Rangers' player arrested after throwing chair at fans
OAKLAND, Calif. - Texas reliever Frank Francisco was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery after he threw a chair into the right-field box seats and hit two spectators in the head during Monday night's loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Marlins are making most of it in Chicago

Marlins are making most of it in Chicago
CHICAGO - The Florida Marlins found an appropriately wild end for their weird stay in Chicago.

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

Baseball goes to bat for Bush

Bonds goes hitless vs. Brewers
MILWAUKEE - Barry Bonds didn't have to worry about another "not-in-my-ballpark" manager ordering his team to pitch around the San Francisco slugger.

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.

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.

Ortiz rocked as Braves slip up again
NEW YORK - Another night, another three home runs, another disappointing start by Atlanta pitcher Russ Ortiz, whose late-summer collapse is causing Bobby Cox some sleepless nights.

Ortiz rocked as Braves slip up again

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.

Hampton gets good news
NEW YORK - Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton is a tough guy, but even he had to laugh at Tuesday's report in USA Today that suggested he'd pitch the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Hampton gets good news

Survey predicts solid job growth

Retail sales drop by 0.3 percent in August
WASHINGTON Retail sales slid in August as people steered away from buying cars and shoppers kept a close eye on their spending after splurging in July.

High heat bills likely this winter
ATLANTA - Despite above-average supplies of natural gas, Georgia customers won't see significantly lower bills when they light up their furnaces this winter.

Bayer announces strategic alliance with Schering-Plough

Judge lets US Airways to use gov't loan

Chamber awards financial planner
Briton Williams considers his business success a blessing.

Georgia Bank & Trust adopts older look
The aroma of fresh tung oil soaking into heart-pine planks hewn nearly 120 years ago competes with the smell of new paint inside the historic Cotton Exchange building.

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.

Overcrowding likely to spur business
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The nation's largest operator of private prisons expects to benefit from the Bush administration's expansion of federal police and thinks prison overcrowding could lead to more business.

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.

Federated to use Macy's nameplate
CINCINNATI Federated Department Stores Inc. said Monday its regional department store chains will begin operating under the Macy's name early next year, retiring the Rich's name after 140 years as a fixture in Atlanta shopping.

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.

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

Chamber awards financial planner

Georgia Bank & Trust adopts older look

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.

Retail sales drop by 0.3 percent in August

High heat bills likely this winter

Overcrowding likely to spur business

Clemson backups to get carries
Patience has been a virtue more easily preached than practiced for Clemson running backs Kyle Browning and Reggie Merriweather.

Clemson backups to get carries

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.

Fulmer remembers disasters against Florida
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Playing in the rain against Florida brings back some bad memories for Tennessee.

Bloom: NCAA cut college football career short
WASHINGTON - Jeremy Bloom told a congressional panel Tuesday the NCAA cut his college football career short without giving him a fair chance to argue his case.

Bloom: NCAA cut college football career short

Hokies quarterback Vick avoids jail time

Claussen might return to play Regions Cup slate

No one was hurt by ban

Stop circling wagons, CBS

No thug left in school
They feed our kids breakfast and lunch. They transport them by the thousands in large yellow buses that are deemed so important that both directions of traffic must stop for them. They watch for suspicious bruises. They counsel young adults about life. They hear some things that parents may never hear.

Exception to the rule

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

Stop circling wagons, CBS
The hatchet has now turned on its owner.

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.

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.

Charges dismissed against Robin Givens
MIAMI ” Charges have been dismissed against actress Robin Givens after three police officers failed to show up for her traffic court trial for running over an elderly pedestrian's leg.

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

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.

Identity theft losses surpassed $50 million
NEW YORK A computer technician who prosecutors said enabled the largest identity theft in U.S. history, surpassing $50 million, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, saying he did not realize that his accomplices would do so much damage.

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.

Languid retail data keep markets slow
NEW YORK - Stocks finished a lackluster session slightly higher Tuesday as many investors opted to keep to the sidelines after a disappointing report on retail sales and another increase in oil prices.

