Slow authors make list for book award

Antonya Nelson wins Rea Award for short story writing

Elfman out of 'Nine' and is replaced by understudy
NEW YORK -- There appears to be no "Nine" in Jenna Elfman's future.

Elfman out of 'Nine' and is replaced by understudy

Slow authors make list for book award
NEW YORK - Patience has been rewarded by National Book Award judges.

Antonya Nelson wins Rea Award for short story writing
NEW YORK -- Fiction writer Antonya Nelson is this year's winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story, a prize given for lifetime achievement.

Wood comes up short, so do Cubs

Unlucky Cubs fan getting support - from Floridians

Day game forces Red Sox to relocate fans

Martinez, Ramirez and Garcia appeal fines

Marlins advance to World Series

Red Sox force Game 7
NEW YORK -- The resilient Boston Red Sox rallied just in time.

Marlins stun Cubs, force Game 7
CHICAGO -- Five outs to go. Wrigley Field crowd on its feet. World Series within their grasp.

Statement from Cubs fan who deflected foul ball
Statement released Wednesday by Cubs fan Steve Bartman, who deflected a foul ball in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series:

Red Sox force Game 7

Unlucky Cubs fan getting support - from Floridians
MIAMI -- If he's interested, the 26-year-old Chicago fan who deflected a foul ball away from a Cubs outfielder in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series can find solace in Florida.

Fan who deflected ball at Cubs game defended by dad, friends

Fan who deflected ball at Cubs game defended by dad, friends
CHICAGO -- The 26-year-old man who deflected the ball during the Chicago Cubs playoff game is a huge Cubs fan and youth baseball coach who would never do anything to hurt his favorite team, according to neighbors.

Statement from Cubs fan who deflected foul ball

Investigation continues in Yankees bullpen fight

Yankees take Game 5

Marlins stun Cubs, force Game 7

Day game forces Red Sox to relocate fans
BOSTON -- More than 400 fans with tickets to the rained-out fourth game of the AL championship series arrived at Fenway Park for the makeup Tuesday to find their seats covered by a tarp.

Investigation continues in Yankees bullpen fight
BOSTON -- Police are still investigating a bullpen brawl between two Yankees and a Red Sox employee, and haven't decided whether to file any charges.

Rodriguez cashes in with playoffs

Marlins advance to World Series
CHICAGO -- Waiting 'til next year will never, ever be so painful for the Chicago Cubs.

Yankees take Game 5
BOSTON -- David Wells put the New York Yankees on the verge of another World Series, sending them back to the Bronx with two chances to keep The Curse alive.

Rodriguez cashes in with playoffs
CHICAGO -- Ivan Rodriguez sat home last winter, waiting for phone calls that never came. He was supposedly too old, too injury-prone for teams to risk the big money he wanted.

Wood comes up short, so do Cubs
CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood trudged off the mound with his head down, flipping his glove into the stands as he hit the dugout steps.

Martinez, Ramirez and Garcia appeal fines
NEW YORK -- Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and Karim Garcia all appealed the fines imposed on them following Game 3 of the AL championship series.

Synia Caprice Hillary
Syneta Hillary of North Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Synia Caprice Hillary, Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Peter and Margie Hillary of North Augusta.

Marissa Alisiana Violante

Marissa Alisiana Violante
Alexis M. Tarnovsky and Sara A. Violante, both of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Marissa Alisiana Violante, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparent is Patricia Wallace of Evans.

Kierra LaNiya Tucker

Jonathan Zacchaeus Lawrence Baker
Terell Baker and Danielle M. Pinckney, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Jonathan Zacchaeus Lawrence Baker, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Lawrence and Keri Pinckney and Terry and Lisa Baker, all of Martinez.

Synia Caprice Hillary

Sarah Rose Charney
Christopher and Jennifer Charney of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Rose Charney, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Len and Judy Charney of Martinez and Donald Evans and Deborah Evans, both of Grovetown.

Joshua David Moore

Alexxis Khaliah Ingram

Sarah Rose Charney

Hollis Morgan Holmes
Lee and Elizabeth Holmes of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hollis Morgan Holmes, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Doug Reese of Augusta, Alan Hanson of Mesa, Ariz., and Joe and Deborah Holmes of Trenton, S.C.

Aaliyah Marie Montgomery

Leroy Samuel Laird III
Leroy S. Laird II and Marsha L. Williams, both of Warrenville, announce the birth of a son, Leroy Samuel Laird III, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charlie S. and Mary Jackson of Augusta, Clyde and Evelene Williams of North Augusta and Leroy S. Laird I and Debbie Laird of Warrenville.

Andrew Jamal Dent

Lauren Ann Friday
Grady Leroy Friday III and Cynthia W. Friday of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Ann Friday, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Munson and Mr. and Mrs. Grady Leroy Friday Jr., all of Graniteville, and Charles Worthington of Atlanta.

Nathan Lee Smith

Sydney Drew Wilson
Jay and Dea Dea Wilson of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Sydney Drew Wilson, Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Carlton Thompson of Hephzibah, Nancy Thompson and Felise Ditacconi, both of Augusta, and John Wilson of Tucson, Ariz.

Amaya Melody Banks
Charles Banks IV and Elsie-Kay Banks of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Amaya Melody Banks, Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Jaye A. Gilmore of Auburn, Maine, Charles Banks III and Della Banks of Washington, D.C., and Geraldine Fulton of Baltimore.

Nathan Lee Smith
Lee and Brandi Smith of Gibson, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Nathan Lee Smith, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Kathy Thigpen of Gibson, Joel Pilcher of Sweetwater, Tenn., Cindy Smith of Thomson and the late Bruce Smith.

Carter Alan Munford
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Munford of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Carter Alan Munford, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lester Schlein of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Munford of Houston.

Lauren Ann Friday

Aaliyah Marie Montgomery
Jeffrey Montgomery and Kimberly Messer, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Aaliyah Marie Montgomery, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Frank and Barbara Messer, Vester Montgomery and Janet Shirley, all of Augusta.

Sophia Hope Pidcock

Seareon Robert Jenkins
Bakari Jenkins and Tonjaleac Baynham, both of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Seareon Robert Jenkins, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Robert Baynham and Lorrene Baynham, both of Waynesboro.

Jacob Thomas Nobles III
Tommy and Linda Nobles of Appling announce the birth of a son, Jacob Thomas Nobles III, Monday, June 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Giovanni Chiappa of Martinez and the late Rita Chiappa, and the late Jacob J. and Ruth H. Nobles.

