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

Rodin Museum celebrates 75th anniversary

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

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.

New theater boosts transformation of National Archives

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.

Japanese designer to create costumes for 'Pacific Overtures'

'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.

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.

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

Baseball goes to bat for Bush
WASHINGTON - Baseball owners once passed up a chance to hire former colleague George W. Bush as the sport's commissioner, but now they're working hard to keep him at bat in the White House.

Giant blast would work for Bonds
For the sake of argument, here's hoping Barry Bonds' next home run ball travels 500 feet, minimum.

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.

Baseball goes to bat for Bush

Barry Bonds hits homer No. 699

Odds and Ends
CINCINNATI Damon Porter said it was a wonder he didn't crash the car after all, his wife was giving birth in the passenger seat and the baby's head was beginning to crown.

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.

Piazza, Mets rally for win
NEW YORK - Mike Piazza and Richard Hidalgo homered, and pinch-hitter Craig Brazell came through with a go-ahead double as the New York Mets rallied past the Atlanta Braves, 9-7 on Monday, in the first game of a doubleheader.

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

Judge lets US Airways to use gov't loan

US Airways files for bankruptcy protection again

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

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.

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.

Bayer announces strategic alliance with Schering-Plough

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.

Survey predicts solid job growth

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Oil prices shot up more than $1 a barrel Monday as traders focused on the changing path of Hurricane Ivan, which prompted several large oil and natural gas producers to evacuate rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Business briefs

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.

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

Survey predicts solid job growth
Job seekers have good news for the year's end.

Judge lets US Airways to use gov't loan
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A bankruptcy judge gave US Airways Group Inc. temporary permission Monday to use a government loan to fund daily operations - a move expected to allow the airline more time to find alternative financing.

Battle intensifies over ill-gotten executive bonuses

Bayer announces strategic alliance with Schering-Plough
BERLIN - German chemical and drug maker Bayer AG announced Monday it has entered a strategic alliance with the Schering-Plough Corp. that will have the New Jersey-based company market and distribute Bayer's primary care pharmaceutical products in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Report: Former Qwest CEO could face civil charges
NEW YORK Qwest Communications International Inc.'s former chief executive could soon face civil charges for his alleged role in an accounting scandal at the telecommunications company, according to a published report.

Gas prices resume their decline

USC and Oklahoma remain on top in AP poll

Hokies quarterback Vick avoids jail time
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.- Suspended Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick avoided jail Monday by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a night of drinking with underage girls.

Johnson, Rigsby combine for improbable comeback

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

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.

Hokies quarterback Vick avoids jail time

Broaden food menus

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.

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

No one was hurt by ban

Unwise Medicare cuts

Exception to the rule
Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke has allowed himself to be cowed by some people's twisted notion of egalitarianism. We're referring to his edict that cheerleaders will henceforth be barred from wearing their outfits to school on game day.

No one was hurt by ban
This newspaper is as big a supporter of the Second Amendment as any.

Exception to the rule

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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.

Oprah Winfrey surprises audience with new cars
CHICAGO Oprah Winfrey celebrated the premiere of her 19th season by surprising each of her 276 audience members with a new car.

Tokyo stocks ends higher on tech gains
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks rallied 1.5 percent Monday as technology blue chips got a boost from a U.S. brokerage's buy recommendation and the U.S. Nasdaq's strength Friday. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

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?

Campbell Soup earnings down for the quarter, up for the year
CAMDEN, N.J. - Food conglomerate Campbell Soup Co. posted a 20 percent drop in fourth-quarter profits as the company began its latest restructuring effort.

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.

Krispy Kreme: Auditors won't sign off on quarterly report
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. fell Monday after the company said an independent auditor refused to sign off on the firm's second-quarter financial statement until an outside law firm hired by the company's board performed additional work.

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.

CKE Restaurants tumbles to a loss on charges
CARPINTERIA, Calif. - CKE Restaurants Inc., the parent of Hardee's and Carl Jr.'s, fell to a loss in its latest quarter as charges for settlement reserves and debt refinancing hurt its bottom line.

Some fear proposed energy regulations could hike power prices

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.

Study: real-time energy pricing could reduce consumption

Mutual fund proxy votes tell all

Stocks rise modestly as investors discount tech profit warning
NEW YORK - Stocks moved modestly higher Monday as investors discounted another technology profit warning and focused instead on positive outlooks for third- and fourth-quarter earnings.

Campbell Soup earnings down for the quarter, up for the year

Krispy Kreme: Auditors won't sign off on quarterly report

Academic competition set handwriting down illegible path

Dressed to impress

Europe relishes underdog role at Ryder Cup
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Europeans don't boast a single major championship winner on their 12-man Ryder Cup roster.

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.

Behavior of fans still an issue Boston Glee Party still fresh

Withers wins for partner

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.

