Struggling Mariners give Melvin the axe
SEATTLE - Bob Melvin was fired as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Monday, a day after the team ended the season with its 99th loss.

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

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.

Struggling Mariners give Melvin the axe

Schilling is key for Red Sox
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Five outs - five measly outs. That's how close the Boston Red Sox came to going to the World Series last year and perhaps ending an 85-year championship drought.

Angels win first title in 18 years

Twins hope Santana keeps his momentum
NEW YORK - Johan Santana's left arm has become one of baseball's most prized possessions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Orioles edge Red Sox

Williams overcomes rough start
ST. LOUIS - Almost two months into the season, Woody Williams was so disgusted with his performance that retirement seemed to make sense.

Angels win first title in 18 years

This Date In Baseball

Twins hope Santana keeps his momentum

Braves probably will fade too fast in World Series

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.

Odds and Ends
NORWALK, Conn. - Norwalk High School needed a little divine help before its football team took to the field.

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

Cox moves Hampton up to Thursday

Braves strive to clean up postseason record
ATLANTA - To the rest of the National League, this is a big deal. For the Atlanta Braves, it's more October baseball.

Cox moves Hampton up to Thursday
ATLANTA - Manager Bobby Cox has decided to start pitcher Mike Hampton in Thursday afternoon's Game 2 of the Division Series, giving John Thomson an extra two days to recover from a pulled side muscle.

Braves give up defeat to Cubs

Honeywell to settle discrimination lawsuit
NEWARK, N.J. - Honeywell International Inc. will pay $2.15 million to settle an age discrimination lawsuit by workers who were terminated or demoted in 1997 at AlliedSignal, which Honeywell acquired in 1999, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday.

Stakes are high in customer care

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.

Advice on TV future begins

Supreme Court sidesteps credit card dispute
WASHINGTON - MasterCard International Inc. and Visa USA Inc. no longer can block banks from issuing credit cards from competitors after the Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal Monday.

Jobs report could set direction of market

Honeywell to settle discrimination lawsuit

Advice on TV future begins
WASHINGTON - It's one of the biggest technical changes in television since color TV: the digital transition. And because many Americans remain in the dark about it, federal regulators began an education campaign Monday to enlighten them.

Supreme Court sidesteps credit card dispute

Bush signs tax bill
DES MOINES, Iowa - President Bush signed his fourth tax cut in four years on Monday, extending three tax breaks popular with middle-class voters and reviving other tax incentives for businesses.

Freddie Mac restructuring operations
MCLEAN, Va. (Dow Jones/AP) - Freddie Mac will shut down the market-making operations of its securities sales and trading unit as it restructures some mortgage-securities operations, the government-sponsored home-mortgage company said Monday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Oil futures fell below the $50-a-barrel level Monday, though analysts said there is enough uncertainty about geopolitics and weather - and the industry's ability to quickly boost crude output - to keep prices from plummeting anytime soon.

Stakes are high in customer care
Varetta Bigham has never dealt with a disgruntled customer.

Challenge to do not call registry denied
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court turned away a challenge Monday to the federal do-not-call registry, ending telemarketers' bid to invoke free-speech arguments to get the popular ban on unwanted phone solicitations thrown out.

Big wins and upsets shake up AP poll

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

Monday morning quarterback

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.

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

Shula praises attitude, pans QBs performance

How many Floridas?
Whoever wins the presidential election, let's hope it's beyond what political observers are calling "the margin of litigation." Otherwise, we might not know for weeks, perhaps months, who will lead our nation for the next four years.

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

What statistics don't say

How many Floridas?

Toward fortitude
We don't ask for much, do we?

Toward fortitude

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.

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

Actress Janet Leigh dies at 77
LOS ANGELES - Janet Leigh, the wholesome beauty whose shocking murder in the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho" was credited with making generations of film fans think twice about stepping into a motel room shower, has died. She was 77.

People in the News
NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton celebrated his 50th birthday with speeches, musical acts and a rendition of "Happy Birthday" with James Brown and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs on stage at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

Carving pumpkins, a symbol of Halloween
NEW MARKET, Va. - Credit the Irish with putting a colorful face on Halloween.

