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?

National Geographic prints 100 best unpublished photos
WASHINGTON -- Each issue of National Geographic Magazine contains a few dozen of the stunning original photos that have become its trademark. But to get these, thousands are considered and rejected.

Nellie Connally recalls JFK slaying in new book

Exhibit examines work, lives of pioneering women illustrators

National Geographic prints 100 best unpublished photos

Manly men wear skirts in new exhibit

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.

Exhibit examines work, lives of pioneering women illustrators
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -- They were the matriarchs of domestic illustration. Three friends, bound by a promise to spend their lives together, creating images of an idyllic family lifestyle.

Lane and Broderick return to 'The Producers' Dec. 30
NEW YORK -- Broadway's original Bialystock and Bloom are coming back to "The Producers."

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.

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.

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.

Pujols voted top player by players

Pujols voted top player by players
NEW YORK -- St. Louis outfielder Albert Pujols was voted player of the year by his peers in balloting conducted by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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

Odds and Ends
CLEMSON, S.C. -- A man trying to woo a woman with the scent of baby powder caused a scare at Clemson's post office.

New reality TV show asks: 'Can YOU be a Pornstar?'
LOS ANGELES -- A new reality TV show asks the question: "Can YOU Be a Pornstar?"

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.

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.

What's in the attic? In this case, a spy
NEWTON, Kan. - A Walton man has been arrested in the bizarre "attic-dweller case" in which someone sneaked into a Newton man's attic, set up a bed, tapped into the home's electrical and telephone systems and cut holes in the ceiling to spy on the victim.

Hampton ends Maddux's string of Gold Gloves

Hampton ends Maddux's string of Gold Gloves
NEW YORK -- Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton ended Greg Maddux's record run of NL Gold Gloves while Luis Castillo and Derrek Lee of the World Series champion Florida Marlins won for the first time Wednesday.

Auto sales dip, but manufacturers optimistic for rest of 2003

Front Door being sold back to founder
LANCASTER, S.C. -- The man who founded Front Door Communications is buying it along with a West Coast communications company.

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Wall Street barely budged Wednesday as investors awaited key economic reports scheduled for later this week.

Regulators bring civil charges against former Prudential brokers

Groups call for internet sales taxes
ATLANTA - Collecting taxes on Internet sales would aid state and local budgets and make Georgia retailers more competitive with out-of-state e-commerce, business and municipal government lobbyists said Wednesday.

Going once, going south?
A car auction in North Augusta is mulling a move across the river, prompting city and state economic developers to whip up ways to lure the business to Georgia.

Factory orders rebound in September
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories rebounded in September, rising by 0.5 percent in another signal pointing to an economic resurgence.

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.

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.

NYSE interim chairman proposes slimmer, independent board
NEW YORK -- New York Stock Exchange interim chairman John Reed nominated a set of candidates Wednesday for a trimmed-down NYSE board intended to improve regulation and sweep away conflicts of interest.

Year after risky debut, Martha Stewart furniture selling well

Year after risky debut, Martha Stewart furniture selling well
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Alex Bernhardt was understandably nervous a year ago, when he escorted embattled fashion diva Martha Stewart to the unveiling of her first signature collection.

Front Door being sold back to founder

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.

Earnings finagling with tax-rate reductions

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.

Jobs still missing from robust economic recovery

Announced job cuts more than double in October

Going once, going south?

Big losses hurt Bowden's future

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.

Clemson's Bowden putting aside job problems

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.

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.

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.

Black college all-star game coming to New Orleans

Black college all-star game coming to New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- A new college football all-star game aimed at raising the profile of top pro prospects from historically black colleges or universities will begin play in New Orleans after next season.

Miami rips Hokies for 'cheap shots'

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.

Big East hopes to remain in BCS

New owners beautify, simplify Jones Creek

Public to the rescue

Don't blow this chance
Kirk Jones has quite a compelling story to tell.

Don't blow this chance

The election: a catalyst?

Poppycock is the law

The election: a catalyst?
Was that a fire alarm that delayed voting for a time Tuesday night - or was it a wake-up call for Augusta?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Wheel of Fortune' marks 20 years on a winning roll
NEW YORK -- Invented millennia ago, the wheel has been adapted and refined ever since.

