Arts review: Met revival lends a Russian accent to Wagner opera
NEW YORK - A Russian revolution has shaken up Wagner's "Die Walkuere" at the Metropolitan Opera this season, with a new conductor and leading singers infusing fresh life into the company's 18-year-old production.

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Arts review: A look at the weary streetwalkers in 'The Oldest Profession'

Young readers' novel is prequel for 'Peter Pan'

Author to tell how to tame clutter at home

Book details roots of Southern rock
ATLANTA - For many, Southern rock conjures up images of beer drinkin', hell raisin' and flapping Confederate flags.

Arts review: A look at the weary streetwalkers in 'The Oldest Profession'
NEW YORK - There's something gallant about the weary, aging streetwalkers in "The Oldest Profession," Paula Vogel's ultimately touching comedy about sexual, economic and political survival.

Author to tell how to tame clutter at home
When Deniece Schofield arrives at one her home-organization seminars, she knows her audience will be mostly housewives looking for ways to tame the messy beast that is their family.

Arts review: Met revival lends a Russian accent to Wagner opera

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Book details roots of Southern rock

Young readers' novel is prequel for 'Peter Pan'
In Peter and the Starcatchers, columnist Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, who usually write separately and for adults, team up to offer a book for younger readers.

Mets dent Cubs' playoff hopes
NEW YORK - Moises Alou measured his words, trying to control his anger. Eventually, the frustration spilled over and the Cubs' slugger let loose.

Red Sox rout Yankees
BOSTON - Curt Schilling allowed one hit in seven innings and Boston battered Kevin Brown in his return from a broken hand, beating the New York Yankees 11-4 Sunday in another flareup-filled game between the rivals.

MVP, Cy Young, Rookie awards up for grabs
Playoff spots are still up for grabs and so are postseason awards as baseball heads into the final week of the regular season.

Red Sox rout Yankees

Cardinals beat Rockies

This date in baseball

Cardinals beat Rockies
DENVER - Albert Pujols hit his 46th homer to move within one of the major league lead and Jason Marquis pitched seven strong innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals win their fifth straight with a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Padres top Diamondbacks

MVP, Cy Young, Rookie awards up for grabs

Bicyclist raising money for cancer finishes ballpark tour
BOSTON - The speedometer on Charlie Hamilton's bicycle handlebars told the story. Miles traveled: 11,741. Speed: 0.0.

Mets dent Cubs' playoff hopes

Bicyclist raising money for cancer finishes ballpark tour

Padres top Diamondbacks
SAN DIEGO - Jake Peavy pitched six strong innings and lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.25, and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 Sunday to make up ground in the wild-card race.

This date in baseball
1923 - Lou Gehrig hit his first homer in the majors off Bill Piercy of the Boston Red Sox. On the same date 15 years later, he hit his 493rd and last off Dutch Leonard of the Senators.

Sylvan Learning Center
Dan and Misty Gleason have been operating Sylvan Learning Center since May of 1987. Their staff of highly qualified, local certified teachers are compassionate, caring and concerned about students gaining success with skills for school. Many of their students are children of past Sylvan students who know how much of a difference Sylvan made in their lives. The Sylvan center in Augusta is located in the Professional Center West at Pleasant Home Road and Davis Road.

Saving people money on furniture for over 35 years
When most people hear General Freight Furniture they think, "All we do is save you money."

To Lease or to Buy? That is the Question
So you want to get a new car. You have chosen the color, make and model and envision yourself in the car, cruising down the highway. But now you have to decide whether to lease or buy. Do you even know the difference between the two? Here are some basics from car experts on both options to help you in your decision.

Platt's Funeral Home and Augusta: A Commitment of 160 Years
For over 160 years the story of Platt's Funeral Home has been intricately entwined with the history of the city of Augusta.Charles A. Platt opened Platt's Furniture Emporium in 1837 and soon began to take charge of the elegant Victorian funerals that were so important among the affluent society that had grown up in Augusta.

Thomson Motor Centre: They make buying and service easy
If you haven't ever been there you should find out what a great place Thomson Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Thomson is.

Tom Sorrells and his staff are there for all your insurance and financial needs
Come visit Tom, Tania, Marie, and Rosa for Allstate "You're in Good Hands" products.

Ashley Furniture: You're Gonna Love This Place!
You've got to come see Ashley Furniture HomeStore at the Augusta Exchange Shopping Center - You're Gonna Love This Place!

When it's the fit that counts, turn to Mooney's for shoes
"If the shoe fits ..." "That is the whole idea. Fit means everything." says Cal Williams of Mooney's Shoes.

The inside scoop on homeowner's insurance
If home is where the heart is, then you undoubtedly want that heart to be protected by insurance.

Hard work and ingenuity lead to long-running business success
When James E. Felton was in his early twenties, he began his career in the aluminum siding business.

Check out the best made cars with the best warranties
What logically goes with the best-built cars in the world? The best warranty, of course.

Lincolns and Mercurys: Setting the standard for quality and luxury
What could possibly improve upon the great reputation of Lincoln and Mercury automobiles for quality and luxury?

New location helps company build on its solid reputation
The professional staff at Southern Mechanical, Inc., has built a reputation for service, quality and reliability since our opening over a dozen years ago.

Branum's celebrates 25 years with a bigger, better store
Branum's Sewing & Vacuum Center is already the biggest and best vacuum cleaner, sewing machine and accessories dealer in the region - and it's about to get even bigger and better!

Get Connected: Networking Guidelines
Networking can play an integral role in helping you find a job or expanding your current business.

Why pay the difference if you can't tell the difference?
Why pay the difference if you can't tell the difference?

