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

'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.

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

Marlins still have their doubters

Soriano, Giambi out of lineup for Game 5

Castillo still struggling at the plate for Marlins

Marlins still have their doubters
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte freely admits he figured the Florida Marlins were finished.

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.

Can Marlins keep it together in '04?

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.

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

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.

Beckett gets a chance to buck pitching trend
NEW YORK - Florida pitchers Josh Beckett and Carl Pavano have never thrown on three days' rest. They've never been in the World Series before, either.

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

Banged-up Yankees head home with backs to the wall
MIAMI -- The New York Yankees are in pretty bad shape, on the field and in the trainer's room.

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

Banged-up Yankees head home with backs to the wall

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

Beckett gets a chance to buck pitching trend

October has many wonderful attributes

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.

Odds and Ends
TAHUYA, Wash. -- Seems like Mother Nature is offering an early Halloween display in Western Washington.

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.

Jury awards track official struck by javelin more than $800,000
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A track and field official who was hit in the face with a javelin during a college meet was awarded $811,000 in damages from the event's sponsor, a student-athlete and a university.

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

Judge: Key antitrust clause with Microsoft not yet effective

Business briefs
An Alaska-themed pediatric dental practice will have its open house today in west Augusta from 9 a.m. to noon.

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

Sanford, Faith report on China trade mission

Site enables residents to get tips on services

Brawny Man gets a makeover

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.

3 banks say home sales aided gains

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.

Magazine supported by Barnes & Noble ceases publication

Business briefs

Comedian covers stress, health during symposium

File-sharing network has signed deal to put EMI Music's catalog online

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

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.

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.

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.

File-sharing network has signed deal to put EMI Music's catalog online
LONDON -- A file-sharing network on Friday said it has signed a deal with EMI Music to put a "majority" of the music publisher's catalog online for users in Europe.

Judge: Key antitrust clause with Microsoft not yet effective
WASHINGTON -- A key element of the antitrust settlement Microsoft Corp. negotiated with the Bush administration isn't working as effectively as hoped, the government and trial judge acknowledged Friday.

Business briefs

Jobless claims drop to lowest level in a month

Site enables residents to get tips on services
After moving more than 20 times in his career, Richard Banks knows what it's like to be the stranger in town.

Clemson faces difficult challenge in Durant
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Mo Fountain is close friends with North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant. That doesn't mean the Tigers defensive end takes him lightly or knows how to stop him.

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 faces difficult challenge in Durant

Betko to miss up to a month

Clemson's attack takes its time

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?

College football gameday
Alabama-Birmingham (3-4) at No. 4 Georgia (6-1) WHERE: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

Clausen wants to strike early as Vols visit Bama

College football gameday

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.

Hot runners meet big stoppers when LSU battles Auburn
BATON ROUGE, La. -- It sounds a lot like a physics experiment - the unstoppable against the immovable.

Gators are glad Fason stayed
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason had just enough of a smile on his face to make Gators coach Ron Zook think he was kidding.

Clausen wants to strike early as Vols visit Bama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Casey Clausen wants to take his cue from a Manning.

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.

Hot runners meet big stoppers when LSU battles Auburn

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

Atlanta wants ACC championship

Gators are glad Fason stayed

Bring young to the polls
Every election day, thousands of poll workers strive to ensure the integrity of the voting process by making it efficient and accurate.

Muslims moderate?

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.

Iowa's non-event

Still incompetent

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.

Cronyism lessons
Pay attention, political science students. Augusta Commissioner Lee Beard, a former school principal, is giving lessons in cronyism and skewed priorities.

Iowa's non-event
Being first isn't what it used to be.

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

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

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.

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.

Applause calendar
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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.

Studios partly reverse screener ban, agree to send videos to Oscar voters
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood studios partially reversed their ban Thursday on special video copies for awards groups, capitulating to widespread criticism that the move would make it harder for smaller films to win Oscars.

Stocks fall on weak Microsoft outlook

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

Stocks finish mixed after earnings reports

Stocks fall on weak Microsoft outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street sold off shares Friday after a tepid outlook from Microsoft Corp. increased investor concerns that quarterly earnings don't justify current stock price levels. The Dow Jones industrials declined more than 90 points.

