Japanese designer to create costumes for 'Pacific Overtures'
NEW YORK -- The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of "Pacific Overtures" will not only have a distinguished Japanese director, Amon Miyamoto, but a well-known Japanese costume designer, Junko Koshino, as well.

Book dives into the sea of problems in commercial shipping

New theater boosts transformation of National Archives

Miller, Gershwin and 'The Opposite of Sex' on tap around the country

Japanese designer to create costumes for 'Pacific Overtures'

In an election year, politics even pervades picture books

Rodin Museum celebrates 75th anniversary
PHILADELPHIA -- When a young Auguste Rodin sent his first sculptures across the Atlantic for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, critics and cognoscenti apparently didn't think much of it.

Harbor House to have big year
From one book published seven years ago, Harbor House has grown to include new offices and even a listing in Publishers Weekly as one of the top small publishing houses in the United States.

'Frozen' author Bryony Lavery back with a new play 'Last Easter'

Book published decades after young author's death wins recognition
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.

Harbor House to have big year

In an election year, politics even pervades picture books
NEW ORLEANS -- How do you get preschoolers interested in a presidential election? Get Duck on the ballot.

Miller, Gershwin and 'The Opposite of Sex' on tap around the country
NEW YORK -- The diversity of theater around the United States is astonishing.

Jane Pauley and Osama are neighbors in the 'new bios' section
Jane Pauley is easy to find on television, while Osama bin Laden has proven to be a bit more elusive. But each of these famous folks is highly visible as the subject of a new book.

'Frozen' author Bryony Lavery back with a new play 'Last Easter'
NEW YORK -- "Frozen" was one of the notable plays of the 2003-2004 theater season, and now its author, Bryony Lavery, is back with the world premiere of "Last Easter," the story of a dying woman and how her friends help her deal with her illness.

Book dives into the sea of problems in commercial shipping
"The Outlaw Sea" points out the sea's great influence on our lives, something that is often forgotten, ignored or taken for granted.

New theater boosts transformation of National Archives
WASHINGTON -- The National Archives, guardian of the Constitution and other historic originals, is opening a state-of-the-art theater as part of an interactive museum designed to lure more visitors to the researchers' haven.

Wind blew in this biography of Francis Beaufort
What a life! Francis Beaufort went to sea at 14, survived shipwreck and Malay pirates on his first voyage, fought Napoleon as a Royal Navy officer, and went on to become the British navy's chief mapmaker, encountering nearly everyone who was anyone along the way.

Rodin Museum celebrates 75th anniversary

Book published decades after young author's death wins recognition

Wind blew in this biography of Francis Beaufort

Jane Pauley and Osama are neighbors in the 'new bios' section

Baseball notebook

Barry Bonds hits homer No. 699

Baseball notebook
BALTIMORE - The New York Yankees observed the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by wearing commemorative hats with an American flag on the side.

Barry Bonds hits homer No. 699
PHOENIX - Barry Bonds hit his 699th home run, and the San Francisco Giants regained the NL wild-card lead with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

'Sunshine states' take first in 2004 postcard contest

Bizarre bank robbery killing yields more questions than clues
ERIE, Pa. -- The call to Mama Mia's pizzeria came in about 1:30 p.m. The caller directed the deliveryman to a rural spot along a main drag, where a gravel road leads to a television transmission tower.

Japan to set up boot camp to teach jobs skills, etiquette
TOKYO -- They will stay for three months, keeping to a strict daily regimen, eating together and learning about self-discipline, work ethics and job-hunting.

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - Appearing downcast and contrite, Rafael Furcal apologized to the Atlanta Braves organization, his teammates, and fans for a second DUI arrest during an informal session with reporters in the home clubhouse Saturday afternoon.

Braves pound Expos, Hampton hurt

Braves' notebook

Capellan solid in Atlanta win
ATLANTA -- No one hands out prizes after a game like this.

Braves pound Expos, Hampton hurt
ATLANTA - There might be a big game ahead for Jose Capellan today, but the Atlanta Braves had more pressing concerns with the health of their rotation Saturday night.

Vehicles sustain costly damage in tests because bumpers don't line up
WASHINGTON -The difference in bumper height between cars and sport utility vehicles leads to costly accident repairs even after low-speed crashes, an insurance group said Sunday.

Business owners should start thinking about succession plans
NEW YORK -- As the leading edge of baby boomers moves toward retirement, many with small businesses need to start thinking about succession plans or exit strategies.

