Giambi back, uncertain on return

Red Sox get minor league catcher from Cleveland
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox bought the contract of minor league catcher Sandy Martinez from the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

Crawford out of lineup with sore shoulder
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford was out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles because of a sore right shoulder.

Piazza back for Mets, still in difficult position
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza wants the New York Mets to get him out of a situation that's been difficult to deal with.

Left-hander has chance to make postseason roster
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel's return to the major leagues might not be just a September cameo.

White Sox outswing Phillies
CHICAGO -- Joe Borchard set a small crowd abuzz with the longest homer in the 14-year history of U.S. Cellular Field.

Red Sox get minor league catcher from Cleveland

Aaron names Bonds best hitter ever
ATLANTA - Hank Aaron made an appearance at Turner Field on Sunday night.

Cubs get Grieve from Brewers, acquire DiFelice from Tigers
MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs made a pair of trades Tuesday, getting outfielder Ben Grieve from the Milwaukee Brewers and acquiring backup catcher Mike DiFelice from the Detroit Tigers.

Piazza back for Mets, still in difficult position

Karsay to be activated Wednesday
NEW YORK -- Reliever Steve Karsay will be activated by the New York Yankees on Wednesday after missing nearly two seasons because of injuries.

White Sox outswing Phillies

Left-hander has chance to make postseason roster

Cubs get Grieve from Brewers, acquire DiFelice from Tigers

Karsay to be activated Wednesday

Cardinals acquire Hambrick and Zellner in trade with Raiders

Crawford out of lineup with sore shoulder

Giambi back, uncertain on return
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi walked into the New York Yankees' clubhouse Tuesday with pink in his cheeks, optimism in his voice and no idea when he'll be able to play again.

Cardinals acquire Hambrick and Zellner in trade with Raiders
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Troy Hambrick and defensive end Peppi Zellner Tuesday in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.

Another Kirby took a woolly road to California

Odds and Ends
CALDWELL, Idaho -- A woman who has six children, 35 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren jumped from an airplane to celebrate her 93rd birthday.

Man decapitated in apparent drunken car crash
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man apparently drunkenly drove off the road early Sunday and hit the support wire of a telephone pole, which decapitated his passenger, according to police reports.

Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' on tour of military bases
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon money is sending a stage play about a military hero who murders his commander in chief on a tour of 13 military bases.

Doggy breath freshener could be a hit in China
SHANGHAI, China -- For the schnauzer that has everything, how about a sequin-studded raincoat? Would your Pekinese like some "chicken chip cookies?" Or earrings for your poodle?

Braves rally to defeat Giants
ATLANTA -- Even with a big lead in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves aren't taking anything for granted.

Hampton, Braves run over Phils
PHILADELPHIA - A pennant race that's featured more fizzle than sizzle was brought into sharp focus Tuesday night.

Atlanta's mistakes not costly
ATLANTA - It is not the way John Smoltz would choose to win a game, particularly with October just around the corner. But at this point, the goal is more important than the method used to attain it.

Braves rally to defeat Giants

Intel announces milestone in shrinking chips

Consumer spending rises 0.8 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- After taking a rest in June, the nation's consumers were full of energy last month, boosting their spending by 0.8 percent, a hopeful sign the economy may be emerging from a summer funk.

Has an oil-price bubble been pierced?

Business briefs
The Augusta-Aiken Society for Human Resource Management has scheduled its annual Human Resource Workshop for Sept. 16 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Microsoft's big guns aim at Apple's online music store
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp., hoping to take a bite out of Apple Computer Inc.'s highly popular online music service, is gearing up to launch its own Web site for selling songs over the Internet.

Modeling Riverwalk
It's now Augusta's turn to play host to economic developers.

Drop in gas prices ends, but no spike in prices expected

Former leader returns to Ohio
Two years after resigning from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Jim West is going back where he came from.

Business briefs

Merger shuffles leaders at banks
The Wachovia-SouthTrust merger is causing a shake-up at the top.

Drop in gas prices ends, but no spike in prices expected
LOS ANGELES -- Gas prices nudged upward about half a penny in the last two weeks after dropping more than 20 cents since May 21, but another price spike is not expected due to a decline in crude oil prices, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Yukos tax payment deadline arrives with no apparent action

Oil prices drop sharply in spite of Iraqi pipeline attacks

WTO authorizes sanctions against U.S. over antidumping rules

Has an oil-price bubble been pierced?
WASHINGTON -- A week ago many energy traders and analysts spoke of $50-a-barrel oil as almost a sure thing. Now that crude futures have slid 11 percent from their recent peak, settling at about $43 on Friday, reaching the half-century mark anytime soon is considered more of a long shot.

Six Flags shares up on Gates, Redskins owner SEC filings

Electrolux cuts back on staff
Electrolux Home Products North America on Tuesday laid off about 50 office workers at its Augusta headquarters.

State of Iraqi oil exports mired in confusion, conflicting reports

Federal judge rejects tax shelter used by Nobel winners

Consumer confidence fell sharply in August, report says
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence, which had been on the rise since April, declined unexpectedly sharply in August, a private research group said Tuesday.

Business briefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The stock price of Interstate Bakeries Corp. dropped more than a third in value Monday after the nation's largest wholesale baker said it had missed another deadline for submitting its annual report.

WTO authorizes sanctions against U.S. over antidumping rules
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- World Trade Organization arbitrators Tuesday authorized the European Union and other leading U.S. trade partners to impose sanctions against the United States in response to antidumping rules.

Oil prices drop sharply in spite of Iraqi pipeline attacks
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices dropped sharply to about $42 a barrel on Monday, as last week's selloff continued despite sabotage of Iraqi oil infrastructure that curbed exports.

