9/11 report leads finalists for National Book Awards
ST. PAUL, Minn. - What could have been a dry, impenetrable government document - the final report of the 9/11 Commission - has been honored as a finalist for a National Book Award.

Artist spotlight: James Price and Jeroam Manley
James Price and Jeroam Manley WHAT THEY DO: Filmmakers CURRENT PROJECT: Soul Searchin' Nights, a documentary about Augusta's Soul Bar

Play tells the story of Lucy Craft Laney
For the cast of A Voice on the Winds of Change, a play based on the life of Lucy Craft Laney, success means more than memorizing lines and developing believable characters.

Artist spotlight: James Price and Jeroam Manley

9/11 report leads finalists for National Book Awards

Tales fuel rivalry of Yankees, Red Sox

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.

Lieber pitches Yanks closer
NEW YORK - Pedro Martinez has a new "Daddy." His name is Jon Lieber.

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.

Rivera arrives just in time

No. 2s packing quite a punch
ST. LOUIS - On most teams, the No. 2 hitter does the little things to help a team win.

Astros throw Backe out to begin series

Astros throw Backe out to begin series
ST. LOUIS - The Houston Astros started the season with high hopes, confident their pitching package of Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte and Wade Miller could carry them a long way.

St. Louis slugs way past Houston
ST. LOUIS - Make no mistake about it - this is a sluggers' series.

Rivera arrives just in time
NEW YORK - Somehow the night, laden with so much drama and history, seemed destined to distill down to the inevitable confrontation: Mariano Rivera once again choking off the Boston Red Sox.

No. 2s packing quite a punch

Boston could call on Lowe
NEW YORK - Derek Lowe was the forgotten man in Boston's playoff rotation, relegated to the bullpen after a number of shaky outings down the stretch.

October is Reggie Sanders' time of year

Tales fuel rivalry of Yankees, Red Sox
NEW YORK - There are 8 million stories in the Naked City.

Carpenter will not pitch in playoffs

Carpenter will not pitch in playoffs
ST. LOUIS - The end of the season came early for Chris Carpenter.

Birth announcements

Birth announcements
Nicholas Joseph Plantamara: Mr. and Mrs. Philip Plantamara, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Joseph Plantamara, Sept. 8, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Luby and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Plantamara, all of Martinez.

Odds and Ends
LONDON - Spiders are more scary than terrorists - at least according to a survey of a thousand Britons.

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.

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 find pride in this failure

Companies try wiping out unnecessary Web surfing
Bryan Parker spends much of his day working online and talking on a phone.

E-mail is monitored by many employers
Big Brother might not be watching you, but Big Employer probably is.

McDonald's to temporarily drop 'Arches'

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

Business briefs
A Florida bank with a Puerto Rican holding company has acquired three Augusta SouthTrust Bank branches to satisfy the regulatory concerns of its pending merger with Wachovia.

Tobacco lawsuit could bankrupt manufacturers

Business briefs

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.

Debt is Delta's real concern, analysts suggest
ATLANTA - While much of the public focus surrounding Delta Air Lines Inc.'s turnaround efforts has been on the need for pilot concessions, some analysts say the carrier's massive debt is a bigger challenge and the one more difficult to resolve outside of bankruptcy.

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

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.

Debt is Delta's real concern, analysts suggest

McDonald's to temporarily drop 'Arches'
LONDON - McDonald's is sending its famous Golden Arches logo on a two-week vacation as the company tries to convince British customers that its menu has shifted from junk food to healthy eating.

Companies try wiping out unnecessary Web surfing

Bowden not ready for drastic changes

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

Florida's AD reprimands Zook
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Ron Zook acknowledged Wednesday that he confronted several fraternity members after a fight between them and three of his players in September.

Florida's AD reprimands Zook

Peach Belt flexes its muscle

The value of Discovery
From this end of the state, it looked like pure madness.

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.

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.

