Mexican tenor Ronaldo Villazon shines in his Met debut

Landmark Disney Hall raises profile of LA arts community

'Come Ye' premieres in New York

'Come Ye' premieres in New York
NEW YORK -- At times joyous and relaxed, at times defiant and almost militaristic, Ronald K. Brown's new "Come Ye" moves between the sacred and the profane.

Mexican tenor Ronaldo Villazon shines in his Met debut
NEW YORK -- Renee Fleming undoubtedly is the star of this season's Metropolitan Opera production of "La Traviata." But on Tuesday night, all ears were tuned to another voice: tenor Rolando Villazon, making his Met debut opposite the beloved American soprano.

Landmark Disney Hall raises profile of LA arts community
LOS ANGELES -- Despite being home to a world-class symphony, a thriving theater community and top museums, Los Angeles has long suffered an inferiority complex in the arts.

Diet company sued by ballplayer's widow declares bankruptcy

When no one else can hit, Jeter comes through
MIAMI -- The New York Yankees were in a tough spot, flailing at Josh Beckett's pitches, looking a lot more like the Detroit Tigers than the champions of the American League.

Bonds to testify about lab at center of probe
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds will testify in December before a federal grand jury that has subpoenaed several dozen athletes as part of its probe into a laboratory that supplies some of the nation's top sports stars with nutritional supplements.

No shortage of Yankee fans cheering in South Florida

Williams at his best in October again

Diet company sued by ballplayer's widow declares bankruptcy
TRENTON, N.J. -- The dietary supplement company being sued over the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Yankees take Game 3
MIAMI -- For the longest time, this had all the makings of another heartbreaker for Mike Mussina.

Pavano outpitches Rocket but can't get win
MIAMI -- He got the key double plays, escaped the big jams.

Bonds to testify about lab at center of probe

Marlins tie series
MIAMI -- Roger Clemens walked off the mound a hero. Alex Gonzalez and the Florida Marlins danced off the field as winners.

Williams at his best in October again
MIAMI -- Bernie Williams is always at his best in October. Just look at the numbers.

When no one else can hit, Jeter comes through

Pavano outpitches Rocket but can't get win

Marlins tie series

Wells could be making final start with Yankees

Pavano eager for chance to oppose Clemens in Game 4

Hearing set in case of Fenway Park bullpen fight
BOSTON -- A hearing Nov. 7 will determine whether Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia should be charged with beating a Fenway Park worker.

Rocket ready to fire one last time
MIAMI -- The end for Roger Clemens will come a few hundred miles from where it all began in the minor leagues 20 years ago, pitching against a team that didn't exist, in a ballpark that wasn't built.

No shortage of Yankee fans cheering in South Florida
MIAMI -- South Florida's favorite team is in the World Series. It's just not clear whether that team is the Marlins or the New York Yankees.

Rocket ready to fire one last time

Wells could be making final start with Yankees
MIAMI -- David Wells could be closing a chapter of his own on Thursday, the night after Roger Clemens made what will almost certainly be the final start of his career.

Hearing set in case of Fenway Park bullpen fight

Yankees take Game 3

Pavano eager for chance to oppose Clemens in Game 4
MIAMI -- Carl Pavano has seen plenty of Roger Clemens highlights. It's his job to make sure Game 4 of the World Series doesn't become another one.

Landen Davis Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Stacey T. Smith of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Landen Davis Smith, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Kenneth Burckhalter and Brenda Feagin of Bath and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Smith of Clarks Hill, S.C.

Kaleigh Michelle Crosby
James M. and Katie H. Crosby of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Kaleigh Michelle Crosby, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William G. Harden of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Crosby of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mitchell of Monroe, Ga.

Jamya' Breanna Shantrell McKnight

Shania Jaleah Jones

Analeigh Meredith Whyte
Mr. and Mrs. David J. Whyte of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Analeigh Meredith Whyte, Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Milton G. Burroughs and Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. White, all of Augusta.

Kaleigh Michelle Crosby

Shania Jaleah Jones
Greg J. Jones and Melissa N. Roberts, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Shania Jaleah Jones, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Weldon and Sarah Roberts and Gloria Jones, all of Augusta.

Reese Carter Wheeler

Carlee Elizabeth Downs
Keith and Julie Downs of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Carlee Elizabeth Downs, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William L. Barden Jr. of Gloverville and Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Downs of Clearwater.

Madeline Rose Hawkins

Jason James Braddy
Jason and Michelle Braddy of Lyons, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Jason James Braddy, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, Ga. Grandparents are Bill Beasley and Nell Beasley, both of Augusta, and Faye Whitledge and Ed Whitledge, both of Reidsville, Ga.

Landen Davis Smith

James Ryan Vernon
James B. and Samantha Jo Vernon of Fort Gordon announce the birth of a son, James Ryan Vernon, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry and Maureen Vernon of Overland Park, Kan., Jerry Ann Ouzts of Austin, Texas, and Calvin and Cathie Lanberry of Enid, Okla.

Trystin Angel Doggette

Jamya' Breanna Shantrell McKnight
Jamonte McKnight and Brittany Grissom, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Jamya' Breanna Shantrell McKnight, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Garnsy and Shelita Grissom and Debra Levy, all of Augusta, and Myron Griffith of Queens, N.Y.

Kristy Unique Tompkins

Miguel Maurice Jordan II
Miguel M. Jordan and Rachel C. Burns, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Miguel Maurice Jordan II, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Cluese Burns and Walter and Eula Burns, all of Appling, and Derek and Rosa Jordan of Augusta.

Afton Bristol Hall
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin B. Hall of Trenton, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Afton Bristol Hall, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph C. Brown of North Augusta, Sandra Smith of Trenton and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hall of Aiken.

Phoenix Micheal Felton
Samuel B. and Nichole M. Felton of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Phoenix Micheal Felton, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donita L. Harrison of Charleston, S.C., James Felton of Martinez, Katherine Felton of Pensacola, Fla., and the late Edwin P. Harrison.

Bethany Michelle Wilson

Trystin Angel Doggette
Nicholas R. Doggette of Charlotte, N.C., and Jennifer A. Johnson of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Trystin Angel Doggette, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are William and Patricia Johnson of Hephzibah, Jerry and Rosa Lane and Mike and Ladonna Doggette, all of of Charlotte.

