Will Woody write a book? Publicist says not likely
NEW YORK -- Will Woody Allen write his memoirs? Contradicting a published report, his publicist said Friday he was not close to a deal. In fact, it wasn't even his idea to do the book.

'Rent' a victim of bad acoustics

'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.

McKeon leads team to surprising season
NEW YORK - Jack McKeon's wife flew from the couple's home in North Carolina to Miami last month and joined her husband for the final homestand of the Florida Marlins' regular season, when they were immersed in a tight NL wild-card race.

McKeon leads team to surprising season

Whew! Baseball takes a break after a wild week

Yankees advance to World Series

Dramatic win unifies Yanks
NEW YORK - They were still celebrating the great victory early Friday morning when Roger Clemens looked for David Wells and Mel Stottlemyre.

Rivera is ALCS MVP

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.

Whew! Baseball takes a break after a wild week
NEW YORK -- Aaron Boone got a wake-up call from manager Joe Torre. Dontrelle Willis explored the monuments, and Jack McKeon smoked a cigar. The grounds crew painted a new logo - at the right ballpark this time.

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

So close, Boston reaches 85 years with no title
BOSTON -- General manager Theo Epstein knew the Red Sox were headed to the World Series.

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

Dramatic win unifies Yanks

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.

Cubs come up short again

So close, Boston reaches 85 years with no title

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
ELKHART, Ind. -- Detective Fred Mock knew exactly where to find a man suspected of stealing $180 worth of pennies.

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.

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.

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.

Hopeful's trade views stir anger

Cuts in health benefits stir up employee anger

More than 1,000 telemarketing complaints a day pour into federal government
WASHINGTON -- The government is fielding more than 1,000 complaints a day from people who say telemarketers continue to call them even though they are on the do-not-call list.

Bypassing agent can prove hassle

Manufacturers beef up stretchers to handle obese people
WILMINGTON, Ohio -- The sharply rising number of obese Americans is leading medical-equipment manufacturers and ambulance crews to supersize their stretchers.

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.

Rising stock market resurrects listless stock options
SAN FRANCISCO -- Employee stock options are yielding jackpots again, re-energizing high-tech workers who have been able to cash in on the recent run-up in their companies' stocks.

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

Housing construction climbs in September
WASHINGTON --Residential construction picked up in September climbing to the second-highest level seen so far this year, a fresh sign that the housing market is helping to power an economic resurgence.

Rising stock market resurrects listless stock options

Cuts in health benefits stir up employee anger
LOS ANGELES - When West Coast longshoremen and shipping companies ended their labor dispute in January, union officials boasted that the new contract would set a standard for organized labor.

Social Security recipients to get small benefit hike

Hotels try to freshen up smoking rooms
John Halbert doesn't travel as much as he used to, but he still looks for smoker-friendly hotels.

Congress approves more money for weapons worker program

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Residential construction picked up in September climbing to the second-highest level seen so far this year, a fresh sign that the housing market is helping to power an economic resurgence.

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.

More than 1,000 telemarketing complaints a day pour into federal government

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.

Housing construction climbs in September

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

Hotels try to freshen up smoking rooms

Manufacturers beef up stretchers to handle obese people

Business briefs

Clemson's Bowden remains upbeat
Tommy Bowden wasn't sure how to describe his team's mentality in the locker room after Thursday's 17-15 loss at North Carolina State.

Clemson's Bowden has intriguing design ideas

Clemson's Bowden remains upbeat

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.

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.

N.C. State edges Clemson

College football TV schedule

College football gameday
Game for the week: No. 10 Louisiana State (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) at South Carolina (4-2, 1-2)

Butler returns to Georgia with West Alabama
Tonya Butler is used to breaking new ground, but when the Georgia native became what is thought to be the first woman to kick a field goal in a college game, she had no idea.

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.

Butler returns to Georgia with West Alabama

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

Boston College is in the ACC, but when?
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Now that Boston College formally joined the Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday, the big question is when the Eagles will begin playing an ACC schedule.

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

College football TV schedule
TV schedule for college football games.

Seminoles will try to knock another contender down

College football gameday

College football picks

Boston College is in the ACC, but when?

Pittsburgh great talks on game's importance

Savannah State looks to end skid
If last year means anything, Savannah State has Alabama A&M exactly where it wants it.

College basketball teams ready to practice

Jaguars' Tuell pleased with schedule

Opportunity in Bangkok

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.

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.

