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.

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

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.

All the pretty horses

Best of American design on view at Smithsonian exhibit

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

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.

'Musketeers' will mark debut of new dancers
The Augusta Ballet is opening its season with The Three Musketeers and four new faces.

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).

'Rent' has message of life among ravages of disease
Inspired by the young and restless of New York's mid-1990s Greenwich Village and adapted from Puccini's masterwork La Boheme, Rent married message to musical and received both a Tony award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996.

'Musketeers' will mark debut of new dancers

Yankees add Almonte, drop Hammond

Wood, Prior put the emphasis on young pitching in NL playoffs

Yankees top Red Sox, 6-2
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte and Nick Johnson showed the Boston Red Sox the grit that makes the New York Yankees so tough in October.

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.

Mussina roughed up by Red Sox

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.

Power surge returns for Yankees series
NEW YORK -- The Boston outfielder went to New York, taking his powerful bat with him. Once he arrived at Yankee Stadium, his hitting got even better.

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

Power surge returns for Yankees 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.

Prior helps Cubs win rout

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

Wood, Prior put the emphasis on young pitching in NL playoffs
MIAMI -- His own glove back in hand, Kerry Wood keeps catching compliments. Especially the one about how he and Mark Prior are going to pitch their way to a World Series championship, the way Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling did.

Marlins fans showing they love a winner

Marlins fans showing they love a winner
MIAMI -- Call them fickle. Call them discerning. Either way, Florida Marlins fans are back on the bandwagon - through this weekend, at least.

Yankees top Red Sox, 6-2

Don't get your hopes up for next Braves season

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.

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.

Zane Alexander Sipp

Devin Michael James

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.

Xzavier Stephun Green

Equali TySean David McClinton

Cody Blake Peterson

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

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.

Malaysia Alexandria Taylor

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.

Shelby Lee and Logan Wade Dixon

Amanda Faye Nowicki

Nehemiah Genara Blacks

Nolan Cooper Howard

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.

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.

Abigaile Elayne Woodbury

Elise Della and Trisha Carol Pareizs

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ramiah Ai'Laya Cochran

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.

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.

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.

Trinity Isabella Dement

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.

Alyssa Hope Parrish

Jasmine Teonna Kemp

Zhamir Jabril Martin-Williams

Aniya Ja'leia Kelly

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.

Bailey Alane Smith

Hannah Olivia McClain

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

H. Sawyer Calhoun

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.

London art gallery keeps toilet running
LONDON - The sinks were mounted high on the walls and turned into light fixtures, a toilet bowl was converted into a fountain and in the corner, a woman dressed as a soap dispenser was giving out fortune cookies.

Siegfried says tiger was only trying to help Roy
LAS VEGAS -- The tiger that injured Roy Horn of the duo "Siegfried & Roy" had been trying to help the illusionist after he slipped and accidentally harmed him by using too much force, says Horn's partner, Siegfried Fischbacher.

Black clergy leaders outraged at 'Ghettopoly' game
PHILADELPHIA -- Cheap Trick Avenue instead of Boardwalk? Hernando's Chop Shop instead of Reading Railroad?

Odds and Ends
DELAND, Fla. -- In a state known for close elections, the mayor's race in Ponce Inlet came down to the tightest of margins - one vote.

No monster found along bottom of Loch Ness
LONDON -- Lloyd Scott has just spent 12 days at the bottom of Loch Ness, but he reported no sightings of the lake's legendary monster.

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.

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

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.

Smoltz says this is his last surgery

Farmer and dog harvest uncommon Georgia crop - shrimp

Wild pets part of $15 billion industry

SportsLine ends promotion deal with America Online

Farmer and dog harvest uncommon Georgia crop - shrimp
BUENA VISTA, Ga. -- With a little help from their dog, Bucky, the Wertz brothers have been harvesting their first shrimp crop this week.

House passes bill to allow electronic check processing between banks

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.