Chase Allan Billings

Jaysa Monae Hall
Thomas L. and Sheila M. Hall of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Jaysa Monae Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Eva Jean Black of Augusta and Hazel Hall of Dallas.

Carter Alan Munford

Alexxis Khaliah Ingram
Carlton Ingram and Kartrinna Powell, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Alexxis Khaliah Ingram, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Willie Powell of Conyers, Ga., and Phyllis Mitchell, Carlton Ingram Sr. and Diane Ingram, all of Hephzibah.

Ariana Ansley Norman and Anastacia Devondra Norman

Ta'Kerria Monae Heggs
Tau-Wanda T. Heggs of Wadley, Ga., announces the birth of a daughter, Ta'Kerria Monae Heggs, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Dianne Heggs of Wadley and George Cooper of Louisville, Ga.

Sabrina Three Newsome

Andrew Jamal Dent
Richard W. Dent and Amarylus Sinkfield, both of Appling, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Jamal Dent, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Richard and Willie Mae Dent of Appling and the late Faye S. Sinkfield.

Bethany Ruth Proctor

Chase Allan Billings
Floyd Billings and Michelle Williams, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Chase Allan Billings, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Jackson of Augusta and Glen Bodie and Sue Herrick of Wagener.

Jaysa Monae Hall

Shawn Tyler Wambsgans
John T. and Tiffani N. Wambsgans of Evans announce the birth of a son, Shawn Tyler Wambsgans, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Berry and Mr. and Mrs. Sal Wambsgans, all of Evans.

Jacob Thomas Nobles III

Kierra LaNiya Tucker
Kenneth Tucker and Shanita Cook, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Kierra LaNiya Tucker, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Tucker and Vanita Cook, both of Augusta.

Ta'Kerria Monae Heggs

Samantha Anne-Marie Smith
Robert P. and Jennifer R. Smith of Blythe announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Anne-Marie Smith, Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are George and Rosa Sanders and George and Doris Smith, all of Hephzibah, and Robert and Bobby J. Caldwell of Martinez.

Shawn Tyler Wambsgans

Leroy Samuel Laird III

Seareon Robert Jenkins

Ariana Ansley Norman and Anastacia Devondra Norman
Demaris Norman and Cherelle McCord, both of Martinez, announce the birth of twin daughters, Ariana Ansley Norman and Anastacia Devondra Norman, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mary E. McCord, Bobby Joe Ricks, Tina Otero and Glenn McCladdie, all of Martinez.

Jonathan Zacchaeus Lawrence Baker

Sabrina Three Newsome
Ben and April Newsome of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Sabrina Three Newsome, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sabrina Beauchamp of Milledgeville, Ga., Jerry Collier of Gadsden, Ala., and Ida Newsome of Augusta.

Sydney Drew Wilson

Joshua David Moore
Sean and Kristin Moore of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Joshua David Moore, Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Edward and Julianne Vaughn of Akron, Ohio, and Terrance and Beverly Moore of Talmadge, Ohio.

Amaya Melody Banks

Kennedy Marie Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. DeMargo Lewis of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Kennedy Marie Lewis, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Louis and Ola Jenkins of Millen, Ga., and William and Charlotte Haynie of Augusta.

Kennedy Marie Lewis

Bethany Ruth Proctor
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Proctor of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Bethany Ruth Proctor, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Mixson of Ashton, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Proctor of Boneville, Ga.

Hollis Morgan Holmes

Sophia Hope Pidcock
Dr. Scott and Kim Pidcock of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Sophia Hope Pidcock, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Judy Smith of Cartersville, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Clark Pidcock of Columbus, N.J., Catherine Priori of Lawrenceville, N.J., and the late Jackie P. Smith.

6-year-old disabled boy has four fingers gnawed off by dog
TAMPA, Fla. -- A 6-year-old boy who is partially paralyzed had four fingers chewed off by his family's dog because he couldn't feel the animal gnawing at his hand.

German man avoids charges for training dog to perform Nazi-style salute
BERLIN -- A man who trained his German shepherd to raise a paw in imitation of the Nazi salute won't be prosecuted for the unusual trick, although he faces other charges, including allegedly shouting "Heil Hitler!" just before the dog's feat, judicial authorities said Wednesday.

Odds and Ends
LINDEN, N.J. -- The Planet Kidz clothing store just had one tough customer: A rowdy deer.

Odds and Ends
NORWICH, Conn. -- Benedict Arnold may be best known for treason in the 18th century, but according to his tombstone he wasn't born until after the Revolutionary War, and he lived for 150 years.

London musical, 'Money to Burn,' runs out of money
LONDON -- The new musical "Money to Burn" has closed less than two days after opening, in one of the shortest runs ever for a show on the West End.

IRS sits on unclaimed refund checks
The IRS is trying to give money away, and it could be for you.

Retail sales dip by 0.2 percent in September
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers took a bit of a breather in September, dropping sales at the nation's retailers by 0.2 percent.

Intel unveils flash memory next-generation phones

McDonald's, Best Buy team up in Monopoly game promotion

Aiken County plant named among 10 best
GRANITEVILLE - These days, Andrew Firestone is better known for his appearance on ABC's The Batchelor than he is for being an heir to the fortune created by the tires that bear his family name.

Business briefs
A live, interactive teleconference featuring former college and pro football quarterback Fran Tarkenton, the CEO and founder of gosmallbiz.com, has been scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Mally's Bagels and Grits on Washington Road.

McDonald's, Best Buy team up in Monopoly game promotion
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp. is launching a new Monopoly game promotion with Best Buy Co. Inc. on Tuesday, two years after the fast-food giant's last Monopoly effort ended in a multimillion-dollar scam.

Dixie-Narco looks beyond beverages
Dixie-Narco Inc., in its latest attempt to diversify beyond the struggling beverage machine business, has formed an alliance with a New Jersey company whose vending machines dispense frozen foods and ice cream.

Dixie-Narco looks beyond beverages

Mill looking for buyers, investors
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- Georgetown Steel, one of Georgetown County's largest employers, is looking for a buyer or an investor less than 15 months after Midcoast Industries bought the mill for $53 million.

Business briefs

Report: Coastal workers lacks high-tech skills

Milliken to close two plants, cut 240 jobs

Being bilingual makes cents

Intel unveils flash memory next-generation phones
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A new flash memory system from Intel Corp. aims to capitalize on the photography and multimedia functions being built into new cell phones.

