A tour of L.A.'s new Walt Disney Concert Hall with a Disney
LOS ANGELES -- Diane Disney Miller can't suppress a chuckle when she reads news reports that her late mother donated more than $50 million to build the new Walt Disney Concert Hall because she loved classical music.

Merce Cunningham's boisterous 'Split Sides'
NEW YORK -- Raising a frail hand, 84-year-old choreographer Merce Cunningham acknowledged the audience's lengthy and loud standing ovation. And his dancers had yet to perform.

Some people would kill to get their children into the right schools
NEW YORK -- There's no telling what some parents will do to get their children into the right school, especially one called the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy. But murder?

Writer Charles Baxter shows scenes from a marriage

Book tells of crucial period in World War II
On May 10, 1940, the German army ended months of inactivity on the European continent and unleashed its "blitzkrieg," or "lightning war."

Arts calendar

Writer Charles Baxter shows scenes from a marriage
MINNEAPOLIS -- Author Charles Baxter is from the Midwest. It's where he was born, grew up and taught college for many years. It's where many of his stories are set.

Book tells of crucial period in World War II

John Leguizamo returns to Broadway
NEW YORK -- John Leguizamo is bringing "Sexaholix ... a love story" back to Broadway.

Some people would kill to get their children into the right schools

Merce Cunningham's boisterous 'Split Sides'

A tour of L.A.'s new Walt Disney Concert Hall with a Disney

Arts calendar
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Tenacious Marlins get Game 1
NEW YORK -- These fish can fly. Juan Pierre and the Florida Marlins had the Yankees on the run from the very start, stealing the World Series opener 3-2 Saturday night from a New York team that looked as if it was still recovering from its last game.

Tenacious Marlins get Game 1

Soriano's slump slows down Yanks
NEW YORK -- Like Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo at the top of the Florida Marlins lineup, the New York Yankees rely on leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano to get them going.

Soriano's slump slows down Yanks

Pierre quickly puts Marlins ahead
NEW YORK -- Juan Pierre quickly put the Florida Marlins ahead, emphasis on the quickly.

Pierre quickly puts Marlins ahead

Yankees even series
NEW YORK -- The Face of October showed up and shut down the Florida Marlins, silencing all their talk about wreaking havoc in this World Series.

Yankees even series

Baseball takes advantage of the other guy's mistakes

Woman sentenced for intercepting e-mail
DENVER -- A judge sentenced an Arizona woman to 60 days home detention for intercepting her husband's ex-wife's e-mail, saying the penalty is a warning to others who might be tempted to do the same.

Auto-repair shops see increase in deer collisions
Last year, a wrecker from Rick's Paint & Body on Bobby Jones Expressway picked up a car with a deer sitting in the passenger seat.

Slaughterhouse working to improve procedures

Moving business to bigger site comes with perils
Moving an 8 1/2 -foot, three-door, antique wardrobe doesn't look easy, but Judy Miller and Scott Shepherd did just that.

Business calendar
Monday: Inaugural Chamber Blood Drive; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, 600 Broad Street Plaza; sponsored by Shepeard Community Blood Center; free pizza for donors; for more information, call 821-1300.

Business must wow customers to succeed

On the move
Chris Swan has joined Garrett Aviation as vice president/general manager for the company's facility at Augusta Regional Airport. He was most recently regional director of the company's Aircraft Engine Global Commercial Field Service Americas Region. Previously, he was the owner/operator of Sierra Aviation and airport manager for Starke County Airport, both of which are in Knox, Ind.

Toy industry aims to cater to the tween girl

Slaughterhouse working to improve procedures
Shapiro Packing Co. said it has stepped up quality-control procedures and better trains its workers since government inspectors threatened to close the slaughterhouse in July.

Weight-loss industry getting fat
NEW YORK - Despite his growing waistline, Douglas Cain never worried much about his daily diet of burritos, McDonald's breakfast sandwiches and soda. But after being diagnosed with diabetes a year ago, the 49-year-old knew he had to change.

Diet trend pushes up beef demand, prices
Enjoyed a juicy rib-eye steak lately? Your palate may have, but not your wallet.

Pocket change

Auto-repair shops see increase in deer collisions

Business must wow customers to succeed
When competing for business in a struggling economy, "good enough" is not good enough.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICAN TIRE

On the move

Diet trend pushes up beef demand, prices

Weight-loss industry getting fat

Business calendar

Mall department stores use baby-sitting strategy to lure moms back

Toy industry aims to cater to the tween girl
NEW YORK -- Girls like 8-year-old Kelsie Templin are a challenge for the toy industry.

