Boxed-away poetry collection comes to life in unique gift to Atlanta school
ATLANTA -- Raymond Danowski scanned rows of poetry works stacked on shelves in an Emory University library and was mystified to see his entire collection in one place.

Man publishes his brother's fantasy book after his death
CINCINNATI - A fantasy tale given to family and friends on a young author's last Christmas 25 years ago has won recognition usually reserved for mainstream books.

Boxed-away poetry collection comes to life in unique gift to Atlanta school

Man publishes his brother's fantasy book after his death

Alabama theater takes Shakespeare to soldiers
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Remi Sandri would be nervous about playing one of literature's most infamous soldiers in front of a crowd of military men and women, except he'll be wearing a dress - a Scottish kilt to be exact.

Kitty is piece of work at 30
TOKYO -- Quintessentially cute, and incredibly lucrative, Hello Kitty is turning 30, and what better place to celebrate than atop Venus de Milo.

'Slava's Snowshow' a near perfect storm
NEW YORK -- After playing to audiences in more than 80 cities around the world, "Slava's Snowshow" is taking off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre by storm.

Kitty is piece of work at 30

Arthur Schlesinger, liberal and proud at age 86

Arthur Schlesinger, liberal and proud at age 86
NEW YORK -- Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 86 years old and never more liberal, stares calmly from behind his large, clear-framed glasses and reviews the current stage of what he has called the "cycles" of American politics.

'Slava's Snowshow' a near perfect storm

Dean offers critiques, solutions for Democrats, media in new book
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Howard Dean, a politician who has made much over the years of his experience as a doctor, has written a new book offering a blunt diagnosis of what ails the Democratic Party and the news media, as well as a prescription for a cure.

Alabama theater takes Shakespeare to soldiers

Houston rebounds, earns split
PITTSBURGH - Jeff Bagwell, Brad Ausmus and Lance Berkman drove in two runs each and the Houston Astros shook off Pirates starter Oliver Perez's dominance in the opener, beating Pittsburgh 9-2 for their 13th victory in 14 games and a doubleheader split.

Prior turns back Marlins this time, Cubs get split

Prior turns back Marlins this time, Cubs get split
CHICAGO - Mark Prior's previous appearance against the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field turned into one of the most agonizing losses in Chicago Cubs' history.

Houston rebounds, earns split

CDC's depression study didn't ask about Mondays

Odds and Ends
CHESTER, Ill. -- Oh, Popeye! The sailor man is looking buff for a guy of 75.

Judge grants murder suspect's request to attend funeral of alleged victim
PHILADELPHIA -- A judge Thursday granted a murder suspect's request to attend his alleged victim's wake, but the city's sheriff vowed to defy an order to transport the suspect to the funeral home.

Man Gets 6 Months for Swinging Alligator
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A man who swung an alligator at his girlfriend during an argument was sentenced to six months in jail.

U.S. Draft Dodgers Getting Recognized
NELSON, British Columbia (AP) -- U.S. draft dodgers who fled to Canada are finally getting some recognition - in Canada.

Odds and Ends
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger.

Man OK After Being Run Over by Train
LE MARS, Iowa (AP) -- A man who police say was intoxicated was unhurt after a train drove over him. Shawn M. Polley, 44, of Bowling Green, Ky., was passed out between the rails of the train tracks last week, police said.

Phillies shell Ortiz, Braves

Furcal arrested, faces second DUI conviction

Furcal arrested, faces second DUI conviction
ATLANTA - Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal was arrested early Friday on charges of driving under the influence, speeding and reckless driving. It was his second drunken driving arrest in four years.

Phillies shell Ortiz, Braves
ATLANTA -- When Russ Ortiz starts a game by giving up home runs on consecutive pitches -- one to a flyweight shortstop who had gone deep just 10 times in 563 at-bats this season -- there is concern in the home clubhouse that the team's best starter may not be last year's 21-game winner.

Chipper's out of groove again
ATLANTA - It's a vanishing act worthy of David Copperfield.

Chipper's out of groove again

Wholesale prices dip in August - a sign inflation not problem for economy
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices dipped 0.1 percent in August as a retreat in food costs helped to blunt a rise in the price of some energy products, a fresh sign that inflation isn't currently a problem for the economy.

Dry spell shutters Atlanta brewery
ATLANTA - Microbrewer Crawford Moran started Atlanta's Dogwood Brewing Co. in 1996 because he loved beer.

Delta plan seen by some as setup for bankruptcy

Small Pennsylvania bank wins fight over "Citizens" name
PHILADELPHIA -- One of the nation's biggest banks must rename its branches in a corner of western Pennsylvania to avoid trampling on a tiny competitor, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Disney's CEO to leave company in 2006, when contract expires

Disney's CEO to leave company in 2006, when contract expires
LONDON -- Michael Eisner, who led the Walt Disney Co. to huge success in the 1980s but more recently clashed with dissident stockholders including the founder's family, will leave the company in 2006 when his contract expires, the company said Friday.

Group petitions for unfair trade practices case against China

Sprint, AT&T to pay about $1.5 million to settle claims of credit law violations
WASHINGTON -- Sprint and AT&T will pay nearly $1.5 million in civil penalties to settle government claims that the companies violated federal credit laws for customers seeking telephone service.

Skipping lines rewards company
Sheila Roker used to have to carry all her business's outgoing shipments to the post office herself.

Cracker Barrel announces $8.7 million discrimination settlement
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Cracker Barrel has agreed to pay $8.7 million to settle lawsuits that accused the country cooking restaurant chain of segregating black customers, subjecting them to racial slurs and giving black workers inferior jobs.

