Coffee table volume takes shot of Georgia
One hundred thirty-seven pages of photographs spanning the width and breadth of Georgia bring the state alive in Georgia 24/7, one of a 51-book series from the creators of A Day in the Life of America.

Ventura announces farewell from sport
LOS ANGELES - Robin Ventura retired in a fashion fitting for the way he played and behaved during a fine 16-year career - quietly, with dignity and little fanfare.

Ventura announces farewell from sport

October is Reggie Sanders' time of year
ST. LOUIS - Reggie Sanders is playing for his seventh team in seven seasons, and finds a way to land with a winner.

Mourning star returns home
PUERTO CAIMITO, Panama - Mariano Rivera flew home to comfort relatives after two family members were electrocuted in his pool, but plans to be back in New York when the Yankees open their playoff series with the Boston Red Sox.

Respect not faked for Cardinals

Respect not faked for Cardinals
That was indeed a handshake line you saw moments after the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles, three games to one, to settle half the bracket for the National League Championship Series.

October is Reggie Sanders' time of year

Mets to look at Yankees' Randolph
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees gave new Mets general manager Omar Minaya permission to interview Willie Randolph for their manager's job.

Red Sox get another shot
BOSTON - The fans wanted it. For that matter the entire baseball world wanted it. Now it's here, and nobody is chomping at the bit more than the Boston Red Sox.

Yellow Jackets keep sour weekend away

Odds and Ends
METROPOLIS, Ill. - Residents in the southern Illinois town that shares its name with Superman's adopted city have joined the rest of the country in mourning the death of actor Christopher Reeve.

Odds and Ends
SINGAPORE - Spurred on by shouts of "Shove it in, shove it in!" 19-year-old Don Ezra Nicholas stuffed more than three McDonald's hamburgers into his mouth - without swallowing - and claimed a new global record at the end of Singapore's contest to be the world's wackiest.

Teen found in wrecked car eight days after crash
REDMOND, Wash. - A teenager was found alive in her wrecked car after being missing for eight days.

New burger-stuffing record set
SINGAPORE - Spurred on by shouts of "Shove it in, shove it in!" 19-year-old Don Ezra Nicholas stuffed more than three McDonald's hamburgers into his mouth - without swallowing - and claimed a new global record at the end of Singapore's contest to be the world's wackiest.

Caminiti's death stuns sport's family

Braves find pride in this failure

Braves find pride in this failure
ATLANTA - Along with the usual farewells and expressions of regret that accompanied another futile trip to the playoffs, there was a sense of pride in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse Monday night.

Braves are out again
ATLANTA - It took 43 years, but the Houston Astros are postseason winners.

Braves end season with ugly defeat
ATLANTA - Never mind what the calendar says. Autumn died Monday night.

Caminiti's death stuns sport's family
HOUSTON - Former National League Most Valuable Player Ken Caminiti's death came as a shock to those who believed the former slugger was turning his life around after being released from jail last week on a 2001 drug charge.

Heart attack claims former Brave, MVP
NEW YORK - On the field, Ken Caminiti's all-out style served him well. Off the field is where it got him in trouble.

Business briefs
The Georgia Depart-ment of Labor kicked off the second year of its High School High Tech job-training program Tuesday.

Housing construction begins on Claussen Road

Tobacco lawsuit could bankrupt manufacturers
RICHMOND, Va. - Big tobacco companies have already agreed to pay $246 billion to settle states' suits against them. Now, at a civil racketeering trial in Washington, D.C., the Justice Department is seeking $280 billion from cigarette makers, charging them with defrauding the public about the health risks of smoking.

Housing construction begins on Claussen Road
Despite declining occupancy rates, Richmond County is getting a new hotel.

Plant sale expected, Pfizer says
Pfizer Inc. officials are optimistic about their chances of selling the company's Augusta plant.

American, Norwegian share Nobel Prize
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - An American and a Norwegian won the 2004 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics Monday for shedding light on how government policies and actions affect economies around the world.

American, Norwegian share Nobel Prize

Oil futures prices rise toward $54

Tobacco lawsuit could bankrupt manufacturers

Oil futures prices rise toward $54
Oil futures prices advanced to a new high Monday as a strike began in Africa's largest exporter of crude, exacerbating global supply concerns at a time of strong demand and reduced output in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf of Mexico.

