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NFL stars tackle the world of children's books
NEW YORK -- Brotherhood certainly is something Ronde and Tiki Barber know a lot about. So is football. But writing?

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NFL stars tackle the world of children's books

Summer travel wraps up for many vacationers

Odds and Ends
DUVALL, Wash. -- Three 6-week-old cougar kittens were found in a couple's backyard, and authorities have no idea how they ended up there.

Odds and Ends
SALT LAKE CITY -- A judge says the lawsuit just didn't have teeth.

Woman charged with passing funny money
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- A store clerk at a woman's clothing store was fooled by a fake $200 bill, despite several dead giveaways on the currency including President Bush's picture and the serial number DUBYA4U2001.

Byrd, bats bludgeon hapless Expos in win

Byrd, bats bludgeon hapless Expos in win
MONTREAL - No one really expected Paul Byrd to pitch like a former 17-game winner in his return from elbow surgery, not when he'd spent more than a year away from the mound.

Smoltz remains bullpen fixture
MONTREAL - It has been three years since John Smoltz packed up his starter's kit and moved to the bullpen.

Automaker Nissan lowers Japan sales target but keeps overall forecast
TOKYO -- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. lowered its sales forecasts for Japan and Europe for the next year on Thursday but kept its global outlook unchanged because of expected better results in the U.S. and Chinese markets.

Disney eyes partnerships as way to expand video-on-demand

Yukos says new ruling means production in imminent danger

Retailers report disappointing August sales

Weekly U.S. rig count up by 10

Productivity grows at slowest pace since late 2002

Economy adds 144,000 jobs, jobless rate dips to 5.4 percent
WASHINGTON -- America's payrolls picked up in August, with the economy adding 144,000 jobs, slightly less than economists were forecasting and highlighting the slow and uneven recovery in the labor market that jobseekers have braved.

Business briefs

European Central Bank raises growth forecast, holds rates steady
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank on Thursday raised its economic growth forecast for the 12 nations using the euro and kept its key interest rate steady at record lows as it waits for the recovery to firm up.

European Central Bank raises growth forecast, holds rates steady

Hurricanes are crunch time for the reinsurance business

German jobless rate remains unchanged at 10.5 percent

German jobless rate remains unchanged at 10.5 percent
BERLIN -- Germany's unemployment remained at 10.5 percent in August, unchanged from the previous month as the number of unemployed fell slightly, the German Labor Agency reported Thursday.

Group wants to relocate offices

Group wants to relocate offices
The Downtown Development Authority is in the market for a new home.

Procter & Gamble, Vidal Sassoon settle suit

Restaurants anchor plan for Evans development
It's a site where bulldozers have served up plenty of dirt in the past few months. But by early spring, the land across from the Evans Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Washington Road will become a place for serving hungry customers inside new restaurants.

Restaurants anchor plan for Evans development

Hurricanes are crunch time for the reinsurance business
ATLANTA -- High-tech charts and up-to-the-minute data meticulously track Hurricane Frances as employees run storm simulations that pop out specific damage estimates for certain zip codes.

Hurricanes are crunch time for the reinsurance business
ATLANTA -- High-tech charts and up-to-the-minute data meticulously track Hurricane Frances as employees run storm simulations that pop out specific damage estimates for certain zip codes.

Florida tourism grinds to a halt as hurricane approaches
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Parlacka planned to be in Walt Disney World on Thursday for a Labor Day weekend trip with her best friend.

Procter & Gamble, Vidal Sassoon settle suit
LOS ANGELES -- Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon and consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. have settled a lawsuit over claims that P&G deliberately sabotaged the Sassoon product line in favor of a competing brand.

Economy adds 144,000 jobs, jobless rate dips to 5.4 percent

Disney eyes partnerships as way to expand video-on-demand
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. has postponed an expansion of its video-on-demand service while it explores partnerships that could result in a deal to include the service in set-top boxes, computers or other devices.

Sony in talks to sell products in U.S. Wal-Mart, Costco stores

Business briefs
Aiken-based Carolina Heart & Vascular Center this week broke ground on what will be its new office.

Automaker Nissan lowers Japan sales target but keeps overall forecast

Retailers report disappointing August sales
NEW YORK -- The August start of the back-to-school shopping season was a disappointment for major retailers, giving the industry a third straight month of tepid sales. Higher gasoline prices and consumers' ongoing worries about jobs contributed to the poor showing.

Motorists grumble, but submit to high gasoline prices

Yukos says new ruling means production in imminent danger
MOSCOW -- Russia's largest oil producer, ensnared in a debilitating battle over a huge back taxes bill, said Thursday it is unable to pay wages and that production is in imminent danger of stopping.

Polaris to drop personal watercraft
MEDINA, Minn. -- Polaris Industries Inc. said on Thursday that it will immediately stop making personal watercraft, saying the market has been shrinking with little prospect for improvement. Its shares climbed more than 6 percent.

Tax Ministry increases its back taxes claim against Yukos
MOSCOW -- The Tax Ministry raised its tax bill for 2001 against the floundering Yukos oil giant by some $700 million, bringing total back tax claims against Russia's biggest oil producer to $7.4 billion, the company said Friday.

Sony in talks to sell products in U.S. Wal-Mart, Costco stores
TOKYO -- The electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp. is talking with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. in an effort to boost sales by shipping to U.S. discount chains with which it previously did little business.

Productivity grows at slowest pace since late 2002
WASHINGTON -- Workers' productivity increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the spring, the smallest gain since late 2002, reflecting the economy's slowdown.

Target recalls thousands of electric scooters
WASHINGTON -- Target Corp. is recalling 58,950 electric scooters because faulty wiring and poor insulation can pose fire or shock hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Service sector growth slows in August
NEW YORK - The U.S. service sector accelerated its hiring in August, but its growth rate slowed markedly compared with July, according to a report released Friday.

