'Rent' a victim of bad acoustics

Slow authors make list for book award

'Rent' a victim of bad acoustics
The touring production of Rent, staged Tuesday at Bell Auditorium, and the first in a series being brought in by the Theater Council, a Chicago-based presenter, was as fine an argument for a new performing arts center as I've ever seen.

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

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

Rodriguez cashes in with playoffs

Cubs come up short again

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.

Red Sox force Game 7

Yankees advance to World Series

Rivera is ALCS MVP
NEW YORK -- For New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, reliever Mariano Rivera is the ultimate safety net, a premier closer who trims games from nine innings to seven.

Yankees advance to World Series
NEW YORK -- Wow, what a shot!

Cubs come up short again
CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker did his best to change attitudes and bring victory to the Chicago Cubs in his first season as their manager.

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

Cub fans curse latest disappointment, wait until next year
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker insists there's no curse on his team.

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

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.

Statement from Cubs fan who deflected foul ball

Unlucky Cubs fan getting support - from Floridians

Rivera is ALCS MVP

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

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.

Marlins advance to World Series

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:

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.

Sarah Rose Charney

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.

Kierra LaNiya Tucker

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.

Alexxis Khaliah Ingram

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.

Sydney Drew Wilson

Carter Alan Munford

Andrew Jamal Dent

Ta'Kerria Monae Heggs

Nathan Lee Smith

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.

Ariana Ansley Norman and Anastacia Devondra Norman

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.

Jonathan Zacchaeus Lawrence Baker

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

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.

Jaysa Monae Hall

Leroy Samuel Laird III

Aaliyah Marie Montgomery

Sabrina Three Newsome

Shawn Tyler Wambsgans

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.

Lauren Ann Friday

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.

Joshua David Moore

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.

Amaya Melody Banks

Hollis Morgan Holmes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chase Allan Billings

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

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.

Marissa Alisiana Violante

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.

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.

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.

Seareon Robert Jenkins

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.

Kennedy Marie Lewis

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.

Synia Caprice Hillary

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.

Sophia Hope Pidcock

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.

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.

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
CROCKETT, Calif. -- Officials in this small town are in a quandary over which California governor to invite to the opening ceremony for a new bridge next month.

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

Bypassing agent can prove hassle
When Ron Strout met with real estate agents about selling his home, he didn't like the idea of paying a 7 percent commission.

Bypassing agent can prove hassle

Fed survey finds economic activity picking up

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.

Social Security recipients to get small benefit hike

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.

Social Security recipients to get small benefit hike
WASHINGTON -- Social Security beneficiaries will get a 2.1 percent cost-of-living increase next year, providing an extra $19 a month for the typical retiree.

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.

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.

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

Congress approves more money for weapons worker program

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.

Hearing set to see if Mirant can offer severance to CEO, other top execs
ATLANTA -- Mirant Corp. is seeking bankruptcy court approval to issue minimum severance packages to its chief executive officer and other top level employees, but the energy supplier insisted Thursday there are no current plans to cut those positions.

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.

Hopeful's trade views stir anger
AIKEN - Money just seems to make them madder.

Report: Coastal workers lacks high-tech skills

Consumer prices up 0.3 percent in September
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices rose by a modest 0.3 percent in September for the second month in a row, mostly reflecting higher gasoline prices that put a dent in motorists' wallets. At the same time, production at the nation's factories, mines and utilities rebounded.

Aiken County plant named among 10 best

Business briefs

Congress approves more money for weapons worker program
WASHINGTON -- Congress has given the Energy Department permission to spend an extra $10 million to improve a much-criticized program aimed at helping sick nuclear weapons workers get compensation.

Hearing set to see if Mirant can offer severance to CEO, other top execs

Being bilingual makes cents

Hopeful's trade views stir anger

Business briefs
The holding company for Georgia Bank & Trust Co. announced Thursday that it is going ahead with a 2-for-1 stock split Nov. 21 that will be paid to shareholders of record as of Oct. 31.

Clemson's Bowden has intriguing design ideas

N.C. State edges Clemson
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to tie the Atlantic Coast Conference career record as North Carolina State beat Clemson 17-15 Thursday night.

Purnell to open training camp Saturday

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.

N.C. State edges Clemson

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.

Last year's Clemson loss creates edge

Clemson's Bowden has intriguing design ideas
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden's design ideas don't stop with the playbook. And if his Tigers keep playing winning football, fans could soon see it in the team's jerseys.

