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St. Louis slugger remains upbeat

Bad weather affects Boston's attitude
BOSTON - A gloomy off day in the American League Championship Series was followed by a rainout.

St. Louis slugger remains upbeat
ST. LOUIS - The way things have gone for Scott Rolen the second half of this season, no one could blame him for getting surly.

Rain doesn't stop game, or the Cards
ST. LOUIS - The rain couldn't come hard enough or fast enough for Phil Garner and the Houston Astros.

La Russa loving Cardinals' sixth inning slug-fest

Scott Rolen: 'about as clutch as you can get'
ST. LOUIS - The man has a lot to live up to.

La Russa loving Cardinals' sixth inning slug-fest
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis manager Tony La Russa tried to choose his favorite hit of the Cardinals' game-turning sixth inning.

Schilling to miss start in Game 5
BOSTON - Boston ace Curt Schilling will not start Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday because of an injured right ankle, though it's possible he could return later in the series.

Cards weather storm

Scott Rolen: 'about as clutch as you can get'

Steady rain postpones third game
BOSTON - Steady rain Friday night forced Major League Baseball to postpone Game 3 of the AL Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

Caminiti mourned by friends

Clemens has plenty of fuel left
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens watched Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and the rest of the St. Louis sluggers dig into the batter's box and take big whacks at Busch Stadium.

Rain doesn't stop game, or the Cards

Caminiti mourned by friends
HOUSTON - Craig Biggio gave a tearful remembrance and Houston teammates Jeff Bagwell and Brad Ausmus also were in attendance Friday at a memorial service for Ken Caminiti.

Bad weather affects Boston's attitude

Cards weather storm
ST. LOUIS - Rain or shine, the St. Louis Cardinals' big bats always seem to come through in the end.

Steady rain postpones third game

Clemens has plenty of fuel left

Schilling to miss start in Game 5

Theories of why the Braves flopped - again

Odds and Ends
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Even art sometimes needs to go through a spell check.

Odds and Ends
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - People who went to a local clinic to get a flu shot didn't receive the vaccine they wanted. Instead, they received an old-fashioned remedy.

Furcal pleads guilty on second DUI

Furcal pleads guilty on second DUI
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal, who is serving a 21-day jail sentence for being arrested while on probation, pleaded guilty Thursday to a second drunken driving charge.

Business briefs
A decline in the nation's inventory of heating oil catapulted crude futures prices toward $55 a barrel Thursday, providing the latest jolt to a market already rattled by the world's tight supply of oil, strong demand and the possibility of output problems in several producing nations.

Georgia gas rates may rise
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light Co. has asked the state for a $24.6 million increase in what it charges to supply gas to 1.5 million users in Georgia.

Culpepper plans Thomson move
THOMSON, Ga. - Culpepper Ford is moving to Thomson.

Now you can skip the math on sodas

Business briefs
Sporting events in the Garden City are expected to drum up more than $1.4 million in spending this weekend, the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates.

Georgia gas rates may rise

America's trade deficit swells
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit, propelled by a record foreign oil bill, surged to $54 billion in August, the second- highest level in history. The politically sensitive deficit with China hit a new high as American retailers increased their orders for cell phones, toys and televisions.

Shoppers return to stores in September

Small stores thrive by banding together
For Jim Whitehead, business has never been better.

Floridian bank wants more branches in Augusta

Now you can skip the math on sodas
ATLANTA - No more having to do the math to figure out exactly how many calories and carbs are in that 20-ounce bottle of soda. New nutritional information on labels of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other popular soft drinks will soon break it down for you.

America's trade deficit swells

Vacant property at Kroger will get retailers
A blighted section of Washington Road is due to get a makeover next year.

Culpepper plans Thomson move

GM Europe has plan to cut 12,000 jobs by end of 2006
RUESSELSHEIM, Germany - Blaming high labor costs and weak demand for cars, General Motors Europe said Thursday that it plans to shed 12,000 jobs - almost 20 percent of its work force - in an effort to halt widening losses.

GM Europe has plan to cut 12,000 jobs by end of 2006

Malaria vaccine showing promise
LONDON - Scientists have made important progress in the quest for a malaria vaccine, demonstrating for the first time that childhood shots can prevent nearly one-third of cases and slash the risk of severe, life-threatening attacks by almost two-thirds.

Business briefs

Floridian bank wants more branches in Augusta
The Florida bank acquiring three SouthTrust branches in Augusta said Thursday that it is on the prowl for more property.