Profiles in panic
What do you look for in an elected official? Courage? Steadfast resolve? A reasoned, well-measured train of thought?

The value of Discovery

Raising false hopes

Setback for terrorists

Raising false hopes
The Guinness World Records book may have a new record: the most outrageous campaign promise ever made.

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

Profiles in panic

Man, his son inspire each other in bodybuilding competitions
The first time Bernard Cunningham Sr. competed in a bodybuilding contest, he won.

USC Aiken sorority prepares moves for Classic competition
Don't be fooled by the peaceful, innocent-looking faces of the seven women of the University of South Carolina Aiken's Rho Lamda chapter of Delta Sigma Theta who are standing in formation for a step. Seconds into a rehearsal for Saturday's CSRA Classic Greek Step Show, one thing is obvious: they mean business.

Boshears Skyfest: a jet-powered show
Wisconsin native Paul Stender likes a little power in his Port-O-Let.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Galleries calendar
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

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.

People in the News
NEWARK, N.J. - A computer-animated film that Christopher Reeve had been directing at the time of his death will remain in production, company officials said.

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.

College students miss out on financial aid

Walton Way Deli, El Alazan ready to serve
After five years of serving only lunch, Walton Way Deli now offers breakfast from 6:30-10 a.m. and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Grubbin': California Cafe
California Cafe SIGNATURE DISH: Buffalo chicken wrap (buffalo chicken strips, lettuce, Swiss cheese with ranch dressing in a wrap), $5.95

Walton Way Deli, El Alazan ready to serve

Grubbin': California Cafe

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.

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

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

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

World ranking points separate tournaments

Georgia Prep Polls

Big games on tap for Friday

Canty to finish season at Laney

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

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.

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):

Big games on tap for Friday
Burke County coach Steve Summers was on the phone this week with Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold. They talked about two teams and a very important meeting this Friday.

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.

NHL starts canceling games

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Crash kills bicyclist
Authorities have closed a section of Deans Bridge Road after a bicyclist was killed in an afternoon traffic accident.

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

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

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.

Tourney was handled poorly

Children exposed to excess stress
I am a mother and grandmother. Over the past 20 years or so, I have watched and tolerated the stress and, in my opinion, abuse that the school systems place on our children. Today, I listen to young parents and educators, and I never hear anything good or positive about the education system. Now that I am a grandmother and have a 5-year-old in school, I understand why. Deborah Dietschler Evans

Make McElmurray your solicitor

Bush does much more harm than good
When I see so many posters showing support for President Bush, I wonder whether these people recognize the things he has done, or failed to do, that have seriously reduced our security and have increased the risk of a nuclear attack here at home. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

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
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

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

Vote down SPLOST proposal

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

Make us safe – kill bin Lade

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.

Call out Kerry about his Iraq lies
What suits America better, the plain and simple truth or an elegant lie? Louis Dinkins Augusta

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

Dishonest Bush must be voted out

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

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

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.

Local cultural attractions that showcase diversity themes

Obesity surgery can cure diabetes, other ills

Experts take look at ethnic skin, hair

As the world changes, employers must diversify
In this hyper-information age, the greatest assets of most companies are now on two feet. It's not the money in the bank or the software in their computers, but the brains behind their desks that will make the difference in profit and loss, success or failure in the competitive world of 21st century businesses.

Local cultural attractions that showcase diversity themes
Many of Augusta's cultural attractions reflect her historical mosaic. A few worthwhile stops for the student of Augusta's many cultures include:

Diversity isn't new to Augusta, it's been a part of the history since the beginning
Sweeping back and forth over the pages of Augusta's history have been waves of American migration, each depositing new pieces of the mosaic that is our diverse population today.

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.

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.

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.

Around town
A city worker walks across the pedestrian walkway from the municipal parking garage to the Richmond County Board of Education central office building on Broad Street in Augusta.

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.

