'Urinetown' to lose its Broadway home in February

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."

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

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?

'Urinetown' to lose its Broadway home in February
NEW YORK -- "Urinetown" will be homeless by next February unless a new theater is found to house the quirky little Broadway musical about a city when people pay to go to the bathroom.

Red Sox place Ramirez on waivers

Yankees let hitting coach go

Halladay tops baseball in statistical rankings

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.

Red Sox place Ramirez on waivers
BOSTON -- All-Star slugger Manny Ramirez was placed on irrevocable waivers by the Boston Red Sox, who hope another team will take on the remaining five years of his huge contract.

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.

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.

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

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.

Do our Halloween masks reveal our true selves?

Noah Matthew Lindler

Alyssa Leigh Braswell

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.

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.

Haley Marie James

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.

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.

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.

Cassidy Hope Canuette

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.

Bricyn Taft Maliq Kennedy

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.

David Fitzgerald Greene Jr.

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.

Ty Angel La Net Antley

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.

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.

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.

Lola Timmons

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.

Hailey Leeanna Turner

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

William Ja'Kobe Nelson

Cooper Stone Redd

Destiny Rose Moore

River Mills Mays

Joliet Chloe Morris

Lauren Elizabeth Lewallen

Bailey Ann Ferrando

David Gordon Bell IV

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nicholas Alexander Troia

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.

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.

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.

Nicholas Sean Reese

Nickolas Jake Pearson

Scott Allen Cline Jr.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bryson Hugh Rice

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.

William Adam Gibbs

Jaden Hunter Cole

Avery Grace Thompson

James Blaine Pounds

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A 6-foot-tall emu led a half-dozen pest control workers on a 90-minute chase through woods and brush before the flightless bird was snared and then gang-tackled.

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.

Boy's costume catches fire during Halloween school assembly
ELLSWORTH, Maine -- A high school student's "Swamp Thing" costume of leaves and sticks caught fire during a Halloween assembly Thursday as his classmates watched in horror, and the boy was hospitalized with burns.

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

Man plows pickup through motorcyclists on highway
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- A man driving a stolen pickup truck ran over five motorcyclists on a coastal highway, killing two and critically injuring another, police said.

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.

Japanese textile company plans to locate in Gaffney

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.

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.

Economy growth exceeds analysts' forecasts

Buffet owner doubles Harvest

Atlanta gains jobs, statewide picture still bleak

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.

Report on trade angers Graham

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.

LaGrange business cutting less than 50 jobs

Report on trade angers Graham
AIKEN - China is a trade cheat whose cheap imports are undercutting every sector of American manufacturing, from steel to textiles, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Thursday.

Rosie O'Donnell, publisher in court battle

Nonprofit agencies under fire

Business briefs
Richmond County officials agreed Thursday to back Procter & Gamble's request to sell $305 million in bonds to help finance the ongoing expansion of its detergent plant on Marvin Griffin Road.

Business briefs

Menu labels could help cut calories, FDA says
Imagine reading the calorie count for two large crab cakes on a bed of seasoned black beans, white rice and pico de gallo, fried collard greens and homemade tartar sauce.

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

Rosie O'Donnell, publisher in court battle
NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell and a publishing company are squaring off in a multimillion-dollar trial over who's to blame for the failure of her celebrated magazine, Rosie, a year ago.

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.

LaGrange business cutting less than 50 jobs
LAGRANGE, Ga. -- Milliken Design Center plans to hold a voter registration drive and educational campaign about the U.S. trade policy in the wake of more job cuts.

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.

Piccadilly restaurant chain selling assets
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc. agreed Wednesday to sell its assets, including its restaurant operations, to a joint venture formed by TruFoods Corp. and H.I.G. Capital for $54 million.

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.

University of South Carolina creates new business office
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina is putting all its business and research functions under one umbrella to be called the Office of Economic Development.

Sanford concludes China, Japan economic development trip
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford comes back to South Carolina on Friday a little more optimistic than when he left for his two-week economic development mission to China and Japan.

Group calls for trade quotas

Economy growth exceeds analysts' forecasts
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a blistering 7.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter in the strongest pace in nearly two decades. Consumers spent with abandon and businesses ramped up investment, compelling new evidence of an economic resurgence.