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

Wild pets part of $15 billion industry
NEW YORK -- The 400-pound tiger hauled out of a New York City apartment last week is one of thousands of wild animals living in homes across the country, part of a multibillion-dollar industry with little regulation.

Merchants report better-than-expected sales for September

Jobless claims drop to lowest level since Feb. 8
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment insurance fell last week to their lowest level in eight months, a hopeful sign that companies may be having a bit more faith in the staying power of the economic recovery and thus are easing the pace of layoffs.

Jobless claims drop to lowest level since Feb. 8

Store closes on low note
Jamie Pate soon will need to look for a new place to buy the offbeat brands of music she likes.

Judge approves Carolina Investors, HomeGold bankruptcy plan

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.

Judge approves Carolina Investors, HomeGold bankruptcy plan
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A U.S. Bankruptcy judge has approved the Carolina Investors and HomeGold reorganization plan, and investors could began receiving some money early next year.

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.

Land component of auto park deal complete

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - A redesigned $20 bill, with the background printed in blue, green and peach, made its debut Thursday across the country.

Coupons at hotels boost restaurants

Store closes on low note

Store plans to move for more competition

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.

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.

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.

Merchants report better-than-expected sales for September
NEW YORK -- Cooler weather and tax rebates gave consumers an incentive to spend generously in September, handing many retailers their third straight month of better-than-expected sales.

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.

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.

Georgia Bank & Trust buys strip mall property

Business briefs

Clemson could go into UVa game without starting QB
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Clemson's emphasis on the running game hasn't developed this season. The Tigers could pay for it this weekend against No. 25 Virginia.

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.

Kelly back in Clemson's backfield

Third school is the charm for Stephens at Morehouse

Third school is the charm for Stephens at Morehouse
ATLANTA -- Keith Stephens realizes his college football career should be over.

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

ACC/SEC notebook

How not to win

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.

Augusta's wake-up call

Augusta's wake-up call
In Augusta's response to an apparent gang problem, the danger is two-fold: that we might overreact, and that we might under-act.

California's Catch-22

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

Fast track TRAC

How not to win
Six Democratic presidential candidates have accepted invitations from South Carolina's NAACP leaders to participate in a round-table discussion on minority issues at the civil rights group's annual convention.

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."

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

Video reviews
JUST OUT: Down With Love, Hollywood Homicide, Willard and The Italian Job

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA.

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."

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

Stocks rise, closing out a remarkable year of recovery
NEW YORK -- Powered by a streak of upbeat earnings and economic news, Wall Street surged higher Thursday, completing a remarkable year that saw the major indexes make a stunning rebound from the depths of the three-year-long bear market.

Sharp increase in mortgage rates this week
WASHINGTON -- After a month of declines, rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages rose sharply this week amid increasing signs the economic rebound is gaining momentum.

Stocks rise, closing out a remarkable year of recovery

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 down in afternoon trading

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

Fishing report

David Brown ties brother as 4-time winner
Before last Saturday's Mr. Clark Hill Bass Fishing Cham-pionship, North Augusta's Noel Brown was the only four-time winner in the 31-year history of the event on Thurmond Lake.

Fishing report
Tuesday was one of those perfect days, particularly in the afternoon when acres of schooling hybrids and striped bass blasted Thurmond Lake's surface from the mouth of Keg Creek to Georgia's Little River.

David Brown ties brother as 4-time winner

Garden began with trial-and-error
Jackie Quinn's reward for all the work she pours into the yard of her Kissingbower Road yard is satisfaction and the praise of strangers.

Garden began with trial-and-error

Wildflowers can be beautiful, beneficial

Wildflowers can be beautiful, beneficial
Wildflowers can make a nice addition to the home landscape. Not only are they beautiful and easy to maintain, but they also can be used in your landscape as natural pesticides.

Jackets defense gets another shot
ATLANTA - Daryl Smith just shakes his head when asked to recall the details of last year's game with Wake Forest.

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.

Ball now has several options in passing game
ATLANTA -- The double teams might finally end for Georgia Tech wide receiver Jonathan Smith, provided Reggie Ball continues to spread the ball around.

