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Teen author tries hand at adventure for adults

Teen author tries hand at adventure for adults
TULSA, Okla. - Don't ask why she let Johnny die.

Maddux reaches 15-win mark again

Faith fuels Dodgers first baseman

D.C. begins the wait for Expos
WASHINGTON - As far as Washington is concerned, the negotiations with Major League Baseball are essentially done. Now it's a matter of waiting for a 33-year drought to end.

Ichiro on brink of record
ANAHEIM, Calif. - He approaches hitting a baseball the way a Grand Master approaches martial arts.

D.C. begins the wait for Expos

Faith fuels Dodgers first baseman
Shawn Green anguised over the same conflict that confronted Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg.

Maddux reaches 15-win mark again
PITTSBURGH - Greg Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season and hit a two-run single in a four-run second inning, leading the Chicago Cubs over Pittsburgh 6-3 on Thursday for their third series sweep of the Pirates this year.

Yankees close in on division title

Yankees close in on division title
BOSTON - Those Red Sox managers just never learn.

Ichiro on brink of record

Odds and Ends
PITTSBURGH - The state Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania's drunken driving law can't be enforced against people on horseback, a decision that inspired the dissenting justice to wax poetic.

Diary entries land man in jail
Police say an Augusta man's diary of bad deeds was enough to nail him on a rash of gang-related shootings.

Jones moves closer to history
ATLANTA - Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones' dreams of reaching 100 RBI in a record-tying ninth consecutive season appeared dead in the water eight weeks ago.

Jones moves closer to history

Atlanta wastes opportunity
ATLANTA - The champagne will remain on ice in the home clubhouse for at least another day, the victim of Atlanta Braves' bats that went silent at a most inopportune time.

Braves clinch East title
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves didn't expect to have to stage a three-run rally in the eighth inning to clinch their 13th consecutive division title Friday night, but they were in no mood to wait for another day.

Atlanta wastes opportunity

Braves clinch East title

Store owner hopes for bright future at location
One of downtown's big empty buildings is being furnished.

Federal ranking slights Augusta

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Oil prices climbed toward $49 per barrel Thursday, even as the Bush administration considered opening the nation's emergency stockpile to refiners experiencing supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Ivan.

Business briefs

Having green often shakes the blues

Budget priorities carry heavy cost

Federal ranking slights Augusta
Despite being home to Fort Gordon and Savannah River Site, the federal government doesn't list the Augusta area as a key travel destination for government employees.

Judge rejects pension claims

Having green often shakes the blues
WASHINGTON - Money might not buy happiness, but for many people it apparently puts a down payment on satisfaction.

Budget priorities carry heavy cost
WASHINGTON - President Bush and Democratic Sen. John Kerry have starkly different economic priorities with a common thread: price tags exceeding $1 trillion that could pump already huge deficits skyward over the next decade.

Leading indicators decline again
NEW YORK - A closely watched measure of future economic activity fell in August for a third consecutive month, reflecting an uncertain climate for both businesses and consumers.

Automakers offer incentives to boost sales
DETROIT - Heavy discounting by General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. and rising demand for foreign brands helped lift U.S. vehicle sales in September as the nation's largest automakers likely lost market share, analysts said.

Judge rejects pension claims
CHICAGO - A federal bankruptcy judge ruled against United Airlines on Friday in a procedural dispute, siding with unions who said the company submitted unsubstantiated claims about how employees would be affected if their pension programs were terminated.

Store owner hopes for bright future at location

Automakers offer incentives to boost sales

Leading indicators decline again

Change of Fortune

Change of Fortune
Before the start of the season, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden pointed out that Charlie Whitehurst had been very fortunate.

Albany State seeking regional respect

Auburn will not overlook Bulldogs
AUBURN, Ala. - If ever Auburn was susceptible to the temptation of looking ahead or behind, this might be the time.

College Football capsules

Michigan hopes to avenge loss
DETROIT - Hate is a strong word. When used in sports, it often signifies a rivalry-the kind of game that has both teams riled up and has no real favorite.

Michigan hopes to avenge loss

Albany State seeking regional respect
ALBANY, Ga. - Albany State wide receiver Alvin Ray Jackson hopes the Rams' No. 8 ranking in NCAA Division II - the highest since being ranked fifth in 1997 - will serve notice to the rest of the country that Southern teams outside of the Gulf South Conference can play some football, too.