Fed survey finds economic activity picking up

Source: AOL plans no-frills Internet service
Trying to fend off cut-rate competitors, America Online plans to introduce a discount version of its dial-up Internet access service early next year that will carry the Netscape brand name, a person with the company said Tuesday.

Milliken to close two plants, cut 240 jobs
SALUDA, S.C. -- Textile maker Milliken and Co. says it will close two plants and cut roughly 240 jobs - a major blow to a textile stalwart that's been in the forefront of trying to protect the nation's textile industry.

Aiken County plant named among 10 best

Report: Coastal workers lacks high-tech skills
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A significant portion of coastal Georgia's workers are not qualified to apply for manufacturing jobs requiring skilled labor, according to a report released Tuesday.

Source: AOL plans no-frills Internet service

Business briefs
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. swung to a profit of $425 million in the third quarter from a loss of $804 million a year ago, but global automotive earnings fell 91 percent because of intense pricing pressure in North America and unfavorable exchange rates overseas.

Fed survey finds economic activity picking up
WASHINGTON -- Economic activity was accelerating in early fall with consumer spending strong in most parts of the country and even the nation's beleaguered manufacturing sector showing signs of life, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

German gunmaker breaks ground near Army post
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- On a muddy patch of earth where Army troops once roamed, the city of Columbus laid out the welcome mat Tuesday for a German gunmaker expected to pump $25 million into the local economy and create as many as 200 jobs.

Being bilingual makes cents
Hispanic workers need to file their tax returns just like everyone else.

Mill looking for buyers, investors

Clemson coaches, officials pleased with ACC

Tigers remove doubts

Purnell to open training camp Saturday

Clemson's Aderhold to undergo heart tests
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Julie Aderhold, Clemson's top three-point shooter from a year ago, will have tests done Friday after several reoccurrences of her irregular heartbeat during the offseason.

Purnell to open training camp Saturday
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Sharrod Ford has enjoyed the cookouts at the house, the talks in the office and the encouraging words he's heard so far from new Clemson coach, Oliver Purnell.

Tigers remove doubts
This time last week, Clemson seemed like a team in disarray.

Clemson's Aderhold to undergo heart tests

Last year's Clemson loss creates edge

Last year's Clemson loss creates edge
Clemson's players say coach Tommy Bowden gave one of his more impassioned speeches in recent memory before last week's win over Virginia.

Clemson coaches, officials pleased with ACC
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell probably spoke for hundreds of coaches, players and administrators when he discussed the Atlantic Coast Conference's back-and-forth expansion process - "I hope it's over."

ACC & SEC notebook
It's not that South Carolina's secondary is bad; it's actually quite good.

ACC & SEC notebook

Augusta to hold tourney

Augustan will challenge top-ranked long-drivers

With friends like these...

Our Foundering Fathers

Our Foundering Fathers
Say what you will about the Augusta Commission, but you have to admit that once the commission makes up its mind, it's full of indecision.

The fork in the road
Two things are causing that quaking under your feet:

Trashing the people's will

With friends like these...
It's probably just as well that Iraq's neighbors and Muslim nations around the world won't even consider sending peacekeeping forces to Iraq. The U.S. coalition could sure use the help - but even Iraqis, according to one report, "fear that peacekeepers from neighboring countries could end up interfering in Iraq's internal affairs."

Trashing the people's will
If a waste management company came into Columbia County or west Richmond County to build a huge new landfill to import garbage from Atlanta and other Georgia communities, how far do you think it would get? Not far, that's for sure.

Official says study is wrong
AIKEN - A report released Tuesday claiming that an unreported accident at Savannah River Site contaminated surrounding areas is based on faulty findings, an SRS official said.

Stuff to do
The Georgia-Carolina State Fair opens its midway at 4 p.m. Friday at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds on Hale Street. The fair, which will offer its usual assortment of rides, games, entertainment and displays, runs through Oct. 27. Admission is $5, and unlimited ride tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at Koger-Walters Amoco stations and Harmon Optical in Southgate Plaza. They may also be charged by phone at (803) 278-4TIX or online at Tixonline. For more information, call 278-4849.

Pajama Sam getting some wrinkles
Pajama Sam, for those who don't have little kids around, is a kid-sized hero in blue pajamas and red-blanket cape, who has delivered fun-laced learning software to the early elementary crowd for some time. A creation of Humongous Entertainment, Pajama Sam, along with Spy Fox, Freddi Fish, and Putt-Putt, delighted children and reviewers with their fresh, wholesome, very-well done and fairly priced early learning software.

People in the news
LOS ANGELES -- Former "Law & Order" actress Angie Harmon and her pro football player husband, Jason Sehorn, are the parents of a baby girl.

Football titles keep score close
As it has in the National Football League, parity has come to NFL videogames.

The top five
Here's a list of top five TV shows, movies, music, tours, video rentals and sales.

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

Actors oppose ban on Oscar screener copies
NEW YORK -- Several prominent actors, including Sean Penn, Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand and Willem Dafoe, have joined the opposition to a recent ban on sending special DVDs and videos to Academy Award voters.

Come one, come all
With concerts, a beauty pageant, bull riding, a rodeo, a demolition car derby and fireworks, the Aiken Jaycees Western Carolina State Fair offers something for everyone.

Stocks pull back on profit-taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated modestly from 16-month highs Wednesday after investors welcomed another batch of strong earnings but worried that stock prices might nonetheless be too high.

N. Y. law encourages credit unions for school kids
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Some adults' finances are collapsing like a house of credit cards. Some college graduates aren't paying their student loans. Some college students are inundated with credit card offers that get them deep into debt before their first real job.

Earnings extend stock rally from 16-month highs
NEW YORK -- Investors hesitantly extended Wall Street's rally Tuesday, lifting the Dow within 200 points of 10,000 for the first time since May 2002, after solid profit reports from blue chips including Merrill Lynch and Johnson & Johnson.

N. Y. law encourages credit unions for school kids

Stocks pull back on profit-taking

Consumer credit counseling services examined

Consumer credit counseling services examined
WASHINGTON -- Consumers looking for help paying their debts should be wary of debt management services that charge high fees and offer little counseling, the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

Dining out
This is a listing of brief reviews of restaurants in the Augusta area.

Dining out

Fresh fruit dessert is simple pleasure
Crisp grape tarts are easily made with phyllo pastry, baked and cooled, then filled with a fresh combination of grapes, honey, orange liqueur and yogurt.

