Author puts judge into action in book
The considerable strength of Margaret Maron's writing lies in giving her sleuth, Deborah Knott, a life.

'Seasons' ventures to Italy's poor area
After spending a year in Provence or lounging under the Tuscan sun or riding the Patagonian express, readers of contemporary travel writing can be forgiven if they've become a bit jaded by the quirky plumber or the telephones that never work or the balky bureaucracy of whatever country the writer has chosen.

Orioles edge Red Sox

Bonds, Suzuki win batting titles

Astros charge into playoffs

Orioles edge Red Sox
BALTIMORE - The Boston Red Sox got ready for the playoffs by emptying the bench in a meaningless regular-season finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Astros charge into playoffs
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros charged into the playoffs with their 18th consecutive home victory, capping an incredible turnaround by beating Colorado 5-3 Sunday to win the NL wild card.

This Date In Baseball

Angels win first title in 18 years
OAKLAND, Calif. - Sometime during the last several weeks, pitcher Jarrod Washburn began to sense a change in the mood surrounding the Anaheim Angels. Losing was no longer an option.

Angels win first title in 18 years

Angels win first title in 18 years

Angels win first title in 18 years
OAKLAND, Calif. - Sometime during the last several weeks, pitcher Jarrod Washburn began to sense a change in the mood surrounding the Anaheim Angels. Losing was no longer an option.

Bonds, Suzuki win batting titles
Barry Bonds won his second National League batting title in three seasons and shattered the on-base percentage and walks records he set two years ago.

This Date In Baseball
1906 - The Chicago Cubs won their 116th game of 152 played for a winning percentage (.763) since unmatched. The Cubs were 60-15 on the road for an.800 winning percentage.

TV tempts me with products I didn't know I needed

Fiery thong act leaves club owner cold
FLINT, Mich. -- For a few moments last weekend, they were the hottest act in town. But Treephort wore out its welcome at a downtown club when the lead guitarist set his thong on fire, then removed it and scurried around the stage naked.

Braves give up defeat to Cubs

Atlanta seals Chicago's fate

Braves give up defeat to Cubs
CHICAGO - The warmup exercise is over for the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta seals Chicago's fate
CHICAGO - At the rate the Atlanta Braves are losing players, head trainer Jeff Porter might be voted the team's MVP before the playoffs even start.

Business calendar

Drugstores want money for better consultations

Jobs report could set direction of market
NEW YORK - The stock market that meandered through September could gain some direction in the week ahead as the Labor Department releases its latest report on job creation.

Shareholder suit airs Disney deals

Business calendar
Monday: Financial Peace University; Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church; 6:30 p.m.; the 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principals and small group accountability. Classes every Monday. To register contact Kris Key at 738-8822.

Georgia looks to the biotech industry for its economic growth
After the demise of the Internet start-up craze, the big thing now for Georgia's technological future lies in the human body, according to state and local economic developers.

Georgia looks to the biotech industry for its economic growth

Drugstores want money for better consultations
CAMP HILL, Pa. - Jaime White helps her diabetes patients understand how to manage their blood sugar, checks their blood pressure and sometimes examines their feet for signs of nerve damage common to diabetes sufferers.

On the move
Paul V. Buckley has been named the chief technology officer for Morris Communications Co. Mr. Buckley will oversee the creation of a new Morris technology center designed to ensure collaboration between Morris engineering services and technical operations.

Shareholder suit airs Disney deals
LOS ANGELES - As The Walt Disney Co. plans for a future without iconic CEO Michael Eisner, a lawsuit filed by disgruntled shareholders is forcing Disney to relive one of his most embarrassing mistakes, hiring Michael Ovitz as president.

Last quarter time for tax planning
NEW YORK - With the arrival of the fourth quarter, small business owners need to be looking at their companies' finances and taxes and making decisions for the rest of 2004 and early 2005.

