Miraculous catch by Mays changed the 1954 Series
SAN FRANCISCO - Before The Catch, there was THE CATCH.

Miraculous catch by Mays changed the 1954 Series

Oakland A's struggling in September

Oakland A's struggling in September
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics are used to pressure-packed pennant races. It's their sub-par September that's the shocker.

Angels keep heat on fading Oakland
ARLINGTON, Texas - Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs while going 4-for-5, and the Anaheim Angels continued their push in the American League West with an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Angels keep heat on fading Oakland

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
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.

Four to start in playoffs

Braves gain split; Wright banged up
ATLANTA - When Braves pitcher Jaret Wright took Wilson Delgado's line drive off his right ankle in the third inning Tuesday night, one could almost sense the disappointment from the Atlanta dugout.

American Eagle finds its stride - runs with it

Concern for jobs fuels fall of index

Augustans feel pinch of higher fuel prices
A small commercial sign repair company in Martinez is considering adding a fuel surcharge to customer bills.

County aid lures auction to Georgia side of border

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.

Oil prices charge toward $50 a barrel

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.

Augustans feel pinch of higher fuel prices

Motorola to cut 1,000 jobs
CHICAGO - Motorola Inc. will eliminate 1,000 jobs and take charge of $50 million for severance benefits as it moves to complete a spinoff of its money-losing semiconductor unit, the company said Tuesday.

Motorola to cut 1,000 jobs

Business briefs
SOMERS, N.Y. - Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., the largest bottler of PepsiCo Inc. beverages, said Tuesday that its profit for the latest quarter rose 4.4 percent as volume improved.

Experts say tune-ups improve gas mileage
There are two ways to immediately save money on gas.

Business briefs

Concern for jobs fuels fall of index
NEW YORK - Job worries helped push consumer confidence down in September for the second consecutive month, a New York-based private research group said Tuesday.

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

Experts say tune-ups improve gas mileage

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?

Clemson's Bowden not worried about losses
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says it's not time to panic. He got that Monday on good authority.

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

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

Vols look to run on Tigers this year

Sexton to start at QB for injured Rix

It's do or die for Kerry

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.

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.

Pre-emptive sour grapes
Is Jimmy Carter going senile, or is he becoming a mindless lackey for Democrats?

What a run!

It's do or die for Kerry
This is the biggest week in John Kerry's political life. If he's going to get back into the presidential race, it must be this week. The momentum is all in President Bush's favor as the two candidates head into Thursday's joint news conference.

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

People in the News
NEW YORK - Al Franken is taking his radio show on the campaign trail.

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.

Family scrapbook
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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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

New $50 bill hits the street

Stocks higher despite higher oil prices
NEW YORK - Stocks rebounded Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average rising solidly above 10,000 as investors, less anxious about volatile energy prices, focused instead on good corporate news.

Stocks higher despite higher oil prices

Dow falls below 10,000 again

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.

New $50 bill hits the street
WASHINGTON - A new $50 bill with touches of red, blue and yellow will be showing up soon at banks, in cash registers and wallets. A new $10 bill also is in the works, the third greenback to get colorized to cut back on counterfeiting.

Small portions
Fennel, with its distinctive anise taste, is delicious both raw and cooked. Sliced into strips and dipped intoextra-virgin olive oil with a pinch of pepper flakes, it's a refreshing quick snack.

Small portions

Jackets aren't counting out star tailback
Georgia Tech tailback P.J. Daniels is unlikely to play in Saturday's game against Miami, coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday.

Jackets aren't counting out star tailback

2005 opening planned at Champions Retreat
Lush bermuda grass greens and brilliant white-sand bunkers now shape the fall-altered, tree-lined landscape known as the Champions Retreat Golf Club.

Tiger's 2000 still the benchmark

Sponsors can't control players

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.

Sponsors can't control players
Appearance money is not allowed on the PGA Tour, but there were murmurs when the field at the 84 Lumber Classic in Pennsylvania originally included Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods, a rare 1-2 punch in a fall tournament.

2005 opening planned at Champions Retreat

Tiger's 2000 still the benchmark
Vijay Singh has one month to put the final touches on what already is a masterpiece.

Event gains main status

North Augusta's Byrd speaks out

North Augusta's Byrd speaks out
My senior season has not gone as planned, but we are going to have to work through it. You just never know how things are going to turn out, and you never really have control over it all anyway.

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.

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.

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.

Hurricane season is 'not over until it's over'
MIAMI - The hurricane season in Florida has already exceeded all expectations. Four major hurricanes have hit the state in six weeks, a feat not seen in the United States since 1886. And it's not over yet.

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.

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.

Storm's remnants batter Southeast
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Janet Hettinger waited more than two days to return to her home on this city's barrier island only to be told she couldn't go inside. Hurricane Jeanne had made that impossible.

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.

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.

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.

