'Wings of Gold' a soaring tale of Navy fliers
"Wings of Gold: The U.S. Naval Air Campaign in World War II." By Gerald Astor. Presidio Press. 452 Pages. $26.95.

New mystery fiction features four writers' 'firsts'

'Hanging' will keep readers suspended
"The Hanging in the Hotel." By Simon Brett. Berkley Prime Crime. 345 Pages. $23.95.

'Wings of Gold' a soaring tale of Navy fliers

New mystery fiction features four writers' 'firsts'
Three new whodunits are "firsts" for four well-established mystery writers who already have dozens of books to their collective credit.

'Hanging' will keep readers suspended

One miracle down. Three to go?

Varitek switches to the right against Mussina
BOSTON - Boston catcher Jason Varitek pulled a switch when he batted right-handed against New York right-hander Mike Mussina with mixed results in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series on Monday.

Tantrum results in break for Tavarez
HOUSTON - St. Louis right-hander Julian Tavarez broke his left hand during a dugout tantrum in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series, and it was uncertain Monday when the reliever would pitch again.

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.

Yankees remain confident

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.

Varitek switches to the right against Mussina

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.

Pettitte dislikes the bench
HOUSTON - Andy Pettitte moved deliberately around the Houston Astros clubhouse, avoiding countless showers of champagne to remain remarkably dry during the team's raucous postgame party after winning the division series in Atlanta last week.

Astros edge Cards, tie series

Yankees remain confident
BOSTON - So, they didn't sweep.

Red Sox win in 12 innings

Tantrum results in break for Tavarez

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

One miracle down. Three to go?
BOSTON - They loved playing each other so much, they didn't want to quit.

Where a balloon may land can be left to imagination

Odds and Ends
OMAHA, Neb. - The Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission is dedicated to eliminating discrimination involving the elderly, minorities, immigrants and even, it seems, for topless dancers.

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."

Kmart appoints new CEO and president
DETROIT - The retailing company Kmart Holding Corp. has appointed Aylwin Lewis, formerly an executive at the restaurant operator Yum Brands Inc., as its new chief executive and president.

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.

PSC has panel to call for low bills
ATLANTA - When hearings resume next week determining whether Georgia Power can increase its rates, some state analysts will argue for bills to start going in the opposition direction.

Wealth gap widened for minorities

US Airways changes flight schedules

PSC has panel to call for low bills

Real estate agent's passion for job helps keep her successful
When interest rates tick up a quarter point, some people panic.

Kmart appoints new CEO and president

Wealth gap widened for minorities
WASHINGTON - The enormous wealth gap between white families and blacks and Hispanics grew larger after the most recent recession, a private analysis of government data finds.

Real estate agent's passion for job helps keep her successful

US Airways changes flight schedules
ARLINGTON, Va. - US Airways said Monday it will change its flight schedules in February to increase departures at its Charlotte and Philadelphia hubs and create a minihub in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

How the top 25 fared

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

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.

Jones: Auburn potential title contender

Monday morning quarterback

Three Rutgers players hurt in car accident

Jarrett getting comfortable far from home

Three Rutgers players hurt in car accident
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Three Rutgers football players were injured, one seriously, in a multi-vehicle accident caused by a man accused of drunken driving.

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

Miami claims No. 2 in BCS
Southern California took the top spot Monday in the season's first Bowl Championship Series standings, and - surprisingly - Miami is ahead of Oklahoma in a close race for the second spot.

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.

Monday morning quarterback
A look at things around college football:

Volunteers remain in charge in SEC East

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

Alabama riding running game, defense

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.

USC extends lead in AP poll

Miami claims No. 2 in BCS

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.

Unbeaten Badgers primed for championship run

Ponder reasons before starting
I was giving a lecture about breaking negative patterns when one man stood and asked how to quit smoking - quite a question. My first response was, "Why do you want to quit?" He stared and said, "Isn't it obvious? My health."

Uniform SAT urged
The College Board, which administers SAT tests that are designed to predict how well high school seniors will do in college, is opposed to using the SAT scores in comparing schools, school districts or states.

