'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.

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.

'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.

Outdoor sculpture parks blend art with nature

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.

'La Cage aux Folles' returns to Broadway

'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.

'The Paris Letter' postmarked for off-Broadway

Oakland museum's Vietnam War exhibit opens old wounds

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.

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.

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.

Blue Jays rout Athletics

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.

Yankees edge Orioles

Cardinals edge Dodgers in extra innings

Frances impedes Tampa's traveling

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.

Bonds' stats place him in own league
Barry Bonds walks more than Dr. Scholl. Opposing pitchers are so spooked at the moment, the Giants could stick a cardboard cutout in the batter's box and it would be guaranteed at least one free pass every game.

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

Royals beat Twins

Phillies defeat Mets

Astros top Pirates

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.

Frances impedes Tampa's traveling
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees asked the commissioner's office to award them a forfeit over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after they failed to arrive in time for Monday's game because of travel problems due to Hurricane Frances.

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.

Bonds' stats place him in own league

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

Red Sox hold on for win

Why stop with black boxes?

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.

Smith surprises the Phillies

Atlanta's offense falls silent

Smith surprises the Phillies
ATLANTA - The presence of Tropical Storm Frances, the absence of Kevin Millwood and Randy Wolf, and a return to their home turf didn't exactly energize the Atlanta Braves' offense Monday afternoon.

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.

Business briefs

Mexican makers of light beer push brew

New overtime eligibility rules are at center of debate

Change in status worries workers
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 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.

Business briefs
For many young people, a first job is preceded by at least one internship, often either unpaid or for credit. It's an opportunity that shouldn't be wasted.

Whoever wins will face strong pressure to raise taxes
NEW YORK -- At their national convention, Republicans were long on rhetoric and short on specifics on how to pay for an economic agenda in a second Bush administration.

Hiring contractors can create pitfalls
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?

Is business spending really going up?

Foreign workers in Japan send $8.25 billion back home
TOKYO -- Elisa Rey puts a wad of Japanese yen into a small, brown envelope at her home. Far away, in a poor district of Peru, the money she and her two brothers have sent home has built a four-story house.

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.

Foreign workers in Japan send $8.25 billion back home

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.

Hiring contractors can create pitfalls

Change in status worries workers

Whoever wins will face strong pressure to raise taxes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Perfect start for teams in the poll

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.

Auburn's debut bland but successful

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.

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

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

Monday morning quarterback

Notre Dame off to struggling start

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.

No. 25 Purdue blanks Syracuse

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.

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

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

New Ellenton's shame

Perdue's Medicaid plan

SAT's ups and downs
It's always useful in comparing SAT scores to remember that the more kids who take the test the lower the scores will be - and in Georgia and South Carolina a lot more kids take the tests than in most other states.

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

SAT's ups and downs

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.

New Ellenton's shame
New Ellenton's city fathers, particularly Mayor Jim Sutherland, have brought shame on their community for the way they treated Van McMillan, a black police chief they fired, apparently because white subordinates didn't like taking orders from him.

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.

Reports can affect more than credit

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.

Reports can affect more than credit
NEW YORK -- Brenda Matthews thought she had a new job lined up at Johnson & Johnson headquarters in New Jersey.

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.

Samford provided warmup for Tech defense

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

PGA Tour gives Boston two more years

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.

Singh dethrones Woods
NORTON, Mass. - Vijay Singh won a head-to-head matchup with Tiger Woods to end his record reign atop golf's ultimate leaderboard.

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
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.

Greg Norman rides out storm at home

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.

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

Singh holds onto lead in Boston

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.

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.

Singh dethrones Woods

GreenJackets grab third win in a row

NHL lockout appears likely

NHL lockout appears likely
What happens when two bull-headed sides cantankerously meet for months to hammer out a complicated yet fair deal that involves billions of dollars and possibly the future of a sport?

Recovery efforts fight Frances
ORLANDO, Fla. - Frances finally blew its way out of Florida early Tuesday after an extraordinary weeklong siege that held millions of residents and tourists hostage and now has them struggling to return to their normal lives.

