Sunshine State is in a state of distress in Hiaasen's 'Skinny Dip'
Only Carl Hiaasen could come up with a character such as Tool, a Cro-Magnon type who breaks into nursing homes to peel Fentanyl patches off decrepit patients so he can treat the pain from a bullet lodged in his backside.

Book paints picture of Jimmy Hoffa's demise

Oakland museum's Vietnam War exhibit opens old wounds

'Supernumerary' describes life aboard a container ship
In the opening pages of his book "The Colombo Bay," Richard Pollak writes that during lunch with a shipping company executive one day in 2001, he heard the complaint that merchant ships and their crews deserved "a bit more attention and respect than they get."

Arts calendar

'Supernumerary' describes life aboard a container ship

Arts calendar
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.

'La Cage aux Folles' returns to Broadway
NEW YORK -- Dust off the boas and sew those spangles and bugle beads back on - "La Cage aux Folles," one of the biggest Broadway hits of the 1980s, is coming back to New York.

Sunshine State is in a state of distress in Hiaasen's 'Skinny Dip'

Outdoor sculpture parks blend art with nature

Photo books orient readers to Asian history and culture

'La Cage aux Folles' returns to Broadway

Book paints picture of Jimmy Hoffa's demise
"'I Heard You Paint Houses"' is one of the best accounts of the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, former Teamsters union boss and one of the most powerful men in America.

'The Paris Letter' postmarked for off-Broadway
NEW YORK -- The 2004-05 theater season has barely begun, but already the Roundabout Theatre Company is penciling in plays for next summer.

'The Color Purple,' the musical, set for Atlanta stage
ATLANTA -- After seven years of acquiring rights, finding backers and putting together a creative team, Scott Sanders is ready to present his musical version of "The Color Purple" to an audience, hoping it's the last step before Broadway.

Oakland museum's Vietnam War exhibit opens old wounds
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Well before its debut, a museum exhibit exploring the Vietnam War's impact on California has gouged lingering wounds within the state's Vietnamese community.

'The Paris Letter' postmarked for off-Broadway

Outdoor sculpture parks blend art with nature
ASHFORD HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Try climbing on a sculpture inside a museum and chances are a security guard will show you the door.

Photo books orient readers to Asian history and culture
China is a huge country, and "China" (Abrams, $50) is an appropriately huge book.

White Sox get win over Mariners
CHICAGO -- Joe Borchard and Paul Konerko each hit two-run homers to back a strong outing by Felix Diaz and the Chicago White Sox won their third straight with a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Royals beat Twins

Cardinals edge Dodgers in extra innings
ST. LOUIS -- Reggie Sanders hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the 11th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ninth straight overall with a 6-5 victory on Sunday.

Blue Jays rout Athletics
TORONTO -- The Oakland Athletics were due for a stinker.

Astros top Pirates
HOUSTON -- Mike Lamb went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to their ninth straight win with a 10-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Royals beat Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Gobble pitched a complete game, Joe Randa went 4-for-5 with a homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-3 on Sunday.

Tigers welcome free weekend brought by Hurricane Frances
DETROIT -- After scrambling to leave Florida before the arrival of Hurricane Frances, the Detroit Tigers believe their unexpected weekend off provided a much-needed breather.

Yankees edge Orioles
NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada drew a bases-loaded walk from Jorge Julio in the ninth inning Sunday, giving the New York Yankees a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Red Sox hold on for win
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox put themselves in great position for a run at the AL East-leading New York Yankees with a great homestand. Now, they'll have to take their winning ways on the road.

Phillies defeat Mets

Phillies defeat Mets
PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers shook his head while he talked about his uneven season.

Cardinals edge Dodgers in extra innings

Red Sox hold on for win

Astros top Pirates

Yankees edge Orioles

Blue Jays rout Athletics

Hurricanes have the power to make us feel small

Swede puzzled by British parking ticket
STOCKHOLM, Sweden A Swedish mechanic said Sunday he won't pay a parking ticket that claims his snowmobile was illegally parked in Britain this summer.

Braves' notebook
MONTREAL - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox didn't know Charles Thomas when the rookie outfielder arrived from Class AAA Richmond on June 23, but former Braves shortstop Rafael Belliard was more than familiar with him.

Braves' notebook

Atlanta's offense falls silent

Atlanta's offense falls silent
MONTREAL - The Braves' five-game winning streak took a header in a 4-3, 12-inning loss to Montreal on Sunday afternoon in what could be their last visit to Olympic Stadium.

Present company as industry expert to customers

Independent contractors can be a boon to small businesses
NEW YORK -- Your small company has a three-month project for a new client. Do you take on a new employee or hire an independent contractor?

On the move
Angelica Catlett has joined the Student Services department at Troy University.

Is business spending really going up?

Area sports bars gear up to serve football fanatics
If you're ready for some football, then your time has come. With the college season already under way and the National Football League kicking off Thursday, football fans everywhere are celebrating.