Delta plan seen by some as setup for bankruptcy
ATLANTA -- Key elements of Delta Air Lines Inc.'s broad turnaround plan will take months if not years to implement, suggesting the struggling carrier is setting itself up for how it will survive after a likely Chapter 11 filing, industry observers and legal experts said Thursday.

Skipping lines rewards company

TSA to reimburse 15,000 airline passengers for bag claims

Wholesale prices dip in August - a sign inflation not problem for economy

Jobless claims fall sharply last week

Health care premiums jump 11.2 percent

Some businesses booming after two hurricanes hit Fla.

Some businesses booming after two hurricanes hit Fla.
MIAMI -- Every time Paul Mehok of National Nail Corp. sees a hurricane coming toward the Southeast, he feels "this little guilt twinge."

Cracker Barrel announces $8.7 million discrimination settlement

Business briefs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant chain has agreed to pay $8.7 million to settle lawsuits that accused it of discriminating against black customers, the company and a plaintiffs' lawyer said Thursday.

Business briefs

Health care premiums jump 11.2 percent
NEW YORK -- Health care costs continued to surge this year as family premiums in employer-sponsored plans jumped 11.2 percent, the fourth year of double-digit growth, according to a new study.

TSA to reimburse 15,000 airline passengers for bag claims
WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it will pay an average of $110 each to 15,000 airline passengers who claim their possessions were lost, stolen or damaged when their bags were screened for bombs and weapons.

Group petitions for unfair trade practices case against China
WASHINGTON -- A group of industry, farm and labor groups, seeking to put pressure on the Bush administration before the presidential election, petitioned the government on Thursday to file an unfair trade practices case against China.

Jobless claims fall sharply last week
WASHINGTON -- The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits plunged last week, partly reflecting a tapering off of filings related to Hurricane Charley.

Businesses get pointers on marketing

Japanese panel clears way for end ban on U.S. beef
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slid Thursday as weaker-than-expected July machinery orders data sparked concerns about Japan's economic outlook and sent shares of shipping companies lower. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Cracker Barrel settles discrimination suit

Oil prices rise on hurricane fears and inventory data
NEW YORK -- Oil prices surged Thursday on fears of hurricane damage and lower-than-expected crude oil and gasoline inventory data released by the government.

Businesses get pointers on marketing
Just running an ad often isn't enough to sell a product.

Cracker Barrel settles discrimination suit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Cracker Barrel has agreed to an $8.7 million settlement to resolve all lawsuits brought or supported by the NAACP that accused the restaurant chain of segregating blacks in the smoking section and denying them service.

Oil prices rise on hurricane fears and inventory data

Bull's-eye is now on a different school

Stakes even greater in Sunshine State rivalry
MIAMI - When No. 5 Miami practiced under the lights at the Orange Bowl last week, coach Larry Coker had his team watch a construction crew install extra bleachers behind the end zone.

Thomas to be a Jacket; Volunteers appeal fine
ATLANTA - Carlos Thomas verbally committed to play football at Georgia Tech in an interview on Comcast Sports Southeast's Sportsnite program Wednesday night.

Hurricanes howl into ACC
MIAMI - New season, new conference, same result.

Hurricanes howl into ACC

Thomas to be a Jacket; Volunteers appeal fine

Bull's-eye is now on a different school
RALEIGH, N.C. - For the past four years, Charlotte Independence has turned away every challenge and shattered the state record for consecutive wins.

Goal put Carpenter on top

A third-rate forgery?
The liberal media are generally disinclined to see an approaching storm if it has any chance of raining on a Democrat.

Augusta's ambassador
A sore spot with many Augustans is how they think others view Augusta. Many of us are sensitive to outsiders' perceptions of the Garden City.

The lesson of Sept. 11
The lack of terrorist attacks in the past three years is an incredible blessing.

Augusta's ambassador

Fox makes own history

Fox makes own history
It hasn't gotten a lot of attention - for understandable reasons - but television history was made last week at the Republican National Convention. For the first time, a cable news network beat the broadcast networks - NBC, CBS and ABC - in convention coverage. Fox News, which has a reputation - fair or not - of tilting to the right, also whipped rival cable news channels CNN and MSNBC.

Family of late actor John Ritter files wrongful death suit
LOS ANGELES -- The family of John Ritter has sued a Burbank hospital, accusing it of negligence in the death of the 54-year-old actor.

P. Diddy: Child support lawsuit really about 'adult support'
NEW YORK -- The baby mama drama just won't stop for P. Diddy.

Publisher of Kitty Kelley seeks damages from Newsweek
NEW YORK -- The publisher of Kitty Kelley's controversial new biography of the Bush family has accused Newsweek of allegedly violating a prepublication agreement and said the magazine owed "substantial damages."

Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall event
NEW YORK -- Fashion rocks - and Beyonce put on shimmery hot pants and Rod Stewart wore a three-piece suit with a pocket square to prove it.

'Identity Crisis' remakes DC comics universe as tragedy
LOS ANGELES -- Superheroes die all the time. Superman kicked the bucket a few years ago but was back in no time soaring through the skies. Batman's sidekick Robin also bit the dust once.

Tokyo stocks close lower on disappointing economic data
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slid Thursday as weaker-than-expected July machinery orders data sparked concerns about Japan's economic outlook and sent shares of shipping companies lower. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Wall Street eyes pharmaceutical stocks as presidential race unfolds
NEW YORK -- As the presidential election draws near, many on Wall Street are growing nervous about the potential effect of Democratic candidate John Kerry's platform on prescriptions drugs, and how it might reduce the earnings of the companies that produce them. But some analysts say curbing drug prices is bound to become a larger issue in the years ahead, no matter who controls the White House.

