Giants secure Bonds' future

Expect postseason surprises with 'suspect' pitching staffs
Some baseball teams are built for the long grind of the season, some for a short playoff series.

Unlikely 3-peat suits the Twins
CHICAGO - Nothing fazes the Minnesota Twins.

Giants secure Bonds' future
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds will have two more seasons to break Hank Aaron's career home run record with the San Francisco Giants, who decided Tuesday to drop their right to void the final year of his contract.

Capital City Bombers sign deal with Red Sox
When the Augusta GreenJackets signed a two-year player development contract with the San Francisco Giants last week, the Boston Red Sox were left without a low Class A affiliate.

Twins capture division

Unlikely 3-peat suits the Twins

Twins capture division
CHICAGO - If the Minnesota Twins couldn't win the AL Central title at home, Chicago was the next-best place for a party.

The Babe next up for Bonds
SAN FRANCISCO - If records are made to be broken, what about milestones?

Capital City Bombers sign deal with Red Sox

Corporate sponsorships would let money make money

Odds and Ends
NAPOLEON, Ohio - Corey Cook hoped his girlfriend would accept a marriage proposal - no matter how corny it might appear.

Braves defying experts' forecast

Braves defying experts' forecast
ATLANTA - For nearly six months, they have done it with baling wire and mirrors, spare parts and extra heart.

Title would be extra special for veterans
ATLANTA - Coincidence or not, the Braves went from league doormat to division leader within eight days of Chipper Jones' move from left field to third base.

Atlanta closes in on NL East title

Title would be extra special for veterans

Atlanta closes in on NL East title
ATLANTA - It has become his daily mantra, one he recites to the media that has assembled to chronicle another remarkable season.

Delta nears deal on recall
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s pilots union agreed Monday to allow the struggling carrier to recall retired pilots on a limited basis to help prevent the grounding of flights because of staff shortages.

Eisner, Disney to split in 2006
LOS ANGELES - Walt Disney Co. chief executive Michael Eisner plans to quit the company's board when his contract expires in 2006 but said he won't leave Disney before then, as some prominent shareholders have demanded.

Businesses want ban in Richmond County
Many Columbia County bars and restaurants are opposed to the indoor smoking ban adopted Tuesday by county commissioners, but they'll be downright upset if Richmond County doesn't follow suit.

Building supplies, prices hold steady
ATLANTA - In spite of the vast damage inflicted on the Southeast by three devastating hurricanes, availability of construction materials remain adequate and prices are still stable.

Delta nears deal on recall

Business briefs
Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp. made separate product announcements Tuesday that the video game giants hope will attract more customers ahead of the highly competitive holiday shopping season.

Wachovia director moves to Georgia Bank
Prominent Augusta banker and community leader Robert Osborne is joining Georgia Bank & Trust Co.'s executive management team.

Consumers don't understand credit scores
NEW YORK - Americans are woefully ignorant about credit scores, a consumer group found, even though these measures of credit risk affect everything from the interest people pay on mortgages to whether they qualify for insurance.

Federal judge sets Stewart's reporting date
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart must report to prison in less than three weeks, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in granting the celebrity homemaker's request to begin serving her sentence for lying about a stock sale. Her namesake company's stock surged 12 percent.

Company pleads for higher rates
ATLANTA - Georgia Power Co. executives spent hours Monday fielding questions about the utility company's expenses in the first day of hearings that will determine whether customers see higher electricity bills next year.

Oil prices rise above $47 per barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices hurdled $47 a barrel Tuesday, with further declines in the nation's supply expected in the short-term as petroleum producers disrupted by Hurricane Ivan continue to regroup.

Business briefs

Many companies reduce unemployment benefits
Losing your job is bad. Losing your job and not getting unemployment benefits from the state is worse.

Building supplies, prices hold steady

Wachovia director moves to Georgia Bank

Eisner, Disney to split in 2006

Businesses want ban in Richmond County

Tough start is familiar to Clemson

Tough start is familiar to Clemson
There was an underestimation of Clemson's emotional drain after the Tigers' first two games of the season, coach Tommy Bowden said Tuesday.