Carving pumpkins, a symbol of Halloween

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

World Cup falls to Verplank

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.

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

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.

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.

Field set for Mount Vintage tournament
Kris Lindstrom really doesn't know how she sprained her neck. She woke up one morning and couldn't turn her head.

Race to No. 1 will be a battle
THOMASTOWN, Ireland - Ernie Els is familiar with his position in the world ranking, but not the scenery.

Sources: Tiger to wed this week

Field set for Mount Vintage tournament

Els wins World Golf Championship title

Race to No. 1 will be a battle

Funk ends drought with win at SFB Classic

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

NHL's woes profit Lynx
James Pope made a decision.

NHL's woes profit Lynx

Braves probably will fade too fast in World Series
Baseball playoffs begin this week, and it's remarkable to acknowledge that the Atlanta Braves will be there again.

Farmers granted disaster status for hurricane losses
ATLANTA -- Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced today that farmers in 116 counties will be eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans to help with losses sustained last month during Hurricane Frances.

Letter writers tell it like it is, was
After reading the letters to the editor in The Augusta Chronicle on Sept. 27, I am compelled to write and say that I am proud to be an American, and I stand with men such as Rick Wright, Larry Nichols, Roger L. Eden, Al Kotras, Herbert A. Edney IV and Wendell Hall, in their opposition to John Kerry. Ken L Richards Thomson

Grove is ideal for school board post

Tarnished CBS loses fan for good

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.

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.

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

Grove is ideal for school board post
I have taught with LouAnne Grove at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School for more than three years, and observed her excellence in teaching. While working with students to create our yearbook last year, her good business sense and imaginative fund-raising techniques left the largest surplus in years. Caroline Miklosovic Augusta

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

Enough with the Vietnam rhetoric
I am sick of reading letters about John Kerry's heroic service in Vietnam, and his blatant lies to Congress after he returned. Regardless of my opinion on the matter, I believe we should leave the past where it is - behind us. Chris Baugh Evans

Use GPS to protect our people abroad

Most lawmakers enrich themselves

Letter writers tell it like it is, was

Handling of Iraq is Bush-league

Handling of Iraq is Bush-league
Has anyone noticed that President Bush can't and won't tolerate any opinion but his own? Stephanie Wilson Evans

Seniors calendar

Health calendar

'Beach kudzu' threatens native plants

Unsaturated fats lower gallstone risk

Teddy bears and princesses make good reading

Cancer; now what?

Family Briefs

Family Briefs
NEW YORK - Drivers and those who oversee and maintain roadways aren't doing all they can to keep young pedestrians safe, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign.

'Beach kudzu' threatens native plants
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A seemingly harmless plant brought to South Carolina's coast in the 1990s to help control erosion has turned mean, overtaking dunes, choking out other plants and garnering a notorious nickname: "beach kudzu."

Teddy bears and princesses make good reading
NEW YORK - So many books, so many people, places and ideas for young readers to explore.

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.

Unsaturated fats lower gallstone risk
PHILADELPHIA - A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetable oil, nuts and fish may help fend off more than heart disease and diabetes: It appears to prevent gallstones, too.

Health 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.

Cancer; now what?
Renee Graybill's 2001 breast cancer diagnosis sent her into shock, as it would anybody.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Some Horry County property owners are fighting restrictions on land use proposed by a county committee looking to preserve some of the area's history.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Parents support coach convicted of sex offense

Memos may have sparked Thurmond makeover

Forum for disabled ponder halting budget cuts
Jimmy Miller sat through nearly two hours of a political forum Monday but found he could no longer be silent about potential hits to a state program that allows the disabled to live in the community with assistance.

Georgia short on workers

Love for all creatures

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sheriffs' group wants Kile investigation
The Georgia Sheriff's Association is recommending the governor appoint a commission to investigate allegations that Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile illegally used inmate labor.

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

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.

The week ahead

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.

Chief deputy receives sheriff's job

Across the area

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.

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

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.

Aiken's council may get airtime

Wreck tangles traffic
Thousands of pounds of frozen food blocked a lane of traffic on Interstate 20 in Columbia County for several hours after a tractor-trailer flipped over early Monday.

