'Strictly Academic' is strictly sub-par A.R. Gurney

'Come Ye' premieres in New York

'Strictly Academic' is strictly sub-par A.R. Gurney
NEW YORK -- "Strictly Academic" is strictly lesser A.R. Gurney, a slight collection of one-act plays that stretch the thinnest of comic ideas past the point of boredom.

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.

Mexican tenor Ronaldo Villazon shines in his Met debut

'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.

Soriano, Giambi out of lineup for Game 5
MIAMI -- Slumping second baseman Alfonso Soriano and injured first baseman Jason Giambi were benched by New York Yankees manager Joe Torre for Game 5 of the World Series in a major lineup shakeup Thursday night.

Castillo still struggling at the plate for Marlins

Marlins tie series

Marlins take 3-2 lead

Can Marlins keep it together in '04?
MIAMI -- Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria stood in front of the dugout, savoring the anticipation of a World Series game as he watched spectators filling seats long empty.

Wells leaves start after only one inning

Williams at his best in October again

Soriano, Giambi out of lineup for Game 5

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

1 win to go: Marlins' comeback kids now have the lead

Wells leaves start after only one inning
MIAMI -- Back spasms forced New York Yankees pitcher David Wells from his start in Game 5 of the World Series after only one inning Thursday night.

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

Castillo still struggling at the plate for Marlins
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo finished the regular season ranked among the National League leaders in several offensive categories, including average, multihit games and infield hits.

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.

Diet company sued by ballplayer's widow declares bankruptcy

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.

Wells could be making final start with Yankees

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.

When no one else can hit, Jeter comes through

Marlins take 3-2 lead
MIAMI -- Now look who's the team to beat in this World Series.

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

Penny antes up
MIAMI -- This Penny is worth millions to the Florida Marlins.

1 win to go: Marlins' comeback kids now have the lead
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins have been behind for much of the postseason.

Can Marlins keep it together in '04?

Pavano outpitches Rocket but can't get win

October has many wonderful attributes

Landen Davis Smith

James Ryan Vernon

Reese Carter Wheeler

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.

Analeigh Meredith Whyte

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.

Shania Jaleah Jones

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.

Ethan Bao Chang

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.

Trystin Angel Doggette

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.

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.

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.

Trinity Alexis Hayton

Carlee Elizabeth Downs

James Edward Smith III

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.

Afton Bristol Hall

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.

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.

Bethany Michelle Wilson

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.

Kristy Unique Tompkins

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.

Miguel Maurice Jordan II

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.

Zelena Marie Blackmon

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jamya' Breanna Shantrell McKnight

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.

Kaleigh Michelle Crosby

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.

Jason James Braddy

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.

Kayla Ra Shaun Graper

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.

Carly Nicole Gagne

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.

Phoenix Micheal Felton

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.

Madeline Rose Hawkins

Eric Leonard Sanders Jr.

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.

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.

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.

Mayor for one day, makes appointments before losing power
SAN FRANCISCO -- A city official who served briefly as mayor made two appointments to an important commission in what the real mayor suggested was a brazen act of political opportunism.

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.

SUV seriously injures sunbather on Florida beach
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- A sport utility vehicle ran over a sunbather on the beach, seriously injuring the woman, authorities said.

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.

Odds and Ends
CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. -- This wasn't a wild or crazy kind of dog - just lucky.

Treasury secretary says economy showing improvement

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.

Magazine supported by Barnes & Noble ceases publication

Business briefs

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.

Magazine supported by Barnes & Noble ceases publication
NEW YORK -- Book, a bimonthly magazine partly owned by Barnes & Noble, is going out of business. The last issue, featuring a cover story on Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, comes out next week.

Time Warner earnings rise in third quarter

Brawny Man gets a makeover
The packaging of new improved Brawny paper towels features an updated Brawny Man character that is dramatically different from his predecessor.cessor.ally different from his predecessor.

Business briefs

Group gains large profits

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.

Georgetown Steel shuts down

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.

Textile company cutting 190 more jobs

Comedian covers stress, health during symposium
Menopause, like business, requires women to be fearless, especially if they want to survive the hot flashes and hormones.

Sanford, Faith report on China trade mission
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Commerce Secretary Bob Faith said Thursday he expects a few new businesses will be investing in South Carolina after his two-week trade mission to China and Japan.

