christmas gifts overseas need to get busy if their packages are going by surface mail.

Consumer borrowing brisk in August, Fed reports
WASHINGTON -- Consumers stepped up their borrowing in August, especially when it came to taking out new loans to finance cars and to pay for vacations and school.

Stocks advance during erratic trading day

Small portions

Dining out

Mocha Marks can't be missed

Small portions
Buy tomato paste in toothpaste-like tubes rather than in cans. Use what you need, recap and refrigerate. Tubed paste keep for up to a year in the refrigerator.

Peanut butter is classic comfort food

Peanut butter is classic comfort food
BATON ROUGE, LA. - If you peruse Web site nutrition reports, you can easily believe that peanut butter is a health-food panacea.

Farmers use ancient sea water to grow jumbo shrimp
MOSSES, Ala. -- Alabama farmers are tapping into ancient seawater to harvest shrimp - an enterprise researchers say could be the key to future jobs in the depressed region.

Mocha Marks can't be missed
It's almost time to dig the sweaters and scarves out of the trunk.

Dining out
Here is a list of restaurant mini-reivews in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Farmers use ancient sea water to grow jumbo shrimp

After breakout game, Reis heads back to the bench
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech backup safety Chris Reis gets an unlikely reward after his breakout performance against North Carolina State: a seat on the bench.

Gailey tries to keep Georgia Tech motivated
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey gave his team simple thoughts of motivation before victories over Auburn and North Carolina State earlier this season. Prove it. Prove it again.

After breakout game, Reis heads back to the bench

Gailey tries to keep Georgia Tech motivated

With a song in my heart and a hammer in my hand

Appleby and Flesch share first-round lead

A different standard for Hoch

A different standard for Hoch
Scott Hoch would seem to have few complaints about his season. At age 47, he won at Doral for his 11th career victory that made him exempt until he is eligible for the Champions Tour.

The easy part awaits for Annika
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam has packed a lifetime of achievement into five months, from playing at the Colonial to completing the career Grand Slam to winning the Solheim Cup back home in Sweden.

Furyk seeks fourth win in Las Vegas

Five years later, World Golf Championships still growing

Davies likes short course at Korean Open

Five years later, World Golf Championships still growing
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Brad Faxon could be excused for not realizing he was in a $6 million tournament for the world's best players.

Davies likes short course at Korean Open
CHUNAN, South Korea -- Laura Davies figures she has a chance to make the cut playing against men at the Korean Open.

The easy part awaits for Annika

Furyk seeks fourth win in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Jim Furyk isn't ready to concede another PGA Tour player of the year award to Tiger Woods.

Appleby and Flesch share first-round lead
LAS VEGAS -- Stuart Appleby didn't run out of birdies Wednesday - just holes.

Senior makes up for lost play

Dalton quarterback plays through injury

Evans sees some light after tough start

Evans sees some light after tough start
Losing 14-0 to Lithonia at halftime last Friday, Evans coach Marty Jackson says he did nothing different for the second half. There was no fiery halftime speech, no mass substitutions.

Dalton quarterback plays through injury
DALTON, Ga. -- Talk about a gutsy performance. Dalton quarterback Logan Coffey suffered torn ligaments on the thumb of his throwing hand on the second play against Paulding County on Friday.

Senior makes up for lost play
Greenbrier senior quarterback Brooks Robinson missed the final six games of the 2002 season after breaking his collarbone.

Hephzibah puts emphasis on beating Thomson
If Hephzibah loses to Thomson at home Friday night, Rebels coach Todd Booker doesn't believe the season - or his team's playoff hopes - will be lost.

Thrashers have first practice since Snyder's death

Thrashers have first practice since Snyder's death
DULUTH, Ga. -- Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley called the team's practice ice a sanctuary, so it was fitting the players kneeled for a prayer Tuesday after their first practice since center Dan Snyder died.

Thrashers go from hope to mourning
ATLANTA -- This team was once filled with hope. Now, there are two unused lockers at the Atlanta Thrashers' practice rink and the same gray T-shirt in every other stall.