Carly Nicole Gagne

Ethan Bao Chang
Joseph and Ynhi Chang of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ethan Bao Chang, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Togi and Tho Pham of North Augusta and Chucker and Soag Lo of Portland, Ore.

Ethan Bao Chang

Bethany Michelle Wilson
Clay L. and Dana M. Wilson of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Bethany Michelle Wilson, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dan and Diane Mitchell of Appling, Howell and Linda Wilson of Grovetown and the late Joan Wilson.

Kayla Ra Shaun Graper

Reese Carter Wheeler
Keith R. and Andrea S. Wheeler of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Reese Carter Wheeler, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Shuman of Brunswick, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ingram of McDonough, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wheeler of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Jason James Braddy

Kristy Unique Tompkins
Chris L. Tompkins and Renadia L. Allen, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Kristy Unique Tompkins, Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Sineal Thomas and Mabel Tompkins, both of Augusta.

James Edward Smith III

Zelena Marie Blackmon
Daniel Blackmon and Princess Kennedy, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Zelena Marie Blackmon, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Milledge, all of Augusta.

Margaret Marion Hollingsworth

Eric Leonard Sanders Jr.
Eric and Brunilda Sanders of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Eric Leonard Sanders Jr., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. German A. Muniz of Norcross, Ga., Brunilda Ortega of Lawrenceville, Ga., Ida Mae Sanders of Augusta and Earl Baylor of Greenwood, S.C.

Trinity Alexis Hayton

James Edward Smith III
James Edward Smith Jr. and Christie Weathers, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, James Edward Smith III, Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sheri Weathers of North Augusta, G. Scott Weathers of Langley, and Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Smith Sr. of Augusta.

Aaron Dean Abbed
Mr. and Mrs. David Gene Abbed of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Aaron Dean Abbed, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Marvin Woods of Chiefland, Fla., Rebecca Smith of Augusta and the late David Abbed and Deborah Ivey.

Margaret Marion Hollingsworth
David and Tammy Hollingsworth of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Margaret Marion Hollingsworth, Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hollingsworth of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. William King of Wilmington, N.C.

Kayla Ra Shaun Graper
Rodriguez Graper of Albany, Ga., and Ashiki Brown of Wadley, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Kayla Ra Shaun Graper, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are John Lewis and Shirley Brown of Wadley and Robert and Katie Graper of Albany.

Carly Nicole Gagne
Peter M. and Stephanie P. Gagne of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Carly Nicole Gagne, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bob and Donna Hickman and Ernest and Judy Gagne, all of Waynesboro, Ga.

Afton Bristol Hall

Analeigh Meredith Whyte

Phoenix Micheal Felton

Eric Leonard Sanders Jr.

Carlee Elizabeth Downs

James Ryan Vernon

Zelena Marie Blackmon

Trinity Alexis Hayton
Jason D. and Summer M. Hayton of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Trinity Alexis Hayton, Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mike and Gigi Davis of Augusta and Randy Stephens of Orlando, Fla., and Debra Stephens of Springhill, Fla.

Miguel Maurice Jordan II

Madeline Rose Hawkins
Brent A. and Naomi L. Hawkins of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Madeline Rose Hawkins, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Frank and Debbie Densmore of Augusta, Tony Hawkins of Aiken and Joel and Terri Huffman of Prosperity, S.C.

Niagara Falls survivor says depression drove him to jump
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- A man who went over Niagara Falls head first said Wednesday that he was driven by depression, not a desire to become a daredevil.

Lawsuit filed against Sony, Wal-Mart over game linked to shootings
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A $246 million lawsuit was filed against the designer, marketer and a retailer of the video game series "Grand Theft Auto" by the families of two people shot by teenagers apparently inspired by the game.

Iowa town allows boy to use motorized wheelchair on streets
DES MOINES, Iowa -- If 14-year-old Bryce Wiley puts a safety light on his motorized wheelchair and stays on the side of the road, police in his hometown of Laurens promise they won't slap him with a fine.

Cranky police dog bites two officers
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett police say they have no plans to retire a dog that attacked two officers, seriously injuring one, within the past month.

Man dies after fish sticks in his throat
PALATKA, Fla. - What started as a relaxing Sunday for fishing at the Ocklawaha River ended in a freak tragedy for family and friends of a Middleburg, Fla., man who died with a 4-inch fish lodged in his mouth.

Aryan Nations founder runs for mayor in Idaho
HAYDEN, Idaho -- The people of Hayden can't seem to rid themselves of neo-Nazi Richard Butler.

Man survives plunge over Niagara Falls
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- A man survived a plunge over Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back, witnesses said, the first person known to have done it without safety devices and lived.

Odds and Ends
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Travis, a 170-pound chimpanzee, can do lots of things humans can: He waters flowers, enjoys a glass of wine, brushes his teeth and even watches baseball on TV.

Odds and Ends
PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia -- A 30-year-old mystery was solved when the mummified remains of a once-unruly monkey that vanished from a store were found in an old downtown store.

BellSouth must offer Internet to non-phone customers
ATLANTA -- BellSouth must make its high-speed Internet access available to Georgia customers regardless of whether they have BellSouth telephone service, the state Public Service Commission ruled Tuesday.

Business briefs

USC professor says economy improving, despite rash of layoffs

Ports expect booming business to continue

Microsoft launches new Office software
NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. launched the newest version of its Office software Tuesday, kicking off a $150 million ad campaign in hopes of convincing customers that the upgrade is worth the cost despite a skittish economy.

Teller's role is changing

Monsanto gets FDA nod

Letters boost profit at UPS

Group gains large profits
ATLANTA - Growth in its Latin America division and its long-distance and high-speed Internet services helped BellSouth Corp. post a 46 percent jump in third-quarter profit, welcome news for a company battling fierce competition in the telecom sector.

Teller's role is changing
With ATMs, direct deposit and online banking, many people have little reason to enter a bank, but tellers aren't losing their jobs.

Hot diet book, magazine ad sales boost Rodale Inc.
PHILADELPHIA -- Lehigh Valley businessman J.I. Rodale found his first publishing success with a magazine based on his personal passion for organic farming.

Letters boost profit at UPS
ATLANTA - A surge in the volume of letters and packages it delivers by air for next-day service and improvements in its domestic business helped United Parcel Service post a nearly 28 percent jump in third-quarter profit, beating Wall Street expectations.