FirstCo factory to open near Grovetown
Work on a new facility for wheel assembler FirstCo Inc. is rolling along on schedule and is expected to be finished by March.

Bowden not ready for drastic changes

Bowden not ready for drastic changes
A week ago, Tommy Bowden considered turnovers Clemson's only problem.

Bower: Southern Miss QB won't play vs. Tide
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dustin Almond will miss 24th-ranked Southern Mississippi's game against Alabama after the quarterback injured his leg on a touchdown run last week, coach Jeff Bower said Monday.

'Keep going, keep going'
"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty ... "

SRS cleanup revived
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's compromise plan to get the Savannah River Site's accelerated cleanup project back on schedule has taken a giant step forward in Congress. A House-Senate conference committee gave the Graham plan a green light in the $445.6 billion defense authorization bill.

A real super hero
Christopher Reeve's body never really was super.

A real super hero

SRS cleanup revived

How Kerry is consistent
John Kerry says he's been perfectly consistent in his views on Iraq and the war on terror. Well, in a way he's right. He's consistently inconsistent.

Setback for terrorists
Terrorists suffered one of their worst setbacks in months over the weekend when millions of voters showed up at Afghan polling places to cast their ballots for president.

Setback for terrorists

'Superman' star dies at age 52
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. - "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve, who turned personal tragedy into a public crusade and from his wheelchair became the nation's most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research, has died. He was 52.

For a Superman, a very common end
Actor Christopher Reeve could have been expected to live to about age 65. But bedsore infections can undermine even the strongest spinal cord patients and cause an early death as it did for Reeve at age 52.

People in the news
NEW YORK - She might owe him her household name status, but according to a recent survey, more New York college students would rather room with Kelly Ripa than Regis Philbin, her "Live With Regis and Kelly" co-host.

The top five list
Here's a list of the most popular movies, music, videos and television shows.

Hurricanes to cause erratic vegetable prices, shortages

College students miss out on financial aid

Hurricanes to cause erratic vegetable prices, shortages
ALBANY, Ga. - Shoppers may be faced with wide price swings for fresh vegetables this fall and winter because of losses and disruptions caused by the hurricanes that devastated Florida last month and then swept north to Georgia.

College students miss out on financial aid
A new study says hundreds of thousands of college students who may be eligible for federal financial aid don't get it for a simple reason - they don't apply.

Longtime Tech legend dies at 59
ATLANTA - Kim King, who was a hero to one generation of Georgia Tech football fans as a star quarterback in the mid-1960s and was a beloved radio analyst for 30 years, died Tuesday morning after a long battle with leukemia.

Calhoun appreciating finer things about life
Jim Calhoun said he had always lived the good life, but he'd never stopped to reflect just how good.

Calhoun appreciating finer things about life

Neumann's putting puts on show at Asahi
If Liselotte Neumann had known she'd get along so famously with Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club's greens, she no doubt would have played in the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship before this year.

World ranking points separate tournaments

Woods says he's enjoying his honeymoon
Tiger Woods always said he had to win a major for it to be considered a great year, but he might have found an exception last week when he got married in Barbados.

Woods says he's enjoying his honeymoon

Augusta State teams pull off daily double
For Augusta State, this is what it is like winning the lottery.

Neumann's putting puts on show at Asahi

World ranking points separate tournaments
Both tournaments have only 16 players and offer six figures just for showing up.

PGA Tour begins season in Hawaii, ends it in Atlanta
The PGA Tour will start the 2005 season along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with the first two stops in Hawaii followed by the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Augusta State teams pull off daily double

PGA Tour begins season in Hawaii, ends it in Atlanta

Canty to finish season at Laney

Georgia Prep Polls

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

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):

Canty to finish season at Laney
One area team is without a vital heartbeat. Another has welcomed a talented football player to their squad with open arms.

NHL starts canceling games

NHL starts canceling games
NEW YORK - The Tampa Bay Lightning were supposed to raise their Stanley Cup championship banner this week to kick off the new season.