Property transfers
These are Richmond County property transfers for Aug. 24-27. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Vehicles sustain costly damage in tests because bumpers don't line up

Business briefs
FAMILY HOLIDAYS: Henry Ford would be proud: We are nothing if not a nation that loves a road trip.

US Airways files for bankruptcy protection again

Battle intensifies over ill-gotten executive bonuses
NEW YORK -- It doesn't seem to matter that more than a thousand companies have restated earnings in recent years. Most of their executives are still holding on to bonus pay that it turns out they technically didn't earn.

Property transfers

Augusta sees influx of hotels as occupancy rate plummets
The old Guest Inn off Washington Road had become a run-down place where crime was as much a part of the landscape as tourists.

Augusta sees influx of hotels as occupancy rate plummets

Company making fake urine for researchers
LENEXA, Kan. -- Synthetic urine, which sounds like something more likely to generate snickers than sales, is turning into a small success for a Kansas company.

Area businesses expect more Masters spending

Battle intensifies over ill-gotten executive bonuses
NEW YORK -- It doesn't seem to matter that more than a thousand companies have restated earnings in recent years. Most of their executives are still holding on to bonus pay that it turns out they technically didn't earn.

On the move

On the move
Jason Sowinksi, Bank of America's banking center manager at Evans Center, has been promoted to assistant vice president.

Business calendar

Business calendar
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Gas prices resume their decline

Area businesses expect more Masters spending
There's a full six months to go before the 2005 Masters Tournament, but hospitality businesses in Augusta already are expecting a big rebound in corporate spending.

Battle intensifies over ill-gotten executive bonuses

Business owners should start thinking about succession plans

US Airways files for bankruptcy protection again
ARLINGTON, Va. - US Airways Group Inc., the nation's seventh largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday for the second time in two years. The company's president vowed to continue restructuring the airline into a low-cost carrier during the bankruptcy process.

Gas prices resume their decline
LOS ANGELES - Gas prices dropped about 2 cents in the past two weeks, reflecting recent drops in the price of crude oil and plentiful supply, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Business briefs

Lively speakers prove entertaining

Lively speakers prove entertaining
Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting was more like a Looney Tunes episode or a Mel Brooks movie than usual.

Clemson notebook

Clemson notebook
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden vowed before the season to give Yusef Kelly, Reggie Merriweather and Kyle Browning their shots at the running back position.

Miami beats Florida State in overtime
MIAMI -- New season, new conference, same result.

USC and Oklahoma remain on top in AP poll

Johnson, Rigsby combine for improbable comeback
A look back and ahead at the ACC, SEC and the rest of the country:

Johnson, Rigsby combine for improbable comeback

Miami beats Florida State in overtime

USC and Oklahoma remain on top in AP poll
The upsets have begun and the little guys are moving into The Associated Press poll. After ranked teams started the season 21-0, five fell to unranked opponents this weekend, shaking up the media poll released Sunday.

Small school roundup
CLINTON, S.C. - Linebacker Donny Stamper broke up a pass in the end zone as time expired for Presbyterian to keep the lead and beat Charleston Southern 19-14 on Saturday.

Croom loses conference debut
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Auburn's Cadillac enjoyed another drive through Mississippi State's defense.

Croom loses conference debut

Broaden food menus

Inhumane

Unwise Medicare cuts
The reason why many doctors are cutting back on accepting Medicare patients can be seen in the government's proposed cuts in payments for cancer drugs. According to medical communities in Augusta and elsewhere, the cuts will be about double the Bush administration's estimates.

Diet, not surgery

Science center saved

Diet, not surgery
When does government save money by not cutting out the fat? When the fat it's cutting belongs to fat people.

Unwise Medicare cuts

Inhumane
What if your neighbor's house were hit by three disasters inside of a month?

Science center saved
Thanks to the hard work of Joe Edwards, his staff and volunteers, downtown Augusta's National Science Center at Fort Discovery is getting back on its feet, having extended its hours since Labor Day.

Broaden food menus
Most of us see dinner on restaurants' menus. Plaintiffs' lawyers see opportunities to get rich.

People
Geraldo Rivera is suing the co-op board of the housing development he lives in, alleging members wrongly kept a $10,000 deposit on one of his properties and prevented him from buying another.

Slower growth at home gives international funds extra appeal

Pet insurance can provide health, accident coverage
NEW YORK -- When Alyson Dutch's yellow Labrador encountered not one but two rattlesnakes this spring, she was glad she had pet insurance.