Drug-free lifters look good naturally

Rants and raves
YOU PEOPLE WHO LOVE Kerry, if he's president you'll have more murdered babies for stem cells, more same-sex marriages, our law will be under the U.N. nation, we'll all be hungry, no jobs, our children taken from us for the U.N. to raise in camps because communists are in this country. Kerry's wife has three companies overseas. Is she bringing them back for jobs? Just see what you have when you get Kerry in.

SPLOST projects

Across the area

River Run to provide holiday dinner for disabled
Living Light Village Inc. will hold its first River Run fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

CDC plans to track vaccine supply

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.

Panel holds school's fate
AIKEN - A nine-member committee will meet today to help decide the fate of the John de la Howe School, the third largest employer in rural McCormick County.

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.

Plans worry agency boards
The boards of three groups concerned with the future of downtown Augusta will meet with two developers today who want to redevelop the Maxwell House Apartments on Greene Street.

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.

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.

Deputies arrest 3 in thefts

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.

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

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charter school's fee fight persists
Officials with an Edgefield County charter school and the county's public school district continue to disagree over records and money, and the state is said to be reviewing the situation.

Seniors make friends while getting fit

Canal slaying trial begins
Mary Elizabeth Treadwell could have survived the brutal beating, but it didn't stop there, a prosecutor told the jury Wednesday.

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.

Across the area
Additional deliberations failed to help a jury decide Wednesday if a recorded message Richard Gonnella left for a friend who is a potential witness during his murder trial constituted a terroristic threat.

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.

Across South Carolina
WEDGEFIELD - Sumter County investigators are trying to figure out whether four fatal shootings in four days are linked.

JROTC program has proud history

Fun-filled Small Fry Olympics delight

Rants and raves
YOU PEOPLE WHO LOVE Kerry, if he's president you'll have more murdered babies for stem cells, more same-sex marriages, our law will be under the U.N. nation, we'll all be hungry, no jobs, our children taken from us for the U.N. to raise in camps because communists are in this country. Kerry's wife has three companies overseas. Is she bringing them back for jobs? Just see what you have when you get Kerry in.

Across Georgia
EAST POINT - A man who recently raped a 13-year-old girl is linked by DNA to the 1995 rape and murder of another Atlanta girl, East Point police say.

Owner calls for change after dog dies from shot

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

For the record

Odor might be linked to chicken manure
The foul funk that has plagued the area since the weekend may be caused by, well, fowl.

Couple leaves $2.5 million to hospital

Campaigns disclose funding
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker's campaign donations have slowed since his 142-count federal indictment in June, but the Democrat has still collected more money than his District 22 Republican rival, Don Cheeks, during the past three months.

Canada beckons to drug buyers

Crash kills bicyclist

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.

News you can use
OCT. 14, 1980 Richmond County Sheriff's investigators on Monday marked their third day questioning a 40-year-old Warrenville, S.C., man in connection with the kidnapping of Valerie Newsome.

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.

No cheers for ban on uniforms
Blakely McKnight is her school's biggest fan. But how she feels about the school board is another story.

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.

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.

Budget problems hamper environmental office

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Regents reject tuition increase

Reunions
NATIONAL HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Seeking alumni, faculty, staff for a 40th anniversary celebration 3-5 p.m. Sunday; 1215 Northwood Road.

Police push for top rank

Across Georgia

Hopefuls focus on war in Iraq

Around town

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.

Gay-marriage vote could affect parties
ATLANTA - Conventional wisdom has it that an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage will probably win the approval of Georgia voters this November, likely by a comfortable margin.

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

Aiken will be Gold Cup host in '05
AIKEN - When Matias Magrini started playing polo in the United States more than a decade ago, one of his first memories was the Gold Cup.

Reunions

Owner calls for change after dog dies from shot
SAVANNAH - There is a shrine of sorts on the front doorstep of Diana Thibodaux's lawn, which carries the story of the death of Maggie, her dog.

