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."

Reports: Jessica Lynch biography says medical evidence shows she was raped
NEW YORK -- The authorized biography of former prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch reportedly says she was raped by her Iraqi captors.

Sports Illustrated publishes all 2,548 covers
NEW YORK -- Sports Illustrated is publishing every one of its covers this week - all 2,548 of them.

National Geographic prints 100 best unpublished photos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.

The present and the future collide in 'The Violet Hour'
NEW YORK -- Time plays tricks on the characters in "The Violet Hour," Richard Greenberg's odd yet entertaining fantasy that has inaugurated Manhattan Theatre Club's new home on Broadway, the handsomely restored and renovated Biltmore Theatre.

The present and the future collide in 'The Violet Hour'

Exhibit examines work, lives of pioneering women illustrators

National Geographic prints 100 best unpublished photos

Reports: Jessica Lynch biography says medical evidence shows she was raped

Torre says his father had violent rages

Reds outfielder from La Grange found dead after shooting
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Cincinnati Reds rookie outfielder Dernell Stenson, a LaGrange native, was found dead on a residential street after he was shot and apparently run over in a Phoenix suburb, police said.

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.

Torre says his father had violent rages
NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Torre says his father had violent rages, the reason he helped establish a foundation to combat domestic violence.

Reds outfielder from La Grange found dead after shooting

Pujols voted top player by players

Owen Zane Laidig

Brantson Dale Kulp

Kiley Grace Murphy
David and Tracy Murphy of Jackson announce the birth of a daughter, Kiley Grace Murphy, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ruby Hamrick and Mr. and Mrs. Mac Simpson, all of Belvedere, and the late Max R. Hamrick.

Amber Renae Smith
William H. and Melissa R. Smith of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Amber Renae Smith, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James and Barbara Nichols of Hartselle, Ala., Ken and Carol Langley of Augusta and William and Christine Woodward of Aiken.

Chuntasya Monique Green

Jenna Ashley Strite
Duane and Janice H. Strite of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Jenna Ashley Strite, Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hershberger of Due West, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Strite of Hephzibah.

Christian Niccolas Gibbs

Jake Thompson Todd
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery T. Todd of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jake Thompson Todd, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy J. Keeton of Jasper, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Todd of Birmingham, Ala.

Desmond Maurice Williams

Analeigh Meredith Whyte
Mr. and Mrs. David J. Whyte of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Analeigh Meredith Whyte, Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Milton G. Burroughs of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Whyte of Lansing, Mich.

Natalie Michelle Rushton

Desmond Maurice Williams
Demarco and Jacqueline Williams of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Desmond Maurice Williams, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are David and Patricia Williams and Patience Jones, all of Augusta, and Eddie Williams of Clarks Hill, S.C.

Amber Renae Smith

Gracie Amber-Lynn Woods
Larry and Kelly Woods of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Gracie Amber-Lynn Woods, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ken and Debra Solsebee of Edgefield, S.C., Ron Udell of Augusta and Larry and Marie Woods of Hephzibah.

Farrel Lavell Crawford III

Christopher Ian Wren
Charles B. Wren II and Cheryl P. Wren of Clearwater announce the birth of a son, Christopher Ian Wren, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Palmer of Maurice, La., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Wren of Lafayette, La.

Noah Aaron Phegley

Juan Rodriquez Douse
Gregory Douse and Persanda Rouse,both of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Juan Rodriquez Douse, Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Garfield and Beatrice Rouse and Alex and Louise Douse, all of Augusta.

Natalie Michelle Rushton
Richard A. and Annette L. Rushton of Graniteville announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Michelle Rushton, Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Lewis of Graniteville, Smoky and Dianne Bryan of Ward, S.C., and James and Joy Rushton of Lancaster, Pa.

Ryleigh Delaine Durden
Doug and Denise Durden of Burnettown announce the birth of a daughter, Ryleigh Delaine Durden, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Russell Barton of Beech Island and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Durden of Gloverville.

Owen Zane Laidig
Donald C. and Tina W. Laidig of Appling announce the birth of a son, Owen Zane Laidig, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Whitaker of Appling, Donald G. Laidig of Waynesboro, Ga. and Sonja Kitchings of Harlem.

Caitlin Elise Edmonds
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua O. Edmonds of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Caitlin Elise Edmonds, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Horace R. Foss of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. James O. Edmonds of Greensboro, Ga.