The rebel reservists
A firestorm is brewing between military brass and 19 members of a Rock Hill, S.C.-based U.S. Army reserve unit that refused to carry out an order near Baghdad.

Uniform SAT urged

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.

Kerry's tax rate: 12.8%

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.

Cell phone tumors?

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.

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.

People in the News
LONDON - Singer Marc Almond, whose 1980s band, Soft Cell, scored a huge hit with their version of "Tainted Love," was hospitalized after suffering severe head injuries in a road crash, police said.

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.

Red Velvet cupcakes taste sweet
For anyone looking for party and holiday ideas, "Celebrations 101" by Rick Rodgers (Broadway, 2004, $29.95) has the authority of a master. Rodgers, author of "Thanksgiving 101" and "Christmas 101" among a raft of other books, is surely going to send cooks to the kitchen with his new cookbook in hand - and a whole lot of confidence.

Spooky potatoes hover over meaty pie

Weird witch hat is good to gobble up
It's a credit to the publication to confirm there are plenty of dreadful ideas in Better Homes and Gardens' "Halloween Tricks and Treats" - including decorations, costumes, party plans and even ghost stories.

Spooky potatoes hover over meaty pie
Ghostly little figures hover over the meaty pie in this recipe for a favorite main dish that's a little bit dressed up to match the spirit of Halloween.

Red Velvet cupcakes taste sweet

Weird witch hat is good to gobble up

Storm-proofing yard can help you weather storms
LARGO, Fla. - This year's hurricane season has been particularly rough on the Gulf and mid-Atlantic states, devastating yards, beaches and buildings.

Storm-proofing yard can help you weather storms

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.

ACC's proposal offers players one more year
ATLANTA - Levon Thomas didn't want to sit out his first football season at Georgia Tech.

ACC's proposal offers players one more year

Sticklers will delight in punctuation book

Sorenstam shows she's still got it

Els wins record sixth Match Play title

Sorenstam charges to overtake Park

Sorenstam shows she's still got it
PALM DESERT, Calif. - The dream pairing of Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie during Thursday's first round of the Samsung World Championship provided golf fans with a glimpse of the future of women's golf.

Geiberger holds on for first victory since 1999

Sorenstam joins beach volleyball players as Sportswomen of the Year
NEW YORK - The accolades, like her putts, just keep rolling in for Annika Sorenstam.

Sorenstam joins beach volleyball players as Sportswomen of the Year

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.

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.

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.

Garcia beats Khan at Mallorca Classic

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.

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.

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.

Where a balloon may land can be left to imagination
I see that we had a hot air balloon land in somebody's back yard this weekend. No big deal, but I sometimes wonder that it doesn't happen more often.

Small plane crashes in downtown Atlanta
ATLANTA - A small plane with two people aboard crashed during a rainstorm into an auto-body shop about 40 yards from the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in downtown Atlanta. The two people in the plane were killed, but no one in the building was injured, authorities said.

Get passengers to our airport
I cannot believe that Augusta's aviation commissioners can so easily fall into an empty think tank. Did they actually fly into the hurricanes Sept. 15 to investigate a $3 million scanning device, when Continental is withdrawing, and Delta and U.S. Airways are on shaky ground? Kay Hays North Augusta, S.C.

Elect Littlejohn to school board

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

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

Poor leadership is ruining Augusta
Augusta is truly in a sad situation. The entire city commission needs to be impeached. James Clanton 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

Poor leadership is ruining 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

Bush administration is a disaster

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

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

Liberals are resilient, right

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

Harold Jones would serve us well
It seems that today's trend in the voting process requires a candidate to have large sums of money for the purpose of negative campaigning. Edward Jefferson 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

Harold Jones would serve us well

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

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.

Vote Cheeks for state Senate

Government funds chat room surveillance study

All-girl Swedish team is on its game

Gamers celebrate Dungeons & Dragons anniversary

Spider-Man, undead characters big this Halloween

Health and fitness calendar

Study will seek genetic causes of breast cancer

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?

