Art student finds inspiration in fireplugs
PURCHASE, N.Y. -- There are fire hydrants bedecked with roses. There are fire hydrants having sex. There's a tower of seven red fire hydrants, 11 feet high.

Museum portrays South Africa's dark apartheid years

Ned Beatty tackles Big Daddy in 'Cat' on Broadway

The Joyce celebrates four decades of Alwin Nikolais dance
NEW YORK -- The Joyce Theater went back to the future Tuesday night, with a celebration of Alwin Nikolais' "total dance theater."

'Morrie' author returns with fiction best seller

The cast is set for the final weeks of 'Cabaret' on Broadway
NEW YORK -- This is it - the final cast for "Cabaret," now heading into its last weeks of a more than five-year New York run. The farewell performance for the Roundabout Theatre Company revival at Studio 54 will be Jan. 4.

Madonna's second children's book is a base hit but still not a home run

A new play about architecture to open in new off-Broadway theater
NEW YORK -- A play about architecture and in a new off-Broadway theater, too.

A new play about architecture to open in new off-Broadway theater

Tate Modern unveils weather work
LONDON -- If the stereotype that Britons are obsessed with the weather can be taken as fact, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has given them plenty to talk about with a new work at the Tate Modern gallery.

The cast is set for the final weeks of 'Cabaret' on Broadway

'Morrie' author returns with fiction best seller
DETROIT -- Mitch Albom promised he wouldn't rush into anything after his 1997 best seller, "Tuesdays With Morrie."

'Urinetown' closing in January after a more than two-year run
NEW YORK -- "Urinetown" is closing up shop.The quirky little musical about a city whose citizens must pay to use bathroom facilities will close Jan. 18 after a more than two-year run. By the time it ends its engagement at the Henry Miller Theater, the show, written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, will have played 965 performances.

Museum portrays South Africa's dark apartheid years
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The screams of children escaping a shower of tear gas and the explosion of bullets launched by police during a peaceful march echo throughout the Apartheid Museum.

Madonna's second children's book is a base hit but still not a home run
NEW YORK -- Less than two months after her debut as a children's author, Madonna has returned to publishing with "Mr. Peabody's Apples."

Ned Beatty tackles Big Daddy in 'Cat' on Broadway
NEW YORK -- Throughout his career, Ned Beatty has made a name for himself as one of the pre-eminent character actors in Hollywood, embracing secondary roles and making them memorable.

Art student finds inspiration in fireplugs

The Joyce celebrates four decades of Alwin Nikolais dance

Tate Modern unveils weather work

Guillen back with White Sox as manager

Don King offers Palm Beach County site for Marlins ballpark

Ivan Rodriguez files for free agency
NEW YORK -- Catcher Ivan Rodriguez filed for free agency Monday, nine days after helping the Florida Marlins win the World Series.

Guillen back with White Sox as manager
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen is back with the Chicago White Sox, this time as the team's manager.

Ivan Rodriguez files for free agency

Astros trade Wagner to Phillies
NEW YORK -- All-Star closer Bill Wagner was traded Monday from the Houston Astros to the Philadelphia Phillies, The Associated Press learned.

Don King offers Palm Beach County site for Marlins ballpark
MANGONIA PARK, Fla. -- Boxing promoter Don King wants the Florida Marlins to build a ballpark on 54 acres of property he owns in Palm Beach County.

Valentine to manage again in Japan
TOKYO -- Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine agreed Sunday to return to Japan to manage the Lotte Marines.

Performing civic duty should not require reminder

Bicyclists take on radio empire
CLEVELAND -- Bicyclists are demanding that the nation's largest radio group be punished because disc jockeys at three stations made on-air comments they say encouraged drivers to throw bottles at bike riders or hit them with open car doors.

Couple accused of starving adopted sons deny charges
TRENTON, N.J. -- A couple jailed on charges they starved their four adopted boys denied the accusations and said one of the boys had a habit of lying.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Emma Jean Anderson is only 3 weeks old but already she has a certificate to hang on the wall.

Fire kills man in same spot that claimed father in 1996 blaze
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- Nearly eight years after he helped pull his dying father from their burning house, a 45-year-old man died when a blaze tore through the home again.

Monkeys torment workers
NEW DELHI - In a capital city where cows roam the streets and elephants plod along in the bus lanes, it's no surprise to find government buildings overrun with monkeys.

Ortiz back for another year with Braves

Ortiz back for another year with Braves
ATLANTA -- All-Star pitcher Russ Ortiz will be back with the Atlanta Braves for another season.

Minnesota-made vodka hits luxury market

City hopes to recycle oyster shells to plant new beds

Manufacturing index shows strong increase in October

Construction spending hits all-time monthly high in September
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending in September posted its best month on record as the value of residential projects by private builders also reached a monthly high, underscoring the role the red-hot housing market played in the economy's strong performance last quarter.