Pet insurance can provide health, accident coverage

Mutual fund proxy votes tell all
NEW YORK -- We finally get to know some of the deep, dark secrets of the mutual fund business: Are funds really protecting shareholder rights or just rubber-stamping the agendas of corporate leaders?

Consumer spending in spotlight on Wall Street
NEW YORK - Investors will be looking to consumer spending in the coming week on Wall Street, as the government releases figures on consumer prices and retail sales and major retailers release earnings reports.

Some fear proposed energy regulations could hike power prices

Study: real-time energy pricing could reduce consumption

Slower growth at home gives international funds extra appeal
NEW YORK -- There have always been lots of reasons to invest in international stocks: Opportunity abounds beyond our borders. But lately, many on Wall Street have raised their stake overseas as high valuations and slower growth at home make U.S. stocks relatively less attractive.

Some fear proposed energy regulations could hike power prices
WASHINGTON -- With power prices in the South among the nation's lowest, the region's lawmakers are some of the most vocal critics of a plan by federal energy regulators to create standardized, regional markets for wholesale electricity.

Study: real-time energy pricing could reduce consumption
WASHINGTON -People could save as much as $15 billion annually if they had more information about fluctuations in the price of electricity and then acted to cut power usage when prices were expected to be high, congressional investigators conclude.

Mutual fund proxy votes tell all

Eagles soar on field, scoreboard
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern paid Division II Johnson C. Smith approximately $40,000 to be its opponent Saturday in the home opener at Paulson Stadium.

Jackets nab crazy win over Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Georgia Tech and Clemson consider each other rivals.

Georgia Tech notebook
FRESHMEN AGAIN: Georgia Tech's Darryl Richard made the first start of his career against Clemson. The true freshman opened the game at defensive tackle in the Jackets' nickel package.

Eagles soar on field, scoreboard

Georgia Tech notebook

Academic competition set handwriting down illegible path

Golf roundup

Georgia opens up big lead
AIKEN - Georgia opened up such a wide lead over South Carolina after the first day of the 17th annual Regions Cup Matches on Saturday, one Palmetto State golfer was forced to trot out the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history for inspiration.

Golf roundup
OAKVILLE, Ontario - The only lengthy putt Mike Weir made Saturday in the Canadian Open came at a good time, a 6-footer for birdie on the 18th hole that gave him a three-shot lead and left him in great shape to become the first Canadian to win his national championship in 50 years.

Withers wins for partner
AIKEN - It was with a heavy heart that senior golfer Chuck Withers helped send Georgia on its way to a record-setting Regions Cup Matches victory over South Carolina on Sunday.

Withers wins for partner

Vijay Singh beats Mike Weir in playoff at Open

Georgia opens up big lead

Vijay Singh beats Mike Weir in playoff at Open
OAKVILLE, Ontario Vijay Singh won another dramatic duel and earned another No. 1 ranking Public Enemy No. 1 in Canada for beating Mike Weir in a playoff at the Canadian Open and denying the fans a celebration they had been wanting for 50 years.

Hillary continues to impress

Hillary continues to impress
Each game it's a new trick, a new dazzle and a new spark. The library of game film of Strom Thurmond's Coco Hillary continues to build.

Some in Florida stay for storm
KEY WEST, Fla. - Many businesses were shuttered and streets were largely deserted Saturday as residents fled from this normally bustling island resort town amid concern that Hurricane Ivan was heading for Florida.

Dangerous Ivan nears Caymans
BULL BAY, Jamaica - Hurricane Ivan strengthened to a rare Category 5 storm capable of catastrophic damage, leaving Jamaica and aiming for the Cayman Islands with winds reaching 165 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

Florida's Panhandle residents still leery of Ivan
KEY WEST, Fla. - The only whooshing sound Hurricane Ivan stirred in the Keys and populous South Florida on Sunday was a sigh of relief from residents no longer fearful the 150 mph storm would make a direct hit.

Hurricane Ivan slams Grand Cayman
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Hurricane Ivan battered the Cayman Islands with ferocious 150 mph winds Sunday, flooding homes, ripping off roofs and toppling trees three stories tall as its powerful eye thundered past just offshore.

'Sunshine states' take first in 2004 postcard contest
We had another successful summer with our vacation postcard contest. By Labor Day, I had received a card from every state; New Mexico was the last one in to complete the list.