Georgetown Steel shuts down
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- The owners of Georgetown Steel filed for protection from its creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Columbia on Tuesday.

Treasury secretary says economy showing improvement
CHICAGO -- After a long spell of lackluster business growth, the economy is showing signs of vigor, but more works needs to be done to ensure that the recovery is self-sustaining, Treasury Secretary John Snow said Wednesday.

Group gains large profits

Hot diet book, magazine ad sales boost Rodale Inc.

Time Warner earnings rise in third quarter

General Electric to cut 600 jobs at Upstate plant

Time Warner earnings rise in third quarter
NEW YORK -- Time Warner Inc. reported continued problems at its struggling AOL division Wednesday, including more losses of subscribers and declining revenues, even as the overall company posted sharply higher earnings for the third quarter.

Treasury secretary says economy showing improvement

USC professor says economy improving, despite rash of layoffs
COLUMBIA, S.C. --The state's economy, reeling from the loss of manufacturing jobs, is more stable than rising unemployment figures and mass layoff announcements seem to indicate, a university economist says.

Business briefs

First hints of pricing power return
NEW YORK -- All those cheap deals everyone has gotten so used to in recent years may slowly become harder to find now that corporate America seems finally to be regaining some ability to raise prices.

State unemployment dips slightly

General Electric to cut 600 jobs at Upstate plant
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- General Electric announced plans Tuesday to cut 600 jobs at its gas turbine plant in Greenville during the next three to nine months.

Microsoft launches new Office software

Textile company cutting 190 more jobs

State unemployment dips slightly
ATLANTA -- For the second straight month, the number of jobless Georgians dipped slightly in September, the state's Labor Department reported Tuesday.

Textile company cutting 190 more jobs
EASLEY, S.C. -- Alice Manufacturing Co. is cutting back from four shifts to three in a move that will eliminate 190 jobs, but keep its three remaining plants operating.

Business briefs
Metro Augusta's unemployment rate declined to 4.7 percent in September, down from 4.9 percent in August, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

First hints of pricing power return

Georgetown Steel shuts down

Business briefs
Edgefield County had the third-best employment in South Carolina in September, according to data released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Commission.

Ports expect booming business to continue
SAVANNAH, Ga. - How do you top a record year? If you're the Georgia Ports Authority, you just keep growing.

Monsanto gets FDA nod
Government approval of powder manufacturing at Monsanto Co.'s Posilac plant leaves one last hurdle before the facility becomes the world's largest dairy-drug producer.

Clemson still chasing season's goals
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The math is easy to do. And this year, it's still in Clemson's favor.

Clemson still chasing season's goals

Clemson deletes objectionable material from Web sites
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips spoke by phone to an official at his old school, Oklahoma State.

Clemson deletes objectionable material from Web sites

BCA sets criteria for football hiring report card
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Black Coaches Association will use a five-part system next year to evaluate hiring practices in Division I-A football.

ACC & SEC notebook
Michael Cooper is still the man in Georgia's backfield.

BCA sets criteria for football hiring report card

ACC & SEC notebook

Principals flunk test
Georgia and Richmond County educators are working hard to upgrade public schools' curricula, teacher training, educational techniques and testing programs in order to make students more competitive with their counterparts in other states and nations.

Debate over life continues

Debate over life continues
The pro-life movement scored a couple of significant victories Tuesday, though both may be short-lived.

Genetic headaches
The Health Insurance Association of America says Congress doesn't need to pass new legislation prohibiting insurance companies from using people's genetic information to deny medical coverage or set premium rates, because there's already plenty of legislation on the books providing such protection.

Principals flunk test

Volunteers for kids
Kids Restart is the kind of organization that should attract anyone who's serious about being a volunteer who can make a serious difference. It helps kids. It helps parents. It helps the courts. It helps the community.

Producer claims Beyonce, father, others stole "Survivor" song
HOUSTON -- A 32-year-old producer has filed a $200 million lawsuit against Beyonce Knowles, her father and fellow members of Destiny's Child, alleging they stole his music for the hit song "Survivor."

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

Actor Robert De Niro diagnosed with prostate cancer
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Robert De Niro has been diagnosed with prostate cancer but is expected to recover fully, a spokesman said Monday.

Haunted house lovers create their own Red Barn of Horrors
When October rolls around, pumpkins for sale pop up alongside roads, scary movies open in theaters and Eric Kitchings, of Aiken, gets excited.

Special things to do
Rockers Three Days Grace perform Thursday at the Augusta Exchange Club's Georgia-Carolina State Fair.

Retirees squeezed despite increases in Social Security

Cost of private and public college education rises - again

Stocks mixed despite strong earnings
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks boosted by Texas Instruments' solid earnings report led Wall Street moderately higher Tuesday, but the Dow Jones industrials lagged behind, held back by disappointing news from AT&T.

States struggle with rising health insurance costs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- State employee and single mother Sandra Miller makes $19 an hour. There is not going to be much money left over if she has to start paying for health insurance for herself and her teenage son.

Growing share of uninsured workers employed at big companies
WASHINGTON -- A third of the nation's workers without health insurance are employed by large companies, a study says.

Hawaii's uninsured population grows
HONOLULU -- Cindee Villegas can't deny her job as a personal trainer in Waikiki offers some decent perks - a flexible schedule, free gym membership and a workplace that overlooks one of the world's most famous beaches.

Stocks fall on earnings letdown

Cost of private and public college education rises - again
The average cost of tuition and fees at the nation's four-year colleges and universities is more than 40 percent higher now than it was 10 years ago, a new study says.

States struggle with rising health insurance costs

Retirees squeezed despite increases in Social Security
NEW YORK -- For seniors like Harry Thaw, the planned 2.1 percent increase in Social Security benefits next year holds little promise of making life much easier.

Stocks fall on earnings letdown
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks tumbling Wednesday, showing their dissatisfaction with third-quarter earnings after several pharmaceutical companies failed to meet Wall Street's expectations. The Dow Jones industrials dropped nearly 150 points.

Hawaii's uninsured population grows

Growing share of uninsured workers employed at big companies

Stocks mixed despite strong earnings

Halloween cookies double as decoration

Recipe evokes flavor of Japan

Mexican dishes served with flair
Morelia's on Walton Way is not your typical Mexican restaurant.

