Bradley won't receive penalty

Brown punches way past frustrated Twins

Ortiz brings Angels back down to Earth

Anaheim heads to Boston down 2-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Pedro Martinez has no explanation for his dreadful September. He's just glad to have pitched well to begin October.

Ortiz brings Angels back down to Earth
BOSTON - This self-proclaimed band of idiots is going to play for the pennant.

Rodriguez proves worth in the clutch
NEW YORK - No more questions about Alex Rodriguez under pressure.

Lima optimistic he can lead Dodgers to victory

Anaheim heads to Boston down 2-0

Brown punches way past frustrated Twins
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Brown already apologized to the New York Yankees for his foolish injury. This was a better way to make up for it.

Bradley won't receive penalty
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles outfielder Milton Bradley won't be discplined by the Dodgers for a clubhouse confrontation with a reporter he called an "Uncle Tom."

Lima optimistic he can lead Dodgers to victory
LOS ANGELES - He sings, he dances. He serves as the Dodgers' unofficial cheerleader, racing nonstop around the dugout and constantly pumping his teammates up.

Rodriguez proves worth in the clutch

Odds and Ends
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Spelling counts - especially at a library.

Game 2 rally resembles the Braves of old
ATLANTA - If you looked closely at what had been going on in Atlanta for nearly two whole games, how a team the Braves had pushed around so regularly in other Octobers was suddenly winning with routine precision, you could see how everything just might turn back around again.

Thomson on track for start in Game 3

Furcal saves Braves

Game 2 rally resembles the Braves of old

Braves offense in bad shape once again
HOUSTON - The Atlanta Braves aren't hitting in October.

Astros bullpen wastes big chance vs. Braves
ATLANTA - Houston brought in closer Brad Lidge in the seventh inning, and the Astros wound up paying the price.

Thomson on track for start in Game 3
ATLANTA - John Thomson put in a successful stint in the bullpen before Thursday's game and is on track to make his scheduled start for the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against Houston.

Furcal saves Braves
ATLANTA - With plenty of incentive, Rafael Furcal made sure the Atlanta Braves' season lasts at least two more games.

Experts say tech slump will continue

Music industry group launches piracy lawsuits across Europe

Krispy Kreme to face formal inquiry
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Securities and Exchange Commission has escalated its investigation of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. to a formal inquiry, the company announced Friday.

Some businesses merge telephone with Internet
Some say talk is cheap, but an emerging technology is likely to make it cheaper.

Fast profit makes ugliest home beautiful for property investors

Offices adopt policies on use of cell phones
Here's a jarring scene from many work lives: You're in the middle of an interminable business meeting, the manager is droning on, only to be interrupted by the jarring strains of Scott Joplin's The Entertainer from a colleague's cell phone.

Employment picture expected to improve
NEW YORK - A rash of job cuts - more than 10,000 layoffs just this week from a handful of companies - have created some gloom on the jobs front.

Some businesses merge telephone with Internet

Employment picture expected to improve

Offices adopt policies on use of cell phones

Fast profit makes ugliest home beautiful for property investors
If it's ugly, they will come.

Retailers see slow sales

Greenspan has kind words for a predecessor

Report details Saddam's U.N. oil-for-food deals
NEW YORK - Suitcases full of cash, secret bank accounts, covert operatives, corrupt politicians on the take. A report detailing alleged illicit U.N. oil-for-food deals with the former Iraq government paints a portrait of Saddam Hussein as an international gangster - not a nuclear terrorist.

Krispy Kreme to face formal inquiry

Music industry group launches piracy lawsuits across Europe
LONDON - The international record industry escalated its fight against music piracy Thursday, announcing that it will file hundreds of lawsuits across Europe against individuals and groups it accuses of illegally sharing music through the Internet.

Retailers see slow sales
NEW YORK - The outlook for the holiday shopping season grew more uncertain Thursday as the nation's largest retailers reported they had a fourth straight month of tepid sales in September.

Greenspan has kind words for a predecessor
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan praised predecessor Paul Volcker for being willing a quarter-century ago to ratchet up interest rates to end a long bout of dangerous inflation.

Business briefs
Downtown Develop-ment Authority Chair-woman Annette Bush surprised board members Thursday when she said she will not seek a reappointment to the economic development board.