SEC: More firms likely to be charged

Stocks edge lower on profit taking

Stocks lower ahead of employment figures due later this week
NEW YORK -- Wall Street barely budged Wednesday as investors showed little enthusiasm for buying while they awaited key economic reports scheduled for later this week.

Stocks lower ahead of employment figures due later this week

Canadian drug prices at least a third cheaper than in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- Whether Americans opt for Nexium or Prevacid to treat their heartburn, they could have bought the drugs in Canada for less than half the price.

Canadian drug prices at least a third cheaper than in U.S.

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 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.

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

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.

Small portions

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.

Solo suppers can be delectably gracious occasions

In the dairy state, a taste for raw milk multiplies

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.

Pumpkins perk up pancakes, fruit loaf

Restaurant reviews

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.

Foschi finally getting his chance as part of the offense
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech tight end John Paul Foschi didn't get excited when coach Chan Gailey talked about getting him more involved in the offense. He wasn't even nervous.

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

Foschi finally getting his chance as part of the offense

Georgia Tech tries to focus only on Duke

Every day I look around and another tree is gone

Vegas no guarantee for '04 schedule
HOUSTON -- The PGA Tour could leave Las Vegas after a 21-year run if a title sponsor cannot be found, commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday.

A Texas-sized duel at Tour Championship
HOUSTON -- The Tour Championship is usually nothing more than a season-ending celebration for the top 30 players, a chance for the rich to get even richer.

A tale of two bubbles

Vegas no guarantee for '04 schedule

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.

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.

A Texas-sized duel at Tour Championship

No. 1 is a matter of perception

Butler makes no schedule apologies

A high school coach's work is never done

Aiken knows stakes are high against rival

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

Injuries burden Lincoln County

Coach leaves mark on team

Litke: Sportsmanship isn't dead, just hiding

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.

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.

Litke: Sportsmanship isn't dead, just hiding
A lot of people went to a lot of trouble to get the kid the record.

Butler makes no schedule apologies
Most of the other Region 3-AAAA coaches are jealous. They look at Butler, see its sterling 5-1 conference record and immediately place an imaginary asterisk next to it.

A high school coach's work is never done
TIFTON, Ga. -- Most South Georgia high school football fans adhere to similar game day rituals.

Aiken knows stakes are high against rival
AIKEN - Calder Reardon tried to get to the sidelines, but Aiken coach Carey Johnson shooed him away and made him walk by himself to the middle of the field.

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.

Thrashers top Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Patrik Stefan scored on a penalty shot, and Randy Robitaille and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal and two assists in the Atlanta Thrashers' 7-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Thrashers top Sabres

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

Suspicious death investigated
Richmond County authorities are investigating a suspicious death in the Harrisburg area this afternoon, officials say.

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.

Greenpeace does not advocate disposal at Yucca

Use a more imaginative design when building airport
With regard to the proposed concept for the new Augusta Regional Airport in the Oct. 27 newspaper, I pose this question: Must every new and important building in the city resemble a large house or the Augusta National? Travis Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

Use a more imaginative design when building airport

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

Applauds religious liberties bill
Abandonment is a horrible thing. Yet, God-fearing Christians need to pass the word along that this is a viable possibility in view of all the recent court action to try to do away with our traditional religious freedom in the name of the so-called "separation of church and state" doctrine. Sondra Gillespie, Augusta

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.

Applauds religious liberties bill

Abide by Constitution, not U.N.

Greenpeace does not advocate disposal at Yucca
While your article on SRS waste management on Oct. 7, "House's decision pleases all sides," correctly reports that Greenpeace International agrees with vitrifying high-level nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site, we have not advocated its disposal in the Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain project. Tom Clements, Washington, D.C.

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.

