With a new leading man, the revival of 'Nine' is less than 10
NEW YORK -- Of all the musical revivals to arrive on Broadway since "Cabaret" in 1998, no show has been more imaginatively rethought than "Nine."

Choreographer Twyla Tharp tries her hand at self-help
"The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life" (Simon & Schuster. 243 Pages. $25) - Twyla Tharp, with Mark Reiter

Choreographer Twyla Tharp tries her hand at self-help

With a new leading man, the revival of 'Nine' is less than 10

Oils by a giant of New York School on display at Met
NEW YORK -- More than a decade before his abstract expressionist works ignited the New York art scene, Philip Guston had already mastered representational art by imitating Renaissance greats.

Harry Potter books blamed for 'Hogwarts headaches'
Has the latest Harry Potter fantasy cast a spell of "Hogwarts headaches" on some of its most avid readers?

Oils by a giant of New York School on display at Met

Halladay tops baseball in statistical rankings

Jordan, Reynolds, Mayne file for free agency after options declined

McKeon to return as Marlins manager next year
MIAMI -- Jack McKeon got a new car for reaching the World Series. He got a new contract for winning it.

Halladay tops baseball in statistical rankings
NEW YORK -- Toronto pitcher Roy Halladay was the top player in baseball this year, according to the annual statistical rankings released Wednesday by the Elias Sports Bureau.

Parades, rallies close book on Marlins' championship season

Yankees let hitting coach go
NEW YORK -- Rick Down is out as the New York Yankees' hitting coach, the first move in what figures to be a wild offseason for the World Series losers.

Yankees let hitting coach go

Jordan, Reynolds, Mayne file for free agency after options declined
NEW YORK -- Brian Jordan, Shane Reynolds and Brent Mayne filed for free agency after their 2004 options were declined.

McKeon to return as Marlins manager next year

Bonds wins record 11th Silver Slugger award
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds won his record 11th Silver Slugger award, given to the top offensive players in each league.

Parades, rallies close book on Marlins' championship season
MIAMI -- The loudest cheers from the tens of thousands of Marlins fans lined up to celebrate their World Series champions came when team owner Jeffrey Loria made a simple promise: The team won't be broken up.

Scott Allen Cline Jr.

Joliet Chloe Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Morris of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Joliet Chloe Morris, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy D. Outley and Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Morris, all of Augusta.

Nicholas Alexander Troia
Thomas W. and April N. Troia of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Alexander Troia, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Catherine Simpers of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Troia of Augusta.

William Adam Gibbs
Billy J. and Rhonda E. Gibbs of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, William Adam Gibbs, Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Vaughn of Tybee Island, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Johnson of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gibbs of Harrisburg, Ill.

David Fitzgerald Greene Jr.

David Gordon Bell IV
David Bell III and Brandi Bell of Appling announce the birth of a son, David Gordon Bell IV, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David V. McKee of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. David Gordon Bell Jr. of Camak, Ga.

Alyssa Leigh Braswell
Joe P. Braswell III and Amanda Nalley, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Leigh Braswell, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nalley and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Braswell Jr., all of North Augusta.

Haley Marie James
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Lee James II of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Marie James, Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kirkland of Grovetown, Tony James of Augusta and Marion Labor of Martinez.

Nicholas Sean Reese
Mr. and Mrs. Sean C. Reese of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Sean Reese, Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mark Owens and Janice Herrington of Augusta and Dr. and Mrs. F.C. Reese of Dublin, Ga.

David Fitzgerald Greene Jr.
David Greene and Aiesha Brown, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, David Fitzgerald Greene Jr., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Dawn Hynson of Hephzibah and Beatrice Wiggleton of Augusta.

Haley Marie James

Bricyn Taft Maliq Kennedy
John L. Boyd Jr. and Renarta S. Kennedy, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Bricyn Taft Maliq Kennedy, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jacob T. Underwood Jr. of Augusta.

David Gordon Bell IV

Scott Allen Cline Jr.
Scott and Melissa Cline of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Scott Allen Cline Jr., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Conway Rice of Blythe and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cline Sr. of Grovetown.

Lauren Elizabeth Lewallen

Ty Angel La Net Antley
Alfonzo and Josephine Antley of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Ty Angel La Net Antley, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Catherine Mack and Ernest and Queen Antley, all of Augusta.

Henry Adam Waller
Adam D. and Tandy H. Waller of Evans announce the birth of a son, Henry Adam Waller, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl P. Henry of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Dr. and Mrs. James T. Waller of Savannah, Ga., and Edith Guthrie of Nashville, Tenn.

William Ja'Kobe Nelson

Avery Grace Thompson
Chad and Debbie Thompson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Grace Thompson, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Richard B. Alfano and George and Connie Thompson, all of Augusta, and the late Judy A. Brady.

Jaden Hunter Cole

Nickolas Jake Pearson
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Pearson of Gibson, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Nickolas Jake Pearson, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Williams of Gibson and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Pearson of Warrenton, Ga.

Nicholas Sean Reese

Cooper Stone Redd

Destiny Rose Moore

River Mills Mays

Joliet Chloe Morris

Noah Matthew Lindler

Bailey Ann Ferrando

Ty Angel La Net Antley

Nickolas Jake Pearson

Cassidy Hope Canuette

Bryson Hugh Rice

Nicholas Alexander Troia

William Adam Gibbs

Alan John Yehle
Mr. and Mrs. David J. Yehle of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Alan John Yehle, Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Stambaugh of Reading, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Yehle of Savannah, Ga.

River Mills Mays
Russell K. and Lisa M. Mays of Thomson announce the birth of a son, River Mills Mays, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy Mills of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Mays of Thomson.

Hailey Leeanna Turner
Joel and Brittany Turner of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hailey Leeanna Turner, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are John New, Tambra New and Alice Prince, all of Augusta.

Jaden Hunter Cole
Christopher B. and Jennifer M. Cole of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jaden Hunter Cole, Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Bobby Leverett and Linda Brown of Augusta and Albert and Opal Cole of Hephzibah.

Lola Timmons
Chris G. and Lurica Timmons of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Lola Timmons, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lillie Allen of Greenville, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. James Timmons of Florence, S.C., and the late Johnnie A. Allen.

Cassidy Hope Canuette
Ronald and Tina Canuette of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Cassidy Hope Canuette, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cushman and Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Canuette, all of Martinez.