Experts say tech slump will continue
NEW YORK - Jeffrey Saut doesn't need a detailed analysis to get a read on the technology sector - the chief investment strategist at Raymond James Financial Services can get an idea from just looking around his office.

Bowden will go back to drawing board

Bowden will go back to drawing board
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has watched his team not make a lot of mistakes. Now, he'll see if he can say the same thing about himself and his coaches.

No. 10 Virginia dominates Clemson
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Alvin Pearman ran for 104 yards, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Virginia shut down Clemson after the opening 15 minutes in a convincing 30-10 victory Thursday night.

SEC denies Tennessee's appeal of Fulmer fine
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Southeastern Conference executive committee has denied Tennessee's appeal of a $10,000 fine for coach Phillip Fulmer's absence at media days this summer, officials said Friday.

College football capsules
College football capsules for today's college football action.

Win against Florida could salvage season for Tigers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Gators know what it feels like to be counted out.

Texas takes another crack at ending rival's run

SEC denies Tennessee's appeal of Fulmer fine

College football capsules

Win against Florida could salvage season for Tigers

Texas takes another crack at ending rival's run
DALLAS - Mack Brown and his most important supporters believe his tenure at Texas should not be defined by a four-game losing streak to Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Saiki on an upswing

Too often life and death

More judicial tyranny
The latest example of judicial arrogance comes from Judge William Morvant of Louisiana's 19th District Court. This week, he held that a state constitutional amendment approved by more than 70 percent of Pelican State voters earlier this month is unconstitutional.

Not from where we sit
They were wrong. Hindsight isn't always 20-20.

Iraq's impact

Too often life and death
A list of 36 South Carolina women who died in the past year at the hands of a supposed loved one is a sobering read indeed.

Iraq's impact
What's goes on in Iraq over the next several weeks may have more of an impact on November's U.S. elections than the presidential debates or arms inspectors' reports that Saddam Hussein had virtually no weapons of mass destruction program after the 1991 Gulf War.

Attacking obesity in steps
Chronic kidney failure and other weight-related maladies are catching up with us.

Attacking obesity in steps

People in the News
NEW YORK - What's it all about? Ask Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, who wrote and performed the soundtrack to the upcoming "Alfie" remake, and they'll probably say teamwork.

Mel Gibson granted restraining order
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Mel Gibson obtained a three-year restraining order Wednesday against a homeless man who allegedly showed up at his estate and the chapel he attends, demanding they pray together.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Weather, fish cool off early in month
An early autumn cold front moved through our area on Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning and put the brakes on fishing success.

Fishing tournament news

Fall is ideal time to eliminate fire ants
With the recent hurricane rains we have received and with the cooler weather, fire ants have become a big problem.

Fall is ideal time to eliminate fire ants

Friedgen closing era with Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Leon Robinson loves the Fridge.

Whisenhunt's work pays off
Sammie Lamb still remembers what he was thinking almost 24 years ago during the first quarter of Georgia Tech's game against Notre Dame.

Whisenhunt's work pays off

Thelan plays role of caddie for LPGA's Ammaccapane

Many become irritated by slow play of round

Thelan plays role of caddie for LPGA's Ammaccapane
Add caddying to the myriad jobs that Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club head pro and general manager Brian Thelan does during the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Many become irritated by slow play of round
Karrie Webb had two words to describe the pace of play Friday in the second round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Three share lead at Asahi
If you're looking for the reason Becky Morgan is tied for the lead in the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship golf tournament, it's in the numbers.

Eaton takes home Mid-Amateur crown
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Austin Eaton III, of New London, N.H., defeated Josh Dennis, of Birmingham, Ala., 1 up to claim the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Sea Island Golf Club.

Lewis takes one-shot lead in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - J.L. Lewis is having somewhat of a down year after the best season of his career on the PGA Tour. He's not happy about it, but a few of the guys just behind him in the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas wouldn't mind being in his position at all.

Lewis takes one-shot lead in Las Vegas

Player of the week Tharry Salley

Georgia high school poll

Young breaks loose in win

Key matchups

Knights capture victory

Rebels are believers by now

Thoroughbreds' offense sputters

High school football capsules

Irish all smiles after comeback

Evans, Effingham finally meet after 'political' loss

Rebels are believers by now
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Lee Sawyer asked for a show of hands Friday night before Strom Thurmond's game against No. 4 Brookland-Cayce.