Report calls for major new ocean study effort

In the know

Minting of new state-themed quarters reaches halfway point

Voyager 1 spacecraft near edge of solar system

Senate ready to approve more protections against ID theft

Abandoned vehicles tell owners' stories

Intel says it found fix for electrically 'leaky' chip transistors

Health and fitness calendar

Cheaper traffic-signal change devices threaten intersection chaos

Treatment works like 'liquid Drano for the coronary arteries'

Voyager 1 spacecraft near edge of solar system
The Voyager 1 spacecraft, the most distant human-made object, has reached the end - or perhaps just the beginning of the end - of our solar system, scientists argue in two new studies.

Abandoned vehicles tell owners' stories
Every car, truck or van has a story to tell. Before its last stop at the junkyard, a vehicle often ends up at plots such as the one at Mike Padgett Highway and Mavis Street. Ringed by a chain-link fence sheathed in dark-green cloth, the three-quarter-acre plot is sealed from prying eyes, a place where cars and trucks well past their prime and sometimes beyond repair await a trip to the junkyard or back to the shop.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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.

Senate ready to approve more protections against ID theft
WASHINGTON -- Americans would get more weapons to use against identity theft, including free e-mailed credit reports and one-call-for-all fraud reporting, under legislation nearing Senate approval.

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.

Cheaper traffic-signal change devices threaten intersection chaos
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's every motorist's fantasy to be able to make a red traffic light turn green without so much as easing off the accelerator. That naughty dream may now be coming true, with perilous implications.

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.

In the know
That's been the tag line for more than 40 years for the Justice League of America, the DC Comics superhero team that includes global icons Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. This month, some all-star creators will again show us why these archetypes are beloved from New Jersey to New Zealand.

Intel says it found fix for electrically 'leaky' chip transistors
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Solving a problem that has perplexed the semiconductor industry for 15 years, Intel Corp. researchers say they've determined how to reduce the leaks of electrical current that spring from squeezing a greater number of smaller transistors onto silicon chips.

Prototype battlefield surgery center comes ready in minutes
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- A prototype of a new battlefield hospital arrived in a big, drab-green box and within minutes unfolded into a full, two-table operating room.

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

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.

Two minutes with Todd Bennett

Goalie returns from injury

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.

Goulet doesn't let size keep him from success

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.

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.

Benefits of elected city officials criticized
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Elected city officials who serve part-time in Kershaw, Lexington and Richland counties are receiving health and retirement benefits that sometimes equal their salary, according to an analysis by The State newspaper.

Revenue forecast likely means more budget cuts

Suspended Boston-area priest faces S.C. charge

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.

News you can use

Education Department releases annual ratings of schools

Correction

Leaf peepers rely on leaf sweepers
Every year, Derek Vanover hears the same complaints about fallen leaves on Broad Street.

Medicaid could delay strategies

2 men arrested on felony counts in incidents
A two-liter bottle. A batch of household chemicals. An ex-boyfriend.

Conservative group launches attack ad against Edwards in S.C.

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.

Head of environmental side of DHEC to retire

Kid of the day

Schools' ratings reflect few gains

Waynesboro voters approve spirit sales

Suspicious death investigated

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.

2 men arrested on felony counts in incidents

Classrooms stay empty after mold cleaning
Moldy carpet and spotty ceiling tiles have been removed from two classrooms at Morgan Road Middle School, but teachers and pupils are afraid to return.

Tybee voters flip-flop island council - again

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.

Some recently discovered historic sites could be destroyed

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

Second racial forum will be in Columbus next week

City to hold hearing for adult store

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham sworn in as Air Force judge

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.

Nonprofits plead for funds

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

College of Charleston faculty urge diversity

Elevator, improvements give Girl Scout founder's birthplace a new lift

Former doctor acquitted

News you can use

Across the area

Across the area
Morning traffic came to a halt on Interstate 20 on Wednesday when an unlicensed driver caused a five-car wreck near the Wheeler Road exit, police say.

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.

Governor considers merging 2 schools

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

Across South Carolina
TIMMONSVILLE - A handcuffed man shot a Florence County deputy during a traffic stop on Interstate 95, authorities say.

Riley wins eighth term as Charleston mayor

School's mascot might return
The recommendation to either revive a form of the old Southern planter that was the mascot for the Strom Thurmond High School Fightin' Rebels or use the late U.S. senator's initials will be brought before Edgefield County school board members at their Tuesday meeting.