Bryson Hugh Rice
Carson B. Rice and Anntionette C.K. Hinton, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Bryson Hugh Rice, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Shirley Krollaskia of New York and Grady and Hughett Rice of Augusta.

Lauren Elizabeth Lewallen
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Lewallen of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Lewallen, Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reynolds and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Lewallen, all of Augusta.

James Blaine Pounds
Matt and Stephanie Pounds of Charlotte, N.C., announce the birth of a son, James Blaine Pounds, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center. Grandparents are Ed and Deborah Plemmons of Warrenton, Ga., James Garner of Columbia and James and Brenda Pounds of Augusta.

Alyssa Leigh Braswell

William Ja'Kobe Nelson
Miranda N. Nelson of Augusta announces the birth of a son, William Ja'Kobe Nelson, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Mattie Nelson of Augusta.

Henry Adam Waller

Bailey Ann Ferrando
Marty J. and Corey A. Ferrando of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Bailey Ann Ferrando, Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Darryl and Jody Waterbury of Martinez, Keith and Denise Fowler of Thomson and Michael and Susan Ferrando of Grovetown.

Bricyn Taft Maliq Kennedy

James Blaine Pounds

Destiny Rose Moore
Robert B. and Tracy C. Moore of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Destiny Rose Moore, Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Floyd E. Crawford and Mr. and Mrs. John McPeters, all of Grovetown, and William F. and Patricia A. Moore of Harlem.

Lola Timmons

Cooper Stone Redd
Ray Redd Jr. and Jennifer Redd of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Cooper Stone Redd, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Grandparents are Richard and Terri Stone and Ray Redd Sr. and Elizabeth Redd, all of North Augusta.

Hailey Leeanna Turner

Avery Grace Thompson

Noah Matthew Lindler
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lindler of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Noah Matthew Lindler, Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hatcher and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Lindler, all of Aiken.

Mishap-prone man fired from delivery job, gets jobless benefits
LITTLE ROCK -- A truck driver fired from his soft-drink delivery job deserves unemployment benefits because his proneness for fender-benders did not amount to misconduct, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Odds and Ends
HOWELL, Mich. -- Most people prefer them baked in pies or decoratively carved.

Afghan Supreme Court condemns beauty pageant contestant
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Supreme Court on Wednesday condemned a woman who is competing as Miss Afghanistan at a beauty pageant, saying such a display of the female body goes against Islamic law and Afghan culture.

Man accused of forcing woman to marry him so she couldn't testify against him
LEBANON, Ohio -- A man dragged his girlfriend from her apartment by her hair and forced her to marry him in hopes that it would prevent her from testifying against him in a criminal case, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Odds and Ends
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Few people enjoy bathroom humor as much as Mary Frazier Long. In fact, the 71-year-old retired schoolteacher often gets phone calls from strangers, looking to share a few dirty jokes of their own.

Police investigate neighbor's killing of teen prankster
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 16-year-old who was shot to death by a neighbor while playing a late-night prank.

Braves decline option on Reynolds, drop Blanco
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have declined a $3 million mutual option on pitcher Shane Reynolds and dropped backup catcher Henry Blanco from their roster.

Maddux files for free agency
ATLANTA -- Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux filed for free agency on Wednesday, perhaps signaling the end of his 11-year stint with the Atlanta Braves.

Business briefs
The parent company of Security Federal Bank on Tuesday announced 9 percent increase in profits for the three-month period ending Sept. 30.

Group calls for trade quotas
AIKEN - A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives, including almost all North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia delegations, called on President Bush on Wednesday to restore quotas on Chinese apparel imports that have been blamed for the loss of hundreds of thousands of textile jobs.

IRS worried more Americans feel cheating on taxes is OK
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans who believe it's OK to cheat "a little here and there" on their taxes has risen 50 percent in the past four years, a government survey says - a trend that new IRS Commissioner Mark Everson promises to reverse by going after scofflaws at all income levels.

IRS worried more Americans feel cheating on taxes is OK

Economist: Georgetown Steel closing would be costly
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- The Grand Strand could lose $200 million if Georgetown Steel remains closed, a Charleston economist says.

Nonprofit agencies under fire

Consumer confidence rises in October
NEW YORK -- Signs of improvement in the job market triggered a rebound in a measure of consumers' confidence in the economy in October, a private research group reported Tuesday.

Japanese textile company plans to locate in Gaffney

Tobacco plant to close in 2 years; 2,100 jobs at risk

Group calls for trade quotas

Holiday shopping
Halloween used to be just for kids. But the holiday also has grown up some. This Oct. 31 falls on a Friday. That not only means more children will be out longer; it also means a night for grown-up partying.

Business briefs

Work on eatery begins in Evans
The addition of a new restaurant in Evans should cap off the development of one busy intersection in Columbia County.

Fed holds main short-term interest rate at 45-year low

Economic advisory group doesn't see fast recovery
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A panel of economists and business people told the state's revenue forecasting agency Wednesday that they expect the economy to improve during the next year, but they're not looking for robust growth.

Japanese textile company plans to locate in Gaffney
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Japanese textile company plans to create 130 jobs and invest $30 million when it locates its first American automotive subsidiary in Gaffney, state commerce officials said Wednesday.

Business briefs
Internet productivity software company Ipswitch Inc. announced Wednesday it will consolidate its Augusta operations by moving 60 employees to the Lamar Building downtown.

Rosie O'Donnell and publisher square off over failed magazine
NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell - former sweetheart of daytime talk, veteran comedian and producer of an upcoming Broadway musical - is taking her act to a Manhattan courtroom.

Nonprofit agencies under fire
The adage about the buyer needing to beware also is true for the debtor.

Consumer confidence rises in October

Economist: Georgetown Steel closing would be costly

City lures tourists south
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Cruise passengers Patti and Grant Colbert are just what officials want in Jacksonville.

City lures tourists south

Fed holds main short-term interest rate at 45-year low
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Tuesday, an effort to keep the economic resurgence moving forward.

Tobacco plant to close in 2 years; 2,100 jobs at risk
MACON, Ga. -- Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. is expected to close down operations here within two years, putting 2,100 local jobs in jeopardy.

