Humor collection has justices on hard court

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'Shopaholic' continues spending
LONDON - Sophie Kinsella was sitting in a cafe in Wimbledon village, talking about dropping off her young son for his first day at school. She seemed a world away from Becky Bloomwood, the somewhat self-centered fashion addict of Ms. Kinsella's wildly successful Shopaholic novels.

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Dylan fills autobiography with amusing anecdotes

Humor collection has justices on hard court
The reviews of daydreams or beards may not do it. The list of unsuitable baby names might not, either. Maybe it will take the thought of basketball-playing, precedent-setting Supreme Court justices. But something in the collection Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans is guaranteed to cause a chuckle.

Dylan fills autobiography with amusing 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 Mr. Dylan himself.

'Shopaholic' continues spending

Finley, Walker pay off for new teams

Lima optimistic he can lead Dodgers to victory

Finley, Walker pay off for new teams
LOS ANGELES - Steve Finley thrust his fists in the air as the ball left his bat. His ninth-inning grand slam Oct. 2 beat the Giants and assured the Dodgers' first postseason appearance since 1996.

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."

Ortiz brings Angels back down to Earth

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.

Brown punches way past frustrated Twins

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

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

Hand-shaking skill tells a lot about you

Braves are on the brink
HOUSTON - The Atlanta Braves, winners of 13 consecutive division titles, came adorned with history.

Braves' notebook

Braves are on the brink

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

Game 2 rally resembles the Braves of old

Braves' notebook
HOUSTON - Imagine the Atlanta Braves' dismay and John Thomson's disappointment.

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.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Sept. 15-30. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Experts say tech slump will continue

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Check 21 ushers in electronic banking
NEW YORK - In the next few weeks, consumers will start receiving notices from banks and other financial institutions about changes to their checking accounts.

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

Business calendar
Wednesday: Free Estate and Gift Planning Seminar; 7 p.m.; Augusta Jewish Community Center; speakers Abram Serotta, CPA & Aubrey Rhodes, Attorney will outline the estate and gift planning process and the newest techniques. For more information and to R.S.V.P., call Melissa Canady at 722-5337.

Readers provide even more money-saving tips
After watching her husband, Homer, spend $10,000 on an elephant and $5,000 on a pony and run through the town's entire annual budget for garbage removal in one month, its no wonder Marge Simpson has resorted to saving the family's money in a jar in her tall blue locks.

Check 21 ushers in electronic banking

Car rentals enter rival territory

On the move

Insurance regulators expose bias
For a century, it was standard practice at many American insurance companies: When it came to burial insurance, blacks were charged more than whites for the same coverage.

Developer constructs conservation community
At first glance, the massive Bartram Trail subdivision appears no different from any other upscale, master-planned community built in Columbia County.

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.

On the move
Keith M. Hull has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Avondale Mills.

Fast profit makes ugliest home beautiful for property investors

Readers provide even more money-saving tips

Car rentals enter rival territory
ST. LOUIS - It's part of an intensifying car-rental rumble: As Enterprise Rent-A-Car increases its visibility at airports, longtime airport leader Hertz is muscling into America's neighborhoods, Enterprise's closely guarded turf.

Developer constructs conservation community

Krispy Kreme to face formal inquiry

Insurance regulators expose bias

Property transfers

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.

Mays might have gotten too deep into arena mess

Mays might have gotten too deep into arena mess
Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Willie Mays may have overplayed his hand in his diatribe last week against an agreement with Augusta Entertainment LLC, the corporation wanting to develop a sports arena at the Regency Mall site with money from the proposed $486 million sales tax package.

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.

Bowden will go back to drawing board

Small school roundup

Top 25 roundup
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After making freshman mistakes, Chad Henne came through for Michigan like a savvy senior.

SEC roundup

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.

SEC denies Tennessee's appeal of Fulmer fine

Top 25 roundup

SEC roundup
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Marcus Randall came off the bench and threw two touchdown passes, including a 10-yarder with 27 seconds to play, to help No. 24 LSU upset No. 12 Florida, 24-21 on Saturday night.