Simple Secrets to Lower Your Utility Costs
If you are like many homeowners, you likely dread the arrival of bills. Especially the water, gas and electric bills - it feels like you have no control over them, so you just sigh and write the check. It's time to take charge of your bills.

Low carb products abundant, but the best product is the free advice
Castus Low Carb Superstore has a fascinating array of Atkins and other low-carb foods for sale - things you wouldn't think could be low-carb, like ice cream, bread and spaghetti.

Furniture Shopping on a Limited Budget
The finishing touch to home-improvement projects is adding furniture. You may have the most intricately painted room on the street, but your look won't be complete without adding furniture to finish off the space. However, after the endless trips you made to the local home-supply center to complete your project, do you have any money left to furnish the space? Most people answer, "no."

Milton Ruben Chrysler-Jeep: Car Buying 101
Everyone in the C.S.R.A. already knows that MiltonRuben Chrysler-Jeep is the best place to buy a car,SUV, or van. Mickey "The Professor" Ortiz is proud toshare his secret. "An educated consumer is our bestcustomer," says The Professor. When a guest comes toour dealership, our first responsibility is to teachhim or her how to get the best vehicle, the best deal,and the best financing terms. Of course I'm proudthat no one else sells more vehicles than we do. ButI'm more proud that when someone leaves thisdealership with or without a vehicle, they areeducated. I'm pretty darned proud of our referralsthat come from people who don't buy cars from us. People are amazed and tickled that we are willing tospend so much time with them and that we discloseeverything so freely and comprehensively. It's partof the education process."

Drive business with a top-flight website
7th Street Media is devoted to designing elegant, usable, useful web sites. When 7th Street Media builds your web site, you get the highest quality work and the best way to reach your audience.

New location bigger and better, but the expertise is still the same
One of the most prestigious coin shops in the Southeast, Clein's Rare Coins, announces a new, more accessible location at the corner of 13th and Telfair.

The Windsor Jewelers Story
To withstand the ever-shifting winds of fashion trends and economic change, the truly successful jeweler must develop genuine relationships with their customers.

Revolutionary leaf-free gutter system available only at Enloe
Enloe Residential Company has been dressing up and protecting home exteriors in Aiken for 35-plus years.

When your image is important, choose Allegra for the best
Choosing the right print supplier isn't easy, and a lot rides on your decision. Your company's image is reflected every day through the letterhead, brochures and other business communications you use. And in today's ever-changing and demanding business world, the need for high-quality print communications is greater than ever.

Unique store offers the best in wicker furniture
David Newsome came here last March because he knew when he opened The Wicker Barn he could bring something to the people of Augusta that they couldn't find anywhere else in town.

Project Management - Partnering for Success
Engineers, Accountants, Lawyers - not so long ago professional career opportunities on corporate projects were limited to just a few fields.

Get the car you want at the price you want to pay
Now you've got a friend on the inside in the car business.

Bank opens downtown branch
Georgia Bank & Trust has opened a new branch office in the historic Augusta Cotton Exchange Building

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San Antonio man buys David Koresh's car
FREDERICKSBURG, Texas - A car wash owner placed a winning bid of $37,500 on Saturday on an automobile once owned by Branch Davidian leader David Koresh.

Painting chimp exhibit opens
Asuka, a three-year-old female chimpanzee, paints her work at Izu Shaboten Park in Ito, southwest of Tokyo, in this photo taken Saturday, March 20, 2004 by Master Painter Asuka exhibition chief organizer Takuzo Yoshimura.

Dog custody dispute turns ugly
ST. MARYS, Ga. - What happens when you adopt a dog at the pound, then the former owner comes forward and wants the pooch back? In one case, it's turned into a bitter court dispute.

Hampton hurls Braves to win

Braves savor another division title

Time for Braves' subs to step up to the plate

Cox closes in on 2,000 wins

Cox closes in on 2,000 wins
ATLANTA - Another day, another win, another three hits by Julio Franco.

Braves savor another division title
ATLANTA - As it turned out, No. 13 wasn't unlucky at all for the Atlanta Braves.

Hampton hurls Braves to win
ATLANTA -- If the Braves had any questions about the state of Mike Hampton's left knee, he answered them in Saturday night's 1-0 win over the Florida Marlins.

Time for Braves' subs to step up to the plate
Jones remained the cleanup hitter, but Cox shuffled the order, starting at the top. He replaced leadoff man Rafael Furcal with Charles Thomas, penciled in Nick Green at second base, chose Dewayne Wise to substitute for center fielder Andruw Jones and bat third, and made Mark DeRosa the shortstop.

Baby boomers drive resurgence of classic car market

Revolutionary leaf-free gutter system available only at Enloe

Drive business with a top-flight website

Ashley Furniture: You're Gonna Love This Place!

Baby boomers drive resurgence of classic car market
NEW YORK - Dean Avery recalls being awestruck when his mother's date picked her up in a 1965 blue fastback Mustang. Avery, 11 or 12 at the time, thought the car and its sloping back window were cool.

Pitch interview when making follow-up call
In a recent column, you mentioned sending a resume, then following up to ask for an interview. How do you properly ask for an interview? E-mail from J.W. in Indiana

Saving people money on furniture for over 35 years

Business calendar
Business events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Richmond County property transfers

Business briefs
Elizabeth F. Woodward has been promoted to senior accountant in Elliott Davis LLC's Augusta office. The Augusta native is a member of the firm's Assurance and Advisory Group and earned a master's degree in business administration from Georgia Southern University.