Rosie O'Donnell and publisher square off over failed magazine

Bowden deals with Wake Forest
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Forget billy goats, Babe Ruth and South Carolina chickens - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has a Wake Forest curse to overcome this week.

Bowden deals with Wake Forest

Senators looking into legality of college football championship selection
WASHINGTON -- The Bowl Championship Series shuts out too many schools in its goal of crowning a college football champion and needs to be repaired, senators told representatives of the bowl system Wednesday.

ACC & SEC notebook

ACC & SEC notebook
It was a wonder that sirens didn't start blaring earlier this week when Fred Gibson made an admission that would cause most self-respecting Georgia fans to hyperventilate.

Sooners' defense looking to make amends against OSU
NORMAN, Okla. -- It was difficult enough trying to slow Oklahoma State's prolific pass-catch combo of Josh Fields and Rashaun Woods the past two seasons.

Senators looking into legality of college football championship selection

Hurricanes at best in big games
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Larry Coker can sense a difference in his players and assistants this week.

Hurricanes at best in big games

Trainer helps improve golfers' game

A special burden
The evil of the terrorist enemy in Baghdad reached new heights this week. The deadly attacks on Americans and Iraqis trying to rebuild the oil-rich nation's infrastructure and improve its security was only part of the story.

North Korea progress?

What message is sent?
What an intriguing contrast.

North Korea progress?
At first President George W. Bush's subtle shift in his policy to discourage North Korea from moving ahead on nuclear-weapons development was termed "laughable" by Pyongyang.

Elect Jimmy Smith
Recently we pined, tongue in cheek, for a couple more U.S. Senate seats for Georgia - three of the candidates to replace Sen. Zell Miller being so attractive we wish we could elect them all.

Elect Jimmy Smith

What message is sent?

A special burden

First-ever 'Looney Tunes' DVD released
That was Warner Bros. response to the backlash from some "Looney Tunes" fans who complain that a handful of their favorite cartoons are missing from the collection of 56 shorts released Tuesday.

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

Stuff to do
In the mood for a musical Halloween? Redbelly performs at the Monsters Ball on Friday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Buckner opens the show at 9 p.m., and Redbelly takes the stage at 10 p.m. Admission is $6 if you're in costume, or $11 if not for this all-ages show. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Actors stage union protest in Times Square
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of Broadway actors huddled under the rain in Times Square on Wednesday, blasting producers who take shows like "Miss Saigon" on the road while paying performers lower, nonunion wages.

Fair has all kinds of attractions
The Columbia County Merchants Fall Fair opens Thursday, with attractions ranging from clowns and crafts to an arm wrestling championship and David Smith, the human cannonball, who will take flight 150-200 feet over the Cyclops ride twice each night.

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

Halloween event roundup
Here's a list of Halloween happenings.

People in the news
LOS ANGELES -- Annie Lennox is taking a trip to Middle-earth.

Stocks move higher positive economic news

Stocks modestly higher
NEW YORK -- Wall Street closed a quiet session modestly higher Wednesday as companies reported generally positive earnings news, but some investors were disappointed by faltering merger talks between BellSouth and AT&T.

Stocks move higher positive economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street shot higher Tuesday after the Federal Reserve's decision to leave rates unchanged bolstered investor confidence that the economy will rebound strongly. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 140 points, its best advance in a month.

Some self-service checkout machines reject new $20 bill

Greenspan: financial industry to adapt to changing consumer habits
WASHINGTON -- As the number of checks written in the United States declines and electronic payments like debit cards rises, the nation's financial industry will need to be flexible and forward thinking in how best to meet the needs of customers, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday.

Some self-service checkout machines reject new $20 bill
WICHITA, Kan. -- As colorful new $20 bills circulate around the nation, more consumers are finding out that the notes do not work on automated payment machines like those found in self-service checkout counters at grocery stores.

Identity Theft Assistance Center to be created
WASHINGTON -- Victims of identity theft can alert banks and credit companies through one-stop dialing, thanks to a pilot program announced Tuesday by the financial services industry.

Judge throws out more stock-bubble suits against Merrill
NEW YORK -- A federal judge tossed out eight lawsuits Wednesday that sought to hold Merrill Lynch & Co. responsible for investor losses during the Internet stock bubble.

Stocks modestly higher

Dining guide

Crabmeat au gratin is something to savor
BATON ROUGE, La. - Catch sight of a bubbly cheese and bread crumb-topped casserole coming to the table and start licking your lips. If its aroma suggests a sea breeze, you're sure to enjoy it. The cook has prepared a classic crabmeat au gratin.

Crabmeat au gratin is something to savor

Firefighters cook up a cookie calendar
Firefighters, known for their talents as hearty firehouse chefs, are evidently adept at something as simple as baking super cookies to munch with their milk.

Firefighters cook up a cookie calendar

Dining guide
Here is a list of mini-reviews of area restaurants.

Small portions

Small portions
Submerge bunches of leafy greens upside-down in a large bowl or clean sink full of water. Lift them out of the water, leaving the sand at the bottom of the sink. Drain on a cutting board and dry in the salad spinner. Store very cold.

It's not always how much you know, but how little

Shotlink, caddies on another collision course
When the PGA Tour first introduced Shotlink, the statistics-oriented scoring system that tracks each shot by player, caddies scoffed at being asked to supply club selection without compensation.

Vijay means victory, but only on the course

The bubble week on the PGA Tour
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Pat Bates sat on his golf bag with an empty stare, eating a bag of peanuts before going to work on his game Wednesday.

Launching drives about more than just clubs and balls
The golf ball is placed next to two small tees in the ground, aligned near a gray box that houses a sophisticated camera. A strobe light flashes right after impact. All eyes turn to a monitor that calculates three sets of numbers.

Launching drives about more than just clubs and balls

The bubble week on the PGA Tour

Shotlink, caddies on another collision course

Vijay means victory, but only on the course
Vijay Singh has never had a better year on the golf course.

Postseason spot on line for 'Pack

North Augusta's Satcher cleared to play Friday

Coaches worry fans might be eavesdropping with scanners

Postseason spot on line for 'Pack
In its last few games, Greenbrier hasn't thrown the ball much.

Coaches worry fans might be eavesdropping with scanners
ATLANTA -- Many high school football coaches are concerned that when they use wireless radios to talk strategy during games, fans might be eavesdropping with scanners.

