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."

Art student finds inspiration in fireplugs

Manly men wear skirts in new exhibit
NEW YORK -- This is an era of gender equality. In some households, it's the women who wear the pants. Why, then, aren't more men showing off their gams in skirts?

Nellie Connally recalls JFK slaying in new book

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

Manly men wear skirts in new exhibit

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.

Nellie Connally recalls JFK slaying in new book
SAN ANTONIO -- A week or so after President Kennedy was assassinated, Nellie Connally grabbed a legal pad and a couple of pens and found a quiet place in the governor's mansion to write down what she remembered about the tragic event.

'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.

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

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.

Jeter has ruptured thumb ligament; Yankees to decline Wells option
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter played the AL championship series and the World Series with a ruptured tendon in his left thumb.

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

Seattle sweeps four AL Gold Gloves
NEW YORK -- Seattle outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Cameron and Mariners infielders Bret Boone and John Olerud won AL Gold Gloves on Tuesday.

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.

County approves $73 million for Marlins ballpark plan
MIAMI -- Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved a plan Tuesday to commit $73 million in tax money toward a new ballpark for the World Series champion Florida Marlins.

Guillen back with White Sox as manager

Ivan Rodriguez files for free agency

Performing civic duty should not require reminder

To touch, or not to touch: LA voters to decide
LOS ANGELES -- Opponents of a city ordinance banning lap dancing at strip clubs, bikini bars and adult bookstores have a chance to take their gripe to the ballot box.

High school QB doesn't want tainted record
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Nate Haasis dropped back for one more pass as the clock wound down on his high school football career. But this one was different: As he threw a 37-yard completion Oct. 25, his opponents just stood around and watched.

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.

Odds and Ends
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A bunch of flowers has planted a man in jail.

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

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.

Business briefs

Construction spending hits all-time monthly high in September

Homeowners are missing more mortgage payments

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.

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.

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.

Auto sales dip, but manufacturers optimistic for rest of 2003

Earnings finagling with tax-rate reductions

Borrowing plan would be largest amount ever for a quarter

Manufacturing index shows strong increase in October

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.

Announced job cuts more than double in October
NEW YORK -- Job cuts announced by U.S. companies more than doubled in October from the previous month, providing more evidence that the nation's economy is in a period of jobless expansion, according to a report from an outplacement firm.

Announced job cuts more than double in October

Regulators bring civil charges against former Prudential brokers
BOSTON -- The growing mutual fund scandal struck Prudential Securities Inc. on Tuesday as state and federal regulators filed civil charges against former brokers and branch managers at Prudential's Boston office alleging improper trading.

Jobs still missing from robust economic recovery
WASHINGTON -- Democrats are using the ghost of Herbert Hoover to taunt President Bush, who so far has the worst jobs growth record of any president since the Great Depression.

Regulators bring civil charges against former Prudential brokers

Jobs still missing from robust economic recovery

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.

Earnings finagling with tax-rate reductions
NEW YORK -- More than a boom in business pushed third-quarter corporate earnings ahead of expectations. At some companies, lowering their tax rates helped more than anything else.

Auto sales dip, but manufacturers optimistic for rest of 2003
DETROIT -- Automakers are generally bullish on prospects for the rest of the year despite October sales that were nearly flat compared with a sluggish month a year ago.

Clemson's Bowden putting aside job problems
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has got one thing on his mind this week - and it's not his job security after the Tigers worst loss to Wake Forest in 60 years.

Big losses hurt Bowden's future
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's players didn't pound their fists or raise their voices when the subject of their coach's job security was raised Tuesday.

Clemson's Bowden putting aside job problems

Big losses hurt Bowden's future

Big East hopes to remain in BCS
NEW YORK -- The Big East filled its football void. The question remains whether it will be enough to keep the conference in the Bowl Championship Series.

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.

USC moves up to second in BCS standings

Miami rips Hokies for 'cheap shots'
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami will be without two defensive tackles against 18th-ranked Tennessee on Saturday, and the No. 6 Hurricanes blame one of the injuries on a "cheap shot" by Virginia Tech center Jake Grove.

Tuesday morning quarterback

Trojans looking even better than last year

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.

