Santana shuts down Yankees
NEW YORK - Johan Santana and the Minnesota Twins' dazzling defense had the New York Yankees seeing double.

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

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.

Sheffield shakes off pain, rumors
NEW YORK - Gary Sheffield emerged from the trainer's room after games, his left shoulder wrapped in bandages that resembled football pads. Most days, one or two fingers were taped, too.

Postseason is off and flying

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.

Postseason is off and flying
ST. LOUIS - Larry Walker is back in the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade, and he's making the most of his second shot.

Sheffield shakes off pain, rumors

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.

Struggling Mariners give Melvin the axe

Sox scorch Angels

Twins hope Santana keeps his momentum

Sox scorch Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox got the jump on Anaheim in the American League playoffs. Perhaps that's how the Angels prefer it.

Braves probably will fade too fast in World Series

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

Odds and Ends
SALT LAKE CITY - With no idea how many people were listening to his walkie-talkie, it was anything but a modest proposal.

Portable fire safety house causes blaze
MAGNOLIA, Ark. - A portable house used to teach children how to escape from a burning home clipped a power line while it was being towed Tuesday, causing a nearby house to catch fire.

Tornado reveals child porn
FREDERICK, Md. - Workers repairing a home damaged in a tornado discovered nearly two dozen boxes filled with child pornography. The homeowner remained jailed Monday on $96,000 bail.

Ageless Clemens in top form
ATLANTA - Just when it seemed that the legend of Roger Clemens had run its course, he stepped out of retirement, won 18 games and led the Houston Astros to the National League wild card title.

Despite jitters, Braves' rookies must perform

Despite jitters, Braves' rookies must perform
ATLANTA - How well the rookies in the Atlanta Braves' lineup react to the pressure of the playoffs will go a long way in determining whether the team advances past the National League Division Series for the first time in three years.

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.

Ageless Clemens in top form

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.

Beasley's stations have new sounds
Like country music? If not, you now have more opportunities to learn to appreciate it.

Business briefs

Farmers receive aid for Frances

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.

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.

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.

Under new rules, counties will get OneGeorgia funds
One of Augusta's business recruiting tools is getting a makeover.

Under new rules, counties will get OneGeorgia funds

Supreme Court sidesteps credit card dispute

Advice on TV future begins

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.

Greenspan: U.S. banking system 'vibrant'

Business briefs
NEW YORK - An ink expert who testified for the government at the Martha Stewart trial was found not guilty Tuesday of lying on the witness stand.

Beasley's stations have new sounds

Farmers receive aid for Frances
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 suffered last month during Hurricane Frances.

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

Residents speak out in airport's new ads
The struggle that James "Cotton" Flynn faces in the auto industry is precisely the one Augusta Regional Airport faces in the aviation world.

SpaceShipOne proving space tourism possible

Residents speak out in airport's new ads

AT&T Wireless launching music service

Greenspan: U.S. banking system 'vibrant'
WASHINGTON - The U.S. banking system, having weathered a recession and the bankruptcies of several big corporations, is in very good shape, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

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.

Honeywell to settle discrimination lawsuit

SpaceShipOne proving space tourism possible
MOJAVE, Calif. - Hoping to build on the momentum sparked by a private rocket plane's dash into space, supporters of opening the heavens to civilians are turning the winner-take-all race into an annual competition that might further fuel imaginations.

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.

PalmOne, Microsoft in deal on mobile e-mail
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sometimes it pays to befriend an enemy.

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.

AT&T Wireless launching music service
LOS ANGELES -- In the first foray by a U.S. wireless carrier into the online music market, AT&T Wireless is launching a service that lets subscribers buy songs using their cell phones and later download them to a computer.

Wal-Mart to expand next year
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open or expand 40 to 45 of its flagship discount stores and 240 to 250 Supercenters in the United States next year as the world's largest retailer continues an aggressive expansion plan.

Stakes are high in customer care

PalmOne, Microsoft in deal on mobile e-mail

Clemson's losing streak doesn't worry Bowden

Clemson's losing streak doesn't worry Bowden
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has been in worse situations.

Another Rudy is living his dream
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - He bolted from the sideline like a bull out of a rodeo gate.

Another Rudy is living his dream

Event off the beaten course

The last word

Video council meetings
The more people who get to see their elected officials' decision-making process in action the better. That is what representative democracy is all about.

Toward fortitude

How many Floridas?

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.

The last word
Sometimes what the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't do has as much impact on your life as what it does.