Forum for disabled ponder halting budget cuts

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A woman convicted of fatally poisoning her husband with antifreeze was indicted Monday on charges she killed a boyfriend the same way.

Student crafts logo for Bush, Kerry faceoff

Defense opposes motion on Walker jury
Attorneys for Georgia Senate candidate Charles Walker oppose federal prosecutors' request to cut Augusta residents from the jury pool.

Court rejects Morris appeal

Rants and raves
OLD AND YOUNG ALIKE, church is not a place to use gum. It's rude; it shows disrespect for the church and the pastor or priest. It's in bad taste (pardon the pun). I attend one of the largest churches in Augusta, and I never cease to be amazed at the adults who smack gum in church. It's plainly poor breeding in my book.

Cox moves Hampton up to Thursday

Sheriffs' group wants Kile investigation

Wreck tangles traffic

Fishing guides worry about loss of trophy catches

Cox moves Hampton up to Thursday
ATLANTA - Manager Bobby Cox has decided to start pitcher Mike Hampton in Thursday afternoon's Game 2 of the Division Series, giving John Thomson an extra two days to recover from a pulled side muscle.

Officers work outside schools to help students

Laney-Walker group faced closure
A nonprofit corporation formed more than a decade ago to improve the Laney-Walker area was granted a reprieve Monday on an order that would have closed its doors this month.

Sanford grills education agencies

News you can use
Oct. 5, 1961 Augusta Mayor Millard Beckum led a "get out the vote" telephone campaign. As part of an initiative by the Jaycees, the mayor called five people encouraging them to vote. He also asked them to call five other people with the same plea. Those, in turn, would call five other people, and so on.

Laney-Walker group faced closure

Across the area

Across the southeast

Woman enjoys working with elderly

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.

Poll shows strong lead for DeMint

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 1-year old Taryn Garrett of Augusta.

Rants and raves
OLD AND YOUNG ALIKE, church is not a place to use gum. It's rude; it shows disrespect for the church and the pastor or priest. It's in bad taste (pardon the pun). I attend one of the largest churches in Augusta, and I never cease to be amazed at the adults who smack gum in church. It's plainly poor breeding in my book.

Harlem discusses annexation

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.

Jewish Community Center celebrates 150 years

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

Supply store has little bit of everything

News you can use

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.

Sanford grills education agencies
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford on Monday questioned the allocation of the state's teachers and educational television's use of its airtime and money.

Family Fun

Student crafts logo for Bush, Kerry faceoff
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A 21-year-old Pacolet woman who designed presidential debate memorabilia for the school holding the presidential town hall debate Friday says she's happy with her work and hopes others appreciate it.

Five questions

School nears completion
McCORMICK, S.C. - For nearly a year, McCormick County pupils have been looking at drawings of what their new elementary and middle school will look like.

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.

Aiken's council may get airtime
AIKEN - For those who can't get enough of the Aiken County Council in the flesh, a proposal to broadcast the panel's regularly scheduled meetings on cable television is under consideration.

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.

Court rejects Morris appeal
ATLANTA - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal request by Morris Communications Co. LLC to allow it to publish and sell real-time scores from PGA golf tournaments.

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.

Many try to beat Georgia's deadline
Those who haven't registered to vote might as well ignore the next month of political advertisements, debates and barbs about flip-flopping or weapons of mass destruction.

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.

Chief deputy receives sheriff's job
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford named Chief Deputy Thomas Wayne Gantt as interim sheriff of Barnwell County on Monday, two days after longtime Sheriff Joey Zorn's funeral.

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.

Across the area
Authorities on Monday continued to investigate what caused eight Glascock County pupils to become sick after eating part of a large homemade cookie last week, officials said

Officials hunt for arsonist in Atlanta

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.

'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?

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

'Shark Tale' showcases celebrity cartoon actors

Conservative film festival comes to West Hollywood
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Liberal West Hollywood is a city proud to proclaim its firsts: First to provide health insurance to gay and lesbian partners of city employees. First to publicly support for a woman's right to an abortion.

Director confronts existentialism with humor

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.

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

Bodine races to first truck victory

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Volcano packs awesome arsenal of natural weapons

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.

