'Urinetown' to lose its Broadway home in February

'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.

Pitcher keeps Greenbrier at bay
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Hardaway coach Marty Richburg liked the position his team was in on Friday.

Sosa staying with the Cubs

Torre convinced Zimmer won't return
NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Torre is sure Don Zimmer won't return as his bench coach next season.

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.

Pitcher keeps Greenbrier at bay

Red Sox place Ramirez on waivers

Yankees decline options on Osuna, White

Yankees decline options on Osuna, White
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees declined to exercise 2004 options for right-hander Antonio Osuna and left-hander Gabe White on Friday.

Sosa staying with the Cubs
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa is happy right where he is. Sosa turned down a chance to pursue free agency Friday, announcing that he is keeping the last two seasons of his four-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. He will earn $33 million over the remainder of the deal.

Torre convinced Zimmer won't return

Do our Halloween masks reveal our true selves?

Odds and Ends
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The busiest street in Great Falls became a home for roaming buffalo.

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.

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.

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.

Naked karaoke causes stir
BERLIN, Conn. -- You'll need to strip yourself of more than your inhibition and bare more than your soul if you want to take part in karaoke at the Berlin Station Cafe.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer spending has biggest drop in year
WASHINGTON -- Consumers kept a tighter grip on their wallets in September, trimming spending by 0.3 percent after a summertime shopping spree that propelled a third quarter of strong economic growth.

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.

Temporary ban on taxing Internet service runs out
WASHINGTON -- A moratorium on taxing Internet services expires Saturday, and a push to extend it is bogged down by concerns that making the ban permanent would curb the ability of state and local governments to collect traditional telecommunication taxes.

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.

Temporary ban on taxing Internet service runs out

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.

MCI Chapter 11 plan to emerge from bankruptcy approved

Agency moves into new offices

Number of retired cell phones expected to grow sharply
NEW YORK -- If predictions hold true, millions of cell phones will be put out to pasture starting in late November under a new rule allowing people to keep their phone numbers when switching cellular carriers.

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

MCI Chapter 11 plan to emerge from bankruptcy approved
NEW YORK -- The judge overseeing MCI's bankruptcy approved the company's plan to emerge from the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history, a financial reorganization that will pay back most creditors 36 cents on the dollar and erase $35 billion of debt.

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.

Buffet owner doubles Harvest

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.

Economy growth exceeds analysts' forecasts

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.

Atlanta gains jobs, statewide picture still bleak

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.

Report on trade angers Graham

Number of retired cell phones expected to grow sharply

LaGrange business cutting less than 50 jobs

Consumer spending has biggest drop in year

Business briefs
Twenty-four area residents graduated this week from the new Contractor's College Program, which provides hands-on training to small business owners and minority and female business owners.

Agency moves into new offices
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce this week moved a few of its officers and staffers across Broad Street to the Wachovia building to ease crowded working conditions.

Rosie O'Donnell, publisher in court battle

Clemson's Aderhold says she'll go full out

Clemson's Aderhold says she'll go full out
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson senior guard Julie Aderhold talks extensively of her team's prospects for the season. She discusses life without former star teammate Chrissy Floyd. And she easily jokes about her "east Tennessee accent."

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.

Clemson expecting to struggle with Wake Forest offense
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- With a dominant running game that relies on reverses and an occasional trick play, Wake Forest's offense has become difficult to contain.

Clemson expecting to struggle with Wake Forest offense

Purnell ready to awaken Clemson

Citadel to retire Small's jersey

Game of the week
The Eagles, who have won six straight league titles, are eliminated from contention for a seventh crown. Georgia Southern is also all but eliminated from the Division I-AA playoffs.

Alabama booster charged in Memphis recruiting scandal

Valdosta State keeps winning with new quarterback
Buster Faulkner threw for nearly 4,000 yards last season for Valdosta State - and lost his job. But the Blazers haven't missed a beat with new quarterback Barrett Wilkes.

Citadel to retire Small's jersey
Everything John Small does in his life has a purpose.

Health of tailbacks an issue as Arkansas visits Kentucky

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.