Mall department stores use baby-sitting strategy to lure moms back
ATLANTA -- Rita Sapp looked relieved even before she dropped her 3-year-old son off at a room in the basement of a Rich's department store.

Moving business to bigger site comes with perils

Gangs are political fodder for empty success stories

Gangs are political fodder for empty success stories
IT'S A DARN GOOD THING Augusta commissioners are creating a new government committee geared toward tackling the city's gang problem.

Duke fires Franks in midst of fifth losing season

Dubow: BCS focus on TCU and Northern Illinois
When the first Bowl Championship Series standings are released Monday, it will be much more interesting to look at the bottom than the top.

Top 25 roundup
MADISON, Wis. - Purdue coach Joe Tiller returned the pass to the Boilermakers' playbook in a big way Saturday.

Alabama A&M dominates CSRA Classic
The game was labeled a "classic," but you won't ever see Saturday's matchup between Alabama A&M and Savannah State on ESPN's retro network.

ACC roundup
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Home is where the heart is. In the case of the North Carolina Tar Heels, make that a broken heart.

Alabama A&M dominates CSRA Classic

SEC roundup
OXFORD, Miss. - Eli Manning threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as Mississippi scored the first 24 points of the game and went on to beat Alabama 43-28 on Saturday.

Auburn has found winning formula

SEC roundup

Small school roundup

ACC roundup

Top 25 roundup

Duke fires Franks in midst of fifth losing season
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke fired head football coach Carl Franks on Sunday and hired defensive coordinator Ted Roof to replace him for the rest of the season.

Top five remain the same in AP poll
The top five teams remained the same in this week's Associated Press college football poll after a weekend devoid of major upsets.

Sooners show balance in win over Mizzou
NORMAN, Okla. -- Brad Smith was running wild and Oklahoma couldn't do much about it.

Sooners show balance in win over Mizzou

Auburn has found winning formula
AUBURN, Ala. -- Carnell Williams kept scoring, Brandon Jacobs kept churning out yards, and Auburn's speedy, aggressive defense kept pushing Mississippi State backward.

Small school roundup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Nehemiah Broughton rushed 28 times for a season-high 159 yards to lead The Citadel to a 10-9 victory over Furman on Saturday.

Dubow: BCS focus on TCU and Northern Illinois

This is up to you
When Gov. Sonny Perdue fulfilled a campaign promise this past year by opening the door to a return to the racially charged 1956 Georgia state flag, he said he hoped it would be part of a helpful dialogue on race.

This is up to you

New ally on Kyoto
One of the most controversial decisions George W. Bush made early in his presidency was to yank the Kyoto Protocol from consideration for ratification by the U.S. Senate. Much of Europe said the new president's move indicated he was hostile to combating global warming.

Where's the savings?
This is the time of year when Augusta commissioners make the most important decisions of their tenure. It's budget time. For the next several weeks, they'll be deciding on city government's tax and spending plans for fiscal 2004.

Where's the savings?

Controversial review
The Mobile, Ala., museum director is in deep trouble with the mayor and city council for writing a movie review they didn't like. The museum chief, George Ewert, penned a scathing review of Ted Turner's Civil War epic, Gods and Generals, for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center's magazine.

New ally on Kyoto

'Nip-Tuck' stars end drama's first season with a lift
NEW YORK -- "My cankers," answers Julian McMahon. "My eight toes," replies Dylan Walsh.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Loopholes work for telemarketers

Groups help families manage their money

Loopholes work for telemarketers
NEW YORK - The much-anticipated national do-not-call list is in operation, raising the hopes of millions of Americans who want to be rid of pesky telemarketing calls.

Internet, small-cap funds big winners in bull market
NEW YORK -- A year after Wall Street marked the end of its grueling bear market, stock mutual funds - particularly Internet and technology shares - are enjoying strong returns again. But investors should be careful about diving head first into these investments.

Groups help families manage their money
James and Tangela Habersham's situation was all too common.

Internet, small-cap funds big winners in bull market

Georgia Southern falls to Appalachian State
BOONE, N.C. - High after three consecutive wins, Georgia Southern came to the mountains Saturday only to hit the season's low point.

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.

Georgia Southern falls to Appalachian State

Tenuta silently has Yellow Jackets playing tough D

Brigman wins Permian Basin Classic

Stadler wins SBC Championship

Jimenez wins Mallorca Classic
PULA, Balearic Islands -- Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 5-under-par 65 and won the Mallorca Classic by a stroke Sunday as Jose Maria Olazabal double-bogeyed the 17th hole and bogeyed the 18th.