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.

Fishing tournament news

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
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.

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.

Andrew's buffet has seaside flavor

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.

Cogon grass may surpass kudzu as Southern plant scourge

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?

Pine straw can be put to good use

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
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?

Georgia Southern tries to recover against The Citadel
Georgia Southern has to win this week if they're going to have a chance at making the Division I-AA playoffs.

Revival excites Georgia Tech coach Gailey
ATLANTA - Anyone who saw Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey Thursday night after the Yellow Jackets beat Maryland 7-3 at Bobby Dodd Stadium noticed something different: He was animated and enthused, a contrast from his normally reserved personality.

Tech goes from gloom and doom to four-game winning streak
ATLANTA -- Chan Gailey could barely contain himself. The Georgia Tech coach transformed the interview room into a revival tent, and he was the preacher.

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

Jackets hold on for win

Revival excites Georgia Tech coach Gailey

Tech goes from gloom and doom to four-game winning streak

Augusta State to face Texas in first round

Thorpe ties tourney record at Schwab Cup Championship

Tiger ties Nelson's cut streak

Viral infection doesn't keep player from win

Pak makes cut at men's event on Korean tour
YONGIN, South Korea -- Se Ri Pak became the first woman to make the two-round cut in a men's golf tournament since Babe Zaharias in 1945.

Tiger ties Nelson's cut streak
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Just like he has done so many times over the last 5 1/2 years, Tiger Woods signed his card after the second round of the Funai Classic at Disney and immediately sized up his chances for the weekend.

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.

Augusta State to face Texas in first round
When defending champion Augusta State steps to the tee for the second annual Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, it won't do so as the No. 1 seed.

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.

Pak makes cut at men's event on Korean tour

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.

Pak tied for 13th after first round against men

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.

Richmond Academy controls own fate

Jackets win unusual game

Burke County offense sputters

Backs carry heavy load for Devils

Swainsboro emerges after rediscovering traditional offense

Player of the week

Jefferson explodes past ailing Harlem

Butler tops Lakeside

McKinney passes Lions to win over Riverside

Silver Bluff wins easily behind Gary, Williams

Blackville-Hilda triumphs

Prep football scores

Key matchups

Swainsboro soars

Laney continues to roll

On the air

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

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.

Burke County offense sputters
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - After Greenbrier's 21-0 win over Burke County on Friday night, Wolfpack coach Mickey Derrick wasn't going to give his team too much time to celebrate.

McKinney passes Lions to win over Riverside
Augusta Christian rode Adam McKinney's arm to a victory over Riverside on Friday night.

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.

Prep football scores
Scores from South Carolina and Georgia prep football games.

Jackets win unusual game
AIKEN - Forget the variety of fairs and carnivals in the area this weekend.

Blackville-Hilda triumphs
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - This wasn't supposed to be their year.

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

Jefferson explodes past ailing Harlem
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - The red-hot Jefferson County Warriors leaped to an 40-0 first-quarter lead over the wounded Harlem Bulldogs on Friday night en route to a 47-0 Region 3-AAA win.

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.

Silver Bluff wins easily behind Gary, Williams
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Silver Bluff remained unbeaten in Region 5-AA as Bulldogs quarterback Myron Gary made the most of his completions in Friday's 42-6 victory over Allendale-Fairfax.

Swainsboro soars
SYLVANIA, Ga. - When Swainsboro beat Washington County earlier this season, Tigers free safety Justin Moore knew the game was over on the first snap.

Butler tops Lakeside
Butler coach Galen Phillips wasn't happy with his team's play in the first half Friday night against Lakeside, but the Bulldogs pleased their master in the third quarter.

Laney continues to roll
Eric Parker wasn't quite ready to say Laney is back. Jaime Echols did it for him.

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

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

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

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.

Complains headline misleads readers

Complains headline misleads readers
Having read the letters by Anthony Meeds on Oct. 5 ("End of world does not go by our calendar") and Douglas Neal Sr. on Oct. 14 ("Earth will turn even after we've gone) in reply to my letter on Sept. 18, "The end of the world is sooner than you think," even with the agreements, I see that both have overlooked the fact that the editorial staff - not the letter writer - attaches the headline to our letters. Re-read my letter - minus the headline - and notice: Pastor J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

Praise of Democratic senators laughable

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

Poor coverage made disappointing Hispanic festival

Episcopal Church not withering away
This is in response to the Oct. 16 George Will column, "Anglican church on verge of being undone." The Rev. Richard E. Sanders, 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.