Dining out

Recipe evokes flavor of Japan
California native Eric Gower recently returned after a decade or so in Japan exploring aspects of Japanese cooking - using shiso, ginger, sake and tofu, and fresh produce, fish and meats.

Halloween cookies double as decoration
These tasty butter cookies, cut into pumpkins and other more shivery Halloween shapes of your choice, make festive treats for trick-or-treaters. Their charmingly weird look also can be decoration for a Halloween cookie tree.

Dining out
Reviews of Augusta area restaurants.

Canning requires planning
Don't let the ripe harvest go to waste. Gird yourself for a little effort in the kitchen now, and enjoy gorgeous jars of colorful produce for months to come.

Small portions
If your market has a special on day-old bread, pick up a loaf or two. It is perfect for French toast or bread pudding.

Small portions

Postseason plans could be at stake in key ACC game
ATLANTA -- When the Atlantic Coast Conference divvies up its bowl invitations at the end of the season, remember this game.

'Too small' Wilkinson doing just fine at end
ATLANTA -- No one was more surprised than Gerris Wilkinson when the Georgia Tech coaches approached him with an idea just a week before the start of fall practice.

Offensive line makes strides at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - It wasn't so much a drive as it was a 16-play, 78-yard statement.

Players get time to shine at ESPN
ATLANTA - Eric Henderson never missed Thursday night game on ESPN in high school, traveling to a friend's house each week because he didn't have cable at his New Orleans home.

Players get time to shine at ESPN

'Too small' Wilkinson doing just fine at end

Postseason plans could be at stake in key ACC game

Keeping us off balance might keep us on balance

Tiger marching to his own beat
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods has a lot riding on the Funai Classic at Disney, although it was hard to tell judging by the guy handing him wedges and raking bunkers during a practice round Tuesday.

Stulb to enter Hall of Fame

A grind for Tiger & Co. at Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Palm and Magnolia courses were mostly empty Wednesday afternoon as players in the Funai Classic at Disney headed across the street to the Magic Kingdom to hang out with their families.

One trophy that got away from Annika

One trophy that got away from Annika
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam had to play 15 tournaments, the minimum required for a full season on the LPGA Tour, to complete her 10th season and get into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Stulb to enter Hall of Fame
There was never any question about who would be the first female Augustan inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. It was a matter of when.

A grind for Tiger & Co. at Disney

Tiger marching to his own beat

Injury bug hits Lincoln County

2003 Shrine Bowl Rosters

South Aiken awaits opponent

Injury bug hits Lincoln County
Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell is lucky he's got enough players to practice this week.

South Aiken awaits opponent
South Aiken coach Dan Pippin isn't buying it.

2003 Shrine Bowl Rosters
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The rosters for the 2003 Shrine Bowl were released Tuesday. The game will be played Dec. 20 in Rock Hill (players, positions, schools and hometowns). When there is no hometown listed, the school and the hometown are the same.

Middle Tennessee State notices Augusta athletes
For big-time Division I programs, such as Georgia, Auburn and Florida, recruiting the Augusta area is nothing new. Football players now have another option, though.

Contrary to popular opinion, high school football officials know the game
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Imagine hundreds of people booing every time you commit a mistake at your job. Now, imagine hundreds of others booing when you do it correctly.

Lightning hands Thrashers their first loss
TAMPA, Fla. -- Pavel Kubina scored a short-handed breakaway goal 3:28 into overtime, lifting the undefeated Tampa Bay Lightning over the previously unbeaten Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 Tuesday night.

Make mushroom souffle in a snap
Late October is the peak time to enjoy fall leaves in the Georgia and North Carolina mountains, and several years ago I had the opportunity to enjoy the colorful display at a North Carolina bed and breakfast.

Make mushroom souffle in a snap

National sales tax too regressive for U.S.

Praises article on flag-retirement ceremony

Editorial an encouragement to teachers

Parents wrong to encourage rule breaking
It's depressing to read that parents are encouraging their children to break school rules and the county dress code. And we wonder why we have discipline problems in the schools? Rules now, laws later? Blair Joyce, Augusta

Praises article on flag-retirement ceremony
I want to thank The Chronicle for the wonderful Oct. 13 news article "Patriotic burial" about our recent Knights of Columbus flag-retirement ceremony. John Quinn, Augusta

Blasts President Bush's deadly environmental policy

Fix Columbia Co. traffic problems

Editorial an encouragement to teachers
Thank you for your timely editorial on Oct. 6, "Not enough homework." This issue is often at the forefront in parental complaints but, as both recent studies indicate, it is indeed unfounded. Paul C. Reviere, Lincolnton, Ga.

Criticizes unchristian letters written by professed Christians
According to Merriam-Webster: "A Christian is one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ." Since those teachings promote love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, why do many professed Christians write such vengeful, vindictive, judgmental triumphal letters to the editor as if they, not God, were judges of the universe? Thomas J. Zwemer, Augusta

National sales tax too regressive for U.S.
Regarding your Oct. 9 editorial, "Fast track TRAC": You are partially correct but, in a major part, you are wrong, wrong, wrong. To get rid of the present tax code - yes, by all means. But when it comes to a choice between a flat tax and a national sales tax, you are very wrong. Richard Netzley, Evans, Ga.

Blasts President Bush's deadly environmental policy
A plan has been implemented that will lead to the premature deaths of 17,800 Americans over the next 15 years. This is not one of Osama bin Laden's diabolical schemes. The plan is President George W. Bush's environmental policy. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Fix Columbia Co. traffic problems
Regarding the Oct. 10 Metro section article, "County plans to curb traffic": Jim Quinn, Evans, Ga.

Fellow American shouldn't wish war on others
Regarding Harry Sellers' Oct. 7 letter, "Arafat versus Sharon and Bush": It nauseates me that a fellow American could write such a thoughtless and heartless letter. Carl Weathers, Graniteville, S.C.

Some yard decorators get so creative, it's scary

Video game 'F-Zero GX' is tough, but worth the effort

In the know

Verb program wants children active, not passive

Experiment for fun winds up helping feed the hungry

Health and fitnes calendar

In the know

Experimental device shows promise against devastating strokes

Heart attack victims usually don't get best treatment - angioplasty

Vaccine for advanced breast cancer shows promise

Experiment for fun winds up helping feed the hungry
URBANA, Ill. -- An attempt to grow an ear of corn in the University of Illinois' orange-and-blue school colors failed miserably - it turned out an ugly green.

