Bestseller list
This week's best selling books list as reported by Publishers Weekly.

Jon Stewart covers America in a hilarious book
NEW YORK - Jon Stewart knows the key to democracy is an informed electorate. How he acts on this knowledge is another matter.

Jon Stewart covers America in a hilarious book

Cardinals' Kline could return to staff
HOUSTON - Ailing St. Louis reliever Steve Kline was unavailable for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday, but Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa hopes the left-hander will pitch later this postseason.

Houston hammers way back

Red Sox win in 12 innings

Red Sox win in 12 innings
BOSTON - Down to their last three outs of the season, the Boston Red Sox rallied - against Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees and decades of disappointment.

The 'House that Ruth built' bat goes to auction
NEW YORK - The greatest worry about the auction of the bat Babe Ruth swung to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium - against the Boston Red Sox, of all teams - is that this brown beauty of a Louisville Slugger could wind up in the wrong hands.

Closer comes through for Houston
HOUSTON - No bullpen collapse by the Houston Astros this time. Brad Lidge was on the mound.

Ray Boone, patriarch of three-generation baseball family, dies at 81

The 'House that Ruth built' bat goes to auction

Ray Boone, patriarch of three-generation baseball family, dies at 81
SAN DIEGO - Two-time All-Star Ray Boone, patriarch of a three-generation baseball family, died early Sunday following a long illness. He was 81.

Astros edge Cards, tie series

Astros edge Cards, tie series
HOUSTON - By the time Carlos Beltran's shot landed in Houston's bullpen, this much was clear: At least baseball had one competitive playoff series still going.

Closer comes through for Houston

Houston hammers way back
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens hopped off the mound, pumped his right fist and muttered to himself all the way to the dugout. His work was done and the Houston Astros were exactly where they wanted to be - right back in the National League Championship Series.

Excuses behind Augusta's odors smell suspicious

Candidate uses Jesus on billboard ad
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A City Council candidate is protesting a billboard put up by his incumbent opponent that proclaims "Elect Jesus Christ Savior" and includes a box stating "Jacques Wigginton for Council."

On the move
Peggy Sease has been named the director of human resources at University Hospital. She also is assuming responsibility for benefits and the Employee Health and Wellness Department, and is maintaining her responsibilities in education resources.

Sony low-profile drive to open stores worries retailers
COSTA MESA, Calif. - Few people took notice when Sony Electronics Inc. opened a tiny storefront last year here at South Coast Plaza, a swanky mall south of Los Angeles.

Richmond County property transfers

Telemarketing industry adjusts to no-call list

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 1-7. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

On the move

Pay credit card bills on time or face increased rates
Few people actually read all the fine print included in credit card offers and contracts.

Pay credit card bills on time or face increased rates

Telemarketing industry adjusts to no-call list
OMAHA, Neb. - In the months before the national do-not-call list went into effect, Stuart Discount laid off more than 150 workers at his telemarketing company. Now the company is back to full strength.

Official has other ideas for money

Official has other ideas for money
Topics of conversation in Augusta last week were the funky odor hanging over the city and its environs, the final presidential debate and local Republicans coming out against the local option sales tax.

Clemson cruises to home victory

Clemson cruises to home victory
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden wasn't sure what else could go wrong.

Jones: Auburn potential title contender
AUBURN, Ala. - There was some national championship talk going on in the lockerroom at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium.

How the top 25 fared
How the top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college football poll fared this week:

Cards loss a setback for minors
DETROIT - Who's your daddy, non-BCS schools?

Alabama A&M slaughters Savannah State

Alabama riding running game, defense
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tim Castille figures if the run-and-defend formula was good enough to carry the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title, it can surely take Alabama to a bowl game.

Paladins break down The Citadel

Oklahoma QB rallies Sooners to win
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jason White spent much of the week touting a young Oklahoma teammate for the Heisman Trophy.

Cards loss a setback for minors

Alabama riding running game, defense

Jarrett getting comfortable far from home

Volunteers remain in charge in SEC East
OXFORD, Miss. - Tennessee is still in command in the crowded Southeastern Conference East.