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

Video council meetings

Kerry oversight 'immoral'
If the president of Poland was one of those unnamed shadowy foreign leaders that supposedly support John Kerry's presidential candidacy, then you can scratch him off the list.

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.

Cameras allowed in Zeta-Jones stalker case
LOS ANGELES - A judge agreed Monday that pretrial hearings for a woman accused of stalking actress Catherine Zeta-Jones could be televised - except when the proceedings involve witness testimony.

'Eight Simple Rules' star Katey Sagal marries
LOS ANGELES - Katey Sagal, television's symbol of the crass housewife in her role as Peg Bundy on "Married... With Children," has married again.

Michael Jackson moves to oust D.A.
LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's lawyers filed a motion Monday to remove the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office from his child molestation case, but the reasons were kept secret.

People in the News
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Opera in Denmark has a new home after a wealthy businessman signed over a $417 million opera house on Copenhagen's waterfront to the government.

From okra to chicken, Southerners like it fried

Calendar brings a year of firemen's cookies
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cooks enjoy coming across a new cookie recipe, but once in while there's a back story that gives the delectable snack another dimension.

Sauteed skirt steak with braised scallions

Sauteed skirt steak with braised scallions
The concept of "quick cooking" may bring a dismal premonition of some rushed procedure, a fast, flavorless concoction flung together with no thought. But it doesn't have to be so. Take a deep breath, grab a smart recipe, and count on a happier outcome.

Calendar brings a year of firemen's cookies

Vegetarian breakfast recipes
CONCORD, N.H. - Few things can make a man who loves to cook feel more utterly useless than a newborn.

Vegetarian breakfast recipes

From okra to chicken, Southerners like it fried
CONWAY, Ark. - The most popular dish at Mama Dip's Kitchen in Chapel Hill, N.C., is the Southern fried chicken. At Dixie Restaurants in Arkansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma, the most popular main course rotates between chicken-fried steak and hand-battered chicken tenders.

Pork chops with apple and thyme
Careful use of the right ingredients can mean diners end up with the best deal: plenty of good taste, without paying the penalty of getting too much fat along with that savory pleasure.

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

Annika covers all of the basics

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.

Wait is almost over for 56-year-old golfer

Field set for Mount Vintage tournament

Race to No. 1 will be a battle

Wait is almost over for 56-year-old golfer
For as long as he's been playing golf, Greg Scurlock has wanted to qualify for a U.S. Golf Association event.

Annika covers all of the basics
Ernie Els was intrigued when he saw the cover of the book, showing Annika Sorenstam looming large with a club over her shoulder and a smile on her face.

Sparkle is fading from WGC events
THOMASTOWN, Ireland - Umbrellas were in, sunglasses out. Fans walked about Mount Juliet in golf shoes with metal spikes, something only seen (and heard) in Europe. No one in the gallery was drinking beer at 9 a.m. and screaming "Get in the hole!" when someone teed off on a par 5.

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.

Georgia Prep Polls

'Friday Night Lights' will shine on the big screen

'Friday Night Lights' will shine on the big screen
DALLAS - Before Peter Berg started writing the eighth attempt at turning the best-selling book Friday Night Lights into a movie, he got some advice from his cousin, Buzz Bissinger, who happened to be the book's author.

South Carolina prep polls
The Associated Press high school football poll as selected by a panel of South Carolina sports writers, with the school's name, record, number of first-place votes, total votes and last week's ranking. (Based on 15 ballots):

Backup QB inserted into Hornets' lineup
The prognosis for Aiken's Olajuwon Paige didn't look good Friday night against Rock Hill, when the quarterback's head was slammed to the ground after a beast of a collision.

Georgia Prep Polls
The Associated Press Georgia high school football poll representing seventh week results, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

NHL's woes profit Lynx

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

Southwestern chicken is flexible dish
Lift the lid off a simmering slow cooker and you'll often find a bubbling beef stew or pot roast, but the slow cooker can cook up much more than beef.

Southwestern chicken is flexible dish

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.

Norwood's condition upgraded
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., remained hospitalized in Virginia this afternoon after a lung transplant surgery that concluded Tuesday night.

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

Vote for John Kerry for a safe future
This November's election is the most important one of our lifetimes, and our children's and grandchildren's lifetimes. It is crucial for our country to regain respect and stability around the world, and this has never been achieved by pre-emptive strikes! We must balance our budget and maintain our personal freedoms, which are daily being eroded by this administration. Harriet Dolin, Augusta

Letter writers can get too abusive

SAT is poor tool for comparisons
Your recent SAT editorial ("SAT spells flaw," Sept. 17) was right on. Don Hostetler North Augusta, S.C.