USC professor says economy improving, despite rash of layoffs

3 banks say home sales aided gains
Three area banks released their quarterly earnings reports Thursday, attributing gains to solid mortgage activity.

Jobless claims drop to lowest level in a month

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.

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.

Business briefs
The country's largest real-estate auctioneer will auction a 124,000-square-foot former manufacturing plant in Thomson on Nov. 13.

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.

Sanford, Faith report on China trade mission

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.

Brawny Man gets a makeover

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.

3 banks say home sales aided gains

Jobless claims drop to lowest level in a month
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits last week dipped to a one-month low, a sign that companies are easing the pace of layoffs as they feel more confident that the economic rebound won't fizzle.

Comedian covers stress, health during symposium

Monsanto gets FDA nod

Betko to miss up to a month
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Julian Betko, a guard who played in all 28 games last season as a freshman, will have arthroscopic knee surgery and miss two to four weeks of practice.

Clemson's attack takes its time
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's offense rushes up to the line after the play, lineman frozen in their stance, receivers split wide and arms cocked at the ready. Sounds like a typical, fast-paced, no huddle attack locked and loaded only a few seconds later, right?

Clemson's attack takes its time

Betko to miss up to a month

Atlanta wants ACC championship
ATLANTA - Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said Atlanta and five other cities already have "expressed a serious interest" in holding the league's new college football championship game.

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

ACC & SEC notebook

Atlanta wants ACC championship

No. 1 VSU's Black Swarm defense winning with depth
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Maybe the defense for top-ranked Valdosta State should be called the Black Wave instead of the Black Swarm.

No. 1 VSU's Black Swarm defense winning with depth

Still incompetent
The young man charged with planting box cutters and threatening notes that were found on two Southwest Airlines in New Orleans last week was reportedly just trying to expose lapses in airline security. He need not have bothered. The lapses were already widely known.

Principals flunk test

Still incompetent

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

Muslims moderate?
The international firestorm set off earlier this month by a deputy undersecretary of defense's comments that Muslims don't worship a "real God" just won't go away. President George W. Bush had to distance himself from the remarks on his Asian trip this week by pointing out the obvious - that Lt. Gen. William Boykin's evangelical Christian views are not those of the U.S. government.

Muslims moderate?

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

Applause calendar
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Singer is happy to perform hits night after night
On Thursday, the Augusta Symphony is planning on getting a little Physical.

Actor enjoys creative outlet of inspirational theater
The sly smile, honeyed voice and perpetual glimmer in the eyes have garnered Billy Dee Williams a reputation.

Standing ovations
The final fair of the season, the Columbia County Fall Fair, opens Thursday and runs through Nov. 8 at the Columbia County Fairground on Columbia Road. Events include a costume night on Halloween, an arm-wresting championship Nov. 1, and an agricultural night with free milk Nov. 6. James Drew Amusements will provide the assorted spinning, swirling and whirling rides that make a midway complete.

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

Music director gets on stage for role in 'Sleeping Beauty'
For several years, Cindy Wilkinson has been the music director for Storyland Theatre, but in the upcoming production of Sleeping Beauty, she's onstage in the role of Sleeping Beauty's mother, the Queen.

Video watch
JUST OUT: 28 Days Later and Charlie's Angels: Full Contact

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."

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.

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

Stocks finish mixed after earnings reports

Retirees squeezed despite increases in Social Security

Mortgage rates mixed this week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages, after rising for two straight weeks, were unchanged this week as the bond market stabilized.

Stocks finish mixed after earnings reports
NEW YORK -- Tech stocks extended their decline Thursday as investors locked in gains following disappointing results from Computer Associates. Drug shares, hit hard the previous session, rebounded on strong earnings from Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers.

Mortgage rates mixed this week

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

Fishing report

Fishing report
Huge striped bass have joined heavyweight hybrids in schooling from mid-afternoon until dark in Thurmond Lake's Catfish Creek (Parksville, S.C., cove).

Fishing tournament news

Andrew's buffet has seaside flavor

Andrew's buffet has seaside flavor
It's easy to be skeptical of a seafood buffet in Augusta. After all, this is the community that bestowed the name Beech Island on a decidedly surf-challenged town.

Grow a walking stick
Occasionally you see an unusual type of cabbage offered in seed catalogs, one whose drawn out stalk is reputedly used for walking sticks: the "Walking Stick Giant Cabbage." It is hard to believe that a cabbage stalk could make a sturdy walking stick. And wouldn't rain and mud reduce it to a slimy mush?