IRS worried more Americans feel cheating on taxes is OK

Rosie O'Donnell and publisher square off over failed magazine

Atlanta gains jobs, statewide picture still bleak
ATLANTA -- Amid fresh signs the national economy is strengthening, a new government report shows the Atlanta area added more jobs during the past year than any other metropolis the country.

Buffet owner doubles Harvest
The secret to success at Harvest Table Buffet is bacon grease - lots of it.

Purnell ready to awaken Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- New coach Oliver Purnell has continually told anyone who'd listen that Clemson's basketball program is a sleeping giant. Now, he's begun the long, hard task of laying off the snooze button and waking up the Tigers.

Purnell ready to awaken Clemson

ACC & SEC notebook

Senators looking into legality of college football championship selection

Alabama booster charged in Memphis recruiting scandal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A federal grand jury charged a wealthy Memphis businessman Thursday with paying $150,000 to have a promising football player attend the University of Alabama.

Alabama booster charged in Memphis recruiting scandal

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
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.

Knight would rather talk to Hussein than hear ethics rhetoric

Zell has 'em quaking

What's really going on?
If he owes the foundation money, make him pay it.

What message is sent?

Now we know truth
The media have been loath to see it. And, even after it stared them in the face Thursday, Democrats still wanted to deny it.

What message is sent?
What an intriguing contrast.

Zell has 'em quaking
When Zell Miller opens up his mouth in Washington, Democrats quake. They're quaking a lot now.

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.

A special burden

What's really going on?

Concert calendar
THIS WEEK

Video watch
JUST OUT: Hulk, City of Ghosts and Whale Rider

Standing ovations
The Columbia County Merchants Fall Fair runs through Nov. 8 at the Columbia County Fairground on Columbia Road. Events include a costume night for Halloween, an arm-wresting championship Saturday and an agricultural night with free milk Thursday.

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

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.

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.

Club calendar
VARIETY

McCartney's wife Heather Mills gives birth to girl
LONDON -- Paul McCartney's wife Heather Mills has given birth to a girl, the couple said Thursday.

Applause calendar
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Letting go
As our kids get older we gradually learn to let go as parents.

COOM or POOM better than STEP PARENT/CHILD
I'm sure you've heard of the labels "step-mom, step-son", etc. I'm sure you've heard of the labels "step-mom, step-son", etc.

When life gives you lemons
Motherhood, I've learned, is filled with an abundance of "teachable moments." This past summer, for instance, I didn't object as my three kids decided to open a car wash in our driveway. While my husband wasn't thrilled with the signs posted across our front yard, I tried to be patient. I knew that in a day or two, they'd get tired of sitting out in the summer heat, just waiting for someone to pull in for a wash. They thought their price was right: only $2.

Dad, can I come down now?
Chase Bednarz attempts to climb the rock wall at the Boshears Airshow.

Disagreements
What do couples with children disagree about most? According to a Parenting.com poll, it's discipline techniques.

The countdown is on 10 best new toys of the year
With some children already crossing off the days leading up to the winter holidays on their calendars, parents are launching their search for what they hope will be the perfect gift.

Thanksgiving place mats
Thanksgiving is a time for feast and family. What better way to get the kids involved in the planning than to let them be a part of the process.

...and this sippy cup and that's all I need.
Andrew Vu at the Boshears Airshow.

Getting children involved in the Thanksgiving meal is as easy as pie
Getting children involved in the Thanksgiving meal is as easy as pie

Oh Mickey, you're so fine! Hey Mickey!
Josie Turner cheers for the Raiders in the North Augusta Parks and Recreation 7 & 8 year old league at Lions Field.

Married to mood swings
There's no need for fathers-to-be to feel left out of their partner's pregnancy: a new book tells men exactly how to participate - and even how to help.

What to do
WWE: Up Close & Personal Tuesday, October 27 Event will begin at 7 p.m. and is located at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh Street. Tickets will be $16-$41. Call (706) 828-7700 for information.

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.

Stocks higher following upbeat GDP report

Stocks modestly higher

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.

Stocks higher following upbeat GDP report
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had a mixed session Thursday as investors applauded a surprisingly strong third-quarter gross domestic product but nonetheless worried that the increase could not be sustained.

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.

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.