Vijay Singh beats Mike Weir in playoff at Open

Europe relishes underdog role at Ryder Cup

Behavior of fans still an issue Boston Glee Party still fresh
The primary issue to be resolved at the Ryder Cup this week might not be whether Europe can again take a team inferior on paper and find a way to beat the United States, or whether Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III can flex their muscles and prove what appears apparent in the world golf rankings.

Dressed to impress
One by one, Augusta State golfers drill golf balls at the driving range. Then Kalle Edberg walks into the line.

Brodeur ready for Cup finale
TORONTO - Martin Brodeur returned his goalie stick to the rack and calmed the fears of a hockey-crazed nation.

Brodeur ready for Cup finale

Hurricane Ivan heads to Cuba
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Hurricane Ivan pummeled the Cayman Islands with fierce winds that ripped off roofs and floodwaters that swamped homes, then strengthened to an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm as it headed for western Cuba on Monday.

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.

Panhandle, Alabama residents now worried by Ivan
ST. MARK'S, Fla. -People who evacuated the Florida Keys were told they could go back Monday as 160 mph Hurricane Ivan appeared to spare them a direct hit and instead took aim at the Panhandle, where residents weren't taking any chances ahead of the killer storm.

Administration to seek $2.5 billion in hurricane assistance
WASHINGTON - President Bush planned to ask Congress Monday for about $2.5 billion in additional aid to help Florida recover from its recent bout with hurricanes, congressional aides said.

What's God's grudge against the Sunshine State?
It should be obvious to everyone counting hurricanes that the good Lord does not like Florida.

High school was portrayed unfairly
Regarding misleading information that has been publicized on Richmond County schools: The footage shown on local television stations consistently showed Butler High School. Janet Holt, Augusta

Please don't wait until it's too late

Kerry has ruined veterans' lives
I feel compelled to speak out against the injustice that John Kerry has perpetrated against us Vietnam veterans. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

GSU didn't get a 'fat paycheck'

Please don't wait until it's too late
A good friend died recently of cancer. I'm ashamed of the fact that I didn't even know she was sick. Johnny Hensley, Augusta

Young talent is abandoning Augusta

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

Zell Miller wants to have it both ways

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

Zell Miller wants to have it both ways
Zell Miller is, as Judge Judy would put it, a piece of work - and that is not a compliment. Nobody prevented him from joining a group of Neanderthals - but he cannot have his cake and eat it, too. Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

Young talent is abandoning Augusta
There they go - young, educated Augustans who could lead Augusta to really become the second-largest city in Georgia. Where are they heading? Cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte or Washington, D.C. Why? Because of the backward attitudes and immaturity of leaders of this city. Bettye Bailey Augusta

High school was portrayed unfairly

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

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

Bloggers hoping to become fabulously wealthy may have a long wait

How germs suck iron from blood to cause infections

Seniors Calendar

School finds technology doesn't equal success

New Microsoft fingerprint reader does away with passwords

Seamless, tagless clothing offers ready-to-wear comfort

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

Strong warning labels for antidepressants given to children considered

Atari to hit gamers with blasts from past

Political Machine brings presidential politics to the PC

DNA fingerprinting pioneer concerned about abuse

Japan confirms 12th case of mad cow disease

Officials say libraries still draw patrons looking for resources

Karan, Pulitzer and Sarafpour present distinctive looks

How some people manage to stay thin in a fat, fat world

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.

Karan, Pulitzer and Sarafpour present distinctive looks
NEW YORK - What do women want in their closets? Choices - and that's what they'll have next season. The looks ranged from geisha to Palm Beach princess to New York City hipster as Behnaz Sarafpour, Lilly Pulitzer and Donna Karan for DKNY presented their spring 2005 collections Sunday.

Japan confirms 12th case of mad cow disease
TOKYO Japan has confirmed a 12th case of mad cow disease, an official said Monday the third case of the brain-wasting illness in the country this year.

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.

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.

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.

How germs suck iron from blood to cause infections
WASHINGTON -- Could that ancient practice of bleeding patients really have done some good? A scientist says new research on how germs thrive in the body suggests it just may have - for some people.

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."

FDA approved implanted lend for nearsightedness
WASHINGTON An implantable lens to correct the vision of nearsighted people won approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Monday.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Strong warning labels for antidepressants given to children considered
WASHINGTON Federal health advisers considered Monday whether strong warning labels were needed on antidepressants because they have been linked to suicidal tendencies among children who take them.

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.

Seamless, tagless clothing offers ready-to-wear comfort
NEW YORK - One of the latest fashion trends is what's missing from the clothing: seams and tags.

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."

How some people manage to stay thin in a fat, fat world
LONDON -- At 43, Anita Sanders is a sylph who can eat as much as she likes without having to exercise like a fiend.

