'Dude' blasts Bush and war on terror
Michael Moore is out for blood. His new book, Dude, Where's My Country?, lambastes the White House for just about everything: the Bush family's ties to Saudi Arabia, big corporations and oil; the war in Iraq and its aftermath; the tax cut; health insurance; and the "War on Terror."

Bill O'Reilly has a new book that looks out for you
NEW YORK -- Bill O'Reilly is riding high in his "No-Spin Zone" but he's ticked off. Tired of being smeared. Tired of being misunderstood.

Judith Ivey plays passionate women on the way to self-discovery

A thought-provoking new play about architecture, self-realization

Explorer's saga makes for page-turner
In Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, Laurence Bergreen draws on documentary and archival material almost 500 years old, some made available only recently.

Bill O'Reilly has a new book that looks out for you

Arts calendar
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W.; Susan Luke, still life, Doris Schrock, watercolorist, through Nov. 21; Recycled Art Sale Nov. 24-Dec. 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; (803) 641-9094.

Judith Ivey plays passionate women on the way to self-discovery
NEW YORK -- Tony winner Judith Ivey returns to the stage in "Women on Fire," playing nine passionate women on voyages of self-discovery.

'Dude' blasts Bush and war on terror

Disney design guru pens book about his life and work
GLENDALE, Calif. -- Every workday, John Hench drives to his office at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he helps design the attractions at Disney theme parks on three continents. Hench is 95.

Arts calendar

A thought-provoking new play about architecture, self-realization
NEW YORK -- There they strut: two dragon-hearted professors, breathing fire at a nervous architecture student presenting her final project.

Explorer's saga makes for page-turner

Robbery apparent motive for slaying of baseball player
PHOENIX -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson, a LaGrange, Ga. native, was kidnapped in a robbery of his SUV and killed while trying to escape, police said Sunday.

Robbery apparent motive for slaying of baseball player

Gay sex cannot be adultery New Hampshire court rules
CONCORD, N.H. -- If a married woman has sex with another woman, is that adultery? The New Hampshire Supreme Court, ruling in a divorce case, says no.

Six-year-old boy suspected in shooting death of grandfather
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A 6-year-old boy suspected of shooting his grandfather to death with a .22-caliber rifle has a history of mental illness and attacking family members, authorities said.

California toddler pulled from pool pronounced dead, later found breathing
FULLERTON, Calif. -- A toddler who was revived nearly two hours after she was believed to have drowned - and 40 minutes after doctors had declared her dead - was responding to touch and sound Saturday, hospital officials said.

McDonald's CEO takes Merriam-Webster to task over 'McJob' definition
CHICAGO -- McDonald's says it deserves a break from the unflattering way the latest Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary depicts its job opportunities.

School knits off-the-shelf Macs into third-fastest supercomputer
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- In a squat cement building at the outskirts of Virginia Tech's campus, 1,100 Macintosh PCs are stacked like library books - arranged by students in exchange for football tickets and pizza.

Family sues Illinois State Fair for disqualifying champion steer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Mongo the steer is now Mongo the steak, but his case lives on in a lawsuit against officials who took away the animal's championship ribbon at the Illinois State Fair.

Chinese tuning in to TV dominance

Business basics
This "Business Basics" section points out some of these seemingly invisible incidentals. A few matter in the way we manage money, but others simply stand out for being bizarre.

Business must find suitable attorney

Maytag enters appliance repair business

Five years after merger, DaimlerChrysler struggling in U.S. market

Delta hopes customer-service approach flies
ATLANTA - Facing stiff competition from discount airlines, Delta Air Lines, which admittedly has faltered in dealing with passengers, is again focusing on customer service.

Pocket change

At Microsoft, security flaws emerge as business shortcomings

Questions asked might lead to greater prizes
I met the artist by chance when I went to his home to see the car he had for sale. After ringing the doorbell repeatedly, I had almost decided no one was home when an older man answered the door and greeted me like I was a long-lost friend.

Former U.S. Attorney General patrols WorldCom scandal

Business must find suitable attorney
NEW YORK - Among the most important advisers for many small-company owners is an attorney, someone to help avoid costly legal mistakes in transacting business and dealing with employees.

At Microsoft, security flaws emerge as business shortcomings
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp.'s offer this week of cash bounties for informants who help it collar virus-writers reflects more than just an escalation of the war on those who would exploit the dominant power in software.

Business basics

Five years after merger, DaimlerChrysler struggling in U.S. market
DETROIT -- To explain DaimlerChrysler AG's slumping sales and declining U.S. market share, many analysts and dealers point to the company's cars and trucks.