New overtime eligibility rules are at center of debate
The complaints began even before University of Missouri administrators e-mailed more than 400 employees to confirm what might seem a harmless change - soon, the memo said, they'd be eligible for overtime pay.

Business calendar

New overtime eligibility rules are at center of debate

Independent contractors can be a boon to small businesses

Business calendar
Monday: Financial Peace University; Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church; 6:30 p.m.; the 13&812;week program taught by Dave Ramsey teaches families and individuals how to handle money through common&812;sense principals and small group accountability.

Richmond County property transfers

Present company as industry expert to customers
A challenge facing all businesses is how to get their customers' attention. Everywhere you turn, you are bombarded by advertisements for products or services. There is so much information in the market that customers lose their ability to focus on the message.

Business briefs

On the move

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Aug. 12-23. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Is business spending really going up?
NEW YORK -- All the reasons are there for companies to ramp up spending, but that doesn't mean commitment-phobic executives are ready or willing to boost their buying budgets just yet.

Area sports bars gear up to serve football fanatics

Experts say power shift fueling Caterpillar-UAW standoff
PEORIA, Ill. -- During more than a half-century of bargaining, heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and the United Auto Workers have forged only two labor contracts without a strike.

Mexican makers of light beer push brew
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Corona Light is the most popular imported light beer in the United States, but you can't get it south of the border, where beer drinkers order their brews in pairs yet rarely reach for a low-calorie alternative.

Business briefs
ROAD DEALS: Did the summer pass by before you could schedule a break? Don't fret - a road trip during September or October might fit well with your budget.

Mexican makers of light beer push brew

Augusta is alive with the sound of taxes

Augusta is alive with the sound of taxes
On Wednesday morning, when Augusta commissioners met to continue working on their special purpose local option sales tax phase 5 project list, they were $5 million over their $386 million targeted cap. Fifteen hours later, at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, they were $100 million over the cap. So they just reset the cap at $486 million.

New faces highlight Clemson victory

New faces highlight Clemson victory
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Chansi Stuckey blocked a punt and caught eight passes. Kelvin Grant secured the game-tying two-point conversion. And Kyle Browning caught a slip-screen pass for Clemson's winning touchdown.

Clemson notebook
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's defense might want to think twice before it sends jabs toward Wake Forest running back Eric Barclay again.

Clemson notebook

Clemson rallies to win in OT
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden told backup running back Kyle Browning to be ready against Wake Forest.

Clemson's McDuffie reinstated for Georgia Tech game
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson defensive lineman Chris McDuffie has been reinstated for Saturday's game with Georgia Tech after a one-game suspension, coach Tommy Bowden said.

Clemson rallies to win in OT

No. 25 Purdue blanks Syracuse
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Kyle Orton passed for 287 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as No. 25 Purdue used a slew of big plays Sunday to beat Syracuse 51-0, the Boilermakers' first shutout in four years.

SEC roundup
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn's offense produced points and the no-name defense didn't allow any, a flip-flop from last season's awful opener.

Auburn's debut bland but successful
AUBURN, Ala. -- Don't expect to glean much insight into Auburn's offense from its debut. The 18th-ranked Tigers didn't really tip their hands on what the upcoming Southeastern Conference opponents can expect.

West Virginia's Harris still hoping for start after record-setting performance

West Virginia's Harris still hoping for start after record-setting performance
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kay-Jay Harris still needs to prove to West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez that he deserves to be the Mountaineers' starting running back - even after a record-setting performance in the season opener.

Notre Dame off to struggling start

SEC roundup

No. 25 Purdue blanks Syracuse

Buckeyes dominate Bearcats
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jim Tressel got little joy out of beating a good friend.

Monday morning quarterback

ACC roundup
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina needed a dominating fourth quarter to avoid a stunning start to the season Saturday.

Auburn's debut bland but successful

Notre Dame off to struggling start
PROVO, Utah -- Notre Dame's return to prominence has been delayed - again.

ACC roundup

Luck gave LSU opening victory; now team must improve
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Nick Saban had barely wiped the sweat from his forehead before he stated the obvious - the Tigers won't contend for another title playing the way they did against Oregon State.

Buckeyes dominate Bearcats

Perfect start for teams in the poll
A perfect day for ranked teams produced little change in the Top 25 on Sunday.

Perfect start for teams in the poll

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead at the ACC, SEC and the rest of the country:

Tide freshmen gear up for bigger test
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Shula wasn't getting too carried away by Alabama's big-play freshmen, not with their introduction to the Southeastern Conference looming.

No second-guessing here
How would you react if someone pointed a gun at you - after having already fired the weapon in your direction?

Fruits of our labors
One of the more recent knocks against Americans is that we work ourselves too hard. Perhaps.

Perdue's Medicaid plan

Mayor Young blew it
When Hurricane Charley ravaged Florida, Augusta Mayor Bob Young was eager to visit the devastation.