North Augusta's Satcher cleared to play Friday
North Augusta quarterback Brandon Satcher will be allowed to play Friday after all.

Hearty Italian soup is nothing to stew over
My family loves it when I serve a hot, hearty soup for supper, so I'm always developing new recipes.

Hearty Italian soup is nothing to stew over

Fort Stewart soldiers seek treatment in Augusta
About 50 soldiers from Fort Stewart will arrive by bus Thursday morning at Fort Gordon, where they will receive medical treatment at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center and live in air-conditioned barracks, according to a spokeswoman for the Army hospital.

'The Boondocks' should be removed from paper

'The Boondocks' should be removed from paper
I am not a regular reader of The Boondocks strip, however the recent controversy over its content caused me to take note for several days. I do think it is time to remove the strip from the newspaper (I do not use the term "comic strip," as it does not apply). Fred M. Johnson, North Augusta, S.C.

We need Grantham during these difficult times
Vote for Don Grantham on Nov. 4 to represent Augusta Commission District 10. Mr. Grantham has the vision and the experience to lead Augusta in a way that we can all be proud. Joanne Hadden, Augusta

Smith won't abstain from voting

Smith can work effectively to solve problems
In November voters of south Richmond County will have the opportunity to fill the District 8 seat on the Augusta Commission. As good citizens, it will behoove each of us to learn as much as possible about the candidates. Kenneth E. McGahee, Hephzibah, Ga.

Rotate soldiers out of Korea; send replacements to Iraq
It appears members of the United Nations are reluctant to have anything to do with a war that did not meet with their approval. Fair enough. Let's turn the one over to them that did meet their approval. The one in which they intervened. Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Buchwitz will ensure progress
I encourage everyone to support Robert Buchwitz in the election for Augusta commissioner. Mr. Buchwitz is an outstanding young man and a devoted family man. My family has known him for many years, and we have watched him grow to be a man of outstanding character, dedicated to making our community a better place to live. He's always willing and eager to help people... Charles T. Dillard, Hephzibah, Ga.

Vet feels slighted by MLK Day at SRS
I am writing concerning the decision of Westinghouse management to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday at the Savannah River Site starting next year. Wayne Snitker, Trenton, S.C.

Teachers should receive more respect
There has been a lot of controversy lately about the No Child Left Behind law and school uniforms. I read so many negative things as parents blame teachers for their children's failing grades. Eleanor Hampton, Harlem, Ga.

Vet feels slighted by MLK Day at SRS

Enjoyed 50 Grand in the Sand contest
Having participated in the recent 50 Grand in the Sand contest held at West Dam Park, I'd like to congratulate the local radio stations, their personnel, sponsors and supporters who made the event such a success! Connie Rukes, Augusta

We need Grantham during these difficult times

Smith can work effectively to solve problems

Buchwitz will ensure progress

Smith won't abstain from voting
I would like to let all the voters of Augusta - not just District 8 - know how very fortunate we are to have a candidate like Jimmy Smith run for the commissioner seat. Belinda Jones, Hephzibah, Ga.

Enjoyed 50 Grand in the Sand contest

Halloween becoming an adult holiday

Most powerful geomagnetic storm in decades hits Earth

Gatherings are great for photo time

No costume yet? 'The Chronicle' can help

In the know

Does watching TV create reading problems for children?

Lack of vitamin D made worse in winter

Health and fitness calendar

In the know

Does watching TV create reading problems for children?
WASHINGTON -- Very young children who live in homes where the television is on most of the time may have more trouble learning how to read than other kids their age, according to a study of media habits of children up to 6 years old.

In the know
Do you fear the dreaded "Happy birthday, Merry Christmas" presents because your special day is on or near Christmas? Are ghosts and ghouls present at your Oct. 31 birthday parties?

Halloween becoming an adult holiday
CHICAGO -- Step into Frank's bar and you'll get a glimpse of what Halloween is becoming.

In the know
The clock is ticking and Christmas shoppers are gearing up for the many miles they'll trod looking for the perfect toy, sweater or pair of stiletto heels.

Gatherings are great for photo time
Several years ago, the Photo Marketing Association International (www.pmai.org) designated the day after Thanksgiving as National Family Photo Day. The idea was for families to take a relaxed family photo during casual get-togethers - before the commercialism of the holidays sets in. Among other uses, the photo could be part of a traditional holiday greeting card, or an attachment to a holiday e-mail.

Study: Regular aspirin use linked to pancreatic cancer
BOSTON -- A study raises the possibility that frequent use of aspirin, long thought to prevent some kinds of cancer, may actually increase the likelihood of pancreatic tumors, although researchers caution that more study is needed to be sure.

Most powerful geomagnetic storm in decades hits Earth
The most powerful geomagnetic storm possible hit Earth early Wednesday, threatening power outages, disrupting airlines communications and damaging some satellites.

No costume yet? 'The Chronicle' can help
Halloween is less than 48 hours away and you have no idea what to wear.

Lack of vitamin D made worse in winter
WASHINGTON -- Millions of Americans may not get enough vitamin D, a nutrient important for strong bones. It is a problem made worse in the winter, when the sun's rays are not intense enough in most of the country to help bodies make the sunshine vitamin.

Health and fitness 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.

Slapshots
Rookie forward Todd Bennett scored two goals in three games over the weekend and leads the club with three goals.

Lynx missing spark

Female trainer doing her part
Trish Leslie doesn't think of herself as a pioneer. She's just a woman doing a job she loves.

Slapshots

Lynx missing spark
The spark forward Matt Dzieduszycki provided in the Augusta Lynx's first four games was clearly absent Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Florence.

Two minutes with Wes Swinson

Two minutes with Wes Swinson
Augusta Lynx defenseman Wes Swinson answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Female trainer doing her part

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - The Cross Island Parkway has failed to break even for the first time in three years.

Family mourns fallen soldier
The family of Spc. Algernon "Al" Adams gathered at a south Augusta home Wednesday night to comfort one another, as they shared their grief over their loved one's death in Iraq.

Working poor families to lose child care vouchers

Man gets four years as ringleader in home-repair scam
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A man who pleaded guilty in a home repair scam that bilked a 90-year-old St. Simons Island widow out of nearly a half-million dollars was sentenced to four years in prison.