Jackets defense gets another shot

Ball now has several options in passing game

After breakout game, Reis heads back to the bench

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

Appleby and Flesch share first-round lead

Stephenson to play with the men on Champions Tour

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.

Rain on Annika's parade

Rain on Annika's parade
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam at least got her birthday cake.

Verplank, Herron and McCarron shoot 62s
LAS VEGAS -- Scott Verplank, Tim Herron and Scott McCarron shot 62s at the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday, but there weren't many fans around to see some impressive golf.

The easy part awaits for Annika

Three tied for lead at Dutch Open
HILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Gary Murphy, Jamie Donaldson and Alastair Forsyth carded 6-under-par 64 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the rainy Dutch Open.

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.

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

Verplank, Herron and McCarron shoot 62s

Stephenson to play with the men on Champions Tour
KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Jan Stephenson is known for taking unusual steps to bring attention to women's golf.

Davies 6 over at Korean Open

Davies likes short course at Korean Open

Davies 6 over at Korean Open
CHEONAN, South Korea -- Competing against men on the Asian PGA Tour, Laura Davies made one birdie and put two shots in the water en route to a 6-over 78 Thursday, tying for 87th place after the Korean Open's first round.

To their own defense

On the air

Dalton quarterback plays through injury

Putting the picture in focus

Player of the week

Change does Bulldogs good

Key matchups

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Glenn Hills high school running back Gary Rogers.

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

Change does Bulldogs good
After gaining just 163 yards of in a 24-0 loss to South Aiken on Sept. 26, Silver Bluff coach Al Lown decided to make some changes in the Bulldogs' running game.

Putting the picture in focus
Halfway through another prep football season, it's time to unveil some mid-year awards.

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.

Key matchups
Here are capsule looks at this weekend's key mathcups.

To their own defense
Although Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold might have been a little surprised to find his team on the winning end of a 9-7 decision against Laney on Saturday, he wasn't shocked at how well the Warriors defense played.

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.

Thrashers edge Blue Jackets in opener
ATLANTA -- On a night of tributes to Dan Snyder, his former teammates gave him the best one - a season-opening victory.

Thrashers go from hope to mourning

Snyder's family forgives teammate for his death
ELMIRA, Ontario -- The family of Dan Snyder, the Atlanta Thrashers player who died after a car crash, said they forgive teammate Dany Heatley for his death.

Thrashers edge Blue Jackets in opener

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.

Don't get your hopes up for next Braves season
This is a good time of the year if you're a baseball fan.

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.

Relocate airport in neighboring state

Report soldiers killed on front page

America's judiciary must be seen as fair and impartial

Accused's fate determined before verdict is in
I am so sick and tired of seeing (accused child molester) Chad Muns being portrayed in The Chronicle as the guilty one. What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Mr. Muns' name has been plastered all over the newspaper and all over television, but where are these "alleged" victims' names? Sarah Wint, Martinez, Ga.

Accused's fate determined before verdict is in

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

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

Divisive rhetoric causes young to tune out politics
Over the last 20 years, we've seen the rhetoric increase and the heat turned up in Washington, D.C. For that same period of time, young people - like myself - have been tuning out politics to the detriment of our nation. According to the most recent statistics, the percentage of 18-24 year olds who vote in presidential elections is lower than it's been in more than 30 years. That's a problem. Arun Mohan, Augusta

Iraq poll selectively cited
In your Sept. 29 editorial, "This is worth doing," you do exactly what you accuse the U.S. media of doing. By selectively taking one section of a recent Gallup poll - out of context, mind you - you give a false impression of the feelings in Baghdad as expressed by said poll. Why didn't you, like other U.S. media outlets, print the whole poll? Mick Travis, Evans, Ga.

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.

Reports: China's first manned space flight set for Oct. 15

Internet calling gets regulators' attention

In the know

Health calendar

Score with great shots of the game

Calloway's quick dishes fill new book

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

FDA to reconsider allowing silicone-gel breast implants in U.S.