Experimental device shows promise against devastating strokes
WASHINGTON -- One minute Gary Formanek was hitting balls at an Oregon driving range. The next, he was lying on the ground, his left side paralyzed from a stroke.

Heart attack victims usually don't get best treatment - angioplasty
WESTON, Fla. -- Almost anywhere else, the ambulance crew would have gathered up Buddy LaRosa in mid-heart attack and roared off to the closest emergency room.

Video game 'F-Zero GX' is tough, but worth the effort
What will racing be like in the 22nd century? Well, oil will be just a greasy memory, so no NASCAR or Formula 1. One possible alternative is dazzlingly displayed in "F-Zero GX," from Amusement Vision and Nintendo for the GameCube.

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

Verb program wants children active, not passive
The clock "falls" back an hour Sunday, but rather than catch up on sleep, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is urging children ages 9-13 to use that extra time to get in shape.

Vaccine for advanced breast cancer shows promise
CHICAGO - After five major surgeries for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, Patricia Thomas called the little pinprick she received in a government study the simplest procedure she's undergone.

In the know
The Legacy Project, sponsored by the Washington, D.C., Parenting Coalition and Generations United, is holding a Listen to a Life contest that could net the winner a Lane cedar chest and an IBM computer.

Some yard decorators get so creative, it's scary
Before it's time to string up the Christmas lights, many homeowners indulge their decorating habits by breaking out the jack o' lanterns or scarecrows.

In the know
The Art of Chocolate, the annual fund-raiser for Child Enrichment Inc., includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a jazz band and desserts from area chefs. The event is black-tie optional.

Lynx make roster changes
The Augusta Lynx released forward Todd Nowicki and defenseman Benoit Cotnoir on Tuesday to make room for Cincinnati Cyclones John Cronin and Robert Liscak from the AHL.

Lynx gamenight

Lynx gamenight
Augusta Lynx vs. South Carolina Stingrays, Thursday, 7:05 p.m.

Two minutes in the box
Augusta Lynx defenseman Rob Stanfield answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Rookie winger draws inspiration from family

Rookie winger draws inspiration from family
The puck went in, the red light came on, and Scott Corbett was knocked to the ice - all in about three seconds.

Lynx's roster changes again
For some Augusta Lynx players, there is more on the line this weekend than three victories.

Boston assigns two players to Augusta
The Augusta Lynx's official affiliation is with the Florida Panthers, but coach Stan Drulia opened another NHL pipeline this week.

Lynx make roster changes

Boston assigns two players to Augusta

Two minutes in the box

Lynx slapshots
UP NEXT Thursday: vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m.

Georgia decides against crime database

Few women seek doctors' advice on osteoporosis

Sunshine State losing its luster

U.S. Judge dismisses four grocers from Bessinger's lawsuit
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A federal judge dismissed four grocery chains from a lawsuit Confederate flag supporter Maurice Bessinger brought after they cleared his barbecue sauces from shelves three years ago.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Shniya Brende Jean Williams, 2, of North Augusta.

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in urine sale conviction
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Kenneth Curtis wants the state Supreme Court to decide he had no intent to help people defraud drug tests when he sold kits containing his urine.

Jury deliberates poisonings

Court hears arguments over Ten Commandments display
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Lawyers argued before a federal judge on Monday for and against a Habersham County courthouse display of the Ten Commandments.

Post boosters seek public's help
Fund-raisers working to protect Fort Gordon asked city economic developers Wednesday to contribute $100,000 to their efforts.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Dreher High School student was arrested Wednesday and charged with bringing a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun to school, Columbia police said.

N.C. to seek turning I-95 into toll road
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The state Department of Transportation will seek federal permission to charge tolls on Interstate 95 to pay for the highway's $3 billion overhaul.

Suspension confuses parent
Gurine Davis is confused at the message the Richmond County Board of Education is sending by suspending her daughter after the 13-year-old reported being sexually assaulted on a school field trip.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A Florence man has died after his vehicle was struck by a car being chased by a bail bondsman.

DA finds no criminal evidence in Gwinnett discipline report case
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County's district attorney said there's not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against school officials who underreported 44,000 disciplinary incidents to the state.

Forecast doubtful for new restaurant

Panel recommends Cherokee judge be removed over military offenses
ATLANTA -- A state oversight board has recommended that a Cherokee County judge be removed from the bench for offenses he committed while serving in the military and for not disclosing them when he ran for office.

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Police arrest man they say led burglary ring
MACON, Ga. -- Police have arrested a man they say is the ringleader of a theft and burglary ring that has stolen about $100,000 in merchandise and cash, including the contents of several ATM machines.

Judge rejects man's appeal
A Richmond County judge denied a man's request Wednesday to reconsider after he had been denied bond for drug offenses allegedly committed while he was out on bond for earlier, separate drug charges.

East Dublin plant indicted for pollution of nearby stream
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. -- A grand jury in Savannah has charged Griffin Industries with polluting a stream near its East Dublin rendering plant, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday.

Hotel clerk sexually assaulted, burned
ATLANTA -- The Peachtree City Police Department is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who sexually assaulted and set fire to a hotel clerk early Wednesday morning.

Group plans for potential water woes
Speaking with one voice on issues concerning the Savannah River might go a long way toward protecting it in the future, officials from across state lines said Tuesday afternoon.

Sen. Miller pulls few punches in book critical of fellow Democrats
WASHINGTON -- From President Clinton to party chairman Terry McAuliffe to its field of presidential contenders, few Democrats escape criticism in a new book by Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, who argues the party has abandoned him and the rest of the South.

Poor schools lack grant writers

Car tax payment with stolen credit card nets arrest
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Police say a woman used stolen credit card numbers to run up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges and was caught after she paid her car tax bill with the purloined digits.

N.C. to seek turning I-95 into toll road

News you can use
OCT. 22, 1974 Richmond County Commissioner Edward M. McIntyre decided Monday to give citizens an extra seven days to submit suggestions for a new landfill site after about 100 people showed up at an afternoon hearing to protest all seven sites under consideration.

Breeder says Columbia violated her rights in 1996 incident

Schools target fund-raising discrepancies
Columbia County school officials are hoping new guidelines will help provide more accountability over the money that school support groups raise.

Georgia decides against crime database
ATLANTA -- Georgia will not join a sweeping crime database that tracks personal details of even law-abiding citizens, Gov. Sonny Perdue decided Tuesday, citing cost and privacy concerns.