Seminoles will try to knock another contender down

Pittsburgh great talks on game's importance
It's been 20 years since John Stallworth suited up for Alabama A&M.

College football picks
Maybe this weekend should be called Letdown Saturday.

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

College football picks

ACC & SEC notebook

Seminoles will try to knock another contender down
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Florida State has had a lot or practice rebounding from losses to Miami under coach Bobby Bowden. Seventeen times in 28 seasons to be exact.

Pittsburgh great talks on game's importance

College basketball teams ready to practice

Not so lovable
Chicago Cubs fans are supposed to be as lovable as the lovable losers they root for year after year, decade after decade. But there's nothing lovable about the way some Cubs fans are harassing the hapless Steve Bartman who deflected a Florida Marlin's foul ball in the eighth inning of game six of the National League pennant playoffs.

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.

Opportunity in Bangkok

Trashing the people's will

Not so lovable

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

Opportunity in Bangkok
Earlier this year, shamed by the global community, a trade consortium of Asian nations broke its rule about not interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbors and censured Burma's ruling military junta for detaining Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for the third time since her political career began in 1988.

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

Entertainer allows audience to decide what's in 'Mozart'
Augusta entertainer Russell Joel Brown travels the road from Mozart to Motown again tonight, taking in a few new sights along the way.

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

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

Fair gets some new attractions
The Augusta Exchange Club Georgia-Carolina State Fair is 80 years old, but it will have plenty of new attractions.

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.

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

Standing ovations
The Jess Trio, an Austrian classical-music ensemble, will perform at 8 tonight at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The concert will open the 14th season of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society.

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Matrix Reloaded. TUESDAY: 28 Days Later, The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Temple of Doom/The Last Crusade)

Fort Discovery celebrates 100 years of flight
The helicopter parked outside Fort Discovery on Riverwalk Augusta has company.

Mortgage rates up again
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages, which had been going down, went up for the second straight week amid signs that the economic rebound is gaining strength.

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.

Stocks pull back on profit-taking

Fishing report

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

Fishing report
Fishing success was on the upswing earlier this week before the cold front pushed into the area.

Fishing tournament news

Pizza Hut to offer a lower-fat pizza
DALLAS -- To the menu of zero-calorie Slurpees and low-carbohydrate margaritas, diet-conscious Americans can now add lower-fat pizza.

Stop bugs' winter home invasion
Late October's cool nights and dry, sunny days are perfect for dividing perennials. Cool nights are needed to re-establish roots and harden off plants for winter. Although most perennials can be divided, some cannot be and some do not respond well. Consult gardening books or ask an expert if in doubt.

Master Gardeners cultivate more beautiful communities
NEW MARKET, Va. -- In Pennsylvania and Georgia, they work behind coils of barbed wire, passing their considerable gardening skills along to prison inmates.

Jury still out as Georgia Southern begins second half of season
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Someone once said there's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Yellow Jackets get started without Bosh, Nelson
ATLANTA -- With B.J. Elder, Marvin Lewis and Jarrett Jack all returning - and transfer Will Bynum eligible after fall exams - Georgia Tech has plenty of depth on the perimeter.

First-year coach has plenty of support at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- MaChelle Joseph hardly could have scripted the first season of her head coaching career any better.

First-year coach has plenty of support at Georgia Tech

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

Dye pleased with revamped Ocean Course
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Famed golf architect Pete Dye remembers during the practice rounds for the 1991 Ryder Cup when his new Ocean Course got compliments galore from the pros.

Jacobsen takes first-round lead at Chrysler Classic
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Peter Jacobsen always enjoyed playing Forest Oaks Country Club. Then the course got a makeover and now he really loves it.

Singh, Campbell, Clark, Bjorn reach quarterfinals
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Vijay Singh and Chad Campbell won easily Thursday to reach the World Match Play Championship quarterfinals.

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.

Els, Weir, Curtis and Micheel head Match Play field

Singh, Campbell, Clark, Bjorn reach quarterfinals

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.

Dye pleased with revamped Ocean Course

McGrane leads Olazabal by two

McGrane leads Olazabal by two
PULA, Balearic Islands -- Damien McGrane carded a 6-under 64 Thursday to lead Jose Maria Olazabal and Didier De Vooght by two strokes after the Mallorca Classic's first round.