Smithsonian opening exhibit to commemorate Wright brothers plane

Game review: Halo arrives on PC

Reports: China's first manned space flight set for Oct. 15
BEIJING -- After 11 years of planning, China's first manned space flight could come down to this: one man, a two-pound sack of seeds and a single 90-minute loop around the planet.

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.

Smithsonian opening exhibit to commemorate Wright brothers plane
WASHINGTON -- The Wright Flyer, the world's first successful engine-powered airplane, has come down to earth.

Internet calling gets regulators' attention
NEW YORK -- Technologically, when a call is dialed over an Internet connection, the conversation is just a fancy form of computer data that barely resembles a typical phone call.

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.

FDA to reconsider allowing silicone-gel breast implants in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- Eleven years after most use of silicone-gel breast implants was banned amid fears they were dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration is considering letting them back on the U.S. market.

Score with great shots of the game
As a parent, I know the importance of showing up at my son's soccer and lacrosse games, and at his cross-country track meets; children need and appreciate parental support. When I go to the games, I see parents taking pictures - often making picture-taking mistakes, or just pointing and shooting for a snapshot. Here are some of the tips I've shared with these proud parents:

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.

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

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.

Goalies face test for Lynx

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.

Enforcer finds lost opportunity

Goalies face test for Lynx
After tonight's preseason opener against the Gwinnett Gladiators, one of the two goaltenders battling for a spot on the Augusta Lynx roster will have a job.

Wait ends for woman to get heart

Across the area

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.

Director faulted in office troubles

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Peyton Gray Manley, 6 months, of Augusta.

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

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.

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

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.

New GRTA director promises to remain open-minded
ATLANTA -- The new executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority promised to remain open-minded as he runs an agency whose creation he opposed when he served as a state legislator.

Radio show seeks national audience for Athens music
ATHENS, Ga. -- A new radio program hopes to feature the Athens music scene to listeners across the nation.

Parents give money back to classroom
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A parent group at a Gwinnett County elementary school has given about $300 to nearly 90 teachers for classroom supplies.

Students suspended for racial slurs on Web site
LILBURN, Ga. -- Two Gwinnett County students have been suspended from school for running a Web site with racial slurs and threats about other students.

Correction

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.

Priest charged with DUI

Body found in river
AIKEN - An Aiken woman found dead in the Savannah River on Thursday afternoon drowned in an apparent suicide after her family reported her missing to city police two days earlier, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

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

Truck hits Rock Hill fuel distribution center, causes explosion, fire

Correction
In an article in Thurday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about proposed fee increases at the Aiken Training Track, the name of the president of the track's board of trustees was incorrect. He is Mike Freeman.

Perdue nominates anti-transit Stancil to head GRTA

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.

Across the area
Atlanta police said Thursday they have no new information on an Augusta man who was reported missing by his family after he didn't return from a weekend trip.

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.

Dentistry shortage debated

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

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.

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.

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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.

Parents give money back to classroom

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.

Kid of the day

Prison budget crunch prompts sentencing criticism

Director faulted in office troubles
The suspension of Augusta Human Resources Director Brenda Byrd-Pelaez this week comes after complaints about customer service in her office and an apparent oversight in the payroll deductions of some government employees, according to a letter of reprimand placed in her personnel file and obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Priest charged with DUI
A Catholic priest was free on bond Thursday after being charged with DUI in a crash that damaged three cars, including a Richmond County Patrol car.

Truck hits Rock Hill fuel distribution center, causes explosion, fire
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- An out-of-control truck hit a fueling station Wednesday afternoon, sparking a fire that firefighters worked for hours to put out and an explosion.

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.

Across Georgia

Domestic violence study gives women voice
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina domestic violence survivors say authorities do not treat the crime seriously, according to a new report.

Officials recall case 'Daniel' became law's namesake
ALLENDALE, S.C. - An hours-old baby boy left with nurses at an Aiken hospital stirred memories of a case three years ago in Fairfax that brought increased public awareness of the state's laws on infant abandonment.