Matthew, downgraded to tropical depression
NEW ORLEANS - Service was restored Monday for residents of a Louisiana city where Tropical Storm Matthew broke a water main, but residents of some coastal areas were still waiting for a wind shift to push high water back out to sea.

NASCAR at home in Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. - The folks at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse would prefer race fans call the racetrack that hosts the UAW-GM 500 by its official name, the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Driver and race teams, however, are sometimes creatures of habit. They call it by its old name, the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Elliott Sadler: Bologna burgers and more
ATLANTA - Elliott Sadler is one of 10 drivers competing for the series title in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship, and he'll add a different kind of personality to the end of the racing season.

Sponsors demand words as well as wins from drivers
Derrike Cope knows he won't have problems finding a job. Unfortunately, it may not be in racing.

Corporate America snubs rough drivers
Nobody has ever questioned Jimmy Hensley's ability to drive a race car. He's one of only 15 drivers in NASCAR Busch Series history with at least 63 top-five finishes, including nine victories.

Tiny tomatoes offer appeal, taste in sauce
When tomato season passes, Roma, cherry and grape tomatoes garnish my family's tossed salads.

Yellow Jackets keep sour weekend away
Thank goodness for Georgia Tech.

Governor restores some funding for Fort Discovery
State and local state representatives announced today that Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has restored some of the funding promised to Augusta's Fort Discovery.

Make us safe kill bin Lade
I would really like to know what it is about the war in Iraq that makes people feel so much safer here at home. Shawn Wilson Evans

Make McElmurray your solicitor
I am honored to be a long-term friend of Ben "Swain" McElmurray. I am therefore asking all of my friends to support Swain in the Nov. 2 election for solicitor general of Richmond County. William M. Mitchell Augusta

Vote down SPLOST proposal

In election, what would Jesus do?

DeLoach would deliver in House

Bush, Cheney are dishonest
I dont believe what Vice President Dick Cheney says. There is a particular look that he gives that says so much about just what kind of a person he really is. Dwight Green Augusta

McElmurray must be next solicitor
When I think of whom I would most prefer to represent me in the solicitor general's office, the first name that comes to mind is Ben "Swain" McElmurray Jr. Terica Davenport, Augusta

Sudan crisis is being ignored
More than 50,000 dead, and hundreds maybe thousands of women beaten and raped while gathering food. A million or more starving and displaced from their homes. Black Christians victimized by fanatical Islamic Arab tribesmen in the Sudan. Robert B Rackliffe North Augusta, S.C.

In election, what would Jesus do?
Historically, "religious" militants such as those plaguing us now share five traits: they disrespect other beliefs; they demonize those who oppose them; they disrespect women; they aggressively seek cultural, economic and political control; and they cite religious necessity to justify deceit, intimidation and violence. Catherine O'Shea, Augusta

GPS may thwart kidnappings
For months, I, too, have advocated using a global positioning system or similar locating devices on possible kidnap victims in Iraq. ("Use GPS to protect our people abroad," by Jerry Clontz, Oct. 4). I have e-mailed senators and news organizations that this would be such an obvious solution for locating the victims and capturing the kidnappers. Lillian Brown Aiken, S.C.

Get the facts on the FairTax plan
Inez Tenenbaum's campaign ads attacking Jim DeMint's support for H.R. 2525, better known as the FairTax, are misleading. Her ads claim that South Carolinians will pay more in taxes than under the current tax code. Tod Densmore, Augusta

Dishonest Bush must be voted out

Support center's marching band
This is for the young lady who made a statement about the marching band at Sand Hills Community Center ("Give band new marching orders," Sept. 29). Why don't some people get a life and stop trying to knock down teenagers who are trying to do something positive in their lives. I live in this community, and I was glad when they built the community center, because now I don't have to go to Warren Road to walk. Robertha Griffin, Augusta

Confederate flag doesn't hinder unity

Confederate flag doesn't hinder unity
Dr. Charles Smith, of Augusta's chapter of the NAACP, is wrong to blame the Confederate flag for being a "stumbling block" for racial unity. Mary Capen, North Augusta, S.C.

Mayor made wrong decision on flag
I disagree with your editorial "The right flag decision" (Sept. 24). Danny Francis Aiken, S.C.