Love waiting for reaction to course redesign

Key matchups

Westside sees challenge in Washington County

Lawyer says player forced to remove uniform in public

Drawing outside the line

Good times

On the air

Player of the week

Statesboro's new rivalry gets plenty of mileage
His team was beaten by Thomson 40-7 last year, but Statesboro coach Buzz Busby claims the Tigers aren't hungry for revenge. They're only hungry to beat what has become one of their biggest rivals.

Drawing outside the line
North Augusta's defense was doing just fine after 15 minutes against Lexington last Friday. The Yellow Jackets were up 14-0 and were shutting down their opponents.

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.

Lawyer says player forced to remove uniform in public
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- A White Knoll High football player was forced by an assistant coach and school resource officer to leave Friday's game without pants and shoes, the 16-year-old boy's attorney says.

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is North Augusta senior Brandon Satcher.

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

Key matchups
Here are key matchups of this weekend's area prep football games.

Good times
So, here's the storyline.

Thrashers tie Rangers

Thrashers tie Rangers
NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Thrashers have never looked better. The New York Rangers have been waiting a long time to say the same.

A man's mind drifts with the leaves in fall
This is a troubling time of year for guys like me.

Commends Williams on jobs well done

Don't pass Child Endangerment law out of embarrassment
I attended the Legislative Breakfast for Children's Week in Augusta on Oct. 8. The good news is that Augusta and the surrounding region have some very dedicated citizens working for better conditions for our children and youth. They include our legislators. It was clear from the presentations of Sens. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, Joey Brush, R-Appling and Randy Hall, R-Augusta, and Reps. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, Ben Harbin, R-Evans, Henry Howard, D-Augusta and Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, that - because of budget constraints - we can expect little to no increase in spending for the children's issues of greatest concern. Yet, I do appreciate the work of our legislators in the area of child protection and basic needs. Dan Hillman, Augusta

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.

Don't pass Child Endangerment law out of embarrassment

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

Commends Williams on jobs well done
So many times we go through each day without ever thinking about how we have touched the life of another person or how someone has touched our life. Alice B. Welcher, Augusta

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

Publication of letter shows poor judgment

Doctors railroaded by the government

Proposes annual citywide book festival

All counties should cooperate on gang issue
I am concerned with the issues concerning "gangs" in Richmond County in the Oct. 9 Augusta Chronicle Metro section ("Gang reports affect football"). Adrienne Burns, Augusta

Health and fitness calendar

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

Girl Scouts work to punch up image, attract older girls

Make a Difference Day

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.

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.

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.

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.

In the know
The fall festival and fair season is in full swing, with the Western Carolina State Fair in Aiken, a Family Fall Festival Saturday at Mistletoe State Park in Appling, Oktoberfest Saturday at the Julian Smith Casino and the Sweet Potato Festival Saturday in Langley. We have your guide to what's happening in the area.

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:

Gamsby is ready for new challenge

Gamsby is ready for new challenge
It was as if Paul Gamsby had never left.

Gamsby returns as manager

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

New goaltender will anchor team
He could be playing on the Las Vegas strip right now for a brand new team in a beautiful new arena.

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.

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

Weber on road less traveled

Lynx player profiles

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 gamenight
Florida Everblades at Augusta Lynx.

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.

New goaltender will anchor team

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.

Lynx's potential should deliver strong season

Drulia mapping out new course for young team

Lynx by the numbers

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.

Lynx's potential should deliver strong season
We've heard it before.

Woman struck by two cars is named

Threat boosts security at fair

Sharpton begins voter registration tour
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- The Rev. Al Sharpton cited support from Jay-Z and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs as he claimed to be the only presidential candidate who can "mobilize young voters" for the state's first-in-the-South primary Feb. 3.

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.

Suspect in cathedral arson targeted 'organized religion,' detective says

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

Leaders brace for tough search
AIKEN - Replacing Aiken County Superintendent Linda Eldridge would involve more than finding a capable administrator and might be difficult to do because of state budget cuts.

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.

Radio station bows to criticism of billboard
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Pressure from local residents outraged by a 96 Rock billboard depicting a much-publicized same-sex kiss has prompted the radio station to take the sign down.

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

Kroger zoning request denied

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

Forum discusses solutions

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.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - A DeKalb County jailer resigned after being accused of making an obscene telephone call to a jail nurse with whom he worked.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Robbin Sleister, 23 months, of Augusta.

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.