To Lease or to Buy? That is the Question

101 tips and tricks to stash your cash
Montgomery Burns has proved himself to be a shrewd miser on The Simpsons. The billionaire owner of Springfield's nuclear power plant will do anything to save a dollar.

Gas prices jump after hurricane disrupts oil supplies, deliveries
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gas prices jumped more than 5 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, largely because of supply problems related to Hurricane Ivan, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are Richmond County property transfers for Sept. 8-14. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Sylvan Learning Center

Bank opens downtown branch

Simple Secrets to Lower Your Utility Costs

Lincolns and Mercurys: Setting the standard for quality and luxury

Check out the best made cars with the best warranties

Business calendar

Branum's celebrates 25 years with a bigger, better store

Why pay the difference if you can't tell the difference?

The inside scoop on homeowner's insurance

101 tips and tricks to stash your cash

Survey finds charity leaders' pay raises almost double inflation rate
WASHINGTON - Compensation increases in 2003 for the executives who run the largest nonprofit organizations nearly doubled the rate of inflation, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual survey.

Hard work and ingenuity lead to long-running business success

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When it's the fit that counts, turn to Mooney's for shoes

Lance Armstrong's yellow bracelets take off, boosting Nike in subtle ways
PORTLAND, Ore. - The T-shirts were yellow. The bracelets were yellow. Even the wall murals had a yellow tint.

Business briefs

Lance Armstrong's yellow bracelets take off, boosting Nike in subtle ways

Pitch interview when making follow-up call

Get Connected: Networking Guidelines

Survey finds charity leaders' pay raises almost double inflation rate

New location bigger and better, but the expertise is still the same

Thomson Motor Centre: They make buying and service easy

Our thoughts on a state senator's comments

Our thoughts on a state senator's comments
Former Columbia County Commission Chairman Pete Brodie, now president of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta, reported at last week's meeting that the chapter had made it into the state magazine, the Kiwanian, and credited member Cheryl Cheek, whose photo appeared in the issue.

Clemson falls to Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wyatt Sexton threw for 162 yards and a touchdown after replacing an injured Chris Rix, and No. 8 Florida State forced five turnovers in a 41-22 victory over Clemson on Saturday.

Shula praises effort, wants mistakes corrected

Quinn ties record as Irish roll again
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Brady Quinn tied a school record with four touchdown passes to lead Notre Dame to a 38-3 victory over Washington on Saturday.

USC thrives though adversity
STANFORD, Calif. - Though Southern California went to halftime down 11 points, Matt Grootegoed knew the Trojans were going to win as soon as he stepped into the locker room.

Badgers' defense posts best month since '51
MADISON, Wis. - Not since 1951 have the Wisconsin Badgers been this stingy.

Is LSU back to form?
BATON ROUGE, La. - The signs were there - the powerful running game, the dominant defense, the relentless push to victory.

Bobby Bowden says quarterback decision may be easy

Bobby Bowden says quarterback decision may be easy
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 9 Florida State might have a new starting quarterback against North Carolina.

Monday morning quarterback

USC thrives though adversity

Is LSU back to form?

Shula praises effort, wants mistakes corrected
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mike Shula had a delicate balancing act Sunday.

Quinn ties record as Irish roll again

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead at the ACC, SEC and the rest of the country:

Badgers' defense posts best month since '51

Put Labor in charge
A bipartisan move in Congress to have the Department of Labor take charge of all compensation claims filed by workers who may have been made sick by their employment at the Savannah River Site, and other federally owned nuclear weapons facilities, is picking up steam.

No stopping genocide
A primary reason the United Nations was established after World War II was to ensure there'd never be another Holocaust - one group trying to eliminate another, as Nazi Germany did to the Jews. Preventing such state-sponsored genocide is a fundamental responsibility of an organization that independent nations created specifically to promote global peace and security.

No stopping genocide

Stow the racial rhetoric
Augusta, and indeed the entirety of the South, has a whale of a job getting over a painfully racist past.

Stow the racial rhetoric

People in the news
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Comedian and actor Bill Cosby pledged at least $1 million for a planned U.S. National Slavery Museum.

People in the News
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Actor Martin Sheen did some real-life politicking for a congressional candidate who used to work on his television series "The West Wing."

Yale conference examines Michael Jackson
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael Jackson, frequently savaged in the tabloid press, was picked apart by more rarified critics as scholars gathered for a conference on the pop star at Yale University.

Marvin Davis, former Fox studios owner, dead at 79
LOS ANGELES - Billionaire Marvin Davis, a former oilman who sold his 20th Century Fox studios to Rupert Murdoch in the 1980s, died Saturday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 79.

Jamie Lee Curtis writes self-help books for kids
NEW YORK - Be careful what you say around Jamie Lee Curtis.

Yale conference examines life, work of Michael Jackson
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael Jackson, frequently savaged in the tabloid press, was picked apart by more rarified critics as scholars gathered for a conference on the pop star at Yale University.

Kevin Costner weds at his Aspen ranch
ASPEN, Colo. - "Dances with Wolves" star Kevin Costner has wed his girlfriend of five years, Christine Baumgartner, at his Colorado mountain ranch.

401(k) holders should keep foot in stock market

Index funds good, but not all equal

Fees, costs of owning cars force many to share rides
SEATTLE - Facing rising gasoline prices, high insurance costs and hefty parking fees, Shana Lehar came to the conclusion that she simply couldn't afford to own a car.

Park car, hop on bike for best way to commute
Q: Can I save money by commuting to work by bicycle?

401(k) holders should keep foot in stock market
NEW YORK - With the stock market just sputtering along this year and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, it might be time to review the holdings in your 401(k) retirement account.