Perdue's Medicaid plan
All too frequently people react emotionally to the word privatize. Free marketers automatically applaud it as being better and more efficient than anything government can do. Many even see privatization as a cure-all to all government ills.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters says she is departing the ABC news magazine show "20/20" after 25 years because she wants to "leave at the top" and avoid being forced out.

Costs of owning a pet can add up quickly

Costs of owning a pet can add up quickly
NEW YORK -- Kittens and puppies at the pet store or local pound may tug at your heartstrings, but new pet owners soon find that animal companions can also tug at their pursestrings.

What alternative sites exist for online travel shopping?
Q. I've been booking travel online for years, but keep going back to the same sites. Am I missing out on potentially better deals and services and, if so, where might I find them?

What alternative sites exist for online travel shopping?

Homeowners turn to reverse mortgages for retirement funds
When Koula Chumley and her husband paid $25,000 for a four-bedroom split-level 35 years ago, it was an investment in family. But Chumley's children have families of their own now, she's widowed and is counting on that same house - worth much more - to ease life in retirement.

Revamped Eagles put on a good show
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Southern came into this game with more questions than a quiz bowl.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - P.J. Daniels' humility is about what you'd expect from a former walk-on, sixth-string tailback turned star.

Little revealed in Jackets' win
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's season-opening victory over Samford on Saturday didn't have much flavor to it.

Samford provided warmup for Tech defense
ATLANTA -- As it turns out, there is a method to the madness of Georgia Tech choosing I-AA opponent Samford for its warmup to next Saturday's ACC opener at No. 20 Clemson.

Revamped Eagles put on a good show

Little revealed in Jackets' win

Samford provided warmup for Tech defense

Georgia Tech notebook

Hurricane might not let Jackets finish season
When the Augusta GreenJackets arrived in Savannah, Ga., early Friday morning, it looked like they'd ventured farther south.

GreenJackets grab third win in a row
In Savannah, Ga., Tim Burgess and Mickey Hall had back-to-back eighth-inning hits as Augusta won its third striaght against the Sand Gnats, 4-2 on Sunday.

Labor Day guilt reminds me I'll never leave farm behind

Jimenez in lead, driving for five
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland - Miguel Angel Jimenez shot 5-under-par 66 on Saturday to regain the lead at the European Masters, with Ryder Cup teammates Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia a stroke behind after three rounds.

Greg Norman rides out storm at home
HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- Greg Norman and his wife rode out Hurricane Frances at their estate on the golf star's enclave of Jupiter Island.

Singh holds onto lead in Boston

Jimenez in lead, driving for five

Kerr posts one-stroke win at State Farm Classic
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Cristie Kerr claimed her third tournament of the year Sunday, overcoming a shaky final round and a strong challenge from Christina Kim to win the State Farm Classic.

Stadler cruises to First Tee Title, fourth win of the season

Vijay on verge of being No. 1
NORTON, Mass. - Forget college football: The best battle for No. 1 might be taking place on a golf course outside of Boston.

Greg Norman rides out storm at home

Vijay on verge of being No. 1

PGA Tour gives Boston two more years

PGA Tour gives Boston two more years
NORTON, Mass. -- Brad Faxon never doubted that the Deutsche Bank Championship would return to the TPC of Boston.

Singh holds onto lead in Boston
NORTON, Mass. -- Vijay Singh leads the PGA Tour's money list by an ever-widening margin. He is running away with the player of the year award.

Stadler cruises to First Tee Title, fourth win of the season
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Craig Stadler won his second straight tournament, firing a 6-under 66 Sunday for a three-stroke victory over Jay Haas at the inaugural First Tee Open.

Donald wins European Masters
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- European Ryder Cup player Luke Donald shot a 5-under-par 66 Sunday to win the European Masters by five strokes for his second European tour victory.

Hurricane might not let Jackets finish season

GreenJackets grab third win in a row

Finding his way

Jackets' leader silences critics

Finding his way
Thomson High School quarterback Dan Ivey turns behind offensive lineman Ray Cummings before sprinting into the end zone for a touchdown on Thomson's only score in the first half of Saturday night's 13-12 victory over Liberty County.

Jackets' leader silences critics
It's best to let the North Augusta players draw their own conclusions.

Experts put Hurricane Frances' insured loss at $2 billion to $10 billion
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hurricanes Charley and Frances dealt the Florida economy a one-two punch, ravaging citrus groves and grounding the state's most important industry to a halt by keeping tourists away from sandy beaches and theme parks.

Hurricane Frances pounds Florida, leaving four dead and 5 million without power before fizzling
FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Hurricane Frances' wind and water whacked swaths of Florida with fire-hose force Sunday, submerging entire roadways and tearing off rooftops even as it weakened to a tropical storm and crawled inland with heavy rain. More than 5 million people lost power.