High school football capsules
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Daniel Harris scored three touchdowns and Jared Jackson added two more as the Eagles cruised.

Tough catch turns tide as Butler bests Harlem
The last thing Tyrese Harris wanted to do was prop himself up with his left arm as he stumbled downfield.

Thoroughbreds' offense sputters
AIKEN - Offense has been hard to come by the past two weeks for South Aiken.

Knights capture victory
While Friday night's Effingham County and Evans game didn't have any controversy over radio headsets, the game did have a number of questionable calls that nearly cost Evans the game.

Bulldogs in top form vs. Musketeers
THOMSON - The Thomson machine kept on rolling Friday night at The Brickyard.

Young breaks loose in win
The Hephzibah sideline called it "ridiculous" and "embarrassing." They watched four, maybe five Rebels defenders try to jump to pin the determination of Glenn Hills tailback Ricky Young.

Player of the week Tharry Salley
This week's From the Huddle player of the week is Blackville-Hilda's senior fullback/linebacker Tharry Salley.

Irish all smiles after comeback
WARRENTON, Ga. - Eric Stallings placed his head down in the end zone and did what any typical football player would do after a heart-wrenching victory.

Georgia high school poll
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL REPRESENTING SEVENTH WEEK RESULTS, WITH FIRST-PLACE VOTES IN PARENTHESES AND TOTAL POINTS.

Key matchups
Key matcups for Friday night's high school football action on the gridiron.

Evans, Effingham finally meet after 'political' loss
Seventeen years ago, the biggest win in Evans football history turned into the deepest chink in the Knights' armor.

Boys start early on their Christmas expectations
Sometimes when people ask me what I do, I tell them I'm a chauffeur.

Car crash kills soldier, sends 3 to hospital
A Fort Gordon soldier is dead and three more hospitalized after the car they were traveling in Saturday morning careened over a John C. Calhoun Expressway bridge and slammed into several trees.

Woman killed in standoff
Authorities have identified a woman who they said was killed in a standoff with Richmond County sheriff's deputies Thursday night.

Dems again show double standard
The news has been filled with articles about George W. Bush's National Guard service. How long did Bill Clinton serve in the Guard that he was supposed to be in? I believe he was in Moscow protesting the war while he was supposed to be at Oxford. At that time they were sending supplies to Vietnam to kill our servicemen. Don Matthews, Augusta

Give Kerry a chance to lead us

Bush's steadfast resolve is detrimental
As the first presidential debate proved, President Bush as a thinker and policymaker is an uncomplicated man. His vision for America rests on simple, straightforward ideas, which he holds with unquestioning moral conviction. Bush pursues his policies, as he said repeatedly in the debate, with steadfastness and resolve. For him, steadfastness and resolve are virtues that almost by themselves should justify his re-election. Charles Heywood, Martinez

Y-105 format change was mistake

Give Kerry a chance to lead us
In the first presidential debate, I was hoping to hear two things. Andrew Moyer, Aiken, S.C.

Kerry proved himself in debate

Y-105 format change was mistake
The CSRA already was behind the rest of the country in the Top 40 radio-station department, and now we don't seem to have one at all. Someone decided that what we needed was another country station, although we already have three or four to start with. Kristi Flynn Augusta

Freedom robbed in smoking ban
I would like to complain about the fact that we are being deprived of our civil rights in Georgia, no less by people from other states and countries who come here to escape their hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, snowbanks, etc. David Brown Martinez

Bush's steadfast resolve is detrimental

Graduations are not for outdoors
So Dr. Charles Larke and our esteemed Richmond County Board of Education have decided that our high school seniors will once again graduate from stadiums. Students cannot be polled, Dr. Larke states, because invitations need to be ordered and a decision on location needed to be made. D.L. Stroud, Hephzibah

Go with Grove for school board post
I have the pleasure of working alongside LouAnne Grove at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, and I witness her dedication to her family, students and profession on a daily basis. She works tirelessly on behalf of the students and our school, and goes out of her way to be positive and supportive of students and fellow teachers alike. James Bower, Evans

Go with Grove for school board post

Kerry proved himself in debate
After viewing the first presidential debate Sept. 30, it is clear that John Kerry is the best candidate for the next president of the United States. Bonnie Dillingham Augusta

The power of pink

Back on track

Google to offer book searches

Not your neighbor's travel photos

Google to offer book searches
SAN FRANCISCO - Online search leader Google Inc. is becoming more bookish.

