For some performers, 'Music' is family affair

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.

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

MoMA's Italian film festival pays tribute to Francesca Archibugi
NEW YORK -- At 72, Marcello Mastroianni was a star making his 122nd movie. At 28, Francesca Archibugi was directing her second feature film.

Garth Fagan celebrates late American artist

MoMA's Italian film festival pays tribute to Francesca Archibugi

Baseball to begin imposing penalties for steroid use

Anti-Doping Agency head calls baseball drug penalties a 'joke'
LONDON -- Baseball's policy on steroids is a "complete joke" and an "insult" to the fight against performance-enhancing drugs, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday.

Anti-Doping Agency head calls baseball drug penalties a 'joke'

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.

Gagne wins NL Cy Young Award

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.

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

Yankees hire Strawberry

Man confirms Augusta's niche for bad drivers

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.

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.

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

Man who went over Niagara Falls joins Texas circus
HIDALGO, Texas -- The only person to survive a plunge over Niagara Falls without a safety device has run off and joined the circus.

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
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When Roy Williamson hit a tee shot off the fairway, the lie turned out to be rougher than he thought.

Greek government withdraws brothel bill
ATHENS, Greece -- The Greek government withdrew legislation that would have made it easier for brothels to operate in Athens during the 2004 Olympics.

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.

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.

Trade deficit widens as imports reach record high

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.

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.

Port-dredging business finds its niche

Print shop searches for buyer

FCC expands frequencies for wireless Internet

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.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Coca-Cola, education groups agree on guidelines for drink sales

Feds look into limits on listings

Business briefs
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A jury ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay $11.9 billion in damages Friday after finding the oil giant had cheated the state of Alabama out of natural-gas royalties.

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

Print shop searches for buyer
Tidwell Printing, one of the oldest names in Augusta business, is for sale.

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

Coca-Cola, education groups agree on guidelines for drink sales
WASHINGTON -- Coca-Cola Co. and leading education groups have come to terms over how the company's drinks should be marketed and sold in schools, aiming to address concerns about nutrition without canning the vending sales that both sides favor.

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.

Target to court active, upscale segment of Baby Boomers
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. will be introducing an exclusive line of women's and men's apparel in January at its namesake discount store division that's aimed at a subset of the baby boomer generation that it calls "zoomers."

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.

Bankruptcies nearly double in decade
WASHINGTON -- Bankruptcies have nearly doubled in the past decade, including more than 1.6 million people who filed for personal bankruptcy this fiscal year alone in a hangover of debt from the free-spending 1990s.

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.

Spending down, wholesale prices up in October
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers kept a tighter grip on their wallets in October for the second month in a row, and wholesale prices registered the biggest jump since March, raising questions about the shape of the economic rebound in coming months.

Court filing claims Mohawk tried to silence witness in death lawsuit

Spending down, wholesale prices up in October

Whitehurst tries to keep good things going against Duke

Whitehurst tries to keep good things going against Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sitting in Finance 306 this week when his friend and center Tommy Sharpe, nudged him.

Wolfpack gunning for three in a row against Noles

Alabama braces for balanced LSU team

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.

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.

TCU's success colors BCS debate

Auburn career of Butler star nears its end

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.

College football picks

Alabama braces for balanced LSU team
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- How good is No. 3 LSU? Mike Shula had a prop handy for just that question, holding up a Southeastern Conference stat sheet with the Tigers' stats marked.

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

Pacers coach inserts change

Aiken Tech addition should better team

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.

Relevant history
The Columbia County school system hopes it will start a nationwide trend with its school board-proclaimed Proud To Be an American Month, now under way. Indeed, other school systems would be wise to follow suit.

CNN's new low
Unpredictable. Unscripted. Uncensored. That's what a recent CNN "Rock the Vote" Democratic presidential debate was supposed to be.

NPR's windfall a Kroc

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.

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.

Not above the law
His most ardent supporters may never understand this: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore didn't lose his job over the Ten Commandments, or his fervent desire to acknowledge God in public.

CNN's new low

Relevant history

Kolb holds cards too

Not above the law

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

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.

Oscar alterations leave shorter season, bruised egos
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe there should be an Academy Award for behind-the-scenes theatrics. That's where the real melodrama lies this Oscar season.

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.

People in the news
LONDON -- Michael Jackson's father says he never beat his son but admits in a TV interview to be broadcast Sunday that he whipped him.