Williams will keep his seat

Revenue forecast likely means more budget cuts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A state revenue forecast adopted Wednesday likely means more agency budget cuts that could lead to layoffs for state employees and tax increases.

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.

Commission to ask who's willing to sell
The prominence of a proposed judicial center took front and center during Wednesday's Augusta Commission meeting, as elected officials considered where in the Telfair Street area a $74 million courts complex should go.

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.

Nonprofits plead for funds
City departments aren't the only ones feeling the crunch this budget year.

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

Former MCG doctor acquitted on felony charges

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.

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.

Leaf peepers rely on leaf sweepers

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

Bay Minette hospital exec charged with embezzling $2 million

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.

Attempt to clone oak is promising

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.

Donor alleges Rep. Burns made illegal loan

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.

Group uses fish to study low-dose radiation effects

Georgia executes man for 1975 murder

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.

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

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.

Smith elected without runoff

Rants and Raves
I WANT TO RAVE about Sego Middle School for its recent math carnival. It was a well-organized, innovative way for the educators to deliver math instruction to students of varying ability levels.

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

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.

McCormick school for troubled youth deals with uncertain future

Anderson wins District 4 seat

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Miles Michael Brown, 6 months, of Augusta.

Low turnout may signal satisfaction

Former S.C. Democratic chairman criticizes Dean

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

Adult store might close

Governor's plan would cut state income tax

Assembly aims to appoint leaders

Early District 8 returns reveal tight race

Head of environmental side of DHEC to retire
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of the state's top environmental officials will retire next year after more than 30 years in state government.

Waynesboro OKs alcohol sales

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.

Rants and Raves
I WANT TO RAVE about Sego Middle School for its recent math carnival. It was a well-organized, innovative way for the educators to deliver math instruction to students of varying ability levels.

Riley wins eighth term as Charleston mayor
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who has served as mayor longer than anyone in Charleston's 333-year history, won an unprecedented eighth term Tuesday, defeating four challengers in what he called the toughest race of his career.

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

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.

UGA group likely to discuss Adams audit
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Foundation's executive committee, embroiled in controversy over an effort by some of its members to oust UGA President Michael Adams, will meet today to talk about the group's next steps and to set an agenda for a Nov. 18 meeting of the foundation's full board of trustees.

College of Charleston faculty urge diversity
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The faculty at the College of Charleston has approved a resolution urging school officials to fill jobs from an "applicant pool as diverse as possible" and recruit from "historically underrepresented populations."

Utility's soil cleanup gets praise, lawsuit

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham sworn in as Air Force judge
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has been sworn in as a reserve appellate military judge on the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An elderly man died when a fire blazed through his house and neighbors' efforts to rescue him failed because of burglar bars on the doors and windows.

Some recently discovered historic sites could be destroyed
MACON, Ga. -- Some of nine recently discovered ancient archaeological sites, which carry enough historic significance to merit a possible listing in the National Register of Historic Places, may be destroyed for mining.

Medicaid could delay strategies
AIKEN - As South Caroli na Gov. Mark Sanford continues his 12-city tour to promote his tax reform and economic stimulus plan today, another top Republican has tied a conditional string around the governor's call for a 68-cents-a-pack cigarette tax coupled with a cut in the state's income tax rate.

Tybee voters flip-flop island council - again
ATLANTA -- In the funky politics of Tybee Island, what was old has become new again.

Schools' ratings reflect few gains
AIKEN - South Carolina's public schools showed slight improvements in the third annual state report card issued Wednesday, but they're not gaining ground fast enough to meet increasing state and federal requirements, state Department of Education officials said.

College overseers review HOPE plans
ATLANTA -- The officials in charge of Georgia's colleges and universities met Wednesday to review the cost-saving plans proposed to save the HOPE Scholarship.

News you can use
NOV. 6, 1930 Augusta's Retail Merchants Association has unanimously decided to decorate Broad Street with colored lights again this year.

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

Conservative group launches attack ad against Edwards in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group formed to garner political support for President Bush's judicial nominees has launched an attack ad in South Carolina against Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards.