Construction spending hits all-time monthly high in September

Borrowing plan would be largest amount ever for a quarter
WASHINGTON -- The government expects to tap $117 billion from the credit markets this quarter, which would mark the largest amount ever borrowed in any quarter, the Treasury Department said Monday.

Minnesota-made vodka hits luxury market
BENSON, Minn. -- Upscale vodkas like Absolut and Skyy are getting some competition from an unexpected corner of the world, the western Minnesota prairie.

Manufacturing index shows strong increase in October
NEW YORK -- The nation's manufacturing sector expanded strongly in October, with the fourth consecutive month of growth boding well for the overall economy in the final quarter of the year.

Manufacturing index shows strong increase in October

Homeowners are missing more mortgage payments
The American dream is getting harder for people to hang on to.

City hopes to recycle oyster shells to plant new beds
NEW ORLEANS - Oysters get shucked and swallowed by the ton in the French Quarter's busy restaurants, and at day's end trash bags dumped on the narrow streets bulge with oyster shells.

Borrowing plan would be largest amount ever for a quarter

Business briefs
NAPLES, Fla. - Beasley Broadcast Group said solid showings at its Miami, Las Vegas and Ft. Meyers stations helped overall revenue grow 2 percent to $29.4 million in the third quarter.

Homeowners are missing more mortgage payments

Business briefs

Clemson and son Tommy next for Bowden's Seminoles

Clemson and son Tommy next for Bowden's Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- From tradition to family.

Trojans looking even better than last year

SEC honors Manning, Dixon, Leach

Rivers named ACC offensive back of the week
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Philip Rivers was named Atlantic Coast Conference offensive back of the week Monday after putting up big numbers in a win against Virginia.

Oklahoma becomes unanimous No. 1 in AP poll

Pells: Could SEC tiebreaker really happen?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The conference that brought you the Bowl Championship Series is on the verge of handing college football something even more ridiculous.

Tuesday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in the SEC, ACC and elsewhere:

USC moves up to second in BCS standings

USC moves up to second in BCS standings
Miami's first regular season loss in more than three years cleared a path for Southern California to get to the Sugar Bowl.

Oklahoma becomes unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
Oklahoma was the unanimous pick for the top spot in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday and Miami's record streak of top five votes ended after 55 weeks.

SEC honors Manning, Dixon, Leach
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning was named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week after passing for 391 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-40 win over South Carolina.

Tuesday morning quarterback

Trojans looking even better than last year
LOS ANGELES -- They lost Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, tailback Justin Fargas and both backups, along with All-American safety Troy Polamalu from last year's team.

Pells: Could SEC tiebreaker really happen?

Celebrate Nudge Day
Today isn't just Election Day in Augusta. It's Nudge Day.

Giving away U.S. jobs

Crucifixion in Iraq
Show trials are the stuff of communist countries and despotic regimes. We had hoped the U.S. military was above that sort of thing.

From the ashes
You're a volunteer firefighter, on the way to try to save a neighbor's house. On the way, you see your own house ablaze.

From the ashes

On staying the course

On staying the course
Even before Sunday's missile attack that downed a U.S. Army helicopter, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 20 others, it had already been the worst week of death and injury for Iraqis and American troops since President George W. Bush declared May 1 that major combat was over.

Giving away U.S. jobs
The government can't stop U.S. companies from picking up stakes and moving operations to low-wage countries, but it certainly can stop low-wage workers from coming into the United States to take our best jobs.

Crucifixion in Iraq

Celebrate Nudge Day

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

The Top 5 list
Here are some of the top 5 TV shows, films, concert tours and videos for the week.

Q & A with Bubba Sparxxx
NEW YORK -- Bubba Sparxxx's voice is a weird mixture of southern drawl and urban slang. He's polite and humble, but not afraid to slap down a few cusses when necessary.

Passing for white remains a resonant topic
NEW YORK -- America is more diverse than ever and racial pride is strong, yet a new movie and book are highlighting a phenomenon that seems like a relic of the segregationist past - black people passing as white.

Can I donate my frequent flier miles to charity?
Q: I have many more frequent flier miles than I can use. Is there a way I can donate some to charity?

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities were mixed in Monday's auction.

Stocks surged higher on good economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street surged again Monday, lifting the Nasdaq composite index to its best close in nearly 22 months as investors welcomed reports of strong growth in the nation's manufacturing sector and a hefty rise in construction spending.

More boomers invest in values, with improved results
CHICAGO -- Rae Kramer, a devotee of socially responsible investing since before it became a trend, has heard all the cracks about oddball baby boomers like herself who sink money into the stock market without focusing overly on returns.