The power of pink
October comes in with a flurry of pink ribbons and products honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Not your neighbor's travel photos
You know the drill: Get invited over for dinner, finish dessert - and have the hosts' travel snapshots thrust upon you. Wouldn't it be nice if they took better pictures - or if their photos were actually of something interesting?

World's top game players battle for cash
SAN FRANCISCO - For the world's best video game players, getting the high score is no longer enough.

Back on track
At some point during the past decade, consumers got off track. Track lighting, that is. That staple of modern decor in the 1970s and '80s became increasingly bypassed in favor of the cleaner, concealed look of recessed lighting.

Folkston man's politics are clearly in the toilet
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Marion Davis, of Folkston, takes his political views seriously, but makes his opinions of the Democratic presidential ticket known in a way many consider humorous.

Across Georgia
COVINGTON - A van carrying eight detainees from a probation center was involved in a collision Friday with another vehicle in Newton County.

Ban on contractual plan sales may stall
Further action on a proposed crackdown on controversial financial packages peddled at military bases likely will have to wait until after the Nov. 2 elections.

Suspect is arrested in standoff
WAGENER - The town of Wagener was a much calmer place Thursday afternoon than it was Wednesday night, when about 40 local, state and federal police officers conducted a large-scale manhunt for a man police say shot at a Wagener police officer.

Not obeying bus laws carries a high price

Slaying causes Georgia ripples
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Police were asking for the public's help Friday with identifying eight women whose photos were found in the storage shed of a man who is accused of killing a woman in Alabama and is being investigated in the deaths of at least two others in Georgia.

Not obeying bus laws carries a high price
Vickey Graves says she will never forget the morning of Sept. 20, when she heard screeching tires outside her south Augusta home.

School official urges harder courses
More demanding coursework will better prepare South Carolina students for college and beyond, according to a Richland schools official speaking on Day 2 of the South Carolina NAACP's annual convention.

Audit says board fails to keep up its records

Police in Wagener seek gun
WAGENER - Wagener police are still searching for the gun they say 32-year-old Kevin Bernard used to shoot at two of their police officers Wednesday night.

Across the area

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies reported three arrests on the final day of the joint task force to combat disorder at high schools, officials said Friday.

Sludge may get to stay in tanks

Data prompt schools to boost safety
GRAY, Ga. - Jones County officials are reassuring parents and pupils that there is no danger after reports surfaced that a computer disc found in Iraq contained information about schools there and elsewhere in the country.

News you can use

Storms improve view of wildlife at swamp
ALBANY, Ga. - Rainfall from three hurricanes has raised water in the Okefenokee Swamp to its highest level in years, forcing snakes, deer and bears to higher ground and offering visitors an excellent chance to spot wildlife.

Ban on contractual plan sales may stall

Time of worship

Shots reserved for high-risk patients

Rants and raves
TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA NAACP: As an Augusta resident, I apologize for the ragtag band of rednecks that has gathered outside your convention. Trust me, these men, and I do use that term very loosely because I believe their evolutionary ascent has been stunted, do not represent all in this city who are glad to have you here and hope you feel welcomed.

Woman fatally shot by police

News you can use
OCT. 9, 1942 The school salvage collection drive here yesterday turned up some really "hot" scrap. It seems a lady on the 400 block of Telfair Street gave two live hand grenades to Fred Fulcher, 13, a Houghton School seventh-grader.

Around town

DeMint questioned on late taxes
COLUMBIA - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint was challenged Friday to explain why he failed to pay a property tax bill on time in 2001.

Majette calls for national lottery

Sludge may get to stay in tanks
AIKEN - A congressional roadblock to a faster, cheaper way of cleaning up millions of gallons of radioactive waste at Savannah River Site was removed Friday when a House-Senate conference committee approved an amendment by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Folkston man's politics are clearly in the toilet

Shots reserved for high-risk patients
AIKEN - South Carolina public health clinics will bar healthy adults from getting flu shots this season in an effort to preserve the short supply of vaccine for those threatened most by complications from influenza, state health officials said Friday.

