A lame 'Fame on 42nd Street' finds its way to off-Broadway

Carter's first novel stirs 'Hornet's Nest'
ATLANTA - In the first novel ever written by a U.S. president, Jimmy Carter tells the story of the Revolutionary War in the South through the eyes of the farmers, British spies and American Indians.

Carter's first novel stirs 'Hornet's Nest'

Garth Fagan celebrates late American artist

A lame 'Fame on 42nd Street' finds its way to off-Broadway
NEW YORK -- For those who found the stage version of "Saturday Night Fever" too taxing theatrically, "Fame on 42nd Street" could fill the bill.

Garth Fagan celebrates late American artist
NEW YORK -- Garth Fagan celebrates late American artist Romare Bearden with his own choreographic collage, "DANCECOLLAGEFORROMIE."

For some performers, 'Music' is family affair
As the director of the Aiken Kidney Benefit production of The Sound of Music, Jennifer Cudworth Greer wanted to create a family atmosphere.

For some performers, 'Music' is family affair

Yankees hire Strawberry
NEW YORK -- Darryl Strawberry is back with the New York Yankees, this time as a player development instructor.

Baseball to begin imposing penalties for steroid use
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball will begin penalizing players for steroid use next season after learning that more than 5 percent of this year's tests came back positive.

Baseball to begin imposing penalties for steroid use

McKeon, Pena win Manager of Year votes
NEW YORK -- Jack McKeon was voted NL Manager of the Year after turning around Florida's season, and Tony Pena won the AL honor for keeping Kansas City in contention until the final week.

Gagne wins NL Cy Young Award
NEW YORK -- Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first relief pitcher in 11 years to win a Cy Young Award, easily beating San Francisco's Jason Schmidt for the National League honor.

Red Sox reliever Kim questioned by police about assault allegations
SEOUL, South Korea -- Boston Red Sox reliever Byung-hyun Kim was questioned by police Wednesday about allegations he assaulted a South Korean newspaper photographer.

Yankees hire Strawberry

Red Sox reliever Kim questioned by police about assault allegations

Gagne wins NL Cy Young Award

McKeon, Pena win Manager of Year votes

Man confirms Augusta's niche for bad drivers

Kennedy Noel Sheppard
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sheppard of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Kennedy Noel Sheppard, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Halliday and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Sheppard, all of Martinez.

Jada Brenae Travis

Kennedy Noel Sheppard

Jeffery Alan Manor Jr.

Adrianna Devin Taylor

Jada Brenae Travis
Alex and LaTonya Travis of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Jada Brenae Travis, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ellis Williams and Sandra Burley of Augusta and Henry and Carolyn Travis of Hephzibah.

Gracelyn Hope Pate

Hardricka Breshae' Williams
Darrell and Angela Williams of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hardricka Breshae' Williams, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Hardwick and Patricia McNair of Dearing, Ga., and Curtis Saxton, Beatrice Brown and Dock Williams, all of Grovetown, and the late Carrie B. Williams.

Hardricka Breshae' Williams

Scott Charles Wise Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott C. Wise of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Scott Charles Wise Jr., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William J. Davis Jr. of Augusta and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Wise.

Abigail Nicole Provost

Avery Ellyson Lee
David A. Lee Jr. and Janelle M. Lee of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Ellyson Lee, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Doil and Cindy Ellyson of North Augusta and Rebecca Pittman of Barnwell, S.C.

Emory James Clifford
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick A. Clifford of Evans announce the birth of a son, Emory James Clifford, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rottinghaus of Kansas City, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Clifford of Lee's Summit, Mo.

Abigail Nicole Provost
Christopher and Anna Provost of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Nicole Provost, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sonia A. Brizius and Ray Provost Jr., both of Augusta, Lisa Williamson of Hazlehurst, Ga., and the late Walter L. Brizius.

Adrianna Devin Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. David R. Taylor of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Adrianna Devin Taylor, Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Young of Augusta, Rodney Taylor of Warrenton, Va., and Irma Taylor of Martinez.

Kyle Braden Smith

Serenity Deseree' Roberts

Matthew Lee Brown Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Brown, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Matthew Lee Brown Jr., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Scheiber, of North Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Lance Brown, of Martinez.

Serenity Deseree' Roberts
Donald L. and Wendy R. Roberts of Williston, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Serenity Deseree' Roberts, Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Heath of Williston and Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Roberts Sr. of Aiken.

Jeffery Alan Manor Jr.
Jeffery A. Manor Sr. and Jessica D. Raby, both of Warrenville, announce the birth of a son, Jeffery Alan Manor Jr., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Will and Doris Waites and Lisa Clark, all of Beech Island, Jamie and Karen Manor of North Augusta and Bob and Lorrie Decker of Prosperity, S.C.

Hayley Simone Rivers

Gracelyn Hope Pate
Billy and Jeni Pate, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Gracelyn Hope Pate, Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. West, of Martinez, Bill Pate, of Pensacola, Fla., and the late Patsy Pate.

Matthew Lee Brown Jr.

Hayley Simone Rivers
Tom and Ebony Rivers of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hayley Simone Rivers, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Betty Sturgis and Lewis and Lola Rivers, all of Augusta, and the late Louise Sturgis.

Emory James Clifford

Scott Charles Wise Jr.

Kyle Braden Smith
Delbert and Jessica Smith of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Kyle Braden Smith, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Gilbert Wolford, Valerie Rose and Versie Smith, all of Kankakee, Ill.

Flight attendant sentenced for spiking toddler's juice with Xanax
DETROIT -- A Northwest Airlines flight attendant who spiked a toddler's apple juice with an anti-anxiety drug to stop her crying was sentenced Wednesday to four months of home confinement.

Trial starts for woman who says fertility treatments were denied because of her blindness
DENVER -- A woman who accuses a clinic of denying fertility treatments because she is blind testified Wednesday that she felt humiliated when doctors refused to help her become pregnant.

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- Promoters insist it's performance art. Detractors say women are getting a raw deal.

Wheaton College to make history by holding a dance
WHEATON, Ill. -- Andy Morgan can't dance, but he figured he was in no danger of embarrassing himself.

Child chained to bed dies in fire
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. -- A 10-year-old girl who authorities say had been chained to a bed by her ankles was killed in a house fire, and her parents were arrested on manslaughter charges.

IOC to allow transsexual athletes in Olympics
LONDON -- Athletes who have undergone sex change operations will be eligible to compete in the Olympics for the first time under new rules being finalized by the IOC.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jennifer Schultz-Hurt can't understand it. Neither can Lincoln police.