Compares legalized slavery to abortion
Pretend for the moment that legalized slavery still exists in America. And that some politicians say they are "personally opposed" to slavery but routinely vote to perpetuate it. Their supporters and apologists spout pious platitudes about the politicians' stands on other social issues and tell us we should work to end legalized slavery, but not to be one-issue voters. The only way to end slavery is to forget misplaced party loyalty and knee-jerk voting habits, then vote these politicians out of office. Paul W. Rosenthal, 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

Compares legalized slavery to abortion

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.

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

Senate votes to impose tough limits on spam e-mails

School laptops losing luster because of budget crunches

Strong geomagnetic storm expected to hit Earth

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.

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.

Gladiators rough up Lynx
DULUTH, Ga. - Stan Drulia was greeted with a rousing cheer in pregame festivities that honored hockey's past in the Atlanta area.

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

Lynx defeat Stingrays

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

Gladiators will honor Drulia

Gladiators rough up Lynx

Report cards to change format

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.

Suspect in fatal shooting gets bond
A man authorities have accused in a fatal shooting was granted bond by a Richmond County judge Friday.

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - School officials suspended a 14-year-old honors student over a fictional story she wrote in her private journal that describes a student who kills a teacher and then is fatally shot by a security guard.

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.

Authorities chase man into woods
Columbia County authorities chased two men suspected of selling drugs through a wooded area in Evans on Friday afternoon, catching one.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fast cars return to track

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.

Rants and raves
A RANT TO The Augusta Chronicle for selectively editing the Rants & Raves column. If it's not obscene, you have an obligation to print all the Rants & Raves. And if you can't do it, then you ought to stop it altogether, you biased rag.

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.

Health fees sought from businesses
For the past two years, more than 90 Richmond County businesses have not paid their annual fees for service to the county's Board of Health.

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.

Family Y seeks funds for facility expansion
The Family Y is asking the county government to help finance a $6 million expansion.

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

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.

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.

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

Pupils' illnesses raise concerns

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.

Bucky catches drive-by shooters

Adams review goes to Regents

Seminar offers leadership skills

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."

Parents demand on-site testing

Streetcars poised for comeback in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The future of mass transit in one bustling downtown might rely on a relic from its past: the electric streetcar.

Care home under investigation

Health fees sought from businesses

Fish fry reels in a crowd

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

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

Man charged with murder
Officials expect to hold a preliminary hearing in the next few weeks before a Richmond County grand jury can indict Mr. Walker on murder charges.

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.

Fountain to bubble until weather chills
Uncharacteristically warm weather will keep the street fountain at Riverwalk Augusta running for a while longer.

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.

Engine trouble leads to hard landing in Edgefield County
BRUNSON CROSSROADS, S.C. - A North Carolina man was recovering at an Augusta hospital Friday after the small aircraft he was piloting developed engine trouble and crashed in a remote area of Edgefield County.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

State Attorney General files suit against SCE&G

Counties show little change in test scores

Board has no plan to see HIV-list feedback

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.

Kid of the day

County fight unites cities
JEFFERSON, Ga. - An old power struggle between city and county has produced an innovative partnership in Jackson County.

Man is arrested in La Maison theft

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.

Goldilocks trial ends in acquittal

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.

Authorities search for downed plane

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.

Two pupils admit guilt in fire plot

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.

Charleston mayor's race sets money-raising record

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.

County fight unites cities

Population change directs budget

News you can use

Yarbrough: No blarney in Ireland's greatness

Board mulls plans to balance budget

Across South Carolina

Meeting targets spending

2 teens die when truck strikes bus

Boosters vote not to prosecute treasurer

Man charged with murder

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

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Organizers gear up for fall race

Woman shrugs off discovery by talent scout

Town throws party for 'Radio'

Streetcars poised for comeback in Savannah

Fair safety often hard to measure

Across Georgia

Across the area

Interstate rollover

Woman shrugs off discovery by talent scout
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It sounds like something out of the movies: A small-town girl is walking along a big-city street when she is discovered by a talent scout.