Virginia's Lundy spends quality time in end zone

Officials face censure after bad call against the Gators

Virginia's Lundy spends quality time in end zone
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - There's a joke making the rounds at Virginia that Wali Lundy is scoring at such a high rate, coach Pete Gillen could use him on the basketball team.

Officials face censure after bad call against the Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The officiating crew involved in Saturday night's Florida-Tennessee game made a mistake when it stopped the clock after assessing a late-game penalty against Florida receiver Dallas Baker and will be reprimanded, the Southeastern Conference said Sunday.

Brief encounter leaves a lasting impression

Rather, the Nixon clone

Equal-opportunity slavery
Slavery is alive and well in Georgia.

Where is this leading?
The roiling "Rathergate" scandal spread from CBS News to the John Kerry campaign this week, with revelations that a CBS producer contacted senior Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart days before the now-infamous Sept. 8 60 Minutes broadcast.

Don't wait: Clear the air
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine says teenagers living in high-smog areas have their lung growth impeded, and exhibit lower lung function than their peers in low-smog areas.

Equal-opportunity slavery

Rather, the Nixon clone
Dan Rather first gained TV fame more than 30 years ago as the CBS White House correspondent who asked hard-hitting questions about Watergate, and even had some sharp exchanges with President Richard Nixon.

Don't wait: Clear the air

SAT the wrong criteria
Gov. Sonny Perdue presented Hephzibah High School with the prestigious Governor's Cup Monday for boosting its SAT score 113 points - the best among the state's Class AAAA schools.

People in the News
AMHERST, N.Y. - Sarah Ferguson is happy to travel the country waving the Weight Watchers flag, but says the government needs to do its part to combat obesity.

2-year-old spends his days posing with celebs
NEW YORK - Talk about a scrapbook. He's only 2 years old, but Jeremy Zorek already has been photographed with dozens of celebrities as he and his stay-at-home dad wander New York with a camera.

People in the news
SHANGHAI, China - A word of advice from Elton John to up-and-coming musicians: Pay your dues.

Christina Milian wants a Grammy and an Oscar
Pop singers used to be pop singers, and actors used to be actors. Now that the two have become almost interchangeable, Christina Milian can go ahead and chase a Grammy and an Oscar at the same time.

Billy Joel gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES - Billy Joel wrote the song, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." On Monday, he joked he'd never leave.

Consumers don't understand credit scores
NEW YORK - Americans are woefully ignorant about credit scores, a consumer group found, even though these measures of credit risk affect everything from the interest people pay on mortgages to whether they qualify for insurance.

Franklin Templeton agrees to $5 million fine
BOSTON - Two Franklin Templeton Investments units will pay $5 million to settle a Massachusetts complaint alleging the firm allowed a big hedge fund investor to make inappropriate mutual fund trades.

Consumers don't understand credit scores

Stocks lower on rising oil prices
NEW YORK - A grim combination of higher oil prices and lowered outlooks from companies including Colgate-Palmolive Co., Unilever PLC and The New York Times Co. sent stocks sliding Monday. Blue chips bore the brunt of the selling.

Stocks rise on earnings, Fed statement
NEW YORK -- Stocks dashed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed strong earnings from financial services companies, upbeat economic data and some reassuring news from the Federal Reserve.

Franklin Templeton agrees to $5 million fine

Quick, tasty appetizers made easily

Quick, tasty appetizers made easily
CONCORD, N.H. - Fancy is fine, but nothing fussy.

Assistant charges up Eagles' defense
STATESBORO, Ga. - Tired of laying back on defense and watching opposing teams methodically march down the field, Georgia Southern football coach Mike Sewak hired coordinator Joe Tresey in hopes of throwing a charge into the Eagles' defense.

Tar Heels ruin Jackets' record
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's football team hoped it would go into this off week with a perfect record and a few extra practices to get ready for a home date with Miami on network television.

Assistant charges up Eagles' defense

Woods will not play in Classic
FARMINGTON, Pa. - Tiger Woods won't be playing in this week's 84 Lumber Classic after all.