Valdosta State keeps winning with new quarterback

Game of the week

Health of tailbacks an issue as Arkansas visits Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Will the return of its top two tailbacks, even if only in a supporting role, be enough for Arkansas to snap a three-game losing streak? Can Kentucky start offensively where it ended last week, when it scored 42 points in 35 minutes?

Knight would rather talk to Hussein than hear ethics rhetoric

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's really going on?

Zell has 'em quaking

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

From dream to nightmare
Zero tolerance can't mean zero common sense.

From dream to nightmare

Elect Don Grantham

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

Elect Don Grantham
No-brainer. Slam dunk. Easy as pie.

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.

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.

Club calendar
VARIETY

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

Concert calendar
THIS WEEK

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$1.4 billion settlement approved to restore investors' trust
NEW YORK -- A federal judge Friday approved a settlement by which the nation's biggest brokerage firms will pay $1.4 billion to resolve charges they gave biased stock ratings.

More departures pressure mutual fund company wounded by scandal
BOSTON -- Concerns about a possible mass exodus from Putnam Investments worsened Friday when pension funds in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Iowa joined the list of big customers who have fired the company.

Shares rise despite downbeat economic report

Shares rise despite downbeat economic report
NEW YORK -- The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed to its highest level in 17 months Friday as strong earnings and merger news helped the stock market shake off a weak consumer spending report. The three main gauges posted a weekly and monthly gain.

More departures pressure mutual fund company wounded by scandal

Bond prices rise, yields fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices rose Friday, as traders corrected positions and looked ahead to next week's economic reports.

Stocks higher following upbeat GDP 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

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

For best results, mulch at the right time

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.

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

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

Teams share multitude of problems
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Just when you think you have problems, you'll find someone with a sadder story.

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.

Goosen stays in Florida and takes the 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.

R&A announces the most revised rules for 20 years

Goosen stays in Florida and takes the lead
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- A poor finish last week might work out just fine for Retief Goosen, who decided to stay in Florida instead going to Spain and wound up the 36-hole leader Friday in the Chrysler Championship.

Jacobson shoots a 64 for first-round lead

Ahn leads in South Korea, with Pak four strokes back
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea -- Teenager Ahn Shi-hyun tied a course record Friday with a 7-under-par 65, giving her a one-stroke lead in the first round of an LPGA tournament.

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.

Prairie Dunes to host 2006 U.S. Senior Open
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., will host the 2006 U.S. Senior Open.

Charles in charge at Innisbrook

Key matchups

Lincoln County blanks Johnson County

Strom Thurmond clinches second-place in region

Silver Bluff handles rival

On the air

Briarwood tops Brentwood

North Augusta in control

Hephzibah defense rules

Laney's speed is too much

Butler does it in second half

Golden Hawks clinch region with shutout

Warhorses' hopes on Dogs' minds

Area's scariest defenders

Prep football scores

Up all Knight: Evans controls its playoff destiny

Backup keys Thomson win

Player of the week

Strom Thurmond clinches second-place in region
JOHNSTON, S.C. - The Rebels blocked a game-tying extra point with no time left to clinch second-place in Region 5-AAA.

Backup keys Thomson win
Halloween was scary for Thomson. The Bulldogs lost both top running backs Antwan Johnson and Demarcus Wilson to injuries but managed to hold on for the 27-21 win at Greenbrier on Friday night.

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

Briarwood tops Brentwood
WARRENTON, Ga. - Bob Wills and Jeff Kent both ran for two touchdowns as Briarwood beat Brentwood for the regular reason GISA Region I-AA championship.

Laney's speed is too much
On the pinky of his left hand, Laney wide receiver Robert Dunn taped his finger and scrawled out the message, "Uncle Lawrence, RIP."

North Augusta in control
AIKEN - After a week of rulings and decisions off the field, North Augusta coach Joe Long didn't want to make too much out of his team's position in Region 4-AAAA.

Silver Bluff handles rival
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - When he was hired as Silver Bluff's head football coach 11 years ago, Al Lown was given some friendly advice.

Prep football scores
Here are scores from Friday's prep football games.