Vacant property at Kroger will get retailers

Delta alters its deal on debt
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc., which is trying to restructure its massive debt to help avoid bankruptcy, has extended a recent debt exchange offer to next month but will give some creditors a better deal if they agree to the terms within the next two weeks.

Shoppers return to stores in September
WASHINGTON - Shoppers got their buying groove back last month, propelling sales at the nation's retailers by a strong 1.5 percent, the best showing since March. Activity at factories remained subdued, however, with industrial production rising just 0.1 percent.

Small stores thrive by banding together

Business briefs

No. 6 Virginia vying for victory, validation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Virginia is about to find out how it stacks up against one of the best.

College football capsules
College football capsules for Saturday's gridiron action.

Navy Middies getting closer
NEW YORK - For four decades, the routine has been pretty much the same: Notre Dame players and coaches talk up the Navy Midshipmen during the week and beat them up on game day.

Alabama A&M seeks visibility

Alabama A&M seeks visibility
Anthony Jones recognizes that days like today are vital to the life and progress of his Alabama A&M football program.

No. 6 Virginia vying for victory, validation

Something must give in Statesboro
The Georgia Southern secondary might have a difficult task today against the Appalachian State passing attack.

North Carolina mistakenly gives out private information
TAR HEELS: In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina mistakenly failed to omit the name of a student-athlete when it gave a newspaper a copy of a letter informing the student of a positive drug test, athletic director Dick Baddour said.

Something must give in Statesboro

College football capsules

Metress looks for 'buzz' as new faces hit the hardwood

Poverty and immigration
A key issue in this election year is the nation's poverty rate. It's getting worse, as is the gap between rich and poor, and it is one of the reasons why the number of people without health insurance is growing.

Poverty and immigration

Education is an investment
Students at Augusta State University and Georgia's 33 other public colleges and universities are breathing a sigh of relief this week in wake of the state's Board of Regents' decision not to impose a midyear tuition hike of up to 10 percent.

Riding for a good cause

A 'quiet storm'
A long battle with a diabetes-related illness took the life of one of Augusta's finest leaders and educators earlier this week - Henry Brigham Sr., 75.

Riding for a good cause
The tonic of life is to have great fun with your family and friends while also doing a good deed for your community. Such an event is in the offing Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the old General Cinemas parking lot behind Augusta's Regency Mall.

Education is an investment

The great debates
Well, they're over - all three presidential debates. The fates of President George W. Bush and challenger John Kerry are now in the hands of the people.

People in the News
CHICAGO - If you really want something, ask the woman who gave cars to her entire talk-show audience.

People in the News
PARIS - Blondes may have more fun, but Nicole Kidman says she'd rather have been born a brunette.

Sportscaster receives star on Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES - Sportscaster Al Michaels got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday to honor his work announcing everything from the Olympics to "Monday Night Football."

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine:

Champ tips hat to late mother
Marty Quesada Jr. credits his late mother for helping him capture his second Mr. Clark Hill bass fishing championship Oct. 2 on Strom Thurmond Lake.

Champ tips hat to late mother

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

Fishing tournament news

Ill wind continues to blow

Ill wind continues to blow
High winds have kept many fishermen off area lakes and the Atlantic Ocean this week, and 20- to 30-mph winds are predicted for today.

Plant perennials now, enjoy flowers for years
Perennial flowers continue to be popular in the landscape. They offer the gardener the beauty of a herbaceous ornamental that does not have to be planted every year like annual flowers

Plant perennials now, enjoy flowers for years

Plant now for vegetables all season long

Plant now for vegetables all season long
Don't put away that trowel just yet. There are greens to be grown!

Basketball: Getting close didn't satisfy Jackets
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack spent many nights at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum when no one else was around.

Football: Jackets must avoid letdown
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's football team is coming off an upset of No. 23 Maryland.

Football: Jackets must avoid letdown

Basketball: Getting close didn't satisfy Jackets

No top-two showdown as Els wins, Singh out
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Ernie Els scored close victories over Scott Drummond and Angel Cabrera on Friday to move into the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship and stay on course for a record sixth title.

Maggert no match for Goosen at Wentworth

Geiberger driving for card
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A heat wrap kept Brent Geiberger's ailing hip from hurting, and his best consecutive rounds of the season took care of the rest.

Park makes field chase her this time
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Grace Park, a five-time runner-up this season, isn't doing the chasing in this week's LPGA Tour event.

Maggert no match for Goosen at Wentworth
VIRGINIA WATER, England - U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was the only winner on a rainy opening day of the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth on Thursday, beating Jeff Maggert by a record 12 and 11.