Monday morning quarterback
A look at things around college football:

USC extends lead in AP poll
On the eve of the season's first Bowl Championship Series standings, No. 1 Southern California increased its lead on No. 2 Oklahoma in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

Jones: Auburn potential title contender

Oklahoma QB rallies Sooners to win

Alabama A&M slaughters Savannah State
When most college football coaches talk about playing a 60-minute game, it's the employment of a tired clich about consistency.

USC Trojans display firepower
LOS ANGELES - Nobody could call Southern California lucky after this game.

Monday morning quarterback

Paladins break down The Citadel
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Ingle Martin threw two touchdowns and was 17-for-28 for 213 yards as Furman beat The Citadel, 33-14 on Saturday.

Unbeaten Badgers primed for championship run

Tide rip Eagles behind Darby
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Kenneth Darby rushed for 197 yards and scored two touchdowns, one on a run and one on a pass, as Alabama beat No. 24 Southern Mississippi 27-3 on Saturday for its first win against a ranked opponent in nearly two years.

How the top 25 fared

Volunteers remain in charge in SEC East

USC extends lead in AP poll

Unbeaten Badgers primed for championship run
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez thinks his team's thrilling come-from-behind victory at Purdue could be the start of something special.

Jarrett getting comfortable far from home
LOS ANGELES - Dwayne Jarrett came West with a reputation for catching passes that produced great expectations at Southern California.

Hawks' national status back to normal after last season

Kerry's tax rate: 12.8%

Parents to the rescue
The right amount of parental involvement is vital for the success of pupils and schools.

Cell phone tumors?
When a medical study reported several years ago that using cell phones might cause brain tumors, it seemed like something out of a sci-fi horror movie.

Now even we are against it

Kerry's tax rate: 12.8%
Stephen Moore of the Club for Growth think-tank took a look at John Kerry's tax returns and found out the presidential candidate and his wife had a combined income last year of $6.8 million. They paid $725,000 in federal income taxes - a rate of 12.8 percent.

Practical money lesson
High schools teach about economics, inflation, international trade and price elasticity, which, in the abstract, is useful data to have in learning how money and capitalism drive the world's prosperity - or lack thereof.

Cell phone tumors?

Now even we are against it
If Augusta commissioners had purposely set out to kill the special purpose local option sales tax, and to cost the county millions in the process, they couldn't have done a better job.

People in the News
LINCOLN, Neb. - Drummer Tommy Lee has played plenty of stadium shows with his band Motley Crue. But none was quite like his performance with the University of Nebraska marching band before 77,881 red-clad football fans.

Prince video ignites controversy
MINNEAPOLIS - The musician Prince is drawing fire for a new video that portrays an Arab-American girl envisioning herself blowing up an airport.

Employment-company stocks follow nation's economic trends

Employment-company stocks follow nation's economic trends
PHILADELPHIA - Any investment is a bet on the future - most often, of a company's sales and profits. But investors in staffing-company stocks have a broader bet: on the future of the nation's overall economy.

Fair food can be cooked at home
Your bathroom scale is very relieved that the fair season is short if oh, so very sweet. nDeep-fried onions, cotton candy, chili-cheese fries ... these are not the foods that you scarf down on a daily basis.

Fair food can be cooked at home

Eagles show the naysayers a thing or two
STATESBORO, Ga. - Some might have accused Georgia Southern of building its perfect league record against some of the bottom-tier teams in the Southern Conference.

Jackets' defense dominates in win
ATLANTA - Friends have called Georgia Tech's Eric Henderson "Ickey" for years, in reference to his celebratory dance moves that slightly resemble the shuffle of former Cincinnati Bengals tailback Ickey Woods.

Tech not satisfied with two-game winning streak
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has won two straight ACC games while posting its best back-to-back defensive efforts since joining the league.

Eagles show the naysayers a thing or two

Jackets' defense dominates in win

Sticklers will delight in punctuation book

Geiberger holds on for first victory since 1999
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Brent Geiberger started with consecutive birdies and never wavered - not when he topped a fairway metal on No. 13 and not when he faced a knee-knocker for par on the next hole.

Els wins record sixth Match Play title
VIRGINIA WATER, England - On his 35th birthday, Ernie Els received a familiar present - a World Match Play title. And he just might have his 96-year-old grandfather to thank.

Garcia beats Khan at Mallorca Classic
PULA, Balearic Islands - Sergio Garcia shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday to pull away from Simon Khan and capture the Mallorca Classic.