College opens campus square

Across South Carolina

USC gets grant for couch potato study

Search panel picks top 5 for director

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.

Across Georgia

Time to set the clocks back

Agency weighs crabbing limit

Rants and raves
A RANT TO The Augusta Chronicle for selectively editing the Rants & Raves column. If it's not obscene, you have an obligation to print all the Rants & Raves. And if you can't do it, then you ought to stop it altogether, you biased rag.

Failure is higher in new test

Failure is higher in new test
Just before taking her first driver's license test in Augusta recently, Gia Huynh learned that a new, on-road test has caused more people to fail statewide this year.

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.

Interstate rollover
Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies talk to David Alirio Martinez, 45, of San Miguel El Salvador, after the truck he was driving and another he was towing rolled over on Interstate 20.

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

Across the area
Aiken County sheriff's officials are searching for a man who attacked and robbed an elderly woman in front of her North Augusta home Friday afternoon.

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

Adams review goes to Regents
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia Foundation's board of trustees said Friday its review of UGA President Michael Adams' spending of foundation money is being forwarded to the state university system's Board of Regents.

Family Y seeks funds for facility expansion

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

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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.

Michelle Nunn, daughter of Sam Nunn, not running for Senate

Athens debates outdoor seating
ATHENS, Ga. - Downtown Athens has a binge drinking problem, Athens-Clarke County commissioners agreed Thursday night.

Yarbrough: No blarney in Ireland's greatness
Remind me not to go out of the country again without first letting you know. I tiptoe off to Ireland and leave you a mess:

College opens campus square
ATLANTA - The Georgia Institute of Technology opened the newest section of its campus Friday, unveiling a mixed-use development that combines classrooms, retail shops, restaurants and a 252-room convention hotel.

Agency weighs crabbing limit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia's blue crabs are few and far between. Catches were down during the drought that ended last year, and they haven't recovered with increased rain.

Counties show little change in test scores
Columbia County pupils continue to score above the state average on Georgia's competency tests, while Richmond County pupils continue to fall below the state average.

Authorities chase man into woods

Report cards to change format
COLUMBIA - Parents with children in South Carolina public schools will see a newly revamped format of statewide report cards when they are issued in November, state Department of Education officials said Friday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer met with business and government officials during a nine-day economic development trip to Taiwan.

Fast cars return to track
MODOC, S.C. - The roar of engines and the spray of red clay were absent for a dozen years from this oval, four-tenths of a mile long, but now the primal roots of motorsports - dirt track racing - is seeing a resurgence in the small McCormick County town.

Time to set the clocks back
WASHINGTON -- With an autumn tingle in the air and leaves changing to their fall colors, it's that time again to set the clocks back.

Kid of the Day
Nicholas Hunter Herrera is today's Kid of the Day.

USC gets grant for couch potato study
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The University of South Carolina has received a $4.5 million grant to continue studies of what influences some people to become couch potatoes.

2 teens die when truck strikes bus
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - At the Burke County High School homecoming game Friday night, attendees learned sad news over the loudspeakers - two Burke County High pupils had died in a wreck that afternoon.

Kid of the Day

News you can use
OCT. 25, 1937 Richard Morris, a 21-month-old baby, burned to death and his 4-year-old brother was injured yesterday afternoon when fire destroyed their home at 1155 First St., the coroner's office reported.

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.

At the Movies: 'Radio'

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.

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: '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.

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

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

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: 'Beyond Borders'

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.

Molotov, Natalia Lafourcade lead winners at MTV Latin awards
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Mexican rockers Molotov and talented newcomer Natalia Lafourcade were the big winners at MTV Latin's second annual music awards show.

Athens group marches to its own tune in new youth band

Molotov, Natalia Lafourcade lead winners at MTV Latin awards

Newman gets ninth pole of the season

Renna crash investigators have tough task ahead

Fired Benson drives on

Biffle on pole for Saturday's Busch Series event
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Greg Biffle extended his tear through the Busch Series, winning the pole for the Aaron's 312 on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Evernham gives Elliott time to contemplate retirement
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Team owner Ray Evernham wants to give veteran driver Bill Elliott all the time he needs to make a decision about his racing future.