Panel recommends Cherokee judge be removed over military offenses

Kingston proposes Bill of Rights for college campuses
WASHINGTON -- Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston contends liberal-dominated colleges are depriving students of a balanced education. Enter Kingston's "Academic Bill of Rights," which would encourage - but not require - a diversity of views on campus.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for President Bush. He has done nothing for the economy. Our military is getting killed each day over in Iraq, and people are losing jobs each day. He wears a cowboy hat, and people in the South think he's all that. But I am a white American. And believe me, I wish Hillary Clinton were running for president. Maybe we could get the Clintons back in the White House and improve the economy again.

Director's suspension overturned
The five-day suspension of city Human Resources Director Brenda Byrd-Pelaez was overturned by the Augusta Commission on Tuesday - a decision that several elected officials called one of the most difficult in recent memory.

Across South Carolina

S.C. Army National Guard promotes first African-American Female Command Sergeant Major
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gail M. Williams of Lugoff has become the South Carolina Army National Guard's first black woman command sergeant major, a spokesman said Tuesday.

East Dublin plant indicted for pollution of nearby stream

Exhibit touches on MCG doctor
For 80 years, Dr. Lois T. Ellison has been living out what she calls her mantra: That often the seemingly worst things turn out to be the best.

Airport cuts might be deleted
A 25 percent budget cut adopted for Augusta Regional Airport in March moved one step closer Wednesday to being cut itself.

Punish chief, official urges

Salary raised after report
A city truck driver who was demoted two years ago for harassment received a midyear pay increase last month at the direction of City Administrator George Kolb and at the request of an Augusta commissioner.

Former city leader takes job in Illinois

Former city leader takes job in Illinois
Former Augusta Administrator Randy Oliver will become the city manager in Peoria, Ill., if the terms of a contract can be worked out.

Sunshine State losing its luster
For Meredith Ray, being a Gator in the heart of Bulldog country has been the hardest part of moving from Florida.

Student arrested for taking weapons to dance released on bond
LILBURN, Ga. -- A high school student accused of bringing a knife and a pellet gun to a homecoming dance over the weekend has been released on a $5,650 bond.

Three indicted on felony counts
Three people were indicted Tuesday by a Richmond County grand jury on charges they fought or hit Richmond County sheriff's deputies during three separate incidents, court records state.

UGA foundation completes Adams probe, quiet on results
ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia Foundation has produced a report on UGA President Michael Adams' use of foundation funds, but is refusing to release it to the public.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for President Bush. He has done nothing for the economy. Our military is getting killed each day over in Iraq, and people are losing jobs each day. He wears a cowboy hat, and people in the South think he's all that. But I am a white American. And believe me, I wish Hillary Clinton were running for president. Maybe we could get the Clintons back in the White House and improve the economy again.

South Carolina teen pleads guilty to demanding ransom in Smart case
SALT LAKE CITY -- A South Carolina teenager faces up to 25 years in prison after admitting he posed as Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper and demanded $3 million for her safe return.

Corrections
In Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, the special description of the Kid of the Day, Gabrielle Shea Carroll, was inaccurately attributed to her grandmother.

Breeder says Columbia violated her rights in 1996 incident
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Supreme Court is reviewing a case in which a Columbia dog breeder claims the city illegally killed five of her puppies more than seven years ago.

Expert warns state of desalination costs
ATLANTA - Water planners in Georgia should look to conservation as their "first choice" before pursuing such expensive supply-side solutions as desalination, an academic researcher told a legislative subcommittee Tuesday.

Trees take their time
Recent cold snaps have forced an early color change in the leaves of north Georgia trees, but it will take a few more weeks for local trees to burst into a myriad of red, orange and yellow hues.

County considers expanding prison work details

Burns has ties with supporter
SAVANNAH, Ga. - U.S. Rep. Max Burns' ties to a supporter who made an insensitive remark appear closer than the Republican implied, according to campaign records.

Suspension confuses parent

Fathers take steps to be more active
They are making mothers jealous at John Milledge Elementary School.

Thousands of books pile up for Africa

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Trinity Nicole Brown, 2, of Grovetown.

Others could join DeLaine in Congressional Gold Medal honor

Man convicted of killing deputies fights for life
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A Burton man convicted of gunning down two Beaufort County sheriff's deputies was removed from the courtroom Tuesday as the sentencing phase of his murder trial began.

Sen. Miller pulls few punches in book critical of fellow Democrats

Scana unit finds leak at Summer nuclear reactor

FBI investigating discovery of ricin in envelope in South Carolina

Three indicted on felony counts

Punish chief, official urges
City Administrator George Kolb said he is looking into the meeting where city battalion chiefs were called to meet with a city commission candidate.

Expert warns state of desalination costs

Across the area
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -Homicide by child abuse indictments against an Edgefield couple whose 14-month-old child died Aug. 5 of head injuries were presented Wednesday to an Edgefield County grand jury, said Ervin Maye, the assistant 11th Circuit solicitor. But the grand jury report won't be made public before Circuit Judge William P. Keesley until Nov. 3, Mr. Maye said.

DA finds no criminal evidence in Gwinnett discipline report case

Forecast doubtful for new restaurant
Alice Burkart, eating a salad with friends inside a waiting area at Augusta Regional Airport on Tuesday, recalled how she once frequented the High Flight Cafe.

S.C. Army National Guard promotes first African-American Female Command Sergeant Major

Report: Rural schools in South Carolina falling behind
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rural schools perform well nationally on academic achievement tests, despite less funding than urban and suburban schools and fewer highly trained teachers, according a report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution.

Exhibit touches on MCG doctor

Official is denied position

Man convicted of killing deputies fights for life

Man convicted of killing deputies sentenced to death

Police arrest man they say led burglary ring

S.C. student, missionaries return from Bolivia

Across Georgia

Across the area

Bodies exhumed for further study
Authorities are waiting on the report on the second autopsies of Ramona Givens and Tyler Givens, who were found dead Oct. 5.

9-year-old case goes to trial

Ex-girlfriend sought in theft, car burning
Police are searching for a woman they suspect broke into a residence Wednesday where her ex-boyfriend was staying, took some money and later set his car on fire.