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

Candidate misrepresents FairTax

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

Letter writers tell it like it is, was

Candidate misrepresents FairTax
Inez Tenenbaum, in a TV ad, is making a totally incorrect representation of the FairTax stand of her opponent. John Naglich Evans

Handling of Iraq is Bush-league

Letter writers can get too abusive
The only thing this election has proven is that the moral fiber of voters is in shambles. R.D. McDonald Augusta

Grove is ideal for school board post

Pro-Kerry writer just doesn't get it
There he goes again. My good friend Larry Jarrett demonstrates that he doesn't understand economics, defensive warfare or diplomacy ("Next president needs our prayers," Sept. 29"). After using five paragraphs to attack President Bush's efforts to defend America in these difficult times, Jarrett asks us to pray for whoever is president. Edward Rhodes, 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

Pro-Kerry writer just doesn't get it

Seniors calendar

Cancer; now what?

Fashion supports cancer awareness

Family Briefs

Unsaturated fats lower gallstone risk

Breast cancer treatment becomes less invasive

Teddy bears and princesses make good reading

Those magnificent magnifications

Health calendar

Style Briefs

'Beach kudzu' threatens native plants

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

'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."

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

Breast cancer treatment becomes less invasive
Breast cancer treatment in the future will be more specific and less traumatic.

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.

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.

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.

Fashion supports cancer awareness
NEW YORK - Pink products- already popular with women and the fashion and beauty companies that cater to them - are everywhere this month.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is again opening its doors - and display cases - to Kiehl's Since 1851.

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.

Those magnificent magnifications
It was more than 300 years ago that Antoni van Leeuwenhoek gasped at the sight of what he called "little animalcules" skittering through pond water, their motion "so swift, and so various, upwards, downwards, and round about, that 'twas wonderful to see." The Dutch haberdasher had crafted some of the first microscopes, never expecting to spy bacteria, sperm cells, red blood cells and much more.

Cameras help when they function properly

Giuliani gives Isakson support

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An envelope with suspicious white power and a letter inside was sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Across the area
Police say someone mutilated and killed a bull in Aiken on Tuesday morning and left its carcass in the middle of the road, causing a car accident.

Flu vaccine supplies must be rationed

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 13-year old Quintell V. Hill of Augusta.

School board hopefuls debate

Flu vaccine supplies must be rationed
Augusta public health officials put all of their eggs in one basket, and it paid off in flu shots.

Charleston college may go smoke-free

Officers wear two hats on the job
AIKEN - It's not uncommon for an officer with Aiken Public Safety to be patrolling a crime scene in his police cruiser one minute and fighting a fire the next.

Across Georgia

Sheriff offered endorsement in letter
AIKEN - In a letter written 12 days before his death, Barnwell County Sheriff Joey Zorn endorsed a successor he said was a close friend and a good lawman.

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

Norwood gets lung transplant
Congressman Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., was in critical but stable condition early today after undergoing 3-hour lung transplant surgery in a Virginia hospital.

Report justifies officer's actions

Prison officials warn against cuts
ATLANTA - State corrections officials warned a legislative panel Tuesday that additional budget cuts to Georgia's crowded and financially-strapped prison system could jeopardize public safety - but they stopped short of saying a large-scale release of inmates would be necessary.

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.

Giuliani gives Isakson support
ATLANTA - When former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Johnny Isakson on Tuesday, it showed a rift in how the two major parties in Georgia view endorsements from political stars from outside the state.

Around town

University provost asks for worst-case budget
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia Provost Arnett Mace has asked UGA deans and vice presidents to prepare what he considers a worst-case scenario budget, a spending plan that triples the cuts he called for last month.

Forum for disabled ponder halting budget cuts

Schools debate merits of naptime
AIKEN - At half past noon every day, children at the Minnie Palmore House unfold mats and snuggle under soft blankets to catch a few winks before jumping into afternoon activities.

Sheriff offered endorsement in letter

Woman is arrested in booster club theft
A Martinez woman has been charged in the theft of more than $12,000 from the Lakeside High School Band Booster account.

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.

Charleston college may go smoke-free
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston is considering a smoking ban in residence halls and other places on campus.

Prison officials warn against cuts

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A man was shot to death after an argument at a friend's home, deputies said.