ACC roundup
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Virginia Tech was concerned about overworking Mike Imoh by giving him too many carries.

ACC roundup

Win against Florida could salvage season for Tigers

College football capsules

Texas takes another crack at ending rival's run

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

One Longhorns streak stops as another reaches 5 games
DALLAS - The Oklahoma Sooners found a new way to devastate the Texas Longhorns.

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.

Small school roundup
BOONE, N.C. - Richie Williams scored on a 13-yard run with 35 seconds left in the game to lift Appalachian State to a 30-29 win against Furman on Saturday.

Cremins found a calling during rigors of the ACC

Debate 2: mettle detector
If you can't get caught up in this election, you need to check your pulse.

Too often life and death

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.

DeMint for U.S. Senate

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

Debate 2: mettle detector

Attacking obesity in steps

DeMint for U.S. Senate
There are basically eight close U.S. Senate races that will determine which party will control that august body for at least the next two years - and one of them is in South Carolina, where the GOP has a chance to pick up the Democratic seat that's been held for nearly four decades by the retiring Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

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

Eagles use team approach to win
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Georgia Southern advertises a triple-option attack, but the Eagles displayed more than three ways to beat Western Carolina on Saturday.

Ball's mother settles her son
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Catherine Geiger picked up her newspaper last Sunday morning.

Ball rolls Jackets to an upset
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Georgia Tech is a school for engineers.

Eagles use team approach to win

Ball rolls Jackets to an upset

Ball's mother settles her son

Golf roundup

Young amateur gets taste of chasing Asahi leaders
Ya-Ni Tseng made a run at the leaders on the front nine in Saturday's third round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, then slipped back, showing the nervousness of a 15-year-old playing in her first LPGA Tour event.

Many become irritated by slow play of round

Former Masters announcer Beckman dies at age 86
Anyone who has played even a little golf in Savannah, Ga., has a favorite Leo Beckman story.

Neumann back in prime spot
It's been more than two years since Liselotte Neumann has been in this position, as a third-round leader. She's missed the excitement of it, but what she's missed more is winning. She hasn't done that in six years.

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.

Tournament officials insist event will return
The hottest topic around Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club this week hasn't been about who's been playing well, or how 14-year-old area golfer Alina Lee was going to do, or who's going to win the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship today.

Neumann back in prime spot

Tournament officials insist event will return

Former Masters announcer Beckman dies at age 86

Golf roundup
SPRING, Texas - Wayne Levi shot 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead over D.A. Weibring after two rounds of the Administaff Small Business Classic.

Lewis takes one-shot lead in Las Vegas

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.

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.

Thoroughbreds' offense sputters

Knights capture victory

Young breaks loose in win

Rebels are believers by now

Glenn Hills riding high after win

Irish all smiles after comeback

High school football capsules

Glenn Hills riding high after win
Glenn Hills Homecoming Queen Avia McGruder had the time of her life Friday. She joined the club at Glenn Hills.

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.

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.

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.

Black football coaches want fair play in hiring
A perfect football season. It is every high school coach's dream, one that John Starr lived in 1995.

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.

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

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

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.

Hand-shaking skill tells a lot about you
Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

Neumann wins Asahi Ryokuken
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Liselotte Neumann won her first LPGA Tour title in six years, holding off a late charge by Grace Park for a three-stroke victory at the LPGA Asahi Ryokuken International Championship on Sunday.

Falcons fall to Lions
ATLANTA - The Detroit Lions are getting used to winning on the road.

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.

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

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

Make Jones next county solicitor

Vote Grove for school board
I read in the Columbia County News-Times that Barry Paschal said that school board candidate Michael Sleeper is the son-in-law of Ron Cross, our chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. Are we going to have one family run county government? Is this an agenda for control? Chuck Gantt, Evans

Kerry proved he is an unfit leader

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

Make Jones next county solicitor
I am asking everyone, Democrats and Republicans, to vote for Harold Jones for solicitor general come Nov. 2. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

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

Vote no on absurd SPLOST
I was very hopeful when first hearing about the special local option sales tax, and what good it could bring to our community. There are some very worthwhile projects on the list that Augusta could benefit from. Susan Hensley, Augusta

Vote Grove for school board

Kerry proved he is an unfit leader
After watching the first presidential debate between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, I have concluded that I must be living on a different planet than Kerry, because most of his allegations against Bush and his administration differ from the facts. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Family replaces home ravaged by termites with custom abode

Comment wasn't meant to slight veterans

Sweater weather

It's all about who you know and hope to avoid

In the know

Columnist says she hopes to speak for all women
Turning a humorous eye on the everyday experience comes naturally to Augusta-based author Karin Gillespie.