Clarett drops federal complaint against Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Suspended running back Maurice Clarett has dropped a federal complaint seeking a $2.5 million fine against Ohio State for releasing information from an NCAA investigation to prosecutors.

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.

Miami rips Hokies for 'cheap shots'

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.

SEC honors Manning, Dixon, Leach

Pells: Could SEC tiebreaker really happen?

Big East hopes to remain in BCS

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

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.

New owners beautify, simplify Jones Creek

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

Public to the rescue
As president, Ronald Reagan's policies rescued the American people from the Cold War. This week the American people rescued Reagan's legacy from being smeared on network TV by a bunch of Hollywood leftists who hate the man.

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.

Public to the rescue

Poppycock is the law
The Stalinist purge of spirituality from America's public life continues unabated today.

On staying the course

Poppycock is the law

Celebrate Nudge Day

Reeves aims to lighten up in post-Matrix life
BURBANK, Calif. -- From featherhead to virtual-reality savior of humanity. What an odd set of bookends to the career of Keanu Reeves.

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

Letterman misses show as his girlfriend goes into labor
NEW YORK -- David Letterman had a good excuse for missing work: His girlfriend was in labor with their first child.

Stuff to do
The Augusta Mini Theatre will present its Chefs of Augusta fund-raiser from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St. The event features local chefs preparing samples of their signature dishes. Admission is $15. For more information, call 722-0598.

Chief of Putnam mutual fund leaving amid controversy

Stocks edge lower on profit taking

Stocks edge lower on profit taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street edged lower Tuesday as investors sought profits from the previous day's session, taking a pause between key economic reports while the earnings season winds down.

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.

Report accuses NYSE traders of unethical behavior

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

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction

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.

SEC: More firms likely to be charged
WASHINGTON -- More firms are likely to be charged in the burgeoning scandal surrounding the mutual fund industry, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division told Congress Tuesday.

Stocks surged higher on good economic news

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.

SEC: More firms likely to be charged

Pumpkins perk up pancakes, fruit loaf
Since pumpkins lend such a colorful aura to the fall-winter season, this is a good point at which to start looking at ways for cooks to use them.

Small portions
Avoid dry and tasteless turkey by slipping softened butter under the skin of the breast. For added flare work some fresh chopped herbs, like sage, parsley, or thyme or chili powder into the butter before you tuck it under the skin.

Restaurant reviews

Pumpkins perk up pancakes, fruit loaf

Solo suppers can be delectably gracious occasions
Eating alone at home can be lonely, lazy or indulgent - or so absent-minded that the meal is forgotten as soon as swallowed.

In the dairy state, a taste for raw milk multiplies
EAST TROY, Wis. -- People come to Mark Zinniker's farm for milk they can't find in any grocery store.

Restaurant reviews
Reviews of restaurants in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Solo suppers can be delectably gracious occasions

In the dairy state, a taste for raw milk multiplies

Small portions

Georgia Southern to honor Greene
Georgia Southern will officially retire Todd Greene's No. 20 jersey Saturday during the school's football game against Furman at Paulson Stadium.

Georgia Tech tries to focus only on Duke
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech had a great weekend without even playing.

Georgia Tech tries to focus only on Duke

A tale of two bubbles
HOUSTON -- Per-Ulrik Johansson was No. 125 on the money list when he missed the cut at Innisbrook and thus failed to keep his PGA Tour card.

A tale of two bubbles

No. 1 is a matter of perception

No. 1 is a matter of perception
HOUSTON -- The last time Tiger Woods came to Champions Golf Club, he had only one victory in his previous eight tournaments, nearly missed the cut at a major championship and wasn't in contention at two others.

Injuries burden Lincoln County

North-South game provides all-star players time to shine

Coach leaves mark on team

Injuries burden Lincoln County
Lincoln County running back Gavin Williams is out for the season. Running backs Shawntavius Jennings and Octavius Andrews are questionable for Friday's game against Twiggs County.

North-South game provides all-star players time to shine
South Carolina high school football players, like Silver Bluff's Charles Chavous, aspire to play one extra game this season.

Coach leaves mark on team
It was early last Thursday morning, and Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry was not in the mood to get out of bed.