DeLoach would deliver in House
A few years ago my daughter wanted to go to Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. It was something she always had wanted to do. I approached George DeLoach and requested that he help us in any way he could. He assured us that he would. Kathy Williams, Hephzibah

Executive pay is out of control
I would like to say "great job" to Nina Rooks for her Oct. 4 letter, "Most lawmakers enrich themselves." It is so comforting to know that there are others in America who believe, as I most certainly do, that lawmakers are being paid way too much! Timothy M. Bledsoe North Augusta, S.C.

CBS error is tiny compared to Bush's
Your editorial "Rather, the Nixon clone" (Sept. 21) expressed your views regarding erroneous news reports. I wholeheartedly agree with you that such a mistake was an egregious error on the part of CBS and Dan Rather. Unfortunately, journalistic errors do occur, no matter whether the intentions were honorable, as you probably know from your occasional corrections of mistakes your newspaper has made in reporting on newsworthy items.Alan Roberts, M.D., Augusta

Miller speaks truth about Dem
Sen. Zell Miller, a modern-day Martin Luther, has nailed the sins of the Democratic Party to their door! He is, of course, castigated for his views. Robert Smock Hephzibah

Make McElmurray your solicitor

Vote down SPLOST proposal
Once again, the Richmond County Board of Commissioners has put its lack of foresight and a vision of the future on display. By voting down the memorandum of understanding with Augusta Entertainment LLC, they sealed the fate of any potential growth and development in this county for the foreseeable future. Rick Williamson Hephzibah

New radio station is just a load of Bull
Regarding the recent change of Y-105 from a Top 40 format to a country format: Rebecca Bruni Evans

Tourney was handled poorly
I really couldnt believe the situation with the tickets/badges for this years Asahi Ryokuken International Championship. I guess the tournament organizers didnt want patrons this year. Mildred Nelson North Augusta

Dishonest Bush must be voted out
I am a registered Democrat, but that does not mean that I voted for Democrats all the time. Before moving to Augusta, we used to live in Maryland, and we always voted for Connie Morella, a Republican congresswoman, even when she lost. Now, I would vote for John McCain, Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar or Lindsey Graham if they ran for president, because they see things as they are and don't let party politics blind them. Saroja Venkatraman Martinez

Tourney was handled poorly

Make us safe – kill bin Lade

CBS error is tiny compared to Bush's

Business merger through corporate branding

Experts take look at ethnic skin, hair

Seniors calendar

Health and fitness calendar

Obesity surgery can cure diabetes, other ills

Virgin Electronics to unveil new portable music player
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The consumer electronics arm of the Virgin Group is introducing a new 5-gigabyte hard-disk portable music player, bringing a powerful brand name in music to the increasingly crowded product space.

Obesity surgery can cure diabetes, other ills
CHICAGO - Obesity surgery helps patients do more than shed weight - it often cures their diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, researchers say.

Experts take look at ethnic skin, hair
DETROIT - LaShan Felix has seen 20 doctors in her lifetime for the dry scaly patches of skin she gets on her hands and feet. Chronic dermatitis, a type of eczema, also changes the color of the front of her hands from black to white.

Health and fitness 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.

Business merger through corporate branding
It's one thing to show the world how much you love Coke with a T-shirt or pretend you're Ashton Kutcher by wearing a John Deere trucker hat. But why stop there?

Hajt will use NHL expertise for Lynx
So far, none of his new teammates have asked Chris Hajt what's it like to make it to hockey's biggest stage.

State won't change test code error
AIKEN - The coding error that prevented the Aiken County School District from making adequate yearly progress will not be changed by the South Carolina Department of Education, county school officials said Tuesday.

Perdue returns center money
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has restored some of the state funding he cut earlier this year from Augusta's Fort Discovery.

Transport industry calls for funding
ATLANTA - Though billions of dollars have flowed to airports since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the nation's other transit systems have been severely underfunded when it comes to security measures, transportation industry officials said Monday.

Canada beckons to drug buyers

CDC plans to track vaccine supply
With half of the flu vaccine supply tainted, public health authorities are taking the 22 million flu shots that have yet to be distributed and will be redirecting them to areas of highest needs.