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.

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

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
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.

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

Book makes stir-fries simple

Book makes stir-fries simple
Don't we all yearn for good cooking to also be easy? And long for someone to tell us how to do it?

Eagles' dares on fourth down paying off
STATESBORO, Ga. - When a defense forces a fourth down it's usually followed by players coming off the field as special teams enter.

Johnson praised after 'The Catch'
ATLANTA - Calvin Johnson received a simple critique from his coach after the breakout game of his college career.

Eagles' dares on fourth down paying off

Johnson praised after 'The Catch'

Jackets ink agreement with Giants
Citing desires to field a competitive team and be affiliated with a National League club, the Augusta GreenJackets announced Tuesday they have entered a two-year player development contract with San Francisco.

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.

Behavior of fans still an issue Boston Glee Party still fresh

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.

Ryder Cup team will help charities
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Charities ranging from medical, social services and youth, plus the 13 alma maters of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, will benefit from $3.7 million donated by the PGA of America in the names of the players and captain Hal Sutton.

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

Dressed to impress

Europe relishes underdog role at Ryder Cup

Jackets ink agreement with Giants

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

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

Clock ticks on NHL lockout

Nieminen kept out of Cup finals

Brodeur returns to lead Canada
TORONTO - The World Cup returned to Canada after 13 long years. How long hockey will be gone is anyone's guess.

Nieminen kept out of Cup finals
TORONTO - Ville Nieminen had to lend his support to his Finnish teammates from the press box Tuesday night because the fiery forward was left out of the World Cup of Hockey championship lineup.

Brodeur ready for Cup finale

Clock ticks on NHL lockout
TORONTO - Wade Redden took off his practice gear unsure of when he'd have a chance to put it on again.

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.

Georgian cities anticipate Ivan
Augusta-area emergency officials said Tuesday that they're ready for Hurricane Ivan and warned that the area may experience heavy rain and gusty winds as soon as Thursday.

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.

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.

New Orleans empties ahead of Ivan
NEW ORLEANS - More than 1.2 million people in metropolitan New Orleans were warned to get out Tuesday as 140-mph Hurricane Ivan churned toward the Gulf Coast, threatening to submerge this below-sea-level city in what could be the most disastrous storm to hit in nearly 40 years.

Meatless risotto is a hearty treat
Back in the late 1980s I became a bit of a dabbling activist. I read books on saving the planet, feeding the planet and recycling the planet. I stopped using most disposable paper products such as napkins and towels, and used cloth diapers with my first child.

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.

University Hospital's Cancer Town Meeting canceled
Hurricane Ivan claimed its first victim in Augusta even before the storm came ashore. University Hospital canceled its Cancer Town Meeting scheduled to start at 7 tonight and rescheduled it for Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

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

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

Zell Miller wants to have it both ways

Kerry's attributes have no merit
I am tired of seeing all the falsehoods and lies being thrown around by the left-wingers. They are so busy hating President George W. Bush that they don't see the person whom they are attempting to place in the Oval Office.

Spare us 'editorial terror' in letters

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.

School board member misses point

Kerry's attributes have no merit

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

Real issues lost in this election year
The long eight days of the Democrats' and Republicans' conventions gave the voters a lot of good entertainment, but not enough about our national and international strategies. There were only shallow debates on the most important issues facing us: terrorism, the war in Iraq - which really is revolutionary strife among the Iraqi power brokers - and the deficit. These issues must be confronted and resolved if we are to protect and maintain our way of life - a safe, free and prosperous America. Dante Antonacci, Augusta

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

High school was portrayed unfairly

Young talent is abandoning Augusta

School board member misses point
Regarding Richmond County School Board Trustee Ken Echols' proposed book ban and censorship of school reading lists: How unfortunate that he dismisses Kaffir Boy, a novel describing the lengths to which starving children will go for food, as "filth." How unfortunate that the woman requesting the ban chose to indulge her son's complaints, when she has actually missed a unique opportunity to remind Junior just how lucky he is to live in this extremely well-fed country. Angella Carter, Augusta