Big Easy has shot at breaking mark
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Defending champion Ernie Els beat Padraig Harrington 5 and 4 on Saturday to move into the final of the World Match Play Championship and stay on course for a record sixth title.

Els wins record sixth Match Play title

Park stays in front with up-and-down
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Grace Park held onto the lead in the Samsung World Championship with a roller-coaster round, while Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr moved within three shots.

Sorenstam charges to overtake Park
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam charged from three shots back over the final five holes Sunday to overtake Grace Park and win her fourth Samsung World Championship.

Lehman, Geiberger tied for lead at SBC Championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tom Lehman turned 40 and suddenly, the putts stopped falling. That was five years ago, and he has only one victory since.

Woods not fined for entering San Juan port aboard yacht
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tiger Woods will not be fined for entering San Juan's port aboard his yacht without notice following his wedding, but the U.S. Coast Guard warned him not to do it again.

Geiberger holds on for first victory since 1999

Garcia beats Khan at Mallorca Classic

Sorenstam charges to overtake Park

Lehman, Geiberger tied for lead at SBC Championship

McNulty wins SBC Championship
SAN ANTONIO - Mark McNulty shot a 6-under 65 Sunday to win the SBC Championship by eight strokes over Gary McCord, the largest margin of victory in a 54-hole Champions Tour event this season.

Jefferson County's Walker is in top form

Jefferson County's Walker is in top form
Jefferson County's Jeffrey Walker is on the run of his life. Walker's season-high 247 yards on 36 carries in a 22-6 win Friday night against Burke County pushed his season total to 1,590 yards.

Canada dearly misses hockey

Canada dearly misses hockey
MONTREAL - Instead of the beloved Canadiens, rock bands Van Halen and Incubus will be playing soon at the Bell Centre. Hockey Night in Canada - must-see TV for fans from Newfoundland to the Yukon - has been replaced by a triple bill of Hollywood films, starting off with Disney's Dinosaur.

Excuses behind Augusta's odors smell suspicious
Chicken manure? That's the latest suspect in the mystery smell that stank up our town last week.

Bush administration is a disaster

Our political world is broken
Regarding the coming presidential election, why can't people realize that neither candidate is ever as bad or as good as the other side thinks? Both are just people with their own share of human traits. No one is perfect, but the demagogues would have you think otherwise, and common sense should tell the voters that all the speculation, finger-pointing and innuendo on both sides simply compound the chaos so prevalent today. Barbara Grear Augusta

Adventure race was big success
I would like to express my gratitude to the race coordinator and the multitude of volunteers that assisted with the first ever, Savannah River/Augusta Canal Adventure Race. Steven K. Hunt Evans

Free speech will not be squelched
I am thankful for my constitutional right of free speech and expression, which means I am free to express my agreement and disagreement with our elected officials when appropriate. Unfortunately, George W. Bush and the Republican Party are trying to suppress these freedoms, especially when anyone opposes their policies. Anne Cook Augusta

Vote Cheeks for state Senate

Bush oversaw four years of failures
Friends and neighbors, the time has come. We have to put the propaganda behind us, look carefully at the facts and vote accordingly. What has happened over the past four years? What does it mean for us? Duncan Robertson Augusta

Elect Littlejohn to school board
I am writing to endorse Dr. Sylvia Littlejohn for the District 1 seat on the Richmond County Board of Education. She has retired after many years of teaching in Augusta and Evans, and she has taught at Augusta State University. Ellen Smart Augusta

Liberals are resilient, right
Liberals in Georgia take a beating but keep on ticking. They believe Americans can act above their own interests. Liberals believe that each individual should have the opportunity to succeed. Liberals believe they are their brother's brother. Liberals don't know precisely when human life begins, but they know how long their brotherhood lasts. Tom Zwemer Augusta

Bush administration is a disaster
With the presidential election around the corner, I want everyone to think before they vote on what direction they want our country to head in. Carroll C. Kenny Martinez

Elect Littlejohn to school board

Liberals are resilient, right

Vote Cheeks for state Senate
As a lifelong resident of Augusta, I would like to give my endorsement regarding the upcoming state Senate race for Sen. Don Cheeks. Tom Moraetes Augusta

Young voters think Kerry is cool
In everyday conversations with family and friends, the name John Kerry comes up quite a lot. We are a young group of folks who never did mind who was president, because no matter what, our country was great and the world agreed. Tiarha Stewart Augusta

Kerry will bring us truth, peace
I have watched the debates on television, read articles, listened to the news, and of course to both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry. I was undecided until I listened to the vice-presidential debate. That was when I made my decision: Kerry-Edwards. That's the way I would vote. Terri Futreal North Augusta, S.C.