Mortgage rates rise, 30-year still below 6 percent
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country went up this week, although 30-year mortgages still were below 6 percent for a sixth straight week.

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

Stocks mixed on job data, rising oil prices
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed Thursday as investor enthusiasm over a sharp drop in initial unemployment claims was offset by rising oil prices and a disappointing wholesale inventories report. Technology shares benefited from a pair of outlook upgrades and strong earnings from National Semiconductor Corp.

Nokia boosts 3Q revenue, earnings forecasts
HELSINKI, Finland -- Nokia Corp. raised its earnings and revenue forecasts for the current quarter due to growing mobile phone sales, the first glimmer of good news in months for the besieged world leader in mobile phones.

Procter& Gamble reaffirms 1Q outlook
CINCINNATI -- Health and household products maker Procter & Gamble Co. reaffirmed its first-quarter guidance for earnings of 72 cents per share - in line with Wall Street estimates - based on gains from new products and growth in developing markets.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

Chiquita hopes new bags will keep bananas fresh longer
CINCINNATI -- Chiquita is hoping a newly developed plastic packaging will keep bananas looking appetizing longer on store shelves.

Rise and fall of the chestnut tree

Bordeaux mix arrests diseases

Bordeaux mix arrests diseases
By this time of year, some plants are looking downright ragged, showing the the effects of age, wind, insects, and disease.

Roots can prevent grass from growing beneath trees
Why can't I get the grass to grow underneath my trees? I have pruned many of the lower limbs and feel the grass is getting enough sun.

Rise and fall of the chestnut tree
James Hill Craddock calls himself a chestnut breeder, but a truer description would be a chestnut evangelist. For the better part of his 44 years he has been preaching the virtue of the genus Castanea.

Garden plan is key to beautiful blossoms

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

Rain garden is perfect way to make use of stormwater

Garden plan is key to beautiful blossoms
Leaves are getting ready to change colors, flowers will die back and grass will go dormant and brown. It's the perfect time to start thinking about spring.

For many gardeners, fall offers another planting season

Rain garden is perfect way to make use of stormwater
PHILADELPHIA - So you looked out the window after a thunderstorm and saw water pooling in your lawn, not running off into the gutter.

Veteran Sindelar in lead at rain-delayed Canadian

Weir takes spotlight from Vijay
OAKVILLE, Ontario - The Canadian Open got the perfect gift for its 100th anniversary - national hero Mike Weir in the lead with a flawless round of 5-under-par 66, and a showdown with the No. 1 player in golf looming on the weekend.

Weir takes spotlight from Vijay

Veteran Sindelar in lead at rain-delayed Canadian
OAKVILLE, Ontario - After waiting five hours for the Canadian Open to get started Thursday, Joey Sindelar made Glen Abbey look like a breeze with 5-under-par 66, giving him a two-shot lead over Pat Perez.

Jags begin anew

Jags begin anew
Pretty much everything that could go wrong for Augusta State did last season. The Jaguars lost their top player, failed to win a tournament and did not qualify for the NCAA Division I National Championship.

Bear necessities

Westside lobs way to victory

Hornets dispose of Mustangs

Georgia, South Carolina High School rankings

Red Devils air it out in victory over Wolfpack

Silver Foxes roll to victory

Silver Foxes roll to victory

Player of the week

High School football matchups

Calvin, Rebels come home with win

Underdog Panthers bite back
The Lakeside Panthers were underdogs in the first week of the season and came away with a tie against Washington-Wilkes. They were again underdogs Friday at Panther Stadium against Jefferson County.

Calvin, Rebels come home with win
When a Hephzibah player gives a noteworthy individual performance, the Rebels respond with three claps.

Silver Foxes roll to victory
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta High School doesn't want to think of itself as a one-man show, but the Yellow Jackets did little to dispel that myth Friday night.

Silver Foxes roll to victory
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta High School doesn't want to think of itself as a one-man show, but the Yellow Jackets did little to dispel that myth Friday night.

Westside lobs way to victory
Westside quarterbacks completed two passes Friday - two jump-ball-style throws. The result: Two touchdowns and one win for the Patriots.

Hornets dispose of Mustangs
LANGLEY - Aiken High struggled at the quarterback position Friday night.

Aquinas learning to win
Coach Jim Connor doesn't know the last time Aquinas started a season 3-0.

Washington does it all at The Brickyard
For a game between two teams known for tough defense, the score reflected more on the offensive abilities of both teams. Burke County upset rival Thomson at The Brickyard, 24-21 on Friday night.

Rebels declaw 'Cats in thrilling fashionHeadlineRebels declaw 'Cats
JOHNSTON, S.C. - A Georgia high school football team squaring off against a South Carolina team is a rare occurrence in 2004. A football game at any level topping Strom Thurmond's dramatic 35-28 victory over Laney on Friday would be even harder to find.

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Jeffrey Walker, running back, for Jefferson County.

Georgia, South Carolina High School rankings
Associated Press Georgia, South Carolina High School rankings.

Bear necessities
The day Marcus Washington was born is no different than today.

High School football matchups
From the Huddle, here's a preview of tonight high school football action.

Red Devils air it out in victory over Wolfpack
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County had a receiving combination that connected in a 22-7 victory, while Greenbrier's best passing combo remained sidelined with injuries.

High school football capsules
HARLEM, Ga. - Jeremy Larson returned two kickoff returns and an interception for touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a wild win in Region 3-AAA on Friday night.