Hephzibah defense rules
A strong defensive showing by Hephzibah shattered Lakeside's hopes for a homecoming victory Friday night.

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.

Butler does it in second half
Throughout much of the season, it has been said that Butler is a second half team. Friday night was no different.

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

Golden Hawks clinch region with shutout
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Tyree Burnett scored three times as Washington County blanked Josey 48-0 on Friday to win the Region 3-AAA title.

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

Screven County increases win streak
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Screven County rebounded from last week's upset loss to Swainsboro to win its 20th consecutive road game.

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

Edmund Burke dominates Curtis Baptist
Senior fullback Matt Latham rushed 16 times for 179 yards and scored four times to help Edmund Burke rout Curtis Baptist.

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

Lincoln County blanks Johnson County
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Unbeaten and top-ranked Lincoln County rolled over Region 7-A rival Johnson County.

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

Capitals top Thrashers
WASHINGTON -- It took a teenager to snap the Washington Capitals' six-game losing streak.

Capitals top Thrashers

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

'God Squad's' teachings are false
The Holy Bible warns us to beware of false teachers who will say good sounding-things, but their teachings are from Satan. The Rev. Paul L. Cook, 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.

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

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.

Grantham pledges to change commission's voting

Urges passage Kroger rezoning request
I am an owner of property in the proposed development on Furys Ferry, Blackstone Camp and Evans-To-Locks roads. The Kroger food chain wishes to build at this location due to the large amount of homes in the area and the convergence of major arteries. I, along with thousands of others, ride right through this intersection daily, commuting from downtown and other areas to home. It would be nice if this development were allowed to proceed. This development would keep many of the people who live nearby away from the Evans Towne Center (major congestion) and would keep citizens like myself from making a second trip out to buy groceries. There is also more growth anticipated in the Evans Towne Center. ... Billy Franke, Evans, Ga.

Urges passage Kroger rezoning request

Hannah the one to turn commission around
Charlie Hannah has gained the attention and respect of local political powers ... regardless of their failure to make a public stand for what is best for the community. Mr. Hannah set a course to become our commissioner and has done well with the campaign. ... Warren Williams, Augusta

Responsive government Grantham's goal

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.

Candidate hopeful throws support to Smith
I qualified to run in the District 8 Augusta Commission race this year. My candidacy had support from many people in south Augusta. I had ideas that were different from those previously put forth by other elected officials and candidates. I wanted to represent District 8, primarily the employees of Augusta-Richmond County and, secondly, the overall government operation. Thomas Atkins, Hephzibah, Ga.

Hannah the one to turn commission around

No guessing games with Smith

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

Buchwitz a model public servants should follow

'God Squad's' teachings are false

Disagreements

Not just anybody can be a Diva

Thanksgiving place mats

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

Artists create jack-o'-lantern art

Dad, can I come down now?

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

Letting go

COOM or POOM better than STEP PARENT/CHILD

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.

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.

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

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.

Pride score early, stop Lynx late

Greenough brings edge to Augusta

Pride score early, stop Lynx late
FLORENCE, S.C. - Four different Florence players scored to take down Augusta for the second time in a week, 4-2 Friday night.

Tasker's got a bad reputation

Greenough brings edge to Augusta
The Augusta Lynx added toughness and size to their lineup Friday with the signing of left winger Nick Greenough.

News you can use

Census: Blacks settling in South at record pace, reversing historic trend
ATLANTA -- For Carol Baldwin, moving to the South meant she could get an education, find a job and hopefully start a family among a growing community of like-minded blacks.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Family Y gets OK to begin expansion

City budget talks target pay raises

Search for missing Laurens County teen goes national

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.

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus facing animal cruelty charges

Hotels, cities prepare for swarm of Georgia, Florida fans for game
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Just because the Georgia-Florida football game takes place to the south of the St. Marys River doesn't mean the home state of the Bulldogs won't see some economic impact from today's annual border war.

Across Georgia

Terminal design gets nod

3 fires reported at school

Disc golf group signs off on move

Kid of the day

Savannah battles its greasy sewers

Marietta's Halloween festivities marked by past disaster

Inmate on death row is denied clemency

Correction
An item in the Applause section of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information on an Augusta Choral Society concert. The choral society performs Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem at 8 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. The performance will be preceded by a lecture by William Dolen at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, call 826-4713.