Geiberger driving for card

Park makes field chase her this time

Prep football briefs

Westside runs over Laney

Butler's strong defense keeps Rebels from rising

Prep football polls

Football cemented the legend of Guy

Key matchups

Long snappers in hot demand

Knights stand tall after winning field goal

Warriors rush into 1st place

Spartans secure playoff spot

Hornets bring down Bruins

Player of the week: Tommy Seals

Thoroughbreds put out to pasture again

Warriors rush into 1st place
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Two coaches shook hands in the aftermath of a Region 3-AAA showdown.

Devils get best of rival
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - The renewal of one of the best smalltown rivalries in Georgia was interrupted by the officials, though Lincoln County won't complain about the outcome.

Westside runs over Laney
Gerald Barnes wanted to play Jay Tarver at running back during the summer. But the Westside coach was unsure his senior starting linebacker could take the wear and tear of playing both sides of the ball.

Key matchups
Key matchups for Friday night's high school football action.

Butler's strong defense keeps Rebels from rising
The last pass was inconsequential, but that didn't matter to Stanley Dumas. The Butler senior linebacker still wanted to smack the quarterback one more time.

Football cemented the legend of Guy
Ralph Starling is one of many Thomson, Ga., residents who tell tall tales of native son Ray Guy - the town's gridiron equivalent of Paul Bunyan.

Knights stand tall after winning field goal
After all but locking up a playoff spot with a 15-13 win over Lakeside on Friday, Evans' running back Cheng Ho broke into tears.

Prep football 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):

Prep football briefs
Quarterback Eric Stallings had touchdowns running, catching and throwing as Aquinas wrapped up the first GHSA playoff appearance in school history with a rout of Georgia Military.

Spartans secure playoff spot
Eighteen years had passed since Vyus Downs experienced this kind of exhilaration.

Trick play saves Dogs
Harlem scored on a touchdown pass from wide receiver Jeremy Larson with 1:08 remaining in the game to claim a 26-19 homecoming victory over the Cross Creek Razorbacks in Region 3-AAA action.

Hornets bring down Bruins
Another "Homecoming" at Bruin Stadium and a chance for Orangeburg-Wilkinson to gain a foothold on the Region 4-AAAA title race was once again spoiled Friday night by perennial nemesis Aiken.

Player of the week: Tommy Seals
This week's From the Huddle Player of the Week is Warren County's freshman QB/PT Tommy Seals.

Long snappers in hot demand
College football fans call it the second season.

Thoroughbreds put out to pasture again
AIKEN - Points have been at a premium for South Aiken all season long.

NHL shoots down talk of contraction
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NHL has no plans to eliminate teams in the face of an extended labor dispute with the players association.

Theories of why the Braves flopped - again
The leaves begin to turn. The nights turn cooler. The Braves are eliminated from baseball's postseason. It happens every fall - the Tomahawk Flop.

Two killed in separate traffic accidents
An Augusta teenager and a 37-year-old Thomson man were killed in two separate traffic accidents Friday morning, according to officials.

Atkins would shine on school board
I'm pleased that Jimmy Atkins is running for the Richmond County Board of Education's District 8 seat. I've worked with Jimmy at Management Analysis and Utilization Inc. for nearly two years, and consider him to be a very pro-active leader. He serves as a great listener, motivator and implementer. Stacey Williamson Evans

Atkins would shine on school board

Good Samaritans helped save us
Our heartfelt thanks are due to the three good Samaritans at the scene of our medical emergency on Bobby Jones Expressway in Augusta on Sept. 29, about 2:10 p.m. Phoebe and Jack Linden, Aiken

Keep Padgett on school board

DeLoach would serve district well

Good Samaritans helped save us

Troops in Iraq make difference
Every day, we watch on television the fighting in Iraq. All the media show is the bad, not the good, in Iraq. Lillian Stevenson North Augusta, S.C.

Kerry's actions were despicable

Not even close - Cal Thomas was wrong
In his column "Not even close - Cheney won the debate" (Oct. 8), Cal Thomas declared Vice President Dick Cheney the "big time" winner over John Edwards in their Oct. 5 debate. To support this contention, Thomas cited two lines with which Cheney "seriously damaged" the senator's "moral claim on issues." Tim L. Sadenwasser Augusta

DeLoach would serve district well
The voters of Georgia House District 123 will have a clear choice when they enter the polls Nov. 2. William H. Craven Jr. Waynesboro

Keep Padgett on school board
Jeff Padgett was elected District 8 representative to the Richmond County Board of Education in 2000. He has served as president of the board since 2002. This has not been an easy time for the school system or the board. But things are looking up, thanks to Jeff's caring, common sense and dedication. He brings reason to the board. Brian J. Mulherin Augusta