Mickelson's year ends on sour note
Phil Mickelson has a green jacket in his closet to remind him this has been a great year.

Few excuses for U.S. Ryder slump

Few excuses for U.S. Ryder slump
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The Americans have run out of explanations, but not excuses.

Mickelson's year ends on sour note

Yellow Jackets win on messy Monday
HOPKINS, S.C. - The threat of an ugly mess from Hurricane Ivan pushed the North Augusta-Lower Richland football game all the way to Monday night.

Europe benefits from NHL lockout
TORONTO - European hockey has taken on an NHL look.

Europe benefits from NHL lockout

Over 690 killed after Jeanne floods Haiti
GONAIVES, Haiti -- The death toll across Haiti from the weekend deluges brought by Tropical Storm Jeanne was at 691, with some 600 of them in Gonaives, but officials said on Tuesday they expected to find more dead.

Search continues for Ivan's victims in North Carolina
CULLASAJA, N.C. - Workers used cadaver dogs and heavy equipment Monday to continue searching for four people unaccounted-for amid mounds of debris caused by flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan.

Two more flood victims found in N.C.
HARMON DEN, N.C. -- The bodies of a missing Tennessee woman and her young son were found Tuesday in western Haywood County, making them the latest victims of flooding in the North Carolina mountains by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan.

Hurricane Karl weakens slightly in Atlantic
MIAMI - Hurricane Karl weakened slightly Monday and remained on a course that would keep it in the open ocean, a threat only to shipping, and Tropical Storm Lisa developed far out in the Atlantic, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Jeanne kills more than 100 in Haiti
GONAIVES, Haiti - Raging floodwaters from Tropical Storm Jeanne killed more than 100 people in Haiti, where roads and fields were still inundated Monday and survivors were taking to rooftops and trees days after the storm passed.

Greek egg-lemon-rice soup gets a makeover
Chicken soup can be credited with easing the symptoms of the common cold and being a lot of work to prepare. But with the help of supermarket convenience products, a tasty Greek version can be stirred together in minutes.

Corporate sponsorships would let money make money
What's up with money? It seems like we went for the longest time with few alterations in the coins and paper that make the U.S. economy go 'round.

Phone upgrade shorted out Augusta's 911 service
An electrical short at the Augusta-Richmond County 911 Center caused some callers to hear a recording that said the emergency telephone number had been disconnected this afternoon, officials said.

Tenenbaum dodges the issues
It has been suggested that both Inez Tenenbaum and Jim DeMint have been dodging issues. Nothing could be further from the truth. Only Mrs. Tenenbaum has been hiding from who she really is. She is a former abortion lobbyist who has taken more than $400,000 from EMILY's List, a radical pro-abortion group. But you'd be hard pressed to find anything about her pro-abortion views on her campaign Web site. David Allen, Aiken, S.C.

Blasting commission is wasted energy
Regarding your Sept. 5 editorial, "Mayor Young blew it": I cannot believe that you jumped on Mayor Bob Young the way you did. Do you really believe that Mayor Young or anybody would have had influence over that bunch of so-called Augusta commissioners? Robert P. McConnell, Hephzibah

Swift vets are telling the truth

Volunteers made festival a success

Pair of columnists are lockstep liberals
Thanks for the Page 5A columns on the campaign in the Sept. 11 Chronicle - "Kerry's presidential campaign lacks focus," by Anne McFeatters; and "Bush re-election machine pushes fear factor," by Ellen Goodman. Kris Kristensen Martinez

Letter shows liberals' irrationality of thought

Edwards is a solid choice for VP

Weapons-ban lapse is a huge mistake

Volunteers made festival a success
Please allow me to thank the volunteers who worked tirelessly this past weekend at the best Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival. The festival could not have functioned without these wonderful people. Sherri Daniel, Martinez

Pair of columnists are lockstep liberals

Weapons-ban lapse is a huge mistake
America has the highest homicide rate in the world! If our leaders choose to allow assault weapons to be sold legally, they are to be blamed for the loss of lives that is bound to happen as a result of their action or inaction. Dr. Ravi Jerath Martinez