Ryleigh Delaine Durden

Kendall Leigh English
Brad C. and Jamie M. English of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Kendall Leigh English, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harvey C. Horne of Grovetown, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Hardin Jr. of Dearing, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. English III of Warrenton, Ga.

Chakiyah Hillary

Christian Niccolas Gibbs
L. Niccole Gibbs of Hephzibah announces the birth of a son, Christian Niccolas Gibbs, Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandmother is Sabrina Fogle-Gibbs of Hephzibah.

Kyah Ellise Cartledge

Melissa Gabrielle Giron
Joseph and Lorena Giron of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Melissa Gabrielle Giron, Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Josephine Bernal and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Giron, all of El Paso, Texas.

Cameron Phillip Grubbs

Chuntasya Monique Green
Israel F. Green and Tiffany V. Lewis, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Chuntasya Monique Green, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Nuzenia A. Lewis, Tony W. Brooks and Leslie and Shirley Green, all of Augusta.

William Finley Hain

Analeigh Meredith Whyte

Christopher Ian Wren

Juan Rodriquez Douse

Jenna Ashley Strite

Noah Aaron Phegley
Aaron and Sara Phegley of Graniteville announce the birth of a son, Noah Aaron Phegley, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joel T. Youngblood Jr. of Graniteville and Mr. and Mrs. William J. Phegley Jr. of Grovetown.

Jack Fletcher O'Neal
Woody and Deanna O'Neal of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jack Fletcher O'Neal, Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry R. Sturm of Warner Robins, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Fletcher of Crescent City, Fla., and James W. O'Neal III of Tifton, Ga.

Kyah Ellise Cartledge
Jonathan Cartledge and Brittany Kitchings, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Kyah Ellise Cartledge, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Debra Kitchings of Martinez and Willard and Charleen Cartledge, both of Appling.

Regan Paige Mirt
Kelly and Lisa Mirt of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Regan Paige Mirt, Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Buck Salter of Augusta, Mae Mirt of Wellington, Kan., and the late Bob Mirt.

Chakiyah Hillary
Charles Hillary and Mandisa Morgan, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Chakiyah Hillary, Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sharon Morgan of North Augusta, Morris and Berlese Morgan of Windsor, Walter and Ruth Adams of North Augusta and Ricky and Maimie Merriwether of Augusta.

Cameron Phillip Grubbs
John W. and Pamela J. Grubbs of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Cameron Phillip Grubbs, Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ernest and Bonnie Smith of Louisville, Ga., Cheryl Lippard of Greenville, S.C., and the late Willis G. Grubbs Jr.

Brantson Dale Kulp
Mr. and Mrs. Jason A. Kulp of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brantson Dale Kulp, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne E. Banks Sr. of Langley and Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kulp of North Augusta.

Farrel Lavell Crawford III
Farrel L. Crawford Jr. and Elizabeth S. Smith, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Farrel Lavell Crawford III, Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ben Smith of Fayetteville, N.C., Farrel Crawford and Patricia Crawford, both of Augusta, and the late Dorothy Pearson.

Mia Renee Jordan
Mr. and Mrs. Roger K. Jordan of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Mia Renee Jordan, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dorothy Hinds of Paterson, N.J., and Ethel Jordan of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

William Finley Hain
Ronny and Cheri Hain of Evans announce the birth of a son, William Finley Hain, Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Chuck and Carol Camino of Martinez, John and Diane Cathey of Macon, Ga., Margot Hain of Augusta, and the late John Hain.

Mia Renee Jordan

Allison Grace Burnett
David T. and Kellie D. Burnett of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Allison Grace Burnett, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Brown III of North Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. W. Thurmond Burnett and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Talbert, all of Edgefield.

Gracie Amber-Lynn Woods

Caitlin Elise Edmonds

Kendall Leigh English

Jake Thompson Todd

Allison Grace Burnett

Melissa Gabrielle Giron

Jack Fletcher O'Neal

Regan Paige Mirt

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?"

Odds and Ends
MILWAUKEE -- Zoo keeper Rich Schweitzer had to count twice when he went to check to check on the giraffe barn at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Man rips off arm to save his life
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - For a man who just lost his left arm, Dale Rice is remarkably upbeat.

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.

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.