Appalachian artists to see financial aid for marketing

Gamers celebrate Dungeons & Dragons anniversary

Proper insulation cuts energy bills

Flooring needs to be repaired

USC Aiken uses Web journals as a recruiting tool

Observatory room has stellar view

Pilgrims, tourists have trod France for many centuries

Best of Augusta Bash photos

Frequent guests strain hospitality

How to make a Halloween ghost

Find cause before treating stains

This place really rocks

Government funds chat room surveillance study

Frequent guests strain hospitality
Dear Carson: Do you think it would be appropriate to post guest rules in my home? We have always had a pretty open home, because in my husband's line of work we have a lot of people visit. It has never bothered us in the past, but there is one family that drops by a lot and brings their kids.

Government funds chat room surveillance study
TROY, N.Y. - Amid the torrent of jabber in Internet chat rooms - flirting by QTpie and BoogieBoy, arguments about politics and horror flicks - are terrorists plotting their next move?

Pilates promoter Mari Winsor praises exercise
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - She's often seen in a ubiquitous infomercial peddling Pilates videos, but Mari Winsor's lean and sinewy body may be the best walking advertisement of the exercise phenomenon.

Find cause before treating stains
Q: Could you address pool stains? Our 3-year-old pool looks dirty all the time, and I'm guessing it is iron stains.

USC Aiken uses Web journals as a recruiting tool
Many students at the University of South Carolina Aiken know about LaShay Glover's class schedule, her roommates and even the speeding ticket she recently received rushing to class.

This place really rocks
When buying pieces for her new home last year, Gina Kitchens piqued the interest of several shopkeepers.

Appalachian artists to see financial aid for marketing
ROANOKE, Va. - A federal-state commission will provide up to $100,000 to market quilts, musical instruments and other crafts made in the Appalachian highlands, an area that has been plagued by unemployment.

How to make a Halloween ghost
There's a ghost lurking on my front porch.

Gamers celebrate Dungeons & Dragons anniversary
ATLANTA - Dungeons & Dragons players gathered in game stores around the country Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the grandfather of fantasy role-playing games - a pop culture phenomenon that has influenced myriad video games, books and movies.

Proper insulation cuts energy bills
Odds are good that your home needs more insulation.

New federal regulations boost broadband access
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators approved new rules aimed at making high-speed Internet available to more Americans. Critics contended the action will hinder competition in broadband services and keep prices high.

Best of Augusta Bash photos
The annual Augusta Magazine's Best of Augusta Bash, which was held Oct. 7 at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St., included food and music provided by the winners of the magazine's annual poll.

Pilgrims, tourists have trod France for many centuries
MOISSAC, France - We strolled through the famed Romanesque monastery of St. Pierre, paying our way into the inner courtyard to enjoy the peace and quiet, the balance of elegant pillars and austere reliefs.

Flooring needs to be repaired
Q: I recently had wall-to-wall carpet replaced in my home. There were a few floor boards that weren't too solid and I suggested nailing them but the installer said there was no need to, as the pad and carpet would muffle any noise.

Observatory room has stellar view
When Terry Eggan and Nancy Vest want to do a little dreaming, they climb a spiral staircase into a dream that Mr. Eggan made come true: a six-sided observatory atop their home in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Across South Carolina

School crime upsets rivals
To hear them talk, Richmond County school board members would give themselves a passing grade for handling the recent rise in school violence. Their challengers might fail them for tardiness.

Across the area

News you can use

The week ahead

Gap in funding doesn't dissuade Wilson rivals

Policy shields doctors from public scrutiny
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether privacy rights of doctors accused of medical missteps outweigh the rights of patients to know a doctor's record.

Across the area
Authorities have identified the bicyclist killed in a Thursday afternoon traffic accident at Deans Bridge and Golden Camp roads.

Across the area
Authorities have identified the bicyclist killed in a Thursday afternoon traffic accident at Deans Bridge and Golden Camp roads.