Commandments suit gets county's funds

Fair tax still on Linder's agenda
WASHINGTON - If President Bush wins re-election, U.S. Rep. John Linder knows conditions might be ideal for action on his sweeping proposal to eliminate the federal income tax and replace it with a national sales tax.

Budget problems hamper environmental office

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Actor Peter O'Toole, actress Kathleen Turner and critic Roger Ebert will provide the star power at the Savannah Film Festival, which runs Oct. 26-30.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR The Augusta Chronicle. They said Zell Miller had been called outspoken, maverick and gadfly. They did not mention Zig Zag, which The Chronicle put on him.

Rivals clash on styles, issues

Across the area

Hopefuls focus on war in Iraq
PERRY, Ga. - The war in Iraq took center stage in a debate by U.S. Senate candidates Tuesday night as Republican Johnny Isakson and Democrat Denise Majette traded jabs on their congressional voting records on the war, health care and education.

Hopefuls focus on war in Iraq

Rural farms can assist in quail return
ASHBURN, Ga. - The bobwhite quail, which is disappearing in the Southeast, can make a comeback and add millions of dollars to the rural economy if landowners are willing to make changes in the way they manage their crops.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 12-year old WIlliam Wayne McCartney of Augusta.

SPLOST projects
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Nov. 2, Richmond County voters will be asked to approve $486 million in projects to be funded by Phase 5 of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, which will begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile a project targeted by the tax.

No violation found in Hunley spending

Across the area
Arson investigators believe a fire that severely damaged a home in Beech Island was deliberately set, authorities said Tuesday.

Kid of the day

Sanford to revisit many agenda items
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday he will work to pass legislation on income tax relief, government restructuring, school choice for parents and tort reform during the next legislative session.

Beach advisories criticized

Powder scare closes bank branch
More than a dozen people had to be decontaminated and a Gordon Highway bank branch was closed Tuesday after a suspicious powder scare, officials said.

U.S. Rep. Norwood's health improving
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood continued to recuperate Tuesday in a Virginia hospital, a week after a successful lung transplant made necessary by a progressive disease diagnosed in 1998.

Regents reject tuition increase

SPLOST projects

County to recycle land for sports park
In the future, people won't be going to a Columbia County landfill site to dump trash, but they might visit to play a sport.

Tenenbaum, DeMint argue presidential campaign
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint tried to paint Democratic opponent Inez Tenenbaum as a liberal along the lines of Ted Kennedy and former President Clinton, while she argued that he needs to put the focus on South Carolina instead of national politics in a second statewide televised debate Tuesday.

Isakson leads poll going into debate

Asbestos forces use of portables
A plan to remove asbestos from Evans High School will force many students into portable classrooms.

Picking the best

State's high court will hear crematory appeal
ATLANTA - The state Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal from a northwest Georgia crematory operator accused of failing in his duty to burn hundreds of corpses, including whether a body can be considered as property under theft laws.

Across the area

Rivals clash on styles, issues
AIKEN - From a style standpoint, the difference between the two Aiken County Council District 7 candidates is evident.

Truck overturns

32 names are drawn for chance at $10,000
The card with Megan Sabol's name printed on it was the last one out pulled from the box at Tuesday's Make Kids Count drawing at Fat Man's Forest.

Across South Carolina

Juror voices opposition to guilty verdict
A juror who didn't agree with her peers that an announced guilty verdict was unanimous means a second day of deliberations today.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia

No violation found in Hunley spending
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The State Ethics Commission rejected a claim that using tax money to pay bills for the preservation of the submarine H.L. Hunley violates its regulations.

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - A man charged earlier this month with killing an acquaintance 15 years ago says he had nothing to do with her death.

Tenenbaum, DeMint argue presidential campaign

Police push for top rank
AIKEN - Four tall file cabinets in a conference room at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office serve as constant reminders of a year and a half of hard work to win the gold standard of law enforcement certification.

Council exceeds travel budget

Group seeks to provide millions water

Hygienist to examine mold spores at Center
Augusta Commission members voted to hire an industrial hygienist Monday to assess the severity of the mold problems at the Joint Law Enforcement Center.