Absentee ballot by man who dies on election day changes outcome of vote
OCILLA, Ga. -- Every last vote counts - even if it's the last vote.

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.

Hampton ends Maddux's string of Gold Gloves

Sources: GM tweaks hybrid plan to include large SUVs
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. will use stronger gasoline-electric hybrid engines than originally planned on its two full-size sport utility vehicles, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, GM sources said Wednesday.

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.

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.

Productivity up, jobless claims down
WASHINGTON -- Productivity of U.S. companies in the third quarter registered the best showing since early 2002 and new claims for unemployment benefits last week plunged to the lowest level in more than two years.

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.

Campaign against some 'pop-up' Internet ads launched
WASHINGTON -- Regulators disclosed a new legal campaign Thursday against an especially annoying practice for delivering "pop-up" advertisements to Internet users, suing a California company for selling software to block the same kinds of ads the company was sending.

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.

Greenspan: economy poised to begin creating jobs
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan delivered an upbeat assessment of economic prospects, saying Thursday the odds "increasingly favor" a revival in job growth.

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.

Nation's retailers report modest sales gain in October sales

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.

Sources: GM tweaks hybrid plan to include large SUVs

Hotels try to maintain edge

Business briefs
The Downtown Development Authority agreed Thursday to hire Serotta, Maddocks, Evans and Co. as its auditors.

Hotels try to maintain edge
Just because you're not vacationing at the beach doesn't mean you won't be able to surf -- the Net, that is.

Front Door being sold back to founder

Going once, going south?

Nation's retailers report modest sales gain in October sales
NEW YORK -- After several months of robust spending, consumers took a break in October, giving retailers only a modest uptick in business. Warm weather curtailed sales at clothing retailers, but some analysts said the industry's overall improved sales trend was still in place.

Year after risky debut, Martha Stewart furniture selling well

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

There is no joy in Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- It's been a slow week at Tiger Town Tavern, a bar that sits in the shadow of famed Tillman Hall and the Clemson University campus.

There is no joy in Clemson

Bowden Bowl not so much fun for father-son

Bowden Bowl not so much fun for father-son
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Caught between Florida State's championship hopes and son Tommy's fading future at Clemson, it's not so easy to be the best Bowden in college football anymore.

Albany State back to mid-90's form

College football picks
Virginia Tech could fall out of the national title picture about as quickly as the Hokies played their way back into it.

Albany State back to mid-90's form
ALBANY, Ga. -- The jerseys were gold, but there wasn't else much different about the Albany State Rams football team Saturday afternoon.

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.

College football picks

Solid South for GOP

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

The election: a catalyst?

Solid South for GOP
According to the polls, the president is losing public support for his economic and Iraqi policies, and Democrats are starting to have hope they can win back the White House next year.

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?

Judicial tyranny
Ever hear of Richard Kopf? You should. He's more powerful than Congress, the president of the United States and the will of the American people, combined.

Don't blow this chance

Judicial tyranny

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

New owners are making changes at Crossroads
The Crossroads bar is adding some Jimmy Buffett to its AC/DC aesthetic.

Applause calendar
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People in the news
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Police were investigating separate complaints of domestic assault filed by married country music singers Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw.

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

'Mousetrap' weaves secrets, clues into twisting plot
The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre has pulled off a rare feat and acquired the rights to a play still in its first run in London's West End.

Standing ovations
The Columbia County Merchants Fall Fair runs through Saturday at the Columbia County Fairground on Columbia Road. James Drew Amusements is providing the midway attractions, and a human cannonball grabs some serious air several times a day.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Chicago group protests Oscar voters screener ban
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Film Critics Association has suspended its 2003 awards to protest a ban on the distribution of "screener" videotapes to most awards groups.

Mortgage rates edge up
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages edged up this week amid signs that the economic rebound continues to push ahead. Rates on one-year adjustable mortgages dipped slightly.

Stocks moderately higher as investors await employment data

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

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.

Mortgage rates edge up

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 moderately higher as investors await employment data
NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved moderately higher Thursday, lifted by upbeat earnings from Cisco System Inc. and a larger-than-expected drop in jobless claims. The Nasdaq composite index hit a new 52-week high.

Stocks lower ahead of employment figures due later this week

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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

Fishing report
Fishermen on Strom Thurmond Lake are having a great time fishing for schooling hybrids and striped bass in Parksville, S.C., cove these days.