CSRA Classic tailgaters build tradition

No Child Left Behind drives education debate

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK - A community college in this coastal town says it "desperately" needs donations because private fund-raising and state help are down this year.

Skyfest pilot crashes; balloon lands in yard

The week ahead
The arrival of the fair always reminds me that fall is officially here. It also reminds me of my first minor heartbreak.

Rants and raves
I WAS JUST INFORMED today that Columbia County students are out for a fall break until Wednesday. Why do they need a fall break when Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we just had Labor Day? I can see why test scores and SAT scores are so down: The kids are not learning anything because they're not there.

Boshear's crowd watches sky

Daniel Village loses Goodwill
Daniel Village thrift store shoppers will soon be forced to seek secondhand goods elsewhere.

Task force focuses on dogfighting
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Led by South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, state police agencies have launched an organized campaign to stop dogfighting.

Skyfest pilot crashes; balloon lands in yard
Part of John K. Moody's comedy air show in his ultralight plane included the plane losing a wheel and other pieces.

Landscape architect shapes Georgia Southern's look
STATESBORO, Ga. - Polished brick walkways, serene fountains and grand entry gates at Georgia Southern University's campus are more than simple decoration to Chuck Taylor.

Five questions with WJBF-TV anchorman Brad Means
WJBF-TV anchorman Brad Means answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Officials hope 2005 ends terminal delays

Court: Terrorism fears not reason to search protesters

History favors DeMint

Task force focuses on dogfighting

Feds: Gwinnett can't get more water from Lake Lanier
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Federal regulators say Gwinnett County is not authorized to take more water from Lake Lanier, even if Georgia approved a proposed withdrawal permit for the expanding metro Atlanta county.

Policy shields doctors from public scrutiny

SPLOST project: Daniel Field renovations
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.

More S.C. residents requesting absentee ballots
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Blackhawk pilot Jimmy Gosnell has had a number of things to do before he is deployed to Iraq later this month: finish some paperwork, teach his teenage son to drive and cast his vote for president.

Garbage service
Tonya Daniel and her son Zachary, 8, cross the Augusta Canal headgates with a bag of trash they collected during the annual Canal Cleanup. Participants walked the canal and used canoes Saturday to collect debris and litter.

Experience is focus of candidates' campaigns

CSRA Classic tailgaters build tradition
For a lot of people, the CSRA Classic starts and ends on game day.

Many agree vote won't be end of issue
ATLANTA - No matter what happens with a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot that would ban gay marriage, people on both sides of the debate say the subject isn't likely to go away anytime soon.

18th century comes to life
After several minutes of gunfire in North Augusta on Saturday, Sam Harrison fell to the ground with a painful yell. Several other bodies were strewn across a small field in Living History Park when the skirmish finally was done.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia

Ballot flaws lead to 2nd election
ATLANTA - Georgia voters have an unusual opportunity to vote twice in the same election next month because a ballot mix-up forced a repeat of the Court of Appeals race.

Rants and raves
I WAS JUST INFORMED today that Columbia County students are out for a fall break until Wednesday. Why do they need a fall break when Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we just had Labor Day? I can see why test scores and SAT scores are so down: The kids are not learning anything because they're not there.

Spinning a yarn

SPLOST project: Daniel Field renovations

Across Georgia
MACON - A Superior Court judge has ruled that supporters of a petition to recall Macon Mayor Jack Ellis failed to prove that the mayor misused city money.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Led by South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, state police agencies have launched an organized campaign to stop dogfighting.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Hours after the death of a 14-year-old boy who was shot at the fair last weekend, police arrested a 17-year-old and charged him with murder.

Cult is quiet after leader's sentence

Time grows precious to busy couple
Emergencies are a family business for Heather Isom and Michael Shafe, even though they work at different places.

Five questions with WJBF-TV anchorman Brad Means

Shopping centers looking to gyms for revival
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - An empty old Wal-Mart is replaced by a Gold's Gym. A vacant grocery store space is spiffed up for a new LA Fitness.