Some self-service checkout machines reject new $20 bill

Fishing report

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

Fishing report
Tommy Shaw of Appling says largemouth bass fishing has been so tough that he and other bass clubbers have been jigging spoons for white perch on Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament news

Gardener grows tropical treasures at parents' home
Dana Law has come a long way toward achieving his gardening goal: turning the yard of his parents' North Augusta home into a tropical paradise.

Outdoor 'floor plans' also are important
When a house is built, much consideration is given to the layout of the floor plan, especially the circulation patterns inside the home.

Gardener grows tropical treasures at parents' home

For best results, mulch at the right time
Although leaves falling from trees are now providing an abundance of mulch, many other organic materials, such as old hay, manure and compost, are equally valuable. Laid on top of the ground, any of these organic materials will insulate soil against cold and enrich it with humus, and soften the impact of raindrops. Despite these benefits, you have to be a little careful when and where you lay down mulch.

For best results, mulch at the right time

Eagles go from contenders to pretenders
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern football coach Mike Sewak wants to cry out, "Gimme a break."

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

The bubble week on the PGA Tour

R&A announces the most revised rules for 20 years

Charles in charge at Innisbrook
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Charles Howell III decided to play Innisbrook two weeks ago to prepare, then made it pay off Thursday with a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke lead in the Chrysler Championship.

R&A announces the most revised rules for 20 years
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Golfers behaving badly could be disqualified under an expanded section of etiquette in the latest edition of the Rules of Golf next year.

Charles in charge at Innisbrook

Jacobson shoots a 64 for first-round lead

Jacobson shoots a 64 for first-round lead
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Fredrik Jacobson shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Volvo Masters.

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.

Player of the week

On the air

Area's scariest defenders

Coaches worry fans might be eavesdropping with scanners

Warhorses' hopes on Dogs' minds

Key matchups

Postseason spot on line for 'Pack

Up all Knight: Evans controls its playoff destiny

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.

Area's scariest defenders
Tavares Jones volunteered to play fullback for Swainsboro, but it wasn't because he wanted to take some handoffs on offense. He just wanted to hit defensive linemen and linebackers.

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

Key matchups
Here are capsule looks at this weekend's area prep football key matchups.

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

Up all Knight: Evans controls its playoff destiny
Want to hear something weird? Evans controls its own playoff destiny in Region 7-AAAAA.

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Swainsboro junior Corey Johnson.

Warhorses' hopes on Dogs' minds
Barnwell still has a chance to make the playoffs, and that worries Silver Bluff coach Al Lown.

Wild edge Thrashers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Andrew Brunette and Filip Kuba each had a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 Thursday night.

Wild edge Thrashers

Do our Halloween masks reveal our true selves?
Why did we choose the costumes we used to wear on Halloween night?

Grantham pledges to change commission's voting
The Augusta Commission is stagnant with our present system of voting. Don Grantham pledges that if elected he will exhaust every effort to change this system and require a majority vote. Pete Fulcher, Hephzibah, Ga.

Grantham pledges to change commission's voting

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.

Vet feels slighted by MLK Day at SRS

'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.

Smith won't abstain from voting

Responsive government Grantham's goal
Augusta-Richmond County voters should not take the Nov. 4 election lightly. Too much depends on it. We need to vote and get fellow voters to support Don Grantham in District 10. Ann Dinkins, Augusta

Area minister supports Jimmy Smith
Deep inside of every man there is a private sanctum where the intrinsic value of his being dwells. It is called in the Scriptures "The spirit of man." The Rev. Cleveland Garrison, Augusta

Area minister supports Jimmy Smith

Buchwitz a model public servants should follow
Robert Buchwitz has done an excellent job on the Hephzibah City Commission for the past eight years. We hope that he will be able to continue on the Augusta-Richmond County Commission with the same amount of success. Brian Tucker, Hephzibah, Ga.

No guessing games with Smith

Responsive government Grantham's goal

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.

No guessing games with Smith
Don't believe some of the local media when they say that we have a "sleeper" election in District 8 this year. South Augustans can be proud of the fact that many, if not all, of the candidates for the commission seat could handle the job effectively. Mike Elliott, 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 a model public servants should follow

...and this sippy cup and that's all I need.

Gatherings are great for photo time

Oh Mickey, you're so fine! Hey Mickey!