Plans worry agency boards

Seniors make friends while getting fit
For the past 3 years, Janette Croft has been starting nearly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning the same way - exercising at Senior Friends, an organization for people 50 and older.

Elderly line up for flu vaccine

Fun-filled Small Fry Olympics delight
After patiently waiting his turn, 5-year-old Elijah Thompson stepped up to the miniature green that Putt-Putt Golf and Games had set up at the Fleming Complex on Lumpkin Road.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, paroles, indictments, juvenile court sentencings, dui sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Soldier Show is special for troops
Two years ago, Jacob Cayouette sat in the audience at Fort Gordon's Alexander Hall for the U.S. Army Soldier Show.

JROTC program has proud history
Raymond Sumner, 76, looked authoritative as he stood outside the fence of the Academy of Richmond County's football stadium with proud mothers and fathers who were watching 266 cadets in formation on the field.

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Drug-free lifters look good naturally
Three months ago, Veronica Jackson weighed 98 pounds.

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.

32 names are drawn for chance at $10,000

Around the block
The Augusta Choral Society will hold its annual fall gala concert at 8 tonight at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The concert will feature the university's choir, orchestra, wind ensemble and jazz ensemble programs. Emily Remington, the founder of the choral society and a former Augusta College choral director, will be honored. Tickets are $10, with free admission with a university ID. For more information, call 737-1453.

Kid of the day

Center serves Paine College students
Paine College students who went to the school's Tutorial and Enrichment Center seeking help with their midterm studies last week also received cake, snacks and other incentives from the staff.

Gay-marriage vote could affect parties

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through October 22.

Student ambassador is surprised by Australia

Student ambassador is surprised by Australia
While in Australia this summer as a student ambassador, 14-year-old Brittany Pawlak learned that some depictions of the country are a little misleading.

Campaigns disclose funding

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.

No cheers for ban on uniforms

Anniversaries
Richard and Joan Anderson, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Julian Smith Casino. The party was given by their children and grandchildren. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Post happenings

Around the block

Charter school's fee fight persists

Soldier Show is special for troops

Panel holds school's fate

Farmers market

Aiken will be Gold Cup host in '05

Rivals clash on styles, issues

Deputies arrest 3 in thefts
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have made arrests in a series of burglaries and vandalism in the city's Forest Acres subdivision, officials said.

Commandments suit gets county's funds

Candidates grapple over taxes, gun control and abortion

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 22-month old Joshua James Hall of Martinez.

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.

Couple leaves $2.5 million to hospital
They were a quiet, modest couple who invested wisely and wanted to help others but didn't really want the notoriety.

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.

Elderly line up for flu vaccine
AIKEN - A crowd of senior citizens that ranged in the hundreds lined up Wednesday morning outside Aiken County's public health building, waiting for some of the only available flu vaccinations in the Aiken-Augusta area.

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.

Anniversaries

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.

Center serves Paine College students

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

Canal slaying trial begins

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

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Tenenbaum, DeMint argue presidential campaign

Council exceeds travel budget

Across the area

U.S. Rep. Norwood's health improving

No violation found in Hunley spending

Massive tsunamis do little to help movie

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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: 'Team America: World Police'
"Team America: World Police" arrives in theaters with what has to be the most unusual, unprecedented blurblet explaining why it received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

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New on DVD
THE REN & STIMPY SHOW: THE FIRST AND SECOND SEASONS (PARAMOUNT, $38.99): The "eediotic" adventures of the gross-out duo come to DVD in a three-disc set containing the first 32 episodes of the cartoon series aimed at adults. The set includes uncut versions of four toned-down cartoons and commentary on six episodes.

At the Movies: 'Taxi'

At the Movies: 'Shall We Dance?'
"Shall We Dance?" is exceedingly faithful - at least in structure - to its source material, a Japanese film of the same name about an accountant who breaks out of his midlife rut by secretly taking ballroom dance lessons.