Tourists, residents told to leave Florida Keys
MIAMI -- Tourists and residents were told Thursday they will have to leave the Florida Keys to avoid mighty Hurricane Ivan, even as the state still struggled with the misery left by Hurricanes Frances and Charley.

Hurricane Ivan devastates Grenada
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Hurricane Ivan intensified Thursday, heading straight for Jamaica and possibly Florida with 160 mph winds after it killed at least 20 people while pummeling Grenada, Barbados and other islands. U.S. officials ordered people to evacuate the Florida Keys.

Frances leaves water shortage in Asheville, N.C.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The remnants of Hurricane Frances washed out water lines or sanitation systems in several mountain towns, leaving tens of thousands of people without drinking water early Thursday. Flooding throughout the Appalachian Mountains contributed to two deaths in Ohio.

CDC's depression study didn't ask about Mondays
My wife, the source for most of my medical information, tells me that a recent study found most Americans feel sad or depressed three days of every month.

Furcal arrested on DUI charge
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal was arrested early Friday on charges of driving under the influence, according to police.

2 charged with disseminating obscene materials
Two men have been arrested by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety in connection with the display of obscene materials at various locations.

Kerry's actions make a poor patriot
Sorry folks, but anyone who comes home from a war and goes before our nation to denounce his fellow service members - without any evidence - is not a patriot. George Hughes Harlem

Perilous overpass is an easy fix

Let's grow Augusta the intelligent way

Athletes should be role models

Republicans would put nation in ruins
Now that the conventions are over, whom should we vote for? Bob Gutin Augusta

Let's grow Augusta the intelligent way
I agree with Walter Burchfield's letter ("Leaders are height of incompetence," Sept. 4). How much more evidence do Augusta residents need before we see that our system of local government does not serve our best interests.? Carol Ayer, Augusta

Swift veterans bring up valid points
Jay Connail's Sept. 3 letter ("Swifties are spreading lies") says Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are lying about John Kerry's testimony before Congress on April 22, 1971. He says Kerry was repeating confessions of other veterans of war atrocities. Jeff Burke Aiken, S.C.

Photo of victims was uncalled for
I would like to register my displeasure at the picture choice for the Sept. 4 edition. (Editor's note: The picture showed slain victims from terrorists' seizure of a school in Beslan, Russia.) Steven L Johnson Aiken, S.C.

Perilous overpass is an easy fix
I read with interest Dena Levitz's Sept. 4 article on the Olive Road overpass situation, "Crashes plague overpass." Mike Schortinghuis Grovetown

Athletes should be role models
I read your sports article on Robert Dunn (" 'I've done enough wrong," Sept. 3). As an elementary school teacher, I found some issues that need addressing. JoAnn Davis, Augusta

Scion coupe shifts toward mainstream

Designer Zac Posen thinks big, sees an empire in his future

Bathrooms get spa treatment

Family Briefs

Scientists combing through wreckage of space capsule

Startup aims for easy transfers of Web snippets to cell phones

Implantable artificial heart maker seeks approval for commercial use

Casual elegance sets tone for Carolina Herrera's spring collection

Honda, IBM enhance in-vehicle, speech-recognition system

Liz Lange offers maternity fashions at Fashion Week

Infrared scanners to used to catch tax delinquents, criminals

Research firm says SUVs lose traction in the market

DIET: Poll finds big majority of Americans say they are careful about eating habits

Scientists combing through wreckage of space capsule
SALT LAKE CITY -- Scientists tried to pry apart a mangled NASA space capsule in hopes of salvaging its precious cargo of solar atoms Thursday, a day after the saucer-shaped probe crashed in the Utah desert.

Startup aims for easy transfers of Web snippets to cell phones
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Have you ever gone online to get driving directions, only to leave the printout behind? Have you made movie plans, but forgot to jot down the show times? Or do you simply need an easy way to feed phone numbers to your cell phone?

Family Briefs
NEW YORK -- During the first few weeks of school, students are eager to load up on the supplies they'll need to do their homework. But it usually takes only a few weeks for these prized possessions to fall by the wayside - or more likely fall behind the couch - and for children to find themselves without the tools necessary for a particular assignment.

Honda, IBM enhance in-vehicle, speech-recognition system
DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co., with help from partner IBM Corp., is preparing to introduce an improved speech-recognition system that will allow drivers to get voice navigation guidance without having to manually punch in any information or take their eyes off the road to read a computer screen.

Casual elegance sets tone for Carolina Herrera's spring collection
NEW YORK -- Carolina Herrera makes it look so easy to create an outfit that's both casual and elegant: She'll pair a retro-print blouse and a sophisticated broadtail skirt, or add semiprecious stone embroidery to an otherwise simple tank-strap dress.

Study: older runners can improve faster than younger runners
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Runners over age 50 improve their performance more quickly than younger runners, a Yale study found, reinforcing past research on older athletes and the benefits they get from exercise.

Infrared scanners to used to catch tax delinquents, criminals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- This city is among the first in the nation to use infrared scanners that read license plates on moving and parked cars, giving officials immediate access to a database of police and tax records in their hunt for criminals and tax delinquents.

Liz Lange offers maternity fashions at Fashion Week
NEW YORK -- Stylish women don't want to give up their pencil skirts and dark denim jeans when they're pregnant, and thanks to the looks presented at Liz Lange's runway show, they don't have to.

Designer Zac Posen thinks big, sees an empire in his future
NEW YORK -- Zac Posen starts his day like many other 23-year-olds: He's running late and clutching a large Starbucks iced coffee. His pants are slightly rumpled and the polo shirt-funky blazer combination he's wearing is an unconventional interpretation of business casual.