Artists create jack-o'-lantern art

Health and fitness calendar

Letting go

In the know

Not just anybody can be a Diva

Most powerful geomagnetic storm in decades hits Earth

COOM or POOM better than STEP PARENT/CHILD

No costume yet? 'The Chronicle' can help

Thanksgiving place mats

Disagreements

Dad, can I come down now?

Halloween becoming an adult holiday

Artists create jack-o'-lantern art
Working in clay or oils or even collage is one thing - working in pumpkin is quite another.

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.

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.

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.

Not just anybody can be a Diva
Sherrie Maricle, drummer and band leader with the Diva Jazz Orchestra, admits that forming an all-female jazz ensemble started out as a gimmick.

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

Former private eye now probing the paranormal
NEW YORK -- On Halloween, when legend says disembodied spirits return in search of living bodies to possess, Joe Nickell goes on the prowl, too - for ghosts, ghouls and other things that creep in the night.

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

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.

Tasker's got a bad reputation

Tasker's got a bad reputation
No matter how much Ken Tasker has matured as a player, it appears ECHL referees just can't see past his stats sheet.

City budget talks target pay raises
Some Augusta commissioners are considering ways to better compensate city employees after a year without pay raises and with widespread hiring freezes in most government offices.

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.

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.

Charleston Mayor race nonpartisan in name only
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- For the first time, the race for mayor of Charleston is a nonpartisan election. But this year, it's nonpartisan in name only.

Search for missing Laurens County teen goes national

Across the southeast

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.

Controlled burns serve as safeguard for forest
HONEY HILL, S.C. -- U.S. Forest Service officials are preparing for a fire in the Francis Marion National Forest by starting a fire.

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.

Ozmint blames inmates, not budget cuts, for uprising
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State prisons director Jon Ozmint said he wouldn't blame a bad budget or mistakes at the Corrections Department for a stabbing and hostage incident at the Lee Correctional Institute.

Fall break relieved all, officials say

Audit: State prison labor program flawed
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's prison industries programs aren't properly monitored and don't follow state laws aimed at collecting child support and victim restitution payments, a state audit released Thursday says.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Christian L. Bumpus, 2, of North Augusta.

DNR board approves new environmental regulator
ATLANTA -- Georgia's new chief environmental regulator plans a six-month tour of the state to listen and learn.

Father wants apology after his son searched by principal

Smoking, drinking on ballots of two Georgia cities
Voters in the city of Douglasville will vote Tuesday on a ban on smoking in buildings open to the public, while in Tyrone, a proposal to sell liquor by the drink is on the ballot.

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.

DeKalb County DFCS office panned in audit
DECATUR, Ga. -- Child welfare caseworkers in DeKalb County sometimes failed to fully investigate children's claims of sexual abuse and also ignored bruises and other signs of risk to some children, according to a state audit.

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.

High-ranking DeKalb official charged with child molestation
DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County's third highest-ranking official turned himself in to police on a charge of aggravated child molestation.

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.

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.

Plan would light up River Watch Parkway

Lone Democrat in Senate race draws sparse crowd at college gathering
MACON, Ga. -- Three Macon State College students showed up for an appearance by the only Democrat seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Zell Miller.

Leaders push DOE for claim transfers

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.

Across Georgia

Marietta's Halloween festivities marked by past disaster
MARIETTA, Ga. -- For the last two decades, a city-sponsored festival has been held the weekend before Halloween. But between 1964 and 1984, the city didn't mark Halloween with festivities because residents couldn't get past the horrid night in 1963 when seven people died as the small-town celebration was ending.

House of horrors
Mike Farr gave out only half a bag of Halloween candy last year.

Students see what it's like to drive drunk - at school
LILBURN, Ga. -- Some Georgia high schools want their students to put on the beer goggles and see for themselves how hard it is to drive safely when drunk.

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.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Two Fort Benning soldiers have been charged in the weekend shooting death of a 24-year-old Harris County man outside a Columbus nightclub.

Greenville commissioners get fishing perk at closed reservoir

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Couple reunited with beloved car

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.

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.

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.

Across the area
Spent nuclear fuel rods were removed from Savannah River Site's Receiving Basin for Offsite Fuels for the last time this week, marking an end to the almost 40-year-old facility.

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.

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.

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.