Across the area
A U.S. magistrate judge has issued a bench warrant and an order to show cause for the arrest of a former Augusta doctor convicted in September of multiple counts of illegal dispensation of narcotics, court records state.

Seniors, teens may drive again under proposed golf cart bill
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Two state legislators are pushing a bill on golf carts that will put local governments back in the driver's seat.

Greenville commissioners get fishing perk at closed reservoir

Report on Adams' spending to be released Wednesday
ATHENS, Ga. -- A report detailing University of Georgia President Michael Adams' spending of fund-raising dollars shows that the UGA Foundation, not Adams, is "clearly at fault," a Board of Regents member said Tuesday.

Seniors, teens may drive again under proposed golf cart bill

Lawmakers doubt Congress will foot bill for Atlanta's sewers
WASHINGTON -- Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin wants Congress to pony up $1 billion to help solve the city's sewer problem, but some in Georgia's delegation are calling the request outrageous while others contend a loan is her best hope.

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Branden Cornelius Foster, 2, of Augusta.

Monte Sano escapes list
Bequette Coar shook things up for fourth-grade pupils at Monte Sano Elementary School last year and it worked.

North Hall residents may lose land to Georgia Power project
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Residents of North Hall County are hoping they can pool their resources to stop Georgia Power from building a proposed transmission corridor through the area.

Queen contestant cries foul at Laney
While students at one high school vote today on whether a pregnant teen will become homecoming queen, a runner-up at another school says she was kept off the football field because she has a 3-year-old son.

Couple wanted in Summerville slaying arrested in W. Va.
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Police in West Virginia have arrested two teens wanted in connection with the weekend shotgun slaying of an 18-year-old Summerville man.

Couple reunited with beloved car
It was not the usual kind of reunion. But this week Billy and Alice Burkart shed tears and spoke excitedly about once again seeing their former car - one of roughly 1,300 Pontiac Can Ams made in the United States.

Wife of cop killer may be tried as accessory after the fact
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- The wife of convicted cop killer Abdiyyah ben Alkebulanyahh may go to trial as early as February on a charge that she tried to help her husband escape, prosecutors say.

Thurmond left money, papers

Repairs take back seat to paving

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Gwinnett teens sue high school for violating free speech rights
ATLANTA -- Two Snellville students have filed a federal lawsuit against their high school for suspending them over criticisms of a teacher they posted on a Web site.

Plan would light up River Watch Parkway

City's growth stirs emotions
AIKEN - The city's political process is becoming increasingly focused on growth and reached a disturbing level before the Aiken City Council's Oct. 13 meeting, Councilwoman Lessie Price said Tuesday.

Queen contestant cries foul at Laney

Across the area
A 20-year-old Hephzibah woman said a man assaulted her Monday night outside her home after she accused him and another man of raping her earlier this month, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A 66-year-old Spartanburg man was killed in a fire after relighting a furnace at a woman's home in Roebuck.

Anderson man arrested for embezzling church money
ANDERSON, S.C. -- An Anderson man was arrested on charges of embezzling an estimated $35,000 from the church he has been a member of for 15 years.

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OCT. 29, 1940 Plans for a construction program costing about $35,000 to provide housing facilities for anticipated personnel increases at the Augusta Arsenal were revealed last night.

County struggles to hire attorney to defend Commandments display
WINDER, Ga. -- Barrow County officials still haven't hired a lawyer to defend their Ten Commandments display, even though they only have until the middle of November to respond to a lawsuit seeking the Commandments' removal.

Repairs take back seat to paving
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority agreed Tuesday to improve where you park your car but put off improving where you park your bottom.

Father wants apology after his son searched by principal
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A father said he wants Fayette County school officials to apologize for subjecting his 14-year-old son to what he called a partial strip-search.

Savannah battles its greasy sewers

Three counties await emergency funds six months after flooding
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Three west-central Georgia counties that suffered damages from flooding have not received emergency funds six months after they were declared a disaster area.

Merriwether disappointed with new map
The Edgefield County school board might have solved its long-running redistricting problem, but it did little to extinguish the flames of political resentment burning in the Merriwether community, residents say.

Retrial starts in 1996 bludgeoning death case
ATLANTA -- Fulton County prosecutors began trying for the second time to convict a woman for the 1996 slaying of a Roswell businessman.

Shelter funding not yet settled

Georgia board to vote to select next environmental chief
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Natural Resources was expected to vote Wednesday to select the state's next environmental chief.

Mash minks reintroduced on Dewees Island

Moms, dads play key roles in children's success at school
Parents at Warren Road Elementary School pull weeds in the schoolyard, shoot yearbook photos and run the fall carnival. They solicit business donations, operate a Christmas gift store and stack library books.

Kid of the day

Owners, builders criticize land rules
ATLANTA - Coastal Georgia property owners and builders criticized proposals Tuesday to regulate development on small marsh islands as a plot by environmentalists to take away property rights.

Man gets four years as ringleader in home-repair scam

Officials discuss building choices
Of the four sites being considered for a county courts complex, two would displace property owners and two would not, architects told elected officials Tuesday.

Chief Justice limits pretrial programs

Victim reports assault, robbery
Authorities were continuing to investigate Tuesday a Harlem man's allegation that he was assaulted, bound in handcuffs, robbed and taken against his will to an isolated area, officials said.

Suspect is wanted in S.C.

Lawmakers doubt Congress will foot bill for Atlanta's sewers

Merriwether disappointed with new map

Teachers brace for changes
AIKEN - Teachers and administrators say the prospect of Aiken County school Superintendent Linda Eldridge's taking a job in Florida is just another squall in the storm front buffeting South Carolina public education.

Audit of Adams' spending released

Men indicted in molestations
Three men were indicted by a Richmond County grand jury Tuesday in separate cases of child molestation, including a man is charged with molesting and taking nude photographs of a 12-year-old boy, according to court records.

Augusta to get sick reservists
Augusta's Army hospital will help relieve Fort Stewart's swamped health care system, which came under scrutiny last week after Iraq war veterans complained of substandard treatment and austere living conditions.

Airport panel expands list for director
The search committee for a new director at Augusta Regional Airport will meet at 4:15 p.m. Nov. 5 at First Bank on Walton Way to determine the top five candidates.

Pharmacy is robbed for drugs
Richmond County authorities were searching Wednesday for a man who they said held up a pharmacy at gunpoint Tuesday evening for narcotics.