Thrashers go from hope to mourning

Culinary stars will shine at cooking school
If you wanted to "dish" on some well-known divas of the culinary world, a ticket to the Oct. 18 Secret Ingredient cooking school could land you with a real scoop.

Culinary stars will shine at cooking school

Teacher of the Year finalists announced
Seven teachers were named finalists for Richmond County teacher of the year, including five from elementary schools.

Newborn abandoned at Aiken Regional Medical Centers
AIKEN - An hours-old infant abandoned at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Wednesday is healthy, but still hospitalized.

Man is named suspect in two deaths
As police continued to investigate how a teenager and her son died, officials confirmed today that a man held for questioning is a suspect in the case.

Medication dispensation problem for seniors
The Medical College of Georgia closed the pharmacy a short while ago. My mother is one of many who have been impacted by this closing; she is on a fixed income. Now MCG is telling seniors about the Together Card, which only works if the medicine is from that particular company. Cindy Whitaker, Martinez, Ga.

Time to care for less fortunate Augustans

Time to care for less fortunate Augustans
There is an apparent disconnect these days between living out a moral code of conduct for one's own maturity and the common good, and living out an immoral code of misbehaving to the detriment of one's own maturity and for the common good to be trampled upon. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

America's judiciary must be seen as fair and impartial

Angered by liberal letter against Bush
My initial reaction to Anne Cook's Sept. 24 letter, "Bush more interested in Iraq than U.S.," was to ignore it as just another feeble liberal attempt to discredit the conservative point of view. Sheila Connell, North Augusta, S.C.

Report soldiers killed on front page

Planned Parenthood responds to editorial cartoon
Regarding Rick McKee's Sept. 24 editorial cartoon: Planned Parenthood is greatly saddened by the death in San Francisco, Calif. It is perverse that those who oppose a woman's right to choose are using a family tragedy to advance their political agenda. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Angered by liberal letter against Bush

Report soldiers killed on front page
I was very disappointed to see the article, "Rebels kill 1 U.S. soldier," relegated to Page 13A of your newspaper on Oct. 1. I cry every time one of our soldiers is killed. I believe that it is our duty as citizens to know about and mourn every loss. Stephanie Wilson, Evans, Ga.

Relocate airport in neighboring state
I've been an Augusta resident for 18 years, and have made countless trips eastbound on I-20. I am still amazed at the underdeveloped real estate between Augusta and Columbia, S.C. Paul Sheehan, Augusta

Relocate airport in neighboring state

Medication dispensation problem for seniors

America's judiciary must be seen as fair and impartial
The many letters to this paper, and stories in other media, about the issue of the Ten Commandments being displayed in courthouses all cite - positively or negatively - the doctrine of separation of church and state. Although that is an important safeguard, which I strongly support, I think the issue here is much simpler: judicial impartiality. Andy C. Reese, Augusta

Health calendar

In the know

Hackers steal source code of popular video game

Sony shows off video-game machine that records DVDs

Calloway's quick dishes fill new book

In the know

Game review: Halo arrives on PC

Update computer's look, accessories for winter

Nokia's N-Gage packs performance, style, but has room for improvement

Sony shows off video-game machine that records DVDs
CHIBA, Japan -- Sony Corp. showed off its PSX, the beefed up PlayStation 2 video-game machine that also works as a DVD recorder, analog TV, digital photo album and music player and goes on sale in Japan late this year for just over $700.

Health 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.

Nokia's N-Gage packs performance, style, but has room for improvement
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The category-busting Nokia N-Gage combines a cell phone, pint-sized video game player and an entertainment center in a compact, daring package.

Hackers steal source code of popular video game
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Stolen copies of the source code of a highly anticipated computer game are circulating on the Internet, a sign of the video game industry's growing value - and vulnerability.

Update computer's look, accessories for winter
Autumn's chill winds announce the time for a little self-indulgence - it's going to be cold and dark before it gets warm and bright again, so here are a few things you and your PC can do to settle in for winter.

In the know
Cisco, the maker of shortening and cooking oil, is looking for the perfect pie.

Game review: Halo arrives on PC
Two years ago, Microsoft's Xbox console debuted with its first must-have game, "Halo: Combat Evolved."