Fees, costs of owning cars force many to share rides

Park car, hop on bike for best way to commute

Index funds good, but not all equal
NEW YORK - If you've got better things to do than pore over the finer points of your stock portfolio, and you don't care to study the performance records and investing styles of mutual fund managers, chances are you've invested in an equity index fund.

Georgia Southern trounces Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Jermaine Austin rushed for 167 yards and scored two touchdowns - one for 63 yards - to help Georgia Southern beat Chattanooga 51-17 Saturday night.

Eagles explode past hapless foe
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The siege continued Saturday at Finley Stadium.

Tech following big wins with bad losses
ATLANTA - They said all the right things, appeared to take all the proper precautions and still the Georgia Tech players and coaches again were left with the bitter hangover that accompanies the fall from toast of the town to flop of the week.

Georgia Southern trounces Chattanooga

Tech following big wins with bad losses

We'd need too many rules to enforce courtesy

Singh breaks Woods' single-year money record with third straight win

Kim rallies at Longs Drugs Challenge
AUBURN, Calif. - Christina Kim made a charge on the back nine Sunday, shooting a 6-under 65 at the Longs Drugs Challenge for a one-shot victory over Karrie Webb and her first LPGA win.

Stadler cruises to third straight Champions Tour victory

Stadler holds SAS lead by four strokes

Kim rallies at Longs Drugs Challenge

Singh still leads 84 Lumber Classic

Lindley takes lead at Longs Drugs Challenge
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Leta Lindley birdied seven holes Saturday to shoot a 6-under 65 and take a one-shot lead over two-time champion Juli Inkster after three rounds at the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge.

Singh still leads 84 Lumber Classic
FARMINGTON, Pa. - Vijay Singh is making it look easy by winning tournament after tournament, and millions upon millions of dollars, while chasing Tiger Woods' single-season money record.

Stadler holds SAS lead by four strokes
CARY, N.C. - Craig Stadler already is atop the Champions Tour money list, and now he's poised to become the first tour player in more than six years to win three consecutive tournaments.

Stenson leads by a stroke at The Heritage
WOBURN, England - Henrik Stenson shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday for a one-stroke lead over Swedish countryman Patrik Sjoland after three rounds at The Heritage.

Singh breaks Woods' single-year money record with third straight win
FARMINGTON, Pa. - Vijay Singh is running out of firsts to take away from Tiger Woods.

Stadler cruises to third straight Champions Tour victory
CARY, N.C. - Craig Stadler delivered some good news to the rest of the Champions Tour: He won't be playing next week.

Rebels' Hillary adds to personal highlight reel

Rebels' Hillary adds to personal highlight reel
Coco Hillary's legs once again scampered enough to get a victory for Strom Thurmond on Friday night. The junior reached into his bag and turned in three magical game-altering plays in a 20-12 comeback win over Silver Bluff.

Residents wait, watch as Jeanne turns serious
The watch extended from Altamaha Sound near Darien, Ga., south to St. Augustine, Fla., where it changed to a warning all the way down to Florida City south of Miami.

Vignettes along the path of Hurricane Jeanne
INDIANTOWN, Fla. - A hurricane can force businesses to close, but babies ready to be born can't be convinced to wait until the storm passes.

Georgia, S.C. brace for blow from Jeanne
Residents in Georgia and the Carolinas readied for Hurricane Jeanne on Saturday as forecasters predicted the storm would march up the East Coast after making landfall in Florida.

Carolinas brace for blow from Hurricane Jeanne
Residents in Georgia and the Carolinas readied for Hurricane Jeanne on Saturday as forecasters predicted the storm would march up the East Coast after making landfall in Florida.

Area Officials warn about flooding, tornadoes
What's left of Hurricane Jeanne likely will pay the Augusta area a visit today, drenching rain on already saturated ground and bringing a chance of isolated tornadoes.

Jeanne comes ashore with 120-mph winds
STUART, Fla. - Hurricane Jeanne tore off part of a hospital's roof and sent huge waves crashing ashore as it slammed into storm-weary Florida Saturday, again forcing thousands into shelters just weeks after Frances ravaged the same stretch of coast.

Almanac reveals latest trends, collections, recipes
It takes a lot of time to be a genius; you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

Tornado watch issued for Aiken-Augusta area
Columbia County schools are releasing students early today because of foul weather from the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne.

Jeanne causes few problems in Augusta area
Tropical Storm Jeanne dumped heavy rains over Augusta this morning as authorities continued to watch for further storms and possible tornadoes.

Monday school closings
Columbia County schools are releasing students early today because of foul weather from the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne.

Plutonium protests
Anti-nuclear zealots, led by Greenpeace International, turned out last week to protest a shipment of weapons-grade plutonium being sent from the Savannah River Site to France to be converted into nuclear fuel.

Dems' rhetoric lacks credibility
Having an empty suit for a presidential candidate understandably spawns the rabid rage of irrationality characterizing repetitive hate letters spewing from local Democrat "demagogic sycophants" such as Tom Zwemer, the Cooks and the Greenbaums, and validates and reinforces Zell Miller's passionate conclusion that the Democratic Party has lost its credibility and honor. Vern J. Simon, Evans

Compassionate mom backs Bush
As I read editorials in the newspaper or watch cable news channels, it becomes obvious to me that conservative Republicans are considered by the left as warmongers.

Kerry can't fill Bush's shoes
I am disgusted with John Kerry and his so-called heroism in Vietnam, especially after reading Chronicle columnist Robert Novak's Aug. 28 article, "Retired admiral questions Kerry's credibility."Wendell Hall, North Augusta, S.C.