Questions asked might lead to greater prizes

Former U.S. Attorney General patrols WorldCom scandal
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, a self-described missionary for the rule of law, is on a crusade to make corporate America a better place.

Business calendar

Maytag enters appliance repair business
DES MOINES, Iowa -- When any of Susan Podgorski's appliances break, she calls just one repair service - she has a contract with Sears to fix all her appliances, including the Maytag refrigerator she bought three years ago.

Business calendar
Monday: SuCCess Columbia County Style; 5 p.m., Belair Conference Center, 4081 S. Belair Road; free but reservations are required; call 651-0018.

Stodgy Dickies work wear becomes trendy among the young
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Al Rios is a college student and aspiring journalist, but he favors a timeless blue-collar look to his clothing, down to his Dickies work pants.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: PROCTER & GAMBLE CO.

Morris announces promotion of 16 executives
Augusta's Morris Communications Co. LLC and its newspaper subsidiary, Morris Publishing Group LLC, have promoted 16 senior executives.

Chinese tuning in to TV dominance
SHANGHAI, China - Only two decades ago, it was a small electronics workshop in a warehouse. Now, it's an industry powerhouse poised to displace Sony Corp. as the world's No. 1 television maker.

Getting business from a political campaign
NEW YORK -- With the 2004 elections less than a year away, political campaigns around the country represent a great opportunity for small businesses.

Chinese tycoons not easy to track
SHANGHAI, China - "We got another one!" Rupert Hoogewerf punches the air triumphantly and slaps his mobile phone shut. The former accountant has bagged his latest quarry, identifying another of China's richest entrepreneurs.

Delta hopes customer-service approach flies

Chinese tycoons not easy to track

Stodgy Dickies work wear becomes trendy among the young

Even church's precinct couldn't help Handy reclaim his seat

Even church's precinct couldn't help Handy reclaim his seat
Ho hum. Elections are over in this year's Augusta Commission races, and that means so are Freddie Lee Handy's chances of being re-elected to District 2.

Tigers' victory tops wacky day

Radio on the march at Florida State-Clemson game

Bowden questions Florida State's effort against Clemson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's national title dreams are over and a spot in a Bowl Championship Series game isn't locked up, either. And it's all because of a lack of effort, Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said Sunday.

Tigers' victory tops wacky day
CLEMSON, S.C. - Bobby Bowden had it right a few minutes before midnight Saturday.

Bowden questions Florida State's effort against Clemson

Radio on the march at Florida State-Clemson game
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The most famous name in Palmetto State football this season made his Death Valley debut on Saturday.

Clemson wins Bowden Bowl
CLEMSON, S.C. - Put Tommy Bowden's hot seat on ice - at least for a week.

Clemson wins Bowden Bowl

Gagliardi gets record 409th victory

Tennessee upsets Miami
MIAMI -- Brock Berlin slowly walked through the Orange Bowl with his girlfriend on one side, his parents on the other and two security guards close by.

SEC roundup
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi got the drive, the drop and the huge win - a scintillating blend of clutch plays and breaks that pushed the Rebels a step closer to their first SEC Western Division title.

LSU moves up to No. 3; Oklahoma unanimous No. 1
LSU moved into the top three of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in 42 years, trailing unanimous No. 1 Oklahoma and Southern California.

College stars
Jason White tied a school record with five touchdown passes in Oklahoma's 77-0 rout of Texas A&M.

Division II roundup

SEC roundup

Win and first place guarantee nothing for Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When the new polls came out Sunday, Florida realized that taking care of its own business might not be enough to win the Southeastern Conference.

Division II roundup
Aiken Tech will limp to midcourt when it begins its basketball season today.

Win and first place guarantee nothing for Gators

Gagliardi gets record 409th victory
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- Winning at St. John's is predictable, just like John Gagliardi's attempts to downplay his success.

Rebels savoring life at the top

College stars

Oklahoma looks better than ever in win over A&M
NORMAN, Okla. -- The points that weren't scored probably tell the story of Oklahoma's dominance best.

Rebels savoring life at the top
AUBURN, Ala. -- Archie Manning wandered around the visitors locker room, congratulating Mississippi players and staff and wondering, "Where's Eli?"

Tennessee upsets Miami

Oklahoma looks better than ever in win over A&M

Parents should teach
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6

A historic mile-marker
President Ronald Reagan's landmark Westminster Palace speech in 1982 signaled a turning point in freedom's battle against communism.

The detainee problem

Right S.C. ship of state

Right S.C. ship of state
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been on a statewide tour pushing hard again for his tax reform and economic stimulus plan - the one he campaigned on last year to help him get elected.