Around town
Brianna Pressley and Carolyn Dill are served sushi by Minh Nguyen of Miyabi Kyoto restaurant during the annual Best of Augusta Bash. Miyabi Kyoto's sushi was voted the city's best.

De la Howe marks past as future stays uncertain
McCORMICK, S.C. - Alumni from the historic John de la Howe School will gather today to take horse-and-buggy rides around the pristine campus and huddle over scrapbooks filled with snapshots of their alma mater and its two-century legacy of educating disadvantaged and troubled youth.

Across the area

Survey receives canned replies
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Responding to an AARP survey on Social Security and prescription drugs, U.S. Rep. Max Burns and four other Republican congressional candidates agreed so strongly that they gave the same answers - word for word.

News you can use

Court hears appeal over naturalization
ATLANTA - A Cuban man whose U.S. citizenship is under question because he didn't show up for his naturalization ceremony 13 years ago should not face deportation over a paperwork error by immigration officials, his lawyer argued in federal court Friday.

Candidates speak out during political forum
Political candidates hoping to represent Richmond County and Augusta at local and state levels answered constituent questions at a political forum Thursday night.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A coalition of teachers, parents, administrators and school boards says it will fight a proposal in the Legislature that would give tax breaks to parents who send their children to private schools or home-school them.

Prison director will not privatize care

Student who brought cookie to stay home
The boy who authorities say provided chocolate chip cookies that sickened eight high school students at Glascock County Consolidated School last week is not allowed to return to class until the incident has been resolved.

Rants and raves
TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA NAACP: As an Augusta resident, I apologize for the ragtag band of rednecks that has gathered outside your convention. Trust me, these men, and I do use that term very loosely because I believe their evolutionary ascent has been stunted, do not represent all in this city who are glad to have you here and hope you feel welcomed.

Students clean up school in program
If you spotted students painting steps and pulling weeds Friday at the Academy of Richmond County, don't assume they were being punished.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
PUT OUR TOP 40 RADIO station back on the air. No one needs that much country.

Watchdog questions Hunley's finances
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The government watchdog group Common Cause is asking Attorney General Henry McMaster to look into the finances of the H.L. Hunley project.

Cost of building projects blasted

Woman fatally shot by police
Three Richmond County sheriff's deputies were put on leave Friday, after a woman was fatally shot in a three-hour standoff Thursday night.

Across Georgia

Cost of building projects blasted
ATLANTA - Georgia taxpayers lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year as construction projects run over their budgets and past their time lines, according to private executives who helped craft a major study of state government.

Car crash kills soldier, sends 3 to hospital

Majette calls for national lottery
ATLANTA - Democratic Senate candidate Denise Majette on Thursday unveiled her second education-related proposal in as many days, this time calling for a nationwide lottery system to bolster school funding.

Teacher urges students to keep tractor safety in mind

Former deputy guilty of sex act
A former Richmond County deputy cast a disparaging shadow over all police officers when he had sexual contact with a jail inmate, a judge said Friday.

NAACP event draws protests
Tim Hardin's permanent post Thursday was standing next to a toilet with fake human legs sticking out of the bowl.

Time of worship
Annie Kirkland sings during the Prayer and Praise Rally held at Bell Auditorium. Members of churches from throughout Augusta participated in Friday evening's event.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 6-year old Kacyana Monea Hampton of Augusta.

Survey receives canned replies

Sheriff will be investigated by state panel
Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed a committee Friday to investigate allegations that Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile forced inmates at his jail to work illegally.

City investment boosts north side
AIKEN - Tony Johnson used to say his Toole Hill neighborhood was rough. There were streets he didn't like to drive on.

Rants and raves
PUT OUR TOP 40 RADIO station back on the air. No one needs that much country.

Prison director will not privatize care
COLUMBIA - Corrections Department Director Jon Ozmint said Thursday that he decided against privatizing health care for the state's prisons after about two months of negotiations failed to produce savings.

Butler keeps police patrol
A police task force patrolling five Richmond County schools concluded its three-week effort Friday with 108 total arrests and plans to retain a smaller group of deputies inside George P. Butler High School.

Candidates speak out during political forum

City investment boosts north side

Students join rally over cost of tuition

Ex-German ambassador speaks at ASU
Germany's former ambassador to the United States told an Augusta audience Thursday that despite the rift between the two countries over the Iraq war, Germany will remain a steady partner in the war on terrorism.