Jobs report could set direction of market

A second look at The Great Debate

A second look at The Great Debate
Last week, City Ink promised to rehash The Great Debate. Not the great presidential debate, but radio station 107.7 FM's great debate between District 22 state Senate candidates Charles Walker and Don Cheeks.

Seminoles running out of quarterbacks
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bobby Bowden was hoping for a big play. He wound up with a big problem.

SEC roundup
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Chris Leak threw for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 16 Florida held off another late rally to beat Arkansas 45-30 on Saturday.

Monday morning quarterback
WHO'S HOT: David Greene. So much for Georgia's offensive impotence. Of Greene's 19 pass attempts, five were touchdowns as the Bulldogs revenged two past loses in a rout of Louisiana State.

Top 25 roundup
NORMAN, Okla. - Jason White threw three touchdown passes to break Oklahoma's career mark and Adrian Peterson added 146 rushing yards and a touchdown run Saturday, leading the No. 2 Sooners past Texas Tech 28-13.

Orton's arm leads the way for Purdue

Shula praises attitude, pans QBs performance
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama coach Mike Shula was encouraged by what he saw in the lockerroom.

Big wins and upsets shake up AP poll

Top 25 roundup

Monday morning quarterback

Orton's arm leads the way for Purdue
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Kyle Orton found a way to win at Notre Dame, ending a 30-year drought for Purdue.

Shula praises attitude, pans QBs performance

Big wins and upsets shake up AP poll
For the first time this season, The Associated Press poll received a serious shake-up - just not at the top.

ACC roundup
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wyatt Sexton threw three touchdown passes in his starting debut and Leon Washington ran for 153 yards and a touchdown as No. 9 Florida State defeated North Carolina 38-16 Saturday.

Government, butt out
If you were lost in the woods after a plane crash, would they give up on you?

Toward a FairTax
How would you like to be free of all federal taxes - individual, payroll, corporate, estate, gift, whatever? No withholdings, period. In addition, at the start of every month, Uncle Sam would send you a $480 check.

Toward a FairTax

What statistics don't say

What statistics don't say
A wise man once cautioned that you shouldn't put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say. This should be kept in mind in considering the report by the Washington, D.C.-based Justice Policy Institute stating that states that have three strikes laws - or in Georgia's case, a two-strikes law - are not reducing crime as much as states without such laws.

No stereotype, just truth
Much of the world has it wrong about Muslims, according to the prime minister of Malaysia.

People in the News
LONDON - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has won a battle with throat cancer, lead singer Mick Jagger said.

HSAs allow for tax-free account as insurance
Q: My employer is offering a Health Savings Account as a health insurance option next year. What is it and what are its benefits?

Review health coverage annually
NEW YORK - With the arrival of fall, many companies flood employee mail boxes with brochures about next year's benefit program offerings, reminding workers that this is the time to select new health insurance and retirement savings options.

HSAs allow for tax-free account as insurance

Elon looks to Georgia Southern for improvement
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Elon coach Paul Hamilton loves coming back to the Coastal Empire for friends, food and the atmosphere.

Eagles take to the air
STATESBORO, Ga. - There are only 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week. Opposing teams use most of that time preparing for Georgia Southern by thinking about stopping the triple-option run.

Jackets fail to weather the storm
ATLANTA - The biggest problem with hurricanes is that no matter how much you prepare, there is really nothing you can do to stop them.

'Canes swat Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA - Hurricanes typically cause little destruction when they come through Atlanta.

Eagles take to the air

Elon looks to Georgia Southern for improvement

Jackets fail to weather the storm

In 'CSI: Mayberry,' sheriff still doesn't need a gun

Levi wins Constellation Energy Classic
HUNT VALLEY, Md. - Wayne Levi won his second Champions Tour event Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory at the Constellation Energy Classic.

Sources: Tiger to wed this week
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Tiger Woods says he's planning a Caribbean vacation, but Barbados is abuzz with reports that he's set to wed Swedish model Elin Nordegren this week.