Motorists grumble, but submit to high gasoline prices
ORANGE, Va. -- Pointing to the Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle she uses even for short trips, bed-and-breakfast owner Patricia North puckered her lips and mimicked the sound of water going down a drain.

Weekly U.S. rig count up by 10
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States rose by 10 this week to 1,249.

Service sector growth slows in August

Dooley won't go back
ATHENS, Ga. - Former Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley said Thursday he's not a candidate to lead Auburn's athletic department, ruling out a return to his alma mater.

Priceless tickets may be a problem
RALEIGH, N.C. - Season tickets for North Carolina State football games are priceless this season. The question is whether that will cause problems for prosecutors pursuing charges against scalpers.

College football spotlights

Barnett focuses on season, not scandal
BOULDER, Colo. - The rape and recruiting scandal that enveloped the Colorado football program and nearly cost coach Gary Barnett his job is far from over.

Priceless tickets may be a problem

Texas Christian comes out on top
FORT WORTH, Texas - The defensive mind of Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson just wouldn't let him enjoy the victory. Not after the Horned Frogs gave up 637 yards and 14-point leads three times.

South Carolina schools get shot at larger in-state rivals

College football spotlights
GEORGIA TECH (0-0) VS. SAMFORD (1-0)

Hephzibah native earns spot with Tide

South Carolina schools get shot at larger in-state rivals
COLUMBIA - It's not easy for Benedict fans to forget what happened in last year's Palmetto Capital City Classic, but it seems both coaches have put their post-game squabble behind them.

Dooley won't go back

Freshman will make history for Volunteers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brent Schaeffer will become the first true freshman to start at quarterback in a season opener for No. 14 Tennessee when the Volunteers play UNLV on Sunday.

Barnett focuses on season, not scandal

Florida league lashes back at hurricane delay
MIAMI - The decision to postpone the nationally televised Florida State-Miami game to Friday night didn't please everyone.

Texas Christian comes out on top

Hephzibah native earns spot with Tide
Friday ended the same as every day for Rudy Griffin.

Freshman will make history for Volunteers

Giving them Zell

A confounding case
A dead body is pretty obvious. So is a knife wound. Missing money can be tracked through paper work. A stolen appliance leaves an awful hole.

Know your enemy

Shameful, disgraceful

Shameful, disgraceful
This could have been the Augusta Commission's finest hour.

Giving them Zell
Zell Miller has been called many things. Outspoken. Maverick. Gadfly.

Know your enemy
What if forecasters were trying to warn the coast about Hurricane Frances - but couldn't bring themselves to say the word "hurricane"?

Britney's trash is a fan's treasure - or is it?
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears' fans don't think the pop star's chewed gum is "Toxic" - they're buying wads of it on eBay.

People in the News
VENICE, Italy -- Tom Cruise was playing cold and heartless at the Venice International Film Festival in his hit-man role as Vincent, the devil in a gray tailored suit, in Michael Mann's action-thriller "Collateral."

Warner Bros. rejects anti-war documentary for 'Three Kings' DVD
LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker David O. Russell planned to distribute a new anti-war documentary along with an upcoming Warner Bros. DVD release of his 1999 movie "Three Kings." But studio executives now say his finished documentary isn't what they had in mind, so they're giving it back to him.

People in the News
LONDON -- Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman had a bucket of spaghetti dumped over his head as he played the clown for a group of sick and disabled children.

Miss Universe suffers wardrobe malfunction on catwalk
SYDNEY, Australia -- Hundreds of people turned out to see Miss Universe strut her stuff on the catwalk. They weren't expecting to see this much of her.

Report: Michael Jackson paid $2 million to another accuser
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson allegedly staved off a child molestation accusation in 1990 with a $2 million payment to the son of an employee at his Neverland Ranch, according to a television report.

Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath to co-host "Extra"
LOS ANGELES -- Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath has signed on as permanent co-host of the TV entertainment show "Extra," producers said Thursday.

Actor Tom Sizemore's probation is revoked
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Tom Sizemore's probation in a domestic abuse case involving former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was revoked Thursday because he failed to complete a drug test.

Pep Boys hit speed bump on service weaknesses

Tokyo stocks close slightly higher
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed slightly higher Thursday while the U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Bonds fall

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

Mortgage rates fall to five-month low
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates fell this week, with rates on 30-year mortgages dropping to their lowest level in five months, good news for potential home buyers.

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

Tokyo stocks fall, U.S. dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo share prices fell steeply Friday, led by technology stocks after a disappointing report from U.S. chip giant Intel Corp. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Del Monte profit skids 41 percent amid integration costs
SAN FRANCISCO - Del Monte Foods Co.'s profit tumbled 41 percent in its latest quarter, hit by the cost of integrating brands acquired from H.J. Heinz Co. in late 2002, as well as higher commodity costs and marketing expenses.

Best Buy sales increase 13 percent
MINNEAPOLIS -- Best Buy Co. Inc.'s second-quarter results will show a 13 percent increase in revenue and 4.3 percent growth in same-store sales, the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer said Thursday.

Intel cuts quarterly sales forecast amid sluggish PC orders
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shares of Intel Corp. fell nearly 8 percent Friday after the computer chip giant's management lowered the company's financial projections after concluding businesses and consumers aren't in a spending mood.

Pep Boys hit speed bump on service weaknesses
PHILADELPHIA - They still come to get car batteries, pocket bikes and DVD players. But when it comes to getting their cars fixed, it seems fewer customers are turning to The Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack Inc.

Stocks lower on jobs picture, Intel warning
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks led Wall Street lower Friday after an uninspiring employment report failed to mitigate investors' concerns over Intel Corp.'s profit outlook. The major indexes finished the week mixed.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Bonds fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices fell Friday, as stocks were modestly lower in the wake of an uninspiring government job report.