Calloway's quick dishes fill new book
Family cooks can look to get another helping of quick and easy recipes from local chef and Augusta Chronicle columnist Karin Calloway's new cookbook.

In the know
Virus hoaxes, chain e-mails, urban myths and scares can be as aggravating as real malicious code. Check the Web site hoaxbusters.ciac.org before forwarding that sympathy note about the boy with just a head to everyone in your e-mail address list.

Enforcer finds lost opportunity

Enforcer finds lost opportunity
He spent one season with the Lynx in 2000-2001, during which he parlayed his pugilistic exploits into a cult following. Then-Lynx coach Jim Burton did not offer him a contract for 2001-02, so Tasker moved on to play for legendary coach John Brophy in Wheeling.

Team impresses during workouts

Team impresses during workouts
Just like the Ford Mustangs sold at new owner Frank Lawrence's car dealership, the Augusta Lynx is a team built for speed.

Investigators link murders of two women near Lakeland

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - Two people, including an Anderson man, died in fires in upstate South Carolina.

Girl with eastern equine encephalitis transferred to Atlanta hospital

Six Democratic presidential hopefuls to attend S.C. NAACP forum

Two might sue over uniforms
Paula Lankford is threatening to move the battle over school uniforms from the board room to the courtroom.

Newborn abandoned at Aiken Regional Medical Centers

Health budget cut could knock thousands off Medicaid roles

Chapman Band to play in Washington, D.C.

Ports moving ahead with Port Royal redevelopment
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Officials from Port Royal will have a say how the State Ports Authority property on the waterfront in their town is redeveloped, town officials have been told.

Tour brings leader to Aiken

Two might sue over uniforms

Correction

Perdue nominates anti-transit Stancil to head GRTA

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton says more women needed in politics

Nursing home's old cat needs new place to live

Foundation mum on Adams report

Justices to decide if phone fee is legal
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Phone bills for every customer in South Carolina could be affected by a case going before the state Supreme Court on Thursday.

Across the area

Soldiers pay visit, thanks to grade school pen pals
CANTON, Ga. -- Hickory Flat Elementary School students came to school Tuesday ready to collect autographs.

Man sets fire to pulpit in historic Savannah cathedral

7 candidates sign up for special elections
Columbia County was not planning to hold an election this year, but seven candidates now have less than a month to campaign before their names appear on a ballot Nov. 2

Memorial honors state's first serviceman slain in Iraq war

Historic track ponders fee rise
AIKEN - A proposal to substantially boost user fees at the historic Aiken Training Track has some horse trainers worried about the impact on the city's signature industry.

NHC plans to retrofit all nursing homes with sprinklers

Across Georgia
LOCUST GROVE - A 33-year-old man was fatally shot and a police officer was shot in the arm during a scuffle after officers responded to a domestic violence call.

St. Joseph to undergo emergency surgery

Memorial honors state's first serviceman slain in Iraq war
BARNWELL, S.C. - Words weren't there, but tears were Tuesday when a young son accepted a folded and framed American flag for his father, one of the first U.S. soldiers killed in the war against Iraq and the first confirmed fatality from South Carolina.

Health board approves big service cuts
ATLANTA - Thousands of Georgia Medicaid recipients would be thrown off the rolls if the governor and Legislature agree with budget recommendations approved reluctantly by the board that sets state health policy.

Fort Benning schools could be closed

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Dan Reeves and the Falcons' offensive line. Are we tired of fooling around yet? I sure am; as a dedicated Falcons fan, I sat and watched the last three games in shame. We are not a one-man team. Yes, Vick is good, but he isn't the whole team. Remember, we have gone to the playoffs before he came along. Tighten up, guys.

News you can use

Justices to decide if phone fee is legal

Federal agency calls off Bantu resettlement in Cayce

Across the area
A newborn baby boy was dropped off at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Wednesday morning and turned over to the Department of Social Services, hospital spokeswoman Kay Dillon said.

Parents keep eye on pupils with sites

Nursing home's old cat needs new place to live
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The directors of a south Georgia assisted-living home are searching for a new home for a 19-year-old cat adopted by the facility two years ago.