Stadler wins SBC Championship
SAN ANTONIO -- Craig Stadler shot a 4-under 67 Sunday to win the $1.5 million SBC Championship by four strokes over Bob Gilder on Sunday, the largest margin in tournament history.

Price is finally right for Hall of Fame
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The World Golf Hall of Fame wasn't on the radar, at least not the one Nick Price was looking at while serving in the Rhodesian Air Force in the late 1970s.

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.

Price is finally right for Hall of Fame

Golf capsules
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Defending champion Ernie Els defeated Vijay Singh 5 and 4 Saturday, giving him a chance to win a record-tying fifth World Match Play title.

Brigman wins Permian Basin Classic
MIDLAND, Texas -- D.J. Brigman won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, shooting a 6-under-par 66 for a one-stroke victory over three players at the Permian Basin Classic.

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top

Japanese golfer wins third PGA event
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Shigeki Maruyama won his third PGA Tour event in as many years Sunday, shooting a final-round 67 at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro to beat Brad Faxon by five shots.

Golf capsules

Els wins fifth World Match Play title
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Ernie Els won a record-tying fifth World Match Play title Sunday, defeating Thomas Bjorn 4 and 3.

Laney focused on holding state playoff game at home

South Aiken's comeback readies team for this week

Camden County cruises
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter Friday at Glynn County Stadium, the question was not whether the Brunswick High Pirates would win the game.

Hawks rout Patriots
Washington County continued its rampage through Region 3-AAA with a 37-0 shutout win over Westside on Saturday night at ARC Stadium.

Laney focused on holding state playoff game at home
When Laney coach Eric Parker talked to his team before the Josey game Friday, he didn't talk about winning three of the Wildcats' last four contests to sneak into the playoffs.

South Aiken's comeback readies team for this week
It's fun to be a part of the South Aiken football program these days.

Unbeaten Thrashers turn tragedy into inspiration

Unbeaten Thrashers turn tragedy into inspiration
ATLANTA -- Pasi Nurminen sat at his locker in the corner of the Atlanta Thrashers locker room, a pinch of smokeless tobacco under his lip, a reflective look in his eyes.

Kovalchuk's hat trick leads to Atlanta win

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Erik Cole and Craig Adams each had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes tied the New York Rangers 2-2 Saturday night, the second consecutive tie for both teams.

NHL roundup

Kovalchuk's hat trick leads to Atlanta win
ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored a hat trick and the Atlanta Thrashers stretched their unbeaten streak to a franchise-record five games, routing the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 Saturday night.

Baseball takes advantage of the other guy's mistakes
When we lost, I couldn't sleep at night. When we win, I can't sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better.

Thankful Ft. Gordon's Oktoberfest open to all

Deadbeat parents should be jailed
Regarding Bruce T. Mundy Jr.'s Sept. 20 letter: "Jailing 'deadbeat dads' no answer": Bryce Brown, Aiken, S.C.

We need to take action on gang violence

Deadbeat parents should be jailed

Thankful Ft. Gordon's Oktoberfest open to all
My thanks to Gen. Jan Hicks for opening Fort Gordon's Oktoberfest celebration to the public. The food was outstanding, with a wide variety of authentic German foods provided by Fort Gordon's concessionaires and the German Friendship Club. Robert Davis, Grovetown, Ga.

Some friendly advice offered to today's Democratic Party
Regarding Lowell Greenbaum's Oct. 11 letter, "Area Democrats will be back": Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Column about gays not fully researched
Regarding Ellen Goodman's Oct. 4 column, "Gay people need to find their 'North Stars' like anyone else": Peter J. Long Jr., North Augusta, S.C.

We need to take action on gang violence
This letter is a combination of frustration and disappointment, concerning recent reports of gang-related violence and other activities. Brian Green, Augusta

Challenge to NFL's 3-year rule an attempt to cash in
Maurice Clarett, a promising young college football player, was released from his team stemming from allegations of lying to authorities concerning a break-in of his automobile. Now he wants to challenge the National Football League in court to do away with its stance on allowing players to be drafted after three years from completing high school.

Challenge to NFL's 3-year rule an attempt to cash in

Computer security is serious concern

Wedding ceremony takes an odd turn

Creepy crafts

House facing No. 6 green has No. 1 view

Samsung's Napster-branded player offers more than iPod

In the know

48 hours in London

Home front

'Place yer bets!' Lure of money comes to video games

Do-not-spam list sounds good, but won't fly

Creepy crafts
The folks at FamilyFun.com have come up with dozens of creepy crafts that will delight children of all ages. To get in the spirit of the season, I tested four projects for simplicity and how well the end product turned out.