The detainee problem
Two years and counting - that's how long more than 650 detainees have been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Bush administration does not know quite what to do with them - they're in a category all by themselves, neither fish nor fowl.

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

After do-not-call list, companies return to door-to-door sales
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Now that the national do-not-call list makes it impossible to reach millions of potential customers, some marketing companies are returning to an old-fashioned alternative: door-to-door salespeople.

Financial planners can help consumers make objective decisions
NEW YORK -- Some people are pretty good at creating a budget, holding down debt, managing investments, buying the right amount of insurance and saving for retirement.

How can I make the most of my doctor visit?

Securities scams target the elderly

Fund fees not always clear
NEW YORK - Investors who find the right fund may find they've been sold the wrong class of fund shares.

Securities scams target the elderly
DENVER - The pitches sounded so promising. In one case, sales agents in Colorado offered consumers the opportunity to buy a telephone booth for $7,000, which the company that the agents worked for then would lease back with a pledge of a 14 percent annual return on the investment

Fund fees not always clear

How can I make the most of my doctor visit?
Q. My doctor seems rushed when I go in for an appointment. How can I make sure I'm getting the most from my time with my doctor?

Financial planners can help consumers make objective decisions

After do-not-call list, companies return to door-to-door sales

Georgia Southern gets revenge on Furman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Chaz Williams knows the feeling. Two years ago, his bags were packed. His parents had reservations in Chattanooga for the Division I-AA title game.

Blue Devils swat Yellow Jackets
DURHAM, N.C. - They trudged, heads buried firmly in their chests, the 200 yards or so from the playing surface at Wallace Wade Stadium to their dressing room.

Georgia Southern gets revenge on Furman

Blue Devils swat Yellow Jackets

Mmm, mmm good! Campbell takes the lead with a 61

Woods, Singh take top honors
HOUSTON -- Tiger Woods won the PGA of America Player of the Year award for a record fifth consecutive year, and became the first player to win the Vardon Trophy five straight times for having the lowest adjusted scoring average.

Sorenstam remains on record course
OTSU, Japan - Annika Sorenstam shot a second consecutive 9-under-par 63 for a six-stroke lead, and is closing in on a third straight title at the Mizuno Classic.

Johnson named top player on Nationwide Tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Zach Johnson, who won two times and shattered the money record with $494,882, was voted Nationwide Tour player of the year Sunday.

Sorenstam remains on record course

Sorenstam has record-breaking day at Mizuno Classic
OTSU, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam wrapped up another LPGA Tour player of the year award Sunday and set more records along the way, winning the Mizuno Classic by nine shots for her sixth victory of the year.

Mmm, mmm good! Campbell takes the lead with a 61
HOUSTON -- Everyone says Chad Campbell is a star in the making. All anyone needed to see was his record round Saturday in the Tour Championship.

Woods, Singh take top honors

Campbell makes it a runaway in Tour Championship
HOUSTON -- The only thing the Tour Championship settled was what everyone knew all along: Chad Campbell has the game to beat the best.

Britain-Ireland retains Seve Trophy

Johnson named top player on Nationwide Tour

Campbell makes it a runaway in Tour Championship

Britain-Ireland retains Seve Trophy
VALENCIA, Spain -- Padraig Harrington's short birdie putt on the last hole allowed Britain-Ireland to retain the Seve Trophy on Sunday.

Playoff picture emerges

Coming through

Butler's offensive line dominates

Butler's offensive line dominates
It must be disconcerting when Butler's offensive linemen walk to the line of scrimmage and get in three-point stances.

Coming through
Washington County's Tyree Buyrnett weaves his way through the ARC defense during Saturday night's game at ARC Stadium.

Playoff picture emerges
Four local teams are still alive in the South Carolina High School League playoffs this week. Their games are Friday night:

NHL Roundup
In Detroit, Scott Walker's power-play goal with 57 seconds left capped a four-goal third period, giving Nashville a win over Detroit.

NHL Roundup

Thrashers down Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Serge Aubin scored with 8:32 left, finishing off another Atlanta Thrashers rally and sending the New York Islanders to a rare home loss, 4-3 Saturday night.

Thrashers down Islanders

Cell phones, minivans might lead to early grave
I was driving to work Friday morning and came to a conclusion. I will not leave this life old and in my bed, surrounded by insurance beneficiaries. No, I will be reassigned to that Big Newsroom in the Sky by a motorist piloting a minivan talking on a cell phone.

Imaginative design not likely here
Regarding Travis Smith's letter on Nov. 6, "Use a more imaginative design when building airport": Rick Carpenter, Thomson, Ga.