Small portions

Chef savors summer in new cookbook
CHICAGO - She's an Oxford graduate with a degree in modern and medieval languages. She's the daughter of Nigel Lawson, a top official under former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She's also a cook and food writer with her own TV program, newspaper column and line of kitchenware.

Small portions
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Salt used to be just salt, but now curious cooks and diners are exploring its variety.

Chef savors summer in new cookbook

Guns, knives, TNT - how did I survive childhood?

Bush to be honorary chairman of '05 matches

Fit to be Ty: A long week for LPGA commissioner
Rain washed out the big celebration planned for Annika Sorenstam getting into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Slow signs of improvement on the PGA Tour
Vijay Singh was among the skeptics when the PGA Tour introduced a severe penalty structure for slow play, saying players would "start off like a greyhound and finish like a poodle."

Love waiting for reaction to course redesign
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Davis Love III has more on his mind this week than his quest to move up the money list and stay in the race for player of the year honors.

Slow signs of improvement on the PGA Tour

Fit to be Ty: A long week for LPGA commissioner

Els, Weir, Curtis and Micheel head Match Play field

Els, Weir, Curtis and Micheel head Match Play field
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- The field for the World Match Play Championship includes defending champion Ernie Els and the winner of three of this year's majors.

Love waiting for reaction to course redesign

Bush to be honorary chairman of '05 matches
LAKE MANASSAS, Va. -- President Bush has agreed to be the honorary chairman of The Presidents Cup when it returns to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in 2005.

Jefferson County receiver becomes lost in the crowd

Westside sees challenge in Washington County

Westside sees challenge in Washington County
Westside coach Gerald Barnes knows just how dominant Washington County can be. He looks at the Golden Hawks' schedule and sees the 76-0 destruction of Johnson County, the 42-0 white-washing of Putnam County and the 72-0 victory against Harlem.

Jefferson County receiver becomes lost in the crowd
According to Jefferson County head coach J.B. Arnold, this is not a good year to be a wide receiver recruit.

Heatley releases statement about accident
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley expressed sadness Tuesday night for the car wreck that killed teammate Dan Snyder, saying he was "very sorry over the loss of my close friend."

Heatley releases statement about accident

Flavorful roast is easy to prepare and easier to customize
When I was growing up, my mother and her friends often would swap favorite recipes. A favorite from next door or at a neighborhood cookout would soon become a regular item on our weekly menu.

Flavorful roast is easy to prepare and easier to customize

Officials identify woman killed crossing Lumpkin Road
Authorities have identified a woman who died after she was hit twice by two vehicles on Lumpkin Road Tuesday night.

Doctors railroaded by the government

Kennedy and Byrd are no models of courage
Joaquin Godoy (Oct. 6 letter, "Kennedy's claim about Iraq war is absolutely correct") seems to be impressed with the courage of Democratic Sens. Ted Kennedy of the "People's Republic of Massachusetts" and Robert Byrd of the "Taxpayer's Money Pit of West Virginia." William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta

Proposes annual citywide book festival

University's mismanagement cause of unit closure
University Hospital is closing its psychiatric unit of over 40 years. The ensuing concern is that psychiatric patients may soon spend up to three days in the emergency room awaiting a bed. This phenomenon is already occurring in South Carolina. John S. Dirksen, M.D., Augusta

Publication of letter shows poor judgment

Uniforms don't help learning process
This is in response to Barbara Driggers' Oct. 6 letter, "Extols the virtues of school uniforms." Gwinnette Tyner, Hephzibah, Ga.

Kennedy and Byrd are no models of courage

Doctors railroaded by the government
Dr. Rita Udom, who stands convicted of more than 300 counts of improper prescribing, is awaiting sentencing. Thanks to the judge's hands being tied by "sentencing guidelines," Dr. Udom is going away for many years. The Rev. Dr. M. Allen Flowers, Augusta

University's mismanagement cause of unit closure

Publication of letter shows poor judgment
Regarding Harry Sellers' Oct. 7 letter, "Arafat versus Sharon and Bush": It's time The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff shows some discretion concerning letters they choose to print.

Proposes annual citywide book festival
As I travel around the nation, I've realized that many American cities are sponsoring and promoting annual citywide book festivals. These book festivals are successful, meaningful, productive and profitable for these cities. E. Maner, Augusta

Study: Overweight kids less able to compensate for overeating fast food

Girl Scouts work to punch up image, attract older girls

Study: Use of tanning salons significantly increases skin cancer risk

Plans for live coverage of space launch scrapped

Make a Difference Day

Gun maker launches home decor, clothing catalog

Low-carb dieters eat more calories and still lose weight

In the know

Health and fitness calendar

Plans for live coverage of space launch scrapped
BEIJING -- With China's first manned space mission fast approaching, the Communist Party's official newspaper reported Tuesday that the government had scrapped plans to broadcast the launch on live television.

In the know
The International Association of Culinary Professionals Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for culinary schools and independent research. There are 21 scholarships available for the 2004-2005 school year.

Study: Use of tanning salons significantly increases skin cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- Women who visit tanning salons more than once a month are 55 percent more likely to develop malignant melanoma, and the risk more than doubles for women in their 20s who frequent tanning parlors, according to an eight-year study of more than 100,000 Scandinavians.

In the know
What's going on right now at the South Pole? Not much, probably, even though the Antarctic summer is on the way. But you can check out Webcam pictures at these sites:

Gun maker launches home decor, clothing catalog
PHOENIX -- One of the country's most recognizable brands - Smith & Wesson - is taking aim at consumers' love of the American West by going into the catalog business selling cowboy boot lamps and studded velvet jackets.

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

Low-carb dieters eat more calories and still lose weight
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The dietary establishment has long argued it's impossible, but a new study offers intriguing evidence for the idea that people on low-carbohydrate diets can actually eat more than folks on standard lowfat plans and still lose weight.

Girl Scouts work to punch up image, attract older girls
PHOENIX -- Since she was 5, Patti Duncan has faithfully attended weekly Girl Scout meetings, earned badges for taking care of pets and writing to soldiers and sold lots of those famous cookies.

Study: Overweight kids less able to compensate for overeating fast food
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Overweight children appear to be especially susceptible to the lure of fast food, a study found. They stuff themselves even more ravenously than other youngsters do and are less able to compensate by eating sparingly the rest of the day.