Community meets to see debate
Thank goodness for the Internet.

News you can use
OCT. 8, 1962 Columbia County Sheriff Herman Morris of Appling died Sunday in a local hospital after a monthlong illness. He had served as sheriff for 13 years after being appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Crawford. He was a lifelong resident of Columbia County.

Slaying causes Georgia ripples

Students join rally over cost of tuition
The headline of Augusta State University's student newspaper says it all: Fight tuition increase.

Across South Carolina

NAACP annual conference begins
Day 1 of the South Carolina NAACP's annual convention focused on politics and the upcoming national election, and speakers didn't hold back in offering strong criticisms of everything from faith-based initiatives to the war in Iraq.

Butler keeps police patrol

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 19-month old Makena Uyen Griffis of North Augusta.

Teachers object to DeMint's comment

Man is charged in vote forgery
FLORENCE, S.C. - A Florence man has been arrested on charges of using names and personal information of people, including the mayor of Florence, on more than 1,000 voter registration forms and turning them in to the county voter registration office.

De la Howe marks past as future stays uncertain

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to speed up consideration of an appeal of the gay marriage amendment headed to voters next month.

School official urges harder courses

Across the area
An anonymous donor is willing to pay $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those who mutilated and killed a bull in Aiken County earlier this week, authorities said Thursday.

Suspect is arrested in standoff

Across South Carolina
BLAIR - A school bus driver died Thursday and dozens of children were injured after a dump truck collided with the bus in Fairfield County, according to television news reports.

Man is charged in vote forgery

Teachers object to DeMint's comment
COLUMBIA - Some South Carolina teachers are condemning U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint's comments on barring some people from teaching in public schools, saying a teacher's effectiveness in the classroom is more important than his or her personal life.

EPD's ruling revoked
The director of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division overstepped her authority in rejecting an Atlanta developer's controversial request to establish a landfill in rural Taliaferro County, according to an administrative law judge.

NAACP annual conference begins

Audit says board fails to keep up its records
A state audit of the Richmond County Board of Education says the board has failed to maintain permanent records of its meetings, hampering the state's efforts to determine how it conducted its business.

Teacher urges students to keep tractor safety in mind
AIKEN - For most of Chris LeMaster's students, October is their favorite time of the year.

Politics a mixed bag on tour
Golf courses are hardly bastions for liberal thinking. Swing coaches are more common than swing voters at country clubs.

'Team America' gets R rating
LOS ANGELES - "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone toned down the puppet sex scene in their upcoming film "Team America: World Police" and finally got an R rating, Paramount Pictures said Wednesday.

'Team America' gets R rating

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: 'Around the Bend'
A promising start gives way to a good-natured but utterly contrived and predictable reunion road trip in writer-director Jordan Roberts' debut feature, "Around the Bend."

At the Movies: 'Primer'
Seven thousand dollars just doesn't seem to buy what it used to. A month's rent on a Tribeca loft, maybe, or one of those Hermes Birkin handbags like the one Martha Stewart carried during her trial.

At the Movies: 'Primer'

At the Movies: 'Around the Bend'

Capsule reviews of new films

Brian Wilson returns with "Smile"
LOS ANGELES - If Brian Wilson could change just one thing in life, it wouldn't be the legendary emotional traumas, the insecurities, the drug abuse, the battles with weight or the endless legal conflicts that nearly destroyed him.

Brian Wilson returns with "Smile"

Dylan's autobiography full of anecdotes

Dylan's autobiography full of anecdotes
Any book that features Bob Dylan sharing a greasy hamburger backstage with Tiny Tim is going to get your attention - especially when the story is told by the ordinarily reclusive Dylan himself.

R. Kelly and Jay-Z unite for concert tour
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The handwritten script appeared slowly at first, unspooling across the wide-screen video monitors inside the Allstate Arena as if scrawled by some giant, invisible hand.

R. Kelly and Jay-Z unite for concert tour

Auto network adds 7-second delay to NASCAR radio coverage

'Front Row Joe' posts his second consecutive pole
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Joe Nemechek lived up to his nickname "Front Row Joe" on Friday, winning the pole position for the Banquet 400.