U.S. Rep. Norwood's health improving

Blaze destroys home
Olivia Mims lived what she called a nightmare as she watched firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed her Martinez home Monday morning.

32 names are drawn for chance at $10,000

Canada beckons to drug buyers
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Nellie and David McGowan boarded a train in Savannah on Monday on their way to Canada. But it's no pleasure trip.

County to recycle land for sports park

Picking the best
South Aiken Baptist Christian School first-grader Sarah Bishop, 7, takes her time to pick out just the right pumpkin for Halloween while visiting St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church's pumpkin patch Monday in Aiken.

News you can use
Oct. 13, 2001 Seven people went to the hospital Friday for testing after receiving suspicious packages in the mail. The incidents occurred the day federal officials warned the nation to watch for such packages.

Truck overturns
A Mastec truck and trailer lie overturned on Atomic and Radio Station Road. Lance Cpl. Dwight Green, a spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said Rogie Tindall, 41, of Neeses, S.C., overturned the vehicle when he swerved to miss a vehicle that didn't yield the right of way.

Roof of court to be fixed

Regents reject tuition increase
After weeks of signaling an unprecedented 10 percent tuition increase, the Georgia Board of Regents abruptly backed away Tuesday, sparing students an increase but leaving colleges and universities to deal with at least $20 million in cuts.

Council exceeds travel budget
AIKEN - When Aiken County Councilman Willar Hightower attended the South Carolina Association of Counties' annual conference in Hilton Head, he stayed in a one-bedroom condo near the host site.

Commandments suit gets county's funds
WINDER, Ga. - Barrow County commissioners Monday voted unanimously to use public money to pay an $81,000 bill from the attorney handling its defense of a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments plaque in the courthouse.

Group seeks to provide millions water
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Molly and George Greene have a dream. They hope to bring clean water to 100 million people around the world within seven years.

Officials still seek source of foul smell
Officials still didn't know for sure Tuesday why foul-smelling odors - which some say resemble animal feces - have been plaguing areas of west Augusta, Evans and Grovetown over the past few days.

S.C. beaches endure brunt of erosion
CHARLESTON - South Carolina's beaches, battered by five tropical systems this year, are in their worst shape in years heading into the winter storm season, an oceanographer warned Monday.

Property problems hit budget
ATLANTA - Georgia's government is doing a poor job of keeping up with its real estate, according to a committee appointed by the governor.

Beach advisories criticized
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia beaches received more attention this year than ever before.

Isakson leads poll going into debate
ATLANTA - Republican Johnny Isakson and Democrat Denise Majette take their battle to succeed U.S. Sen. Zell Miller into a debate in middle Georgia today after a weekend poll showed Mr. Isakson with a double-digit lead.

Hopefuls offer ideas at forum
AIKEN - When the discussion turned to finances, the candidates for the Aiken County school board got a little fired up at a forum Monday night.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 5-year old Taylor Paradise Meeks of Augusta.

Across the area
The district attorney announced his intentions Monday to seek the death penalty if an Augusta man is convicted of murder in the slaying of a 64-year-old woman who had befriended him and his girlfriend

High school task force stays on call

Transport industry calls for funding

2004 sees fewer killings

Across Georgia

Roof of court to be fixed
Repairs are once again under way on the U.S. District Courthouse in Augusta.

Project delay worries SRS

Rants and raves
THE DEMOCRATS CAN'T stop the false claim the GOP stole the Florida election. They got the champion election stealer from Chicago to do it, but despite help from the Florida count, justice prevailed. It was fair. It will be fair again.

District neighbors seek seats

2004 sees fewer killings
With less than three months to go, 2004 has been less deadly for Richmond County residents than last year, with 13 homicides so far, compared with nearly 30 in the same period of 2003.

S.C. beaches endure brunt of erosion

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A suspicious device that caused the Georgia World Congress Center to be evacuated early Monday morning turned out to be a piece of equipment for a show running at the center.

Rants and raves
THE DEMOCRATS CAN'T stop the false claim the GOP stole the Florida election. They got the champion election stealer from Chicago to do it, but despite help from the Florida count, justice prevailed. It was fair. It will be fair again.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - An Easley man has died after being hit by three vehicles while crossing a road near Pickens, state troopers said.