Veterans injured when hotel stairway collapses
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- At least five people remained hospitalized on Wednesday, the day after a wooden stairway collapsed beneath a group of Navy veterans and family members posing for a reunion photo at a local inn.

Gwinnett law enforcement officials consider staff dating policy

Official: Thousands of liquor license holders owe back taxes
ATLANTA -- More than 3,000 alcohol license holders in Georgia owe the state back taxes - a situation revenue officials hope to fix by pulling the licenses of those who don't pay up.

Developer postpones rezoning

Pharmacy fire apparently caused by chemical leak
ATHENS, Ga. -- A fire in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia was caused by an accidental chemical spill near one of three refrigerators in a third-floor laboratory, fire officials said.

Fatal stabbing ends 'safe summer' in state prisons

Federal agency calls off Bantu resettlement in Cayce
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Community opposition to resettling Somali Bantu refugees in Cayce have led a federal agency to call off those plans.

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

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OCT. 9, 1942 The school salvage collection drive here yesterday turned up some really "hot" scrap.

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7 educators are finalists
Leslee Shields does more than educate first-graders at Lamar Elementary School.

7 candidates sign up for special elections

Former aide accuses Burns of bad ethics
WASHINGTON - A congressional aide recently fired by Georgia Rep. Max Burns lashed out at his former boss Wednesday with a widely distributed e-mail, accusing him of violating ethics rules by basing an official personnel decision on campaign fund raising.

Documentary films funding trial

Compromise reached in USC-affiliated hotel

Across the area

Veterans injured when hotel stairway collapses

Law requires towing permit

Kid of the day

Parents keep eye on pupils with sites
SAVANNAH, Ga. - They still might try to make that D look like a B on their report cards, and pupils might tell you they have no math homework every night for a week, or forget to mention that test they bombed.

Across South Carolina
YORK - A group known for its support of the Confederate flag has asked York County Council to reverse a decision that gives workers a Martin Luther King holiday.

Law requires towing permit
In the next few weeks, the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety will send out packets to towing companies detailing a new nonconsensual towing law and asking them to apply for a permit as part of the law.

Correction
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated the duties of students in detention at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. Students are not required to clean during detention.

Detained parolee suspect in deaths
As police continued to investigate how a teenager and her son died, officials confirmed Wednesday that a man held for questioning is a suspect in the case.

Girl with eastern equine encephalitis transferred to Atlanta hospital
ATLANTA -- The 10-year-old Valdosta girl hospitalized with eastern equine encephalitis suffered serious brain damage from the mosquito-borne virus and remains in a coma despite her stable condition, doctors said Wednesday.

Woman's release revoked
A woman who was sentenced to supervised release after a federal bank robbery conviction in 2000 has been put back into jail, court records state.

Correction
A photo caption in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified Tony Marlow, a farm manager at Fox Hall Farms in Douglasville, Ga.

Meeting to focus on shift
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Atlanta mental health patients and against the state of Georgia, it meant the beginning of the end for large institutions such as Gracewood State School and Hospital, advocates said.

Health board approves big service cuts

Commission member is interested in city attorney job
Augusta's soon-to-be-vacated city attorney position could be filled by a sitting Augusta Commission member if one man's efforts to secure the job are successful.

Health budget cut could knock thousands off Medicaid roles
ATLANTA -- Under orders from the governor to cut spending, the board that runs two of the state's most important health programs reluctantly approved a budget Wednesday that could knock thousands off the Medicaid roles and reduce services for thousands of others.

Policeman shoots at fleeing vehicle
A Richmond County Board of Eduction police officer fired two shots at a car driven by a man who intentionally tried to run over a Richmond County sheriff's deputy Wednesday, authorities said.

Pharmacy fire apparently caused by chemical leak

Building site gets attention

Perdue nominates anti-transit Stancil to head GRTA
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue has nominated a former legislator who voted against creation of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority to serve as its executive director.

City attorney will leave post

Sludge decision basis of program petition

Fort Benning schools could be closed
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Thousands of school children at Fort Benning and in Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties could be affected if the U.S. Department of Defense decides to get out of the education business on 14 stateside military installations.