Friday's has recipe for success
We're always curious about restaurants that have staying power. With eateries so plentiful in the Augusta area, what keeps diners coming back to a few standbys?

Compost enhances gardens
Good soil is the foundation for any successful garden. If the soil is not rich in nutrients and does not have good structure, the garden will do poorly or fail.

Compost enhances gardens

Asian pears are different
When you take your first bite ever into an Asian pear, don't compare it with the more familiar European pear. Asian pears are crisp - exploding juice with each bite. Many Asian pears are round. Flavor ranges from sweet, with just a hint of perfume, to sweet with a strong, floral aroma. One more distinguishing feature of Asian pears is their high price - reflecting supply and demand rather than difficulty in growing.

Asian pears are different

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.

Foschi finally getting his chance as part of the offense

Every day I look around and another tree is gone

Woods falters; Howell profits

Palmer checks out progress on Island Nine

A Texas-sized duel at Tour Championship

Augusta State knows what to expect

Augusta State knows what to expect
To get his team ready for today's Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, Augusta State coach Josh Gregory scheduled intrasquad Ryder Cup-style matches the past two weeks.

Woods falters; Howell profits
HOUSTON -- Ten minutes after he watched his par putt spin out of the hole to end an aggravating day, Tiger Woods changed into shorts and a sleeveless shirt, then strapped on his fingerless gloves to go lift weights.

Vegas no guarantee for '04 schedule

Britain-Ireland takes two-point lead
VALENCIA, Spain -- Padraig Harrington and Phillip Price beat Thomas Bjorn and Sergio Garcia 2 up in the last best-ball match Thursday, giving Britain-Ireland a 3 1/2 -1 1/2 lead over Continental Europe in the Seve Trophy.

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.

Palmer checks out progress on Island Nine
Arnold Palmer took his first look at the site in Evans where he will design nine holes of the Champions Retreat Golf Club, and the four-time Masters Tournament champion proclaimed the property fit for a King.

Britain-Ireland takes two-point lead

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.

Aiken knows stakes are high against rival

Litke: Sportsmanship isn't dead, just hiding

Golden Hawks making place in record books

On the air

A high school coach's work is never done

Senior transfers making most of new opportunities

Butler makes no schedule apologies

Key matchups

Player of the week

Bulldogs don't receive free pass in first round

Golden Hawks making place in record books
Washington County coach Rick Tomberlin isn't ready to call his team's defense the best in school history. But there's little question that it's close.

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

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Laney senior Robert Dunn.

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

Senior transfers making most of new opportunities
The two don't know each other. Haven't talked to each other. Don't share the same circle of friends.

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

Bulldogs don't receive free pass in first round
Silver Bluff hasn't seen a passing attack quite like the one Bishop England will present tonight at 8 p.m. in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.

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.

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

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.

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

Test helps rate listening skills
Did you hear that? Probably not.

Appeals court ponders Augustas Masters Protest ordinance
ATLANTA -- A three-judge appeals court panel had plenty of questions Friday for attorneys arguing for and against Augusta's protest ordinance enacted days before a women-rights group's planned demonstration during last year's Masters Tournament.

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

Use a more imaginative design when building airport

Charles Walker deserves more respect
Many people have a lot of opinions regarding former Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, and his actions. Tracie Dent, Augusta

Country needs national retail sales tax now
I am responding to recent letters concerning the replacement of our federal income tax system with a national retail sales tax. Our current federal taxation system is too complicated and loaded with unfair loopholes. Jim Herrmann, Martinez, Ga.

Caretaker's death tremendous loss to animals
The untimely passing of Harriet Ramos will be a tremendous loss to the many animals at Richmond County Animal Control. During her 27 years of service, she touched so many lives. I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with her on numerous occasions. Dolores D. Robinson, Augusta

Charles Walker deserves more respect

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.

Applauds religious liberties bill

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.

Greenpeace does not advocate disposal at Yucca

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

Health and fitness calendar

Abandoned vehicles tell owners' stories

Senate ready to approve more protections against ID theft

Cheaper traffic-signal change devices threaten intersection chaos

Voyager 1 spacecraft near edge of solar system

In the know

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

Familiar nickel's getting its first makeover in 65 years

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.

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.

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.

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.