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.

Hospitals want Medicaid on agenda
AIKEN - Hospitals and medical care providers in Aiken County are struggling to retain doctors and treat the less fortunate because of the rising cost of malpractice insurance and the lack of money available to help Medicaid patients, business and civic leaders said Tuesday.

Rants and raves
SIX LETTERS TO the editor in one day, Sept. 28, bad-mouthing Sen. Kerry indicates to me that the Bush people don't have anything good to say about their candidate. ..

Groups request DeMint apology
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Some gay organizations want an apology from U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint, who said during a debate that homosexuals should not be teaching in the state's public schools.

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.

Around town
A garden orb weaving spider sits at the end of it's web near the canal in Augusta Tuesday morning.

Group will pitch arena plan elsewhere
Augusta Entertainment is through with Richmond County and is ready to head west.

Report justifies officer's actions
A school police officer was justified in hitting a Butler High School student with a metal baton during a riot last month, according to an internal affairs report.

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.

News you can use
Oct. 6, 1976 AIKEN - Donnie J. Williams is no longer administrator of Aiken County. By a 4-3 vote, he was fired from his position at the conclusion of a public hearing last night.

Chief deputy receives sheriff's job

Elections Office provides voting options
Paper cuts and broken nails are all part of a day's work for Deborah Freeman.

Wreck tangles traffic

Rants and raves
SIX LETTERS TO the editor in one day, Sept. 28, bad-mouthing Sen. Kerry indicates to me that the Bush people don't have anything good to say about their candidate. ..

News you can use

Cameras help when they function properly
In a day and age when surveillance cameras are everywhere, conventional wisdom has it that burglaries and robberies are easy to solve.

Across the area

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.

Schools debate merits of naptime

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

Charges lead to lawsuit

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 the area

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.

Sanford grills education agencies

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.

News you can use

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.

Woman is arrested in booster club theft

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Cheney, Edwards try to gain ground

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.

Group will pitch arena plan elsewhere

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.

Elections Office provides voting options

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.

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.

Hospitals want Medicaid on agenda

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.

Sheriffs' group wants Kile investigation

Charges lead to lawsuit
The Augusta Lynx hockey team ownership has asked a judge to settle its dispute with the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority about being billed for the use of a spotlight and a sound technician during hockey games.

Aiken's council may get airtime

School board hopefuls debate
Candidates for the Columbia County School Board faced off Tuesday night in the second of two scheduled debates prior to the Nov. 2 general election.

Student crafts logo for Bush, Kerry faceoff

Kid of the day

Court rejects Morris appeal

University provost asks for worst-case budget

Cox moves Hampton up to Thursday

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

History plays too big a role in polls
ATHENS, Ga. - For the most conscientious college football coach, the scouting starts as soon as the game ends every Saturday night.

At the Movies: 'Raise Your Voice'

At the Movies: 'Raise Your Voice'
With Britney getting married twice in the same year, Christina going from blond bombshell to goth chick and back again, and Lindsay defending the authenticity of her breasts on a near daily basis, at least there's Hilary Duff, who seems to represent the last bastion of all that is sweet and wholesome in these mixed-up teen-idol times.

'Friday Night Lights' will shine on the big screen

New home-video releases

'Friday Night Lights' will shine on the big screen
DALLAS - Before Peter Berg started writing the eighth attempt at turning the best-selling book Friday Night Lights into a movie, he got some advice from his cousin, Buzz Bissinger, who happened to be the book's author.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Usher nominated for five Vibe awards
NEW YORK - The honors keep coming for Usher: the R&B singer has been nominated for a leading five Vibe awards, with Alicia Keys right behind with four, it was announced Monday.

Cuban hip-hop reaches crossroads

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Cuban hip-hop reaches crossroads
HABANA DEL ESTE, Cuba - On broiling summer days more than a decade ago, teenagers here spent hours watching breakdancing on "Soul Train" and listening to American rap floating across the radio waves from Florida.

Penalty drops Earnhardt out of Chase's top spot

Penalty drops Earnhardt out of Chase's top spot
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. was knocked out of first place in the Nextel Cup by a slip of the tongue.

Journey to space wins $10 million

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.

Pippen retires as a Bull
DEERFIELD, Ill. - Scottie Pippen stood in front of the six championship trophies he helped the Chicago Bulls win and announced his retirement Tuesday, ending his 17-year NBA career in the same city where it began.

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.