College Football capsules
College football capsules for today's gridiron action.

What alliances?
A central tenet of John Kerry's foreign policy is that, if elected president, he will rebuild the global alliances that President George W. Bush's "unilateralism" supposedly has shattered - and even get more foreign troops to help put down the terrorist war in Iraq.

What alliances?

Rather, the partisan

Rather, the partisan
CBS has named two highly respected men to investigate what went wrong in the "Rathergate" scandal - Richard Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, and Louis Boccardi, recently retired president and CEO of the Associated Press.

The right flag decision
Sadly, the divisive Confederate flag issue is raising its ugly head again in our community. A lot of Southern heritage lovers are upset with Mayor Bob Young's order to take the flag down from the Riverwalk Augusta flag display. As a number of our letters to the editor indicate, the heritage people feel betrayed and hurt at the flag's removal.

Driving home a point
Greenbrier High School is doing its best to turn a tragedy into a triumph.

The right flag decision

Mortgage rate decreases across country
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country dropped this week, with 30-year mortgages sinking to their lowest level in five months.

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

Winter 'turn over' has benefits

Fishing tournament news

Winter 'turn over' has benefits
The first day of autumn this week reminded Thurmond Lake fishermen of special times awaiting them this fall and winter.

Cooks, gardeners grow their own herbs

Proper upkeep of lawn can deter winter weeds
Winter weeds are a problem in many lawns, and we hate them because they stick out like a sore thumb since they are green while our lawns are brown.

Proper upkeep of lawn can deter winter weeds

Make your water garden double as a winter garden
GREENVILLE, Va. - Keith Folsom doesn't pull the plug on his water gardens when chill weather arrives. He simply settles into a chair to enjoy the view.

Make your water garden double as a winter garden

Cooks, gardeners grow their own herbs
Potted or plotted, herbs can be a delectable and decorative twist to traditional gardens, growers say.

DiMarco eyes steady Singh

Singh in the lead again
FARMINGTON, Pa. - Just when Vijay Singh thinks he can't play better, he does. Just when it seems he can't do much more during his Tiger Woods-like season, he does that, too.

Singh in the lead again

Tour's No. 4 out in Ireland
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Masters Tournament champion Phil Mickelson withdrew from next week's American Express Championship in Ireland for personal reasons, the PGA Tour said Thursday.

DiMarco eyes steady Singh
FARMINGTON, Pa. - Their Ryder Cup experience was so miserable, the magnitude of the United States' loss to Europe so great, Tiger Woods and Kenny Perry decided to pull out of the 84 Lumber Classic.

Wolfpack get first win

Final-second run lifts Bears

High school football capsules

Brown renowned as champion

Football, family give Evans star new lifeMade in America

High school football polls

Record-setting run continues for Aquinas

Friday night football key matchups

Player of the week

Spartans run way to 5-1 record

Strom Thurmond tops Silver Bluff

Spartans run way to 5-1 record
GLENN HILLS - Ricky Young had 16 carries for 206 yards as Glenn Hills defeated Cross Creek, 16-8 in Region 3-AAA North Division play. The Spartans upped their record to an impressive 5-1, 2-0 while Cross Creek fell to 2-4, 0-2 in region play. Young had two runs that were longer than 50 yards.

Red Devils defense rises to occasion at right time
ATHENS, Ga. - Lincoln County's Shawntavius Jennings sacked Athens Academy's Chris Rogers with 1:15 left to bag the No. 6 Spartans' late comeback attempt Friday night, preserving the No. 7 Red Devils' 14-9 win at Slaughter Field.

Strom Thurmond tops Silver Bluff
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Sometimes, the nickname of the Strom Thurmond team gets hacked for simplicity's sake. Look in the middle of the Strom Thurmond football program and you'll find the long version.

Brown renowned as champion
Troy Brown is a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. He was an NCAA Division I-AA national champion at Marshall. Brown also won a state title his senior year at Blackville-Hilda in 1988.

Trio runs Rebels to shutout
Two weeks ago, Hephzibah fullback Kendall Calvin rushed for more than 250 yards and beat Josey almost on his own.

Football, family give Evans star new lifeMade in America
Cheng Ho grew up among nearly 3 million people in Asia. He was 14 time zones and a 23-hour flight from Augusta.