Clothesline Project educates on violence

Landscape architect shapes Georgia Southern's look

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

School crime upsets rivals

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Garbage service

Time grows precious to busy couple

Auditors question facility's fines

More S.C. residents requesting absentee ballots

Morris rejects SPLOST package

Across the southeast

Daniel Village loses Goodwill

Hopefuls' meeting shows differences
ATLANTA - The two candidates for Georgia's 12th Congressional District seat drew several distinctions between their stances on issues in a debate broadcast statewide Sunday night.

Across the Southeast

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brielle M'Kayla Clark, 5, of Augusta.

History favors DeMint
AIKEN - For Inez Tenenbaum, the race for U.S. Senate in South Carolina has always been an uphill climb against the steep natural advantages enjoyed by her opponent, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, a Republican running in a GOP-dominant state.

Across Georgia

News you can use
OCT. 17, 1995 Boral Industries Inc. announced yesterday it has acquired Isenhour Brick and Tile and has moved the headquarters of subsidiary Boral Bricks Inc. from Augusta to Atlanta.

Cult is quiet after leader's sentence
EATONTON, Ga. - Pyramids, obelisks and a lonely sphinx stand deserted on the Egyptian-themed compound where as many as 500 members of a quasi-religious sect lived only five years ago.

Morris rejects SPLOST package
William S. Morris III, the publisher of The Augusta Chronicle and a longtime supporter of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, has come out against the latest sales tax package.

Candidates pledge to support troops
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The two candidates vying to fill South Carolina's open Senate seat both pledged Sunday to fully arm American troops in Iraq, as the Army investigates the refusal of a South Carolina-based platoon to go on a convoy mission because their trucks were unarmored.

Clothesline Project educates on violence
Artwork by survivors of domestic violence, and by the loved ones of those who did or didn't survive, will be displayed in Augusta beginning Tuesday.

County may get doctor office

CEO stresses encouragement
Shayne George watched his team quickly dissolve into yelling and chaos and then calmly intervened.

Spinning a yarn
Kim Degner spins raw wool into yarn with her spinning wheel during a demonstration at the Augusta Museum of History. Her baskets hold yarn she spun from cotton, wool, a plant fiber called ramie and even dog hair.

Gangs, violence growing problem in S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - After years of downplaying the significance of gang violence in South Carolina, police agencies statewide have begun to look more closely at a connection between crime and gangs.

Auditors question facility's fines
ATLANTA - State auditors singled out sanctions against the Estelle Stafford Memorial Personal Care Home in Augusta as an example of how Georgia's regulatory oversight can be a little inconsistent.

Gangs, violence growing problem in S.C.

Gap in funding doesn't dissuade Wilson rivals
AIKEN - Those looking for a political version of the biblical clash between David and Goliath should consider the lopsided re-election quest of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

Shopping centers looking to gyms for revival

Across the area

Officials hope 2005 ends terminal delays
There's only one obstacle standing in the way of Augusta Regional Airport's new terminal, but it's a big one.

CEO stresses encouragement

Across the southeast
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Furniture makers attending the biannual international furniture market are encouraged while retailers are alarmed by the prospect that Washington might soon impose significantly higher import duties on some Chinese furniture.

Craft has to land in front yard
FLEMING, Ga. - Ed Haymans didn't think much of the sound of another helicopter flying over his home in Fleming on Friday afternoon. After all, his property is on a flight path pilots take to Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah.

County may get doctor office
A full-fledged hospital might not be coming to Columbia County anytime soon, but that doesn't mean additional health care offerings aren't on the horizon.

Candidates pledge to support troops

Court: Terrorism fears not reason to search protesters
ATLANTA - Fear of a terrorist attack is not sufficient reason for authorities to search people at a protest, a federal appeals court has ruled, saying Sept. 11 "cannot be the day liberty perished."

Across the Southeast
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Four schools in the University of North Carolina system will participate in a pilot program that allows them to download music, movies and other copyrighted material on the Internet for free.

State plans beach renourishment without federal help
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state will begin a beach renourishment project at Hunting Island State Park without financial help from the federal government, state tourism officials say.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 2-year old Jaylan Elam of Augusta.

Craft has to land in front yard

Court calls search at protest illegal
ATLANTA - Fear of a terrorist attack is not sufficient reason for authorities to search people at a protest, a federal appeals court has ruled, saying Sept. 11, 2001, "cannot be the day liberty perished."

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to a south Augusta bus company Sunday to investigate a burglary.