Terminal design gets nod
A new terminal design for Augusta Regional Airport, sporting a golf-themed garden and extra space for security and airline expansion, has received a green light from the Transportation Security Administration.

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.

Shelter funding not yet settled

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.

Acquitted sheriff back on the job

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.

Post adjusts facilities to cater to sick troops

Monte Sano escapes list

Kid of the day

Savannah battles its greasy sewers

Soldier's death was not linked to combat

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.

Congress intends to spend $25 million on security for G-8 Summit
WASHINGTON -- Congress plans to spend $25 million on security for next summer's G-8 summit of world leaders in Sea Island, Ga. - money that would include overtime pay and the hiring of extra law enforcement officers to handle protests.

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.

Soldier's death was not linked to combat
Two days after his death at a camp near Fallujah, Iraq, Algernon "Al" Adams' family still hasn't been told how he was killed, his mother said Thursday.

Chief Justice limits pretrial programs

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.

Augusta to get sick reservists

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.

Queen contestant cries foul at Laney

Pharmacy is robbed for drugs

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

Government unveils system to check identities of foreign visitors

Audit of Adams' spending released

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.

Terminal design gets nod

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.

Congress intends to spend $25 million on security for G-8 Summit

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.

Lone Democrat in Senate race draws sparse crowd at college gathering

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Group will offer help to Latinos

Suspect is wanted in S.C.

Across the area

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

Correction

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.

Ozmint blames inmates, not budget cuts, for uprising

Correction
A listing in the Peek section in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave incorrect information on ride prices for Saturday at the Columbia County Merchants Fall Fair. Two-for-one rides are available from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. There are no $15 unlimited ride tickets available.

House of horrors

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.

City budget talks target pay raises

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.

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus facing animal cruelty charges
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Federal authorities are investigating animal cruelty charges against the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus after a complaint from a Spartanburg, S.C., show earlier this month.

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

Family Y gets OK to begin expansion

Buoys to help with hurricane forecasting
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Nine buoys off Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island are collecting new information that could help people prepare for hurricanes.

Post adjusts facilities to cater to sick troops
An ordinary, 1960s-style building at Fort Gordon probably wasn't meant to get as much attention as it did Thursday.

North Augusta debates project's second phase
Preliminary engineering and right-of-way purchasing for the second phase of the Palmetto Parkway is scheduled to begin in the spring.

3 fires reported at school
AIKEN - Three fires broke out Thursday in the same boys' bathroom of the Aiken High School annex, forcing students and teachers to evacuate twice, authorities said.

News you can use

Across the southeast
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -Lawyers for suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore say they don't think he can get a fair ethics trial and his removal might be "inevitable" for defying an order to move a Ten Commandments monument.

Teachers brace for changes

Help line gives pupils an outlet
DeJa Johnson scribbles out her middle school problems on a piece of paper. Then she rips it up.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
DENMARK - Denmark Police Chief Joseph Jenkins Jr. has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with failing to file a state income tax return.

Merriwether disappointed with new map

Job growth surges in Augusta
Augusta experienced its highest annual job growth in September in more than 2 1/2 years, driven by the business services, health and tourism industries.

Kid of the day

News you can use
OCT. 31, 1973 Construction will soon begin on a new $3.5 million hotel in the 500 block of 15th Street, it was announced Tuesday.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR the U.S. Congress for banning partial-birth abortion! At last, we can protect our unborn babies. Partial-birth abortion is a hideous practice.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR the U.S. Congress for banning partial-birth abortion! At last, we can protect our unborn babies. Partial-birth abortion is a hideous practice.

Audit: State prison labor program flawed

Buoys to help with hurricane forecasting

Marietta's Halloween festivities marked by past disaster

Family Y gets OK to begin expansion
The Family Y has been given the green light to begin a $6 million expansion.

3 fires reported at school

Student writer withdraws from school
ATLANTA -- High school freshman Rachel Boim, who initially was expelled for writing a violent story in her private journal, withdrew from Roswell High School three days after she was allowed to return.

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus facing animal cruelty charges

Nuwaubian leader to be tried in Brunswick
MACON, Ga. -- The child molestation trial of Nuwaubian Nation leader Malachi York will be moved to Brunswick because of pre-trial publicity, a federal judge announced.