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction

October markets avoided scare, November may be different story
NEW YORK -- Wall Street resumed its advance this past week, posting a monthly gain despite October's reputation for market crashes. That offered hope to upbeat investors who are counting on the market's traditional year-end rally to add to their gains.

Can I donate my frequent flier miles to charity?

Chief of Putnam mutual fund leaving amid controversy
BOSTON -- Lawrence J. Lasser is stepping down as chief executive of Putnam Investments following the filing of civil fraud allegations against the mutual fund company and decisions by several big state pension funds to take money out of the firm's funds.

Report accuses NYSE traders of unethical behavior
NEW YORK -- Floor-trading firms at the New York Stock Exchange improperly dealt about 2.2 billion shares of stock over the past three years, according to a report by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Stocks surged higher on good economic news

October markets avoided scare, November may be different story

Finding a bank that's a good fit
NEW YORK -- With Bank of America Corp. and FleetBoston Financial Corp. planning to merge, the two companies' small business customers are likely wondering what changes they'll see in their banking relationships.

Report accuses NYSE traders of unethical behavior

Growing regulatory probe threatens to dampen fund firm profits

Chief of Putnam mutual fund leaving amid controversy

Finding a bank that's a good fit

More boomers invest in values, with improved results

Growing regulatory probe threatens to dampen fund firm profits
NEW YORK -- Many mutual fund firms are enjoying strong quarterly earnings, thanks to growing investor optimism and a rebounding economy. But a widening regulators' probe into shady trading practices threatens to cut into fund firms' profits.

Goosen holds off final charge from Singh

South Korea's Ahn wins first LPGA title
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea -- Rookie Shi-hyun Ahn won her first LPGA title, shooting a 4-under 68 Sunday to capture the CJ Nine Bridges Classic.

Jacobson wins Volvo Masters in playoff

Jacobson wins Volvo Masters in playoff
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden won the Volvo Masters on Sunday, beating Carlos Rodiles of Spain on the fourth playoff hole in near darkness.

South Korea's Ahn wins first LPGA title

Goosen holds off final charge from Singh
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Tiger Woods might be the first guy to call Retief Goosen and congratulate him for winning the Chrysler Championship on Sunday.

Couch wins Nationwide Tour Championship

Couch wins Nationwide Tour Championship
PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Chris Couch shot an even-par 72 Sunday to win the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship by three strokes.

Vaughn earns Tour card
Augusta native Vaughn Taylor didn't win Sunday's Nationwide Tour Championship, but he came away with something better.

Vaughn earns Tour card

Thrashers tie Sharks
ATLANTA -- Marco Sturm scored off a scramble in front of the net with less than three minutes remaining to rally the San Jose Sharks to a 2-2 tie with the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday night.

Thrashers tie Sharks

Performing civic duty should not require reminder
Today is Election Day across this great land of ours, and naturally, it's a day that many of you will be asked to do your civic duty and vote.

Is the U.S. the future Zeider Zee?
I read in The Chronicle "Tell me a story" about the greed that dried up a great port in Holland, the present Zeider Zee. This brought back memories of World War II when I was on a B-17 bomber headed to bomb Germany, and the navigator told us that we were over the Zeider Zee... Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Is the U.S. the future Zeider Zee?

Republican astounded that so many believe President Bush
This is in response to the Oct. 12 letter by Jim Black, "'Chronicle' being used." John Wellborn, Augusta

Double standards of morality are test of God's patience
... Double standards regarding morality and God have come to the point of being ludicrous. Wayne Sweat, Martinez, Ga.

Augusta does not have gangs
I'm shocked and dismayed by the use of the word "gangs" by The Augusta Chronicle and Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke when describing some of the kids (and I stress the word "kids") at Greenbrier and Josey high schools. William Sanders, Hephzibah, Ga.

Double standards of morality are test of God's patience

Republican astounded that so many believe President Bush

Mothers less likely to die by legalized abortion
In response to Paul W. Rosenthal's Oct. 25 letter, "Legalized slavery compared to abortion laws," comparing slavery to abortion is not an analogy that I would have used.

Procedure raises brow to improve patients' sight

Fatigue, sleeplessness can be early warning signs of heart attack

Senior calendar

Web littered with yesteryear's castoffs

Tech briefs

In the know

Apple unleashes Panther, latest Mac OS X update

Fatigue, sleeplessness can be early warning signs of heart attack
DALLAS -- Unusual fatigue and sleeplessness might be early warning signs of a heart attack in women, a study suggests.