Inappropriate behavior has consequences
After reading about the pregnant homecoming candidate at the Academy of Richmond County, I wanted to write my opinion about the situation. However, after reading the Oct. 30 editorial of The Augusta Chronicle, "What message is sent?," I now have no need to write. The editorial said it all. It was well written and to the point. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

Christians confuse Bush with the savior
Three cheers for the Oct. 22 letter from Thomas J. Zwemer, "Criticizes unchristian letters written by professed Christians," which challenged vengeful, judgmental letters to the editor from professed Christians. Clifford W. Reynolds, Augusta

The trashing of Linda Schrenko
I am disgusted at the continued trashing of former state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko. The latest hit job is by WRDW-TV. Floyd E. Felts, Evans, Ga.

Hypocrisy shows in 'Chronicle' editorial

Help save the homeless animals in our area
If you have lived in the Augusta area for any period of time, you have probably seen it: the stray dog or cat walking across the busy street or running across a neighboring yard. Some of these animals have never known a home, while others have been abandoned by misguided or heartless former owners. Brian Gridley, Evans, Ga.

The trashing of Linda Schrenko

No choices in District 2 election
I didn't vote in the Augusta Commission District 2 election Nov. 4 because there were no choices. Keith Pettus, Augusta

Hypocrisy shows in 'Chronicle' editorial
Reading your Oct. 23 editorial, "Debate over life continues," two old sayings came immediately to mind: "Consistency, thou art a jewel," and "You can't have it both ways." Ms. Justen Wonderly, Evans, Ga.

Walker still an attribute to Augusta
I was very upset to see that through all the negative things published about former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, there was no sunshine shed on the events of a few weekends ago.

Local Democratic leader resorts to cheap-shot politics
Lowell Greenbaum, chairperson of the Richmond County Democratic Party, in his letter on Oct. 11, "Area Democrats will make a comeback," seeks to extol his political party by defaming individuals in the opposite party. Wheldon Hair, Harlem, Ga.

Walker still an attribute to Augusta

Christians confuse Bush with the savior

Imaginative design not likely here

No choices in District 2 election

Local talent brings unity to community
I want to applaud Russell Joel Brown - one of the most gifted, talented, charming, affable and versatile entertainers in our area. His presentation of "Mozart to Motown2" last month was marvelous and dazzling.

Inappropriate behavior has consequences

Travel briefs

Changes in a word's connotation hint at changes in society

Home front

'No gift' request is fine for wedding

In the know

Couple changes home from within

Follow Benedict Arnold's footsteps

'Desert Storm II' improves on original

Holiday happenings

Drop cell in cradle, and wireless calls ring on your home phone

Toyota Prius hybrid improves mileage, performance

Freedom Fighters has intense action

Lots of animals cloned, but Nature doesn't make it easy

Schools knits off-the-shelf Macs into third-fastest supercomputer

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - The 2004 Mobil Travel Guide awards gave five-star ratings to 30 hotels and 14 restaurants around the country.

Lots of animals cloned, but Nature doesn't make it easy
NEW YORK -- Wanna clone a cow? A Massachusetts company guarantees a healthy calf for $19,000 - and two for $34,000.

'Desert Storm II' improves on original
War is anything but a game. However, it's a subject that game makers frequently focus on, from re-creations of the Civil War to the latest conflicts around the globe.

Holiday happenings
It may seem as though the holidays are still months away, but the clock is ticking. In between forays to shopping centers, get into the holiday spirit with a concert, play, story, class or all of the above.

Couple changes home from within
Hilly terrain can do wonders for the appearance of a house. Just ask Bill and Bryn Hamilton, whose bungalow in Forest Hills looks much like it did when it was built in 1949, even though it has been expanded from three bedrooms and one bath to five bedrooms and three baths.

'No gift' request is fine for wedding
Dear Carson: My daughter is about to marry after being divorced for a couple of years. The groom also is divorced.

Drop cell in cradle, and wireless calls ring on your home phone
NEW YORK -- For anyone who answers their cell phone at home, here's an idea so simple it's hard to imagine why it took so long to arrive:

Home front
Autumn is a great time to do a little "spring cleaning." A little elbow grease now could save you time when the holidays roll around and you're too busy entertaining to wash down the walls. Here are a few tips to make your home clean and comfortable for the winter.

Schools knits off-the-shelf Macs into third-fastest supercomputer
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- It comes from the bargain basement of supercomputers, but the performance is nothing short of astounding.

Changes in a word's connotation hint at changes in society
CHICAGO -- Something queer is happening to the word "queer."

Freedom Fighters has intense action
Communism is stronger than ever. Even Mexico has fallen behind the iron curtain. And now the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is moving on the final prize - the United States.