Lee rides major junior wins into LPGA debut

World Cup falls to Verplank
THOMASTOWN, Ireland - Scott Verplank had to wait six years, but he finally gets to play in the World Cup.

Big Easy poised for big win at World Championship

Funk ends drought with win at SFB Classic
MADISON, Miss. - Fred Funk birdied the final hole to finish off a final-round 6-under 66 and win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic by a stroke Sunday, his first PGA Tour victory in six years.

World Cup falls to Verplank

Sources: Tiger to wed this week

Lee rides major junior wins into LPGA debut
In the five months that Alina Lee has lived in Evans, she's gone from a potential junior golf star to the real thing.

Big Easy poised for big win at World Championship
THOMASTOWN, Ireland - Ernie Els is finding a quick cure for his season of major disappointment.

Golf roundup
MADISON, Miss. - Steve Pate closed his 7-under 65 with two birdies and shared the lead with Harrison Frazar after two rounds of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

Funk ends drought with win at SFB Classic

Els wins World Golf Championship title

Exemptions hinge on final event
For one week at least, some LPGA Tour players aren't concentrating on winning.

Els wins World Golf Championship title
THOMASTOWN, Ireland - The majors over, Ernie Els got a consolation prize Sunday by capturing his first World Golf Championship.

History prevails for Lincoln County

History prevails for Lincoln County
History was not reversed Friday night at Lincoln County. The Red Devils simply repeated the natural flow of what happens when a team called Aquinas is on the docket for a football contest.

TV tempts me with products I didn't know I needed
Dawn! A new day! This could be the start of something average.

Use GPS to protect our people abroad

Most lawmakers enrich themselves
If only we had more Zell Millers - someone in Washington to stand up for what is good for the country, not their party or their pocketbooks.Nina Rooks, Augusta

Smoking ban dismays many

Let majorty decide on flag
My wife enjoyed seeing Augusta Mayor Bob Young at the funeral for the crew of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. She thought it was good to have the mayor of our home town there. As I marched along the side of the caisson, helping to carry one of my own to his grave, she and Mr. Young talked about Southern and Confederate heritage, and how he was proud to be part of both. John and Kym McDaniel, Waynesboro

Tarnished CBS loses fan for good

Make Jones your choice
I take my hat off to Harold V. Jones II. I have heard Mr. Jones speak several times. Each time, he has proven very knowledgeable, businesslike and articulate, and yet approachable. Listeners seem enthralled in what he has to say at his presentations. I feel that he will be voted in as the next solicitor general of Richmond County. Stephen Gaines, Augusta

Protect the flag and our heritage
I'm Yankee (20 years) by birth, and Southern (26 years) by the grace of God. History, if left up to the politically correct, will be as skewed on the facts surrounding the Confederate flag as it is skewed on the founding of this Christian nation. Lee Herron's letter ("Flag removal was hurtful betrayal," Sept. 23) said it all. Danny Himsey, Aiken

Smoking ban dismays many
Now that three Colum-bia County commissioners have told the bar owners and the restaurant owners how they must run their businesses, and how the people of Columbia County must live their lives, I have to wonder what these three may come up with next. James Neal, Evans

Make Jones your choice

Protect the flag and our heritage

Use GPS to protect our people abroad
All we have to do is implant global positioning system locators in all personnel that work in hazardous areas of Iraq. Then, if terrorists abduct them, the Army would have no problem locating and rescuing these people.Jerry Clontz, Aiken, S.C.

George DeLoach can get things done

Most lawmakers enrich themselves

Democrats have wretched ticket
Not since 1972, when George McGovern lost every state but Massachusetts, have the Democrats run such an insipid campaign for the presidency. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Tarnished CBS loses fan for good
I grew up watching David Letterman. I was there when he first started doing that nighttime show after having fought his way up through the trenches as a weatherman at some local station in Indianapolis. He was a natural. Over the years, I've looked forward to his wit and stunning humor every time I wasn't working the night shift.Bobby Greene, North Augusta, S.C.