High school football polls
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL REPRESENTING FIFTH WEEK RESULTS, WITH FIRST-PLACE VOTES IN PARENTHESES AND TOTAL POINTS.

Friday night football key matchups
Strom Thurmond (3-1) at Silver Bluff (3-1)

Loss could helpThoroughbreds
AIKEN - If every black cloud has a silver lining, then South Aiken might have to wait a few weeks to see its reward.

Player of the week
This week's From the Huddle Player of the Week is Glenn Hills' Senior middle linebacker, Reggie Wesby.

High school football capsules
CHENG HO RUSHED FOR A PAIR OF TOUCHDOWNS AND 92 YARDS TO GIVE THE KNIGHTS A KEY WIN IN REGION 2-AAAA HEADING INTO NEXT WEEK'S SHOWDOWN WITH STATE NO. 1 STATESBORO.

Homestanding Bulldogs win big
It was all Thomson in the battle of the Bulldogs Friday night at the Brickyard.

Laney's reverse nets victory
MADISON, Ga. - Morgan County, ranked tenth in Class AA, lost for the second consecutive week, as the visiting Laney Wildcats scored with less than a minute to go to defeat the Bulldogs, 20-17 at Bill Corry Stadium.

Final-second run lifts Bears
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Disgusted Burke County fans spilled into the aisles with three minutes remaining in the game. In their minds, the game was over.

Wolfpack get first win
Mickey Derrick looked like a proud papa after Greenbrier's game Friday night.

Record-setting run continues for Aquinas
Jim Connor and the Aquinas football team know how the Glascock County Panthers feel.

No talks, progress for lockout
NEW YORK - It's been a week without progress in the NHL lockout. So far, there have been no overtures from the league or the players to resume talks to save a season that is already starting to slip away.

No talks, progress for lockout

Ivan's remnants return to Gulf of Mexico
HOUSTON - Ivan crept toward the Texas-Louisiana coast Thursday, threatening to make a repeat appearance, this time as a tropical storm that could bring 50 mph winds and 5 to 10 inches of rain.

'Gilligan's Island' filming resumes after Ivan evacuation
ATLANTA - Filming has resumed on a "Gilligan's Island" reality show after the Gulf of Mexico island were it was filmed was evacuated for Hurricane Ivan last week.

Still another hurricane could affect South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Five storms have affected South Carolina during this seemingly endless 2004 hurricane season and it may not be over yet.

It might not feel like it, but it's time to get ready for autumn
Autumn is here, and as usual it's about two months early.

Gastric bypasses are godsends

MCG gift will benefit nurses greatly
What a wonderful story in The Augusta Chronicle about the million-dollar donation to local health care ("Making a final act of service," Sept. 14). The recipients - nurses, particularly - will be wonderful resources who will continue to benefit your community. Linda R. Easterly, RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S Kathleen

Our soldiers' deaths are not in vain

Civility, diplomacy can fight terrorism

Don't dress teachers like their pupils
Would we expect clients to dress like their attorneys? Should patients have to dress the same as nurses or doctors? Of course not! Yet, teachers and administrators are admonished for not adhering to the same dress codes as pupils. C. Lynne Pinson, Hephzibah

Nation's deep debt will ruin us all
Don't ask. Don't tell. The presidential candidates aren't talking about the U.S. debt disaster. Robert Gilbert Aiken, S.C.

Our soldiers' deaths are not in vain
To Alan Ziobrowski, who said the 1,000 U.S. soldier deaths in Iraq were in vain (Sept. 16): Brett Lee Clark, Martinez

War on terrorism is a botched job
Michael Ryan's opinion piece ("These aren't your father's anti-war protesters," Sept. 5) trivializes and denigrates the very legitimate issues that many have over President George W. Bush's unnecessary and counterproductive war in Iraq. Joseph A. Dahlheimer Martinez

Civility, diplomacy can fight terrorism
Stumbling blocks to the past seldom constitute useful avenues to better days ahead, except when they are crafted into bridges that narrow the pass between good intentions and good will. To help avoid repeats of Sept. 11, 2001, I'm proposing a truce - that is, among we who claim to be civilized. Then, perhaps, those whom we denigrate as uncivilized will have visual proof of a panacea for eliminating hatred and terrorism. The Rev. Lewis A. Bohler Augusta

Gastric bypasses are godsends
Regarding your narrow viewpoints on South Carolina's decision to not pay for its employees needing gastric bypass surgery ("Diet, not surgery," Sept. 12): Anne Hendrix, Aiken, S.C.