Spare us 'editorial terror' in letters
Please - give us a break! Roy S. Ellis, Evans

Real issues lost in this election year

Strong warning labels for antidepressants given to children considered

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

Karan, Pulitzer and Sarafpour present distinctive looks

Japan confirms 12th case of mad cow disease

Older women find love with younger men

Officials say libraries still draw patrons looking for resources

Jacobs' colorful show at Fashion Week

Seamless, tagless clothing offers ready-to-wear comfort

How germs suck iron from blood to cause infections

Seniors Calendar

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.

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.

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.

Older women find love with younger men
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Shortly after they hooked up six years ago, Marilyn Mahoney and Devin Land made a pact: They would simply avoid the age thing. Don't ask, don't tell.

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.

Feminine touches featured in collections
NEW YORK - Start practicing a walk with a swing. You'll need it this spring with the arrival of full, breezy skirts that bring to mind the famous movie poster of Marilyn Monroe standing over an air grate.

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.

Jacobs' colorful show at Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Muted sage, blush and yellow, shades of white and earth colors are so last week. Soft neutrals had emerged as a trend for spring 2005 during the opening shows of New York Fashion Week, but bright colors, including magenta, purple and teal, took their place on the runway Monday as Marc Jacobs, Max Azria for BCBG and Donna Karan previewed their collections for retailers, media and fashion fans.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MCG doctors pose to raise funds
A dozen Medical College of Georgia doctors are ready to show that they're too sexy for their stethoscopes.

States feel pressure to expand newborn testing

An inside look

Layoffs, tuition increase expected

Event focuses on sick claims

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

Horse community wants tourists' respect

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.

Around town

Governor will tout bases

Thieves pose as electrical crew

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.

More school security is sought

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

Candidates step up 12th District campaigns

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.

Hopefuls duke it out over airwaves

Panel will help promote theater

Georgia urged to prepare for Ivan

An inside look
Marc Jacobs walks through a 1944 B-17 bomber, the "Fuddy Duddy" aircraft, at Augusta Regional Airport. Tours of the craft will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today, weather permitting. The plane will begin flying passengers this morning. For information, call (920) 371-2246.

County gets plan to keep buses running

Sanford appoints interim official

Educator finds niche with private boys school

Proposed SPLOST project: McBean Park
McBean Park opened in 2002 in the southeast corner of Richmond County near the Burke County line. The total cost when completed will be $4.2 million. Phase 5 tax money would add athletic facilities and additions to the walking trail.

Jackson will bring message to voters

Groups to offer cancer insight

Around town

Tourism worries horse districts

Across the area

Banner offers hope to woman

Proposed SPLOST project: McBean Park

Critics object to SAT figures

Sanford changes budget process

Policy comes under attack

Leaders hope exhibit draws tourists to Atlanta

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 5-year old Kaylee Riley French, of Augusta.

Truck strikes, kills toddler

Critics object to SAT figures
Richmond County's recent success in hitting the 1,000 mark on the SAT is deceptive, Columbia County Schools Superintendent Tommy Price said Tuesday.

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.

Authority over jail may shift
AIKEN - Mike Hunt stands to gain a new responsibility.

Assault-weapon ban expires

Around town
Paula Barton (left), the regional manager for the Office of Family Independence, and Ava Scearce, the regional director for the Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Program,talk with guests at a gathering to introduce Ms. Scearce to other Labor Department personnel at the Clubhouse in Augusta. Ms. Scearce, a 25-year veteran with the rehabilitation program, which helps disabled people find jobs, is taking over for Doyle Stewart, who retired after 14 years.

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.

Change allows new building
AIKEN - Graniteville's Byrd Elementary will likely be getting a new school building in a new location, after Aiken School Board members unanimously approved a shift in allocations in its five-year facilities improvement plan Tuesday.

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.