Procedure raises brow to improve patients' sight
Herbert Collins is not the type to go Hollywood, so it was understandable when people scoffed at his reason for going to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Apple unleashes Panther, latest Mac OS X update
For the second time in just over a year, Apple Computer Inc. is out with a major upgrade of the Mac OS X operating system, packing it with features Windows users won't see for years and attaching a price tag befitting Apple's reputation as the Porsche of computer makers.

In the know
Women in the heartland want the same things in their clothes as women on Madison Avenue: They want their outfits to look good, and they don't want to overpay

Tech briefs
NEW YORK -- One of the biggest busts of the Internet bubble was the dream that wireless broadband would soon blanket the country. Even so, the technology has been making quiet inroads in some places.

Web littered with yesteryear's castoffs
NEW YORK -- After Ajay Powell quit smoking and decided to run the Honolulu Marathon in 2001, she created a Web site to track her progress, updating it weekly with photographs and tallies of her training miles.

Better economy won't stop cuts
AIKEN - A record-setting spike of economic growth from July to September is a good sign for President Bush and South Carolina and Georgia Republicans running for office in 2004, political and economic experts said Monday.

Officers testify in doctor trial
Medical College of Georgia police officers took the stand at the trial Monday of a former MCG professor accused of violently resisting them when they tried to remove him from campus.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Presidential candidate Wesley Clark thinks his fellow Democrats should take a stand against the Confederate flag.

Panel to study city tax digest

Schools say ratings are unfair

Across South Carolina

Officers testify in doctor trial

Underinsured? Officials say it could mean problems

Valdosta mayoral race, others, grace ballots Tuesday

Federal grant helps groups preserve endangered woodpeckers

About 200 soldiers return to Atlanta for rest leave
ATLANTA -- About 200 soldiers have returned to Atlanta from active duty in the Middle East as part of an Army rest and relaxation program, army officials said Monday.

Republicans split about Beasley run

Home health agency ratings available to public

Clark says all Democrats should condemn Confederate banner

Columbia County schools promote patriotic month

Family is sole of business

Similar services studied
Bernie Silverstein wanted to make sure there wasn't a duplication of services or fees at Augusta Regional Airport.

House Republicans threaten to buck future trade deals without textile help

Georgia Ports employees seeking to unionize
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Workers at the Georgia Ports Authority have received a charter to unionize, while management argues that an upcoming vote on the issue is unauthorized.

Entrepreneur aims for Senate

State, company fight over millions in health services money
ATLANTA -- The Texas company that holds a $350 million contract to process health benefits for state employees and poor Georgians says the state owes it $118 million - and won't pay.

Duo starts law enforcement legacy
COLUMBIA - Some have called veteran fugitive tracker Lt. H.P. "Hoss" Horton a legend.

Congregation seeks history of church, lost community

Schools await report cards
AIKEN - South Carolina educators are hoping for the best but bracing for another round of the worst this week, waiting for the annual release of school report cards Wednesday by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Dancer's killer to be executed Tuesday

News you can use
NOV. 3, 1975 About 600 people gathered at Paine College on Sunday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the school's new academic building. The structure will stand on the site of Haygood Hall, which was destroyed by fire in 1968.

About 200 soldiers return to Atlanta for rest leave

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Dennis Raymond Busbee, 4 months, of Langley.

Better economy won't stop cuts

Lieberman pushes higher education initiative in Columbia

Woman to stand trial for assault
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia woman accused of shooting her live-in boyfriend and then leaving him in a closet for three days soon will face trial on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Third soldier from Orangeburg dies in Iraq

Across South Carolina

Nine plead guilty to gun purchases

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the deer hunters out at the Columbia and Burke county line dumping dead carcasses on Larkin and Randal Hunt Road. That is really disgusting. If you take your deer and dump them in the proper spot, then the other hunters out there can have the opportunity to kill them something.

Corrections

Across the area
Three people were arrested Sunday in what police say was a methamphetamine laboratory operating at North Augusta Motel at 303 Georgia Ave.

Officials bacteria in Macon area creek need to be reduced

22-year-old gets murder charge
A Barnwell, S.C., man was arrested Sunday and charged in the shooting death of a man who was originally considered a pedestrian hit-and-run fatality, authorities said.

Rants and Raves
IT'S IRONIC THAT we have so many laws regarding victims' rights when the victim is always the one put on hold. The guilty still are so protected that the victims' lives never return to a shred of normalcy. While the Augusta Victim-Witness Assistance Program is wonderful, the system it tries to help you deal with isn't.

National Guard families make adjustments when soldiers return
ATHENS, Ga. -- Katherine Gentry has relied heavily on support from other military wives to get her through the past seven months since her husband, John, was deployed by the National Guard.

Nine plead guilty to gun purchases
Nine people, including eight South Carolina residents, pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations Monday in connection with the illegal purchase of guns used to commit crimes in New York, U.S. Attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. said.