House facing No. 6 green has No. 1 view
McCORMICK, S.C. - Fred Jenson made some hard sells as a sales manager for a company that supplied analytical products to researchers, but when he and his wife, Camille, walked into 121 Driftwood Lane with the real-estate agent, the decision to buy it was a "no-brainer" he said.

In the know
Wilder Days stars Peter Falk and Tim Daly in a drama about the challenges and rewards of maintaining family connections.

Samsung's Napster-branded player offers more than iPod
For two years, Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod has reigned supreme among hard-drive music players, both for Windows and Macintosh users. Now the competition is getting serious.

Scary snacks great for party
You have the costumes, the pumpkins and, if you haven't dipped into it already, the candy.

Do-not-spam list sounds good, but won't fly
NEW YORK -- The premise sounds simple: To cut down on junk e-mail, simply submit your addresses to a "do-not-spam" list that marketers would have to check to avoid fines.

Wedding ceremony takes an odd turn
Dear Carson: At my sister's wedding, a last-minute change made for an uneven number of groomsmen and bridesmaids. My sister asked the last groomsman to escort two bridesmaids, one on each arm.

'Place yer bets!' Lure of money comes to video games
DALLAS -- Think you're the best gamer in town? These days, you'll need more than the high score to prove it.

Home front
Five upscale homes in Tudor Branch subdivision off Columbia Road are featured in the 2003 Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Builders Association of Metro Augusta.

48 hours in London
LONDON - Catching my first glimpse of London from the air would have been easy, since I had a window seat for my flight from New York. But sleeping pills knocked me out just six hours earlier and I didn't wake until landing at Heathrow.

Computer security is serious concern
Q: I've been hearing a lot lately about firewalls, worms and patches. What are they, and do I need to worry?

Augusta rebounds to win

Lynx notebook

Augusta rebounds to win
The game puck was still cold as it left a small puddle of melted ice on the desk of Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia.

Lynx notebook
Forward Todd Nowicki was agonizingly close to scoring the first goal of the season Friday night for the Augusta Lynx.

Cow exhibition is family task
Amid the loud bass-pumping music of the midway and the clap, clap, clap of cloggers at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair on Saturday, there was some serious primping and hair styling going on.

Convicted murderer to be paroled 28 years after death sentence

Girl Scouts learn about health investigations at CDC
ATLANTA -- Thirty-two Girl Scouts shuttled between work stations Saturday learning how public health officials deal with a disease outbreak, a hands-on experience the youngsters said they could not have gotten in the classroom.

Young apologizes for 'poor choice of words'

Across the area
An elderly Augusta man was killed Sunday afternoon in a three-car accident in Evans, according to authorities.

Death investigated as homicide
A Hephzibah woman's weekend death is being investigated as a homicide, according to Richmond County authorities.

Second man cleared of murder in death of county official's son
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A second man has been cleared of a murder charge in the shooting death of the son of a Chatham County commissioner, but he will still serve time in prison.

Barnwell residents remember politicians
BARNWELL, S.C. - They were just four men from rural Barnwell County, but they stood together atop the South Carolina political mountain in the early 1940s in a way that can't be matched today.

Fight for Atlanta landmark restaurant may go to Washington
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials may take its fight to Washington to save a restaurant that was a landmark during the civil rights era.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

School works to end debts

Bond hearing set for suspect
ATHENS, Ga. - A Commerce man charged with firearms sales violations will have a bond hearing in federal court in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Overcrowded jails see increase in parents who fail to pay support
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston's overcrowded jails are being further inundated with an increase in prisoners locked up for failing to pay child support.

Home waits for report
ATHENS, Ga. - The owner of a Winder assisted-living facility being investigated in connection with sexual and physical abuse incidents involving elderly residents says he is confident a state investigation will exonerate his facility of the allegations.

Augustan adds personal touch to ASU's admissions process
Her hair has slowly turned from bright red to strawberry blond over the years, but Katherine Sweeney still gets called "Big Red" and "Red Katherine" by older faculty members at Augusta State University.

Girl Scouts learn about health investigations at CDC

Upscale thieves take advantage of witless cubicle-dwellers
ATLANTA -- A man walked into an office, made chitchat with two workers and sat down for lunch with them. Nobody noticed when he left with four stolen laptops.

Bush making another visit to Greenville

Convicted murderer to be paroled 28 years after death sentence
MACON, Ga. -- Since being sentenced to die for killing a banker by shooting him in the head and bashing his face with the barrel of a gun, Charlie Young Jr. spoke at schools and to youth groups and sought forgiveness for the savage crime that put him in prison for 28 years.