Event focuses on sick claims
Willie E. Gresham has battled skin cancer repeatedly after working at radioactive areas at Savannah River Site off and on between 1951 and 1991.

Social Services killer will remain on death row

Official says ballot language is flawed
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston County voters head back to the polls in November to consider again a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for new roads, bus service and buying open space.

Man gets 65 years in attack

Governor will tout bases
WASHINGTON - Gov. Sonny Perdue expressed confidence Tuesday that next year's base closure process will strengthen, not weaken, bases in Georgia.

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

Interstate stretch will be resurfaced
GRANITEVILLE - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is responding to concerns about a deadly stretch of Interstate 20 in Aiken County, with about 1,000 feet of roadwork scheduled to begin this week, a top agency official said Tuesday.

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.

Sanford changes budget process
COLUMBIA - State agencies present their funding needs to the governor starting today as he begins writing his executive budget for the coming year.

Team to observe screening system
Augusta Regional Airport officials are headed to Jacksonville, Fla., today to learn all they can about a cutting-edge screening system they say is crucial to landing a low-cost carrier.

Districts challenge education spending
ATLANTA - Dozens of local school districts filed a lawsuit against the state Tuesday, accusing public officials of shortchanging Georgia's children by failing to fund public education adequately.

Groups to offer cancer insight
As a nurse in the endoscopy unit at University Hospital, Melanie Kumrow knows the dread patients feel when facing news of cancer. She had to confront it herself a year ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Across the area
Edgefield County authorities were searching for a large exotic animal, possibly a cougar, that attacked and killed a 120-pound pit bull Tuesday, sheriff's officials said.

County gets plan to keep buses running
School buses were originally purchased to transport children to school.

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON - An Anderson County man has been killed, and deputies are searching for a man who they say had been threatening him.

Rants and raves
BAN KAFFIR BOY? I bet that kid's computer has a lot worse trash on it than what they feel is in the story of the reality of Apartheid! And I bet the mother or the kid never sat down and read the "whole" book!

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Fulton County judge ordered a psychological evaluation for a teenager accused of stealing thousands of dollars in an identity theft scam.

Fire marshal inspects Columbia County schools
It has been 15 months since Roy Rogers' department entered a Columbia County school for a fire inspection.

Educator finds niche with private boys school
WESTMINSTER, S.C. - Kathy Whitmire had no plans to leave the Oconee County School District when she visited the Cherokee Creek Boys School earlier this year.

Districts challenge education spending

Candidates step up 12th District campaigns
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After a brief summer pause, freshman Republican incumbent Max Burns and Democratic challenger John Barrow are cranking up their efforts in their nationally watched race in the 12th Congressional District, which stretches from Savannah to Augusta and Athens.

Rants and raves
BAN KAFFIR BOY? I bet that kid's computer has a lot worse trash on it than what they feel is in the story of the reality of Apartheid! And I bet the mother or the kid never sat down and read the "whole" book!

Leaders hope exhibit draws tourists to Atlanta
ATLANTA - The city's black leaders on Tuesday welcomed the newest exhibit they hope will keep Atlanta at the forefront of civil rights tourism.

Across South Carolina

Banner offers hope to woman
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - They flap above union halls, American Legion posts and on occasion above the White House. These black standards with the submissive head bow of a prisoner of war offer hope for when POWs and soldiers missing in action come home again.

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.

Sanford appoints interim official
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Bowman dairy farmer Hugh Weathers as the state's interim agriculture commissioner Tuesday.

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

Horse community wants tourists' respect
AIKEN - Aiken and its horse community have managed a symbiotic relationship for more than a century.

Change allows new building

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Fire marshal inspects Columbia County schools

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.

Teen works to protect police dogs

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.

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.

Interstate stretch will be resurfaced

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.

News you can use

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.

Student's music video gives Augusta more than a cameo

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.

Across the area

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.

Making a final act of service

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.

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.

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.

University Hospital's Cancer Town Meeting canceled

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.