Toyota Prius hybrid improves mileage, performance
Fuel economy, performance, styling and roominess are all improved in the world's best-selling gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius.

Follow Benedict Arnold's footsteps
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Looking down from Fort Western, high above the Kennebec River in the heart of Maine's capital, Stephen Clark visualizes the hustle and bustle that unfolded there 228 years ago.

In the know
The CSRA Humane Society will hold a clinic to microchip pets between 10 a.m. and noon Nov. 22 at the Pet Center, 425 Wood St., just past Lake Olmstead Stadium.

ECHL notebook

ECHL notebook
It hasn't been forever since the Wheeling Nailers won the first ECHL championship in 1988-89 and made it to the finals the following season. It just seems that way.

Emory professor surprised at reaction to 18-year-old book on Hinduism
ATLANTA -- An Emory University professor is dismayed by the recent response to a book he wrote on Hinduism 18 years ago, in which he raised questions about erotic symbolism of a Hindu deity with the head of an elephant.

Man charged in deaths of two women killed in subdivision sales office

Families cope with absence of guard unit

Teacher gives life lessons

Warner Robins man hopes for world record ride
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Surrounded by a small group of curious onlookers, Randall Jones made his run - or rather, ride - for the history books.

News you can use

Perdue working to grow GOP in Georgia like 'Johnny Appleseed'

Leaders urged to bet on casinos

Stabbing victim still in critical condition
An Augusta man remained in critical condition Sunday at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being stabbed at a Laney-Walker Boulevard nightclub Saturday evening, Richmond County sheriff's authorities said.

Kid of the Day

Across the area
Police arrested a 60-year-old Augusta man late Saturday in an attack on a 94-year-old man, according to Richmond County sheriff's records.

Teens stay mum about beating

Perdue working to grow GOP in Georgia like 'Johnny Appleseed'
ATLANTA -- The first Republican governor of Georgia in modern times has played an active role in helping GOP candidates on the state level this year, much as President Bush has done nationally.

Statistics on helmet laws leave questions

Despite "Radio," South Carolina lags in film industry
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A tight budget and lack of facilities aren't helping South Carolina take a leading role on the silver screen.

UGA group tries to save itself

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Joshua Mackie of Grovetown.

Soldiers, residents honor veterans

Statistics on helmet laws leave questions
AIKEN - Lanky and laconic, veteran motorcyclist Richard Lucas has heard all the scary talk about the deadly risk of riding his Harley without a helmet.

'Chronicle' calls all Pearl Harbor survivors

Soldiers, residents honor veterans
LANGLEY - Hundreds lined the street and gathered under the cold gray sky Saturday to watch an afternoon parade and pay an early tribute to those who fought in past wars.

Veterans Day Events

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Charleston Mayor Joe Riley Jr. says he will stay busy in what could be his last four-year term.

Across South Carolina

Warner Robins neighbors opposed to Habitat home in community
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- A group of neighbors is trying to stop the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity from building a home in their community.

Drilling for victory

University System foundation has had financial woes
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia Foundation has had problems making house payments on Chancellor Tom Meredith's $2.1 million home and finding the money to pay Meredith a $180,000 supplement to his state salary, the Athens Banner-Herald reported Sunday.

Across the area

Cotton growers expect large crop, higher prices this year
LEESBURG, Ga. -- White puffs of cotton tumble endlessly through the four gin stands at the King Cotton Gin, amid the deafening roar of electric motors, conveyor belts and fans.

UGA group tries to save itself
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams would get a pay cut and his wife, Mary, would lose her $48,000 job with the UGA Foundation if the group adopts the recommendations of its lawyers.

Bush heads to Greenville to raise cash
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- President Bush will be in South Carolina Monday, raising money for a campaign that's already well-heeled, but in a state where textile job losses are frequently tied to his international trade policies.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -President Bush will visit the South Carolina Upstate on Monday afternoon.

Sponsor sees rebirth of First Friday

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A judge declared a mistrial Saturday for a woman charged in the 1996 bludgeoning death of a Roswell businessman.

Service behind them, homeless vets wage a new battle for respect
INDIANAPOLIS -- Darryl Boyd exudes strength from the shaved head crowning his 6-foot-5, 235-pound Navy veteran's body to his T-shirt's image of bulging biceps pulling a forearm free of shackles.

Across the area
Authorities arrested a man Saturday night who they said stabbed another man multiple times near his heart, officials said.

Teacher gives life lessons
Custodians at McBean Elementary School usually have to kick Judith Duke out of the school at night. They need to lock the building, and she won't leave.

Illness claims growl of UGA fan
The Bulldog Nation is in mourning after losing one of the University of Georgia's most dedicated football fans Friday.