Weary with worry, Floridians await potent, slow-moving Frances
FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Potent but slow-moving Hurricane Frances snapped power lines and whipped the Atlantic coast with winds over 90 mph Saturday, knocking out electricity for about 2 million people and forcing Floridians to endure another day of waiting and worrying.

Hurricanes have the power to make us feel small
I've still got the map. Its corners are curled and worn; its Rand-McNally boundaries have faded to the palest of pastels.

Editorial just perpetuates hate
Regarding the editorial "Hate is no agenda" (Aug. 31): I was greatly offended and disgusted by it, especially the last paragraph: "If mindless, unpatriotic hatemongers help elect a new U.S. president, it will mark a victory for Muslim terrorists ..." Gabrielle Long Sardis

Parking woes marred movie night

Parking woes marred movie night
Aug. 27 was a big night in downtown Augusta for the rejuvenation of the old Imperial Theatre's Movie Night. We were so excited about seeing Gone with the Wind on a real movie screen again. The down side, however, was the struggle to find nearby parking with such a successful event happening. Bob and Joyce Schloesser, Augusta

School clothing policy is unfair
Before we resurrect Sen. Joseph McCarthy and resume his hearings on un-American activities to persecute a teacher ("Boy gets detention for patriotic T-shirt," Aug. 25, Page 1A), perhaps we should examine the situation a bit closer. James Tanner, Thomson

Summer reading was a success

Kerry is traitorous and cowardly
Here in the South, the American South, we view John Kerry as someone who was a traitor to his country and the soldiers whom he fought alongside in Vietnam. He made political hay and a name for himself by iterating isolated incidents before the nation and the world. Milton Gresham, Evans

Kerry's 'hero' status is highly suspect

Kerry is traitorous and cowardly

Sales tax is ripe for corruption

School clothing policy is unfair

Look at big ASU housing picture
It sounds like a great idea: student housing for Augusta State University students. But $400-plus a month for rent? Tony Prestifilippo Augusta

If you teach one religion, teach all

Officers rightly trained to act
As a psychiatrist, I was asked by The Augusta Chronicle for my thoughts on the tragic shooting that occurred in Columbia County where a young woman was killed ("Victim's kin question reaction of deputies," Sept. 1). However, I want to emphasize that what was not apparent in the article was the uncertainty and danger that the police and negotiators faced in dealing with someone who has a weapon and with whom they have no history. Phil Horton, Augusta

EPA's smoking study is flawed
Dr. Michael Shlaer, in his Aug. 22 column ("Evidence on smoke's harm is overwhelming"), gave a good politically correct pitch for banning smoking, but he failed to mention the devious actions by the Environmental Protection Agency in declaring that secondary smoke was a Group A carcinogen. Thomas L. Lamb, Augusta

If you teach one religion, teach all
In response to the letter "Bring Christianity into our schools" (Aug. 26): Rebekah Madebach's argument is well thought out, however I must present to her that, at best, her comments are insulting and degrading to those children and families who follow other religious beliefs outside of Christianity. Michael S. Maloney, Grovetown

Summer reading was a success
I would like to thank local businesses for their generous donations to the Vacation Reading Program. This year, we had more than 5,000 children who received certificates of achievement. We encourage children to discover the excitement, adventure and joy of reading. With the donations and contributions that we received this year, we were able to add programs and purchase books. Carolyn Fortson, Augusta

Sales tax is ripe for corruption
Augusta citizens should berate the commissioners. To begin with, the special-purpose local option sales tax is a con that claims money before it is even proved to be needed. Then the commissioners can feel like big shots as they dole out millions, along with putting money where government has no business, such as sports and entertainment. Bill Dekle, Millen

Kerry's 'hero' status is highly suspect
Those on the left of the political spectrum appear intellectually unequipped to refute critics. Instead, they resort to personal attacks and insults. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have exposed Sen. John Kerry and his mendacity about his service in Vietnam! Democrats will not address the substance of the allegations, but instead attack the messengers personally. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Leave white dinner jacket at home for autumn cruise around Europe

A leaking chimney can cause brown stains on wall

'Astro Boy' makes video game debut

Travel in style -- in your own railroad car

Some jobs serve up big helping of stress

Microsoft's OneNote a new way of thinking about information

Mansion and castle in historic New England seaport

Techbits: IM at work, Off-line dating and more

Basque region offers museums, history, beaches - and pintxos

Philadelphia to offer wireless access to residents

Travel briefs

Odd, aloof genius becomes Mississippi tourist magnet

Popular Sandia Tram offers sprawling views

Style Briefs

Couple took time to build their dream house

New front in digital wars: recording of satellite and Internet radio

Microsoft warns spyware could bungle security update

As boomers become seniors, ageism becomes hot topic

New front in digital wars: recording of satellite and Internet radio
LOS ANGELES -- Technologies that let people record satellite and Internet radio broadcasts digitally are opening a new front in the recording industry's war on music piracy.