Beaded jewelry is camouflage for medical details

15 car-of-the-year hopefuls get cut

Nissan alters old car, plans new

Nissan alters old car, plans new
DETROIT - After bulking up its lineup with a new crossover vehicle and full-size pickup, Nissan Motor Co. plans to tweak the other end of its portfolio by redesigning the compact Sentra sedan and introducing an even smaller car in 2007.

15 car-of-the-year hopefuls get cut
CHICAGO - "It might have been."CHICAGO - "It might have been." After awaiting a 2005 model-year debut, 15 nameplates have been whittled from the candidates for North American Car and Truck of the Year honors by the nation's automotive press.

Beaded jewelry is camouflage for medical details
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Tina Sprigg would have been content selling her beaded jewelry to the usual clientele, but an unexpected request for a medical ID bracelet opened a specialty area for the Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur, one linked with deep satisfaction.

Pair ordered to face S. Carolina charges

Jumpers prepare to wow crowd at motor event

Across the area

Hospital rooms get new look

As bus tour project hits Atlanta, civil rights heroes recall stories
ATLANTA - Gloria Wright was a 16-year-old in Albany, Ga., when she learned something could be done about the way she was being treated in her town.

Governor lists 2005 agenda

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested a metro Atlanta man Wednesday night and charged him with trafficking more than 2 pounds of cocaine, officials said Thursday.

Succesful magnet schools attract notice

Across the area

Fish fry reels in political minority

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
THIS IS A HUGE RAVE for Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke. Dr. Larke raised the SAT scores by ensuring that students are fully prepared before taking the SAT. Thanks, Dr. Larke.

County's top honor goes to Greenbrier educator
Greenbrier Middle School educator Shaun Owen was recognized in a ceremony Thursday as the Columbia County schools' Teacher of the Year.

Changes could attract SEAL units

County reveals voting system
AIKEN - Saying Aiken County's new touchscreen voting system is as easy to use as a microwave oven, election officials on Thursday unveiled the suitcase-size machines that will debut on Election Day.

Crusader gives advice at expo

Doctor under inquiry didn't report conviction
COLUMBIA - A doctor being investigated for unorthodox hydrogen peroxide treatments that authorities say killed a Minneapolis woman did not tell state medical regulators of a felony switchblade possession conviction.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
I REALLY ENJOY READING my Augusta Chronicle with my morning cup of coffee. Notice I said morning cup of coffee, not afternoon. Seems like the last three out of four weekends, it's been going on late, late morning before my paper's been showing up in my yard. And it's all because of broken-down presses. Maybe The Augusta Chronicle needs to update to the 21st century and buy some new equipment.

Council starts inquiry on sheriff

Airline problems trouble Augusta

Some call cruising ban biased
ATHENS, Ga. - A new anti-cruising ordinance might help police keep late-night control as lines of drivers loop downtown to see and be seen by crowds of often-tipsy pedestrians who spill off the sidewalk.

Uninsured list grows in Georgia

Around town

Funding talk rules meeting

County reveals voting system

Buyers look for best deal at auctions

Succesful magnet schools attract notice
The magnet school concept is making a star of Richmond County.

Fish fry reels in political minority
AIKEN - Outnumbered and often beleaguered in a place dominated by Republicans, the Democrats of Aiken County threw an old-fashioned political fish fry Thursday night that was heavy on comfort food and defiant partisan rhetoric.

Voters contest ballot's legality

Uninsured list grows in Georgia
ATLANTA - The number of working-age Georgians and children who aren't covered by a formal insurance plan increased by 3 percent in the space of a year, according to a university report released Thursday.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Twenty people were arrested and two were injured in a fight at Charleston's Stall High School that took 60 police officers to break up, authorities said.

Rants and raves
I REALLY ENJOY READING my Augusta Chronicle with my morning cup of coffee. Notice I said morning cup of coffee, not afternoon. Seems like the last three out of four weekends, it's been going on late, late morning before my paper's been showing up in my yard. And it's all because of broken-down presses. Maybe The Augusta Chronicle needs to update to the 21st century and buy some new equipment.

10 more counties eligible for aid
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday that federal disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Ivan has been expanded to include 10 more Georgia counties, including four in the northeast part of the state.