All-girl Swedish team is on its game
NEW YORK - At first glance, Les Seules might look like an all-girl rock band - complete with sassy attitudes and fawning male groupies - but the Swedish septuplet doesn't play instruments. It plays competitive video games.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle. com. Include the name and phone number of a contact person.

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.

Study will seek genetic causes of breast cancer
WASHINGTON - A new national clinical trial will investigate genetic and environmental causes of breast cancer by enrolling 50,000 sisters of women already diagnosed with the disease.

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.

Spider-Man, undead characters big this Halloween
The web-spinning, wall-crawling superhero who swung from the comic book pages onto the silver screen is this year's hottest Halloween costume for little boys, but not the grown-up guys, costume experts say.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

Five questions with WJBF-TV anchorman Brad Means

Approaches to holiday vary

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.

Across South Carolina

Parolees to be tracked by GPS
Starting this month, some Augusta parolees will have more than their human parole officers tracking their movements around town.

Across the southeast

Across Georgia

Skyfest pilot crashes; balloon lands in yard

Waste limits upset group

More S.C. residents requesting absentee ballots

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.

Policy shields doctors from public scrutiny

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

Time grows precious to busy couple

Parolees to be tracked by GPS

The week ahead

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Officials still searching for clues in murder
A year after Natalie Clark's death, police, family and friends say they haven't forgotten the 18-year-old Hephzibah woman whose body was discovered last October outside her Fulcher Road home.

Task force focuses on dogfighting

News release leads ex-senator to sue
A defeated Georgia senator subjected to state indictment and federal investigation has filed suit against the former federal prosecutor who issued a news release about pursuing the case after state charges were dropped.

School crime upsets rivals

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

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.

No Child Left Behind drives education debate

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."

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

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.

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.

Gangs, violence growing problem in S.C.

Experience is focus of candidates' campaigns

CEO stresses encouragement

Landscape architect shapes Georgia Southern's look

Kid of the day

Court: Terrorism fears not reason to search protesters

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.

Officials are looking for bank robber

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.

Across South Carolina

Gay marriage ban dominates debate

Kid of the day

News you can use
Oct. 19, 1975 Augusta's swine flu program got off to a slow start yesterday with only 261 high-risk people receiving shots, but more are expected today when the program expands to include everyone 65 and older.

Counties see increased interest for '04 election

Waste limits upset group
Area industries and utilities could be forced to reduce by 30 percent certain types of waste dumped into the Savannah River under a federal proposal designed to improve water quality 200 miles downstream.

News you can use

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.

Gliding across the lake

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.

District tracks down students with fake addresses

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.

Officials still searching for clues in murder

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Spinning a yarn

County may get doctor office

Across the area

School seeks stolen silver

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.

Exhibit tells victims' stories

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

Around the area

Clothesline Project educates on violence

Officials talk education
Addressing everything from school vouchers to No Child Left Behind, state and national political figures took the stage in Columbia County on Monday night to educate voters on where they stand on education.

Across the southeast

UGA asks students to return silverware
ATHENS, Ga. - The thefts play out on college campuses each fall. Students move into residence halls and soon realize they could use an extra fork, spoon, plate or bowl in their room. The items then start disappearing from the dining halls on campus.

Shopping centers looking to gyms for revival

Gay marriage ban dominates debate
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Both candidates say they oppose gay marriage, but that issue prompted the most heated exchange Monday in a debate between U.S. Rep. Max Burns and Democratic challenger John Barrow.

Candidates pledge to support troops

Farmers try to keep land
PENDERGRASS, Ga. - When Patricia Parson wanted a way to keep farming in fast-developing Jackson County, she did what any right-thinking woman would do. She turned to the goats.

Around town

School seeks stolen silver
ATHENS, Ga. - The thefts play out on college campuses each fall. Students move into residence halls and soon realize they could use an extra fork, spoon, plate or bowl in their room. The items then start disappearing from the dining halls on campus.

Marriage ruling could shake up courts, Capitol

Across the southeast
SARDIS, Ark. - A line of storms packing heavy rain and high winds moved across central Arkansas on Monday, damaging homes, injuring at least 10 people, and leaving at least 7,500 without power.