First laser computer mouse tough to confuse
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Forget about a better mousetrap. Logitech International thinks it has a better mouse.

Installing a whirlpool tub
As remodeling contractors for over two decades, we can state with great certainty that one of the most popular remodeling wish list items for a master bathroom is a whirlpool tub.

Basque region offers museums, history, beaches - and pintxos
BILBAO, Spain -- Many visitors to Spain tend toward the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and the more Mediterranean-flavored south.

'Astro Boy' makes video game debut
Tetsum Atom is a butt-kicking, pint-sized hero that wants nothing more than peace between humans and robots. More than a half-century after debuting in Japanese comic books, "Astro Boy" - as he's known outside of Japan - is starring in two new video games from Sega of America Inc.

Mansion and castle in historic New England seaport
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- This busy fishing town at the center of scenic Cape Ann calls itself America's oldest seaport. Settled in 1623, Gloucester is known for fresh seafood and as a launching point for whale-watch excursions. But it's also home to two unusual homes, each dating back less than a century, that may prove a worthwhile sidetrip for leaf-peepers and others visiting the area, just a 45-minute drive from Boston.

As boomers become seniors, ageism becomes hot topic
NEW YORK -- Greeting-card and novelty companies call them "Over the Hill" products: the 50th Birthday Coffin Gift Boxes featuring prune juice and anti-aging soap; the "Old Coot" and "Old Biddy" bobblehead dolls; the birthday cards mocking the mobility, intellect and sex drive of the no-longer-young.

Odd, aloof genius becomes Mississippi tourist magnet
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Tokyo fashionista in Rock & Republic jeans raced as fast as her snakeskin stilettos could carry her toward the bronze statue of William Faulkner lounging on a bench.

Travel in style -- in your own railroad car
At the end of a string of sleek silver Amtrak coaches that pulled into the Manassas, Va., station, a man wearing a weathered porter's hat climbs down from the open rear platform of a green-and-blue car from another era.

Couple took time to build their dream house
Dreams meet reality and the Far East meets the South at the home of Joe and Lee Ann Collier in Millen, Ga.

Philadelphia to offer wireless access to residents
PHILADELPHIA -- For about $10 million, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot.

Some jobs serve up big helping of stress
The president of the United States might have a stressful job, but even the easiest occupation can be a miserable experience if you don't get along with your co-workers.

Microsoft warns spyware could bungle security update
SEATTLE -- Though Microsoft Corp.'s new security update package is all about protecting systems from worms, viruses and spyware, it can't do much about what's already on computers - and that could pose a problem.

Leave white dinner jacket at home for autumn cruise around Europe
Dear Carson: What is the protocol for wearing a white dinner jacket? I will be going on a three-week cruise around Europe and across the Atlantic to the United States in November. There will be seven formal nights, and although I do have a black tuxedo, I thought a change would be nice. - Tux Tither

Microsoft's OneNote a new way of thinking about information
NEW YORK -- Consider the New World of Information - stuff that, unlike the paper days of the past, doesn't always physically exist.

A leaking chimney can cause brown stains on wall
Q: The chimney in our 80-year-old house "sweats." Brown juice comes through the bricks of the chimney and seeps down our bedroom wall. There is no odor, but it dries crusty. Roofers and the gas company came out to look at it. They are stumped. Can you suggest something? - Blanche

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- Giorgio Armani's expanded made-to-measure service really has the personal touch: Each suit, shirt, tie or topcoat features a customized label inscribed with "Giorgio Armani for ..."

Travel briefs
VIENNA, Austria -- An 18th century palace in Vienna has been reborn as a world-class museum.

Popular Sandia Tram offers sprawling views
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Folks here complain that too many tourists use New Mexico's largest city merely as a launching point - renting a car at the airport, then heading straight up Interstate 25 to more popular destinations like Santa Fe or Taos.

Techbits: IM at work, Off-line dating and more
NEW YORK -- One in five Americans who use instant-messaging programs do so at work, and most consider it a mixed blessing that can encourage gossip or add stress, a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds.

Across the area
A suspicious substance found in a mailbox temporarily shut down traffic in an Augusta neighborhood Sunday.

Delegates focus on grass roots

Jail suit will be filed despite call system changes

Churches provide more than spiritual guidance

Hopefuls seek out reforms
AIKEN - Almost 20 candidates in South Carolina will offer voters a choice other than Democratic or Republican in November, including an Aiken County candidate for U.S. Senate who offers arguably the most radical alternative.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Lawmakers get embroiled in debate on young prisoners
ATLANTA -- The debate over the treatment of young prisoners continued last week with two legislators exchanging contentious letters on the issue.

Kid of the Day

Across the southeast

Auto industry seeks minorities for jobs
ATLANTA - Latricea Mosley stands in an expansive auto technician's bay, confidently recalling replacing catalytic converters and tweaking high-tech seat sensors.