Airline problems trouble Augusta
Continental Express is leaving Augusta Regional Airport in just over a month, but the airport's future could remain hazy for much longer, airport and civic leaders say.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR THE IDIOT who said Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson should be thanking God his wife is still alive. I'm sure he is thankful ... If it wasn't for the grace of God giving him common sense to take his wife because the ambulance was late, she would be dead. Maybe next time it'll be one of your family members. He was only trying to help the community.

Council starts inquiry on sheriff
The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, which certifies police officers to make arrests, is looking into the case of Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile, accused of using inmate labor for personal and political gain.

Scientist at MCG awarded for work

Scientist at MCG awarded for work
At times, Kristen Harris sounds more like a struggling student than the recipient of a prestigious research award.

10 more counties eligible for aid

Jumpers prepare to wow crowd at motor event
Dirt is always preferable to pavement when you're plummeting from 25 feet up, but Kenny Yoho isn't complaining.

More parents may get bill

ASU students give help in free counseling
People who need counseling but can't afford it might find help at Augusta State University.

County will reconsider plan to extend parkway

Man gets 10-year term for death of his friend
They ran out of beer and someone had to drive to the store. For Dennis E. Morris' friend, it was a fatal decision. For Mr. Morris, it meant 10 years in prison Friday.

History for sale at ASU

Durango creditor proposal wins OK
ST. MARYS, Ga. - City and county-elected officials have accepted an offer from federal bankruptcy court trustees that is intended to speed up the process for partial repayment of debts owed to creditors by Durango-Georgia Paper Co.

Doctor faces lawsuit in peroxide death case

County will reconsider plan to extend parkway
A proposed extension of William Few Parkway in Columbia County has hit a bump in the road.

History for sale at ASU
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Getting some fresh air
Pat Hinkle makes her way around the path at the Warren Road Recreation Center. Ms. Hinkle says she tries to walk several times a week and that she enjoyed Friday morning's mild temperature. Today's forecast calls for highs in the low 80s with sunny skies.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 7-year old Kayla Dawn Price of Augusta.

Blue land crab docks far from usual home
ST. MARYS, Ga. - A blue land crab apparently evacuated Florida and found a new home at St. Marys Elementary School just after Hurricane Frances blew through.

UGA hopes increase in tuition soothes cuts

Police say Tennessee couple abducted Greenville man
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Two Tennessee residents have been arrested and charged in the abduction of a retired businessman missing for more than a week.

Sign offers glimpse into plant's past

UGA hopes increase in tuition soothes cuts
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia administrators are banking on a 10 percent tuition increase in January to help combat $12.8 million in budget cuts on the horizon for this fiscal year.

Doctor faces lawsuit in peroxide death case
COLUMBIA - An unorthodox hydrogen peroxide medical treatment that ended in the death of a Minneapolis woman last spring has prompted a lawsuit and an investigation by law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

Changes could attract SEAL units
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base is preparing to add a new mission by becoming one of two hubs in the United States supporting subs carrying the Navy's most lethal conventional payload and the largest complement of the service's special warfare troops.

Fighting spirit
Augusta firefighters Lt. Bill White (right) and Vernon Meyers work to put out a fire at an abandoned house on Hopkins Street

Rants and raves
THIS IS A HUGE RAVE for Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke. Dr. Larke raised the SAT scores by ensuring that students are fully prepared before taking the SAT. Thanks, Dr. Larke.

Hospital rooms get new look
It has a nurse just outside with a wireless headset that can quickly reach a doctor. It can do its own testing and quickly convert to provide intensive care. And it has its own zone for family and visitors.

More parents may get bill
ATLANTA - As thousands of children drop out of the state's health program for the poor, the department in charge is thinking of requiring more of their parents to pay a portion of the costs, even though agency officials suspect existing premiums might be responsible for the exodus.

Trespasser accepts embarrassing sentence
If the presence of sheriff's deputies isn't sending a message to Butler High School students, maybe Dominique Hill's embarrassing punishment will.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR THE IDIOT who said Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson should be thanking God his wife is still alive. I'm sure he is thankful ... If it wasn't for the grace of God giving him common sense to take his wife because the ambulance was late, she would be dead. Maybe next time it'll be one of your family members. He was only trying to help the community.

Aerosol sparks Aiken house fire
AIKEN - A family of three lost their house to a fire after a gas-powered water heater ignited flammable aerosol from roach foggers activated on the kitchen floor of the home.