Investigators say Black, others looted Hollinger
NEW YORK -- Conrad Black, the former CEO of Hollinger International Inc., conspired with associates to systematically loot the newspaper publishing company of more than $400 million - nearly all of its profits over the past seven years, an internal investigation found.

Intel announces milestone in shrinking chips
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Contradicting fears that the semiconductor industry's pace of development is slowing, Intel Corp. announced it has achieved a milestone in shrinking the size of transistors that will power its next-generation chips.

Yukos tax payment deadline arrives with no apparent action
MOSCOW -- A deadline for the beleaguered oil giant Yukos to pay a $3.4 billion bill for back taxes came and went Tuesday with the company repeating that it could come up with only half the amount and indication from authorities that it has more time to pay, news agencies reported.

Microsoft's big guns aim at Apple's online music store

Germany raises forecast for 2004 budget deficit
BERLIN -- Germany's finance minister Tuesday raised his estimate of the government's 2004 budget deficit to 3.7 percent of gross domestic product from 3.5 percent, blaming several years of stagnation in Europe's largest economy.

Modeling Riverwalk

Six Flags shares up on Gates, Redskins owner SEC filings
Pressure from Microsoft chairman and shareholder Bill Gates over a sagging financial outlook and news that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has bought nearly 9 percent of Six Flags, Inc. drove the amusement park company's shares up more than 25 percent Tuesday.

Marketing and idealism: delicate balance for Olympic sponsors
ATHENS, Greece -- As a logo it is simple. As a marketing symbol it is among the most powerful in the world.

Germany raises forecast for 2004 budget deficit

Federal judge rejects tax shelter used by Nobel winners
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A partnership that includes Nobel Prize-winning economists is not eligible for $106 million in tax deductions it claimed from a tax shelter, a federal judge ruled Friday in a case that has been closely watched by financiers for more than a year.

Investigators say Black, others looted Hollinger

Former leader returns to Ohio

Consumer confidence fell sharply in August, report says

Apple unveils new iMac at Paris show
PARIS -- Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday introduced its new iMac, the latest version of the consumer desktop computer that restored the company's fortunes as a force in personal computing.

Consumer spending rises 0.8 percent in July

State of Iraqi oil exports mired in confusion, conflicting reports
FAW, Iraq -- The status of Iraq's crucial oil exports was mired in confusion Tuesday, with government and industry officials giving contradictory statements about whether oil was flowing or whether there were even oil tankers at the port here.

Purnell: U.S. needed more time

Tigers ready for revenge a year after blowout loss
CLEMSON, S.C. - Pick one.

Tigers ready for revenge a year after blowout loss

Purnell: U.S. needed more time
CLEMSON, S.C. - Contrary to popular opinion, Oliver Purnell doesn't think that American basketball is going to cave in because the United States didn't win gold in the Athens Olympics.

Arkansas team works on game plan for NMSU

For Saban, having player at Olympics was a thrill

Tide relying heavily on youngsters
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quick, name the freshman wide receivers who will play for Alabama in the season opener.

Arkansas team works on game plan for NMSU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas football team spent two hours on the practice fields Tuesday focusing on the game plan for this Saturday's season opener at Fayetteville against the New Mexico State Aggies.

Commodores looking for spot atop SEC - a rarity

Alabama linebacker Nance arrested in Sheffield bar incident
SHEFFIELD, Ala. -- Alabama freshman linebacker Earnest Lee Nance was arrested Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges stemming from a bar incident, police said.

Commodores looking for spot atop SEC - a rarity
ATLANTA -- All Vanderbilt has to do to sit alone atop the Southeastern Conference football standings is beat South Carolina in the only league game on tap for the first week of the season.

Croom pledges patience with new offense at Miss. State

Injuries, depth have Brooks concerned entering opener

Vaughan enters conditional plea, sentenced to community service
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut assistant men's basketball coach who resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting agreed Monday to perform 10 days of community service and undergo counseling.

Citadel home opener postponed because of hurricane threat

For Saban, having player at Olympics was a thrill
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU wide receiver Benny Brazell did not show up at all for preseason work.

Nebraska center to be held out of Saturday's opener
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska center Richie Incognito won't start Saturday's opener against Western Illinois for disciplinary reasons.

Injuries, depth have Brooks concerned entering opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's defense might be a team strength this football season - if the Wildcats can just get all of their starters onto the field.

Francis spurns offer to join Hurricanes' front office
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ron Francis turned down a front-office job with the Carolina Hurricanes and is still deciding whether he wants to continue his playing career.

Croom pledges patience with new offense at Miss. State
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom waited 28 years to become a head coach. He figures to keep waiting for his Bulldogs to master his tricky offense.

Hurricane in The Swamp? Gators watching Frances
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Frances. So are Miami and Florida State.

Hurricane in The Swamp? Gators watching Frances

Nebraska center to be held out of Saturday's opener

Tide relying heavily on youngsters

Citadel home opener postponed because of hurricane threat
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel has postponed its home opener against nearby Charleston Southern because of the potential that Hurricane Frances could be off the coast of South Carolina this weekend.

Augusta youth hopes for a good draw at Pebble

Weight loss lessons from the Olympians
Despite our best intentions, when it comes to weight loss and healthy habits, we all have our weak moments - those times we always slip up, no matter how determined we are.

Exhortations for the ages

Augusta's can't-do attitude

Augusta's can't-do attitude
When are Augusta's government leaders going to believe in Augusta the way the rest of us do?

Success in Athens
The Greeks made fools of their critics. All those headlines and scare-talk that the nation which gave birth to the Olympics couldn't handle a modern Olympics turned out to be just so much hooey.