DeKalb County DFCS office panned in audit

DeKalb County DFCS office panned in audit
DECATUR, Ga. -- Child welfare caseworkers in DeKalb County sometimes failed to fully investigate children's claims of sexual abuse and also ignored bruises and other signs of risk to some children, according to a state audit.

Search for missing Laurens County teen goes national
DUBLIN, Ga. -- A special agent with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children met with Laurens County authorities Thursday to discuss a teenager who's been missing since Oct. 19.

Group will offer help to Latinos
AIKEN - David "Chico" Nieves, a New York native of Puerto Rican descent, has been the go-to guy for years for Latino arrivals to Aiken County.

Are the Bulldogs cursed?
What a waste. All that money spent to skewer Michael Adams and the auditors couldn't figure out a way to blame the Bulldogs' football woes against Florida on the University of Georgia president.

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.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Brother Bear'
One of the most powerful forces in the universe - sibling rivalry - blends with Native American legend as a young Inuit boy turns into a bear to find his place in the world in Disney's latest animated film, "Brother Bear."

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.

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday.

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

At the Movies: 'Brother Bear'

At the Movies: 'In the Cut'

At the Movies: 'In the Cut'
"In the Cut" is the cinematic equivalent of coitus interruptus - it ultimately fails to satisfy.

Disney postpones 'The Alamo' release by four months

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

Men stealing country spotlight from women
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The nominees for next week's country music awards are a bit more old school than some predecessors - and a lot more brawny.

Singer likes variety in his work

Men stealing country spotlight from women

Singer likes variety in his work
Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen's music might be categorized as country, were it not for all those pesky electric guitars.

Harvick wins Busch pole

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

Harvick wins Busch pole
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Winston Cup driver Kevin Harvick won his fifth NASCAR Busch series pole of the season Thursday, taking the top spot for the race Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

GM will focus on Chevy car

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.

Gordon goes after first win at Phoenix
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix International Raceway brings out the fiery side of Jeff Gordon.

Gordon goes after first win at Phoenix

Hard work might pay off for BAM

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.

Q&A with Ken Schrader

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.

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.

California wildfires threaten mountain towns

Hawks fall to Hornets in season opener

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.

James puts on dazzling NBA debut
CLEVELAND -- Kick off your sneakers for good, relax and enjoy retirement, Michael. Looks like this LeBron James kid just might be able to handle it from here.

James puts on dazzling NBA debut

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.

Knight would rather talk to Hussein than hear ethics rhetoric
DALLAS -- Bob Knight would rather listen to Saddam Hussein talk about civil rights than some of the rhetoric about ethics in college basketball. Neither makes a lot of sense to him.

Smith's play overshadowing early contract complaints

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

Medical examiner: First shotgun blast left Lane unconscious

Vick changes return date

Davis earns third Player of the Week award of 2003

Carolina's Morgan regrets playing last week

Buchanan's comeback season turns sour

Reeves: Time for Vick to get back on the field

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Mrs. Josephine Cunningham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Green (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Florine Hobbs (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Parker-Myles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Clara Elam (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Johnson (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Pvt. Algernon Adams (IRAQ)

Mr. John Boyd Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. William Sullivan (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Agnes Hinton (ARLINGTON, Va.)

Mr. Thomas Sharkey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Hurt (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Louella Overton (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Peace (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Annette Gates (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Naomi Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Clarice Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Harrison (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Brett DeLoach, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Lansdell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Change to S.C. budgeting process critical
SHOULD STATE government be in the business of stocking private ponds for one-tenth of market prices? Should our health-care agencies have almost twice as many secretaries as nurses? Should the state hold on to 180 acres of land worth $50 million when just 200 patients are housed there? Do we really need to own 20,000 vehicles for a work force three times that number?

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.

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.

Change to S.C. budgeting process critical
SHOULD STATE government be in the business of stocking private ponds for one-tenth of market prices? Should our health-care agencies have almost twice as many secretaries as nurses? Should the state hold on to 180 acres of land worth $50 million when just 200 patients are housed there? Do we really need to own 20,000 vehicles for a work force three times that number?

In the game spotlight

Defending Senior champ wants title No. 3

Lawn mower racing sparks interest

Taekwondo president threatens legal action against USOC

De La Hoya wants Mosley rematch

Overtime

Cerebral palsy doesn't hinder runner's success

Letting a horse be her guide

Overtime

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.