Golfer bitten in head by rattlesnake
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When Roy Williamson hit a tee shot off the fairway, the lie turned out to be much rougher than he thought.

Man ticketed for scratching ear while driving
MADRID, Spain -- Highway police who stopped a driver they believed was using his cell phone erred twice. First, he was just scratching his ear. Second, he was a lawyer.

Orangeburg man finds alligator in garage
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- An Orangeburg man had an uninvited house guest this week - a 3-foot alligator.

Scientists report progress in making bacterial-killing bugs
WASHINGTON -- Scientists announced significant progress Thursday toward creating an artificial organism that one day may have uses ranging from pollution control to clean energy production.

BMW first tenant at Clemson automotive park

Consumer group wants college sports to nix the beer ads

Business briefs
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. posted a 13 percent increase in third-quarter earnings but narrowly missed Wall Street expectations. The company indicated that earnings for this quarter could also be below current estimates.

McDonald's pulls plug on automated vending machines

Feds look into limits on listings

Port-dredging business finds its niche
Slurry. Mud. Muck. Silt. Goop.

Trade deficit widens as imports reach record high
WASHINGTON --The U.S. trade deficit widened to $41.3 billion in September as imports climbed to an all-time monthly high, a fresh sign of Americans' hearty appetite for foreign-made goods. Exports, however, also posted a solid gain.

Brunswick port's status rises with auto shipments
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - For years, containers have been king at Georgia Ports Authority.

Court filing claims Mohawk tried to silence witness in death lawsuit
ATLANTA -- A filing in a lawsuit against Mohawk Industries Inc. claims the nation's second-largest carpet maker has withheld crucial evidence and tried to silence a witness in the case of a rookie police officer who died in an accident at one of the company's Georgia plants.

O'Donnell says she wants back $8 million spent in legal feud

Trade deficit widens as imports reach record high

Placing a finger on the future
First it was bonus cards, then self-check-out. Over the years, grocery stores have added new technology to manage customers.

Port-dredging business finds its niche

Judge awards no damages to either side in lawsuit over Rosie magazine
NEW YORK -- A judge said Wednesday that neither Rosie O'Donnell nor the publisher of her former magazine deserved damages in their dispute over its demise.

Placing a finger on the future

BMW first tenant at Clemson automotive park
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- BMW Manufacturing will build a technology center at Clemson University's 400-acre automotive research park, school officials said Wednesday at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Telemarketer cuts jobs in Colorado
FutureCall is laying off people at its Colorado headquarters, but the company said no workers in Augusta will be affected.

FCC expands frequencies for wireless Internet
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators say they are expanding the radio spectrum for wireless Internet users to help bring broadband connections to rural areas, but consumer groups argue that the frequencies won't fulfill the promise.

FCC expands frequencies for wireless Internet

O'Donnell says she wants back $8 million spent in legal feud
NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell said she will try to recover $8 million in legal fees from her battle with the publisher of her now-defunct magazine, now that a judge indicated neither side will win any money.

Feds look into limits on listings
Rules to restrict how much information about properties for sale gets posted on the Internet will take effect next year, potentially hurting competition and consumer choice.

Judge awards no damages to either side in lawsuit over Rosie magazine

Business briefs

Business briefs
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau said Wednesday it has signed a five-year deal to rent space at the Augusta Museum of History's old gift shop, the future site of the bureau's welcome center.

McDonald's pulls plug on automated vending machines
WASHINGTON -- Residents of the city's trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood will have to buy their toilet paper, shaving cream and middle-of-the-night sandwiches elsewhere now that McDonald's has shut its 24-hour streetside vending machine, which the company had heralded as the convenience store of the future.

Consumer group wants college sports to nix the beer ads
WASHINGTON -- A consumer group known for criticizing the fat in things like movie theater popcorn, fast food and pizza has a new target: alcohol advertising.

Energy watchdog raises oil demand estimates
LONDON -- Signs of an accelerating global economy, propelled by torrid growth in China, has led the International Energy Agency - a watchdog for the world's biggest oil-importing countries - to boost estimates for crude demand for this year and 2004.

Court filing claims Mohawk tried to silence witness in death lawsuit

Bowden doesn't know if TCU should get BCS bid

Bowden doesn't know if TCU should get BCS bid
It might be a given Tommy Bowden would support TCU getting a BCS bid after he missed out on a major bowl while leading Tulane to an undefeated season in 1998.

Auburn career of Butler star nears its end

TCU's success colors BCS debate
NEW YORK -- Even if TCU busts the system and makes it into a lucrative Bowl Championship Series game, the leader of the coalition against the BCS still believes the system needs big changes.

College football picks

Wolfpack gunning for three in a row against Noles
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Miami and Florida have been the only teams with a string of success against Florida State in the Bobby Bowden era.

Wolfpack gunning for three in a row against Noles

College football picks
Oklahoma beat Texas A&M by 77 points four weeks after the Aggies pounded Baylor by 63.

Auburn career of Butler star nears its end
Early in his career, Carlos Rogers was tested plenty by quarterbacks who weren't sure how good he was.

TCU's success colors BCS debate

ACC & SEC notebook
When Brad Lee rolled over and hit the snooze button on his alarm clock last week, he knew he was taking a chance.

ACC & SEC notebook

College hoops officially starts Thursday night

Pacers coach inserts change

Augusta State teams rebuild

Scandal requires probe
What appears to have happened to Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale was an outrage. A grand jury was very nearly asked to indict the Augusta judge this week for no apparent reason.

NPR's windfall a Kroc
National Public Radio, the quasi-government propaganda outlet for left-wing news coverage, commentary and comedy, will receive $200 million from the estate of Joan B. Kroc, the late widow of McDonald's Corp. founder Ray A. Kroc, says Kevin Klose, NPR president.

Lowering air fares
Want to bring air fares down between Augusta and Atlanta? Of course, we all do. That's why we join with Augusta Regional Airport officials in urging Central Savannah River Area residents to let AirTran Airways know that's what you want.

Saudi duplicity fails
Saudi Arabia's royal family, which talks nice with the West while using its billions in oil money to fund the most hateful, violent anti-Western form of Islam, has just reaped the whirlwind. Al-Qaida has turned its hate and bombs against the Kingdom.

