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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Cardinals beat Rockies

Mets dent Cubs' playoff hopes

Red Sox rout Yankees

Padres top Diamondbacks

Bicyclist raising money for cancer finishes ballpark tour

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A 108-year-old man has taken up smoking again, encouraged by gifts of cigars from as far away as London.

Cox won't let Braves' streak end this time
It is amazing to think there are still people out there who don't want to give Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox or the Atlanta Braves credit for what they have achieved - not just this season, but for the past 13 years.

Four to start in playoffs

Four to start in playoffs
ATLANTA - Braves manager Bobby Cox usually goes with a three-man rotation in the best-of-five Division Series, but he's breaking with tradition this year and sending out four starters in the opening round.

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.

Oil prices charge toward $50 a barrel

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.

American Eagle finds its stride - runs with it
PITTSBURGH - Teen clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc., which stumbled last year trying to be too cool, is winning back its fickle customers.

Weight-loss spray gets aid of Merck
TRENTON, N.J. - Could squirting a little medicine up the nose before mealtime be the Holy Grail for people trying shed pounds?

County aid lures auction to Georgia side of border
"Sold!" will soon become a common phrase in south Augusta.

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.

American Eagle finds its stride - runs with it

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.

Oil prices charge toward $50 a barrel
WASHINGTON - Oil prices charged toward $50 a barrel Monday as petroleum output in the Gulf of Mexico returns at a slower-than-expected rate in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan and geopolitical unrest keeps traders on edge.

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.

County aid lures auction to Georgia side of border

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

Baby boomers drive resurgence of classic car market

Survey finds charity leaders' pay raises almost double inflation rate

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.

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

Badgers' defense posts best month since '51

Sexton to start at QB for injured Rix
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wyatt Sexton will make his first start at quarterback for Florida State, replacing injured Chris Rix for Saturday's home game against North Carolina.

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

Sexton to start at QB for injured Rix

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

USC thrives though adversity

Monday morning quarterback

Bobby Bowden says quarterback decision may be easy

Vols look to run on Tigers this year
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Four yards. That was Tennessee's rushing total at Auburn last season.

Shula praises effort, wants mistakes corrected

Is LSU back to its '03 form?
BATON ROUGE, La. - The signs were there - the powerful running game, the dominant defense, the relentless push to victory.

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

Is LSU back to form?

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

Vols look to run on Tigers this year

No stopping genocide

What a run!
Most Major League Baseball teams would love to be scoreboard watching this week to see if they have a chance to be in the playoffs.

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.

What a run!

Outsourcing, with fries
As politicians and corporate America spar over the menace of offshore outsourcing, at least the person who takes your fast-food order can enjoy a self-assured chuckle over the fact that his job is safe. Right?

Outsourcing, with fries

Hurricane 'aftershocks'
One of the cruelest characteristics of a major earthquake is its penchant for following it up with aftershocks that are nearly as bad - or worse, if it exacerbates the previous damage.

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.

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."

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

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.

The journey
Last week my friend and colleague Denise Parrish found out she's having a little boy.

What to do
We encourage you to send in your event notices for the What To Do column. Please send your annoucement to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com or to Jennifer Miller, PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

D is for dad
Fathers are getting more involved in their children's lives, even venturing into traditional "mom territories," such as dropping the kids off at school and attending teacher conferences, observes psychologist Stephan Poulter.

Cheesy baked potato soup
My children begin making their Halloween plans way before the calendar page is turned to the month of October. Deciding what they will "be," who they'll make the neighborhood trek with and what kind of candy we should give out at home are big topics of discussion from September until the "bewitching" date of October 31

Actual Size is certain to give you giant thrills
I knew Actual Size was a winner within seconds of flipping through the pages. I first spotted it on the "staff recommended" shelf of Barnes & Noble.

Organize, plan and have a system
Boys thrive on a schedule. Especially over the summer, I had chunks of time set aside for our activities. On really hard days, I kept the chunks smaller to flow from one thing to the next, but have a PLAN.

Family scrapbook
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You're never fully dressed without a smile
It's that time of year when the kids go back to school, and families work to get back to a routine. There never seems to be enough time to get it all done, and sometimes dental hygiene is the last thing on your list. It's important, however, to include tooth brushing in your kids' routines.

Arts in the hearts of young artists
There are some very talented kids in our area. And there are some very interesting families.

Whatever can go Wrong, Will go Wrong
Have you ever had an event all planned out in your head, but nothing turns out like it's supposed to?

Dow falls below 10,000 again
NEW YORK -Oil prices reached a new high and sent stocks lower Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrials back below 10,000. But with trading on Wall Street light and losses only moderate, investors seemed to be coming to terms with near-$50 per barrel crude.

Dow falls below 10,000 again

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

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.