Comment wasn't meant to slight veterans
Dear Carson: In regards to your column two weeks ago about purple hearts on Band-Aids, you surely didn't mean veterans who have earned the Purple Heart are children wanting us to tend to their boo-boos. I am working with a double Purple Heart veteran and see the scars from the blood and guts he left in Korea and Vietnam. I have assured him that you did not mean anything against our veterans. Please confirm what I told him ASAP or try to defend your way-out-of-line comments. -Vexed veterans nurse

Sweater weather
The sweater, fall's signature garment, is making its way back into wardrobes and out of closets with the texture and warmth for which it's known.

It's all about who you know and hope to avoid
Last month, I, along with thousands of fellow Augustans, made my yearly pilgrimage to the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. There, I soaked up culture, marveled over weaved baskets and ate meat on a stick.

In the know
If you and your spouse are planning to cancel out each other's votes this election year, The Augusta Chronicle wants to get in on the fun. Are you being mature about it? Are voices getting a little testy? Or are you just ignoring your spouse in an effort to forget about the potentially life-changing mistake they're about to make?

Family replaces home ravaged by termites with custom abode
The Dicksons knew they had their work cut out for them when they decided to renovate their Evans home five years ago. When Gerald Dickson started opening up the walls of the one-story wood house, though, he found more than he bargained for.

Lynx open camp today with group of veterans
Friday night was the first official meeting for this year's Augusta Lynx.

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
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.

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

De la Howe marks past as future stays uncertain

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.

Butler keeps police patrol

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.

Shots reserved for high-risk patients

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.

Ban on contractual plan sales may stall

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Across Georgia
QUITMAN - The body of an elderly man discovered in Brooks County will be tested to see whether it is that of a missing assisted-living resident.

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.

Slaying causes Georgia ripples

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Sludge may get to stay in tanks

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 the area

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.

Time of worship

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.

Reality show comes to MCG

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.

Across the area

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.

Georgia passes recruiting goal

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.

Across the southeast

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.

Across Georgia

Senator does not hold back in battle

Across the area
A Fort Gordon soldier is dead and three more hospitalized after the car they were traveling in Saturday morning drove off a John C. Calhoun Expressway bridge and slammed into several trees.

Car crash kills soldier, sends 3 to hospital

Georgia passes recruiting goal
As American troops are deployed all over the world, recruiting men and women to fill slots in the Army National Guard has been a problem, with recruiters nationally falling short of their goals.

Teacher urges students to keep tractor safety in mind

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

Fire at warehouse gives owner unhappy birthday

Senator does not hold back in battle
AIKEN - The South Carolina Republican Party might have been better served by staying off Democratic state Sen. Tommy Moore's turf.

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.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Columbus Day:

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Chancellor plans big changes
ATLANTA - As nearly a hundred students gathered outside the Capitol to protest possible tuition increases last week, many of them stressed the personal nature of the battle over the state's higher-education budget.

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.

Many questions remain on building new highway

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.

Commandments suit has county in debt
ATHENS, Ga. - The Barrow County Commission has scheduled a meeting for Monday to discuss whether the county will be able to continue its fight against an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Ten Commandments display in the courthouse.

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.

Sanford's agenda release generates disagreement
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford plans to present his agenda for the next legislative session Tuesday, and it already might be causing some tension.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Furman University fraternity has been penalized after an underage student was found drunk on campus, school officials said.

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 southeast
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - The warden and four other officers at a state prison in Zephyrhills, Fla., lost their jobs after a suicidal inmate from Jacksonville was held naked there for several days, the Department of Corrections confirmed.