President is good for education

What does Kerry-Edwards stand for?
Joseph R Neal Jr.'s letter ("Edwards is a solid choice for VP," Sept. 21) was about as informative as the Kerry-Edwards ticket has been to date.Rick Wright, Augusta

We don't need someone like Kerry

Kerry clearly is unfit to command
Carroll Kenny's recent letter concerning John Kerry's fitness to command (Aug. 29) stated many untruths. John O'Neill, co-author of Unfit for Command, does know Kerry by virtue of having debated him on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971. Not all crew members who served with Kerry support him; most dispute his version of events.Roger L. Eden, Grovetown

Meet Bush, the Great Quibbler
How does one answer this question: Which candidate do you believe? Dick Donnelly, Evans

Augusta's elected officials shouldn't attempt to wheedle 'freebies'
What gives elected officials the idea that they are entitled to every "freebie" that comes down the pike? They are not satisfied with just a free ticket. They want free tickets for family and friends - and they want only the best seats, the sponsors' seats to boot, all for free. Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Vote Atkins onto school board

Vote Atkins onto school board
I recently learned that my son's Masters City Little League coach, Jimmy Atkins, is a Richmond County Board of Education candidate for District 8. Jimmy took this coaching assignment as an opportunity to spend more time with his children and give back to the community. Della Epps-Hardge, Hephzibah

Kerry would be poor in wartime
This is in response to Anne Cook's Sept. 8 letter, "Kerry would be best in wartime." I guess she hasn't read about John Kerry's track record. I don't think the short stint he served in Vietnam qualifies him for being the better person to lead this country in any kind of way. Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

President is good for education
As a young teacher in Augusta, I feel obligated to express my support for President Bush and encourage others to vote for his re-election in November. One of the president's first actions in office was to push for passage of the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act. That legislation is based on a principle of accountability and high standards, and is designed to change the culture of American schools by closing the achievement gap, offering more flexibility, giving parents more options and teaching students based on what works. Anna Grace Carter, Augusta

Meet Bush, the Great Quibbler

We don't need someone like Kerry
Sen. John Kerry deserves a fourth Purple Heart citation and medal. During his "fear and smear" campaign, he shot himself in the foot. This wound will not heal with just a Band-Aid like his other alleged Vietnam injuries.Al Kotras, Augusta

Voting is important obligation
Registered voters have a right and an obligation to vote. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah

Unprincipled Kerry must lose
Vice President Dick Cheney's statement that electing John Kerry in November would spark another terrorist attack was below the belt and out of line, and yet his sentiment was not far from the truth.Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

John Kerry's lies shamed veterans
Since one of our presidential candidates is running on his war record, I think a comment on his testimony after the war is in order. I served four tours in Vietnam and feel qualified to comment.Larry Nichols, Martinez

Kerry clearly is unfit to command

Voting is important obligation

Dems' rhetoric lacks credibility

Got something to share? Try a Wiki

Couple's home is a perfect fit

Some special sales tax fund suggestions

Houseguests deserve amenities in room

Mississippi promotes history of Delta

Houseguests deserve amenities in room
Dear Carson: I am in my 60s and recently married a man with grown children who live out of state. We went for a five-day visit with his son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. They had recently bought a new home and insisted that we stay with them, rather than in a hotel.

Stemming the vibe: flowers become speakers
TOKYO The therapeutic power of flowers takes on new meaning with a Japanese gadget that turns plants into audio speakers, making the petals and leaves tremble with good vibrations.

The sequel to Pikmin is even better than first
If you bought a GameCube, it was probably for one of two reasons: either because it costs less than the other consoles, or to play Nintendo-exclusive games, such as Pikmin 2. The second reason might be the better one.

Couple's home is a perfect fit
Along the greens and fairways of Mount Vintage Plantation & Golf Course in Edgefield County, S.C., Jerry and Mary Schaefer have built a home with vision and a view.

Got something to share? Try a Wiki
NEW YORK - Taran Rampersad didn't complain when he failed to find anything on his hometown in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Instead, he simply wrote his own entry for San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.

Some special sales tax fund suggestions
Let's face it, $485 million will buy a lot. In November, the $485 million special purpose local option sales tax proposal goes before voters. Should the proposal become practice, a variety of infrastructure and quality-of-life projects will get the green light. Roads will get paved, parks and playgrounds built, drainage will be updated and area venues will be built or restored.

Mississippi promotes history of Delta
GREENWOOD, Miss. - In the Mississippi Delta, life is never far from the blues - a challenge and an opportunity for those promoting tourism here.

Catholic order awaits decision on zoning dispute
NORCROSS, Ga. - For the consecrated women in this Gwinnett County subdivision, the day starts early and follows a familiar schedule of prayers and volunteer work. Whether that routine continues will be decided Tuesday night when the county commission votes on a permit that would let a Roman Catholic order continue using the house as a dormitory.

Police arrest 9 after officer is hurt
ATHENS - Five days after an Athens-Clarke County police officer was smacked in the face by a rock thrown on Pauldoe Street, police returned to the west Athens neighborhood in force and sent at least nine people to jail.

Across Georgia

The week ahead

Autopsy shows carjacked executive died from suffocation
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A coroner said Saturday that a retired Greenville businessman suffocated after carjackers wrapped his head in duct tape from his collar to his eyebrows.

Man uses long process to make furniture

State unveils Web site for finding best fall leaf color
ATLANTA - Just in time for autumn's colorful debut in Georgia's highest mountaintops, state parks officials this week unveiled a new Web site designed to help hikers find some of the best fall foliage during the coming months.