Video best sellers
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine

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

Mortage rates edge up, slowing home refinancing

Vanguard chief defends mutual fund industry

Improper trading is disclosed at Charles Schwab Corp.
SAN FRANCISCO - Charles Schwab Corp. disclosed Friday that a handful of its mutual funds engaged in improper trading practices, becoming the first major discount brokerage linked to an industrywide scandal. The company's stock fell 8 percent.

Wall Street lower on disappointing economic numbers

Stocks flat on profit-taking

Improper trading is disclosed at Charles Schwab Corp.

Optimism rises as Dow climbs

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.

Optimism rises as Dow climbs
NEW YORK - Rona Crystal often wondered when stocks would recover after the three-year bear market ravaged one-third of her financial portfolio. Now that the Dow Jones industrials have climbed back near the 10,000 level, she's more optimistic about its outlook.

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.

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

Wall Street lower on disappointing economic numbers
NEW YORK -- Wall Street sank Friday as investors sifted through a series of downbeat economic reports, but drug makers including Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co. got a boost as Congress neared an agreement on Medicare prescription legislation. The market's three major indexes ended a choppy week with a decline.

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 report

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

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.

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.

Prepare soil now for spring

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?

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

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.

Yellow Jackets try to bounce back from loss to Duke
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech took a four-game winning streak and a chance to tie for the Atlantic Coast Conference title to Duke last week - and promptly lost.

Georgia Southern fullback having MVP season

Burnett doing fine after taking over for Manget

Yellow Jackets try to bounce back from loss to Duke

South Africans take lead at World Cup
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The South African team of Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the World Cup.

Moving the greens

Wie to play in PGA Tour's Sony Open

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.

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.

Han, Delasin share lead in LPGA event
MOBILE, Ala. -- Hee-Won Han and Dorothy Delasin shot 1-under-par 71s to share the lead Friday after the second round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

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.

Germany leads World Cup

South Africans take lead at World Cup

Sluman-Kuehne lead after opening round of shootout
NAPLES, Fla. -- Jeff Sluman was eager to join up with Hank Kuehne. The chance to play a team format with the tour's longest driver was too good to pass up.

Sluman-Kuehne lead after opening round of shootout

Han, Delasin share lead in LPGA event

Kane leads Tournament of Champions

Independent programs survive, thrive despite fewer players

On the air

Wildcats race to win

Prep football scores

Georgia notebook

Aiken falls to Richland Northeast

South Carolina notebook

Small schools, but big hearts

Jackets' beat Battery Creek

Key matchups

Thomson clinches 3-AAAA title

Washington County gets four straight region title

Thomson tops Baldwin

Evans ends season with loss

Burke County drops Lakeside

Player of the week

Hawks using big words, bigger plays

Wardlaw heads for title game

Swainsboro blanks Tattnall County

Musketeers close with win

Statesboro ends Glenn Hills' year

Reid signs with Memphis

Wildcats race to win
HARLEM - Laney coach Eric Parker and Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis were in agreement on at least one thing after their team's regular-season finale Friday night.

Prep football scores
Here are scores from Friday's prep football games and pairings for South Carolina High School state playoff games to be played Nov. 21.

Evans ends season with loss
Evans concluded a 3-7 season Friday night, falling to Douglass of Atlanta in a Region 7-AAAAA game.

Swainsboro blanks Tattnall County
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Albert Webb rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns as Swainsboro blanked Tattnall County 38-0 on Friday night to win the Region 2-AAA championship.

Burke County drops Lakeside
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Burke County closed out its season with a 27-16 victory over Lakeside on Friday night, denying the Panthers a chance to finish with a .500 record.

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

Hawks using big words, bigger plays
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - When you rush for 193 yards and five touchdowns - all in the first half no less - it's probably OK to invent words.

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

Musketeers close with win
Richmond Academy closed its 2003 season on a winning note Friday, defeating Josey 28-14 at White Road Stadium.

Jackets' beat Battery Creek
A friend playfully punched Brandon Satcher on the arm and asked him where the party was Friday night.

Aiken falls to Richland Northeast
COLUMBIA - Aiken scored the first and final points of its playoff game against Richland Northeast on Friday night.

Washington County gets four straight region title
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Washington County left no doubt, sweeping to a perfect region record and a fourth consecutive Region 3-AAA championship Friday night with a 42-6 victory over Jefferson County.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Thomson tops Baldwin
THOMSON - Baldwin needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt, and Thomson needed a win to be the undisputed Region 3-AAAA champion.

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

Wardlaw heads for title game
JOHNSON, S.C. - Wardlaw Academy broke the SCISA consecutive victory streak record Friday, stopping Carolina 52-6 in the Class A semifinals.