Edwards is a solid choice for VP
Sen. John Kerry showed excellent judgment in picking his vice-presidential running mate, U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. Joseph R. Neal Jr., Augusta

Swift vets are telling the truth
I'm interested in the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. They are combat veterans who served in Vietnam, many on patrols with John Kerry. Many are decorated for valor in combat and rose very high in the military ranks, including an admiral and several captains. David G. Brown, Augusta

Letter shows liberals' irrationality of thought
Mark Gelbart's letter ("Bush-haters have honorable agenda," Sept. 7) only serves to point out again that liberals do not know how to use a rational thought process when it comes to determining their philosophy. Don Christian Hephzibah

Tenenbaum dodges the issues

Health and fitness calendar

Study: Air worse in smoky bars than on smoggy roads

Younger women are fighting osteoporosis

Understanding asthma can help lift quality of life

Seniors calendar

Fashion Week shows off skirts for spring

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Study: Air worse in smoky bars than on smoggy roads
TRENTON, N.J. - Which is more harmful to your health - a smoky bar or a city street filled with diesel truck fumes? Well, you might want to skip your next happy hour.

Understanding asthma can help lift quality of life
Living with asthma can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be debilitating, physicians say.

Younger women are fighting osteoporosis
ST. LOUIS - Julie Grimm was training for a marathon last April when she started feeling a twinge in her hip.

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 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle. com. Include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Fashion Week shows off skirts for spring
NEW YORK - Forget fall, fashion designers and their inner circles have moved on to spring. They recently made their predictions of what the hot looks will be during New York Fashion Week.

Across Georgia
ALBANY - An Albany police officer who had gone to a pre-kindergarten center to pick up his son got into a quarrel with the child's mother, pulled a gun and shot her, then killed the child and himself, police said.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about the North Augusta health department. I don't know about Augusta or Aiken, but it seems like every time I call, I can count on the phone being busy. I don't know if they have one phone line or not. But if they don't, they need to have multiple phone lines. That's what we're paying taxes for.

Motorists discover missing man
WINDSOR - An intensive four-hour search for a man suffering from Alzheimer's disease ended on a happy note when the 77-year-old Batesburg man was found walking along a highway about three miles from the heavily wooded area where he went missing.

Sheriff to have jail oversight
AIKEN - The Aiken County Council is sticking with its decision to give control of its detention center to Sheriff Mike Hunt, but the move won't necessarily solve problems that have burdened the facility.

Inmates weren't paid, sheriff says
Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile's claim that he pays inmates $10 per hour out of a county discretionary fund to work for churches turns out to be bogus.

Davidson Magnet
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Salley's police chief does it all

Glen Hills High
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Proposal may speed sick claims
AIKEN - A proposal to have the Labor Department take charge of the Department of Energy's problem-plagued compensation program has gained bipartisan support in Congress.

Hephzibah High
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Today marks official start of autumn
Many notice summer's transition to fall when the night air turns crisp or when department stores showcase their displays of pumpkins, gourds and brightly colored leaves.

A.R. Johnson Magnet
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Law firms sue 3 new hospitals
COLUMBIA - Three more South Carolina hospitals have been sued by patients who say they were charged more for services than people with insurance.

Academy of Richmond County
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Governor honors school for SAT success

Redcliffe teacher named Teacher of the Year

Plutonium makes its way to France
COLUMBIA - A shipment of weapons-grade plutonium has left the United States for a nuclear reactor in France, drawing protests from activists who believe the shipment poses both an environmental and terrorist threat.

Child deaths decrease, report says

Butler High
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Rants and raves
I'D LIKE TO KNOW how the CEO of University Hospital can justify building all these million-dollar buildings and adding to University and giving hundreds of thousands of dollars away to South Carolina for a school, and yet he is cutting positions in the patient care areas, which is limiting the number of nurses you have working on the units.

Smile pretty for the camera
Smile pretty for the camera Billy Lotspeich (left), the calendar woman for Augusta, gives a hug to Jim Stewart as he participates in the Womanless Calendar Girl Show, held at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The Senior Friends held their annual picnic Monday.