Rants and Raves
IT'S IRONIC THAT we have so many laws regarding victims' rights when the victim is always the one put on hold. The guilty still are so protected that the victims' lives never return to a shred of normalcy. While the Augusta Victim-Witness Assistance Program is wonderful, the system it tries to help you deal with isn't.

Radio's Anderson home burns
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A week after the movie "Radio" premiered around the nation, the man whose life inspired the film awoke to find his room engulfed in flames.

Clemson shuts post office after substance found
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- More than two weeks after a deadly substance was found at a Greenville-area post office, a Clemson facility was shutdown for about 30 minutes when an unknown white powder was discovered.

County salutes teacher of year
A fourth-grade teacher who loves children, math and the Georgia Bulldogs was named Richmond County Teacher of the Year.

Contest stirs little thrill
Candidates for Augusta commission spent Monday knocking on doors, staking campaign signs and making telephone calls in hopes of securing some last-minute votes in the three local races on ballots today.

Republicans split about Beasley run
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Richland County Republicans are split about whether former Gov. David Beasley should run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of longtime Democratic officeholder Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

Valdosta mayoral race, others, grace ballots Tuesday
ATLANTA -- With a constitutional crisis sorted out and a deceased mayor's name removed from the ballot, voters in Valdosta will go to the polls Tuesday to elect their first new mayor in 16 years.

Underinsured? Officials say it could mean problems
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Even if you see someone's valid insurance card in an auto accident, that doesn't mean everything will turn out OK. The person could be underinsured, which state officials say can be as bad as having no insurance at all.

Schools await report cards

South Carolina soldiers adopts Iraqi elementary school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some South Carolina soldiers are visiting Iraqi elementary classrooms to build good relations with the local community.

Across the area

A sampling of Tuesday's local elections in Georgia
In cities throughout Georgia, voters on Tuesday will choose new officials and, in a couple of cases, make decisions about smoking and drinking. Here is a sampling of what will be on local ballots:

Timber theft increasing in Upstate, South Carolina

Man and woman charged with murder in starvation death of grandmother
DALTON, Ga. -- A man and woman have been charged with murder in the starvation death of the woman's 72-year-old grandmother.

State, company fight over millions in health services money

Sanford, officials to work together
AIKEN - As South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces his second year in office and the next meeting of the General Assembly, he needs to work with fellow Republicans who control the Legislature instead of sparring with them in public, a top lawmaker said Monday.

South Carolina soldiers adopts Iraqi elementary school

Worry lingers despite growth

S.C. workers expected to be hit with higher costs

Beaufort agencies hope to provide child services faster

Duo starts law enforcement legacy

Kid of the day

UGA Foundation under examination

Lieberman takes on video game violence in Upstate stop

News you can use

Robber gets 25 years in prison

Former S.C. governor, tempered by loss, considers Senate run

Worry lingers despite growth
ATLANTA - Experts say the Georgia economy is improving, but many residents remain doubtful.

22-year-old gets murder charge

Corrections
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a Martinez family shoe business should have identified the owner as William Glenn and his son as Antonio Glenn.

Georgia Ports employees seeking to unionize

Across the area

Across Georgia

Group plans event to showcase Gullah heritage

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Marquell Simpkins, 10, of New Ellenton, S.C.

News you can use

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the deer hunters out at the Columbia and Burke county line dumping dead carcasses on Larkin and Randal Hunt Road. That is really disgusting. If you take your deer and dump them in the proper spot, then the other hunters out there can have the opportunity to kill them something.

Recruiters zero in on minorities
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Sholon Rucker can easily sum up his job as the University of Georgia's outreach admissions recruiter for south and central Atlanta.

Kid of the day

Entrepreneur aims for Senate
ATLANTA - Herman Cain knows where he's been and where he's going.

Across Georgia
LILBURN -A newborn baby girl found inside a cardboard box at a recreation area has been placed in the custody of county child services officials.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Hundreds of mourners, including state and city political leaders, attended the funeral for three children killed in an early-morning house fire.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Mount Pleasant man was shot and killed and a second man was wounded as they drove along a Charleston street, police said.

Family is sole of business
Glenn Williams takes pride in being the proverbial workaholic.

Schools say ratings are unfair
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Under the math of South Carolina's annual school report cards, it's not enough for Johnny and Jane to learn to read and write at their assigned grade level.

House Republicans threaten to buck future trade deals without textile help
WASHINGTON -- They are some of President Bush's staunchest congressional supporters, but Republicans from textile states are sending him an ultimatum: limit the influx of Chinese textiles or see future free trade deals defeated in the U.S. House.