Fired Benson drives on
HAMPTON, Ga. - For someone who just got fired, Johnny Benson was in a good mood Friday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Newman gets ninth pole of the season
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Even before Ryan Newman drove onto the Atlanta Motor Speedway track Friday night, the crowd began to buzz in anticipation.

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.

New faces in different places for Atlanta event

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.

Evernham gives Elliott time to contemplate retirement

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
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Keeping track of who's who might be difficult this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Biffle on pole for Saturday's Busch Series event

Thousands evacuated as wind whips Southern California fire

Thousands evacuated as wind whips Southern California fire
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- With ash and smoke turning day into night, a wind-driven wildfire closed in on several Southern California communities east of Los Angeles on Friday, destroying four houses and forcing firefighters to make their stand in back yards.

No playoff guarantee this season for Hawks
ATLANTA -- There's no guarantee the Atlanta Hawks will make the playoffs this season, and that's just the way the players like it.

Riley resigns as Heat's coach

Riley resigns as Heat's coach
MIAMI -- Pat Riley resigned as coach of the Miami Heat less than a week before the start of the NBA season, opting Friday to try to rebuild the team from the front office only.

No playoff guarantee this season for Hawks

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.

Panthers not listening to Horn's criticism

Rams could use Faulk if needed

Pro football picks

Deacon Marchel Walker, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Page Sr.    (GUYTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa Edwards    (BRONX, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Leola Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Stephanie Davis    (CNA LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. William Frost Sr.    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dora Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse Robinson    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mr. Robert Clayton    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Judy Wyatt    (FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James Clark    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. David Spicy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Melba Brown    (SALLEY, S.C.)
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SFC Richard Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Boyd    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond Lytle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ronald Barnes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Leola Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Adessa Germany    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Steven Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Gordon    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margarethe Turner    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Ivey    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Anderson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Laura Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Vivian Rowland    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mr. John James    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margarethe Turner    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Morgan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Elroy Wiley    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Floyd Mullins    (GOUGH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Atkins    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Brenda Nachman    (EVANSTON, Ill.)
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Mr. Steven Lewis    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert Parks    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. George McDonald Sr.    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Stanley Pettus    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Price Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Price Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Glenda Riley    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alberton Pringle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Sims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eva Pringle    (DECATUR, Ga.)
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Mrs. Josephine Strickler    (MARTINEZ)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Crossley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Jack Toler    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond Cummings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Stratteria Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Nicholas Desmond    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hazel Allman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Carver    (LYNWOOD, S.C.)
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Mr. Joseph Hair    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Ms. Glenda Riley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Hanley    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Sims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Calvin Holloway    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Thurman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Monroe Wade    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucy Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Wells    (SENECA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bohl Lamkin    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. James Wright Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bohl Lamkin    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Wayne Anderson    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. Perry Lee    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Woodrow Miller    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Fannie Lewis    (PATERSON, N.J.)
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Mrs. Laura Jackson    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Anneliese Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Freddie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Spencer    (SEATTLE, Wash.)
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Mrs. Adessa Germany (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Glenda Riley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Nachman (EVANSTON, Ill.)

Melba Brown (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hanley (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Anneliese Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Lewis (PATERSON, N.J.)

Mrs. Eva Pringle (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Holloway (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Thurman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Stratteria Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Allman (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Ivey (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Anderson (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margarethe Turner (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Perry Lee (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Boyd (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Freddie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Woodrow Miller (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe Wade (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John James (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Crossley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Parks (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Robinson (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Leola Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Vivian Rowland (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Hair (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Alberton Pringle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Wyatt (FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Page Sr. (GUYTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Clayton (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margarethe Turner (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Stephanie Davis (CNA LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bohl Lamkin (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Mullins (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Darden Lewis Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Strickler (MARTINEZ)

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

Mrs. Ruth Spencer (SEATTLE, Wash.)