Police impersonator sought in assault attempt
Police are looking for a man who they say posed as a law enforcement officer, kidnapped a 16-year-old girl and tried to sexually assault her early this morning.

Who's the actual flip-flopper here - John Kerry or President Bush?
Republicans have made a big deal about Kerry's supposed flip-flops on issues, so let's examine the record.

Extremists resist negotiation

Extremists resist negotiation
I commend Michael Ryan for his fine Sept. 5 column, "These aren't your father's anti-war protesters." Let me add it's a shame that the only time Vietnam is mentioned today is when it suits someone's agenda.

Editorial gave mayor unfair shake
I am disappointed in your Sept. 5 editorial ("Mayor Young blew it") castigating Mayor Bob Young for being absent during the recent debate over the special-purpose local option sales tax.

Bush re-election would be doom
At the recent Republican convention, delegates shouted, "Four more years!" I want to shout, "No more years!" Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Music scene needs a jump start
I've lived in the CSRA my whole life, and also have visited many cities all over the United States. Never before have I witnessed such a poor music scene in any of these cities as Augusta.

Kerry has dishonored veterans
When John Kerry was protesting the war in the 1970s, bashing America and its servicemen and women, here is what he had to say about the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion:

We don't need new arts venues

GSU didn't get a 'fat paycheck'

Editorial gave mayor unfair shake

Kerry has dishonored veterans

Column tells truth on terrorism

We don't need new arts venues
I have been a resident of Augusta for more than 55 years, and have never been so distressed with the Augusta political situation as I am now.

Column tells truth on terrorism
Praise be to you, Michael Ryan, for your Sept. 5 column ("These aren't your father's anti-war protesters") exposing a few of the little-known, hard facts about Muslim terrorists.

Who's the actual flip-flopper here - John Kerry or President Bush?

GSU didn't get a 'fat paycheck'
Please don't mistake my intentions. I appreciate the complimentary article about how well the Georgia Southern University Eagles performed against the University of Georgia on Sept. 4 ("Revamped Eagles put on a good show," Sept. 5). But the reference to a "fat paycheck" is really annoying. Greg Johnson, Swainsboro

Barbershop should be black-culture model
Black-on-black male crime has reached epidemic proportions in America - and it's time for this genocidal madness among many black men to stop. I'm convinced that many troubled black men in our society can learn lessons about positive black-male camaraderie that exist in the black-male barbershop culture. E. Maner, Augusta

DNA fingerprinting pioneer concerned about abuse

Free voice mail helps the homeless land a job, find a home

Travel briefs

School finds technology doesn't equal success

New Microsoft fingerprint reader does away with passwords

Atari to hit gamers with blasts from past

Nautical charm only a part of lighthouses' lure

Internet lets you check on who's giving to whom in politics

Women plug in to home improvement

Barbecue talk cooks up book

Bloggers hoping to become fabulously wealthy may have a long wait

'Da Vinci Code' tourism is the new travel fad in Europe

Eureka! Light in the clothes closet

Keep introduction simple at wedding

Political Machine brings presidential politics to the PC

Greatest show on ice

Couple balances work of modernizing house with preserving history

Greatest show on ice
ANTARCTIC CIRCLE -- It was a sparkling summer day in the White Continent. An albatross stalked our ship for miles over calm blue seas polka-dotted with ice floes, past glacier-robed peaks, under an insomniac sun.

Keep introduction simple at wedding
Dear Carson: My gay nephew and his life partner are coming from out of town to attend my son's wedding and reception. How should I introduce them to my other guests? I don't want to hurt their feelings. - Introduction Interrogation

Women plug in to home improvement
A woman's hands have the power to soothe, to gesture with eloquence, to create beauty and to nurture.

DNA fingerprinting pioneer concerned about abuse
LEICESTER, England -- The scientist who discovered genetic "fingerprinting" two decades ago said Wednesday that he has some concerns about the use of the technology.

'Da Vinci Code' tourism is the new travel fad in Europe
PARIS -- It began with a prophecy at Paris' Saint-Sulpice church. An American visitor pressed a thick volume into the pastor's hands and said, "My father, this book is going to cause you many troubles."

Free voice mail helps the homeless land a job, find a home
DALLAS -- After 18 months sleeping on sidewalks and in shelters, Mel Cornelison has a job, and soon might have a place of his own. And he owes it all to voice mail.