Suspect promotions?
It's too early to tell whether Richmond County school authorities are abusing a loophole in the new Georgia law that requires third graders to pass a reading test before being promoted to the next grade. But it's something to keep an eye on.

Hate is no agenda

Exhortations for the ages
It has sadly become par for the course, in a country that increasingly gets its political news and views from late-night comedians and Hollywood films.

Hate is no agenda
Organized anti-Bush protest groups are going to do everything possible this week to shift media attention from the Republican convention at Madison Square Garden in New York to themselves. They may very well succeed, thanks in part to a court ruling that bans the protesters from gathering in Central Park because, according to state Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silbermann, they might damage the grass.

Soledad O'Brien gives birth to twin boys
NEW YORK -- Soledad O'Brien's American mornings will be getting a lot more bleary-eyed.

Actress Charlize Theron hurt on Germany film shoot
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was injured while shooting her new Paramount film, "Aeon Flux," in Germany, but it wasn't immediately clear how badly she was hurt.

Chaka Khan blames off-key performance on strained voice
NEW YORK -- If you thought Chaka Khan sounded a bit off-key during her performance with rapper Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards, you were right.

People in the News
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Paul Hamm's not letting the gymnastics scoring controversy spoil his Olympics experience.

'Major Dad' star Gerald McRaney has cancer surgery
LOS ANGELES -- "Major Dad" actor Gerald McRaney underwent surgery Monday to remove a cancerous growth from his lung, his Los Angeles publicist told The Associated Press.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of "Star Trek" fans showed up to see James Doohan as he appeared at one last convention before retiring from public life.

Stocks close higher despite consumer confidence dropoff
NEW YORK -- A late-session buying spurt gave stocks a moderate lift Tuesday as investors managed to overcome their disappointment over troubling readings on consumer confidence and manufacturing. But with volume extremely light, analysts said it was difficult to place any real significance on the upturn.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tyson cites mad cow effects, plant closings in lowering earnings guidance

Tokyo stocks end down, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday after disappointing industrial output data prompted doubts about Japan's economic recovery. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

Zale earnings more than double
DALLAS -The largest U.S. jewelry retailer, Zale Corp., Tuesday said income in the latest quarter more than doubled from last year.

Google's governance comes up short
NEW YORK -- All the hype over Google Inc.'s initial public offering allowed one important tidbit about the company to get lost in the shuffle: Its corporate governance is anything but shareholder friendly.

Some experts think stocks' current sideways pattern could go on for years

Tokyo stocks mixed
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed mixed on Monday, but the strength of bank and auto maker issues helped the broader market index advance for a 10th straight day - the longest upswing in 14 years. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Profit taking, income report send stocks lower

Tyson cites mad cow effects, plant closings in lowering earnings guidance
SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat company, tumbled more than 8 percent Monday after it lowered its earnings forecast for this fiscal year, citing expenses from plant closings and weaker demand for meat because of the discovery of a case of mad cow disease.

Google's governance comes up short

SEC settles with former Invesco executives over market-timing
DENVER -- Three former executives of Invesco Funds Group were ordered to pay more than $340,000 Tuesday to settle allegations that they allowed some clients to use the funds for market-timing, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Fidelity slashes fees on index funds

Profit taking, income report send stocks lower
NEW YORK -- An unsettling report on consumer incomes set off a spate of profit-taking on Wall Street Monday as investors worried that a tepid economy would erode companies' third-quarter earnings. Another drop in oil prices failed to shake the gloom from the market.

Some experts think stocks' current sideways pattern could go on for years
NEW YORK -- If you're a stock investor, lately you might be feeling like you're swimming against a current and not getting very far. The market's sideways moves since the start of the year have frustrated Wall Street professionals, too, leading some experts to think the current pattern is part of a much larger, bearish trend.

Fidelity slashes fees on index funds
NEW YORK -- Leaping into a burgeoning price war with low-cost exchange traded funds, Fidelity Investments has slashed fees on five index mutual funds widely used in group and individual retirement accounts.

Tokyo stocks end down, dollar lower against yen

Interstate Bakeries stock drops on news of annual report delay
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The stock price of Interstate Bakeries Corp. dropped more than a third in value Monday after the nation's largest wholesale baker said it had missed another deadline for submitting its annual report.

Some peanut growers are considering going organic
ALBANY, Ga. -- Georgia is the nation's leading peanut-producing state but yet it still has no presence in the fast-growing organic peanut market.

Texas kids begin school with new nutrition rules

Raw food, oldest cuisine catching on
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. -- Lunch crush is coming and the deli crew is busy making burgers, lime tarts and pizza dough. Things are really cooking - at least figuratively.

Raw food, oldest cuisine catching on

Some peanut growers are considering going organic

Texas kids begin school with new nutrition rules
CARROLLTON, Texas -- Students who just returned to school in recent weeks are getting some lessons in nutrition - in subtle and not-so-subtle ways as Texas tries to combat childhood obesity.

Concerns valid as injuries rise
ATLANTA - Ordinarily, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey's concern about this week's opponent would have appeared contrived.

Concerns valid as injuries rise

Els says tour isn't doing things right
Ernie Els is the most global player in golf, a modern-day version of Gary Player. He was born in South Africa, makes his home in London and plays the majority of his tournaments in the United States.

The Life of Riley

The Life of Riley
All it took was one phone call for Hal Sutton to get instant gratification as Ryder Cup captain.

Els says tour isn't doing things right

Lown wary of Hornets' sting

Georgia Prep Poll
The Associated Press Georgia high school football poll representing second week results, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Lown wary of Hornets' sting
Silver Bluff coach Al Lown pressed play on the film of Aiken's 34-7 victory last week.

Sweden ices Germany
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Mats Sundin had a goal and two assists to lead Sweden past Germany 5-2 Tuesday in the World Cup of Hockey opener for both teams.