Perdue adjusts HOPE, SAT link

Perdue adjusts HOPE, SAT link
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue modified his proposal Wednesday to link HOPE scholarship eligibility to SAT scores, saying he may favor a one-semester "trial" scholarship for low-scoring students.

Man is guilty in pet poisoning

Ex-mayor prepared for unity fish fry
Despite being hospitalized last week with a blood infection, former Augusta mayor Ed McIntyre said he's ready for today's 11th Annual Ed McIntyre Unity Fish Fry.

Across Georgia
LILBURN - A high school student accused of bringing a knife and a pellet gun to a homecoming dance last weekend has been released on a $5,650 bond.

Official is denied position
AIKEN - A key element of an agreement between Aiken County Council and state legislators that freed up $342,000 for Aiken Technical College is illegal and has to scrapped, Rep. Roland Smith, R-Langley, said Wednesday.

Across South Carolina

Man faces federal prison for concocting story about plutonium deal
ATLANTA -- A Woodstock man will serve time in federal prison for concocting a story about meeting with a Russian general to broker a $12 million deal to sell plutonium to terrorists.

Bodies exhumed for further study

Thousands of books pile up for Africa
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Gini Brisebois has collected 7,000 books to send to Africa. She just hasn't been able to get them there yet.

Kid of the day

County considers expanding prison work details
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Why pay outsiders to cut grass or clean libraries when prisoners can do it?

News you can use

Defendant in beating guilty of hate crime
ATLANTA -- One of three defendants who attacked two black brothers last year was convicted of a hate crime in Fulton County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Airport cuts might be deleted

Man convicted of killing deputies sentenced to death
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A Burton man convicted of gunning down two Beaufort County deputies was sentenced to death Wednesday.

Poor schools lack grant writers
TRENTON, S.C. - It's tough for a poor school district to grab a federal dollar.

S.C. student, missionaries return from Bolivia
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Protesters threw rocks at the Bolivian military. Soldiers responded with gunfire. Years of pinned-up frustration were exploding in front of Kenneth Wimpey, a Baptist missionary from Pickens.

9-year-old case goes to trial
AIKEN - Nine years after Chris Pollin was found shot to death in an Aiken cemetery, the man accused in his slaying went on trial Wednesday.

Teacher group to interview three presidential candidates
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Education Association's political action committee will interview three Democratic presidential candidates Friday, one day before the association holds its semiannual meeting.

Across Georgia

Others could join DeLaine in Congressional Gold Medal honor
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina lawmakers in Washington want to give the Congressional Gold Medal to three more people with key roles in school desegregation lawsuits that became part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

Few women seek doctors' advice on osteoporosis
ATHENS, Ga. - The average American woman likely doesn't give much thought to the health of her bones, according to a new survey.

FBI investigating discovery of ricin in envelope in South Carolina
WASHINGTON -- A vial containing the deadly toxin ricin was found inside an envelope at a South Carolina postal facility, federal officials said Wednesday. The FBI was investigating but terrorism was not suspected.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS FOR the parents who want their children to wear uniforms. That is your choice. For those parents who are against the uniforms, that should be their choice for their children to wear regular clothes. I work hard to get the things that I want my children to have. So who are all of you to tell me how to dress my kids?

Man is guilty in pet poisoning
A Columbia County man was convicted Wednesday of using a restricted pesticide to poison wildlife and his neighbor's dogs.

U.S. Judge dismisses four grocers from Bessinger's lawsuit

News you can use
OCT. 23, 1982 According to court documents obtained yesterday, federal authorities seized several vehicles and other assorted personal items of at least eight Lincoln and Elbert county residents in what has been labeled a drug smuggling-public corruption investigation.

Post boosters seek public's help

Salary raised after report

Hotel clerk sexually assaulted, burned

Dry spell helps soggy crops
AIKEN - A high blue sky and wind-swirled dust are telltale signs of a dry harvest that has helped salvage a rain-swamped South Carolina growing season.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS FOR the parents who want their children to wear uniforms. That is your choice. For those parents who are against the uniforms, that should be their choice for their children to wear regular clothes. I work hard to get the things that I want my children to have. So who are all of you to tell me how to dress my kids?

Across the area
Two companies seeking the food-service contract for the Augusta civic center complex made sales pitches to members of the center's governing board Tuesday.

Dry spell helps soggy crops

Across Georgia
DOUGLASVILLE - A woman who reportedly said it was easy to steal from Arbor Place Mall when she and another woman were arrested on felony shoplifting charges was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison Monday.

Schools target fund-raising discrepancies

Help sought for recreation
Columbia County officials are looking to the private sector to get a new indoor recreational facility built.

Director's suspension overturned

Jury deliberates poisonings
Jurors will resume deliberations today in the misdemeanor trial of a Columbia County man accused of using a restricted pesticide to poison wildlife and his neighbor's dogs.

Across the area

Fathers take steps to be more active

Kid of the day

Corrections

Scana unit finds leak at Summer nuclear reactor
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Electric & Gas officials have found a boric acid leak in the cooling system at its Summer nuclear reactor, officials said Tuesday.

Keeping us off balance might keep us on balance
Scientific studies keep telling us we can help keep our minds sharp as we age by engaging in puzzles, games and other diversions.

Palestinian film among movies submitted for foreign film Oscar
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A Palestinian movie is among a record number of contenders for the foreign language film Oscar.

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

Critical choice

The Mars Volta explore musical freedom
NEW YORK -- When Cedric Bixler looks out from the stage into the audience, he sees himself.

Mississippi court says ownership of bluesman's memorabilia settled
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has ended a legal battle over the photographs and songs of bluesman Robert Johnson, saying his son is the sole heir to the royalties.

Elton John announces three-year deal with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Elton John promised the sequins will fly again when he kicks off a three-year gig at Caesars Palace in February.

Mississippi court says ownership of bluesman's memorabilia settled

The Mars Volta explore musical freedom

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Sounding like karaoke at a bachelorette party gone bad, Mandy Moore's sticky sweet "Coverage" is little more than a dozen cover songs too many, most of which should leave the original artists wincing

Brack transferred to Indianapolis hospital

Racing facts - Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500

Busch hits slump as season comes to an end
HAMPTON, Ga. - The last time Kurt Busch won a race, he sat in his car for several minutes in Victory Lane before conjuring the courage to face the public.