Tokyo stocks close slightly higher

Mandalay Resort Group profit hurt by health costs, successful gamblers

3Com warns revenue will fall short of expectations
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- 3Com Corp. said Friday its quarterly revenue will come in around 10 percent below its previous expectation, an announcement that sent shares of the communications network supplier down 10 percent.

Best Buy sales increase 13 percent

Mandalay Resort Group profit hurt by health costs, successful gamblers
LAS VEGAS -- Mandalay Resort Group Inc. posted a 38 percent jump in second-quarter profit, although the results fell short of analyst forecasts because of steep health care costs and lucky gamblers winning at its flagship property.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $5.94 billion in the latest week to $842.72 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Late day buying rush sends stocks soaring despite mixed data
NEW YORK -- Stocks strode higher in a late surge of bargain hunting Thursday, as oil prices stepped back from their highs and investors shrugged off mixed economic data, focusing with renewed optimism on the government's upcoming jobs report. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 120 points.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Five are tabbed as inductees

Fishing tournament news

Five are tabbed as inductees
Ray W. Scott Jr., founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, is among five men to be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame this fall.

Europeans eat less dangerous fats than Americans

Europeans eat less dangerous fats than Americans
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Europeans eat less of the most dangerous, cholesterol-raising fats than Americans do and the amount is decreasing, according to a report released Wednesday by the European Food Safety Authority.

For many gardeners, fall offers another planting season

For many gardeners, fall offers another planting season
NEW MARKET, Va. -- The grass is going dormant and the last of the tomatoes are picked. Summer is slip sliding away, ushering in the cooling comfort of September. Many gardeners consider this a second planting season, rivaling spring.

Statuary adds style, whimsy to gardens
Nestled among the azaleas, brown-eyed Susans and dogwoods in Earlle Olson's backyard garden are chickens, fish and frogs.

Rare Caribbean slug is threatening farmers' crops

Vegetable, perennial foliage good year-round
If you want fall-through-spring color in your garden - other than pansies - consider vegetables and perennial foliage.r vegetables and perennial foliage.

Statuary adds style, whimsy to gardens

Vegetable, perennial foliage good year-round

Rare Caribbean slug is threatening farmers' crops
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has urged the commonwealth's government to seek federal assistance to deal with a burgeoning population of a rare Caribbean slug that is threatening farmers' crops, a horticulturist said.

Georgia Tech tabs walk-on as punter
ATLANTA - Ben Arndt was down to his final day.

Georgia Tech tabs walk-on as punter

Palmer, Woods lead at Boston
NORTON, Mass. - Even before he took the first-round lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger Woods was having a good day.

Defending Their Crown

Tiger teeing it up with dad on mind

Tiger teeing it up with dad on mind
NORTON, Mass. - Tiger Woods has more than the No. 1 ranking on his mind as he prepares for the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston: His father has had a relapse of prostate cancer.

Palmer, Woods lead at Boston

Augusta's Archie, Kite team for 72
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Augusta's Shepherd Archie III hoped to draw Tom Watson as his playing partner in the Champions Tour's First Tee of Pebble Beach event because Watson won a U.S. Open at the course in 1982.

Defending Their Crown
Second was an all too familiar place for USC Aiken's golf team.

Augusta's Archie, Kite team for 72

Hurricane alters team's trip

Player of the week

Smith stops Bulldogs in close contest

Byrd leads rout

Friday night picks

Junior ignites Patriots in win

Hephzibah native earns spot with Tide

Cavs push Lions aside

High School football capsules

Warriors wipe out Bulldogs

Knights' time to shine

Robert Dunn gets another chance on, off field

Hephzibah native earns spot with Tide
Friday ended the same as every day for Rudy Griffin.

Robert Dunn gets another chance on, off field
Laney High school senior Robert Dunn appeared in the Aug. 20 edition of The Augusta Chronicle as one of the Dream 16 football players of the area. The name Robert Willie Dunn appeared in The Chronicle's Metro section that day. Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man they said burglarized the Goody Two Shoes store in mid-June who was also part of a theft at CompUSA.

Mustangs manhandle Musketeers
GUYTON, Ga. - South Effingham coach Bob Herdon isn't sure his team has established itself as a contender for the Region 3-AAA title.

Defense defines Bulldogs
It would be easy to talk about Damien Bell, given the Butler junior running back's propensity for finding the end zone.

Warriors wipe out Bulldogs
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - The fireworks that followed Jefferson County's 35-2 Region 3-AAA victory over Harlem could hardly compare to those supplied on the field by running back Jeffrey Walker.

Byrd leads rout
NORTH AUGUSTA - Midland Valley can thank some of its biggest fans for putting a "Kick Me" sing on a juggernaut's back Friday night at North Augusta Stadium.

Smith stops Bulldogs in close contest
AIKEN - The Aiken High School football program lists Terrence Smith as a wide receiver, running back and defensive back.

Hurricane alters team's trip
The Thomson Bulldogs thought they would have only one long trip to make this season. Hurricane Frances had a different idea.

Player of the week
This week's Player of the Week is Cicory "CoCo" Hilary, QB, for Strom Thurmond.

Fighting Irish remain undefeated
ATHENS, Ga. - Ask any coach about turnovers and you're likely to get the same response - they'll kill you.

Mustangs manhandle meek Musketeers
GUYTON, Ga. - South Effingham coach Bob Herdon isn't sure his team has established itself as a contender for the Region 3-AAA title.

Knights' time to shine
Marty Jackson has been coaching at Evans for only a little more than a year, so he's not exactly a Knights football encyclopedia.