Make a Difference Day
There's no recipe for making a difference. It can be with a service, a smile, even a song - and volunteers are ready to put their own spin on creating change in the community.

Lynx by the numbers

Weber on road less traveled
Chuck Weber is different than most pro hockey coaches.

Lynx player profiles

Lynx by the numbers
1 - New ownership group Augusta Entertainment, LLC, led by Bobby Jones Ford owner Frank Lawrence, Morris Communications CEO William S. Morris III and Carl Scheer, who owns the ECHL's Greenville Grrrowl and the Charlotte Checkers.

Gamsby returns as manager
On the eve of opening the 2003-04 season under new ownership and a new coach, the Augusta Lynx are returning to their past in the front office.

Sugden's lifetime ban from ECHL lifted by arbitrator
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Brandon Sugden, a former draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, had his lifetime suspension from the East Coast Hockey League lifted on Wednesday.

Lynx player profiles
Here are profiles of the 2003-2004 Augusta Lynx players.

Drulia mapping out new course for young team
When the Augusta Lynx hired Stan Drulia to be the team's fifth head coach in six seasons, they didn't get what they bargained for.

Weber on road less traveled

League sees many changes
When the ECHL drops the puck Friday to begin its 16th season, in many ways it will have the feel of an inaugural season.

Lynx make more rosters moves
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia continues to shuffle his roster with the ECHL regular season set to begin Friday.

Lynx make more rosters moves

Drulia mapping out new course for young team

Gamsby returns as manager

Absences get schools in trouble

Democratic presidential candidates to debate in Greenville

Eldridge finalist for Florida job

Police look for man in robbery
Authorities were looking for a man who robbed a Washington Road bank of an undisclosed amount of money Tuesday morning.

Eldridge finalist for Florida job
AIKEN - Linda Eldridge, Aiken County's public school superintendent, said Tuesday she is one of six finalists for the top educator's post in the Sarasota County, Fla., public school district.

Green onions the source of Georgia's hepatitis A outbreak
ATLANTA -- Green onions are the source of a northern Georgia hepatitis A outbreak that made 210 ill last month, state health officials said Tuesday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is D'Artagnan J. Sams, 20 months, of Augusta.

Man charged in house fire
A Hephzibah man was charged with a Tuesday morning arson after authorities found him the area, wearing clothes smelling of gasoline, officials said.

Taking flak from both sides, Perdue seeks racial healing

Across the area
A threatening note written on a toilet paper dispenser brought out extra Columbia County sheriff's deputies to Lakeside High School on Tuesday.

News you can use
OCT. 15, 1980 Augusta officials have approved the sale of land along the Savannah River between 13th and 15th streets for a 54-unit condominium complex at its appraised value of $132,000 but attached several conditions to the sale.

Rants and Raves
A BIG RANT to the rude patrons at the Augusta Ballet's Saturday night performance. From the man blowing gin breath to all the other patrons crunching and munching throughout the show, you made the performance more like an arena attraction rather than the cultural event that it really is. Get it together, Augusta.

South examining its past at 'racial reconciliation' forum
ATLANTA -- A state preoccupied with race relations since the 19th Century will take another look at its history Wednesday in a special "racial reconciliation" forum featuring former President Jimmy Carter and Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Athlete health studied
The Columbia County Board of Education soon will be looking at several proposals to provide better health care for its athletes.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Police continued searching Wednesday for the boyfriend of a 17-year-old girl found dead with her throat cut in a vacant lot in Atlanta's West End.

Official says study is wrong
AIKEN - A report released Tuesday claiming that an unreported accident at Savannah River Site contaminated surrounding areas is based on faulty findings, an SRS official said.

Police hope to identify victim

Landfill lands leaders in jail
Three Taliaferro County commissioners will remain in jail until they comply with a judge's order to sign a letter endorsing the landfill or until the judge lets them out.

Isakson leads Senate contenders in funds

Utility plans sewer lines
Septic tank users in Richmond County are about to be served notice: A sewer line likely will be coming soon to your neighborhood, and you had better get on it.

Isakson leads Senate contenders in funds
ATLANTA - U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson is continuing to outpace his Republican opponents in raising money for next year's U.S. Senate race.

County's districting problem is undecided
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield County school board members danced around the county's redistricting problem, again unable to reach a decision Tuesday night.

Group accepts landfill letter

Salvagers recover artifacts from shipwreck off Georgia coast
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A company that specializes in finding treasure from old shipwrecks has recovered the ship's bell of the SS Republic, a vessel that sank amid stormy waters off the Georgia coast in 1865.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Wednesday and charged with threatening to shoot a Richmond County sheriff's deputy after a domestic dispute, authorities said.

Board sets new bus policy
The Columbia County Board of Education on Tuesday night gave final approval to a policy that changes the way pupils are transported to school-sanctioned events.

Savannah, Columbus hospitals spared from cuts
ATLANTA -- The Board of Human Resources spared hospitals in Columbus and Savannah Wednesday from the closure they faced under budget recommendations of the outgoing head of the health agency.

Police hope to identify victim
Red pumps lying on Lumpkin Road and a Bible inside a handbag were among the scant clues officials had to identify a woman killed Tuesday evening while she tried to cross the road.

Community wants third representative on board
Merriwether residentssay growing population and a need for political clout are why they want more representation on the Edgefield County school board.

Groups plan to rid city of gangs
At a meeting Tuesday, leaders representing law enforcement, schools and other parts of the community agreed that Augusta has a gang problem.

Rants and Raves
HOW COME IT'S all about dress codes? Isn't it about education? I thought so.

Lieberman looks to boost campaign in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Looking to South Carolina to boost his presidential campaign, Democrat Joe Lieberman promised to improve education for single-parent and low-income families.

New tour sheds light on coastal ghosts

Hospital says no ifs, ands or butts

Officials identify woman killed crossing Lumpkin Road

Two charged with capital murder in deaths of missing Georgia twins

Utility plans sewer lines

Pupils go home empty-handed

Woman still haunted by Tuskegee experiments

Landfill lands leaders in jail

Lieberman looks to boost campaign in South Carolina

Atlanta-based CDC employee honored for efforts to eliminate polio

Police look for man in robbery

County's districting problem is undecided

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Car racing museum stalled in north Georgia town

Rants and Raves
A BIG RANT to the rude patrons at the Augusta Ballet's Saturday night performance. From the man blowing gin breath to all the other patrons crunching and munching throughout the show, you made the performance more like an arena attraction rather than the cultural event that it really is. Get it together, Augusta.