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
WHY DO THE BANKS not put a notice in the paper when they are about to be closed? I thought this was a requirement of the Federal Reserve Board.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A second man has been cleared of a murder charge in the shooting death of the son of a Chatham County commissioner, but he will still serve time in prison.

New law lets municipalities cancel noncompetitive elections

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Some concertgoers arrested for drug possession during an undercover police sting in North Charleston were able to avoid a night in jail with the swipe of a credit card.

HOPE plan is unpopular at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - Sentiment on the University of Georgia campus appears to be widely opposed to Gov. Sonny Perdue's recent suggestion to tie the state's HOPE scholarship to SAT scores.

Across Georgia

Rainy weather means big harvest for shrimp baiters
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Shrimp baiters are seeing some of their best catches in years thanks to the end of the five-year drought.

Augustan adds personal touch to ASU's admissions process

Jury gets case in death penalty trial
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- The jury began deliberations Sunday in the death penalty trial of a man accused of killing two police officers who were responding to a domestic dispute call.

Seat candidates give their views

Pool accident leaves student hospitalized
Robert Anthes' life as an autistic adult was already an uphill battle.

Edgefield event shines light on town's pottery
EDGEFIELD - The cotton candy, carnival rides and concessions of Saturday's Heritage Jubilee could be found in a field where soccer moms take their children to play, but a visitor had to travel only a few blocks north to find the past of a town and county steeped in lore and legendary people.

Across the southeast
LIVINGSTON, La. -One of two men who escaped from jail by slipping under a chain-link fence and then scaling a ladder over razor wire was captured Sunday after a motorist spotted him walking along a highway. The second inmate remained at large.

Exhibit offers patrons replicas, films on flight
There was a lot of pointing and looking up at Fort Discovery this weekend.

Police crack down on environmental crimes
MACON, Ga. -- Police in Macon suspect that there could be environmental crimes in town, but they say they may not know them if they saw them.

Hunters are finding themselves a dying breed

New Democrats say candidates must reclaim middle ground on issues
ATLANTA -- When running for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas two years ago, Mark Pryor says he had to fight a disturbing stereotype.

Kid of the Day

Young apologizes for 'poor choice of words'
ATLANTA -- Former prisoner of war Ron Young apologized Saturday for criticizing the mission that ended with his capture in Iraq.

Across the area

Tough re-election fight forces Burns to apologize for remark he didn't make
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- As a Republican facing his first re-election fight in a district drawn to favor Democrats, U.S. Rep. Max Burns can hardly afford an off-color remark offending Jews - even if he didn't say it.

News you can use

Lawmakers give blame to economy
AIKEN - Like an old-time gospel revival, there's a call and response between the money the South Carolina Legislature has promised to give public schools across the state and what those schools actually get each year.

Cow exhibition is family task

Across the southeast

Second man cleared of murder in death of county official's son

Police crack down on environmental crimes

Crowd grows for CSRA Classic
Joshua Brown, 12, of Augusta, throws a football before the game between Savannah State and Alabama A&M.

Exhibit offers patrons replicas, films on flight

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -A North Carolina family has filed a federal lawsuit against state troopers and Cookeville police after an officer shot the family dog during a traffic stop on New Year's Day.

Lawmakers give blame to economy

Bond hearing set for suspect

UGA students clean up old cemetery
ATHENS, Ga. - Sounds of chain saws and hard work echoed among the briars and kudzu tucking a forgotten cemetery deep into an east Athens wood Saturday. The 10-acre Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery, a resting place for noted Athens blacks since the late 1800s, had fallen into disuse since the 1960s.

New Democrats say candidates must reclaim middle ground on issues

Authors creating a best-seller buzz in Charleston, S.C.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Upscale thieves take advantage of witless cubicle-dwellers

Across the area
An Augusta woman reported to authorities Saturday that a man sexually assaulted her, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Trucker charged in accident that killed 3-year-old

Pool accident leaves student hospitalized

UGA students clean up old cemetery

Kid of the day

HOPE plan is unpopular at UGA

Across the southeast

Jury gets case in death penalty trial

Toll on island road removed, but some miss it already
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The road between Brunswick and St. Simons Island is finally free after nearly 80 years, and some residents already miss paying the 35-cent toll.

Toll on island road removed, but some miss it already

Rants and Raves
WHY DO THE BANKS not put a notice in the paper when they are about to be closed? I thought this was a requirement of the Federal Reserve Board.

Fight for Atlanta landmark restaurant may go to Washington

Barnwell residents remember politicians

Town files legal action against residents who signed petitions

Crowd grows for CSRA Classic

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT -Jurors began deliberations Sunday in the death-penalty trial of a man accused of killing two police officers who were responding to a domestic dispute call.