Junior ignites Patriots in win
Westside junior Jon Wiley spent most of his time on defense in the Patriots' first two games this season. But when starting fullback Tristan Jackson did not dress in Friday's game against the Greenbrier Wolfpack, Wiley stepped in and had a career day.

High School football capsules
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Statesboro senior running back Nick Wedlow made sure there would be no repeat of last year's game with Swainsboro.

Friday night picks
Here is a look at Friday night's high school football picks.

Cavs push Lions aside
It took three games, but someone finally welcomed Augusta Christian to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.

Hurricane Frances menaces Florida
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Residents and tourists in cars, trucks and campers clogged highways Thursday in the biggest evacuation ever ordered in Florida, fleeing inland as mighty Hurricane Frances threatened the state with its second battering in three weeks.

Gasoline in short supply as Frances approaches
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Patricia Thomas wanted to get out of town Thursday and escape Hurricane Frances, but she couldn't find the high-octane gas her BMW coupe requires.

Floridians crowd stores seeking supplies, prepare to flee
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Hurricane warnings went up and coastal residents jammed stores and prepared evacuation plans Thursday as Florida braced for Hurricane Frances, which could be the mightiest storm to hit the state in a decade.

Company says flood of hurricane customers is 'unprecedented'
ATLANTA -- Hundreds of supply trucks rolled into Florida on Thursday to help restock shelves at home improvement retailers as a flood of customers rushed to buy everything from plywood to generators in preparation for Hurricane Frances.

Banks asked to let some Floridians draw Social Security before storm
WASHINGTON -- With Hurricane Frances bearing down on Florida, the Treasury Department was urging banks in the state Thursday to let certain customers draw on their Social Security benefit checks a day ahead of time.

FEMA, Red Cross ready for second powerful storm to hit Florida
WASHINGTON -- Anticipating major flooding, federal emergency officials stockpiled water pumps and thousands of sandbags Friday to move into Florida ahead of Hurricane Frances.

Delta to cancel some flights through Florida
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will cancel some flights into and out of Florida as early as Friday morning because of Hurricane Frances.

Hurricane uncertainty has some Georgians stocking up
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- With Hurricane Frances too close and too powerful to ignore, residents of coastal Georgia - where no major hurricane has hit in more than a century - hedged their bets, stocking up on supplies and booking inland hotel rooms.

The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale explained
The Saffir-Simpson scale of a hurricane's intensity is used to estimate the potential property damage and coastal flooding. The scale is determined by wind speed, since storm surge sizes depend on the slope of the continental shelf.

Frances crawls toward Florida
STUART, Fla. -- Hurricane Frances weakened and slowed Friday as it approached Florida, prolonging the anxiety among the millions evacuated and raising fears of a long and ruinous drenching over the Labor Day weekend.

Pavement sensors help officials in hurricane evacuations
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Tourists and residents fleeing the coast before a hurricane don't notice, but emergency officials can monitor how quickly they leave thanks to pavement sensors that count vehicles and calculate their speed.

Weakened Hurricane Frances tears through Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hurricane Frances plowed through the Bahamas' biggest city Friday, unleashing howling wind that blew out windows and set off bursts of looting. One man died in the storm as he struggled to fill his generator.

Summer travel wraps up for many vacationers
With Labor Day looming, let's take one last pass through our stack of vacation postcards and make sure everyone gets noticed.

Football matchup sparked memories
As a former Aquinas football player (1964-1966), I was looking forward with much anticipation to the renewal of the old rivalry between my old alma mater and the Academy of Richmond County. Back when I played with the Fightin' Irish, Denny Leonard was the coach. How much I wish he was around today to have seen the game played Aug. 27. Daniel Jacobs, Redwood City, Calif.

Sorry populace deserves John Kerry

Library cards are passports to learning

'Swifties' are spreading lies
It was only a matter of time, I knew, before The Augusta Chronicle joined other Republican media outlets who take their marching orders from the White House in repeating the Big Lie: that, in his testimony before Congress, John Kerry accused his fellow Vietnam War veterans of having committed atrocities. Jay Connail, Augusta

Aquinas win was far underexposed
As an Aquinas High School graduate, I am very disappointed to find coverage of the Aug. 27 Academy of Richmond County-Aquinas football game buried on Page 6C. Ed Holmes, Augusta

Library cards are passports to learning
Many cards in your wallet promise reward, but can cost you the world. Only one card - your library card - can bring you the world. That's why it's called "the smartest card." Anne Huff, Augusta

Park's new name is well-deserved
Thanks a million to our Augusta commissioners for naming Savannah Place Recreation Center in honor of the late Carrie Mays. It was the most noble and honorable thing to do. Mrs. Mays certainly was worthy of such an honor. The Rev. J.C. Phinizy, Augusta

Augustans showed true generosity
On behalf of our daughters - one in Avon Park, Fla., and the other in Wachula, Fla. - and their neighbors, we want to thank you, our Augusta neighbors, for your generosity. Bill and Elizabeth Meredith, Augusta

Delinquents are ruining quality of life
It's a shame that law-abiding parents and pupils can't go to a football game without putting their lives in jeopardy. The shooting at T.W. Josey High School's Aug. 20 football game was completely uncalled for. Fortunately, no one was hurt or killed. Bo Connally, Augusta

Delinquents are ruining quality of life

Park's new name is well-deserved

Sorry populace deserves John Kerry
Although I am a lifelong Republican, and fully intend to support and vote for President Bush in the November election, I am terribly afraid that this country and its populace have "progressed" to the point that we indeed deserve the likes of John Kerry as president. William M. Wheeler , Thomson

Augustans showed true generosity

Christianity is taught in schools
I read with some concern yet another letter to the editor recommending that Christianity be taught in public schools ("Bring Christianity into our schools," Aug. 26). I would like to bring to the writer's attention the fact that Christianity is permitted to be taught in public schools. In fact, the writer is currently attending a public school in which Christianity, I suspect, is taught. Jim Moore, Aiken, S.C.