Inmates weren't paid, sheriff says

Phone upgrade shorted out Augusta's 911 service

Kid of the day

News you can use
SEPT. 22, 1957 APPLING - McDuffie and Columbia counties will get together for a two-county pasture meeting Tuesday. It will get under way at 10 a.m. at the Winfield Community House. Those attending will be brought up to date on the latest information from the Experiment Stations.A panel discussion on pasture development and feed production will also be a feature of the program.

Big donors fill party coffers

Pitchfork robbery evidence emerges
AIKEN - Aiken Public Safety officials say they might be close to an arrest in the case of a man who robbed a bank with a pitchfork.

Electrical short forces rerouted calls

Houses planned for home of Heritage USA
FORT MILL, S.C. - Nearly half the property where former televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker once ran Praise the Lord ministries could soon be covered with hundreds of new homes, commercial space and even a private school.

Across South Carolina

Columbia County's growth affects schools
The Catch-22 in Columbia County these days involves schools and the county's growing population.

Sheriff to have jail oversight

Teacher finalists await results
AIKEN - After tonight, the wait for five finalists will be over when one is named the 2004-05 Aiken County Teacher of the Year.

Columbia County's growth affects schools

Beheading hits home for Marietta family

Across the area

Columbia court gets high-tech makeover
COLUMBIA - Every word spoken in the courtroom where Branden Basham is on trial for his life appears immediately before U.S. District Judge Joseph Anderson on a computer screen.

Lucy C. Laney
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Columbia County approves smoking ban
Snuffing out the opposition, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners banned smoking in public places Tuesday.

T.W. Josey High
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Indigent defense funds stalled

Westside High
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Motorists discover missing man

Salley's police chief does it all
SALLEY - Chief Brian Epperson calls it "the last outpost" of Aiken County - the extreme eastern border of the sprawling, 1,100-square mile jurisdiction.

Informant sues victims' family to get reward

Across the area
A 9-year-old south Augusta boy was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Monday morning after he was struck by a pickup while waiting for a school bus.

Officials perform autopsy

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Five North Carolina residents have been arrested after an early morning fire destroyed an empty Loris home, authorities said.

Smile pretty for the camera

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - State lawmakers backing Georgia's proposed gay marriage ban are asking a court for permission to intervene in a lawsuit challenging whether it can appear on the November ballot as a constitutional amendment.

Rants and raves
I'D LIKE TO KNOW how the CEO of University Hospital can justify building all these million-dollar buildings and adding to University and giving hundreds of thousands of dollars away to South Carolina for a school, and yet he is cutting positions in the patient care areas, which is limiting the number of nurses you have working on the units.

Indigent defense aid runs low
Augusta Commission members face a request today to give nearly half a million dollars extra for legal representation for the poor.

Witness problems could free slaying suspect
The murder case against Richard Gonnella might be on hold indefinitely because the state's star witness, his co-defendant, has been in a coma for months.

FBI may look into sheriff's actions
Allegations that Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile used inmate labor for personal and political gain have piqued the interest of the FBI and prompted the county to ask the local district attorney to investigate.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 4-month old Dacarion J. Dunbar of Augusta.

Florida officials hold up water
More than a month after Hurricane Charley swept the Florida coastline, almost half the water Augusta sent to its adopted city in Florida is sitting unused.

Teacher gets bond in sex case
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County Superior Court judge decided Monday to grant bond to an interpreter for deaf students at Clarke Central High School who was arrested earlier this month on charges she had sex with three 15-year-old students.

Governor faces his own questions on child care
ATLANTA - When he asked the question two years ago - "Why are children still dying in state care?" - Sonny Perdue wasn't governor. Now he is, and the question is being asked again.

Big donors fill party coffers
COLUMBIA - The average South Carolina donor to the state Democratic Party gave six times more money than his Republican counterpart gave to the local GOP in August, Federal Election Commission reports show.

Child deaths decrease, report says
COLUMBIA - The number of children dying from preventable causes continued to decrease in South Carolina in 2002, but more work could be done to educate people on unsafe sleeping conditions, according to a report released Tuesday.