Change robbery yields arrest
Counting spare change earned one Hephzibah man a ticket to the Richmond County jail.

Forum discusses solutions

Hospital says no ifs, ands or butts
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Slap on a nicotine patch before visiting Savannah's Memorial Health University Medical Center. Or be prepared to follow the old advertising slogan, and walk a mile for a Camel.

Savannah, Columbus hospitals spared from cuts

Georgia Democrats split on aid package to Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's $87 billion request for the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan encountered a barrage of criticism from congressional Democrats Wednesday, but some from Georgia prepared to buck others in their party and support the package.

Corrections
A news item in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have stated that Sylvester Rod Dunn was sentenced for a charge of false imprisonment.

Across Georgia
IRWINTON - The trial of a police trainee accused of shooting and killing a former co-worker in 2001 began Tuesday.

Atkins approved: Restaurant rolls out low-carb margaritas
ATLANTA -- Responding to a growing legion of carb-conscious dieters, a chain of Mexican restaurants has rolled out a low-carbohydrate version of the classic Tex-Mex cocktail - the margarita.

Fulton candidate acknowledges using government chauffeurs for private trips
ATLANTA -- A former Fulton County commissioner running for office again has admitted she may have used police chauffeurs for personal business.

Atlanta-based CDC employee honored for efforts to eliminate polio
WASHINGTON -- The woman in charge of an Atlanta-based effort to eliminate all polio cases worldwide by 2008 has won a national service award and will travel to Washington Wednesday to claim it.

Inspector general to look into state Medicaid contract
ATLANTA -- The state inspector general will investigate a $107 million payment to a consulting firm hired in 1999 to find additional federal money for Medicaid and other state programs.

Taking flak from both sides, Perdue seeks racial healing
ATLANTA -- Ten months into a four-year term, Gov. Sonny Perdue is taking flak from black lawmakers who contend his policies are racially divisive and from whites angry that they will have no chance to vote on restoring the rebel battle cross to the state flag.

Forum discusses solutions
AIKEN - Don't tell Serena McDaniel juvenile crime rates are going down.

After school program melds arts, academics
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- When the school bell rings at Rebecca Minor Elementary School, a growing number of students are heading for an art-based, after-school program.

Salvagers recover artifacts from shipwreck off Georgia coast

New trial ordered in Douglas County slaying case
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court ordered a new trial Tuesday to determine whether a man convicted in Douglas County 15 years ago for shooting four co-workers should escape the death penalty because he is mentally retarded.

Rants and Raves
HOW COME IT'S all about dress codes? Isn't it about education? I thought so.

Construction of bomb detection areas could slow airport operations
ATLANTA -- Passenger check in, rental car pick ups, and hotel bus pick ups could all be hindered during the holiday travel season by construction of luggage-screening rooms under Hartsfield International Airport.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Two Marine Corps jet fighters crashed in the Atlantic during a training exercise Wednesday. The pilots were rescued by the Coast Guard, authorities said.

Two charged with capital murder in deaths of missing Georgia twins
ROME, Ga. -- Two men were accused of murder after police discovered two bodies they believe to be that of Georgia twins last seen in July before a day of fishing in north Alabama.

Wofford student awaits hearing that could end deportation battle

Transportation Department worker killed at I-77 road work site
CHESTER, S.C. -- A driver struck and killed a state Transportation Department flag man at a construction site near Chester Monday and the Highway Patrol says as traffic backed up for hours a trucker fled a second accident that killed a 3-year-old nearby.

Official says study is wrong

State's pharmacy colleges consider merging
CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina's two pharmacy colleges are considering plans to merge or close one of the schools to save as much as $2.5 million a year.

ATV thefts rise in deer season

Democratic presidential candidates to debate in Greenville
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A nationally televised Democratic presidential debate will be held in Greenville just five days ahead of South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary, the state party announced Wednesday.

Corrections

Two military planes down in Atlantic, pilots safe
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Two Marine Corps jet fighters crashed in the Atlantic on Wednesday during a training exercise. The pilots were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and brought safely back to land, authorities said.

Across the area

Woman still haunted by Tuskegee experiments
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Decades later, Mary Starke Harper is still outraged by the Tuskegee experiments more than 60 years ago in which black men with syphilis went untreated.

If once isn't enough, go again and again

Jury acquits man in shooting death
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A jury has acquitted a Belton man charged in the fatal shooting of his best friend whom he found naked with his wife.

Kid of the day

Judge says Ports Authority must vacate shipping terminal
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A judge has ordered the State Ports Authority to return control of a private shipping terminal at the old Charleston Navy Base to the company licensed to run it.

State's pharmacy colleges consider merging

Sanford asks agencies to cut travel expenses
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford asked state agencies on Tuesday to save money by cutting travel expenses.

Malpractice lawsuit settled

Wofford student awaits hearing that could end deportation battle
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- An immigration panel has granted a Wofford College student a rare chance to have his case against deportation heard again.

County seeks headgate grants

Plan would lessen anti-smog requirements for some
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina business groups are supporting a proposal that would let industries move to the state's smoggiest cities without using new, expensive pollution control gear.

Construction of bomb detection areas could slow airport operations

County seeks headgate grants
Columbia County will apply for a grant from the Department of Transportation for nearly $1 million for the Augusta Canal headgates. The county would provide a 20 percent matching grant.

Fulton candidate acknowledges using government chauffeurs for private trips

Across Georgia

Change robbery yields arrest

Lieutenant governor pleads guilty in traffic arrest
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has agreed to a plea bargain to resolve a reckless driving charge from May that ended with a police officer feeling threatened enough at a traffic stop to pull his weapon.

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Community wants third representative on board

Commission hopefuls' funds on file

If once isn't enough, go again and again
A chill in the air, signaling fall's return, will soon be joined by the wafting aroma of cotton candy, jovial carnival music and shrieks from amusement rides.

Jury acquits man in shooting death

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Destini Coleman, 2, of Augusta.

Georgia Democrats split on aid package to Iraq

Family seeks coroner inquest
ATHENS, Ga. - Family members of a 62-year-old woman who died while in Athens-Clarke County police custody for an alleged shoplifting incident last month are calling on authorities to investigate a large bruise and a cut on the woman's head that were noticed by a funeral home employee.