U.N.'s delayed OK

Not so lovable

They're out to get you

U.N.'s delayed OK
The Bush administration scored a moral, diplomatic - and unexpected - victory this week by persuading the 15-member U.N. Security Council to approve a resolution aimed at attracting more troops and money to help stabilize Iraq and speed its independence.

They're out to get you
What kind of punishment would you prescribe for someone who broke into, say, 10,000 homes?

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.

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

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)

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.

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

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

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.

Hollywood studio buys pitch for film inspired by Cubs fan
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood may score after an actor pitched a movie inspired by the Chicago Cubs fan who interfered with a foul ball.

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.

'Urban Cowboy' honky-tonk reopens, Dallas style
DALLAS -- The paved parking lot, polished decor and high-speed Internet access ports along the dance floor seem more urban than cowboy.

UGA's Terry College of Business enrolls fewer
ATHENS, Ga. - Undergraduate students hoping to enroll in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business are facing some fierce competition.

Stocks drop on earnings disappointments
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its pullback Friday after downbeat forecasts from companies such as eBay Inc. prompted investor worries that the market had risen too far. The three main indexes finished mixed for the week.

Analysts caution corporate earnings might be reaching peak
NEW YORK -- Wall Street welcomed another batch of better-than-expected profits this past week, helping carry the major indexes to fresh 52-week highs. While analysts expect moderate gains ahead, the third-quarter earnings season might represent a peak.

Bonds rise as stock market falls

Bonds rise as stock market falls
NEW YORK -- Bond prices rose Friday as the stock market took a hit following downbeat forecasts from companies such as eBay Inc.

UGA's Terry College of Business enrolls fewer

Stocks drop on earnings disappointments

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.

Analysts caution corporate earnings might be reaching peak

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tenuta silently has Yellow Jackets playing tough D
ATLANTA -- The players at Georgia Tech have plenty to say about the coaching style of defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, using words such as fiery, tenacious, emotional and professional. But ask them about Tenuta's personality off the field and they go silent.

Tenuta silently has Yellow Jackets playing tough D

First-year coach has plenty of support at Georgia Tech

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.

McGrane leads Olazabal by two

Singh, Campbell, Clark, Bjorn reach quarterfinals

Thorpe takes lead in SBC Championship

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.

Augusta golfer bests Daly with 358-yard drive

Augusta golfer bests Daly with 358-yard drive
Augusta's Chris Wilkins is $10,000 richer after beating PGA Tour professional John Daly in a long-driving contest Thursday night in Mesquite, Nev.

Els eyes record-tying fifth title at World Match Play

Dye pleased with revamped Ocean Course

Els eyes record-tying fifth title at World Match Play
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Defending champion Ernie Els defeated Tim Clark on Friday to reach the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship.

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.

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam was cold, wet and tired of hitting balls in the rain when she called her father and asked him to take her home.

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.

Thorpe takes lead in SBC Championship
SAN ANTONIO -- Jim Thorpe shot a 6-under-par 65 Friday to take a one stroke lead over Bruce Fleisher and Bob Gilder in the opening round of the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club.

Japanese golfer takes command at Greensboro

Japanese golfer takes command at Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With an ever-present smile and a 5-foot-7 frame, Shigeki Maruyama doesn't look like much of a threat on the golf course.

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top

Key matchups

Player of the week

Prep football scores

Richmond Academy too much for Harlem

Wildcats dominate Josey

Thomson rallies for win over Statesboro

Good times

Midland Valley crushes Keenan

North Augusta tops White Knoll

Strom Thurmond tops Dreher

Washington-Wilkes tops Greene County

Swainsboro blanks Savannah Christian

Second quarter propels Evans

Hephzibah playoff hopes improve

On the air

Silver Bliff clinches playoff spot

Red Devils win rout

Drawing outside the line

Lawyer says player forced to remove uniform in public

Prep football scores
Here are Friday's prep football games.

Richmond Academy too much for Harlem
HARLEM - Richmond Academy played fundamental football Friday night to get back to the .500 mark this season.

Second quarter propels Evans
ATLANTA, Ga. - Chang Ho rushed 19 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns as the Evans Knights defeated Lakeside-DeKalb 33-18 on Friday night and improve to 3-2 in Region 4-AAAAA.

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.

Wardlaw blanks Laurens
JOHNSTON, S.C - Wardlaw amassed 427 yards of total offense, and Allen Hatcher and Brian Anderson combined to score nine touchdowns as the Patriots improved to 9-0.

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

Midland Valley crushes Keenan
LANGLEY, S.C. - T.J. Rich and Chad Hager each rushed for more than 100 yards as Midland Valley improved to 4-4 overall with its victory against Keenan.