Boshear's crowd watches sky
At Daniel Field on Saturday, rows of spectators watched with heads tilted back as Gary Ward's Giles 202 zoomed horizontally overhead, then began twirling vertically, dragging circles of cloudy white smoke behind it.

18th century comes to life

Experience is focus of candidates' campaigns
The race for Georgia's 24th Senate District will come down to an Augusta lawyer who has past military experience against a former Columbia County commissioner and business leader.

Kid of the day

Duke shouldn't be revenge game
ATLANTA - Sadly, this was a big step for Georgia Tech. A baby step, so to speak.

Sticklers will delight in punctuation book
A little book about punctuation has been on the best-seller charts for months in Great Britain and now in the United States. Finally, someone has addressed such an important topic and done it interestingly enough to drag in the general reading public, not just journalists, college professors and other sticklers.

'Team America' takes on the world

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

'Shark Tale' still leads box office

'Team America' takes on the world
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes Trey Parker and Matt Stone are trying to make you laugh, and sometimes they're trying to make you squirm.

Capsule reviews of new films

'Shark Tale' still leads box office
LOS ANGELES - Movie-goers stuck with fish and football over puppets and prancers as "Shark Tale" and "Friday Night Lights" retained the top two box-office spots for another weekend.

Ashes of actress stored in antique store

Ashes of actress stored in antique store
NEW YORK - With her peek-a-boo blond hairdo and sultry looks, Veronica Lake was the "it-girl" of the 1940s silver screen. When she died penniless three decades later, her ashes sat anonymously in a funeral home for nearly three years before they were scattered off the Florida coast.

Q&A: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis

Evanescence prepares for a new beginning

Evanescence prepares for a new beginning
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Evanescence has sold more than 10 million copies of its debut album and won two Grammys, but it hasn't been easy for lead singer Amy Lee.

Q&A: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis
NEW YORK - Anthony Kiedis sits at a table in a swank New York hotel, his breakfast consistently interrupted by adoring women coming over to caress his arms and kiss his cheek.

Bodine makes it two in row in NASCAR trucks race
FORT WORTH, Texas - Todd Bodine won his second straight NASCAR truck race Saturday, leading the final 38 laps after a lengthy red flag.

Chase drivers avoid track pitfalls
CONCORD, N.C. - All 10 drivers in the Chase for the Championship finished on the lead lap Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Bodine makes it two in row in NASCAR trucks race

Chase drivers avoid track pitfalls

Rudd's not ready to drive away yet

Castroneves wins IRL season finale

Title's in hand, but Kanaan's not done
FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Kanaan isn't planning to take an easy Sunday drive to the IndyCar Series championship.

Castroneves wins IRL season finale
FORT WORTH, Texas - Helio Castroneves had a great restart with two laps to go after a lengthy caution and held off IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan to win the season finale Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch hangs on to points lead
CONCORD, N.C. - If Kurt Busch goes on to win his first NASCAR title, he can point to the 500 miles at Lowe's Motor Speedway as the defining race of his season.

Busch hangs on to points lead

Rudd's not ready to drive away yet
CONCORD, N.C. - Although four other drivers age 40 and older have announced retirement plans in the past 10 months, 48-year-old Ricky Rudd doesn't plan on leaving the Nextel Cup Series anytime soon.

Hawks' national status back to normal after last season
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was running drills like he always does, offering encouragement and barking at a few flustered players who dared sit down.

Eagles overpower Panthers

Vick, Tomlinson make difference

Redskins edge Bears

Packers rout Lions

Pats extend wins record

Jets rally to beat 49ers

Texans defeat Titans

Falcons' win is worth the wait

Bills finally get win

Power Rankings: Week 6

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Promising SPLOST plan was ridden to ruin
One of the most difficult decisions I have faced is the one to approve the editorial at the top left of the adjoining page.

Promising SPLOST plan was ridden to ruin
One of the most difficult decisions I have faced is the one to approve the editorial at the top left of the adjoining page.

Sales-tax approval ensures city's bright future
We have a chance to take a bold step as a city, and pass for the first time a special-purpose local option sales tax initiative that will literally change the face and future of Augusta for generations to come.

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Fair Grounds changes hands

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Fair Grounds changes hands
NEW ORLEANS - Churchill Downs took ownership of a seventh track - and its first with a winter schedule - on Friday, closing on its $47 million purchase of historic Fair Grounds Race Course.