Illness attack can be deadly

Close homes worry county fire officials
If you build it too close, the danger will come. In Columbia County, it's a fire threat that officials see as more and more of a possibility as development grows at a rapid pace.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Churches provide more than spiritual guidance
GRANITEVILLE - On a recent Sunday morning on the shore of Langley Pond, men cried praise to Jesus in Spanish. Vibrant silk veils fluttered in the wind on the heads of olive-skinned women who jubilantly sang and clapped their hands.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Two brothers were arrested in the shooting deaths of two young men at a tailgate party before a college football game, authorities said.

Illness attack can be deadly
She heard nothing unusual in his voice when he called to say he would have to work on Mother's Day and asked if they could do lunch the day after. It was the last time Bettye Swain, of Augusta, would talk to her son, Paul. Hours later, the 35-year-old Savannah police officer was dead, not from gunfire or an accident but from a severe asthma attack.

Frances means highs, lows for Savannah tourist industry
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- For the hotels, restaurants and other attractions in Savannah's historic downtown, Labor Day weekend looked like a bust.

Board battle gains steam
AIKEN - Challengers in the race to capture Aiken County school board seats up for grabs Nov. 2 say the way school dollars are used doesn't exactly make sense.

Once-arrested 'Batman' helps police capture suspect
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Holy redemption Batman!

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Treatment of young inmates creates stir
ATLANTA - The debate over the treatment of young prisoners continued last week with two legislators exchanging contentious letters on the issue.

News you can use

Evacuees fill empty rooms in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For the hotels, restaurants and other attractions in Savannah's historic downtown, Labor Day weekend looked like a bust.

Across the area

Organic growers push for a more natural nut
ALBANY, Ga. - Georgia is the nation's leading peanut-producing state, yet it still has no presence in the fast-growing organic peanut market.

Five questions
Julie Goley, director of the Career Center at Augusta State University, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Florida family fleeing Hurricane Frances thought they had enough to think about as they secured their home, made hotel reservations and battled traffic on Interstate 95.

Across Georgia
THOMASVILLE - A man will serve time in prison for taking people's identities and using them to get bank loans.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A prosecutor and leaders at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center have met to discuss how the hospital handles reporting incidents that could warrant police action.

Georgia inventors come up with way to kill mosquitos with mower
ALBANY, Ga. -- Concerned about the spread of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, two inventive Georgians have turned an inexpensive gasoline-powered lawnmower into a mosquito-killing machine for budget-minded homeowners.

Across the area
Police are investigating reports of cars being damaged on River Watch Parkway, apparently by rocks thrown from the side of the road.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joshua Gideon Sisson, 7, of Evans.

Across the southeast
MURFREESBORO, TENN. - Two Indiana men, believed to be headed to Georgia, were arrested and accused of tossing bales of marijuana from their SUV as they fled from police.

Worshippers give thanks they weren't hit by hurricane
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- In churches throughout this coastal town, worshippers Sunday expressed thanks for being spared the brunt of Hurricane Frances and prayed for those who were not.

Georgetown fights to keep casino boats out

Couple opens home to give children hope

Kid of the day

Shop provides disabled with chance to work
For 39-year-old Sonya Allen, coming to work each day is truly a gift.

DOT worries about cracks on new Lowcountry bridges

Relentless hurricane season causes stress
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It has been a relentless hurricane season for South Carolinians. Residents have dealt with four storms, fretted about a fifth and the peak of the season doesn't even arrive until the middle of this month.

Georgia inventors come up with way to kill mosquitos with mower

Close homes worry county fire officials

Across the southeast

Board battle gains steam

Speaker will urge strength

Georgetown fights to keep casino boats out
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- A judge is deciding whether Georgetown County can refuse to let casino boats dock in its ports.

Attorney says he will still file lawsuit over jail's phone system

Auto industry seeks minorities for jobs

Auto dealers steering minority students to auto mechanics careers

Lawmakers get embroiled in debate on young prisoners

Ancient cypress logs could mean big dollars for company

Couple opens home to give children hope
Asked how many foster children they have parented over two decades, William Hooker looked at his wife, Virginia, who shrugged. She stopped counting at 100.

Worshippers give thanks they weren't hit by hurricane

Ancient cypress logs could mean big dollars for company
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group of Pee Dee entrepreneurs say they have the oldest workable wood in the world and hope the ancient cypress logs discovered in a sand mine near Johnsonville will bring them plenty of cash.

Relentless hurricane season causes stress

The week ahead
Let's play fill in the blanks. Bad boys / Bad boys / What you gonna do? / What you gonna do when ...

Hopefuls seek out reforms

Speaker will urge strength
With a mighty roar, New York City's World Trade Center was reduced to rubble three years ago this month, but to Janice Shaw Crouse, what was left holds lessons for the living.

Frances means highs, lows for Savannah tourist industry

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Florida investment firm has sued former top managers at One Price Clothing Stores Inc., saying the company misled investors about their financial condition so they could stay open for the Christmas holidays in 2003.