NPR's windfall a Kroc

Scandal requires probe

Kolb holds cards too
It might seem that city Administrator George Kolb is in hot water with his bosses following a less than mediocre 67 percent average on his job evaluation, filled out anonymously by Augusta commissioners behind closed doors.

Kolb holds cards too

Art Carney had to conquer booze before achieving greatness
LOS ANGELES -- When actors win Oscars, it's customary for them to celebrate with champagne or harder stuff. When Art Carney was named best actor of 1974 for "Harry and Tonto," he consumed not a drop.

People in the news
LOS ANGELES -- Former Playboy playmates the Barbi Twins have sued porn king Larry Flynt to prevent his use of sexually explicit photos of the sisters.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

People in the news
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon has agreed to sell his 23,000-square-foot Highland Beach mansion for $13.3 million, a real estate agent said.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle,

Skaters will put on cool show
Although some theatrical directors in Augusta might complain about a lack of space in a theater, Andrew Austin's challenge is just the opposite.

Standing ovations
The Kodaly String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University as part of its first American tour in more than 20 years.

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

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

Private eye's arrest has Hollywood wondering if it was spied on
LOS ANGELES -- A bumbling attempt to scare a newspaper reporter off a story last year has mushroomed into a federal investigation that has left some of Hollywood's elite wondering if their phones were illegally tapped.

Stocks flat on profit-taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street lost some momentum Thursday after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. turned in a disappointing earnings report and government data showed a slightly higher number of jobless claims and a larger-than-expected trade deficit.

Vanguard chief defends mutual fund industry
BOSTON -- John J. Brennan, head of No. 2 mutual fund company Vanguard Group, defended his embattled industry Thursday, insisting that mutual funds remain the "greatest financial invention ever" despite recent scandals.

Mortage rates edge up, slowing home refinancing
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country edged up this week, contributing to a slowdown in home refinancing.

Vanguard chief defends mutual fund industry

Stocks bounce back after three days of declines
NEW YORK -- Wall Street broke out of its slump Wednesday, surging higher after a forecasted jump in semiconductor sales gave investors a reason buy after three days of declines. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 110 points, while the Nasdaq composite index gained more than 2 percent.

Mortage rates edge up, slowing home refinancing

Stocks flat on profit-taking

Stocks bounce back after three days of declines

Fishing report
High winds on Thursday played havoc with fishing plans, but the accompanying cold front could be just what the doctor ordered for increased catches.

Fishing tournament news

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

Coffee drinkers will have another option

Coffee drinkers will have another option
There's an old-fashioned coffee-shop battle a-brewin' in downtown Augusta. Mocha Delites, an Atlanta-based chain of coffee shops, is opening an outlet on the southwest corner of Broad Street at Eighth Street. The site was formerly the tie store Silk con-Neck-tion, and is across Broad from the Coffee Break Cafe in the Lamar Building.

Moles can be trapped, or tolerated

Moles can be trapped, or tolerated
Q: My lawn is overrun with tunneling moles. They seem to be everywhere. What can I do to get rid of them?

Prepare soil now for spring

Prepare soil now for spring
Preparing the ground now for planting lets you get your first seeds into that ground earlier in spring. Although wet soil often delays spring soil preparation, in fall the soil is usually just right for digging - moist, but not sodden. Fall tillage is less work because your goal is to leave the soil in rough clods, rather than to create a fine seedbed. Freezing and thawing in winter breaks those clods so simple raking crumbles them into a smooth seedbed.

Georgia Southern fullback having MVP season
jSTATESBORO, Ga. -- Under a gray sky Jermaine Austin sprinted alone in a self-imposed pre-game test behind the Georgia Southern team bench at Paulson Stadium

Georgia Tech signs four on first day of recruiting period
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech made a big impact during the early signing period, picking up four prep stars on Wednesday.

Burnett doing fine after taking over for Manget
ATLANTA -- For three years, Dan Burnett watched Luke Manget kick field goals for Georgia Tech. And watched. And watched.

Ball trying to bounce back from loss to Duke
ATLANTA -- In a season of firsts for Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball, another was added over the weekend: a horrible loss to Duke, during which he threw three interceptions.

Jackets' Ball tries to recover
ATLANTA - As the final seconds of Georgia Tech's 41-17 loss at Duke ticked off the clock, Yellow Jackets' quarterback Reggie Ball began walking toward the team's locker room. Quarterbacks coach Patrick Nix caught up with the true freshman, stopped him and began a conversation.

Georgia Southern fullback having MVP season

Burnett doing fine after taking over for Manget

Ball trying to bounce back from loss to Duke

Jackets' Ball tries to recover

Georgia Tech signs four on first day of recruiting period

My mechanical pencils come and go as they please

Kane leads Tournament of Champions
MOBILE, Ala. -- Canada's Lorie Kane shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Australia's Karrie Webb in the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Moving the greens

Moving the greens
In 22 years with Palmer Course Design Co., Harrison Minchew has been the project architect for more than 45 courses in six countries.

Germany leads World Cup
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Germany's Alex Cejka and Marcel Siem combined to shoot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the World Cup.

Wie to play in PGA Tour's Sony Open
HONOLULU -- Michelle Wie accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Sony Open in January, putting her in position to become the youngest woman to play in a PGA Tour event.

Kane leads Tournament of Champions

Renovated Ocean Course greets World Cup golfers
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- U.S. Open champions Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard represent the United States as the World Golf Championships-World Cup returns to American soil this week on the Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.

Wie to play in PGA Tour's Sony Open

Germany leads World Cup

Renovated Ocean Course greets World Cup golfers

Matchup may preview Class AAAA championship

Player of the week

Key matchups

Small schools, but big hearts

Independent programs survive, thrive despite fewer players

Baldwin's hopes lie in defense

On the air

South Carolina notebook

Georgia notebook

Reid signs with Memphis

Key matchups
Here's a quick look at this weekend's area prep football key matchups.

Matchup may preview Class AAAA championship
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- It takes a big game to fill up Waycross' 12,000 seat Memorial Stadium. It just might happen Friday.

Baldwin's hopes lie in defense
It's a tough task, to be sure, Baldwin coach Jessie Hicks is quick to admit.

Independent programs survive, thrive despite fewer players
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - It was late June, and Brentwood quarterback/safety Jaime Dickey was just having some fun at St. Simons Island.

South Carolina prep football playoff schedule
Here is a schedule of South Carolina prep football pairings.

South Carolina notebook
Tonight is why Williston-Elko's game against Blackville-Hilda in October was so important.