CDC plans to track vaccine supply

District neighbors seek seats
Columbia County voters will fill two contested Board of Education seats Nov. 2, and two employees of the Richmond County school system are among the candidates.

Hygienist to examine mold spores at Center

Regents will decide where to cut costs
ATHENS, Ga. - Two buzzwords - tuition and layoffs - will be at the heart of the conversation when the state Board of Regents meets this week to consider ways for the 34-campus university system to cope with another round of budget cuts.

Budget problems hamper environmental office
When Georgia's Environmental Protection Division opened its 9,300-square-foot regional office in Augusta in January 2002, then-Department of National Resources Commissioner Lonice Barrett expected the facility to reach its 30-person full staff within a year.

Project delay worries SRS
AIKEN - Savannah River Site advocates expressed alarm Monday over the possibility that a decision on whether to build a $4 billion trigger factory for atomic weapons might be delayed for a year or two.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR The Augusta Chronicle. They said Zell Miller had been called outspoken, maverick and gadfly. They did not mention Zig Zag, which The Chronicle put on him.

High school task force stays on call
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength withdrew his deputies from all but one high school Monday but declared "the task force is not dead."

Police push for top rank

New ghost haunts Atlanta this October
ATLANTA - There were so many ghosts in Turner Field on Monday night, the haunted couldn't possibly outrun them all.

At the Movies: 'Taxi'
Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon's cop romp "Taxi" is a cinematic reflection of a cab ride to the airport in rush hour, start-stop traffic: Long periods of immobility punctuated by the occasional lively lurch forward.

At the Movies: 'Taxi'

Corporate America snubs ‘rough’ drivers

NASCAR at home in Charlotte

Sponsors demand words as well as wins from drivers

Elliott Sadler: Bologna burgers and more

Brack still wants to resume racing
INDIANAPOLIS - Sometimes, Kenny Brack still feels the stiffness in his ankle - a reminder of the crash that nearly killed him.

Yao, Rockets prepare for an NBA first

SPCA lets Williams off hook

SPCA lets Williams off hook
NEWARK, N.J. - A local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was ordered to close because it did not prosecute Jayson Williams over accusations he shot and killed his dog in anger over losing a bet.

Yao, Rockets prepare for an NBA first
SHANGHAI, China - Declaring himself "here on business," hometown favorite Yao Ming joined Tracy McGrady and the rest of the Houston Rockets on Tuesday as they prepared for a pair of exhibition games against the Sacramento Kings - the first NBA games played in China.

Late bloomer Walker is Favre's favorite target

Falcons must cut down on mistakes

2 Falcons hope for OK to play

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Mr. Henry Brigham    (AUGUSTA, G a.)
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Mr. Otis Wilson, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Miss Carrie Ann Morton    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lisa Dickson    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Bruce Foster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles L. Caler, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph Ellison    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joe Edenfield, Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irma W. DeVault    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret D. Bargeron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Vondell A. Tronier    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. David Wayne Pack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Seay    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. William C. Leverett    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ronald E. McKinney    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Clara E. Hilley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sara Hillman Clausen    (MOLINE, Ill.)
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Mr. Arthur Lee Stone    (LAUDERDALE, F la.)
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Mrs. Louise Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. William C. Leverett    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Profile obituary: Mr. Henry H. Brigham, Sr.
Profile obituary: Mr. Henry H. Brigham, Sr.- Family and friends of Henry H. Brigham Sr. remember him as a gentleman, a scholar and a fiery politician who used his passion to help senior citizens and children.

Mr. Bobby Lewis Bohler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Etheridge Clements    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Omer Mathis    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Dennis W. Dunaway    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Meeks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Hall, Sr.    (ANDERSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Albert Morris    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry H. Brigham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, G a.)
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Mr. Clayton H. Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Miss Carrie Ann Morton    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Gary L. Phillips    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Robbie Elkins    (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)
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Mrs. Laura Reffett    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Turner    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Rev. Clifford Emmett    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Vivian Timmerman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul Richmond Davis    (CHICAGO, Ill.)
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Kristien Lynn Owens    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Sgt. James Slade, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, G a.)
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Mr. Bobby Lewis Bohler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Vivian Timmerman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Jean Branson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Helen Turner    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Burt Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Barbara Washington    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul D. Wenger    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul Wenger    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Otis Wilson, Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Lewis Bohler (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Burt Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara E. Hilley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jean Branson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William C. Leverett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Edenfield, Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Morris (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Seay (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Bruce Foster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry H. Brigham, Sr. (AUGUSTA, G a.)