Across Georgia

Building site gets attention
After months of delays, slow progress on a Laney-Walker commercial building is getting some newfound attention from some Augusta commissioners.

Gang reports affect football

Rants and Raves
TO THE PERSON in Sunday's paper about Gov. Sonny Perdue being a racist: No, maybe he's not a racist, but obviously you are. You would vote for Strom Thurmond, an open racist.

Sen. Graham: Highlight role S.C. bases played in war
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- South Carolina must highlight the role its military bases played in recent conflicts to help avoid base closures, U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham says.

Man is questioned in deaths
Authorities were questioning a friend of a 16-year-old girl who was found dead with her child Sunday evening, officials said Tuesday.

Former aide accuses Burns of bad ethics

St. Joseph to undergo emergency surgery
It could be charitably described as plain.

Correction

City attorney will leave post
City Attorney Jim Wall gave his three months notice before Augusta commissioners Tuesday afternoon - first in a closed legal session, and then in open meeting - effectively resigning from his position as the consolidated government's first legal adviser.

Investigators link murders of two women near Lakeland
LAKELAND, Ga. -- The deaths of two women whose bodies were found near each other outside of Lakeland earlier this week are now being treated as a double homicide, investigators said.

Foundation mum on Adams report
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia Foundation's executive committee kept a tight lid Tuesday on a report detailing how UGA President Michael Adams has been using the foundation's money.

College vice president charged with assault against colleague
LaGRANGE, Ga. -- Columbus Technical College vice president Bill Sellers has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly dragging a former coworker with his truck.

Across the area
Augusta commissioners approved spending $96,530.99 Tuesday to pay fees beyond those budgeted for an architectural firm designing a new downtown judicial center.

College of Charleston faculty senate passes intolerance resolution
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The College of Charleston faculty senate is supporting a resolution that political pressures based on intolerance should not determine the school's curriculum.

Tour brings leader to Aiken
AIKEN - No matter how much Gov. Mark Sanford talks about strengthening the state's economy, he's mindful that putting more people to work in South Carolina's manufacturing and textile plants is a problem he alone can't fix.

Clemson nursing program to recruit minorities
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson University has created a new program to help recruit minority nurses and ease the nursing shortage.

Perdue proposal would let state contract with faith-based groups
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday he will propose a constitutional amendment next year that would give the state new legal power to contract with faith-based organizations to provide services to the needy and poor.

Sludge decision basis of program petition
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was asked Wednesday to halt all land-application programs involving sewage sludge, based in part on a Richmond County jury's $550,000 award to a Burke County family.

Man sets fire to pulpit in historic Savannah cathedral
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- An armed man "disturbed about the world's religions" set fire to the pulpit and bishop's chair inside a historic Roman Catholic cathedral Tuesday, then surrendered after a brief standoff, authorities said.

Gang reports affect football
Greenbrier High School is giving band members and cheerleaders the option of not participating in Friday's football game with Cross Creek High School after parents expressed concerns about alleged ganglike activity at the school.

Gwinnett law enforcement officials consider staff dating policy
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Romantic relationships within Gwinnett law enforcement agencies have officials seeing red.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Evan Shaffer, 11 months, of North Augusta.

Former teacher ordered back to jail in sex abuse case
PERRY, Ga. -- A judge has ordered a former middle school teacher accused of sexually abusing three female students back to jail for violating the terms of his probation.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An armored-car company is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a bank robbery attempt that left a 28-year-old armored-car guard dead.

Carter, Perdue to lead forum on racial reconciliation
ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter and Gov. Sonny Perdue will lead a forum on racial reconciliation that will center on the civil rights era and Georgia's emergence in the New South.

New track gets students on path to Hollywood
Future Hollywood movie-makers and TV broadcasters have a more accurate name for their course of study at Augusta State University this year.

Six Democratic presidential hopefuls to attend S.C. NAACP forum
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina NAACP leaders have convinced six Democratic presidential hopefuls to crisscross the country and attend a presidential forum at the civil rights group's annual convention on Friday.

Clues few in mom's search
AIKEN - Aiken County investigators have searched two homes and four vehicles in the case of a missing Beech Island woman, but are no closer to learning her fate, authorities said Wednesday.