Bathrooms get spa treatment
Today's most elegant bathroom designs lean heavily on lessons taken from the spa industry, where the focus is placed squarely on leisure and pampering. Spas are purposely decorated in schemes that draw the guest far away from the mundane. The lighting is soft, candles are used in abundance and both music and scents are soothing.

DIET: Poll finds big majority of Americans say they are careful about eating habits
HOUSTON -- Nearly 70 percent of Americans say they are careful about what they eat, and even more say diet is essential to good health, according to a new nationwide health poll in which obesity ranked second among the biggest health concerns.

Scion coupe shifts toward mainstream
SAN JOSE, Calif. - I bought into the whole weird-is-good mantra that came with the arrival of Scion in 2003, so the new tC coupe has taken me by surprise.

Chicago's mayor outlines elaborate camera network for city
CHICAGO -- More than 2,000 surveillance cameras in public places would be tied in to a network that would use sophisticated software to spot emergencies or suspicious behavior under a plan announced Thursday by Mayor Richard Daley.

Research firm says SUVs lose traction in the market
DETROIT - Sport utility vehicles, which have been berated in recent years as rollover-prone gas hogs, are losing appeal, a respected automotive research firm said recently.

Implantable artificial heart maker seeks approval for commercial use
BOSTON -- The maker of the first self-contained replacement heart is seeking approval to begin marketing the product for use on thousands of heart disease patients who are at a high risk of death.

878th Battalion welcomed home
They were gone for 15 months to Iraq, and returned home to Georgia with no casualties.

Director wants more for Aiken art festival
AIKEN - When Charlie Weiss looks at the annual craft and art extravaganza known as Aiken's Makin', he dreams of something far larger than a two-day event that draws between 25,000 to 30,000 people.

Rants and raves
DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, after your weapons of mass destruction lie, you continue to distract us from your inability to run a country.

Furcal arrested on DUI charge

Around town
Rob Moon takes a stroll along Greene Street with his dogs, Aerial, 6, and Jolie, 9 months. Mr. Moon says he adopted Aerial from al shelter but Jolie "just showed up one day at my doorstep."

Standards set reading focus

Teacher is hurt in school fight
A teacher was assaulted by students at a south Augusta high school Friday afternoon when she tried to break up one of several fights, officials said.

878th Battalion welcomed home

Across the area
The son of the Richmond County school superintendent and another young man pleaded innocent Friday to criminal charges.

Office is ready to clear hand

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - The state Board of Medical Examiners is searching for a physician willing to take on hundreds of patients of a doctor who surrendered his license after being arrested on gun charges.

Kid of the day

Two sex offenders lose bids for bond
Two convicted sex offenders facing new sexual assault charges were denied bond Friday.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT against George Bush, who wormed his way out of serving in the armed forces; got himself a plush slot (through influence) in the Air National Guard, which he then ducked out of; and now sends our young people to a war that benefits only Halliburton and the rest of his rich buddies! He needs to go back to his ranch to be king of the cowboys, not the president of our country. We need a leader with international experience, war experience, and vision.

News you can use
Sept. 11, 1959 Georgia Railroad and Banking Co. on Thursday redeemed at full face value an 1855 bank note mailed by the owner from Maryville, Tenn.

Complaint takes book off of list

School program has new job plan

Alcohol vote may confuse

Fewer people apply for aid
COLUMBIA - A new report shows a slight decline in the number of South Carolinians on welfare, but federal changes in the program and state budget cuts threaten the progress, officials say.

Augustan is fined in carnival case

Officers arrest teen in identity theft scam

Booster clubs come to aid of cash-strapped schools

Damage could hit $100 million
ATLANTA - Picking through fields, broken homes and damaged roads, the ugly picture of Hurricane Frances' harm to Georgia is becoming clear.

News you can use

Bilingual Athens pupils could receive exemption
ATHENS, Ga. - Clarke County school board members said "yes" - or maybe "si" or "ja" or "oui" - Thursday night to a plan that would allow bilingual students an exemption from foreign language classes in high school.

Fewer people apply for aid

Office is ready to clear hand
Outside the evidence room at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office stands the county's last reminder of the video poker age.

Residents gripe over roadwork

Bulldog, Gamecock fans gather for annual showdown
Erica Jeselnik attended the 11th annual Border Bash on Friday at Augusta Common for one reason and one reason only.

Across the area

Cheerleaders can no longer skirt policies
Cheerleaders will have less reason to cheer in Richmond County schools next week.

Around town

Graduation will be held at stadiums
The home turf wins.

Residents gripe over roadwork
Donnie Smith says he signed an agreement with Richmond County's Public Works Department for it not to cut down seven of his oak trees.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 8-year old Spencer King of Evans.

Rants and raves
DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, after your weapons of mass destruction lie, you continue to distract us from your inability to run a country.

Around town

Yearlong SAT class begins at 3 schools
Evans High School junior Jonathan Scott has learned that when in doubt, it's best not to guess.

Country singer pays a visit to Carter
PLAINS, Ga. - Willie Nelson visited his longtime friend, former President Jimmy Carter, on Thursday for the taping of a television special and a free concert for the residents of Mr. Carter's hometown.

Area is spared tornado activity
AIKEN - Beech Islanders were not hit with a tornado this week, officials said, just an intense burst of wind and rain.

Director wants more for Aiken art festival

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 2-year Christopher Cody Jr. of Augusta.