Break out slow cooker for beef stew
When life gets hectic, dust off your slow cooker instead of heading to the drive-through for a family meal, because just a few minutes in the morning will net a home-cooked meal in the evening.

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

Test scores improve at South Carolina public schools
AIKEN - More than half of South Carolina public schools showed improvement by hitting the demanding marks of the latest round of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, a significantly higher tally than last year, state school Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum said today .

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.

Barnwell County sheriff dies
Barnwell County Sheriff Joey Zorn, who insisted on running his department despite chemotherapy treatments and pain from a long battle with cancer, died Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Community's litter is an utter disgrace

Pupil discipline starts with parents
With recent school events, pro-active police work is needed. Pro-active police work was my - and others' - objective when starting a law enforcement job. Eddie Lyell Edgefield, S.C.

DeLoach is a fine lawmaker

Give band new marching orders

Next president needs our prayers
President Bush wants our vote. His record in office should be considered carefully before we vote. Here is a list of his most important decisions: Larry Jarrett Warrenville, S.C.

Law allows for back-door tax
In 1999, Gov. Roy Barnes signed into law the Taxpayer Protection Act. At that time, he stated that this law was designed to prevent back-door tax increases through property assessments. Local governments would be required to roll back property tax millage rates to compensate for increases in assessments. However, not highly publicized at the time was a loophole you could drive a Mack truck through. David K. Simpson Martinez

Pupil discipline starts with parents

Next Kerry job: pancake flipper
When flip-flopping John Kerry is defeated in his run for president, I have a good job for him. With his flip-flopping he'd be the perfect cook in a pancake house. He could cut my pancakes, and I would love them. Jane Fonda could be the waitress that brings them to my table. Faber J. Hance North Augusta, S.C.

Law allows for back-door tax

Kerry's camp is unraveling
The crystal ball now tells me that the honorable and respectable Republican, President Bush, will lead us for four more years. Had the dimwitted Dems seen fit to select, let's say, Hillary Clinton, then there would be cause for concern. Andy Chandler Augusta

'Kaffir Boy' flap was an overreaction
Apparently, Kenneth Echols is a big fan of filth. Will Sansbury Augusta

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

Grove is good fit for school board
A close look at the Columbia County school system suggests that we are in dire need of some new blood. Katherine Cooper Evans

Hospital's service was outstanding
Sometimes, it is difficult to put into words your exact feelings. Paul McGrath Aiken, S.C.

Kerry's camp is unraveling

Jones must be new solicitor
There may be a whole lot of skepticism and downright fear about who should and should not be elected in other races, locally and nationally. But in the Augusta-Richmond County race for the office of solicitor general, there should be no doubt. The man for the job is Harold V. Jones II. John Prioleau Augusta

Jones must be new solicitor

Send DeLoach to legislature
George DeLoach and his wife, Jane, have been friends of ours for many years. George cares about his community, and has decided to seek the post of state representative for House District 123, because he knows that he can be of the most use serving in that capacity. Jimmy and Peggy Allen Waynesboro

Hospital's service was outstanding

Send DeLoach to legislature

Miller is the right kind of Democrat

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

DeLoach is a fine lawmaker
George DeLoach needs our support Nov. 2. He is running for state representative, House District 123, and I know that he would do a fine job. William O. McNeely Waynesboro

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

Give band new marching orders
The Sand Hills Community Center does a lot to help the people on the Hill and the Augusta area. So it's hard to understand why the center engages in an act that blatantly disturbs the peace in the very community they have set out to help. Bianca Sutton Augusta

Iraq war and policy are failures
It seems that we had to wait for the magic number of 1,000 U.S. casualties - never mind the 1,200 dead Iraqi civilians - for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to have a conference to announce the news, adding that Iraqi forces will soon "regain control," to be overruled by Gen. Richard Myers, who stated that the Iraqis would not be ready to confront insurgents until the end of the year. Joaquin Godoy Aiken, S.C.

Community's litter is an utter disgrace
I commend Fran Stewart, the dear lady featured in The Augusta Chronicle on improving her surroundings ("Community volunteer values small changes," Sept. 13). Doris A. Jones 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

Arts in the hearts of young artists

Surgery allows patients to dump the glasses

D is for dad

Massage can ease physical pain, squelch stress

Actual Size is certain to give you giant thrills

The journey

You're never fully dressed without a smile

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

Organize, plan and have a system

Family scrapbook

Partners clip paper for custom handbags

Seniors Calendar

Cheesy baked potato soup

Whatever can go Wrong, Will go Wrong

What to do

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.

Surgery allows patients to dump the glasses
George Crouser isn't just looking to get rid of a pair of glasses - he wants to dump four pairs. It took him less than half an hour.

'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.

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.