Familiar nickel's getting its first makeover in 65 years
WASHINGTON -- After 65 years, the nickel is getting a change. In fact, the U.S. Mint announced Thursday that the back of the 5-cent piece will feature two new looks in 2004, one to come out in the spring, the other in the fall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Special teams key for Augusta
Eight games into the season, the argument can be made that the difference between a losing and winning record for the Augusta Lynx has been special teams.

Special teams key for Augusta

2 men arrested on felony counts in incidents

Prof's racial slur sparks controversy at Emory
ATLANTA -- An Emory University professor has formally complained to university administrators that a colleague used a racial epithet during a panel discussion.

Attempt to clone oak is promising

Substance turns out to be cornstarch
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A powder found in an envelope that had been mailed to a business here earlier this week turned out to be cornstarch, a Greenville County Sheriff's spokesman said.

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.

Three universities raising research project funds
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Officials from South Carolina's three research universities say they have raised about half of the $30 million in match money for lottery-sponsored research projects.

Suspended Boston-area priest faces S.C. charge

Man with two overturned death sentences accepts life in prison
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A man who had two death sentenced overturned for killing an Upstate woman has agreed to spend his life in prison.

Kid of the day

Coroner: Inmate dead 90 minutes before help arrived
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An inmate found hanged in the Richland County jail may have been dead for 90 minutes by the time paramedics tried to revive him, Coroner Gary Watts says.

Families stay together in new substance abuse center for women
CUTHBERT, Ga. -- Charlotte Alford lost custody of her three children after her newborn tested positive for cocaine. Now she's learning coping and nurturing skills at a unique recovery center in one of Georgia's poorest counties.

Pupils, staff flaunt their talent on CD
For Sara Stover, there's a little gloating involved.

News you can use

Appeals court ponders Augusta

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

Ex-justice speaks at county rally
WINDER, Ga. - Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told about 350 people packing the lawn of the Barrow County Courthouse on Thursday that he stands behind the county commission's insistence on keeping a Ten Commandments display in the courthouse.

Some recently discovered historic sites could be destroyed

College of Charleston faculty urge diversity

Classrooms stay empty after mold cleaning

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.

Aquarium looks to start turtle rehab hospital
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Shark Bite the loggerhead returns to the ocean Friday following rehabilitation at the South Carolina Aquarium, which now hopes to open its own turtle rehabilitation hospital.

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.

Youth detention center gets help from canine program
DALTON, Ga. -- The seven new therapists at Dalton Regional Youth Detention Center don't have college degrees or backgrounds in criminal justice.

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

Pupils, staff flaunt their talent on CD

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.

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.

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

Police hope to revive search for rape suspect

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.

Schools' ratings reflect few gains

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.

Correction

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.

Program will help nurses be prepared
A nurse can be a healer and comforter to the victims of sexual assault.

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.

Leaf peepers rely on leaf sweepers

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -- A powder found in an envelope that had been mailed to a Greenville business earlier this week turned out to be cornstarch, a Greenville County sheriff's spokesman said.

UGA group likely to discuss Adams audit

Aquarium looks to start turtle rehab hospital

Program will help nurses be prepared

MCG study may help treat hypertension

Across the southeast

Voters lured with fish fry

Four found dead in motorcycle shop
CHESNEE, S.C. -- Four people were found dead Thursday at a bike shop in western Spartanburg County, a coroner's investigator said.

State identifies child welfare problems in 3 counties
ATLANTA -- Janet Oliva, appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to address local problems in child welfare offices around Georgia, says the state is "intervening" by sending reinforcements to Douglas, Paulding and Muscogee counties.

UGA Foundation to discuss further action on Adams on Nov. 18
ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia Foundation's 10-member executive committee will meet Thursday to lay the groundwork for a Nov. 18 meeting that could determine what action, if any, is taken on UGA President Michael Adams.

Judge finds no legal grounds for recall of East Point mayor
EAST POINT, Ga. -- A Superior Court judge has found no legal grounds to authorize a recall of East Point Mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard.

Substance turns out to be cornstarch

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -The federal government plans to spend more than $11 million to bolster security and training at Kings Bay submarine base in Camden County.

Classmates recall taunting, behavior of killer facing death
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Former classmates of convicted murderer Johnny Lee Gates recalled his unkempt appearance and taunting by other children Wednesday, as defense attorneys argued he is mentally ill and ineligible to be executed under Georgia law.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood on Thursday sued to stop Tennessee from issuing specialty license plates with a "Choose Life" message.