Officials say libraries still draw patrons looking for resources
The public library has always been a place of study and peaceful recreation for Theodore Fitts.

Student's music video gives Augusta more than a cameo
Proud of his native city, 16-year-old Hodges Usry made a music video showcasing Augusta.

Assault-weapon ban expires

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

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.

Some areas ban political signs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - While some residential subdivisions prohibit political yard signs, many of the bans likely would not hold up in court, says an attorney who is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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.

Around town
Augusta electrician Victor Hankerson replaces a transformer at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.

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.

Assault-weapon ban expires
There were no long lines at local gun stores Monday, despite the expiration of a 10-year-old ban on certain types of assault weapons.

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.

Making a final act of service
Aliza Bradshaw will never meet James Hovey Keels Jr., but some day she might feel the shadow his life cast.

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.

Officials concentrate on school-zone safety
BATH, S.C. - When Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Deibel walks along the rows of cars lining up to drop pupils off at school, he can hear the parents admonishing their children.

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.

Man gets 65 years in attack

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.

Rants and raves
CHEERLEADERS BEING unable to wear their uniform on game day is the craziest thing I ever heard. When Marion Barnes got the complaint concerning why the cheerleaders get to wear their uniforms, he should have said it's because they're cheerleaders.

Property owners must do cleanup

Georgia urged to prepare for Ivan
ATLANTA - Unsure just how or whether Hurricane Ivan will affect Georgia later this week, state officials urged residents Monday to prepare for a weather event that might include massive power outages, numerous tornadoes and flooding rains.

Captain targets sector

Across South Carolina

Community volunteer values small changes

Teen works to protect police dogs

Thurmond letters show contact with secret child

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 9-year old Cameron A. Hampton of North Augusta.

Burials in wilderness offer simplicity, peace to families

Jackson will bring message to voters
ATLANTA - With more than 17 million eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 25 failing to cast a ballot in the 2000 presidential elections, young Americans must mobilize to become a decisive factor this year, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Monday.

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

Man gets 65 years in attack
AIKEN - An Aiken man was sentenced to 65 years in prison Monday for breaking into the home of a 82-year-old woman and attempting to strangle her during an April burglary.

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.

Rants and raves
CHEERLEADERS BEING unable to wear their uniform on game day is the craziest thing I ever heard. When Marion Barnes got the complaint concerning why the cheerleaders get to wear their uniforms, he should have said it's because they're cheerleaders.

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.

Across the area
A former employee of Easter Seals of East Georgia has been charged with taking checks from the agency for her personal use without authority to do so, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - Water company workers found a grenade buried in a ditch in Hall County on Monday.

Man's work on beloved home keeps him busy

Panel will help promote theater

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.

Student's music video gives Augusta more than a cameo

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.

Policy comes under attack
Augusta Commission member Bobby Hankerson said a city firefighter should have come to the aid of his ailing wife the early morning of Sept. 5 when an ambulance was delayed.

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

Teen works to protect police dogs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Carmen Wise is passionate about law enforcement - and she wants to make sure those who protect the public are well-protected themselves.

Experts urge device training

Across the area

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.

Across the area

Kid of the day

Layoffs, tuition increase expected

News you can use

Panel will help promote theater
AIKEN - The city of Aiken is forming a nonprofit organization to promote the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which it owns and operates.

Jackson will bring message to voters

Truck strikes, kills toddler
AIKEN - A 2-year old boy was struck and killed by a truck Monday outside his home near the city of Aiken, authorities said.

Truck strikes, kills toddler

Tourism worries horse districts
AIKEN - People who live and work in the city's historic horse districts stampeded the Aiken City Council on Monday night, hoping to slow the increase of large vehicle tourism they said is disrupting equestrian activities and everyday privacy.

Georgia urged to prepare for Ivan

Social Services killer will remain on death row
AIKEN - The South Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of David Mark Hill, the North Augusta man who shot three people to death in a Department of Social Services office in 1996.

Tourism worries horse districts

Layoffs, tuition increase expected
ATHENS, Ga. - Just a few months back, University of Georgia President Michael Adams gazed into the economic crystal ball and saw resurgence, a rebound in a state budget that already had been stricken by three straight years of cutbacks.

More school security is sought

Court upholds murder ruling
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the conviction of a Richmond County man serving life in prison for the 1994 murder of a social worker whose dismembered body was later found in a county landfill.

Social Services killer will remain on death row

Around town

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.

Thieves pose as electrical crew

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.

States feel pressure to expand newborn testing

The week ahead

States feel pressure to expand newborn testing
WASHINGTON - Gracie Clay's mother says her child could still be alive had she been born in, say, Mississippi instead of Georgia: Which state you live in determines whether your newborn is tested for several dozen rare but devastating inherited diseases.

Ceremony celebrates unit's work during war

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - U.S. troops might have a tough time getting their absentee ballots counted.