Savannah senator ends campaign
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Veteran Democratic state Sen. Rene Kemp announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the November election, saying his battle with prostate cancer has taken too great a toll to keep campaigning.

Farmers fear for crops after rains
AIKEN - Hardlock is causing hard luck for cotton farmers in South Carolina and Georgia.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Kentucky man on trial in the death of an Horry County woman appeared much calmer Tuesday - a day after a courtroom struggle with officers left him with scrapes and bruises on his face.

Cross Creek High
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Graduates get chance for change
A year ago, Melvin Jones found himself living in Augusta, but not by choice.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about the North Augusta health department. I don't know about Augusta or Aiken, but it seems like every time I call, I can count on the phone being busy. I don't know if they have one phone line or not. But if they don't, they need to have multiple phone lines. That's what we're paying taxes for.

News you can use

News you can use
SEPT. 21, 1931 Charges against the Rev. J.M. Williams of slaying his son, Raford Grady Williams; George M. Stanton, charged with embezzlement and larceny in connection with the funds of the Hayne and Anderson estates, and E.H. Rowe, charged with forgery in connection with Junior Order funds, will be placed before the Richmond County grand jury this morning, according to Solicitor General George Hains. Members of the grand jury will consider the charges against the above-named people and about 100 other defendants for whom warrants have been sworn.

Teacher finalists await results

Across the area

Deputies begin patrolling Richmond County schools

Columbia court gets high-tech makeover

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 4-year old Tahjai M. Safford of Augusta.

News you can use

Redcliffe teacher named Teacher of the Year
AIKEN - As her class munched on dill pickles, Catherine Martin wrote words on the chalkboard that her second-grade class used to describe the tart, textured treat.

Proposal may speed sick claims

Beheading hits home for Marietta family
MARIETTA, Ga. - Family friends were seen coming and going from Jack Hensley's house as news spread that a Web site posting claimed one of the American hostages in Iraq was beheaded Monday.

Graduates get chance for change

Indigent defense funds stalled
Augusta Commission members balked Tuesday at paying $460,000 extra from the city's reserve fund for legal representation for the poor, and will ask for some accountability from the local indigent defense office.

FBI may look into sheriff's actions

Today marks official start of autumn

Fair operator sues over contract loss

Electrical short forces rerouted calls
An electrical short at the Augusta-Richmond County 911 Center forced officials to reroute calls from main 911 lines to administrative office lines Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Governor faces his own questions on child care

Officials perform autopsy
An autopsy was completed Monday on a man found stabbed to death this weekend, and sheriff's investigators continue to look for clues into his death.

Across the area
An Augusta man ordered freed months ago by a federal judge was finally released Tuesday after he was resentenced to time served.

Informant sues victims' family to get reward
A woman who went to police 27 months after Fred and Yong-Suk Walker were murdered is suing the victims' children.

Fair operator sues over contract loss
RALEIGH, N.C. - Strates Shows, the carnival company that lost its State Fair contract to a company accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps, has sued her, the company and others tied to the scandal that put her in prison.

Deputies begin patrolling Richmond County schools
Sheriff's deputies received a short, to-the-point briefing Monday morning before their first day of patrolling Richmond County schools.

Governor honors school for SAT success
It looked more like a football rally than an academic celebration.

Indigent defense aid runs low

Digital effects create world of 'Sky Captain'
NEW YORK - "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is full of visions of the dark, soaring New York cityscape, dogfights in the sky and the majestic Himalayan mountains. But what was the movie set like for the actors?

Moviegoers' lives felt impact of galactic warfare
It was May 1977 in sunny Southern California when a little film about an isolated farm boy who dreamed of saving the universe debuted to audiences filled with slack-jawed, newly minted sci-fi fans.

Behind-the-scenes tales lighten gravity of 'Star Wars'

Moviegoers' lives felt impact of galactic warfare

Digital effects create world of 'Sky Captain'

Behind-the-scenes tales lighten gravity of 'Star Wars'
LOS ANGELES - When it comes to "Star Wars," maybe there's too much gravity in space.