Drivers report to new teams
HAMPTON, Ga. - Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers, Scott Wimmer and Ward Burton all will report to their new teams this week at the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Two-time IRL champion Hornish takes first laps with new team
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sam Hornish Jr. took his first practice laps with Team Penske on Tuesday and called it "a new day" in his Indy Racing League career.

IRL driver Renna dies in crash at 26

Q&A with Jimmy Spencer
ATLANTA - Jimmy Spencer has an opinion on just about everything, and he's not afraid to tell you what he thinks. He tackles tough questions, such as what's wrong with NASCAR and how would he change things.

Two-time IRL champion Hornish takes first laps with new team

Racing facts - Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 NASCAR race.

Q&A with Jimmy Spencer

Drivers report to new teams

IRL driver Renna dies in crash at 26
INDIANAPOLIS -- IRL driver Tony Renna was killed in a wreck Wednesday during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he lost control at nearly 220 mph, went airborne and crashed into a fence.

Brack transferred to Indianapolis hospital
DALLAS -- Kenny Brack was transferred Tuesday from a Dallas hospital to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he will begin rehabilitation for injuries sustained in a horrific crash in Texas.

Tropical Storm Nicholas moves along in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Nicholas continued its trek to nowhere in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, remaining no threat to land, forecasters said.

Difficult testimony looming for Bryant's accuser
EAGLE, Colo. -- With questions raised about the quality of evidence in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, testimony from the NBA star and the woman accusing him of rape may play a crucial role at trial.

Pollin: Wizards lacked 'healthy atmosphere' with Michael Jordan
WASHINGTON -- Abe Pollin knew the decision would be unpopular.

Pollin: Wizards lacked 'healthy atmosphere' with Michael Jordan

Iowa man charged with threatening Bryant's accuser will plead guilty
DENVER -- An Iowa man charged with leaving a profanity-laced death threat on the answering machine of Kobe Bryant's accuser has agreed to plead guilty.

Iowa man charged with threatening Bryant's accuser will plead guilty

Difficult testimony looming for Bryant's accuser

Coach says he understands Blank's motives

Falcons owner takes out ad in paper to apologize to fans

Fantasy Football: It's time for a midseason report

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IAAF to retest samples from World Championships

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IAAF to retest samples from World Championships
LONDON -- Track and field's governing body will retest all samples from the summer World Championships to check whether any athletes were using a previously undetectable designer steroid.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Dylan Munoz, 6, of Martinez.

Overtime
High school soccer Westminster meets Mount De Sales Westminster (14-6) takes on Mount De Sales today in a Class AAA semifinal match at 5:30 p.m. at Macon's Stratford Academy.

Armed and dangerous
Nicole Cisco didn't get excited about her first trek outside the United States until this week.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
College football Pages of two Tigers deleted by school Objectionable material, including some pornographic pictures, has been deleted from the online pages of two Clemson football players by the university. The pages were on the university's server.

Coach says he understands Blank's motives
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves says Arthur Blank's heart is in the right place.

Reeves gives 1-6 team extra day off
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons practiced for 45 minutes Tuesday morning before coach Dan Reeves called off the workout and gave players the rest of the week off.

Injury bug hits Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Injuries are suddenly piling up for the Carolina Panthers, who listed eight players as questionable for this weekend's game against New Orleans.

Fantasy Football: It's time for a midseason report
It's halftime, folks.

Falcons owner takes out ad in paper to apologize to fans
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank took out a full-page ad in the sports section of Tuesday's editions of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and appealed to fans for their patience after the team's awful start.

Letterman's "Meet the Governor" segments uses clips most politicians would like burned

Risque Dutch programming is disappearing from the air
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Smut is disappearing from Dutch television.

Risque Dutch programming is disappearing from the air

HBO documentary looks at travails of being 'Born Rich'
LOS ANGELES -- Champagne overflows glasses. Guests glide around wearing vintage 1920s attire - handsome men in top hats, beautiful women in flapper dresses. Laughter mixes with the sound of Glenn Miller's "In the Mood."

Fox's baseball ratings crush the network competition

Baseball fails to draw viewers to Fox's new shows

Letterman's "Meet the Governor" segments uses clips most politicians would like burned
NEW YORK -- In contrast to the "Tonight" show - Arnold Schwarzenegger's unofficial late-night venue - David Letterman is airing material that would make most politicians consider a career change.

HBO documentary looks at travails of being 'Born Rich'

Baseball fails to draw viewers to Fox's new shows
NEW YORK -- Even if you caught only a few innings of postseason baseball on Fox, you likely saw promos for "Skin" and the new season of "Joe Millionaire." Despite the heavy promotion, both series premieres flopped Monday, each drawing fewer than 7 million viewers.

Fox's baseball ratings crush the network competition
NEW YORK -- Fox's postseason baseball coverage crushed the competition in the prime-time ratings last week.

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Actor Robert De Niro diagnosed with prostate cancer

Haunted house lovers create their own Red Barn of Horrors

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Second-generation Bulldog finally makes own mark

Offensive line shows its youth
ATHENS, Ga. - When Neil Callaway joined Mark Richt's new staff at Georgia in January of 2001, he didn't need to peer into a crystal ball to know just how young the Bulldogs offensive line would soon be.

Brian VanGorder: Hot name in the assistant coaching ranks
ATHENS, Ga. -- When those inevitable coaching searches get underway - and a few schools already are looking - keep this name in mind.

Gibson, Thomas look doubtful for UAB game

Offensive line shows its youth

Gibson, Thomas look doubtful for UAB game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Receiver Fred Gibson and fullback Jeremy Thomas are unlikely to play when No. 4 Georgia hosts UAB on Saturday.

Second-generation Bulldog finally makes own mark
ATLANTA -- Bryan McClendon was in seventh grade when his father agreed to race one last time.

Brian VanGorder: Hot name in the assistant coaching ranks

Set puts Jones back in action
Few action heroes have aged as well as Indiana Jones.

South Carolina announces baseball 2004 schedule
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will get a rematch of last year's NCAA Super Regional as the Gamecocks play North Carolina in a game called the "Battle of the Border" in Fort Mill, according to the team's 2004 schedule released Tuesday.

South Carolina announces baseball 2004 schedule

Balkman accepted to South Carolina

Balkman accepted to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Highly touted recruit Renaldo Balkman has been accepted to South Carolina and the school said he is expected to begin practicing with the team Thursday.

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Cranky police dog bites two officers