Boy charged in Web site threat
A freshman at the Academy of Richmond County has been charged with using a personal Web page to encourage people to kill a former classmate.

Math bowl tests students skills
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- At the math bowl, middle schoolers had to do some quick adding to figure out word problems faster than their peers.

News you can use
NOV. 4, 1979 The Columbia County Commission on Friday appointed Ray Allen as county comptroller. Mr. Allen was director of the city of Augusta's Data Processing Commission before the commission merged with Richmond County in 1977.

Master plan for Noisette project being unveiled

Columbia County schools promote patriotic month
As pupils celebrated, an honor guard from Greenbrier High School raised the American flag and the band from Greenbrier Middle School played selections of patriotic music.

Contest stirs little thrill

Group plans event to showcase Gullah heritage
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. - Descendants of freed slaves along the East Coast, known as Gullah and Geechee, are continuing the battle to keep their unique heritage alive.

Federal grant helps groups preserve endangered woodpeckers
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- On the quail-hunting plantations that dot the Red Hills of southwest Georgia and northern Florida, wildlife biologists climb skinny aluminum ladders to study and preserve the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, a species that was nearly wiped out by the decline of the South's longleaf pine ecosystem.

Home health agency ratings available to public
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sixty-seven-year-old Delores Gordon sat in front of a computer Monday at a senior center here, comparing home health agencies in South Carolina.

UGA Foundation under examination
ATHENS, Ga. -- A secret report scrutinizes the group of fund-raisers who commissioned an audit that was critical of University of Georgia President Michael Adams' money management.

Beaufort agencies hope to provide child services faster
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Parents who receive aid for their children from government agencies and charities often find themselves repeatedly filling out the same forms at different agencies as they search for child care or vouchers for food.

Robber gets 25 years in prison
What began in February 2002 as a string of convenience store robberies by a man wearing a wig ended Monday in a guilty plea and more than 20 years in prison.

Third soldier from Orangeburg dies in Iraq
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A third soldier from rural Orangeburg County has died in the war with Iraq, his family says.

Panel to study city tax digest
Dissatisfied with this year's shrinking tax digest and worried about continued revenue shortfalls, city leaders asked a state-appointed panel Monday to find out where Augusta's property tax base went.

Court says Farm Bureau not liable for baby's injuries
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The company that insured a Rock Hill day care center where babies were abused is not responsible for defending a lawsuit brought by a baby's parents, the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

Clark says all Democrats should condemn Confederate banner
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Presidential candidate Wesley Clark thinks all of his fellow Democrats should take a stand against the Confederate flag.

Dancer's killer to be executed Tuesday
ATLANTA -- A man who raped a topless dancer while she suffocated on her panties is scheduled to be executed by injection Tuesday night.

Across the area
A North Augusta man was ejected from his passenger seat and killed in a two-car collision on U.S. Highway 1 near Cherokee Drive in Aiken County, authorities said.

Lieberman takes on video game violence in Upstate stop
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Lieberman pledged to fight violent video games in a campaign stop here.

Timber theft increasing in Upstate, South Carolina
SANDY SPRINGS, S.C. -- Ruby Love learned first hand how timber theft is increasing across South Carolina.

Lack of central child support system costing S.C. money
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- During tight budget times, South Carolina is losing millions of dollars a year because it does not have a central automated system to track child support payments.

S.C. workers expected to be hit with higher costs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Workers in South Carolina could see higher health insurance premiums next year, industry experts say.

Master plan for Noisette project being unveiled
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After years of planning and hundreds of meetings involving thousands of residents, a master plan for North Charleston's ambitious $1 billion Noisette Project is nearly complete.

Clark to address national security in campaign stops next week
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark plans to focus on national security in a speech in South Carolina on Thursday.

Lieberman pushes higher education initiative in Columbia
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman unveiled a plan Monday to close the gaps in education spending that keep poor and minority children out of college or behind in the classroom.

Former S.C. governor, tempered by loss, considers Senate run
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Within a span of 15 months, former Gov. David Beasley lost his bid for re-election, lost his mother to cancer and almost lost his wife to a rare complication of pregnancy.

Officials bacteria in Macon area creek need to be reduced
MACON, Ga. -- There was a time when children, anglers and animals shared the joys of the clear waters of Rocky Creek, a natural refuge from Macon's urban streets nearby.

Clark to address national security in campaign stops next week

Congregation seeks history of church, lost community
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Nearly 200 years ago, Jonesville was a thriving community of slaves and free blacks on land now part of Dobbins Air Reserve Base and the Lockheed Martin fighter jet plant.