Catholic order awaits decision on zoning dispute

Across the Southeast
MIAMI - Long before welfare workers discovered that Rilya Wilson had been missing for 15 months, her caregiver told at least six people that the 4-year-old child was in the care of a friend, newly released court documents show.

Man uses long process to make furniture
Anyone who attended Arts in the Heart of Augusta this year and saw Pat Walters' handcrafted furniture knows how beautiful his work is.

Parents express SAT concerns
The pressure to earn top scores on the SAT is no longer just about getting into a good college.

Old-fashioned hand-shaking is the way to go, some say
AIKEN - Modern-day politics might be glossier than it once was, ruled by big-dollar TV advertising campaigns and sophisticated telephone polling.

Federal panel urges action on ocean pollution
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Atlantic Ocean is in a fragile condition with declining fish populations, polluted waters and out-of-balance ecosystems that threaten growing coastal communities, according to a recent federal report.

Southern Wood wants permit review
After two decades of work and $50 million in cleanup costs, the owners of the former Southern Wood Piedmont wood treating plant in Augusta hope to scale back monitoring programs this fall.

Across South Carolina
GASTONIA, N.C. - A 19-year-old college student is recovering after falling down a 60-foot bank at Crowders Mountain State Park.

Firefighters take on variety of calls

Officials warn about flooding, tornadoes

Where your tax money will go: Windsor Spring Road

Across Georgia
SNELLVILLE - The winner of an eBay auction to have lunch with American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo said he bid more than $10,000 for the prize hoping she could lend some star power to his nonprofit organization.

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Almost 80, Carter keeps on working toward peace
ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter could enjoy being just a full-time resident of Plains, Ga., now - simply teaching his Sunday school class, relaxing with family and reflecting on a life that's taken him from his hometown's peanut fields to the White House and back.

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

Audience joins in lively show
A slight breeze off the Savannah River helped carry the sounds, rhythm and music of a legendary folk singer to families seated in Riverwalk Augusta's Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Saturday evening.

Rivals demand return of funds

Firefighters take on variety of calls
The garage is spotless, the living area tidy and the kitchen clean after a supper of cubed steak Thursday, but there is still work to be done for the men of Fire Station No. 8.

Across South Carolina

Water safety is especially important after hurricanes
ATHENS - When area rivers surge with floodwaters after a storm, boating safety experts have one word of caution for anyone thinking of riding the rapids: Don't!

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Nicholas Alexander Grubbs, 8, of North Augusta.

DeKalb girl mauled in pit bull attack
DECATUR, Ga. - A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a pair of pit bulls and a woman was shot in the struggle to remove the dogs early Sunday in DeKalb County.

Our thoughts on a state senator's comments
Former Columbia County Commission Chairman Pete Brodie, now president of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta, reported at last week's meeting that the chapter had made it into the state magazine, the Kiwanian, and credited member Cheryl Cheek, whose photo appeared in the issue. Mr. Brodie said if he had been in the picture, the magazine would never have published the Augusta news.

Across the southeast
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - Judging by the bean vote, President Bush could be on his way to a second term.

Kid of the day
Emmaslese Nicole Bradford is today's kid of the day.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators jailed a man Sunday morning after he kidnapped his girlfriend and assaulted her, officials said.

Private SAT prep firms report business in Ga. has doubled

Opponents criticize 'Miller Trusts'
ATLANTA - Vicky Peel has worked in nursing homes and similar facilities for 25 years. Still, she's having trouble grasping the state's decision to end a program that has helped hundreds of Georgians pay their nursing home bills.

Across Georgia

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Across the Southeast

Water safety is especially important after hurricanes

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A University of South Carolina board of trustees committee has approved merging the state's two pharmacy schools and their research foundations.

Imam tells of Quran, criticizes stereotype

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Coastal development eliminates hunting grounds

Augusta prepares for Hurricane Jeanne
Jeanne's on her way. By Monday afternoon, Hurricane Jeanne is expected to spin up through Georgia, bringing rain and likely severe thunderstorms.

State unveils Web site for finding best fall leaf color

S.C. disabled, elderly face longer wait for health care

Church rejoices in large donation
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - At this Sunday morning service, a congregation of devout worshippers was celebrating more than the power of God.

Kid of the day

Across the southeast

Where your tax money will go: Windsor Spring Road
On Nov. 2, Richmond County voters will be asked to approve $486 million in projects to be funded by Phase 5 of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, which will begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile one project targeted by the tax.

DeKalb girl mauled in pit bull attack

Family recalls slain worker

Federal panel urges action on ocean pollution

The week ahead
I would encourage bands to break up all the time if every acrimonious end sounded as sweet as Abbey Road.

Church rejoices in large donation

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police her 16-year-old nephew was assaulted this weekend.

Five questions
Frank Carl, the executive director of Savannah Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring the Savannah River, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Rivals demand return of funds
Democratic Party campaign leaders are urging Republicans - including Georgia Congressman Max Burns - to return campaign contributions from a Republican political action committee embroiled in controversy over questionable actions in Texas.

Old-fashioned hand-shaking is the way to go, some say

Family recalls slain worker
MARIETTA, Ga. - Jack Hensley was a man who loved to smile and make others laugh. He played golf in his sandals, sent clean versions of e-mail jokes to his pastor and wore a grass skirt for two days when he organized a trip with friends to a Jimmy Buffett concert.

Parents express SAT concerns

A decade after spill, Colonial Pipeline still making amends

Old farm tools draw big crowd

Officials warn about flooding, tornadoes
What's left of Hurricane Jeanne likely will pay the Augusta area a visit today, drenching rain on already saturated ground and bringing a chance of isolated tornadoes.