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Cross Creek senior, Erinn Bolden.

On the air
Here are the air times for area prep football action.

Small schools, but big hearts
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - At 6 feet, 195 pounds, Wes Cato isn't exactly the prototypical offensive guard. He's also not the ideal size for a middle linebacker.

Georgia notebook
Briarwood already knows what it's like to play Bulloch Academy and lose. All the Buccaneers have to do is flip back the calendar and find Sept. 12, the day they fell to the Gators, 10-9.

Man confirms Augusta's niche for bad drivers
Let's check the mail. Steve Kohn responded to my Sunday thoughts on local drivers. He responded a lot, actually, but I think I could sum it up with this quote: "I'm in the Army, have served all over the world the past 30-plus years, and am telling you, I've never seen such bad driving as I have here."

Accused rapist in custody
After a two-day search, police have arrested a man accused of raping a CVS Pharmacy employee this week.

Plan for end-of-life care now
Through the media, we have all watched the heartbreaking story of Terri Schiavo in Florida. What should be a private and sacred time within a family has been laid open for pundits to analyze and politicians to debate. Lance E. Danko, Augusta

Disturbed by medical student's letter

'Cultural genocide' of Southern heritage continues
For the past couple of months I haven't read one story or letter concerning the continuing "cultural genocide" of Southern heritage. This doesn't mean it has stopped. On the contrary, it continues.

Don't close adult store to censor it
While reading the front page of the Nov. 6 Augusta Chronicle, the article regarding the Augusta Video X-Mart, "City to hold hearing for adult store," captured my attention. Michael S. Maloney, Grovetown, Ga.

Calling other religions worthless is absurd
This is in response to the Rev. Paul Cook's letter to the editor on Nov. 1, "Teachings of 'God Squad' are false."

Disturbed by medical student's letter
As a mother and a physician responsible for training physicians and future physicians, I find the comments made by Carmen Patrick in her Nov. 5 letter, "Common ground in abortion debate?", deplorable and disturbing.

Plan for end-of-life care now

'Cultural genocide' of Southern heritage continues

Supports H.R. director's stand for justice
As an employee of Augusta-Richmond County, I would like to extend a couple of "atta girls" to Human Resources Director Brenda Byrd-Pelaez on her stand for justice within city government. It is about time someone came forward and exposed the unfair practice imposed on some employees, while others (if you know the right people) can do anything they choose. Charles K. Goff Sr., Augusta

Supports H.R. director's stand for justice

Water on the moon? Scientists await definitive answer

For some people, Christmas shopping is long past

Pfizer to help eradicate eye infection that causes blindness

City, nation to recognize James Brown

Health and fitness calendar

Study: medium mattress may be better than hard one for back pain

Study: medium mattress may be better than hard one for back pain
LONDON -- Contrary to popular belief, a firm mattress may not necessarily be best for the back, new research suggests.

City, nation to recognize James Brown
The photographed faces scattered across the walls, shelves and tabletops of James Brown's intimate Beech Island living room are, for the most part, familiar - politicians, pop stars and the occasional athlete.

For some people, Christmas shopping is long past
The season of Visa is upon us. In a nation of procrastinators, though, a small slice of the population was thinking of wrapping paper and bows while the rest of us were sweating away the last of the hot summer nights.

Pfizer to help eradicate eye infection that causes blindness
UNITED NATIONS -- In a major boost to a U.N. campaign to eradicate an eye infection that causes blindness, Pfizer announced that it will provide an antibiotic free to treat about 90 percent of the 150 million people afflicted.

Study: High schoolers smoking less, but middle schoolers stay the same
ATLANTA -- Smoking among U.S. high school students has declined by nearly one-fifth since 2000 but has not budged among middle-schoolers, according to a study released Thursday.

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.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is looking for the pinnacle of culinary cookies and will pay the top chef $100 for the best of the bunch.

Water on the moon? Scientists await definitive answer
The latest effort by science to answer whether there's ice on the moon has come up empty. There's no sign of a lunar skating rink in the mysterious polar craters - or even a big slab of ice.

New rivals beat Lynx in overtime

New rivals beat Lynx in overtime
As he addressed the spate of bad goals his team has allowed through the first nine games of the season, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia put the onus on goaltender Jason Saal.

Coach unhappy with Hamerlik
For the two Boston Bruins prospects on the Augusta Lynx roster, the writing is on the wall.

Lynx gamenight
Augusta Lynx vs. Gwinnett Gladiatorst, tonight, 7:05 p.m.

Coach unhappy with Hamerlik

Lynx gamenight

Georgia's hottest team squares off against Lynx

Georgia's hottest team squares off against Lynx
They are the winningest hockey team in Georgia right now, and they're not the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers.

Perdue holds military as model for successful race relations
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Gov. Sonny Perdue hailed Columbus as a model for racial reconciliation, crediting local leaders and Fort Benning as catalysts for improved relations.

Protesters couldn't find "free speech zone" during Bush visit
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The U.S. Secret Service must balance the president's security with people's First Amendment rights, a federal judge said Thursday.

Deficit likely to affect commission's requests

Deficit likely to affect commission's requests
State Sen. Don Cheeks was quoting Bible verses to Augusta commissioners Wednesday, but it wasn't to say "Ask and ye shall receive."

Forecasters predict first freeze of the season Thursday

Deficit to affect city's requests
State Sen. Don Cheeks was quoting Bible verses to Augusta commissioners Wednesday, but it wasn't to say "Ask and ye shall receive."

Bus stop to leave mall lot

Student is arrested in fund-raising scam
A first-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia was arrested Wednesday by the Atlanta Police Department, accused of bilking fire victims out of funds collected for their benefit.

S.C. has scores to top Georgia
AIKEN - South Carolina pupils scored better than Georgia pupils in a nationwide federal survey of educational progress released Thursday.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the amount of a grant Union Baptist Church received from the Knox Foundation. The grant was for $100,000.

Program offers treatment instead of jail time
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- As one of the first graduates of the Savannah-Chatham County Drug Court program, Ramer Smith is free of his crack cocaine addiction and has a clean record.

Soldiers appreciate Fort Gordon treatment
For two soldiers transferred from Fort Stewart for medical care after service in Iraq, coming to Fort Gordon is a nice welcome home.

S.C. has scores to top Georgia

Authorities still hunt for suspect
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who they said impersonated a sheriff's narcotics investigator in October.