Slow cooker makes tacos worth the wait
Most people would assume that my life of recipe development and testing means my family most often dines at home. That's true for the most part, but about once every other week or so Bond and the children have to satisfy their craving for Mexican food and we head up the street to our local Monterrey's.

Slow cooker makes tacos worth the wait

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.

Former MCG doctor acquitted on felony charges
A former Medical College of Georgia doctor accused of fighting MCG police officers when he was relieved of his clinical duties in February, was found not guilty on all charges in Richmond County Superior Court today.

South Carolina schools show slight improvement
AIKEN - South Carolina schools showed slight improvements in the third annual state report cards issued today, but schools are not gaining ground fast enough to meet increasing state and federal requirements, state Department of Education officials said.

Abide by Constitution, not U.N.
In his brief speech to the nation on Sept. 7, President George W. Bush made a major admission that no one in the mass media pointed out. While the nation and the world have been led to believe that the United States skirted the United Nations and acted alone in attacking Iraq, Mr. Bush pointed to "our decision to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolutions and remove Saddam Hussein from power." As in many recent ventures, therefore, the United States acted under U.N. Security Council authorization. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

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

Republican astounded that so many believe President Bush

Gains appreciation for local emergency care
I took my family to Orlando, Fla., during the recent fall holiday. On our last day, my 9-year-old son was injured at Epcot. He had a large gash and was bleeding very badly. We were sent to a local hospital. Once I checked my son in, it took 30 minutes for them to call us for his first evaluation. Melinda Harris, Martinez, Ga.

Common ground for pro-choice, pro-life groups?
In his Oct. 18 letter, "Pro-choice lobby ignores drug's side effects," R. Brian Clardy wrote, "When you take something as fundamental to the very existence of a woman as giving birth and treat it as a medical condition like a wart, you are inevitably going to end up killing far more than just the infant." Carmen Patrick, Augusta

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.

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.

Abide by Constitution, not U.N.

Treatment works like 'liquid Drano for the coronary arteries'

Senior calendar

Fatigue, sleeplessness can be early warning signs of heart attack

Report calls for major new ocean study effort

In the know

Minting of new state-themed quarters reaches halfway point

Procedure raises brow to improve patients' sight

In the know
Eleven times is not enough for Vince Gill. The country-music superstar again will display his easygoing humor and seemingly effortless imitation of a traffic cop for the 12th consecutive year as he returns to serve as host for the CMA Awards.

Treatment works like 'liquid Drano for the coronary arteries'
CHICAGO -- Intravenous doses of a synthetic component of "good" cholesterol reduced artery disease in just six weeks in a small study with startlingly big implications for treating the nation's No. 1 killer.

Minting of new state-themed quarters reaches halfway point
WASHINGTON -- On the road to change, the quarters are halfway there.

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.

Report calls for major new ocean study effort
WASHINGTON -- Undiscovered foods, useful chemicals and drugs, and potential sources of energy may lie in wait in the least explored portion of Earth - the oceans.

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.

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

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.

Lynx slapshots
1 - Center Scott Kelman scored two goals and added three assists in three games over the weekend to take over the club lead in scoring.

Goalie returns from injury

Goulet doesn't let size keep him from success

Goulet doesn't let size keep him from success
There was a brand new pair of white Jofa shin pads waiting for him at his stall in the dressing room at Augusta Ice Sports Center.

Two minutes with Todd Bennett

Two minutes with Todd Bennett
Augusta Lynx forward Todd Bennett answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Goalie returns from injury
Augusta Lynx goaltender Jason Saal returned to practice Tuesday after a shoulder injury forced him to the bench in Friday's 4-2 loss at Florence.

Education Department releases annual ratings of schools
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Report cards grading South Carolina's schools soon will be headed home, in children's backpack.

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.

Anderson wins District 4 seat
Lee Anderson solidly won enough votes Tuesday night to avoid a runoff and become the newest member of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

Former MCG doctor acquitted on felony charges

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.

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.

News you can use
NOV. 5, 1977 THOMSON - Four inmates who escaped the Georgia Industrial Institute at Alto early Friday were recaptured, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

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.

Congregation seeks history of church, lost community

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.

Waynesboro voters approve spirit sales
Waynesboro businesses now can legally serve alcohol to their customers.

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.