Overtime
North Augusta linebacker Brandon Thomas has verbally committed to the University of Mississippi.

Taekwondo president threatens legal action against USOC
DENVER -- The president of U.S. Taekwondo Union threatened Thursday to take legal action against the U.S. Olympic Committee over plans to strip the group of its certification.

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

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.

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.

Letting a horse be her guide
It's approaching 11 a.m. and Billie Weaver guides Christina Georges and her horse down the breezeway into the arena.

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

Medical examiner: First shotgun blast left Lane unconscious
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A tearful Deidra Lane left the courtroom twice Wednesday, avoiding graphic testimony about her shooting of her late husband, NFL running back Fred Lane.

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

Buchanan's comeback season turns sour
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Before the season, Ray Buchanan was trying to come up an appropriate analogy for his expected comeback. He settled on a leather-clad Elvis in that '68 television special.

Vick changes return date
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves insisted he's not pressuring Michael Vick to get back on the field, while the ailing quarterback bumped up his scheduled return by a week.

NFL picks
The Miami Dolphins are coming off a Monday night game for which they had to fly to San Diego, then to Arizona, and jet back home early the next morning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smith's play overshadowing early contract complaints
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Smith was led to believe during contract talks with the Carolina Panthers that the team viewed him as a "marginal" receiver.

Ramblin' Rhodes: CMA honors two nice guys

Ramblin' Rhodes: CMA honors two nice guys
On Wednesday, two of the nicest performers in country music will be inducted into the Country Music Association Hall of Fame.

Are the Bulldogs cursed?

Florida well-suited for steamy movies

A&E Network plans D-Day movie with Tom Selleck

NBC puts 'The Lyon's Den' on November sweeps hiatus
LOS ANGELES -- NBC's struggling Sunday night legal drama "The Lyon's Den," starring Rob Lowe, was among the shows placed on hiatus during the November sweeps period.

NBC puts 'The Lyon's Den' on November sweeps hiatus

New shows on CBS get full-time shot

Sweeps month programming gives network a second chance on lackluster season

A&E Network plans D-Day movie with Tom Selleck
NEW YORK -- Tom Selleck will play Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in an A&E Network movie on World War II that will air next spring near the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

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.

Ratings 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. 20-26. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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.

People in the news

Video watch

Actors stage union protest in Times Square

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Club calendar

Standing ovations

Officials say Adams not pushing personal favorites into AD search

Cocktail with a twist: Florida-Georgia more than just a game

Tight end aims to uphold Gators' streak

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.

What to do

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.

Officials say Adams not pushing personal favorites into AD search
ATLANTA -- Embattled University of Georgia president Michael Adams has not pushed any personal favorites into the search to name a replacement for athletic director Vince Dooley, according to those directing that process.

Getting children involved in the Thanksgiving meal is as easy as pie

Current, former Dooley assistants interested in AD job

Florida's Fason finds motivation from Bulldog dis

When life gives you lemons

Tight end aims to uphold Gators' streak
Cheryl Troupe can't go anywhere in Swainsboro, Ga., without being noticed.

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

Cocktail with a twist: Florida-Georgia more than just a game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The game was on the line, the ball was in the air and Georgia receiver Terrence Edwards was wide open.

Jennings ready to step up

Current, former Dooley assistants interested in AD job
ATLANTA -- At least one of Vince Dooley's former top assistants, and one of his most-trusted current assistants, are among the candidates in the search for Dooley's successor as Georgia's athletic director.

Florida well-suited for steamy movies
New York and Chicago have long been the twin centers of film noir. There, the hard-boiled action and double-crosses always happen under the cover of night. There, the streets are always rain-slicked and illumination is always provided by a lone lamppost, a dim desk lamp or the sudden muzzle flash of a firing revolver. There, it's always the right weather for a trench coat and a snap-brim fedora, the sort of climate where intrigue seems to flourish.

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.

Can't-miss Nichols scoring big for Rebels

Can't-miss Nichols scoring big for Rebels
OXFORD, Miss. -- This is how good things are going for Mississippi kicker Jonathan Nichols this season: the last time he missed, he got a do over.

Boy's costume catches fire during Halloween school assembly

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends