Six emerging writers win $10,000 Rona Jaffe prize
NEW YORK -- Six emerging writers will each receive $10,000 from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, which annually gives out awards to "women writers of talent and promise in the early stages of their writing careers."

Six emerging writers win $10,000 Rona Jaffe prize

Rockies add six players for final month

Frances impedes Tampa's traveling

Giants call up RHP Foppert, three others
DENVER -- The San Francisco Giants recalled right-handers Jesse Foppert, David Aardsma and outfielder Todd Linden from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

Rockies add six players for final month
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies added six players Tuesday and transferred outfielder Preston Wilson to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Giants call up RHP Foppert, three others
DENVER -- The San Francisco Giants recalled right-handers Jesse Foppert, David Aardsma and outfielder Todd Linden from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

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.

Giants call up RHP Foppert, three others

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.

Bonds' stats place him in own league

Yankees withdraw forfeit request, game rescheduled as part of doubleheader
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees withdrew Tuesday their request that a postponed game with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays be forfeited, and Major League Baseball announced the game would be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday.

Red Sox activate Nixon and Reese from DL
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Trot Nixon knows his role with the Red Sox might be limited in the final weeks of the regular season, and he has already accepted that.

Why stop with black boxes?

Odds and Ends
BRISBANE, Australia -- When Michael Brown was shot with a crossbow he couldn't use his cell phone to call for help. But he didn't need to - his handset stopped the bolt and likely saved his life.

Braves have rare washout at home
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves' track record of avoiding home rainouts was no match for the heavy winds and persistent rain brought to the area by Tropical Depression Frances.

Smith surprises the Phillies

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.

Braves have rare washout at home

Federated Department Stores says hurricane cost $20 million in lost sales
CINCINNATI -- Hurricane Frances cost Federated Department Stores Inc. about $20 million in lost sales at Florida stores, the retailer said Tuesday.

Business briefs
LOS ANGELES - Atari said Tuesday that it plans to reissue scores of its classic titles on a single disc that can be played on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 game consoles.

Whoever wins will face strong pressure to raise taxes

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.

Honda will add new SUV; readies for launch of Accord hybrid
DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co. will expand its lineup of sport utility vehicles with a new model from the Acura luxury division, even as the Japanese automaker says its focus is on fuel economy and it considers other hybrid models.

Few pay extra cost for flood protection

Federated Department Stores says hurricane cost $20 million in lost sales

Honda will add new SUV; readies for launch of Accord hybrid

Oil prices fall by nearly $1 a barrel

BellSouth's package deal is on the line

BellSouth's package deal is on the line
ATLANTA - When John Stegenga went looking for a high-speed Internet provider, all fiber optic lines pointed to BellSouth.

Deficit projected to be record $422 billion

Netflix, TiVo hope to offer online movie-on-demand service
SAN FRANCISCO -- Home entertainment trendsetters Netflix Inc. and TiVo Inc. hope to link up on a service that will use high-speed Internet connections to pipe DVD-quality movies into the homes of their mutual subscribers.

Netflix, TiVo hope to offer online movie-on-demand service

Oil prices fall by nearly $1 a barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices fell Tuesday as OPEC's president said supplies were growing faster than demand and traders breathed easier knowing that petroleum production in the Gulf of Mexico did not suffer as a result of Hurricane Frances.

Finnair introduces mobile check-in for international flights

Hiring contractors can create pitfalls

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.

Foreign workers in Japan send $8.25 billion back home

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?

Few pay extra cost for flood protection
Roy Patch has kept an eye on Rocky Creek the past few days.

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.

Earnings, Fed in focus on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- Investors will be looking ahead to the Federal Reserve's upcoming meeting and third-quarter earnings pre-announcements in Wall Street's short trading week following the Labor Day holiday.

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.

Finnair introduces mobile check-in for international flights
HELSINKI, Finland -- In what it calls a first in international air travel, Finnair says it will let its frequent fliers check in using text messages on mobile phones.

Change in status worries workers

Deficit projected to be record $422 billion
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that this election-year's federal deficit will reach $422 billion, congressional aides said Tuesday, the highest ever, yet a smaller shortfall than analysts predicted earlier this year.

Receiver living up to Tigers' expectations
Clemson's coaches had little reserve publicly pumping up receiver Chansi Stuckey in the preseason.

Receiver living up to Tigers' expectations

Tennessee kicker leaves practice early
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee kicker Joe Nedney left practice early Tuesday after being injured while kicking off a tee.

Carroll disappointed in play of young receivers

Next up for Croom is an old rival
STARKVILLE, Miss. - You can take Sylvester Croom from the Iron Bowl, but you can't remove the emotional Auburn-Alabama rivalry from the former Crimson Tide star's psyche.

Kicker wants last chance to get it right vs. Hurricanes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Xavier Beitia is the latest in the succession of unsuccessful Florida State kickers against Miami.

Serna puts disappointment aside, gets back to work
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna didn't hide in embarrassment Tuesday over his three missed extra points against LSU. Instead, he was back at work.

Alabama tailbacks provide formidable combination

Serna puts disappointment aside, gets back to work

Barclay, Demon Deacons prepare to run against Pirates

Tennessee kicker leaves practice early

Alabama tailbacks provide formidable combination
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Charlie Peprah can imagine the headaches Alabama's tailback trio will cause opposing defenses.

Kicker wants last chance to get it right vs. Hurricanes

Barclay, Demon Deacons prepare to run against Pirates
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest's rushing attack continues to thrive.

Carroll disappointed in play of young receivers
LOS ANGELES -- With two of the country's top wide receivers at his disposal, quarterback Matt Leinart went from untested sophomore to stardom last season.

Amateurs looking to '05 Masters

Rudy's tough choices

SAT's ups and downs

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.

Rudy's tough choices
No matter what happens Nov. 2, whether President Bush is re-elected or not, Republicans will still have to pick a new presidential candidate in 2008. The party faithful got a good look at their convention at two of the best-known potential nominees - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

A sad awakening

More proof mayor goofed
Mayor Bob Young initially argued that his presence during last week's rudderless sales tax debate would have made no difference.

A sad awakening
It was the most gruesome, reprehensible and shocking terrorist attack in nearly three years.

New Ellenton's shame

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.

Rapper Twista hurt in fatal van crash in Pa.
ERIE, Pa. -- Chicago rapper Twista, known for hits such as the No. 1 "Slow Jamz" and the current "So Sexy," was hurt in a van crash that killed a member of his security staff, state police said.

People in the News
LONDON -- Jay Kay, the lead singer of pop band Jamiroquai, had his driving privileges revoked for six months for speeding.

Freescale Semiconductor sees sales above last year

Older workers and retirees wonder about pensions' security
CHICAGO -- Older workers and retirees who have toiled for their companies for decades have long viewed their pensions as money in the bank, even years before the checks arrived.

Invesco, AIM Advisors to pay $376.5 million to settle trading allegations
DENVER -- Invesco Funds Group and its sister company have agreed to pay $376.5 million and surrender $75 million in fees to settle state and federal allegations of improper trading, with the money mainly going to investors hurt by the practices.

Stocks rise on falling oil prices
NEW YORK -- Investors cheered by falling oil prices and an improving job picture sent stocks higher Tuesday, hoping that the news signals a renewal of economic strength and a fall rally in stocks.

Stocks rise on falling oil prices

Electronics chain Circuit City says late Labor Day hurt sales
NEW YORK - Circuit City Stores Inc. on Tuesday said sales at stores open at least a year rose 2.9 percent in its latest quarter, but growth was restrained by "softer" sales in August and because the Labor Day holiday fell out of the period.

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.

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

Rite Aid lowers financial projections for fiscal 2005
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Rite Aid Corp. said Tuesday that it is lowering its financial projections for the current fiscal year, citing slowing pharmacy sales and lower-than-expected reimbursement rates paid by insurance companies and other health plans. Its shares fell more than 13 percent in morning trading.

Invesco, AIM Advisors to pay $376.5 million to settle trading allegations

Reports can affect more than credit

Older workers and retirees wonder about pensions' security

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tokyo stocks end higher

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

Tokyo stocks end higher
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose modestly Tuesday amid renewed optimism for Japan's economic recovery. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Freescale Semiconductor sees sales above last year
AUSTIN, Texas - Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the chip-making unit that Motorola Inc. is spinning off, projects sales roughly in line with Wall Street's estimates for the current quarter.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Rite Aid lowers financial projections for fiscal 2005

Duo might miss Clemson game
ATLANTA - The remnants of Hurricane Frances turned Georgia Tech's campus wet and gloomy on Tuesday.

Duo might miss Clemson game

GreenJackets finished year on a high note
Augusta manager Chad Epperson saw something about a month ago that made him chuckle.

Singh dethrones Woods

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.

GreenJackets finished year on a high note

South Carolina Prep Poll

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

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

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?

Frances leaves behind flooding and long lines
TAMPA, Fla. -- Frances wound up a two-prong assault on Florida that pounded both the central part of the state and the Panhandle, leaving storm-weary residents Tuesday with flooding, frayed nerves and shortages of everyday items such as gas, ice and water. At least 14 deaths were blamed on the storm in Florida and Georgia.

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.

Struggles for everyday items remain for Florida residents
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- His shirt and hat were sweat-drenched, his face flushed from the sweltering late summer heat.

Caribbean islands prepare for Hurricane Ivan
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Hurricane Ivan strengthened on Tuesday, racing toward the Windward Islands, forcing residents to put up storm shutters and buy water just days after Hurricane Frances tore through the Caribbean.

Home improvement retailers rationing generators in Florida
ATLANTA -- Major home improvement retailers rationed generators in Florida on Tuesday as Frances left the state in short supply of some items people are buying at a frenzied pace to repair their homes damaged by the powerful storm.

Storm stress: Some Floridians wonder how much more they can take
TAMPA, Fla. -- First there was Hurricane Charley and the long wait for a plodding Hurricane Frances. Then came the storm, damaged homes and loss of power for who knows how long. Throw in the long lines for water, ice and gasoline, and the prospect of yet another hurricane.

Fine dining at home
My husband, Bond, often will order cannelloni besciamella, meat-and-spinach-stuffed cannelloni topped with tomato and cheese-flavored white sauce, at Italian restaurants.

Fine dining at home

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

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.

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.

Delta job cuts to have little effect on local employees
Delta Air Lines will cut nearly 7,000 jobs during the next 18 months, but that is expected to have little effect on Augusta employees.

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.

Test scores improve in South Carolina
AIKEN - South Carolina's most recent Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test scores are up for the state and for Aiken County, school officials said.

Kerry would be best in wartime
During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush called himself a "compassionate conservative," but after observing him for nearly four years, we've seen no compassion. He hasn't even shown enough compassion to attend a single funeral of any of the nearly 1,000 brave servicemen and servicewomen who died in Iraq for which he is responsible. Anne Cook, Augusta

What kind of war are we fighting?

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.

Recent football game was high drama

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

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

Iraq war is filled with poor decisions
There are at least 17 wrong assumptions that propelled us into a pre-emptive war with Iraq: Tom Zwemer Augusta

Kerry would be best in wartime

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'

Recent football game was high drama
It was just an ordinary high school football game, one out of many Aug. 27. It wasn't even the most anticipated game in the area. Several thousand fans and two teams gathered together in one stadium on a warm night in August to enjoy the spirit of athletic competition. E. G. Schneier, Martinez

Floppy disk reaches old age, nearing death

Jewelry exhibit shows off America's simpler tastes

Two programs rescue discs gone wrong; Plastic protects

The ABCs of back-to-school electronics

Healthful box lunch is possible

Oscar de la Renta looks to conquer new ground

Service puts dear ones' faces on U.S. stamps

Service puts dear ones' faces on U.S. stamps
NEW YORK -- America's first postage stamps appeared in 1847 - rough, unperforated squares of ink and paper that depicted George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. The portraits in miniature oozed gravitas and, in their quiet way, nudged along a growing national identity.

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.

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.

Sony unveils high-definition camcorder
TOKYO -- Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp. plans to begin selling a camcorder designed for consumers that takes video at digital high-definition quality and is being priced at about $3,600.

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.

Floppy disk reaches old age, nearing death
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.

Two programs rescue discs gone wrong; Plastic protects
NEW YORK -- You know it's bound to happen: One of the CDs you've burned is going to stop working - be it from scratches, aging, poor manufacturing or the fact that it was made with old software.

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

Sprawl produces crawl: bigger cities, bigger traffic jams
WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles for years has had the nation's worst traffic jams, but these days even the streets and highways in small and medium cities from Brownsville, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu, Hawaii, are giving rush-hour drivers fits.

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.

Lung illness limits official

Augusta State plans activities to keep commuters on campus
Sometimes, it takes more than free pizza to get college students to participate in campus life.

State expects reports of gouging

Going for a bite leads to arrest

News you can use

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.

Tornado from Frances damages Savannah area

Artisans fight loss of plant

Police charge two teens with throwing rocks

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.

Across Georgia

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

Test scores improve in South Carolina

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.

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

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.

Man with pitchfork robs bank

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Around town

I-20 crash kills Martinez woman

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.

Hospitals' costs draw many suits

2-year colleges brace for wave of retirements

Kid of the day

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.

Couple hunts nerve builders

Kid of the day

Teacher perfects formula for pharmacy technicians

County cashes in on greenspace

Across the area

Lawyer says tax package is legal

Across the Southeast

Around town

Are you ready for some football?

Budget cuts could lead to midyear tuition increase

Lost cemeteries

Augusta State plans activities to keep commuters on campus

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.

News you can use

Floppy disk is nearly a relic

Across the area

Budget cuts could lead to midyear tuition increase
ATLANTA - Rare midyear tuition increases could be on the way for undergraduates across Georgia, even as the state considers additional budget cuts that would likely jack up the cost of attending college further still.

Across South Carolina

Tornado from Frances damages Savannah area
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Carl Weeks has some choice words for Mother Nature - none of them fit for a family newspaper.

EPD chief won't be jailed in landfill case

Committee sells new image for old Aiken
AIKEN - Local restaurant owner and property developer Sam Erb has never had a problem with Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission, a seven-member panel that oversees changes made to hundreds of structures in the city's designated "historic" zones.

Committee sells new image for old Aiken

Official calls commissioner's criticism of boat race unfair
The chairman of Augusta Southern Nationals Inc. took the floor at Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting and took Commissioner Marion Williams to task over remarks the commissioner made about not being allowed to attend a private party during this year's drag boat races.

Slippery conditions kill 6 near Augusta

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

Lung illness limits official
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood is awaiting a lung transplant, but he doesn't think it will keep him from doing his job or will hurt his chances for re-election, even if he can't return to the Augusta area until after the election.

Slippery conditions kill 6 near Augusta
Authorities blame heavy rains and slippery conditions in the deaths of five people traveling along Interstate 20 and also the death of a Thomson waitress killed after a car crashed into the restaurant where she was working.

Church group escapes sinking

Police charge two teens with throwing rocks
Richmond County authorities arrested two teenagers Tuesday and charged them with throwing rocks at cars on River Watch Parkway. Sheriff's Investigator Glen Rahn said deputies spotted the two teens - both Westside High School students - crouching in bushes at about 3 p.m. at Eisenhower Park, which borders River Watch. They were each charged with criminal damage to property in the first degree, he said.

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.

Rants and raves
EXCEPT FOR SOME crewmen seduced by Kerry, most Vietnam veterans, especially eyewitnesses of his Vietnam behavior, do not trust him. His support of fellow military-hating, draft-dodging Bill Clinton over Robert Dole, an authentic hero with real injuries sustained under enemy fire, further confirms his shameful hypocrisy and flip-flopping. Kerry is a genuine crybaby, an empty suit. His limp-wristed salute on TV looked more like a flip-flopper trying to read smoke signals from the latest poll.

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.

EPD chief won't be jailed in landfill case
The director of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division cannot be held in contempt of court over her agency's refusal to issue permits for a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County, according to a Superior Court judge who heard arguments in the case.

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

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

Smoking ban on back burner
Georgia's two largest cities considered smoking bans Tuesday, but neither Augusta nor Atlanta was ready to snuff out puffing in public.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's popular SilverCard prescription drug program for seniors will end in 2007 because of the federal government's new Medicare discount program.

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

Across the area

News you can use
SEPT. 8, 1940 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Delta Air Corp.'s proposed airline service between Augusta and Savannah was recommended by civil aeronautics examiners yesterday in a move to provide a link with Delta's Atlanta-Charleston route at Augusta. Delta's application to extend the link from Savannah to Brunswick, Ga., was denied, along with adverse reports on other Savannah-Brunswick applications.

Official calls commissioner's criticism of boat race unfair

Around town
Margaret Roberts shields herself from the rain with her closed umbrella as she crosses Fourth Street near the Law Enforcement Center. The umbrella was broken by the wind.

Across Georgia
GRAYSON - A Gwinnett County man was killed trying to cut down a tree before the arrival of strong winds from Tropical Storm Frances.

Across the area
Three students from Cross Creek High School were injured Tuesday morning when a car ran a red light and struck a school bus, authorities said.

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

Man robs bank with pitchfork
AIKEN - A man wielding a four-pronged pitchfork with a 4-foot handle robbed the Security Federal Bank on Richland Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aiken Public Safety Capt. Wendell Hall said.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 11-year old Tommy Kitchens Jr. of Martinez.

Going for a bite leads to arrest
AIKEN - Bank robbery suspect Jason Holliday picked the wrong place to stop for a bite to eat when he sauntered into the Somewhere In Augusta restaurant on Washington Road late Monday.

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

Aiken's next charter school will be a fine arts academy
AIKEN - Troubles at one of Aiken County's two charter schools haven't derailed plans for a third such school that will cater to the fine arts.

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

Lawyer says tax package is legal
The special purpose local option sales tax referendum is safe for another day.

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.

Rants and raves
EXCEPT FOR SOME crewmen seduced by Kerry, most Vietnam veterans, especially eyewitnesses of his Vietnam behavior, do not trust him. His support of fellow military-hating, draft-dodging Bill Clinton over Robert Dole, an authentic hero with real injuries sustained under enemy fire, further confirms his shameful hypocrisy and flip-flopping. Kerry is a genuine crybaby, an empty suit. His limp-wristed salute on TV looked more like a flip-flopper trying to read smoke signals from the latest poll.

Across Georgia

Aiken's next charter school will be a fine arts academy

State expects reports of gouging
ATLANTA - With Florida evacuees advised to hold tight in Georgia until the effects of Tropical Depression Frances pass, state officials expect it to take some time for complaints of higher prices to be reported.

County cashes in on greenspace
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County managed to spend its entire allocation of state "greenspace" grant money - more than $700,000 - before a June 30 deadline, unlike some Georgia communities.

Computer finally swings Singh to top
It's about time - and timing.

Michael Moore to pursue best picture Oscar
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore says he won't submit "Fahrenheit 9/11" for consideration as best documentary at this year's Academy Awards. Instead, he's going for the bigger prize of best picture.

Sept. 11 DVDs present nation in crisis, mourning
LOS ANGELES -- One film provides a positive message of unity. Another dramatizes the president's difficult days. A third offers sympathy to a nation wounded on Sept. 11, but includes foreign filmmakers' points of view.

Sept. 11 DVDs present nation in crisis, mourning

Michael Moore to pursue best picture Oscar

Bjrk trades melodies for grunts, odd noises

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

Bjrk trades melodies for grunts, odd noises
Maybe Bjrk is still under Lars von Trier's spell.

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.

Richmond is final chance to make Chase

Coach will take on familiar foe

Shoulder injury might cause Bell to miss season opener

Falcons have largest ticket increase in NFL

Vikings turn to 44-year-old Morten Andersen for kicking help

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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Mr. John Byne, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Woods, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Echols (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. C.E. Barnes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Lessie Cohen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. John D. Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Ailing Dementieva pulls off an upset No. 2 Mauresmo falters in Open

USTA paying tribute to Gibson

Davenport outduels Venus

Warm and fuzzy? Throw them back

Ailing Dementieva pulls off an upset No. 2 Mauresmo falters in Open
NEW YORK - Elena Dementieva shook off a subpar serve that produced 15 double-faults, an aching left thigh and an upset stomach to advance to the semifinals at the U.S. Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory Tuesday over Amelie Mauresmo.

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.

Warm and fuzzy? Throw them back
NEW YORK - Andre Agassi took a victory swing, whacking the ball into the upper deck at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sitting high in section 133, Melody Rajacic wound up with the specially stamped Wilson I.

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.

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.

Shoulder injury might cause Bell to miss season opener
PITTSBURGH - For the second straight season, the Pittsburgh Steelers might go into their opener without one of their key defensive players.

Vikings turn to 44-year-old Morten Andersen for kicking help
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Morten Andersen, the second-leading scorer in NFL history, signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, two days after being cut by Kansas City.

Falcons have largest ticket increase in NFL
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The season hasn't started yet, but the Atlanta Falcons already lead the league in one category - largest increase in the price of a ticket.

Titans not worried about Ivan changing kickoff with Dolphins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans don't plan to worry about Hurricane Ivan right now. They're too busy preparing to play the Miami Dolphins in a season opener still scheduled for Sunday.

Study: teens viewing TV sex increases chance of starting sexual activity
CHICAGO -- Children who watched a lot of TV with sexual content were about twice as likely to start having intercourse during the subsequent year as those with little exposure to televised sex, researchers found.

Fox News Channel rating soar during convention

WB debuting drama about two teenage brothers

WB debuting drama about two teenage brothers
LOS ANGELES -- Bobby McCallister stands in the doorway of the school boiler room, nervous fingers clutching the edge of the battered satchel that was once his father's.

Ken Jennings resumes winning streak on 'Jeopardy!'

Fox News Channel rating soar during convention
NEW YORK -- Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings playing second fiddle to Brit Hume on a major story would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago.

Documentary on black event to air on PBS

Ken Jennings resumes winning streak on 'Jeopardy!'
NEW YORK -- "Jeopardy!" master Ken Jennings has advanced his winning streak to 39, picking up another $10,001 and bringing his total money won to $1,331,661.

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?

Study: teens viewing TV sex increases chance of starting sexual activity

ABC News banks on digital platforms, despite small audiences

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."

Rapper Twista hurt in fatal van crash in Pa.

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Timing is right for Richt's pitch

Timing is right for Richt's pitch
ATHENS, Ga. - As Georgia's football practice fields were soaked by heavy rain and wind gusts blew from the remnants of Tropical Depression Frances, players and staff boarded buses Tuesday for a two-hour roundtrip drive to the Atlanta Falcons' indoor practice facility in Flowery Branch.

On a rainy day, Richt calls for indoor practice facility

On a rainy day, Richt calls for indoor practice facility
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mark Richt couldn't have picked a better day to make his pitch for an indoor practice field.

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.

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

Holtz displays positive outlook

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

Archie picks Gamecocks
He was already sold, but Dominique Archie decided to make one final visit this past weekend. After a trip to Athens, Ga., he would choose a college.

Archie picks Gamecocks

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.

Lloyd grows into power, leader's role with Pacers

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

Amateurs looking to '05 Masters
Augustan Jeff Knox, along with five former area golfers, have qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur, a tournament which carries a most inviting perk: the winner earns a spot in the 2005 Masters Tournament.

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

Question of the week

Early finance lessons

Girl must end crush on boy who's attached

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

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
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.

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.

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

My style

Hendrix provides insight into parents

Odds and Ends

Recovery efforts fight Frances