Nature park opens education campus
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is getting a lot of attention in places far from Augusta, one of Georgia's leading conservationists said Thursday.

Airport finance head resigns

Pharmacy fire apparently caused by chemical leak

Domestic violence study gives women voice

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.

Officials recall case 'Daniel' became law's namesake

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

Historic track ponders fee rise

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.

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Prison budget crunch prompts sentencing criticism
ATLANTA -- Remember all those tough-on-crime prison laws, the ones that required criminals to serve all their prison sentences without parole? Now some state lawmakers are wondering whether a spate of sentencing guidelines passed in the last 10 years were such a good idea.

Sludge decision basis of program petition

Cherokee County may end paddling rules
CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County school system, one of the last in metro Atlanta to still allow corporal punishment, is considering eliminating it.

Ports moving ahead with Port Royal redevelopment

Commission member is interested in city attorney job

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.

Eisenhower's staffers say no affair with Summersby

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.

Nursing home's old cat needs new place to live

News you can use
OCT. 10, 1953 Augusta municipal, civic and business leaders hold little hope that plans will be canceled for transfer of the Georgia Railroad accounting department from Augusta to Atlanta.

Parents keep eye on pupils with sites

Veterans injured when hotel stairway collapses

Official: Corrosion may have caused stairway collapse
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- A stairway collapse at an inn that injured 11 people and left five hospitalized may have been caused by corroded nails and fasteners, a town building official said.

Across the area

Gang reports affect football

Law requires towing permit

Dentistry shortage debated
More than 80 counties in Georgia and 38 in South Carolina are considered dental service shortage areas. Georgia is lacking 232 dentists, and South Carolina needs 310 to meet standards.

Correction

Federal agency calls off Bantu resettlement in Cayce

Husband of one of two women found dead charged with murder
LAKELAND, Ga. -- Police have arrested the husband of one of two women whose bodies were found near each other outside of Lakeland and accused him of murder in the deaths of both women.

Health budget cut could knock thousands off Medicaid roles

Wait ends for woman to get heart
AIKEN - Lynda Edwards couldn't talk and could barely manage to nod her head and smile early Thursday morning after a heart transplant, but she was strong enough to mouth the words "I love you" to her anxious husband.

Documentary films funding trial

Airport finance head resigns
Leslie Carter, Augusta Regional Airport's finance director, has resigned and will work her last day today, a move that once again leaves the city's airport short of a director.

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.

Fort Benning schools could be closed

Rants and Raves
I SAW THE picture in the paper of the little boy who lost his dad. I am so proud of you and I'm proud of your daddy, too. I lost my daddy in World War II. I never got to meet my daddy because I was so young, but I have a Purple Heart that reminds me every day that my daddy did something for this country. And he did something for me, too, by serving for his country. Your dad was a great man. I never met him, but I can tell he was a great man by looking at you.

7 candidates sign up for special elections

Touring ballet company folds
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Atlantic Southeast Ballet and Orchestra, which was to have toured in 11 Southeastern states, has folded.

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.

Students suspended for racial slurs on Web site

Former aide accuses Burns of bad ethics

Eisenhower's staffers say no affair with Summersby
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Almost 60 years after the end of World War II, those who served on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's headquarters staff are quick to say their boss never had a wartime affair with a staff member.

Health board approves big service cuts

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.

Kid of the day

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.

College vice president charged with assault against colleague

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.

Meeting to focus on shift

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.

Girl with eastern equine encephalitis transferred to Atlanta hospital

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.

Investigators link murders of two women near Lakeland

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.

Officials will take measures for safety
Greenbrier High School band members and cheerleaders have nothing to fear when they visit Cross Creek High for tonight's football game, Richmond County school officials said Thursday.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A special election to replace Sen. Donald Holland, D-Camden, who died Sunday, will take place Feb. 3, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Thursday.

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.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - A DeKalb County police officer was placed on administrative leave after authorities said he shot and killed a woman who lunged at him with a knife.