Pippen retires as a Bull

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.

Coach won't let start go to head

Kansas City breaks into the win column

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Ms. Theresa Morgan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Christine Coscioni    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Raymond Zobel, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Tommy Youngblood    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. William H. Burriss, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Kristy Olmstead    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. James Harmon    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Chester Stallings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Sam Hay, Sr.    (MARTIN, S.C.)
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Mr. Tyree Ryans    (DETROIT, Mich.)
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Mrs. Frances Holliday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Vandervliet    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Myriam Guyot-de-Caila    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Rev. Robert Lee Johnson, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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SFC Ronald R. Stanciu    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jacqueline Hinton    (COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.)
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Mrs. Susan Huffman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Monroe Lackey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred B. O'Tyson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Cecilia Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy Johnson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Raymond Zobel, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ann Keller    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marguerite Bearden    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Ms. Mary Lee Barnes    (HAMLET, N.C.)
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Ms. Kathy M. Scott Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Melrose Pope Clayton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. John E. Barbier    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Ms. Fannie Oliphant    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Marvin L. Weimer    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Miss Chaney Miller    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Joseph Parker    (ROBERTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eula Tankersley    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
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Mr. Harold Abney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Huffman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Donna Lorraine Friedrich (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Sam Hay, Sr. (MARTIN, S.C.)

Ms. Chaney Miller (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite Bearden (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Harris Lord, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Johnson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Chaney Miller (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Christine Coscioni (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Rogers (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Cecilia Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Melrose Pope Clayton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Bearden (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Latimore (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Harmon (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Tyree Ryans (DETROIT, Mich.)

Ms. Mary Lee Barnes (HAMLET, N.C.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Hinton (COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.)

Mr. Harold Abney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Johnson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Harris V. Lord, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred B. O'Tyson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Holliday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Vandervliet (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Chester Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Fannie Oliphant (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Brighthop (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Kathy M. Scott Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry James Rogers (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Allie Fendley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Tankersley (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mrs. Mildred B. O'Tyson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Keller (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Brighthop (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kristy Olmstead (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles A. Brinson (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Behl (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Tommy Youngblood (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Monroe Lackey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William "Billy" Lollis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Hannelore Luise Marsh (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jessie Buford Hitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Raymond Zobel, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Theresa Morgan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Drag boat racer dies in crash

Drag boat racer dies in crash
Fans of the Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat races are mourning the death of New Jersey racer John Hipwell, who died Sunday on Lake Yosemite, Calif., after his top fuel hydro boat spiraled out of control while traveling at more than 200 mph.

Cheney, Edwards try to gain ground
CLEVELAND - Both presidential campaigns looked for a boost at the other's expense Tuesday as Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic rival John Edwards squared off for the only vice presidential debate of the 2004 election. Most of the pre-debate talk was about Iraq.

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.

Chiefs get first win
BALTIMORE - Now that they've got that elusive first win out of the way, the Kansas City Chiefs should find life quite a bit more tolerable.

Lewis agrees to plead guilty
ATLANTA - Baltimore Ravens' running back Jamal Lewis has agreed to plead guilty to a charge in connection with his federal drug conspiracy case, an aide to the presiding judge said Tuesday.

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

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.

History plays too big a role in polls

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."

Drew Carey debuts new WB series

Dispute shows eyes are on CBS

"Desperate Housewives" hit for ABC

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, has shattered records on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" His run began June 2, with hiatuses for summer reruns and a tournament of past champions. A look at Jennings' streak:

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak

Drew Carey debuts new WB series
LOS ANGELES - Drew Carey is going for the green, even appearing before a gathering of television critics with green hair.

"Desperate Housewives" hit for ABC
NEW YORK - For a network desperate for hits, "Desperate Housewives" provided quite the tonic for ABC.

Actress Janet Leigh dies at 77

Cameras allowed in Zeta-Jones stalker case

'Eight Simple Rules' star Katey Sagal marries

People in the News

People in the News

Gamecocks vault into Top 25

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

Event off the beaten course
Once the players in the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship golf tournament hit Sweetwater Road, they enter a strange, new world.

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

Get writing!
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.

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

Gossip make interracial dating tough

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

Daily need

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Xtreme calendar

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):

Question of the week

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

Girl should tell ex 'no thanks,' move on

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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.

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

Arts festival fosters strong sense of unity

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?

Changes to SAT include essay portion

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.

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Tornado reveals child porn

Kerry's candidacy continues to highlight debates