Pair ordered to face S. Carolina charges
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A federal judge Friday ordered a Tennessee couple returned to South Carolina to face charges that could carry the death penalty in the fatal carjacking of a Greenville businessman.

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS - A man found dead inside an unmarked police car in June died of heat stroke, a police detective said.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A protester arrested during a visit by President Bush nearly two years ago says he will appeal his conviction to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sign offers glimpse into plant's past
AIKEN - A metal sign stands at the crossroad of U.S. Highway 278 and South Carolina Highway 19 briefly describing the paradoxical history of Savannah River Site - a place that drew workers from around the country while pushing residents off their land to make room for the new government facility.

DNA confirms identity of H.L. Hunley crewman
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scientists using DNA have positively identified one of the crewmen of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

Crusader gives advice at expo
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Erin Brockovich, known as "an environmentalist with cleavage," told a sold-out crowd Wednesday: "Effort points you in the right direction. Stick-to-itiveness gets you there."

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are looking for an Augusta man accused of shooting another man in the face Thursday night.

Around town
Lt. Donald Butler, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety Mounted Police, rides Kojak, a saddlebred quarter horse, as he patrols a Wal-Mart parking lot looking for parking violations.

Across Georgia
CONYERS - The ex-husband of a high school Spanish teacher charged with trying to stab her in the chest before students tackled him was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.

Funding talk rules meeting
NORTH AUGUSTA - Before a radio audience that was getting ready for the day Thursday, the men vying for the state Senate's 22nd District seat brought their arguments about who could bring home the bacon to Augusta.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A protester arrested during a visit by President Bush nearly two years ago says he will appeal his conviction to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

News you can use
SEPT. 24, 1987 The scores for Richmond County high school seniors on the SAT dropped during the 1986-87 school year after three years of improvement. The total average school was 801, down from 812. Officials say Richmond students may be scoring low because they are not adequately prepared to take the test.

County files suit against owners
LaFAYETTE, Ga. - A northwest Georgia county has sued the owners of a crematory where 334 bodies were found, seeking $2 million to recover the cost of cleaning up the corpse-strewn property and other expenses.

Fighting spirit

Doctor under inquiry didn't report conviction

Official will be tried on charges
AIKEN - Suspended South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Charles Sharpe faces a Jan. 24 trial date on charges of extortion, money laundering and lying to investigators about an Aiken County cockfighting arena about a dozen miles from his Wagener home.

Blue land crab docks far from usual home

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are looking for an Augusta man accused of shooting another man in the face Thursday night.

Schools get tough on fashion

Schools get tough on fashion
Boys had better tuck it in or take it home when it comes to shirttails at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School because of a new dress code rule added to the books this year.

Getting some fresh air

Voters contest ballot's legality
ATLANTA - Seven Georgia voters - all married - asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge Friday to remove a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage from the state's Nov. 2 ballots, arguing the referendum is illegally written and misleads voters.

DNA confirms identity of H.L. Hunley crewman

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 2-year old Tatiana Jenkins of Martinez.

As bus tour project hits Atlanta, civil rights heroes recall stories

News you can use

Some call cruising ban biased

Whistle-blower sues Georgia Southern

Whistle-blower sues Georgia Southern
ATLANTA - A former Georgia Southern University employee who says he was wrongfully fired for blowing the whistle on the school's violations of environmental standards has filed suit against the university.

Buyers look for best deal at auctions
Good auction-goers are like good poker players - they use research, strategy, psychology and luck to win.

Kid of the day

Governor lists 2005 agenda
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford laid out his priorities for the upcoming legislative session Thursday, re-emphasizing his plans to reduce income taxes and restructure state government.

Bowden brother could lose out
Here they go again. Bowden meets Bowden and a Bowden's job might be on the line.

At the Movies: 'The Forgotten'
"The Forgotten" would have been just fine if it had stayed the course as a psychological drama: the emotional story of a mother coping with her young son's death in a plane crash, wondering what's reality and what's delusion when her mind seems to start playing tricks on her.

'First Daughter' loses to 'Chasing Liberty'
The biggest problem (apart from the striking similarities to Chasing Liberty, of course) is the pacing, which is far too slow for most in the intended pre-teen audience. And it's set up as a fairy tale, complete with tiaras and a "Once upon a time" narration, which puts the story in some gauzy never-neverland, when it should have been right here where we live. No matter how many Jay Leno cameos it has, First Daughter never seems close enough to real life.