Aquinas win was far underexposed

Leaders are height of incompetence
After reading about the recent Augusta Commission meetings to deal with the special-purpose local option sales tax issue, my first response was bewilderment. Then I laughed. Upon further reflection, I became disgusted. Walter D. Burchfield, Augusta

Football matchup sparked memories

Flaws of old homes can add character, charm

Volkswagen extends warranty on certain models

Study over health benefits of farm-raised fish raises new conundrum

Beauty business embraces limited editions

Mazda3 shows new 5-door style

Fashion fans hunting down dots, spots and stripes

Some cool beauty products for the warm weather

Drivers lose privacy, get insurance discounts instead

Protesters get 'txt msgs' to join marches, avoid violence

Fashion fans hunting down dots, spots and stripes
NEW YORK -- Animal prints are no longer the mark of fashion's wild side. Leopard dots, and even Dalmatian spots and zebra stripes, are solidly part of the mainstream. But this season's take on the formerly rebellious look is to - gasp - put the print into preppy silhouettes.

Study over health benefits of farm-raised fish raises new conundrum
MUNICH, Germany -- The heart health benefits from fish like salmon and mackerel seem to be weakened when farm-raised fish are fed vegetable oil instead of fish oil, new research indicates.

Some cool beauty products for the warm weather
Want to change your look in a matter of minutes? Try changing your makeup - there are plenty of new products to play with.

Protesters get 'txt msgs' to join marches, avoid violence
NEW YORK - "Multiple reports of provocateurs setting trash fires in midtown," read one text message sent to 400-plus mobile phones this week through a service called Ruckus RNC 2004 Text Alerts.

Scientists say Atlantic becoming saltier
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- You probably did not notice, but during the past 5,000 years or so, the Atlantic Ocean has been getting saltier while the water in the Pacific Ocean has gotten fresher, according to a study co-authored by a University of South Carolina professor.

Drivers lose privacy, get insurance discounts instead
For two months, Jacob Sevlie's insurance company tagged along whenever he slid behind the wheel of his Honda Accord.

Beauty business embraces limited editions
NEW YORK -- The beauty business is built on brand loyalty. More so than the fickle world of fashion, fragrance and cosmetics makers count on customers who buy the same product again and again.

Volkswagen extends warranty on certain models
DETROIT -- Volkswagen of America Inc. has extended its warranty coverage of certain Passat and Audi models for problems caused by oil sludge, which can cause engine damage.

Mazda3 shows new 5-door style
n their heyday of the 1970s and early '80s, hatchback cars became known as inexpensive econoboxes or racy "pocket rockets."

Flaws of old homes can add character, charm
We tend to overlook flaws in old cottages that we'd never let pass in newer, larger homes. In part, this is because of the universal seductive charm of the genre. No matter how old or decrepit a small bungalow might be, people feel good inside and see with their hearts instead of their critical minds.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Charleston County Council will not make other governments help pay back $11.3 million it overcharged in property taxes in 2001.

Police find link in break-ins

Sales-tax proposal stirs anger of mayor
Augusta Mayor Bob Young said he'll vote against the $486 million special-purpose sales-tax package commissioners put together while he was at the Republican National Convention this week.

Perdue, other top officials accept free football tickets
ATHENS, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue and several of the state's other top elected officials accepted free tickets from the University of Georgia to Bulldogs home football games last season, according to a list obtained by The Associated Press.

News you can use
SEPT. 4, 1963 Millard A. Beckum was selected as executive vice president of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday by a unanimous decision of the board of directors.

Around town
As a personal watercraft speeds by, the Richmond Academy rowing team makes its way up the Savannah River. The team is getting ready for an Oct. 30 competition in Knoxville, Tenn.

Landfill developer wants court delay
A developer's appeal of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's denial of permits for a private landfill in Taliaferro County has been assigned to a state administrative law judge.

Missing woman contacts family
AIKEN - A North Augusta woman reported missing this week has phoned home, relatives say.

Faith, high standards keep children at home

Farmers have field day learning new tech
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Peanut pests, new foraging grasses for cattle and a showcase of melon varieties were among the topics of discussion for more than 300 farmers at Thursday's Fall Field Day at the Clemson University Edisto Research and Education Center.

Around town

Panel finally approves tax list
On Thursday, after midnight, Augusta commissioners added $45.5 million to the special purpose local option sales tax package that will go before voters in November, bringing the total to $486 million.

Burns' rival assails claim in newsletter
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Democratic opponent of U.S. Rep. Max Burns has taken exception to a taxpayer-funded newsletter in which the congressman is said to have "created" the Department of Homeland Security.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 6-year old Tyson Larenz Minter of Augusta.

Across the area
An Augusta man who shot and killed a neighbor was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison.

New judge is named to Juvenile Court
A majority of the Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit have reappointed the circuit's Juvenile Court judges, with one exception.

Classic sandwich rules county school cafeterias
Michael Desormeaux munches on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich inside Lakeside High School's lunchroom. The 17-year-old junior quickly scarfs the staple as another one awaits on his tray.

SPLOST list
Here is a list of items on the SPLOST list.

Crashes plague overpass
When you walk into Budget Truck Rental on Broad Street, a large sign on the counter reads "Don't use Olive Road."

Area gears up for possible visit from Hurricane Frances
Not since Hurricane Hugo has Publix manager Ernest Verrett seen such preparation for a hurricane.

State reports West Nile signs

First Friday events
Here is a list of First Friday events.

Ex-judge backs county's lawsuit

Color guard bids farewell to friend
AIKEN - Courtney Ransom performed her first and final color guard routine last Friday to My Immortal - a song with lyrics that describe loving someone who has slipped away, but whose memory and spirit glows forever in the hearts of those who loved them.