Statesboro ends Glenn Hills' year
After Glenn Hills' 24-7 loss to Statesboro, Spartans coach Felix Curry walked away looking to the future.

Thomson clinches 3-AAAA title
THOMSON - Baldwin needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt, and Thomson needed a win to be the undisputed Region 3-AAAA champion.

Thrashers rookie Lessard suspended for one game
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers forward Francis Lessard, second among NHL rookies in penalty minutes, was suspended without pay for one game Friday for a spearing infraction.

Thrashers rookie Lessard suspended for one game

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."

Planned Parenthood encourages women to abort

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

Supports H.R. director's stand for justice

New Augusta logo is not what we need

New Augusta logo is not what we need
Does Augusta's Public Works Department not have enough to do? Are there not more pressing budgetary concerns? Apparently, some Augusta commissioners think not. Aubrey Moore, Augusta

Planned Parenthood encourages women to abort
Regarding Daniel Fawaz's Nov. 8 letter, "Defends Planned Parenthood's work," and his claim that Planned Parenthood offers "non-judgmental pregnancy options counseling": Joyce Morris, Appling, Ga.

Plan for end-of-life care now

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.

Concentrate on ending suffering in Mideast
Dr. Hossam E. Fadel expresses concern over the lack of coverage of the suffering of Palestinians in his letter on Nov. 8, "Paper more often sympathizes with Israel." There can never be enough coverage of the suffering of either the Israelis or the Palestinians. Leah Ronen, Evans

Concentrate on ending suffering in Mideast

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

Amateur trapeze artists fly through the air

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

FDA approves first chewable birth control pill

City, nation to recognize James Brown

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.

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.

FDA approves first chewable birth control pill
WASHINGTON -- Women are about to get their first chewable birth-control pill.

Amateur trapeze artists fly through the air
WASHINGTON -- It's never too late to run away and join the circus, and Paula Bridwell half-jokes that she just might.

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.

Lynx gameweekend
Tonight vs. Columbus Cottonmouths, 7:35; Sunday vs. Mississippi Sea Wolves, 4:05 p.m.

Dzieduszycki gets call to go to San Antonio
The Augusta Lynx lost their best two-way forward Thursday when Matt Dzieduszycki was recalled to San Antonio of the American Hockey League after the team's 3-2 shootout loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Coach unhappy with Hamerlik

Dzieduszycki gets call to go to San Antonio

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

New rivals beat Lynx in overtime

Kroger stuns Red Cross

Pupils injured in bus accident
A small group of North Augusta pupils was hospitalized after a car driven by a North Augusta man collided with their school bus Friday afternoon, police said.

Students complain as last road in ASU closes

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.

ANIC insurer is under scrutiny

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.

2 people convicted in escort robbery

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

ANIC insurer is under scrutiny
If Global Bonding is operating without a license in Georgia, then state insurance officials say the office project's bonds, which protect Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s $1.7 million investment, would be invalid.

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

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

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 changes restrict nursing students

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.

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.

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.

FutureCall lays off majority of staff

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.

News you can use
The Paine College drive to raise $100,000 to replace historic Haygood Hall has been revitalized with a $1,000 check from M.M. Scott Sr., vice president of Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Co.

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

Across the area
The Georgia Department of Education has removed Butler High School from the needs-improvement list, the third Richmond County school to win its appeal.

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.

Officials pledge to fund Washington Road project
ATLANTA - The state Department of Transportation has unofficially pledged at least $400,000 to Columbia County to use for a turn lane on Washington Road, officials said Friday.

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.

Heart device is in 2 schools

Project nears halfway mark

News you can use

S.C. has scores to top Georgia

Pupils injured in bus accident

Student arrested for attacking classmate

School board trips draw fire

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

Soldiers' group effort is rewarded

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.

Army says dead soldier's case handled properly

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.

Correction

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the parents who don't want the dress code in the schools. Have them read the paper where a little boy got robbed of his tennis shoes. If they don't have a dress code, next they'll be robbing them of their jackets and their shirts and all their expensive school clothes. That's another reason for a dress code.

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.

State's schools rate low in study
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A new study shows South Carolina does a poor job in getting its children through high school and college.

HOPE panel gives suggestions

FutureCall lays off majority of staff
FutureCall is laying off most, if not all, employees at its Augusta call center.