After high-tech blitz, many Georgians back to paper in Tuesday's elections
NORCROSS, Ga. -- Georgia voters were told in a marketing and education blitz last year that a new electronic, touch-screen voting system was the election method of the future.

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.

Governor's plan would cut state income tax
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford said his plan to lower the state's income tax rate would encourage the growth of small businesses and attract large companies interested in relocating in South Carolina.

Former S.C. Democratic chairman criticizes Dean

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 the area

Panel to study city tax digest

Adult store might close

Schools say ratings are unfair

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.

News you can use

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.

Governor considers merging 2 schools
In an effort to trim the state's budget, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford could strike the poor, rural district of McCormick County by eliminating a historic alternative school and wiping out the county's third-largest employer.

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.

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.

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.

Officials: state's economy improving but spending cuts still needed
ATLANTA -- Government officials pointed to a new report Tuesday as another sign the state's financial picture is improving but said spending cuts will still be needed to balance the budget.

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.

Bay Minette hospital exec charged with embezzling $2 million
MOBILE, Ala. -- A former hospital executive was charged with embezzling nearly $2 million from a Bay Minette hospital, which kept him as its chief financial officer for 13 months after he was charged with Medicare fraud in South Carolina.

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.

T.L. Hanna works to replace Radio's gear
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Coaches, teachers and administrators are helping James Robert "Radio" Kennedy collect memorabilia from his beloved T.L. Hanna High School to replace items destroyed in a weekend fire.

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

S.C. to get $35 million for homeland security
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will get $35 million more in federal grants for homeland security next year, according to state and federal officials.

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.

Georgia executes man for 1975 murder
JACKSON, Ga. -- James Willie Brown was executed Tuesday for the 1975 rape of a topless dancer while she suffocated on her panties.

Utility's soil cleanup gets praise, lawsuit
ATLANTA - A multiyear project to clean up soil at former gas-making sites across the state is nearing completion, but opinions vary about how much credit goes to Atlanta Gas Light Co.

Assembly aims to appoint leaders
AIKEN - South Carolina's Republican-dominated Legislature will push for a constitutional amendment to turn the state education superintendent's post from an elected position into one appointed by the governor, a top state lawmaker said Tuesday.

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.

Better economy won't stop cuts

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.

Dancer's killer to be executed Tuesday

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.

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.

Across the area
An Appling man accused of sex crimes against three Greenbrier High School students was granted a $20,000 bond in a Columbia County court Tuesday morning.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE to the Republican Party. I am a die-hard Democrat, dyed-in-the-wool. But I would like to thank the Republicans for the economic recovery that we are starting to see. I would just like to say to everyone: Let's give them a chance to do what they said they would do. It looks like they're coming through with some of their promises.

Waynesboro voters approve spirit sales

Runoff is ahead for Blythe race
Ronnie Hayes and Jerry Reeves were headed for a runoff in the race for Blythe City Council.

Alarm slows results
Results in the Augusta Commission elections were delayed nearly an hour Tuesday night after a false fire alarm at one south Augusta polling place sent voters outside for about 45 minutes.

About 200 soldiers return to Atlanta for rest leave

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.

DOT closes neighborhood road to highway
The constant flow of traffic to Mike Padgett Highway from Williams Drive is nothing new for Sarah Morris and Eula Broome.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Home health agency ratings available to public

Women found dead in subdivision sales office
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Two women were found dead in the sales office of a real estate subdivision - the victims of an apparent double homicide - and police said they want to question a man seen in the area.

Third soldier from Orangeburg dies in Iraq

Police prepare to bury unidentified slaying victim
CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- The unidentified victim of a double killing and arson will be buried in an unmarked grave in the Rest Haven Cemetery unless police get help in identifying the girl.

Lieberman takes on video game violence in Upstate stop

McCormick school for troubled youth deals with uncertain future

Columbia County schools promote patriotic month

Candidate fights over Web sites
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Inez Tenenbaum is battling a New York college student for the rights to use her name on the Internet.

Nine plead guilty to gun purchases

McCormick school for troubled youth deals with uncertain future
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 206-year-old state-run school for troubled youth in McCormick County faces an uncertain future as Gov. Mark Sanford considers merging it with an alternative school in West Columbia.