'Front Row Joe' posts his second consecutive pole

Auto network adds 7-second delay to NASCAR radio coverage
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Motor Racing Network will follow NBC's lead and add a delay to its NASCAR radio broadcasts beginning with Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.

Network adds 5-second delay
NEW YORK - NBC is adding a 5-second delay to its NASCAR telecasts after Dale Earnhardt Jr. used a vulgarity during a postrace interview last weekend.

Rookie carries Sun to win
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Connecticut rookie Lindsay Whalen played with the guile of a veteran Friday night, leading the Sun to a 68-64 victory over the Seattle Storm in the opening game of the WNBA Finals.

Coach's link to old boss obvious

Lewis gets two-game suspension

Winless Dolphins hope road cures ills

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Ms. Connie Irvin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Freddie Hubert    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles E. Dickey, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Deacon Alonza A. Davis, Sr.    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bertha Carroll Lewis    (GOUGH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kristy Renee Olmstead    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Ms. Denyse Clark    (JAMES ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles G. Panetti    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Behl    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Irene Williford    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Miller    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Frances Holliday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Rebecca Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joel Kenney Avera    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Grady Doyle King    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Hatcher    (HYATTSVILLE, M.D.)
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Mrs. Kristy Renee Olmstead    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Wilbert Bell    (VERNON, NY)
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Mr. Mack L. Proctor, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Angela Allcock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Lou Withers    (PERKINS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Leigh Ann Brett (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Withers (PERKINS, Ga.)

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Mr. Charles E. Dickey, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Coppet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Royce Lamar Glass (GREENSBORO, S.C.)

Mrs. Dixie Helen Scarborough (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Elijah Morris (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William H. Burriss, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Deacon Alonza A. Davis, Sr. (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Wylene Harris (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Freddie Hubert (WARTHEN, Ga.)

SFC Winston Glynn Crosby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Miller (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Dickey, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, GA)

Ms. Connie Irvin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Baxter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Denyse Clark (JAMES ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Ivy Half-A-Pint Patterson (ULMER, S.C.)

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

Miss Rebecca Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Williford (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbert Bell (VERNON, NY)

Mrs. Shera C. Marsh-Chupa (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Carroll Lewis (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. James Warren Hatcher (HYATTSVILLE, Md.)

Mrs. Angela Allcock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Key (HOMESTEAD, Fla.)

Mrs. Irene Williford (APPLING, Ga.)

SSGT Nelson Serrano, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Ann Jordan (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Terry (AMERICUS, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond B. Johnson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Kenney Avera (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Jewell Foshee (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Holliday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eunace "Pete" Freeman (WARE SHOALS, S.C.)

Mr. John A. Tennant (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Hilliard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aiko Ladomirak (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Marlene R. Landon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Glenda G. Royal (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Hatcher (HYATTSVILLE, M.D.)

Rev. Grady Doyle King (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Kristy Renee Olmstead (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Masie Shuman (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Youmans, Sr. (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mr. JD Smith (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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Why would a black man support flag?
As a black man who has lived his entire life in the South, I couldn't fathom why a person of color would willingly support the Confederate flag. So, when two Black Confederates came to Augusta this week to protest the city's decision to take down a Confederate flag on the riverwalk, I couldn't resist the opportunity to pick their brains.

Florida needs help, not criticism
It was a classless thing to do, even by Jimmy Carter's standards.

Why would a black man support flag?
As a black man who has lived his entire life in the South, I couldn't fathom why a person of color would willingly support the Confederate flag. So, when two Black Confederates came to Augusta this week to protest the city's decision to take down a Confederate flag on the riverwalk, I couldn't resist the opportunity to pick their brains.

Confederate flag is not NAACP's only issue
On Aug. 18, the South Carolina State Conference and the Aiken Branch of the NAACP announced that the 63rd Civil Rights Convention and State Conference would be in Augusta. Since then, we've observed many comments and misconceptions by area newspaper readers regarding our position on several issues. With our conference continuing through Sunday, please allow me this opportunity to clarify some of the concerns.

Florida needs help, not criticism
It was a classless thing to do, even by Jimmy Carter's standards.