Residents celebrate revival
In the 1990s, the area at Wheeler Road and Mount Auburn and Fleming avenues was known for illicit drug activity, dilapidated houses and hopelessness.

Jail suit will be filed despite call system changes
The Clarke County Jail has fully complied with a court order to revamp its telephone call monitoring system so calls by inmates cannot be illegally listened to in violation of the attorney-client privilege, jail officials said last week.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Haley Summer Kitchens of Martinez.

DOT worries about cracks on new Lowcountry bridges
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Cracks that started appearing on two new Lowcountry bridges while they were being built and continued since they were opened to traffic have the state's top transportation official worried.

Across Georgia

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

Power bills might rise next year
ATLANTA - Annie Jones doesn't want to hear that an extra $5.25 might show up on her monthly electric bill next year.

Attorney says he will still file lawsuit over jail's phone system
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Clarke County Jail has fully complied with a court order to change a phone system that had allowed authorities to illegally eavesdrop on calls between inmates and their attorneys.

The week ahead

Man gets prison time for identity theft
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- A man will serve time in prison for taking people's identities and using them to get bank loans.

Rants and Raves
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Auto dealers steering minority students to auto mechanics careers
ATLANTA -- Latricea Mosley stands in an expansive auto technician's bay, confidently describing how to replace catalytic converters and tweak high-tech seat sensors. A steady stream of acronyms dot the 22-year-old's explanations, indicative of the pages-long list of abbreviations she had to memorize for her latest test.

Power bills might rise next year

Shop provides disabled with chance to work

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Script allows Ware to make history
ATHENS, Ga. - It won't have an asterisk beside it and it wouldn't be fair to Danny Ware if it did.

Labor Day guilt reminds me I'll never leave farm behind
Being off from work on Labor Day is a concept alien to me. Today, of all days, I should be working. It seems somehow wrong, like going on the wagon at a St. Patrick's Day parade.

Shrek, Spidey, Harry and Michael lead Hollywood to record summer cash
LOS ANGELES -- Summer at movie theaters was a true underdog story for Michael Moore and a gang of dodgeball dimwits, who helped propel Hollywood to another season of record revenue, though the number of moviegoers fell slightly.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Peter Jackson prepares to film remake of "King Kong"
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Peter Jackson first tried to film "King Kong" at 13, using a cardboard model of the Empire State Building, a bedsheet painted with a New York backdrop and his Super-8 camera.

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

Peter Jackson prepares to film remake of "King Kong"

Fall film stars include Ray, Alexander, and Bridget

Shrek, Spidey, Harry and Michael lead Hollywood to record summer cash

Fall film stars include Ray, Alexander, and Bridget
LOS ANGELES -- What, no "Lord of the Rings" movie this fall? Wake us up when "The Hobbit" hits the big screen.

Director Nair rides 'Monsoon' to Thackeray's 'Vanity Fair'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Mira Nair found success as a marriage planner with her last film, "Monsoon Wedding." Now she's out to play matchmaker for one of 19th century England's most notorious husband hunters.

Director Nair rides 'Monsoon' to Thackeray's 'Vanity Fair'

Jackson's new album taps traditional country theme

Q&A: Carlos Santana
LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Santana speaks about the world like a benevolent visitor from outside it.

Jackson's new album taps traditional country theme
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For an upbeat guy, Alan Jackson sure sings a lot of sad songs.

Q&A: Carlos Santana

Second race at California Speedway draws fans

'Fatback' healthy for Rudd

Darlington track goes dark this Labor Day weekend

Darlington track goes dark this Labor Day weekend
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Longtime NASCAR fan Will Folderman brought his children to watch history at Darlington Raceway last week. He wishes he were doing it again this week at the Southern 500.

'Fatback' healthy for Rudd
FONTANA, Calif. - Ricky Rudd stopped in the garage area Sunday before the Pop Secret 500 to check on his Ford Taurus and what he heard was promising.

Second race at California Speedway draws fans
FONTANA, Calif. -- California Speedway officials expected a near sellout crowd of more than 110,000 for the inaugural Pop Secret 500 on Sunday night.

Falcons' notebook

Atlanta releases 12-year veteran Whitfield

Injuries plague league

Cowboys DT Carson suspended for season opener

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These aren't your father's anti-war protesters
Republican convention delegates ran into more than a few nuts over the past week in New York.

These aren't your father's anti-war protesters
Republican convention delegates ran into more than a few nuts over the past week in New York.

Area sports announcements

Serena wins, stays on course to again play Capriati

Overtime

Federer works more magic at U.S. Open

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Federer works more magic at U.S. Open
NEW YORK - For most tennis players, having about the same number of clean winners as unforced errors translates into a pretty good performance.

Overtime
In Fontana, Calif., Greg Biffle won a race-long duel with Casey Mears, pulling away over the final two laps to capture the NASCAR Busch Series race Saturday at California Speedway.