At the Movies: 'The Forgotten'

'First Daughter' loses to 'Chasing Liberty'

Rocker has battled personal, professional demons

Rocker has battled personal, professional demons
NEW YORK - In a recent video, Lenny Kravitz cast himself as a hard-living, substance-abusing, wild-child rocker whose life is unraveling behind the scenes.

China trying to cultivate drivers
SHANGHAI, China -There are the crowds, hype and dazzling new track. One thing will be missing, though, when Formula One holds a race for the first time in China on Sunday: a Chinese driver.

Mayfield on pole, back in Chase?
DOVER, Del. - Jeremy Mayfield took a big step toward climbing back into contention for the Nextel Cup Series championship Friday by winning the pole position for the MBNA America 400.

Busch looking for double dip
DOVER, Del. - Although Kurt Busch's driving style fits Dover International Speedway, the co-leader of the Nextel Cup championship chase has not mastered The Monster Mile.

Gordon can not be timid
DOVER, Del. - Robby Gordon is not in a position to become a timid racer, even though wrecking another championship contender probably would enhance his standing as NASCAR's villain of the moment.

Mayfield on pole, back in Chase?

Crumpler shows he's worth money

Andersen poised to break record

Smith thrives in new scheme

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Mr. Leroy Thigpen    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maude Thompkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary McGee    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Grace Cline    (Retired-Sears Augusta, Ga.)
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Mr. John Kent    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Allen    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mr. Damien Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Grace Cline    (AUGUSTA, G.A.)
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Mrs. Marie T. Harrell    (DAVISBORO, G.A.)
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Mr. Elma B. Beal    (SANDERSVILLE, G.A.)
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Miss Martina Gibbons    (CONLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. James F. "Buddy" Watts    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Dorsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lora Veal    (SANDERSVILLE, G.A.)
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Rev. Moses Foreman    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Brenda Glisson    (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
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Mrs. Katherine Toole    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Frank Hackel    (WAYNESBORO, G.A.)
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Mrs. Maude Thompkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lortrell Jones    (Augusta, Ga.)
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Mr. Otis Thomas    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Clifford Lewis    (SAVANNAH, G.A.)
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Mrs. Chloe Terrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Frankie Mae Key    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Boyd Dudley Sisson    (Psch-AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Lizzie Mae Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Lovett Quick, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Herman Rush    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Harriette Parker    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Otis Thomas    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Deacon Raymond Padgett    (BATESBURG, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Nall, Sr.    (NEWNAN, S.C.)
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Mr. William Alexander Sr.    (SPARTA, G.A.)
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Mr. Joseph Harrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lovett Quick, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Cline (Retired-Sears Augusta, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Thompkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Fannie Mae Hawes (TOBYHANNA, Pa.)

Deacon Raymond Padgett (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Gibson Paul, Sr. (THOMAS, Ga.)

Miss Martina Gibbons (CONLEY, Ga.)

Mr. John Kent (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Lyle Ross Smith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lora Veal (SANDERSVILLE, G.A.)

Mr. William Alexander Sr. (SPARTA, G.A.)

Mr. Herman Rush (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lortrell Jones (Augusta, Ga.)

Mr. Damien Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Thigpen (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. James F. "Buddy" Watts (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Hackel (WAYNESBORO, G.A.)

Mrs. Lortrell Jones (Augusta, Ga.)

Mr. Elma B. Beal (SANDERSVILLE, G.A.)

Mr. Robert Nall, Sr. (NEWNAN, S.C.)

Mrs. Chloe Terrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elbert Reese (MILLEN, G.A.)

Parrie Watkins Creswell (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Clifford Lewis (SAVANNAH, G.A.)

Ms. Frankie Mae Key (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Brenda Glisson (GREENSBORO, N.C.)

Ms. Lizzie Mae Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Edenfield (TWIN CITY, G.A.)

Mr. James Glover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Rush (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Layman (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Martina Gibbons (CONLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Allen (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Rev. Moses Foreman (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Thompkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Graham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Frankie Mae Key (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Thomas (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Harriette Parker (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Boyd Dudley Sisson (Psch-AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McGee (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Dorsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Georgia remains best state despite readers' responses
Sometimes I don't understand the column-writing business. I can present a serious treatise about the impact of the International Monetary Fund on the price of cupcakes, or carefully analyze the three lucid thoughts our Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney has had in her lifetime, and I'll get nary a peep from you. But let me opine that Georgia is the prettiest place on earth, with the exception of Ireland, Scotland and maybe Montana, and the mail comes roaring in like Hurricane Ivan.