Police plan independent scrutiny of officer wrecks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Highway Patrol will begin requiring an outside agency to investigate wrecks resulting from police chases.

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.

Higher attendance may reflect a more upbeat mood among farmers
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Sponsors of the 26th Annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, one of the nation's largest trade shows for farmers, said attendance for this year's show has approached pre-9/11 levels.

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.

School district wants women to plan pregnancy around sick days

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

PETA tells pupils not to eat chicken
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Chances are pretty good that having chicken nuggets for dinner this week left some Savannah-area pupils weepy.

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.

Salvagers recover artifacts from shipwreck off Georgia coast

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
This morning, it will be official: The federal government will build a courthouse annex complex in downtown Augusta.

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.

Schools join effort for healthy lunches
The lunch ladies were dressed in camouflage at Cross Creek High School this week, and the serving line was decorated with inflatable giraffes and tigers.

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.

Companies fined in disposal of hotel debris
Two companies involved in the cleanup of the collapsed Augusta Hotel agreed to pay fines totaling $8,500 for environmental violations involving the disposal of debris containing asbestos.

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.

Correction
A photo caption in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified Bob Tohn.

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.

DOE adds funds for comp claims

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.

Parents keep tabs on teens through high school Web site
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County parents no longer have to wait as long to learn if their high school students are making the grade.

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.

52 inmates get moved out of jails
In the face of state budget cuts that could cause local jail overcrowding to worsen, Georgia has taken more than 50 state prisoners from Augusta's jails, officials said Thursday.

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.

Budget plan lacks new spending
The Augusta Commission will begin discussing the city's proposed $103 million budget next week, with a goal of adopting the plan by Nov. 18.

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.

Big crowds are expected as gates open

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.

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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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Leaders brace for tough search

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.

Across Georgia

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.

If once isn't enough, go again and again

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.

Kroger zoning request denied
The Columbia County Planning Commission did not give its blessing Thursday night to a proposed Kroger at the intersection of Furys Ferry and Evans to Locks roads.

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

Absences get schools in trouble

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state's revenue forecasters said Wednesday they're on target to meet revised state tax collection estimates.

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.

Big crowds are expected as gates open
AIKEN - Kim Hyatt had so much fun when the fair came to her hometown in Fayetteville, Tenn., that she decided to join 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.

Rants and Raves
AFTER SPENDING A couple of hours making selections for Christmas gifts, I was astounded by the poorly managed layaway department at one of Augusta's busiest chain stores. What a disgrace for an elderly person to have to stand and wait endlessly while employees, appearing busy, pass back and forth, ignoring the obvious next customer. Doesn't the customer count anymore, or are employees there just for a paycheck?

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.

Threat boosts security at fair
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will beef up security for the Georgia-Carolina State Fair after threats of violence were mailed this week to Cross Creek High School.

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.

News you can use
OCT. 17, 1995 Boral Industries Inc. announced yesterday it has acquired Isenhour Brick and tile and has moved the headquarters of subsidiary Boral Bricks Inc. from Augusta to Atlanta.

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

Group says cities saved water
Solidarity among Georgia cities, including Augusta, is dampening political efforts to commercialize the state's water resources, said the president of the Georgia Conservancy.

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

Riverbanks Zoo gets two more koalas
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Riverbanks Zoo has been given two female koalas under an agreement with South Carolina's sister-state relationship with Queensland, Australia.

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

Group plans Myrtle Beach Linkletter Planetarium, space exhibit
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Developers say they'll build a 210-seat planetarium in Myrtle Beach that will be named for Art Linkletter, the host of the old "Kids Say the Darndest Things" shows.

Democratic presidential candidates to debate in Greenville

Woman who shot paramedic released from mental facility
SPARTANBURG, S.C.-- A woman who shot a paramedic in the face when he answered a call at her home in Duncan has been released from a state mental hospital.

Georgia Democrats split on aid package to Iraq

School district wants women to plan pregnancy around sick days
CHARLESTON, S.C.-- A Berkeley County schools memo suggesting that employees plan their pregnancies to best use sick days could leave the district open to lawsuit, a South Carolina Education Association official says.

Marshall undergoes successful surgery for prostate cancer

Lawmakers: S.C. still faces water concerns
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- South Carolina needs to work with its neighbors to make sure it has enough water for the future, a state lawmaker warned an environmental conference on Thursday.