Sweden ices Germany

Gaston dumps foot of rain on Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. -- A state of emergency was declared as Tropical Storm Gaston poured a foot or more of rain on central Virginia, flooding streets with several feet of rushing water that floated cars and trucks and smashed them into buildings. At least three people were killed.

South Carolina recovers after tropical storm strikes with near hurricane-strength wind
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- The second powerful storm to strike South Carolina in a month lashed the state with stinging rain and howling wind, knocking out power to thousands of people and flooding streets.

Remains of Gaston and Hermine drench the East Coast
Remnants of tropical storms Gaston and Hermine will disperse wind, rain and thunderstorms across much of the East Tuesday, while storms strike the central states and partly cloudy skies keep most of the West dry.

Gaston dumps foot of rain on Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. -- A state of emergency was declared as Tropical Storm Gaston poured a foot or more of rain on central Virginia, flooding streets with several feet of rushing water that floated cars and trucks and smashed them into buildings. At least three people were killed.

Students in Florida's Charlotte County to return to school following hurricane
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- High school students got up well before dawn to resume classes Monday for the first time since Hurricane Charley tore through 17 days ago, sharing their building with crosstown rivals whose school fared worse.

Floridians brace for Hurricane Frances weeks after Charley
MIAMI -- A menacing Hurricane Frances gathering strength out in the Atlantic on Tuesday unnerved Florida residents still picking up the pieces weeks after Hurricane Charley flattened thousands of homes.

Powerful Hurricane Frances nears Caribbean islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Frances strengthened as it churned near islands of the northeastern Caribbean with ferocious winds expected to graze Puerto Rico on Tuesday before the storm plows on toward the Bahamas and the southeastern United States.

Hurricane Frances nears Caribbean islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Frances strengthened as it churned near islands of the northeastern Caribbean with ferocious winds expected to graze Puerto Rico on Tuesday before the storm plows on toward the Bahamas and the southeastern United States.

Homemade pizza spirals can save on delivery tips
As t he mother of two middle school pupils, I know that most children consider pizza the perfect food, but you don't have to pick up the phone to satisfy a pizza craving.

Homemade pizza spirals can save on delivery tips

Another Kirby took a woolly road to California
Most people don't consider their lifetime vacation experience complete if they don't make it to California at least once.

Four indicted on racketeering charges
A grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses four people of stealing more than $300,000 through the city's vehicle maintenance facility.

SAT scores rise in Richmond County
Staff and wire reports SAT scores continued their rise in Richmond County last year as students average score hit the 1,000 mark, an announcement that followed news that Georgia had shed the dreaded "50th" ranking on the college entrance exam.

Forget smoking and fight abortion

Smoking ban robs personal freedom
I do not smoke or drink, and I am sick and tired of moral crusaders telling me how to live my life. The ban on smoking in bars and restaurants is not about restrictions on the use of commercial property or protecting public health. If the ban on smoking was about either issue, the sale of any type of alcohol would be banned in bars and restaurants. Arlie J. Smith, Harlem

Put some thought into smoking issue

Thank you for crime-free park
I would like to thank the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for their sweep of Pendleton King Park recently. After hearing that the park was listed on the Internet as a place to exchange sex acts, seeing solicitations constantly written on the men's room walls, and watching firsthand as the sex-seekers creep around the wooded jogging paths, I am thrilled to see actions taken. Sue Anne Beym, North Augusta, S.C.

Re-elect Hall to state Senate
In response to the recent interview that Commissioner Jimmy Smith had with City Ink (Aug. 15): I wasn't upset about Mr. Smith not keeping his word. I was disappointed. I am accustomed to the people that I associate with keeping their word, and I had no idea it would be so easy for Mr. Smith to go back on his word. Robert J. Buchwitz, Hephzibah

There's more to state's paramedic shortage
I was surprised when I read the article in the Aug. 26 Augusta Chronicle regarding the paramedic shortage in South Carolina ("Emergency services suffer from shortages"). Although there is a paramedic shortage statewide and nationwide, some of the "facts" listed were incorrect. ... Michael Fisher, Greenville, S.C.

McIntyre cartoon was in poor taste

There's more to state's paramedic shortage

McIntyre cartoon was in poor taste
The cartoon on the Opinions page Aug. 18 - two days before the scheduled funeral of former Mayor Ed McIntyre - struck me as being as tasteless and insensitive as any article I have seen in some time. Willar H. Hightower, Aiken, S.C.

War medals are suspicious

Civil War letter is shot with holes
With response to Anne Cook's letter ("President Bush misinformed, scared Americans into war on Iraq," Aug. 1), I would like to inform her of a few facts that she obviously overlooked or didn't know concerning the Civil War. Reubin Loper, Augusta

Correction
In Tuesday editions of The Augusta Chronicle, letter writer Dan Lindbom should have been identified as a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.