Evacuees pack Georgia roads
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Hurricane evacuees from Florida have fled to Georgia, jamming highways, filling Georgia's hotel rooms and prompting emergency shelters.

Four plead guilty to drug trafficking
Four people accused of participating in a drug trafficking network that reached into several states, including Georgia, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

State reports West Nile signs
South Carolina has its first probable human case of West Nile virus of the year, but officials said Friday it is to be expected this time of year.

Car, fire attacks lead to arrest
Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested an Augusta man on domestic violence charges, accusing him of trying to run over his wife, ramming a vehicle into a house and setting the building on fire, all while his 3-year-old son was inside.

Bargains, antiques fill aisles of flea market
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The parking lot is sandy and it can be a long, hot walk to the shade. And once inside, it's not a whole lot cooler because there's very little air conditioning at Keller's Flea Market.

Fort Discovery expands hours
After having to cut hours this summer, Fort Discovery's doors will now be open longer to visitors, officials said Thursday.

Coach sues university over firing
ATHENS, Ga. - Claiming her First Amendment rights were violated, the University of Georgia's former cheerleading coach filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday against the UGA Athletic Association, more than a week after she was fired for allegedly discriminating against a Jewish cheerleader.

Officers say curfew will be enforced
Authorities don't expect trouble after this First Friday of September, but they say they'll be ready.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 1-year old Aniya Burley of Augusta.

Labor Day holiday events
LABOR DAY LUAU: Riverwalk Augusta's First Friday Labor Day Luau will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Augusta Common. The event will feature food vendors, roaming Polynesian dancers, a car show, arts and crafts, and The Augusta Chronicle's Singer-Songwriter Contest. Admission is free. For more information, call 842-1769.

Volunteer teams prepare to help
Even while on a family vacation at Lake Tahoe, Chester Parker constantly tracked Hurricane Charley on the Weather Channel.

Labor Day closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Labor Day:

Burns' rival assails claim in newsletter

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, BEING THE home of the prestigious Master's Tournament and to have a municipal golf course in the condition that it is, pitiful, is a shame. If the Augusta commissioners would keep their hands off of the golf course, you could get a lumber company to cut 75 percent of the trees on the golf course and the money you get from the project put back into the golf course. I think that would correct the situation.

Insurers drop risky surgery
CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Caro-lina's government is not the only large employer telling workers their health insurance will no longer cover an increasingly popular and expensive surgery to help extremely obese people lose weight.

New judge is named to Juvenile Court

Coach sues university over firing

State officials argue against multiple ballot

Landfill developer wants court delay

Retailers will lose right to sell beer on Sundays

Kid of the day

First Friday events

Missing woman contacts family

Larke orders inquiry into brawl at Butler

Deal ends wrongful-death case

Farmers have field day learning new tech

Volunteer teams prepare to help

Labor Day closings

Perdue, other top officials accept free football tickets

Across the area

Pavement sensors help officials in hurricane evacuations
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Tourists and residents fleeing the coast before a hurricane don't notice, but emergency officials can monitor how quickly they leave thanks to pavement sensors that count vehicles and calculate their speed.

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury has added two child molestation counts to what was already a six-count indictment against a Grovetown man, according to indictments released Thursday.

Around town
michael holahan/staffJohnny Payne sings I Miss You during The Augusta Chronicle's third annual Singer-Songwriter contest at the Augusta Common. Mr. Payne's song is dedicated to his father, who died last year. The winners of this year's competition, which was held Friday, are the Livingroom Legends, first place; Hank Murphy, second place; and Brian Sharp, third.

News you can use
SEPT. 3, 1954 AIKEN - J. Strom Thurmond, Aiken attorney and former governor of South Carolina, gave newsmen a "no comment" last night when asked if he would enter the senatorial contest to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. B.R. Maybank.

Kids Count field narrows to four
Though her parents don't know exactly what the future holds for Isabelle Schwartz, they do see college.

Standards for reading might rise
Grade school should be a little more challenging for Georgia children next year.

Ex-judge backs county's lawsuit
WINDER, Ga. - Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore urged guests at a $50-a-seat dinner Thursday night in Barrow County to become part of the fight against an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments plaque hanging in the courthouse.

Police find possible ricin link

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's net revenue collections for August totalled nearly $1.27 billion, up more than $263 million from the previous year.

Panel finally approves tax list

Deal ends wrongful-death case
A corporation that owns an Augusta nursing home has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of a man fatally burned at the home.

Across the area

Killer gets life sentence
An Augusta man who previously served time in prison for killing his wife is headed back, this time for life.

Around town

Police find link in break-ins
Police believe more than 20 vehicle break-ins in eastern Columbia County are connected.

SPLOST list

State reports West Nile signs
South Carolina has its first probable human case of West Nile virus of the year, but officials said Friday it is to be expected this time of year.

Color guard bids farewell to friend

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA-RICHMOND County, the second-largest metropolis in the state of Georgia. What a joke. Augusta is no more than a country town on steroids.

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, BEING THE home of the prestigious Master's Tournament and to have a municipal golf course in the condition that it is, pitiful, is a shame. If the Augusta commissioners would keep their hands off of the golf course, you could get a lumber company to cut 75 percent of the trees on the golf course and the money you get from the project put back into the golf course. I think that would correct the situation.

Donated CDs hit low note at library
If you're a fan of Christina Aguilera, you're in luck.

Standards for reading might rise

Insurers drop risky surgery

Across South Carolina
ST. MATTHEWS - Prosecutors served the man charged in the killing of an off-duty Orangeburg police officer in July with papers saying they intend to seek the death penalty.

Faith, high standards keep children at home
AIKEN - By 7:30 a.m. each day, Linda Coffin has started a load of laundry, completed her morning walk and prepared breakfast for her eight children.