Jury acquits man in shooting death

Boyfriend of woman found stabbed to death in parking lot charged with murder
ATLANTA -- The boyfriend of a 17-year-old girl found stabbed to death in a vacant lot was denied bond by a Fulton County judge Thursday.

Lieberman looks to boost campaign in South Carolina

Isakson continues to lead GOP foes in Senate fund raising
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Johnny Isakson maintained his solid money lead in Georgia's Senate race and collected nearly twice as much as two Republican competitors over the last three months, new finance records show.

Across South Carolina

Suspect in cathedral arson targeted 'organized religion,' detective says
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A man accused of setting fire to one of Georgia's oldest Catholic cathedrals was calm and articulate after his arrest, telling police he wanted to burn the church because it was "a symbol of organized religion," a detective testified in court Thursday.

Isakson leads Senate contenders in funds

Sharpton begins voter registration tour

Savannah, Columbus hospitals spared from cuts

Group says cities saved water

Group accepts landfill letter

DOE adds funds for comp claims
AIKEN - The federal Department of Energy has transferred $9.7 million of its budget toward speeding up compensation claims from workers at nuclear weapons facilities who fell ill because of radiation, beryllium or silica exposure, according to a statement issued Thursday.

Community wants third representative on board

Correction

Car racing museum stalled in north Georgia town

Schools say no smoking at stadiums

Across the area

Pupils, teachers start long break
There won't be any T.G.I.F. today inColumbia County classrooms.

Change robbery yields arrest

Lawmakers: S.C. still faces water concerns

News you can use

Schools join effort for healthy lunches

Fulton candidate acknowledges using government chauffeurs for private trips

Group plans Myrtle Beach Linkletter Planetarium, space exhibit

Commission hopefuls' funds on file

Pupils, teachers start long break

State's pharmacy colleges consider merging

Isakson continues to lead GOP foes in Senate fund raising

Kid of the day

Schools say no smoking at stadiums
Going to a high school football game in Richmond County tonight? School officials are warning you to leave your cigarettes at home.

Woman still haunted by Tuskegee experiments

New tour sheds light on coastal ghosts

Chicago fans play the blame game
The Chicago Cubs remain losers - just a little less lovable than before.

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.

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: 'Runaway Jury'
If you're going to tell a lurid, preposterous tale about hijacking the verdict in a major corporate lawsuit, "Runaway Jury" is the way to do it.

At the Movies: 'Runaway Jury'

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

At the Movies: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
Before we carve up its cinematic value, let's discuss whether a remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" even needs to exist.

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.

Bass player happy to spend career as a science teacher
Onstage or in the classroom, John Pickett always has been an educator.

Review: Clay Aiken makes insipid love songs tolerable on debut album
NEW YORK -- "Measure of a Man," Clay Aiken's collection of utterly forgettable love songs, should be packaged along with a copy of Lisa Simpson's favorite magazine, "Non-Threatening Boys."

Bass player happy to spend career as a science teacher

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

Review: Clay Aiken makes insipid love songs tolerable on debut album

Simon & Garfunkel open 'Old Friends' tour, first in two decades
The sound of silence is over.

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.

Busch looks to Martinsville for rebound

NASCAR sponsors are happy

Catching Kenseth not likely

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.

Busch looks to Martinsville for rebound
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Everything looked rosy for Kurt Busch when the season began.

Q&A with Jeff Green

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

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.

Racing facts - Subway 500

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.

Tropical Storm Nicholas churns in Atlantic; no immediate threat to land

Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthens in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Nicholas churns in Atlantic; no immediate threat to land
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Nicholas gained strength in the open Atlantic on Thursday but remained no immediate threat to land, forecasters said.

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.

Both sides take shots, now judge will decide on trial

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.

Both sides take shots, now judge will decide on trial
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prosecutors tried to portray Kobe Bryant as an arrogant superstar who forced himself on a woman and wouldn't take "No" for an answer. Defense attorneys were just as rough with his accuser, suggesting she had sex with several men in the days before she said Bryant raped her.

Bryant defense says it has 'compelling evidence' of innocence

College basketball teams ready to practice
One coach is searching for a frontcourt. Two others are searching for an identity. Another is just hoping he has enough players to stage a scrimmage.

Davis plans to play for Panthers this week

Pro football picks

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

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

Kittner relishes his chance as Atlanta QB

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Campbell clarifies remark on county

Teen lives in fast lane

Overtime

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.