Chapman Band to play in Washington, D.C.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Chapman High School band will represent South Carolina during the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Documentary films funding trial
MANNING, S.C. - A lawsuit challenging the way South Carolina funds education is drawing attention from some outside the state who are struck by similarities to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that desegregated the nation's schools.

NHC plans to retrofit all nursing homes with sprinklers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- National HealthCare Corp., which owns the nursing home where 11 residents died in a fire last month, will put sprinkler systems in all its long-term care facilities, the company president said Tuesday.

Meeting to focus on shift

Fatal stabbing ends 'safe summer' in state prisons
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The fatal stabbing of an inmate at the Lieber Correctional Institution near Ridgeville this weekend comes after what Corrections Director Jon Ozmint has called a "very safe summer."

Ports moving ahead with Port Royal redevelopment

Compromise reached in USC-affiliated hotel
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina has reached an agreement with area hotel owners that restricts the number of guests who can stay in a 117-room inn the university foundation plans to build in downtown Columbia.

Commission member is interested in city attorney job

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton says more women needed in politics
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The way a society treats women and girls is an indicator of democracy, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday at a conference on women and politics at Furman University.

Kid of the day

Developer postpones rezoning
The developer of a housing development in Columbia County has decided to give the school system first dibs on land off Hereford Farm Road.

College vice president charged with assault against colleague

News you can use
OCT. 8, 1962 Columbia County Sheriff Herman Morris of Appling died Sunday in a local hospital after a monthlong illness.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is La'Shonda A. Andrews, 3, of Trenton, S.C.

Historic track ponders fee rise

With a song in my heart and a hammer in my hand
Music is a funny thing. It can draw you out onto the dance floor, drive you out of the embassy where you're holed up, deafen you when it's too loud, push you to road rage when it's too obnoxious.

At the Movies: 'Mystic River'

Tarantino reflects on favorite revenge flicks

Tarantino reflects on favorite revenge flicks
LOS ANGELES -- Quentin Tarantino discusses the fine art of revenge with the zeal of a wine connoisseur going on about a 2000 Bordeaux.

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

Critical choice

At the Movies: 'Mystic River'
With Clint Eastwood's profoundly moving "Mystic River," it's as if all the sturdy but generally forgettable movies he directed since "Unforgiven" never happened.

Knee injury keeps Aiken triathlete from competing
Sometimes, dreams aren't meant to be.

Tunnel of disdain: NYPD reportedly stiffs Bruce Springsteen
NEW YORK -- Is Bruce Springsteen making the NYPD blue?

Detroit Symphony opens its new digs - 'The Max'
DETROIT -- The days of symphony musicians preparing for performances in a trailer, concertgoers sitting on their coats and patrons standing in the snow to collect tickets are no more.

Tunnel of disdain: NYPD reportedly stiffs Bruce Springsteen

Detroit Symphony opens its new digs - 'The Max'

Damien Rice wins third annual Shortlist Music Prize

Pop stars urge EU to lower sales tax on music
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union should lower sales taxes on compact discs by treating them as cultural works like recorded books rather than as electronic hardware, pop stars and other music industry representatices said Tuesday.

Damien Rice wins third annual Shortlist Music Prize
NEW YORK -- Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice took home the third annual Shortlist Music Prize, beating out acts such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Floetry and The Black Keys for an award that celebrates the best noncommercial music artists.

After lengthy career, Deep Purple still rocks
Deep Purple is back with their best album since 1984's Perfect Strangers, one that blends Deep Purple's power chords and banshee vocals with the memorable melodic hooks that earned the band a place in rock history.

Jeff Gordon having time of his life
CONCORD, N.C. - Executives with NBC approached Jeff Gordon several times about hosting "Saturday Night Live" before he finally accepted last January.

Rookie may end season in top 10
CONCORD, N.C. - Christi Passmore's magic number is 17.

Rookie may end season in top 10

Jeff Gordon having time of his life

Racing facts - UAW/GM 500
Here are facts about this weekend's UAW/GM 500 NASCAR race.