Kerry's actions were despicable
Having served in the U.S. Army for several years - including one year in Vietnam, 1966-67 - I have some idea of what a combat award entails. I know that one cannot submit himself for any such award. Bruce H. Tedford Hephzibah

Not even close - Cal Thomas was wrong

Health officials fight flu vaccine price gouging

Farmers find ways to control foul smell of manure

Japan confirms 14th case of mad cow disease

Google expands search to computer desktop with new tool

'Green Arrow' to feature HIV-positive sidekick

Health officials nationwide seek flu shots for elderly
JOHNSTON, Iowa - Health officials are scurrying to secure flu vaccines so the elderly, who are most vulnerable to influenza, have first access to shots after the nation's supply was cut in half.

'Green Arrow' to feature HIV-positive sidekick
LOS ANGELES - Along with fighting alien menaces and criminal masterminds, the "Green Arrow" comic book will now feature a sidekick engaged in a more personal struggle - this one against HIV.

Farmers find ways to control foul smell of manure
CONESTOGA, Pa. - To longtime rural residents, the smell of manure is something they hardly notice.

Google expands search to computer desktop with new tool
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Online search engine leader Google Inc. is setting its sights on the computer desktop with a new software program that promises to scour through the clutter of documents, e-mails, instant messages and other files stored on hard drives.

Japan confirms 14th case of mad cow disease
TOKYO - Japan confirmed its 14th case of mad cow disease on Thursday, underscoring concerns about the fatal brain-wasting illness as Tokyo mulls relaxing cattle-testing standards that could allow the resumption of U.S. beef imports.

Health officials fight flu vaccine price gouging
Caught off-guard by a last-minute flu vaccine shortage, hospitals and health officials are grappling with a side-effect perhaps more virulent than the bug itself: price gouging.

Josh St. Louis is back with Lynx
Josh St. Louis began his professional hockey career in Augusta.

Lynx downed by Checkers in preseason
Forward Matt Schmidt made quite a first impression on the Augusta crowd.

Plan would raise lake levels
Water levels in Thurmond Lake could be kept as much as a foot higher under scenarios being evaluated in a federal study to re-examine water allocation priorities along the Savannah River.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A BIG RAVE for the Board of Elections in Augusta. Their employees answer the phone personally - no voice mail - and courteously answer any questions and concerns. I am sure they are as busy or busier than other departments. We appreciate their efficiency and courtesy.

Across Georgia
CORDELE - A sad movie and a night of heavy drinking led a south Georgia man to set his house on fire, the man told police.

In 'right, right' way, Brigham is celebrated

War, abuse news give protesters new fuel
ALBANY, Ga. - The war in Iraq and prisoner abuse scandals have intensified the concerns of protesters who gather outside a Georgia Army post each year seeking to close a school they blame for violence and human rights violations in Latin America.

Kid of the day

Woman accused of hiring mobsters
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Charleston businesswoman who investigators say hired Russian mobsters to kill her business partner and former lover has been charged with interstate murder-for-hire.

SPLOST projects: Lucy C. Laney High Stadium

News you can use
OCT. 16, 1954 Harold Hill, 23, a suspect in the death of an Augusta grocer, was arrested yesterday by FBI agents and detectives when he walked into a "trap" in downtown Jackson, Miss.

News you can use

Sanford proposes streamlining health care
BELVEDERE - Continuing his push for more efficient government, Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday that he wants to consolidate the state's eight health care agencies under one roof and place South Carolina's budgeting agency under his control in the coming year.

City leaders fret over cost of fire assistance

Victim's widow may be allowed to file lawsuit
ATLANTA - A Savannah widow moved one step closer this week to winning the right to sue a south Georgia railroad and a Bulloch County town over the 1997 death of her husband at a railway crossing.

Groups attempt to save natural beauty of river

SPLOST project: Augusta Museum of History

Victim's widow may be allowed to file lawsuit

Muslims watch for Ramadan
Watching for the first sliver of the crescent moon is an important responsibility in the Muslim community - a sighting tonight will signal the start of Ramadan at sunrise Saturday.

2 traffic crashes kill man, teenager

Radiation detector is scientists' star project
NEW ELLENTON - The research world of the Savannah River National Laboratory doesn't revolve around just nuclear and hydrogen technology.

Pursuit of cash builds at lab

Georgia may get uniform SAT law
Schools should count every student who takes the SAT.