News release leads ex-senator to sue

Gliding across the lake
Lakeside High School teachers Carole (left) and Rick Raeuber canoe across Lake Olmstead. The pair, who were out Monday, oversee the Lakeside High School Rugged Outdoor Club, which has 10 to 15 students who participate in canoeing, hiking and biking.

Dealership cashier charged with theft

Officials are looking for bank robber
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are trying to identify a man who robbed the First National Bank, 2550 Tobacco Road, before 10:30 a.m. Monday. No weapon was viewable. The man was last seen running north on Gibraltar Drive with the cash. Anyone with information about the case should call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

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.

Augustan unveils plan for retirees
An Augusta man who's pushed for development in downtown offered a vision Monday night of Augusta as a leading retirement center.

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.

Around town
Kay Phillips-Crabb, the assistant director of student activities at Augusta State University, watches as senior Shundra Johnson, 22, walks while wearing Fatal Vision goggles as part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. The goggles give the effect of having a blood alcohol level of 0.17 to 0.20.

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.

Counties see increased interest for '04 election
AIKEN - Election officials on both sides of the Savannah River are predicting a record turnout for the Nov. 2 general election, based on a blitz of absentee voting and applications for mail-in ballots that continue to roll in.

District tracks down students with fake addresses
Think everyone is clamoring to go to Columbia County schools? Think again.

Around the area
Richmond County sheriff's authorities investigated a car-jacking late Monday that occurred somewhere near Riverwalk Augusta.

Small plane crashes in downtown Atlanta

Approaches to holiday vary
AIKEN - For the second year in a row, John Hyder has decked the cups at the Hole-N-One Miniature Golf & Games with jack-o-lanterns and witches for the two weekends leading up to Halloween.

Augustan unveils plan for retirees

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Federal grant money will help parents find out faster if there is an emergency or other news from the schools their children attend.

Exhibit tells victims' stories
Domestic violence victims often suffer in silence, but an exhibit coming to the Augusta Mall today will give them a voice.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A woman who was killed by a MARTA train Monday was trying to retrieve her coat from the tracks, authorities said.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT TO The Augusta Chronicle. It's going all out on this campaign against Dan Rather by putting a story out that it is now being claimed to be false.

Marriage ruling could shake up courts, Capitol
ATLANTA - A political hot potato will land Tuesday in the laps of the seven justices of the Georgia Supreme Court as sparring legal teams argue whether a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage should go before voters next month.

Dealership cashier charged with theft
Richmond County sheriff's investigators charged a 52-year-old auto dealership bookkeeper/cashier Monday with taking more than $300,000 from her employer.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 3-year old Jazzlyn Elam of Augusta.

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.

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.

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.

'Team America' takes on the world

'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.

Review: 'Surviving Christmas'
Out of the mouths of puppets. A tune in the marionette parody "Team America: World Police" mocks the war epic "Pearl Harbor" and suggests its star, Ben Affleck, needs acting lessons.

Ashes of actress stored in antique store

'Buffy' star faces fear in horror remake
LOS ANGELES - As in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and her "Scooby-Doo" movies, Sarah Michelle Gellar is back to battling the undead in "The Grudge," a remake of a Japanese fright flick about a malevolent presence in a house where bloody misdeeds occurred.

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

DVD set brings lives of 'Seven Up' kids home
LOS ANGELES - All of Britain watched them grow up, from rambunctious 7-year-olds to fortysomething adults.

DVD set brings lives of 'Seven Up' kids home

Review: 'Surviving Christmas'

'Buffy' star faces fear in horror remake

'Shark Tale' still leads box office

Capsule reviews of new films

'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.

Evanescence prepares for a new beginning

Q&A: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis

Yeah Yeah Yeahs release DVD

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.

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.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs release DVD
The popular punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs' first DVD foray is fairly easy to swallow. There's 16 tracks from a performance at the Fillmore in San Francisco, six bonus songs, an artsy Japanese tour documentary and a collection of music videos.

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

Chase drivers avoid track pitfalls

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.

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.