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.

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.

Why stop with black boxes?
Holiday travel now takes a break until Thanksgiving, but not before we consider a new issue of traffic safety.

I-20 crash kills Martinez woman
Heavy rains contributed to the death of a Martinez woman whose sport utility vehicle hydroplaned on Interstate 20 into the median this morning.

U.S. Rep. Norwood to undergo lung transplant
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood announced today that he is waiting to undergo a single-lung transplant at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Mr. Norwood, 63, was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 1998, his staff said.

Man with pitchfork robs bank
AIKEN - A farm implement was the weapon of choice for a ski mask-wearing bank robber this morning.

Hampton Ave. closed until 5:30 p.m.
Heavy rains contributed to the death of a Martinez woman whose sport utility vehicle hydroplaned on Interstate 20 into the median this morning.

If you teach one religion, teach all

What kind of war are we fighting?
According to the media, President Bush said the war on terror is not winnable. Does this mean that the great war on terrorism is now reduced to the level of the war on drugs? Carl Champlin Aiken, S.C.

Dems reveal a double standard
Listen to the Democrats whine - I love it! As soon as 200-plus Swift boat veterans voice their thoughts on John Kerry's actions regarding Vietnam, the Democrats want booksellers to pull the books from their shelves, they want TV stations to pull the ads and they want President Bush to squelch the same vets that Kerry slandered in congressional testimony 30 years ago.Steve Sheetz, Martinez

Bush-haters have honorable agenda
It would be difficult to find a more ignorant and ridiculous opinion piece than the one in the Aug. 31 Augusta Chronicle titled "Hate is no agenda." Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Trial did not end on 'technicality'

Kerry's 'hero' status is highly suspect

What kind of war are we fighting?

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

Trial did not end on 'technicality'
On Aug. 30, you ran an Associated Press story about Keith Taylor pleading guilty to killing his wife in exchange for a life-without-parole sentence. Christopher Adams, Atlanta

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

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

Jewelry exhibit shows off America's simpler tastes

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

The ABCs of back-to-school electronics

Philadelphia to offer wireless access to residents

Healthful box lunch is possible

'Astro Boy' makes video game debut

Microsoft warns spyware could bungle security update

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

Oscar de la Renta looks to conquer new ground

Microsoft's OneNote a new way of thinking about information

Oscar de la Renta looks to conquer new ground
NEW YORK -- Oscar de la Renta, always in a suit and more than likely a yellow tie, is both charming and modest. His appearance is elegant, his manner professional.

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.

Jewelry exhibit shows off America's simpler tastes
NEW YORK -- This might come as a shock to today's hip-hop generation, but American bling hasn't always been so bright and flashy. In fact, American jewelry's claim to fame is its sporty simplicity - the same trait that put American fashion on the map.

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.

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.

'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.

The ABCs of back-to-school electronics
SAN CARLOS, Calif. -- For back-to-school shoppers, a new alphabet reigns, and it starts with E for electronics.

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.

Healthful box lunch is possible
School's in session. Let the lunch wars commence!

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.

News you can use
SEPT. 7, 1957 THOMSON - Five people were injured and two autos were badly damaged Thursday in a two-car collision on Highway 78 on the outskirts of Thomson. The Highway Patrol reported that the wreck occurred when a woman drove out a side road and collided with a car driven by a motorist from Alabama.

Man with pitchfork robs bank

Frances means highs, lows for Savannah tourist industry

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

Kid of the day

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.

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.

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.

Ancient cypress logs could mean big dollars for company

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

Kid of the day

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

Across Georgia

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.

Strays go north to be adopted
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Pups and kittens in Beaufort County are packing up and hightailing to a New York animal shelter in hopes of fetching a good home.

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.

Georgia inventors come up with way to kill mosquitos with mower

Lawmakers get embroiled in debate on young prisoners

Worshippers give thanks they weren't hit by hurricane

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Across the area

Around town
Kevin Martin/StaffAnnalee McGowan, 1, sits on the shoulders of her father, Chris, during a Labor Day March demonstration in Augusta. Mr. McGowan was attending the demonstration with the Local 1579 Unit of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Across the area
An employee of an Evans tanning salon was cut with a knife during an attempted armed robbery Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The week ahead

Artisans fight loss of plant

I-20 crash kills Martinez woman

Church group escapes sinking
Five children and three adults from an Augusta church were rescued from Thurmond Lake on Monday when high winds caused their boat to take on water and sink near Lake Spring Park, authorities said.

Lost cemeteries
The grassy lot south of Calhoun Expressway offers little to remind passers-by of its unusual past.

Jail suit will be filed despite call system changes

Rants and raves
ZELL MILLER HAS OPENED his eyes and heart and is now a statesman. A statesman is out to get the best deal for his country. A politician is just out to get his.

Auto dealers steering minority students to auto mechanics careers

Across Georgia
MILLEN - A Jenkins County man died when he lost control of his truck and overturned it in a ditch, authorities said Monday.

Power bills might rise next year

Across the southeast

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - A third arrest has been made in the weekend shooting outside the North Carolina State University football game that left two men dead.

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

2-year colleges brace for wave of retirements

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.

Shop provides disabled with chance to work

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.

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

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.

Speaker will urge strength

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

Across the area
An employee of an Evans tanning salon was cut with a knife during an attempted armed robbery Monday afternoon, authorities said.

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

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

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.

Relentless hurricane season causes stress

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.

Couple opens home to give children hope

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Church group escapes sinking

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.

DOT worries about cracks on new Lowcountry bridges

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.

Georgetown fights to keep casino boats out

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.

Across the area

Floppy disk is nearly a relic

Hospitals' costs draw many suits

Rants and raves
ZELL MILLER HAS OPENED his eyes and heart and is now a statesman. A statesman is out to get the best deal for his country. A politician is just out to get his.

Hampton Ave. closed until 5:30 p.m.

Across the Southeast

Couple hunts nerve builders
Any time there is something in the news about research on spinal cord repair, Larry Hitt sits up and takes notice. More than two years after his son, Jason, was paralyzed in an accident, Mr. Hitt is pursuing anything that looks promising.

Across the area

Teacher perfects formula for pharmacy technicians
Bob Peek has racked up an amazing statistic as pharmacy technology instructor at Augusta Technical College.

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.

Hospitals' costs draw many suits
ATLANTA - When he worked in a hospital years ago, John Crongeyer said, it was easy to tell who would need financial help. The poor and uninsured patients were not difficult to pick out.

Lost cemeteries

Labor Day marchers rally through the rain
Hurricane Frances didn't take the day off and rained on their parade.

Are you ready for some football?

Teacher exchange puts new culture in schools
ATHENS, Ga. - Blind spots, Southern cooking, budget crunches and dropouts - welcome to the United States.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Half of the applications for federal loans to repair damage from flooding earlier this summer have been rejected.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 9-year old Austin Burke of Grovetown.

Teacher perfects formula for pharmacy technicians

Floppy disk is nearly a relic
ATLANTA - When Michael McCreary bought three new computers for his company, he had no need for one of the oldest and most common computer technologies, the floppy drive.

Hopefuls seek out reforms

Artisans fight loss of plant
CHARLESTON, S.C. -The building boom along the coast is robbing basket makers of the local supply of sweetgrass, researchers say.

Couple hunts nerve builders

Are you ready for some football?
Michael Chavous Sr. helps his son, Michael Chavous Jr., 7, put on a jersey before practice with the Steelers, a North Augusta C League football team for 7- and 8-year-olds, at a field near North Augusta High School.

Around town

2-year colleges brace for wave of retirements
COLUMBIA - With top administrators graying and a huge number of retirements looming, the state's technical college system faces an unprecedented leadership overhaul at its 18 schools.

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.

Peter Jackson prepares to film remake of "King Kong"

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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.

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

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.

Fall film stars include Ray, Alexander, and Bridget

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.

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
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

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.