Event gains main status
FARMINGTON, Pa. - There were more than a few smiles two years ago when wealthy Joe Hardy suggested that his 84 Lumber Classic would someday become golf's fifth major.

Event gains main status

Kim rallies at Longs Drugs Challenge

Jeanne heads toward South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolinians braced for winds and rains from Tropical Storm Jeanne on Monday, as the storm moved north after pounding Florida.

Floods, tornadoes rattle area
The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne swept through the Augusta area Monday, causing flooding, spawning tornadoes and pressing school officials to dismiss classes early.

Jeanne makes mark in South Carolina
The hurricane season that won't seem to end continued Monday as Jeanne, which crashed ashore as a hurricane a day earlier in Florida, trekked toward South Carolina, sending before it torrential rains, gusty winds and tornadoes that damaged mobile homes and uprooted trees.

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.

Third tropical hit wreaks havoc in Georgia
ATLANTA - Tropical Storm Jeanne swirled into Georgia on Monday, striking hardest in the southern part of the state with localized flooding, scattered power outages and washed-out roads.

Jeanne heads toward South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolinians braced for winds and rains from Tropical Storm Jeanne on Monday, as the storm moved north after pounding Florida.

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.

Recovery begins anew after fourth hurricane
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Floridians lined up for hours for food and water, others searched in vain for generators and thousands took up the grimy task of cleaning up the mess left by Hurricane Jeanne's slashing winds.

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.

Southern part of Georgia gets heaviest rains
ATLANTA - Tropical Storm Jeanne swirled into Georgia on Monday, striking hardest in the southern part of the state with localized flooding, scattered power outages and washed-out roads.

Time has a funny little way of making us older
It's a little damp today, so let's stay inside and check messages.

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.

One vehicle falls in river after bridge collapse
A storm-stressed bridge collapsed this afternoon in northern McCormick County, S.C., tossing at least one vehicle into the swollen waters of the Little River, authorities said.

Local elected officials are a joke
How dare Mayor Bob Young again slam our community, over a flag that has been around 141 years, just because he feels it would offend some of our community! I'm referring to the Second Confederate National Flag, taken down from the Riverwalk, and an ugly green flag raised in its place. Tina Cloer Augusta

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

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

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

Spend sales-tax funds on flooding
Lately, as I've watched the evening news, I see local residents voicing concerns over bad drainage and flooding in their neighborhoods. I sympathize with those plagued by these problems. Penny Strader Augusta

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 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.

We don't need someone like Kerry

Measure student success better
The emphasis on SAT scores in our schools must end. David J. Tucker Augusta

Miller is the right kind of Democrat
U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., is right. I don't think he thinks about the country the way John Kerry and the liberal left does. Zell, like myself, is a John F. Kennedy Democrat. Robert E. Hornberger Grovetown

Kerry clearly is unfit to command

Miller is the right kind of Democrat

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Organize, plan and have a system

Whatever can go Wrong, Will go Wrong

What to do

Arts in the hearts of young artists

The journey

Family scrapbook

Massage can ease physical pain, squelch stress

D is for dad

Cheesy baked potato soup

'Genius grants' of $500,000 awarded to 23 people

Actual Size is certain to give you giant thrills

You're never fully dressed without a smile

Seniors Calendar

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.

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.

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.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle. com. Include the name and phone number of a contact person.

'Genius grants' of $500,000 awarded to 23 people
CHICAGO - Reginald Robinson first heard ragtime during a school assembly when he was 13. He pestered his mother for a piano, and was soon trying to replicate the sound on a tiny Casio keyboard.

Massage can ease physical pain, squelch stress
Massage had always been a dirty word for DeeDee Jewell , of Martinez.

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

Critics urge protection of waterways
Plans to boost America's hydropower production also should include efforts to reduce environmental impacts on rivers, a South Carolina scientist told congressmen during a hearing Monday in Augusta.

Floods, tornadoes rattle area

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

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford wants to do away with state funding for the Palmetto Pride anti-littering program in South Carolina, drawing criticism from the fellow Repub-lican who leads the effort.

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.

The week ahead

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.

Woman takes helm of church
COLUMBIA - The Rev. Mary Virginia Taylor has become South Carolina's first female Methodist bishop.

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.

One vehicle falls in river after bridge collapse

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.

Slaying suspect missed jail time
FLORENCE, S.C. - A man charged with killing a Darlington teenager last month was supposed to be in jail the night the girl was killed, court records show.

A decade after spill, Colonial Pipeline still making amends

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.

Kid of the day

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.

State unveils Web site for finding best fall leaf color

Families reshape hospital policies
From his motorized wheelchair, Mark Hines can see things that perhaps the staff and doctors cannot. The soap in the bathroom, for instance, is out of his reach. But even after being asked for his input on an advisory panel, "I didn't think it would go any further than me and my doctor," said Mr. Hines, who has multiple sclerosis.