Partners clip paper for custom handbags
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - A trash can sits amid a stack of newspapers in the narrow suite. Unlike the run-of-the-mill trash can, this particular can is the embodiment of the diligent work that takes place in this tiny shop.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A senior at North Charleston High School died after collapsing outside the school, authorities said.

Bridge passed 2003 inspection
All bridges have to be regularly inspected to detect damage that might cause collapses such as the one that happened in McCormick County on Tuesday, officials said.

Athens church arson trial begins
ATHENS, Ga. - The lawyer for a teen accused of arson in fires at one of Athens' largest churches said his client was the victim of "vicious gossip" and the prosecution's case was based on little more than suspicion as the youth's trial opened in Clarke County Juvenile Court.

Lynx must pay debt to arena

Woman takes helm of church

Recording the damage

New homeowners spot coyotes
Columbia County residents building homes in rural areas to be one with nature have recently discovered they might have moved in closer than they expected.

Smoking suspension angers teen's father

Truck sinks in river when bridge collapses

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.

City will delay trash fines

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.

MCG students get lesson in communication
It was just a torso and a pelvis sitting on a table, but to Susan it was real.

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.

Foundation hopes to recover missing art
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - The former curator at Hobcaw Barony has been sentenced to three years' probation after pleading no contest to taking art and antiques. Now the trustees of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation are wondering how to recover about $1 million in missing artwork.

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.

Around town
Ranco Tent Rentals Inc. worker Odell Seymore, of Aiken, helps put together a 120-foot tent in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. The Greek Festival begins at 11 a.m. Friday.

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.

Aiken test scores could be off

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.

New homeowners spot coyotes

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

County finds home for prized artifacts

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."

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.

Rants and raves
WHAT HAS HAPPENED to civility? Why can't we have discussions about politics, religion and issues that matter without raving lunatics such as Bill O'Reilly shouting at people to just "shut up"? Is this what we've come to? It doesn't matter if you are liberal or conservative. Opinions that differ from yours should be accorded respect.

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.

Across the area
A Wrens mother told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Monday that a 25-year-old man had sexual relations with her 15-year-old daughter, a police report states.

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.

Rain causes lakes to fill up
Water levels at Thurmond Lake and other Savannah River reservoirs rose steadily Tuesday as runoff from the remnants of Tropical Storm Jeanne trickled into streams and rivers that feed 156,000 acres of impounded lakes.

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.

Roy Moore won't speak in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - Low ticket sales will keep former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore from making a Ten Commandments sojourn to Athens for a speech Tuesday night.

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.

Effects of storm alter school days
AIKEN - Many parents don't flinch when it comes to sacrificing for their children's safety. During weeks like this, they don't have a choice.

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.

Truck sinks in river when bridge collapses
MOUNT CARMEL, S.C. - Divers called off a search at dusk Tuesday after hours of searching for a truck witnesses say fell from a bridge that collapsed under the strain of a rain-swollen river, the first documented bridge failure in the state in more than a decade.

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.

Smoking suspension angers teen's father
CONYERS, Ga. - The father of a teen suspended from school for smelling like smoke is demanding an apology from the Rockdale County School Board.

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.

Roy Moore won't speak in Athens

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.

State adds up cost of storm response

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Effects of storm alter school days

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

Police wait for inmate's autopsy

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.

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

Across Georgia
DULUTH - A truck carrying explosive materials overturned Tuesday, closing a three- to four-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in both directions near the Gwinnett Civic Center.

Across the area

Officials plan to revamp central Martinez

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 6-year old Abigail Jordan Saxon of Augusta.

News you can use
Sept. 29, 1978 Augusta's mayor and the head of the city's Redevelopment Authority have called a news conference today at which they are expected to announce a development for the Southern Finance Building in the 700 block of Broad Street.

Search-and-rescue unit is disbanded

Lynx must pay debt to arena
The Augusta Lynx ice hockey team starts its new season Oct. 22, but it's not certain that spotlights and a sound system will be part of the show.

Floods, tornadoes rattle area

State to launch surplus studies
COLUMBIA - The state Budget and Control Board on Tuesday approved plans to track state property and study the cost-effectiveness of state-owned vehicles.

Students get help with tuition fight

Across the Southeast
UNICOI, TENN. - One man was arrested and two others were on the run after a house was destroyed by fire when a methamphetamine lab exploded, police said.

Kid of the day

Ship runs aground in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A freighter buffeted by gale-force winds went aground in the shipping channel leading into Charleston Harbor early Tuesday, closing the harbor to large vessels.

News you can use

Georgia whistleblowers seek protection
ATLANTA - A hospital official who says she lost her job for speaking out against a powerful lawmaker's sweetheart deal might not be out of work if Georgia law offered more protections for whistleblowers, according to one legislative witness Tuesday.

Across the Southeast

State adds up cost of storm response
ATLANTA - All the bills aren't in yet from a costly and damaging storm season in Georgia, but state officials say most of the costs of mobilizing for and responding to the disasters will be paid through the federal assistance grants.