Mrs. Laura Reffett (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Hillman Clausen (MOLINE, Ill.)

Mrs. Meryl Williamson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Dolan Dean Turpin, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clayton H. Phillips (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Dennis W. Dunaway (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ronald E. McKinney (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Turner (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Robbie Elkins (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)

Miss Carrie Ann Morton (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Ellison (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Profile obituary: Mr. Henry H. Brigham, Sr.

Mr. William C. Leverett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Meeks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Wenger (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Washington (WRENS, Ga.)

Miss Carrie Ann Morton (TRENTON, S.C.)

Rev. Clifford Emmett (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Turner (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Sgt. James Slade, Sr. (AUGUSTA, G a.)

Miss Vondell A. Tronier (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Carrington (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David Wayne Pack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Omer Mathis (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret D. Bargeron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Clifford Emmett (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Brigham (AUGUSTA, G a.)

Kristien Lynn Owens (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irma W. DeVault (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Lewis Bohler (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Russian women advance in Kremlin Cup

Russian women advance in Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW - Venus Williams defeated Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday in her first match since losing in the fourth round at last month's U.S. Open.

2 Falcons hope for OK to play
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Odds are against Bryan Scott and Eric Beverly practicing today, but both players hope the Atlanta Falcons' medical staff clears them to play this week against San Diego.

Falcons must cut down on mistakes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora was disappointed, not disgusted, as he watched film Monday of the Atlanta Falcons' first loss in 2004.

Late bloomer Walker is Favre's favorite target
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay Packers receiver Javon Walker is a late bloomer.

Tennessee humiliates Green Bay at home
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Lambeau Field has lost its mystique.

New ghost haunts Atlanta this October

William Shatner enjoys comeback in legal drama

William Shatner enjoys comeback in legal drama
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - William Shatner won a guest actor Emmy last month for playing bombastic barrister Denny Crane on The Practice. That show's gone - but not Crane, who now has a full-time job on the spinoff, Boston Legal.

'Superman' star dies at age 52

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Bulldogs try to regroup after loss
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bulldogs had all sorts of big plans: an undefeated season, a conference title, a national championship.

Bulldogs try to regroup after loss

Gamecocks take close look at loss

Gamecocks take close look at loss
South Carolina's football practice fields were desolate Monday afternoon - devoid of players, coaches, managers and anyone else in Gamecocks garb.

Girl must choose either reputation or friendship
This week's question: I have this friend who just had a baby. The thing is, I don't know how to act around her now because of her baby. People are starting to talk about her, and I don't want them to start talking smack about me too. What can I do? I don't just want to stop being her friend, but I also don't want to be labeled a slut, too.

Students learn marketing through DECA

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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
Q: How prevalent is underage drinking at your school?

County's schools focus too much on dress code

Students learn marketing through DECA
Between selling chocolate bars and Coca-Colas and conducting food drives, members of Hephzibah High School's DECA club also get a crash course in life.

My style
The Facts: Kenneth Small, 15, a sophomore at the Academy of Richmond County.

My style

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Edwards, Cheney reaffirmed stereotypes
OK, some people have been complaining that Xtreme hasn't been covering politics, so, I return to the arena.

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Movies out in DVD include Breakin' All the Rules, starring Jamie Foxx as a man who loses his job and his girlfriend only to write best-seller about breaking up; and Raising Helen, starring Kate Hudson as an aunt who finds that taking care of her newly-orphaned nieces may not mix with her fast-paced lifestyle.

County's schools focus too much on dress code
Shirttails, flip-flops, miniskirts and halter tops. Most every high school student in Richmond County thinks of one thing when they hear these words: dress code.

Girl must choose either reputation or friendship

Xtreme calendar

Edwards, Cheney reaffirmed stereotypes

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New burger-stuffing record set

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Teen found in wrecked car eight days after crash