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

DeKalb girl mauled in pit bull attack

Across the area

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

News you can use
SEPT. 28, 1964 A meteorite traced a luminous trail in the night sky Friday, ending its path in the back yard of a North Augusta home.

Church rejoices in large donation

Students get help with tuition fight
ATHENS, Ga. - Backed by Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, student leaders and their counterparts across the state are imploring Gov. Sonny Perdue not to raise their tuition in January.

Federal panel urges action on ocean pollution

Kid of the day
Today's kid of day is 8-year old Whitney Johnson of Augusta.

Officials warn about flooding, tornadoes

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.

Across the southeast

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.

Coastal development eliminates hunting grounds

Catholic order awaits decision on zoning dispute

Money issues heat up debate

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.

Slain hostage's wife speaks out

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

County finds home for prized artifacts

Slain hostage's wife speaks out
ATLANTA - The wife of a Marietta man who was killed in Iraq by Islamic militants thanked the public for the outpouring of sympathy shown to her family, while expressing anger toward the Bush administration for its policies in the war on terrorism Monday.

Woman takes helm of church

ASU faces $945,000 in cuts
Augusta State University must trim nearly $1 million from its budget as a result of cuts to the state budget, cuts ASU President William A. Bloodworth Jr. calls "unfair."

Police wait for inmate's autopsy

Students get help with tuition fight

City will delay trash fines

Search-and-rescue unit is disbanded

Rants and raves
GEORGIA SHOULD BE proud of President Jimmy Carter - a man of honesty, intelligence and high Democratic principals. He correctly admonished Zell Miller for Zell's demonic attack on Sens. Kerry and Edwards. Where was Zell when the Democrats needed him? Hiding like a coward.

Critics urge protection of waterways

Officials plan to revamp central Martinez

Police subdue mob in Aiken

Families reshape hospital policies

Police subdue mob in Aiken
AIKEN - For the first time in more than a year, the specter of gang activity reared its head in the streets of Aiken, police said Monday.

Imam tells of Quran, criticizes stereotype

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - The widow of an AIDS researcher from Raleigh who died of arsenic poisoning almost four years ago was indicted Monday by a grand jury of first-degree murder.

County picks Teacher of the Year finalists

City will delay trash fines
AIKEN - Not picking up large debris that doesn't fit in trash cans has saved the city time and money, but it also has perplexed some residents used to the old service.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK - High winds spawned by Tropical Storm Jeanne forced the temporary closure of the Sidney Lanier Bridge on U.S. Highway 17 in Brunswick.

Across the area
A Trenton man was struck and killed early Sunday by a pickup driven by an off-duty North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer, authorities said.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Money issues heat up debate
AIKEN - While the rain poured down Monday night, the race for four Aiken County school board slots heated up as candidates faced off for the first time at a forum.

Across Georgia

County picks Teacher of the Year finalists
Five teachers were named as finalists Monday for the Richmond County Teacher of the Year Award after nominations were narrowed from the district's 55 schools.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Private SAT prep firms report business in Ga. has doubled

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

Across South Carolina

Water safety is especially important after hurricanes

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Officials plan to revamp central Martinez
The idea is to define what central Martinez should be and how Columbia County officials can help preserve its integrity.

Man uses long process to make furniture

Rants and raves
GEORGIA SHOULD BE proud of President Jimmy Carter - a man of honesty, intelligence and high Democratic principals. He correctly admonished Zell Miller for Zell's demonic attack on Sens. Kerry and Edwards. Where was Zell when the Democrats needed him? Hiding like a coward.

Floods, tornadoes rattle area
The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne swept through the Augusta area Monday, causing flooding, spawning tornadoes and pressing school officials to dismiss classes early.

Police wait for inmate's autopsy
State and local authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Richmond County jail over the weekend, hours after he was booked into the facility, officials said Monday.

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.

Across the Southeast

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

News you can use

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Search-and-rescue unit is disbanded
BEAUFORT, S.C. - When two Beaufort County sheriff's deputies were gunned down in 2002 while responding to a domestic dispute, Sheriff P.J. Tanner turned to Angel One - the Marine Corps Air Station's search-and-rescue helicopter unit - for help.

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.

County finds home for prized artifacts
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Union County is displaying some of its prized treasures again now that the museum has found a home.

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!

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.

'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

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.

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

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

'Forgotten' leads box office amid weak turnout at theaters

Ramones DVD released weeks after death band member

Juanes confronts homeland's conflict with new album
BOGOTA, Colombia - For a musician with nine Latin Grammies and a new single topping the charts, Juanes is a laid-back guy, with none of a rock star's brashness.