Corrections

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Destiny Elizabeth Dean, 4, of Augusta.

Across the area

Presidential hopeful seeks to stop closure of military schools
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark says a proposal to close primary and elementary schools at some South Carolina military bases would overburden public schools and take away a support system for military families.

Across South Carolina

Former S.C. Democratic chairman criticizes Dean
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party is criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean for comments he made about the Confederate flag.

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.

GOP hopes to pick up state House seat in north Georgia
ATLANTA -- Voters in northeast Georgia were picking a state House member Tuesday to fill the term of Ralph Twiggs, a Democrat who died Sept. 17. Seven candidates were on the ballot.

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.

Smaller Kroger gets green light
The Columbia County Commission on Tuesday approved a scaled-down version of a Kroger shopping center on Furys Ferry Road.

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.

Larke objects to plan
Superintendent Charles Larke predicts higher dropout rates in Richmond County schools if the state requires high school students to pass end-of-course tests to earn class credit.

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.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON - Someone broke into Nancy Mitchell's casket last weekend and took money her relatives placed in the casket in a symbolic gesture to prepare her for the afterlife, police said.

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.

Robber gets 25 years in prison

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:

Group uses fish to study low-dose radiation effects

State workers, retirees seek better pay, health care, retirement

Lieberman pushes higher education initiative in Columbia

Education Department releases annual ratings of schools

Worry lingers despite growth

Across Georgia and South Carolina

After high-tech blitz, many Georgians back to paper in Tuesday's elections

Georgia executes man for 1975 murder

Smith elected without runoff

Runoff is ahead for Blythe race

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

Williams will keep his seat

Utility's soil cleanup gets praise, lawsuit

T.L. Hanna works to replace Radio's gear

Governor considers merging 2 schools

S.C. to get $35 million for homeland security

Officials: state's economy improving but spending cuts still needed

Beaufort agencies hope to provide child services faster

Kid of the day

Governor's plan would cut state income tax

Anderson wins District 4 seat

Early District 8 returns reveal tight race

South Carolina schools show slight improvement

Waynesboro OKs alcohol sales

Valdosta mayoral race, others, grace ballots Tuesday

Smith elected without runoff
Narrowly avoiding a runoff election in a race that pitted four challengers against one another, south Augusta businessman Jimmy Smith said Tuesday night he's ready to step out of the audience and into the action as District 8's newest Augusta commissioner.

Officials bacteria in Macon area creek need to be reduced

Group uses fish to study low-dose radiation effects
At top, zebrafish are being used by Medical College of Georgia researchers. Above, Dr. William S. Dynan (from left), a biochemist, Dr. David J. Kozlowksi and Dr. Catherine L. Bladen study the effects of low-dose radiation on cells.

Doctor depicts incident at MCG
A former Medical College of Georgia doctor denied before a jury Tuesday that he violently obstructed MCG police in February, but he said police mistreated him.

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.

Officers testify in doctor trial

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.

Waynesboro OKs alcohol sales
Waynesboro businesses now can legally serve alcohol to their customers.

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.

Adult store might close
A federal court ruling that allowed an adult book and video store to open temporarily on Gordon Highway has been overturned by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to an opinion released by the court last week.

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.

Grantham wins District 10 seat
When Don Grantham cast a ballot for himself at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Tuesday morning, he said he was feeling optimistic - the favored candidate of three men seeking to replace outgoing District 10 Commissioner Bill Kuhlke.

Contest stirs little thrill

Early District 8 returns reveal tight race
For south Augusta's newest commissioner-elect, local politics will be old hat.

Williams will keep his seat
District 2 incumbent Marion Williams retained his seat on the Augusta Commission, defeating two challengers Tuesday without a runoff.

Master plan for Noisette project being unveiled

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.

News you can use

Assembly aims to appoint leaders

Group plans event to showcase Gullah heritage

Bay Minette hospital exec charged with embezzling $2 million

State workers, retirees seek better pay, health care, retirement
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More than a dozen groups representing state employees and retirees, teachers and public safety workers have formed a coalition to pressure legislators and the governor on pay, health care and retirement benefit issues.