Q&A with Jamie McMurray

Benson gets new crew chief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jay Guy will replace James Ince as crew chief of Johnny Benson's No. 10 Pontiac for the remainder of the NASCAR season.

Racing facts - UAW/GM 500

Q&A with Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray returns to the Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend, one year after he completed one of the most-stunning upsets in racing history by winning the UAW-GM 500 while filling in for an injured Sterling Marlin. He now leads the rookie of the year standings and is on the verge of being the next young superstar on the circuit.

From the Gipper to Cooter to Gopher, many celebrities turn to politics

Davis recalled, Schwarzenegger elected

Heavy voter turnout for California recall election
LOS ANGELES -- With long lines but only sporadic complaints about the long ballot, Californians went to the polls Tuesday in higher numbers than in any gubernatorial election in the last 21 years, election officials predicted.

Davis recalled, Schwarzenegger elected
LOS ANGELES -- Californians banished Gov. Gray Davis just 11 months into his second term and elected action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him Tuesday - a Hollywood ending to one of the most extraordinary political melodramas in the nation's history.

California rejects ballot proposition dealing with race information

Schwarzenegger's life: From a humble boyhood to the silver screen and big-time politics
LOS ANGELES -- For Arnold Schwarzenegger, becoming governor of California is just the latest astonishing transformation in a lifetime full of them.

California rejects ballot proposition dealing with race information
LOS ANGELES -- California voters overwhelmingly rejected a contentious ballot initiative Tuesday that would have banned state and local governments from tracking race in everything from preschools to police work.

From the Gipper to Cooter to Gopher, many celebrities turn to politics
Other performers who, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, have run for office or served in political posts:

Key dates in the California recall election

Sparse crowds at Davis headquarters; supporters downcast
LOS ANGELES -- In the same hotel where Gov. Gray Davis celebrated his first election five years earlier, a sparse crowd of Davis supporters listen Tuesday night to report after report of his ouster.

TV networks closely track California recall returns

TV networks closely track California recall returns
LOS ANGELES -- Cable news just couldn't keep the ending of the California recall drama under wraps.

Some scenes at the polls in California on Tuesday

Key dates in the California recall election
Key dates in California recall election:

Sparse crowds at Davis headquarters; supporters downcast

Some scenes at the polls in California on Tuesday
LOS ANGELES -- Porn star Mary Carey went to church Tuesday - to vote.

Schwarzenegger's life: From a humble boyhood to the silver screen and big-time politics

Attorneys huddle, but no word on whether Kobe Bryant will waive hearing
EAGLE, Colo. -- Attorneys in the Kobe Bryant case huddled with the judge Tuesday but didn't answer the biggest question: Will the NBA star waive his preliminary hearing to keep potentially damaging evidence from being heard publicly?

Bryant expected to waive hearing
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers are expected to waive his preliminary hearing to keep potentially damaging evidence from being heard publicly.

Bryant expected to waive hearing

Attorneys huddle, but no word on whether Kobe Bryant will waive hearing

College basketball to get longer 3-point line
INDIANAPOLIS -- The 3-point line in college basketball is about to be moved 9 inches farther from the basket beginning in the 2004-05 season.

Buckner questionable for Colts game

Peyton playing perfectly well for Colts

Fantasy Football: Colts' rebound reminds us: It's never over till it's over

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Thanks 'soldiers' fighting war on child abuse
Certainly, every citizen in this country is aware of the war waging overseas, a war being fought to protect our precious country. But I am not so certain that residents of Richmond County are aware of a war that is being waged much more quietly here in our hometown - a war on child abuse.

Thanks 'soldiers' fighting war on child abuse
Certainly, every citizen in this country is aware of the war waging overseas, a war being fought to protect our precious country. But I am not so certain that residents of Richmond County are aware of a war that is being waged much more quietly here in our hometown - a war on child abuse.

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Augusta native pursues old dream with new sport

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Donovan wins Honda Award for soccer player of the year

American women still could have grand finale

In the game spotlight

Swedes impressed by German powerhouse
CARSON, Calif. -- The Swedish players aren't afraid to call Germany the favorite in Sunday's World Cup final.

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

Overtime
Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., to remove painful scar tissue in his right elbow.