Record rainfall for '03 falters
The Augusta area is still nearly 12 inches above normal rainfall for the year, but weather officials say 2003 probably won't go down as a record-breaking year for precipitation.

Inmate on death row is denied clemency
ATLANTA - The state parole board denied clemency Friday for a man convicted of killing a go-go dancer, clearing the way for his execution by lethal injection Tuesday.

Actor compliments Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If Savannah had cheeks, she would have been blushing Wednesday night.

DeKalb County DFCS office panned in audit

Audit: State prison labor program flawed

Across the area

Buoys to help with hurricane forecasting

House of horrors

Gun discovery leads to arrest

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.

Correction

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.

Correction

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.

Poll shows Clark taking lead in South Carolina

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.

Treats, not tricks

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.

Census: Blacks settling in South at record pace, reversing historic trend

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.

Cemetery nears completion

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.

Aiken County mails out property tax bills

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.

Savannah mayor race tightens

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.

Aiken County mails out property tax bills
AIKEN - A line of weary taxpayers Friday snaked from the Aiken County tax collector's window almost to the building's entrance.

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.

Gun discovery leads to arrest
An Augusta man was arrested Friday morning at the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building after county marshals found a loaded handgun in a holster in his pants.

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.

Witness follows man from bank to nearby Wendy's
AIKEN - Robbing a bank was apparently hungry work.

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.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

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.

Post adjusts facilities to cater to sick troops

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.

Across the southeast

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.

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

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.

Lone Democrat in Senate race draws sparse crowd at college gathering

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Group will offer help to Latinos

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.

Soldier's death was not linked to combat

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

Ozmint blames inmates, not budget cuts, for uprising

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.

Yarbrough: Iraq soldiers deserve 1st-class treatment

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.

Witness follows man from bank to nearby Wendy's

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

School puts on anti-drug parade

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

Division will talk about air pollution

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.

Judge sentences men in sex cases

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.

Adams report divides board

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Across Georgia

Savannah mayor race tightens
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For months, the race to replace two-term Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. seemed as genteel as this coastal city's reputation for Southern hospitality and often as bland as a bowl of grits.

Cities mull new law on elections

Kid of the Day
Carson Klein of Harlem is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Savannah battles its greasy sewers
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Blame Southern cooking.The grease, lard and butter that make it tasty are also making trouble in a surprising place: city sewers.

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.

Across South Carolina
MONCKS CORNER - Two teens sought in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Summerville man surrendered to authorities.

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 Georgia
DORAVILLE - An apartment complex in DeKalb County was evacuated Friday after one of the units had a mercury spill.

Across the area

Yarbrough: Iraq soldiers deserve 1st-class treatment
Perhaps you read recently that Les Brownlee, the secretary of the Army, said he is going to improve conditions for members of the National Guard and the Army reservists at Fort Stewart who are living in barracks without indoor toilets and who are receiving inadequate medical care. When Mr. Brownlee brings that little matter under control, he might want to wing his way to Iraq and see the shabby treatment reservists and guardsmen are getting there.

Phinizy swamp opens new visitors center

News you can use
NOV. 1, 1974 WAYNESBORO, Ga. - One Augusta man is dead and a Richmond County deputy remains in serious condition after a prisoner en route to Reidsville State Prison grabbed a gun and fired upon both men yesterday.

Cities mull new law on elections
AIKEN - There are 14 people running for seats on elected councils across Aiken County, but only four will be voted on during Tuesday's general election.

School puts on anti-drug parade
Grovetown Elementary School pupils and staffers marched, stepped and jumped Friday to draw attention to Red Ribbon Week.

Treats, not tricks
Martie Haywood, a records clerk for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, hands out bags of candy to children.

Cemetery nears completion
By next summer, Columbia County will have more space for residents who want to stay there permanently.That's when developer Aaron Sullivan Jr. said the first section of his long-discussed, 110-acre cemetery is expected to open, making it the county's first major cemetery in decades.