Widower finds rest in board
NORTH AUGUSTA - When John Bartus takes his place Nov. 19 on the South Carolina Perpetual Cemetery Board, he might be in a position to provide someone else the peace of mind he was seeking in 1988.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the area

Suspended Boston-area priest faces S.C. charge
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A suspended priest from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is to surrender in South Carolina on a charge he molested a boy at a James Island church in 1979, authorities said.

Airport group narrows search

Powder found in letter mailed to Greenville business
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A yellowish powder found in an envelope sent to a Greenville County mail service is being tested by the Department of Health and Environmental Control, authorities said.

Classrooms stay empty after mold cleaning

Elevator, improvements give Girl Scout founder's birthplace a new lift
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Thousands of visitors each year come to the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

UGA group likely to discuss Adams audit

Donor alleges Rep. Burns made illegal loan
WASHINGTON -- A political donor whose anti-Semitic remark put U.S. Rep. Max Burns on the defensive now says the congressman accepted an illegal loan from him and apparently tried to cover it up by doctoring records. The Burns campaign blames a computer glitch.

Attempt to clone oak is promising
If at first you don't succeed, clone, clone again.

Second racial forum will be in Columbus next week
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue will conduct the second in a series of racial reconciliation forums in Columbus next week, his office announced Wednesday.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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.

Runoff is ahead for Blythe race

Low turnout may signal satisfaction
If change is good, Tuesday's Augusta Commission elections weren't.

South Carolina schools show slight improvement

Boy charged with felony in e-mail threat to teacher
A 12-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday for sending an e-mail threatening the life of a Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School teacher, authorities said.

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.

City to hold hearing for adult store
A fiercely opposed adult bookstore that has been open on Gordon Highway since January could lose its business license this month.

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

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.

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.

Former doctor acquitted
A former Medical College of Georgia doctor accused of trespassing and obstructing police was acquitted by a Richmond County jury Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Airport group narrows search
On Wednesday, a search committee for a new Augusta Regional Airport director met a third time and decided on a top five candidate list in a closed session, keeping candidate names a secret.

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.

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.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified Haley Barbour. Mr. Barbour is the new governor-elect of Mississippi.

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.

Every day I look around and another tree is gone
Some tall pines were cut down near my home recently, on the corner of two busy roads. I'm sure they went down fighting.

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.

Timeline: When is 'The Matrix'?

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Revolutions'

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

Hunter S. Thompson's Caribbean adventures coming to the big screen

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Revolutions'

Critical choice

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?

Hunter S. Thompson's Caribbean adventures coming to the big screen
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- It was 1959. Fired for kicking in a candy machine at a small-town newspaper, Hunter S. Thompson fled to Puerto Rico, where his vagrant journalist lifestyle inspired his first novel, "The Rum Diary."

Rowing club tries to ignite interest in struggling sport
Blame it on the abrupt departure of the USRowing Training center three years ago.

McCain lives music

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.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

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

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Why, Sarah, why? You have a beautiful voice, a way with a melody. So why is this album just so, well, boring?

Spotters keep drivers informed

Q & A with Casey Mears

Racing facts - Pop Secret Popcorn 400

Q & A with Casey Mears
Casey Mears, the nephew of racing legend Rick Mears and a rookie on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, admits he may have moved too quickly into Winston Cup. Although the season has been trying, he said it's been worth it.

Venues to drop ARCA

Venues to drop ARCA
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - The ARCA Re/Max Series appears to be losing a business partner in 2004.

Spotters keep drivers informed
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Things happen fast at Martinsville Speedway, and for that reason car owner Junior Johnson wanted an extra pair of eyes watching Darrell Waltrip.

Racing facts - Pop Secret Popcorn 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Pop Secret Popcorn 400 NASCAR race.

Victims of Green River Killer
SEATTLE -- Gary Leon Ridgway pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of these 48 women, listed in order of their disappearances:

Legal experts: Green River Killer's plea could undermine the death penalty in Washington state

Former truck painter pleads guilty to strangling 48 women in Green River killings
SEATTLE -- Uttering the word "guilty" 48 times with chilling calm, Gary Leon Ridgway admitted Wednesday he is the Green River Killer and confessed to strangling four dozen women over two decades - "so many women I have a hard time keeping them straight."