Overtime
One day after the fourth surgery on his right elbow, John Smoltz said he would retire before facing another such procedure.

Augusta native pursues old dream with new sport
Whether it be gymnastics, marriage, fatherhood or business, Augusta's Jay Thornton has always been a guy willing to jump headfirst into a challenge.

Area announcements
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Donovan wins Honda Award for soccer player of the year
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Landon Donovan won the Honda Award as national soccer player of the year Tuesday, becoming the first person to receive the honor in consecutive years.

American women still could have grand finale
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Barring a massive youth movement, the World Cup is not the end for Mia Hamm and the other 30-somethings who make up the core of U.S. women's soccer roster.

Fantasy Football: Colts' rebound reminds us: It's never over till it's over
Fantasy football players know that no lead is safe. Monday night's game between Tampa Bay and Indianapolis only drove that point home.

Peyton playing perfectly well for Colts
INDIANAPOLIS -- Perfect Peyton Manning is living up to his nickname.

Buckner questionable for Colts game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina defensive tackle Brentson Buckner missed practice Wednesday with soreness in his knee, and is questionable to play against the Indianapolis Colts.

Jesse Ventura gets off to a slow start with his TV show
NEW YORK -- "Jesse Ventura's America" isn't very crowded. The former Minnesota governor's MSNBC talk show debut was seen by a tiny audience of 194,000 people last weekend.

CBS takes ratings crown for second week of TV season

Sci Fi Channel readies a Schwarzenegger marathon
NEW YORK -- Now that the California campaign is over, the Sci Fi Channel is making it easy for viewers to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in his old role.

Nickelodeon's 'Romeo': A little bit 'Partridge Family, 'a little bit 'Monkees'

Nickelodeon's 'Romeo': A little bit 'Partridge Family, 'a little bit 'Monkees'
LOS ANGELES -- When Lil' Romeo and his father, Master P, decided they'd make a TV show, they had little doubt about which network they wanted it on.

Sci Fi Channel readies a Schwarzenegger marathon

Jesse Ventura gets off to a slow start with his TV show

CBS takes ratings crown for second week of TV season
NEW YORK -- CBS handily won the prime-time ratings race for the second week of the television season, with "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" continuing as the nation's most popular show.

Extras, extras

Judge calls man 'fixated,' orders him away from Britney Spears

There's plenty of fun at Joe's Underground

Volunteers taught Dogs how to win

Brown still struggling with sore left hamstring

Volunteers taught Dogs how to win
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia took over at its 41-yard line with 42 ticks left on the clock, even the most ardent Bulldogs fans figured their team was finished.

Defense player hits with fury

Now, it's Browning's turn to run for the Dawgs

Comments will bring on defense

Bigger donation may be required for UGA season tickets
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia football season ticket holders may soon need to open their wallets a little wider for the prime spots in Sanford Stadium.

Bigger donation may be required for UGA season tickets

Defense player hits with fury
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia sophomore Thomas Davis plays the brand of defense that is just begging for a defining nickname.

Comments will bring on defense
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's heavy-hitting defense has left opposing quarterbacks dazed and dizzy this season.

Brown still struggling with sore left hamstring
ATHENS, Ga. -- Reggie Brown, the leading receiver for No. 8 Georgia, is still bothered by a sore left hamstring and doesn't know if he'll be able to play Saturday against 13th-ranked Tennessee.

Now, it's Browning's turn to run for the Dawgs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Tyson Browning is 5-foot-9. That's his story - and he's sticking to it.

Tonight's SEC tilt suits foes

Tonight's SEC tilt suits foes
Established Southeastern Conference football powers such as Georgia, Tennessee and Florida don't care too much for playing on Thursday night.

Thursday night showcase comes to Williams-Brice Stadium
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A shorter practice week. Family and friends watching. The whole country tuned in. And no class.

Thursday night showcase comes to Williams-Brice Stadium

Director studies ways to involve more children
They think golf will be too expensive, to which Brown says, "The First Tee does not turn students away based on their ability to pay."

Bar offers day care for men while women shop

Odds and Ends

Volunteers learn to be oyster foster parents

Man charged after botched sex change operation

Odds and Ends