Official says suspect in theft is flight risk
A Richmond County judge denied bond Friday for a man accused of breaking into and taking more than $1,000 in alcoholic beverages from a high-end Augusta restaurant last week.

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.

Division will talk about air pollution
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division will hold a public meeting in Augusta on Nov. 18 to discuss the hazards of excess particulate in our atmosphere.

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.

Adams report divides board
ATHENS, Ga. - The day after a report was made public chronicling University of Georgia President Michael Adams' alleged misuse of donor dollars, sentiment within the UGA Foundation - the steward of that money - was mixed.

Phinizy swamp opens new visitors center
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will open a third new building this weekend at its campus nestled within a swamp that once drained Augusta's sewage.

Across the area
A Richmond County judge on Friday sentenced a man accused of having sex with an underage girl during summer 2002.

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.

Judge sentences men in sex cases
Two young men must register as sex offenders and face punishment in two separate cases of inappropriate sexual conduct with children, a Richmond County judge said Friday.

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.

Disc golf group signs off on move
The Thumber. The Scooby. The Worm Burner.These are a few of the shots in disc golf that the sport's enthusiasts hope will become as well known to Augustans as the fade, hook and chip. The Professional Disc Golf Association will try to make that a reality with its plans to make the Augusta area the epicenter of the disc golf world.

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.

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.

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday.

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.

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."

Mini reviews

Men stealing country spotlight from women

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

Singer likes variety in his work

Kenseth's qualifying not improving as he nears title

Kenseth's qualifying not improving as he nears title
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- His qualifying isn't making it any easier for Matt Kenseth to wrap up his first Winston Cup championship.

San Diego fires have impact on 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.

San Diego fires have impact on race
AVONDALE, Ariz. - The Southern California fires might be 365 miles away, but Phoenix International Raceway will be feeling their effects this weekend.

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

Harvick wins Busch pole

Gordon goes after first win at Phoenix

White House Web site packed full of scary stories

White House Web site packed full of scary stories
WASHINGTON -- Doors mysteriously banging shut. Late-night noises from a deserted third floor. Apparitions of Abraham Lincoln.

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.

Shaq says feud with Bryant is over
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal ended his media boycott Friday, saying he and Kobe Bryant need each other and he's put the feud with his Los Angeles Lakers teammate behind him.

Hawks lose to Bulls
CHICAGO -- Scottie Pippen knows when his leadership is needed.

Shaq says feud with Bryant is over

James puts on dazzling NBA debut

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.

Vick changes return date

Eagles expecting easier time against Vick-less Falcons

Smith's play overshadowing early contract complaints

Buchanan's comeback season turns sour

Medical examiner: First shotgun blast left Lane unconscious

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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?

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?

Taekwondo president threatens legal action against USOC

Letting a horse be her guide

Riders prepare for every aspect before the big event

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Marathon defending champions return to New York

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Slutskaya recovering from hospital stay

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.

Riders prepare for every aspect before the big event
The morning dew hadn't disappeared from the horse trailers parked at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center when Tammy Phillips was preparing for one of the biggest days in barrel horse racing.

Marathon defending champions return to New York
NEW YORK -- Rodgers Rop and Joyce Chepchumba train together, and they won the 2002 New York City Marathon together.

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

Overtime
They won the game, but the Pottsville (Pa.) Maroons still won't get the championship trophy.

Man brings barrel horse racing to Europe
Dario Bezzi is so busy this week that he's wearing two watches - one set on Italian time, the other on Augusta time.

Loss helps Whitfield remain calm in ring
He was physically stronger than Yan Bartellemi Valera, and he stayed with the Cuban for most of the match.

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.

Slutskaya recovering from hospital stay
Irina Slutskaya wondered if she would ever skate again.

Poll shows Clark taking lead in South Carolina
WASHINGTON -- Retired Gen. Wesley Clark has taken the lead in South Carolina, bumping John Edwards from the top spot in the state with a Feb. 3 presidential primary, according to a poll out Friday.

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.

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.

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.