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.

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.

Newborn abandoned at Aiken Regional Medical Centers

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.

Justices to decide if phone fee is legal

Official: Corrosion may have caused stairway collapse

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.

Sheriff objects to prison cuts

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Rants and Raves
I SAW THE picture in the paper of the little boy who lost his dad. I am so proud of you and I'm proud of your daddy, too. I lost my daddy in World War II. I never got to meet my daddy because I was so young, but I have a Purple Heart that reminds me every day that my daddy did something for this country. And he did something for me, too, by serving for his country. Your dad was a great man. I never met him, but I can tell he was a great man by looking at you.

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.

Sheriff objects to prison cuts
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said he and other sheriffs with overcrowded county jails would resist a state plan to cut prison space and shift inmates to local custody.

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.

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.

Body found in river

Victory in 2003 eludes Howell
Charles Howell hasn't won a golf tournament since he started drinking. Coincidence?

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.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Kill Bill - Vol. 1'

At the Movies: 'Intolerable Cruelty'

At the Movies: 'Good Boy!'

At the Movies: 'Kill Bill - Vol. 1'
Simultaneously exhilarating and infuriating, "Kill Bill - Vol. 1" is about everything and nothing at once.

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.

At the Movies: 'Good Boy!'
At least "Good Boy!" doesn't leave a mess on the floor that you have to mop up with extra-absorbent paper towels. But you still want to roll up a newspaper and lay a bonk to the nose on everyone involved with this dog of a family flick.

Tarantino reflects on favorite revenge flicks

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

At the Movies: 'Intolerable Cruelty'
The cruelest cut of all in "Intolerable Cruelty" comes neither from George Clooney nor Catherine Zeta-Jones, whose chemistry and combined star wattage is so scorching, you'll feel as if your eyebrows have been singed.

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

Detroit Symphony opens its new digs - 'The Max'

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

Tunnel of disdain: NYPD reportedly stiffs Bruce Springsteen

Skaggs is happy to play bluegrass

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.

Skaggs is happy to play bluegrass
In 1996, bluegrass giant Ricky Skaggs turned his back on a successful Nashville career and endured the death of friend and mentor Bill Monroe.

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.

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.

Burton lands ride in No. 0 Pontiac
CONCORD, N.C. -- It didn't take Ward Burton long to find a new job. He was hired Thursday to drive the No. 0 Pontiac for Haas CNC Racing

De Ferran focused on racing not retirement
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Gil de Ferran has just one more race, so he's trying to focus on driving, not retirement.

Burton lands ride in No. 0 Pontiac

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.

Mexicans increasingly drawn to CART series

Mexicans increasingly drawn to CART series
MEXICO CITY -- The CART series once was synonymous with American open-wheel racing. Now it has an increasingly Mexican flavor.

Newman wins eighth pole

Harvick wins Busch Series pole
CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick won the pole Thursday for the Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, his fourth this season for Richard Childress Racing.

Jeff Gordon having time of his life

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

Q&A with Jamie McMurray

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

Racing facts - UAW/GM 500

Newman wins eighth pole
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman was surprised he broke the track record Thursday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway - not because he had the fastest stock car in speedway history but that his Alltel Dodge didn't go faster.

Rookie may end season in top 10

Bryant expected to waive hearing

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.

Detective: Bryant attacked woman from behind
EAGLE, Colo. -- The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape told police a flirtatious encounter quickly turned ugly when he grabbed her by the neck, bent her over a chair and attacked her from behind, repeatedly asking, "You're not going to tell anyone, right?"

Detective: Bryant attacked woman from behind

SEC picks Bi-Lo Center for women's tourney
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 2005 Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament will be played at Greenville's Bi-Lo center, the SEC announced Thursday.