Grow a walking stick

Cogon grass may surpass kudzu as Southern plant scourge
WALNUT HILL, Fla. -- Cogon grass, a fast-growing Asian weed that initially hitchhiked to America as a packing material, is becoming a worse plant scourge than the infamous kudzu vine in many parts of the South.

Pediatrician's hobby is coming up roses
Kathleen McKie's work is impressive, but her hobby is her claim to fame.

Pine straw can be put to good use

Pine straw can be put to good use
This is the time of the year when pine straw comes raining down from the trees. Instead of raking, bagging it up and sending it off with the garbage, why not use it as mulch?

Cogon grass may surpass kudzu as Southern plant scourge

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.

Jackets hold on for win
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech corralled the bouncing ball and held on for victory.

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.

Jackets hold on for win

Players get time to shine at ESPN

Postseason plans could be at stake in key ACC game

Keeping us off balance might keep us on balance

Viral infection doesn't keep player from win

Thorpe ties tourney record at Schwab Cup Championship

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.

Pak tied for 13th after first round against men
YONGIN, South Korea -- Se Ri Pak shot an even-par 72 Thursday to tie for 13th out of 126 entrants in her first round against men at the Korean tour's SBS Super Tournament.

A grind for Tiger & Co. at Disney

Pak tied for 13th after first round against men

Thorpe ties tourney record at Schwab Cup Championship
SONOMA, Calif. -- Jim Thorpe picked practice over blackjack, and it paid off in an impressive opening round at the Champions Tour's final event of the season.

Woods takes some drama out of cut streak
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods took the suspense out of his bid to tie the PGA Tour record for consecutive cuts.

Viral infection doesn't keep player from win
AIKEN - If someone didn't know what Nancy Smith had gone through the past five months, the abbreviated victory lap she did following her win Thursday in the Women's Eastern Golf Association Senior Championship didn't seem like much.

On the air

Backs carry heavy load for Devils

Key matchups

Richmond Academy controls own fate

South Aiken awaits opponent

Swainsboro emerges after rediscovering traditional offense

Player of the week

Key matchups
Here are capsule looks at this weekend's area high school football matchups.

Richmond Academy controls own fate
A win tonight against Laney would be great for Richmond Academy's playoff hopes, but a loss wouldn't end Musketeers' season.

Swainsboro emerges after rediscovering traditional offense
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - The new offense - actually, the offense Statesboro has run for years - was born from coach Shane Williamson's frustration.

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

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

Player of the week
This week's high school football player of the week is Strom Thurmond senior Kevin Weaver.

Backs carry heavy load for Devils
Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry almost expected this from Williston-Elko. After all, he said, the Blue Devils had most of their top players from last year returning.

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.

October has many wonderful attributes
You can make a pretty good argument that this is the best time of year.

Authorities search for downed plane
Authorities are looking for a Cessna 206 airplane that is believed to have made a crash landing this morning at least 10 miles north of Augusta.

Murder suspected charged
A man under scrutiny in the deaths of an Augusta teen and her infant son was charged today in their deaths.

The power of words can put us into the sewer, or lift us out
Regarding Mona Charen's column of Oct. 15, "Into the sewer we go - led by Bono": Clare Bryan, 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

Praise of Democratic senators laughable
Regarding Joaquin Godoy's Oct. 6 letter, "Kennedy's claim about Iraq war is absolutely correct," which praises Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.: Richard Maner, Louisville, Ga.

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

Protecting children is everyone's task
Kudos to Editorial Page Editor Michael Ryan for highlighting the precarious state of children in Georgia. As Mr. Ryan noted in the Oct. 13 editorial "Sacrifices ahead," the private sector should play a role in protecting and caring for our children. John W. Phelan, Augusta

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

Poor coverage made disappointing Hispanic festival
I was already very disappointed when I saw nothing in The Chronicle about the Hispanic festival on Oct. 11, but even more so when The Chronicle stated that "the rainy weather dropped attendance to the hundreds." Yes, the weather may have affected it slightly, but only slightly. We've been out there before in the rain, not to mention the fact that it was on dirt, so it would also get muddy. The Chronicle mentioned everything happening in October from Columbia County to Aiken, except for the Hispanic festival. Tania Padilla, Augusta

Praises article on flag-retirement ceremony

Poor coverage made disappointing Hispanic festival

The power of words can put us into the sewer, or lift us out

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

Praise of Democratic senators laughable

Strong geomagnetic storm expected to hit Earth

Verb program wants children active, not passive

Vaccine for advanced breast cancer shows promise

Experiment for fun winds up helping feed the hungry

School laptops losing luster because of budget crunches

Some yard decorators get so creative, it's scary

Senate votes to impose tough limits on spam e-mails

Health and fitnes calendar

In the know

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

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.