Police veteran charged with growing marijuana
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A veteran of the police force who resigned after being involved in a controversial shooting has been charged with growing marijuana at his Berkeley County home.

Sewer system may be costly
Doris North cares about the environment in Augusta. She cares about her health, too. She just doesn't want to have to choose between them.

Plan diverts mental patients from hospital emergency rooms

Leaders urged to bet on casinos
ATLANTA - Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts says he is willing to bet Georgia's economic future on a proposal to bring Las Vegas-style casino gambling to the state.

Dodging a downward spiral

Sponsor sees rebirth of First Friday
First Friday appears to have returned to the event its organizers had originally conceived.

Across Georgia

Sanford gets tax-plan reaction

Changes to HOPE may cost students
A state commission examining the HOPE scholarship meets once more and will forward its findings to lawmakers by the year's end. Any changes to HOPE could take effect by fall 2004.

Lack of input on new courthouse angers voters
JEFFERSON, Ga. - The sounds of construction nearly drowned out the voices of Jackson County officials as they held a 2 p.m. ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the future Jackson County courthouse Friday.

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS -A group of neighbors is trying to stop a Habitat for Humanity chapter from building a home in their community.

Teens stay mum about beating
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Staff members and students haven't found a satisfying answer to the question they asked one another Friday at Windsor Forest High School.

Dodging a downward spiral
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Both sides of South Carolina Highway 28 in McCormick County are characterized by long stretches of dense timber or occasional vistas of Lake Thurmond, interrupted periodically by a rustic bait and tackle shop.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

UGA's Archway to Excellence campaign in trouble
ATLANTA -- The largest fund-raising campaign in the University of Georgia's history is in trouble because of the controversy over President Michael Adams and could soon be suspended.

Native Augustan could be headed to daytime TV

Veterans honored in weekend celebrations around state
Many Georgia cities and towns were awash in red, white and blue over the weekend for early Veterans Day celebrations honoring Georgia soldiers, past and present - including those who recently returned from the war in Iraq.

Assistant is on front line of fight to keep fort open

Study finds that caseworkers lack social work degrees
ATLANTA -- A University of Georgia study says that fewer than 20 percent of the state's child welfare workers and supervisors have a social work degree, and about 10 percent have only a high school diploma.

News you can use

Man charged in deaths of two women killed in subdivision sales office
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A 30-year-old DeKalb County man suspected in the shooting deaths of two real estate agents in Cobb County has been captured.

Former wrestling icons try to adjust to life outside the ring
ATLANTA -- Just a few years ago, his entrance into the ring was worthy of a lavish production of lasers, flashing lights and fake snow that left millions of fans in arenas and on television gasping, "Wooooooooooh!"

Sewer system may be costly

Explorers find gold in Civil War-era shipwreck
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- After searching the ocean for more than 10 years, marine explorers found gold this week at the site of a Civil War-era shipwreck about 100 miles east of Savannah. The gold could be worth millions of dollars.

School districts prepare to sue for more funds
PERRY, Ga. -- Officials from some of Georgia's poorest school districts agreed Friday to prepare a lawsuit seeking more state education money and a more equitable way to allocate those funds among all public school systems.

Veterans Day Events
A list of Veterans Day activities in the area

House minority leader called to duty in S.C. Army National Guard
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- House Minority Leader James Smith has started 11 weeks of military training at Fort Jackson and will miss the first week of the 2004 legislative session.

Bush heads to Greenville to raise cash

Plan diverts mental patients from hospital emergency rooms
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Hospitals are beginning to divert mentally ill patients from emergency rooms, but administrators say the new state effort won't solve long-standing problems.

Rants and Raves
I'M A DISABLED American and Veterans Day is coming up on the 11th. You know, we owe our veterans a lot because we're free today. It would be nice to go out to a cemetery and put a flag on a veteran's grave just to show that we still remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice, and also if you know of a veteran, walk up and say thanks. Let's show our veterans and active duty personnel we do care.

Friend cannot forget sight of four dead
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Noel Lee stopped by Superbike Motorsports to get some tickets for Friday night's motor cross race in Greenville.

Sanford gets tax-plan reaction
AIKEN - After a three-day loop around South Carolina last week to promote his latest tax and economic stimulus package, Gov. Mark Sanford returned to the governor's mansion with some less-than-stellar road souvenirs from state legislators, including top leaders from his own party.

Stabbing victim still in critical condition

Former wrestling icons try to adjust to life outside the ring

Georgia troops scheduled to be called up for Iraq
ATLANTA -- At least eight units in Georgia will be among more than 43,000 National Guard and Reserve forces mobilized in the next few months, and some of them could end up in Iraq.