Commissioners decide? No chance

Put some thought into smoking issue
I may be late in responding to this issue of a smoking ban in Richmond County, but I felt I had to be heard. Edmond P. Kida, Hephzibah

Correction

Even child can solve smoking dilemma
As a nonsmoker, I find it difficult to enjoy my meal when smoke is wafting in my direction. Attempts to divert it through fans and separate eating areas occasionally minimize but do not eliminate the problem. Yet smokers feel that they have the right to smoke where they eat. E. G. Yrizarry, Grovetown

Smoking ban robs personal freedom

Forget smoking and fight abortion
I have watched and read the discussions pro and con about the ban on smoking. I do not smoke and have never smoked. I do not disagree that it is not good for you. Don Matthews, Augusta

Civil War letter is shot with holes

Commissioners decide? No chance
I don't think the smokers in Richmond County have too much to worry about if our Augusta Commission has to agree on the ban of smoking in public buildings. It probably won't happen. Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

War medals are suspicious
I have read and heard much of the rhetoric regarding John Kerry's military and subsequent awards, and after all the dust clears, I have one question that no one has asked: Of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, how many received five medals in four months, and then went home? Find me one. Dan Lindbom, Harlem

Heart attacks more likely in cold weather

Senators, White House in brawl over paying ill weapons plant workers

FDA panel impressed by possible macular degeneration drug

Scientists' creepy movie shows spidery virus moving in for the kill

Vacationers seek thrills during rest, relaxation

Farmer creates cornfield maze of U.S. as geography teaching tool

Health and fitness calendar

SAT scores for class of 2004 unchanged compared to a year ago

Thirty-five years old, Internet remains a work in progress

Scientists look to medicine cabinet for new addiction treatments

Astronomers spot smallest planets yet orbiting nearby stars

Seniors Calendar

When it comes to violent crime, it may not be the economy

When it comes to violent crime, it may not be the economy
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- When Connecticut's largest city was mired in the economic slump of the early 1990s, the homicide toll climbed to record levels and drug dealers and gang leaders ruled, charging tolls to cross their turf.

SAT scores for class of 2004 unchanged compared to a year ago
SAT scores for the high school class of 2004 were mostly the same as a year ago, though scores for some minority groups showed an encouraging increase.

Astronomers spot smallest planets yet orbiting nearby stars
American astronomers say they have discovered the two smallest planets yet orbiting nearby stars, trumping a small planet discovery by European scientists five days ago.

FDA panel impressed by possible macular degeneration drug
WASHINGTON -- A drug that attacks a major form of elderly blindness passed a key hurdle Friday as the government's scientific advisers decided that it poses no significant risks.

Senators, White House in brawl over paying ill weapons plant workers
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is locked in a rare election-year fight with fellow Republicans in the Senate over a troubled program for tens of thousands of weapons plant workers who got sick building nuclear bombs.

Scientists look to medicine cabinet for new addiction treatments
NEW YORK -- Can Prozac help you kick cocaine? Can Ritalin? How about a blood pressure pill or medicine for muscle spasms?

Scientists' creepy movie shows spidery virus moving in for the kill
INDIANAPOLIS -- Using a creature as hideous as any big-screen sci-fi monster, scientists have produced a one-minute horror movie starring a menacing, spidery virus swooping in on a hapless blob of bacteria.

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.

Farmer creates cornfield maze of U.S. as geography teaching tool
AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala. -- Ted Johnson has cut a maze in the shape of the continental United States into a 12-acre cornfield on his farm, hoping to educate schoolchildren about America's geography and the role farming plays in modern life.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Vacationers seek thrills during rest, relaxation
Vacations are touted as a way to relax and recharge, but there are those who would prefer to shoot the rapids, spin in the sky and trek through the mountains during their time off.

Heart attacks more likely in cold weather
MUNICH, Germany - People with high blood pressure seem to be more vulnerable to heart attacks when the temperature drops, new research shows.

Thirty-five years old, Internet remains a work in progress
NEW YORK -- Thirty-five years after computer scientists at UCLA linked two bulky computers using a 15-foot gray cable, testing a new way for exchanging data over networks, what would ultimately become the Internet remains a work in progress.

News you can use
AUG. 31, 1981 LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Georgia's Environmental Protection Division is initiating enforcement procedures against the owners of a Lincoln County water system for violation of the Georgia Safe Drinking Water Act.

Four indicted on racketeering charges

ASU to build student housing

Arson inquiry hunts brother
AIKEN - More than three months after a Beech Island man was arrested in connection with a 2003 arson that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, authorities announced they are looking for his brother on the same charges.

Officials alter smoking plans

Agency fights discrimination suit
AIKEN - An all-white federal jury will decide this week whether the former director of Aiken's office of Probation, Parole and Pardons Services was a victim of racial discrimination when he was fired four years ago after running the office for 11 years.

Woman dies in police gunfire
Columbia County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a 44-year-old Martinez woman Monday afternoon after she pointed a revolver at officers, a sheriff's official said.

Around town
Kevin Martin/StaffAugusta Rowing Club girls varsity members Eric Eiring (left), and Jenniffer Laza, both 16, practice rowing on an ergometer to measure their performance at the Boat House in Augusta.[CAPTION]

News you can use

Former Atlanta leader is indicted
ATLANTA - Former Mayor Bill Campbell was indicted on charges of racketeering, bribery and wire fraud after a five-year federal investigation into City Hall corruption during his administration, a federal court announced Monday.

Missing women linked by man

Tribunal rules in favor of payment
NEW ELLENTON - An attempt by city officials to block unemployment payments to former Police Chief Van McMillan has been rejected by the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, records obtained Monday show.

Across the area

ASU to build student housing
This village will have value and a view.

Graham's appearance reflects appeal to moderates
NEW YORK - Sen. Lindsey Graham tried Monday night to finally bury the hatchet from the bruising South Carolina primary four years ago by introducing President Bush's Republican rival from 2000, who gave the night's headline speech at the Republican National Convention.

Across the Southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Pfc. Lynndie England stomped on fingers and toes and appeared to be having a good time as she ridiculed naked, hooded Iraqi detainees while others took photographs at the Abu Ghraib prison, a fellow soldier testified Monday.

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Boy's death shakes Graniteville family
Laron Z. Ennis did what 11-year-old boys do. He played video games, admired his older brothers and liked to fish.

Groups progress on list of projects
Stung by criticism over their failure to put a special-purpose sales tax extension package together, Augusta commissioners avoided the spectacle of last week's public haggling by huddling in small groups Tuesday to try to hash out a compromise.