Edgefield event shines light on town's pottery

School works to end debts
ATLANTA - Surrounded by homecoming decorations and autumn-hued trees, Marlon Pugh walked the campus of Morris Brown College this week with few classmates in sight.

Man is killed in I-20 crash

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, trying to save a restaurant that was a landmark during the civil rights era, might take its fight to Washington.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use
OCT. 20, 1951 Granville M. Read, chief engineer of the Du Pont Co., completed an inspection tour of the H-Plant yesterday and told a group of 70 members of the projects' top-level supervision that "this job is in better shape than any project I've seen in 35 years of engineering and construction experience."

Hunters are finding themselves a dying breed
Larry Ennis Jr. is barely 15 - and ready to hunt deer this autumn with his dad, Larry Ennis Sr.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Amber Elizabeth McKettrick, 12 months, of Augusta.

Man is killed in I-20 crash
AIKEN - A Columbia man was killed early Saturday morning after being thrown 172 feet from the bed of a westbound pickup that struck a guardrail on Interstate 20 north of Aiken and flipped out of control.

Town files legal action against residents who signed petitions
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. -- In California, signing a petition might get you a new governor. In Blythewood, signing one might get you hauled into court.

News you can use
OCT. 19, 1944 Maj. Gen. Douglass T. Greene has arrived at Camp Gordon for duty.

Authors creating a best-seller buzz in Charleston, S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- They write about different times and even different worlds. And yet something about this place of quaint buildings, gentility and sea marsh permeates the work of three Charleston writers whose novels all made The New York Times' best seller list this year.

Across the area

Bush making another visit to Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- President Bush is heading to Greenville to raise cash for a re-election fund that has already collected about $84 million.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Gabrielle Shea Carroll of Blythe.

Trucker charged in accident that killed 3-year-old
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 54-year-old Virginia truck driver has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident on Interstate 77 that killed a 3-year-old girl, the state Highway Patrol said Saturday.

New law lets municipalities cancel noncompetitive elections
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A new election reform law allows South Carolina municipalities to cancel noncompetitive elections.

Felton's demands right on target
ATHENS, Ga. - A brand new era of Georgia basketball began with practice Saturday, and head coach Dennis Felton wasn't soliciting input on what should be "the Bulldog way."

Val Kilmer isn't a bad guy - he just plays one on-screen
NEW YORK -- Val Kilmer isn't a bad guy. He just plays one on screen.

'Jim in Bold' looks at life as a gay teen, past and present

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' grabs $29.1 million box-office slice

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' grabs $29.1 million box-office slice
LOS ANGELES -- Bloodshed continues to rule at theaters.

'Jim in Bold' looks at life as a gay teen, past and present
PHILADELPHIA -- If Jim Wheeler had been 19 in 2003, everything might have been different.

Val Kilmer isn't a bad guy - he just plays one on-screen

Macho Man Randy Savage wrestles his way through a new rap album

Donna Summer's life was anything but 'Ordinary'
WASHINGTON -- In November of 1976, Donna Summer's professional life was peaking.

Even four-CD box set can't sum up Glen Campbell's career
Even four-CD box set can't sum up Glen Campbell's career

Chinese wunderkind Lang Lang gives classical piano crossover appeal
NEW YORK -- Most people's favorite childhood toy was probably something fuzzy, squeaky or flashy.

Even four-CD box set can't sum up Glen Campbell's career

Recording industry sends out 204 lawsuit warnings
SAN FRANCISCO -- The record industry's trade group has warned 204 people suspected of illegally swapping music over the Internet that it plans to file lawsuits against them.

Donna Summer's life was anything but 'Ordinary'

Macho Man Randy Savage wrestles his way through a new rap album
NEW YORK -- This may be the first time a pro wrestler has insisted that he's keeping it real.

Chinese wunderkind Lang Lang gives classical piano crossover appeal

Racers gain on Kenseth
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon led the most laps - and the most-important final lap - Sunday at the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, and moved 15 points closer to Jimmie Johnson for fifth place in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings.

Gordon dominates

Racers gain on Kenseth

High-profile drivers look for first win

Gordon dominates
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon's goal during the final five races of the season was to finish second in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series standings.

High-profile drivers look for first win
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There are five races remaining on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, and that doesn't leave a lot of time for drivers like Ricky Rudd to win their first race of the season.

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

Ekezie out indefinitely after tearing his ACL

Bryant expected to learn this week if he's going to trial
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant may find out this week whether he will stand trial for rape, a case that could send the NBA superstar to prison for life if he is convicted.