Ramones DVD released weeks after death band member
For months, Johnny Ramone had been working on the band's first official DVD, even as he neared the end of a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

Newman aiming at comeback

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.

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.

Stewart still mad at Gordon

Lakers star's accuser hires 'savvy' lawyer
DENVER - The Kobe Bryant defense team that saw rape charges against the NBA star thrown out three weeks ago faces a tough new challenge in civil court: L. Lin Wood, a fearless, media-savvy Atlanta lawyer once called the "attorney for the damned."

Lakers star's accuser hires 'savvy' lawyer

Texans edge Chiefs

Eagles remain unbeaten

Vikings hold off Bears

Falcons and Vick get smart

Seahawks blank 49ers

Rutherford mimics Vick to help Panthers prepare

Gannon out at least 6 weeks

Jaguars get first victory at The Coliseum

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.

Augustan takes second bronze

Champ Hamm in court to settle Olympic dispute

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Americans ready for Spanish in Davis Cup finals

Former champions' careers head in different directions

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Champ Hamm in court to settle Olympic dispute
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Paul Hamm fought to keep his Olympic gymnastics gold medal Monday in arguments before the sports world's highest court, and the panel adjourned without making a decision.

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

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.

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.

Former champions' careers head in different directions
SHAWNEE, Okla. - On the same night, hundreds of miles away from each other, Riddick Bowe and Roy Jones Jr. took divergent paths in their boxing careers.

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.

Augustan takes second bronze
Lantz Lamback wrapped up his first Paralympics in style, adding another medal to his collection.

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.

Rutherford mimics Vick to help Panthers prepare
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With a game against Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons looming, Rod Rutherford's job as the practice squad quarterback for Carolina quickly became more important.

Gannon out at least 6 weeks
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon has a broken vertebra in his neck that will sideline him at least six weeks.

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.

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.

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.

Falcons and Vick get smart
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp huddled Monday with Michael Vick to dissect why the Atlanta offense failed to solve so many problems in a 6-3 victory over Arizona.

More top players out with serious injuries
So many NFL teams are losing key players this season that making the playoffs might be a matter of survival.

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

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

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

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

Conan O'Brien to take over "Tonight Show"
NEW YORK - NBC announced Monday that Conan O'Brien will take over from Jay Leno as host of the "Tonight" show. But he'll have time to write his jokes - the planned succession won't happen until 2009.

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

Conan O'Brien to take over "Tonight Show"

Have young men really stopped watching prime-time?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

Kevin Costner weds at his Aspen ranch

People in the News

Jamie Lee Curtis writes self-help books for kids

USC Gamecocks' running game is inconsistent

Gamecoks hit the hardwood for early trip
COLUMBIA - Even though the college football season doesn't even feel in full swing yet, basketballs are already hitting the hardwood at the Colonial Center.

Gamecoks hit the hardwood for early trip

USC Gamecocks' running game is inconsistent
COLUMBIA - At least eight times Saturday night after his team's 17-7 win over Troy, Lou Holtz bemoaned South Carolina's inability to establish the run.

My style
Cyndi Black, 15, is a freshman at Fox Creek High School, Edgefield County.

Boyfriend will find out about girl's infidelity
This week's question: I have a male friend and a female friend who are dating. I'm friends with both. The guy moved away not too long ago but they are still "together." He's being faithful in the relationship but the girl isn't.

Teens find name recognition goes a long way

4-1-1
Have you ever wondered what makes the Big Mac sauce so delicious?

Audio best

Game lets players re-enact 'Star Wars'

With age comes knowledge of Georgia game's significance
Gooooooooo Dawgs! Sic'em! Woof! Woof! Woof!" was a nursery chant in my house. I have been attending University of Georgia football games since I was 5.

Xtreme question of the week

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Walking Tall, starring the Rock as an Army veteran out to save his hometown from the influence of drug dealers and gangsters; Envy, starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black as former friends who are at each others' throats after one of them has a successful invention; and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey as a guy who elects to have his memory erased after a relationship gone wrong.

Xtreme question of the week
Q:Have you ever skipped school for fear of violence?

Teens find name recognition goes a long way
Ask Kenneth Small, 16, what's behind most teens' clothing choices, and the Academy of Richmond County sophomore has a simple answer.

Game lets players re-enact 'Star Wars'
Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader might get all the glory, but a new Star Wars video game finally gives credit to the everyday grunts who couldn't summon the Force for help.

Boyfriend will find out about girl's infidelity

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

With age comes knowledge of Georgia game's significance

My style

Dog custody dispute turns ugly

Odds and Ends

Southern part of Georgia gets heaviest rains

Jeanne causes few problems in Augusta area

Jeanne heads toward South Carolina

Floods, tornadoes rattle area

Area Officials warn about flooding, tornadoes