PBS plans to air efforts for post

College students delve into variety of subjects

Supreme Court office looking into judge's release

Cleanup is sought for Gordon Highway
Keeping one Gordon clean to help the image of another is what it's all about.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

School targeted for closure gets high marks from state

Across the area

Kid of the day

Target store might go to Evans

ASA is flying fewer

Yarbrough: Board should get off its high horse

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.

Program offers treatment instead of jail time

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.

Cuts to child psychology services draw criticism

News you can use

Nursing shortage eases in Georgia, but experts look ahead

Reserve officials prepare

Aaron's car lot breaks EPD rules

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.

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A Hilton Head Island man was crushed to death Thursday at Sun City Hilton Head after a tanker truck backed over the car in which he was riding.

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.

Correction
A report in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle on a fatal traffic accident at Gregory and Reynolds Pond roads in Aiken County was inaccurate.

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.

Victim's mother offers forgiveness to driver
Joyce Ford said she knew her daughter was wrong to be involved in drugs, but it shouldn't have cost her her life. It shouldn't leave the family with such grief and two small children to raise.

Victim's mother offers forgiveness to driver

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.

Burns' reports draw fire

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

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

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

Forecasters predict first freeze of the season Thursday

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

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Red Cross wants money back

Students complain as last road in ASU closes
Wearing tennis shoes and shouldering a book bag, Tiffany Jackson trekked across the campus of Augusta State University on Friday with a scowl on her face.

Soldiers' group effort is rewarded
The men and women of the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade serve behind the scenes, performing the intelligence work necessary to win wars.

Cuts to child psychology services draw criticism
ATLANTA - When you're told to cut $141 million from a $1.6 billion budget, you try to spread the pain.

Program changes restrict nursing students
LANGLEY - Robbie Bentley has a strong desire to get the education he needs to become a better nurse and make more money, but right now he is forced to put these plans on hold.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A small fire broke out on the roof of a building at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention early Friday afternoon, but the blaze was quickly controlled by firefighters.

Kid of the Day
DriQuan Xavier Sanders is today's Kid of the Day.

Yarbrough: Board should get off its high horse
I'm not sure about the criteria for becoming a member of the Board of Regents, but I suspect, like most state appointments, it isn't what you know, but who you know.

Red Cross wants money back
AIKEN - Facing the prospect of possible closure, an official from the American Red Cross Blood Services center asked for a hefty reimbursement Friday from the company that plans to level the nonprofit's Whiskey Road location.

Heart device is in 2 schools
Lakeside High School and Greenbrier Middle School are the first two public schools in Columbia County to purchase automatic external defibrillators.

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.

Target store might go to Evans
The gateway into Evans may soon have a red target on it. Frank Mullins, the president of Mullins Land Co., said he is in preliminary negotiations with Target to build a second Augusta-area location, anchoring a three-phase shopping center that would be built on 50 acres at Washington and Owens roads across from Brandon Wilde.

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

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the parents who don't want the dress code in the schools. Have them read the paper where a little boy got robbed of his tennis shoes. If they don't have a dress code, next they'll be robbing them of their jackets and their shirts and all their expensive school clothes. That's another reason for a dress code.

Board seeks other punishment

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.

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday.

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

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.

Mini reviews

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

At the Movies: 'Anything But Love'

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'

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: 'Master and Commander'

Hip-hop twins put life experiences in music

Wal-Mart's expected to enter online music business
LITTLE ROCK -- With the expected launch of an online music service by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., industry watchers predict major changes in a business that until now has been the realm of high-tech start-ups.

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.

Singer changes musical gears on latest album

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.

Wal-Mart's expected to enter online music business

Kvapil wins championship; Hamilton wins race

Busch's debut delayed after NASCAR takes car
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The Winston Cup debut of Kyle Busch was delayed until next season when his car failed to meet NASCAR specifications and was confiscated.

Jury dismisses assault claim against Sterling Marlin

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.

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

Busch's debut delayed after NASCAR takes car

Kvapil wins championship; Hamilton wins race
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Controversy clouded the finish of the closest championship in the history of the NASCAR truck series, with Travis Kvapil winning the title and Ted Musgrave winding up angry and frustrated in third.

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.

McMurray wins first Cup pole on new track
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Jamie McMurray won a historic pole Friday - the first on the reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway and the last in NASCAR's Winston Cup era.

McMurray wins first Cup pole on new track

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

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

Aiken Tech addition should better team
LANGLEY - It was mid-August, the week before Aiken Tech's fall semester began, when basketball coach Charles Welch received a phone call from his assistant.