Atlanta fined $100,000 for missing sewer construction deadline
ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta has been fined $100,000 for missing a sewer construction deadline set by state and federal environmental regulators.

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.

Hephzibah man faces charges in fatal wreck

Rants and Raves
I JUST WANTED to express my compliments on the article written by Melanie Killingsworth on Tuesday (in the Xtreme section) concerning the death and life of Natalie Clark. Melanie is a gifted writer who speaks from a heart of convictions, and I have really missed her articles. She is an inspiration to an older generation of the positive representation of a teenager when so much is made of the negative actions of teens.

Atlanta fined $100,000 for missing sewer construction deadline

Schools demand reviews of data
AIKEN - South Carolina teachers and administrators say they aren't getting a deep enough look at test data used to judge each school, a statistical oversight that prevents them from zeroing in on the academic strengths and weaknesses of individual pupils.

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.

Man's body is found in Harrisburg home
Richmond County authorities were investigating a suspicious death Thursday in the Harrisburg area, officials say.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Ex-justice speaks at county rally

Across South Carolina

State identifies child welfare problems in 3 counties

Tybee voters flip-flop island council - again

Rants and Raves
I JUST WANTED to express my compliments on the article written by Melanie Killingsworth on Tuesday (in the Xtreme section) concerning the death and life of Natalie Clark. Melanie is a gifted writer who speaks from a heart of convictions, and I have really missed her articles. She is an inspiration to an older generation of the positive representation of a teenager when so much is made of the negative actions of teens.

Suspicious death investigated

UGA Foundation to release second report today
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia Foundation will release a report from its lawyers on "governance issues" facing the foundation, the group's executive committee decided Thursday in a three-hour closed-door meeting.

Head of environmental side of DHEC to retire

Airline seeks input on low-cost service
If you'd like a new low-cost air service between Atlanta and Augusta, you might want to visit AirTran Airways' Web site within the next month.

Medicaid could delay strategies

MCG study may help treat hypertension
Findings of a new Medical College of Georgia study could be the first step toward understanding how to treat the growing problem of high blood pressure in children.

News you can use

Across the area
Columbia County drivers hit a record number of deer last month, county officials said Thursday.

Airline seeks input on low-cost service

Hephzibah man faces charges in fatal wreck
A Hephzibah man was charged with vehicular homicide in an automobile accident on Georgia Highway 56 that killed a Martinez man Wednesday night, officials said.

Donor alleges Rep. Burns made illegal loan

Judge finds no legal grounds for recall of East Point mayor

Across the area

Man's body is found in Harrisburg home

Schools demand reviews of data

Second time around

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.

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.

UGA Foundation to release second report today

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.

Former doctor acquitted

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.

Revenue forecast likely means more budget cuts

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.

Airport group narrows search

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

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

City to hold hearing for adult store

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.

Riley wins eighth term as Charleston mayor

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

Across the area

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.

Nonprofits plead for funds

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

Defense raises mental state

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

Across Georgia

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.

Families stay together in new substance abuse center for women

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.

Voters lured with fish fry
AIKEN - State Democratic leaders dropped into the heart of enemy territory Thursday night to drum up money and new voters for the party's Feb. 3 presidential primary.

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.

Second time around
Valarie Williams recalls the date and smiles: June 20, 2000.

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

Police hope to revive search for rape suspect
AIKEN - City police are trying to throw some heat on the cold trail of a rape suspect.

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.

Chancellor says quality remains focus
THOMSON - The head of Georgia's university system said Thursday the state's institutions of higher learning are striving to maintain the quality of education despite funding problems.

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.

Defense raises mental state
ATHENS, Ga. - The mental state of the homeless teenager accused of setting fire to the University of Georgia's Main Library last summer will be an issue should his case go to trial.

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

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.

Low turnout may signal satisfaction

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brittney Miller, 6, of Augusta.

News you can use
NOV. 7, 1940 Augustans by the hundreds will join tonight in bidding farewell to the 19th Battalion, Marine Corps Reserves, at a gala concert of the world-famous United States Navy Band at the Municipal Auditorium.

Second racial forum will be in Columbus next week

Palmer declares '04 his final Masters
His fingers weren't crossed. His words were emphatic.