Recruiters zero in on minorities

Morocco: Lots of sand, low prices draw big-budget directors

Cliffhanger franchises teach Hollywood lessons on serial storytelling

Cliffhanger franchises teach Hollywood lessons on serial storytelling
LOS ANGELES -- A year has passed since Frodo and Sam continued their ominous trek to Mordor. It's been six months since Neo lay comatose alongside his nemesis. And three more months will pass before the vengeful Bride gets a chance to kill Bill.

Morocco: Lots of sand, low prices draw big-budget directors
MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Take a warrior king or a crusading knight. Throw in lots of sandy desert, some grisly battle scenes and an army of extras.

'Scary Movie 3' yucks it up to remain top box-office draw

'Scary Movie 3' yucks it up to remain top box-office draw
LOS ANGELES -- Audiences were in a laughing mood for Halloween as the horror spoof "Scary Movie 3" took in $21.1 million to remain the top film for a second straight weekend.

Look out, pretty boys: Rough-hewn Pat Green aims to expand

No country weepers on latest effort by Ryan Adams
NEW YORK -- Ryan Adams hasn't arrived for a scheduled afternoon interview, sending instead an apologetic manager with an explanation.

James Brown's longtime collaborator fights for royalties

Look out, pretty boys: Rough-hewn Pat Green aims to expand
NEW YORK -- "I'm so tired of country music being pretty! I'm so tired of country music being skinny!"

No country weepers on latest effort by Ryan Adams

James Brown's longtime collaborator fights for royalties
GRAYSON, Ga. -- Before Bobby Byrd starts to talk, he wants to get one thing straight - he doesn't hate James Brown.

Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs joins cast of thousands in marathon
NEW YORK -- After 26.2 miles, maybe his new nickname should be Tough Daddy.

Brack recovering from crash, will have another surgery
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kenny Brack will have a second operation Tuesday on his back, which he broke three weeks ago in a horrific crash at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth closes in on points crown
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth can start breathing easy.

Earnhardt celebrates special win
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. proved his racing aptitude includes a lot more than high banks and restrictor plates Sunday.

Kenseth closes in on points crown

Atlanta's Terry suspended for a game after elbowing Pacers player

Hawks defeat Hornets

Atlanta's Terry suspended for a game after elbowing Pacers player
NEW YORK -- Atlanta Hawks guard Jason Terry was suspended by the NBA for one game without pay Sunday after he elbowed Indiana's Anthony Johnson during a loss to the Pacers.

LeBron James' NBA experience has just begun
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Just three games into the season, LeBron James is already experiencing the highs and lows of the NBA, and even the grind of the road.

Hawks defeat Hornets
ATLANTA -- Dion Glover had 20 points, Jacque Vaughn filled in for top scorer Jason Terry and the Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 90-80 Monday night for their first win of the season.

Eagles top Falcons

Falcons running out of options to break losing streak

MNF: Patriots rally to beat Broncos

Texans edge Panthers

Fan falls from third level at Soldier Field

Panthers moving past Smith's latest gaffe

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PARTICIPATION is essential for democracy to survive and thrive. Democracy requires a culture that fosters strong convictions and a readiness to compromise, along with a strong sense of civic responsibility.

'Service learning' helps engage youth in democracy
PARTICIPATION is essential for democracy to survive and thrive. Democracy requires a culture that fosters strong convictions and a readiness to compromise, along with a strong sense of civic responsibility.

New York state becomes second to ban ephedra herbal diet supplement

United States tops Mexico

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Rider has successful week
Chuck Tolbert stood in the back of Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center understandably tired early Sunday morning.

New York state becomes second to ban ephedra herbal diet supplement
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York became the second state Monday to ban ephedra, an over-the-counter herbal supplement linked to several deaths including that of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler.

Overtime
A judge granted Baylor University's request to have a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the father of slain basketball player Patrick Dennehy moved to Waco, the university's home.

Overtime
Nine NCAA championships will be broadcast live for the first time following an agreement between College Sports Television and CBS Sports.

U.S. tops France in boxing
RENO, Nev. -- Light welterweight Lamont Peterson's upset victory over world champion Willy Blain led the United States to a 7-4 victory over France in amateur boxing on Saturday night.

United States tops Mexico
DALLAS -- Abby Wambach scored twice off Mia Hamm's assists as the United States women defeated Mexico 3-1 Sunday to close out their season.

Fan falls from third level at Soldier Field
CHICAGO -- A 32-year-old man was in serious condition after falling from a stairway on the third level of new Soldier Field during Sunday's game between the Bears and San Diego.

Eagles top Falcons
ATLANTA -- Donovan McNabb finally resembled that guy who's been to three Pro Bowls. All it took was playing the hapless Atlanta Falcons.

Texans edge Panthers
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans told Tony Banks to avoid mistakes. He did, and they won.