Yellow Jackets earn a little respect
ATLANTA - Fittingly, it took a computer to display the first hint of respect for the football team at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Critical choice

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.

Cliffhanger franchises teach Hollywood lessons on serial storytelling

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Revolutions'

Timeline: When is 'The Matrix'?
LOS ANGELES -- What is the Matrix? That's an old question. The real head-scratcher is: When is the Matrix?

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Revolutions'

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Revolutions'
Think back to 1999, when you first saw "The Matrix." Remember the exhilarating sense of awe and wonder you experienced, the feeling that you were watching something truly revolutionary? The clothes, the choreography, the combination of brain-twisting philosophy and thunderous techno music - it was just a ceaselessly cool film. It almost allowed you to take Keanu Reeves seriously.

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

Timeline: When is 'The Matrix'?

McCain lives music

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.

Mandy Moore seeks musical growth and credibility

Mandy Moore seeks musical growth and credibility
NEW YORK -- The idea of Mandy Moore covering the songs of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Joe Jackson may seem as surreal as Britney Spears doing an album of Bob Dylan classics.

McCain lives music
Edwin McCain won't have far to travel for his performance Thursday at the Red Lion Pub on Walton Way.

No country weepers on latest effort by Ryan Adams

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.

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.

Super rookie summit: LeBron vs. Carmelo

Hawks defeat Hornets

Super rookie summit: LeBron vs. Carmelo
CLEVELAND -- Russell vs. Chamberlain. Bird vs. Magic. Jordan vs. Everyone.

Conference USA adds five schools
CHICAGO -- Shortly after losing five schools to the Big East, Conference USA replenished its league Tuesday by adding Central Florida, Marshall, Rice, SMU and Tulsa.

MNF: Patriots rally to beat Broncos

Falcons running out of options to break losing streak

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.

Overtime

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New York state becomes second to ban ephedra herbal diet supplement

Overtime

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.

Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne in race for No. 1 ranking
LOS ANGELES -- The Williams sisters and Lindsay Davenport are out of the WTA Championships, leaving Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne in a race for the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Overtime
The United States defeated Colombia 10-0 in a game shortened to seven innings Tuesday for its second consecutive victory in the Americas pre-Olympic baseball tournament in Panama City, Panama.

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.

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?

Falcons put OG Claridge on injured reserve
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Offensive guard Travis Claridge, who started the first six games for the Atlanta Falcons, will miss the rest of the season with a strained right knee.

Patriots take a chance in fifth straight win
The New England Patriots are starting to have that look again.

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.

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.

Yellow Jackets earn a little respect

Presidential candidate Al Sharpton to host Saturday Night Live
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Al Sharpton, whose one-liners and pointed rhetoric have added laughs to the presidential campaign, will host "Saturday Night Live" next month.

Presidential candidate Al Sharpton to host Saturday Night Live

Study: TV can be effective sex educator

CBS cancels Reagan miniseries
NEW YORK -- Barraged by accusations from conservatives that it was distorting the legacy of a president, CBS announced Tuesday it was pulling "The Reagans" miniseries off the air.

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

NBC's executive: We're partly to blame for viewers fleeing

NBC sitcom 'Coupling' is axed
LOS ANGELES -- "Coupling" has come undone. The racy NBC comedy about the mix-and-match romances of six single friends was canceled after four episodes, a network spokeswoman said Monday.

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.

NBC's executive: We're partly to blame for viewers fleeing
NEW YORK -- The top networks are suffering through a lackluster fall season partly because "some of the programming just sucked," NBC's entertainment chief said on Tuesday.

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.

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

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.

Reeves aims to lighten up in post-Matrix life

Letterman misses show as his girlfriend goes into labor

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Holtz wants volunteers

Nutt: Holtz revered by Arkansans he knows
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The second-winningest coach in Arkansas history thinks many in the state disparage his name.

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.

Nutt: Holtz revered by Arkansans he knows

New owners beautify, simplify Jones Creek
The new owners of Jones Creek Golf Club didn't just tweak the Evans course during its nearly seven-month shutdown for renovation.

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.

Xtreme calendar
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."

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.

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Question of the week
Are homecoming events overrated?

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

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

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Girl should talk to friends about feeling left out

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

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My style

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

High school QB doesn't want tainted record

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