Weapon flashed in bank robbery
Authorities are searching for a man they say robbed a west Augusta bank Tuesday morning.

Girl, 3, is home after scary ride
Two days after a frightening, high-speed ride from Augusta to Beech Island and her incredible rescue, 3-year-old Dasia Tamia Turner seems unfazed by all the attention of her new-found celebrity.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for President Bush and his recent comments about the leaking of the name of a CIA operations officer. Mr. Bush stated that if someone in his administration is responsible for the leak, he would "certainly see that the matter was taken care of." That probably means he will direct Attorney General John Ashcroft - who will not use outside, independent counsel for the investigation - to sweep any evidence of the leak so far under the rug not even the moths could find it.

Marines arrested in York facing federal charges
YORK, S.C. -- Two Marines arrested over the weekend for allegedly stealing military weapons will likely face charges including desertion, officials say.

Edgefield endorses debated district
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Edgefield County school board members resolved a long-debated redistricting problem by approving a compromise plan favored by the minority members of the board.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A 19-year-old University of Georgia student apparently fell from a campus parking garage and died, police said.

New tag to have limited run
Georgia's new car tag with "www.georgia.gov" will be distributed only to commercial vehicles, new vehicles without a transferable tag, new state residents and drivers who purchase specialty tags, beginning Dec. 1.

Fire trucks face end of road
By collectible-car standards, three of the four fire trucks in the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department's bay are antiques.

Aiken's growth stirs political threats
AIKEN - The city's political process is becoming increasingly focused on growth and reached a disturbing level before the Aiken City Council's Oct. 13 meeting, Councilwoman Lessie Price said Tuesday.

Leaders push DOE for claim transfers
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - In an effort to expedite compensation claims for sick nuclear weapons workers, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has sent a letter to ranking members of a Department of Energy subcommittee urging them to transfer responsibility from the DOE to the Department of Labor.

Event honors reactor builders
The men who helped end the Cold War at Savannah River Site and those at the site responsible for writing the country's next nuclear chapter were among more than 400 people at Tuesday night's 12th annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet.

Monte Sano escapes list

Fire trucks face end of road

Pharmacy is robbed for drugs

Across the area

Couple wanted in Summerville slaying arrested in W. Va.

Claim date is set for checks

Shelter funding not yet settled
City leaders will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new, $2.4 million animal shelter at 2 p.m. today at 4164 Mack Lane, off Tobacco Road.

Acquitted sheriff back on the job
ATLANTA -- Now that a jury has acquitted him of taking bribes, Sheriff Isaac Anderson is back in charge of enforcing the law in Baker County in southwest Georgia.

Government unveils system to check identities of foreign visitors

Pregnant contestant concerns school board
At the Academy of Richmond County, homecoming-queen contestants must "serve as a role model for all young ladies." One school board member says being pregnant doesn't qualify.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for President Bush and his recent comments about the leaking of the name of a CIA operations officer. Mr. Bush stated that if someone in his administration is responsible for the leak, he would "certainly see that the matter was taken care of." That probably means he will direct Attorney General John Ashcroft - who will not use outside, independent counsel for the investigation - to sweep any evidence of the leak so far under the rug not even the moths could find it.

Report on Adams' spending to be released Wednesday

Weapon flashed in bank robbery

Moms, dads play key roles in children's success at school

Officials discuss building choices

Event honors reactor builders

Airport panel expands list for director

Passenger killed when car hits pole
An Atlanta-area man was killed Wednesday morning in North Augusta after the car in which he was a passenger hit a utility pole, officials said.

Speaker orders Georgia lawmakers to curb spending
ATLANTA -- House Speaker Terry Coleman has asked lawmakers to cut down the number of days they ask the state to pay their expenses, citing a need to curb costs in a tight economy.

Pregnant contestant concerns school board

Father wants apology after his son searched by principal

Think tank says Catawbas can operate video gambling machines

Thurmond left money, papers
AIKEN - Even in death, Strom Thurmond managed to touch lives in the style that made him a political legend.

Fall break relieved all, officials say

Sheriff's deputy, 3 jail guards accused of having sex with inmates
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Abbeville County sheriff's deputy and three jail guards are charged with trading special favors for sex with inmates, a spokesman for the attorney general's office says.

Rants and Raves
TO THE KIND gentleman and the good people at the Lumpkin Road fish market: Many thanks for helping me with my car. There are lots of good people in this world.

Claim date is set for checks
Area residents have until Dec. 5 to claim more than $162,000 in unpaid advance child tax credits from the IRS or wait until they file for 2003.

Couple reunited with beloved car

Nonprofit groups are concerned their privileges could be eliminated
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State government cutbacks have some in the nonprofit sector worried they could lose exemptions from property and sales taxes, among other privileges.

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Greenville commissioners get fishing perk at closed reservoir
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Two Upstate reservoirs that some say are chock full of fish are closed to the public, but five Greenville Water System commissioners can drop a line in the pristine waters anytime they want.

Teachers brace for changes

Government unveils system to check identities of foreign visitors
WASHINGTON -- The public got its first look Tuesday at fingerprinting and photo equipment that will be installed at 115 airports and 14 seaports to check identities of millions of foreign visitors.

Acquitted sheriff back on the job

Chief Justice limits pretrial programs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Chief Justice Jean Toal has sharply restricted pretrial intervention programs not run by prosecutors.

Leaders push DOE for claim transfers

Audit of Adams' spending released
ATHENS, Ga. -- An audit by the University of Georgia's fund-raising foundation claims school President Michael Adams appears to have misappropriated money, but the state Board of Regents dismissed the report, saying it likely was inspired by Adams' refusal to extend athletic director Vince Dooley's contract.

Man back in jail after trying to leave U.S.
Officials are trying to find a Czech translator for Jaromir Zak before further court proceedings.

Fall break relieved all, officials say
Euchee Creek Elementary third-grader Paul Walton returned from fall break last week with some pretty tall fish tales.

Augusta to get sick reservists

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kensley Brea Epperly, 2, of Jackson, S.C.

Rants and Raves
TO THE KIND gentleman and the good people at the Lumpkin Road fish market: Many thanks for helping me with my car. There are lots of good people in this world.