Where to view the colorful leaves
NEW YORK -- There's nothing prettier than the canopies and carpets of colored leaves of autumn in New England. Connoisseurs of the season fill the region's bed-and-breakfasts; lines form at roadside stands promising hot cider, and crowds jostle at pick-your-own pumpkin fields and apple orchards.

Political Machine brings presidential politics to the PC
Political couch potatoes who can't get enough of the impending presidential election will find endless fun with "The Political Machine."

Couple balances work of modernizing house with preserving history
History is alive in Thomson, where William and Stevi Wansley have embraced the epic task of maintaining the oldest documented brick house in Georgia.

New Microsoft fingerprint reader does away with passwords
LOS ANGELES -- Spend time online and odds are you'll have to type a username and password to check your e-mail, access your bank account or read a newspaper story.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle wants to know what weird, wacky or just plain goofy projects you'd want the sales tax to fund. The sky's the limit, and no project plan is too small or too large.

Internet lets you check on who's giving to whom in politics
NEW YORK -- As a Washington journalist during the 90s, I made frequent treks to the Federal Election Commission to inspect cabinets full of campaign-finance reports to find out who was giving to whom.

Eureka! Light in the clothes closet
If you're like most of us, your clothes closet isn't lighted. And even if you do have a ceiling light well bet dimes for dollars that you still have to take your wardrobe choices out into the sunlight to be sure that you have selected colors that don't clash.

Bloggers hoping to become fabulously wealthy may have a long wait
NEW YORK -- If you think those Web journals of opinions and obsessions are a way to get rich, consider Jeff Soyer, a self-described "gay gun nut" in Vermont.

Nautical charm only a part of lighthouses' lure
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Combine the tragic romance of seafaring, the skill of engineering, the lessons of history and a nice day at the beach, and you have some of the reasons why lighthouses continue to captivate travelers on land and sea.

School finds technology doesn't equal success
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- Small, poor and 45 minutes from the nearest town with a shopping mall, West Virginia Wesleyan College couldn't attract enough students to fill its classrooms and improve its struggling finances. To survive and thrive, it needed to stand out.

Travel briefs
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Think autumn and you think colored leaves, apple-picking and chilly nights.

Barbecue talk cooks up book
Two women who met at a backyard barbecue and had never written anything professionally decided 12 years ago to rectify what they saw as a woeful lack of information for women looking to do small home repairs.

Atari to hit gamers with blasts from past
LOS ANGELES -- Atari wants to take you back in time, and to get there, you can ride a "Centipede" or an "Asteroid," or bounce back and forth between the pixilated paddles of "Pong."

Restored site draws in visitors
Pat Hathaway and her husband, B.J., know about restoring older properties.

Ceremony celebrates unit's work during war

Athen's school worker charged in sex crimes

Property owners must do cleanup
AIKEN - As the number of clandestine methamphetamine labs raided by South Carolina law enforcement officials continues to grow, state officials are faced with a public health dilemma of how to clean up the toxic mess left behind.

Across Georgia
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - The suspended president of the major civilian employees union at Robins Air Force Base has been cited for sending e-mails critical of President Bush via a work computer.

Burials in wilderness offer simplicity, peace to families
COLUMBIA - Suzanne and Wes Turton had to do the most difficult thing for a parent to do - bury a child.

Leaders urge unity at religious service

Five questions with Alberta Payne
Alberta Payne, 73, helped organize the first Aiken's Makin' in 1976. She was on hand at the city's latest crafts festival, selling her signature cookie-dough Christmas ornaments, known as Dough-Si-Doughs.

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

Rants and raves
PARENTS, YOU NEED to stop taking your children to the mall and leaving them. Why not take them to church and leave them? If we take our children to church, we can curtail some of the problems in our communities. Instead of building more jails, we can build more magnet schools.

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
CLEVELAND - Authorities say a woman killed in a White County plane crash won the plane ride in a raffle.

Cell phone thefts vex police, victims

Community volunteer values small changes
To most people, whether a new shopping center is listed on a city map or the precise location of a welcome sign matter very little.

Five questions with Alberta Payne

Man's work on beloved home keeps him busy
SPARTANBURG, S.C .- When you take on the task of living in a house nearly a century old, there are bound to be a few bumps.

Democrat's ad highlights her Christian faith, experts say

Kid of the day
Shannon Rutland of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Aiken's Makin' artists toil over hobbies for funds
AIKEN - These days, it requires more than a burst of creative enthusiasm and an occasional weekend art festival to make it on the professional crafting circuit.