A more familiar Saints-Falcons game

Saints feast on Falcons

NFL power rankings

Vick unlikely to play after bye week

Titans hand Panthers their first loss

Featured obituary: Mrs. Dorothy Brown
Some people spend their lives waiting to be famous, but not Dorothy Brown.

Rev. Badon Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Dock Thompkins, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Artie Jones    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Wasden-Horne    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jean Koppenhaver    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Bobby Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Freddie Hudson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Vaughn    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert Hodges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joe Coakley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Wiley Hardy Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Rev. Wyman Arthur    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
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Dr. Harry Garrett Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Natalie Clark    (HEPHZIABH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Livingston    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Mark Pinder    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Thelma Moore    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Agnes Blythe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Oellerich Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Freddie Blackburn    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Printup    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Esther Rainwater    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Madie Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Harriet Ramos    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ann Alford    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Groomes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bobby Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Freddie Hudson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Herman Carter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Louise Lask    (POQUOSON, Va.)
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Mr. Joe Coakley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Thelma Moore    (LPN CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Beverly Huse    (MONROE, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Oellerich, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Ingram    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Hugh Lott, Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jan Crain    (ORMAND BEACH, Fla.)
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Mr. Floyd Mullins    (GOUGH, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Printup    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lula Oliphant    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Leola Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lula Oliphant    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margot Stapleton    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Harriet Ramos    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Saxon    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marie Rodman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ellen Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pauline Tapley    (KITE, Ga.)
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Ms. Dora Cooper    (HAMPTON, Va.)
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Rev. Wyman Arthur    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sara Smalley    (MODOC, S.C.)
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Mrs. Fannie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Francis Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Versie Bell    (ALEXANDER, Ga.)
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Mr. David Spicy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Agnes Blithe    (AUGUSTA)
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Mrs. Rebecca Taylor    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Fannie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Loree Wells    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Rev. Herman Carter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Charlie Williams    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Miriam Rupert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Effie Youmans    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Navis Powell    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sara Smalley (MODOC, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Rodman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Natalie Clark (HEPHZIABH, Ga.)

Mrs. Versie Bell (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Pinder (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Blackburn (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Dock Thompkins, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Miriam Rupert (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Blythe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Hudson, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Wyman Arthur (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Koppenhaver (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Rev. Herman Carter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Artie Jones (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Tapley (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Loree Wells (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Moore (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Wasden-Horne (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vaughn (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Floyd Mullins (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Livingston (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Harriet Ramos (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Coakley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Rainwater (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David Spicy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Francis Smith Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dora Cooper (HAMPTON, Va.)

Mr. Cecil Oellerich Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wiley Hardy Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Lask (POQUOSON, Va.)

Mrs. Agnes Blithe (AUGUSTA)

Mrs. Ann Alford (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Badon Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jan Crain (ORMAND BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Lula Oliphant (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Navis Powell (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Moore (LPN CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Joe Coakley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Groomes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Ingram (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Herman Carter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margot Stapleton (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Hudson, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Williams (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Robert Printup (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Oliphant (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Dorothy Brown

Mrs. Beverly Huse (MONROE, Ga.)

Rev. Wyman Arthur (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Youmans (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Taylor (MILLEN, Ga.)

Overtime

Serena Williams withdraws from season's last two tournaments

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Area sports announcements

Ferrero wins Madrid Masters

Area sports announcements
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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.

Overtime
In Zurich, Switzerland, top-ranked Kim Clijsters was upset by Jelena Dokic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Swisscom Challenge semifinals, giving Justine Henin-Hardenne a shot at No. 1.

Ferrero wins Madrid Masters
MADRID, Spain -- Juan Carlos Ferrero won the Madrid Masters on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Massu and overtook Andy Roddick for first place in the ATP Champions Race with three weeks left.

Overtime
A team of WNBA players was beaten in the final of the inaugural World Cup in Samara, Russia on Sunday, losing to SGAU Samara of Russia 72-68.

Outdoors calendar
Thursday, Oct. 23: Augusta's Ducks unlimited chapter will hold its annual fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion with auctions, door prizes and a barbecue dinner. Tickets are $50 per person, $90 per couple and $300 for sponsors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 736-4123.

Outdoors calendar

First day for deer
Allison Cobb writes poetry, makes straight A's in school and doesn't mind an occasional morning in the woods with her .243-caliber rifle.

Seat candidates give their views
Working on developing Augusta's economic opportunities is crucial for a strong community commission, candidates said during Saturday's Richmond County Democratic Party breakfast meeting.