Castroneves wins IRL season finale

Packers rout Lions

Jets rally to beat 49ers

St. Louis' passing game spreads out

Texans defeat Titans

Vikiing's Culpepper on pace to top Marino's mark

Bills finally get win

Falcons' win is worth the wait

Pats extend wins record

Redskins edge Bears

Early picks measuring up

Could Dolphins go winless?

Eagles overpower Panthers

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Overtime

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.

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.

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.

Could Dolphins go winless?
DAVIE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins couldn't beat a winless team, raising the question of whether they'll win a game all year.

Rookie CB Hall eager to return
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - DeAngelo Hall doesn't know how many snaps the coaching staff will let him take when the Atlanta Falcons play at Kansas City this week.

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.

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.

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

Early picks measuring up
Even while savoring New England's 20th consecutive victory, Rodney Harrison knew the enjoyment would be short-lived.

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.

Vikiing's Culpepper on pace to top Marino's mark
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Daunte Culpepper had a spring in his step as he walked toward the door of Minnesota's locker room, clutching a bag of fast food and carrying a whole lot of confidence.

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.

Rams' aerial attack too much for Bucs
ST. LOUIS - Looks like the Greatest Show on Turf is in high gear - on offense and defense.

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.

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

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

St. Louis' passing game spreads out
ST. LOUIS - Any conversation about the St. Louis Rams' receivers has to begin with Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.

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.

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.

Debate highlights scriptural virtue of modesty
Islam's emphasis on female modesty is increasingly familiar to Americans observing Muslim neighbors wearing headscarves and, during the Olympics, some nations' limitations of women's participation in sports such as archery. Similarly, strictly observant Orthodox Jewish women wear wigs or kerchiefs in public.

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.

'West Wing' could see GOP president
LOS ANGELES - The prospect of a change in the White House tends to draw a strong reaction, pro or con.

'The West Wing' eyes GOP successor for Bartlet

'West Wing' could see GOP president

'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.

TBS signs agreement for more reality shows
ATLANTA - More reality comedies are coming to TBS, which plans to boost its new image as a comedy-centered network with quirky reality shows, not original sitcoms.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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

TBS signs agreement for more reality shows

The real LAX star on NBC's 'LAX'

The real LAX star on NBC's 'LAX'
LOS ANGELES - Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood run through the crowd at Los Angeles International Airport, seeking a woman who has mysteriously gone missing.

Prince video ignites controversy

People in the News

People in the News

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

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-Arkansas game to be nationally televised

Gamecocks hope to rewrite history

Gamecocks hope to rewrite history
COLUMBIA - South Carolina is treading on ominously familiar territory this week.

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.

Xtreme information list
October is Let's Talk Month and the East Central Health District Adolescent Health & Youth Development Program is holding an essay contest to youth ages 12-18 and parents.

Busy teens wrestle with busy schedules

Xtreme question of the week
Here are the results of last week's question:

With playtime over, it's time to come clean

Who is policing the school police?
When I was little, having an older brother was to my benefit because he was always there for me. Because of him, no one picked on me.

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Marching band keeps me from Gamecocks
As an avid University of South Carolina Gamecock fan, I am usually at every home game. Lately, however, something has been getting in the way of me enjoying my favorite football team: marching band.

Marching band keeps me from Gamecocks

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Movies out in DVD include A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff as a geeky girl who loses her cell phone, only to find herself headed to the biggest dance in school with the most popular guy; Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman as a monster hunter out to capture Dracula and the Wolfman, and Garfield, the computer-animated feature about the world's laziest, lasagna-loving feline.

Xtreme question of the week

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Busy teens wrestle with busy schedules
With homework to complete, hobbies to enjoy, clubs to join and cell phone minutes to track, there's a lot for teens to manage.

With playtime over, it's time to come clean
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I am in the military and I have little time left before I am sent to Iraq, so I have been trying to have as much "fun" as possible. Now I have a problem, though. I have been dating two girls for the past month. They don't know about each other, but I feel I should come clean about the situation. I have no clue what to do. Even worse, one of the girls thinks she is pregnant. What should I do?

Who is policing the school police?

Being free has limit
I've always wanted to be able to have all the freedom there was to have.

Odds and Ends

Debate highlights scriptural virtue of modesty