George DeLoach can get things done
George DeLoach is someone I have found to be both trustworthy and dependable. Recently, I approached Mr. DeLoach, asking that he assist me with getting a relative of mine a temporary insurance license while he was preparing to take the state insurance exam. Mary Bargeron, Sardis

Let majorty decide on flag

Restore spirituality to our youth
This letter is in no way meant to blame those who felt the need to place Richmond County police in our schools, but it does seek to place the blame where it rightly belongs - right on the shoulders of all who profess to be Christians. ... Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

In the know

Read invitations closely to avoid embarrassment

Author will share insights on Southern women, culture

Breast cancer triumphs and tribulations

Wildlife parks dot Egyptian highway

Couple's decor reflects years spent in Kenya

Read invitations closely to avoid embarrassment
Dear Carson: Last weekend I was invited to a brunch in honor of my daughter and son-in-law. The idea was firmly in my mind that the party was at 1:30 when, in fact, it was at 12:45. Can you imagine my embarrassment when I arrived almost an hour late to find that they had been waiting for me to serve the brunch? I have never been so mortified because I am usually proper in my social deportment. What can I do to properly express my remorse? - Mortified Mother

Breast cancer triumphs and tribulations
Breast cancer doesn't affect just the patient. For every person diagnosed with the disease, there are sometimes dozens of people affected by the outcome.

Author will share insights on Southern women, culture
Writing about the South, and Southern women in particular, has garnered Gainesville, Ga., native and resident Ronda Rich an audience and an outlet.

In the know
Has your house been lovingly decorated with knickknacks from around the world? Are your rooms odd or otherwise unusual?

Wildlife parks dot Egyptian highway
ON THE CAIRO-ALEXAN-DRIA HIGHWAY, Egypt - As the sun set over the Zambezi, a lone zebra ventured to the water's edge for a cooling drink after the hot day, apparently unconcerned about predators or other danger.

40,000 will die this year
Cheryl Howard and Dawn Rose are members of a sisterhood.

Couple's decor reflects years spent in Kenya
They spent only two years in Kenya, but their time in the African nation dramatically influenced the decorating style of John and Beth Guerrieri.

Polyurethane floor finish holds up well to traffic
Q: We soon will have our hardwood floors sanded and refinished and we'd like to know what you might recommend for the longest- lasting finish. The professionals have offered us three choices and differing opinions as to what product to use.

Memos may have sparked Thurmond makeover

Some schools still struggle to meet goals
Even the physical education teacher helps with reading at A. Dorothy Hains Elementary School.

Across the southeast
PITTSBORO, N.C. - Barbie's being bad. The wholesome, if sometimes surreal, beauty of the iconic doll is taking on a different twist under the influence of photo lab owner Anne Baker.

Voter signups increase by 50 percent
ATLANTA - Georgians appear to have this fall's elections on their minds. New voter registrations soared during the first eight months of the year, growing by almost 300,000 - roughly a 50 percent increase over the same period four years ago.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Patrick Roof of Graniteville

Georgia short on workers
ATLANTA - When Cade Reedy heard that the state of Georgia would forgive his loan as long as he worked for the state a few years after graduating from nursing school at Armstrong Atlantic State University, he quickly filled out the paperwork.

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

Across the southeast

Farmers want promised money
AIKEN - Like his farming ancestors who never got their 40 acres and a mule, John Simmons never received the $50,000 settlement and debt forgiveness he felt the federal government owed him.

News you can use

NAACP to meet in Augusta
Members of the South Carolina branch of the NAACP are coming to Augusta this week because of a boycott of their home state that they don't plan to end anytime soon.

Some schools still struggle to meet goals

Rants and raves
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Man develops mentoring program
Columbia County pupils needing adult role models might soon have a deluge of qualified mentors.