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.

Washington-Wilkes tops Greene County
GREENSBORO, Ga. - The loose balls bounced Washington-Wilkes way to help extend a decade of dominance over Region 7-AA rival Greene County.

Good times
So, here's the storyline.

Williston-Elko stays perfect
WILLISTON, S.C. - Williston-Elko kept its unbeaten season intact Friday night with a 36-28 win against Denmark-Olar.

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

Strom Thurmond tops Dreher
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Kevin Weaver ran for 201 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns as the Rebels held off Dreher.

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

North Augusta tops White Knoll
Brandon Satcher completed 13 of 26 passes for 215 yards as North Augusta routed region rival White Knoll.

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.

Hephzibah playoff hopes improve
To almost everyone present, Friday's game between Glenn Hills and Hephzibah was close to unwatchable.

Thomson rallies for win over Statesboro
THOMSON - The injury bug bit Thomson last week, and Statesboro nearly finished the job. With four of the Bulldogs' offensive linemen out with injuries, the offensive outlook for Thomson was bleak.

Blackville-Hilds gets easy victory
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - The Fighting Hawks rolled up 292 yards on the ground in a romp.

Wildcats dominate Josey
As his teammates around him tried to catch some sleep in Laney's field house Friday afternoon, Wildcat senior Kendrick Gonder mentally went over his notes.

Swainsboro blanks Savannah Christian
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Albert Webb ran for 115 yards on 14 carries and the Swainsboro defense pitched a shutout over Savannah Christian.

Red Devils win rout
If Lincoln County head coach Larry Campbell had his way, the mercy rule passed this week by the Georgia High School Association would have existed many years ago.

Silver Bliff clinches playoff spot
BAMBERG, S.C. - Silver Bluff clinched a playoff berth and put itself in position to win its fifth-straight Region 5-AA title with a 20-15 victory Friday night against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

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.

Pro-choice lobby ignore side effects of RU-486

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

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

Dems will fight to recall Schwarzenegger
What has happened on the "left coast" should send a message to the rest of the states - the rest of us Americans. This is our land, not the career-entrenched politicians'. Tom Jennings, Swainsboro, Ga.

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

Pro-choice lobby ignore side effects of RU-486
In an Oct. 8 letter, "Planned Parenthood raps cartoon," Mary Beth Pierucci wrote on behalf of Planned Parenthood in an attempt to defend the RU-486 pill which recently killed a woman in San Francisco. R. Brian Clardy, Augusta

Teacher rebuts 'offensive' editorial
This letter is in response to your editorial about me on Oct. 3, "No Teacher Left Behind." I would like to submit the following facts: Brenda C. Wynn, Augusta

Don't pass Child Endangerment law out of embarrassment

Commends Williams on jobs well done

Dems will fight to recall Schwarzenegger

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.

Lynx's potential should deliver strong season

Former coach enjoying time outside rink
It was a few hours before the Augusta Lynx season opener Friday, and David Wilkie was having a great day.

New goaltender will anchor team

Former coach enjoying time outside rink

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

Lynx scoreless in season opener
The new Augusta Lynx were everything coach Stan Drulia said they'd be in the ECHL season opener Friday night against the Florida Everblades.

Lynx gamenight
Florida Everblades at Augusta Lynx.

Gamsby is ready for new challenge

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

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.

Lynx scoreless in season opener

Some trainers upset over increase in fees
AIKEN - A decision this week to increase fees by 50 percent at the historic Aiken Training Track was made to shore up a facility that has operated at a deficit, the track's board president said Friday.

Leaders brace for tough search

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.

Old cat discovers new home with couple

Across South Carolina

Signs give sheriff's message

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.

Across the area

Threat boosts security at fair

Building deal delights leaders

Big crowds are expected as gates open

Across South Carolina

News you can use

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Ayanna M. Smith of Augusta is todays Kid of the Day.

Always prepared

Officers arrest three in shooting
Richmond County authorities charged a 17-year-old with reckless conduct Friday in connection with a shooting between rival gangs last week.

Across Georgia

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.

Depot plans homecoming

Across the area

Official suspends two principals

Schools say no smoking at stadiums

Facility to face assault inquiry

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

Gator hunters kill few

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Ricky Skaggs and his group, who gave a superb performance Sunday night at the Imperial Theatre. A rant for the audience for constantly going in and out to get beer and other drinks and, I suppose, going to the bathroom. It was very distracting.

A hard day's work
Juan Garcia, an agricultural worker from Los Fresnos, Tex., empties a bin of stray cotton into a module builder.