Video leads to jail term
A North Augusta man who secretly videotaped sex acts with a female relative nearly 30 years his junior was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday.

Man charged in car theft
A man who authorities said stole a car and led police on a chase early Wednesday found himself in the hospital after he slammed into a utility pole, officials said.

Across Georgia

Bus stop to leave mall lot
A new bus stop in front of Kmart at Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road, which will replace the Regency Mall bus stop, is expected to be open by the end of the month.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Budget and Control Board approved plans Wednesday to loan up to $1 million to the Legislature to cover legal costs in a protracted lawsuit over adequate funding for rural school districts.

Across the area
Police on Wednesday identified a man suspected of sexually assaulting a Martinez CVS pharmacy employee Monday night.

2 people convicted in escort robbery
After hours of deliberation, a Columbia County jury convicted Steven Louis Barnes and Patricia Ann Rouse on several charges in connection with an armed robbery in 2002.

Across the southeast
CLEARWATER, Fla. -The husband of a severely brain-damaged woman asked a judge Wednesday not to allow what he called delaying tactics in his legal challenge to the law that let Gov. Jeb Bush order the woman to be kept alive.

Death Row Inmate gets break at appeal hearing
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A man convicted 26 years ago of raping and murdering a 19-year-old girl will serve the rest of his life in prison after a witness mentioned in front of a jury that he was a death row inmate.

Aiken's reserve called to fight
AIKEN - An Aiken-based U.S. Army reserve unit will send 120 soldiers overseas in connection with the conflict in Iraq, the U.S. Army announced Wednesday, one day after the nation paused in memory of fallen soldiers from every American war.

Army says dead soldier's case handled properly
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The military followed all proper procedures in the investigation of the death of the Fort Benning soldier who was killed three days after returning from combat service in Iraq, a U.S. Army spokesman said.

South Augusta home damaged in blaze
A fire caused extensive damage to a South Augusta home late Wednesday.

Aaron's car lot breaks EPD rules

Rants and Raves
EVERY DAY AT AUGUSTA'S finest stores, The Princess and the Pea is re-imagined. Customers complain about anything and everything that isn't important. I would like to thank Augusta's finest rich, mean, old people. I am now on medication again. I'll see you guys later. I don't have to wait on you anymore.

2 people convicted in escort robbery

Barnes goes after junk faxes in first appeal as private lawyer

ASA is flying fewer
A continued decrease in boarding passenger numbers at Augusta Regional Airport could have an effect on its federal funding - something officials say is determined through a formula that includes the airport's passenger figure.

Democrat shows discontent with his party

Family says man was beaten before being shot by police

Veteran to receive diploma

Student is arrested in fund-raising scam

Fleming criticizes prosecutor

Across the area

Aiken's reserve called to fight

Georgia soldier's story inspires law granting posthumous citizenship

Across the southeast

Last suspect arrested in Aiken store burglary
AIKEN - Stewart Harrison doesn't have to sleep with one eye open anymore.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the day is TyQuan Garrett, 5, of Augusta.

Correction

Supreme Court office looking into judge's release
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The disciplinary office of the South Carolina Supreme Court is reviewing possible violations of judicial standards following the late-night release of a Charleston municipal judge from county jail.

Bank robber a suspect in other holdups

School targeted for closure gets high marks from state
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A state-run school for troubled youth in McCormick County targeted for closure by the governor's efficiency panel has received one of the state's highest marks for public schools.

Parents speak out against school drug raid

One of two welders in pipeline explosion dies
BUFORD, Ga. -- One of two workers severely burned in an explosion in a water pipe they were installing in north Gwinnett County has died of his injuries.

Ethics panel dismisses complaint against Perdue

Study: High schoolers smoking less, but middle schoolers stay the same
ATLANTA -- Smoking among U.S. high school students has declined by more than one-fifth since 2000 but has not budged among middle-schoolers, according to a study released Thursday.

Four soldiers accused of slaying unit member after return from Iraq

College students delve into variety of subjects

Kid of the day

PBS plans to air efforts for post

Prosecutors seek to deny bond to Fort Benning slay suspects

School board trips draw fire

Adams says fund-raising campaign will be fine in the long term
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's $500 million fund-raising campaign will be fine in the long run, President Michael Adams said Wednesday, despite reports of donors withholding money.

Reserve officials prepare

Democrat shows discontent with his party
ATLANTA -- Another Democratic official has criticized his own party, echoing recent comments made by Sen. Zell Miller.

Army says dead soldier's case handled properly

Georgia soldier's story inspires law granting posthumous citizenship
WASHINGTON -- Jorge Rincon's tears of sorrow turned to tears of joy this week when he learned Congress would pay the ultimate tribute to his late son. Never again will a soldier killed fighting for the United States be buried as a foreigner.

Kroger stuns Red Cross
AIKEN - Weeks before the American Red Cross opened doors to a new blood donation center it's leasing on Whiskey Road and spent about $100,000 to renovate, the Kroger Co. alerted Aiken city planners that it wanted to buy the Heritage Square building and develop it, a city planner said Thursday.

Brunswick police get chance to grow beards
BRUNSWICK Ga. -- Police Chief Edna Johnson had no idea how hairy the situation would get.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Former 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell has avoided jail after pleading guilty to an obscenity charge for a performance at a North Charleston nightclub last year.

Bar, club owners say early week slowdown partly due to HOPE, semesters
ATHENS, Ga. -- The legendary Athens nightlife is a bit calmer and quieter during the early part of the week these days.

Regulators fine city for wastewater violations

Barnes goes after junk faxes in first appeal as private lawyer
ATLANTA -- Attacking junk faxes as one of the great irritants of modern life, former Gov. Roy Barnes asked the Court of Appeals on Wednesday to clear the way for a class action lawsuit aimed at punishing those who engage in the practice.

Trial for Bush protester begins

Summit planners pledge to minimize inconvenience to island residents
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Planners of next summer's G-8 summit of world leaders met with coastal Georgia residents Tuesday to try to dispel rumors and calm fears of disruptive protests and security hassles.

P. Diddy's former bodyguard slain in shootout

South Augusta home damaged in blaze

Bar, club owners say early week slowdown partly due to HOPE, semesters

Pupils take on world

Summit planners pledge to minimize inconvenience to island residents

South Georgia health departments may have to reduce hours

State wrangles with Texas company over $350 million contract

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Four soldiers accused of slaying unit member after return from Iraq
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Four soldiers from Fort Benning have been arrested and accused of fatally stabbing a member of their infantry unit, then hiding his body in the woods, days after their return from Iraq.