Kid of the day

More school security is sought
School trustees are calling for two officers at every high school in Richmond County as violence and gang activity escalate.

Across the Southeast

News you can use
Sept. 14, 1974 Richmond County Sheriff William A. Anderson accused a civil court judge Friday of breaking state law and said a lot of activities in that court need to be explained. Sheriff Anderson's fiery outburst came late Friday afternoon after Judge L.W. Cooper postponed a preliminary hearing on six people picked up in a county drug raid.

Five questions with Alberta Payne

Making a final act of service

Cell phone thefts vex police, victims

Policy comes under attack

Thieves pose as electrical crew
People pretending to be power company workers might be preying on Augusta residents, Richmond County sheriff's investigators say.

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.

'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.

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.

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:

'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

George Lucas returns to forgotten first child 'THX 1138'

Old John Kerry album gets second look

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

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.

Buzz of Chase quiets critics

Buzz of Chase quiets critics
Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning wasn't a fan of NASCAR's new championship chase playoff.

Mayfield's triumph validates new Chase

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.

Redskins' beat Buccaneers

Falcons edge 49ers

Eagles' receiver shines in debut

Falcons find flaws in victory

Green, Packers quiet Panthers

Running backs show life left after 30

Power malfunction stalls Chargers-Texans game

Cold shoulder: Rogers out again

Detroit wide receiver gone for season

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Federer beats Hewitt for U.S. Open title

Federer's time arrives

Overtime
Full-season team statistics are due today at 3 p.m. for inclusion in this week's From The Huddle section, which publishes on Friday. Stats can be faxed to (706) 823-3408 or emailed to jeff.sentell@ augustachronicle.com. Please call (706) 823-3425 with questions.

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's time arrives
NEW YORK - Roger Federer played pingpong with Regis Philbin.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Falcons find flaws in victory
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Most NFL coaches are right to downplay attempts at reading too much into statistics after the first week of the season.

Green, Packers quiet Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ahman Green ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another in the third quarter as the Green Bay Packers built a 17-point lead and hung on for a 24-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.

Detroit wide receiver gone for season
A broken collarbone has ruined another season for Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers.

Running backs show life left after 30
In a week that 11 running backs rushed for more than 100 yards, some of the most interesting stat lines belonged to five guys over 30 but not, apparently, over the hill: Curtis Martin, Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, Priest Holmes and Jerome Bettis.

Pope denounces efforts to equate marriage with other forms of cohabitation
VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II told New Zealand bishops Monday that efforts to equate marriage between man and woman to other forms of cohabitation violated "God's plan for humanity."

First look at illusionist since near-fatal tiger mauling

Political pokes come quick in Maher's 'Time'
Thank goodness for bad news. Otherwise, Bill Maher wouldn't have an act.

Political pokes come quick in Maher's 'Time'

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.

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?

Creative arts Emmy Awards for technical achievements presented
LOS ANGELES — Sharon Stone and William Shatner were among the winners at the creative arts Emmy Awards, which preceded next week's main ceremony.

Creative arts Emmy Awards for technical achievements presented

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.

People

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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.

Palmetto pain felt across state

Holtz stresses 'little things'

Holtz stresses 'little things'
Lou Holtz said he planned Monday to show his team 31 different plays that made the difference in the outcome of South Carolina's 20-16 loss to Georgia.

Girl can figure out boy's heart with questions

Event introduces students to colleges

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Girl can figure out boy's heart with questions
There's this guy a year younger than me that I have liked for a while. I know he liked me at the end of last year but he's shy and nothing happened. I still like him. I talk to him a lot but I don't know if he wants to be anything but friends and I don't want to mess up being his friend. Should I tell him how I feel, give up, or wait?

Shopping for a school
Harvard or Howard? Miami or Mississippi State? Vanderbilt or Virginia Military Institute?

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Here are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music, as they appear in Billboard magazine. A listing of Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Question of the week

Event introduces students to colleges
Tuskegee University wasn't on the radar last year for Crystal Crawford, 18, until she attended 2003 CSRA College Night.

My style

Christian music has secular sound for today's teens
Almost a year ago, I was surrounded by an excited throng. Thousands of ecstatic teenagers were at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, jumping up and down, body surfing and singing aloud to the beat of one of the coolest rock bands in the United States.

My style
The facts: Shalaya Harris, 17, a student at Augusta Technical College

Christian music has secular sound for today's teens

Shopping for a school

More cities finding ways to accommodate 'street skaters'

Question of the week
Do you take standardized tests seriously?

More cities finding ways to accommodate 'street skaters'
KETTERING, Ohio -- He's turned professional and achieved rock-star status among legions of fellow skateboarders. But even Rob Dyrdek sometimes has trouble finding legal places to do what he refers to as his "job."

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

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Pope denounces efforts to equate marriage with other forms of cohabitation