Legal experts: Green River Killer's plea could undermine the death penalty in Washington state
SEATTLE -- Legal experts say the plea bargain with the Green River Killer raises a thorny question: If the state of Washington is not going to execute someone who has confessed to murdering 48 people, how can it ever again put anyone to death?

Victims of Green River Killer

With quiet tears, families finally see guilty pleas in Green River killings
SEATTLE -- Victims' relatives in the Green River killings shed quiet tears Wednesday as Gary Leon Ridgway worked his way through 48 guilty pleas.

Former truck painter pleads guilty to strangling 48 women in Green River killings

Super rookie summit: LeBron vs. Carmelo

Tattoos, jewelry part of new image for Bryant
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant built an image on and off the court as clean-cut and well-mannered and quickly became a role model who earned millions in endorsements.

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

Tattoos, jewelry part of new image for Bryant

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.

Kittner to make third straight start for Falcons

Davis out of Panthers practice, Dyson makes first appearance

Fantasy Football: This season has produced a veritable boom of busts

Widow of Fred Lane sentenced to eight years

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Miss Marie Radden (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

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Mrs. Dorothy Fortier (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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In the game spotlight

Overtime

Area announcements

Rowing club tries to ignite interest in struggling sport

Overtime

Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne in race for No. 1 ranking

Four-time Olympian focused on Athens

Four-time Olympian focused on Athens
The rowing world knows Juri Jaanson is the prohibitive favorite to win the single sculls event in Saturday's Head of the South Regatta on the Savannah River.

Overtime
Baseball Hampton puts end to Maddux's run Atlanta's Mike Hampton ended teammate Greg Maddux's record run of Gold Gloves for a National League pitcher, while it was business as usual for Andruw Jones.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Stephen Hill, 9, of Evans.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

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.

Widow of Fred Lane sentenced to eight years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The widow of NFL running back Fred Lane was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison Wednesday for shooting her husband to death three years ago as he walked in the front door.

Kittner to make third straight start for Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After watching the film, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves decided Kurt Kittner's performance wasn't as bad as it looked the first time.

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

Fantasy Football: This season has produced a veritable boom of busts
There are busts, and then there are super busts.

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.

Davis out of Panthers practice, Dyson makes first appearance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Davis limped his way into Carolina Panthers practice Wednesday while Kevin Dyson practically skipped out to the field.

Yellow Jackets earn a little respect

'8 Simple Rules' made a tender return without John Ritter
NEW YORK -- When John Ritter died a few weeks ago, his ABC sitcom seemed doomed as well.

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.

'8 Simple Rules' made a tender return without John Ritter

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.

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

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.

Robert David Hall relishes life, death on 'CSI'
LOS ANGELES -- It's the corpses and not the medical examiner's crutch that get attention on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Robert David Hall relishes life, death on 'CSI'

FCC approves technology to limit Internet piracy of digital TV shows
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators say broadcasters may embed an electronic marker in high-quality digital television shows to make it harder to copy and distribute the programs over the Internet.

FCC approves technology to limit Internet piracy of digital TV shows

Presidential candidate Al Sharpton to host Saturday Night Live

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.

Stuff to do

Letterman misses show as his girlfriend goes into labor

Extras, extras

'Wheel of Fortune' marks 20 years on a winning roll

Reeves aims to lighten up in post-Matrix life

Richt downplays possible SEC tiebreaker scenario
Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't ready to hit the campaign trail just yet.

Dooley second-guesses himself for decision to ask for extension

Dooley second-guesses himself for decision to ask for extension
ATLANTA -- Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley expressed regret over his decision to ask University of Georgia President Michael Adams for a contract extension.

For Holtz, this game is personal
To Lou Holtz, there's little mystery why Arkansas likes to bring him to Little Rock.

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.

Nutt: Holtz revered by Arkansans he knows

For Holtz, this game is personal

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.

Odds and Ends

What's in the attic? In this case, a spy

High school QB doesn't want tainted record

New reality TV show asks: 'Can YOU be a Pornstar?'

Odds and Ends