Retailers will lose right to sell beer on Sundays
AIKEN- South Carolina officials are putting the brakes on the Sunday sale of beer in Aiken convenience stores and supermarkets - next year.

Schools squeeze rallies into day
AIKEN - The Strom Thurmond High School Rebels might stick with a change to keep pep rallies after school from now on.

State officials argue against multiple ballot
ATLANTA - Although Richmond County might have taken its cues from another local government when it finalized a sales tax referendum Thursday, state officials have questioned the method used in posing its list of projects to voters.

Across the area

Larke orders inquiry into brawl at Butler
Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke has directed the school board's Internal Affairs Division to conduct an inquiry into the actions of school police during a series of chaotic events at George P. Butler High School on Wednesday that resulted in the citations of 17 students.

Killer gets life sentence

News you can use

Sales-tax proposal stirs anger of mayor

Police find possible ricin link
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Police investigating the death of a trucker last week in Illinois found castor beans and castor residue in his home, and the FBI is looking for possible links to a package containing ricin found at a Greenville mail center last year.

Schools squeeze rallies into day

News you can use

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA-RICHMOND County, the second-largest metropolis in the state of Georgia. What a joke. Augusta is no more than a country town on steroids.

Across Georgia

Donated CDs hit low note at library

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there will be a new election in the state Court of Appeals race.

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury has added two child molestation counts to what was already a six-count indictment against a Grovetown man, according to indictments released Thursday.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina

Nine long months of waiting is over
'Tis the day before kickoff, and all through the South, all the TiVo's are whirring to record the smashmouth.

At the Movies: 'Paparazzi'

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: 'Wicker Park'
"Wicker Park" is one of those maddening movies in which the characters do incredibly stupid things simply for the sake of plot contrivance, and everyone's problems would be solved if they simply picked up their cell phones.

Travolta and Washington headline Venice Film Festival

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: 'Wicker Park'

At the Movies: 'Paparazzi'
Some movies are comedies, some are dramas. When "Paparazzi" comes out on video, which should be happening right ... about ... now, you can find it filed under the "No, duh" category.

Travolta and Washington headline Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy -- John Travolta stretched his acting range as a drunk in "A Love Song for Bobby Long" on Thursday while Denzel Washington battled brainwashing in "The Manchurian Candidate" during the second day of the Venice Film Festival.

Vickers pops into pole in California

Vickers pops into pole in California
FONTANA, Calif. - Brian Vickers, the youngest driver in the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway, won the pole position Friday afternoon at the two-mile racetrack with a lap of 187.417 mph.

Bryant faces tarnished image
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant can go on as a basketball superstar, but his squeaky-clean image is gone forever.

Text of Kobe Bryant's apology

Accuser's stress ends Kobe case
EAGLE, Colo. - The rape case against Kobe Bryant finally fell to pieces shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, when his accuser called District Attorney Mark Hurlbert to say she had had enough and would no longer cooperate.

Nets chief executive isn't counting out Mourning

Accuser's stress ends Kobe case

Text of Kobe Bryant's apology
Kobe Bryant: Basketball star issued a statement on the sexual assault charge.

Bryant must embrace concept of teamwork

Bryant must embrace concept of teamwork
On the day he announced that he was jumping from high school straight to the pros, Kobe Bryant already seemed too practiced, too blessed, too ready for someone so young.

Bryant faces tarnished image

Nets chief executive isn't counting out Mourning
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Nets chief executive Rod Thorn is not sure center Alonzo Mourning can come back less than a year after a kidney transplant. He refuses, however, to count Mourning out.

Chavous grew into his role as a professional

Falcons get final tune up

Brooking hurt; Atlanta defense again takes hit

Ms. Theresia J. Tucker    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sharon Hudson
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Miss Lisa Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Louise McKiever    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Shawanna D. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dr. William Jacober    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Mildred Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Jennings    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Ms. Brenda Taylor    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy T. Butler    (Retired Seamtress Augusta, GA)
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Mrs. Lessie Cohen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Col. Maurice Rice (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha W. Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Rish (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mr. James S. Scott (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Hopkins, Jr. (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Edgar Craig (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Ms. Shawanna D. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Glover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Baggett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mildred Davis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Kenya Givens (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Noma Dixon (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise McKiever (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Foster Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Baggett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sharon Hudson

Mrs. Dorothy T. Butler (Retired Seamtress Augusta, GA)

Ms. Elizabeth Maloney (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Lisa Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy T. Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Brinson (STATEBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Brinson (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Pinkie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Lisa Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Deacon Robert Bert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miller Jenkins III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Curtis Sessions, Jr. (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine (Kitty) McNair (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Thomas (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Brenda Taylor (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Jackie Davis (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marilyn Sunseri Greco (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mae Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Flanders (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. William Crosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Glennis Boyd (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Shawanna D. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Guisti (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Theresia J. Tucker (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Emma Henderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Lou Stead (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Rancy McGahee (WRENS, Ga.)

MSGT Frederick Steinmitz, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ricky May (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Miller, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jones (AIKEN, S.C.)

Master Jasiah K. Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Miller Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Tallington (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Leroy Coker, Jr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Chance (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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North Georgia mountains bring out best in folks
If heaven is prettier than the north Georgia mountains, I promise to change my sorry ways and be a lot nicer in the future. Otherwise, I am going to ask God that if it is all the same with Him, would it be OK for me to just hang out somewhere in the vicinity of Dawson County for eternity, or until a white male Republican is elected mayor of Atlanta, which may be a lot longer than eternity.