QB Vick sore, but encouraged

Pro football picks

Falcons' Dunn makes most of his opportunities

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Cohen wins short program at Lalique Trophy

Overtime

Former heavyweight champion bitter about Roy Jones Jr.

No. 1 secured, Roddick loses to Schuettler

Some U.S. Open, Davis Cup urine samples to be retested for THG

Overtime

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.

Some U.S. Open, Davis Cup urine samples to be retested for THG
HOUSTON -- Some drug tests from the U.S. Open and Davis Cup will be rechecked for the newly discovered steroid THG.

Cohen wins short program at Lalique Trophy
PARIS -- Sasha Cohen skated a lyrical, error-free short program Friday to move atop the standings at the Lalique Trophy.

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

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.

Overtime
Argentina's Omar Narvaez kept his WBO flyweight title Friday, stopping Russia's Alexander Mahmutov after 10 rounds in Paris.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Falcons' Dunn makes most of his opportunities
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Once Warrick Dunn made peace with himself, the running back found it easy to forgive Atlanta coach Dan Reeves.

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

Organizer wants permanent venue for praise music
The 300-seat Jesse Carroll Auditorium in Hephzibah will play host to the annual CSRA Thanksgiving Sing next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22.

Family quintet feels 'Just Blessed' to perform
It's a family thing. Every Tuesday, Janet Brown plays host to practices for Just Blessed, the quintet she formed about two years ago with daughter Alexa Harris and cousins Elizabeth Bryant, Michelle Gordon and Karen Allen. The last two singers are sisters.

Minister to teens entertains, illuminates
In melodramatic tones, Jeremy Williamson sets the scene for his youth group drama at New Life Christian Center: the ultimate face-off between good and evil.

Faith digest
A 1,348-square-foot ranch home at 222 Trimmier Place in North Augusta will be sold to the highest bidder to benefit Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta.

Jewish leader was empowered to fulfill God's will
It is amazing how God has called into power leaders to deal with some situation that temporarily prevented God's purposes from being fulfilled.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

American Music Awards host Kimmel to provide laughs, not bleeps
LOS ANGELES -- Dick Clark says viewers who tune in to Sunday's American Music Awards telecast will get to hear jokes from host Jimmy Kimmel - instead of long sequences of bleeps.

ABC pulls 'Karen Sisco,' sets Stephen King series date
LOS ANGELES -- ABC pulled "Karen Sisco" off its schedule but will give the critically acclaimed crime drama a second chance in the spring.

ABC pulls 'Karen Sisco,' sets Stephen King series date

Game Show Network sets blackjack tournament series

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.

American Music Awards host Kimmel to provide laughs, not bleeps

Christopher Reeve says device allows him to breathe
NEW YORK -- Christopher Reeve says a device implanted into his chest now allows him to breathe without a ventilator for hours at a time.

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

Concert calendar

People in the news

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Oscar alterations leave shorter season, bruised egos

Skaters will put on cool show

Video best sellers

Applause calendar

People in the news

Video watch

Swim boosts morale of Bulldogs

Lady Dawgs ready to make championship run
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Lady Bulldogs are talking championship. No wonder.

Georgia signs son of former NBA player
ATHENS, Ga. -- Channing Toney, son of former NBA player Andrew Toney, will play at Georgia next season.

Lady Dawgs ready to make championship run

Georgia signs son of former NBA player

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

Swim boosts morale of Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Just a few days after his team's national title hopes took a dive, Georgia coach Mark Richt figured it was time to take a plunge.

Offense misses scoring chances

A look at Saturday's Georgia-Florida game

A look at Saturday's Georgia-Florida game
Last Meeting - Georgia won 24-21 on Nov. 2, 2002, when Michael Johnson caught a fourth-down, 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 remaining, clinching the SEC East title for the Bulldogs.

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.

Gamecocks don't get much national respect

Florida's Leak returns home - sort of
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Florida's freshman quarterback Chris Leak thought he knew how hard college football would be. Then, Gators coach Ron Zook said, the games came.

Florida's Leak returns home - sort of

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.

Strong heads back to South Carolina

Odds and Ends

Scientists report progress in making bacterial-killing bugs

Wheaton College to make history by holding a dance

IOC to allow transsexual athletes in Olympics

Odds and Ends

Man who went over Niagara Falls joins Texas circus

Greek government withdraws brothel bill

Man ticketed for scratching ear while driving

Minister to teens entertains, illuminates

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Family quintet feels 'Just Blessed' to perform

Organizer wants permanent venue for praise music