Vacancies hinder crime lab

Native Augustan could be headed to daytime TV
After completing nearly four years of college, 22-year-old David Spearman may finally be seeing the light.

State investigating high school drug sweep

News you can use
NOV. 9, 1968 Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Co. moved Friday to end its curtailed Augusta passenger service, which it said is losing $229,000 per year.

Kid of the day

Drilling for victory
Andre Clementi, a petty officer 2nd class with the Navy detachment at Fort Gordon, observes members of the Aiken High School JROTC. Schools from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina competed.

Assistant is on front line of fight to keep fort open
Being an administrative assistant may not sound very glamorous.

UGA's Archway to Excellence campaign in trouble

Explorers find gold in Civil War-era shipwreck

State investigating high school drug sweep
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- State police are investigating why officers charged into a crowded high school hallway with guns drawn in a drug sweep.

Rants and Raves
I'M A DISABLED American and Veterans Day is coming up on the 11th. You know, we owe our veterans a lot because we're free today. It would be nice to go out to a cemetery and put a flag on a veteran's grave just to show that we still remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice, and also if you know of a veteran, walk up and say thanks. Let's show our veterans and active duty personnel we do care.

Across the southeast

Warner Robins man hopes for world record ride

Emory professor surprised at reaction to 18-year-old book on Hinduism

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Nicholas Jamal Jonathan Lewis, 1, of Hephzibah.

Cotton growers expect large crop, higher prices this year

Georgia troops scheduled to be called up for Iraq

'Chronicle' calls all Pearl Harbor survivors
The Augusta Chronicle would like to contact all Pearl Harbor survivors in the Augusta area.

Vacancies hinder crime lab
When the new crime lab on Phinizy Road is fully in service, officials say the $4.1 million facility will be a wonderful asset.

Warner Robins neighbors opposed to Habitat home in community

Elvis artist, lecturer shares her obsession
Joni Mabe is such a big Elvis Presley fan she even owns a piece of The King - literally.

Across the area

Veterans honored in weekend celebrations around state

Across South Carolina

Families cope with absence of guard unit
ATHENS, Ga. - The experts told Katherine Gentry not to tell her National Guard husband bad news when he called from an Army base hundreds of miles away.

Rail corridor's neighbors wary of line
DECATUR, Ga. - Paul and Ruth Kratsch didn't mind the train tracks behind the new house they bought in 1962.

News you can use
NOV. 10, 1964 EDGEFIELD, S.C. - A speeding truck struck and derailed a southbound freight train west of Edgefield late Sunday, closing South Carolina Highway 378 and seriously injuring the truck driver.

Rail corridor's neighbors wary of line

Lack of input on new courthouse angers voters

Despite "Radio," South Carolina lags in film industry

Across Georgia

Study finds that caseworkers lack social work degrees

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Library administrators "gulped" at the fee, but they decided that author John Grisham was worth the $75,000 he is charging to speak at the final night of Novello Festival of Reading.

Father sues ex-son-in-law in daughter's death
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The father of a woman fatally shot three years ago is suing his former son-in-law, who has admitted to killing his estranged wife but wasn't convicted.

Bowden's future still not secure
CLEMSON, S.C. - Just minutes after the 7:47 p.m. kickoff Saturday night, the Earth, sun and Moon perfectly aligned to create a full lunar eclipse.

First weekend of 'Matrix Revolutions' off 45 percent from 'Matrix Reloaded' debut
LOS ANGELES -- The sci-fi Matrix saga lost some of its spin at the U.S. box office, with "The Matrix Revolutions" pulling in $50.16 million in its opening weekend - off 45 percent from the previous chapter's weekend debut.

First weekend of 'Matrix Revolutions' off 45 percent from 'Matrix Reloaded' debut

Country music retirement home gaining ground
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marty Martel never had a gold record, but he's been in the country music business for 30 years, first as a singer and later as the owner of a small production and talent agency.

Country music retirement home gaining ground

There's no place like home for Lyle Lovett

There's no place like home for Lyle Lovett
NEW YORK -- A musician's life allows Lyle Lovett to travel the world. As he gets older, he realizes there's no place like home - even if it's the place where a bull landed on top of him.

Christian Fittipaldi wins karting event
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Christian Fittipaldi won the Granja Viana 500 kart race Sunday, beating stars Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Rubens Barrichelo.

Kenseth becomes points champ

Solberg wins British rally to take season title
CARDIFF, Wales -- Petter Solberg of Norway finished first in the season-ending British Rally on Sunday and won the World Rally Championship.

Kenseth becomes points champ
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Matt Kenseth has spent the past couple months blocking the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship from his mind.