Folkston man's politics are clearly in the toilet

Fire at warehouse gives owner unhappy birthday
George Dodsworth's 43rd birthday is one he won't soon forget.

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.

Survey receives canned replies

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.

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.

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.

Holiday closings

Chancellor plans big changes

Moore goes full force against underdog
AIKEN - The South Carolina Republican Party might have been better served by staying off Democratic state Sen. Tommy Moore's turf.

Community meets to see debate
Thank goodness for the Internet.

Reality show comes to MCG
Achih Chen may face some good-natured ribbing next year when the second season of a plastic surgery-themed reality show airs on the E! network.

Neumann wins Asahi Ryokuken

Many questions remain on building new highway
Ever since talk of a new interstate highway spread across Lincoln County, residents have been engaging in plenty of wistful speculation.

Medical care discussed

Bluegrass festival attracts crowd to Aiken Polo Club
AIKEN - Aiken's bluegrass following found greener pastures in a place traditionally occupied by polo enthusiasts.

Rebel flag rivals could hold talks

School official urges harder courses

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.

Medical care discussed
The inequities faced by blacks and the underinsured who seek medical assistance were a key topic Saturday at the South Carolina NAACP Convention in Augusta.

Woman fatally shot by police

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Devin Xavier Myers of Beech Island.

Across Georgia

Falcons fall to Lions

Rebel flag rivals could hold talks
Outside the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, Robert B. Hayes and more than 100 people flying Confederate flags protested against the South Carolina NAACP's Augusta appearance.

Moore goes full force against underdog

Georgia can't control destiny
ATHENS, Ga. - This time the hob-nailed boot was on the other foot. This time Georgia was crushed.

Jarrett seeks elusive victory
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Dale Jarrett is running out of opportunities to keep his string of at least one victory a season alive.

Nemechek gets best of Stewart
Stewart, who has a Winston Cup championship and an Indy Racing League title but has never won a Busch race, dominated all but the last few laps Saturday at Kansas Speedway. But Nemechek reeled him in after a late restart, and Stewart was trying to hold him off when the two made contact in the backstretch with 1 laps to go.

'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.

Earnhardt gets friend's support

Auto network adds 7-second delay to NASCAR radio coverage

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.

Earnhardt gets friend's support
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Tony Stewart hopes Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't lose the Nextel Cup Series championship by fewer than 25 points - even to him.

Jarrett seeks elusive victory

'Front Row Joe' posts his second consecutive pole

Anthony has plenty to prove
DENVER - A disarming smile and skill with a basketball have always helped Carmelo Anthony smooth out the rough spots in his life. Not this summer.

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.

Anthony has plenty to prove

Cremins found a calling during rigors of the ACC
When Bobby Cremins looks back at everything that brought him to today, so much of it rode on one 1970 weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

Hard work is paying off for Falcons' end

Coach's link to old boss obvious

NFL power rankings for week 5

Lewis gets two-game suspension

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Mr. Royce Lamar Glass    (GREENSBORO, S.C.)
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Mr. John Altoonian    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marlene R. Landon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Everette Deitz    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Lou Withers    (PERKINS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Williford    (APPLING, Ga.)
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CPT. William Matthews    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Shirley Ann Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Turner    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sarah Yearwood    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Simpkins    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. James Hatcher    (HYATTSVILLE, M.D.)
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Mrs. Cleo Scarborough    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Mrs. Linda Waller    (CONYERS, Ga.)
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Ms. Connie Irvin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Glenda G. Royal    (EVANS, GA)
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Mr. Charles G. Panetti    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Gary L. Phillips    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles G. Panetti    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eunice P. Page    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Meeks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lottie Mae Lambert    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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CPT. William Matthews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Lewis    (GOUGH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jane Kyser Wiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marlene R. Landon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Elijah Morris    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Miss Rebecca Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kristy Renee Olmstead    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edith Johnson Warren    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Glenda G. Royal    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carleen Hendrix    (STAESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Simpkins    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. Ira Andrew Brown, Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. John A. Tennant    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Elouise T. Cuyler    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Turner    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Rev. Grady Doyle King    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Williford    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alma Jewell Foshee    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Eunace "Pete" Freeman    (WARE SHOALS, S.C.)
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Mr. James Hilliard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John A. Tennant (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Everette Deitz (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Bertha Lewis (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Elijah Morris (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Grady Doyle King (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wesley Forbes Taylor (AIKEN, SC)