Eagles expecting easier time against Vick-less Falcons
PHILADELPHIA -- Speed, elusiveness and arm strength made Atlanta's Michael Vick one of the most troublesome quarterbacks to defend against. Only a fractured fibula could slow him down.

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.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: CMA honors two nice guys

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

God's light dispels the darkness of fear, suffering
"In the beginning ... darkness was upon the face of the deep ... and God said 'Let there be light.' And there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from darkness. God called the light Day and the darkness was called Night." (Genesis 1)

Faith digest
Ryan Kho, Larry Millen and Jamie Council Garvey will perform an All Saints concert featuring the works by Vaughan Williams and Vitali at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.

Old church shows new signs of life
A Bible college and a Christian theater have teamed to renovate the historic First Baptist Church building on Greene Street.

The gay debate highlights Episcopalians' competing views of the Bible
America's Episcopal Church and the international Anglican Communion of which it's a part could both split over what the Bible teaches on homosexuality.

Group ponders church's future
Despite threats of splitting the worldwide Anglican Communion, Episcopalians in Augusta expect the diocese of New Hampshire to consecrate the Rev. Gene Robinson, the denomination's first openly gay bishop, on Sunday in Durham, N.H.

Faith gets dolled up
In her Victorian-era blouse and skirt, Joan Gindlesperger was ready for culture war.

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

New rules on cell numbers may send millions of phones to the trash
NEW YORK -- If predictions hold true, millions of cell phones will be put out to pasture starting in late November under a new rule allowing people to keep their phone numbers when switching cellular carriers.

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

ABC picks up full season of four comedies, two dramas
LOS ANGELES -- All four of ABC's freshman comedies will make it through this season.

Sunday's news shows guests
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Presidential candidate Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo.; Sens. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Joe Biden, D-Del.

Comedian Dennis Miller to be host of prime-time political show
NEW YORK -- Dennis Miller, the sardonic comedian who delivered a fake newscast on "Saturday Night Live" and told jokes in the "Monday Night Football" booth, will host a prime-time political talk show on CNBC.

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.

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

CBS stars, past and present, to gather for a 75th-year TV gala
NEW YORK -- CBS is pitching its 75th anniversary bash as "your favorite stars all in one room for one night only!"

New shows on CBS get full-time shot

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.

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.

ABC picks up full season of four comedies, two dramas

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.

Comedian Dennis Miller to be host of prime-time political show

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CBS stars, past and present, to gather for a 75th-year TV gala

Sam Neill plays the villain in PBS miniseries 'Doctor Zhivago'

Sam Neill plays the villain in PBS miniseries 'Doctor Zhivago'
LOS ANGELES -- Sam Neill, who has played likable characters in films such as "Jurassic Park" and "The Dish," takes on the role of the villain in the PBS miniseries, "Doctor Zhivago."

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Injuries could hurt Georgia against Gators

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.

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

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

Injuries could hurt Georgia against Gators
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Maybe it's fate, maybe it's karma, maybe it's some other intangible that explains why Georgia simply can't beat Florida.

Georgia fans would like to savor a victory over Florida
ATHENS, Ga. - Five. Twelve. Thirteen. David Pollack rolled his eyes earlier this week as he heard the numbers repeated to him yet another time - five straight losses to Florida, 12 defeats to the Gators in 13 years.

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Current, former Dooley assistants interested in AD job

Tight end aims to uphold Gators' streak

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.

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Georgia fans would like to savor a victory over Florida

Officials say Adams not pushing personal favorites into AD search

Tulane, Georgia settle lawsuit over football scheduling
NEW ORLEANS -- Tulane paid a $2,500 "nuisance fee" to settle a $1 million lawsuit which Georgia filed over three canceled football games, Tulane officials said Friday.

Tulane, Georgia settle lawsuit over football scheduling

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.

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.

Manning: Flattery will get you nowhere, Lou

Manning: Flattery will get you nowhere, Lou
OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning doesn't care about Lou Holtz's opinion.

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

New rules on cell numbers may send millions of phones to the trash

God's light dispels the darkness of fear, suffering

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The gay debate highlights Episcopalians' competing views of the Bible

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Old church shows new signs of life

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