Strong geomagnetic storm expected to hit Earth
BOULDER, Colo. -- A strong geomagnetic storm was expected to hit Earth on Friday with the potential to affect electrical grids and satellite communications.

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.

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.

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.

Senate votes to impose tough limits on spam e-mails
WASHINGTON -- The Senate has voted to impose tough new limits against sending unwanted commercial e-mails, but supporters warned computer users not to expect any immediate end to offers for prescription drugs, cheap loans, herbal remedies and pornography.

School laptops losing luster because of budget crunches
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine -- Social studies teacher Eric Chamberlin clicks on a projector connected to a laptop computer, beginning a slide on how a bill becomes a law. His eighth-grade students flip open laptops, eagerly winding through the lesson on their screens.

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.

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.

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

Lynx defeat Stingrays
They said Louis Goulet was too small to play in the ECHL last season.

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.

Gladiators will honor Drulia
The Gwinnett Gladiators and their fans eventually will come to hate rival coach Stan Drulia.

Lynx gamenight

Gladiators will honor Drulia

Lynx defeat Stingrays

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

Lynx make roster changes

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.

Seminar offers leadership skills
Be yourself. Don't be afraid to show your feelings. Do what is right.

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.

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.

News you can use
OCT. 24, 1955 Willie Lowe is "hogging off" his moonshine crop. His two pigs will enjoy 240 gallons of uncooked mash poured out, as a result of an informal call paid by Richmond County sheriff's deputies on Sunday.

Jury convicts man in slaying
AIKEN - Nine years and 17 days after the shooting death of 20-year-old Christopher Pollin, family members finally saw some resolution Thursday.

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.

Boosters vote not to prosecute treasurer
About 25 Evans Middle School athletic boosters voted unanimously Thursday night not to prosecute a former treasurer.

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.

Board studies last-test grades
A test that doesn't count? That's what some principals in Richmond County are recommending for a set of state-mandated exams.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Fulton County Superior Court jury has awarded one taxicab driver almost $2 million and five others $346,357 each from a disputed $49.4 million Big Game jackpot.

Rants and Raves
I'M SORRY YOU published the news that NASA is planning to use those 49-cent brushes. Now we'll all have to pay the government price of $499 per brush.

Bucky catches drive-by shooters
PICKENS, S.C. -- A deer stands in a field near the tree-line, about a football field from a road. It's about dusk and a car pulls over and stops. A man whistles at the deer.

FBI investigating discovery of ricin in envelope in South Carolina

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.

Hotel clerk sexually assaulted, burned

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fish fry reels in a crowd
Late-comers got light bread.

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.

Meeting targets spending
ATHENS, Ga. - A report on University of Georgia President Michael Adams' spending of UGA Foundation money is expected to be the main item of discussion at a meeting today of the foundation's 54-member board of trustees.

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.

Parents demand on-site testing
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Despite a concern about soil contamination near a Savannah elementary school, few pupils there have been tested for blood lead levels.

Post boosters seek public's help

Charleston mayor's race sets money-raising record
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston's longest-serving mayor has shattered a fund-raising record as he makes his bid for an eighth term the most costly election ever for that job.

Airport cuts might be deleted

Town throws party for 'Radio'
ANDERSON, S.C. -- James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, a mentally disabled black man who is about to become known to the world in a film released Friday, can hardly contain himself before the movie's premiere in this small Southern town.

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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.

Bodies exhumed for further study

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.

Perdue adjusts HOPE, SAT link

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.

9-year-old case goes to trial

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.

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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.

S.C. student, missionaries return from Bolivia

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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.

Punish chief, official urges

Board mulls plans to balance budget
Calling in old parking tickets, improving the collection of court fines and privatizing indigent defense operations are some of the revenue options Augusta commissioners are considering to help them balance a proposed 2004 city budget.

Former city leader takes job in Illinois

Organizers gear up for fall race
AIKEN - Georgianna "Girl" Conger gets goose-bumps every time the steeplechase horses launch over the brush fences and continue rumbling around Aiken Horse Park's Ford Conger Field.

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

Board has no plan to see HIV-list feedback
ATLANTA - The state's top health policymakers have no plans to view a month's worth of written public comments on a proposal to collect the names of all HIV-positive Georgians, officials said Thursday.

Official is denied position

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - One Spartanburg County town plans to save money by canceling a noncompetitive election under a new state law.

Others could join DeLaine in Congressional Gold Medal honor

Goldilocks trial ends in acquittal
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Goldilocks has beaten the rap in Glynn County.

Man convicted of killing deputies sentenced to death

Care home under investigation
WINDER, Ga. - Parallel investigations were continuing into alleged abuse of elderly residents of a Winder assisted-living facility, but it remained unclear whether any of the alleged victims are sufficiently competent to be interviewed.

Man is guilty in pet poisoning

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kaley Makenzie Fields, 20 months, of Martinez.

Across South Carolina

College bus wrecks in Upstate S.C.
BLACKSBURG, S.C. -- A bus from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee wrecked Thursday morning on Interstate 85 in Cherokee County.

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?

Federal agency investigating Medicaid consulting contract
ATLANTA -- A Georgia contract that will pay a consulting firm $107 million for finding federal money for Medicaid and other state programs is being reviewed by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Inmate planned jail wedding, left at altar
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Greenville inmate who planned a jail wedding three months after police say he shot and killed the mother of a former girlfriend was stood up at the altar.

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.

Soldiers who went to Iraq are barred from donating blood because of parasite
ATLANTA -- Soldiers who served in Iraq will not be allowed to give blood for a year after returning home, because of a rare skin parasite that has infected 22 members of the military, federal health officials said Thursday.

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.

New requirements for teen drivers result in more flunking driving tests
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- More Georgia teenagers are failing to get their driver's license the first time around because of a longer and more complicated road test, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.

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

Charleston mayor's race sets money-raising record

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.

Two pupils admit guilt in fire plot

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.

Authorities search for downed plane

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.

Board mulls plans to balance budget

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.

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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.

Fair safety often hard to measure
James Drew IV says one of his kiddie rides might stay loaded on a truck during the Columbia County Fall Fair next week.

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

Man is fined $3,000 for animal deaths
James Cleveland Wallace was fined $3,000 and sentenced Thursday to three years probation for using a restricted pesticide to kill wildlife and poison his neighbor's dogs. The 64-year old Columbia County man also was ordered to pay $4,155.97 in restitution to his neighbor, Jim Wiggins, whose three dogs were poisoned.

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.

Search panel picks top 5 for director
A four-person search committee for a new director at Augusta Regional Airport met Thursday, deciding to narrow a field of 16 candidates to a top-five list.

Man is arrested in La Maison theft
An Augusta man was charged in the theft of more than $1,000 in alcoholic beverages from an Augusta restaurant, officials said Thursday.

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

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.

Goldilocks trial ends in acquittal

State Attorney General files suit against SCE&G
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorney General Henry McMaster has filed a lawsuit against South Carolina Electric & Gas, claiming the company overcharged at least 5,000 customers who lived outside city limits.

Across the area

Jury awards six cab drivers part of disputed Big Game lottery jackpot
ATLANTA -- A Fulton County Superior Court jury has awarded a taxicab driver almost $2 million and five others $346,357 each from a disputed $49.4 million Big Game jackpot.

Fair safety often hard to measure

Defendants sentenced for racially motivated beating
ATLANTA -- Two of three defendants who attacked two black brothers last year were sentenced Thursday to prison terms.

Town throws party for 'Radio'

Population change directs budget

Organizers gear up for fall race

Across Georgia

Jury awards six cab drivers part of disputed Big Game lottery jackpot

Search panel picks top 5 for director

Boosters vote not to prosecute treasurer

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.

Meeting targets spending

Man is arrested in La Maison theft

Thousands of books pile up for Africa

Kid of the day

Across Georgia

Board has no plan to see HIV-list feedback

County considers expanding prison work details

State Attorney General files suit against SCE&G

Breeder says Columbia violated her rights in 1996 incident

Fish fry reels in a crowd

Poor schools lack grant writers

Care home under investigation

Pupils' illnesses raise concerns
LEXINGTON, Ga. - A health expert this week investigated complaints about six Oglethorpe County pupils who became ill within the past two weeks with similar symptoms of chest discomfort and rapid pulse.

Parents demand on-site testing

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.

Seminar offers leadership skills

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.

Bucky catches drive-by shooters

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?

Pupils' illnesses raise concerns

Kid of the day

NAACP joins suit against judicial ciruit over indigent representation
CORDELE, Ga. -- The NAACP is joining a lawsuit that contends that poor defendants in a four-county area of south Georgia do not receive proper representation.

Suspension confuses parent

Continental will cut flights
Projecting low demand after the holiday season, Continental Airlines said Thursday it will reduce by half its four flights a day from Augusta Regional Airport during January and February.

Salary raised after report

Man gets 10 years for robbery
An 18-year-old Augusta man could spend the next 10 years of his life in prison on an armed robbery charge, a Richmond County judge ruled Thursday.

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

Population change directs budget
Fewer babies and more elderly requires gearing up for more heart and kidney treatments and more aggressive pursuit of would-be mothers, at least according to University Hospital's plans.

Office safe from ricin threat
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Testing showed no signs of contamination at a post office where a vial containing the deadly poison ricin was found, federal officials said Thursday.

Across the area
Augusta Mayor Bob Young announced Thursday that a block party will be held Nov. 15 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the naming of James Brown Boulevard, a news release states.

Two pupils admit guilt in fire plot
AIKEN - Two sobbing middle schoolers apologized in court Thursday for trying to set fire to their Jackson school, calling the unsuccessful plot "crazy" and "stupid."

Burglar cooks meal in woman's kitchen
AIKEN - Bacon and burglary don't mix.

Rants and Raves
I'M SORRY YOU published the news that NASA is planning to use those 49-cent brushes. Now we'll all have to pay the government price of $499 per brush.

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.

Gibson negotiating with U.S. distributor for 'Passion of Christ'
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson is negotiating with Newmarket Films to distribute his embattled Biblical epic "The Passion of Christ" in the United States.

At the Movies: 'Radio'

At the Movies: 'Beyond Borders'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Gibson negotiating with U.S. distributor for 'Passion of Christ'

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Scary Movie 3'
The first one was an original. The second one was not, but it had a riotous vomiting scene from "The Exorcist," a trash-talk war between disabled characters and enough booty and marijuana jokes to prompt giggles from even the most jaded movie-goer.

At the Movies: 'Beyond Borders'
The last thing Angelina Jolie needed to revive her fatigued career was another snoozer.

At the Movies: 'Scary Movie 3'

At the Movies: 'Radio'
Tolerance for the gushy sentiment of the high-school sports flick "Radio" depends on whether you've been booing or rooting on the sidelines for its star, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Athens group marches to its own tune in new youth band
ATHENS, Ga. -- A group of Athens area musicians is marching to its own beat with tunes that are often lost in traditional high school and college bands.

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

Athens group marches to its own tune in new youth band

The Mars Volta explore musical freedom

Tracy can clinch title in Australia
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia -- Here's something that could work against Paul Tracy in Sunday's Gold Coast Indy: He won the CART race in 1995.

New faces in different places for Atlanta event

Renna crash investigators have tough task ahead

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.

Riggs hired to replace Benson with MBV Motorsports
CONCORD, N.C. -- Scott Riggs signed a multiyear agreement with MBV Motorsports to replace Johnny Benson in the No. 10 Pontiac beginning next season.

Q&A with Jimmy Spencer

New faces in different places for Atlanta event
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Keeping track of who's who might be difficult this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Drivers report to new teams

IRL driver Renna dies in crash at 26

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.

Renna crash investigators have tough task ahead
INDIANAPOLIS -- The investigation into the crash that killed race car driver Tony Renna at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be hindered by a lack of visual evidence, an IRL spokesman said Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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.

Pollin: Wizards lacked 'healthy atmosphere' with Michael Jordan

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

Bryant prosecutors accuse defense of orchestrating media leaks
DENVER -- Prosecutors in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case on Thursday accused defense attorneys of leaking sealed details to the media and asked a judge to consider punishing the defense team.

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

Fantasy Football: It's time for a midseason report

Coach says he understands Blank's motives

Pro football picks

Panthers not listening to Horn's criticism

Mr. Ronald Barnes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Frances Boyd    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Woodrow Miller    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
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Mr. Alberton Pringle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Morgan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Miss Vivian Rowland    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lucy Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty-Jean Sizemore    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert Parks    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. David Spicy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James Price Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eva Pringle    (DECATUR, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Troutman    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lucy Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. George McDonald, Sr. (CLARK HILL, S.C.)

SFC Richard Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John James (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alberton Pringle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Maldonado (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Wallace (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Edwards (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mrs. Donna Lesser (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Boyd (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Vivian Rowland (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. John Weems, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Stephanie Davis (CNA LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Thurman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wayne Anderson (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Anderson (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Deacon Marchel Walker, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Troutman (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Morgan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Marrs (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Capt. John Farmer Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Margarethe Turner (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Habersham Sr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Price Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Vivian Rowland (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Parks (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Johnson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alberton Pringle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Owens (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Clayton (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anneliese Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Mullins (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Johnson Jr. (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)

Mr. Stanley Pettus (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Nicholson, Sr. (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Thurman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Nachman (EVANSTON, Ill.)

Mr. Robert Wells (SENECA, S.C.)

Ms. Glenda Riley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Atkins (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Melba Brown (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Gordon (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Anneliese Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Miller (DUBLIN, Ga.)

SFC Richard Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Pringle (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe Wade (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Vargas says good days are still ahead of him

Mystery drug behind sports scandal disintegrated in lab tests

Area announcements

Armed and dangerous

Overtime

Overtime
Softball Greenbrier begins play in sectionals Sixteen teams, including Region 3-AAAA champion Greenbrier, begin play today in the Class AAAA South Sectional playoffs at Diamond Lakes Park.

Entries are set for Steeplechase
AIKEN - More than 50 horses, including seven entries in the featured race, are set to run in Saturday's 12th annual Aiken Fall Steeplechase.

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.

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

Mystery drug behind sports scandal disintegrated in lab tests
SAN FRANCISCO -- Its chemical components are similar to most banned steroids but with an insidious twist: This drug was synthesized so craftily it is undetectable by the standard test given to athletes.

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

Westminster's season ends
Mount de Sales' boys soccer team fended off Westminster 2-1 in the first semifinal game Thursday night before host Stratford escaped with a 4-3 overtime win over North Cobb.

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.

Vargas says good days are still ahead of him
Bad back or not, Fernando Vargas says he has a lot of good days in the ring ahead.

Panthers not listening to Horn's criticism
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New Orleans receiver Joe Horn has a history of picking on Carolina both on and off the field. The Panthers are tuning him out before their Sunday meeting against the Saints.

Pro football picks
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hurting physically and emotionally. The Dallas Cowboys are on a high.

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.

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Oaks have deep roots in country
One of the top-selling groups in country music history, the Oak Ridge Boys, will perform at 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday in the Newberry, S.C., Opera House.

Gambling movies are a sure bet

Risque Dutch programming is disappearing from the air

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

Nielsen rankings for basic cable networks

Nielsen rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Oct. 13-19. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Music director gets on stage for role in 'Sleeping Beauty'

Actor enjoys creative outlet of inspirational theater

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Singer is happy to perform hits night after night

Applause calendar

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.

Walk-ons keep a Georgia tradition alive and well
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jeremy Thomas and Jamario Smith knew what they were walking into at Georgia.

Walk-ons keep a Georgia tradition alive and well

Brian VanGorder: Hot name in the assistant coaching ranks

Gambling movies are a sure bet
I have a new addiction - televised poker. I don't always understand what's going on, as the Byzantine style of cards played on the pro tour barely resembles the five-card stud I played for pennies with friends in high school. But the human drama involved, the reading of subtle clues and the search for answers in an opponent's demeanor is endlessly fascinating. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. After all, Hollywood has been mining that kind of silent conflict for years.

Gamecocks White rises to prominent role after injury

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.

Balkman accepted to South Carolina

Gamecocks White rises to prominent role after injury
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Chris White was so despondent after yet another injury this summer that he gave voice to words he never thought he'd say to anyone let alone South Carolina coach Lou Holtz -"I'm thinking of giving up football."

Lawsuit filed against Sony, Wal-Mart over game linked to shootings

Iowa town allows boy to use motorized wheelchair on streets

Odds and Ends

SUV seriously injures sunbather on Florida beach