Georgia remains best state despite readers' responses
Sometimes I don't understand the column-writing business. I can present a serious treatise about the impact of the International Monetary Fund on the price of cupcakes, or carefully analyze the three lucid thoughts our Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney has had in her lifetime, and I'll get nary a peep from you. But let me opine that Georgia is the prettiest place on earth, with the exception of Ireland, Scotland and maybe Montana, and the mail comes roaring in like Hurricane Ivan.

Roddick leads U.S. into Cup

Jones brimming with confidence

Lab error ends Olympic probe of cyclist

Detractors say former champ shouldn't fight

Garden City meets its match on tennis courts

Roddick serves up another win

Overtime

Overtime
Lantz Lamback barely missed adding a second bronze medal to his neck Thursday. The Augusta swimmer fell one-hundredth of a second short of third place in the 400 freestyle in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Overtime
Two national poles have picked USC Aiken as the No. 1 team in Division II.

Roddick serves up another win
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Andy Roddick's devastating power and Mardy Fish's steady play Friday gave the United States a 2-0 lead in its semifinal Davis Cup match against Belarus.

Garden City meets its match on tennis courts
Chris Motes could only watch.

Jones brimming with confidence
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The marquee at FedExForum said it all.

Lab error ends Olympic probe of cyclist
LONDON - Helped by a laboratory's big blunder, Tyler Hamilton will be allowed to keep his Olympic cycling gold medal.

Detractors say former champ shouldn't fight
SHAWNEE, Okla. - Riddick Bowe's speech was so slurred after his last fight eight years ago that he was barely understandable. A doctor later said the former heavyweight champion's brain was damaged from too many punches.

Roddick leads U.S. into Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Andy Roddick will play Vladimir Voltchkov today to open the Davis Cup semifinal between the United States and Belarus.

Smith thrives in new scheme
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Patrick Kerney thinks Brady Smith is one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, particularly after new coach Jim Mora scrapped the 3-4 front and installed a traditional 4-3.

Berlin's struggles continue
HOUSTON - Brock Berlin will never be confused with great Miami quarterbacks from the past like Jim Kelly, Vinny Testaverde or Ken Dorsey.

Andersen poised to break record
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Well in his 40s, Morten Andersen still loves football.

Crumpler shows he's worth money
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Alge Crumpler proved worthy of a trip to the Pro Bowl last year.

Arrington sidelined with knee surgery
WASHINGTON - Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington will miss 2-4 weeks after a sudden flare-up forced him to have surgery on his right knee.

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

Ministers offer comfort, prayer with spiritual act
Brandon Lanier has seen many people come forward for prayer and the laying on of hands during his years of ministry, but it comes with a warning.

Grace Corps lends hand to hospitals, clergy
Joann Huff's pastor saw that she had a gift for hospitality. Don Raley wanted to assist people in need.

Faith Digest
ELLA JENKINS, THE recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the 2004 Grammy Awards for her more than 40 years in children's music, will perform at 6 tonight at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta. The concert is sponsored by Lutheran Services of Georgia Childcare Resources and Referral. For more information, see her Web site, www.ellajenkins.com.

Bowden brother could lose out

Missing 'Honeymooners' episode found
ATHENS, Ga. - It's news that would make Jackie Gleason shout out his familiar "And away we go!"

ABC drama 'Lost' leads viewers onto Pacific island
NEW YORK - In a closely watched duel between New York-focused crime dramas, the first round goes to CSI: New York over Law & Order.

Relly awards give 'Live' hosts their due
NEW YORK - It was time for Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa to take matters into their own hands.

Holtz tabs Pinkins as starter against Troy

Holtz tabs Pinkins as starter against Troy
COLUMBIA - Dondrial Pinkins will get the first snap at quarterback for South Carolina against Troy, but coach Lou Holtz promised that backup Syvelle Newton will see his share of action, too.

Odds and Ends

Ivan's remnants return to Gulf of Mexico

Still another hurricane could affect South Carolina

Ministers offer comfort, prayer with spiritual act

Faith Digest

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