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

Hopefuls duke it out over airwaves
COLUMBIA - Television airwaves are filling up with negative messages about the candidates vying to replace U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, and it's only going to get worse until the election, experts say.

Sutton channels legendary coach in new role
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Considering the man, there is something inappropriately formal about the title - United States Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton.

First rap artists get hall of fame nomination
NEW YORK - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five are among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - the first rap artists to get that distinction - joining U2, Randy Newman and the O'Jays on the ballot.

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

Buzz of Chase quiets critics

Falcons find flaws in victory

Detroit wide receiver gone for season

Smith gets a bad break

San Diego shocks fans with win

Running backs show life left after 30

Refs flag defenses for holding up play

Green, Packers quiet Panthers

Former players await induction

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Mrs. Frances Fowler New (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mr. Ronnie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Heath Dixon (LPN WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Hammond, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Waltraud "Trudy" Byrd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Powell (LAKELAND, Fla.)

Mrs. Dorothy Cooke (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert H. Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Harrington Dunn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Brown (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Terry Bernice Mims Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Arnette Allen (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances New (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Worthlee Culbreath (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Allen (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. George Kinard (GARDEN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Fowler Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Brown (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Gloria Upperman (GLENNVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Newton Hoover (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Zellars, Jr. (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Steed, Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Ray Amerson (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Clarence Newsome (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karel Whyte (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Davis (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Dawson Jr. (WARRENTON, G.A.)

Mrs. Sarah Bryson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Smith Jr. (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Toniette Jennings LaPole

Mrs. Toniette Jennings LaPole (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny "Snig" Corley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willis (Willie) Williams (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Leona Creech (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Hicks (JERSEY CITY, N.J.)

Mr. Stephen Henderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Price (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Federer's time arrives

Overtime

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.

Overtime
Kristan Glover, a pitcher for the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack softball team, made a verbal commitment to Tennessee Tech University, according to her coach Garrett Black.

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

Refs flag defenses for holding up play
NEW YORK - Although there were fewer penalties overall in the first week of the NFL season, the number of defensive holding calls tripled, presumably because of the new emphasis on calling them.

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.

San Diego shocks fans with win
SAN DIEGO - So the San Diego Chargers shocked the NFL and won their season opener.

Smith gets a bad break
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Steve Smith had surgery Tuesday on his broken left leg, leaving the Carolina Panthers searching for replacements for their top receiver and punt returner.

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.

Former players await induction
ATLANTA - Steve Bartkowski can hardly wait for Sunday when he joins William Andrews, Tommy Nobis and Jessie Tuggle as the first inductees into the Atlanta Falcons' new "Ring of Honor."

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.

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."

Sutton channels legendary coach in new role

Creative arts Emmy Awards for technical achievements presented

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

MSNBC relies on confrontational Matthews
NEW YORK - It certainly can't be a bad thing for a man with a political talk show called Hardball to be nearly challenged to a duel by a U.S. senator.

Political pokes come quick in Maher's 'Time'

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.

Shriver set to interview Roy Horn

MSNBC relies on confrontational Matthews

Shriver set to interview Roy Horn
Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, does his first public interview today since a tiger mauled him on stage in Las Vegas almost a year ago.

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Charges dismissed against Robin Givens

Offensive line improves in the trenches

Offensive line improves in the trenches
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's starting offensive linemen weren't even born yet when Bo Derek made the hearts of American males flutter in 1979 in the movie 10.

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.

Claussen might return to play Regions Cup slate
Don't be surprised if Augusta's Henry Claussen is on the Georgia team for the 2005 Regions Cup Matches. Not that the Peach State team needs any more help.

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."

Event introduces students to colleges

Question of the week
Do you take standardized tests seriously?

Question of the week

Audio best
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:

Girl can figure out boy's heart with questions

More cities finding ways to accommodate 'street skaters'

My style

Shopping for a school

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?

Christian music has secular sound for today's teens

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

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

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.

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.

Audio best

Odds and Ends

Georgian cities anticipate Ivan

Pope denounces efforts to equate marriage with other forms of cohabitation