Panthers moving past Smith's latest gaffe
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina receiver Steve Smith apologized Monday for his latest mistake - this one a costly personal foul penalty for kicking a Houston player late in the Panthers' loss to the Texans.

Falcons running out of options to break losing streak
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- They've flip-flopped the quarterbacks. They've changed the defense. What's next for the Atlanta Falcons?

MNF: Patriots rally to beat Broncos
DENVER -- New England and Denver both were riddled with injuries. But the Patriots had a healthy quarterback and shrewd coaching strategy.

Maude's daughter is back on HBO's "Carnivale"
NEW YORK -- The face is familiar. That snake charmer on HBO's "Carnivale" ... it's Carol! Carol from "Maude"!

ESPN2 getting in the morning show game with 'Cold Pizza'

ESPN2 getting in the morning show game with 'Cold Pizza'
NEW YORK -- Grab the antacid. The folks at ESPN2 are serving "Cold Pizza" every morning on television.

Courteney Cox, David Arquette help roommates 'Mix It Up'
LOS ANGELES -- Courteney Cox likes her living space lean and clean. David Arquette revels in collecting everything from miniature pigs to large shoes to nesting dolls, which makes for a lot of clutter.

Some British shows get lost in the translation
LOS ANGELES -- Americans have been watching British TV shows for years, even if they haven't realized it.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Survivor' creator defends bringing voted-off contestants back in the game
NEW YORK -- At Halloween, there's no better time for "Survivor" cast members to come back from the dead.

Study: TV can be effective sex educator

CNN aims for young voters in partnership with Rock the Vote
NEW YORK -- Courting an audience that doesn't heavily watch the network, CNN is teaming with the Rock the Vote organization to sponsor a Democratic presidential debate with questions asked by young voters.

Maude's daughter is back on HBO's "Carnivale"

Study: TV can be effective sex educator
LOS ANGELES -- Teenagers can get sex education as well as laughs by watching TV series such as "Friends," a new study found.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Tuesday's return of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" will be met by viewers with great interest, if not morbid curiosity.

Reagan miniseries dispute grows, but will CBS suffer?

'Survivor' creator defends bringing voted-off contestants back in the game

Courteney Cox, David Arquette help roommates 'Mix It Up'

Some British shows get lost in the translation

Reagan miniseries dispute grows, but will CBS suffer?
LOS ANGELES -- The angry buzz over "The Reagans" has grown louder and more pointed.

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Passing for white remains a resonant topic

Top 20 Concert Tours

Q & A with Bubba Sparxxx

Williams: Bulldogs have trouble scoring
A day after yet another crushing loss to Florida, Georgia coach Mark Richt wasn't too deflated to do what most people do on Sunday afternoons.

Georgia gets to rest up after another heartbreaking loss to Florida

Gators over Dawgs: A Southern tradition

Gators over Dawgs: A Southern tradition
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- That late field goal by Matt Leach did more than merely lift Florida over Georgia yet again.

Georgia gets to rest up after another heartbreaking loss to Florida
National championship hopes have been dashed. The Southeastern Conference race is a mess. So what did Mark Richt do Sunday?

Williams: Bulldogs have trouble scoring

Holtz wants volunteers

Holtz wants volunteers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No one's tried more gimmicks to motivate college football players than Lou Holtz. But last week, South Carolina's coach came up with something new - he called for volunteers.

Uniforms stop free expression

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Ja Rule's new album, Blood in My Eye, is available today, and Christian rock group P.O.D. drops its newest, Payable on Death.

Slain teenager was full of joy
"Love like your heart's never been broken, work like you don't need the money and dance like nobody's watching."

Slain teenager was full of joy

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

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Girl should talk to friends about feeling left out

Question of the week

Girl should talk to friends about feeling left out
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM:I have two best friends. When I'm with one of them we're like best friends, and when I'm with the other one we're like best friends. But when they get together they leave me out of everything. I don't know what to say or do.

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Culinary students get hands-on experience in school's kitchen
Something's cooking at North Augusta High School. Thanks to the students.

Students say administrators overreacted

Culinary students get hands-on experience in school's kitchen

Students say administrators overreacted
he possibly of crowning a pregnant teenager as a homecoming queen for a Richmond County high school has appalled some adults, but some teens don't think the idea is that horrendous.

Uniforms stop free expression
One of the nation's hottest topics when it comes to schools - uniforms - is now on the Augusta landscape. Richmond County requires uniforms for pupils through eighth grade, and some parents are making a fuss about it.

My style
THE FACTS: Brian Jordan, 11, is a sixth-grader at Harlem Middle School.

Question of the week
Are homecoming events overrated?

Fire kills man in same spot that claimed father in 1996 blaze

Monkeys torment workers

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Bicyclists take on radio empire