Official suspends two principals
Superintendent Charles Larke suspended two principals without pay this month for not immediately reporting to the central office a threat against teachers and a bus assault that injured pupils.

2 men hurt by gunfire
Two people were shot in separate incidents near downtown Augusta on Friday night, according to Richmond County sheriff's officers.

Schools find help in grants
AIKEN - After state budget cuts ripped through the state, school districts such as Aiken County's have had to become more dependent on federal and state grants to help fund educational programs.

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - A pilot walked away without injuries after his plane skidded off a Beaufort County airport runway and started a small fire when he forgot to put his landing gear down.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Ricky Skaggs and his group, who gave a superb performance Sunday night at the Imperial Theatre. A rant for the audience for constantly going in and out to get beer and other drinks and, I suppose, going to the bathroom. It was very distracting.

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.

Facility to face assault inquiry
WINDER, Ga. - A Barrow County assisted-living facility is being investigated on allegations administrators turned a blind eye to staff reports that two elderly female residents were regularly sexually assaulted by a male resident and that a third elderly woman was being physically abused by another resident.

Church fire planned, police say
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Marietta man who set fire to a Savannah church in early October had planned the attack for months, a police detective testified this week during a preliminary court hearing.

Old cat discovers new home with couple
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Administrators at a soon-to-be-closed assisted-living facility have found a new home for one of their youngest residents: a 19-year-old cat named Diablo.

News you can use
Led by Augusta's Ikey Sherlock, the University of Georgia football defeated Furman this afternoon 23-0 before 7,000 fans at Academy Park in Augusta. The game was the first Savannah Valley Classic.

Across the area
The Georgia State Patrol on Friday released the name of a teenager killed in an accident Wednesday afternoon in McDuffie County.

Sharpton begins voter registration tour

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.

Group says cities saved water

Depot plans homecoming
Designed as a staging ground for locomotive travel, the East Warrenton train depot was never meant to move.

Isakson continues to lead GOP foes in Senate fund raising

Yarbrough: Teachers are not the people to blame

Kroger zoning request denied

A hard day's work

Pupils, teachers start long break

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.

Correction

Academy stays alive with help

Group plans Myrtle Beach Linkletter Planetarium, space exhibit

Farmers use aerial photographs to track crops

Schools join effort for healthy lunches

Schools find help in grants

Lawmakers: S.C. still faces water concerns

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A federal judge in Alabama has ruled that a deal that would allow metro Atlanta to take as much as 50 percent more water from Lake Lanier violates a previous court order.

School district wants women to plan pregnancy around sick days

Appeals court upholds ex-officer's conviction
A former Augusta narcotics officer convicted of drug trafficking and extortion received a fair trial, a federal appeals court ruled.

Always prepared
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters and rescue personnel look after accident victims during a mock plane crash at Augusta Regional Airport Friday morning.

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.

Farmers use aerial photographs to track crops
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Well-versed with the welfare of their crops on the ground, Georgia farmers soon will have the benefit of NASA technology that will give them a bird's eye view of their crops from the air.

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.

Gator hunters kill few
ALBANY, Ga. - Georgia wildlife officials said the state's first-ever alligator hunt took just 64 gators out of a population that has surged from near extinction four decades ago to 200,000 today.

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.

Academy stays alive with help
ALLENDALE, S.C. - In January, it looked as though the Youth Challenge Salkehatchie campus in Allendale, a quasi-military center that helps high school dropouts earn their GEDs, would become another victim of the state budget cuts.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

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.

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

Man reports charity scam
An Augusta business owner thought he was helping one of the nation's largest charitable organizations until he found out that a man asking to place a gum ball machine in his business - to benefit the American Red Cross - was a phony.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Building deal delights leaders
Federal, state and local officials applauded the future of a littered Telfair Street lot Friday morning, after nearly a decade of efforts to put a federal office building there, next door to the existing U.S. District courthouse.

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?

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.

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

Some trainers upset over increase in fees

Signs give sheriff's message
Billboards are usually used to sell a product. Two billboards high over Augusta's roads that carry the slogan "Together We Can Make a Difference" and feature a Richmond County patrol car and the sheriff's name, however, have a different item to sell, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.

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.

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.

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.

DOE adds funds for comp claims

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.

Church fire planned, police say

Yarbrough: Teachers are not the people to blame
A recent newspaper column criticized Gov. Sonny Perdue for not doing enough to get rid of "incompetent teachers."

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

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.

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'

Bass player happy to spend career as a science teacher

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."