Officers work outside schools to help students

News you can use

The week ahead
I know early October seems a bit premature for dropping holiday hints, but the folks at Neiman Marcus figure that when your stocking stuffer of choice comes with a $1.45 million price tag, a few extra weeks to save up might come in handy.

Kerry's female support trails off

Five questions

Fishing guides worry about loss of trophy catches
CROSS, S.C. - Linwood Thornhill can remember the days when he would take fishermen around Lake Moultrie and come back with catfish weighing about 30 pounds each.

Across the southeast

Parents support coach convicted of sex offense
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Parents are supporting a youth football coach who was banned from the league this season after officials discovered his name on a list of sex offenders.

Voter signups increase by 50 percent

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Hailie Marie Chancey, 3, of Augusta.

Tainted cookie's victims recover

Perdue: Proposed tuition hike can be avoided
ATLANTA - Georgia's colleges and universities can avoid tuition hikes by absorbing $68 million in state budget cuts through trimming fat and becoming more efficient, Gov. Sonny Perdue told student leaders at a meeting over the weekend.

Across the area

Officials hunt for arsonist in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Early in the morning at old apartment buildings in some of Atlanta's most trendy neighborhoods, a serial arsonist has been at work, setting fire to secluded stairwells.

Five questions
Benjamin Baughman, recently hired as house museum manager of the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House on Broad Street, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Islanders divided over living with bomb
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Below the deck of his shrimp boat, the Agnes Marie, W.G. Smith recounts in a voice barely audible over his droning air conditioner the story of his big catch some 40 years past.

Georgia short on workers

Across the southeast
HAVELOCK, N.C. - More than 1,000 patient medical records written during more than a decade were dumped behind a wall at the Cherry Point Naval Hospital, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday.

Rural voters courted
AIKEN - Aiken County's only contested state House seat this November pits incumbent Republican Jim Stewart against die-hard Constitutionalist Andy Windham.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Parents are supporting a youth football coach who was banned from the league this season after officials discovered his name on a list of sex offenders.

Love for all creatures

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Tainted cookie's victims recover
Two Glascock County Consolidated School students kept overnight at McDuffie Regional Medical Center Friday after eating a tainted chocolate chip cookie were released Saturday, according to hospital officials.

Poll shows strong lead for DeMint

House speaker opposes tuition increase
ATLANTA - As the state's university system weighs a 10 percent, midyear tuition increase and job reductions, one Democratic leader is making a last-minute appeal for Gov. Sonny Perdue to hold off on budget cuts.

Harlem discusses annexation

Supply store has little bit of everything

October starts with festivals food and fun
One week after the blustery winds and drenching rains of Hurricane Jeanne threatened the Augusta area, festival organizers welcomed Saturday's summerlike weather that accompanied October's first weekend.

Across the area
Heavy winds and rains caused damage to several businesses and homes in Jefferson Countysons Sunday afternoon, Wrens Police Chief David Hannah said. A Huddle House and Best Westernshotel on U.S. Highway 1 were damaged when roof sections were lifted by the wind. A mobile home and two cars weresdamaged by uprooted trees, Chief Hannah said.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A black lawyer's legal attempt to stop the Internal Revenue Service from taxing blacks because he says they have been denied basic rights has failed.

Kid of the day

Jewish Community Center celebrates 150 years
When the Studinetskys came to the United States, they feared their obviously Jewish last name might make them targets of persecution.

NAACP to meet in Augusta

Parents support coach convicted of sex offense

Across the area

Islanders divided over living with bomb

Across South Carolina

Officials hunt for arsonist in Atlanta

October starts with festivals food and fun

Woman enjoys working with elderly

Farmers want promised money

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A serial arsonist has been setting fires in secluded stairwells of old apartment buildings in some of Atlanta's trendiest neighborhoods.

Political surprise may be in store

Love for all creatures
The Rev. Richard E. Sanders blesses John Bethell's pet Beta fish during the Blessing Of The Animals presented by the Augusta Humane Society. Mr. Bethell has had his fish for three months.