Across the area

Complaint takes book off of list
A descriptive book about a boy's struggle to grow up under apartheid in South Africa will be pulled from the reading list of a senior literature class at Hephzibah High School after complaints from a parent, according to Richmond County school trustee Kenneth Echols.

Family remains rooted in farming
HEMINGWAY, S.C. - The Lawrimore family is like fertile soil: nurturing, resistant to what's bad, knows what it needs to flourish and gets what it needs to grow.

Preservationists tout home value

School program has new job plan
MCCORMICK, S.C. - During fourth period, McCormick High School senior Johnathan Kelly isn't hitting the books, but he is hammering nails into two-by-fours that are taking the shape of the frame for a dog house.

Across the area
A Thomson man was arrested Thursday on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated assault after police say they connected him to an armed robbery at an Evans tanning salon Monday.

Official accused in theft of water
JEFFERSON, Ga. - A Jackson County commissioner has been accused of stealing water from the northeast Georgia county.

Across Georgia
KENNESAW - Two people riding in a small plane headed to Florida survived a crash Thursday, authorities said.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - DeKalb County's police chief and the head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation met Thursday to discuss plans to investigate whether DeKalb police made unauthorized background checks of reporters and political candidates.

Across South Carolina
CONWAY - A body with the head and hands chopped off has been found at a home, and a suspect has been arrested, police said.

Officers arrest teen in identity theft scam
HAPEVILLE, Ga. - Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy who is accused of orchestrating an elaborate identity theft scheme by posing as a private investigator and stealing financial information from at least a dozen people.

Graduation will be held at stadiums

Plan would expand turn lane
For all those drivers frustrated when trying to turn left on Washington Road near the Evans Wal-Mart SuperCenter, Columbia County officials say help is on the way.

Area is spared tornado activity

Preservationists tout home value
AIKEN - As Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission tries to expand the city's collection of protected homes and buildings, it's trying to convince skeptical owners that historic districts will increase the value of their property.

Across the area
A Thomson man was arrested Thursday on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated assault after police say they connected him to an armed robbery at an Evans tanning salon Monday.

Man is denied bail in 1994 homicide
A suspect in a 10-year-old homicide must await trial behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

News you can use
SEPT. 10, 1999 Swastikas, vulgarities and racist slurs were found scrawled on six Columbia County school buses and two buildings at three different schools Thursday morning.

Sketch display leads to arrests
NORTH AUGUSTA - They told police they thought they'd win a DVD player.

House vote challenges new overtime pay rules

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT against George Bush, who wormed his way out of serving in the armed forces; got himself a plush slot (through influence) in the Air National Guard, which he then ducked out of; and now sends our young people to a war that benefits only Halliburton and the rest of his rich buddies! He needs to go back to his ranch to be king of the cowboys, not the president of our country. We need a leader with international experience, war experience, and vision.

Sketch display leads to arrests

Fence should deter wildlife
Officials are hoping a new fencing project keeps a few dangerous animals out of Augusta Regional Airport.

Family remains rooted in farming

Across the area
The son of the Richmond County school superintendent and another young man pleaded innocent Friday to criminal charges.

Country singer pays a visit to Carter

Standards set reading focus
ATLANTA - New guidelines approved by the State Board of Education for teachers of the youngest pupils put the focus on added reading.

2 charged with disseminating obscene materials

DeMint aims to get rid of IRS
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint said Friday it's time to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace the nation's tax code with something "simple and fair and transparent."

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Teacher is hurt in school fight

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Across South Carolina

Booster clubs come to aid of cash-strapped schools
AIKEN - Although a half-century of football at Aiken High School's Hagood Stadium is a matter of celebration and nostalgia, the torn, rusty fence that circled the gridiron wasn't an antique to brag about.

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Alcohol vote may confuse
AIKEN - When South Carolina voters go to the polls in November, more than a presidency and a U.S. Senate seat will be at stake.

House vote challenges new overtime pay rules
WASHINGTON - In a sharp rebuke of a new administration policy, the House moved Thursday to block the Labor Department from carrying out overtime rules that critics argued could deprive millions of workers of their overtime pay.

Damage could hit $100 million

Augustan is fined in carnival case
RALEIGH, N.C. - The last defendant facing state charges stemming from the campaign finance scandal involving former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps was sentenced Wednesday.

Kid of the day

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ron cockerille/staffStan Goodman, a member of the Rotary Club from Aiken, works with others to prepare the performance stage for Aiken's Makin'. The event will be today and Saturday in downtown Aiken.

Man is denied bail in 1994 homicide

Police release slaying details
Autopsy results show that the 48-year-old woman who was found dead inside her west Augusta apartment Wednesday was strangled to death Saturday night, authorities said.

Bulldog, Gamecock fans gather for annual showdown

Fliers dispel fears of date
Three years after the most tragic terrorist attack on American soil, experts say Sept. 11 is beginning to resemble a normal day for air travel.

3 budget paths confront schools

3 budget paths confront schools
ATLANTA - How much aid the state sends to local school systems in the next fiscal year might depend on which of three budget scenarios plays out in the coming months.

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Receivers hope to prove their potential
ATHENS, Ga. - Playmakers don't want to hear about a defensive stopper bailing them out with the only touchdown of the game.

At the Movies: 'Cellular'
First came "Phone Booth," in which Colin Farrell was trapped under a sniper's predatory gaze while making a call in Times Square.

At the Movies: 'Cellular'

At the Movies: 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse'
Imagine "Beauty and the Beast" with zombies and explosions and hot women in miniskirts and you have some idea of what "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" is like.