Donations rise for incumbent
ATHENS, Ga. - More than a year before the 2004 election, U.S. Rep. Max Burns has already raised nearly as much campaign money as he did during his entire 2002 campaign - but the Sylvania Republican may need it to fend off what's expected to be a big Democratic effort to unseat him.

NFL power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are.

Saints feast on Falcons
ATLANTA - A few days after apologizing to ABC, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank offered a proverbial olive branch to fans Sunday afternoon.

Vick unlikely to play after bye week
ATLANTA -- With their losing streak at six, the Atlanta Falcons sure could use Michael Vick.

Titans hand Panthers their first loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers let their perfect start to the season quickly slip away against the Tennessee Titans.

A more familiar Saints-Falcons game
ATLANTA -- Now, this is more like it. When the Atlanta Falcons renew their rivalry of misery with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, it will be a matchup befitting two forlorn franchises.

Mother Teresa's life - a testimony of her compassion for the world's poorest
NEW DELHI, India -- From the putrid back alleys of Calcutta to the squalid shanty towns of South Africa, Mother Teresa's compassion touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of the poorest of the poor.

In poor Indian city where Mother Teresa left her legacy, some say she is more than a saint
CALCUTTA, India -- In the sprawling city where Mother Teresa was known as the "Saint of the Gutters," thousands of people paid their respects Sunday to the nun who moved a step closer to sainthood with a beatification ceremony at the Vatican.

Tens of thousands flock to beatification of Mother Teresa
VATICAN CITY -- More than a quarter-million people - rich and poor, royal and regular - flooded St. Peter's Square on Sunday for the beatification of Mother Teresa, honoring the nun who built shelters, orphanages and clinics around the world to care for those forsaken by everyone else.

Felton's demands right on target

Will 'Buffy' characters be resurrected on 'Angel'?
Last spring's demise of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" left fans longing to see their favorite characters appear on the spin-off thriller "Angel" - but the reunion may have to wait a while.

NBC taking highly touted comedy off the air for two weeks

Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes: the man even some of his fellow liberals love to hate

Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes: the man even some of his fellow liberals love to hate
NEW YORK -- Alan Colmes has been called an on-air punching bag, a runt, wishy-washy, a milquetoast and - this one must really hurt - a conservative at heart.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Here's a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, complete with a fleeting balcony scene.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Re-Vamp: 'Angel' survives near-death experience
LOS ANGELES -- Like many survivors of near-death experiences, the supernatural TV thriller "Angel" is starting a new life.

Toby Stephens plays double agent on 'Cambridge Spies'
LONDON -- Toby Stephens can't remember when he realized his parents were actors.

Showtime to air movie on Jayson Blair saga at The New York Times
NEW YORK -- Showtime has given a movie producer the go-ahead to make a "dark comedy" about the Jayson Blair scandal at The New York Times.

NBC taking highly touted comedy off the air for two weeks
NEW YORK -- NBC is taking its highly touted comedy "Coupling" off its schedule for two weeks in what could be an ominous sign about its future.

Re-Vamp: 'Angel' survives near-death experience

Toby Stephens plays double agent on 'Cambridge Spies'

Will 'Buffy' characters be resurrected on 'Angel'?

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

Shockley out after surgery
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia backup quarterback D.J. Shockley will have knee surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.

Georgia overcomes slow start to beat Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For much of Saturday afternoon in Music City, fourth-ranked Georgia resembled the Achy Breaky Bulldogs.

Defense bails out struggling offense with another strong performance

Georgia's offense struggles

Georgia overcomes slow start to beat Vanderbilt

Shockley out after surgery

Georgia's offense struggles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Embarrassed, disappointed, upset. Those were just a few of the adjectives thrown around by members of Georgia's offensive line at the half of Saturday's 27-8 win against Vanderbilt.

Defense bails out struggling offense with another strong performance
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Georgia Bulldogs can be quite defensive, especially when they are at their least offensive.

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.

Tigers hold Gamecocks to 1 touchdown
COLUMBIA - South Carolina didn't have to worry about squandering a halftime lead against Louisiana State this time.

Williams: Gamecocks take a big step back

Howell's suspension continues until December

Williams: Gamecocks take a big step back
COLUMBIA - If you told reasonable South Carolina fans before the season their team would be 4-3 at this point, they probably wouldn't have been too disappointed.

Tigers hold Gamecocks to 1 touchdown

Woman sentenced for intercepting e-mail

Mother Teresa's life - a testimony of her compassion for the world's poorest

In poor Indian city where Mother Teresa left her legacy, some say she is more than a saint

Tens of thousands flock to beatification of Mother Teresa