Panel advances Perdue charges

Across the area

S.C. Attorney General investigating flu shots price gouging

Around town
Daniel Hahn practices on the pipe organ at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Mr. Hahn has been playing the organ for about 10 years. He says he's looking for a job, having recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University with degrees in organ performance.

Gang fears rattle Aiken

S.C. Attorney General investigating flu shots price gouging
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state attorney general's office began investigating Thursday two allegations of flu vaccine price-gouging, just hours after it released a telephone number to report such ocurrances.

Teachers learn how to craft national pride

ASU film graduates expose reel stories
These filmmakers might not get the attention Michael Moore has with Fahrenheit 9/11, but they are making a start.

Doctors support changes in health insurance

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A woman convicted of poisoning her husband and accused of killing a boyfriend with antifreeze faces more criminal charges after the Gwinnett County grand jury indicted her on three counts of forgery in the first degree.

Maxwell House developers defend project

Across South Carolina

Parents aid teachers in filling gaps
As budget shortages continue to plague school systems nationwide, school administrators are increasingly looking to parent-teacher groups to help fill the funding gaps.

Board OKs revised history standards
ATLANTA - Students across Georgia will see changes in their social studies classes when the state's new curriculum takes effect in a few years - and a controversial proposal to omit mention of the Civil War has been rethought.

News you can use
OCT. 15, 1980 Augusta officials have approved the sale of land along the Savannah River between 13th and 15th streets for a 54-unit condominium complex but attached several conditions to the sale.

Across the area
Butler High School has made adequate yearly progress, a status awarded this week after its appeal to the Georgia Department of Education was granted.

Colonial Times re-enactors get ready
When inventing his role as an 18th-century colonist, Ken Bloom wanted a character that reflected his interests in music and history but one who lived a life that wouldn't send him to debtor's prison.

Aiken officials disagree on Sanford school plan
AIKEN - With tax credits and school vouchers a hotly debated political issue, one of South Carolina's premier proponents of charter schools said Friday that Gov. Mark Sanford's Contract for Change could revolutionize South Carolina's education system much as the GI bill did for universities.

Georgia may get uniform SAT law

Police look for shooting suspects
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding those responsible for pistol-whipping and shooting an Augusta man Thursday night.

Across the Southeast

In 'right, right' way, Brigham is celebrated
Friends and colleagues of Henry Brigham Sr. gave thanks for the privilege of knowing the soft-spoken Augusta leader they fondly referred to as the "right, right man" at his funeral Friday.

Around town

Fort Gordon is on track for future investment
Expanding top-secret intelligence facilities such as Fort Gordon's Regional Security Operations Center is a top priority in the war on terrorism, the new chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee said Friday.

Across the area

'Shadow' casts light on Vietnam vets
Augustans will have a chance today to view the results of two Texas filmmakers' effort to gather stories from Vietnam veterans and their families.

Police look for shooting suspects

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
WHY DO THE TAXPAYERS of Richmond County let 12 morons run the Civic Center? They only have one good customer, the Lynx, and they are trying their best to run them out of the building.

Across the area
Butler High School has made adequate yearly progress, a status awarded this week after its appeal to the Georgia Department of Education was granted.

News you can use

Area news sources foster good credibility
Augusta Chronicle readers participating the Associated Press Managing Editors survey of media credibility responded that while the national media isn't credible, they trust local outlets more to keep them informed.

Kid of the day

Across the Southeast
TAMPA, FLA. - Lawyers for a former professor accused of supporting terrorists said Friday that his trial should be delayed because he has become an issue in a fierce Senate campaign involving his former university's ex-president.

Parents aid teachers in filling gaps

Panel advances Perdue charges
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue faces the prospect of a full-blown ethics hearing after the State Ethics Commission found "reasonable grounds" to believe he violated the codes governing elected officials' behavior.

Board might still pay deputies

Senator vows to end disclosure inspection
ATLANTA - Sen. Mitch Seabaugh pledged Friday to continue revising his previous campaign-finance disclosures even as the State Ethics Commission found "reasonable grounds" to believe he violated ethics laws.

City leaders fret over cost of fire assistance
Columbia County officials say better fire service for residents is around the corner, with several new fire stations planned to be operating in temporary buildings starting Jan. 1.

Caretaker faces child porn charge
A man who helped take care of an Augusta judge's ailing mother has been arrested on child pornography charges, officials said Thursday.

Colonial Times re-enactors get ready

Board might still pay deputies
The recent surge in school violence in Richmond County schools has demanded more officers, but school board members could not decide Thursday how they wanted to handle it.

Sanford proposes streamlining health care

Maxwell House developers defend project
The prospective owners of the Maxwell House Apartments on Greene Street assured downtown leaders Thursday their project will not be like the Richmond Summit on Broad Street.

Lottery reports decline in sales

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville teacher and assistant football coach was arrested Thursday on assault charges.

ASU film graduates expose reel stories

Across the area
A Richmond County Superior Court jury will be asked to decide today whether Mary Elizabeth Treadwell's death was murder or manslaughter.

Caretaker faces child porn charge

War, abuse news give protesters new fuel

Plan would raise lake levels

Creations catch eyes of collectors
AIKEN - By day, Larry Page is an insurance agent who wears crisp white shirts and ties.

Across Georgia

Around town
Daniel Lopez, 2, picks out a pumpkin at St. Bartholomew's Great Pumpkin Patch in North Augusta after story time. The pumpkin patch is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Story time is held Monday through Friday.

Group criticizes sales tax package

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A former Anderson postmaster has sued the U.S. Postal Service, saying she faced gender discrimination and retaliation for filing complaints.

Board loosens uniform policy

SPLOST projects: Lucy C. Laney High Stadium
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 one project targeted by the tax.

Two killed in separate traffic accidents

Groups attempt to save natural beauty of river
COUCHTON - The Edisto River quietly flows through Aiken County on its way to the Atlantic Ocean, providing a picturesque landscape, fishing and recreational opportunities.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 11-year old Haley Elizabeth Saxon of Augusta.

Lottery reports decline in sales
ATLANTA - The Georgia Lottery, which posted record-breaking sales last year, ended the first quarter of the new budget year with a sales drop of $5 million compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Fort Gordon is on track for future investment

Jury says woman's slaying was murder
An Augusta man's brutal beating and strangulation of his girlfriend was murder, not manslaughter, a jury decided Friday.

Across the area

Pursuit of cash builds at lab
NEW ELLENTON - Like a trade show at a local convention center, the high-tech wares of the Savannah River National Laboratory and four of South Carolina's university research programs were on display Friday. Together, political and academic leaders touted the virtues of cooperation in the tough competition for federal grants and industrial investment.

Rants and raves
WHY DO THE TAXPAYERS of Richmond County let 12 morons run the Civic Center? They only have one good customer, the Lynx, and they are trying their best to run them out of the building.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 2-year old Payton Lamar Chancey of Augusta.

Group criticizes sales tax package
Amy Lawson held her 13-month-old daughter Taylor in her arms while Republican Party Chairman Dave Barbee asked the public to vote no on Phase 5 of the $486 million special purpose local option sales tax package Thursday.

Teachers learn how to craft national pride
A representative of a local group hoping to instill American pride in students visited Richmond and Columbia County teachers Friday to convey that message.

Around town

SPLOST project: Augusta Museum of History
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.

Board OKs revised history standards

2 traffic crashes kill man, teenager
An Augusta teenager and a 37-year-old Thomson man were killed in separate traffic accidents Friday morning, according to officials.

Aiken officials disagree on Sanford school plan

Gang fears rattle Aiken
AIKEN - Only months after moving into a yellow frame house on Colleton Avenue near the Aiken Produce Co., Judy Smith is thinking about moving.

Hall of fame proposals analyzed

Hall of fame proposals analyzed
If the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is constructed, it likely won't be alone on its nearly five-acre plot along the Savannah River.

'Shadow' casts light on Vietnam vets

Rants and raves
I HAVE A BIG RAVE for the Board of Elections in Augusta. Their employees answer the phone personally - no voice mail - and courteously answer any questions and concerns. I am sure they are as busy or busier than other departments. We appreciate their efficiency and courtesy.

Doctors support changes in health insurance
he impact of uninsured patients is felt across Augusta, from higher premiums for those who can get health insurance to military reservists without health coverage who aren't fit to fight overseas, a panel of hospital executives said Thursday.

Board loosens uniform policy
Varsity cheerleader Blakely McKnight tried to rally school board members Thursday to give her a Y-E-S.

Creations catch eyes of collectors

Film begun in 1946 finally gets premiere

George Lucas to receive AFI lifetime award
LOS ANGELES - After creating "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "American Graffiti," Darth Vader might insist it was George Lucas' DESTINY to get the American Film Institute's lifetime achievement award.

George Lucas to receive AFI lifetime award

Film begun in 1946 finally gets premiere
NEW YORK - A narrow waisted, emerald-eyed brunette flits through a desert full of melting clocks and wacky perspectives, looking for her lover. Giant telephones levitate. Bicyclists with bread loaf helmets pedal by.

Dolly Parton invites Grascals to tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When Dolly Parton decided to launch her tour this fall, she invited a new and largely unknown bluegrass band to back her.

Sadler credits success to teammate Jarrett

Rookie might have saved job with spurt
CONCORD, N.C. - Fear has been great motivation for rookie Brendan Gaughan.

Sadler looking to best Gordon

Sadler looking to best Gordon
CONCORD, N.C. - Even if Elliott Sadler wins tonight's UAW-GM 500, he can't leave Lowe's Motor Speedway with the points lead in the Chase for the Championship.

Sadler credits success to teammate Jarrett
If Elliott Sadler wins the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship, one of the first things he says he plans to do is ask Robert Yates Racing teammate Dale Jarrett to join him on stage at the awards banquet in New York in December.

Beijing welcomes Yao, exhibitions
BEIJING - The NBA has come to booming, basketball-crazy China - but it doesn't expect to make any money soon.

Beijing welcomes Yao, exhibitions

New NBA team launches network
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Bobcats, the city's newborn NBA franchise, are getting a nice baby present starting today - their very own regional sports network.

Metress looks for 'buzz' as new faces hit the hardwood
When the clock struck 12:01 this morning, hardwood floors remained silent around the area.

Pearson found success away from sports

Rookie impresses Falcons

Bears' Urlacher eager to play

Miss Carrie Ann Morton    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marguerite L. Gingera    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond Scott, Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Rev. Larry D. Haire, Sr.    (Minister WARRENTON Ga.)
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Ms. Mariquita Smith    (FLORENCE, S.C.)
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Mr. Michael Hatfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David Wayne Pack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry H. Brigham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, G a.)
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Mr. Neal S. Coleman    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Etheridge Clements    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Carl Hawk    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Minister James Hines, Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. R. Bruce Miller    (ELGIN, S.C.)
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Mr. Michael Holman    (ESTILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Philip Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dr. Loton Horton Rasmussen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Miss Jessica Colbert-Wells    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie S. Johnson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Amerson    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Deacon George Jones    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Jocelyn Sims    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Ella M. Kendrick    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn S. Smith    (CONCORD, N.C.)
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Mr. Arthur Lee Stone    (LAUDERDALE, F la.)
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Sgt. Tommie Steed    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Jimmy J. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Theodore Dicks, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Wells    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Beabout    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Calvin Bridges    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ray M. Crockett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sylvia Rackley    (RALEIGH, N.C.)
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Mr. Raymond Scott, Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bernice Morris    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie Phillips, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Milburn    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Louvenia Wright    (VIDETTE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ophelia McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lottie E. Bradway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Mathis Sr.    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Felicia Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jule Kendrick    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Deere    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Rev. Larry Haire Sr.
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Mr. Ray M. Crockett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Dukes    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Agnes Bowery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie "Buddy" Phillips, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Clary    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah Yearwood    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Isaiah D. "Mosquito" Burns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Beabout    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Tyreece Abney (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mr. Ray M. Crockett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lottie E. Bradway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylvia Rackley (RALEIGH, N.C.)

Mr. R. Bruce Miller (ELGIN, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Hatfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon George Jones (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Mathis Sr. (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Bernice Morris (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Diane Attaway (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Philip Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lurleen Evans (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Ms. Louvenia Wright (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Amerson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Neal S. Coleman (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Scott, Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Lee Stone (LAUDERDALE, F la.)

Mrs. Marguerite L. Gingera (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Dukes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Beabout (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Frank James Corda (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie "Buddy" Phillips, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite L. Gingera (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Stockton (WRENS, Ga.)

Miss Jessica Colbert-Wells (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Etheridge Clements (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Carrie Lee Hodges (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Theodore Dicks, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Free (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Terry Rouse (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn S. Smith (CONCORD, N.C.)

Mrs. Ophelia McCain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Walter H. Deere (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Hawk (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mariquita Smith (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Deere (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Ella M. Kendrick (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Beabout (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy J. Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Milburn (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Lee Stone (LAUDERDALE, F la.)

Mrs. Ophelia McCain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ray M. Crockett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. Larry Haire Sr.

Minister James Hines, Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Scott, Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Clary (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Felicia Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Wells (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Bridges (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Phillips, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David Wayne Pack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Agnes Bowery (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Holman (ESTILL, S.C.)

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

Woes of 'government schools' are debatable
After watching the vacuous babble that passes for presidential debates, I am ready for a head-knocking, rip-snorting debate between two articulate participants with widely divergent views. How about Neal Boortz and Zachary Wansley?

Woes of 'government schools' are debatable
After watching the vacuous babble that passes for presidential debates, I am ready for a head-knocking, rip-snorting debate between two articulate participants with widely divergent views. How about Neal Boortz and Zachary Wansley?

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United States has looked very impressive

Overtime
South Carolina State awarded head coach Buddy Pough with a two-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday. His tenure with the school will last through 2009.

United States has looked very impressive
WASHINGTON - Just because the United States has stormed through its regional qualifying for the next World Cup does not mean the Americans are a world soccer power.

Pearson found success away from sports
If you thought Drew Pearson's career ended when he retired from the Dallas Cowboys in 1984, you don't know the depth of the man at all.

Jags lose another defensive lineman for season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars now have lost both starting defensive ends for the season.

Rookie impresses Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - From the first day he participated in a rookie minicamp five months ago, Demorrio Williams impressed the Atlanta Falcons.

Decal puts NFL in a difficult spot
The National Football League wanted to package its tribute to Pat Tillman much the same way it's planning the next halftime show at the Super Bowl. Nice, neat and orderly, with no surprises.

Bears' Urlacher eager to play
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Brian Urlacher, who'd never missed a game in his four-year career before sitting out the past two with a sore hamstring, hopes to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Halloween Sunday troubles some in the South
NEWNAN, Ga. - Across the Bible Belt this Halloween, some little ghosts and goblins might get shooed away by the neighbors - and some youngsters will not be allowed to go trick-or-treating at all - because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Multicultural parish plans celebration
When Cindy Kim first arrived in Augusta in the late 1970s, she found few Koreans in the parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Volunteers take spiritual support to Florida
The view from the main roads going into Gulf Breeze, Fla., last month allowed only a glimpse of Hurricane Ivan's destructive force. Betty Parker and other Thomson, Ga., relief volunteers found a true measure along the back roads, where piles of muddied pictures, furniture and other belongings waited for owners to reclaim them.

Faith digest
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 11 Telfair St., will sell orders of soul food starting at 9 a.m. today. Call 828-6555.

School for at-risk children moves to temporary location
As he walked down the corridors of the old Curtis High School building on Broad Street this week, Phin Hitchcock recounted the names of each room he passed. Library, lunchroom, administrative offices, he said.

Releases put you in Halloween mood

TV producer alleges Bill O'Reilly sexually harassed her
NEW YORK - Bill O'Reilly, whose Fox News Channel show is the highest-rated cable news program, has been accused of sexual harassment by one of his producers. O'Reilly says the complaint is a politically motivated extortion attempt.

Third presidential debate turns into a TV rerun

Boosler turns stand-up into game show

John Cleese offers a Python's guide to wine

John Cleese offers a Python's guide to wine
LOS ANGELES - Since when does a Python worry about what kind of wine to have with a meal?

TV producer alleges Bill O'Reilly sexually harassed her

Boosler turns stand-up into game show
PASADENA, Calif. - Stand-up comedian Elayne Boosler insists that as a child she was not funny - weird, yes, but not funny. The thing about comics, she says, is that they see everything just a little bit differently from other people.

Third presidential debate turns into a TV rerun
LOS ANGELES - The third time around, George Bush and John Kerry had sharpened their debating styles. Substance was a different matter.

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Thurman gets on Butkus list
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Georgia's Odell Thurman has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.

Greene hopes to revive season

Two Georgia tight ends still working for respect
ATHENS, Ga. - The promise in the sunny days of August that Georgia football coach Mark Richt saw at the tight end position has been met this autumn with the realization that sophomores Leonard Pope and Martez Milner still have a lot to learn.

Thurman gets on Butkus list

Two Georgia tight ends still working for respect

Greene hopes to revive season
ATHENS, Ga. - David Greene can't figure it out.

Releases put you in Halloween mood
Although it's still two weeks and change until Halloween, the entertainment world is already woolly with monsters, maniacs and other assorted bump-in-the-night offerings designed to frighten, thrill and, most important, separate startled consumers from some of their hard-earned green. Here's some stuff to look for in the week ahead.

Gamecocks making the grades so far
Midseason report cards are in, and Tommy Bowden's marks aren't exactly letters he'd want to show to his daddy. Meanwhile, Lou Holtz is flirting with a few incompletes with the meat of the Gamecocks' schedule still to come.

Gamecocks making the grades so far

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Multicultural parish plans celebration

Halloween Sunday troubles some in the South

Faith Calendar

Faith digest

Volunteers take spiritual support to Florida