Jewish Community Center celebrates 150 years

Harlem discusses annexation
Harlem officials are looking to extend their city's boundaries, but they first want to find out who's on their side.

Woman enjoys working with elderly
AIKEN - Some folks come back to their old neighborhoods to try to make a difference. Betty Gyles never left.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - School officials now say Fort Mill High School students can discuss stem cell research, abortion and gay marriage at a debate, days after administrators restricted topics.

Man develops mentoring program

Across the area
A 20-year-old Graniteville man died early Saturday morning after his 1998 Chevrolet pickup flipped and crashed on Bettis Academy Road, authorities said.

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Across Georgia

Family Fun
Seen from under the dangling feet of spectators, dancers from Power Dance Company and Productions perform during the Family Festival and Education Fair as part of Children's Week activities at the 8th Street Bulkhead.

Fishing guides worry about loss of trophy catches

Supply store has little bit of everything
AIKEN - There's not much demand for hog rings, 15-gallon cast-iron cooking pots, corrugated washboards or turkey bells these days, but the customer in need of these and other once-common rarities can find them at Jones Supply Co.

Family Fun

The week ahead

Poll shows strong lead for DeMint
CHARLESTON, S.C. - An independent media survey shows that Republican Jim DeMint is the overwhelming favorite in South Carolina's U.S. Senate race.

Officers work outside schools to help students
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Police officers on campus are helping address violence at Charleston-area schools, but some say their work after hours is just as important.

Memos may have sparked Thurmond makeover
COLUMBIA, S.C. - U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond was warned by an advisers as early as 1970 that racist rhetoric would no longer win elections in South Carolina.

Bulldogs surprising in blowout
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt thought the same thing that everybody else did as he watched his Georgia Bulldogs pile 45 points on the fifth-ranked defense in the nation.

In 'CSI: Mayberry,' sheriff still doesn't need a gun
The telephone rang. Andy lifted the earpiece off the cradle with one hand as he picked up the mouthpiece with the other.

Director confronts existentialism with humor
WASHINGTON - In person, David O. Russell is a lot like his new movie, "I (Heart) Huckabees": highly intelligent, scatterbrained, a bit goofy, concerned about political and social problems but ultimately optimistic about the future.

'Shark Tale' hooks movie-goers

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new film
Capsule reviews of films that opened this week

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new film

'Shark Tale' hooks movie-goers
LOS ANGELES - The animated fish story "Shark Tale" swamped the competition, opening as the top weekend movie with $49.1 million and potentially breaking the record for best October debut.

Director confronts existentialism with humor

'Shark Tale' showcases celebrity cartoon actors
LOS ANGELES - Quick! Can you name who did the voice of Snow White? Or Cinderella? How about the Little Mermaid?

'Shark Tale' showcases celebrity cartoon actors

Q&A with Paul Westerberg

Q&A with Paul Westerberg
MINNEAPOLIS - Half-rocker, half-folkie, Paul Westerberg straddles musical styles on "Folker."

Fernandez wins Toyota 400

One-hit wonders thrive at Talladega Superspeedway
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chad Blount has two career starts at the Talladega Superspeedway, but none in a Nextel Cup Series car.

Fernandez wins Toyota 400
FONTANA, Calif. - Adrian Fernandez won a two-lap sprint to the finish in Sunday's Toyota 400, nosing out Tony Kanaan, whose runner-up finish was good enough to clinch the Indy Racing League series point title.

Earnhardt makes move to top
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The consensus around the NASCAR Nextel Cup garage is some race teams are closing the restrictor-plate gap on Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Bodine races to first truck victory

Bodine races to first truck victory
FONTANA, Calif. - Former Nextel Cup driver Todd Bodine raced to his first Craftsman Truck Series victory Saturday night, ending Ted Musgrave's three-race winning streak at California Speedway.