At the Movies: 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse'

Campbell turns vixenish in Toronto flick

Campbell turns vixenish in Toronto flick
TORONTO -- Neve Campbell has gone from prey to predator. The damsel who fought back in the "Scream" horror-spoof trilogy, Campbell now steps up with a racy femme-fatale turn in "When Will I Be Loved," which played Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival one day before its U.S. debut.

Source Hip-Hop Music Awards nominations unveiled

Review: 'Daphne' opens New York City Opera season
NEW YORK -- Rarely performed operas usually are rarely performed for a reason, and Strauss' "Daphne" is no exception.

Review: 'Daphne' opens New York City Opera season

Source Hip-Hop Music Awards nominations unveiled
NEW YORK -- Rapper-producer Kanye West received a leading six Source Hip-Hop Music Awards nominations Thursday, while Ludacris got five.

Assault charges against Rapper Loon dismissed
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A judge has dismissed assault charges against rapper Loon, who was arrested in February after a security guard was stabbed outside a nightclub.

Assault charges against Rapper Loon dismissed

Newman takes pole; eight race for Chase

Worries mount for Johnson
RICHMOND, Va. - Jimmie Johnson had few worries most of the season, cruising along to the Nextel Cup Series points lead with ease.

Rookie drives to first pole
RICHMOND, Va. - Impressive rookie Kasey Kahne started what he hopes will be an uplifting weekend Thursday night, winning his first pole of the season in 22 tries in NASCAR's Busch Series.

Rookie drives to first pole

Newman takes pole; eight race for Chase
RICHMOND, Va. - Ryan Newman had no choice Friday: The best way to qualify for the Chase for the Championship - and a shot to win the Nextel Cup Series title - was to slow down at Richmond International Raceway.

Al-Qaida releases new tape near Sept. 11 anniversary rallying supporters

Al-Qaida releases new tape near Sept. 11 anniversary rallying supporters
CAIRO, Egypt -- For the second year in a row, al-Qaida released a videotape rallying its supporters near the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and experts were investigating if the images of the terror network's No. 2 leader were new or not.

Relatives of undocumented terror victims from Mexico may never find answers
SAN PABLO ANICANO, Mexico -- A paycheck stub, a phone record, a money transfer receipt all they needed was some piece of paper to prove their loved one existed.

Relatives of undocumented terror victims from Mexico may never find answers

Powell says bin Laden is alive but on the run
WASHINGTON -- Three years after the devastating Sept. 11 attacks, Secretary of State Colin Powell said he believes Osama bin Laden is still alive, in hiding and on the run.

Names to be read aloud, bells to toll, lights to shine on third 9/11 anniversary

Father of 9/11 hijacker defends his son with denial, defiance
CAIRO, Egypt -- Mohammed al-Amir Atta no longer practices law, but when it comes to his son, he can still put up a spirited defense - loud, long arguments that allow few interruptions and carefully evade the key questions: Was his son really the lead hijacker in the Sept. 11 attacks? How does he live with the knowledge? Does he still believe his son is alive?

Father of 9/11 hijacker defends his son with denial, defiance

Navy plans to name two ships at places where Sept. 11 planes crashed
WASHINGTON -- The Navy announced Thursday it will name two planned ships after the places where two of the planes hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, crashed.

Sept. 11 DVDs present nation in crisis, mourning

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.

Names to be read aloud, bells to toll, lights to shine on third 9/11 anniversary
NEW YORK -- Last year, children's voices echoed across ground zero. This year, it is the bereaved parents and grandparents of World Trade Center victims who will read aloud the names of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Lebanese parents of Sept. 11 victim say war on terror made world more dangerous
KOUSBA, Lebanon -- Still dressed in mourning black, Yvette Moussa stares at a photograph of her eldest son and cries silently. It's what she does almost every day, remembering the young man who left a civil war in Lebanon to live a calmer, better life and ended up dead in the World Trade Center.

Couples want to honor date with weddings
Zandra Copeland wasn't surprised when friends and family questioned her for choosing the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as her wedding date.

Lawmakers question mention of Iraq in Sept. 11 resolution
WASHINGTON -- Mention of the war in Iraq clouded a House resolution marking the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and 16 lawmakers voted Thursday against the otherwise non-controversial measure.

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Sept. 11 families gain clout as lobbyists but now face hardest test yet
WASHINGTON -- After three years of angry advocacy, the families of Sept. 11 victims have achieved a rare position of influence over policy-makers, but they are about to face their toughest political test yet.

Sept. 11 families gain clout as lobbyists but now face hardest test yet

Lawmakers question mention of Iraq in Sept. 11 resolution

Lebanese parents of Sept. 11 victim say war on terror made world more dangerous

Most Americans have vivid memories of terrorist attacks

Most Americans have vivid memories of terrorist attacks
Seven in 10 Americans say their recollection of what they were doing at the exact time they learned about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is among their most vivid memories. Even more, 98 percent, say they can remember what they were doing when they learned of the attacks, according to an AP-Ipsos poll.

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NFL Network will capitalize on sport

Browns' back is doubtful for season opener

Patriots capitalize on Colts' mistakes

Patriots send Colts packing

Atlanta linebacker might flourish in new scheme

Baltimore eyes Super Bowl

Dolphins' home game against Titans moved up to Saturday

Money not everything to Spikes

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Slow down before more people are killed
What will it take to get you to slow down on Georgia's highways? Try this. Stop what you are doing for a second and look at someone you love. It could be your spouse, your significant other, your child, a parent or your best friend. Now, imagine that person has just learned that you have been killed in a motor vehicle crash, or you find out they have been killed. Sound far-fetched? It will happen more than 1,000 times this year in Georgia. One thousand living, breathing human beings who had hopes and dreams, who brought joy to other human beings and who won't see New Year's Day.