North Georgia mountains bring out best in folks
If heaven is prettier than the north Georgia mountains, I promise to change my sorry ways and be a lot nicer in the future. Otherwise, I am going to ask God that if it is all the same with Him, would it be OK for me to just hang out somewhere in the vicinity of Dawson County for eternity, or until a white male Republican is elected mayor of Atlanta, which may be a lot longer than eternity.

French champs depart

Keller plays for his country, but not club

Capriati wants replay after win

Overtime

Israeli applies lessons learned

American teenager isn't quite up to upset task

American teenager isn't quite up to upset task
NEW YORK - Angela Haynes got what she wanted at the U.S. Open. Sort of, anyway.

Israeli applies lessons learned
NEW YORK - With top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne on the other side of the net, serving for the match, Tzipi Obziler pulled a stunner at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Capriati wants replay after win
NEW YORK - Jennifer Capriati lobbied for instant replay Friday at the U.S. Open. And that was after a victory.

Overtime
Georgia Tech might have certified 17 student-athletes to compete in sports when they weren't academically eligible.

Keller plays for his country, but not club
Kasey Keller plays only in World Cup qualifiers these days.

French champs depart
NEW YORK - The hard courts of Flushing Meadows claimed French Open champions Anastasia Myskina and Gaston Gaudio on Thursday when the winners of the Grand Slam clay court titles both lost at the U.S. Open.

Andersen gets the boot from Chiefs
Morten Andersen, the second-leading scorer in NFL history, was told Friday he has lost his job to a kicker 18 years younger.

Falcons get final tune up
LANDOVER, Md. - Jim Mora has two primary objectives as the Atlanta Falcons end the preseason tonight against the Washington Redskins: Keep starters healthy and determine which reserves should fill out the 53-man roster.

Chavous grew into his role as a professional
It was a long and winding road for Corey Chavous to reach the National Football League.

Brooking hurt; Atlanta defense again takes hit
LANDOVER, Md. - Keith Brooking does not miss many tackles, but he never whiffs on consecutive chances.

A leading Jewish scholar offers the latest on the afterlife
Western religions that believe in the one God traditionally teach that after the present life, individuals will exist eternally in resurrected bodies. Eastern religions believe the soul is embodied in either human or animal forms in numerous past and future lives.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Religion News in Brief
FRESNO, Calif. -- A Fresno congregation that quit the United Methodist Church has been granted ownership of its property under a unanimous state appeals court ruling that overturned a lower court.

Bishop's memoirs detail his early days
Cullen Hicks' first exposure to Holiness preaching was at Pine Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church near Swainsboro, Ga., when he was 4 years old.

Pope supports U.S. bishops' efforts to address sex abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II assured American bishops from New England on Thursday that he supports their efforts to address the damage wrought by clerical sex abuse, acknowledging the scandal "cast a shadow" on the Church.

Daughter's death inspires woman to set up foundation
Ebele Okafor, of North Augusta, packed up her daughter Ngozi, 3, and son Ndidiamaka, 1, at the end of 1993 to visit her native Nigeria.

Believers' task is to restore life to God's design
Right from the beginning, God gave us gifts so that we could enjoy the abundant life. God gave Adam a companion, a helper, a woman to share life's experiences. God placed them in the Garden of Eden, where there were all kinds of good things to eat and enjoy. Adam and Eve had it made.

Faith digest
SWEETWATER Church of God will hold a yard sale at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the church, 1444 Edgefield Road in North Augusta. Barbecue plates cost $4 and $5. For more information, call 279-6100.

Amid carousels and corndogs, heavenly inspiration
SEDALIA, Mo. -- The Rev. John Vakulskas walks tall here in the midway, among the twirling rides and twinkling lights, where the scent of cotton candy wafts and the playful cries of children resound.

Book explores faith's place in U.S. history
Booksellers were scrambling a month ago after rocketing sales of Nancy Pearcey's Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity caught them off guard.

Southern Baptist bus tour pursues 1 million baptisms nationwide
NEWTON, Mass. -- Bobby Welch wore a new Red Sox cap and carried the New Testament in his hip pocket as he set out to evangelize in this staunchly liberal New England city.

Seventeen magazine, the girls' fashion bible, gets religion
NEW YORK -- Faiza worships five times a day, while Rhianna is as likely to believe in God as in the Easter Bunny. Kristin prays too, but to the God and the Goddess.

Nine long months of waiting is over

Fox says 'you're hired' to Ivana Trump
NEW YORK -- Another famous Trump is getting a reality TV show. This time, it's Ivana's turn.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 23-29. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

'Pilot Season' is a hilarious comedy on Trio

'Pilot Season' is a hilarious comedy on Trio
NEW YORK -- This fall's TV shows are only just starting to premiere. But in a scant four months, pilot season will be cranking up, with next fall in its sights.

Fox says 'you're hired' to Ivana Trump

People in the News

Report: Michael Jackson paid $2 million to another accuser

People in the News

Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath to co-host "Extra"

Britney's trash is a fan's treasure - or is it?

Actor Tom Sizemore's probation is revoked

Miss Universe suffers wardrobe malfunction on catwalk

Georgia linebacker fills in for roommate

Georgia linebacker fills in for roommate
ATHENS, Ga. - After spring practice, Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder knew that linebacker Derrick White deserved to start.

Woman charged with passing funny money

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

FEMA, Red Cross ready for second powerful storm to hit Florida

Company says flood of hurricane customers is 'unprecedented'

Delta to cancel some flights through Florida

Faith calendar

Southern Baptist bus tour pursues 1 million baptisms nationwide

Book explores faith's place in U.S. history

Amid carousels and corndogs, heavenly inspiration

Faith digest

Believers' task is to restore life to God's design

A leading Jewish scholar offers the latest on the afterlife

Pope supports U.S. bishops' efforts to address sex abuse scandal

Religion News in Brief

Bishop's memoirs detail his early days

Seventeen magazine, the girls' fashion bible, gets religion