News you can use
OCT. 30, 1900 The Bon Air Golf Club held its annual meeting yesterday afternoon and all's well with the organization.

Plan would light up River Watch Parkway
A project that would add dozens of lights, a concrete median and shoulder improvements to River Watch Parkway between Interstate 20 and 15th Street awaits $10.6 million in funding. Officials hope to have the work started by next year.

Savannah battles its greasy sewers
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Blame Southern cooking.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An imprisoned man is accused of running an identity theft ring from jail, where he used other people's credit cards to buy and resell items including television sets and boots.

Working poor families to lose child care vouchers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- About 4,700 children in working poor families will lose child care vouchers by August, state health officials say.

Car-theft suspect arrested after manhunt
Flushed from an abandoned house by bloodhounds, a man who authorities said they believe stole a Cadillac in Richmond County with 3-year-old Dasia Turner in the back seat was arrested shortly after sunset Tuesday the Petticoat Junction community near Beech Island, Aiken County authorities said.

Man receives 15 years for shooting his friend
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. -- A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in jail for fatally shooing his best friend in the head.

Suspect is wanted in S.C.
BEECH ISLAND - The man accused of stealing a car in Augusta with a 3-year-old strapped in the back seat could remain in South Carolina to face unrelated charges before possible extradition to Georgia.

Mash minks reintroduced on Dewees Island
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Four marsh minks were released this week on Dewees Island bringing to 80 the number reintroduced along South Carolina's northern coast in recent years.

Think tank says Catawbas can operate video gambling machines
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- There is no current state law barring the Catawba Indian Nation from operating video gambling machines on reservation land, according to an attorney hired by a conservative think tank.

City's growth stirs emotions

Man arrested for stealing people's identities from jail
ATLANTA -- An imprisoned man is accused of running an identity theft ring from jail, where he used other people's credit cards to buy and resell items such as TVs and boots.

New tag to have limited run

Marines arrested in York facing federal charges

Car-theft suspect arrested after manhunt

Sheriff's deputy, 3 jail guards accused of having sex with inmates

Florida week is a time for anxiety
ATHENS, Ga. - It likely started as a stomach flutter a few weeks back when Florida flashed vital signs in an upset at LSU, but since Georgia was busy burying Tennessee there seemed no cause for grave concern.

It's not always how much you know, but how little
Once upon a time, knowing a little bit about a lot of things put you in a special category. True, you might have been an egghead, but you also might have been Sherlock Holmes, or perhaps his modern descendant, MacGyver.

Mother of all space beasts returns with new 'Alien' cut

Disney postpones 'The Alamo' release by four months
LOS ANGELES -- Disney has postponed the Christmas release of "The Alamo" until April because filmmakers felt they needed more time to finish it.

Disney postpones 'The Alamo' release by four months

Professor charts the science of scary movies

Mother of all space beasts returns with new 'Alien' cut
LOS ANGELES -- Before Steven Spielberg made extraterrestrials cute and cuddly, Ridley Scott made them slimy and savage.

Professor charts the science of scary movies
ATLANTA -- We know horror movies aren't real. So why do our hearts pound when we watch them?

Lawn mower racing sparks interest
Ladies and gentlemen, start your Lawn Boys!

Tom Petty receives Legend Award at Radio Music Awards

Rock band wants to relive the past

Robbins to host Johnny Cash tribute concert

Tom Petty receives Legend Award at Radio Music Awards
LAS VEGAS -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received the Legend Award on Monday at the 2003 Radio Music Awards.

Robbins to host Johnny Cash tribute concert
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tim Robbins will host the Nov. 10 musical tribute to Johnny Cash at the Ryman Auditorium, Cash's longtime manager Lou Robin said Monday.

Rock band wants to relive the past
There's no good rock music anymore. Long gone are the days when bands had different sounds and used the stage not merely as an outlet to sing and play music but as an avenue to connect with their fans through creative outfits, frequent runs and jumps and an elaborate set.

Hard work might pay off for BAM
HAMPTON, Ga. - The woman sitting in the center seat on the flight from Greensboro, N.C., to Atlanta could afford better than a coach ticket. But for Beth Ann Morganthau, it's never been about the money.

Hard work might pay off for BAM

Pontiac pulls out of NASCAR
Pontiac is pulling out of NASCAR.

Q&A with Ken Schrader
Ken Schrader is not sure if he'll have a job on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series next year, but he's not worried. He'll find something to race.

GM will focus on Chevy car
AVONDALE, Ariz. - On the surface, General Motors' announcement it was dropping its support for the Pontiac Grand Prix on the Nextel Cup Series circuit next year seemed like a big deal.

GM will focus on Chevy car

Racing facts - Checker Auto Parts 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR race.

Q&A with Ken Schrader

Columbia's 'seven brave explorers' enshrined on astronaut memorial mirror

California wildfires threaten mountain towns

California wildfires threaten mountain towns
RIMFOREST, Calif. -- The hot Santa Ana wind that has been driving California's most destructive wildfires on record was giving way to cooler, more humid conditions Wednesday, but that did little to tame the blazing tide as crews fought to save more homes.

James to debut in new Nikes
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James' new sneakers should help him drive to the basket.

Hawks fall to Hornets in season opener

Shaq-Kobe feud leads to Lakers team meeting

Cleveland rookie looks to teammate Miles for guidance
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- LeBron James has become fast friends and best buddies with teammate Darius Miles, a warm relationship that has extended to their mothers.

Hawks fall to Hornets in season opener
NEW ORLEANS -- Darrell Armstrong scored 18 points and made an assortment of crucial plays in his New Orleans debut, lifting new coach Tim Floyd and the Hornets over the Atlanta Hawks 88-83 in overtime Wednesday night.

Shaq-Kobe feud leads to Lakers team meeting
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Just a few hours before the start of the regular season Tuesday, all was not well in Lakerland.

Carolina's Morgan regrets playing last week

Reeves: Time for Vick to get back on the field

Fantasy Football: Some players' performances scarier than any horror show

Davis earns third Player of the Week award of 2003

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Mrs. Naomi Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Tegue (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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Mrs. Laura Mealing (TRENTON, S.C.)

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

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Mrs. Laura Mealing (TRENTON, S.C.)