Overtime
In Atlanta, Falcons defensive tackle Rod Coleman missed Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers after hurting his knee and shoulder in a car accident the day before.

Whitetail season opens with bang
By the time Brian Fields left his deer stand Saturday morning, he was already on his cell phone trying to negotiate some prominent wall space for his daughter's first buck.

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

Whitetail season opens with bang

No Child Left Behind drives education debate
WASHINGTON - President Bush asked for it. Sen. John Kerry voted for it. Both candidates now find their education agendas driven by the No Child Left Behind law.

Bills finally get win
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Takeo Spikes made good on his vow the Buffalo Bills would finally provide some good news for their fans this weekend.

Browns 34, Bengals 17
CLEVELAND - A record play helped the Cleveland Browns get their record to.500. Oh, and playing the Cincinnati Bengals didn't hurt, either.

Falcons' win is worth the wait
ATLANTA - Jim Mora watched the Atlanta Falcons lose almost every statistical battle but the one that mattered most Sunday afternoon.

Packers rout Lions
DETROIT - Maybe getting away from Lambeau Field was just what the Green Bay Packers needed.

Redskins edge Bears
CHICAGO - Clinton Portis had his best day since changing teams and Washington throttled Chicago's inept offense as the Redskins beat the Bears 13-10.

Eagles overpower Panthers
PHILADELPHIA - Overmatched and undermanned, the Carolina Panthers had no chance against the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.

Vick, Tomlinson make difference
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers have always said negotiations of their blockbuster trade didn't begin until the day before the 2001 NFL Draft.

Late touchdowns lift Jags
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had a fast start and another frantic finish.

Jets rally to beat 49ers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Chad Pennington led the New York Jets on a second-half comeback. Rookie Jonathan Vilma sealed it.

Pats extend wins record
FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots got another victory - but quite a scare - as they extended their NFL record for consecutive wins.

Power Rankings: Week 6
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Texans defeat Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Houston Texans took another giant step forward.

Conservative Episcopalians split from church
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A coalition of conservative New England Episcopalians has split from the national church, forming four new congregations in part because of last year's consecration of a gay bishop.

Pope thanks well-wishers on anniversary
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II thanked well-wishers Sunday for their prayers and messages as he celebrated the 26th anniversary of his election as pontiff.

'The West Wing' eyes GOP successor for Bartlet

ABC finds a hit in a suburban subdivision
NEW YORK - Now that the women of "Sex and the City" are off the streets, the nation's eyes are turning to a different quartet in a leafy suburban subdivision.

ABC finds a hit in a suburban subdivision

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The bad news: David Brent, the comically cringe-worthy hero of "The Office," was laid off from his job as a manager of a paper-supply company on season two of this hilarious BBC mockumentary series. The good news: He took his termination money and financed a rock video starring himself.

'The West Wing' eyes GOP successor for Bartlet
LOS ANGELES - The prospect of a change in the White House tends to draw a strong reaction, pro or con.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Prince video ignites controversy

People in the News

Georgia-Arkansas game to be nationally televised

Georgia hopes it turned corner in win over Vandy

Georgia-Arkansas game to be nationally televised
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas and Georgia will play on ESPN2 in a nationally televised game Saturday.

Georgia hopes it turned corner in win over Vandy
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs are feeling pretty good about themselves.

Greene finally connects with Pope

Greene finally connects with Pope
ATHENS, Ga. - Thanks to some unwise coverage by the Vanderbilt secondary, and a bit of persistence, Leonard Pope finally caught a David Greene touchdown pass.

Bulldogs rebound with win

Homecoming cure for Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - OK, so this game had the suspense of an elevator ride.

Bulldogs rebound with win
ATHENS, Ga. - David Greene went from shaky in the second quarter to steady after halftime.

Homecoming cure for Dogs

Williamson's catch saves Gamecocks
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Michael Rathe came to South Carolina as a hotshot junior-college quarterback, but in two seasons with the Gamecocks, he'd thrown just nine passes, none for touchdowns.

Holtz expects to have QBs healthy for next game
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina should have its cadre of four quarterbacks healthy enough to play when it meets Tennessee in two weeks, head coach Lou Holtz said Sunday.

Williamson's catch saves Gamecocks