Mrs. Frances Meeks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Williford (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Gary L. Phillips (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Baxter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice P. Page (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Altoonian (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Leigh Ann Brett (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Rebecca Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles G. Panetti (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. Grady Doyle King (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Miss Rebecca Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Hilliard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Jewell Foshee (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Elouise T. Cuyler (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Hilliard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carleen Hendrix (STAESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Holliday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Josh Jones, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Miss Jessica Colbert-Wells (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Aiko Ladomirak (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lottie Mae Lambert (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Kristy Renee Olmstead (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Cleo Scarborough (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Richmond Davis (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mrs. Sarah Yearwood (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Withers (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mr. Ira Andrew Brown, Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Ann Jordan (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Kyser Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC Winston Glynn Crosby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McDonald, Sr. (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Williford (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Gay-marriage ban would set poor precedent
It is unfortunate that the subject of gay marriage has to be in the forefront of this November's elections. However, it is. It can affect the lives of many gays and lesbians, and our fate is in the hands of our fellow Georgians.

Gay-marriage ban would set poor precedent
It is unfortunate that the subject of gay marriage has to be in the forefront of this November's elections. However, it is. It can affect the lives of many gays and lesbians, and our fate is in the hands of our fellow Georgians.

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.

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.

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.

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.

With right approach, county schools can excel
When I was a member of the Nation's Report Card panel setting standards for America's schools, I found a diversity of opinions on what defined a good education, and what people were willing to sacrifice to achieve superior results.

With right approach, county schools can excel
When I was a member of the Nation's Report Card panel setting standards for America's schools, I found a diversity of opinions on what defined a good education, and what people were willing to sacrifice to achieve superior results.

Overtime

Overtime
In Morrow, Ga., USC Aiken ended its two-game scoreless streak but Clayton State's Olaitan Yusuf scored a Peach Belt Conference-record five goals as the Lady Lakers (6-3-1, 1-2-1) defeated the Lady Pacers (1-7-2, 0-4).

Sightseek ends stellar career
NEW YORK - Sightseek put in a final performance to remember.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Lots of factors could affect this year's harvest
Georgia's chief deer biologist doesn't have a crystal ball. But Kent Kammermeyer doesn't need one to say with relative certainty that the upcoming whitetail season will be drastically different from last year's.

Hard work is paying off for Falcons' end
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.- Patrick Kerney had rather modest expectations when he went off to college.

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.

NFL power rankings for week 5
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

Archbishop says Episcopal Church cannot be trusted
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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.

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.

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.

Lots of factors could affect this year's harvest

Georgia can't control destiny

'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.

Vols' QBs brace for Georgia crowd

UGA notebook

UGA notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - With 1 second left and the football at Tennessee's 19-yard line, Georgia quarterback David Greene had 6-foot-7 tight end Leonard Pope in his sights.

Volunteers hand 'Dogs first setback
Georgia seemed to do everything it could to lose Saturday, while Tennessee did just enough to win. Still, the third-ranked Bulldogs had a chance at the end.

Volunteers hand 'Dogs first setback

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.

USC notebook
COLUMBIA - South Carolina secondary coach Ron Cooper was anxious earlier in the week about Mississippi quarterback Ethan Flatt.

Attitude change benefits defense

Rebels rally to upset Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - This was supposed to be easy, a cakewalk win to put South Carolina a victory from bowl eligibility.

Rebels rally to upset Gamecocks

USC notebook

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.

Custom prayer tools personalize spiritual meaning

Faith and friends sustain doctor in face of cancer

Finding meaning at work

Faith calendar

Congregations string beads, crosses for troops

Religion News in Brief

Progressive American Muslims push for reinterpretation of Islam