Around town
George Barnett, 13, works on his baseball swing while playing in his North Augusta community.

Officers ally with drivers in mind

Missing women linked by man
AIKEN - Authorities say it's merely a coincidence that an Aiken County woman reported missing this week was last seen with the ex-husband of another woman who has been missing for nearly a year.

Sales tax talks resume today
Augusta commissioners will try again, starting today, to get a special-purpose sales tax package together to meet a Friday deadline.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Supreme Court has upheld its 2-year-old ruling allowing judges to order psychological testing for children in sex abuse cases.

Three guns found in car at airport

Across the area
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office was called to two high schools in separate incidents Tuesday, both of which resulted in students being arrested.

Shooting puts 4 officers on leave

Kid of the day

Forgery arrest warrant filed

Corps will lower Thurmond Lake
Thurmond Lake could fall more than 4 feet during the next five weeks as the Army Corps of Engineers works to rebalance Savannah River reservoirs after hydropower generation was interrupted by fish kills.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 18-month old Joshton C. Mincey, of Augusta.

Shooting leads to five-year sentence
A Blythe man who shot a childhood friend pleaded guilty Tuesday after a three-year delay.

Georgia delegates shrug off protesters, enjoy New York
NEW YORK - As the Republican National Convention got under way Monday, most Georgia delegates offered high praise for the four-day event's tight security, while a few scoffed at the protesters who jammed the city streets one day earlier.

Enrollment reaches record high
Enrollment at Augusta State University hit a record high of 6,392 this semester, officials said Tuesday.

SAT scores rise in Richmond County

Officers ally with drivers in mind
Law enforcement got a pep rally of sorts on both sides of the Savannah River Tuesday before Labor Day traffic enforcement activities, and the public got a strong safety message.

Former Atlanta leader is indicted

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Sept. 1, 1983 Richmond County Sheriff J.B. Dykes, under investigation by the FBI, said Wednesday that he did destroy about 32 driving under the influence warrants, but he denied he accepted bribes. "I did take care of some of them, and it's not against the law," Sheriff Dykes said. He said he did not accept any money for pulling the tickets and had not been offered money.

Houses in Aiken are getting face lifts and being resold
AIKEN - Darren Bryant is salvaging Aiken's downtown community one house at a time.

Rants and raves
I AGREE WITH A RANT on Aug. 24 about the ghost town Regency Mall. Regency was doing good business until the loud, obnoxious, rude, discourteous crowd of young, unruly hoodlums appeared on the scene. It was only a matter of time before Augusta Mall also felt the sting. What can be done though? Nothing. We can't keep moving farther away from the inner city and spending millions to build new malls. There will be "no peace in the valley" of Augusta.

Kid of the day
Today's kid is 4-year old Timothy Chase Jones, of Augusta.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a Monday morning armed robbery at a Bethlehem convenience store, officials said.

Officials alter smoking plans
Columbia County commissioners tweaked their plan to ban smoking in public places Tuesday night to allow smoking in certain private clubs and certain outdoor dining areas.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An employee of the state Department of Juvenile Justice was arrested Monday, accused of improperly using other people's Social Security numbers to establish accounts and order goods from the Internet.

Mill cleanup plans make progress
AIKEN - Environmental authorities are moving forward with plans for asbestos cleanup at the fire-damaged Seminole Mills in Clearwater, officials said Tuesday, despite failed negotiations with the property's owner.

Across Georgia
CLIMAX - Three Bainbridge College students and a faculty member were killed Monday during a truck-driving class when the 18-wheeler they were driving was hit by a train.

Prosecutors help man to freedom after 17 years
DECATUR, Ga. - It was an unlikely alliance: a group trying to free a man who served 17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit working with the prosecutors who put him away.

Sibling gives up her kidney
The moment her co-workers started singing, "For she's a jolly good fellow," Debbie Shirey tried to cut them off.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Corrections officials say they foiled an escape by death row inmates at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Charity begins 2004 campaign
At Monday's banquet to kick off a fund-raising drive for the United Way of the CSRA, speakers didn't need the clock to tell them to wrap up their speeches.

Three guns found in car at airport
A former airport security guard was arrested Tuesday, and the FBI was brought in to investigate after three guns were found inside his car at Augusta Regional Airport.

Officers unite to protect drivers
Kicking off the Labor Day holiday early, Georgia and South Carolina law enforcement agencies have set up road checks in the area to push a strong message of traffic safety.

Program offers inmates chance to attend church
The Augusta Transition Center has added a program in which churchgoers can essentially adopt an inmate and bring him to religious services with them.

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Judges to pick 4 to aid children
The Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit are expected to meet today to decide who among 10 candidates should serve as the circuit's Juvenile Court judges.

Program offers inmates chance to attend church

Aliens used false IDs at fort
Federal authorities investigated an incident Tuesday morning in which officials said two illegal aliens attempted to come onto Fort Gordon with false identification and gave false names.

Groups progress on list of projects

Forgery arrest warrant filed
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have filed warrants against a man who complained that a former Augusta Aquatics Center director took $1,300 from him for a party and refused to refund his money when it was cancelled, officials said Tuesday.

Around town

Shooting puts 4 officers on leave
Four Columbia County sheriff's officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay after the fatal shooting Monday night of a 44-year-old Martinez woman who police say was threatening suicide.

Across Georgia

Asbestos removal progresses
A $3.5 million project to raze asbestos-roofed buildings at Augusta State University is ahead of schedule, with crews expected to lift out the first roof panels later this week.

Sales tax talks resume today

Across the area
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office was called to two high schools in separate incidents Tuesday, both of which resulted in students being arrested.