DeMint leads in campaign cash for U.S. Senate race

Commission hopefuls' funds on file
The financial disclosure statements of county commission candidates are now on file with the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Woman struck by two cars is named

Woman struck by two cars is named
Authorities have identified a woman who died after she was hit by two vehicles on Lumpkin Road on Tuesday night.

School official reassigned after complaint of partial strip search
ATLANTA -- An assistant principal at a suburban Atlanta high school was reassigned and a school system police officer is under investigation after complaints of a partial strip-search of four female students.

Pupils go home empty-handed
Teachers have heard the homework excuses before. Either their pupils forgot it, didn't complete it or the dog ate it.

Marshall undergoes successful surgery for prostate cancer
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim Marshall, a Georgia Democrat considering a Senate run, underwent successful surgery Wednesday for prostate cancer - an illness aides said may have resulted from an exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

ATV thefts rise in deer season
AIKEN - All-terrain vehicles are popular with hunters, construction workers, farmers, back-country joy riders and - with the arrival of deer season - thieves who find an available black market for them.

DeMint leads in campaign cash for U.S. Senate race
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint led the pack of candidates in raising money for the seat of Democratic U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

Across South Carolina
SUMMERVILLE -A garbage truck backed over and killed a 9-year-old girl riding her bicycle Monday in Summerville.

Artificial stream plan wins prize for Phinizy
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park's plan for an artificial stream that would simulate the flow of a Southern river earned the park's parent organization a $7,500 award from the Garden Club of America.

Malpractice lawsuit settled
The federal government has settled a medical malpractice claim for more than half a million dollars.

New canal boat passes first test
The Augusta Canal Authority's new tour boat made a fully loaded maiden voyage Wednesday - with some heavyweights as passengers.

Car racing museum stalled in north Georgia town
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. -- When the sparkling new auto racing museum ThunderRoad USA opened in May 2002, civic pride soared in this town of 617, about 60 miles north of Atlanta.

Group accepts landfill letter
Taliaferro County's jailed commissioners were released Wednesday after they agreed to comply with a judge's order to sign off on a controversial landfill they hoped could be kept away from their county.

New tour sheds light on coastal ghosts
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Coastal Georgians don't need horror movies to encounter hovering specters, marauding ghosts or a man breaking into a mausoleum to visit his dead wife.

News you can use
OCT. 16, 1954 Harold Hill, 23, a suspect in the death of an Augusta grocer, was arrested yesterday by FBI agents and detectives when he walked into a "trap" in downtown Jackson, Miss. He waived extradition and agreed to return to Georgia, authorities report.

Sheriff stresses equality
Richmond County sheriff Ronnie Strength addressed a panel on race relations about how his department is working to increase trust of law enforcement by all races.

Absences get schools in trouble
Richmond County pupils who fight or disrupt school might not get two-week vacations at home anymore.

Marshall undergoes successful surgery for prostate cancer

Football forecast shows sunny skies
The sky, it turns out, is not falling after all.

Guns, knives, TNT - how did I survive childhood?
I'm not much for guns, knives and other weapons. I don't go out looking for trouble, or for deer. Weapons are a necessary evil, with the emphasis on evil.

Critical choice

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Apple to unveil online music store for Windows

Apple to unveil online music store for Windows
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For a few months, Apple Computer Inc. enjoyed its own lofty spot in the legitimate online music world. Not anymore.

50 Cent, Nelly, Lil' Kim big winners at The Source awards
MIAMI -- Rapper 50 Cent won three major awards, including album of the year, and Nelly and Lil' Kim also took home trophies at The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards.

Ozzy Osbourne postpones European tour
LOS ANGELES -- Ozzy Osbourne has postponed a planned European tour next year because of the effects of medication he's taking to treat tremors.

50 Cent, Nelly, Lil' Kim big winners at The Source awards

NASCAR sponsors are happy

Darlington deal caps wild year
Apparently, the Carolina Dodge Dealers Association isn't worried about Darlington Raceway's future in NASCAR.

Brack has back surgery
DALLAS -- Kenny Brack had surgery on his broken back, his second operation in two days following a terrifying crash in the IRL's season finale.

Q&A with Jeff Green

Catching Kenseth not likely
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick swapped positions and bounced off each other during much of last Saturday night's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Catching Kenseth not likely

Racing facts - Subway 500

Darlington deal caps wild year

Brack has back surgery

NASCAR sponsors are happy
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - When it comes to making a sponsor happy, no other sport does it better than NASCAR, according to a study from Sports Business Journal.

Racing facts - Subway 500
Here are facts about this weekend's NASCAR Subway 500 race.

Q&A with Jeff Green
Jeff Green has bounced from one ride to another this year, trying to find a home on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He's reportedly the leading candidate for every vacancy on the circuit next year. Green talked about his position and how frustrating it can be.

Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthens in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthens in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthened Wednesday in the open Atlantic but posed no immediate threat to land, forecasters said.

Bryant defense says it has 'compelling evidence' of innocence
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's accuser showed up for her rape exam wearing underpants containing another man's sperm, a startling discovery that defense lawyers called "compelling evidence" the NBA star is innocent.

Bryant defense says it has 'compelling evidence' of innocence

Prosecutors accuse Bryant defense of smearing accuser's name

Prosecutors accuse Bryant defense of smearing accuser's name
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prosecutors accused Kobe Bryant's attorneys of deliberately smearing the reputation of his accuser Tuesday as they asked a judge to make sure any evidence about her sexual history is heard behind closed doors.

Augusta to hold tourney
UNC Pembroke women's basketball coach Sandi Littleton might have been the happiest person at the Peach Belt Conference preseason banquet Tuesday morning.

Fantasy Football: Owners who take chance face big risk, big reward

Reeves on hot seat with Falcons mired in five-game losing streak

Davis plans to play for Panthers this week

Bolden will be activated if he's ready to play

Reeves puts all starting jobs up for competition

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Second lawsuit filed in Big East-ACC turf war

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Teen lives in fast lane

Campbell clarifies remark on county

If Lewis won't fight Klitschko, Johnson will

If Lewis won't fight Klitschko, Johnson will
NEW YORK -- Two months ago, Vitali Klitschko visited Lennox Lewis in London, inquiring about the heavyweight champion's plans and the prospects for a rematch.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Cara Smith, 10, of Evans.

Campbell clarifies remark on county
Deluged by angry phone calls Wednesday protesting his comments in an Augusta Chronicle article, Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell wanted to make one thing clear: he's done everything he can to help the Columbia County schools find a fair region.