One-hit wonders thrive at Talladega Superspeedway

Hazard level upped at Mount St. Helens

Thousands gather for geologic blowout

Volcano packs awesome arsenal of natural weapons
The boiling magma rumbling and rising within Mount St. Helens isn't the only thing scientists fear. When large volcanoes erupt they can unleash an awesome arsenal of natural weapons, devastating communities and landscapes even hundreds of miles from the blast.

Northwest's most active volcano also the youngest
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. - There has been a volcano on this site for 40,000 years - the youngest and most active peak in a 1,000-mile Cascade Range chain that extends from Mount Garibaldi in Canada to Mount Lassen in Northern California.

Volcano packs awesome arsenal of natural weapons

Hazard level upped at Mount St. Helens
MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Wash. - As scientists warned that an eruption of Mount St. Helens appeared imminent Sunday, eager tourists camped out along park roads, hoping to catch a glimpse of the seething volcano without being overcome by ash and smoke.

Thousands gather for geologic blowout
MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Wash. - A reawakening volcano sparked a makeshift festival here Sunday, as thousands of people staged parties at every wide spot in the two-lane road to the mountain.

Mount St. Helens Q & A

Mount St. Helens Q & A
Mount St. Helens is poised for its biggest eruption since it blew its top in 1980, killing 57 people. Here are some common questions and answers about the volcano located about 100 miles south of Seattle.

Sun advance to WNBA finals
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Taj McWilliams-Franklin burst into tears at the buzzer, her emotions finally getting the best of her.

Sun advance to WNBA finals

Eagles pick apart Bears

Steelers rally for win

Browns edge Redskins

NFL power rankings for Week 4

Jets defeat Dolphins

Ravens: No sympathy for winless Chiefs

Texans get victory over Raiders

Packers stay winless

Pats win 18th straight

Falcons remain undefeated

Ravens: No sympathy for winless Chiefs

Colts hand Jags first loss

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Mrs. Elaine Dresser (STOWE, Vt.)

Mrs. Madeline S. DeWeen (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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Mayor must take reins for strong government
As someone who has supported our mayor, and is still grasping for signs of encouragement within the Augusta/Richmond County government, I am a bit numb over the mayor's admitted irrelevance as a political leader.

Apples and oranges aside, SATs did improve
After years of promoting SAT scores as a measurement of school rankings, now some of our local media see it as an uneven playing field. This follows comments from some of Columbia County's Board of Education members that comparisons are not apples to apples, but rather apples to oranges - specifically, with regard to Richmond County.

Mayor must take reins for strong government
As someone who has supported our mayor, and is still grasping for signs of encouragement within the Augusta/Richmond County government, I am a bit numb over the mayor's admitted irrelevance as a political leader.

Apples and oranges aside, SATs did improve
After years of promoting SAT scores as a measurement of school rankings, now some of our local media see it as an uneven playing field. This follows comments from some of Columbia County's Board of Education members that comparisons are not apples to apples, but rather apples to oranges - specifically, with regard to Richmond County.

Trinidad back, looking for Hopkins

Overtime

Overtime
In Bangkok, Thailand, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick pulled out three-set victories Saturday to set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 final at the Thailand Open.

Trinidad back, looking for Hopkins
NEW YORK -- Felix Trinidad doesn't believe in tuneup fights. His comeback after more than two years of retirement was a doozy, and now he wants the biggest name out there, Bernard Hopkins. After Trinidad knocked out Ricardo Mayorga in the eighth round Saturday night, completing a scintillating performance before a raucous crowd, he turned his attention to the only man who has beaten him.

New event gives added validity to park investment
Was it worthwhile for Columbia County to invest $1,118,620 to develop a first-class fishing tournament site at Wildwood Park?

Kerry's female support trails off
WASHINGTON - Cynthia Moore - single mother, moderate Democrat - is the living embodiment of one of Sen. John Kerry's biggest challenges in the presidential race. There are things she doesn't like about President Bush, she says, but the president will get her vote Nov. 2 because she thinks he'll do a better job of protecting her two daughters.