Truckers asked to help find person who delivered ricin letter

Greenville, Fort Jackson Army reservists notified of Iraq duty

Prosecutors seek to deny bond to Fort Benning slay suspects
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A Superior Court judge will consider a motion Wednesday on whether to deny bonds to three Fort Benning-based soldiers linked to the stabbing death of a soldier from Missouri who survived a tour of duty in Iraq.

Fire services ask to join forces

State wrangles with Texas company over $350 million contract
ATLANTA -- State officials say a Texas company is not living up to terms of a $350 million contract to process medical benefits in Georgia.

Man charged in car theft

South Georgia health departments may have to reduce hours
ATLANTA -- State officials are reviewing a proposal that could force health departments in 16 south Georgia counties to close one day a month because of budget cuts, starting in December.

Trial opens in escort robbery

P. Diddy's former bodyguard slain in shootout
ATLANTA -- A man acquitted with hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs in a high-profile gun possession case in New York City in 2001, was one of two men killed in a gunfight early Tuesday outside an Atlanta nightclub, police said.

Reserve officials prepare
AIKEN - The Army Reserve Headquarters of the 450th Ordnance Company was a hive of activity Thursday as officials prepared for the imminent deployment of 120 Aiken-based reservists for active duty.

Greenville, Fort Jackson Army reservists notified of Iraq duty
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Forty-five members of an Army Reserve unit from Greenville and 20 more with a reserve medical team based at Fort Jackson have been called to active duty in connection with the war in Iraq, the Army announced Wednesday.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - One person was killed Thursday morning during a shooting on Georgia Highway 316.

Trial for Bush protester begins
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The restricted area during President Bush's visit to an airport here more than a year ago was "too broad and too vague," an attorney for protester Brett Bursey told a judge Wednesday.

Board seeks other punishment

ASA is flying fewer

News you can use
NOV. 14, 1980 ATLANTA - Sen. Thomas F. Allgood was elected Senate majority leader Thursday, edging out Sen. Frank Eldridge Jr. of Waycross.

Kid of the day

Aaron's car lot breaks EPD rules
Baseball legend Hank Aaron's car dealership in Columbia County has run afoul of environmental regulations and must pay a $17,000 fine to the state.

Family says man was beaten before being shot by police
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A family-hired pathologist says a man who shot and killed by North Charleston police was also beaten at the time of his death.

Project nears halfway mark
Contractors are approaching the halfway point in the costly removal of 65,000 tons of contaminated soil from a public housing complex in downtown Augusta.

Truckers asked to help find person who delivered ricin letter
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Truckers nationwide are on the lookout for the person who delivered a package containing the deadly poison ricin to a Greenville mail center last month.

College students delve into variety of subjects
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- One class will use baseball to explore the meaning of life. In another, students can earn credit while learning how to lose weight.

Parents speak out against school drug raid
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. -- Parents at a Berkeley County School Board meeting Tuesday demanded accountability for an incident last week in which police officers charged into a crowded high school hallway with guns drawn in a drug sweep.

Pay, perks rise for college presidents
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An annual national survey shows University of South Carolina President Andrew Sorenson is the state's highest-paid public college leader

Sanford hasn't narrowed field for chief of staff
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford's chief of staff leaves in five days, but the governor says he may have to run his office without a top deputy for a while and resort to a "team approach" until he hires someone.

Nursing shortage eases in Georgia, but experts look ahead
ATLANTA -- Following a national trend, the nursing shortage in Georgia has eased over the past three years.

Police identify bodies found last week in car trunk
ELKTON, Md. -- State police have identified two people whose bodies were found last week in the trunk of a car stopped for speeding on Interstate 95 in Cecil County.

Forecasters predict first freeze of the season Thursday
The coldest temperatures of the season were expected Thursday, with forecasters predicting brisk winds accompanied by freezing temperatures in some parts of Georgia.

Ethics panel dismisses complaint against Perdue
ATLANTA -- The State Ethics Commission voted 2-1 Wednesday to dismiss a complaint against Gov. Sonny Perdue charging that he improperly used state aircraft on political trips and then improperly reimbursed the state from campaign funds.

Student arrested for attacking classmate
MACON, Ga. -- A Rutland High School student has been arrested and charged in an attack on a classmate.

Regulators fine city for wastewater violations
Environmental regulators want Augusta to pay $43,312 in fines and restrict development in portions of south Richmond County in efforts to curb ongoing sewage and water pollution violations along Spirit Creek.

Police break up counterfeit CD ring
ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta police and federal agencies have broken up what they say is one of the largest illegal CD manufacturing rings in the country.

Trial opens in escort robbery
A Columbia County jury heard opening statements and witness accounts Wednesday in the trial of two people accused in an armed robbery last year of escort service clients.

Atlanta no longer left out of urban homeland security grants
WASHINGTON -- The latest batch of homeland security grants released for urban areas Thursday includes $10.7 million for Atlanta - a sign the city could be in store for additional federal help after getting slighted in previous rounds.

Across the area
A Lincolnton man remained in jail Thursday after being arrested on kidnapping and rape charges.

Nursing shortage eases in Georgia, but experts look ahead

Board seeks other punishment
Long suspensions could soon be replaced with a mix of out-of-school and in-school punishment in Richmond County schools.

Kroger stuns Red Cross

School targeted for closure gets high marks from state

Across the area

Fire services ask to join forces
The Appling, Leah and Winfield departments are planning to merge and create a single nonprofit corporation - North Columbia Fire and Rescue. Organizers plan to have the new department in place in 2004.

HOPE panel gives suggestions

Across South Carolina

Student arrested for attacking classmate

Supreme Court office looking into judge's release

News you can use

Pupils take on world
Swaddled head-to-toe in the robes of a Mauritanian Muslim woman, Ariana Watanabe-Creighton is prepared to vote yes on a United Nations international trade resolution that will expand her country's economic horizons.

Project nears halfway mark

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Emily Grace Waller, 2, of Augusta.

Burns' reports draw fire

News you can use
NOV. 13, 1990 The city of Augusta is planning to sign a lease agreement with the Augusta Port Authority that would give the authority control over about 10 acres of riverfront property.

Protesters couldn't find "free speech zone" during Bush visit

Veteran to receive diploma
More than five decades have passed since Joe Sullivan dropped out of Richmond Academy to join the Navy. But at 73 years old, he's excited as a teenager about getting his high school diploma today.