Police subdue mob in Aiken

Jeanne spares area from major damage
A day after the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne passed through the Augusta area, officials expressed relief that the storm didn't cause serious damage, although Aiken County was threatened with a tornado.

One vehicle falls in river after bridge collapse

DeMint worker regrets insult
AIKEN - The director of operations for Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate campaign from Aiken apologized Tuesday for using derogatory and offensive language to describe the chairwoman of a gay and lesbian rights group.

Barnwell County sheriff dies

Health agency's board selects candidates
An Augusta mental health center is edging closer to finding a permanent leader.

Money issues heat up debate

Officials' support changes to ethics policy
A revised policy for the Columbia County school system will forbid educators from copying or teaching items on standardized tests to their pupils.

Jeanne spares area from major damage

Aiken test scores could be off
A coding error might have affected adequate yearly progress results for several Aiken County schools, district officials said at the Aiken County school board meeting Tuesday night.

DeMint worker regrets insult

Recording the damage
North Augusta Public Safety Investigator David Smith takes photos of an abandoned house in the 600 block of Park Avenue that was destroyed by a fire Tuesday.

Across the area

Officials' support changes to ethics policy

Rants and raves
WHAT HAS HAPPENED to civility? Why can't we have discussions about politics, religion and issues that matter without raving lunatics such as Bill O'Reilly shouting at people to just "shut up"? Is this what we've come to? It doesn't matter if you are liberal or conservative. Opinions that differ from yours should be accorded respect.

Around town

News you can use

Kid of the day

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.

Test scores improve at South Carolina public schools

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.

Bridge passed 2003 inspection

County picks Teacher of the Year finalists

Slain hostage's wife speaks out

Bulldogs know how big this is
ATHENS, Ga. - They stand as October bookends on the schedule, but in Georgia's football world they more prominently signify the glass ceiling.

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

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.

Lakers star's accuser hires 'savvy' lawyer

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."

Rutherford mimics Vick to help Panthers prepare

Gannon out at least 6 weeks

Dallas Cowboys top Redskins

Falcons turn stingy play into 3-0 start

Falcons and Vick get smart

Titans' McNair leaves hospital

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Ms. Sharon Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Dorothy Mathews (NORTH AUGUSTA, Sc.)

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Mrs. Willie Mae Levesque (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Bridges (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Marguerite Woollen (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Louise Miller Hornsby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Murray Marion Chitty (COLUMBIA, Sc.)

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Mr. Edward Norton (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Blanchard Lauderdale Reynolds (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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Champ Hamm in court to settle Olympic dispute

Overtime

Augustan takes second bronze

Former champions' careers head in different directions

Overtime

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

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx will be distributing 500 free tickets to 28 of the team's 36 home game this season to soldiers at Fort Gordon as part of its "Support the Fort" program

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.

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.

Titans' McNair leaves hospital
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair was released from the hospital Tuesday morning after a two-night stay with a bruised sternum.

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.

Dallas Cowboys top Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. - No one will mistake this game for the great Bill Parcells-Joe Gibbs duels of the 1980s, but the drama was definitely back when the rivalry resumed.

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.

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.

Falcons turn stingy play into 3-0 start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Maybe the Atlanta Falcons aren't a one-man team after all.

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.

Bulldogs know how big this is

Taye Diggs to star in new UPN drama
LOS ANGELES - Taye Diggs says he used to be an "ugly duckling." "No one believes it, but I was kind of very thin, very insecure, big glasses," says the now buff star of UPN's new drama "Kevin Hill."

Are "stoned slackers" watching Jon Stewart?
NEW YORK - The folks at Comedy Central were annoyed when Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly kept referring to "The Daily Show" audience as "stoned slackers."

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.

Conan O'Brien to take over "Tonight Show"

Taye Diggs to star in new UPN drama

Are "stoned slackers" watching Jon Stewart?

People in the News

Georgia's Danny Ware set to return
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia tailback Danny Ware is ready to pick up where he left off for the Bulldogs.

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.

Troy Williamson's life and football are a family affair

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.

USC Gamecocks' running game is inconsistent

Gamecoks hit the hardwood for early trip

Troy Williamson's life and football are a family affair
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Offspring of varying age and size ricochet off the walls, fraying your nerves with every move.

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.

Audio best

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.

Xtreme question of the week

Boyfriend will find out about girl's infidelity

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.

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.

Game lets players re-enact 'Star Wars'

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

Teens find name recognition goes a long way

With age comes knowledge of Georgia game's significance

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.

My style

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:

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

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

Xtreme calendar

Odds and Ends

Jeanne causes few problems in Augusta area

Floods, tornadoes rattle area

Jeanne heads toward South Carolina

Southern part of Georgia gets heaviest rains