Pro picks

Buckner questionable for Colts game

Falcons could be done by the time Vick returns

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

Davis not loving the limelight

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Mr. Tom Hardin Jr. (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Thomas, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sallie Gainey (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Stoney (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. John Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Kathy Hutto (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Idelle Mims (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Bridges (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lewie Bickley Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Crable (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Collins Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kelsey Hunnicutt (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Boone (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Victoria Sampson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Area announcements

Hopkins, Mayorga headline major boxing car in AC

Knee injury keeps Aiken triathlete from competing

Overtime

Augusta native pursues old dream with new sport

Prinz, Ljungberg ready to deal with pressure of World Cup final

In the game spotlight

English soccer rocked by scandal

Swedes impressed by German powerhouse

Augusta Prep nips Wildcats

English soccer rocked by scandal
LONDON -- What a week for Pele to be visiting England.

Area announcements
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Overtime
A second drug test indicates U.S. sprinter Kelli White used a stimulant during the World Championships this summer, when she won two gold medals, track's world governing body said Thursday.

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

Prinz, Ljungberg ready to deal with pressure of World Cup final
CARSON, California -- Dealing with pressure when championships are on the line is not easy to do.

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.

Augusta Prep nips Wildcats
Don't tell Augusta Prep that Thursday's game against Westminster didn't mean anything.

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

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

Hopkins, Mayorga headline major boxing car in AC
NEW YORK -- Before stepping in the ring with William Joppy, middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins decided Thursday to take on his opponent's entire entourage.

Seidman filling role with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Seidman may never put up big receiving numbers like his predecessor, but the rookie tight end is quickly finding his place with the unbeaten Carolina Panthers.

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.

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.

Davis not loving the limelight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Davis loves leading the NFC in rushing. But Carolina's running back can do without all the extra attention that that statistic brings.

Falcons could be done by the time Vick returns
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick headed off to the training room Thursday, a frustrated look on his face.

Pro picks
Now that he's handled Tampa Bay's defense, Peyton Manning takes on another elite unit when he faces Carolina.

Country singer reaps rewards from latest album
Look closely Thursday when you are on the rides at the Western Carolina State Fair, because you just might see the star attraction beside you.

Victory in 2003 eludes Howell

Good films sometimes get start on TV

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

Hollywood big shots talk movies weekly on AMC's 'Shootout'
NEW YORK -- Peter Guber and Peter Bart want you to understand: Their new talk show is called "Sunday Morning Shootout." Not "Shoutout."

Hollywood big shots talk movies weekly on AMC's 'Shootout'

Troubling signs for NBC in first two weeks 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.

NBC News, Shriver to talk about how her job will change

NBC News, Shriver to talk about how her job will change
NEW YORK -- Maria Shriver will huddle soon with NBC News executives to decide how her job as a correspondent will change now that she's about to become California's first lady.

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.

Troubling signs for NBC in first two weeks of TV season
NEW YORK -- Three weeks into the new television season, NBC is giving its Friday schedule a complete facelift - an indication all is not well at the most profitable broadcast network.

Sci Fi Channel readies a Schwarzenegger marathon

Club calendar

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

Applause calendar

Video reviews

Concert calendar

Greene's trophy hopes diminish
ATHENS, Ga. - Three weeks ago, Georgia officials were close to launching a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback David Greene.

Greene's trophy hopes diminish

Vols, Dawgs just don't like each other
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- This Southeastern Conference rivalry is getting good and ugly.

Volunteers taught Dogs how to win

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.

Good films sometimes get start on TV
Television has always looked to the movies for inspiration.

Gamecocks survive rally

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.

Howell pleads no contest to domestic violence charges
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina basketball center Rolando Howell pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges Thursday and was ordered to pay a $50 fine and complete a 26-week counseling program.

Gamecocks survive rally
COLUMBIA - Some less seasoned South Carolina fans might have figured it was all over when their team had a 20-point lead entering the fourth quarter Thursday night.

Howell pleads no contest to domestic violence charges

Odds and Ends

Volunteers learn to be oyster foster parents

Black clergy leaders outraged at 'Ghettopoly' game

Siegfried says tiger was only trying to help Roy

Odds and Ends

London art gallery keeps toilet running