Rants and raves
IT AMAZES ME THAT the president is so unsure of his own re-election that he chooses to hire adversaries for his opposition, John Kerry, who attack Mr. Kerry at Mr. Bush's weakest point, national service. If Mr. Bush wishes to stand toe to toe with John Kerry on military service, let him do so, instead of confabulating false charges against Kerry that have been refuted in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Georgia regains 49th place in SAT scoring
Richmond County students hit the 1,000 mark on their SAT average, officials announced Tuesday. The gain, nine points over last year's student average, comes as Georgia jumped back ahead of South Carolina to avoid the final spot among the 50 states on the well-known college entrance exam.

Woman dies in police gunfire

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Georgia regains 49th place in SAT scoring

Houses in Aiken are getting face lifts and being resold

Judges to pick 4 to aid children

Agency fights discrimination suit

Kid of the day

Aliens used false IDs at fort

Around town

Rants and raves
I AGREE WITH A RANT on Aug. 24 about the ghost town Regency Mall. Regency was doing good business until the loud, obnoxious, rude, discourteous crowd of young, unruly hoodlums appeared on the scene. It was only a matter of time before Augusta Mall also felt the sting. What can be done though? Nothing. We can't keep moving farther away from the inner city and spending millions to build new malls. There will be "no peace in the valley" of Augusta.

Across the area

Asbestos removal progresses

Across the Southeast

Rants and raves
IT AMAZES ME THAT the president is so unsure of his own re-election that he chooses to hire adversaries for his opposition, John Kerry, who attack Mr. Kerry at Mr. Bush's weakest point, national service. If Mr. Bush wishes to stand toe to toe with John Kerry on military service, let him do so, instead of confabulating false charges against Kerry that have been refuted in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Graham's appearance reflects appeal to moderates

Tribunal rules in favor of payment

At the Movies: 'Mean Creek'

At the Movies: 'Vanity Fair'

At the Movies: 'Vanity Fair'
Adapting centuries-old literature into a modern Hollywood movie is always a dicey enterprise, if for no other reason than a dense 19th century novel is likely to include much more of the necessary detail and historical context for a 21st century reader to relate to the characters and their motivations.

At the Movies: 'Mean Creek'
Everyone has revenge fantasies now and then. Writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes' "Mean Creek" offers a decent lesson about the dangers of acting on those impulses.

Venice Film Festival struggles to define itself

Li's epic 'Hero' grabs top box-office slot with $18 million
LOS ANGELES -- Jet Li's martial-arts saga "Hero" debuted as the top weekend movie with $18 million, followed by the snake sequel "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid," with $12.8 million.

Venice Film Festival struggles to define itself
ROME -- The Venice Film Festival is grappling with its perennial tag as the No. 2 movie extravaganza in Europe - still a little brother to Cannes in terms of stars, marketing and buzz, even though it's older.

Ray Charles' star-studded album released posthumously

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Bjork has said she finds her best, most loved music has been the songs she was selfish in making. On her latest, the Icelandic chanteuse has cast out even the instruments. Bjork's seventh album, "Medulla," which refers to the spinal cord in Latin, gets to the heart of the marrow, so to speak.

Alan Jackson garners seven CMA nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alan Jackson pulled in seven nominations, the most of the year, from the Country Music Association Monday, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist.

Ray Charles' star-studded album released posthumously
NEW YORK -- It was a quiet moment in a recording studio between two old friends - the genius of soul and the king of blues.

Alan Jackson garners seven CMA nominations

Rusty Wallace to retire after 2005 season

Rusty calls it a career

Rusty calls it a career
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace talked about his retirement following the 2005 racing season on Monday with the same passion and searing honesty that became his trademark on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

Rusty Wallace to retire after 2005 season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace will retire after the 2005 season, saying he is concerned about getting hurt and wants to leave at the top of his game. His decision was influenced by the death of rival Dale Earnhardt in a Daytona 500 crash in 2001.

Woman makes claim of assault by Barkley

Bobcats sign Knight

Jury selection in Kobe Bryant sexual assault case to continue behind closed doors
EAGLE, Colo. -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case said Tuesday he would question some jurors in open court about their opinions in the case, despite prosecutors' concerns that doing so might unfairly influence other potential panelists.

Kobe Bryant arrives, jury questioning goes behind closed doors

Jury selection in Kobe Bryant sexual assault case to continue behind closed doors

Woman makes claim of assault by Barkley
PHILADELPHIA - Former NBA star Charles Barkley is under investigation for indecent assault, police said Monday.

Bobcats sign Knight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Point guard Brevin Knight signed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, making him the most experienced player on the expansion team.

Kobe Bryant arrives, jury questioning goes behind closed doors
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prospective jurors in the Kobe Bryant rape case were asked their feelings on racial prejudice, interracial relationships, marital infidelity and justice for the rich and famous in an 82-item questionnaire released Monday.

Vick says he's prepared despite missing games

Linebacker pleased with progress from broken hip

NFL 2004: The NFC East is a coaching division

Woodson signs tender, joins Raiders

CB Hall likely to miss preseason finale

Rookie CB to miss 6-10 weeks with hip fracture

Jags TE Brady to miss two games with finger injury

Deion Sanders joins the Ravens

Gibbs names Brunell starter for season-opener

Todd France seemingly wins job as Giants kicker

Contract extension close for Jets QB

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Overtime

Former champ goes out with whimper

U.S. Open Glance

Streak grows to 18 in row for star

Streak grows to 18 in row for star
NEW YORK - Sitting with legs crossed during a changeover, Lindsay Davenport waved off the ball girl offering water, saying: "No, thanks. I'm OK."