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S.C. disabled, elderly face longer wait for health care
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Waiting lists are growing for care at the state Disabilities and Special Needs and Health and Human Services departments.

Across the area

Coastal development eliminates hunting grounds
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - As homes and shopping malls go up where deer once roamed, South Carolina's coastal hunters are finding fewer places where they can participate in their sport.

Novices remain hopeful against imcumbent

Study explains quality of life
With months ticking down before the initial 2005 Base Realignment and Closure list is released, Augusta's campaign to save Fort Gordon is preparing to release reports on the area's quality of life.

Our thoughts on a state senator's comments

Private SAT prep firms report business in Ga. has doubled
ATLANTA - The number of Georgia students paying for help on the SAT test has doubled in the last two years.

Opponents criticize 'Miller Trusts'

Imam tells of Quran, criticizes stereotype
Most Muslims abhor the recent, high-profile incidents of terrorism but say their views are often overlooked, a local Islamic leader said Sunday night.

Almost 80, Carter keeps on working toward peace

A decade after spill, Colonial Pipeline still making amends
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - Richard Bennett bought 21 acres along Colbert Grove Church Road in 1990, hoping to someday retire there next to his parents' land.

Folk singer, 80, draws audience into lively show

Across Georgia
DECATUR - A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a pair of pit bulls and a woman was shot in the struggle to remove the dogs early Sunday in DeKalb County.

Southern Wood wants permit review

Third-party candidates don't give up
COLUMBIA - Chances are that either the Democrat or the Republican running for U.S. Senate in South Carolina will be the victor in November. But that doesn't stop the four other candidates, representing small parties, from working just as hard to get their messages out.

Folk singer, 80, draws audience into lively show
A slight breeze off the Savannah River helped carry the sounds, rhythm and music of a legendary folk singer to families seated in Riverwalk Augusta's Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Saturday evening.

Rants and Raves
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Old farm tools draw big crowd
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Terry Martin, of North Augusta, grew up on a farm in Kansas, but he never knew how all the old rusty plows and other implements scattered near the family's barn worked in the days before gas-powered tractors.

Novices remain hopeful against imcumbent
AIKEN - Mickey Ellisor, political novice and Democratic challenger to powerful U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., doesn't measure campaign success by the benchmarks most politicians use.

Synesthesia: Seeing music, tasting in color
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sean Day sees music in color and, in a manner of speaking, tastes in color as well.

Braves are simply astonishing
For those who feared 13 would prove unlucky and unattainable for the Atlanta Braves, triskaidekaphobia turned into triskaidekeuphoria Friday night.

We'd need too many rules to enforce courtesy
All around me, counties are passing or considering bans on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places. For smokers, that's bad news. For nonsmokers, it's great.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Brazil is making more movies, but who's watching?

Brazil is making more movies, but who's watching?
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The Brazilian film "City of God" scored a rare coup for non-U.S. movies - receiving four nominations, including for best picture, at this year's Academy Awards. Now Brazilians expect great things from "The Motorcycle Diaries" - the tale of a young Che Guevara - which opens Friday in the United States.

'Forgotten' leads box office amid weak turnout at theaters

'Forgotten' leads box office amid weak turnout at theaters
LOS ANGELES - It's been a bad time for movies in general lately, but good for thrillers like "The Forgotten," which claimed the No. 1 box office spot over the weekend, scaring up $22 million.

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

War tale wins top honors at Spanish film festival
MADRID, Spain - A film about Iraqi villagers desperate for a satellite dish as they await the U.S. invasion won the top prize Saturday at Spain's leading film festival.

Stewart still mad at Gordon

Newman aiming at comeback
DOVER, Del. - Ryan Newman took the fast way to the slow road back into contention for the Nextel Cup Series championship Sunday.

Kenseth's consistency could be magic formula

Mayfield, Newman need great finishes
DOVER, Del. - Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman are badly in need of great finishes Sunday at Dover International Speedway after bad luck a week earlier made them long shots to win the Nextel Cup championship.

Stewart still mad at Gordon
DOVER, Del. - Tony Stewart was hoping to get back in the thick of the NASCAR Nextel Cup title chase Sunday at Dover International Speedway, but a valiant sixth-place finish got him nowhere.

Truex wins at Dover
DOVER, Del. - Points leader Martin Truex Jr. bided his time, took the lead with 12 laps to go and drove to an easy victory in the NASCAR Busch series race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Kenseth's consistency could be magic formula
DOVER, Del. - When it comes to consistency and top-10 finishes, nobody in the Nextel Cup Series has done it better in the past three years than Matt Kenseth. That's why the new championship format - created in response to the way he easily won the title a year ago - might work in his favor.

Truex wins at Dover

Mayfield, Newman need great finishes

Newman aiming at comeback

Travis Hall eager to help team move to 3-0

Lots of familiar faces for Bucs and Raiders

Jaguars get first victory at The Coliseum

Eagles remain unbeaten

Coach's style translates to win column

Seahawks blank 49ers

Football power ranking week 3

Texans edge Chiefs

Vikings hold off Bears

Saints get overtime victory over Rams

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Sports' highest court will hear South Korean appeal for gold medal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - One way or another, Paul Hamm's gold medal odyssey is about to end.

Sports' highest court will hear South Korean appeal for gold medal

Perceived racism has another side
It is important for all of us to do our utmost to eradicate racism and bigotry wherever we find it. However, we must temper that zeal with the realization that sometimes things that seem obviously racist may not be.

Perceived racism has another side
It is important for all of us to do our utmost to eradicate racism and bigotry wherever we find it. However, we must temper that zeal with the realization that sometimes things that seem obviously racist may not be.