Q&A: Carlos Santana

Alicia Keys travels world with a piano and a pen
NEW YORK -- Alicia Keys is working on a new film, proofreading her poems for publication and writing travel stories for a newspaper.

Alicia Keys travels world with a piano and a pen

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

Richmond is final chance to make Chase

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.

'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

Richmond is final chance to make Chase
FONTANA, Calif. - Everyone in the garage area following Sunday night's Pop Secret 500 at the California Speedway agreed on one thing: Like it or not, NASCAR's new Chase for the Championship has created new interest in stock car racing.

'Fatback' healthy for Rudd

Coach will take on familiar foe

Cowboys DT Carson suspended for season opener

Atlanta releases 12-year veteran Whitfield

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Profile obituary: Col. Maury Rice
Known as "the peach man'' to many, retired Army Col. Maury Rice was remembered Monday as someone who was constantly giving away peaches, making friends and getting involved in his community.

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Serena wins, stays on course to again play Capriati

USTA paying tribute to Gibson

Davenport outduels Venus

Davenport outduels Venus
NEW YORK - The matchup was fit for a Grand Slam final, not the fourth round. So, too, was the riveting last game.

USTA paying tribute to Gibson
NEW YORK - Scoville Jenkins first heard about Althea Gibson a few years ago, back when Serena Williams and Venus Williams started winning Grand Slam tournaments.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coach will take on familiar foe
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. When Jim Mora leaves San Francisco on Sunday night, he won't join some old friends for a longtime tradition in the parking lots at Candlestick Park.

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.

Two new reality TV shows seek ideas and starlets

'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."

Documentary on black event to air on PBS
LOS ANGELES - On Aug. 20, 1972, seven years after the urban upheaval in the Watts district of Los Angeles, about 112,000 people came together for a daylong concert that would become known as the "black Woodstock."

ABC News banks on digital platforms, despite small audiences

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

'Sacred Ground' charts a stormy ground zero planning process

Documentary on black event to air on PBS

ABC News banks on digital platforms, despite small audiences
NEW YORK -- As Peter Jennings opened gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican National Convention one evening, he posed an unconventional question to a Texas delegate: Is it true Republicans dress better than Democrats?

'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.

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.

'Black Woodstock' documentary to have broadcast premiere on PBS

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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.

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

Bulldogs must stop the run to beat down Gamecocks

Browning quick to fill Gary's shoes
ATHENS, Ga. - Tyson Browning is still getting settled into his new role as Georgia's punt returner, and already the pressure is on.

Georgia ready for real season opener

A track coach looks to move up Olympic rungs

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.

Lloyd grows into power, leader's role with Pacers

Frye hopes to coach U.S. track team into the future

Frye hopes to coach U.S. track team into the future
COLUMBIA - South Carolina track coach Curtis Frye learned how fulfilling - and political - it is to be an Olympic coach.

Holtz displays positive outlook

Lloyd grows into power, leader's role with Pacers
Like any younger sister, Jenny Lloyd wanted to be like her older sister, Kelly.

Holtz displays positive outlook
COLUMBIA - A wry smile crept across South Carolina coach Lou Holtz's face Monday afternoon.

Hendrix provides insight into parents
Sometimes the lessons we learn come from unusual sources. Still, I wouldn't have expected Jimi Hendrix to be one of my history teachers.

Early finance lessons
College is expensive, and the money to pay for it isn't going to fall from the sky, which is why Marlena Harris, 17, is looking for as much help from outside sources as possible.

My style
THE FACTS: Saquoia Walton, 14, a freshman at Westside High School

Question of the week
Schould school schedules include more days off?

My style

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Hendrix provides insight into parents

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Girl must end crush on boy who's attached
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I'm in the 10th grade, and there's a boy in two of my classes who's really cute and I like him. The only problems are he likes my friend, and, on top of that, he has a girlfriend. What am I supposed to do?

Early finance lessons

Girl must end crush on boy who's attached

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Recovery efforts fight Frances

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

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

Frail pope struggles during beatification ceremony