Area announcements
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Teen lives in fast lane
Ninety miles an hour is just way too slow for Trey Carr.

Overtime
Augusta State's men's golf team shot 288 on Tuesday to finish fifth at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.

Realignment still puzzles local schools
FORSYTH, Ga. - If Columbia County schools were displeased with the Georgia High School Association Executive Committee's decision to move Greenbrier, Lakeside and Evans into 2-AAAA for the 2004-06 seasons, perhaps Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell knows the reason.

Overtime
NFL Hall of Fame member John Stallworth will be the keynote speaker tonight at the annual CSRA Classic banquet.

Second lawsuit filed in Big East-ACC turf war
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Four Big East football schools filed a second lawsuit Tuesday over the Atlantic Coast Conference expansion, adding Boston College, its athletic director and four ACC officers to the list of defendants.

Reeves on hot seat with Falcons mired in five-game losing streak
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves has been through it all before.

Reeves changes QBs: Kittner in, Johnson out
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Atlanta Falcons are changing quarterbacks, giving Kurt Kittner his first career start.

Reeves puts all starting jobs up for competition
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta quarterback Doug Johnson faces competition for his spot this week, even though Michael Vick won't be back for several more weeks.

Fantasy Football: Owners who take chance face big risk, big reward
In fantasy football, second-guessing is commonplace. It also causes owners to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Bolden rejoins Falcons, declines to talk about criminal case
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Juran Bolden was back at practice for the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, four days after the cornerback was arrested for driving a stolen car and marijuana possession.

Bolden will be activated if he's ready to play
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons cornerback Juran Bolden, arrested over the weekend for marijuana possession and driving a stolen car, will practice Wednesday if he's injured knee has healed enough.

Davis plans to play for Panthers this week
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina running back Stephen Davis scoffed at any notion Wednesday that his bruised right forearm will prevent him from playing against Tennessee this week.

Pope appears in good form on eve of 25th anniversary
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II appeared in relatively good form at his general audience Wednesday, thanking the faithful for their support and prayers on the eve of the 25th anniversary of his papacy.

United in celebration, cardinals could split on issues
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinals have come to Rome united to celebrate Pope John Paul II's 25th anniversary as pontiff, but some issues may divide them when it comes time to choose his successor, such as celibacy for priests and age limits for the pope.

Cardinals say pope still able to do his mission
VATICAN CITY -- Although speech is becoming harder for him, Pope John Paul II still can carry out his mission and shows no sign of resigning, several cardinals said Tuesday.

Football forecast shows sunny skies

Baseball playoffs drive Fox to ratings victory

'Joan of Arcadia' hints at a new dramatic trend: religiosity

ABC News reporting on the state of health care

First D.C. sniper movie about to air, but is it too soon?

ABC News reporting on the state of health care
NEW YORK -- Beginning Sunday, ABC News is focusing on the nation's health care system for a series of reports spread across the network's news programs for a week.

Broadcast networks lauded for diversity gains

'Joan of Arcadia' hints at a new dramatic trend: religiosity
NEW YORK -- The search for truth takes many paths, especially on television, where truth-seekers can vary as much as Mulder and Scully differ from the schoolgirl of CBS' new "Joan of Arcadia."

First D.C. sniper movie about to air, but is it too soon?
BALTIMORE -- Less than a year after the arrests of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the first movie about the shootings that terrorized the suburbs and exurbs of the nation's capital is here.

Broadcast networks lauded for diversity gains
LOS ANGELES -- The major broadcast networks have made strides in bringing minorities into the TV picture, according to a coalition that has worked for four years to force greater diversity on television.

Baseball playoffs drive Fox to ratings victory
NEW YORK -- Last year, postseason baseball was a handicap for Fox. This year, things have changed dramatically.

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Pajama Sam getting some wrinkles

Actors oppose ban on Oscar screener copies

People in the news

Football titles keep score close

Come one, come all

Gibson sits out practice with bruised knee

Georgia's defense No. 1

Eight simple rules (and then some) for playing at Georgia

Freshman making his mark in Georgia backfield
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kregg Lumpkin's career at Georgia didn't start out the way he wanted.

Landers hopes to tone down the yelling this season

Shockley out for Saturday's game

Freshman making his mark in Georgia backfield

Georgia's defense No. 1
When Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder slapped the side of safety Sean Jones' helmet in the second quarter of Saturday's 41-14 victory over Tennessee last Saturday, the natural inclination was to assume that the coach was steamed.

Landers hopes to tone down the yelling this season
ATHENS, Ga. -- Andy Landers doesn't think he'll have to yell quite so much this season.

Gibson sits out practice with bruised knee
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fred Gibson didn't practice Tuesday because of a bruised left knee, the latest injury to plague Georgia's top receiver.

Eight simple rules (and then some) for playing at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- In just a few months on the job, Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton has already made quite an impact.

Shockley out for Saturday's game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia backup quarterback D.J. Shockley has a sore knee and won't play Saturday when the fourth-ranked Bulldogs visit Vanderbilt.

Augustan will challenge top-ranked long-drivers
Augusta's Chris Wilkins won't know until the last minute whom he'll face in the Pinnacle Distance Challenge Finals on Thursday in Mesquite, Nev.

U.S. drove out founder of China's rocketry program
BEIJING -- The founder of China's rocketry program that on Wednesday launched its first astronaut into space began his career building ballistic missiles for the U.S. government during World War II.

Liftoff! China launches manned space mission

U.S. drove out founder of China's rocketry program

Liftoff! China launches manned space mission
GOBI DESERT, China -- Against a clear blue sky, China fired its first astronaut into orbit without any visible hitches Wednesday, becoming only the third nation capable of manned spaceflight. The government said the mission was going smoothly and its "taikonaut" radioed back: "I feel good."

China's first astronaut: A wave, a tentative smile and a promise 'not to disappoint the motherland'

Chronology of China's space program
Major events in the history of the space program of the People's Republic of China:

China's first astronaut: A wave, a tentative smile and a promise 'not to disappoint the motherland'
BEIJING -- The Chinese astronaut who streaked into orbit Wednesday and became an instant national hero is a diminutive fighter pilot with two decades of experience who has promised not to "disappoint the motherland."

London musical, 'Money to Burn,' runs out of money

Odds and Ends

6-year-old disabled boy has four fingers gnawed off by dog

Odds and Ends

Cardinals say pope still able to do his mission

Pope appears in good form on eve of 25th anniversary

United in celebration, cardinals could split on issues