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: 'Elf'

At the Movies: 'Love Actually'
There are two things you must know up front about the new British comedy "Love Actually."

At the Movies: 'Elf'
Buddy the Elf, a thirtysomething man who's enjoyed a blissfully naive existence cobbling toys at the North Pole, craves any food loaded with sugar.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'Love Actually'

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."

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

Mini reviews

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

Prism reflects classical side of versatile saxophone

Prism reflects classical side of versatile saxophone
Taimur Sullivan sees himself as a crusader. As one-quarter of the Prism Saxophone Quartet, a chamber ensemble built on the sounds of sax, Mr. Sullivan sees his role as something more than musical. He said Prism's members are ambassadors for an instrument often underappreciated and unfairly belittled.

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?

Musician enjoys sound of bluegrass' resurgence

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Musician enjoys sound of bluegrass' resurgence
Pat Enright was, with apologies to Barbara Mandrell and George Jones, bluegrass when bluegrass wasn't cool.

Johnny Cash wins three CMA awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Johnny Cash wasn't wild about the video for his rendition of the song "Hurt" the first time he saw it, said his daughter, Kathy Cash.

Johnny Cash wins three CMA awards

Jarrett happy to return to Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- The months since Dale Jarrett's win at North Carolina Speedway have been filled with disappointment.

Spotters keep drivers informed

Jarrett happy to return to Rockingham

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

Racing facts - Pop Secret Popcorn 400

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

18-year-old Busch to attempt Winston Cup finale
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch will attempt to qualify for the season-ending Winston Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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.

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

Q & A with Casey Mears

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."

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.

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?

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

Victims of Green River Killer

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:

Tattoos, jewelry part of new image for Bryant

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.

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

Slumping Peppers moving past last Tampa Bay game

Widow of Fred Lane sentenced to eight years

Davis out of Panthers practice, Dyson makes first appearance

Kittner to make third straight start for Falcons

Pro football picks

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Overtime

In the game spotlight

World record-holder Montgomery latest to go before grand jury

Rowing club tries to ignite interest in struggling sport

Capriati already looking ahead to next year

Four-time Olympian focused on Athens

World record-holder Montgomery latest to go before grand jury
SAN FRANCISCO -- The world's fastest man, Tim Montgomery, appeared Thursday before a grand jury investigating a lab that supplies some top athletes with nutritional supplements.

Capriati already looking ahead to next year
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Capriati is in the hunt for the $1 million winner's check in the WTA Championships, yet she's just about ready to write off 2003.

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.

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.

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

Area announcements
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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.

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.

Slumping Peppers moving past last Tampa Bay game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers is in a slump, desperate to add to his total of just two sacks this season.

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.

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

Pro football picks
There's a simple reason Tampa Bay is a three-point favorite at Carolina this Sunday: It's the Bucs' week to win.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Sold-out show has winners on guitar

Ramblin' Rhodes: Sold-out show has winners on guitar
The fifth annual WKXC Million Pennies for Kids Guitar Pull on Tuesday at Bell Auditorium has been sold out from the first day tickets went on sale.

Palmer declares '04 his final Masters

Some stars shine only once

Fox cancels low-rated new drama 'Skin'
LOS ANGELES -- The last of "Skin" has been seen on Fox.

'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.

SNL's Victoria Jackson returns to TV
LOS ANGELES -- She has a loving husband, two wonderful kids and a nice home in the suburbs. Shouldn't that be enough to satisfy any God-fearing former "Saturday Night Live" star?

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."

SNL's Victoria Jackson returns to TV

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

Robert David Hall relishes life, death on 'CSI'

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

Fox cancels low-rated new drama 'Skin'

People in the news

New owners are making changes at Crossroads

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

'Mousetrap' weaves secrets, clues into twisting plot

Applause calendar

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.

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

Bryant visits Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia tight end Ben Watson cried while driving home from Rock Hill, S.C., on Oct. 26 after receiving a call telling him that cornerback Decory Bryant had undergone surgery for a broken neck, ending his college career.

Some stars shine only once
Unlike in the music industry, there are few one-hit wonders in cinema.

For Holtz, this game is personal

Little Rocked again

Little Rocked again
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- After an impressive win on short rest, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt gave his team a well-earned reward: two days off.

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

Odds and Ends

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

Absentee ballot by man who dies on election day changes outcome of vote

Odds and Ends

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