Confederate flag is not NAACP's only issue
On Aug. 18, the South Carolina State Conference and the Aiken Branch of the NAACP announced that the 63rd Civil Rights Convention and State Conference would be in Augusta. Since then, we've observed many comments and misconceptions by area newspaper readers regarding our position on several issues. With our conference continuing through Sunday, please allow me this opportunity to clarify some of the concerns.

Record-holding runner dies

Record-holding runner dies
BOSTON - Johnny Kelley, a two-time Boston Marathon champion who became a beloved figure in the history of the race by starting it a record 61 times, died at 97.

Winless Dolphins hope road cures ills
DAVIE, Fla. - Desperate to reduce turnovers, Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt has done everything but punt on first down.

Lewis gets two-game suspension
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was suspended for two games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Lewis will serve time in prison
ATLANTA - Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis pleaded guilty Thursday to using a cell phone to violate federal law by trying to set up a drug transaction more than four years ago.

Coach's link to old boss obvious
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora opened the season on the road four weeks ago with a victory over Dennis Erickson, his boss last year in San Francisco.

Custom prayer tools personalize spiritual meaning
George Maule learned to make rosaries 30 years ago when he was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. About a year ago, he was drafted to make a different kind of rosary, a teaching tool for children.

Religion News in Brief
ST. LOUIS - Archbishop Raymond Burke sparked a national debate earlier this year by announcing he would deny Holy Communion to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Now, he says there is no justification for voters to back a candidate supporting abortion rights.

Archbishop says Episcopal Church cannot be trusted
AP Graphic ANGLICAN MEMBERSHIP

Congregations string beads, crosses for troops
PHILADELPHIA - Lisa Torres sits at her kitchen table most evenings assembling a parachute cord, plastic beads and a crucifix into something U.S. troops can hold onto.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com, send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Pope seeks international publishers
FRANKFURT, Germany - The Vatican presented Pope John Paul II's latest book at the world's largest literary fair, seeking international distribution for the pontiff's 200-page reflection on good and evil in recent history.

Progressive American Muslims push for reinterpretation of Islam
NEW YORK - The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks emboldened many outside the Muslim community to demand Islamic leaders re-examine religious teachings on matters from war to women's rights.

Finding meaning at work
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For years, it was as if Rogers Strickland lived in two separate worlds.

Faith and friends sustain doctor in face of cancer
When Thomson physician Jacqueline Fincher developed breast cancer, it was a very public illness. Signs appeared on businesses and billboards in the city, saying, "Dr. Jackie, we are praying for you."

Politics a mixed bag on tour

'Pat Croce: Moving In' moves to daytime TV
NEW YORK - In an era when makeover shows are the craze, Pat Croce has introduced a show with a less sweeping goal: to make that needed first step.

'Men' returns real comedy to TV viewing
LOS ANGELES - Two and a Half Men is a success, and why not? The CBS comedy is smartly cast, with Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer as mismatched siblings, one a slick womanizer, the other a hapless nerd. Holland Taylor is their icy mother, and promising young actor Angus T. Jones is the cuddly kid in the middle.

'The Next Great Champ' moves to sports cable
NEW YORK - Fox's "The Next Great Champ" isn't TKO'd, but the boxing series has been sent down a weight class.

'The Next Great Champ' moves to sports cable

'Pat Croce: Moving In' moves to daytime TV

People in the News

Vols' QBs brace for Georgia crowd

Another Gergia football ring shows up on eBay
ATLANTA - Another Georgia football ring is for sale.

Vols' QBs brace for Georgia crowd
ATHENS, Ga. - The last time Erik Ainge played a road football game, he was a high school senior for Glencoe in the Oregon state playoffs against North Medford. Brent Schaeffer hasn't stepped onto an opponent's home field since his Deerfield Beach squad played at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida's postseason prep tournament.

Attitude change benefits defense

Attitude change benefits defense
COLUMBIA - Ron Cooper walked into the meeting room to the sound of seven or eight guys chattering and giggling as if they were at a middle school slumber party.

Saiki on an upswing
When LPGA Tour players saw where the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship fell on the 2004 schedule, their first thought was that was the last full-field event of the season.

Odds and Ends

Pope seeks international publishers

Faith calendar

Progressive American Muslims push for reinterpretation of Islam

Custom prayer tools personalize spiritual meaning

Congregations string beads, crosses for troops

Religion News in Brief

Faith and friends sustain doctor in face of cancer

Finding meaning at work