Veteran doesn't go quietly
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - As long as Bill Elliott keeps winning, the siren atop the Dawsonville Pool Room will keep sounding a shrieking celebration throughout the North Georgia mountains.

Veteran doesn't go quietly

Elliott's team wins pit crew competition
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth and his team finally lost the title.

Kenseth is on verge of title
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - When Matt Kenseth went into a two-race slide a little more than a month ago, defending Winston Cup Series champion Tony Stewart wasn't concerned about the crash and blown engine that caused Kenseth to give back 177 points from a 436-point lead.

Solberg wins British rally to take season title

Johnson returns to scene

Falcons embarass Giants

Rivalry blossoms for Bucs, Panthers

NFL Power Rankings

Panthers top Bucs

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Clijsters overcomes injured Capriati at WTA Championships

College coaches, athletes deal with steroid issues

Agassi among elite heading into Masters Cup

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Area sports announcements

Rower has high goal in mind

Roy Jones Jr. escapes to fight another day, but questions remain

Agassi among elite heading into Masters Cup
HOUSTON -- At 33, Andre Agassi refuses to set a timetable for retirement.

Clijsters overcomes injured Capriati at WTA Championships
LOS ANGELES -- Kim Clijsters rallied from a set down and a 3-2 deficit in the third to beat an injured Jennifer Capriati 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Sunday's semifinals of the WTA Championships.

Overtime
The Augusta Boxing Club won all six of its matches and won the team championship at the Blazers Boxing Club tournament in Columbus, Ga on Saturday.

Area sports 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 are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Roy Jones Jr. escapes to fight another day, but questions remain
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Jones Jr. likes to lay claim to being the greatest boxer of his time. For one fight, at least, he certainly wasn't the smartest.

Rower has high goal in mind
Kristin Goodrich could be worried about making the 2004 Olympic team.

Overtime
In Carrollton, Ga., Greenbrier placed three runners in the top 10 in their classification of the Georgia High School Association state meet.

College coaches, athletes deal with steroid issues
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Four-time world champion Allen Johnson has felt the questioning stares from competitors each time he cleared a hurdle and crossed a finish line in blistering times - was he doping?

Man dies after fall from stand
A Columbia County man who died after a fall from a tree stand is Georgia's first hunting fatality of the 2003-04 season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Hunter's preparation pays off
If Murphy's Law applied to deer hunting, it would go something like this:

Reeves finally gets No. 200
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Wellington Mara rarely walks on the field before Giants games, but the 87-year-old New York president and NFL patriarch wanted to wish a former employee well early Sunday afternoon.

Johnson returns to scene
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Doug Johnson left Giants Stadium 13 months ago, he felt great.

NFL Power Rankings
Every week during the NFL season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are.

Rivalry blossoms for Bucs, Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It started with a few shoves to the face, then allegations of attempts to poke Julius Peppers in the eye.

Falcons embarass Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Atlanta Falcons got Dan Reeves his 200th win on a day the New York Giants may have put coach Jim Fassel's job in jeopardy.

Panthers top Bucs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers refused to talk any trash before their game against Tampa Bay. After beating the Super Bowl champions for the second time this season, they wouldn't shut up.

Hunter's preparation pays off

Bowden's future still not secure

Is Aaron Brown slowly sliding out of CNN's picture?
NEW YORK -- CNN rented an elegant ballroom a few weeks ago, feeding breakfast to top advertisers and filling them in on 2004 election coverage plans. Virtually all the network's big names were there.

Is Aaron Brown slowly sliding out of CNN's picture?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

A big night for CBS on Thursday, TV's most lucrative night

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
On CBS, "America's Girl" (the pretty, teenage kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart) goes head-to-head against NBC's November Sweeps darling, Jessica Lynch. She, of course, is the pretty, teenage soldier whose daring rescue in Iraq "gave America hope."

A big night for CBS on Thursday, TV's most lucrative night
NEW YORK -- Finally, some good news for a television network - at least one of them.

Andy Griffith has a new album and a TV special

Andy Griffith has a new album and a TV special
NEW YORK -- At 77, Andy Griffith remains a fine actor, a much-beloved star, even a folk hero.

Bulldogs' future appears bright
ATHENS, Ga. - With a two-deep roster loaded with underclassmen and sprinkled with just a handful of seniors, Georgia football fans can't help but get excited about what could be in store for the 2004 season.

Bulldogs' future appears bright

School knits off-the-shelf Macs into third-fastest supercomputer

McDonald's CEO takes Merriam-Webster to task over 'McJob' definition

California toddler pulled from pool pronounced dead, later found breathing