Nelly showcases originality with double CD releases

Nelly showcases originality with double CD releases
NEW YORK - As he tried to slip in a side door before a recent performance, Nelly got accosted by a fan waiting for his arrival.

Hoobastank: Band with the funny name having a good time with success
NEW YORK - The guys of Hoobastank are discussing fashion, specifically who has the greatest collection of shoes.

Hoobastank: Band with the funny name having a good time with success

Gordon says sorry for miscues
WELCOME, N.C. - Robby Gordon apologized Monday for intentionally causing an accident at New Hampshire International Speedway that involved championship contenders Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield.

Gordon says sorry for miscues

Carolina Panthers have deep reserves

Westbrook vital to Eagles' offense

Dunn to give injured knee time to heal

Minnesota controls clock, but score doesn't show it

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Mrs. Margaret Weathers    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Mathis    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. William Stevens, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lortrell Jones    (Augusta, Ga.)
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Mr. Antron Scurry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Wilma Jean "Toodie" Nine
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Shane Reynolds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Franklin Hancock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Brown    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James Guy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Rosanna Clark    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Michael David Gouge, MD    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Linda Cooper Mincey    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Purvis H. Finley    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. William F. Peeler, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Evans Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Glinn Dixon    (Owner)
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Mrs. Pauline Durden    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Dean Morris    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Horace E. McKinney Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille Dawkins    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie James Lake    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rebecca Cullens    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Eric Karter    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Profile obituary: Mr. Robert "Bob" Richards, Sr.
As an avid golfer and devout Christian, Robert "Bob" Richards Sr. will be best remembered for Saturdays on the golf course and Sundays in church, family members said Tuesday.

Mrs. Alice Lee Wells Connell    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sally Ashmore Carter    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Purvis H. Finley    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mrs. Linda Cooper Mincey (MILLEN, Ga.)

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Mr. Kenneth Dean Morris (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Stroman (Red Boy) Gaffney (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilma Jean "Toodie" Nine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Evans Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Pronely (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Teddy Coleman (Self-Employed Edgefield, S.C.)

Mrs. Angela Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Richards, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Isabelle Chance Wren (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Guy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Weathers (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Rosco Thigpen (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Cullens (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Powell (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Shane Reynolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Hancock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Mathis (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Boyd Maynard Aycock, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Miss Martina Laverne Gibbons (CONLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Sauls (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Rosanna Clark (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Roland Jenkins (MILLEN, Ga.)

Shane Reynolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Thompkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Wertz (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marion K. Norton (LOUISVILLE, GA.)

Mrs. Bernice Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Purvis H. Finley (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Antron Scurry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Guy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Reynolds (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. William F. Peeler, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Glinn Dixon (Owner)

Mr. Willie James Lake (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lortrell Jones (Augusta, Ga.)

Miss Elizabeth Anne Finch (CLINTON, Miss.)

Michael David Gouge, MD (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Brown (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Pervis (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Dawkins (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Durden (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Eric Karter (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. William Stevens, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Glinn Dixon (Owner)

Mrs. Wilma Jean "Toodie" Nine

Mrs. Patricia Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Weathers (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ether Mays (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Angela Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

U.S. gold medalist denies allegations of blood doping
REGENSDORF, Switzerland - Olympic cycling champion Tyler Hamilton declared his innocence Tuesday while awaiting results of backup tests for possible blood doping that could cost him the gold medal.

Official has difficulty in Athens
ATHENS, Greece - Paul DePace looked apprehensive as he tried to maneuver his wheelchair across the busy street. Motorcycles were parked along the sidewalk and blocked his path.

U.S. gold medalist denies allegations of blood doping

Cawley brothers play soccer at USC Aiken

Medal dream comes true for local swimmer

Cawley brothers play soccer at USC Aiken
Benjamin Cawley gave little thought to playing soccer while he performed missionary work. He spent his time spreading Christianity, not splitting goalposts.

Medal dream comes true for local swimmer
Lantz Lamback feels pain every day. Cerebral palsy causes his back to ache and his legs to throb.