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

Mr. Stanley Pettus (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lytle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Lewis ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC Richard Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Jackson ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Vargas says good days are still ahead of him

The Classic: It's Anybody's Race

Overtime

Overtime

Mystery drug behind sports scandal disintegrated in lab tests

IOC cites progress but warns 'time getting short'

IOC cites progress but warns 'time getting short'
ATHENS, Greece -- A top IOC inspector is pleased that serious delays have been overcome for the Olympics, but he warned organizers that "time is getting short."

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
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.

The Classic: It's Anybody's Race
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is far from a clear-cut favorite for America's richest race.

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.

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.

Overtime
The Greater Augusta Sports Council announced on Friday that they have expanded the list of candidates for the 2003 Ray Guy Award.

Michelle Nunn, daughter of Sam Nunn, not running for Senate
ATLANTA -- Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, ruled out a campaign for the seat of Sen. Zell Miller, saying Friday she will focus on her family instead.

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.

Rams could use Faulk if needed
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis running back Marshall Faulkprobably will be in uniform Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he most likely would be available only in case of emergency.

Church planters watch congregations grow
Going to church registered low on Byron and Michelle Dunn's list of priorities three years ago, but their lives have changed since then.

Religion briefs
LORANGER, La. - A "pray-in" before the latest Loranger High School football game drew enough people to surround the football field in what amounted to a protest against the American Civil Liberties Union.

Faith digest
Talmudic Ethics: Timeless Wisdom for Timely Dilemmas will be offered Thursdays and Fridays for eight weeks, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday or 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Chabad Center, 850 Broad St.

A Catholic nun and priest recommend movies to pep up Bible study
Priests and nuns are movie buffs, too. Among them are England's Father Peter Malone, and Sister Rose Pacatte of the Daughters of St. Paul, who lives in Los Angeles.

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

A top Catholic scholar's end-of-life conclusions about the Gospel of John
Among Bible buffs, "Father Brown" doesn't refer to the amateur detective in the beloved G.K. Chesterton novels, but to the Rev. Raymond E. Brown, considered U.S. Roman Catholicism's most influential New Testament scholar during years when the church liberalized Scripture study.

God's grace helps us find hope, comfort in uncertain times
When it comes to giving our thanks to God, there is no story in the Bible that is so endearing, or timelessly appropriate, than the story of Jesus healing the lepers.

Job ministry shepherds women
When Helene Sams hears a young woman doubting she can make it, she knows what to tell her.

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

'The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.' pulled after five episodes
NEW YORK -- CBS has yanked "The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.," a drama created by David E. Kelley, from its schedule after five episodes.

'The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.' pulled after five episodes

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.

Sunday news shows guest lineup

World Series ratings still climbing
NEW YORK -- Television ratings for Game 5 of the World Series between Florida and New York were 32 percent higher than a year ago.

Sunday news shows guest lineup
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Nielsen rankings for basic cable networks

Club calendar

Actor enjoys creative outlet of inspirational theater

Singer is happy to perform hits night after night

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

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

Studios partly reverse screener ban, agree to send videos to Oscar voters

Bulldogs can't afford slip-up against UAB

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

Bulldogs can't afford slip-up against UAB
ATHENS, Ga. -- Everything's falling into place for Georgia. In the past two weeks, the No. 4 Bulldogs have watched a bunch of higher-ranked teams drop by the wayside, the latest being No. 3 Virginia Tech. A return trip to the Sugar Bowl - this time to play for the national title - is looking more and more feasible.

Longtime UGA fan thrilled to be backup at QB
ATHENS, Ga. - Joe Tereshinski III has prepared his whole life for the role he finds himself in today as Georgia takes on Alabama-Birmingham.

Longtime UGA fan thrilled to be backup at QB

Walk-ons keep a Georgia tradition alive and well

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.

Bulldogs, Gamecocks, Tigers face downtrodden opponents today

Bulldogs, Gamecocks, Tigers face downtrodden opponents today
Two weeks ago, they called it Separation Saturday when the nation's heavyweights provided a smorgasbord of clashes.

Gamecocks White rises to prominent role after injury

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."

SUV seriously injures sunbather on Florida beach

Odds and Ends

Jury awards track official struck by javelin more than $800,000

Church planters watch congregations grow

A Catholic nun and priest recommend movies to pep up Bible study

Job ministry shepherds women

A top Catholic scholar's end-of-life conclusions about the Gospel of John

Faith and fellowship calendar