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

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

Gordon wins second straight Martinsville pole
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Four-time champion Jeff Gordon is looking at a more modest goal with only five races left in the 2003 season.

Reutimann wins pole but Busch will sit on it
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Greg Biffle's helicopter would have to break down to allow substitute driver David Reutimann to take advantage of his first Busch Series pole.

Busch looks to Martinsville for rebound

Reutimann wins pole but Busch will sit on it

Gordon wins second straight Martinsville pole

Sadler's back luck continues

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

Sadler's back luck continues
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Elliott Sadler's run of bad luck reached Martinsville Speedway.

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

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.

Ekezie out indefinitely after tearing his ACL

Ekezie out indefinitely after tearing his ACL
ATLANTA -- Atlanta forward Obinna Ekezie is out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Both sides take shots, now judge will decide on trial

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.

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.

Jaguars' Tuell pleased with schedule
Augusta State men's basketball coach Gary Tuell couldn't be any happier with this season's conference schedule.

Kittner relishes his chance as Atlanta QB

Fox has once-dismal Panthers turned around

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Serena Williams withdraws from season's last two tournaments

Wolfpack win region tourney

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Serena Williams withdraws from season's last two tournaments
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams will miss the rest of the season because of the knee injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon.

Wolfpack win region tourney
The Cross Creek softball team earned regular-season bragging rights by going unbeaten in Region 3-AAAA, but Greenbrier had the final word.

Overtime
University of South Carolina center Rolando Howell will remain suspended for the first 12 games for the season but begin practicing with the team, school officials said Friday.

Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne reach semifinals
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Top-ranked Kim Clijsters and No. 2 Justine Henin-Hardenne won in straight sets Friday to reach the semifinals at the Swisscom Challenge.

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

Fox has once-dismal Panthers turned around
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers were in total disarray two years ago, coming off a 1-15 season and with morale at an all-time low. The players were tuned out, the fans had turned away and ownership was desperate to put a pulse back in the franchise.

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.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: The Hushpuppies to play benefit

Woman to speak on Haitian children's plight
Missionary Eleanor Workman travels to Augusta each year, seeking support for two Haitian orphanages she built. But her heart is with the hundreds of Haitian children who wait for her return.

Use religion to know and experience God through Jesus
Religion: It's going around these days. If the sociologists and the statisticians are correct, there is a revived hunger in our nation for the things of religion. That's good!

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.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

Thriller combines sci-fi and religion
William Creed, an author whose work on End Times has been compared with the best-selling Left Behind series, has shied from reading any of the Jerry Jenkins-Tim LaHaye works.

Faith digest
Youth pastor Jeremy Williamson of New Life Christian Center will sign copies of his teen CD, Engage, from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Heavenly Resources Christian Bookstore, 1109 Knox Ave. in North Augusta.

Workshop explains how faith-based initiatives work
Charitable organizations wary of partnering with the federal government can have some of their questions answered during a four-hour workshop at 9 a.m. Monday at Augusta State University.

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

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Popular baseball playoffs force networks to chang schedules

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

Popular baseball playoffs force networks to chang schedules
NEW YORK -- Faced with the extraordinarily popular baseball playoffs on Fox, rival networks have cried uncle and pulled several original series episodes for reruns.

James Garner joins '8 Simple Rules' cast

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

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.

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.

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

Hollywood studio buys pitch for film inspired by Cubs fan

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Fair gets some new attractions

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

'Urban Cowboy' honky-tonk reopens, Dallas style

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Bulldogs refuse to take Vandy for granted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A second consecutive Southeastern Conference championship, possibly even a shot at the first national title since 1980. It's all within reach for fourth-ranked Georgia.

Georgia trying to stay motivated during lull in schedule

Watson is getting back on track

Georgia injuries grow

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.

Georgia injuries grow
The injury news just keeps getting worse for No. 4 Georgia.

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.

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 can erase disappointing finish of 2002 by beating LSU
South Carolina's bowl hopes died a slow, painful death last season when the Gamecocks lost five straight games to end the year.

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

Gamecocks can erase disappointing finish of 2002 by beating LSU

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.

Stroman finally gets chance

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.

Howell's suspension continues until December
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Rolando Howell will remain suspended for the first 12 games of the season but has started practicing with the team, school officials said Friday.

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.

Chinese astronaut receives a hero's welcome on the ground

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.

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

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.

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

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Odds and Ends

Faith and fellowship calendar

Pope marks 25th anniversary, forging ahead with his agenda

Woman to speak on Haitian children's plight

Faith digest

Workshop explains how faith-based initiatives work

Thriller combines sci-fi and religion