Serena wins, stays on course to again play Capriati
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams served notice that her shaky knee is holding up just fine, sweeping past Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.

The big one
specialThe big oneJewel Jessie of Hephzibah was casting a Rat-L-Trap during a recent bass tournament at Fort Gordon's Butler Reservoir in August when a heavy fish hit the bait. Thinking he had a prize-winning largemouth on the way, he cranked eagerly - then learned he landed this 3-pound, 10-ounce crappie, his largest ever of that species. Although spawning crappie are plentiful in late winter and early spring, big solitary fish can also be caught in late summer and early fall.

The big one

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

Storks still flock to Silver Bluff
JACKSON, S.C. - Its spindly legs and slender build make the wood stork an unlikely candidate for the World's Hungriest Predator list.

Delegates focus on grass roots
NEW YORK - Georgia delegates headed home this weekend from the Republican National Convention pumped up and aiming to secure a second term for President Bush.

Former NFL player being investigated in fatal crash
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Atlanta Falcons player Darion Conner is being investigated for his role in a car accident that killed a bicyclist, authorities said Sunday.

Injuries plague league
Terrell Owens and Jevon Kearse arrived in Philadelphia this spring as the top receiver and pass rusher who can elevate the hopes of a team that has lost three straight NFC title games.

Falcons' notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking reported for treatment on his right hamstring Saturday at Atlanta Falcons headquarters, but the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker told coach Jim Mora he will be ready for the Sept. 12 season opener at San Francisco.

Atlanta releases 12-year veteran Whitfield
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Bob Whitfield's 12-year career with the Atlanta Falcons ended Sunday afternoon when he was released.

Armstead, Burton go on injured list as Panthers set final roster
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers placed five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Armstead and defensive tackle Shane Burton on injured reserve and released cornerback Terrance Shaw on Sunday.

Cowboys DT Carson suspended for season opener
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas defensive tackle Leonardo Carson has been suspended one game without pay by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Frail pope struggles during beatification ceremony
LORETO, Italy -- A frail Pope John Paul II put three more Roman Catholics on the road to sainthood during a visit to a hilltop shrine Sunday, struggling at times but cheered on by 200,000 pilgrims.

Storks still flock to Silver Bluff

Script allows Ware to make history

'Sacred Ground' charts a stormy ground zero planning process
NEW YORK -- One day, it had been 16 acres of commercial real estate with the two looming towers most New Yorkers took for granted. A day later, it was a hideous rubble, an open wound that cried out for healing.

CBS for sale, sort of

'Black Woodstock' documentary to have broadcast premiere on PBS
LOS ANGELES -- On Aug. 20, 1972, seven years after the urban upheaval in Watts, some 112,000 people came together for a daylong concert that would become known as the "black Woodstock."

'Black Woodstock' documentary to have broadcast premiere on PBS

'Sacred Ground' charts a stormy ground zero planning process

Two new reality TV shows seek ideas and starlets

CBS for sale, sort of
NEW YORK -- CBS is auctioning off everything but the kitchen sink to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - and promote the network's new fall season.

Two new reality TV shows seek ideas and starlets
NEW YORK -- If you've got star or brain power, you might have what it takes to make it on two new - yet familiar sounding - reality shows.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
On his sixth day trapped inside Utah's Blue John Canyon, Aron Ralston knew what he had to do to survive: He had to cut off his own arm, which was pinned by an 800-pound boulder.

People in the News

Bulldogs must stop the run to beat down Gamecocks

'No crying anymore'

Georgia ready for real season opener
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs had no complaints about their season opener.

Georgia ready for real season opener

Bulldogs must stop the run to beat down Gamecocks
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Southern's triple option offense is in the rearview mirror for No. 3 Georgia, but the Bulldogs' run defense could be under the gun again Saturday at resurgent South Carolina.

Big plays give Bulldogs spark

Big plays give Bulldogs spark
ATHENS, Ga. - Not many believed Georgia coach Mark Richt when he warned that Division I-AA Georgia Southern was a team his No. 3 Bulldogs could not afford to overlook.

'No crying anymore'
ATHENS, Ga. - One hundred nineteen players took the field at Sanford Stadium on Saturday for the season opener wearing the familiar red and black, but only one had already worn a simple cap and gown.

A track coach looks to move up Olympic rungs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina track coach Curtis Frye learned how fulfilling - and political - it is to be an Olympic coach.

A track coach looks to move up Olympic rungs

Holtz's approach seems to work for Gamecocks

Holtz's approach seems to work for Gamecocks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Coach Lou Holtz grinned and gushed about his South Carolina team just after the Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt, 31-6 on Saturday, in the season opener.

Experts put Hurricane Frances' insured loss at $2 billion to $10 billion

Hurricane Frances pounds Florida, leaving four dead and 5 million without power before fizzling

Frail pope struggles during beatification ceremony