Carolina Panthers have deep reserves
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When their top two offensive players went down with injuries, the Carolina Panthers didn't panic. Instead, they put in backups who led the Panthers to a much-needed victory.

Mora cautious as team wins
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The NFL has no "how-to" manual that tells rookie head coaches how to handle distractions.

Dunn to give injured knee time to heal
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Jim Mora doesn't expect running back Warrick Dunn to practice when the Atlanta Falcons return to the field today.

Westbrook vital to Eagles' offense
PHILADELPHIA - Brian Westbrook dismisses his critics the same way he shrugs off tacklers.

Minnesota controls clock, but score doesn't show it
PHILADELPHIA - Donovan McNabb moonwalked, Terrell Owens slam-dunked and the Philadelphia Eagles' defense kept Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss from strutting their best stuff.

UPN's new teen detective is no Nancy Drew
SAN DIEGO - When Rob Thomas, creator and executive producer of the new UPN series "Veronica Mars," first dreamed up the teen detective series, the main character was male.

'The Mountain' snows viewers with its scenery
NEW YORK - You'll find more moguls on "The Mountain" than along its ski runs. There's reluctant mogul David Carver, a motocross roustabout who, much to his shock, is named sole heir of the family ski resort when his grandfather dies in an avalanche.

'CSI: NY' is a crime drama suffering the blues

UPN's new teen detective is no Nancy Drew

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Phil McGraw wants to re-energize the parenting process. He wants to give parents some useful new tools for mobilizing the family against society's divisive and confounding forces. And he wants every mom and dad to realize raising kids must be Priority One.

'CSI: NY' is a crime drama suffering the blues
NEW YORK - Now available: A brand-new color in the "CSI" palette! As everyone knows, the original hit, set in Las Vegas, has a filmic look you might describe as Chrome and Neon. Spinoff "CSI: Miami" is Tropical Tawny.

'Lost' and found: A riveting new drama on ABC

'The Mountain' snows viewers with its scenery

Ratings tumble for Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES - When cable channel HBO tried to woo the Emmy Awards away two years ago, the networks fought back and won.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Lost' and found: A riveting new drama on ABC
NEW YORK - The first scene in "Lost" is almost unbearably dreadful, not just for what you see but also what you fear you might see.

Ratings tumble for Emmy Awards

2-year-old spends his days posing with celebs

People in the News

Christina Milian wants a Grammy and an Oscar

People in the news

Holtz won't have controversy

Holtz won't have controversy
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's coaches have said all along that their offense would be a two-quarterback show.

Brief encounter leaves a lasting impression
I'd heard and read the stories about Moe Norman, considered one of the greatest ballstrikers in the game's history, but I never thought I'd see him hit a shot.

Yearbook meetings inspire students, advisers
Everyone enters their senior year hoping to make lasting memories. Those on the yearbook staff spend the school year documenting these moments. This year at Harlem High, we will accomplish this goal but with a different approach.

High school students take teaching course
In Classroom 7-F at Redcliffe Elementary School, wide-eyed kindergartners sat on a brightly colored rug as Summer Mathis, 17, read from a big book with an even bigger lesson.

High school students take teaching course

Yearbook meetings inspire students, advisers

Your actions show others the person you really are

Audio best
Here are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine.

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Your actions show others the person you really are
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I have a bad reputation, but the way people think of me isn't who I am. My reputation is based on lies. What can I do to improve it? I like this guy, but people tell him lies about me so he says he doesn't know if he wants to date me. What should I do?

Question of the week
Q: Should student athletes be given preferential treatment?

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Question of the week

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The facts: Drew Hall, 18, a senior at Academy of Richmond County.

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Rent or buy: Mean Girls, with Lindsay Lohan as the new girl who finds herself despised by the school's most popular clique , is out on DVD or VHS

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Odds and Ends

Over 690 killed after Jeanne floods Haiti

Two more flood victims found in N.C.

Search continues for Ivan's victims in North Carolina

Tropical Storm Jeanne kills more than 100 in Haiti

Hurricane Karl weakens slightly in Atlantic