HOPE panel gives suggestions
ATLANTA -- Georgia should stop paying for textbooks and college fees in its popular HOPE scholarship to ensure that the lottery-funded program doesn't run out of money, a state panel recommended Thursday.

Fleming criticizes prosecutor
The chief judge of the Augusta Judicial Circuit, William M. Fleming Jr., said Wednesday that it was terribly wrong for a prosecutor to come within hours of indicting a fellow judge and that perhaps the prosecutor should be the one investigated.

School board trips draw fire
Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke and a few board members were challenged Thursday for spending money to travel to Virginia and North Carolina this week while the district cuts personnel positions.

School officials tire of mascot debate
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Edgefield County school officials expressed dismay Wednesday about the continuation of the drawn-out drama over the old Rebel planter mascot for Strom Thurmond High School.

PBS plans to air efforts for post
Coming soon to a local PBS station: Augusta's efforts to protect Fort Gordon.

Rants and Raves
EVERY DAY AT AUGUSTA'S finest stores, The Princess and the Pea is re-imagined. Customers complain about anything and everything that isn't important. I would like to thank Augusta's finest rich, mean, old people. I am now on medication again. I'll see you guys later. I don't have to wait on you anymore.

Bank robber a suspect in other holdups
MACON, Ga. -- A Savannah man accused of robbing half a dozen banks in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina is a suspect in at least a dozen other bank holdups, officials said.

Across Georgia
FITZGERALD - Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze that swept through a house in south Georgia and killed a 3-year-old boy.

Rants and Raves
NOW THAT MR. KOLB has been evaluated (by the commissioners), is there any way we can see an evaluation from him of the commissioners?

Program offers treatment instead of jail time

Burns' reports draw fire
SAVANNAH, Ga. - More questions are being raised about U.S. Rep. Max Burns' fund-raising activities.

Down season still good for Tiger
It was the year of the old guys. It was the year of the first-time major winners. It was the year of the women's revolution.

My mechanical pencils come and go as they please
After much soul-searching, some careful comparison-shopping, and a bit of hemming and hawing, I have bought a new mechanical pencil.

At the Movies: 'Looney Tunes: Back in Action'
"Looney Tunes: Back in Action" is an act of atonement for Brendan Fraser, who makes up for his last cartoon and live-action combo, the awful "Monkeybone," with a family friendly romp that will appeal to Bugs and Daffy fans of all ages.

At the Movies: 'Tupac: Resurrection'
Admirable and despicable, charismatic and chaotic, Tupac Shakur epitomizes hip-hop culture. His life and death remain its defining tale.

Afeni Shakur brings her son's dreams to life

Afeni Shakur brings her son's dreams to life
NEW YORK -- Afeni Shakur, the 56-year-old mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, does not fit the image of a savvy record executive.

At the Movies: 'Master and Commander'
An action-adventure movie that's almost as clunky as its name, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" stars a jaunty Russell Crowe, who's sailing far from home to fight the Napoleonic menace.

At the Movies: 'Anything But Love'

At the Movies: 'Anything But Love'
What do you do when you are born into the wrong era?

At the Movies: 'Master and Commander'

Ex-boxer sues Stallone for piece of 'Rocky' profits

At the Movies: 'Looney Tunes: Back in Action'

Ex-boxer sues Stallone for piece of 'Rocky' profits
NEWARK, N.J. -- Yo, Sly: Pay up!

At the Movies: 'Tupac: Resurrection'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday.

Mini reviews

Charity should remain at home for some causes
You'll be amazed to learn the famous quotation, "Charity begins at home," is more than 2,000 years old.

Singer changes musical gears on latest album

Hip-hop twins put life experiences in music

Top 20 Concert Tours

Hip-hop twins put life experiences in music
The tiny town of Rembert, S.C., between Sumter and Columbia, has not historically been a hip-hop hotbed, and Marvis "Marvlust" and Jarvis "J-Soul" Holliday say that's been the secret to their success.

Singer changes musical gears on latest album
It's a testament to Pink's growing maturity as a performer that it's almost impossible to see the limb the singer has climbed out on with her new release, Try This.

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.

Hamilton takes Homestead pole
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Bobby Hamilton led a Dodge sweep of the first three starting positions in qualifying Thursday for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Q & A with Bill Elliott
At 48, Bill Elliott still loves to race. He won last week's race at Rockingham, N.C., and doesn't mind talking about his team and his life on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit. His mood, however, changes when the subject of retirement is mentioned.

Jury dismisses assault claim against Sterling Marlin

Biffle wins pole for Busch season finale
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Greg Biffle won the pole Thursday for the season-ending NASCAR Busch series race on the reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Roush already looking to 2004
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Although one of Jack Roush's drivers, Matt Kenseth, had just clinched his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship Sunday, the car owner talked more about improving his team's chances for next year than the victory.

Jury dismisses assault claim against Sterling Marlin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A lawsuit against Sterling Marlin was dismissed by a jury that decided the NASCAR driver was innocent of assault for throwing a man into the Jamaican surf in 2001.

Biffle wins pole for Busch season finale

Racing facts - Ford 400

Roush already looking to 2004

Racing facts - Ford 400
Here are facts about this weekend's NASCAR Ford 400 race.

Close race

Q & A with Bill Elliott

Close race
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson said he conceded the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship to Matt Kenseth more than two months ago and started thinking about finishing second in the standings.

Bryant to make first appearance before trial judge
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant will be back in a Colorado courtroom Thursday for his first hearing before the judge that will preside over his sexual assault trial.

Kobe Bryant makes initial appearance before trial judge
EAGLE, Colo. -- With his accuser's family looking on, Kobe Bryant made his first appearance before the judge who will preside over his sexual assault trial Thursday and put off a formal plea.

Kobe Bryant makes initial appearance before trial judge

Hawks top Suns
PHOENIX -- Dion Glover scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the Atlanta Hawks to their first victory in Phoenix in nearly 12 years, 99-94 Wednesday night.

Pacers coach inserts change
When the bus pulled out of Columbus, Ga., in March, Mike Roberts had enough.

Augusta State teams rebuild
Greg Wilson doesn't expect any encores after last season.

College hoops officially starts Thursday night
NEW YORK -- The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is on quite a run.

Aiken Tech standout is Division I bound
LANGLEY - Calvin Roland welcomes the end of countless recruiting phone calls and letters.