Slow down before more people are killed
What will it take to get you to slow down on Georgia's highways? Try this. Stop what you are doing for a second and look at someone you love. It could be your spouse, your significant other, your child, a parent or your best friend. Now, imagine that person has just learned that you have been killed in a motor vehicle crash, or you find out they have been killed. Sound far-fetched? It will happen more than 1,000 times this year in Georgia. One thousand living, breathing human beings who had hopes and dreams, who brought joy to other human beings and who won't see New Year's Day.

Federer bounces Agassi

Federer aims for major trio

Russians' reign pours into final

Russians' reign pours into final
NEW YORK - Fighting back from a disastrous start and winning the 49-stroke point of the tournament along the way, Jennifer Capriati served for the match against Elena Dementieva in their U.S. Open semifinal Friday.

Federer aims for major trio
NEW YORK - First, critics said Roger Federer couldn't win the big ones, because he started his career with a 2-6 record in tournament finals.

Federer bounces Agassi
NEW YORK - Roger Federer posted a huge win in the howling wind, beating two-time champion Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday in a U.S. Open quarterfinal match suspended the previous night because of rain.

Atlanta linebacker might flourish in new scheme
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Though it hardly compares to his friendship with Chicago's Brian Urlacher, Atlanta's Keith Brooking has enjoyed the brief time he's spent with San Francisco's star linebacker, Julian Peterson.

Dolphins' home game against Titans moved up to Saturday
MIAMI - The Miami Dolphins' opening game against the Tennessee Titans will be played Saturday instead of Sunday because of Hurricane Ivan.

Browns' back is doubtful for season opener
Cleveland Browns running back Lee Suggs did not practice Friday, leaving him doubtful for Sunday's opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore eyes Super Bowl
BALTIMORE - Take a relentless defense and a punishing running back, add a few potential distractions and top it all off with a healthy dose of arrogance.

Money not everything to Spikes
The year was 1998. Washington County's Takeo Spikes had money to burn. His rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals paid him an instant $3.6 million signing bonus and $7.5 million over five years.

NFL Network will capitalize on sport
NEW YORK - Nothing draws television viewers like the NFL.

Patriots send Colts packing
FOXBORO, Mass. -- As usual, Tom Brady was uncannily accurate as the New England Patriots moved within three wins of setting the NFL record for consecutive victories.

Patriots capitalize on Colts' mistakes
FOXBORO, Mass. - New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi figures the streaking Super Bowl champs were starting from scratch in the NFL season opener.

Anchoring the flock
A dedication ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday for The Dock, the teen sanctuary and center at Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene.

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

Divorce program gives support
Just getting to a divorce recovery workshop can be hard.

Does Disney's empire preach a Mickey Mouse religion?
First the Simpsons, now Mickey Mouse. Two years ago, pop culture analyst Mark I. Pinsky unleashed "The Gospel According to the Simpsons," a book analyzing the surprising spiritual topics knitted into Fox's irreverent animated TV farce.

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The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Record-holding drummer will lead workshop for conference
What do 1,199 drumbeats per minute sound like? Jotan Afanador knows.

Former nuns start retirement community for spiritual exploration
ABINGDON, Va. -- When she was a nun, Dene Peterson had expected to grow old in the convent, in the care of her other Roman Catholic sisters.

Receivers hope to prove their potential

Has Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' run come to an end?
LOS ANGELES -- Has Ken Jennings ended his "Jeopardy!" streak?

NBC starts its fall season with modest results

Ratings for basic cable networks

NBC starts its fall season with modest results
NEW YORK -- NBC was ready to start the fall television season last week, but viewers weren't quite ready.

"ER" charter cast member Noah Wyle says this will be his last season
NEW YORK -- Noah Wyle, the last continuous on-air link to the NBC medical drama "ER's" freshman season in 1994, seems headed for the doctor's retirement home.

Has Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' run come to an end?

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, has shattered records on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" His record-breaking run began June 2, with a six-week hiatus for summer reruns.

"ER" charter cast member Noah Wyle says this will be his last season

Regulators update children's programming standard for digital age
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators unanimously approved rules Thursday requiring television stations that air more than one digital channel to show additional children's programming - in some cases up to 18 hours of kids' shows a week.

Hollywood Reporter chronicles 100-episode TV shows
LOS ANGELES -- Counting to 100 used to be so much easier for TV producers.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Publisher of Kitty Kelley seeks damages from Newsweek

'Identity Crisis' remakes DC comics universe as tragedy

Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall event

Hometown pulls for Turman, not Gamecocks

Gamecocks dishing out compliments
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina offense kept the ball nearly two-thirds of the game and rushed for 269 yards in its 31-6 win over Vanderbilt a week ago.

Gamecocks dishing out compliments

Hometown pulls for Turman, not Gamecocks
WASHINGTON, Ga. - A ceramic English bulldog guards the sidewalk of a house on Poplar Drive.

Goal put Carpenter on top
Tommy Carpenter hardly fits the mold of a Regions Cup Player of the Year.

Odds and Ends

U.S. Draft Dodgers Getting Recognized

Man Gets 6 Months for Swinging Alligator

Man OK After Being Run Over by Train

Odds and Ends

Judge grants murder suspect's request to attend funeral of alleged victim

Divorce program gives support

A leading Jewish scholar offers the latest on the afterlife

Faith Calendar

Does Disney's empire preach a Mickey Mouse religion?

Record-holding drummer will lead workshop for conference

Former nuns start retirement community for spiritual exploration