Captain targets sector
AIKEN - Many come to Luis Viera asking for some form of help.

Augustan could be next star
AIKEN - An Augusta resident came a step closer to a shot at stardom and a record deal after defeating 100 wanna-be pop stars in a local audition for Season 4 of Fox's reality show American Idol.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina National Guard is struggling to meet its recruiting goals for the first time since the war in Iraq began, and commanders worry retirements could further deplete the ranks.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Aaryn Jenkins of Martinez.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies say they are trying to find a 23-year-old Augusta man wanted in an attack on his girlfriend late last week.

Captain targets sector

Couples get help for their big day
Although Roy and Melissa Dukes tied the knot more than three years ago, they're just now getting around to having the wedding.

Police impersonator sought in assault attempt

Experts urge device training
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - When rising prep football star Ryan Boslet went into cardiac arrest during a workout in his school gym, a portable defibrillator was only the length of a basketball court away in the athletic director's office.

Across the area

Across the Southeast

Across the southeast
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. - A German tourist died after being found unconscious in the surf by lifeguards.

Where we worship
A weekly series that profiles various places of worship in Columbia County.

The week ahead
While it's true Barry Bonds doesn't have the populist appeal of Babe Ruth or the heroic demeanor of Hank Aaron, his name will soon be inextricably linked to those baseball legends.

Middle school has more cases go to tribunals

Democrat's ad highlights her Christian faith, experts say
COLUMBIA - Political observers say a recent television ad by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Inez Tenenbaum subtly touches on the issue of religion.

Advocates hopeful for rail program's future

Ceremony celebrates unit's work during war
Ava Jones' husband, Darryl, has been home from Iraq for more than three months now, but she says she's just starting to feel whole again.

Thurmond letters show contact with secret child
COLUMBIA - The carefully worded letters lack anything personal, but they show a lifelong link between the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond and his long-secret biracial daughter, Essie Mae Washington Williams.

Aiken's Makin' artists toil over hobbies for funds

Kid of the day

Symphony celebrates anniversary with music

Restored site draws in visitors

Experts urge device training

Across the Southeast
COOPER CITY, Fla. - A supermarket worker was critically injured after drinking a soda that was laced with a caustic substance, authorities said Sunday.

Burials in wilderness offer simplicity, peace to families

Cell phone thefts vex police, victims
Montana Foss never anticipated the problems she encountered last month after leaving her purse inside a car she thought was safely parked at a Wheeler Road business.

Middle school has more cases go to tribunals
The eighth-grade boy knew his camouflage shorts wouldn't meet the uniform policy. His mother even told him so before he left home.

Workers want DOE to pay medical costs

The week ahead

Community volunteer values small changes

Thurmond letters show contact with secret child

Across the area

Across the area
Police arrested a man who they say robbed and attacked four people at an Augusta home early Saturday.

Group objects to fee on land
GREENSBORO - A large group of Greene County taxpayers will challenge the legality of a countywide $100 fee on land parcels that the Greene County Commission has levied to support the privately owned and financially struggling Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Across South Carolina
PENDLETON - A 19-year-old Pendleton man was shot and killed after a fight at a high school football game.

British bird takes leave of his hosts in Georgia
GUM BRANCH, Ga. - Little Tony Blair has flown the coop. Richard Webb confirmed Thursday that the British racing bird who traveled thousands of miles last month from Europe only to take up temporary residence at his Gum Branch home left quietly Aug. 22.

Group objects to fee on land

Georgia prepares for Ivan impact
ATLANTA - With Hurricane Ivan crashing through the Caribbean, state officials are making preparations for a U.S. landfall expected early in the week - the second major storm to head toward Georgia this month.

British bird takes leave of his hosts in Georgia

Athen's school worker charged in sex crimes
ATHENS, Ga. - An interpreter for deaf students at an Athens high school was arrested Friday on charges she had sex with three 15-year-old students.

Man charged in shooting death
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged an Augusta man in the fatal shooting of a man feuding with his son Saturday.

Leaders urge unity at religious service
ATLANTA - It is important to focus on the things people have in common instead of the things that divide, speakers said Saturday at an interfaith service commemorating the third anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Scouts round up items for sailors
When Haley Ortiz, 8, was asked to write a letter to a Navy sailor several weeks ago as part of a Girl Scout monthly service project, she said she knew just what to say.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Property owners must do cleanup

Symphony celebrates anniversary with music
After performing a soprano standard selection by Richard Wagner, opera star Deborah Voight wished the Augusta Symphony a very happy birthday in a brand-new way.

Across South Carolina

Workers want DOE to pay medical costs
AIKEN - Jesse Adams found out in 2002 that his left lung was riddled with cancer, 20 years after he started a two-year stint of electrical work in radioactive areas of Savannah River Site.

News you can use

Man's work on beloved home keeps him busy

Scouts round up items for sailors

Across South Carolina

Advocates hopeful for rail program's future
ATLANTA - After years of trying to get workers shuttled by trains instead of cars, rail advocates are beginning to see their efforts chug forward.

Ugly win could be pretty special
COLUMBIA - Georgia's been here before. The Bulldogs have tasted the bile of a potential crushing upset at the hands of South Carolina and held it down.

Academic competition set handwriting down illegible path
I can't remember the last time I signed my name - my whole name - instead of just dashing off a glorified scribble.

George Lucas returns to forgotten first child 'THX 1138'

'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' tops at box office
LOS ANGELES -The undead came alive once more over the weekend as "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" debuted at No. 1 at the box office, bringing in $23.7 million.

Kevin Smith's 'Clerks:' still at work after a 10-year shift
LOS ANGELES -- Ten years ago, Kevin Smith became the patron saint of the slothful.

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

George Lucas returns to forgotten first child 'THX 1138'
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- In his most soothing voice, George Lucas has these important messages to share: Work hard. Prevent accidents. Increase production. Buy more. And most important, be happy.

'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' tops at box office

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Kevin Smith's 'Clerks:' still at work after a 10-year shift

Old John Kerry album gets second look

Baker learns there's more to life than music during 10-year hiatus
NEW YORK -- Inside the offices of her new record label, Anita Baker is getting the full VIP treatment. A celebrity makeup artist works delicately on her face, a photo shoot awaits and staff members attend to her every need - including that crucial designer dress.

Old John Kerry album gets second look
ALBANY, N.Y. -- This could finally be the Electras' breakout year. Rare vinyl copies of their lone 1961 recording are fetching prices north of $2,000, even though the band tended to stray from the beat. Two separate CD versions of that same recording are being sold after some "Behind The Music"-style intra-band squabbling.

Baker learns there's more to life than music during 10-year hiatus

Drivers keep eye on storm
RICHMOND, Va. - As soon as Sterling Marlin was finished driving Friday night in the final practice session for the Chevy Rock N Roll 400, he turned the television in his team's hauler to the Weather Channel.

Mayfield gets his miracle to make 'Chase'
RICHMOND, Va. - Jeremy Mayfield needed a miracle to qualify for NASCAR's playoff system, and he got one - a victory in the Chevy Rock 'N' Roll 400 on Saturday night at Richmond International Speedway.

Remembering when

Early miscues could be costly

Remembering when
MIKE ADAMS/specialRemembering whenLocal racer Ted Tidwell (left) and 1960 NASCAR Grand National champion Rex White pose by the Augusta International Raceway Memorial at Diamond Lakes Regional Park on Saturday. A local group raised money for the marker and plans more tributes in the future.

Mayfield gets his miracle to make 'Chase'

Early miscues could be costly
RICHMOND, Va. - If Jamie McMurray or Jeremy Mayfield didn't make the cut for the Chase for the Championship after Saturday night's Chevy Rock N Roll 400, both will be haunted by early-season mistakes.

Mayfield's triumph validates new Chase

Racing roundup

Mayfield's triumph validates new Chase
RICHMOND, Va. - Jeremy Mayfield was tired of crunching numbers before the start of Saturday night's Chevy Rock 'N' Roll 400 at the Richmond International Raceway. So he developed a strategy that required little thinking: Win the race.

Racing roundup
JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Kanaan had kept a close eye on the competition in practice, so he figured his qualifying run would be good enough to win the pole for the Delphi Indy 300.

Nation mourns deaths of 9-11
NEW YORK - In the nation's largest commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the parents and grandparents of victims who died at the World Trade Center recited the names of the lost Saturday, while family members floated flowers on square pools recalling the outlines of the center's twin towers.

Power malfunction stalls Chargers-Texans game

Falcons edge 49ers

Cold shoulder: Rogers out again

Early start doesn't slow Titans

Mora tries to succeed where 11 others failed

NFL power rankings

Redskins' beat Buccaneers

Eagles' receiver shines in debut

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Federer has one obstacle left for third Slam title this year

Federer beats Hewitt for U.S. Open title

Overtime

Federer beats Hewitt for U.S. Open title
NEW YORK - Roger Federer is at his best against the best, when it counts the most, and he was pretty much perfect in the U.S. Open final. Federer became the first man since 1988 to win three majors in a year, thoroughly outclassing Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-0 Sunday to add the American Grand Slam title to those he took at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Federer has one obstacle left for third Slam title this year
NEW YORK - Roger Federer kept up his bid to become the first man since 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a year, beating Tim Henman, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday, and cruising into the U.S. Open final against Lleyton Hewitt.

Overtime
In Spartanburg, S.C., Augusta's Michael Green opened with 2&812;under&812;par 69 in the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, but finds himself five shots off the lead.

Lady Wolfpack keeps winning
Before Greenbrier's volleyball game with Aquinas, one of the Lady Wolfpack players accidentally kicked Sunni Bennett during a pre-game huddle.

Giant catch

Giant catch
Giant catchCody Robertson, 14, was visiting his stepfather, Keith Moss of North Augusta, who arranged an evening of 'jug fishing' at Thurmond Lake. The practice involves using set lines, floated by milk jugs and baited with cut fish. Among the catch was this 42-pound flathead.

Outdoors calendar
Thursday: A history lecture on the Phinizy Swamp area will be held at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park beginning with a bring&812;your&812;own picnic at 5 p.m. Call 828&812;2109 for details.

Outdoors calendar

Snakes can calm down, too
Plenty of people are afraid of snakes, but a local scientist has been trying to find out if snakes might be equally afraid of people.

NFL power rankings
Every week of the season The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Falcons edge 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO Although the swirling wind was the most impressive force at Candlestick Park, Atlanta's maligned defense made sure coach Jim Mora's homecoming was a hit.

Redskins' beat Buccaneers
LANDOVER, Md. On the first series, Joe Gibbs called a clever play that sprung Clinton Portis 64 yards for a touchdown. After that, the Hall of Fame coach's first victory in nearly 12 years was all about defense.

Power malfunction stalls Chargers-Texans game
HOUSTON The stadium that became famous for a wardrobe malfunction earlier this year came up with a power malfunction Sunday.

Early start doesn't slow Titans
MIAMI - When the Tennessee Titans were forced to start the season 24 hours early because of Hurricane Ivan, their defense was ready.

Cold shoulder: Rogers out again
A broken collarbone might have ruined another season for Charles Rogers.

Eagles' receiver shines in debut
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens flexed his muscles, flapped his arms and took his bows.

Mora tries to succeed where 11 others failed
ATLANTA - As owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank needed only six months to fill the Georgia Dome with happy fans.

Snakes can calm down, too

Ugly win could be pretty special

Noah Wyle to end his shift on 'ER'
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.

First look at illusionist since near-fatal tiger mauling
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Horn has never spoken publicly about the incident in which a 380-pound white tiger named Montecore nearly mauled him to death.

First look at illusionist since near-fatal tiger mauling

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
A quarter-century after the release of "Star Wars," who remembers a time before?

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Bulldogs score 20 straight in victory

Georgia fans are worried about start
COLUMBIA - There's a line that can justify Saturday for Georgia.

Georgia rallies to win over South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Blue-and-green fireworks shot into the air behind an end zone. The rooster crowed loudly. And the bright yellow goalposts stood ready to be taken.

Georgia fans are worried about start

Bulldogs score 20 straight in victory
COLUMBIA - David Greene struggled early but finished with 213 passing yards and two touchdowns, as third-ranked Georgia rallied to beat South Carolina, 20-16 on Saturday night.

Palmetto pain felt across state
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson and South Carolina fans can trade barbs and dirty looks all they want, but there was a common thread between the two contingents late Saturday night.

Former Silver Bluff stars shine in defeat

Palmetto pain felt across state

Former Silver Bluff stars shine in defeat
COLUMBIA - Marcus Lawrence stuffed. Troy Williamson rumbled. And Silver Bluff's two most high-profile alumni in the collegiate ranks nearly helped South Carolina pull off an upset of No. 3 Georgia.

Japan to set up boot camp to teach jobs skills, etiquette

Bizarre bank robbery killing yields more questions than clues