Overtime
In Charleston, S.C., Andy Sonnanstine, Tony Perez and Brian Bulger combined on a four-hitter to give the Charleston RiverDogs their 13th shutout of the season with an 8-0 win over the Augusta GreenJackets.

U.S. Open Glance
NEW YORK -- Highlights of Monday's play at the $17.75 million U.S. Open tennis championships:

Former champ goes out with whimper
NEW YORK - Marat Safin grabbed his racket with both hands, leaned forward, and cracked it to the court three times, as if chopping wood with an ax.

Anderson out for the season with groin injury
DENVER -- Broncos running back Mike Anderson will miss the entire season because of a groin injury sustained last weekend in an exhibition game against Houston.

Panthers make five roster moves
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers reached injury settlements Tuesday with wide receiver Donald Hayes and defensive tackle Rod Walker, and placed safety Damien Richardson on injured reserve.

Woodson signs tender, joins Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Charles Woodson's monthlong holdout didn't yield the "boat load of money" he said he was looking for, so it was time to show up at Oakland Raiders' training camp.

Jaguars release veteran DE Douglas, three others
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas was among four players released Monday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bills QB Brown out with sprained knee
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Travis Brown, Buffalo's backup quarterback, sprained a ligament in his left knee and will miss between four and six weeks.

Vick says he's prepared despite missing games
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick is willing to let his critics fire away in the preseason.

Deion Sanders joins the Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Deion Sanders is back in the NFL, this time with the Baltimore Ravens.

Hall will miss several weeks
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - DeAngelo Hall hasn't enjoyed his past two trips to Nashville.

Rookie CB to miss 6-10 weeks with hip fracture
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- DeAngelo Hall hasn't enjoyed his last two trips to Nashville.

NFL 2004: The NFC East is a coaching division
Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells have five Super Bowl wins between them. Tom Coughlin took an expansion franchise in Jacksonville and had it in the AFC championship game in its second year.

Contract extension close for Jets QB
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The money is nice. No, the money is very nice.

Todd France seemingly wins job as Giants kicker
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants apparently are going to open the season with relative unknown Todd France as their placekicker.

CB Hall likely to miss preseason finale
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- DeAngelo Hall visited an orthopedist Monday for a second test on the left side of his hip, but Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora doesn't believe the rookie cornerback will miss the Sept. 12 opener at San Francisco.

Jags TE Brady to miss two games with finger injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tight end Kyle Brady will miss the Jacksonville Jaguars' first two regular season games and possibly more after injuring his finger in Friday's preseason game with Green Bay.

Gibbs names Brunell starter for season-opener
ASHBURN, Va. (AP)- As expected, Joe Gibbs went with the veteran quarterback.

Linebacker pleased with progress from broken hip
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Rosevelt Colvin is chasing quarterbacks again nine months after simply walking without crutches was an accomplishment.

'Apprentice' contestants are revealed
NEW YORK - On your mark. Get set. You're fired!

'Apprentice' contestants are revealed

Tuesday's TV coverage of the Republican National Convention

Tuesday's TV coverage of the Republican National Convention
NEW YORK -The following is a list of live prime-time television coverage for the Republican National Convention for Tuesday. All times are Eastern daylight.

People in the News

The top five list

Soledad O'Brien gives birth to twin boys

People in the News

UGA coach is fired for misconduct
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of the school's cheerleading coach, who was fired last week after a Jewish cheerleader had accused her of discrimination.

Dogs' line eager to prove itself

Ware dreams of big success as Bulldogs' tailback

Ware dreams of big success as Bulldogs' tailback
ATHENS, Ga. -- Every day since the Aug. 9 practice in which Kregg Lumpkin suffered a season-ending knee injury, Danny Ware has been Georgia's starting tailback.

UGA coach is fired for misconduct

Back in the pack Part of the team
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia running back Michael Cooper's hometown is less than 25 miles away from Georgia Southern's campus in Statesboro.

Back in the pack Part of the team

Dogs' line eager to prove itself
ATHENS, Ga. - The new football season can't come soon enough for Georgia's offensive line, which took the brunt of the blame for a Southeastern Conference-high 47 sacks surrendered last season and has spent the past nine months hearing all about it.

Pinkins' job isn't full time
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said Monday it's certain that Dondrial Pinkins will start at quarterback when the Gamecocks play at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Holtz says Gamecocks eager to start
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Here's a twist - coach Lou Holtz says South Carolina is ready for its opener at Vanderbilt this week.

Pinkins' job isn't full time

Holtz says Gamecocks eager to start

Augusta youth hopes for a good draw at Pebble
Keep an eye on The Golf Channel on Friday and Saturday, and on NBC-Ch. 26 on Sunday.

Technology is great but, in the end, the pencil still works
WASHINGTON -- Back-to-school shopping lists are constantly evolving to keep up with technological advancements, many even including cell phones, laptops, Blackberrys and iPods. But one clear staple remains - the pencil.

Question of the week
How active are yuo in the arts?

My style

My style
THE FACTS: Shantel Reese, 15, a sophomore at T.W. Josey High School

2004-05 Teen Board members
Introductions are rarely easy, but neither is being the forum for teens in the area.

Discuss decision to marry with parents
I've been with this guy since December 2002, and we're really close. Awhile back, he proposed and I accepted. We're planning to get married soon after I graduate from college, which is in about three years.

Discuss decision to marry with parents

Technology is great but, in the end, the pencil still works

2004-05 Teen Board members

Question of the week

Doggy breath freshener could be a hit in China

Odds and Ends

Man decapitated in apparent drunken car crash

Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' on tour of military bases

Students in Florida's Charlotte County to return to school following hurricane

Remains of Gaston and Hermine drench the East Coast

South Carolina recovers after tropical storm strikes with near hurricane-strength wind