New on DVD

Massive tsunamis do little to help movie
Traveling fast and light, The Day After Tomorrow takes off quickly and maintains a blistering pace for its two hours.

At the Movies: 'Team America: World Police'

Musician spotlight: The Jade String Trio

Top 20 Concert Tours

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Musician spotlight: The Jade String Trio
The Jade String Trio MEMBERS: Claire Chan, violin; Ching Chen Juhl, viola; and Ling Cao, cello

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.

Drivers following Elliott's example

Corporate America snubs ‘rough’ drivers

Only four racers have avoided major disasters
CONCORD, N.C. - When NASCAR dreamed up the Chase for the Championship, it envisioned 10 drivers running door-to-door, nose-to-tail in a made-for-television battle for the Nextel Cup Series championship.

NASCAR at home in Charlotte

NASCAR newsmaker Tony Stewart

Drivers following Elliott's example
CONCORD, N.C. - News that Terry Labonte is dropping back to a 10-race schedule in each of the next two seasons didn't surprise Bill Elliott.

Only four racers have avoided major disasters

Elliott Sadler: Bologna burgers and more

NASCAR newsmaker Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart, one of 10 drivers competing for the Chase for the Championship, is never at a loss for words.

Sponsors demand words as well as wins from drivers

WNBA is under Storm watch
SEATTLE - Lauren Jackson jogged into the tunnel clutching a bottle of champagne. Sue Bird wore a broad smile, slapping high-fives with fans on her way off the floor.

Yao, Rockets prepare for an NBA first

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.

Peach Belt flexes its muscle
For years, Peach Belt basketball coaches have talked about how their conference is the toughest in the country.

Pair of rookies proving reliable

Broncos QB will remove sticker

2 Falcons hope for OK to play

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Jaanson basks in the silver lining of Athens Olympics

Russian women advance in Kremlin Cup

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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.

Overtime
Forward Matt Dzieduszycki arrived in Augusta from Providence, R.I., at lunchtime Wednesday.

Jaanson basks in the silver lining of Athens Olympics
Before the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, an NBC reporter asked Juri Jaanson why he had continued to train and row at the elite level after 18 years.

Candidates grapple over taxes, gun control and abortion
TEMPE, Ariz. - President Bush and rival John Kerry vaulted into the home stretch of the race for the White House by trading blows on taxes, gun control, abortion and jobs, striving in their final debate to cement impressions in voters' minds.

Pair of rookies proving reliable
If there's one cardinal rule to live by in fantasy football, it has to be don't rely on rookies.

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.

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

Broncos QB will remove sticker
DENVER - Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer agreed Wednesday to stop wearing a sticker on his helmet in memory of an ex-teammate killed in the war in Afghanistan, and the NFL agreed to find other ways to honor the slain soldier.

Singer learned much on 'Lawrence Welk Show'

Singer learned much on 'Lawrence Welk Show'
It's no surprise that Lynn Anderson has come out with a bluegrass CD, because she was one of the first country stars to score an international hit with a bluegrass song.

People have been using puppets as their satirical foils for years

Drama, comedy, love, action all flourish in agrarian-oriented films

Schizophrenic style undercut potential of doomed TV series

Boshears Skyfest: a jet-powered show

Man, his son inspire each other in bodybuilding competitions

USC Aiken sorority prepares moves for Classic competition

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QB has had to wait for chances
ATHENS, Ga. - As soon as the game ended, D.J. Shockley knew there was someone from the other team he had to find.

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

People have been using puppets as their satirical foils for years
There's something primal about the power of the puppet.

Drama, comedy, love, action all flourish in agrarian-oriented films
I am an urban, if not urbane, man. The closest I come to country living is a house in suburbia and, unless reluctant lawn mowing counts as farming, my experience in agriculture is nil.

Schizophrenic style undercut potential of doomed TV series
Its concept was never quite clear and the execution was sometimes spotty, but Greg the Bunny was a television series with a potential for greatness and a doomed destiny.

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