Journey to space wins $10 million

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.

Journey to space wins $10 million
MOJAVE, Calif. - A stout, star-spangled rocket plane broke through the Earth's atmosphere to the edge of space Monday for the second time in five days, capturing a $10 million prize aimed at opening the final frontier to tourists.

Thousands gather for geologic blowout

Hazard level upped at Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens Q & A

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

Revamped Hawks boast an optimistic outlook

Off-season moves help Sun to finals
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Two years after the Orlando Miracle left Florida for a Connecticut casino, the gamble appears to be paying off.

Revamped Hawks boast an optimistic outlook
ATLANTA - Boris Diaw looked down at his jersey just to be sure. Yes, he's still with the Atlanta Hawks.

Sun advance to WNBA finals

Eagles pick apart Bears

Steelers rally for win

Ravens: No sympathy for winless Chiefs

Packers stay winless

Kansas City breaks into the win column

Falcons remain undefeated

Pats win 18th straight

Coach won't let start go to head

Colts hand Jags first loss

Ravens: No sympathy for winless Chiefs

Browns edge Redskins

Jets defeat Dolphins

Texans get victory over Raiders

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Mr. Albert Steffen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Meyers (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Rev. Robert Lee Johnson, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

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Ms. Myriam Guyot-de-Caila (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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Mr. William Golomb (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Batton, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Hanna B. Waltz (EASTON, Pa.)

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Trinidad back, looking for Hopkins

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kansas City breaks into the win column
BALTIMORE - Priest Holmes had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 on Monday night.

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

Coach won't let start go to head
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are 4-0 and forewarned.

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

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.

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.

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.

Kerry's candidacy continues to highlight debates
John Kerry, the first Roman Catholic presidential nominee of a major party since John F. Kennedy in 1960, has created a rather awkward situation for his church - and vice versa.

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.

O'Brien looking forward to "Tonight" show job

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.

Dispute shows eyes are on CBS

New host slithers onto Animal Planet

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.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

Dispute shows eyes are on CBS
NEW YORK - A postponed "60 Minutes" report about whether Iraq had nuclear capabilities has quickly become CBS's most famous shelved story since the 1995 tobacco piece made famous in the movie "The Insider."

Lassie celebrates 50th anniversary on TV

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.

Actress Janet Leigh dies at 77

People in the News

People in the News

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

Gamecocks vault into Top 25
The last time South Carolina entered the top 25, its stay was measured in days.

Gamecocks vault into Top 25

Changes to SAT include essay portion

Xtreme calendar
ON DVD AND VHS: The environmental disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the Bush-bashing documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, from Michael Moore, and Saved!, starring Mandy Moore and Jena Malone as teens who take different paths at their religious private school.

Daily need

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Arts festival fosters strong sense of unity

Xtreme calendar

Audio best

My style
THE FACTS: Adrienne Robinson, 16, a senior at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School.

Gossip make interracial dating tough

Girl should tell ex 'no thanks,' move on
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I have an ex-boyfriend who is my first love, and I'm still in love with him. It's been six months since we've broken up, and he's been going back and forth between he likes me or doesn't like me. Now he says he likes me and after he breaks up with his girlfriend he says he's going to be back with me. I just want to know whether he's using me or should I go out with him and be happy with what I have?

Question of the week
Q: Are long-distance relationships doomed?

Gossip make interracial dating tough
You see them every day ... walking down the hall, holding hands. But their hands don't match. One is white and the other is black. You know you're not the only one who stares. Everyone does.

Girl should tell ex 'no thanks,' move on

Changes to SAT include essay portion
Pay attention, students: It seems that the leaves aren't the only things changing this fall.

Question of the week

Audio best
Here are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold):

My style

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October is Let's Talk Month, a time when parents and teens should make the commitment to start talking regularly about sex and sexuality, or at least begin the conversation.

Daily need
Like the computer was for their older siblings, today's teens need a cell phone, said Jasmine McKinney, 15.

Arts festival fosters strong sense of unity
One of Augusta's best qualities is its diversity.

Fiery thong act leaves club owner cold

Odds and Ends

Kerry's candidacy continues to highlight debates

New beatifications draw controversy