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GEORGIA'S law-enforcement and corrections systems are rapidly evolving into the state's de facto mental health treatment providers. More often than not, our law-enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and parole officers are being forced to serve as the first responders and overseers of a system ill- equipped to deal with the consequences of an underfunded treatment system that's stretched beyond capacity.

Decriminalize mental illness by funding treatment
GEORGIA'S law-enforcement and corrections systems are rapidly evolving into the state's de facto mental health treatment providers. More often than not, our law-enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and parole officers are being forced to serve as the first responders and overseers of a system ill- equipped to deal with the consequences of an underfunded treatment system that's stretched beyond capacity.

Sweepstakes event is all in a day's work

Overtime

In the game spotlight

FDA says new steroid THG is illegal, could pose health risks

Roddick, Ferrero struggle at Paris Masters

De La Hoya wants Mosley rematch

Region 3-AAA split up

Overtime

Defending Senior champ wants title No. 3

Cerebral palsy doesn't hinder runner's success

Lawn mower racing sparks interest

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Sue Ellen Harrison, 49, of Augusta.

Sweepstakes event is all in a day's work
Some riders run in the Sweepstakes for practice. For Mike Berberich, Tuesday's event was another day at the office.

Defending Senior champ wants title No. 3
What A Sharp Chick whipped down the alleyway into the arena, and Chuck Tolbert's black hat flew off his head.

De La Hoya wants Mosley rematch
NEW YORK -- Oscar De La Hoya has changed his mind.

Roddick, Ferrero struggle at Paris Masters
PARIS -- U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero won tough matches Tuesday in advancing to the third round of the Masters.

Region 3-AAA split up
FORSYTH, Ga. - The Georgia High School Association Realignment Committee helped Region 3-AAA sub-divide for the 2004-06 seasons, but to Burke County athletic director Wade Marchman, not all was solved at Tuesday's meeting.

Cerebral palsy doesn't hinder runner's success
ANDERSON, S.C. - More than 21 minutes after the winner of the boys' junior varsity cross country race crossed the finish line, the crowd was still waiting.

Realignment runaround ends
FORSYTH, Ga. - The region realignment carousel that has flung three Columbia County schools from Athens to Atlanta and then to Macon and Savannah finally stopped Tuesday.

Overtime
Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux filed for free agency on Wednesday, perhaps signaling the end of his 11-year stint with the Atlanta Braves.

FDA says new steroid THG is illegal, could pose health risks
WASHINGTON -- The newly detected steroid that is casting a shadow on Olympic and professional sports is an illegal drug that may pose considerable health risks, the government warned Tuesday.

Holyfield not ready to quit yet, says he will fight on
Evander Holyfield isn't ready to quit yet.

Overtime
In Stockbridge, Ga., Augusta State junior Lauren Smith grabbed her second career second-place finish Tuesday at the John Kirk/Lady Panther Invitational at Eagles Landing Country Club.

Davis earns third Player of the Week award of 2003
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina running back Stephen Davis was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, his third time earning that honor this season.

Fantasy Football: Some players' performances scarier than any horror show
The last week of October can only mean one thing: Halloween is near.

Muhammad finally putting Fred Lane's death behind him
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers receiver Muhsin Muhammad went to court this week to defend former teammate Fred Lane's character. With that testimony finished, Muhammad said Wednesday he is now trying to put Lane's death behind him.

Reeves: Time for Vick to get back on the field
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After watching his team get off to a miserable start without its best player, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves wants Michael Vick back on the field now.

Carolina's Morgan regrets playing last week
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan said Wednesday he was disoriented and fatigued from post-concussion syndrome in the game against New Orleans and probably should not have played.

Florida week is a time for anxiety

Columbia's 'seven brave explorers' enshrined on astronaut memorial mirror
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Remembered as seven brave explorers, the Columbia astronauts were honored Tuesday with the unveiling of their names carved into the national Space Mirror Memorial, just six miles from where they rocketed into orbit nine months ago.

Court upholds rule requiring digital tuners on television sets
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a government rule requiring all but the smallest new televisions to have tuners that can receive digital TV signals by July 2007.

World Series gives Fox third straight ratings win

World Series gives Fox third straight ratings win
NEW YORK -- Baseball's postseason renaissance led Fox to its third straight weekly win in the prime-time ratings, a first-ever accomplishment.

Court upholds rule requiring digital tuners on television sets

New shows on CBS get full-time shot
As a reward for helping keep the network near the top of the ratings heap, CBS has picked up five of its first-year series for a full season.

New shows on CBS get full-time shot

Sweeps month programming gives network a second chance on lackluster season
NEW YORK -- If Ronald Reagan, Jessica Lynch, Elizabeth Smart, Britney Spears and Andy Griffith can't save the television networks this season, maybe nothing can.

Sweeps month programming gives network a second chance on lackluster season

Stuff to do

Actors stage union protest in Times Square

People in the news

Critical choice

Extras, extras

Fair has all kinds of attractions

First-ever 'Looney Tunes' DVD released

Loss to rival leaves bad taste
ATHENS, Ga. - A mere mention of the play turns Georgia's David Pollack from engaging to edgy.

Injured Dawgs limp into homestretch
ATHENS, Ga. -- If this keeps up, Georgia might have trouble finding enough players to finish the season.

Florida's Fason finds motivation from Bulldog dis
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason doesn't have to work too hard to get pumped up for the Georgia game.

Past Florida victories still dog Donnan
ATHENS, Ga. - Jim Donnan doesn't need to look at old tapes or box scores to recall the pivotal moments.

Florida's Leak still learning
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida freshman quarterback Chris Leak once threw four interceptions in the second quarter of a game his sophomore year at Charlotte, N.C.'s Independence High School.

Jennings ready to step up

Florida's Fason finds motivation from Bulldog dis

Injured Dawgs limp into homestretch

Florida's Leak still learning

Loss to rival leaves bad taste

Jennings ready to step up
Cornerback Tim Jennings caught plenty of grief after getting beat for a game-winning touchdown by LSU.

Gamecocks don't know what to expect this season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom is looking at following his first losing season in more than 10 years without his star center for 10 games. But he won't say that this year will be more difficult than the last.

Trainer helps improve golfers' game
In a small studio tucked away in a nondescript industrial park on Flowing Wells Road in Martinez, Jay Garrison makes Augusta's best amateur golfers better.

Man accused of forcing woman to marry him so she couldn't testify against him

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