Political surprise may be in store
WASHINGTON - In the presidential campaign's closing weeks, Democrats are bracing for an "October surprise," an event so dramatic it could influence the election's outcome. The capture of Osama bin Laden, for instance.

Jets defeat Dolphins
MIAMI - The New York Jets played takeaway Sunday - as does every defense that faces the winless Miami Dolphins.

Pats win 18th straight
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - With Tom Brady as their quarterback and a stingy, opportunistic defense, it's difficult to imagine when the New England Patriots might lose again.

Steelers rally for win
PITTSBURGH - Two starts, two victories. Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers probably never thought it would come this easy after being told how hard it is for a young quarterback to win in the NFL.

Ravens: No sympathy for winless Chiefs
BALTIMORE - Pardon the Baltimore Ravens for showing no pity for the winless Kansas City Chiefs. They've got their own problems.

Texans get victory over Raiders
HOUSTON - After 36 games, the Houston Texans have the first winning streak in team history. That means it's finally time for a haircut, David Carr.

Colts hand Jags first loss
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Peyton Manning was perfect when he needed to be against Jacksonville's vaunted defense.

Packers stay winless
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The New York Giants legitimized their fast start Sunday by leaving Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers wobbly.

Eagles pick apart Bears
CHICAGO - It's going to take a really good team to stop the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles. Right now, mediocre is a reach for the Chicago Bears.

Ravens: No sympathy for winless Chiefs
BALTIMORE - Pardon the Baltimore Ravens for showing no pity for the winless Kansas City Chiefs. They've got their own problems.

Browns edge Redskins
CLEVELAND - Finally on the field, Lee Suggs got the Cleveland Browns running in the right direction.

Falcons remain undefeated
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers finally found a way to contain Michael Vick.

NFL power rankings for Week 4
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

New beatifications draw controversy
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II on Sunday honored two figures linked to controversy, beatifying a German mystic whose violent visions of Christ's suffering helped inspire Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and an Austrian emperor whose troops used poison gas.

New event gives added validity to park investment

Bulldogs surprising in blowout

Tanner '88' sequel bows on Sundance Channel

New host slithers onto Animal Planet
NEW YORK - Animal Planet has a new snake in the grass. And his name is Austin Stevens.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Not one, but two new Frankensteins are on the loose. And they come in two distinctive styles: Contemporary and Traditional.

Lassie celebrates 50th anniversary on TV
LOS ANGELES - In the early 1950s, when television sent Hollywood into the doldrums and studios were thinning their contract lists, some stars began appearing in their own TV series.

New host slithers onto Animal Planet

Tanner '88' sequel bows on Sundance Channel
NEW YORK - How time flies! It was 16 years ago that Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau joined forces to create a Democratic candidate for president, along with a satirical comedy series - "Tanner '88" - that documented Jack Tanner's imaginary run for the White House.

O'Brien looking forward to "Tonight" show job

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

O'Brien looking forward to "Tonight" show job
NEW YORK - Conan O'Brien said he was looking forward to "being on at a time when people can see me" when he replaces Jay Leno as host of the "Tonight" show in five years.

Lassie celebrates 50th anniversary on TV

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Georgia Bulldogs silence critics
ATHENS, Ga. - They had the lofty ranking, the unbeaten record, the fearsome defense. Still, there were nagging questions about the Georgia Bulldogs, a team that seemed content doing just enough to win.

Georgia Bulldogs silence critics

Greene throws for five scores in Gerogia win

Greene throws for five scores in Gerogia win
ATHENS, Ga., - Georgia's offense finally showed up - and there went Louisiana State's hopes of making another run at the national championship.

Gamecocks easily turn back Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Beating Alabama in the 2000s might not mean the same thing as it did in decades of yore, but South Carolina will take a win over the Crimson Tide in any time period.

Gamecocks easily turn back Tide

Fiery thong act leaves club owner cold

New beatifications draw controversy