Pro football picks

Fantasy Football: Sudden stars can transform the wire into a battleground

Vick practices for first time since breaking leg

QB Vick sore, but encouraged

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Mrs. Patsy Spearman (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Mercier (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Clotie Trowell (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Mercier (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Forbes (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Durfee (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Little (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Hilker (MECKLENBURG, N.C.)

Dea. C.E. Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Barbers should not close real estate loans
I AM WRITING to respond to The Chronicle's Oct. 1 editorial "Another power grab," which addressed the issue of closings of a home refinancing or second mortgage by a notary public.

Barbers should not close real estate loans
I AM WRITING to respond to The Chronicle's Oct. 1 editorial "Another power grab," which addressed the issue of closings of a home refinancing or second mortgage by a notary public.

In the game spotlight

Charity should remain at home for some causes

Running Down A Dream

Area announcements

Federer finally beats Nalbandian

No. 1 secured, Roddick loses to Schuettler

Overtime

Michael Johnson vows to fight to keep medal

Overtime

Former heavyweight champion bitter about Roy Jones Jr.

Overtime
Evans senior Christian Kata is joining his brother at South Carolina.

Overtime
A consumer group known for criticizing the fat in things like movie theater popcorn, fast food and pizza has a new target: alcohol advertising in college sports.

No. 1 secured, Roddick loses to Schuettler
HOUSTON -- The year-end No. 1 ranking already his, Andy Roddick went out and lost 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) Thursday to Rainer Schuettler in the Tennis Masters Cup.

Running Down A Dream
His legs were getting heavy and his sore Achilles' tendon was throbbing big time at the 16-mile mark.

Aiken pair sign to Division I
AIKEN - Stacey Percival wanted to be a horseback rider. Whitney Simons was going to be a swimmer or dancer.

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

Former heavyweight champion bitter about Roy Jones Jr.
The Quiet Man finally had something to say. John Ruiz only wished Roy Jones Jr. was around to hear it.

Michael Johnson vows to fight to keep medal
SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Johnson won 14 Olympic and world championship medals during an unparalleled track career, and every one of them was gold. He earned his last one as anchor of the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Federer finally beats Nalbandian
HOUSTON -- So Roger Federer can defeat David Nalbandian, after all.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Allen Brown, 8, of Augusta.

Reid signs with Memphis
Missing her junior year because of an anterior cruciate ligament tear apparently didn't hurt Richmond Academy center Marie Reid too badly.

QB Vick sore, but encouraged
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A day after practicing for the first time in two months, Michael Vick regained some lost confidence.

Pro football picks
Chad Johnson is putting his mouth where his heart is, guaranteeing he and the Bengals will hand Kansas City its first loss Sunday in Cincinnati.

Elway, Sanders among semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio -- John Elway and Barry Sanders, both in their first year of eligibility, head the list of 25 semifinalists for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2004.

Fantasy Football: Sudden stars can transform the wire into a battleground
It happens every week.

Vick practices for first time since breaking leg
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick is back - at least for practice.

Davis' injury gives Carolina passing game a chance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At least one good thing came out of Stephen Davis' ankle injury: The Carolina Panthers proved they can throw the ball.

Council names semifinalists for Ray Guy Award
The Greater Augusta Sports Council had a busy day Wednesday.

NFL stars testify before grand jury probing lab
SAN FRANCISCO -- Oakland Raiders running back Tyrone Wheatley hit a photographer outside a federal courthouse Thursday, hours before he testified before a grand jury probing a nutritional supplements lab.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars rock audience

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars rock audience
One of the most enjoyable things about the fifth annual WKXC Million Pennies for Kids Guitar Pull was when country music stars enthusiastically performed noncountry songs.

Down season still good for Tiger

Director played by his own rules

Game Show Network sets blackjack tournament series
LOS ANGELES -- The Game Show Network plans to deal its first casino game series next spring.

CBS has strong ratings week, dominates its rivals
NEW YORK -- CBS easily outdistanced its rivals in viewership last week and even beat NBC among viewers aged 18 to 49 to win that demographic for the first time during November sweeps since at least 1987, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

CBS has strong ratings week, dominates its rivals

Game Show Network sets blackjack tournament series

Jessica Lynch interview seen by 15.7 million viewers
NEW YORK -- Television viewers preferred the real Jessica Lynch to the fictional one.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 3-9. Each ratings point represents 1,067,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Video watch

Private eye's arrest has Hollywood wondering if it was spied on

Standing ovations

Concert calendar

Club calendar

Applause calendar

People in the news

Skaters will put on cool show

People in the news

Art Carney had to conquer booze before achieving greatness

Humphrey, Darrah sign With Lady Dawgs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia landed two of the state's top players when two-time Miss Basketball Tasha Humphrey and Megan Darrah signed with the Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday.

When Bulldogs play, CBS wins
ATHENS, Ga. - They haven't quite joined CSI, Survivor or Jag as fixtures in CBS' lineup, but the Georgia football team has turned into regular Saturday afternoon programming for "the Tiffany network" during the past two seasons.

Offense misses scoring chances
ATHENS, Ga. - The look on Russ Tanner's face suggested he had taken a gulp of sour milk.

Humphrey, Darrah sign With Lady Dawgs

Offense misses scoring chances

Director played by his own rules
Although John Boorman has been involved in many high-profile projects (in the 1970s, he tried to bring Lord of the Rings to the screen) and has been granted big budgets (the cost of armor alone on his Arthurian epic Excalibur must have been astonishing), he has always been a cinematic outsider.

Strong heads back to South Carolina

Howell's basketball career hinges on senior season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rolando Howell will play his senior season in South Carolina. In fact, he says his basketball future depends on it.

Strong heads back to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Outside of South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, no one got more credit for turning the Gamecocks from the country's biggest losers to back-to-back Outback Bowl champions than defensive coordinator Charlie Strong.

Gamecocks don't get much national respect
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- She has led South Carolina to its first consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in more than a decade. She has graduated a WNBA roster of talent the past two years and turned the Gamecocks into a regular contender for the Southeastern Conference crown.

Howell's basketball career hinges on senior season

Gamecocks don't get much national respect

Orangeburg man finds alligator in garage

IOC to allow transsexual athletes in Olympics

Trial starts for woman who says fertility treatments were denied because of her blindness

Odds and Ends

Child chained to bed dies in fire

Wheaton College to make history by holding a dance

Man ticketed for scratching ear while driving

Scientists report progress in making bacterial-killing bugs

Odds and Ends