U.S. returning to Davis Cup finals

Bryan duo blasts Belarus

Overtime

Cheers! Fans get rowdy at Davis Cup

Americans ready for Spanish in Davis Cup finals

Serena works way into final

Bryan duo blasts Belarus
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Twins Mike and Bob Bryan sealed the U.S. Davis Cup team's trip to the finals with a one-sided doubles victory over Belarus on Saturday for a 3-0 win.

Ali's daughter wins championship with KO
ATLANTA - Laila Ali, daughter of three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, won the International Women's Boxing Federation light heavyweight championship by knocking out Gwendolyn O'Neil at 1:59 of the third round Friday night at Philips Arena.

U.S. returning to Davis Cup finals
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Twins Bob and Mike Bryan led the United States into the final of the Davis Cup for the first time in seven years with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 win Saturday over Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus.

Athletes stripped of medals for failing dope tests at Paralympics
ATHENS, Greece - A cyclist and two weightlifters were stripped of their medals at the Athens Paralympics because of failed drug tests, officials said Sunday.

Overtime
In Beijing, Serena Williams erased a match point in the second set and came back to beat U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday, at the China Open for her first title in six months.

Johnson, Tarver feast on Jones' defeat
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver were on stage together, joking about a unification fight for the light heavyweight title.

Cheers! Fans get rowdy at Davis Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - There's nothing neutral about Davis Cup tennis.

Serena works way into final
BEIJING - Serena Williams overcame problems with her serve to defeat Russia's Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday, advancing to the China Open final against U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Americans ready for Spanish in Davis Cup finals
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A trip to Spain for the Davis Cup final assured, the United States padded its margin in the semifinals against Belarus on Sunday with Andy Roddick beating Alexander Skrypko 6-4, 6-2 as the Americans won the competition 4-0.

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Raffle win gives Augusta teacher a treasure
Richard Manly thought he was contributing to a good cause when be bought a raffle ticket to a New Mexico-based Boys & Girls Club that helps underprivileged kids learn about leadership skills and character development.

Outdoor Adventure Day

Outdoor Adventure Day
Shane Hawthorne (from left), a research coordinator with the University of Georiga, helps Taylor Tranum, 8, with her aim, as 4-year-old Joe Circo fires his gun with the help of Vic VanSant of the Department of Natural resources during Outdoor Adventure Day.

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Raffle win gives Augusta teacher a treasure

Saints get overtime victory over Rams
ST. LOUIS - Even without Deuce McAllister, the New Orleans Saints' running game is in good hands.

Football power ranking week 3
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Lots of familiar faces for Bucs and Raiders
For two teams thousands of miles apart and with little history as rivals before 2002, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders sure are making up for lost time.

Eagles remain unbeaten
DETROIT - After falling a game short of the Super Bowl the past three years, the Philadelphia Eagles seem to have the swagger and talent they've been missing.

Texans edge Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Marcus Coleman made the interception and the long return. Andre Johnson and Derick Armstrong made the catches.

Vikings hold off Bears
MINNEAPOLIS - As its injury list grew longer, Minnesota's high-powered offense was consistently limited to low-risk plays by Chicago's cover-2 defense.

Jaguars get first victory at The Coliseum
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Jacksonville Jaguars are proving that with a good defense, any kind of offense will do.

Seahawks blank 49ers
SEATTLE - Rashad Moore, Ken Lucas and Ken Hamlin weren't even born the last time the San Francisco 49ers failed to score.

Coach's style translates to win column
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - In the locker room before a game, Jim Mora can seem more player than coach.

Defense saves Falcons
ATLANTA - Rod Coleman's mantra is simple: Knocking the quarterback down isn't enough; knocking him out is the only acceptable option.

Travis Hall eager to help team move to 3-0
Suffice to say, no one in Falcons' locker room appreciates the team's 2-0 start more than Hall.

Braves are simply astonishing

Have young men really stopped watching prime-time?

Have young men really stopped watching prime-time?
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - They were gone. Now they're back. Or are they?

Dan Rather's future a complicated question, one TV stations are watching closely

Dan Rather's future a complicated question, one TV stations are watching closely
NEW YORK - In Kansas City, Mo., it's Kirk Black's job to answer for Dan Rather.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The differences are huge, and "Wife Swap" makes the most of them.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Yale conference examines Michael Jackson

Kevin Costner weds at his Aspen ranch

Marvin Davis, former Fox studios owner, dead at 79

People in the news

Jamie Lee Curtis writes self-help books for kids

People in the News

Yale conference examines life, work of Michael Jackson

Richt content to let defense win games

Richt content to let defense win games
ATHENS, Ga. - As a disciple of Bobby Bowden, Mark Richt learned a thing or two about putting points on the scoreboard.

Georgia on the defensive
ATHENS, Ga. -- As a disciple of Bobby Bowden, Mark Richt learned a thing or two about putting points on the scoreboard.

Georgia on the defensive

Walk-on receiver still making headlines
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Even without hitting the field Saturday, the legend of "Pops" Frisby continued to grow. Tim Frisby, South Carolina's 39-year-old walk-on receiver, has been the focus of attention not for his play, but for his age and story of perseverance.

Gamecocks conquer Troy
COLUMBIA - South Carolina set no school records Saturday night. No one walked out of Williams-Brice Stadium oohing and aahing at the offenisve masterpiece displayed.

Walk-on receiver still making headlines

Project Management - Partnering for Success

Painting chimp exhibit opens

San Antonio man buys David Koresh's car

Dog custody dispute turns ugly

Vignettes along the path of Hurricane Jeanne

Area Officials warn about flooding, tornadoes