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

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

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

Overtime
In Inverness, Fla., the son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Kittner relishes his chance as Atlanta QB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Kurt Kittner will draw on his success at Illinois as he attempts to stop the Atlanta Falcons' five-game losing streak.

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.

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

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.

Pro football picks
The Minnesota Vikings are rested from their bye week and will have Daunte Culpepper back at quarterback when Denver comes to town.

Ramblin' Rhodes: The Hushpuppies to play benefit

Thousands gather in John Paul's hometown in Poland to celebrate his 25 years as pope
WADOWICE, Poland -- Residents of Pope John Paul II's hometown gathered in cold, wet weather Thursday for an outdoor Mass in the central square that bears his name, praying for his health as they celebrated a quarter-century 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.

Pope marks 25th anniversary, forging ahead with his agenda
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II celebrated his 25th anniversary Thursday, reaching a milestone matched by only three of his predecessors and pushing ahead with his agenda despite increasingly debilitating infirmities.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: The Hushpuppies to play benefit
Fans of the country-rock band The Hushpuppies will want to be at the seventh Harvest Moon Benefit at 8 p.m. Saturday at Parker Farm, 399 Woodrum Lane in Millen, Ga.

Chicago fans play the blame game

Author's works morally intriguing

James Garner joins '8 Simple Rules' cast

James Garner joins '8 Simple Rules' cast
LOS ANGELES -- James Garner is taking on what is likely one of the television season's most challenging roles: steering ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" through the transition of John Ritter's death.

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.

Rival networks changing schedules to avoid going up against baseball on Fox

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

The stars of 'Nip-Tuck' end this drama's first season with a lift

'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."

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

The stars of 'Nip-Tuck' end this drama's first season with a lift
NEW YORK -- "My cankers," answers Julian McMahon.

ABC News reporting on the state of health care

Baseball playoffs drive Fox to ratings victory

Rival networks changing schedules to avoid going up against baseball on Fox
NEW YORK -- Faced with the extraordinarily popular baseball playoffs on Fox, rival networks have cried uncle and pulled several original series episodes for reruns.

People in the news

Entertainer allows audience to decide what's in 'Mozart'

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Video watch

Fair gets some new attractions

Applause calendar

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.

Shockley out for Saturday's game

Watson is getting back on track

Georgia trying to stay motivated during lull in schedule

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

Freshman making his mark in Georgia backfield

Watson is getting back on track
Kenneth Watson found the oversized teddy bear at a rummage sale and soon discovered the competitive streak within his young son Ben.

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.

Georgia trying to stay motivated during lull in schedule
ATHENS, Ga. -- Vince Dooley was master of the buildup - the art of making a weak opponent sound like a potential champion.

Landers hopes to tone down the yelling this season

Author's works morally intriguing
Since the early 1950s, Elmore Leonard has produced some 40 novels, a handful of screenplays and countless short stories, so it's no surprise that the author's work has found its way to the big screen.

Gamecocks unsure if they'll have Howell, Balkman to start season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom says he'd like to get a phone call Friday telling him two of his best players are eligible to practice with the team during Midnight Madness.

Stroman finally gets chance

Gamecocks unsure if they'll have Howell, Balkman to start season

Stroman finally gets chance
COLUMBIA - Every time Eric Stroman called home after a game, his son would tell him he saw him playing on television.

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:

Fresh from successful flight, China says it plans a space station

Chinese astronaut receives a hero's welcome on the ground

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

Asia debates whether China's manned space mission a good investment

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.

Chinese astronaut receives a hero's welcome on the ground
BEIJING -- Fresh from a history-making trip into orbit, China's newly minted space hero proclaimed his amazement Thursday at "the greatest day of my life," while his leaders announced they would push forward in their exploration of the cosmos.

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."

Asia debates whether China's manned space mission a good investment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As China cheered the safe return of its first astronaut Thursday, some in Asia wondered whether the nation's space money would be better spent on more pressing issues: severe unemployment, rural poverty, AIDS treatment and water shortages.

Liftoff! China launches manned space mission

Fresh from successful flight, China says it plans a space station
BEIJING -- Hours after declaring its first manned space mission a success, a triumphant China said Thursday it wants eventually to send up a permanently inhabited space station.

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."

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

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

United in celebration, cardinals could split on issues

Pope appears in good form on eve of 25th anniversary

Pope marks 25th anniversary, forging ahead with his agenda